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Debra, Mike, Joseph, Judith’s family, and all of those who struggle to find peace in our tumultuous world.
Artist, Track, Album
Celia, Break These Chains, Carry Me Home
Emerald Rose, Gwydion’s Song to Lleu, Archives of Ages to Come
John McNair, Pagan Queen, Tears for Lucifer
Lindie Lila, Gayatri Mantra, Sisters of the Moon
Carl, PaganFM Almanac
Lisa Thiel, Lammas, Circle of the Seasons
Loreena McKennitt, Beneath a Phrygian Sky, An Ancient Muse
Kellianna, Autumn Wind, I Walk With the Goddess
Peter Calandra, Night Watch, Inner Circle
Russell Means, What Tribe Are You?, Electric Warrior
Spiral Dance, Song for a Selkie, From the MIst
Todd Alan, Burning Times, Carry Me Home
Wendy Rule, Elemental Chant, The Wolf Sky
Arthur Hinds, turn the Wheel,Dance In The Fire
Leigh Ann Hussey, She Is Grandmother, Homebrew
MaterDea, The Green Man, Satyricon
In a story on The Wild Hunt, by Cara Schulz today, it seems that the band Norsewind was uninvited to play at the Philadelphia Pagan Pride celebration. Antifa Philadelphia wrote to the Pagan Pride Day organizers to express concern that Norsewind had ties to the Keystone State Skinheads.
So, what was the extent of those ties, Apparently the Heathen band had played at a number of Lief Ericson day events which were, apparently organized by Keystone State Skinheads, and some of those people liked Norsewind’s facebook page. Some have also friended certain band members.
Norsewind has denied that they are in any way sympathetic to any sort of racism, and no racist comments have been found in the band’s lyrics or in any comments they have made, so this very much seems to be a case of guilt by association.
I need to wonder if now, musicians are guilty of something because of who organizes the events they play at. Should I be required to do a background check of everyone whose friend request I accept on Facebook?
I have to wonder if Antifa Philly was so concerned about Norsewind, did they ever approach Norsewind to express their concerns? Why is it that suspicion alone is worth ruining the reputation of a band? Antifa Philly has gone so far as to call Norsewind a “White Nationalist Band”, and the only evidence they offer to support this is that Norsewind is listed on a list of favorite bands by a particular white nationalist group.
It’s one thing to have a suspicion, to contact the band, and then address the facts. It’s quite another to have a suspicion, and to press that on as if it were fact, with nothing but a paid appearance at some events and some people who happen to have liked or friended the band on Facebook as evidence.
Personally, I haven’t heard a lot of Norsewind’s music – but what I have heard hasn’t been in any way racist – it’s a combination of Norse and Celtic music that certainly seems to be appropriate to any Pagan / Heathen / Norse / Celtic type of festival. If making music that a skinhead enjoys makes someone a skinhead, does that mean that we should equate the Beatles with the Manson family?
Here’s an idea – before we brand someone as a racist, let’s find out if they are. Let’s talk to them. Let’s not shun people because people we don’t like happen to like them. That’s sounding far too much like high school hallway politics.
If Norsewind doesn’t say anything that is racist, how can we presume they harbor those feelings? They claim to be non-political. Until I see other evidence, I’m going to take them at their word. I suspect that they now recognize that Keystone State Skinheads are a racist organization. I suspect that they now know that the particular Lief Erikson Day celebration they were playing at is sponsored by a racist organization. Why not leave it up to Norsewind to simply end that relationship – to ask them to not support racism. If they are honorable people, which I’ve no reason to suspect they aren’t, they’ll likely stop playing there.
I suppose that I’m one who likes to think the best of people first, who will talk to people and confirm my suspicions prior to going out and trying to ruin their business before I can confirm my suspicions with actual evidence.
I’ve left other organizations that use similar tactics – organizations that would seek to ruin a person’s reputation based on nothing but suspicion. Honestly, when someone uses tactics like this, I see them as no better than the groups they are trying to fight.
They might say “we’re fighting racism”, but if you brand someone a racist – or a sexist, or a bigot, or a pedophile, or anything else, and your best evidence is that someone friended them on Facebook, or that they were hired to perform at an event by someone like that – you are slandering them. Playing at a Lief Erikson event doesn’t necessarily mean that Norsewind approves of racism. They’ve already said that they aren’t, and nobody has demonstrated in any statements or lyrics that they are.
I don’t believe that a band is guilty of racism because a racist likes their music – any more than the Beatles are guilty of murder because a murderer liked their music. I would hope though, that Norsewind will recognize that when it’s demonstrated that an event they play at may be promoting racism, that they might want to distance themselves. But, then again, I don’t know that Lief Erikson Day was actually promoting white nationalism.
Anyway, that’s just me – probably being too careful. I was called a Pollyanna lately – maybe I’m just not suspicious enough.
Hi I’m Carl, and this is the Pagan FM Almanac for September 4th, 2014.
Please note that all moon void of course data is courtesy of www.drstandley.com.
Today is Thursday, September 4th, 2014 and it is the 247th day of the year.
The waxing gibbous moon is in Capricorn and the Sun is in Virgo.
The Moon will be void on Friday, September 5th at 3:08 PM and will enter Aquarius on Saturday, September 6th at 12:50 AM.
The Moon will be void on Sunday, September 7th at 3:02 PM and will enter Pisces on Monday, September 8th at 12:32 AM.
September’s Full Moon, the Harvest Moon, will occur Monday, September 8th at 9:38 PM.
The Moon will be void on Tuesday, September 9th at 2:44 PM and will enter Aries on Wednesday, September 10th at 12:25 AM.
The Moon will be void on Thursday, September 11th at 4:11 PM and will enter Taurus on Friday, September 12th at 2:26 AM.
After assembling the stories for this week in history, I realized that they all had something in common. So, albeit unplanned and unintended, welcome to the Pagan FM Almanac’s first Ladies’ Night…
On September 4th in 1879, Orpheis Caroline High-Correll founded the Correllian Nativist Tradition, aka Correllian Wicca. The tradition’s teachings, though influenced by Aradian Witchcraft, primarily involve knowledge passed down from the High-Correll family, descendants of Cherokee medicine men who had intermarried with Scottish Traditional Witches.
On September 5th in 2006, Katherine Anne “Katie” Couric made television history when she became the first female solo anchor of a weekday network evening news program, CBS Evening News, replacing Dan Rather. Pretty big shoes to fill, especially since CNN president Reese Schoenfeld had banned Couric from appearing on-air because of what Schoenfeld called her “high-pitched, squeaky voice”. At $15 million a year, I’ll bet Katie squeaked – all the way to the bank.
On September 6th in 1997, over two and one-half billion people watched live TV coverage of the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales. Diana had died in a car accident at the age of thirty-six. Hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets of London to watch as Diana’s coffin was transported to Westminster Abbey, where during the funeral service Sir Elton John performed what was to become the second most popular single in music history, his tribute version of “Candle in the Wind”. Hundreds of thousands more people lined the streets as Diana was again transported to her family’s estate in Northamptonshire, where “the People’s Princess” was finally laid to rest.
On September 7th in 1950, Julie Deborah Kavner, actress, was born in Los Angeles, California. Kavner is best known as the voice of Marge Simpson in the longest-running animated show in TV history, The Simpsons. She has also appeared onscreen, both small (as Brenda Morgenstern in the Mary Tyler Moore Show spin-off sitcom Rhoda) and big (especially Woody Allen films – Hannah and Her Sisters, Radio Days, and Shadows and Fog). Kavner is no stranger to hardware – she won an Emmy as Best Supporting Actress for her role on Rhoda, and another for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for one of her episodes as Marge Simpson.
On September 8th in 1986, the Oprah Winfrey Show was broadcast nationwide for the very first time. Oprah Gail Winfrey was born dirt-poor to a single mom in rural Mississippi. Over the next 25 years, Oprah would parlay her vast talent and appealing on-air presence into the most successful talk show in TV history.
On September 9th in 1939, patrons of the Fox Theatre in Riverside, California got an unexpected bonus double feature – a preview screening of the yet-to-be-released Civil War epic Gone with the Wind. Producer David Selznick wanted to observe how an audience reacted to his film, which was officially released three months later. Of course, the film was wildly successful, nominated for twelve Oscars and winning nine, including Best Picture. The ladies in this case were first, Vivien Leigh, who scored the part of Scarlett after a nationwide search had come up empty by virtue of her happening to visit the set one day to see her agent, Myron Selznick, David’s brother. Leigh went on to win the Oscar for Best Actress. Second, Hattie McDaniel, who became the first African-American actress to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mammy.
Finally, on September 10th in 2000, Halle Maria Berry, actress, won the Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her portrayal of another actress, Dorothy Jean Dandridge, herself the star of the 1954 movie Carmen Jones. In 1954, Dandridge had been the first African-American actress to be nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best Actress. Ironically, in 2002, Halle Berry became the first African American actress to win the Oscar for Best Actress, for her performance in Monster’s Ball.
And this has been the Pagan FM Almanac for September 4th, 2014.
I’ve been very interested of late in Russell Means. For those of you who don’t know, Russell Means was a well-known Native American Activist. Russell was born on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1939. While the reservation is larger than the combined area of Rhode Island and Delaware combined, it has a population of fewer than 30,000 people, and is one of the poorest areas in the United States.
Russell had a troubled youth, growing up with a father who had alcohol problems, and his youth was characterized by truancy, drugs and crime. Early on, his family moved to the San Francisco area to escape the poverty of the reservation. Means attended a number of colleges, but did not graduate. It wasn’t until he became active in the 1960’s in the American Indian movement that Russell found his way.
His father died when Russell was only 28 – in 1967. And it was about a year later when he began serious work as an activist. When we look at activism today, many of us consider it “activism” to re-post items on Facebook, to “like” items that others have posted, or to sign electronic petitions. Don’t get me wrong – that’s better than doing nothing, but Russell Means wasn’t an armchair activist. He was part of the Alcatraz occupation in 1969, he and others took over the Mayflower II in Boston on Thanksgiving Day in 1970. In 1971, he was one of the leaders who took over Mt. Rushmore – which, while being a United States landmark, was carved out of sacred Native American land. He was one of the leaders at the protest at Wounded Knee.
Russell Means died in October of 2012 at 73 years of age.
A few weeks ago, I read the words of George Catlin, and I first heard them read by Russell Means. I’m going to read them again tonight, because I want to talk about one of the ideals espoused by Russell. He was a Libertarian, and George Catlin’s Creed sheds a bit of light on what it might take to adopt Libertarianism in our world.
Here is that Creed again:
George Catlin’s Creed
I love a people that have always made me welcome to the very best that they had.
I love a people who are honest without laws, who have no jails and no poorhouses.
I love a people who keep the commandments without ever having read or heard them preached from the pulpit.
I love a people who never swear or take the name of God in vain.
I love a people “who love their neighbors as they love themselves”
I love a people who worship God without a Bible, for I believe that God loves them also.
I love a people whose religion is all the same, and who are free from religious animosities.
I love a people who have never raised a hand against me, or stolen my property, when there was no law to punish either.
I love and don’t fear mankind where God has made and left them, for they are his children.
I love a people who have never fought a battle with the white man, except on their own ground.
I love a people who live and keep what is their own without lock and keys.
I love a people who do the best they can. And oh how I love a people who don’t live for the love of money.
When Russell Means spoke of Libertarianism – a minimum of government control over the people, it’s important to recognize that he was one of those people that George Catlin spoke of. He grew up in that society.
I think the last line is one of the most important – Catlin wrote: “I love a people who do the best they can. And Oh how I love a people who don’t live for the love of money.”
Think about that for a moment. Russell Means was a Libertarian. But he came from a culture which believed that greed is wrong. But who are the Libertarians today? Or rather, who are the white Libertarians today. They aren’t people who believe that greed is wrong. Rather, they wish to have government out of the way so that they can advance their own wealth, by whatever means are available.
Look at the environmental disasters we’ve suffered in recent years – from the Exxon Valdez at Prince William Sound in Alaska, to the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, to the countless rivers that have been poisoned, wells damaged by fracking, the water temperature in the Gulf of Maine raising by about ½ degree per year – and what are so-called Libertarians doing about it? They are calling for less enforcement action by our Environmental Protection Agency, suggesting that business will somehow self-regulate.
Here is the truth about our Western way of thinking: As a culture, we do nothing to solve problems until we have no other choice. How many of us actually take care of something so basic as our own bodies? We experience some discomfort, and we take pain killers until they no longer work. Think about how many people you might know who had a cough or high blood pressure or some other problem – and by the time they get to a doctor to have it checked out, there is nothing that can be done. The person had lung cancer, or a stroke, or some sort of tumor that had become inoperable.
Yet these are the same people who are running our corporations today. The truth is that if something isn’t going to kill or harm us immediately, we will ignore it.
One or two hundred years ago, if I told you that we would pollute our rivers to the point where they would catch fire, most people would have laughed at the idea that a river could burn. But with so much industrial waste being poured into the Cuyahoga river, it did burn – on multiple occasions through the 1950s and 1960s. It was this river, so polluted, that helped spur the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency by Richard Nixon in 1970.
So, what we’re being told is that regulations are bad – and that the EPA actually causes more harm than business would if it were left unrestricted by regulations – which completely ignores the fact that when businesses were unrestricted, they caused the harm that prompted the formation of the EPA in the first place.
Maybe we might look at the logic of this in an area where there aren’t regulations right now. Let’s take coal ash. If we are to believe that businesses and corporations will adequately police themselves, and that they will do the right thing, wouldn’t they do so with coal ash? But in Kingston, TN, that ash was held in ponds – and what happened? 1 Billion gallons poured out of a poorly contained containment, and damaged or destroyed dozens of homes and 300 acres of waterfront property.
Look at what lack of regulation wrought upon our economy in recent years. Look at the way our pensions have been brought to ruin, at the numbers of scam artist who take advantage of any profitable situation they can find.
The truth is that our Western, Roman “civilization” is incapable of adopting Libertarianism. For as long as, as George Catlin put it, the “love of money”, is what drives us, true liberty will elude us. While we need locks and keys, while we value money more than the life of another, while we have the capacity to think that we can own the Earth, rather than simply being part of the Earth, we can’t have the liberty that we are looking for.
Russell Means was a Libertarian, but that is because he was raised in a culture that saw each of us as equal, and the Earth and civilization as more important than the individual.
So what would I say to the libertarian? I’d tell them that I want to live in the world they honestly want to live in. But right now we can’t, because we are unruly children. We don’t let our children do whatever they want, because we know that they need guidance, they need to learn how the world works, before they are able to take their part in it.
Listening to one of Russel Means’ songs “What Tribe Are You?” he is talking about Freedom. He asks “Do you know what freedom means? It means The Freedom to be responsible.” Not “The freedom to ‘not’ be responsible”, but “The Freedom to be responsible”.
Let’s listen to our politicians – the ones who discount climate change. What do you hear them telling us? People aren’t responsible for climate change; there is no climate change; or “there is climate change, but we aren’t responsible”. Now some are coming out with such claims as “well, there is climate change, and we have an impact, but it’s not dangerous”. Neither, I presume, did that man with the cough think it was dangerous.
If we want the freedom of Libertarianism, we have to be willing to take responsibility for our own actions. Not after a poorly designed dam storing billions of gallons of industrial waste roars down a river and destroys dozens of homes, but long before that – when we actually have a chance to not destroy our environment.
Freedom means the freedom to be responsible – it means the courage to accept responsibility – it means the willingness to do what is right.
If we’re looking to the idea of liberty, with greed in our hearts, it’s not liberty we’re looking for – but, rather, we’re looking for nothing but a way to satisfy that which is insatiable – our own greed. I’m reminded of a contest where people were asked to write a complete story in six words, and someone’s entry – I don’t recall who it was, said “All I ever wanted was more.” And that is the life story of our stock market and share-holders. Unless the environment changes in their back yard – when the coastline erodes acres of their property, when their land becomes uncomfortable and unlivable, that is when the EPA or rules will become important to them. But for as long as they can make profit, for as long as living is comfortable for them, the EPA and environmental concerns are nothing but a hindrance.
And it’s the same way with so many species of animals. Only 200 years ago, the passenger pigeon was likely the most populous species of bird on Earth. Flocks of them would darken the skies. One single flock in the 1860s was described as being 1 mile across and 300 miles long. 100 years ago, on September 1, 1914, the species went extinct, when the last passenger pigeon died at the Cincinnati Zoo.
Our environment is as delicately balanced as any fine watch. One small change will alter the way either functions. Some changes may be minor and correctable. Others can be devastating.
Our people – all of Earth’s people, should have a right to be honored as people. We look to our famous documents such as our Declaration of Independence showing that we all have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, or to the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights that says “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. “
Here is the truth – until we recognize that as a human family, that we are responsible for each other, that we are responsible for the Earth, that we are responsible for other species on this Earth, that we are responsible for our environment, we can’t be free. Until we are free to be responsible, we aren’t free enough to enjoy true liberty. Until we are able to be responsible, the ideal of Libertarianism is an elusive dream, because we are not mature enough to attain it. We’re the adolescent children telling our parents what we want, but have no conception of what our desires really mean.
So how do we get from here to there? We grow the hell up. We look to civilizations where Libertarianism has worked, and we learn from them. We recognize that if any of us is left behind, we are all left behind, because we are all connected. We recognize that we can’t own the land or the air or the rivers – we are part of them, and they are part of us. We recognize that war is useless, and that telling each other what to believe or how to live is wrong – we all have liberty, up to the point where what we do harms the Earth, each other, or other creatures.
We put aside wealth as the primary purpose of living. And recognize that arguments such as “Your gardens or windmill, or farm, or antenna, or whatever the heck else it is . harm my property value”.
We need to recognize that in order to achieve real liberty, we can’t abandon our own responsibility. What government there is, we are all responsible for. That means that for now, until we grow up, we must be involved. We all need to vote. We can’t simply complain about the way the government is doing things, because we are the government. And until we are all ready to do the right thing without being told to do so, we need to insure that there are laws that will insure that regulations are in place to mandate the right thing be done. Remember that your parents only told you to clean your room when you weren’t capable of doing so without being told.
Someday, when we’re grown up enough, government will necessarily shrink. When greed gets out of the way, we won’t need that financial oversight. When corporations and businesses and people are able to stop polluting, the EPA won’t be necessary. When we stop committing crimes, we’ll need fewer police and prosecutors. When we as a people demand that substances like marijuana be legal, they will be, and we can then start emptying our jails of many who have been pointlessly held. And we can also demand that we stop holding people illegally, that fair trials are held for all, that no evidence be withheld from our juries, and that people who are in jail and prisons today, under questionable circumstances, be given the fair trials and hearings they deserve. Leonard Peltier is one such that comes to mind.
As people, as citizens, who demand our freedom and our liberty, it’s up to us to recognize that none of this is free – that it demands our responsibility. To become free, we need to accept responsibility – it’s that simple.