PWN: War, war is stupid and people are stupid….

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.

 

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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.

More from the Middle East

Russia and the Ukraine

In Pagan News

MUSIC

  1. PWN intro courtesy DragonSong
  2. Culture Club – War Song (clip)
  3. Damh the Bard – Sons & Daughters of Robin Hood – Antlered Crown & Standing Stone
  4. SJ Tucker – Poem of War – Ember Days
  5. Heather Dale – United at War – Call the Names
  6. Paradiso & Rasamayi – Wisdom Warrior – Attuning to Oneness
  7. SJ Tucker – Alligator in the House – Sirens

 

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Lavender Hill #128

128 episodes into the Lavender Hill series and we are going strong. With the recent additional of an extra half hour, Corwin and Phil get to bring you more news, views, interviews, and music from the LGBTQA+ community.

This we the hosts covered several topics ranging from marriage equality issues in the United States and elsewhere, the blood industry and the ban on gay men donating blood, plasma and other blood products, Russia’s continued negative stance towards the LGBTQA+ population and their pledge to enforce their anti-gay laws during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, and some political wrangling from the Conservative end of the spectrum.

Links

  • Late in July the Associated Press published an article that indicates that Nebraska lawmakers are looking to reevaluate the state’s “defense of marriage” law. The topic will hopefully come up for debate in the fall session of the legislature.
  • Marriage equality seems to be gaining momentum in Pennsylvania.
  • Pentagon confirms spousal benefits for same-sex marriages.
  • Claiming that the rights of athletes would be respected during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko urged gay rights activists to “calm down”. Even with his assurances of respecting rights, he insists that all athletes, citizens and visitors alike, will be expected to obey established Russian.
  • A Southern California man is diagnosed with “chronic homosexual behavior” by his physician.
  • Campbell, California Mayor Evan Low refused the honor of donating blood by the Red Cross because he is openly gay.
  • Fox contributor Sandy Rios sticks her foot in it again by insisting that gays are incapable of healthy long term relationships, especially gay men.
  • Call Me Kuchu is showing at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center in Lincoln, NE from Friday the 16th of August through Thursday the 22nd.
    • In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. With unprecedented access, the filmmakers follow David Kato – Uganda’s first openly gay man – and his fellow activists as they work against the clock to defeat the legislation while combating vicious persecution in their daily lives. But no one, not even the filmmakers, are prepared for the brutal murder that shakes their movement to its core and sends shock waves around the world. CALL ME KUCHU depicts the last year in the life of a courageous, quick-witted and, steadfast man whose wisdom and achievements were not fully recognized until after his death, and whose memory has inspired a new generation of human rights advocates. 

Music

Queen Radio GaGa Greatest Hits II
Bette Midler I’m Beautiful Bathhouse Betty
Klaus Nomi You Don’t Own Me Klaus Nomi
Pheromone Pholk Listen to Your Heart Music you love…but you don’t know why

Additional links….

Lavender Hill #126: First official full hour

Just over two and a half years into the series, Lavender Hill has finally moved to a full hour time slot. Still airing at 11am on Sundays, but now running until noon. With the additional half hour we can bring you more news and more music. Even with the additional half hour, there is rarely enough time to cover all the news.

Corwin and Phil are very pleased with the change in time slot and format. They hope the listeners are as well. The show is available in podcast on Phil’s podcast stream (click image to the left) and this edition is also available as a video on YouTube, an experiment of Phil’s. And of course, listen live on Sundays at 11am CT at KZUM-HD 89.3FM in Lincoln, NE or online at the KZUM website.

Below you will find links to the stories we covered as well as some “bonus” links to stories we did not have time for. You will also find the music list from the show with links (when possible) to the artists’ websites.

Links

The Music

  1. Dominique Morgan – Right Thru Me – A Thin Line Between Love & Hate
  2. Mary Lambert – She Keeps Me Warm 
  3. Pentatonix – Wizard of Ahhhs – 
  4. The Clincher – Imperfect Form – The Sickness is Evolving

Additional Links

Lavender Hill #124: Post Star City Pride

On 14 July 2013, Corwin and Phil hosted the 124th edition of Lavender Hill on KZUM in Lincoln, NE. This was their post-Star City Pride show. During the show they talked about their experiences at SCP as well as covered several stories from the news that effect the LGBTQA community. *K8 (a fellow minion on Murphy’s Magic Mess) sat in on the show and can be heard laughing at Corwin and Phil’s banter in the background as well as makes a few comments along the way.

Lavender Hill airs live on KZUM every Sunday at 11am CT. You can find the show on Facebook and email the hosts at lavenderhill89.3@gmail.com with questions, comments or suggestions.

Before we get into everything we talked about on the show, Phil wanted to mention that he has been playing catch up on some sound editing for The Wimmins Show. You can catch podcasts of three new segments from TWS. Women Out Loud with Amy Plettner, an acoustic session with Claudia Nygaard and right after this edition of Lav Hill, indie rock group Lakookala.

Stories and Links

The Music

  1. Rufus Wainright – Somewhere Over the Rainbow – (live) House of Rufus (2011) 
  2. Me’Shell NdegeOcello – A Tear and a Smile – Peace Beyond Passion

Just for grins….