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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

10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6, 2017. 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

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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!

Comment by Plinius on March 13, 2017 at 2:10am

Todo, to-do of course. In Dutch, like in German, we have the habit to stick words together into longer lorger words, and Sometimes I forget to check.

We'll have to wait for the elections on Wednesday. Because of those,  our politicians are on their most macho behaviour and Erdogan screaming abuse doesn't help at all. And I don't think that the support for populist parties is on the wane - this incident will give them more support.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 12, 2017 at 11:17pm

I would have spelt it 'to-do'. It means a commotion or fuss.

The support for populist, nationalist parties might be on the wane in several countries in Europe as they get caught misusing EU funding. That isn't the same as a change in attitudes though.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 12, 2017 at 5:32pm

Plinius, I'll use that name since we have another Chris. 

I fear for what is happening between Turkish and Dutch governments, just as I am afraid for the U.S. 

I wonder if this chaos resembles in any way, The Netherlands before the start of WW II? 

I believed the propaganda about how noble the US has been throughout history, yet a reading of facts makes me understand how profoundly influenced I am because of not reading the actual history of our nation. 

I hope your country has enough memory of the pre-WW II era that they do not go to the right political spectrum.  


Comment by Thomas Murray on March 12, 2017 at 2:15pm


What does 'todo' mean? I've already checked on line but the definitions offered are vague.

Comment by Plinius on March 12, 2017 at 5:57am

What a todo! The Turkish and the Dutch government bitching at each other and Geert Wilders - our own little trump clone - adding fuel to the fire. Mind - we'll have elections on Wednesday and I hate to think how that will work out. I fear a shift to the right..


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