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The Pope’s excuses for pedophilia and what it means

posted by Gus diZerega

F. A. Hayek, a famous but little understood economist sheds light on one of the scandals of our time.  There is a well deserved outrage building over the current Pope’s blaming “the 1970s” for rampant pedophilia and child molestation by Vatican […]

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Surva: a Balkan Pagan New Year’s celebration

posted by Gus diZerega

Surva is an ancient Balkan ritual used to revive the earth on the New Year.  It’s a wonderful community celebration, and the communities are big.  Here is an example of a modern day Pagan survival in good health in Europe. […]

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Important CNN interview on Wikileaks

posted by Gus diZerega

A very revealing interview of Glenn Greenwald and Fran Townsend, a hack who worked for the Bush administration, about Wikileaks.  Very revealing.  A bit long but worth it for anyone who is really interested in what I regard as one […]

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Just what did Wikileaks expose?

posted by Gus diZerega

Here’s a list with links.  It’s pretty impressive and should shut up forever any claims that nothing but trivia was exposed… But of course that assumes those making the claims are informed and honest.

Thinking about tripping reindeer

posted by Gus diZerega

The apparent frequency of animals eating entheogens is really fascinating to me.  It strengthens my suspicion that what our society calls “normal” consciousness is as deficient as a diet without certain crucial vitamins.  Life continues, but is crippled.  To a […]

Reindeer getting high

posted by Gus diZerega

I have just read about a delightful report that reindeer and other animals as well eat mushrooms to get high.  Having done the same myself (and seen colors that are not on the spectrum) I can only nod in approval. […]

Magick and “doing good’

posted by Gus diZerega

Just before Yule one of my readers asked me to explain why I was not more interested in working magick on big issues, such as stopping global warming or bringing about more enlightenment in public policy.  He said he planned […]

Why majority vote rules will address important weaknesses in our country

posted by Gus diZerega

This post addresses some questions readers asked in a previous one.   Today a majority of Americans are thoroughly fed up with both major parties, with the Republicans even more than with the Democrats.  Yet these toxic dinosaurs run no […]

For Fun: The 12 Gays of Christmas

posted by Gus diZerega

A hoot. 

Obama’s teaching moment for Americans

posted by Gus diZerega

Barack Obama has provided a lesson in American reality to many people who once thought the Democrats were still in some sense like the Democrats who passed Civil Rights legislation and earlier, the New Deal.  That party died.  It was […]

The Total Lunar Eclipse on the Solstice

posted by Gus diZerega

We had a wonderful Yule celebration last night in Berkeley, where I was an invited guest (my own group meets tonight). Rains have socked in all over California, and while our celebration was wonderful, we despaired of seeing the eclipse,  […]

Giving credit where credit is due

posted by Gus diZerega

This space has been very critical of Barack Obama, and for reasons that have continued to hold up – with one important exception.  His insistence that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell be ended legislatively meant that the process took far longer, […]

Wikileaks, Michael Moore’s ‘Sicko,’ and government and media lies

posted by Gus diZerega

Michael Moore has written an eye opener for anyone who thinks Wikileaks is doing serious damage to America. And in the process pretty much demonstrated the almost complete dishonesty and collusion of government and the corporate media.

Sol Invictus

posted by Gus diZerega

This is a beautiful piece someone sent me long ago in a Winter Solstice Card.  I have no idea who wrote it, and would love to know.  I’ve inserted copies myself into Yule cards and used it in Yule rituals, […]

Conservatives and Communists

posted by Gus diZerega

The old Communist Party was infamous for switching its positions 189 degrees, depending on whatever came down from Moscow.  America’s ‘conservative’ totalitarians are fascinatingly similar.  This is something quite new and disturbing in American politics.

From Jane Goodall to parasites, Christopher Hitchens and Henry Kissinger

posted by Gus diZerega

Trust me – there is a connection Every other Wednesday I spend the morning in a kind of salon where a bunch of us get together to discuss various aspects of science.  One is a retired physicist, another a geologist, […]

Open Thread for Winter solstice and Yule

posted by Gus diZerega

A reader asked me on Facebook  I’ve decided to do Wiccan rituals until Yule to help foster democracy & openness & send the strongest energies I can to help fight the grotesque negativity (e.g., the Wikileaks situation). To save me […]

Las Vegas- in the realm of Pluto and Mammon

posted by Gus diZerega

Last month, after spending nine days amid the canyons, high mesas, soaring cliffs and natural arches of the Colorado Plateau we descended into Las Vegas.  For our final night my friend had gotten us a room at the Bellagio,   one of […]

Preparing for Yule

posted by Gus diZerega

I spent much of this afternoon addressing Solstice cards and sending them to Pagan friends far away from here.  I never liked the electronic cards – they are nice to get, but I like tangible things.  Books instead of photons […]

Solving the puzzle that is Barack Obama

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATE below After his first months in office Barack Obama increasingly perplexed me, particularly for the fraudulent way he campaigned and then turned on his most dedicated supporters. I was particularly alarmed at his disdain for our constitutional principles and […]

Why Wikileaks’ enemies are the enemies of humanity (whether they intend it or not)

posted by Gus diZerega

Human life differs from the rest of earthly life in one crucial respect: biological evolution has largely taken second place to cultural evolution.  Cultural evolution enables adaptations within a single generation that would take thousands of generations if brought about […]

Daniel Ellsberg on Assange

posted by Gus diZerega

From Daniel Ellsberg: “EVERY attack against Asaange and on @Wikileaks was also made against me and release of the PENTAGON PAPERS.” Thomas Jefferson would agree: “The diffusion of informatio­n and the arraignmen­t of all abuses at the bar of public […]

Cyber guerilla war and my vote for Julian Assange as Man of the Year

posted by Gus diZerega

We are living through a very exciting time.  The Swiss bank that froze Wikileaks’ account has just had its website hacked and is not available.  May it stay that way.  Swiss banks are famous for making themselves available to criminals […]

Of Goddess faires and thumbwrestling

posted by Gus diZerega

Went to the Goddess Crafts Faire yesterday and it was an impressive and very enjoyable event.  Lots of good craft booths, some not as good, but that’s normal.  I bought Yule gifts, enjoyed talking with the artists and craftspeople, heard […]

The “Christian” Right vs Conservative Jews

posted by Gus diZerega

Many conservative Jews have supported the “Christian” right because they mindlessly support Israel.  Judging from events happening in Texas, maybe they are about to be reminded of what these people really think about real live Jews, as “Christian” fanatics have […]

Blessings of Mayan Goddess Ixchel Invoked

posted by Gus diZerega

Some of the flying monkeys on the right made fun of Costa Rican Christine Figueres for invoking the blessings of Ixchel, the ancient Mayan Goddess of reason, creativity, and weaving,  upon a meeting of the UN Convention on Climate Change […]

Culture Shock

posted by Gus diZerega

It’s been hard to concentrate on this blog since I returned from Utah.  Really hard.  While the trip, like any trip with a 9 year old, was not without its aggravations, being immersed in such powerful, beautiful and peaceful land was […]

People of the Earth Gathering

posted by Gus diZerega

The Saturday before Thanksgiving the United Religions Initiative’s People of the Earth   gathering took place in San Francisco’s Presidio.  This was the third in a series of meetings seeking to build mutual awareness and respect among the practitioners of many […]

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Instructive examples on why interfaith work is a good idea
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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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