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Hard News: The next four years

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  • WH,

    I didn’t take to the Harry Potter series but do remember seeing T-Bag, The Craft and Charmed on TV.

    I also found this classic episode of the Smurfs and have been trying to find a plausible way to mention the immolation scene from The Ninth Gate, which I take to be metaphor or a warning of some kind (NSFW).

    Since Nov 2006 • 712 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    The ABC and The Conversation report that a group of witches are participating in a mass spell against Donald Trump. There’s a short video of one of the ceremonies at the Independent.

    Since Nov 2006 • 712 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to WH,

    a group of witches are participating in a mass spell against Donald Trump.

    He already has the Eye of Newt!
    send him to Coven Tree...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7480 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    send him to Coven Tree…

    Since Nov 2006 • 712 posts Report Reply

  • WH, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Oops - I just missed the edit deadline.

    It's a strange moment and some very unusual decisions are being made.

    Since Nov 2006 • 712 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to WH,

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2117 posts Report Reply

  • John Farrell,

    Trump's latest travel ban has been blocked by a federal judge in Hawaii.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 433 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    The Atlantic's Peter Beinart has an article about religion and politics after the culture wars here. He writes:

    The alt-right is ultra-conservatism for a more secular age. Its leaders like Christendom, an old-fashioned word for the West. But they’re suspicious of Christianity itself, because it crosses boundaries of blood and soil. As a college student, the alt-right leader Richard Spencer was deeply influenced by Friedrich Nietzsche, who famously hated Christianity. Radix, the journal Spencer founded, publishes articles with titles like “Why I Am a Pagan.”

    Radix is a white nationalist publication you might prefer to simply avoid.

    Alright, that's probably just about enough.

    Since Nov 2006 • 712 posts Report Reply

  • John Farrell,

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    Deliberate, or serendipitous?

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 433 posts Report Reply

  • Brent Jackson, in reply to John Farrell,

    I saw that too, and smirked, ... and then wondered.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 590 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to WH,

    a short video of one of the ceremonies at the Independent

    Are they trying to somehow manifest a reader?

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5528 posts Report Reply

  • WH, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    I've read that traditional news outlets are experimenting as they explore the digital frontier but that does sound a little extreme.

    Did you know that Christian Dior consulted the tarot before each show?

    This is an interview with Florence Welch.

    Since Nov 2006 • 712 posts Report Reply

  • linger,

    Meanwhile, Rich Hall is back on BBC Radio 4 with his US Breakdown series commenting on Trump’s first 60 days in office.
    Episode 1 (March 22) will be available to stream or as MP3 download for 30 days after broadcast.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1735 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie, in reply to linger,

    Meanwhile, Rich Hall is back on BBC Radio 4...

    Yay! Rich Hall. That episode is worth listening to, if only for the colourful descriptions of Bannon.

    And may I mention a great little site that's become a daily must for me since Trump took power. What the fuck just happened today gives a brief daily summary of goings on in the Trump world, including a few juicy little snippets not usually found in the MSM. It's a handy resource.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1318 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    Today's LA Times editorial entitled "Our Dishonest President" doesn't hold back. This is the first of four editorials they're publishing this week collectively called The Problem with Trump.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1318 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    In the unlikely event that you're a Trump fan (perish the thought) and you've been tempted to splash out $US200,000 on a Mar-a-Lago membership, you may want to read this first.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1318 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

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    Today's Tremain - editorial cartoon from the ODT

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2550 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    In witchcraft-related news, Vox’s Tara Isabella Burton has a story about viewing the solar eclipse with the Asheville coven in North Carolina.

    In addition, the Pentagon has ordered a temporary halt to naval operations following a collision involving the USS John S. McCain. It’s the third collision involving US warships in the Asia/Pacific region since Paul Campbell’s comment four months ago and the fourth incident this year. US naval veteran and writer David Garter told the Guardian:

    Collisions like these are extremely rare and two in one summer, both from seventh fleet based in Japan, is stunning.

    A US Navy report on the collision involving the USS Fitzgerald found that sailors on the bridge had “lost situational awareness”. The Washington Post has reported that the Navy has now launched a fleet-wide investigation:

    [Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John] Richardson said the series of accidents in the Pacific “demands more-forceful action,” adding that there is “great cause for concern that there is something we are not getting at”. […]

    Richardson said the investigation of the collision will review all possibilities, including some that are seen as less likely by experts, such as an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. He also said there is “no indication” that anyone aboard either crew deliberately caused the collision.

    Something wicked this way comes.

    Say no to witchcraft.

    Since Nov 2006 • 712 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2117 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

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    Black magic involves using spiritual forces to influence the mind, body or property of others without real consent.

    Since Nov 2006 • 712 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2117 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,


    Holy Magick some lyrics in actual 'Atlantean'
    by noted Crowleyean - Graham Bond

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7480 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    Following a spate of collisions involving US naval vessels, the State Department has withdrawn more than half of its staff from the US embassy in Cuba due to a series of unexplained "health attacks".

    The Atlantic reports that:

    at least 21 U.S. government officials in Havana had exhibited a range of physical symptoms, including hearing loss, dizziness, tinnitus, balance problems, visual problems, headache, fatigue, cognitive issues, and difficulty sleeping.

    While officials have been investigating whether a kind of sonic weapon has been deployed, the source and cause of the attacks remain unknown.

    Secretary Tillerson has said he is considering closing the Havana embassy, a development that would adversely affect the cautious warming of relations initiated during the Obama Administration.

    Say no to witchcraft.

    Since Nov 2006 • 712 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to WH,

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    Good, good, good vibrations

    While officials have been investigating whether a kind of sonic weapon has been deployed, the source and cause of the attacks remain unknown.

    I’d be looking at long term cellular damage caused by low frequency harmonics, possibly created by micro turbulence through the diffraction grating formed from the 140 flagpoles placed in front of the embassy back in 2006 – the prevailing wind seems to blow towards the building – different sized flags or winds would create luffing eddies of varying sizes.

    As above, so below…

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7480 posts Report Reply

  • WH, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    The incidents are occurring in the residences and hotel rooms of those affected, rather than in the embassy building itself. As CNN reported:

    In November, following the US presidential election, American diplomats began to experience a series of strange incidents. As CNN first reported in August, diplomats were awoken late at night in their homes feeling unwell and hearing sounds that resembled insects or metal dragging across the floor.

    They were unable to determine the source of the sound; by leaving the room or area they were in, the incidents stopped immediately, two US government officials said.

    By February, the State Department had concluded their diplomats were the targets of a campaign of harassment and they needed to raise the issue with Cuban officials.

    More questions than answers
    The devices used in the incidents had never been found, two US officials said, but appeared to be a type of sonic weapon that emitted sound waves capable of inflicting physical harm. The physical symptoms that people exhibited varied greatly, preventing doctors consulted in the United States from reaching a conclusion about what caused the trauma, two US officials said.

    US government technical experts were also baffled. Some affected diplomats had lines of sight to the street in their homes, while others had shrubbery and walls that blocked views of their homes. Some heard loud sounds when the incidents took place, while others heard nothing.

    It does not appear either the US Embassy or the ambassador's residence were ever targeted, three senior US officials told CNN.

    [...] Other incidents took place in hotels in Havana where US diplomats were staying, said three senior US officials, also locations that Cuban intelligence services closely monitor.

    Since Nov 2006 • 712 posts Report Reply

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