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  •  Regarding the poll about National Parks... (9+ / 0-)

    I really won't go to any site (national park, state park, museum, point of interest, etc.) that is in a state where the crazies have taken over.

    I particularly want to visit the Nashville Parthenon. Anyone ever see this amazing simulation in concrete?

    Nashville Parthenon:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    I have visited the real Parthenon in Athens. I was amazed there at all the broken columns, pieces of stonework and statuary. I also was amazed at the stonework of the restorers who are gradually bringing the building and the whole Acropolis site into a stable form that can resist further threats. I even visited the "Elgin marbles" in the British Museum.

    Historical Video of Parthenon (REALLY COOL):
    http://www.dailymotion.com/...

    But it's very expensive to go there now. A trip to the Nashville Parthenon would give much of the impression of both the original and the current strucuture for the price of a car trip, dinner, and overnight stay. You could even see the statue of Athena, recently reconstructed by a really courageous artist, working in a conservative area such as Nashville.

    Nashville Parthenon Statue of Athena:
    http://www.nashville.gov/...

    Athena was the Goddess of Wisdom, you know.

    I won't go to Nashville. I won't go there until Tennessee gets its collective head out of its ass. Tennessee progressives? They will have to contribute their greatest effort to the extrication of that collective head which presently is where the sun don't shine.

    "Athena... is the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill... Athena is also a shrewd companion of heroes and is the goddess of heroic endeavour."
    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    Tennessee needs the "help" of Athena desperately.

    I'll just forego going to any sites in "crazy" states and just stay home or go overseas to places where heads are in more sensible positions: Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Uruguay, and very likely France.

    There.

    Ugh. --UB.

    "Daddy, every time a bell rings, a Randian Libertaria­n picks up his Pan Am tickets for the Libertaria­n Paradise of West Dakota!"

    by unclebucky on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 06:20:10 AM PDT

    •  Been to the Nashville Parthenon. It's very cool! (2+ / 0-)
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      I wish I could go to the "real" one, but the Nashville site gives a really good feel for what it must have been like when the Parthenon was whole.  There is a lot of information on the history of the Athens Parthenon and the building of the the Nashville Parthenon.

      Everyone, in some small sacred sanctuary of the self, is nuts. -Leo Rosten, author (1908-1997)

      by Spirit of Life on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 09:11:28 AM PDT

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      •  I am glad you got a chance to go there! :) (0+ / 0-)

        As I said, I think that the Nashville Parthenon gives a really good impression of the intact actual building.

        Did you see the vid above in Daily Motion? :)

        Maybe I can get down there. Where are the non-fundie neighborhoods? :D

        Best,

        --UB.

        "Daddy, every time a bell rings, a Randian Libertaria­n picks up his Pan Am tickets for the Libertaria­n Paradise of West Dakota!"

        by unclebucky on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 03:47:33 PM PDT

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    •  Looks like a great place to visit (1+ / 0-)
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      I haven't been to Nashville in years. Just a question what about recreating the Athena statue was courageous? It looks pretty standard and non-controversial to me.

      •  The Athena statue... (1+ / 0-)
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        Charles,

        Did you look at the video above (in daily motion)?

        One of the scenes was "christianISTs" knocking down all the pagan statues off the Parthenon.

        I don't recall what the original fate of the Athena statue was, but around 390 to 425 CE, "christianISTs" were destroying pagan arts, literature and science at a record rate.

        So, with regard to this Athena statue, it is PAGAN of origin, and the legend of course ascribes "wisdom" to Zeus emerging from his forehead as Athena. See?

        Now, there are a lot of nut-cases in US-based christianISM, and they kill doctors, hurt people they don't like, and do other nasty things their "sky god" tells them to do.

        I am surprised that the Athena artist didn't get death threats, frankly. ;o)

        Ugh. --UB.

        "Daddy, every time a bell rings, a Randian Libertaria­n picks up his Pan Am tickets for the Libertaria­n Paradise of West Dakota!"

        by unclebucky on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 03:44:28 PM PDT

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