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High Sabbaths, Moses the conjurer, trust is gone

October 5, 2014

This striking headline at The Independent: “Dracula’s youth, ironic zombies and the nightmare of Auschwitz” referring to this weekend’s movies (Dracula Untold, Life After Beth, Night Will Fall, and Violette). Even the most horrific vampire the world has ever known had a childhood development, had difficult choices he had to make, and Faustian bargains that seemed worthwhile at the time. That is the irony of the human rife with ample historical evidence that good people can make bad choices and that the politics of death surround us all. Recall: “selfies at auschwitz” about youth culture and appropriation of symbolic likeness.

For Jews, yesterday was a High Sabbath, Yom Kippur, the Sabbath of Sabbaths, atonement and release from our self-contracts with the almighty eternal. There are seven “high days” on the calendar, one of which correlates to the crucifixion of Christ in John: 19:31.

According to Google, the definition of sabbath is specifically about witches gathering:

2. a supposed annual midnight meeting of witches with the Devil.

In the folk magic, Hoodoo, Moses was a conjurer and the Bible a powerful talisman.

Moses conjures, or performs magic “miracles” such as turning his staff into a snake. However, his greatest feat of conjure was using his powers to help free the Hebrews from slavery.

See also the opera, in Wales: “Welsh National Opera review: Moses In Egypt” by Mike Smith:

Moses In Egypt is sumptuously sung, modestly yet effectively staged, and bathed in gorgeous orchestral playing under the baton of Carlo Rizzi. ..
there is a lot of hands in air or out in front (somewhat zombie-like) this stylised chorus choreography mirrored the starkness of the designs, a simple blue wall for the Hebrews (also dressed and made up in blue and green) – redolent of the Wailing Wall – and a red wall for the Egyptians (similarly coloured red and ochre), bleachers and a large table.

Red vs. Blue, because the politics of capital vs. labor are old and the politics of us-them even older. See this op-ed in Charlotte Observer: “If you listen to the ads, our choice in Senate race is bad or worse” by Mark Washburn about the rhetoric of recent political advertising, it’s as if:

Whichever one wins the election next month will trigger the onset of a zombie apocalypse

zombie washburnzombie mike smithzombie ann mcfeatters

Meanwhile in Oklahoma, at KFOR: “Oklahoma’s Muslim community questions their safety after threats” by Andrew Donley:

anonymous caller said, “Get your a** out of Oklahoma or we’re going to behead the whole God d*** Muslim zombie nation.”

Oh anonymous, we can be such assholes. But it’s too easy to think of groups as us-them, to think that one member of a group can stand for all of them (or us) is to misunderstand Anonymous. We are a hive mind but also individual.

“This one man who committed this one crime, is truly a criminal and does not represent the 40,000 Muslims in Oklahoma.” said Soltani

There were probably some ancient Egyptian slaves who said that about Moses. From Pharaoh’s perspective, Moses would be a terrorist and the insurgent leader of workers’ revolution. Many of the slaves would have shared their master’s perspective. The Hegelian dialectic is confusing. It’s hard to free peoples’ minds because most people don’t want to be free. What zombie lies must Moses have spun to promise them a better real: is real utopia beyond the river.

There is always some political consensus in common outrage, see the syndicated op-ed of Ann McFeatters, Tribune News Service who wrote of this week’s Secret Service scandal (available at Newsday: “Pierson had no choice but to step down”, or at Spokesman-Review: “Secret Service needs to be revitalized”):

At a congressional hearing, where Republicans and Democrats throbbed with outrage at an institution in serious trouble and denial, Secret Service director Julia Pierson’s zombie-like refusal to be forthcoming was infuriating. The stereotypical bureaucrat, she tried to stonewall, promising more “reviews.”

Message: We can’t tell you the full truth, but trust me.

But that trust was gone.

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