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The Occult Roots of The Wizard of Oz

Posted in Controversy, Education, Film, Folklore, Literature and Books, News Media, Religion, Theatre, TV, Urban Myths with tags , , , , , on February 1, 2010 by Richard James Clark II

This is a article from one my favourite websites, and i may put alot of the articles on here for the wordpress community.

The Occult Roots of The Wizard of Oz

Oct 8th, 2009 | By Vigilant | Category: Vigilant Reports

With its memorable story and its cast of colorful characters, the Wizard of Oz quickly became an American classic. More than a hundred years after the release of this book, kids everywhere are still enchanted by Oz’s world of wonder. Few, however, recognize that, under its deceptive simplicity, the story of the Wizard of Oz conceals deep esoteric truths inspired by Theosophy. Here we’ll look at the Wizard of Oz’s occult meaning and its author’s background.

The Occult Roots of The Wizard of Oz

With its memorable story and its cast of colorful characters, the Wizard of Oz quickly became an American classic. More than a hundred years after the release of this book, kids everywhere are still enchanted by Oz’s world of wonder. Few, however, recognize that, under its deceptive simplicity, the story of the Wizard of Oz conceals deep esoteric truths inspired by Theosophy. Here we’ll look at the Wizard of Oz’s occult meaning and its author’s background.

Although the Wizard of Oz is widely perceived as an innocent children’s fairy tale, it is almost impossible not to attribute a symbolic meaning to Dorothy’s quest. As in all great stories, the characters and the symbols of the Wizard of Oz can be given a second layer of interpretation, which may vary depending on the reader’s perception. Many analyses appeared throughout the years describing the story as an “atheist manifesto” while others saw it as a promotion of populism. It is through an understanding of the author’s philosophical bckground and beliefs, however, that the story’s true meaning can be grasped.

L. Frank Baum, the author of the Wizard of Oz was a member of the Theosophical Society, which is an organization based on occult research and the comparative study of religions. Baum had a deep understanding of Theosophy and, consciously or not, created an allegory of Theosophic teachings when he wrote the Wizard of Oz.

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http://vigilantcitizen.com/?p=2282

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Samples Galore-Part 5 and Part 6

Posted in Dance, Folklore, Music, Urban Myths, Vinyl Records with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 10, 2009 by Richard James Clark II

I’ll admit I have been slack on updating the blog

However I am writing for a new blog and hope to get my writing noticed instead of by chance or picture (stealing)

Anyway I present to you funktuall’s Sampling Part 5 and 6, and we still have alot more to go up to episode 28.

Part 5

The Songs In Question Are…

1) My Jamaican Guy by Grace Jones = Wild Thang – 2 Much
2) Wild Thang by 2 Much = Doin’ It – LL Cool J
3) Magic Mountain by War = Potholes in My Lawn – De La Soul
4) Cookies by Brother Soul = Potholes in My Lawn – De La Soul
5) I Will by John Holt = Encore – Jay-Z
6) Cavern by Liquid Liquid = White Lines (Don’t Do It) – Grandmaster Melle Mel
7) Found A Child by Ballin’ Jack = Bust A Move – Young MC
8) I Got The (Blues) by Labi Siffre = My Name Is – Eminem
9) As Long As I’ve Got You by The Charmels = C.R.E.A.M. – Wu-Tang Clan
10) The Big Beat by Billy Squier = Fix Up, Look Sharp – Dizzee Rascal

Part 6

The Songs In Question Are…

1) Juicy Fruit by MTUME = Juicy – The Notorious B.I.G.
2) Before The Night Is Over by Joe Simon = So Fresh, So Clean-Outkast
3) Mary Mary byTHE MONKEES = Mary Mary – Run DMC
4) Between The Sheets by The Isley Brothers= Big Poppa – The Notorious B.I.G.
5) Headless Heroes by Eugene McDaniels = Get It Together – Beastie Boys feat Q Tip
6) Don’t Burn Down the Bridge by Gladys Knight & The Pips = 360* (What Goes Around) – Grand Puba
7) Running Away by Roy Ayers = Description of a Fool – A Tribe Called Quest
8) The Champ by The Mohawks (ALONG With Blondies Rapture”) = Step Into A World (Rapture’s Delite) – KRS-One
9) Black Cow by Steely Dan = Deja Vu (Uptown Baby) – Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz
10) Be Thankful For What You Got by William DeVaughn = Diamond In The Back – Ludacris

Juicy Fruit by MTUME was also used by…

1. Stetsasonic for the classic “Talkin’ All That Jazz”
2. Common for “Charm’s Alarm”
3. Warren G used twice for “This DJ” & “Don’t You see”
4. Allure feat. LL Cool J for their collabo “No Question”

Between The Sheets by ISLEY BROS too.

1. A Tribe Called Quest BONITA APPLEBUM ya gotta put me on.
2. Naughty By Nature WRITTEN ON YA KITTEN
3. Da Brat FUNKDAFIED
4. Heavy D & The Boyz NUTTIN’ BUT LOVE for ya babe!
5. Keith Murray THE MOST BEAUTIFULLEST THING IN THIS WORLD is just like that….I get in ya!
6. Whitney Houston ONE OF THOSE DAYS

Donny Hathaway-The Legend and The Legacy-Documentary

Posted in Controversy, Folklore, Music, Urban Myths with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 10, 2009 by Richard James Clark II

Donny Hathaway

The story of Donny Hathaway is a tragic loss to the world of soul music since 1979 when he died at the age of 35 years old, however his legacy is still influential.

Life

Donny Hathaway was born in Chicago in the post 2nd world war era and grew up in a housing project with his grandmother. Hathaway began singing gospel music in a church choir along with his grandmother (a professional gospel singer) at the age of 3.

Hathaway while growing up also played the ukulele and being fascinated by Liberace studied the piano as a child. While at high school Hathaway was known as a piano prodigy, which eventually earned him a fine-arts scholarship to Howard University in 1964. He attended Howard University for three years and performed with The Ric Powel Trio, a jazz trio. Hathaway left Howard University without a degree due to the huge amount of job offers in music in 1967.

Career

Hathaway career started as a songwriter, session musician and producer for a local label in his hometown Chicago called Twinight Records, he later did arrangements for many groups including The Unifics and participated in projects by The Staple Singers (a well known gospel group) Jerry Butler and Aretha Franklin, as well with Curtis Mayfield. After working with Curtis, Donny became a “house producer” for Mayfield’s label, Curtom Records, he started recording there as a member of The Mayfield Singers. He recorded his first single under his own name in 1969, a duet with singer June Conquest called “I Thank You Baby”.

From this success Hathaway signed a deal with Atco records and released the famous ‘The Ghetto Part 1’ this song was a highlight of the critically acclaimed 1970 album Everything is Everything, his second album the self titled Donny Hathaway album was also well received.

Hathaway’s main success song wise is the Christmas standard, “This Christmas.” The song, released in 1970, has become a holiday staple and is often used in movies, television and advertising. Numerous artists have covered “This Christmas” across diverse musical genres.

In 1972 Hathaway would have two commercial and critically acclaimed successful albums. The ‘Live’ album and then the famous duets album with another former Howard University musical prodigy ‘Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway’ which contained the huge hit Where Is The Love written by Ralph McDonald (who would later write Just The Two OF Us for Bill Withers). The album was mainly a covers album with Carole King’s ‘You’ve Got A Friend’ and showcased some of Hathaway’s own writing.

The effects of Hathaway’s melancholia also drove a wedge into Flack and Hathaway’s friendship; they did not reconcile for several years, and did not release additional music until the 1978 release of “The Closer I Get To You”. The single became a popular and R&B hit, and Flack and Hathaway resumed studio recording to compose a second album of duets thereafter, which he never finished, though these songs were released on a Roberta Flack album in 1979.

Up until his death Donny would work on numerous projects but suffered from severe bouts of depression. It was found that he was suffering from E and was known to have taken up to 14 pills two to three times per day to control this disease. This condition wreaked havoc on his life (his marriage separated) and required several hospitalisations.

Legacy

Hathaway legacy has been influential to a many artists, the LIVE album especially for new R&B Singer/Songwriters such as Brian Mc Knight, Alicia Keys, India Arie and Frank McComb, within his own family Hathaway’s daughter Lalah Hathaway has enjoyed a successful solo career. While his other daughter Kenya is one of the three backing vocalists on the hit TV program American Idol.

American Idol has also helped Hathaway back catalog be recognized again by the talent of Ruben Studdard and in the 2006 the runner-up Elliott Yamin cited him as an influence and wanted the spotlight back on Hathaway due to this sales of A Donny Hathaway Collection shot all the way up to twenty-third on the Amazon.com CD sales chart, with some commentators citing the performance as their reason for buying Hathaway’s CD

Below is a Five Part Documentary.

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Michael Jackson Legacy and Life at Sony.

Posted in Controversy, Dance, Folklore, Music, News Media, Nights Out, Urban Myths with tags , , , , , on October 11, 2009 by Richard James Clark II

With Michael Jackson’s passing in June

Their has been a lot of speculation on what he was like in reality and how he worked in the music industry.

Well this 6 part radio interview with two staff members at Sony music gives you an insight in what Michael was like as a human being and a recording artist.

The people being interviewed is Cory Rooney and Chris Apostle

Cory Rooney has worked and been instrumental in the music careers Jennifer Lopez, Destiny’s Child, Shakira to name a few.

While Michael was working on Invincible Cory was his confident and inside man at Sony. He discusses this within the interviews and what Michael was like to work in the studio with.

Chris Apostle is a music executive at Sony Music and dealt with a lot of business issues at Sony related to Michael.

The interviews are in 10 min chunks

Enjoy

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Banned Cartoons! How Times Change?

Posted in Cartoons, Controversy, Folklore, Literature and Books, Racism, Sex, TV, Urban Myths with tags , , , , , , , on June 18, 2009 by Richard James Clark II

It always interests me that cartoons are a medium that can get away with alot besides their for kids only RIGHT?.

They don’t express personnal beliefs RIGHT?

Well we all got confused when Bugs Bunny wore a dress, and Donald Duck you walks around with no trouser but leave the shower with a towel around his bottom half. RIGHT?

Well these clips are a few examples of banned cartoons for numerous reasons.

The first one is Tiny Toons which shows the effect of Alcohol-Shame this was banned, would be a good deterent..

The others are banned due to drug use or racist stereotypes, and to think that back then these cartoons were considered ok

So if you do take offense to any of these just a reminder they are not allowed on television AT ALL NOW

Most of the cartoon makers were German and had links with Nazi parties.

However in the future check out Disney films and the secrets behind them, check it out on the web, it is quite shocking…

Alfie, 13, not father of baby? Sex Education is Poor?

Posted in Comedy, Controversy, Diet, Education, Folklore, Food & Drink, Health and Beauty, Living, News Media, Politics, Religion, Romance, Science, Sex, TV, Urban Myths with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2009 by Richard James Clark II

Sex Education Is Poor?

Ok two headlines in the last two days about

A mother who finds out her twins have different fathers and a 13 year old-who was actually 12 years old (not much better really) finds out he isn’t a father to a 15 year old girl’s baby .

Now I am not a prude but what is f*cking going on?

Sex education in the UK is at a all-time low

We have every form of contraception in the Western Civilised world but people as young as 12 are pregnant.

In world wide cultures this can occur but it is not advised….but their are countries where they can’t even afford contraception and then this happens in countries which have a decent welfare/monetary system.

Read the latest headline-But I am not being snobby but the people who seem to be making the mistakes are the very poor and this has got to stop…they need to be educated or neuted (this is what you would do to animals!) even if it is advised on television or the welfare system doesn’t support this disgusting behaviour.

As frankly I am getting sick of this CRAP!

READ ON

Little Alfie Patten, reported to have become a parent at the age of 13, did not father a baby, it has been revealed.

In February, The Sun newspaper reported the teenager believed he had made Chantelle Stedman, 15, pregnant when he was aged just 12.

A DNA test has since shown this is not the case and it can now be reported that Tyler Barker, 15, who lives on the same estate as Chantelle in Eastbourne, is in fact the father of baby Maisie, who was born on February 9.

The result can be revealed after East Sussex County Council failed in an attempt to ban reports of the case.

A judgment, made last month by Mrs Justice Eleanor King, said Chantelle had been called a “slut” by four people she did not know. The teenager said “I was crying a lot every day” and feared that the insults would “go on forever”.

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Alfie was “extremely distressed” when he was told he was not the baby’s father in March, the judgment revealed. At the time the story was published, Alfie, who lives with his mother Nicola, 43, in Eastbourne, said he “thought it would be good to have a baby”.

The story renewed calls for better sex education in England, which has the highest rate of teenage pregnancies in western Europe.

But Now READ on about

A parent who gets banned from a swimming pool Breastfeeding her child-talk about double standards

Breastfeeding ‘broke no food rule’

A mother has been told to stop breastfeeding her baby boy by a swimming pool as it breached a leisure centre’s strict poolside ban on food and drink.

Laura Whotton was left fuming when a member of staff said she could not feed 11-week-old Joshua by the pool at John Carroll Leisure Centre, in Nottingham.

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The 26-year-old, from Carrington, in the city, was feeding her hungry baby there so she could keep an eye on her son Thomas, four.

Nottingham City Council insisted there had been “a misunderstanding” and has promised to apologise to Ms Whotton.

It is also issuing new guidelines to its leisure centre staff.

A council spokeswoman said: “The rules are that there’s definitely no food and drink poolside, but breastfeeding is exempt from that rule. People can breastfeed anywhere.”

Ms Whotton told the Nottingham Evening Post: “When it happened, it made me feel angry.

“It could put people off going swimming and has made me not want to go to the John Carroll Leisure Centre again. But an apology would be fine.”

WHERE IS THE LOGIC

COMMENTS PLEASE-I CAN’T BE ALONE THINKING THIS IS WACK!

Mum’s Shock At Twins With Different Dads

Posted in Comedy, Controversy, Diet, Education, Folklore, Health and Beauty, News Media, Religion, Sex, TV, Urban Myths with tags , , , on May 18, 2009 by Richard James Clark II

Mum’s Shock At Twins With Different Dads

A mother of twins has had a shock after doctors revealed that her 11-month-old boys do not have the same father

Mia Washington decided to get some expert advice when she and her partner noticed that twins Justin and Jordan had different facial features.

Paternity tests then revealed what had happened – two eggs had been fertilised by two different sperm and there was a 99.99% chance the twins had different dads.

Doctors at the DNA lab in Dallas, Texas had never seen such a result.

Mia later admitted she had had an affair and got pregnant by two different men at the same time.

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She told TV channel Fox 4: “Out of all people in America and of all people in the world, it had to happen to me. I’m very shocked.”

Clear Diagnostics president Genny Thibodeaux said: “It is very crazy. Most people don’t believe it can happen, but it can.”

Sky’s health correspondent Thomas Moore explains: “A woman can release two eggs from her ovaries, and the eggs will remain viable for 24 hours after ovulation.

“Sperm can survive up to five days inside a woman’s body, so a woman could sleep with different men several days apart, and get pregnant not once, but twice.”

And while it sounds rare, recent research indicates that one in 12 non-identical twins are so-called bi-paternal, with a rise in fertility treatment and changing sexual behaviour being blamed.

Mia’s partner James Harrison is father to one of the boys.

He told Fox 4 that he had forgiven his fiancee for having the affair and intended to raise both children as his own.

However, he admitted it had been tough discovering the truth.

“It’s a day by day thing. It’s going to take time to build the trust like we had,” he said.

The couple plan to tell the twins they are half-brothers when they are old enough to understand.