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The Invisible Empire: Famous KKK Members In American Politics

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Internet message boards have been hot this month with Anonymous’ alleged hacking of the Ku Klux Klan’s Twitter account. As befits an Internet phenomenon, much of what has been published so far is unsubstantiated, but several prominent public figures have been accused of secret membership in the KKK, including several pro-civil rights mayors and Representative John Cornyn (R-TX), the current House Whip. Needless to say, everybody who has commented on the outing so far has denied being affiliated with the KKK, which you’d expect from politicians with something to lose.

In the context of American politics, however, the fact that membership in the KKK is now considered a career-ending liability is a relatively new phenomenon. Just a few generations ago, membership in the 5 million-strong KKK brought aspiring politicians money, legitimacy, and easy electoral victories. It’s hardly surprising, therefore, that so many American public figures have been members of the secret empire of the Klan:

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The Historical Origins Of The Witch

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Magic Circle. John William Waterhouse, 1886 Image Source: Wikipedia

A fearsome being of fairytale and myth, the witch has carved out a home in nearly every culture across the world and time. Indeed, the witch represents the dark side of the female presence: she has power that cannot be controlled.

While this time of year brings about depictions of aging, ugly, hook-nosed women surrounding their cauldrons and inflicting toil and trouble on the masses, history tells us that the witch’s origins are far less sinister. In fact, those whom we consider to be witches have often been healers.

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Could You Spend Halloween Night In The Paris Catacombs?

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This Halloween, sleeping in the dark and dreary Paris catacombs is a real possibility. Earlier this month, apartment and room rental site Airbnb launched a promotion that would allow two individuals to spend Halloween night among the catacombs’ dead. To win, entrants simply had to write a 100-word max story explaining “why [they thought they] were brave enough to sleep in the Paris Catacombs.”

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