Omnium Gatherum: 12may2021

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for May 12, 2021

Here’s a variety of notable things I’ve recently found that you may also be interested in checking out:

  • “To celebrate the merry month of May and the return of travel, however limited. Jim & Susie Malcolm invite you to a Zoom concert this weekend featuring Songs of the Scottish Travellers, Friday May 14, 2021 (7pm PDT; 8pm MDT; 9pm CDT; 10pm EDT) AND Sunday May 16, 2021 (4pm PDT; 5pm MDT; 6pm CDT; 7pm EDT). Suggested donation $15 per person. To sign up and receive donation link and Zoom codes, please email
    [email protected] and let me know if you’d like to join the Friday or Sunday concert.”

  • Crowdfunding with 13 days to go: “Althingi – The Crescent and the Northern Star. An Intersectional Anthology of Viking and Muslim Historical Fiction.”—”Althingi: The Crescent and the Northern Star is an anthology of Viking stories inspired by the Althingi Card Game by Joshua Gillingham and published by Outland Entertainment.”
  • Hey, A24’s wild looking, delayed, made into an RPG boxed set in the meanwhile, The Green Knight is getting released Jul 30, 2021! “An epic fantasy adventure based on the timeless Arthurian legend, The Green Knight tells the story of Sir Gawain (Dev Patel), King Arthur’s reckless and headstrong nephew, who embarks on a daring quest to confront the eponymous Green Knight, a gigantic emerald-skinned stranger and tester of men. Gawain contends with ghosts, giants, thieves, and schemers in what becomes a deeper journey to define his character and prove his worth in the eyes of his family and kingdom by facing the ultimate challenger. From visionary filmmaker David Lowery comes a fresh and bold spin on a classic tale from the knights of the round table.” Watch The Green Knight, official trailer.

  • Tweet—”I’m saddened to hear of Kevin Jackson’s passing. Kevin was a great raconteur, a reliable wit, an intelligent writer, broadcaster, and filmmaker, and the author of some of the best doggerel around. I wrote the introduction to his occult barrel of laughs.” Check out Lives of the Great Occultists [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Kevin Jackson, illustrated by Hunt Emerson—”Since the dawn of humanity, there have been individuals who want to mess around with Hidden Powers – with the Occult. Some were Mystics, some were Scientists, some were Charlatans. Some were Powerful, some were Wretched. All were pretty bonkers. From Dr. Dee to Kenneth Anger, from Mother Shipton to Madam Blavatsky, from Isaac Newton to David Bowie – centuries of eccentric, bizarre lives. Kevin Jackson and Hunt Emerson have made over 100 pages of comics dealing with the Lives of the Great Occultists. Over 40 Occultists in all, including Faust, Giordano Bruno, Strindberg, Isobel Gowdie, Kircher, William Blake, PL Travers, WB Yeats, Jack Parsons, and – repeatedly – Aleister Crowley. The comics are factual, and very funny.”
  • Tweet—”Margaret Hamilton (Wizard of Oz) once told us that Billie Hayes was “one of the best witches ever” We couldn’t agree more. Rest in Peace dear friend. #RIP #Billiehayes”
  • You Need to Play This Addictive Retro Puzzle Game on the Nintendo Switch ASAP. Time to puzzle.” Just a Crowley Corollary adjacent name drop, it looks like, but: “There’s a lot going on here: demons, an inference to the Biblical King Solomon (who no less than Satanist Aleister Crowley said had magic keys), a reference to the religion of Taoism (which focuses on a cosmic force known as the Tao that flows through all things), constellations, fairylands, forbidden lands, and some wizard guy named Dana, who appears in a snazzy Robin Hood-style cloak on the cover.”
  • More about the imaginary Aleister Crowley in that recent DC Legends of Tomorrow episode: “Arrowverse: Aleister Crowley’s History With Constantine Explained. Legends of Tomorrow’s season 6 premiere established a tie between John Constantine and the Arrowverse version of real-world warlock Aleister Crowley.”
  • Reactionary quoting Crowley that isn’t a screed claiming he said “do whatever you want”? Refreshing, as far as it goes, at least!? “Newspapers and the Woke Truth.”—”Aleister Crowley, an English ceremonial magician, poet, painter, novelist, and mountaineer of the late 1800s is credited with saying, ‘To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worthwhile. The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter.’ Today’s journalism education is like a stroll through the black lagoon reading communist Pravda.” The unsourced quote, by the way, is from Confessions, Chapter 23. Name drop of Warren Zevon also.
  • 10 Pokemon Characters Named After Real People. Pokemon character names aren’t always just pulled out of thin air. Sometimes, they have real-world inspiration.”—”9/10 Mr. Crowley”
  • Rasputin: A short bio, Quartz Weekly Obsession Email From May 5, 2021.
  • Rabindranath Tagore was a universal soul with universal consciousness, writes Sumit Paul. India’s first Nobel laureate went beyond the perceptions, precincts and pitfalls of god, religion, nationalism and parochialism.”—”While explaining the meaning of humanisation of god, he said ‘Humanisation of god does not merely mean that god is god of humanity but it also means that it is the god in every human being.’ Maanush ii ishwar/Ishwar ii maanush (Man is god and vice versa), was his spiritual refrain or dictum in life. Tagore told his Irish friend and poet William Butler Yeats that his Gitanjali (song offerings) was a eucharistic offering (Nirmalya) to the god that’s within every human and is immanent. The Upanishadic concept of Devam antarnihitam (god resides within) guided his life, not the outer or external manifestations of god and religion.” “Tagore deliberately wrote god in a lower case to drive home the point that the divine consciousness is on an even keel with human consciousness! Imagine, such exalted thinking more than a century ago! But it was William Butler Yeats who changed Tagore’s god to God while editing the poems for publication.”
  • Apparently this was a recent thing: “World Portuguese Language Day celebrated. Portuguese is the fifth most spoken language in the world and the first in the southern hemisphere, with more than 290 million speakers.” So, be sure to take a gander at the Portuguese pages at the library: “A Biblioteca Hermética. Arquivando, Engajando e Encorajando a Tradição Esotérica do Ocidente, o Hermetismo e a Lei de Thelema de Aleister Crowley por 20 anos.” Including many of Crowley’s technical books in translation at Os Libri de Thelema, and a few resources by Fernando Pessoa.
  • Speaking of Portuguese and Pessoa: “Almost 100 years later, Fernando Pessoa’s first film will open next week.”—”In 2011 “Fernando Pessoa – Argumentos para Filmes” was published, a collection of more or less scattered ideas with ideas for creating film stories. It was a research work by Patrício Ferrari and Cláudia J. Fischer, who studied the writer’s estate in detail, in order to create this compilation. Some of the texts were published in 2007 in the book “Courts-Métrages” by Patrick Quillier. One of these sketches of the script was “Note for a thriller or film”, which has now been concretized by the director and screenwriter Pedro Varela (“Esperança”, “Os Filhos do Rock”) at the suggestion of Agência Uzina for Samsung – that’s because the film was shot entirely with the new Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G mobile phone.” Watch
  • From 2020, watch “The Vanishing Field“, dir Antero Alli. “Disenchanted with the corruption of society, vlogger Jakob X joins a monastery in an attempt to escape the world. One day his meditation practice ignites a spontaneous out-of-body experience, compelling him to explore the esoteric dimension of astral travel where he discovers bizarre new worlds that shake and rattle the very ground of his being (inspired by true events).” Watch “O Ídolo“.
  • The stories behind the people who wielded the blue pencils.”—”Munro draws on his own book about ‘Inky’ Stephensen to create a vivid biographical sketch: radical politics at Oxford, publication in London of a secret edition of D.H. Lawrence’s banned novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover, dealings with James Joyce and ‘the wickedest man in the world’, Aleister Crowley.” About Literary Lion Tamers: Book Editors Who Made Publishing History [Amazon, Publisher, Local Library] by Craig Munro—”With his unique and entertaining blend of memoir, biography, and literary detective work, Craig Munro recreates the lives and careers of a group of renowned Australian editors and their authors in a narrative spanning from the 1890s to the 1990s. Among those encountered on the journey are A.G. Stephens, who helped turn foundry worker Joseph Furphy’s thousand-page handwritten manuscript into the enduring classic Such Is Life; P.R. Stephensen, who tangled with an irascible Xavier Herbert to tame his unwieldy masterpiece Capricornia; Beatrice Davis, whose literary soirees were the talk of Sydney, and who insisted Herbert cut his controversial novel Soldiers’ Women in half; and award-winning fiction editor Rosanne Fitzgibbon, who championed the work of many authors, including the prodigiously talented Gillian Mears. Throughout it all, in beguiling and elegant style, Craig Munro weaves his own reminiscences of a life in publishing while tracking down some of Australian literature’s most fascinating stories. Literary Lion Tamers is a delight for anyone interested in the world of books and those who create them.”
  • State of Emergence: Experiments in Group Ritual Dynamics[Amazon, Publisher] by Antero Alli, preface by Jogen Salzberg—”‘State of Emergence’ presents a group ritual technology for gaining access to impulses, emotions and sensations in the Body through movement, vocalization and action. This somatic work explores a dynamic visceral interpretation of Carl Jung’s “active imagination” for making the Unconscious, conscious that can enrich any ritual, dance and theatre practice. It can also benefit anyone ready to start their own creative ritual group for the purpose of self-discovery. It includes trigger methods, five group rituals, the embodied voice, movement mediations, participant stories, the author’s ritual journals, and much more…”
  • By Joseph C Lisiewski, NightShadow [Amazon, Publisher]—”On a bitterly cold day in January, Gus Breach, the Chief of Police, his three deputies, and Frank Lewis, the town mortician, have no idea that the discovery of a strangely dressed, headless and bloodless corpse is about to plunge them and the residents of Kulpsville, Pennsylvania, into a horror that human reckoning says cannot exist. A desecrated grave, strange markings in the snow and signs of a violent struggle, all push Breach past the limit. A few rejected memories of a similar event trigger his intuition, and the cop’s blood freezes as his instinct “To Protect and To Serve” is thrown into high gear. Brutal murder after brutal murder force the Chief to call in the State Police and then the Army, but to no avail. All weapons are useless against the floating patch of darkness that conceals the NightShadow monstrosity within. Only with the aid of Abraham ben Yakov, a retired psychiatrist, can the horror be met head on. He alone knows the secret about NightShadow—a secret that involves a conspiracy formed on both sides of the grave, and an enemy he knew he would one day have to face…and try to destroy. Accompany Breach, Yakov and the valiant few as they confront the madness that is NightShadow—if you dare.” and Geometries of the Mind [Amazon, Publisher]—”Noted physicist and mystic Joseph Lisiewski combines the intense suspense of a psychological thriller with the action packed events of Science Fiction and Horror. ‘Geometries of the Mind’ takes the reader on a terrifying journey into the depths of the mind of a man who dared to play God.Neil Lasky, a brilliant electrical engineer, has spent years struggling to make his secret dream a reality. But like so many dreamers before him, something goes wrong. Terribly wrong. The Beast he unleashes upon the world is more than any human being can understand or survive.There is one last desperate chance left for Lasky to stop the death and carnage brought about by his mistaken creation. But it could cost his life and his soul in the process. Still, the tide may turn with the desperate eleventh hour help of the woman who loves him, and a friend he looks upon as a father.Join him with the two allies who still believe in him. Accompany Lasky as he plunges headlong into the final gambit they pray will send the Terror back to the depths of the hell out of which it climbed.”
  • The Liminal Cycle, a meta-trilogy: Liminal: by Cameron [Amazon] by Cameron Whiteside, introduced by Joseph Matheny—”The only way I can get this story out safely is to call it fiction. However, I assure you, it is not. I have written it in the fashion of a movie treatment, thinking this was the best way to disguise its intention. However, things have changed since I wrote this in 2017 and even though it was optioned to be made into a movie, I fear that it was actually optioned in order to be shelved so that this story never sees the light of day. Time is running out, so what you see before you is the act of a desperate man. This is a warning to all of you out there, something has been unleashed and I must accept responsibility for it. I can only hope that once you have read my confession, that you can forgive me or at least understand how this happened. If you are reading this, you are the recipient of my message in a bottle. Please don’t let all my efforts be in vain. – Cameron” And Xen: The Zen of the Other [Amazon] by Ezra Buckley, introduced by Joseph Matheny—”In a world devoid of rites of passage, Ezra Buckley finds himself confronted with the genuine prospect of having a life-changing, Liminal experience in the woods of Big Sur. What is it that he experiences? Is it the legendary Watchers of Big Sur phenomena or something else? Will he survive it? Is it even real? Xen is a work that confronts the questions of identity, modernity, life, the other, and the place for rites of passage in the modern world.” And Statio Numero: The Liminal Cycle Investigation—”A six-part podcast series examing the mysteries of Liminal and Xen. This limited podcast series is the third and final act of The Liminal Cycle, a meta-trilogy. A story about persona, identity, liminality, and voice. Coming later in 2022.”
  • No drone unturned: tracing the sound that unites ancient and modern. From primitive instruments and sacred chants to today’s minimalist electronica and metal, drone music has a long and mystical history. A new book investigates.” About Monolithic Undertow [Amazon, Amazon UK, Bookshop UK, Publisher, Local Library] by Harry Sword (Um, what?! *cough*)—”Monolithic Undertow alights a crooked path across musical, religious and subcultural frontiers. It traces the line from ancient traditions to the modern underground, navigating archaeoacoustics, ringing feedback, chest plate sub-bass, avant-garde eccentricity, sound weaponry and fervent spiritualism. From Neolithic beginnings to bawdy medieval troubadours, Sufi mystics to Indian raga masters, cone shattering dubwise bass, Hawkwind’s Ladbroke Grove to the outer reaches of Faust and Ash Ra Temple; the hash-fueled fug of The Theatre of Eternal Music to the cough syrup reverse hardcore of Melvins, seedy VHS hinterland of Electric Wizard, ritual amp worship of Earth and Sunn O))) and the many touch points in between, Monolithic Undertow explores the power of the drone – an audio carrier vessel capable of evoking womb like warmth or cavernous dread alike. In 1977 Sniffin’ Glue verbalised the musical zeitgeist with their infamous ‘this is a chord; this is another; now form a band’ illustration. The drone requires neither chord nor band, representing – via its infinite pliability and accessibility – the ultimate folk music: a potent audio tool of personal liberation. Immersion in hypnotic and repetitive sounds allows us to step outside of ourselves, be it chant, a 120dB beasting from Sunn O))), standing front of the system as Jah Shaka drops a fresh dub or going full headphone immersion with Hawkwind. These experiences are akin to an audio portal – a sound Tardis to silence the hum and fizz of the unceasing inner voice. The drone exists outside of us, but also – paradoxically – within us all; an aural expression of a universal hum we can only hope to fleetingly channel…”
  • Standard Ebooks. Free and liberated ebooks, carefully produced for the true book lover.”—”Standard Ebooks is a volunteer-driven project that produces new editions of public domain ebooks that are lovingly formatted, open source, free of copyright restrictions, and free of cost.
    Ebook projects like Project Gutenberg transcribe ebooks and make them available for the widest number of reading devices. Standard Ebooks takes ebooks from sources like Project Gutenberg, formats and typesets them using a carefully designed and professional-grade style manual, fully proofreads and corrects them, and then builds them to create a new edition that takes advantage of state-of-the-art ereader and browser technology. Standard Ebooks aren’t just a beautiful addition to your digital library—they’re a high quality standard to build your own ebooks on.” “What makes Standard Ebooks different? Modern & consistent typography … Full proofing with careful corrections … Rich & detailed metadata … State-of-the-art technology … Quality covers … Clean code & semantic markup … Free, open-source, & public domain.”

  • NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Heads for Earth with Asteroid Sample.”—”After nearly five years in space, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft is on its way back to Earth with an abundance of rocks and dust from the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. On Monday, May 10, at 4:23 p.m. EDT the spacecraft fired its main engines full throttle for seven minutes – its most significant maneuver since it arrived at Bennu in 2018. This burn thrust the spacecraft away from the asteroid at 600 miles per hour (nearly 1,000 kilometers per hour), setting it on a 2.5-year cruise towards Earth. After releasing the sample capsule, OSIRIS-REx will have completed its primary mission. It will fire its engines to fly by Earth safely, putting it on a trajectory to circle the sun inside of Venus’ orbit.” Oh, wow, it’s not even coming home itself. Also “Nasa spacecraft leaves asteroid Bennu with a belly full of space rock samples. Osiris-Rex has been flying around the ancient asteroid since 2018 and collected nearly a pound of rubble last fall.”
  • Implanted wireless device triggers mice to form instant bond. First optogenetics-based study of unrestricted social interactions within groups of animals.” Watch “Can mice be friends?”—”Animation explains how, for the first time ever, Northwestern University engineers and neurobiologists have wirelessly programmed — and then deprogrammed — mice to socially interact with one another in real time. The advancement is thanks to a first-of-its-kind ultraminiature, wireless, battery-free and fully implantable device that uses light to activate neurons.”
  • Turns out developing a taste for carbs wasn’t a bad thing. Grauer’s gorilla specimens at the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Belgium, showing typical dental calculus deposits on the teeth that are stained dark likely as a result of their herbivorous diet. Findings on Neanderthal oral microbiomes offer new clues on evolution, health.” Also “Neanderthals carb loaded, helping grow their big brains.”
  • In the emptiness of space, Voyager 1 detects plasma ‘hum’.”—”After entering interstellar space, the spacecraft’s Plasma Wave System detected perturbations in the gas. But, in between those eruptions – caused by our own roiling sun – researchers have uncovered a steady, persistent signature produced by the tenuous near-vacuum of space. ‘The interstellar medium is like a quiet or gentle rain,’ said senior author James Cordes, the George Feldstein Professor of Astronomy (A&S). ‘In the case of a solar outburst, it’s like detecting a lightning burst in a thunderstorm and then it’s back to a gentle rain.'” Also “NASA’s Voyager 1 detects faint, monotone hum beyond our solar system. Beyond the boundaries of our solar system, a gentle rain of plasma falls.”
  • Scientists find mechanism that eliminates senescent cells. Discovery points to potential immune therapy for chronic disease and fibrosis”
  • How the skin’s immune system cells coordinate defense against threats.”
  • ‘Molecular glue’ makes perovskite solar cells dramatically more reliable over time. In a study that could help to bring inexpensive, efficient perovskite solar cells one step closer to commercial use, researchers found a way to strengthen a key weak point in the cells, dramatically increasing their functional life.”
  • With bacteria against coral bleaching. Probiotic approaches could protect corals against heat stress.”
  • First member of ill-fated 1845 Franklin expedition is identified by DNA analysis. With a living descendant’s DNA sample, a team of researchers have identified the remains of John Gregory, engineer aboard HMS Erebus.”
  • NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Completes First One-Way Trip.”—”NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter completed its fifth flight on the Red Planet today with its first one-way journey from Wright Brothers Field to an airfield 423 feet (129 meters) to the south. After arrival above its new airfield, Ingenuity climbed to an altitude record of 33 feet (10 meters) and captured high-resolution color images of its new neighborhood before touching down.”
  • Volcanoes on Mars Could be Active, Raising Possibility that the Planet was Recently Habitable. New observations reveal that Mars could still be volcanically active, raising the possibility for habitable conditions below the surface of Mars in recent history.”
  • Molecular tweezers that attack antibiotic resistant bacteria developed by Ben-Gurion U.
  • ‘Earswitch’ could allow people with neurological conditions to communicate using a hidden ear muscle. The revolutionary device being developed by a GP with researchers at Bath could offer fresh hope for people with conditions such as Motor Neurone Disease.”
  • A high-tech textile to stay comfortable outdoors.”—”In a new study in ACS’ Nano Letters, researchers describe a high-tech alternative: a reversible textile they designed to trap warmth in the cold and reflect it during hot weather, all while generating small amounts of electricity.”
  • Cardiovascular disease could be diagnosed earlier with new glowing probe. Researchers have created a probe that glows when it detects an enzyme associated with issues that can lead to blood clots and strokes.”
  • Sure, but can I have a lightsaber yet?
    Realization of the highest laser intensity ever reached. The record-breaking laser intensity over 1023 W/cm2 enables us to explore novel physical phenomena occurring under extreme physical conditions.”

  • NASA, CNES Space Laser Measures Massive Saharan Dust Plume.”
  • Halugen—”Discover Your Reaction To Psychedelics. Learn how your genetics can affect your psychedelics response.” “DNA testing for psychedelic assisted psychotherapy. Our leading genetic-based psychedelics pre-screening platform helps evaluate your overall sensitivity and risk profile when using hallucinogenic drugs.”
  • ‘Last resort’ antibiotic pops bacteria like balloons. Scientists have revealed how an antibiotic of ‘last resort’ kills bacteria.”
  • Citrus derivative makes transparent wood 100 percent renewable. Five years after introducing see-through wood building material, researchers in Sweden have taken it to another level. They found a way to make their composite 100 percent renewable – and more translucent – by infusing wood with a clear bio-plastic made from citrus fruit.”
  • Do people aged 105 and over live longer because they have more efficient DNA repair? Whole-genome sequencing of people who live beyond 105 and 110 years reveals unique genetic signatures linked to protective processes such as DNA repair.”
  • New light in a land shaped by fire. Rare aerial photos intended to help open up the outback to mining following World War II instead deliver a lesson from the last generation of Indigenous people to live in the Great Sandy Desert on how to protect life and country.”
  • Mucormycosis: The Black Fungus Affecting COVID-19 Patients. Mucormycosis is a serious but rare fungal infection that is occurring as a post-Covid-19 complication.” Also “AIIMS Chief On Reports Of Covid Cases With Black Fungus Infection.”—”Amid reports of black fungal infections in Covid patients, AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria said because of Covid, immunity comes down and one is more prone to secondary bacterial and fungal infections or opportunistic infections. ‘Some of the drugs that we give, at levels which are not justified, pre-disposes (patients) to these fungal infections. If we are getting very high-dose steroids for a long time, then your immunity is low and if you have diabetes and certain other conditions, that further decrease your immune system… then you are prone to getting a secondary infection which could be a fungal infection,’ he said.”
  • Study suggests little to no increase over time in association between adolescents’ technology engagement and mental health problems, urges more transparent collaborations between academia and industry.”
  • Epic v. Apple keeps coming back to the gap between ignorance and inconvenience. Would ending anti-steering rules fix the App Store?”
  • Apple Execs Chose to Keep a Hack of 128 Million iPhones Quiet.”
  • As someone with a relatively big page on FB, I can definitely feel the pain, though I’m sure they get way more than I ever did. But, even the level of crap on my page made me come up with a novel way to force FB to moderate posts pro-actively; at the sacrifice of tanking engagement. There are actually no tools provided to do that without being sneaky, and FB tells page owners that their pages are “public places” and they just have to deal with it. I’ve thought of leaving many times for various reasons. “Starbucks considering leaving Facebook over hate and intolerance, report says.”
  • Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ Offers Perfect Cure For Fox News Disease In Scathing Takedown. New mock ad warns of “Foxitus” symptoms, including Tucker Carsonoma and Seanital warts.” Tweet—”On #LSSC tonight: We can cure ‘Foxitis.’”—”Introducing ‘OFF’, from the makers of ‘MUTE’ and ‘CHANGE THE CHANNEL’.”
  • Seth Meyers Nails The Irony Of GOP Fealty To Donald Trump. Republicans got a blunt reminder about what the one-term, twice impeached ex-president has done for the party from the “Late Night” host.” Watch “Republicans Are Purging Anyone Who Won’t Embrace Trump’s Election Lies: A Closer Look.” Also awful tyrant-enabler says what? Tweet—”‘Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar,’ says GOP Rep. Liz Cheney”.
  • In States Cutting Unemployment Benefits, Gig Workers Have The Most To Lose. Republicans have focused on an extra $300 federal payment, but states are also cutting benefits for nontraditional workers and the long-term jobless.”
  • ‘It’s Been Hard Not to Roll My Eyes’. Essential workers are already over your whining about returning to work.”
  • There’s a Perfect Number of Days to Work From Home, and It’s 2. The best job perk is self-determination.” Also “Working From Home For Good? Here’s How To Embrace It. As offices across the country move to hybrid models, it’s time to reset WFH and make it work for you.”
  • ‘You are wonderful’: JFK love letters to Swedish mistress up for sale.”—”A series of love letters, handwritten by President John F. Kennedy to his Swedish mistress, are going up for sale at a Boston auction house. The intimate letters — addressed to Gunilla von Post, an aristocrat he met weeks prior to his 1953 marriage to Jacqueline Bouvier — reveal Kennedy describing their time together as a ‘bright memory of my life.'”
  • We Fell In Love During The Pandemic. Can Our Relationship Survive The ‘Real World’? ‘We haven’t met each other’s friends … or done many of the other things couples do during and after a year of dating.'”
  • How To Have Sex Again If COVID’s Left You Out Of Practice. ‘How to have sex’ is the most-searched sex question on Google. Here’s how you can get past your nerves and get busy post-vaccine.”
  • The people who want to keep masking: ‘It’s like an invisibility cloak’. More than a year into the pandemic, some people prefer to keep wearing their face mask – even outdoors in public”
  • Fundamentalists suspected in vandalism of Catholic church in Brazil” Also tweet—”Bazilian Evangelicals not only desecrating Umbanda and Candomble houses of worship but also Catholic churches!”
  • Magic Mushrooms: This Scammer Is Twisting Science In A Scheme To Save The World. Joseph Kelly has an easy fix to climate crisis — and he’ll take down anyone who tries to stop him from selling it to you.”
  • People suck. “What happened after the pandemic puppy boom. The pandemic brought about a pet adoption boom – but now, US shelters are struggling to take in growing numbers of cats and dogs. “It is so hard for the animals,” says one shelter employee working to match dogs with temporary homes. So what’s behind this surge of sent-back pets?”
  • How To Get Rid Of Brain Fog Caused By The COVID-19 Pandemic. If you’re struggling to focus lately (who isn’t?), try one of these tips to improve your stress and sharpen your mind.”
  • The 10-Minute Mental Health Workout To Boost Self-Esteem. Self-esteem taken a hit? Try this.”
  • Research. I did it for research. “People Got Drunk With Their Mates For Covid Research. How much does booze affect social distancing? Quite a lot, actually.”
  • A Black Samurai Fighting Giant Mechas? ‘Yasuke’ Asks, Why Not?” About Yasuke on Netflix—”A peaceful boatman once known as the Black Samurai is pulled back into conflict when he takes a little girl with mysterious powers under his wing.”
  • Bwahahahaha. Wait. I mean: Muahahahaha! “Dracula’s Castle In Transylvania Set Up As COVID-19 Vaccine Site.”
  • Watch “Muppets Haunted Mansion“, announcement, Disney+

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