Hang With Friends

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Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 2 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

the value of offence | qualiasoup & theramintrees

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Mar 3. 3 Replies

To me, this is a big deal (though it may not be to them): two great YouTube video producers have joined forces to deliver one very powerful message on an important subject.  TheraminTrees and QualiaSoup (brothers, I believe) have recently released a…Continue

Tags: offence, offense, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

The myth of religions

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 16. 3 Replies

The creation myth of civilizations instructs men to dominate, to conquer, to go forth and multiply. No reasonable person would pay attention to such a god. No hunter-gatherer receives such a senseless message from wise elders.However, that idea…Continue

Tags: masculine, violation, imperative, go forth and multiply,, conquest

Winter Driving, Preparing for the worst

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 1. 2 Replies

Now that we enter the time the Celtics called Imbolc, a pagan celebration of the beginning of spring and season of new life, I ran across this video on preparing for winter driving. It offers reasons for each thing he puts in his vehicles to be safe…Continue

Tags: prepare, driving, winter

A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Dec 26, 2017. 10 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

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Comment by Ian Mason on October 13, 2017 at 3:27pm

Chris (NL) Denmark is just about the same. If care and welfare can be cut, it is. If tax rates for the rich can be cut, they are. Those of us on unemployment or social security now have to work part-time or be penalized. We can't get the part-time work but the government doesn't care about that. I've got just over a year until I can take early retirement and get out of the damn system. Meanwhile, purchase tax on cars is being reduced on a sliding scale: the more expensive the car, the greater the reduction. Bugger all for small, efficient run-abouts.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 13, 2017 at 2:47pm

Joan, I post videos using dimensions 360 x 203.  Works perfectly.  :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 13, 2017 at 2:16pm

I used 560 x 315 for the width and height and it is still too big. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 13, 2017 at 2:13pm

Dr. Anthony B. Pinn describes how religion enabled slavery and suffering by making a virtue of suffering. He challenges that belief and offers other alternatives. I remember, all too well, when I was told that by being a battered wife I lived in "imitation of the crucified Christ and of all women, I was most blessed."

~ Dr. Richard C. Halverson, my Presbyterian minister at First Presbyterian church in Washington, D.C.,

He also said, "To endure the cross is not tragedy; it is the suffering which is the fruit of an exclusive allegiance to Jesus Christ.

~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I remember, also, the professor/priests at Gonzaga University where I studied for my doctorate: "God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering."

~ Saint Augustine

I must add for the newcomers that I wrote my doctoral dissertation, "The Splendid Heresy" in which I documented how the church maintained and perpetuated family violence and how battered women can escape. Obviously, I did not get approval for my research and denied a Ph.D.

Comment by Plinius on October 13, 2017 at 3:29am

Same old, Ian, same old. Eight months of building a coalition didn't change a thing. Parliament is still criticizing the plans. The PM said that EVERYONE was going to profit from the new plans, but when I read better I see that the gap between poor and rich is widening rapidly. They have their tricks to make it look good but they go on as usual, coddling the big companies and ignoring people who need special care. I'm livid that people with cystic fibrosis no longer get free medicine, to mention one thing. And the care for elderly people is closing down, just now that the big bulk of babyboomers are getting their pension. The environment comes last...

How's Denmark?

Comment by Patricia on October 13, 2017 at 1:35am

I heard from another online friend that Chris's whole city was evacuated, so hopefully he's not one of the ongoing count of deaths.

Comment by Patricia on October 12, 2017 at 2:11pm

Hope to hear/see some great stuff from your China trip, Randy. Enjoy!

I really hope Chris decided to leave. The news said the fires were beyond the fighters abilities to contain them......terrifying!

I know from our experience this past summer.....get out, & get out fast!

Comment by Ian Mason on October 12, 2017 at 1:24pm

Enjoy yourself. Randall. Good thermal underwear might be called for in the colder regions.

The US is not alone in that, Carl. For example, I've just read that only about a dozen families that survived the Grenfell tower block fire in London have been rehoused. Those at the lower end of the social pyramid are treated as 'surplus to requirements.'

Chris (NL), how's the new government, now that there is one?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 12, 2017 at 11:46am

Have a great trip, Randall.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 12, 2017 at 11:18am

I can't help but feel helpless in light of all these tragedies.  So many people dead and injured, lives completely changed, and we have a current government which is inept beyond comprehension.  

Chris, I hope you remain safe throughout this horrible situation.   


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