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We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People by Peter Van Buren. Dark Threads of Immigration in America For those who say “This is not who we are,” well, look again.

We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People by Peter Van Buren

It all seems to be exactly who we are and have been.President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travelers, immigrants and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries is only the latest twist of dark threads that have always been present in America and its immigration policy. The executive order is not unprecedented. It is evolutionary, predictable, nearly an inevitable step.The Seven Targeted CountriesBegin with the targeted countries, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. America has bombed or used drones and special forces in six of them, and attacked the seventh with cyberwar. The Muslims there have suffered far in excess of a travel ban at the hands of America. What Will Become of the Dirtbag Left? Felix Biederman, Matt Christman, and Will Menaker befriended each other on Twitter several years ago.

What Will Become of the Dirtbag Left?

They had common interests—international politics, making fun of journalists—and a shared comic sensibility that borders on nihilism but stops just short of it. Christman, stout and Midwestern, had been unemployed for years, moving around the country with his wife, an academic librarian. Biederman was a freelance writer and mixed-martial-arts hobbyist in New York City. How Co-ops Can Make Infrastructure Great Again by Nathan Schneider. Not many people I’ve known who lived through the Great Depression recall it fondly.

How Co-ops Can Make Infrastructure Great Again by Nathan Schneider

I suspect most of them would be perplexed to hear how Donald Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, described the new administration’s trillion-dollar infrastructure plan: “It will be as exciting as the 1930s.” Americans have accomplished some remarkable things in times of widespread economic disaster. Exciting or not, it’s true that Americans have accomplished some remarkable things, and created some inventive new options, in times of widespread economic disaster. Social Security, the Empire State Building, and the gorgeous stretch of California’s Highway 1 through Big Sur all date to that period. The Historical Task of the Left in the Present Period.

Nothing like the title of this article has ever appeared in Dissent.

The Historical Task of the Left in the Present Period

It is a line frequently used by Joseph Stalin, and according to all the transcripts of his speeches, it was always followed by “Prolonged Applause.” But this seems the right historical moment to take it back. It originally was the beginning of the sentence that came in response to the question: “What ought to be done?” The Rosicrucian Order, AMORC. The Alchemical Manuscript Series is a collection of rare, centuries-old alchemical material made available to English readers.

The Rosicrucian Order, AMORC

It includes translations of important works by the eminent Alchemists Basil Valentine, Anton Kirchweger, Isaac Hollandus, George Ripley, S. Bacstrom, M.D., Alexander Van Suchten, Baron Urbigerus, Johann Becker, and Artephius. Volume One: Triumphal Chariot of Antimony, by Basil Valentine Volume Two: Golden Chain of Homer, by Anton Kirchweger, Part 1. The Hidden Author of Putinism - The Atlantic. “I am the author, or one of the authors, of the new Russian system,” Vladislav Surkov told us by way of introduction.

The Hidden Author of Putinism - The Atlantic

On this spring day in 2013, he was wearing a white shirt and a leather jacket that was part Joy Division and part 1930s commissar. “My portfolio at the Kremlin and in government has included ideology, media, political parties, religion, modernization, innovation, foreign relations, and ...” —here he pauses and smiles—“modern art.” He offers to not make a speech, instead welcoming the Ph.D. students, professors, journalists, and politicians gathered in an auditorium at the London School of Economics to pose questions and have an open discussion.

After the first question, he talks for almost 45 minutes, leaving hardly any time for questions after all. The Hermetic Library [Hermetic Library] Egregores – The Perfect Pyramid Scheme. Egregores – The Perfect Pyramid Scheme (Last week I posted this as a reply to a comment and am reposting it as this week’s article with some additional commentary.)

Egregores – The Perfect Pyramid Scheme

As a result of the recent article on some of my experiences with various organizations over the decades and my comments on egregores – those psychic entities that many in the esoteric community are so proud of – I have been sent copies of the teachings of several groups. In examining one set of lessons and comparing it to earlier editions I have seen, what struck me was the repetition of the word “egregore”: how this is a beneficial thing that will protect its members, bring them spiritual experiences, and provide them with material assistance – in times of need, of course, where “need” is apparently defined by the egregore. The Shock Doctrine - Naomi Klein.

Declassified CIA Manual Shows How The United States Destabilized Governments - Common Sense Evaluation. Declassified CIA Manual Shows How US Uses Bureaucracy to Destabilize Governments When most people think of CIA sabotage, they think of coups, assassinations, proxy wars, armed rebel groups, and even false flags — not strategic stupidity and purposeful bureaucratic ineptitude.

Declassified CIA Manual Shows How The United States Destabilized Governments - Common Sense Evaluation

However, according to a declassified document from 1944, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), which later became the CIA, used and trained a curious breed of “citizen-saboteurs” in occupied nations like Norway and France. The World War II-era document, called Simple Sabotage Field Manual, outlines ways in which operatives can disrupt and demoralize enemy administrators and police forces.

Why more and more priests can’t stand Pope Francis. On 2 January, the Vatican published a letter from Pope Francis to the world’s bishops in which he reminded them that they must show ‘zero tolerance’ towards child abuse.

Why more and more priests can’t stand Pope Francis

The next day, the American Week magazine published an article that told the story of ‘Don Mercedes’ — Fr Mauro Inzoli, an Italian priest with a passion for expensive cars and underage boys. In 2012, Pope Benedict stripped Inzoli of his priestly faculties, effectively defrocking him. In 2014, however, they were restored to him — by Pope Francis, who warned him to stay away from minors. Then, finally, the Italian civil authorities caught up with this serial groper of teenagers in the confessional. Last summer Inzoli was sentenced to four years and nine months in jail for paedophile offences. The Lost Tools of Learning. A TECHNIQUE that WORKS EVERYTIME for me. (plus some infos on DimensionalJumping) : DimensionalJumping. Every Man and Every Woman is a Star (Wuxing) A little back story: I had started looking at Zen Koans, when I felt I had to dive into Buddhist thought, and Chinese Philosophy to get a better appreciation of the wit and poetry contained within the writings of “Zen Masters”.

Every Man and Every Woman is a Star (Wuxing)

(My “Vajra Meditation” post was in part a result of this, though I am pleased with the information contained in it, I won’t be finishing that series as I’ve found the fire burning again to convey Thelema proper). After immersing myself in so much Chinese, I had a little moment of inspiration, and I created the following image, and wish to explain what is encapsulated within it: The first three lines of Aleister Crowley’s The Book of the Law written in 1904 reads: