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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jan 9. 19 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

Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Jan 5. 7 Replies

Ian, for some reason, my comment would not "send" on Hang with Friends; perhaps it will here!Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing. It goes in my file. I especially like the thought of surprising myself. Laura made a special trip to my Spokane home to…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jan 1. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 31, 2016. 27 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 14, 2016. 27 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Dec 7, 2016. 10 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2015 at 12:49am

Spud, I like Pat's suggestions to tell the bank to stop paying to that company, and contact the Rip Off Report. I would go one step further and name the company that did not follow your instructions, write your story for the various social media to which you belong. We need to complain, loudly, often, and everywhere. I am not saying being noisy about your complaint will make a difference, but it seems to me to be better than remaining silent. 

Spud, you know me, the "DO NOT REMAIN SILENT! person. 

 Rip Off Report.

Comment by k.h. ky on September 6, 2015 at 12:06am
Hex 5 remark about questioning god was dead on. Our family is taught that is something you don't do. It's the way to hell for certain. And Loren's reply that we're not better. But we are open to new ideas was also dead on.
Comment by k.h. ky on September 5, 2015 at 11:54pm
Loren/Hex5/All. Hello. I'm days late as usual to a conversation.

Monday's talk about relating to theist; l only found out recently that my oldest niece and her husband have stopped going to church and she was asking me questions about why I'm an atheist!
I was shocked. Thanks to whoever posted the link to Kissing Hanks Ass. I sent it to her and she enjoyed it. So did her husband.
Out of dozens of neices and nephews, Sisters, brother, brothers-in-law, aunts uncles,.... The entire family, no one, has ever genuinely asked anything.
I'm still surprised and continue to text her articles that are both well thought out and don't appear to harsh on the believers ideas.
Thanks all.
And it's hot and dry here.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 5, 2015 at 12:50pm

Thanks, Pat, good to know!

Comment by Pat on September 5, 2015 at 12:34pm

Bertold, there is such a website. It's the Rip Off Report.

Comment by Pat on September 5, 2015 at 12:31pm

Spud, contact your bank and have them put a stop payment on any withdrawals to that company. Notify the bank and future withdrawals by that internet provider are unauthorized. Or, just change accounts and get a new account number. The company will only have your old number and it won't work.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 5, 2015 at 12:29pm

Spud, I'm feeling your frustration. I hate companies that are arrogant enough to think they can treat their customers like shit. Sometimes it's just a single idiot in the system, but in your case it sounds like it's the company culture.  I'm trying to get estimates to replace my rotting deck, and yesterday two out of three contractors scheduled to do an estimate didn't bother to show up or call. 

Someone ought to start an "I call bullshit" Website to shame companies into some kind of minimum level of decent customer service.

Comment by Plinius on September 5, 2015 at 11:11am

That's bad, Spud, I hate companies like that! Keep your cool and I hope you win!

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 5, 2015 at 10:58am

I'm typing this from the library.  I quit my Internet Service Provider yesterday because they finally treated me so shabbily, it was way beyond my layzyness to put-up with. 

In February, I asked them to cancel my service, but they offered me another year at $20 per month, so I said yes.  However, they've been taking $30 per month out of my checking account, and I received a statement a few day ago saying they were going to take out $42.

I've been putting-off calling them because I hate the hassle of trying to get them to do anything for me, but the $42 bill finally contacted them, and the hassle was way more than I expected.

I tried the easy way at first.  I sent them an e-mail saying I expected them to live up to their promise of $20 per month or cancel my service.  They said they could not do that by email.  I'm sure they meant they would not do it, that they wanted me to call a salesman.  I called the number they gave me, and sure enough it was a super high pressure salesman.  He did not respond to my request, but just kept trying to sell me TV and phone service, besides the internet.  He finally transferred me to another guy who got annoyed right away because due to a poor connection I had to ask him what he said and what the buzzwords he used meant.  I also complained about the runaround and high pressure sales tactics I'd been subjected to.  He got very defensive at that, acting like I'd accuse him of those things. 

He claimed he also could not correct the billing problem, and said I had to go to the company's home page and sign-up for paperless billing.  He said that was stated everywhere.  I could find that statement nowhere on my bill, and the gal that said she reduced my bill in February didn't say I had to do that.  He kept getting more annoyed that I wouldn't believe his lies, so I finally  got tired of trying to get him to help me, and so even though I knew what he said would not cut my bill in half ,I hung-up and tried going to the home page.

The home page would not let me access my account just like it had years ago, when I first set-up my account, so I sent another email stating that.

Yesterday, I decided I'd had way too much hassle with that company, and called again.  This time I just said cancel.  The guy I spoke to this time ask if I would continue if they reduced my bill.  I said no.  I've already been conned by that trick in February.  I've been ran around the mulberry bush, lied to, and I've had it with this company.

He finally said he had canceled it. I hope he did, but it wouldn't surprise me to see them continue taking money out of my checking account. 

I've had trouble with connections problems in the past, and people I talked to at that time knew nothing.  Even the simplest questions stumped them.  

Hopefully, the free library internet access will work for me.  I plan on calling other providers, but from what I hear, none of them has plans with prices low enough for me.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 5, 2015 at 10:04am

Thanks, Spud. Ol' Spike was one crazy dude! 

And Loren, for the recored, it's "jumbled", not  "jumped".

 

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