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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

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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

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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

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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

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losing faith (TheraminTrees)

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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 Joan Denoo on March 9, 2013 at 2:34pm
I am happier now, too, than I was as a child and have access to many more comforts and labor saving devices than former generations. Of course, my parent's generation went from the Great Depression and didn't live long enough to see this recent decline in economics and the take over of politics by money people. Their generation observed the break-up of vast wealth and empire, and the growth of the middle class. They grew older knowing life was getting better for them and I had a brighter start in life and a promising future for me.
We live in different times now. We must scale back, there are not enough jobs for all the people needing paid labor, we have to unlink from consumerism and big banks, even as power lies with BIG. Tax rules and laws that do not provide the kinds of protections to small businesses of my parent's day make entrepreneurial effort very risky today. Protections for wage earners decline because of heavy taxes on their efforts while wealth can legally get away with not paying their share. Education for wealthy people is not at risk. Working class families find it very difficult if not impossible to fund education. Grants and loans become more difficult to find and cost more. With the growth of science and technology, formal training costs more than growing up on a farm and learning from former generations. Amazing things happen every day that require math and science education. The clever will find a way to be educated. What about those who are not clever? Will they be confined to low paying service industry jobs? Will they have opportunity to advance economically? It depends on their ability and willingness to work hard, think hard, and to be persistant. Even if they do all that, there are still not enough jobs for all those families that need jobs.
Comment by Idaho Spud on March 9, 2013 at 2:11pm

Joan, thanks for the Beauty of Science.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 9, 2013 at 2:10pm

We need to talk!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 9, 2013 at 2:03pm

I raise my cup of tea to join your toast to progress, Ian. Despite the degradation of democracy, Climate Destabilization, and takeover by the super rich, overall I'm happier with the world today than when I was a child. My mom had a wringer washer and hung everything out to dry too. At least our washing machine had hot water, though I seem to remember her filling the tub from a hose.

Hellfire and Dalmations, hahaha. Thanks Idaho Spud!

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 9, 2013 at 1:29pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 9, 2013 at 12:42pm

Ian, are you familiar with The Amazing Randi? He is a skeptic, challenger of paranormal science and pseudoscience. He is known as a debunker and he says "there is a lot of bunk".

http://www.randi.org/site/

Comment by Ian Mason on March 9, 2013 at 6:21am

Great post, Joan. There are always more questions than answers - that's one of the things that make life exciting. If that wasn't the case we would stagnate and decay.

There's one exception for me. I can't watch magicians. I'm impressed by the trick but always want to know how it's done. If there's no explanation to be had, I don't want to see the trick.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 9, 2013 at 2:37am
Chris, your story, so descriptive, tells of the very hard work of doing the laundry and that stirred memories of the smell of Purex! Thanks for your memories and reminders of dry skin and the smell of perspiration. Also, the once a week shampoo. Oh dear!
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 9, 2013 at 2:10am

The Beauty of Science (Richard Feynman)

"People say to me, are you looking for the ultimate laws of physics? No I’m not. I’m just looking to find out more about the world and if it turns out­ there is a simple law that explains everything, so be it. If it turns out it's like an onion with millions of layers and we just get sick and tired of looking at the layers, and that's the way it is; but whatever it comes out, it's nature and she's going to come out the way she is and therefore when we go to investigate it we shouldn't pre-decide what it is we're trying to do except to find out more about it. You see, I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers that might be wrong.

 

"I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of certainty about different things but not truly sure of anything and many things I don't know anything about. I don't have to know an answer. I don't feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in the mysterious universe without having any purpose; which is the way it really is, as far as I can tell. It doesn't frighten me."

Comment by Plinius on March 9, 2013 at 2:06am

Congrats with the results of your check up, Joan!

Ian, Grinning Cat and you woke a lot of memories of washing. One day in the week my mother was behind her ´tub´washing machine with a wringer. Heavy work to get all the wet things a few times through the wringer - her hands were damaged by soap, hot water and work - and then the drying began, with washinglines in the whole house and afterwards the ironing. Everyone was slightly smelly, because with the wash being such a hard job you had to use towels and clothes much longer. I remember the smell of a class full of children who lived the same way - nobody cared about a stain or two and you could still see the stains a week later. What changes!

 

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