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A MESSAGE FROM THE QUEEN

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia on Saturday. 9 Replies

Hilarious Must Read Letter To The Citizens Of The United States Of America From Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.Published by BhaviniA MESSAGE FROM THE QUEENTo all the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen…Continue

Consumers do not see this coming

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Meri Weathers on Thursday. 5 Replies

GRAIN & FOOD PRICES TO SOAR! China Trade, Farmers, Weather, and GSMWhat can I do to be more self-sufficient? 1. grow more of my food,2. eat lower on the food chain,3. find simple, less expensive pleasures, 4. build support community, 5. prepare…Continue

Tags: community, farmers, poverty

Evangelicals Breaking Up with Jesus (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 28. 10 Replies

Has evangelical Christianity lost sight of Christ?  Seems to me that there are a whole lot of evangelical Christians who are presuming to represent Jesus by not representing him or misrepresenting him or – let's be honest here – talking out of their…Continue

Tags: Franklin, Graham, Trump, Jesus, America's Best Christian

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck May 27. 15 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 24. 21 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Water! Access to fresh water declines as populations grow, temperatures rise, immigration increases!

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Bobby May 15. 7 Replies

What are their options? The aquifer that provided a necessary element for successful crops for the past 100 years is predicted to dry up in 20 years. Four generations of farmers in one family may probably not be able to last for the fifth…Continue

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Comment by Plinius on June 22, 2019 at 7:39am

Succes, Randall! Luca and I are cleaning the building today, a common project with the neighbours. Pizza afterwards.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 22, 2019 at 6:55am

Ol' Granddad here is "babysitting" his 3 grandchildren (ages 3-9) overnight tonight. I think I can handle it. If I could manage 6 classrooms per day full of 12-13 year olds for 33 years, this should be a piece of cake.

Comment by Plinius on June 16, 2019 at 7:18am

And I've seen too many grown-ups with the symptoms you describe. Often they don't know hat's wrong with them.

As they say - it takes one to know one...

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 16, 2019 at 7:09am

Imagine a newborn baby observing its mother being beaten by its father. It experiences fear; the body produces chemicals that result in a response to protect its body. A normal response is to fight or flee. The newborn is, in fact, helpless. 

This same newborn experiences stress throughout life, there exist unexplained experiences that appear to come from nowhere:

* Recurrent, unwanted distressing memories of the traumatic event

* Reliving the traumatic event as if it were happening again (flashbacks)

* Upsetting dreams or nightmares about the traumatic event

* Severe emotional distress or physical reactions to something that reminds you of the traumatic event

* Avoidance of thinking or talking about the traumatic event

* Avoiding places, activities or people that remind you of the traumatic event

* Negative thoughts about yourself, other people or the world

* Hopelessness about the future

* Memory problems, including not remembering important aspects of the traumatic event

* Difficulty maintaining close relationships

* Feeling detached from family and friends

* Lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed

* Difficulty experiencing positive emotions

* Feeling emotionally numb

* Being easily startled or frightened

* Always being on guard for danger

* Self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much or driving too fast

* Trouble sleeping

* Trouble concentrating

* Irritability, angry outbursts or aggressive behavior 

* Overwhelming guilt or shame

Whether physical or emotional reactions, these defense mechanisms intrude upon one’s life for no apparent reason. They reside in the pre-conscious mind of children raised in violent homes. Post Traumatic Stress symptoms occur not only in the war-wounded but in many violently raised children.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 15, 2019 at 11:43am

You make a good point, Plinius, and as one born in a farming community, I know that we kids had our roles to play in the business of agriculture. As a child, we rogued peas. It was hot, dirty work and a way to buy our school clothes. 
I don't know how the labor of children in the chocolate industry compares with peas and lentils. I suppose the wages fall far below the money paid for the other farm chores, but it was a good way for children of our era to earn money. 
Ruth, I, too, enjoyed and bought Lindt chocolates. 

I need more information about the working conditions of children in chocolate production 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 14, 2019 at 10:52pm

I've used Lindt 85% for years. Didn't know they were part of a supply chain that included child labor.

Comment by Patricia on June 14, 2019 at 12:36pm

I don't have an addictive personality, but I also try to get my dark chocolate & coffees from fair trade brands.

Belgian chocolate is one of the best, along with Italian.

Not a licorice fan, so that doesn't sound good to me at all, Plinius. I also don't care for the salty items. I use salt sparingly in my cooking, but don't go overboard as so many processed foods do.

Comment by Plinius on June 14, 2019 at 5:20am

Child labour.... I see petitions against child labour and other actions, but what I miss when I read more is the help for the whole family. Children often work to help their family - forbid them the chocolate factory and the sewing workshop and they might end in the sex industry. Fair trade products look like a good choice.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2019 at 3:35am

I am addicted to chocolate, especially the fine quality of Belgian chocolate. I am aware of child labor in the production of chocolate and boycott Godiva, Cadbury, Hershey, Lindt, Ghiradelli, Nestle and Mars. I seek out Fair Trade brands and just hope they use Fair Trade practices. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2019 at 2:13am

Tom, "'apostate' comes from ancient Greek for 'runaway slave.'"

Ouch! Not having control over my body defines slavery to most women and some men. Civilization evolved past those ideas for some women and some men. Religions continue to hold bondage over some. Nationalism does the same thing. If one puts religion, nation, race, and gender above the individual, a threat of fascism exists. 

In those states that deny women the right to safe contraception and abortion, those states should deny men the right to sex; furthermore, women can receive public funds for family planning programs. 

 

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