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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 24. 9 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. 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

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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 19. 99 Replies

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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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 12, 2015 at 2:30pm

Richard, I realize we have an uphill battle to be able to fully function as a citizen and atheist; however, I feel so strongly that I, and I hope others, want to work toward universal health care. Felaine lived under a failed system and she is only the tip of the iceberg. 

Atheism reframes life and values in such a way that each individual has a right and obligation to think critically.

Living under the boot of capitalism, that needs religion to thrive, results in a failed religion and failed capitalism. We can do better. 

"It was the church more than any other agency, writes historian Randall Collins, that put in place what Weber called the preconditions of capitalism: the rule of law and a bureaucracy for resolving disputes rationally; a specialized and mobile labor force; the institutional permanence that allows for transgenerational investment and sustained intellectual and physical efforts, together with the accumulation of long-term capital; and a zest for discovery, enterprise, wealth creation, and new undertakings."

How Christianity Created Capitalism

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 12, 2015 at 1:53pm

Carl, I feel so grateful to you for keeping in touch with Felaine and then her sister. It is strange how a person we meet over the internet can become so much a part of one's life. I f elt a real affection for her, as I know so many other Atheist Nexus members felt. 

Thank you, dear friend, for your loving care. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 12, 2015 at 1:37pm

Ian, I am disgusted with USA's social programs failing and sad to learn Europe is turning more toward private enterprise to conduct their business. We should have learned from Europe about how to care for our people. Money won over people. 

Well, the outcome is clear to me, if we continue with this privatization trend of NeoCons and NeoLibs, we will surely end life as we know it. Sharks and cockroaches will live homo sapiens and so many other flora and fauna. 

Given that reality, what is one to do today? What I plan to do is grow a garden, teach my great-grandchildren how to grow their own food, and find ways to b happy. I also intend to teach them stress management techniques because they will need all the mental and emotional skills possible. 

Ian, what a great friend we had in Felaine. I do miss her and know she wanted to leave, even as I attempted to encourage her. 

Comment by Ian Mason on August 12, 2015 at 1:13pm

Welcome, Hex5,  to a great community. We're a bit sad at the moment as we've lost a dear friend. Things are usually a bit brighter with experiences and opinions going back and forth.

Joan, as an outsider, it seems absurd that the U.S. doesn't have a proper health service. That said, Europe is going your way with private treatment being a growth industry. NeoCon and NeoLib policies are the order of the day, even with the traditional Social Democrat/Socialist parties.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 12, 2015 at 12:33pm

Felaine, I am so sorry you died after all the pain you endured. My hope is that you found some comfort and relief in your last hours. You challenged me in the most delightful way and always sharpened my thinking. Your scathing insights, your stinging humor, your sharp wit delighted me even as it challenged me. 

I love you, dear friend, and miss you.

I make a commitment in your name to fight harder for universal health care. I will think of you as I compose every letter and make every appeal.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2015 at 10:19am

"A broken system that throws away our most experienced and knowledgeable citizens." Thanks for that view Pat.

Comment by Pat on August 12, 2015 at 9:57am

Carl, both a fitting tribute to Elaine, and a telling commentary on a broken system that throws away our most experienced and knowledgeable citizens. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 12, 2015 at 9:36am

Yes, Felaine very often spoke about wanting to die.  She had chronic pain and health issues that were never properly addressed.  And she had such a damn difficult financial situation that made her choose between getting medicine or having food.  I can't help but think that if we had a proper health care system in this country that had provided her with the opportunity to get care, she would have had a much better quality of life and might have thought very differently about wanting to "exit the building."  Her situation is a very sad commentary on our broken system and our policies, both financially and ethically.  

I admired her very much and have shed many tears over her death.  We all loved her caustic sense of humor and her brash personality.  Which is why the one time I actually spoke with her I was so completely surprised that she had the most sweet, charming and pleasant voice.  I'm privileged to have had the chance to know her.

Comment by Gerald Payne on August 12, 2015 at 7:53am

I shall most certainly miss Felaine and her caustic posts. She livened up any discussion she commented on.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2015 at 7:42am

Patricia emailed me about Felaine's death as well.  Thank you Carl, for going the extra mile to find out.

It sounds like help came too late.  It may be that some medical people were too callous.


It's very sad.  It was my privilege to know her and I shed many tears at the news.  However, If she was as miserable with life as she sometimes sounded, I'm glad she's out of her misery.  The same way I felt about my dad dying.

 

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