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Brian Hines
Salem, Oregon
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Since for 35 years I was a member of a religious organization headquartered in India, I have a special interest in how that country has been doing during the Covid pandemic. Recently I've been seeing dire stories about rapidly increasing... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Church of the Churchless
I'm glad that I was in my car, listening to CNN, when the judge read the jury verdict in the Derek Chauvin case. As I heard the judge say "guilty of second degree murder," "guilty of third degree murder," "guilty of manslaughter," my right arm made the same happy motion... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Salem Political Snark
It's a bit difficult for me to tell when my spiritual searching began. Was it when I tried to figure out in high school the deeper meaning of Bob Dylan's enigmatic song lyrics? Was it when I devoured Sartre, Camus,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Church of the Churchless
City Councilor Vanessa Nordyke is pushing for Salem to have a crisis response team similar to the CAHOOTS program that has been successfully used in Eugene since 1989. Here's a description of CAHOOTS, courtesy of the White Bird Clinic. 31 years ago the City of Eugene, Oregon developed an innovative... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Salem Political Snark
Here's a new Open Thread. Remember, off-topic comments should go in an Open Thread. If you don't see a recent comment, or comments, posted, it's because you've failed to follow the above rule. Keep to the subject of a blog... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Church of the Churchless
After thirty-five years of believing in weird mystical stuff, I've become a naturalist. I'm still open to the possibility that there's more to reality than what's evident in the natural world, but lacking solid evidence of that possibility, my bet... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Church of the Churchless
About two weeks ago I got a hernia diagnosis, which I memorialized in "Now I can scratch 'get hernia' off my bucket list." The diagnosis wasn't a big surprise, given the large bulge on the right side of my groin... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at HinesSight
It hurts to see a tree company truck pull up in front of your house, then watch workers remove a beloved street tree -- all with no communication from the City of Salem about why the tree needed to be destroyed. This happened to Heather Cohen, a resident of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2021 at Salem Political Snark
Last night my wife and I finished watching the sixth and last episode of HBO's "QAnon: Into the Storm." I've written two previous posts about how QAnon bears a lot of resemblance to religion. (See here and here.) QAnon devotees... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2021 at Church of the Churchless
Another day, another black man "accidentally" shot and killed by a police officer. BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — The suburban Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot a 20-year-old unarmed Black man during a traffic stop Sunday apparently meant to fire a Taser but instead made an “accidental discharge” from her gun,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2021 at Salem Political Snark
Getting a message like this one makes me feel like all the work I put into this Church of the Churchless blog is worthwhile. RS stands for Radha Soami. RSSB stands for Radha Soami Satsang Beas, the India-based religious group... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2021 at Church of the Churchless
I wish I'd taken a "before" photo of my office before I was forced to move everything out so it could be painted after wallpaper was removed. Just believe me when I say that while some people might consider that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2021 at Church of the Churchless
I wish I could say that my many years of daily meditation led to an enlightenment experience that caused me to drastically simplify the office where I hang out in our house. (By "hang out," I mean that this is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2021 at HinesSight
Hard to see how this action by Salem-Keizer School Board chair Satya Chandragiri is anything short of flat-out outrageous. Eddy Binford-Ross is editor-in-chief of South Salem High School's paper, the Clypian. After getting national recognition for covering Black Lives Matter protests last year, she spent months researching and writing a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2021 at Salem Political Snark
Sometimes a comment is left on one of my blog posts that leaves me with a WTF (what the fuck) feeling. Meaning, I can't begin to understand where the commenter is coming from. Here's a recent example that starts off... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2021 at Church of the Churchless
Every generation faces its own challenges. And the challenges we faced in our youth color how we view present-day challenges. My granddaughter will be 14 in a few days. I sent her a card (and cash!) today, saying that she... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2021 at HinesSight
I've been enjoying the recent comment conversations between some of the Church of the Churchless regulars. Meaning, frequent visitors to this blog. Having featured a comment from "Appreciative Reader" in a blog post a few days ago, I generally find... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2021 at Church of the Churchless
It's not as infuriating as the George Floyd murder by a Minneapolis police officer, but I'm still deeply bothered by a Salem police officer, Clinton Sealey, killing a suicidal man, Natzeryt Viertel. Neighbors say that Viertel struggled with mental health issues. He was threatening to take his life. He had... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2021 at Salem Political Snark
What never fails to amaze me is how religious believers and mystical enthusiasts will use the power of their human mind to criticize other people who use their human mind to criticize religion and mysticism. The plain fact is that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2021 at Church of the Churchless
My wife and I have watched the first two episodes of HBO's "Q: Into the Storm" because we find QAnon both ridiculous and dangerous. Ridiculous, because QAnon faithful believe in absolutely crazy stuff -- such as Hillary Clinton and other... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2021 at Church of the Churchless
Trying to find some humor in the hernia diagnosis I received today, this cartoon reminded me that, hey, I only have a single hernia, so lucky me! (I also have taken to wearing joggers much of the time rather than... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2021 at HinesSight
Exciting day! (But since there isn't much excitement in my life, I get excited about small things.) This afternoon I had a pleasant talk with somebody I'd never met before. Doesn't matter where or how. I'll focus on the what of our conversation. After some introductory chit-chat, this guy said... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2021 at Salem Political Snark
Tonight Laurel, my wife, found a clipping from the August 12, 2005 Statesman Journal. Wow, there I was in the "Got Blogs?" story by Angela Yeager, looking 16 years younger than I do now. Naturally my first thought was, I've... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2021 at HinesSight
Long ago, I was the parent of a child who went though the "terrible two's." Temper tantrums were common. Crying fits happened routinely. So I feel for Democratic leaders in the Oregon legislature. They have to deal with Republicans who are the adult equivalent of immature children. The worst thing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2021 at Salem Political Snark
I enjoy reading movie reviews. The people who write them are called critics. When they criticize a movie, or streaming show, that I was considering watching, often I'll decide to see something else instead. So critics can be wonderful. However,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2021 at Church of the Churchless