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The last of my Canadian songwriter’s winter theme.
brentan comments on Nov 13, 2019:
That's a gem!
Two engineering students were walking across campus when one asks, "Where did you get such a great ...
brentan comments on Nov 13, 2019:
Sheldon & Co. The Big Bang guy misses a big bang.
Too early for the war on Christmas so we have to start a new one....
brentan comments on Nov 13, 2019:
I think you could lose a lot more than a turkey dinner if you gave up Thanksgiving.
This past summer I did about 250 miles of the Camino de Santiago, much/most of which followed the ...
brentan comments on Nov 13, 2019:
I would be delighted if I could handle walking 100 miles. Somebody, if it's not done already, should write about a possible relationship between religion and drugs. It is accepted, I think, that shamanism was not just about perceiving the supernatural but entering that state to gain information and coming back when the job is done. Maybe, like a lot of Catholic sites, San Diego de Compostela has an earlier pagan past. Anyway, I would love to see the place and take in the vibe, and then travel the extra 87 kms to Finisterre in Portugal to try to capture that primitive sense of being at the edge of the world.
Been there Barney
brentan comments on Nov 13, 2019:
So long as you never let the water run.
They tell me Jesus Christ for my sins but I am pretty sure he forgot to cover the shipping and ...
brentan comments on Nov 13, 2019:
It's like we are shopping items and JC is the warranty but we have to pay the return postage ourselves.
Cute pupper
brentan comments on Nov 13, 2019:
That's a dour-looking dog. Bark would be a criticism.
Is this money well spent?πŸ€”πŸ˜
brentan comments on Nov 12, 2019:
I've been questioning the purpose of my own stiff willy for some time now.
Next to Leonard Cohen, my favorite Canadian Musician is Harry Manx; [youtube.]
brentan comments on Nov 12, 2019:
I really enjoyed that!
This is as far as I'll delve into country.... [m.youtube.com]
brentan comments on Nov 12, 2019:
That was a very nice surprise!
Yah me too
brentan comments on Nov 12, 2019:
I would enjoy the extra food.
🎼🎹 Everywhere u goooooo 🎼🎹
brentan comments on Nov 12, 2019:
Understandable cynicism.
Is she even out with a male relative though?
brentan comments on Nov 12, 2019:
Technology can help you live in the 7th century.
A boy was assigned a paper on childbirth and asked his parents, "How was I born?
brentan comments on Nov 12, 2019:
Stork-raving mad (OK, that was awful).
Good point.
brentan comments on Nov 12, 2019:
And not necessarily in that order, if you're Jeffrey Dalmer.
It was meant to be.
brentan comments on Nov 11, 2019:
Now that's just mean - and very funny!
A good reminder... you only have control over yourself!
brentan comments on Nov 11, 2019:
I must admit I like the idea of giving people a good ass-kicking when they deserve it but I accept we would all be going around with sore bums.
Today's humanism certainly has several roots, and the free thinkers of the Enlightenment are only ...
brentan comments on Nov 11, 2019:
“Man has no Body distinct from his soul; for that called Body is a portion of a Soul discerned by the five senses, the chief inlets of Soul in this age.” ― William Blake That's close too to Kant's idea of the a posteriori, experiential side of our cognition. The other side is a priori and both work together to create knowledge and experience. A lot of people are disappointed with their bodies. They see them as inferior and causes of sin. It's a pity because it means we view ourselves as cerebral creatures who are in a fallen state because of our bodies. I prefer to think the opposite: that we are human animals who have progressed in a wonderful way over time. Human animals have very basic bodily functions and desires and I think the trick to get the best from our dual-makeup is to use our brains to modify our behaviour so as to answer our bodies needs and wants in a responsible way.
I like this one.
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
I wonder what it's really about.
Neil Young - Tell Me Why [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
It never gets old.
Matthew 10:5-6 (NRSV) - These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go ...
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
I wonder what James and the other apostles thought about that. We get told in the Bible that they were very annoyed about the circumcision issue but nothing is said about disobeying Jesus' instruction about the ministry
Expect some shrinkage when exposed to cold
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
Disappearance, even.
... or President of the USA ...
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
Maybe brevity really is the soul of wit (although I'm sure wit meant intelligence in Hamlet).
The Who - Substitute [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
Great song! Keith Moon seems to have a very unusual way of playing the drums. I never noticed that in all these years. See what you think.
Ouch, right for the jugular!
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
Miss Piggy is a terrible bitch.
I'm trying to start a chewing gum recycling company.
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
Very witty!
And at that age, poopin' ain't easy either. :P
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
He couldn't beat the gays.
“Being kind is a matter of altruism.
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
In Shakespeare's plays, nice always carries meanings like fastidious, subtle, finicky, scrupulous. That fits well, i think, with etiquette.
No matter howπŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜…πŸ€£πŸ˜…πŸ€£
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
And others pay good money to have their carpet removed.
I agree .
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
And you can sing along or dance to the rhythm.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TI8xPw2aQA
A lot of pornstars are probably people who tried to break into regular acting, couldn’t, and ...
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
So I wouldn't have a sex life if it wasn't for Hollywood rejecting actresses.
I'd rather be a tiger.
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
He wanted to give his all, not just 10%.
Welp, that's true.
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
Justice for Grouts!
Actual Motherfucking Snake Found on Actual Motherfucking Plane
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
That's motherfuckin' awful!
Traffic - John Barleycorn Must Die [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
That's a very nice song. The lyrics are very clever. I only knew the version by Steeleye Span. I wouldn't have expected it to be one of Traffic's songs.
May be worth checking out
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
Back to a more advanced age.
Company Recalls Tammy Lahren Sex Doll Because Its Mouth Never Stops Moving - Alternative Facts
brentan comments on Nov 9, 2019:
Artificial intelligence returned under warranty. Not fit for purpose under the Sales of Goods and Services Act 1992.
Oh that religious crazy train just keeps rolling along, even though it went off the tracks a long ...
brentan comments on Nov 9, 2019:
I'm 99% sure there's nothing in the Bible to suggest this weird idea. Maybe it comes from Islam but if not, I think they must be making it up themselves.
What are your moral "feelings" :::::Infidelity?
brentan comments on Nov 9, 2019:
My morality on it is the effect it has on the children. Who comes first?
Siri? SIRI!?!
brentan comments on Nov 9, 2019:
Bill....he wouldn't hurt a fly.
Listen up, triggered lady
brentan comments on Nov 9, 2019:
He was just a good guy trying to help.
Hitchens and Lane Craig: Another of Hitchens' best summations. . . .""Does God Exist?
brentan comments on Nov 8, 2019:
William Lane Craig is interesting because not many Christians can defend their faith as well as him. I think if we look at the logic of faith as circular, Lane Craig is first class at expounding that inner logic.
THE SONG OF NAMES: [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Nov 8, 2019:
That's it. I'm in!
..........
brentan comments on Nov 8, 2019:
LOL. I really don't get that one.
My cousin’s rock band from New Hampshire: The Greenlights.
brentan comments on Nov 8, 2019:
I really enjoyed the musical interludes and the verses, but I found the 'choruses' a bit rough. But to be fair, I am an old fart!
What makes america not so great. Aron Ra [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Nov 8, 2019:
I really enjoyed that!
This is about right
brentan comments on Nov 8, 2019:
It must be the 2% rule.
Suddenly chocolate peanut butter lost its appeal…
brentan comments on Nov 8, 2019:
That's so cute!
An important message
brentan comments on Nov 8, 2019:
It's good to be told something you need to know in a private manner.
Must be pretty bad...
brentan comments on Nov 7, 2019:
She looks so sad!
How come nothing on disability? We exist
brentan comments on Nov 7, 2019:
Welcome with wheels on!
I hate spiders!
brentan comments on Nov 7, 2019:
Dot's not a spider.
fascinating! [atlasobscura.com]
brentan comments on Nov 7, 2019:
It must be hard to throw off the influence of Bishop Ussher. I like listening to Graham Hancock talk about civilisations that go way back further than 4004 BC. In James DeMeo's book Saharasia, he gives evidence for a great desertification that destroyed civilisations that thrived before 4000 BC.
Is it Peter's Church?
brentan comments on Nov 6, 2019:
My guess is it's Paul's Church.
The universe may be conscious, say prominent scientists - Big Think
brentan comments on Nov 6, 2019:
I've been intrigued by this concept since I read Rupert Sheldrake's book on morphic fields years ago. I never thought it would gain gain traction. Thanks for the link! I really enjoyed it.
not as trite as it may sound -
brentan comments on Nov 6, 2019:
When nations grow old, the arts grow cold and commerce settles on every tree. Imagination is the real and eternal world of which this vegetable universe is but a faint shadow. - William Blake
Was thinking of a spectrum not of belief but more about how we proceed in the moment.
brentan comments on Nov 6, 2019:
I heard on a YT video recently that Plato recommended a sense of wonder as the basis for anagoge (spiritual growth) while Aristotle argued wonder was the basis to answering questions about life. It made me think of Einstein and his sense of wonder that seemed to embrace both ideas. The poet William Blake argued that the concept of a mechanical universe and the never-ending measurement of the universe was destroying the wonder of life. He understood wonder as the human imagination growing in power to become vision. For him, there was no God other than mankind when it lived with vision. That vision certainly gave meaning to his life and perhaps that is what this is all about whether it remains earthbound or ventures into the supernatural.
This study makes me think I've been a bit too hard on people afflicted with religion.
brentan comments on Nov 6, 2019:
It gets complicated when the victims behave like bullies. This happens in many situations, like mentally ill people abusing those caring for them, and people in socially-deprived areas behaving violently towards other people. I find it easy enough to care about people until they start threatening me.
Does anybody else see the general timbre here of late being of battle lines being drawn up of ...
brentan comments on Nov 6, 2019:
There's quite a lot of venting. I accept many people have been hurt very badly by religion. I think I'm very fortunate that even though I have huge respect for the Bible and the Judeo-Christian culture and often voice it, I get very little negative feedback from it. Fingers crossed we continue to read opposing opinions in a friendly way!
Just some pointers
brentan comments on Nov 5, 2019:
I'm ready now to text in confidence. Without even using Grammarly. Slipping in that bit about Epstein raised a smile.
These words came to me.
brentan comments on Nov 4, 2019:
William Blake would be proud!
Christians often equate atheism with satanism, but atheists don't believe in a Satan either, so are ...
brentan comments on Nov 4, 2019:
Maybe they would justify it by saying 'he who is not for me is against me'.
This apply to you too
brentan comments on Nov 4, 2019:
LOL. Where recognition probably meets avoidance.
I do not want that.
brentan comments on Nov 4, 2019:
I like duck. I think I'd spend the extra $6 for the Crispy Duck by Half.
Bertrand Russell - “Why should I allow the same God to tell me how to raise my kids, who had to ...
brentan comments on Nov 4, 2019:
Poor God. He definitely had nobody to teach parenting to him.
He should have spelled it out. :P
brentan comments on Nov 4, 2019:
and if you could get food there...
I just now joined.
brentan comments on Nov 4, 2019:
I don't think it's ever definitely too late. I hope not anyway because I'm 65 and would love to meet someone compatible. Anyway, best of luck and welcome to the forum!
So many new members saying not much, including me.
brentan comments on Nov 4, 2019:
The bastards!
Everything human is pathetic.
brentan comments on Nov 4, 2019:
He must have been having a bad day.
At our age... [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Nov 4, 2019:
I was intrigued by William Blake's Nebuchadnezzar. I googled it and see the print is on the cover of their Death Walks Behind You album. I guess this is the title song.
Old Saying, "Death is nature's way of telling you to slow down"
brentan comments on Nov 4, 2019:
Stop, even.
A couple days ago I read Stephen king's book "The Institute".
brentan comments on Nov 4, 2019:
I've been promising myself to read something in fiction for some time now. I read lots of his books when I was younger and loved the way he dealed more with terror more then horror. I'm glad to hear he hasn't lost his touch!
Tonights offering A British Band this time the first Band I saw in concert took all of my holiday ...
brentan comments on Nov 4, 2019:
They were a great band! I saw them in concert in Dublin many years ago. It was the first time I saw a band using two drummers. I get what you say about the changes in the songs. My favourites are probably One night In Paris and The Second Sitting of the Last Supper.
[bitchmedia.org] Why do we have an obsession with serial killers like Ted Bundy?
brentan comments on Nov 3, 2019:
Ha! I'm watching a film about him right now.
“Man is nothing but object.” - Ludwig Feuerbach
brentan comments on Nov 3, 2019:
What did he mean?
Whatever our reservations as skeptics, whatever our doubts about the admixture of Native American ...
brentan comments on Nov 3, 2019:
There's a lot of meanings given to the word 'sacred' in the dictionary. Leaving out the ones with clear religious overtones, one meaning was 'to regard something with reverence'. I think it's fair to say the word has its root in religion but meanings change and/or expand over time. I like the Native American intuition about our relation with nature. Lovelock's Gaia concept was much the same thing. The Bible says little about that relationship as far as I know but there are some allusions to the result of living sinfully on the land, such as: And if you defile the land, it will vomit you out as it vomited out the nations that were before you. - Leviticus 18:28.
Critical thinking requires that you abandon all the stories that do not meet the basic criteria for ...
brentan comments on Nov 3, 2019:
I think they are morality tales to make us think and be cautious in a dangerous world.
In my opinion, evolution is the greatest stumbling block for a theistic worldview, especially when ...
brentan comments on Nov 3, 2019:
This might raise a smile: ‘… the philosopher Leibniz famously maintains that, since the world was created by God, and since the mind of God is the most benevolent and capable mind imaginable, the world must be the best world imaginable. Under such a system, humans perceive evil only because they do not understand the force governing the world and thus do not know that every ill exists only for a greater good’. https://www.sparknotes.com/lit/candide/quotes/ It was generally accepted that Leibnitz, who in all fairness was a genius, was being mocked by Voltaire in his book Candide. ‘All is for the best, in the best of all possible worlds’ was the mantra of Pangloss, Candide’s ever-optimistic tutor and philosopher. I came across this first in, of all places, an episode of Sharpe’s Rifles.
I spent almost a year in the pre civil rights South.
brentan comments on Nov 3, 2019:
Causation or correlation? I'm not qualified to answer. I have to rely on that old saying that there's no smoke without fire.
What are your thoughts on sociopathy and psychopathy as mindsets?
brentan comments on Nov 3, 2019:
I think sociopathy is a function of population growth in the sense of it being in direct proportion to population growth. I'm not sure the word means lack of conscience but the result is the same. The nature of it lies in people becoming viewed as more of a hindrance than a help in proportion to growth. I think it's a learned mindset in the sense of parents teaching their children the basic assumptions that life is dog eat dog so individuals lose their intrinsic value. To be fair, many individuals in these high populated situations have little intrinsic value to be seen anyway. The psychopaths go a step further in not just conceiving others as hindrances but also conceiving that they should be eliminated as necessary. All this is a far cry from the Judeo-Christian idea that every human being is made in the image of God and his and her life should be treated as having such a high value.
"bible scholar"
brentan comments on Nov 3, 2019:
There's a place where you better not think outside the box. Contrast the lectures by Christine Hayes at Yale.
It's great to see lots of new members sharing interests and discussion.
brentan comments on Nov 3, 2019:
The darn cheek of them! Fuckers always causing cognitive dissonance.
The god police are the most dangerous on the planet: christian, islamist, buddhist, hinduist, ...
brentan comments on Nov 3, 2019:
I'm looking forward to reading Douglas Murray's new book The Madness of Crowds to read how he expounds the idea of lefties becoming the new god police.
1, 4 , 5. And if it was only that easy , oh man πŸ™ƒπŸ¦‡πŸ˜©
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2019:
3, 6 and 9 sound great!
Admit nothing.
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2019:
Timmy must learn the morality of the situation.
Is the concept of god irrelevant??
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2019:
I think the concept of God nowadays is very much about our aspirations. That will never go out of date.
Hello everyone.
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2019:
I've been enjoying his videos for some time now. I love his theory that human civilisation goes back much further than 6000 years and that Noah's Flood is probably the floods at the end of the last Ice Age around 12000 BC.
Topic: I just "broke up with" my (former) best friend.
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2019:
I can’t help thinking friendship is more important than different opinions. Me, I think the moral question about homosexuality is about, where men are concerned, using the outlet for faeces instead of the outlet for urine. There have been people, like Jonathon Swift, who couldn’t handle the idea of even heterosexual sex for that reason and even found the ways humans evacuated their waste very disagreeable. For me, this smacks of a difficulty people have in accepting that even though we are human beings, we are animals too. We don’t think of ourselves as human animals who have raised ourselves conceptually while retaining our basic physical desires below the belt. We tend to think of ourselves in terms of godly creatures who have fallen into the depravity of the lower animals. Really, love is the only remedy for covering over our differences of opinion and our different ways of expressing physical love.
Real 'Garden of Eden' where ALL humans originated 200,000 years ago finally found in Botswana
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2019:
What! Descended from black people? Quelle horreur! Seriously, though, that theory has been criticised for ignoring information that places evidence of early man in many places in Africa.
Nothing like a smart kid.
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2019:
That reminds me of the idea that people who curse a lot are very intelligent.
Sex appeal in workplace?
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2019:
I'm pretty sure I understand the argument about sex in the workplace. I think we'll go through a phase where the principle of the thing will be judged more important than anything else and then revert to our human desire for the opposite sex, flirting and doing the bold thing with workmates. It makes me think of the time the Puritans took over in England and the people couldn't wait to get back to being ruled by decadent kings.
Calling for federal support and funding, Dresden declares ‘Nazi emergency’ [thelocal.com]
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2019:
Apparently, controlled immigration is racism nowadays. Many people want to hold on their cultures while the globalist economy wants to flood European countries with cheap labour. The extremists are a natural response to this. They tend to think of immigrants as the enemy when it is really their governments who are obeying the dictates of big business.
Enhancing humanist.
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2019:
I wanna woman!
Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos) is celebrated in Mexico October 31 – November 2, which coincides ...
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2019:
Some day we won't believe in silly ideas like that and life will be much duller for it.
@brentan had asked if I'd share my coming out speech, given a couple of Thursdays ago.
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2019:
Cool. I'll send my email addy. Thanks!
I started college at Western Michigan University with this as a hit: [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2019:
That was pretty cool going to college when you had a hit song.
Studies show that cows produce more milk when the farmer talks to them.
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2019:
That's awful...but I like it!
Continuing with your favorite Hanna - Barbara character, I give you part four of section one: ...
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2019:
Top Cat is 'the indisputable leader of the band'. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3_XRsDP7eM
"The world is a stage, and we all could have a major part to play."
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2019:
I'll sweep up after.
Attributed to Buddha--"Don't just do something, stand there"
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2019:
Is it him or his twin sister?

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