Destructive Witnesses: JW, IS, Saudis, Brits, Byzantines

[ by Charles Cameron — religions taking other religions apart, stone by stone, image by image, song by song ] . Some recently converted Jehovah’s Witnesses appear to have destroyed the altars of indigenous Otomi people in Mexico, an anthopologist has stated: Assailants have damaged an ancient Otomi Indian religious site in Mexico, toppling stone […] Read more »

On Magic: Jane’s and the Jesuits

[ by Charles Cameron -- a brief note on my own bi-focal vision, with appreciation to Marina Warner ] . ** I was just reading Marina Warner‘s recent essay On Magic — and protective magic in particular — and was struck by the phrase: Calligraphic blazons act as icons, gems are incised with prayers to [...] Read more »

On Time and timeframes

[ by Charles Cameron -- 48 hours, Egyptian time, can mean many things, also DoD foresight, next 48 hrs ] . We seem to have at least four “times” here, ranking from 12 to 72 hours — or zero to 72 if you take the Army’s announcement itself as a sort of starting pistol — [...] Read more »