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US stops all aid to Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza - BBC News
brentan comments on Feb 2, 2019:
So this is supposed to pressure the Palestinians to make a peace deal?
How dare you talk about God's chosen ones! LOL!!! [msn.com]
brentan comments on Feb 2, 2019:
I wonder how well the idea of boycotting as an expression of free speech will be received?
Thoughts on this for the 2020 campaign season?
brentan comments on Feb 2, 2019:
I would say extreme lefties and cultural Marxists instead of liberals.
As we all forgot about Ska Friday, here's a top tune for Ska Saturday.
brentan comments on Feb 2, 2019:
I heard that The Specials are bringing out a new album. I'm going to look out for it on Spotify.
“We live life by looking forward. We understand life by looking backward.” Soren Kierkegaard
brentan comments on Feb 2, 2019:
Jung v Freud. Jung and Freud.
Well there yah go,,, problem solved.. [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Feb 2, 2019:
He put a lot of thought of thought into that self-deprecatatory cleverness.
Do you feel depressed because there is no afterlife?
brentan comments on Feb 2, 2019:
I felt it as a huge loss. After all, it's the loss of everlasting life. I'm comforted a little by the new animist thinkers who feel consciousness is not dependent on the brain and continues after death. How that consciousness might fit into universal consciousness is still unknown, I think. I would like to read any speculations about it. I get a lot of my thoughts about this from Rupert Sheldrake.
If I wanted culture, I’d leave my yoghurt overnight.
brentan comments on Feb 2, 2019:
I love culture. I value it like I used to value religion. But I love wit too and that's very clever!
Co-worker: "I just don't think white people and black people should marry each other.
brentan comments on Feb 2, 2019:
I wonder what his/her reasons are! I can understand it as a personal choice but not as a principle.
I am posting a portion of an article I read online a few minutes ago.
brentan comments on Feb 2, 2019:
In my case, my parents, especially my mother, did so much to damage their children. I didn’t feel grief when they died. I might have if I had held out any hope of closure. I think I had a philosophical attitude when they died. Later in life, I had cause to look into autism and found it describing me very well. I think it’s because I’m more analytical while other people bring feelings into the situation more than I do. One of the things I see expressed more often on social media is the encouragement to be kind to yourself. I think it’s a great idea.
Fly on the wall.
brentan comments on Feb 2, 2019:
That is very, very witty.
"The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason.
brentan comments on Feb 2, 2019:
Surely that's wishful thinking?
The best thing that Shelley ever wrote is Ozymandias.
brentan comments on Feb 1, 2019:
That's really good. I understand where you're coming from.
Hi, everyone.
brentan comments on Feb 1, 2019:
Welcome aboard. You'll soon get the hang of it.
Seeing as we only have a somewhat limited amount of time left according to AOC we might as well kick...
brentan comments on Feb 1, 2019:
Is she being religiously apocalyptic or is she talking about the danger of climate change?
Seems fair eough
brentan comments on Feb 1, 2019:
I wonder if it is very unusual for an animal to understand quid pro quo. One thing's for sure - it's really cute.
Something Smells Rotten in saudi arabia and in the white house. [msnbc.com]
brentan comments on Feb 1, 2019:
Trump surprised me when he said that the economic arrangement was more important than the life of one person. Nobody has ever admitted that opinion before.
A little fun..
brentan comments on Feb 1, 2019:
17 But Sisera fled away on foot to the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, for there was peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite. 18 And Jael came out to meet Sisera and said to him, “Turn aside, my lord; turn aside to me; do not be afraid.” So he turned aside to her into the tent, and she covered him with a rug. 19 And he said to her, “Please give me a little water to drink, for I am thirsty.” So she opened ta skin of milk and gave him a drink and covered him. 20 And he said to her, “Stand at the opening of the tent, and if any man comes and asks you, ‘Is anyone here?’ say, ‘No.’ ” 21 But Jael the wife of Heber took a tent peg, and took a hammer in her hand. Then she went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple until it went down into the ground while he was lying fast asleep from weariness. So he died. - Judges 4.
Just saw my mom pour milk in before adding her cereal.
brentan comments on Feb 1, 2019:
When you do it last, you don't have to guess how much you need.
Do you see god after death
brentan comments on Feb 1, 2019:
I doubt it. Maybe you perceive something but nobody knows.
A mystery
brentan comments on Feb 1, 2019:
Very witty!
What are you working on
brentan comments on Feb 1, 2019:
Henry VI Part 2
Still shaken up from a bad night terror episode.
brentan comments on Feb 1, 2019:
I remember those from when I was very young. Terror is the right word! I hope you can get some good advice here or by googling. It would be a good thing if it was something simple like diet.
The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.
brentan comments on Feb 1, 2019:
That's a darn good comment. Having that idea of a saviour bringing in New Jerusalem and setting the world right wasn't a threat before we got so industrial. Now we better get moving and do something.
Who wants to build a snow man with me?
brentan comments on Feb 1, 2019:
It's scary but it's really imaginative!
from: Pascal Boyer: "Religion Explained.
brentan comments on Feb 1, 2019:
That’s a nice change from all these silly cartoons saying religious people are mad. I think that we developed the ability to create scenarios in our mind so as play out different eventualities in our minds. This means that we wouldn’t die from every bad idea we tried out. This ability to imagine has become more sophisticated through the progress of evolution and gradually was able to create the concept of intangibles like god, heaven etc. I got this idea from one of Jordan Peterson’s videos.
Happy Friday Hippies.
brentan comments on Feb 1, 2019:
Get back to work, hippies! Well, maybe after the weekend.
I'm working on a thrash ver of this song when I found this.
brentan comments on Feb 1, 2019:
Jeff Lynne, Andy Fairweather-Low, Phil Collins, Ringo Starr, Elton John.
Bono & The Edge - One (Acoustic) Another "one" I'll be singing tomorrow night.
brentan comments on Feb 1, 2019:
I read that this song alludes to the band almost breaking up over the Christian thing going on with two of the member, Bono and The Edge, I think. It seems to be an introspective look at what the obligations of personal Christianity are. In the band's situation, it was the obligation to make things right with the other members of the band. I thought it was a big hit but he says it wasn't so that surprised me. I love that lyric 'have you come to play Jesus to the lepers in your head?' I don't know why he says 'bed' in this video. But it's a wonderful poetic insight into people with such natural flaws in their thinking wanting to play God.
My first post...be nice.
brentan comments on Feb 1, 2019:
I guess so. Welcome to the forum!
I know I'll receive" sexist " accusations for this observation.
brentan comments on Feb 1, 2019:
This removes any grey area between a foetus and a human being.
Damien Rice - 9 Crimes I will be singing this weekend, and I've chosen this song. [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Feb 1, 2019:
That's very unusual. I thought it was homelessness at first. Now I have no idea what it's about but it is a very plaintive song.
Polar..Netflix original film...was John Wick on Steroids..!!!!!
brentan comments on Feb 1, 2019:
Is that that horrific film with Mads whatsis name and Matt Lucas from England?
I was sifting through old FB posts and found this one about the definition of socialism.
brentan comments on Feb 1, 2019:
One of the main ideas in socialism is the change from private ownership of the means of production to shared ownership. I believe it works well in some instances and co-ops are a good example. One of the real disadvantages in socialism was the idea of equality of outcome (reward) within these shared businesses. The same wage for different types of labour stunted innovation and morale. It also lowered standards in every type of business, manufacturing or service industry. I'm convinced capitalism supplies the incentive to improve but who knows, maybe the co-ops operating these days believe in rewarding different levels of input with different outcomes.
Catholic Church in Texas Names Nearly 300 Priests Accused of Sex Abuse [a.
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
That's their vocation.
What do Clinton, Bush, Obama, and Trump have in common?
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
They were all hated by lots of people.
Post the last picture you took on your phone.......Do not explain it ?
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
Here's some text.
Happiness
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
I'm happy because I can do what I love to do. In my case, it's mostly literature. I started a bucket list to read all the classics I never read when I was younger. I'm in a situation now where I can give so much of my time to my 'hobby'. Happiness to me means an inner glow felt from being full of the wonder of the world written down on paper. I'm working my way through Shakespeare's Henry VI trilogy for the second time and have to stop from time to time and shake my head and wonder at the genius of the man. That's happy.
What is WRONG with US.
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
We're waiting for the benefits to trickle down. Have faith.
This is my issue with charity. We technically shouldn't need it. Meh.
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
America really doesn't want people to have health care as a right. It wants the poor to depend on charity from the rich.
I'll be speaking at Sunday Assembly in Chapel Hill on February 10th.
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
I don't think that will go down too well.
Transgender has always confused me.
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
I think it's a case of the sex organs not corresponding to the gender.
But in nature there's only two genders said the right-wing, nut-job, radio host. ?
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
There's only two sexes, I think. Gender is trickier because people don't always end up with genders that correspond to their sex organs.
I am SURE that I can DO this After deciding to quit smoking, I now stock and use patches, gum, vape...
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
A recent report in our newspapers said that people were twice as likely to give up smoking through vaping than using patches.
Must be my lucky day, just finished mowing my lawn, kind of a bit long and dryish thanks to Level 1 ...
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
Do you guys have something you can buy that acts as an antidote if you are bitten?
Sometimes you have to take your chances!
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
There seems to be truth on both sides but vaccines work for the public in general. There is a ridiculous amount of autism these days, unless they could show it isn't because of vaccines and was always here but never recognised till recently.
New to the site, I decided I couldn't sacrifice my beliefs(or lack there of) in my relationship any...
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
I guess it's difficult, to say the least, to stay in a relationship where you can't be yourself. Welcome to the forum. I don't know much about how good or bad the online dating works here but the conversations can be good.
Northern hemisphere freezes, southern hemisphere swelters [mobile.abc.net.au]
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
Nothing to see here, folks. Move on!
Zero 7 - Destiny [youtu.be] ❤️
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
Well now. That was a treat!
I'm sure that every husband and dad will agree with this
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
That's the kind of thinking prison inmates use to murder pedophiles.
I haven't joined this group before because I wasn't born in the sixties but I always say I'm a hippy...
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
I think being born outside the 60s shows a terrible lack of conviction. It's like the apostle Paul never knowing Jesus. You'll have to claim a personal revelation.
The dangers of joking [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
It used to be called black humour. Even the word 'black' in black humour is suspect these days.
Rutger Bregman: Poverty isn't a lack of character; it's a lack of cash | TED Talk
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
I think the idea of connecting prosperity to virtue came in with Protestantism. I don't know how it developed because scripture connects spirituality with poverty. It might have come about through a contempt for how people lived in Catholic southern Europe and Ireland. They were less industrious and more concerned with the joys of life than the more surly Protestants who had their extremes in Puritan thinking. The doctrine of Joel Osteen is probably the most prominent example of linking virtue and prosperity.
Religious Defense based on Faith and Alcoholism.
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
If only he would.
I'm roasting a chicken. What are you doing?
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
I'm drinking cans of Guinness.
"Gotham" aficionados will understand the humor:
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
Well, I tried.
It was bound to happen...
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
Wash them down with the Big Gulp.
Genetic???
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
Reminds me of 'Rufus is A Tit Man'.
The war against the machines...
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
I hope Alexa stays my friend for life. Nothing French, of course, just a good wholesome friendship.
I just bought a new book at Ikea!
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
You could play Scrabble for ever.
Author S.L. Morgan has blocked me
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
It might be time for cocoa. Sometimes I wonder if being online for a long time makes me cranky. Were you right? I think so but maybe that's not the point.
Muslim community calling on Nike to recall shoe they claim bears a logo resembling the Arabic word ...
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
Sensitive Muslims. Nonetheless, I wonder is Nike being provocative. Does AIMAX mean anything?
[youtu.be] this chick is something love a talented fat girl
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
I want to virtue-signal. You get so many likes when you do that.
La fontana pui grande e trovare felicita nelle picola cose.
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
That's what she said last night. I don't know whether to be glad or sad.
Writer's block??
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
There's a Murphy's Law element to it, I think. I've read that a guy called Kurt Godel, a genius mathematician, wrote about this kind of problem, such as the impossibility of going to sleep by thinking about it) under the title Limits to Reason (or maybe Logic)/. I would like to know more about it but I'm struggling to get more info.
The next Jesus and Mo
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
The prophecy that got things right up to 167 BC and then got it wrong in 164 BC. So those in the know reckon it was written between those dates.
Give Me My Song.
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
That's a beautiful song. I couldn't get the lyrics even though the websites claimed to have them. I wondered if I heard the strain of 'Bring Him Home' in the music. I hope you are bearing up well under the circumstances.
I have many liberal views.
brentan comments on Jan 31, 2019:
Me too.
Here's a diversion from politics
brentan comments on Jan 30, 2019:
And not necessarily in that order!
A friend of mine called this a fabulous find from the 70's, so I am sharing. [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Jan 30, 2019:
Such a talented man. Self-loathing made funny.
This is unbearable.
brentan comments on Jan 30, 2019:
OK. I see it now.
I thought this was so...true. Lol.
brentan comments on Jan 30, 2019:
Haldir sounds like a Norse name. Maybe Agedal too.Elendil sounds like the name of a place the characters would live in. Nardil sounds like a drug. Orophin too.
A good clarification of a topic I've seen bandied about on here.
brentan comments on Jan 30, 2019:
I'm sure if there is toxic masculinity, there must be toxic femininity. Some people say no. Some say toxic femininity is responsible for the ills of toxic masculinity because the toxic female, instead of being some kind of abuser, is defined as a woman who is so passive that she brings it on herself. https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/how-toxic-femininity-is-damaging-us-20180517-p4zfvt.html
I've got a fire going, have a glass of whiskey, have some good music playing--it's hard to beat!
brentan comments on Jan 30, 2019:
Looks great!
IT HAD TO HAPPEN SOONER OR LATER - We all knew it was coming.
brentan comments on Jan 30, 2019:
No worries. Satan can get rid of him next time.
I haven't been on line for sometime,thinking about who I am and what I need in my life.
brentan comments on Jan 30, 2019:
I hope that's a good thing. It's hard to tell. Anyway, welcome back online.
He's too sexy for that shirt.
brentan comments on Jan 30, 2019:
That's furry true.
Theory of intelligence
brentan comments on Jan 30, 2019:
Cliff was one smart dude.
Like I could be a editor! Shortening a tale? Nah!
brentan comments on Jan 30, 2019:
That film Genius about Tom Wolfe and his editor was terrific.
What is yoour take?
brentan comments on Jan 30, 2019:
I found the idea of 'think of a waterfall' very helpful. I don't know how the problem began in the first place.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
brentan comments on Jan 29, 2019:
I'm reminded of trade unions at their worst.
I was UNSURE which group to post this.
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.
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.

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