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Junk Food Addicts Rats, Changes Brain Chemistry

posted by Gus diZerega

Researchers at The Scripps  Research Institute report that when fed junk food instead of good food, the brain chemistry of rats changes in ways analogous to cocaine addiction.  Addicted rats turned down nutritious food preferring no food instead, but willingly underwent repeated […]

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The Worst Movies Depicting Witches and Other Pagans

posted by Gus diZerega

What follows is my attempt to distill everyone’s comments into a manageable post.  As I went through the lists I discovered a good argument for including the Wizard of Oz by Sheherazahde and so included comments on both sides of that […]

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A Spiritual Take on the Rage over Health Care Reform

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATE below I think the outbursts of hatred and anger we have seen since passage of the Health Care Reform bill indicate it may have been an even bigger deal than I thought.  I think something far deeper than a […]

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The Bad Portrayals of Pagans in Movies Project

posted by Gus diZerega

Has not been a success in my opinion.  Very few participated, those who did usually were knowledgeable about one movie, and all in all, the discussion was with a few exceptions, pretty minimal.  What there was was good, but there […]

Right Wing Violence Escalating?

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATED MOST RECENTLY 3/29, 9 am pst. A old anti-government hypocrite living off Social Security disability payments is becoming a focal point for organized violent intimidation.  Incidents of violent intimidation have escalated since health care reform was passed.  Rachel Maddow […]

The Kinds of People Benefitting

posted by Gus diZerega

From the Democrats’ health insurance reform.UPDATEThe Washington Post has an online calculator that in a very simple way gives you a sense of how this bill will impact you personally. UPDATE II.This is rich.The full incompetence or dishonesty of the […]

A Pagan Perspective On Beauty and Suffering

posted by Gus diZerega

I had an wonderful talk with a friend who was for some time a Buddhist abbot before he decided Buddhism was not his final path, and began exploring other spiritual traditions and practices. Whenever our conversations shifts to these kinds […]

The Spiritual Side of Last Night’s Victory

posted by Gus diZerega

There was a spiritual dimension to the victory of health care reform last night.  One that decent people of any religion can celebrate. A precedent was set that may help reverse a deep misunderstanding of the nature of democratic government, […]

Voting on Nominations Will End by Friday

posted by Gus diZerega

Indeed they will.  So if you have a position on which movies below deserve to be among the worst in their portrayal of Pagans, and which do not, you will have till Friday to have your say.  I will then […]

The Reason for So Many Lies Over Health Care Reform

posted by Gus diZerega

I have been perplexed at the vicious intensity of Republican and ‘conservative’ attacks on health care reform, even in its rather minimal form.  They have lied about “death panels,”  lied about their interest in “bipartisanship,” lied about its impact on […]

NOMINATIONS 13: The Wicker Man (new) and 14: Witches of the Caribbean

posted by Gus diZerega

Please give up to four sentences per movie why you believe these movies are bad in their portrayal of Witches or Pagans.   If you disagree, give up to four sentences why. If you agree or disagree with a statement already […]

NOMINATIONS 11: The Witches and 12: The Wicker Man (old)

posted by Gus diZerega

Please give up to four sentences per movie why you believe these movies are bad in their portrayal of Witches or Pagans.   If you disagree, give up to four sentences why. If you agree or disagree with a statement already […]

NOMINATIONS 9: The Craft and 10: The Guardian

posted by Gus diZerega

Please give up to four sentences per movie why you believe these movies are bad in their portrayal of Witches or Pagans.   If you disagree, give up to four sentences why. If you agree or disagree with a statement already […]

NOMINATIONS 6: Hocus Pocus and 7: Scooby Do and the Witche’s Ghost

posted by Gus diZerega

Please give up to four sentences per movie why you believe these movies are bad in their portrayal of Witches or Pagans.   If you disagree, give up to four sentences why. If you agree or disagree with a statement already […]

NOMINATIONS 5: Buffy and 6: Charmed

posted by Gus diZerega

Please give up to four sentences per movie why you believe these movies are bad in their portrayal of Witches or Pagans.   If you disagree, give up to four sentences why. If you agree or disagree with a statement already […]

NOMINATIONS 3: Blair witch Project and 4: Blair Witch Sequel (BOS)

posted by Gus diZerega

Please give up to four sentences per movie why you believe these movies are bad in their portrayal of Witches or Pagans.   If you disagree, give up to four sentences why. If you agree or disagree with a statement already […]

NOMINATIONS 1 Bell Book and Candle and 2 Bewtiched

posted by Gus diZerega

Please give up to four sentences per movie why you believe these movies are bad in their portrayal of Witches or Pagans.   If you disagree, give up to four sentences why. If you agree or disagree with a statement already […]

A Brief Field Guide to American Political Terms

posted by Gus diZerega

Pharaohdux raised some important questions about how we think about politics.  The issue is important because if we can no longer communicate reasonably clearly abut politics, about all we have left is either to yell at one another, or avoid […]

Right Wing ‘Traditional’ Values

posted by Gus diZerega

Lest we forget… Right wingers are to traditional values as Fox News is to truth.

NOMINATIONS update – Selecting from them

posted by Gus diZerega

I think we now have enough nominations (14) to have an interesting discussion.  If anyone has a final nomination, make it today – Monday – or tomorrow at the latest.  After that, nominations are CLOSED.   I have seen only […]

Corruption in Religious Organizations

posted by Gus diZerega

A major theme in my understanding of religion and spirituality is that religious organizations are not so much a means to grow in genuine spirituality, as they enable many people to come together and engage in spiritual practice as a […]

NOMINATIONS

posted by Gus diZerega

For explanation, See previous post. CURRENT NOMINATIONS  Bell, Book and Candle Blair Witch Project Blair Witch Sequel (Book of Shadows) Hocus Pocus Scooby Do and the Witch’s Ghost The Craft The Guardian Wicker Man (newer) Wicker Man (older)  (With the one […]

The Worst Portrayals of Pagans and Witches in Movies

posted by Gus diZerega

I recently received a suggestion that Beliefnet might post a gallery with 10 of the WORST portrayals of Pagans in the movies, combined with 3 or 4 sentences as to why each was bad, maybe with links. I responded that […]

Open Thread on Divination

posted by Gus diZerega

The open thread has continuing to evolve into a really fascinating discussion of divination and related issues.  It has also fallen pretty far down the list of posts, so I am raising it to everyone’s attention again. Click on the […]

Utah joins the Lone Star State in Sauronic Nastiness

posted by Gus diZerega

Utah criminalizes women whom prosecutors can “prove” sought miscarriages. Carl Wimmer, the miserable excuse for a human being behind Utah’s law says it all himself.   The depths of depravity masquerading as “Christianity” seem to have no bottom.

Texas BOE Removes Thomas Jefferson from American History

posted by Gus diZerega

Yes, the Sauronic imbeciles that make up a majority of the Texas Board of “Education” have just voted to removed mention of Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of Independence, third President of the United States, and better human being […]

A Pagan Perspective on Science

posted by Gus diZerega

In a previous comment Rombald called our attention to the fact that science itself was powerfully influenced by a Christian world view when it originated.  The desacralization of the world promoted by Protestantism in particular made it easy to approach […]

This Blog’s Vision, Culture War, and an Undercover Atheist

posted by Gus diZerega

This blog is an active participant in the Culture War being waged in the US.  But I often find myself in a strange position, as many other Pagans likely do.  I frequently seem to shift sides.  I want to describe […]

Personal Reflections on the Existence of Chi

posted by Gus diZerega

A couple of days ago I came across two Youtube videos of Qigong masters using chi to perform extraordinary feats.  One, in which I have enormous confidence, is from China,  and was linked to by a man I worked with for […]

Individuality, Freedom, and Superiority: Returning to Ayn Rand’s Problems

posted by Gus diZerega

Because this Rand issue has played such an important part in my own intellectual and moral history, and because my discovery of the Hickman stuff helped solve a puzzle for me about the contemporary political right, I will answer the […]

Ayn Rand, the Philosophy of Freedom, and a Serial Killer

posted by Gus diZerega

This will be a very personal post.  I have just come across a very disturbing article: a description of conservative and libertarian heroine Ayn Rand’s early and passionate admiration of a serial killer because of his lack of empathy towards […]

Modern ‘Conservatism': Save a Zygote, Torture a Kid

posted by Gus diZerega

It’s hard to believe, but it’s true.  All too many ‘conservative’ Republicans are very very disturbed people.  Nor is this just members of the House.  A majority of Republican Senators prefer defending gang rape than seeing it is punished – […]

Open Thread

posted by Gus diZerega

My Into Your Hands thread attracted a lot of attention regarding divination and related stuff.  It’s dropped below the screen quite a bit, so I am resurrecting it – plus anything else any of you want to discuss.  I suggest […]

We Win One

posted by Gus diZerega

A religious bigot denies a student the right to build a Wiccan altar in shop class because he thinks Wicca is bad.  “It scares me. I’m a Christian,” he said. “This witchcraft stuff – it’s terrible for our kids. It […]

Organic Wine Tastes Better

posted by Gus diZerega

Sometimes doing good and doing well are in harmony.  According to a recent study organic wines taste better, on average, and also cost less because foolish people discount “hippy wine.” This is good news for folks like me who have […]

Scientific Consensus on Global Warming

posted by Gus diZerega

Some of my readers may wonder whether there is a scientific consensus about global warming, particularly after the distortions thrown up by so-valled “skeptics” over the past few months.  Other might just like a list of the major scientific and […]

Thoughts on the Sacredness of All Things

posted by Gus diZerega

This blog frequently covers organic food issues.  It could be said to do so a little obsessively.  Most of my readers will prefer eating organic, but is this an important ethical issue?  How is that Pagan? We experience the Sacred […]

Make Sure Organic is Organic

posted by Gus diZerega

Fascinating and disturbing post on Hullabaloo about San Francisco giving our “organic: soil amendments that are really toxic sludge, and encouraging its use in veggie gardens.  If you read it, be sure to look at the comments.  It’s a knowledgeable […]

Back From the North

posted by Gus diZerega

Back from wonderful Vancouver, British Columbia, my favorite city.  I got there as the last tourists visiting for the Olympics were departing,  parking was becoming available again, and life began returning to normal.  I was there for non-Pagan reasons – […]

Into Your Hands It Is Delivered

posted by Gus diZerega

I am flying to Vancouver tomorrow, now that the Olympics are over.  I fly back Thursday night.  I’ll be working on a paper with a friend there, one exploring why Vancouver became such a great city.  Which it is.  So […]

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