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Monthly Archives: December, 2017

ALEISTER CROWLEY—A FIRST-RATE NUT CASE PART 2

AT A TIME when representatives fail to represent, judges can’t judge, and leaders don’t lead, it’s somehow comforting to hear about a nut case who was first-rate in his outrageousness. … Continue reading

December 18, 2017 · 4 Comments

ALEISTER CROWLEY—A FIRST-RATE NUT CASE PART 1

HERE’S A guy who invented his own religion, practiced English Magick, channeled an ancient supernatural Egyptian, popped recreational drugs, climbed Himalayan peaks, and maybe even acted as a British intelligence … Continue reading

December 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

HUZZAHS FOR PERLMAN, NASH, AND SAENT-SAËNS!

I’VE JUST heard the most marvelous Itzhak Perlman recording of Camille Saent-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, and it has instantly risen high on my Christmas/Hanukkah list, both as gift and … Continue reading

December 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

DOUGLAS DAUNTLESS SBD—SLOW BUT DEADLY

LET’S CELEBRATE an aircraft that contributed mightily to our victory in the Pacific in World War II, the Douglas Dauntless SBD. Indeed, the SBD accounted for destroying more Japanese tonnage … Continue reading

December 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

CHARLATAN TRUMP

THERE ARE those of us who would argue that “charlatan” is too kind a word to describe the likes of Donald J. Trump. However, the word has such interesting etymology, … Continue reading

December 13, 2017 · 4 Comments

TRAVELIN’ THE RAILS WITH CHARLEY F. MURPHY

WHAT FOLLOWS is a multi-part exposition of science (you’ll excuse the word) based on charge, force, and magnetic field, better known among students of physics as Charley F. Murphy. My … Continue reading

December 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

MALTA, ITS KNIGHTS, FALCON, AND PARTYING

MY PRIMARY knowledge about the Mediterranean island of Malta was pretty much limited to its falcon and detective Sam Spade. However, this knowledge expanded considerably upon reading “Malta, Where the … Continue reading

December 11, 2017 · 5 Comments

CELEBRATING PROMETHEUS. OR BLAMING HIM?

IN GREEK mythology, it was Prometheus who defied Zeus by giving fire to humanity. Fire, that led to civilization’s hearths, metalworking, the Industrial Revolution, and our modern age. In fact, … Continue reading

December 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

JOSHUA A. NORTON, AMERICA’S ONLY EMPEROR PART 2

ON SEPTEMBER 17, 1859, after having bankrupted big time on a rice scam, Joshua Abraham Norton sent the following proclamation to several San Francisco newspapers: “At the peremptory request and … Continue reading

December 8, 2017 · 2 Comments

JOSHUA A. NORTON, AMERICA’S ONLY EMPEROR PART 1

THE STORY of Joshua A. Norton, aka Emperor Norton I of the United States, is offered as historical entertainment here in two parts, today and tomorrow. You are free to … Continue reading

December 7, 2017 · 1 Comment