Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Two Worlds of Cause and Effect.


We live in two worlds: The World of Form and the Invisible world.  In this case, the World of Form is manifest as our planet, Earth.  The Invisible World includes "Everywhere" else.  The witch's magic is done with the conscious use of Both Worlds.  But our goal is to move and to live perfectly and easily between the Worlds -- always.

The magic of the witch connects the Cosmic to the Earth.  Witch magic is visible, tangible, and practical.  But the Overview is essential.

Thus, we work in linear time, using The Law of Cause and Effect.  We work with linear time, knowing full well that time is not necessarily linear, but all-at-once.  All time coexists, and it is because we are aware of the Overview that we are able to see the future, and to work magic forwards (and backwards) in linear time.

We work with the World of Form, and in it our magic manifests to the five senses.  Our techniques also employ the five senses...even though we know full well that space is not defined by what we touch, see, hear, smell or taste.  We know that all space coexists, limited only by perception.  With the Overview, our perception is the "sixth" sense -- the Spirit, represented in the pentagram by the Circle which encompasses All.

For Earth Magic, we use words, thoughts, images, ideas and rituals to activate our work.  We employ the basic, standard occult Principles to connect the Worlds.  We follow the basic Words of Power techniques.

1. There is One Power.
2. The Power includes All.
3. We are all perfect microcosms of the Power (Thus we are linked to all beings).
4. Every being has Free Will and all work is for the good of all.
5. As microcosms of the One Power which includes All, we draw upon whichever aspect of the
    Power we wish to use, for whatever goals we state. 
6. We affirm that the work goes out into The Law of Cause and Effect, and that it is done.

We follow this sequence of ideas, with one important difference: the use of Alignments.  An Alignment is the direct connection which can be drawn between Deity and witch.  This powerful link in effect combines steps 2, 3, and 5.

The purpose of drawing Alignments is to identify ourselves so thoroughly with whatever aspect of the Power we have chosen (specifically aspects of The Goddess and The God), that we do not have to perform Words of Power step-by-step.  We can "ask" the Deities for use of Their Power...because we have already made that Power our own and earned it.

Of course, if we have not earned it, it does not come through to us.

Further, we trust the Deities perfectly, thus trusting ourselves as Their Incarnate Forms of Earth.  So we do not specify forms for the manifestation of our work.  We allow the essence of whatever we are working for to reveal itself to us in perfect form.  If we feel it's appropriate to name a form, we always add: "its equivalent or better".

This is not praying.  It is not supplications.  It is the affirmation and trust of the microcosm/Macrocosm.  It is taking pure responsibility without ego.










Monday, November 17, 2014

Brit train station hires 'supernatural officer' to field ghost sightings


A Britain train station is so haunted that managers hired a Supernatural Liaison Officer.
Leamington Spa Station

Chiltern Railways hired Nick Rees, 58, to deal with questions, comments and fears about the Leamington Spa station, built in the 1800s and the site of many passenger reports of ghostly encounters.

"I get on with people and I can make anyone smile," Mr. Rees told a tabloid.  "I supposed that's why I can go about my duties as a supernatural liaison officer.  I respect them and they respect me."

Nick Rees
Mr. Rees said one of the most complained-about spots at the station is a basement.
"One of the haunted areas is a disused basement on platform three which has a partially blocked off staircase that seemingly leads to nowhere," he said.  "The other area is the upstairs office building where staff regularly see and hear things including doors slamming and electrical equipment turning on and off."

Stephen Herbert, a security officer at the station who works the night shift, says, "Leamington Spa station is one of the most haunted places I have been to and I've been to many," he said.  "I often see and hear ghosts on both platforms but from what I have seen they are nice ghosts and have good energy."

Saturday, November 15, 2014

SMACK remembers a 50-year jubilation that turned tragic

November 14, 2014
Posted with permission from Daily Monitor (Uganda)
The Greeks and Romans, as it is with Africans, believed that human experience and destiny is controlled by supernatural forces. And that the hand of fate can be cruel. Therefore, it is not far-fetched that a moment of happiness would be the stage for a tragic event a celebration of victory meshing into an occasion of sorrow.

One evening, a bus, van, lorry and cars carrying teachers and students on their way back from a football tournament were mistaken for a group of political agitators by a company of soldiers, who were travelling in the opposite direction. The situation was not helped by the tense political atmosphere at the time during these events unfolded.

It was 1964 and the relationship between the central government and Buganda Kingdom was deteriorating. Ironically, Kabaka Edward Muteesa was then ceremonial President of Uganda, while government was headed by an executive Prime Minister, Apollo Milton Obote. What transpired between the two men and the subsequent crisis is well documented.

What happened on Entebbe Road on the evening of November 14 was probably a microcosm that could have been reflected in many other incidents elsewhere in the country. Notes by Bro. Paul Bourget, the then headmaster, and an account by Anthony Kyemwa (who?) provide a clearer insight on what transpired.

The latter narrated thus: "During that time, there was political unrest between the Central Government and Buganda Government. Police had been stationed at Kibuye along Entebbe Road by the Central Government. And these (the Police), on seeing people who were jubilating and in a convoy of cars mistook it to be a politically motivated development. The stationed policemen informed the army at Entebbe about the developments, and, a force to crash those who were jubilating was sent leading to the accident, which claimed the students' lives."

The headmaster elaborate further: "Shortly past 7.30pm, staff and students of St Mary's College Kisubi (SMACK) were travelling from Muteesa II Stadium at Wankulukuku, in Kampala, after beating St Henry's College Kitovu, 2-0, to win the Buganda Senior Cup Finals. At about 12 miles from Kampala, where Kisubi High School is located, the school lorry was hit by the second of two army vehicles that were speeding in the direction of the city from Entebbe. At high speed with full lights on, and well in the middle of the road, the impact of the army vehicle made the school lorry skid off the road.

Upon being hit, the occupants of the lorry were projected over the top and then to the tarmac as the lorry fell on its side. When the driver emerged from the cabin, he panicked because the soldiers had threatened to shoot him. However, he went straight to Entebbe Police Station to report.
The driver of the army truck, which was ahead and containing approximately 20 soldiers, drove back to the scene. The soldiers' lorry, which had caused the accident, had fallen on its side across the road. Bodies of dead students were on the road while the injured students lay in agony.

The army men refused to help with first aid equipment or to transport the injured when requested. As if this was not bad enough, a soldier was seen hitting one of the wounded boys, who eventually died. Another soldier was seen with his foot on the chest of another schoolboy. It is such treatment that accelerated their death. Two students died on arrival at Entebbe Hospital.

Meanwhile, Bro Edward Musoke and the Head Prefect George Bamuturaki, who had been in the driver's cabin of the school lorry, moved to start rescue work. But they were instructed by the soldiers to leave the bodies alone. They pointed their rifles at him. With his hands up, he pleaded with the soldiers to let him carry on the rescue work. Incidentally, people who wanted to help the injured were also told off at gunpoint.

Shortly afterwards, the bus with the other students arrived at the spot. They were jubilating only to be taken by surprise at the sight before them. One of them, C. B. Kaliisa reported: "We peeped through the windows to find out what had happened. As it was dark, we could only see the two lorries, which had overturned. As soon as one of us discovered that it was our lorry, which had been involved in the accident, unanimous cries rang out. As we rushed out, we were stunned at the sight of horror. We picked up courage and ran to help our brothers in agony. There were streams of blood over the tarmac, scattered shoes of the victims, and fragmented pieces from the lorry body. It was hard to stop tears streaming down. The students who had fallen on the tarmac were already dead, while those that had been thrown on the sides of the road and into the bushes were struggling."

It is said the soldiers had tried to crash into other school vehicles, which were in front of the lorry that actually got an accident. So, this clearly shows the motive prior to the actual accident.

At the college, Bro Paul Bourget secured all available cars and appointed staff members to carry the bodies of the dead from the mortuary at Mulago hospital to their respective home areas. They were accompanied by security personnel to help counter any eventualities as some parents had not known about the tragedy and were to receive the news with the delivery of the body.

On November 16, a requiem mass was held to pray for the departed at Kisubi parish church. It was attended by an estimated 2,000 people who included government officials, representatives of various religions, medical and educational institutions, students and staff of SMACK.

Since 1964, every year a memorial mass has been held on November 14 for those 12 students who died and the othersstudents, staff and alumniwho have passed on. Today is the 50th anniversary.

Survivors
One of the survivors of that 1964 incident is Eng JB Walusimbi, former Chairman SMACK Board of Governors and Katikkiro of Buganda kingdom. John Baptist Semanobe, one-time Fufa president, and Ambassador Tomusange, scorers of the two goals that won the football tournament, were in the other vehicles. The others who were injured but later recovered are: Edward F. Kyewalyanga, Anthony Gomes, John Kaboggoza, Augustino Makubuya, Ssengendo Waswa, Gerald Tamale, Gerald Serunkuma, Bernardine Olwoch, William Okirima, Marino Omoro, Rustico Ggayi, Thadeo Babiiha, G. W. Bamuturaki, Teofilo Ocang, Bro. Edward Musoke, J. C. Kyaterekera, G. W. Kakande, G. W. Kamussime and Peter Suubi.

Short biographies of the 12 students that died in the accident



Michael Owot (22)
He was born in 1942 in Gulu and had his primary and some secondary education at Gulu. In 1956, he was admitted to St. Mary's College Kisubi in S1, but his stay was short lived because of financial problems. He left and joined Fatima Primary Teachers' Training College qualifying as a Primary Teacher. He taught for a year, and went to Ngora T.T.C for upgrading. In 1963, he was re-admitted to SMACK in S3. He died a week before sitting for his Senior Cambridge Exams.

Francis Bbosa (18) S3.
Born in 1946 in Busujju. Lost his father when he was five years old, and his poor mother took to care for him. In 1962, he was admitted to SMACK.

Egidio Obella (18) - S3.
Born on August 16, 1947. He was the eldest in his family. He was from Atutur, Kumi County. His father Faustino Iyama was a tailor in Bukedea and Kumi. In 1962, he was admitted at SMACK. He ranked among the brightest students in his class.

Philip K. Kirumira (19) S3.
Son of Mr John Kibirige of Lyantonde village, Kabula County. He was born in 1944. Had his primary and junior secondary at Rubaga. In 1961 he was admitted at SMACK.

Joseph Yawe (19) S2.
Yawe was kind, obedient, jolly, generous, honest, tolerant, simple, cooperative and friendly. He was indeed an intelligent person. He was the overall best student in Singo County in PLE.

Romano K.K. Nsobya (18) - S2.
He was born in the County of Gomba at Bukalagi in 1946. He was the first born of his family. On completion of primary six in Bukalagi, he joined Savio Junior Secondary School, during which time he was head prefect at the school. He joined SMACK in 1963.

Moris J. K. Kitimbo (18) - S2.
He was born on September 22, 1945 at Kamuli Mission. He was good at volley ball, hockey and swimming. He sat for his senior entrance exams in November 1961 and joined St. Mary's College in 1962. He proved very religious minded. He was member of Y.C.S, the Chapel Choir, The Music Society and altar boy.

M.M. Victor Kagaba (16) - S1. Was from Kigezi District. He was simple, cheerful and many students loved him. He had funny jokes with the tutors and was polite as well as obedient to them. The senior one class lost one of its cheerful, good-mannered and well-behaved boy.

Jack. Vincent Oryema (16) - S1. Was son of Mr Cirilo Olange a Police Constable at Mbale. By the time of his death, he was 16 years. He was accepted at St. Mary's in 1964. During his ten months stay at SMACK, he was pleasant, co-operative, kind, and a lover of music.

Remigio Ssemakula (18) - S1. Born at Kiweesa village about 20 miles from Masaka town. He started his studies late, but managed to pull through. In 1964, he was among the 33 students from Savio who were admitted to SMACK. He had courage and concern about the welfare of others, which he practiced even at his last hour when he helped some of his companions who were involved in the accident before he succumbed to his injuries.

John Kayira (14) - S1.
He was 14 years when he died. He attended primary at Kamodo in Teso and after six years, he joined Savio School. He was granted a State Scholarship by the Uganda Government. Kayira used to call friends by their nicknames and had given himself the name 'Electric Boy', and one time he tried to make an Electric bell.

Ladislaos Kamya (18) - S1. He was 18 years by the time of his death. He was born in Ssese Islands on Buggala Island, near the Sub-county headquarters.

This article is based on information compiled by William Kituuka.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Chile Government Releases UFO Study of Photos...

The government office investigating UFOs in Chile has released an analysis of two high quality photos showing what appear be genuine unidentified flying objects above a copper mine in that country.  They actually have a committee who studies this shit:  The Committee for the Studies of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena (CEFAA).  It is responsible for the analysis of selected reports of unexplained aerial phenomena in Chilean airspace, most of them from pilots and aviation personnel.

The photos were taken at the Collahuasi copper mine, more than 14,000 feet above sea level in the Andean plateau in the far north of Chile. An extremely remote location with low oxygen levels and unusually clear skies, the area is desolate and inhospitable. The Collahuasi mine produces copper concentrate, copper cathodes and molybdenum concentrate from three open-pit mineral deposits.

Four technicians - professionals specializing in electricity, electronics, and fluid control - were working there in April, 2013. They witnessed a disc-shaped object which approached slowly and was present for more than an hour, moving around in different positions and hovering at about 2000 feet. One technician took pictures with his Kenox Samsung S860 camera. The strange object made no sound, and eventually moved away towards the East.

The witnesses decided not to tell anybody because of the negative associations they had with UFO sightings, and therefore had every intention of always keeping the sighting private. But some months later, the photographer casually showed the pictures to the chief engineer at the mine, who asked for copies. The engineer sent the images to the CEFAA and provided the agency with information reported to him by the witnesses. He too has requested anonymity.

The report states that the witnesses described the phenomenon as "a flattened disc, of brilliant color, with a diameter of 5 to 10 meters [16 to 32 feet].  It performed ascending, descending and horizontal movements in short lengths, about 600 meters above the ground." The witnesses had the impression that the object was under intelligent control.


The first image, enlarged and filtered, shows a solid object reflecting the sunlight, the report states. It adds that the object could be emitting it's own energy as well, due to the high temperature shown in the image (the black area).

The study concludes that "It is an object or phenomenon of great interest, and it can be qualified as a UFO."

Eyecatchers: Hand-crafted candles; colorful underwear; long-lasting eye color


Nedra Rhone
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Displayed with permission from MCT Information Services

SUPERNATURAL SCENTS

Clairvoyant Beauty greets the holiday season with two new candle offerings. The Vetiver Lemongrass Bergamot or Gardenia candles are hand-crafted with essential oils and use biodegradable soy wax and lead-free cotton wicks. Use Vetiver Lemongrass Bergamot to de-stress. The floral scented Gardenia is reminiscent of a warm beach and tropical air. Available for $39 at www.clairvoyantbeauty.com.

HAPPY FEET

Swedish lifestyle brand Happy Socks also now offers a collection of underwear to match their colorful line of socks. The collection includes boxers and boxer briefs for men and briefs for women. The underwear comes in six different patterns and 15 colors. Underwear is $12-$20. Socks start at $12. There is also a new line of socks for kids starting at $10. Get them all at www.happysocks.com.

STAY PUT SHADOWS

Anastasia Beverly Hills launches Waterproof Creme Color which is part creme, part gel, and it won't crease or smudge. The super-pigmented waterproof eye color is long-wearing and comes in sparkle shades and opaque colors. The formula is ideal for oily skin and humid climates. Use it as a base for shadow, as liner or a shadow with primer benefits. It is best applied with a liner brush. Waterproof Creme Colors retail for $18 each on AnastasiaBeverlyHills.com.

Friday, November 7, 2014

UFO photobombs NASA again!

A few weeks ago we reported how a UFO photobombed a NASA video.  Well, it happened again, this time there is no doubt something is out there.  Watch the video below as it slowly fades in and then fades out.  Of course, NASA is saying nothing.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

All are called to be saints'


An Angel Frees the Souls of Purgatory (circa 1610), oil on canvas by artist Ludovico Carracci (15551619).

THE soul is all that matters. Every person is created in the image of God. He is body and soulcorporeal and spiritual. In Genesis 2:7 this reality is expressed: "The Lord God formed man out of the clay of the ground, and blew into his nostrils, the breath of life, and so man became a living being." At baptism, the Holy Spirit fills the spiritual vacuum in the soul caused by original sin.

This divine life, called sanctifying grace, is snapped by deliberate rejection and willful disobedience of God through mortal sin, and can be regained through the sacrament of penance. Death is the end of man's life on earth. Man will "not return to other earthly lives." The soul is separated from the body and will receive a particular judgement.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), 1022, states: "Each man receives his eternal retribution in his immortal soul at the very moment of his deatheither entrance into the blessedness of heaven immediately or through a purification or immediate and everlasting damnation." The word saint is derived from sanctus, a Latin word for holy. Thus, every Christian, united with Christ in baptism, in the original meaning of the word is considered a saint.

All are called to be saint During the early Christian communities, Saint Paul called all followers of Christ saints. He speaks of "saints at work" in Ephesus 1:1 and saints in Achaia in 2 Corinthians 1:1. In the "Apostles Creed," the phrase "communion of saints" infers a fellowship and interconnectedness among all souls where the Holy Spirit dwells. These include souls in heaven, the triumphant church; souls in purgatory, the suffering church; and the souls of the living on earth, the pilgrim church. The Church honors the holy people in heaven on All Saints' Day. These saints are specifically honored, too, on their feast days. The Church honors as well "the little people: those obscure, uncanonized, unbeatified, uncelebrated and anonymous saints" who will  never be named in the liturgical calendar.

But these residents of heaven, according to Fr. Nil Guillemette in The Cedars of Lebanon "knew how to love, accepted to die day by day to their natural selfishness and who, through the ordinary tasks of an ordinary life, lived with extraordinary beauty The loves of the saints can be the models of Christian. Mother Angelica, the Franciscan nun who founded Eternal Word Television (EWTN), the largest Catholic television network, would often say, "We are all called to be saints. Do not miss this opportunity. Souls in purgatory

Because of the spiritual nature of the soul, it craves with indescribable longing for God, but the desire is unsatisfied, aware that it has to be purified in a place called purgatory.


Mother Church considers the souls in purgatory poor and holy. They are poor because they cannot see God and cannot help themselves. They are holy because they can no longer commit sin and are fully aware heaven awaits them. The living can pray for the souls in purgatory, make the Way of the Cross, give alms and do works of charity. To pray and offer expiatory sufferings for them is the "highest act of supernatural charity." Souls in purgatory cannot pray for themselves but they can pray for the living. The Doctrine of Purgatory was formulated by the Catholic Church in the Councils of Florence and Trent in reference to scriptural texts which "speaks of cleansing fire to attain the beatific vision of God," according to the CCC, 10311032.

Beatific vision in the words of Leo J. Trese in Faith Explained is "God possessing the soul and the soul possessing God in a unity so ravishingly complete as to be infinitely beyond the ecstacy of the most perfect human marriage. . . so shattering as to annihilate the soul, if God Himself did not give the soul the strength it needs to endure the happiness that is God." Saints and spiritual writers stress that the souls themselves decide their "voluntary punitive reparation to restore friendship with God." The fires in purgatory is "equal to the fires of hell," Saint Thomas of Aquinas declares. And contact with the fires is "more dreadful than all sufferings of this earth." Saint Augustine elucidates, the fire is "more penetrating, more dreadful than anything we can see, or feel, or conceive in this life." The Holy church remembers the suffering souls in purgatory: "Welcome into your kingdom our departed brothers and sisters, and all who have left in this world on your friendship," is a prayer said in every Mass.

Prayer for souls in purgatory This prayers, as revealed to Saint Gertrude releases 10,000 souls in purgatory everytime it is recited: "Eternal Father, I offer thee the most Precious Blood of thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with all the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the souls in purgatory for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the Universal Church, those in my home and within my family. Santiago is a former regional director of the Department of Education National Capital Region. She is currently a faculty member of Mater Redemptoris College, Laguna.https://archive.org/details/WolfBlood1925

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Witchcraft (The Principles).

The only law of witchcraft is The Threefold Law:
Everything you do comes back to you three times.

Earth Magic works Threefold:
The Work is stated and performed in the World of Form,
It goes out into the Invisible World,
And comes back to manifest in the World of Form.

All work is for the good of all only
And according to free will--
Thus harming none. 

One cannot be a witch "part-time."  By definition, witchcraft is a way of life and permeates all of life.  A witch lives by these Principles all through every chosen witchcraft lifetime, away and asleep, in work, in deed, in thought, and in intent.

This means: no cursing, no harming.  This means: no stated negatives, and all negatives taken out of The Law. (The Law of Cause and Effect.)

This does not mean to deny the Dark.  We acknowledge the dark, use the dark positively, strip it of all negative power, transcend it, and Turn it To Good.

Based on the wisdom of Marion Weinstein. 




Monday, November 3, 2014

The Pope's Mistress

Pope Alexander VI (1431 - 1503) divided the Atlantic in half in his famous bull giving most of the western New World to the Spaniards and Africa to the Portuguese.  He also found time for women.

Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia (soon to be Pope Alexander VI) was fifty-seven years old when he chose gorgeous fifteen-year-old Giulia Farnese as his mistress in 1489.  She had spectacular long golder hair which in a few years would reach all the way to the marble floors of the Vatican.  Giulia was already married to Orsino Orsini.  "He was a good husband," states papal antihistorian E. R. Chamberlin.  "He was blind in one eye, he knew how to wink with the other."

It became an open secret in Rome that the pope had chosen this giddy, joyous, spectacularly beautiful teenager as his mistress.  Her friends called her "La Bella"; the people dubbed her the "Bride of Christ."  To call it an "open secret" is perhaps too cautious; everyone knew, and very few cared -- except the pope's master-of-ceremonies, a German, Johann Burchard, who kept a diary that has survived.  "From the greatest to the least," wrote Burchard of the top church officials in 1491, "they took on concubines in the fashion of marriage, and indeed they did this publicly."  He added: "Unless God provides, this corruption will spread to monks and those in religious orders, although the convents of Rome have almost become all brothels even now, since no one forbids it."

In these modern days of reputable papacy, whose temporal power controls an area the size of a college campus, it is very difficult to get a handle on these Renaissance popes.

They fought wars, had mistresses, fathered bastards, sold Church offices, and yet at the same time mouthed pieties.  This was accepted behavior.

Giulia Farnese (1474 - 1524) attended the wedding of the pope's thirteen-year-old daughter, Lucrezia
Borgia; Giulia was not skulking in the corners, but dazzling in the front of the wedding party.  Lucrezia, whose long white gown's train was borne by a young black, entered the appointed room in the papal palace, and Giulia Farnese and 150 other women followed her to where the pope sat on the great papal throne with eleven cardinals.  the doors were shut for about an hour to the male wedding guests.  Burchard -- a stickler for protocol -- records of the women that "despite my admonishments, none of them genuflected, except for the pope's daughter and a few others close to her."  He adds, though, that later when the pope's son kissed his father's foot, all the 150 women followed suit, performing the traditional greeting of kissing the cross on the papal slipper.

The men were allowed to enter about halfway through the ceremony, which ended with a huge celebration.  The pope offered up fifty silver urns of sweets, about one hundred pounds of expensive candy.  A miffed Burchard reports that "for a sign of great happiness the candies were throuwn into the bosoms of many women, especially the beautiful ones," adding, testily, "and this was done for the honor and praise of God and the Roman church."


Giulia Farnese bore the pope two sons, which he acknowledged openly, and one of her descendants from their union became Pope Innocent X (in office 1644 - 1655).  More immediately, her brother Alessandro Farnese was made cardinal, and wags called him the "Petticoat Cardinal," that is, until he bacame Pope Paul III (in office 1534 -1549). Giula was portrayed in several religious paintings, including a Transfiguration by Raphael.  Some scholars also contend that she was the model for the Virgin Mary painted by Pinturicchio in the papal apartments.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Eraserhead, David Lynch, and Halloween.

October 30, 2014
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune


Displayed with permission from MCT Information Services


A year ago, on the Vulture page of New York magazine, film critics David Edelstein and Bilge Ebiri picked their favorite horror films since Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining," i.e., since 1980. Their list included such underseen and welcome titles as "The Descent"; an unusually strong franchise-starter (the first "Nightmare on Elm Street");, a standout George Romero addition to his own favorite genre ("Day of the Dead");, a ripping monster picture from a terrific director (Bong Joon-ho's "The Host"); and others I like nearly as much, plus a few I don't, or films that have become grindingly familiar totems of the popular culture ("The Silence of the Lambs," beautifully acted trash).

This week Ebiri wrote an addendum to that recently reposted list, explaining in detail why he and Edelstein went with David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive" for their top slot.

Wait: "Mulholland Drive"? Dozens, hundreds of commenters wondered why Lynch's gloriously abstract tale of a Hollywood hopeful (Naomi Watts) and her increasingly embittered adventures in Awful-Land was even allowed to be considered for a horror list. After all, Ebiri writes, "It's not a slasher movie, it's not a monster flick, and there's no haunted house. The only zombies, ghosts, or vampires in it are of the metaphorical kind."

I love this pick. I love the film; it may be a squirrelly, cul-de-sac-ridden masterpiece, but it feels and unfolds and doubles back on itself like nothing else.


Only one shot could be characterized as standard horror material: the close-up, sudden and terrifying, of the specter lurking out in back of a Denny's type diner in sunny LA, out by the dumpster. What a weird place for a scare. But that's Lynch; while "Blue Velvet," his other masterwork, behaves more like a quasi-trackable murder mystery, with many noirish scenes taking place at night on the bad side of the town called Lumberton, "Mulholland Drive" pulls you into a series of elliptical dreams that make just enough sense to lodge in your subconscious. Where horror movies, whatever sort, belong.

Even in the hopelessly opaque "Lost Highway," there's a beautiful scene I find hard to shake. Bill Pullman's at a party. Across the room, a man in white-face makeup and an Eddie Munster haircut strolls over. It's Robert Blake, and in the three-minute sequence he does not blink once. Not once. See it on YouTube if you haven't seen it. See it again if you have.

Ever since "Eraserhead," my first midnight movie as a college freshman back in 1978, Lynch's images have stalked me, ruthlessly, making me laugh, making me depressed ("Wild at Heart" struck me as a self-derivative, half-hearted joke, and I've never seen it again), scaring me because you don't always know what's scary in the moment you're quietly freaking out at the way a reaction shot or a line reading lingers for an extra, mysterious second or two. The recent "Inland Empire" has those humans wearing rabbit heads. It also has Laura Dern, traumatized in close-up.

Happy Halloween. If you're going to curl up with a movie this weekend, make it something your neighbor won't be watching. Treat your subconscious to a nice little scramble and head toward "Mulholland Drive," the premier cinematic riddle of the 21st century and the last, best answer to the question "What price Hollywood?"