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    Post by Extant on Wed Jan 13, 2010 2:19 pm

    Interesting stuff.
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    Post by Extant on Fri Jan 15, 2010 12:12 am

    BBC 4 Radio - In Our Time:

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    This group of influential left-wing German thinkers set out, in the wake of Germany’s defeat in the First World War, to investigate why their country had not had a Revolution - despite the apparently revolutionary conditions that spread through Germany in the wake of the 1918 Armistice.

    To find out why the German workers had not flocked to the Red Flag, Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Walter Benjamin and others came together around an Institute set up at Frankfurt University, and began to focus their critical attention not on the economy, but on culture, asking how it affected people's political outlook and activities.

    But then, with the rise of the Nazis, they found themselves fleeing to 1940s California. And their disenchantment with American popular culture combined with their experiences of the turmoil of the interwar years to produce their distinctive, pessimistic worldview. With the defeat of Nazism, they returned to Germany to try to make sense of the route their native country had taken into darkness.

    In the 1960s, the Frankfurt School's argument - that most of culture helps to keep its audience compliant with capitalism - had an explosive impact. Arguably, it remains influential today.
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    Post by Extant on Mon Apr 05, 2010 7:52 pm

    Guardian U.K.:
    700-year-old cave carvings with links to Knights Templar at risk as worms eat walls

    The mystery of the religious decorations that lie underneath the high street of a medieval market town may never be solved if insect infestation cannot be halted

    Mysterious carvings inside a hidden cavern linked to the Knights Templar are in danger of disappearing before their riddle is solved. Having survived more than 700 years, the religious decorations in the ancient cave at Royston, Hertfordshire, are under attack from an infestation of worms eating the chalk walls behind them.

    The beehive-shaped chamber was hewn out of a 180ft-thick seam of chalk and extends 30ft beneath the centre of the market town, underneath a betting shop. It was uncovered by chance during building work in 1742 and the depictions of biblical scenes and portraits of Christian martyrs inside it have puzzled historians ever since.

    "Some scholars believe many of the carvings depict characters revered by the Knights Templar – warrior monks who protected pilgrims on their journeys to the Holy Land in the 12th and 13th centuries," James Robinson, the custodian of the cave, told Cornerstone magazine this month.

    The shape of the cave is believed to be modelled on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and its strange carvings include depictions of Christian martyrs worshipped by the templars, such as St Katherine. The knights had a special reverence for this saint as it was on 25 November, St Katherine's Day, that they won a victory over the Saracen leader, Saladin, in 1177. Other engravings on the walls of the cavern show St Christopher and St George.

    Other images in the cave, such as the Sheela Na Gig fertility symbol, suggest that its origins may stretch further back to the days when Royston was a staging point on the the Icknield Way – a track that was ancient when the Romans arrived in Britain.

    The site is regarded as one of Britain's least-known medieval treasures, remaining obscure because it is one of the few British locations with a templar connection that does not appear in Dan Brown's thriller The Da Vinci Code.

    "It is hugely important that we find ways of halting the threat to this extraordinary ancient structure," said Philip Venning, secretary of the Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings. "Having survived for so long, it would be tragic if these fragile carvings were lost to future generations."

    The porous nature of the chalk walls makes them prone to damp and flooding, while old sewage leaks have leeched into the walls and softened the chalk. This provides nourishment for the worms which feed on decayed matter and then excrete the chalk. Over the past five years some of the detail has been destroyed, leaving a honeycomb appearance on parts of the wall.

    "People are astounded that such a fascinating and mysterious site can exist in such an ordinary setting as the high street of a small town," says Robinson. "Beneath the modern facade of Ladbrokes betting shop and the main road lies a unique document of this country's history."

    The only other example of a similar cave is at Sloup, in the Czech Republic.
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    Re: Historical figures and events

    Post by Lucid Memes on Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:20 pm

    Extant wrote:Mysterious carvings inside a hidden cavern linked to the Knights Templar are in danger of disappearing before their riddle is solved.

    Here are pictures of the carvings

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    They look like something out of a Guillermo del Toro movie


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    Re: Historical figures and events

    Post by Extant on Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:51 pm

    It's fascinating stuff. Anchored by the traditional mainstay of historical mesmerism, Ye Olde Knights Templar. What a Face
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    Post by Extant on Sun Apr 18, 2010 4:01 pm

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    Any guy who can say the following during meeting of internationalist geo-political analysts, scholars, and think-tank big wigs gets my vote:

    "Fuck."

    "Al Qaeda was the vaseline that allowed the Neo-Con penis to penetrate the Middle East."

    "Obama, the house negro..."

    Shocked

    I guess coz he's French, and his reputation, some leeway is given, and he's being deliberately provocative. I looked him up after seeing him appear in the Adam Curtis documentary The Power of Nightmares. Seems quite interesting, shall look into his work further.


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