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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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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Sep 28. 8 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

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 Randall Smith on Friday

Interesting, Ian. I've thought about tracing my ancestry through DNA. However, I pretty much know "where I came from" through my genealogy research--at least going back 500 years.
The only exception is definitively tracking down my surname (Smith). My great x 3 grandfather came from Germany; that's all I know. "Smiths" (or Schmidt?) aren't easy to discover.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on Friday

Ian, I'm curious, is there any part of your ancestry result that you found surprising, or is it basically what you expected?   

Comment by Joan Denoo on Friday

Chris, "90-years old woman made it to the top"?! I couldn't do any of that, oh, maybe a block of walking but certainly not to the top. The information about that area brought back lovely memories. I bought a pretty necklace at the Great Wall made of fine porcelain with some Chinese writing that looks pretty to me; I suspect someone can decipher words out of the images. 

What was your feeling about how the Chinese treated you? Did it seem as though you were their friend? Or were they suspicious of you, or skeptical? How do you describe the ways the Chinese people responded to seeing you? 

Comment by Chris on Friday

Here's a neat place to visit in China.

http://www.china.org.cn/english/kuaixun/74863.htm.

There was a cable car to get part way to the top.  A guy  in our group fainted while climbing the  rest of the way from heat stroke - though a 90year old woman made it to the top.

Comment by Chris on Friday

When I was walking the wall a couple of kids (teenagers) began running down the steps, which were rounded.  One of them fell and cracked her head open.  Unfortunatly she was seriously injured.

Comment by Joan Denoo on Friday

Randy, an interesting photo. Getting to meet the man who discovered the site is something I didn't do; how fortunate! I assume he was happy to share his find, after all these years.

Yes, I had not noticed the word "xian." If I were one who believed in such things, I would claim it was an omen. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on Friday

Carl, I am sorry you missed this exhibit!  What a  beautiful brochure!              

To my Atheist Nexus friends, do take a look at the brochure, you will be amazed at its design and as well as the story it tells.

"China's First Emperor, Qin Shihuang, planned to spend his afterlife buried in a palatial tomb, surrounded by all his worldly treasures. To guard his mausoleum, he commissioned an army of terracotta warriors unlike anything seen before or since."

Thanks, Carl, I am happy to have both sites. 

Comment by Ian Mason on Friday

No Adam, Thomas although I am fond of fruit.

I've seen a couple of documentaries about that tomb,Chris. It sounds like it would require the combined expertise of Laura Croft and Indiana Jones to get in there. I wonder if oral transmission over generations has led to the stories of booby-trapped tombs that began to turn up in the West a few centuries ago and which Hollywood loves so much.

Comment by Chris on Friday

My understanding is some teach that no one should board a train.  That way  no one has to jump off before hitting the stop at the end of the terminal.

Is It  (Political) progress?  "Accidental' procreaction  may feed an empire of workers and soldiers, while prohibiting freedom from the burden of pregnancy and raising children couples may not have the resources for.

I'm often crurious why birth controll is banned.

Comment by Chris on Friday

Interesting Mercury river.

http://www.thebestquest.com/undiscovered-tomb-100-rivers-mercury-te...

“Mercury was used to simulate the hundred rivers, the Yangtze and Yellow River, and the great sea, and set to flow mechanically”, wrote the ancient Chinese historian Sima Qian about the tomb of emperor Qin Shi Huang built 2200 years ago.  He also mentioned that the ceiling was decorated with heavenly bodies and the ground modeled after the regional geography.  Furthermore, “workmen were instructed to make automatic crossbows primed to shoot at intruders”.

The Chinese have been hesitant to open the tomb even though they have known about it for years.  But their reasons may be other than fearing a booby-trapped tomb navigable only by an ‘Indiana Jones’.  Recently they sent probes into the tomb and determined that Sima Qian’s writings could be true – mercury levels were 100 times the normal level, an atmosphere which could prove dangerous to archeological excavators.

Famous to most people are the terracotta warriors, 0.9 miles east of the tomb, a clay army mandated for construction by the emperor to protect him in the afterlife.  Although mostly unexcavated, by 2007 estimates they are an ‘army’ in formation, of 8000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses, and 150 cavalry mounted horsemen, along with musicians, acrobats, officials and even muscle-men – but the astonishing aspect is that craftsmen designed the facial features to match each living soldier.  Delicate ornamentation was added to their armor and colors such as purple, yellow and red were meticulously painted.

But when they were first excavated the great colors flaked off and faded within seconds and minutes upon exposure to air – yet another reason why the Chinese may not yet be opening the tomb.

There are even more outstanding facts about the tomb.  It is thought to be about a soccer field in size, the interior space appears to be hermetically sealed, and evidence points to it likely still being fairly intact.  The pyramid-shaped mountain is at the foot of Mount Li which is said by Sima Qian to be rich in gold on its north side, and in jade on it’s south side.

And once one makes it past the rigged crossbows, according to Sima Qian, there are palaces, scenic towers, generals (clay figurines?), “treasures” and “rare artifacts”.  He went further to explain that Qin Shi Huang had also buried alive his wives that had not produced sons and sealed off any exit for the craftsmen and other people who had knowledge of the treasures inside so that the details of the hidden world would never be known.

 

Interested in seeing the amazing Terracotta Warriors and even the site where the unexcavated tomb is? We’re gearing up for our upcoming summer quest On the Trail of Chinese Cuisine, from Duck to Dim Sum. Join us July 27 through August 10 for a 15-day adventure around China.

The Best Quest is an adventure travel company that specializes in planning unique, off-the-beaten path trips for the curious traveler. We are currently planning trips to Asia in 2014. Check out our full travel schedule or sign up for our email newsletter to stay in the loop about upcoming trips.

 

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