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As of yet, in that weird and glittering quantum realm of possibility, there is an entire society waiting to be born. Somewhere in the not-too-distant future the settlers of Mars will have their own slang, their own accent, their own manner of dress. It’s simply a manner differentiation: Put a group of people on an island, give them 40 years, and they will spawn a unique culture. We see the same instinct in groups of children in high school; just imagine what we’ll do with a planet. We will refer to ideas as “being so Martian” or certain words or phrases as “sounding Martian.” Who will these people be? What will a Martian accent sound like? Will they wear their hair a certain way? Will certain jokes, phrases or symbols be uniquely their own? What will be the hallmarks of “Martian cuisine?” All these questions will be answered, all these things will manifest.
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I’m all Paris-ed and “let’s throw up barbed-wire fences to keep us free“-ed out. Feeling kind of dark. So, please indulge as I pitch this one ride out there, to cheer us up…
It’s been slow. It’s that palpable quiet period for cab driving as Thanksgiving looms.
At present I’m cruising the Lower Haight, with the back seat having been cold for the last forty-five minutes. (Sigh.) I guess it’ll be the left up Fillmore now, for the usual rounds; on through the Jazz District, up through well-off Pac Heights, and down into the yuppie ubiquitous Marina.
However, mid-turn, score!
It’s a late 20’s skinny white blonde dude with thick coke-bottle glasses, and sagging jeans, running into the street from the afar bus stop to flag. Dude is swaggering towards me in beat up skater shoes, with gold chain swaying, and one hand waving vehemently in the air as the other holds up his falling pants.… Read the rest
Kadmus via Gods & Radicals:
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We see a similar structure to the conflict between official state religious power and local magical practice in the cunning craft and witchcraft of Europe and, though in a very different context and developed through very different pressures, in the still exceptionally vital Afro-Caribbean magico-religious traditions. Perhaps the most striking example of this is the distinct character of the Petwa Loa of Haitian Vodou. These are a class of spirits with a particularly violent and forceful nature that derive from the time of the Haitian revolution. Far from sinister, they are part of the force that won freedom for the enslaved in the only slave revolt to result in the founding of a free state. The magic of the Petwa is revolutionary magic par excellence and that of one of history’s most terribly oppressed peoples.
No consideration of the identification of magic with the oppressed would be complete without keeping in mind that it has often been the province of women in contexts when they are denied official social power and freedom.
Unlike other radicals and Leftists, Dr. Bones actually has a plan.
Via Gods & Radicals:
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“Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will.” Isn’t that what they say?
If the entire world, from human culture to technology, is the byproduct of the Ruling Ideology and is literally shaped and molded by it we must do nothing less then change everything; reform is not an option because the sheer act of of working “within the system” actually reinforces existing ideologies. That’s been the key to the whole thing: each generation fine tunes and updates the existing ideological experience, making it bearable and palatable to them and thus preserves it. It’s the reason identity politics and purely social revolutions are so eagerly supported. The people at the top don’t really care if the definition of marriage is broadened or restricted as long as we keep depending on them to do it, they don’t care if there’s a black or female president as long as we still keep electing presidents.
They’ve been warning of a big El Niño in California. Say it’s gonna cause great landslides in the wake of this historic drought. But of course, they qualify that it won’t do much for the drought. Hmph! Well, who are they, anyway!
No really, who are “they”??
When I was a kid lying flat on my belly on the living room carpet inches from the TV, with my head propped up by elbows planted firmly in the floor, and the TV would go all white-noise and fuzzy, my parents would just write it off all nonchalant with, “It’s just them.” Well, I wanna know who “them” is! Cause they keep fucking up the program. Maybe we can all hunt them down, together! Get rid of “them”… Who’s with me!!
But, I digress.
The big El Niño this week was all of a three-hour rain, one morning. No wet gold for the cabbie.… Read the rest
Did a band of witches and wizards stop the Nazi’s from conquering Britain?
Via Gods and Radicals:
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Immediately following Britain’s declaration of war in 1939, Dion Fortune began a series of regular letters to members of her magical order, the Fraternity of the Inner Light, who were unable to hold meetings due to wartime travel restrictions. With enemy planes rumbling overhead, she organised a series of visualisations to formulate “seed ideas in the group mind of the race”, archetypal visions to invoke angelic protection and uphold British morale under fire. “The war has to be fought and won on the physical plane,” she wrote, “before physical manifestation can be given to the archetypal ideals. What was sown will grow and bear seed.” As the war developed, this was consolidated with further work for the renewal of national and international accord. For the first time the Fraternity’s doors were opened to anyone who wanted to join in and learn the previously secret methods of esoteric mind-working.
I’m just a cab driver.
But unlike the current GOP front runner, even I know that the debt ceiling is about paying back the money congress has already borrowed on Americans’ behalf. And I know that there is no “option C” to either bailing out Bank of America or letting them fail in the next (post Glass-Steagall) financial brink. (Sorry Ben Carson, but the laws of physics don’t allow you to move millions of account holders’ trillions of dollars to “another tier” of banks in the midst of a collapse.)
But the laws of physics don’t seem to apply to this week’s GOP free-for-all…
In San Francisco, where I have driven a taxi for five years running now, I have traversed these streets and borne witness first hand to a transformation into what could easily be confused for the Industrial Revolution.
From the neo-robber baron likes of Uber and Lyft shifting all liability for public safety onto unregulated numbers of a new and desperate subcontracted workforce – while playing middle man to their sub-prime car loans, to the Ayn Rand-ian Airbnb bosses shelling out $8 million to defeat a proposition that would have limited the ability of housing supply-strapped San Francisco to turn rent-controlled units into for-profit hotel room… er, “shares”.… Read the rest
It’s dark. It’s early. It’s Monday.
And my new “medicine” didn’t keep me from a sleepless night.
Still, I am cabbie. And this is San Francisco. There are paratransits, dregs and (yyyaaawwwnn) suits all in need of transport across this great city. (And a landlord in wait of rent.)
I shall persevere!
Stumbling in through the lot of ‘ol Citizen’s Cab, I’m headed towards Kojak in the office. However, en route, I spot a grey Nissan Altima over by the hose sporting a suction-cupped smartphone and tell tale “U” sign adhered inside of its windshield. There’s an older black man with a SF Giants baseball hat – with the price tag still dangling on the brim – washing down the tax… er, his car.
Hey! It’s Crooks! (Sometimes taxi driver, sometimes Uber scab.)
“Hey, Crooks! Can’t you read? That sign behind you says it’s a $50 fine for washing personal vehicles!… Read the rest
Back in June, when the 20th anniversary of my high school graduation hit, I found myself thinking, “wow, what an insignificant milestone that I barely think about at all anymore.” After spending exactly no time contemplating that period of my life in zero detail, it hit me. Oh wait, I took mushrooms for the first time not too long after. Now THAT was something worthy of extensive and existential contemplation. Yep, it was at some point in the fall of 2015, and I’m not sure when precisely (wish I’d written it down), that I first blasted my headspace into the exotic realms of the trans-dimensional art gods, forever changing my relationship with, well, everything. And the funny thing is I knew it too, pretty much immediately. Strangely enough, the first thing that occurred to me when I realized I’d been experimenting with psychedelics continually for the past 20 years was, god, isn’t it a bit screwy that Timothy Leary didn’t get hip to this stuff until he was like 40?… Read the rest
THIS ARTICLE MAY BE NSFW.
The NYPD was called to assist with an unruly situation Thursday night at an opening reception of sexually provocative occult artworks at the infamous Stephen Romano Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.
The exhibition entitled “Magica Sexualis” features artworks in various media by international artists, living and dead, including Barry William Hale, Nyahzul, William Mortensen, Steven Bradshaw, Ellen Stagg, Jel Ena, Matthew Dutton, Colin Christian, Steven Baines, Lizz Lopez, Michaelanthony Mandrake and many others.
There was a warning sign on the door which read:
THIS EXHIBITION CONTAINS MATURE CONTENT
ENTER AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION
The reception was also attended by notable celebrities in the occult world, including the high priest of the Church of Satan with several followers, as well as a former Australian super model (who has nude photographs in the exhibit), several prominent celebrities who work in the adult entertainment industry, and many other artists whose subject matter is derived from the dark side.… Read the rest