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Brian Hines
Salem, Oregon
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Last night the Salem City Council voted 7-1 to move ahead with considering Cara Kaser's creative attempt to find a middle ground on how to deal with downtown's homeless problem. (Jim Lewis was the only no vote; Tom Andersen was out of town). A Salem Reporter story, "Salem City Council... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Salem Political Snark
I'm not a fan of political leaders who base their policies on religious fundamentalism. Since the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, is doing just that, I enjoyed John Oliver's humorous takedown of Modi on last weekend's "Last Week Tonight... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Church of the Churchless
Here's a new Open Thread. Remember, off-topic comments should go in an Open Thread. This hasn't been happening recently, as some commenters have been using blog posts as a "chat room," basically, so from now on I'm going to vow... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Church of the Churchless
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Tomorrow there's a good chance the Salem City Council will approve a citywide sit-lie ordinance that prohibits sitting and lying on public sidewalks between the hours of 7 am to 9 pm, subject to certain exceptions. Aimed at homeless people, obviously, this is the most recent attempt to pass a... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Salem Political Snark
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This blog attracts quite a few religious people, probably because my rational, reasonable, intelligent posts appeal to their subconscious mind, given how much of their conscious awareness is filled with faith-based religious dogma. So I'd like to offer an opportunity... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Church of the Churchless
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Today's Salem City Club program on the controversial Covanta garbage incinerator that handles Marion County trash was as disappointing as I and others expected it to be. Back in January I criticized the City Club for making the program totally biased in a blog post called "Salem City Club sparks... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Salem Political Snark
Spencer, "Matter" isn't a thing. It is a concept. You'd have to specify exactly what type of material thing you're talking about for me to hazard an answer to your question. All forms of mater and energy came into being at the instant of the big bang, according to a central cosmological theory. Since, those forms have been continually changing.
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So why do so many people, billions really, believe untruths about God, heaven, spirit, soul, angels, devils, and other unseen entities of which there is zero proof of their existence? Because of the Cognitive Revolution, according to Yuval Noah Harari,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Church of the Churchless
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My right leg has been really painful, so yesterday I got a physical therapy referral from my family doctor. The letter said that I'd been referred to Orthopedic Physical Therapy at 755 Mission Street. I'd never heard of that name,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at HinesSight
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Evolution is a scientific fact. Sure, all facts are subject to being proven wrong. But the chance of that happening to evolution is very slim, because the evidence for evolution is so strong. Since I love to learn about true... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2020 at Church of the Churchless
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There's a movement to have the most rural Oregon counties join with Idaho so those living outside of the Willamette Valley don't have to put up with annoying democratic niceties such as elections have consequences. Here's what Greater Idaho would look like if that fantasy were to somehow become reality,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2020 at Salem Political Snark
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I'm conflicted about hope, the desire for something to happen. It certainly seems like a good thing, a shoulder to lean on in tough times, a positive compass heading when happenings in your life are going in the wrong direction.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2020 at Church of the Churchless
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Let's make this the overarching mantra for Democrats until Donald Trump is defeated in the November 2020 presidential election: No Dem candidate is perfect, but all of them are hugely better than Trump. Which means, ditch any thought of a purity test for the candidates still in the hunt for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2020 at Salem Political Snark
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A New York Times opinion piece makes an excellent point about near-death experiences that applies equally to all kinds of spiritual, mystical, and religious experiences. There's plenty of evidence that people have these sorts of experiences. So that makes them... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2020 at Church of the Churchless
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Way to go, South Central Association of Neighbors (SCAN) -- the neighborhood association that represents the area where Daniel and Richard Gatti knowingly destroyed four valuable street trees by topping them, yet so far haven't been required to pay the full cost of their value, as required by the City... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2020 at Salem Political Snark
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Until the November election is over, I'm going to be in a perpetual state of political anxiety. Dumping Trump is super-important for lots of reasons, preserving our democracy from authoritarian rule being high on the list. So obviously it's vital that the Democrats nominate someone who is well suited to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2020 at Salem Political Snark
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One of the strangest things about this Church of the Churchless blog is how many thoroughly "churched" people visit here. I'm glad that they do, because a diversity of opinions in comments is a lot more interesting than a comment... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2020 at Church of the Churchless
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As I said a few days ago, progressives like me are going through an anxious period. There's no obvious Democratic presidential candidate who seems fully up to the job of beating Trump in the November 2020 election. Meanwhile, polls show that Trump has managed to hold on to his base... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2020 at Salem Political Snark
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Some books are meant to be read, re-read, and then re-re-read. I think I'm on my re-re-reading of Edward Slingerland's marvelous Trying Not to Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity. I've written a couple of previous blog posts about... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2020 at Church of the Churchless
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Jen, you didn't read what I wrote in this post very closely. I didn't say people couldn't talk about RSSB and happenings at the Dera. What I said was that insulting other people isn't acceptable. Please read this post again so you really understand what my point was.
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Some religiously-minded people have been using the Open Threads on this blog (free speech for commenters) to insult other commenters in a nasty way. I apologize for allowing this to go on, though I have been disapproving some of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2020 at Church of the Churchless
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Last Friday, one week ago today, I had one of the best car buying experiences of my life. And since I'm 71, I've had a lot of experience with buying cars, many of them frustrating. Before I share the recipe... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2020 at HinesSight
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Don't get me wrong. It's always a good time to be a progressive leftie. But at the moment I'm not feeling much pleasurable buzz from being on the right, or better put, wisest, way of looking at the political world. Let's count some of the reasons. (1) Trump is emboldened... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2020 at Salem Political Snark
Anon, why don't you do the research, since you're the one interested in that subject? I'm busy and have better things to do with my time. While you're at it, be sure to research the attorneys for Gurinder Singh also. I'm confident all attorneys take on clients with questionable histories. Everyone is entitled to an attorney, so that's to be expected.
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Here's a more interesting story from the Indian Financial Press, as compared to the rather blah story I shared yesterday about the financial fraud saga involving the Singh brothers and their relative, Gurinder Singh Dhillon, the guru of Radha Soami... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2020 at Church of the Churchless
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