The future of this site

I’ve been thinking about deleting this account, but not until I register a few new blogging accounts covering separate topics, but I haven’t even astrologically elected them yet.

In other news, the past two months or so have made me think a LOT about the ethics and lacktherof in the Occult community, its misogyny, and where to go from there. It’s certainly helped confirm my already low opinion of a few too many people in the metaphysical communities, and worse.

Antiblackness in (Service of) the Archive: A Statement

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Huge chunks of transformative fandom are currently playing the most actively antiblack game of telephone in the world.

And I’m the subject.

What will I be by the time they’re done? I’m already being compared to trans exclusionary radical feminists despite being nonbinary, accused of holding grudges against people I don’t know and have likely never interacted with, and being slandered literally every single time that someone else mentions me as an author to read.

And all because I write about racism in fandom in a relatively sharp tone.

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Michael & Me

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

Following the release of the steaming dogpile of a movie, “Planet of the Humans,” a lot of people have been surprised to hear the details of Michael Moore’s reputational harakiri.

Have to say, I was not.

But you see, I knew Michael Moore before he was, you know, Michael Moore.

There’s been a barrage of criticism of the film, much of it simply pointing out gross factual errors,anachronisms, and boneheaded omissions.
But, perhaps especially in light of the embrace the film has gotten from the fossil fuel lobby, the climate denial media machine, and the white supremacist right wing, Moore felt he hadto puff his environmental credentials in a recent op ed.

“I founded the Huron Alliance, a Flint-based anti-nuclear group. We organized massive demonstrations to block the building of the Dow Nuclear plant in Midland, Michigan. Remarkably we were successful in its cancellation.”

Well…

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Anti-Wynn: Contra-ContraPoints

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Dedication

To the Left, who deserve a much better beating than I could ever give them. And to the people, who deserve a much better Left.

Introduction

“Offline, I don’t have any radical aspirations.” – Natalie Wynn, “Canceling | ContraPoints,” 52:29 to 52:33

Among the online “Left,” there are a handful of people who could rightly be called “celebrities.” These people exert almost a frightening amount of influence over the movement. They are most young peoples’ introduction to “Leftist” politics, and their every opinion is met by thousands of loyal fans who can’t wait to repeat their newly memorized slogans. These influencers are usually media creators, and they have often found themselves platformed on YouTube.

The members of “LeftTube” or “BreadTube” often set the stage for what conversations are to be had by the movement at large. They work as a sort of barometer for measuring the state of the…

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Caliban and the Witch: A critical analysis

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The following is a translation of a collaborative critique of Caliban and the Witch, written by Yann Kindo and Christophe Darmangeat in December 2017, and published in two separate essays on their respective blogs: La Faucille et le Labo, and La Hutte des Classes. The first, for the most part, deals with the historical facts themselves and the method with which S. Federici deals with them (badly); the second tries to discuss the main theoretical understandings developed in the book. The foreward, by Alain Bihr, was taken from the abridged brochure, available at des éditions Smolny.


Forward

I. History and the facts abused

Critical analysis of Sylvia Federici’s Caliban and the Witch demonstrates her lack of seriousness in dealing with an important issue: why was the last phase (from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century) of the multi-secular transition from feudalism to capitalism accompanied in Western Europe…

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The Keys of Solomonic Magic and Spirit Conjures

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Clavicula Salomonis, grimoire in Arabic

Solomonic magic is pretty much the foundation of occultism, modern witchcraft, and ceremonial magic west of India and China, encompassing Europe, the Middle East, and now the Americas.

What you will discover within the pages of this book I’m sharing, you’re going to find to be the keystones of Persian magic and witchcraft, the magical practices of Muslim-influenced Southeast Asian countries, the Golden Dawn (though many of their correspondences differ), hoodoo, Wicca, and maybe even the traditions you’ve inherited and have been wondering where those traditions might have come from.

If you’re serious about your occult studies, then I hope you’ll add this text to your library and read through it cover to cover at least once.

From my vantage point, this book is essential reading, even if for no other reason than to take it apart to realize once and for all this is…

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The term gluten-free has a regulatory definition. This definition was created because of celiac disease. Only those restaurants that are able to provide appropriate meals for folks with celiac disease should use it. What the FDA says about gluten-free claims and restaurants: “If restaurants or other retail food establishments wish to make “gluten-free” claims (or…

via Reclaim Gluten-Free: Help Stop the Misuse of the Term Gluten-Free by Restaurants — Gluten Free Watchdog

Reclaim Gluten-Free: Help Stop the Misuse of the Term Gluten-Free by Restaurants — Gluten Free Watchdog

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Glorifies Abuse and Assault Against Women

Guest Post by Emily (reys–speeder)

On Friday, December 6th, a timely two weeks before the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Disney issued a warning that certain scenes in the film would contain flashing lights and may negatively affect those with photosensitive epilepsy. While the announcement was admirable and demonstrated a gesture of goodwill from the company to consumers, there is another warning needed for Rise that the company didn’t disclose: That the film romanticizes abuse and assault against women.

It is important to note that the descriptions following technically qualify as spoilers for the new film that debuts in theaters today on Friday, December 20. However, when it comes to the portrayal of serious, harmful, and triggering content, the safety of viewers should be more important than allowing oneself to be surprised while watching a film. Not all surprises are enjoyable.

In order to inform…

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Thought you should know, Bidisha’s Emotional Violence and Social Power has changed URL – Google ‘Bidisha Emotional Violence and Social Power’ for the new one – but there’s a scary new top line saying “details were changed following a terrifying legal threat” – presumably, China Mieville has threatened her with something. Urgh.

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wintersoldierfell:

bonehousewasp:

thanks for the heads-up, friend. what a charming human that mieville fellow is.

(background for people who didn’t already know, china mieville is a serial abuser, who manages to be a widely-respected author acclaimed for his ‘feminism’ despite writing appallingly misogynist books and, you know, abusing women on the regular. critically-acclaimed books, too, despite the fact that he writes pretentiously, with an overachieving highschooler’s love for summoning the most polysyllabic word for any given situation. i guess it just goes to show that literary critics will fall over themselves to fellate someone who can feed their most violent misogynist impulses while making them feel intelligent and cultured. you wanna read some truly rage-inducing bullshit sometime, look up the interview where he argues that what he did to Lin in Perdido Street Station was somehow feminist. also can we just reiterate that he abuses women, and then…

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On the Three Biblical Magi as Spiritual Allies

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So, Christmas has come and gone, but it’s still the Christmas season, more traditionally called Christmastide.  Surely, dear reader, if you’ve grown up in the Anglophone world, you’re familiar with that old carol The Twelve Days of Christmas, yes?  Many non-Catholics or non-traditional Christians think that these are referring to the twelve days leading up to Christmas Day, but it’s actually just the reverse; Christmastide begins at sunset on December 24 and ends at sunset on January 5, the evening before Epiphany, spanning twelve days in the process.  So, even though Christmas was this past Sunday, there’s still so much going on over the next few days:

  • December 25: Christmas
  • December 26: Feast of St. Stephen
  • December 28: Childermass, or Day of the Holy Innocents
  • January 1: Feast of the Circumcision of Christ, Solemnity of Mary Mother of God

All this culminates on January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany

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Nazis do not belong in Hellenism

Delphic Maxim 31

Refrain from evil not out of fear, but because it is right.

Μη δια φόβον, αλλά δια το δέον απέχεσθε αμαρτημάτων.

Democritus,470-370 BC,Ancient Greek philosopher

You can’t wear the Sonnenrad, wear fascist symbols, make white pride hand gestures and call yourself a pious Hellenist.

This person is a Nazi. He runs a Hellenic group and calls himself Sannion.

We don’t welcome him here or anywhere. People apologizing for him are also Nazis.

Apparently he believes Dionysos told him to wear the Nazi symbol. I utterly reject and repudiate his view of my god, and his hubris.

Edit: some blog posts have come to light that I feel should be shared in addition to the photos.

https://web.archive.org/web/20190708032109/https://thehouseofvines.com/2019/06/25/i-do-not-see-it/

https://web.archive.org/web/20190709055411/https://thehouseofvines.com/2019/03/26/i-want-you-unless-youre-white-then-you-can-just-fuck-right-off/

What do you think of Judeo-Christian morality?

What are your thoughts on the burka, and Shariah law?

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Filmmaker turns Singer/Songwriter to Challenge Rock Star Roger Waters over ‘bizarre’ attacks on the White Helmets

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ronan_tynan_album_cover_002-01 Song OH ROGER! written and performed by RONAN L TYNAN director of the award winning Syria – The Impossible Revolution. Just released the song was provoked by Rock Star Roger Waters being misled by Russian and Assad regime propaganda attacking the White Helmets, heroic first responders, who have saved almost 120,000 lives in Syria.

Song ‘Oh Roger!’ written and performed by RONAN L TYNAN the director of the award winning SYRIA – THE IMPOSSIBLE REVOLUTION just released.

LISTEN TO SONG HERE: https://ronanltynan.hearnow.com

Filmmaker RONAN L TYNAN was shocked to hear rock star ROGER WATERS attack the White Helmets whom he met making the film documentary SYRIA – THE IMPOSSIBLE REVOLUTION, which he directed and co-produced with ANNE DALY. Shocked at the former Pink Floyd frontman’s attacks describing them as ‘dangerous’ and ‘bizarre’ because RONAN claims they are based on no evidence only “conspiracy theories of a very perplexing and absurd nature.”

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Many open source researchers rely on journalists to turn data into a narrative that will then reach a wider audience. Yet journalism today is in a crisis! You can trust me as a person who comes from a traditional journalism background — oh, the sheer amount of horror stories I can tell over whiskey. In…

via How To Tell Stories: A Beginner’s Guide For Open Source Researchers — bellingcat

How To Tell Stories: A Beginner’s Guide For Open Source Researchers — bellingcat

Concerning Channel Awesome

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The internet has pioneered the way for modern reviewers in the past decade, and no site has been the Moses leading the charge for others to follow in its footsteps than that of Channel Awesome. Since 2008 the site, headed by Doug Walker, Robert Walker and Mike Michaud has been the inspiration for many online reviewers, including myself at one point in time, to lend their voices on all types of media like movies, comics, video games and television. Many aspired to join the team thinking it was a utopia for reviewers to meet each-other and share their opinions in peace. But on April 2nd, 2018, 40 former contributors of the site came together on Twitter to release an 87 page document entitled “Not So Awesome” (Link Bellow). It went into great details from many eyewitnesses during the early years of the website about the unprofessional abuse the content creators…

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Forgotten women of paleontology: Hildegarde Howard

Letters from Gondwana.

Hildegard Howard with fossil bird from the Rancho La Brea.

The birth of modern science was hostile to women’s participation. The world’s major academies of science were founded in the 17th century: the Royal Society of London (1662), the Paris Académie Royale des Sciences (1666), and the Berlin Akademie der Wissenschaften (1700). Unfortunately, women were not become members of these societies for over 300 years. Yvonne Choquet-Bruhat became the first woman to be elected to the Paris Academy of Science in 1979. Although the Royal Society was less rigid in terms of memberships than the Paris Academy of Science, it was not until 1945 that the first women were admitted as fellows of the Royal Society: the X-ray crystallographer Kathleen Yardley Lonsdale (1903–1971), and biochemist and microbiologist Marjory Stephenson (1885-1948).

Despite the barriers, between 1880 and 1914, some 60 women contributed papers to Royal Society publications. Meanwhile, in the United…

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Women and Pain: A Reading List

Longreads

“But for pain words are lacking. There should be cries, cracks, fissures, whiteness passing over chintz covers, interference with the sense of time, of space; the sense also of extreme fixity in passing objects; and sounds very remote and then very close; flesh being gashed and blood spurting, a joint suddenly twisted — beneath all of which appears something very important, yet remote, to be just held in solitude.”

–Virginia Woolf, The Waves

In a recent NPR piece, “Invisibilia: For Some Teens With Debilitating Pain, The Treatment Is More Pain,” readers are introduced to Devyn, a 14-year-old who develops intense bodily pain, seemingly out of nowhere. In search of the source of the pain or a cure, Devyn’s mother Sheila takes her to doctor after doctor. Each time, medical professionals tell Devyn, “‘You are healthy. Nothing is wrong,’” until, eight months later, when Sheila finds Dr. Sherry, a…

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Pico della Mirandola on Magic, Astrology and Religion

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519FRT7DBWLOn the 24th of February 1463,the Renaissance philosopherGiovanni Pico della Mirandolawas born at Mirandola, near Modena in Italy. In 1486, at the young age of 23, he famously offered to defend 900 theses on religion, philosophy, natural philosophy and magic, in spite of opposition from theologians and Pope Innocent VIII  (the public debate never happened). His theses were supported by his work, Oration on the Dignity of Man, referred to as the ‘Manifesto of the Renaissance’, a crucial work on Renaissance humanism and the ‘Hermetic Reformation’. Hermeticism was a philosophical and religious tradition based on the alleged writings of Hermes Trismegistus, according to which one true theology established by God in antiquity links all systems of thought and belief. It is often seen as the school of thought preceding the establishment of Christianity.

The reason why Pico was unpopular with the clergy is…

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