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Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 18 hours ago. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Mar 29. 3 Replies

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling"the internet is a lifeline for people trapped in the most restrictive and stifling forms of…Continue

Tags: Warren Jeff, internet, FLDS

Ode to Yahweh (Non Stamp Collector & 43alley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 24. 1 Reply

Ages ago (five or six years, I guess it is) when I first started recognizing my own atheism, one of the first atheist YouTubers I ran onto was Non Stamp Collector.  His handiwork wasn't up to Disney's standards, nor even Hanna-Barbera, but his wit…Continue

Tags: Yahweh, YouTube, 43alley, Non Stamp Collector

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 15. 3 Replies

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline"Populations of Eel-like lamprey have suddenly plummeted since the year 2000 in the Columbia Basin, surprising…Continue

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Comment by Plinius on March 28, 2013 at 9:41am

Yes Melinda, they say that our healthcare system is too expensive - hah, they privatized it first, took out the juicy bits and the bills are for the ordinary people. More and more things are 'own risk' meaning that you have to pay everything yourself and the bills are rising. People have already stopped using medicins because of the cost; yesterday I heard of someone with a bleeding stomach ulcer - he had stopped using antacids. I can't rant in English but I feel like it! 

I'll stop it now. Enjoy you good day! 

Comment by Plinius on March 28, 2013 at 8:55am

AN was down for maintenance - most of my day but I'm glad you're back. What a horrible healthcare system have you got! And to think that they break down our healthcare system to make it more like the US system!  

Comment by sk8eycat on March 27, 2013 at 11:58pm

Hah!  The top of that cake immediately reminded me of this classic LOLCAT:

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 27, 2013 at 11:25pm

Booklover, love the cabinet cat. But how does it do that? Is there a hole in the bottom of the cupboard? Good luck with the new med. You might be able to get out of jury duty due to medical issues. If you didn’t get a form with that option to check off call the number and explain you medical problems re:sitting. Give the person in charge your doctor’s number. I know exactly what it’s like trying to lose weight when you’re ill. Since I’ve had more pain I eat too much to self-soothe. It think it’s instinctive. If you keep exercising as much as you can, it’s good. I found it helpful to have bowls of ready to eat salad munchies in the fridge.

Yes, Ian. Even with technically the same volume a commercial sound track can seem louder and be extra annoying. We keep a finger on the mute button when commercials pop up.

Love the Gay Agenda, Idaho Spud! As for positive long term memories of commercial products, my husband buys Hostess Snowballs because they remind him of his childhood. These commercials get imprinted in us when we’re young, and later remind us of that happy innocence when we took much joy in the simple pleasures of (crappy) commercial quality cake or sweet and breakfast cereal. LOL on identifying with Grumpy Cat. I think he’s so popular because we all recognize a bit of ourselves in him.

Have a happy! (and eat it too)

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This cake makes me think of Tim Burton

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2013 at 11:23pm
Melinda, I can't believe a home owner would cut a hole in a cabinet to get that kitty shot! Why they did it, it doesn't matter, that is a dandy shot. Their kitchen appliances look sharp as well.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2013 at 11:13pm

I agree so whole heatedly and we really have to participate with those trying to get single payer plans through. It will be really tough because of money owning all branches of government. USA is totally off track as far as government is concerned. Patient care has to be prime mover of health care, not insurance profits. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 27, 2013 at 10:38pm

Melinda, some pharmaceutical companies have patient assistance programs for people who are low income and can't afford any type of insurance. I am on Medicare, but never signed up for Part D because it's a scam for the benefit of Big Pharma only, BUT Pfizer sill has their Connection to Care service, and I get two prescriptions from them...at absolutely NO cost.  Neither one (Glucotrol-XL, and Neurontin) is horribly expensive, but still...the program saves me about $50 a month.

What always upsets me is that they deduct about 10% of my monthly Social Insecurity to pay for Medicare Part B...outpatient expenses. After I pay the utilities and maintenance on this house, I have a hellova time trying to decide whether to buy my other meds from the neighborhood pharmacy (they  give me an enormous discount on some meds...and free delivery. I always want to hug the owner. He's such a gentle man...in all senses of the word[s]), or food, and cat care stuff. The kittehs' needs come before mine do.

Another thing that sets my hair on fire is that the same drugs that cost a month's salary in the US are priced quite reasonably in other countries.  Not generics, but the exact same drugs, made by the exact same companies.

That is SO wrong!

This has not really been a democracy since the Reagan/Bush years.  We are a plutocracy.  Or is it oligarchy?  "OILigarchy"?  (When the price of fuel goes up, so does the price of everything else....see all them big trucks on the roads?  Except for short runs, ALL merchandise should be shipped by rail. Much more economical.)

O HAI!  Felaine is ranting again.  Yanno whut?  It feels GOOD!

PS: A very dear friend of mine has severe Crohn's disease, and she got duped into signing up for Medicare Part D when it first started up, and half the time the insurance company that pays the bills refuses to refill her prescriptions for one BSing reason or another.  So, she's bedridden and suffering, and can't do anything about it.

Universal Single-Payer Healthcare is the ONNNLLLY way to go!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2013 at 10:09pm

Melinda, it matters that you don't feel good and can't find the way to end it. Are there any foods you find that stir it up? Have you tried staying away from wheat, or milk, or gluten? Surely you have tried all the obvious things. Do keep looking for the trigger, surely something is making mischief. 

I have no problems such as you describe and am of no use to helping you find the culprit. Keep asking; someone may have an idea. 

You are able to keep your pretty smile, even as you are not feeling good. That's positive! 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 27, 2013 at 3:18pm

Sentient Biped, GET WELL, PLEASE!

Comment by sk8eycat on March 27, 2013 at 3:04pm

Dear Spud, the novel, THE HUCKSTERS, by Frederick Wakeman is a "must read"...it was first published in 1946, and was made into a movie starring Clark Gable in 1947.  It was "cleaned up" for the movie version, so get the book. 

It's an expose' of the advertising industry, and nothing has changed much since 1946. What caught my attention was the "philosophy" that annoying commercials are memorable, and the sheeple will still buy the product when they see it on the shelf.  I have news for them, I have always avoided products whose commercials p*ss me off...like the old "Please don't squeeze the Charmin," and "Oh, I don't use Tide anymore.  I use New, Improved Tide!"  Both are Proctor and Gamble products, and I refuse to buy anything marketed by that mega-company.  I also avoid Kraft products for the same reason.... they all believe that females are stupid.

I have another reason for avoiding P&G, but it's a long story, and has nothing to do with marketing.

 

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