Friday, November 16, 2018

Enemy of the People vs Pop News

Since his election in 2016, our current president (often referred to as: The Orange One by those who know him best) has repeatedly used the phrase “Enemy of the People” in reference to the American Press. His use of the term is very fascinating and revealing. Prior to the Orange One’s adoption, the term has had a long and sorted history of usage.

The phrase dates back, at least to Roman times and the reign of Emperor Nero. The fiddle-playing Nero was declared "an enemy of the people" by the Roman Senate. Alas that the current American Senate could muster any such resolve.

It famously came into use in the modern era during the French Revolution. “Ennemi du people” was used to refer to those who disagreed with the new French government during the "Reign of Terror" …a period during which thousands of revolutionaries were executed by that most-efficient instrument of death, the guillotine.

The term was used prominently in the 1930’s and 40’s by the Nazis. During the Third Reich's rule in Germany, Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels referred to the Jewish population living in Germany as "a sworn enemy of the German people." 

Another infamous figure from the 20th century to use this phrase was Joseph Stalin. During the early years of the Bolshevik revolution, first Vladimir Lenin and later Joseph Stalin used the term “vrag naroda” (enemy of the nation/people) to refer to those dissenters who questioned the ideologies of the Soviet Union. This would include anyone from the clergy who did not want to adopt state-enforced atheism… to writers… to political opponents who questioned the actions taken by the Bolshevik government. In those times, such a designation would earn you a one-way ticket to a “gulag” or forced-labor camp.

"All leaders of the Constitutional Democratic Party, a party filled with enemies of the people, are hereby to be considered outlaws, and are to be arrested immediately and brought before the revolutionary court" 

- Vladimir Lenin, 1917

So it is very revealing that the Orange One uses this notorious phrase. He uses the term in a very strategic, calculated way… as an instrument in the waging of the Culture Wars that ravage the good ole’ US of A.  Make no mistake… the Orange One knows exactly what he is doing with his use of “Enemy of the People.”

Although to level this accusation at the press is completely inappropriate… the president himself being more of a threat to the people… there are fair criticisms that can be brought against modern media journalism. The Orange One and others are joyous in their labeling the press as “Fake News.” Even though one could argue that this accusation has not been evenly applied across all news networks, there are more accurate critiques that can and should be considered.

The tabloid press, the paparazzi, and sensational, yellow journalism, have combined over the years to erode journalistic ethics and standards. Driven by the George W era monopoly of news organizations, the relentless pursuit of profit, and the rise of social media as a news source… little wonder the press’s reputation has been in decline. With that said, there is still good journalism being produced, and the Fourth Estate is still a critical guardian and protector of liberty, acting as a counter-balance to an over-ambitious political rabble.    

Still, much of modern media’s news organizations are hell-bent to deliver catchy headlines in our increasingly negative, 24/7 news cycle. This quest for market share has been the driver of the press's decline in believability. In this day and age… we are not dealing with Fake News… we are constantly being bombarded with… Pop News. News meant to be tantalizing and sexy… something that can compete with the Kardashian sisters.

So... dear discerning reader, as you go about your day… maybe surfing the channels for an update on the latest, up-to-the-minute “desperate as usual” political scandal… remember…

It’s Not Fake News… It’s Pop News.

Goodnight ladies and gentlemen, and have a pleasant tomorrow.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Cult of Personality - Pt 3

Dog Whistle – noun
1) A high-pitched whistle used to train dogs, typically having a sound inaudible to humans.
2) A subtly aimed, strategic cultural/political message wherein the general population will interpret its common meaning… but a certain target group that is “in the know” will take away the secret, intended message.

In the autumn of 2015, well before the 2016 Presidential election, I began looking into the “Cult of Personality” phenomena, as it pertained to Donald Trump. At that time, Trump was the rising star of the Republican presidential primaries and caucuses. In the first installment, I delved into Trump’s reality TV popularity, his pop-media public persona, and how it was transforming into what sociologists call a Cult of Personality. Here is a quick refresher: 

A cult of personality arises when a country's regime (or, more rarely, an individual) uses the techniques of mass media, propaganda, the big lie, spectacle, the arts, patriotism, and government-organized demonstrations and rallies to create an idealized, heroic, and worshipful image of a leader, often through unquestioning flattery and praise. A cult of personality is established by modern social engineering techniques… usually by the state or the party in one-party states. It is often seen in totalitarian or authoritarian countries.

There are various views about what constitutes a cult of personality in a leader. Modern-day, media-savvy personality cults display five characteristics that set them apart from their predecessors…

1) The cults are secular and anchored in popular sovereignty.
2) Their objects are all males. 
3) They target the entire population, not only the well-to-do or just the ruling class. 
4) They use mass media. 
5) They exist where the mass media can be controlled enough to inhibit the introduction of “rival cults.”

Often, a single leader becomes associated with this socio-political transformation and comes to be treated as a benevolent “guide” for the nation, without whom, the transformation to a better future cannot occur. This has been generally the justification for personality cults that arose in totalitarian societies, such as those of Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Chairman Mao.

Given all that has transpired in the last three years, the above (from Wikipedia) sounds hauntingly familiar. 4 out of the 5 of the above-numbered items accurately describe contemporary American politics, while #5 on the list, is all but complete.

In the second installment, I began to explore the phenomena through a synchronistic lens… looking for a deeper, symbolic relevance to Trump’s rise. Not satisfied with overt, political ramifications… part two examined covert, occult connotations, as revealed in the etymology of the word Trump… and the arcane use of the “trump card” in games of chance and especially the divinatory Tarot.

In part two, I explored the question: Why Trump? Why now? The symbolic, archetypical underpinnings of the word Trump, being the surname of the Donald… adds an enigmatic, troubling depth to Trump’s overt rise as the figurehead of the Alt-Right, Nationalist paradigm.

Symbolism was prevalent in Trump’s rise, beginning with his “descent from heaven” escalator ride, at his presidential run announcement at Trump Tower. Tellingly, as explored in part two… the 16th trump card of the Tarot deck is the “Tower” card. This card, found in the major arcane tarot deck, represents the breaking down of old forms (any bells ringing from Trump Tower?). The Tower card follows immediately after The Devil card, in all Tarots that contain it… and is associated with sudden, disruptive, and potentially destructive change.

In the ensuing years, Trump’s overt rise to power has moved from the speculation and trepidation of his election and early presidency, to the revelation and consternation of his now-apparent political agenda. With his relative silence (read: implied condoning) during the shock-troop rally in Charlottesville, Virginia… with his vitriolic rhetoric and methodical actions taken to block immigration and his vilification of refugees…  Trump’s intent came into focus.

His recent antics of separating families at our southern border, announcing his intent to abolish the 14th amendment by presidential decree, and finally, straight-up announcing to the world at a political rally in Texas that he considers himself a “Nationalist” …Trump has “come out of the closet” to clearly identify his politics… that of Fascism. Trump is a proclaimed fascist. His politics incorporate chauvinism, racism, and a mystique of violence… all crucial ingredients in a fascist State. This reality is not news, as this is the platform he campaigned on. What is new, is that he now publicly embraces his fascism and boldly pursues it.

Trump the man is entertaining enough. He has a certain braggadocios, machismo charm that oddly works for a guy in his early 70’s... an age where most men have matured beyond bodaciousness. Trump the persona projects classic, alpha male characteristics… traits he desperately needed as a Mafioso/Real Estate developer in New York City. His mobster business practices, which excluded him from securing legitimate bank loans, required him to deal with Saudi despots and Russian oligarchs, where the loan terms were… “take the silver or take the lead.”

It is important to remember Trump’s organized crime background. It clarifies his actions in dealing with Putin and crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (affectionately known as MbS by political cronies). It makes more sense that president Trump would kowtow to crime families that he is beholden to. Besides… who buys Trump’s real estate if not Russian oligarchs and the Saudis?  They are his real constituents. He must have some pretty horrific loan obligations.

But it is Trump the symbol that is of the most interest and topic of this article. The rise of Trump as the figurehead of a Cult of Personality which promotes a fascist agenda does not bode well for a democratic republic, such as the United States of America. This is extremely troubling, but again, not surprising. Cult of Personality is by definition a product of fascism. I know what you’re thinking… the word “fascist” gets bandied about so much as to be a meaningless term. You’re thinking I am using the term “fascist" as a pejorative… an insult to hurtle at the Donald.

What I am thinking... is that the rise of fascist ideology equates to the decline of freedom. Fascism rises in direct opposition to the personal freedoms of a Republic and the collective (greatest good for greatest numbers) freedoms of a Democracy. Those at the highest echelons of power are now openly attacking the very principles that have truly made America great… and Trump is the personification, the occult symbol of those in power. We need to look beyond the man.

Vigilance is called for. The synchromystic signs and portents of Occult Trump Symbolism reflect a deeper machination. The figurehead is symbolic of powerful, Big Brother energies, who seek to shape the world in their image. Dark Powers, typified by the Cult of Kek phenomena are also at play.

The shit is getting real… Fast. The veneer of Democracy is paper thin. As the figurehead of Cult of Personality, Trump is pursuing an agenda that has been authorized and well laid out, far in advance of the election. So far, it has gone down the way the powers want it to go. Divide and conquer. It behooves us all not to get caught up in the partisan rhetoric… in the tribalism-by-design of the American Archons. Nationalism and Globalism are constructs of the powerful.

If you really want to know the truth… the jobs are not coming back. The barbarian hordes are not at the gate. The future is scary… it always has been. The world is changing.

Earth is a wondrous, beautiful planet. As stewards, we can allocate planetary resources in such a way as to provide safety and sustenance for all… if we wanted to. Together we can build a beautiful future... if we want to... but we really have to want it. Can I see a show of hands for all those in favor of a peaceful planet… free of hate... and with liberty and justice for all? I thought so. I guess at the end of the day… that is what democracy is all about… a show of hands.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Apocalypse Now – Fire and Water.

Apocalypse (Ancient Greek: ἀποκάλυψις apokálypsis, from ἀπό and καλύπτω) literally meaning “an uncovering” is a disclosure of knowledge or revelation. In religious and occult concepts it is usually a disclosure of something hidden, “a vision of heavenly secrets that can make sense of earthly realities.” Historically, the term has a heavy religious connotation as commonly seen in the prophetic revelations of eschatology, were obtained through dreams or spiritual visions. - wikipedia

Hurricane Michael, Oct. 2018
Much has been speculated upon of late, as to the dynamic nature of our rapidly changing climate. As opposed to weather patterns, climate addresses the characteristics of weather over long periods of time. It describes patterns of variation in temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind, precipitation, and other meteorological variables. Weather describes the short-term conditions of these variables, in a given region.

Even as we speak, the legal and political ramifications of climate change are being played out in the courts. Up in the Pacific Northwest's “emerald city” Eugene, Oregon (the home of our illustrious cohort, Agent 87) ...the US Department of Justice is desperately seeking to have dismissed, what has been labeled the Trial of the Century by environmental groups. Juliana v. United States is a lawsuit that is being brought by 21 plaintiffs ranging in age from 10 to 21. It accuses the federal government of causing them harm by failing to protect them adequately from the effects of global warming. Plaintiffs are asking the court to order the federal government to do something to redress the problem, e.g., regulating carbon emissions from power plants and fossil fuel extraction on federal lands.

The Department of Justice asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to dismiss the case brought by 21 young plaintiffs Thursday. On Friday (10-19-2018), the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay in the climate trial, Juliana v. United States, pending a response from the plaintiffs.

In a news release issued Friday afternoon, Meg Ward with Our Children’s Trust said the plaintiff’s legal team is working on its response, which it will file Monday. The Supreme Court order states a response is due by Oct. 24. Julia Olson, one of the lawyers representing the young plaintiffs, said the prosecution is confident that once the court receives the response the trial will proceed.

The Trump administration is scrambling to "get rid” of this case, as conveniently and quietly as possible, as the ramifications of these young Oregon plaintiffs actually prevailing in court, would truly be a landmark decision, safeguarding our citizenry’s (and our children's) constitutional right to a livable planet. Keep your eye on this case as it continues to unfold, dear readers… 

However... it is the more esoteric aspects of Climate Change that is of interest to the discerning readership of this, and other allied blogs of a synchromystic nature. To frame the deeper conversation, here is a passage from the closing chapter of “The Tek-Gnostics Heresies” that provides perspective on our changing climate... 

“Even as humanity is waking up to the awesome potential of technological singularity… even as this potential seems to be accelerating… so does it appear that one of Gaia’s major networking systems is concurrently and abruptly accelerating into a less stable and dynamic state. The timing of this systematic acceleration stretches the limits of coincidence. We, of course, recognize and refer to this globally networked system as: Climate.

In the 1980’s, the new-age community was a-buzz with what was termed ‘channeled information,’ pertaining to a phenomenon known as: Earth Changes. The phrase “Earth Changes” was coined by the soft-spoken American psychic and granddaddy of the new age movement, Edgar Cayce. As early as 1923, Cayce prophesized that: “Earth would soon enter into a series of cataclysmic events, causing major alterations to human life on the planet.” Earth Changes prophecy proliferated during the 70’s, 80’s and well into the 90’s.

This prophecy was, of course, poo-pooed by the scientific community. That is, until they, through scientific scrutiny, came up with their own prophecy… which they labeled: “Climate Change.” The scientific groundwork for climate change achieved critical mass in the years following the 1985 UNEP/WMO/ICSU Conference on the “Assessment of the Role of Carbon Dioxide and Other Greenhouse Gases in Climate Variations and Associated Impacts.”

At that joint conference, the assembled scientific community concluded that greenhouse gases: “are expected to cause significant warming in the next century” and further that: “global warming is inevitable.” Thus did the Earth Changes of the new age transform into Climate Change of modern science.”
- The Tek-Gnostic Heresies


The changing climate, as experienced in North America over the last dozen years, has seen a dramatic acceleration in catastrophic weather events. However, these events manifest much differently in the North American West, then they do in the American East. The West Coast has seen a literal explosion of massive wildfires, while the East Coast has been deluged by increasingly devastating hurricanes. It is hard to fathom that such drastically different regional disasters are being driven by the same global climatic cause.

These diametrically opposite environmental expressions of climate change… fire and water… point to the very real, very immediate result of the increase in greenhouse gases, impacted by human industrial and agricultural activity. Esoterically, these two natural visitations of catastrophe point to a dichotomy of consequence… a symbolic, dualistic, yin-yang of planetary climatic upheaval.

The four classical elements of the ancients… Earth, Water, Air & Fire (and the fifth element: Aether, which refers to that beyond the material world) were proposed to explain the nature and complexity of all that is manifest, in terms of these basic, elementary substances. Ancient Babylonia, Japan, Tibet, and India had similar philosophic systems. The Chinese Wu Xing system describes these elements more as energies or transitions, rather than elemental building blocks of matter. 

Within the Wu Xing... Universe consists of heaven and earth. The five major planets were associated with the five elements. Fire (huǒ) was associated astrologically with the planet Mars, while Water (shuǐ) was aligned with the planet Mercury. Again, these elements were considered transitions or phases, with two cycles of balance between the phases... a generating or creation cycle, and an overcoming or destruction cycle.

Likewise, the elemental forces of Fire on the American West Coast and Water on the East Coast indicate two opposing (yet strangely balancing) overcoming or destructive cycles. It is as if each coast was being visited by its own, unique cosmic retribution. From the Gnostic and alchemical traditions, such esoteric analogies often arouse eschatological imagery of Apocalypse. 

One of our favorite East-coaster synchromystic allies and blogger, Christopher Knowles… recently wrote a loosely connected series of posts which we refer to as his Apocalypse Series (examples here & here). In and amongst his “mermaid-siren-song-pearly-doo-drop-drop” weirdness, Chris expanded upon the ramifications and implications of the increasingly destructive hurricanes… the apocalypse by water. As prolific a writer as Chris is, there are tons of insightful posts on the East Coast apocalyptic cycle, available for your perusal on his blog-site.

As to the West Coast, the apocalypse by Fire… not all of these cataclysms are purely brought on by some wrathful Deity. Not all of the West’s firestorms are manifestations of Gaia in her destructive, Kali form. As a long-time resident of the Pacific Northwest, I can attest to the questionable changes in fire suppression policy that has occurred over the last decade. Not long ago, wildfires were aggressively fought, day and night by initial attack, so-called hot-shot crews. Consequently, wildfires were often contained while they were still small, often under a hundred acres.

Recently, fire policy has evolved into what has been called “big-box” fire suppression, where circumnavigating containment lines are constructed miles, sometimes tens of miles away from the actual fire, with back-burn fires set to deprive the wildfire of fuel. This practice literally fights fire with fire. Fire crews are now pulled off fires at night. In an era of mega-fires, these are considered to be cautionary-yet prudent fire policies.

Consequently, wildfires that were once contained in the hundreds of acres, now average in the thousands of acres. Back-burning, while effective, turns a one, to two-week fire event, into a massive event, lasting a month or two, per event. Western skies used to be smoky for several weeks during fire season… now the smoke hangs in western valleys for months, only clearing with the onset of winter and the rainy season. 

With that said, the drier conditions in the Arid West ...caused by our changing climate, make the proposition of fire suppression much more difficult and dangerous. Modern forestry practices aside, the firestorms of the West do point to a cyclic, seemingly prophetic consequence of things to come. The same can be said for hurricane season in the East.   

If these cataclysmic events are indeed signs of things come... if the “apocalypse by fire” in the West and the “apocalypse by water” in the East are harbingers of impending climatic calamity, then we are all, east and west, in for turbulent times. Given the severity of this year’s hurricane season on the Atlantic Coast and this year’s brutal fire season on the Pacific Coast, it appears we will not have to wait. If this year is any indication, we are already living with the civilizational impacting consequences of climate change.

The time of mitigation is fast coming to a close. The time of adaptation is at hand. Climate change done changed. Welcome to Apocalypse Now. At this juncture, it is important to remember that “apocalypse” is literally a disclosure of knowledge or revelation... a disclosure of something hidden... “a vision of heavenly secrets that can make sense of earthly realities.” This is where the synchromystic information streams become invaluable in not only forecasting the future but in understanding the esoteric symbolism that Earth Changes represent... on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Watch this space and other spaces within the synchromystic blogosphere, for further discussions on our rapidly-morphing planet. The socio-political turmoil we are experiencing is but a symptom of something… as yet… occluded. The changes taking place are not merely climatic. A deeper, more ancient game is a-foot... Archaic powers are waking... 

For those of us on the West Coast, keep your ear to the ground for signs and synchronicities involving Fire symbolism. Likewise, for those of us on the East Coast… watch for synchronicities involving water imagery. The synchromystic watches the signs and the portents and reports back on the symbolic, archetypical aspects of what is being revealed.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Guru and the Illuminati.

Those rascally Illuminoids keep finding their way into the Press. This time, it is in the form of a Q & A with Jaggi Vasudev aka: Sadhguru, an Indian yogi, mystic and New York Times bestselling author. He founded the Isha Foundation, a non-profit organization which offers Yoga programs around the world and is involved in social outreach, education and environmental initiatives.

In its pop-cultural use, "Illuminati" refers to various organizations which claim or are purported to have links to the original Illuminati or similar secret societies, though these pedigrees are unsubstantiated. They are often alleged to conspire to control world affairs, by masterminding events and planting agents in government and corporations, in order to gain political power and influence and to establish a New World Order. Central to some of the more widely known and elaborate conspiracy theories, the Illuminati have been depicted as lurking in the shadows and pulling the strings and levers of power in dozens of novels, films, television shows, comics, video games, and music videos.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Psychedlia Update - gee what a wonderful clambake!

Ken Kesey & the Merry Pranksters, at the Acid Test Graduation, circa 1969

“No, by “this” I suspect Jeffrey means the whole mandala, the ineffable shitshow unfolding on the grounds of a dilapidated hotel in Northern California that some 700 of us have commandeered for a weekend of psychedelic art, theater, music, and hijinx. It’s one of a handful of secret parties thrown each year by an event production company I cannot name. The parties, let’s call them Clambakes, have earned a reputation as some of the most insane and creative in the Bay Area’s thriving psychedelic underground. Clambakes last anywhere from a single night to four days, and have taken place at museums, hotels, theaters, mansions, and warehouses. The crown jewel goes down each summer in a hidden valley in the Northern California woods.”

- Ahmed Kabil

Excerpts from: "Naming the Unspoken Thing - Inside the Bay Area’s craziest secret underground parties." - by Ahmed Kabil, Multimedia Storyteller. Editor, The @LongNow Foundation.

With all the talk of the cultural decline of the Bay Area, here are happenings where disparate tribes gather in something resembling harmony: Oakland artists and polyamorous co-op dwellers priced out of San Francisco break bread with engineers employed by tech giants; libertarians who reminisce about the days when you could shoot guns at Burning Man find common cause with LGBTQ activists and starry-eyed socialists looking to tear down the system; doyens of the psychedelic sixties hold forth with cryptocurrency nerds who got rich off bitcoin before the bust.

It’s something I’ve been trying to figure out since attending my first Clambake four years ago. The scuttlebutt at the time was that there was a new band in town, who saw themselves as heirs to the Bay Area underground prankster lineage of Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters, the Suicide Club, and the Cacophony Society. As the rumors went, everyone dosed at the same time, and pranks and theater figured prominently in the proceedings.

I was intrigued. At the time, psychedelics were starting to gain mainstream acceptance, but in a narrow context as psychotherapeutic aids to personal transformation. The psychedelic science community, in its bid to turn psychedelics into legal medicines, disavowed anything that smacked of recreational use. And Burning Man, which had long carried the prankster flame, had lately lost touch with its origins, as its bureaucratic apparatus grew to meet the needs of a 70,000-person city of increasingly wealthy and pampered attendees. Yet, here was a group whose antics hearkened back to the crazy days that both communities would just as soon forget. This struck me as irresponsible, dangerous, and a potential PR disaster. It also sounded like a hell of a good time.

Each Clambake has a theme. This narrative plays out over the days of the event, and ultimately demands resolution. Members of the community contribute art projects that speak to the theme, crafting an immersive and artfully-consistent sensory world, or container. When it’s humming, the container, coupled with the boundary dissolution of the psychedelic experience, allows Clambakers to suspend their disbelief and become characters in the play. There is no fourth wall. But the curious can’t simply show up to a Clambake. For all intents and purposes, Clambakes do not exist. Newcomers have to be invited by a member of the community who’s been through the ringer and can vouch for the virgin’s capacity to keep cool.

Clambakes are examples of an emerging artistic discipline called immersive experience design. Participants in experience-driven events are encouraged to find unique solutions to the challenges they encounter while interacting with the narrative, writes Freddie Nelson, Clambake’s Creative Director, in a manifesto on the subject. In this way, each individual can contribute to a shared story of the experience, as every action carries a meaning...

While there’s no alcohol, psychedelics of every kind, from the usual suspects to a veritable alphabet soup of research chemicals, are readily consumed. The Clambake organizers don’t provide the drugs, but they do provide anonymous on-site substance testing, following the pioneering examples of DanceSafe and the Boom Festival in Portugal, where drugs are decriminalized.

The presence of the opioid crisis, and especially the contamination of counterfeit pharmaceuticals in street drugs with powerful opioids like fentanyl, has created an ethical imperative to provide this kind of testing,” Duke says, “and reduce the possibility of accidental poisoning or overdose due to adulterated or misidentified substances.

I’d say that there are deeper dimensions of the profane, if you will. You could see it in the Merry Pranksters, you could see it in Burning Man, at least for a while, and you can see it at [Clambake]. But it’s hard to figure out what to do to, because it’s a paradox. If you state it as a value: ‘We’re gathering not just to party and press buttons and goof around and get silly and sexy, but we have these deeper goals, we believe that in drawing people together or not knowing what’s happening that there’s a kind of magic of spontaneity that’s actually very sacred’ — The minute you do that, the minute you say anything, you destroy it. It’s what you don’t say, but can experience — that’s where the juice lies. And as soon as you say it, or make it a protocol, or a value, or idea, then it becomes religion and it’s bullshit.