I didn’t get to watch the Democratic debate as it aired this passed Sunday night. I was on podcast with my co-host KaliSara and our guest Rhiannon Dragcruin talking about sacrifice and community service in the Pagan community. I do feel strongly that paying attention to politics is important, but my duty to the community in regards to a consistent schedule of the podcast series outweighs my duty to watch political events as they happen. I watched the debate through the NBC/YouTube archives.
KaliSara and RevKess talked politics in this edition of the Pagan Weekly News. As the show went live the Republican debate was nearing its close. Both your hosts had been watching the debate up until show time and were prepared to talk about some of the same issues that were brought up on Fox Business Network’s sponsored debate. RevKess and KaliSara had also watched the State of the Union earlier in the week.
Listed here are some of the links to articles, issues, and topics that were discussed during this edition of PWN:
- Planned Parenthood Drops A Bomb On Republicans With Lawsuit Over Illegal Edited Videos
- OR standoff crew depart from federal building to use federal equipment to destroy federal fence
- BUSTED: Guess What The Bundy Militia Was Doing While They Were Not In Gunfights With The FBI
- Michigan police confirmbreak-in at the City Hall office where the Flint water documents are stored
- Incredible: Democrat picks up dark red legislative seat in Oklahoma, for the second time this cycle!
- Trans Pacific Partnership
And here some of the stories the hosts ran out of time for:
This week’s edition of PWN had a few hiccups. For that we apologize. We do want to thank you for muddling through our audio issues and listening to the show, nonetheless. KaliSara was a bit under the weather and was unable to participate. RevKess managed to slog through on his own. Talking about everything from RFRA’s to Workers’ Compensation, from Pagan music news and upcoming book releases. this edition will tackle a lot of bad and some very good news.
RevKess and KaliSara welcome your comments both here and on the Facebook page for Pagan Weekly News.
Links to Articles and Topics Covered
- Indiana Gov. Pence signs RFRA bill into law, claiming it won’t enable LGBT discrimination.
- The ACLU has a listing of anti-LGBT religious refusals legislation across the country, updated regularly.
- In news of the “what the huh?!”, NPR reports that a nuclear waste accident in 2014 was caused by cat litter.
- Arizona has two proposals before their legislature. One would have doctors tell patients that abortions can be “reversed” and the other would require church attendance be mandatory.
- A Texas woman, Nancy “Suzanne” Duarte, smiles as she talks about burning down a yoga studio to “get rid of the devil’s temple”.
- George Zimmerman compares himself to Anne Frank and claims he was victimized by Obama.
- WalMart and other major corporations are funding a multistate move to take Workers’ Comp away. Go here to see a list of companies involved.
- Tuatha Dea wins national Hard Rock Battle of the Bands.
- Sharon Knight’s Portals project is days away from ending its funding campaign. It is not too late to make a contribution. Campaign ends March 30, 2015. Listen to KaliSara and RevKess’s interview with Sharon here.
- T Thorn Coyle is releasing her first novel in May. Learn more about Like Water.
- SJ Tucker – Go Away Godboy – Sirens
- Heather Dale – The Poachers – The Green Knight
- Wendy Rule – The Serpent of Silver – Guided by Venus
- Jenna Greene – Spring Love – Crosroads
- Tuatha Dea – The Sky is Falling – Tuatha Dea
For the week of Wednesday 4 March 2015 KaliSara and RevKess attempted to explain some of the murkiness that is in the world today. They may not have succeeded in anything other than shedding some of their own perspectives on the issues they discussed, but they hope that the listener gains some kind of an understanding of those issues.
- Netanyahu before Congress: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made his third appearance before a joint session of Congress in the United States. He was invited to speak before Congress by Speaker of the House John Boehner, bypassing the traditional invitation source of the White House and the Office of the President. You can watch the video of his speech through the New York Times YouTube channel and read the transcript on the Washington Post.
- A brief response from President Obama.
- Hillary Clinton’s private email: The House Benghazi Panel is questioning former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email address to correspond with staffers, elected officials, and other politicians during her time in that office. Some question if she handed over print outs of all her official and work related emails when she left that cabinet post as well as if all official correspondence sent to government email addresses were indeed backed up on official servers. The Wall Street Journal has coverage. Jacob Gershman takes a legal view on the issue on the WSJ Law Blog.
- AIDS – gorilla connection, abstinence: A recently published study indicates that 50% or more of the lineages of HIV-1 can be linked to the consumption of gorilla bushmeat in Africa and then transmitted through sex. A cost-benefit analysis study by Stanford Medical School student Nathan Lo shows that a ten year $1.3 billion dollar program to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa through abstinence and fidelity classes has been a failure, showing no “measurably change sexual behavior and was largely wasted.”
- What are our world leaders really trying to do?
- KaliSara and RevKess do not currently have any links for this topics. There are numerous opinions out there on what various leaders want to do. Both hosts agree that many political and world leaders say they have good intentions, and many of them truly do, but that many of those same leaders are also very human – self serving.
- Next week’s edition of PWN will address this topic in a vague manner as the hosts discuss what, in the United States, religious and secular non-profits can and cannot do or say in regards to politics. Campaign season is starting for the Oval Office and other seats in federal, state, and local governments.
- Damh the Bard – Pagan Ways – Cauldron Born
- Sharon Knight – Song of the Sea – Song of the Sea Sharon Knight is conducting an IndieGoGo campaign to support her newest musical project, Portals, which will include a CD, a music video and an art book. You can learn more about her campaign at www.SharonKnightPortals.net.
- Arthur Hinds – The Water’s Rising – Dance in the Fire
For 2015 the Pagan Weekly News seems to have a theme of tackling broad and controversial topics. This week’s edition is no exception. RevKess and KaliSara have their passions. Environmentalism and conservation could be said to be on their mutual list of passions.
KaliSara is very passionate about the topic of Climate Change. In this week’s PWN she and RevKess attempt to tackle that hot (no pun intended) topic. With humor and good natured debate, they do just that.
“We’re not going to destroy the world, we just won’t be here.” – KaliSara
In 2006 former Vice President Al Gore published his book on environmentalism and climate change, An Inconvenient Truth. This launched a very public debate about climate change and brought out the climate deniers. Both hosts have read the book and seen the film based on the book.
A year before, feminist and environmentalist witch Starhawk released her The Earth Path. Another book that both hosts have read. In Starhawk’s book she talks about living off the grid, getting in touch with the Earth and respecting the Earth.
Through out the show KaliSara and RevKess talked about fracking and the dwindling supply of such fossil fuels as oil and coal. They also spoke of alternative energy sources such as solar, wind, and hydro-electric.
Along the way KaliSara brought up chaos theory and how sometimes the simplest act can change the world. Referring to the “butterfly effect” as describe in Jurassic Park they addressed some of the cause and effect of human practices on our environment. Time did not allow for a full discussion of how the “little things” we do to conserve Mother Earth can have a true effect on our future.
On the individual level, we can install solar panels, wind turbines, and hydro-electric systems in our homes or on our land. Starhawk, for example, uses both solar and hydro power to electrify her home. When RevKess asked KaliSara what the likelihood of her installing such alternative power sources on her own property would be she responded “100%”. These are little things, in the grand scheme. But if more and more people took these options we could see some effect on the lifespan o the human race on this planet. Like the cartoon to the right says, despite everything we do to destroy or heal the Earth, it will still be here when we are gone.
On a larger level, many businesses and even governments are beginning to install solar, wind, and hydro power sources on buildings and large plots of land. Despite what some “experts” claim, these alternatives do not take away from the resources – the Sun’s power is limitless (by human standards), nothing can truly stop the wind, water will still flow. Ever been to a large city with high rise buildings? The wind gets channeled between those buildings and if anything gets stronger through that channeling.
- Burlington, VT uses alternative/renewable energy to supply power to the people.
- Denmark is the first country to use alternative power to supply electricity to its citizens.
- Alternative energy sources expected to go down up to 40% in cost of production.
- 5 countries making head way toward alternative sources.
“One of the worst things to happen to the topic of climate change is the phrase global warming.” – KaliSara
- In 2012, an article on Keystone XL Pipeline and Tar Sands Expansion.
- The Kalamazoo River oil spill.
- Venice is sinking.
- Climate change is happening faster than predicted.
“Not enough of our society is trained how to understand and interpret quantitative information…” – Neil deGrasse Tyson
- Celia – Tell Us What You’re Growing – digital single
- Arthur Hinds – The Water’s Rising – Dance in the Fire
- Cernunnos Rising – Greenman (Last Tree Falling) – Wild Soul
The Pagan Weekly News for thursday 29 January 2015 found RevKess and KaliSara trying to tackle the general theme of Controversy in the Pagan World. Not an easy task. They began with a brief conversation about political conroversies in the United States and moved on talking about the stolen and desecrated statue of Manannan mac Lir in Ireland before moving into talk about #BlackLivesMatter and the Covenant of the Goddess missteps in addressing that theme.
- If Jeb Bush runs for President in 2016 he has to deal with gay bears owning a domain that he would normally want to use.
- House Republicans propose bill that would mandate ultrasounds before abortions.
MANANNAN mac LIR
- The BBC reports on a statue of Manannan mac Lir being stolen.
- BBC reports local police are looking at religious link to the theft.
- Irish Pagan priest calls the theft a religiously motivated hate crime.
- Pagan musician and activist, Celia, writes and records a song for Manannan in short order.
#BLACKLIVESMATTER & COVENANT of the GODDESS
- Covenant of the Goddess and other Pagan organizations release statements on racism in November and December of 2014, in response to repeated reports of police brutality and excessive force.
- Peter Dybing, writing on his personal blog Pagan in Paradise, issued a social indictment of CoG. That post has since been removed from his site. An earlier post on the topic of #BlackLivesMatter and the CoG statement cane be found here.
- CoG issued a revised statement pending consensus vote in August 2015.
- Peter Dybing writes again on the issue of minorities in Paganism.
- Coverage from The Wild Hunt
- Torn Coyle writes about racism
- Shauna Aura Knight writes about racism in Paganism
- Shauna Aura Knight, on PaganActivist.com, admits she is a racist
TWO EVENTS on the SAME DAY in the SAME REIGION
- This one didn’t make it onto the show. Heartland Spirit Festival has competition with the new Gathering of Pagan Souls on Memorial Weekend outside Kansas City.
OTHER PAGAN NEWS
- Kickstarting the 2015 Pagan festival season
- Sam Webster writes on magic(k) vs. religion
- Nebraska Wiccan Church and other community notes from The Wild Hunt
- Cara Schulz begins a series on building Pagan temples and infrastructures
- Heartbeat – Warrior Within
- Celia – Song for Manannan – digital single
- Wendy Rule – Creator Destroyer – The Wolf Sky
RevKess and KaliSara discuss the 2015 State of the Union Address from President Barack Obama. On Tuesday 20 January 2015, President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union Address to Congress and the nation, indeed to the world. It was televised and streamed live on the internet, video recording and audio are available on various websites. RevKess watched the live stream from the White House YouTube channel. You can read the full transcript and listen to the audio through NPR. You can also read and hear Sen. Joni Ernst’s official GOP response on NPR. If you wish to fact check the State of the Union, visit this site.
Though Obama addressed many issues and plans for the administration moving into the next year or so, KaliSara and RevKess only addressed a handful of them. In just under an hour, Obama talks about many issues that are important to both the Pagan community and the citizens of the United States. In a two hour broadcast, your hosts only had time to discuss a few of them.
- Minimum Wage
- Health Care – including daycare expense
- Net Neutrality
- Community College for 2 years
- First SOTU reference to Civil Rights for the gay, lesbian, AND bisexual, AND transgender community in the United States
- Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)
- Some of the 2016 Presidential contenders respond to SOTU
RevKess was personally pleased to hear the inclusion of both bisexuals and transgender citizens when Obama addressed civil rights for all. As KaliSara sarcastically said (with humor, not derision), “He thinks they’re human!” Previous Presidents may have mentioned gays and lesbians, but this the first time a sitting President has included bisexuals and transgender people in such an important speech.
- First Church of Wicca reopens – The Wild Hunt covers the story
- first same-sex Pagan couple to be legally married in Scotland – The Wild Hunt covers the story
- RevKess gets syndicated – RevKess’s article from 15 January 2015 on freedom of speech/expression on PaganActivist.com was syndicated on 22 January on Penton Independent Alternative Media in South Africa
- upcoming book releases from KaliSara – both her College “guide” and her children’s book
Many news stories of interest to the Pagan community were left out of this week’s edition due to time constraints. Tune in next week for more news and views for the Pagan minded.
- Chronilus – The Wild in Me – Threshold
- Celia – Mysterious Shaman – Shaman Journey
- Tuatha Dea (feat. Damh the Bard) – Irish Handfasting – The Tribe
After an unfortunate hiatus, Pagan-Musings Podcast Channel is pleased to announce the return of the Pagan Weekly News. Zaracon’s health has prevented him from devoting any time to podcasting right now, so KaliSara has volunteered to fill his seat for PWN. Everyone at PMPChannel hopes to hear Zaracon return to the internet airwaves very soon. On her debut edition of PWN the hosts discuss many issues that have some bearing on the Pagan community.
Your hosts spent a good deal of time talking about Charlie Hebdo and freedom of speech/expression. On Thursday 15 January 2015 RevKess published an article on PaganActivist.com giving his opinion on the shootings and how people should realize that freedoms have consequences. You can read that article here, read his addendum in comments on that page.
In advance of the 2015 State o the Union Address they dwelt a good portion of the show on some of the topics that President Obama will discuss in his address.
- Net Neutrality
- Community College
- Racial Tensions
- Minimum Wage
KaliSara and RevKess also discussed news items that have a direct bearing on the Pagan community, especially in the United States.
- The U.S. Army adds Asatru and Heathen to religious choices listed on personnel files
- a story from The Wild Hunt about “finding kindred spirits” in Coasta Rica
- dealing with depression from a Pagan perspective
- Iceland to build a Pagan temple
Mention was also made on upcoming events such as PantheaCon and the Between the Worlds conference. As well as music and book news.
- Alex Bledsoe announced that at least three more books are in the offing for Tufa Tales
- Mama Gina is scheduled to release her third CD in February – tune in on Sunday 25 January at 7pm Central to hear an interview with Gina about her musical career and her newest CD release on the Pagan-Musings Podcast with RevKess and KaliSara
- Celia is working on a children’s story CD
- Crow Women – In the Fire – Crow Goddess
- Damh the Bard – Sons and Daughters of Robin Hood – Antlered Crown and Standing Stone
- Crow Women – Healing Circle Song – Crow Goddess
- Mama Gina – Waking Panther – digital single
Fair warning, on this edition of the Pagan Weekly News both RevKess and Zaracon get up on their soapboxes. Way up!
War is a topic that no one really wants to talk about. Unfortunately it is the topic on a lot of people’s minds these days. In the United States, the Middle East, Russia, and elsewhere around the globe. Neither Zaracon nor RevKess have served in the military, but they know many people who have or are currently serving active duty. RevKess’s father served over seas during the Korean “Conflict” (War) and several of his nieces and nephews have been in the Middle East during the second Gulf War. War, conflict, strife. It all touches us somewhere and somehow. Whether we are at work, serve in the military, or know someone who is. It touches us all.
Before diving into the meat and bones of the main topic for the show, Z and Kess spoke briefly about crowd sourcing and funding. Taylor Ellwood recently published an article on that very topic on the Agora for Patheos Pagan Channel. The Pagan-Musings Podcast Channel has been a big proponent of crowd sourcing and plans to continue to be so. Having helped with projects for Tuatha Dea, Brendan Myers, Frenchy and the Punk, The New Alexandrian Library, and many others.
“I’m fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.”~George McGovern
A note about the Israeli-Palestinian War: Heather Greene, columnist on The Wild Hunt and National Public Information Officer for Covenant of the Goddess, encouraged RevKess to reach out to Pagans in the Gaza area. Several false starts later he concluded that technology was not going to allow it to happen. Facebook messages and other attempts met with error messages and software failures. There are Pagans in that area and the hosts of PWN hope to be able to give them a voice in the near future.
Call it a conflict, call it a war. The military shambles in the Gaza Strip have been going on for decades, if not centuries. Here are some links to articles that give background and current information on the war in the Israeli-Palestinian area.
- Wikipedia has an article on the History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.
- Israel’s Prime Minister defends actions in Gaza during a peace summit is Cairo.
- John McLaughlin explains why the conflict in the area is different than it has ever been before – USA Today.
- Michael Cohen on The Guardian’s The Observer asks if the Israeli-Palestinian war is ever going to end.
- Even China has a peace proposal.
- Haaretz, an Israel media outlet, has live updates on the conflict. At the time of broadcast, this was the current article on the updates page. Since then the cease-fire has collapsed with serious effects on Gaza.
- NPR’s Morning Edition asks if there is any empathy left for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
More from the Middle East
- Iran sees some light at the end of the tunnel in regards to Gaza.
- Syria’s civil unrest is a four-point war.
- Obama authorizes air strikes in Iraq against ISIS/ISIL in defense of the isolated Kurdish religious sect Yazidi.
Russia and the Ukraine
- NATO warns that Russia may be poised to invade.
- Canadian Prime Minster Harper announces intentions to send military and equipment aid to Ukraine. Included is a list of individuals and entities involved on the pro-Russian side that Canada is filing sanctions against.
- Russia bans the import of food from the United States and other Western countries as a reaction to imposed sanctions from the US and the European Union.
- Mortar round strikes a hospital in Eastern Ukraine, killing one.
In Pagan News
- On July 29, 2014, the US Airforce approved Asatru and Heathen as a listed religious preferences for all personnel. This is thanks to Msgt Matt Walters the Open Halls Project, according to The Wild Hunt.
- Hellenic Polytheist, blogger and author Cara Schulz is running for City Council in Burnsville, MN.
- Peter Dybing eulogizes Margot Adler on his Pagan in Paradise blog.
- PWN intro courtesy DragonSong
- Culture Club – War Song (clip)
- Damh the Bard – Sons & Daughters of Robin Hood – Antlered Crown & Standing Stone
- SJ Tucker – Poem of War – Ember Days
- Heather Dale – United at War – Call the Names
- Paradiso & Rasamayi – Wisdom Warrior – Attuning to Oneness
- SJ Tucker – Alligator in the House – Sirens
Pagan Weekly News, week of 24 July 2014
The Pagan Weekly News is, as the name implies, a weekly news program from a Pagan perspective. Over the years the show has moved around a lot on the weekly calendar, but RevKess and Zaracon strive to bring the listener the news in a timely manner. At its current day of the week, PWN is trying to settle into a new routine. The time of the live broadcast may continue to fluctuate, but for now it will be on Thursdays.
Just in time for Throw-Back Thursdays, KaliSara has been posting links to past episodes of programming on the Pagan-Musings Podcast Channel. You can follow those listings through our Facebook page of the channel or by following RevKess on Twitter. This week’s TBT episode is Herbs and Some of Their Uses from 6 February 2010. Might be time to revisit the topic.
Pagan Pride Day season is about to start. It officially runs from August 1 through October 31st. With events all around the country, some states having more than one event, and reaching across the globe, PPD is quickly becoming one of the largest and most popular Pagan outreach celebrations. One of the largest PPD events in the world is held the first Sunday of August every year since 2009. the UK’s PPD is in Central Nottingham with over 1500 Pagans attending and more coming every year. With any luck maybe one or more of the PMPChannel hosts can make it to one of their local PPD events.
Links to topics covered
- One aspect of PPD is something akin to interfaith outreach. In the interest of interfaith work, Dr. Karl E.H. Seigfried guested on a Muslim, A Hotchpotch Hijabi in Italy. Dr. Karl writes the award winning Norse Mythology blog.
- KiVo instructor and musician Lis Addison has a big announcement. Learn more about how you can help further her good works.
- Extremist Christians in the United States stepped away from any semblance of interfaith work and disrupted a church service in New Orleans to protest abortion. Operation Save America has been visiting New Orleans this week as part of their annual conference. On Sunday the 20th of July many of them attended services at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, interrupting the service and exposing the youth of the church to disturbing images, the kind commonly used by anti-abortionists. RevKess got up on his soap box for a little while on abortion. A UU minister in Missouri wrote about the incident in NOLA.
- On Wednesday 23 July 2014 the State of Arizona executed Joseph Wood. A rather botched execution. 117 minutes from the time the lethal injection was administered Wood died, choking and gasping the whole way. RevKess got up on his soap box for a little while on the death penalty. In a dissenting opinion, one judge writes about alternatives to lethal injection – thanks to a live listener for sharing the link.
- Over on Patheos this summer there has been a conversation about environmentalism and whether Pagans are truly doing their part. Taylor Ellwood has this article on the Agora forum, you can read more through this page.
- On the news end of things, RevKess wrapped up with the story of a Colorado judge ruling the 2008 DOMA law in Colorado as unconstitutional, following suit with other judges he stayed his ruling pending appeal.
Links to stories not covered, but of interest
- George Takei talks frankly, with some humor, about his experience in the Japanese-American internment camps during WWII.
- Conflicts in the Middle East are putting priceless archaeological treasures at risk, including a recently discovered mythic temple of Musasir.
featuring brand new music from Frenchy and the Punk
- PWN intro courtesy Aetopus
- Frenchy and the Punk – Don’t Fear the Rabbit – Bonjour Batfrog
- SJ Tucker – The Great Velocipede Migration – Wonders
- Celia – Red Alabaster & Blue – Red Alabaster & Blue
- Celia – Metta Prayer – For the Asking
- Frenchy and the Punk – La Vie de Boheme – Bonjour Batfrog
- Wendy Rule – Deity – Deity
- Cernunnos Rising – Wise Old Yew – Urban Druid
- Lis Addison – My Big Community – Grace of the Green Leaf
Frenchy and the Punk will be in Omaha on 31 July 2014, Thursday. They will be performing at the Barley Street Tavern with Anonymous Henchman.
SJ Tucker and Betsy Tinney will be in Lincoln on 19 August 2014, Tuesday. They will be performing at the historic Ferguson House, a concert sponsored by KZUM and the Wayward Concert Series through the Unitarian Church of Lincoln.