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Culture, Resources & Downloads, Workshop

Magical Writing Class – Begins Sat May 23

Online Magical Writing class (via zoom) – next class Fall 2020.

Spring 2020 class with Irisanya & George (aka Luke Hauser) – full
Join us for a magical writing class via zoom, Saturdays from 12-2pm PDT, six weeks beginning Saturday May 23.
Using the tools of Reclaiming-style magic, we’ll create sacred writing space and magically invoke inspirations, allies, characters, ideas, voices – and words!.
Each week we’ll share writing exercises and games, as well as taking a close-up look at various aspects of our craft.  Tools and skills are useful for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, scripts, dissertations, blogging, sidewalk-chalking, and more.
Here’s a downloadable booklet that shows some of the things we’ll be doing. Every circle is different – let us know if you see things you’d like us to cover.
Timing/Tech:  Six sessions, Saturdays 12-2pm PDT, beginning May 23. Via zoom.
Cost: Requested donation $99-299 sliding scale – please place yourself generously on the scale to support our diverse group. Some scholarship assistance available.
Contact: George <georgefranklin1982@gmail.com>, or Irisanya <irisanya.moon@gmail.com>
Teachers: Irisanya and George are Reclaiming teachers active in various NorCal camps and communities. Last time we co-taught, it was Newts Path (ages 4-8) at Witchlets family camp.
Irisanya (she/her) is an international teacher, blogger, and author of several non-fiction books. Details at www.irisanya.com
George (he/they – aka Luke Hauser) is a community organizer and author of several fiction and nonfiction works – visit DirectAction.org
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Culture

Kent State Killings – 50 Years On

2020 marks 50 years since the murders at Kent State. Four protesting students were gunned down by National Guard troops who were basically on campus to force students back to their classes.

The killings appalled many previously “neutral” Americans, including religious congregations and previously-unengaged young people.

1970 was the peak on the Vietnam-era protests. The direct actions of these years compelled the United States to begin disengagement, eventually resulting in the inglorious end of the long war in the early 1970s.

Here’s Michael Winship’s reflections on Kent State.

Neil Young’s song Ohio catches the urgent tone of that period.

Kent State photo by John Paul Filo / Library of Congress

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activism, Resources & Downloads

Dancing the Spiral: A Companion to the Writings of Starhawk

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Welcome to Luke Hauser’s lastest project – a companion text to accompany Starhawk’s voluminous writings, featuring dozens of magical workings, ritual ideas, activist skills, pagan history, and more.

Dancing the Spiral – free download and more info.

Created in cooperation with Starhawk and Teen Earth Magic witchcamp, the goals are: (1) an exciting and challenging book for people working alone or with friends; (2) inspiration for folks to form a circle so they can do these workings with others; and (3) a fun book to flip through and get inspired!

The book also features pages of magical and activist resources – books, music, websites, free downloads, and more.This initial mock-up already contains much of the material, including the just-completed history essays.

We hope to complete and publish this book as a PDF and print edition sometime in 2021. Meanwhile, we’ll post drafts as they develop.

Dancing the Spiral – free download and more info.

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Economics, Satires

Jobs Crash – Dow Booms

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Shawn Langlois of MarketWatch flagged this marvelously sickening screenshot from CNBC’s Jim Cramer (Mad Money): “Everything that is wrong with America.”

While millions lose jobs and faced financial ruin, the Dow chalks up its best week in 80 years.

Of course, that prior “best” was during the Great Depression, so maybe we shouldn’t be so surprised.

Economic Musings by Luke Hauser – short and sometimes funny!

 

Culture, Satires

Witches Fail To Levitate Mitch McConnell

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ABC News reports that a coven of masked witches attempted and failed to levitate US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R, KY).

The masked pagans surrounded the hapless politician at the Kentucky Statehouse and demanded that he speak out for social justice during this time of national crisis. When McConnell failed to recognize the meaning of word “justice,” the protesters turned to Plan B – levitate the banana slug until the next election.*

Sadly, McConnell had his shields (if not his face mask) in place, and remained rooted to the marble floor.

The coven vowed to hold online zoom rituals to boost their psychic powers and shift their attention to levitating the President during one of his daily televised coronavirus rallies.

Photo and original report from This Week ABC.

More satires from Luke Hauser: https://directaction.org/category/satires/

* – UPDATE – Responding to a flurry of complaints from readers, Luke Hauser apologizes to banana slugs everywhere!

 

Culture, Music

RIP John Prine – See You In Heaven Or Wherever

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I cut my folky teeth singing John Prine songs in bars in Terre Haute, Indiana. I think we knew every song on his first album – the guy had a song for every occasion.

We still sing them around campfires. Here’s a few faves:

Prine planned ahead – here’s his ode to the afterlife – see you there, John!

When I Get To Heaven

Obituary – Rolling Stone

Economics

Economic Musings

Books & Other Stuff By Luke Hauser – no economics!!

Short reflections by Luke Hauser

Beware the Debt Zombies

Recessions Aren’t a Bug – They’re a Feature!

Slashed by the Debt Scissors – Low Fed Rates vs Government Debt

Time to Unload My Portfolio – oops, I forgot to get one!

Marx’s Capital – now an audiobook (short review)

Economics Satires & Miscellany

ToiletShare – my latest tech startup!

Eat4U – tech startup seeks funding!

Jobs Crash – Dow Booms – for real

Online Underwear Ads – Was It Mom?

HelloFresh Death Watch – farewell to a debt zombie

Youtubes Etc

Ponzi Scheme Documentary – meet Mr. Ponzi!

Bernie Madoff’s scam – a modern Ponzi scheme

US Auto Industry – evolution of an industry (great visuals!)

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