On Friday night, the United States, France, and the United Kingdom launched strikes against military targets in Syria to punish Bashar al-Assad’s regime for a suspected chemical attack near Damascus last weekend. The United States and its allies have been bombing Syria since 2014 as part of a military campaign against the Islamic State, but Friday’s attack marked only the second instance…
via A Syria for All Its People — Two Books on an Unnecessary War — The Intercept
Two Five-year Positions: Study of Coptic Magic (doctoral and post-doctoral) As part of the new Excellent Ideas programme, the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg is pleased to announce two vacancies within the Department of Egyptology: – 1 postdoctoral researcher (TV-L E13 100%; initial monthly salary min. 3,672.02 EUR before tax) – 1 doctoral assistant (TV-L E13 50%; initial […]
via Two positions in Coptic magic at Würzburg — AncientEsotericism.org :: Network for the Study of Esotericism in Antiquity
by Mariah Hughes Budgerigars – or, affectionately, budgies – may be the most popular pet bird species in the world: most major pet stores sell them for the cost of a quick lunch and aviculturists breed them with ease. Their minute stature makes keeping a small flock cheap and relatively easy. Though they are tiny, […]
via Budgies: Popularity With a Problem — BirbObserver
Halstead, a writer for Gods and Radicals, whom its safe to say fits in pretty damn well with the growing gentrifying assholes in my city who look down at the rest of us freaks actually went as so to quote from an “unamed informant” from a Conservative blog AND agreed with them that
In a world of moral and philosophical relativism there are no depths but only surface. You are expected to make peace with meaninglessness, to abide all shifting sands, to justify all narcissism, and to accept all depravity
“accept all depravity”-that’s code for taking a knock at feminism and the LGBTQ community in Neopagandom. Which Halstead used as a way of reinforcing his arguments to complain about how the Pagan community isn’t respectable enough and are just a bunch of terrible people.
He follows it up with this vomit-
Maybe, just maybe, this is the real reason Wiccans and Pagans aren’t taken seriously.
Fuck this guy, I can’t wait until finally realizes that he can’t make people to be exactly like him and go back to some Conservative form of Christianity, because at least that’d be honest.
LG told Reddit users that it wanted to know their opinion about the notch. But it quickly deleted the post.
via LG Silences Criticism Over Notch Phone — Tom’s Guide
Homepage: https://falkon.orgSource code: https://cgit.kde.org/falkon.gitCode review: https://phabricator.kde.org Bugs: https://bugs.kde.orgMailing list: firstname.lastname@example.orgThere will be no more QupZilla releases, please switch to Falkon.NOTE: Windows builds will be available with Falkon 3.0.1 release.
via Falkon browser — QupZilla
The Song of Astrology 2017 saw the publication of a new translation of one of the oldest and most important texts from the Hellenistic period of astrology. Carmen Astrologicum (song of astrology) is the name given to the five books of Greek verse written by Dorotheus in the late 1st or early 2nd century CE.…
via Review | Carmen Astrologicum of Dorotheus – Ben Dykes Translation — Seven Stars Astrology
by Owen Holland. On 30 November 2016, Le Monde, and several other French newspapers, reported that the National Assembly had voted posthumously to rehabilitate the victims of the repression of the Paris Commune. Jean-Marie Le Guen, the Minister of State for Relations with Parliament, supported a text that ‘promotes the transmission of the memory’ of…
via ‘What we believe in waits latent forever through all the continents’: The Paris Commune and the Poetics of Martyrdom in the Fin de Siècle Socialist Print Culture — Salvage
I had an online debate with a long time former friend and comrade about Assad and Syria. Important enough as the issue of the disaster in Syria is, there’s a deeper issue too: In following the simplistic conspiracist theories like those of Michael Chussodovsky (quoted below), socialists and others have completely lost their way; they […]
via Debating the pro-Assad “Left” — oaklandsocialist
Years ago I tried reading Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder and hating it, finding it to be unintentionally pretty creepy-why would a 40 year old man be sending a nearly 15 year old girl lots of weird letters out of nowhere, and why didn’t she tell her parents some stranger she didn’t know was sending her unsolicited mail, demanding that she meet with him secret? SOUNDS LEGIT TO ME.
Recently I searched for critical reviews and they do exist, I just wish more were on blogging accounts than just GoodReads and Amazon. One that was semi-critical I won’t link to but they did quote a part of the book that brings back memories, I always hated it-
Where does the world come from?
She hadn’t the faintest idea. Sophie knew that the world was only a small planet in space. But where did space come from?
So is the author implying that the educational institutions of Norway aren’t teaching their kids science? Like they never discuss the Big Bang, the formation of our Solar System, the history of this rock that we live on? MAYBE Astrophysics needs more Philosophy but you’d think that a character with an Middle Class educated background in a country w/higher and better educational standards than mine would have taken at least a few Science classes and knew how to check out books from a library or something.
And yes, I know, there’s still TONS of unanswered questions about the origins of the Universe, but at least Sophie would have had to have been aware of the origins of our Galaxy and Solar System.
I might order a used copy of it just for the sake of giving it a new hate read.
Anti-Muslim and anti-refugee hate crimes are on the rise in Germany. According to official government data, there were 2,219 attacks against refugees and refugee shelters in 2017. During the same period, at least 950 attacks against Muslims and Islamic institutions were registered, though the real figure is believed to be higher. These attacks on minorities are part of an…
via The Standardization of Islamophobia in Germany — Muftah
Yvonne Ridley: ‘The torture victim stood in front of her tormentor wondering what treatment would be meted out this time in the notorious Branch 215, also known as Raid Brigade run by military intelligence in Damascus. Would it be a merciless beating or would it be another sex assault on her already broken body? The start of…
via Assad’s rape victims break their silence — News Of The Revolution In Syria
I have forgotten how I discovered this label, but it’s my current favorite for releasing consistently good music.
This YouTube only Horror Ambient Music Mix is appropriately creepy, anyone complaining about feeling unease listening to this is missing the point. Listen to it while writing your horror fiction.
If you like this as a taster, there’s more great music to be haunted by at the Cryo Chamber label’s wonderful BandCamp page.
Holding a grudge is the modern equivalent of having standards. Because if people don’t hold grudges, it means they just don’t care what people do.