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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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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Sep 28. 8 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 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 Ian Mason on November 11, 2016 at 1:47pm

Joan, I have no idea how the native populations (or remnants thereof) are surviving in the U.S. The public image, such as it is seems to be a mixture of drink and casinos. It's painful to read your account of such inhumanity and degredation. I hope things improve soon.

Yes, joy can be cultivated inside and like a garden needs regular tending. That's something you're good at. You're also good at inspiring the rest of us to do the same. You must have been a great teacher.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2016 at 1:47pm

and drought. The desertification of the Earth appears before our eyes. 

Comment by Ian Mason on November 11, 2016 at 1:39pm

Daniel, you may be right. The current migration is a bit of an unknown quantity because headlines beat comparative statistics in the public consciousness, so I don't know if more people are on the move. Those that do move are driven by two things: poverty and war.

First: imagine how a family father feels when all of them work long hours in a death-trap of a shirt factory in Bangladesh and still can't afford schools and doctors. "To Hell with this, I'm going to where they wear the shirts" would be a reasonable reaction. Migration that's driven this way by poverty is not based on a wish to intergrate in a new homeland, it's basic survival instinct.

Second: the current situation in Syria is causing havoc. For the first three years there was a considerable UN relief effort in neighbouring countries but a couple of years ago donor nations cut their contributions. The result was that food rations to women and children in the refugee camps was reduced to 50% and men recieved nothing. Again, a recipe for trouble. People do whatever they need to to survive.

Short-sighted and exploitative policies by Western governments blow up with a bang. Of course, said governments do well out of it by playing "blame the foreigners" all the way to the polling stations.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2016 at 1:29pm

Ian, A great song and performer!"

Island, in the sun, willed to me by my father's hand."

Atheist Nexus feels like an island to me, willed to me by those who have a vision of life without superstition or myths.

 

Comment by Ian Mason on November 11, 2016 at 1:21pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2016 at 11:36am

Many times in my life I experienced the pain and humiliation of people displaced by war, poverty or drought.

The U.S. government took the Native Americans away from their ancient homelands where they evolved and developed farming techniques based on centuries of experience. The Army placed Natives on reservations where they had to learn different survival skills. They were forced to abandon their languages, many of them lost their children sent to schools to "civilize" them to customs of the European heritages. Many Natives lacked the training to accommodate to reservation life, becoming dependent on the government for food and shelter.
Or, think of the refugees who fled tyranny, poverty, or drought in their ancient homelands and came to the U.S. looking for opportunity. Many worked for wages far below the poverty line while employers exploited and manipulated them.
I could offer other examples, but I think you get my meaning.
I taught classes on the reservations of Eastern Washington State through my job at the Community College. I began each new series with a review of what skills they brought from their native lifestyle that helped them cope with change. The Natives of Eastern Washington were from migratory people who followed the food supply from the bitterly cold northern climates to warmer lush mountains and valleys further south. They learned to trade with other tribes, develop intertribal protocols, and battled with those they considered enemies. The U.S. government rounded up those migratory people, like cattle, and placed them on reservations where they did not know how to grow sustainable crops or how to preserve food for sustenance through the raw cold of northern climates. Their mobile homes, teepees, offered little protection from harsh conditions. Their poorly insulated homes proved to be inadequate.
I asked these reservation Natives about the sudden changes in their lifestyles and the attitudes and skills they had to learn to survive. What attitudes and behaviors moved them forward and what held them back? What served them well; what hindered them?
These were independent, self-reliant, skilled nomads who lost their lifestyle; they lost control of their conditions ?
What knowledge do they have that they could teach us? At the time, I didn't know about the coming climate change, or the imminent collapse of capitalism and financial domains. Do we submit to authoritarianism? Do we lose our sense of self?
How does one retain a feeling of self-respect and dignity in the face of totalitarianism? Where does one find fulfillment in a culture that believes things superstitious? What inner strength does one have that can empower and enrich one's life?
Well, now, here is the good news, we have what it takes to not only survive, but thrive in a hostile environment, just as those Spokane and Colville tribes have. We still have our minds, bodies, and inner-beings that can not only face, but prevail in these hard times.
From where does joy come? Each finds joy in his and her way. Feelings of self-respect, dignity, pride, and self-worth come from internal power, not external. The refusal to give up these attributes is what I learned from the Natives in my classes. These are what we need to meet current challenges.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 11, 2016 at 10:25am

I've daydreamed of buying an Island where, like Atheist Nexus, no theists need apply for citizenship.

Comment by Plinius on November 11, 2016 at 9:48am

I'd love that island!

Comment by Randall Smith on November 11, 2016 at 7:12am

Last night, I treated my 3 adult daughters (and one SIL) to dinner on the town. The name of the restaurant was "Restauration", in Lafayette, IN. Most of the food is supplied by local farmers, including my one daughter and husband. I had a chorizo burger which was outstanding! 

It's great having all three of my daughters together. Two return to homes in Sacramento and Tegucigalpa (Hond) tomorro and Tues. Boo hoo.

Comment by kathy: ky on November 10, 2016 at 4:53pm
I can't take politics for awhile. We've had elevation I've disagreed with but it will take me some time to get past this shit show. Living in a solid red state will make it more difficult :(
 

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