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The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

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Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

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Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

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The Bourne Again Identity (Mr. Deity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Aug 2. 2 Replies

There's a young man, unconscious, found tangled with the bushes which describe the edge of your property, late one evening.  Who is he?  Where did he come from?  These are the questions which confound Ward and Pam as they attempt to deal with a most…Continue

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 8, 2014 at 10:14pm
... people can't , or don't, do their jobs right...

That describes my morning, booklover. I was on the phone for the fifth time to Highmark Blue Shield, trying to get them to send my endocrinologist a form, so she can appeal a drug exclusion. The first three forms they claimed they'd faxed "disappeared". This process has involved two dozen calls over three weeks, not counting busy signals, hang-ups when on hold, or "out to lunch" responses.

Today I learned that Blue Shield's policy is to fax a blank form to one of the doctor's offices. Like many specialists, she has three or four offices, which are each shared with five or so other doctors. So they fax a blank form with no cover letter to a random office, and the patient gets lost in the cracks. Without the doctor's name or the patient's name, or the name of the denied drug, there could be thousands of possibilities. Their phone agents sound so helpful and cheery, which in retrospect seems a cruel irony.

This morning the doctor's staff finally found the third form, and claimed they can't use a blank form. "No we can't fill it out." Claimed they needed a denial letter. Eventually I got Blue Shield to call them. No guarantee that worked. After all of this, they'll probably reject the appeal.

I was thinking about how the right wing is so against government bureaucracy. But all of this bureaucracy was caused by private companies, quite deliberately. Every time I called Blue Shield I was forced to re-verify every single identifying datum in my file, even if I'd just talked to someone there two minutes ago. And the damned phone tree had four nested levels, at least two of which required re-verifying which button you'd just pushed, which made half a dozen mechanical back and forth transactions till you'd get a phone line to a human being, who'd insist on your going over every fact in your file.

Felt like my head would explode by the end.

Thanks for listening to my rant.

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Comment by sk8eycat on May 7, 2014 at 7:46pm

I'm sort of reliving my long ago days in fandom when I had the money to co to a convention or two a year.  I usually got some of my money back by working the art shows (and then blew it all bidding on drawings and the occasional painting.)

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 7, 2014 at 3:44pm

And for those who don't follow the group "Food!", I was glad to learn about the dark and funny filksong "Beware of the Sentient Chili" (video) (lyrics). Thanks, sk8eycat!

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 7, 2014 at 3:19pm

A lot to catch up on here! Thanks, Felaine, for sharing Mercedes Lackey's witty song "Dark and Stormy Night".

And thanks to Idaho Spud for sharing (in "No Nonsense") a concise, clear video explaining why we need to defend net neutrality. It affects us all, not just geeks.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 7, 2014 at 1:03pm

Mindy, I don't know how it is now, but when I travelled in Europe, I bought a railroad pass and went all over Europe without a hassle. Then jump on a flight or ferry to Ireland and do the whole adventure at minimum costs. It is fun to get off the train at interesting looking spots and just wander around. Eat in local restaurants, even if they don't speak English. Just look around until you see a dish that someone is eating that looks interesting to you, point to it for the wait staff, and before you know it, you have discovered something different and mostly tasty. Sometimes you eat something that isn't appetizing to your pallet, but what the heck, you only live once. 

I don't think there is the problem with money exchanges now with the Euro. When I adventured there, every time we crossed a border I had to get money exchanged. Someone else will have to advise you on that. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 7, 2014 at 11:37am

Patricia, Aurora, beautiful name for a beautiful daughter. 

Ian, The Earth's climatic changes explain much of history's human story. Cosmos covers the events that made it possible for Africans to leave the continent and migrate east and north by moderation of climate. 

Ramesses the Great, had vast gardens, farms, forests, armies, "was the third Egyptian pharaoh of the Nineteenth dynasty. He is often regarded as the greatest, most celebrated, and most powerful pharaoh of the Egyptian Empire."

Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote of Ramses II in Ozymandias
"Look on my works ye Mighty, and despair! 
    No thing beside remains. Round the decay 
    Of that Colossal Wreck, boundless and bare, 
    The lone and level sands stretch far away."

What were once abundant fields of crops now reveal only sand.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 7, 2014 at 10:36am

k8eycat & Idaho Spud, Ya, I listened through it wondering who would do her in. Loved the community covering for the perpetrator of the crime! 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 7, 2014 at 7:40am

Unrequested help.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 7, 2014 at 5:11am

A very pretty daughter you have, Patricia.

That's the Judean desert, Joan. There's a lot of obvious erosion caused by rain. In Herod's time the palace was self-sufficient with water because it had huge cisterns to store rainwater. There was even s swimming pool. The Dead Sea is not far away but that's not drinkable :-D

Thoughts and feelings. I was impressed, as I often am, by the human ingenuity and skill involved but bore in mind that it was all created on the whim of a ruler. This is probably true of all ancient monuments. I have to take my hat off to the Jews of the time: the Briton's rebellion of 61 CE lasted a couple of months but the Jewish rebellion held out against several Roman legions for 4 years, ending atMasada. As a result all modern Israeli soldiers are "sworn in" there.

I think the landscape is fascinating and would love to wander about. I felt the same urge in Greenland and in Austria, always wanting to see what's over the next hill. In Austria it was possible to satisfy my urges to some extent without running any great risk to life and limb which was a real pleasure.

Comment by Plinius on May 7, 2014 at 4:49am

Help with suicide is still forbidden but there's discussion about it....

 

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