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Maiello and Orion At It Again!!

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Questions for Maiello Another mass shooting. It's disturbing - one a damn month it seems. I had an epiphany when we were last talking and I heard you talk about firearms that hit a crescendo in my mind. The idea that firearms exist in rural areas just for the hunting lifestyle, etc. is false. Assault weapons and handguns are clearly not being sold for hunting purposes. I've seen gun ads and talked to gun nuts and it's obvious that neither hunting or mass murder are on the mind of owners but a ge…

"Suburb Away From The Suburbs" By Mike Whalen

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There is something eerie about sitting in my living room chair and watching the sun set between the trees of the woods and bringing forth twilight. The darkness that seeps into my home, and cloaks the surrounding houses in pitch black is unnerving; it's darker out here with living so far away from the city. Living in a suburb away from the suburbs, one feels isolated more than usual.

New Theology: The Discovery of a Habitable Zone Planet and Understanding God

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A while back, Catholic News Service did a segment on alien life.



The video is a must watch, not just for the attitude of the Vatican astronomer in the short film, Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, who not only accepts the idea that there's alien life out there or at least has been but that it doesn't invalidate his own beliefs. Growing up in Seattle, I came across a lot of liberals who ran with an assumption that faith meant a medieval belief in no evolution, heliocentrism and all sorts of other reje…

Grant Morrison Doesn't Like Wonder Woman

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As a blog that is very much interested in comic books and comic book mythology but also, for the most part, very anti-militarism, I thought Grant Morrison's comments about Wonder Woman in Batman vs. Superman were interesting: 

I sat down and I thought, “I don’t want to do this warrior woman thing.” I can understand why they’re doing it, I get all that, but that’s not what [Wonder Woman creator] William Marston wanted, that’s not what he wanted at all! His original concept for Wonder Woman was an a…

Comic Con and What We Can Expect From the Comics World

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Marvel Comics opted out of this year's Comic Con, leaving an odd vacuum that DC Comics was strategically placed to fill. During the onslaught of superhero films that have reigned on Hollywood audiences in recent years, Marvel properties largely were the overwhelming benefactor. We've seen Marvel properties – Captain America, The Avengers, X-Men, Spider-Man – pumped out regularly with film series lasting with half a dozen or more installments.

DC Comics has had trouble, however. Batman is the only …

New Article on the Pope's Climate Change Encyclical

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It appears that Josh and I are having good luck in the publishing department. Building off of his success is this article I published with Global Comment on climate change:

Popes of the Catholic Church often issue encyclicals – policy pronouncements that declare the future directions of the church as regards one particular social, economic or political arena. It is a bit like an ecclesiastical version of the American president’s “State of the Union” address. In his recent encyclical, Laudato Si, Pop…

Systematic Change And Chaos In Action

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A recent article about Pope Francis' trip to South America made me realize how much things really are changing and changing very fast: 

Between 800,000 and 1.2 million people could cross the border between Argentina and Paraguay to see the pontiff, according to immigration officials in both countries. Most will be Argentines seeking to get closer to Francis, a fellow countryman. Argentine President Cristina Kirchner will be there too.
About a fifth of the roughly one million Paraguayan immigran…

Jeni's Silence is Consent: Workers jobs lost. UPDATED

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As of today, July 9th, 2015 I have received an anonymous tip that Jeni's has begun a mass layoff of workers. This layoff was unplanned and the warehouse workers were not told in advance. The majority of the workers have been offered a months severance pay, or an offer of Part-time work in local scoop shops. Evidently, since the brand has been rocked by Listeria in it's production facilities it is cutting labor costs at the expense of livelihoods it provides, if it ever did in the first place.

Jen…

What The Mass Shootings Really Are: Right Wing Terrorism

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A little note: I don't feel like validating pieces of shit by regurgitating their names so all the mass shooters we've gotten to know over the last few years are going to be known by the name of the events.

A firearm is a tool. In the wild, human beings use all sorts of potentially dangerous gear to tame their environment from axes to fire. Fertilizer also is a tool and fertilizer took out large amounts of people in Oklahoma City.

Many of these mass shooters provided us with manifestos. I have l…

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