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Brian Donohue

  • Commented on Links With Your Coffee Tuesday
    Hmm, bad movie? C'mon, Joel, Trace, Kevin: bring it back, the way it was in the late 80's, in all its snarky goofiness. Titanic doesn't work for me; I want the original back, complete with the silly storyline; the homemade...
  • Commented on Natural or Synthetic
    I have a simple answer that will probably appear too stupid to scientific, intellectual folks. Organic tastes better. If that's "fuzzy thought," count me guilty as charged and punish me accordingly. Organic fruits and vegs taste exponentially better than supermarket...
  • Commented on Standing Tall
    Our native bird here in Brooklyn has an unfortunate reputation but plenty of persistence....
  • Commented on AppHoles
    Of perhaps even more ominous note is the purchase and shutting down (this month) of Lala, the music buying/sharing software. This is a classic case of corporate invade-and-occupy. When I worked for AIG, they did this constantly: bought up companies...
  • Commented on Gypsy's opera picks
    I was just watching the director's cut dvd of Forman's magnificent film, with that hilarious scene where the mother-in-law's shrieking moralisms morph into the Queen of the Night's famous coloratura. Some amazing and very moving stories on the supplemental stuff...
  • Commented on Philip Pullman: nobody has the right not to be offended
    Well, it's good Friday so out of respect I went into the forest and asked the gods there: which of you will die for my sins? Naturally, the response I got turned into a poem....
  • Commented on Links With Your Coffee - Saturday
    Yes, the "good man" did not, I am certain, wish to be fixed to the tree of ignorance. This morning, after a troubled sleep, I heard a poem about this....
  • Commented on Links With Your Coffee - Monday
    OK, I tried. Keep in mind, that's a direct appeal to Christians, and as I've said before here, slanders against individual believers tend only to create resentment and actually harden them in their clutching at falsehood. Most who read here...
  • Commented on Gypsy's 3 nice surprises
    Let's not forget the great Polish birthday boy today....
  • Commented on Links With Your Coffee - Sunday
    Sorry, can't play that game with you. I will never call Martin Luther King, William Sloane Coffin, Dan Berrigan, and their ilk "superstitious bastards." That's Glenn Beck punk garbage unworthy of the intelligence that many of the atheist faith claim...
  • Commented on Links With Your Coffee - Thursday
    Figure the pot link would be broken. Doesn't matter -- it relieves pain and it's fun. We've known that for decades, thanks for catching on, researchers. You get the munchies for non-organic food, get the tie-in there? And it's the...
  • Commented on Musical Tour
    Poor old Sam, who wrote a fair bit of very good music and is known only for ten of the most despairing minutes in the repertoire of musical history. On that note, maybe a "one hit wonder" theme would be...
  • Commented on It's The Senate, Stupid
    This is one of the major, unaccounted factors that causes pundits to complacently label the public mind "center-right." I truly wish I had the video of that Bolton performance I mention during the BBC's coverage of the 08 elections: he...
  • Commented on The Weather Outside is... Making Some Question Their Faith
    No wonder Sarah quit her job to become a teabag author -- maybe she could see Russia, but not Heaven, from Alaska....
  • Commented on A Reasoned Debate
    I can't find any substance for controversy here: belief is toxic, and the tighter you grip it, the more does its poison penetrate. Belief, of course, is the johnny-come-lately of the mind: JC taught a simple message of humility and...
  • Commented on Links With Your Coffee
    A pretty strange rant that conflates Huckabee with progressives, but there it is: when it comes to our beliefs (or, in this case, anti-beliefs), our emotions can get the best of us. And I assure Mr. Ebert that if he...
  • Commented on Agressive Atheism
    It's a rant -- a very good rant, I might add; and that's coming from a fellow who has made similar rants. Unfortunately, this sort of stuff doesn't work, usually it merely creates resentment. I got it when I wrote...
  • Commented on Links With Your Coffee
    As I point out here in a follow-up to the remarkable story of the agnostic Chilean president, spirituality is a luxury of sorts for people who are fortunate enough to be well governed. Bachelet understood this point and focused her...
  • Commented on Links With Your Coffee - Thursday
    You mean an option to Dem vs. GOP would be a bad, irrational thing? Well just dip me in chocolate and eat me, then!...
  • Commented on Links With Your Coffee - Thursday
    Kilmeade might have added, "Edith, stifle yerself and get me a beer..." And if you're too young to remember that show, well, you can look at this, but you have to have seen it....
  • Commented on Links With Your Coffee - Wednesday
    Have you ever thought about the imps that lie hidden in our language? I think about these things, because I'm a blogger with too few imp-ulses and way too much time on my hands. Here are a few imp words:...
  • Commented on Links With Your Coffee - Tuesday
    Not to worry Dan -- fundie Christians here have been burning JK's books for a decade now. And anyway, the very metaphor of the stories is about the exposure of religion as Voldemort consciousness....
  • Commented on Oliver Sacks
    My 15 year old pianist daughter would have a bone to pick about Beethoven not being orange enough! She says, "Bach is too notey." But if she wants to get into a conservatory, she knows she'll have to learn to...
  • Commented on I Read The News Today
    Does a lost childhood lead to a foreshortened adult life of continual regression, in which the body breaks down under the relentless pressure of the psyche's attempt to recover what can never be returned? Schaffer (author of the play Amadeus)...
  • Commented on Bach
    My kid's a piano student at LaGuardia HS, which is at Lincoln Center, right across town from FAO (the famous high-end toy store is on the East side, near the Plaza Hotel and the popular glass cube Apple store). She's...
  • Commented on Links With Your Coffee - Tuesday
    Well, that's the US Treasury building there. The obvious meaning is: Geithner is God. Now for those of you who might think that's a tad hyperbolic of the government, just consider that Elie Wiesel thought the same about Bernie Madoff......
  • Commented on National Day of Prayer
    The only thing I wish for and recommend to the President in this respect is that he gives those two little girls the space and time to find out their own truth. There are far more immediate truths to be...
  • Commented on Links With Your Coffee - Thursday
    The funny thing about that article is that even the writer accepts Collins' superficial interpretation of the uncertainty principle. Like everything in quantum theory, the language doesn't tell you much -- at least in terms that ordinary folks like us...
  • Commented on The FDA and HuffPo Alternative Quackery
    Maybe I can weigh in here as what most would call an alt-med type of practitioner myself (the psychotherapy I do is grounded largely in cognitive-behavioral models that are well though not definitively supported by research, but I do use...
  • Commented on Links With Your Coffee - Sunday
    Let's be generous here: the lady was merely reifying, a little dramatically perhaps, one of the guiding metaphors of our culture: 10 lbs. of shit in a 5 pound bag....
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