Prayer for the Day, the Three Wise Men, and James Mason
Prayer for the Day, Radio 4’s ludicrous and platitudinous “god slot”, broadcast daily at about 0540, once again hits comedy gold. Chris-Someone, with a possibly Indian surname that I could not catch, tells the assembled listeners (though quite subtly, not expressly) that the so-called “Three Kings” or “Three Wise Men” of Biblical legend (mentioned in the Gospel of St. Matthew) were equivalent to the present wave of “refugees” (migrant-invaders), i.e. people who deserve or at least should be proffered our hospitality.
Leaving aside the politically-correct 2021 gloss, the “Three Wise Men” have proven to be a puzzle to historians as well as theologians. Wikipedia has this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblical_Magi.
It has even been suggested (though as propaganda-art rather than serious religio-historical exegesis) that the “Three Kings”, transposed into the 20th Century, might be officers of the SS! See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gottfried_Helnwein#References_to_the_Holocaust.
Officers of SS-Ahnenerbe? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahnenerbe.
[Update, 8 January 2022: please refer to the comments section below for identities of two of the figures].
The main SS figure in the painting looks rather like James Mason [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Mason]. Was that deliberate? Mason’s political views seem to have been obscure. There are a few faint indications, though. He was a conscientious objector during WW2, and the basis for that is (as far as I know) unknown. There is no known religious reason: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Mason#Second_World_War.
Also, James Mason was very keen, after WW2, to play the part of Rommel, in the celebrated film, The Desert Fox [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Desert_Fox:_The_Story_of_Rommel], though Rommel is, of course, famously (though perhaps inaccurately) thought of as “anti-Nazi” [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erwin_Rommel#Relationship_with_National_Socialism].
In fact, Hitler did tolerate persons in high positions who were at least ambiguous in their views, so long as not proven to be actual traitors. Canaris was another example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_Canaris.
Not (presumably) to be confused with another and more obviously political James Mason: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Mason_(neo-Nazi).
Like Hitler, James Mason the actor was very interested in architecture, having been awarded a First in Architecture from Peterhouse, Cambridge, at a time when a First was worth something.
Reverting to the Three Wise Men, it has been said that they were the representatives on Earth of the three main types of practical occultism (Hygienic, Eugenic, and Mechanical). Valentin Tomberg [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentin_Tomberg] made that claim in his Anthroposophical Studies of the New Testament and other works.
An interesting subject, worth looking at.
Yes, but the population of the UK, USA, world, is far more numerous now.
They must have a mole…
“Moles burrow deep into the fabric of Western imperialism” [John le Carre, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy]
The new CIA seal of office looks like a rather dull beermat.
Looks a bit of a mess, though…
Interesting. I have blogged previously about the situation historically in the Soviet Union, where from 1936-1989 private plots (from tiny strips of garden to about 2 acres at maximum in some oblasts and republics, particularly in Georgia) produced at least 40% of all fruit and vegetable production despite being less than 4% of the country’s productive land area.
In a country such as the UK, micro-production of food cannot be the whole answer, but it can be a significant contributor, and also uses almost no transport and storage facilities. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victory_garden; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Household_plot
What Peter Hitchens forgets is that most MPs are in what even now are “safe seats”. Yes, if such MPs were each to get 5,000 or 10,000 letters from actual constituents all demanding an end to the “panic” measures of the “panicdemic”, they might sit up and take notice. As it is, even after Hitchens’ best efforts, they will each get a few hundred at most, which will not affect them in the slightest.
Naturally, as a constitutional purist, Hitchens wants to believe in a peaceful and reasoned transition to or return to actual “democracy”, but that is pie in the sky in a situation where corporatized msm propaganda is easily manipulating (mainly) uneducated, cultureless and unthinking rabbit-plebs.
Ah…seems that Hitchens agrees with me, at least in part:
Yes. Naturally, people think that it stands to reason that if human interactions are reduced, as in “lockdown”, virus transmission must also be reduced. However, if people are confined together in small houses and flats, as many British people are, that alone may increase transmission, in view of the fact that outside contacts cannot be reduced to zero.
Europe needs a cultural purge. The world needs a cultural purge. We know where to start.
God, how sad. A 150-year-old tree, with its neighbours, it seems, felled so that more hutches for immigrants can be built. I have never seen that particular tree, but feel sad when any tree is felled or cut back, even if for better reasons, such as coppicing. As Chekhov wrote (not sure where, offhand, not I think in The Cherry Orchard, maybe in Uncle Vanya), “there are men to whom a tree is sacred“. It may even have been in Gorky’s book Literary Portraits, where Chekhov is quoted several times, Gorky having been well-acquainted with Chekhov.
Trees, even when few in number in an area, even when solitary, add so much to human perception, to the whole feel of an area, or a street, or even an individual house and garden.
This is no longer just “infringement of civil liberty” but straight tyranny, and if the police act as the goons of the tyrants, then they themselves deserve to be treated as tyrants or goons thereof.
“Wonderful” might be going too far, but still generally better than today. Amazing to see how empty of traffic was London Wall in 1966.
I recall going to London one Saturday in 1970, I believe, with a friend from school. We wandered in, out of curiosity, to a small gallery in Jermyn Street. The door to the street was open. The day was hot. We were just admiring some Old Master painting when the (?) young owner came in. A very relaxed Old Etonian type. Instead of clearing us out, he was very friendly and polite, and told us a little about the painting, before we left to explore further. London had more character then, and was still overwhelmingly an English city.
Oh, no! (see below)…
Not that utter shite again! This is an Orwellian fake communitarian North Korea-lite cringe-fest and virtue-signal Twitter-fest. The public services clapping themselves, just at the time when they offer the British people less than they have done for a century. That, and scared rabbits in muzzles, clapping because they feel socially-pressured to do so.
The whole thing is a disgrace; absolutely stupid.
I sincerely hope that everyone will boycott this stupid System “clapathon” (again).
As for “@AnnemariePlas”, I think that that was the idiotic woman who started the first “clapathon”. Danish, I think. Ah…just looked her up on Google. Dutch.
Despite her Twitter and Facebook (etc) activism, despite her “clapathon” nonsense, only 730 Twitter “followers”. Even I had 3,000 by the time the Jews had me expelled, and were I still on Twitter now, 2-3 years later, that would probably have been 6,000 or more.
Nonsense people such as Caroline Criado-Perez are bad enough. Here’s another one trying to make a career out of pointless “activism”, and on a risibly poor level.
I see now that Annemarie Plas tried to get a Christmas bell-ringing thing going too:
Best idea is to ignore this silly woman.
Silly little self-appointed “put that light out!” social monitor calls someone unmasked a “cunt” and a “retard“; fails to see the irony…
Looks like someone is asking for trouble, and it is not the unmasked one…
I suppose that Private Eye has probably long ago jettisoned its column, “Wimmin— a compendium of loony feminist nonsense“…
A Twitter account worth following: https://twitter.com/The_Ayatollah_
I analyzed Macron and his strange background in a blog post a couple of years ago: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/01/09/on-recent-events-in-france/
“Jay-sus! Will ya look at them eejits?!“
Storming of the U.S. Capitol
Amazing scenes. What strikes me is that at least some Americans have begun to think out of the box. It may well be that, according to the antiquated system of voting etc, Trump lost. I don’t take a lot of interest in Trump anyway. What interests me is that at least some Americans have thrown out the whole concept of “well, we got 49% and the [other] unwashed got 51%, so they win, and winner takes all.“
In the UK, we see that the majority of the voters are either scared stupid manipulated rabbits, or non-Europeans of various kinds. So what if that “majority” gets a majority of seats in “Parliament”, a result of a manipulated, unfair, ridiculous voting, electoral, and overall political system? Screw that!
That is exactly what most people do not understand! Hence the “virus” hysteria…
How long before the first fatalities occur?
Closing down a fairly mainstream radio channel (its YouTube channel) was too soon, or a step too far, for now. Soon it will not be.