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Imbolc

Imbolc


By: Veronica  •  94 comments  •  23 hours ago
The midwinter feast approaches.  The dark days of winter are entrenched.  However, Spring is on its way.  This feast is for purification and dedication.  The alter & temple room must be purified.  A self-purification is also recommended utilizing the four elements:  salt (Earth) bath for the body, incense (Air) for the thoughts, flame (Fire) for the will, and water (Water) for the...
Jan 17 8:05pm @5.1 Dear Brother Kavika: Dress warm. Summer it ain't. E.
Jan 17 8:03pm @2.1.27 Dear Friend Sandy: Mrs. E's father was in the dairy business when he rotated back to civilian life from the armed services.  Two things he never spoke of with me. Battle and the dairy industry....
Jan 17 7:58pm @2.1.22 Dear Friend Shona1: Enjoy your summer. I remember summer, sort of. This time of year, we don't think in terms of quantity, rather quality of degrees outside. Smiles. E.
Jan 17 4:13pm @2.1.13 Dear Friend Sandy: Stay warm and safe. E.
Jan 17 2:25pm @2.1.1 Dear Friend Veronica: Last I saw Spectrum weather on the 1's, they predicated a range of from 3-6" to 12-18".  Its accuracy like that which makes planning ahead possible. Laughing. We shall see...
Jan 17 2:22pm @1.1.6 Dear Friend Trout Giggles: Try Brandy. There is a Spanish brandy, Gran Duque D' Alba , which contains chocolate to eliminate aftertaste. Seems to work well. Let me know. E.
Jan 17 2:14pm @2 Dear Friend Veronica: We wish you a joyous and meaningful mid-winter Imbolc celebration. Seems are are in for a humdinger of a winter storm Saturday night and Sunday through the afternoon.  Stay...
Jan 17 2:12pm @1.1.2 Dear Friend Trout Giggles: Enjoy a good view and time. Enoch.
Relationships V. Edifices

Relationships V. Edifices


By: Enoch  •  35 comments  •  2 days ago
Rabbi Harold Kushner was sitting on a beach one warm bright summer day*. He saw a young boy and girl making a castle of sand. They built gates, towers, walls, moats. The whole nine yards.  When almost finished, the tide changed. A wave wiped out all their efforts. The Rabbi thought he would see them reduced to tears. All good efforts now limp, wet, sand ruins. Instead,...
Jan 17 2:06pm @10.1.4 Dear Friend It IS ME: "Old blood and guts" had a point. There is little to be gained for humanity by letting the bad guys emerge victorious.  Winning is better for those of us fighting for...
Jan 16 6:43pm @9.1.6 Both Dolce and Gibana have portraits of me in my best suit in their office. Underneath the painting is the phrase, "Don't Let This Happen to You"!
Jan 16 6:03pm @9.1.4 Dear Friend Sandy: "I have no gently-used handbags". Yet another thing we have in common. Smiles. E.
Jan 16 6:02pm @10.1.2 Dear Friend It Is ME: My father, of sainted memory was a hand to hand combat instructor in the U.S. Army at Ft. Dix. That was the largest military installation in the Garden State at the time.  He...
Jan 16 3:10pm @10.1 Dear Friend It Is ME: Well said. As the Latin phrase goes, Illigetimi Caborrundum Est (Don't let the B*st*rds Wear You Down). Pick carefully the battles that are winnable and matter. Then don't...
Jan 16 3:06pm @9.1.2 Dear Friend Sandy: In addition tot he Dinim veh Minhagim (customs and traditions) mandated by our heritage, we have a few ones unique to our family. To whit: 1. During the spring freedom festival...
Jan 16 1:38pm @8.1.2 Dear Friend Trout Giggles: We need to get him to meet our fellow News Talkers Member, and my personal close friend SpikeGary. SG kept aircraft safely flying around the globe protecting us for...
Jan 16 1:33pm @9.1 Dear Friend Sandy: So many life lessons from your great contribution. Any family time on a project is always time well invested. So many dividends. Another important point is don't wait until...
Jan 16 1:27pm @8.1 Dear Friend Trout Giggles: Please be as proud of your son as he is of you both. Even at his age he has the moral fiber necessary to admit not being perfect. Its so simple, really. Yet so many,...
Jan 16 1:21pm @3.2.1 Dear Friend Trout Giggles: Try 76. To be fair, that's 76 eastern standard time. I am only 73 on the west coast. Enoch (Calendar Gazing).
Jan 16 9:32am @7 Dear Friend Nightwalker: Great "Slice of Life" tale. Perfect for this discussion thread. Laughing. This is wonderful. Reading it is like being there. In one way or another, we all have been...
Jan 16 9:23am @4.1.2 Dear Brother Buzz: Keep a good thought. We are here for you and yours. E.
Jan 15 11:54pm @2.1.2 Winks. E.
Jan 15 11:48pm @5.1 Dear Friend Katrix: I admire the self advocacy skills of the lad every bit as much as your willingness to listen and be fair in your judgement. Good calls all around. Well done. We are grateful....
Jan 15 10:31pm @4.1 Dear Brother Buzz: China was and is lucky to have someone of your sagacity, humanity and stature.  As Yogi Berra once said, "You can hear a lot by listening". E.
Jan 15 10:30pm @3.1 Dear Brother Kavika: A little understanding goes a very long way.  Why am I not at all surprised that your and yours understood his situation, and where there for him? Your way of life reflects a...
Jan 15 10:25pm @2.1 Dear Friend Pat Wilson: I join your Mother in the laugh.  Let me paraphrase poet Joyce Kilmer in the verse about trees.  "I think that I shall never hear. A poem lovely as a beer. The stuff...
Jan 15 8:44pm @1 Please contribute life lessons learned from unlikely sources. Gold is where you find it.  The contribution can be original, from your heritage, or something you read or heard. Please observe the...
Black student told her skin was 'too dark' sues Kansas school district for race discrimination

Black student told her skin was 'too dark' sues Kansas school district for race discrimination


Via: Hal A. Lujah  •  27 comments  •  13 hours ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - An African-American girl who was allegedly told that her skin was "too dark" to perform during a school dance has filed a racial discrimination suit against the Blue Valley School District. Camille Sturdivant graduated from Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kan., in May 2018 and was one of two African-American students on the 14-member Dazzlers dance...
Jan 17 11:27am @4 Dear Friend Hal Al Lujah: Turns my stomach to read such a story of human depravity. I am pleased both that this fine young lady was accepted and welcomed by the University of Missouri as a student...
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor


By: Kathleen  •  81 comments  •  an hour ago
Good Morning to all, I thought we could try to break away from all the politics and bickering for a little while and talk about our favorite ice cream flavor. So what would be your favorite flavor? Please, no politics or religion and be polite.  Thank you : ) All are welcome. 
Jan 17 11:20am @5 Dear Friend Kathleen: Tie between Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey and Baskin Robbins German Chocolate Cake. (I just gained three pounds word processing this). Enoch Pumping Iron to Torch Calories.
Doctor allegedly ordered potentially fatal doses of pain medication for near-death patients

Doctor allegedly ordered potentially fatal doses of pain medication for near-death patients


Via: Perrie Halpern R.A.  •  41 comments  •  yesterday
By   Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — An intensive care doctor ordered "significantly excessive and potentially fatal" doses of pain medicine for at least 27 near-death patients in the past few years after families asked that lifesaving measures be stopped, an Ohio hospital system announced after being sued by a family alleging an improper dose of fentanyl actively hastened the death of...
Jan 17 11:16am @8.1.2 Dear Friend SP: I join with our good friend Sandy in wishing all concerned the best of all possible outcomes for each under the circumstances. Moreover, the least emotional turmoil, and the...
Jan 16 11:50pm @8 I concur with and support several ideas floated in this discussion thread. 1. If the person nearing the end of this life is able to think and articulate clearly and competently their wishes, those...
You can now get your hospital's price list. Good luck making sense of it.

You can now get your hospital's price list. Good luck making sense of it.


Via: Perrie Halpern R.A.  •  15 comments  •  2 days ago
By   Nigel Chiwaya and Jeremia Kimelman Hospitals have posted the prices of their services. Good luck making sense of them. Since Jan. 1, hospitals across the country have been publishing price lists online to   comply with a new Trump administration rule . But the resulting documents, which can include as many as 60,000 items, are hard to decipher, with descriptions like “ABBOTT...
Jan 17 10:58am @5 The ten to the minus eighth who worded this new rule is likely to give the layman a case of multipericardiacitisprecoranarythrombosisphobia*. Nothing more transparent than codes without a key....
DO THE JEWS CONTROL THE WORLD?

DO THE JEWS CONTROL THE WORLD?


Via: Buzz of the Orient  •  67 comments  •  yesterday
DO THE JEWS CONTROL THE WORLD? By Alan Dershowitz, Jerusalem Post, January 25 2018 Star of David. (photo credit: INGIMAGE) Our secret is out. The Jews control the world! We own the media. Politicians do our bidding. Wall Street is a Jewish shtetl. Hollywood moguls make secret deals in Yiddish. Jewish professors propagandize their students to support Israel. Jewish...
Jan 16 7:40pm @1.1 Dear Brother Buzz: Its a good article on an important topic. Some lies die hard. Let's help bury them ASAP. Enoch.
Newstalkers Advice Column

Newstalkers Advice Column


By: katrix  •  100 comments  •  2 days ago
I like to read various advice columns; sometimes the answers are hilarious.  So, I am starting one in here.  I'll go first.   Useful advice is appreciated, but humorous advice will be more entertaining. I have a friend, "Jenny."  Jenny has a lot of good qualities, so I don't want to totally write her off as a friend.  But she has a flaw which drive me nuts.  She's fairly melodramatic and...
Jan 16 10:08am @10.1.2 Dear Brother Kavika: What? Say what? Enoch at the Xerox Machine, Trying to Repeat That.
Jan 16 10:07am @8.1.3 Dear Friend Katrix: Thanks. I think I will have a box of wine, a bottle of Placebetol: then take a nap and sleep on this. E.
Jan 16 9:36am @9.1 Dear Friend SMAAB: Matchless scene. E.
Jan 16 9:35am @8.1.1 Dear Friend Katrix: Sounds good to me. Is there a downside to that, I wonder? The Script was for Placebetol. More than affordable, as it contains no active ingredients.  E.
Jan 15 11:52pm @8 Dear Katrix: My accountant diagnosed me with "shortness of funds". I have a Script for pills to keep me from paying sales tax, which is not good for my financial health. Pharmacies at Walgreens,...
Woman Turns The 110-Year-Old Tree Stump In Her Yard Into A Magical Miniature Free Library

Woman Turns The 110-Year-Old Tree Stump In Her Yard Into A Magical Miniature Free Library


Via: Jasper2529  •  34 comments  •  4 days ago
In 2019, many book lovers are more likely to grab their Kindles and head to a chic café than visit their local library. That means nonprofit organizations like   Little Free Library , which work to build and rejuvenate libraries worldwide, have to get creative. Thus, the “Little Tree Library”: an enchanting library carved out of a 110-year-old cottonwood tree. Sharalee Armitage...
Jan 15 11:56pm @1.1.2 Dear Friend Pat Wilson: Libraries are thought warehouses. E.
Jan 14 4:19pm @8.1.1 Dear Friend Jasper: You got the the root of my intent. Please keep on trunkin. Enoch, Being Unseasonable Shady.
Jan 14 12:06pm @8 Dear Friend Jasper: Great fell good seed. Please keep them coming. We are indebted. If that tree library branches out, keep us in the loop. OK, I will stop punning and leaf now. No point...
Trump’s Use of Wounded Knee to Mock Elizabeth Warren Angers Native Americans

Trump’s Use of Wounded Knee to Mock Elizabeth Warren Angers Native Americans


Via: Krishna  •  21 comments  •  3 days ago
Mr. Trump, who has repeatedly referred to Ms. Warren as “Pocahontas,” did so again on Twitter on Sunday, then took it a step further, writing that if Ms. Warren “did this commercial from Bighorn or Wounded Knee instead of her kitchen, with her husband dressed in full Indian garb, it would have been a smash!” “+300 of my people were massacred at Wounded Knee,” the writer and...
Jan 15 10:40pm @4.3 Dear Brother Kavika: As French philosopher Voltaire said, " Prejudice is the reason of fools".  Pulling on a scab to make it ooze for the distraction value of what one doesn't want observed is...
Two killed, 40 detained in new gay purge in Chechnya

Two killed, 40 detained in new gay purge in Chechnya


Via: Perrie Halpern R.A.  •  217 comments  •  3 hours ago
By   The Associated Press The Russian republic of Chechnya has launched a   new crackdown on gays   in which at least two people have died and about 40 people have been detained, LGBTQ activists in Russia charged Monday. The new allegations come after reports in 2017 of more than 100 gay men arrested and subjected to torture, and some of them killed, in the predominantly Muslim region...
Jan 15 10:19pm @3.1.25 Dear Friend Sandy: Philosopher Bertrand Russell once wrote, "Be isolated. Be ignored. Be attacked. Be in doubt. Be frightened. But do not be silenced". Its best for humanity to speak up.  E.
Old Dog - A Short Story.

Old Dog - A Short Story.


By: Kavika  •  50 comments  •  5 days ago
The sun shone brightly in the north country, belying the bitter cold that surrounded her. Old Dog pushed on through the snow, deep, cold and seeping the remaining strength from her body. Yet she pushed on, single- minded, survival her goal. Old Dog remembered better days, happy days on their plot of land with its wooden cabin that she shared with her human. She could run free through the...
Jan 14 2:09pm @4.1.1 Indeed we bone. Smiles.
Jan 14 11:11am @4 "The circle has been completed". Fitting end to a great story. Another Old Dog, named Enoch.
What is maintenance sex? It may help strengthen your marriage

What is maintenance sex? It may help strengthen your marriage


Via: Perrie Halpern R.A.  •  23 comments  •  5 days ago
By   Wendy Rose Gould Think back to those hungry, lusty days in your early relationship. The sex wasn’t just good, it was delicious, and your plate was never empty. For those in long term relationships, the difference between your sex life then and now may feel stark. It may even cause you to wonder if your relationship is ultimately doomed. Perhaps you’ll find comfort in knowing that...
Jan 14 12:01pm @5 Making sweet love is how a couple expresses what they fell for each other. The desire to please your life partner is an important part of that expression of caring, and sharing. When Mrs. E. and...
Trump’s bogus justifications for the border wall

Trump’s bogus justifications for the border wall


Via: Don Overton  •  35 comments  •  3 days ago
President Trump’s speech this week did not change the fact that a border wall won’t make the United States safer or more prosperous. Despite the president’s spin and pretend newly-found humanitarianism, a wall—whether a steel barrier or concrete—remains a waste of money. No matter how tall, deep, or thick a barrier, illicit flows will find a way around. Instead, the wall would undermine the...
Jan 13 8:38pm @2.1.7 Dear Friend Ender: Much like an insurance company, with this site sometimes you think you are in good hands. All you get is one finger. E.
The First Actual Palestinian-American in Congress (and He Was Jewish)

The First Actual Palestinian-American in Congress (and He Was Jewish)


Via: Buzz of the Orient  •  8 comments  •  6 days ago
The First Actual Palestinian-American in Congress (and He Was Jewish) By Vic Rosenthal, The Jewish Press, January 10, 2019 John Krebs Passport Photo {Originally posted to the   Abu Yehuda   website} Rashida Tlaib is being called the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress. There have also been several congressmen claiming Palestinian descent: Justin...
Jan 13 8:25pm @1.1.2 Good! E.
Jan 13 1:17pm @1.1 Dear Brother Buzz: There has been a continued Jewish presence in the Middle East, Israel included for close to six thousand years. Since Parshat Lech Lecha, when Avraham Avenu the first patriarch...
Favorite Country Music

Favorite Country Music


By: JohnRussell  •  109 comments  •  2 days ago
As Good As I Once Was - Toby Keith Live Like You Were Dying - Tim McGraw You Don't Know Me - Asleep At The Wheel
Jan 13 6:58pm @7.1.20 We will watch a movie in Spanish from Mexico. "Roma". Got great reviews. Say hi to Mrs. Maisel for us. E.
Jan 13 6:50pm @7.1.17 Dear Friend Sandy: 6:50 PM now (EST). Still have no idea what Mrs. E. and I shall have for din din tonight. It is in the 20's F. Will soon be in the teens. Not super motivated to go out of...
The Value of Encouragement

The Value of Encouragement


By: Enoch  •  17 comments  •  6 days ago
A mainstream Talmudic concept is that the highest form of wisdom is kindness. Proverbs reminds us to use encouraging words to sweeten the lives, souls and health of others.  Can you provide an example where someone caught one or more persons in the act of doing something right, and encouraged it? You can catch more fly's with honey than vinegar. Too often we catch others in the...
Jan 13 2:31pm @6.1.6 Dear Sister Raven Wing: We are indeed all connected. Here is to the talents and resources of one and all addressing the needs of each. This more than anything else will make the world a better...
Jan 13 12:52pm @6.1.4 Dear Friend and Sister in Spirit Katpen: Yours is a remarkable example of the power of words of encouragement. Your friend is so lucky to have you in that capacity. Aristotle in his Nicodemian...
Jan 13 10:20am @6.1.2 Dear Sister Raven Wing: Those afflicted with dementia feel more at ease in known surroundings and activities. Slowing the disease progress can be tied into introducing new things in the context of...
Jan 12 11:26pm @6.1 Dear Sister Raven Wing: What you do for and mean to your friend is exemplary to us all. Exemplary and inspirational. She needs to take care of herself in order to be there for her Mother. Burn...
Jan 12 11:21pm @5.1 Dear Friend Perrie: Most of the best of what we learn is from the young.  When we lived in Connecticut, we used to go to a petting zoo when our son and daughter were young.  How delighted they...
Jan 12 11:17pm @4.1 Dear Brother Buzz: Malt vinegar on fried fish (fish and chips) is a very British way to go. One of my best consulting clients in the U.K. was in the British Steel industry.  K and I used to have...
Jan 12 8:23pm @3.1 Dear Friend Muva: Great post.  I can relate to this personally C.M. Newton, a basketball Hall of Fame member who coached championship teams throughout the southeast part of the USA, and...
Jan 12 8:13pm @2.1 Dear Brother and Friend Kavika: I know not all on this site much care for the wisdom of those who preceded us. You and I, like many others here do. We can all hear the wisdom of our parents and...
Jan 12 5:34pm @1 The Cartoon didn't come out clearly. It shows cowboys at night on the range around a camp fire, eating dinner. One says to the others, "Hey everyone! Simmons here just uttered a discouraging...
Along the East Coast, rainy days, high tides and sea rise make floods a part of life

Along the East Coast, rainy days, high tides and sea rise make floods a part of life


Via: Perrie Halpern R.A.  •  47 comments  •  5 days ago
By   Nigel Chiwaya Flooding is becoming a way of life along the Mid-Atlantic coast. In Atlantic City, New Jersey, residents along one street deal with ankle-deep flood waters on a rainy day, with even higher floodwaters arriving with every new moon. In southern Virginia Beach, Virginia, a bit of rain and a strong wind from the south is enough to bring water from the Back Bay...
Jan 13 9:48am @6 Water. Either too much or too little of it. Pointless to deny the evidence of climate change. Equally self defeating not to create jobs and address reversing this problem before it is too late....
Funny Cartoon

Funny Cartoon


By: Enoch  •  30 comments  •  one week ago
This cartoon tickled my funny bone. If you have a cartoon you would like to share, here is a place to do it. Site CoC and TOS; intellectual property rights must be respected. Other than that, let's have some clean non offensive fun here. Enoch. 
Jan 12 11:31pm @9.1 Dear Friend Dave: Love it! Now that is funny. Thanks for a great way to start my new week. E.
Jan 11 2:14pm @8.1 Dear Friend Split Personality: Laughing. "Filet of Limp".  Where is the Colonel when most we need him"? Thanks for the smile. Made my day. May 2019 Be The Best Yet for You and Yours.  Enoch,...
Jan 11 10:59am @1.1.3 Dear Friend Gordy: Thanks. E.
Jan 11 10:58am @7.1 Dear Friend Trout Giggles: Good call. E.
Jan 11 8:52am @6.1 Dear Friend SMAAB: ROTF, LMKAO! So funny it shouldn't be legal. Reminds me of a local radio broadcast I heard in a rural county in the Blue Grass State late 1960's. "A fire was reported to...
Jan 10 10:05pm @1.3.1 Dear Friend Dave: Happy to wait. Looking forward. E.
Jan 10 9:27pm @1.2.5 Dear Friend Arkpdx: Priceless! These are the gems kids say and forget. We adults carry and treasure such memories all our days. Thanks so much for sharing. May 2019 Bring You and Yours the Very...
Jan 10 8:59pm @5.1 Dear Friend Buzz: Now that is funny! Thanks. E.
Jan 10 8:58pm @4.1 Dear Brother Kavika: LOL! Like the story of the three scientists on a walk. The see what appears to be a dog pile.  I smells it, and says it has the dog pile odor. The next tastes it. The...
Jan 10 8:55pm @3.1 Dear Friend Sunshine: Big Al strikes again. Good one! Hope this is your best year yet. E.
Jan 10 8:54pm @1.2.3 Dear Friend WallyW: Our daughter has a dog that was a very special friend for her in growing up. Pets, particularly dogs make a huge difference in people's lives.  From those with disabilities,...
Jan 10 7:34pm @1.2.1 Dear Friend WallyW: From the mouths of babes, right? I recall when our son, the oldest of our brood went to school for the first time. As the oldest there were no precedents for him. We took him...
Jan 10 7:23pm @2.1 Dear Friend Pat Wilson: Yet another thing we share in common. May this New Year Be the Best Yet for You and Yours. Enoch. 
Jan 10 7:22pm @1.1.1 Dear Friend Gordy327: Me too. Big fan. Happy Healthy Wonderful 2019 to You and Yours. Enoch.
Jan 10 6:07pm @1 For some reason, this did not come out clearly. It shows Professor Albert Einstein at a display board with physics formulas, an = sign; then a $ sign. The caption for the cartoon is: "Einstein...
Britain's hunger problem requires a minister dedicated to issue, lawmakers say

Britain's hunger problem requires a minister dedicated to issue, lawmakers say


Via: Perrie Halpern R.A.  •  8 comments  •  one week ago
By   Saphora Smith LONDON — Britain's government needs a minister to focus on hunger, lawmakers recommended Thursday. A report by a cross-party committee found that almost one-in-five children under the age of 15 are growing up in a home that has "limited access to food ... due to lack of money or other resources." The U.K.'s levels of hunger are among the highest in Europe, the...
Jan 12 6:11pm @5 I read that around 40% of the U.S. population lacks access to adequate nutrition.  SNAP is presently not being run, as there are no employees to work there due to the shutdown. The usual cast of...
TSA Workers Are Now Quitting Because of the Government Shutdown

TSA Workers Are Now Quitting Because of the Government Shutdown


Via: Krishna  •  42 comments  •  6 days ago
Some Transportation Security Administration employees are quitting their jobs as the partial government shutdown continues through its third week, leaving more than 800,000 federal employees without a paycheck. The American Federation of Government Employees, the largest union of federal employees, representing about 44,000 TSA workers, says some TSA employees have resigned, and...
Jan 12 5:56pm @5.1.6 Interesting idea.
Downwind From Evil - A Short Story

Downwind From Evil - A Short Story


By: Kavika  •  55 comments  •  one week ago
East Grand Forks, Minnesota. August, 2001. Duncan Brown shuffled along the street looking for discarded cigarette butts. He had reached the bottom of a long hard road. His life, while never good, was now only survival. But he wasn't sure survival was what he wanted. Dying would be so much simpler for him. The street lights had come on as the long summer day in the...
Jan 11 9:10am @6.1.1 Dear Brother Kavika: The ultimate package deal. I like it. E.
Jan 10 7:27pm @6 Dear Brother Kavika: "It was time for the spirit and soul to be cleansed". It's always a good time for that. As well, there is never a bad time to read your writings. Another Nobel for...
Mysterious fast radio bursts detected from deep space

Mysterious fast radio bursts detected from deep space


Via: Perrie Halpern R.A.  •  256 comments  •  3 days ago
Jan. 10, 2019, 4:27 PM EST  / Source: Live Science By   Brandon Specktor, Live Science Don't look now, but Earth is being bombarded with mysterious, invisible light. Among the typical array of   radio signals and microwaves   cast out by distant stars, black holes and other celestial bodies, there exists a brand of intergalactic light that consistently boggles scientists' minds...
Jan 11 9:09am @6.1.1 Dear Friend Trout Giggles: "Mattress in one light year. Satisfaction guaranteed or your Iridium back in full. Be sure to ask about our seniors discount". (This offer not valid in the greater...
Jan 11 8:45am @6 I read that they have interpreted radio waves from very distant places. Translated them to English. One recurring message is, "Universal Eddie. His Prices are INTERGALACTIC!" Given the size and...
Lishon Ha Ra v. Lishon Tov (Bad versus Good Speech)

Lishon Ha Ra v. Lishon Tov (Bad versus Good Speech)


By: Enoch  •  51 comments  •  one week ago
In the Talmudic Tractate - Erchin (15 b) it is written, "A person's tongue is more powerful than his sword. A sword can only kill someone who is nearby. A tongue can cause the death of someone who is far away".  That is as true today, maybe more so than when this was written. We read of those cyber stalked and cyber bullied who commit suicide due to idle and false gossip; nasty verbal...
Jan 10 9:28pm @7.1.12 Thanks. Cyber hugs. E.
Jan 09 12:26pm @11.1 Dear Friend and Fearless Suite Leader Perrie: You bring so much to the forum of a site which owes its very existence to you.   Well done on every front. All I advocate of those who come to the...
Jan 07 3:35pm @7.1.10 Dear Friend Kathleen: As you already know, we always welcome and profit from your contributions here. You are most valued. Peace and Abundant Blessings Always to You and Yours. Enoch. 
Jan 07 3:32pm @3.3.4 Thanks. E.
Jan 07 12:57pm @8.1.3 Dear Friend Trout Giggles: It appears that the vendor we use for keyboards is the same. My manufacturer is "Go Ahead, I Dare you". The retail store is, "Ask About Our Satisfaction Or Your Money...
Jan 07 12:53pm @3.3.2 Dear Friend Trout Giggles: Happy, healthy, joyous, meaningful, and prosperous 2019 to You and Yours. Respect must be earned. It cannot be coerced, extorted, or compelled. I so agree. We should...
Jan 06 9:00am @10.1 Dear Brother. Treasured Writing Partner and Close Friend in Joy and Tears of Many Years Kavika: Immaturity, keyboard cowardice, the notion that it is necessary to crush any idea, and anyone holding...
Jan 06 8:42am @9.2.1 Dear Friend Ender: "People and words only have power of one lets them. I try not to sweat the small stuff". Truer and wiser words never spoken. Not a ray of sunlight between us dear Brother...
Jan 06 12:12am @9.1 Dear Friend Buzz: You are correct in all you say. I cannot, and choose not to argue with the truth. It falls on us, and our colleagues in this thread to take the high role. Be role models. Know...
Jan 06 12:08am @8.1.1 Dear Sister Raven Wing: It would help if the language would be more flexible to my original keyboarding activity when it comes to correct spelling. Presently, I am terrible at keyboarding in nine...
Jan 06 12:05am @8.2 Dear Friend Ender: You treat it like baseball. You don't take the World Serious. Good for you. Many do come here wanting verbal altercations. That is their choice. Many do not come on, or...
Jan 05 11:58pm @7.1.7 Dear Friend Muva: Come to my threads. Get used to being valued, which you indeed to deserve. E.
Jan 05 11:57pm @7.1.6 Dear Sister Raven Wing: Mine too. No day light between us. E.
Jan 05 11:56pm @7.1.5 Dear Friend Muva: Many thanks for the thoughtful words. Most valued. E.
Jan 05 11:55pm @3.2.3 Dear Friend Vic: Super suggestions. Thanks. E.
Jan 05 7:04pm @7.1.1 Dear Friend Muva: Yours is the best, most constructive New Year's Resolution I read for all News Talkers for 2019 to date. A good second is to perform acts of loving kindness each time an act of...
Jan 05 6:59pm @7.2 Dear Friend Kathleen: More people should listen, and take to heart your saying.  No community was ever split asunder by a nice word, a positive expression, or a compassionate understanding of what...
Jan 05 3:46pm @6.1 Dear Sister Raven Wing: As we plant, so shall we harvest.  Address a point. Make a case. Embrace the person. All people, not just the ones with whom one agrees. Some individuals are like the...
Jan 05 3:16pm @5.1 Dear Brother Dave: Superlative flow of ideas and expressions thereof.  Ya done good! We can all go the extra mile in being the keepers of our brothers and our sisters in this community. It is a...
Jan 05 3:10pm @3.1.3 Dear Brother CB: Good and important points raised. Agreeing or disagreeing with a position is fair game. Trying to annihilate ideas, ideologies and ways of living life just because an individual...
Jan 05 1:57pm @3.2.1 Dear Friend and Brother Vic: As goes the saying, vigilance is the price of freedom. Freedom is well worth the effort. Great point. We owe those who serve here as moderators a major debt of...
Jan 05 1:55pm @3.1.1 Dear Brother CB: It is indeed a complicated subject. It is the case that not everyone who posts (anonymously) on the Internet is so doing in good faith, objectively, and with the best interests of...
Jan 05 1:50pm @3.3 Dear Friend Perrie: Very well said indeed. Address the idea, respect the person from whom it sprang. Thanks for this wisdom and warmth. Peace and Abundant Blessings Always. Enoch.
Jan 05 1:49pm @4 Dear Brother Nowhere Man: Great points all.  We can hear out those with whom we disagree. We can accept them, the right to have their views without agreeing if we do not. The value to...
Jan 05 10:23am @1 How can we communicate to build up rather than hurt our News Talkers community? Your ideas, original, from other sources important to you, personal experiences here and elsewhere are welcome. All...
Washington Post Neologism Contest

Washington Post Neologism Contest


By: Trout Giggles  •  24 comments  •  one week ago
New meanings for old words
Jan 10 9:24pm @2.1 Three words in German and English translations. 1. Fahrvumpoopen. (Constipation). 2. Das Holtzemvonpoppenaus (Bra). 3. Die Guttentight (Virgin). Enoch, Singing "Schiller Ode to Joy".
Arizona care facility CEO resigns after vegetative patient gave birth

Arizona care facility CEO resigns after vegetative patient gave birth


Via: Perrie Halpern R.A.  •  76 comments  •  one week ago
By   Janelle Griffith and Doha Madani The CEO of an Arizona long-term care center   where a woman who has been in a vegetative state   for years gave birth last month has resigned. Hacienda HealthCare CEO Bill Timmons announced his resignation Monday effective immediately. His resignation was accepted unanimously by the center's board of directors, the Phoenix facility said in a press...
Jan 10 9:09pm @2.3.2 Dear Brother Buzz: Good points both. Thanks. E.
Jan 08 2:30pm @2.2.2 Dear Friend 1st Warrior: Good point. This is off topic for this article. I don't mind if my post here is deleted for cause. I would ask you and/or Kavika and/or Raven Wing and/or any other...
Jan 08 2:26pm @2.1.3 Dear Friend Snuffy: Excellent points all. We are indebted to you for bringing them to our attention. Enoch.
Jan 08 2:25pm @2.3 Dear Brother Buzz: Excellent legal analysis of how to proceed on the rape charge. The article says that until she went into labor, no one knew she was pregnant. Really? Seriously? Buzz: What...
Bad Medicine ‘Miracle Man’ wakes up after family removes him from life support

Bad Medicine ‘Miracle Man’ wakes up after family removes him from life support


By: Perrie Halpern R.A.  •  26 comments  •  one week ago
By Perrie Halpern Although the news is presenting this as a feel good story about a guy who defied death, it is actually a cautionary tale. The hospital should have been able to tell if he had a stroke or if he had encephalitis, yet, they didn't and worse, they were way too eager to get him off of life support, which the family went along with, since most people are intimidated by...
Jan 10 9:07pm @5.1.2 BOL! Good one! Thanks. E.
Jan 09 12:16pm @5.1 Dear Friend Perrie: Great advice! Thanks for sharing in 5. Enoch. P.S. I plan on donating my body to Science Fiction.
THE WISDOM OF MAXINE

THE WISDOM OF MAXINE


By: Buzz of the Orient  •  5 comments  •  one week ago
My brother, who is even older than me, sent me this by email.  I never particularly appreciated Maxine, until this one. Senior citizens are constantly being criticized for every conceivable deficiency of the modern world, real or imaginary. We know we take responsibility for all we   have...
Jan 10 6:02pm @3 Dear Friend Buzz: Thanks for brightening my day. Loved them. Enoch.
Americans aren't making enough babies to replace ourselves

Americans aren't making enough babies to replace ourselves


Via: Perrie Halpern R.A.  •  229 comments  •  yesterday
By   Linda Carroll and Shamard Charles, M.D. Americans are having fewer and fewer babies, a new government report finds. In fact, we now aren’t making enough babies to replace ourselves. For the population to reproduce itself at current numbers, the “total fertility rate” needs to be 2,100 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age per year, researchers for the Centers for Disease...
Jan 10 2:34pm @1.1.31 Dear Friend Trout Giggles: I saw and love the movie, Idiocracy.  Not only is it hilarious, it has "Electrolytes"! Enoch, Out Salting My Yards in Advance of the Spring Planting Season.
The New York Times Incentivizes Hamas Violence

The New York Times Incentivizes Hamas Violence


Via: Buzz of the Orient  •  75 comments  •  2 days ago
The New York Times Incentivizes Hamas Violence by   Alan M. Dershowitz , Gatestone Institute, January 4, 2019 Hamas Fighters Prepare To Shoot Against Israeli Targets - GAZA CITY, GAZA STRIP - UNDATED: This handout photo from the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) group shows armed Hamas activists to prepare what appears to be homemade Qassam rockets that can...
Jan 06 8:15pm @2.2.28 Dear Friend Cerenkov: Many thanks. Much appreciated. E.
Jan 05 7:37pm @2.2.7 Dear Friend BBL-1: Great thought. Much appreciated. Thanks. E.
Jan 05 7:16pm @1.2 Dear Friend Buzz: Isn't the use of one's own civilian population as human shields a war crime? A crime against humanity? Shouldn't this be prosecuted against those in hamas, fatach, hezbollah, and...
Jan 05 7:10pm @2.2.4 Dear Friend BBL-1: Happy New Year to you and yours. May it be your best one yet.   Enoch.
Jan 05 7:07pm @2.2.3 Dear Friend Cerenkov: Happy New Year to you and yours. May it be your best one yet. Enoch.
After the fire: Blazes pose hidden threat to the West's drinking water

After the fire: Blazes pose hidden threat to the West's drinking water


Via: Perrie Halpern R.A.  •  17 comments  •  2 weeks ago
By   Kaitlin Sullivan Gerald and Serene Buhrz were among the lucky ones. When they fled their home at 2:00 a.m. on Oct. 8, 2017, the   flames of the massive Tubb Fire   had already engulfed most of the Fountaingrove neighborhood on the north side of Santa Rosa, Calif. They returned to their devastated street eight hours later to find their two-story stucco home still standing. It was...
Jan 06 12:02pm @4.1 So true!
Jan 06 11:36am @3 Water, the most abundant planetary resource needs care if we are to survive. Major challenge for the 21st century and beyond.
Egypt's Sisi: Military cooperation with Israel is at unprecedented levels

Egypt's Sisi: Military cooperation with Israel is at unprecedented levels


Via: Krishna  •  4 comments  •  2 weeks ago
Isr Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (Al-Jazeera) Israel shares a 240-km.-long border with the restive Sinai Peninsula, and Cairo and Jerusalem have been reportedly closely cooperating in the fight against an estimated 1,000 ISIS terrorists in the region since Sisi rose to power. Northern Sinai, a mountainous desert between the Suez Canal and Israel, has been a refuge...
Jan 06 9:02am @3 Dear Friend Krishna: Imagine that. Two otherwise non allies cooperating rather than conflicting along a common border. Is there a lesson for us in the good ole USA here? Enoch, Making A Run For...
Culture Insider: Chopsticks do's and don'ts

Culture Insider: Chopsticks do's and don'ts


Via: Buzz of the Orient  •  44 comments  •  one week ago
Culture Insider: Chopsticks do's and don'ts chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2018-11-22 Chopsticks, or   kuaizi   in Chinese, are a pair of small equal-length tapered sticks, usually made of wood, used for eating Asian food. It is believed the first chopsticks were developed over 5,000 years ago in China. The earliest evidence of a pair of chopsticks made out of bronze was...
Jan 06 12:15am @11 Growing up, our son and daughter loved chopsticks. When your children are happy, so too are you.  E.
NH Vietnamese Restaurant Removes Sign Because City Hall Is Concerned Its Word Play Name Is Offensive

NH Vietnamese Restaurant Removes Sign Because City Hall Is Concerned Its Word Play Name Is Offensive


Via: badfish hαηd ⊕ƒ †hε Ωuεεη  •  19 comments  •  2 weeks ago
Via   Daily Mail: A New Hampshire restaurant that’s preparing to open has removed a sign advertising its name over concerns that it sounded like profanity. The name of the Vietnamese restaurant in a public building next to City Hall in Keene is a play on a type of soup, which is spelled P-H-O, but is pronounced ‘fuh’ and the name of the location. City Manager Elizabeth Dragon...
Jan 05 7:23pm @1.2 Dear Friend Badfish: Comedian Dave Attell in his TV comedy show, Insomiac used to walk the night life parts of cities in search of things to do and places to go late night.  In one episode, he...
Five Word Story

Five Word Story


By: Uptownchick  •  348 comments  •  yesterday
Everyone adds their five words to the end of the previous post...
Jan 05 10:59am @16.1.131 Retirement fall down. Go boom!
Jan 03 2:31pm @23 Retirement fall down, go boom!
ACLU accuses Arizona high school of making students wear 'scarlet badge' of shame

ACLU accuses Arizona high school of making students wear 'scarlet badge' of shame


Via: Perrie Halpern R.A.  •  19 comments  •  2 weeks ago
By   David K. Li The American Civil Liberties Union is accusing an Arizona high school of violating students' privacy rights and shaming them with a "scarlet badge" over grades. Students at Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood, about 100 miles north of Phoenix, wear badges around their necks every day on campus — red-color IDs for freshmen and sophomores, and gray for juniors and...
Jan 05 10:57am @6 Children are the future. What kind of a future do we plan to have when this sort of thing is allowed to happen? E.
Here’s What (Some) Religious People Get Wrong About Atheists

Here’s What (Some) Religious People Get Wrong About Atheists


By: Hal A. Lujah  •  285 comments  •  2 weeks ago  •  LOCKED
Jan 04 4:15pm @9.2.7 Dear Friend Katrix: Many thanks. I too don't get the fear thing. From Rosh Ha Shanah (Birthday of the World) until  Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) are the Yomim Ha Norayim (Days of Awe). Note...
Jan 04 3:57pm @9.2.5 Dear Friend Katrix: Your dear Mother, You and I once more share common ground on this point, as on so many others. To the three of us, as to so many others, the G-d of our Scriptures and...
Jan 01 3:22pm @1.1.6 Dear Brother CB: Super thought. Way to usher in the new year with hope and the desire to make it all better and better. Happy New Year, Dear Friend. Enoch.
Jan 01 8:44am @1.1.4 Dear Brother CB: Last night Mrs. E. our daughter and I watched the ball descend at midnight in Times Square on the TV. When they played "Auld Lang Syne" I suggested a better musical choice would...
Her body was moving. Why doctors declared her dead anyway.

Her body was moving. Why doctors declared her dead anyway.


Via: Perrie Halpern R.A.  •  18 comments  •  2 weeks ago
Jan 04 4:02pm @6 This is a good question. One being debated to this very day. Good and thought provoking seed. Advanced medical directives take a lot of pressure off "pull the plug" decisions by those...
Cleveland Clinic fires resident after online threat to give Jews 'wrong meds' surfaces

Cleveland Clinic fires resident after online threat to give Jews 'wrong meds' surfaces


Via: badfish hαηd ⊕ƒ †hε Ωuεεη  •  14 comments  •  2 weeks ago
A Cleveland hospital has fired a resident after anti-Semitic comments and threats to give the Jewish people “the wrong meds” surfaced on social media. Lara Kollab was identified as the fired employee behind the comments. She worked as a supervised resident at the Cleveland Clinic from July to September, Cleveland.com   reported . “She is no longer working at Cleveland Clinic. In no way...
Jan 02 1:46pm @2.1 Dear Friend Badfish: Talk about a clear and present danger to the public. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Happy New Year to You and Yours. Enoch.
"Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one."  _ Brad Paisley

"Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one." _ Brad Paisley


By: A. Macarthur  •  26 comments  •  2 weeks ago
© A. Mac/A.G.
Jan 02 1:41pm @8.1.4 Dear Friend AMac: Happy, healthy, fulfilling, prosperous and meaningful New Year to you and yours. When you see her, tell Suzy I hope the chapping is easing up. My apologies. Smiles. E.  
Jan 02 10:18am @8.1.2 Dear Friend AMac: Glad you found that photo of us as teenagers tooling around in our one horsepower engine ride. As I recall, we were headed out for a double date with the Doublemint Twins....
Jan 02 10:15am @6.3 Dear Friend Nowhere Man: Superlative time lapse streaming to encapsulate the hope for the New Year. Most well done! Thanks. E.
Jan 02 10:13am @8.2 Dear Friend Dave: "Over the river and through the woods". I recall hearing of horse drawn sleighs from my paternal grandmother, Bubbie Esther. In my youth I used to go on my flexible flyer sled...
The World Needs More Good People Like You

The World Needs More Good People Like You


By: Enoch  •  65 comments  •  2 weeks ago
Recently I shared a semi-private hospital room with a fellow open heart surgery patient.  His spouse (who was there for him daily during visiting hours)  and he  spent time with Mrs. E., our son and daughter; and other visitors who came to see me during my three days and nights there. He had been there for a dozen days when I transited from the ICU to the semi-private room area of that...
Jan 02 1:38pm @17.1.2 Dear Brother CB: Nothing is lost on you. No grass grows under your feet. It is one of the many reasons why you are so effective at your lifetime of service to others.  E.
Jan 02 8:48am @17.1 Dear Brother CB: Many thanks for your kind and uplifting message. Among the many things we share in common is our desire to be there for others, as wanted when and how needed. There are worse...
Jan 02 8:41am @4.1.2 Dear Friend Dave: I am so happy for your daughter and you. This Doctor exemplifies what is best about the healing arts. The willingness to think outside the box has great merit. The best...
Jan 01 5:26pm @14.1.2 Dear Friend Nightwalker: Your brilliant wit continues to start off my New Year on the right foot. That's a good thing. My left foot has a callous. Smiles. E.
What are your New Years Day culinary traditions?

What are your New Years Day culinary traditions?


By: epistte  •  50 comments  •  2 weeks ago
I know that we have a wide variety of cultures and religions among News Talkers and I'm reasonably sure that we have many people who still observe culinary traditions on New Years Day.  Black-eyed peas are a common meal in the American south. I'm German and it's common to make roast pork and 'kraut on New Years....
Jan 01 10:17pm @1.1.10 Dear Brother Kavika: I read that vitamin B complex and hydration with water are both good things to do for a hangover.  I am not sure this is correct. I wonder if, after the New Year party...
Jan 01 10:04pm @1.1.9 Dear Friend Shona1: Happy healthy prosperous and meaningful 2019 to you and yours. Enoch.
Jan 01 8:01pm @4 Dear Friend Epistte: Let me provide two answers. Choose which you best prefer. For the secular (Gregorian Calendar) New Year {12/31- 01/01} we do not really have any traditional food. Today Mrs....
 The $35 billion race to cure a silent killer that affects 30 million Americans

The $35 billion race to cure a silent killer that affects 30 million Americans


Via: Perrie Halpern R.A.  •  11 comments  •  3 weeks ago
At the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, the liver transplant group is busy handling an onslaught of patients who have come from all over the country in hopes of a chance at life. For many, a liver transplant is their last hope, after being diagnosed with a deadly disease sweeping the nation at epic proportions. People crowd the unit and undergo scores of testing and evaluation in an...
Jan 01 5:22pm @2.1.4 Dear Friend Sandy: Buy only at a news stand or inconvenience store. Never give your credit card to any organization that makes me their centerfold. They cannot be trusted! Winks. E.
Jan 01 5:20pm @1.1.2 Dear Friend Perrie: The Parkinsonian brain is analogous to forms of dementia, Alzheimers included.  It is also sufficiently distinct to require different diagnostic and treatment tools.   The...
Jan 01 5:12pm @2.1.2 Dear Friend Sandy: And a centerfold. Latest issue of Science Fiction Digest has me with a staple through my navel about mid way through the issue. Smiles. E. 
Jan 01 3:12pm @2.1 Dear Friend Sandy: So sorry to hear this. Anything I can do for your sister's best friend and those close to her? Always available in site private notes, there after private emails. E.
Jan 01 8:38am @1.1 Dear Friend Perrie: I hope progress is made on this, and other disorders which need and deserve attention. One way to bankrupt Medicare is not to make progress of various forms of age co-related...