Daily Archives: November 2, 2022

Plot Generator: Two Malicious Uncles Rampaging to the Beat…

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Date: November 02, 2022

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Two Malicious Uncles Rampaging to the Beat
A Short Story
by The Cookie

Naomi Hemingway looked at the giant blade in her hands and felt calm.

She walked over to the window and reflected on her Stinky surroundings. She had always hated wild Falmouth with its kindhearted, knotty kettles. It was a place that encouraged her tendency to feel calm.

Then she saw something in the distance, or rather someone. It was the figure of James Thunder. James was a tactless writer with squat lips and brown fingernails.

Naomi gulped. She glanced at her own reflection. She was a malicious, thoughtful, port drinker with wobbly lips and squat fingernails. Her friends saw her as a bulbous, brawny bear. Once, she had even helped a yarbelicious old lady cross the road.

But not even a malicious person who had once helped a yarbelicious old lady cross the road, was prepared for what James had in store today.

The drizzle rained like rampaging ostriches, making Naomi angry.

As Naomi stepped outside and James came closer, she could see the terrible glint in his eye.

“I am here because I want love,” James bellowed, in a ruthless tone. He slammed his fist against Naomi’s chest, with the force of 7718 goldfish. “I frigging hate you, Naomi Hemingway.”

Naomi looked back, even more angry and still fingering the giant blade. “James, d’oh,” she replied.

They looked at each other with sneezy feelings, like two odd, open owls jumping at a very cute dinner party, which had R & B music playing in the background and two malicious uncles rampaging to the beat.

Suddenly, James lunged forward and tried to punch Naomi in the face. Quickly, Naomi grabbed the giant blade and brought it down on James’s skull.

James’s squat lips trembled and his brown fingernails wobbled. He looked stable, his body raw like a moaning, magnificent map.

Then he let out an agonising groan and collapsed onto the ground. Moments later James Thunder was dead.

Naomi Hemingway went back inside and made herself a nice glass of port.

THE END

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Shams al-Ma’arif – The Most Dangerous Book in the World?…


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Date: November 02, 2022

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“In this episode, we explore the most (in)famous book of occult sciences in the history of the Islamicate World: the Shams al-Ma’arif (Sun of Knowledge).
WARNING: I am quoting and showing images from the book in this episode. Those concerned about its dangers might want to avoid watching it.

Sources/Recomended Reading:

Al-Buni, Ahmad ibn ‘Ali. “The Sun of Knowledge (Shams al-Ma’arif): An Arabic Grimoire in Selected Translation”. Translated by Amina Inloes & Illustrated by J.M. Hamade. Revelore Press, 2021.

Coulon, Jean-Charles (2022). “Amulets and Talismans in the Earliest Works of the Corpus Bunianum”. In “Amulets and Talismans of the Middle East and North Africa in Context” (Edited by Marcela A. Garcia & Petra M. Sijpesteijn). Brill.

Gardiner, Noah (2012). “Forbidden Knowledge? Notes on the production, transmission, and reception of the major works of Ahmad al-Buni”. Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies 12 (2012). University of Michigan.

Gardiner, Noah (2014). “Esotericism in a manuscript culture: Aḥmad al-Būnī and his readers through the Mamlūk period”. Doctoral dissertation, University of Michigan.

Gardiner, Noah (2017). “Esotericist Reading Communities and the Early Circulation of the Sufi Occultist Aḥmad al-Būnī’s Works”. Arabica 64 (2017) 405-441. Brill.

Gardiner, Noah (2017). “Stars and Saints: The Esotericist Astrology of the Sufi Occultist Ahmad al-Buni”. Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft (Spring 2017). University of Pennsylvania Press.

Melvin-Koushki, Matthew & Noah Gardner (2017). “Islamicate Occultism: New Perspectives”. Brill.

Saif, Liana (2015). “The Arabic Influences on Early Modern Occult Philosophy”. Palgrave Macmillan.

Saif, Liana; Francesca Leoni; Matthew Melvin-Koushki & Farouk Yahya (2021). “Islamicate Occult Sciences in Theory and Practice”. Brill.

Saif, Liana (2022). “Narratives of Danger: The Sun of Knowledge in Arabic Occulture”. Article: https://www.leidenislamblog.nl/articles/narratives-of-danger-the-sun-of-knowledge-in-arabic-occulture

Savage-Smith, Emily (ed.) (2004). “Magic & Divination in Early Islam”. Ashgate Publishing.

Van Bladel, Kevin (2009). “The Arabic Hermes: From Pagan Sage to Prophet of Science”. Oxford University Press.

Varisco, Daniel Martin (2017). “Illuminating the Lunar Mansions (manazil al-qamar) in Sams al-Ma’arif”. Arabica 64 (2017), 487-530. Qatar University.

“The Openings Revealed in Makka”, al-Futuhat al-Makkiyya by Ibn ‘Arabi. Translated by Eric Shu’ayb Winkel. Vol. 1. Pir Press.

“Shams al-Ma’arif al-Kubra”. Arabic Printed Edition by Dar al-Mizan.”

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25 Countries With The Highest Rate of Atheism…


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Date: November 02, 2022

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“Are you a religious person? Do you believe In God, good car insurance, or some other higher power?

In today’s video, we look at the countries with the highest rate of residents that don’t believe In God or some other higher power.

This video Is not promoting any religious views. It Is just some Interesting numbers.”

I don’t mean to nit pick…but I never much liked people summing up atheism as “people who don’t believe in god”…

…Atheism is a stance of rejection towards theism…While lacking belief in gods may naturally flow from this foundation, I find it an important distinction that atheism is not rooted in the idea that “I don’t believe in gods”.

No…theism and it’s various religions are complex social structures, intimately interwoven with the fabric of a larger culture…Theism is powerful and often oppressive…plus it has many, many integrity deficits…making it a common home for cruel scoundrels, who want the public veneer of pious stature.

…Claims of gods are merely one thing theism attempts to force upon the rest of us…and there is so, so much more to stand up in opposition to.

Good grief…When taking inventory…as an atheist myself…I honestly think questions of the existence of gods, are probably the least pressing issue, where it comes to social and personal problems caused by theism.

I mean…you’re not entitled to my belief, just because you assert “there exists a god”…I give no free passes on that…

…But ultimately…”there exists gods”…”gods don’t exist”…Who cares?…Why care?…The existence of such beings is nowhere credibly to be seen…

…Withholding belief is always justified, where no credible, convincing evidence can be found.

But, again…atheism is not based on this singular question…It’s a rejection of theism.

Being an atheist does not bar us from accepting, that abnormal, unexplained…even theoretically “supernatural” experiences do happen.

As an atheist [formerly raised baptist]…I’ve had many experiences I cannot easily explain…Based on my personal life experiences, I’m not entirely convinced that ESP is pure bunk, for example…

I don’t reject spirituality…nor entirely “the spirit world”…Or, to put it another way…I’ve had enough strange experiences, to where I withhold my rejection of it.

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Lucasfilm RUINED Star Wars and Now They’re SCARED?!…


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Date: November 02, 2022

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“According to reports, Lucasfilm execs are sweating the future of Star Wars under Disney. They know the brand is in trouble, even if they won’t admit it publicly, but they don’t know what to do to course correct. Not attacking OG Star Wars fans is a great start, just saying…”

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Twitter WON’T Change Much! Elon Musk Walks Back ‘Free Speech’ Stance?!…


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Date: November 02, 2022

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“Meet the new boss, same as the old boss? Elon Musk is rankling conservatives by announcing that he’s putting together a committee to review what constitutes ‘free speech’ and ‘hate speech’ on the platform, and that some of the people involved in the decision making include the ADL and NAACP. Between this and pressure from advertisers, Twitter might not be QUITE as free as some people were hoping for. But can it at least be BETTER than what it’s been lately?”

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Peace Activists Heckle Obama Over Nuclear War…

Date: November 02, 2022

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“The trend of prominent Democrats being called out by hecklers demanding our leaders pull us back from the brink of nuclear war continued this weekend when a duo of anti-war activists interrupted an Obama rally. Obama turned the opportunity into a teachable moment, insisting that rallygoers not be distracted by the hecklers and their apparently inconsequential concerns about global nuclear annihilation.

Jimmy and Americans’ Comedian Kurt Metzger discuss the vacuity of Obama’s words, and the distraction techniques he himself uses to avoid confronting his administration’s culpability in the Ukraine conflict.”

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FBI Demands 66 YEARS Before Releasing Seth Rich Laptop Data!?!…

Date: November 02, 2022

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“A judge has ruled in favor of a plaintiff suing the FBI to release the data stored on murdered Democratic staffer Seth Rich’s laptop computer. The FBI has asked the judge to reconsider, claiming that the Rich family would be harmed by the release and instead has asked to be allowed to delay the release for – get this – 66 years. Because the FBI has always made its number one priority concern for the family members of crime victims.

Jimmy and his panel of Convo Couch host Craig Pasta and Americans’ Comedian Kurt Metzger wonder why the FBI would be so eager to keep hidden the contents of a laptop they initially claimed they didn’t even have.”

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Biden Supports Brazil’s New Left Wing President – WHY?…

Date: November 02, 2022

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“Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, known more familiarly as Lula, has been declared the winner of the Brazilian presidential election, narrowly edging out incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. And as soon as the election results were announced, U.S. President Joe Biden issued a statement congratulating Lula on his victory – this despite the fact that Lula is generally known as a Bernie Sanders-type leftist, hostile to big corporations and concerned about the poor. Which, frankly, Biden is not.

Jimmy and his panel of Convo Couch host Craig Pasta and Americans’ Comedian Kurt Metzger discuss the results of the election and whether Lula is likely to live up to the populist hype.”

It’s pure virtue signaling, of course…Nothing more…They’re doing it for the benefit of their own pubic persona.

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