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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 24. 9 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. 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

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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 kathy: ky on September 23, 2015 at 9:19pm
Chris,l remember that song and I'm sure l only heard it once years later. I thought it was terrible, senseless and whiney too.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 23, 2015 at 8:05pm

Chris, definitely not satire. Eddie Fisher was a "heart throb" singer who's singing style was pretty typical of pre-rock 'n roll 1950's crooners. I guess that's why he made it to #1 that year! The teen girls swooned over his dreamy voice and good looks.

Comment by Plinius on September 23, 2015 at 8:39am

Thanks Carl, but I think the song is hard to understand, I'm totally out of touch with O My Papa. Is it satire, do you think? Or why the slow whining?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 23, 2015 at 7:58am

Ian, I was born in July 1964.  It was a big year in the US for the Beatles.  They had lots of #1 songs that year.  A couple of years ago I attended a screening of the film "A Hard Day's Night" at my local art-house/movie revival theater.  I have a copy of the July 1964 National Geographic Magazine.  The lead story is about the huge Easter morning earthquake in Alaska that previous Spring.

Here's a Medley of Number One Songs 1964 link.

It's from this fun website:

http://www.bobborst.com/popculture/number-one-songs-by-year/?y=1964

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 23, 2015 at 7:21am

Joan:

Bertold:

Chris:

Comment by Plinius on September 23, 2015 at 5:19am

1954 "Oh mein Papa" ... no, never heard of! 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 23, 2015 at 3:28am

What a youngster you are, Carl. I remember going to see the film of "A Hard Day's Night."

Just ordered this T-shirt.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 22, 2015 at 11:54pm

Good Night Irene, Gordon Jenkins and the Weavers

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 22, 2015 at 11:48pm

#1 song for 1936 was Bing Crosby, "Pennies from heaven"

I forget how to get the Imbed Code to bring the film here. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 22, 2015 at 10:53pm

Ian, it seems uncertainty is the only constant during this period in human history. If that is an accurate statement, then the remedy for working folk is to learn how to thrive in uncertainty.

I do hope your situation becomes stable, and you receive the benefits that you worked to gain. 

It is a crime that workers and those who hire workers agree to terms that include retirement benefits; when the time comes to collect the benefits, sometimes the rules change. The worker fulfills his or her part of the bargain throughout their working years, and those who hire workers don't and are not required to perform their part of the bargain. 

If enough workers fall into this trap, and if workers organize to retain their legitimate claims to retirement, then the benefits may be restored.

If those who hire workers have clout with changing laws, law enforcers, attorneys and judges, then the workers lose. 

The workers also lose because during their working years the cost of living is at one level but upon retirement the cost of living is higher because of inflation. Workers who retire often have to lower their standard of living.  

Capitalism stinks when it does not prepare workers for this reality. People in socialist countries face threats of lower standards of living because of threatened loss of security benefits. 

The proof of what I state becomes verified by the growing gap between rich and poor around the world, in every political system. 

If work has value it should pay wages that maintain a modest to medium income. If the work does not support a medium income, then the system works to create an imbalance. 

 

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