Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Zebra Entity

 
"Normally it remained camouflaged. Normally when it appeared…
no one could distinguish it from the ground... set to ground, as Fat correctly expressed it.
He had a name for it.
Zebrabecause it blended. The name for this is memesis.
 
Another name is mimicry."
 
- from Philip K Dick’s “Valis”
 
Within the study of biology, the term mimicry is used to describe an adaptive similarity of one species to another, which protects the mimic species. Mimicry occurs when a group of organisms (the mimics) evolve to share common perceived characteristics with another group (the models). Over time, evolution of the mimic is driven by the selective action of a signal-receiver, such as birds that use sight to identify palatable insects, while avoiding the noxious ones. Thus the outward appearance of the mimic, affords it the protection of the model.
 
 

 
"What if a high form of sentient mimicry exited… such a high form that no human (or few humans) had detected it? What if it could only be detected if it wanted to be detected? Which is to say, not truly detected at all, since under these circumstances it had advanced out of its camouflaged state to disclose itself. "Disclose" might in this case equal theophany (appearance of Deity). The astonished human would say, I saw God; whereas in fact he saw only a highly evolved ultra-terrestrial life form, a UTI, or an extra-terrestrial life form (an ETI) which had come here some time in the past...and perhaps, as Fat conjectured, had slumbered for nearly two thousand years in dormant seed form as living information in the codies at Nag Hammadhi, which explained why reports of its existence had broken off abruptly around 70 A.D.."
- from Philip K Dick’s “Valis”

…while reworking VALIS, the idea--not an idea but THE IDEA--suddenly popped full-blown into my mind, having germinated subconsciously over the years. What I call it is the Zebra Principle.

Paige has developed the Zebra Principle: that it is possible, even likely, that high-order mimicry exists, undetected. (1) The mimicking organism is undoubtedly benign; (2) There is no reason to suppose that it mimics humans but rather that it mimics inanimate objects. Houston Paige supposes that there must be tests which can be arranged which will smoke Zebra out (Zebra being their code word for mimicking organisms). Science fiction writers are especially suspected of knowing--of having contact with--Zebra, who, in the minds of the government, has become just one more enemy of the state.

Zebra is enormous in physical size, which is one reason Paige never manages to detect it. Zebra, in fact, spans thousands, possibly even millions of miles of our space, having grown very large over the past three thousand years. Paige can't detect Zebra because he is inside Zebra every day of his life.
 
The Zebra theme will also enable me to add the elements of black humor which are presently missing from VALIS. We will have a lot of fun with Houston Paige as he constantly encounters Zebra, never realizing it and always drunkenly theorizing as to the nature and location of Zebra. Paige who seeks to apprehend Zebra is denied that very vision, and Phil Dick (in the novel) who has ripped off the tyranny and doesn't care a shit about Zebra--he just needs the money--gets to finally see it.

One ability Zebra has that Paige doesn't suspect is its capacity to restructure human memory. Every time Paige sets up a test to detect Zebra and obtains positive results, Zebra lays down a false memory template in Paige's head so that he is deluded into thinking the results are negative. This ability to delude is a major aspect of Zebra... Zebra creates what Hindu religions call Maya; it lays a veil over the world so that its enormous plasmatic body cannot be distinguished.
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Zebra is in fact a non-terrestrial life form which came here to live and grow, but being as benign as it is it aids all life as much as it can. Every now and then, the characters get a glimpse of a dreadful "alternate world" which is just a cruel, crushing prison (represented in the novel already by the visionary encounter with A.D. 70 Rome); this is our world as it would be without Zebra; it allows the characters a glimpse of this non-Zebra world with the purpose of eventually disclosing not only itself to man but what it has achieved for man. Zebra regards the biological and historic forces on this planet as malign, and seeks to ameliorate them. It is finally revealed to one of the characters--probably Phil Dick--what this black iron prison world actually is (or would have been).
 
By means of this superimposed theme I can edit out much of the Christian material and bias (as well as the explanation at the end of the novel) which I would like to do. Zebra, if it can be said to resemble the contents of any religion, resembles the Hindu concept of Brahman.
 
Part of Zebra's ability to disguise itself grows out of its ability to move along a fourth orthogonal spacil axis unknown to us, in fact denied to us; thus Zebra can appear and disappear at will, without our understanding how.
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Through the manifesting of Zebra into visibility, Phil Dick in the novel realizes that what has always been called "god" by mankind is in fact merely superior life form.

However, Zebra is so superior that it might as well be god. But it is timid and retiring (like Lord Running Clam in CLANS OF THE ALPHANE MOON), and can be destroyed, although not by us... Part of Zebra's sympathy for man derives from its own vulnerability.
 
- from a letter to Mark Hurst 2-11-1977 in the
Selected Letters of Philip K. Dick 1977-1979

See also... The Empire Never Ended (redux)   &   Escape from the Black Iron Prison

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Top Secret America – Revisited




Back in September of 2011, we did a post entitled “Top Secret America - the Post 9/11 Terrorism-Industrial Complex” In this short article, we explored just how “out of control” our government had become in the name of national security. Here is an excerpt from that post…
 
Thousands of government organizations and private companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence. Last December (2010), The Washington Post reported that this… "top-secret world ... has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work."
 
As many of the discerning readers of this blog have noticed, the reporting on the over-reach of our political institutions has been a recurring theme at Tek-Gnostics. In February of this year, we posted a link to the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s alert that the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) was back, with a vengeance.
 
Now the press is all (pardon the expression) a-twitter over the breaking story of the National Security Agency’s gargantuan domestic spying programs, such as PRISM, et al… as leaked by (now ex) Booz Hamilton employee, Edward “snowcrash” Snowden. Surprise, surprise.
 
 
The following excerpt is from Talking Points Memo...
 
The Guardian Columnist Glenn Greenwald defended the 29-year-old who served as the source of one of the biggest intelligence leaks in history, arguing that the revelations of the National Security Agency's sweeping surveillance programs only harmed "those in power who want to conceal their actions and their wrongdoing" while also foreshadowing future bombshells.
 
During an appearance on MSNBC'S "Morning Joe," Greenwald said his bombshell reports… based on information provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden, a former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton… were of "great public interest."
 


 
 
"The reality is that U.S. government officials for many decades now — and certainly over the last ten years — have been abusing their secrecy power to shield from the American public, not programs that are designed to keep America safe and not to prevent disclosures that would help the terrorists, but to conceal their own actions from the people to whom they're supposed to be democratically accountable," Greenwald said.
 
"What we disclosed was of great public interest, of great importance in a democracy that the U.S. government is building this massive spying apparatus aimed at its own population, and it harms nobody. Anyone who wants to say that any of these stories or disclosures have harmed national security, I defy anybody to say anything that we've published that does that in any way. The only people who have been harmed are those in power who want to conceal their actions and their wrongdoing from the people to whom they're supposed to be accountable."
 
Greenwald also appeared to suggest that more disclosures are imminent. Greenwald wrote on Friday that more revelations were "coming shortly" and, later that day, broke a story on a tool wielded by the NSA to track surveillance data worldwide.
 
"Well, there are several programs that we've reported on so far and there's a lot more coming," Greenwald said on MSNBC.
 
Greenwald took to Twitter on Monday to assert that Snowden has "way, way more" than "just some slides" that detail the NSA's programs.


Again, as the discerning reader of this blog knows, Tek-Gnostics equates organized religion with organized politics. In our opinion,  politics and religion are but two ends of the same dirty stick. Decisions made by any religious hierarchy (read: elite) are as potentially damaging as those made by any political hierarchy. Hence, we believe that top-down political intrusion upon individual liberty is spiritually damaging to the individual. It is upon this understanding that we pay attention to, and report on political high jinks.

An old friend and associate of ours, agent 87, used to admonish that... "one should never underestimate the extent to which 'the bastards' will go... to screw you." This adage continues to hold true. The latest illegal activities of the NSA would never have come to light, except by the whistle-blowing activity of Snowden. Goodness knows what other nefarious black-op programs are under way... Even as we speak.

We shouldn't be surprised over these latest revelations concerning the NSA and their contractors/cronies. This is simply the most recent manifestation of the alarming trend away from, not only individual liberties, as expressed in the ideologies of republicanism... But societal liberty (greatest good for greatest numbers), as expressed in democratic ideology.

The Terrorism-Industrial Complex has been running roughshod... running amok, with absolutely no oversight... ever since 9/11. The United States has the highest documented incarceration (people in prison) rate in the world. At year-end 2009, it was 743 adults incarcerated per 100,000 population. Add this fact to the recent discovery that the NSA monitors all of our domestic telephone and Internet activity... something that the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper lied unabashedly about recently to Oregon Senator Ron Wyden... and the "good ole' US of A begins to look suspiciously like a police state.

One can only hope that the act of shining a light upon the darkness that is the so-called national security apparatus, will help to diminish it's grip upon our liberty. It was Martin Luther King, Jr who said... “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

One way or another... this darkness has got to give... 


Friday, June 7, 2013

Escape from the "Black Iron Prison"

 

Morpheus: I imagine that right now, you're feeling a bit like Alice. Hmm? Tumbling down the rabbit hole?

Neo: You could say that.

Morpheus: I see it in your eyes. You have the look of a man who accepts what he sees because he is expecting to wake up. Ironically, that's not far from the truth. Do you believe in fate, Neo?

Neo: No.

Morpheus: Why not?

Neo: Because I don't like the idea that I'm not in control of my life.

Morpheus: I know exactly what you mean...
 
 
 
 
Morpheus: Let me tell you why you're here. You're here because you know something. What you know you can't explain, but you feel it. You've felt it your entire life, that there's something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is, but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I'm talking about?

Neo: The Matrix.

Morpheus: Do you want to know what it is?

Neo: Yes.

Morpheus: The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work... when you go to church... when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.

Neo: What truth?

Morpheus: That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind. I'm trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You're the one that has to walk through it.