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Hestia's Journal
Hestia's Journal
January 23, 2017

CBS Confirms Drumpf Brought His Own Studio Audience To Clap For Him At CIA Speech

CBS Confirms Drumpf Brought His Own Studio Audience To Clap For Him At CIA Speech
By Sarah Jones on Mon, Jan 23rd, 2017 at 12:20 pm

CBS News confirmed reports that President Donald Drumpf brought a studio audience to his visit with the CIA on Saturday. The news agency reports that an official said the visit left a wake of "unease," “made relations with the intelligence community worse," and was “uncomfortable.”

CBS News confirmed reports that President Donald Drumpf brought a studio audience to his visit with the CIA on Saturday. The news agency reports that an official said the visit left a wake of “unease,” “made relations with the intelligence community worse,” and was “uncomfortable.”

Intelligence people were “stunned” and “offended by the president’s tone,” CBS reports. “U.S. government sources tell CBS News that there is a sense of unease in the intelligence community after President Drumpf’s visit to CIA headquarters on Saturday.”

Also, Drumpf did bring cheering props, which fits with how he has operated previously in requiring a cheering section – a sort of laugh track of supportive extras like those his campaign hired for his announcement event. It has been confirmed by Drumpf insiders that the President loves props.

more at: http://www.politicususa.com/2017/01/23/cbs-confirms-reports-donald-trump-brought-cheering-props-cia-visit.html

Maybe we will finally get journalism back from the hinterlands.

August 28, 2016

Movie: Hell or High Water

This is a true to life movie, especially if a person is very very smart. I'm not going to out any spoilers but if you sit back (you've got 2 hours) and watch and think about it, a person could do the same as Toby. He's quite brilliant actually in how he thinks out on saving the family land.

One thing that struck me is how the cinematographer and director captured the America we (rural) live in: dying, dusty towns that have been left behind, with only the Debt Relief mafia's left, with railroad tracks running through the middle.

So when you watch film, watch the background too of each shot. That's where we are. We've been left out since the 1970s and there are no start-up funds bailing out our downtowns. No money in it.

Jeff Bridges chews up the scenery because he was given that free hand to do so. He is any cop USA.

Good film which gives you lots to think on, which is what a good movie does.

June 2, 2016

(((Echoes))), Exposed: The Secret Symbol Neo-Nazis Use to Target Jews Online

(((Echoes))), Exposed: The Secret Symbol Neo-Nazis Use to Target Jews Online
By Cooper Fleishman and Anthony Smith June 01, 2016

In the early days of the social web, putting someone's name in multiple parentheses was meant to give that person a cute virtual hug. Today, it's something far more sinister.

Neo-Nazis, anti-Semites and white nationalists have begun using three sets of parentheses encasing a Jewish surname — for instance, (((Fleishman))) — to identify and target Jews for harassment on blogs and major social media sites like Twitter. As one white supremacist tweeted, "It's closed captioning for the Jew-blind."

Jonathan Weisman, deputy Washington editor for the New York Times, wrote about his experience as a victim of this harassment in a May 26 story.

"Hello ((Weisman))" it began after Weisman tweeted a Washington Post article about Donald Drumpf titled "This Is How Fascism Comes to America."

Weisman asked his harasser, @CyberTrump, to explain the symbol. "It's a dog whistle, fool," the user responded. "Belling the cat for my fellow goyim."


(If this has been posted earlier, let me know and I'll delete this post.)

May 6, 2016

Interesting blog -- he equates technology as making a deal with Lucifer

(though, it seems, Lucifer is a title, like Christ is a title, not actual names). If being true, then you could go either way on Lucifer & Technology/Science.

The blog does deal a little with CT, which I haven't read in years, but also makes the posts more enlightening because I am familiar with it.


January 26, 2016

Last gravel highway in state, near Devilís Den, to be paved

Last gravel highway in state, near Devil’s Den, to be paved
By Bill Bowden
This article was published January 25, 2016 at 5:45 a.m.


WINSLOW — Work will begin next month to pave the last stretch of gravel highway in Arkansas.

The 3.87-mile segment of Arkansas 220 goes from Devil’s Den State Park south about a mile into Crawford County.

Arkansas has 16,411 miles of highways.

“Paving these last few miles is highly symbolic for a state which has traditionally had a reputation as hopelessly backward,” said Tom Dillard, an Arkansas historian.

Dillard cited the story of the Arkansas Traveler and the 1903 book On a Slow Train Through Arkansaw, which became the best-selling joke book in American history.

more at link

Technically, all highways were paved and the Highway Dept. inherited this road from the Nat'l Forestry Service.

November 17, 2015

Judge accused of soliciting sex in exchange for sentence reductions

Judge accused of soliciting sex in exchange for sentence reductions

A Cross County judge is accused of soliciting sex from offenders in his court in exchange for sentence reductions, the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission said.

District Court Judge Joseph Boeckmann will have 30 days to respond to charges filed by the commission, which were released Tuesday. He is also entitled to a hearing in front of the commission.

Boeckmann, a district judge since 2009, used his role as judge to seek "out young Caucasian male litigants," for the purpose of sexual relationships, the commission stated in its allegations.

The report says Boeckmann at times told offenders to perform "substituionary sentences" and asked them to "contact him to present their 'trash pick up' requirements at either his office or his home."


November 17, 2015

To the Republicans Blaming President Obama for the Attack in Paris: Are You Out of Your Damn Minds?

Many Republicans have reached such a point of absurdity, it’s unfathomable to me that there are people who still take them seriously. Try as I might, I cannot bring myself to the simplistic, small-minded level of thinking that it clearly requires to buy into and believe the nonsense the GOP constantly pushes.


That being said, following the awful terrorist attack in Paris on Friday, I saw many Republicans suggesting President Obama might be to blame for the attack. They seem to enjoy claiming that his “failed foreign policy” is what allowed this to happen.
Just stop.

First, you can spin ISIS however you want, but the terror group might never have existed had George W. Bush not invaded Iraq, botched the whole damn thing and destabilized the entire region. Furthermore, if you’re blaming President Obama for our troop withdrawal – think again. That, too, was Bush by way of the Status of Forces Agreement he signed with the Iraqi government in 2008 that set the timetable for when our troops had to be out of Iraq.

And if you don’t believe me, just ask Dick Cheney who called the troop withdrawal a “sign of success in Iraq.


Very well stated.

July 22, 2015


by Artemisia de Vine

It has been four years since I became a full-time sexuality professional: a whore. Wow what an incredible journey it has been! I have grown so much as a person and as a professional to become the Goddess of Conscious Kink and the Erotic Arts I am today. I have worked under many names and in many different roles and learned a wide variety of erotic arts from feathers to whips, following the erotic cookie crumbs on a journey of sweat, flesh, cum and self discovery.

This morning I let my mind drift back in time to a pivotal moment a couple of years before I decided to enter the adult industry. I now see that it was my initiation into whoredom. The memory touched me so much I wept. I want to share it with you. I want to honor the people who may not realise they played a part in making me who I am.

I’ve always been a sexually curious adventurer. My friends would say, “Can’t you talk about anything else besides sex?” I’d be quite baffled at that. It was my passion and fascination. It was my thing. I’ve also always been drawn to look into the “whys” and “hows” of the human psyche. It became a natural thing for me to want to explore sexuality with awareness. However it has been a long journey and I started with practically no knowledge and a deep, destructive sense of shame due to my strict upbringing.

My adventures in self discovery led me to try all sorts of outrageous things: BDSM, swinging, group sex, ritual sex, exhibitionism and more. You name it, I tried it. I lost count of how many lovers of all genders I’d had well and truly before I turned professional. Through it all I remained a spiritual being who aimed to have integrity. Oh I made mistakes aplenty, but my intention was to remain in integrity for my own well-being and for that of my play partners.


She played with words pictures and poetry to create impressions: snippets of things long ago, of myth, of legend, of temples to the Goddess where sacred prostitutes were once honored, of times when Goddesses were revered. She whispered of incense, flesh, spirit, of embodied, empowered women, menstrual blood, lovers entwined, erotic pleasure, dance… the visceral and the ethereal. Cunt. Whore. Slut. Spirit. Heart. All as words of empowerment not degradation.

much more at: http://badwitch.es/initiation-whore/

This comes from a really good site with lots of food for thought and other things...

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