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Banshee (N); An attractive female ghost who announces a death in the family by screaming moans and ...
brentan comments on May 16, 2019:
Oh, my lovely dead language! Ban: woman Sí: fairy It's usually translated as queen of the fairies.
Some people think that science has all the answers that matter, and that things that cannot be ...
brentan comments on May 16, 2019:
People need meaning in their lives. Religion used to provide it. Science doesn't do it. So now almost nobody is providing answers except for a few writers and intellectuals.
"We are stardust brought to life, then empowered by the universe to figure itself out - - and we ...
brentan comments on May 15, 2019:
That sounds very like god.
Poor Tigger!
brentan comments on May 15, 2019:
I'm not surprised. His father treated him very badly.
LOL.
brentan comments on May 15, 2019:
The gay community are a scapegoat to make Christians feel good about missing the mark.
A balding man went into a barber’s shop and asked how much it would be for a haircut.
brentan comments on May 15, 2019:
I get the zero skinhead cuts. He doesn't have to look, just cover ground.
If you're lucky enough.....
brentan comments on May 15, 2019:
Yes indeed! So many people die young.
How do you m ake time go faster?
brentan comments on May 15, 2019:
Music A walk Mindfulness
I have a read that pertains to such things.
brentan comments on May 15, 2019:
I think the gospel of love survived by changing early on to a gospel of power and oppression.
Fort for the gato.
brentan comments on May 15, 2019:
May the fort be with you!
Time to get out!
brentan comments on May 15, 2019:
Is your little brother's name Damien?
Need to run this past Snopes....seems legit.
brentan comments on May 15, 2019:
Less than the price of five café mocha ventis at Starbucks!
I keep myself out of arguments.🤗
brentan comments on May 15, 2019:
I'll say something if I'm feeling strong enough.
Since my husband died in February, I can see why believers are hooked on an afterlife where one is ...
brentan comments on May 15, 2019:
That's a very tough decision, a balance of truth and/or kindness. I hope you guys are coping well.
indite The verb indite, rarely used today, means "compose" or "put down in writing," like when ...
brentan comments on May 15, 2019:
I went looking for the word recently, spelling it indite, indight, tried the thesaurus too and then found it googling the word in different contexts. That was a very sneaky 'c'.
The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s ...
brentan comments on May 15, 2019:
So many family relationships are not like The Waltons.
To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the ...
brentan comments on May 15, 2019:
He probably never imagined that could be applied to the presidency.
Left these two in a box, ended up with a box full of baby carrots…
brentan comments on May 15, 2019:
So that's what happened to rabbits!
An oldie but goodie.
brentan comments on May 15, 2019:
That's cold, man.
[washingtonpost.
brentan comments on May 15, 2019:
While I'm happy that fairness and equality are good and proper things, I suspect an agenda to create a new society that will be quite the opposite of fair and equal.
Oops. Don't forget to pay your bill.
brentan comments on May 14, 2019:
We sign up for direct debit to get a small discount so we have to make sure the money is in the account when they draw on it.
Here is another utterly horrifying example of the erosion of state and church.
brentan comments on May 14, 2019:
I wouldn't be surprised if the congregation blamed his daughter.
True. True. Truth.
brentan comments on May 14, 2019:
They told me back in the 70s that the days of stigma were over. Not that I believed them.
RIDDLE ME THIS! why do we look up?
brentan comments on May 14, 2019:
Having our eyes in our head probably has an effect too. The Bible has a thing with north being good and south bad, as in coming up out of Egypt which was south and bad.
Causality argument is invalid because time is relative and stops in singularities.
brentan comments on May 14, 2019:
OK.
Quaintrelle
brentan comments on May 14, 2019:
It's not the leader of the Civil War renegades then.
The shame of it
brentan comments on May 14, 2019:
Jesus H!
...in my best Samual L. Jackson voice.
brentan comments on May 14, 2019:
Ezekiel for president!
After ten years enjoying the life of a retiree, I was asked to tutor -local library-for a group of ...
brentan comments on May 14, 2019:
I think we come at learning with enthusiasm and motivation and get to be out and about with people while we're at it.
No terrorist numerals
brentan comments on May 14, 2019:
They're too squiggly.
Happy belated mom day
brentan comments on May 14, 2019:
That's my mum.
Interesting shirt.
brentan comments on May 14, 2019:
And she looks like such a respectable young woman.
I LOOOOOVE me some Alexandria Cortez. ;0)
brentan comments on May 14, 2019:
Ocasionally.
The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.
brentan comments on May 14, 2019:
What did he mean?
Just wait till you try our endless alternative pleasure, you’re going to alternatively love it…
brentan comments on May 14, 2019:
The mind is its own place....
Don't do it...
brentan comments on May 14, 2019:
He's a gas man!
"The meek shall inherit the earth".
brentan comments on May 13, 2019:
There's a lot to be said for showing people there's a monster inside you. That way, you don't have to wake it so often. I took the route of meekness for many years as a Christian and it was astonishing how much hatred was born from that attitude. I shouldn't have been astonished because it was in the Bible that it was bound to happen. There is a natural animosity towards it. Maybe the Christ figure didn't care because he might have thought it was part of 'bringing the sword instead of peace'. But it's time now to accept there is no second coming and we need to look out for ourselves.
Don't know if this has been posted here, but....
brentan comments on May 13, 2019:
I think if I was born a dumb kid into an extremely wealthy family I would probably have learned to bullshit my way through life as best I could.
Innovative Notre-Dame Concept Balances Past and Present
brentan comments on May 13, 2019:
I must admit I would like them to use the best quality faux replacement materials for the destroyed parts of the cathedral rather than change the structure.
Oh yes, this says so much!
brentan comments on May 13, 2019:
Is it intuitive, counterintuitive or counter-intuitive?
“There is no Shakespeare, there is no Beethoven; certainly and emphatically there is no God; we ...
brentan comments on May 13, 2019:
The cheek! She dissed James Joyce's Finnegans Wake too.
Putin had a fall on a rug during a soccer game. So, Putin did Nazi the rug?
brentan comments on May 13, 2019:
This is what happens when you don't cure puns in their early stages.
Morning Fellow Hippies.
brentan comments on May 13, 2019:
Get back to work, hippies, your day ain't over yet!
Damn, hell hath no fury like Daenerys Targaryen scorned!
brentan comments on May 13, 2019:
She's turning out to be a bit of a bitch!
This gave me a good laugh this morning.
brentan comments on May 13, 2019:
.... or not.
Life lessons
brentan comments on May 13, 2019:
And don't forget the guy who taught children never to let the water run.
recently returned from there, and this is a bit of an understatement.
brentan comments on May 12, 2019:
Where does the tax money go?
The gay agenda?
brentan comments on May 12, 2019:
I think there is a gay agenda. I don't know how it works politically - probably through pressure put on social institutions to promote their aims and discourage dissent. I'm not aware of any particular gay lobby that petitions at government level, maybe its done at local level.
Several states, including Missouri, considering push for "bible literacy" classes
brentan comments on May 12, 2019:
If only it really was Bible literacy! A good study of the book would be a great help to get people out of the religious mindset.
Hate to kick a city, but...
brentan comments on May 12, 2019:
Maybe they're used like training bikes.
Not sure I want to know what it smells like
brentan comments on May 12, 2019:
For fuckers of distinction.
Just wondering what he meant: I am a deeply religious nonbeliever - this is a somewhat new kind of ...
brentan comments on May 12, 2019:
LOL. I exercise my atheism religiously.
Pedagogical Terrorism and Hope in the age of Fascist Politics
brentan comments on May 12, 2019:
What about the other side of the coin where minorities are used to bring about the end of a culture that has reached far further in terms of human progress than the world the minorities come from. And who, in funding and/or supporting this ideological stance, will gain from it?
The New Testament is just a sequel to the Old Testament, and the Quran is just a really bad spinoff...
brentan comments on May 12, 2019:
That sounds right. But not 'just a sequel', its impact has been enormous.
TEDTalks are so informative.
brentan comments on May 12, 2019:
They were great. And we had philosophers too, like Paulie Shore.
Revelations 12:7-9 (NRSV): And war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the ...
brentan comments on May 12, 2019:
Martin Luther didn't think it belonged in the Bible. I think it smacks too much of mythology. The curious thing about is that the Bible starts off with a changed interpretation of dragon (Tiamat, the dragon transformed as chaos) and then ends with another dragon, this time being the forces of evil.
Very dark.
brentan comments on May 12, 2019:
There's a market for it:
Alexander said, "I assure you I had rather excel others in the knowledge of what is excellent, than ...
brentan comments on May 12, 2019:
He might have meant it in the sense of arete but I can't help thinking arete for Alexander would include power and dominion.
“To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.
brentan comments on May 12, 2019:
Did he expand on that? Maybe he means it somewhat in the sense of Socrates' 'unexamined life'. I get the feeling he thinks life must be understood as being part of a continuum and not having that understanding is immature. But is he right or is it just his understanding of the meaning of life? And is Socrates right? I just don't know.
This is therapy.
brentan comments on May 12, 2019:
Yes. It's a great release valve for frustration.
Whoops too bad
brentan comments on May 12, 2019:
Faust gets a second chance.
What idiot called it a baby monitor and not just a listening device for crying out loud?
brentan comments on May 12, 2019:
Maybe it's about power/control. You can only do it with vulnerable people. Anyone else, you'll be arrested if you're caught.
Sounds pretty fulfilling to me.....
brentan comments on May 12, 2019:
Yes indeed, and time is short.
It’s far worse for critical thinkers, being better informed, more aware and able to spot it by the...
brentan comments on May 12, 2019:
Lying is for manipulating people who anchor reality in truth. Bullshit is to divert people's attention away from truth. This is what I think John Vervaeke is saying in one of his YT videos.
I'm not fat, I'm big boned
brentan comments on May 12, 2019:
Pot kettle black.
I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking. - Albert Einstein
brentan comments on May 12, 2019:
Yes indeed. Scientific knowledge begins with an act of faith.
Dear Karma, there is one you keep missing, (you know who) can you please ...
brentan comments on May 12, 2019:
"What goes around comes around." Maybe not an absolute truth but there is some truth in it.
I'm probably doing it now....
brentan comments on May 11, 2019:
A mortal sin!
There is no gold, but I would be happy to find this at the end of a rainbow.
brentan comments on May 11, 2019:
I think a leprechaun would be happy with that.
Atmosphere - Wild Wild Horses... if you like your hip hop literate [youtu.be]
brentan comments on May 11, 2019:
Darn uppity rappers. I bet they know what octagonal means too.
True, true...
brentan comments on May 11, 2019:
Be as specific and detailed as you can. Use any personal experience or knowledge you might have. No.
[youtu.
brentan comments on May 11, 2019:
I liked it. It looks good and the background music builds the atmosphere very well.
So true 😊
brentan comments on May 11, 2019:
One of them has a bite worse than his bark.
These would all be really good band names.
brentan comments on May 11, 2019:
I'll bet God never conceived the shit people get up to these days.
This was good to see.
brentan comments on May 11, 2019:
Vorsprung durch tecknik!
Oldest human dies at 146.
brentan comments on May 11, 2019:
I've lost everyone I love and I would be happy to live until I was 146 or older. All I would want is my health.
The art of the deal. Guess who's the better deal maker?
brentan comments on May 11, 2019:
He's the best at everything!
I think about this a lot, considering I work with kids.
brentan comments on May 11, 2019:
Too late and no ha-ha.
Let's be honest, rich or poor, powerful or weak, we all shit the same but how we cleaned up ...
brentan comments on May 11, 2019:
The sponge was a great idea. The communal aspect might have been good psychologically.
Eureka! Bacon!!
brentan comments on May 11, 2019:
No doubt.
Sad, but true
brentan comments on May 11, 2019:
I read recently that Trump lost a billion dollars over the last decade.
He's ______ Jim
brentan comments on May 11, 2019:
Thank goodness it's not Ellie May!
And books and coffee and an ashtray
brentan comments on May 11, 2019:
The cheek of single people sleeping in double beds!
Dicky D can troll with the best.....
brentan comments on May 11, 2019:
Silly Richard. Everybody will be 33 in heaven.
What a waste of a banana
brentan comments on May 11, 2019:
My ex used to make a lot of banana bread. I really miss it.
You know the feeling
brentan comments on May 11, 2019:
Yes, that's it. Very clever!
When your body gets tired, you move slower.
brentan comments on May 11, 2019:
It's amazing how the body affects the mind - rest, showering or relaxing baths, good food and exercise are some of the things that have a positive effect on the mind.
Discuss
brentan comments on May 10, 2019:
Hooray! Save the rhinos.
Want to read something hilarious?
brentan comments on May 10, 2019:
I'm all for the idea that the writers of the Bible lived around the 6th century BC and were going about solidifying a nation that was in danger of falling apart. Myth-making is part of the process of nationalising and I'm familiar with the myths of my country, Ireland, that were used to give a sense of unity and belonging to the relatively new nation. As for the usefulness of scripture for today's Christians, they read from the apostle Paul that 'all scripture is useful and beneficial for teaching' etc. That leaves them in the position of having to rationalise so much that isn't beneficial at all. Or simply adopt an a la carte approach to their faith such as believing that the prohibition against gay sex can be ignored because it was written in less enlightened times.
I've reposted this from the Sam Harris group.
brentan comments on May 10, 2019:
Sam Harris meets Eckart Tolle.
Brilliant!
brentan comments on May 10, 2019:
I would give him a coin but he needs to get a regular job.
Science, bitches!
brentan comments on May 10, 2019:
Another step forward for human progress.
Atheism is an eager presumption.
brentan comments on May 10, 2019:
It can come across as a new form of evangelism.
The funniest awards speech - ever - Spike Milligan [youtube.com]
brentan comments on May 10, 2019:
A hoot! Spike is the archetypal functioning nutcase! An eccentric, really.
footle 1 : to talk or act foolishly 2 : to waste time : trifle, fool
brentan comments on May 10, 2019:
Is it a coincidence or are you getting 'word of the day' in your e-mail?
For everyone else stuck in the minefield of sex pests and scammers that is "Dating as Trans.
brentan comments on May 10, 2019:
This reminds me of a scene in Pride and Prejudice where the parson made a serious faux-pas introducing himself to Darcy. Apparently, you were supposed to wait until a mutual friend introduced you. I don't think the meaning of this custom was explained but I think it must have to do with the person making the introduction vouching for the person being introduced. I'm pretty sure this was only a custom of the aristocracy but I don't know for certain.
What are your favorite things to read?
brentan comments on May 10, 2019:
I tend towards the religious, mythological and psychological in books and videos. I don't know what's essential. Time is short and making one choice is paying the opportunity cost of another. Socrates said the unexamined life is worthless but I'm not so sure that's true.
Saw this on Facebook today - good sentiment.
brentan comments on May 10, 2019:
That's a good one.
This is utterly ridiculous
brentan comments on May 10, 2019:
It's a moot point.
New Rule; Make the Religious pay taxes... [youtube.com]
brentan comments on May 10, 2019:
Most people think the taxman is evil. The religious would be sure he is Satan.

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