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Tuesday, April 27, 2004
(from the book "Explainer" by Slate Magazine)


during the queen mum's funeral last april 2002, many of the royals donned full military uniforms. Prince Charles wore the dress uniform of a rear admiral, Prince Andrew, the uniform of a royal naval commander, and even Princess Anee, the torusers of a rear admiral.

frequently, the royals earn their uniforms the hard way. both Prince Charles and Andrew, for example had long careers in the military. Prince Andrew retired from active service in 2001 after serving as an officer in the royal navy for over 20 years, earning the title of commander in the process. Prince Charles served as an air vice marshall in the royal air force and rear admiral in the navivy, retiring in 1976 after 7 years of service. other times, the royals collects uniforms as HONORIFICS. Princess Anne did not serve in the military, but she can wear the trousers cuz she is the honorary rear admiral.

customs holds that those royals who don't hold a military ranks, wear standard mourning garb at state funerals.
Prince Edward who only served briefly in the military and holds no important honorary ranks, was wearing a long black morning coat to his grandmother's funeral.

Princess Anne has made a feminist gesture, when she became the first royal to wear the military uniform in public, since Queen Elizabeth I in 1588, when she was traying to rally the troops against the war with Spain and she was wearing a suit of armor.


during their killing spree in 2002, the DC snipers left a tarot card inscribed with "Dear Policeman, I am God", near the scene of one of the shooting.

Tarot cards likely originated in northern Italy, during the late 14th or 15th century. the oldest surviving set, known as the VISCONTI-SFORZA DECK., which was created by the Duke of MIlan's family around 1440. the cards were used to play a bridge like game known as Tarocchi, a popular at the time among nobles and other leisure lovers. the tarot cars fanciful images were inspired by the costumed figures who participated in carnival parades.

the game Tarrochi, eventually spread in other European countries, including france where it was renamed TAROT. the cards was not considered mytical until the late 18th century, when the occult came into vogue. a man named Antoine Court de Gebelinwrote a popular book linking the cards to ancient Egyptian lore, arguing that the Tarot symbols contains the wisdom fo a god called Thoth.

French writer Eliphas Levi popularized the notion that the Tarot symbols where somehow connected tot he Hebrewq Alphabet and thus the Jewish mystical traditions called Kabala.(which is now being practiced by MADONNA) tarot cards was brought to america by the Theosophical Society and the Rosecrucians. in 1900s.

BUKAS NAMAN... I AM SO SLEEPY. 3am na and still so cold and freezing inside my house. i have already turned off my heat cuz it is already spring time, but the temp dropped and so the whole house is so cold.
posted by infraternam meam @ 3:01 AM  
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