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Occasionally I wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers.
Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now can prevent disaster later.

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Latin for the daimon in Greek mythology, a helper or guiding spirit. In some forms of philosophy, the personificaiton of abstract concepts slightly beyond human conscious understanding.

Socrates had his daimon that told him what was wrong but never what was right.

In modern computing, a background process operating without user intervention.

Daemon is an excellent Daniel Suarez novel that examines how our world works, where it is going, and how we can make it better.
See also stoic

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Damnatio memoriae (condemnation of memory) was a punishment reserved for certain people the Romans decided to dishonour for one reason or another. Rather impressively, it involved trying to get rid of all records that the person ever existed.

The methods used to rid the world of any record of the individual in question included striking the individual’s name from all official records; seizing their possessions; and anything bearing their likeness or name (statues, murals, writings, etc.) would be destroyed or otherwise defaced. To really rub it in, if the person being stricken from memory just so happened to be dead at the time, which was common, their will would be annulled and their grave defaced.

That said, fully removing some of these high profile people, such as Emperors, from history proved to be exceptionally difficult, and despite the Roman’s best efforts, at least some of the people who suffered damnatio memoriae as a punishment are still in the history books.
One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.
— Golda Meir
I don’t approve of this practice. But there is one very important exception, mass shooters and other mass killers. Notoriety partially drives these losers. If we deliberately didn't publicize the names of these dregs, society would be better off.

Imagine listing all their victim's names and deliberately forgetting the twisted scum who did it. They sacrificed their own humanity to be famous, let them be forgotten.

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dark-blessed salt     See blessed salt

dark & early

Morning well before dawn begins to lighten the sky. Since I was a kid, one of my favorite times. My excuse was that I wanted to see “dawn’s early light” and I did.

I come from a long line of farmers. Even without the insomnia, I'm usually up well before dawn.

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dark Moon

  1. the moon either when in conjunction with the sun or soon after, being either invisible or visible only as a slender crescent.
  2. the phase of the moon at this time.
The Earth is between the sun and the Moon, casting it's shadow fully over the Moon face. A “new Moon.”

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dark water

In Disneyland, recirculated water used in landscape features like waterfalls and the Rivers of America. All the water features are linked in one system seperate from the water rides and attractions. The water is dyed green and brown to hide how shallow the rivers are. Quite a bit is lost to evaporation.

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DARVO    (Deny, Attack, Reverse Victim and Offender)caution

DARVO refers to a reaction perpetrators of wrong doing, particularly sexual offenders, may display in response to being held accountable for their behavior. DARVO stands for "Deny, Attack, and Reverse Victim and Offender." The perpetrator or offender may Deny the behavior, Attack the individual doing the confronting, and Reverse the roles of Victim and Offender such that the perpetrator assumes the victim role and turns the true victim -- or the whistle blower -- into an alleged offender. This occurs, for instance, when an actually guilty perpetrator assumes the role of "falsely accused" and attacks the accuser's credibility and blames the accuser of being the perpetrator of a false accusation.
What is DARVO? by Jennifer J. Freyd, PhD

DARVO seems to be a combination of projection, denial, lying, blame shifting and gaslighting. Dr Freyd notes that other observers have identified the same phenomena using different terms. My male clients experience this behavior when they try to hold the abusive women in their lives accountable. It also seems to be common behavior in most predators, bullies, high-conflict individuals and/or abusive personality-disordered individuals. DARVO especially seems to occur in high-conflict divorce and/or custody cases.

Of course, not everyone who denies wrong doing is engaging in DARVO. Many partners and exes of abusive women are accused of things they didn’t do or of things that never happened. Naturally, when this happens, you deny the accusation and perhaps feel a little (or a lot) bewildered. How do you know if an individual’s denial is the truth or an instance of DARVO?
DARVO: Deny, Attack, and Reverse Victim and Offender
by Dr. Tara J. Palmatier at A Voice For Men

See also politics
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the first appearance of daylight in the morning

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dawn, astronomical      See astronomical dawn

dawn, civil      See civil dawn

dawn, nautical      See nautical dawn

Dé Céadaoin      See Wednesday

Dé Domhnaigh      See Sunday

Dé hAoine      See Friday

Dé Luain      See Monday

Dé Máirt      See Tuesday

Dé Sathairn      See Saturday

De mortuis nil nisi bonum

I don't speak or write ill of the dead in the first month after their passing. It changes nothing, and everyone deserves the right to deal with their passions and memories.
The Latin phrases De mortuis nihil nisi bonum and De mortuis nil nisi bene [dicendum] ("Of the dead, [say] nothing but good") indicate that it is socially inappropriate to speak ill of the dead. As a mortuary aphorism, De mortuis. . . . derives from the Latin sentence De mortuis nil nisi bonum dicendum est ("Of the dead nothing but good is to be said"), which also is abbreviated as Nil nisi bonum. Freer translations into English are often used as aphorisms, these include: "Speak no ill of the dead", "Of the dead, speak no evil", and "Do not speak ill of the dead".

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Déardaoin      See Thursday

Diciadain      See Wednesday

Decalogue (Catholic)     from Catholic Resourcescaution

Decalogue (Hebrew)     from Jewish Virtual Librarycaution

Decalogue (Protestant)     from LearnReligions.comcaution

December      Twelfth and final month of the Gregorian or Julian calendar year.


A person dedicating to a occult tradition or path, but not yet bound by oaths.

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deep ecology    caution

I'm torn on this. On the one hand I really believe we are part of the planet and not the reason why the planet exists.

On the other hand, this is one of those utopian top-down ideas that brooks no dissent and no flexiblity For Our Own Good.

Who decides what is too many people? Who decides what vital needs are? Who decides what are basic economic, technological, and ideological structures? And so on.
Experiencing ourselves as part of the living earth and finding our role in protecting the planet.
What is Deep Ecology? from the green fuse

Deep ecology, environmental philosophy and social movement based in the belief that humans must radically change their relationship to nature from one that values nature solely for its usefulness to human beings to one that recognizes that nature has an inherent value. Sometimes called an “ecosophy,” deep ecology offers a definition of the self that differs from traditional notions and is a social movement that sometimes has religious and mystical undertones. The phrase originated in 1972 with Norwegian philosopher Arne Naess, who, along with American environmentalist George Sessions, developed a platform of eight organizing principles for the deep ecology social movement. Deep ecology distinguishes itself from other types of environmentalism by making broader and more basic philosophical claims about metaphysics, epistemology, and social justice.

  1. The well-being and flourishing of human and non-human life on Earth have value in themselves (synonyms: intrinsic value, inherent worth). These values are independent of the usefulness of the non-human world for human purposes.
  2. Richness and diversity of life forms contribute to the realization of these values and are also values in themselves.
  3. Humans have no right to reduce this richness and diversity except to satisfy vital needs.
  4. The flourishing of human life and cultures is compatible with a substantially smaller human population. The flourishing of non-human life requires a smaller human population.
  5. Present human interference with the non-human world is excessive, and the situation is rapidly worsening.
  6. Policies must therefore be changed. These policies affect basic economic, technological, and ideological structures. The resulting state of affairs will be deeply different from the present.
  7. The ideological change will be mainly that of appreciating life quality (dwelling in situations of inherent value) rather than adhering to an increasingly higher standard of living. There will be a profound awareness of the difference between bigness and greatness.
  8. Those who subscribe to the foregoing points have an obligation directly or indirectly to try to implement the necessary changes.
  9. A Deep Ecology Eight Point Platform
    formulated by Arne Naess and George Sessions

    See also politics
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deep sex     See sexual beings

deiseal      See deosil


Sunward movement. In the Northern Hemisphere, this usually means clockwise.

In some systems, a clockwise circle attracts energy.

See also deiseal, sunward, sunwise, widdershins
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derivative   caution

Anyone who has followed the crisis will understand that the real economy of businesses and commodities is being upstaged by complicated financial instruments known as derivatives. These are not money or goods. They are investments in investments, bets about bets. Derivatives created a booming global economy, but they also led to turbulent markets, the credit crunch, the near collapse of the banking system and the economic slump. And it was the Black-Scholes equation that opened up the world of derivatives.
Derivatives are legally sanctioned pyramid schemes. They separate the "assets" from the "debits." Then the "asset" values are inflated by increasing the "debits." At the end, it all collapses under the debt. Before you blame the traders and the bankers too much, remember it was made legal by government. Derivatives are corporatist and a REALLY REALLY Bad Idea. The only people who can money are the ones who sell before the inevitable collapse. "Profits" come from increasing the overall debt and speculation, more profits mean more debt passed on to the losers at the end. There are no real profits beyond the original value, it all comes from borrowing and promising that someone else will pay.

See also politics

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descending node

the point where a planet crosses from the northern to the southern portion of its orbit

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deus ex machina

  1. (in ancient Greek and Roman drama) a god introduced into a play to resolve the entanglements of the plot.
  2. any artificial or improbable device resolving the difficulties of a plot.
Many see magick as a way to do things with no cost and no effort. They expect the Divine to reach down and rescue them. They forget that they must be a part of the magick and there is always a Price that must be paid.
See also Fuckin' Finger of Fate

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dhimmitude    caution

A dhimmī (Arabic: ذمي‎ ḏimmī IPA: [ˈðɪmmiː]), (collectively أهل الذمة ahl al-ḏimmah/dhimmah, "the people of the dhimma") is a historical term referring to non-Muslim subjects of a Muslim state.[1] Dhimma allows rights of residence in return for taxes. According to scholars, Dhimmis have the same social responsibilities and rights as Muslims. They are excused or excluded from specific duties assigned to Muslims, and otherwise equal under the laws of property, contract and obligation.
dhimmī from sensagent

Dhimmitude is a neologism used to describe allegations of non-Muslims appeasing and surrendering to Muslims. The term, in its original French, is derived by adding the productive suffix -tude to the Arabic language adjective dhimmi, which literally means protected and refers to a non-Muslim subject of a Muslim state.

In modern usage, dhimmitude refers to discrimination against or treating as second class citizens non-Muslims, including Jews, where a majority of the residents are Muslim.

The neologism has been criticized. According to Bernard Lewis the assumptions denoted by the term are a "myth" albeit with some elements of the truth, much like the assumption of a "golden age of equality" for non-Muslim minorities under Islamic rule.
Dhimmitude from sensagent

Dhimmitude can only be understood in the context of jihad, because it originates from this ideology. Infidels who submit without fighting to the Islamic armies, are granted a pledge of security. They are protected from the jihad laws against infidels which command killing, slavery, ransom or deportation for the enemies. Peace and security for non-Muslims are recognised only after their submission. Protection status is provided through the Islamization of conquered lands.

The term Dhimmitude is derived from Dhimmi, which means a non-Muslim living in an Islamic country. The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary has defined it as "a person living in a region overrun by Muslim conquest who was accorded a protected status and allowed to retain his original faith". According to orthodox Islamic law (Shari'ah), those who are qualified for Dhimmi status within the Muslim society are the free (i.e non-slave) Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians. Adherents of other religions, as well as those without religion, are asked to convert to Islam; if they refuse, they are to be forced to convert. However, historically, adherents of Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and other religions, have lived as Dhimmis within Muslim states.

According to the Qur'an and hadith, Jizyah tax must be paid by the dhimmis as a sign of submission. This gives dhimmis some legal protection in return. As established by the Pact of Omar, dhimmis usually are not allowed to carry arms to protect themselves, serve in the army or government, display symbols of their faith, build or repair places of worship, they must wear distinctive clothing which includes the Zunar (a kind of belt) wherever they go, etc. Many of these laws are still enforced today in Muslim countries, like Egypt and Saudi Arabia, which enforce various aspects of Shari'ah. If the conquered do not wish to pay or convert, their fate may very well be slavery (under which, rape is permitted) or death. The pact also declares that dhimmis are forbidden to ride horses and camels, and may only ride donkeys, and only on packsaddles.
Dhimmitude (definition) from WikiIslam

See also politics
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Di-Ardaoin      See Thursday

Di-Ciadain      See Wednesday

Di-Dòmhnaich      See Sunday

Di-hAoine      See Friday

Di-Luain      See Monday

Di-Màirt      See Tuesday

Di-Sàthairne      See Saturday

Diardaoin      See Thursday


  1. intended for instruction; instructive: didactic poetry.
  2. inclined to teach or lecture others too much: a boring, didactic speaker.
  3. teaching or intending to teach a moral lesson.

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dies Jovis      See Thursday

dies lunae      See Monday

dies Martis      See Tuesday

dies Mercurii      See Wednesday

dies Saturni      See Saturday

dies solis      See Sunday

dies Veneris      See Friday

dignity culture

People are assumed to have dignity and don't need to earn it. Violence and dueling are frowned on. Courts are used to resolve major transgressions and disagreements. Minor trangressions are ignored or resolved through social means.

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Digwener      See Friday

Dihaoine      See Friday

Diluain      See Monday

Dilun      See Monday

Dimàirt      See Tuesday

Dimerc’her      See Wednesday

Dimeurzh      See Tuesday

Diné      - Navajo

An Amerindian tribe found in the Four Corners region of the American Southwest. They name themselves Diné or “the People.” Navajo is the common name, but many traditional Diné don’t like it.

See also bilagáana

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dire wound

In many mythologies, either a near deadly wound that never quite heals or part of the price paid for knowledge and power.

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Diriaou      See Thursday

Disadorn      See Saturday

Disathairne      See Saturday

Disting     See Imbolc

Disul      See Sunday

domains of intelligence      See multiple intelligences

The theory that Christians should work towards a nation governed by Christians or governed by a conservative interpretation of Biblical law. But why should any one faith govern all people?

See also politics
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doublespeak   caution

language used to deceive usually through concealment or misrepresentation of truth

Doublespeak is language that deliberately obscures, disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words. Doublespeak may take the form of euphemisms (e.g., "downsizing" for layoffs, "servicing the target" for bombing), in which case it is primarily meant to make the truth sound more palatable. It may also refer to intentional ambiguity in language or to actual inversions of meaning. In such cases, doublespeak disguises the nature of the truth. Doublespeak is most closely associated with political language.
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doxing   caution

Doxing is a technique of tracing someone or gather information about an individual using sources on the internet. Its name is derived from “Documents” or “Docx”. Doxing method is based purely on the ability of the hacker to recognize valuable information about his target and use this information to his benefit. It is also based around the idea that, “The more you know about your target, the easier it will be to find his or her flaws”
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drawing room

A drawing room is a room in a house where visitors may be entertained. The name is derived from the sixteenth-century terms withdrawing room and withdrawing chamber, which remained in use through the seventeenth century, and made their first written appearance in 1642. In a large sixteenth- to early eighteenth-century English house, a withdrawing room was a room to which the owner of the house, his wife, or a distinguished guest who was occupying one of the main apartments in the house could "withdraw" for more privacy. It was often off the great chamber (or the great chamber's descendant, the state room or salon) and usually led to a formal, or "state" bedroom.”

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Droste effect

The Droste effect (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈdrɔstə]), known in art as mise en abyme, is the effect of a picture recursively appearing within itself, in a place where a similar picture would realistically be expected to appear.

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dualism      IS or IS NOT

The assumption that a measurement can be reduced to two and only two “true” values.

Dualism is the foundation for much of logic and by extention most of science. The problem is that almost everything has more than two values. It would be more accurate to say IS USEFUL and IS NOT USEFUL. The situation is subject to change, something that IS USEFUL in one instance may be IS NOT USEFUL in another.

Dualism is a tool but is not the actuality.

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Dunbar's number

A series of nesting groups describing an individual's stable relationships and interactions. Each ascending "level" possesses approximately three times the previous members but considerably less frequent and less complicated social interaction. Proposed by anthropologist and psychologist Robin Dunbar, the theory has some very interesting and unexpected implications. The group characteristics are not well understood beyond the member numbers and the frequency/depth of synergy.

Many forget that a Dunbar number is approximate and not "carved in stone," it varies heavily according to individual personality and circumstance.

  • Intimates - approximately five people who interact daily if not more. These are the people that an individual tends to be most open emotionally with and trusts the most. At least one researcher defined this group as the number of people who could share meals, a bathroom, sleeping quarters and closet space over an extended time.
    Without children involved, this may equal the number of ongoing, healthy, nurturing, and mutually beneficial sexual relationships that an individual can maintain at any time.
  • Sympathy & support - approximately fifteen people who interact between daily and weekly. This is the group than an individual uses for comfort, emotional support, and validation.
  • Close friends & family - approximately fifty people (think dinner party) who interact between weekly and monthly. Characterized by the mutual obligations of respect and friendly behavior. There are hints that the major difference between close friends and casual friends is the amount of casual physical contact and sharing of personal space.
  • Casual friends - somewhere between a hundred and two hundred and fifty who interact between monthly and yearly. Friendly behavior and respect are expected, but not obligated. Dunbar's own research pegged this group closer to one hundred, but it is commonly accepted at about one hundred fifty. When someone refers to a single Dunbar number, it's usually this group.
  • Acquaintances - known but not friends. For most people this number is between three and five hundred. Keeping active social interactions on this level can be very difficult.
  • Maximum - In the few cases where this group is defined at all, it seems to top out at about fifteen hundred.
  • Although Dunbar and others acknowledge that the internet and social media can be a multiplier of sorts, physical contact (grooming, light touch) still seems the key to deeper bonds (oxytocin).

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the state or period of partial darkness between day and night; the dark part of twilight

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dusk, astronomical      See astronomical dusk

dusk, civil      See civil dusk

dusk, nautical      See nautical dusk

Dy' Gwener      See Friday

Dy' Lun      See Monday

Dy' Meurth      See Tuesday

Dy' Mergher      See Wednesday

Dy' Sadorn      See Saturday

Dy' Sul      See Sunday

Dy' Yow      See Thursday

dydd Gwener      See Friday

dydd Iau      See Thursday

dydd Llun      See Monday

dydd Mawrth      See Tuesday

dydd Mercher      See Wednesday

dydd Sadwrn      See Saturday

dydd Sul      See Sunday

dynamic balance

Very few things in life are a destination. Mostly life is a point where we have to keep moving just to maintain our relative position. Mastering ourselves means finding the flux point between flows and tensions where a slight motion can be vastly amplified. We live in that space, if we fight the current we'll just exhaust ourselves without actually doing anything.

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Dynamic Balance, The Law of
     See The Law of Dynamic Balance

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