A not-bad article from the mainstream (albeit local) media. Even though generally sympathetic to the occupation, it makes this statement stand without illumination: “And he noted that the pipeline company has followed the law and regulations in its work.” The laws and regulations, or the fraudulent misapplication of same, are at the rotten heart of the issue. In the use of this case the abuse of Nationwide Permit 12 to skirt meaningful environmental review.
From Barbara Walker’s The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets
The original Valentine’s Day on the Ides of February was Rome’s Lupercalia, a festival of sexual license. Young men chose partners for erotic games by drawing “billets” — small papers — with women’s names on them. Christians denounced these prototypical valentines as “heathens’ lewd customs.” Churchmen tried to substitute saints’ names and short sermons on the billets, but people soon reverted to the old love-notes. February was sacred to Juno Februata, Goddess of the “fever” (febris) of love. The church replaced her with a mythhical Saint Valentine, who was endowed with several contradictory biographies. One of them made him a handsome Roman youth, executed at the very moment his sweetheart received his billet of love.
St Valentine became a patron of lovers perforce, because the festival remained dedicated to lovers despite all official efforts to change it. Even in its Christianized for, the Valentinian festival involved sex worship, called “a rite of spiritual marriage with angel in the nuptial chamber.” Ordinary human beings engaged before witnesses in an act of sexual intercourse described as the marriage of Sophia and the Redeemer. A spoken formula said, in part, “Let the seed of light descend into thy bridal chamber, recei the bridegroom … open thine arms to embrace him. Behold, grace has descended upon thee.”
During the Middle Ages, St. Valentine was much invoked in love charms and potions, since he was a sketchily Christianized version of such love-gods as Eros, Cupid, Kama, Priapus, and Pan.
Moving pictures I’d like to see.
Cuz I have a thing for John waters. And the paranormal.
Cuz I have a thing for Juliette Lewis.
Cuz I have a thing for Maisie Williams. And other people’s families (!)
Cuz I have a thing for Maisie Williams. And girls’ schools. And discipline.
Cuz this looks really creepy.
I am fascinated by how the dynamics of cognitive dissonance and post-trauma stress deeply shape our society, the way rocks on the stream bed shape the surface of the river above; I think understanding that is key to understanding and repairing how very fucked up things are. And I would love to spank you, not only to feel your bottom in my hand (love that), and to develop a sense communication / flesh memory response between my hand and your buttocks, but also to explore the emotional meaning we have buried deeply (or not so) and to just what else it is hardwired both as the spankee and the spanker. Also I love to feel you writhe and squirm — what’s up with that?
Just to get a bit legalistic on on the Iranian missile test, Iran never agreed to the conditions imposed on it by the 2010 UN Security Council Resolution 1929 that banned it from developing nuclear capable missiles, and it’s not like they tried to be sneaky about this — they announced it and provided video.
If one argues they are bound by the UN against their national will, I would say true, in theory, though in practice we can see how often the US and France and Britain and Russia have ignored and publicly denigrated the UN when UN resolutions are counter to their power interests, and what little regard the US has for violations of UN resolutions by US client Israel (which, being a fully realized nuclear power actually poses a present existential threat to Iran).
Me, I’m a realist — I think the Iranians would be fools to adhere more strictly to UN dictates than do the nations it is treating with. Yes, Iran blandly asserts the missile tested does not violate UNSCR 1929 because it is not designed to be nuclear capable, which is doubtless a lie, but no more bland and bald-faced than the lies the US and other major powers tell on a regular basis.