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Liberal Redneck - Climate Change the Game (Trae Crowder)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 2 Replies

Trae Crowder isn't just about atheism.  He has a deep and abiding concern about what's going on with this planet's climate and the all-too-probable catastrophe we face from a fundamental change in weather patterns.  That said, Trae is thinking about…Continue

Tags: climate change, Al Gore, Trae Crowder

concealing abuse (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 3. 2 Replies

We think of institutionalized child abuse and for many of us, the natural reaction is to think of the Catholic Church. Certainly, their guilt is beyond question, even as the headlines of the Boston Globe early in 2002 and the more recent news…Continue

Tags: Children of God, Jehovah's Witnesses, David Berg, child abuse, TheraminTrees

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 27. 20 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

CBS News Treats Uri Geller as Actual ESP Talent?

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 25. 1 Reply

CBS Sunday Morning is beginning to piss me off.  This morning they presented a story on the US governments foray into…Continue

Tags: espionage, fraud, ESP, Uri Geller, Sunday Morning

Is Christianity Persecuted? (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Aug 10. 7 Replies

Okay, gang ... when is the last time you saw Seth Andrews do an animated video on his YouTube channel?  Seems like donkey's years ago, don't it?  Well, apparently Jeff Sessions and his "religious liberty task force" got Seth's nelly up enough that…Continue

Tags: religious liberty task force, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 4. 2 Replies

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Idaho Spud on May 12, 2018 at 10:05am

Interesting photos, Ian.  I like the parks better than the statues.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 11, 2018 at 11:37pm

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 11, 2018 at 11:35pm

Ian, thank you for the stimulation to visit these ancient haunts and a person of that era. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 11, 2018 at 11:30pm

This is an interesting article about Roman emperor Caracalla, with all the action and bloodthirsty action of a gladiator that he sought to resemble. It is well worth the time and effort to read.  

The article states his first action was in Gaul which I recognize from my high school Latin as the former Latin name for France. 

Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres.

All Gaul is divided into three parts

Meaning Belgians, Celts, & Gauls

Caracalla

“born April 4, 188 CE, Lugdunum [Lyon], Gaul;

died April 8, 217, near Carrhae, Mesopotamia); Age 29. 

Roman emperor, ruling jointly with his father, Septimius Severus, from 198 to 211 and then alone from 211 until his assassination in 217. 

Caracalla was assassinated at the beginning of a 2nd campaign against the Parthians

Mother: Julia

Wife: Fulvia Plautilla; exiled her to an island; killed her. 

Father-in-Law: had him executed.

Brother: Geta; he killed him.

Friends of Geta, he killed them.

Expeditions against German tribes 212/213, he massacred them. 

Alexandria, he massacred. 

1st campaign against Parthians, he massacred

 

He was known as:

Marcus Aurelius Severus Antoninus Augustus,(until 196 CE)

Septimius Bassianus, (196–198 CE)

Caracallus, 

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Caesar

Principal achievements: 

*colossal baths in Rome,

*his edict of 212, giving Roman citizenship to all free inhabitants of the empire.”

“Caracalla, whose reign contributed to the decay of the empire, has often been regarded as one of the most bloodthirsty tyrants in Roman history.”

Caracalla, ROMAN EMPEROR

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Caracalla

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 11, 2018 at 6:27pm

"This grave

contains all that was Mortal

of a

Young English Poet

Who

on his Death Bed,

in the Bitterness of his Heart

at the Malicious Power of his Enemies

Desired

these Words to be engraven on his Tomb Stone:

'Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water'"

24 February 1821.

[sic—Keats actually died on February 23.]

“Thy name was writ in water—it shall stand,”

“And tears like mine will keep thy memory green.”

~ Oscar Wilde

Comment by Ian Mason on May 11, 2018 at 3:15pm

The Baths of Caracalla - the size of a village. It took 8,000 slaves to keep the place running!

Comment by Ian Mason on May 11, 2018 at 3:10pm

Last day in Rome, with Shelley and Keats.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 11, 2018 at 11:13am

Thanks for sharing your photos, Ian. Enjoyable to see.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 11, 2018 at 5:07am

Ian, a beautiful park. An interesting story of Villa Borghese

Comment by Ian Mason on May 10, 2018 at 4:12pm

The park around Villa Borghese

 

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