Category Archives: Well, I was curius.

Ear of the Beholder

Does the received or ‘posh’ English accent sound that way because of its association with posh people or is it something intrinsic in the accent that makes it sound so…’posh’?

In other words, does it seem posh to our ears because:

1) We’ve learned to associate it with people who are posh.

or

2) That something intrinsic in the accent makes it sound posh to any ear, even if that person has never associated the accent with any particular type of person through experience.

Either answer would have deep and broad implications.

A. Darius Kamali

The Memetic link between Barry & Pocahontas

It occurs to me that there’s a connection between two memetic tropes floating in rightist circles. The first is the reference to Barrack Obama as Barry.  The more recent is calling Elizabeth Warren, Pocahontas. I’ve tried to get my mind around the meaning of–and in– these terms, presumably intended as insults. Then it hit me.

In both cases, the implication is that these people are trying to pass themselves off as something other. The underlying subtext, of coarse, is that the minority other is accorded a privileged–and undeserved–position and given the special treatment that goes with that. And the gripe is that these charlatans, though actually no better than or more deserving than ‘you and me’ are pretending they belong in that special victim class and therefore, in a way…act like and be treated better that the unsung and forgotten rest of us.

I don’t agree with this line of thinking as regards either of these individuals. But so long as the left pretends not to understand what the argument is, and instead tries to paint the right as just making a racist statement about Native Americans by using the term Pocahontas, we’re going to keep talking past each other.

 

A. Darius Kamali

Happy/Merry Night of Yalda to all! Mithraic Winter Solstice–the Perso-Roman origin of Christmas

Happy/Merry Night of Yalda to all!
(Mithraic Winter Solstice–the Persian-Roman origin of Christmas)

Happy/Merry Winter Solstice/Night of Yalda to all!
(Mithraic Winter Solstice–the Persian-Roman origin of Christmas)

The worship of the Perso-Roman god Mithra dates back millenia.
God is known as Mitra in the Aryan-Vedic religions. Later this Persian God, became the most significant religion throughout the Roman empire and a strong predecessor and competitor with early Christianity, which borrowed many of its themes and symbols including the date for the birth of Christ. Some fun facts:

-Both Mithras and Christ are described as the Way, the Truth, the Light, the Life, the Word, the Son of God, the Good Shepherd.
-The virgin mother was merged with the virgin mother Mary.
-Petra, the sacred rock of Mithraism, became Peter, the foundation of the Christian Church.
-Mithra is a Mediator between God and man, Sky and Earth.
-Mithra was born of a Virgin.
-He has twelve satellites, the Sun’s disciples.
-Festivals are observed on Winter Solstice & Vernal Equinox (Christmas & Easter.)
-His symbol is the Lamb and he carry’s a lamb on his shoulders, just like Jesus.
-Both religions held Midnight services.
-Saint Peters church in the Vatican is built atop a Mithraim.

-Mithra was born on…December 25th!