Forever looking to inject himself in the news cycle, Steve Bannon got his wish and was booted from Twitter for trying to hop on the headless bandwagon. Love him or loathe him, but don't say the dude isn't a canny manipulator.
And then we have our old friend Medusa, now greeting folks at the door of the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse. Now, for jaded symbol junkies like me, this whole thing stinks on dry ice. But it wasn't until a reader pointed me to a famous document from the wacky, wonderful world of Freemly weirdness that it finally hit me what we're looking at.
The image on the right is of an alleged "Judith Rite" of the Order of the Eastern Star, as depicted in a notorious best-seller Les Mysteres de Franc Maconnerie by the alleged hoaxer Leo Taxil. It's from this book that the modern meme of an order of "Luciferians" originally stems from.
Taxil filled his book with a host of lurid and sensationalistic stories that caused an uproar in Europe at the time. It's since been a go-to source for anti-Freemie types, even though the author appeared to confess to the fabrication.
"The public made me what I am, the arch-liar of the period, for when I first commenced to write against the Masons my object was amusement pure and simple. The crimes laid at their door were so grotesque, so impossible, so widely exaggerated, I thought everybody would see the joke and give me credit for originating a new line of humour. But my readers wouldn't have it so; they accepted my fables as gospel truth, and the more I lied for the purpose of showing that I lied, the more convinced became they that I was a paragon of veracity."