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Fri, Dec 28th - 6:06PM

December 28th 2007 - The Sunday Edition (on Friday)

Letter from the Editor

New Years is upon us and there won't be a Sunday edition this Sunday so we're sending this early.

And in the spirit of New Years I want to stop and take this opportunity to talk about alcohol. According to anthropologists beer dates back to approx. 10,000 BC (and we have the stone beer mugs to prove it). For as long as there has been alcohol we can only presume there has also been hangovers. We're not going to preach at people and tell them not to drink at all however (we're going to be out there with the rest of the populace drinking champagne too).

But we do want to remind people to drink safely, designate a driver, call a taxi or take the subway. Drink hearty and don't overdo it.

For more about the history of alcohol:

Suzanne MacNevin
Editor of the Lilith eZine

The Art History Archive

Caveman art and the Venus of Willendorf is just the beginning when we discuss Prehistoric Art.

The Father of Abstract Expressionism: Arshile Gorky

The Automotives eZine

The car industry is gearing up to declare dominance in new green technology. Who will come out on top?

The Entertainment eZine

A review of rock celloist Jorane singing, plus a biography, quotes and mp3s.

The Sex eZine

We take an indepth look at the history of kissing, both anthropologically and artistically.

Kissing tips for amateurs and pros alike.

The Technology eZine

Our new Tech / Science eZine is up and running, and includes a new article on the science behind Becoming Invisible.

The Art History Archive, Feminist eZine and Lilith eZine are subsidiaries of the Lilith Gallery Network.

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Sun, Dec 23rd - 12:01PM

December 23rd 2007 - The Sunday Edition
Happy Festivus and Merry Christmas from the Lilith eZine

We wish you all a happy and safe holiday season!

Suzanne MacNevin
Charles Moffat
& Victoria Van Dyke

The Canada eZine

Immigration to Canada is soaring as more people flock to Canadian cities.

Ipperwash Park is returned to the Natives, but questions remain about who murdered three Canadian police officers.

The Entertainment eZine

Charles Moffat reviews The Golden Compass and dismisses the atheist ideas about it.

The Feminist eZine

Suzanne MacNevin argues that young girls need to develop more active and tomboy lifestyles.

The Technology eZine

Google announces it is getting into the online encyclopedia business.

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Sun, Dec 16th - 2:12PM

December 16th 2007 - The Sunday Edition

Letter from the Editor

We don't teach religion in schools any more. We preach tolerance, acceptance and multiculturalism and we celebrate the festive season, but theological debate in schools in almost non existent.

The problem is that there is so many religions, so many view points that people think our kids will either not be able to grasp the fundamentals of idealogical debates (in other words we think our kids are too stupid to figure it out for themselves) or we're desperately afraid that our kids will come home brainwashed into believing in some new religion, cult or Satanism.

Parents simply don't want their kids coming home with "new ideas" about religions and faith. And they certainly don't want their kids questioning the existence (or honesty) of God, Jesus, Santa Claus, Buddha, Muhammad, the Bible, the Torah, the Quran or whatever you happen to believe or not believe in.

Jack and Jill went to school.
And learned about evolution.
Jack and Jill came back from school.
And Mom and Dad got a lawyer.

It is common knowledge that public schools are expected to be ivory towers of atheism, where science and knowledge are preached in one class and freedom & multiculturalism is taught in another. 85% of the world's population still believes in the existence of a higher power. The other 15% either don't worry about it or are active atheists who point out the flaws in religion.

But there are flaws in the Big Bang Theory too. As a chemistry teacher who studied my share of physics in university, I'm sorry but even I don't buy into the big bang theory. The theory states that there absolutely nothingness. Nothing at all, not even dimensional spaces... and then suddenly, somehow the universe exploded outwards creating atoms and molecules and eventually forming life.

It doesn't offer any explanation for how this happened or what the initial cause was beyond the idea that nothingness cannot exist and therefore there must be something. The Bible also states that in the beginning there was nothingness, only god, and through his conscience and deliberate actions created the heavens, the earth and all creatures upon it.

I am sorry, but I just can't buy into this theory that nothing existed. SOMETHING must have been there and always was there.

Even Einstein, the great 20th century physicist saw flaws in this way of thinking.

I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it. - Albert Einstein, 1954.

I believe in Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with the fates and actions of human beings. - Albert Einstein.

And frankly I agree with Einstein. There must be some kind of guiding force in the universe (similar to the Phoenix Force mentioned in X-Men comic books) which guides both creative and destructive forces. Scientists know that gravity draws atoms together and is directly related to how stars are born, die and collapse into black holes, but we don't understand WHY gravity does what it does.

Gravity, that most elusive of energy sources, is so far away from our understanding that we simply cannot explain it. We can't see gravity, only its results. We can measure its power, but cannot understand how or why it does anything. It is the driving force of the universe.

Yet I don't see anyone worshiping the power of gravity, because gravity lacks consciousness.

Religion tends to concern itself with more mythological ways of explaining why things happen. The universe acts in mysterious ways and we explain these things as "acts of god" or "miracles" or sometimes "deja vu". Events effect us emotionally and we can't blame the universe or gravity so we blame god instead.

I could rant about this all day, but my point is that we should be teaching religion and philosophy in school. We should be allowing children to develop their own ideas about the universe, its origins and where the human race is going. We do offer philosophy in high school and university, because at that age students should be able to grasp the concepts.

But what's wrong with allowing kids to study the basics of these issues sooner? Philosophy is an important part of learning logical thinking and you can't have a solid religious understanding without the philosophical knowledge to back it up. Far too many lazy people point to the bible as if it really is the "word of god", a factual document and don't bother to actually learn more about the universe and around them and question WHY.

And that is truly sad when people fail to even question why they are here.

Suzanne MacNevin
Editor of the Lilith eZine

The Art History Archive

Charles Moffat compares the trends in Contemporary Architecture and where it is going.

Charles Moffat brings back to life the art of Frida Kahlo, the Mexican Surrealist.

If you are Canadian please feel free to fill out this survey about Canadian artists:

The Environmental eZine

Urban myths about solar power and advice on how to install solar panels on your house.

The Feminist eZine

Sophie Ares Pilon and Suzanne MacNevin write about sex in advertising.

The Health eZine

Victoria Van Dyke talks about the Catholic Church, Sex and AIDS in Africa.

Fiona Bramzell discusses and compares diets that simply don't work.

The Religion eZine

Our new Religion eZine is up and running. Mythology, philosophy, atheism and more.

Festivus is coming up on December 23rd. Celebrate and share your grievances.

The Canadian Zodiac

The Chinese Zodiac

The Greek Zodiac

The Technology eZine

Suzanne MacNevin and Charles Moffat talks about why Wikipedia is a poor source of info.

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Sun, Dec 9th - 3:07PM

December 9th 2007 - The Sunday Edition
Letter from the Editor

Tis the season for sleigh bells jingling and I just noticed something.

There is quite a number of holiday songs out there that are played on the radio that make no mention of Jesus (or Santa Claus sometimes), and these songs are one's that are increasingly played in public places such as shopping malls, etc. Why? Because everyone enjoys the festive music and appreciates it, and it doesn't offend people who are either another religion or are simply non religious.

After all if we played Christian music that is more specifically about Jesus then other religious groups would want their religious music played during their holidays. Fair is fair after all. But can you imagine the uproar if we started playing Jewish or Muslim religious music during the relative holidays? It would happen, but it would be muted. I imagine and hope some places already make an effort to play more of a multicultural mix.

A similar issue came up not that long ago here in Ontario when the conservative party leader John Tory suggested creating separate publicly-funded schools for different religious groups (and therefore segregating people). The issue was rather controversial, it was election time and John Tory lost the election in a horrible defeat due to that one issue.

Obviously people want multicultural schools and tolerance, so it then becomes a matter of how do we share that multicultural attitude in schools and other public places and make everyone feel welcome. For me I think it is time we (people in North America) learned more about other religious events and traditions in an effort to be more welcoming and accepting. Sharing music with other cultures is an easy and understandable way to do it.

If we don't then we are limiting ourselves to the politically correct festive songs, which we atheists may enjoy, but frankly are rather boring.

Suzanne MacNevin
Editor of the Lilith eZine

The Art History Archive

Charles Moffat talks about architectural origins and the mankind's urge to build skyward even in the early stages.

The Health eZine

Suzanne MacNevin talks about the issue of high suicide rates for breast implant patients.

Fiona Bramzell explains the benefits of cleansing your body from toxins and how to do it.

The Sex eZine

Natalie Jones discusses college relationships, roommates, long distance love and Facebook stalking.

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Sun, Dec 2nd - 11:38AM

December 2nd 2007 - The Sunday Edition
Letter from the Editor

Politics, economics and the environment is our theme this week. It is strange how those three are constantly entwined on the social level.

Business people are always looking to make a quick buck off by raping our natural resources. Conservationists are concerned about the damage we are doing to our water, our air and the world around us. Politicians try to keep both sides happy and frequently fail to do so.

The issue I want to bring up however is the difference between the words "conservationist" and "environmentalist". Environmentalists have developed a bad reputation that has resulted in people calling them radicals, when in reality they are pioneers. The word conservationists in contrast is less threatening and people aren't worried about changes, but rather conserving what we already have.

So here's the two words I want to promote: "Pioneering Conservationist"... so much better than radical environmentalist.

Feminists have been dealing with this "radical stereotyping" for decades now. The phrase "radical feminists" is used far too often. Many left wing causes are called "radical" by the right wing and it is a sad fact that it boils down to verbal jousting.

So perhaps the word I am most interested in, and the one I hope you readers will consider using more often, is pioneer. We need to recapture that spirit of innovation and say things like: "Solar panels is not radical. It is pioneering for the future."

Because it is, it really is.

Suzanne MacNevin
Editor of the Lilith eZine

The Environmental eZine

The sky is the limit as Charles Moffat details the future of condominiums and living high in the sky.

Janet Ho mixes science, the Simpsons and statistics to show us where bio-diesel (aka biofuel) is going.

The Politics eZine

Charles Moffat concludes that the American economy is outsourcing too many manufacturing jobs.

Suzanne MacNevin gives some friendly advice on how to deal with telemarketers, plus videos and cartoons.

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