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More witchcraft hysteria

So…  I guess I really have to admit that the Thursday blog has turned into an Every-Other-Friday blog as of late. I had a good friend who used to say “a bad excuse is better than no excuse.” Right now, though, my only excuse is “I’ve been crazy busy and preoccupied.” Lame, I know. But an excuse, nonetheless. So for this edition of the links of the week I only bring you one; a story of widows in the Indian state of Jharkhand beaten, dragged through the streets, and forced to eat human excrement for being “witches”. The grand irony, of course, is that “spirits” supposedly possessed other women in the village, alerting them to the practice of witchcraft in their midst. But this somehow isn’t considered a form of sorcery or … Read entire article »

Filed under: Brutality, Community, Consciousness, crime, criminals, Featured, Jeremy D. Wells, Jeremy Wells, News, religion, spirituality, superstition, Thursday, Uncategorized, witch, witch hunt, witchcraft

Bird Beaks, Bible Belt Biology, and Bigfoot

Next Thursday, February 12, marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth. Few figures (if any) have had a greater impact on the course of scientific discourse and understanding, religious dialogue, and continuing public controversy.   This includes the controversy surrounding cryptids.   For some people, Darwinian theories are “proof” that certain cryptids are “impossible”. Ignoring (or misrepresenting) available evidence, they argue that certain animals simply can not exist because the design described by eye-witnesses doesn’t seem, in their mind, adapted to the environment where it was sighted. Ironically, some on the other end of the spectrum balk at the idea of cryptids because they are unwilling to confront their insecurities about where these creatures may have come from, or how they might have evolved to fill certain ecological niches.   It’s curious to me … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bigfoot, Cryptozoology, Featured, Fortean, History, Internet, News, religion, Sasquatch, Science, Uncategorized

Raelian’s Israeli “orgy for world peace” cancelled

I found this item about those crazy Raelians on Huffington Post thanks to Chez Pazienza over at Deus Ex Malcontent. For those not familiar with the Raelians, they are a saucer cult founded by French race car test-driver turned spiritual guru Claude Vorilhon. The Raelian ideology is the standard ancient astronaut world seeding theory, with heaping dollops of late 60s and early 70s free love, and generically spiritual “war is bad” platitudes. They have been in the news most recently for their support of, and claim that they had succeeded in, human cloning. Vorilhon, who currently goes by the name Rael and claims to be the son of an earthly mother of an extraterrestrial father, founded his religion after an alleged close encounter in 1973 where he met his father … Read entire article »

Filed under: Aliens, Consciousness, cult, Cults, Events, Featured, Fortean, Globalism, Government, History, hoaxes, Jeremy D. Wells, Jeremy Wells, News, ParaPolitics, Politics, religion, saucer cult, Science, Science Fiction, Technology, UFO, Uncategorized, War