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No Fire Like Greed

Greed and hate are not signs of freedom, but of slavery. Free yourself.

Whines of 2012 — Updated 12/17/2012

UPDATED: 9 September 2012 Let me count the ways the events of the past few months have screwed me. Note that there may will be additions as the weeks pass…so keep checking this article. It will be a mega-whine! First, my mother dies of a glioblastoma — brain cancer — the same disease that killed […]

Thoughts on Models

Models need to understand that they are part of the creative process and photographers need to treat them as creative peers.

What the Koch Brothers Can Do & Dare Not

The Koch Brothers are on the defensive with a bright new campaign describing all the charitable causes to which they are giving money. “How can you possibly say we are inhumane (even though we financed the Tea Party which is now out to destroy Medicare and Social Security along with collective bargaining and unions?)” You’re […]

Relentless Self-Examination & the Loss of Genuineness

When they happen, I am a slave not to society, but to an odd sense of self.

Rand, Anthem, and Genocide

Just what did Rand want to do with all the people who didn’t measure up to her “heroic” ideal?

Arguing with the God Within

For the depressed and the anxious, the silence of God is a scream.

Walking the Flat Track

Guilt is the mainstay of some of us who struggle with bipolar disorder. I saw my mind disintegrate during the nineties.

Nietzschean Christianity

Forms of American Christianity prove endlessly creative when it comes to combining affirmations of faith with worldly life. Consider, for example, the new fad of “pole dancing for Jesus“. The thing that makes this possible isn’t a biblical text (and never let it be The Letter of James which says that you shall be judged […]

Science and Anti-Science on Depression

Up to the podium they boldly walk and claim the Nobel Prize for themselves based on the same sort of reasoning that leads Creationists to dispute the Theory of Evolution. It amounts to “Science is not certain, so we have won the argument because we ~are~ certain.”

Cheap Love

As an agnostic, I can allow myself to trolley back and forth between atheist and religious thinkers. I’ve been reading a biography of [amazonify]1595551387::text::::Dietrich Bonhoeffer[/amazonify], paying special attention to the notion of “cheap” versus “costly” grace. Just as in the years before Hitler’s rise, we see a lot of cheap grace in our Christian community. […]

Goy on the Wall

Last week, I attended a film festival held in conjunction with a Jewish Genealogy conference at the L.A. Live Marriot. No, despite my eminently semitic name (Joel Sax), I am not Jewish. Lynn was there because she has long suspected that she has Sephardim ancestors from the vicinity of Constantinople or Thessaloniki. Wednesday was rich […]