Wednesday, February 14, 2018
'Arianna Fontana wins 500m gold'
Antonio Salizar - NBColympics.com - February 13, 2018
Arianna Fontana (ITA) is the 500m champion after a photo finish placed her ahead of Choi Min-Jeong (KOR).
Yara van Kerkhoff (NED) finished third in the race.
After the race, the judges penalized Choi for cutting the line promoting van Kerkoff and Kim Boutin (CAN) , to silver and bronze.
This is Fontana's sixth Olympic medal but her first gold. This is also her third medal in this event, winning a bronze in the 500m in Turin 2006 and a silver in Sochi 2014.
Fontana equals Wang Meng (CHN) for the most medals by a woman in short track speed skating.
Arianna Fontana conquista il primo oro olimpico per l'Italia short track 500mt
Arianna Fontana (NBColympics profile)
'Who is Arianna Fontana'
Federica Brignone earns bronze in giant slalom
Mikaela Shiffrin's 2018 Olympics off to golden start
The Woman's Downhill Alpine Skiiing (Goggia/Brignone/Fanchini) is apparently covered on Tuesday evening
Olympic.org appears to be the best site for following the games
More non-congruent ancient symbol banning
'Nazi scandal hits Norwegian Olympic team... because of their woolly jumpers...' (Sara Malim - 1/31/18 - Daily Mail)
There has been more than one political movement during the 20th century, which have used ancient symbols and mass murdered tens of millions of innocent people, and those symbols are never questioned. Now suddenly it's the symbol of the Norse god Tyr. The Othala, featured on the flag of the Langobard nation of our ancestors, is another symbol called out for banning. Neo-pagans sometimes use the sickle as a symbol, which is never questioned as a symbol to ban despite over 200 million death at the hands of political concerns who used this emblem. So far I have not seen where the International Olympic Committee has stated an opinion on this issue; however they have gotten very political in recent years, including banning athletes for promoting even the slightest hint of nationalism.. but only in Western counties. Since international bankers of several different quasi-cultural concerns have funded all major far right and far left political movements in the last 200-plus years... why not just ban them instead of a sweater!?
Sunday, February 11, 2018
After having won Olympic bronze in the 5000 meter relay in Torino in 2006 at age 15; bronze in the 500 meter event in Vancouver in 2010; silver in the 500 meter event, bronze in the 1500 meter event, and bronze in the Team event in Sochi in 2014; the 27 year old, 121 pound dynamo from Sondrio seems poised to finally win gold in PyeongChang. Arianna was Italy's flagbearer for Friday evenings' opening ceremony.
Arianna Fontana (Wikipedia)
Arianna Fontana (NBC Olympics)
Other Lombard Winter Olympians
The majority of current Winter Olympians representing Italy are from the South Tyrol, but with Lombardy well represented.
Maicol Rastelli (cross country skiier; Valtellina)
Yuri Confortola (4th Winter Olympics; short track speed skater; Valtellina)
Lucia Peretti (short track speed skater; Valtellina)
Martina Valcepina (short track speed skater; Valtellina)
Nicole Della Monica (pair skater; Bergamo)
Valentina Marchei (Marchigian/Lombard; figure skater; Milan)
Anna Cappellini (ice dancer; Como)
Luca Lanotte (ice dancer; Milan)
Marco Fabbri (ice dancer; Milan)
Tommaso Dotti (short track speed skater; Milan)
Michela Moioli (snowboarder; Bergamo)
Nick Baumgartner - Yooper snowboarder in his 3rd Winter games
He's won gold in world championships and winter X Games, but not yet in the Olympics. Iron River is very close to Ironwood (Iron County).
Upper Michigan competitor's hopes for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Lovere is considered a part of the Val Camonica. Nadia competed in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino and 2014 in Sochi, Russia; but nagging injuries have hampered her biggest chances. She has always been spoken of in terms of "potential." After undergoing surgery early last summer, she has rebounded strong this winter; including a bronze medal in the downhill at the World Championships last month in Austria. Fanchini was bested by fellow Italian teammates Sofia Goggia and Federica Brignone; all three Lombards ('Goggia leads Italian sweep at World Cup downhill'). Now 31, it appears that Nadia is poised to make a strong effort in what is probably her last chance at Olympic glory.
Nadia Fanchini (Wikipedia)
Nadia Fanchini (NBC Olympics)
Other Lombard Alpine skiiers
Sofia Goggia - Budding 25 year old superstar from Bergamo
Federica Brignone - Primed and ready 27 year old from Milan
Irene Curtoni - 32 year old veteran French-born skiier of Valtellinese descent
|Bergamasque Sofia Goggia|
Friday, January 26, 2018
Wiedner on fire! Kubrick, 'Eyes Wide Shut', Brotherhood of Saturn, metaphysical Saturn & time, dark occultism
Jay Weidner Describes Stanley Kubrick's SECRET Brotherhood of SATURN
Lazarus Effect Media PODCASTING
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Dr. Stephen E. Flowers (Jordan Maxwell show) - Nov 10 2017 - Persian Magi, Mazdan, Zarathustra
Zoroastrianism was an Indo-European spiritual tradition dating back to the second century BCE. It goes back to the Aryan civilization of ancient Persia. He also announced that Llewellyn will soon republish 'Fire & Ice: Magical Teachings of Germany's Greatest Secret Occult Order' 22. Currently a new copy is $191 on Amazon; $91 being the lowest price for even a used copy.
'Original Magic: The Rituals and Initiations of the Persian Magi' (Flowers; Paperback; October 17, 2017)
Dr. Stephen E. Flowers page at Amazon
Dr. Flowers is also associated with the following projects:
The Woodharrow Institute for Indo-European Studies
Lode Star (Indo-European, Germanic, Mazdan and Left Hand Path traditions)
Monday, January 15, 2018
Art Bell interviews a real witch. this lady is intense
Tonight from the Kingdom of Nye Art Bell's Interview with Evelyn Paglini. Evelyn gives some dire warnings for the future. Many of which have come to pass.
Vintage "Evelyn Paglini on the Art Bell Show"
These are a few of Dr. Paglini's old guest appearances from the old Art Bell Show. You would have to fish around a bit, as they uploaded the entire programs along with dated info. The first interview starts at 45:30. I'm not of the belief that Coast to Coast AM has done downhill since Art Bell, but I do miss those evenings when Evelyn Paglini was a guest on either format. I believe that Dr. Evelyn Paglini was another Helena Blavatsky or Guido von List; although it's just not something that will be acknowledged any time soon. Perhaps she possibly did not believe that all of the secrets of the universe--chiefly in the realm of magic--should be put out there for just anyone to access. She could have produced Blavatsky-like volumes of information if she wanted to. I know just enough to see that she led a very interesting life. It reminds me of people like Leo Martello in that there's a fascinating story still waiting to be told.
January 5, 2018
This is the owner of mysticalblend, Thank you for all the kind words here.
I worked with Dr Paglini since 2006 and I can tell you, I sure to miss the, "hey Babe".
Please update this post to show that mysticalblend is still in business and never went out of business. We are the same crew, that grew to become family.
Remembering Evelyn Paglini
Remembering Evelyn Paglini
Remembering Evelyn Paglini: Part II
Remembering Evelyn Paglini: Part III
Remembering Evelyn Paglini: Part IV
Remembering Evelyn Paglini: Part V
Remembering Evelyn Paglini: Part VI
Remembering Evelyn Paglini: Part VII
CCNA blog surge
There were over 47,000 page views last month. New postings garner about 2,000 views within a months time. I'm just sorry that I haven't been able to update much recently.
Saturday, January 6, 2018
"In the beginning, this will be very hard work. So hard that you will curse this land; and you will curse the man who brought you here. But in the end, I swear, you'll thank me for bringing you here.... to the land of the gods."
-- Floki from season 5 of the TV-series 'Vikings'
The TV series 'Vikings' mixes some degree of fictional creative-license with historical fact. Season 5 portrays the character Floki as first sailing and visiting a barren 9th century Iceland, and later bringing a handful of Viking settlers there. His initial reaction was clear; a "land of the gods"... the Norse gods and goddesses. He was depicted as having a mystical experience; communing with the gods. Iceland would later remain the last large Asatru holdout; or at least the final region with a strong Asatru influence. The name "Asatru" is of Icelandic origin, and means something like "being true to the gods." There is also a historical Icelandic bond with the Gaelic people. The unique Floki character is played by Swedish actor Gustaf Skarsgård.
It probably should be stated that the series has not gone into any detail about any of the Norse gods--which in fact were historically the gods of the larger Teutonic peoples at different times and places--nor does it glorify or even put any sort've positive spin on the spiritual tradition itself. Still, one would think that the programs' popularity would create greater interest in Asatru, which was already enjoying a small quickening... unfortunately to the despondency of some. There are quite a few YouTube videos of individuals who all but actually apologize for being Asutrar. I suppose we must say regarding the Wiccan community; nobody ever apologizes for being Wiccan despite attacks on them as well (of a different sort). Nobody who apologizes for who they has ever--nor will ever--gain anyone's respect.
Played by Gustaf Skarsgård (seasons 1–present)
A gifted but eccentric shipbuilder and friend of Ragnar. His ships create a revolution in shipwrighting. He considers himself descended from the trickster god Loki. Loosely based on the historical Hrafna-Flóki Vilgerðarson.
'37 Photographic Proofs That Iceland Is A Miracle Of Nature'
During the last month, there have been over 33,000 visitors/page views to this blog from France alone.
I just wanted to add a couple of applicable items here.
The Floki character, on a number of occasions, mentioned how he was looking for "true believers" to follow him to "the land of the gods"... Iceland. As mentioned before, the word "Asatru" means something like "being true to the gods" in Icelandic. I'm not sure if the producers of 'Vikings' were directly trying to show that specific tie-in.
When I had mentioned earlier that the 'Vikings' series did not mention "the gods," that wasn't entirely true. In the past episode, Floki and the settlers discussed constructing a Temple to Thor. On other occasions during the series, I believe that Odin was mentioned a few times. However, I think it could be said that there has been no great effort to portray Asatru in a particularly positive light. Also, the goddess Freya has not been mentioned; somewhat odd considering that she was such an important deity. I'm hoping that the Asatru aspect is reflected more in the future. That "Temple of Thor" would be a good start.