Heartbroken!

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The Pagan Radio Network has ceased operations permanently as of July 21, 2013.

Not enough time, money, or energy to keep it up. I won’t bore you with a long-winded explanation, except to say that I attend college and raise a special-needs child. This leaves very little time or money to devote to my hobby of Internet broadcasting (as enjoyable as it was).

Thank you for tuning in for nearly 13 years.

Regards and Blessings,
Lew Wirt

I am beside myself w/ grief.

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HEXES the sometime spectra 7/28/13

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Original photo: “Seed” by Ilcato

Editor’s Note

This issue was conceived as a freewheeling and fun gabfest/rant, specifically about the film PACIFIC RIM (why it’s good, why it sucks, and why creators are insistent on: A) not putting the most interesting character upfront, see below; B) relying on the most groan-inducing story elements; and C) perpetuating horrid and harmful racist stereotypes. WE Will NOT HAVE THE TIME NOR THE ROCKET FUEL TO ADDRESS ALL OF THESE TOPICS, ALAS. These words are written mid-afternoon on Grey Sunday July 28 and your humble draxperson has been brought low by microwaves aimed at him by enemies from the hated PLANET PAIN; also, his black heart has been bruised by a pet-centric tragedy of the highest kind, a blow lowered by Mother Nature, The Woods, and Hunger; and the deafening tick of a clock that will not stop. If he’s going to get anything done, finish his stories and write THE END of the hundred and ten novels he’s started but hasn’t finished, then by Satan the humble draxperson must choose his battles. We are FLYING through this issue of HEXES. It’s practically going to be encoded. Cryptographers, grab your pencils.

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MAKO MORI from PACIFIC RIM

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MORI (Japanese): Woods

MORI (Gaelic): Lake

MORI (Latin): Death

MORI (Draxian): Heroine of Exit Vector

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So, guess who was instantly my favorite character the second said character appeared?

[I’d find the pics but I’m too lazy]

Not the rock-jawed hero (who’d just lost his brother!), not the icy Russians, none of the tech savvy geeks, not the über-noble commander of color—and none of the fucking robots or monsters. For fuck’s sake, why couldn’t she have been the hero, the heroine. Her story. Her movie.

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Yeah. Why couldn’t SHE…

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…drive this machine, SOLO, ya know?

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But no.

Our first insight into Mako Mori is to see her as… a terrified child.

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[to be continued, updated. It has stopped raining.]

NEW MAZZY STAR

VIKINGS ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

THE THREE FACES OF SIMON DRAX by @maximpetergriff

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Opening Today: WITCHES AND WICKED BODIES

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Discover how witches and witchcraft have been depicted by artists over the past 500 years, including works by Albrecht Dürer, Francisco de Goya and William Blake, plus pieces by 20th century artists such as Paula Rego and Kiki Smith.

Through 16th and 17th century prints and drawings, learn how the advent of the printing press allowed artists and writers to share ideas, myths and fears about witches from country to country.

Including major works on loan from the British Museum, the National Gallery (London), Tate, the Victoria & Albert Museum, as well as works from the Galleries’ own collections, Witches and Wicked Bodies will be an investigation of extremes, exploring the highly exaggerated ways in which witches have been represented, from hideous hags to beautiful seductresses.

All info here.

Top Image: After Henry Fuseli, mezzotint by John Raphael Smith, The Weird Sisters, 1785 − © The Trustees of the British Museum

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King Crimson – iMPRoVaTTaKc

Improvised, live recordings from 1973-1974

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TK: HEXES

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Photo by Ilcato

Stay tuned, dreamers. It’ll be good.

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A Bit Late But No Less Stunning: HELLO, BEAUTIFUL

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Beautiful moon rise, Poseidon Temple, Greece

via EARTH PICS and @MsMamatas

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Satanists Turn WBC Founder’s Mom Gay in Ceremony Held On Her Grave

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Oh Hell yes. via GAWKER

A New York-based temple devoted to encouraging “benevolence and empathy among all people” through the teachings of Satan traveled over the weekend to the Mississippi gravesite of Catherine Idalette Johnston, late mother of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps Jr., in order to perform a same-sex ceremony aimed at turning Johnston’s spirit gay.

The ritual, known as a “Pink Mass,” was performed twice — once with two gay men, and once with a pair of lesbians.

Satanic Temple rep Lucien Greaves explained to The Gauntlet how the whole thing came about:

The idea for the Pink Mass ceremony and website came during the aftermath of the tragic Boston Marathon bombings, during which time the WBC were threatening to protest the funerals of the bombing victims. Members of The Satanic Temple were in Boston, waiting for them, but they failed to show. Later, the WBC issued a statement that they had been present ‘in spirit’. We decided that a same-sex couple celebrating ceremony at the grave-site of Fred Phelps’s mother was an appropriate way to meet the Westboro Baptists, ‘in spirit’, but this time on our terms.

According to the website Westboro-Baptist.com — which The Satanic Temple commandeered — “Upon completion of the Pink Mass ceremony, Catherine Johnston is now gay in the afterlife.”

Speaking to Vice, Greaves said Phelps and his clan now have no choice but to target the grave for one of their infamous protests.

“We believe that Fred Phelps is obligated to believe that his mother is now gay in the afterlife,” he said. “Further, if beliefs are inviolable rights, nobody has the right to challenge our right to believe that Fred Phelps believes that his mother is now gay.”

The Temple is encouraging other gay couples to visit Johnston’s grave and “pay their respects.”

As for the Westboro Baptist Church, a spokesperson for their congregation announced plans to picket the funeral of Glee star Cory Monteith, who died Saturday of a drug overdose.

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Hail Satan, it’s the new VIDEOSCOPE

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And! In addition to the usual goodness, this issue features a review of JOHN DIES AT THE END as well as an interview w/ its director, DON (PHANTASM) COSCARELLI!

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What are you waiting for? SUBSCRIBE NOW, fools!

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ZIMMERMAN MEETS DEXTER

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via DANGEROUS MINDS

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“Fucking punks,” Zimmerman told the police dispatcher that night. “These assholes. They always get away.” SO TRUE IT’S PAINFUL. AND SO PREDICTABLE IT HURTS. — Gary Younge

Trayvon Martin

Open season on black boys after a verdict like this

Calls for calm after George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin are empty words for black families

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Appeals for calm in the wake of such a verdict raise the question of what calm there can possibly be in a place where such a verdict is possible. Parents of black boys are not likely to feel calm. Partners of black men are not likely to feel calm. Children with black fathers are not likely to feel calm. Those who now fear violent social disorder must ask themselves whose interests are served by a violent social order in which young black men can be thus slain and discarded.

In THE GUARDIAN

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