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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

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 19, 2017. 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, 2017. 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, 2017. 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 Bertold Brautigan on December 19, 2017 at 10:22am

These assholes never quit.

Catholic Bishops Urge Parents To Reject Transgender Children

  • Cruel bigotry: A new letter released by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops claims transgender identity is a “false idea.”
  • In a deplorable and immoral letter released by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and signed by a multitude of backward and ignorant religious conservatives, parents are urged to reject their transgender children and deny them appropriate medical treatment because “What God has created is good” and “‘God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them’ (Gen 1:27).”

So much for their supposed "pro-family" stance. Why can't they just stfu and mind their own business?

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 19, 2017 at 3:47am

Ian, your quote, "The world's oldest profession? Priest." There are other claims to be the world's oldest profession than priest, but for the sake of this discussion, it fits! Priests learn how to tell lies and people follow them at their own peril. 

If there were no priests, would humankind find another instrument upon which to be dependent?

Can humans coexist with skills of communication, problem-solving,  and conflict resolution? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 19, 2017 at 3:20am

Ian, humans have the capacity to think great things...if they are able to step out of their boxes into efforts of exploration and experimentation. In my lifetime, I have seen the electrification of rural U.S., of modern health care available to people in isolated places, the education of all people to make them prepared for participation in democratic processes. 

How, then, did we get Trump?

Through the coalition of religious evangelicals. 

Is it insanity to think of creating a kind of government that bases its values on the health and welfare of Earth and living things?

Holding onto beliefs of Neolithic tribes is insane. That isn't difficult to understand. Religion can stop rational thinking. 

Some say "you can not replace something with nothing." That is foolish! 

First of all, that sentence is a double negative. 

One can empty a full cup and have nothing in the container. One can shoot a gun until there is nothing in the chamber. One can live a decent life with internal guidance with nothing to bribe or threaten.  One can enjoy his or her sexuality and not be guilty of a sin.

Where there is no sin, there is no guilt or shame. 

Where there is consciousness of self in relation to others, there can be harmony. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 19, 2017 at 2:39am

I agree, Plinius.

Comment by Plinius on December 19, 2017 at 1:42am

I love the idea of how much we share with each other, with ancestors from everywhere and I love the idea how religious people can't stand that.

Comment by Chris on December 19, 2017 at 1:25am

Thats ' quotable  Randall.

"The world's oldest profession?


Did you read that someplace, or is it yours? Regardless its's great.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 18, 2017 at 11:17pm

The most basic religions have been nature and ancestor-worship based. As human societies have changed, these have been codified and converted to reinforce power structures, creating the 'invisible policemen' needed to control the populace. The world's oldest profession? Priest.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 18, 2017 at 4:21pm

The Caucasas, where the red, white, and green colors represented their ancient beliefs, came from this mushroom. 

"Amanita muscaria is a basidiomycete mushroom, one of many in the genus Amanita. It is also a muscimol mushroom. Native throughout the temperate and boreal regions of the Northern Hemisphere, Amanita muscaria has been unintentionally introduced to many countries in the Southern Hemisphere, generally as a symbiont with pine and birch plantations, and is now a true cosmopolitan species. It associates with various deciduous and coniferous trees.

"Arguably the most iconic toadstool species, the fly agaric is a large white-gilled, white-spotted, usually red mushroom, and is one of the most recognisable and widely encountered in popular culture.

"Although classified as poisonous, reports of human deaths resulting from its ingestion are extremely rare. After parboiling—which weakens its toxicity and breaks down the mushroom's psychoactive substances—it is eaten in parts of Europe, Asia, and North America. Amanita muscaria is noted for its hallucinogenic properties, with its main psychoactive constituent being the compound muscimol. The mushroom was used as an intoxicant and entheogen by the peoples of Siberia, and has a religious significance in these cultures. There has been much speculation on possible traditional use of this mushroom as an intoxicant in other places such as the Middle East, Eurasia, North America, and Scandinavia."

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 18, 2017 at 4:13pm

The colors of Yule that represent Santa Claus and the Winter Solstice Holiday are from the ancient religious traditions of the Caucasus Mountain Region. 

This bit of information will drive the white, southerner, evangelicals nuts. The ancient people of Old Europe came from this group of black Africans. Many of the traditions from these African, black skinned people melded into Old Europe and diluted into "white Aryans". 

Comment by Patricia on December 18, 2017 at 2:44pm

There ya go!


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