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Imbolc Poem II: A Different Heaven

posted by Gus diZerega

Another that speaks for itself, and more. A Different Heaven Who will remember the truth, behind the way morning glories devour fences and telephone poles, is life hunger and the way it feels to stretch out delicate green tendrils and […]

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The Winter King

posted by Gus diZerega

I asked J. L. Stanley, the woman  whose poetry often moves me more than almost any others, to suggest a poems for Imbolc.  She sent me many. I cannot choose among them, for they all bring me to beyond myself. […]

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Interesting Fact on Cell Phones and Driving

posted by Gus diZerega

Michael O’Hare over at the Reality Based Community has a very interesting analysis of why, even though talking on a cell phone while driving is seriously dangerous, when people stopped talking through their hand held instruments in favor of blue […]

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Cool New 28th Constitutional Amendment Proposed

posted by Gus diZerega

A constitutional amendment that both conservatives and liberals can support, and that would do worlds of good, might seem to good to be true, but Juan Enriquez has come up with a winner.  A proposed 28th Amendment states Congress shall […]

Stone Circle Added to Worship Areas at Air Force Academy

posted by Gus diZerega

Yes, right in the heart of where the Christian Right did its best to turn our airmen into zealots for Jesus,  a stone circle has been officially added to worship facilities at our Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs. The article […]

Musing on Imbolc and Brigid

posted by Gus diZerega

Imbolc or Brigit is fast approaching.  My Wicca 101 group will soon learn about candle consecration as we prepare new quarter candles.  This year we’ll do the altar candles as well, for there isn’t much left of them.  

Evil in Action

posted by Gus diZerega

I try and stay away from politics, and then things like this happen that prove to me beyond reasonable doubt that many of those who dominate our country are truly as evil as human beings can become.

Supreme Court, Corporations, and Nihilism

posted by Gus diZerega

IMPORTANT UPDATE ON IMPEACHMENT BELOW The Supreme Court’s ruling allowing corporations to spend as much money as they want influencing elections is a horrifying example of how conservative sociopaths differ from any Pagan perspective, and why ALL religious people should […]

Good Piece on Gay Marriage

posted by Gus diZerega

Many years ago when I first heard about the issue of gay/lesbian marriage, my initial reaction was “Big deal – there are more important issues around.”  My second reaction was “Marriage has traditionally been between a man and a woman, […]

Good Piece on the Abortion Wars

posted by Gus diZerega

Salon has an interview well worth reading with Carol Joffe, author of Dispatches from the Abortion Wars.  In this time of Christian terrorism it is heartening to read a sane but sobering analysis of this issue.

An Obama Success

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATE BELOW I have been very critical of Barack Obama’s performance as President thus far.  I think his less than impressive record on visible issues has much to do with the failure of Democrats to hold onto their 60th Senate […]

Open Thread

posted by Gus diZerega

Have at it if you want.

Centre for Pagan Studies: Day for Gerald Gardner

posted by Gus diZerega

There will be a Day for Gerald Gardner at the Charge of the Goddess Conference in London, UK, this September 12, 2010.  This conference celebrating the life and influence of Gerald Gardner hopefully will interest any Pagans in the British Isles […]

War is Peace, Love is Hate, Jesus is Hot Lead

posted by Gus diZerega

Rifle sights sold to the Marines with Biblical citations.  Some things are almost beyond words to describe. They speak for themselves in their depths of dementia.

Science and Religion: A Reply to the Skeptics, II.

posted by Gus diZerega

I slightly revised this second part of the WACCO list discussion to try and provide more clarity, but the arguments have not been changed (though I added one paragraph to develop a thought more.) This post argues against the adequacy of […]

Martha Coakley and Satanic Ritual Abuse

posted by Gus diZerega

The case of Martha Coakley gets stranger and stranger.  I am grateful to Chas Clifton for bringing this to my attention.  I did some Googling about, and in the process found a post discussing the issue over at Wild Hunt. […]

Science and Religion: A Reply to the Skeptics, I.

posted by Gus diZerega

Two weeks ago I got involved in a discussion with two local and very sharp “skeptics,” Mark and Paul, concerning science and religion.  The exchange took place in the Wacco Bulletin Board, a wonderful local online communication media for Sonoma […]

Potentially Wonderful News About Global Warming

posted by Gus diZerega

These people are fluent in the only language most politicians seem to understand: money. From the Environmental News Service “The world’s largest investors today issued a statement calling on the United States and other governments to ‘act now to catalyze development […]

Chickens Coming to Roost

posted by Gus diZerega

Massachusetts stands a genuine chance of electing Scott Brown as a Republican Senator in next week’s election.  No, the state is not going red, conservative, or Republican.  The reason is more interesting than a sudden case of state-wide insanity.

Putting Robertson in His Proper Place

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATE below Raymond Joseph, Haiti’s Ambassador to the US, has done a wonderful job debunking  Pat Robertson’s idiotic comments about Haiti’s supposed pact with the devil.  Using Robertson’s logic, the devil also wanted the US to acquire the Louisiana Purchase […]

A Voudon Ceremony in New Orleans

posted by Gus diZerega

Pat Robertson’s is receiving well deserved if still insufficient condemnation for saying the Haitian earthquake may be a “blessing in disguise” and is the result of a “pact with the devil” Haitians made long ago to drive out French slave […]

My ‘Wicca 101′ Group Had Our First ‘Real’ Circle Tonight

posted by Gus diZerega

And it felt SO GOOD.  I’m not sure there is much that is better than a good Wiccan circle.  I mean no disrespect to any other spiritual tradition, not at all, but after several years without people to work with […]

Toxicity Reportedly Found in GMO Corn

posted by Gus diZerega

Huffington Post writes that a major scientific journal, the International Journal of Biological Sciences is reporting cases of organ failure in rats fed any of three varieties of Monsanto’s GMO corn.    The original article can be found here.

Some Thoughts on Spells and Spellcraft

posted by Gus diZerega

Tonight my Wicca 101 class will cover spells and related stuff, so it’s interesting that my “Open Thread” has focused in part on issues of spellcraft.  This is an area where I am pretty cautious of “book learning” myself, but […]

Open Thread

posted by Gus diZerega

I haven’t had one of these in a while.  I figure it’s time to share.

Hawaii Cannot Afford a Special Election

posted by Gus diZerega

The cost of one combat soldier in Afghanistan or Iraq is currently reliably estimated at about $775,000 per year.  Needless to say that doesn’t go to the guy on the ground.    The cost of a special election to fill Hawaii’s […]

Republicans and Communists: Rewriting History Moment by Moment

posted by Gus diZerega

I was talking with my friend Jim about the strange new Republican effort to rewrite history: that no terrorist attacks took place during George Bush’s presidency.  Diana Perino, Mary Matalin,  and now “Mr. 9/11″ Rudy Guiliani have said it.  Even setting 9/11 aside […]

Wicca 101 Class to Begin this Weekend in San Francisco Area.

posted by Gus diZerega

I received this notice of a forthcoming Wicca 101 class by very competent California Pagans.  I pass it on in case anyone is interested. Waxing Moon Circle is beginning this year’s annual Wicca 101 class series this upcoming Saturday, January […]

Dolphins as Persons

posted by Gus diZerega

Recent scientific research has led some biologists to argue that dolphins should be ranked as “non-human persons.”  I can only wish them success in their quest.  Our kind has a long history of retreat from the early modern and Abrahamic […]

John Mackey of Whole Foods, Libertarian Blindness, and New Age Spirituality

posted by Gus diZerega

John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, is at it again, using his version of libertarianism to deny global warming.  It is a false crisis that responding to would impoverish and enslave us.  Even a writer who has long defended him […]

Healing and Consciousness

posted by Gus diZerega

Stephan Schwartz of the Schwartz Report has posted a very interesting and I think important piece on healing and consciousness.  Here is his first paragraph.  Please check it out in its entirety. I think it’s worth it. (You have to […]

The Day of Iemanja

posted by Gus diZerega

On January 2, millions of Brazilians go to the beach and make offerings to Iemanja, Orixa of the ocean.  The teacher I studied with for six years  did it on New Year’s Day for some reason, and so for almost […]

Is it True “the system worked”? Actually, Yes.

posted by Gus diZerega

Have long since parted in the mainstream media where DHS head Janet Napolitano is being savaged by all manner of bottom dwellers and stenographers pretending to be journalists for allegedly saying “the system worked” after Abdulmutallab’s failed  Christmas Day attempt to destroy […]

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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