3/31/2008 12:20 PM “A Non-Hidden Agenda”
1. Social Security office on Valencia in the Mission – need to get there to get income data so I can apply for a California I.D through the DMV.
2. Sale of used books coming up on the 4th, 11am to 2pm, on the steps of the library. Have found nice items, like an old Arnold Ehret “mucusless” one.
3. Box Dog, bicycle shop – need to get a strong Kryptonite lock for my wheels. My favored shop, Road Rage on Valencia, is out of business.
4. May put a hundred dollars or more onto my Bank of America credit card at the beginning of the month. Have been repaying only 50 the past few months. Have dipped into that red zone deeper the past few days, happily so.
5. At 479 Ellis, located a Chinese herbalist who sells lycii berries – also called goji berries – for eight bucks a pound. Good for the eyes – mine need support. A new hot item in that marketplace of that kind of supplement.
6. New blog name: “Fris Co”. From a new song by the B-52s. There’s “Pris” in Blade Runner. Also “Chris”, the Yul Brynner character in The Magnificent Seven. And “Co” is like short for “company”.
7. Cacao nibs – chocolate, raw, unsweetened – in bulk at Rainbow. These said to be very, very good for one, so I’m gonna buy. Recommended highly by raw food guru David Wolfe.
8. Friend Joe at the Hartland Hotel, Geary and Larkin – haven’t seen him in a while, gonna pay a social call.
9. Amoeba on Haight – new Eagles sought – The Long Road Out of Eden. Not at Rasputin’s on Powell or the Virgin Megastore at Stockton and Market.
10. Listening on CD to Gore Vidal’s Point to Point Navigation. Excellent.
11. Yeo’s – packaged curry, less than a buck, good new addition to meals.
12. Rainbow incense lately – “Tibetan Bouquet”, from Triloka – recommended.
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1. …topics possibly under consideration: www.davidicke.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8389&page=22 – Illuminati symbolism in corporate logos at a site in the David Icke sphere.
2. William Irwin Thompson - www.williamirwinthompson.org/. You want to exercise your mind, he’s one to do it.
3. Jacob Atabet: http://www.geniebusters.org/915/02_atabet.html. An interesting novel you may have overlooked.
4. www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dharma_Bums. May just spend the ten bucks or so to get the new edition of this.
5. www.yelp.com/biz/cafe-mason-san-francisco. A 24-hour establishment that I’ve been to a few times in the early morning hours before dawn.
6. http://green.sfgate.com/. Haven’t looked through this site yet, but it’s sure to contain plenty of good material.
7. http://nutiva.com/products/7_hempseeds.php. Someone just gave me some of these seeds – very nutritious.
8. http://away-home.tripod.com/manson_barkerranch.html. Charles Manson in the news again recently. Investigators looking around this former “Family” encampment for dead bodies. MSNBC just had an interview with the man from two decades back. Whatever else you can say about him, he’s fascinating to listen to. It’s not by accident that he was able to entrance so many people. I was about to put a link here to a YouTube clip of Charlie singing, but I’ll spare you that spectacle.
9. Selected reader comments at a site about the origins of the Starbucks mermaid symbol:1) Darren: “Well, some interesting theories as to the origin of the current incarnation of the corporate logo (a British actress, Mary Magdalene, Knights Templar seal, etc.), but I think you will have to agree that all of these theories fall dreadfully flat in light of the fact that it is almost a perfect dead-ringer for a carving of the pagan goddess Astarte, right down to the
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wavy hair and starry crown, with the only difference being that the arms are
curved inward to make for a neater circle. (I've a graduate degree in art history, BTW, for what it's worth.) Don't believe me? Check it out and then decide for yourselves; below is a link which has a direct side-by-side
comparison of the current corporate logo and the ancient carving of Astarte
of which I write. http://la.cacophony.org/starbucks.html.” [They really do look alike, if the old stone relief carving of Astarte is for real.]
2) “David: Pagan goddess is correct, however it was a Canaanite Goddess that the people would off their children to as burnt offerings to pay homage to this pagan goddess. Corporations usually take on a logo of something that has something to do with the occult whether it is deliberate or accidental. This logo was not created but imitated. If Starbucks knew of this do you think they would continue to keep it as their logo? Probably since most people don't pay attention to these things anyway but it does however have a spiritual connection. Hey I drink it too! and each time I am reminded of this pagan goddess. Kinda make me feel a little strange and I think of going back to drinking dunkin' donuts coffee now that I am aware of this.” [In general I go out of my way to avoid Starbucks. Passed one on my bicycle the other day here in San Francisco and decided, even though I have a twenty dollar gift card, to find a more agreeable location to pass an hour, which I did at a local, really Boho-style coffeehouse that had slipped my mind. Independent places like that deserve patronage more than cash-fat Starbucks and other corporate chains. I mean, really, does the Starbucks coffee taste so much better than at local, one-of-a-kind coffeehouses? Especially ones that don’t condone child sacrifice?]
3) “Betsy: Canaanite worship consisted in human sacrifice, preferably first-born children, as a burnt offering to Ba'al and consort, Astarte. This detestable and inhuman pagan custom of slaying and then cremating the victim, also practiced at Tyre in honor of Melcarth, was severely condemned by the Mosaic Law and was made punishable by the death of the guilty party (Lev.18,21; 20, 2-5).”
4) Fnord: “Do YOU honestly think Starbucks would've chosen a logo associated with a cannibalistic goddess? The image was meant to look like a Siren, with the wavy hair to cover her breasts. The similarity to Astarte is much more likely to be coincidental than intentional.”