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January 2011 Archives

Musings On the Meaning of Brigid or Imbolc.

posted by Gus diZerega

While most of the country is still deep in snow, the days have grown noticeably longer since the depth of Winter’s darkness.  In California along with brighter days the first flowers of the year are already blooming.  In this strange […]

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Small win for decency

posted by Gus diZerega

At least one bigot blogging against the Yaqui prayer at the Tucson memorial service for those murdered by Jared Loughner has gotten into trouble over it. Not enough, but it’s a start. May it grow.

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Prairie dogs and language

posted by Gus diZerega

Sabina Magliocco brought this site on prairie dog language up on her Facebook site.  It’s great.   Turns out that a whole lot more is going on with prairie dogs than any Westerner ever thought. And if this is true for […]

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John Roll, Aldo Leopold, and Ayn Rand: heroism true and false

posted by Gus diZerega

In his  wonderful A Sand County Almanac Aldo Leopold gives my favorite description of what it is to be uniquely human.  He observes that when the last passenger pigeon died, a species that once had darkened the North American sky […]

Myth as a way of knowing

posted by Gus diZerega

I have been struggling with better understanding what Karen Armstrong calls mythos in her book The Battle for God, on religious fundamentalism worldwide.  I think it is essential towards developing a deeper appreciation of what Pagan spirituality brings to the spiritual […]

‘Christian’ subversion in the Army: setting the stage for religious war

posted by Gus diZerega

Read this report of the religious garbage American soldiers are exposed to, and shudder.  During the Thirty Years War between Catholics, Protestants, and anyone else unfortunate enough to be living in “Christian” Europe, “christian’ killed ‘Christian’ for not being the […]

Vatican criminality proven

posted by Gus diZerega

A while back I posted on why big organizations tended to become criminal enterprises.  The immediate inspiration was more dirt coming to the surface on the Vatican’s protecting child molesters.  Now a genuine smoking gun verifies what any reasonable person […]

Organic Milk is healthier than the other stuff

posted by Gus diZerega

I hope this does not cause any of you to start drinking organic milk, because I hope you already do, but recent research indicates organic milk is healthier than the other kind.  But if you aren’t drinking organic milk and […]

Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Thoreau, and America today

posted by Gus diZerega

Martin Luther King did not come to his conclusions about nonviolence entirely on his own.  He had the personal strength to follow this path, but he also stood in a long noble and very interesting tradition with deep roots in […]

Martin Luther King’s Day and the energy of violence

posted by Gus diZerega

As we observe this day honoring the life of Martin Luther King, jr., two thought come to mind as particularly relevant, and I hope worth sharing.  The first has to do with violence and the second with the intertwining of […]

Traditional Yaqui Prayer at Tucson memorial service

posted by Gus diZerega

While I have been no Obama fan for a long time, his speech at Tucson’s memorial service for those murdered by Jared Loughner was wonderful. But this was even more a community event more than  a national event.  One of the […]

The Augean Stables of the mind

posted by Gus diZerega

Just finished a long and utterly pointless attempt to make a rational argument to a sometime contributor to this blog who was complaining that liberals were distorting stuff after the murders in Tucson.  There are links on my Facebook wall […]

Why it doesn’t excuse the right that Jared Loughner acted alone

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATE I & II As I have been reading discussions about what happened in Arizona, over and over again those on the right or those not wanting to admit we have a genuine problem in this country claim Jared Loughner […]

The significance of the murders in Tucson

posted by Gus diZerega

The murder of a young girl and other people in Arizona today is a predictable result of the violent language that has built up in this country over the past decade or so, starting with Ann Coulter Michael Savage and […]

Thousands of Muslims risk their lives defending Coptic Christians from terrorists

posted by Gus diZerega

One of the most depressing recent blots on the increasingly blotched American character was the ignorant and infantile outrage by so many over the “Ground Zero Mosque” (which was none of the above). To make their case they had to […]

China’s honey scam and economic logic at its worst

posted by Gus diZerega

Bees are under considerable threat these days, and we are not sure whether it is due to one or two pathogens  or maybe to a complex series of interrelationships. Two recent discussions of possibly very complex relations are in Wired […]

What the vaccination and autism scandal teaches us about science

posted by Gus diZerega

Those of us who have had personally strong and oft repeated experiences with the spirit world, and of nature as animate, are often sympathetic to people attacking mainstream science. For example, I know several Pagans who have resisted having their kids […]

Alex Mar’s “American Mystic” – a beautiful film

posted by Gus diZerega

Alex Mar has produced American Mystic,  a beautiful and most unusual film, one I hope receives many viewers, for many will be the better off for having seen it. In her film Mar describes the lives of spiritually committed people […]

Happy New Year and the Day of Iemanja

posted by Gus diZerega

I got up this morning and after my injection of caffeine picked up some molasses and corn meal and drove to Portuguese Beach to make my annual offering to Iemanja, Orixa of the ocean.  It was a cold. grey, blustery […]

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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 ...

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 ...

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