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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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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 21. 81 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

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

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 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

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Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 20, 2011 at 6:14pm

A US politician visits his poet friend in Mont. St. Michael, France. While walking through the medieval island discussing their philosophies of life they happen upon Sonja, a scientist in recluse, who joins in their conversation. The two men listen to the ideas of this brilliant woman and discuss how her ideas can work in their own politician and poet lives. Written by Heather Classen


To watch this film you must abandon conventional wisdom about movies. This is not a film for people who watch Duece Bigalow and Armageddon. Not only is the movie an intelligent exploration into the human mind and science, politics, and poetry. But it is also an exploration into the mechanics of conversation and the meaning of life. The addition in the title of A Film For Passionate Thinkers rings completely true. The musical score is a relaxing piece. The conversation flows naturally from topic to topic, point to point person to person.

Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 20, 2011 at 11:23am

I read an article in Scientific American that Denmark was working toward a conversion to solar - I do so hope that is true. 

I watch very little TV other then Jon Stewart and Bill Maher and the occasional movie.  I watch a series for about a year before I get bored and crawl back into my books.

With all the accolades given this show I will give it a try.


There is one very good movie - that should not be missed.  Older and

for those who don't mind a very real "think piece"  it's called "Mind Walk" and I can not recommend it enough. Only three actors, Sam Waterston, John Heard and Liv Ullmann - made in the early 90's it's a walk through science, societies, politics, philosophy, history and is riveting.

We have the Bill of Rights. What we need is a Bill of Responsibilities.  --- Bill Maher

Comment by Ian Mason on July 20, 2011 at 11:11am

Hi Kit. The dominant renewable source in Denmark is wind. It accounts for about 20% of power here. The net CO2 emissions are, however, pretty bad as the other 80% comes from coal.


Yes, I do watch Family Guy and American Dad when they're sent here and I really enjoy them.

Comment by dr kellie on July 20, 2011 at 9:57am
Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 20, 2011 at 9:52am

Yes, Texas does get ample amounts of sun, but even Sweden and Denmark are working on full on Solar projects.  We can't think in the mode of the propaganda but rather in what is actually possible through science today and tomorrow.

Since WWII, America has gone far beyond the scope of protecting our citizens.  We have delved deeply into the politics and management of other societies for our own gain.  To say that we do this for only assisting in humanitarian needs is simple a fallacy.  We do and have done this for the minerals and other gains.  We do this by making deals that keep other countries deeply in debt while we have allowed our corporations to reap the profits.  Take a look around we now live in an open corporatocracy/plutocracy that uses religion to rally the uninformed and label this patriotism.

Comment by Susan Stanko on July 20, 2011 at 7:18am
@Kit There is the Atheist Experience.
Comment by tom sarbeck on July 20, 2011 at 2:16am

Ian, it was once that way here.

The change began in 1953 (the year after I returned from the Korean War) when Eisenhower gave the CIA his okay to overthrow Iran's elected government. Iran wanted England to pay more for Iranian oil and for the English-owned Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (which became BP) to treat its Iranian employees better.

The US of A installed a friendly tyrant and we taxpayers paid to train the Shah's secret police to frighten Iranians into obedience. In 1974 the Iranians overthrew the Shah. The US of A let him enter (allegedly for medical treatment),which so outraged young Iranians that they took over the American embassy.

A case can be made that 9/11 was payback for American foreign policy in the Middle East.

When someone says we acted in Iran to prevent a takeover by the Soviet Union, I ask if that was our reason for overthrowing elected governments in Central and South America (Guatemala and Chile).


Comment by Ian Mason on July 20, 2011 at 1:50am

At least one political commentator has described the difference between American and European government this way: In the U.S.A. it's the right-wing that runs up deficits (tax cuts, defence, prestige projects) and the Democrats that have to get things straight when they get into the White House. In Europe it's the opposite. The (vaguely) left-wing use a lot of money on social services that then are cut when the conservatives are in power in order to balance the budget.

Example: Reagan: big money for "Star Wars" etc: Thatcher: close or privatise anything that wasn't making a profit.


This may be a simple view but I've found it convincing.


Comment by tom sarbeck on July 20, 2011 at 1:47am

I once saw a proposed balanced budget amendment. We can count on such an amendment to allow unbalanced budgets in crises, or when our elites want to support the military-industrial complex.


Comment by Natalie A Sera on July 20, 2011 at 1:31am
I heard on the radio today that the Gang of Six (3 Republicans, 3 Democrats) came to an agreement today that the Democrats will accept large cuts to social services, and the Republicans will accept tax increases. But the zinger was that the Republicans also got a Constitutional Amendment requiring a balanced budget. That scares me, because in times of economic stress, when govt. revenues fall, the economy needs stimulation, not contraction. Of course, a Constitutional Amendment would have to go through channels and be ratified by a certain percentage of states, but I wonder whether it could go through. There are enough people who really don't understand the realities of the federal government to make any kind of rational decision on it.

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