Humanists of North Alabama News! 2018-09-14
“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” ― Frederick Douglass
Upcoming chapter events:
Sunday, September 16: 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. Topic to be decided at meeting.
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.
Monday, September 24: 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! A suggested topic from previous months: What does it mean to know yourself?
Note: We are taking recommendations on locations that have an area where a group can sit together and yet be quiet enough for discussions and that serves food for a variety of preferences.
“One man to live in pleasure and wealth, whiles all other weap and smart for it, that is the part not of a king, but of a jailor.” ― Sir Thomas More
Sunday, October 14: 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 a review of books about class.
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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Humanists of North Alabama is an official Chapter of the American Humanist Association. Membership in the AHA is strongly encouraged!
“There is no knowledge so hard to acquire as the knowledge of how to live this life well and naturally.” ― Michel de Montaigne
“What is it that makes all our quarrels end in death nowadays? Whereas our fathers knew degrees of vengeance we now begin at the end and straightway talk of nothing but killing. What causes that, if not cowardice?” ― Michel de Montaigne (1532-1592), The Complete Essays
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.