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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray on Saturday. 5 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 Thomas Murray on Friday. 4 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

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

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Comment by Idaho Spud on January 27, 2017 at 10:11am

Thanks for that video Bertold.

Comment by Chris on January 27, 2017 at 12:32am

How to speak so that people want to listen | Julian Treasure

Published on Jun 27, 2014

Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Here's Julian Treasure to help you fix that. As the sound expert demonstrates some useful vocal exercises and shares tips on how to speak with empathy, he offers his vision for a sonorous world of listening and understanding.

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Comment by Chris on January 27, 2017 at 12:31am

A landline is good to keep. When there is a power outage the landline should countinue to work unless the lines break. IP phones only have a battery time of about two hours. Plain Old Telephones (POTS) lines connect to the telephone central office have a battery back up and generator to keep them working.  The connection is generally good.

I don't talk on the telephone much so don't need, or want a cell phone.

I have several friends and relatives with cell phones. The connection to them is terrible. I can barely hear them much of the time. They go outside and walk around to get a decent connection. I don't know why they put up with that - and use it as their only telephone connection. Typically if they have a POTS line we will reconnect with that to talk.

My thoughts are force the telephone company to fix the landlines.

There have been numerous problems with my telephone internet connection and through the years. The telco replaced the line from my house to the pole twice, several sections of cable and fixed 12-18 connections with new splices. 

I understand that many places in Europe have fiber connections therfore their internet speed is faster, less expensive, and more stable.

Regarding cell phones. If you get in an accident, or need one in an emergency they are great to have.  Cell phones with 911 availability are nice to have when driving in the boonies.

Comment by Plinius on January 26, 2017 at 10:40pm

Thanks Bertold. I´ve seen it already, it´s a big hit here.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 26, 2017 at 7:43pm

Bertold, that video is HILARIOUS!  Passing it on to all my family and friends.  

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 26, 2017 at 6:44pm

A message to our new prez from . . . The Netherlands. (Plinius, this vid's for you.)

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10028518819

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 26, 2017 at 2:39pm

I didn't think about Charlie.  I too think Charlie must also feel the loss.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 26, 2017 at 2:25pm

Daniel, I don't see my comment about Baigou and want you to know that I read your statement, I responded that day, and am very sorry for your loss of Baigou. Charlie must feel the loss as well, and I hope he can ease the grief a bit for you.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 26, 2017 at 2:11pm

Here, I've not heard of a 911 connection on a disconnected landline.  Of course, I disconnected mine about 17 years ago, so it may have changed since then.

I keep all my old cell phones charged in case of emergency because they all can still call 911.  That's true in 96% of all locations in the USA and Canada.

Comment by kathy: ky on January 26, 2017 at 1:25pm
Carl, I don't know if it's true for all state's but here even if you terminate your landline att must leave service connected to call out to 911. Ours has a dial tone for that purpose. I believe your cell bill would increase. The problem in this area is at&t has the only cell towers available. The only other option is net 10 which is also an at&t provider but it's a prepay plan at $40 a month. That's all I know about it.
 

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