Archive | January 2018

Reinactment and Hate

Based on recent issues in the SCA with swastikas and “HH”, I did a search for an article and found this.

https://www.publicmedievalist.com/leaving-medieval-charlottesville/

A friend of mine, formerly in the SCA, mentioned the specific details, which are mostly on Facebook sadly.  However, if you are part of any related community, it is something to be aware.

Atomwaffen

They definitely do NOT want to be left alone.

…training included lessons in firearms and hand-to-hand combat, preparation for the group’s “ultimate aim of overthrowing the U.S. government through the use of terrorism and guerrilla warfare.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/01/29/suspects-in-five-homicides-reportedly-tied-to-macabre-neo-nazi-group/?utm_term=.c13aa8b06ba8

The price of a certain Warrior mindset

I loved the book Gates of Fire but fetishizing the Spartans is not helpful.  They are fascinating but they could not adapt at all.  A warrior only mentality is not functional in a modern society, or even an ancient one.

I am curious what a tactical Thespian morale patch would look like.

https://taskandpurpose.com/the-spartans-were-morons/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Heathenry and Women

http://www.norsemyth.org/2018/01/remember-shield-maidens.html

The picture in the article is of a Germanic duel between a man and a woman.

Most particularly:

We shouldn’t need to recite poetic verses or cite academic sources to convince men that women are people. We should all respect women as individuals and honor their input, because they are human beings with identities and agency. Period. This shouldn’t need to be spelled out, but it apparently must.

Reflect on that one a bit.

 

Beacon Fires and Carrying the Signal

This was inspired by this scene, which I have always loved:

The idea of the Beacon Fire and being part of the signal has appealed to me and the part of me tied to Heimdall for years.  Imagine the long and painful duty waiting for the one day when you light the signal, much like Heimdall and Gjallarhorn.  Such images appeal to me.

Here is an historical reference to Beacon Fires in England, which likely influenced Tolkein:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/herefordandworcester/features/malverns/new_malverns_beacons.shtml

Now, where am I going?  To be part of a signal system takes preparation, dedication and possibly training.  You have to be ready to be called when the time comes.  This could for all sorts of reasons:

Watching for Abuse

Neighborhood Watch

Chaperoning Kids

Acting as a Security

I like the metaphor and the mission of it.  Something to meditate on.

 

Heathen words on Rape (without further comment)

If you want to begin your not all men rant now, I suggest you either read this all the way through, or don’t bother commenting. 1. Within the gates | ere a man shall go, (Full warily let him watch,) Full long let him look about him; For little he knows | where a […]

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