Movie Recommendation: “Hail Satan?”

          This is a really off-beat documentary from 2019. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It’s funny to see how state governments react when someone wants to put the statue shown below—a statue of Baphomet, a bronze sculpture commissioned by The Satanic Temple depicting the goat-headed, winged symbol of the occult—on the courthouse grounds because having only the 10 Commandments is an official recognition of a single religion.   

          The film is about The Satanic Temple and its push to get state governments stop taking Christianity as their implicitly official religion. So it’s also a movie about political action.

          They have subverted the Christian idea that “Satan” is about evil, and promote the idea that Satan was a rebel who was quashed by Authority. For example, in the Garden of Eden, it was Satan who urged Adam and Eve to eat the tree of Knowledge and Authority that forbad it. Who would you believe?!

          This religion, or post-religion as one commentator says, is amazingly popular. If I was a “jointer” I would join myself.

Here’s a promo pic:

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FAUCI: WE COULD CUT TRIALS SHORT AND GIVE OUT COVID VACCINE “RIGHT NOW”

“I’M NOT CONCERNED ABOUT POLITICAL PRESSURE.”

BY VICTOR TANGERMANN / September 1, 2020 (futurism.com)

According to Anthony Fauci, the United States’ top infectious disease expert, there could be a safe way to start giving out a COVID vaccine earlier than expected.

Fauci said during a Tuesday interview with Kaiser Health News that the Data and Safety Monitoring Board, a committee made up of independent experts who evaluate the safety of vaccine development, could decide that “‘the data is so good right now that you can say it’s safe and effective.’”

In other words, researchers could end the trials early and start giving out the vaccine.

Three COVID vaccines have reached late stage large-scale trials in the US, according to CNN, including one by pharmaceutical company Moderna.

It’s a touchy subject — and complicating matters is the politicization of the vaccine by U.S. president Donald Trump. Experts have claimed that Trump is pressuring regulators to release a vaccine early to help with his reelection later this year.

Fauci remained steadfast during Tuesday’s interview. “If you are making a decision about the vaccine, you’d better be sure you have very good evidence that it is both safe and effective,” Fauci said. “I’m not concerned about political pressure.”

Health experts are reluctant to make any claims as to when a coronavirus vaccine will be made available. Some claim that ending trials early would likely come with inherent safety risks, as CNN reports.

Fauci is optimistic. He believes that we could make rapid progress before the end of 2020.

“I believe that by the time we get to the end of this calendar year that we will feel comfortable that we do have a safe and effective vaccine,” Fauci told NBC today.

Fauci’s main concern right now, actually, is the upcoming flu season, something the nation needs to get ahead of.

“What I’d really like to see is a full court press to get us way down as a baseline, so that when you get these cases in the fall, they won’t surge up,” Fauci added.

READ MORE: There’s a legitimate way to end coronavirus vaccine trials early, Fauci says [CNN]

More on Fauci: Trump Wants to Approve a COVID Vaccine Before They’re Done Testing It

Dignity isn’t a privilege. It’s a worker’s right

Abigail Disney|TED2020 May 2020 (ted.com)

What’s the purpose of a company? In this bold talk, activist and filmmaker Abigail Disney imagines a world where companies have a moral obligation to place their workers above shareholders, calling on Disney (and all corporations) to offer respect, dignity and a living wage to everyone who works for them.

This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Abigail Disney · Filmmaker, activistAbigail Disney advocates for real changes to the way capitalism operates in today’s world.

On Consciousness

By Mike Zonta, H.W., M. (BB editor)

In July of 1969 my friend Calvin Harris finally convinced me to attend The Prosperos annual assembly at the Miramar Hotel in Santa Barbara. And that’s when I first heard Thane (co-founder and late dean of The Prosperos) speak about our identity as consciousness.

I wasn’t sure what he meant by that. Of courses, we are consciousness! Otherwise we wouldn’t even be aware of ourselves.

But aren’t we something more than just consciousness? Well, I know I was more than just consciousness. I was special, talented, smart, young, good-looking, put-upon and misunderstood to mention just a few of my dearly held identities outside of being merely consciousness.

A few years earlier, in 1637, René Descartes also said something about consciousness. He said, “Je pense donc je suis.” I think therefore I am. And just to make it more impressive: Cogito Ergo Sum.

Descartes was, in effect, saying the same thing as Thane, that underneath and behind the various convictions of who we are, that we are consciousness itself.

Not the consciousness that goes to sleep when we go to bed at night. Not the consciousness that is raised at our weekly women’s consciousness-raising group. Not the monkey mind we observe in meditation.

But the consciousness that underlies everything. The consciousness that is aware of itself as consciousness.

Descartes made the mistake of dividing the world up into mind and matter. But his Eureka! moment of “Cogito Ergo Sum” was not a mistake.

It is a self-evident truth. And those who try to nitpick this realization (whether John-Paul Sartre or Eckhart Tolle) are simply guilty of over-thinking .

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Pisces Full Moon September 1, 2020

Wendy Cicchetti

The Full Moon in Pisces spotlights issues of belief, faith, trust, and confidence. Pisces isn’t always sure if what is sensed is real or lasting, yet it often taps into important information, as witnessed in the emotional nature of the sign. Water can move fast, creating sudden turbulence, producing rapid, or very high waves that present real dangers in the moment, but which may be prone to change fairly quickly. Suddenly, a problematic situation and apparent danger no longer exist. In a gentler setting, it takes both rain and the Sun for a rainbow to appear; yet, if we try to take a photograph of that beautiful stream of color, we may find it faded or almost completely missing in the captured image. The rainbow nonetheless has a strong place in the human psyche as a positive symbol. Spiritually, it has been linked with the union and balance of the chakras — the body’s energy centers — connecting mind, body, and spirit in a system that defines health. From this framework, we can notice any difficult feelings or symptoms in a particular area of the body and begin to understand it at other levels and work on a healing process.

Even in everyday life, we could say that water has magical qualities; in feeding plants, it turns what was once the tiny matter of a seed into something vital and sustaining. Yet, if the general conditions for growth do not support it, or when our plant has very specific characteristics that make it sensitive to too much or too little water, it may not thrive. We need to pay a lot of attention to the precise state and conditions of that plant! The fluctuating energy around water can sometimes be baffling and frustrating, and we may struggle to control how it works in our lives — which extends into the further, astrological connection of the water element with the realm of human emotions. The Full Moon is a notoriously more emotional time, so we have a double whammy effect in play during this lunation.

On the plus side, with Moon in Pisces, we are more in touch with our intuitive abilities; with fewer boundaries in place, we can cross the bridge further into the spiritual world. However, Pisces is also the empath — the person who is super-sensitive, sensing so much at once as to often feel overwhelmed. A sponge effect is in play, with feelings, atmospheres, and qualities potentially creating a sense of emotional, mental, and even physical overload. If things feel like “too much,” though, we can remember to give ourselves the permission and opportunity to take needed space from whatever seems overwhelming.

This article is from the Mountain Astrologer, written by Diana Collis.

VETERANS ARE TAKING A PSYCHEDELIC PLANT TO FIGHT PTSD

“IT SEEMED TO ALMOST REWIRE MY BRAIN.”
BY VICTOR TANGERMANN / August 31, 2020 (futurism.com)

Veterans are spending thousands on retreats in central America where they take ayahuasca, a psychedelic drug one attendant called a “Hail Mary” for PTSD symptoms, according to The New York Times.

The trend has grown significantly over the last couple years, becoming a sought-after alternative to common prescription drugs like antidepressants.

Specialized facilities feature therapy sessions and posh amenities, according to the NYT, but the experience of taking ayahuasca often involves ceremonial singing, pacing, and frequent vomiting — an experience, needless to say, that falls squarely outside the standard realm of American health care.

An increasing number of veterans swear by it, but the health effects of ayahuasca, a special brew that contains the hallucinogen dimethyltryptamine (DMT), are not entirely understood yet. Some of its consumers are finding the experience to provide a much-needed mental reset, while health experts warn that it could have irreversible negative health effects as well — particularly when being taken in combination with antidepressants.

2019 study by the Imperial College London found it to make brain waves unpredictable and more chaotic — almost like dreaming while awake.

“From the altered brainwaves and participants’ reports, it’s clear these people are completely immersed in their experience,” lead researcher Christopher Timmermann said in a press release at the time. “It’s like daydreaming only far more vivid and immersive; it’s like dreaming but with your eyes open.”

“These experiences have a way of completely blasting people out of the mental ruts they’re stuck in and to look at a broader set of possibilities,” Matthew Johnson at Johns Hopkins, told the Times.

“It seemed to almost rewire my brain,” Jesse Gould, a former Army Ranger, who went on several retreats and has raised funds for other veterans to go on retreats as well, told NYT.

Despite the success stories, there’s always the possibility that the drug could do more harm than good.

“You have to recognize that there’s a Wild West element,” Johnson admitted to the newspaper.