Crowley Corollary achievement unlocked in 2016 US elections!

The Crowley Corollary achievement has today been unlocked in the 2016 US elections!

I conjured the Crowley Corollary to Godwin’s Law as a “lesser banishing ritual of the analogy” against a particular and common specious rhetorical collocation of Aleister Crowley and Satanism.

“Once a discussion of some topic reaches a comparison between Satanism and Aleister Crowley, its usefulness is over.” [via]

And the corollary to the corollary:

“The person guilty of The Crowley Corollary knows nothing interesting or useful about Aleister Crowley or Satanism, if anything at all.” [via]

Today this level of absurdity has been reached with a recent breathless Satanic Panic release about Hillary Clinton advisor John Podesta maybe attending some Marina Abromovic performance art dinner via totes legit and rational sources Drudge, Infowars and Wikileaks discussed by Xeni Jardin at Clinton advisor Podesta is a sex magic witch: Drudge Report via Infowars via Wikileaks (seems legit):

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John Podesta practices Aleister Crowley-inspired blood sex semen magic, reports Drudge Report, citing Infowars, which cites Wikileaks. They just went Full Drudge.


Menstrual blood, semen and breast milk: Most bizarre Wikileaks revelation yet

In what is undoubtedly the most bizarre Wikileaks revelation to date, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta was invited to a “spirit cooking dinner” by performance artist Marina Abramovic, to take part in an occult ritual founded by Satanist Aleister Crowley.

Crowley is the glue that makes this pastor go gay for Satan

Here’s a bit of dialog at “Roots of Gay Activism” which is an interesting example of the kind of weak thinking which results in and from the Crowley Corollary. In this example, the person tries to link homosexuality to satanism by linking Crowley and satanism. The reasoning throughout this reminds me of nothing less than the horrific anti-intellectual nonsense that comes from the mouths of news anchors trying to ad lib.

Shofarsound: You believe that homosexuality and satanism have a direct link. Tell me about that.

Pastor Joe: In my estimation that would be the most notorious Satanist of the last century, Aleister Crowley (1875-1947). [Crowley died just three years before organized homosexual activism took root in America]. Crowley stated that he had gone over to “Satan’s side” and wanted to become Satan’s chief of staff. Crowley was a bisexual, and his “Abbey of Thelema” or sex temple in Italy was found to have biographical graffiti, depicting orgies that included little children. We document this from is own admirers in our documentary, The Kinsey Syndrome. He influenced the sexual revolutionary thought processes of everyone from Alfred Kinsey to Harry Hay. It is important to know that Crowley’s end goal was the ushering in of the age of Horus and the coming Antichrist, the man of sin. He literally signed his name “The Beast 666.”

Shofarsound: What was Crowley’s purpose in partnering with the agenda of homosexual rights activists?

Pastor Joe: Crowley stated that he was out to “sodomize the boys of England,” and wanted his diabolical teachings to be “circulated among the young.” He later stated that he would target the USA to push his satanic agenda. We document that in our video “They Sold Their Souls for Rock and Roll” that Crowley’s teachings provided the social architecture for the counter culture revolution of the 60’s. We prove that many of the leading social revolutionaries and academics of that era, as well as a host of top rock stars, have done Crowley’s bidding and were, wittingly or unwittingly, major change agents.

Shofarsound: Crowley’s views certainly mirror those of homosexual activists we see in the spotlight today. How did he view the nuclear family?

Pastor Joe: Crowley not only stated that he had gone over to “Satan’s side” but proclaimed the family to be “public enemy number one.” His licentious motto was “Do What thou Wilt,” and he taught that the word “sin” is “restriction.” This kind of thinking will destroy both family and society, once it is embraced.

Well, there it is. It’s enough to make me want to destroy family and society just to get away from morons like those.

Apparent Patron Saint of Outsider Art Aleister Crowley’s posthumous approval

A Perverse Mind Populated by Devils, Snakes and Buxom Nudes by Ken Johnson gives a nod to Aleister Crowley in an article about the “outsider art” of Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern.

This is an interesting example of the Crowley Corollary, in that by way of a seemingly lazy invocation of Aleister Crowley immediately after mentioning the idea of an imaginary rhetorical “satanic sex cult”, the author actually manages to make a more meta connection to Aleister Crowley’s own esoteric Outsider Art, like that found at Cefalù.

“Very quickly, Schröder-Sonnenstern’s art evolved from sketchy drawings of mysteriously symbolic emblems — mixing disembodied eyes, stars, hearts and lines of radiation — to fully realized allegories rendered in rich colors on poster-size sheets of artist’s paper. Abounding in rotund, improbably buxom nude women; grinning devils; resplendently costumed magi; snakes and other anthropomorphized creatures, and willfully animated by a comical, polymorphous perversity, his images look as if they’d been made by a member of a satanic, Orientalist sex cult. Aleister Crowley surely would have approved.”

Also, this is notably a hat-tip to Thelemapedia’s Aleister Crowley biography from a New York Times art review.

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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Omnium Gatherum: 14apr2021

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for April 14, 2021

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

  • Crowdfunding with 8 days to go: “Tome: The Light Edition. A trick-taking inspired card game with a magical twist. Play with friends on teams or battle it out in a free for all!”—”Tome is a fast paced trick-taking game for 3 to 4 players, set in a world of magic and spells. Players complete to play the strongest spell, using whatever tricks at their disposal to trump their opponents. Summon raging flames, crashing waves, and the might of the Earth and sky itself! A twist on the classic formula; Tome is simple enough to pick up for a new player, but has a deep layer of strategy that will keep veterans coming back again and again. Can you truly master the elements?”
  • Man obsessed with former Highland home of occultist breaks court order banning him from the area. A Greek man who is obsessed with the former Highland home of the self-proclaimed ‘wickedest man in the world’, Aleister Crowley, has breached an order against visiting the spot.”
  • Read this as if it is talking about esoteric practitioners. Shots fired! “Theoria and Philosophy as a Way of Life. Texts without practices are empty, practices without texts are blind.” To be fair, in my experience any time one talks about either academics or artists, one could substitute in magician on another read through and get interesting thoughts to consider. I should come up with a cute name for this like I did for the Crowley Corollary … like, um something something Hermetic Library’s Magical Law of Lexical Substitution.
  • Lifting the Veil of Isis: Egyptian Reception and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Alternative Egyptology Symposium, Allard Pierson Archaeological Museum, 14th April 2021.” Newlu uploaded paper by Caroline Tully. “Founded in London in 1888, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was a secret society which taught its members ritual magic and conducted elaborate initiations that revealed hidden knowledge. Originating in a background of Hermeticism, Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry, the Golden Dawn inherited the belief that Egypt was the repository of ancient wisdom. While utilising the long-accessible Classical literature about Egypt, as well as the latest research from academic Egyptology in order to design their rituals and cosmology, the Golden Dawn interpreted both types of material through a pseudo-Egyptological lens. Golden Dawn rituals were constructed using Pharaonic Egyptian sources such as The Book of Coming Forth by Day (or Book of the Dead), the ‘Opening of the Mouth’ ceremony, the myth of kingly succession, Egyptian statues, painting, costume, mummies, and funerary stelae, as well as later material such as Plutarch’s De Iside et Osiride, the Hellenised Isiac initiation in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses, and the Greek Magical Papyri. In combination with the reception of the goddess Isis within the Hermetic tradition, Golden Dawn rituals were consequently syncretistic constructions that included the Egypt filtered by the Greeks and Romans, the ‘Ægypt’ of Hermeticism, and scholarly Egyptology. This paper will focus on the engagement with Egyptian antiquities in museums by four prominent members of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn: Samuel Mathers, Moina Mathers, Florence Farr, and Aleister Crowley, and will argue that Egypt was utilised by these figures as a source of legitimation and power within an agonistic spiritual milieu.”
  • The Key of Solomon by S Liddell MacGregor Mather, from Troy Books. “Following enquiries over the years, we have decided to release special limited-edition versions of our Grimoire Series. To celebrate this, we are releasing the next book in the series The Key of Solomon The King (Clavicula Salomonis), translated and edited by S. L. MacGregor Mathers, in special limited-edition along with the previous two books in the series: The Long Hidden Friend and The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage which will be given the same special-edition treatment.” “Our edition of The Key of Solomon The King has been reformatted by repositioning the imagery and creating two indexes of figures – for those that are repositioned and for Mathers’ original plates – for the improved ease of use by scholar and practitioner alike.”
  • Hookup culture needs more devilish ‘Sex Magicians’ to thrive: author.” More about Sex Magicians: The Lives and Spiritual Practices of Paschal Beverly Randolph, Aleister Crowley, Jack Parsons, Marjorie Cameron, Anton LaVey, and Others [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher] by Michael William West—”An in-depth look at the lives and occult practices of 12 influential practitioners of sex magic from the 19th century to the present day. Offering a fascinating introduction to the practice of sex magic in the Western esoteric tradition, Michael William West explores the lives and practices of 12 influential sex magicians: Paschal Beverly Randolph, Ida Craddock, Aleister Crowley, Maria de Naglowska, Austin Osman Spare, Julius Evola, Franz Bardon, Jack Parsons, William S. Burroughs, Marjorie Cameron, Anton LaVey, and Genesis P-Orridge.”
  • Amanda Gorman’s books will be presented this year in Portugal by Presença.”—”In Portugal the poem The Hill We Climb had already been translated by the poet Raquel Lima and published by Casa Fernando Pessoa.”
  • The Devil’s Pawn [Amazon, Bookshop] by Oliver Pötzsch, trans. Lisa Reinhardt, book 2 in the Faust series—”A showman’s fate is in the hands of the devil in an enthralling novel inspired by the Faust legend from the bestselling author of the Hangman’s Daughter series.”
  • The Devourer Below: An Arkham Horror Anthology [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher] edited by Charlotte Llewelyn-Wells, with cover by John Coulthart, book 5 of the Arkham Horror series, due July 2021—”The city of Arkham falls prey to ghoulish dread in this chilling anthology of action-packed adventure, from the bestselling world of Arkham Horror.”
  • Why is Maintaining Adult Friendships So Difficult?” Excerpt from Did I Say That Out Loud? Midlife Indignities and How to Survive Them [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher] by Kristin van Ogtrop—”Enjoy this hilarious and deeply insightful take on the indignities of middle age and how to weather them with grace–from the former editor-in-chief of Real Simple.”
  • Quan Barry on the Possibilities of Magical Realism.” Podcast episode with Quan Barry, author of We Ride Upon Sticks [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher]—”In the town of Danvers, Massachusetts, home of the original 1692 witch trials, the 1989 Danvers Falcons will do anything to make it to the state finals—even if it means tapping into some devilishly dark powers. Against a background of irresistible 1980s iconography, Quan Barry expertly weaves together the individual and collective progress of this enchanted team as they storm their way through an unforgettable season.” “Through the crucible of team sport and, more importantly, friendship, this comic tour de female force chronicles Barry’s glorious cast of characters as they charge past every obstacle on the path to finding their glorious true selves.”
  • Finding Hemingway: Seeing the Self Behind the Self-Mythologizer.”
  • On the Literature of Rewilding… and the Need to Rewild Literature.”
  • 15 Writing (and Life) Lessons from Finishing Two Novels That Didn’t Sell.”—”1. You have to love your characters, even if your readers don’t. 2. Use your life experience only when it serves the story. 3. Know that you don’t really kill your darlings—you just set them aside for later. 4. You can have as many characters as you want—as long as you clearly position them on stage. 5. Find the axis that your novel turns around. 6. Every single scene, whether it’s in the past or present, has to move the story forward. 7. When you enter a scene, don’t spend too much time clearing your throat. 8. Every sentence has to pass the audience read-aloud test—especially the funny ones. 9. Connections and credentials do make a difference. 10. Living a little doesn’t hurt. 11. Don’t compare yourself to non-writer friends or your writer friends. 12. But this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider getting a stable job. 13. Don’t underestimate the power of timing and luck. 14. If you’re not sure about being a writer, don’t do it. 15. Have gratitude—really.” By Maria Kuznetsova, author of Something Unbelievable [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher]—”An overwhelmed new mom discovers unexpected parallels between life in twenty-first-century America and her grandmother’s account of their family’s escape from the Nazis in this sharp, heartfelt novel.”
  • Goatskin, Tree Bark, and One Expensive Scribe: How “The King of the World’s Booksellers” Produced Manuscripts.” Excerpt from The Bookseller of Florence: The Story of the Manuscripts That Illuminated the Renaissance [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher] by Ross King—”The bestselling author of Brunelleschi’s Dome and Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling captures the excitement and spirit of the Renaissance in this chronicle of the life and work of “the king of the world’s booksellers” and the technological disruption that forever changed the ways knowledge spread.”
  • How Björk Helped Iceland Weather the Global Financial Crisis.” Excerpt from Two Beats Ahead: What Musical Minds Teach Us About Innovation [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher] by Panos A Panay and R Michael Hendrix—”Discover what the musical mind has to teach us about innovation in this fascinating book, featuring interviews with Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, T Bone Burnett, Gloria Estefan, Imogen Heap, and many more. ”
  • How History Has Failed to Tell the Story of the Gold Rush Women.” By Brian Castner, author of Stampede: Gold Fever and Disaster in the Klondike [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher]—”A gripping and wholly original account of the epic human tragedy that was the great Klondike Gold Rush of 1897-98. One hundred thousand men and women rushed heedlessly north to make their fortunes; very few did, but many thousands of them died in the attempt.”
  • How Depression and Trauma Cast Multigenerational Shadows.” Excerpt from A Cure for Darkness: The Story of Depression and How We Treat It by Alex Riley [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher]—”A fascinating look at the treatment of depression, blending journalism, science, history, and memoir, by an award-winning science writer.”
  • Why Read the Classics? A Moroccan master reflects on the Arabic tradition.”
  • I’m Gonna Live Like a Human Being. Don’t be a writer—be an expert of you.”
  • New York bookstore figures out the perfect sideline: pickles.
  • From the Commercialization Break Of Space dept: “‘Space Hero’ reality show competition signs space act agreement with NASA. But it doesn’t mean they’re sending people to the space station.”
  • A complete beginner’s guide to human memory. Why photographic memory is often misunderstood – and simple tricks to boost your memory.”—”There’s a basic misconception about memory that it’s akin to a video recording. It’s not: memory is more of an active reconstruction of what happened. From this mistaken metaphor, people have the idea that some other individuals can glance at something and then recall every detail with perfect accuracy.”
  • I recall news about this before, so I’m not sure this is new news. But, if not new, then more about this: “How a shocking environmental disaster was uncovered off the California coast after 70 years.”
  • Ecological impacts of solar geoengineering are highly uncertain. New research describes the unknowns in our knowledge of solar geoengineering.”—”Like everybody, I wish we were in a situation where we didn’t need to consider this.”
  • Researchers call for greater awareness of unintended consequences of CRISPR gene editing.”—”Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute have revealed that CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing can lead to unintended mutations at the targeted section of DNA in early human embryos. The work highlights the need for greater awareness of and further research into the effects of CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing, especially when used to edit human DNA in laboratory research.”
  • Cells age prematurely in those with depression, study suggests. People with major depression had accelerated cellular aging by an average of two years compared to healthy controls.”
  • The Lakes of Mars Likely Dried Up Multiple Times Before Totally Vanishing.”
  • Sea-level rise is creating ‘ghost forests’ on an American coast. In coastal North Carolina, evidence of forest die-off is everywhere. Nearly every roadside ditch I pass is lined with dead or dying trees.”
  • Marine life is fleeing the equator to cooler waters. History tells us this could trigger a mass extinction event.”
  • Airborne plastic pollution ‘spiralling around the globe’, study finds. Rising levels of microplastic pollution raise questions about the impact on human health, experts say.”
  • Discovery of new liquid phases in aerosol particles could better explain how air pollutants interact with the atmosphere.”
  • Brain damage caused by plasticisers: Bayreuth biologists investigate effects of bisphenols on nerve cells. The plasticisers contained in many everyday objects can impair important brain functions in humans. Biologists from the University of Bayreuth warn of this danger in an article in “Communications Biology”. Their study shows that even small amounts of the plasticisers bisphenol A and bisphenol S disrupt the transmission of signals between nerve cells in the brains of fish. The researchers consider it very likely that similar interference can also occur in the brains of adult humans. They therefore call for the rapid development of alternative plasticisers that do not pose a risk to the central nervous system.”
  • World’s first hydrogen cargo vessel set for Paris debut. European innovation project Flagships will deploy the world’s first commercial cargo transport vessel operating on hydrogen, plying the river Seine in Paris with the vessel’s operations due to start sometime this year.”
  • Nuclear Reactors Shut Down by ‘Jellyfish-Like Organisms’.”
  • MIT Scientists Spin Some Music Out of Spider Webs – And it Sounds Otherworldly (Listen).”
  • The Fairy Circles Mystery Gets a New Suspect. A small study suggests that soil microbes could play a role in the ring-like grass formations in parts of Australia’s wilderness.”
  • From the Holy art Thou, O Light above all Gods! dept: “Indestructible Light Beam: Special Light Waves Created That Can Penetrate Even Opaque Materials. Researchers at Utrecht University and at TU Wien (Vienna) create special light waves that can penetrate even opaque materials as if the material was not even there.”
  • Birds’ blood functions as heating system in winter. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have discovered that bird blood produces more heat in winter, when it is colder, than in autumn. The study is published in The FASEB Journal.”
  • New Jurassic flying reptile reveals the oldest opposed thumb. A new 160-million-year-old arboreal pterosaur species, dubbed ‘Monkeydactyl’, has the oldest true opposed thumb – a novel structure previously not known in pterosaurs.”
  • Gorillas do not bluff when they chest beat. The chest beats given by adult male gorillas reliably indicate their body size. The gorilla chest beat is one of the most emblematic sounds in the animal kingdom, even working its way into our informal speech signifying overblown advertisement of one’s own achievements. However, until recently it was unclear what information gorillas were conveying when they gave these impressive displays. A team of international researchers show that chest beats reliably indicate the body size of the chest beater. Body size indicates competitive ability in gorillas. Therefore this information is likely to be crucial for rival males as well as females in influencing mate choice.”
  • Neanderthal Ancestry Identifies Oldest Modern Human Genome. The fossil skull of a woman in Czechia has provided the oldest modern human genome yet reconstructed, representing a population that formed before the ancestors of present-day Europeans and Asians split apart. In an article published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, an international team of researchers analyses the genome of an almost complete skull first discovered in Zlatý Kůň, Czechia in the early 1950s and now stored in the National Museum in Prague. The segments of Neanderthal DNA in its genome were longer than those of the Ust’-Ishim individual from Siberia, the previous oldest modern human sequenced, suggesting modern humans lived in the heart of Europe more than 45,000 years ago.” Also “Genomes of the earliest Europeans. Ancient genomes shed new light on the earliest Europeans and their relationships with Neandertals. An international research team has sequenced the genomes of the oldest securely dated modern humans in Europe who lived around 45,000 years ago in Bacho Kiro Cave, Bulgaria. By comparing their genomes to the genomes of people who lived later in Europe and in Asia the researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, show that this early human group in Europe contributed genes to later people, particularly present-day East Asians. The researchers also identified large stretches of Neandertal DNA in the genomes of the Bacho Kiro Cave people, showing that they had Neandertal ancestors about five to seven generations back in their family histories. This suggests that mixture with Neandertals was the rule rather than the exception when the first modern humans arrived in Europe.”
  • Childhood diet and exercise creates healthier, less anxious adults. Study in mice shows lasting effects of early-life habits.”
  • IU School of Medicine researchers develop blood test for depression, bipolar disorder.”
  • Chronic sinus inflammation appears to alter brain activity. Study findings may help explain patients’ poor concentration and other cognitive symptoms that accompany sinusitis.”
  • Plagues—”We are among the first human beings for whom the experience of a disease outbreak so severe and wide-ranging is outside of living memory. Our generation has inherited no familiar stock of coronavirus parables; no script that tells us exactly why we are suffering; no sheets of mortality statistics with an empty space left over for next time. Our fascination with plague literature is a sign that some things never change: this desire to tell and retell stories puts us in the company of every other set of survivors in recorded history. The instinct to impart structure and purpose to a fundamentally purpose-less crisis might be the only truly universal response to life in a pandemic. That we should feel it so strongly is all the more remarkable in a society as blissfully and unprecedentedly pandemic-free as the developed world was at the beginning of the twenty-first century. But no more: now we have narrative resources of our own, stories of contagion and endurance and recovery, to bequeath to the vulnerable who come after us. When faced with the unimaginable, we did what we have always done: look back.”
  • ‘I Do Not Trust People in the Same Way and I Don’t Think I Ever Will Again’. Workers are really, really not ready for offices to reopen.”
  • Constancy, Uncertainty, Trepidation.”—”We’ve seen the monster. I’m not at all sanguine about seeing what it dreams after slouching to Bethlehem.”
  • The Healing Power of JavaScript. For some of us—isolates, happy in the dark—code is therapy, an escape and a path to hope in a troubled world.”—”Reductively, programming consists of little puzzles to be solved. Not just inert jigsaws on living room tables, but puzzles that breathe with an uncanny life force. Puzzles that make things happen, that get things done, that automate tedium or allow for the publishing of words across the world.”
  • From the Tulips Wilting dept: “NFT Price Crash Stirs Debate on Whether Stimulus-Led Fad Is Over.” Guess people will have to store their NFTs on a shelf next to their Hummel figurines forever now. Wait. Oh no. They don’t actually have anything. Oops. ::sad trombone::
  • From the Have a Dagger, Find a Caesar dept: “Elon Musk Says He Is Now the ‘Imperator of Mars’“—”Last month, Musk claimed the title “Technoking of Tesla,” a mostly nonsensical distinction. Now, the billionaire has added the phrase “Imperator of Mars” to his Twitter bio.”
  • Soundtrap by Spotify is a new tool that creates a virtual studio for remote collaboration on audio projects, including music, podcasts, and more. Might be interesting and useful. Includes transcription features on some pricing tiers.
  • Security News This Week: Oh Look, LinkedIn Also Has a 500M User Data Leak. Plus: A bad Zoom bug, a billion-dollar cocaine bust, and more of the week’s top security news.”
  • ‘They Present a Version of Themselves That Isn’t Real’: Inside the Dark, Biohacked Heart of Silicon Valley. The tragic death of Zappos cofounder Tony Hsieh offered a peek into the lengths tech titans will go to appear in control.”
  • How Facebook let fake engagement distort global politics: a whistleblower’s account. The inside story of Sophie Zhang’s battle to combat rampant manipulation as executives delayed and deflected.”
  • Social media and the three registers.”—”Today’s social media sites cover Lacan’s three registers: Imaginary (Instagram), Symbolic (Facebook), Real (Twitter). Instagram is imaginary because people share their photos. Facebook is symbolic because people declare their symbolic ties (work, love, etc.). Twitter is real because there is an interdiction of length and people inter-dit (speak between the lines, it’s called subtweeting).”
  • Tweet—”Why does it seem impossible to engage in good faith debate online? I think a phenomenon I call “disinterpretation” can help us understand why that’s the case. (Thread)” Also tweet—”Misinterpretation is when people incorrectly understand meaning. Disinterpretation is when they don’t have the intention of understanding it.” Not just online! I’ve familiarity with this experience from a lot of other areas of life *cough* occult *cough* groups *cough* …
  • How Trump Unleashed a Domestic Terrorism Movement—And What Experts Say Must Be Done to Defeat It. ‘He tells them what to do. He tells them why they’re angry.'”
  • The Stanford scholar bent on helping digital readers spot fake news. How to help children navigate online content.”
  • I’m not sure any aristocracy is quite the exemplar of fine taste and good judgement this guy thinks it is, tbh. Plenty of blame all around for the rise of capitalism, I think. “The rule of the machine, or of a system of commerce and industry such as the one termed capitalistic, does not come from Heaven. It is not a visitation of Providence. If it comes at all, if it prevails at all, its ultimate triumph must be due to a deliberate act of taste and judgment on the part of some portion of the nation. The contention that it would have been in the interest of all concerned, and particularly of the landed aristocracy, to resist the ultimate complete triumph of the vulgar tradesman’s taste, I for one heartily uphold; and when I look around me to-day and see the ugliness and appalling squalor of our large cities, when I realise that the growing mass of useless dregs in the population, the growing unsavouriness and repulsiveness of mankind, are almost entirely the outcome of a change which is barely 150 years old, I cannot help thinking that those of the governing classes who allowed this change to come about showed a lack of fine feeling and of good judgment, for which they deserve to perish in the general Nemesis which threatens to overtake all societies that allow themselves to become the victims of the engineer’s, the shopkeeper’s and the stupid person’s democratic mind.”—Anthony Ludovici, “The English Aristocrat as a Failure in the Art of Protecting and Guiding the Ruled,” A Defence of Aristocracy quoted at “A Lack of Fine Feeling and Good Judgment“.
  • Ancient Family Lexicon, or Words and Loneliness.”—”Once upon a time, revolutions were unleashed to obtain freedom from a master. Today the word “revolution” is thrown around in political discourse, but in our inner lives it makes us so afraid that we prefer to oppress ourselves, to renounce the treasures of language and the strengths they confer. And so silence has become our master, imprisoning us in loneli-ness. A noisy silence, a busy loneliness. The result is a generalized anxiety that, when it explodes, because it always explodes sooner or later, makes us ashamed of ourselves.”
  • ‘Embrace the Grind’“—”However, sometimes problems can’t be solved by automation. If you’re willing to embrace the grind you’ll look like a magician.” “Who would do that? Painstakingly re-create an entire work of art? Someone willing to embrace the grind.”
  • From the Autoerotic Asphyxiation dept: “Ancient Cave Painters May Have Limited Their Oxygen for Creative Inspiration.”—”A new study found that history’s earliest painters created their works on the innermost walls of deep, dark caves that required lighting by fire, deliberately reducing their oxygen levels to induce ‘altered states of consciousness.'” Also “Ancient cave artists starved themselves of oxygen while painting.”
  • Fangoria’s New Owners Plan to Launch New Diverse Horror Productions. The plan for Fangoria, according to new co-owner Tara Ansley, is to use its brand name as the focus of a full-court multimedia blitz.” Also tweet—”@FANGORIA is a minority and female owned company. The majority of current employees are women. Our first two green-lit projects are directed by women & written by women. 2021 Chainsaw Awards are directed by a woman.” Also from last year, for context: “Cinestate Faces Internal Revolt Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations. Editors of two of the studio’s publications, Birth.Movies.Death. and Fangoria, have announced they will not work until their anti-harassment demands are met.” Also Tweet—”We’ve seen an uptick in female subscribers since purchasing the company and I think it’s the coolest thing to ever happen ….”
  • There Once Was a Poem Called a Limerick. Whose history, they say, isn’t quick. It’s all such a muddle, it can leave you befuddled, whether you like the clean or the sick.”—”The first limericks, not yet called that, published in the United States were in Charles Godfrey Leland’s Ye Book of Copperheads (1863), which heaped satiric calumny upon Confederate supporters in the North. By 1880, scholars today note, the word finally appeared in print.”
  • Tweet—”So Kung Fu is gonna do what Iron Fist should have done and I’m absolutely here for it.” Watch the Pilot episode of Kung Fu on CW
  • Has anybody seen some loose ceremonial swords? The Truman Presidential Library wants them back.”—”… the Kansas City FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information on the location of several ceremonial swords and daggers stolen from the Truman Presidential Library in . . . 1978. … So if you’ve seen some ceremonial swords lying around, or five snakes of varying lengths that look suspiciously rigid, or if you’ve noticed your friend’s golf clubs are weirdly sharp and pointed, or if you know a stolen sword enthusiast, alert the Kansas City FBI. No rush, though. Just get back to them in the next 43 years.”
  • Watch “‘It’s A Bad Idea To Advertise Our Existence’ – Michio Kaku On Making Contact With Extraterrestrials“—”I tell them the next time you are kidnapped by an alien flying saucer, for God’s sake, steal something. I don’t care whether it’s a pen or a chip, steal something! Because there is no law against stealing from an extraterrestrial civilization.” Interview with Michio Kaku, author of The God Equation: The Quest for a Theory of Everything [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher]—”Michio Kaku, renowned theoretical physicist and #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Future of the Mind and The Future of Humanity, tells the story of the greatest quest in all of science.”
  • Satanic style set to be top summer trend thanks to Lil Nas X – 10 evil garments to get you started. Lil Nas X’s release of his song and video “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” broke the internet last week, propelling the singer to number 1 in the US and UK, and driving right-wingers into a furious froth.”

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Omnium Gatherum: 20dec2020

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for December 20, 2020

Tomorrow is Winter Solstice, in the Northern Hemisphere! Winter Solstice, Sun in 0° Capricorn, December 21, 2020 at 10:02 UTC in the Northern Hemisphere; Summer Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. Hope yours is great!

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

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Omnium Gatherum: 16dec2020

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for December 16, 2020

Welp, that’s a wrap! I just recently finished featuring each track and artist from Magick, Music and Ritual 15 on social media. So, it’s mostly done until next year. I’ve started to point people toward “following” Hermetic Library on Bandcamp for anthology news; but, of course, I’ll keep talking about it elsewhere too. But, hopefully, it will be another way to reach people that avoids drowning in noise or being drowned by algorithms.

Hey, I don’t know if you knew about this, but I ran into it, again, I think: OpenLibrary has a search feature that does text searching within the entire catalog of Internet Archive documents. Try it out: Thelema. It doesn’t work so well for terms like A∴A∴, but maybe they’ll improve it over time. Anyhow, that’s a neat way to check for terms across books. I think I’ll add that and Wiktionary to the list of external references on Hermeneuticon pages! This will become increasingly useful as I get further into adding important terms from the material at the library, as a way to find materials outside the library that are also relevant. I’ve long wanted to start adding crossindexing from within and without the library materials, with important quotes. That’s another step in the right direction, anyway, of being more useful as a reference and research tool for the site, as I’ve always intended Hermeneuticon to become.

In other news, I just added a bunch of new pages to the long suffering, ever-upcoming issue of the Zine. It’s gone from only 1/2 filled, to only a few pages before I can release it! Oh! So it looks like there’s definitely going to be a zine issue in 2021! (I shudder to imagine when the next one after that will be ready, but let’s celebrate now whilst we can …) Oh, gods, did I just jinx it?

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

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Omnium Gatherum: 4nov2020

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for November 4, 2020

It’s the first Omnium Gatherum of the month, so I’ve again made this available, not just to Omnologists and above, but to all ongoing Patrons! Please enjoy this grab-bag of interesting things in partial thanks for your ongoing support of Hermetic Library and the work I do. Thank you!

Lots going on in the world, in general and in specific. Consider self-care. If you need it, there is 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline +1-800-273-8255. Feeling stressed out? Head to Crisis Text Line or text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor. Need help with LGBTQ+ issues? Head to The Trevor Project, text START to 678678 or call the +1-866-488-7386. Want help figuring out what to do? Go to MindWise Innovations’ Mental Health Screening for a brief, anonymous, and confidential questionnaire for recommendations and key resources.

I’ve been doing more to link to shops other than Amazon. I’ve talked about this before, and I’ve been doing this more or less for a while now already. You can see plenty of examples on the blog and below, of course. However, here’s a recent article about Bookshop expanding to include indie bookshops in the UK: “‘This is revolutionary’: new online bookshop unites indies to rival Amazon., which launched in the US earlier this year, has accelerated UK plans and goes online this week in partnership with more than 130 shops.”

I’ve been thinking more about how I might still develop an active mailing list. Haven’t done anything about it, but I realized I’ve got two topics for lists, probably separate: anthology activity and a general attempt to reach people outside of social media algorithms. I’m definitely going to be in the thinking about it phase for a while. As an aside, and reminder, you can check out the old list I experimented with, but only posted a couple newsletters before realizing that the way I was doing things wasn’t sustainable. Also, I’ve tried a lot of different ways to try to get people to connect more directly, like the old BBS and Discord, but so far Patreon has been the only one with much traction or that’s sustained. Anyhow, so, I’ve got some experience to include in trying to think about how I’d go about it now.

Just a reminder that Astronomical Samhain, ☉ at 15° ♏ (Sun at 15° Scorpio) occurs in the Northern Hemisphere at 22:56 UTC on November 7, 2020. So, feel free to keep the month of Halloween going for a few more days!

And, I previously posted this only for Patrons with various Exchange perks, but still have these treats unclaimed. So, I’m going to open these to all of you Patrons!

As a special treat for you all as ongoing Patrons, I have a number of things which I thought I’d offer first-come-first-served. If you want one of these, comment on this over at Patreon; or send an email, private message, or soever with your request. I’m making this open to all of you. I’ll contact you privately for your preferred mailing address if you’re first-served.

1. Esoteric Book Conference (small-ish) Tchotchke Bag

Esoteric Book Conference (small-ish) Tchotchke Bag

2. EGC (front) / Sekhet Maat Lodge (back) Shirt Large

EGC (front) Shirt Large

Sekhet Maat Lodge (back) Shirt Large

3. 418 Lodge 30th Anniversary Shirt Medium

418 Lodge 30th Anniversary Shirt Medium

4. Esoteric Book Conference (slightly off center) Shirt Medium

Esoteric Book Conference (slightly off center) Shirt Medium

5. Robert Anton Wilson Medical Fundraiser / If you can read this, you are a Pope! Shirt Large

Robert Anton Wilson Medical Fundraiser / If you can read this, you are a Pope! Shirt Large

Um. Yeah. These are all black fabric. Huh. Go figure. Each have been lightly worn (er, or used, in the case of the bag) once or twice at most, but either way are washed and clean and have been in storage for ages. Some may have bonus library cat fur and dander, as all have been in a home with several cats, so if you’ve allergies, consider proper airlock protocols until they are washed (again.) But, they’re spiffy, and I thought they’d make a nice treat that some of you might want!

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

This post was possible because of support from generous ongoing Patrons and Members of the newsletter. Both Patrons and Members get access to Omnium Gatherum immediately and directly via web and email. On the blog, this will be exclusive to Patrons for one year, after which I’ll make it publicly available to everyone so they can see what they’ve been missing.