September 23: The Day the Apocalypse Didn’t Happen

There was a rumor going around that something terrible was going to happen on September 23, and whatever it was it was supposed to usher in the end times. [1]It turns out the rumor was wrong, but the debunkers who argue that there is no threat because Planet X does not exist are not helping…

Was Election 2016 Just the Way the World Works?

I think I’ve finally figured out why it’s so hard to describe what happened in the 2016 election. Judging by the comments about Hillary’s Clinton’s book tour the entire election was a demand by establishment Democrats that we recognize them as ultimate authorities. That’s why they don’t hesitate to say things that everyone knows are…

Draft Bernie Conference in D.C. Friday

If you’ve been wondering where that hopeful energy from the Bernie rallies has been hanging out this year look no further than the Draft Bernie movement. I heard it in the group’s most recent national organizing call Wednesday. Since February 2017 volunteers have been gathering signatures and donations. The culmination of these efforts will take…

Emergency Call from the Oglala Sioux Tribe (Update: Provo, South Dakota)

An emergency situation is unfolding in the Provo, Utah South Dakota area of the Black Hills. The Trump administration has apparently revived applications from companies that want to use seismic testing to hunt for oil. The Obama administration rejected the applications but it was learned today that trucks are all set to begin testing tomorrow….

What is the Apocalypse to Us?

It’s one thing to criticize those who justify a war by using hazy apocalyptic thinking. It’s another thing to act as though the Book of Revelation is not part of the Bible. We have yet to talk about another type of destruction, natural disaster. I can’t say for sure that Revelation is a prediction of…

American Religion and the Iraq War

Considering the un-peaceful tendencies in the Christian religion is it logical for a Christian to work for a peaceful future? The belief in the apocalyptic end of the world seems to work in the other direction. Many American Christians supported the Iraq War and justified their support by citing the Book of Revelation. Were they…

Agribusiness versus Joseph in Egypt

One of the reasons I supported Bernie Sanders for president was his support of family farms against the abuses of agribusiness. He mentioned agribusiness again in a recent speech about health care in Iowa so I thought it would be a good time to discuss an article in the February 2016 issue of Harper’s entitled The…

There Are Worse Things Than Losing a Primary

Hillary put herself in a very bad place when she shut Bernie out of the primary. Now there are stories that confirm our worst suspicions. Like the one about how her donors threatened to call it quits if she lost Nevada, and her brilliant plan to cheat Bernie in Nevada, because what could go wrong?…

Democrats: Stop Using the Intelligence Bureaucracy to Fight Trump

The circus of the 2016 election was too weird to be explained by ambition. I suspected one of three motives. Keep in mind that I may have been in a state of paranoia: The geopolitical situation is so precarious that the oligarchs are afraid they’ll lose their hold on world domination if they give up…

A Request for Forgiveness

Until I spent time trying to phrase this apology I didn’t fully appreciate how much courage it takes to share a spiritual experience. I’m only doing it now because I think I may have offended someone. I made a sweeping statement in the last article about how religion works. I realize I should probably qualify…

Karma is Not Ours to Wield

Karma: noun (In Hinduism and Buddhism) the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences. informal destiny or fate as effect from cause. political uses a mechanism of social control. It may be true that everyone will eventually pay for their own stupidity,…