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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

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

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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 December 4, 2017 at 3:43am

Chris, I couldn't find a Franklin statement but I did find this: 

“NEWS is that which comes from the North, East, West and South, and if it comes from only one point of the compass, then it is a class publication and not news.”

~ Benjamin Disraeli British prime minister [1804-1881] 

Comment by Chris on December 4, 2017 at 2:58am

News is so important for democracy that  after the founding of the U.S. mailing news is was subsidized - almost free for the publishers.

The USPS still has a discount rate for books and other publications.

I heard that Benjamin Franklin, the first Post Master General of the of  U.S.  said NEWS stood for North East West South.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 1, 2017 at 7:30pm

Ian, I like your response, and it bears repeating: 

"Principles are like stars. We may never quite reach them but, like the mariners of old, we use them to steer by."

Ian Mason

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 1, 2017 at 7:28pm

Thomas, re: "Rope.Tree.Journalist. Some assembly required", of what use are journalists or the newspapers for which they write? When our elected representatives make decisions that effect our lives and that are not in our best interests, the people have a right to know. How do we find out? Do individual citizens perform the tasks of discovery? Are  working class people able to take time off from their paid work to find out about the crimes committed by those who govern?

"Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter."

~ Thomas Jefferson

"Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost."

~ Thomas Jefferson

"A free press can be good or bad, but, most certainly, without freedom a press will never be anything but bad."

~ Albert Camus

"There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and to shame the devil."

~ Walter Lippmann

"We don't go into journalism to be popular. It is our job to seek the truth and put constant pressure on our leaders until we get answers."

~ Helen Thomas

Well, I have found enough quotes to reveal my confirmation bias! I also think about:

Upton Sinclair who wrote, "The Jungle: Muckraking the Meat-Packing Industry," revealing "how these companies eliminated competition, set high prices, and treated workers as 'wage slaves.'"

Or, a woman reporter, Nellie Bly, who faked her insanity and revealed the conditions in a mental institution.

Or, The "Pentagon Papers that contain a history of the U.S. role in Indochina from World War II until May 1968 and that were commissioned in 1967 by U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara. They were turned over (without authorization) to The New York Times by Daniel Ellsberg, a senior research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for International Studies" and The New York Times published articles based upon them.

Oh! How many other reporters and newspapers informed the public about policies and practices that were not in the best interest of citizens? Other victims of unjust, inhumane policies include the consuming public, the animals sent to slaughter, the insane, and the armed forces assigned to fight, suffer and die in wars.

Comment by Chris on December 1, 2017 at 1:25pm

t's interesting how the U.S.A was going to be great again by draining the swamp in WA DC. as requested by the voters and electoral college to be replaced with a cesspool

Comment by Chris on December 1, 2017 at 1:02pm

Committe to Protect Journalists.

has an interactive link showing  1262 Journalists Killed since 1992/Motive Confirmed

Go  figure? WalMart.com

A T-shirt calling for violence against journalists was for sale at Walmart.com until RTDA sent a letter requesting its removal. 

The "Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some assembly required." shirt made news at a rally for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump in November of last year. 

The Radio Television Digital News Association reported Thursday that, along with Voice of the First Amendment Task Force, it sent a letter to the national retailer and the shirt was removed five hours later.

RTDNA's letter included that almost three dozen journalists have been assaulted in the U.S. this year and that close to 50 around the world have been killed for their work. 

"It is our belief that at the least, T-shirts or any other items bearing such words simply inflame the passions of those who either don’t like, or don’t understand, the news media. At worst, they openly encourage violence targeting journalists. We believe they are particularly inflammatory within the context of today’s vitriolic political and ideological environment."

RTDNA recognized Wal-Mart's First Amendment right to sell the shirts, the letter continued, "and the right of consumers to purchase and wear them. However, just because Walmart has the right to sell the shirts, that doesn’t mean it is the right thing to do."

Comment by Loren Miller on December 1, 2017 at 6:40am

That "Rope - Tree - Journalist" t-shirt is one of the more despicable things I've seen in too long.  People who support such opinions either have no knowledge of history or simply don't care.  Indeed, had the last word in that phrase been the N-word, I doubt anyone of his ilk would much care.

Comment by Chris on December 1, 2017 at 5:38am

To shift -thinking about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

A place I worked was mostly secular.  There were religious people, including a former Catholic Priest, and an Evangelical Pastor).    They didn't prosletize. 

The culture (in the U.S.A.) expects people to honor what might be called cultural christian values, such as worshiping Jesus during xtmas and easter.

I always thought xmas in the U.S. was about conspictuious consumerisiom and the worship of capitalism.

What is it with Abrahamic 'religions' that demand subscribers to prolesteize?

They won't go to hell, unless they bring someone with them?

As a side note: the name Rosencrantz reminded me of Rossicrutian.

A guy I worked when I said I don't celebrate, or honor  Xtmas  would tell me he was a Rossicrutian. 

I finally looked  Rossicrutian  up about five years ago. More power to him.

Rossicrutian  is an interesting philosophy.

Comment by Chris on December 1, 2017 at 4:47am

Thanks Ian,

I don't know much, or anything about William Shakesphere's tradegy Hamlet.  If I had to take a test of the play, or writing I'd fail. Does that mean I don't know the tradegy of power and family failings?

I dislike reading text written in Old English (probably because of my bias against the King James Bible).

I should become more learned.

Comment by Plinius on December 1, 2017 at 3:07am

A beautiful one, Ian, and very true!

 

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