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Earth Day and the Sacredness of the Earth

posted by Gus diZerega

I think Earth Day is a particularly important moment for contemplation and commitment by us Pagans.  Often American Christian critics accuse us of “pantheism,” and in a important respect they are right.  We do find the sacred, most of us, […]

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The controversy over Pink Slime – and what it means.

posted by Gus diZerega

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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Bees, pesticides, and environmental ethics

posted by Gus diZerega

For me, all our interactions with nature have an ethical component. None are purely with a insensate object to be used simply as a tool.  For example, I buy organic not because it tastes better – although it can – […]

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Exciting good news in energy production

posted by Gus diZerega

Courtesy of Stephen Schwartz’s sleuthing, I have come across two articles that give us hope that we can solve our energy problems with contemporary technologies if only the parasites who own the government would get out of the way – […]

Pandora turns out to be a better description of forest life than most anyone thought

posted by Gus diZerega

Suzanne Simard of the Dept. of Forest Sciences at the University of British Columbia has a delightful short video reporting that multi-species forests are connected in complex communicative networks with “mother trees” serving as the nodes in these networks. Her […]

Pagans and the more-than-human world

posted by Gus diZerega

Today I read two thought provoking pieces that cross traditional divides while addressing key issues in environmental thought. In both cases I think a Pagan sensibility brings new and valuable insights to the table.

The Game is Not Necessarily Over: Solar towers and clean power

posted by Gus diZerega

I just read on of the more hopeful pieces I have seen in a while regarding environmental degradation, the most disturbing of what I consider the three major crises threatening us today.  This crisis has several dimensions: destruction of natural […]

Ethics of the Universal Potlatch

posted by Gus diZerega

My first Patheos post has been put up.   Again, Patheos will have little essays addressing the various implications of Pagan spirituality but I hope no purely political analysis. But as readers will see, I intend that many will have […]

Good news about solar power is good news at many levels

posted by Gus diZerega

I just saw a great article by Stephen Lacey  linked to on Crooked Timber on how the price of solar power is falling very rapidly.  This has been a long term trend, and shows no signs of slowing.  The rate […]

Janine Benyus, biomimicry, and a vision for the future

posted by Gus diZerega

The modern world’s essentially autistic view of reality has suffered many assaults over the past 150 years.  In particular Darwin, the paradoxes of quantum mechanics and the rise of ecology as a science and a societal crisis, among other issues, […]

Earth Day 2011

posted by Gus diZerega

Today is Earth Day, and For the first time many in modern America decided to honor their home and make a personal commitment to protect it.  Some have kept that commitment. Most of the powers that be, Democratic and Republican, […]

Bolivia adopting “Law of Mother Earth” recognizing Nature as having Her own rights

posted by Gus diZerega

Bolivia is preparing to boldly go where no one has gone before, although Ecuador started the ball rolling.  Asof this writing Ecuador is on the verge of passing a kind of Bill of Rights for Nature, a series of laws called […]

Thoughts on Japan’s Ordeal

posted by Gus diZerega

The ongoing tragedy in Japan offers a great deal for us to think about, from how we can help to how such catastrophes can happen in a world where Spirit matters to what it says about human beings’ ability to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Las Vegas and Energy Fields, I.

posted by Gus diZerega

Writing about a Pagan take on Las Vegas and the Colorado Plateau has turned into a vastly bigger undertaking than I initially imagined.  Bigger than a single blog post – but really clarifying in helping me get a better grasp […]

David Abram’s “Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology”

posted by Gus diZerega

Books can be great in several ways.  Some encapsulate the spirit of their time.  Some grow in profundity, as the reader returns to them again and again, marveling at how much the author is saying that had been missed in […]

Industrial Homicide

posted by Gus diZerega

As the evidence accumulates of criminal negligence, along with obvious abuses of power, obsessive dishonesty, http://theweek.com/article/index/205197/bps-incredibly-amateur-photoshop-scandal and even intervening in terrorist issues to sacrifice justice in order to make money it becomes increasingly clear that BP should be put to death.   […]

Working With Nature Organically: shown to be superior agriculturally

posted by Gus diZerega

Here is an interesting article in Science Daily on the agricultural and ecological superiority of organic farming methods over industrial agriculture.

Kindra Arnesan tells it like it is in Louisiana

posted by Gus diZerega

Every American – every human being — should listen to this woman.  Listen closely – she has a Louisiana accent unlike the paid liars in most of the mainstream media so we northerners need to listen closely.  It’s worth it. […]

There really is a scientific consensus on global warming

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATE below Why am I not surprised?  When ‘skeptics’ conferences have such noted “climate scientists” as former astronauts as presenters, that should say it all.  But for those who still take the ‘skeptics’ as having a strong case, hopefully these […]

A Meditation on the Ethical Side of Energy Production

posted by Gus diZerega

The growing crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, caused by BP, coming on the heels of Massey Energy’s crimes in America’s coal fields  and our rape of Iraq bring us face to face with the question of whether we have […]

World Environment Day: A Pagan Perspective

posted by Gus diZerega

June 5 is World Environment Day.  A majority of the population cares about the environment, both here and internationally, but those with power do not, and keep us all in thrall to technologies and methods that make matters progressively worse. […]

Complexity Upon Complexity in Gulf Disaster Politics

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATE: Reich responds. Today I read Theda Skocpol’s reply to Robert Reich’s argument that this is what Obama should do.  I have been one of those increasingly frustrated by Barack Obama’s not taking over operations from BP in the Gulf spill.   I think I may […]

Interfaith Fall Festivals . . . Spread the Word

posted by Gus diZerega

On Memorial Day I drove down to Marin County to meet with a number of representatives from other religions to discuss what we might be able to do together to promote a more sustainable relationship with the earth.  We were […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Earth Day at 40

posted by Gus diZerega

Earth day celebrates this wonderful planet that is our home.  Today is its 40th anniversary, celebrated world-wide, the inspiring off spring of Senator Gaylord Nelson and some students back in 1970.   It is a wonderful corrective to the two forms […]

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 […]

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 […]

Whole Foods ‘Organics’ From China!

posted by Gus diZerega

Whole Foods, which touts its support for locally grown food and organic agriculture, imports a great deal of its frozen food from China. So says a report from ABC’s I-Team.    We are all aware of current Chinese honesty and quality […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

Deception in the ‘Organic Food’ Industry

posted by Gus diZerega

Silk” soy products has just been exposed for utterly unethical behavior in the organic food market.  For its parent company, corporate giant Dean Foods, this is not the first time.

Looking More Deeply at the Global Warming Debate

posted by Gus diZerega

A retired physicist friend has sent me a NYT piece by John Tierney on the stolen emails and accusations of impropriety issue.  Included was the extensive discussion of his column by readers from different perspectives.  By current standards Tierney is […]

Climate Change “Blogathon”

posted by Gus diZerega

There will be a Blogathon” this weekend featuring a great many scientific experts as well as leading voices warning of global warming who are not themselves scientists.  I recommend anyone seriously interested in this issue pop in to look around.  The […]

What’s True and What’s Not About ‘Climategate’

posted by Gus diZerega

I’ve received some emails asking me what I know about “Climategate” – the alleged scandal exposed when thirteen years of emails at the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, UK, were hacked, and disseminated by right wing […]

Is Ritual Necessary for Sustainability?

posted by Gus diZerega

Last night Joan Marler of the Institute of Archaeomythology — gave a fascinating talk about the likelihood Europe’s first agricultural peoples had developed writing 8,000 years ago, long before Sumer.  It is called the “Danube Script.”   The evidence she offered […]

Fungi Saving the World?

posted by Gus diZerega

Paul Stamets gave a couple of mind-blowing talks at TED and Bioneers about mushrooms that suggest ways we might ultimately come to harmonize pur civilization with the natural world.  They are well worth the time it takes to watch.  In […]

Technological Good News From Old Europe

posted by Gus diZerega

The wild card on environmental issues has always been our ingenuity. Current developments in Germany are pointing to a near future where any household who wants one can have a power generating plant in their basement that is greener, more […]

A Pagan Reason Not to Shop at Whole Foods

posted by Gus diZerega

John Mackey, the dishonest CEO  of Whole Foods, has caused quite a stir with his foolish editorial about why we do not need health care reform.  Many people, myself included, have decided to boycott the chain until Mackey is looking […]

A Challenge to Global Warming Skeptics (If you know any, see what they will do…)

posted by Gus diZerega

After catching loud mouthed global warming skeptics lying about the weather and showing they don’t understand statistics. Nate Silver has issued them a challenge.  For every day where they live that it’s a degree cooler than average, he’ll pay them […]

Spirit of Place

posted by Gus diZerega

While visiting Walla Walla, Washington, where I had taught for some years at Whitman College, I took a side trip over to northeast Oregon, one of the most beautiful and least known parts of our country.  There I visited the […]

Passing of the Guard

posted by Gus diZerega

Thomas Berry has died today.   He had been a central figure in helping Western Christians, those willing to look and learn anyway, re-establishing connectedness with the sacred immanence we Pagans find in nature. Other giants in ecological and spiritual thought […]

Thoughts on Reading Derrick Jensen

posted by Gus diZerega

When I first was made to know, in no uncertain terms, that the earth and everything in it was vastly more sentient than I had ever imagined, I looked long and hard for writings that could shed more light on […]

Atheists, Christians, and Pagans

posted by Gus diZerega

The recent plethora of books by militant atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens is beginning to generate a good deal of return fire from people writing within the Christian tradition, either as sophisticated adherents or writers […]

Animal Intelligence- Much More Than Most Imagined

posted by Gus diZerega

Alex, Snowball, Betty – recently birds have been transforming the world we live in – as we discover what had been in front of us for thousands of years. The transformation is in our perceptions and understanding.  

Answering a Critique of Earth Day and Environmentalism

posted by Gus diZerega

Earth Day is approaching, and while I want to honor it, today I was sent a link to an article that suggests honoring Earth day would be a mistake.  The author, Bradley Doucet, repeats standard attacks from various kinds of […]

Earth Hour! 8:30 Tonight!

posted by Gus diZerega

Tonight, at 8:30 in whatever time zone they live, millions of people will be turning out their lights in a symbolic action pressing for worldwide change on energy and our relations with the More Then Human World. Sponsored by the […]

Evaluating the Global Warming Debate

posted by Gus diZerega

I just got through reading a report on the global warming denial conference reported in the Scotsman, a major paper in Scotland.  Curious, I read the comments. or many of them anyway. As I read them I thought of doing […]

Of Frogs and Love of the Earth

posted by Gus diZerega

Today I read “The Race to Save the Frogs” by Jennifer S. Holland in the April National Geographic.   Her article describes the horrendous impact the fungal disease chytrid  is having on the world’s amphibians, killing off entire species.  Holland quotes […]

Pagans can feel Pride at Headwaters Forest Celebration

posted by Gus diZerega

While we are a small portion of America’s population, on occasion we can be mighty.  Ten years ago the Headwaters Forest  in northern California was saved from the rape and pillage methods of logging by Texas financiers who took over […]

New Article in Gobekli Tepe, Nature, and Conservation Today

posted by Gus diZerega

I just discovered a good account  Gobekli Tepe on Stephen Schwarz’s  often fascinating site.  Not only does it give a good account of the place and its discovery along with great pictures, it also discusses in greater detail than I […]

A Wiccan’s Reply to a Mormon’s Query

posted by Gus diZerega

Dave Banack over at Mormon Inquiry   is wondering what the deeper spiritual meaning might be for the growing toleration of Wiccans and other NeoPagans in America today.  On the one hand, we demonstrably aren’t particularly dangerous to anyone, but on […]

World’s Oldest Known Sacred Site Predates Agriculture

posted by Gus diZerega

One of the things I like best about Pantheacon is the opportunity to get up to date on new research and discoveries in research on ancient sites of interest to Pagans.  And few times are more ancient than Göbekli Tepe,  […]

Global Warming Breakthrough

posted by Gus diZerega

Looks as if even the Bush administration will let its scientists talk about global warming – when forced by the courts. They say it’s happening and it’s human caused… It will be a problem for the right wing, but not […]

Wonderful Video on Salmon and Salmon Farms

posted by Gus diZerega

Salmon are one of the wonders of life on earth. The plight of wild salmon due to corporate salmon farms and the parasites and poisons for which they are responsible is appalling to those of us who have followed the […]

Sonoma Spring

posted by Gus diZerega

California is justly famous for its Spring wildflowers. Here in Sonoma County, the hike from Shell Beach to Red Hill is one of my favorites. It isn’t long, and the views are wonderful. In the Spring the flowers are the […]

CALL FOR PAPERS

posted by Gus diZerega

The Fund for the Study of Spontaneous Orders at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation is seeking papers exploring the theme “ORDERS AND BORDERS” for its Second Conference on Emergent Order and Society Selected papers will be presented at a conference […]

Deep Ecology, Paganism, and Fascism Revisited

posted by Gus diZerega

Some time ago The Pomegranate, a Pagan academic journal, printed an attack on Paganism and deep ecology by Bookchinite Peter Staudenmaier: “Fascist Ecology: The ‘Green Wing” of the Nazi party and its Historical Antecedents.” Staudenmaier’s article appeared in issue No. […]

More on DDT and Rachel Carson

posted by Gus diZerega

I blogged earlier on the American right wing’s bizarre hatred of Rachel Carson, including their surreal claim she was guilty of “genocide” because her arguments influenced policies dramatically reducing DDT use, including its use against malaria. Even if their claims […]

Bees, Place, Death and Agribusiness

posted by Gus diZerega

http://www.getcalhoun.com/news/ccgazette/ccgissue1/HoneyGoodForAllergies!.htm Last week I had the opportunity to taste three different local Sonoma County honeys. I was amazed at the differences between them. One even tasted strongly of butterscotch! Apparently honey is powerfully influenced by the nectar bees use in […]

Al Gore and the Chilean Sea Bass

posted by Gus diZerega

The radical right rarely takes people on concerning the facts of an issue because so often the facts rebut their positions. Character assassination is so much more fun. The latest smear by those who thinking caring for the well being […]

Seeing Subtle Energies

posted by Gus diZerega

Shamanic and other spiritual traditions across the world have held subtle energies exist that modern science cannot pick up on their instruments, but that have important impacts on our lives. Not surprisingly, modern secularists disparage these claims because they have […]

Rachel Carson, Science, and the Right Wing

posted by Gus diZerega

Rachel Carson has never been forgiven by the chemical industry or the right wing for her efforts to educate the public on the downside of trying to solve pest problems with DDT. When I was invited to attend a meeting […]

Capitalism 3.0 – A Wonderful Book

posted by Gus diZerega

For many of us who are deeply concerned with environmental issues the most frustrating part of our struggle is that while public opinion is largely in our favor, the modern world’s basic institutions are biased against us. They dance to […]

Global Warming and the Growing Intellectual Bankruptcy of Libertarianism

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATES BELOW. A California friend sent me the following post by Don Boudreaux, chair of the Dept. of Economics at Virginia’s George Mason University. Boudreaux had sent it to the Washington Times, apparently in response to an editorial. Cool reception […]

UPDATE discussing new research attached to my post discussing Gore’s Inconvenient Truth

posted by Gus diZerega

For more, see my piece on Gore and Inconvenient Truth – click on one of the links above…

Thoughts Upon Seeing ‘An Inconvenient Truth”

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATE BELOW I just saw Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. His site is here. Roger Ebert wrote: “In 39 years, I have never written these words in a movie review, but here they are: You owe it to yourself to […]

Stewart Brand II: Romantic Environmentalism

posted by Gus diZerega

At Pop!Tech Stewart Brand described three broad categories of environmental thought,: romantics, scientists, and engineers. All three are essential. As is perhaps to be expected at a conference on leading edge technology, Brand emphasized the important contributions the last two […]

Steward Brand I: Environmentalism and Civil Society

posted by Gus diZerega

Stewart Brand is one of the most fascinating thinkers and doers to arise form the 60s. From his early involvement with Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters, here and here, to his editing the Whole Earth Catalog and Co-Evolution Quarterly […]

Tom Friedman, Energy, and How to Solve a LOT of Problems

posted by Gus diZerega

Tom Friedman, the noted New York Times columnist and author, spoke on “This Is Not Your Parents’ Energy crisis.” I came to his talk with a lot of skepticism, for Friedman helped mightily to gin up support for our attack […]

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The controversy over Pink Slime - and what it means.
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How the "war on religion' backfired into a war on women
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