Sunday, January 19, 2020

The Impeachment of Cult of Personality (updated)

Well my telephone was ringing
and they told me it was chairman mao
well my telephone was ringing
and they told me it was chairman mao
you can tell him anything...
'cause i just don't wanna talk to him now...

- from "Apolitical Blues" by Lowell George

This post is not about the Orange One. It is not an argument, for or against the president, his administration, or the tactics and operations employed. It is not about the legitimacy of the impeachment of a sitting president. It is not about the veracity or integrity of the GOP or the DNC. This post is not even about political chicanery… the dirty tricks routinely practiced by most, if not all politicians. This post is not about the Orange One… it’s about a Orange One.

In September of 2015, I posted the first installment of “Cult of Personality” wherein I questioned the (then) unlikely rise of an NYC real estate developer, turned reality star, turned candidate for the U. S. presidency, Donald J Trump. Sure, I took a few shots at the Orange One, for (then) obvious reasons… but the theme of the post centered on the phenomenon of a Cult of Personality. Such a cult arises when a public (political) figure is deliberately presented to the people of a country as a great person who should be admired and loved.

In that initial post, I briefly outlined the origin of the term and how it originally was used to describe fascist, authoritarian rule. From that post: “Personality cults were first described in relation to totalitarian regimes that sought to alter or transform society according to radical ideas. Often, a single leader became associated with this revolutionary transformation, and came to be treated as a benevolent "guide" for the nation, without whom, the transformation to a better future could not occur.”

I followed up this first installment a couple of weeks later with a second post dealing (no pun intended) with the symbolic subtleties of the “Trump Card” and the subterranean, synchro-mystic currents of meaning that underlie “the Donald’s” surname. Examining trump cards, such as the 22 cards that make up the Major Arcana suit of the divinatory Tarot deck, I connected the occultic dots, associating the Orange One and his iconic real estate property with the “Devil” card and the following “Tower” card (15th and 16th cards in the Tarot).

From that post:  “Tellingly, the 16th trump or major arcana card of the Tarot deck is The Tower, which means the breaking down of old forms. 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.”

“The name ‘Trump’ also raises more occult implications. The divinatory or oracular nature of the Tarot Deck, with its 22 major arcane or “trump” cards, suggests a supernatural predominance. Pop Media, in turn would associate the Tarot (inaccurately) with (pop) witchcraft and/or the ‘dark arts.’ In light of the above, and returning to the concept of Cult of Personality, the rise in prominence of Donald J Trump, suggests a troubling association with sudden, disruptive, and potentially destructive change.”

Much has come to pass since those 2015 posts. I think it is fair to say that the ensuing 4 years have demonstrated the kinds of disruptive change that was forecasted in those initial installments. Again, from the second post: “In the wake of global humanitarian catastrophe, such as massive refugee crisis in Europe and the renewed and emboldened proxy wars between the US and Russia, now being fought in Syria, the Ukraine and elsewhere… the situation appears to be moving toward a Geo-political flashpoint.”

And so our current, “desperate as usual” political situation presents just such a flashpoint, as contemplated in 2015. The extreme partisanship and tribal entrenchment of socio/political factions have… predictably… resulted in nationalistic and fascist conditions that are the hallmark of past cult of personality regimes. As one of those hallmarks, it appears as though ideologies from the right and left, have been co-dependent on their respective media outlets, for “those who control the message, control the masses.”

Media outlets that demonstrate a clear bias, right or left, only add to the partisan rift that serves to distract from underlying manipulations. In identifying motivation, it is hard to say which is “the cart” and which is “the horse” …did Fox recruit Trump or vice versa? The partisan, right/left rift itself is an obsolete contrivance from past centuries. It was originally conceived and implemented by the powerful, to divide and conquer the rising tide of worker movements of the early industrial era. As such, right/left ideologies have no place in identifying root, occultic influences that we moderns must grapple with. 

It is in this environment that our current president was impeached by the U. S. House of Representatives… and will be tried by the U. S. Senate. However… and let me restate…  this “trial by fire” is not as much about the Orange One’s impeachment… as it is about the promotion of antiquated political ideology. What was decided in “the house” and what will be decided in “the Senate” may very well fail to identify and address the root issues of increased social inequity, ethnic intolerance, and future shock.

Our dilemma isn’t so much about the Orange One’s success (or failure) as a cult figure… as it is about the social conditions that give rise to Cult of Personality. Oddly, the Cult of Personality phenomenon can be traced back to the Roman Empire. From Wikipedia: 

The Imperial cult of ancient Rome identified emperors and some members of their families with the divinely sanctioned authority (auctoritas) of the Roman State. Throughout history, monarchs and other heads of state were often held in enormous reverence and imputed super-human qualities. Through the principle of the divine right of kings, in medieval Europe for example, rulers were said to hold office by the will of God. Ancient Egypt, Imperial Japan, the Inca, the Aztecs, Tibet, and the Roman Empire are especially noted for redefining monarchs as "god-kings."

For the discerning readers of this blog, it is not an inconceivable stretch to correlate such historic phenomena with the fever-fueled visions of PKD and the para-political theory of “high strangeness” identified as the Black Iron Prison. Consequently, the rise of any Cult of Personality figure would necessarily bolster the suspicion that “The Empire Never Ended.” It is just such an empire wherein powerful, invisible hands would promote a cultic figurehead... one who is knowingly, or unwittingly participating in a political sham.

So it is critically important for us all… in these troubling times… not to get boondoggled by the age-old Cult of Personality con job. Such tomfoolery is nothing more than a slight of (the invisible) hand card trick. This time around, they may be playing the Trump card… but it is not the figurehead… it is not the “card” we should be focusing our attention on. Rather it is the “hand” that is pulling the trick.

As of this writing, Donald J Trump’s fate has not yet been decided. Regardless of the outcome, there is no percentage in holding your breath for any justice… for it is exceedingly likely that Trump and his syndicate will continue to thrive, whether he is found guilty or not. Rather, recognize the larger con that is being played. Cult of Personality has been played out before. As with Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, and Chairman Mao, buying into such a cult doesn’t turn out well for most folks. Regardless of the fate of the Orange One, it is the Cult of Personality as a political device that needs to be impeached from our political mechanisms.

 Recently, a lot of attention has been given to what has been described as “Late-Stage Capitalism.” It may very well be that a return to the old Cult of Personality gambit is a last-gasp effort by the powers that be. Recognize the scam… recognize right/left politics as part of the scam. After all, a cult of personality figure needs “the other” to point to as the real problem. It is those other evil bastards that are taking your jobs, replacing you, or otherwise rendering you ineffectual or obsolete! ...or so the scam goes.

As in the 2015 posts, the key to forecasting the next four years… is not to be deceived by partisanship. “We the People” from the U. S., Canada, Mexico… from Russia, Ukraine… from Syria, Iran… from Palestine, Israel… from China, Taiwan… we the people from wherever... have a hell of a lot more in common than any of us do with the invisible hand… with the one percent. Remember… it’s not “them vs us” …it’s us.

At this juncture, it does not appear as though the situation is going to return to normal… at all. The high strangeness that encompasses us all will likely continue to get stranger. In terms of navigating this strangeness, keep your wits about you and continue to develop your own criteria of discernment. Mass media, including much of the internet, will no longer be a trustworthy source of information. In these troubled times, remember the two commandments of the Conspiracy Age… Trust no-one and… don’t believe everything you think!

Constant vigilance, dear intrepid readers... constant vigilance!

Cult of Personality:  Part One  ~  Part Two

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Apocalypse Now! - Welcome to WWIII

What cabal is pulling the strings within the Trump Administration?

History doesn’t repeat itself… but it rhymes. Back in March of 2003, the George W Bush regime launched a campaign of Rapid Dominance or “Shock and Awe” against Iraq’s Saddam Hussein regime. Bush’s neocons claimed that an imminent threat existed, aimed at the United States, in the form of “weapons of mass destruction.” They claimed a preemptive strike was imperative to safeguard Amerika. Most folks in the US of A... thought they meant America.

Needless to say, the weapons of mass destruction did not exist. 7,500 Iraqi civilians were killed in the month-long invasion phase alone, with a staggering 2.4 million killed, to date. This is a conservative estimate. However, the US-led coalition did topple Saddam’s Sunni government, creating the political void that allowed the rise of Daish, the ascent of Shia influence and all the death and destruction that has since ensued.

Now, with the assassination of Iran’s Qasem Soleimani, the Trump Administration brings us to the brink of WWIII. As in the past, Trump’s Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo cites an “Imminent Threat” to American lives… devoid of any evidence to justify the assassination of another country’s duly appointed political, if not military leader. The question is not whether Soleimani deserved to die… the question is… was this an illegal killing by the United States? And what are the dire consequences of such?

This time around, there is no coalition backing the US in its criminal, black-operation. As of this writing, there is no clear understanding of how, or by whom… the decision to kill Soleimani was even made.

Jeremy Scahill, author of “Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield” has written an important article for the Intercept, that sheds light on just exactly who is behind the Soleimani assassination. Here’s a clue… although he reportedly gave the order, it likely wasn’t instigated by Trump. From that article…

“While the media focus for three years of the Trump presidency has centered around “Russia collusion” and impeachment, the most dangerous collusion of all was happening right out in the open, theTrump/Saudi/Israel/UAE drive to war with Iran...

On August 3, 2016, just three months before Donald Trump would win the Electoral College vote and ascend to power… Blackwater founder Erik Prince arranged a meeting at Trump Tower. For decades, Prince had been agitating for a war with Iran and, as early as 2010, had developed a fantastical proposal for using mercenaries to wage it.

At this meeting was George Nader, an American citizen who had a long history of being a quiet emissary for the United States in the Middle East. Nader, who had also worked for Blackwater and Prince, was a convicted pedophile in the Czech Republic and is facing similar allegations in the United States. Nader worked as an adviser for the Emirati royals and has close ties to Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince.

There was also an Israeli at the Trump Tower meeting: Joel Zamel. He was there supposedly pitching a multimillion-dollar social media manipulation campaign to the Trump team. Zamel’s company, Psy-Group, boasts of employing former Israeli intelligence operatives. Nader and Zamel were joined by Donald Trump Jr. According to the New York Times, the purpose of the meeting was “primarily to offer help to the Trump team, and it forged relationships between the men and Trump insiders that would develop over the coming months, past the election and well into President Trump’s first year in office.”

One major common goal ran through the agendas of all the participants in this Trump Tower meeting: regime change in Iran.”

...Again, this is an important article that sheds light on the Machiavellian machinations behind the Trump crime family. Many believe Trump to be our savior from the Deep State. It is exceedingly possible that a new faction… an insidious cabal within the Deep State, one even more ruthless than George W’s neocons… is pulling the strings… is manipulating Trump’s fear of impeachment… for their own nefarious ends. Read Scahill’s article dear, intrepid psychonauts, and decide for yourselves…

Other installments of the Apocalypse Now! Series...

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Decade - a (tekgnostic) retrospective...

Here in the waning hours of the last year of the second decade of the 21st Century... the proverbial "situation" continues to be desperate as usual... but in a more rubber-meets-the-road, kick-in-the-teeth sort of way. The decade that is about to close was one that went from bad... to worse... to unbelievable. Looking back, 2010 seems like a quaint, friendly year from another epoch. Or maybe a happy, care-free year from another dimension or from a parallel Universe...

We thought we'd seen it all in the first half of the twenty-teens... but by the middle of the decade, the proverbial "situation" took a turn. We abruptly took a hard-right, and went from, slightly strange "status quo" to... "you can't make this stuff up." Having taken that unexpected right turn... we found ourselves whistling down some very strange streets indeed. Even as we picked up our pace, the sound of marching jack-boots seemed to be gaining on us.

The incredulous observer need not point to mere politics or paradigm... the strangeness that "went down" in the second half of the twenty-teens defies normality. High Strangeness ensues. Fringe-think replaces stop-and-think. Desperate for a dependable roadmap, we find ourselves in uncharted territory. And yet, before plunging into 2020... we might afford a tiny peek back...  

Even though our esteemed colleague in synchro-mystic profundity, Christopher Knowles over at the Great Secret Sun weblog has informed us that everyone on the planet has "zero interest in doing a year-end review or, God help us all, a decade-end review" ...and in keeping with the fine tradition of contrary, anti-intuitiveness... we present for your consideration... the decade in review! Find below a retrospective of the decade that was... within the fever-dreams @ Tek-Gnostics. Our list of posts starts at the beginning of the decade (we even threw in a bonus post from 2009) and works it's way up to the present, desperate situation... as usual!

Mount Shasta - Sacred Mountain - August 8th, 2009

Bigfoot and the Klamath Knot - July 29th, 2010

The Vibratory Nature of Universe - Jan 4th, 2011

Cosmic Turtle - March 27th, 2012

The Empire Never Ended (Redux) - May 11th, 2013

Singularity as Anti-Christ - August 10th, 2014

Your Democracy has been Hacked - July 10th, 2015

Return of the Archons - August 12th, 2016

Singularity Unchained – Artificial Intelligence & Crypto-Currency - November 18th, 2017

Strange Transmissions from the Plant Kingdom - June 1st, 2018

Bread and Circuses - May 24th, 2019

In these Gnostic Times we find ourselves living through... in these days of extreme High Weirdness... it would be easy to sink into dystopian despair. But hope springs eternal in the heart of the decided optimist. The time-honored tradition of proclaiming a new year's resolution is almost as tired as the year-end retrospective... however... let us resolve ourselves in creating a peaceful planet in 2020. One free of cynicism and dread. Dare to be Naïve!

So it is with deep gratitude to all you intrepid psychonauts out there who laugh in the face of those rascally old Archons... to all those who kindle the tiny spark of light in the darkness...

It is to you brave souls... that we wish an exceedingly Happy Noö Year!

2018 in Review  ~  2017  ~  2016  ~  2014  ~  2013  ~  2012  ~  2011  ~  2010

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Walking Each Other Home - in memoriam

As you all know by now... Dr. Richard Alpert, aka: Baba Ram Dass (April 6, 1931 to Dec. 22, 2019) shed his mortal coil last Sunday... the day after the winter solstice. Ram Dass will be remembered as the brilliant young professor from Harvard University, circa 1950's... one of the infamous "Harvard Three" professors, who (with Dr. Timothy Leary and Dr. Ralph Metzner) conducted the Harvard Psilocybin Project, circa 1960's... legendary proponent of LSD... early spiritual seeker, who popularized traveling to India in search of a guru... author of the classic 1971 "Be Here Now" ...and, in turn, before his passing... spiritual guru to a sizable portion of humanity. He will be missed.

Unlike his most notorious associate, Timothy Leary (who not only embraced notoriety but actively pursued it in his advocation of LSD... ultimately fulfilling the modern media trickster role that Universe so humorously cast him in), Ram Dass pursued the spiritual technologies of the noble Hindi tradition. In the end, his great capacity for love and service elevated him to one of the modern world's most beloved teachers.

The "Harvard Three" - early 1960's
Since Sunday, many have written, more eloquently than I... on the life and times of Baba Ram Dass. In my profound respect, I would offer the following memory...

In one of his many lectures, Baba Ram Dass was asked (during the Q & A section) his opinion on the appropriateness of the use of psychedelic substances by youths. He thought long on the question... When he finally answered, he said (here, I am paraphrasing due to an imperfect memory): "Before you learn to become no one, you first must learn to become someone."

This simple yet profound expression of the importance of the maturation process... not only in the question of psychedelic use... but in the natural course of one's life... has always stuck with me. In the adventurous pursuit of growing up... of mutating into the adult human form... one should never rush or try to force the process. Before experiencing the spiritually transformative process of ego death, one must fully mature in the ways of mundane existence. Through life's natural timeline, one must grow into one's maturity.

This was the precious gift... the nugget of wisdom that Ram Dass so graciously bestowed upon your humble blogger. An understanding of life's necessarily perfect unfolding. The course of one's life proceeds at its own perfect pace.

So for all you young, ambitious psychonauts out there... Don't be in a hurry to grow up. Enjoy sitting at the kid's table while you can. The pertinent lessons of youth and adolescence become essential in adulthood. All good things in all good time. Remember the loving words of Baba Ram Dass... Be Here Now. (If not... get there later... Bazinga!!!)

In gratitude... - J

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Yuletide 2019

Abundant blessings to one and all on this Winter Solstice day. We at Tek-Gnostics share tidings of great joy, in the promise of more light! One or two more minutes of light each day await us on our ascent from darkness to the apex of the Summer Solstice... So on this most auspicious day, we share with you, dear intrepid readers... a thought or two from that rascally old heretic, Teilhard...

“Blessed be you, mighty matter, irresistible march of evolution, reality ever newborn...
you who, by constantly shattering our mental categories, force us to go ever further and further in our pursuit of the truth.”

“The whole (of) life lies in the verb... “seeing.”

“We are one, after all, you and I, together we suffer, together exist and forever
will recreate one another.”

“Remain true to yourself, but move ever upward toward greater consciousness and greater love!
At the summit, you will find yourselves united with all those who, from every direction, have made the same ascent. For everything that rises must converge.”

- Pierre Teilhard De Chardin

Happy Holidays... we'll see you-all on the mountaintop! From all of us to all of you... May your days be cheerful and your burdens be light... and on this wintry solstice, may you have... Such A Night!