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Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#21 Jun 15, 2012
It's back! One of my favorite of all videos..it disappeared for awhile, someone just put it back up on Youtube June 8th--about a week ago:

Michèle Torr - Only You

video by neurophilefragile
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#22 Jun 16, 2012
Still prefer the b/w version, but this newer revamping is kind of nice:

Mina - SE TELEFONANDO

video by M1lleluci
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#23 Jun 16, 2012
Yeah..far better:

MINA MAZZINI "Se telefonando"

video by malapecora
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#24 Jun 27, 2012
This is pretty funny...a young Petula Clark:

True Love (Never Runs Smooth) Petula Clark (Vogue)

video by conkyjoe
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#25 Jun 27, 2012
Just recently finished volume 2 of Niebuhr's 'The Nature and Destiny of Man', and although i'd posted earlier it has to be the best book I've ever read, by the time I'd gotten tohrough the end of it felt the book gave more a sense of evil than good. Unquestionably interestingreading--so many of the points made seem irrefutable and make a lot of sense. Similar to the NY Times article about Niebuhr--much of it appears irrefutable. Here's a snippet...

'Forgetting Reinhold Niebuhr'; NY Times; September 18, 2005:

..."Against absolutism Niebuhr insisted on the "relativity of all human perspectives," as well as on the sinfulness of those who claimed divine sanction for their opinions. He declared himself "in broad agreement with the relativist position in the matter of freedom, as upon every other social and political right or principle." In pointing to the dangers of what Justice Robert H. Jackson called "compulsory godliness," Niebuhr argued that "religion is so frequently a source of confusion in political life, and so frequently dangerous to democracy, precisely because it introduces absolutes into the realm of relative values." Religion, he warned, could be a source of error as well as wisdom and light. Its role should be to inculcate, not a sense of infallibility, but a sense of humility. Indeed, "the worst corruption is a corrupt religion."

One imagines a meeting between two men - say, for example, the president of the United States and the last pope - who have private lines to the Almighty but discover fundamental disagreements over the message each receives. Thus Bush is the fervent champion of the war against Iraq; John Paul II stoutly opposed the war. Bush is the fervent champion of capital punishment; John Paul II stoutly opposed capital punishment. How do these two absolutists reconcile contradictory and incompatible communications from the Almighty?"
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#26 Jun 27, 2012
That is pretty funny...especially after reading Niebhur's pessimistic "realism" (culminating at the end of Volume 2), just happened to find that young Petula Clark video:

True Love (Never Runs Smooth) Petula Clark (Vogue)

video by conkyjoe
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#27 Jun 27, 2012
Ooops...just read that's not Petula Clark in the video--the young woman is Pat Mortimer lip-synching Petula Clark's song.
Bruce Deile

Seattle, WA

#28 Jun 27, 2012
Meant in above post that the video being found at this time was funny--not the NY Times article on Niebuhr. But just re-read this thread, and considering again the following that was posted previously:

....a Kirkus Reviews of Neibuhr essay 'Pious and Secular America' concludes:

..."In Christ, Dr. Niebuhr affirms repeatedly, is to be found that assurance of final forgiveness for the ineradicable evil in the human heart that can lift the self from despair to newness of life. This is the final answer to the mystery of human existence."

The pessimistic part is that meanwhile, if understanding correctly, flux and finiteness is experienced rather than forgiveness. Although I agree with so much of Niebuhr's writings, it seems there is much correlation with Nietzche dreadfulness. And the "supplement" contained in Kierkegaard's 'Practice in Christianity' came across as diabolical genius.
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#29 Jun 28, 2012
...On second thought, there's not much funny about the topic of pessimistic evil, so the timing of finding that video above may not be so humorous after all. It kinda seemed funny at the time though.
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#30 Jun 28, 2012
And, as usual, I don't know what this song means (the title translates online as "Remember") but it's sounds quite nice:

Ornella Vanoni - Ricorda

video by SignoraMusica
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#31 Jun 28, 2012
Milva has an excellent version of "Ricorda" as well. Looks like there's reference to Milva having sung it at San Remo but unable to find the video of that performance.
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#32 Jun 28, 2012
Yeah. The Milva cover is almost twice as long as Ornella Vanoni's. It's fantastic (both of their's are):

Milva - Ricorda

video by SignoraMusica

Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#33 Jun 28, 2012
This goes good with "Ricorda":

Connie Francis - Siboney

video by Glamourous8888
Bruce Deile

Bellingham, WA

#34 Jun 28, 2012
Here's Milva singing a different song at San Remo in 1968--this is very enjoyable:

Milva Canzone (SanRemo 1968) Video & Audio Restaurati HD

video by flaniman2
Bruce Deile

Reno, NV

#35 Dec 22, 2012
Reading Niebuhr months ago was very helpful in its insightfulness, but the critical stream of consciousness (?) also had a negative effect on my attempting to live up to Christian ideals. Backslid, although still clean/sober. It's just that having discovered so many things about Christianity that do not add up and are inconsistent/contradictory (or for ex. patriarchal verses calling for a priest's daughter to be burned [to death] if she's caught playing the harlot (Leviticus), I've been discouraged in even trying to live up to ideals. But back to the realization that it's better to try irregardless. For me personally it's in large part because it was a Christian God concept I prayed to most fervently when hitting bottom with alcohol/drugs in 1985. So even though having found many things about Christianity that are objectionable over the years, I continue to believe in that God that helped me get clean/sober.

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