Humanists of North Alabama News! 2018-10-19
Humanists of North Alabama News! 2018-10-19
“The only way we’ll get freedom for ourselves is to identify ourselves with every oppressed people in the world. We are blood brothers to the people of Brazil, Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba — yes Cuba too.” ― Malcolm X
Upcoming chapter events:
Sunday, October 21: 2:00-3:30 pm:
Monthly Discussion meeting – we are meeting at the Huntsville Public Library on Monroe Street in Huntsville, in room A/B (to the right of the lobby).
We begin with introductions and announcements, reading, an update on our participation with Alabama Arise, then our topic. See Facebook and Meetup for updates to topic information. The discussion is from 2:00 to 3:15 pm.
Update on Business Meeting from 3:20 to 3:30: Updates on becoming a formal organization.
Heads up: November’s meeting will be Nov. 18th at the Bailey Cove Library, 1409 Weatherly Cove Plaza SE, Huntsville, 35803. There will be no December meeting.
Monday, October 22: 6:00-7:30pm:
Philosophy Café. Open discussion on philosophical topics continues on the fourth Monday of each month. This 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.
“Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.”
― James Bovard, Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty
Sunday, December 9: 2:00-4:00 pm:
Non-Fiction Readers Book Discussion Group. No meeting in November! 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). The December meeting is a discussion of whatever you are reading, including fiction.
Thursday, November 1 at 6 pm: From Alabama Arise
Free Legislative Advocacy Training in Huntsville
Arise members believe that a better future for our state begins with everyday Alabamians joining together to speak up for change. That’s why Arise will host a legislative advocacy training on Thursday, November 1st.
The training will educate participants about key issues facing Alabama and offer practical advice on how to communicate more effectively with elected officials.
Please join us for the legislative training on Thursday, November 1st at 6:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville (3921 Broadmor Road NW).
If you have questions, contact Debbie Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support. Together, we can build a better Alabama for ALL!
Monday, November 12: Loosen the Bible Belt Comedy Tour: A Tour for Humanity #4. With Kristen Becker & Jay Bakker at Golden Ape CrossFit, 451 McEntire Ln SW, Decatur, Alabama 35603 Doors 7 PM | Show 8 PM | Pre $10 | DOS $15
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!
“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’” ― Isaac Asimov
REGISTER TODAY! The American Humanist Association’s 77th Annual Conference will take place on May 17-20, 2018 at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada!
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.