Check out this in-depth lecture featuring Stephen O’Malley from Sunn O))) and he breaks down many different topics. It’s pretty cool to hear him speak about his passions in such an intimate setting. I’m not going to write any more, you can hear for yourself what Stephen O’Malley has to say…
While searching for the ruins of a medieval Irish palace, archeologists uncovered human remains that showed signs of an extremely violent burial, dated from 720 to 760 CE. A massive burial ground with buildings literally built directly on top of them – an estimated 2500 to 3000 bodies were found. Among the skeletons, were those who were deformed by boulders and rocks, wrapped around them to keep them in their graves, stuffed in their mouths to quell their undead hunger, their skulls crushed into fragments. Archeologists call them “deviant burials” – abnormal burials that were clearly done to prevent reanimation of the bodies. It’s led archeologists to speculate about whether these bodies were in fact medieval vampires, exiled and treated with violence by villagers. National Geographic put together this interesting documentary about Vampire superstitions both medieval and modern. Check out Vampire Skeletons Mystery below!
For a while, the residents of Manitoba Colony thought demons were raping the town’s women. There was no other explanation. No way of explaining how a woman could wake up with blood and semen stains smeared across her sheets and no memory of the previous night. No way of explaining how another went to sleep clothed, only to wake up naked and covered by dirty fingerprints all over her body. No way to understand how another could dream of a man forcing himself onto her in a field—and then wake up the next morning with grass in her hair.
For Sara Guenter, the mystery was the rope. She would sometimes wake up in her bed with small pieces of it tied tightly to her wrists or ankles, the skin beneath an aching blue. Earlier this year, I visited Sara at her home, simple concrete painted to look like brick, in Manitoba Colony, Bolivia. Mennonites are similar to the Amish in their rejection of modernity and technology, and Manitoba Colony, like all ultraconservative Mennonite communities, is a collective attempt to retreat as far as possible from the nonbelieving world. A slight breeze of soy and sorghum came off the nearby fields as Sara told me how, in addition to the eerie rope, on those mornings after she’d been raped she would also wake to stained sheets, thunderous headaches, and paralyzing lethargy.
Conspiracy? The C.I.A and the Nazis is a must see documentary!
Six months after Allied Forces liberated German concentration camps, a military tribunal formed at Nuremberg to prosecute Nazi war criminals. Some of the most dangerous were brought to justice – but not all. Documentary Conspiracy? reveals how over 4,000 former Nazis went to work for the U.S. government, without the public’s knowledge, to help fight the Soviet Union. Reinhard Gehlen, an intelligence officer for Hitler’s General Staff, was tapped to head the U.S. intelligence program in West Germany to spy on the Russians. At the same time, former Nazi scientists and engineers were welcomed onto American soil. But the extent of these operations is only now becoming clear: In 1998, a law was passed mandating declassification of documents concerning recruitment of former Nazis. CIA AND THE NAZIS examines these files to see how far the U.S. went in recruiting its former enemy to fight its new one.
The truth is, thousands of former Nazis, some of whom committed atrocities, went to work for the United States government without the public’s knowledge. During the war, their crimes ranged from overseeing slave labor camps to sending orphans to their deaths. After the war, they were on the US payroll either as scientists in America or as intelligence agents in Europe.
Via Dangerous Minds
Gerald Gardner, a contemporary of Aleister Crowley, is credited with being the father of modern Wicca. Although his influence on modern paganism can’t be overstated, he hasn’t received the same level of attention over the years as the darker and more charismatic Crowley.
Gerald Gardner was supposedly initiated into the already established New Forest, England coven of witches in 1939 at age 55 after retiring to Highcliffe in Dorset. Anthropology and folklore professor Sabina Magliocco wrote in her book, Witching Culture: Folklore and Neo-Paganism in America, that the “New Forest coven” Gardner described in his autobiography and other books may have actually been members of George Alexander Sullivan’s Rosicrucian Order Crotona Fellowship/Order of Twelve.
Gardner created the rituals and beliefs that we now associate with Gardnerian Wicca, although he is said to have borrowed some language and ideas from Crowley and Freemasonry. Of course, it was illegal to publicly identify as a witch in the U.K. until 1951, when the Witchcraft Act was finally repealed. After that, Gardner was quite public about his religion, publishing Witchcraft Today and The Meaning of Witchcraft under his own name (his novel High Magic’s Aid had been published in 1949 under a pseudonym) and granting print and television interviews. A woman whose family was involved in the original group of occult enthusiasts who met at Atlantis Bookshop in Bloomsbury describes Gardner as having style, presence, and “a great cracking wit.”
Being a California resident and a herb smoker, I have heard all sort of stories about Humboldt county being a mecca for pot. Today I watched a very informative documentary called Tricky Bidness that gives the viewer an in-depth look at what’s going on in Arcata concerning Marijuana. This is a must see film and should be shared!
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Gang culture has been a part of this world for a very long time and is not exclusive to one race or gender. Being a 70′s/80′s baby from the West Coast, I grew up around Rollin 20′s Bloods, Sho-Line Crips, V-13 Vato and VBWL Locals – these gangsters wore different color but shared a similar aesthetic. On the East Coast during the 70′s they had gangs, but their homeboys looked more like bikers, plus they had colorful names like the Black Spades, Ghetto Brothers, Savage Skulls, Savage Nomads and Dirty Ones just to name a few. These gangs are very important to the history of underground music, being that many of their members were the founding Fathers & Mothers of Hip-Hop. The Black Spades became the Universal Zulu Nation, who are the real foundation of NYC hip hop. During the 70′s in the rotten apple, all of the weirdos united on some straight unity shit. It was not uncommon to see a bunch of punks head up to the same b-boy jams. Maybe this is why when I look at photos of New York 70′s street gangs I see way more than just hoodlums. I see Outsiders that would one day have their look become mainstream. More than just gangs, these people formed strong family bonds that at times they did not have in their own home life. Check out this huge photo essay of NYC 70′s gangs and also peep the killer documentary 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s!
It’s pretty interesting to see someone like hip hop legend Prince Paul sit down with metal bands on his “All Purpose Show,” but I’m sure there are a lot of metal heads who are also fans of the wacky shit he has been a part of in music! This week, All Purpose Show airs his interview with AZ/Philly’s VEKTOR, so tune in below and learn about how these time lords have traveled through future dimensions unknown…or something like that…
Since 2001, Chicago has racked up 2.5 percent more murders then the American death toll in the war zone of Afghanistan—so opens Chi Raq, Will Robson-Scott‘s new documentary on one of the most dangerous cities in America. Due to its soaring death rate, Chicago is now referred to as “Chiraq” because of its resemblance to the war-stricken killing fields of Iraq. In his intimate, unflinching street-level portrait of life in South and West Chicago, Robson-Scott allows the local residents – gangsters, grieving mothers, and young hustlers alike – to exhibit their numerous bullet wounds, guns, and memories, as well as examining the intrinsic role of rap. Chi Raq reminds us, there’s no need to turn to TV for proof of violence and social marginalization, when you can look outside your front door.
via. Dangerous Minds
It’s certainly no slight to the late director Curtis Harrington to describe The Wormwood Star, his visually arresting 1955 portrait of occult artist/beatnik weirdo Marjorie Cameron as being “Anger-esque” considering that he’d served as the cinematographer for Kenneth Anger’s Puce Moment and that it stars Cameron, one of Anger’s most well-known cinematic avatars (Cameron famously played “The Scarlet Woman” in Inauguration of The Pleasure Dome and Harrington himself portrayed “Cesare the Somnambulist” in that film. Additionally, Paul Mathison, who played “Pan” in Anger’s druggy occult vision was the art director of The Wormwood Star).
Until The Wormwood Star came out on DVD and Blu-ray recently via Drag City/Flicker Alley as part of The Curtis Harrington Short Film Collection, it was very, very scare and very difficult to see. You either had to be a friend of Curtis Harrington, probably, or have had a mutual friend with the late director (that’s how I saw it) or maybe see it in a museum. Now it’s on YouTube, of course.