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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat 19 hours ago. 99 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

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

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Comment by Randall Smith on February 14, 2016 at 7:44am

I have to unabashedly admit that when I first heard that Justice Scalia had died, I shouted out "GOOD!" And I couldn't help but start singing "The witch is dead" from Wizard of Oz!  Now we'll see where the chips will fall. I semi-watched the Republican debate last night and was appalled by the candidates responses to selecting the next justice.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 13, 2016 at 10:35pm

Hotel California - Cubanos Acapella

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 13, 2016 at 12:17pm

I have not been able to get my "education, politics, religion" group for two days. Can you find it?  

Comment by Randall Smith on February 13, 2016 at 7:38am

It is by sheer coincidence that I picked up Darwin, His Daughter & Human Evolution (by Randal Keynes) at the library yesterday! Good timing on "his day".

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 13, 2016 at 12:02am

Another memorable scene:

"A man watches as a wave hits the beach on February 8, 2016, in Newhaven, East Sussex. Storm Imogen is the ninth named storm to hit the UK this season. This year's storms are being named in an effort by the Met Office and Met Eireann to increase public awareness and safety. They were named by public ballot and there are no names for the letters Q, U, X, Y, and Z.”

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2016 at 11:46pm

I've been watching the northern hemisphere wind patterns this winter. The British Isles and northern Europe have had some very tough winds. Occasionally I share a copy of wind patterns with you. Today, I ran across this photo: 

“Bruno, a bearded collie cross, walks in the wind in Newquay on February 8, 2016, in Cornwall, England. Parts of the UK were being battered by Storm Imogen, the ninth-named storm to hit the UK this season.“

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2016 at 12:46pm

Bertold, I think there are two things Bernie need to learn. 

1. Foreign affairs: The Game Theory of Terrorism 

Countering violent extremism is different in approach from the one that analysts and policymakers took with al Qaeda. Where they once hunted down operatives and leaders in the top echelons of terrorist organizations, they now also look for so-called influencers and study how, precisely, they incite individuals to violence. Consequently, U.S. counterterrorism has moved from a purely operations-centered strategy—for example, assassinating al Qaeda leaders or what the media calls “cutting off the snake’s head”—to analyzing what the Department of Homeland Security describes as “the dynamics of radicalization to violence” or the reasons why some individuals associated with violent extremism commit violence and others do not. This new perspective has roped in government bodies, activists, and data scientists who not only analyze terrorist social networks and messaging patterns, but also transmit counter-extremist narratives. 
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2. Economics: William Black Time to Jail the Bankers and Take Back Control over M...

"When the 2008 financial crisis hit, Iceland had a very different response than the United States. Iceland let the big banks fail, nationalized them and prosecuted the bankers, sending 26 of the bank executives to jail for fraud and market manipulation. In the US, no high level bankers were prosecuted and the big banks were bailed out through Quantitative Easing which bought bad debt burdening the big banks. The weak response in the US means that fraud and corruption by big finance continue and we are facing an unstable market which many people predict will crash again within the year. We speak with Bill Black of the newly formed Bank Whistleblowers United about the plan they have outlined to instill the rule of law on Wall Street and end fraud with the hope of mitigating the effects of the next financial crisis. And we speak with Randall Wray, an expert in financial instability and macroeconomics, about alternatives to the current financial system that would bring greater stability."

Time to Jail the Bankers and Take Back Control over Money

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2016 at 12:22pm

Carl! Thank you for these sites. I will watch them later and celebrate the progress toward sectarianism and freedom from religion. 

I think his Jewishness will be used against him when he gains more delegates

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 12, 2016 at 11:39am

Hey, folks.  One of the podcasts I listen to regularly is In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg on the BBC.  Back in 2009 he did a four-part series on the life of Charles Darwin.  I recently listened to it again and thought I would share it with you.  It's very informative and worth a listen.

Darwin:  On the Origins of Charles Darwin  Part 1 of 4

Darwin:  The Voyage of the Beagle  Part 2 of 4

Darwin:  On the Origin of Species  Part 3 of 4

Darwin:  Life After Origins  Part 4 of 4

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 12, 2016 at 11:14am

HAPPY DARWIN DAY!

 

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