“The so-called 'Left-Hand Path' - that of Kaulas, Siddhas and Viras - combines the... Tantric worldview with a doctrine of the Übermensch which would put Nietzsche to shame... The Vira - which is to say: the 'heroic' man of Tantrism - seeks to sever all bonds, to overcome all duality between good and evil, honor and shame, virtue and guilt. Tantrism is the supreme path of the absolute absence of law - of shvecchacarī, a word meaning 'he whose law is his own will'." ― Julius Evola, The Path of Cinnabar.

“It is necessary to have “watchers” at hand who will bear witness to the values of Tradition in ever more uncompromising and firm ways, as the anti-traditional forces grow in strength. Even though these values cannot be achieved, it does not mean that they amount to mere “ideas.” These are measures…. Let people of our time talk about these things with condescension as if they were anachronistic and anti-historical; we know that this is an alibi for their defeat. Let us leave modern men to their “truths” and let us only be concerned about one thing: to keep standing amid a world of ruins.” ― Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World: Politics, Religion, and Social Order in the Kali Yuga.

“We are born into this time and must bravely follow the path to the destined end. There is no other way. Our duty is to hold on to the lost position, without hope, without rescue, like that Roman soldier whose bones were found in front of a door in Pompeii, who died at his post during the eruption of Vesuvius because someone forgot to relieve him. That is greatness. That is what it means to be a thoroughbred. The honorable end is the one that can not be taken from a man.” ― Oswald Spengler, Man and Technics: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Conception of Merlin by The Devil (c. 1290-1300)

From Suite Vulgate dans Paris BNF fr. 95, fr. 95, f. 113v (circa 1290-1300 AD): Council of the devils; Conception of Merlin, engendered in the (unnamed) pious daughter of a preudom by the devil; top border: dragon terminal bites knight centaur wielding sword; stag's head terminal; bottom border: archer has pierced with his arrow an old man terminal in academic hat.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Frank Zappa - Devil Worshipper?

Classic reply from someone I've always admired.


YouTube - Frank Zappa - Devil Worshipper?

Julius Evola on Myths and History

"According to modern scholars, the figures found in myths and legends are merely abstract sublimations of historical figures, which have eventually replaced the latter and become myths and fantastic tales. On the contrary, the opposite is true: there are realities of a superior, archetypal order, which are shadowed in various ways by symbols and myths. It may happen that in the course of history, certain structures or personalities will embody these realities. When this happens, history and superhistory intersect and integrate each other; human fantasy may then instinctively attribute the traits of myth to those characters and structures because reality has somehow become symbolic and symbol has become reality. In these cases, the euhemeristic interpretation totally subverts the true relationships. Here myth constitutes the primary element and should be regarded as the starting point, while the historical figure or datum is only one of the various contingent and conditioned expressions of this superior order of things."
-- Julius Evola, The Mystery of the Grail, p. 10-11.

Julius Evola: Concerning the Traditional Method

"The characteristic feature of the method that I call 'traditional' (in opposition to the profane, empirical, and critical-intellectual method of modern research), consists in emphasizing the universal character of a symbol or teaching, and in relating it to corresponding symbols found in other traditions, thus establishing the presence of something that is both superior and antecedent to each of these formulations, which are different from and yet equivalent to each other. Since anyone tradition may have given to a common meaning a more complete, typical, and transparent expression than have the others, seeking to establish correspondences is consequently one of the most fruitful ways to understand and integrate what in other cases is found in a more obscure or fragmentary form."
-- Julius Evola, The Mystery of the Grail, p.9-10.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Hananuma Masakichi

Love and death are a strange combination.
Hananuma Masakichi was a Japanese artist who learned he was dying from tuberculosis. He wanted to leave a parting gift to the woman he loved. He made a statue of himself that is so life-like and realistic, people couldn't tell which was the fake even while the real Masakichi stood next to it.

Working with adjustable mirrors, Masakichi made each body part separately using strips of dark wood. Records differ on the number of strips used but it is between 2,000 and 5,000. The statue is mostly hollow inside. No nails were used; the strips were assembled using dovetail joints, glue and wooden pegs. They are joined so perfectly that no seams can be seen, even with a magnifying glass. The wood was painted and lacquered to match his skin tone and reflects every tendon, muscle, bone, vein and wrinkle and pore.

Masakichi also handcrafted glass eyes that are so technically and visually perfect that they still baffle members of the optical profession.

What came next was stranger still. The artist bored a tiny, individual hole for every pore on his body and plucked the corresponding hair from that pore and inserted it at the exact position on the statue. In this manner he covered the entire sculpture with all of his own hair - head, beard, backs of his hands, legs, eyebrows and eyelashes (yep, and "that" part, too). Then Masakichi pulled out all of his own fingernails, toe nails and teeth and carefully put them in their exact place on the statue. As a finishing touch he gave the statue his glasses, his clothes, a sculpting tool and a tiny mask he had made. The figure appears somewhat emaciated because the TB was already taking it's toll. He was 53 when the amazing statue was finished in 1885. Masakichi held a private exhibition of his work. He stood beside the artwork to the utter confusion and awe of the audience who could not tell which was him and which was not, nor comprehend how such a magnificent work had been created.

He managed to hang on for ten more years, and in spite of his incredible talent, died in poverty.

Sadly, the statue was badly damaged during the 1996 Northridge, California Earthquake while it was in Ripley's "Believe It or Not" Los Angeles "Odditorium", on display. It was one of Robert Ripley's more prized possessions and while he personally owned it, kept it in his bedroom on a curtained podium. .After it was damaged, it was housed in the Ripley warehouse, awaiting an artist who can match the skill of Hananuma Masakichi and restore it to it's original perfection. Someone recently wrote to me to say they had seen the statue in a museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but I haven't been able to confirm this or find out if it's the original statue or some kind of copy.

By the way - the real Hananuma Masakichi is on the right.

From: Masakichi statue

A more recent photo:

"Hananuma Masakichi was a Japanese artist who, when he learned that he was dying, wanted to leave "a gift" to the woman he loved. He made a statue of himself that is so realistic, people couldn't tell which was the fake even while the real Masakichi stood next to it. He even used his own hair, fingernails & even his own teeth in building the statue. Apparently it was damaged while in storage during an earthquake in California a few years ago. I did notice that the ring finger on his left hand had some damage but that's all I could see."

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/16860572@N07/4172648575/

Kudos to Draconian1.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Rarest movie poster in the world features Frankenstein demanding sex

Rarest movie poster in the world on sale, features Frankenstein demanding sex
What's the rarest movie poster in the world? This 1935 poster for Bride of Frankenstein, which boasts a chained, philandering Boris Karloff. Only one copy is known to exist, and you can own it for a mere $700K.

This racy poster is up for auction, and its sales price is estimated to crack $700,000. It's being sold by vintage poster collector Todd Feiertag, who sold a poster of Karloff's The Mummy for a record-breaking $453,500 in 1997. The "I DEMAND A MATE" poster will likely break The Mummy's record.

From Heritage Auctions:

Of the three one sheet designs originally produced for in-theatre promotion for The Bride of Frankenstein, this only known Teaser (Advance) poster boasts the most powerful image of the lot. With it's brilliant cherry red printing combined with the shocking image of The Monster in torn, burned clothing, shackled and chained to a heavy chair with rays of energy and light bursting behind, it simply does not get any better. The compelling tagline "I DEMAND A MATE" arguably provocative given the time, is further enhanced by challenging the reader with "WHO will be THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN" and "WHO will dare?"

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Of Dolls and Murder

OF DOLLS AND MUDER explores a haunting collection of dollhouse crime scenes and our universal fascination with murder. From CSI and real-life forensics, to the Body Farm and a crime fighting granny, John Waters narrates this tiny world of big time murder.


YouTube - Of Dolls and Murder Documentary Film Trailer
Kudos to EZ for the link.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Necrofascist - Clarification

The term "Necrofascist" is not used as a satire of Fascism, or as an excessive media-fuelled misinterpretation of Fascism. It is a direct slight aimed at the "Frankfurt School" species of Marxists and their politically correct gaggle of useful idiots. Anyone who has read Fromm's Anatomy of Human Destructiveness will get the joke.* It is intended to be specifically offensive to that target, as satire, ridicule and declaration of open hostility.

*I was impressed that almost immediately the project was singled out for attack by an overt Marxist citing Fromm's work without ever guessing the offense was calculated and intentional on my part. This was one of their rants:

"Well he also decided to spread the vestiges of his diseased mind to the forums of YouTube. James is a graduate of G.G. Allin's Ca-Ca, Poo-Poo school of "Aesthetic Terrorism". For a guy who proudly wears his "Goodguy Badges" of the anti-pederasty and anti-drug wing; James seems to have NO problem advocating the HIGHLY ILLEGAL acts of murder, torture, terrorism, eugenics and euthanasia for people and concepts he claims he is against. But all this rhetoric is really just a balm to quench his DESTRUCTIVE impulses..... A compulsive, shit-disturbing vandal of hyperbole and noise that lacks restraint; James, who is a law and order advocate conveniently breaks the rules and consistently violates Terms of Agreement clauses in YouTube AND MYSPACE according to his OWN law. Like a confused rabid-dog that jumps in your backyard and attempts to destroy a lively garden-party, he forgets his place often... And perhaps he is the one who should be euthanized by some of his more level-headed and rational peers (I don't mean "killed" for you literalist right-wingers, I mean weeded-out). ...Some people have unorthodox sexual fetishes; Up to, and including coprophilia, emetophilia and urolangia. Whatever your cup of pee is, some things are not for everybody. But his scatological snuff clips on YouTube were clearly meant to nauseate and--- not much else. I've seen all the footage he randomly wrapped together-- like a butcher of bad meat loaded with salmonella... For those who had the extreme good-fortune of NOT seeing it, James' piece-meal effort was random bits of stock footage (ala Ed Wood) with a turbulent, clanging soundtrack that sounded like it came out of "Eraserhead" (amped-up 10 times louder). In it he had: - A frog eating and insect, snakes slithering around, waves crashing against the shore. These were the only benign images in it. But they were soon interlaced with... - A woman taking a huge shit on the floor. - Genital torture with a rat-trap - Cows being skinned and having their throats slit-- while they're alive. Blood everywhere. - An Arab man with head being hacked-off by Muslim extremists-- WHILE HE WAS ALIVE!! It looked like his head was being hacked-off with a pen-knife. So it was slow and painful. Unlike the Nick Berg execution. there was plenty of spurting blood splashing all over the place. - A shit-smeared woman puking on a guy's dick, and lapping it up. - Another shit-smeared woman getting vaginally fisted.. - A close-up live animal heart beating. ....But there really was NO POINT to any of it other than for James to express his masturbatory NECROPHILE wet-dreams... Perhaps James doesn't masturbate to images of shit, dirt, and violent deaths. But he is definitely is OBSESSED with this subject matter as is any clinical necrophile (read Erich Fromm's "The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness" about the NECROPHILIOUS Personality, in which James could be a textbook case-study)."

AMUSING!

JDS

Ps. The only good Marxist is a dead Marxist.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Is the Out of Africa Theory Out?

Is the Out of Africa Theory Out?
An examination of over 5,000 teeth from early human ancestors shows that many of the first Europeans probably came from Asia

By Nikhil Swaminathan Wednesday, August 8, 2007 0

All the ancestors of contemporary Europeans apparently did not migrate out of Africa as previously believed. According to a new analysis of more than 5,000 teeth from long-perished members of the genus Homo and the closely related Australopithecus, many early settlers hailed from Asia.

Erik Trinkaus, a physical anthropologist at Washington University in St. Louis (who was not involved in the study), says most evolutionary biologists and anthropologists believe there were three major waves of migration from Africa to Europe: the first occurring about two million to 1.5 million years ago during the late Pliocene and early Pleistocene epochs; a second during the mid Pleistocene, roughly one million to 500,000 years ago; and ending with the spread of modern humans, 50,000 to 30,000 years in the past.

The new findings, published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, casts doubt on the second migration out of Africa. "[The researchers] are not denying that it happened," Trinkaus says, "just that it was less important than movement across Eurasia."

The study was led by Maria Martinón-Torres, a paleobiologist at the National Research Center on Human Evolution in Burgos, Spain. The research team analyzed the choppers of human ancestors from the Pleistocene and late Pliocene epochs.

"Teeth are the best genetic marker that we have in the fossil record itself," Trinkaus says, because "they are as close as we can get to a reflection of the individual's genetic makeup." The reason: Tooth crowns are genetically determined—and thus reflect an individual's genotype—and are not affected by environmental stress during development.

Scientists found that teeth from African specimens were a different shape or morphology than those from Eurasian samples. The researchers wrote that teeth toward the front of the mouth from Eurasians had more "morphological robusticity," such as a triangular, shovel shape. Their back teeth were smaller and had smoother chewing surfaces; the rear teeth from African samples were larger and the chewing surfaces on them more pointy and jagged.

"The continuity of the 'Eurasian dental pattern' from the early Pleistocene until the appearance of upper Pleistocene Neandertals suggests that the evolutionary courses of the Eurasian and the African continents were relatively independent for a long period and that the impact of Asia in the colonization of Europe was stronger than that of Africa," the researchers wrote in the new report. "This finding does not necessarily imply that there was no genetic flow between continents, but emphasizes that this interchange could have been both ways."

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=is-the-out-of-africa-theory-out&print=true

The Hellstrom Chronicle

This film was a staple of my childhood. Someone uploaded it to YouTube in 11 parts. Remarkable footage of insect predation and survival tactics.
Part 1:


The rest here: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Bratgoul#g/u

More Info From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hellstrom_Chronicle

The Hellstrom Chronicle is an American film released in 1971 which combines elements of documentary and science fiction to present a gripping depiction of the Darwinian struggle for survival between humans and insects. It was conceived and produced by David L. Wolper, directed by Walon Green and written by David Seltzer, who earned a Writers Guild of America Award nomination for his screenplay.

Several cinematographers photographed this film using stop-motion photography with microscopic and telescopic lenses. The trailer resembled an announcement for a science fiction movie. The film provided the inspiration for Frank Herbert's science fiction novel Hellstrom's Hive.

A fictitious scientist called Dr. Nils Hellstrom (played by Lawrence Pressman) guides viewers throughout the film. He claims, on the basis of scientific-sounding theories, that insects will ultimately win the fight for survival on planet Earth because of their adaptability and ability to reproduce rapidly, and that the human race will lose this fight largely because of excessive individualism. The film combines short clips from horror and science fiction movies with extraordinary camera sequences of butterflies, locusts, wasps, termites, ants, mayflies, other insects rarely seen before on film and insectivorous plants/insects.


IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067197/

Monday, October 4, 2010

Unearthed Aryan cities rewrite history | The Australian

Unearthed Aryan cities rewrite history The Australian
The Sunday Times October 04, 2010 12:00AM

BRONZE Age cities archaeologists say could be the precursor of Western civilisation is being uncovered in excavations on the Russian steppe.

Twenty of the spiral-shaped settlements, believed to be the original home of the Aryan people, have been identified, and there are about 50 more suspected sites. They all lie buried in a region more than 640km long near Russia's border with Kazakhstan.

The cities are thought to have been built 3500-4000 years ago, soon after the Great Pyramid in Egypt. They are about the same size as several of the city states of ancient Greece, which started to come into being in Crete at about the same time.

If archeologists confirm the cities as Aryan, they could be the remnants of a civilisation that spread through Europe and much of Asia. Their language has been identified as the precursor of modern Indo-European tongues, including English. Words such as brother, guest and oxen have been traced back to this prototype.

"Potentially, this could rival ancient Greece in the age of the heroes," said British historian Bettany Hughes, who spent much of the northern summer exploring the region for a BBC radio program, Tracking the Aryans.
"We are all told that there is this kind of mother tongue, proto-Indo-European, from which all the languages we know emerge.

"I was very excited to hear on the archeological grapevine that in exactly the period I am an expert in, this whole new Bronze Age civilisation had been discovered on the steppe of southern Siberia."

She described driving for seven hours into the steppe grasslands with chief archeologist Gennady Zdanovich. "He took me to this expanse of grass; you couldn't tell there was anything special. Then, as he pointed to the ground, suddenly I realised I was walking across a buried city," she said.

"Every now and again you suddenly notice these ghostly shapes of fortresses and cattle sheds and homes and religious sites. I would not have known these had he not shown them to me."

The shape of each of the cities, which are mainly in the Chelyabinsk district, resembles an ammonite fossil, divided into segments with a spiral street plan. The settlements, which would each have housed about 2000 people -- the same as an ancient Greek city such as Mycenae -- are all surrounded by a ditch and have a square in the middle.

The first city, known as Arkaim, was discovered in 1989, soon after the soviet authorities allowed non-military aerial photography for the first time.

The full extent of the remains is only now becoming apparent. Items that have so far been dug up include many pieces of pottery covered in swastikas, which were widely used ancient symbols of the sun and eternal life. The Nazis appropriated the Aryans and the swastika as symbols of their so-called master race. Ms Hughes believes that some of the strongest evidence that the cities could be the home of the Aryans comes from a series of horse burials.

Several ancient Indian texts believed to have been written by Aryans recount similar rituals. "These ancient Indian texts and hymns describe sacrifices of horses and burials and the way the meat is cut off and the way the horse is buried with its master," she said. "If you match this with the way the skeletons and the graves are being dug up in Russia, they are a millimetre-perfect match."

More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arkaim