Humanists of North Alabama News! 2019-01-08
“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” ― Benjamin Franklin
Sunday, January 13: 2:00-4:00 pm:
Non-Fiction Readers Book Discussion Group. The first meeting for 2019 is on Sunday, January 13 (Huntsville Library on Monroe, room A/B from 2 to 4). Share what you’ve been reading, or come to get ideas for your book wish list! Usually meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month. New discussion participants always welcomed! Please join us at the Huntsville Public Library on Monroe Street in Huntsville, room A/B (to the right of the lobby).
Sunday, January 20: 2:00-3:30 pm:
Monthly Discussion meeting – Notice: Not in the usual place. Instead, the meeting will be in the second-floor Library Foundation Conference Room of the main library in Huntsville. It’s a glass enclosed room with a table and 10 chairs on the wall opposite the entrance.
We begin with introductions and announcements, reading, then discussion from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. What is on your mind?
No Updates on becoming a formal organization this month.
“Let no one delay the study of philosophy while young nor weary of it when old.” ― Epicurus
Monday, January 28: 6:00-7:30pm:
Philosophy Café. Open and relaxed discussion on philosophical topics continues on the fourth Monday of each month. We are meeting at KEEGAN’S OF HUNTSVILLE, 200 West Side Square, Suite 60, Huntsville, AL 35801. An assortment of salads, sandwiches, Irish inspired fare, and beverages are available for purchase (and to lubricate discussion). http://www.keeganshuntsville.com/ New faces are always welcome. (PS – Happy Hour ends at 6 – you might want to arrive a few minutes early.)
“My greatest hope regarding the future rests on the mistakes I’ve made in the past, for those are the most effective things I’ve got to build with.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough
Other local events of interest:
The Epicurean-Friends-of-Huntsville will have its organizational meeting on Jan 20 at 4pm. You can join the group on meet-up for more information.
The Humanists of North Alabama discussion group as a closed FaceBook group to talk about Humanism in Alabama. Let us know if you’d like an invite.
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Suggestions for events, meeting venues, topics are always welcome!
Humanists of North Alabama is an official Chapter of the American Humanist Association. Membership in the AHA is strongly encouraged!
“May the New Year bring you courage to break your resolutions early! My own plan is to swear off every kind of virtue, so that I triumph even when I fall!” ― Aleister Crowley, Moonchild
The initial newsletter of Indivisible District 5 of North Alabama.
Kudos to the Madison County Democrats, who have invited Rep. Brooks to a town hall on Saturday, April 8, 2-4 pm at the main library auditorium!
The room has been reserved, deposits have been paid, the invitation has been submitted, and the invitation graphic is in process.
There WILL be a town hall, with or without Mo.
To Begin the World Over Again — May 14, 21, 28.
Ask-an-Atheist newspaper article in Huntsville Times
A new batch of podcasts collected by Klaus
(Posted by Travis at the request of Klaus Heimberg)
Best Podcasts sorted by subject (as of 6/16/18)
Note: links are for introductions to the episodes, and for playing the episode on your computer. To download episodes to your phone, go to your usual podcast source
“Ring of Fire” Johnny Cash
This American Life Episode 247 (Sept 17, 3003), Act III.
“Hallelujah”, the Leonard Cohen song (Revisionist History)
“Amazing Grace”, the hymn – (Studio 360, American Icons 1)
Shakespeare retold – Thriller writer Jo Nesbo’s McBeth reviewed by a Shakespeare scholar; The Perfect Nanny, Leila Slimani gives the author’s perspective
Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Leaves of Grass (Studio 360, icons 2 & 3)
Black Cake – Emily Dickenson
Kitchen Sisters #62
International political economy
China’s strategy in the world market
Planet Money #837 “The Belt, the Road, and the Money”
Russia’s fake news strategy
Planet money #790 “Rough Translation in Ukraine”
The US Government sugar subsidy
Planet money #454 “The Lollipop War”
Planet Money #833 “Worst. Tariffs. Ever.”
Terrorism and Social Media
Fresh Air Wed. June 6, 2018 “How a former FBI agent used Twitter to fight Terrorism”
In-depth reporting on terrorism; transformation of a Canadian teenager into a terrorist, etc.
Podcast series “Caliphate” https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/podcasts/caliphate-isis-rukmini-callimachi.html
US Politics (Civics 102)
Planet Money Episode #845 “REDMAP”
Tax preparation nightmare
Planet Money Episode 760 “Tax Hero”
The social security number
Planet Money #830 “XXX-XX-XXXX”
Identity politics – a losing strategy (for democrats)
Mark Lilla on New Yorker radio hour
Anti-terrorism war powers Radiolab „60 Words”
Foul shots underhanded (Revisionist History) – The Big Man Can’t Shoot
Development of basketball (99% invisible)
Development of football (Radiolab)
Baseball: The Shift: Redesigning the Baseball’s Defense
Bad Medicine Part 1: The Story of 98.6 (August 16, 2017)
Bad Medicine Part 2: Drug Trials and Tribulations (August 23, 2017)
Bad Medicine Part 3: Death by Diagnosis (August 30, 2017)
Most Kitchen Sisters Present episodes
Amazing personal stories (memoirs)
Every episode of How I Built This
God Save Texas author interview, Fresh Air April 16, Lawrence Wright
Dividing Texas into 5 states!
Revisionist History, season 3, Episode 1 Divide and Conquer
A Texas Character: Herb Kelleher, founder of Southwest Airlines
Neil McGregor, Germany: Memories of a Nation, the history of Germany in 100 objects
Our fallible memories: Raconteuring: truth becomes fiction becomes truth
Revisionist History: A polite word for a liar (season 3 episode 3)
Revisionist History: Free Brian Williams (season 3 episode 4)
Steven Austad on Darwin
Fundamental Principles of Modern Humanism – Amsterdam Declaration – 2002
Amsterdam Declaration 2002 is a statement of the fundamental principles of modern Humanism passed unanimously by the General Assembly of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) at the 50th anniversary World Humanist Congress in 2002.
If you are not familiar with the outlines of humanism, please check out the other humanist manifestos. You can start in Wikipedia.