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How To Find Nearby Dark Skies, No Matter Where You Are

Jonah Hex OFF TOPIC: Mapping and Calendar (55 comments)

OK this is tangentially on topic, especially if you're talking about cool map tricks.

There are many individual groups holding related events throughout my state, however attempts to create a shared calendar for them have not had all the features we'd like. We've tried shared Google Calender, Wordpress plugins, etc, and none have had all the features we'd like. We'd also like to avoid existing large sites like Meetup, as we'd like to only have our own events displayed on the Calender/Map. And we want to make sure individual organizers have full control over their own event's calender and can link to an existing Google Calender/iCalender. Ideally this could be ramped up for larger than state usage, but for now we're trying to replace a myriad of individual calenders spread all over the place, and a single Google Calender that attempts to gather them in being maintained by one person.

An example: Magic the Gathering has many individual groups and stores running events, with many individual organizers. Ideally the Calender/Map system would be able to pull in many individual calenders and display them in a shared Calender/Map with filtering by City, Region, and even by Event Sub Type such as Game Type, Ranked Games, etc. It should hopefully be embeddable on any other website and provide it's own (filterable) export in standard calender formats.

Any help is appreciated!

about 5 months ago
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Reason Suggests DoJ Closing Porn Stars' Bank Accounts

Jonah Hex Re:Hard to verify (548 comments)

This has been linked to as the "start of Operation Chokepoint"

Supervisory Insights - Summer 2011 - Managing Risks in Third-Party Payment Processor Relationships

Some merchant categories that have been associated with high-risk activity include, but are not limited to:

Ammunition Sales Cable Box De-scramblers Coin Dealers Credit Card Schemes Credit Repair Services Dating Services Debt Consolidation Scams Drug Paraphernalia Escort Services Firearms Sales Fireworks Sales Get Rich Products Government Grants Home-Based Charities Life-Time Guarantees Life-Time Memberships Lottery Sales Mailing Lists/Personal Info Money Transfer Networks On-line Gambling PayDay Loans Pharmaceutical Sales Ponzi Schemes Pornography Pyramid-Type Sales Racist Materials Surveillance Equipment Telemarketing Tobacco Sales Travel Clubs

...

Appropriate Supervisory Responses

In those instances where examiners determine that a financial institution fails to have an adequate program in place to monitor and address risks associated with third-party payment processor relationships, formal or informal enforcement actions may be appropriate. Formal actions have included Cease and Desist Orders under Section 8(b) or 8(c) of the Federal Deposit Insurance (FDI) Act, as well as assessment of Civil Money Penalties under Section 8(i) of the FDI Act. These orders have required the financial institution to immediately terminate the high-risk relationship and establish reserves or funds on deposit to cover anticipated charge backs.

As appropriate, the examiner will determine if financial institution management has knowledge that the payment processor or the merchant clients are engaging in unfair or deceptive practices in violation of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act. In those cases where a financial institution does not conduct due diligence, accepts a heightened level of risk, and allows transactions for high-risk merchants to pass though it, it may be determined that the financial institution is aiding and abetting the merchants. This also could indicate a disregard for the potential for financial harm to consumers and, as a result, the financial institution may be subject to civil money penalties or required to provide restitution.

about 5 months ago
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Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

Jonah Hex Re:Nothing new - Always had tech jobs (336 comments)

Correct on many points, just adding:

Delphi came through bankruptcy due to these "supply chains can't fail" issues. It should of been broken up and replaced with something better, but it would of caused way too much turmoil in the industry.

There may be many unions in the area, but there is no tech union, and you're right I've never had to directly interact with one. The closest I've EVER gotten is having to call a certain office to get union guys to move furniture in the RenCen. Once in 25+ years.

Side note: these tech jobs don't exist, they're the same ones that have been posted over and over to bring in new visa holders, for the last 10+ years in some cases! (Ford/GM are especially bad at posting these never filled positions)
HEX

about 5 months ago
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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

Jonah Hex VK might have vested interest (304 comments)

A photographer in a forum I frequent has been trying to get VK to remove his pictures from their site where a user uploaded them, and received this answer to his requests:

By publishing content in free access, every user grants it freedom to spread across the Internet and there's no way to stop that process. Even if we're talking about posts plagiarism we need official copyright proof in order to take actions. This is Internet after all. Everything belongs to everyone and any information becomes public sooner or later. VK Support Team.

I wonder if their location puts them in Crimea, the Ukraine, or Russia, and if their policy to ignore copyright laws plays a part in their decision.

about 5 months ago
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The Case For a Safer Smartphone

Jonah Hex Differentiate (184 comments)

How are these going to differentiate between drivers and passengers? And if, as many studies are finding, even talking hands free involves the same risk as texting/etc, does that mean all phone usage would have to be turned off? How about using cell phones as GPS nav devices, something I do often myself, are actual GPS systems somehow magically less distracting? Do we ban all screens in the driver's view, including radios, nav devices, and the instrument panel? I find passengers distracting sometimes, how do they impact accident rates? Or is this getting a bit ridiculous... - HEX

about 6 months ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

Jonah Hex The Internet Killed BBS Culture (510 comments)

So what, I was there, experienced it, it's gone. Let this go the same way. - HEX

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Easiest To Use Multi-User Map Editing?

Jonah Hex Related: Calender (52 comments)

If we have many different groups posting events all across the state, what is best for not only showing them on a calender but also locations on a map?

Think Magic/Game Events!
Each event may have a different owner, or group of owners posting them.
It should be easy to view on the map for people to easily see what Events are close to them for any particular day.

Currently we're thinking multiple Google Calenders but it loses all coloring and requires everyone who wants to do a calender to have google. Plus, no mapping.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

Jonah Hex Gnomoria (669 comments)

Gnomoria may be "Dwarf Fortress Lite 3D" to some, but to me it's the best mix between in depth orders and possibilities and playability. http://gnomoria.com/ Lots of updates and support.

Gnomoria is a sandbox village management game where you help lead a small group of gnomes, who have set out on their own, to thrive into a bustling kingdom! Anything you see can be broken down and rebuilt elsewhere. Craft items, build structures, set traps and dig deep underground in search of precious resources to help your gnomes survive the harsh lands. Build your kingdom and stockpile wealth to attract wandering gnomads to your cause, but be wary of also attracting enemies!

about 7 months ago
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Ask "The Fat Man" George Sanger About Music and Computer Games

Jonah Hex Integrating Game Voice/Sound into Music (66 comments)

I, like so many, was blown away by the soundtrack for 7th Guest and a big part of that was the voice clips integrated directly into the music. Question: What do you think about integrating a games voice acting clips and/or sound effects directly into the music tracks?

about 7 months ago
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Russia's Dyatlov Pass Incident May Have Been Explained By Modern Science

Jonah Hex Re:Infrasound for fun and profit! (110 comments)

I did do a google search, and found one reference to infrasound being used in Irreversible and a bunch of allegations that it has been used in other movies. Not exactly proof is it? http://truthseekers.cultureunp...

about 8 months ago
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Russia's Dyatlov Pass Incident May Have Been Explained By Modern Science

Jonah Hex Infrasound for fun and profit! (110 comments)

Well now I know why it's not used for effects in movies, I always thought it was just because speakers to produce infrasound would be too large and expensive for anything except theme parks. I suppose even a horror theme park wouldn't want to cause actual illness. I wonder how close to causing unease and discomfort lower frequencies that modern theaters can play over their sound systems comes to causing these types of effects. *runs off to layer a 20-30hz waveform over a youtube video of kittens* - HEX

about 8 months ago
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A Big Step Forward In Air Display and Interface Tech

Jonah Hex Re:Porn (65 comments)

Sticking your fingers (or other objects) into the stream of water droplets means it cannot move to "catch" the rest of the display (see the article gallery), much like standing between a projector and the screen. So every time you go to "touch" anything part of it disappears, doesn't sound ideal for porn. :P

about 9 months ago
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YouTube Expands Live Streaming To All Channels

Jonah Hex Wirecast for YouTube (71 comments)

Anyone seen if Wirecast is still part of the package?

Wirecast for YouTube is Here!

11 April 2012 - Finally we can talk about it! YouTube announced some significant improvements to YouTube Live, and Wirecast for YouTube is one of them! YouTube Partners who are authorized for livestreaming can now download Wirecast for YouTube free of charge, enjoy the gorgeous and intuitive UI, and stream their content directly to YouTube.

about 10 months ago
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The Yin and Yang of Hour of Code & Immigration Reform

Jonah Hex Fuck you assholes (220 comments)

I taught myself DOS, then Windows, and I'm a rollout, packaging, migration specialist. I get hired to do the hard work and hand it over to H-1B's to do the migration and I'm out of work again. So fuck you guys who'll only pay for quality work for as short a time as possible then dump it to "best shore" people. Fuck you assholes who've screwed over everyone who built America's infrastructure. I'm sick of drinking bitter H-1B tea. /rant

about 10 months ago
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Piracy Offers Heavy Metal a New Business Model

Jonah Hex Re:You Are Not Special (246 comments)

Whovians, Browncoats, Trekkies, etc, etc, etc...... Yes people place value on actually buying things they are into, but they'll pirate the fuck out of it in order to watch it. *looks at my hard drive and bookshelf* Yep...

about 10 months ago
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Sebastian Thrun Pivots Udacity Toward Vocational Education

Jonah Hex Thanks for giving up on poor students (86 comments)

and shifting your efforts towards people who can complete courses, those who can do well in traditional college courses.

What’s got the academic Internet’s frayed mom jeans in a bunch, however, is that Thrun’s alleged mea culpa is actually a you-a culpa. For Udacity’s catastrophic failure to teach remedial mathematics at San Jose State University, Thrun blames neither the corporatization of the university nor the MOOC’s use of unqualified “student mentors” in assessment. Instead, he blames the students themselves for being so damn poor.

The way Fast Company has it, Thrun chucks those San Jose State students under the self-driving Google car faster than he chugs up a hill on his custom-made road bike, leaving a panting Max Chafkin in the dust to ponder the following Thrunism: “These were students from difficult neighborhoods, without good access to computers, and with all kinds of challenges in their lives. It's a group for which this medium is not a good fit.”

Apparently students fail MOOCs because those students have the gall to be poor.

The problem, of course, is that those students represent the precise group MOOCs are meant to serve. “MOOCs were supposed to be the device that would bring higher education to the masses,” Jonathan Rees noted. “However, the masses at San Jose State don’t appear to be ready for the commodified, impersonal higher education that MOOCs offer.” Thrun’s cavalier disregard for the SJSU students reveals his true vision of the target audience for MOOCs: students from the posh suburbs, with 10 tablets apiece and no challenges whatsoever—that is, the exact people who already have access to expensive higher education.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Stop a Debt Collection Scam From Targeting You?

Jonah Hex Re:Make them spend money (497 comments)

Telling them you're recording the call is usually enough to make them hang up, many have specific rules that if they are told they are being recorded to immediately end the call.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Stop a Debt Collection Scam From Targeting You?

Jonah Hex Re:Annoy, annoy, annoy (497 comments)

I just listened to a couple of Lenny recordings, and they can waste a ton of time, everyone who's been in a conversation with someone who meanders like that knows how much time an actual human can waste well Lenny is 10X worse.

about 10 months ago

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Ask Slashdot - Combo Calender and Map for Distributed Groups

Jonah Hex Jonah Hex writes  |  about 6 months ago

Jonah Hex (651948) writes "There are many individual groups holding related events throughout my state, however attempts to create a shared calendar for them have not had all the features we'd like. We've tried shared Google Calender, Wordpress plugins, etc, and none have had all the features we'd like. We'd also like to avoid existing large sites like Meetup, as we'd like to only have our own events displayed on the Calender/Map. And we want to make sure individual organizers have full control over their own event's calender and can link to an existing Google Calender/iCalender. Ideally this could be ramped up for larger than state usage, but for now we're trying to replace a myriad of individual calenders spread all over the place, and a single Google Calender that attempts to gather them in being maintained by one person.

An example: Magic the Gathering has many individual groups and stores running events, with many individual organizers. Ideally the Calender/Map system would be able to pull in many individual calenders and display them in a shared Calender/Map with filtering by City, Region, and even by Event Sub Type such as Game Type, Ranked Games, etc. It should hopefully be embeddable on any other website and provide it's own (filterable) export in standard calender formats.

Any help is appreciated!"
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Glee ripped off Jonathan Coulton's "Baby Got Back" cover, legally.

Jonah Hex Jonah Hex writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Jonah Hex writes "Many fans of Jonathan Coulton were surprised to hear his distinctive arrangement of “Baby Got Back”, including a "duck quack" replacing an expletive, used on Glee without an attribution. While FOX may be in the right legally, and have been accused of using others arrangements of cover songs on Glee, crediting the arranger would seem the ethical thing to do."
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This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For

Jonah Hex Jonah Hex writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Jonah Hex writes "The White House has Responded to the petition to "Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016."

The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn't on the horizon. Here are a few reasons: The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it. The Administration does not support blowing up planets. Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

"

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Ferment glucose and sucrose directly to diesel/gas fuels and plastics

Jonah Hex Jonah Hex writes  |  about 2 years ago

Jonah Hex writes "

A long-abandoned fermentation process once used to turn starch into explosives can be used to produce renewable diesel fuel to replace the fossil fuels now used in transportation. The process is versatile enough to use a broad range of renewable starting materials, from corn sugar (glucose) and cane sugar (sucrose) to starch, and would work with non-food feedstocks such as grass, trees or field waste in cellulosic processes. "You can tune the size of your hydrocarbons based on the reaction conditions to produce the lighter hydrocarbons typical of gasoline, or the longer-chain hydrocarbons in diesel, or the branched chain hydrocarbons in jet fuel," Toste said.

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Core Reality Hacker - New Science and Reality Web Series

Jonah Hex Jonah Hex writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Jonah Hex writes "I am proud to officially announce our latest web series, Core Reality Hacker!

This is the culmination of many discussions into how to share the non-fictional conglomeration of science, biology, technology, psychology, arts, sexuality, and any geeky/nerdy (or even just interesting) subjects, Core Reality Hacker aspires to encompass and incorporate them all while keeping the fun and excitement of learning and sharing.

Check out the first three mini sections of Poetesse presenting how to make a DIY Phlebotomy Training Arm! Once we finish filming the rest next weekend we’ll compact them into one or two clips. We also have a series of mini lectures on various medical and anatomy related topics that Poetesse has used in teaching medical students, and from the storyboards she has done they will be informative and hilarious.

While the “Obscure Delusion” part of the site and project deals with fiction based in science and reality, a large part of the site’s purpose and group dynamic is non-fiction discussion, teaching, and learning. We take our inspiration from both the past and present methods and systems while keeping up on new research in related fields:

Educational Systems at all levels / Writer and Artist Correspondence and Workshops
The Open University / MIT OpenCourseWare / Khan Academy
Bulletin Board Systems (BBS) Online Forums & Local Munches / LifeHacker / Meetup.org
Do It Yourself (DIY) / Do It With Others (DIWO) / Maker / Hackerspace
Open Source / Creative Commons / the Public Domain

Part of what makes these systems work is open participation, and there will be many opportunities to help out or create your own videos!"

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Maniac Loveseat - Cthulhu Lovecraft Inspired Improv (video)

Jonah Hex Jonah Hex writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Jonah Hex writes "Maniac Loveseat is a short episodic format show in the Obscure Delusion universe. Featuring HEX and Jacky Paper, it is an unscripted improvised brainstorming session. All three scenes have different overtones, starting from a couple of weird guys talking on the couch to pure madness by the last one. Things that may be used for building parts of the canon universe and considered madness are wrenched from our viscera on the Maniac Loveseat. We are looking for people to get involved in the online creative process using our mostly free and open source based platform."

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Maniac Loveseat - Cthulhu Lovecraft Inspired Improv

Jonah Hex Jonah Hex writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Maniac Loveseat is a short episodic format show in the Obscure Delusion universe. Featuring HEX and Jacky Paper, it is an unscripted improvised brainstorming session. Things that may be used for building parts of the canon universe and considered madness are wrenched from our viscera on the Maniac Loveseat. We are looking for people to get involved in the online creative process using our mostly free and open source based platform.

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Build a Hard Drive Windchime

Jonah Hex Jonah Hex writes  |  more than 11 years ago Since the days of the death of MFM hard drives I've been stripping dead drives of their platters and using them for wind chimes. The platters resonate with crystal clear tones when struck against each other, and I've never had one I couldn't use from notebook drives to IDE/SCSI drives.

Besides the usual nylon line and a wooden dowel or two for the upper support, you do need a few different type of screwdriver bits, since most drives use odd shaped star/torx screwheads. If you have any trouble just grab a drill and destroy the screws, at this stage who cares about what the case ends up looking like. And a final tip, you may want to spray the platters with a thin clear coat if your putting them outside.

Jonah Hex
You have not brought any marijuana for me, or lavished on me the fat of your sacrifices. - God

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The Future of BattleBots RFC

Jonah Hex Jonah Hex writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Despite being canceled by Comedy Central, BattleBots is looking towards the future with the release of Technical Regulations, Builders Guide, and Request Forms v3.0 for comment by current and future designers in their forums. They are also working with the Robot Fighting Leauge maximize rule set compatibility between future BattleBots and RFL events. So when can we see something besides BattleBots reruns? They're talking to potential tour promoters, corporate sponsors and TV companies on future BattleBots tournaments, including plans for a BattleBots Summer Tour; hopefully they can find someone to televise the tour.

Jonah Hex

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Marijuana in the Old Testament

Jonah Hex Jonah Hex writes  |  more than 11 years ago

KANEH BOSM
THE HIDDEN STORY OF CANNABIS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

You have not brought any Kaneh (hex: cannabis/marijuana) for me, or lavished on me the fat of your sacrifices. But you have burdened me with your sins and wearied me with your offences.
ISAIAH 43:23-24 - God reprimanding the Israelites

I really found this entire article on marijuana's usage in the bible to be excellent, aside from the overabundance of CAPS TEXT, sorry to be posting a couple chunks of it but unfortunately the author thought most quotes would look good in it. This article illustrates the usage of marijuana as both incense and a psychoactive substance, and some of the interplay between rival religions.

THEN GOD SAID, I GIVE YOU EVERY SEED-BEARING
PLANT ON THE FACE OF THE WHOLE
EARTH, AND EVERY TREE THAT
HAS FRUIT IN IT."

GENESIS 1:29-30

Those words seem straightforward enough, and yet cannabis and most other psychoactive medicine plants are outlawed in our society. Those who use these plant gat eways to other states of consciousness are jailed for doing so.

Ironically, the major force for continuing this plant prohibition is a group referred to as the Christian Right. They claim to believe in both the Bible and old Yahweh, yet Yahweh's opinion on the matter is stated quite clearly in the above quotation.

This article shows how the Old Testament Prophets were none other than ancient shamans, and that cannabis and other entheogens played a very prominent role in ancient Hebrew culture.

The world of the bible was much different from the stylized version that is often presented, the "Victor's History" so to speak. It was filled with many faiths, belief systems, and even different gods vying against each other in the village and town streets, and differences thru the countryside as well.

Of these five references to kaneh and kaneh-bosm, the first three have cannabis appear in Yahweh's favour, the fourth definitely in his disfavour, and the fifth on a list from a kingdom that had fallen from grace in the eyes of the Israelite God. One might wonder at the reason for these apparent contradictions, and the answer can be found within the story of the suppression of the cult of Ashera, or Astarte, the ancient Queen of Heaven.

In The Chalice and the Blade, Riane Eisler explains this as follows:

There are of course some allusions to this in the Bible itself. The prophets Ezra, Hosea, Nehemiah, and Jeremiah constantly rail against the "abomination" of worshipping other gods. They are particularly outraged at those who still worship the "Queen of Heaven". And their greatest wrath is against the "unfaithfulness of the daughters of Jerusalem," who were understandably "backsliding" to beliefs in which all temporal and spiritual authority was not monopolized by men. But other than such occasional, and always pejorati ve, passages, there is no hint that there ever was - or could be - a deity that is not male.

The ties between cannabis and the Queen of Heaven are probably most apparent in Jeremiah 44, where the ancient patriarch seems to be concerned by the people's continuing worship of the Queen of Heaven, especially by the burning of incense in her honour.

Keep in mind the documented use of cannabis by the shamanistic Ashera priestesses of pre-reformation Jerusalem, who anointed their skins with cannabis mixtures as well as burning it as incense.

Some very interesting info tucked away in this article, especially on the Ark of the Covenant and The Book of the Law

BIBLICAL PROHIBITION

Jeremiah's reference to the previous kings and princes that burned incense to the Queen of Heaven can be seen as referring to King Solomon, his son Rehoboam, and other Biblical kings and prophets.

Other key Biblical figures in the prohibition of cannabis use and the worship of the Queen of Heaven include King Hezekiah and his great-grandson Josiah.

II Kings 18:4 reports of Hezekiah that:

HE REMOVED THE HIGH PLACES, AND BRAKE THE IMAGES, AND CUT DOWN THE ASHERAS, AND BRAKE INTO PIECES THE BRAZEN SERPENT THAT MOSES HAD MADE; FOR UNTO THOSE DAYS THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL DID BURN INCENSE TO IT:
AND HE CALLED IT NEHUSHTAN.

BREAKING THE SERPENT

The interesting thing about this passage is that the Ark of the covenant does not contain the ten commandments of the law of Moses, rather it holds Nehushtan, a brass serpent. The serpent is a frequent component in early representations of the goddess.

The Bible reports that the kings before Hezekiah "set up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree; And there they burnt incense in all the high places..." (1Kings 17) So did the kings who reigned after Josiah, who was killed in battle in 609 BC. According to The Columbia History of the World, Josiah's defeat seems to have been taken as proof of the error of his ways... the later prophecies of Jeremiah and Ezekiel show polytheism back in practice."

A FORGED BOOK OF LAW

The Book of the Law, which makes up most of Deuteronomy and Leviticus, was used to prohibit the worship of the Goddess and instill the death penalty for the burning of incense. Although it was supposedly written by Moses, it was not discovered until some 600 years after Moses' death.

In Green Gold, Judy Osburn follows the suggestion that the Book of the Law may have been a forgery committed by the Hebrew priesthood with the hope of eradicating the competing temples and their deities, which were getting more sacrifices from the people than was the temple of Yahweh.

Osburn quotes Occidental Mythology by theologian Joseph Campbell, as stating that, before the discovery of the Book of the Law,

neither kings nor people had paid attention whatsoever to the law of Moses which, indeed, they had not even known. They had been devoted to the normal deities of the nuclear Near east, with all the usual cults...

Up until that time the Hebrew people worshiped in the old ways, practicing their cult in open places on peaks and hills and mountains, and even caves below.

The mysterious discovery of the Book of the Law took place during the reign of King Josiah. Once informed of the new regulations, Josiah's wrath against the incense burners was far harsher than that of his great-grandfather Hezekiah.

I hope you enjoyed my look at this subject, and that you can take the time to read the full article.

Jonah HEX
hexagon.tk

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