Humanists of North Alabama News! 2018-06-15
Humanists of North Alabama News! 2018-06-15
“As I get older, the more I stay focused on the acceptance of myself and others, and choose compassion over judgment and curiosity over fear.”
–Tracee Ellis Ross
Upcoming chapter events:
Sunday, June 17: 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).
Our discussion this month is on the topic of how to be inclusive when others appear exclusive. The discussion is from 2:00 to 3:00 pm.
New – Business Meeting from 3:00 to 3:30: If you are interested in creating a more structured formal organization, bring your ideas to this meeting.
Monday, June 25: 6:00-7:30pm:
Philosophy Café. *** New Location *** 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!
“Have a big enough heart to love unconditionally, and a broad enough mind to embrace the differences that make each of us unique.”-D.B. Harrop
Sunday, July 8: 2:00- 4:00 pm:
Non-Fiction Readers Book Discussion Group, 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). This month is an open discussion on what everyone is reading and recommending
Meetings of Interest:
Alabama Arise is hosting a listening session on Thursday, June 28th at 6:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Huntsville (607 Airport Road SW).
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!
“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” – Lao Tzu
Back in Room A/B June, July, and August
We’ll be back in our usual Room A/B at the main library in June, July, and August 2018.
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!
December 17 5pm Unity of Nashville, I’ll be telling some jokes for The Sunday Assembly
December 17 5pm Unity of Nashville, I’ll be telling some jokes for The Sunday Assembly as we celebrate s secular holiday! All welcome tickets available at
Are you a “none”? An atheist or agnostic? A free thinker? A secular humanist? Then Yule Y’all is for you!
Sing along to songs of the season along with your favorite pop tunes and some of the best from Sunday Assembly’s past, present and future! What holiday singalong would be complete without Bruce and Mariah, the Bangles and the Bee Gees? Don’t be a grinch, there’ll be comedy from Tracy Barkley and lots of laughs along the way!
Before and after the concert, shop for handmade, unique gifts from secular-friendly artisans. Products available include Dancing Cow soaps and lotions, handmade glass ornaments and frames, wooden trays, signs, and home decor, beaded and gemstone jewelry, and scented candles. We even have a publisher bringing books by some of your favorite secular writers, as well as the perfect stocking stuffer: a secular coloring book. This will be your chance to find that fun, different gift and support a small local businessperson.
Children welcome! We will have activities for kids three and older, plus the Grinch will be making an appearance.
Yule Y’all will be held at Unity Church, 5125 Franklin Pk, Nashville, 37220.
The Yule Market opens at 5:00 for shopping before the music starts, the concert starts at 6:00, and there will be time for shopping afterwards as well.
Tickets are available here: http://tinyurl.com/YuleYall
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.
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.