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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 Of course, it was illegal to publicly identify as a witch in the U.K. until 1951, when the Witchcraft Act was finally repealed.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.
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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.
I would normally NEVER repost anything from a mainstream news source like CNN, except maybe to make fun of it, but the following was too real and interesting for me to resist, especially considering the target audience. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital and Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN, has been working on a CNN special documentary for the last year that airs this Sunday, called Weed. Once a vocal critic of medical marijuana and skeptical of its supposed benefits, not only has Dr. Gupta changed his mind about medical marijuana, he has changed it about marijuana in general and is now apologizing for statements he made to the contrary – most notably his 2009 TIME Magazine essay “Why I would Vote No on Pot”. He says in “Why I changed my mind on weed,” his follow up essay published today, “we have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that.” It’s fascinating to see such a public and mainstream turn around on this issue, especially since I have been arguing with my parents about it for the past 18 years. Anyone who has smoked weed or gotten drunk knows which one leads to finishing an entire box of Cheez-its and which one leads to idiotic and sometimes violent behaviour and even physical illness. Dr. Gupta cites studies that find that while there are no documented cases of marijuana overdose, every 19 minutes in the US someone accidentally ODs on prescription drugs (source). There is no question that a political agenda rules the DEA’s policies on drugs (cocaine is better for you and less addictive than marijuana…hmm OK Harvard Law), and its great to see that even the talking heads of the corporate media have gotten to the point where they can’t deny it anymore. Check out Dr. Gupta’s essay “Why I changed my mind on weed” below as well as an interview with him about his upcoming documentary Weed on CNN.
I remember being a young kid and watching the news with my mom one night, when they started to show hundreds of dead bodies sprawled all over the ground. What we were seeing was the aftermath of the Jonestown Massacre. The act of coercing over 900 people to kill themselves was orchestrated by Jim Jones. He used faith as a weapon of human destruction and is truly a monster who never deserved to be born! However, he had great teachers in the form of religious leaders like the Pope, imams or even the generals of the US Army, who have used religion to convince people to die because they will on live after their deaths. When will faith stop being used as an instrument of death? Watching the film JONESTOWN: The Life and Death of The Peoples Temple, I get chills because it’s so hard seeing so many innocent dead people! Jim Jones is a perfect example of how a person can get drunk on power. What I like about JONESTOWN: The Life and Death of The Peoples Temple is that it’s told from the point of view of the actual members. Check out this documentary and hear how evil comes in a human form!
Maybe it’s my demon recoiling from these hideous people, or maybe it’s my rational mind – I expect it depends on your definition of rationality. The Teenage Exorcists are the brainchild of evangelist Bob Larsen, and led by him and his daughter, they are taking the depressed and repressed areas of the world by storm, casting out demons and saving peoples lives – all on stage and filmed, and with a shitload of makeup on of course (Bob could really use some eye makeup to emphasize those evil little piss-holes). VICE has put together an interesting two-part series on these modern-day crusaders (below), following them to extremely depressed areas of Ukraine where they cast the demons out of drug users and abused women. According to Larsen and the TE’s, demons are sexually transmitted, especially when one suffers sexual abuse, when the victim is abused by Satan as well as their abuser. Why are fundamentalist Christians so obsessed with sex? The phrase “sexually transmitted demons” is actually uttered in this documentary. Does’t it seem to make more sense to cast demons out of the abusers, rather than further disempowering and victimizing the people they abuse by accusing them of being possessed? Oh, except that would mean that high ups in various prominent religions would have to be exorcised for being abusive, lecherous, pedophilic creeps, and that wouldn’t do because they are the experts on keeping Satan out, and then who would we trust with our souls? So let me get this straight – a demon is transferred to you through sex, then you become impregnated with it, then you give birth to it during the exorcism. Because those demon noises sound a lot like me in labor. The Teenage Exorcists are gaining fame and probably fortune in the US for hitting people with bibles and fancy crosses, and meanwhile the Satanic Temple is being persecuted for peacefully protesting homophobia. Although to me this is a bunch of malarkey and gobbledegook, I would make one request of Bob Larsen and the Teenage Exorcists – can we see a follow up episode with you casting demons out of some people who are legitimately possessed, the Koch brothers? I would really enjoy watching those two devils being pummeled by bibles.
I saw it happen and did not realize it, but The SMITHS gave the world more than just music. For some humans they have become a culture unto themselves in a weird way. The SMITHS are a band that really crosses all boundaries and genres – they get love from gangsters, skaters, art weirdos, metal heads, punks and many others. Check out the last documentary they made before they broke up! Love them or despise them, this band will go down in music history!