I see. This is what will kill us all.

By The Siberian Times

Bulging bumps in the Yamal and Gydan peninsulas believed to be caused by thawing permafrost releasing methane.

Local Siberian media has reported that the very ground that people stand on is moving under their feet in the arctic regions of Siberia. Scientists have discovered 7000 gas filled bubbles according to the Siberian Times.  These, bulges or 'bulgunyakh' in the local Yakut language, were originally discovered last year by researchers in Siberia's remote Bely Island. At that time only 15 of these bubbles had been identified, but a survey in the wider region of the Yamal and Gydan peninsulas has revealed the massive number of 7000 which some scientists fear may explode at any time.

There is startling photo evidence in the Siberian Times article that is worth your time to see.

From the article:

The region has seen several recent examples of sudden 'craters' or funnels forming from pingos after what scientists believe are caused by eruptions from methane gas  released by the thawing of permafrost which is triggered by climate change.

'We need to know which bumps are dangerous and which are not,' said Titovsky. 'Scientists are working on detecting and structuring signs of potential threat, like the maximum height of a bump and pressure that the earth can withstand.'

 

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Our pictures and video of this remarkable gas release are seen here, although this phenomenon appears different to the exploding pingo events. These bubbles  - such as one seen in our video on Bely Island - have been called 'trembling tundra'.

'Their appearance at such high latitudes is most likely linked to thawing permafrost which in is in turn linked to overall rise of temperature on the north of Eurasia during last several decades,' said a spokesman.

The total of 7,000 - reported by TASS -  is startlingly more than previously known. 

The region has seen several recent examples of sudden 'craters' or funnels forming from pingos after what scientists believe are caused by eruptions from methane gas  released by the thawing of permafrost which is triggered by climate change.

'We need to know which bumps are dangerous and which are not,' said Titovsky. 'Scientists are working on detecting and structuring signs of potential threat, like the maximum height of a bump and pressure that the earth can withstand.'

He said: 'Work will continue all through 2017.'

Scientists are drawing up a map of underground gas bubbles in Yamal, a key energy production region, which they believe can harm transport and  infrastructure. 

The Ural branch of Russian Academy of Science says that thawing permafrost is a suspected reason for the cause of underground gas bubble formation. 'An early of gas bubbles was discovered during a summer 2016 expedition to Bely island,' said a spokesman.

Our pictures and video of this remarkable gas release are seen here, although this phenomenon appears different to the exploding pingo events. These bubbles  - such as one seen in our video on Bely Island - have been called 'trembling tundra'.

'Their appearance at such high latitudes is most likely linked to thawing permafrost which in is in turn linked to overall rise of temperature on the north of Eurasia during last several decades,' said a spokesman. 

'An abnormally warm summer in 2016 on the Yamal peninsula must have added to the process.'

Analysis last year of the Bely island underground gas pockets - or jelly-like bubbles -  showed multiple excesses of greenhouse gas content compared with average levels in the atmosphere.

Methane exceeded the norm 1,000 times, while carbon dioxide was 25 times above the norm. Initial measurements had suggest methane levels 200 times above usual levels. 

Some 15 examples of this swaying Siberian ground were revealed last July on Bely Island, a polar bear outpost some 750 km north of the Arctic Circle in the Kara Sea. One research team account at the scene said: 'As we took off a layer of grass and soil, a fountain of gas erupted.'  

On Yamal, the main theory is that the craters were formed by pingos - dome-shaped mounds over a core of ice - erupting under pressure of methane gas released by the thawing of permafrost caused by climate change.

The Yamal craters, some tiny but others large, were created by natural gas filling vacant space in ice humps, eventually triggering eruptions, according to  leading authority Professor Vasily Bogoyavlensky, of Moscow's Oil and Gas Research Institute. 

Recently there were accounts of a 'big bang' triggering the formation of a crater on the Taimyr Peninsula. However, there was no pingo on this spot before the eruption in 2013. The noise could be heard up to 100 km away and one resident saw a 'glow in the sky' after the explosion, it was revealed.

Bulging bumps in the Yamal and Gydan peninsulas believed to be caused by thawing permafrost releasing methane.

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Witches are about to handle this shit.

Tonight.: A Spell to Bind Donald Trump and All Those Who Abet Him: February 24th Mass Ritual

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This document has been making the rounds in a number of magical groups both secretive and public. It was allegedly created by a member of a private magical order who wishes to remain anonymous. I make no claims about its efficacy, and several people have noted it can be viewed as more of a mass art/consciousness-raising project (similar to the 1967 exorcism and levitation of the Pentagon), than an actual magical working. But many are clearly taking it very seriously.

I have been receiving a number of suggestions and variants for this ritual, and have posted some of them at the end.

UPDATE February 24: Media inquiries: please email bindtrump@gmailcom.

UPDATE: There is now a Facebook page where participants can share their suggestions, photos, videos, etc. I am a bit overwhelmed with media inquiries at this point, so won’t be able to comment much there and have a team of moderators keeping things under control.

UPDATE February 22: A number of news organizations are looking to interview people taking part in the ritual and to film or photograph any group workings, especially in NYC, Portland, and SF. I suggest posting to the Facebook page, indicating you are interested in being filmed or interviewed, your location, and the best way to reach you.

A Spell to Bind Donald Trump and All Those Who Abet Him (version 2.0)

To be performed at midnight on every waning crescent moon until he is removed from office. The first ritual takes place Friday evening, February 24th, at the stroke of midnight. This binding spell is open source, and may be modified to fit your preferred spiritual practice or magical system — the critical elements are the simultaneity of the working (midnight, EST—DC, Mar-a-Lago, and Trump Tower NYC time) and the mass energy of participants.

See below for the upcoming dates. Some lodges/covens are doing a variation of this as a group working, while a number of solitary practitioners are planning to connect and livestream via Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.

Components:

  • Unflattering photo of Trump (small); see below for one you can print
  • Tower tarot card (from any deck)
  • Tiny stub of an orange candle (cheap via Amazon)
  • Pin or small nail (to inscribe candle)
  • White candle (any size), representing the element of Fire
  • Small bowl of water, representing elemental Water
  • Small bowl of salt, representing elemental Earth
  • Feather (any), representing the element of Air
  • Matches or lighter
  • Ashtray or dish of sand

Optional:

  • Piece of pyrite (fool’s gold)
  • Sulfur
  • Black thread (for traditional binding variant)
  • Baby carrot (as substitute for orange candle stub)

Preparation:

  • Write “Donald J. Trump” on the orange candle stub with a pin or nail
  • Arrange other items in a pleasing circle in front of you
  • Lean the Tower card against something so that it’s standing up (vertically)
  • Say a prayer for protection and invoke blessing from your preferred spirit or deity. Reading the 23rd Psalm aloud is common in Hoodoo/Conjure/Rootwork traditions. Experienced magicians may perform an appropriate banishing ritual.

RITUAL

(v. 2.2)

(Light white candle)

Hear me, oh spirits
Of Water, Earth, Fire, and Air
Heavenly hosts
Demons of the infernal realms
And spirits of the ancestors

(Light inscribed orange candle stub)

I call upon you
To bind
Donald J. Trump
So that his malignant works may fail utterly
That he may do no harm
To any human soul
Nor any tree
Animal
Rock
Stream
or Sea

Bind him so that he shall not break our polity
Usurp our liberty
Or fill our minds with hate, confusion, fear, or despair
And bind, too,
All those who enable his wickedness
And those whose mouths speak his poisonous lies

I beseech thee, spirits, bind all of them
As with chains of iron
Bind their malicious tongues
Strike down their towers of vanity

(Invert Tower tarot card)

I beseech thee in my name
(Say your full name)
In the name of all who walk
Crawl, swim, or fly
Of all the trees, the forests,
Streams, deserts,
Rivers and seas
In the name of Justice
And Liberty
And Love
And Equality
And Peace

Bind them in chains
Bind their tongues
Bind their works
Bind their wickedness

(Light the small photo of Trump from the flame of the orange candle stub and hold carefully above the ashtray)

(Speak the following loudly and with increasing passion as the photo burns to ashes)

So mote it be!
So mote it be!
So mote it be!

(Blow out orange candle, visualizing Trump blowing apart into dust or ash*)

(Pinch or snuff out the white candle, ending the ritual)

Grounding and Disposal

Afterward, ground yourself by having a good, hearty laugh, jumping up and down, clapping your hands, stomping your feet, and having a bite to eat. Grounding is very important—don’t neglect it. And remember—he hates people laughing at him.

Finally, bury the orange candle stub or discard it at a crossroads or in running water.

VARIANTS

Alternate Closing: After you’ve visualized Trump’s energy dissipating, gaze at the white candle flame for a few moments, close your eyes, and imagine a bright light emerging from the darkness and gradually being revealed as the flaming torch of the Statue of Liberty. The light from the torch then brightens intensely, expanding into infinity and burning away all darkness. After a few moments, open your eyes, ground yourself, and pinch or snuff out the white candle, closing the ritual. You can also leave it burning until it is fully extinguished.

Traditional Binding Variant: This variant was contributed by a rootworker, and incorporates a more traditional form of binding magic. In place of burning the photo, the magician ties the photo to the orange candle with black thread. As you are wrapping the thread around the photo and candle, say “I bind you” three times. You may also tie knots in the thread. Then the whole package is buried or, as the contributor suggested, “Leave it outside a Trump hotel.”

The Use-His-Pet-Phrase-Against-Him Variant: In place of “So mote it be,” instead say, “You’re fired!” with increasing vehemence. This should be particularly beautiful as the flames consume his image.

Baby Carrot Substitution: For those who can’t acquire an orange candle stub, Frater SHUF suggests using a baby carrot (and lighting the photo from the white candle).

Alternate Closing for Group Rituals: Many group rituals are done in a call-and-response style. The leader may end with:

“Our ritual has ended, brothers and sisters. May we go in peace, harming none, and continue our magical resistance under each waning crescent moon until Donald J. Trump is driven from office.”

To witch the participants reply (with emotion): “So mote it be!”

Waning Crescent Moon Ritual Dates:

February 24th (Midnight, Friday evening into Saturday morning); March 26th; April 24th; May 23rd; June 21st (especially important as it is the summer solstice); July 21st; August 19th; etc.

Trump photo for ritual (print and cut)

 

Addendum and FAQs

Notes on Binding Spells vs. Curses: Is This Dangerous/Harmful?

Binding spells, or defixiones, are some of the oldest in the historical record, and are nearly universal in the world’s magical systems. In this document, binding, which seeks to restrain someone from doing harm, is differentiated from cursing or hexing, which is meant to inflict harm on the target(s). It is understood, in this context, that binding does not generate the potential negative blowback from cursing/hexing/crossing, nor does it harm the caster’s karma.

In other words, this is not the equivalent of magically punching a Nazi; rather, it is ripping the bullhorn from his hands, smashing his phone so he can’t tweet, tying him up, and throwing him in a dark basement where he can’t hurt anyone.

The spell in this document was carefully crafted, in structure and language, to avoid unintended psychic consequences, but adding a prayer and invoking the blessing of your preferred deity(s) should not be neglected.

Another added benefit: this working has an embedded self-exorcism. Just peforming it will result in a lightening of the spirit, an easing of tension, and a banishing of the gnawing Trumpian egregore. And who doesn’t need that?

Finally: The threat from Trump and his cabal is enormous, not just to individuals, but to the collective body and spirit. Be bold! Say the words with ferocious intensity and feel them!

On the Ritual Phrase “So Mote it Be”

A number of respondents have suggested “so mote it be” is too Wiccan-ish for their tastes. It should be noted that the phrase originated in Freemasonry long before it was adopted by witches and neopagans. If it grates, any similar phrasing would work—amen, let it be so, so say we all, etc.

What Kind of Magic is This Anyway?

The kind of magic that works, based on the template that underlies every functional magic system, from ancient Egyptian to contemporary chaos practices. Some Christian folk traditions, in fact, both Catholic and Protestant, employ similar methods. Adherents of any formal system should be able to tweak the above ritual to suit their practice.

You really think this might work? Has anyone ever done anything like this?

Ever heard of the Magical Battle of Britain? There’s a book about it. And in 1941, author and occultist William Seabrook and a group of young people in Maryland performed a ritual to “kill Adolf Hitler by voodoo incantation.” I was also just made aware of the Center for Tactical Magic. Also, the burning of effigies, common to political protests, is considered a very simple but potent form of magic.

You’re Kidding, Right?

Why don’t you try it and find out for yourself?

But suppose it works? Then we have Pence!

One step at a time, please :-)

You need this.

This Google Chrome extension will change every picture of Donald Trump to kittens

via Business Insider.

If you're tired of looking at pictures of Donald Trump, there's a Chrome extension for that.

Make America Kittens Again is an extension you can add to your Google Chrome browser that automatically detects images of Trump on the web and changes them to photos of kittens.

While the extension doesn't work on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter, it will change the photos on news sites like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Business Insider.

There are a set number of photos in the extension's kitten portfolio, so you may see some repeat kittens. But is that such a bad thing?

You need this too: Trumpgrets

Squirrel hospitalizes Chicago politician who spoke out against squirrels

Howard Brookins Jr., the alderman for Chicago's 21st ward, had publicly spoken out about a toothy menace plaguing the city's garbage carts: urban squirrels, which in Brookins's view were "aggressive," and aggressively damaging the trash cart lids.

  Howard Brookins Jr. in happier times.

Howard Brookins Jr. in happier times.

via Fosters.com

By Ben Guarino/Washington Post

Howard Brookins Jr., the alderman for Chicago's 21st ward, had publicly spoken out about a toothy menace plaguing the city's garbage carts: urban squirrels, which in Brookins's view were "aggressive," and aggressively damaging the trash cart lids.

He now has another reason to dislike the rodents. One recently sent him to the hospital with a skull fracture in a "freak bicycle accident," as the alderman wrote on Facebook.

Brookins was biking along Cal-Sag Trail on Nov. 13, when a squirrel darted into his path. The squirrel cut Brookins's bike trip short by wrapping itself in the spokes of the alderman's bicycle. The alderman flipped over the handlebars and landed with such a severe impact that he fractured his skull, broke his nose and knocked out a handful of teeth, the Chicago Tribune reported. A woman who passed by called 911. Brookins was only able to leave the hospital Thursday.

"I can think of no other reason for this squirrel's actions than that it was like a suicide bomber, getting revenge," the alderman said to the Tribune on Monday. He told the newspaper a full recovery was expected to take months.

Brookins had denounced the eastern gray squirrel just a few weeks before the accident. In mid-October, Brookins complained that "aggressive squirrels" were undermining the effort to overhaul the city's trash carts, reported the Chicago Sun Times. The squirrels were gnawing through the garbage cart lids at a cost of $300,000 to the city.

"It's a pet peeve. It does invoke some giggles. But we are spending too much money on replacing garbage carts because the squirrels continue to eat through 'em," Brookins said at a city council meeting on Oct. 21, according to the Sun Times. The alderman said that residents were repeatedly asking for replacement garbage cans, as the squirrels could chew through the lid within as little as two days.

After the accident, Brookins wrote on Facebook that he was okay, but he added he will undergo several surgeries "to recover from damage to my face and upper body." His chief of staff, James Ramos, told Chicagoist that Brookins was "in very good spirits" despite his "heavy damage."

The squirrel, however, was destined for the great Chicago garbage cart in the sky.

This system instantly edits videos to make it look like you’re saying something you’re not

Really upsetting new technology Part 2

via Tech Crunch

 Greg Kumparak

Once upon a time, a photo of something was enough to believe it was real. Sure, you’d have to deal with the occasional Big Foot hoax, but for the most part, those who had the time or talent to create believable fakes were in the minority.

Then came the age of Photoshop. Edits and fakes are prolific enough that “FAKE!” has become the default; a dubious photo is presumed fake unless proven otherwise.

We’re not quite to that point with video. Fake videos exist in droves, obviously, but editing a video to be something it’s not introduces a bevy of challenges not found in the editing of a single still frame, and generally requires considerably more time and talent to do right. People will still yell “FAKE!” but it’ll be a quieter yell. As your Facebook feed probably proves, moderately well-faked videos have a much easier time finding believers.

That might not be the case for long.

The video up top shows a work-in-progress system called Face2Face (research paper here) being built by researchers at Stanford, the Max Planck Institute and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

The short version: take a YouTube video of someone speaking like, say, George W. Bush. Use a standard RGB webcam to capture a video of someone else emoting and saying something entirely different. Throw both videos into the Face2Face system and, bam, you’ve now got a relatively believable video of George W. Bush’s face — now almost entirely synthesized — doing whatever the actor in the second video wanted the target’s face to do. It even tries to work out what the interior of their mouth should look like as they’re speaking.

It’s not pixel-perfect yet — even in the relatively low-res clips we’re shown, there’s an uncanny valley effect of something being not quite right. But hot damn is it impressive (and, well, more than a little spooky) even in this early stage.

Why spooky? Technology like this will serve to make video less inherently believable. The video’s use of politicians as the editing target is pretty self-aware. In that regard, political hoaxes will hit a lot harder when it’s a video instead of a ‘shopped picture being forwarded around.

Don’t freak out too hard, though. Hoaxes have existed in every medium throughout history. This tech isn’t widely available beyond its researchers just yet; the uncanny valley challenges in stepping from “somethings-kinda-off” to pixel-perfect infallibility aren’t small ones. Just remember that, just like photos before it, being on video doesn’t mean it’s real — and that gets a lil’ bit truer each day.

Adobe Just Debuted a ‘Photoshop’ for Audio and It’s Kind of Terrifying

SERIOUSLY terrifying implecations

Really upsetting technology Part 1

via Twisted Sifter

Adobe, the tech company at the forefront of photo manipulation (and creators of Photoshop), recently debuted VoCo (voice conversion), a ‘Photoshop’ for audio and speech that’s both impressive and alarming.

The software was unveiled at the company’s recently completed Adobe Max 2016 conference, which you can see above.

Used with this....

Sweet Dreams

 

In 1961, Roald Dahl Hosted His Own Version of 'The Twilight Zone'

Looking back at the macabre delights of the famous author's forgotten TV horror show.

via Atlas Obscura

By Eric Grundhauser

Roald Dahl was many things. A fighter pilot, a renowned author, a spy. But few people know that he was also the host of his very own Twilight Zone–style sci-fi/horror anthology show, Way Out, a macabre program that ran for a single season and almost gave Rod Serling’s more famous program a run for its money. And it all began with a terrible game show.

In 1961, Honeymooners star Jackie Gleason had moved on from his career-defining role as cantankerous bus driver, Ralph Kramden, and become a roving host and guest, appearing on the variety shows, specials, and game shows. One of these endeavors was a game show called You’re In the Picture. Intended to display Gleason’s skills as a raconteur and show host, the show was to have a panel of celebrities stick their heads through a famous image, then they would have to question Gleason to determine what image they’d stuck their heads through. It wasn’t a hit.

You’re in The Picture ran for exactly one episode, and received such negative reviews that when the next episode was set to air, instead of the game show, viewers were greeted by a half-hour apology delivered by Gleason himself. After expressing regret for dropping “the biggest bomb,” Gleason changed the format to a talk show to limp through the rest of the initial episode order, but producers at CBS needed a new show to fill Gleason’s spot, and fast.

Under the gun, some enterprising producers at the network began dreaming up a creepy drama show to fill the time slot, and they went right to Dahl. While he is best remembered today for his timeless works of children’s literature like Matildaand Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, for a good portion of his writing career, he was better known as an author of twisted, devilish fiction. As explained in an article originally published in Filmfax Magazine, Dahl jumped at the chance to develop the series, spurred on by the fact that the show’s time slot (9:30 p.m. on Fridays) fell right before another thematically similar little CBS show, The Twilight Zone.

The resulting half-hour show was titled Way Out—strangely the opening screen of the show displayed the title with an apostrophe preceding it, ‘Way Out. The format was set up much like the already successful Twilight Zone series, with Dahl in the Rod Serling role. The black-and-white show would begin with what became its signature image, a slow pan over a series of mist-shrouded, disembodied hands, before resting on one which would burst into flames at the title came onscreen. Then, flexing his dry British charm like a more cosmopolitan Vincent Price, Dahl would give a short intro to each episode. The bulk of the program consisted of the main tale, usually a short morality play with an ironic or surprising ending or element, which often dipped into the supernatural. Then Dahl would close out the show with another direct epilogue, much like the Cryptkeeper of the later Tales From the Crypt.

Dahl also smoked like a chimney throughout his segments, which served the dual purpose of providing a mysterious haze around the host and demonstrating the show’s main sponsor, L&M Cigarettes. In fact, just about everyone in Way Outreally enjoys cigarettes.

Initially the producers wanted to adapt some of Dahl’s pre-existing stories, but in the end only the first episode ended up being written by Dahl, with the remainder of the series’ 14-episode run being authored by other people. The bench of talent never quite equalled that of The Twilight Zone.

The first story, and the only one based on one of Dahl’s stories, was called “William and Mary.” In the episode, a controlling jerk of a husband, William, lies on his deathbed barking insults and commands at his long-suffering wife, Mary. Her torment seems to be at an end when he dies and she is free to smoke refreshing L&M Cigarettes, play cards with friends, and even wear lipstick. But—twist—William has opted to keep his brain alive after death so that he can still keep watch over Mary! But—double twist—with no mouth or body, William finds himself a captive witness to his newly liberated wife’s new life. The tale ends with Mary gleefully blowing smoke into William’s helpless robotic eye. Diabolical fate.

The stories got more outlandish. In the episode The Croaker, a mysterious man begins manipulating a young boy to help him turn the residents of their town into frogs, but the enterprising young lad has some strange plans of his own. In the episode Side Show, a woman with a light bulb for a head is held against her will in a circus sideshow. When an audience member falls in love and decides to free her, he may be in for a shock. In the episode False Face, an actor pays a deformed homeless man to be his model for some Quasimodo make-up, but the effects turn out to be a bit too real. In the world of Way Out, fate always has a cruel sense of humor.

The show received positive press as it aired from March to July of ‘61, and even today, episodes of Way Out still hold up surprisingly well as tightly drawn, macabre vignettes. But at the time, its high quality didn’t translate to sufficient ratings, even with Dahl’s unforgettable segments. Way Out was cancelled after just one short season.

Today, you can find some of the episodes on YouTube, and the entire collection is held by The Paley Center For Media, although it has never been formally released. The episodes are a must-see for any fans of Dahl’s gruesome sense of irony, or fans of The Twilight Zone. Take a look this Halloween, and, in the words Dahl himself used to close every episode, “Good night, and sleep well.”