Thursday, November 15, 2018

Twilight of the Immortals




First of all, apologies for the recent bloglect. Been very occupied with meatspace concerns, and to be honest, getting away from constant exposure to the Borgsong has been good for the mind, body, soul, and spirit. I recommend it.



One of the big recent stories was Stan Lee passing away at the enviable age of 95. I can't properly size up the effect Stan had on my own life and certainly not the influence he had on the culture at large. He, more than anyone, is responsible for the development of the superhero as icon and the rise of fan culture today.

Stan's genius was to make all the lonely, marginalized outcast kids out there in the pre-Internet, pre-con culture days feel like they were part of an Invisible College of a sort, or a secret society. His creative contributions to the medium and the superhero genre are constantly being whittled away at by revisionists but to do so is to be oblivious to the need to package, edit and go out and sell the ideas that creative types-- generally introverts, if not actual misanthropes-- conjure up.

Sure, the bulk of the actual creative work in developing the Marvel Universe was done by Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and to an extent not generally appreciated by fans, Roy Thomas. But Kirby and Ditko were outcasts themselves and ground out pages for Stan because no other major shop would hire them. (Stan was a big-hearted guy who got into a heap of trouble for buying pages from creators he'd never actually publish and doing so because he didn't want to see talent starve).

The alchemical elixir of those early Marvel years obviously continues to resonate today. But despite what some wags want to think, Stan most definitely was the linchpin. Kirby and Ditko could create entire universes without breaking a sweat, but neither could write recognizably human dialogue and neither seemed able to differentiate a good idea from a mediocre one. Their post-Marvel careers in the 70s pretty much attest to this.
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Stan was kind enough to blurb Our Gods Wear Spandex and I think that made all the difference in selling that book to the normies. But I only had actual contact with him once. It was at San Diego, 2003 or 2004, and Stan was zipping around the lobby like the bundle of kinetic energy he was. I saw him and said, "All right, Stan!" and he beamed. Then as he walked past I yelled out "Hey Stan, Excelsior!" He turned around and his face lit up like a streetlight and he hollered, "EXCELSIOR!" and waved his fist in the air.
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I was like, holy shit, Stan really is like you think he is.

Stan spent a lot of time in the past two or three decades being screwed and manipulated by thieves and sharks. It's really heartbreaking. There was also some intimations of elder abuse in his final days. It really speaks to a realization from my youth working as a janitor in nursing homes that this world is illusory and corrupt and that even the giants face terrible endings to their life stories.
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Good onsite training for a budding Gnostic.


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There was a LOT of this insane, hateful ranting on Twitter following Stan's death. This is yet more proof that a demonic spirit stalks the planet and is increasingly dominant within the Borgsong. This is cultural and civilization cancer, my friends, if not in fact slow-motion civilizational suicide. And it's just the tip of an enormous iceberg.

We're talking about a sub-generation of pampered sociopaths lacking in even the most basic social skills or decorum and utterly lacking in human empathy. And I have no doubt at all that most, if not all, of them are incapable of performing any kind of productive work at all and may in fact never be despite the historically-unprecedented advantages they enjoy.

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These are people who literally destroy everything they touch and I'm highly skeptical that free and open societies will be able to survive them.

Food for thought, brothers and sisters.
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Another giant left this Vale of Tears and that's Roy Clark. Clark was one of these artistic Renaissance men this country no longer seems capable of producing anymore. He was a singer, actor, comedian and talkshow host, but most of all he was a guitar god of the very highest order.

Clark could play anything-- country, bluegrass, jazz, classical, flamenco-- and make it look like the easiest thing in the world.

Clark was of that generation that picked and fretted every note they played, and did so on strings the size of piano wires. He didn't need hammer-ons, pull-offs or fancy effects to hurl a blizzard of notes at you. And you can be damn sure that melody was always king.
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Human hands are amazing things, especially when tethered to properly-functioning brains. I remember I made Timothy Leary very angry at me when I pointed out that there was a danger that people--especially young people-- would become unable to perform the simplest of tasks in the real world if they spent too much time in the virtual one. And lo and behold, that sad prophecy has now come to pass. 

Complex social systems are highly interdependent structures, often with built-in redundancies. But like machines or the human body itself you can only remove or destroy so many component parts before the entire edifice begins to break down.

Sorry to be such a buzzkill, but I'm just calling it like I see it.

Currently collecting headlines for PseudoScience Saturday. Don't touch that dial...

ENDNOTES: Here's an excerpt from a post from 2012:
Jack's problems with Marvel really had to do with owner Martin Goodman but he also came to resent the attention the furiously charismatic Stan was getting in the media. Kirby did put finally his foot down and insisted that Stan not be given sole writer credit (the credits would eventually read "By Stan Lee and Jack Kirby" on the work they did together) but Jack also resented his grim Gnostic philosophy being papered over in the dialogue stages by Stan's sunny Humanism. 
But that's what kept the kids coming back for more: Stan was not only a great editor (Kirby was the most prodigious idea machine in the history of pop culture, but was incapable of distinguishing a good idea from a great one) and a great wordsmith (it was Stan's writing that first made me fall in love with the power of language) but was able to create an imaginary clubhouse-- a Marvel Universe-- in which lonely, isolated kids could commune every month with Smilin' Stan and Jolly Jack and the rest of the Bullpen. Kirby went out of his way to nurture relationships with fans in person, but had no idea to do what Stan did on paper. 
Just how much Stan did for Jack was made clear when Kirby went back to DC in 1971. Kirby was not up to the task of editing himself and most of the books he created there failed. With the added pressures having to edit and dialog his own books, Jack's art lost a lot of the detail, dimension and power it had in the 60s, a situation not helped by cut-rate inkers who had none of the skill or finesse fans took for granted at Marvel. Jack's prestige and reputation in the fan press suffered badly. No longer "King Kirby" like in the glory days of the Marvel Bullpen-- fans now called him "Jack the Hack." 
Stan would come to Jack's rescue again. With relations badly strained at DC, Stan lured Jack back over to Marvel. But this time, he did so over the objections of many of his editors. Kirby was seen as a has-been, and Stan's offer to let Jack write his own books was seen as a big mistake. And in truth, Jack's sales weren't much better at Marvel than they were at DC. Towards the end of his 70s, the strain was definitely showing- Jack's writing and drawing were the worst of his career. Stan came to Jack's rescue a third time and got him out of comics and landed him a much better gig with the animation department, allowing Jack to start a new career that gave his life a very happy final act. 
And let me just say this, based on my own experience: creating something is the easy part. Packaging it and getting out there and selling it to a disinterested public is a whole other level entirely. Never for a moment discount how much Stan Lee brought to the table and how hard he worked to make the Marvel Age a reality.

121 comments:

  1. Bloglect, now there's a new word of the day for me.
    Great post Chris and now it's off to the kitchen for me to check on my boiling eggs in one saucepan and slow boiling frog in the other;-)

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  2. Speaking of generations, have you ever read The Fourth Turning, Chris? If so, what's your take?

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  3. Here's hoping Galactus isn't far behind.

    https://imgur.com/kA8FOUB

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  4. Hi Chris: Very nice summation of ties between Lee, Kirby and Ditko. It was a 3 way mutualistic interaction; synergistic at its best times with landmark stuff that no one of them could have done alone. I enjoyed Lee's words a ton; but without the eye candy from the artists I would not have bought and read the comics.

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  5. Totally agree with you that the hard part is selling to a busy disinterested world. And Roy Clarke was a guitar God and lovable too. I miss that kind of person. Thank you for this place of contemplation. I hope your salve is bringing you comfort my friend.

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    1. it was really appropriate that it was another Original Charachter (O.C.) - Johnny Cash; to introduce Clarke. Clarke does incredible flamenco. With much of his 'trick' picking you would need three mortal guitarists to play his parts.

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  6. People don't know how to do the basics? Tell me about it. A couple of days ago I was given to fix a piece of equipment, and some sub-human creature, for reasons that can only make sense to an underdeveloped brain, had hacked with some stone axe or similar instrument all the cables that came out of it. Including an astoundingly expensive instrumentation cable, of the sort that makes expensive microphone cables look as basic as the standard mains cable that comes out of any lamp. This cable, by the way, could have been simply removed by pulling from the connector, but presumably the sub-human creature didn't recognize the connector and didn't think of pulling it. The purpose of this cable, to put it in terms everybody here should be able to understand, is the transmission of whispers from the most ethereal of angels to unicorns to virgins especially trained since birth, and it's in the belly of some secret vault in Switzerland.

    People think that the Swiss just do banks, and that their banks hang in there by pulling themselves up from their own bootlaces. The reality is, those banks are stuck there because banks stick to power. And the power is in the cuckoo-clocks, modern version, that is, precision instrumentation. You know why nobody would dream of invading Switzerland? It isn't the Swiss army knives. It isn't the banks. It isn't the Templars. It certainly isn't that they call themselves neutral (that didn't help Belgium, did it?). It's that you invade Switzerland, you might as well put a bullet through your head and get to the same place quicker. Nobody can do anything without instruments.

    But hey, if you can't boil an egg and you are helpless without a smartphone and you think a smartphone is, for all intents and purposes, a magic mirror, then you can't possibly begin to comprehend the power of Switzerland.

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    1. The reason no one would dream of invading Switzerland is because Alps.

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    2. The Dark Cabal's Banking Front Operation for the "One World Government" is based in Switzerland.

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    3. The Dark Cabal being the Swiss made, straight-to-video sequel to The Dark Crystal.

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  7. I remember seeing a picture of myself as a wee wane in a spiderman costume. I can't remember wearing it. Perhaps it's some sort of Blade Runner dealio or was something that happened before the demonic possession set in, haha. What I do remember is the TV sketch of Kenny Everett dressed as spidey, desperately in need of a pee. At the time, to me, that was as good as comedy got. Be my Spiderwoman, I'll be your Spiderman, or vice versa, I suppose.

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    side effect , people could take a signal. Will likely be
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    1. Take the signal: CLK *always* hits nail upon the top! Why you think so many people get back more?

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    2. I try not to get irked by AIs writing about people who think about worries they plainly don't know about.
      Though Chris helps me define out the whole thing without having
      side effect. We should all
      take the signal!

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    3. The nail is hit upon the top here unquestionably, the whole thing indeed. The signal is the side effect! Do return. To be aware of the simplest thing is a beautiful favorite reason.

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    4. At first, I thought I was having a stroke while reading that.

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  9. Our society has cancer, but it was done intentionally.

    This is a condensed version of a shockingly accurate talk given by Yuri Bezmenov in 1983, explaining how cultural subversion works.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rB8dxgFI0vg

    Well worth 10 min of your time.

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    1. So you think that you understand black propaganda? I don't think that you do. You could be a dupe, a noob, for all I know. People always listen to the messages they want to hear and forget to be critical or thorough when it counts. A lie can travel around the world many times before the truth can get it's boots on.

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    2. (not OP) Please enlighten us.
      I think what Bezmenov said sounds familiar. I saw the full interview with him. He explains how propaganda can influence a whole generation so deeply that they will spread this propaganda themselves to future generations. Not so far-fetched. This is what we see happening every day, isn't it? Everyone repeating the same lies. -Jake

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  10. Hey Chris, Sorry I admit I have not been able to read your blog regularly since March since I was busy with my dissertation. However, I am catching up. Pearls are a constant subject matter here at the secret sun as well as the role of Dubai in the middle east.

    Dubai has significant power and aspirations however on the ground it is nothing compared to Qatar. The most important and powerful state in the MENA region is the tiny peninsula of Qatar!!. This tiny nation practically shoved freedom of speech and opinion down Arab leaders throats with the establishment of the biggest headache for every Arab nationalist socialist and petro-monarch leaders in the region. The Aljazeera Network.

    This tiny nation has also supported every single opposition force in the region from the Murray Bookchin inspired ecological democrats such as the Kurds to Hamas to the Israelis to the Taliban as well as Shia militants such as Hizbollah and nationalist secularists and socialists in the region. The Muslim Brotherhood which has significant power and networks from the Palestinian Authorities to Algeria all the way to Indonesia and of course the USA. Qatar also deals with opponents of the west such as the Taliban and Hamas and has strong ties with Iran as it shares the worlds biggest gas field in the world with Iran. Qatar also plays a prominent role in Western commerce (Owning more of London then the Queen and plays a huge role in supplying the UK with LNG buying a shitload of weapons and supporting domestic politics such as the democratic party and having strong links with Obama's former posse and Hilary Clinton aids and backers such as Huma Abedin.

    Qatar was the main base for the revolutionaries of the Arab spring, pouring billions I mean literally shiploads of money in attempting to dispose of nearly every Arab leader in the region. Qatar even succeeds when it losses, it has failed in disposing of Assad yet due to its wealth influence networks, nonetheless has significant sway in Syria. Qatar is the epitome of Machiavellian politics in the region it supported Gadaffi only to have the Qatari flag fly over his deposed Jumhūrīyah.

    Qatar is also practically at war with the Techno-Cyber Punk state of Dubai and soon to be Sofia inspired and ruled NEOM state of Mohammed Bonesaw Salman, with only Rex Tillerson saving the tiny peninsula from full-scale invasion. Qatar hosts the biggest US base in the MENA region the Al Udeid base which has over 100 aircraft and 11K soldiers.

    Darth Vader himself has said that what is going on in Qatar is just as most important of a Geo-Political event as Nuclear Armageddon with North Korea. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/steve-bannon-qatar-is-just-as-important-as-north-korea


    So why am I mentioning Qatar.... Let this link whet your appetite.
    http://www.visit-qatar.com/pearl-qatar.html
    Qatar's main industry prior to finding the world’s biggest Gas field was PEARL DIVING.

    Qataris prior to owning the Grosvenor and Harrods were a poor bunch of PEARLY DEW DROP DIVERS.
    http://qia-qatar.com/pearl-diving-in-qatar/


    Chris you have to look at the seasonal and esoteric practices of Pearl diving in Qatar. I mean holy shit it mirrors so much of what you have been saying and as someone from the MENA region. Qatar is the biggest most powerful country in the planet, its influence networks and ability to create and control the narrative is unrivalled the fact that this nation is at war with the Cyber punk state of Dubai and soon to be Cyber Punk Sofia controlled state of Saudi Barbaria it deserves a serious study.
    Here is something the Emir apart from owning major parts of London, New York and Paris also owning sport teams such as PSG he also enjoys buying Greek islands or ''Mediterranean pearls. " https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/mar/04/qatar-emir-buys-six-greek-islands

    Qatari emir funds the prestigious university of George Town that produces a big chunk of the nations diplomats and foreign policy experts.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvfMeKKsb10



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    1. Just a few more syncs for the pile concerning the Pearly Emirate and the Color Magic the archons have been working lately...

      Just offshore of Qatar is an island called al-Khars, which is sometimes known as "Purple Island", as it was a major source of purple dye when it was part of the Kassite Empire (which ruled from Babylon).

      (The Kassites are worth a mention themselves. They came from the Zagros Mountains (where the Sumerians located the entrance to Kur, the Underworld), conquered Babylonia, and ended up being the longest-lasting dynasty the area has ever seen. Despite that, not a single document or inscription in Kassite has survived; almost as if someone had went out of their way to erase them (damnatio memoria?). Judging by the handful of Kassite writing that has survived, they spoke a language isolate, just like the Sumerians did.)

      In honor of the ancient trade in purple, the Qatari flag has a white field meeting a purple field in a serrated edge with 17 (of course) points (9 white, 8 purple). And the unusual purple of the flag is officially registered as "Qatar Maroon".

      The name Qatar is the Arabic rendering of the Persian "Guadar", meaning "port". In antiquity, Qatar was known (among other monikers) as Gadara. This echoes with the place where the demonic lived among the tombs. *That* Gadara is now located in extreme Northeast Jordan, near Alawi/Druze Gnostic country. Anciently, it was the home of the philosopher Meleager of Gadara, who famously put forth his philosophy in a compilation of epigrams known as "The Garland".

      Now just some opinion: Qatar is the perfect model for the world the archons are pushing us toward. 10% of the population are citizens, 5% expatriates with skills the rulers need, and 85% heavily exploited foreign workers, who are entirely at the mercy of whatever company sponsored them. Debt-slavery is common; and exit visas are only issued if the sponsoring company gives the green light; so that many foreign workers find themselves trapped there.

      This is the Future we're fighting (whether we know it or not).

      Hope a few more syncs are useful. As always, CLK, keep up the stellar work!

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    2. Just noticed the spelling mistakes from my post, darn it and I clicked on preview as well. Great post on the Kassites, they are indeed very strange, their language was neither Semitic or Indo-European.

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    3. Abu Dhabi and Dubai were renowned for their pearls, as well. Apparently known to Europeans since the 16th century.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Dhabi#History
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubai#History

      And the Dubai Pearl Tower, if it finishes construction, will stand at the base of one of those artificial palm archipelagos they've got.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubai_Pearl

      So, that whole string of the Gulf seems pretty pearly.

      Wild, wild speculation incoming... I'd always heard the cryptic first lines of Bowie's Blackstar as "In the Villa of Ormen..." and wondered at what Ormen is. (If anyone has insight, please share!) Now, I look at a map of the Gulf to see Oman bordering UAE, and I never paid that country much mind or, in fact, know anything about it. My English-speaking mind, though, reads "Oman" not much differently than Bowie's British "Ormen" (or even "omen" for that matter): o'mən. Given all the power, parties, and politicking in that region, I wonder if "In the Villa of Oman / Stands a solitary candle"?

      Wild speculation, again.

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    4. @MrPink: it's one of the peculiarities of the history of the area: language isolates are rare (Europe only has one, Basque; and the US has two, Keres and Zuni, spoken in the Pueblos); but of the different ethnic groups that have vied for control of Babylonia, something like half a dozen have spoken language isolates. No clue what (if anything) that might mean, though.

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    5. @J: This is wild speculation on my part also, but...I wonder if Ormen might not be an echo of Ahriman, the devil figure in Zoroastrianism (I've sometimes heard it pronounced with a very quiet "a": "Armen" or "Ahmen", almost). Ahriman was the origin of the Satan figure in most of the world's monotheisms; and Zoroastrianism, at its height, was widely practiced all throughout that area.

      But, again, that's just one man's wild conjecture.

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    6. Apologies: I meant to write that I've heard Ahriman pronounced with a very quiet *i*. Now my comment might come closer to making sense.

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    7. This is great info, Khadir- I will follow up later. Cheers.

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    8. Ormen is Swedish for 'the snake'. - Michelle

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    9. Khadir, Great information, but I believe you missed the main Phoenician empire that precede Al Khars such as the ancient Holy Island of Crete (The land of 100 cities and I should say the land of the 12 tribes/12 DNA main Haplogroups which was also in my opinion, the real Babylonia of the bible and Atlantis of myths. The Phoenicians actually gave birth to the global trade model and slave chao through commerce you speak of and the Chief Gnostics of Knossus - The City and World Capital of Gnosis where the throne of Satan - The First Gnostic hails from.

      Then we have the U.S. which is a modern version of Crete but with 1000's of cities, commerical trade, foreign mercenaries and workers are how we built this nation and a Phoenician Navy that appears to be in the same lands and man new ones.

      Nothing new under the Secret Sun. Just the destruction of 1 Age of lies with truth to bring anew because that is what we do.

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    10. Great stuff here and special thanks to Khadir for being open with his "wild conjecture".

      Another wild conjecture already made by others on other blogs is that many of the aging UK pedos have near-magical deaths just prior to being called to justice. It is suggested that maybe just a few of the "dead" have instead made arrangements to spend their final years elsewhere. The ME seems to be a very popular rumored destination.

      This brings me to an even wilder conjecture about that cult classic The Prisoner. Essentially, if rumors are true about on-trial pedos faking deaths to escape, then in fact there may well be at least one real-life version of the Village among these ME places. Probably more than one would be my guess.

      Think about it. Very sick evil people can't be allowed to age away indiscretly blurting out incriminating things during their fits of dementia. Luxuriously pampered evil is probably the flip-side of our senior care for regular people.

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    11. dont have time to check the reference, but what was the the name of the town in camus's, the plague?
      could fit in with bowie's penchant for referencing short books in his lyrics.

      shot in the dark.

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    12. Khadir - Orbitally Rearranged Monoatomic Elements - ORME. white powder gold. The Philosophers Stone.

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  11. Thanks,a great honest tribute to The Amazing Stan Lee.

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  12. Hey Chris,

    Is there any chance you worked in Franvalle,the nursing home by Sunset Lake? My mother worked there around the time you would have been working as janitor in nursing homes

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    1. No sir- Elihu White in Weymouth Landing and Resthaven in Weymouth proper.

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  13. I saw him and said, "All right, Stan!" and he beamed. Then as he walked past I yelled out "Hey Stan, Excelsior!" He turned around and his face lit up like a streetlight and he hollered, "EXCELSIOR!" and waved his fist in the air.

    That's great!
    When I was a security guard at a film studio, Stan rolled up in a late 60's/70's convertible and asked me for directions. I informed him all the steps he needed to take and where to park, then handed him a map. After that, in that wry witty voice sarcastically said to me, "Who are you, Rand McNally?" and he drove off. He was full of energy indeed. That was good info about him and Kirby. Nice tribute Chris.

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  14. Man, I loved Hee Haw. I forget which station they showed it on here in Boston - maybe 56, but it could have been 38. I watched it all the time. Honestly, folks today don't know what they missed.

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    1. Right on Moses, good call. I have to chime in here. Hee Haw was awesome. Roy was great and was totally guided that show with all the great cast. It aired in Dallas on Saturday evenings in the late 70's. Can you imagine being introduced by Johnny Cash! That was really cool and Roy totally slayed on that performance. Bringing back the memories.

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    2. Howdeee! I loved hee haw too-she met another and phffft she was gone.. tears of laughter.

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    3. I loved Hee Haw, and I have very fond memories of watching it with my dad as a kid. Dad loved the music and the corny jokes, and Roy Clark was a big part of that. I was a metal kid, and love those twiddly players from Maiden and Priest, but because of my dad I have a great respect for Clark who could shred better than the best of them.

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    4. I think it was Channel 56, Moses. At least it was in Quincy. I remember seeing Don Williams play Tulsa Time and thought he was coolest dude ever until his lead guitarist, Danny Flowers, started shredding. Roy Clark passing is truly said, and thinking back on it all really makes for a grim contrast when we see what threshold we dwell upon nowadays.

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  15. This demonic influence you're talking about is cultural marxism and post modernism. It's a shame to see people in the occult world like Gordon White and Jason Louv treat it with reverence. It's literally demonic and literally designed to dissolve society into oblivion. That twitter comment is typical SJW crap, whose roots go straight back to leftist cultural marxism taught in academia from the 70's until now. So even though the movement and presence in the world is truly demonic, it's not really a mystery as to where it came from.

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    1. Gordon White is wonderful, but I think the fact that he is homosexual makes it impossible for him to refute 'Leftist Cultural Marxism' and 'Modernism'. Quite rightly, because he wouldn't be able to be a safely "out" man if the second half of the 20th century hadn't happened. The ideas that drove civil rights, women's liberation the legalisation of homosexuality are the same ideas that have metastasised into radical social theory and online-identity-rage in the past 25 years. You can't have one without another, I'm sorry that the historical narrative is not as two dimensional as you want it to be. Louv however, seems thoroughly disingenuous.

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    2. I won't speak for our Gordon here but I will say that I don't think of him in any way shape or form as subscribing to any SJW ("social justice warrior") or NPC ("non-playing character") or LFSHF ("left-fascist sicko hate freak") dogma or attitudes.

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    3. That 'Cultural Marxism' thing is weird. Marxism was suppose to be a lens with which to look at political economy. The way WW1 played out cause a lot of loons to try to turn Marx'ideas into some kind of religious cult. This is what happened with fascism as well. Mussolini and Gentile's fascism met the last torch bearers of the late 19th century german occult underground (shouldn't "Thule Society" have really been called "Temple of Fenrir"?) and you get Hitler.
      The ultra-left groups and individuals got kicked out of Germany and found fertile ground in America & Britain. They burrowed into academia after ingratiating themselves with US and UK intelligence types due to their knowledge of German society. After the war, J Edgar Hoover adn Sen. McCarthy gave many of these intellectuals a difficult time, but people like Adorno spun phantasmal and tortured metaphysical structures that make flaws in the species the special fault of europe and its varied cultures and societies. All of which are under systematic attack by the heirs of 'Structuralism. Anyone who bases their 'critical theory' on anything from Freud is a fool of the first division (h/t Freddy Mercury)

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    4. Gordon White is pomo af. I'm sure that if you cut him he wouldn't bleed blood but some sort of Foucauldian word salad. That makes him a mortal enemy of Marxists who oppose "ivory tower" cynicism and focus on stylistic reform to language over real world reform to institutions.

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    5. Are we not allowed to critique anyone? Gordon White has some serious flaws in his thinking. Some people question it. What is wrong with that? If his ideas can stand up to a rigorous scrutiny, all the better.

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    6. Yeah, I'm not big on anonymous posters taking shots at my friends. But please, feel free to go on over to Rune Soup and critique Gordon all you like.

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    7. Anonymous 9:13 I believe you have your answer...shut your mouth and leave!!! How dare you criticize a friend of Chris’ and suggest he has flaws?!?

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    8. Anonymous goofballs. Slinging word salads labeled "no one ymous "

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    9. No Ian, I'm saying if someone has a problem with Gordon they can take it up with him directly.

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    10. Anonymous goofballs. Slinging word salads labeled "no one ymous "

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    11. Eh, we can risked being hexed with some dark shamanic magic if it's so seriously offensive to be called a post modernist under the wrong URL.

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    12. I made this anonymous first post, and to clarify, I am a big fan of Gordon's (he introduced me to Secret Sun). However, as he does more solo shows, he's revealing he is definitely a post modernist and cultural marxist. He's revealed it by showing his obsession with race identity, gender identity, and he seems to have an unhealthy white guilt about colonization. I get that history of colonization is brutal, but trying to turn the world into a "post-colonial" is a trap that drops you straight into SJW-ism, which I disagree with. I still hold that it's a shame he buys into this crap, and I still hold that the twitter post that called Stan Lee nothing but a racist is only a stone's throw away from some of Gordon's stances on identity politics.

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  16. Man, this week has been brutal. With Stan Lee gone and Roy Clark following him, I feel like my childhood is chipping away one piece at a time.

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  17. Hello there! Do you use Twitter? I'd like to follow you if that
    would be ok. I'm absolutely enjoying your blog and
    look forward to new posts.

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  18. What if I told you there is no Meatspace or Meat-time...There is no Universe or Planet Earth (neither flat nor round).The body you inhabit is an Avatar.The surroundings are mere projections.Materialism aka Atomism is a proven false scientific doctrine! "The Matrix is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth".

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    1. Darren 7:13,
      Anon 1:04 is correct.

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    2. If you say Anonymous is correct Anonymous then I guess it's all settled.

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    3. Mindfulness and Meditation.

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    4. Mindlessness and Zen meditation maybe?-)

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    5. Thanks to the David Icke random quote generator for that one. (Anon 1:04)

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    6. If you believe what Icke has to say you need a good colonic.

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    7. Actually, It feels more like 'V for Vendetta' than 'The Matrix' responding to "Anonymous" comments when for all I know could all be the same person trying to play mind games with me.
      Maybe I should put on the mask when I comment here, too?-)

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    8. Ancient Shamans understood that 'life' (in this place) is not "real".The Shamans also noticed negative spiritual beings infect the minds of the public to keep them blinded and imprisoned in a state of physical delusion.The current illusionary reality has been confirmed as fake by countless dedicated researchers of the Mandela Effect phenomena via documented residual evidence.The biggest event in Modern Human history is happening right now and it can't be stopped.Wake Up.

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    9. Well stated Anon 6:42.
      But as the old saying goes; "You can lead a horse to water but you can't force them to drink".
      And better yet you can't force them to look at the true reflection staring back at them.
      As to stopping what is happening?
      Perhaps we best just survive it.
      Samsara.

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    10. Prove that you aren't just the same "Anonymous" backing yourself up with another "Anonymous" comment.
      But then this place ain't "real", so I guess neither are you/s when I come to think of it, right Anony?-)
      I'm going back to sleep and I'll let you dream on whoever you/s think you/s are:-)

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    11. I never take anonymous comments seriously. I mean, it's a trivial matter to choose a fake name (as I have done) that isn't linked to any account, and actually differentiate yourself from other commenters. Otherwise, I just assume (as Darren suggests) that it's just one person, or bot, making all the anonymous comments. In other words, it's pointless to try to read or understand them (or him or her or whatever).

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  19. That alchemy between Jack gnosticism and Stan sunny humanism was truly a Big Bang.

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    1. You could argue that humanism and gnosticism are one and the same; IE 'Anthropos'.

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  20. Chris,

    today Google honors the 44th anniversary (what else) of the Arecibo Message with a Doodle.

    “The Arecibo message is a 1974 interstellar radio message carrying basic information about humanity and Earth sent to globular star cluster M13 in the hope that extraterrestrial intelligence might receive and decipher it.”

    Thought I’d bring this up :D

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  21. Shocking report?... Why?

    First we get youngsters systematically addicted to tech gadgets and "social media", to a point where they cannot walk down the street for 10 seconds without staring into their phone, and now we act surprised to learn they don't know how to boil an egg?

    Of course they don't! And in the techno-gulag where they are headed, they won't have to!

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    1. The "smart grid" does your "thinking" for you.

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    2. & not "thinking" is part of the torturing.

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  22. Yes, good onsite training for a budding Gnostic. My venture into a nursing home to work was involuntary as a result of community service for stealing car stereos, spare change and roaches from ashtrays in my high school parking lot. I clearly remember the smell of death - sulfur, piss and shit. The eery fricken silence of lonely dying and abandoned people left to be in the care of miserable and depressed people who could give a flying fuck about their patients. It was much like prison, but these people were voluntarily put there against their will by the so-called people who love them.

    Fast forward to today. My ex-wive's mother who is a born again Christian of the worst kind is keeping her husband alive so she can collect his fat disability checks which if he dies, get cut in half. She makes sure to tither 20% to her fake pastor who is also a healer and has a healers come to her church and they sell courses and special mail order herbs.

    Yes, black magick is a live in the Christian Church.

    Let me add that we - my ex-inlaws and especially that beast of a man in that nursing home - we absolutely despise one another and his demise is what I call magical karmic retribution for his crimes against others and yes, me.

    Soon, the Real Gnostics, the true Adepts and White Magicians of Baal - AKA True Christians with a capital T for Theta will take the stage by storm because that is what they do. Troopers for the true God of Fire who will smash these black magicians with truth, light and a good fight. This time it will be tweeted and televised. A real life cosmic battle to create a new cosmology for all.

    Well, in the spirit of my comic book mind and the Gnostics, that sounds like a good ending to the all this parasitical madness and the rule of the Satanic Gnostics.

    “He who has stood, stands and will stand.”

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    1. Your too far on the 'Left' my Gnostic brother.
      The true "POWER" is that same 'divine spark' that you carry within your very being.
      You wanna fight these 'sith lords'?
      You become a true 'Jedi'; polarize yourself to the 'opposite' of what 'they' are; BECOME 'IT'.
      This is the only true spiritual path my friend.
      It seems like fighting fire with fire is the best choice.
      The best choice is not to fight at all; this causes more polarization which the 'sith lords' entangle and manipulate to reek more havoc and destruction; 'CHAOS'.
      The RCC is the true 'seat' of evil in my opinion; this was shown to me.
      Remember that 'Gnosis' means 'to KNOW'; an 'inner' intuitive understanding that emanates from the very core of whom you really are; NOT of this 'world'.
      I wish you well.

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    2. So many magicians, always white or black. Where are the grey wizards?
      The slightly soiled, gentle workers of mud magic. Those in the middle... Not laser guided weaponised angels, or hellfire sulphur spurting demon armies. Pitched wildly...
      Tending a garden is a kind of magic.

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    3. Nursing homes are on the whole a travesty. I'm the youngest of 5 and seemingly the only one who gives a shite about my mother. The last thing I would want is her in a nursing home.

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    4. I suppose that mud magic would be earth and water. I'm naturally more air and water myself which would make me more stormy. Hammer of the gods and all that metal stuff.

      I don't know for sure about conflict and these wise sounding statements since you can sound wise saying while arguing absolutely anything. Taoism advises against war because conflict creates more conflict. It also views war as a sort of stately dance where larger state must lose to the smaller and victory is a cause for grief, not celebration.

      So, I guess, don't underestimate the heavenly heavy artillery until you have seen it in action. But do not expect it to fire to defend the rights of the greatest nation, the most proud or warlike. After it fires expect only misery and despair. No triumph.

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    5. Really, it's all weather... Ocean and air is one ecology.
      Earth is the seemingly solid rock and the liquid iron Fire.

      4 elements, or only 2?

      Maybe it's just two kinds of light, dancing, warring, play-fighting, who can tell...
      That cold fire in the black, far distant sky light, star-focused, electric.
      And roaring churn, diffuse dragon glow, the molten heat underneath.

      Mud is where it all meets in the middle, gets churned up and something grows if you want it to, if you remember to plant it.

      I suppose all I mean is that there are some humble forms of magic, just the everyday ways, that turn the world as profoundly as all the flashy fireworks. Turn it so you can see there's something else on the other side.

      This is what I feel sometimes.

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  23. I've been with my partner about 6 years now, and have known him for 10 years. I'm 15 years older than him. It seems that everything I say is racist or sexist to him. It's become a bit of a nightmare. To clarify things, I'm a woman.

    I cannot hold a conversation with him without some "ism" thrown in now. We were cool a few years ago, now we are not. There are no conversations any more.

    Progress.

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    1. Wow, maybe you should sneak in an ageism counter there and put him on the spot for not respecting your elder wisdom. I'm only part kidding having faced similar BS myself (though from boomer women). "Fat acceptance" has reached the point that when I declined one rather large woman's overtures she asked if I was "afraid of beautiful women."

      "Not at all; do you know any?" was my immediate thought. I succesfully kept from uttering it, though, as I walked away instead pondering the ridiculousness of it all.

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    2. The obsolescence of woman, disguised as emancipation, is part of the same ism working to torture humanity to bring about its own extinction.

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    3. Pondering the ridiculousness of it all is the obvious dilemma; WHAT is the POINT??
      Sorry but not you and me but WE.
      Imagine a possible where both teams win??
      So is competition itself folly?

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    4. Well, he sounds absolutely awful, I don't know what to suggest other than an affair.

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    5. Original poster...just a sign of the times, I guess. Once the conversation veers off of what's for dinner it becomes a minefield. I suspect it's happening throughout many households these days. I hate it. Apparently I'm a conspiracy theorist, a fool, or worse. I do fear that we are done.

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    6. And our arguments have reached peak stupidity. I spent 5 grand on a root canal and fake tooth, he's spent double that on a useless degree just for the first semester. What a world we live in.

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  24. My friend Matthew always said, 'With Stan and Jack you get the Silver Surfer, with Jack alone you get the Black Racer!" The New Gods had some great concepts, but there were some clunker ideas in there too, that could've used a little tempering.

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  25. I got off FB and my brain is coming back, memory is working better and I just published a book Mental Midgets. Get off FB!

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  26. I can remember being floored the first time I read the letters section in an issue of Fantastic Four back in the 70s, when I was first getting into comics as a kid. The sense of community that emanated from those letters as well as the replies Stan gave were a real eye-opener. The internet fandom & Cons of today don't compare at all (& truth be told, I miss the early ones, before Hollywood ate San Diego ComicCon).

    & yeah, I feel the same way about nursing homes. Many a depressing visit to elderly relatives in them around roughly the same time I was getting into comics in fact. Made me a very cynical kid, but comics kept me sane.

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  27. Just hope they STOP making sjw Superhero movies before we see a transgender black midget 'Superperson' reboot.

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  28. Just sayin' (to the secret second sunners)

    https://www.rt.com/news/443995-china-fake-sun-nuclear/

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  29. "These are people who literally destroy everything they touch and I'm highly skeptical that free and open societies will be able to survive them"
    And all of the sudden, the Georgia Guidestones don't seem that bad

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    1. Those people are the ones whose main goal, apparently, is to turn things to shit. This has been a noticeable trend from what I can tell, as if something, internal or not, drives them to what ultimately seems to be very self- (and other-) destructive behavior. It may relate to psychopaths or it may be the force that happens to work through psychopaths, among others.

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    2. The 'Dark Side' of the 'Force'.
      Swimming in 'SHIT'!

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    3. Shit is soil, potentially. Soil doesnt mean a deal without a few seeds. What do you want to let grow? Plant Love.

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  30. Hi Chris!
    You are so right, the Borgsong can get a bit much on subspace channels.

    I grew up with inherited comic books from my much older siblings, so I got a good dose of Kirby. It wasn't until I began studying the Mysteries that I was able to see how much his vision (among others) had influenced me.
    Now, I live with my children, who are all ib their twenties. Ditko and Kirby mean nothing to them, but Stan Lee was to them like Nimoy was to my generation. I was surprised when my daughter told me that his death felt like losing a family member.

    As the one who outlasted the other two - in marketing, longevity and in adapting to the changing times, Stan has carved out a legend for himself. Much of the copy produced in his wake sounds like hagiography - from his standing for civil rights in the late 60s to his ubiquitous cameos.

    And who better to join the pantheon than one who helped midwife the old gods in new form.

    As always, thank you for your insights, humour and your considerable knowledge.

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  31. This is as good an article/post I have read on Stan Lee, since his passing.

    If millenials can't boil an egg, also their parents to blame.

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  32. ''WHAT THE U.S. MILITARY OWES STAN LEE''

    https://warontherocks.com/2018/11/what-the-u-s-military-owes-stan-lee/

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  33. “Argentina's missing submarine found a year after it vanished with 44 aboard”C(IA)NN Found “a year and a day” after its disappearance, reported on the 17th day of the 11th month.
    Mythic!
    Toostoned

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  34. I tapped "Antifa" into twitter and the first thing that I saw, I shit you not, was a video posted of Antifa stalking a black guy with a camera for being "#walkaway", then I realized I knew the black guy from the goth clubs back in the day. Antifa are mouth frothing walking birth defects.

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    1. FYI that tweeter is gen z highschooler so cut the "millennials" propaganda. https://twitter.com/wandalehnsherr/status/1063129774418264070

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    2. USA Generation Y are a lost generation.The "millennials" Generation programmed with Anti-Intellectualism was predicted by the 2006 dystopian movie "Idiocracy".

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  35. Hey chris i wanted to connect to you do you have an email i can write to??? My we site is www.peacefulpathways.net if you connect to anything on there please contact me

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  36. Hey chris

    I was trying to connect to you. This is my website see if anything resonates i have alot of syncronites happen when i listened to you. Like a black cat crossing my path. My website www.peacefulpathways.net check it out see if it resonates

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  37. Just for keeping track: dolphin shot to death on California beach https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwj6kZyb0t7eAhUE94MKHfiBDD0QzPwBegQIARAC&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sfgate.com%2Fnews%2Farticle%2FDolphin-found-shot-California-Manhattan-Beach-13401251.php&psig=AOvVaw1cn5zn0XvLlvdYXfQpCUAO&ust=1542654563095701

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  38. "There was a LOT of this insane, hateful ranting on Twitter following Stan's death. This is yet more proof that a demonic spirit stalks the planet and is increasingly dominant within the Borgsong. This is cultural and civilization cancer, my friends, if not in fact slow-motion civilizational suicide. And it's just the tip of an enormous iceberg." Chris, THANK YOU on this one, I love this so much. It resembles my own musings so that I set myself a task of learning the quote by heart. Really. Love it.

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    1. Bill Maher Disrepects Stan Lee's Legacy and Questions the Importance of Comic Books http://comicbook.com/marvel/2018/11/17/bill-maher-comic-books-stan-lee-disrepect/ bill maher is employed by HBO which itself is owned by warner/at&t who also own DC Comics.

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  39. Wow, the poor bastard that thought that was ok to do must be ready to tangle with the gods.

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  40. So I was just watching the video for love like blood by Killing Joke and ive come to the conclusion that you and and young Jaz Coleman favor in looks.
    -Austin

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  41. I was late to the comic book party and didn't even know who Stan Lee was until I read "Our Gods Wear Spandex". Truly mind opening, thanks Chris. RIP Stan Lee.

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  42. Stephen Hawking's Final Book Says There's 'No Possiblity' of God in Our Universe http://livescience.com/63854-stephen-hawking-says-no-god.html "I think the Universe was spontaneously created out of nothing,according to the laws of science" - says Hawking.LOL! nice try cosmo demonic ai.

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  43. I've been sitting on what seems to be a fairly loaded synch related to Venus, Virgo and spears:

    Melbourne, Friday November 9 (generally defined as 9-11 in Australia), Somali born Hassan Khalif blows up a car and stabs/kills Sisto Malaspina the co-owner of iconic Italian espresso bar Pellegrini's (Italian for pilgrim)

    The killer's Imam and family claim he was a troubled by thoughts of being set at by someone with a SPEAR

    Malaspina is Italian for evil thorn (spear)

    Sisto -six seems to be associated with the planet Venus

    Venus was 'slow' (turning from 'retrograde' to 'direct') and conjunct Spica, the brightest star in Virgo on this day. Spica is sometimes known as the virgin's spike (spear?), or the Undefended One (pilgrim) in Arabic

    Friday is associated with Venus

    The killer attended the Virgin Mary Mosque

    Hassan can be interpreted as handsome in Arabic (Venus is associated with beauty)

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-10/bourke-street-attacker-hassan-khalif-shire-ali-what-we-know/10484872

    CLK, do I get my synchromystic yellow belt, or do I go back to polishing cars and painting fences?

    Not sure if this was also part of some sort of distraction to the Bourke st attack trial with potential MK-U associations

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/nov/12/bourke-street-killer-apologises-but-says-he-had-permission-to-run-people-over

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  44. I will miss you , Stan Lee. You were the same age as my father, although he died too soon at 60. Thank you for being the literary father of so many children and the great-all-father of generations to come. I was first handed your X-Men comic in 1963 by my older brother who excitedly tried to explain it to me because I could not yet read.

    I remember staring at the panels of the great Kirby artwork and trying to decipher what they were saying, so frustrated that I could not read them for myself. It was from this moment, at 4 years old, that I was determined to learn to read just so I could get through the comics my brother was giving me.

    Later, as a military family living in Japan during the Vietnam War, I remember crawling under the bed to get to the small space where the headboard of the bed met catty-corner to the wall where my brother and I would hide out at night and read through out stack of comics and forget that we were despised foreigners (the negative form of 'gaijin', us being the American children of a military officer) confined to our little patch of American culture and identity.

    Those superheros spoke to us beyond borders and helped open our minds to possibilities and frontiers the like of which we could not articulate but would carry us from our formative years to, in many ways, the men we were to become. And good men I hope you may judge us to be in your far seeing eyes, Stan.

    Through the tough times and the hard times; the good and the bad; I want to thank you Stan Lee. You, and all of the creative minds that brought us to this place outside of space and time where your spirit and your kind live that we too may dwell with you...forever.

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  45. Your assessment of Stan Lee (both the man and his legacy) is one
    of the more empathetic and fair-minded I've come across in the
    days since his passing. Particularly on point are your remarks regarding Mr. Lee's crucial role in fostering and nurturing
    the communal fan culture that drew into its circle so many of
    those who had for so long been relegated to the lonely exile
    of misfits and outcasts.

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