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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 Idaho Spud on October 22, 2017 at 1:16pm

That's strange that the service would be available in Podunk Pocatello before major cities.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 22, 2017 at 1:08pm

Spud, I heard about this postal service a few months ago and attempted to sign up, but it is not yet available in my area.  I think it's a great thing.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 22, 2017 at 1:01pm

I was amazed when USPS started photographing all letters and sending the photo to my email box, so I could know what to expect and be surer everything was getting to me.  It's also very nice that I can go to their site and see when packages are expected. As usual, I now want more.  I'm hoping they start sending pix of all my packages, magazines, and catalogs.

I'm also surprised no one on AN has mentioned it yet.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 22, 2017 at 8:56am

Chris (Plinius), I've had two minor strokes.  I'm so lucky that I've had no residual mental or physical damage.  Unfortunately, the odds of having additional strokes increases every time you suffer a stroke.  I can honestly say that my biggest health fear at this time is having another stroke that will take away or diminish some of my motor or mental skills.  Currently my blood pressure is fantastic due to medications. 

As was stated in the video, surgeries like that help further our medical knowledge to help people in the future.  Folks like your brother-in-law and his friends would benefit.  We can only hope our species' ignorance will not win the time race against our ability to apply our phenomenal medical and scientific advancements. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 22, 2017 at 8:36am

Chris (Napa), I'm not sure about other countries, but I know Ireland passed legislation in the past year or two that makes organ donation the default for its citizens.  You have the choice to opt out.  This will make a huge, positive impact for those waiting for lifesaving organs.  I wish that was the law here as well.  If it was, I imagine it would be left up to individual states.  I can't imagine something like that passing on a federal level.  Idiots here complain about the fed mandating the coverage of birth control.

I was previously on kidney dialysis.  Luckily it was only for nine months in 2015.  It's a very time-consuming process that zaps all energy from you.  I was equally lucky to have a sister offer me a kidney that was a match. 

Comment by Plinius on October 22, 2017 at 4:16am

Thanks for the video, Carl! I think it's great when one's speciality is saved this way! When I visit my brother-in-law I see him and his companions - all with brain damage  - struggling with their handicaps; blindness, aphasia, motor disabilities or simply an IQ that has plummeted. It makes me aware every time how precious our brains are..

Comment by Thomas Murray on October 21, 2017 at 5:10pm

Chris,

Maybe you got a straddled at DMV with a

Kim Davis fan?

Comment by Chris on October 21, 2017 at 4:57pm

I have one of those grabbers. I find a foot stool for getting things out of the cabinets in the kitchen easier to use.  With the foot stool I can see what's up there.  I suppose it depends upon how one arranges the items in the cabinets.  A two,  https://www.amazon.com/Restonc-Portable-Capacity-Platform-Lightweig...

or  three step folding ladder with a rail 

https://www.amazon.com/Hailo-4342-001-Safety-330-Pound-Capacity/dp/...

works better than the foot stool, or grabber.

Comment by Chris on October 21, 2017 at 4:47pm

The Flying Atheist,

I have a friend with renal failure because of diabetes. He goes through dialysis three times a week and is in the process of applying for a kidney transplant.  He's in the later stages of the application and seems to be close to needing a matching donor. 

Don't you think that opting out of being a donor should be the standard, rather than opting in? 

When I applied for my drivers license in Oregon I filled out the form to be an organ donor.  When my drivers license arived donor wasn't marked.  Fortunately I lived in a small town so when I went back to the Department of Motor Vehicals the same clerk was there.  I complained to her - She said "I didn't think you were serious."  That pissed me off. I don't know what kind of kookie religous sect she belonged to that must think someone has to be burried with all their organs, or why she thought  I as an adult was undable to make that descision on my own.  I made them issue a new drivers license. I should have complained up the chain of command.

Comment by Chris on October 21, 2017 at 4:20pm

Consious sedation is often used - especially for brain surgery.  The brain has no feeling.   Music one likes helps distract from the procedure.  I read that music a patient enjoys also helps aleviate pain.

Some music results in discomfort....

Neat link about global fires.

(http://fires.globalforestwatch.org/home/)

 

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