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While it might feel "Draconian", brutal, or possibly "Machiavellian", it's a pretty good solution to...
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
Genghis the Eco Warrior.
“I am a bit skeptical about what we call blessings. I believe the ultimate source of blessings is ...
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
It sounds good to me. It sure is nice to receive blessings (for want of a better word), especially when we are in need but the very best thing would be to be able to generate our own.
What would you call it? πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜•
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
Rural cool.
Simple advice... but powerful.
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
It's a powerful spirit.
It matters only✌❀
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
That sounds great but a bit puerile.
So if I have a bad hair day, I'll just put one of these bags over my head. [nytimes.com]
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
I've never used plastic bags since Tim Minchin told me to bring my canvas bags to the supermarket.
CPR anyone?
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
I guess IDK isn't worth much in that situation.
Just watched Bob Dylan Rolling Thunder Review on Netflix. Just simply amazing. History of the best ...
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
After Joni Mitchell, I say.
Accused Christchurch mosque shooter pleads NOT GUILTY to killing 51 people and trying to murder ...
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
That's your anger talking. It's justified, you bet, but can't get in the way of a justice system that replaces lynchings. If that door is opened up, heaven help us.
Do you think having a best friend is important?
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
I can't remember ever having a friend I could trust. I'm sure it must be a great thing psychologically so I hope it actually is a thing.
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
The cake makers have a conscience issue with dealing with homosexuality as if it were OK in their eyes. I think some gay people who have the chance to order from a baker who has no problem with it would rather try to force a Christian baker to go against their beliefs. This attitude is counter-productive for gay liberation because people can see the victims have now become the bullies.
Mosquito season is upon us
brentan comments on Jun 13, 2019:
Jesus wouldn't hurt a fly.....at least not til Judgment Day.
Would you?
brentan comments on Jun 13, 2019:
You'd have to be mad to kill a cow that can talk.
And it looks like the right one...
brentan comments on Jun 13, 2019:
I can relate to that after a tough day.
A little political and economics lesson
brentan comments on Jun 13, 2019:
A bit of balance is nice. We have a socialist element in our democracy that is good. We could use some more of it because the hospital situation and the homeless problem are really bad.
One way to find out if you’re old.
brentan comments on Jun 13, 2019:
I would hate to invade anyone's private space when they are in trouble.
Something like that.
brentan comments on Jun 13, 2019:
Jordan Peterson's 'clean up your room' comes to mind.
Lucky indeed
brentan comments on Jun 12, 2019:
It's true. Sex is fine but you can't beat the real thing.
😍 Nice and true.
brentan comments on Jun 12, 2019:
Nice but not true.
Yeah, I stole it but you know it is funny 🀣🀣🀣
brentan comments on Jun 12, 2019:
A man wood never make a joke about his wooden genitalia. Woody?
Is this a Dogerpillar or a DogLimo?
brentan comments on Jun 12, 2019:
Experiments on animals are a disgrace.
What is the main difference between Social Democracy and Social Liberalism?
brentan comments on Jun 12, 2019:
I never heard of the latter. I'll look it up.
As an agnostic I feel bad about telling religious types that there is no God, seeing their reaction,...
brentan comments on Jun 12, 2019:
I wouldn't tell people there is no god. I just think there is no evidence. We could be wrong. A lot of people believe the universe itself is evidence of a god on the basis of the apostle Paul's verse about 'every house is built by someone', so they say this universe must have had a creator. I have a feeling that if and when we get to know the reality of our universe, we will look on past beliefs, both agnostic and religious, as very childish.
Raises hand “Do you swear?”
brentan comments on Jun 12, 2019:
So honest there's no need for a Bible.
Donald Trump said today. "I like people who are weak mentally." He certainly does like people who ...
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
Did he say why?
I just found out that my oldest son's wife left him. Took the girls, moved out. I assume it was ...
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
Yes, it makes sense but it still a sad thing all round.
I think I have finally discovered what my aversion to math is.
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
Thank goodness for non-Euclidian geometry! No, that didn't help at all.
A British comic on religion. Hilarious. [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
Jimmy's a bad egg.
A most beautiful melody : NIGHT OF BEIJING. Best for relax and calm... [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
I blame Riverdance.
When everything reminds you of a song...
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
Let us all strut in our own way.
Islamophobia Refuted:: [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
I despair for the language. It's being turned inside out. Phobia of Islam means fear of Islam. The fear is that they will become a victim of Islam. Now the meaning of the word is changed to hate of Islam and the Muslims are the supposed victims. I think the Greek word for hate is something like 'apexthia' and it doesn't seem too much to ask that hatred of Islam be called Islamapexthia. I think the Muslims got the idea of twisting the concept of fear into hatred from the Jews but I'm not sure.
I would take my car here! lol
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
Discipline has its rewards. Car wash employee. No. That's not a reward.
Its a choice...
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
All or nothing, I think.
Jon Stewart 911 - Hard to watch... [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
John must be a communist.
Nothing to serious anyways!
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
Good luck with that! Fuck with biology and it will fuck you back.
Here's a great reason to smile today. Did you see one? [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
I didn't and that's not like me. I'm in a kind of funk so maybe this bit of funky music will help.
Just try it...
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
It's a mad idea that just might keep us sane.
As individuals, we store very little detailed information about the world in our heads. In that ...
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
This is interesting. I would like to know where this idea came from. I would go further by saying that the collective mind is not even located in human brains but out there in the 'ether'. Rupert Sheldrake teaches that the individual's mind resides in morphic fields located on the super-natural plane. That would make collective consciousness the amalgamation of those fields. This is not to take away the processing power of the mind which he says draws our thoughts into the brain to real-ise them, something like a computer operating system drawing data into RAM to be worked on and then returned in its modified form to the morphic field. This harmonises in one way (processing) with Iain McGilchrist's teaching of how the left brain analyses data from the right brain, modifies the content and (ideally) returns the new data to the right brain.
Nothing...
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
I love Tolle. He really can help people find peace, I think. I'm never sure about these generalisations, though, knowing many people are so damaged they can never be their old selves again. To be fair, he might not mean being cured at all and is just talking about being present as you are now.
What are YOUR doomsday fears??
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
That was an interesting way of putting it: 'The limbic system of the brain versus the frontal cortex'. Curiously, I've heard several good thinkers claim that the frontal cortex is the problem rather than the solution.
[diversityinc.com] Abortion bans threatens the health, independence and economic stability of ...
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
These corporation want to be the new priests, a new breed of moral guardians.
Congratulations Kynlei for making it to level 8!
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
Scout's honour.
I'm really depressed. I have had a pain in the left side of my head about a year. The VA is so ...
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
I'm sorry to hear that. It's a shame when the bureaucracy of a health service is detrimental to your health.
“I may not be a first-rate composer, but I am a first-class second-rate composer.” –Richard ...
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
Good for him I believe he did very well.
How a message of acceptance from rural Oklahoma touched people around the world - CNN
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
It's the new version of The Farmer and the Cowboy Should Be Friends. Seriously, though, that's good to see.
How about a little humor?
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
Numbers for the beat generation's descendants.
Agnostics??
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
I am agnostic. I'm sure that the old Jehovah God is untrue but maybe there is truth in the Eastern ideas about God.
This Southern Baptist Convention church uses a membership agreement that forbids members from suing ...
brentan comments on Jun 10, 2019:
I hope the legal rights of children can cut right through that strategy.
Sorry for not being a funny meme. It is a good thought.
brentan comments on Jun 10, 2019:
I'm guessing that the morality condemning abortion came in early times from the importance of the survival of the group. So we'd call it a social responsibility these days if the survival of society was at stake. It isn't, of course, except in economic terms where not enough taxpayers are being created to pay for the needs of the elderly, social welfare and other public expenses. The problem in Europe is being solved by bringing in people delighted to work in more prosperous countries and still have the custom of raising large families. Everyone's a winner except perhaps those who never got to experience life.
Young Americans by David Bowie
brentan comments on Jun 10, 2019:
You need to insert it with Add Source, if I remember right.
I am in no way a gangster but who enjoys gangster rap?
brentan comments on Jun 10, 2019:
The Roots' album Undun is a great anti-gansta concept album.
Here's Hozier doing a pop-up Take Me To Church. Even his imprompt-tos are amazing. [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Jun 10, 2019:
A heady mix of religion and BDSM.
I will post two songs by Mexican Treasure.... Alberto Cortez.... one his own composition and the ...
brentan comments on Jun 10, 2019:
I really enjoy songs in Spanish that talk about life and not just the usual love theme.
Bucket listπŸ˜‚
brentan comments on Jun 10, 2019:
'We should not despise the day of small beginnings'.
To Poo-Poo /To pooh Pooh military slang to casually dismiss or to ignore as unimportant ...
brentan comments on Jun 10, 2019:
I wonder could it have come from a more crude 'shit on the idea'.
For me this is true I have no filter and I've always been real if you don't like it oh well
brentan comments on Jun 9, 2019:
Darn autism! Kick their insensitive asses!
Exactly! (I know I see myself)
brentan comments on Jun 9, 2019:
I need a pet.
At what point, if any, does a human being quit having the right to live? Feel free to apply any ...
brentan comments on Jun 9, 2019:
There's probably a difference between moral and legal in this respect. I can easily relate to the legal side of it on terms of 'a life is worth a life' but the moral side is probably more complicated. I understand that there was no difference in the Mosaic law but that changed very quickly to accept less 'equal' punishments for murder. Was this morality over law? It might be no coincidence that at the same time the Bible was being written, the Greeks were also modifying their tit-for-tit approach to murder by placing the law into the hands of the state instead of the murdered person's relatives. The result was the same: the number of deaths went down. Are these signs that the right to live often trumped basic justice?
Be nice to people? I don't understand.
brentan comments on Jun 9, 2019:
I guess the crime is something like 'accessory to illegal immigration'. On a humanitarian level, it's the right thing to do. What would you do? What would I do?
But muh traditional values
brentan comments on Jun 9, 2019:
Oh ffs. The boy won't procreate.
I am less than 3 wieners. 🌈
brentan comments on Jun 9, 2019:
< than 1 even but 2 nice tits.
I have been house/dog/cat sitting again this week end. Nice animals and nice house only just up the...
brentan comments on Jun 9, 2019:
I wouldn't mind at all, being useful and feeling connected to what's going on.
Ah Sunsets!
brentan comments on Jun 9, 2019:
I was just getting all spiritual when I saw the dog taking a dump. But it's real so that's a plus.
Do Muslims Have Physical Rituals Like Catholics?
brentan comments on Jun 9, 2019:
Outward show is important. We would be publicly reprimanded if we didn't do the sign of the cross passing the church when I was a boy. In the 7th century, Muslims really needed to know who was on their side. Not much as changed as secularists today are all expected to make the same noises in public. The zealots demand it and the sheep obey.
[facebook.com] Hard to belive that this is the way math is taught. Common core method is not only...
brentan comments on Jun 9, 2019:
That was very sad.
[lgbtqnation.com] Straight man's pickup truck goes viral supporting Pride Month in rural ...
brentan comments on Jun 9, 2019:
I wonder will he end up with a dead cat nailed to his front door.
Just curious. Who would not have joined this forum if it was called atheist.com?
brentan comments on Jun 9, 2019:
I would have joined and tested the water. Hell, I even joined the Conservative Atheist group. P.S. They have treated me very well.
[youtu.be] LGBTQ Muslims. A little video for some food for thought. I would like to hear ...
brentan comments on Jun 9, 2019:
I was thinking about how religion can make blanket judgments but the followers don't necessarily go along with the letter of the law and bring their personal opinions to bear on these issues. Moderates are good people, I think, but bad followers.
Like cabages.
brentan comments on Jun 9, 2019:
Now I feel lousy too!
I definitely feel this way when I am out and about.
brentan comments on Jun 9, 2019:
Oh, that bitter betel plant! Have a beer, Michael!
Greensky Bluegrass and their magical fog machine perform Into the Mystic [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Jun 9, 2019:
I really enjoyed that laid back version of the song and the nod to 'it's too late to stop now' at the end.
Aha...aha...ahahahahaha
brentan comments on Jun 9, 2019:
Or nature demonstrating how creatures take care of each other's needs.
Somebody kidnapped Homer and Marge!
brentan comments on Jun 9, 2019:
Dexter strikes again!
So. If someone decides that they are against the 'Gay' Liberation movement why are they not allowed ...
brentan comments on Jun 9, 2019:
You gotta go with the progressive flow. Or be very cautious in your speech. There's a new breed of zealot out there.
Point being?
brentan comments on Jun 9, 2019:
A dot.
The difference between a religion and a cult is the number of followers. [m.ranker.com]
brentan comments on Jun 9, 2019:
I recognise you, Tim Minchin. You've shamed yourself!
Step right up my little window licker.
brentan comments on Jun 9, 2019:
When you'll be happy enough with a human being.
Doesn't make sense to me either, but I do enjoy it
brentan comments on Jun 9, 2019:
The outdoors is great in small doses.
Out of town with my little girl. Not wholly a camping trip, but we are having fun. It was a 4 ...
brentan comments on Jun 9, 2019:
Glad you're enjoying yourselves. My cynical children assured me camping was child abuse.
When we use evolutionary psychology to understand human behavior there are above all two common ...
brentan comments on Jun 9, 2019:
That sounds right to me. I think men and women are not equal and nature is not necessarily good. I wonder what evolutionary psychology proposes as the right way of thinking about morality and nature. That's probably still in the development stage.
Un-F'in-believable, Trump attempts to silence climate science because he does not agree with it ...
brentan comments on Jun 9, 2019:
"I know climate change. Nobody knows climate change better than me."
I'm not going to say it, I'm not going to say it...
brentan comments on Jun 9, 2019:
That should create a Buzz.
God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance that's getting smaller and smaller and ...
brentan comments on Jun 9, 2019:
I have a feeling God will be resurrected again in some form or other.
As an atheist and raising my sons as such I found the philosophy Stoicism a fantastic alternative to...
brentan comments on Jun 9, 2019:
I really don't know much about it. I try to take the rough with the smooth as best I can - that's about it.
A single parent, I was planning to marry an Air Force captain, and we wondered how my two children ...
brentan comments on Jun 8, 2019:
"You're in the Army now!"
Forced.
brentan comments on Jun 8, 2019:
Give him time and he'll be talking about 5-year-old girls on bikes.
People Who Read A Lot of Books Are Way Nicer, Kinder and Empathetic
brentan comments on Jun 8, 2019:
I guess being sociable and being nice are not the same thing. But I knew that, I think. I hope.
Looks to be some kind of menu....
brentan comments on Jun 8, 2019:
Everything on the menu is a Happy Meal.
Almost every week
brentan comments on Jun 8, 2019:
'Be a loyal plastic robot for a world that doesn't care'. - Frank Zappa.
On holiday in Killarney...but I haven’t forgotten my A-friends.
brentan comments on Jun 8, 2019:
We're a classy people.
Were's the evidence?
brentan comments on Jun 8, 2019:
There was a time when people had the decency to see visions in a cave. Good honest folk like Bernadette Subirous and Mohammad. Seeing Jesus in toast is the height of vulgarity.
Lgbttqqiaap? They could not stop at 4 or 5 letters?
brentan comments on Jun 8, 2019:
It wasn't inclusive enough.
The problem in the world is relatively simple. “We do not have a common goal to strive for.” ...
brentan comments on Jun 8, 2019:
I'm told Martin Luther brought a sense of individual accountancy into the Western world. It started as an individual's relationship to God, so different to the Roman Catholic hierarchical institution. Apparently, noone ever knew if they were saved or not in this new understanding of faith because there was no hierarchy that could justify confirming it so Protestants began to look for evidence of being blessed in their material prosperity. This led to the Protestant work ethic which led to capitalism. That individuality has expanded through capitalism to give us a world of people lost in themselves.
Rabbi Bans Females From Riding Bikes Because It’s ‘Provocative’ | Michael Stone
brentan comments on Jun 8, 2019:
The Rabbi doth protest too much.
Its Saturday and I'm kinda bored
brentan comments on Jun 8, 2019:
Yes, it's showing. Not a criticism, though.
If your mind is dirty enough...
brentan comments on Jun 8, 2019:
I'm not sure I could have sex on my own anymore.
Did you know about the first openly gay man to be on television?
brentan comments on Jun 8, 2019:
Another brave person moving the world toward a fairer place. I hope the excesses of the extreme left don't ruin everything.
Pastor Credibly Accused of Using Oral Sex to Exorcise Men’s “Evil Spirits” | David Gee | ...
brentan comments on Jun 8, 2019:
William Blake's 'Encounter with Los as Spiritual Sun':
In memory of Matthew Sheppard in Pride Month.
brentan comments on Jun 8, 2019:
Yes indded. You just need to be human.
This raindrop is about as positive as I can get - I hope everyone finds a little ❀ today.
brentan comments on Jun 8, 2019:
Maybe I should have gone for a walk.

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