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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

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.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 sk8eycat on March 27, 2013 at 3:04pm

Dear Spud, the novel, THE HUCKSTERS, by Frederick Wakeman is a "must read"...it was first published in 1946, and was made into a movie starring Clark Gable in 1947.  It was "cleaned up" for the movie version, so get the book. 

It's an expose' of the advertising industry, and nothing has changed much since 1946. What caught my attention was the "philosophy" that annoying commercials are memorable, and the sheeple will still buy the product when they see it on the shelf.  I have news for them, I have always avoided products whose commercials p*ss me off...like the old "Please don't squeeze the Charmin," and "Oh, I don't use Tide anymore.  I use New, Improved Tide!"  Both are Proctor and Gamble products, and I refuse to buy anything marketed by that mega-company.  I also avoid Kraft products for the same reason.... they all believe that females are stupid.

I have another reason for avoiding P&G, but it's a long story, and has nothing to do with marketing.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 27, 2013 at 12:06pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 27, 2013 at 12:00pm

News of the weird:

Rhode Island city drops fine for allegedly foul-mouthed cockatoo

Reuters news article

A Rhode Island city has dropped its case against a woman who was fined $15 for violating a noise ordinance after her pet cockatoo allegedly swore at her ex-husband's girlfriend, who lived with him next door, a lawyer said on Wednesday.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 27, 2013 at 10:50am

G-Cat, I hope it's not, but people having a positive long-term memory of commercial products may be true.  In any case I'm sure it's not true for me.  In fact, the more a product or service is advertised, the more suspicious I am of it being a good product or service.  And, I don't forget.  

I've never purchased anything advertised on TV if it's not available in stores.  Hardly ever if is is available in stores.  And, I've never asked my doctor about an advertised drug.  As far as common products like detergents, I rely on Consumer Reports.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 27, 2013 at 10:31am

Found it.....here's a funny story about a Craigslist apartment listing here in Chicago.  Make sure you click on the "See More Photos."

Photobombing Dog in Lakeview East Apartment Listing Goes Viral

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 27, 2013 at 10:20am

Melinda, hope you can start feeling better like Lula.  

How big are your blocks?  They're 300 feet here, so 10 times around would be 2.27 miles.  Since the winds have died down and the temperature is in the 50's, I've been working in the yard and walking more, but I'm only up to a mile or so before my knees start complaining.

The cat peeking-out from the cabinets is funny!

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 27, 2013 at 10:17am

Sentient, here's one more voice hoping that you're doing well and recovering smoothly!

Booklover, glad to hear Lula's acting like herself!

(And yes, Steph, cats are liquids.)

Spud, I hardly watch any TV -- actually a few people in my circle of musician friends share that trait! -- but on the commercial AM radio station I turn to for news and traffic when public radio doesn't have it, an ad for a cheap clothing chain stands out because their name is always SHOUTED -- I'd prefer not to repeat their name, but it's the audio equivalent of

'BUY OUR STUFF!!!' with annoying blinking(Oops... that should've been in allcaps as well. :-)

I remember some study showing that even when the text of an ad was clearly manipulative, leaving people with a bad conscious impression, weeks later those people nevertheless had positive memories of the brand. Ruth, you might have seen it in ScienceDaily or someplace, maybe two or three years ago?

Flying Atheist, thanks for telling us about Budapest's Cat Cafe! (Here's another video article about it, and a YouTube video with a background song, "My pussycat is everybody's cat...".)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 27, 2013 at 9:55am

Good news about Lula, Melinda.  Glad to hear it.  I also hope you can feel 'normal' yourself.  Maybe one of these days you'll finally get a Goldilocks medication......the one that's just right.  Better living through science, as they say.  I wish you well.  

Ruth, I don't own a Kindle, but I understand you can adjust the print size.  Perhaps that's an option for you if you still like reading.  Or.....have you thought about audio books?    

Oh, Melinda, that cat under the kitchen counter is funny.  It reminds me of a real estate listing I saw the other day.  I'll try to find it and post it. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 27, 2013 at 9:53am

Steph, I love the Grumpy cat on Time.  Reminds me of someone I know......  Lets see,,,,who is that?  ........   Oh! now I remember.  It's me!  "I didn't even want this" sounds like something out of my mouth.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 27, 2013 at 9:46am

Ruth, I'm with you on reading easily enlarged screen text instead of books.  

December 13, 2012 a law went into effect that limits the average volume of TV commercials to that of the programing.  It seems to be that way on all of my channels except one that has an extension.  However, they can (an do), manipulate the sound of commercials so they stand out, and often sound louder, or at least more annoying (Why they think annoying me will make me want to buy their product or service has always escaped me).  There's a place that a complaint can be lodged with the government if a commercial sounds louder, so I may do that in hopes that they will be able to further reduce the annoyance factor.

 

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