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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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The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud yesterday. 3 Replies

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling"the internet is a lifeline for people trapped in the most restrictive and stifling forms of…Continue

Tags: Warren Jeff, internet, FLDS

Ode to Yahweh (Non Stamp Collector & 43alley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 24. 1 Reply

Ages ago (five or six years, I guess it is) when I first started recognizing my own atheism, one of the first atheist YouTubers I ran onto was Non Stamp Collector.  His handiwork wasn't up to Disney's standards, nor even Hanna-Barbera, but his wit…Continue

Tags: Yahweh, YouTube, 43alley, Non Stamp Collector

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 15. 3 Replies

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline"Populations of Eel-like lamprey have suddenly plummeted since the year 2000 in the Columbia Basin, surprising…Continue

Richard Dawkins, Growing Up in the Universe

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 14. 2 Replies

Here is an oldie, the young Richard Dawkins teaching kids about the universe. I especially like the one demonstrating how the eye evolved. This should answer those who believe it was impossible to evolve an eye. Continue

Tags: universe, teaching, Dawkins, Richard

Seeing Things (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 25. 2 Replies

TheraminTrees doesn't release videos very often these days,  but when he does, they are positive GEMS.  Most recent of his works is the following, wherein he dismantles some of the common rebuttals atheist get from believers when we assert our…Continue

Tags: seeing things, YouTube, TheraminTrees

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 15. 4 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

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Comment by Grinning Cat on September 19, 2013 at 12:00pm

Pastafarians would doubtless hold this day in high regard!

Still, we should remember that Treasure Island and movies have romanticized and distorted what is in real life a cruel and objectively evil business.

This reminded me of the SF/fantasy story "Yo Ho Hoka!" by Poul Anderson and Gordon Dickson, in Hoka! Hoka! Hoka! (reprinted from Earthman's Burden). The collection is a fun, light read. The Hoka are a sentient, deceptively cute, teddy-bear-like species who don't much care about the boundary between fact and fiction, and often come together to gleefully recreate whatever Earth fictional world excited their imagination. The stories revolve around the Hoka and the ambassador from Earth getting into and out of trouble -- in this case while recreating a pirate milieu, and by the end learning to do it without actual stealing or violence.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 19, 2013 at 11:30am

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 19, 2013 at 11:18am

     Avast me hearties! Today be "Talk Like a Pirate Day" lest ye be forgettin'. So swill a grog as a buxom beauty sits merrily on ye lap (or handsome laddie), ye dirty son of a bilge rat! May that scurvy, flea bitten cur of a mongrel ye love be the only companion that ye have in hell! So raise a flagon to the pirate in us all. May all your wenches have fire in their eyes, and a cutlass at hand.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 19, 2013 at 10:45am

Great posts! Really enjoy reading this string. 

Ruth, thank you for your rant; you state it as I see it, loss of protection for workers, inability of workers to organize, loss of safety and environmental regulations, and if trends continue, loss of safety protection for women. I wonder what the environment and health care delivery will be like when/if this agreement goes through. This should be a wake-up call for all who work for wages. 

Ian, I like your quote; it speak of reality. 

Tony, Great performance by this young man. A Capella Science not only sounds good, it reads good as well! Music + science educates better than lectures or manuscripts. Do you refer to The International PARTICLE PHYSICS Masterclass session organized by Queen Mary, University of London?

Spud, I like you axe. Kind of reminds me of Pulaski Axe of 1910 Idaho fire fame. 

Chris and Mindy, I agree, economizing is fun and a great hobby. So many ways we can get off the merchandise merry-go-round.  

Comment by Plinius on September 19, 2013 at 1:06am

I love to read you all and I enjoyed Tony's video very much, even if I only have a very vague idea what quantum theory is about. I'm still very busy - the classes of English started again and I'm trying to write the extra exercises I never came round to in summer. The usual chores are still going on and in my spare time I'm trying to learn how to knit socks - not yet very succesful. The economic crises here is nibbling at our income (we're still lucky: no bites yet) so we took some measures; save more money if possible, use less energy and change hobbies so they produce more. My flowerboxes produced some vegetables and herbs this year and perhaps more next year. Economizing can also be a hobby.

Comment by Steph S. on September 18, 2013 at 5:05pm

Love those pics Melinda and Idaho. That is a great video Tony. Thanks for posting it. It would also go great in my Geek and Nerd Haven group if you'd like to post it there too.

How is everyone?

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 18, 2013 at 4:54pm

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 18, 2013 at 2:17pm

     Nerdtastic! If you enjoy Queen and particle physics, this is right up your alley.

 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 17, 2013 at 11:43pm

"In all ages, whatever the name and form of government, be it monarchy, republic or democracy, an oligarchy lurks behind the facade." Ronald Syme

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 17, 2013 at 10:27pm

I enjoyed the Japanese art video, Tony, Thanks!

I agree, Ian. I don’t like “vertical” society, because women are always under men. Although the upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership deal will change the basic structure. Corporate profit will soon be at the very top of our global vertical society, trumping all human concerns such as labor laws, environmental protection, consumer protection or safety. Our politicians are going to put corporations in charge. If a foreign company might lose profit due to a consumer protection, they'll be able to sue and get the consumer law vacated as unfair trade. Considering that corporations are a type of self-replicating nonhuman entity, I see this "trade" pact as a Terminator-style suicide act. With the planet hurtling toward Climate Destabilization, handing corporations from other countries power to trump laws, to protect health and  environment, passed by citizens in all other countries  is incomprehensible to me. There are already some trade pacts doing this on a smaller scale. Remember dolphin safe labels on tuna? They had to be removed because it was deemed unfair to the tuna trade.

Sorry for the rant.

Cutest Darth Vader ever, Steph.

 

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