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From Vox:

We “refuse to be silent any longer”: magic as self-care after Kavanaugh

Modern-day witches are creating rituals to foster solidarity, activism, and healing.

By Tara Isabella Burton @NotoriousTIB [email protected] Oct 10, 2018

First, take a candle.

Then, pour some salt into your hand.

Then, keeping the grains in your palm, take a pen to write out a thank you to Christine Blasey Ford, the woman whose allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee — and now justice — Brett Kavanaugh, stunned a nation.

Or, if you prefer, simply say, “I believe you.”

It’s just one of the many quasi-religious rituals circulating the internet — particularly pagan and #resistance circles — in the wake of Kavanaugh’s confirmation. These rituals help self-identified witches process trauma, anger, and grief.

By the way, my new Taki’s Magazine book review of The Coddling of the American Mind by Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff concludes with a discussion of how the differences between medieval European beliefs in witchcraft and modern African beliefs in witchcraft influence contemporary concepts like “systemic racism” and “implicit bias.”

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  1. …the differences between medieval European beliefs in witchcraft and modern African beliefs in witchcraft influence contemporary concepts like “systemic racism” and “implicit bias.”

    Do do that voodoo that you do to me…

    • Replies: @Russ
    , @Anonymous
  2. …the differences between medieval European beliefs in witchcraft and modern African beliefs in witchcraft influence contemporary concepts like “systemic racism” and “implicit bias.”

    Do do that voodoo that you do so well…

  3. Alfa158 says:

    Sorry to be Darwinistic about this, but if we end up being defeated by people like this, then we deserve our extinction.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  4. Haaaahaha. Julius Evola is spinning in his grave.

    Esotericism is reactionary, sorry gorls.

    • Agree: backup
  5. Humanity is, in the main, still a cargo cult.

    • Agree: NickG
  6. Anonymous[137] • Disclaimer says:

    “Wicca is basically a gang for fat lesbians” – Adam Carolla

    • LOL: Almost Missouri
    • Replies: @dwb
  7. J.Ross says: • Website


    Police and FBI agents searched a Hudson Valley home Wednesday after learning about a man who was allegedly building a bomb in order to blow himself up in Washington D.C., two law enforcement officials told News 4 New York.

    Investigators said they were concerned the man, identified as Paul Rosenfeld, at the home on Slocum Avenue in Orangetown was in the process of acquiring bomb parts.

    Officials tell News 4 Rosenfeld had no criminal history but had told a reporter in Pennsylvania he planned to blow himself up on the Washington Mall around Election Day because he was angry about the country’s direction.–496647721.html

    A little froggy told me that when an Israelite phones in a threat he doesn’t always mean it.

    Meanwhile CNN argues that the Constitution protects physically threatening and harassing people in public places. Brooke Baldwin tries to argue that a non-violent parade with tiki torches is clearly a “mob” but a screaming gang trying to drive a customer out of a restaurant is not a mob and sort of gets lost.

    “A mob is what we saw in Charlottesville, Virginia, two Augusts ago. A mob is not what we saw chasing — I’m not saying what they did was right.” Baldwin argued.

  8. Seems like a pagan version of praying the Imprecatory Psalms. There’s nothing modern about their “witchcraft.” It’s based on the lie told to Adam and Eve in the Garden: “You will be like God.”

  9. Bill P says:

    Witchcraft was popular during the Reagan presidency as well. I was privy to it at the time because I was a young boy and the women engaged in it, including a former nun who taught me in fourth grade, deemed me and my friends inconsequential. The “witches” used to have seances at my friend’s divorced single mother’s house.

    I think it’s just a normal part of female spirituality. It’s institutionalized in Korea, and probably Mexico, too.

    If men have their own, countervailing organizations, things are balanced out. The problem here is that we don’t, and a lot of contemporary Anglo men stubbornly ignore the fact that this is a problem.

    As much as I respect and admire certain women, such as Ann Coulter and Mollie Hemingway, we men have to have our own woman-free institutions not only for rational discourse, but peace of mind as well.

  10. dwb says:

    Though not a classically educated man, Adam Carolla can cut to the point with incredible precision.

    • Agree: Harry Baldwin
    • Replies: @Coemgen
  11. George says:

    medieval European beliefs in witchcraft and modern African beliefs in witchcraft influence contemporary concepts like “systemic racism” and “implicit bias.”

    How about good ole American ‘spiritualists’?

    “Prominent and not so prominent talkers from the American Black population come out with similar theories of vague and invisible forces that are oppressing people, like “institutional racism” and “white privilege.”

    What’s with those conspiracy theories and Adam Smith’s invisible hand?

    Off Topic: Ars reports there is an identifiable and innate difference between eastern and western peoples. I think Ars trumps that baby study from the 1950s.

    How orgasm faces differ between people from Eastern and Western cultures
    Across cultures, the look of pain may be the same—but orgasms have a different face.

    • Replies: @Pericles
  12. J.Ross says: • Website

    First, take a candle.

    Okidoke, I am now holding an unlit candle of unspecified size and color because the color of a candle has no meaning at all in magick.

    Then, pour some salt into your hand.

    Uhh, … okay, the uncandled hand has poured salt into the middle of the hand holding the unlit random wax stick, … so the candle is embedded like a luxury pretzel confection …

    now write a letter

    £€¥% this, I’m getting nachos. Nachos are always magical.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  13. How much does she get paid to write this shit?

    I actually want to know. My job is very stressful and I don’t think I get paid enough.

    • Agree: The Anti-Gnostic
  14. OT: Prohibition returns!

    The suffragettes of the 19th century were right: To fight sexual assault, we have to reduce alcohol consumption.

    Like Ford, 19th-century women abused by drunken men often kept quiet. In 1873, a Springfield, Ohio, newspaper published the view of a woman who was hesitant to go public with the story of a husband who was once “tender and loving” but due to alcohol had become “moody, morose [and] abusive”:

    “We are told that the law is now on our side, and are exhorted to go into the courts. … But how little do people know of the difficulties that surround the drunkard’s wife. The shame and mortification of a public exposure … the difficulty of getting such witnesses as will testify to the facts necessary to a successful prosecution; the shrinking from appearing in a court-room alone … where even respectable lawyers can be bought for a price to plead against her, using low, personal attacks, when the facts fail them.”

    The author of that plea was Eliza Daniel “Mother” Stewart, one of the founders of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, which grew to become the largest women’s organization in the world at that point in history. The WCTU was interested not only in banning the sale of alcohol to end abusive behavior by men; it also linked the temperance cause to the suffragist cause. When in 1879 Frances Willard, the president of the WCTU, argued that women needed both temperance and suffrage for “home protection,” she broadened the appeal of suffrage beyond radicals like Susan B. Anthony and reached the larger constituency of traditionalist homemakers.

    The #MeToo movement has made enormous strides in a short time. But the Kavanaugh episode reminded us that the movement has limited reach on the conservative side of the cultural divide.

    Moreover, binge drinking — all too often a factor in sexual assaults — remains a plague among the young. In a research study released last year, about 40 percent of people between 18 and 24 reported recently consuming four (for women) or five (for men) drinks in a two-hour period. In light of those facts, why don’t we do more to combat excessive alcohol use?

  15. J.Ross says: • Website

    >leftists are resorting to magick
    Not a new thing, and not something that has worked for them in the past. Maybe they should try not insulting their own base. Even if this stuff was perfectly atheist “hellfire club” contrarianism, it demonstrates removal from and contempt for the American cultural mainstream.

    • Replies: @Pericles
  16. anon[975] • Disclaimer says:

    What’s missing? Lodge 49. The new AMC companion/replacement show for Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul. It’s concept is an anachronistic Fraternal Lodge. Wishful thinking. It’s aspirational. Enough Bowling alone. Pure self help.

  17. OT:

    Is this the best political ad so far this year?

    Sorry to put an anti-Ted Cruz on a right-wing site. Actually, not sorry at all. Either you like the ad or you don’t. Cruz’ opponent has disavowed the ad, run by a PAC. I hate the Beto disavowed the ad. The ad makes Ted look beta, and disavowing the ad makes Beto beta, I bet.

    • Replies: @Anonym
    , @vinteuil
    , @Desiderius
  18. Daniel H says:

    OT: Maybe Slate has been reading Steve and are getting worried about what the future holds for the Dems and their grand coalition.

    • Replies: @Anonym
  19. Jack D says:

    First, take a candle.

    Then, pour some salt into your hand.

    Then, keeping the grains in your palm, take a pen to write

    I am having trouble picturing this. Do you hold the candle in one hand and the pen in the other? Is the candle lit or unlit? Also when you put the pen to paper doesn’t this cause your palm to face down and all the salt to fall out?

    And where is the part where you summon Satan to have sex with you? That is the part of female witchcraft stories that I really enjoy reading about:

    • Replies: @El Dato
    , @Anon
    , @Anon
  20. The form of witchcraft / sorcery which emphasizes writing as a magical act is Practical Kabbalah.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  21. L Woods says:
    @Daniel Chieh

    In 1873, a Springfield, Ohio, newspaper published the view of a woman who was hesitant to go public with the story of a husband who was once “tender and loving” but due to alcohol had become “moody, morose [and] abusive”:

    Amazing how increased alcohol use seems to correlate with sustained contact with American women. Quite a riddle.

    • Replies: @Cortes
  22. El Dato says:

    Nachos are always magical.

    They contain enough preservative to mummify a small dog.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  23. J.Ross says: • Website

    OT Amazon’s resume-sorting AI discriminated against women.

    For years, a team at Amazon reportedly worked on software that vetted the resumes of job applicants in an effort to surface the most likely hires. It gradually became clear that no matter how hard engineers tried to fix it, the recruitment engine found a way to discriminate against women

    Reminder that Google solved the problem of misindentifying black people as gorillas (and Michelle Obama as a man, and East Asians as sleepy) Robocop-style, by simply disabling the mistaken option and forcing the correct answer by rule.

  24. Anonym says:
    @Paleo Liberal

    This is like the Dem version of DR3, not nearly as effective as liberals think it is. It’s humorous, yes. I don’t think any Ted Cruz voter is going to change his vote over this.

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
  25. @Bill P

    If men have their own, countervailing organizations, things are balanced out.

    Men do have a counterpart to Wicca; most of us just find it silly:

    We left paganism behind.

    • Replies: @Bill P
    , @J.Ross
    , @Anon
  26. Anonym says:
    @Daniel H

    OT: Maybe Slate has been reading Steve and are getting worried about what the future holds for the Dems and their grand coalition.


  27. El Dato says:
    @Jack D

    Demon AIDS is no laughing matter, it’s good that the church put the kibosh on this particular course of bestiality.

    The realquestion is, does Coraline Ada Ehme perform demonologic session after they has ruined Linux geeks?

    Code witch. Ruby Hero. Speaker, writer, podcastert. Creator of the Contributor Covenant. Transparent but not invisible. “I am trans. I am beautiful, and I am powerful.”

  28. @Enemy of Earth

    The serpent told Eve the truth: she would not only not die (which had been God’s threat) but that she would become like God in that she would know the difference between good and evil. That was true. God then intervened to prevent Adam and Eve from also eating of the tree of life and gaining the capacity to live forever. I don’t see that this has anything to do with witchcraft–it’s more an allegory about the loss of childhood innocence.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  29. OT, but I think “self-hate crime” might have a snappier ring to it than “hate hoax.” No worries, though, Steve is still batting pretty close to a thousand with his catch phrases.

    • Replies: @vinteuil
  30. JimB says:
    @Bill P

    If men have their own, countervailing organizations, things are balanced out. The problem here is that we don’t, and a lot of contemporary Anglo men stubbornly ignore the fact that this is a problem.

    You’ve reminded me of the scene in Peggy Sue Got Married where her grandfather takes Peggy Sue to his lodge meeting to return her to the future. The old geezers, dressed in odd ceremonial robes, perform a ritual they claim was passed down through the mists of time by the time-traveling founder of the lodge. John Carradine had a cameo role.

    • Replies: @Trevor H.
  31. @Anonym

    I doubt it will have a big effect on the race, but I think it is a bit funnier than the average political ad.

    I get sick of the [cue ominous voice] so and so is a BAD PERSON attack ads.

    Still, a lot of people voted for Trump because he appears to be an alpha. Betas don’t get as many votes. This makes Cruz look very beta. (Check some of Scott Adams’ old columns for an explanation).

    • Replies: @Anonym
    , @nebulafox
  32. Twinkie says:

    I remember when I visited a high school friend of mine at Brown University once. I thumbed through his course catalog, because I was curious about the unusual courses to which he had access (as opposed to the odd ones I had at my Ivy). One class struck me as so off-the-wall that I remember it even now – “Magic in the Middle Ages.”

    I asked whether this was for real, and my friend’s roommate said yes and that it wasn’t just a historical study, but an actual study of magic – potions, casting spells, witchcraft, etc.

    At the time, I thought, “Gee, so this is where some parents spend their $120,000.” Now I see that it’s been put to good use.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @Trevor H.
  33. J.Ross says: • Website
    @John Gruskos

    It’s really all of them. Knowledge of writing was never societally widespread at first, so literacy was commonly assumed to be magical because it was inherently esoteric. Kabbalah is useful here because it has lots of nice, well-considered, clearly laid out rules, so Crowley made it central. It is highly improbable that helrunars in Northern Europe (working with runes) were going off of Kabbalah.
    Neil Postman wrote about the moral and spiritual tendencies of a widely literate society versus a society where only a few know how to read in The Disappearance of Childhood, tldr illiterates have no boundaries, literates instinctively understand the need for boundaries.

  34. Bill P says:
    @Daniel Chieh

    In the 19th century women consumed their fair share of alcohol and morphine. Often, it is true, hidden behind euphemisms such as so-and-so’ s tonic or elixir, but the fact remains.

    It was the social disruption caused by industrialization that moved women to tighten the screws. It would not do to have their husband’s spending their money on young harlots in saloons or Oriental ladies in opium dens.

    • Replies: @Ghost of Bull Moose
  35. If you don’t believe in witchcraft, these women look like nutcases. But if you believe in it, then they look like complete loonies. Anyone who truly believes in demons and witchcraft gets very disturbed with seeing amateurs playing around with forces greater than themselves.

    • Agree: Kylie
  36. Bill P says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    I was thinking more along the lines of classical philosophy, but to each his own.

  37. J.Ross says: • Website

    Richard Keickhefer’s Magic in the Middle Ages is a pretty short, readable, and interesting one-stop summary of this topic. It’s really social history, ethnography, history-of-science, and church history. One of the more interesting points is that for all the witches they burned, the leading exponents of demonic magic were by far churchmen and monks, because they were already spiritually inclined, had free time, and spoke the necessary languages.
    There’s a translation of a Japanese medieval magical text for ninjas that is mostly herbal lore. It contains a recipe for invisibility, which is undone by “eating the sun” — part of the fun of this is coming across untranslatable stuff.

    • LOL: Chrisnonymous
  38. @El Dato

    I got your basketball dog right here:

    • Replies: @vinteuil
  39. It’s just one of the many quasi-religious rituals circulating the internet — particularly pagan and #resistance circles — in the wake of Kavanaugh’s confirmation. These rituals help self-identified witches process trauma, anger, and grief.

    I personally tie the latest popularity of occult thinking to the September 11th attacks. A lot of people began to question official narratives which for some people ends up with some form of New Agey thinking. The New Age magic practice also arose due to the popularity of yoga amongst elite Americans. You add the Internet and things escalate from there. The legalization and increased popularity of marijuana smoking likely encourages witchcraft culture and magickal thinking generally.

    While the crystal shops were once regulated to Venice, Echo Park and perhaps Sedona, there are now numerous shops dedicated to magical crystals and “chakra consulting” in Brooklyn. I have no idea how these operations actually make money, but they are somehow paying the rent. It’s shocking how popular this has become in a relatively short span of time.

    On the plus side, these shops seem to disproportionally employ and appeal to attractive women. The ladies love this stuff.

    My favorite Venice Beach New Age art collective/ beanbag manufacturer/ cult is the Love Shack Collective on Lincoln Boulevard. They took down their website, but it used to include a link to something called the Unity And Diversity World Council which is kind of interesting. A couple years back I remember they were pushing something called “structured water” which is water with alleged healing powers. Definitely something wacky was going on.

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon
    • Replies: @Random Smartaleck
  40. @The Alarmist

    Sammy Davis never did anything for me. I am old enough to remember when he as sort of a part of Frank’s Rat Pack, and even then he struck me as the House Negro. Never figured out what the others saw in him.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    , @Anon
  41. dwb says:

    This reminds me of the old SNL sketch “Goth Talk.”

    Just thinking about “Azrael Abyss” (who works at Cinnabon) makes me laugh.

  42. anonymous[176] • Disclaimer says:

    With your left hand, open the outer gates of your identity & womanhood. With your right, enter the gates holding your Rabbit Pearl™ and chant “I Believe. I Believe.” Repeat as long as need be.

  43. Anonym says:
    @Paleo Liberal

    Ted Cruz has grown on me a lot as Complyin’ Ted, or Lion Ted. the_donald attacked him full force (e.g. with the Zodiac meme), and he has been a really good sport about it. See:

    It’s a long time ago now, but it seemed pretty questionable as to who owned Cruz or what he would do once in office, versus Trump. And the media and GOPe wanted him to beat Trump, which was not a good sign.

    I think it mostly came down to issues, but Trump handled himself very, very well.

  44. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Diversity Heretic

    So witchcraft would be believing the serpent and trying to locate the tree, trying to “hack” Christianity, like rewriting the rules to an established board game. Satan lies by telling a portion of the truth. Eve didn’t die immediately, but she became mortal, and effectively died to her old life in Eden. When God “lies” it’s like the oversimplification an adult tells a child because explaining how an automobile traveling in a straight line at thirty miles per hour works would defeat the purpose.

  45. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Reg Cæsar

    Many of the original “leaders” of reconstructed pagan religions just happen to be Jewish (although it is now “taking off” with many others). There’s one for Slavs who just crams undisguised Hinduism onto known Slavic god names. As with going from Greece to Rome and then North, the pantheons do not line up perfectly; as with most semiliterate ancient peoples, vast amounts of necessary details are missing. That doesn’t stop him from claiming that Wales (in England since 1283) got its name from the Slavic patron of herdsman and merchants, Veles, who makes a cameo appearance in Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are (he’s the first Wild Thing, who greets the boat).

  46. Anon[322] • Disclaimer says:

    Kavanaugh already showing his worth as a new SCOTUS judge:

    On his second day on the bench, Kavanaugh said Congress would have known that DHS wouldn’t be able to immediately detain immigrants after they are released from jail or prison and noted Congress didn’t include a time limit.

    “That raises a real question for me whether we should be superimposing a time limit into the statute when Congress, at least as I read it, did not itself do so,” he said.

    Meanwhile, Gorsuck continues to suck:

    Justice Neil Gorsuch asked if a mandate to detain certain aliens ever lapses. He asked if the government could pick up someone that they’ve known about after 30 years later.

    “Is there any limit on the government’s power?” he asked.

    Maybe the question Gorsuck should’ve asked was, “Is there any limit on the court‘s power?”
    Kavanaugh understands that the court’s job is to interpret the law, not to make it. Gorsuck doesn’t. He thinks SCOTUS’ job is to wrest power from congress. Gorsuck is becoming more and more of a mistake by the day.

  47. @Daniel Chieh

    Well that alcohol abuse stuff cuts both ways. A woman who drinks excessively over a long enough period of time becomes as abusive as any man. At some point, alcohol is a poison and the body and mind suffer. The partner is made to suffer as well.

  48. Cortes says:
    @L Woods


    When I visit my brother in law’s Fortress Solitude at the back of their house I think he’s a genius, much as I love my sister.

    • Replies: @Trevor H.
  49. Anonymous[276] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bill P

    Men can join the Catholic priesthood. Catholic priests perform various magical rites such as transubstantiation and exorcism. Or they can become Protestant preachers, who also engage in magical practices, especially the more Evangelical and Charismatic denominations, like healing, spirit invocation, snake handling, positive thinking, etc. There are also male orders in Buddhism and other religions.

    • Troll: Desiderius
    • Replies: @DFH
  50. Then, pour some salt into your hand.

    Would dried tears work?

  51. vinteuil says: • Website
    @Seth Largo

    Ramesh Ponnuru is the worst of the worst.

    The problem with hate-hoaxers isn’t that they have defamed innocent people. It’s that they’ve “made things more difficult for real victims of discrimination.”

    I cannot stand that guy.

  52. Why can’t the catlady neo-wyccans ever do real witchcraft?


    To create a tilberi, the woman steals a rib from a recently buried body early on Whitsunday, twists around it grey wool which she must steal for the purpose

    The woman can now send the tilberi to suck milk from others’ cows and ewes. It will return to the window of her dairy and … vomit the stolen milk into her butter churn.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  53. vinteuil says: • Website
    @Jim Don Bob

    There’s something infinitely moving about the man/dog bond. The ultimate in that line is, of course, the shepherd & the border collie.

    • Replies: @Trevor H.
  54. Forbes says:

    Why does anyone continue to watch cable or network TV “news” programming? Outside of it being a target rich environment for poking fun at? The talking heads all appear insane.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @Anon
  55. @Alfa158

    Deserve ain’t got nothing to do with it.

  56. In His First Day On The Job, Kavanaugh Hired As Many Black Law Clerks As RBG Has In Her Entire Tenure

    With his first clerkship hires, Kavanaugh also set a gender composition record, an apparent attempt to buck the high court’s hiring patterns, which tend to favor white, male graduates of elite law schools.

    Since joining the high court in 1993, Ginsburg has hired over 100 law clerks, just one of whom is black.

    • Replies: @Pericles
  57. Tipsy says:
    @Bill P

    If you’ve read any Agatha Christie, you’ll know that there was a big interest in spiritualism/occult in England in the 1920s.

    • Replies: @black sea
    , @Anon
    , @Pat Boyle
  58. J.Ross says: • Website

    >why does anyone watch Brook Baldwin?
    it is a mystery

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
  59. @J.Ross

    It’s about time Christians take control of the US media. No more amnesty for goblins.

  60. @Paleo Liberal

    Cruz’s uncanny valley is already priced in. Y’all run the guy in the ad you might win by ten points, but as we all know the Ds have issues not unrelated to the poor candidates you tend to run.

    Here in Ohio there might be five people in the whole state who couldn’t beat Mike DeWine. The Ds may well have found one of them.

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
  61. J.Ross says: • Website

    The Sign of the Butter (a cross in an upright pentagram, which scares away the tilberi and undoes its effects; butter so stamped is “guaranteed” to not be a tilberi product) is not even the craziest thing from Bjork Island:

    Nábrók (calqued as necropants, literally “corpse trousers/underpants”) are a pair of pants made from the skin of a dead man, which are believed in Icelandic witchcraft to be capable of producing an endless supply of money.

    That apparent lacuna before “profit” is made clear: this is what the South Park Underpants Gnomes did not want to spell out, for obvious reasons.

  62. I think many of us here came to the realization a long time ago that the CotF do not have single bit of legitimate data to support any of their beliefs or claims. It’s always been voodoo.

  63. As a Christian I feel compelled to point out that witchcraft and magic ARE real. Its power and efficacy can be debated but its ‘reality’ shouldn’t be.

    We are taught that our true battle is against an unseen world of domains and principalities. Mock it at your peril.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  64. The rise of Tumblr social justice witchcraft is such a perfect description and indictment of the woke left. It’s willed ignorance of the actual material causes of phenomena in favor of a delusion that simply by feeling something intensely you are having an impact on reality.

  65. @Jim Don Bob

    Sinatra’s would have been better, but I didn’t want to offend anyone with my White Privilege in selecting a white man to sing about Blackmagic … I guess I should have gone with Ella Fitzgerald.

    • Replies: @Trevor H.
  66. @Desiderius

    More like 10 people, but yeah, I thought Cordray would make the governor’s race interesting. No such luck.

  67. From rallying their tribesmen to defend blood, soil, and the True Gods to…..this?

  68. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bill P

    The Mexican witch craft method of getting a man to love a woman involves putting menstrual blood in his food or drink There’s also beating his underwear with a broom to make him obey.
    Then there’s smoking a cigar to Satan. It involves smoking an entire cigar without the ash falling off. This is probably impossible As you’re smoking the cigar say Satan oh satan grant me my wish
    I could never figure out why they burn sage. Why not parsley or basil? Maybe it’s because sage grows wild and you can find big bushes of it in rural areas

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  69. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ghost of Bull Moose

    Is that what I think it is? Some kind of massage?

    • Replies: @Jack D
  70. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    Smear the palm with a bodily fluid then pour the salt and some of it will stick

  71. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    How hard up can a woman be she needs Satan? Didn’t they have hook up bars in those days?

  72. nebulafox says:
    @Paleo Liberal

    The alpha/beta thing explanation is nonsense. The real reason is that Ted Cruz was probably secretly created in some DNC lab as the artificial synthesis of everything voters-including your typical underemployed 20 something male early Trump devotee-hate about the GOP.

    He does have a very punchable face though. Much like a Vox reporter’s, it is seemingly hand crafted to receive the human fist.

  73. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bill P

    Nancy and Ron Regean both believed in astrology, especially Nancy. She had a personal astrologer. So much for her expensive education at Chicago Latin and Smith colllege

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  74. Anon[144] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bill P

    But the Jew says ‘male institutions’ are for fags. Marry and have babies goyim!

  75. Anon[144] • Disclaimer says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    “We left paganism behind.”

    Good goy!

  76. Jack D says:
    @Daniel Chieh

    The suffragettes of the 19th century were right: To fight sexual assault, we have to reduce alcohol consumption.

    The suffragettes were HALF right – to fight sexual assault, we have to reduce alcohol consumption BY WOMEN.

    In 99% of the college “rape” tribunal cases, the woman has had too much to drink. Of course women have no agency (only white men have agency) so it is up to the male partner to discern whether the woman has had too much alcohol to grant consent. Of course the male partner himself has often had a lot to drink also, so (if the process was not rigged) the real question would be whether the partners were raping each other.

  77. Russ says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    So we learn that those spurring the witch hunt against Kavanaugh were in fact witches. Boggles the mind.

  78. @Anon

    The 1980s first lady’s astrologer story was previewed pretty precisely in Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land in 1961. I’ve never seen any explanation of how Heinlein got it so right 20 years before.

    • Replies: @Whiskey
  79. J.Ross says: • Website

    Russian chicks do this thing where they write the name of the boy they want on the side of a cigarette and smoke it like they were consuming him.

  80. Whiskey says: • Website
    @Steve Sailer

    That type of woman never changes. See the Dashiell Hammett story “The Burnt Face.

  81. Anonymous[249] • Disclaimer says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Much better they sit around home smoking weed and sticking pins in voodoo dolls than running around my street waving signs, yelling and tearing up the place or disrupting some random kid’s peaceful library studies on campus.

  82. Jack D says:

    Yes, they are vibrators. OTOH, they understood that lack of sexual satisfaction was one cause of “hysteria” and OTOH they believed that application of the vibrator to the ladyparts would somehow bring relief from hysteria, they claimed not to put 2 and 2 together and understand that these “medical” devices had a direct sexual purpose. It was just a medical device to treat a disease.

    Note BTW that Dr. Waite’s “Tissue Oscillator” ends in a lightbulb socket and not an electrical plug. Originally the only use for electricity in the home was for lighting and there was no such thing as a wall socket or plug. If you wanted to connect some other electrical device you would remove a light bulb and screw the device into the light bulb socket. The on/off switch also takes the form of a lamp “key”.

  83. Jack D says:

    Even if you believe this stuff (I don’t), the odds that you could summon the Powers of Darkness using instructions printed in a woman’s magazine are about equal to the chances that you could make a thermonuclear device in your basement based on an article in Family Handyman.

    • LOL: jim jones
  84. black sea says:

    The Great War had something to do with this. Lots of bereaved parents and wives wanted to make contact with lost sons or husbands.

  85. @Clifford Brown

    I have no idea how these operations actually make money, but they are somehow paying the rent.

    Probably from “psychic reading” addicts — a good number of women habitually pay for these.

  86. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:

    It was a major interest in the mid and late 19th century. Seances were as common as having people over to play cards. A lot of it was driven by the high death rate. The spiritualists claimed they could get people in touch with the recently deceased.

    • Replies: @whorefinder
  87. Mr. Anon says:

    These are the people who once styled themselves “The reality-based community”.

    • Replies: @Kylie
  88. whorefinder says: • Website

    It was also a time when stage magicians got increasingly popular, and blurred the line between an act and real magical powers. Vaudeville, powered by the railroads and steamships and a lot of free time and money with Victorians, pushed a lot of magicians into stardom.

    Interestingly, the legendary Houdini who was around at this time was one of the first magicians to go about not only doing “magic” acts but to publicly go around debunking people who claimed they were doing real magic/seances/etc. Houdini was rather like a James Randi or Penn & Teller, calling b.s. on fake magic. His biggest “tricks” were as an escape artist, and he made no pretensions of being magically-imbued.

    In any event, I don’t think this era’s interest in the occult/magic was due to the “high death rate” (lots of other times in history had high death rates). I think it was due to a lot of other changes. The move of a lot of people out of the rural landscape, the attempts to regulate vice and corruption in the increasingly enlarging cities, the increase in immigrants all contributed. Also, rich Victorian ladies had a lot less to do than their ancestors, and sat around feeling very pushed around by the forces of industry and progress, and, like many people who feel their agency is reduced or nonexistent, turned to esoteric to try to find a solution.

  89. Pericles says:

    Ars Technica: From microprocessor engineering to watching porn for SCIENCE! in just a few years.

    • Replies: @Bies Podkrakowski
  90. When the educated elites take post modernism seriously, the proles take witchcraft and other mumbo jumbo seriously.

  91. Pericles says:

    Woooah, does this mean the Democrats are the real racists?

    Stay away from the Virtue Signal IPA, Brett.

  92. backup says:

    You think the author would know that a third of the executed witches during the witch hunts were males?

    While it appears to be the case that the clear majority of victims in Germany were women, in other parts of Europe the witch-hunts targeted primarily men, thus in Iceland 92% of the accused were men, in Estonia 60%, and in Moscow two-thirds of those accused were male.

  93. You can now try either magic or Quantum Physics (what’s the difference anyhow…).

    (it’s not only the Coddling of the american Mind – it’s the codling of the Western Mind – Science (exists henceforth only -) – in Disguise.

  94. Trevor H. says:

    You touch upon the relevant dilemma. Anything men attempt to do together, with the possible exception of sporting events, is thoroughly ridiculed and misrepresented in the mass media, which is suddenly and temporarily fine with implications of nefarious homosexuality, among other things.

    • Replies: @JimB
  95. Trevor H. says:

    Congrats! Your thousandth mention of “My Ivy”.

    You still show no sense of how sad that is.

    • Replies: @Anon
  96. Trevor H. says:
    @The Alarmist

    You ended up choosing that rara avis, a black jew.

  97. Trevor H. says:

    And hence the betrayals are that much worse. Avoid the entire third world if you wish to remain unaware.

    Also avoid importing the third world into your country.

  98. Trevor H. says:

    Noted with irony is the fact that the modern American male must retreat to his “man cave” which is typically a shed, garage, or basement while the woman has the entire run of the property he paid for, either largely or entirely.

    If only for some treasured peace and quiet, perhaps music from a vintage stereo, a favored libation (maybe even a cigar!), the company of a faithful pup and best of all, respite from that infernal, blaring television.

    Point being that in previous times this would have been a panelled library or billiard room, with an ancient, hereditary carpet on the floor and crackling fire to keep one warm. And as Mr. Bennett would exclaim, absolutely no womenfolk allowed at any time.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Anonymous
  99. @Pericles

    That’s progress!

    Did Ars Technica go the same way as Wired? From technical-libertarian to… whatever they are now.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  100. DFH says:
    @Enemy of Earth

    So a secularisation of Catholic practise, as with Freduianism and confession?

  101. DFH says:

    Strange though how the female actions are always based around resolving interpersonal drama in a way which has no male equivalent, isn’t it?

  102. Bitfu says:

    I guess it’s time to hit the library and dust off my old friend Malleus Maleficarum.

  103. keypusher says:
    @Daniel Chieh

    A second reason we hesitate to focus on alcohol is we correctly do not want to treat alcohol as the primary driver of sexual assault when, in cases of male perpetrators and female victims, misogyny is the root cause.

    Fuck you, Politico. And lose the “we.”

  104. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    Davis may have been sponsored by Quincy Jones Jones was Sinatra’s music writer arranger and a big part of Sinatra’s success.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  105. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:

    The only people I know who watch TV news are brainwashed liberals who only watch it to confirm their bias.

    Even they don’t like the way news is chopped with ADs and up coming news segments.

  106. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Trevor H.

    Brown’s well known for having the most off the wall useless weirdo courses of any college in the entire country.

  107. Neoconned says:

    Whiskey needs to chime in on this….

    Lana Del Ray does this shit apparently…

  108. @Anon

    Gorsuck doesn’t. He thinks SCOTUS’ job is to wrest power from congress. Gorsuck is becoming more and more of a mistake by the day.

    That’s too bad, if true, but predictable. He’s an Episcopalian from Boulder, CO, for cryin’ out loud.

  109. Kylie says:
    @Mr. Anon

    “These are the people who once styled themselves ‘The reality-based community’.”

    Well, in all fairness, they didn’t say whose reality.

  110. @J.Ross

    Titties in suspenders? No mystery.

  111. Pat Boyle says:

    What are “bomb making parts”? A container, some explosive, and a fuse. What else?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  112. Pat Boyle says:

    Does anyone actually read Agatha Chistie, or do people just watch the BBC shows on NPR?

  113. JimB says:
    @Trevor H.

    You touch upon the relevant dilemma. Anything men attempt to do together, with the possible exception of sporting events, is thoroughly ridiculed and misrepresented in the mass media, which is suddenly and temporarily fine with implications of nefarious homosexuality, among other things.

    Actually, I found the scene charming. There was a time when all suburban men belonged to some lodge or other: the Elks, The Eagles, the Freemasons, the American Legion, The Knights of Columbus, The Rotary Club, The Lions Club, etc. The sixties brought about the decline of service organizations, and the Me-Decade finished them off as a dominant force in community life. They now function as social groups for retirees.

    While the media may denigrate these organizations, I don’t believe Francis Ford Coppola intended to do so in Peggy Sue Got Married. The only “nefarious” implication was that the lodge members sometimes used the time away from their wives to smoke cigars, play poker, and watch stag reels.

  114. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Pat Boyle

    It has been described elsewhere as “a two hundred pound bomb.” Mr Rosenfield is described as an independent or as not registered to either party, which suggests 1 were he a righty they’d be crowing, and 2 he is very likely another one of these violent Bernie Sanders supporters.

  115. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Bies Podkrakowski

    It’s more obvious at the Reg because of their satirical mandate, but Ars is as tainted as any other major mainstream fare. It does seem the most serious and factual out of the group, though. I just scanned the headlines and none were about cramming race or gender into STEM; even one on video games was really about neuroscience in game planning.
    Here’s a good one. I’ve complained that robocalls seem to have found a way to circumvent the Do Not Call List.

    The Federal Communications Commission should let phone companies get more aggressive in blocking robocalls, 35 state attorneys general told the commission yesterday.

    The FCC last year authorized voice service providers to block more types of calls in which the Caller ID has been spoofed or in which the number on the Caller ID is invalid. But the FCC did not go far enough, and robocallers have “evolved” to evade the new rules, the 35 attorneys general wrote in an FCC filing:

    One specific method which has evolved recently is a form of illegal spoofing called “neighbor spoofing.” A neighbor-spoofed call will commonly appear on a consumer’s caller ID with the same area code and local exchange as the consumer to increase the likelihood he/she will answer the call. In addition, consumers have recently reported receiving calls where their own phone numbers appeared on their caller ID.

  116. Since Screaming Jay Hawkins passed away, I’ve ceased believing in witchcraft.

  117. @Anon

    I wouldn’t write Gorsuch off as an immigration squish; remember, he upheld the travel ban. As someone who spent much of his second year of law school reading Supreme Court criminal-procedure opinions, I can tell you that Gorsuch so far seems to be a lot like his predecessor Scalia: good on social issues and on recognizing the proper division of powers between the different branches of government, but with a libertarian tendency to split from the conservative bloc over criminal issues–for example, in Florida v. Jardines Scalia ruled that a police officer who took a drug-sniffing dog with him when he went inside a front yard and knocked on a door had in fact made an unconstitutional “search” because taking the dog with him exceeded the unspoken “invitation” that allows police and the public in general to walk up to a house and knock on the door. Scalia also found in Kyllo v. United States that using thermal imaging to detect unusual amounts of heat–used for marijuana growing–inside a house was an unconstitutional search. Gorsuch seems to have the same reluctance to extend the criminal power of the state too far, going from his comments in this case and from the previous case in which he thought that the criminal statute that the illegal alien was punished under was too vaguely defined. He took care to note that he was joining the majority on very narrow grounds there–namely, his objection to the criminal statute; he didn’t attack the idea that the state can enforce immigration law.

    Obviously, this overly-scrupulous libertarianism isn’t ideal, but it’s absurd to start screaming “Gorsuck” at the top of your voice; I’d rather he was less libertarian, like Kavanaugh–who’s actually something of a boogeyman to many libertarians I know because of his association with the Patriot Act–but if Gorsuch was Merrick Garland there is no way in Hell we’d have had the outcome we did in Trump v. Hawaii. Scalia, going by past practice, would very likely have taken a similar line in cases such as these, so it’s not as if anything much has changed in regard to this particular seat on the Court.

  118. @Pat Boyle

    Does anyone actually read Agatha Chistie, or do people just watch the BBC shows on NPR?

    I’ve read her entire oeuvre except for a couple of the Tommy and Tuppence novels — I can’t stand them, for some reason. Her books are excellent for relaxation and amusement, with some nice period detail thrown in occasionally. One particular merit of her novels is that, by today’s standards, they’re really short — almost novellas. As I age, I’m losing the patience needed to regularly read giant doorstop books.

    • Replies: @Anon
  119. Anon[777] • Disclaimer says:
    @Pat Boyle

    It would be a neat trick watching NPR; I’ve never managed it. Perhaps I need to read more Christie novels to figure it out.

  120. As I age, I’m losing the patience needed to regularly read giant doorstop books.

    Agreed. On the recommendation of some commenters here, I looked at reading some of Neal Stephenson’s work but balked when I saw that one was 900+ pages.

    OTOH, I read the novel The Revenant recently, and not only was it better than the movie, it was only about 250 pages.

  121. Anon[777] • Disclaimer says:
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    Tommy and Tuppence novels — I can’t stand them

    Neither can I. Maybe it’s an English/American thing.

    One particular merit of her novels is that, by today’s standards, they’re really short — almost novellas.

    Someone –was it Ronald Knox?– said the ideal length for a detective story is about 1/3 the length of a regular novel. He regretted that this was a size that was hard to sell, as publishers mostly wanted short stories or books of, well, book-length.

    Agatha Christie’s short stories are on a lower level than her novels; the short story was not her form.

    • Agree: Kylie
  122. @Jack D

    You say that, but then some damned fool accidentally opens a Warp gate the size of Yankee Stadium, one thing leads to another, and then before you know it, you’re declaring Exterminatus on the entire planet…

  123. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Trevor H.

    That’s mostly one of the numerous horrible effects of the open plan house. There’s no privacy except in the bedrooms. In Mr Bennett’s time the average man lived in the pub when he wasn’t at work.

  124. Anonymous[367] • Disclaimer says:

    Sinatra’s relationship with Sammy Davis Jr. far predates his working with Quincy Jones(1933-) , who first worked with Sinatra as a young-and-coming-up film scorer and arranger when Sinatra (1915-1998) was already a veteran and music and entertainment-industry legend. Primary arrangers associated with Sinatra were Axel Stordahl, Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Gordon Jenkins and later on, Don Costa. (Riddle is generally considered to have been the most influential and most talented of the bunch, at least in terms of his work on Sinatra’s oeuvre.)

    Work with Frank Sinatra

    Quincy Jones first worked with Frank Sinatra in 1958 when invited by Princess Grace to arrange a benefit concert at the Monaco Sporting Club.[37] Six years later, Sinatra hired him to arrange and conduct Sinatra’s second album with Count Basie, It Might as Well Be Swing (1964). Jones conducted and arranged the singer’s live album with the Basie Band, Sinatra at the Sands (1966).[38] Jones was also the arranger/conductor when Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, and Johnny Carson performed with the Basie orchestra in June 1965 in St. Louis, Missouri, in a benefit for Dismas House. The fund-raiser was broadcast to movie theaters around the country and eventually released on DVD.[39] Later that year, Jones was the arranger/conductor when Sinatra and Basie appeared on The Hollywood Palace TV show on October 16, 1965.[40] Nineteen years later, Sinatra and Jones teamed up for 1984′s L.A. Is My Lady.[41] Jones said,

    Frank Sinatra took me to a whole new planet. I worked with him until he passed away in ’98. He left me his ring. I never take it off. Now, when I go to Sicily, I don’t need a passport. I just flash my ring.

  125. Anonymous[367] • Disclaimer says:
    @Trevor H.

    A couple of decades ago there was a big revival of interest in vintage style high fidelity for the man-cave, but it seems to have petered out. I still have a pair of Altec 604s in Onken cabinets, push pull 807s in ultralinear mode with Acrosound transformers, a Marantz 7 clone preamp and a Michell Gyrodec table, but I haven’t bought a vinyl album in about five years now, used or new.

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