For those living in Ireland, from a meteorological standpoint the term “Summer’s End” is somewhat ironic. Besides experiencing the recurrence of tyre burning in Northern Ireland (as well as else where in the countryside), the American pushed sweets consumption, and children setting off “illegal” fireworks. We can also look back to the origins and history of what is, Samhain.
Like much of Irish history, there is dispute over specific events. We do know that the current term comes from old Irish Sam meaning “summer”, and fuin meaning “end”. Many scholars believe it was the beginning of the Celtic year and Gaels believed that the wall separating this world to the next was most porous at the time. The Gaelic festival became the Christian All-Saints Day which influenced the customs now associated with Halloween.
On this night we ask the Irish along with all Europeans to take special observance. Contemplate the past, and look to the future.
With his back turned: Mario Zicchieri was murdered by the Red Brigade October 29, 1975.
“In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.” – Charles Lindbergh
Swiss wrestling (German Schwingen, colloquially Hoselupf) is the Swiss variant of folk wrestling. It is considered a Swiss national sport, even more prominent than Hornussen and Steinstossen.
The roots of Schwingen in Switzerland have not been determined. A picture from the 13th century (in the Cathedral of Lausanne) shows the typical way of gripping the opponent. In central Switzerland and in the Swiss plateau, mainly on the northern rim of the Alps, the Hosenlupf (literally: “trouser lifting”) was common in public festivities. The prize at many alp festivals was a piece of trouser cloth, a sheep or other natural prizes.
The first alp herder’s festival in Unspunnen (Unspunnenfest) 1805 brought a revival of Schwingen. At that time, Switzerland had been invaded by France. The goal of this festival was to reinforce the Swiss national consciousness.
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“The course of life and labour reminds me of a long journey I once took on the railway. Suddenly, there was a breakdown ahead, and passengers took the event in various ways. Some of them sat still resignedly, and never said a word. Others again, went to sleep. But some of us leaped out of that train, and ran on ahead to clear the road of all obstructions.”
Clearing the Road, Michael Collins
October 28, 2009
Last night the Turbodinamismo, (the artistic current of CasaPound Italy) illuminated the streets of Rome with a traveling exhibition. Using video-projection they painted streets and monuments, media centres (Repubblica, Sky), the Lazio Region, and the Museum of Modern Art. Light beams flooded the capital dusk until dawn.
Speed and action, fantasy paintings, urban landscape as a canvas: this is our tsunami of colors. It is the logic of the moment, the elegance of rapid movement, to show you can not stop the celebration of Life.
A night of beauty as a gift to this city is our only response to the tensions mounted in recent times; intimidation, aggression, bombs, the complicity between politicians and thugs, the defamation by the media.
We are stronger than you.
In Vino Veritas,
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A Call For Worldwide Solidarity With Imprisoned Czech Activists
“The Czech republic under Prime Minister and ex-communist Fischer seems to become a real NWO police state. Holding his office just for six months so far he has already managed to launch three attacks on civil liberties of Czech people. For the first time it was in April when his thugs in full riot gear ambushed a meeting of some Czech dissidents with American lecturer and politician David Duke, which resulted in Duke´s expulsion from the country.
For the second time it was in June when his police terminators with sub-machine guns smashed their way into houses of 10 Czech musicians and concert organizers, pointing their guns even at little babies.
And for the third time it was on Wendesday 21st of October when houses of 28 activists were searched very early in the morning and two young people, male and female, ended up in custody. Actually, six girls and women had been arrested in total and it was for the first time since the collapse of communism when a woman was imprisoned for her political beliefs.
It is the beginning of the worlwide NWO policies when every opposition to it is to be crashed. We are witnessing a massive attack on civil liberties with countries like the Czech republic or Germany as examples.
We call for international worldwide solidarity in support for these imprisoned Czech activists whose only crimes were their thoughts. Aim your protests at every Czech official target like embassies, corporations or government officials. Show them that liberty is too precious thing to step on.”
The Article On Ailtirí na hAiséirghe Can Be Found In The Most Recent Issue:
Vol. 17 Issue 5 (September/October 2009)
Humanism And Its Consequences
How has this unfavorable relation of forces come about? How did the West decline from its triumphal march to its present sickness? Have there been fatal turns and losses of direction in its development? It does not seem so. The West kept advancing socially in accordance with its proclaimed intentions, with the help of brilliant technological progress. And all of a sudden it found itself in its present state of weakness.
This means that the mistake must be at the root, at the very basis of human thinking in the past centuries. I refer to the prevailing Western view of the world which was first born during the Renaissance and found its political expression from the period of the Enlightenment. It became the basis for government and social science and could be defined as rationalistic humanism or humanistic autonomy: the proclaimed and enforced autonomy of man from any higher force above him. It could also be called anthropocentricity, with man seen as the center of everything that exists.
From An Address Given At Harvard, June 8, 1978.