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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.

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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover on Monday. 75 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara on Saturday. 7 Replies

Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

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Curious: Has anyone read the novel "Christian Nation"?

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Plinius Apr 10. 11 Replies

So I've been thinking about this some lately, and I wanted to see what your thoughts were:I read a novel last fall that was making the rounds of Atheist blogs and what not called "Christian Nation", which is part alternative history and part…Continue

Stop the Religious Right. Four Steps You Can Take, Sean Faircloth.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 2 Replies

Thanks to Grinning Cat via Loren Miller led me to this additional video by Sean Faircloth. He provides positive and powerful examples of thinking and acting. Continue

Science, Atheism & the Joyful Life -- by Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins Foundation

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 6 Replies

Some speeches by atheists are factual and practical, dealing with the nuts and bolts of reality.  Some are diatribes against the superstitions we seek to overcome, pointing out the man behind the curtain and the fallacies and snake oil he tries to…Continue

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Bedtime Bible Stories (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 8. 0 Replies

Uh, oh!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, is at it again, THIS time with bedtime stories!  Somehow with her retelling of some of the classics, I'm dubious that her versions would go over with the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson,…Continue

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Comment by Derek Bly on September 1, 2012 at 12:46am

The original story also confuses communism with socialism. There is a big difference, though many people aren't aware of that. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 1, 2012 at 12:39am

No, Particia, that doesn't sound like genius to me. I've read this story before and have since come to wonder if it's not an urban legend or right wing propaganda. I see it as a humorous vehicle for Ayan Rand like ideology.

How could someone manage to reach the level of professor in a college without having ever failed a student? Professor is a tenured position suggesting many years of teaching.

It's possible that an entire class might have not one student who is actually there to learn, as opposed to merely getting a grade. Such an individual would still study, because he/she enjoyed learning.

The #1 point of the story is to justify not taxing the wealthy. Points #2 and #3  frame government services as giving to the lazy by taking away from the hard working. #4 frames the use of tax money as "failure to multiply wealth" which is clearly not true, inasmuch as provision of safety, infrastructure, public education, water in dry states, etc. is a foundation for wealth. When public employees are paid, they put the money right back into their community's banks and businesses. #5 is a  straw man argument. The government doesn't take all of anybody's income, that's warlords and criminals. No country has half of its citizens dependent on unearned disability or welfare income. While oversimplifying to the point of ridicule, the joke/propaganda piece presents a patina of reasoning. I see it as quite twisted. It promotes divisiveness and a manipulative view of human beings, lacking empathy.

So yes, I can think of reasons to not share it.

Comment by Patricia on August 31, 2012 at 8:45pm

Comment by Steph S. on August 31, 2012 at 7:47pm
Hey Melinda have a great Labor Day with your family!
Everyone have a restful Labor Day weekend!
Comment by booklover on August 31, 2012 at 5:02pm

Just sharing that my beautiful daughter is home from college for the long weekend with us, and I am one HAPPY Mommy!!! <3  Have a great Labor Day Weekend my friends!~ Melinda

Comment by Ian Mason on August 31, 2012 at 12:31pm

Indeed. Those moments graced with a sense of wonder and joy are an important part of what makes life worth living.

Comment by Steph S. on August 30, 2012 at 12:18pm

I love the lovely picture and Einstein quote Tony!

Have a great day everyone!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 30, 2012 at 11:19am

Wow!!!!  I just got done watching the elephant video.  Thanks for sharing, Patricia.  That is one of the most fascinating videos I've ever seen.  It ranks right up there with the wonders and awe of the 'Cosmos' series.  I would SO frame that artwork and proudly display it in my living room.  That was beautiful to watch.   

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 30, 2012 at 7:34am

What I like best about lilacs is the wonderful scent.  Hoping I can get a place where I'll have room to grow them.

Comment by Tony Carroll on August 30, 2012 at 6:09am

Heading off the work, just wanted to leave you with this thought from Einstein.

 

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