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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 kathy: ky on August 22, 2017 at 11:33am
I've got to mention the traffic. When I tried to get out of my driveway yesterday there were cars coming in both directions. Our driveway let's out on a strip of hwy where I can see almost a mile in one direction and a quarter of a mile in the other. Usually I see one or two vehicles. Yesterday there were fifteen vehicles coming from each direction. The closer I got to town the worse the traffic became. I asked a state trooper if there had been an accident that closed the WK pkwy but it was just people returning home from various locations in Ky after seeing the eclipse. What is usually a twenty minute round trip with light traffic turned into a two hours​of gridlock. I'm thrilled I got to see the eclipse. And I'm equally thrilled that it's not a daily occurrence.
Comment by Loren Miller on August 22, 2017 at 8:59am

I'd love to know what's so profound about being able to lie extemporaneously, and perhaps with a bit of flair?  That eclipse yesterday was infinitely more profound and it was REAL!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 22, 2017 at 8:42am

Great article in aeon--

Why bullshit is no laughing matter

  • . . . Across four studies and with more than 800 participants, we found that people consistently rate blatant bullshit such as this as at least somewhat profound. More importantly, this tendency – which we referred to as bullshit receptivity – was more common among people who performed worse on a variety of cognitive ability- and thinking-style tests, and who held religious and paranormal beliefs. Put differently, more logical, analytical and skeptical people were less likely to rate bullshit as profound, just as you might expect.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 22, 2017 at 5:59am

Glad you saw the big event, Kathy. Kimberley was the first person I've met to mention religion in any form. Perhaps 'God' has held His hand over me!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 22, 2017 at 4:38am

Ian, I also like your photo of the eclipse.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 21, 2017 at 11:36pm

Kathy, I'm glad you got to see the eclipse!  

Comment by kathy: ky on August 21, 2017 at 11:08pm
I drove the nine miles and saw the eclipse in totality for one minute. I saw the diamond ring effect but no Bailey's Beads. The sky was clear and the humidity had dropped it was 93° but not bad at all.
@ Ian, religion is an everyday all day long affair in the South. There is always someone willing to thank god and ask where you go to church (not if). In the waiting room at Vanderbilt University while my husband was having treatment I was sitting with a large group because there was no place else to sit. A man came to our group (surgery waiting) and asked if we had a minute to hear how the Lord had saved his wife, just three weeks prior, at that very hospital. Me and my godless heathen t-shirt just got up and walked away :)
Comment by Ian Mason on August 21, 2017 at 6:30pm

The photo doesn't do it justice.

I tried to write a post here but it wouldn't upload. Joan seems to have recieved it somehow.

Comment by Thomas Murray on August 21, 2017 at 5:48pm

Ian,

That is a cool photo of your eclipse.

Here we only experience a tint darkness. Though, the shadows from the tall trees seemed to cast from the wrong direction.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 21, 2017 at 3:45pm

Had a pleasant experience yesterday in Capitol Hill park. A woman was struggling with putting a yellow ribbon round a tree so I gave a hand. Her name was Kimberly and she told me that 'the love of her life' was coming home from a tour of duty as an eco-warrior. We had a nice chat about the way of the world and its future. She talked about 'meditating and praying' for a better world but I didn't discuss the issue as her nearest and dearest were out and about doing real things.

 

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