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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 Plinius on June 4, 2015 at 1:46am

Climate and social ills often make me worry far beyond what I can do about them. Then I skip 4 billion years and think of the collision milke Way - Andromeda.

Wonderful music, Loren! I love harmony!

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 4, 2015 at 12:53am

Loren, that's an amazing arrangement -- and par for the course for the King's Singers! (I actually got to sing that arrangement in a community choir last year.)

Joan, (and Chris and Ian), I'll echo that we are all on this spaceship together. I just discovered Isaac Asimov's 1988 interviews on Bill Moyers' World of Ideas (transcripts: Part I, Part II; videos: Part I, Part II 1/3, 2/3, 3/3). In Part I, he talks about religion, science, and many other things including the global population explosion, and how equality for women worldwide is essential to our survival:

MOYERS: Why did you say that the price of survival is the equality of women?

ASIMOV: Because if women have full ability to enter into all facets of the human condition, if they can enter business, if they can enter religion, science, government, on an equal basis with men, they will be so busy that they won't feel it is necessary to have a great many children. As long as you have women under conditions where they don't feel any sense of value, no self-worth except as mothers, except as baby factories, they'll have a lot of children. Because that's the only way they can prove they're worth something. [...] if you could somehow raise the status of women, I am certain the birth rate would fall drastically through the choice of the women themselves.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 3, 2015 at 11:58pm

Loren, I love The King's Singers.  My parents purchased one of their vinyl albums at a garage sale back in the late 70's/early 80's.  I've been sold on them ever since.  They perform such a large variety of music genres.....and always so eloquently. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 3, 2015 at 11:46pm

Loren, this beautiful harmony amazes me. I close my eyes and pretend am one of the singers. (Ha! I can't carry a tune in a bonnet). Thanks!. "And so it goes!

Comment by Loren Miller on June 3, 2015 at 9:28pm

Pardon me if I'm breaking into a conversation here ... but if any of you enjoy Billy Joel and/or the King's Singers, permit me to submit the following for your consideration:

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 3, 2015 at 3:40pm

I know how you fell, Ian. I want to become a street corner shouter as well. If it worked, I would do it. No! It takes something more than shouting! However, what else works. 

Ruth, knowledge about the changing weather patterns does not hit the wealthy or the poor, the educated or uneducated. 

Felaine, population reduction is necessary! We will destroy the plant by our ways of living, even as the population grows so fast. 

Carl, misuse of water, by the wrong people for the wrong purposes just spell disaster for many people. Nestle has never revealed a concern for the health of people. They are concerned about making wealth for themselves out of a scarce commodity. 

Randy, California has always led the way in new technology and behavior. Sadly, they lead us into drought, as well. 

Chris, you and Ian reveal to us USA folks that we are all on this spaceship together. We will all go down with the ship or we can all survive. Change has to occur. It is the new imperative. 

The words "obedience and control" need to be transformed into the words "cooperation and reason". 

Anyone know how to transform words from one to another? 

Comment by Ian Mason on June 3, 2015 at 1:53pm

It's appaling how the message of climate change hasn't sunk in yet with so many people and how the profits of the powerful come before common sense. I saw DeGrasse Tysons's "Cosmos" on Sunday, the episode where he makes the case quite clearly. It made me feel like standing on street corners and berating passersby to change their lives.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 3, 2015 at 12:30pm

I appreciate that parts of North America and Europe are unseasonably chilly. However, I'm more concerned about the larger picture. Arctic Amplification has slowed the Jet Stream and made it have deeper waves (Rossby waves). While we get chilly Arctic air, the Arctic is expected to warm.

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Comment by sk8eycat on June 3, 2015 at 8:50am

Randall, I was born here, so I didn't have much choice.  (My dad grew up in Chino - went to Chaffey High in Ontario.  I think he would have preferred New England.)

@ Flying A....IMO the people on the whole planet ought to prioritize how many children  they can afford to raise decently, and make contraceptives available to everyone FREE till we get the population back down to maybe 3 billion.  7 billion is obscene.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 3, 2015 at 8:29am

I hear you, Felaine.  The water shortage is already severe.....and getting worse.  I've signed petitions against Nestle about the way they have privatized water rights.  Overall, people on this whole planet need to seriously reevaluate how we use our natural resources. 

 

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