This is why dog is mans best friend! This is what San Francisco needs to help with its overwhelming number of bike thefts!
This is why dog is mans best friend! This is what San Francisco needs to help with its overwhelming number of bike thefts!
I would not be posting this post if it were not for my diligent neighborly comrades over at missionmission.org and buritojustice.com. They have been so generous and wise to post these two videos. I thought since i watched the clips within 20 minutes of each others tweets, it must be telling me silently to post the two and make it a theme day!
I really haven’t posted too much on San Francisco, although it is not just a city i live in to me. I will go into the details of me learning of my lineage to one of the iconic founders of this beautiful town and the learning adventure it has sent me upon that is still in full study mode even today.
This city is filled with amazing, crazy, bizarre, heart warming, heart breaking stories. It always has been. It seems as time goes on, it is becoming more and more behaved with each decade that passes. It sure makes it fun for me to be able to go back and learn about my ancestors while so much insanity and debachary existed. Makes me feel a little less like a black sheep and more like right at home! I love you San Francisco!
flying high above Delores Park. *notice the new childrens play structure in the center as well as a beautiful crash landing!*
This is our mascot of SF. It may not be the Eiffel Tower but, you’d be surprised… It can really grow on you. Like that really ugly guy that ends up becoming so endearing that he becomes adorable. Kinda like that. Anyway, here is our beloved mascot… Sutro Tower.
Like those fortunate to have jobs, homeless people enjoy the companionship of a pet. However, Central Florida's homeless often struggle to find a meal for themselves, let alone pet food for Rover.
Now, a movement is afoot to nourish their pets. Businesses and nonprofits — including an Orange County foundation that focuses on animal welfare — are working to provide quality food for these pets.
CASTING: I need a 3 or 4 yr old who can smoke cigarettes WITHOUT coughing or crying for webseries. No pay/Food/3 night shoots. RT.
I remember in 1986 going to camp and they had a computer class. i was in it for two days until i switched to cooking. Programing DOS at 11 years old was NOT my thing! In fairness, i doubt it would be my thing today either. My brain needs to process more color! …enjoy!
If you can get past the fact that this guy looks like a nerdy teen girl, he has some very valid points… that i bet christians already have an excuse for their religion’s conflicts with modern practice. It helps if you dont directly look right at him.
I have been following this artist named Richard Sweeney for a really long time (in fact his work has been my iphone’s wallpaper for years!). He is my FAVORITE paper artist that is currently working today. He has an architectural influence in all of his works. Although his works can be small when he choses, I find that it is usually worked in a large scale. (just to keep my fingerprints off anything like this would be a tough task, let alone making it so large! His work is so flawless, innovative and beautiful!
I discovered while taking a sculpture class and working in hydrocal (kinda between plaster and concrete but white like plaster but stronger like concrete.), how beautiful a white form can be. Especially when photograph. The lines and shadows of the piece make the most amazing visual form with the shadows being as much a part of it as the light is. I think Mr. Sweeney really gets this concept too. The complex simplicity of his works are so stunning. They look so flawless that it almost appears easy until you think about how much time and preparation. Or to try just folding basic origami or cutting paper, one quickly finds that it is anything but!
He continues to surprise me with his innovation of the simplest forms and scale of his work. Every time i go to see his images, i just kinda get lost in his amazing work. Although he does not work exclusively in paper (ceramic, ply wood, metal etc) I think he is going to go down in history as one of the premier artists that works in the medium of paper, of our time. But, by then, who knows what medium he will be manipulating! I cant wait to be able to watch and see though. Enjoy!
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Editor's Note: Fellow WordPress blogger Bluepearlgirl's World recently started a conversation about religion, with a special emphasis on religions vs. cults. She reblogged my post "Joseph Smith, Con Man Extraordinaire" on her site, for which I'm grateful, and I told her that I'd like to join her conversation with a post on my site. Plus, my wife recently made the great suggestion that in addition to all the posts I've been writing about other faiths and how they compare to Christianity, it would be nice for me to write a post explaining what I believe and why.
Gosh how perfect this little home snuggled into Macondray lane in San Francisco. You know… the one that Mrs.Madrigal lived on!
How fucked up is this asshole driver. Its not like there wasn’t enough road or that the bike went into traffic. Just some moron probably changing the cd or something stupid!
Bill Hicks speaks of Rush Limbaugh. ( From the ‘Rant In E-Minor’ album )…warning… this is not appropriate for children.. rated R.
This is great! Follow the link to see some unexpected mug shots from the great genre of music! Thanks SFGate.com.blog!
This commercial for Roller Kingdom in Reno is so funny! I used to competitively roller skated my whole child hood (think singles ice skating but with quad skates. It was NOT EASY!) I think how strong my ankles were back when i was 10. Strong enough to get me off the ground and around 1 or 2 revolutions!
In Part One of the April 20th memorial service for Vanity Fair contributing editor Christopher Hitchens, Graydon Carter welcomed attendees and speakers James Fenton, Lawrence Krauss, Edwin Blue, Patrick Cockburn, Max McGuinness, Aimée Bell, Michael Zilkha, Victor Navasky, and Tom Stoppard.
In Part Two of the April 20th memorial service for Vanity Fair contributing editor Christopher Hitchens, Christopher Buckley read from
Check out this post from the SFist. Virgin America has unveiled their “FEAR THE BEARD” plane. See it and take a picture and post on their twitter page and… you could win Giants stuff or tickets or something. Or at least go into a contest for or something like that!
Earlier this month we talked about "writing voice." All agents want to find it and all new writers want to know what the heck it is. I did my best to educate you guys on voice, but frankly, compared to my writer heroes, I am a mere neophyte. I was at least smart enough to know what I didn't know and to look to those who could lead the way.
"Matt is wearing a necklace made from menstrual blood ice cubes. I made the ice cubes from my menstrual blood.
I have a Mooncup (also called a Keeper). You should Google it, and get one, as they will save you heapo money & are excellent.
I took these photos because I thought it would be funny, and because I do not find stuff disgusting because it came out of my vagina.
In judging any worldview or belief system, I think it's necessary to examine the system's founder; his character will, in my opinion, tell me everything I need to know about his trustworthiness, and thus about the reliability of what he's proclaiming.
In the case of Mormonism's founder, Joseph Smith, a close look at his life reveals that he was not only a polygamist but a world-class scam artist who spent most of his life looking for the perfect con, failing at the task several times before, regrettably, striking gold with Mormonism.
I know that by writing this, i am asking for a lot of abuse due to the fact that i am pretty sure that my views are in the minority. This being a controversial subject matter i do know that i may be opening a huge can of whoop ass on me. …But what is the point of having the ability to freely think and speak if one doesn’t use their platform at hand. (i think that this luxury will not be ours forever due to censorship, so i am taking advantage of the fact that i can start this conversation with you all!)
Also. I want you all to know that this is ONLY my opinion. Just because i feel this way in regards to religion, does not mean that i am making any kind of judgement on anyone else. That is one of the greatest things about living in this day and age. We can see and believe different things and still respect one another, understanding that it is ok to believe different things and still live in unity. I am by no means saying that because i feel this way, and you dont, i am looking at you with disapproving eyes. I hope that although this topic will be controversal, we can respect one another and our possibly different views. Lets see how open minded we can be to an idea that is most likely so different from the one that is opposite ours.
OK… On to the topic… Cults vs. Religion…Whats the difference?
I read a book a couple months ago written by a woman who escaped Jonestown just a few months before the horrible mass suicide. It was her escape and deposition (that she shared with the media thus receiving a lot of notice) that finally pushed Senator Leo Ryan from Ca. to gather a group of friends and families of the cult. There had been mixed word on wether or not there was abuse and malnourishment going on as well as no ability to leave. It is what put the murders and mass-suicide into action by them going down to Jonestown to see for themselves. Things obviously did not go so well with over 900 deaths accuring.
I used to live a couple blocks from the former Peoples Temple church. By that time, Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple had been long gone. I would try and imagine what it was like to have such an active community locale right next door to Fillmore West. The Fillmore is still being used by artists but that is the only real interesting draw now on that block.. I am trying to remember, but i dont even know if the church is still standing or not. I do remember that there was a vacant lot on the block that the post office now has acquired and expanded into. They may have torn it down. I think they did. I would have remembered seeing it i know it.
I think to myself about the times being a lot different but not too different from now to the point that there is a lot of REALLY underfunded/unsupported community services that even today, could really be used and quite needed. As well as a lot of disenfranchised people feeling lost and not liking this consumeristic society that America has become. The fact that anyone, any race or gender or socio-economic background was welcome, i think would have made them look really progressive. I dont personally know if i could have sat through all that preaching but, the concept is viable even now.
I started looking online for people’s opinions regarding what the difference between an organized religion and a cult are. I found several different points of views on this question. The christians were the most adamant about there being a huge difference between Religion and Cults. They almost took offense to someone even asking the question.
People tend to see Religion as positive and Cults as negative. Some have even gone so far to say that a cult will ask you for a lot of your money. Doesn’t the church pass around a collection plate? I just didnt buy their argument. Instead, this is probably the best thing i read and runs along the same lines as the way i feel about the topic….
Taken from Yahoo answers, a reader states their opinion as this…
“The only real difference between cult and religion is how long it has existed. All religions are cults when new, but eventually they more or less become assimilated with the cultures and societies around them and are now “religions”.
So basically, all religions start out life as a cult, end up a religion, and die out when new cults take their place.
It’s survival of the fittest in the religion world too.”
I have to say spot on. I know that there will be a lot of people that take offense to this thought but it is how a lot of people feel… including me.
Now, just because i am not affiliated with any organized religion, this does not mean that i do not believe in a higher power. This also does not mean that i have no value system or morals. I just do not need some church to be the one to instill these into me. My parents did it with the help of mother nature. Religion always concerned me by the ability to abuse their power, and the fact that so many people over time have died in the name of religion. The other thing i dont like is the idea that we ourselves are not smart enough to be able to guide our lives through our own paths without a playbook to follow the directions of. It would make me feel like one of the sheep. I know people need SOMETHING to believe in and it is sometimes a lot easier to believe a supernatural story than believe in one’s self. I do also have to note that it bothers me that if i ever state the term “god” means that i must be refering to Jesus Christ. When i say God, i am actually refering to Mother Nature. She is my god. I think she oversees the whole universe too. I think Jesus Christ must have been an incredible speaker with a lot of chrisma and taking people who feel disenfranchised to join his cause. …But that IS how most cult leaders are seen by their disciples. Jesus WOULD have been a cult leader back in his time.
Now there is so much money, power and followers throughout the world, Christianity is seen as a main-stream religion, but it is far from the only religion. And when anyone says God, Christians always think that that MUST mean their dear Jesus. I think this is ignorant and rude. What if you are Hindi, or a Taoist or Muslim or Buddhist? They have gods that they believe in that is not the Father, the son and the holy spirit. Some of them have many gods in fact. Organized religion is in theory to do good, but the greed and power corruption i believe ends up usually taking hold using the guise of the good doings that they base their teachings on.
For me personally, any one entity that powerful is a dangerous thing which has the ability to do dirty things with the power to cover it up. It also has the power of pressured group think. I think these 2 things are really dangerous. So for me personally, i’d rather see my god as the mother of the earth, the universe and everything within rather than a really chrismatic human we think is supernatural (if he even existed. It is a possibility that there was never a such man named Jesus Christ. There is no concrete proof of this and all writings about him came many years after his so called death.)
Church and Cults are basically creating a community. Both entities have the ability to let greed and power lead them due to fear of losing all the devoted. I have heard things about Mormonism and Scientology making it very hard to leave the “church”. Sometimes even tracking them down and dragging them back or banishing them from their friends and family and everyone they know.
If your religious thinkings are so strong, there should be no problem with maintaining your flock. If a member decides that they want something different for their lives (which eventually someone will), let them go because there will be more joining as well. But i think these “churches” see it as once you are mine, you will remain mine at all costs!
I know that i have insulted a lot of you and i want to apologize for this. It is not my intention at all, but religion is a prevalent piece of curent society and i think i have a right to say what i feel as especially since I have to listen to all of the “god” talk that permeates my every day life. Nobody is worried about the fact that my beliefs are being imposed on by assuming that everyone must me christian. No one sees that there are a lot of people out there that do NOT believe in the supernatural story of christanity as well as catholocism, and Jewish religions.
There has been more death, bloodshed and abuse thanks to the untouchable-ness of organized religion. I chose to believe what i believe and believe that organized religion/cults are dangerous and not for me. This i know is not the popular belief but i think that there are more people thinking this than you would imagine. I think that cults are built out of the need to belong and the need to have a guided path of belief laid out for them.
I wish that everyone could see that even without cults and religion, we would still create community and have morals. I will never in my lifetime see this kind of utopia, i know this. But it would sure be cool. If i HAD to be religious back in the day, gnostics would be the group i would most likely join because they believed that by learning and increasing the knowledge within ourselves, we are honoring God by using what she gave us to its fullest. I like this concept. Expand our brains and our experiences and we are using as much as we can that are are our gifts from God. Thats it!
No memorizing scripture that is redundant to curent society. I think maybe cults have figured out that their teaching needs to fit into the times. Learning social protocol from 1700 years ago may be slightly outdated in ideas. And this being, i think that there will be a bigger pull away from organized religion with this newest technologic generation. The church better think hard and jam up into the modern world if they expect to remain relevant. Getting up to go to church on a sunday morning will not happen if the most recent release of Halo has just been purchased i promise!
If you want to remain, you have to evolve and adapt. I do not think that organized religion thinks that they have to do this. It has worked this far…. But just because they have not had to overhaul their belief acceptance, does not mean that it never has to happen. If it does not, it will be trying to out teach social media. And social media will probably win.
I know that this is long and windy. I am sorry for that. I just wanted to ask you readers what you think about this concept. Is religion SO different from a cult? What makes you feel the need to live with religion? Do you believe what your religion states? Have you been born into it and now it is your community or is it really that you believe the teachings? In what way does religion serve your life? Do you think you would be totally lost without it and would you still be able to live life with moral dignity without someone telling you that you have to?
Because i am not A-typical religious, these things make me curious. Maybe by sharing, you can help enlighten me about why so many people need this so badly in their lives. I can not judge what i do not know so please do not think that this post is bashing and judging. It is not. Its just a modern conversation about faith and what that intails. I am so lucky to live at a time that allows us the ability to talk about our beliefs. And as long as you are not hurting anyone and it benefits you, i believe it is a good thing. Its just not so much for me.
What started this topic was a post by
and i will add a couple more links about cults here….
This last video i really like. He sums it up for me really well. What do you think?
With her nephew at her side, this elderly lady looks the picture of innocence as she tries to renew her driving licence. In fact, this extraordinary picture shows Thomas Prusik-Parkin who is in a New York court accused of an astonishing scam in which he dressed up as his dead mother for six years to steal $115,000 in benefits. Officials say he donned a wig, heavy make-up, old-fashioned dresses and a cane to pretend he was his mother.
(posted from Vice. By Annette Lamothe-Ramos. http://www.vice.com/read/beelzebubs-daughter-0000175-v19n4?Contentpage=-1)
Zeena standing at the edge of the Grunewaldsee in Berlin. Portrait By Florian Büttner
Even by the standards of New Agey, cult-friendly LA, Zeena Schreck had a bizarre and abusive upbringing at the hands of parents who made the devil more famous than he’s ever been. Zeena is the daughter of Church of Satan (CoS) founders Anton LaVey and Diane Hegarty, as well as the recipient of its first baptism.
By 13, she had been completely indoctrinated by the CoS, received death threats regularly, and was pregnant. She went on to be ordained the CoS’s high priestess and spokesperson just as Reagan-era yuppies began to completely freak over tales of children being sacrificed in the woods by her congregation.
Against all odds, Zeena managed to rebel against the self-absorbed zealots who raised her and left the church in 1990 with her husband, Nikolas Schreck. In 2002, the couple founded the Sethian Liberation Movement, a religious body that allows people to learn and practice magic without answering to an oppressive sect and helps free ex-cult members from their troubled pasts. Somehow, she’s managed to turn her life of chaos into one of spiritual peace, and while I can’t say for sure whether she has magical powers, several times during our interview she seemed to anticipate exactly what I was going to ask her.
VICE: Do you remember the first days of Satanism or was that before your time?
Zeena Schreck: My father was experimenting with various gimmicks: holding Friday-night lectures he referred to as the “magic circle,” hosting burlesque shows with strippers dressed up as witches and vampires, but nothing that was necessarily “Satanic.” He had a pet lion he would take around with him on the streets of San Francisco, so he really was doing whatever he could to market himself locally. It wasn’t until a publicist wrote a story about him that referred to him as the “first priest of Satan” that he got the idea he could start his own religion. It was very similar to the way L. Ron Hubbard started Scientology, and the same way all of these cults spring up in California. My mother was mortified because she just wanted to be like the Addams Family, but it all took off so quickly and spun very much out of his control.
Did you interact with his initial followers? What were they like?
He had followers who took things very seriously and genuinely believed in this entity Satan and not so much in Anton LaVey’s idea of Satanism. As it turns out, he wasn’t very knowledgeable on the subject and, in essence, created a postmodern version of Satanism as he went along. It was a manifestation of his ego.
Did he fully know what he was getting into?
He was very confused, and as a result, so are the inheritors of the church. He’s been accused of being a con man—which is accurate—but he wasn’t a very efficient one. He was lazy and never planned for the future or looked after his family because that is the nature of LaVeyan Satanism: Get what you can, live only in the here and now, care only about yourself, and get other people to care for you. It’s like you’re one big infant.
What was it like living under a roof owned by a guy who was responsible for a national freak-out over Satanic practices?
We were not liked in our neighborhood, as our presence created a lot of disharmony. He attracted a lot of psychopaths who’d leave threatening answering-machine messages that we had no choice but to listen to day and night. I’ve gotten over most of the traumas of my childhood, including when I was 11 and had to transcribe these messages for the SFPD describing in great detail how I’d be killed and raped. I was also trained to take down the license plate of any car that sat out front for too long because vandals would throw eggs and bombs and shoot bullets at the house. The sound of a car engine still gets to me this day—the sound that always preceded an attack—Satanism was not a beloved thing.
Did your parents warn you about the difficulties you would undoubtedly face as their child?
I had to defend myself because my parents wouldn’t get out of bed to defend me. They had other people caring for me since they were too wrapped up in their own problems and fought constantly. This mentality—along with our dysfunctional relationships and my father’s violence, fear, and paranoia—were the forces behind his teachings.
Zeena, age three, at her Satanic baptism, 1967.
What lead you to become the CoS’s spokeswoman?
In the 80s, Christian fundamentalists started using the church as their scapegoat, the group they could point a finger at as being responsible for these secret cattle mutilations, child abductions, and crazy government-related conspiracy theories they were hearing about in the news. I panicked, feeling as though they were attacking my religion and my father, so I contacted him and asked what his plans were to address the situation. I learned that he had no plans because he no longer had anyone to help him, and there really wasn’t a Church of Satan anymore. All of the members from the 60s and 70s no longer participated; they were just names on a mailing list. I decided I’d act as its temporary spokeswoman in order to show everyone that we really did exist. Somehow one year turned into five, and my fighting actually ended up helping to form new memberships within the church again.
Reading over those old interviews, I thought you handled yourself pretty well.
My father, who was too sickly and frightened to ever do his own PR, was happy to have me handle things, but he and the remaining members of the church provided no realistic support when I needed it. He lived in a dream world where absolutely nothing to do with social issues was of any importance. We were the targets of a nationwide witch hunt, and all he wanted was for me to talk about Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield.
LaVeyan Satanism wasn’t particularly rooted in spirituality, so I find it curious that you veered toward black magic. Did it fill a void for you that was left empty in the CoS?
I always had a natural inclination toward magic. A lot of the people who were attracted to the church considered themselves witches and warlocks in the traditional sense, so I learned a lot from them. When I became pregnant at 13, I began learning meditation since I had to find a way of getting through labor; I had to be awake during the [C-section] surgery. It was mind over matter, and I saw this as a form of magic. Had I not experienced that kind of fear and brainpower at such a young age, it wouldn’t have inspired me to pursue my spiritual side and push myself deeper.
Was there a specific moment when you decided that everything your father had taught you was a lie, or was it more of a gradual realization?
It was much later on, likely due to the intervention of the god Seth, who awakens through harsh disillusionment or scorn or through the shattering of everything that you thought was real being torn from you. I thought, “How could my parents have done this to me for so long assuming I’d never find out? How could they lie to me about my identity and religion and the things I went to fight the public for them about that made me look like a fool?”
Many CoS members, including your husband, Nikolas, left when you resigned as high priestess. Was your departure based on ideological differences with the church’s tenets?
I feel you should be able to learn anything without having to join an organization, so I began teaching black magic independently from the church. Consequently, a lot of the people I taught who were part of the CoS also saw what was happening behind the scenes and became just as disenchanted as I had.
Zeena’s last meeting with her father, Anton LaVey, shortly before resigning from her post as high priestess of the Church of Satan, 1990. Photo by A. Wyatt Mann
Zeena relaxing in her Hollywood home on her coffin/bed, 1988. Photo by Max Kobal
Was there any backlash from the remaining churchgoers?
Their harassment was part of the reason we left. Like most cults that are based on protecting the founder’s image, they do their best to attack anyone who says anything negative about their views or reveals the truth about them. So after we left, we said goodbye to the US and moved to Europe to focus on creative ventures, such as [experimental band] Radio Werewolf, which was part of the Werewolf Order, which was more of an environmentally inclined magical movement.
And after that you joined the Temple of Set [ToS]. Were you wary of joining another organization, even if it was more flexible than the CoS?
I waited a long time and didn’t just move from one group to the next. While I was residing in Vienna, I visited a museum where a Sethian altar lives. It was there that I had a very profound experience that enabled me to clearly see the course for my future. Still, I thought, “I’m not a joiner.” I really should have listened to myself, but I did it anyway. I wrote a letter of reconciliation to the founder, Michael Aquino, who was formerly part of the CoS, since I assumed he’d had a similar religious experience with the real entity of Seth before starting the group. It wasn’t until I became more involved that I realized it was an Anton LaVey fan club. Aquino didn’t know anything about comparative religions, couldn’t argue theology or Egyptian cosmology… I kept thinking, “Maybe he’s being coy; we’ll eventually get to know his secrets,” and that never happened. It was my father’s legacy, another abusive and corruptive group, and not at all what I was interested in.
It may seem obvious, but based on your insight, why are so many people attracted to these pseudo-occult groups?
Nowadays, people are very needy and searching for guidance, so in occultism you can’t jump into anything haphazardly. You should ask yourself, “Do they seem honest and know what they’re talking about?” And if they don’t have all the answers, will they try to find them or direct you to someone who does? But unfortunately, people’s longing for entertainment—to have something interesting to talk about at work on Monday—causes them to subconsciously find themselves enmeshed in these dangerous groups.
When you and Nikolas left the ToS, you founded the Sethian Liberation Movement. What is the main difference between the SLM and the groups you have left behind?
The SLM exists for personal-enlightenment purposes; it’s tantric in its nature and based on meditation and practices with Seth. We came from a cultlike hierarchal-degree system to organically form this new entity when we saw that a lot of the former members of the ToS, who were of a lower degree, had unresolved anger and hostility issues due to the ways they’d been mistreated. So the SLM came about, along with a sector called Phoenix that helps others resolve painful issues through meditation and spiritual guidance.
What sorts of painful issues?
I teach people worldwide regardless of their beliefs or background: drug addicts, child stars, religion-based cult members from sects like Scientology, Jehovah’s Witnesses, members of Iranian Marxist political groups. I felt the need to help people who have a short-range need for spiritual assistance, and the techniques I teach can aid them in overcoming their problems the same way I did. If I can help plant the seed, my teachings can continue to help later on in life, and even if they eventually end up searching elsewhere for guidance, that’s OK.
Archival images courtesy of Zeena Schreck
The funniest audition ever EVER!! I have wanted to post this for a long LONG time.. It never gets tired or old…. Always makes me laugh a lot!!
I hope you enjoy it too!
We have this cute little shop down on Cortland St. that is a used kids clothing store. In the very back of one side (they are in side by side storefronts that make up the store), they sell used womens clothes. I love shopping in this secret little gem of ours but i never try anything on. It is so cheap i just figure if it doesnt fit right i will just donate it back.
…With hand sanitizer and money for our tip jar!
Note. Sign says please do not put paper in the toilet. The water for the sink didnt work, BUT they did have hand sanitizer instead so everything is okay! I also love the tip container. I would put money on the fact that they put the money in to make people think it is the right thing to do…. I was cracking up! Broken sink, broken toilet, hand sanitizer and a tip jar! Perfect!