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October 26 2014

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Column with Hathor-emblem capital and names of Nectanebo I on the shaft

380-362 BC

30th Dynasty, Late Period

Hathor columns began as ‘sistrum-columns’ - columns assimilated to the shaft of a sistrum with capitals showing on opposite sides heads of Hathor topped by a naos-sistrum sound-box. This form had a long history from the beginning of the New Kingdom. But especially with the Late Period, a four-sided capital or an abacus (the uppermost column element, above the capital) with Hathor-emblems on each side becomes widely used, and in these cases the term sistrum-column is no longer correct. These Hathor columns with representations on four sides relate to an understanding of Hathor as a cosmic and powerful goddess, her face directed to the four corners of the earth.
Hathor columns were particularly favoured at temples connected with goddesses or with mammisi-temples ( “birth houses”), which were devoted to the birth of the divine son of a goddess. However, smaller versions like this one appear that must have been used in connection with kiosks or baldachins or other small structures, or may even have served as cult emblems themselves to judge from the representations shown on some temple naoi.
This column has the names of Nectanebo I, and originates in the Delta according to the information passed on about its find spot at the time of its purchase. The column was quite elaborately treated: it retains extensive traces of red and blue paint, and the goddess’s eyes were originally inlaid.

(Source: The Met Museum)

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Timothy P. Wilson: Hauntlings-Monstres
  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mrtimothypowers?fref=pb&hc_location=friends_tab

"I’’ve always heard it said that painting is similar to photography. It finally made sense to me this year when, in my ravenous quest to understand light, began studying the way classic Dutch artists used light in their paintings.  Beyond discovering the common ground between the mediums’ techniques, meeting Timothy showed me the similarities between the two ways of making art. It takes learning the rules before breaking them. It takes a hunger, a drive, and a unyielding passion and commitment to make art seriously.
For Timothy, that drive and vision has made him a rising presence in Maine’s art scene and beyond, with shows in New York City, Boston, and San Francisco among others.  For now, he’s chosen Portland as the place to devote himself to work as an oil painter, designer, and screen printer.”

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There is a fish that when eaten causes severe hallucinations lasting up to 36 hours. It was a party drug during the Roman Empire.


October 23 2014

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Greek Gold Laurel Wreath, 3rd - 2nd century BC

The wreath is composed of two lengths of hollow gold wire connected at the front by a hook and eye clasp. The wire overlaps at the back of the wreath and the terminals are formed to imitate the broken ends of twigs. Soldered to the wire are stems containing 89 laurel leaves and 25 laurel berries.

Wreaths worn as a crown are among the more recognizable symbols of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. Awarded for various accomplishments, or simply as symbols of status and rank, wreaths might be made from the leaves of such plants as olive, ivy, oak, myrtle or laurel. The laurel wreath, awarded to victorious athletes and for academic achievement, is perhaps the best known of the wreath crowns

October 14 2014

And if I go,
while you’re still here…
Know that I live on,
vibrating to a different measure
—behind a thin veil you cannot see through.
You will not see me,
so you must have faith.
I wait for the time when we can soar together again,
—both aware of each other.
Until then, live your life to its fullest.
And when you need me,
Just whisper my name in your heart,
…I will be there.
— Ascension by Colleen Hitchcock (via art-centric)

October 13 2014


October 12 2014


October 11 2014

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Revenge is a dish best served on platter.

You don’t even know what I’m gong to do to you.

Salome with the head of John the Baptist
— Caravaggio 1607

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Malala Yousafzai To Obama’s Face

Drones Fuel Terrorism via YoungTurks

Mala’s Disingenuous Appropriation:  

Would we know Malala Yousafzai if she was one of the hundreds of children killed by American drones? from social media At that level, it is worth asking the tough question: if Malala had been killed or injured by an American drone, would she be celebrated? If she been injured by an American drone, would she be meeting with President Obama and featured on Jon Stewart? If the answer to that question is a no—and let us be honest about the fact that we do not feature victims of American violence—then we have to confront the betrayal of our own silence. In short, all of us, including the millions of people inspired by the example of Malala, have to move forward by insisting on a holistic sense of justice where we speak simultaneously against injustice here and injustice there, connecting the sanctity of life here to sanctity of life there. The way for Malala is the same way for all of us: to stand against brutality anywhere and everywhere, whether it is state-sponsored violence or terrorism violence. A better future for all of us depends on this stance for a holistic sense of justice.

Malala Yousafzai is the toast of the day. There was a strong campaign to have her receive the Nobel Peace Prize this year, she has been featured on Jon Stewart, and had a private audience with President Obama. The White House tabbed this meeting to mark their “photo of the day.” At the same time, there are also many who are writing pieces critical of her, or concerned about the way in which she can be appropriated by the West. A New York Times article asked the question many are asking: “Is Malala Yousafzai a heroine or Western stooge?” In light of these competing projects, we need some careful analysis. […]

4) Malala is not “ours” to adopt. It is not often that I disagree with Jon Stewart. He is quite possibly my favorite cultural critic, and my favorite comedian. That he can do both and weave them together is a testimony to his genius. But I have to confess a profound discomfort with Stewart’s somewhat adorable comment to Malala “I want to adopt you.” Yes, we understand the urge, and I don’t think Stewart’s comments were in any way malicious or intended as anything other than a spur of the moment adoration. However, and this is an important point, Malala does not need to be adopted. Nor is she available for adoption. Her comments came right after she talked about how it has been the love and adoration of her own father that has given her wings to accomplish what she has. She already has a father, she has a family. And that family is as much a story of Pakistan, a story of Muslim societies, as the stories of the Taliban. Malala is already rooted in a community, even as she is struggling to reform that community. One can only adopt someone who is an orphan, without family, without communtiy. None of these are true for Malala. The extent to which she will be able to transform her own society will remain linked to the extent to which she remains grounded in her own community (while perhaps networking with international voices of resistance, human rights, etc.)

5) Malala has to stand against both the violence of the Muslim extremists like Taliban and the violence of the American Empire. Malala reported that she had the following comments to President Obama about the American policy of drones: “I thanked President Obama for the United States’ work in supporting education in Pakistan and Afghanistan and for Syrian refugees. I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we refocus efforts on education it will make a big impact.” Words like authenticity are overused. Yet if one is going to be a genuine Muslim reformer, and not one manufactured by or promoted by Western powers, it is vital to have and maintain a holistic sense of justice in which one speaks simultaneously against both abuses of Muslim extremists and Western colonial powers. As for Malala, it means simultaneously to speak against the misogynist policies of the Taliban AND the violence inflicted on the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan by American drones. It takes a bold person to speak that type of truth to power, especially when the power is the charismatic power of the Office of the President of the United States. Yes, the Taliban are vile, misogynist, and violent group that has practiced gender apartheid in Afghanistan and has killed thousands of people who disagree with their bigoted ideology. And yes, it is easier for us to focus on the evil of the Taliban than to confront the evil of “our” own policies. We have to speak against the evil of the Taliban, and we have to recognize that we too—as in the United States of America—are responsible for a great evil over there. We too have used drones to kill thousands of civilians in these countries, including hundreds and hundreds of children. Here are the numbers from the U.K.-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism about the cost of drone attacks in Malala’s own Pakistan: Total reported killed: 2,548 – 3,549 Civilians reported killed: 411 – 890 Children reported killed: 168 – 197 These are the hundreds of civilian casualties that we as Americans have killed in Pakistan alone. To these, we have to add the dead in Afghanistan, in Yemen, in Somalia, in Iraq, the dead from sanctions in Iran, and elsewhere. 

via @Ostadjaan

October 10 2014


September 29 2014

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Snopes Is Barack Obama a narcissist?

Claim: Dr. Sam Vaknin penned an article about the dangers of Barack Obama’s narcissism.

MIXED ATTRIBUTION Example: [Collected via e-mail, February 2009] Samuel Vaknin, Ph.D.

Dr. Vaknin has written extensively about narcissism. Dr. Vaknin states “I must confess I was impressed by Sen. Barack Obama from the first time I saw him. At first I was excited to see a black candidate. He looked youthful, spoke well, appeared to be confident - a wholesome presidential package. I was put off soon, not just because of his shallowness but also because there was an air of haughtiness in his demeanor that was unsettling. His posture and his body language were louder than his empty words. Obama’s speeches are unlike any political speech we have heard in American history. Never a politician in this land had such quasi “religious” impact on so many people. The fact that Obama is a total incognito with zero accomplishment, makes this inexplicable infatuation alarming. Obama is not an ordinary man. He is not a genius. In fact he is quite ignorant on most important subjects. Barack Obama is a narcissist. Dr. Sam Vaknin, the author of the Malignant Self Love believes “Barack Obama appears to be a narcissist.” Vaknin is a world authority on narcissism. He understands narcissism and describes the inner mind of a narcissist like no other person. When he talks about narcissism everyone listens.

Vaknin says that Obama’s language, posture and demeanor, and the testimonies of his closest, dearest and nearest suggest that the Senator is either a narcissist or he may have narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). Narcissists project a grandiose but false image of themselves. Jim Jones, the charismatic leader of People’s Temple, the man who led over 900 of his followers to cheerfully commit mass suicide and even murder their own children was also a narcissist. David Koresh, Charles Manson, Joseph Koni, Shoko Asahara, Stalin, Saddam, Mao, Kim Jong Ill and Adolph Hitler are a few examples of narcissists of our time. All these men had a tremendous influence over their fanciers. They created a personality cult around themselves and with their blazing speeches elevated their admirers, filled their hearts with enthusiasm and instilled in their minds a new zest for life. They gave them hope! They promised them the moon, but alas, invariably they brought them to their doom. When you are a victim of a cult of personality, you don’t know it until it is too late. One determining factor in the development of NPD is childhood abuse. “Obama’s early life was decidedly chaotic and replete with traumatic and mentally bruising dislocations,” says Vaknin. “Mixed-race marriages were even less common then. His parents went through a divorce when he was an infant (two years old). Obama saw his father only once again, before he died in a car accident. Then his mother re-married and Obama had to relocate to Indonesia, a foreign land with a radically foreign culture, to be raised by a step-father. At the age of ten, he was whisked off to live with his maternal (white) grandparents. He saw his mother only intermittently in the following few years and then she vanished from his life in 1979. She died of cancer in 1995”. One must never underestimate the manipulative genius of pathological narcissists. They project such an imposing personality that it overwhelms those around them. Charmed by the charisma of the narcissist, people become like clay in his hands. They cheerfully do his bidding and delight to be at his service. The narcissist shapes the world around himself and reduces others in his own inverted image. He creates a cult of personality. His admirers become his co-dependents. Narcissists have no interest in things that do not help them to reach their personal objective. They are focused on one thing alone and that is power. All other issues are meaningless to them and they do not want to waste their precious time on trivialities. Anything that does not help them is beneath them and do not deserve their attention.

If an issue raised in the Senate does not help Obama in one way or another, he has no interest in it. The “present” vote is a safe vote. No one can criticize him if things go wrong. Those issues are unworthy by their very nature because they are not about him. Obama’s election as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review led to a contract and advance to write a book about race relations. The University of Chicago Law School provided him a lot longer than expected and at the end it evolved into, guess what? His own autobiography! Instead of writing a scholarly paper focusing on race relations, for which he had been paid, Obama could not resist writing about his most sublime self. He entitled the book Dreams from My Father. Not surprisingly, Adolph Hitler also wrote his own autobiography when he was still nobody. So did Stalin. For a narcissist no subject is as important as his own self. Why would he waste his precious time and genius writing about insignificant things when he can write about such an august being as himself? Narcissists are often callous and even ruthless. As the norm, they lack conscience. This is evident from Obama’s lack of interest in his own brother who lives on only one dollar per month. A man who lives in luxury, who takes a private jet to vacation in Hawaii, and who has raised nearly half a billion dollars for his campaign (something unprecedented in history) has no interest in the plight of his own brother. Why? Because, his brother cannot be used for his ascent to power. A narcissist cares for no one but himself. This election is like no other in the history of America. The issues are insignificant compared to what is at stake. What can be more dangerous than having a man bereft of conscience, a serial liar, and one who cannot distinguish his fantasies from reality as the leader of the free world? I hate to sound alarmist, but one is a fool if one is not alarmed. Many politicians are narcissists. They pose no threat to others… They are simply self serving and selfish. Obama evidences symptoms of pathological narcissism, which is different from the run-of-the-mill narcissism of a Richard Nixon or a Bill Clinton for example. To him reality and fantasy are intertwined. This is a mental health issue, not just a character flaw. Pathological narcissists are dangerous because they look normal and even intelligent. It is this disguise that makes them treacherous. Today the Democrats have placed all their hopes in Obama. But this man could put an end to their party. The great majority of blacks have also decided to vote for Obama. Only a fool does not know that their support for him is racially driven. This is racism, pure and simple. The downside of this is that if Obama turns out to be the disaster I predict, he will cause widespread resentment among the whites. The blacks are unlikely to give up their support of their man. Cultic mentality is pernicious and unrelenting. They will dig their heads deeper in the sand and blame Obama’s detractors of racism. This will cause a backlash among the whites.

The white supremacists will take advantage of the discontent and they will receive widespread support. I predict that in less than four years, racial tensions will increase to levels never seen since the turbulent 1960’s. Obama will set the clock back decades… America is the bastion of freedom. The peace of the world depends on the strength of America, and its weakness translates into the triumph of terrorism and victory of rogue nations. It is no wonder that Ahmadinejad, Hugo Chavez, the Castrists, the Hezbollah, the Hamas, the lawyers of the Guantanamo terrorists and virtually all sworn enemies of America are so thrilled by the prospect of their man in the White House. America is on the verge of destruction. There is no insanity greater than electing a pathological narcissist as president. Origins: Sam Vaknin is a real person, he has written a good deal about the subject of narcissism (including the book Malignant Self Love: Narcissism Revisited), and he did pen an article in which he opined that “Barack Obama appears to be a narcissist.” However, the article reproduced above, although it references Dr. Vaknin’s writings and includes a header suggesting he is its author, is an excerpt from a 22 September 2008 article written by Ali Sina. Sam Vaknin is careful to include a disclaimer on his web site stating that he is “NOT a mental health professional” (his CV lists no training, degree, or clinical experience in psychology, and his “Dr.” title derives from a doctorate in philosophy obtained from the unaccredited Pacific Western University), and he notes in his introduction to the article cited in the preceding paragraph that “only a qualified mental health diagnostician can determine whether someone suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) and this, following lengthy tests and personal interviews.”

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Did Mussolini make the trains run of time?

Claim: Italian dictator Benito Mussolini made the trains run on time.

Status: False. Origins: Every political leader — whether he be a democratically elected representative or a usurping tyrant — seeks to gain broad public support, because the greater his support, the greater his power. That power may ultimately be used for good or for bad, but either way it must be obtained before it can be wielded.

One of the best ways to gain the support of the people you want to lead is to do something of benefit to them. Failing that, the next best thing is to convince them that you have done something of benefit to them, even though you really haven’t. So it was with Benito Mussolini and the Italian railway system. After the “march on Rome” (which was itself a myth of fascist propaganda) on 28 October 1922 that resulted in King Vittorio Emanuele’s appointment of Benito Mussolini as prime minister and the accession to power of the fascists in Italy, Mussolini needed to convince the people of Italy that fascism was indeed a system that worked to their benefit. Thus was born the myth of fascist efficiency, with the train as its symbol. The word was spread that Mussolini had turned the dilapidated Italian railway system into one that was the envy of all Europe, featuring trains that were both dependable and punctual. In Mussolini’s Italy, all the trains ran on time.

Well, not quite. The Italian railway system had fallen into a rather sad state during World War I, and it did improve a good deal during the 1920s, but Mussolini was disingenuous in taking credit for the changes: much of the repair work had been performed before Mussolini and the fascists came to power in 1922. More importantly (to the claim at hand), those who actually lived in Italy during the Mussolini era have borne testimony that the Italian railway’s legendary adherence to timetables was far more myth than reality. The myth of Mussolini’s punctual trains lives on, albeit with a different slant: rather than serving as a fictitious symbol of the benefits of fascism, it is now offered as a sardonic example that something good can result even from the worst of circumstances. As Montagu and Darling wrote: Mussolini may have done many brutal and tyrannical things; he may have destroyed human freedom in Italy; he may have murdered and tortured citizens whose only crime was to oppose Mussolini; but ‘one had to admit’ one thing about the Dictator: he ‘made the trains run on time.’ No, thanks. I’d rather walk.

Sightings: In an episode of televisions L.A. Law (“Romancing the Drone,” originally aired 17 November 1988), Michael Kuzak answers Grace Van Owen’s criticism with “And Mussolini made the trains run on time.”
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Cryogenic Walt Disney Delusion:

there are no happy endings,

just images on a screen.

September 28 2014

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Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color.

Pantone, the worldwide color authority, invites you on a rich visual tour of 100 transformative years. From the Pale Gold (15-0927 TPX) and Almost Mauve (12-2103 TPX) of the 1900 Universal Exposition in Paris to the Rust (18-1248 TPX) and Midnight Navy (19-4110 TPX) of the countdown to the Millennium, the 20th century brimmed with color. Longtime Pantone collaborators and color gurus Leatrice Eiseman and Keith Recker identify more than 200 touchstone works of art, products, d cor, and fashion, and carefully match them with 80 different official PANTONE color palettes to reveal the trends, radical shifts, and resurgences of various hues. This vibrant volume takes the social temperature of our recent history with the panache that is uniquely Pantone.

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this happened to me yesterday

Discrediting the “scientific” alibi: the Pumpkin Spice Alias:

Critical Mass Theory: Information Truer than True

Truth in real time discredits the informed prior as a lesser truth. There exists an intermediate dimension between historical space that’s fundamentally uncertain, call it the Wikipedia fallacy. Objectivity is by Bayesian probability an ephemeral simulation models (538 ESPN). True in simulation pertinent to the new world orders economic and political models. The “facts” (ie Obama’s favorite rhetoric) retrospectively fall in line or are necessarily corrected to fit in truth. Truth commands belief.
It forms a trans-political system of governance that is innately disillusioned & destabilizing. (ex Eric Holder’s Fast & Furious contra Daryl Issa)
Reality is now beginning to conform with to these misplaced incoherent information exchanges. A fractal truth no longer necessarily true or false.
1.2 or 2.3 octaves of truth.
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The emperor Commodus as Hercules, 2nd century A.D. Italy, Rome, Capitoline Museums, Palazzo dei Conservatori

September 26 2014

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Decree approving Kallikrates designs for the Parthenon (ca. 448 BC), cast.

On face A, a decree ordering that a temple to Athena Nike be built on the Acropolis in accordance with the designs of the architect Kallikrates.

Courtesy of & currently located at the Cycladic Art Museum, Athens, Greece. Photo taken by Tilemahos Efthimiadis.

September 25 2014

Play fullscreen

front facing camera: remember this

actor & audience merge into singular spectacle
it’s not a mirror nor even a dual mirror
it’s écran total|screen
virtual integral calculus : image immersion
subtly inculcates a “revised” event into history

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Simone de Beauvoir și Jean-Paul Sartre, alături de Che Guevara în Cuba / 1960

Oricum Moscova îi dezamăgește pe cei doi soți care o cercetează acum, iar criza cea mai mare rămâne, cel mai probabil, una de suflet. Chiar, știți schimbările ălea bruște ale sufletului, de la sentimentul de liniște și siguranță la împunsăturile spaimei, care ar putea avea orice chip, că izbucnește al treilea război mondial, că cineva drag ar putea face cancer sau că avionul cu care călătorești s-ar putea zdrobi de pământ? El și ea, maturi acum, merg de la Paris spre Moscova. Ceva timp de așteptare stând locului în avion, prilej pentru o mulțime de gânduri.

Ea nu pare conștientă de vârsta ei, el nu vorbește despre a lui. Ai putea să realizezi într-o bună zi că îți porți cei 60 de ani cu ceva nepăsare, după o viață lungă cu râsete, cu lacrimi, îmbrățișări, mărturisiri, tăcere, elanuri. Uneori timpul pare că stă în loc, iar viitorul se întinde la infinit. Alteori… remarci că te-ai schimbat doar analizând lucruri mărunte, cum ar fi, de pildă, faptul că hainele au devenit pentru tine doar obiecte de decor, impersonale și indiferente, care nu te mai reprezintă, că relația aproape intimă pe care o aveai altădată cu veșmintele nu mai există.

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