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Is death something to be scared of?
brentan comments on Oct 30, 2018:
I'm a bit miffed about permanent death too. That was a nice feature of religion.
So what is it that these people have in common? You would think there would be a common thread but ...
brentan comments on Oct 30, 2018:
Were they all categorised as mentally ill?
Trump deploys military to confront “immigrant invasion” - World Socialist Web Site
brentan comments on Oct 30, 2018:
I think Trump is shooting himself in the foot in this situation. How many people can you arrest, or heaven forbid, shoot? The article claims he is using this to further incite fear and the us-and-them-mentality. I'm not sure how long voting goes on for. I believe it started today but is it a one-day affair or continue for a few days. If it's the latter, maybe he take whatever extra votes he can scare up from this situation and then take a light touch when the immigrants arrive.
Rest in Peace.
brentan comments on Oct 30, 2018:
Yes indeed. What a stupid, low-down, cowardly, ignorant, empty-spirited thing to do.
[aish.com] Remembering the 11 Victims of the Pittburgh Massacre-Real Americans - Real Lives
brentan comments on Oct 30, 2018:
The silence is speaking. RIP, poor innocent people.
[nypost.com] I feel bad for the woman.
brentan comments on Oct 30, 2018:
The judge wants to manifest social repulsion for what she did after killing him. I would bet she won't serve much of the sentence.
So so misunderstood. Support groups are part of the healing process.
brentan comments on Oct 30, 2018:
The problem is that mentally ill people are such a drag!
PROFLIGATE. - Adjective....1) recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources. Synonyms;...
brentan comments on Oct 30, 2018:
I've read a little bit about the new film Peterloo and that word probably describes Tim McInnerny's portrayal of the Crown Prince very well.
I couldn't resist this one
brentan comments on Oct 30, 2018:
Oh, that's harsh!
My contribution today is not so much an unusual word as it is a usage note. The word cynic or ...
brentan comments on Oct 30, 2018:
I came across this in Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene. The focus there was on the possibility of morals without religion. Dawkins believes that the source of morality was transactional, reciprocal so to speak. Reciprocity was approved because it held out better chance of survival for a tribe than just one person. It was as if an act of goodness was an investment in the future that allowed two people or more to survive their individual calamities. Then this was conceptualised as a moral good and put in a code with other useful ideas.
Spud whacker
brentan comments on Oct 30, 2018:
That's a gnarly knob.
Haha, they fooled me!
brentan comments on Oct 30, 2018:
Yeah, I guess.
There's a few quotes I live by: Every man is my better in that I might learn from him. - Abraham ...
brentan comments on Oct 30, 2018:
I blame over-population. People have lost their utility value.
THE ZOMBIES! [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Oct 30, 2018:
Great song! I think I heard Santana's version first so that's my favourite.
You are your only hindrance
brentan comments on Oct 30, 2018:
.... and then fall.
EU Court Upholds Prosecution Of Woman For Comparing Muhammad's Marriage To A Six-Year-Old Girl To ...
brentan comments on Oct 30, 2018:
It's not paedophelia as we understand it. It's a primitive custom that prevailed in many places through history and relatively recent examples of it can be found in America up to the 1930s. Nonetheless, the freedom to express an opinion (no matter whether it's right or wrong) in public is at stake here. The court, if I understand correctly (I haven't read this article, I watched Gad Saad's YouTube video) wanted to balance freedom with hurt feelings. Gaad was incensed at the attack on freedom of speech and I wondered if the principle was really the only thing that mattered.
Hello. Brand new here. Hoping to find some like minded people to talk to. :)
brentan comments on Oct 30, 2018:
Welcome aboard. You will meet like-minded people but other people will give you a chance to defend your opinions and listen to theirs and that's a good thing too.
Have we substituted religious activities and believes to political polarization? Intriguing how the...
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
Yes, you're definitely on to something there. The other side is evil. Nothing the other side has to say could have merit. Excommunicate them from the discussion etc.
Contradictions in the Bible? CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! - BionicDance [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
Sometimes you need to put yourself in the mindset of the person writing the story. It might still be stupid but maybe not contradictory.
Wisdom is more precious than rubies.
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
I wonder. I think wisdom hurts. That's not the same thing though, I guess.
What makes a human being valuable?
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
The old idea was that every human was made in the image of God so that every person has a huge intrinsic value. We still have the law to carry through on this notion to some extent by protecting the rights of the human even to the detriment of justice. What makes a human valuable in the modern world? I think it is fair to say it is only the value of an asset - human resources, we might say. And most of us, sadly, are assets of little value. Even university students are ten-a-penny. I think society has reverted to the more crude expression of the survival of the fittest. Secular humanism doesn't seem to have caught up with the change in order to offer a viable substitute value system, or at least one that that society cares about. I think that what makes a human valuable now will be the value that human places on him/herself and enforces it despite the odds.
Hi. Real new here. Sometimes chatty, sometimes not.
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
You'll fit in fine. Welcome to the forum!
Was the evangelical Christian in the red shirt banned?
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
I didn't want him blocked. The place might turn into an echo chamber (God forbid and yeah I said it). But I'd like a conversation, not just these inane one-liner clickbaits.
SANCTIMONIOUS: sanc-ti-mo-ni-ous. ADJECTIVE. Making a show of being morally superior to other ...
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
It makes me think of hand-wringing Anglicans.
I'm sure that we all agree with this:
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
Oh, you silly, ignorant folk. Money is what will save America and if you can just be patient and let rich folk increase their wealth a little more, it's gonna trickle down through your fingers like the proverbial manna from heaven. You gotta have faith. Don't think about the middle-class anymore; that's gone with the dinosaurs. They weren't much use to society with all their holy-god values and no money. Didn't you read about the Good Samaritan? He could help the poor because he was rich. And what will help the rich keep that money the poor so badly need? Guns, guns and more guns. And a bit more faith in money. What's education gonna do for you except turn your sons into faggots! Equality, ditto! Like we didn't believe in evolution. So stop all this mamby-pamby 'we need to vote' nonsense and stay home on Tuesday. Heck, stay home every day. That money's coming up as sure as sores on Stormy's vagina, you wait.
My sister played on a collegiate soccer team that used this motto. I find it to ring quite true, ...
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
I think of it as a way of expressing how skill is now replaced by bluster and blagging.
My Halloween Parties Suck
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
We gotta fight, for the right, to party!
The first step of Freedom is the realization that everything is open to question. Do you agree?
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
I think yes to freedom of thought and the freedom of speech that allows people to engage in discussions so as to be able to think better. Where action is concerned, I agree with the religious thinkers who feel freedom is the ability to chose what is right and do it.
Just really wanted to say how much I enjoy this site. Whomever got it goin ....I say bravo!
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
Now this sort of positivity, never mind a sense of gratitude, has got to stop!
hay guys... yall can't have'r... she's MINE!!! lol.. these idiots should learn what 'agnostic' ...
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
You're so lucky. Carol seems such a lovely person and you're complaining just because she has a religion. My god, man, she's a woman! We'd give our back-teeth for a woman. Start learning Bible verses before it's too late. You'll never regret it.
"She Wolf" Shakira. [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
The state of undress seems to be in proportion to the quality of the song.
Me and religion
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
No, no, no. You must become a humanist right away and adopt secular humanist values.
Really....i am.
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
...and there is a lot of them.
And that is the dangerous part about us
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
It's not really our fault. Well, maybe it is. We've lost our power. The way society constructs itself takes power away from most people.When 'experts' talk about our power, I think they usually treat the person as distinct from the citizen. But I also concede that society and its hierarchy has value. And I think that society and hierarchy must continue for human life to continue. So I'm going to conclude that maybe we should understand society as a necessary form of reality and our independent reality as another. Two realities? I'm not sure.
Today in gun stupid America. Praise the NRA. [yahoo.com]
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
Jesus wept......well, you know what I mean.
Does anyone watch the British TV show QI? It's a great place to learn new words. A comedy panel ...
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
Being interesting, that's quite an asset. It reminds me of the word raconteur that might go into the other section. The man I most think of as a wonderful raconteur was Peter Ustinov.
I appreciate good alliteration. [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
Wonderful music. Crosby made me laugh when he told the audience " Steve writes the heavy rock, Graham writes the anthems and I write the weird stuff!"
Childhood photo challenge: Post a favorite childhood photo. Here's mine. I'm the littlest one ...
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
This is me in the school play. I was one of the seven dwarves.
From the first episode of the Big Bang Theory: Leonard: At least I didn't have to invent 26 ...
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
I remember when fermiones created the smell that attracted women to us.
Time for change
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
Darn Philistine!
Just finished 2 more on the Glenda series ,been getting a lot of feed back on the Glenda. tell me ...
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
That's weird and wonderful. Is that a big dick under her chin in the first picture?
Underneath it all, we are all the same. Hate is illogical and only the weakest minded individuals ...
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
I wouldn’t say it’s illogical. I think it’s related to fear, which is a great protector from possible threat. Hate is the thinking that keeps us permanently away from threats that have been realised. The trouble is, consciousness has developed into such complexity by now that hate can be created and manipulated for devious reasons.
Why is it that whenever I get lonely, my ex (that I left for good reasons) sends me an "I miss you" ...
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
It's probably because deep down at the level of the genes, you are crying out to each other.
Best quote on facebook in awhile: "If you need an armed guard to practice freedom of religion, you ...
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
Never thought of that - good one!
Let's start taking back our country:
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
There were no good guys to vote for, after they took Bernie out of the race.
PERNICIOUS: per-ni-cious. ADJECTIVE. Having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle ...
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
Tr...............Iago, the villain in Othello.
Prelapsarian (adjective) occurring before the Fall of man; related to innocent or carefree ...
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
That's when sex wasn't sinful, but if it isn't sinful, was it any good?
Nancy Wilson - The Last Dinosaur [youtu.be] For all you who loved dinosaurs since childhood.
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
Tr.......no.
A Strong Woman.......
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
I think it's like if you are strong you have a good chance of going the distance but if you trip over something on the way and break a leg, then you'll need another type of strength.
A good referee notices everything!
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
But, but, .....butt!
HELP! I need somebody. [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
Here I am, just turned 64 like the other song, and needing help like in this song. Who'd have ever thunk it when they first heard these songs!
Yes - Masquerade [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
Wow - my favourite band! Howe's he do it?
"White men occupy the highest positions in the race and gender hierarchy.Thus, they have the power ...
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
I don't think it's about being white or male anymore - I think it's just about power and its abuses.
I believe I have found a simple method for defeating negative emotions, thoughts, self harmful ...
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
I remember logotherapy in relation to his book. I'm not sure what's going on here, though. Is it just the idea of confronting your fears to get rid of them?
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. H. G. Wells
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
I suspect that education has taught us more reasons to hate each other than understand each other.
When that moment arises! ?
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
"Thank you, Bill", says Monica, "it's an honour, sir!"
Do you think generally speaking that Atheists have/developed thicker skin? I know mine is pretty ...
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
I don't think so in my situation but nobody is getting on my case over atheism. I think years on social media has toughened my skin because very few punches are pulled in this media.
Strictly speaking this is not a Traditional song, but it certainly has become part of the Folksong ...
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
It seems like I have had that album forever, first on vinyl and now CD. It doesn't get old. I always thought the lyrics on City Lights were especially perceptive
Why to love Why to burn In sweetness of the pain Why to wait And freeze in snow and rain ...
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
Well now, it's a downer but well-crafted.
It’s looking pretty Autumnal this morning and for some reason this piece of music sprang to mind....
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
A veritable whirlwind of music!
Hello everyone! I'm Ian and I might not dislike you!
brentan comments on Oct 29, 2018:
Give it time, Ian. Welcome aboard!
The needs of a rapacious ego.
brentan comments on Oct 28, 2018:
I thought maybe it was a way to lance a boil.
You may disagree, but I'm in full agreement.
brentan comments on Oct 28, 2018:
Yes, it's true but it doesn't give the context of why the people look likely to vote for him.
I am not from Pittsburgh or Jew but...
brentan comments on Oct 28, 2018:
I don't know for sure if the anger against Jews nowadays is because of their callous disregard for the lives of Palestinians or are we still dealing with the traditional view that the Jews own all the banks and have a plan to take over the world..
When that moment arises! ?
brentan comments on Oct 28, 2018:
Isn't he an arrogant dick!
When life gets you down...
brentan comments on Oct 28, 2018:
Ha! Wouldn't that be great?
Some days I aspire to nothing more than becoming -- [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Oct 28, 2018:
Now that is a serious classic. The lyrics are awesome!
1975 [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Oct 28, 2018:
Wonderful song. A kind tribute to Barrett.
INVITATION to join CLASSIC ROCK RULES! Music defines the times. Nowhere can that be more true ...
brentan comments on Oct 28, 2018:
I liked some of their songs but I didn't think they were very good live.
"A concept: the immaculate conception but it’s Satan’s child and all the prolifers have to ...
brentan comments on Oct 28, 2018:
Let him live. He'll turn against his father in his teenage years.
Women Are Strong. Need To Change How World Perceives That Strength
brentan comments on Oct 28, 2018:
i think feminism should be about fairness.
Strong Women Never Give Up
brentan comments on Oct 28, 2018:
... and nobody, ever ever ends up in a mental hospital unless they're weak.
A word for our time. Apoplectic ap·o·plec·tic /ˌapəˈplektik/Submit adjectiveINFORMAL ...
brentan comments on Oct 28, 2018:
Oh my heart!
Though I am an atheist, I am a Jew by birth and by ...
brentan comments on Oct 28, 2018:
The problem is how to work against something. The Antifa method is the current choice. The MLK/Ghandi method is probably more effective unless the world has changed so much that this method is not viable any more. My guess is it's still the most effective option, but in fairness, it wouldn't be me putting my life on the line.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE ?????
brentan comments on Oct 28, 2018:
Love is lovely, let it flow.
I’d like to read the prequel to the bible where Jehovah created a male tyrannosaur, just so I can ...
brentan comments on Oct 28, 2018:
The closest we get to that is probably the older myth about the Leviathan, the primeval chaos personified as a female monster.
If you generalize when you are talking about people your exception can easily be one hundred ...
brentan comments on Oct 28, 2018:
Lol.
Scarborough Fair. - Simon and Garfunkel. This is a very recent version of a very old song. It ...
brentan comments on Oct 28, 2018:
Lovely song. Their harmony is a joy.
The cult of MAGA
brentan comments on Oct 28, 2018:
More likely they are killing because they hate people who think different. That can be catching.
partygoals
brentan comments on Oct 28, 2018:
Holding up well!
SALUBRIOUS. - Adjective.....health giving, healthy, beneficial, wholesome; (of a place) pleasant, ...
brentan comments on Oct 28, 2018:
It seems that the word carries that idea that money and good health are connected. I believe it anyway.
True happiness consist not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice......Benjamin ...
brentan comments on Oct 28, 2018:
I'd settle for a bad friend these days. No, I'm getting forgetful, I wouldn't.
Massive Attack - Paradise Circus - YouTube
brentan comments on Oct 27, 2018:
Gosh Ken, if that played in my head when I was walking, I would catch a bus!
Hobo Johnson - Peach Scone [youtu.be] This is the rawest, most vulnerable band I've heard in a ...
brentan comments on Oct 27, 2018:
I wouldn't call it music but it's a very enjoyable monologue to a musical accompaniment.
Made this one myself!
brentan comments on Oct 27, 2018:
Again?
Major Study Finds The US Is An Oligarchy
brentan comments on Oct 27, 2018:
What, isn't that the step before fascism?
So how do we all feel about "sacred" music? I quite like Gregorian Chant, for example; I find it ...
brentan comments on Oct 27, 2018:
I like sacred music because it is aspirational.
I am so angry! Angry because it's sad that people take for granted the things that other people in ...
brentan comments on Oct 27, 2018:
Oh, you cranky old dudes!
Do you celebrate Christmas as a family social gathering without God?
brentan comments on Oct 27, 2018:
I think it is a pagan festival. I like to think of pagan as human. Maybe it isn't always but needing something to brighten up wintertime definitely is human.
Complacency, not despair, is our enemy. -GuyKeith 2018
brentan comments on Oct 27, 2018:
Ffs, Keith!
Yesterday's garage sale trail resulted in my acquiring a copy of the 1989 Naxos Vivaldi 4 Seasons ...
brentan comments on Oct 27, 2018:
Yes, that is sweet!
What is going to happen after the midterm elections when the Dems take the house and senate?
brentan comments on Oct 27, 2018:
And what about the frustration of half the population if they don't? The main driving force seems to be the metoo movement but I'm not certain that is enough to win. Perhaps there is an undercurrent eager for change that is not being shown in the media but who knows! One side has to lose and how will they deal with it?
Flower still blooming
brentan comments on Oct 27, 2018:
Ah, life is the desert!
Voting. Glorious this small act . I wanted to vote again and again. As candidates approached me I ...
brentan comments on Oct 27, 2018:
There was a huge public perception that Hilary Clinton was a crook. OK, so they got a new crook but Democrats have got nothing to be self-righteous about.
Pence Gets Us to Pray for Temples and Churches But No Word of Mosques -WTF!!!!
brentan comments on Oct 27, 2018:
Gotta get that 3rd temple built in Jerusalem so Jesus can come back.
Given the hostility of the Christian Right, one has to wonder what exactly they believe. I have a ...
brentan comments on Oct 27, 2018:
I think the worst early Christians might have been accused of was passive-aggression. But Christian behaviour changed with the Emperor Constantine and has been quite murderous in proportion to its political power. I think you're quite right about Jesus being crucified by these people.
I am just heartbroken about the news from Pittsburgh. We’re not permitted to forget that we are ...
brentan comments on Oct 27, 2018:
I'm not sure that statistics of atrocities support the notion that Trump incites more violence than others, but it is early days yet.
Anyone had any luck meeting or interacting with people on this site? Any friendships made? Been on ...
brentan comments on Oct 27, 2018:
I think you can do well interacting if you subscribe to a particular way of thinking, in other words, be part of a group think. I don't really like that because I think you end up unwilling to criticise any notion that any member of the group might come up with.
If an omnipresent god existed it would be an atheist because it would have nothing to defer to. ...
brentan comments on Oct 27, 2018:
The only way I can think one god might defer to another god is in Kabbalah, where the Jehovah god is a limited expression of the main god Ein Sof.
If you knew you only had a year to live, how would you live your life differently than you are now?
brentan comments on Oct 27, 2018:
I would smoke cigars, especially when drinking alcohol.

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