News Briefs 22-05-2015

“There are some oddities in the perspective with which we see the world.”

Quote of the Day:

“We don't have to save the world. The world is big enough to look after itself. What we have to be concerned about is whether or not the world we live in will be capable of sustaining us in it.”

Douglas Adams

News Briefs 21-05-2015

Why do ISP's still think 72 hours is a reasonable amount of time for them to do their effing job and fix your connection? Imagine if the plumber asked you to wait *3 days* until you could take a shower again!

Big thanks to Grail-seeker!

Quote of the Day:

"Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself."


Osama Bin Laden's Bookshelf: MK-ULTRA, the Illuminati, Manly Hall's 'Secret Teachings of all Ages', and 9/11 Conspiracy Literature

Bin Laden's Bookshelf

The U.S. Government this week released a list of the books and documents that were found on Osama Bin Laden's 'bookshelf' (a number were actually digital) when special forces soldiers killed the terrorist leader at his Pakistan hideout in 2011.

Surprisingly, among the 39 English-language books in Bin Laden's possession were a number of 9/11 conspiracy books and other books about powerful secret cabals, including:

Also in this tranche of documents was a webpage discussing how game designer Steven Jackson (the American one, not the British one) seemed to have predicted the Twin Towers catastrophe in his game Illuminati: New World Order (which took its inspiration from the Illuminatus! trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shae). Not to mention also in OBL's collection were documents about the CIA's 'mind control' project MK-ULTRA!

Perhaps the book that surprised me most to see was Manly P. Hall's classic of esoterica, The Secret Teachings of All Ages, the content of which seems very much at odds with Al-Qaeda's terrorist agenda. Perhaps Bin Laden's interest was simply in the chapter on Islam, in which Mohammed is described as having "a knowledge of that secret doctrine which must needs constitute the core of every great philosophical, religious, or ethical institution". Or was his interest once again in the idea of secret groups steering history and religion from behind the scenes?

What do we make of all this? Basically, we have the (alleged?) mastermind behind 9/11, reading about how his attack was predicted before it happened in a game about the Illuminati; reading Manly Hall's masterwork about secret teachings and esoteric societies; reading other books about the Illuminati and powerful secret cabals; and also reading 9/11 'truther' material about how *he* didn't actually commit the crime!

Was he simply fascinated by the weird things people saw in the attack? Was he wondering how to take advantage of the multiple mythoses growing around 9/11 and the Bush 'New World Order'? Was he just setting us all up for a massive troll when he did eventually get caught? Or did he not actually do it and thought it may truly have been an Illuminati conspiracy?

How deep does this rabbit hole get?!

Link: Bin Laden's Bookshelf

News Briefs 20-05-2015

Your daily dose of reliable journalism

Quote of the Day:

Myth is much more important and true than history. History is just journalism and you know how reliable that is.

Joseph Campbell

News Briefs 19-05-2015

The King is dead...long live the King.

Thanks Cat.

Quote of the Day:

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.


In 1938 Nicholas Winton Took a Holiday in Prague, and Saved the Lives of 669 Children

Today marks the 106th birthday of the remarkable Sir Nicholas Winton. In 1938, Winton took it upon himself to go on a 'holiday' to Prague, and through forgery, blackmail and bribes managed to send 669 children - mostly Jewish Czechs - to England before the Nazis moved in to enact their 'Final Solution'.

As an example of how many extraordinary historical stories we remain oblivious to on a daily basis, Winton's story was unknown for the best part of 50 years - not least because he himself didn't bother telling anyone about it. Even his wife, who only learned of what he had done after finding an odd scrapbook in their attic with information about the operation.

After learning of the story, in 1988 the BBC lured 'Nicky' to a taping of their show That's Life "under false pretences", and surprised him by reuniting him with a number of the children whose lives he had saved. Below you can find video of that moment.

Happy 106th good sir. A living example of how one person's actions can make an extraordinary difference - we can but only try to emulate his good works.

News Briefs 18-05-2014

Hope they were wearing brown underwear...

Thanks @CristobalMusic.

Quote of the Day:

Sometimes you never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.

Dr. Seuss

Crowdfunder: The Ghetto Tarot

The Ghetto Tarot

Anyone familiar with the tarot knows there are now a vast number of interpretations of the famous esoteric card deck. But a new crowdfunding campaign has a fascinating angle on it, recreating tarot imagery via photographs of people living in a Haitian ghetto:

What is the Ghetto Tarot?

The Ghetto Tarot is a photographic interpretation of the traditional tarot deck in the ghetto. The scenes are inspired by the Rider Waite Tarot deck (originally designed in 1909 by artist Pamela Colman Smith) and are replicated together with a group of Haitian artists called Atis Rezistans (resistant artists) in the Haitian slums using only material we were able to find or create locally. On several cards we used the artists art, that includes symbolism from the Voodoo religion to embody the important meaning of the cards original symbols.

While the cards were designed many years ago with the situations of the time when the world was very different, they resonate today with timeless symbols that can be applied to our busy modern world. And not just our modern, western world, but also to any other continent, country or culture, including the Haitian Ghetto. So here comes a temporary, provocative and vivid tarot deck!

The campaign is already a success (at the time of writing, it already has four times its funding goal!), but if you'd like to contribute and get your own Ghetto Tarot, you've still got a week to get in before it comes to an end.

Link: The Ghetto Tarot

Review: Mad Max - Fury Road

This is a review of the reboot of Mad Max, Fury Road. You're reading this and you want to know exactly two things.

First of all, is this a film that holds up against the original series? Is it the action packed, fuel injected, chromed out post-apocalyptic vehicular mayhem tale worthy of bearing the name? Yes. Unquestionably, unequivocally: YES. This is a film that never stops. From the very beginning until the end there's no pause, just a shifting of gears. It's an unrelenting, frenetic action piece. Gloriously shot and edited. Full of incredible set pieces and props and character design. Like, did you see that guy with the guitar providing a soundtrack for us from within the universe? Just, whoa! There's details like that throughout the whole film. And it was probably made all the better for its relocation to Namibia and long production time. This isn't a film for the Fast & Furious generation, it's a reminder that Max was the first road warrior, and they've just been keeping the signal fire burning. He's back now to carry the torch and light the way.

The second question then, if you're still reading this, if you need to know anything else: is there any more to it than that? YES! Yes, there is. And this is the focus of the rest of my review. SPOILERS FOLLOW.

George Miller could have just delivered something resembling an elaborate cut scene from the Borderlands video game and been done with it. There's definitely an audience out there for that kind of material. But he didn't stop there, no; he imbued the entire thing with a rich mythology and an important message.

While this is a story very much situated in what we immediately recognise to be Mad Max's universe, the tale it tells is all about Furiosa's journey. Max is in fact barely present in the story. He's on the screen a lot, he's just not... ... Read More »