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Divination: An Introduction

Divination is the technical term for what most people would call fortune telling, but the reality of what divination is, is a bit more complicated than that. Most realistic practitioners will admit that most forms of divination simply offer a guideline, and the reader is simply interpreting the probable outcome based upon the forces presently […]

Famadihana and the Black Plague in Madagascar

Although it may not be news to anyone anymore, Madagascar is still battling the worst outbreak of Bubonic plague in the last 50 years.  And yes, it is that Bubonic plague. The one that killed over 50 million people across Europe in the 14th century, not accounting for the unknown destruction it caused in Asia, […]

American Government Pays Protection to Muslim Pirates

It all starts with the Barbary corsairs (another word for what we would call a pirate or privateer)…  ————— Quick terminology lesson: Pirate: generally considered to not be affiliated with any nation, or displaying any strong national predilection, or distinction, between attacking one nation’s ships over another’s Privateer: generally “licensed” by a governing official to lay […]

Borderline personality disorder (BPD)

Borderline personality disorder (BPD), also known as emotionally unstable personality disorder, is a long-term pattern of abnormal behavior characterized by unstable relationships with other people, unstable sense of self, and unstable emotions. Many diagnosed with this disorder experience an extreme fear of abandonment and a feeling of emptiness, which can result in frequent dangerous behavior and self-harm. Symptoms (such as splitting) may be […]

Splitting (Psychology)

Splitting (or thinking in terms of “black and white”, as it is commonly called) is the failure in a person’s thinking to bring together the dichotomy of both positive and negative qualities of the self and others into a cohesive, realistic whole. An individual with this type of perspective tends to think in extremes (i.e., an individual’s actions […]

Perv Paradise: Ancient Rome V

Perverted Justice When we talk today about a ‘perversion of justice’, we mean it metaphorically. It’s a way of describing how outraged we are, how unfair the trial was. In Roman times, the phrase would have been scarily literal. According to historian Vicki Leon, both the Romans and Greeks were fans of ‘unusual’ punishment. Not […]

Budget Halloween pt 3

Shredded cheesecloth and plastic bones make for a scary entrance to the Haunted House.   Love Nightmare on Elm St? What better way to show it than by commemorating that classic ditty. Just grab a dirty/torn up sheet and some finger paint. Don’t worry about your handwriting, the more juvenile the creepier.   You know […]