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Jesus fucking Christ, isulting Islam is now a punishable offense in the EU court of human right We...
brentan comments on Nov 6, 2018:
I'm thinking how our recent referendum that removed blasphemy as a crime from our laws has been a cynical waste of time on the part of our politicians. I don't believe Muhammad was a pedophile. I want to say that first. Of course, that is not the point. It's a question of principle. Is it a violation of free speech? Second, there never was complete freedom of speech. Slander has always been an actionable offense. Can you slander a man who is dead for 1400 years? I read a case where the English politician Gladstone was accused of immorality committed before his death and his sons took the accuser to court and won their case. But Gladstone of course was not dead long when it happened, not like Muhammad. Maybe we can only conclude that peace on the streets of Europe was the prime concern of the judges.
United we stand.
brentan comments on Nov 6, 2018:
I think the reason for the great difficulty in uniting is biological, as if the genes do not believe humanity can continuously function and thrive without competition. If this picture is correct, then society is based on that fact and shows it in its competitive hierarchies. The thing that isn't definite is whether the genes are correct, or perhaps better to say, still correct. Maybe it's time to at least try. Oddly enough, that is what religion has been attempting to do since its inception.
Why do I keep doing this too myself? Anyone? Note: I'm also the one who lights the flames.
brentan comments on Nov 6, 2018:
Is it a panic attack followed by depression?
So I just joined here. Is it worth it?
brentan comments on Nov 6, 2018:
I think it's worth it. There's a lot of different things being discussed and music and jokes. I hope you like it!
Happy “D” Day America!
brentan comments on Nov 6, 2018:
Very clever and funny.
Shenandoah has always been one of my favourite American folk songs, and I learned it at primary ...
brentan comments on Nov 6, 2018:
OK. She's special. Wonderful voice. And look at whaddyacallim from whaddycallem playing the tin whistle.
Super Patriot
brentan comments on Nov 6, 2018:
He thought his country would only be populated by WASPs. Then, poor man, along came Roman Catholic Irish and Italians and even the totally heathen Chinese. It hasn't been easy to be a super patriot.
PETRICHOR (/ˈpɛtrɪkɔːr/): the pleasant earthy scent that frequently accompanies the first rain ...
brentan comments on Nov 6, 2018:
I would love to be closer to nature to enjoy that.
Have you ever been called a "clever clog?"
brentan comments on Nov 5, 2018:
Let's take the conversation out of the gutter and just call the clever clogs smarty pants!
A little great Chappelle Stand up. [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Nov 5, 2018:
How do we describe the new white people who feel disenfranchised and still feel they have the same privileges of the past?
Gypsy of a strange and distant time. [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Nov 5, 2018:
A truly wonderful band!
Heartbreak walking It's not your looks, your wit your walk or your talk - You're danger! For ...
brentan comments on Nov 5, 2018:
She's not very nice. Schlemiel is new to me but I suppose any New Yorker knows it.
I'm a relatively new member here.
brentan comments on Nov 5, 2018:
I think the problem might be summed up as 'beggars apparently can be chosers'.
So today at the mechanics I'm sitting in the waiting area with several men, including employees.
brentan comments on Nov 5, 2018:
I don't think it was anything much. I think it happened because a garage is a macho environment - Pirelli calendars and all that! That's not to say what happened isn't wrong. I think I'm saying how right do we think life can be?
Shun the non believer! Sshunnn!
brentan comments on Nov 5, 2018:
It only takes one bad apple.....
The inventor of the web says the internet is now at a 'tipping point' — and reveals a plan to fix ...
brentan comments on Nov 5, 2018:
I guess it's Tim Berners Lee trying to save his wonderful project from destruction.
A safe, dry place
brentan comments on Nov 5, 2018:
Is it cotton wool? It's too small to hold a college.
One final reminder:
brentan comments on Nov 5, 2018:
They got another type of entitlement program they want to give money to - the 1%.
We have brakes. Can you stop? If you can we're on break!
brentan comments on Nov 5, 2018:
Break it to them gently.
Having an axe to grind
brentan comments on Nov 5, 2018:
By George, that's dreadful!
My old school. [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Nov 5, 2018:
I went back. The school was gone. The place turned into apartments.
I've been seeing posts about this sort of thing where atheists and agnostics lack a sense of local ...
brentan comments on Nov 5, 2018:
I would soon get fed up with the hierarchy and people worship.
i have been listening to Arlo Guthrie and John Prine today, Coming Into Los Angeles The ...
brentan comments on Nov 5, 2018:
I'm never going to complain again about musicians saying nothing and getting on with the music.
[friendlyatheist.
brentan comments on Nov 5, 2018:
Here's a guide to what happens to others if you don't get vaccinated:
What experience and history teach is this, that peoples and governments have never learned anything ...
brentan comments on Nov 5, 2018:
I think the natural refusal to learn from generational mistakes is a feature of our genes to ensure the survival of the fittest and the elimination of the unfit.
Well you did ...
brentan comments on Nov 5, 2018:
She might be thinking of England!
Another birthday.
brentan comments on Nov 5, 2018:
I shared that feeling two weeks ago. I was 64 so the Beatles' song was in my mind a lot. Anyway, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you. The celebratory days can be a real bummer. Christmas is the next hurdle - happy families and all that brotherly love! I think there are many of us here in the same boat so feel free to express yourself.
Bahramdipity (noun) the suppression of serendipitous discoveries or research results by powerful...
brentan comments on Nov 5, 2018:
The power of algorithms!
Tatterdemalion : a person dressed in ragged clothing : ragamuffin 1 : ragged or disreputable in ...
brentan comments on Nov 5, 2018:
A lot of girls are still dressed that way, cuts and holes all over their jeans even though it's quite cold outside.
Windy [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Nov 5, 2018:
And to think some people say women don't fart!
49 Bye-Byes. [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Nov 5, 2018:
Great! "You're just seeing things through a cat's eye".
I despise will ferrel , I have not ever thought he was the least bit humorous, and have not ...
brentan comments on Nov 4, 2018:
Wasn't he in Springtime For Hitler? I thought he was good in that. I don't think much of his other stuff.
"I think you need to punish the Republicans for taking these appalling positions, abusing ...
brentan comments on Nov 4, 2018:
He's right, of course. But you elect the other crowd when you punish the current crowd. If the votes go to the Republicans, and assuming no shenanigans with the count, what can we make of it?
Curious or just one of many human paradoxes.
brentan comments on Nov 4, 2018:
That's a hell of an expression 'vocabularic paradox'.
Wow! Just finished Nod by Adrian Barnes.
brentan comments on Nov 4, 2018:
Do you mean he uses the origin of words a lot in the story? How does that fit into the story?
That Jesus is abusive!
brentan comments on Nov 4, 2018:
And Jesus was a sailor when he walked upon the water And he spent a long time watching from his lonely wooden tower And when he knew for certain only drowning men could see him He said all men will be sailors then until the sea shall free them - Leonard Cohen's Suzanne
The story of the planet Earth is one of profound violence.
brentan comments on Nov 4, 2018:
It seems to have been an integral part of the birth of the universe and the survival of the species on earth. We should be able to do better now.
I love cats! And you?
brentan comments on Nov 4, 2018:
I'm not sure the taste is good enough to be worth the hassle skinning them.
I stopped by a cemetery this morning on my way to work and was greeted by this scene.
brentan comments on Nov 4, 2018:
Lovely photo. It reminds me of Gerard Manley Hopkins' Goldengrove poem (To Margaret).
[yahoo.
brentan comments on Nov 4, 2018:
So we got Americans, as far as I can tell, wanting to kill all Jews and Pakistanis wanting to kill all blasphemers. I hope it's not a sign of a net tightening.
Some people are so ungrateful
brentan comments on Nov 4, 2018:
Proper order. That's out of line - airline, even.
[businessinsider.] Steve Bannon Warns that Oprah Women Will Take Charge of Society
brentan comments on Nov 4, 2018:
Cool. I'd love to live in a paradise ruled by women.
Absolutely.......
brentan comments on Nov 4, 2018:
Oh God.... the effort!
Nothing so absurd can be said, that some philosopher has not said it. Cicero.
brentan comments on Nov 4, 2018:
I suppose that's what you get for musing out loud.
Greetings and welcome to our new arrivals.
brentan comments on Nov 3, 2018:
Gosh, all sorts. Last one was 12 Rules For Life. Current one is Days Without End. Waiting to be read is The Master And His Emissary.
Are places of worship really places of God?
brentan comments on Nov 3, 2018:
Not if there is no god.
The rich get richer: 2017 was best year for billionaires in recorded history with u.
brentan comments on Nov 3, 2018:
Farewell middle class. I wonder what will be next? Feudalism maybe.
Do it!...........
brentan comments on Nov 3, 2018:
Bah. Humbug.
[middleeasteye.
brentan comments on Nov 3, 2018:
Pakistan really showed its colours recently. It's a terrifying place! Nothing in more important than their 'worship' of Muhammad. And they love it that way! Thank goodness it is several thousand miles away.
State three things you are optimistic about
brentan comments on Nov 3, 2018:
I'm optimistic The Last Of Us 2 will be a terrific game! I'm optimistic the world will continue to give us great artists of every type. I'm optimistic that I will find a real friend.
Is It Wrong to Spank a Child? - The Jim Jefferies Show [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Nov 3, 2018:
Wrong, no. Illegal, yes.
Iron Butterfly - In A Gadda Da Vida [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Nov 3, 2018:
I love the deep, husky voice! I like to think of it as a satanic invite to his version of the Garden of Eden.
Today's Inappropriate joke in bad taste
brentan comments on Nov 3, 2018:
Excellent!
In Buddhism, 'dharma' means 'cosmic law and order' (among other things).
brentan comments on Nov 3, 2018:
I've been watching Jordon Peterson discuss this idea for some time now. I think that while order is used as the opposite of chaos, it's really about meaning. For me, the Buddhist idea is that the universe is a god and it's mind is the dharma. Perhaps the Western equivalent can't help giving this mind a character, a personality. On the other hand, studies in evolution show how the wondrous qualities of the universe and its inhabitants can come about over time. That might be the meaning of meaning - the ways (habits) of the universe that have ensured its continuance And the meaning of our lives? It might just be whatever meaning we put into them.
As a way of introducing myself to the group, I thought I would share a photo of me soaking outdoors ...
brentan comments on Nov 3, 2018:
Way to go! That looks very comfortable.
Pill taking 101
brentan comments on Nov 3, 2018:
Poor Mr. Wilson. I hear of increasing levels of elder abuse.
This is killer
brentan comments on Nov 3, 2018:
That is chilling.
it's all about connection (this one dedicated to @zorialoki)
brentan comments on Nov 3, 2018:
Daniel Craig in a bad mood.
Never forget rule 1
brentan comments on Nov 3, 2018:
If it looks too good to be true.........
Herman's Hermits - Mrs Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Nov 3, 2018:
I couldn't help thinking of Gordon Is A Moron while listening to this song.
Okay, I'm going to admit, I really need to catch up on this stuff but I know many of you will enjoy ...
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2018:
What’s the man saying? The pull of gravity is too weak to correlate with the 3 +1 dimension universe? What do you do then? Multiply the existing pull of gravity to make it equal to the necessary pull of gravity. That will give us the correct amount of matter in the universe. It won’t tell us anything about dimensions. But light works in a different way. Light will diffuse faster in proportion to the number of dimensions that exist. In the 3 + 1 universe, the 3 dimensions gradually extend into the 4th dimension. What happens to light when the 3 dimensions extend into the 4th? What happens to light if there are 11 or even 25 dimensions? Is light the key to demonstrating 11 or more dimensions?
Link to member profile not to post: [agnostic.
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2018:
I guess linking to Loudon Wainwright's Dead Skunk In the Middle of the Road is out of the question.
The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter (Live) [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2018:
That was a treat! The backing singer was terrific too.
Please share far and wide:
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2018:
Be patient, it will trickle down eventually!
Hello I am new so not sure what I am doing.
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2018:
Welcome to the forum, my child.
Me Too-Women's Rights Group has just reached a milestone!!!! 100 Members Male and Female.
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2018:
Bah. Humbug.
I knew the feeling once
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2018:
Not even a van to live in!
You Thought We Were Angry Before
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2018:
OfTrump!
John Cedars - Do Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses Have Anger Issues? [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2018:
Yes, they do, and it can be a real downer listening to them go on and on about how badly they were treated. And that's not to say they're not entitled to vent but it gets very repetitive and tedious. Some seem to want to want to stay in a permanent state of victimhood and go on to live in hierarchies quite similar to the one they left.
Link to member profile not to post: [agnostic.
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2018:
...and to think he did it in the Truly Offensive Group, that was very devious!
World’s longest sea bridge opens between Hong Kong and mainland China 23 October 2018 ...
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2018:
Gosh, that's awesome but it looks very narrow.
Het·er·o·dox /ˈhedərəˌdäks/ adjective adjective: heterodox not conforming with ...
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2018:
I think the basic idea is 'different beliefs'. Maybe it suggests a kind of a la carte set of beliefs. That is probably also the idea behind the word heretic.
The Final Sermon I Should Have Preached
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2018:
I watched the online lectures on the Old and New Testaments from Yale University. It's very hard to believe after such a great investigation into what was happening in those times.
Went to a VERY religious charity event tonight.
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2018:
Oh, you, you....traitor you! You must be very careful with the ones who don't try to convert you. They're the most dangerous!
Billions of god-believers have had thousands for years to come up with valid reasons for believing ...
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2018:
The reason for belief in god at this time in history may well be the aspiration toward virtue in religion that has held society in some kind of order up to now.
Stay special
brentan comments on Nov 2, 2018:
I remember when special was a nice word.
EMBOLDEN: em·bold·en: VERB 1.
brentan comments on Nov 1, 2018:
This might be interesting in light of the danger of Trump's words. It is about gossip and slander among the early Christian congregations but it can be adapted to the issue today. Consider ships as well. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot is inclined. In the same way, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it boasts of great things. Consider how small a spark sets a great forest ablaze. The tongue also is a fire, a world of wickedness among the parts of the body. It pollutes the whole person, sets the course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell - James 3:4-6.
I am feeling mighty hungry
brentan comments on Nov 1, 2018:
Something fishy about that!
@Snickers77 or anyone else that wants to comment: I just read the group's About section.
brentan comments on Nov 1, 2018:
Not to my thinking. Progressive rock came to the fore and then all hell broke loose with punk rock fighting back against what they felt were abominable expressions of rock music. I suppose prog rock was classical rock, not classic rock. I loved Yes, still do.
Bernie forever.
brentan comments on Nov 1, 2018:
That's how red Bernie is.
FUCK OFF HILLARY! [medium.com]
brentan comments on Nov 1, 2018:
Bring back Bernie!
What's the meaning of "hookups" in the following sentence?
brentan comments on Nov 1, 2018:
Good quality clothes-hangers?
No longer are we push overs, Me Too.
brentan comments on Nov 1, 2018:
Oops, I think I'll go my own way.
Portraits Parade [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Nov 1, 2018:
Such a clever idea and well executed!
Castigate
brentan comments on Nov 1, 2018:
Interesting - they don't include punish in the definitions.
Always reminds me of my first love. [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Nov 1, 2018:
That's a gem!
A solution [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Nov 1, 2018:
That's a hoot! Well done to all involved.
Good morning all. It's a new day.
brentan comments on Nov 1, 2018:
Bah.Humbug.
Disney on Ice.
brentan comments on Nov 1, 2018:
Move on. It's time to see the egress.
article on the war in Yemen: [nytimes.
brentan comments on Nov 1, 2018:
This is how I see it - an unwinnable proxy war against Iran. Here's the context from the article: The Obama administration agreed to support what the Saudis called Operation Decisive Storm with considerable reluctance, seeing it as an unwinnable proxy war against Iran.
Hello fellow freethinkers!!
brentan comments on Oct 31, 2018:
Hello and welcome to the forum!
Happy Scary Day. We are going out for tea.
brentan comments on Oct 31, 2018:
That's a very English response to terror, like playing bowls as the Spanish Armada approaches.
Sorry about the posting I put up prior.
brentan comments on Oct 31, 2018:
Gosh, that was sad! The point I got from it was that having a meaning in your life is central to your reason for living. Victor Frankl talked a lot about it in his book The Search For Meaning. It can be difficult to find meaning in any society, I think. The only pointer we get is to search for happiness, which I think is a false lead. The men want to be useful more than anything else and also want status, not social privilege, but the status of an ordinary man pulling his weight in society.
Fwiw: Pittsburgh Killing Aftermath Bares Jewish Rifts in Israel and America By David M.
brentan comments on Oct 31, 2018:
I expected the article to manufacture issues for clickbait but that was an education.
It's he-e-e-ere!
brentan comments on Oct 31, 2018:
Oh Mummy!
The Beatles - Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Oct 31, 2018:
I needed to be much older than I was at the time before the lyrics stopped going way over my head.
Sex, pizza, and pets... I mean, not my first choices, but not bad.
brentan comments on Oct 31, 2018:
Should I use my landline or my cell number?
When that moment is enough...
brentan comments on Oct 31, 2018:
If he's right, it might mean that happiness is something better enjoyed when it happens rather than a condition we try to manufacture.
Don't believe everything you read on the internet. - Abraham Lincoln
brentan comments on Oct 31, 2018:
He was a very smart man, a prophet even.
This is what our lawmakers and leadership at levels should implement: [npr.org]
brentan comments on Oct 30, 2018:
Gosh, I don't understand how it has come to this.

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