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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray 11 hours ago. 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 yesterday. 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 Ian Mason on February 15, 2016 at 10:52am

I must go hunting chocolate tomorrow.

A bit of pointless information: originally, in Mezoamerica "chokolatl" (bitter water) was a drink reserved for warriors. Women and peasants weren't allowd to taste.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 15, 2016 at 10:48am

Thank you for the kind words.

Løberen

 

Skoven står i sin fineste dragt,

en million grønne gnister

der svæver over et anemonetæppe.

Rådyret lister forbi, og en stålorm

snor sig over stien.

Med taktfast trampen kommer

løberen, som gisper og sveder,

indånder optimisme sammen med ilt

mens alt negativt fordamper.

Ben, lunger og hjerte

finder en fælles rytme

og gør det de er skabt til.

Bevægelse bliver livets mening

for en kort stund

og en følelse af frihed

finder sine vinger.

Havde man luft tilovers

ville man råbe sin glæde

om hvordan krop og sjæl

er i virkelighed en,

om hvor godt det er at leve

lige her og nu.

 

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 15, 2016 at 5:47am

February 15th - Happy Half-Price Chocolate Day!

Comment by Plinius on February 15, 2016 at 2:58am

Thanks for the poem, Ian! Would you show us the Danish text, so we can try to understand the rhythm?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 15, 2016 at 12:20am

It's so frustrating to see how the Supreme Court is systematically attempting to take away civil and equal rights that so many people throughout the decades have literally fought and died for.  Worker/union rights.  Voting rights.  Women's rights.  Racial equality.  Minority rights.  It seems as though the positive ruling for the LGBT community on marriage was a fluke that never should have happened. 

Comment by kathy: ky on February 14, 2016 at 11:47pm
Randall, I've been wondering about Steph too.
Comment by kathy: ky on February 14, 2016 at 11:45pm
Scalia was the lowest. As the article Ruth published an excerpt from points out so well.
Comment by Grinning Cat on February 14, 2016 at 11:39pm

Thanks for that evocative, life-affirming poem, Ian!

Randall, I'm with you: while I wish Antonin Scalia's family and friends whatever comfort and peace they can find, my overwhelming reaction is "Scalia is off the bench -- GOOD!!!"

Among the other damage he had done to the U.S., Bush v. Gore stands out: electing George Bush as President by a vote of 5 to 4, leading to Alito and Roberts on the court, leading to Citizens United, the weakening of the Voting Rights Act, Hobby Lobby, and more....

As Daily Kos commenter Albanius wrote:

It is a challenge to pick the worst decision of the Scalia majority on the court, considering eviscerating the Voting Rights Act, rewriting the Second Amendment in the face of its explicit language, and Corporations Unlimited (truth in packaging), among others.

But my vote goes to Bush v. Gore, which not only brought the Iraq War, a multi-trillion dollar tax giveaway to millionaires and billionaires, and the loss of a almost decade while the planet continued to cook, but also the elevation of Roberts and Alito, directly responsible for all the other outrageous decisions.

As Vincent Bugliosi noted in The Nation at the time, Scalia was obligated to recuse himself from Bush V Gore, since his two sons worked for law firms representing Bush.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 14, 2016 at 11:36pm

Ian, your poetry is simply beautiful.  Very descriptive and visual.  My praises to you on your creative abilities.  You have a wonderful talent. 

Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 14, 2016 at 10:36pm

Good one Ian!!  I enjoyed it.

 

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