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Tuesday, 27 November 2007
Debaptism 2.0: Fleeing the Flock Via the Net
Nicole Martinelli 06.07.07 2:00 AM
MILAN -- Disgruntled Italian Catholics are increasingly turning to the internet to leave the Church by getting "debaptized" -- but typically, the Pope isn't making the process web friendly.
Cyberspace is one of the few places lapsed Catholics can get a copy of the formal letter called "actus defectionis" that is required by Church officials to leave the faith.
One such letter, downloaded 30,000 times, is the main attraction at the Italian Union of Rationalists and Agnostics, or UAAR, website.
The 2,000-member group, which won a David-and-Goliath legal battle over debaptism in 2002, has no brick-and-mortar office. It relies on e-mail and the occasional phone call to keep things moving.
"We see a traffic spike every time the Pope says something unpopular," said UAAR site manager Raffaele Carcano, who is also a banker, adding that the site recently hit new heights during a recent fray over civil unions.
Church officials, however, view debaptism as a matter of bookkeeping. Priests are incapable of washing off the holy water that tots were dipped in for the rite.
The actus defectionis must be snail-mailed to the parish where baptism took place. Priests note in the register that the flock member has permanently strayed -- and that's one less believer to bulk up statistics.
There are no statistics on how many Italians have defected. Proponents claim thousands, the Church maintains a handful -- and according to at least one Vaticanista, Salvatore Mazza of the Catholic daily newspaper Avvenire, debaptists can, at best, "hope to become a niche phenomena."
Still, there's enough buzz around debaptism to prompt the Vatican to publish a legislative text reminding the former faithful that they are committing an act of "apostasy, heresy or schism."
The pool is a potentially large one: 90 percent of Italians are baptized but only a third are churchgoers.
Debaptists have their anti-evangelizing work cut out for them. Reaching computer-shy lapsed Catholics may be the biggest challenge -- just 31 percent of Italians regularly use (.pdf) the internet.
And, although the internet is great for disseminating information, downloading the letter doesn't absolve one from the infuriating Bel Paese bureaucracy, as Luca S. discovered.
Luca, a 28-year-old who works in sales, downloaded the letter from UAAR's site and mailed it. His parish priest in Verona, who had never debaptized anyone before, demanded a face-to-face meeting.
Describing himself as "kind of a coward and pretty lazy," but unwilling to belong to a Church that didn't represent him, Luca made an appointment. He told the priest he had never been a believer, so why belong to the flock? "A flock that included me as soon as I was born without my consent," he said.
The priest noted Luca had formally left the religion in the baptism register, then Luca signed his name and left.
For Carcano, 40, the battle continues. Judging from the e-mail he gets, Luca's experience is fairly common -- priests often insist on a face-to-face interview. UAAR recently uploaded a new letter with reinforced legal jargon to dissuade priests from requiring in-person visits or notifying relatives of the debaptism.
"My parents didn't take it well," Luca said. "They were concerned about what people would think. But they've since forgotten about the whole thing. In a lot of families this would be seen as an immense tragedy. My mother was upset because I can't get married in church now."
Though UAAR works mostly remotely, members meet offline to organize protests and other initiatives, including an upcoming group debaptism for the non-internet savvy.
The story of the heroine Cassandra is a favorite in Greek mythology. Cassandra makes an appearance in many plays and poems, where often she is depicted in her most memorable role - that of prophetess. So let us explore this compelling Greek heroine, and learn about Cassandra in myth and legend.
Cassandra is mentioned briefly in the Iliad of Homer (which, incidentally, is one of our oldest and most respected sources for information about the characters of Greek myth). Indeed, in the Iliad, we learn that Cassandra was the child of King Priam of Troy, and she was considered to be Priam's most beautiful daughter (Homer, Iliad, Book XIII, 365). However, no mention of Cassandra's notorious prophetic power is made in this Homeric epic.
We first find the tale of Cassandra and her legendary gifts in other works of ancient Greek literature. According to one version of the story, Cassandra received the power to foretell the future from the god Apollo. Apparently, Apollo instructed the mortal woman and taught her about the art of prophecy because he had an ulterior motive - the god wished to win her affections. Cassandra accepted Apollo as a teacher, but not as a lover. Naturally, the god was insulted by this refusal. So he punished Cassandra. Apollo caused the gift that he gave Cassandra to be twisted, making everyone who heard her true and accurate foretellings of future events believe that they were instead hearing lies. In other words, the wondrous blessing bestowed upon a mortal became instead a terrible curse.
And indeed, the burden of Cassandra's "gift" is evident in mythology. She predicted the outcome of many disastrous events. In one memorable example, Cassandra announced the dire consequences of the Trojans accepting the infamous Wooden Horse from their Greek opponents. But as Apollo made certain, no one believed Cassandra when she warned her companions about the future. And this, in the end, was to be Cassandra's tragic fate.
Friday, 23 November 2007
Delta 5 – Mind your own business
Tunnelvision – Glenn Miller
ATV – Action Time Vision
Damned – Disco Man
Devo –Praying Hands
Cabaret Voltaire – Nag Nag Nag
Subway Sect – Ambition
Joy Division – No Love Lost
Magazine – A Song from Under the Floorboards
Lou Reed – Waiting for my Man
Richard Hell and the Voivoids – blank Generation
Mercenary Skank – No more Dancing
Fatal Microbes – Violence Grows
Fad Gadget – King of Flies
Danielle Dax – Yummer Yummer man
Siouxsie And the Banshees – Spellbound
Gang of Four – I love men in uniform
Bone Orchard – Girl with a gun
Spizzenergi – where’s captain Kirk
999 – Nasty Nasty
Sham69 – Borstal Breakout
Crisis – Alienation
New York Dolls – Personality Crisis
David Bowie – Suffragette City
Soft Cell – Frustration
Danse Society – Danse/Move
Blue Orchids – Dumb Magician
Gaznevada – Frogs on the Phone
Television – Friction
Ian Dury – Sex Drugs and Rock’n Roll
Jam – Down in the Tube Station at Midnight
Buzzcocks – Raison D’etre
Wire – Ex Lion Tamer
Iggy Pop – Penetration
Department S – Is Vic There?
Sonic Youth – Kool Thing
ESG – You are not Good
The Wake – give Up
Pere Ubu – Final Solution
8 Eyed Spy – Diddy Wah Diddy
The Pop Group – We are all Prostitutes
Section XXV – Girls Don’t Count
Bush Tetras – Too Many Creeps
Carcrash International – The Whip
Madness – Baggy Trousers
Wednesday, 21 November 2007
with silent movements.
then taught me how to fly
in a night.
with your deep black eyes
leading me in the exploration
of my own self
Thristy and curious
you discovered the crysalis
Hiding in a cocoon
of silk rope
left hanging from the ceiling
of the skies.
tightened to our hearts.
in the morning sun
of our days.
(c) Poison Creeper 2007
Friday, 16 November 2007
Most mythology books focus on Persephone only in the context of her abduction from her mother, Demeter, and Demeter's subsequent fight to get her daughter back. But Persephone's story, and her role in the Greek pantheon, is so much more than this. She is the Queen of the Underworld, as well as the Maiden, symbol of rebirth. Her Latin name, Proserpina, "first serpent," is a reminder of her mysterious connection to the cycles of loss and renewal. In her times above ground, Persephone brings the new growth of spring. But it is in her times in the dark Underworld, beginning with the autumn equinox, that she comes into her full glory, as advocate for the dead and guide of souls. Persephone symbolizes the power of making choices, and of accepting the roles destined for us. If we hesitate at the gate to the deepening places, we may never come into our true power.
guest dj slot @
PRETTY IN PINK
We play the best bits of the late 70s and the 80s, plus occasional surprises from other years, on two floors. Both floors are quite different, but you'll probably hear certain 'new wave' bands upstairs and downstairs, e.g.
DAVID BOWIE, SMITHS, CURE, BLONDIE, PSYCHEDELIC FURS, SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES, IGGY POP, JOY DIVISION / NEW ORDER, ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN, SISTERS OF MERCY, SIMPLE MINDS, TALKING HEADS, PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED, ALTERED IMAGES, ASSOCIATES, etc
Downstairs in the basement, we mix these up with the best alternative/glam-friendly new romanticism, pop, dance and rock, such as...
DURAN DURAN, HUMAN LEAGUE, JAPAN, DEPECHE MODE, PET SHOP BOYS, MADONNA, PRINCE, SOFT CELL, CULT, GUNS N' ROSES, ADAM & THE ANTS, SPECIALS, SPARKS, DONNA SUMMER, CHIC, ABC, JAM, TRANSVISION VAMP, A-HA, VISAGE, OMD, BAUHAUS, ROXY MUSIC, etc
(Notice the deliberate lack of cheese!)
And upstairs on the ground floor, we throw in more alternative, indie, punk and post-punk, including the likes of...
PIXIES, FALL, MAGAZINE, RAMONES, SONIC YOUTH, MY BLOODY VALENTINE, WIRE, WEDDING PRESENT, ORANGE JUICE, GANG OF FOUR, PATTI SMITH, TELEVISION, GO-BETWEENS, DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS, REPLACEMENTS, NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS, DEVO, etc
THE CANCER GARDEN
Guest Dj Slot with States Of Flux
Joan Of Arc Family
Remebrance of one of the best Record Company EVER existed.
That night will be a stroll down to memory lane from most .
Even if we didn't live those years ourselves (is because of we are too "young" or for any other reason), we still live under the influence of bands that were able to depict the steadfasteness of life in an industrial era dominated by greyness, boredom and social and political discontent.
A group of artists that have been able to stay alive through the years and through their genuine passion for the music they made.
click here to see the event
Talking about the factory records, there will be another Factory Records Night in Bruxelles on the 15th, with Peter Hook deejaying.
click here to see the event and buy tickets
here is their bullettin:
15/12/2007 - 19:00 - Brussels
Concerts: Section 25, The Names, Crispy Ambulance, Kevin Hewick
DJ sets: Peter Hook (New Order/Joy Division), Martin Moscrop (A Certain Ratio)
Exhibitions: Philippe Carly, Katja Ruge, Factory Benelux
Projections: Shadowplayers, clips, documents...
+ afterparty: 30 years of Factory Sound
DJ's: Peter Hook (New Order/Joy Division), Martin Moscrop (A Certain Ratio)
Gore (Cruise [Ctrl]), Idan K (Sophya), Muffin (Club Terror), X-Pulsiv (Pilgrimage)
Plan K / La Raffinerie - rue de Manchester straat 21 - 1080 Brussels
20 euros (afterparty only: 10 euros) (presale: www.ticketnet.be, FNAC, Caroline Music)
Click here to see the website
Vale and I will be there, we found Ryanair tix for bruxelles for 50quid return, and we are staying in a Hostel in center of the city Click here to see the hostel
It also have separate room with en suit bathroom for an average of 20 quid per night.
We will be arriving early morning saturday (8am) and leaving in the afternoon on sunday.
Tuesday, 13 November 2007
Monday, 12 November 2007
Crystalline quartz in shades of purple, lilac or mauve is called amethyst, a stone traditionally worn to guard against drunkeness and to instill a sober mind. The word amethyst comes from the Greek meaning "without drunkenness" and amethyst is beleived to protect one from poison.
It is used as a dream stone and to help insomnia. Put an amethyst under your pillow to bring about pleasant dreams, or rub it across your forehead to offer relief from a headache.
Ancient Egyptians used the amethyst guard against guilty and fearful feelings. It has been worn as protection from self-deception, as well as a protection against witchcraft. The amethyst has long been used to open the spiritual and psychic centers, making it one of the power stones. It is also used as a meditation aid when worn as a necklace.
The amethyst is known as the Bishop's Stone and is still worn by Catholic Bishops. The amethyst symbolizes piety, humility, sincerity and spiritual wisdom. It is thought the amethyst is the perfect stone to symbolize The Age of Aquarius.
Healing properties of Amethyst
Amethyst is a gemstone often worn by healers, as it has the power to focus energy. A healer will usually wear several pieces of jewelry with amethysts set in silver, especially an amethyst necklace. The person to be healed will have an Amethyst to hold while the healing is being done. The healer will place another piece of Amethyst on the area of the body in need of healing, the heart or lungs usually.
Amethyst is used for problems in the blood and in breathing problems. Amethyst crystal clusters are used to keep the air and life force in the home clean and positive.
Amethyst clusters, points or several tumbled Amethysts placed in a window that receives sun most of the day are very beneficial to use in healing and to heal negativity in the home. Place Amethyst clusters, points or several tumbled Amethysts in moonlight and everyone in the home will be feeling calmer. Using an Amethyst as a meditation focus will increase the positive spiritual feelings. Amethyst helps overcome fears and cravings. It also helps relieve headaches.