The Devil and Antonin Scalia

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told New York Magazine's Jennifer Senior that he believes in the devil. "He's a real person," Scalia says. From New York:

Have you seen evidence of the Devil lately?

You know, it is curious. In the Gospels, the Devil is doing all sorts of things. He’s making pigs run off cliffs, he’s possessing people and whatnot. And that doesn’t happen very much anymore.

No.

It’s because he’s smart.

So what’s he doing now?

What he’s doing now is getting people not to believe in him or in God. He’s much more successful that way.

In Conversation: Antonin Scalia

Kazakhstan's Satanic earthwork

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This pentagram visible on Google Maps is located on the shore of the Upper Tobol Reservoir in Kazakhstan. It's either an evil etching created by the ancient astronauts who were also Satan's minions, or the outline of a park built in the shape of a star during the Soviet era when that symbol was quite popular. You decide. (Yahoo! News)

Uncle Acid and the deadbeats' retro psych metal

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Uncle Acid and the deadbeats are an excellent retro psychedelic metal band from the UK. (Peter Bebergal talked about them on last week's episode of GWeek.) This video is for "I'll Cut You Down" from their album Blood Lust. They also have a new record out, Mind Control. I dig their music and I am entranced by their excellent use of the 1960s cartoon occult aesthetic that's always been such a turn on for me. Their "Garbage Dump" (NSFW) photo blog is a testament to that vibe.

Anton LaVey plays his keyboard

In this terrific video, Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey talks about how his interests in the arcane, magic, and showmanship were inspired by the mentalists at old time carnival midways. He also recalls his experiences as a professional calliope player in the 1940s-1960s and plays a few delightful tunes. (Thanks, Jenny Hart!)

UPDATE: BB pal COOP says, "This footage is from a documentary by Nick Bougas. These keyboards were set up in the kitchen of the Black House. I spent many nights in that kitchen listening to Dr. LaVey play. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music, and could play almost any song that came up in discussion."

Devilish vintage books

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Invisible Brooklyn, sellers of fine curiosities and devilish artifacts, just posted two terrific tomes from the early 1900s to Instagram. I think both would best be enjoyed accompanied by a puff on the antique skull pipe, while wearing a smoking jacket. Red, of course.

LOL is pro-Satan code

NewImageThis reportedly viral message generated a great thread on Reddit that I enjoyed while listening to the music of Knights In Satan's Service.

The Haunted Toaster (Today Show, 1984)

From the Today Show, 1984: The devil in June O'Brien's toaster. (You might recognize the reporter, Richard Dominick, who went on to become executive producer of The Jerry Springer Show.)