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Podcast Episode 3: Pagans & Prisons


Compelling stories, ambient recordings, and interesting background music, woven into a radical pagan tapestry with a high audio-geek quotient.

Via Gods & Radicals:

In episode 3, we hear from several members of the Maine Pagan Clergy Association, all of whom work in some capacity with pagans in prison, along with a rant on the subject from our own Dr. Bones.

“We’re number one in prisoners.

By every measure the U.S. leads the world in prisoners, with 2.2 million people in jail and more than 4.8 million on parole. No nation tops that – not China with 1.7 million, not Russia with 670,000. We not only have the highest number of prisoners, we have the highest percentage of people in prison or jail. In the U.S., 702 of every 100,000 people were in prison or jail in 2013. Cuba has 510 per 100,000 people in prison, Russia has 467, and Iran has 290.

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Jar Jar Binks is a Sith Lord

Jar Jar Binks was a trained Force user, knowing Sith collaborator, and will play a central role in The Force Awakens.

Original Darth Darth Treatise via Reddit

Via tickld:

The following mind-blowing theory comes from genius Reddit user Lampawarroo, whose careful research and masterful insight brings us what may be the greatest Star Wars theory ever conceived. Here I will seek to establish that Jar Jar Binks, far from being simply the bumbling idiot he portrays himself as, is in fact a highly skilled force user in terms of martial ability and mind control. Furthermore, I assert that he was not, as many people assume, just an unwitting political tool manipulated by Palpatine- rather, he and Palpatine were likely in collaboration from the very beginning. It’s entirely possible that Palpatine was a subordinate underling to Jar Jar Binks throughout both trilogies.

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The media did cover attacks on *insert country here*. You just weren’t reading it.

Ahmad Hammoud (CC BY 2.0)

Ahmad Hammoud (CC BY 2.0)

In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, social media users took to their keyboards to complain about Western’s society disregard for attacks in other, non-Western countries.

“Where was the media outrage for the attacks in Kenya or Beirut?” Well, it turns out the media did cover these attacks. We just weren’t paying attention.

Emma Kelly via Medium:

But in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, many people have taken to Twitter and Facebook to complain about why 147 people being killed by militant gunmen at Garissa University College in Kenya didn’t get as much coverage as Paris.

“Why isn’t the media covering this?” I saw several Facebook posts exclaim, while sharing a link to a BBC News story on the tragedy.

a) The media did cover this. You are sharing a BBC News link to the story.

b) A quick Google search will show that it wasn’t just the BBC who covered it.

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“Back to the Future” Predicts 9/11

On October 21st 2015, “Back to the Future Day” came and went as internet memes do, but it left an enduring mystery in its wake. Fueled by ’80s nostalgia and a need for topical click-bait, everyone from the Washington Post to Comedy Central zeroed in on a YouTube video that lays out a truly bizarre set of coincidences connecting 9/11 to the time-travel comedy classic Back to the Future.

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4th Republican Debate: Does Any Of This Even Matter?

The title may lead one to believe that I’ve been hit by a wave of apathy regarding this election, that I can no longer see the point of covering the endless parade of bullshit, and that my rampant alcohol abuse and bizarre interest in this election have combined into a soul-crushing nightmare devoid of meaning and decency destined to crush me into the dirt.  Some of you are no doubt already nodding your heads, thinking this was inevitable because believing there was ever any meaning to be found here was the first step down a very steep hill and into the ditch that will soon become my grave.  After all, the most recent debate, hosted by Fox Business News and the Wall Street Journal, was a pretty boring affair and it kinda seemed like most media outlets grew tired of covering it immediately after it had finished.  It’s only natural that one would finally give up and admit that there’s no point in reporting on the debate performance of greasy liars and conmen, especially when nothing terribly interesting happened aside from Rand Paul tearing off his shirt to reveal the face of his father, which had been grafted onto his torso as in the custom of his tribe.… Read the rest

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Sports Military Worship Propaganda Exposed

Bernie Suarez via Activist Post:

A Senate oversight report just blew the lid on the U.S. military worship ceremonies we all see at sporting events all over the United States. We see this military worship all the time at college and professional sports events. These staged ceremonies are designed to psyop young men and women into joining the military. They are also designed to sell war and make young adults think that the road to honor goes through a military lifestyle. Sports fans have no idea they are being bombarded with lies and propaganda bankrolled by the Pentagon and the National Guard. The recent Senate report blowing the lid on this psyop campaign labels the paid for propaganda as “inappropriate and frivolous.”


The report reviewed contracts between the Pentagon (and National Guard) and sports teams and admittedly labels two thirds of the contracts as “paid-for-patriotism.” Yeah, I’ll say. Every trick from flag ceremonies, national anthems, ceremonial first pitches, puck drops, color guard presentations even reenlistment ceremonies have been quietly paid for to deceive the sports fans into wanting to join the military.

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Why We Need Alternative Media

Renewable energies
Perhaps the biggest story of the century has not been thoroughly reported on. While much has been written about the age of secrecy and the war on terror since 2001, it is easy to forget that $5 to $6 trillion is devoted to energy globally, the largest sector of the world’s economy. On Earth, it truly is the biggest thing going on. Of an estimated $200 trillion in existence, that’s a lot of money that can motivate many people to do both right and wrong things.

Energy was a frequent concern of world leaders attempting to calm the Ukraine crisis last year, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Both Germany and the rest of Europe get a large portion of their natural gas from Russia. This factored into sanctions calculations and communications between the parties. Additionally, the rise of ISIS last summer boosted American energy stocks as people came to see some American companies as more stable.… Read the rest

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The 25 Most Important Zombie Movies Ever Made

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Jim Vorel via Paste Magazine:

From the living dead to the walking dead to the typing dead, zombies have completely and utterly suffused 21st century culture. And that’s a pretty weird phenomena, when you think about it.

It’s not like this was always the case. Go back to the ’80s, and to wax poetic about George Romero-esque zombie films would have been the hallmark of a nerdy, acne-ridden high school student in a John Hughes movie. The idea that a TV show like The Walking Dead could be one-upping Sunday Night football in TV ratings? That would seem patently impossible.

Yes, zombies have come a long way, as has our appreciation for them. We live in a society that has become profoundly geekier in the last 15 years, and adopted the once secretive and insular totems of geek culture as its own. But it’s not just us who has evolved, it’s the zombies themselves—the creatures, their films and the people who made them.

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