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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

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Plinius on June 4, 2015 at 9:39am

Try it by all means! More parties is at least more interesting - coalitions can work very well. Of course no one is really content, but that is nothing new. Allowing very small parties in the senate is not always pleasant, but it works. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 4, 2015 at 9:23am

We need to change our voting system in the US! The current system of one vote, plurality winner takes all (no way to express preference or support for more than one candidate) creates plenty of wasted votes, and thus plenty of avoidable opportunity for rigging and gerrymandering. (And spoiler effects -- Nader anyone?) I've read that researchers believe that such "first past the post" systems in fact tend to lead to an entrenched duopoly.

Each voter would still cast one ballot, but on that ballot you could -- depending on the particular system -- rank them by 1st/2nd/3rd/etc. choice, or vote yes or no on each candidate separately, or give each one an independent score (like Olympic judges' voting).

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 4, 2015 at 8:11am

Randall - I'm with you in spirit. Sanders is far and away the best candidate out there and I have no doubt he would be a far superior president to anyone in the field. That said, however, because of our pathetic so-called two-party system that's really a one-party system of unscrupulous opportunists, there's no way in hell he'll ever get elected.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 4, 2015 at 7:35am

Now, to change gears. After watching Bernie Sanders (on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show), I decided he's the man for me--and my money! I gave a small donation for his campaign. Hey, it worked for candidate Obama!

Comment by Randall Smith on June 4, 2015 at 7:31am

Loren, the King Singers rendition brought tears to my eyes. I love the song (and them), and often play it on the piano experimenting with different chords. By the way, I have the Greatest Hits by Billy Joel. What a genious. Thank you, Loren.

Comment by Plinius on June 4, 2015 at 1:47am

Milky Way!

Comment by Plinius on June 4, 2015 at 1:46am

Climate and social ills often make me worry far beyond what I can do about them. Then I skip 4 billion years and think of the collision milke Way - Andromeda.

Wonderful music, Loren! I love harmony!

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 4, 2015 at 12:53am

Loren, that's an amazing arrangement -- and par for the course for the King's Singers! (I actually got to sing that arrangement in a community choir last year.)

Joan, (and Chris and Ian), I'll echo that we are all on this spaceship together. I just discovered Isaac Asimov's 1988 interviews on Bill Moyers' World of Ideas (transcripts: Part I, Part II; videos: Part I, Part II 1/3, 2/3, 3/3). In Part I, he talks about religion, science, and many other things including the global population explosion, and how equality for women worldwide is essential to our survival:

MOYERS: Why did you say that the price of survival is the equality of women?

ASIMOV: Because if women have full ability to enter into all facets of the human condition, if they can enter business, if they can enter religion, science, government, on an equal basis with men, they will be so busy that they won't feel it is necessary to have a great many children. As long as you have women under conditions where they don't feel any sense of value, no self-worth except as mothers, except as baby factories, they'll have a lot of children. Because that's the only way they can prove they're worth something. [...] if you could somehow raise the status of women, I am certain the birth rate would fall drastically through the choice of the women themselves.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 3, 2015 at 11:58pm

Loren, I love The King's Singers.  My parents purchased one of their vinyl albums at a garage sale back in the late 70's/early 80's.  I've been sold on them ever since.  They perform such a large variety of music genres.....and always so eloquently. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 3, 2015 at 11:46pm

Loren, this beautiful harmony amazes me. I close my eyes and pretend am one of the singers. (Ha! I can't carry a tune in a bonnet). Thanks!. "And so it goes!

 

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