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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 on Sunday. 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 Steph S. on April 16, 2013 at 5:45am

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 16, 2013 at 1:54am
I hope you won't mind, Ruth, that I post this on "Hang with Friends" as well as "Thermohlaine Circulation". I just want to say to my friends: No! I don't "like" this that is taking place in Boston. However, there have been those warning us for years. I first learned of the potential problem in 1959 on a flight to Alaska with a glaciologist seat mate who told an incredible story of ice changes taking place. Who would listen to him then? I just thought it was an interesting job.

Hubris! Human beings think Earth is here to serve humans, and to use water, soils and air as sewers. Well, the chickens have come home and it isn't a pretty sight. We clearly are not going to be able to stop this process taking place now. Because we can't stop it, scapegoating has already begun in earnest. Not being in control of our lives, not being able to predict what will happen ... the formula for depression and anxiety as well as inducing crazy thinking.

So, we can be afraid, angry, helpless, hopeless and worry. What good will that do anyone?

It seems to me the first thing to do is be flexible, go with the flow type of thinking, marshall resources and prepare for a ride of an eon.

In the meantime, I'm off to see the wizard tomorrow. You schedule a mammogram, please.
https://www.google.com/search?q=Breast+Cancer+ribbon&source=lnm...
Comment by tom sarbeck on April 16, 2013 at 1:40am

Are we expecting better from ourselves, not specially created but descended from pond scum, also known as blue-green algae or cyanobacteria?

That's easy for me acknowledge; I have no children whose future concerns me.

I am saddened a bit; we homo semi sapiens are just beginning to get a handle on crimes against humanity. I'm annoyed that our own recent offenders might get away. Do you think any of them are staying in the US of A because they fear prosecution if they go to Europe?

Some of us will survive, but dammit I won't be able, decades from now, to look in on those who survived our feckless ways.

Hm-mm, during all those hours I was hearing nuns talking about heaven; I was imagining myself rocking away and looking to earth to see what folks are doing. Like Mark Twain, I thought their idea of heaven was no place I wanted to spend any time.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 16, 2013 at 1:22am
Actually, she is pretty well behaved. We will trap her as soon as we know she doesn't have tiny babies under there.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 16, 2013 at 12:47am

What a day! The southern branch of the thermohaline circulation is faltering. We're suddenly at a major Climate Destabilization tipping point. Is it in the news? Of course not.  A couple of small bombs killed and injured people in the Boston Marathon. Some numbnuts needed to make headlines, and every media outlet obliged them.

*sigh*

As sk8eycat says, "It's crazy."

So you have a regular skunk yard resident, Joan. I don't envy you.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 15, 2013 at 11:06pm

One othmer thing that bothers me is that readers are already commenting on the Yahoo "news" pages that it's the President's fault, or that Muslims did it, or that the uncostitutional Patriot Act is/was Obama's doing (when that piece of obscenity was passed during Cheney's administration), and on and on and on.

Yet they want to keep their semi-automatic assault weapons...to "protect" themselves.  From WHAT?  You can't stop a bomb with a gun.  You can't even stop a bullet with another bullet.

As for who has died (so far) in Boston, I don't think whoever did this was targeting any particular persons...he/she/they just wanted to cause as much damage and panic as possible. The weirdest thing is that airports all over the country (even LAX) are laying on more "security." What good does THAT do?

Reminds me of the old saying about "running around like a chicken with its head cut off."  We've been doing that since 9-11-01, and what have we accomplished?  Two futile wars, and how many thousands of dead civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq...not to mention our own dead and maimed military personnel.

It's crazy.

Sorry.  I'm ranting, and it's time for Hairy Jerry to get his meds.  I love this trans-dermal stuff!  It's so much easier than trying to stuff a pill down his poor throat.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 15, 2013 at 5:47pm

Our society is sick, sick, sick.  I don't want to know who did this nearly as much as I want to know WHY!  (Lack of serious mental health services for one thing.)

We need more of these everywhere:

http://laist.com/2013/04/15/therapy_dogs_roaming_lax.php

Comment by Steph S. on April 15, 2013 at 5:30pm

I took a smile Grinning Cat.

Love those cat commandments booklover.

I am reading the news about the Boston Marathon bombing.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2013 at 2:58pm

Boston Marathon bomb explosion Tweeter reports: 

Boston Marathon bomb

Comment by sk8eycat on April 15, 2013 at 9:28am

Melinda, it's just begun to rain here, too...very lightly, so far.

Joan, you aren't out of date regarding the Smurfs, they are! They hit American TV in the early 1980s, aimed at little kids who would have been better off watching "Sesame Street" and "MisteRogers' Neighborhood" ... IF they had to be plonked in front of the TV set at all.

 

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