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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia on Tuesday. 1 Reply

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by sk8eycat on June 15, 2014 at 12:53pm

I have a complete set of DescoWare that I got from Blue Chip Stamps (a west Coast version of Green Stamps) back in the 1960s.

They were so ubiquitous that NO gas station or retail store could stay in business for very long without "giving" them out.  Of course the cost of the things was included in the price of the mdse they were selling, so the customer was really paying for the "freebies."

S'funny the way they all vanished with the first oil embargo in the 1970s...tee-hee!

They were a PITA to me because every bookkeeping outfit I worked for specialized in gas stations...and I got the job of costing them out. Gah!

Also...remember when there were gas stations on every damn corner?  You could choose your brand, knew the owners, etc?  Long gone.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 15, 2014 at 11:55am

I remember banks giving gifts.  I notice some still will give $100 for putting so much in and leaving it there for a certain period.

 I've been tempted, but it's too much trouble, especially because I like my credit union.  I've been a member of a credit union since I started making money.  They don't cost as much as a bank and give more in interest.  Never used a bank.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 15, 2014 at 11:39am

Felaine, that's hilarious.  Looks like something from Monty Python. 

Speaking of gas stations, remember when they used to give out premiums and gifts, like banks used to?  I know that one of our Xmas music records, a wonderful Julie Andrews album acquired in the 60's, was from a gas station promoted by Firestone. 

I also remember my grandmother moving her money around to different banks so she could get the free gift.  Blenders, fans, and little household gadgets.   

Comment by sk8eycat on June 15, 2014 at 10:45am

Monorail Cat. .. Dude, this was like the first thing I uploaded on FJ. Good times, goood times.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 15, 2014 at 10:44am

I like all you peeps pictures.  The Monorail Cat is great Mindy.

Randall, I do remember when you could save money on "self-serve" gas.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 15, 2014 at 8:02am

Carl, neat hobby!

Joan, I'll wait for a rainy day to peruse the site you suggested. I used to live in S. Cal.

Spud, remember when a "self-serve" filling station was a good way to save money? Not any longer. We're being ripped off.

And I love the poster humor!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 15, 2014 at 2:40am

Chris, thanks for the Shorpy link.  What a great site!  That's right up my alley.  I love those old photos.  I have my Chicago postcard collection with cards from 1898 through the 1940's.  So many of the postcards from the "turn of the century" are just like the street scenes in those photos of LA and from the Shorpy website. 

I have somewhere between 1,200 and 1,500 cards exclusively of Chicago.  It's my ambitious project to one day have them all posted (front & back) and categorized on a personal website for all to enjoy.  My collection is quite extensive, so I've basically stopped acquiring additional cards unless I come across something that is so extraordinary or rare. 

Comment by Plinius on June 15, 2014 at 12:57am

Those LA photos are beautiful! Do you know Shorpy? http://www.shorpy.com/

And thanks for the cartoons! Saved and to be used in lessons!

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 14, 2014 at 4:26pm

Joan, I started looking at the LA photos.  After a few at the first, I went to the last and started back up.  Near the last is a photo of a Richfield Service Station, with a couple of uniformed service men.

I couldn't help think that service has gone down as prices have gone up (dramatically).

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2014 at 4:02pm

Felaine, out of curiosity, I tried to find a photo of "Jesus Saves" "S & H Green Stamps", unsuccessfully. However, I found an interesting site that just filled a lovely hour of time on a cold and rainy day. 

Early Los Angeles City Views (1900 - 1925)

I got about a quarter of the way through the photos and stories. Some very fascinating places and changes. 

 

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