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I read franco-belges comics when I a child, in French, since I'm French-Canadian, and French is my mother language.  I read mostly Astérix,  Achille Tallon, and others I don't rememer their names.   My brother was really fond of Tintin, and managed to buy them all.

I don't read comics or graphic novels, I read mangas though.  I just finished reading Devils' Line by Ryo Hanada, which was pretty good.  My favorite artist is Tsutomu Nihey, just love everything that he does, and my favorite manga by him is Blame!.  Probably the best manga serie ever.   I recently finished rebuying his last edition in English, the much bigger and cleaner Master Edition of Blame!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blame!
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On the manga side, I tend to have favorite titles rather than favorite authors, but one exception is Sanami Matoh. Not because of the art style so much as the characterization and dialogue.

And then there are Franco-Belgian comics, which need more attention damnit! I like Asterix and Tintin, which are probably the most familiar to non-French-speaking audiences, and I'm also fond of Lucky Luke. I recently learned of Blake and Mortimer, which seems to be a techno-noir (like a more serious Tintin), but my library doesn't have any so I'll have to wait for my budget to catch up before I can read it.

I read franco-belges comics when I a child, in French, since I'm French-Canadian, and French is my mother language.  I read mostly Astérix,  Achille Tallon, and others I don't rememer their names.   My brother was really fond of Tintin, and managed to buy them all.

I don't read comics or graphic novels, I read mangas though.  I just finished reading Devils' Line by Ryo Hanada, which was pretty good.  My favorite artist is Tsutomu Nihey, just love everything that he does, and my favorite manga by him is Blame!.  Probably the best manga serie ever.   I recently finished rebuying his last edition in English, the much bigger and cleaner Master Edition of Blame!
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Non-Religious News / Re: Birds Are Vanishing From North America
« Last post by Nothingness on Yesterday at 10:33:47 pm »
Birds Are Vanishing From North America 

https://nyti.ms/2IepqH8?smid=nytcore-ios-share

I've been birding for nearly all of the 49 years covered by the research, and this matches my personal experience; I think most birders can attest to this...and yet, it's still shocking and horrifying to see the numbers.

Bugs are no more too.  I saw plenty of all sort of bugs when I was a child, flies,  bees, dragonflies, butterflies, etc. It's probably one main reason there are less birds now.  And less bees definiitively affects agricultures on grand scales world wide.
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Non-Religious News / Re: Birds Are Vanishing From North America
« Last post by RandallS on Yesterday at 06:30:19 pm »
I've been birding for nearly all of the 49 years covered by the research, and this matches my personal experience; I think most birders can attest to this...and yet, it's still shocking and horrifying to see the numbers.

Those numbers are scary. Unfortunately, if Trump and the current Republican party have their way, the losses will probably only increase. Birds, like clean water and clean air, are probably less important to current Republicans than better corporate profits to further enrich the one-percenters. Personally I would strongly prefer clean water, clean air, and more birds, but my opinion doesn't matter.
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Political Discussions / Re: The True Face of Trudeau
« Last post by Sefiru on Yesterday at 06:08:36 pm »
On the other hand I sympathise with him. Unlike, say, the blackface controversies in this merry Old Dominion age is no excuse — at 30 a little more discretion is to be expected. Even so, his offence is a mild and piddling one and certainly no legitimate reason to ruin his career, as it very well may. Trudeau should be measured by his deeds in office rather than past transgressions. That’s only just. By that metric the Trudeau government has proven itself a loyal standard-bearer of the same liberal cosmopolitanism which is currently tearing open his innards, and I can only wonder whether it’s so wise to bite the hand that feeds.

I agree with this, despite having a diametrically opposite political alignment.

I mean, the only attention I pay to politics is half-listening to the lunchtime news, and I've known for a while that Trudeau's public image is *very* carefully curated and not much more than skin deep. But ... that's a skill I *want* to see in a federal politician. Of course he's a scoundrel; they all are. At least Trudeau is competent.

(Scheer has all the subtlety of a cartoon villain; Singh is OK, I guess, though his party has had similar trouble with social media sins. May ... is giving it a good shot, but I've heard a bit too much 'more Left than thou' talk. I'mma look at my local candidates before decding.)
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Non-Pagan Religions and Interfaith Discussions / Re: "No Other Gods Before Me"
« Last post by arete on Yesterday at 02:38:01 pm »
So the Commandment states that "Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me".
In the greek translation, it says 'there aren't for you other gods but me.' In greek it means, there aren't any gods. They use the verb ''to be''. It implies all other Gods are non existent. Now, it says ''for you'' so this may mean that for other people they can choose other Gods. But for the christians those other Gods are non existent.
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Pagan Spirituality / Re: Apotheosis
« Last post by arete on Yesterday at 02:22:42 pm »
I was curious about what people might think about apotheosis and if there is a divine nature in human beings. I have some Judeo-Christian UPG regarding this. Since the Book says that "man was made in God's image" that we humans are therefore god-like, or smaller versions of God.

I wonder if there is a Pagan view or views on this: do Human Beings have divine nature? Can Humans become like Gods? What is the relation between Humans and Gods in this context?

Again, in some forms of Christianity you have some mortals becoming Saints or deified in some ways. Is there a similar apotheosis for Humans in any Pagan beliefs?
In greek language 'apotheosis' is giving honour to mortals as if they were Gods. It is used to show great admiration.  :)
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Political Discussions / Re: The True Face of Trudeau
« Last post by Castus on Yesterday at 09:27:36 am »
Must all my loves prove treacherous?

Brownface, Blackface and About-Face. Is Trudeau Who He Says He Is?   

https://nyti.ms/2QlpwDr?smid=nytcore-ios-share

I’m conflicted.

On the one hand, my loathing for Justin Trudeau is as deep as the ocean. Therefore I take a bitter little joy in this controversy, as once again the Revolution devours one of her children.

On the other hand I sympathise with him. Unlike, say, the blackface controversies in this merry Old Dominion age is no excuse — at 30 a little more discretion is to be expected. Even so, his offence is a mild and piddling one and certainly no legitimate reason to ruin his career, as it very well may. Trudeau should be measured by his deeds in office rather than past transgressions. That’s only just. By that metric the Trudeau government has proven itself a loyal standard-bearer of the same liberal cosmopolitanism which is currently tearing open his innards, and I can only wonder whether it’s so wise to bite the hand that feeds.

ETA: clever thread title btw
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Political Discussions / The True Face of Trudeau
« Last post by Altair on Yesterday at 08:01:33 am »
Must all my loves prove treacherous?

Brownface, Blackface and About-Face. Is Trudeau Who He Says He Is?   

https://nyti.ms/2QlpwDr?smid=nytcore-ios-share
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Non-Religious News / Birds Are Vanishing From North America
« Last post by Altair on Yesterday at 07:50:34 am »
Birds Are Vanishing From North America 

https://nyti.ms/2IepqH8?smid=nytcore-ios-share

I've been birding for nearly all of the 49 years covered by the research, and this matches my personal experience; I think most birders can attest to this...and yet, it's still shocking and horrifying to see the numbers.
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