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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

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. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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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

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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 Patricia on October 15, 2017 at 2:03pm

Yes, I'm having many issues with A/N, Thomas, as well as Atheist Universe.....& both are NING. Damn nuisance!

Comment by Ian Mason on October 15, 2017 at 1:42pm

One of my acquaintances, Martin, has decided to become Marina. I knew he was Gay but didn't know he felt like changing to she. Six months ago 'he' had a beard. There's a lot of paperwork involved but she says she's never been more at peace, so that's not a problem. Good luck and fair winds,I say. Good to get it sorted out while still young (early 20s). I'm going to have to think about my use of pronouns for a while.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 15, 2017 at 1:36pm

Bubble and burst. Marx was right about some things and that's one of them. From what I've been reading, a lot of ordinary people are trying out the Bit-Coin boom but who knows how long that will last.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 15, 2017 at 1:31pm

Yes, laissez fair capitalism benefits the owners of capital, not the owners of labor. When the owners of capital go on a free market spree, they create bubbles. Remember the 1920s Golden Age? The used labor to create vast fortunes while paying sub-living wages to the workers. The rich were careless with their wealth; they assumed huge debts to for the frills of life while the laboring class lost homes, property, and finally lost access to food. A spread between rich and poor grew until the bubble burst in 1929. 

We are now in the stage of laissez-faire capitalism of the 1920s. When this bubble bursts, mortgages become due, loans become due, debt holders demand payment. 

In the meantime, the laboring class learns how to manage on virtually no/low wages, they economise, sell the unnecessary things that keep them obliged, simplify standards of living and survive. Many learned how to grow food on city lots; they developed community food banks and gardens. 

When the Crash came, laboring people knew how to be self-sustaining; the many wealthies didn't know or understand survival life skills. 

So, wage-working people, hone your life skills, understand what happens and why. The silliness of the 1920s will reveal itself and we will recognize it and know what to do and why. 

 

ECONOMICS
abstention by governments from interfering in the workings of the free market.
"laissez-faire capitalism"

synonyms:

free enterprisefree tradenonintervention, free-market capitalism, market forces
"an agenda that embraces the concept of laissez-faire"
Comment by Idaho Spud on October 15, 2017 at 12:46pm

I've not noticed that.

Comment by Thomas Murray on October 15, 2017 at 12:17pm

...Anybody else having issues with Atheist Nexus web? For the past month the downloading of Atheist Nexus on my computer is screwy. There is no problem with other websites but now anytime I try to down load Atheist Nexus I get half pages or in a partly plain format.

Comment by Plinius on October 14, 2017 at 12:27am

Bad news, Ian! Another country where free market ideas hurt common people. Here early retirement has been cut, so we'll have to manage four more years until we're 67. Possibly on a minimal allowance since Luca's 'career' ended in a complete burn-out. So we're happily getting rid of anything that burdens our budget and hope for the best...

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 13, 2017 at 10:57pm

Bertold, is that related to proposals I'd heard about of a few states looking to replace highway taxes added to gasoline -- which penalize dirtier, less-efficient cars -- with taxing drivers or car owners directly, or even having a tracking device in your car to track your actual mileage if you don't want to pay the maximum tax?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 13, 2017 at 4:07pm

Ian, that tax on cars thing sounds like such typical bullshit. Here they want to put an extra tax on electrics and hybrids to "create parity" with people using gas engines. Life under a kakistocracy! 

Comment by Ian Mason on October 13, 2017 at 3:27pm

Chris (NL) Denmark is just about the same. If care and welfare can be cut, it is. If tax rates for the rich can be cut, they are. Those of us on unemployment or social security now have to work part-time or be penalized. We can't get the part-time work but the government doesn't care about that. I've got just over a year until I can take early retirement and get out of the damn system. Meanwhile, purchase tax on cars is being reduced on a sliding scale: the more expensive the car, the greater the reduction. Bugger all for small, efficient run-abouts.

 

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