Category Archives: Religion Spirituality

The Great Teeter Totter

teeter-totterGuest blogged by Howard Switzer 

We certainly live in interesting times.  In a hurry to punish ACORN, a non-profit agency helping poor people with survival issues, food, housing etc., recently caught on tape helping a couple posing as a poor prostitute and pimp, Congress recently passed a law to pull the funding of any organization found using government funds for illegal activities.  I was delighted they passed such a law because while it was intended to de-fund ACORN, an organization who helped poor people, it can now easily be applied as well to the big corporations such as the major defense contractors, major banks, major pharmaceutical companies, the big HMOs and health insurance companies and a good many more.  

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Are Burma’s Monks Planning Another Saffron Revolution?

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Burma’s Buddhist Monks have started a campaign against military rule that is reminiscent of the 2007 uprising

Reporting from Mae Sot on the Thai-Burma border

For the past few weeks, rumours that Burma’s military intelligence has planted “hit squads” in the border towns of neighbouring Thailand have been doing the rounds here in Mae Sot. Monks, dissidents and rebel army operatives are all on high alert. At an outdoor cafe frequented by foreigners on Friday morning, an English teacher from one of the refugee camps sighed as he stubbed out a cheap Burmese cigarette.

“There’s some big boys in town this morning — in the last couple of days I’ve seen them everywhere,” he told me.

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Power with, Power over

Honor student Derrion Albert, 1993-2009

Honor student Derrion Albert, 1993-2009

By Robert C. Koehler

Tribune Media Services

I don’t know if words can transform the world — I know they can’t bring back a murdered child — but I have a few of them to scatter on the grave of Derrion Albert, the Chicago boy whose brutal slaying [caught on video] two weeks ago stunned the city and the nation:

Power with, not power over.

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The Barbershop Diaries, Volume I, Issue 19: To Those Unfortunate Few Who Have Been Left Behind

Don't Be Like Rick...Don't Get Left Behind

Don't Be Like Rick...Don't Get Left Behind

Apparently the Governor of the State of Texas, Rick Perry – a man rumored by the Austin Street in 2002 to have been interrupted, en flagrante delicto, with another man by his wife, has the supernatural ability to foretell the future. Read more about Ricky’s psychic abilities here….

2010 will not be a good year …

… I’m afraid. Those that survive will suffer greatly.

Though not half as much as those that don’t.

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JC vs Capitalism: Foreclosures, Unemployment & Wall Street Bailouts

capitalism-a-love-story_290By Rady Ananda

In Capitalism: A Love Story, Michael Moore looks at the Wall Street bailouts – which the vast majority of citizens rejected (and Congress passed anyway) – and concludes that capitalism is a sin.

“We now have the highest unemployment rate since 1983. There’s a foreclosure filing once every 7.5 seconds. 14,000 people every day lose their health insurance,” he wrote in an email this morning. “Would Jesus be a capitalist? Would he belong to a hedge fund? Would he sell short? Would he approve of a system that has allowed the richest 1% to have more financial wealth than the 95% under them combined?”

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7 Fire Dancers at Clearwater Beach Drum Circle

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Shannon, a member of my drum culture, sent this 8-minute video out today… lemme tell ya, drumming on the open sand at night is way different from doing it inside a church – like I did in Columbus, Ohio.  South Florida drummers are EVERYWHERE; circles can be found every day of the week – if you have the time and energy.  They drum in parks, on the beach, in the woods, in backyards… but always out in the open.  

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The Barbershop Diaries, Volume I, Issue 17: The Current Racism

Sometimes A Klan Rally Is Just A Klan Rally
Sometimes A Klan Rally Is Just A Klan Rally

Want peace?  Get rid of religion…it’s the only thing we have left to try….

Barbershop Diaries Volume I, Issue 16: Living Life Beyond the Test Pattern

I'll Be Fine Once We Extract This Cushion....

I'll Be Fine Once We Extract This Cushion....

Time for the weekly coiff…sit still, kiddies….

We Shall Not Be Moved

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Tribune Media Services

“A fight, a fight . . .”

Oh Lord. From what depths did this story come? This was the power of the peace circle, pulling something out of me beyond any known zone of emotional safety. 

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The Barbershop Diaries, Volume I, Issue 13: Spiritual Bankruptcy and the End of the Big Lie

Not Even Kubrick Was This Strange

Not Even Kubrick Was This Strange

Notes on the day of Last Judgment…

The Blue Pearl

blue pearlBy Robert C. Koehler

You want to convey sympathy, but come out instead with a shudder. Someone you care about has just been diagnosed with …

Well, in this case, breast cancer.

News like this never fails to overwhelm, even at a safe distance. When I heard about Kay’s condition from my sister, I felt crowded by it, pushed to the very edge of adequacy. I wanted to whimper; I rallied, after a few heartbeats, only because I knew that wouldn’t be of use to anybody. I offered, of course, “whatever I can do to help,” but I wanted to offer the blue pearl.

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Barbershop Diaries, Volume I, Issue 12: In Fitts About God

God and Gravity

God and Gravity

The theologization of our thinking in US society is fast becoming intolerable. Catherine Austin Fitts’ latest Youtube missive ends with a profound, “if we can’t face it, God can’t fix it.”

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We’re going to wait for God to come fix us?

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A Spiritual Conspiracy

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The word conspiracy (con + spire) actually means to breathe together. The poetic essay below is an inspiring reminder that we are being deliciously enveloped by a growing spiritual conspiracy. Increasing numbers around the globe are breathing together. As old structures crumble around us, we are conspiring to breath new life and a new way of living into our world. We know that no matter how crazy things may look on the surface, the universe is conspiring to shower us with blessings. Enjoy the rich flow of conscious conspiracy as you breathe in the soul-touching words below.

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