HBO’s “Girls” Normalizes Ugliness, Sickness

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(l. Lena Dunham) 
 
Thanks to Cabalist Jewish (Satanic) control of mass media and education, western society resembles a satanic cult which controls and exploits 
its members by making them sick.Consequently what passes for “art” and “entertainment” sentimentalizes and normalizes degradation and dysfunction. 
The HBO series “Girls,” now entering its sixth and final season, is a prime example. 
 
While superbly written and acted, periodically you have to shut your eyes and hold your nose. In a recent rerun, the lead character repeatedly pulls her underwear out of her bum, lances a boil on her ass and pierces an eardrum. Another character performs anal cunnilingus on a woman who must apologize for not having bathed. 
 
Art should show you how to live; not how NOT to live. 
Art should inform, uplift and inspire NOT provide consolation and encouragement for failures and misfits. 
 
“In a healthy society, a train wreck like Lena Dunham would be a painful embarrassment. But in a satanically possessed society, she is the new normal.”
(Updated from Jan 13, 2013)
by Henry Makow Ph.D.

The Illuminati (Cabalist) Jews who run Hollywood have found another
weapon in their war on humanity. It is a “comedy”  that details the squalid sex lives of 20-something girls who are feminist roadkill, (i.e. victims of feminist ideology.)

“Girls,” which won “Best Comedy” at the Golden Globe Awards in 2013, is spreading worldwide like a virus. Its writer, producer and star, Lena Dunham, 30, who won “Best Actress,” has used her wit and chutzpah to market her dysfunctional life as emblematic of her generation.

While most people squirm at the many nauseous sex scenes and the general vacuity of these girls, many in the worldwide audience will miss the intended irony. They will accept Dunham as a role model.

Lena Dunham is rich ( worth $12 million) and famous. How bad could her lifestyle be?

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[At least, Howard Stern wasn’t buying it. He went on a rant about “Girls” last Monday: “It’s a little fat girl who kinda looks like Jonah Hill and she keeps taking her clothes off and it kind of feels like rape… I don’t want to see that. I learned that this little fat chick writes the show and directs the show and that makes sense to me because she’s such a camera hog that the other characters barely are on. Good for her,” Stern concluded. “It’s hard for little fat chicks to get anything going.”]

The Illuminati reward their Illuminati Jewish “change agents” with book contracts. This is where Obama made his millions. Dunham got a $3.7 million advance from Random House for a proposal for an advice book based on her personal history of psychotherapy, anorexia, child molestation (her younger sister), promiscuity and feminist indoctrination.

She can be compared with Betty Friedan (The Feminine Mystique), Helen Gurley Brown (Sex and the Single Girl),  Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues) and Darren Starr ( Sex in the City.) (Interesting that Obama’s mother’s Jewish father was also a Dunham.)

The Illuminati “Culture Division” use these people to normalize the perverse and ugly. It’s all part of humanity’s induction into their satanic cult — Jewish Cabalism– which reverses good and evil, making sick seem healthy.

FEMINISM

What do women really want? They want emotional and material security. They want love, commitment, marriage and children. But feminism has taught them to seek careers instead, (because marriage and family are “oppressive.”)

Young women today are dysfunctional because their minds are at war with their natural instincts.      

In the bad old days, men had to court and marry a woman to get sex. He had to love her. Now, thanks to feminism, women give their bodies first and hope someone eventually will love them afterward. Feminists call this “empowerment.”

Lena Dunham’s generation is a mess because women aren’t equipped to compete in the rat race and be wives and mothers too. Their instincts are telling them one thing, and society another. They have been deliberately sabotaged.

(It’s a question of priority. Someone has to make family number one. That doesn’t mean women shouldn’t have careers. And of course, not all women want families.)

In a healthy society, a train wreck like Lena Dunham would be a painful embarrassment. But in a satanically possessed society, she is the new normal.

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The series opened with Lena’s parents cutting her off financially. She demands an allowance of $1100 a month for 22 mos to finish her “novel.” She even has 6 pages to show them. They laugh in her face. She seeks solace in sex with her loser-boyfriend who is also supported by his family.
Her boyfriend treats her like dirt but she regards sex as a facsimile for love. She’ll have sex with anyone who will have her. In general, the “girls” and their male friends seem unable to communicate without using the coinage of copulation.   

Lena gets a STD from the loser and has a vaginal exam. Meanwhile her friend is having an abortion but miscarries while having sex with a pick up.

Lena has a job interview but sabotages her chances by making an offensive wisecrack. And on it goes, copious animal coupling with a catalog of relationship permutations, female neuroses and toilet accidents.

Now see how they make this seem chic. (Season Six Trailer)

We are supposed to love this spectacle for the quips. The girls talk like they are in an English Lit seminar but the dialogue is often quite good: “Bisexuals and Germans are the only people you are allowed to hate these days.” “You said I made you feel like a giant clit.” “My boyfriend is so respectful, he is beginning to feel like a weird uncle.”

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(Konner, Judd Apatow & Dunham, the Jewish trio responsible for “Girls”.)

A lot of the credit should go to Jennifer Konner, an experienced writer and story editor. I only wish she and Dunham could devote their talents to presenting a positive model. Instead of sentimentalizing the problem, I’d like to see them analyze and solve it. But then the show would be canceled.

In the 1950’s, TV presented functional families and positive role models.

Today, TV is a cesspool of obscenity and soft core porn; zombies, vampires and the occult; Armageddon, violence and gore, all designed to degrade humanity and normalize the sick and ugly.

– See more at: https://www.henrymakow.com/girls-illuminati-normalize.html#sthash.g7uze6jN.dpuf

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Vladimir Putin: Pedophilia Is Essentially Satanic

…by Jonas E. Alexis

Can you think of any Western politician who can entertain questions even from virulent opponents for four hours? Has any Western leader been able to do that in recent memory? How about George W. Bush? Obama? Perhaps Angela Merkel?

Well, Vladimir Putin has been able to do just that. In fact, he did exactly that at the end of last month. Throughout his speech and discussion, Putin again brought the moral issue back on the political table, which inexorably is at the root of nearly all the current political conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere. Putin certainly did not fail to deliver:

“Many Western states have taken the way where they deny or reject their own roots, including their Christian roots which form the basis of Western civilization. I

“n these countries, the moral basis and any traditional identity are being denied – national, religious, cultural and even gender identities are being denied or relativized.”[1]

The fact that he raised the gender identity issues, which he said “are being denied or relativized,” is a pointed rebuke to Satanism, which basically articulates the promiscuous idea that morality should not play any role in identifying gender and that pedophilia is simply a relic of the past.

This is also a pointed rebuke to leading Satanists like Sigmund Freud and Wilhelm Reich, who postulated that sexual liberation should be pursued at any cost. Reich meant it when he postulated in his Sexual Revolution:

“The first precondition for the improvement of human and sexual relationships is the absolute break with those moral views which base their commandments either on allegedly supernatural arrangements or on arbitrary law or simply tradition. The laws of morality should also be founded on the insights gained by progressive science.”[2]

Like the French encyclopedists, Reich deliberately fell into the trap that true science can really contradict morality, when in fact morality is essentially the cornerstone or the pillar upon which true scientific enterprise is based. He was not the only one to have deliberately fallen into that trap. Charles Darwin actually beat him to the punch.

Darwin excluded morality from his intellectual project, and, as expected, quickly ended up living in blatant contradiction. “Everything in nature,” says Darwin, “is the results of fixed laws.”[3] Darwin came to this conclusion because he began to embrace what biographers Adrian Desmond and James Moore call “a terrifying materialism,” according to which “the human mind, morality, and even belief in God were artifacts of the brain…”[4]

In that sense, Darwin believed that morality was created, not discovered, by evolution.[5] According to historian of biology Peter J. Bowler, Darwin

“was trying to turn morality into a branch of biology through the proposal that our instinctive behavior can only be understood as a product of natural processes that have adapted us to a particular way of life based on the family unit as a means of raising children.”[6]

If everything, including morality, is the artifact of the brain, if our behavior is “instinctive, programmed by evolution into the very structure of our brains,” and if “morality is merely the rationalization of these social instincts,”[7] then there is no moral responsibility. We simply cannot condemn immoral acts and immoral people like Benjamin Netanyahu and oligarchic empires like Goldman Sachs.

There is more, Darwin believed that “man’s mind had emerged from the worm’s in the first place. This was the crux.”[8]

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If morality is out of the equation, then what is left is basically strife, force, and might. In short, survival of the fittest. Darwin meant it when he said:

“There is reason to believe that vaccination has preserved thousands, who from a weak constitution would formerly have succumbed to small-pox. Thus the weak members of civilized societies propagate their kind. No one who has attended to the breeding of domestic animals will doubt that this must be highly injurious to the race of man.

“It is surprising how soon a want of care, or care wrongly directed, leads to the degeneration of a domestic race; but excepting in the case of man himself, hardly any one is so ignorant as to allow his worst animals to breed.”[9]

It is no accident that Darwinism and Capitalism have a kindred spirit.[10] As historian of biology Peter J. Bowler points out, Darwin

“projected the competitive ethos of capitalism onto nature and then bent all his observations to fit into the pattern imposed by his own mind. Darwin did not discover natural selection: he invented it and then sold it to a world that was only too willing to see its own values provided with a ‘natural’ justification.

“The scientists’ efforts to portray Darwin as a purely objective researcher are merely a device used to conceal the ideological foundations of science itself.”[11]

Darwin complicated things when he declared that he “would rather be descended from a heroic little monkey that sacrificed her life than from a savage ‘who delights to torture his enemies, offers up bloody sacrifices, practices infanticide without remorse, treats his wives like slaves, knows no decency, and his haunted by the grossest superstitions.’”[12]

So, which is it, Darwin?

Philosophically and ideologically, Darwin wants to be cruel to the “imbeciles.” In fact, he said quite explicitly that the “imbeciles” ought to be eliminated. Yet practically the same Darwin was complaining that the “savages” shouldn’t delight in torturing each other. Darwin did not even accept the idea that morality could be “objective and universal”![13] In fact, he believed that “The natural world has no moral validity or purpose.”[14]

To this very day, Darwin’s intellectual children like Bradley A. Thayer still haven’t solved the internal contradiction that exists in their own weltanschauung which they desperately want to be true.

When all is said and done, Darwin preferred to live in contradiction rather than allowing moral duty to guide his thinking. He posited the claim that the “imbeciles” do not deserve to live, but he repudiated people who put that idea to practice.

Objective morality does not exist and even infanticide has a Darwinian mechanism,[15] but it is bad for savages to commit infanticide and to practice human sacrifices. What’s more interesting is that Darwin thought that it was wise to impose that “objective” law upon the savages!…

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http://www.veteranstoday.com/2017/01/07/vladimir-putin-pedophilia-is-essentially-satanic/

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Satan Has No Interest in Molesting Your Kids

(Photo: Salem Art Gallery)

The Satanic panic of the 1980s bedeviled our conceptions about childcare and family. Today, The Satanic Temple lobbies for children’s rights.

By Malcolm Harris

As we head into the end of October, parents should be prepared. Everyone knows that Halloween is peak season for occult behavior. Local Satanists will be combing America for unattended children to abuse in their rituals. Without the suffering of innocent babies, their whole devil-worshipping infrastructure falls apart. Good moms and dads must maintain vigilance lest their kids be snatched.

In 2016, this kind of Satanic panic rhetoric sounds totally absurd. Few Americans would jump to believe that devilish cults are operating in a typical suburb, kidnapping and abusing children. Despite what Alex Jones may be hearing, devilish conspiracies no longer hold the powerful cultural allure they once did. But it wasn’t so long ago that many Americans were eager to believe the most outlandish tales of ritual abuse. Some of our contemporary ideas about kids (and Satanists) are still based in morbid fantasy.

Up until the 1800s, standard colonial American cultural mores held that children were basically evil. Adults thought of kids more or less as minions: skittering little beings oriented toward pure mischief. Parents knew to subject sons and daughters to strict discipline and put them to work early so they’d develop into upstanding adults. But as the middle class emerged and families shrank during the Victorian Era, “new ideologies described children as unformed clay to be shaped by love,” writes sociologist Claude Fischer about this turn, “rather than as sinful creatures to be tamed by discipline.” Kids went from being demons to needing to be protected from them.

Ritual abuse was a specific nightmare, dreamed up by a society that considers childcare a maternal rather than a social responsibility.

Put simply, this was a shift from a Puritan to a Victorian culture, though in the years since we’ve often been both at the same time. That’s what allowed tough-on-crime politicians to push for juveniles to be tried as adults in order to “protect the children,” for example. Satan ends up playing more of a role in this process than you might expect. Incorrigible young adults are “demonized” — their right to make childish mistakes can be taken away if they’re more devil than kid. Conservative groups have blamed Satanically influenced media for corrupting young people in general and school shooters in particular. Even Harry Potter has been accused of devilry.

Victorian-style devil outrage reached a fever pitch in the family-values 1980s. In his 2015 book We Believe the Children: A Moral Panic in the 1980s, author Richard Beck tells the story of a series of allegations of ritualized Satanic child abuse in daycare centers around the country. Through painstaking elicitation, police, prosecutors, and investigators managed to get children to testify to all sorts of unthinkable violations. Not just sexual assault: There were allegations of gamified animal torture and vast networks of child porn production and distribution. And, of course, the devil.

I asked Beck if in all his exhaustive research he had been able to track down a single instance of verified Satanic ritual child abuse. “No,” says. “My editor and I joked that the book would sell better if I could find an actual case, but as far as I could find it never happened.” Since they didn’t occur in reality, the infernal elements had to be products of adult interpretation and suggestion. Yet whole municipalities managed to convince themselves that there were hidden networks of devil worship and child abuse in their own backyards. How did they accomplish such a feat?

Beck traces the collective hysteria to changes in the social structure. Working mothers challenged religious conservative notions of family structure. Daycare centers were the institutional embodiment of the threat to parents; they’re the ones watching your kids when it should be you. From there, it’s a short jump to the devil. “Mothers were under tremendous cultural pressure,” Beck says. “What’s the worst thing that could happen to your children while they’re not in your care? Being sexually abused by a cult of Satanists.” Ritual abuse was a specific nightmare, dreamed up by a society that considers childcare a maternal rather than a social responsibility…

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https://psmag.com/satan-has-no-interest-in-molesting-your-kids-97adc0fc26d8#.67g4ndpjj

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Joseph Brodsky on the Greatest Antidote to Evil

Bearskin by Maurice Sendak, from a special edition of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales

“What we regard as Evil is capable of a fairly ubiquitous presence if only because it tends to appear in the guise of good.”

“One has to assume that every man is a thinking reed and a noble nature, even if only part-time,” Mary McCarthy wrote to Hannah Arendt in their poignant correspondence about good, evil, and human nature. Looking back on ten years of Brain Pickings and the ten most important things I learned in this decade of reading, writing, and living, I not only agree with McCarthy wholeheartedly, but would raise her and insist that we must assume a basic human goodness in everyone, as an existential imperative. And yet evil undeniably exists. So how do we reconcile these parallel truths and continue to live with radiance not only undimmed by the existence of darkness but defiantly intent on increasing the world’s store of light?

That’s what the Nobel-winning Russian poet and essayist Joseph Brodsky (May 24, 1940–January 28, 1996) explored when he faced the Williams College graduating class of 1984. A century after his compatriot Dostoyevsky made his case for why there are no people — a century that had seen two world wars and Russia’s descent into a communist dictatorship — Brodsky considers evil and its most powerful antidote. The speech, eventually included in the 1987 Brodsky anthology Less Than One: Selected Essays (public library), has only swelled in timeliness in the decades since, as we watch evil attempt to grab power and we strain every nasty nerve to counter it.

Brodsky addresses the next generation:

No matter how daring or cautious you may choose to be, in the course of your life you are bound to come into direct physical contact with what’s known as Evil. I mean here not a property of the gothic novel but, to say the least, a palpable social reality that you in no way can control. No amount of good nature or cunning calculations will prevent this encounter. In fact, the more calculating, the more cautious you are, the greater is the likelihood of this rendezvous, the harder its impact. Such is the structure of life that what we regard as Evil is capable of a fairly ubiquitous presence if only because it tends to appear in the guise of good. You never see it crossing your threshold announcing itself: “Hi, I’m Evil!” That, of course, indicates its secondary nature, but the comfort one may derive from this observation gets dulled by its frequency.

In a sentiment informed in large part by his longing for a counterpoint to the dictatorial communist groupthink that had consumed his homeland, as it had mine, Brodsky adds:

The surest defense against Evil is extreme individualism, originality of thinking, whimsicality, even — if you will — eccentricity. That is, something that can’t be feigned, faked, imitated; something even a seasoned impostor couldn’t be happy with. Something, in other words, that can’t be shared, like your own skin — not even by a minority.

Brodsky believes the most robust mode of resistance to evil is what he irreverently refers to as “the famous business of turning the other cheek” — those verses from the Sermon on the Mount, which influenced the three titans of nonviolence: Leo Tolstoy and Mahatma Gandhi, who discussed these principles in their fantastic forgotten correspondence about violence and human nature, and Martin Luther King, Jr., who built upon them his ethic of love and nonviolent resistance. In a passage of acute timeliness today, Brodsky considers why these timeless tenets of unrelenting goodwill have fallen out of favor in the modern world:

The fact that the world today is what it is suggests, to say the least, that this concept is far from being cherished universally. The reasons for its unpopularity are twofold. First, what is required for this concept to be put into effect is a margin of democracy. This is precisely what 86 percent of the globe lacks. Second, the common sense that tells a victim that his only gain in turning the other cheek and not responding in kind yields, at best, a moral victory, i.e., quite immaterial. The natural reluctance to expose yet another part of your body to a blow is justified by a suspicion that this sort of conduct only agitates and enhances Evil; that moral victory can be mistaken by the adversary for his impunity.

In a sentiment that calls to mind philosopher Martha Nussbaum’s incisive ideas onagency and victimhood, and one which Brodsky would expand upon four years later in what remains the greatest commencement address of all time, he adds:

The moral victory itself may not be so moral after all, not only because suffering often has a narcissistic aspect to it, but also because it renders the victim superior, that is, better than his enemy. Yet no matter how evil your enemy is, the crucial thing is that he is human; and although incapable of loving another like ourselves, we nonetheless know that evil takes root when one man starts to think that he is better than another.

(Or, as the case has been in the overwhelming majority of human history, when one man starts to think that he is better than one woman — or, even more alarmingly, than the whole of womankind.)…

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https://www.brainpickings.org/

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Satanism Rules the West

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Ugly is beautiful. “It’s all good,” according to Satanic Doctrine

Society doesn’t realize that it is controlled by  Freemasonry, a Jewish cult based on CabalismFasten your seat belts folks, because they believe  they can overrule nature and common sense and redefine reality.  Here are more developments  that strike me as occult in nature. 

by Henry Makow Ph.D. 

Western society has become a satanic cult. Increasingly, our popular culture is the culture of a satanic cult, promoting satanic indoctrination.

People generally are unsure about how to behave. Many look to TV, movies and music videos for guidance. These have become increasingly pornographic because sexual depravity is the hallmark of Satanism. People have been taught to demand prurient satisfaction.

I channel-surfed for two hours during prime time Friday night (i.e. 8-10 pm) and encountered three graphic sexual portrayals — two intercourse and one fellatio– that would have been unacceptable as recently as ten years ago. Hardcore porn is available on google images and YouTube.

Up until roughly one hundred years, Christianity was the dominant zeitgeist. This was an ethos that saw mankind as a family devoted to the welfare and fulfillment of all of its members based on the belief that our soul is Divine.

In order to destroy this ethos, Satanists started World War One and ensured that the gratuitous devastation would thoroughly demoralize humanity. I wouldn’t be surprised if the sinking of theTitanic had a similar purpose.  As Ben Hecht wrote, Western Civilization had its legs cut out from underneath it by World War One.

Because of Satanist control of education and mass media, few people have noticed that this pernicious zeitgeist has been directing “social change” ever since. The Satanist Zeitgeist is the same as Communism, “a system which makes one a tool in its hand–virtually a slave.” (George Solomon, Among the Red Autocrats, 1935, p.5)

The Satanists have been able to disguise this agenda as rational and natural “social progress”. However, the aim has been to destroy everything wholesome and positive in society based on its Christian heritage. This is because, unknown to most Jews and Freemasons, Cabalist Judaism is a satanic cult whose aim is to enslave and exploit  mankind. Unless there is a drastic change-of-course, we are headed for a Third World War.

An Orwellian world-slave-state with a greatly reduced population will emerge from its radioactive ashes.

ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE 

In January 2015, I posted an article listing Ten Signs Western Society is a Satanic Cult.   The trends identified have only grown. Here I proffer more anecdotal evidence of how the satanist zeitgeist permeates society.  Remember this zeitgeist is all about wrestling humanity from God’s purpose and reducing it to the level of squalor. This requires that all values are inverted: evil is good, ugly is beauty, weak is strong, truth is false, unnatural is natural, sick is healthy, hate is love, insane is sane, etc.. 

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1. Sick is healthy.  M/F gender is universal throughout nature and fundamental to the survival of every species. Throughout history, cultures have cultivated these gender differences for the benefit of all. In their attempt to enslave society, the Cabalists have waged a war on gender that includes the mainstreaming of feminism and homosexuality. Now that gay marriage is acceptable, they are trying to erase the concept of innate gender altogether by saying you are whatever you identify with, regardless of biology. This attack extends to bathroom privacy. New laws will make it a “human right” to be genderless and punish those who refuse to acknowledge this status. The Cabalists are responsible for 100 million deaths in the last century.  Do you really think they care about the “rights” of a handful of disturbed people? This is a psychological attack on society.  A satanic cult controls and exploits people by making them sick.

The vast majority apparently have no “rights.”

2. Ugly is beautiful.   According to Dr. Radio, overweight patients are now accusing  doctors of “fat-shaming” if the MD’s recommend their patients lose some weight. Cabala is all about empowering dysfunction and sickness.

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3. Weak is Strong –  A church in my city has erected an impressive “memorial garden” on its front step for a longtime panhandler who passed away. “Ye who have no money shall come and eat” (Isaiah 55) it says on the monument. Can you imagine if they erected such a monument to someone who actually did God’s work?? But that’s not what churches do anymore. Religion is nothing more than a sanctimonious appearance of concern for the unfortunate. The Communist Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) here in Canada is non-stop sickness, minorities and the downtrodden. They never show the strong, happy and healthy. There are never any positive examples.

4. False is True – Never in my lifetime has there been a presidential candidate more obviously sinister than Hillary Clinton. With the help of the msm, she has normalized deceit and corruption. She is rumoured to be a pedophile and a satanic high priestess. Yet the Cabalist establishment is determined to elect her, and millions of Americans are signalling their loyalty to the cult by voting for her.

5. War is Peace- The chicanery and cynicism in Western foreign policy also seems unprecedented. The devastation continues in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine. They have convinced us that war is normal. War is the expansion of the central banker plantation. Russia appears to be resisting this expansion but this could simply be a pretext for the next big one.

CONCLUSION

Communism is Satanism is Cabalist Judaism. Society is assuming the features of this satanic cult. In addition to the above, we see the

social regimentation implied by “political correctness” which is nothing but satanic conformity. In a cult, people who deviate are subject to slander, smear, physical intimidation and loss of livelihood. This is happening now.

What has happened to respect for the individual and love of freedom? We have reached the point where distinguishing between good and evil is considered “hate.”

http://henrymakow.com/2016/10/satanism-triumphant.html

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Leading US exorcists explain huge increase in demand for the Rite – and priests to carry them out

In the US, over the past 10 years, the number of official priest exorcists has more than quadrupled from 12 to 50.

But for two of America’s most active exorcists – Father Gary Thomas, whose training in Rome was chronicled in Matt Baglio’s book The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, and Father Vincent Lampert, whose work was depicted on Paranormal Witness – it is an ongoing struggle to keep up with the demand.

In lengthy interviews with The Telegraph, the two exorcists discuss how the increase in drug and pornography addiction, failure of the mental healthcare system and a rise in popularity of “pagan activities”, such as using a Ouija board to summon the dead, are among the factors contributing to the huge increase in demand for the Rite.

Warning that “evil is a reality”, the priests debunk several of the myths around exorcisms, discussing how they decide who is eligible for an exorcism, how the procedure is carried out and some of their most notable cases.

Renewed interest in exorcism

The Rite of Exorcism is a Roman Catholic healing ministry traditionally shrouded in secrecy. Whether a diocese even has an official exorcist is the sole decision of its bishop.

In the past, exorcists’ names were kept secret to protect priests from frivolous requests; today contact details can be found on the internet. But there is still no central database for the number of exorcisms performed.

For years after the Roman Catholic Church’s Second Vatican Council or Vatican II (1962-65), which resulted in new Church practices deemed compatible with the contemporary world, it was taboo for priests to speak of Satan as if he really existed.

Then, in 2004, Pope John Paul II sounded the alarm that occult and New Age activity was raging out of control in Europe, providing gateways for evil that could result in demonic attachment and possession.

Pope Francis, the Church’s current head, appears to have no problem reminding Catholics that “Satan is real”. The Pope publicly advocating that the devil is living among us has increased the belief for some that exorcism might be the cure for their suffering and has been referred to as “the Pope Francis effect”.

In the US, over the last decade, television shows depicting reported paranormal events and possession as well as books and films about exorcism and the supernatural have proliferated in the cultural mainstream.

The American exorcists

Fathers Thomas and Lampert, both exorcist priests for the past 10 years and believers in the existence of Satan, pinpoint several trends in American culture that they believe are giving rise to the increased requests for the Rite.

Those include an expanding spiritual void in the lives of Americans, the diminishing authority of the Church, and the failure of the mental healthcare system.

Among the overwhelming number of requests for spiritual intervention that each of them receive regularly, some are actual manifestations of demonic attachment, infestation, vexation or full possession.

According to Fr Lampert of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, it is not the Church that is demanding more exorcisms but people.

“We’re gaining all sorts of knowledge,” he says, “but there’s still that emptiness within us that is being filled with addictive behaviour such as drugs and pornography…

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/26/leading-us-exorcists-explain-huge-increase-in-demand-for-the-rit/

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The Devil’s Hand by Barry William Hale

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Preoccupations of pen, ornaments of boredom, and the doodle are a creative expression born of the unconscious mind. The doodle is an unfocused drawing made while a person’s attention is otherwise occupied they can be concrete representations or abstract, daydream drawings. Etymologically this word is derived from wasting time or being lazy. An escapist occupation. Hence I have adopted the term the idle hand as a pun on the saying that the idle mind is the playground of the devil.

Kenneth Clark & A.E. Popham says that doodles were like the random flotsam of the unconscious mind that rises and float on the surface. Treated as if it was a natural and spontaneous phenomenon, was in many respects an invention, a concept at a certain point became extremely popular. With the rise in the popularity of Graphology in the early part of the 20th C which combined with virgining psychoanalytic ideas about free association and unconscious thought.

The term Graphology is drawn from the conjunction of the ‘Graph’ the Greek word for writing, and ‘logos’ speech. Therefore, could be interpreted as the speech drawn from writing and in the case of graphology it’s meaning is derived from the vocabulary of the pen.

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Graphology is a pseudoscientific study and analysis of handwriting, especially in relation to psychology. It is reputed to have diagnostic abilities to determine the character of a person and applied to the field of medic for example tracking disease especially of the brain and nervous system. Graphologists evaluate the pattern form, movement, rhythm, and consistency of the graphic strike in terms of psychological interpretations. Positing the ‘ideomotor effect’ Graphologist believed that writing was mostly out of the control of the subject and that the movements involved in writing are organized by the central nervous system.

Like handwriting the doodle was seen to have peculiarities unique to the hand from which they came, was cast into a particular context of psychological interpretation. Doodles combined with the influence of Graphology and a generalized version of Freudian psychoanalysis provided and interpretative framework. Creating the capacity for the doodle to reveal something of the individual that otherwise might be hidden.

At the same time in which an interest in doodles was increasing in popularity, this was reflected in the field of modern art; with the likes of Kandinski, Klee and Miro, and among the Avant-guard especially within the artistic movements of Da Da and Surrealism. The centrality of Automatism within the Surrealist movement is well documented, Breton’s application of the techniques of Automatism within an Artistic context and the replacement of spiritual agency with Freudian model of the unconscious and furthermore viewed their artistic method as a true expression of the unconscious and outside of conscious control…..

Italo Calvino asked that they be considered imaginative musings as points of knowledge and the subconscious instrument of knowledge. The doodle was conceived as a creative expression of the unconscious mind and enabling it to be rendered itself in a symbolic expression. A form of communicating with images rather than words. The doodle may therefore be conceived as the beginning of something both tangible and ambiguous. Although doodling began as a reaction against the rules of writing, it also colludes with it. An idle preoccupation that occupies the margins and spaces of the written page becomes an ornament of boredom. An expression of hidden dispositions of a private and secret nature. The doodle allows the hand to work rather than the mind, bypassing the conscious becoming the self-indulgent hand of the escapist. Paradoxically the daydream drawing has been shown to aid concentration on something other than itself.

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The doodle like automatism in all of its varieties are almost all accompanied with altered or disassociated states. Mason reports a mediumistic state and a compulsion in the execution of his automatic drawing; the same can be said of the doodles, being dictated or the result of some obscure compulsion. The doodle seems to unfold autonomously independent of their creators will.

Prinzhon says of the doodle is at its rudimentary form of the ‘configurative urge’ .

The modern phenomenon of the doodle has much earlier antecedents with the drolleries found inhabiting the margins of the illuminated medieval manuscripts . These decorative thumbnail images primarily consisting of a menagerie of fantastical creatures, hybrid mixtures of different animals, animal and human beings, animals, plants and/or inorganic things. Often these ornaments of the page bore a thematic connection with the subject of the text of the page. Although some are effectively doodles added later. Drolleries are often called grotesques. The word ‘grotesque’ comes from the Latin root ‘grotto’ meaning a small cave. A strong influence upon these fantastical drolleries was the discovery of the caves of Domus Aurea in 15thC. These cave were richly adorned with strange creatures, unusual compositions and an unfamiliar form of Roman decorative arts. An unfinished palace complex full of frescos and wall decoration, and floor mosaic fascinated the public of the time. Vitruvius in 300 BCE dismissed the artistic content of these caves as meaningless and illogical. The discovery of these chambers inspired a proliferation of ornamentation with a strong emphasis on the Grotesque. Typified by chimeric monstrosities, decorative patterns using curving foliage and other elements…

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