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Halloween: Dressed to thrill

By Jim Myers

For the most part, Halloween no longer conjures up pagan scenes of spirit worship, and like many quasi-religious celebrations, it has devolved into a watered-down festival for big business “” in this case, the candy and costume industries.

The holiday persists, in many ways, as a cultural gut-check for Americans. We dress . . . → Read More: Halloween: Dressed to thrill

Africans Turn To Herbal Medicines

By Chris Tomlinson

Jonathan Mwanza was once a powerful man in this rural town “” a county councilor and lifetime member of Kenya’s former ruling party. His hefty build spoke of wealth and authority. That was before he contracted HIV. Without access to anti-AIDS drugs, he wasted away “” stripped of his weight, his job, . . . → Read More: Africans Turn To Herbal Medicines

The Spiritual Climb

By Dr. Drew Leder

Taking steps in life helps keep our spirit from getting lazy.

“Step” is a funny word. It’s something a body can do ““ as when you take a step backward, or upward. It’s also something a mind, or really a whole person, can do ““ as when we say . . . → Read More: The Spiritual Climb

Is the universe friendly?

By Geoff Olson

Albert Einstein once said the most important question a human being can ask is “Is the universe friendly?”?

Think of that for a moment. How would you answer? If you think the universe is truly friendly and supportive of you, this obviously has a huge effect on your perceptions and behaviour. . . . → Read More: Is the universe friendly?

Traditional herbal remedies fight disease

Traditional herbal remedies can help in the battle against a range of illnesses, including cancer and diabetes, according to data presented yesterday to the British Pharmaceutical Conference in Manchester, UK.

The studies – presented by a team of researchers from King’s College, London – confirmed the benefits of common traditional remedies and offered scientific justification . . . → Read More: Traditional herbal remedies fight disease

Arthritis drug Vioxx recalled

The arthritis drug Vioxx is being pulled from the market worldwide because new research data shows it could increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes, its manufacturer announced Thursday.

Merck & Co. said clinical trials showed heart conditions and cardiovascular complications began 18 months after patients started taking Vioxx, compared to those who . . . → Read More: Arthritis drug Vioxx recalled

Legitimancy: Coining a new word

The only known measures to combat legitimancy are to place all politicians under oath before public speeches or hold them accountable at elections.

By Chris Vedelago

Legitimancy – The ability to conjure an aura of legitimacy around dubious or questionable actions through the opportunistic use of marginal truths, unverifiable evidence, supposition, wilful ignorance, calls . . . → Read More: Legitimancy: Coining a new word

Witch City brews a new image

By Kathleen Burge

SALEM — There’s no escaping the witch on these cobblestone streets. There are ancient witches, modern witches, wax witches, stuffed witches. Everywhere, the classic broom-riding sorceress in the pointy hat adorns T-shirts and shot glasses and coffee cups.

The hundreds of thousands of tourists expected to descend on the town this Halloween . . . → Read More: Witch City brews a new image

Anarchists say smears were out of order

By Lincoln Anderson

Unlike others, Solnit chooses not to call himself an anarchist. “The label has a lot of baggage with it,”? he noted. “Anarchism, for the last 150 years they’ve tried to use the term to scare people.”?

The New York Post identified Miriam “Starhawk”? Simos, Fithian and Canadian activist Jaggi Singh . . . → Read More: Anarchists say smears were out of order

The KKK and Pagans

Seems there was a group of Ku Klux Klansmen in Texas who heard that some Pagans were holding a ritual out in the woods somewhere. Having run out of other minorities to harass, they decided to get back to their roots and practice some religious bigotry in addition to the usual racial intolerance and break . . . → Read More: The KKK and Pagans