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Hang With Friends

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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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Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Patricia 59 minutes ago. 4 Replies

I've been into genealogy for a long time. It's fun, especially with internet help, but increasingly frustrating. You see, I've hit "brick walls". And being a Smith doesn't make research any easier.Wouldn't you think I could find the death date and…Continue

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat 1 hour ago. 39 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

Aljam

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 4 Replies

I'm not a news hound by any stretch, but I do like to stay informed about what's going on in the world. (I despise "local" news with all the reports of murders, robberies, fires, etc.)The national "evening" news shows really irritate me. I hate…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Sunday. 79 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Friday. 5 Replies

Many of us have observed or learned how christianity shamelessly borrows from other sources to bolster its position and show off its supposed wonderfulness.  Well, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist podcast has compiled some of the more modern-day…Continue

Tags: steal, borrow, copycat, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Attacks in Canada Oct. 22nd/14

Started by Patricia. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Nov 20. 4 Replies

This was devastating for us........…Continue

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Comment by Plinius on June 26, 2014 at 12:49am

You won't squash my mood, Patricia! There are a lot of depressing things in the world and they need attention too. I often wonder how Ruth manages to keep her balance with the subjects she focuses on. We come here, air our frustrations, laugh  and feel comfortable with each other. What would we do without the group - take pills? Don't go away! You belong here! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 25, 2014 at 11:27pm

Felaine, living with cats does give one an education! And trying to herd cats is like trying to get people to think beyond their superstitions and delusions. 

Your sense of humor and your insights are perfect for meeting this challenge.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 25, 2014 at 11:07pm

Joan, you made a very good point...ridicule!  Intelligent wit is a powerful weapon.  Robert G. Ingersoll (for one) used it to devastating effect in the 19th Century.  A pity he did not survive into the 20th.

The anti-education people, creationists, ALL of the different protesters against the power of the human mind are to some extent afraid of something...not always the same thing...but they are afraid.  And just throwing facts at them has never made a dent in their collective attitudes.  It has to be done artistically, and lightly...at first. 

Show them the absurdity of the entire idea of "Noah's" flood story, for starters.  I knew that one was nonsense when I was a child....just by living with cats.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 25, 2014 at 11:00pm

Patricia, I read your statement about Ruth's concern for real issues that will impact us all and I understand wanting to keep the "bad" news out of our lives and live life as though there were no problems. I would call this a denial of what is real and important. 

I find Ruth's contributions extremely timely and valuable and I have the concerns about people putting their heads in the sand and acting as if we live in Camelot. 

There are some changes that need to be made in public perceptions. One of the most important is the reality of climate change and what will happen if we do not make preparations for it. Whether we like it or not, the tipping point has already been reached and sea level is rising. Denying it won't change what is happening.  

You and I won't be directly impacted by rising waters as we live at considerable elevation. We will be impacted however. Roads, highways, railroad tracks, buildings, subways, infrastructures that are at risk will have to be modified if we are to continue having their services and that costs money ... lots of money. The costs will come to you and me, whether we like it or not. Might as well get used to it. 

As for me, I want all the accurate information I can get. How else will I be able to meet the new challenges? The mythology that life will always be as we have known it will catch us off guard unless we are forewarned. 

I can remember as a very small child the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. The general public was caught off guard. Now, all these years later, we discover there were signs long before the attack that war was coming. In fact, my father got a job building railroad bridges across the southern tier of USA in preparation for moving men and material back and forth across the nation for the coming war. He didn't know he was hired to prepare for war. He just thought the railroad needed bridges. Looking back on it, the labor camps were huge. I lived in one of them until after Pearl Harbor and then he was sent to Alaska to build airfields for the war against Japan. We had no clue; I am certain my father didn't figure it out until years later. 

Some people have commented that my posts are pessimistic and if you or anyone else feels that way I encourage you to block my posts. I have already told my granddaughters to block me because they don't want to read about this stuff. Well, they have the right to be uninformed. I will not, indeed I cannot stop writing about what is happening and I do not take it personally that some don't want to read about it. Blocking me is an excellent option. 

Perhaps Ruth feels differently than I do; I don't know. @ Ruth, I know you get depressed about this at times and Mindy is right, we are here to learn how each of us is fairing and we have broad enough shoulders to read the painful feelings as well as any feeling that may come up. 

Yes, there are good stories that come up and they do give relief. And the awful jokes help crack me us, as well. So, write on, whatever the thought. I welcome your comments and value them. 

Comment by booklover on June 25, 2014 at 9:45pm
Ruth, this is your group, Hang With Friends, and if you are feeling down about Climate Destabilization, then that is how you feel! I am here to listen to what you feel sad or happy about. That is what friends do for each other. It worries me when I see what is happening to our Earth on the news each night. I watch though, because I want to be well- informed. There's even a nice story on occasionally!
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 25, 2014 at 9:30pm

Ruth, your depression is legitimate, given the failure of people who should know better are fighting against valid information. Given that other people's beliefs interfere with rational decision making by our government, then we have to tackle the problem at its source.

Who are the people who thump bibles? Who teaches creationism and intelligent design? Who persuades countless numbers of people that the rapture is about to occur and it is all god's will? That we should do nothing to prevent the climatic collapse that science warns about. 

It does no good to try to reason with such folks; they just hunker down and fight harder. 

The way to get through to a larger population is to ridicule, point out the obvious fallacies, tell the truth about what is happening and some people who are sitting on the fence may just start to laugh with us and decide that putting faith in beliefs is a risky thing to do. 

Of course, I could be wrong. Does anyone have a better strategy? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 25, 2014 at 8:42pm

Spud, I haven't seen a squirrel at rest, either.

Patricia, I like the quote of faith being the lazy way out of a pickle.  

k.h. ky , it must be that the Supreme Court judges all have cell phones. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 25, 2014 at 8:40pm

I'm OK, flying Atheist. Just a bit depressed about Climate Destabilization. Today I was thinking a lot about how people in Central America are already having heat-related health ef..., when the forecasts for coming decades are so much worse.

That squirrel does look unusually tired, or hot.

I'd never heard of Atheist Cosmos on Facebook.

Comment by booklover on June 25, 2014 at 7:22pm

Adorable squirrel picture Joan! :)

Comment by k.h. ky on June 25, 2014 at 6:55pm
The supreme court finally got something right in the ruling against police being allowed access to our cell phones without a warrant.
I wonder how they'll rule when I bring down a drone with a shotgun...
 

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