Living in Chinatown Honolulu
January 30, 2004

My Sistah JoJo the rabid reader and reviewer of books!

Today's corporate war-making agencies are bought and sold by Fortune
500 firms." Get The book from Amazon

Messiah, Mercenary, or Menace?, January 28, 2004

joanneva12a (see more about me)

from New York USA

This book is an intelligent, extremely well researched look at the expanding
global use of Private Military Firms (PMF's) in warfare. Singer gives a complete
account of their evolution and re-introduction, illustrating how the end
of the Cold War has given rise to thousands of PMF's with seemingly no end
in sight. The belief that nation states hold absolute military control is
quickly diminished as the author demonstrates how even the strongest of nations
have out-sourced many key and in some cases, highly sensitive military industries
once thought exclusively the charge of the government. The author contends
that although useful and perhaps necessary in certain conflicts, PMF usage
on the battlefield is on the sharp rise worldwide. As their availability
increases, the number of internal conflicts in weaker nation states have
also risen sharply. He sees a new pattern emerging as their easy accessibility
means conflicts "are now more easily waged for economic control and resource
exploitation." But it is profit not patriotism driving these firms who in
many cases are linked to multinational corporate structures complete with
CEO's, shareholders, and market share. The notion of engaging in warfare
for ideological or patriotic allegiance is doubtful and unlikely, as the
very nature of these firms require conflicts persist for their own survival
to flourish. "Corporate Warriors" examines the good, the bad, to the ugly,
and case studies past interventions some of which held remarkable positive
outcomes, others which hold stark warnings for future implications, and
still those where disgraceful accounts of lawlessness and moral ethics were
completely abandoned. He discusses the almost non-existent public monitoring
mechanisms to oversee possible conflicts in foreign policy and raises the
issue of circumventing congressional oversight due to either current laws
or offshore corporate links. The book discusses the paradox of mixing business
with war and raises valid questions on legal, moral, and international accountability
as even now firms with blemished histories in the Balkans have landed lucrative
contracts in Afghanistan. Other firms who in the past often operated in the
shadows, are seizing the window of opportunity opened as the "war on terror"
gives off a sounding bell which is heard loud and clear throughout the industry
.....their new meal ticket arriving on a platter.

Battle Over 9/11 Panel's Deadline Intensifies

- "the Bush administration, which objects to granting
the commission a later deadline and has long sought to play down criticism
of the government's performance before the terrorist strikes. The administration
has also not agreed to the panel's requests for direct testimony from President
Bush and Vice President Cheney."

Medicare Drug Cost Estimate Increases

- The White House has concluded that adding prescription drug benefits
to Medicare will cost one-third more than the $400 billion advertised by
Congress and the administration when President Bush signed the bill into
law less than two months ago, federal sources said yesterday.

U.S. Probes Cause of Deadly Afghan Blast

- The U.S. military was investigating Friday an explosion at a weapons
cache in Afghanistan that killed seven American soldiers and wounded three
in what Afghan officials said was an accident.
Pentagon Plans Afghan Spring Offensive

- Meaning that the war in Afghanistan isn't over, and isn't even going

U.S. to "Intervene" in Pakistan

- the administration is preparing a U.S. military offensive that would
reach inside Pakistan with the goal of destroying Osama bin Laden

Editorials Question Bush's Role in 'Cooking' Up a War

- NEW YORK In the wake of the latest revelations from weapons inspector
David Kay, many of the largest U.S. newspapers are belatedly pressing the
Bush administration for an explanation of how it could have gotten the
question of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq so wrong in the march to
war last year.

UN warns over
Israeli demolitions

According to UN figures, almost 600 people have been made homeless in
the Rafah refugee camp since 16 January. Since October 2000, more than 14,000
people in the Gaza Strip have lost their homes - almost 10,000 of them
in Rafah. Mr Hansen is now warning that the UN's resources are being stretched
almost to breaking point.

January 29, 2004

Picked up a pressed or Mold-blown Roman style blue glass tumbler
today at the thrift store. I thought that Blue glass had a poison in it around
the turn of the century and that's why it's no longer being made and the
reason it's worth a lot t to collectors today. It's not Cobalt blue, (too
dark and not exactly match the Cobalt blue that is being sold today (apparently
without any health warnings - so it must be OK) on Ebay and such. Manganese

blue is produced by the oxide of cobalt; purple by the oxide of manganese;
and the varieties of rose and ruby by the oxide of gold; topaz is given by
the oxide of uranium; and emerald green by the same metal, with the addition
of a small quantity of copper. Glass is rendered opaque by the addition of
arsenic.... Cobalt very small amounts (0 025 0.1%) are required to produce
a good blue When combined with magnesium or zinc, cobalt will produce red
or green.

local time in Honolulu

How did I get here? - oH YEAH was reading about it at Border's
this afternoon when I was having too much coffee

Mary Magledine on Jesus' Right This issue of course is a subject of great
debate, and the subject of
The Da Vinci Code

, a novel by Dan Brown. The person to the right of Jesus is usually said
to be John. However, take a look at the person. They are dressed to complement
Jesus. The person has very feminine features and has hands clasped right
next to those of Jesus. Together, their bodies form the letter "M". There
are many accounts that state Jesus and Mary Magdalene were very close, and
she of course figures prominantly in his resurrection story. Whether you
personally believe this to be true or not, consider whether *Leonardo* believed
it might be true ...


The Da Vinci Code says that the Chalice talked about wasn't an actual,
physical item, but more a metaphor. MM = Holy Grail

Mary Magdalene was maligned

through the centuries, and that she actually played a much more significant
role in Jesus' life: as his wife, the mother of his child, and the most important
of his disciples

Depiction of Mary Magdalene as a prostitute has its origins in interpretations
of Luke's gospel, where it says she was cured of seven demons. She's also
introduced Luke right after a story about a prostitute whom Jesus forgives
for her sins. In the year 591, Pope Gregory the Great overlapped the two

The Vatican eventually corrected that impression, but not until 1969,
1,378 years later.Mary Magdalene would have been recognized as one of Jesus'
main apostles — and possibly the key apostle — had she been a man.

The Gospel according to John tells the story of a woman named Mary
who anoints Jesus' feet with oil and wipes it away with her hair which is
a marriage ritual, she said. And even though the woman is identified as Mary
of Bethany, not Mary Magdalene, Starbird believes they are the same person.

Deciphering the Code

In his novel, Brown says there is an apparent omission in Leonardo Da
Vinci's famous painting "The Last Supper": the Holy Grail, or the chalice
from which the disciples allegedly drank their wine, is missing, he said.

But he says the Holy Grail actually is there, on the right hand of Jesus.
He says the grail is the figure to the right of Jesus — commonly thought to
be John, but actually Mary Magdalene.

According to Henry Lincoln, who co-authored the 1983 book, Holy Blood,
Holy Grail with Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, the Merovingian legends
say the first king's mother was said to have been impregnated by a sea creature.
One of the earliest symbols for Jesus and Christianity was a fish.

Holy Blood, Holy Grail suggests that the Merovingian kings were the descendants
of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, and that their descendants founded the Priory
of Sion. The book argued that the Knights Templar, an order that really existed
in the 12th century, originated as the military wing of the Priory of Sion.

The truth, they believe, was deliberately suppressed by church leaders.
There is a theory that the truth about Mary was kept alive by a secret society
known as the Priory of Sion, whose members included some of the greatest
artists and thinkers of Western civilization, including Leonardo Da Vinci.

1090 - 1188 The Ordre de Sion

According to the "prieure documents," a conclave of Calabrian monks who
left from the Belgian Abbey of Orval in 1090 helped secure the election
of Godfroi de Bouillion as de facto king of Jerusalem during the First Crusade
(but as is well known, he refused the title, accepting only Defender of
the Holy Sepulchre), based on their belief that he was a descendant of the
Merovingians, and by that fact, according to these documents, also a descendant
of King David through Jesus and Merovech. In return, Godfroi secured their
installation into an Abbey on Mount Sion. These documents also claim that
the Ordre of Sion and the Order of the Temple (officially, the Poor Knights
of the Temple of Solomon, later known as the Knights Templar,......until
being absorbed by the Jesuits in the 17th century...worship G-d the Father,
but were also to spit on the cross and deny the Trinity...Masonic ritual
degrees (like the Holy Royal Arch) that suggest that they conducted some
exploration on the Temple Mount, and either found some scrolls or the Ark
of the Covenant itself....held secret negotiations with the Hashisheen or
Assassins led by the Old Man of the Mountain, Hassan-I-Sabah, or the Druzes
of Lebanon, ....

DaVinci seems to have had a "thing" for John the Baptist, which seems quite
consonant with the apparent "PoS" interest in Johannism (the idea that John
was the true Messiah and Jesus a false one, or, alternatively, that they
were equal co-Messiahs). Johannites believe that there was a secret teaching
passed from John the Baptist to John the Beloved Disciple (whose given name
was Lazarus, but he took the "alias" of John to honor the Baptist), and to
a "John" ever since. (Supposedly, every PoS GrandMaster takes the name "Jean"
as an honorary title, in addition to being known as "Nautonnier" or Navigator.)
Pincknett and Prince believe Da Vinci put his own face on the Shroud of Turin
(despite accounts which suggest it was first shown at Lirey 200 years earlier),
which was confirmed to them by someone they believed to be a member of the
PoS, "Giovanni".

During this time period, the Duke Jean de Berry, who lived in Bourges,
commissioned a picture-book known as Les Tres Riches Heures. A horological
manuscript, illustrating the seasons of the calendar as well as miscellaneous
episodes, the Heures has fascinated people with some of its strange symbolism.
For example, it shows the Duke de Berry holding a caduceus or serpent-staff
. The picture of the Resurrection also seems somewhat oddly dissonant with
New Testament accounts,

St. Anthony Burying St. Paul the Hermit From the Belles Heures du Duc de
Berry French, early 15th century

the Hermit

. depicts the Jean de Berry at a feast that could depict the Epiphany,
celebrated in the Hotel d'Grac. The bears and wounded swans are emblems
of Jean de Berry,
of his love for a lady called Ursine (ur=bear, sine=swan),
near Jean de Berry, is the inscription, 'Aproche,
Aproche' to let everyone know that on this festive occasion, the Prince is
accessible to any and all persons wishing to pay their respects. Tapestry
in the background known to have been woven for Jean de Berry in 1385. Tthe
wicker firescreen behind the Duke givea a halo effect.



The winged serpent above the Chateau of Lusignan is the foundress and protectress
of the castle, Melusine. Her legend was recorded by Jean d'Arras, the secretary
of the Duke de Berry. It was said that were lower limbs were transformed
into a dragon tail every Saturday. Melusine is a symbol of fertility (of
land and construction)


October was not painted by the Limbourg Brothers.


depicts a hunting scene. Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry is the only
Book of Hours to depict a hunting scene for August. The usual theme is threshing
corn. It seems likely that the reason for the change in standard iconography
is that the Duc de Berry wanted the change. The building in this painting
is the Chateau of Etampes. The guinette tower of the chateau is still partially
existent amongst the ruins.



1.light through

Immaculate Conception




Eucharist, body of

10. light


Eucharist, blood
of Christ

11. dog

Fidelity, lust

4.white lilies

purity of the Virgin

12. three


5.wash basin/towel

of sin

13. dove

Holy Spirit


fertility, lust,

14. round glass/mirror

eye of God

martyrdom, Christ's

15. shoes not on

holy ground

8.lit candle

divine presence of

16. demon


Medieval Christian

Bosch's image



Devils, Sin


Mimic, lie

Arrows, piercing (also knives, swords,



Shielding, covert evil


lasciviousness, sex, androgyny

Bat wings


Birds, fleeing, flying

Loss of morality

Birds, general (see also bird species)

Devils, amorality

Bird, spoonbill



Corruption, evil



Boat or water-skis

Fragile protection from sinking into an abyss of sin


Misused science, knowledge, or scripture

Branches, dead

Death, malignancy

Bubble, transparent cracked

Fragile pleasures; Bubble is about to break


Inconstancy, Capriciousness

Cap/hat, blue

Hypocrisy, deceit


Entrance to underworld

Cherries, fruit

Sensual temptations

Circle/circling figures

Cycle of life and death/reincarnation



Crawling creatures

Sins of the flesh


Devil’s emblem, evil omen, heresy, Islam





Dogs eating man

Punishment for envy

Drinking, drink

Evil indulgence


Stupidity, drunkard (watery)



Ears sliced by knife


Ears, droopy

Dumb, stupidity


Alchemy/magic, changeling

Eggshell, broken

Defective birth/death, collapse, degeneration


All seeing, spying

Faces, grotesque

Evil intent

Fish in water


Fish out of water

Death of Christian principles, licentiousness,


Torments of Hell

Flaming sword

Judgment, sacrifice


Sexual reproduction

Foot, club or injured

Devil, morally degenerate


Lord’s word (fount), elixir of life


Sensual temptations, reminder of orginal


Madness, corruption


Indictment, guilt


Underworld spirit, demon



Hand, left


Hand pierced by knife

Christ’s teachings stabbed


Deceptively divine (of the earth)

Hat, top

Deceiver (pretentiousness)


Materialism, source of greed

Horse, winged







Opening conjugal door, phallus


Anger, male sex symbol

Knight, merman

Demon searching for victims

Ladder, climbing

Ambition, transition


Jesus/obedience to God


Erotic temptation


Babbler, deceiver, thief, drunkard






Root of evil, greed


Lies, mimic, gossip

Musical instruments

Temptation, pernicious pleasures

Mussel or Oyster shell

Adultery, Female, sexual passion, entrapment


Sexual provocation, lasciviousness




Satan looking for victims


Servitude, strength


Pride, vanity



Pigeons in loft


Pine cone



Sensual world




Deceiver, untrustworthy

Raven, Crow

Evil omen, devil






Sexual act


Pride, Infidelity


Alchemy, Trickster

Satyr (half man, half goat)

Demon, pleasure seeking


Treachery, hypocrisy


Misuse of scripture

Sexual pleasure

Sinful indulgence


Stupid, unclean, Christian flock

Shell, broken

Corruption, lost virginity, rape

Spectacles, person with

One who cannot see, easily misled

Sphere, blue

Adultery, deceit


Roman Church





Sphere, cracked

Bubble of pleasure is about to break


Hazards, warnings


Web of Satan




Devil’s emblem, hypocrisy, prostitution


Weapon of murder, anger

Sword, flaming


Table, game

Conniving, gambling, drunkeness


Corruption, hazard

Thorny fruit

Painful, hazardous temptation


Hazard, pain, punishment


Filth, devil, evil


Refuge of God


Life, spirit

Tree of knowledge

Expulsion from paradise, Fall of man



Tree, palm


Trees, barren or rotten, hollow

Spritual death, evil, corruption


Last judgment


Female trap


Deceit, covert, concealed


Purity, Virgin, Christ


Gluttony, corruption

Water, immersion in

Hazard, warning


Torture, machination

Woman, nude

Lasciviousness, sin, prostitute, seduction


Corruption (something wrong)







Wounded by love ....

thinks of nothing but
possessing his beloved.

..the lady allows a web of words to be woven around her and she in turn becomes
a prisoner
to treat women in a more refined way, to demonstrate his skill at captivating
them not by force but by verbal or manual caresses, in order to show
that he was one of the privileged few who shared in the profits of seigneurial
exploitation and who was exempt from the oppression that weighed common
folk. In this way he clearly demonstrated the distance that separated
him from the villein, who was summarily dismissed as living a life of
ignorance and bestiality. The practice of courtly love was first and
foremost a criterion of distinction within masculine society. That is
why the model proposed by the poets proved so powerful and why it was
able to influence certain men's attitude toward women.

Dr. Graham Brock documents how Mary Magdalenes presence as a resurrection
witness, her position as a role model and her status as apostle have been
diminished, depreciated, marginalized or otherwise ignored in early Christian
texts, and especially the Gospel of Luke. A central assumption, and one that
to me seems reasonable, is that the differing portrayals of Mary Magdalene
are not unintentional, but in "all probability intentional and deliberate."
What emerges in these pages is a picture that reinforces the work of Elaine
Pagels and others; it is a picture of an early church, much more divided
than ordinary believers have been taught to expect. A more complicated picture,
but one that is, for that very reason, far more believable.

The "woman with a hemorrhage,"

for example, is given life through Ashcrofts moving descriptions of what
it MEANT to a first-century Jewish woman to live with a "hemorrhage" - how
it made her ritually unclean, shunned by all society, and how her unauthorized
touch of Jesus robe made HIM ritually unclean as well. For readers unfamiliar
with the intricacies with the ancient Jewish faith, this book breathes
life into Jesus story, making him a real, true friend of women and a radical
thinker with regard to "womens rights" - a concept which didnt even exist
at the time.

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