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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Sunday. 95 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

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 21. 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

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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

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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. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 20, 2016 at 2:11pm

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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.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 19, 2016 at 12:57pm

Nice one Loren (although there could be a second anchor still attached to the other side of the boat labeled U S Senate).

Comment by Loren Miller on February 19, 2016 at 11:30am

Rather says it all, don't it?

Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 17, 2016 at 11:25pm

Randall, Bernie Sanders has a good thought, but under our present circumstances it won't fly.  He says all the other industrialized nations have free college, and free medical for everyone.

I can only speak based on my two tours of duty in Germany, and what one of my German friends advised me last year. Bernie wants a generally speaking, modest income tax.  The Germans are playing 54% income tax, plus a 25% VAT tax.  (The equivalent of our Sales Tax)  What we pay for a gallon of gas, they pay about the same for a liter.

Their medical program is not just wide open to what you want, but, for lack of the proper term, I will say it is metered out.   For instance, the wife of my German chess opponent had her knee replaced.  A couple of years later, the artificial knee came loose from the bone, and it was painful to her in addition to her constantly loosing her balance.  She couldn't just go to the doctor and ask him to replace the bad knee.  She had to meet a government medical board to get approval for the knee replacement.

As far as college is concerned, every German child, at the age of 11 years takes a test.  How they do on that test determines whether they can go to college or not.  If they pass the test, they are given academic courses.  If they fail the test, they get courses aimed at the trades.  ln other words, it is only free if the child passes a test at 11 years of age.

If they are getting welfare, they have to work for it.  It is quite common to see old people sweeping the streets.

Bernie has a good heart, but that isn't what we need right now.

We need someone with a good heart and workable solutions.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 17, 2016 at 7:53am

When my piano tuner came yesterday, he commented very favorably to my Bernie Sanders sticker on my front door! Good fellow.

Comment by kathy: ky on February 16, 2016 at 10:23am
Sorry Grinning Cat. Thanks goes to you for the article below. My bad.
 

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