Friday

That ain't acting.

Amanda Hayes was convicted of boiling her victim in acid and then feeding her body to alligators.

What a gal.

The headline says:

Actress Tried To Use Acid And Alligators To Dispose Of Husband’s Ex-Wife

 

She's no actress.  Except for the made-for-tv stuff about the killing, she did an unaccredited role on The Stepford Wives.  

 

Where's the justice.  Calling this woman an actress is like calling her a lawyer for sitting in a courtroom awaiting sentencing.

 



Wednesday

Donald Trump leads a prayer breakfast, and we are all really fucked.


 What is truth?   Really.  I read yesterday that baby-aspirins don't prevent a heart-attack, alcohol is bad for you, and Donald Trump has a high IQ.   A few lines lower and I read, aspirin is good for you, alcohol (in moderation) extends life, and Donald Trump is an idiot, see test results here.

Seems truth is no where to be found, and so "up," really is "down," and "down," is really "up."  Take this story from yesterday's paper: Trump warns of 'left-wing' violence if Democrats win the house.  Talking to a group of Christian leaders after a prayer led by Donald Trump, he told them: "It's not a question of like or dislike, it's a question that they will overturn everything that we've done and they will do it quickly and violently. And violently. There is violence. When you look at Antifa - these are violent people."


What's weird about this, is that if Democrats win the house, there will be violence again from the White Supremacist who have already demonstrated such activities anytime they get together, from last year's Unite The Right rally when a Supremacist drove his truck into a group of protestors killing one and injuring several others, to those crazy Tea Party rallies where they held "N" word signs and other racial slews at Obama.  These are not peaceful people, and if the Democrats take the house they will be the radical ones in the streets protesting.   No one doubts that.   The Antifa will go quiet again much as the Tea Party has.   Of course, none of those preachers questioned Trumps words and if they believed it, we are all fucked. 




 

Tuesday

Trump is no Crowley, Jimmy Page, or Trex.




In "Quartz," writing Ephrat Livni is playing with fire.  In an article titled, The startling parallels between Donald Trump and occultist Aleister Crowley, Livni states that the US president resembles the early 20th century occultist Aleister Crowley, whose entire philosophy is summed up in this single commandment, “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.”  

Read the complete article here, till then, here's an excerpt:

Trump likely hopes that if he keeps saying the word “hoax,” he can transform Mueller into a toad and make his investigation disappear. Until now, the president has had good reason to believe that if he just keeps on insulting, ignoring, and dismissing critics, things will go his way.

In this sense too, Trump resembles Crowley. Because his journey of “spiritual enlightenment” showed him he was “beyond the Gods,” Crowley relished the criticism that lent him his notoriety. He even encouraged it by referring to himself as “The Great Beast 666.” In 1923, at Crowley’s Sicilian compound—where he led followers of his religion premised on personal will “The Law of Thelema”—an Englishman died in a mysterious ritual involving cat blood. Crowley was expelled from Italy and castigated in the British press. Yet he persisted, continuing to write books, perform bizarre rituals, and attract followers.


How Trump really looks without his dark magic.

The magician wrote a book of poems described by one contemporary critic as “the most disgusting piece of erotica in the English language.” It didn’t stop the writer from continuing to publish and even create his own religion. It certainly didn’t halt his erotic explorations. Like Trump, who has been widely accused of sexual misconduct, Crowley was unconstrained by conventional notions of relating, breaking societal taboos.

The one big difference between Crowley and Trump, however, is that one was an occultist and the other is responsible for a country. It will take some very powerful magic indeed for the commander-in-chief to retain his spell on the people if the rule of law keeps proving to be as strong as it showed itself yesterday.

Now, someone needs to tell Ephrat Livni that making light of Aleister Crowley is not a good thing.  As I stated in a previous post here on Esoteric Daily:



The opposite of white magic is, of course, black magic.  Even those who possess a limited understanding of the Craft are aware that black magic deals with such negative things as curses, hexes, sticking pins into dolls, the summoning of demonic energies, the manipulation of others against their own free will, and basically any spell cast with a deliberate evil danger.

Black Magic is a false promise of power without cost and the idea of greedy wishes granted that lures the na├»ve into the darkness like flies to a spider's web.  Jimmy Page of the very popular rock band of the 70's, was said to practice both white and black magic.  Any study of the rock band's history shows a strong connection with black magic in the form of Aleister Crowley.  The group not only read his materials but purchased his castle to record several of their albums.  There were many evils that happened to the band including the death of Robert Plant's son (the nude boy in the film The Song Remains The Same) and the eventual motorcycle accident of John Bonham, their drummer, which ended his life as well as the band.  There was a popular rumor with other musicians of the day that when Marc Bolan of TRex snubbed the band, he shortly thereafter, died in a tragic car accident.  No one really knows, but after that accident there was no other "deep" rock band to stand in the way of Led Zepplin and the number one slots on the British and US music charts. 


Then there is the Eddie and the Hot Rods' curse.



In 1977, Essex rockers Eddie And The Hot Rod wrote a song that was partly inspired by Crowley’s famous motto: ‘Do what thou wilt is the whole of the law’. The band rewrote this as “Do Anything You Wanna Do”, a spirited ode to self-empowerment, and attached the lyrics to a perky pop tune that quickly reached the Top Ten. It was engineered by a young Steve Lillwhite, who recorded it at Island’s studio in Notting Hill.
 
In recognition of his contribution to the song’s genesis, the band decided to put Crowley on the cover of the single. But they also felt his glowering visage was not really in the spirit of the band, so manager Ed Hollis (brother of Talk Talk’s Mark) attached a slightly comical pair of Mickey Mouse ears to Crowley’s head.

Great cover, big mistake. According to rumour, this image soon came to the attention of Jimmy Page, a Crowley apostle who lived in the Crowley’s old house, had a vast collection of Crowley paraphernalia and was fascinated by the occult. Page had orchestrated the Crowley-influenced occult symbolism that adored Led Zeppelin’s fourth album, which incidentally was also record at Island Studios.
 
The band were told that Page placed a curse upon Eddie And The Hot Rods for their disrespectful treatment of the Great Beast. From that moment, the band were plagued by problems. They were dropped by their label, their manager became hooked on heroin and they never bothered the higher reaches of the chart again. From behind his Mickey Mouse ears and with the help of satanic rock royalty, Crowley had got his revenge. As bassist Paul Gray told me, ‘Weird shit happened after that. A lot of people said we shouldn’t have fucked about with Crowley.’






https://thebolditalic.com/timely-spells-to-cast-on-the-current-administration-2d91ebaffb8d

Monday

Senator McCain dead: Zombie heads explode!

So, senator McCain has died.   If I played for you our current president's remarks about him, it would be in bad taste.  Unfortunately, anything President Trump does is in bad taste.  He does have his reason though, and I see it today.

I've been trying to figure this shit out.  Serioulsy.  I looked at the hurricane headed for Hawaii a few days ago, and thought I noticed something in the names.  For, in 1959, a hurricane named "Dot," had hit the island.  Still feeling like Donald Trump was a hurricane, I noticed that the "D" could stand for the "D" in "Donald," and the "T" for "Trump."  But the "O?"

I turned my attention to the current storm:  "Lane."  Nothing there.  I spelled in backwards: "Enal."  It was a word, I googled it:  Any aldehyde having a neighbouring double bond.  Not much there.  The storm turned west and was downgraded to a really, really, bad president storm. 

At McCain's funeral, Donald Trump isn't even invited, nor are any of his zombie following.  You know, the Night of the Living dead people who just want to eat flesh until we exploded their heads with facts on how they are sinking the boat and we are all going down with them.  

Yes, I have been reduced to to a mix-metaphor, only, however, to explode another zombie head!







Now compare that statement to this one:





In the old-Pagan writings, the devil was a "mocker."  Think about that.   Who's the greatest mocker of them all?  Survey says....


Trump is Satan:



Sunday

Why I am pagan. And praying pastors in support of Trump is Satan.


Why I’m pagan.


First of all, I have nothing against Christians, other than their believe that their god is the only truth and how they push that on others good Americans like myself.  My family goes back to 18th century with this country and have never been Christian.  My great, great grandmother lived in the West Virginia hills, made moonshine, and worshiped the old pagan mountains, trees, breezes and sunshine, which gave her life.  She was the daughter of a white woman and Cherokee man and so wasn’t allowed to go into any of the town buildings.  Living in town or attending the town church wasn’t an option.   She was considered a witch by town gossip and frowned upon until she would be seeked out for a herbal remedy, fortune reading, or shot of moonshine.   


Growing up around her, she never talked about being a pagan or witch, but I knew we were.  Paganism is that way, it doesn’t take Sunday school brainwashing or showy prayer sessions to keep the faith alive.  It’s in you just as breathing air is to our lungs, pagan reasoning is to our minds.  We trusted our hunches, inspected our dreams, and obeyed the superstitions we knew had a reason.  


I’ve never pushed my pagan ways on anyone.  And except for this blog, I keep them to myself.  I’m a lone-wolf in that regard.  I respect all gods, including the Christian god, for gods only have form when we pray to them.  Unfortunately, their god took the old pagans truths and made them lies.   There is no greater example I can give you of this, other than this piece of hate reported in Newsweek:


Pastor Prays For Trump To Defeat Deep State 'Witchcraft', Speaks in Tongues, - Newsweek https://apple.news/AgX4ty-qsQuC9iuCxLnapuA




It’s this kind of crazy that should make anyone following a loving god wake up.  A loving god wouldn’t say such things.  A loving god would be above it, like my great grandmother with her mountain ways, herbal garden, and moonshine. 








In his most bitch-en book titled “Pagan Theology,” Michael York says, ‘For Romans, the term paganus referred to a “person of the place,” whether town or county, who preserved the native customs of his or her locality.  Thanks to the evilness being exposed by this Christian faith today with their backing of Donald Trump, as well as their other hypocritical ways, this pagan is has gone back to his root religion.  

Thursday

Our first smut-president is going down and not on Stormy Daniels.


President Smut foreplay with Lady Liberty #metoo!

It sure does seem like dark days for our first, self-confessed, smut president ever.  Michael Cohen, President Donald Smut's  ex-lawyer just pleaded guilty and said he was only following orders of the president.  Ouch, even Jesus with the backing of First Baptist Dallas can't help him now. 

It really shouldn't be a surprise.  I did a USA tarot card reading after Trump was elected and it showed August would be his revealing month.  Unfortunately, I did that reading two-years ago and thought it was going to happen last year.  So I was a year off; tarot is that way.

Omens are everywhere President Smut, from the blank-stares from the Fox News talking-heads tossing him easy questions, to the crazy-looking storm headed for the Hawaii.  As Bob Dylan said, "that long old dark clouds been coming around," Mr Smut.
Fortunately, there is hope:  Justice.  Obvious the Republicans are too corrupt,  Democrats too inept, and Socialist still freaking over the Death of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg to do anything about it, and so, thanks to the jurors, President Donald Smut is going down. 

So, where did this "jury" thing start?   

Let's see by looking at a few paragraphs from my favorite book since “God and Other Famous Liberals” by F Forrester Church:  "The Origins of Things" -- I've quoted from this book a lot lately and so sorry if I missed some of the attributions; hopefully, this covers them all."

     In the "The Origins of Things," we read:
   
     In Homer’s Iliad, the god Hephaistos creates a new shield for Archilles.  On that shield, he blazons a whole world along with scenes of war and peace—a tableau that might well have been common in he early eight-century B.C. Hellenic world in which Homer lived.  One scene takes place in a market, where tow men are in fierce disagreement after a killing.  They then submit their dispute to what scholars normally interpret as a jury trial: “The people were cheering for both, on the part of one side and the other.  The heralds kept the people in order, and the elders sat on shaped stones in a consecrated circle.  They held in their hands the batons of loud-voiced heralds with which they would rise and speak the right in turn.  Two talents of gold lay in their midst to give to him among them who spoke the straightest rights.”

If there are jurors here, however, they are present only in the most schematic way.  No one is sworn.  The crowd does not seem to do the judging, unless they determine who delivers the straightest verdict.  Elders rise and speak, but it is not entirely clear what they say.

Nevertheless, the Homeric passage does suggest how the concept of judging arouse:  Communities likely established systems of impartial judges to keep vendettas from developing.  When men went about armed and ready to defend their honor, even trivial quarrels could turn violent.  If someone was killed, blood had to be paid for blood she—and the cycle of vengeance went on.  Only by reaching civil agreements, by allowing third parties to resolve disputes, could this be obviated.

At Athens, possibly by the time of Solon (early sixth century B.C.), and certainly by the fifth century, citizens were chosen by lot and sworn to render impartial verdicts in cases ranging from money disputes to capital crimes.  The jurors sat in panels of 500, 1,000, 1,500 or, on one occasion, 6,000.  Called dikastai, or “judges” in Greek, their collective opinion was final.  In effect, they represented the will of the city itself, and there could be no tribunal superior to that.

Aristophane’s comedy Wasps—whose central character is a rascally juror bent on doing harm—suggests how these panels were organized in the late fifth century B.C.  According to the play (with help from scholars who lived in the centuries after Aristophhanes), jurors were sworn en masse once a year at Ardettos Hill in Athens.  On trial days, after listening to both prosecution and the defense, the jurors voted by dropping a pebble into one of two urns, one for acquittal and one for conviction.  A simple majority determined the verdict, with a tie going to the defendant.

Te Arthenians devised a new—and far more formal—system in the early fourth century B.C.E.  To be eligible, potential jurors had to be male, at least 30 years old and free of pubic debt.  The jury pool was divided into ten sections, each labeled by one of the first ten alphabet, from alpha to kappa.  Each juror was given a small bronze identification tag, called a pinakion, inscribed with the juror’s letter, his father’s name and his place of residence.
pinakion
As we know from various speeches of fourth-century orators, the dikastai took an oath that went more or less as follows: “I shall vote according to the laws and decrees, but when laws do to exist I shall use my best judgment.  I shall vote concerning those things that are at issue, but I shall listen impartially to both accusation and defense.”

Aristole’s Constituion of the Athenians (c. 330 B.C.) gives an account of how jurors were chosen, situated and paid—and much of this has now been confirmed by archaeology.  Excavations of the Arthenian Agora by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens have uncovered court buildings and paraphernalia used in the administration of justice.  One thing we learn from Aristotle and archaeology:  The Arthenians took extraordinary (and complicated) steps to prevent corruption in the courts.
Agora
In the Agora were several court buildings, which were kept separate from the temptations of the marketplace by a fence with ten entrances, one for each of the ten tribes of Athens.  (These tribal affiliations are to to be confused with the ten-letter system; members of the same tribe would randomly be assigned different letters.). Outside each entrance stood two kleroteria contained five columns of slots, and each column was marked with one of the first ten letters of the Greek alphabet—alpha to epsilon on one machine, and zeta to kappa on the other.  The jurors would gather at their tribal entrance and drop their pinakia into one of ten  chests labeled with their letter—alpha pinakia were placed in a chest labeled “alpha,” betas in the beta chest, and so on to kappa.  A magistrate then randomly picked one pinakon from each chest.  The men to whom these pinakia belonged were now jurors for the day.  In addition, they were to carry out the next step by removing the rest of the pinakia from their chest and plugging them into the slots of the kleroterion column marked with their letter.
kleroterion
A magistrate then shook up black and white balls in a terracotta vessel and poured them into a funnel-shaped opening at the top of the kleroterion that led by means of a pipe to the bottom of the kleroterion.  One ball at a time was released.  If the ball was black, the jurors whose pinakia were plugged into that row were released; if the ball was white, the jurors in that row were to serve in a trial that day.

The allotted jurors retrieved their pinakia and entered the trial precinct.  As they passed through the entrance, they were given a randomly drawn token naming the court they were to serve in that day.  The jurors handed their pinakia to a magistrate, who deposited them in a chest specially designated for their court (as noted on the token).  The jurors then proceeded to their court, where they received another token assigning them seats.

All these elaborate precautions were to safeguard fairness.  Since judging panels had hundreds of jurors, any concentration of like-minded jurors who wanted to make noise could seriously compromise the judicial process.

A trial began with a speech by the citizen who initiated the action, followed by the defense.  Litigants were expected to speak on their own behalf—though they could reserve some time for others to testify for them.  Prosecution and defense had equal time, monitored by a klepsydra, or water-clock, and trials could last no longer than a day.  The jurors voted immediately after hearing the speeches, apparently without deliberating among themselves.  They were given two small bronze disks, each with a short axle projecting from its center.  These disks were identical except for the axles—on one ballot the axle was solid (for acquittal), whereas on the other it was hollow (for conviction).  The jurors simply dropped the ballot that counted into one amphora and the invalid ballot into a discard amphora.  Finally, the jurors were given back their pinakia as they were called forth to receive their pay.  When the ballots were counted, a simple majority determined the verdict.  Ties favored the defendant.
klepsydra
This is all very familiar. Ordinary fold, without special training or learned instruction, making decisions about fellow citizens’ lives and fortunes.  In Ancient Greece as in modern America, juries are a powerful covering and monitoring force, insuring that justice be rendered impartially—that is, that justice be blind.


Tuesday



For the Greeks and Romans of the first century B.C., the term "Chaldean" had no meanings: It was the name of the inhabitants of Chaldea, a district southern Babylonia, and it was the title given to professional diviners who used the heavens to predict the future.  This second group got its name from the popular belief that horoscope casting was invented in ancient Mesopotamia.

Although traditions of divination often appeal to ancient authorities for credibility, the Chaldean origins of astrology are no fiction.  Since the 1880s, about 30 ancient Babylonian cuneiform tablets containing horoscopes have surfaced.  The majority of these tests were first made accessible for study in Francesca Rochberg’s excellent 1998 volume, Babylonian Horoscopes.  Thanks to this publication, we now know that the horoscope was one of the last and —for better or worse—one of the most enduring contributions of ancient Mesopotamia to human culture.

The origins of Babylonian astrology can be traced back to the Old Babylonian period (early second millennium B.C.), when Royal diviners began interpreting the significance of celestial omens, such as eclipses.  But after the Persians conquered Mesopotamia in the mid-first millennium B.C., Babylonian astrologers started using the heavens to predict ordinary people’s fates.

There was nothing new in the idea of using a person’s birth date to foretell his future: A seventh-century B.C. omen series called Iqqur ipus used the month of birth for just this purpose.  There was a technical obstacle, however, to bringing the heavens into play.  How could ancient diviners do this when there was no assurance that an ominous occurrence could be seen on a particular person’s birth date for example, on rainy or cloudy days?  The Babylonians solved this problem by taking into account a combination of astronomical events that occurred before and after the target date, along with certain facts about the situation of the heavenly bodies on that date.

Where did their astronomical data come from?  In Against the Professors, the second-century A.D. Greek philosopher Sextus Empiricus offers us the fanciful picture of a Chaldean watching the sky, awaiting the sound of a gong signaling that a child has been born.  In reality, horoscopes were prepared well after the moment of birth, and there was no call for such precise timing.  Astrologers could turn to the archive at the Esagila Temple of Marduk, for instance, where Babylonian scientists had been keeping a continuous record of astronomical and meterological observations since at least the seventh century B.C.  Their so-called Astronomical Diaries seem to have been the source of much of the information in ancient Babylonian horoscopes.

All the Babylonian horoscope tablets, with a single early exception, employ zodiacal signs to specify the locations of the sun, moon and planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) on a person’s date of birth.  It had long been recognized that the moon and planets travel along a fixed belt among the stars, and that their positions could be expressed either in relation to certain bright stars in this so-called Path of the Moon or, more roughly, according to the constellation through which they were passing.  The zodiacal signs used in Babylonian horoscopes represented 12 equal divisions of this belt, and they were named for the constellations that more or less coincided with those divisions.

Thus the constellations called the Hired Man, the Bull of Heaven, the Great Twins, and the Crab gave their names to zodiacal signs corresponding to our Aries, Taurus, Gemini and Cancer.  To determine when a planet crossed from one zodiacal sign to the next, the observers of the Astronomical Diaries tracked its passage through the stars; for example, the star called the Rear Twin (our Eta Geminorum or Pollux) marked the boundary between the Great Twins and the Crab.  Each zodiacal sign was, in turn, comprised of 30 smaller units, called ki (our degrees), which could be used to pinpoint the location of heavenly bodies more precisely.


                                      

Most of the Babylonian horoscope tablets that have survived contain only the date of birth of a person and the relevant astronomical data.  Only a few tablets—mostly from Uruk—actually offer any kind of prophecy or interpretation:  “His days will be long” or “He will have sons” are typical predictions. These notes seem to have been derived mechanically by looking up a particular astronomical fact, say the moon’s position, in an omen list.  One must presume that the horoscope caster who inscribed the tablet also regaled his customer with stories that wove together, embellished and, if necessary, reconciled inconsistencies between the omens.

The Babylonian horoscope casters apparently left no literature or correspondence explaining how a horoscope worked.  We cannot say whether they, like their omen-watching predecessors, believed that the heavens expressed the personal intentions of the gods— though horoscopes death with periodic and predictable astronomical phenomena, properties not usually associated with divine whims.

When the Greeks first began studying Babylonian horoscope, in the first or second century B.C., they had no trouble interpreting the horoscope as a record of physical cause-and-effect relationships.  The heavenly bodies, revolving in complex orbits around the earth, were seen as agents of nature; their motions helped determine the interaction of elements on earth, including the birth and growth of human infants.

About 200 Greek horoscopes survive from antiquity, mostly in the form of papyri from Egypt.  The earliest ones date from the late first century B.C., just a few decades after the last known Babylonian horoscope.

Horoscopes astrology burst forth on the classical world at an opportune moment.  Methods of divination and magic were rapidly gaining popularity at the same time that theoretical astronomy was steadily advancing.  By building on principles laid out by the Babylonians, Greek astrologers could claim to satisfy practical human needs through modern, scientifically respectable methods.

Like their Babylonian predecessors, Ancient Greek horoscopes eschew interpretation, normally giving no more than the date and time of birth and a list of astronomical facts.  They focus tightly on the hour of birth, disregarding eclipses and other possible divine omens that take place well before or well after a person’s birth.

There are some striking differences between Ancient Greek and ancient Babylonian horoscopes.  Greek horoscopes list not only the basic zodiacal positions of the sun, the moon and the five planets; they also record the horoskopos or “hour-watcher”—the part of the zodiac that was rising on the eastern horizon at the moment of a person’ birth.  This element, which was not included by the Babylonians, is what gave the horoscope its name.  In addition, all of the astronomy in the Greek horoscope played no direct role in Greco-Roman astrology.

Extant Ancient Greek astrology textbooks reveal that Greek horoscope interpretations involved a much higher degree of mathermatical sophistication than anything in Mesopotamian divination.  Nevertheless, the intellectual heritage of astrology is clear.  Despite numerous changes and innovations over the centuries, modern horoscope would still be perfectly intelligible to a Greek of the time of the Antonines (the second century A.D.), and it would not be wholly foreign to a Babylonian of the time of Alexander the Great.
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On this day in ancient Rome, the Consualia harvest festival held in honor of Consus, the Earth god, took place.  There were sacrifices and offerings of the first fruits, followed by horse racing in the Circus Maxiums.  The annual festival of Heraclia was also held on this date in honor of the god Heracles and included sacrifices at his shrines.

Circus Maximus

Monday

a few thoughts on time




It may come as a surprise to learn that the idea of a Christian Era dates back no future than the sixth century—A.D.  It was a rather obscure Syrian monk named Dionysius Exiguus (Dennis the Little) who came up with it—and who miscalculated its “epoch” or starting point.  His example was followed in the seventh century by the invention of a Moslem Era dating from the Hegira, the flight of Mohammed from Mecca to Medina in 622 A.D.  Because the Moslem year is a lunar one and shorter than the solar year of the Christian calendar, as this book goes to press in 2002 A.D. the Moslem year has reached 1423 A.H. (Anno Hegirae), even though only 1,380 solar years have elapsed.  In the eight century A.D., the Jets followed suit with an era of their own based on the “year of creation,” which according to tradition occurred in 3760 B.C.  The Jewish year is a solar one, based on the moon but reconciled periodically with the solar year by means of leap-months, so its years keep pace with the Christian calendar.  In 2002 A.D., the Jewish year is calculated 3760 + 2002 +5726.

Thus, early in the Middle Ages, the three great monotheistic faith began dating their own eras, and these usages now dominate the globe.  But they were far from the first to introduce the idea of the era as such.  Like many of our most essential modern institutions, the concept of the era dates back before modern times, indeed before medieval and classical times, all the way to the ancient Near East, the best documented area of the world for half of its recorded history.  The story unfolded in two stages. 


Seleucid



The immediate model for the religious eras was the Seleucid Era, which was used in the Mediterranean world from before the rise of the Roman Empire to well after its fall.  It’s “epoch” was the (re-)conquest of Babylon by one of the successors of Alexander the Great, namely Seleucid I.  In 312 B.C.  Seleucid became the ruler of much of the Asian Near East, naming his son Antiochus I as co-regent late in his reign.  Antiochus (and his descendants) continued to date by the years of Seleucus’s reign even after the latter’s death, and thus was born the novel idea of the dynastic era.  It replaced the cumbersome system of starting a new era with the accession of each new king, which required memorizing the lengths of previous reigns (or written king lists) to calculate long-term contracts or to write history.  So useful was the new idea that it soon spread beyond the borders of the Seleucid kingdom.  Thus the dynastic Seleucid Era became a truly international era, sometimes known as the “Era of (all) the Greeks” (see the First Book of Maccabees 1:10).



But even the Seleucid Era had its limitations.  After its introduction, the development of astronomy proceeded apace, led by such figures as Hipparchus in the second century B.C. and Ptolemy in the second century A.D.  They required a system that went back before Alexander, and Ptolemy in particular provided one in the form of the “Era of Nabonassar.”  Named for the king who ascended the throne of Babylon in 747 B.C.  According to Berossos, a Babylonian priest writing in Greek in the third century B.C., Nabonassar was responsible for introducing a new historiography in Babylon.  The question is, did Nabonassar introduce the era named for him, or was it a construct of later historians and astronomers?  The fact that two other eras, both devised in the third century B.C., dated their epochs to the eighth century B.C. Supports the latter view.  One of these was the Olympic Era, which was counted beginning with the first Olympiad in 776 B.C.  The other was the Roman Era, dated “from the founding of Rome” (ab urbe condita), supposedly in 753 B.C.


But cuneiform records from Babylonia suggest otherwise.  They show that numerous calendric reforms as well as innovations in chronological historiography, or what may be termed “chronograph,” do in fact go back to King Nabonassar.  Among these are the so-called “Babylonian Chronicle,” a year-by-year record of major events affecting Babylonia and especially its priesthood; semi-annual “diaries” with observations of astronomical, meteorological and other natural phenomena (together with fluctuations in commodity prices), and occasionally historical events; and the regularization of the system of “intercalated new” of leap months—a system still largely adhered to by the Jewish calendar.  So the possibility cannot be entirely ruled out that Nabonassar meant to introduce a new era beginning with his accession. True, political events frustrated his plans, for his son lost his throne to the Assyrians.  But it is possible that astronomers continued to use the era, thus laying the groundwork for the later Seleucid Era and, ultimately, for our own era. 

So, boys-and-girls, you see, it never was the Year of Our Lord until somewhere around 600 CE (current error -- yes, I mean, error).

Babylonia

a poem:

Unfathomable Sea! whose waves are years,
Ocean of Time, whose waters of deep woe
Are brackish with the salt of human tears!
Thou shoreless flood, which in thy ebb and flow
Claspest the limits of mortality,
And sick of prey, yet howling on for more,
Vomitest thy wrecks on its inhospitable shore;
Treacherous in calm, and terrible in storm,
Who shall put forth on thee,
Unfathomable Sea? 


                         -- Percy Bysshe Shelley


 
the Shelley


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Sunday

I am. Period.




 O, raise up thine eyes to eternal sky

In thy bondage strike out to be free

Hush the whispering voice of the infinite why

With "I am and I was and I ever will be."


So, what is being said here?  Easy, you are what you think.  Period.  Call it Positive Thinking, Mind Control, or The Secret, whatever you like!  Our lives come down to three phrases: I am, I was, I ever will be, and in the end you will be what you think you should be.  Simply put: nothing is impossible for the Conscious Mind, for the Conscious Mind controls the Subconscious Mind and the Subconscious Mind is all-powerful. 


Wow.  WTF.   Why go to church when you can read it here?


Every condition, circumstance, and manifestation of your life can be changed to suit your conscious desires.  The way is to "Know that fear is your enemy."

So, let's do away with the fear.  The fear of everything.  We will start by letting go of the notions we have about who we are, where we live, where we were born, what we have done, etc.  Forget all that, and instead meditate on I am a pure spirit cast into a human mold as a manifestation of divine intelligence, existing this little while on earth to help carry on the divine plan.  Being "pure spirit" we are part of the only intelligence there is, and all the power and understanding of this intelligence are ours to draw upon.

The Universal Mind that flows through us all knows no limitations and gives of itself according to need.  It is creating for us right now by reading these words and just, being.





Being "pure spirit," we are a part of God, a manifestation of the infinite.  In our earthy form we undergo a sense of isolation and personal responsibility which causes us doubt.  The doubt is from forcing on an existence instead of accepting an existence.  How do we "accept" this existence?  Simple, by stating, "I am" -- or "je suis" if you prefer a more poetic sounding call of arms.

I am.  

Period.  


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On this day in ancient Rome, the ripening of the grapes and beginning of the wine-making season was celebrated with an agricultural festival known as the Vinalia Rustica.  The first greapes were broken off and offered to Jupiter and Venus.   

Friday

Find your personal Jesus, go inward lad.


a message from my spirit guide 

New Testament texts took centuries to write.  They were chosen amid an ongoing conflict between those who believed the orthodox texts represented Jesus' words and deeds, and the Gnostic Christians who believed that the orthodox writings had an inferior understanding of the true knowledge the Christ.

Theodosius
And so here's where the story begins.  Emperor Theodosius in A.D. 381 desired to condemn all versions of pagan and Gnostic belief, and so issued an order that only those bishops who would sincerely confess their belief in the equal divinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and condemn all others, would return to their churches.  When this didn't work, Emperor Theodosius turned to brutality and extreme measures to eradicate the heresies of paganism, Gnosticism, and other spiritual beliefs and practices he thought undermined orthodox Christian beliefs.  His representatives traveled through Asia Minor, Egypt, and Syria to destroy temples and disband unorthodox religious groups.  The persecution drove some unorthodox groups underground and obliterated others, but accusations of heresy among groups of Gnostic Christians and pagans persisted.  Simply stated: If one didn't past the Holy Trinity Test, they didn't work or share into any of the community harvest.  Eventually they would be called heretics, witches, and devils.  Some of us hid alone for safety, others formed groups in caves, but most, pretended to believe.   We knew it was a lie.  We told our children the truth and the reason for acting; eventually, however, our grandchildren and great, grandchildren stopped passing down the truth of how the orthodox church stole our truth.   Fortunately, in our hearts we knew the truth.   And today, as the Catholic Priest are exposed for their perverted acts on children, and the Protestant faith are exposed for their hate in hypocrisy, we will find a way to return.  


Find your real Jesus today.  Go inwards, lad, go inwards. 

                                                                                                                              --Dr. T V Boogie


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  This day marks the first of the nine days that Odin, the chief Aesir sky god, hung from the World Tree (Yggdrasil) in order to discover the meaning of the runes.  In ancient Rome, the festival of Diana, beloved goddess of the Moon, chastity, and hunting, was celebrated with feasting, mirth, and magic making. 

Diana

 

Thursday

Similarities between Trump and Buddha.



God Said:

Let there be light...Let there be a firmament...Let it divide the waters from the waters...Let the dry land appear... Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life...Let the earth bring forth...the beasts of the earth...Let us make man...

What does it really mean?  Easy: Science.  

If you strip out the poetic language, it is a sequence in which subatomic particles ('light') are followed by gas ('firmament'), followed by liquids ('the waters'), solids ('dry land'), primitive vegetable life ('grass'), primitive marine life ('the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life'), land animals ('the beasts of the earth') and finally anatomically modern humans ('let us make man').  

Looked at it this way, Genesis is consistent with the modern scientific view. 

Now, let's see what the Buddha said about how the universe was created:

Go f*&k yourself (my words not his), for such knowledge is unnecessary in order to achieve the liberation from Death and Rebirth.

Okay, so, sometimes Buddha sounded like Donald Trump when asked a direct question.  

Does this mean, Trump is Buddha and Fox News his Bodhi tree?

Dang, my brain hurts.



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So it is a fact that the Earth is shifting.  I first read about it in Gizmodo.  In that article it is stated that "...because planets aren’t perfect spheres, but bumpy, pitted things whose mass is always on the move..." you get the drift.  It also went on to say the two causes are: "... the melting of the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets, and changes in the global distribution of water stored on land. Both of these are related to a single underlying phenomenon: climate change.

Okay, that article was written some years ago.  So, I decided to give us a 2016 update as to see where it has shifted and according to Business Insider, not only is it going to get hot as hell everywhere, the North Pole is headed south.  According to that Business Insider article, the North Pole is headed toward London!

Now, before I say something stupid about this, let me tell you that I use Green Mountain energy and drive an environmentally sound car:  a diesel Volkswagen.  I also recycle plastic (sometimes, probably more than most) and walk when I can.  I also take the damn light-rail here in Dallas which is really a bitch because the depots are really, really, hot.   Can you image how much hotter they will be with global warming.


Anyway, what I'm saying is this.  Lets all do a little more.   For one, please bring your fucking own grocery sac.  I mean, not only are they good on the environment and hold a lot more stuff, the business owners are Climate Change Deniers Benefiting Off The Destruction Of Our Planet!

Today's Bad Capitalist profile is one of the plastic bag companies that sued the city of Dallas when it put a tax on the use of plastic bags to encourage people to bring their cloth bags to cut-down on plastic waste.  The parent company is Novolex, and yes, they sued Dallas to stop the eco friendly policy because it hurt their profits.   Look at their website (http://novolex.com/) and you'll never know they were the ones.  They've completely hidden it with a false image of as a Friendly, Earth Loving company.  The first words you'll see on their homepage,  "Sustainability (their words, not mine)." 


http://novolex.com/

Yes, they had their chance to do something about climate change, and instead chose profits.  That's fine, that's not the issue, the issue is now they are stamping "Sustainability" and "Eco Friendly" all over their image to hide their true Gaia Hating actions. 

It's Orwellian, in the same sense that in Orwell's book, 1984, love is hate, and, war is peace, according to Novolex, profits are Eco friendly




Profits Are Not Eco-Friendly.

STOP BUYING THE BULLSHIT PEOPLE. 

Buy a fucking Earth Friendly Bag!




Tuesday

Trump: He's No Jefferson.


 During the election, Jefferson refused to discuss his religious beliefs, leading many people to believe he didn’t have any.  This prompted the Reverend John M. Mason to claim that anyone who voted for Jefferson “would do more to destroy the gospel of Jesus than a whole fraternity of infidels.”  When Jefferson was elected, some believers hid their Bibles so they wouldn’t be seized by the “the satanic Jefferson.”  Actually, Jefferson was religious and did attend church (Episcopal), though he didn’t believe in the divinity of Christ.  “To the genuine precepts of Jesus Himself,” he wrote, “I am a Christian in the only sense in which He wished any one would be; sincerely attached to His doctrines in preference to all others; ascribing to Him every human excellence and believing He never claimed any other.”
History 101, pg 255

 Say nothing of my religion.  It is known to my God and myself alone.  Its evidence before the world is to be sought in my life;  if that has been honest and dutiful to society, the religion which has regulated it cannot be a bad one.

                                  -- Thomas Jefferson.




And today, 42 presidents later:



Sir Donald Trump got 81 percent of the male white Christian vote.  

Why?

Well, just as Trump has been accepted by the wealthy 1% because of his tax-cuts for the wealthy, Trump is loved by the church because he has begun to deliver on his promise to repeal the Johnson Amendment Act which regulates political speech from the pulpit, which, once removed will be the death of the Separation of the Church and State guidelines Jefferson and the other founders fought so hard to have put in our constitution.

The fact that Trump is not a member of any church, doesn't matter.

The fact that Trump lies a lot --
Click here for a list of well-documented Trump lies.
 

The fact that Trump surrounds himself with mobsters, looks up to despots like Putin, and has said on a live tape that he makes advances on woman without their approval...

He's no Jefferson.  



 






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And, today boys-and-girls we are going to look at two great Americans from long ago and see what they had to say about this great country we call America.

Only to the white man was nature a “wilderness” and only to him was the land “infested” with “wild” animals and “savage” people.  To us it was tame.  Earth was bountiful and we were surrounded with the blessings of the Great Mystery.  Not until the hairy man from the east came and with brutal frenzy heaped injustices upon us and the families that we loved was it “wild” for us.  When the very animals of the forest began fleeing form his approach, then it was that for us the “Wild West” began. 

              —Chief Luther Standing Bear (1868-1939), Oglala Sioux 

Chief Luther Standing Bear

“God has not been preparing the English speaking and Teutonic peoples for a thousand years for nothing….He has given us the spirit of progress to overwhelm the forces of reaction throughout the earth.  He has made us adept in government that we may administer government among savage and senile peoples….And of all our race He has marked the American people as His chosen nation to finally lead in the redemption of the world.” 

                                               —Senator Albert J. Beveridge, 1900


Chief Make-um America Great Again! AKA Beveridge

Now the choice is up to you to decide who was right, the Native American or Racist Politician.