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I picked some early plums recently hence they are still very sour, ever seen an anime character eat a dried/preserved plum only for their face to pucker up so much it looks like they’ve been caught by an invisible vacuum cleaner? They’re like that at this stage but without the dehydrating of the mouth so […]

So today is the orthodox historical date for the opening of World War 1, the first world war of our epoch as we know/found it and generally remember, apparently provoked by an incident one month prior on 28th June 1914 with the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand assassinated at Sarajevo. On 28th July 2014 July Austria declared war on Serbia and so it went on, although many doubt that is how/why it really began.

War! What is it good for!?

Absolutely nothing? I don’t think so.

Ummm:
1) Lining the pockets of those atop the social/economic pyramid and the politi/polemicists begging for coin.
2) War games, scenario practice/experimentation – a whole load of test subjects available.
3) Wiping out excess ‘useless eaters’/people, places, wildlife.
4) Land/people/resource grabbing/transportation.
5) Distraction for all of the above.
6) Propaganda.

7) Oh and fun for extreme sadists/sickos, their backup who relish the tidbits/casts offs/leftovers and voyeur fans who live vicariously through the actions of others in whole hearted, salivating support.

Here’s some interesting pics regarding postal censorship:

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I found the post pics here: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/britain1906to1918/pdf/complete_G6.pdf An interesting exercise on thinking about propaganda showing a number of the UK/behalf of UK publications at the time who were all of course operating under DORA or Defence of the Realm Act.

The original Defence of the Realm Act (DORA), which became law on 8 August 1914, was little more than a paragraph long. This second revised and expanded version of the emergency legislation outlines a wider range of possible wartime offences against the British state. Trial by courts martial, for example, was now authorised for anyone contravening regulations designed – with suitable vagueness – ‘to prevent the spread of false reports or reports likely to cause disaffection to His Majesty’. DORA was extended a further three times during the conflict.

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Defence of the Realm Consolidation Act, 1914    Ch.8.

CHAPTER 8.

An Act to consolidate and amend the Defence of the Realm Acts.                                                                              27th November 1914.

Be it enacted by the King’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

1. – (1) His Majesty in Council has power during the continuance of the present war to issue regulations for securing the public safety and defence of the realm, and as to the powers and duties for that purpose of the Admiralty and Army Council and of the members of His Majesty’s forces and other persons acting on his behalf; and may by such regulations authorise the trial by courts-martial, or in the case of minor offences by courts of summary jurisdiction, and punishment of persons committing offences against the regulations and in particular against any of the provisions of such regulations designed:-

(a) to prevent persons communicating with the enemy or obtaining information for that purpose or any purpose calculated to jeopardise the success of the operations of any of His Majesty’s forces or the forces of his allies or to assist the enemy; or

(b) to secure the safety of His Majesty’s forces and ships and the safety of any means of communication and of railways, ports, and harbours; or

(c) to prevent the spread of false reports or reports likely to cause disaffection to His Majesty or to interfere with the success of His Majesty’s forces by land or sea or to prejudice His Majesty’s relations with foreign powers; or

(d) to secure the navigation of vessels in accordance with directions given by or under the authority of the Admiralty; or

(e) otherwise to prevent assistance being given to the enemy or the successful prosecution of the war being endangered.

(2) Any such regulations may provide for the suspension of any restrictions on the acquisition or user of land, or the exercise of the power of making byelaws, or any other power under the Defence Acts, 1842 to 1875, or the Military Lands Acts, 1891 to 1903, and any such regulations or any orders made thereunder affecting the pilotage of vessels may supersede any enactment, order, charter, byelaw, regulation or provision as to pilotage.

(3) It shall be lawful for the Admiralty or Army Council -

(a) to require that there shall be placed at their disposal the whole or any part of the output of any factory or workshop in which arms, ammunition, or warlike stores or equipment, or any articles required for the production thereof, are manufactured;

(b) to take possession of and use for the purpose of His Majesty’s naval or military service any such factory or workshop or any plant thereof;

and regulations und this Act may be made accordingly.

(4) For the purpose of the trial of a person for an offence under the regulations by court-martial and the punishment thereof, the person may be proceeded agains and dealt with as if he were a person subject to military law and had on active service committed an offence under section five of the Army Act:

Provided that where it is proved that the offence is committed with the intention of assisting the enemy a person convicted of such an offence by a court-martial shall be liable to suffer death.

(5) For the purpose of the trial of a person for an offence under the regulations by a court of summary jurisdiction and the punishment thereof, the offence shall be deemed to have been committed either at the place in which the same actually was committed or in any place in which the offender may be, and the maximum penalty which may be inflicted shall be imprisonment with or without had labour for a term of six months or a fine of one hundred pounds, or both such imprisonment and fine; section seventeen of the Summary Jurisdiction Act, 1879, shall not apply to charges of offences against the regulations, but any person aggrieved by a conviction of a court of summary jurisdiction may appeal in England to a court of quarter sessions, and in Scotland under and in terms of the Summary Jurisdiction (Scotland) Acts, and in Ireland in manner prodided by the Summary Jurisdiction (Ireland) Acts.

(6) The regulations may authorise a court-martial or court of summary jurisdiction, in addition to any other punishment, to order the forfeiture of any goods in respect of which an offence against the regulations has been committed.

2. – (1) This Act may be cited as the Defence of the Realm Consolidation Act, 1914.

(2) The Defence of the Realm Act, 1914, and the Defence of the Realm (No. 2) Act, 1914, are hereby repealed, but nothing in this repeal shall affect any Orders in Council made thereunder, and all such Orders in Council shall, until altered or revoked by an Order in Council under this Act, continue in force and have effect as if made under this Act.

nationalarchives.gov.uk/pathways/firstworldwar/first_world_war/p_defence.htm

In practice this meant things like:

  1. no-one was allowed to talk about naval or military matters in public places
  2. no-one was allowed to spread rumours about military matters
  3. no-one was allowed to buy binoculars
  4. no-one was allowed to trespass on railway lines or bridges
  5. no-one was allowed to melt down gold or silver
  6. no-one was allowed to light bonfires or fireworks
  7. no-one was allowed to give bread to horses, horses or chickens
  8. no-one was allowed to use invisible ink when writing abroad
  9. no-one was allowed to buy brandy or whisky in a railway refreshment room
  10. no-one was allowed to ring church bells
  11. the government could take over any factory or workshop
  12. the government could try any civilian breaking these laws
  13. the government could take over any land it wanted to
  14. the government could censor newspapers

As the war continued and evolved, the government introduced more acts to DORA.

  1. the government introduced British Summer Time to give more daylight for extra work
  2. opening hours in pubs were cut
  3. beer was watered down
  4. customers in pubs were not allowed to buy a round of drinks

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/defence_of_the_realm_act_of_1914.htm

and of course the extremely important imprisonment without trial.

On 8th August 1914, the House of Commons passed the Defence of the Realm Act (DORA) without debate. The legislation gave the government executive powers to suppress published criticism, imprison without trial and to commandeer economic resources for the war effort.

During the war publishing information that was calculated to be indirectly or directly of use to the enemy became an offence and accordingly punishable in a court of law. This included any description of war and any news that was likely to cause any conflict between the public and military authorities.

In August 1914 the British government established the War Office Press Bureau under F. E. Smith. The idea was this organisation would censor news and telegraphic reports from the British Army and then issue it to the press. Lord Kitchener decided to appoint Colonel Ernest Swinton to become the British Army’s official journalist on the Western Front. Swinton’s reports were first censored at G.H.Q. in France and then personally vetted by Kitchener before being released to the press. Letters written by members of the armed forces to their friends and families were also read and censored by the military authorities.

After complaints from the USA the British government decided to look again at how the war was reported. After a Cabinet meeting on the subject in January, 1915, the government decided to change its policy and to allow selected journalists to report the war. Five men were chosen: Philip Gibbs (Daily Chronicle and the Daily Telegraph), Percival Philips (Daily Express and the Morning Post), William Beach Thomas (Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror) Henry Perry Robinson (The Times and the Daily News) and Herbert Russell (Reuters News Agency). Before their reports could be sent back to England, they had to be submitted to C. E. Montague, the former leader writer of the Manchester Guardian.

Over the next three years other journalists such as John Buchan, Valentine Williams, Hamilton Fyfe and Henry Nevinson, became accredited war correspondents. To remain on the Western Front, these journalists had to accept government control over what they wrote.

DORA was also used to control civilian behaviour. This including regulating alcohol consumption and food supplies. In October 1915 the British government announced several measures they believed would reduce alcohol consumption. A No Treating Order laid down that people could not buy alcoholic drinks for other people. Public House opening times were also reduced to 12.00 noon to 2.30 pm and 6.30 to 9.30 pm. Before the law was changed, public houses could open from 5 am in the morning to 12.30 pm at night.

In 1916 the Clyde Workers’ Committee journal, The Worker, was prosecuted under the Defence of the Realm Act for an article criticizing the war. William Gallacher and John Muir, the editor were both found guilty and sent to prison. Gallacher for six months and Muir for a year.

The Clyde Workers’ Committee was formed to campaign against the Munitions Act, which forbade engineers from leaving the works where they were employed. On 25th March 1916, David Kirkwood and other members of the Clyde Workers’ Committee were arrested by the authorities under the Defence of the Realm Act. Then men were court-martialled and sentenced to be deported from Glasgow.

The Ministry of Food did not introduce food rationing until January 1918. Sugar was the first to be rationed and this was later followed by butchers’ meat. The idea of rationing food was to guarantee supplies, not to reduce consumption. This was successful and official figures show that the intake of calories almost kept up to the pre-war level.

The growing disillusionment with the war was reflected in the novels that were written at the time. A. T. Fitzroy’s Despised and Rejected was published in April 1918. A thousand copies were sold before the book was banned and its publisher, C. W. Daniel, was successfully prosecuted for sedition. Another novel, What Not: A Prophetic Comedy by Rose Macaulay was due to be published in the autumn of 1918. When the censors discovered that the book ridiculed wartime bureaucracy, its publication was stopped and did not appear until after the Armistice.

spartacus-educational.com/FWWdora.htm

Further detail on the Acts can be found here: archive.org/details/defenceofrealmma00grearich

One effect of DORA was the repression of sexual deviancy of girls and women, or as I think of it a witch hunt and counter to the first wave of the Suffragette movement. The govt released all the Suffragette prisoners on an amnesty, perhaps an agreement that they wouldn’t really continue with the activities they’d been focused on and instead turn their lens onto the war effort instead of fighting for their rights as at least half the population. A common enemy was introduced, namely those not visibly friends or in hand with the UK, and so the women could get to their ‘proper place’ of supporting their men.

“Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.”

In Defense of Women (1918) – H.L. Mencken

Note – I wouldn’t call him a defender of women… I’m just quoting him on the divide and conquer premise, such as the quotes below:

16th Feb 1987 at a conference at the Kremlin the ‘Survival of Humanity'; Gorbachev said:

“At our meeting in Geneva, the U.S. President said that if the earth faced an invasion by extraterrestrials, the United states and the Soviet Union would join forces to repel such an invasion. I shall not dispute the hypothesis, although I think it’s early yet to worry about such an intrusion. It is much more important to think about the problems that have entered in our common home.”

then,

21st Sept 1987, Reagan to the United Nations 42nd General Assembly:

“In our obsession with antagonisms of the moment, we often forget how much unites all the members of humanity. Perhaps we need some outside, universal threat to make us recognize this common bond. I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside of this world. And yet I ask – is not an alien force already among us?”

Many feminists went along with this guided by apparently an even greater purpose (fighting against a common enemy – who would still be made up of roughly half women with similar problems) and so entrenched a long and bitter breakup into feminist factions/divisions. Many found it an opportunity for more influence with women moving into the workforce (though who were pushed back aways after the war and further necessitating successive waves of feminism). As usual some of the strongest repressors of women are other women, the tools or orchestrators of male oppressors in misogyny. Since their home, child to adult rearing, and utility efforts such as cooking and sewing, things usually seen as a woman’s domain were nary appreciated (but aggrandized and specialist professions when done by male chefs and tailors for example) many saw the war as an opportunity to show just how tough, able and helpful they were – to be accounted for and respected in society and not second class to whatever their male counterpart was i.e. the wife of a working class male being seen as less than her husband by said husband, peers and other classes. Unfortunately for those women they proved essential tools and made a lot of headway, which made them more threatening than usual to the established ways of thinking and many didn’t want them getting used to their new found positions, getting ahead of themselves. It presented another case of getting in bed with the enemy, willingly or begrudgingly, though this time between women and supporters of in general instead of the previous deal with the devil, ahem governing bodies, which got them out of prison an out of the harsher part of the public eye.

This ‘agreement’ included some traditionalists wanting to keep females in their place and let them know their current status was an exception only and some feminists wanting to show that women could be in more authoritarian positions as well, such as the police. Unfortunately this didn’t really work out for many females as the onus of sexual behaviour was still on them and focused on them rather than re-educating males hence our current state of affairs where rape is seen as an occupational hazard in the armed forces/military, it seems there aren’t enough civilians for those governed by lust, greed and power (especially in the guise of authority) they love to take advantage of their own too in the purported survival of fittest trait of creation. That of course doesn’t stop or change the situation of the increasing number of women and unfortunately ‘pretty’ looking males joining the ranks or anyone who gets on the wrong side of the worse bullies and gang leaders once signed up or conscripted. So a number of feminists sold out and others got side tracked in their quest for fairness that helped lead to the quotes below as well as the current conflict between the images of so-called female empowerment depicted as either flaunting and superfluous or a dependent consumer in confusion between ever increasing and contradicting expectations/pressures to be everything at once and excel at it. Too many agendas trapped in a box, I hate strategy games especially the multi-layered ones especially ones that include creatures who are apt to be ‘fair weather friends‘/allies. (Trivia – who changed their name to Windsor in 1914 and continued to marry heavily into German ‘noble’ houses, educated there, in the Hitler Youth, accepted in Nazi circles there and in Italy through marriage and affiliation all whilst WW2 was going on.)

The Women Police

The First World War and Women Patrols

During the Edwardian era (1901-14) a great deal attention was paid to ‘deviant’ female sexual behaviour. Social surveys by Charles Booth and Joseph Rowntree pointed out the vast numbers of people living in poverty in, respectively, London and York. Fears were expressed that these ‘unfit’ people would be a drain on the nation’s resources, an idea confirmed by the large number of British recruits who were rejected for armed service during the Boer War (1899-1901). Contemporary ideas and scientific development, especially Darwinism (alongside its more maligned cousin eugenics), lent intellectual credence to the idea that Britain’s ‘racial stock’ was in decline. Particular attention was paid to the problem of inheritance and social problem groups, such as the poor and the ‘criminal classes’. These events placed a premium on the behaviour of women as ‘guardians of the race’. The First World War magnified and intensified these issues.

At the outbreak of war, contemporaries testified to the explosion of ‘khaki fever’. ‘Khaki fever’ describes the excitement that young girls and women were believed to experience at the presence of soldiers as a wave of patriotism swept across the nation. While ‘khaki fever’ died out quickly, as the reality of war hit home, concerns lasted throughout the war about the behaviour of these women and young girls. Concern centred on their relations with soldiers. Curfews were placed on towns where large bodies of troops were stationed. In 1918 the notorious regulation 40d was promulgated under the Defence of the Realm Act 1914. This made it a criminal offence for any woman with venereal disease to solicit or to have sexual intercourse with a man.

This concern with the behaviour of young women and girls provided an opportunity for feminists to press their case for the need for women police. Two groups of women organized patrols to deal with these wayward women. The more radical of the two was the Women Police Service (WPS) set up by Margaret Damer Dawson and Mary Allen; both had links with the militant suffragette Women’s Social and Political Union. The WPS adopted an interventionist style of rescue work, warning errant girls and soldiers’ wives of the danger of immoral behaviour. The women involved in these patrols were issued with a uniform and were to adhere to a strict code of conduct. As can be seen, the regulations followed a strict line, similar to that of the male police, regarding talking on duty, punctuality, the need to avoid accepting ‘tips’, and the dangers of ‘gossiping’.

The other group of women police were the voluntary patrols co-ordinated by the middle-class National Union of Women Workers (NUWW); few of its members were militant feminists. Indeed, the NUWW was reluctant to employ women who had been arrested during suffragette demonstrations and protests. Unlike the WPS, these voluntary patrols tried to disassociate themselves from any ideas of ‘rescue work’ and charity, and saw themselves as aides to the established police. Both groups of women spent a great deal of time policing the behaviour of working-class women, patrolling parks and public spaces, separating courting couples, and moving on ‘dangerous’ women. The WPS even signed a contract with the Ministry of Munitions to police the growing number of women workers in munitions factories. Crucially, these women did not possess power of arrest, though they would present evidence in court on the behalf of male officers.

http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/history-from-police-archives/Met6Kt/WomenPolice/wpWW1.html

I’m not a supporter of prostitution or ‘sex work‘ or buying/selling/pimping in the slightest but there’s a reason why it’s known as the ‘oldest profession’, because it’s expected and expected to be available and accessible at all times. When not found and even when found, extra is made of those who are not in the ‘profession’. These women and children get demonized, made into an extra low underclass or undermined by a vainglorious few who do it out of enjoyment and are ‘compensated’ either materialistically and/or even socially – similar to the ‘first wife‘ or concubine in a harem being proud of her position imo.

The most effective ways of undermining someone other than or alongside bankrupting? Attacking their reputation. Sexual behaviour questions of either deviant or criminal nature and incitement/orchestrating group behaviour are often used to hold back progress, both for people who have committed such deeds and those who haven’t. Calling them a ‘nutter‘ is another way of course.

The War Office responded in April 1915 by passing a measure under the sweeping Defence of the Realm Act (DORA): regulation 13a, which prohibited any woman who had been convicted of a prostitution-related offence from being in the vicinity of any place where His Majesty’s Troops were stationed. At the same time, social purity groups, and the National Vigilance Association (NVA) in particular, began to campaign for Parliament to legislate for more state control over such young women, and introduced three bills between March 1917 and July 1918, which included clauses stipulating that any woman under the age of eighteen convicted of a solicitation offence could be incarcerated in a ‘rescue home’ until her nineteenth birthday.22 The bill also called for heavier penalties for solicitation by women over the age of eighteen, introducing higher fines and longer terms of imprisonment. The AMSH described the

measure as ‘imprisoning girls under double standard laws and calling it “rescue”’.23

These wartime debates served as new rallying points for abolitionists in Britain. The AMSH quickly launched a campaign against Regulation 13a, and a still more vehement one against the NVA-sponsored bills, a position which drove a wedge between the two associations large enough to warrant mentioning in the AMSH’s obituary of the NVA’s secretary, Alexander Coote, just after the First World War.24 The AMSH also became a leader in the protest against the even more contentious DORA regulation 40d, which criminalized any woman who solicited or had intercourse with any member of His Majesty’s troops if she was infected with a venereal disease.25

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Dr Mary Gordon, the chief medical inspector of women’s prisons and AMSH member, felt that the way in which the British legal system’s operations, in her words, ‘manufactured prostitutes’.37 This concern became a prominent subject in Gordon’s book, Penal Discipline:

The common prostitute, by being something which it is not an offence to be, can commit offences which other women cannot commit, and can be brought to courts without the testimony of any annoyed person, and sent to prison on the witness of the police [she wrote]. But how does a woman become a common prostitute? She becomes one by the simple process of the policeman moving her on, probably telling her she is one, warning her he will arrest her, and finally arresting her, swearing in court she is one, and that she has loitered with the intention of soliciting, or that he has seen her soliciting. After that she is eligible for punishment and takes her place in the ranks of ‘common prostitutes’.38

myweb.dal.ca/mgoodyea/Documents/UK/AMSH%20Abolitionism%20and%20prostitution%201915-1959%20Laite%20Womens%20Hist%20Rev%202008%2017(2)%20207-23.pdf

NoteASMH stood for Association for Moral and Social Hygiene which succeeded those in favour of Social Purity (traditionalists).

That said the ASMH were very busy with trying to get better treatment of prostitutes, preventing women in general been seen as or treated as demeaned prostitutes and repressing the practise in general though they were more tolerant/libertarian than other and later abolitionist groups. Hence went back and forth between standing up for women and men owning their own bodies and consensually doing what they want, and apparently trying to decrease prostitution and prevent sexual disease. Where I agree with their not wanting to hide the situation behind closed doors, like some societies do pretending they’re against all manner of classed sins yet it’s still rampant, trafficking and rape still high, as aforementioned I’m not an advocate of prostitution or sex work though at the same time I don’t want them abused. I find such practise/work essentially feeds into the ethos of all life as property/stock/assets and leads to things like glamourization of sexuality increasing demand for accessibility of prostitutes/sex workers and people behaving more casually, people not caring who they sleep with/give their bodies to or wondering where they’ve been yet consider their phone number too precious to give away the next morning, and pornography being seen as a choice of consenting adults which hides trafficking and missing persons via slavery and snuff. Basically the opposite of ‘moral and social hygiene‘.

The Act also made it difficult for satirical papers such as the well known ‘Punch‘ featuring the wife beating, baby killing Punch from ‘Punch and Judy’, the national beloved British icon who brings such laughter and joy to both child and adult watchers of the puppet show alike. (Akin to Tom and Jerry from Hanna and Barbera before they were Hanna-Barbera Productions, re-inventing themselves after the wars and their parts in. Later re-satiricalized – not a word, but basically saying satire of satire – by ‘Itchy and Scratchy’ from ‘The Simpsons’ though since all those characters were non-humans people can enjoy them ‘at a distance‘ and as ‘fiction‘ whereas Punch and Judy is just creepy holding a special place with people who enjoyed them as children and seemingly under the influence of rampant nostalgia and tradition for sake of tradition, seeing it as a bit of fun, a harmless puppet show. Yeah we’re all puppets really to varying extents, even if you can’t see the strings though some doing their darndest to untangle/cut them.)

Anyway Punch was like the narrator of the paper acting as an observer of the war and the paper was aimed at all classes though quite derisive of the working class, men that weren’t in the forces and made a major target of women yo-yoing between putting them down yet acknowledging their changing roles and labour and not knowing where it stood unable to like either women workers or women who stayed at home. So such media muddled through the war keeping the ‘chin up sonny‘ and ‘we’re doing well, keep at it‘ ethos though at odds with themselves at times too. This precarious, tight rope situation left space for trench journals written by soldiers to do well, with a bunch of in-house references but distributed to civilians. Those papers could be more subversive, more thought provoking but of course when it came down to it neither types of publication wanted the public to think of them as pawns on a chessboard doing the dirty work killing, maiming, raping, stealing etc generally being pirates. So the satire, humour, prose, poetry, editorials, letters etc were just hard hitting enough to show it wasn’t as straightforward and successful as the govt might want things to appear whilst implementing ‘necessary austerity‘ but maintained the *wink, wink, nudge, nudge* to outright ironic style to help dispel the doldrums and depression, an insight, a peek at what was happening and a form of noosed or hooded expression.

The Wipers Times Issue 5 Platoon Commander

The Wipers Times, Issue 5

Modern examples of satirical and topical art by Pawel Kucznski. (I personally find his style like René Magritte’s but his concepts more focused).

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Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski creates thought-provoking illustrations that comment on social, economic, and political issues through satire. The illustrator’s portfolio ranges from criticizing military practices and the incentives behind war, to themes of mortality and reinterpreting the uses of social media as elusive spying platforms. Each image reflects its fair share of serious issues balanced with whimsical illustrations.

Taking a recurring interest in the power of the dollar and its connection to war, Kuczynski tends to reintroduce the image of artillery, protective military gear, and money as codependent objects. On a more domestic level, the artist also produces images of society’s ironic treatment of cats versus farm animals. In one image, the house cat is treated like a king, sitting patiently and waiting to feast on any number of animals from the butcher’s farm.

In another, Kuczynski creates a brilliant rendering of alcoholism. The visual is of an individual chugging a beer bottle with a floating fishing line in it. One can foresee the future: as he drinks the ale, the snare gets closer to hooking him in. Overall, the illustrator’s satirical work is all-encompassing, touching on universal subjects of global problems as well as personal demons.

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/pawel-kuczynski-illustrations

Some interesting quotes:

“Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.”Woodrow Wilson, from his book ‘The New Freedom’ (1913)

“We shall have world government, whether or not we like it. The question is only whether world government will be achieved by consent or by conquest.”17 Feb 1950, James Warburg, member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), to The Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“Sarah, if the American people had ever known the truth about what we Bushes have done to this nation, we would be chased down in the streets and lynched.”Dec 1992, George Bush Sr, in an interview with Sarah McClendon.

A funny anime based on personifications of many of the countries in the Axis Powers and Allied Forces in the World Wars:

Just something I wrote a long time ago which I think is relevant now:

The sky is now pitch Black, as Black as eternity. There are no stars only a full moon. It shines solitary over the Black, crashing waves beneath it like a watery grave filled with lost souls grasping and clawing to devour all in their reach. As Black as it is I can still see perfectly. I am standing in the same spot as I was this morning and it has happened, the all encompassing change happened in a flicker, blink and you’ll miss it, if you’re on the outside looking in. Those of us within don’t have the privilege.

The never-ending Golden beach is now a vast desert of stones and wild terrain. The sky appears to be moving, yes, actually moving as its armoured thunderclouds frantically rush in a single direction as if being pushed by an invisible force. The moon however stays still as if fixed in that position, her sad but unnerving rays show the world beneath it at its worst. As the sun fell below the horizon the following events occurred; the Reds, Yellows, Oranges and Pinks in the sky rushed away as if chased by the oncoming murkiness; hidden shadows and ghostly images in the fog likening themselves to a legion. They frightened the colours who fled lest they might be forever engulfed in its emptiness. Those who didn’t make it were drowned in doom or put to sleep.

It happened so fast yet in slow mo with grim, gritty detail, and it’s been so long since. How many were caught up in this mist until the dawn that will come like a thief in the night, will batter and break this solid bubble.

There is a sound, almost singing, voices or voice that resonates from the sky and a tribal drum striking terror and anxiety in the hearts of even the bravest, but perhaps a smile from the wisest. The sound is overpowering, unrelenting and will seep into your soul if you have one, or many locked away. It warns us; its long hum that turns into a thrilling, deafening chant is the signal for the warriors to wake and the heart to hope. She comes.

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And Mum’s comment:

This gallery contains 5 photos.

So I’ve talked a lot about sex change and gender bending in ancient to modern history, usually the female/feminine being masculanized (from gods to deities e.g. God to planets) and in classic culture females were (and still are in some places) portrayed by males from theatre to armour/ceremonial garb which would not be considered masculine […]

Versatile Blogger AwardHmm it was quite some time ago that I was able to lean on my stomach and stretch my feet over my head to sit on my shoulders (a tad more than ‘Whole Wheel Pose’ in yoga) but I have been kindly awarded with The Versatile Blogger Award for still being somewhat supple as a blogger :)

I’m grateful to Lauren at LuceLuxeLifestyle for the honor and humbly apologize for taking so bloomin’ long in responding. She awarded me near the start of my recent illness which took a long time to dissipate and I just didn’t get round to it nor felt upbeat enough to participate. Plus I couldn’t think of anything interesting to say in the personal facts section of the award and have been so tired I haven’t been keeping up with blog reading so as to pass this on. However the good Goddess that is my Mother has been pestering me, I mean gently pushing, to simply get on with it. Again thank you very much Lauren for the award and I enjoyed reading your own acceptance post which can be read HERE It’s always interesting to learn more about bloggers and spread a little joy in the blogosphere :)

The Rules

“The Versatile Blogger Award is an award given to you by your blogger peers, for writing quality posts that have somehow touched them, having good quality photographs, and the uniqueness of the subjects covered. The award is to honor the bloggers who bring something special to your life.”

If you wish to accept, the rules for the Versatile Blogger award are as follows.

- Display the award certificate.

- Announce your win and thank the blogger who nominated you.

- Present max. 13 deserving bloggers with the award.

- Link your nominees in this post and let them know of their nomination with a comment.

- Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

For my part

Seven facts eh, seven… Seven, seven! Seven dwarves? Seven days of the week, we’re in July the seventh month, seven colours in the rainbow? There’s a lot of interesting things about the number Seven that’s for sure and I just read an interesting article at the Daily Mail Online about the popularity of the number.

I’ll start and finish with the most interesting/fun stuff :)

1) I’ve been thinking about the cultural popularity of bears lately and the ones that stood out the most for me as depicted below. The Care Bears (and friends) are probably some of the most favourite though icons like Winnie the Pooh and Paddington Bear still enjoy cultural grace and even The Wombles have made a comeback! (Which is great since they’re socially responsible, though we’re not entirely sure they’re bears, but bear-like anyway.)

There are also the well loved Gummi Bears, Ewoks and who could leave out the ever charming Sooty, Sweep and Soo?

My preference tends to be for those that aren’t as remembered anymore including Rupert the Bear, The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin and something I remember finding funny but without any detailed recollection: Rainbow.

My favourite has to be these furry friends though, I just love the Paw Paws! (Listen to the theme tune at least ;-) )

2) I asked mum for a fact and she said I Am the Fact (yes she speaks in Bold Italics, Underlined). Also I’m always looking worldwide for answers and have never found any other fact.

3) I was freegan for a year. I was already frugal and was brought up to only really spend on food and bills whereas everything else could be found and/or fixed, school meals were the bulk meals, and Mum would not accept gifts and would even get angry/upset if anything as spent on/for Her because it was a ‘waste’. I got lax in my mid-20’s when I got into buying second hand/vintage clothing from autions, fairs, charity shops etc but went back to losing more than gaining and have learned to be even more savvy. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone or think such experience is ever necessary/essential or should happen in this world let alone the situation we have with countless born into it. I’m not one to be thankful for making the best of things and thinking of them as a valuable learning experience, I’d rather address the issues/beings/causes and support those affected rather than be grateful for the ‘generosity’/’favour’ of unethical and unfair living aka survival. Just because some of us learn from experience doesn’t mean we should have had to or such a situation should exist in the first place.

4) I was pretty robust as a child, had all kinds of falls, tumbles, broken/burnt/bruised bits and just got up, walked away or tried again or sometimes had the wounds treated if necessary. Never cried as a baby either apparently.

5) Some people seem to think I’m well groomed and some kind of ‘it/snooty/popular girl’ that they dislike on pre-first impressions, I say pre-first to basically mean ‘on sight’ a quick glance/read. *Tch* I’ve been in a salon twice in my life, both times as a awkward looking, skinny kid waiting for my mum to get her roots done – the one thing She allowed for Herself as well as makeup (which she bought cheap in bulk and kept way longer than recommended) but then many can attest that looking the way you feel you need to is a massive driving force, helps to fill holes in the soul and a creative outlet. However in accordance with the waste not, want not style She never went back and instead realized we could do it ourselves cheaper, quicker and using gentler/less ingredients. I’m glad, it took ages sitting there waiting. Needless to say I was helping and then doing Her hair and later She started doing mine. I can be ‘sleek’ and ‘elegant’ but it’s not me nor do I want it to be so even though I may look like whatever negative image stereotype that springs to people’s minds sometimes – I put more effort into health and value and any looks I have are hard kept/won. There’s way better looking folk, more symmetrical, less flawed, generally in better condition peeps out there as well as the greater number of people who put the effort into faking it til they make it or obsessing over it – some with more time, resources, intent, entourage of stylists/yes-people or fashion mags/media. In regards to the ‘it/snooty’ or uppity bit – I’m serious, dead serious whilst appreciative of lighter things but I’m not mean and as for popularity – I really couldn’t be bothered trying to wrangle and successfully manage that fickle monster.

6) Mum, kitty, feathery folk and myself have our own language – ok mostly I just mm-hmm my way through conversations with Mum though I get my fair share or wry comments in there. We can wake up and get through whole mornings using various grunts, huffs and sounds understanding each other without needing English/obvious meows and squawks.

Other times it’s silly like this morning when Mum was too tired to get up and her and Kitty were doing their usual ‘I’ve got my eyes on you’ silent, staring/adoring, competition/conversing. Mum kept dropping hints at me to cook and said she was too tired to even go to the bathroom and if Kitty could go for her. “You can’t do that kind of thing by proxy!”, Why not, it’s only fair, you would wouldn’t you Kitty?, *Kitty looks at me*, *I scowl and go cook*.

7) I’ve often thought about going to a fancy dress party and even had costumes ready but never got round to it! Recently I read an awesome post from Vanessa about visiting a comic con HERE and got round to thinking again about what/who I’d dress up as.

My favourites have always been:

She-Ra

She-Ra Princess of Power Strongest Woman in the Universe

But I could never wear that outfit.

Rogue

Rogue X-men Xmen X-Woman Xwoman

Again the outfit probably wouldn’t suit me.

Storm

Storm X-men Xmen X-Woman Xwoman

This one though really speaks to me. Sidenote – I don’t think Halle Berry had anywhere near the gravitas or stern yet kind/sincere aura to play Storm.

Wolverine

Wolverine X-Man X-men Xmen Xman

Probably wouldn’t need to do anything to it to feminize it, would have to think about what to substitute the blades with to wear them practically.

Rainbow Brite

Rainbow Brite Starlite Twink

The dress is too short for me but could easily be lengthened.

But I’ve really wanted to go as:

Death Discworld

I figured it’d basically be the Black ensemble/cloak, scythe, mask and LED eyes. *Sigh* my darling Death of Discworld, he’s such a hottie <3

So I guess I’d be more like this:

Lady Death

Note – I prefer this outfit and the earlier ones she has in training to the usual string bikini thing she ended up wearing.

:D

Passing the award on

As aforementioned I haven’t recently been keeping up to date the with the great many blogs out there let alone the ones on my reader so I can’t fill all 13 spaces for this particular award (though there’s another one in the works – the Fashionista Award for which I can add different bloggers to). That said there are many possible contenders with great blogs whether big, medium or small in size/following with a lot of interesting content and many who tend not to or do not wish to participate in blog awards as is their choice. :)

1) Allison at Long and Luxe – she has a thought provoking, inspirational blog.

2) Lady Kate at Into The Stratosphere – lovely boho style and interests/reviews.

3) Stephanie at Budget Friendly Too – a wonderfully informative eco-health blog.

4) Camila at The Geek Chick Blog – a fun lifestyle blog with pearls of wisdom.

5) John at Story Time with John – Stories from his life as a teacher and traveler in a laugh out loud or stomach churning way, not satire yet tongue in cheek but heck truth is stranger than fiction.

6) Vanessa at Ness Bow – beautiful and insightful lifestyle blog.

7) Healthy Life Pursuits – what this blogger can do with a few, simple, wholesome ingredients is so creative, love the recipes.

Thanks again Lauren, to my readers and to bloggers/blogs that help inform and inspire me! :star:

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Cows represent the giving without taking nature of motherhood, though in practice this has gone too far.

Kamadhenu – कामधेनू (Sanskrit) [from kama desire, wish + dhenu milk cow]

Kamadhenu (Sanskrit: कामधेनु Kāmadhenu), also known as Surabhi (सुरभि Surabhī), is a divine bovine-goddess described in Hindu mythology as the mother of all cows.

Kamadhenu or Kamaduh is the sacred cow, who is regarded as the source of all prosperity in Hinduism. Kamadhenu is regarded as a form of Devi (the Hindu Divine Mother) and is closely related to the fertile Mother Earth (Prithvi), who is often described as a cow in Sanskrit. The sacred cow denotes “purity and non-erotic fertility, … sacrificing and motherly nature, [and] sustenance of human life”.

Kamadhenu, the mother of cattle who is also sometimes described as a Matrika (“mother”) goddess.[3] Other proper names attributed to Kamadhenu are Sabala (“the spotted one”) and Kapila (“the red one”).[4]

The cow symbolizes the dharma itself. It is said to have stood steadily upon the earth with its four feet during the Satyayuga (world’s first age of truth), upon three feet during the Tretayuga (the second stage of less than perfection), upon two feet during the Dwaparayuga (the third stage of dwindling and disappearing perfection) and only on one leg during Kaliyuga (the fourth and current age of decadence).

http://www.harekrsna.de/kamadhenu.htm

Note: Remember that part of the meaning of Lalita who is the Divine Mother ‘Devi’ is ‘Red’.

As a form of the Devi she originally had the proper naming style which included one of the Devi’s names, her name originally being Dhenu Ambika (Cow of Ambika – Ambika being a name of Lalita) but as usual over time with streamlining and downgrading the status of the the cow goddess, cows in general and the hiding and replacing of the Divine Mother in the public eye, the name was changed with the Divine Mother’s name removed and the ‘kama’. The name should be Dhenu Ambika. In Bengali the name is Gomata or Gaumata (depending on the dialect/transliteration). Go/Gau-Mata = Cow + Mother, aka Mother Cow.

Cows in general are seen as symbolic or the children of Dhenu Ambika and hence are supposed to be sacred, not prayed to directly but in association with the Divine Mother and her forms.

Dhenu Ambika Gaumata Sacred Divine Cow Mother Goddess
As usual being taken advantage of:

Dhenu Ambika was an amazingly powerful and benevolent being but is pretty much seen as a cornucopia to be taken for granted and used continually like trying to trick a genie in a bottle to constantly grant all wishes and desires. She is an integral part of various religions in various forms which I will outline later on but unfortunately has become ‘the gift that keeps on giving’/being taken from. Typical of the choosing of ‘gods’ and deities to pray to really but given much less respect and homage than the most popular ones people pray to and pray to mostly for reasons of wishing for prosperity, money/wealth, good fortune, fertility and longevity before/over protection, comfort strength, wisdom usually associated with mother goddesses (though the well known, current so-called mother goddesses were/are not directly associated with the Devi, they are replacement consorts for the usurping pantheon).

According to the story of her first known appearance She emerged from the ocean or sea of milk (Kshira-Sagar) an ocean described as made from/under direct jurisdiction of the Moon Cow. She emerged whilst the ‘gods’ and ‘demons’ of the time were playing tug-o-war and churning the ocean desperately trying to get power and be the strongest. The sacred cow appeared and was ‘won’ by the ‘gods’ who then somehow thought they could present her to ‘the seven sages’ and then most notably became the possession of sage Vasishta. The churning of the ocean of milk is described as a cosmic battle hence implying a war in space or other dimension and they were fighting specifically over/for Soma/the elixir of life later known as Ambrosia (there’s actually a dairy brand called Ambrosia).

Note: It is said the ‘gods’/deities were created from/born of the soma – soma being the primordial blood/dark matter hence connected to the Mother Goddess but as shown above also to the ocean of milk. Blood, particularly menstrual blood and milk have a significant correlation (humans are said to be made from moon clay) and the children of it fought for control over it and it’s source the Divine Mother and everything/one directly associated with Her.

Soma was produced by the churning of the primal sea (Kali’s ‘ocean of blood’ or sometimes ‘sea of milk’). Or Soma was secreted by the Moon-Cow. Or Soma was carried in the ‘white pot’ (belly) of Mohini the Enchantress. Or the source of Soma was the moon. Or from Soma all the gods were born. Or Soma was the secret name of the Mother Goddess and the active part of the ‘soul of the world’.

http://members.efn.org/~finnpo/indigenia/Menstrual%20Blood%20-%20Walker.html

Dhenu Ambika apparently had a daughter called Nandini (the masculanized versions/bulls are currently seen as pets for two of the modern father-trinity and seen as clumsy but powerful comic side-characters) who was also given to a sage to give him and his friends to live off of.

Further on she is described as bearing many golden cows called Kapila cows, who were called the mothers of the world, mother of all cows. The later you go into texts though things get more convoluted which the current high ‘gods’ claiming they made her and other versions who they’ve also called the mother of cows, buffaloes and horses; one even says a supposed lesser creator deity (not of the current faux trinity) made her after he drank soma from the ocean of milk. So where did he get the soma from to make her when it and the milk comes from her? Chicken and egg anyone? The later you go into the ‘stories’ the more and more of her children are given away and used for things people use cows and bulls for including heavy labour/work and battle. Yeah people, giving away and pimping others is not good. Being a parent and/or custodian/guardian/having a ward doesn’t mean ownership over the body/mind/soul of them. Having children or obligations/duties in the forms of dependents is an allowance with limits, something that has been given (or not in many cases in this world where its forced, tricked, expected), some call it a blessing (though there’s division over that between people who think beings on Earth and perhaps elsewhere have been tampered with and those who believe in evolution and/or direct creation via modern religions) and acting like they’re assets/property (the same goes for treating women/wives as something to be owned) is both sacriligeous and unethical.

Biting the hand that feeds, well worse than that actually:

‘Bhumi Devi’ or ‘Mother Earth’ is symbolised as a cow in the Vedic tradition, as just like the earth, the cow is an endless giver of resources and nourishment.

‘The cow is a mother to mankind whom we should love, respect and protect. Her milk sustains the life of many species, including humans. Her dung provides fuel and bricks for millions of rural families across the Asian countries. Her urine is medicine for the sick. When she dies her skin provides us warmth and protection through clothing.’

http://www.harekrsna.de/kamadhenu.htm

How convenient.

So the idea of using, abusing, skinning, crushing, siphoning, consuming generally or downgrading by moving the creature away from it’s original self/look by calling it ‘meat’ and eating a symbol of your mother and furthermore the Divine Mother doesn’t make you want to throw up? Cannibalism at it’s ‘best’. I’ve come across quite a few people who can’t cook ‘meat’ themselves, who can’t bring themselves and/or are disgusted/repelled by the look of a carcass and then some of them can’t eat it if still looks like a body part on their plate i.e. they need it carved up for them into slices. If your mind is giving off such strong warning triggers, don’t ignore them.

Hypocrisy:

Cows live anything but a nice life in India let alone the world, even back when Hinduism was the significant majority religion there (and pre-partitioned Bangladesh and Pakistan). Just because we see some wandering about stopping traffic or apparently doing their own thing doesn’t mean much when you think about how much it takes to provide society with what it wants. Any type of farming/cultivation takes an almost incomprehensible amount of space and amount of ‘source item’ e.g. the animal necessary as well as sustenance and output, to produce what people want. Dairy farming like poultry and any other animal farming is horrific, and ‘free range’ is anything but ‘free”. People seem to have fanciful ideas about animals being treated better than humans and making up things like comfortable, air conditioned, constantly fed and attended to transportation and luscious Green fields etc, baby chicks can be sent like any inanimate object in a parcel to small scale/home human breeders/rapists and so many are dead and crushed and the live ones in terrible shape by the time they reach their destination. Whether normal battery style or ‘free’ they are forced to breed over and over until they can’t any more and then their bodies are used for countless bi-products in consumer items and what happens to the male calves? Ha, sold off for beef and the other ‘items’ from their flesh, bones, blood, organs, dung etc that the female cows get sent off for after being thoroughly abused and worn out. Nothing sacred about that. Even ‘family cows’ who’ve done their ‘service’ and die are used as a resource afterwards, anyone else eat and use their family members/pets/friends after death?

Previously and perhaps still in some places oxen and bulls were used as sacrifices to the ‘gods’ and then they were eaten by the people… Yeah… So whilst the males were used to rape cows (as is done world over and for all species in this obsessed ‘buy a baby whenever we feel like it’ for pets and using animals for everything or rape to ‘conserve’ world) they were also sacrificed. So holy and devout. Ritual sacrifice is so damned stupid and twisted, whether it be animal/human or plant – it’s like the question ‘what do you give someone (you like) who has everything?’ The answer to that of course is sincere friendship, commitment, appreciation etc all those nice adjectives – but what do people do? They breed, use and hack down the beloved creations of said creator and offer them up on a plate for the creator to supposedly enjoy and metaphysically feast on before then eating it themselves, heck can’t let it go to waste can they especially once it’s been touched by the ‘god’ damn they’ll get even more blessing out of it then. Like Hindus looking down on thinking of menstruating girls/women as dirty (and not allowed to attend/carry out pujas-prayer rituals/go to temple) yet they’re obsessed with wearing the Red powder on their heads which represents menstrual blood and they particularly covet the statues that apparently ‘bleed’ by themselves.* Sickos and psychos. That’s using the Creator as a fount, not giving thanks or worship but then again the people are just copying (like that’s an excuse) their lesser deities who did/do the exact same thing. Those guys – both the so-called deities and the obvious demons – can even demonstrate extreme devotion and prayer for mind boggling periods of time all for the sake of boons and forgiveness and then turn right round and call themselves all-mighty, the Creator, and go on a rampage. Over and over again. Seriously the Divine Mother has been waaaay too forgiving in his-story/scripture and that’s going back far enough to even really notice Her since history (once the Vedas came into it – the ar*ehole deities got the knowledge/specifics/technical info on creation and life, and made Earth into ‘Hell’/prison planet) does a apt job of hiding, omitting and downgrading Her. The pack mentality behind ritual sacrifice reminds me of pilgrimages – people are apparently on a holy journey to visit special places and show how pure they are or to be cleansed and then what often happens? Stampede. Crushing those ahead, stamping over, pushing/shoving, not giving a damn, being so desperate to touch a building or get near a high up priest is so holy, not.

*Note: Interestingly enough the powders – sindoor (the toxin laden one) and kumkuma (the natural one) are used in the oppression/repression of women of whom many think it traditional and their duty so continue with it. Sindoor is the one traditionally used on women (surprise surprise given the risky ingredients it’s made of) to signify they’ve been bought/sold, sorry ‘married’, and are fertile – full of life and colour. Then if they are widowed (since divorce is sooo unlikely and heck they aren’t really burned alive with the corpse of the husband anymore though many are again sold/married off to the husband next male kin if he had any since it’s awful for a girl/woman to have independence and she’d be seen as a burden on her family otherwise) they go through elaborate rituals to remove the sindoor showing that losing the husband means the girl/woman is now barren and lost her life force (unless the family marry her off again of course, so her vitality is based on their choices). Such women use sindoor everyday and the extra traditional ones also wear a nose ring and toe rings (how much ‘joining’ by marriage symbols do they need – taking it to the point of shackles, seriously it’s not the wife that represents ‘the ball and chain’ and nose rings in this context can be likened to rings unnecessarily put in animal noses so they can be chained). Kumakuma (representing the chakras/energy vortices) however is worn by men and women after attending temple rituals rather than home ones, how ‘lucky’ for the guys.

Anyway…

Just because the Mother/Cow/Earth has so much richness in her being doesn’t mean you’re supposed to take it apart as a resource and make it into a corporation. There’s a difference between being looked after, having what you need, given by the parent and falling into the universal sins of greed, lust, envy, gluttony etc and further being power hungry and addicted. Heck some people drink the blood directly they’re so damned greedy and desperate for what it confers, cow’s blood (and milk) being related to human female blood especially menstrual blood as described HERE in significance.

The lives of the very gods were dependent on the miraculous power of menstrual blood. In Greece it was euphemistically called the “supernatural red wine” given to the gods by Mother Hera in her virgin form, as Hebe. The root myths of Hinduism reveal the nature of this ‘wine’.  At one time all gods recognized the supremacy of the Great Mother, manifesting herself as the spirit of creation (Kali-Maya). She ‘invited them to bath in the bloody flow of her womb and to drink of it; and the gods, in holy communion, drank of the fountain of life — (hic  est sanguis meus!)  — and bathed in it, and rose blessed to the heavens’. To this day, clothes allegedly stained with the GOddess’s menstrual blood are greatly prized as healing charms. W.R. Smith reported that the value of the gum acacia as an amulet “is connected to the idea that it is menstruous blood, i.e., that the tree is a woman.” For religious ceremonies, Australian aborigines painted their sacred stones, churingas, and themselves with red orche, declaring that it was really women’s menstrual blood.

The same elixir of immortality received the name of amrita in Persia. Sometimes it was called the Milk of the Mother Goddess, sometimes a fermented drink, sometimes sacred blood. Always it was associated with the moon. “Dew and rain becoming vegetable sap, sap becoming the milk of the cow, and the milk then becoming converted into blood; — Amrita, water, sap, milk, and blood represent but differing states of the one elixir. The vessel or cup of this immortal fluid is the moon.”

http://members.efn.org/~finnpo/indigenia/Menstrual%20Blood%20-%20Walker.html

Note: I remember some episodes of ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ in which she fought with one of the Amazons over ambrosia and the ambrosia was shown as Red jelly…

Also hypocritical that the so-called modern divine trinity and their consorts/family are seen as the be all and end all, the top of the Hindu hierarchy yet all the gods are believed to reside in the body of Dhenu Ambika (the ancient Egyptians believed the same and later Greeks continued to as well).

Her four legs are the scriptural Vedas; her horns are the triune gods Brahma (tip), Vishnu (middle) and Shiva (base); her eyes are the sun and moon gods, her shoulders the fire-god Agni and the wind-god Vayu and her legs the Himalayas. Kamadhenu is often depicted in this form in poster art.

http://www.harekrsna.de/kamadhenu.htm

Why is that? Because they came from the Mother who is of course greater than them and reside within her cosmic body/space. They did not make Her or Her forms.

Another hypocrisy in modern post-vedic/post-diluvian Hinduism is that Dhenu Ambika is often associated with the Brahmin caste aka priest class, whose wealth she symbolizes. Hmmm. A reason why the streamlined version of Hinduism aka Buddhism (the belief system that egotistical Indian prince spread when he decided things were about to get too tough for him after a lifetime of taking advantage of all his privileges and of which he effectively become god/top of later on) worked/works so well is that it does away with the obvious caste system based on reincarnation. [*1] Brahmins and Brahminis [*2] are not supposed to be wealthy in a material sense yet because of the caste system of which they sit atop – they often are and you don’t get rich by being nice (unless you win the lottery) let alone stay rich enough to keep it in a family/obsession with longevity and the descendents of course get less and less visually pious. A whole caste is made up of much more than the poor priests who walk around with the clothes on their back, a walking stick and a food bowl.

Notes:
*1 – Reincarnation also being a ‘modern’ construct, an excuse for life being made so shitty here and a reason for well off people to tell others they haven’t earned better. It’s also the lack of explanation for what death really is, particularly difficult to explain in virtual reality, so instead we have a soul society who get recycled.
– in the reincarnation system being born as a cow is seen as one of the highest, most sacred levels. The cow is also a symbol of enlightenment in Buddhism. But as anything connected to the Divine Mother it’s desecrated in ‘real’ life.
*2 – lady priests who we barely ever see/hear of nowadays – most female yogis/gurus we see in the West are White women who’ve converted to Sikhism through yoga mind/body/spirit practice which is Hindu anyway, Sikhism being a very young religion.

Cows were often gifted to Brahmins and like ‘cattle’ in general were/are seen as stock/assets (heck we’re all seen as livestock on this planet and numbers or ‘useless eaters’/consumers) and milk/milk products (milk, curds, ghee/butter), urine and dung are used for pujas – this is apparently seen as pure, good and prosperous for the family. The products of forcing the family cow to pregnancy over and over is seen as a good, holy, wealth aka ‘happiness’ giving thing. Of course to keep this practice is maintained as pujas and sacrifice cannot technically be carried out without milk products – vicious cycle.

Cows are ‘given’ a one day holiday every year – the ‘pet’/family used and small scale owned ones anyway, do you honestly think the big farmers/traders/companies would lose precious profit doing so other than perhaps a token one or few for show – where the cows are washed and decorated (how nice for them) in temples and given offerings for the wish of them continuing to produce. Twisted much? They’re not even giving thanks/appreciation for the cows, they’re bloody hoping for more to come, like they’re not going to force it anyway – they’re really celebrating their own behaviour and hoping to continue getting away with/doing it. And one day off a year!?! Ha and I thought modern working annual leave was stingy. Hence I’m not writing in regards to that celebration which is scheduled for Halloween this year in line with Divali, I’m writing today as it’s world Cow Appreciation Day.

This is a Mantra recited in praise of Gomata.

Gomata Mantra
Sarvakaamdudhe devi sarvatithirbhishechini l
Pavane surbhi shreshte devi tubhyam namostute ll

गोमाता मंत्र
सर्वकामदुधे देवि सर्वतीर्थीभिषेचिनि ll
पावने सुरभि श्रेष्ठे देवि तुभ्यं नमोस्तुते ll

http://www.prophet666.com/2011/02/gomata-mantra.html

Sacred Cows In Various Cultures:

HATHOR

Hathor Divine Cow Sky Mily Way Goddess

Hathor Divine Cow Sky Milky Way Goddess

Also Hathor

The most famously known is Hathor, a goddess of many forms and directly connected to Isis, Inanna, Astarte and of of course Dark Mother Kali.

Hathor was often shown in cow form or like Isis depicted with cow horns on her crown (the horns also representing the crescent moon and menstrual blood) and sun disk in the centre. She is also associated with the constellation Taurus. She is known as the Divine Sky Cow. Her form Hesat is her earthly manifestation. As Hesat she carried and nourished the ‘gods’ from wet-nursing/mothering to everything else they considered nourishment and her milk was said to be the ‘beer of Hesat’ (note the blood-milk-soma-ambrosia-mead connection).

Hathor comes from the earlier ‘Mht wrt’ (meaning ‘Great Flood’ – ancient Egyptian doesn’t have vowels, it’s a guttural ‘dead language’ that we can only guess how it was spoken) who was a cow mother goddess.

Another early cow mother goddess was Bat (Ba = part of the soul) that Hathor took over from and both her and Nut are also associated with the sky and Milky Way (ocean of milk anyone?) Bat was rarely depicted but when found was shown as human female with bovine features such as horns and ears. I would say eyes but all the Egyptian and Hindu goddesses have beautifully drawn/accentuated eyes and cows in general have beautiful eyes too. (Sidenote – the later Greek goddess Hera was known as the ‘oxen eyed’ though not associated with cows other than that.)

Egyptian Cow Goddess Mother Bat Bata Ba

Bat

Hathor Cow Goddess of Death & Goddess of the Moon
The Egyptian Hathor was a goddess of the Sun represented often as a cow with the sun-disk placed between its horns

“Het-Heru:” The Cow Goddess Of Spiritual Blessing
Meaning “the House of The Holy Land,” Het-Heru (or “Hathor” as the Greeks pronounced it) is the symbol of MOTHER NATURE as the “house” in which we live.. in other words, the World around us. She was invoked for every form of blessings that Mother Nature can give; Life, Health, Strength, Fertility, Wealth and the Joy of Life. Adored at many Temples in Egypt including Medenet-Habu in the Sinai (where Moses and the Israelites stopped on their journey briefly) Hathor survives in Hebrew tradition as “the golden calf” of Exodus. Those born of her Totemic Lineage are deeply devotion-oriented and prone to lives of BLESSING OTHERS rather than self-service. From Education of the young to Healing the body, mind and soul, Het-Heru can be found wherever JOY is being celebrated as a Blessing.

http://www.home2b.nl/goddess-page-hathor1.html

THE CAILLEACH BHÉARA and Irish and Celtic cow associated goddesses in general (not sure whether specifically Welsh or Irish under the word ‘Celt’)

The great Old Goddess of Ireland was the Cailleach Bhéara, or Hag of Béare in Munster. She “existed from the long eternity of the world.” [cite] A woman of Tiree once asked the Cailleach how old she was. She replied that she remembered when the Skerryvore rocks were fields where barley was farmed and when the lakes were little wells. [MacKenzie, 162-3] Her great age was a sign of power, truly venerable, and proverbial: “as old as the Cailleach Bhéarra.”

This cailleach was named Boí, “Cow,” a title she shared with Bóind and other ancient Irish goddesses. She was also called Sentainne, “Old Woman.” The Irish said that “she passed into seven periods of youth, so that every husband used to pass to death from her of old age, so that her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were peoples and races.” [O Hogain, 67]

http://www.suppressedhistories.net/secrethistory/crones.html

Her name was cow but she was the Crone/Dark Mother and was known for having a magical cow that many coveted, so direct relation but a separate being like the cow being a form of the Devi.

In Ireland there were several ancient cow goddesses, some like Dil and Damona, who both ruled over fertility, but about whom little is known today.

Then there is Bo Find, who manifested as a white cow. She transformed Ireland from a barren land into a green and fertile one. She came from the Western Sea with her sisters Bo Ruadh, the red cow goddess and the black cow goddess, Bo Dhu. Their different colours represented the different phases of the moon.
The sisters all went to different parts of the island. Bo Find went to the centre where she gave birth to a male and female calf. These twins were to provide food for the people by giving milk and ploughing the earth. Their work done, the cow sisters then departed back to the sea.

Another goddess was Anu who was a guardian of cattle and health. Fires were lit for her in midsummer and her priestesses sang the dying to sleep.

Brigit was a Celtic mother goddess to many European tribes. Some suggest her name came from the Sanskrit word brihati, an epithet of the divine. She was a goddess of regeneration and abundance and her protection was said to be very great. She was seen with a pair of oxen called Fea and Feimhean.

As Christianity began to grow Brigit, also known as Bride, was transformed into a popular saint. Legend says her mother was carrying a pitcher of milk when she was born and the infant was bathed in it. She was unable to eat ordinary food and was reared on the milk of a white, red-eared cow. This was a special animal with links to the otherworld in Celtic mythology. The companion animal of the adult saint was said to be a cow, who gave her all the milk she required.

http://www.ahimsamilk.org/2012/11/08/ancient-myths-link-us-to-past-ages-where-cattle-were-venerated/

OTHERS

Zoroastrianism
Further information: Vohu Manah

The term geush urva means “the spirit of the cow” and is interpreted as the soul of the earth. In the Ahunavaiti Gatha, Zarathustra (or Zoroaster) accuses some of his co-religionists of abusing the cow.[18] Ahura Mazda tells Zarathustra to protect the cow.[18]

The lands of Zarathustra and the Vedic priests were those of cattle breeders.[19] The 9th chapter of the Vendidad of the Avesta expounds the purificatory power of cow urine.[20] It is declared to be a panacea for all bodily and moral evils.[20]

Jainism
The name of the first Tirthankara in Jainism is Rishabha, “The Bull.” The religion forbids the killing of cattle, whether for the consumption or sacrifice.

In Norse mythology, the primeval cow Auðumbla suckled the ancestor of the Frost Giants, Ymir, and licked Odin’s grandfather, Búri, out of the ice.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattle_in_religion

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Cow Mother Motherhood Child

True beauty owned and controlled, used and abused on this prison planet.

The public respect cows so much that milk/dairy products are not seen as luxury ‘goods’ and demand the cheapest possible price for them, cheaper than junk food except when they are made into things like highly sought after cheeses and chocolate, which doesn’t taste half as good nor anywhere near as nourishing as simply made or raw chocolate imo. Reminds me of places in ‘third world’ oh wait ‘developing’ countries (aka stripped to the point of absolute poverty) where certain fizzy drinks were produced and were so cheap they were practically on tap and far more easily available/accessible than clean water – wonderful for the people eh, so lucky. Then in some ‘modern-first/developed world’ countries promotional tactics of companies like Coca-Cola used to tell people to feed their babies with their product to ensure their social well being aka popularity and not being picked on. Similar to the days in Western countries where gin was practically on tap though ‘soft’ drinks weren’t outlawed or restricted at any point.

The word ‘cow’ and even ‘holy cow’ like the feminzation of many words is used as an insult.

When we see cows and all animals that are used for consumer goods, ‘sport’ (though hunting, baiting and freak/circus/carnival/road shows shouldn’t be called sports as ‘sport’ implies that the participants have agreed to play fully understanding the rules and that they are fair) to display pieces in pet shops and zoos we are overcome with sadness. Humans have truly become a vampiric species taking it beyond blood and psychic vampires.

What you have sown so shall you reap.

GuhyaKali Kali Lalita MahaKali Kalima Divine Dark Mother

GuhyaKali the secret form of Kali that is rarely depicted/talked about. She with all the animal heads.

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