Monday, July 30, 2012

Meet the Circumcellions

I pride myself with being familiar with many of the early Christian heresies, but I have to admit this one was a new one for me.
The name "Circumcellions" somehow sounds like the name of an advanced Star Trek alien race, or perhaps a groundbreaking association of Ancient Roman jurists. The truth is so much less, and yet, at the same time, somehow, so much more... The word itself means "guys who hang around villages," rather unglamorously. The Circumcellions were a Christian suicide cult of the fourth and fifth centuries. Their religious practice consisted of delivering random beatings to strangers along the road, with the purpose of goading the strangers into killing them. If that didn't work, they just threw themselves off a cliff instead.
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Friday, July 27, 2012

Sitting on a Cornflake, Waiting for the Van to Come...

What a senseless waste of human life...

Thursday, July 26, 2012

American Gypsies

Turns out they are going to have a reality show about Gypsies in America on the national Geographic Channel. I watched the preview - one thing that struck me is how fat these men are. They are real porkers. All of them. Not like any Old World gypsies I'd ever seen.

Old Joke

One of the old Soviet classics... Armenian Radio is asked --How come the Armenian Republic has a Ministry of the Navy even though it has no outlet to the sea? Armenian Radio answers --It's not so unusual. Don't they have a Ministry of Culture in the Georgian Republic?

Monday, July 23, 2012

Placeholders etc

Today, I looked into the symbolism of the Black Sun in all its various aspects - from Christian Apocalyptics, to the early alchemists like Mary the Jewess and Zosimos of Panopolis, and the concept of the blackening and the sol niger, to the Greek philosophers, the theory of Central Fire, to the Schwartze Sonne of the Nazis and the neo-pagans. Also, stumbled across the interrogation protocols of the NKVD of one Maria Weitzmann. It took me a while to realize, that by mentioning her brother Chaim, the chemist who lived abroad, they were in fact talking about the first president of Israel.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

If there's no water in the faucet, it's because the Jews drank it.

I was reading ths blog post by a Russian guy that decided to tour the West Bank - not sure why. Maybe he is some kind of freelancing web journalist? Anyway, the guy is either a moron or an anti-semite (or both). In any case, he put up a picture of Hebron and said something to the effect of "See all those barrels on the roofs of the houses? This is where Arabs have to store their water since Israel won't let them have running water in Hebron." In the comments it was helpfully pointed out to him that the barrels were not there to "store" water, but that they were used to heat water since with the hot climate, this is a very cheap and effective way to do it, and this is done by both Jews and Arabs in Israel proper, where both ethnic groups have access to plenty of water. However, one commenter really cracked me up. All he said was "With all those Jews in such close proximity, no wonder there's no water" Of course the commenter was making an oblique reference (joking, I hope) to one of the most popular anti-semitic taunts used by Russians since time immemorial (or at least since running water was available in Russia) - "If there's no water in the faucet, it's because the Jews drank it." Nicely done, my friend. Nicely done.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Max Ernst - The Blessed Virgin Chastises the Infant Jesus Before Three Witnesses