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Wake Up and Smell the Coffee!

posted by Gus diZerega

There is a wonderful thread on coffee right now over at Balloon Juice.  I know John knows his coffee, because like him I was a snob for Peets until I discovered Kalani.  I think Peets’ Major Dickinson’s Blend is one […]

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Innocent Man Executed – a Test for Abortion Opponents

posted by Gus diZerega

Conservative “pro-life” Christians, especially Texans, now have an interesting moral challenge.  Cameron Todd, an innocent man, was executed in Texas.  The facts of his innocence are overwhelming in this case.  For a start, see Huffingtonpost  as well as Barry Scheck’s […]

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The Fundamentalist Sources of American Irrationalism?

posted by Gus diZerega

I just came across a fascinating anecdote that might shed light on something that has long fascinated and horrified me about my country.  At a recent town-hall meeting in Iowa a local weekly quizzed attendees as to whether or not […]

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A Note on Blog Ground Rules

posted by Gus diZerega

As many of you know, occasionally I have bounced someone from this list, or barred them from a particular thread – in which case they usually take their duckies and go home.  Is this controlling on my part?

Another Open Thread

posted by Gus diZerega

Haven’t had one for a while.  This one’s yours.

Lest We Forget: Torture, Cheney, Murder, and Depravity

posted by Gus diZerega

Some time earlier this blog was a scene of considerable discussion as various self-described religious people attempted to justify torture.  A common claim as I remember was that it worked, that it saved American lives. Dick Cheney said that so […]

Wicca 101 Outline

posted by Gus diZerega

Here is the projected course of instruction for my Wicca 101 class, starting this in September.  Each numbered section will be at least one week long, sometimes longer.  It is biased towards a broadly British Traditionalist approach, and also is […]

Robert Bringhurst’s “The Tree of Meaning”

posted by Gus diZerega

When I first became a Pagan I thought that we were primarily a new/old religious perspective that would better integrate human beings with the world and feminine values.  I still think that, but just what that means has continued to […]

America and Fascism: Part 2 of an Important Post by Sara Robinson

posted by Gus diZerega

As I promised, here is Part 2 of Robinson’s post. In it she discusses what people can do in the short run to forestall things getting further out of hand than they are.  She promises a Part 3, that will […]

Good Pagan Music Source

posted by Gus diZerega

When I was just becoming a Pagan, one of the things I loved most was the music.  Fortunately I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, whch was one of the centers for a lot of good musicians, including the […]

Wicca 101

posted by Gus diZerega

Friday a friend and I are getting together to plan our Wicca 101 class this fall.  Some time ago I discussed how Pagans nationally lack teachers who have had experience in what they teach.  I had thought about starting up […]

Attention Pagan Scholars!

posted by Gus diZerega

Coreopsis A Journal of Myth and Theatre is issuing a call for Papers on Shamanism, Trance, and Shamanic Performance. Look interesting?  Go on over and take a look.  Their submission guidelines are here. They also have an interesting list of […]

Holding People Responsible: Mackey and the Whole Foods Boycott

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATE – links added. As often happens here, the issue I wanted to discuss has been all but lost from sight by issues my readers would rather discuss.  My argument as to why from a PAGAN perspective one should boycott […]

A Pagan Reason Not to Shop at Whole Foods

posted by Gus diZerega

John Mackey, the dishonest CEO  of Whole Foods, has caused quite a stir with his foolish editorial about why we do not need health care reform.  Many people, myself included, have decided to boycott the chain until Mackey is looking […]

Open Thread

posted by Gus diZerega

Happy Saturday!

Grumpy Musings on Lineages

posted by Gus diZerega

I’ve been thinking about what lineages mean and don’t mean in Wicca.  In a world where the Sacred can be approached from almost any direction, what does being Faery or Gardnerian or Alexandrian or Reclaiming mean compared to being self-initiated? […]

Paganism, Fascism, and America, Part 2 of 2

posted by Gus diZerega

For most people the appeal of fascism is first and foremost to feel powerful, particularly to dominate those they blame for their sense of themselves being exploited.  But unlike many movements against oppression, fascist movements do not target those had […]

Paganism, Fascism, and America, Part 1 of 2

posted by Gus diZerega

This will be a two-part mini essay giving a Pagan perspective on Fascism. Part II in particular will present arguments not likely to be made by either secularists or Christians, although Pagans do not have a monopoly on the points […]

America and Fascism: an Important Post by Sara Robinson

posted by Gus diZerega

The post says it all.  We are watching American fascism as a powerful movement develop before our eyes. UPDATE Dave Neiwert at Orcinus has added further information, including videos in “‘Brown Shirts’? Town Hall teabaggers’ ranks are indeed riddled with […]

Open Thread

posted by Gus diZerega

Yep, It’s one of those again.

Thugs in Action

posted by Gus diZerega

One of the interesting things about these disruptions of democracy is how many of the hooligans are older.  Most are on Medicare, many are eligible for, and use, the VA.  Both are government programs with few critics other than the […]

Spiritual Pluralism

posted by Gus diZerega

I have long been intrigued by the fact that so many religious traditions have believers who, like me, are a part of that tradition because of powerful personal spiritual encounters.  Mine was a close encounter with a Goddess at a […]

A Personal Statement

posted by Gus diZerega

In early 2000 I had completed a manuscript on salmon and sustainability, learning in the process never to eat anything from a salmon farm.  I was planning another manuscript on forest conservation and some more articles on democracy as an […]

A Lammas Song

posted by Gus diZerega

Our Lammas ritual was the best I have attended in years.  Among its many charms was a song we sang: The Harvest, by Rick Hamouris.  It really captures the spirit of the time for me, and I pass it along.

Maddow on History of Republican Rioters Against democracy

posted by Gus diZerega

Brooks Bothers rioters, teabaggers, professional agitators, and resume padding thugs.  It’s all here.

Blackwater’s Founder Guilty of Murder?

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATES I – IV  on Blackwater and the accuracy of these reports below the fold. I have long thought Blackwater was one of the scariest and most subversive institutions the Bush regime established within the US.  Highly armed, lethally trained, […]

Right Wing and Corporate Thugs Attack Americans

posted by Gus diZerega

There is a well orgnized corporate funded attack on Democratic Congresspeople’s efforts to meet with their constituents in ‘town hall’ meetings – including shouting down citizens who ask questions the Republican fascists don’t support. It is supported at the top […]

Wiccans and Opposing Evil

posted by Gus diZerega

David E. Oliver asked whether Wiccans would cast a curse to ” stop someone who is going to committ murder?  Sometimes doing harm is only way to fight evil. Do pagans believe in evil?”  I promised him a thread, and […]

A Preview of ‘Pro-Life’ America

posted by Gus diZerega

Lindsey Beyerstein over at Majikthise provides more information about the utter hypocrisy and genuine nastiness of the triumph of “pro-life” forces in Nicaragua in outlawing abortion for any reason whatsoever.   . . .  the law makes it a crime to […]

Stonehenge Solved? One Guy Might Have Done It.

posted by Gus diZerega

A retired construction worker might have figured it out using mostly boards, pebbles, and rope – no flying saucers or anti-grav devices necessary. Very very cool. (My thanks to Liz Elms)

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Instructive examples on why interfaith work is a good idea
I deeply believe the problems in our country are more of the heart than of the head. Here are some youtubes courtesy of John Morehead of the Evangelical Chapter of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy on Facebook. They speak more eloquently than anything I can write that interfaith work is a good

posted 1:08:25pm Apr. 12, 2012 | read full post »

The controversy over Pink Slime - and what it means.
The controversy over pink slime is helping educate Americans to the fact that corporations are as beneficial to agriculture as they are to politics. Tom Laskawy put it pithily: “What pink slime represents is an open admission by the food industry that it is hard-pressed to produce meat that won’

posted 4:03:07pm Apr. 11, 2012 | read full post »

How the "war on religion' backfired into a war on women
Here  is a really good article by Tina DuPuy on how the Republicans got themselves into such a mess with America's more intelligent women.  Left undiscussed is how the extreme pathological masculinity of both their deity and their leaders made that slip so very easy.

posted 12:12:35pm Apr. 11, 2012 | read full post »

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