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Taking the High Road

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It’s 11:30am on Thursday and I’m cruising the Haight for flags, $24 into the green…

I’ve been good about not drinking or abusing nighttime cough syrup over the last week to get to sleep at night. This is due to a jaunt to go see my mom “back east” in D.C., to get help finishing up Book 2 – San Francisco TAXI: Life in the Merge Lane… (Stay tuned y’all!) Anyway, Ma and my older brother gave me crap about my belly while I was there; which is, um, “respectably pronounced”. Aside from my sedentary vocation, this is due in good measure to drinking at night. And the subsequent tipsy feast just prior to bed. Needless to say, my family’s brand of Jewish/Irish-Catholic guilt is VERY potent! Hence, the abstinence.

So, I was clearing out my Facebook notifications last night and smoking a bowl before going down. As I was perusing the San Francisco Taxi Drivers Group, I came across a report from Barry Korengold, one of the leaders of the SFTWA – the pseudo San Francisco taxi drivers union.… Read the rest

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Scientists Speak Up on Mix of God and Science

Whatever your opinion of the Gray Lady, the New York Times has consistently published interesting articles on science. Some of the best have been compiled into The New York Times Book of Science: More than 150 Years of Groundbreaking Scientific Coverage. It’s a great book of the “did you know?” variety and sure to stimulate discussion about how scientific knowledge has developed and changed over the years. One evergreen piece focuses on the relationship between science and religion; Cornelia Dean’s 2005 article “Scientists Speak Up on Mix of God and Science” is excerpted in slightly abridged form below:

At a recent scientific conference at City College of New York, a student in the audience rose to ask the panelists an unexpected question: “Can you be a good scientist and believe in God?”

Scienza e Fede

Reaction from one of the panelists, all Nobel laureates, was quick and sharp.

“No!” declared Herbert A. Hauptman, who shared the chemistry prize in 1985 for his work on the structure of crystals.… Read the rest

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The Christian Nightmares Tribulation Band — I Wish We’d All Been Ready

A cover of the haunting apocalyptic rapture song “I Wish We’d All Been Ready,” originally written and released by Christian rock pioneer Larry Norman in 1969 and used as the theme song for the 1972 end times film, A Thief in the Night. Cover version produced by Christian Nightmares and featuring members of Sebadoh, White Hills, The Psychic Paramount, and more.

h/t Christian Nightmares. Follow ’em on Twitter.

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Jel Ena: Through the Gates of Anhedonia by Decadence Darling

Jel Ena "Sanctum Infernum", 2015

Jel Ena “Sanctum Infernum”, 2015

Jel Ena “Sanctum Infernum”
October 29 – December 15
Stephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn NY


Jel Ena: Through the Gates of Anhedonia  by Decadence Darling

Death is an unknown pleasure. Pleasure is not the addition of something we are without, it is the realization of something that is within. It is through “death” that we awaken this inherent pleasure. When we seek pleasure, small or large, we examine ourselves accordingly. We take inventory, observe patterns, evaluate and assess strengths and weaknesses. Through all of this we judge ourselves. We determine how much of this information we accept or reject. In other words, seeking pleasure is a process of positive acceptance and negative rejection. But what if those things we are adverse to are a part of who we truly are? To dispose of them would make us incomplete. Perhaps in this pursuit of Self we deny our fullness and the thing we wished we were is an empty object full of pain.… Read the rest

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Shadows on the Wall: Myth, Reason, and the Quest for Gnosis


-Patrick Ryan is a Writer, Poet, Digital artist, and explorer of transcendental realms. He is the co – founder of Free Radical Media and co-host of the Free Radical Media podcast, available via YouTube and Itunes.

Since the advent of human cognition, humanity has made its main purpose to focus all of its energy and creative ambition on the postulation of thought into coherent structured forms able to translate an entire universe of meaning. These structures were itself only a reverberation of the so called “objective” reality — a participatory juxtaposition with the end result being a reflection of the very observers themselves. The interwoven riddle in this proposition is that reality itself is inherently mythological, with objectivity being only an automatic and instinctual lift into the light of the imagination. “REALITY IS SLIPPERY!” the Faery folk exclaim! Claiming to know the whole and complete truth of ANYTHING is a recipe for mass cognitive perceptual crash, leaving one potentially bitter and or in utter denial.… Read the rest

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Shroud of Turin’s DNA traced to India and plants found ‘all over Earth,’ new study says

Hazel Torres via Christian Today:

The revered Shroud of Turin, which some Christians believe is the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, may have come from India and transported to its current home in Turin, Italy, a group of Italian researchers said.

In a study published in RealClearScience.com, the researchers said the 14-foot-long garment contains DNA from plants found “all over Earth.”

“Here we report the main findings from the analysis of genomic DNA extracted from dust particles vacuumed from parts of the body image and the lateral edge used for radiocarbon dating,” said Dr. Gianni Barcaccia, a plant genetics and genomics professor at the University of Padova in Italy, in a paper he co-authored with his colleagues.

The researchers said they sequenced the DNA of pollen and dust found on the shroud and discovered several plant groups native to the Mediterranean.

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Scientists claim they can change your belief on immigrants and God – with MAGNETS

Attitudes towards God and immigrants can be changed by beaming magnetic waves into the brain, reports the Daily Express:

A bizarre experiment claims to be able to make Christians no longer believe in God and make Britons open their arms to migrants in experiments some may find a threat to their values.

Scientists looked at how the brain resolves abstract ideological problems.

US Navy 030819-N-9593R-228 Civilian technician, Jose Araujo watches as a patient goes through a Magnetic Resonance Imaging, (MRI) machine

Using a technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), researchers safely shut down certain groups of neurones in the brains of volunteers.

TMS, which is used to treat depression, involves placing a large electromagnetic coil against the scalp which creates electric currents that stimulate nerve cells in the region of the brain involved in mood control.

Researchers found the technique radically altered religious perceptions and prejudice.

Belief in God was reduced almost by a third, while participants became 28.5 per cent less bothered by immigration numbers…

[continues at the Daily Express]

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Christian cult that predicted Wednesday’s world annihilation will study Bible for revised deadline

Last week we posted the story of Chris McCann, the evangelist Christian who published multiple articles about “Why October 7, 2015 is the Likely End of the World.” Now he’s going back to the scriptures to come up with a better date, reports the Guardian via Raw Story. Will they never learn?

The leader of a Christian group who claimed that the world would end on Wednesday has admitted his prediction was “incorrect”.

William Blake's The Day of Judgment printed in 1808 to illustrate the Robert Blair's poem "The Grave"

William Blake’s The Day of Judgment printed in 1808 to illustrate the Robert Blair’s poem “The Grave”


Chris McCann, head of the eBible fellowship, warned that the planet would be destroyed “with fire” on 7 October. This did not happen.

“Since it is now 8 October it is now obvious that we were incorrect regarding the world’s ending on the 7th,” McCann said.

McCann originally told the Guardian that by Thursday the world would be “gone forever: annihilated”.

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The Godly Colonel Kurtz



I’m cruising east up Market, away from downtown. It’s just me and Citizen’s Cab #137 fishing for fares, as we cross the brink into the Loin…

There’s a dude flagging me up at the corner of 7th, at a red.

Olive skinned with broad shoulders, in his mid 30s, my potential fare is semi-buff and sports an expensive black leather motorcycle jacket unzipped over a Hawaiian print shirt unbuttoned low enough to boast two highly-toned pectorals. Dude’s neck is ringed by a white coral choker framed by semi-greasy dark, wavy shoulder length locks that are pinned back from his face by a pair of wrap-around sunglasses sitting perched atop his head. He is semi-good looking, despite the badly faded navy blue shorts and worn white tennis shoes.

Dude’s casual.

Why not?

I pull over.

But before entering my taxi, my passenger bends humbly into my shotgun window to verify that I am actually agreeing to pick him up.… Read the rest

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