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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray on Saturday. 5 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 Thomas Murray on Friday. 4 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

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2016 at 12:25pm

I had dinner last night with a group of retired teachers and scientists who gathered for an anniversary of a mutual friend. One of the guests was a woman astrophysicist! I have trouble spelling it. 

I have to use a conversion chart to get any idea of what the people who use Celsius experience.

When a smart, charismatic woman rises, she will be able to accomplish the feat of being first woman POTUS.   

Being with educators and scientists last night was like being with a breath of fresh air. They didn't talk chit-chat as usually happens when a group who don't know each other get together. One came from S.E. Asia, others from all over the U.S. The conversations revolved around climate change, the U.S. election and its process, and cancer. Our host is battling cancer, and she wanted to say goodbye to their friends. 

I will be spending this afternoon with them cruising around Coeur d'Alene Lake. Sadly, the temperatures have gone sky high after an excellent refreshing start of summer. If lore is correct we will have a rough end of summer. 

Comment by Plinius on July 30, 2016 at 9:43am

We're waiting for the first atheist black woman as president of the US...

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 30, 2016 at 9:14am

I see a lot more temperatures given in Celsius degrees as time goes on, but I still don't have a good idea of how hot or cold that is (unless it's -40°C, 0°C, or 100°C).  I have to be near my calculator that converts, or look-up a conversion on the net, or use my regular calculator by dividing °C by 5, multiplying that result by 9, and adding 32.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 30, 2016 at 8:57am

It's rather neat to see how far women have come in our male dominated society. In the "old days" working women were teachers, secretaries, sales ladies, hair dressers, etc. Now, they're doctors, lawyers, and nominee for President of the United States! Unfortunately, there are many men who refuse to accept that, and will not vote for a woman (or black or atheist) because of outright prejudice. Sad, but so true.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 29, 2016 at 6:54pm
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 29, 2016 at 6:34pm

Joan, I always have to use a temperature conversion site for Celsius. That was an interesting story about growing up during WWII. Still haven't found time to watch that Hedges video.

Comment by Daniel W on July 29, 2016 at 4:59pm
Kathy, I hope the repuglicans are horrified at what they spawned. I think spme are - they dont know who to hate more, Cruz or Trump.
Comment by kathy: ky on July 29, 2016 at 4:43pm
Carl, I agree that Obama did a damned fine job considering what he had to work with.
When the first ass shouted out "you lie" during Obama's speech it seemed to set a tone that the repubs followed up on. With McConnell in the lead.
I hope the repubs are happy with what they've spawned.
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 29, 2016 at 1:25pm

That should read "Pearl Harbor".

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 29, 2016 at 1:22pm

Spud, thanks for the excellent reference.  

Carl, I agree with you about the Republican Congress being such a foolish and selfish group of individuals. I give them credit for standing on their principles, but they have gone way too far. They insult the U.S. public. Now, we have to start building the strength of a progressive party, whether it is to create on the frame of the Democrats, or for a third party is yet to be decided as a nation. As for myself, I am switching to either the Green Party or the Atheist Party (Yay! atheists).  Well, you know what I mean!

I highly recommend you watch the film I posted this morning, "On Contact" or anything by Chris Hedges. He will light a fire in any thinking person's brain. 

Qiana, when I lived in Los Vegas in 1940-42, we had a 12' trailer that we moved from one work camp to another. I was about four years old at the time; My Dad worked for Morris-Knudson building railroad bridges across the southern tier of the U.S. Roosevelt was getting ready for war, in Europe and the track was intended to move soldiers and equipment across the snow-free southern tier. 

For a four-year-old child, it was an incredible experience. We lived with Mexicans, blacks, and any race of man willing to work in that terrible desert heat. They finished the project that winter after the attack on Perle Harbor. He then was sent to Alaska to build airfields in the winter. Figure that one out! The temperatures in Fairbanks reached -60 degrees below freezing. He was there the rest of the war. He was not military; he worked for M/K construction firm until the end of the war.

Mom and I moved into a little house in Spokane that they were able to pay off in one year. Mom worked at Kaiser Aluminum's fabrication facilities. During the four years there, she was promoted to supervisory positions, even over some men, an unusual thing in those days. After Victory in Japan Day, she was given her pink notice, as were all the women to make room for returning soldiers. 

 

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