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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky 8 hours ago. 20 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 11 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by sk8eycat on March 27, 2013 at 10:38pm

Melinda, some pharmaceutical companies have patient assistance programs for people who are low income and can't afford any type of insurance. I am on Medicare, but never signed up for Part D because it's a scam for the benefit of Big Pharma only, BUT Pfizer sill has their Connection to Care service, and I get two prescriptions from them...at absolutely NO cost.  Neither one (Glucotrol-XL, and Neurontin) is horribly expensive, but still...the program saves me about $50 a month.

What always upsets me is that they deduct about 10% of my monthly Social Insecurity to pay for Medicare Part B...outpatient expenses. After I pay the utilities and maintenance on this house, I have a hellova time trying to decide whether to buy my other meds from the neighborhood pharmacy (they  give me an enormous discount on some meds...and free delivery. I always want to hug the owner. He's such a gentle man...in all senses of the word[s]), or food, and cat care stuff. The kittehs' needs come before mine do.

Another thing that sets my hair on fire is that the same drugs that cost a month's salary in the US are priced quite reasonably in other countries.  Not generics, but the exact same drugs, made by the exact same companies.

That is SO wrong!

This has not really been a democracy since the Reagan/Bush years.  We are a plutocracy.  Or is it oligarchy?  "OILigarchy"?  (When the price of fuel goes up, so does the price of everything else....see all them big trucks on the roads?  Except for short runs, ALL merchandise should be shipped by rail. Much more economical.)

O HAI!  Felaine is ranting again.  Yanno whut?  It feels GOOD!

PS: A very dear friend of mine has severe Crohn's disease, and she got duped into signing up for Medicare Part D when it first started up, and half the time the insurance company that pays the bills refuses to refill her prescriptions for one BSing reason or another.  So, she's bedridden and suffering, and can't do anything about it.

Universal Single-Payer Healthcare is the ONNNLLLY way to go!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2013 at 10:09pm

Melinda, it matters that you don't feel good and can't find the way to end it. Are there any foods you find that stir it up? Have you tried staying away from wheat, or milk, or gluten? Surely you have tried all the obvious things. Do keep looking for the trigger, surely something is making mischief. 

I have no problems such as you describe and am of no use to helping you find the culprit. Keep asking; someone may have an idea. 

You are able to keep your pretty smile, even as you are not feeling good. That's positive! 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 27, 2013 at 3:18pm

Sentient Biped, GET WELL, PLEASE!

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...".)

 

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