So, I just edited an older post: “How to Spot a Fake-Azz ‘Occult Expert’ in Two Words” had a comparison in it that, a few years later, no longer works. I updated this comparison, left a note, the previous words just just struck through. But, I wanted to note this, for the sake of transparency. So there you are. Yes, I changed it.
While I’m keeping this blog for eventual longer essay-posts, the blog format in general is too . . .big . . . for the type of post I’m usually doing, which is seeing something cool/ interesting/ etc, and passing it on, maybe with a comment or three of my own. So, i’ve been trying to figure out some other platforms, and I think Tumblr is really better suited toward that.
So, if interested, you can find me more regularly at: http://zophielmalfoy.tumblr.com/
WARNING: In addition to most of the stuff you’re used to seeing, you’ll also be explosed to 1) Fangirling over many things and 2) Random thoughts. Some of it is serious, a lot of it isn’t. So, er, FYI.
I just subjected myself to one of the worst blog entries I’ve ever read. Which, knowing the internets, must be pretty bad. As it seems that riling me up is the only way to get me thrown headlong into the blogging process these days, here I am, full of disappointment and irritation yet again, as some well-meaning, but ultimately ignorant and unqualified person attempts to speak the Truth About The Occult, only to unknowingly make a fool out of them self and drive away the souls most in need of conversion.
Let me be clear– while I do try to swallow my irritation on most matters, in this case a person is not only misrepresenting the Catholic Church and Christianity, they are further alienating and pushing away many souls that, I rather rashly assume, they would deem most in need of saving and conversion. I am not writing this to Defend This Person or That– although in this case it may seem that way. I am writing this because I am concerned about good, devout people getting scammed again and again by frauds. I am concerned about these frauds (and their believers) unintentionally causing scandal to the Church. These things help no one, and cause great harm.
So, to my credentials for this subject: Yes, I am familiar with the occult. More than a passing acquaintance, though somewhat distant these days. Yes, I am currently a practicing Catholic, yes I go to Confession and sing in the Choir and read my Bible and bicker with others about the Traditional Latin Mass vs the Novus Ordo. So it is that I am just as familiar with Dion Fortune as I am with St. Therese of Lisieux. I am just as read in Manly P. Hall, Israel Regardie, and dear Frater Albertus, as I am with St. Bernard of Clairveaux, St. Hildegard von Bingen, and dear St. Francis de Sales. To be fair, I haven’t read Blavatsky, but neither have I read all that much Vianney. I have enjoyed puzzling through Agrippa and St. Albertus Mangus. Moreover, just as I can go to Mass, Confession or Adoration with little to no need for a “cheat sheet” (I am fond of my iConfess app), likewise can I navigate the standard LBRP, Middle Pillar, or Rose Cross Rituals with no need for script or index cards. [For the record to passing occultists: I leave out the SBRP and the LBRH because in the case of the former, I am uncomfortable with the Analysis of the Keyword and, for the latter, it uses Enochian, which I avoid, due to my conviction that not only was Dee deceived, but Kelley tried to tell him so and he (Dee) wouldn’t listen.] Finally, since it is near impossible to read any of the above occult authors without also having familiarity with Garnder, Starhawk or, Gawd-help-us, Silver RavenWolf, I have a more than passing familiarity with Wicca and modern Witchcraft, and mild knowledge of other, more traditional “Low Magic” traditions. (And yes, I have read Crowley, and I’m never getting those hours of my life back. . .)
There was work. . . and Balticon . . .and work! Ugh. But I might be getting a handle on things again. In the meantime, I’ve updated the blogroll a wee bit. Added a very brand new blog written by two of my dearest friends: http://theo-pop.com/
You may or may not be interested. More soon. Probably. (I’ve a slew of drafts awaiting finishing. . .)
Powerful Asteroids hitting Earth more frequently than expected.
Army wasting money on a system that doesn’t work, People Dying.
My first thought is this: Those who work in Army Acquisitions know that if there is a commercial product that supplies a need, that they are to use that product and not spend money on developing something new. This is the default setting for purchases. In order to not go with the commercial solution, there must be a solid reason for not using it.
In this case, they would need to document why, exactly, Palantir does not meet the Army’s requirements. Or, why they cannot do business Palantir Technologies. They aren’t currently disbarred, so there would have to be some other reason. All of that should be documented somewhere, and they should be pulling those documents out at this point and reviewing them.
That said, I agree with a lot of what Hunter said. It is a huge bureaucracy, needed because the Federal Acquisitions Regulations, Defense Supplement, and Army Supplement to the Defense Supplement, plus all the other executive orders and policy statements are so numerous and vast, that you need all those people to make sure that purchases are done legally. If you want to trim the number of people, you need to gut the regulations and paper-work requirements. I don’t know how it is in other offices, but in the one I work at, we’re overloaded with work, mostly because it takes so long to get things done, due to the regulatory requirements.
Cult of Moloch alive and well in the USA. Sometimes, I have trouble praying for Him to be merciful to the US– I can pray for mercy for the slain, for the women deceived, even the doctors who are so lost they cannot see what they are doing. . but for the nation as a whole? How can I ask such a thing in the face of such evil committed– burning the bodies of murdered children to recharge our iPhones? So I find myself praying for Him to be Just or Merciful as He deems best. Because simply praying for mercy, in this case. . . the words stick like needles in my mouth.
And then I check on my supply of water and canned food, and count my ammo.
Allen West asks a question that rather answers itself, I’d think.
Troops deployed to Eastern Europe. Because the Cold War is over, doncha know?
Speed Limits, Drinking Ages, and other Needless Gov’t Interventions. Grunt Opines.
22 April News:
So, now they say they might have been looking in the wrong place for that missing plane. You don’t say? It’s not like everyone on the internet has been saying so this whole time . . .
Wild Pacific Salmon restored to amazing numbers, carbon sequestered, Native Populations getting to maintain their way of life . .. and some people are trying to complain about something. What is wrong with these people?
What in seven hells even is “mansplaining?”
Matt Walsh: Christian Women-Feminism is not your friend.
Will 2014 be a Year Without a Summer?
Also, finally saw the new Captain America movie today. It was pretty rad!!!
From the 19th
So, meant to publish this yesterday, but. . . stuff. . . so updated with today’s as well.
A for real photo, y’all. . .
Jews in Donetsk, Ukraine, being told to “Register or Face Deportation“. Bad News, peeps. Baaaad . . .
Did you know there is a vaccine for lyme disease? Too bad you can’t get it.
Bergen Community College in New Jersey is afraid of Games of Thrones
Police and Perjury
Conservatives in the Wild
From the Bundy Ranch:
Other News (Check the dates):
It’s Monday of Holy Week for Christians. Catholics, this is a good time to get to Confession. I’m waaaaaaaaaaa *breath* aaaaaaaaay overdue. No time like the present to get all those things, small and not-so-small, off your heart.
If there’s one thing mass shooters have in common, aside from being psycho, it’s their politics. Insty points out a buried lede in stories about the anti-semitic shootings of yesterday.
The BLM in NV has backed off for now, but pretty much no one thinks that this is over.
Further rumbles and tumbles in the Indonesia environs. Not much space weather. But big lunar eclipse coming tonight! Here’s the news on all that:
and here’s this guy:
some other headlines for ya:
Maybe you don’t know what’s going on with the Bundy Family out in Nevada. You should. This is very troubling. As noted by GruntofMonteCristo over at 4GFC, “Gov. Sandoval’s protests show that this is much more than a BLM land-use issue or an individual rights issue. This is a “States-Against-the-Feds” issue. If the states had ANY sovereignty at all, this could never happen. The Feds are out of control.”
Chrissy The Hyphenated has been studying the Book of Revelation and The Olivet Discourse over the past months, and as a result, has been keeping her eye on various happenings. By now, most everyone knows about the coming Blood Moon Tetrad. She’s got some additional data points to be added, here.
Also: Why aren’t we hearing about the worldwide slaughter of Christians?
Nothing says we have severe corruption problems with our gov’t than this: Elijah Cummings (D), ranking member of House IRS Oversight Committee, colluded with IRS to target True The Vote. No wonder he’s been so testy in the hearings lately.
The Problem of Junk Science. Part of the problem fostering the increase of junk science has been the blurring of lines between “Junk” science and “Valid” science. The once-“valid” science of Anthropogenic Global Warming has been thoroughly discredited, but still has an undue influence on public policy. As a result, this discredited “science” has destroyed jobs, economies, and the lives of hard working people across the globe, in addition to keeping the poor poor, keeping poor nations from developing their natural resources. . . In addition to the AGW Scam, is the now discredited nutrition “science” that was shoved down everyone’s throats in the 1980s and 1990s– this is junk science that still influences the governments established criteria for “good nutrition”. This crap science created and nurtured the obesity and diabetes “epidemics”– making millions of Americans unwell, contributing to spikes in heart attacks and strokes, ultimately, killing people. . . and they wonder why people don’t trust the Scientist High Priests anymore? If the scientific establishment is truly concerned about the rise in popularity of junk science, perhaps to ought to see to its own problems first. Work to re-establish the squandered trust, and then maybe you’ll be able to do something about the rest of the “Junk Science”
Hey, fellow nerds! Here are some pretty cool workouts with themes like “Ironman,”, “Bring me some Pie!”, “Run you silly boy, and remember” and “Aim to Misbehave”. among many others. . .