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

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz on Thursday. 6 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

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Mar 29. 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

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 7, 2012 at 8:40pm

Joan, patience, like skepticism, is a virtue.  I guess that makes me very virtuous.  Now that I think about it, my mother probably wouldn't understand that video for what it is.  At least you know about the pitfalls of "Onion" stuff.  I have to say, though, with that big, beautiful, wide-grim smile you have in your picture, you're the last person I'd suspect of not having a sense of humor.  You certainly had me fooled.          

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2012 at 8:26pm

A MESSAGE FROM THE QUEEN

"To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II."

Thanks to Michael Yon

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2012 at 8:20pm

The Flying Atheist, I am usually the last one in a group to get a punch line or recognize sarcasm, or catch on to "Onion" stuff. I wanted to be sure I had'n't missed something about "where's the girl". Yes, I agree you often use, "off-the-wall humor" and just be patient with me; I am known as not having a sense of humor but I think long-time friends will attest to my getting better. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 7, 2012 at 7:02pm

Joan, nothing serious about or cruelly meant with that video.  Just a peculiar little video with an unexpected outcome.  It caught me off guard and made me chuckle.  I've always appreciated off-the-wall humor.          

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2012 at 4:19pm

Patricia, thanks for the "It Gets Better - Royal Canadian Mounted Police (BC)" video. Excellent interviews. 

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2012 at 4:07pm

The Flying Atheist, what does mean? Just a stupid prank for the "fun" of it? or demonstrating cruel treatment by law enforcement? 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 7, 2012 at 3:11pm

Something completely different....

Comment by Ian Mason on November 7, 2012 at 2:51pm

Congratulations, America. Most of the conservatives in this part of the world supported Obama, or at least couldn't bring themselves to support Romney.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 7, 2012 at 2:18pm

@Chris Dodds: In California (and I don''t know how many other states) you can apply for Permanent Absentee Voter status no matter what.  You don't have to be planning an out-of-town trip, or be permanently disabled, or anything.  You just have to contact your county Registrar of Voters, and ask how you can do it.  Depends on where you live. Some states don't allow that, but as I said about Washington and Oregon, EVERYBODY votes by mail, and it saves the states a lot of money and trouble. 

If you know anyone who's ever volunteered as a poll worker, you know they get a stipend, and work their tails off setting up, working ALL day, and then packing up after the polls close.  It's NOT fun.

If you can't make a party out of it, voting in the privacy of your home is much more relaxing.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 7, 2012 at 1:52pm

Patrica, thanks for sharing the Royal Canadian Mounted Police video.  Very inspiring! 

 

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