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There are lots of love songs about places.
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2019:
That's great, real quality. My favourite is Copperline by James Taylor. Even though the song is about North Carolina, I think it's a fictional place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLjn3FSKohE
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brentan comments on Sep 2, 2019:
I can't decide whether people were always this mad or the political climate is bringing it out.
Depends on your perspective.
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2019:
I think there's truth in that, if it was racheted down a lot.
Groooan!!!
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2019:
Absolutely dreadful!
Gotta look your best for the ascention!
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2019:
Thomas needs things to look right.
From the heart ❤️
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2019:
I think that word 'special' has the two meanings there.
Unfuck yourself
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2019:
Heck, I can't remember who that was.
Horrors upon horrors from the Catholic Church... will they never end?
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2019:
That's the type of Ireland I was born into. There are people here, going under the name of 'patriots', who would like us to go back to that Ireland.
OK who keeps causing the hurricanes?
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2019:
It's tension. Stop sending the hurricanes.
Five simple rules for happiness 🤗
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2019:
I hope 4 out of 5 is OK.
Do you get a spiritual experience when you look at the night sky.
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2019:
It certainly make me wonder. It's awesome.
WAIT! WHAT?
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2019:
The mark of the beast and all that stuff. I can imagine the chaos if everybody could make demands based on their private interpretations of the Bible.
😂😂😂. Dad joke of the day
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2019:
That's terrific!
Is there phenomenology without a self?
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2019:
I'm working my way through Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. I'm only about 100 pages in but I would say from what I've read that every experience, from the five senses or formed in concept, is subjective.
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2019:
Darn commie!
Sexy tune [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2019:
Excellent. Song of a Nephilim.
Deracinate dē-rasə-nāt Part of speech: verb Origin: French, 16th century 1 To uproot 2...
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2019:
That's a good one! I assumed it would be a bad thing but I guess not necessarily so.
History buffs will understand
brentan comments on Sep 2, 2019:
That's awful!
How come the Dislike emoji was changed? :(
brentan comments on Sep 1, 2019:
I miss the Browse Posts.
Exodus 22:18 (ASV): Thou shalt not suffer a sorceress to live.
brentan comments on Sep 1, 2019:
Scapegoats are very necessary at every level of society.
Nailed it... I am going to hell (not scared because it doesn't exist...)
brentan comments on Aug 31, 2019:
Straight to Hell. Do not pass Go...
I thought that this news from Canada’s Supreme Court would be of interest here.
brentan comments on Aug 31, 2019:
I think it's the right decision in principle. I guess the market couldn't sort it out for reasons I don't know.
Time to lay off the Cuban Musicians and go with Puerto Rican Musicians.
brentan comments on Aug 31, 2019:
Terrific - from his heart, as always.
Vigil Held for Christian Supermarket Cashier Told to Stop Praying With Customers ...
brentan comments on Aug 30, 2019:
Priceless! An incredible sense of entitlement.
Existential fly
brentan comments on Aug 30, 2019:
The Fly by William Blake: Little fly, Thy summer’s play My thoughtless hand Has brushed away. Am not I A fly like thee? Or art not thou A man like me? For I dance And drink and sing, Till some blind hand Shall brush my wing. If thought is life And strength and breath, And the want Of thought is death, Then am I A happy fly, If I live, Or if I die.
Tots and pears! Churches in America are being transformed into mosques, Buddhist temples, and ...
brentan comments on Aug 30, 2019:
I would like to see them converted to philosophy centres, a la Alain de Botton's School of Life idea.
I had an interesting conversation with a believer last evening.
brentan comments on Aug 30, 2019:
I they they say the trinity was always there but the concept wasn't articulated until the time of Jesus. My guess is that Jehovah, his active spirit and wisdom were the 'old' trinity. It isn't obvious that Jesus is the Logos as well as wisdom but Philo links the two: In his doctrine of God Philo interprets the Logos, which is the Divine Mind, as the Form of Forms (Platonic), the Idea of Ideas or the sum total of Forms or Ideas. Logos is the indestructible Form of wisdom comprehensible only by the intellect (Det. 75-76; Mig. 103). https://www.iep.utm.edu/philo/
Rough neighborhood.
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2019:
What would Dave Chappelle make of that?
Just when you were thinking that the Christian far right could get more stupid they up their game ...
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2019:
I expected better from satanists.
Boz Scaggs We're All Alone [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2019:
Quality.
Yep that's me!
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2019:
I remember when normal seemed to be a good thing. Dangerous times.
I grew up on Jesus Christ Superstar. Yes, yes I did. I still like musicals. 😁 [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2019:
"What's the buzz? Tell me what's a-happening". Oh never mind. It's fake news anyway.
Yikes cannot unsee that may go blind and lost my appetite
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2019:
I'll bet he did in response to a dare.
Let them explain that
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2019:
He doesn't even dignify a question by replying with a word salad. He just shits on the plate.
My state collects property tax.
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2019:
Give to Caesar what is Caesar's. Not likely!
I thought this was a funny little post
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2019:
It probably hasn't had a good shit since it was on four legs.
Know your knives.
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2019:
Carrie's mom got pinned to the wall with most of them.
I really liked @Marionville 's word this morning - "autodidactic" so I thought I'd go along with ...
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2019:
It's interesting too, I think, that the word was bound up with teaching children.
But you made the wine
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2019:
We've all heard about drinking responsibly. Nobody spoke about responsible miracle-making until now. Jesus should be ashamed of himself!
An astonishing, animated Bob Dylan performing It Ain’t Me Babe.
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2019:
That was just terrific! Bob's voice is so nasal subtitles wouldn't go amiss. I saw him once at the Gorge in Washington. He came across as a hard-working musician with none of the messianic notion that was put around him 'in the great folk-scare of the 60s', as James Taylor called that time.
stentorian adjective sten·​to·​ri·​an | \ sten-ˈtȯr-ē-ən \ : extremely loud spoke...
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2019:
I like that one. I think it has an onomatopoeic feel to it.
Can't wait to ditch this caliginous state of the union.
brentan comments on Aug 29, 2019:
That's a good one! I thought it was going to have something to do with Caligula and Trump would be the example.
First day of being a waitress and sigh.
brentan comments on Aug 28, 2019:
Do tell.
How many Michael Jackson fans? today his birthday 🎂
brentan comments on Aug 28, 2019:
I separate the man from his art. Did you see Dave Chappelle is in trouble for bad-mouthing Jackson's accusers? I wonder what possessed him to do that?
What exactly was the reason for Europeans toaccept a god from the desert over the local gods who ...
brentan comments on Aug 28, 2019:
Emperor Constantine made it the religion of his empire.
I'm sure the B-thumpers are seeing Jeebus, but it is clearly Aunt Mildred!
brentan comments on Aug 28, 2019:
I think it's Robert Smith:
The Unique Isabel Pantojas from Spain with the Copla Symphony.
brentan comments on Aug 28, 2019:
That's sung with great passion! Is it about a man who chases a rich woman and loses his true love in the process?
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brentan comments on Aug 28, 2019:
That's a great song. I love the intention in the words even though I love the difference in people. For me 'love sees all the colours'.
Thank goodness for eyeglasses!
brentan comments on Aug 28, 2019:
Yes indeed. I read so much I can't take it for granted, especially now I'm getting older.
The spread of Christianity.
brentan comments on Aug 28, 2019:
What can you do if people won't listen?
Mores - Pronunciation is moray - but please don't confuse it with the tropical eels which have no ...
brentan comments on Aug 28, 2019:
Developed from the saying "what's more.....", usually followed by "we've always done it this way". Not to be confused with the scouts' delight - smores - which seems to have come from 'somethings more to eat'.
Hilarious ad enjoy
brentan comments on Aug 27, 2019:
Gosh. Where's the fun in that?
The real story
brentan comments on Aug 27, 2019:
Oh she of little faith!
Some of those names...
brentan comments on Aug 27, 2019:
I can understand people being big into sex before TV. BTV should be a thing. After TV (ATV), it's an optional extra.
You all realize if Bill had stayed active here he would probably have already reached level 10?
brentan comments on Aug 27, 2019:
I don't know who Bill is but maybe he got a life.
Macron must take back 'insults' for Brazil to accept G7 Amazon aid: Bolsonaro
brentan comments on Aug 27, 2019:
There is a notion that sharing communications means transferring salience landscapes from one person to another. Pictures, we might say. If I understand correctly, autism misinterprets salience landscapes through a fault in the amygdala. The details in the landscape are not correct. Salience landscaping also involves filling the space not necessarily with incorrect details, but with irrelevant details to create an impression something valid is being said. In the vernacular, we call this bullshit.
"With reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men I will plead; but to tyrants I will give no ...
brentan comments on Aug 27, 2019:
The arguments certainly would be lost on tyrants.
Get your hands up
brentan comments on Aug 27, 2019:
I really like that picture!
A plane just went overhead. reminded me of Joni Mitchell and her masterpiece Amelia [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Aug 27, 2019:
Absolutely wonderful lyrics. I think she paid a huge price for her talent.
I literally was wrong.
brentan comments on Aug 27, 2019:
I think stop that now before you do it with someone who counts and fuck things up.
[youtu.be] She could sing anything this is a good one by her
brentan comments on Aug 27, 2019:
Lovely! I had Hasten Down The Wind for years. Lots of passionate songs by Karla Bonoff, if I have her name right.
It's the best feeling!
brentan comments on Aug 27, 2019:
What is wrong with you, Bee? I'm sure a good analyst could sort that out!
Since many of us have done this poorly before
brentan comments on Aug 27, 2019:
I wanted to see if marriage could be compared to a fifth base in baseball but I didn't know how many bases there are. I looked it up and found out, of course, but in the meantime got a shock to see there is already an urban dictionary meaning for fifth base. That was a surprise!
Cameo - Word Up [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Aug 27, 2019:
That's a great song!
What did Marx mean by "religion is the opium of the people"?
brentan comments on Aug 27, 2019:
Religion was about fairness but it dealt with it over the span of two worlds, this one and the next. That's not much use to an atheist. The socialist/communist approach was a total perversion of fairness. Social democracy seems good to me in theory but it isn't working so well in a neoliberal economy.
meretricious adjective mer·​e·​tri·​cious | \ ˌmer-ə-ˈtri-shəs \ 1 : of or ...
brentan comments on Aug 27, 2019:
I thought it would mean deserving - oh well.
Are you wasting your time being here?
brentan comments on Aug 27, 2019:
We can get the context here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Open-Society-Enemies-Routledge-Classics/dp/0415610214/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2IUEDBOB70FRF=karl+popper+the+open+society+and+its+enemies=1566902866&s=gateway=karl+popper%2Caps%2C142&sr=8-1
As a child, I really enjoyed church, Sunday school, and Vacation Bible School--the dressing up, the ...
brentan comments on Aug 27, 2019:
I loved the gospel stories, the idea of a guy creating a revolution, turning all the traditional values upside-down in a peaceful way.
Going job hunting today, wish me luck!
brentan comments on Aug 27, 2019:
Are you sure you want to do this? Work sucks! Anyway, if your mind is set on it, the very best of luck!
Come on Jason! Get it together!
brentan comments on Aug 27, 2019:
Probably did Strategic Management in college.
Who wrote, "Time is the enly thing that doesn't change--it is always now"
brentan comments on Aug 27, 2019:
Was it Father Time?
Life is an Illusion, a Dream, a Bubble, a Shadow.
brentan comments on Aug 26, 2019:
He would have been useless in the fight against the Nazis! Seriously though, I wonder could an argument be made that those soldiers wasted their time?
The end...
brentan comments on Aug 26, 2019:
The end is dead. Long live the sequel.
It's not just me then?
brentan comments on Aug 26, 2019:
'One law for the lion and the ox is oppression'. - William Blake
No, I'm not presenting Paul as the chosen Beatle.
brentan comments on Aug 26, 2019:
Super! I feel the earth move.
. Live each day as if it were your Last Someday it will be.
brentan comments on Aug 26, 2019:
But, but, but..... that's the only day you'll be right!
Your perspective makes all the difference.
brentan comments on Aug 26, 2019:
A Reverend John Trusler employed the poet William Blake to illustrate one of his books but was unhappy with the work, calling it 'weird and of an exaggerated extravagance'. Blake writes back: I feel that a man may be happy in this world. And I know that this world is a world of imagination and vision. I see every thing I paint in this world, but everybody does not see alike. To the eyes of a miser, a guinea is far more beautiful than the Sun, and a bag worn with the use of money has more beautiful proportions than a vine filled with grapes. The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity, and by these, I shall not regulate my proportions; and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself. As a man is, so he sees. […] You certainly mistake, when you say that the visions of fancy are not to be found in this world. To me, this world is all one continued vision of fancy or imagination…
While reading the book "Stony the Road" , a book about Jim Crow, Reconstruction and Redemption, I ...
brentan comments on Aug 26, 2019:
I had only understood the idea of locus communis in terms of commonplace books, which I see as early forms of personal diaries. I looked at Wiki and apparently John Locke wrote a treatise about how to use these books "in which techniques for entering proverbs, quotations, ideas, speeches were formulated". I don't know anything about plantation literature but maybe you can say if it conforms to this idea.
"The only reliable love is one promised by choice rather than propelled by emotion".
brentan comments on Aug 26, 2019:
I'm thinking about it in terms of creating your own reality. I'm also thinking that Kant seems to be saying only God can do that and we lesser mortals just respond to stimuli. Maybe it's more natural, for want of a better word, for Christians to do that because they (the good ones) do their best to live in an alternative reality.
I got fired from my job at Home Depot. Why?
brentan comments on Aug 26, 2019:
'They'll take your soul if you let them Oh yeah, but don't you let them' Carole King's You've Got A Friend.
Don’t worry about getting old.
brentan comments on Aug 26, 2019:
Well said. I think a lot of old people give up on the world.
How do you determine who you follow here?
brentan comments on Aug 26, 2019:
I had to look at my profile to see who I follow. I picked people who I thought might be interesting and/or challenging. There are 5 people and it turns out that I haven't had an exchange with any of them for a long time.
Religion in a nutshell.
brentan comments on Aug 26, 2019:
It's sad that such a noble and sophisticated search for understanding has come down to this.
The Band Down South in New Orleans From the Last Waltz album [m.youtube.com]
brentan comments on Aug 26, 2019:
That rocks along very nicely! I love the results from fusing rock with other types of music.
We are supposed to not work on Sunday and give thanks to the Lord.
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
The Moody Blues take me back to the notion of the quintessential 1960s Sunday in England. I had no trouble relating to it in Ireland too. How they managed to express something so depressing in such an elegiac manner is, I guess, a measure of their great talent. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLgyGxBsL1U
Name that speech....
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
I must agree that the words of earlier leaders shine brightly compared to the Twitter comments of Trump but we must remember the horrors that accompanied such well-constructed rhetoric.
I know someone will be offended.
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
It's a celebration and I think it's expressed really well.
churchill, "when you're going through hell, keep going"
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
No good in peacetime and found his strength in war.
Thoughts about abortion
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
I'm pro choice. I'm so much in awe of life in the making that it makes me pro life too. When my wife gave birth, I thought I was watching the closest thing to a miracle I would ever see. Perhaps the miracle of childbirth needs to be balanced with the miracle of life already born and coping with the complexities of survival, dignity, mental health etc.
Connie Francis- Where The Boys Are [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
If I was that soldier.......
Seems she found a good spot...
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
I don't like Mondays. Relax, I'm unarmed.
Bachman Turner Overdrive - You Aint Seen Nothing Yet [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
That's a great song! I'm probably spoiling it by thinking about it too deeply but that's me.
Religious oopsie
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
It must be a Harry Clarke window: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/art-and-design/visual-art/scandalous-harry-clarke-window-goes-on-display-in-dublin-gallery-1.2135844
Religion vs science
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
I think the scientific method in the West started within the Church. If that's true, the scientific method had to develop in tandem with Church dogma. It's curious that the Crusades introduced so much thought from Muslim scholarship into European thought but I think that means two religions contributed so much to the development of science.
"It takes a long time to build a viable society when you start with sticks and stones".
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
I wonder what he was thinking. I'm thinking get food and cook it. Then maybe tell a story.
No surprise really...
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
I wondered about that and was afraid to say it because it seems so extreme. Like Trump, I would think Bolsonaro is more criminal than religious. But I guess crime and religion can use each other well these days. Well, not just these days, I guess they always did.
Today's word:
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
Are they the new Irish or the new Poles for WASPs to look down on?
Where are the MeToo cries of approbation at Epstein's death?
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
Maybe there's a lack of leadership and clear goals in the feminist movement these days. I must admit I don't really know where they're at.
Who is wiping who off the map?
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
I think this is one of those times when a picture doesn't paint a thousand words.
Anything becomes interesting if you look at it long enough. -Gustave Flaubert
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
My father would have called that 'a good complaint'.

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