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Hard News: The next four years

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  • linger, in reply to linger,

    Another episode of Rich Hall's irregular updates on Trump has just become available for download (this one looking back at his first year in office).

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1774 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Now that Trump has allowed the US Government to grind to a halt , does that mean we will have another truncated Summer Research Season in Antarctica?
    Reliant as we are on military supply flights from the US's military base at Chchch Airport...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7565 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Essential staff are being kept on by NASA to support the international space station, according to what I read on the Daily Galaxy.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3873 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    There are two main types of criticisms of witchcraft and the occult: those associated with the view that it’s a kind of fantasy or fraud (it often is) and those associated with the view that it’s capable of generating real effects.

    Staying safe means considering the possible downsides of using magic before getting involved. It’s important to bear in mind that simply taking what you want by force can adversely affect other people in ways that violate their basic human rights.

    To use a familiar example, using a love spell to cause a person to have romantic feelings without their consent is a particularly revolting form of abuse. There are good reasons to doubt the validity of consent to sexual contact obtained by such means, a fact that could have ongoing relevance in the #MeToo era. If you were to ever get caught really doing that, you could rightly expect a lengthy prison sentence.

    If you’re going to get involved – or are already involved – be careful about what you wish for and who you collaborate with. You may wish to familiarise yourselves with the rules of party liability and attempts codified into s.66 and s.72 of the Crimes Act 1961. Don’t dial up random spirits with a ouija board hoping to find a nice one.

    Lastly, in the spirit of staying safe, remember that a force that carries out instructions that disregard other people’s rights can’t possibly respect your own. Others will have their own enduringly negative opinions about attempts to bring about hardship and suffering.

    Don’t get involved in the occult. It’s neither harmless experimentation nor the kind of artistic novelty you should prostitute for fame. It’s incredibly dangerous and more common than you might think.

    Since Nov 2006 • 734 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    NASA owes its Jet Propulsion Laboratory to Thelemite and Crowleyite Jack Parsons back in 1943.
    Famously shafted by L. Ron Hubbard
    He blew himself up in ’52. (aged 37)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7565 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Man at work...
    Reading this: https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/100788520/trump-working-hard-or-hardly-working-during-shutdown I'm beginning to wonder if any day now it will be revealed that Trump (and all that that envelops) is really a time expansive private conceptual art project of Gilbert and Georgian-conceit - or maybe an amalgam of Jeff Koons/Damien Hirst and Billy Apple/Andy Warhol.
    Maybe a post-Dadaist/Situationist riff on High Office for the BBQ ribs set.
    Cutting edge stuff.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7565 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I'm beginning to wonder if any day now it will be revealed that Trump (and all that that envelops) is really a time expansive private conceptual art project of Gilbert and Georgian-conceit...

    Something's got to give. Trump's screaming shabbiness evokes the Jorge Luis Borges dream-story Ragnarök , where the ancient gods - Janus, Thoth, etc. - appear before a select invited audience to proclaim the reassertion of their old powers. The exultant mood suddenly shifts when it's revealed that in their years of exile they've degenerated into a kind of imbecility:

    Suddenly, we felt that they were playing their last trump, that they were cunning, ignorant, and cruel, like aged predators, and that if we allowed ourselves to be swayed by fear or pity, they would wind up destroying us.
    We drew our heavy revolvers (suddenly in the dream there were revolvers) and exultantly killed the gods.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4537 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    NASA owes its Jet Propulsion Laboratory to Thelemite and Crowleyite Jack Parsons back in 1943.

    Paul Callahan once told me that he didn’t think science created better music than religion did. But the situation of that conversation was interesting anyhow.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3873 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    military supply flights

    Military personnel will apparently be expected to continue to serve without being paid.

    I'm sure that that will end well, if this drags on.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2712 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Twitter is blogging about how it/they are: ” committed to providing a platform that fosters healthy civic discourse and democratic debate.” Meanwhile, Donald Trump, President of the United States of America is twittering unmoderated, about going 51% (nuclear option) amoung billions of other fragmented bits of bullshit.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3873 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to steven crawford,

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    Posted yesterday by Gary Huck, Baltimore MD.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4537 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock, in reply to Joe Wylie,

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    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2712 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3873 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Twitter says Russian bots retweeted Donald Trump 470,000 times

    I imagine there will be lots of tweeting and retweeting happening at Twitter about that submission to Congress, by Twitter.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3873 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    And Jim Carrey has tweeted :

    "I’m dumping my @facebook stock and deleting my page because @facebook profited from Russian interference in our elections and they’re still not doing enough to stop it”, 56-year-old Carrey tweeted.

    Big news about what someone said on twitter.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3873 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

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  • WH,

    This is a clip from When We Were Kings, a film that recounts the story of The Rumble in the Jungle – the fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman held in Kinshasa in 1974.

    George Plimpton at 1m38s:

    I was very interested in people called “féticheurs”. They are witches, soothsayers, and in Western Africa almost everybody has one. It’s like a witch doctor and you go to a witch doctor the way we would go to a dentist. Muhammad Ali had been to Mobutu Sese Seko’s féticheur.

    And he had said that the féticheur had said that a woman with trembling hands would somehow get to [the heavily favoured] Foreman. A succubus. And that impressed me enormously.

    Plimpton at 13m47s:

    Ali came off the ropes and hit [Foreman] with a right and you can see the sweat pour off like a fountain from Foreman’s face and you suddenly realised there was design in this madness.

    So I turned to Norman, I remember – he must have been somewhat puzzled, but I said, “The succubus has got him!”, referring to this woman with the trembling hands that the witch doctors had said would touch Foreman and destroy him.

    It’s worth watching the whole film if you haven’t already seen it.

    Since Nov 2006 • 734 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3873 posts Report Reply

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