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Horny Goat-Headed Nerds of Yore
09.05.2009
11:55 pm
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No, the above picture is not a Cosplayer, Ren Faire-attendee, 4-Chaner, LARPer or furry. That’s an Alpine villager dressed as a Perchten, an attendant of the Slovenian goddess Frau Perchta or Pehta Baba. The costume is part of a midwinter ceremony in which villagers dressed as Perchten tromp through town to scare away evil spirits and stray dead souls.

Wikipedia says:

Originally, the word Perchten (plural of Perchta) referred to the female masks representing the entourage of Frau Perchta or Pehta Baba as is known in Slovenia, an ancient goddess (some claim a connection to the Nordic goddess Freyja, though this is uncertain). Traditionally, the masks were displayed in processions (Perchtenlauf) during the last week of December and first week of January, and particularly on 6 January. The costume consists of a brown wooden mask and brown or white sheep’s skin… The Roman Catholic Church attempted to prohibit the sometimes rampant practise in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries but later condoned it, resulting in a revival.

Which is evidence to me that being born 800 years before the release of World of Warcraft is no reason not to start playing.

I often suspect that nerd culture, a large majority of which looks to pagan Europe for inspiration?

Posted by Jason Louv
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09.05.2009
11:55 pm
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Evolution? I Think It Would Be a Very Good Idea
09.02.2009
10:18 pm
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(Via 4Chan)

Posted by Jason Louv
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09.02.2009
10:18 pm
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Willie Aames Proves God Is Dead
08.21.2009
04:35 pm
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You remember Willie Aames, don’t you?  Right.  That Willie Aames, he of Eight Is Enough and Charles In Charge fame.  Oh, and Bibleman—the ongoing “adventures of a man transformed by the word of God.”  I remember getting my first taste of the B-Man one summer at Kirk Cameron‘s Camp Firefly.  It was “TV night.”  Me beside Chelsea.  Hmm, what episode was it—“Jesus, Our Savior,” or “Lead Us Not Into Temptation?”  Ah, well, I forget.  Camp! 

Anyway, thanks to YouTube, we can all catch up with Aames’ armor-clad creation.  Now put aside, if you can, the above clip’s anti-semitic stabs at humor.  It’s Aames’ donning of that suit in clips like this one that I’m sure contributed to his

Thanksgiving Day suicide attempt after filing bankruptcy, having his car repossessed and his wife of 22 years, Mayla Upton, asking for a divorce.  The former child star had been sober for 20 years when he left his Kansas home depressed and shaken, and rented a room in Los Angeles from a friend, stealing a bottle of Jack Daniels.  Aames was also taking antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication when he put a knife to his throat and cut himself in six places.

Wow, sad—six places?!  But consider this: unlike the possibly mythic Job, Aames is a very real, flesh-and-blood vessel spreading God’s word.  To children.  On television, no less.  If such misery could beset him, one of God’s best Generals, what hope is there for we common foot-soldiers?  What God would inflict such torment?  Well, maybe no God would.  No God at all. 

Bless you, Willie Aames, atheists everywhere should be singing your praises—or something like that.  Hey, stay off those knives!

Willie Aames Suicide Attempt

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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08.21.2009
04:35 pm
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India to US: You’re MY Wife Now!
08.20.2009
11:48 pm
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Newsweek reports that “We Are All Hindus Now”:

America is not a Christian nation. We are, it is true, a nation founded by Christians, and according to a 2008 survey, 76 percent of us continue to identify as Christian (still, that’s the lowest percentage in American history). Of course, we are not a Hindu?

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.20.2009
11:48 pm
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Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson: Puppets Of The Illuminati!
08.17.2009
01:07 pm
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More Illuminati nuttiness today, courtesy Vigilant Citizen, and YouTube’s FarhanK501.  In the case of Ms. Gaga, Vigilant Citizen exposes the pop star as a possible extension of Project Monarch (i.e. mind-controlling) sneakiness.   Well, of course she is, what else could all that “butterfly” imagery be about?!  And have you noticed all her “eye-covering?”  That’s eye-of-Horus stuff, right there, if you ask me.  Still not convinced?  Play “count the pyramids” in the following commercial for German television.  What’s “Ms. Germanotta” selling?  I have no idea, but, hmm, I’m now suddenly recalling my life as a Green Beret.

 
Regarding the still oddly-unburied Michael Jackson, FarhanK501 echoes what sister La Toya‘s been claiming all along: MJ was murdered.  Not for his money, though.  No, dodging “Satanic rituals,” but still reluctant to “say too much” to Ed Bradley, Jackson, it seems, was about to blow the lid off the Illuminati conspiracy itself…or at least Aspartame.

 
But what’s going on here, really—why tether MJ to the Illuminati? 

Well, the reasons are probably as sad as they are simple.  Heroes die, and for often all-too-worldly reasons: loneliness, self-loathing, drug-dependency.   And that’s the last thing we want from our heroes: some suggestion that they’re mortal, of this world, one of us.  So let’s all erase what we’ve learned about the dangers of propofol, shall we, and remember Jackson’s higher purpose here: ripping the veil off a centuries-old, artificial-sweetener-promoting conspiracy.
 
Spotted via Coilhouse: Lady Gaga, The Illuminati Puppet

More Uh-Oh: How Not Dumb Is Gaga In The New Yorker

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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08.17.2009
01:07 pm
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Burning Ground Boogaloo!
08.14.2009
02:24 pm
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I hacked this video together a while back by using a classic Disney cartoon remixed with a new backing track, “Princess Margaret’s Man in the Djamalfna” by Coil from the album “The New Backwards.” This kind of perfectly encapsulates one of my mini world-views. As Brion Gysin said… we’re all just Here to Go!

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.14.2009
02:24 pm
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Roger Ebert Flips His Lid
07.28.2009
08:24 pm
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Roger Ebert?

Posted by Jason Louv
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07.28.2009
08:24 pm
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