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Sain baina uu! Mal sureg targan tavati yuu!
Hello! I hope your animals are fattening nicely.

I have a cunning plan: we'll call it Categorian....

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Ex-Mongol cavalryman currently a polymathic, bibliophagous Reiki Master, shamanic adjustor and biocomputer tech. A mystic but empirical: no newage crispy, me!
A redheaded elfin cross between Laurie Anderson and Mae West who rides and swears like a Mongol.
Despite my being an impecunious female Yankistani in the 20th/21st centuries I have acquired the perfect education for a wealthy English gent of the 1800s - languages, fencing, history, literature, poetry, politics, art, horsemanship. Sigh...

Science is a way of talking about the universe in words that bind it to a common reality. Magic is a method of talking to the universe in words that it cannot ignore.
-Neil Gaiman

You don't know Steampunk until you've used a 56k dial-up connection in a Victorian house whilst wearing a top hat and tails. Please don't send me videos or vast images.

Hey, thanks for dropping by so often, Anonymous. You're very kind.
I won't try to figure out who you are: I am civilis/zed and believe in your privacy as much as my own.

Intolerance is intolerable.

A quick glance at the above widget will more likely than not tell you what that 'F' and 'C' are really for, and why I so often insist 'Temperate' hardly describes Detroit's climate.
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It is extremely difficult to remain indifferent to those with Chiron conjunct Ascendant --- they seem to almost force you to form some opinion about them.
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“In a controlled burn, you do a little bit of truth mixed in with a lot of lies" - Rep. Todd Courser on covering the affair

Michigan State Rep. Todd Courser and Rep. Cindy Gamrat, both tea party darlings and "traditional marriage" champions, have been exposed for having an affair. Their efforts to conceal their cheating ways from their spouses and the general public took a turn that can only be described as bizarre:

State Rep. Todd Courser planned the distribution of a fictional email alleging he had sex with a male prostitute in a bid to conceal his relationship with Rep. Cindy Gamrat, according to audio recordings obtained by The Detroit News.

Courser, a Lapeer Republican, said on one recording the email was designed to create “a complete smear campaign” of exaggerated, false claims about him and Gamrat so a public revelation about the legislators’ relationship would seem “mild by comparison.”

And all of it was done on the public's dime:

Interviews with former House employees and the recordings show freshman lawmakers Courser and Gamrat, R-Plainwell, used their taxpayer-funded offices to maintain and cover up their relationship. Courser, 43, and Gamrat, 42, rose from the ranks of tea party activism, battled establishment Republicans to win seats in the House last year and formed their own legislative coalition.

Like most of these tea party grifters, both ran on heavily religious themes, complaining about religious liberty, leading a fight to defund Planned Parenthood, and, of course, railing against marriage equality:

"America stands at a crossroads on marriage. Our U.S. Supreme Court will any day render it’s decision and may then throw out thousands of years of established understanding and in so doing grant the right to homosexual marriages. It would be an unconscionable decision made without Constitutional justification and over the will of the people. Five Justices can take it upon themselves to take the holy God inspired and the defined institution of marriage of being between one man and one woman and turn it into a government sanctioned institution that is now defined by the power of government. The ruling if it goes against the traditional understanding of marriage brings with it many long range unforeseen implications for society in America and for the rest of the world."

What's that about coveting thy neighbor's wife?

The entire plot was recorded by a former aide to Courser. In the recordings (which can be heard at The Detroit News, along with screenshots of text messages), Courser outlines the plan to "create a controlled burn" so the scandal wouldn't derail his plans to run for the U.S. Congress.

It's safe to say the resignations of Rep. Todd Courser and Rep. Cindy Gamrat can be expected sooner than later.

"There is always the option to keep the Redskins name and just change the logo to redskin potatoes. That is, if the potatoes don’t mind."

Replace the feathers with a knife and fork.

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Ancient Egyptian pottery lion, found in Nekhen/Hierakonpolis - Late Predynastic/Archaic period


Late Predynastic/Archaic period Egyptian pottery lion who now lives at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum
via wikimedja commons

Red Granite Lion from Gebel Barkal in the Sudan, re-inscription by Tutankhamun 1400 BCE. British Museum, London

Red granite lion of Amenhotep III

From Soleb, Sudan

18th Dynasty, around 1370 BCE

A lion with many names….

This lion is one of a pair collected from the Meroitic site of Gebel Barkal by Lord Prudhoe, which is why they are sometimes called ‘Prudhoe lions’. Originally from the Temple of Soleb in Nubia, the lions acted as guardian figures before a temple built by Amenhotep III (1390-1352 BCE), an elaborate monument to the cult of the king as a deified 'lord of Nubia’, embodied by the lion.

The inscriptions on both lions reflect their re-use by many rulers. Originally inscribed by Amenhotep III, they were renewed by Tutankhamun (1336-1327 BCE), along with an indication that they were moved by his successor Ay (1327-1323 BCE). In the third century BCE the Meroitic ruler Amanislo moved the lions south to his city of Gebel Barkal and engraved his names on them. …

Also from the British Museum website:

Red granite statue of lion of Amenhotep III: this lion is depicted in a recumbent pose, forming a mirror image to its companion piece. It lies on its side: the forepaws crossed, the farther of the hind paws emerging from under the nearer one, the tail curling forward around the rump and resting on the base.

The sculpture combines marvelously the stylized mane and hair with a naturalistic treatment of the body. The muzzle projects realistically, with solid jawbones and raised veins. A stylized circular mane frames the head, and the fur is rendered by a raised surface on the chest, the shoulders, and the back. The eyes are hollowed and were probably inlaid. The whiskers are incised on the muzzle; small, round protuberances in the ear suggest the tufts of hair.

The naturalistic treatment of the physiognomy is enhanced by anatomical details - for example, the twisted hind paws, of which the farther one is turned upward. On the external side of the paws, the folds are marked by deep furrows. The rump is treated with a bold modeling of musculature; and parallel depressions alternate with raised ribs on the flank.

The lion was later reinscribed several times. First a four-column text was engraved on the breast, identifying the monument as “The good god, lion of rulers, wild when he sees his enemies treading his path, [it is the king] … divine ruler of Thebes, who brought it.” The royal cartouche, in which only the last signs are preserved, could belong to Akhenaten. Shortly afterward, a text of Tutankhamun’s was inscribed on the base, stating that the king renewed this monument for Amenhotep III. Ultimately, during the reuse of these lions in Gebel Barkal, the two cartouches of the Kushite ruler Amanislo were added on both lions.These cartouches occupy the left forepaw, because of the anterior four-column inscription. It was probably also at that time that the names of Tutankhamun in the third and fourth cartouches on the base were erased (with the exception of “Amun” and a remnant of “ankh”) to be replaced by those of Amanislo, on a plaster patch that is now lost, leaving the original particle of Amun, common to both names.

Ed. Note: Oh, and they’re 111cm (43.7in) high, 216cm (85in) long, and each weighs about 5000 pounds (2268kg)!!!

Lion Statue
A statue of a lion that looks rather happy

Old caption:

The strange winged creature to the right, standing in front of the serpent in this scene represents several destructive forces, good and bad, inherent in various Egyptian gods. These powers were not normally represented in specific shapes; hence, the unusual being here, like the winged figure in the large stone relief also in this case, is not a single god but a representation of several abstractions. The god Bes was one of the deities associated with this composite being; as a guardian of women and children, he acquired the role of protector of the birth of kings and of the sun, which sprang forth anew each morning from the underworld, where it had been threatened by snakes during the night. The images of the child and the snake on the papyrus reflect these concepts.

Current caption:

The standing winged creature seen here is known as the nineheaded Bes figure, a divine protector of the birth of the king and of the sun. This form of Bes was closely associated with the evening and the night part of the solar cycle. He thus also played an important role as guardian of sleeping women and children, particularly against the dangers of the night, represented here by the noxious creatures contained in the oval upon which he stands. The firebrands that surround him represent destructive forces directed at anyone who approaches.

Papyrus, 7th - 4th century B.C.E. Papyrus, ink, a: Glass: 7 ½ x 26 3/8 in. (19 x 67 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Theodora Wilbour from the collection of her father, Charles Edwin Wilbour, 47.218.156a-d

That snake is high.

Also, I want me some Anubis slippers, too!


Pschent is the Hellenized (Greek-ised) word for the Double Crown - in Egyptian Shemty or Sekhemti, The Two Powerful Ones. It is the combined form of the crown of the South, the Hedjet, which was also known as the Lady of Dread and the Deshret, the crown of the North, which was called the Lady of Spells.
Taken from the book A Catalogue of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Possession of FG Hilton Price
Published in London, 1897

Taken from the book A Catalogue of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Possession of FG Hilton Price
Published in London, 1897

Taken from the book A Catalogue of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Possession of FG Hilton Price
Published in London, 1897

Nefer pendants and beads


1550–1295 B.C.E.

Length of string: 39.9 cm (15 11/16 in.) Height of jackal: 1.4 cm


Electrum and glass

Twenty-four electrum nefer pendants; two triple nefer pendants; fifty-one barrel beads. Strung with grouped ball beads of dark and light blue glass. Center: gold jackal amulet.
The New Kingdom (1570-1070 B.C.E.) saw a great flowering of the jeweler’s art as improvements in the manufacture of faience (a quartz bodied ceramic) combined with the invention of glass-making to produce a dazzling variety of ornaments in new forms and colors.

Between 1900 and 1907, acquired in Egypt by Goddard Du Bois (b. 1869 – d. 1925) and Josephine Cook Du Bois (b. 1864 – d. 1961), New York; 1945, gift of Mrs. Du Bois to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 27, 1945)


Alabaster (calcite) canopic jars: Duamutef, Qebesenuf behind

Taken from the book A Catalogue of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Possession of FG Hilton Price
Published in London, 1897
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