Monday, October 13, 2014

GOT EBOLA? thank A CHRISTIAN

In 2011 Congress was shanghied by the Tea Party -- a shaggy group of Jesus Freaks, Born Agains, and Christian Wingnuts -- who then stomped all over the dudettes & dudes working on ebola cures.

So one Tea-Partier Congress dude, he sez to the other:  

“Those BLEEPing American babies who got no food – what the BLEEP do they need food money for?  If that brat’s parents won’t work, that brat don’t deserve food!”  

And the other one replies: 

“Yeah!  And those BLEEPing scientists who doodle around, there, huntin’ up cures for ebola, there – what the BLEEP do they need money for?  God Hisself will cure your diseases, brothers and sisters -- Amen!”

These headlines say it all: 



From 1st article: 
[In 2011] “newcomers to the 112th Congress came overwhelmingly from conservative religious denominations.
"Suddenly populated with all manner of home-schooling activists, youth ministers, abstinence proponents, former members of radical anti-abortion groups, and even a Mennonite, the current House of Representatives is one of the most religiously conservative in recent history.  

From 2nd article:
“...the Republican Party is controlled by a bunch of right-wing Christians...” 

From 3rd article:
"NIH [America’s National Institute of Health] has been working on Ebola vaccines since 2001. It's not like we suddenly woke up and thought, 'Oh my gosh, we should have something ready here' ....  
"Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this...." (NIH director Dr. Francis Collins).  

So dear readers: if you get ebola, you’ll know who to thank.    

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

DOING battle WITH A LIGHT BULB

QUESTION:  How many climate-change deniers does it take to change a light bulb?

ANSWER: Six; one to hold the bulb, and five to twist the ladder.

Both NASA* and NOAA** state that climate change is real, human-caused, and potentially deadly.  And yet some sloopy heads still insist it's none of the above.
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*NASA: The National Aeronautic and Space Administration (America's rocket scientists)

**NOAA: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (other of America’s top scientists). 

PS: Many CC deniers are looney-tunes for the war god Jehovah, whose arch rival is a dude named "Satan."  CC deniers seem to think they're in this war, with Satan and scientists on one side, and them, the Jehovah-ites, on the other (SEE Sept. 25 post, "Keeping an Eye Glued On") 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

laughing TIL IT HURTS

OKAY, okay, when you read Switching to Goddess, you might not laugh til your sides ache.

However, more than one reviewer has promised you a few laughs and chuckles.  Here's one:
"This book is courageous, brilliant and comes from the heart. This is a book that can really help us. Full of humor and the delight in Life, SWITCHING TO GODDESS is one of the most brilliant books I have read in years. Bravo to Studebaker! For those who do not know the facts of our human pre-(patriarchal) history, this will be exciting and illuminating. Lots of helpful pictures and graphs and laughs. What a huge work this is, yet nothing more than pure joie de vivre. Brava, Brava!!"
~ Recent review of Switching to Goddess: Humanity's Ticket to the Future, by California writer and poet Janine Canaan.  
(To which a commenter commented"Don't you just love her sarcasm? I do!")

So rush out now, babies, and get yourselves a copy.  Sold at many online bookstores near you, including: 

AbeBooks US
AbeBooks UK
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DEA Store, Italy
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The Saint Bookstore
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Blackwell, UK
Greener Books, UK
Greener Books, Canada
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Superbookdeals, Canada
Academic Book Guy
Tatyana Rusinova, Bookseller

and many more. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

keeping AN EYE glued ON

Are you female, gay, non-Christian or (Goddess forbid) all three?  

If so, be smart and keep at least one eye glued always on the hard Christian Right, for they just can’t wait to crumble you into tiny bits.    

For your reading ease, I have snipped away all but the major meat of an article posted today in The Daily Beast called “The $1-Billion-a-Year Right-Wing Conspiracy You Haven’t Heard Of”:  
Are you female, gay, non-Christian, or otherwise interested in the separation of church and state? Get to know The Gathering, a shadowy, powerful network of hard-right funders meeting Thursday in Florida.
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... [I]f you’re female, gay, non-Christian, or otherwise interested in the separation of church and state, your life has been affected by it.
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The Gathering is a conference of hard-right Christian organizations and, perhaps more important, funders.
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[T]he people in attendance have led the campaigns to privatize public schools, redefine “religious liberty” (as in the Hobby Lobby case), fight same-sex marriage, fight evolution, and, well, you know the rest. They’re probably behind that, too.
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The Gathering is as close to a “vast right-wing conspiracy” as you’re likely to find.
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What is The Gathering?  ... an annual event at which many of the wealthiest conservative to hard-right evangelical philanthropists in America—representatives of the families DeVos, Coors, Prince, Green, Maclellan, Ahmanson, Friess, plus top leaders of the National Christian Foundation—meet with evangelical innovators with fresh ideas on how to evangelize the globe.
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 [The Gathering is] a global vision that involves the eventual eradication of all ...  belief systems that might compete with The Gathering’s hard-right version of Christianity.

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The Gathering was conceived in 1985 by a small band of friends at the Arlington, Virginia, retreat center known as The Cedars, which is run by the evangelical network that hosts the annual National Prayer Breakfast. This stealthy network is known as The Family or The Fellowship.
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A lot of these issues are pretty unsurprising: fight the gays, fight abortion. But ... research also shows that these Christian Right funders are behind a lot of climate denial.
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Yup. Over the last decade, the NCF has pumped over $140 million into groups that oppose action to curb climate change and portray concern over global warming as part of a satanic conspiracy to impose a tyrannical “One World Order” or “New World Order.”
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... the story of the politicized religious right is one of the biggest untold stories of our time. It’s the story of how a covert political movement, driven by a well-organized, -funded, and committed minority, has perturbed the political arc of the biggest, wealthiest, and most powerful nation on Earth—and how it has subverted the national dialogue.
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I'm annoyed at the basic dishonesty of religio/political phenomena such as The Gathering that lay claim to the Christian tradition but ignore its underlying mandate of truth-telling.         
Go HERE to read the whole article.

  


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WHY WE jilted OUR GODDESSES

BLAME IT on climate change.  

Goddesses began going extinct when the climate got hotter than blue blazes back around 4000 BC.  

It was called the “5.9 Kiloyear Event,” and it turned much of Mother Earth into a dry bone, killing off most of the earth’s early farming populations, whose religions had circled around goddesses. 

But 5.9 didn’t kill off everyone.  After crawling through generations-long starvation, a few groups morphed into looney-tunes cultures*.  

To these looney-tuners, Mother Earth had curled up and died, so the looneys turned to sky gods who controlled the spigots to the life-giving rains. 

Since these gods mostly turned the spigots to the “off” position, they felt mean as hell to the looney-tuners. 

Unfortunately, when food was plentiful again, looney-tunes culture didn’t fade away.  Like all cultures, it had been learned, shared and passed on from one generation to the next, until it just kept on going under its own steam.

Looney-tunes culture is a fear culture.  

Just like starving peoples, looney-tuners have a fear of things running out: food, stock prices, love -- whatever.  So both starving and looney-tunes peoples take things that don’t belong to them, i.e. do theft, rape, violence, war, and oil grabbing. 

Both starving and looney-tunes people overeat, abuse the weak (elderly, young, disabled), see the suffering of others as entertainment, and think slavery, poverty and social hierarchy are just peachy keen. 

If you live in a large state society anywhere in the world, you live in a looney-tunes culture.   

The solution?  Replace looney-tunes culture and its war gods with peaceful culture and peaceful deities.  When?  Yesterday! 
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* AKA cuckoo-, cracked-, and wacko culture
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Thnx to Iloveyoumotherearth.com for the pic.  

Friday, September 12, 2014

pouring GAS ON ISIS

Mr. Obama, don’t pour gasoline on ISIS (the Middle East’s skanky Islamic State in Iraq and Syria).

Listen to the goddess Isis.  It’s no accident that she gave her name to a group as similar to her as honey is to bug-infested rump roast.

She’s trying to get your attention.  We need to turn ISIS back into Isis, a peaceful way of life centered around a Goddess who used to rule over large parts of the same land skanky ISIS is now riding over roughshod. 

There’s no way to bomb or “boots on the ground” these ISIS guys into giving up.  Boots and bombs will only make them dig in their heels.  Besides, they’re everywhere, so trying to bomb them off the planet would be like trying to bomb the sand off the earth:


The sad fact is, Mr. Obama, as long as the world gives war religions the green light, we will have war.  Constantly.  And it’s only a matter of time before ISIS-type guys get their hands on nuclear, chemical, and germ weapons.

There is a solution:  Change their hearts and minds.  Eliminate the world’s warfare religions. 

The West could start by eliminating its own war religion, Christianity.  At the same time, all honest, intelligent and powerful citizens in Africa, the Middle East and Asia must work to persuade their Muslim citizens to give up Islam. 

But these religions must be replaced.  All human groups past and present have (or have had) religion -- this is just fact.  But we need peace religions.  We used to have them.  All revolved around peaceful goddesses and gods

If we don’t return to peace-goddesses, let’s at least be honest and admit humanity’s time is about up, and that we are condemning our children, grandchildren, or great grandchildren to lives of unimaginable pain, ugliness and sorrow. 

At least let’s be honest. 
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For more on this topic, read Switching to Goddess:Humanity’s Ticket to the Future,  found at most online bookstores. 
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Thnx to Vanishing Kingdoms for the image of Isis; go HERE to see more of their work.