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The myth of religions

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Saturday. 3 Replies

The creation myth of civilizations instructs men to dominate, to conquer, to go forth and multiply. No reasonable person would pay attention to such a god. No hunter-gatherer receives such a senseless message from wise elders.However, that idea…Continue

Tags: masculine, violation, imperative, go forth and multiply,, conquest

Winter Driving, Preparing for the worst

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 1. 2 Replies

Now that we enter the time the Celtics called Imbolc, a pagan celebration of the beginning of spring and season of new life, I ran across this video on preparing for winter driving. It offers reasons for each thing he puts in his vehicles to be safe…Continue

Tags: prepare, driving, winter

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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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 29, 2016 at 1:22pm

Spud, thanks for the excellent reference.  

Carl, I agree with you about the Republican Congress being such a foolish and selfish group of individuals. I give them credit for standing on their principles, but they have gone way too far. They insult the U.S. public. Now, we have to start building the strength of a progressive party, whether it is to create on the frame of the Democrats, or for a third party is yet to be decided as a nation. As for myself, I am switching to either the Green Party or the Atheist Party (Yay! atheists).  Well, you know what I mean!

I highly recommend you watch the film I posted this morning, "On Contact" or anything by Chris Hedges. He will light a fire in any thinking person's brain. 

Qiana, when I lived in Los Vegas in 1940-42, we had a 12' trailer that we moved from one work camp to another. I was about four years old at the time; My Dad worked for Morris-Knudson building railroad bridges across the southern tier of the U.S. Roosevelt was getting ready for war, in Europe and the track was intended to move soldiers and equipment across the snow-free southern tier. 

For a four-year-old child, it was an incredible experience. We lived with Mexicans, blacks, and any race of man willing to work in that terrible desert heat. They finished the project that winter after the attack on Perle Harbor. He then was sent to Alaska to build airfields in the winter. Figure that one out! The temperatures in Fairbanks reached -60 degrees below freezing. He was there the rest of the war. He was not military; he worked for M/K construction firm until the end of the war.

Mom and I moved into a little house in Spokane that they were able to pay off in one year. Mom worked at Kaiser Aluminum's fabrication facilities. During the four years there, she was promoted to supervisory positions, even over some men, an unusual thing in those days. After Victory in Japan Day, she was given her pink notice, as were all the women to make room for returning soldiers. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 29, 2016 at 4:58am

I don't know, but a quick look with Google netted this statement:  "Since warm air rises, a home with high ceilings is hard to keep warm in the winter, but not as hard to keep cool in the summer. However, a room with high ceilings is always more expensive to keep cool than a standard-height room because of the additional volume. There are ways to cool the air more efficiently, however, and keep your electric bills lower."  http://homeguides.sfgate.com/better-cool-room-high-ceilings-34854.html

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 28, 2016 at 9:31pm

My brother's house does have high ceilings but I'm not sure if that's just a coincidence or if high ceilings are indeed a preferred recommendation for swamp cooling.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 28, 2016 at 9:10pm

My brother lives in the Mohave Desert in California where the temperature is routinely above 100-degress in the summer.  They have a swamp cooler only and it seems to be enough to keep their house cool.  Dry outside air is key.

I had high hopes for what Obama was proposing to accomplish when first elected.  He had a big agenda and, of course, politics is (mostly) about compromise.  But we all know what happened.  Not one single Republican was willing to compromise and to allow legislation to be passed....even on bills containing issues they agreed upon or that Republicans had originally proposed! 

We have all suffered because of this abhorrent behavior by Republicans.  It's been this way since Obama's first day in office.  I can't blame the President for many of his broken promises.  Like I said, the Republicans weren't even willing to compromise one iota.  I even wonder how much longer we'll have a vacant chair on the Supreme Court if Hillary is in the Oval Office.   

Actually, I think it's surprising how much President Obama was able to accomplish on his own without any help from a useless Congress and a heavily Scalia-influenced Supreme Court.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 28, 2016 at 4:32pm

Spud, when we lived in Los Vegas, we had a swamp cooler and it felt really good. That was in 1942! I still remember the freshness of that little machine. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 28, 2016 at 4:26pm

 54°C = 129.2 degrees F? I was suffering sitting in my garden with the sprinkler going behind me in today's temp at 92 degrees F or 33.3 degrees C.

One of these days I will feel comfortable with reading Celcius, if not the high temp. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 28, 2016 at 12:06pm

Joan, my swamp coolers have never caused mold as far as I could tell.  I live in a dry climate.  It may in a moist climate.   I know if there is much moisture in the air, it does not work well.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 28, 2016 at 11:27am

Randy, thanks for the lead to Rachel. She is right more than I wish she were, but she is only the messenger, not the message.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 28, 2016 at 11:22am

IMHO you eel frustration for good reason. Hillary is a different school of thought than she portrays when she speaks. She knows what the public wants to hear and says it with conviction, fire in her eyes, fire in her belly. However,  go back and check her voting record and the bills she supported. Hillary is a bankers-pawn. 

Oh! I wish they could see that she is doing the same thing as Obama did. He rose my hopes; he said everything I wanted him to say. ON THE DAY OF HIS INAUGURATION HE REVEALED HIS actual CHARACTER. He was part of that gang of thieves that are thieves, i.e. Rahm Emanuel, ON DAMN I can't find the piece I wrote on Obama's first inauguration day. Here is a later piece when he replaced two cabinet members:

"This is how I read Obama. He is a bright, well-brought up a black man who feels comfortable with blacks and whites. His ambition is to break the color barrier and was a perfect sort of fellow the king makers wanted. Smart enough to speak intelligently, ambitious enough to toe the line. His appointments of his cabinet do not match his statement of raising the poor out of poverty and raising the uneducated into informed citizens."

I also had the feeling that if he didn't toe the mark, he would be shot, and he knew it. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 28, 2016 at 11:02am

Bill Maher's after show was brilliant as usual, including none other than the eminent (or is it immanent?) Anthony Wiener, who was actually hilarious (or was it Hillarious?)

 

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