Hello! I missed some of these because of the holidays, but I have returned with some interesting stuff:
History of the Integratron — “George Van Tassel began conducting weekly meditation sessions in 1953 in the rooms underneath Giant Rock which, he claimed, led to UFO contacts and finally to an actual encounter with extra-terrestrials when according to George, in August of that year, a saucer landed from the planet Venus, woke Van Tassel up and invited him onto the ship. There the aliens gave him a formula for a proprietary frequency for rejuvenating living cell tissues. In 1954 he began building a structure they called ‘The Integratron’ to perform the rejuvenation. George described his creation this way, ‘The Integratron is a machine, a high-voltage electrostatic generator that would supply a broad range of frequencies to recharge the cell structure.'”
Diver Has Visited The Same Friendly Fish For 25 Years — Hiroyuki Arakawa is entrusted with guiding visitors to an undersea shrine in Japan for over two decades. One of the shrine’s most frequent visitors? A sheepshead wrasse.
Baseball Card Vandals — Just like it says on the tin.
The Lie of White Identity — While the concept of a black identity arose out of the shared experiences of people of the African disapora (many of whom had no way of knowing or retaining their tribal identity), the idea of a white identity arose out of exclusion of those who didn’t meet its criteria. This has deep implications for aspects of the Pagan identity: “Some of the Daoine Sidhe came across the ocean on ships with my great grandparents (my father heard a Bean-Sidhe wailing the night my great-grandmother died), just as the Orisha travelled from Africa to the Americas in slave ships and across Damballah’s rainbow bridge. But the next generation had to cease acknowledging their presence if they wanted to be admitted to white society.
The concept of white Polytheism or European Polytheism is ahistorical. The fact that such a concept is new does not inherently make it wrong – there are plenty of gorgeous traditions and practices and religions that have emerged in the last half-century or so. But its roots in and its reinforcement of ideas of whiteness is inherently problematic.”
Life-Hacks of the Poor and Aimless: On negotiating the false idols of neoliberal self-care — “Lifestyle bloggers insist to hundreds of thousands of followers that freedom looks like a white woman practicing yoga alone on a beach. One such image (on the @selflovemantras Instagram) informs us that ‘the deeper the self love, the richer you are.’ That’s a charming sentiment, but landlords are not currently collecting rent in self-love.
Can all this positive thinking be actively harmful? Carl Cederström and André Spicer, authors of The Wellness Syndrome, certainly think so, arguing that obsessive ritualization of self-care comes at the expense of collective engagement, collapsing every social problem into a personal quest for the good life. ‘Wellness,’ they declare, ‘has become an ideology.'”
Also, this site has a Facebook page now!
Lastly, I leave you with a song: