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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

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Curious: Has anyone read the novel "Christian Nation"?

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Plinius Apr 10. 11 Replies

So I've been thinking about this some lately, and I wanted to see what your thoughts were:I read a novel last fall that was making the rounds of Atheist blogs and what not called "Christian Nation", which is part alternative history and part…Continue

Stop the Religious Right. Four Steps You Can Take, Sean Faircloth.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 2 Replies

Thanks to Grinning Cat via Loren Miller led me to this additional video by Sean Faircloth. He provides positive and powerful examples of thinking and acting. Continue

Science, Atheism & the Joyful Life -- by Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins Foundation

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 6 Replies

Some speeches by atheists are factual and practical, dealing with the nuts and bolts of reality.  Some are diatribes against the superstitions we seek to overcome, pointing out the man behind the curtain and the fallacies and snake oil he tries to…Continue

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Bedtime Bible Stories (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 8. 0 Replies

Uh, oh!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, is at it again, THIS time with bedtime stories!  Somehow with her retelling of some of the classics, I'm dubious that her versions would go over with the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson,…Continue

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Comment by Steph S. on October 10, 2012 at 6:09am

Comment by Steph S. on October 10, 2012 at 6:07am

Morning everyone! About to leave for the day.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 10, 2012 at 2:07am

Whoops!  I forgot to say that I've also seen real trolling in the Comments sections of Yahoo "news" articles.  Usually they are ads either for dating web sites, or those "make thousands of dollars a week at home" ads.  They paste them in about every 25 comments or so.

But, anyway, THAT is trolling.  Starting a new discussuion, or just mentioning a subject, a quote, a LOLCat ain't trolling.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 10, 2012 at 1:56am

Ruth, when I first went online (2001), I found an Atheist/Agnostic forum that was kinda fun, but they never asked anybody who wanted to come in if they were non-believers or not.  You just registered, and that was it.  For about a year or two it was really neat; I "met" a couple of people who have become solid friends...we're still in touch, e-mail almost daily, talk on the phone sometimes, etc.

But then xian trolls started registering using fake names, and all they usually did was keep pastiing buybull verses into all the threads...over and over and over.  Or they'd sermonize, and do the same thing....paste the same sermon all over the place.  When we yelled at them, got hostile, told them to eff-off, the moderator told US to "play nicely" with our guests. 

We went elsewhere.

Comment by Plinius on October 10, 2012 at 1:18am

A good description of the tea party, Sk8eycat!

And I like your sort of trolling Ruth!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 10, 2012 at 12:36am

Nobody suggested it here. I was just reading the rules at Reddit and thought blog-spam sounded a lot like 95% of what I do. I haven't posted anything but comments at Reddit.

Thanks for the reassurance, all.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 10, 2012 at 12:03am

Ruth, I think of "Hang With Friends" as just that - a place to relax and share thoughts, jokes, things we think others would be interested to see.

That's what you and all the rest of us do in here, isn't it?  Who brought up the subject of trolling?  And why? 

Fugeddabahdit!  Dis here is r clubhouse...everbuddy welcame.  Have fun, stretch the mind, meet new friends.

Ya dun gud.  Don't change anything!  Okay? {{{{Ruth}}}}

Love, Felaine 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 9, 2012 at 10:01pm

Ruth, I like the way you post, whether it is a link to an article, a copy, or a summary. Your posts always contain information in which I am interested. I also like your clarity on what you like and don't like, or suggestions to improve the comment. So, it may be "spam" or "trolling" and I benefit by what ever it is called. Thanks. 

Comment by booklover on October 9, 2012 at 8:48pm

Steph, I LOVE that sausage-cat! ha ha ha SOOO cute!  I have to share it with my kids!

Comment by booklover on October 9, 2012 at 8:47pm

Ruth, I'm glad you like the pictures I find and share.  I think you are really smart and I love to read what you contribute!  You are not spamming!  You are contributing interesting information and amusing pics, etc. that we all enjoy!  Please keep on doing what you do!  Your friend, Melinda

 

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