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The myth of religions

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Saturday. 3 Replies

The creation myth of civilizations instructs men to dominate, to conquer, to go forth and multiply. No reasonable person would pay attention to such a god. No hunter-gatherer receives such a senseless message from wise elders.However, that idea…Continue

Tags: masculine, violation, imperative, go forth and multiply,, conquest

Winter Driving, Preparing for the worst

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 1. 2 Replies

Now that we enter the time the Celtics called Imbolc, a pagan celebration of the beginning of spring and season of new life, I ran across this video on preparing for winter driving. It offers reasons for each thing he puts in his vehicles to be safe…Continue

Tags: prepare, driving, winter

A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Dec 26, 2017. 10 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

10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6, 2017. 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, 2017. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Comment by Clarence Dember on July 18, 2011 at 4:30pm
Hi Kit. It seems government can only provided what it takes. Government does badly what rational self interest and ability does well. The problem as I see it is refraining from singling out every affluent person as a cash cow for your great society. If you think you can do it by scuttling volition or lambasteing the self reliant you haven't heard of the Amish.
Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 18, 2011 at 3:06pm

Indeed Clarence it does involve the end of lobbies as they currently exist.

We continue to elect the wealthy and wonder why they do not represent our interests.  Take the time to find those in one's own community, perhaps a small business owner, and elected honest people who have a career and lack the desire to gain wealth from a long term career in the political arena. 

If your question was an attempt at sarcasm it fell flat.

My ideas are not that idealistic, rather come from reading the biographies and auto biographies of those who we call the "founding fathers."  Along with many hours of reading both American and world history.  Though not my major, most certainly of great interest.

 @ Grace - a very good point.


Comment by Clarence Dember on July 18, 2011 at 2:50pm
Kit; for what you think government should do singularly as you put it requires removal of lobbiests, corporate welfare and back room dealing. Would you have any money to exchange for what you would like or should multinational corporations just leave poor Congress men and women alone?
Comment by Grace Fitzpatrick on July 18, 2011 at 2:44pm
Republicans like to act like the EPA, OSHA, FDA,  National Park Service, VA, SS and SSDI are all eating up the taxpayers money.  However, they never mention the largest part of the budget seems to go to defense.  A lot of that money doesn't go to paying and caring for military members and their families, but rather to defense contractors who seem to often not even provide the goods and services they are being paid for.
Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 18, 2011 at 2:38pm

I don't see the government as a surrogate parent, rather as an entity that has the singular task of fulfilling the expected social contract between the citizens and their government. 

@Alysn and Natalie - I think we forget that we pay taxes not for the subsidization of either wealthy individuals nor wealthy corporations.  We are lulled into believing the nonsense that by not paying taxes these two groups will employ and revitalize our economy; were that factual then after more then ten years of this continued avoidance of taxation - where are the jobs?  Oh yeah, in China, India and southeast Asia etc.  We were deceived into using our economic quaternary as nothing more then a debt intensive and credit heavy fallacy.  Now we are paying - that is some are paying while others continue to feed from the trough leaving few scraps behind.  We must find a way to end the belief that we need more and more and to gain that "created" need we depend on credit.

Comment by Clarence Dember on July 18, 2011 at 1:26pm
I think that everyone who searches for ways to leverage their value can support themselves.
Government is not a surrogate parent for adults except in s fascist dictatorship.
Comment by Natalie A Sera on July 18, 2011 at 10:26am
About the 50% tax rate -- I live on a modest fixed income, but who knows if the trade-off would leave me with the same standard of living. I actually don't mind paying taxes if they are being used for worthwhile things, and not subsidizing the wealthy. I also resent those wealthy who are unwilling to pick up their share of the burden, but rather trying to harm the most vulnerable members of our society. They can darn well afford more taxes, and it really bugs me when a conservative yaps on and on about how we need budget cuts, but never a word about raising revenues. The "no new taxes" pledge is one of the most damaging and ugly ideas the Republicans have come up with lately, but there are lots of others. OK, flame-retardant suit on!
Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 18, 2011 at 6:51am
Denmark really shouldn't advertise too much.  From all I have heard, life there is the exact opposite of the US and many other places. Taxes at about 50%, a government that respects the social contract between the people and their needs, unions, fair vacation time, maternal leave.  Sounds like most Americans need to buy a copy of Rosetta Stone for Denmark.
Comment by Ian Mason on July 18, 2011 at 5:39am
Hej Gary. The spelling's right, the weather's the same and so are the women. :-)
Comment by G Smith on July 18, 2011 at 2:36am
Hello from USA, Ian.  I lived on the island of Fyn in a town called Glamsbjerg (maybe spelling wrong).  I remember the rain and the beautiful girls.  If you see Ulla Skytte, now about 53 years old, tell her that she was my first love!

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