FDL Movie Night: “A Very British Witchcraft” & “The Power of the Witch”

By: Monday March 10, 2014 4:59 pm

Witchcraft. Some people believe in it. Some people laugh at it. Some people are afraid of it, even though they claim their various monotheist faiths are stronger. Our first documentary, A Very British Witchcraft, traces the origins of popular witchcraft, aka the Craft or Wicca, from its first codification in the 1940s through to modern day.

Eccentric scholar Gerald Gardner developed a religion based on folklore, folk tradition and Western esoteric traditions, with a healthy bit of Aleister Crowley thrown in. Using the archaeological and information available at the time, Gardner developed Wicca, a term supposedly traceable to the Anglo-Saxon for “wise” and allegedly whence came “witch.”

 

Re the Olympics: “Do Not Trust Your Friends”

By: Saturday February 15, 2014 4:00 pm

I’ve been watching Russia’s English language television channel, RT (Russia Today) for several hours a day for about a year now, and this has given me a picture of Vladimir Putin’s presidency that casual watchers miss. When you have seen dozens of interviews by American educated Russian Oxana Boyko, or French educated Georgian Sophie Schevarnadze, Americans Abby Martin and Max Keiser, or Briton’s goof-off John Brown exploring the farthest reaches of this vast country – or even the American ‘Resident’ who poses short questions to New Yorkers on the street, you realize that Russia‘s President is searching for something that is neither Western style capitalism nor Communism.

What Do 1914, 1917 and 1517 Have to Do With 2014?

By: Thursday November 28, 2013 5:45 pm

Next year’s date probably doesn’t remind most on-line readers of anything in particular, whether we’re talking about the millennial generation or the baby-boomers. But for someone who was a child during World War II, 2014 inevitably calls up 1914, when the presumptive heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire was assassinated in Sarajevo, setting off World War I. Today, we associate that city in the former Yugoslavia with the mass killing of Muslim men and boys by Serbs, as the country invented after that war fell apart.

If Hitler Didn’t Exist the Pentagon Would Have to Invent Him

By: Wednesday October 16, 2013 7:13 pm

When video of the October 14th edition of Thom Hartmann’s TV show appears online (here) it will include him asking me to justify not attacking Hitler. Thom has asked me this repeatedly during multiple appearances on his show, each time a little differently, and each time provocatively. He’s right to ask it, and he’s been right in some of the answers he’s helped provide in the asking.

Without Hitler, the U.S. military would collapse.

Kerry Gives Assad A Week To Turn Over All Chemical Weapons Or Face Attack

By: Monday September 9, 2013 9:30 am

Secretary of State John Kerry told the Assad government to turn over all their chemical weapons in a week or face attack.

Kerry Labels Assad ‘Hitler’ Despite Dining With Him, British Sold Syria Chemical Weapons for Civil War

By: Tuesday September 3, 2013 6:40 am

It’s that time again. As the war drums start pounding the foe-of-the-moment starts being compared to Adolf Hitler. Unfortunately for Secretary of State John Kerry, who recently made the Assad-Hitler comparison, his realization seems to be quite sudden as photos have surfaced of Secretary Kerry and his wife dining with the Assads.

Snowden and Malala

By: Sunday July 14, 2013 8:15 am

Will the Edward Snowden affair mark the beginning of a new press paradigm in the United States? For decades the American media has dutifully relayed the government line, renouncing its role of watchdog charged with exposing government wrong-doing. Whistle-blowers in effect emerged to fill the void. In an unusual incident, when during a press briefing Washington accused Russia of ‘providing a platform’ for Edward Snowden by allowing him to meet with human rights activists in the transit area of a Moscow airport to launch his request for asylum, an Associated Press reporter pointed out that when a person is accused of a crime he does not lose his right to free speech.

“Yes, We Will Have to Fight.”

By: Sunday December 12, 2010 9:30 am

The forces of wealth and power will stop at nothing to protect themselves. Lessons from the Spanish Civil War, sad reminders in today’s America, and a lesson from Hemingway: we will have to fight.

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