Todd Miller interview, author of “Storming the Wall – Climate Change, Migration and Homeland Security”

Jason Hauk and I interview Todd Miller at KSKQ Radio, Ashland, Oregon.  Mr. Miller's book, "Storming the Wall - Climate Change, Migration and Homeland Security" tells a chilling tale of heavy, militarized police presence near our southern border.  A surveliance state operates in a constitution-free zone, where cameras, drones, and multiple armed agencies police immigration in ways Americans should monitor.  This is a reactionary response to climate change, not an intelligent, wise, or kind one. 

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Harvesting a Good Bounty

  How easy it is to take the goods of life for granted. I realized this in the usual way – by having something injured.  Who notices how well their thumbs work?  I don’t; they just do.  But bang it a few times and infection sets in, making it throb with highly noticeable pain, and you’ll realize all the ways there are to bump it again and again doing ordinary things.  Put a key in the lock?  Ouch!  Open a package?  Oww!  Type a sermon? …

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Tesla Factory a Shrine?

Because I’m a minister long-concerned for the ethics of how we get and use energy, my recent trip to tour the Tesla factory to the San Francisco bay area (Fremont) had an inspiring feel to it, like going on a pilgrimage to a shrine. Tesla doesn’t advertise or use dealerships, yet it is rapidly transforming the car world.  This isn’t just for money.  CEO and early investor Elon Musk’s life-intention has a “massively transformative purpose.”  Above the doorway to the factory it reads, “Our Mission:…

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Interview with Michael Dowd

The Reverend Michael Dowd, pro-future evangelist, and I talk shop and religious philosophy for almost an hour. Michael Dowd, author of "Thank God for Evolution," has a refreshingly similar philosophy as I do: Nature is our primary access to ultimate Reality. If religion is an accurate and fruitful relation with Reality, being religious is living well in our bodies on our precious earth. Too much, religion in humanity directs us to afterlifes and instead-of-lifes, to a distant and vague God instead of the "stuff" of…

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Interview Constance Dean

I interview Constance Dean on my Tuesday morning radio show at KSKQ in Ashland, Oregon.  Constance remembers her challenging life and how she broke through to self-ability and self-respect.  I had helped her remodel her house, tearing off a back room, creating a new foundation for a large community room and a second story for her private bedroom.  Almost all the materials were found for free at yardsales or from Habitat for Humanity.  The recycled nature of the project took on spiritual and synchronistic surprise.

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Sway the World: The Martin Luther King in Us

A little love can sway the world.  We’ll look back in history we see how little acts influenced larger outcomes.  Then, in our own lives, the same applies.  Little changes in our spirit, mind, and mood make for little acts of love in our world.  This then goes out to sway our whole world in ways we don’t yet know, but will. Henry David Thoreau, friend of Ralph Waldo Emerson, refused to pay his tax because it was going to help fund the war on…

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Love Trump?

Despite my many criticisms of Donald Trump, I haven't given up all hope. Between the few good things he's done and the Women's March, I've come to a place of potential loving welcome for this rascal. He's a rascal, but he thinks for himself and can go his own way. He's bold enough to skillfully hide his ordinary bald head with a crown of golden fleece.  He has a better hair-do than most women!  This shows a can-do spirit of someone who masters his personal…

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Shoot Trump?

As of tomorrow, I can’t even raise the question without violating the law about threatening presidents.  But the question and possibility will remain if Trump begins to copy Philippine President Duterte’s slaughter of over 5000 supposed drug pushers and users.  If Trump okays living by the sword in other countries or here, he deserves that same sword. They’re called “extra judicial” killings, meaning “lawless,” only using terms that make it sound “especially legal.”  Calling them “sub-human beings who deserve to die,” Duterte bragged he’s like…

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Trump Victory as Republican Funeral

At this inaugural moment, Republicans should consider Lao Tzu’s warning: conduct your victory as a funeral.  Your gloat of power could turn on you. For the next four years, or forty, or four hundred, you could be making America groan again. After eight years of disloyal, insulting, relentless ridicule and obstruction of our decent president, after blatant racism and bully threats, after gerrymandering of congressional districts and voter suppression, after stoking the worst in us, after flippantly ignoring and excusing blatant Russian and FBI manipulation…

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