Friday, October 31, 2014

DAY FOR dead GRANNIES


I feel cheated, I really do.  In other places, people have a day just for their beloved dead grannies, but do you think good ol’ Christian America would be so considerate and kind? 

Not! 

Everyone but us!  In Babylonia and ancient Greece there was the Feast of All Souls.  In Rome the ancestors were celebrated every February.  The Buddhists hold their Feast of the Dead on April 15.  And even China and Japan have their annual Feast of Lanterns -- just for dead people.*

But not us, oh no!  

When I was growing up, my poor family had to sneak around the graveyards on Memorial Day, and shoot furtive glances left and right to make sure no one was watching.  

Then we'd drop flowers on the graves of our non-war-hero ancestors, and quickly scurry away ASAP before we were caught red-handed honoring someone who didn’t die in a war.  

(For those of you outside the US, America’s Memorial Day is technically a day for honoring dead soldiers, not ordinary grammas and grampas.) 

But since I now have Samhuinn to honor my dead, I feel lucky in a big way.  I can openly feel fuzzy and warm about them again, commune with them, love them up from this side of the veil (which is swirling ever and ever thinner even as I write). 

SO, HAPPY SAMHUINN TO ONE AND TO ALL!  (Aren’t we lucky?!)

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* Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dict. of Folklore, Vol. 1, p. 38

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

tugging AT MINOAN STARS

Today, barreling down on us like a comet out of the stratosphere, came a shocker: A British scientist dude says he’s actually deciphered the mysterious ancient Minoan “Phaistos Disk.” 

Ever since it was discovered in 1908 in the Minoan “palace” of Phaistos, in south-central Crete, this ancient disk, dating from around 1700 BC, has been a total mystery. 

For over a century, no one has been able to decode its spiral writing, written in “Minoan A,” the script of the goddess-worshipping ancient Minoans.

Now, scientist Gareth Owens says he “was able to identify three key words” on the disk: 

            IQEKURJA, which [he says] may mean "pregnant mother" and/or "goddess."

            IQE, which may mean "mother" and/or "goddess" and which appears repeatedly on the disk.

            IQEPAJE or IQE-PHAE, which may mean "shining mother" or "goddess."

And the meaning of the entire disk?  Owens thinks it was a prayer to the Minoan Mother Goddess. 

How cool is that? 

Tonight I pulled an old metal replica of the Phaistos Disk out of my jewelry box.  Since I bought it ten years ago in a tiny tourist shop in southern Crete, it’s a bit tarnished.  But I’m going to shine it up, attach a chain, and wear it around my neck.

My own private prayer to the Goddess, lying over my heart always and forever. 

Go HERE to read more.  

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
Alibris
DEA Store, Italy
Half.com
The Saint Bookstore
Biblio
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Blackwell, UK
Greener Books, UK
Greener Books, Canada
Riverlee Books, UK
Mesquite Book Co.Carolinakt
TextbookX.com
Pbshopus
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Old Goat Books
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.