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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray yesterday. 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 February 21, 2016 at 4:56pm

It is clear we can list the problems facing us. We can't live in a fog in these dangerous times. It seems hopeless to make this gargantuan failed society turn around; too many factors come to a peak, and thus Peak Performance, The Crash Course.

If we do not understand what happened and why we will repeat the past instead of learning from it. We echo the lament of the mainstream on the crucial points that explain why the US economy is at stall speed. The mainstream simply doesn’t get. Certainly the corporate media, not the corporations and not the politicians. 

"the period from 1945 till 1965 is now regarded as the “Golden Age of Capitalism”. Our generation lived through this Golden Age of Capitalism. What next? 

Well, it depends. That is our challenge to figure out, or diminish as the Golden Age of Islam faded. 

Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 21, 2016 at 4:50pm

Several of you have responded to "Carl", and I can't find an entry by him.  What can I do to find it?

Comment by Ian Mason on February 21, 2016 at 3:37pm

Been to see *Hateful Eight' this evening. I got the feeling that Tarrentino was treading water (or fake blood) in making this. A locked-in-a-cabin-finding-out-whodunnit story that ended up with everybody dead or dying. There were editing mistakes with later references to earlier scenes that must have been cut plus dodgy dialogue: 'window of oppportunity' doesn't sound like a wild-west expression to me. A disappointment.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 21, 2016 at 3:30pm

That is the impression I get, Carl. A slide into a 'every man for himself and the Devil take the hindmost' mentality.

Nice one, Bertold.

The Little Mermaid has been decapitated a couple of times as a protest over the years.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 21, 2016 at 7:16am

To both Bertold and Carl, good posts.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 20, 2016 at 10:10pm

Excellent, Bertold ... could not be said better!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 20, 2016 at 8:04pm

Ian, it's surprising to hear from you that the US is the model to look to.  I'd agree the US has been a good model for various reasons throughout our history, but for all the progress we've achieved it seems as though we are now entrenched in a current period of stagnation and dangerous retrograde policies.

Our current economic model is unsustainable and is only getting worse. 

Our current health care system generally works if you have the money to participate, but much is still broken and costs are astronomical.  I won't even mention the countless people who fall through the cracks.

Any social progress we've achieved is under constant attack from fringe religious zealots.  That would normally be something to laugh and scoff at, but these same people are elected to public office via a corrupt election redistricting method that does not represent the real majority opinion.  As a result, they enjoy great power and influence and must be taken seriously.

We've ended slavery and (in theory) have given equal rights to all, but this is on paper only.  There is so much more progress to achieve to meet this goal, yet we have people (many holding public office) fighting daily to reverse what many have fought and died for. 

Our current political and social model systemically suppresses all, but at a exponentially higher percentage if you are anything other than white. 

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Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 19, 2016 at 5:06pm

Thanks for the update, Ian.  We left Germany in the late 70's, and I didn't know what had developed since then.  Say hello to the "Little Mermaid" for us.  I would love to get back over there for a visit.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 19, 2016 at 3:01pm

It's quite true, Donald that things in Europe have declined over the past few decades. The U.S. has become the model to emulate, unfortunately. I failed my British "eleven-plus" exam and ended up in skilled manual work but even so could attend evening classes and go to university at the age of 25. Tuition was free and there was a student grant that was just sufficient to survive on. This was in the 80s. My nephews in Britain are now having to run up debts to get an education as tuition costs a lot of money and there are no grants. Here in Denmark, however my daughter managed 5 years of university without getting into debt as the situation is still reasonable. She had to work part-time to earn a little extra to live on but that's all.

 

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