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Evangelical group wants gays removed from anti-lynching bill
brentan comments on Jan 9, 2019:
It makes me think of Strange Fruit and the Christian fruits of the spirit and I wonder what perverse reasoning could lead these people to such a pass.
Martin Luther's formula for ignorance . . . "There is on earth among all dangers no more dangerous ...
brentan comments on Jan 9, 2019:
My experience of religion was more about the condemnation of independent thinking than reasoning. Perhaps the connection is the condemnation of purely objective reasoning. We were encouraged to reason on the scriptures and even had a book of the same name to encourage us, but that didn't mean we should question if the scriptures were right - just that we should wonder how they applied in our lives.
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers ...
brentan comments on Jan 9, 2019:
I think a case could be made for society rejecting wisdom that is already available. In modern computer thinking, data begets information which begets knowledge. The old thinking was about a knowledge of spirituality that manifested itself in wisdom. It was entirely bound up in an acceptance of the existence of God and the manifestation of his values. That acceptance is gone, of course, and now wisdom is perhaps just seen as an eccentricity of Eastern religion. So there is no concept of secular wisdom unless we see humanitarian values as the road to wisdom..
Stay strong when you can. Simply stand when you can't be strong. Mountains stand, and it's okay ...
brentan comments on Jan 9, 2019:
It can be the dark journey through mental illness and coming out the other side. Perhaps being happy enough to carry on productively even after experiencing aspects of life that are very black. And, in a way somewhat like that of a soldier come home from war, finding it best most of the time to keep your experiences to yourself.
I hopeful about future our new crop of politicians are promising . No more evangelicals please they ...
brentan comments on Jan 9, 2019:
They will probably start out genuine enough but the machine will win out in the end.
Send the exorcist home already
brentan comments on Jan 8, 2019:
Good conversation can save the soul.
Some things are difficult to learn.
brentan comments on Jan 8, 2019:
It all started with the natural impulse to conceal human limitations. This was the way to move forward. Then the idea is proposed that you are not moving forward, that you are in fact holding yourself back. Now that's a dilemma! Whether to keep concealing the truth or walk open and vulnerable into the future...
The calendar slays me each time.
brentan comments on Jan 8, 2019:
I knew she was a wrong 'un.
If I even cared enough mind you! But such a funny thing to do, and they deserve it.
brentan comments on Jan 8, 2019:
Would telling the truth be a ridiculous alternative?
Growing old is not for sissies.
brentan comments on Jan 8, 2019:
I doubt going around putting people in their place is a good use of your time. Also, I would have thought a good knowledge of Shakespeare would make the use of expletives redundant.
Rammstein - Du Hast (Official Video) - YouTube
brentan comments on Jan 6, 2019:
Rammstein - or how to deal with your inner Hitler in a constructive way.
Hey Dominos TV commercial just had the teacher run out of her math lecture for a Dominos pizza ...
brentan comments on Jan 6, 2019:
We never get to use that stuff. That's mostly true. I think the value lies in being taught how to think, not the math itself.
Even though all people experience these emotions they are often assumed to be unique because they ...
brentan comments on Jan 6, 2019:
It's great to see these concepts put into words!
fa·ve·la. /fəˈvelə/ noun noun: favela; plural noun: favelas a Brazilian shack or shanty ...
brentan comments on Jan 6, 2019:
Here's a snippet from After the ‘Guerra de Canudos’ (Canudos War) in Bahia (1895-1896) government soldiers, who had lived amongst the favela trees, marched to Rio de Janeiro to await their payment. They settled on what is one of Rio’s hills and renamed the hill ‘Morro da Favela’ after the shrubby tree that thrived at the location of their victory against the rebels of Canudos. The government never paid and the soldiers never left and so the first favela came to be.
The Creation Hymn of the Rig Veda asserts that in the beginning there was no air, no heavens, no ...
brentan comments on Jan 6, 2019:
That idea of the divine spirit hovering over an earth that is 'waste and void' is in the first sentence in Genesis too. The idea is developed into a Logos, which seems to be a kind of spirit-driven communication to the world to place order and meaning into it. I don't know if there is a similar idea in Eastern religion but I wouldn't be surprised if the whole ancient world held a common pool of basic ideas that differed only in the details.
Don't let others define you... I was thinking about declaring myself a "Born Again Virgin" , but ...
brentan comments on Jan 5, 2019:
Here's an interesting rant from Parolles against virginity in As You Like It: It is not politic in the commonwealth of nature to preserve virginity. Loss of virginity is rational increase, and there was never virgin got till virginity was first lost. That you were made of is metal to make virgins. Virginity by being once lost may be ten times found; by being ever kept is ever lost. 'Tis too cold a companion. Away with't! 'Tis against the rule of nature. To speak on the part of virginity is to accuse your mothers, which is most infallible disobedience. He that hangs himself is a virgin; virginity murders itself, and should be buried in highways out of all sanctified limit, as a desperate offendress against nature. Virginity breeds mites, much like a cheese, consumes itself to the very paring, and so dies with feeding his own stomach. Besides, virginity is peevish, proud, idle, made of self-love, which is the most inhibited sin in the canon. Keep it not; you cannot choose but lose by't. Out with't! Within ten year it will make itself ten, which is a goodly increase, and the principal itself not much the worse. Away with't! 'Tis a commodity will lose the gloss with lying: the longer kept, the less worth. Off with't while 'tis vendible; answer the time of request. Virginity, like an old courtier, wears her cap out of fashion, richly suited, but unsuitable, just like the brooch and the toothpick, which wear not now. Your date is better in your pie and your porridge than in your cheek; and your virginity, your old virginity, is like one of our French withered pears: it looks ill, it eats drily. Marry, 'tis a withered pear; it was formerly better; marry, yet 'tis a withered pear! Will you anything with it?
If you want to eat meat then do so, if you want to be vegan then that's fine too. If you are ...
brentan comments on Jan 5, 2019:
Thank goodness the guys who fought against slavery and other injustices never thought like that.
Do any of you have some optimism for 2019 - like more people will start thinking and get woke? I ...
brentan comments on Jan 4, 2019:
I think 2019 will be a very interesting year. My guess is that society needs to get a lot worse before it starts getting better. For the time being, I think people will continue to voluntarily isolate themselves from others and think in terms of competition rather than co-operation.
Is there an abrupt cutoff point between good mental health and mental illness? Or is it a gradual ...
brentan comments on Jan 4, 2019:
My guess is there's a world of people out there who struggle to cope with sometimes never-ending stress. They take prescribed tablets or self-medicate alcohol or drugs. I think this quite a large proportion of society lies somewhere between good and bad mental health.
Write what you know. ... What does this mean? . .. Take any word to start. Any word. Write about...
brentan comments on Jan 4, 2019:
Is that from Jordan Peterson's Self-Authoring program?
Do we perceive reality or do we make it up? []
brentan comments on Jan 4, 2019:
I think we perceive it as an encounter with the Other. Personal analysis might help but it is limited to what the original perception provides for scrutiny. There is an idea called intersubjectivity where it is accepted by the group that shared perceptions of reality can be taken as objective reality.
Part of. - To His Coy Mistress By Andrew Marvell The grave’s a fine and private place, But ...
brentan comments on Jan 4, 2019:
That's a cheerful little ditty!
"I do not say think as I think, but think in my way. Fear no shadows, least of all in that great ...
brentan comments on Jan 3, 2019:
I wonder what he meant.
Tucker Carlson Claims High-Earning Women Turn Men Into Drug Addicts And Criminals | Crooks and Liars...
brentan comments on Jan 3, 2019:
If you can't hold up your head, what's gonna raise your dick? Maybe booze for one and Viagra for the other.
Love it Pence swearing in a bisexual with a law book no bible. Ha, Ha!
brentan comments on Jan 3, 2019:
It will comfort him to know what's she's got coming her way in the next world.
So, there's chatter (again) about members using profanity, and how it's "unnecessary". I swear, ...
brentan comments on Jan 3, 2019:
Well I'll be damned!
The trouble with WOKE comedy - Jonathan Pie []
brentan comments on Jan 3, 2019:
It's reassuring to know that our modern world is managing to achieve what religion failed to do. And it's so good that all of society is playing a part in ensuring bad thoughts are shut down at source. From the CEOs of global companies to our media to the ordinary person in the street, decency will finally prevail in our societies.
I put this on Facebook. Sickening. And for his honesty, he got a beating. Yeah, that is the way to...
brentan comments on Jan 3, 2019:
The little brat!
So I am not a girly girl at all. My co workers are trying to teach me filters for selfies on ...
brentan comments on Jan 3, 2019:
I thought the untouched photo has a slightly ruddy look to the skin. The other one is lighter and I think prettier.
Regarding Religion: A Few More Thoughts. An ideal religion IMHO would be akin to the Ancient ...
brentan comments on Jan 2, 2019:
I wonder is there a connection between the suppression of the one god religion in Egypt and the alleged exodus of many to begin their monotheistic religion in Canaan.
Jesus and Mo 2019
brentan comments on Jan 2, 2019:
Thank goodness the tech giants like Apple and PayPal have taken up the mantle of restricting wrong ideas. People who proclaim such outrageous ideas will not only be banned from social media but will be hit in the pocket too!
3.6 million years ago, two (early) people went for a walk... []
brentan comments on Jan 1, 2019:
Can you believe it - from humankind being 6000 years old to 3.6 million years old at least!
Happy New Year!?
brentan comments on Jan 1, 2019:
That's a change from the lobster theory.
Santa's getting kinky!
brentan comments on Jan 1, 2019:
I just didn't need that picture. I came across shititing on the site a few hours ago and I'm still in distress.
Happy New Year!
brentan comments on Jan 1, 2019:
Check his head for the 666 sign.
ATAVISTIC. - Adjective....relating to or characterised by reversion to something ancient or ...
brentan comments on Jan 1, 2019:
I must have always mixed it up with avatar.
Got kicked off of Facebook because I had said that there is no "true Christian" any more than there ...
brentan comments on Dec 31, 2018:
I guess you hurt their feelings so they wanted revenge.
What is an Argument?
brentan comments on Dec 31, 2018:
That's when you're talking and the other person is wrong.
The sign said, “You are here,” and I was relieved. I knew where I was. But a sign down the road...
brentan comments on Dec 31, 2018:
Well, it's a space/time problem and we're not Einsteins.
Just curious what everyone is doing on a Monday night New Years Eve. Has is changed any from last ...
brentan comments on Dec 31, 2018:
I want to see the collapse of the European Union.
Yep,, this is me.. What are you doing tonight?
brentan comments on Dec 31, 2018:
I always watch the Jools Holland Hootenany show to bring in the new year.
Happy New Year's Eve everyone! Be safe and have fun! 🎊🎉🎈👯‍♀️
brentan comments on Dec 31, 2018:
Happy New Year to you too!
[] Women's March Rally Canceled in Eureka, CA Due to Concerns of Overwhelmingly White ...
brentan comments on Dec 31, 2018:
Some commentators say that you should read 'white' as 'Jewish'.
A great statement on the subject
brentan comments on Dec 30, 2018:
And she lived tribbing ever after!
Latin can be pretty interesting. Here is a legendary story from an old Smith and Thompson Latin ...
brentan comments on Dec 30, 2018:
I love the way the translation follows the Latin syntax. The thing I drew from the story is that it was about a time when there was more to war than winning.
If someone's grandiose sense of self-worth is central to their ability to feel justified in using ...
brentan comments on Dec 30, 2018:
I'm not at all sure who has the problem.
For the .....
brentan comments on Dec 30, 2018:
That kid should be out playing cowboys and Injuns (I mean Native Americans).
When you really think about it.....isn't blasphemy a victimless crime?
brentan comments on Dec 30, 2018:
When Asia Bibi was accused of blasphemy, the whole country was calling for her execution. They firmly believed that she had actually threatened the whole culture of the country, making everybody a victim of her crime.
The real Downtown Train before it was slaughtered with no mercy by Rod Stewart! []
brentan comments on Dec 30, 2018:
It's good, sure. Tom Waits is excellent. So is Rod Stewart.
It is Dec. 30. I have been trying to peacefully mind my own business and watch football this ...
brentan comments on Dec 30, 2018:
Ah, first-world problems...
CLIPE. - Verb/ of the peculiarities of the Scots tongue, this word can be used as both a...
brentan comments on Dec 30, 2018:
I remember the characters in The Canterbury Tales always being y-clept some name instead of called. Here's a snippet about the wives of the guild men who would have liked to have been called 'my lady': It is ful fair to been y-clept “ma dame,”
For success, attitude is as important as ability.....Sir Walter Scott.
brentan comments on Dec 30, 2018:
I think it has a lot to do with 'if at first you don't succeed...' There must, I think, be a lot of people who 'try and try again' and never succeed but the moral might be that you definitely won't succeed unless you struggle through the failures. Someone, from the music industry if I remember rightly, spoke about being an overnight success after thirty years in the business.
This is doing the rounds here in S.A. !
brentan comments on Dec 30, 2018:
Do they own all the good land?
pil·lion /ˈpilyən/ noun noun: pillion; plural noun: pillions a seat for a passenger behind ...
brentan comments on Dec 30, 2018:
It was great to see where the word came from.
Is it low class to drink 5 dollar wine from a coffee cup? Just asking for a friend.
brentan comments on Dec 29, 2018:
I think if you're drinking to toast life, use a glass. If you only want to get drunk, it doesn't matter.
Don McLean - Vincent ( Starry, Starry Night) With Lyrics - YouTube
brentan comments on Dec 29, 2018:
It's exquisite. I love Winterwood and Castles In The Air too.
What classic rock band or artist do you despise/hate/dislike/won't listen to because they were ...
brentan comments on Dec 29, 2018:
For me it's The Doors.
The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters Etching by Francisco Goya
brentan comments on Dec 29, 2018:
I wouldn't have thought that.
Are you suffering from PMS: patriarchy, misogyny and sexism?
brentan comments on Dec 29, 2018:
Everybody should be a victim!
The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it Henry David Thoreau
brentan comments on Dec 29, 2018:
I started my bucket list of reading the classics when I became conscious of getting old. I value those books enough to spend most of my remaining life reading them.
VITUPERATION. - Noun...bitter and abusive language. Synonyms; invective, condemnation, opprobrium,...
brentan comments on Dec 29, 2018:
I always have the image of a viper in my mind when I read this word. I'm sure though there is no connection. Perhaps I just see it in the letters.
And Hadrian's wall didn't keep out the Scott's. I think they do better keeping people in, like ...
brentan comments on Dec 29, 2018:
I hope the wall is aesthetically pleasing.
Why do metal detectorists spend endless hours slogging about in the mud, digging up modern junk for ...
brentan comments on Dec 29, 2018:
It was a very pleasant TV show - very human.
Something about Neanderthals - How Neanderthal are you? []
brentan comments on Dec 29, 2018:
Best not to get into that. We might start a new form of racism.
This is me.
brentan comments on Dec 29, 2018:
That's a good one - it must be the river Lethe and logos put together.
A social history question ... I saw an article in SR or one of the others that showed the area ...
brentan comments on Dec 28, 2018:
I have a great interest in this topic too. I think it's safe to assume we started off in Africa but I don't agree anymore that we moved from Africa and then became farmers and cultured people in the Middle East. I think the route took hundreds of thousands of years, people moved north as far as the ice caps and then when the Ice Age ended, millions died in the resulting floods and the survivors built up their civilisations again much further south. Recently I've been watching Maria Kvilhaug's (Lady of the Labrynth) YouTube videos on the time when the different hominids and the Neanderthals co-existed and interbred.
Hi, I am 56 years old and independent. Since Oct 22, 2018 my quiet life has completely changed. I...
brentan comments on Dec 28, 2018:
I think it's too big a burden for one person to bear. I understand that this is your son but I think it's a job for professionals. Please forgive me if I misunderstand the situation.
The wisest have the most authority. Plato
brentan comments on Dec 28, 2018:
My guess is Plato is talking about legitimacy, truth.
Shout out if you recognize yourself here.
brentan comments on Dec 28, 2018:
Whatever you do, don't try to integrate them.
I am Not a Professional but I Wrote this years ago... I Can't Sing Either... Translation: "I won't ...
brentan comments on Dec 28, 2018:
Excellent! Could you post the lyrics?
Good morning! With New Year's Eve fast approaching, what are some of your regional traditions? In ...
brentan comments on Dec 28, 2018:
Dinner For One is a hoot!
Probity Pro·bi·ty /ˈprōbədē/ noun formal the quality of having strong moral principles; ...
brentan comments on Dec 26, 2018:
This comes from the notion of probing a person's anus to see if their rectitude was the result of something stuck up there.
A tiny carved representation of a bird discovered in Hohle Fels Cave, Germany. It's about 33,000 ...
brentan comments on Dec 26, 2018:
It is so good to see information growing about Ice Age peoples.
"There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. There is a void in your soul, ready to be ...
brentan comments on Dec 26, 2018:
Rumi has some lovely little poems. Here's the link to the book to save someone the effort of searching for it.
😊 keep going!
brentan comments on Dec 26, 2018:
I'll bet she was too tired the next day as well.
Pedant: person who is excessively concerned with minor details and rules or with displaying ...
brentan comments on Dec 24, 2018:
I h8 dem peeple.
Atheist Christmas Memes? Merry Christ-Doesn't-Exist-mas!
brentan comments on Dec 23, 2018:
I still want a present!
The Surprising Benefits of Being an Introvert []
brentan comments on Dec 23, 2018:
I always suspected that I am a wonderful person and now I know it's true.
What wine are you going to drink for the holidays? Regale us with your libation!
brentan comments on Dec 21, 2018:
I've got 2 bottles of Isla Negra Merlot for Christmas. It's usually out of my reach financially but I saw it discounted and snapped them up!
I find that I’m now host of yet another group, and didn’t even know it! It seems Balou has ...
brentan comments on Dec 21, 2018:
I can't imagine!
I run a film group through Meetup where we watch foreign and independent films in the greater ...
brentan comments on Dec 20, 2018:
I would love to have access to foreign movies.
I have started to replace ‘I am sorry’ with ‘thank you for understanding I...’. It’s ...
brentan comments on Dec 19, 2018:
I might be tempted because I'm pretty sure I'm somewhat autistic. But really, what the heck would I apologise to the 'neurotypicals' for when they are steadily reducing civilisation to ashes? I don't know what your 'weakness' is but you need to tell me why your weakness is perhaps pathological and everyone else's is justifiable.
Some things you have to experience for yourself to truly understand, not everything can be ...
brentan comments on Dec 19, 2018:
Is it drugs, madness, perhaps death?
@brentan -- Hello, and welcome to the group.
brentan comments on Dec 19, 2018:
Thank you both very much!
Dave Chappelle "3 a.m. in the Ghetto" []
brentan comments on Dec 19, 2018:
That must be the one about the baby! I love his super-relaxed delivery style.
Who are these musicians, and artists, for 100, alex ?
brentan comments on Dec 19, 2018:
Oh, there's Robert Smith. Who's them old fogies?
When hunters get old
brentan comments on Dec 19, 2018:
How education can lead to feeding us.
Deal with it...
brentan comments on Dec 19, 2018:
Bye-bye Disney dreams, but still, we all live in hope.
Yup, happens all the time.
brentan comments on Dec 19, 2018:
That extends to the justice system too.
Wow! This is not easy...
brentan comments on Dec 19, 2018:
He probably got other people to beat them up.
T'is the season to drink wine, copious amounts of wine.
brentan comments on Dec 19, 2018:
I'm dreaming of a red Christmas, just like every other day of the year. When it comes to wine, it's just about always Cabernet Sauvignon' the brand almost always Casillero del Diablo. Sometimes I end up with a Merlot.
Living in a big world. Is this you?
brentan comments on Dec 19, 2018:
Or suck with greater ease.
Natalie Merchant - Kind and Generous []
brentan comments on Dec 19, 2018:
That's a nice surprise. I really enjoyed it!
Look closer...
brentan comments on Dec 19, 2018:
I heard that men learned to exploit other people's vulnerabilities after learning about his own. I think that's also the reason why education didn't teach us to appreciate each other through understanding, but rather to dislike each other more.
This is beyond outrageous. How is this not unconstitutional? Leave it to good ole Texas. In my ...
brentan comments on Dec 18, 2018:
That's a dreadful human right's violation!
brentan comments on Dec 18, 2018:
I should stop thinking about sex for pleasure and think of longevity instead.
Never Forget! The Same Rethuglicans Who Impeached Clinton Over a Blow Job Are Now Saying Trump's ...
brentan comments on Dec 17, 2018:
Those guys tend to focus on sexual sins. I think ever since the story of sodom, religious leaders have ignored the weightier matters of social morality. You'll be pleased to know old Jehovah wasn't impressed by their lousy attitude.
He said, she said. She right ...
brentan comments on Dec 17, 2018:
She's drunk, I suppose. She probably always is.
"The planet is fine, the people are fucked" ---George Carlin
brentan comments on Dec 17, 2018:
I think the planet is ok but could be better. We're about as good as we can be because it's not that long since we were apes.We have become very inward-looking animals and self-critical. With our comfortable lifestyles and high-falutin religious values we are always focussing on how better life might be if we were closer to moral perfection. We should appreciate that in the luckier parts of the world, life is very good.
I am extremely sensitive to loud, cacaphonous noises which, on Mondays, means the grounds ...
brentan comments on Dec 17, 2018:
That's a nice example of live and let live through good will.


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