Monday, October 16, 2006

Well, I was just kicked out of the WebRing RingMaster Forum

Well, I was just kicked out of the
WebRing RingMaster Forum.

Here's why: I posted the following two e-mails that they apparently didn't like:

From: allfaith

Here is a fundamental issue:

"You wrote:
...With respect to ring memberships... consider that if you were to sign up with an ad service to promote your site you could expect to pay a minimum of 10 cents PER CLICK to get traffic.
if a membership gets you just 1 click PER YEAR it is cheap. If not,
why have it?"

When WebRing began it was not a for-profit program. A LOT of us who use(d) the WebRing System don't make any money from our sites.
We do it for the joy of community, for sharing our beliefs, for sharing our lives etc. We would never pay anything for clicks.
In my case, I usually show up near the top of the search engines using free services but get very few clicks through the WebRing system. I join (and used to own) many rings as way of sharing with like minded people. WebRing was the ALTERNATIVE to money grubbing ad companies. THIS is what you folks have stolen from us. If you sense anger in our responses this is why! At least for many of us.

The Internet is becoming just another capitalist enterprize and many of us are deeply saddened by this. The WebRing, once viewed as a comrade in the struggle for free speech, has betrayed us all.

Of course, you don't care about any of this, you just want our money,
so I'm doubtless just wasting my breath here...

From: allfaith

Why I wont tell others (ref. the poll on the page)

I wont tell others because I think everyone should just abandone their
rings now. If we all do it, Webring will have to listen to us or shut
down. WE make the money for them! WE bring the websites in! We do the
work! With some people accepting this BS and other's not everything is in limbo. If we all refuse enmasse, and if Webring still refuses to return to what it once was, a FREE community building service, then someone else will be in a good place to create a new Web Ring that works.

WebRing is obviously dead, so we should all abandone it and let it go
in peace!

I wonder why this upset them? hehe
If anyone else is still on that board (you must be a ring owner to join it) I'd be interested in A) knowing what if anything they say to the posts and B) whether they just removed it.

Do you own a WebRing?
Did you know that the is becoming a for-profit operation?
Do you belong to any WebRings?
Did you know that around January '07 you'll have to pay for this "priviledge?"
Have you left WebRing?
Do you plan to?
Will you pay
Any thoughts?

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Just a few Wic-kerman thoughts...

Just a few Wic-kerman thoughts... I got on a bit of a roll...may not be worth reading it all...
Oh, by the way, I just made a Video Telling of my "Dark Days Come to Blaenkych" story if anyone is interested:
Among the great things about the original movie was the way it handled gender polarity. The men of the island were allowed to be gregarious and loud. The women clearly had a "men are so silly sometimes" attitude that both granted the men this freedom and kept them in line. For instance, during the singing of barkeeper's daughter song, the woman is positively blushing, yet she demonstrates her absolute control of the situation and clearly enjoys herself immensely. In our hung-up society, these guys would have been fined for sexual harassment, but in this wonderful Pagan Society it was welcomed and expected, "they were only being men after all," because the women were strong and powerful and not intimidated by male foolishness. Indeed, being secure in their own power, they were aroused by it, as is obvious when they all take to the fields! This is utterly missing in the sequel, where the guys in the restaurant (no longer a pub) sit in fearful silence lest they offend their betters.

In the original, everywhere one looked there were frank symbols of nature and fertility in balance. In the original it is clear that without either gender the Isle would never have worked. As my Welsh Teacher used to say, "In balance there is freedom." Every one of the islanders had a role to fulfill and they each played their parts with gusto.

In the new movie, sadistic women treat males like slaves. Did you notice that only one island man speaks during the entire film? I got the impression their tongues had been cut out, but I'm not sure about that. Its not worth seeing it again to find out!

There was none of the hedonistic playfulness and yearnings in the sequel. In the original, the maidens who danced nude outside of Lord Summerisle's manor house typified the regenerative Earth Mother, the object of the Lord's longing, whose mystical incarnation, Lord Summersisle, looked on in a spirit of near worship and palpable longing and desire. The cop thought it all positively lewd! ...Yet as he peers at the maidens, 'as though through closed fingers,' he too feels the rising yearning of the natural man to merge with the inviting Queen of the Earth through Her nubile priestess daughters; he is drawn to embrace his own concealed Pagan Soul. Symbolically Lord Summersisle was the Apple Isle Lord incarnate who was preparing to welcome his Queen and Equal so that Her annual reign might begin even as his own drew to its seasonal ending. This entire Pagan reality is lost in the sequel.

In this critical scene in the sequel, now Lady Summersisle is in her manor house as a rich overlady overseeing her enslaved kingdom while terrified male servants scramble to do her bidding. The cop is now motivated by suspicion, what is this woman up to? Where is the corpse of the girl? What's she hiding? To his mind, she's nothing more than a demented female separatist cult leader that he is determined to unseat.

In the original, the cop was lead on by the mystery of what he knew he was missing within his own soul, he was drawn by his own ancestral yearnings to live among a people so pure in their lust and zest for life. Symbolically, he was the figure of modern humanity for whom life has become empty of meaning due to the absence of the Lady, emotions, ritual and lust. We can almost see the gradual rejection of his Puritanical faith in the New Religion building as he is drawn more and more toward the Old that still burns deeply within his heart and soul (no pun intended ;-).

The sequel leaves out the school children dancing the May Pole and singing the about Lugh, a powerful scene in the original. The phallic representations are all vile and perverse, stunted, the few goddess symbols are intimidating and fearsome. There is nothing seductive here, only fear and sadism.

I haven't see the original film in years, I'm just going from memory here and I don't want to give too much away for those yet to see it... I need to rent this movie! hehe.

Just a few rambling thoughts,
~John of AllFaith
Cadifor ap Colwyn

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Imagine this scenario

I suppose something needs to be done about the US Southern border but...
Imagine this scenario:

A US president is elected (or steals the election with the help of his brother, fixed voting machines, etc.) who is not dedicated to upholding our freedoms (oh I know it would never happen, but follow me here...). Let's just say this president decided not to leave office when his term is up, citing terrorism, national security etc. and declares marshal law. Now say he begins imprisoning people, torturing people and so on ... Say that certain US patriots felt the need to flee south to escape the US for some reason (surviving outside in Canada and beyond is not as practical as going south). Now imagine a wall or fence designed to stop access to (or from) the US that seals off the Mexican border...

Why does Herr Bush really want this fence?
First he steals the Reichstag's fire justification
Now he builds his own Berlin Wall!
Prepare a hiding place for those you love!
Dark Days Are Coming!