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10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6. 3 Replies

Apparently, Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has been slumming.  That is to say, she's been talking to Mike Pence [gasp!].  It would seem as though Mike has offered some of his not-so-personal tricks of the trade on how to be a 21st century…Continue

Tags: tricks, Mike Pence, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 19. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Sep 28. 8 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27. 5 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

Tags: patriotism, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 18, 2017 at 9:30am

Apparently the significance of truth has abandoned us.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 18, 2017 at 9:22am

Bertold, the Black Panthers/KKK comparison is the common argument trope these days:  all sides are equal in their validity.  

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 18, 2017 at 9:16am

Too true, Carl.

Austria's one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen, but it does have some alarming political tendencies. Sadly, (and not only in Austria) playing on fear and loathing of the other continues to be a highly effective means of persuasion. Add a good dose of denseness among the denizens, and you have a perfect recipe for the very reversal you noted, and far worse.

I couldn't believe my ears the other day when a friend (a friend!) tried to say that the Black Panthers were the equivalent of the KKK. As a character in a bizarre sci-fi novel I'm reading said, "A circle looks at a square and sees a badly made circle."

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 18, 2017 at 8:41am

And now I see Austria is the latest victim to the populist nationalism scourge.  In a time when the world as a whole was inching progressively forward, we've lapsed into a large-scale,180-degree backward tailspin. 

Centuries ago the only solution to this problem was uprising, revolution, and war initiated by the masses.  These days the power is in our hands through the democratic ballot process.  Unfortunately the masses are too apathetic and uninformed to yield this power in their favor.  Ironically, we are highly more educated than our ancestors, but still they were motivated to action.  I'm at a loss of how to shake people from our current complacency.      

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 18, 2017 at 1:48am

Plinius (Chris) Sorry to learn that the retirement plan isn't working out in The Netherlands, either. It seems we have all been snookered by the laissez-faire capitalism scheme. 

Comment by Thomas Murray on October 16, 2017 at 2:33pm

It seems that Atheist Nexus is working now.

Loren, that was a problem for me too... before it took half a minute to post a comment, but it is fine now.

That rooster is so cool!

Comment by Loren Miller on October 16, 2017 at 1:23pm

For about a week, A|N was REALLY SLOW ... as in taking between 20 and 40 seconds for a comment to post once the button was pressed.  Night now, everything appears to be working fine for me, but if you are having a problem, PLEASE let me know.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 16, 2017 at 1:16pm

My Nexus experience is fine right now.  There was the awfully slow comment posting problem that occured a couple of weeks ago, but that has been resolved.  I have no current issues.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 16, 2017 at 8:19am

My A/N site problem is the comment box. It often is a blank, yellow rectangle--no headings. But it works when I hit "Add Comment". Like right now!

Comment by Plinius on October 16, 2017 at 12:25am

I love that rooster Patricia! 

Good luck with your pronouns, Ian! Most of the time it's easy, especially when you see how much trans people are at peace with themselves. We were at an all-girls tea this week and it was a big success: no one noticed that Luca is trans, but the best was that she talked, thought and made friends like the happiest woman in the world. Really great to see!

 

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