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November 26th, 2014

With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up here in the United States tomorrow, I was trying to decide whether to write something thanks giving'ly for today's blog post. Problem is, I don't like forced or expected expressions of any sentiment, including...

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November 24th, 2014

I really like Julian Baggini's retort to the oft-heard saying, "There are no atheists in foxholes." (Meaning, in desperate situations.) Which, by the way, isn't true. I can also affirm that there are atheists/agnostics in dentist's chairs. Here's what Baggini...

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November 23rd, 2014

This being a halfway family-friendly blog, I'll let readers of this post mentally fill in their favorite profanities to shower on DirecTV and the Pac-12 Network after... Once #%!@#! again yesterday, I missed a U of O football game that...

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November 22nd, 2014

Ooh! I bet the title of this blog post will irk spiritual types who believe that enlightenment is some sort of mystical transformation of consciousness requiring lots of meditation and/or other practices to achieve. I certainly would have felt that...

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November 21st, 2014

If there were any global warming deniers in the room at today's Salem City Club meeting, I don't see how they could have listened to Rear Admiral (Retired) David Titley and not been persuaded that climate change is happening; it...

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November 19th, 2014

I love writing blog post titles like this one. I make myself sound so absolutely great! I spent a few milli-seconds wondering whether I should leave out the "can't-miss" and just go with "brilliant," but then I thought, To hell...

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November 18th, 2014

Here's three godless good news pieces that popped into my web browser recently. I liked Russ Belville's (a.k.a. Radical Russ) "No More Special Rights for Religion" a lot. I learned about Belville, who lives in Portland, via our shared interest...

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November 17th, 2014

Time for another Truth Bomb! Salem's community newspaper, the Statesman Journal, no longer cares about accuracy in its reporting and editorializing. I've got good reasons for saying this after filing several ethics complaints with both the Statesman Journal and the...

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November 16th, 2014

The existential alternatives in the title of this post were named by brain researcher Susan Greenfield. I came across a mention of them in Julian Baggini's intriguing book, "The Ego Trick: What Does It Mean to be You?" Here's how...

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November 15th, 2014

My new Strange Up Salem column in Salem Weekly is "My dyfunctional relationship with Salem." After 37 years of living in or near Salem, I seem to be settling into a pleasantly dysfunctional relationship with this town. Like Sharon Stone’s...

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November 14th, 2014

I'm a big fan of getting my cosmic inspiration from the comic pages and Comedy Central. This week has been a bonanza in that regard. Here's what today's Pearls Before Swine had to say about the meaning of existence. In...

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November 13th, 2014

Salem is Oregon's capital, the seat of state government. But no one would call it the capital of Oregon's vaunted liberalism/progressivism. (In the 2014 midterms we were the only state that added to its Democratic majorities in the state House...

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