The world mourns in the wake of the Paris attacks and tries to determine the best course forward. Past terrorist attacks are remembered and examined. And the refugee crisis in Europe continues unabated. It's Fiery Tuesday, our weekly look at political and societal news from around the world. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!
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The Guardian examines the long-term influence of one of the world's most famous science fiction novels. A comic details the story of a cop secretly practicing magic. And Vin Diesel explains how The Silmarillion informs his views of mortality. It's Airy Monday, our weekly look at magic and religion in popular culture. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!
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Today is Friday the 13th (third one this year) so today we are focusing on superstition, science, and what makes seemingly irrational ideas work. How can we, who often employ magic and other "non-rational" methods, integrate our beliefs in a largely secular world?
First up, this post at IFLScience describes the math behind patterns of Friday the 13th.
Next, Bloomberg Business describes a recent study that explains how superstitions work -- turns out our brains are perfectly capable of holding more than one idea at a time, especially when we are under stress....
Today's Pagan News Beagle salutes the efforts being made, worldwide, to make our world more liveable for all lifeforms. From citizen science to local farmers to composting our remains, these are stories of how we can all make a difference.
Christina Eisenberg is an amazing biologist and activist. (I had the good fortune to work with her as a writer and editor for SageWoman in the early 1990's.) In this post, she explains how the rise of the citizen scientist has profoundly affected her discipline.
Within living memory, Northern California's Mendocino County was the primary supplier to the Bay Area for crops such as oats, wheat, and barley. But for a good portion of the last century, Mendocino’s increasingly valuable agriculture land on valley bottoms haven’t been sown with grains. The farmers profiled in this report aim to change that.
Is mega-agriculture necessary to feed the world? This article at the Ecologist explains that small farms are feeding the planet because they prioritize local food production, especially for the rural and urban poor.
It's Veteran's/Remembrance/Armistice Day, and today our Pagan News Beagle is focusing on remembering our elders (both veterans and civilians.) What is remembered, lives!
In this PaganRadioTonight blogcast, Selena Fox discusses Circle Sanctuary's military ministries, the quest for equal rights for pagans serving in the US military, and rituals of healing, protection, & support for Military Pagans and their families....
Nope, there's no Red Cups in this installment of the PaganNewsBeagle. (Sorry, Starbucks lovers/haters!)
Instead we examine religious rights as they impact: Christianity in a public high school (and at football games); a Texas homeschooling family; a religious right to not carry photo ID; and male genital mutilation (aka infant circumcisionChristianity is being forced upon them at school; teachers deny the report.... Students in a Louisiana high school tell a Slate reporter that