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    • Chapter 56. The Public Expulsion of Evils.

       

      Section 1. The Omnipresence of Demons.

        

    • But similar attempts to shift the burden of disease, misfortune, and sin from one’s self to another person, or to an animal or thing, have been common also among the civilised nations of Europe, both in ancient and modern times
    • A Bavarian cure for fever is to write upon a piece of paper, “Fever, stay away, I am not at home,” and to put the paper in somebody’s pocket
    • For example, he tells us that the following is a remedy for toothache. Standing booted under the open sky on the ground, you catch a frog by the head, spit into its mouth, ask it to carry away the ache, and then let it go
    • A Northamptonshire, Devonshire, and Welsh cure for a cough is to put a hair of the patient’s head between two slices of buttered bread and give the sandwich to a dog.
    • Thus in Oldenburg, if you are sick of a fever you set a bowl of sweet milk before a dog and say, “Good luck, you hound! may you be sick and I be sound!”
    • Then when the dog has lapped some of the milk, you take a swig at the bowl; and then the dog must lap again, and then you must swig again; and when you and the dog have done it the third time, he will have the fever and you will be quit of it.   2
    • In the Mark of Brandenburg they say that if you suffer from giddiness you should strip yourself naked and run thrice round a flax-field after sunset; in that way the flax will get the giddiness and you will be rid of it.   4
    • Italians attempt to cure fever in like manner by tethering it to a tree The sufferer ties a thread round his left wrist at night, and hangs the thread on a tree next morning.
    • The fever is thus believed to be tied up to the tree, and the patient to be rid of it; but he must be careful not to pass by that tree again, otherwise the fever would break loose from its bonds and attack him afresh.
    • Thus prepared to immolate himself on the altar of duty, the saint is introduced into the chamber of death, and closely embraces the dying Rajah, saying to him, “O King, I undertake to bear all your sins and diseases. May your Highness live long and reign happily.” Having thus taken to himself the sins of the sufferer, he is sent away from the country and never more allowed to return. At Utch Kurgan in Turkestan Mr. Schuyler saw an old man who was said to get his living by taking on himself the sins of the dead, and thenceforth devoting his life to prayer for their souls.   2
    • Chapter 55. The Transference of Evil. Section 1. The Transference to Inanimate Objects.
    • Chapter 55. The Transference of Evil. Section 2. The Transference to Animals.
    • The Lion Tamer Who Survived
    • Clyde Beatty was one of the first lion tamers to bring a chair into the circus ring.

       

    • The classic image of a lion tamer is one of the entertainer holding a whip and a chair. The whip gets all of the attention, but it’s mostly for show. In reality, it’s the chair that does the important work.
    • When a lion tamer holds a chair in front of the lion’s face, the lion tries to focus on all four legs of the chair at the same time. With its focus divided, the lion becomes confused and is unsure about what to do next. When faced with so many options, the lion chooses to freeze and wait instead of attacking the man holding the chair.
    • Anytime you find the world waving a chair in your face, remember this: all you need to do is commit to one thing.
    • In the beginning, you don’t even have to succeed. You just need to get started. Starting before you feel ready is one of the habits of successful people.

       

    • Most people don’t have trouble with focusing. They have trouble with deciding.
    • In other words: making progress in your health, your work, and your life isn’t about learning how to focus and concentrate better, it’s about learning how to choose and commit to a specific task.
    • Want to perform like an elite athlete? Great. Quit dreaming and start living like one. Get to sleep earlier. Organize your day around your training.
    • Take the first step and trust that you’ll figure out how to take the second step when you need to do so.
    • If you have somewhere you want to go, something you want to accomplish, someone you want to become… then make a decision. If you’re clear about where you want to go, the rest of the world will either help you get there or get out of the way. Both of those are useful.
    • Section 2. The Transference to Animals.
    • ANIMALS are often employed as a vehicle for carrying away or transferring the evil. When a Moor has a headache he will sometimes take a lamb or a goat and beat it till it falls down, believing that the headache will thus be transferred to the animal.
    • kraal
      • a kraal is a traditional African village
    • veldt
      • veldtveld: elevated open grassland in southern Africa
    • The sickness is supposed to be transferred to the animal, and to become lost in the desert.
    • Amongst the Malagasy the vehicle for carrying away evils is called a faditra. “The faditra is anything selected by the sikidy [divining board] for the purpose of taking away any hurtful evils or diseases that might prove injurious to an individual’s happiness, peace, or prosperity
    • If it be a sheep, it is carried away to a distance on the shoulders of a man, who runs with all his might, mumbling as he goes, as if in the greatest rage against the faditra,
    • . If it be a pumpkin, it is carried on the shoulders to a little distance, and there dashed upon the ground with every appearance of fury and indignation.”
    • Carrying a small vessel full of blood upon his head, he was to mount upon the back of a bullock; while thus mounted, he was to spill the blood upon the bullock’s head, and then send the animal away into the wilderness, whence it might never return.   2
    • In antiquity Greek women seem to have done the same with swallows which they caught in the house: they poured oil on them and let them fly away, apparently for the purpose of removing ill-luck from the household.
    •  Among the Badagas of the Neilgherry Hills in Southern India, when a death has taken place, the sins of the deceased are laid upon a buffalo calf. For this purpose the people gather round the corpse and carry it outside of the village.
    • “By a conventional mode of expression, the sum total of sins a man may do is said to be thirteen hundred.
    • . Then, still in solemn silence, the calf is let loose. Like the Jewish scapegoat, it may never be used for secular work.”
    • It was then driven away to a great distance, that it might contaminate no one, and it was said that it would never be sold, but looked on as a dedicated sacred animal.”
    • The idea of this ceremony is, that the sins of the deceased enter the calf, or that the task of his absolution is laid on it. They say that the calf very soon disappears, and that it is never heard of.” 
    • Chapter 55. The Transference of Evil.
    • Section 1. The Transference to Inanimate Objects.
    • The accumulated misfortunes and sins of the whole people are sometimes laid upon the dying god, who is supposed to bear them away for ever, leaving the people innocent and happy.
    • It arises from a very obvious confusion between the physical and the mental, between the material and the immaterial. Because it is possible to shift a load of wood, stones, or what not, from our own back to the back of another, the savage fancies that it is equally possible to shift the burden of his pains and sorrows to another, who will suffer them in his stead.
    • At the outset it is to be observed that the evil of which a man seeks to rid himself need not be transferred to a person; it may equally well be transferred to an animal or a thing, though in the last case the thing is often only a vehicle to convey the trouble to the first person who touches it.
    •   In the western district of the island of Timor, when men or women are making long and tiring journeys, they fan themselves with leafy branches, which they afterwards throw away on particular spots where their forefathers did the same before them. The fatigue which they felt is thus supposed to have passed into the leaves and to be left behind.
    • Thus in the Solomon and Banks’ Islands the natives are wont to throw sticks, stones, or leaves upon a heap at a place of steep descent, or where a difficult path begins, saying, “There goes my fatigue.”
    • Partially offsetting this fuel saving, the Suez Canal raised its tolls by 2% in May. According to the latest information from the Suez Canal Authority, vessels continue to take between 12-16 hours to transit the artery using its convoy system that requires vessel speeds to be reduced to between 11-16k, depending on ship type and size.
    • Moreover, the canal remains as popular as ever; in fact, more so now that additional vessels between Asia and the East Coast of North America are being routed via Suez instead of Panama (since May).
      • why? what is the cost/time benefit?
    • Bloomberg reports that “as many as 50,000” homeless dogs stride proudly through the city’s the highways and byways, unrestrained by leashes, collars, or human masters. These dogs are in many ways representative of the proud spirit of Detroit, which refuses to give up even when it’s been abandoned by its loved ones and left to rot in the streets of, you know, Detroit.
    • Aggressive dogs force the U.S. Postal Service to temporarily halt mail delivery in some neighborhoods, said Ed Moore, a Detroit-area spokesman. He said there were 25 reports of mail carriers bitten by dogs in Detroit from October through July…

       

      Mail carrier Catherine Guzik told of using pepper spray on swarms of tiny, ferocious dogs in a southwest Detroit neighborhood.

       

      “It’s like Chihuahuaville,” Guzik said as she walked her route.

    • Pickle Index for population estimation
    • As a Sales & Marketing Leader, you are hungry for high quality B2B leads.
    • Facebook & Twitter ads deliver high volume but lack the high-level targeting options. The best B2B option until now has been LinkedIn ads
    • . Introducing, LinkedIn Sponsored Updates.
    • Sponsored Updates are company page updates delivered to the newsfeeds of those not connected yet.
    • These new ads are beneficial because the posts are integrated into member’s newsfeeds
    • This gives marketers the ability to deliver highly targeted content to prospects beyond sidebar ads. Prospects are more likely interact with promoted posts than the traditional sidebar ad.
    • It includes the update, link, and information about the target page. In addition, you can follow the company, like an update or comment.
    • With LinkedIn’s rich member data, you can leverage your buyer persona for enhanced targeting.
    • Sponsored update ads are available through LinkedIn’s self-serve platform
    • There is essentially no minimum spend required to begin testing.   They are priced either by impressions or number of clicks (CPM or CPC).
    • Through my testing, I have seen the minimum bid will increase as you add more targeting filters. The end result for B2B Marketing leaders is higher quality leads for the sales force.
    • Hubspot, a marketing automation software company was seeking additional quality leads. They participated in LinkedIn’s Sponsored Updates beta to reach marketing professionals through relevant content.
    • 400% more leads within their target audience than lead generation efforts on other platforms
    • One of the largest paid lead generators during the campaign.
    • The launch of Sponsored Updates on LinkedIn is a huge benefit to B2B Marketers
    • It’s also a match for those who want to achieve a better cost-per-lead.
    • The former is the site of Cyprus, Russia’s offshore tax haven of choice until its financial system collapsed and this spring’s European bailout of Cyprus included a heavy levy on deposits.
    • . The latter is the home of the British Virgin Islands, which appears to have replaced Cyprus as the host of Russia’s offshore money.
    • At $67 billion, foreign investment in that quarter was higher than any single year in the last five. Most of the big outflows come from offshore deals by Russian corporations: Rosneft purchased a $28 billion stake in two BVI-registered oil companies.
    • St. Kitts, another Caribbean island-cum-tax haven, also had a big quarter, picking up just over a billion dollars in Russian investment, its largest quarterly flow in two years.
    • Recently, some critics have questioned whether new stadiums are actually such a great thing for a city’s economy after all. Fortunately, Belo Horizonte, Brazil has not suffered the same fate.
    • You see, the building had sunk by about 11 inches, so the architects had to bring it back up to its original level using hydraulic jacks and steel cables.
    • All in all, it’s a brilliant model for how other cities can deal with the financial burdens of hosting the World Cup or the Olympics—not by building new stadiums, but by renovating the old.
    • “The women? I want to buy your women!. How much for the women?”
    • if we lose to yall sorry mother $#@!ers take mack brown to the temple and wash his ass in tea and drown him in coffee. idmas to me. then come back here and i will apologize for your magic britches, 10 speed college tours, all your wives, and dumping come in your little sisters.
    • Look, I’ve banged dozens of chicks from each of the religions around the world, and I’d have to put Mormon chicks in the lowest quintile. Think about that for a minute….the lowest dang quintile…..there’s four or five above that. That’s getting pretty low and beaten out by some pretty suck-ass religions.
       
       Just put that in your pipe and smoke it.
    • When asked if he was glad he didn’t have the same off-the-field issues the Texas A&M quarterback is facing, Ash said, “It’s by the grace of God that I haven’t taken that path.”
    • “I don’t know Johnny Manziel personally, but I do know that college football players are regular people, and they have their problems, just like everybody else,” Ash said. “And Johnny Manziel, he seems like a nice guy. There’s a lot of pressure, a lot of things that can go wrong in your life. I just wish him the best. He’s a great football player.”

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