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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

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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 Loren Miller on March 16, 2017 at 9:55am

The current administration getting you down?  Tired of facepalming at fatuous statements from clueless spokespeople and orange nightmares?  There's HOPE!  There's Impeachara!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2017 at 9:38am

Plinius, it sure sounds like The Netherlands goes the way of U.S. We have a rocky road ahead of us if the planet allows us to remain on the Earth. 

Comment by Plinius on March 16, 2017 at 9:13am

I'm glad Wilders is isolated, but I'm not at all happy with the election results. The majority in the new government will probably be liberal, and that's not left wing liberal like in the US. Right wing liberal means support for big companies, and the support will be paid from cuts on allowances, medical care, care for the disabled and the elderly, care for refugees, education and more. O well, four more years until the next elections, or sooner, if the government topples... 

Comment by Randall Smith on March 16, 2017 at 7:55am

Chris, all I can say is "Whew"! Although I hear the final vote results won't be make public until next week, it appears Wilder has lost. I'm sure it's a big relief to you. I wish I could have said the same about our election results. It's becoming a circus.

Comment by Plinius on March 16, 2017 at 6:00am

Yes, the trump-clone has won 20 out of 150 seats in parliament, but he can do nothing but stay in the opposition because no one wants a coalition with him, they refused that deal before the elections. The coalition will be quite a patchwork this time, the bigger parties lost seats and many small parties won a few seats. An ominous sound came from a historian - that there haven't been so many small parties since 1933, just before hell broke loose.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 16, 2017 at 5:24am

Plinius - your election result is a welcome sign.

Comment by Plinius on March 14, 2017 at 10:55am

Elections tomorrow, Randall. Keep your fingers crossed for us, or is that a religious expression?

And the price of stamps has risen enormously, I even stopped bookcrossing because a new book is about the same price as an old book by post. I bring my old books to a Little Free Library now, and find other books there.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 14, 2017 at 7:18am
Interesting, Chris! My sister was a census taker, and she, too, had stories.

To the Netherlands Chris, I watch a TV feature on your Geert Wilders. I agree--he appears to be another Trump. I reckon if Trump's personality was the reason he got elected, it will work for Wilders. Let's hope not.
Also, I received a music CD from DISCOGS out of The Netherlands, and the stamps all spell your country "Nederlands". Makes sense, but I learned something. If I figure correctly, it cost over $6 to send it. The package had six stamps! (The CD was a 1977 release of Chet Baker with Paul Desmond--very good.)
Comment by Chris on March 13, 2017 at 4:54pm

I was a census enumerator during the 1980 census at about age 19 years old. It appears the census questions expanded in the past 3 census' (37 years ago) to include "Consumer Expenditure Survey"

A search under U.S. Census bueau for "Consumer Expenditure Survey" provided numerous links.

During the 1980 Census I understood the minimum required answers to the survey was how many residents lived in the house, their ages, and income. That was thirty seven years ago so I don't remember the complexities.

One of the enerumators I worked with interviewed a person who didn't fill out the basic census form. The person she interviewed pulled a pistol on her and placed against her head. Of course after she was 'released' she called the police and the guy was arrested.

What I found while following up on people who didn't respond to the minimum questions was that the wealthier the respondend was the more likely they were to be hostile.

I went to an abandoned house along a river and found a squatter living there. He was an elderly gentleman. I talked with him for quite a while and found his life history interesting.

Being a Census Enumerator was a good job for a 19 year old.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 13, 2017 at 7:35am

RE questions about the census taker: My letterhead says "U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Admin, U.S. Census Bureau. My address had een selected "in a nationwide process for participation in the Consumer Expenditure Survey". 

The reason I was perplexed about the questions is that I didn't get the explanation letter 'til the afternoon mail on the day the person interviewed me!   What a to-do!

 

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