Occult Trajectories: Magic and modernity

The most significant achievement in the chemistry of peyote in the first half of the twentieth century.

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The complexities of Aleister Crowley’s magical relationship with anhalonium lewinii

Aleister Crowley (1875 – 1947) had a complex relationship with drugs. Although his uses and abuses of drugs are now legendary, even notorious, his relationship with drugs was not purely recreational or simply hedonist. On the contrary, he thought himself a scientific experimenter of sorts. He closely analyzed the effects that drugs had upon his consciousness and developed theories about the relationship between chemically-induced alterations of consciousness and the ecstatic results of meditative and magical practices.1
Crowley’s formal magical education began in 1898, when he was initiated into the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.2
 His formal training in the magical uses of drugs, however, began a year later under the tutelage of Allan Bennett (1872 – 1923).3
 
The Golden Dawn was an initiatory secret society composed of men and women founded in 1888. Initiates…

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CIA, FBI Confirm Wikileaks Was Right, It Wasn’t The Russians

“CBS News has learned that a manhunt is underway for a traitor inside the Central Intelligence Agency.

The CIA and FBI are conducting a joint investigation into one of the worst security breaches in CIA history, which exposed thousands of top-secret documents that described CIA tools used to penetrate smartphones, smart televisions and computer systems.

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Well, it seems as if the CIA and FBI have finally decided to ditch the MSM’s narrative of ‘Russians hacked and leaked,’ and are now admitting (by launch of a “insider” manhunt) that perhaps Wikileaks had it right all along.  A traitor on the inside was the real hack and leak!

CBS reports:

“CBS News has learned that a manhunt is underway for a traitor inside the Central Intelligence Agency.

The CIA and FBI are conducting a joint investigation into one of the worst security breaches in CIA history, which exposed thousands of top-secret documents that described CIA tools used to penetrate smartphones, smart televisions and computer systems.

Sources familiar with the investigation say it is looking for an insider — either a CIA employee or contractor — who had physical access to the material. The agency has not said publicly when the material was taken or how it was stolen.

Much of the material…

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“Worst-Ever Recorded” Ransomware Attack Strikes Over 57,000 Users Worldwide, Using NSA-Leaked Tools

This could be one of the worst-ever recorded attacks of its kind. The security researcher who tweets and blogs as MalwareTech told The Intercept “I’ve never seen anything like this with ransomware,” and “the last worm of this degree I can remember is Conficker.” Conficker was a notorious Windows worm first spotted in 2008; it went on to infect over nine million computers in nearly 200 countries.

Details:

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Update 4: According to experts tracking and analyzing the worm and its spread, this could be one of the worst-ever recorded attacks of its kind. The security researcher who tweets and blogs as MalwareTech told The Intercept“I’ve never seen anything like this with ransomware,” and “the last worm of this degree I can remember is Conficker.” Conficker was a notorious Windows worm first spotted in 2008; it went on to infect over nine million computers in nearly 200 countries.

Details:

Today’s WannaCry attack appears to use an NSA exploit codenamed ETERNALBLUE, a software weapon that would have allowed the spy agency’s hackers to break into any of millions of Windows computers by exploiting a flaw in how certain version of Windows implemented a network protocol commonly used to share files and to print. Even though Microsoft fixed the EternalBlue vulnerability in a March software update, the safety…

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Considering Globalization’s Dark Side

Globalization is an unstoppable force that is sweeping over the globe, taking out cultures, languages, values with its tidal waves of advanced communication, transportation, frequent travels and the huge multinational corporations. It cannot be stopped, and there are winners and losers in this game of globalization.

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In the Silicon Valley circles where I have spent much of the past four years, the word “innovation” is often thrown around as if it were a panacea to all of the world’s problems. Innovation, whether technological or otherwise, has certainly propelled the global economy ever forward over the past few centuries, but this movement has not always been so clearly one-directional. Perhaps the term “creative destruction,” popularized by the economist Joseph Schumpeter, ought to accompany “innovation” in such discussions more frequently. This term describes the dislocation associated with technological advancement. For instance, during the early Industrial Revolution the dislocated ones were the weavers, displaced by the first power looms; today they are the taxi drivers, beat out by ride-hailing apps like. These innovations, among so many others, make economies far more efficient as a whole, but they also temporarily disrupt certain industry sectors and the livelihoods of those who…

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The Democrats are once again leading the country towards Civil War

There is no form of legal authority that the left accepts as a permanent institution. It only utilizes forms of authority selectively when it controls them. But when government officials refuse the orders of the duly elected government because their allegiance is to an ideology whose agenda is in conflict with the President and Congress, that’s not activism, protest, politics or civil disobedience; it’s treason.

After losing Congress, the left consolidated its authority in the White House. After losing the White House, the left shifted its center of authority to Federal judges and unelected government officials. Each defeat led the radicalized Democrats to relocate from more democratic to less democratic institutions.

This isn’t just hypocrisy. That’s a common political sin. Hypocrites maneuver within the system. The left has no allegiance to the system. It accepts no laws other than those dictated by its ideology.

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– Photo: Democrats riot in Washington DC in resistance to President Donald Trump on Inauguration Day.

Democrats Launch ‘Civil War’ in America with Violence, Lies and Rejection of Trump Election Win


With the latest outright lies promoted by the media and Democrat politicians, the violence at nearly every Trump rally and interruptions at all Trump rallies, the left is leading America to a very dangerous place.

Journalist Daniel Greenfield at Frontpagemag.com penned another great post laying out the direction the liberal Democrats are taking the country.

A civil war has begun.

This civil war is very different than the last one. There are no cannons or cavalry charges. The left doesn’t want to secede. It wants to rule. Political conflicts become civil wars when one side refuses to accept the existing authority. The left has rejected all forms of authority that it doesn’t control.– Photo: Leftist agitators viciously attacked…

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Degrowth Politics and Policies for Degrowth

As a provocative minority and plural community, degrowth would die in internal conflicts and face political irrelevance if it were to present a full political proposal by setting out a coherent and complete set of policies for a new society. While degrowth may inspire a “new left” alternative to the extractivist and growth-led model of recent Latin American left government experiences, the construction of a fully-fledged alternative or the political agenda of a minority party should not be the priority. Instead, degrowth should speak to existing political forces and engage with policies that can be implemented by existing governments (at various scales).

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The degrowth community and other forums formulated a number of concrete policies and identified alliances with other movements. Acknowledging the diversity of perspectives and a more concise set of proposals by Research and Degrowth, this article puts together a number of policies and proposals consistent with degrowth.

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