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Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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A MESSAGE FROM THE QUEEN

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Jul 13. 9 Replies

Hilarious Must Read Letter To The Citizens Of The United States Of America From Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.Published by BhaviniA MESSAGE FROM THE QUEENTo all the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen…Continue

Consumers do not see this coming

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Meri Weathers Jul 11. 5 Replies

GRAIN & FOOD PRICES TO SOAR! China Trade, Farmers, Weather, and GSMWhat can I do to be more self-sufficient? 1. grow more of my food,2. eat lower on the food chain,3. find simple, less expensive pleasures, 4. build support community, 5. prepare…Continue

Tags: community, farmers, poverty

Evangelicals Breaking Up with Jesus (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 28. 10 Replies

Has evangelical Christianity lost sight of Christ?  Seems to me that there are a whole lot of evangelical Christians who are presuming to represent Jesus by not representing him or misrepresenting him or – let's be honest here – talking out of their…Continue

Tags: Franklin, Graham, Trump, Jesus, America's Best Christian

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck May 27. 15 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 24. 21 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Water! Access to fresh water declines as populations grow, temperatures rise, immigration increases!

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Bobby May 15. 7 Replies

What are their options? The aquifer that provided a necessary element for successful crops for the past 100 years is predicted to dry up in 20 years. Four generations of farmers in one family may probably not be able to last for the fifth…Continue

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Comment by Plinius on June 7, 2019 at 2:04am

He was very lucky, and good for him!

Comment by Patricia on June 6, 2019 at 11:52pm

Rick was able to take early retirement in 1999, at age 55, & has never regretted it.

Comment by Plinius on June 6, 2019 at 11:46pm

Good, Ian! And almost always the elder who take the time to say something nice! The younger are often busy stating something they see as right, like the muslim salesgirl who kept misgendering my partner.

Some people think that the Soviet block kept capitalism in check. Capitalism certainly changed a lot lately..

The trade unions here are at the end of nine years of negotiations about the time of retirement. Retirement went from 65 to 67 and rising in the last decade, but now there's a chance we can retire at 66 - in 8 months for me!

Comment by Ian Mason on June 6, 2019 at 10:37pm

I got too much vitamin D while working outside yesterday. I would say 'that's no skin off my nose' but it probably will be.
One of the good things about working outside near public places is the nice things people say in passing. Last week an elderly woman remarked 'it's always nicely kept here' and a couple of days ago a little, old Arab man who saw I was raking up fallen twigs from the pavement stopped to say 'shukhran' (thank you). These little bright spots can make my day.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 6, 2019 at 2:13pm

The writer John Le Carré once said that after the fall of the Soviet block he thought 'good, now we don't have to prop up terrible regimes as a bulwark. I've been very disappointed.' He's an old-school conservative who's been shocked by modern politics. Yet another one who's been left behind by the right wing lurching even further right towards bigoted nationalism.

Comment by Plinius on June 6, 2019 at 3:30am

Better than what we expect here, Ian!

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on June 6, 2019 at 2:20am

To the list of presidents who supported tyrants, add Eisenhower for consenting to the CIA’s removing Iran’s elected Mohammad Mossaddegh in 1953 and replacing him with the Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi. America’s taxpayers then paid to train the Shah’s secret police.

Also, FDR said ‘what’s-his-name’ in Nicaragua was “our SOB’.

Did U.S. citizens protest U.S. foreign policy?

During the US v. USSR Cold War, many thousands did. I was one of them and after 9/11 I described it as a long-delayed payback.

Many more thousands in the 1980s protested the School of the Americas in Georgia, which trained killers in the armies of South & Central America. Wikipedia has a story.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on June 6, 2019 at 1:29am

@Joan: Can we expect a tyrant of our nation to step down?

Pres. Nixon, facing impeachment, resigned.

Of the presidents who “involuntarily stepped down”, aka were assassinated, did any harms they had done or might do motivate their killers?

Comment by Ian Mason on June 5, 2019 at 11:11pm

Election over in DK. The majority of seats has gone to centre/left parties but it remains to be seen what kind of coalition will come out of that. The Social Democrats would ally themselves with almost anyone to avoid even slightly left-wing policies. The best news is that the nationalists/racists were thrashed.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 5, 2019 at 11:06pm

You can add Carter to that list, Joan for supporting the Shah of Iran. Iran's secret police was one of the most sadistic ever.

Lovely to hear that you still intend to be as active as possible in the struggle for people's basic rights. I really admire you for your determination.

 

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