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  • 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.

     

    Community EVENTS:

    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 debbie@alarise.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

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1889101258064552/

    Other 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.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/876732872431530/

     

    Our events can be found

    • on our Meetup group:

    http://www.meetup.com/Humanists-of-North-Alabama-Meetup/

     

    If you received this email from a friend and want to be added to the distribution list, send an email to us at our new organization email list: humanistsofnal@gmail.com.

    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!

    Louise Hardin
    256-683-8026

    “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!

    http://conference.americanhumanist.org/

  • The initial newsletter of Indivisible District 5 of North Alabama.

    http://us15.campaign-archive2.com/?u=224d16df93e27a15ad0972839&id=4772b47f55&e=e7ce3bffca

     

    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.

    Put it on your calendar now.
    There WILL be a town hall, with or without Mo.
  • To Begin the World Over Again — May 14, 21, 28.

    thomaspaine
  • Ask-an-Atheist newspaper article in Huntsville Times

    http://www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2015/04/ask_an_atheist_huntsville.html

  • 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

     

    Music

    “Ring of Fire” Johnny Cash

    This American Life Episode 247 (Sept 17, 3003), Act III.
    https://www.thisamericanlife.org/247/what-is-this-thing

    “Hallelujah”, the Leonard Cohen song (Revisionist History)

    http://revisionisthistory.com/episodes/07-hallelujah

    “Amazing Grace”, the hymn – (Studio 360, American Icons 1)

    https://www.pri.org/stories/2018-04-19/american-icons-amazing-grace

     

    Literature

    Shakespeare retold – Thriller writer Jo Nesbo’s McBeth  reviewed by a Shakespeare scholar;  The Perfect Nanny, Leila Slimani  gives the author’s perspective

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/20/books/review/jo-nesbo-macbeth-leila-slimani-perfect-nanny-podcast.html?rref=collection%2Fcolumn%2Fbook-review-podcast&action=click&contentCollection=podcasts&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=collection

    Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Leaves of Grass (Studio 360, icons 2 & 3)

    https://www.pri.org/stories/2018-04-19/american-icons-amazing-grace

    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”

    Tariffs

    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)

    Gerrymandering

    Planet Money Episode #845 “REDMAP”

    https://www.npr.org/sections/money/

    Tax preparation nightmare

    Planet Money Episode 760  “Tax Hero”

    https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2017/03/22/521132960/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

    https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/a-conversation-with-mark-lilla-on-his-critique-of-identity-politics

    Anti-terrorism war powers  Radiolab „60 Words”

    https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/60-words/

     

    Sports

    Foul shots underhanded (Revisionist History) –  The Big Man Can’t Shoot

    http://revisionisthistory.com/episodes/03-the-big-man-cant-shoot

    Development of basketball  (99% invisible)

    https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/yin-yang-basketball/

    Development of football  (Radiolab)

    http://www.radiolab.org/story/who-are-we-carlisle-carlisle-carlisle/

    Baseball: The Shift: Redesigning the Baseball’s Defense

    https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/shift-redesigning-baseballs-defense/

     

    Medicine, Healthcare

    Bad Medicine Part 1: The Story of 98.6   (August 16, 2017)
    http://freakonomics.com/podcast/bad-medicine-part-1-story-rebroadcast/

    Bad Medicine Part 2: Drug Trials and Tribulations  (August 23, 2017)
    http://freakonomics.com/podcast/bad-medicine-part-2-drug-trials-tribulations-rebroadcast/

    Bad Medicine Part 3: Death by Diagnosis  (August 30, 2017)
    http://freakonomics.com/podcast/bad-medicine-part-3-death-diagnosis-rebroadcast/

     

    Folk culture

    Most Kitchen Sisters Present episodes

     

    Amazing personal stories (memoirs)

    Every episode of How I Built This

     

    Texas

    God Save Texas author interview, Fresh Air April 16, Lawrence Wright

    https://www.npr.org/programs/fresh-air/2018/04/16/602837501/fresh-air-for-april-16-2018-lawrence-wright-the-future-is-texas

    Dividing Texas into 5 states!

    Revisionist History, season 3, Episode 1 Divide and Conquer

    http://revisionisthistory.com/episodes/21-divide-and-conquer

    A Texas Character: Herb Kelleher, founder of Southwest Airlines

    https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/national-public-radio/how-i-built-this/e/48306996

     

     

    Germany

    Neil McGregor, Germany: Memories of a Nation, the history of Germany in 100 objects

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04dwbwz/episodes/downloads

     

    Our fallible memories: Raconteuring:  truth becomes fiction becomes truth

    Revisionist History:  A polite word for a liar (season 3 episode 3)

    http://revisionisthistory.com/episodes/23-a-polite-word-for-liar-memory-part-1

    Revisionist History:  Free Brian Williams (season 3 episode 4)

    http://revisionisthistory.com/episodes/24-free-brian-williams

     

  • Steven Austad on Darwin

    An eloquent and educated defender of Darwin living in Alabama. Heavens!  The link was taken down. It was:
     http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/02/darwin_and_the_eyes_have_it
    Steven Austad has written more than one article. Here is an example, “The Not-So-Observable Universe”
  • 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.

    The Amsterdam Declaration

  • To Begin the World Over Again — May 14, 21, 28.

    thomaspaine
  • Sir Julian Huxley:

    "Today the god hypothesis has ceased to be scientifically tenable...and its abandonment often brings a deep sense of relief... Once our relief at jettisoning an outdated piece of ideological furniture is over, [then] we must construct something to take its place."
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    Videos

    Videos We Like

    What is Christianity? Sam Harris Interviews Bart Ehrman  – podcast #125

    —– Live March 30, 2013 —–

    ASU Origins — The Storytelling of Science     1:30

    The Storytelling of Science — part 2 or 2 — audience questions and answers

    The Origins Project at ASU presents the final night in the Origins Stories weekend, focusing on the science of storytelling and the storytelling of science. The Storytelling of Science features a panel of esteemed scientists, public intellectuals, and award-winning writers including well-known science educator Bill Nye, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, theoretical physicist Brian Greene, Science Friday’s Ira Flatow, popular science fiction writer Neal Stephenson, executive director of the World Science Festival Tracy Day, and Origins Project director Lawrence Krauss as they discuss the stories behind cutting edge science from the origin of the universe to a discussion of exciting technologies that will change our future. They demonstrate how to convey the excitement of science and the importance helping promote a public understanding of science.

    Video by Black Chalk Productions

    Get the most recent updates from the Origins Project by following us on Facebook /ASUOriginsProject and Twitter @asuORIGINS. Contact origins.project@asu.eduwith questions.  (from YouTube)