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Real Men, Republicans, and the Sacred Masculine

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATE below. The strutting masculinity, steely eyed attention to a brutal reality, and courage under fire that the Republicans and culture warriors in general like to project is showing itself as the posturing of craven bullies.  As it has always […]

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Deception in the ‘Organic Food’ Industry

posted by Gus diZerega

Silk” soy products has just been exposed for utterly unethical behavior in the organic food market.  For its parent company, corporate giant Dean Foods, this is not the first time.

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The Pagan Origins of Hanging Mistletoe Over the Door

posted by Gus diZerega

Kenneth Davis who blogs over at Huffington Post has a great entry on the Pagan history of Mistletoe as a blessing hung over doorways.  One dimension of the story is Anglo, the other Saxon, and both are worth knowing.  

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Avatar and the attack on Pantheism

posted by Gus diZerega

Catholic Ross Douthat is bothered – more than bothered – by Avatar’s pantheism. If one were looking at an attack on Pagan sensibilities, Douthat’s column would be a good place to start.  Beliefnet’s own Rod Dreher of “Crunchy Con” fame […]

Avatar as a Rorschach of the Soul

posted by Gus diZerega

Last night I saw Avatar.  Go see it! It is a wonderful and very Pagan movie. As I understand it the movie’s basic messages are that completeness is achieved in connection with others, that harmony is the basic value and […]

Pagans at the Parliament of the Worlds Religions

posted by Gus diZerega

I have been so focused on my own work that I failed to pay any attention to the Pagans presence at the Parliament of the World Religions, held in Melbourne, Australia.  My bad.  One of the best pieces of news from […]

Avatar and the resurgence of Pantheism

posted by Gus diZerega

I had come across so many right wing and Christian attacks on James Cameron’s Avatar that I made up my mind definitely to see it, and to write on it after doing so.  But I haven’t seen it yet.  The […]

“Christian” Black Magick

posted by Gus diZerega

Unbelieveable. Fortunately neither they nor their deity are very good at it. UPDATE Well, looks like their attempt at Black Magick may have backfired.  

Winter Solstice 2009

posted by Gus diZerega

Last night we celebrated the Winter Solstice in Berkeley.  Old friends and newer gathered together to invoke, dance, sing, and burn the boughs of last year’s celebrations in a brilliant conflagration.  I hope the Yule Fire’s enthusiastic flames will prove […]

Turning CO2 into Fuel

posted by Gus diZerega

An exciting discovery has taken place at the Sandia National Labs in New Mexico.  A way has been found, using solar energy, to turn CO2 into fuel.  It will not be on the market soon as greater efficiency is needed. […]

DiZerega Workshops at Pantheacon

posted by Gus diZerega

As many West Coast Pagans know, Pantheacon is the largest Pagan gathering in the West, happening February 12-15, over Presidents’ day weekend in San Jose.  I’ve gone for years, seeing old friends, listening to great music, attending cool workshops, and […]

The Health Care Bill as UnAmerican Travesty (Maybe & Maybe Not)

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATE 12/21 – below Like many people I’ve been torn both ways by the health care bill that Corporate America’s representatives in the Senate and White House are trying to give us.  If passed it would definitely help some people […]

Open Source Religion?

posted by Gus diZerega

I’ve known Sam Webster for years as one of the brightest most energetic forces in the very broad Pagan community within the San Francisco Bay Area.  But until today I did not know how central he was to something called […]

What to do?

posted by Gus diZerega

Some readers have asked me, given the previous blog, what to do.  Certainly a reasonable question.  I made a quick answer in the comments, here’s a more considered post with five suggestions, the first able to be implemented today.  

Joe Lieberman as a sign of America’s moral and spiritual collapse

posted by Gus diZerega

What follows is a rant.  I cannot help it, as I saw Joe Lieberman’s sanctimonious face grinning at me on site after site yesterday.

Open Thread

posted by Gus diZerega

Have at it.

Writing’s Woes

posted by Gus diZerega

Today was spent mostly reworking some chapters on my 60s, Culture War and Divine Feminine manuscript.  The advantage of coming back to a basically finished piece after a couple of months is that I can look at it with new […]

The Sport of Kings…

posted by Gus diZerega

Around one hundred thousand innocent Iraqis  have been killed during the Iraq War, possibly considerably more. How many is 100,000?  Let us assume the average corpse is 5.5 feet tall. Laid end to end the bodies would stretch 104 miles […]

Signs and War

posted by Gus diZerega

Walking in the rain down to the autoteller to get some cash, I saw Sebastopol’s regular demonstrators, one group against the latest war, the other supporting our troops, standing on the corner where the cash machine stood.  Not in the […]

Looking More Deeply at the Global Warming Debate

posted by Gus diZerega

A retired physicist friend has sent me a NYT piece by John Tierney on the stolen emails and accusations of impropriety issue.  Included was the extensive discussion of his column by readers from different perspectives.  By current standards Tierney is […]

How to get deleted, and how NOT to get deleted

posted by Gus diZerega

Since I’ve had to delete an enormous amount of garbage the past two days, unleashed by the  “Climategate” post, I want to go over MY rules for posting on this blog once again. First, personal attacks are out.  I occasionally […]

Climate Change “Blogathon”

posted by Gus diZerega

There will be a Blogathon” this weekend featuring a great many scientific experts as well as leading voices warning of global warming who are not themselves scientists.  I recommend anyone seriously interested in this issue pop in to look around.  The […]

Dead Season Musings

posted by Gus diZerega

It rarely freezes in Sebastopol.  But ‘rarely’ is far from ‘never,’ and we have been hit with an unusually cold series of days, with temperatures getting into the 20s and teens.  My favorite coffee place, Hardcore, had its pipes freeze.  […]

What’s True and What’s Not About ‘Climategate’

posted by Gus diZerega

I’ve received some emails asking me what I know about “Climategate” – the alleged scandal exposed when thirteen years of emails at the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, UK, were hacked, and disseminated by right wing […]

“Symbol” by Celia

posted by Gus diZerega

One of the greatest things about traveling are the new discoveries I make along the way.  When I was in Kansas an old friend gave me a wonderful CD by Celia.  Some of you already know about her, I’m sure.  […]

Reinventing the Sacred by Stuart Kauffman

posted by Gus diZerega

Books exploring the philosophical implications of science by contemporary scientists tend to fall into two categories: those that assert and explore the implications of scientific reductionism and those that explore the implications of quantum physics.  Neither is directly relevant o […]

Strike Three

posted by Gus diZerega

I had planned a post on a wonderful book for today.   But Barack Obama has pushed it to another day.  Tonight Barack Obama joined George Bush in our growing national pastime of escalating military adventures without a clear reason for […]

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Earth Day and the Sacredness of the Earth
I think Earth Day is a particularly important moment for contemplation and commitment by us Pagans.  Often American Christian critics accuse us of “pantheism,” and in a important respect they are right.  We do find the sacred, most of us, in the earth without reference to any transcendental sp

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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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