Strange Bedfellows: Aleister Crowley and Fernando Pessoa

Posted in Crowley with tags , , , on November 19, 2008 by bwt

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Portugal angry over sale of papers ‘vital to nation’s literary heritage’

By Elizabeth Nash in Madrid
Saturday, 14 June 2008

A row has broken out in Portugal’s literary world over plans by heirs of the nation’s most famous modern poet, Fernando Pessoa, to auction his unpublished manuscripts and letters.

 

When the poet died in obscurity in 1935, he left a trunk full of documents that included extensive correspondence with the eccentric English astrologist and magician Aleister Crowley, a practitioner of the occult said to have inspired satanism in Britain.

Portugal’s National Library fiercely opposes the private sale of documents considered vital to the nation’s literary heritage, and warns it will take all legal measures to stop the sale and dispersal of the archive, the Lisbon daily Publico reports.

Pessoa’s nephews favour selling the material, piece by piece. Scholars say that would make a definitive study of the poet’s unpublished work impossible. The government has declared no formal interest, apparently reluctant to inflame the market, Publico says.

The angst-ridden poet died in 1935 of cirrhosis of the liver, aged 47, leaving his papers in turmoil. His best known work, The Book of Disquiet, the tormented fictional diary of an accountant, was – like most of his output – published posthumously.

But collectors have long coveted the so-called Crowley Papers – whose value one expert said this week was “incalculable” – to illuminate the friendship between these two odd characters.

The dossier includes voluminous correspondence with Crowley, and hundreds of pages of an unfinished novel about Crowley’s faked suicide. The work is called Boca do Inferno, (Hell’s Mouth) after a rocky inlet near the Portuguese resort of Cascais.

Pessoa, intrigued by Crowley’s mysticism, struck up a correspondence with the Englishman. The flamboyant Crowley visited Lisbon in 1930, and the friends played chess together. Crowley then disappeared, leaving his cigarette case and a handwritten suicide note on the clifftop above the crashing waves at Hell’s Mouth.

It was a trick, apparently to elude a discarded lover. Crowley slipped across the border to Spain, emerged weeks later in Berlin and died in Hastings, Sussex, in 1947, penniless and addicted to heroin. Pessoa mounted a polemical play about the “suicide” and doubts swirled over his role in the affair, and the nature of his relationship with Crowley.

Read the rest of the article here.

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The Continuing Saga of Roland Carnaby

Posted in cia, roland carnaby, truth with tags , , , on November 19, 2008 by bwt

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The information in the case of the shooting death of Roland Carnaby  continues to trickle in.  According to the Houston Chronicle,

The Houston police officers involved in the shooting death of a man who claimed to have ties to federal law enforcement were disciplined for not trying to talk to the man before they approached his car after a high-speed chase earlier this year, according to the department’s investigation of the case. [1]

The same investigation determined that the shooting was justified, yet did reveal that the supervisor on the case had been discliplined previously for violently striking a prisoner.  

Carnaby was shot while reaching for his cell phone following a high speed chase.   He claimed to be a CIA agent, which was denied by HPD and the CIA, though unsealed documents show that he was questioned a few years back by Pearland Police on a case in which he identified himself as a federal agent.  In the investigation, Pearland Police called the FBI, who asked the Pearland department to drop the matter as they could vouch for Carnaby.  HPD fought to keep those records sealed in the civil case brought by Caranby’s widow against HPD.  Houston Police Chief Harold L. Hurtt, pictured with Carnaby above, capitulated on his initial statement that Caranby was not employeed by any agency, later stating that is was probable that Carnaby worked for the FBI as an informant.

It is difficult to sort out the facts in this case due to the vast amount of misinformation floating around the blogosphere.  The truth is out there, but it is obscured by the yarns of ex-intelligence operatives wanting to shed their light on the situation.   I have been following the story from the beginning, and the only conclusion that I have been able to come about Carnaby is that there has been a hidden hand controling the public narrative, and that hand doesn’t want us to know the truth.

Making an Example of Mark Cuban: Keeping Billionaires in Line

Posted in economy, truth with tags , , , , on November 18, 2008 by bwt

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When I heard of the charges being brought against Mark Cuban for insider trading, the first thing that crossed my mind is that he is the victim of a political hit-job.  Today there is an interesting article in the New York Times that shows the awareness and hostility of the SEC towards Cuban’s involvement in Loose Change.    This sends a powerful message: “You can believe what you want, but keep your mouth shut.”

Insider Trading, or Political Persecution?

Floyed Norris

Notions on High and Low Finance

 

The post was updated at 4:30 p.m., with S.E.C. statement and closing stock price. It was updated at 7 p.m. to correct the percent of the Mamma.com stock Mr. Cuban owned.

Did Mark Cuban, the Internet entrepreneur turned owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, and would-be buyer of the Chicago Cubs, violate insider trading laws in a particularly egregious fashion?

Or is he the victim of a political hit job because he helped finance a movie that was scathingly critical of President Bush?

Either way, the insider trading complaint from the Securities and Exchange Commission today arouses a lot more interest than most enforcement actions.

I’ll get to the facts of the complaint in a minute, but first here is Mr. Cuban’s reaction. His lawyers issued a statement saying:

This matter, which has been pending before the commission for nearly two years, has no merit and is a product of gross abuse of prosecutorial discretion. Mr. Cuban intends to contest the allegations and to demonstrate that the commission’s claims are infected by the misconduct of the staff of its enforcement division.

Mr. Cuban stated, “I am disappointed that the commission chose to bring this case based upon its enforcement staff’s win-at-any-cost ambitions. The staff’s process was result-oriented, facts be damned. The government’s claims are false and they will be proven to be so.”

A person close to Mr. Cuban provided me with a copy of an e-mail message said to have been sent by Jeffrey Norris, an S.E.C. lawyer in the Fort Worth regional office (and no known relation to me.) This e-mail message seems to have been sent after an exchange in which Mr. Norris complained that Mr. Cuban had financed a movie called “Loose Change” that discusses the president’s actions relating to Sept. 11.

From: Norris, Jeffrey B. [mailto:NorrisJ@SEC.GOV]
Sent: Saturday, May 05, 2007 2:27 PM
To: Mark Cuban
Cc: Cox, Christopher
Subject: RE: “Lose Change”

I AM SHARING THIS WITH CHAIRMAN COX. NEITHER HE NOR THE COMMISSION ENDORSE MY OPINIONS, BUT IN LIGHT OF YOUR THREAT, I THOUGHT SHOULD SEND THIS TO HIM.

Mark:
If this upsets you, I wonder how George Bush feels. I assume that Mr. Cox would view your involvement with “Loose Change” much as I do. After all, he served his country as a Republican Congressman from Orange County for nearly 20 years and was appointed by President Bush. If you feel like sharing my thoughts with Chairman Cox, be my guest.

Previously, I thought you were merely foolish and naïve. Now, however, I see that you are also a hypocrite. I guess your belief in free speech has severe limitations. If someone else is the victim of an absurd conspiracy theory, you defend your right to participate in smearing the good name of a patriot like President Bush. But, when you are the subject of a parody of the attack you have endorsed, you suddenly issue threats.

I think I will e-mail this to Chairman Cox myself. I think he will enjoy it. I’m sure he is also a Laker fan.

Since Chairman Cox may not know the background, I will explain. Mark Cuban is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and has participated in distributing the vicious and absurd documentary, “Loose Change,” which posits that President Bush planned the demolition of the World Trade Center as a pretext for going to war against Iraq. We have had some past exchanges about my opinion the Mr. Cuban’s support for this project is irresponsible and immoral. Below, I parodied his position that every opinion, no matter how absurd and vicious, deserves to be broadly disseminated.

The copy sent to me does not include the previous parody.

John Nester, an S.E.C. spokesman, said this afternoon that the investigation was conducted by the S.E.C.’s Washington office, and that Mr. Norris was not involved in it. He added:

“Chairman Cox has never met the individual who corresponded with Mr. Cuban, nor has he spoken or corresponded with him in any way. After those communications came to light, the matter was referred for disciplinary action against the individual. To avoid any potential appearance issues, Chairman Cox recused himself from the Commission vote, and he has not been involved in this investigation at any time.”

The vote he refers to was the commission’s vote to file the case.

Article continue here.

Alex Constantine Has a Message for Conservative Patriots

Posted in economy, fascism, police state with tags , , , , , on November 14, 2008 by bwt

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I came across this post on Alex Constantine’s Blacklist:

Go ahead, deny. Call me a “conspiracy theorist” and worse. I had gobs of that after 9/11 when it was an unforgivable offense to impugn Bush. One critical remark was justification enough to heap scorn on surviving family members of 9/11, expel college students, fire teachers, ban Dixie Chicks, condemn Michael Moore, etc. I couldn’t sell a book. This was the “wisdom” of American idiots crapping their pants (“Brown alert issued today … “), and it was highly repressive. (I even left the Internet for two years to live in the forest like an Indian, with no radio or television, to rid myself of painful toxic political stimulation).

Back then, I used to say that America is so addled and corrupt, it’s a wonder the lights stay on.

A few years later, the proles desire “change” desperately, pine for “hope” as the wars rage on, the economy self-destructs and the culture is overrun by jingoistic, ferret-like, flag-waving, pathologically dishonest, anti-intellectual little hitlers who believe they have a Sprint line to “God.”

BTW, where are apologies from the Bush voters? They carried on as though promoting Bush, lying for Bush, torturing for Bush, killing for Bush was a moral imperative. Now that these self-defined “patriots,” ah, ignorant asswipes, know what they are, no apologies. They headed straight for McCain, condescended to the rest of us – as if their judgments were not impaired or their opinions asinine (“McCain has more experience,” “Obama scares me”). Insult our intelligence, please.

The well-off Republicans have no trouble destroying their own country inch by inch to turn a fast profit – yet advertise themselves as “patriots.” This is the way of the fascist crustacean. Time passes, the Dixies are vindicated, teachers go back to work, anti-Bush sentiments are everywhere, even in the Republican Party – I’m proven not to be a “theorist,” after all. Anyone who assumes otherwise hasn’t a clue, is a fascist collaboratorl, a Good German (just returning the imprecations directed at me a few years ago), and I’d laugh all the way to the graveyard if the consequences of mass ignorance and suicide weren’t so grim. But go ahead, “conservatives,” dress in the flag and drool all the way to the unemployment office, you “sensible,” “sober” establishment fantasy dwellers programmed by the CIA/corporate media.

A few years from now, I’ll he right here giving you my middle finger as the lights go out.

– AC

Constantine hits it out of the park again.  You can read the rest of the article here.

When Will the Economic Carnage End?

Posted in economy, new world order, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on November 13, 2008 by bwt

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Things are getting bad, worse by the minute.  There is no path to emancipation from this current crisis.  We are all slaves to something ominous that most don’t understand.  Life as we know it is spiraling out of control and all we can do is have faith that Henry Paulson will have prudent stewardship over the “rescue.” 

I am not reassured.  I get the sick feeling that there is something bigger afoot that I don’t  see.  The chaos or incompetence theories don’t hold water.  Slowly, this horrible machine that is the bailout is gobbling up financial institutions and now there is talk about the Big Three automakers.  Insurance companies, American Express, what is next?  When will this nightmare end?

My notion is that this will all end when the same people who created this crisis have what they want.  When the pieces are put into place, they will turn the ship around.  It is cynical, I agree, but does anyone really believe any of what they are saying? 

At first it was the lunatic fringe of the gold brokers who were warning of the MadMax scenario, not we are seeing these same ideas coming from the financial establishment.   Former Goldman-Sachs chairman John Whitehead had this to say,

I think it would be worse than the depression. We’re talking about reducing the credit of the United States of America, which is the backbone of the economic system.

He goes onto say,

I just want to get people thinking about this, and to realize this is a road to disaster. I’ve always been a positive person and optimistic, but I don’t see a solution here. [1]

Scary stuff.  Makes you wonder what tomorrow will bring.  Time to turn the television off and think about what is important.

1. http://www.reuters.com/article/Finance08/idUSTRE4AB7HT20081112

 

 

 

Hard to Fight Fascism If You Don’t Know What It Is?

Posted in new world order, police state with tags , on November 12, 2008 by bwt

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Google is Watching: Time to Use a New Browser

Posted in new world order, police state with tags , , , on November 12, 2008 by bwt

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According to the Drudge Report, Google is working with federal officials to track the flu.  They have developed a good track record for working with governments.  In China, they are the only search engine.   They work hand in hand with the government to suppress subversive thought.  Kind of frightening.  According to a cursory search on another engine, Google has been accused of being in bed with the CIA

The way their flu system would work is that they monitor how many people search flu as a key term by location.  They pass that information onto the federal authorities who can use it to allocate resources.  Sound harmless?  Perhaps on the surface, but it doesn’t take long to come to the conclusion that they can use the same technology to pass all kinds of information onto federal authorities. 

If you don’t think this kind of intrusion is a bad thing,  you are probably wasting valuable oxygen.   I will not be using Google as my default browser.  I am not a terrorist, but that is not the point.  I don’t want my information passed on to the federal government.  Who knows, maybe I will do too many searches of The Catcher in the Rye and get a visit from the feds.