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Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 28 minutes ago. 3 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

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 17 hours ago. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by Plinius on June 13, 2015 at 10:16am

Good music, Ian, thanks!

And I love the descriptions of the places where you live! Tell me more!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2015 at 9:43am

Carl, that is the most outrageous example of gerrymandering I have ever seen. Gutierrez did a masterful job of forming his support. 

In his case, trying to get power from people who own million dollar mansions takes something grotesque to accomplish. 

I agree with you on all points on term limits. The pros and consd balance out and so it depends on who is being limited and who is wanted. Overall, I leave it to the vote, not the mandate. 

gerrymandering

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 13, 2015 at 9:31am

Ian, thanks for the link to the "badass" musical instruments.  I loved the videos.  I hope everyone here watches them.   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 13, 2015 at 9:09am

I live in Illinois Congressional District 4 represented by congressman Luis Gutierrez.  It is mentioned in The Economist article as being the "champion" of gerrymandering.  It is the letter 'U' on its side.

The two large grey areas on the right side of the map below encompass neighborhoods in Chicago that are predominantly Latino/Hispanic.  From there, the district has two tentacles that then meander westward into the suburbs to include other areas in the region with high concentrations of Hispanics/Latinos.  This, coincidentally, coincides with western suburbs that have a lot of industrial/manufacturing parks and low-income households.

Sandwiched in-between right in the middle are the wealthy suburbs of Oak Park and River Forest, with million-dollar homes and the largest concentration of Frank Lloyd Wright houses in the world. 

Also sandwiched in-between, directly to the east of Oak Park, we're back in the city of Chicago on the west side which is predominantly African-American. 

All this gerrymandering has been concocted just to keep the incumbent, Louis Gutierrez, elected. 

Regarding term limits, I'm generally against them, as I feel we already have that power in the voting booth.  (What the voters do with that power is another issue, but limits shouldn't be mandated.)  There actually are some politicians I'm glad to have in office multiple terms.  Why get rid of a good person just for the sake of having term limits to weed out the bad?  As I said, that can be done in the voting booth.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2015 at 8:40am

Ian, yes, I plan to sell my home and move to Laura's home 50 miles north of Spokane. She lives on the north side of Mt. Spokane in the midst of an old forest long ago logged. The 17 acres have grown up and are badly overcrowded with a wide variety of conifers. Laura planted some deciduous trees but they do not thrive in that soil. It appears to me to be a terminal moraine of the receding glaciers of the last Ice Age. Their property is on small rolling hills of sand. The property below them is a meadow, lovely in the spring and especially this summer with the cooler weather we have had. The aquifer that supports their well comes from Pond Oreille Lake and River.

The glacial rolling sands and verdant green meadows are underlaid by ancient granites that, when exposed, weather nicely into rich mineral soils and regoliths. The soils here are also rich in volcanic ash from the Cascade eruptions, including Mt. St. Helens. The prevailing westerlies blew great mounds of ash from the formation of the Cascade Range. 

Larry is building me a greenhouse because our growing season is so short. I have created beautiful gardens from Kenai, Alaska to Washington, D.C, and from Spokane and Seattle to Ft. Hood, TX and places in between. I thought my home garden in Spokane would be my last horrah! It appears I have one more project to complete before I become the food for other life forms. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2015 at 7:44am

 Carl, I now use a cane and am grateful for it. It also helps me fend off attacks by my granddaughter's over-loving, over exuberant pointer named Zeek. His lovely enthusiasm is too much for me, especially if I am standing. He runs a marathon around the house with the labrador, Dominic in hot pursuit. Dominic used to knock me down when I first arrived at their home but he sensed I was vulnerable and no longer gives me a knock-down welcome. He is so gentle with me, walks with me in the forest, sits quietly beside me when I sleep. We have a routine each morning. He comes and sits until I awaken, he gets a "rub" all over before breakfast. We have breakast together, he, with a treat of a biscuit, I with my bowl of fruit. He never begs, however he has me well trained so that he gets his regular "rub",  "snack", and "outside" adventure. 

I miss him when I am at my home in Spokane. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 13, 2015 at 7:35am

Ditto for me, Randy.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 13, 2015 at 7:22am

Comments below on voting, Supreme Court, Unions, etc., is (are) exactly why I'm backing Bernie Sanders for president!

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 13, 2015 at 5:46am

Ruth, thanks for the pointer to Madison's Music and what's wrong with the current Supreme Court! "One dollar, one vote" is an apt summation of a lot of it -- and there's the privileged duopoly, and entrenched gerrymandering to create safe incumbents.

(On gerrymandering, the 2002 Economist article "How to rig an election" is still very much relevant, and contains some shocking examples and maps!)

"... what’s needed is a new Supreme Court majority that understands Madison's vision and is not hostile to a broad and inclusive democracy."

That underscores how essential it is for us to vote in every presidential election! Even while the system is broken.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 13, 2015 at 3:37am

Just to show that there's many a good tune played on an old fiddle (or sackbut, oud etc)

http://www.sinfinimusic.com/uk/features/guides/instrument-guides/8-...

 

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