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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 24. 9 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

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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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 Julie Carter on October 6, 2011 at 10:37pm
I work in Regulatory Affairs (and Quality) for a cosmetics manufacturer, and the only thing I don't like about China is the fact that they make it super, super hard to get American products into their country. They made new advertising and claims rules a few years ago, and they didn't approve ONE new product (from the US, Europe, anywhere) for something like two years. So they make it really hard to sell your products over there, but they send all kinds of contaminated crap over here, in toothpaste, food, pet food, etc. Just irks me. Probably true in other industries, but I don't really know.
Comment by sk8eycat on October 6, 2011 at 10:32pm


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Comment by sk8eycat on October 6, 2011 at 10:30pm

@ Atheist Voyager: THANK you!

This brings back such amazing memories, as I was working part-time at KCET when "Cosmos" (original title, "Man and the Cosmos") was in production.  I walked on the "Starhip of the Mind" set....stared with wonder at some of the large paintings  by astronomical artists Adolf Schaller and Rick Sternbach, and some of the props, including the large planets, were stored in the warehouse we used for Auction (the department I worked for).  I met Carl Saga briefly a few times...just walking across the lot.  (He was TALL!)  

I was so excited when the shows finally aired, and Sagan uttered the (then) slightly shocking words for all America to hear that, "Evolution is a fact."
One of the major thrills of my life.  I can't believe it was 30 years ago.
Comment by Grace Fitzpatrick on October 6, 2011 at 9:57pm
I have no real problem with the Chinese.  Hey, my computer is a cheap Chinese knock off.  I had a few problems with the keyboard being wired for Chinese, but once I changed the operating system, that little problem went away.  The Chinese are smart, enterprising and they want our place on top.  If we're not careful, they may just get it.
Comment by Alice on October 6, 2011 at 9:36pm
I just spend a couple of days in Beijing - and I was really impressed - I really like the place and the people...
Comment by Grace Fitzpatrick on October 6, 2011 at 9:14pm
It may be a smart short term strategy to send computer and other manufacturing jobs to China and other Third World countries, but hello!  No patent or copyright laws.  Nothing made there is protected.  India just came out with $45 computer and the $500 car.  Anything made in China is going to be knocked of  ten ways from Sunday, but hey, it saves a lot of money in the short term.  Until the Chinese start making the same thing for several hundred dollars less and under cut American .  Is anyone else concerned how fast China are moving up in the technology world?  I have a feeling they're the real geniuses.
Comment by Steph S. on October 6, 2011 at 8:56pm

Here's a picture at the Wall Street Protest

Brighton Wallace takes part in an "Occupy Austin" protest at Austin City Hall, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Comment by Steph S. on October 6, 2011 at 8:50pm

Here's a link to the protest of Wall Street In Austin, TX.
Comment by Steph S. on October 6, 2011 at 8:46pm
Did anyone have Wall Street protests in their city today?  There was a big protest in downtown Austin today.  They showed some of it on TV and the cops were in riot gear and were pushing the crowd back.
Comment by Julie Carter on October 6, 2011 at 8:13pm

I must have missed the part where Ian was self-indulgent and bitter and whatnot. I only saw a one-sentence statement about the suicide rate in China and the fact that it wasn't widely covered in the US (though I'd disagree with that; if I knew about it, it must have been fairly well-covered, because I'll admit to not being the biggest news watcher).


Alexa, I have no problem with your appreciation of Jobs and sadness at his passing. But I think you overreacted to Ian's statement, and it's unfair to start hurling personal insults at him. (Perhaps there is more to this than I'm seeing here? If there's some kind of history between you two, I'm not aware of it.)


However, I was recently at a conference where a marketing specialist who has worked with Apple explained that they aren't really the inventors of their products anymore; they are a company who has other companies develop (and manufacture) the products, and they are really the global distributors of the products. So while I have no doubt that Jobs was an intelligent man (in business) and very good at what he did, I think he's given too much credit for being an "inventor" of things he didn't really invent. He was one hell of a salesman, one hell of a marketer. And there's nothing wrong with that. But he didn't create all the things he's given credit for.


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