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How to realistically put into practice socialism . [catalyst-journal.com]
brentan comments on Jan 30, 2019:
They want to try that again?? !! Risk another few hundred million lives? Socialism was a quite lengthy experiment. Decades of using it didn't iron out the severe problems with the concept, like thepoor quality of product and services and the lack of innovation.
Alan Watts - Nature of God - YouTube
brentan comments on Jan 30, 2019:
My guess is your cousin is thinking the unthinkable and would value a second opinion.
Toilet paper and "courtesy" flush......Why do women, and some men, seem to think they need yards of ...
brentan comments on Jan 30, 2019:
I think you need to have both a healthy metabolism and a good diet to ensure the poop comes out pretty much in one piece, leaving practically nothing to be wiped.
Congrats to Hippie Land. We just reached another milestone of 120 members. Thank you all for helping...
brentan comments on Jan 30, 2019:
Hey man, I'm a dog!
Happy Wednesday Fellow Hippies - It's cold and sunny with several inches of snow. Do you think all ...
brentan comments on Jan 30, 2019:
What with Jews thinking they're God's chosen and the Muslims living in the 7th century, I doubt it.
Sea of Despair I cast a bottle into the sea With such hope that someone would see My ...
brentan comments on Jan 30, 2019:
'Those who the gods want to destroy First make mad' Excellent poem. Hang in there!
525,600...make the most of them!
brentan comments on Jan 29, 2019:
I will.
Here's a poem I wrote in my youth: BALD My father's pate has lost its hair; It glitters in the ...
brentan comments on Jan 29, 2019:
Excellent. Short and sweet. Welcome to the forum.
I am currently trying to watch Britbox television and I want to know if anyone has any ...
brentan comments on Jan 29, 2019:
I like Heartbeat. Here's a bit of info: http://tv.bt.com/tv/tv-soap/heartbeat-nick-berry-tricia-penrose-where-are-the-cast-of-the-itv-drama-series-now-11364058621879
This to all too true
brentan comments on Jan 29, 2019:
Yes but if you really try to live to Christian standards and perform the duties, your life will be a hell on earth. It's a responsible job and definitely not easy.
While at work yesterday, a customer commented on my fast pace, and how I'm always on the move. She ...
brentan comments on Jan 29, 2019:
There'll always be something.
You’re hired!
brentan comments on Jan 29, 2019:
Very witty!
Video which breaks down the situation in Venezuela in detail, in case you are interested: ...
brentan comments on Jan 29, 2019:
I don't understand the part about Guaido becoming interim president. Who asked him to? Is there a legitimate political mechanism to make somebody the interim president and how is it decided who becomes that person? Do you need an interim president if a president has been voted in? Are you justified in having an interim president if you feel the vote was rigged? What the heck is the UK doing giving Venezuelan money to Guaido?
BREXIT. What the hell was that all about. Lots of hot air and voting and nothing has changed
brentan comments on Jan 29, 2019:
It's how British politicians work to sabotage the referendum decision. They can't allow ordinary people to make important decisions like that.
Christians are destroyed by hilarious British Atheists! - YouTube
brentan comments on Jan 29, 2019:
Everything was good with the world when England was white and middle-class people sang in Songs of Praise.
What's your best light bulb joke? Here's mine. Q: How many lead guitarists does it take to change ...
brentan comments on Jan 29, 2019:
I'm reminded of trade unions at their worst.
I was UNSURE which group to post this.. there seems to be an anti-feminism feeling here. however, ...
brentan comments on Jan 29, 2019:
That was interesting. It's not that woman could rise in the hierarchy but at least they weren't freely abused. I'm sick of feminism. It's a while since it had anything to do with equality. Judging by what I read these days, there isn't even equality among the feminists themselves. They seem to have distanced themselves from Jewish women and allied with Linda Sarsour.
The bank of England has released over a billion in gold to the unelected "declared president", ...
brentan comments on Jan 29, 2019:
It sure makes the mind boggle. It's our own fault, though. We keep thinking in terms of moral right and wrong, but the politicos think in terms of political right and wrong.
Ancestors behaving badly! Guillaume Vigne (b.1586-1590, d.1632) was born in Valenciennes, France....
brentan comments on Jan 29, 2019:
Well now, that's a stain on the family escutcheon!
Rocking Chair I see you there, old rocking chair Grandfather spent so much time in...
brentan comments on Jan 29, 2019:
I'd love a rocking chair. Nice poem, thanks.
James Taylor - The Making Of "Sweet Baby James" - YouTube
brentan comments on Jan 29, 2019:
That man's music spoke to me like no other when I was a teenager. I've enjoyed a couple of his concerts and have collected all his albums over the years.
What are your thoughts on Donald Hoffman's theory of conscious agents?
brentan comments on Jan 29, 2019:
Who? What?
Are you a son/daughter of the sun and the moon? Is your race of the stars?
brentan comments on Jan 29, 2019:
I am stardust and golden and I've got to get back to the Garden.
Here’s an Irish, Americana style group - I Draw Slow. My Portion. [m.youtube.com]
brentan comments on Jan 29, 2019:
I loved it. Maybe because I'm biased. But I don't think so.
[video.search.yahoo.com]
brentan comments on Jan 29, 2019:
That's a very catchy song!
May I ask the men why it is that you give your penis a name? Do you view it as a separate entity ...
brentan comments on Jan 29, 2019:
I think a penis has no personality but it sure does have a will of its own. I've never thought of naming mine. It's just a part of my body.
Unequivocal-adjective. not equivocal; unambiguous; clear; having only one possible meaning or ...
brentan comments on Jan 29, 2019:
I think the word carries the sense of 'not being possible to misunderstand or make a mistake about something'.
Could someone in this group or beyond let me know at what point I am expected to be "Old and Wise"?...
brentan comments on Jan 29, 2019:
In the case of men, I think we're expected to become old farts, old fools or grumpy old men. I don't think this world puts age and wisdom together anymore and it has good reason not to. But I would bet there are old and wise out there, wise enough to know they won't be listened to and keeping mostly silent.
Let's put Google to the test... "Thinkodynamics is explained by statistical mentalics" .... Who said...
brentan comments on Jan 28, 2019:
Churchill.
No Comment!
brentan comments on Jan 28, 2019:
The bastards.
Open at 6am y'all!!!
brentan comments on Jan 28, 2019:
Taking all comers.
It's pretty obvious
brentan comments on Jan 28, 2019:
Yes indeed!
The Cranberries -Dreams ,, Dolores O'Riordan ,gone too soon.[youtube.com]
brentan comments on Jan 28, 2019:
I love how her accent comes through.
Oh for goodness sake, who doesn't know someone who looks just like that? It doesn't make them an ...
brentan comments on Jan 28, 2019:
Bah. Humbug.
Omara Portuondo and Ibrahim Ferrer - Quizas, quizas, quizas [youtu.be] Maybe, maybe, maybe
brentan comments on Jan 28, 2019:
Somebody's got cold feet!
I know it's relatively early, but I'm having a bad day. I woke up in a weird, bad mood, and it's ...
brentan comments on Jan 28, 2019:
Short-term solution : beer Long-term solution : let's hope it's just a bad day
Hi everyone. I am so excited. I have conformed that I will be having an art show at my alma mater ...
brentan comments on Jan 28, 2019:
Well, good for you!
Never Stop Dreaming. What do you dream of? What are your personal dreams/goals?
brentan comments on Jan 28, 2019:
I dream about a middle-aged black woman to add colour to my dreary elderly white existence, preferably one of those bossy ones who browbeat everyone into shape.
I have a question. Anybody seem to wake up with different songs in their heads many days? I do. ...
brentan comments on Jan 28, 2019:
Me too. 'If there's a cure for this, I don't want it'.
Raising sons is such a trial.
brentan comments on Jan 28, 2019:
The new morality.
Wow ... so much hate
brentan comments on Jan 28, 2019:
It's the clash of different spirits. Sparks fly.
Liked to god or Not!!!!
brentan comments on Jan 28, 2019:
I think not. I knew too many intelligent people when I was a Christian. They would diligently search scriptures to get deeper knowledge of them. It's not a case of not thinking. It's a case of what you turn your attention to.
What do you call a microbiologist in an orchestra?............................................. ...
brentan comments on Jan 28, 2019:
That's criminal!
Spam Alert, there are subliminal messages being used to get people to buy into things they normally ...
brentan comments on Jan 28, 2019:
I need to buy a jigsaw puzzle.
Another week begins and so as we go into the world among the great unwashed, ignorant and ill ...
brentan comments on Jan 28, 2019:
The bastards! And to think they can vote!
Happy Monday Hippies. Cold and sunny - much to do today. Packing up my home of 23 years. Lots of ...
brentan comments on Jan 28, 2019:
Best of luck in your new home.
As an Englishman I'm trying to decide which of the two of us is most screwed. The UK over Brexit or ...
brentan comments on Jan 28, 2019:
They have something in common, I think. Or two things - nationalism and immigration. The nationalism shows itself as isolationist. These times are a real education for people who thought politicians were clever people.
Therein lies wisdom. ;)
brentan comments on Jan 28, 2019:
Yes indeed. Stay home, listen to the storm outside, have a drink!
"If there is a God, his plan is very similar to someone not having a plan." - Eddie Izzard
brentan comments on Jan 27, 2019:
It's a very cunning plan, as Baldrick would say.
Japan’s emperor
brentan comments on Jan 27, 2019:
I think so. I think Muslim terrorists view their acts as religious practice too, expecting to be rewarded in paradise.
Who was that
brentan comments on Jan 27, 2019:
I think it's Snagglepuss. Maybe the Pink Panther.
A lady-friend who I met in 06 has become a not-so-friendly person. Between the anger issues, ...
brentan comments on Jan 27, 2019:
I would like to hear her side of the story before offering an opinion.
George Carlin once again telling us the ugly truth
brentan comments on Jan 27, 2019:
I always got the feeling that when Carlin said 'you' to an audience, they assumed he meant someone else.
"With a blow torch, you can now cook your food and wash your dishes in the same place" or "Wok the ...
brentan comments on Jan 27, 2019:
Be woke to the wok.
Belief and knowledge
brentan comments on Jan 27, 2019:
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. -Hebrews 11:1. It's not hard to see how this definition sets the scene for the conflation of belief and knowledge. What is substance in this situation? He seems to indicating that it is tangible evidence of intangibles like the unseen and hoped-for things. I think most self-respecting Christians would feel that a faith expressed as less than factual would be a weak faith. After all, they have the 'evidence'.
Some folks harbour so much ignorance and hate in their heart. Until mindsets like this are put to ...
brentan comments on Jan 27, 2019:
I hate those bastards! They're holding us all back.
Good morning fellow hippies. I'd like to welcome all our new members. We broke our next threshold of...
brentan comments on Jan 27, 2019:
That's a hell of a picture. I love the very elaborate third eye.
“Hang on to your ego.” [tricycle.org]
brentan comments on Jan 27, 2019:
A clear head on a dull day.
I think I have the flu, because I can sing C1 and growl F0.
brentan comments on Jan 27, 2019:
You'll be able to impersonate Tom Waits for a while. Get well soon! (No offence to Tom).
Here's a chilling thought for you depending on what side you're on. It happens to be a drug cartel ...
brentan comments on Jan 26, 2019:
I think if you've experienced fear and hurt, you favour surveillance. You take a different tack if you haven't and you only think in terms of freedom from scrutiny.
Crystal Castles ft. Robert Smith - Not In Love I will FOREVER love Robert Smith of the band, The ...
brentan comments on Jan 26, 2019:
It has taken me 40 years to relate to The Cure. Curiously (no pun intended), it has come at a time when I am quite content in my own skin. I find their music very relaxing, thought-provoking. Robert Smith looks strange these days, like a middle-aged woman. Fast-forward anbout a minute on this video to see what he looks like and how the band sound. Wonderful stuff! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckdHyuPZY8s
Hi everyone I’m new here hoping to get some good advice and just make some connections. I have ...
brentan comments on Jan 26, 2019:
Welcome aboard! I hope you enjoy the discussions.
Two good commentaries by Matt Christiansen about the stupidity of the Portland Mayor, and how antifa...
brentan comments on Jan 26, 2019:
I can't help thinking of them as religious zealots. Just recently, there have been indications that business organisations are positioning themselves as the new priests of the movement - Apple, PayPal and Patreon, for example, using their economic clout to support liberal views and remove dissenting views from the media.
So! Our Immigrant ancestors. They wouldn't have been impressed with "The Wall" [youtube.com] ‚Äč...
brentan comments on Jan 26, 2019:
It seems to have come from a consciousness of shared culture and the fear of that culture being destroyed.
Venire - A writ issued by a judge to a sheriff directing the summons of prospective jurors. Also ...
brentan comments on Jan 26, 2019:
I think it must be related to the word for 'to come'.
What was the major factor that assisted Trump win the presidency in your opinion? I lean towards ...
brentan comments on Jan 26, 2019:
I think part of it was ordinary people, unhappy with the status quo, being insulted as deplorables.
Music of the legendary singer/songwriter and guitarist from Zimbabwe, Oliver Mtukudzi, who passed ...
brentan comments on Jan 26, 2019:
Finger-pickin' good! That's a lovely song from a guy I didn't know.
Yesterday at work I received a totally inappropriate compliment from a regular customer. Not gonna ...
brentan comments on Jan 26, 2019:
Nice to know some guy isn't going to get sued.
Bank of England blocks Maduro's $1.2B gold withdrawal - report
brentan comments on Jan 26, 2019:
Brown people controlling oil reserves? Never! Let's free the people and take their oil.
Hope is just around the coroner.
brentan comments on Jan 26, 2019:
Yes but will she go out with me?
Seems Debbie Wasserman Shultz, who was forced to resign as head of DNC for rigging primaries, is at ...
brentan comments on Jan 26, 2019:
It's heartening to see a country care so much about lesser countries when its own is in such difficulties. The world has never been happier since America abandoned the Monroe Doctrine. That's why we say 'God Bless America'.
Who are these people and who let them into my house? ;)
brentan comments on Jan 26, 2019:
They might be OK but you can't beat the real thing.
I found this on youtube. It's something I've been wanting to do for a long while, Making a video ...
brentan comments on Jan 26, 2019:
I’ve just been reading a book about the brain. The author puts schizophrenia (and autism) down to a disconnect between the left and right brain hemispheres. The problem is that the left hemisphere has no idea that the other one exists, which isn’t a problem usually because the right hemisphere can integrate the two sides. In schizophrenia (and cases where the right hemisphere is damaged), this doesn’t happen and the left side is baffled by messages coming in from the other side. It puts them down to external sources to account for them. Modern medicine is wonderful, giving an opportunity to people, including myself, who years ago would not have been able to live any kind of productive life
Good Morning Hippies! This reminds me of a kaleiscope how about you? Have a colorful day! I'm ...
brentan comments on Jan 26, 2019:
Get back to work, hippies!
Fill in the blank????
brentan comments on Jan 26, 2019:
Joe Cocker.
Does anyone else here sometimes experience a great deal of confusion or inner turmoil about certain ...
brentan comments on Jan 26, 2019:
I think a lot of mentally healthy people don't over think things or jump to the conclusion that it is their fault. I say 'think' because I really don't know. I also think they use anger to vent their frustration where mentally ill keep it all in until they implode. Be kind to yourself.
Be yourself...
brentan comments on Jan 26, 2019:
And imprison you if necessary.
Try to Stay Positive
brentan comments on Jan 26, 2019:
Very witty! If it was deliberate.
If the love of your life walked around the corner, what do you imagine that might look like?
brentan comments on Jan 26, 2019:
Joni Mitchell.
I wish you all to know that my absence last week was due to the tragic death of my elder son Graeme ...
brentan comments on Jan 26, 2019:
That is absolutely terrible. Heart-felt sorrow and fellow-feeling as a parent with adult sons.
Ecclesiastes 10:19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes the life glad; and money is the ...
brentan comments on Jan 26, 2019:
Here's a bit of context and I hope a good interpretation: A country is in trouble when its king is a youth and its leaders feast all night long.  But a country is fortunate to have a king who makes his own decisions and leaders who eat at the proper time, who control themselves and don't get drunk.  When you are too lazy to repair your roof, it will leak, and the house will fall in.  Feasting makes you happy and wine cheers you up, but you can't have either without money.  -Ecclesiastes 10:16-19. In other words, work hard to have money to maintain your home and party in a disciplined way.
ENTER THE CONTEST!!! I have been blocked by five people ( for very silly reasons). How many have ...
brentan comments on Jan 25, 2019:
They say knowledge is power. No, blocking is power. You are dismissed! Nah.
I think depression is setting in. I woke at 6.30am, was ready for a nap by 10am, took a nap from ...
brentan comments on Jan 25, 2019:
Water is so refreshing but we avoid it like cats when we're under the weather. Do your best to get under the shower - once you're there, I'm sure you'll feel the benefit.
"Shallow Grave" a 1994 thriller from Scotland, directed by Danny Boyle. Three Edinburgh youths take...
brentan comments on Jan 25, 2019:
Yes, that was an enjoyable film.
I need this to be my mantra
brentan comments on Jan 25, 2019:
I'll use it to try to fade gracefully.
Hi All - Back in NH busy packing up my house in NH. I think I've always been hippie-like. Packing up...
brentan comments on Jan 25, 2019:
Bah! Humbug!
It’s hard to believe that in 2008 I was canvassing for Obama. What changed? Well the left was ...
brentan comments on Jan 25, 2019:
Maybe what changed was the gradual loss of the middle class, or middle income in America. Maybe economic difference was disappearing when everyone's income was reducing so ideology became the dividing line. Trump reckoned that many issues, such as racism, would dissolve if people could get back to work. He's probably right there because people, I think, are more interested in a decent living than principles.
Do You Speak A Second Or More Language(s) Fluently?
brentan comments on Jan 25, 2019:
I'm learning Spanish since forever. Maybe you need to be young. Or live there.
George Carlin . . . .
brentan comments on Jan 25, 2019:
Team-players. I remember that. Mutual management. I think I preferred one manager who wasn't on the team.
Gay married mayor of South Bend, Indiana announces for presidential run. [msn.com]
brentan comments on Jan 24, 2019:
I'll bet God won't stand out for that! I can't wait to hear what the fundies have to say.
Are you frugal?
brentan comments on Jan 24, 2019:
I got that way through religion. I thought I should play my part in taking care of the earth even if a new world was coming to replace it. It was practice for later. I still do it, using everything fully, disposing everything where it should go - the garbage, the recycle or the biodegradable.
A regular Einstein here
brentan comments on Jan 23, 2019:
It's a different kind of intelligence - creative anyway.
For several weeks after I passed out one day due to dehydration, heat and lack of sleep, I ...
brentan comments on Jan 23, 2019:
I have this notion that healthy eating makes us feel better physically and that helps us feel better mentally. Anyway, I hope you start to feel better. Don't forget to treat yourself every so often!
The Beatles - Two of Us [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Jan 23, 2019:
They seem to understand things decades before the rest of us catch up.
Sorry I just miss the good all stuff [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Jan 23, 2019:
Wanton abandon - great in small doses.
Needs a better line.....
brentan comments on Jan 23, 2019:
.... and the loneliness continues...
You Gotta Believe In Something Why Not Believe In Me?
brentan comments on Jan 23, 2019:
That's clever, funny and thought-provoking.
Common sense...Follow the money.. Don't piss on my leg and tell me it's raining
brentan comments on Jan 23, 2019:
She must be a communist.
April Come She Will (Live at Central Park, New York, NY - September 19, 1981) - YouTube
brentan comments on Jan 23, 2019:
These talented people bring so much beauty into our lives.
Before You Can Be With Others, First Learn to Be Alone - aeon - Pocket
brentan comments on Jan 23, 2019:
I don't think we learn to be alone first but who knows what we think of in the womb. Once born, it's all about social interaction. Later we might become introspective. One philosopher said the unconsidered life wasn't worth living but so many people live it and are content enough. One of the Bible prophets spoke of knowledge increasing sorrow - For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief" (Ecclesiastes 1:18). Loneliness is now classified by some as a disease. The article probably means voluntary isolation rather than loneliness - a time to recharge batteries and mull over things that need time for reflection. It is probably for the best if we spend less time reflecting than we spend interacting but I'm sure any self-respecting Buddhist would disagree with me.

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