Would you believe that the 27th October is National Black Cat Appreciation Day? This year it’s on a Saturday – sorry, #Caturday – and it’s right before Halloween. Whilst you’re reading this, I’m in Whitby for the Goth Weekend. It’s like the dark side of every moon just aligned! Please enjoy some carefully curated content […]

via National Black Cat Day: Goth Holiday! — The Blogging Goth

National Black Cat Day: Goth Holiday! — The Blogging Goth

“All the world will be affected, not just Syria”: Interview with a Syrian Australian artist


Miream art Artwork by Miream Salameh.

Ani White interviews Miream Salameh, a Syrian artist living in Melbourne.

First of all, can you tell us why you were forced to seek refuge and how this happened?

At the beginning of the revolution, I worked with a group of my friends to create a magazine against the tyrannical regime that ruled Syria for fifty years. This regime is represented by the Assad family, which seized power in a military coup by Hafez al-Assad.

Our aim in founding this magazine was to present our ideas, the goals and principles of our revolution and our dream of building a new free, civil and democratic Syria. All of us should be equal under the law that achieves equality and justice for all. The aim was also to document the crimes of the Assad regime and its violations of international law – which is still under the eyes…

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Picatrix Pre-Orders Now Available!

The Modern Hermeticist

I’m very pleased to announce that our translation of “Picatrix: A Medieval Treatise on Astral Magic” – part of Penn State University Press’ ‘Magic In History’ series – is finally available for pre-order here (Release Date: February 8, 2019)


“So What’s So Special About Your Translation Anyhow?”

We’ve been getting a lot of [completely reasonable] questions regarding our new translation of Picatrix, specifically with respect to how it differs from the English translation which was published some years ago by John Michael Greer and Christopher Warnock, so we’ve put together a list of differences for those who are curious.

Firstly, it must be stated that our version was independently translated, which is to say, it was first translated directly from David Pingree’s 1986 Latin edition without reference to (or “cross-contamination” from) any other modern language translation until well after the first draft was finished by hand…

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What is Socialist Feminism? A Class Series From Analyzing Oppression to Theorizing Liberation and Organizing Starting Saturday November 17, 2018, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Art Share L.A., 801 E. 4th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90013 This seven-part class series will critically examine four of the main socialist feminist theories of gender oppression: Social Reproduction, Alienation, Intersectionality, Gender…

via What is Socialist Feminism?  A Class Series From Analyzing Oppression to Theorizing Liberation and Organizing — Alliance of Middle Eastern Socialists

What is Socialist Feminism?  A Class Series From Analyzing Oppression to Theorizing Liberation and Organizing — Alliance of Middle Eastern Socialists

Developing a Marxist approach to global agriculture: A primer on the role of animals in maintaining soil health


by David Walters

All progress in capitalist agriculture is a progress in the art, not only of robbing the worker, but of robbing the soil…. Capitalist production, therefore, only develops the techniques and the degree of combination of the social process of production by simultaneously undermining the original sources of all wealth—the soil and the worker.”

Karl Marx, Capital, Vol. 1, Chapter on “Machinery and Large-Scale Industry”

Issues and terms covered in this essay, in part:

  • adaptive multi-paddock grazing

  • mob-grazing

  • intensive rotational grazing

  • holistic management

  • regenerative/restorative agriculture

  • no till farming

  • cover cropping

  • agro-ecology

These are all terms that are overlapping concepts dealing with
mimicking nature to restore the land, grow food and ending the negative effects of climate change due to factory farming  [technically called “Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations or CAFOs].

Story at-a-glance

  • Adaptive multi-paddock (AMP) grazing is a certain type of rotational grass fed farming that allows…

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Maximilian and the Mathematici–astrology as political propaganda

The Renaissance Mathematicus

For a long time most historians of science tried their best to ignore the history of astrology, basically sweeping it under the carpet where and when it poked its nose into their area of study. More recently this began to change with more and more historians acknowledging that astrology played a role in a large part of human history, although  most of them still treated it as some sort of largely irrelevant side issue that one could mention in passing, if necessary, and then safely ignore. However in large phases of European history astrology permeated all levels of society and was just as much a central factor of life as religion or politics. This was certainly very much the case in the Renaissance. A number of historians have begun to examine in depth the role that astrology played and present their findings in books and articles; one such book is

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Left Fascism on Syria on the Airwaves, Part II

Notes toward an International Libertarian Eco-Socialism

Assad Nazi (no)

This is an addendum or appendix to “KPFK’s ‘Indy Media on Air’ Brings Fascism to the Airwaves,” first published on April 23, 2018. It refers to an interview held by “Revolutionary Left [sic] Radio” with Rania Khalek in April about “Syria and U.S. [but not Russian] Imperialism.”

In parallel, Breht Ó Séaghdha’s interview with Assadist “journalist” Rania Khalek on “Revolutionary Left Radio” presents much the same conclusion [that is, Vanessa “Beeley and [Chris] Burnett’s affinities for the authoritarian-militarist campaign that the Assad Regime is currently engaged in to reconquer the country”]: that what would be best for the “ordinary working people of Syria” would be for them to submit to the fascist State that has been murdering them en masse for seven years (54:12-45). Unlike Beeley, Khalek, a Russia Today regular who has visited Syria “several times” in the past two years, acknowledges the March 2011 uprising against Assad, but…

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This month, having advanced in much of Syria thanks to Russian airpower, the Assad regime has been trying to consolidate its authority by notifyng relatives of detainees who were killed years ago. One of the thousands of detainees is Yahya al-Sharbaji. Last week, Sharbaji’s next of kin were finally given the news as they went…

via How the Assad Regime Killed the “Man With the Roses”: The Death of Activist Yahya al-Sharbaji — EA WorldView

How the Assad Regime Killed the “Man With the Roses”: The Death of Activist Yahya al-Sharbaji — EA WorldView

I wrote the following for Megaphone News on Global Voices (link soon). You can watch the Megaphone video (Arabic with English subtitles) it was based on above. If the video doesn’t appear in your browser, click here. In recent months, the Lebanese government, and in particular its foreign minister and head of the Free Patriotic…

via Why Syrian refugees in Lebanon fear going back to an Assad-controlled Syria — Hummus For Thought

Why Syrian refugees in Lebanon fear going back to an Assad-controlled Syria — Hummus For Thought

The Science Fiction of Empire: the Best of All Possible Worlds?

Imperial & Global Forum

Dr Tris Kerslake, author of the book Science Fiction and Empire (2010), provides the final post of our multi-week roundtable on science fiction and imperial history, co-edited by Marc-William Palen and Rachel Herrmann. You can read our call for posts here, and the other posts in the series here, here, here, here, herehere, here, and here. Thanks to all of our participants for writing and we’re still looking forward to hearing what you think!

Tris Kerslake
Central Queensland University

It has been a pleasure and an academic delight to be involved in this series of essays focused at the interconnection of Science Fiction (SF) and imperialism. Long considered the sandbox of neo-empire, these particular thought-experiments of SF cast their shadows both backwards and forwards.

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A number of people have asked for more info on the micronutrient ratios that we include in the Nutrient Optimiser reports. But it has been hard to find a reliable go-to resource to recommend on the topic. So I thought it would be worth putting something together on the pros and cons of micronutrient ratios…

via micronutrient ratios and why they are important — Optimising Nutrition

micronutrient ratios and why they are important — Optimising Nutrition

Below are links to videotapes of three New York Left Forum panels (June 9, 2018) on “Syria and the Left” as well as two interviews conducted by Stanley Heller, administrator of Promoting Enduring Peace, and host of the TV program The Struggle. The first interview is with Robert Cuffy, supporter of the Socialist Workers’ Alliance of…

via At New York Left Forum: Socialists Supporting Syrian Revolutionaries Challenge Socialists Supporting Assad — Alliance of Middle Eastern Socialists

At New York Left Forum: Socialists Supporting Syrian Revolutionaries Challenge Socialists Supporting Assad — Alliance of Middle Eastern Socialists

The comet huntress

The Renaissance Mathematicus

If people ask what sort of historian I am, if I am being somewhat formal I answer a narrative historian of the contextual history of science. That’s quite a mouthful and if I have to explain it I say, I’m a storyteller. I tell stories from the history of science, not anecdotes but factually based stories. For me the most important aspect of those stories is that the scientific elements are embedded in the social, political, cultural, religious, intellectual and economic contexts of their time. Science for all of its supposed objectivity does not live outside of human culture but is an integral part of it. If I was asked to give an example of how my approach to the history of science works in practice I might well point people towards Emily Winterburn’s The Quiet Revolution of Caroline Herschel.[1]

Caroline Herschel001

In this book Emily Winterburn has delivered up…

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The Collapse of the Alt Right

Opp Post

In January you’ve still got the choice
You can cut the weeds before they start to bud
If you leave them to grow high they’ll silence your voice
And in December you may pay with your blood”

– Peggy Seeger, Song of Choice

An alt right conference over the weekend of March 9 was intended to be a moment of regroupment for the American white identity movement. In reality, however, it merely revealed the deep divisions and isolation of white power activism in America. The conference was hosted by an alt right legal front group called The Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas. This event was intended to bring together various Neo Nazi groups such as Identity Evropa (yes that’s how they spell it), The Traditionalist Worker Party (again they spell it that way) and Shieldwall Network. The event was intended to bring together “identitarian and alt right leaders…

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What is Synthwave? 2018 Edition

Iron Skullet

“Synthwave Skeletor” artwork by Iron Skullet
Enjoy the The Ultimate Synthwave Playlist while reading this article

Synthwave music has undergone a rapid and far-reaching transformation in the past two years, both in terms of style and overall quality. As the genre pulls in new producers and fans from diverse music styles, and older fans become increasingly disenchanted with the traditional sound of the genre, it becomes more relevant than ever to discuss the nature of the music, where it has come from, and most importantly, where it is heading.

What is Synthwave Music?

Although it’s a common assumption for new fans to make, synthwave is not a general or broad term for synthesizer music, and despite the genre’s retro stylings, does not include music from the ‘80s or other decades of the 20th century. Synthwave is a distinctly modern music genre begun in the mid 2000s as an homage to the…

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On the Zodiacal Names and Characters of PGM VII.795—845 — The Digital Ambler

Man, going through the PGM has been productive lately. One of the reasons is because I finally picked up a copy of Stephen Skinner’s Techniques of Graeco-Egyptian Magic, finally, after way too long. Though I take issue with some parts of his analysis and contextualization of the material in the PGM, it’s still another solid […]

via On the Zodiacal Names and Characters of PGM VII.795—845 — The Digital Ambler

Digital Syriac Corpus — AncientEsotericism.org :: Network for the Study of Esotericism in Antiquity

Via PaleoJudaica (in turn reblogging AWOL): The Digital Syriac Corpus has been around for some time, and is starting to have a significant corpus of digitized Syriac texts available for free on its website. “The Digital Syriac Corpus is a freely available, open-access, online repository for digitized editions of Syriac texts. All of the texts […]

via Digital Syriac Corpus — AncientEsotericism.org :: Network for the Study of Esotericism in Antiquity

‘Kill All Citations?’ 5 More Examples of Angela Nagle Lifting From Others

Free Charles Davis

Angela Nagle has written a very short book, Kill All Normies, that as I reported for The Daily Beast — and others noticed at Libcom — is heavily dependent on research and phrasing of uncredited others. I didn’t get to include each and every example, editors and attention spans being what they are, but there sure are a lot.

Here, on this blog, I will continue noting examples of Nagle, billed as an expert on “internet-culture,” SJWs and the alt-right, borrowing others’ writing on these topics without attribution.

An Introduction To The European New Right,” by Ash Milton:

Prior to 1968, reactionaries had taken the line that, even with cultural decline, the common people were still inherently conservative in their temperaments even if they were sometimes enticed to revolutionary causes. We can see this echoed today in the “silent majority” and “Main Street” rhetoric of modern conservatives…

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