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I know someone will be offended.
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
It's a celebration and I think it's expressed really well.
churchill, "when you're going through hell, keep going"
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
No good in peacetime and found his strength in war.
Thoughts about abortion
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
I'm pro choice. I'm so much in awe of life in the making that it makes me pro life too. When my wife gave birth, I thought I was watching the closest thing to a miracle I would ever see. Perhaps the miracle of childbirth needs to be balanced with the miracle of life already born and coping with the complexities of survival, dignity, mental health etc.
Connie Francis- Where The Boys Are [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
If I was that soldier.......
Seems she found a good spot...
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
I don't like Mondays. Relax, I'm unarmed.
Bachman Turner Overdrive - You Aint Seen Nothing Yet [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
That's a great song! I'm probably spoiling it by thinking about it too deeply but that's me.
Religious oopsie
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
It must be a Harry Clarke window: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/art-and-design/visual-art/scandalous-harry-clarke-window-goes-on-display-in-dublin-gallery-1.2135844
Religion vs science
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
I think the scientific method in the West started within the Church. If that's true, the scientific method had to develop in tandem with Church dogma. It's curious that the Crusades introduced so much thought from Muslim scholarship into European thought but I think that means two religions contributed so much to the development of science.
"It takes a long time to build a viable society when you start with sticks and stones"............
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
I wonder what he was thinking. I'm thinking get food and cook it. Then maybe tell a story.
No surprise really...
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
I wondered about that and was afraid to say it because it seems so extreme. Like Trump, I would think Bolsonaro is more criminal than religious. But I guess crime and religion can use each other well these days. Well, not just these days, I guess they always did.
Today's word:
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
Are they the new Irish or the new Poles for WASPs to look down on?
Where are the MeToo cries of approbation at Epstein's death? Where are the MeToo cries denouncing ...
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
Maybe there's a lack of leadership and clear goals in the feminist movement these days. I must admit I don't really know where they're at.
Who is wiping who off the map?
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
I think this is one of those times when a picture doesn't paint a thousand words.
Anything becomes interesting if you look at it long enough. -Gustave Flaubert
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
My father would have called that 'a good complaint'.
Learn as though you would never be able to master it; Hold it as though you would be in fear of ...
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
The old bossy boots!
2 Kings 17:24-25 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV): The king of Assyria brought people from ...
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
The Israeli army does that job these days.
Good Morning My Hippies. Its a bright sunny day full of promise. Going to a Meetup at a billiards ...
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
I enjoyed season 1. I watched the first episode of the second season and then thought I couldn't go on with it. I might get back to it if I'm feeling strong.
sere adjective \ ˈsir \ variants: or less commonly sear Definition of sere (Entry 1 of 2) 1 : ...
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
That's a good one. I thought the archaic definition of sere - threadbare- would go well with the archaic definition of weeds - clothes. I looked up sere weeds and found it was a type of actual weed.
Sunday morning. Got coffee?
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
That's how you do it. Pace yourself.
After listening to "hidden brain" and how we bias EVERYTHING we see, I came across this quote and it...
brentan comments on Aug 25, 2019:
To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour - from William Blake's Auguries of Innocence
A truck loaded with thousands of copies of Roget's Thesaurus crashed yesterday losing its entire ...
brentan comments on Aug 24, 2019:
That covers a lot of ground.
disconsolate adjective dis·​con·​so·​late | \ dis-ˈkän(t)-sə-lət \ 1 : CHEERLESS ...
brentan comments on Aug 24, 2019:
As opposed to dat consulate.
An astonishing revelation!
brentan comments on Aug 24, 2019:
Especially when things are going well.
Court delivers brutal ruling against Kim Davis — the Kentucky clerk who blocked same-sex marriages...
brentan comments on Aug 24, 2019:
That's a relief!
Not a meme...found this in the news.
brentan comments on Aug 24, 2019:
It's good to know they're learning about sexual freedom while learning how to deal with strikers.
The World/Earth seen from any direction from outer space is a disk. There is a good chance that the ...
brentan comments on Aug 24, 2019:
I'm wondering if there is a connection between Kant's Critique of Pure Reason and the belief in a flat earth. What I mean is the idea that our brain gives us a representation of our universe that many people feel is fortunately an exact replica of what is out there. Some think our brains allow for a practical interaction with our surroundings that probably does not reflect reality. So our perception of reality might see things in one way and pictures from outer space see it another way.
Then and Now. Feel Free to post your favorite tunes of Neil Young.
brentan comments on Aug 24, 2019:
Here's a strange one from a strange album. I really like it. Hope you do too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9CkvAQkQLs
I'm really disappointed in a lot of people on this site. The reason for my disappointment is ...
brentan comments on Aug 24, 2019:
I guess we disappoint each other all the time. Maybe the topics are sometimes better than FB but the responses often the same.
[alternet.org] Holocaust survivor's son rips Israel PM Netanyahu apart as a shill (supporter) of ...
brentan comments on Aug 24, 2019:
Music to my ears.
Stupid, stupid, stupid! Appeals Court: It’s Legal for PA House to Block Atheists from Giving ...
brentan comments on Aug 24, 2019:
Interesting. I guess you need a spirit creature to call on to make an invocation prayer valid. Maybe that means Satanists qualify but atheists don't.
Brazil's indigenous people: 'We fight for the right to exist' - BBC News
brentan comments on Aug 24, 2019:
It's not easy to be shocked anymore but this does it.
Interesting instrument; & beautiful music. Guilhem Desq - Cicatrices - Hurdy Gurdy [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Aug 24, 2019:
Ok, that was bizarre. Very nice too!
Love this joke
brentan comments on Aug 24, 2019:
LOL. He's not bothered with 'return evil for evil to noone'.
effrontery noun ef·​fron·​tery | \ i-ˈfrən-tə-rē : shameless boldness : INSOLENCE
brentan comments on Aug 24, 2019:
I like the modern way of using 'front' as a noun or a verb.
Relationships never die a natural death, they are murdered by ego, attitude and ignorance.
brentan comments on Aug 24, 2019:
I just knew it was her fault!
" For mankind is ever the same and nothing is lost out of nature though everything is altered" ...
brentan comments on Aug 24, 2019:
That's a good one - there's a few things that might be 'lost out of nature' and not be missed!
Just because you're paranoid...
brentan comments on Aug 23, 2019:
That says it so well!
"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of ...
brentan comments on Aug 23, 2019:
It just might be that these days, the ignorant and the educated are two sides of the same useless coin.
The wonderful world of Disney
brentan comments on Aug 23, 2019:
I don't think it's too important what we worry about. The main thing is to have something.
"People who are spiritually minded tend to suffer from anxiety and depression more.You know why? ...
brentan comments on Aug 21, 2019:
So much, then, for finding the peace of the Lord in our part of the world,
Can someone explain to me how a pro-socialism/communism lefty can even remotely consider themselves ...
brentan comments on Aug 21, 2019:
It comes from bowing down to an ideology - just like right-wingers do. Free thinkers are independent thinkers.
😳Poor Alexa!
brentan comments on Aug 21, 2019:
When they add a camera to it, you can take pictures of the journey,
Ben looks disappointed he didnt think of it
brentan comments on Aug 20, 2019:
We must be mad bastards!
It was a lousy, very bad day for me. But it is coming to an end, and it is time for Jackie Wildon ...
brentan comments on Aug 20, 2019:
Bummer. I hope you recover from it soon!
At eight years of age Helen Keller had some deep questions that she wrote down for her teacher: ...
brentan comments on Aug 20, 2019:
I'm coming across the idea a lot recently that consciousness creates reality. I first read it in William Blake's poetry. Then Iain McGilchrist chose the topic for a book he is now writing. Kant, if I understand properly, also talked about reality being a manifestation of how we think.
Some in the Jewish religious community is now pushing their agenda on our right-to-die programs. ...
brentan comments on Aug 20, 2019:
I suspect their fear is valid but my heart goes out to people whose lives really are of no value to them, just endless distress.
Texas Baptist pastor who advocated executing women for abortion faces child sexual assault charges ...
brentan comments on Aug 20, 2019:
Perhaps the common denominator is control.
Morning, everyone. Now let's get out there and make all this "bunch of damn Trump Nazis" bullshit ...
brentan comments on Aug 20, 2019:
Herr! Herr!
I've often wished believers would understand what's going to happen in Heaven. It's no family ...
brentan comments on Aug 19, 2019:
It comes across like sucking God's dick for all eternity and loving it. No offense to anyone who enjoys sucking dick but I can't help thinking the novelty might wear off after a bit. Maybe I just don't understand heaven.
I Called 911 On My Neighbors. The Police Showed Up In My Home With Guns Drawn.
brentan comments on Aug 19, 2019:
I guess this isn't a good time to be doing the right thing.
Why does Trump lie that Rashida Tlaib hates all Jews? To stir up hate and violence. The truth ...
brentan comments on Aug 19, 2019:
It's this stupid idea that constructive criticism is antisemitism.
Our autocorrect feature is really fun, if you don't take it too seriously. Even replaces correctly ...
brentan comments on Aug 19, 2019:
It's the thought that counts.
French Catholics increasingly asking to be de-baptised - France - RFI
brentan comments on Aug 19, 2019:
I say why not tell them you're leaving and the reasons why. I'm pretty sure they have no bureaucratic mechanism, for want of a better term, for removing anyone's name from the register but at least you've expressed your feelings about them.
You're right!
brentan comments on Aug 19, 2019:
I have a kind of 'whatever', 'agree to disagree' mentality but I can understand how you can feel cynical enough to deal with some people this way.
Perv who snapped pics of woman in dressing room is Mormon church official. Was he checking for ...
brentan comments on Aug 19, 2019:
That's not just wrong, it's kinda lame too!
Exodus 20:4. Proof that the world was flat when they wrote the bible. If god is all knowing, surely ...
brentan comments on Aug 19, 2019:
Welcome to the forum. I hope you enjoy being here! This picture is supposed to be a good representation of how people in the world of that time thought of the earth. It doesn't show the pillars at the sides that connect the metal firmament to the earth.
Enough Said
brentan comments on Aug 19, 2019:
Where's the kudos in that?
Antifa circa 1945
brentan comments on Aug 19, 2019:
A better class of people.
Sorry to say I laughed out loud
brentan comments on Aug 19, 2019:
He's thinking "Soon, I'm going to return to earth soon".
For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill ? Seek him always with hours to...
brentan comments on Aug 18, 2019:
What about a friend in need?
Psalms 144:5 (NRSV): Bow your heavens, O Lord, and come down; touch the mountains so that they ...
brentan comments on Aug 18, 2019:
That crosses over into the mythical.
Yet again, religion is the excuse and weapon for bald-faced hate. And dear President Orange Cheeto ...
brentan comments on Aug 18, 2019:
How's that for Christian sentiment, denying a person employment or ending their employment because of their orientation!
“ Have a blessed day”.
brentan comments on Aug 18, 2019:
If you have a bad day was it cursed?
Better read that again.
brentan comments on Aug 18, 2019:
We'll make sense of it no matter what.
There's an idea.
brentan comments on Aug 18, 2019:
"Hey teacher, leave them kids alone!"
hapax legomenon Do not use it again here.
brentan comments on Aug 18, 2019:
The French Resistance catchphrase in Allo Allo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4I9DMSvJxg
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Tenth Avenue freeze-out. [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Aug 17, 2019:
I always liked that song. I never knew what the hell it was about but it sure packs a punch!
"As he has made very clear, Richard Dawkins would far rather have dealings with an honest-to-God ...
brentan comments on Aug 17, 2019:
Richard is wrong, I think. Religion's power is diminished but it isn't going away. I think accommodation is needed for two things: the ecology because the religious think the solution to ecology lies in God's kingdom, and the Western world isn't taking up humanism as the alternative to faith values.
Absolutely not.
brentan comments on Aug 17, 2019:
Make her a spit-roast.
The Trump administration recently argued (and lost) in court the legality of withholding soap and ...
brentan comments on Aug 17, 2019:
The apostles were stopping the children from 'bothering' JC so he told them to let the children alone.
Projection much?
brentan comments on Aug 17, 2019:
You must have complained.
I've had a shyte day. Memes . :)
brentan comments on Aug 17, 2019:
Everything's better now!
Be brave young fella
brentan comments on Aug 16, 2019:
A massacre through boredom.
Makes sense.
brentan comments on Aug 16, 2019:
After D bold thing.
"You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence is not a single event - but a habit." Aristotle
brentan comments on Aug 16, 2019:
That's what I think too. I've usually thought of it in terms of a pattern, not just to determine if someone is consistently excellent but to judge if they're consistently any particular way.
Mondegreen män-də-ˌgrēn Part of speech: noun Origin: English, 1950s 1 A word or ...
brentan comments on Aug 16, 2019:
I thought it would be something about ecology! The only one I can think of is Bob Marley's 'with a roofrack over our heads'.
Prayers needed for a quick recovery. 😂
brentan comments on Aug 16, 2019:
Should there be a comma after stand?
It was wrong back then too
brentan comments on Aug 16, 2019:
Mohammad doesn't fall into the category of pedophile.
Plumber ad brilliant
brentan comments on Aug 16, 2019:
Just how we like it - down and out. There's something wrong with that statement that I can't quite put my finger on. And maybe shouldn't.
Digital phenotyping: A revolution or a privacy breach? - MedCity News
brentan comments on Aug 16, 2019:
That seems a very liberal way to use the word phenotype - adapting it to mean a type of behaviour instead of a type of organism. Anyway, it might well be completely correct. On a more layman level, I was surprised that understanding other people did not bring about the wholly positive results that were expected. I really hoped education would teach us to be kinder to one another but it seemed to work the other way. So I'm not too optimistic about this level of analysis bringing only good results.
I remember my mother, a nominal catholic, occasionally explaining her lack of faith. She would say ...
brentan comments on Aug 16, 2019:
She'll have to get a pass come Judgment Day!
Join, or else!
brentan comments on Aug 15, 2019:
West Bro Story.
Ungrateful little punk
brentan comments on Aug 15, 2019:
Fatherhood is a thankless job.
Makes sense to me
brentan comments on Aug 15, 2019:
Sound analytical thinking is very tiring. I would take a nap too.
Christian Reality Stars Todd And Julie Chrisley Indicted For Tax Evasion, Fraud 😂 tots and pears!...
brentan comments on Aug 15, 2019:
It's persecution, I tell you!
The less shitty religion
brentan comments on Aug 15, 2019:
I will. I promise.
It clicked in my head just now. History is really just the same general thing over and over. You...
brentan comments on Aug 15, 2019:
Well now!
Quitting religion freed me to be kind to myself. I was soon able to be kind to others.
brentan comments on Aug 15, 2019:
I think it came about through using the focus on God as a licence to treat others badly. This is, though, in defiance of a creed that said you couldn't love God unless you loved your neighbour: Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. - 1 John 4:20.
There were giants then.
brentan comments on Aug 14, 2019:
I wonder what true freedom is. Probably not being a wage slave.
[yahoo.com] Hundreds of child sex abuse claims are filed today with a new NY State Law. Kudos to...
brentan comments on Aug 14, 2019:
Go git 'em!
I think they still call some wine barrels butts.
brentan comments on Aug 14, 2019:
Here's a reference to a butt being used to collect rainwater in rural Northern Ireland. It's at 3:44. 'the wind creaming rainwater off the butt' from Brothers, a poem by Michael Longley and sung by Duke Special: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2CDPWr5bR4
Here's Carlos and the boys [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Aug 14, 2019:
Superb! I saw them in Ireland in the 80s, I think, supporting Bob Dylan.
Would serve them right if this were true.
brentan comments on Aug 14, 2019:
Yes indeed. You have to walk the walk.
Stitched up heart...lost [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Aug 14, 2019:
Lord have mercy! Yeah I said it.
Three points!
brentan comments on Aug 14, 2019:
Wow! That wasn't in 50 ways to leave your lover.
So... who ARE the domestic terrorists?
brentan comments on Aug 14, 2019:
I guess it's the difference between talking about it and doing it.
Alien Abductions?
brentan comments on Aug 14, 2019:
I'm bored. I would volunteer.
Hang in there everyone.
brentan comments on Aug 14, 2019:
Caesar would be disgusted with us. He would use a Latin word for snowflake.
Do we have an obligation to correct non-malicious misgendering? I put an account on Facebook ...
brentan comments on Aug 14, 2019:
Kindness is becoming rare. I wouldn't mess with it.
I know what I saw and I am certain it is a reliable memory, or is it??? This might surprise you......
brentan comments on Aug 14, 2019:
We see what we attend to. Is it any wonder two people can see the same thing and totally disagree about it.

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