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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

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Steph S. on November 18, 2012 at 11:12pm
I love that black cat analogy Patricia!
I love black cats!
I'm looking at all your graphs Joan!
Comment by Steph S. on November 18, 2012 at 11:10pm
I love your cats that you post Booklover! That's a real cute one!
I enjoy being in this group with all of you too!
I enjoy your company!
Wonderful group!
Hugs everyone!
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2012 at 11:00pm

President Nixon Imposes Wage and Price Controls

1970, Inflation 6%.

1971, August 15, imposed wage and price controls.  

1971, Inflation 4%.

1971, U.S. left the gold standard.

1973, Inflation rate below 4%.

1974, Inflation rate 9%.

1974, Inflation rate double digit.

1974, Wage and price controls dismantled. 

http://www.econreview.com/events/wageprice1971b.htm

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2012 at 10:57pm

Inflation Is Baked into the Cake

monetary inflation, when the supply of money increases faster than the supply of goods and services.

price inflation, an increase in the overall level of prices for goods and services.

Monetary Inflation and Price Inflation

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2012 at 10:33pm

In addition, 

President Nixon's cancelled link between U.S. dollar and gold

My goodness, he really made a difference, didn't he!!!!!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2012 at 10:19pm

Mike, you answered a question for me. I had to go to my dictionary for definition of iconoclast and didn't understand you until your explanation.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2012 at 9:38pm

Melinda, you photos make me laugh and tickle my funny bone. A great way to brighten any day. The one with the black and white cats intertwined to make hearts very cleverly says I love you.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2012 at 8:11pm

"4 Worms In Church"
Four worms and a lesson to be learned!!!!
A minister decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon. 
Four worms were placed into four separate jars. 
The first worm was put into a container of alcohol. 
The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke. 
The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup.. 
The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean soil. 
At the conclusion of the sermon, the Minister reported the following results:
The first worm in alcohol . . . . . . Dead 
The second worm in cigarette smoke . . . Dead 
Third worm in chocolate syrup . . . . Dead
Fourth worm in good clean soil . . . Alive … 
So the Minister asked the congregation, 
"What did you learn from this demonstration?" 
Maxine was sitting in the back, quickly raised her hand and said . . . 
"As long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, 

you won't have worms!"

That pretty much ended the service!


Via Cheryl Smith 

Comment by Steph S. on November 18, 2012 at 1:45pm

I love the batman cat booklover - so cute!

Flying Atheist - sounds like an interesting documentary.

Tony - thanks for the picture. Rock paper scissors - funny stuff.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 18, 2012 at 1:13pm

Ian, I saw my first opera (Tales of Hoffman) when I was 13 while visiting relatives in Cincinnati.  A great experience.  Wonderful spectacle.  As an adult, I've had season tickets to the opera on occasion, but that was many years ago.  I still remember having tears in my eyes in the final act of Bellini's 'Norma' when Norma dies.  It was stunningly beautiful and emotional.  

Ian, an interesting tidbit from the documentary:  Paul was against (or, at times, neutral) about circumcision being a requirement for Gentiles (the Pagans) who wanted to join the early Jewish followers of Jesus'.  For Jews, circumcision was a biblical requirement.  The Greco-Roman pagans thought of circumcision as a horrible and appalling practice.  Could Pagans join with Jews in worshiping a Jewish Messiah without having to adhere to all the Mosaic biblical laws?  Paul seemed to think they could.  Of course, this would become just one of many riffs which eventually caused a split between the two groups.

 

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