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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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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Sep 28. 8 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

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

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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 Joan Denoo on August 14, 2014 at 12:53am

Patricia, thanks for alerting me to the other two videos. I just watched them. Women and children need laws written with their flourishing in mind and law enforcement to make sure that all those violations are prosecuted. 

It seems unlikely the women who say they are happy with the situation and have no complaints have no idea of other options that might exist for them. If they are adults, they may have a right to live in a polygamous marriage if it is legal, but I can't see how it would benefit society. 

There are two problems I see, 

Gender disparity concern, first, is several females sharing one male. Females are treated as baby factories.
Second, is not enough females for males. China's one child rule resulted in the aborting or killing of female babies, leaving a surplus of males. 

"Future challenges for China will be the gender disparity. According to the 2010 census, males account for 51.27% of China's 1.34 billion people, while females made up 48.73% of the total. The sex ratio (the number of males for each female in a population) at birth was 118.06 boys to every 100 girls (54.14%) in 2010, higher than the 116.86 (53.89%) of 2000, but 0.53 points lower than the ratio of 118.59 (54.25%) in 2005.[5] In most western countries the sex ratio at birth is around 105 boys to 100 girls (51.22%). At the moment there are about 9 million more boys than girls in China."

Gender disparity concern

this is about a third of the way into the article. 

Chinese Women by Age Cohorts

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 13, 2014 at 10:15pm

Patricia, the video came through nicely. I can't even imagine how this case could take so long. What about the safety and health of the girls? Are there any reports on them. Did they have children? What was the age of the youngest mother? He claimed to only hold hands and I find that highly unlikely. One of the girls involved between the two families was 12 years old, if I remember correctly.

Just imagine them taking underage girls and marrying them off. The video revealed happy children and women. I wonder about their physical and mental health?  

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 13, 2014 at 9:52pm

Bertold, here is my playlist of Phil Zuckerman. Enjoy!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 13, 2014 at 9:47pm

Carl, I kept watching to see how they were going to lower that big piece of what looked like concrete. I did hear a curse word, can't remember what it was, but it was not a welcome sound coming from one of them. Also, the fellow with the torch touched a hot spot on the tool. He would have to have good reflex control. I would throw up my hands and lose my balance.

I wonder if their wives and children know the risks these two men take to put food on their table and roofs over their heads.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 13, 2014 at 9:41pm

Patricia, I wonder how those young girls are doing? Are there children involved?

Polygamy charges approved against leaders of religious sect in Boun...

Polygamist Winston Blackmore

Photograph by: Jason Payne, Vancouver Sun

Looks like anyone grandpa, kind, gentle, responsible, honorable, NOT! 

"Canada’s most notorious polygamist, Winston Blackmore, was charged with one count of polygamy. Listed in the indictment against the former bishop are the names of 24 women who were in “a form of polygamy or practised a kind of conjugal union.”

"Among the women listed, 10 of them were under the age of 18. However, special prosecutor Peter Wilson did not approve any criminal charges for sexual exploitation."

Why not? 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 13, 2014 at 9:35pm

Lauren Bacall was one of those Hollywood types that was the epitome of class, grace and dignity.  And a mesmerizing actor. 

Joan, I can't even begin to imagine how companies recruit and train people to do such crazy jobs.  I hope they well-paid for their services.  If it was me up there, the people down at street level would probably be covered in my vomit.   

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 13, 2014 at 9:22pm

Joan - you are a wizard with the video clips! I also really enjoyed the Phil Zuckerman piece you posted. I love that guy. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 13, 2014 at 9:16pm

Carl, I wonder what these guys do for fun! Likely not listen to birds chirping in the forest. 

Why would anyone take on such a job? Do they like their work? Do they like each other? Do they ever lose their tempers? 

Most unwelcome message from one to the other, "Oh! Oh!"

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 13, 2014 at 9:10pm

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 13, 2014 at 8:08pm

>Another loss......Lauren Bacall.

"You know how to whistle, dontcha? Just put your lips together and blow.

 

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