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TINFOIL HAT WATCH SPECIAL - THE QANON DIARRHOEA PUDDLE

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I’ve been planning to write something about the weird and unpleasant phenomenon of QAnon for some months. I thought about it rather a lot because once I’d heard about it I felt as though I’d stepped in a puddle of cultural diarrhoea and couldn’t turn anywhere without smelling it. So the only way forward was through - I needed to read and think about it until I felt I’d got my head round what it consists of and why it attracts people. It turned into a much longer piece than I’d originally imagined, so it’s now too long for the newsletter and it’s here instead. So please forgive me these ugly metaphors for an ugly thing - here comes the boot-scraper, a Tinfoil Hat Watch QAnon special - the Cultural Diarrhoea Puddle. The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. - W B Yeats, The Second Coming I’ll assume that the reader already has some level of familiarity with these ideas, so hopefully you’ll know what I mean when I say it’s baffling and frustrating w

Soul of the West: Magick, Awakening and the Hellenic Gnosis

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(Originally delivered as a talk for Occulture Berlin, October 2019) I’m going to be talking about four things: Asking the question: During the last century, what happened to the place of awakening, the Great Work, in the world of magic?  How to examine the consequences of what we believe; maps of the realities we find ourselves in – i.e. cosmologies Awakening and the Hellenic gnosis, the origin of Western civilization, practices of the Hellenic gnosis What is awakening all about anyway? MAGIC AND AWAKENING What happened to magic in the 20th century? Of all the possible narratives we could build of that era, I am going to pick one about the loss and rediscovery of the goal of awakening for magic. Let’s start with Crowley, who birthed an initiatic scheme in a cultural context of scientific materialism. First, it’s worth making a distinction between science and Scientism. The former is a set of methodologies based on logic and experiment. The latter is a religion. The dominant religion of

PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM COVID

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Some information that’s out there but should be on the front page of every media outlet. The top one is Vitamin D , which ‘supports the immune system through a number of pathways’ An anti-heartburn medicine :  ‘She had tested positive for COVID-19 and developed a fever. Her lips became dark blue from hypoxia. She took her first megadose of oral famotidine on 28 March. The next morning, her fever broke and her oxygen saturation returned to a normal range. Five sick co-workers, including three with confirmed COVID-19, also showed dramatic improvements after taking over-the-counter versions of the drug, according a spreadsheet of case histories Tuveson shared with Science. Many COVID-19 patients recover with simple symptom-relieving medications, but Tuveson credits the heartburn drug. “I would say that was a penicillin effect,” he says.’ Nicotine: ‘There are biologically plausible pathways through which nicotine may impact SARS-CoV-2, but the clinical significance of these is entirely unc

Covid-19 thoughts from July Newsletter

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COVID THOUGHTS Above - examples of what happens when your government is too brutal or stupid to care. Or both.  Meanwhile in the UK, we now have  stealth-eugenics:  ' Unlawful do not resuscitate orders imposed on people with learning disabilities .' This takes the policy of encouraging disabled people to kill themselves by stopping their benefits a step further. I mean, when I was a youth we were as bad as Rick in 'The Young Ones' for calling everything we didn’t like ‘fascist’. It’s no longer an exaggeration. Only those with their eyes squeezed tight shut can fail to see that we've  already  stumbled into fascism. Arm yourselves with magic my friends!!!

COVID-19 events from May Newsletter

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For my Rune-Magic online workshop on 8th May I did a divination on the progress of the pandemic in the British Isles. It was a 3-rune reading, and the staves I got were Isa, Eihwaz and Kenaz. I found this to be very clear: death and lockdown, and the timescale suggested is till next Winter. In other words, it will be the end of next winter, early next year, before this pandemic has run its course.  WHAT'S WORKING? So, what is best practice now we've some evidence in? Sweden 's no-lockdown approach is  proving a complete disaster .   The coun try that's done  best so far is  Vietnam . ' Despite a long border with China and a population of 97 million people, Vietnam has recorded only just over 300 cases of Covid-19 on its soil and not a single death.' Their method included a rigorous lockdown early on, and then tracing contact s for th ose who turn up with symptoms.  The UK's  late lockdown is a dismal failure. We had the third-highest daily

COVID AND WORLD EVENTS from April Newsletter

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As you may have noticed, there's some pretty strange stuff happening.  For a start, check  this  out, a self-reorganisation of the US states:  ‘Speaking on MSNBC, Governor Gavin Newsom said that he would use the bulk purchasing power of California “as a nation-state” to acquire the hospital supplies that the federal governmen t has failed to provide. If all goes according to plan, Newsom said, California might even “export some of those supplies to states in need.”  He said 'nation state'; that's maybe a sign of things to come. Other regional coalitions are forming too.  UBI :  Guy Standing writing  for  The Idler: 'A modest basic income is definitely affordable. Think of the billions being poured into the financial markets. Think of the fact that every year the Treasury operates over 1,100 forms of tax reliefs that favour higher-income groups to the tune of over £400 billion, according to the government’s own figures. As shown elsewhere, there is no need to r

My Mumufication

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My passport to the afterlife in the People's Pyramid arrived a couple of weeks ago. When I die, (which I’m not planning to do in the near future) a sample of my ashes will be placed in the hole in the middle of the brick, the brick re-fired and then used in the building of a People’s Pyramid in Toxteth, Liverpool. I considered getting a berth for my ashes in a modern longbarrow such as this one . But as much as I love the long barrows, having done a few nights of exceptional magick in West Kennett, it feels as though that boat sailed about 4,000 years ago. At that time, my bones would have been buried under the floor of a chamber in which my kin would have danced and sung through the night of Midwinter, inhaling psychoactive herbs off of hot rocks. They would have emerged at dawn, renewed, ecstatic, their covenant with our ancestors renewed and completed for one more year.   No such option exists today, so instead my remains will become part of an art project, in an urban