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A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world. (Leo Buscaglia)
brentan comments on Jan 5, 2020:
Emphasis on 'can', I guess. In that way, I think he's right.
Some days....
brentan comments on Jan 5, 2020:
The effort!
The Cure - Charlotte Sometimes An especially melancholy ‘80s pop song by your favorite sad ...
brentan comments on Jan 4, 2020:
I find his voice strangely reassuring. Perhaps it's nostalgia.
"Solas," a 1999 Spanish language drama about a trio of lonely people - an embittered, alcoholic ...
brentan comments on Jan 4, 2020:
I must look out for that one!
"In the World Wars, people were perfectly able to shoot other people just because they belonged to ...
brentan comments on Jan 4, 2020:
Part of the attack was to villify the enemy so as to dehumanise them.
I'm there: 🙄
brentan comments on Jan 4, 2020:
I'm forced to wear braces (suspenders?) these days. I've no arse left.
So a 5 time draft dodger orders the illegal assassination of a foreign political figure without any ...
brentan comments on Jan 4, 2020:
Apparently, Trump put the guy on his Official List of Killable Terrorists so everything's legit.
Pay attention and remember
brentan comments on Jan 4, 2020:
The two premises are suspect.
The arithmetic teacher proposed the following to the class, "If there are three crows on a fence and...
brentan comments on Jan 4, 2020:
Good try, Johnny!
AJ Lee, Molly Tuttle, and Jack Tuttle -- Cherokee Shuffle [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Jan 4, 2020:
Finger pickin' good!
"We cannot, of course, disprove God, just as we can't disprove Thor, fairies, leprechauns and the ...
brentan comments on Jan 4, 2020:
We're still baffled by the Prime Mover. I don't think the Big Bang can be called the first cause. Something made that happen and I think it might be a reaction to what was happening in another universe.
"The value of the quote we post here is what we think, not the quote itself.
brentan comments on Jan 4, 2020:
That's a good observation.
"Geopolitical and Energy Implications of Qasem Soleimani's Death"
brentan comments on Jan 4, 2020:
One of the problems for people is that the Middle East is a total mystery. Curiously, I watched a film just the other day (Queen of the Desert) about a woman called Gertrude Bell who lived there and became so knowledgeable about the people and the place that she was sought out by the British Army for advice. T.E. Lawrence too was another of those rare individuals. What do I know? I never heard of this general and it seems I'm not alone. So the article gave me some insight into the situation. I'm also looking forward to watching a video about this situation from a YouTuber who has a channel called Caspian Report. I hope he does it soon.
“I know of no society in human history that ever suffered because its people became too desirous ...
brentan comments on Jan 3, 2020:
Maybe societies suffer, even fall apart, when they realise their belief system - culture - whatever you want to call it, is full of shit.
If this is accurate.... "IF" is the pivotal word here, we could be in for a hell of a year: 😳
brentan comments on Jan 3, 2020:
Not to worry. This is not to start war but to stop it.
Visit [www.
brentan comments on Jan 3, 2020:
My son gave me an ID on his Netflix account recently. I must see what I can access. From what I've read, we don't get access to as many films as Americans get. I really like foreign films, especially Spanish ones.
Kadim Al Sahir, is an Iraqi singer, composer and songwriter. [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Jan 3, 2020:
Rockin' the kasbah in his own language!
...again. He's about to do something stupid again.
brentan comments on Jan 3, 2020:
I fear he has already done it, and for that terribly cynical exercise in detracting from things at home.
Happy New Year to everyone
brentan comments on Jan 3, 2020:
Back at you! May it be a great one!
If you not already have seen Japanese Manga "Spirted Away" I highly recommend it.
brentan comments on Jan 3, 2020:
Yes indeed. I love that film!
It's a calcium-enriched Miracle!
brentan comments on Jan 3, 2020:
That's the power of logos!
When she has no idea what she is doing.
brentan comments on Jan 3, 2020:
She has lovely teeth.
Return to the basics
brentan comments on Jan 3, 2020:
The horror!
I've been watching 'Messiah' on netflix recently and it is a surprisingly good show.
brentan comments on Jan 3, 2020:
I think the messiah idea is an archetype of the leader, that is, the best leader one could wish for, who could save his people and give up his life for them if necessary. The context, I feel, must be hierarchy which, according to Jordan Peterson, goes back as far as lobsters.
“The Fertile Shore” story of the first people to inhabit the Americas.
brentan comments on Jan 3, 2020:
I think of Asian and Native Americans as the same people. They must have been superb boat people to cover that distance!
I'm dedicated to bringing skynet online.
brentan comments on Jan 3, 2020:
We'll be back!
There are 96 people who have been banned from this group.
brentan comments on Jan 3, 2020:
It might you boring yourselves to tears.
take that happy couples! 😂
brentan comments on Jan 2, 2020:
Yeah, fuck them bastards!
Love this guy!
brentan comments on Jan 2, 2020:
Well said!
Groooooan! :P
brentan comments on Jan 2, 2020:
Now look! This is only the second day of the year. We can stop this now.
Oh how sweet🤣😂🤣😂
brentan comments on Jan 2, 2020:
That larger bum will be very useful in winter too!
Depressing. But realistic? Are we there??? 🤔
brentan comments on Jan 2, 2020:
I must admit that's something I never thought was happening. I thought it was just happening now.
Been watching the Linda Ronstadt documentary on CNN.
brentan comments on Jan 2, 2020:
I have that album Hasten Down The Wind with all those Karla Bonoff songs. It is a gem!
"One of the things that is wrong with religion is that it teaches us to be satisfied with answers ...
brentan comments on Jan 2, 2020:
The assumption that this cannot happen in science is challenged by Rupert Sheldrake here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HybPD0VsFP0
"Natural selection will not remove ignorance from future generations." - Richard Dawkins
brentan comments on Jan 2, 2020:
There was a hope that education might solve the problem but since it became caught up in the ideologies of our time, people haven't stood a chance.
for the vast majority, that ember of fairness, deep inside us, is all we have that needs to be ...
brentan comments on Jan 2, 2020:
I wonder if fairness is innate or does it need to be cultivated. I'm inclined to think babies are born thinking the world revolves around them, then we support that view for a while and then teach them gradually that other people matter too. I read that if this isn't done by age four, you can forget about it.
Public service announcement
brentan comments on Jan 2, 2020:
Noted.
"God exists, if only in the form of a meme with high survival value, or infective power, in the ...
brentan comments on Jan 2, 2020:
I think Dawkins meant it in the context of the Jehovah/Allah patriarchal type of god; the demiurge, as some people call it. I don't think he considers the existence of a 'god' behind the demiurge, which might better be described as universal consciousness.
“I’m not perfect, I’m just forgiven” is the most enabling statement ever made! Christians...
brentan comments on Jan 2, 2020:
The casual attitude to sin is based on ignorance of scripture. In my old religion, the expression "I'm working on it" was the flippant response to criticism. Repentance is not like that at all. It involves heart-felt sorrow for sins committed and a determination to do better. Repentance comes from the Hebrew word teshuvah and the elements involved in it can be easily found on the internet. For those who completely ignore the responsibilities of teshuvah, they are understood as 'the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace' - Hebrews 10:29.
Economics is the study of costs and benefits. What are the costs?
brentan comments on Jan 1, 2020:
Economic growth. Nothing else matters. Except to the poor. But they don't matter,
The impeachment crisis and US war plans against Russia - World Socialist Web Site
brentan comments on Jan 1, 2020:
Happy New Year to you too!
brentan comments on Jan 1, 2020:
At least they won't get thrown out of a garden. Well, who knows?
Tuba Skinny -"Gotta Give Me Some" [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Jan 1, 2020:
Hey, the girl with her bum on the drum stood up!
Was their other sign not working?
brentan comments on Jan 1, 2020:
I'm sure they don't really mean it!
A very happy and healthy 2020 to all you lovely people who lighten the load with all your good humor...
brentan comments on Jan 1, 2020:
Happy New Year to you too, AC!
That's one way to carry a six-pack! 😂🤣😂
brentan comments on Jan 1, 2020:
Nietzsche coping with his thoughts.
Hello all! Are any of you as amazed as I am to find myself waking up in 2020 :-D
brentan comments on Jan 1, 2020:
When I was a boy, the year 2000 seemed very, very distant.
“It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and expose lies.” - Noam Chomsky
brentan comments on Jan 1, 2020:
And comedians too. They do a great job!
One of my kids was trying to be in every conversation and the other one was in his room with a ...
brentan comments on Jan 1, 2020:
Let Boris do it!
The Truth as we now understand it can be idiosyncratic at best and blurred to the point of ...
brentan comments on Jan 1, 2020:
In the Bible, when Christ claims to be the witness for the truth, Pilate responds by saying "What is truth?" - John 18, 37, 38. In the musical Jesus Christ Superstar,his response is expanded to "We all have truths. Are mine the same as yours?" I think, in a kind of a mix of Hegel and Jordan Peterson, that truth is what works for most of the people most of the time. In other words, truth is functional rather than normative.
Even in space
brentan comments on Dec 31, 2019:
Gross but funny!
Goodbye 2019
brentan comments on Dec 31, 2019:
Thank you! And the very best wishes to you too!
It's No Longer a Crime to Be Gay in Botswana
brentan comments on Dec 31, 2019:
I was pleased to read this: *'Botswana joins South Africa, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, and São Tomé in decriminalising same-sex relationships'.* I thought things were going in the opposite direction.
I like this idea..
brentan comments on Dec 31, 2019:
Now that looks like a more effective form of trickle-down economics.
“I think we should stop treating as any kind of wisdom and recognize it as the transparently ...
brentan comments on Dec 31, 2019:
I guess the idea is to imply that there is a purpose to all the seemingly pointless suffering in the world. If i remember right, Nietzsche said people could cope with a ton of trouble if they thought there was a reason to it. Religion has been supplying a reason up to now. As a salve, an opium for the masses. We bring a lot of suffering on ourselves so I think Dennett is right in this way but what about the suffering that comes our way just by being a vulnerable human?
A gentle start to your New Year's Eve... [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Dec 31, 2019:
It sounds like a cross between folk and Handel. Very nice indeed! I thought it meant black flags. I wondered what the composer was thinking with that title. I wasn't sure so I put it into Google Translate and lo and behold, it said black breasts!
“There’s simply no polite way to tell people they’ve dedicated their lives to an illusion.
brentan comments on Dec 30, 2019:
I think we all do that.
Brings back old memories. Paris Island.
brentan comments on Dec 30, 2019:
The price of nostalgia. Worth every penny!
(LINK) Religious beliefs can be thought of as socially transmitted mental representations that ...
brentan comments on Dec 30, 2019:
I don't think religion was ever static but changed as we did, reflecting new ways of thinking about the intangible. If we just deal with Christianity, religion has merged with philosophy through Plotinus, Aquinas and many others. I think the problem with fundamentalism is that *it* is static. One obvious example is how it thinks in Old Testament terms while professing New Testament Christianity. I doubt that this is an indication of brain damage but rather an indication that some people want their bread buttered on both sides.
The 1619 Project and the falsification of history: An analysis of the New York Times’ reply to ...
brentan comments on Dec 30, 2019:
Apu gives it a try: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFwHQYDqf6c
"Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd." ----Voltaire
brentan comments on Dec 30, 2019:
I think the ideologies of our present day show up the folly of certainty. Doubt wouldn't close down the dialectic, that is, the conversations concerning the truth of things. Certainty feels no need to listen to alternatives - even worse, it feels a certain self-righteousness in silencing argument. I've read recently that the dialectic for Hegel was a theory of 'becoming', a process where individuals (and indeed God) came to self-knowledge. Another philosopher, Fichte, coined the terms of thesis, antithesis and synthesis that we're used to in terms of determining truth in discussion. If there is no doubt, there is no conversation, no synthesis, and from what we see today, no peace.
But but but ??????.... where is the fun in that?????? :)
brentan comments on Dec 30, 2019:
The effort!
World Atheist conference in India- 2020
brentan comments on Dec 30, 2019:
That looks like a recipe for disaster in the shape of mass murder.
Happy New Year!
brentan comments on Dec 30, 2019:
Sustained!
Well, I don't know why the posts about the Telegraph article [telegraph.
brentan comments on Dec 30, 2019:
There always have been pros and cons to religion. The thing is that there was no avoiding it. It is psychology in its developmental stage, without which we would not be where we are now. What I'm struggling to say is that there was never a choice back in primeval land about whether religion be accepted or not - it is in the very fabric of our consciousness and for that reason it will never disappear. It can only be transformed into psychology.
Is it???? 🤔
brentan comments on Dec 29, 2019:
I guess that day of 'you made your bed, now go and lie in it' are over.
Marriage is a three ring circus Engagement ring Wedding ring And suffering
brentan comments on Dec 29, 2019:
That's very clever!
Fortitude is the guard and support of the other virtues. - John Locke
brentan comments on Dec 29, 2019:
fortitude mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, danger, or temptation courageously: Example: Never once did her fortitude waver during that long illness. Where the spiritual virtues were concerned, holy spirit was supposed to do that job.
Ezekiel 8:18 (NRSV): Therefore I will act in wrath; my eye will not spare, nor will I have pity; and...
brentan comments on Dec 29, 2019:
The deal was that if they were very good, he would give them all sorts of blessings. The catch was it was impossible to be that good.
"If you scoff at intellectuals, harass scientists and reward only athletic achievements, then the ...
brentan comments on Dec 29, 2019:
That's a very racist comment from JFK.
In three days we'll all have 2020 vision! :P
brentan comments on Dec 29, 2019:
The future's so bright we'll have to wear shades.
I wonder the advancements in store in 100 years. If mankind makes it that far.
brentan comments on Dec 29, 2019:
Learn from history. Get them on their taxes.
“There is no sin so great as ignorance. Remember this.” ― Rudyard Kipling, Kim
brentan comments on Dec 29, 2019:
I wonder what the context was for that statement.
Conspirators Claim Burger King's Impossible Whopper Giving Men Breasts Burger King’s ...
brentan comments on Dec 29, 2019:
I've been successfully growing breasts on copious pints of Guinness for years. It's great to hear I can now do it on a balanced diet.
"The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation by the simple unconscious expedient of ...
brentan comments on Dec 29, 2019:
He’s right, of course, in that statement but I think it’s a mistake to view human beings are rational creatures. They are much more complicated than that. When everything else was stripped away from people and only reason remained, life became empty, soulless and meaningless.
Have a logical new year
brentan comments on Dec 28, 2019:
Not too logical, I hope!
Hi, been away from the site for quite a while.
brentan comments on Dec 28, 2019:
I remember you from your photo. Welcome back to the forum!
The International Criminal Court [timesofisrael.com]
brentan comments on Dec 28, 2019:
*'Israel maintains the court has no jurisdiction because Israel has a functioning judicial system that can exercise proper oversight of its leaders'.* Boy oh boy - don't we all?
It was a miracle.
brentan comments on Dec 28, 2019:
All that white privilege can get you killed.
I laughed.
brentan comments on Dec 27, 2019:
Is it 0, 1, 2?
I swear I have seen weirder.
brentan comments on Dec 27, 2019:
I guess there have always been people with more money than sense. Perhaps this woman was going to a masque.
I have wondered for a long time why so many old people are content to sit in silence and not comment...
brentan comments on Dec 27, 2019:
I think I'm going to be silent for such a long time that I better speak out now.
Baidu has a new trick for teaching AI the meaning of language Inspired by a difference between ...
brentan comments on Dec 27, 2019:
My opinion on diversity is that it's trying to build another Tower of Babel and expecting better results this time.
I am definitely behind the times!
brentan comments on Dec 27, 2019:
Works for me!
Not going there.
brentan comments on Dec 27, 2019:
'and some people say that that ain't right (that ain't right) and some people say nothin' at all'.
Tech history
brentan comments on Dec 27, 2019:
It came with a pre-installed virus.
In my advancing years I have been asking myself this.
brentan comments on Dec 27, 2019:
I deal with it by living with the assumption that there is a lot more going on than I can know. In this state of ignorance, I go along with Jordan Peterson's idea that we make meaning by taking responsibility for ourselves and those around us.
The horror is real, folks
brentan comments on Dec 26, 2019:
The existential cookie.
Belfast, If it be your will, The Webb Sisters, / Leonard Cohen. [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Dec 26, 2019:
The 'sublime Webb sisters'. I got to see them play on their own in a tiny rural venue in Dublin. The harmonies are quite beautiful and the pair came across as extremely likeable characters.
A new original. Opinions?
brentan comments on Dec 26, 2019:
At least wait til they're 18.
Howdy all...to think freely is to be free from "them"
brentan comments on Dec 26, 2019:
Them are dreadful bastards!
Forget the game. I'm watching the dogs. :)
brentan comments on Dec 26, 2019:
Fetch, doggies, fetch!
Why I laugh so hard when people say Nazis have never been Christians....
brentan comments on Dec 26, 2019:
Albert Leo Schlagete, 12 August 1894 – 26 May 1923) was a member of the German Freikorps. Schlageter sabotaged a section of railroad track in the region of Germany that was under French occupation after World War I. He was arrested and executed by the French military. This led the German nationalists to proclaim him a hero. His way of death fostered an aura of martyrdom around him, which was cultivated by German nationalist groups, in particular the Nazi Party. During the Third Reich, he was widely commemorated as a national hero - Wiki.
Seasons greetings, you heathens.
brentan comments on Dec 26, 2019:
No cake for those bastards!
Mental illness by parasitic cognition?
brentan comments on Dec 26, 2019:
Well, there's a thought for the festive season! I don't think one creature can inhabit the mind of another. Schitzophrenic people, from what I've read, are troubled by the two halves of the brain communicating with each other in a disruptive way. They are said to be very left-brained and interpret the intuitions coming from the right-brain as intrusions from the external world.
[news.
brentan comments on Dec 26, 2019:
I read a long time ago that Mongols believed they had an obligation to make room for themselves in the world by taking another person out.
“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion." ---- Albert Camus
brentan comments on Dec 26, 2019:
The powers-that-be are doing their damnest to make sure no-one has a chance to step away anymore. It is a crying shame to watch the public chasing its tail instead of living.
SO glad these bloody holidays are over! After a dinner with whining/nagging grandparents, an ...
brentan comments on Dec 26, 2019:
I'm finished with my lot too!
Just imagine this nightmare scenario.
brentan comments on Dec 26, 2019:
One man's poison is another man's meat!
Trumpity trump trump
brentan comments on Dec 26, 2019:
I wonder how it's going to work out between politics and religion getting more extreme on the one hand and the public getting more 'none' at the same time.

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