Omnium Gatherum: March 5, 2019

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for March 5, 2019

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  • Five things to know about Here by Jon and Roy. Victoria’s rootsy crew Jon and Roy release their latest album Here, as well as spinoff projects.” — STUART DERDEYN, The London Freedom Press

    Twin Temple Bring Your Their Signature Sound Satanic Doo-Wap

    “Twin Temple: Bring You Their Signature Sound . . . Satanic Doo-Wop (Rise Above Records): In retrospect, it seems surprising that another act hasn’t already tried this idea. Because what could be better than mixing Alexandra James’ big, brassy torch of a voice with pure late Fifties/swinging Sixties soundtracks and lyrics right out of Aleister Crowley’s library. You’ve got the soul declaration of Lucifer, My Love, the naughty declaration of The Devil (Didn’t Make Me Do It) or the love ballad Let’s Hang Together to swing your partner to, and perhaps even get spellbound. Quality camp and the most obvious band to perform in an episode of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.”

  • SYMPATHY FOR THE BEAST: Songs from the Poems of Aleister Crowley by Twink & the Technicolour Dream (featuring Jon Povey) [HT PunkNews.org, THEE PSYCHEDELICATESSEN]

    Twink and the Technicolour Dream Sympathy for the Beast

  • The Angel-Evoking Tarot. A complete Tarot deck evoking the 72 Angels of the Kabbalah and 6 awe-inspiring Archangels., a crowdfunding effort by Travis McHenry

    McHenry The Angel-Evoking Tarot

    “The Angel-Evoking Tarot is nothing like a traditional deck of “Angel Cards.” The 72 Angels of the Kabbalah (or Shem HaMephorash) are extremely powerful heavenly beings that provide assistance to mortals while also ruling over their Hellish counterparts, the 72 Demons of the Goetia.

    When summoning an angel, their sigil (a kind of esoteric calling card) is supposed to be drawn on a piece of pure virgin parchment in red ink. To echo this color palette, the cards themselves are made to look like fresh, pure parchment that has just been cut from the skin of a newborn lamb. The borders of each card are deep crimson, which creates a striking contrast.

    The magical symbols are real.

    The artwork is hauntingly divine.

    These aren’t your Aunt Doreen’s angel cards… “

  • Help Genesis Breyer P-Orridge Pt 2! is a health crowdfunding effort by Chandra Shulka for Genesis P-Orridge [HT Jason Louv]

    Help Genesis Breyer P-Orridge Pt 2

    “Genesis STILL needs your help!

    YES HELLO Dearest friends. Genesis P-Orridge is not doing better and is faced with surmounted medical/hospital debt causing h/er to lose most if not all of the money raised for h/er despite medicaid, s/he is still faced with bills, the cost of living and has to pay for the instruments like an oxygen concentrator and oxygen from avoiding having to live in a hospital permanently since PTV3, h/er main source of income, has been put on hold indefinitely. Though the last fundraiser held by Douglas Rushkoff (Thank you Douglas!) helped pay off debt, most of it is dissolved. You haven’t heard from h/er because she has been in ICU this week and nearly died due to total kidney failure and on dialysis for 3 full days. We are planning on having a fundraiser for h/er again and a series of benefit concerts in different cities. Stay tuned. H/er battles are still UP hill. THANK YOU.”

  • Rob Solomon, CEO of GoFundMe, quoted in “GoFundMe CEO: ‘Gigantic Gaps’ In Health System Showing Up In Crowdfunding” — Rachel Bluth, Kaiser Health News [HT Justin Martin]

    “It saddens me that this is a reality. Every single day on GoFundMe we see the huge challenges people face. Their stories are heartbreaking.

    The system is terrible. It needs to be rethought and retooled. Politicians are failing us. Health care companies are failing us. Those are realities. I don’t want to mince words here. We are facing a huge potential tragedy. We provide relief for a lot of people. But there are people who are not getting relief from us or from the institutions that are supposed to be there. We shouldn’t be the solution to a complex set of systemic problems. They should be solved by the government working properly, and by health care companies working with their constituents. We firmly believe that access to comprehensive health care is a right and things have to be fixed at the local, state and federal levels of government to make this a reality.”

  • ‘Elixir of Immortality’ Uncovered in 2,000-Year-Old Chinese Tomb” — George Dvorsky, Gizmodo [HT Michael M. Bind Trump Hughes]

    Dvorsky Gizmodo Elixir of Immortality

    “A yellowish liquid found in a bronze pot dating back some 2,000 years is not wine, as Chinese archaeologists initially thought. It’s actually an “elixir of immortality” concocted during ancient times.

    But as Xinhua points out in an update to this discovery, further lab work has shown that the substance isn’t wine at all. The liquid is primarily comprised of potassium nitrate and alunite—the main ingredients of a life-enriching elixir documented in ancient Taoist texts.”

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