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A Wonderful Story: No Politics, No Religion – but Spirituality at a Very Subtle Level

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATE- link corrected Check it out. Women’s softball- Marshall vs. Roncalli. Wonderful. . . I promise. ‘Spirituality’ without a good heart is like a stone painted like a peach.  This is spirituality without the trappings.

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BP Sociopathy and its Implications for Nature

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATE below UPDATE 2  below Over the past several years I have slowly come to the conclusion that corporations should not be allowed, ever, to engage in activities that require ethical relations with the other than human world.  No owning […]

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Memorial Day, 2010

posted by Gus diZerega

On Memorial Day we remember and honor those men and women who have fought for their country and paid with their lives in doing so.  There are many kinds of patriotism, some worthy, some unworthy, but laying your life on […]

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Jalapeno Peppers and Sacred Texts

posted by Gus diZerega

Do the words we use to describe something powerfully influence what it is we actually experience?  Years ago, when I was first studying German, I was amazed to learn their word for the taste of a hot pepper was ‘scharf.’  […]

Open Thread

posted by Gus diZerega

Enough of me.  This one’s for you.

Drawing Down the Moon

posted by Gus diZerega

Tonight my Wicca 101 class nears its end, with my first female student experiencing Drawing Down the Moon for the first time.  In subsequent classes other women will have their own opportunity to encounter the Lady.   It’s been most […]

Free Speech Right Wing Republican Style

posted by Gus diZerega

His Royal Highness Jim Bunning simply will NOT allow himself to be pestered by uppity Kentucky citizens.  Screw the First Amendment. I await with baited breath his denunciation by his fellow right wing Senators.  I suspect it will be a […]

Did you know Walruses live in the Gulf of Mexico? BP does.

posted by Gus diZerega

Neither did I. But that’s what BP said in assuring the cretins in the Bush and Obama administrations that they could handle any problem that arose from their drilling.  For more on the utter depravity of this fetid company, see […]

Kevin Costner May Be Savior of Gulf of Mexico

posted by Gus diZerega

From out of left field in every sense, Kevin Costner may be the man who made technology capable of saving the Gulf of Mexico by separating oil from water quickly and thoroughly available.  He financed it while his brother developed it.

A Pagan Perspective on Rand Paul, Civil Rights, and Libertarianism

posted by Gus diZerega

For a former libertarian such as myself Rand Paul’s attack on Civil Rights legislation is to be expected, except perhaps for its political idiocy.  For that latter quality I am grateful because it weakens his candidacy.  But there are interesting […]

An Insight On Magick Circles

posted by Gus diZerega

I am one of many who have wondered about the traditional directions we initially learn in casting a circle.  The image we are often told to use, but I doubt anyone actually does, is a sphere. Given that a traditional […]

Yesterday’s Elections- lots of good news

posted by Gus diZerega

A glimmer of hope shown for the American people shown last night.  For once, I think all the news electorally was good.  Very good, from Pennsylvania to Kentucky to Arkansas.  Bad for Arlen Specter, good for Joe Sestak, bad for […]

Chris Hedges and BP’s Little Eichmanns

posted by Gus diZerega

Chris Hedges has a wonderful piece on the moral and spiritual culture of America’s elite and the nature of American nihilism.  It’s short and well worth reading.  Yes- as some commentators have pointed out when I praised another piece by him, […]

Environmentalism, NeoPaganism and EcoFascism: Here We Go Again

posted by Gus diZerega

I recently have come across some arguments about a supposed “eco-fascist” threat to America.  It is usually paired with claims that Paganism has fascist implications.  Both the secular Left and the classical liberal and religious Right have been making these […]

A Chance to Save a Life

posted by Gus diZerega

I wrote earlier about a little girl in my area who is fighting a very serious cancer with the odds against her, as an example of undeserved suffering in a good world.  I just saw a story in Huffingtonpost about […]

Long Term Implications of the BP oil leak

posted by Gus diZerega

The Gulf coast oil spill is offering several important insights beyond the obvious, if Americans will but look.  Obviously it is an environmental disaster of enormous proportions, a crime against nature and spirit, but sadly, there is considerably more this […]

Nature’s Healing Power for Veterans

posted by Gus diZerega

Still more evidence is arising that Nature is a healing force when approached respectfully.  Washington State has developed a program enabling veterans suffering from PTSD to get involved with Nature in a mutually healing way.  As they explain,  The mission of […]

Ritual Wine Beyond Organic

posted by Gus diZerega

I recently went searching for a  wine to use in the “Cakes and Wine” part of our Wiccan rituals.   I went to the organic wine section of a local store since it seemed to me important the wine we […]

Oklahoma Creates an Opportunity for Decent People over Abortion Issue

posted by Gus diZerega

Oklahoma’s ‘small government’ and ‘freedom’ advocates have struck another blow at women through big government and coercion.  The state legislature’s Sauronic majority passed a bill outlawing getting abortion coverage in health insurance policies.  This gives most Pagans and other decent people […]

The Failure of Religion and the Rise of Nihilism

posted by Gus diZerega

Chris hedges, who wrote my favorite book on the nature of war, has a great short essay over at Truthdig.  He discusses the gifts and failures of mainstream religion in our society, and the risk of nihilism that accompanies its […]

Nature is Good for You

posted by Gus diZerega

It turns out that immersing ourselves in Nature is good for us in ways that science can actually measure.  A paper published last week, “A Dose of Nature” Jules Pretty and Jo Barton found that people’s mood and self-esteem benefit […]

Mothers’ Day

posted by Gus diZerega

Mothers’ Day is a day to honor not only our mothers but motherhood in general, the bringing of beings into life and nurturing them.  It’s hardly surprising but sadly unknown that it began as a push against the urge of the […]

Lest We Forget- Robert C. Cheeks’ Cowardice Under Fire

posted by Gus diZerega

The jack booted wing of Catholicism, brought to you regularly by First Things.  UPDATE (and further update) This initial post connected you to Robert Cheeks’ blog entry endorsing killing demonstrators at Ken State because it led to “order.”  That he […]

Rewriting History and Cultural Destruction

posted by Gus diZerega

It turns out that in 1980, when Reagan was running against Jimmy Carter for President, Republican leaders worked behind the back of the US Government to obstruct negotiations to free American hostages held in Teheran.  Carter’s failure to achieve release helped […]

Laity and Leaders: Sipple, Niasse, Bingham, Beamer…and Rekers

posted by Gus diZerega

When Sarah Jane Moore attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford, her aim was deflected by disabled former Marine Oliver Sipple, and Ford’s life saved.  Sipple was gay. Under prevailing Republican bigotry and Democratic hypocrisy, he would not be allowed to […]

Conservative values in Action

posted by Gus diZerega

It’s quite a video…

A Pagan Take on Recent Disasters and the Value of the World

posted by Gus diZerega

The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico raises a question that has been raised in other contexts over the last year or so: has the scale of things we attempt as a society come to exceed our ability […]

May Pole Omens? I hope so.

posted by Gus diZerega

Many of us gathered yesterday to do a Sunday May Pole over in Bodega Bay, a small town on the Sonoma coast.  This marked the conclusion of our Beltane weekend.  The coastal hills and bluffs were alive with flowers, as […]

Beltane Fire Ceremony: Edinburgh, 2009

posted by Gus diZerega

I wish I had been there.  Some day I hope we have something like it over here.

That ‘Other’ May Day

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATE: Parts of this post have been polished and clarified.   May Day is first and foremost a celebration of life in all the earth.  But historically it has also been a celebration of those whose work sustains the modern […]

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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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