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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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Ode to Yahweh (Non Stamp Collector & 43alley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 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

You'll NEVER Guess Who Just Showed Up on Mr. Deity!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 14. 11 Replies

I don't believe this one either, but ... well, here it is: And would you believe - Mr. D made me laugh!  RD, that is!Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Mr. Deity

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Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 18, 2011 at 2:38pm

I don't see the government as a surrogate parent, rather as an entity that has the singular task of fulfilling the expected social contract between the citizens and their government. 

@Alysn and Natalie - I think we forget that we pay taxes not for the subsidization of either wealthy individuals nor wealthy corporations.  We are lulled into believing the nonsense that by not paying taxes these two groups will employ and revitalize our economy; were that factual then after more then ten years of this continued avoidance of taxation - where are the jobs?  Oh yeah, in China, India and southeast Asia etc.  We were deceived into using our economic quaternary as nothing more then a debt intensive and credit heavy fallacy.  Now we are paying - that is some are paying while others continue to feed from the trough leaving few scraps behind.  We must find a way to end the belief that we need more and more and to gain that "created" need we depend on credit.



Comment by Clarence Dember on July 18, 2011 at 1:26pm
I think that everyone who searches for ways to leverage their value can support themselves.
Government is not a surrogate parent for adults except in s fascist dictatorship.
Comment by Natalie A Sera on July 18, 2011 at 10:26am
About the 50% tax rate -- I live on a modest fixed income, but who knows if the trade-off would leave me with the same standard of living. I actually don't mind paying taxes if they are being used for worthwhile things, and not subsidizing the wealthy. I also resent those wealthy who are unwilling to pick up their share of the burden, but rather trying to harm the most vulnerable members of our society. They can darn well afford more taxes, and it really bugs me when a conservative yaps on and on about how we need budget cuts, but never a word about raising revenues. The "no new taxes" pledge is one of the most damaging and ugly ideas the Republicans have come up with lately, but there are lots of others. OK, flame-retardant suit on!
Comment by Meddlesome on July 18, 2011 at 7:42am

@gary, a quick google tells me "Ulla Skytte" is on facebook ;)

@Ian, I Married a Danish girl :)

@Kit, You forgot Paternal leave !

 

M.

Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 18, 2011 at 6:51am
Denmark really shouldn't advertise too much.  From all I have heard, life there is the exact opposite of the US and many other places. Taxes at about 50%, a government that respects the social contract between the people and their needs, unions, fair vacation time, maternal leave.  Sounds like most Americans need to buy a copy of Rosetta Stone for Denmark.
Comment by Ian Mason on July 18, 2011 at 5:39am
Hej Gary. The spelling's right, the weather's the same and so are the women. :-)
Comment by G Smith on July 18, 2011 at 2:36am
Hello from USA, Ian.  I lived on the island of Fyn in a town called Glamsbjerg (maybe spelling wrong).  I remember the rain and the beautiful girls.  If you see Ulla Skytte, now about 53 years old, tell her that she was my first love!
Comment by Ian Mason on July 18, 2011 at 1:55am
There's more than enough rain here in Denmark. Pity it isn't an exportable product, although I'd send it to East Africa if it was.
Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 17, 2011 at 8:35pm
Seems like most of my comments have disappeared.  I hear no rain for most of Texas till October - now that is bad news.  I vote for a rain dance, and any one who gets rain send some our way.
Comment by Natalie A Sera on July 17, 2011 at 2:02pm
But a rain dance would at least be colorful and interesting to watch! LOL!!
 

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