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Beyond Words: Manly P. Hall Teaches You How to Read

“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.” Tyrion Lannister

Ever wish you could get the most out of the material you read? From articles to books to academic papers to opinion pieces, there is a sea of old and new information out there (more like an overwhelming tsunami of it) that’s not only become increasingly difficult to keep up with and sift through, but to comprehend in the first place. In this lecture (“Mind and the Book“), Manly P. Hall doesn’t offer a “one weird trick” shortcut, but a deeply involved, integrative, and discerning discipline. It’s genuinely some of the best advice on reading (including its foundational importance and principles) that I’ve ever come across – and he puts it in such shatteringly obvious and crystallizing terms that the toolkit he provides will be sure to stick with you regardless of what you may read (and how “hard” it may be to understand).… Read the rest

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Serial Killer Quote of the Day


In the new book Serial Killer Quote of the Day, you can check out for yourself how a serial killer’s mind works. You will hear them, in their own words, describe their actions. And you will learn how to kill someone without remorse, and even with a sense of fun and enjoyment.

Over the past five years, johnny trevisani (no caps, by the way – all lowercase), has compiled the most extensive collection of serial killer quotes, certainly on the web, and probably on Earth.  It offers a bizarre and disturbing glimpse into the warped minds of people who kill, and kill, and kill again. Check out SKQOTD on his website and on Facebook.

SKQOTD, the book, offers a year’s worth of psychotic ramblings, lame justifications, and blow-by-blow descriptions of terrible crimes and the worst behavior of which humans are capable.

I asked trevisani why he started doing something so odd.… Read the rest

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Lost Envoy: The Tarot Deck of Austin Osman Spare


Back in 2013, a beautiful hand-painted tarot deck was discovered to have been created by Occultist Austin Osman Spare around 1906. This winter, Strange Attractor Press will be releasing Lost Envoy which will include an entire reprint of the deck.

via Strange Attractor:

coverv17In the Spring of 2013 a 78-card, hand-painted tarot deck created c.1906 by the mystic and artist Austin Osman Spare, was identified within the collections of The Magic Circle Museum in London.

Austin Spare’s life-long interest in cartomancy is well documented, yet very few of his own fortune-telling cards were thought to have survived. This compelling new example of the artist’s early work demonstrates his precocious involvement with the currents that shaped the British Occult Revival at the beginning of 20th century, and his interactions with some of the period’s lesser-known protagonists.

Magic Circle Museum curator and artist Jonathan Allen immediately recognised that Spare’s cards were not only art-historically significant, but also entirely unknown outside of The Magic Circle’s collections, and set about tracing the deck’s provenance, its place in the artist’s oeuvre and within the wider histories of cartomancy.

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Cult Leaders That Used Sex to Control

John Humphrey Noyes, (1811-1886)

John Humphrey Noyes, (1811-1886)

In the book Raping the Gods, by Brian Whitney, a ghostwriter is hired to ghostwrite the memoirs of Dylan, a deranged, fantastically wealthy sex addict, who lives in Samoa with his female sex slaves. Dylan’s had a profound spiritual awakening during a vision quest he went on with a local tribe. He thinks he met God. Actually, he thinks he met God and had sex with Him. Raped Him, in fact. Throughout all of Dylan’s insanity and abuse his slaves remain unwavering.

Many people throughout time have used sex to take control of people’s minds. When it comes to keeping someone under your control, banging them while slowly exerting power over their minds and bodies is possibly the best way to do that. It is true that other methods can work. You can threaten someone, beat them, isolate them, financially exploit them, but none of those are as effective as sex.… Read the rest

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To Resist and to Survive: A Conversation with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz


Dunbar-Ortiz’s book An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States is out now


Stephyn Quirke writes at Earth First! Newswire:

It’s been said that education is what you are left with after forgetting everything you learned in school. And unfortunately for us, American history books already forgot to mention a few things: like human beings inhabiting North America for over 20,000 years prior to Europeans. In fact, the Europeans our history books call the “original Americans” and “Founding Fathers” didn’t start calling themselves Americans until they started to see themselves becoming more like the indigenous peoples they encountered – a special kind of free people who belonged to this land.

Inside the U.S., it is almost impossible to get a standard education in U.S. history and come away with the knowledge that the United States was founded on genocide – the largest in world history up to that time.

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Strange Attractors: A Tale from Science’s Outer Edge

41lk-B0DyPLThis is an excerpt from Disinformation’s “Far Out: 101 Strange Tales From Science’s Outer Edge” plus a bonus video at the end!

Since 1987, one year after the Chernobyl disaster, 76-year-old Russian factory worker Leonid Tenkaev, his wife Galina, their daughter Tanya and grandson Kolya have all been able to make metal objects stick to their bodies. Leonid himself can hold individual objects weighing up to 50 pounds (23 kg) on his chest.

Doctors in Russia and Japan appear convinced that the Tenkaev’s abilities are genuine, describing, for example, how difficult it is to pull ferrous objects away from their bodies. “There is absolutely no doubt that the objects stick as if their bodies were magnetic,” an impressed Dr. Atusi Kono told reporters in 1991.

Remarkably, the Tenkaevs are not alone. In 1990, the Superfields conference in Sofia, Bulgaria attracted 300 such “human magnets” after a young woman, Marinela Brankova, demonstrated her powers on television by supporting a 15 lb (7 kg) weight from her vertically held palms.… Read the rest

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Getting Wasted in Salt Lake City with Jon Herbert

71IdRdVqpmL._SL1500_For most people in the rest of the United States, the words “Salt Lake City” conjures up images of towering, snow-capped mountains, and polite, clean living Mormons smiling at you while helping old ladies cross the street. When it comes to thoughts of partying, many people think Salt Lake City is a place where you can’t buy a drink at any price. It is the one large city in America, that does not bring up  images, of violence or urban decay.

I picture gleaming buildings, smiling blonde people, and a shitload of churches. I definitely don’t picture drunks, drugs, and people throwing themselves in bonfires during drug fueled parties.

The vast majority of people in Salt Lake City are Mormons, and if there is one thing we know about mormons (other than that they believe some really bizarre shit) is that they don’t party at all. But even a city full of Mormons can’t keep down the party forever.… Read the rest

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Gabriel D. Roberts Gives THE QUEST FOR GNOSIS For Free

Disinfonauts! Have you ever gotten frustrated trying to explain a really big and important idea like gnosis? Well have no fear, because I’ve put this handy little two minute crash course out for that express purpose! Not only that, but I’m giving away digital copies of my book, The Quest For Gnosis on my website!

Be sure to visit gabrieldroberts.com/bookstore for a FREE PDF of my book, The Quest For Gnosis and share the gift!

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“Engines of Domination” with Mark Corske – Free Radical Media Podcast

In this edition of the Free Radical Media Podcast, political philosopher Mark Corske joins the Free Radical crew to discuss his book and short film, “Engines of Domination.” Corske discusses his theory that institutions, economic systems, and cultural practices come together to form a metaphorical engine, the “Engine of Domination,” the purpose of which is the domestication and oppression of the human race. He describes various forms of oppression and domination and makes a case for anarchism in this enlightening conversation.

The interview and links to Corske’s work, including the excellent short film adaptation of his book, can be found here:

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Washington’s National Security State: A Practical Failure, a Faith-Based Success Story

514zcaXr01L[Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from Tom Engelhardt’s new book, “Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World.” It is available on Amazon

Engelhardt runs the website TomDispatch. You can follow TomDispatch.com on Facebook and Twitter.]

Looked at another way, the NSS [Washington’s national security state] is also a humongous humbug, a gigantic fraud of a belief system that only delivers because its followers never choose to look at the world through Martian eyes.

Let’s start with its gargantuan side. No matter how you cut it, the NSS is a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! of staggering numbers that, once you step outside its thought system, don’t add up. The US national defense budget is estimated to be larger than those of the next thirteen countries combined–that is, simply off-the-charts more expensive. The US Navy has eleven aircraft carrier strike groups when no other country has more than two.… Read the rest

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