It marked a difference of this group, an Amherst Alanon meeting of thirty or so, as I bluffed in the same way that I would, by standing up and pretending to shoot with my finger – Bang! Bang! Bang! But from this group ensconced at a church literally across the street from Emily Dickinson’s house – nothing. No reaction. They looked calmly upon me as only a harmless fool - A bullfrog on a lily pad. ..I’m nobody, who are you?
I foretold them the Sicilians would act differently.
More than a year later, it was August of 1996, when at a similarly conciliatory meeting of similarly normal people seated in the same circular formation, I stood up, raised my finger like a gun barrel and shouted Bang! Bang! Bang! aiming at the Sicilians in rapid turn around the room in Aci Creale to their immediate fright and panic. To them, it was quite possible that this would be a real gun.
I woke up late on a morning as it turned September to see an unusual funeral procession moving through Piazza Duomo. Two coffins were being moved.
by Neil Vodavzny
Scotland is the home of the Scottish Enlightenment, which is known as the home of humanism. But that was then. Today, humanism is synonymous with destruction of tradition and anything and everything that belongs to a distinct, self-confident people. So, for example, the latest pronouncement of AC Grayling of the New College of the Humanities . Whether or not you’re a believer, there is something appealing in collective worship - as opposed to individual brainwashing. But not for Grayling, who has suggested RE in schools be replaced by philosophy lessons (run by him).
This same manipulative focus on impressionable youth was taken up by the Scottish Nationalists in their referendum campaign (even if the final results were not quite as expected). Salmond’s shallow mockery of the established way of doing thing, albeit probably a permanent aspect of his twinkly personality, was yet more evidence of humanist thinking. Salmond may be smarter than most, but it was easy to second-guess his intention of adding “a few more percentage points” to finally emerge a with a mandate for a free, independent Scottish State (with hints of Shylock to boot).
Nowhere is naturalism to be seen, and yet this is the real glory of Scotland. Man must mingle with nature, and nowhere is this more evident than in that most Scottish of creations, Royal & Ancient:
GW has expressed the constraint:
DanielS has expressed the constraint:
An approach offered by John Harland is to admit the historicity of Jesus in His essential mythic image as descendant of God evidenced in his own over-ruling of texts with direct bodily connection with God as Father, but to deny the historicity of the extant texts—deny them as yet another means by which dastards attempt to interpose themselves between the God-heritage of individuals and their Father, in spirit and flesh.
Ridicule of Harland’s own editing of the texts to suit his view may be conducted only at the sacrifice of the two constraints establishing the context of this presentation. Offer a superior approach if you don’t like Harland’s—either that or declare folly the entire effort to connect with the spiritual force of Christianity.
Click this link for a pdf document containing part of Harland’s account starting with “The Germans” (in the anthropological sense meaning what many identify as Celtic and Nordic pagans of the pre-Christian era), “The Catholic Church Promotes Judeo-Christianity”, “The First Breaking Apart of the Church Serpent” (regarding Henry VIII and Martin Luther), “A Further Break From the Serpent” (regarding the establishment of America), “The Strange Phenomenon of ‘Money-Mad’ Americans” (regarding the closing of the frontier and replacement of Nature and Nature’s God with money-based “culture”), “The American Dream” (the commodification, by conspirators, of the American spiritual renaissance), “The German Reich” (the parallel processes occurring in what became the nation state known as “Germany” during the 1800s leading up to WW I), “The World Picture After WW I” (the situation leading up to WW II) and the concluding section of this pdf document is “The Second World War”.
The entire book is “Word Controlled Humans” by John Harland, ISBN 0-914752-12-X available from Sovereign Press, 326 Harris Road, Rochester, WA 98579 (with which I have no business or personal relationship).
This evening Channel 4 News announced at considerable length the compelling findings of Robert Bittlestone’s borehole investigation of the Thinia isthmus between the Keffalonian “mainland” and Paliki. The isthmus is not constructed of bedrock but of infill, as Bittlestone predicted.
MR readers with good memories may recall the piece I wrote about Bittlestone’s great quest to recover Odysseus’ homeland for Paliki. This is not a matter of dry prognostications among dusty museum archives but of the living discovery of Homeric legend. Our Hellenic cultural heritage is 3,000 years old - as old as Jewry - and closer to us in significant ways than the Jewish rabbi they nailed to the cross on Calvary. Odysseus modelled the heroic virtues that shaped European minds and fitted us as peoples set against the capricious gods of Nature more naturally than ever the Paulian fragments of a universalist, monotheistic spirituality ever did. Awareness of who and what we really are - an awareness of which we may one day find ourselves much in need - begins there in Homer, not in the Torah.
That said, I recommend a visit to Robert Bittlestone’s website to bring you up to date with proceedings today.
Hmmmmmm. You know me, I’m thinking about political implications, not mtDNA, right now.
Maybe humans evolved in Asia.
Bulgarian archaeologists have unearthed about 15,000 tiny golden pieces that date back to the end of the third millennium B.C. — a find they said Wednesday matches the famous treasure of Troy. The golden ornaments, estimated to be between 4,100 and 4,200 years old, have been unearthed gradually during the past year from an ancient tomb near the central village of Dabene, about 75 miles east of the capital, Sofia, said Vasil Nikolov, an academic consultant on the excavations. “This treasure is a bit older than Schliemann’s finds in Troy, and contains much more golden ornaments,” Nikolov said. Heinrich Schliemann, an amateur German archaeologist, discovered the site of ancient Troy in 1868 and directed ambitious excavations that proved he was right.
The treasure consists of miniature golden rings, some so finely crafted that the point where the ring is welded is invisible with an ordinary microscope.