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Brian Hines
Salem, Oregon
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At 1:14 pm today Joe Biden personally texted me with the news that he's chosen Kamala Harris as his running mate. Thank you, Joe! I appreciated being the first to know, along with the millions of other people who had recently texted FIRST to 30330. The news lifted my spirits... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Salem Political Snark
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From what I can tell, Homeowners Associations (HOAs) are about as beloved as the IRS -- a necessary evil that people want to have as little to do with as possible. Which means I must be an aberration, since for... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at HinesSight
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Here's a guest post from Osho Robbins, who emailed what follows to me. He points out the difference between the beliefs held by devotees of a particular India-based religious organization, Radha Soami Satsang Beas, and the reality of what the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Church of the Churchless
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This isn't a cry for help, even though I'm addicted. To TikTok, the video-sharing service that has aroused Trump's ire -- which led me to download the iPhone app this morning, in part because my default position is that whatever... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at HinesSight
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Periodically I like to ponder my relationship with reality. Like, now. Hey, movie theaters aren't open here in Oregon. My wife and I aren't eager to test our COVID luck by going to a gym or restaurant. My Tai Chi... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Church of the Churchless
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As Alice in Wonderland said, curiouser and curiouser. That's how I felt today about the Salem City Council after taking a closer look at the public records I got regarding the city's purchase of a house on Taybin Road in West Salem. My first blog post based on the records... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Salem Political Snark
Below you can read a letter in New Scientist that raises a question I've pondered. Is there really such a thing as consciousness? It's clear that, along with other living beings, we humans are aware of both our external surroundings... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Church of the Churchless
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First, I'm delighted to, for what I think is the first time, use "bamboozled" in the title of a blog post. It's an old-fashioned word, but entirely apt in this case, for City of Salem staff did indeed deceive members of the City Council by underhanded means -- along with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2020 at Salem Political Snark
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Comic strips can say a lot in just a few words and pictures. Here's one in yesterday's Sunday paper that I like a lot. Wouldn't it be great if everybody worked to make the world a better place without resorting... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2020 at Church of the Churchless
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Last Friday Bill Maher's Real Time show on HBO featured a discussion between Maher and two people who signed a letter calling for more tolerance of opposing views and the free exchange of information and ideas -- Thomas Chatterton Williams... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2020 at HinesSight
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Philosophically, the coronavirus (novel coronavirus, actually, since COVID is a new version) has some interesting aspects. Most obviously, the virus is teaching us something important. It doesn't give a shit what people think of it. It just does what it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2020 at Church of the Churchless
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It's easy to get disheartened about the current state of our nation. So much disharmony, discord, and dissatisfaction with how things are going, So my spirits were boosted when I saw the results of a Salem Progressive Agenda survey of 103 citizens -- all progressives, not surprisingly, me being one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2020 at Salem Political Snark
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As I make my way through Maria Konnikova's book about learning poker, "The Biggest Bluff," I keep my eye out for insights by this Ph.D. psychologist that pertain to a churchless way of life. Below are some passages I read... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2020 at Church of the Churchless
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As a progressive, it deeply bothers me when progressives turn on each other rather than on the real current enemy, Donald Trump and his Republican enablers. All too often progressive groups fall prey to extreme political correctness, where the slightest... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2020 at HinesSight
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Whew. I can relax. A few days ago I read that Trump was vowing to act more presidential now that the election is less than 100 days away. Since I desperately want him to lose, I was worried that Trump was going to at least sound as if he valued... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2020 at Salem Political Snark
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Back in 2006 I wrote a post called "Who is the guru?" In it I said this about the guru of Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB), Gurinder Singh Dhillon. Gurinder Singh is fond of saying, “How do you know that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2020 at Church of the Churchless
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I doubt they read blogs like mine, but if some of the jerks who have been aiming fireworks at the federal courthouse in Portland every night, trying to dismantle the temporary fence that surrounds the building, and otherwise provoking a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2020 at HinesSight
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The title of this blog post won't go down in the annals of provocative headline writing, for sure. But it's accurate. I toyed with other titles, like "If you're too wired to sleep, read this" or "Here's something more interesting that watching paint dry... barely." Still, I hate to let... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2020 at Salem Political Snark
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Here's part of what Sam Harris said yesterday in a guided meditation on his Waking Up app that I listen to most mornings, along with a guided meditation by Tamara Levitt on my Calm iPhone app. What would this moment... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2020 at Church of the Churchless
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Emotions aren't always a reliable guide to truth, but often they indicate that a deeper truth should be sought. Something has been bothering me about the nightly Black Lives Matter protests in Portland, just fifty miles away from where I live in Salem, but light years away in terms of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2020 at Salem Political Snark
It's a discovery! Not of buried treasure, unfortunately, but of a post I wrote for my HinesSight blog a few months before I started this Church of the Churchless blog. I came across a link to it while looking through... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2020 at Church of the Churchless
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I have nothing good to say about Peppermint Berri, an online store based in Singapore. Below I've copied in 35 reviews from Trustpilot, one of which is mine, which are equally critical of this company. It sure seems like they... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2020 at HinesSight
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Last night I was spellbound while watching a live Facebook feed of Monday's Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Portland, which also is a protest against the federal agents Trump has sent to supposedly protect the federal courthouse, but really is a desperate attempt to boost his fading reelection chances.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2020 at Salem Political Snark
Here's a nice "guest blog post" from Osho Robbins, who emailed it to me yesterday. I like what he has to say. I"m continually amazed at how people can believe crazy stuff that has no basis in fact, reason, or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2020 at Church of the Churchless
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Lynn, as you can tell I like Benoit a lot. I must have read his book four or five times, enjoying it more with every reading. He had a unique take on Zen. Thanks for your comment about my "writing voice." I never think of writing in that way, but probably I should. I suppose our own writing style becomes so familiar to us, like our speaking voice, we don't consider that it is anything special. At least, that's the way I've always felt about it.
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