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    I love fiction, but have to ask you at this time, can truth be stranger than fiction?:)

    I just checked back in on the board and to be honest I see an awful lot of fiction here, but the same occurs on most Political boards.

    Enjoy your stay.
     
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    Great post! You did leave out abortion. The one thing that makes me wonder. Against abortion,against birth control, but against taking care of those children who live! How do they justify all that?
     
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    I'm writing a book on how to trigger Snowflakes.

    This site has plenty of them.
     
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    I wasn't talking about issues, so no, I didn't leave anything out at all. I was talking about how many of the people I end up talking to on this site function as human beings.
     
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    I find characters here to be intriguing. I find that those, even when confronted with the truth will deny the truth. Then you have those that when given the truth will modify their stand and claim that you are twisting what they said.

    Then you have those that say the left is always right, no matter what and then those that say the right is right no matter what. No logic, no reasoning, just how they perceive the world.

    Leaning more to the right I find the right has out and out racists, however the left has hidden racists and the left tends to ignore or excuse the hidden racism.

    The last thing is how you are either extreme right or extreme left, there is no in between, it is blanket stereotypes. An example, since I am not for gun control, I am a southern hick, that has an arsenal of weapons, including automatic rifles ready to mow hundreds of people down and I must anti-Muslim and anti-gay marriage.

    Also we don’t have conservatives or liberal anymore, we that the left and the right.
     
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    Well, there are lots of people here who use such sites for their own gratification. You'd have thought the amount of porn on the internet would keep you people going for a long time, bit it seems some don't have so much testosterone, and so try and annoy people to get their kicks. Oh, I'm really hoping that the whole reincarnation theory where you become every single living being isn't true, because I don't want to end up like that.
     
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    Simple mudwhistle
    A. Just take each argument or issue that a liberal defends pushing through govt
    B. Point out the parallel issue on the right, where the left PROTESTS when THEY push THAT belief through govt
    C. then point out they either contradict themselves, or both beliefs should be treated equally
    And this will cause arguments and defenses to go in circles or end in personal slams

    For example
    1. compare the right to health care issue and free market choice
    to the right to life issue and reproductive free choice
    2. compare the right not to be harassed or excluded from schools or govt for "LGBT beliefs"
    (including beliefs in transgender expression and same sex marriage as a ritual and practice)
    with the right of Christians not to be harassed or excluded from secular policy and govt
    for displaying Crosses, Creation, prayers, or other expressions of "Christian beliefs"
    3. compare abortion rights with gun rights, and how neither side wants to be criminalized and punished
    for freedoms and liberties they believe in defending, but want to use govt to impose on the other sides' beliefs
    4. compare voting rights with gun rights, and how both sides complain that more regulations won't stop abuses

    For each of these, complain that the left uses the Democrats to push "political beliefs" through govt,
    but then demands "separation of church and state" when it comes to other parties pushing THEIR beliefs.

    Then stand back and listen to the justifications going around and around.

    Why the secular beliefs and creeds are allowed to be imposed through govt by majority rule or court ruling,
    but if the conservatives defend or push those principles through govt, suddenly that's discriminating
    against other beliefs by pushing Christian beliefs through govt.
     
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    Hi ThatDude30 You sound like a real winner! and the fact you have a girlfriend who believes the same, that is a winning combination. Remember it took Stephen King's wife to dig his first novel "Carrie" out of the trashcan when he thought it was trash. She knew he was sitting on gold.
    And Victor Hugo took years before he became famous; someone had to believe in them because it can take a while for your ideas to gestate and come to maturity.

    Keep sharing and take it one page at a time, one chapter, one blog, and you can do a lot with each idea or issue you write about. I hope you try to the Writing section on here, and also find a local writers group in your city (try meetup.com or also magazines like Poets & Writers with monthly posts for contests, grants or residencies.) There's Writers in the Schools and Communities in Schools where you can integrate your career skills with working with students in public schools.

    I think you may have a special talent for communicating and inspiring creative dialogue and proactive listening with ADULTS if you like it here. There are lots of resources for children, youth and students. But adults end up scrambling on their own, so maybe with your open minded patience, listening skills, etc. you might meet a greater demand there.

    For students and antibullying, I recommend:
    www.rachelschallenge.org
    And any program like Teen Court or peer mediation and conflict resolution training.
    For adults, I recommend:
    www.centerhealingracism.org
    www.apvusa.org which originally started when Quaker peace community leaders were
    invited to teach in prisons, but the program they started taught such basic practical skills in positive relationships, that these workshops became popular as general nonprofit outreach. Their volunteers facilitate really fun workshop exercises that teach adults to do more of the interactive skills and cooperative/collaborative relations that you seem to do naturally.
    So if you are going to create your own series, I would definitely recommend this as a model, where each exercise teaches a different point or skills, using a fun visual or game activity.

    If you are going for grants to fund a workshop series, check out these above programs you can use as models to develop your own.

    It adds interest to promote your series by bringing in one other focus, such as writing poetry, or playing with clay or drawing cartoons, or printing a book of the students' stories, to build your workshop series around. I have done guest workshops using "origami" to teach in summer peace camps, social studies or world geography classes, also during Asian cultural month, and an environmental workshop on saving endangered species inthe river and forest ecosystems. If there is some kind of art or visual you can use, even using toys or robots to teach with, that is easier to promote for attracting grants or sponsors. One of my friends brings reptiles to schools to teach kids about nature and special care required for pets and animals.

    If you enjoy interacting with the kids, I hope you would consider theatre and reaching kids that way. If you learn to run your own podcasts or live streaming on facebook live, that's a good skill to teach, but with minors, anything to do with photos or online images requires all kinds of safety and security including parental permission. but if schools have an inhouse media program, it can be kept on closed circuit. One school I visited had their own media program, and also a cooking program where the students raised chickens to produce the eggs at the school.

    whatever skills you enjoy most, or learn from others while you reach out and research, I hope you find creative ways to incorporate that in your presentations.

    Adults also learn best by reverting back to 6 or 8 grade level, so learning to set rules and curricula for kids can also apply to reaching adults who especially need conflict resolution training in how to communicate and collaborate!

    If you come up with a unique creative form of interacting and teaching, try pitching it through the TED conferences. I know a theatre actor/professor who did a TED speech on using theatre and "playback" to role play and change social dynamics for adults. I'm sure you can come up with something similarly creative, and unique to your style and interests!

    I've used origami, stand up comedy, singing karaoke spoofs, to make presentations more fun and stand out as different.

    One more interesting resource I have shared with both progressive activists and also teachers and students:
    independent currency. Community groups can design their own local currency and barter their labor between participating members using these with local businesses that agree to accept the notes and exchange them in that community. Setting up such a system involves printing a newspaper of ads for people and businesses in the exchange network, designing distributing and securing the printed barter currency notes, and managing the memberships and promotion to build a cooperative economy with local businesses. So it's a great teaching tool, that requires people thinking on a higher sustainable level.

    See www.ithacahours.com and www.paulglover.org
    Some schools have a version of this with school "scrip" or coupons that can be recirculated among participating sponsors. Other communities have maintained their own local currency or set it up through a database to manage and track the barter credits online like the Times Bank in DC.

    So if you are really ambitious, you could look into that,
    and learn and teach this system of local currency, starting with kids all the way to college students and adults to teach the value of labor, community, and building economy by DIY.
     
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