Friday, December 15, 2017

War Poet, Clark Gable, and Wind





On or near this day in 1942, the English Poet Keith Douglas found himself in the Western Desert during the Second World War fighting in the North African campaign.  These are his observations that he must have been writing for a book one day:


I looked down into the face of a man lying hunched up in a pit.  His expression of agony seemed so acute and urgent, his stare so wild and despairing, that for a moment I thought him alive.  He was like a cleverly posed waxwork, for his position suggested a paroxysm, an orgasm of pain.  He seemed to move and writhe. But he was stiff.  The dust which powdered his face like an actor's lay on his wide open eyes, whose stare held my gaze like the Ancient Mariner's.  He had tried to cover his wounds with towels against the flies.  His haversack lay open, from which he had taken towels and dressings.  His water bottle lay tilted with the cork out.  Towels and haversack were dark with dried blood, darker still with a great concourse of flies.  This picture, as they say, told a story.  t filled me with useless pity....

Keith Douglas died in Normandy two years later.

Enjoy the Holiday Seasons and be thankful for the peace we have this year.   It's Yuge!


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Speaking of war, Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine were Hollywood's feuding sisters--leading ladies locked in a bitter rivalry that reportedly went all the way back to childhood.  "I married first," Fontaine once commented on the enduring sibling spat, "won the Oscar before Olivia did, and if I die first, she'll undoubtedly be livid because I beat her to it!" On December 15, 2013, at age 96, Fontaine did indeed beat de Havilland to the grave.

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In 1939 on this date, the American film "Gone with the Wind" premieres, in Atlanta Georgia.  The movie, based on Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, became an instant hit, breaking all previous box-office records and winning nine Oscars.
 
Clark Gabble
                                                                                                  
Was the most famous “love child” of Hollywood’s Golden Era actually conceived when actress Loretta Young was “date-raped’’ by the legendary Clark Gable? That bombshell accusation broke Sunday at Buzzfeed, and it seems to me there are reasons to be somewhat skeptical.
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In case you forgot, December 15 is the first of seven Halcyon Days prior to the winter solstice when, according to legend, the halcyon bird creates a time of tranquility by calming the wind and waves.  During this peaceful period, the kingfisher was able to lay her eggs in peace.  A magical bird, the kingfisher is a symbol of the Greek goddess Alcyon, daughter of the wind king.






Thursday, December 14, 2017

Watch What You Say, It Might Kill You!


"By the time you receive this letter we shall be in Paris, barring of course a nose-dive into the channel."

Glenn Miller wrote the preceding words to his wife on December 4, 1944.  That was the last words he wrote her before he died in a plane crash just as he predicted.

On December 14, 1944, Glenn Miller was seen boarding a plane from England to France, and never again. 

The official report into the disappearance stated that a crash would likely have been caused either by engine trouble or by the build-up of ice on the wings, the latter affecting the plane's aerodynamics and causing it to stall.  The lack of a search for the missing aircraft can be explained by the delay in raising the alarm: three days had elapsed between the plane taking off and it being reported missing, greatly reducing the chances of finding anyone alive.  Nobody had any idea where the aircraft might have come down, so a search, even if it had begun, would have had to cover an enormous area.  Another factor was the progress of the war at the time; on December 16, the Germans had mounted a huge offensive in the Ardennes region, known now as the Battle of the Bulge, and it is perhaps understandable that resources were not diverted away from the fighting in order to search for three people who, in all probability, were already dead.

Thirty years later, in 1985, it emerged that crew members of a British Lancaster bomber, returning from an aborted mission over Germany, had seen a plane crash into the English Channel on the same day as Glenn Miller went missing.  The Lancaster was jettisoning its bombs over a designated area of the Channel because it was too dangerous to land with the bombs still on board.  The navigator, who was watching the bombs fall, spotted a small plane, which he identified as a Norseman (the same plane as Miller was in) spinning out of control and crashing into the water.

Almost as soon as Miller was posted as missing, rumors began to circulate about what had happened to him.  They were all based on the assumptions that he did not die in a plane crash over the Channel, but had died after arriving in Paris, with the incident covered up by the American military.  The most ludicrous of these rumors is that Miller had been ordered by General Eisenhower, the overall commander of Allied forces in Europe, to conduct secret talks with German officers concerning a surrender.  Why Eisenhower would pick a big band leader with no military experience of any description to go on such a sensitive mission is, unsurprisingly, not fully explained in this theory.

Another rumor, and one of the most persistent, is that, rather than dying in a plane crash, Miller was killed during a fight in a Parisian brothel and the incident was kept quiet because of fears over the effect it would have on morale.  Like all the other stories along these lines, this one doesn't stand up to examination because it does not account for what happened to the other people who went missing on the plane.

The exact circumstances of the disappearance may never be known for certain, but the most likely explanation is that, either as the result of mechanical failure or friendly fire, Miller's plane went down in the Channel and sank without leaving a trace; just as he had joked to his wife in his December 4th letter.

The power of suggestion is definitely a powerful thing.   Watch what you say, the universe is probably listening.

Other examples of this power of suggestion:

Mark Twain

In 1909, Twain joked that the next time Halley's Comet passed close to Earth, he would "go out" with it.  He didn't mean romantically: The comet had last been visible from Earth in the year Twain was born, 1835, so he claimed it would be the "greatest disappointment of my life" if it didn't also pass at the time of his death.

As you might know, Halley's Comet visits us once every 76 years and is only visible from Earth for a couple of months at a time. This means that at the moment of Twain's humorous prediction, the comet was due again in the following year; and what do you know, it showed up on April 20, 1910. The next day, Twain died of a heart attack.


"Pistol" Pete Maravich
 
In 1974, Maravich was 26 and had been playing in the NBA for four years. He was at the height of his career, but didn't feel like basketball was all there was to life. In an interview with the Beaver County Times, Maravich said, "I don't want to play 10 years [in the NBA] and then die of a heart attack at the age of 40."

On January 5th, 1988, Pistol Pete did just that.






Frank Pastore

If you like baseball, you might know Frank Pastore as a Major League pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds and Minnesota Twins in the 1970s and '80s; if you're into Christian radio, you probably know him from the most listened to Christian talk show in the United States, The Frank Pastore Show; and if you're into freaky coincidences, then you know him from the following story.

On his November 19, 2012 broadcast, Pastore and his listeners were discussing some of his favorite subjects, namely the immortality of the soul and riding bitchin' bikes. Pastore remarked:
"You guys know I ride a motorcycle, right? At any moment, especially with the idiot people who cross the diamond lane into my lane, without any blinkers -- not that I'm angry about it -- at any minute, I could be spread all over the 210."

On the way home from his radio show, a 56-year-old woman driving a Hyundai Sonata drifted into his lane and collided with his bike.  Pastore suffered a massive head injuries and died a month later after being in a coma.



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On this day in 1503, the famous French prophet and astrologer Michel de Nostradamus was born in Saint Remy de Provence.  He experienced many psychic visions during his childhood, and he later studied the Holy Qabalah, astrology, astronomy, medicine, and mathematics.  The first collection of his uncannily accurate visions, written in the form of rhymed quatrains, was published in the year 1555.  Three years later, a second and larger collection of his prophecies -- reaching into the year 3797 -- was published.  Nostradamus died on July 1, 1566.



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Pope Sixtus V

 In 1589 Pope Sixtus V decided that castrated men should sing in Saint Peter's Basilica.

To enable male singers to become sopranos of high notes and unbroken trills, their testicles were mutilated.

For more than three centuries castrated men took the place of women in church choirs: the sinning voices of the daughters of Eve, which would have soiled the purity of the sanctuaries, were forbidden.

Also in 1589, Shakespeare completed his first play called "The Two Gentlemen of Verona."

In the play, various characters suggest that women are fickle, deceptive, incapable of meaningful relationships, and have the capacity to transform the men into fools. Women are also treated as personal property in the play. However, at the same time that women are treated as property that can be stolen, traded, or bestowed to other men as "gifts," the play also seems to hint at the dangers of viewing women this way. Shakespeare also creates two very strong heroines in Julia and Silvia, who are gutsy, loyal, and steadfast; unfortunately, however, as with all plays before the 1600's, woman roles were played by men, more precisely because acting was not a respected endeavor, teenage boys played the woman roles... which definitely made the Pope Sixtus V very happy that same year.

Schooled in the art of "Inquisition," Pope Sixtus V was definitely a man of our current right-wing patriarchal/conservative times: he was tough on crime by having 27,000 thousands criminals and their mob bosses executed within 2 years, as well as he cut spending for social programs and cut taxes for the rich.   Is it any wonder he went down in history as The Mad Monarchist?

Another thing that really, really, really, pissed off the Pope was the Gnostics.   Oh, history will tell you he went after the "protestants," but the reality is he was gunning for the more liberal 'Gnostic" sect, not the Protestants that had taken over the Christian church today, but the Gnostic who followed the teaching of the egalitarian sector of Christianity and sought to acquire knowledge about spiritual beliefs in order to further their understandings of all things divine, not the Protestants who were destroying the Gnostic texts and causing the true Christian faith to go underground in caves....

(Authors Note: sorry if i digressed there, but, tis' the season).

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December 13 is also the beginning of the runic half-month of Jara.  The rune Jara represents the union between the spiritual and temporal.

This is also Saint Lucy's Day, or Little Yule.  On this date, a candlelight festival is celebrated throughout Sweden.  One daughter in each family wears a white dress with a red sash and a crown of candles on her head.







Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Transmission and Fake News

Transmission...

Guglielmo Marconi




On this day in 1901, Italian physicist and radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi succeeds in sending the first radio transmission across the Atlantic Ocean, disproving detractors who told him then the curvature of Earth would limit transmission to 200 miles or less (they called it Fake News).  The message--simply the Morse code for s-- traveled more than 2,000 miles from Poldhu in Cornwall, England, to Newfoundland, Canada.  That successful endeavor aroused widespread interest in Marconi and his wireless company and won him worldwide fame.


Mae West
A few years after that on this day in 1937, sex symbol Mae West was invited to perform her usual shtick of purring enticements and double entendres on radio's Chase & Sanborn Hour, a weekly variety show broadcast on Sunday nights.  Playing a seductive Eve in one sketch, and flirting with ventriloquist Edgar Bergen's wooden sidekick, Charlie McCarthy, in another, the sultry actress delivered as bawdily as might be expected.  At one point, for example, she reminded the puppet that he had already kissed her in her apartment.  "I got marks to prove it," she said.  "An' splinters, too."

NBC had approved the script, but when a coordinated protest by the Legion of Decency and other morality Christian groups erupted, the network immediately disowned the star and declared her an "unfit radio personality."  n a spineless attempt to shift the blame, network executives claimed West took the script they had found acceptable to unexpected levels of indecency by the way she delivered her lines.  Subsequently, even the mention of her name was banned on NBC radio.  Fortunately, there were more reasonable observers, like the Chicago Daily News, which excoriated the network's cowardice in an editorial:

"NBC and the commercial sponsors of the program knew Mae West.  They knew her technique.  They'd heard her and seen her.  They coached her in rehearsals.  But when the public protests swamped them they pretended they had Mae all mixed up with Mary Pickford or Shirley Temple."

Author Note: After reading this Chicago news report calling them on their bull-shit, the NBC managers called it Fake News -- so I'm assuming.

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12 December 1980 marks the date at which the US Congress adopted the Copyright Act of 1976 into public law.  Prior to this, it really wasn't -- without a shit-load of attorneys and really, really, good fake news reporters.

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In 1988 on this day, in London, the first satellite pictures are beamed to some 2,200 betting shops to allow gamblers to watch several races from different locations live.

Clapham Junction
Also on that day in London, during the morning rush hour, 35 people are killed and more than 100 injured in a crash involving three trains near Clapham Junction, Europe's busiest railroad station.  It was later discovered that the collision was caused by a signal failure.


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Long after giving birth to Jesus, the Virgin Mary traveled to Mexico on this day in 1531.

Virgin of Guadalupe
She arrived and introduced herself as the Virgin of Guadalupe.  By a fortunate coincidence her visit occurred precisely where Tonantzin, the Aztec mother god, had her temple and worshipers were flocking each day in praise.
Tonantzin
In Mexico, as everywhere else, outlawed gods entered the Catholic divinities on currents of air and took up residence in their sacred spaces and the fact that they had already there is presently being considered Fake News. 


Monday, December 11, 2017

DNA and Alfred Hitchcock

Double Helix

On December 11, 1951, after a disastrous demonstration of what they thought was the model for the structure of DNA, Francis Crick and James D. Watson were ordered to cease their research in that arena by Sir Lawrence Bragg, director of Cambridge University's Cavendish Laboratory, where both men worked.

"No attempt was made to appeal the verdict," Watson later wrote with the characteristic edge.  "An open outcry would reveal that our professor was completely in the dark about what the initials DNA stood for.  There was no reason to believe that he gave it one hundredth the importance of the structure of metals, for which he took great delight in making soap-bubble models.  Nothing gave Sir Lawrence more pleasure than showing his ingenious motion-picture film of how bubbles bump into each other."



All wasn't lost, for the DNA research was in the air, it had been materialized in the universal for in 1998 on the very same day, the first organism to have its entire DNA coded was completed:  a worm (Caenorhabditis elegans); it had taken eight years to map 97 million base pairs of the parasitic creature no bigger than a pinhead.

Speaking of DNA, Theorist such as David Wilcock and Giorgio A. Tsoukalos believe the first drawings of the DNA structure can be seen in Ancient Sumerian drawings. 


Other interesting DNA images can be seen in the medical Caduceus or Greek god Hermes symbol:



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Caduceus is a winged staff with two snakes wrapped around it. It was an ancient astrological symbol of commerce and is associated with the Greek god Hermes, the messenger for the gods, conductor of the dead and protector of merchants and thieves.

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Not only is December 11th, the day the film Psycho begins, it is also the Blowing of the Midwinter Horn which dates back more than two thousand years.  Farmers around the country take out their birch-wood horns and blow them to scare away evil influences and announce the presence of Skadi, fur-clad goddess of winter and spirit of the north wind. 


Oh, and getting back to the Psycho film, the esoteric beauty of that film can be seen in the opening scene when  Janet Leigh can be seen in the white bra, the innocent beginning, but then, after she takes the money, she is wearing a black bra to let you know there as been a change in her which will ultimately end in her death.  

Bravo, Sir Alfred Hitchcock, bravo!


“Suspense is like a woman. The more left to the imagination, the more the excitement. ... The conventional big-bosomed blonde is not mysterious. And what could be more obvious than the old black velvet and pearls type? The perfect ‘woman of mystery’ is one who is blonde, subtle and Nordic. ... Although I do not profess to be an authority on women, I fear that the perfect title [for a movie], like the perfect woman is difficult to find.”


Alfred Hitchcock

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Nobel Prize Happens and so does war.

Elizabeth Taylor
And the Oscar went to Elizabeth Taylor for her work in Butterfield 8, a film so dreadful even the actress herself dismissed it as "a piece of obscenity."  A Grammy was given to Baha Men for "Who Let the Dogs Out," a song that asked the probing question "Who? Who? who? Who? Who?" Madonna, whose portrayal of Eva Peron came off stiffer than the corpse of Argentina's once celebrated first lady, nevertheless won a Golden Globe for her "acting" in Evita.  Yet no matter how colossally ill chosen the award winners were, nobody (except perhaps the worthier competition) was too adversely affected by these aberrations.  "That's entertainment," as the saying goes.

The Nobel Prize, however, is a different matter entirely.  The award, given every year on December 10, is supposed to recognize the very best in human accomplishment in various fields of endeavor.  Giants like Einstein, Mandela, Churchill, and Curie have all been named Nobel laureates.  But so have some vastly less deserving fold who, by virtue of winning the Nobel, gave the prestigious prize a bit of a black eye.  Among them:

Fritz Haber
Fritz Haber, 1918, chemistry, for the synthesis of ammonia from nitrogen in the air.  Thanks to Haber's discovery, which allowed for the development of industrial fertilizers, the world became far better fed.  Yet this immensely beneficial contribution to mankind was made well before World War I, by which time the chemist was redirecting his creative energy toward something his own wife condemned as "perversion of the ideals of science" and  "a sign of barbarity, corruption the very discipline which ought to bring new insights into life" -- the annihilation of Germany's enemies on the battlefield with poisonous gas.

Antonio Egas Moniz
Antonio Egas Moniz, 1949, medicine, for pioneering the lobotomy.  Besides the fact that this radical brain procedure turned many patients -- including President John F. Kennedy's sister Rosemary-- into near zombies, there was nothing particularly inventive about the drilling holes into the skull and shoving in an instrument to disable the frontal lobes.  n fact, it was kind of medieval-- not like, say, creating the artificial heart (a feat for which Robert Jarvik was egregiously overlooked by the Nobel committee).  And when a place as oppressive and cruel as the Soviet Union bans lobotomies as "contrary to the principles of humanity," as it did in 1950, that might be taken as an indication that this monstrous procedure was bad medicine indeed.

Yasser Arafat
Yasser Arafat, 1994, Peace Prize (shared with Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin of Israel).  Yes, it's true that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.  And certainly the Palestinian people have had plenty of legitimate beefs with Israel.  Yet when the massacre of innocents--coupled with hijackings, kidnappings, political assassinations, and other mayhem--becomes the paramount means to an end, as it did for the Palestinian leader, it tends to make a mockery of the Nobel Peace Prize--especially considering the fact that Mahatma Gandhi was never awarded one.

Myron Scholes
Myron Scholes and Robert Merton, 1997, economics.  Less than a year after receiving their prize, "for a new method to determine the value of derivatives," as the Nobel announcement read, the laureates' esteemed hedge fund, Long-Term Capital Management, lost $4 billion in six weeks.
(Bad Days in History, Farquhar, Michael).

(See this year's 2017 winners here.)

No conversation of the Nobel Peace Prize is complete without mentioning the year 1978.  For that is the year President Jimmy Carter somehow got Mohamed Anwar al-Sadat and  Menachem Begin together to talk and Egypt became the first Arab country to officially recognize the state of Israel. In return Egypt gained control of the Sinai PeninsulaMohamed Anwar al-Sadat and  Menachem Begin
both shared the Nobel Peace Prize that year.  It was one of the few serious hopes for peace I have seen in my lifetime.  But then....


On 6 October 1981, Sadat was assassinated during the annual victory parade held in Cairo to celebrate Egypt's crossing of the Suez Canal

The assassination squad was led by Lieutenant Khalid Islambouli after a fatwā (death sentence) was approved by Omar Abdel-Rahman, "The Blind Sheikh," an Egyptian Muslim leader who was arrested and convicted for the first World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.  

Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.






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Obama
In the year 2009, on the anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, President Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize. 

In his acceptance speech, the president thought it wise to pay homage to war: "times when nations will find the use of force not only necessary but morally justified."

Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda
Four and a half centuries before, when the Nobel Prize did not exist and evil resided in countries not with oil but with gold and silver, Spanish jurist Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda also defended war as "not only necessary but morally justified."

Ginés explained that war was necessary against the Indians of the Americas, "being by nature servile men who are barbarian, uncultured and inhuman," and that war was justified, "because it is just, by natural right, that the body obey the soul, that the appetite obey reason, that brutes obey man, women their husbands, the imperfect the perfect and the worse the better, for the good of all."

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On or around this date each year, Inuít hunters of the Arctic coastal regions of North America perform the centuries-old December Moon Ceremony.  The observance begins with a series of purification rites, followed by a full-moon propitiation ritual for the souls of the animals that the participants have hunted and killed during the prior year. 


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Debunked:  Were Ringo Star and Yasser Arafat the same persons?  




No, but they both lived on Beatles somewhere in their lifetimes.

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

cha-ching, cha-ching, goes the war machine!





"If a 6 turns into 9, I don't mind.  I don't mind."  Jimmy Hendrix sang on his 1967 (December 9 release date in Britain) song titled: "If 6 was 9."


Was this on Donald Trumps mind this week when on December 6, 2017, he officially ignited World War 3 by moving the US embassy to Jerusalem three days before intifada?

I'm Jewish and will tell you, the Zionist are out-of-control and the Palestinians are being done wrong -- don't get me wrong, the Palestinians are not totally innocent and acting like rats in a corner by wearing those black ski-mask isn't helping their public-image problem, still, they have rights for Jerusalem too, if not more... there,  said it!  And to be completely honest with you, I've yet to meet one Jewish friend who thinks the Zionist aren't out-of-control... it's always a rather Right-Wing Christian who usually ends the argument with, "God's Will."  I'm not going to ague that here, but will suggest you read this Historical Timeline regarding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict for the facts.

I do have to admit that this is probably one of the few things Donald Trump has done that I don't question his sanity over, I mean, he did campaign on it, and although he didn't do it on DAY ONE as promised, he did get to it on day 320.  The main reason I appreciate Trump doing this is it means that he isn't secretly following the Breitbart boys and their Holocaust Denying Ways.  The other thing is,  maybe the Israeli-Palestinian thing does need the George Bush tact to get any real resolution; and just as George Bush JR, our 43 president, said he was "...tired-of-swatting flies..." and so started killing Iraqi children eventually got rid of a despotic leader in Iraq, Donald Trump's war will certainly get rid of one here in the USA: him.

Why am I saying this?   It's in the numbers.  The sixth, seventh, and ninth day of the last month of the year are considered to be an extremely unlucky time according to Grafton in his Manuel (a sixteenth-century book of unlucky days as determined by professional star-gazers). Examples: on December 6, 1790, the U.S. Congress moves from New York City to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania... and we know how long that lasted.  In 1972, on December 6, the U.S. launched Apollo 17, the last manned ("crewed mission" intentionally not used in this context since they were launched from a folic symbol designed by Nazi scientist) mission; how many people have been on another planet since Apollo 17 (that we are told about)?  The list goes on, but consider this: besides voodoo numbers, why would any person in his right mind announce such an aggressive in-your-face act as Donald Trump has just three days before the historic December 9th anniversary of the 1987 Palestinian intifada ("shaking off") protest unless they wanted a fight?  Is there any doubt that it is going to get ugly?  I'm writing this post at 10pm on December 8th, knowing that December 9th will be the "6" Donald Trump and his war-profiting-predatorial-capitalist have turned into "9."  Yes, they're all sitting back smoking fat cigars tonight waiting to see tomorrow's violence,  OPPPSSS, I mean "peace" as Donald Trump stated with his announcement: cha-ching!

Cha-ching, cha-ching,  sings the war machine!

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On a brighter note, on this day in 1989 the Nobel Prize for medicine went to Rita Levi-Montalcini.

In troubled times, during the dictatorship of Mussolini, Rita had secretly studied nerve fibers in a makeshift lab hidden in her home.

Years later, after a great deal of work, this tenacious detective of the mysteries of life discovered the protein that multiplies human cells, which won her the Nobel.

She was about eighty by then and she said, "My body is getting wrinkled, but not my brain.  When  can no longer think, all 'll want is help to die with dignity."



Friday, December 8, 2017

Dec 8th and the immaculate reception, I mean, Conception.

the gods

On this day each year, the most ancient of the Shinto divinities, the solar goddess Amaterasu, is honored in temples throughout Japan.  This day is also sacred to Astraea, the star maiden, a Greek goddess of justice who chose to live among humans.  After Pandora's box was opened, Astraea was the last of the gods to abandon the Earth after Donald Trump was elected -- just kidding, she abandoned way before that, but was the last of the gods to abandoned Earth nonetheless.

Amaterasu
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In 1326 on this day, Zen master Daito Kokushi establishes the Daitokuji temple in Kyoto, Japan.  Now the site of one of Japan's most famous Zen gardens, it was particularly significant in the development of the tea ceremony and Zenga painting.
 


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In 1952 the first acknowledgement of pregnancy on American television occurs during the I Love Lucy episode "Lucy Is Enceinte" (the word "pregnant" was not allowed).


Way back in 1854 on this day, Pope Piux IX proclaims the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, in which Mary, mother of Jesus, was free of Original Sin because he believed it so.  No documented evidence was given (not to be confused with the the Immaculate Reception that occurred between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Oakland Raiders at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on December 23, 1972.)




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"I believe my interest in the occult was born out of a curiosity in the narratives of cultural outsiders," McVetty explained to The Huffington Post. "I have always had a mysterious attraction to the worlds these groups built around secrets, rules and symbols as a way to exist outside of the mainstream."

These are the words of Occult Artist Joseph McVetty.  Here are some of his images:


Ascending Currents

Fortelling The Future

Initiation Into Nothingness

Messages From The Dead


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Aurelius Ambrosius
Milan celebrates the feast of its patron saint, St. Ambrose, with a special church service at one of the city’s oldest churches, the Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio. Another highlight of the day is the Oh Bej! Oh Bej! street market. The streets near the piazza Sant’Ambrogio are busy with people trying an assortment of different local food and drinks, as well as a market of arts and crafts stalls.

Aurelius Ambrosius (340 CE–397 CE) was born in Treves (Trier), Gaul. He trained as a lawyer and became governor of Milan before he was appointed as the city’s bishop in 374 CE. He wrote about the scriptures, composed many hymns, devoted his time to studying theology and gave his possessions to the poor.

St Ambrose was known for denying church entrance to emperor Theodosius I for his massacre of about 7000 people in Thessalonica in 390. He also had considerable influence over St Augustine, an early Christian Saint whose writings were widely read.

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goddess Demeter
On this date in ancient Greece, an annual rite called the Haloia of Demter was performed.  According to mythology, each year the goddess Demeter wanders the earth in search of her stolen daughter Persephone.  The goddess' sorrow brings Winter to the world and all trees and flowers cease to bloom; however, Spring returns when Persephone is allowed to temporarily leave the darkness of the Underworld and Demeter once again rejoices.

Demeter At Dusk - Poem by Erica Jong

At dusk Demeter
becomes afraid
for baby Persephone
lost in that hell
which she herself created
with her love.

Excess of love-
the woman's curse,
the curse of loving
that which causes pain,
the curse of bringing forth
in pain,
the curse of bearing,
bearing always pain.

Demeter pauses, listening for her child-
this fertile goddess
with her golden hair, bringing forth
wheat and fruit and wildflowers
knee-high.
This apple-breasted goddess
whose sad eyes
will bless the frozen world,
bring spring again-
all because she once
walked through the night
and loved a man, half-demon,
angel tongued,
who gave her
everything she needed to be wise:
a daughter,
hell's black night,
then endless
spring.
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In 1941, at 7:55am, Hawaii time, a Japanese dive bomber bearing the red symbol of the Rising Sun of Japan on its wing appears out of the clouds above the island of Oahu. 

"A date which will live in infamy"
               -- President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

Esoteric Fact: 


The United States wasn’t the only nation to come under Japanese attack on 7 December 1941. As Evan Mawdsley reveals, that day also saw the Imperial Army launch an assault on the British colony of Malaya – with devastating results for Britain’s presence in south-east Asia.

This invasion of the British empire began fully 90 minutes before another Japanese fleet began the attack on Pearl Harbor, some 6,800 miles across the Pacific Ocean. Kota Bharu was the site of an RAF ‘aerodrome’, and British planes were able to mount counter-strikes. One of the transport ships was put out of commission, and the others withdrew to the north, but not before enough of the landing force had come ashore to establish a firm beachhead. Two hours after the Kota Bharu attack, a larger Japanese force – the better part of a division – began to land 100 miles further north in the Kra Isthmus of neutral Thailand.

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 In 1942 on this date, the United States Navy launches the largest battleship ever built, the USS New Jersey.

USS New Jersey