Omnium Gatherum: 26jan2022

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for January 26, 2022.

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

  • 4 hours to go: “L’EDUCATION Rare Occult 1897 Witchcraft Magick Poster. A deluxe edition of 100 fine art prints created directly from a rare original 1897 artwork in the Century Guild museum archive.”—”Help us make an edition of 100 fine art prints directly from L’Éducation, a rare original 1897 poster in the Century Guild museum archive. Each print comes paired with a bottle of the limited edition L’Éducation perfume oil created by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab!”
  • Tweet—”Research Seminar Series: Dr Susannah Crockford-“Reading Ripples, Seeking Sedona: Cosmologies, Conspiracies & Spirituality in Northern Arizona”. ALL WELCOME! 27 Jan 4-5pm on MS Teams; Contact Dr Jenny Butler for link [email protected]”. About Ripples of the Universe: Spirituality in Sedona, Arizona [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Susannah Crockford—”Ask a random American what springs to mind about Sedona, Arizona, and they will almost certainly mention New Age spirituality. Nestled among stunning sandstone formations, Sedona has built an identity completely intertwined with that of the permanent residents and throngs of visitors who insist it is home to powerful vortexes—sites of spiraling energy where meditation, clairvoyance, and channeling are enhanced. It is in this uniquely American town that Susannah Crockford took up residence for two years to make sense of spirituality, religion, race, and class. Many people move to Sedona because, they claim, they are called there by its special energy. But they are also often escaping job loss, family breakdown, or foreclosure. Spirituality, Crockford shows, offers a way for people to distance themselves from and critique current political and economic norms in America. Yet they still find themselves monetizing their spiritual practice as a way to both “raise their vibration” and meet their basic needs. Through an analysis of spirituality in Sedona, Crockford gives shape to the failures and frustrations of middle- and working-class people living in contemporary America, describing how spirituality infuses their everyday lives. Exploring millenarianism, conversion, nature, food, and conspiracy theories, Ripples of the Universe combines captivating vignettes with astute analysis to produce a unique take on the myriad ways class and spirituality are linked in contemporary America.”
  • 15 days left for “Humble Comics Bundle: Humanoids Megabundle Featuring The Incal“—”Sci-fi masterpieces & groundbreaking graphic fiction. Get transported to one of the most influential sci-fi dystopias of all time in this megabundle from Humanoids! Discover the groundbreaking The Incal series by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius, then explore the wildest reaches of the universe in the The Metabarons saga. Add Space Bastards and more acclaimed graphic fiction to your collection, all while supporting comic creators through the Hero Initiative! In case you missed them… The top two tiers of this megabundle include content from two past popular bundles from Humanoids: The Incal & More and Moebius & More.”
  • Tweet—”The International Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism announces that our beloved teacher Thich Nhat Hanh passed away peacefully at Từ Hiếu Temple in Huế, Vietnam, at 00:00hrs on 22nd January, 2022, at the age of 95.” “We invite our beloved global spiritual family to take a few moments to be still, to come back to our mindful breathing, as we together hold Thay in our hearts.”
  • Nothing Sacred: These Apps Reserve The Right To Sell Your Prayers. Prominent venture capitalists are flocking to invest in Christian worship apps. The apps say users’ prayers are a business asset.”
  • Tweet—”***NEW BOOK ALERT*** Tiny Tales from Africa: The Animals…volume 2!!! yes, it’s another collection of 200 tiny tales with animal characters :-) Africa.LauraGibbs.net takes you to both books. free PDF, EPUB, with illustrations” Check out Tiny Tales from Africa: The Animals 2 from Hermetic Library Fellow Laura Gibbs, in various formats. Also Tiny Tales from Africa: The Animals (volume 2): A Book of Two Hundred 100-Word Stories [Amazon]—”This book contains 200 animal folktales from many different African storytelling traditions, and each story is just 100 words long. You can find out more, and also listen to an audiobook, at Africa.LauraGibbs.net, where you will also find Volume 1.”
  • Apparently Barnes & Noble is having a 25% off pre-order books sale online right now, with the code PREORDER25, through Jan 28th.
  • The Secret Texts of Hellenic Polytheism: A Practical Guide to the Restored Pagan Religion of George Gemistos Plethon [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by John Opsopaus, due May 2022—”Only sixteen chapters of Plethon’s Book of Laws survive, and for the first time ever, they have been translated into English in their entirety. George Gemistos, who called himself “Plethon,” helped to trigger the Renaissance by reawakening an interest in Platonism. After his death, his Christian enemies discovered and burned his secret book on Platonic Pagan theology. These pages are what survived. Through translations and commentary by John Opsopaus PhD, you can immerse yourself in this philosopher’s complete system of Neopagan theology and religious practice focused on the Hellenic pantheon and deeply rooted in ancient Greek Paganism. Enrich your own practice with detailed instructions from the Book of Laws on conducting these religious ceremonies. This impressive guide features rituals, prayers, invocations, and hymns for holiday and daily use along with Plethon’s complete sacred calendar.”
  • Mastering Magick: A Course in Spellcasting for the Psychic Witch [Amazon] by Mat Auryn, foreword by Silver RavenWolf, due October 2022—”Boost your psychic ability and incorporate the greater mysteries of magick into your practice with this groundbreaking book by bestselling author Mat Auryn. A companion to Psychic Witch, Mastering Magick features more than 100 spells and is the first book of its kind to take a serious look at using magickal workings to lift the veil between the known and unknown worlds. Mat teaches you how to connect with the moon, stones, plants, candles, and everyday household items to enchant yourself as a powerful psychic witch. You’ll learn the mechanics of spell work and how to make your magick as effective as possible. In addition to Mat’s own tried-and-true castings, Mastering Magick features dozens of spells from well-known witches and practitioners, including Christopher Penczak, Storm Faerywolf, Astrea Taylor, Madame Pamita, and others.”
  • The Dragon Tarot: The Inner Circle and The Triangle [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Manuel Almeida e Sousa and André Consciência, edited by AION 131—”The form these cards take is a recovery of an ancient Dragon current. As André Consciência so aptly writes: This is truly a conjurer’s Tarot. The user does not select the cards at random or allow high or low entities from the Invisible World to pick the cards. The conjurer selects the cards themselves thus creating a powerful spell projecting Will into future Manifestation. The deck itself is constructed by the conjurer using images available on the internet. A powerful fluid condenser is mixed and used, along with the conjurer’s menstrual blood or semen, to bring the cards and deck to life. The deck becomes a magickal instrument of deeply personal and thus universal application. The path given by André of mastering the cards is in itself a path to Initiation and Adepthood. The cards and their mastery lead the user on a vast pilgrimage through the Tree of Life culminating, as all true journeys do, back to a self now refined and transmuted.”
  • The Forbidden Alchemies of Frater PVN [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Bill Siebert, commentary by Don Karr and Cliff Pollick, edited by Sam Webster—”Greetings and a Warning: Not For Everyone.n Herein lie the Forbidden Alchemies of Frater PVN. In these Alchemies are treated the use of sex for magic, drugs for illumination, and rituals for entering into dangerous realms. If any of these things offend you, put this book down. This work is a collection of the rare chapbook editions of PVN’s work mostly from the 1980s, reset and expanded with supplementary material, most of which has seen only limited distribution. With death of the author, his friends gathered their files to produce this volume. None of what is herein is politically correct, socially approved or within the bounds of dogma; anyone’s dogma. Enter at your own risk, apply what you learn at your own discretion. The views expressed in this work are solely of the authors and are not be attributed to the publisher. We have preserved Frater PVN’s idiosyncratic typography and grammar to convey the character of his writing. Commentary, except for a few clarifying remarks in the footnotes, will be reserved to the end. Come meet Frater PVN as we did, on his own terms.”
  • Witchcraft and Adolescence in American Popular Culture: Teen Witches [Amazon UK, Bookshop UK, Publisher, Local Library] by Miranda Corcoran—”In the decades since the Second World War, the teenage witch has emerged as a major American cultural trope. Appearing in films, novels, comics and on television, adolescent witches have long reflected shifting societal attitudes towards the teenage demographic. At the same time, teen witches have also served as a means through which adolescent femininity can be conceptualised, interrogated and reimagined. Drawing on a wide theoretical framework – including the works of Deleuze and Foucault as well as recent new materialist philosophies – this book explores how the adolescent witch has evolved over the course of more than seventy years. Moving from the birth of the bobby soxer in the 1940s through to twenty-first-century teenage engagements with fourth-wave feminism, this book treats a range of themes including embodiment, agency, identity, violence and sexuality.”
  • Crowdfunding: “Help Dr. Ahmad fund his groundbreaking book“—”There is tremendous interest in Islamic occult sciences both among “academics”, practitioners of Western occult traditions, and general readers especially among Muslims who do not know languages like Arabic, Persian, Urdu, and Turkish. From my personal experience, I receive countless lengthy emails on the topic. There is not a single introductory, intermediate, or even advanced book written in English by anyone who is an initiate of these relatively hidden traditions of the Islamic world. Now for the first time Saiyad Nizamuddin Ahmad, who is a Princeton-trained PhD in Islamic studies as well being a student of traditional masters of the Islamic occult sciences since 1992 has embarked upon compiling a comprehensive handbook of these sciences for an English speaking audience. The projected work will give an exhaustive account of magic squares and their use in the construction of Islamic talismans from the 3×3 square all the way up to the 12×12 as well as examining briefly some very large squares, such as the 27×27 and the 100×100. A step-by-step approach to using magic squares to construct talismans based on the Ninety Nine Names of Allāh will also be given as well as advanced techniques of constructing 3×3 and 4×4 squares that include letter-based squares as well as number-based ones and techniques for combining both letters and numbers according to the method of Ahmad al-Būni, author of the famed Shams al-Maʿārif. Finally, a separate volume will be devoted to the science of ʿIlm al-Raml or “Sand Divination”, i.e. Islamic Geomancy. In addition to all of these hands-on techniques important details such as the preparation of inks and pens for writing talismans, timings, and symbolic directions which are almost always omitted from the Arabic works will be set out in detail along with a discussion of the theoretical background to these sciences found in Arabic metaphysical writings. No such work has ever appeared in the English language. We are asking for $12,000 to fund this groundbreaking intellectual endeavor. What these funds will go towards is providing the author with enough money to buy a new computer so as to replace his current one which is in very poor shape. The funds will also go towards funding travel, for the author and a research assistant, to various research libraries across the US and the rest will be put towards marketing, the most important part of any book’s publication. We thank you for your contribution in this project, which is truly one of a kind.”
  • Bawdy Tales and Trifles of Devilries for Ladies and Gentlemen of Experience [Amazon, Bookshop, Local Library] with illustrations by Eugene Lepoittevin, introduction by Sarah Burns, afterword by Fanny Woodcock—”Commissioned by and for wealthy aristocrats for their private amusements, we introduce you to a selection of stories, poems, limericks, and bon mots assured to delight the most refined of connoisseurs. Complimented by rare erotic lithographs by renowned illustrator Eugene Lepoittevin. Lepoittevin’s Devils first appeared to acclaim in 1832. Originally, his devil was an impish troublemaker. At the behest of his publisher, he created a new series of lithographs featuring his devils ala erotique. The drawings are more humorous than titillating and reflect the sense of absurdity prevalent in European eroticism. Even so, the drawings were long banned in Europe and the United States, with the government going so far as to confiscate copies intended for the Kinsey Institute in 1956. The selection of writings is culled from humorous erotic pastiches and rare writing privately printed for exclusive collectors by underground publishers that have long been hidden in the Private Case of the British Library and the L’Enfer of the Biblioteque nationale du France. Bawdy Tales is designed with the collector in mind, utilizing vegan leather and gold embossing to simulate period morocco binding. Art Historian Sarah Burns introduces Lepoittevin’s work and career. Expert collector of written erotica, “Lady Fanny Woodcock” contributes a short history of the erotic book in Western culture.” Also watch “A Peek at Bawdy Tales and Trifles of Devilries for Ladies and Gentlemen of Experience“.
  • From Now To Now: Born into World War II, Liberated Decades Later [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Marlis Jermutus, trans. Richard Rasa, foreword by Zaida Rivene—”Born in Germany during World War II, a beautiful young fatherless child picks flowers on the battlefield. At age four she befriends the pillaging Russian soldiers, and every man for years to come will appear as both father figure and invader. War, sexual abuse, and class insecurity awakens an extraordinary defense mechanism in the young girl. With laser-like attention to detail, she searches with searing honesty for meaning and compassion. Professionally trained in the exacting art of being a German housekeeper, she learns the lessons, but never conforms to a normal home life. Four husbands, many lovers, friendships with icons of a counter culture, years in prison, years of painting astounding abstract art and playing abstract meditative music – and within every moment she finds the keys to a profound spiritual awareness.”
  • Natural Law, Or Don’t Put A Rubber On Your Willy And Other Writings From A Natural Outlaw [Amazon, Publisher, Local Library] by Robert Anton Wilson, ed. Chad Nelson—”In Natural Law, Robert Anton Wilson tackles reality itself, and lays the groundwork for his future writings on Model Agnosticism.”
  • The World After Capital [Publisher, Creative Commons online, Local Library] by Albert Wenger—”Technological progress has shifted scarcity for humanity. When we were foragers, food was scarce. During the agrarian age, it was land. Following the industrial revolution, capital became scarce. With digital technologies scarcity is shifting once more. We need to figure out how to live in The World After Capital in which the only scarcity is our attention.”
  • Heat 2: A Novel [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Michael Mann and Meg Gardiner, due Aug 2022—”Michael Mann, four-time Oscar-nominated filmmaker and writer-director of Heat, Collateral, Thief, Manhunter, and Miami Vice, teams up with Edgar Award-winning author Meg Gardiner to deliver Mann’s first crime novel — an explosive return to the world and characters of his classic film Heat — an all-new story that illuminates what happened before and after the iconic film. Described by Michael Mann as both a prequel and sequel to the renowned, critically acclaimed film of the same name, HEAT 2 covers the formative years of homicide detective Vincent Hanna (Oscar winner Al Pacino) and elite criminals Neil McCauley (Oscar winner Robert De Niro), Chris Shiherlis (Val Kilmer), and Nate (Oscar winner Jon Voight), and features the same extraordinary ambition, scope, rich characterizations, and attention to detail as the epic film. This new story leads up to the events of the film and then moves beyond it, featuring new characters on both sides of the law, new high-line heists, and breathtakingly cinematic action sequences. Ranging from the streets of L.A. to the inner sancta of rival Taiwanese crime syndicates in Paraguay to a massive drug cartel money-laundering operation just over the border in Mexico, HEAT 2 illuminates the dangerous workings of international crime organizations and the agents who pursue them as it provides a full-blooded portrait of the men and women who inhabit both worlds. Operatic in scope, HEAT 2 is engrossing, moving, and tragic — a masterpiece of crime fiction from one of the most innovative and influential filmmakers in American cinema.”
  • wait, whut? I mean: Wait, whut?! Tweet—”my mind is fucking blown because I was going over proofs of one of my forthcoming pieces, & noted that ‘e.e. cummings’ should be lowercase. IT TURNS OUT: ‘per family correspondence with Cummings, our copy editor says he preferred his name to be capitalized’ (!!!!!!!)” Also tweet—”I am looking at my CMOS 17 and my mouth is hanging open”—”E. E. Cummings can be safely capitalized; it was one of his publishers, not he himself, who lowercased his name.”
  • Scientists break through major milestone in harnessing fusion energy. Process uses materials found in seawater to produce energy like a star.”—”Scientists have made a major stride towards turning fusion energy into a viable energy source. The research could allow for the creation of a whole new kind of sustainable energy source that in turn could revolutionise the way we power our world.”
  • A Mysterious ‘X Particle’ Could Help Explain the Birth of Reality. Scientists achieved breakthrough detections of an elusive particle from the dawn of time at the Large Hadron Collider.”—”These short-lived particles, which are called ‘X’ because their internal structure is unknown, existed in the chaotic microseconds after the Big Bang, when the universe was filled with a churning subatomic soup called quark-gluon plasma. They are, however, exceedingly rare in the modern universe, leaving many of their properties shrouded in mystery.”
  • Huge asteroid over twice size of Empire State Building caught in eerie footage making close approach to Earth. An asteroid more than twice the size of the Empire State Building made a nerve-shredding close approach to Earth on Tuesday this week.” (Last week, but you know …) Also “Don’t look up! Astronomer captures footage of huge 3,451ft asteroid as it makes its closest approach to Earth in almost 90 years. Footage of asteroid 7482 (1994 PC1) captured by Italy’s Virtual Telescope Project. The huge rocky body shows up as just a tiny white dot shooting among the stars. Asteroid 7482 (1994 PC1) was first discovered by Australian astronomers in 1994. It made a close approach of Earth on Tuesday, a day after the footage was taken.”
  • Monster black hole spotted ‘giving birth’ to stars. The Hubble telescope just spotted a 500-light-year-long ‘umbilical cord’ for baby stars.”
  • Saturn’s ‘Death Star’ moon might be hiding an underground ocean. Furthering the search for potential life in our solar system.”
  • Pig Kidneys Transplanted Into Brain-Dead Man as Patients Face Organ Shortages. First-of-its-kind surgery in Alabama is seen potentially leading to clinical trials of animal-to-human transplants.”
  • Along the coast of Brittany, a search for our prehistoric ancestors. The Carnac Alignments, set in place some 6,500 years ago, provide a rocky path to our Neolithic past.”
  • ‘If people want Stonehenge to be a UFO landing site, that’s fine’. Thought we’d never know who built that giant stone circle? Think again – as a new British Museum show transports us into their world.”
  • Tweet—”Absolutely extraordinary: a complete stretch of a 13th-century log road discovered in Berlin’s city centre. The state of preservation is astonishing!”
  • Microsoft’s $70 Billion Purchase Of Activision Was Inevitable.” Also “Microsoft’s Activision move proves the competition is no longer Sony, it’s something much bigger.” Also “Why Bobby Kotick Sold Activision To Microsoft, W/O His PR Spin.”
  • Antimicrobial resistance now a leading cause of death worldwide, study finds. Lancet analysis highlights need for urgent action to address antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections.”—”Antimicrobial resistance poses a significant threat to humanity, health leaders have warned, as a study reveals it has become a leading cause of death worldwide and is killing about 3,500 people every day. More than 1.2 million – and potentially millions more – died in 2019 as a direct result of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, according to the most comprehensive estimate to date of the global impact of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The stark analysis covering more than 200 countries and territories was published in the Lancet. It says AMR is killing more people than HIV/Aids or malaria. Many hundreds of thousands of deaths are occurring due to common, previously treatable infections, the study says, because bacteria that cause them have become resistant to treatment.”
  • Red wine wards off coronavirus… but beer does not, according to new research. People drinking more than five glasses of red a week cut risk of catching Covid. Experts believe this revelation is due to the drink’s high polyphenol content. Beer and cider drinkers had near 28 per cent higher chance of contracting virus.”
  • What life is like for an 11-year-old. Avah Lamie, 11, says this is a stressful time to be a kid. Rates of anxiety and depression among children and youth were on the rise even before COVID, but the past two years have made things worse.”
  • Thread—”In year three of the pandemic, I see many people mourning not only death around us, but a loss of public trust in institutions, spread of misinformation, and governmental instability. For today, I want to talk about something else. I want to talk about cholera.” “Some of you may have heard much of this story before. But I want to talk about something rarely discussed in the conversation around cholera; cholera riots. In many places, it was obvious that more poor people were dying of cholera than rich people.” “Particularly in Europe, rumors spread. There were those who accused the government of creating the disease to rid their cities of the urban poor. There were outcries against this “Oriental” disease. The press often contributed, with op-eds spurring on these vitriolic claims.” “In 1830-1832, all hell broke loose. Violence rose against the rich, against the classed gentry, against doctors, against patients, against foreigners. In Russia, protestors specifically organized against measures taken to slow the spread of cholera.”
  • The next Covid variant will be more contagious than omicron, but the question is whether it will be more deadly, WHO says. WHO official Maria Van Kerkhove warned against theories that the virus will continue to mutate into milder strains that make people less sick than earlier variants. The virus will continue to evolve before it settles into a pattern, said Dr. Mike Ryan, WHO’s director of emergency programs. Pfizer and BioNTech on Tuesday started testing a Covid vaccine that specifically targets the omicron variant.”
  • The Anti-Vaccine Right Brought Human Sacrifice to America. Since last summer, the conservative campaign against vaccination has claimed thousands of lives for no ethically justifiable purpose.”—”large-scale human sacrifice can be a useful modern political tool for a party ideologically committed to extreme inequality. What might be the next public-health crisis they can exploit?”
  • Thread—”We’ve reached a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic (a really long thread). So many (even safe, rational) folks are leaning on a new motto- one I’m calling ‘endemic fatalism’. “We’re all going to get it,” is what I keep hearing. No doubt that Omicron has shifted the narrative.” “What is clear from even a cursory historical examination of the concept of endemicity is that there are cultural and political, and not always scientific reasons for labelling a disease endemic.” “at best welcoming COVID endemicity is a neoliberal apology for the failure of most gov’s ability to properly handle COVID-19 for the past two years. At its worst this view is a neodarwinian fatalism. We need to stand against both. This history matters.” “Framing a disease as either endemic or epidemic has always been about fitting a political and cultural agenda.”
  • At DC Rally, Anti-Vaxxers Claim the Legacy of Slavery and the Holocaust (Again and Again and Again). Attendees of the ‘Defeat the Mandates’ rally explained to Motherboard how they were like Black people during Jim Crow or Jews under Hitler.”—”A few hours later they would see Robert F. Kennedy Jr. unfavorably compare the conditions under which they are living to those faced by Jews living under the Nazis. ‘Even in Hitler’s Germany, you could cross the Alps to Switzerland,” Kennedy said in remarks his own wife called “reprehensible and insensitive.’ ‘You could hide in an attic like Anne Frank did.'”
  • Alleged Capitol Rioters Are Getting In Trouble For Guns And Other Violations After Going Home. A common theme popping up in violations among those on pretrial release has come from defendants who are reluctant to give up access to firearms.” Tweet—”It’s almost like they weren’t precious innocent babies led astray by Trump, but violent assholes the whole time.”
  • Trump campaign officials, led by Rudy Giuliani, oversaw fake electors plot in 7 states.” Also “Why Rudy Giuliani’s fake electors scheme was so dangerous to democracy.”
  • Is the Anti-Democracy Movement Reaching a Tipping Point in the US and Around the World? This debate about how humans should govern themselves is the real battle of our time, both metaphorically and literally, both internationally and right here at home.”
  • Voting rights fight shifts back to statehouses as Senate Democrats fail to advance national protections“—”‘If Congress cannot act because of a broken Senate, and federal courts refuse to protect voting rights, then states will have an open invitation to abuse the rights of their own people. It is folly to think that these laws in the states are as bad as it can get,’ said Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School.”
  • Thread—”It’s been a while, but for the masochists amongst you, here’s the return of #TheWeekInTory 1. The PM said he’d done nothing wrong, and had therefore apologised to the Queen for doing it 2. He claimed he hadn’t broken rules because nobody had told him the rules, which he wrote …”
  • ‘People Need to Know She Sucks’: Kyrsten Sinema’s Volunteers, Ex-Staff Are Fed Up. ‘I’m livid. I can only call her a turncoat,’ one former volunteer said. ‘I feel betrayed.'” Also tweet—”Thinking about the time when I worked on her 2012 campaign and she made me drive to a tv studio an hour and a half away to pick up a hairbrush she left there.” Also thread—”THREAD on Sinema: Sinema’s behavior has made no common sense to me. Surely she knows too that she would lose in the 2024 Democratic primary. Why would she do it? I have info from an inside source who lives in AZ and has a direct connection. With his permission am sharing. 1/” “To Sinema, as many of us suspected, her term in the U.S. Senate, she believes is just a stopping ground for her next step. She doesn’t assume she will need to be re-elected. This is something I imagined, but assumed she would be a consultant or something of that variety.” “Sinema believes she will be running to President in 2024 I am told. This self-styled bipartisanship she believes she speaks for, will be her brand to run as the candidate in the middle. Not far-left of far-right. She has convinced herself this is her calling and she has it.”
  • Tweet—”The story of America captured on a box of butter. They removed the Native — but they kept the land.”
  • An old Virginia plantation, a new owner and a family legacy unveiled. A man who purchased a plantation home in the rural Virginia community he grew up in later learned its original owners had enslaved his ancestors.”
  • Two men take corpse into Irish post office to claim dead man’s pension. Deceased man ‘propped up’ by two men as they walked into the building in County Carlow on Friday morning.”
  • Tweet—”what if i told you this is bad actually.” “it’s lovely that these kids stepped up. in no world should they have had to. it’s an absolute governmental failure.”
  • Kojak’s brand: “New York City’s 90-Year Old Famed Tobacco Shop to Shut Its Doors. As coronavirus pandemic emptied Midtown, most of store’s customer base also evaporated; ‘We are as authentic to New York as Hermès is to Paris’”
  • From the Crowley Corollary dept: Oh, wow. The depiction of the character they called “Aleister Crowley” in Pennyworth s01 is risibly off base and stupid, that’s not even to mention the fact that he’d have been at least 84 years old when the show takes place and he had already died decades earlier. Even for an alternate timeline, it’s just stupid. It was okay until about ½ through the first season, I guess. Things went down hill from there. I don’t think I can bring myself to watch s02.
  • Mars, Nestlé and Hershey to face child slavery lawsuit in US. Chocolate companies are among the defendants named in a lawsuit brought by former child workers in Ivory Coast.” And, just from last year, but sure, let’s retcon the M&M mascots
  • Wow, I hope they find some kind of a clue about what might possibly have happened so they can solve this one! “100+ Snakes Found in Maryland Home With Dead Man. When deputies arrived to a home in Pomfret, Maryland, they found a man unresponsive and a house full of snakes.” “Man found dead in Pomfret house containing more than 100 snakes“—”A man was found dead Wednesday night in Charles County in a house containing more than 100 snakes. According to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, a man called authorities concerned for his 49-year-old neighbor who he saw lying on the floor unconscious. Deputies and EMS crews arrived at the house in the 5500 block of Raphael Drive in Pomfret, forced their way in and found the man dead. Detectives investigating the man’s death said there were no obvious signs of foul play. The man was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy. Authorities said there were more than 100 venomous and non-venomous snakes of different varieties in tanks inside the house.”
  • FREEDOM! “Robot vacuum cleaner escapes from Cambridge Travelodge. A robot vacuum cleaner made a break for freedom after giving staff the slip at a Travelodge hotel.”
  • RUN! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES! “Monkey on loose in Pennsylvania after crash on way to laboratory. Police advise people not to approach cynomolgus monkey believed to be on the loose near Danville after Friday crash.”
  • Two men hit by woman falling out of window… who was looking at another man who fell off rooftop. Luckily, everyone involved is expected to pull through.”
  • A Search Engine That Finds You Weird Old Books. To help ‘rewild your attention’ I built a book-finding app.”

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