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Brian Hines
Salem, Oregon
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Frans de Waal has written a fascinating book about animal intelligence, "Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?" I'm only a little ways into the book, but what I've read so far has gotten me to thinking... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Church of the Churchless
A moderate amount of craziness adds spice to life. Who wants to be perfectly rational and reasonable all of the time? But currently there's way too much craziness going on -- both here in Oregon and elsewhere in the United States. So join me in making a heartfelt plea to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Salem Political Snark
I'm enjoying my re-reading, or re-re-reading, given the highlighting I've done to this book, of Guy Newland's "Introduction to Emptiness: Tsong-Kha-Pa's Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path." It's a brilliant discussion of a core Buddhist notion, defined as... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Church of the Churchless
I have direct experience of being married to only two women, Susan and Laurel. In between Susan and Laurel I got divorced, to set aside any conjecture about polygamy. So I'm having to extrapolate from this small sample size to... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at HinesSight
Donald Trump has crossed the line from lying about Biden not winning the election to actively trying to subvert the will of the voters. That's sedition, which is illegal. Here's the definition of sedition. That's exactly what Trump is trying to do. Incite his followers to overturn the lawful results... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Salem Political Snark
Today someone sent me a link to a November 12, 2o20 story in the Economic Times, "Sebi disposes of proceedings against 16 entities in Religare Finvest fund diversion case." That person wondered if this meant that Gurinder Singh Dhillon, the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Church of the Churchless
This is really disappointing. John Miller, the Courthouse Club Fitness owner, has decided to defy Governor Brown's order for gyms to close for two weeks beginning tomorrow because COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are rising so rapidly in Oregon. Here's part of an Oregon Health Authority graphic. Miller has decided that... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Salem Political Snark
I've been hanging onto my copy of the October 19 issue of The New Yorker because it contains a book review ("Losing Propositions") about the state of philosophy in Europe after the First World War. The review has numerous mentions... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2020 at Church of the Churchless
I've been seeing post-election discussions where some say that Democrats need to do a better job of understanding those who voted for Donald Trump, a group that currently stands at 47% of the electorate, about 73,100,000 voters. OK. That's a laudable goal, so long as Republicans make an comparable effort... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2020 at Salem Political Snark
I've never understood why some people are so down on thinking as an avenue to spiritual growth -- using "spiritual" in a non-supernatural sense, basically an exploration of what it means to be a caring, compassionate person who is grounded... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2020 at Church of the Churchless
Ed Dover, a retired political science professor, gives a Salem City Club talk after every election -- providing well-informed commentary on the results. I always look forward to hearing Dover speak. Today's talk was another interesting tour of the 2020 election landscape. Ed Dover on Zoom Dover started off by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2020 at Salem Political Snark
I'll be blunt. If you're wearing a mask every time you're in a public place, are physically distancing, wash your hands regularly, and aren't socializing often with strangers or with large numbers of people you know -- good for you!... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2020 at HinesSight
Over on my Salem Political Snark blog, yesterday I wrote "Speak out about Trump's attempt to steal the election." Almost certainly Trump won't succeed in this. His defeat was so large, extending over five states that he won in 2016... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2020 at Church of the Churchless
I'm an optimist. Usually. After Biden was declared the winner of the presidential election on November 7, I figured that it was time to relax, chill out, and watch the peaceful transition of power from Trump to Biden that would take place between then and Biden's inauguration on January 20,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2020 at Salem Political Snark
Like lots of other Americans, I'm really happy about Joe Biden defeating Donald Trump in our presidential election. To learn how happy, check out three posts I've written on my other blogs -- here, here, and here. It's virtually 100%... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2020 at Church of the Churchless
Saturday, around the country and indeed the world, people danced in the streets after our country's major news outlets called the presidential race for Joe Biden. A monthly discussion group my wife and I are part of had scheduled a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2020 at HinesSight
Tonight I wrote another post on my Salem Political Snark blog about Donald Trump's ever-so-pleasing defeat to Joe Biden, the next President of the United States. I called it, "Trump may never concede, but Biden has whipped his ass." Here's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2020 at Church of the Churchless
Last Tuesday was tough for progressives like me. Sure, I knew that mail-in ballots, largely from Democrats, were going to take a while to count, and in-person voting on election day would be dominated by Republicans. But knowing is one thing. Emotions are a whole other thing. I worried that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2020 at Salem Political Snark
Perfection is a concept of something that doesn't exist. Nonetheless, we humans cause ourselves grief as we try to attain this non-existent notion. Too often, our goal is to have a perfect mate, a perfect body, perfect children, a perfect... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2020 at Church of the Churchless
Tuesday's election could have been better, but it also could have been a whole lot worse from my progressive point of view. So I'm feeling fine right now, for these reasons. Biden appears to have defeated Trump. This is the biggest contributor to my positive mood, since another four years... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2020 at Salem Political Snark
I've dusted off a blog post from May 2016. Changed the election day to what it is in 2020, November 3. Made it fit with a general election, rather than a primary election. Otherwise, left it much the same, because what I said back then on election day eve is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2020 at Salem Political Snark
Next week, I hope and expect, Donald Trump will become a one-term president. Given how outrageously authoritarian Trump has been since he was inaugurated in January 2017, it's fitting -- though disturbing -- that currently he is trying to steal the election in a way that might work if he... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2020 at Salem Political Snark
Here's a guest blog post from someone I regularly communicate with via email. This recent message from the person resonated with me, because it echoes thoughts I frequently have about the absurdity of believing that life has a purpose imposed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2020 at Church of the Churchless
A few days ago the Statesman Journal ran a story about clean-up efforts after hundreds of houses were destroyed in the Beachie Creek fire that ravaged the Santiam Canyon in early September. KATU News photo Here's some excerpts from "EPA hauls hazardous waste from homes burned in Beachie Creek fire."... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2020 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 Oct 30, 2020 at Church of the Churchless