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Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by amer chohan on Wednesday. 13 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

Tags: bible, parable, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 13, 2015 at 9:31am

Ian, thanks for the link to the "badass" musical instruments.  I loved the videos.  I hope everyone here watches them.   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 13, 2015 at 9:09am

I live in Illinois Congressional District 4 represented by congressman Luis Gutierrez.  It is mentioned in The Economist article as being the "champion" of gerrymandering.  It is the letter 'U' on its side.

The two large grey areas on the right side of the map below encompass neighborhoods in Chicago that are predominantly Latino/Hispanic.  From there, the district has two tentacles that then meander westward into the suburbs to include other areas in the region with high concentrations of Hispanics/Latinos.  This, coincidentally, coincides with western suburbs that have a lot of industrial/manufacturing parks and low-income households.

Sandwiched in-between right in the middle are the wealthy suburbs of Oak Park and River Forest, with million-dollar homes and the largest concentration of Frank Lloyd Wright houses in the world. 

Also sandwiched in-between, directly to the east of Oak Park, we're back in the city of Chicago on the west side which is predominantly African-American. 

All this gerrymandering has been concocted just to keep the incumbent, Louis Gutierrez, elected. 

Regarding term limits, I'm generally against them, as I feel we already have that power in the voting booth.  (What the voters do with that power is another issue, but limits shouldn't be mandated.)  There actually are some politicians I'm glad to have in office multiple terms.  Why get rid of a good person just for the sake of having term limits to weed out the bad?  As I said, that can be done in the voting booth.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2015 at 8:40am

Ian, yes, I plan to sell my home and move to Laura's home 50 miles north of Spokane. She lives on the north side of Mt. Spokane in the midst of an old forest long ago logged. The 17 acres have grown up and are badly overcrowded with a wide variety of conifers. Laura planted some deciduous trees but they do not thrive in that soil. It appears to me to be a terminal moraine of the receding glaciers of the last Ice Age. Their property is on small rolling hills of sand. The property below them is a meadow, lovely in the spring and especially this summer with the cooler weather we have had. The aquifer that supports their well comes from Pond Oreille Lake and River.

The glacial rolling sands and verdant green meadows are underlaid by ancient granites that, when exposed, weather nicely into rich mineral soils and regoliths. The soils here are also rich in volcanic ash from the Cascade eruptions, including Mt. St. Helens. The prevailing westerlies blew great mounds of ash from the formation of the Cascade Range. 

Larry is building me a greenhouse because our growing season is so short. I have created beautiful gardens from Kenai, Alaska to Washington, D.C, and from Spokane and Seattle to Ft. Hood, TX and places in between. I thought my home garden in Spokane would be my last horrah! It appears I have one more project to complete before I become the food for other life forms. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2015 at 7:44am

 Carl, I now use a cane and am grateful for it. It also helps me fend off attacks by my granddaughter's over-loving, over exuberant pointer named Zeek. His lovely enthusiasm is too much for me, especially if I am standing. He runs a marathon around the house with the labrador, Dominic in hot pursuit. Dominic used to knock me down when I first arrived at their home but he sensed I was vulnerable and no longer gives me a knock-down welcome. He is so gentle with me, walks with me in the forest, sits quietly beside me when I sleep. We have a routine each morning. He comes and sits until I awaken, he gets a "rub" all over before breakfast. We have breakast together, he, with a treat of a biscuit, I with my bowl of fruit. He never begs, however he has me well trained so that he gets his regular "rub",  "snack", and "outside" adventure. 

I miss him when I am at my home in Spokane. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 13, 2015 at 7:35am

Ditto for me, Randy.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 13, 2015 at 7:22am

Comments below on voting, Supreme Court, Unions, etc., is (are) exactly why I'm backing Bernie Sanders for president!

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 13, 2015 at 5:46am

Ruth, thanks for the pointer to Madison's Music and what's wrong with the current Supreme Court! "One dollar, one vote" is an apt summation of a lot of it -- and there's the privileged duopoly, and entrenched gerrymandering to create safe incumbents.

(On gerrymandering, the 2002 Economist article "How to rig an election" is still very much relevant, and contains some shocking examples and maps!)

"... what’s needed is a new Supreme Court majority that understands Madison's vision and is not hostile to a broad and inclusive democracy."

That underscores how essential it is for us to vote in every presidential election! Even while the system is broken.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 13, 2015 at 3:37am

Just to show that there's many a good tune played on an old fiddle (or sackbut, oud etc)

http://www.sinfinimusic.com/uk/features/guides/instrument-guides/8-...

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 12, 2015 at 3:31pm

Funny LOL on dieting, Bertold.

I’ve been on strict dieted for decades too, Plinius. And keep gaining anyway.

I don’t’ get the leg transfer joke, Flying Atheist.

Thanks for the update, sk8eycat. I was wondering how you were doing after that fall. Keep on trecking.

Indiana’s hot too? We had 95° today north of Philly, Randall.

Carl, I personally agree with that. I enjoy seeing people of all body sizes and shapes flaunting enjoying skimpy swimwear. It seems as if many HWF regulars, including myself, walk with care.

Speaking of bleak futures, Joan, and bleak present, I was surprised to learn how much the US supreme Court has destroyed democracy. 8 Ways the Supreme Court Has Been Destroying American Democracy

As for your big old house being too much to maintain, I’ve had a few little similar milestones: giving up a little garden by the road because I couldn’t carry enough water, giving up a lovely aquarium because I couldn’t carry water, giving up hosting parties because I was too tired to enjoy them after carrying chairs up from the basement. I think down-sizing is part of aging.

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