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Beliefnet‘s resident pagan blogger, Gus diZerega, has a good, if short, piece up begging the question: Should corporations have anything to do with anything that requires ethical decisions? He writes,

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 of agricultural land, forests, fishing for salmon, owning of fish farms, off shore drilling, none of that.  There are plenty of human beings able to do these things who have the moral complexity to make tradeoffs impossible for corporate sociopaths. And there is no ambiguity as to why will [sic] lose big time if they break the law.

PS—Just a reminder to everyone, this “thing” happening in the Gulf of Mexico is not a “spill.” There are a number of people who feel you can’t actually stop it, until it stops itself. It’s coming from within the Earth itself. Not good.

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May Day is celebrated by different peoples for many reasons. May Day is the traditional Labor Day, or International Workers’ Day, often celebrated with demonstrations, rallies, and street marches by unions, anarchists, and socialist groups. In the United States, May Day is celebrated as a remembrance of the Haymarket Massacre in Chicago in 1886, in which a bomb went off (supposedly…) and police opened fire on a group of striking workers, killing many workers and police officers (from friendly fire). Several key labor leaders were hanged, becoming martyrs of the labor movement. President Cleveland moved the national Labor Day celebration to the first Monday in September shortly thereafter, fearing if Labor Day were celebrated on May Day, there would be further riots and violence. However, Americans are not fooled, and often celebrate the traditional Labor Day with the rest of the world. This was especially true during the Great Depression when thousands of leftist workers marched in New York’s Union Square, and in other places throughout the country.

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Children. The decision to bring them into the world. A world. This world. Our personal avatars into the future.

Avatars, earthly incarnations of gods and goddesses. Or, virtual representations, or alter-ego.

This world, the Anthropocene Era: systems beginning to fail, great die-out of species, climactic shifts, even the seasons, the great rhythm, put in chaos.

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After attending a winter solstice get-together that was entirely infused with ritual and meaning, I decided to recreate this experience on the vernal (spring) equinox. Although the winter solstice gathering was enjoyed by a large group of extended friends, I am spending March 20/21 with my lover, and so we planned our intimate rituals accordingly. Large group or small, creating your own rituals gives new meaning to any holiday, especially ones whose meanings have been largely forgotten.

My dear editor reminded me:

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Imagine this in uniform.

The US Airforce is dedicating a patch of US Airforce land to practice the pagan arts

“The Air Force Academy has defended its policy to make a place for witchcraft on its campus as an expression of its commitment to cadet’s freedom of religion”

And yet men who like to kiss each other are still not allowed to openly get shot at in order to protect the rights of men who like to kiss each other…

Plus: The Jesus Diet may not work, Haiti is still a mess, jobs or moon base – you decide, and why cocky self-help gurus are extremely dangerous…
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