Soundgarden, John Mayer, Bowling Alleys and Advent

My eight-year-old son, Mattias, just recently had his eighth birthday, complete with a magician, bunnies, doves, party favors, sugar, balloons, cards, effusive attention and – of course – gifts. Some of his presents from relatives arrived by mail several days early, some even a week or more before he could open them, which is a [Read More...]

PETA Porn: Humans are Animals Too

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Most people I encounter on a daily basis recognize People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) as pretty “out there” at least in their methods, if not their message. I respect the group’s passion for animal rights, though I don’t agree with all of their arguments, and like many advocacy groups, I think their [Read More...]

Wrestling With Ethical Food Choices

I’ve always been a fan of the philosophy that if God had meant for humans not to eat meat, it wouldn’t taste so delicious. Mostly I like that perspective because I’ve grown up eating some kind of meat my entire life. But lately I’ve started to wonder if there’s a Biblical basis for vegetarianism. In [Read More...]

From Prosperity Gospel to Disparity Gospel?

I’m not going to spend too much time or energy expressing my disdain for Prosperity Gospel, the kind of ministry by the likes of Joel Osteen that preaches about how Jesus wants you to be rich. Actually, it’s more about drawing a correlation between your material success and your faithfulness, but whatever you call it, [Read More...]

Pueblo Going Nuclear? (NewSpin)

Newspin Pueblo Going Nuclear? (Originally printed in PULP) Everyone’s aglow about the prospect of nuclear power coming to southern Colorado. Given the ongoing plant disaster in Japan, it seems the timing for such a proposal could not be worse, though the plans for the 24,000-acre Clean Energy Park southeast of town were moving ahead well [Read More...]

House of the Rising Stench | P.U.L.P: Pueblo Colorado

NewSpin: House of the Rising Stench Written by Christian Piatt December 2010 There’s a home down the street from us that’s affectionately known by neighbors – particularly those within smelling distance – as “The Toilet.” On warm days, the distinct smells of decaying garbage and slow-rotting feces waft through the air. Gross, right? Try living [Read More...]

When Social Marketing does more harm than good

My wife, Amy and I were watching TV the other night, and a series of commercials came on that told me a lot about who the sponsors of the show thought I was. First, there was a Pepsi ad for this program they have where they give “grants” to people with good, community-changing ideas. Second was a Sun Chips commercial touting their new compostable packaging.

I remarked to Amy about how prevalent this kind of social marketing had become, and did so with no small amount of disdain in my voice, I expect, based on the way she looked at me. [Read more...]

Free Speech for People, not Corporations – Do something!

Concerned about recent action by the Supreme Court that endowed corporations with the same free speech rights individual citizens have? You should be. Watch this 5-minute video, then take action.
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