Saturday, November 27th 2021

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Francis Berger

​Back in March 2020, which marked the beginning of the birdemic hysteria here in Hungary, I wrote a post in which I briefly recorded my initial observations concerning the appearance of the "lethal" birdemic bug in this part of the world.

I recently revisited that post and was struck by how I had ...

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William Wildblood

Very few people believe they are bad people. In fact, it is probably only the saints who think of themselves like that. This is because the saints have the greatest idea of spiritual good and so see how far they fall short. But most people don't think of good and evil in spiritual terms. They think in terms of what ...

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

In my October 25 post "Bear with Biden," I noted how a Jay-Z record cover from 2009 replaced the letter O with three red horizontal lines (like the E in Biden's logo) and connected this with the Greek letter Xi and thus with Xi Jinping.

Today I read that the latest birdemic variant is being called Omicron even though ...

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Bruce Charlton

I have often discussed the evil dichotomy of Order versus Chaos (or Ahrimanic versus Sorathic).

This derives from a false but popular and influential analysis that regards order and chaos as extremes, and goodness as a middle way in between them; so that the cure for too much order is a bit of chaos, and excessive ...

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Bruce Charlton

There is a fascinating discussion of ghosts in JRR Tolkien's The Notion Club Papers; which may have been based on similar real life discussions in The Inklings.

It emerged that the club seems to acknowledge that 'all houses' are haunted in the sense that 'haunting and atmosphere... are something added by accident of ...

Friday, November 26th 2021

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Francis Berger

Yesterday I noted that the global diktat of "none are safe until all are safe" was a sinister ruse to get people to submit to and commit to the lie behind our current health and safety totalitarianism.

I made the rather unoriginal argument that the powers behind the global diktat would work to ensure a permanent ...

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

I happened to teach these two pages (from two different books, for two different classes) on the same day.

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One book uses the sentence "They eat meat every day" in a subject-verb agreement exercise. The other uses "We like to eat meat every meal" because it contains many instances of the ...

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Francis Berger

Headlines about shortages and looming shortages in the West continue to persist in the mainstream. Headlines aside, I suspect many of us have also experienced some of these shortages first hand when visiting stores or looking for goods online.

I am neither an economist nor a supply chain expert, but my intuition ...

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Bruce Charlton

Owen Barfield regarded himself as a disciple of Rudolf Steiner - in a not-altogether healthy way; because it exerted a constraining effect on his potential and caused Barfield to leave out - unexplained - considerable aspects of his world view.

Instead Barfield, at a certain point, would merely recommend his ...

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S.K. Orr

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From the Orrs….Happy Thanksgiving to you all. Consider your blessings, and gird yourselves for the days ahead.

~ S.K. Orr

Thursday, November 25th 2021

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

Searching for "vineyard shouting" turned up this link, for some reason!

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"Savior offer salvation. with the vineyard shouting, with the bee whom hump, with the beam, singing, whom Now . . ."

The link is to a very long video of a Hindu ceremony which seems to have nothing whatsoever to do ...

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Bruce Charlton

There is a very prevalent logical error that pervades our culture; so thoroughly pervades it that it is all-but invisible, and difficult to understand.

The error is to confuse annihilation and replacement, with transformational development.

This error was made clear to me only in recent years and through reading ...

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Francis Berger

I have addressed the "none are safe until all are safe" global diktat many times on this blog. As far as I'm concerned, the mantra provides a thorough encapsulation of everything we have experienced since the still largely unacknowledged 2020 global totalitarian coup.

For the first time in world history, Satanic ...

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

Just a really weird coincidence to note.

I was searching the Internet for pictures to use as prompts in a vocabulary quiz for young children. The first three words I needed pictures for were beeswax, painting (the noun), and pressing (in the sense of "applying pressure to").

For beeswax, I found a picture of some ...

Wednesday, November 24th 2021

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

The Church of Googontology has released a new list of Absolutely True Truths that no one is allowed to question. The list is phrased in negative terms -- a list of things you can't say because they constitute "hate" and/or "misinformation" -- so I thought it would be helpful to recast it as a positive creed.

Here are ...

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

Over at The Magician's Table, I continue my notes on the symbolism of the Emperor card.

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S.K. Orr

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I want to express my thanks to all of you who have reached out to me after my request. Though no clear path has yet been revealed to me, I am strengthened by the show of friendship and concern. Most of all, I am grateful for the prayers.  This is no trite statement; my belief in the ...

Tuesday, November 23rd 2021

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Francis Berger

I get the sense many of us are waiting for the big narrative implosion - that Götterdammerung supernova that will occur when the fiery ball of lies can no longer withstand the pressure of truth and, thus, begin to cave in on itself like an imploding star.

I imagine many of us wake up and scan the headlines ...

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Bruce Charlton

The internet is full of schemes and plans by which specific evils (you know what I mean...) might more-or-less-easily be resisted - individually or en masse.

Yet this very seldom actually happens - either individually or en masse.

And if they do happen-to-happen, it is never sufficiently intense or sustained ...

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William Wildblood

Anyone who hasn't seen through the evils of the current time as summed up by the litmus tests is in danger of being complicit in them. You may think this is unfair and that people cannot be blamed for succumbing to relentless one-sided propaganda but we are supposed to be intelligent, conscious adults. We are called ...

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Bruce Charlton

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JRRT pondering what to do about the Normans...Long term readers may know that - like JRR Tolkien - I have a pretty strong loathing of The Normans and their conquest of Anglo Saxon England (and, then Britain)!

The motivations of the Norman Conquest, and the new ruling class, were a very ...

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

In "Phonics with Jeremiah, and the grapes of wrath," I proposed an interpretation of Jeremiah's strange expression "a shout, as they that tread the grapes" (25:30). Given the many places in the Bible where treading or pressing grapes is used figuratively to refer to bloodshed, I suggested that this metaphor may have ...

Monday, November 22nd 2021

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Francis Berger

I don't think we are anywhere near peak Siege when it comes to Operation Delta Force, but some of the oratory the demonically-possessed on the side against God and Creation have been spouting lately certain qualifies as peak-Siege rhetoric in my book.

For instance, take the current health minister of Germany who ...

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Bruce Charlton

Sensible and decent people have spent the last five or six decades complaining that the Left makes everything political; and have thereby mostly-destroyed marriage, family, science, education, law, churches... whatever... everything...

But indeed this process of politicization stretches back several centuries, and ...

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

Over at The Magician's Table, I discuss the symbolism of the Emperor's orb, covering everything from the Liahona to Kek.

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S.K. Orr

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Jacques-Louis David, “Belasarius Begging for Alms”

I hope it’s not presumptuous of me to use this blog to ask for personal assistance, but I will risk the accusation anyway.

The situation at my job is growing more untenable by the day, and my wife and I spent a lot of ...

Sunday, November 21st 2021

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Francis Berger

Most Christians view cooperation with God marks as the pinnacle of religious life. The impetus behind the motivation is simple and clear - if align myself with God and His commandments, then I will be "operating" in the manner God wants me to operate in the world. By following his laws and commandments, I demonstrate ...

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Francis Berger

I firmly believe that the still largely unacknowledged global totalitarian coup of 2020 marked the peak of "things coming to a point", which Bruce Charlton has outlined in the following manner:

In sum, when things have come to a point - life-choices will be substantially (this can never be absolute, due to our ...

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S.K. Orr

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A week from today marks the beginning of Advent. The church calendar once provided the cadence for the march of everyday life, granting to Christians the sense of timing of season, of the low ebb of the Lenten times to the high tide of Easter. Just as farmers and cattlemen feel in their ...

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

The silver apples of the moon,

The golden apples of the sun.— Yeats, “Wandering Aengus”

Why does everyone think the Sun is yellow and the Moon is white?

While the Sun often appears yellow when it is low in the sky, and even red in certain atmospheric conditions, its characteristic color is very close to pure ...

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Bruce Charlton

Several authors I respect, and from-whom I have derived valuable lessons regarding the evolutionary-development of consciousness (e.g. Rudof Steiner, Owen Barfield, William Arkle), assert that the future and desired state will be one in which (in some way) Matter will become spiritualized.

Something similar is often ...

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

I was creating illustrations for a children's phonics book, the bit about the a-consonant-e spelling of the "long a" sound. Since this is hardly work that fully engages my brain, I was at the same time listening to the Bible read aloud, as I have been doing on and off recently. (I started with Genesis back in August ...

Saturday, November 20th 2021

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Bruce Charlton

If you try to sleep through life, God will give you nightmares.

By the above proverb - which I just invented - I intended to mean that if your attitude to this mortal life on earth is to try and ignore reality, be indifferent to truth; to feel pleasures and to avoid suffering by all means at your disposal...

Then ...

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Bruce Charlton

It is striking to read thoughtful cultural commentators from the 1950s-70s, who are confident that The System - based on materialism and motivated by Leftism - will certainly collapse due to its incoherence and contradictions.

The assumption was that soon many or most people will recognize that 'it isn't working' ...

Friday, November 19th 2021

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.-- Hebrews 3:4All the world's a stage,

And all the men and women merely players-- Shakespeare, As You Like It

According to the Epistle to the Hebrews, every house is built by a human builder or builders, and every house is also built by God. ...

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Francis Berger

I live in a small landlocked country in Central Europe close to the border of another small landlocked country in Central Europe. Until the end of the First World War, these two small landlocked countries in Central Europe were basically one entity known as the Dual Monarchy, also referred to as Austria-Hungary or the ...

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William Wildblood

I am an unaffiliated Christian belonging to no church though raised in the Church of England and familiar with Catholicism as I had a friend who had been a Benedictine monk whom I often accompanied to Mass. The fact of my not belonging to a particular church might be regarded as a lack of religious commitment or being ...

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Bruce Charlton

These End Times aren't all bad!

First because any time and place is right for those incarnated into them. Because God arranges it so (and we consented to embark upon this arrangement).

So it is broadly correct to assume that our actual life is broadly the kind of life that we most need ('need' from an eternal ...

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

Did you know that joe is a word in Dutch?

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Back in 2020, Joe and Bye were closely associated.

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At the time, this bumper sticker meant that "Don" was not the stickee's president and needed to be ousted by "Byedon." Now, the most natural reading is, "Biden: ...

Thursday, November 18th 2021

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

Things are different from the way they were just a week ago, at least in my part of Taiwan. I'm not sure what has triggered the change, or whether anything similar has happened anywhere else.

Masks are still required by law -- or by whatever it is we have instead of law these days -- in most places, whether indoors ...