We are experiencing a supposed “clown scare” — which may or may not be a media invention to the extent past clown scares were. As ridiculous as how quickly this has become a national news story, it isn’t unprecedented. There have been past clown scares. …
The US election gets real (momentarily).
(Huang Yongping, at the Power Station of Art, Shanghai (2016/03/18-2016/06/19))
(Cite-points deducted for the ‘joke’.)
ADDED: Romantic literary inspiration.
Occultural audio in New York, tomorrow.
Not total, by any stretch, but getting on a plane has a threshold aspect to it.
Back to plug Chasm as soon as that’s practicable.
Too early for a Yule broadcast … so I’ll take that as an opportunity to crawl back into here as well.
The Hollerith 1890 Census Tabulator.
The world’s first underground railway line opens in London.
Japan’s first written constitution came into effect (Meiji year 22).
Francis Galton inaugurates the scientific understanding of human fingerprints.
The Móðuharðindin (Mist Hardships).
The Great Meteor.
The Treaty of Paris. “In the name of the most holy and undivided Trinity. …”
Wikipedia describes his death (via):
After the War of Succession with his brother Dara Shikoh, Aurangzeb (1658-1707) emerged victorious, killed his former adversary and ascended the imperial throne. He had Sarmad arrested and tried for heresy. Sarmad was put to death by beheading in 1661. His grave is located near the Jama Masjid in Delhi, India. Aurangzeb ordered his mullahs to ask Sarmad why he repeated only “There is no God”, and ordered him to recite the second part,”but God”. To that he replied that “I am still absorbed with the negative part. Why should I tell a lie?” Thus he sealed his death sentence. Ali Khan-Razi, Aurangzeb’s court chronicler, was present at the execution. He relates some of the mystic’s verses uttered at the execution stand:
The Mullahs say Ahmed went to heaven, Sarmad says that heaven came down to Ahmed.
“There was an uproar and we opened our eyes from the eternal sleep. Saw that the night of wickedness endured, so we slept again.”
[See original for notes]