Sunday, February 10, 2019

'Krampus' (2015) - film review - Part 2




Krampus: The Demon Of Christmas (Folklore Explained)

Mythology & Fiction Explained

Today we take a look at Santa's not so friendly helper, Krampus. The origins of the Krampus legend and the traditions that still take place even today.


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Krampus (film)

Krampus is a 2015 American dark fantasy horror film based on the eponymous character from Austro-Bavarian folklore, written and directed by Michael Dougherty and co-written by Todd Casey and Zach Shields. The film stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, Stefania LaVie Owen, and Krista Stadler. It was released in the United States by Universal Pictures on December 4, 2015.


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St. Nicholas and his Krampuses (Germany)
The film opens with the doors first opening up on the morning of "Black Friday." Lots of overt aggression and violence, which set the mood for the film's "in your face" style. Soon after, we are introduced to the very dysfunctional Engel family, and their even more dysfunctional in-laws who are visiting for the three-days leading up to Christmas. Numerous extended family members have a flat-out dislike for one-another, which comes especially well into focus on their first holiday supper. Much of the story revolves around their German-speaking grandmother Omi. In general, the main protagonist is her grandson Max, who still believes in Santa Klaus. The mother is played by Toni Collette, who seems a bit prissy but she can get very intense. She reminds me of Paul Giamatti, with a great "character face." Kathy Bates is in it, playing a super-annoying in-law who wasn't expected to be there. This film would be labeled as "comedy-horror."

After being teased about a letter that we was writing to Santa, Max later tears up the letter and tosses it out the window, which seems to set in motion supernatural events. I suppose that he "put it out there to the universe" a message of the family's extreme negativity and mean spiritedness. Shortly thereafter, a power outage amid a snowstorm signals "party time" for horror fans. The daughter goes out to take a walk, and witnesses the ominous arrival of Krampus amid the dark, gloomy sky and weather. He appears on a nearby roof looking like a large, horned, hoofed, claw bearing, super-creepy long-tongued, chain-clad, demonic Santa Klaus. He does her in and turns her into a snowman.

Once she's assumed missing, the two father characters go out to find her and are attacked by Krampus, although they manage to make it back to the house. This sets the stage for the rest of the film. Slowly the threat brings the family together, and they start to cooperate. At some point it becomes clear that Omi knows of Krampus, and experienced his wrath when she was a child back in a village in a German-speaking country. Eventually she tells the whole family this story, as well as the reason for this occurrence, which was that they had forgotten the spirit of Christmas and about the sacrifice of giving.

The Badalisc (Val Camonica)
What it boils down to is that the family pulls together and shows love and courage by fighting back against Krampus and his dark elves and other evil helpers. Even Kathy Bates' toxic character took action and became one of the best fighters. Although the film didn't actually state it, the basic theme was "evolutionary struggle." At least in the past, if a clan didn't work together and sacrifice for the extended group, then they could possibly all perish. So the lesson is about love and sacrifice. I think this was the one accurate aspect of the Krampus (or similar Alpine deities) legend in the modern sense. So the war was on, and both sides--the Engels and the Krampus gang--suffered casualties.

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The final showdown; Max and Krampus
Finally the family flees the house, but Omi stays behind to face Krampus. It didn't seem to be clear as to why, but when they met face-to-face she seemed to have perished. It didn't show this, perhaps because it may have been too disturbing for very young viewers. Actually it was a rather violent film, but it didn't actually depict the killing of any humans. As the family flees, the Krampus group attacks and one-by-one pulls them under the snow which meant that they had perished. Max finally comes face-to-face with Krampus, and he gives the boy a dark green steel Christmas tree bulb. Max takes back his negative "wish" aloud and throws the bulb back at him... and it sizzles, sinks into the snow, and forms a large hellfire pit. Krampus throws the remaining girl into it, and then Max as well.

The film ends with Max waking up in this bed on Christmas morning; it was just a dream. Everyone is alive and acting like any loving family; entirely different than they had behaved prior. It was all just a lesson, but there was a small surprise ending which I'll not divulge. Again, I though that this horror film was important to review because of the real Alpine folklore attached to it, Krampus has it's origin in the ancient Horned God of European witchcraft, as well as the legend's lesson. At some point in history it merged with Christian themes, with Krampus usually being one of Santa's helpers. Actually, to be truthful, "Santa's thug"; taking care of the bad boys and girls. Of course, that was the Christian makeover.

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

'Krampus' (2015) - film review - Part 1



Krampus - Official Trailer (HD)

Legendary

Krampus
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http://www.krampusthefilm.com

Legendary Pictures’ Krampus, a darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul, reveals an irreverently twisted side to the holiday.

When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers.

All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.

The horror-comedy also stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Stefania Lavie Owen and Krista Stadler.

Krampus and his mischievous underlings have been created by the combined efforts of Weta Workshop and Weta Digital, both renowned for their epic work on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies and King Kong, among many others.

Written and directed by Michael Dougherty (Trick ’r Treat), Krampus is co-written by Zach Shields and Todd Casey and produced by Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni, Alex Garcia and Dougherty. The film will be released by Universal Pictures.



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Greeting card from 1900
Krampus

In Central European folklore, Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure described as "half-goat, half-demon," who, during the Christmas season, punishes children who have misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards the well-behaved with gifts. Krampus is one of the companions of Saint Nicholas in several regions including Austria, Bavaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Northern Italy including South Tyrol and the Province of Trento, Slovakia, and Slovenia. The origin of the figure is unclear; some folklorists and anthropologists have postulated it as having pre-Christian origins.

In traditional parades and in such events as the Krampuslauf (English: Krampus run), young men dressed as Krampus participate; such events occur annually in most Alpine towns. Krampus is featured on holiday greeting cards called Krampuskarten.




Origins

The history of the Krampus figure has been theorized as stretching back to pre-Christian Alpine traditions. In a brief article discussing the figure, published in 1958, Maurice Bruce wrote:

There seems to be little doubt as to his true identity for, in no other form is the full regalia of the Horned God of the Witches so well preserved. The birch – apart from its phallic significance – may have a connection with the initiation rites of certain witch-covens; rites which entailed binding and scourging as a form of mock-death. The chains could have been introduced in a Christian attempt to 'bind the Devil' but again they could be a remnant of pagan initiation rites.

Discussing his observations in 1975 while in Irdning, a small town in Styria, anthropologist John J. Honigmann wrote that:

The Saint Nicholas festival we are describing incorporates cultural elements widely distributed in Europe, in some cases going back to pre-Christian times. Nicholas himself became popular in Germany around the eleventh century. The feast dedicated to this patron of children is only one winter occasion in which children are the objects of special attention, others being Martinmas, the Feast of the Holy Innocents, and New Year's Day. Masked devils acting boisterously and making nuisances of themselves are known in Germany since at least the sixteenth century while animal masked devils combining dreadful-comic (schauriglustig) antics appeared in Medieval church plays.


St. Nicholas, Krampus, and other characters in 1910
A large literature, much of it by European folklorists, bears on these subjects. ... Austrians in the community we studied are quite aware of "heathen" elements being blended with Christian elements in the Saint Nicholas customs and in other traditional winter ceremonies. They believe Krampus derives from a pagan supernatural who was assimilated to the Christian devil.

The Krampus figures persisted, and by the 17th century Krampus had been incorporated into Christian winter celebrations by pairing Krampus with St. Nicholas.

Countries of the former Habsburg Empire have largely borrowed the tradition of Krampus accompanying St. Nicholas on 5 December from Austria.


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A Survival of the Proto-European Horned God

Krampus, and his equivalent names in all Alpine countries, is a true ancient Alpine tradition. As covered here in the past, his equivalent in the Val Camonica is called Badalisc from the ancient Camunni language. Obviously this legend has been mixed with Christian themes, as the actual Proto-European god was not to have symbolized "evil," wasn't demonic, etc.. The horns or stags were a symbol of fertility and masculinity.

I wanted to review this film (they're actually working on 'Krampus 3' at this point), because when I was watching it for a second time just prior to Christmas, it occurred to me that Krampus had arrived as something of a Christmas film tradition... or as a "Christmas horror film." It ties into pre-Christian tradition, regional Alpine tradition, and from a mostly Christian perception.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Countdown to the Spring Equinox

Lunar Fun

[From the 2019 Old Farmer's Almanac's Moon Calendar]

Although there are exceptions, such as the snowy owl, most owls are nocturnal. At night, owls rely mainly on sound to locate prey, although their large eyes are adapted to receive as much light as possible. some, such as the eastern screech owl, perch higher when hunting in moonlight, while others, like the Eurasian eagle owl, hoot more often.


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English playwright William Shakespeare referred to the Moon several times in his works. For example, in 'Romeo and Juliet', the heroine advises her hero:

O, swear not by the Moon, the inconstant Moon,
That monthly changes in her circled orb,
Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.



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The beautiful Elizabeth Gale



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A good short reference list of popular Indo-European and Indian gods and goddesses

Freya – Norse – Goddess of love and beauty

Loki – Norse – Trickster, joker

Saga – Norse – Goddess of poetry and history

Odin – Norse – The main man of Norse mythology

Apollo – Roman – God of the sun, poetry, music and prophecy

Diana – Roman – Goddess of hunting and the moon

Minerva – Roman – Goddess of wisdom

Neptune – Roman – God of the sea

Venus – Roman – Goddess of beauty and love

Aphrodite – Greek – Goddess of beauty and love

Demeter – Greek – Goddess of corn and the harvest

Helios – Greek – God of the sun

Selene – Greek – Goddess of the moon

Zeus – Greek – Ruler of all the gods

Branwen – Celtic – Goddess of love and beauty

Cerunnos – Celtic – God of fertility, life, animals and the underworld

Lugh – Celtic – God of druids, carpentry and building

Morrigan – Celtic – Goddess of war

Aine – Irish Celtic – Goddess of love and beauty

Dagda – Irish Celtic – God of the Earth

Arianrhod – Welsh Celtic – Goddess of air, reincarnation, full moon and justice

Cerridwen – Welsh Celtic – moon, poetry, luck, the moon, death, fertility

Myrddin – God of druids and sorcery

Ammavaru – Indian – Mother of all gods

Brahma – Indian – God of creation

Devi – Indian – the sum of all existence

Lakshmi – Indian – Goddess of prosperity and beauty

Vishnu – Indian – God of protection



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AGAINST - Carnal

Against Metal



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Against - Metal band from Buenos Aires, Argentina



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Color Meanings and Psychology

Red Color Meaning – The color of passion and drama. This color attracts the most attention and is associated with strong emotions such as love and anger. Red is the color used universally to signify danger, courage, strength, and power. Red is stimulating, vibrant and exciting. Red inspires desire with a strong link to sexuality and increased appetites. In Chinese culture red represents luck and prosperity.  Use red when you want to get pulses racing and to inspire action.  However, use carefully as red can evoke feelings of aggression and cause visual strain. Lovers of red are passionate with an enthusiasm for life.

Orange Color Meaning – The color of encouragement. The combination of yellow and red makes orange convey excitement, warmth and enthusiasm. Social and inviting, this is the color of the extrovert, exuding happiness and joy, releasing inhibitions. Need to be inspired into action or have a positive outlook on life? Orange is a motivating and encouraging color. Orange is appealing to young people. It stimulates the appetite and is associated with healthy good.  However, the negative connotations of orange include insincerity, exhibitionism and self indulgence.

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Margaret Bowman

Some have said that she was Ted Bundy's most beautiful victim. There have been a lot of Ted Bundy documentaries lately, as it is 30 years this year since his execution.



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'Scientists find traces of unknown hominid species in THESE people'

Luni - Publika.md - October 24, 2018

Traces of long-lost human cousins may be hiding in modern people’s DNA, a new computer analysis suggests.

People from Melanesia, a region in the South Pacific encompassing Papua New Guinea and surrounding islands, may carry genetic evidence of a previously unknown extinct hominid species, Ryan Bohlender reported October 20 at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics. That species is probably not Neandertal or Denisovan, but a different, related hominid group, said Bohlender, a statistical geneticist at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. “We’re missing a population or we’re misunderstanding something about the relationships,” he said.

This mysterious relative was probably from a third branch of the hominid family tree that produced Neandertals and Denisovans, an extinct distant cousin of Neandertals. While many Neandertal fossils have been found in Europe and Asia, Denisovans are known only from DNA from a finger bone and a couple of teeth found in a Siberian cave.

Bohlender isn’t the first to suggest that remnants of archaic human relatives may have been preserved in human DNA even though no fossil remains have been found. In 2012, another group of researchers suggested that some people in Africa carry DNA heirlooms from an extinct hominid species.

Less than a decade ago, scientists discovered that human ancestors mixed with Neandertals. People outside of Africa still carry a small amount of Neandertal DNA, some of which may cause health problems. Bohlender and colleagues calculate that Europeans and Chinese people carry a similar amount of Neandertal ancestry: about 2.8 percent. Europeans have no hint of Denisovan ancestry, and people in China have a tiny amount — 0.1 percent, according to Bohlender’s calculations. But 2.74 percent of the DNA in people in Papua New Guinea comes from Neandertals, and another 3 to 6 percent stems from Denisovans, Bohlender calculated.

When trying to explain that unusually high percentage of extinct ancestry, Bohlender and colleagues came to the conclusion that a third group of hominids may have bred with the ancestors of Melanesians. “Human history is a lot more complicated than we thought it was,” Bohlender said.

When trying to explain that unusually high percentage of extinct ancestry, Bohlender and colleagues came to the conclusion that a third group of hominids may have bred with the ancestors of Melanesians. “Human history is a lot more complicated than we thought it was,” Bohlender said.

Another group of researchers, led by Eske Willerslev, an evolutionary geneticist at the Natural History Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen, recently came to a similar conclusion. Willerslev’s group examined DNA from 83 aboriginal Australians and 25 people from native populations in the Papua New Guinea highlands. The researchers found Denisovan-like DNA in the study volunteers, the group reported October 13 in Nature. But the DNA is genetically distinct from Denisovans and may be from another extinct hominid. “Who this group is we don’t know,” Willerslev says. They could be Homo erectus or the extinct hominids found in Indonesia known as Hobbits, he speculates.



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The Jeff Healey Band - Angel Eyes

joe blevins

"Angel Eyes" is a song written by John Hiatt and Fred Koller, and produced by Greg Ladanyi for The Jeff Healey Band's first album See the Light (1988). It was first released as the album's second single in June 1989 (see 1989 in music) and peaked at  No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and  No. 24 on Billboard 's Mainstream Rock Tracks. It was later covered by Australian Idol series one contestant Paulini and became her first  No. 1 single in Australia.

The song debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on June 17, 1989, at  No. 85, eventually peaking at  No. 5 and spending 22 weeks on the chart. It was the 70th highest selling single in the U.S. for 1989. Hiatt's own version of the song finally appeared on his 1994 live album Hiatt Comes Alive at Budokan?. A studio version of the song was included on the 1998 album The Best of John Hiatt.

"Angel Eyes" was written by the songwriters John Hiatt and Fred Koller, and produced by Greg Ladanyi. It stands as Jeff Healey's only Billboard Top-40 hit; however, considering what a unique character he was, it seems most unfair to dismiss him as a one-hit wonder. Amongst many other things, he was much bigger on the Canada Singles chart; he picked up Juno Awards, got an Independent Music Award for Best Blues Album, and played alongside such talent as Dire Straits, Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King, ZZ Top, and Eric Clapton.

Most fans today know Jeff Healy for the most unique guitar-playing style ever invented: he played sitting down with the guitar flat on his lap, like a piano. But if you know this, you probably also know that this was because he was blind, having been stricken with a rare form of eye cancer at the age of just eight months old. His health was his curse; he also succumbed to lung cancer at the age of 41.

Fans of the late Patrick Swayze will recall that this song - as well as the band itself (as the house band for the Double Deuce saloon) - made an appearance in the 1989 film Road House. The artist Paulini covered this song for her debut album One Determined Heart, and the single scored for her on Australia's ARIA Charts as a #1 hit.


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'Road House' has been on TV a lot recently, as this year marks 30 years since its release. It's still very popular; a cult classic that's hard to characterize. I guess it just reminds one of a certain type of rural freedom. It still enjoys small theater showings around Missouri, sort've like a "redneck Rocky Horror."

'Off Topic: A Movie So Bad, It's Good - The Legacy of Road House'



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* The Swayze trifecta

- Road House
- Red Dawn
- Point Break

-- Frankel, SBNation.com user



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I would add 'The Ousiders', making it a "Swayze Quartet"... then there's Dirty Dancing, Ghost, Next of Kin, just off the top of my head...he make a lot of good and/or catchy films  I think 'Point Break" really defines him in my mind; that style and presence he had in that film as "Bodhi" (Buddhist for "freedom from the cycle of life"). Bohdi was like a spiritual-criminal freedom fighter.



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Julie Andrews

Long-time stunt woman from the cast of 'Roadhouse' (she was 18 then), still looks amazing today.



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Amy hears sound for the first time @ 26 years old

Catherine Arnold

Takes a few minutes but worth the experience. Our niece has been deaf since she was born. She has never heard the sound of her parents voice or her 6 year old son, Blake. Every day for the next several months she will learn how sound works and where it comes from.

Update: thank you to everyone that appreciates and feels what a beautiful time this was and continues to be for Amy and our families. She is continuing her hard work of speech and sound therapy to distinguish what sound is. Her pronunciation has improved vastly and she can hear words and especially music!

Naturally, after a lifetime of lip reading and signing, it is still necessary for her to rely on that skill to have conversation in a group. Every day is new and sometimes an exhausting experience. She loves the challenge to improve yet more and she is a joy to be around. By the way, Amy has a high school diploma and college degree! This girl never let anything get in her way to be her best!

Please don't post ugly or inappropriate comments, we love her very much and if you can't be supportive than keep your twisted thoughts and words to yourself.



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Paul "Wrecking" Crew #22

These jerseys are on sale, especially since the passing of Burt Reynolds. He actually was a very good football player. He played halfback at Florida State, then took up acting rather than try pro football due to an injury. The Florida State team wore his old number for a game apparently, in honor of him.



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Johnny Rivers - Poor Side Of Town (HQ Stereo, 1966)

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Co-written by Johnny Rivers & Lou Adler, and recorded by Rivers, “Poor Side Of Town” marked a big change of direction for Johnny Rivers, who had grown tired of the upbeat “Go-Go” sound that had given him his early hits. On August 27th 1966, Johnny Rivers performed “Poor Side Of Town” on American Bandstand and two weeks later it entered Billboard’s Hot 100 chart at position #90. For the week ending November 12th, 1966 it peaked at #1, knocking The Monkees’ “Last Train to Clarksville” out of that spot. Included on River’s 1966 “Changes” LP, “Poor Side Of Town” would become the only American chart topper for Rivers. It spent 15 weeks in the Top 100 and finished the year in the #9 spot on the Billboard Year End Charts for 1966.

Rivers said of the song, “I had this tune I'd been working on, and I kept playing it for Lou. It took me about 6 months to finish. We cut it with Larry Knechtel, Joe Osborn and Hal Blaine. I did my vocal performances live with the band. I sat and played my guitar and sang. There weren't any overdubs. So we said it could use some singers and maybe some strings. That's the time we got together with (arranger) Marty Paich. Al Bennett and those guys were goin’ Man. don't start comin’ out with ballads. You're gonna kill your career. You got a good thing goin' with this funky trio rock sound, stay with that.” (Quotes courtesy of www.johnnyrivers.com)


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Many of these late-60s songs enjoyed a second life on certain popular radio stations right up to the early 90s. Therefore, in a sense, a completely different generation was able to appreciate them. Of course, anyone could "discover" and appreciate any music or era, but by being on the radio they could become very relevant to one's daily activities, listening in their cars, etc. "Oldies" now is "late-60s, 70s, and 80s," which must be tough on lovers of the "original oldies".. like the 50s.

Elvis is still an extremely popular icon today, and he was active in the late 50s. Elvis performed at the Cow Palace (Bayshore Heights in Daly City) during his last tour in 1977; and Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, and Jerry Lee Lewis all played at the 23 Club just south of there (in Brisbane) I'm guessing in the 60s or early 70s. That's somewhat significant since that area was much more humble back then. Of course a lot of popular acts played at the Cow Palace during it's heyday, but I was more thinking of those four iconic figures since they were active during the 50s.

When I visit my mother during the summer, we sit out on the patio overlooking the rolling hills there and have sort've a "Patsy Cline party" on occasion. I put on a greatest hits cassette tape on the little boom box. Patsy Cline died in a car accident before I was born; however, her music becomes more relevant and meaningful to me based on those little "parties" so to speak.



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Julie Newmar

The original Catwoman



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Alice Krige

Fairly popular actress from mostly the late 70s, 80s and early 90s. She's Afrikaner, but was active in the UK and US.

I always like to believe that we can connect more with people in South Africa, Argentina, Australia, etc., not just our Lombard kindred in those places, but with other people of a similar heritage. I always regret years ago, when I was involved in a different endeavor, that I was contacted by some small Afrikaner group that wanted to connect with groups in other countries. Quite frankly, I didn't respond. There were a lot of things going on, and I just really missed the boast on that. As individuals, we can and should try to lead by example.

On the contrary, our government is so obsessed with that "US-UK-Israel-Saudi Arabia-Mexico-China paradigm".... banking cartels, cheap labor sources, and oil resources, all working together.. while the leadership of of those concerns basically all hate each other.


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Bridge Over Sylvenstein Lake, Bavarian Alps


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Blondie - One Way Or Another

Poedie

One way or another (1979) from the album parallel lines


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I often think that videos or footage of a performance takes away from the focus of the music, but this old Blondie footage really fits the music. When music videos "officially" first started in the early 80s, many theorized that future artists would blend the perfect music with the perfect videos.. but that never really happened. Blondie's album 'Parallel Lines' is now 40 years old... scary.


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Janis Carter

She was a real Teutonic beauty. Although I can't post it due to the URL, another interesting photo of her can be found here.



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Marchosias

In demonology, Marchosias is a great and mighty Marquis of Hell, commanding thirty legions of demons. 


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This demon would seem to be literally relevant as relatively frequent victims of possession have identified themselves (the possessing spirit) as "Marchosias." These are in cases where the victim would seem to have no knowledge of the dark occult, much less a specific demon. Of course, some would argue that they "must have heard it somewhere." Another relatively common feature of demonic possessions is the phrase "We are Legion" coming from the mouth of the apparently possessed victim.

There are YouTube videos about this particular demon, and even how to invoke it. It's not a good idea to even listen to that; or even to say those names too often. Still then, I believe that by learning about malevolent deities we can better understand the love and trust that we place in our own protector deities and spirits. We place great trust in them, we say their names aloud, we tie our families to them; and that is a powerful trust with great meaning.


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'Marchosias Emerges From Mouth Of The Beast'

By James Donahue - (Angels and Demons)

The magicians of old said they saw Marchosias, the thirty-fifth spirit, as a wolf "with griffin wings and a serpent's tail" that spits fire from its mouth. They even drew a picture portraying it this way.

When raised and drawn in a remote viewing session, however, there was a surprise. It turns out that the spirit is the thing that spews from the mouth of the beast. It is not the beast.

The viewer saw: "A horned being with a serpent tail opens a mouth of fire and red light. From the mouth of this being comes an image of Marchosias."

The spirit does not appear with much detail in the drawing. That is probably because it stands in the midst of flame and light, making it difficult to be seen clearly. The demon stands in the open maw that is the mouth of a large beast that looks down at you from above the head of Marchosias.

It is interesting to note that Johann Wier wrote in 1583 that he did not see fire coming from the mouth of the beast. He said he was unable to determine what it was that was coming out of the mouth.

In the first book of The Lesser Key of Solomon, this demon is depicted as a wolf with gryphen's wings and a serpent's tail. It is spewing fire from its mouth.

However you look at it, Marchosias is one scary image.


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Rita Hayworth



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Beethoven Moonlight Sonata (Sonata al chiaro di luna)

Glank


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Order of the Nine Angels

3The Order of Nine Angles (ONA; O9A) is a Satanic and Left-Hand Path occult group based in the United Kingdom, but with affiliated groups in various other parts of the world. Claiming to have been established in the 1960s, it rose to public recognition in the early 1980s, attracting attention for its neo-Nazi ideologies and activism. Describing its approach as "Traditional Satanism", it has been identified by academic researchers as also exhibiting Hermetic and Neo-Pagan elements in its beliefs. It has been described as one of the most extreme and dangerous Satanist groups in the world.

According to the Order's own account, it was established in the Welsh Marches of Western England during the late 1960s by a woman who had previously been involved in a secretive pre-Christian tradition surviving in the region. This account also states that in 1973 a man named "Anton Long" was initiated into the group, subsequently becoming its Grand Master. Several academic commentators to have studied the ONA express the view that the name "Anton Long" is probably the pseudonym of the British neo-Nazi activist David Myatt, although Myatt has denied that this is the case. From the late 1970s onward, Long authored a number of books and articles propagating the Order's ideas, and in 1988 it began production of its own journal, Fenrir. Through these ventures it established links with other neo-Nazi Satanist groups around the world, furthering its cause through embracing the Internet in the 2000s.

The ONA promotes the idea that human history can be divided into a series of Aeons, each of which contain a corresponding human civilization. It expresses the view that the current Aeonic civilization is that of the Western, but claims that the evolution of this society is threatened by the "Magian/Nazarene" influence of Judeo-Christian religion, which the Order seeks to combat in order to establish a militaristic new social order, termed the "Imperium". According to Order teachings, this is necessary in order for a Galactic civilization to form, in which "Aryan" society will colonise the Milky Way. It advocates a spiritual path in which the practitioner is required to break societal taboos by isolating themselves from society, committing crimes, embracing political extremism and violence, and carrying out an act of human sacrifice. ONA members practice magick, believing that they are able to do so through channeling energies into our own "causal" realm from an "acausal" realm where the laws of physics do not apply, with such magical actions designed to aid in the ultimate establishment of the Imperium.

The ONA lacks any central authority or structure, instead operating as a broad network of associates – termed the "kollective" – who are inspired by the texts originally authored by Long and other members of the "Inner ONA". The group comprises largely of clandestine cells, termed "nexions", as well as gangs known as Dreccs, artists known as Balobians, and folk mystics known as Rounwytha. With the first nexion based in Shropshire, Western England, the majority of groups have been established in the British Isles and Germany, although others have been formed elsewhere in Europe, Russia, South Africa, Australia, and North America. Academic estimates suggest that the number of individuals broadly associated with the Order falls in the low thousands.


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The above Wikipedia article is quite long; I've only posted the general outline portion of it. I've said it many times, and I'll say it again; http://www.fromtexttospeech.com/ is such a great way to just take a couple of minutes to make an mp3 of it for your iPod or whatever you listen to. I prefer the "Daisy" voice because it's very normal and clear sounding. I just made an mp3 of the full page, and it ended up being 53 minutes and 36 seconds. Now I can just LISTEN anywhere while doing other things. I'm not a tech savvy person, but this really works for me. If it's very long, then you need to sort've coax it along a bit by moving it forward. This is because the mp3 page must be completed before you can "save page."


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The Occult: Video 100: Thoughts on the Order of Nine Angles (O9A)

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The Sinister Way (Anton Long; 2013)

For the last four decades, the Order of Nine Angles has offered its initiates a traditional system of occult and sinister training that is designed to create Adepts. This system, if correctly followed, brings the initiate into contact with acausal energies and entities that are outside the realm of mundane experience. This is not an easy process, and not for the faint of heart. This volume presents several of the texts related to pathworking and sinister esotericism from the Hostia volumes, and adds to it the entire Sinister Tarot of ONA’s Christos Beest.






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Florence Scovel Shinn

Florence Scovel Shinn (September 24, 1871 in Camden, New Jersey – October 17, 1940) was an American artist and book illustrator who became a New Thought spiritual teacher and metaphysical writer in her middle years. In New Thought circles, she is best known for her first book, The Game of Life and How to Play It (1925).

Shinn expressed her philosophy as:

"The invisible forces are ever working for man who is always ‘pulling the strings’ himself, though he does not know it. Owing to the vibratory power of words, whatever man voices, he begins to attract." -- The Game of Life, Florence Scovel Shinn


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'Before Louise Hay…There Was Florence'

'35 Florence Scovel Shinn Affirmations For Prosperity and Success'
 

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Excerpts from Your Word is Your Wand by Florence Scovel Shinn

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Support New Wellness Living and this New Thought Series:

Your Word is Your Wand audiobook, Florence Scovel Shinn, New Thought Audiobooks Your Word is Your Wand is a book of affirmations. These affirmations will.

This volume of affirmations was written by popular demand. It is a sequel to The Game of Life and How to Play It, where the reader will find the principle more.

Book by Florence Scovel Shinn


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There's a ton of info on Florence Scovel Shinn out there. On YT there are full audio books available. "Your word is your wand" means exactly what is says. It's negatively consequential to speak openly using self-depreciating phrases like "It's just MY luck!" Speak--as in spoken words--in the positive.


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Panopticon

The Panopticon is a type of institutional building and a system of control designed by the English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham in the late 18th century. The scheme of the design is to allow all (pan-) inmates of an institution to be observed (-opticon) by a single watchman without the inmates being able to tell whether or not they are being watched. Although it is physically impossible for the single watchman to observe all the inmates' cells at once, the fact that the inmates cannot know when they are being watched means that they are motivated to act as though they are being watched at all times. Thus, they are effectively compelled to regulate their own behaviour.

The design consists of a circular structure with an "inspection house" at its centre, from which the manager or staff of the institution is able to watch the inmates. The inmates, who are stationed around the perimeter of the structure, are unable to see into the inspection house. Bentham conceived the basic plan as being equally applicable to hospitals, schools, sanatoriums, and asylums, but he devoted most of his efforts to developing a design for a Panopticon prison. It is his prison that is now most widely meant by the term "panopticon".

Bentham described the Panopticon as "a new mode of obtaining power of mind over mind, in a quantity hitherto without example." Elsewhere, in a letter, he described the Panopticon prison as "a mill for grinding rogues honest." The Panopticon is a type of institutional building and a system of control designed by the English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham in the late 18th century. The scheme of the design is to allow all (pan-) inmates of an institution to be observed (-opticon) by a single watchman without the inmates being able to tell whether or not they are being watched. Although it is physically impossible for the single watchman to observe all the inmates' cells at once, the fact that the inmates cannot know when they are being watched means that they are motivated to act as though they are being watched at all times. Thus, they are effectively compelled to regulate their own behaviour.

The design consists of a circular structure with an "inspection house" at its centre, from which the manager or staff of the institution is able to watch the inmates. The inmates, who are stationed around the perimeter of the structure, are unable to see into the inspection house. Bentham conceived the basic plan as being equally applicable to hospitals, schools, sanatoriums, and asylums, but he devoted most of his efforts to developing a design for a Panopticon prison. It is his prison that is now most widely meant by the term "panopticon".

Bentham described the Panopticon as "a new mode of obtaining power of mind over mind, in a quantity hitherto without example." Elsewhere, in a letter, he described the Panopticon prison as "a mill for grinding rogues honest."


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'What does the panopticon mean in the age of digital surveillance?'

The parallel between Jeremy Bentham’s panopticon and CCTV may be clear, but what happens when you step into the world of data capture?

TheGuardian.com

he philosopher Jeremy Bentham famously requested in his will that his body be dissected and put on public display. This came to pass, and his skeleton now sits in a glass case at University College London, adorned with a wax head, waistcoat and jacket and sat on a wooden stool, staring out at students from its glass case.

Bentham was regarded as the founder of utilitarianism and a leading advocate of the separation of church and state, freedom of expression and individual legal rights. And now, from beyond the grave, his cadaver contains a webcam that records the movements of its spectators and broadcasts them live online, part of UCL’s PanoptiCam project which tests, amonst other things, surveillance algorithms. As I write this, a young couple are walking across the corridor, his hand pressed against the small of her back.

Prof Melissa Terras, director of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, tells me that the camera is used to learn the best way “to identify and count different people in still images, accurately.” UCL are hoping that it will spark discussion around contemporary surveillance, but it isn’t a coincidence that this webcam is attached to Bentham’s box. The PanoptiCam project is a pun on the “panopticon”, a type of institutional building that has long dominated Bentham’s legacy. he philosopher Jeremy Bentham famously requested in his will that his body be dissected and put on public display. This came to pass, and his skeleton now sits in a glass case at University College London, adorned with a wax head, waistcoat and jacket and sat on a wooden stool, staring out at students from its glass case.

Bentham was regarded as the founder of utilitarianism and a leading advocate of the separation of church and state, freedom of expression and individual legal rights. And now, from beyond the grave, his cadaver contains a webcam that records the movements of its spectators and broadcasts them live online, part of UCL’s PanoptiCam project which tests, amonst other things, surveillance algorithms. As I write this, a young couple are walking across the corridor, his hand pressed against the small of her back.

Prof Melissa Terras, director of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, tells me that the camera is used to learn the best way “to identify and count different people in still images, accurately.” UCL are hoping that it will spark discussion around contemporary surveillance, but it isn’t a coincidence that this webcam is attached to Bentham’s box. The PanoptiCam project is a pun on the “panopticon”, a type of institutional building that has long dominated Bentham’s legacy.

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Gloria - Laura Branigan 1982

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Just when disco music was considered "dead" by 1982, this song recharged it and got everyone dancing again. This song was not only huge in the clubs, it also went all the way to number TWO on Billboard's Hot100! About a year later, MADONNA appeared and got us all GAGA (huh???) over disco again...hmmm ;-) 


RIP Laura...


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This song was originally recorded by a woman from Italy; however, this version really nailed it. It's such an underrated song. The literal meaning of it was rather mundane, but one can attach any meaning to it that they want. To me, there's a concept of personal empowerment to it... the acsension human spirit. Although I like the various video footage of it, somehow I feel it's best listened to by allowing your mind to run free without that.. sometimes.









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Truly a quote for every day

"Your word is your wand." -- Florence Scovel Shinn

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