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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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Forest Fire

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia on Monday. 14 Replies

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change.org

Started by Patricia. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Jul 16. 6 Replies

There's a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be…Continue

Optical Illusions

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 3. 58 Replies

This one seems a bit creepy, like the middle one shouldn't be able to change rotation like that. from Cheezburger.comContinue

Saving Number 90 - From Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 1. 9 Replies

Seth says himself that the following is a departure from the usual fare his YouTube channel features.  Personally, I think it's a positive and constructive move, because it demonstrates that no, we are NOT just about atheism.  We're also very much…Continue

Tags: abuse, animal, puppy mills, Henry, The Thinking Atheist

Human Rights for Atheists, Agnostics and Secularists

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 27. 11 Replies

I just ran onto this YouTube video, promoting a change.org petition aimed at amending the United Nations charter supporting the abolition of all anti-blasphemy laws. The petition referenced by the video is…Continue

Tags: petition, anti-blasphemy laws, UN, United Nations

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Comment by Patricia on August 23, 2012 at 7:17pm

Flying Atheist.....I guess with the vastness out there, we can each be forgiven for finding the right word.....hahaha..

Comment by Patricia on August 23, 2012 at 7:14pm

I didn't feel 'one-upped' Paula. This is a great place to come for whatever, & we can get feedback for any situation.

Amazing how family resemblance shows up. When we had the slide show at mom's celebration of life party, there was a photo of her at 8 or 9 years old & it was a clone of my husband! 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 23, 2012 at 6:43pm

Thanks for the Hand With Friends LOLcat, Steph. And thanks for the beautiful video, sk8eycat. Us having minds "developed enough to contemplate our existence" means a lot to me too.

Beware .....Flight of fancy...

I wish we had a video with that aesthetic quality to show the moral/evolutionary challenge humanity faces today, in the context of all other possible sentient species who may have developed and faced exactly the same test. A visual glide through the our historical expanding moral/intellectual horizons, splintering into an infinite number of future scenarios fluctuating, quantum-like, with the moral vision of each. Internet connections such as ours would sparkle as small networks, pulsing on the same frequency. Meanwhile the Koch brothers squat like dark spiders at the center of other vast networks, poisoning the possibilities for survival with frantic purple tugs toward blinking out in a few hundred years.

Comment by Paula T. on August 23, 2012 at 6:38pm

This is a GIF from one of the ICanHazCheezburger sites.  I still laugh like crazy when I watch it and somewhere there is a longer version AND one in slow motion.  Enjoy!!

Blargh I am Dead.

http://i.chzbgr.com/completestore/2010/8/1/fb1d43c7-e6cd-4306-9350-...

Comment by Paula T. on August 23, 2012 at 6:23pm
Ruth, I love your cat picture :) I have 2 rottweilers and it never fails...when they are laying down in the middle of everything and I try to step over them, they HAVE to lift their heads. At least I am prepared to grab onto the wall or piece of furniture so break my fall! lol
Comment by Steph S. on August 23, 2012 at 6:10pm

I made this Lolcat for the group!

Hugs to you my friends!

Comment by sk8eycat on August 23, 2012 at 6:02pm

@Flying A -  "I actually feel even more special, and dare I say more privileged, because I can clearly see how lucky we are to be here.....AND, by chance, we also have minds developed enough to contemplate our existence"

Exactly!  I also feel lucky that I've been living in a time when we went from propellor-driven aircraft to jets...and I've seen with my own eyeballs 1) Northrop's "Flying Wing" and 2) a U-2 coming in to land at Lockheed....flew very low over most of Burbank, almost silently. The wings actually flexed visibly.

Then there was the first moon landing, and now all the gorgeous stuff coming in from the Hubble Telescope.

And a vast number of Americans still believe the whole universe was "created" 6,000 years ago.

Whatta buncha maroons!

Go to full-size image

Comment by Paula T. on August 23, 2012 at 5:57pm
Awesome video, sk8eycat, thank you for sharing!

Thank you all for your kind words about my Dad. I wasn't trying to 'one-up' Patricia's situation. I haven't shared this with many and actually feel a bit guilty that I haven't actually grieved yet. It's like it still hasn't hit me, except at times when I think certain things or when looking at old photos of him, some I had never seen. In one, as a young man, he looks SO much like one of my sons, it shocked me. I knew that by sharing with all of you here, I wouldn't hear "I'll keep you in my prayers" or "he's in a better place". Thank you all very sincerely. Your support means the world to me :)
Comment by Steph S. on August 23, 2012 at 5:38pm

I just watched the video sk8eycat - it was wonderful!

I love to see space videos.

Comment by Steph S. on August 23, 2012 at 5:36pm

I love the attitude your cats have Ruth!

They sure are beautiful!

 

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