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Alchemical Art of the Late Renaissance Period: The Ripley Scroll, 1570 (Beinecke Version)

March 26, 2019

The scroll is known as the Ripley Scroll, it was created around the year 1570, and the text is an English translation of the Visio Mystica, an alchemical text attributed to Arnold of Villanova.  There are online references to several different versions, from an original that is to date unknown, of this scroll — this version, with its particularly richly colored and detailed artwork, seems to be generally known as the Beinecke version, after the library that houses it. 

At the Opening Bell: Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, Possible Involvement by U.S. Citizens

Recap of an interesting day: Monday, March 20, 2017  Ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, gives opening statements outlining the current investigation of Russian actions aimed at influencing the outcome of the 2016 presidential election in Donald Trump’s favor. Beginning at 5:56, Schiff offers an overview of currently known actions by members… Read More ›

Delicious News & Russian Hybrid Warfare: Inoculating Ourselves Against Manipulation

An interview between Adrian Bonenberger and Volodymyr Horbulin, “one of Ukraine’s most accomplished elder statesmen,” with some interesting insights on hybrid warfare, a term describing the use of social media to spread propaganda aimed at destabilizing a country, with the ultimate goal of compromising the target country’s independence.  The propaganda, often in the form of tantalizing fake news, is… Read More ›

Please, Sir, May I Have Some More?

Our local newspaper, for a time, went to a profit model where readers were asked to answer a survey question before they were allowed to read beyond the first sentence or so of each news article on the paper’s website.  This is a screenshot of one of the survey questions I was served last September: OK, Let’s discuss!… Read More ›

Obama Administration Rushed to Preserve Intelligence of Russian Election Hacking

from the New York Times, March 2, 2017 “…American allies, including the British and the Dutch, had provided information describing meetings in European cities between Russian officials — and others close to Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin — and associates of President-elect Trump, according to three former American officials who requested anonymity in discussing classified… Read More ›

Anarchists, today vs. yesterday

On anarchists and anti-fascists at Occupy Wall Street and in the aftermath of the Trump inauguration, the protest riots against Milo Yiannopoulos’ speech at Berkeley…and more on the Richard Spencer on-camera sucker punch. This is particularly interesting to me because I’m in the middle of reading Piers Brendon’s history of the decade leading up to World War II, The Dark… Read More ›


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