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This blog describes Metatime in the Posthuman experience, drawn from Sir Isaac Newton's secret work on the future end of times, a tract in which he described Histories of Things to Come. His hidden papers on the occult were auctioned to two private buyers in 1936 at Sotheby's, but were not available for public research until the 1990s.

Showing posts with label Apocalypse. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Apocalypse. Show all posts

Monday, April 6, 2020

New Post at The Dragonfly: The Anchorman of the Apocalypse

Image Source: 4chan.

I have a new post up at The Dragonfly, following my post from yesterday. To understand better how rationalist materialism is confronting serious challenges as a justification for power, I am analyzing how its discursive structure works in relation to the nCov pandemic:

The real meaning of the word, 'apocalypse,' is 'revelation,' the moment when the veil is ripped away and we see the truth in things.

The coronavirus is exposing a lot of problems beneath the surface of the mainstream. The pandemic is prompting totalitarian moves on the part of governments and corporations. At the same time, these moves are red-pilling a lot of people about the system. Citizens are beginning to realize that the system does not have their best interests at heart. They are starting to wonder where all this is going, and why.

I discuss how anons and other critics are picking apart layers of establishment hypocrisy with their own brands of trutherism. I consider how trutherism works. In the minds of truthers, counter-arguments should be based on truth before they are based on fact.

Notice that Assange does not state: "You have to start with the facts." That would be the normal stance for a Fourth Estate journalist. Assange starts with the truth. This implies a different world view, associated with the rise of the Fifth Estate. Image Source: Facebook.

Truth and fact are not synonymous, because truth has a larger symbolic or metaphorical weight, which is independent of everyday life. Truthers' justification for this renegotiation of values depends on criticism of the establishment, whose authority theoretically relies on facts, but actually depends on corruption, lies, and compartmentalized realities.

Image Source: 4chan.

Image Source: 4chan.

See all my posts on Epidemics here and here.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Coronavirus: The Garden of Earthly Delights

Image Source: 4chan.

This is a surreal moment, not a funny one. Plague humour takes on a Bosch-like quality. Bosch depicted sin as a catalyst for social breakdown in his Garden of Earthly Delights. His famous triptych symbolically portrayed a world letting go. That's the feeling now. Jokes get thrown in with intense news reports and crazy conspiracy theories. There is no clear narrative.

Paranoia and Priorities

Image Source: 4chan.

Crazy predictions, apparently from 2017 - or if you prefer - crazy disinfo. Click to enlarge. Image Source: 4chan.

The Internet Underground, as I have previously blogged, regards Aaron Swartz (1986-2013) as a Gen Y hero; rightly or not, they believe his death reflects deep corruption at MIT and Harvard. Image Source: 4chan.

As authorities respond to the spread of the coronavirus, public trust dissolves into paranoia. It is hard to trust officials when so many disturbing things were happening prior to this pandemic. Even with the best containment measures, governments and hospitals will not be able to contain the medical tsunami. Failures may be so catastrophic that they will look orchestrated or premeditated, even if they are not.

Combine that disaster with economic failure and restrictions on citizens' movements, communications, and activities, all on a stage set to sweep aside civil rights. An economic Gordian knot could be conveniently cut by means of the pandemic response. At the same time, the public will be immobilized and partly decimated. This is not a nice coincidence.

Even red-pilled and black-pilled anons are surprised. They nursed alienation from the 'normies,' whom they regard as wage slaves, for two decades. Anons' distrust of the establishment is so complete that they regard everything labeled 'good' as 'bad,' and vice versa. Yoichi Shimatsu's quotation above in relation to the late Aaron Swartz is emblematic of these priorities:
"Striking at the nerve center of the military-corporate-pharmaco-porno complex is an ethical duty not a crime, one of the few available means to defend constitutional law."
Anons cannot decide now whether soldiers are being shuttled around countrysides to help them in an eleventh-hour coup against Deep State actors - or if the military are ready to imprison dissenters in quarantine camps.

To some extent, this nervousness extends to the mainstream public, made worse by mixed messages from governments and media and the fact that this nCov crisis reminds everyone of 9/11. Compare a semi-official statement about tanks moving now into London, UK with a citizen's observation. Like 9/11, this pandemic will shape the global landscape for another twenty years. Like 9/11, the devastation will not just be measured in terms of loss of life. Unless there are serious, far-reaching changes to shift things away from the current technocratic drive to control the very thoughts inside our heads, this pandemic will be remembered in terms of a powerful loss of faith in existing politics and society. That trend will probably overturn most systems of authority today, whose leaders assume that they will consolidate power through this crisis, not be flushed away by it.

"Harness Biology as Technology"

The public have good reason to doubt the integrity of the global establishment. Things were hardly ideal before the pandemic began. Below is a screenshot of a 12 November 2015 report in Nature about bat virus research at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It is one of the reasons anons - and the Chinese government - claim that the coronavirus had a (partially) American source. There are also reports about an explosion at a Russian biolab, known as VECTOR, from September 2019. There is a Harvard connection, and a Canadian connection, to this crisis.

Image Source: Nature via 4chan. Click to enlarge.

The main thing to take away from this speculation is that it is not all paranoia and disinformation. Gain-of-function research was certainly taking place in top level biolabs over the past few years. Chinese scientific publications from Wuhan were full of it. The money was there for it and the Chinese were not restraining their scientists with red tape or regulations. There was an ethical debate about reckless behaviour in this field within the scientific community.

This is before we get to highly questionable genetic experimentation with tools like CRISPR. And it is also before we get to strange innovations in quantum computing, artificial intelligence, biotech, and nanotech, all of which overlap in the worst ways with genetic experiments. It is easy to dismiss lunatic conspiracy theorists who have been rambling for years about vaccines, chemtrails, and retweeting Julian Assange's warnings against smart dust. But they have a point: DARPA has stated that its goal is to "harness biology as technology."

Public fear is justified, because the scientific and tech communities have not restrained themselves. They have not moved forward in careful ways. They have been held back only by the availability of funding and legal jurisdictions. No one appears to have lost sleep over whether certain experiments should even have been attempted. Lines are and were being crossed all over the place. Researchers have been arrogant and deceitful in their practices and this time, the Petri dish blew up in their faces.

At the same time, specialists in the arts and humanities have failed. They normally act as critics to indicate a larger moral context when science, technology and engineering get out of control. Gone are the greats like Jacob Bronowski, who could stand in a human ash pool at Auschwitz and state: "we have to cure ourselves of the itch for absolute knowledge and power." Bronowski warned repeatedly that knowledge must move forward with integrity, and that anyone who did not pair integrity with knowledge would lose the light of true understanding and any power and authority that might accompany that understanding. Only Bronowski could have pleaded for the integrity of science in terms of the Auguries of Innocence by William Blake:
"To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour"
I discussed Bronowski's assessment of physics in the 20th century as an "immortal work" in my 8 April 2011 post, Worlds within Worlds.

The Jacob Bronowskis are gone. The most vocal practitioners in the arts and humanities have become compromised by politicized navel-gazing. Unlike researchers in the sciences, they barely get funded anyway. And when they do, it is for the worst reasons, to bolster Franken-science with Orwellian goodthink. I get the impression that the only permitted 'soft' fields around cutting edge 'hard' scientific research are espionage, finance, politics, and marketing. The classic commentator from the humanities, who once played a crucial role in scientifically- and technologically-advanced societies, has devolved into a controlled environmental activist pawn like Greta Thunberg. At least the pandemic has mercifully forced her off the world stage.

As an individual, I have tried on this blog to meet the moral obligation to society of a person based in the humanities and the arts, by holding up a philosophical mirror to the Millennial march progress. In the past two decades, there are a lot of bloggers and vloggers in the alt-media who have also done this, as well as some trolls and hacktivists.

In order to grasp the myriad of scientific and technological experiments, tests, trials and research groups which were underway at a single point in time, I selected one month as an example. In February 2016, I tried to track down as many science and tech reports as I could in the mainstream English-speaking press or in institutional press releases. I summarized my findings in one post: Science and Tech: Headlines and History in February 2016.

I barely scratched the surface of what was currently being pursued in labs and test facilities in the United States, let alone worldwide. The footage I remember above all was of a Cape Cod warehouse, in which DARPA was repeatedly flying small, very expensive quadcopter drones into cement walls. I had hoped to make this type of post a monthly digest, but there was simply too much information for me to catalogue. It was overwhelming. I reflected on this big picture in the post, The New Millennium's Gothic Moment.

Image Source: 2001: A Space Odyssey via 4chan.

Surreal Reality: The Garden of Earthly Delights

Notice that mainstream reporting on nCov and COVID29 consistently draws attention away from any moral failing on the part of the scientific community. Were researchers playing with fire in Promethean bioweapons projects? Rather than broach these concerns, the MSM fail in their duty, and paper over the cracks. They fixate on pandemic numbers and manage public behaviour. No one is allowed to get to the bottom of preexisting problems which may have lain at the root of what has occurred.

The only reason this comes as a surprise to the public is that we were not paying attention, and we trusted our governments and universities to monitor top level biolabs. That wasn't happening.

As a result of the lies and cover-ups, no one knows what is really going on. We can't get a real grip on this thing. No one is being held accountable. We could even be in the early stages of World War III, and be blind to it. A Canadian anon expressed the Underground's sentiment:
"we can only speculate as to whether coronavirus is a nothing burger or not. if you trust the media, or politicians, or the corrupted scientific establishment you are naive. but you cant totally discredit them either. we can just speculate and guess as to whats going on because everyone everywhere is a lying piece of shit.

should you be worried or not i dunno, flip a coin, 50/50

maybe this is the best possible response, maybe its the worst possible response. feel free to speculate but dont pretend like you know fuck all, you are just a dumb fucking peasant like everyone else and you dont have access to accurate information. who the fuck does?"
This uncertainty creates a surreal atmosphere. No one knows what exactly is happening in this pandemic, how it started, and where it is going. This has led to disillusionment about some leaders, and to jokes and criticism at their expense, which they may or may not deserve. More seriously, it has led to accusations between Chinese and US governments about the origins of the nCov virus.

An American veteran's response to Lijian Zhao on 4chan: "dude when I was in the army there wasnt even enough money to fart outside let alone poison a bunch of bats in wuhan." Where the uncertainty about reality goes, actual reality follows.

Image Source: 4chan.

Image Source: 4chan.

This prepper earned his beer. Image Source: 4chan.

See all my posts on Epidemics here and here.

Monday, March 16, 2020

New Post at The Dragonfly: Coronavirus, An Offer You Can't Refuse

Image Source: Conscious Life News.

To follow up on my February 2020 posts, If There Was No More Time and The Coronavirus Consciousness, I am doing a series of posts at my other blog, The Dragonfly, with cryptic testimonies to and about particular people and situations. My theory was that part of prepping is making your peace with your past so that you can confront the present and the future without fear. The first post:

Given the nCov pandemic, there are some things I should say, in case the clock is ticking more quickly than usual. If it isn't, these posts can be taken as some personal statements about themes in my work.

This post also sheds light on a much bigger discussion currently being held on social media about the value of martial law as the coronavirus spreads.

See all my posts on Epidemics here and here.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Coronavirus Fragments 10: Male Testicular Damage, Male Infertility, Male Vulnerability

#Wuhan #coronavirus damages men's fertility, shown by China's TongJi Hospital. Human race in danger! (14 March 2020). Video Source: Youtube. See also Bitchute.

On 12 March 2020, a government Website of China's Hubei province noted that nCov - aka SARSCov2 - damages male fertility via ACE2 receptors in the testes. The virus enters human cells through a spike protein and ACE2 receptor enzymes. The report was later removed from the Website; the report was based on observations and initial research by Professor Li Yu-Feng and Yao Yangcheng  at Tongji Hospital and Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan. The virus can even make men infertile. If this information is correct, it is catastrophic, because some estimates expect 70 per cent of the human race to become infected.

Testicular health before and after suffering the original SARS; COVID19 is a subsequent form of SARS. Image Source.

This is not a flu that 80 per cent of people will barely notice. According to Dr. Yao's and Professor Li's commentary, the testes have more ACE2 receptors than the lungs. This may mean that a man can have the virus and he will experience no more than cold-like symptoms, or even no respiratory symptoms; meanwhile, the virus will have damaged his testes and sperm.

Please share this post with men you know and encourage them to take every possible precaution against infection. The original Chinese scientific report is here and is archived here. Note that this is not a peer-reviewed research article and so it is difficult to say how accurate or generally applicable this information may be. Yao and Li state that this is a hypothesis. The section below was auto-translated from their comment; please translate this material independently and do your own research:
"no research has confirmed whether neocoronavirus infection damages the testes and affects male fertility, neocoronavirus is highly similar to SARS virus, and its infection invading cell receptor is the same, namely ACE2. Although no SARS virus has been detected in the testes, SARS infection can still cause severe immune damage to the testes, cause orchitis, and cause extensive destruction of reproductive-related cells.

Therefore, it is theoretically speculated that new corona infection may cause testicular damage, affecting sperm production and androgen synthesis. Obstructed sperm production will affect male fertility, and severe cases may cause male infertility; androgen deficiency may affect male secondary sexual characteristics and sexual function, and reduce quality of life."
The vlogger, Insider Info, refers below to the virus as 'the particle' and to a 'language lesson' in an effort to evade Youtube's artificial intelligence censors, which are throttling traffic and erasing any independent discussion on this topic. His English translation of the original Chinese commentary is below.

Language lesson: Infertility. Anatomical damage by The Particle. (14 March 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

ADDENDUM (21 March 2020): Male deaths are also higher in all age ranges.

Click to enlarge. Image Source: 4chan.

ADDENDUM (24 March 2020): Loss of sense of smell can be a symptom of COVID19. Men are much more likely (70% in one sample of 196 patients) than women (30%) to need intensive care for COVID19 infection. Higher Body Mass Index also worsens effects of COVID19. Also, nCov negatively affects male hormones.

Loss of smell and first UK ICU patients (24 March 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

See all my posts on Epidemics here and here.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Pandemic Chats in the Darkness 4: The Macro and The Micro

Image Source: 123rf.

Yesterday, I went to my local hospital for a regular blood test. The doctors, nurses, and lab techs were not wearing any protection. This is in an eastern Canadian town, 45 minutes' drive from the site of currently quarantined Diamond Princess passengers, in Cornwall, Ontario. Cornwall was chosen as follows: the federal government announced it arbitrarily without consulting local people or authorities. Local leaders discovered on social media that the federal government was sending quarantined passengers to their community; the only nod to municipal- and provincial-level concerns was a half-baked press conference at which local officials received their marching orders from the feds. This was a slippery, top-down decision.

From Cornwall, potential infection vectors run directly into northern New York State, USA, as well as Montreal, Quebec and the Canadian capital, Ottawa, Ontario. The smaller town near my house (and site of the closest hospital) is a nodal point for local traffic from the quarantine city.

At my town's hospital, the staff had surgical masks and gloves available but they were not wearing them. The only acknowledgement of the coronavirus global pandemic was a small notice on the entrance to the hospital, which advised recent travelers from infected countries. I went in wearing an N95 mask. Out of the many patients in crowded waiting rooms, I only saw one other patient wearing an insecure, loose-fitting surgical mask.

Consider that nCov is:
  • airborne
  • survives on surfaces for 9-24 days
  • can be passed by asymptomatic patients who falsely-test negative over several weeks until they finally test positive
  • fourteen-day quarantines are not long enough
  • one American cruise ship passenger lied about her test status
  • A Japanese expert stated that the Diamond Princess conditions lacked all controls and were more frightening than an outbreak of Ebola in Africa; in fact, he said it was the most frightening epidemic environment he had ever witnessed in his career.
  • all the Diamond Princess passengers were not tested prior to evacuations
  • Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, authorized the early release from quarantine of several military and flight crew personnel who managed the evacuation of the Canadian Diamond Princess passengers; she claimed that those personnel had followed the strictest non-exposure protocols. However, the quarantined passengers themselves observed that this was not true and they had seen these personnel at times exposed to them when they were only wearing masks.
This is why the lack of protection at the small town hospital was terrifying. It was business as usual. In the town, alcohol gel hand sanitizers are selling out. But no one is wearing masks or goggles in public.

Macro Level Information

In this crisis, there are two levels of information. There is the macro level of information about the pandemic. This information emerges from larger MSM organs, governmental ministries, research institutions, and international health organizations. On that level, the coronavirus is often being politicized, played down or memory-holed to protect the global economy.

Just as the economy was about to collapse in earnest, the Chinese authorities proclaimed 'victory' against the virus and new case numbers magically plummeted. This is obviously fiction, designed to prevent a Black Swan event, which is already underway. Plane flights should have been canceled weeks ago in order to prevent far worse disruptions later. Air travelers are not forced to wear masks and gloves.

At the macro level, the most interesting information to emerge came from the contradiction between officials' words and actions. While somewhat soothing narratives emerged about the virus 'scare' after 29 February 2020, the reality is that the Brits have set up an nCov War Room, and other countries are similarly setting up emergency provisions which will allow authorities to suspend civil rights and do whatever they feel is necessary to control the pandemic. That includes censorship (already in effect) as well as, potentially, no-go zones, mass vaccinations (of rushed vaccines), and compulsory removal to forced quarantine centres. All of these measures could be abused and the abuses could be concealed. This is a very dangerous set of fluid circumstances.

The other mainstream bit of information came from a 27 February 2020 Chinese research article, which stated that the virus infects the brain and brainstem.

Micro Level Information

At the micro level, there are forums, social media communities, alt-media vloggers, and bloggers, where people are constantly sharing formal and informal information. There is talk of a hushed-up case in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. There are unconfirmed US rumours today about a San Francisco hotel; New Orleans at the university hospital; Scottsdale, ArizonaOregon (also here); New Jersey; Queens, New York City. In each case, the rumour that the virus is already in a city precedes the official announcement. For example, officials in New Orleans are stating today that locals should get ready for the appearance of the virus. If local chatter is true, the official line of 'get ready' actually means: it's already there.

My personal account above would be classified as a local rumour. Although I saw it with my own eyes, why would you believe me? I'm not Theresa Tam. Even if I had photographed the hospital staff not using protection, because I am a blogger, I could and would be accused of faking the photo. Yet it was and is true.

The most recent Eastern Ontario information is that local officials know that it is only a matter of time before COVID19 outbreaks begin in small communities along the Ontario-Quebec-New York borders. Global containment is no longer possible. They are stating that if you feel ill, you should not go to the hospital, rather let the paramedics come to you. After that, they don't say what will happen to you. The Ontario medical testing facility, Life Labs, sends a mixed message: if you have COVID19, we will send you back to your physician and we will not treat you or test you. We will use full Personal Protective Equipment to save ourselves. But there's nothing to worry about; just use hand sanitizer and cough into your sleeve.

The alt-media are attacked, shadow-banned, and censored for discussing this topic. Since I have covered the coronavirus, my blog traffic has been throttled and I have been constantly spammed by ghost Websites with the suffix .best and other dead sites. See the screenshot above. When you find official sources deviating from reality, or notice bureaucrats pumping out calming disinformation, you have to ask why truth requires censorship. The Canadian Prime Minister is fixated on silencing COVID19 misinformation, while stating, yes, the threat is "real."

However, if the Canadian government is falling short, would government officials (including the mealy-mouthed PM) view legitimate criticism as 'COVID19 misinformation'? Medical professionals cannot air their grievances publicly or they will lose their jobs. That is why their concerns appear in unofficial and underground channels. The mainstream media will not cover that information and the alt-media will. On 4chan today, an anonymous Canadian emergency room doctor complained that the federal government has not supplied hospital staff with masks and gloves are running out:
"What about masks? We don't have any. I'm an MD. Can't get masks at my clinic. Stock answers from the ministry. They don't have any. No hand sanitizer either. Soon to be no gloves I hear. What do you think happens Justin when we run out of personal protective equipment? Nurses stop working. Doctors stop working. The system shuts down. I see government doing nothing. I am on the front lines. I work ER. We have had nothing but bullshit stock notices about outbreaks. No indication about what to do with people. Where they are going. What to do once overcapacity begins. Nothing. The government is lying. There has been no preparedness on the front lines whatsoever. I can only imagine the back boardrooms are equally as inept. Get me a fucking mask, Trudeau! Sincerely, pissed off MD."
Imagine how Canadian medical staff feel, if they are being asked to put on a brave, bland face to the public, while behind the scenes, they are being forced into an untenable position, with their lives on the line. Why should they die for their jobs, not in service to their Hippocratic oaths, but because of avoidable bureaucratic red tape, moronic politics, and smiley-faced authoritarian ineptitude? If true, this is an unconscionable policy on the part of the Canadian federal government. At this rate, how are the Canadian medical corps supposed to survive beyond the next six months?

How do we hold governments to account, when they are invoking emergency measures which grant them extreme powers against citizens, including critics or whistleblowers? The MSM have capitulated and report what they are told to say. The only place left to discuss these problems is the free Internet, which is derided universally by failing authorities as a source of fake news, fear-mongering, panic-inducing conspiracy theories, and disinformation. Meanwhile, those same authorities are themselves peddling nothingburger nCov disinformation in the name of maintaining their own positions, as they preside over public order and dead-cat-bounce markets.

A rumour today from Belgium reflected increasing frustration from citizens who see dangerous situations mishandled:
"New infection in a high school in Belgium. Two high school with infections confirmed now. Government doesn't see a reason to close any school."
And a response:
"we are fucked with this retarded pig as health minister."
These instances explain precisely why this information is spilling over into the alt-media and social media.

Bureaucrats, financiers, corporate heads, and politicians should not be managing a global pandemic. To start, they have conflicts of interest, particularly because of Chinese investments. Next, they are unqualified. This is a problem in all developed countries, and the concern is even worse in the developing world, where there are even greater degrees of poverty, political instability, conflict and corruption.

The Coronavirus Rabbit Hole

"You have no idea how right you are." Click to enlarge. Image Source: 4chan.

At the same time, beyond believable complaints, there are apocalyptic conspiracy theories floating around. These stories claim to highlight government misdeeds behind the veil, at high security levels. Such information should be viewed with care and skepticism. But that does not mean there aren't real issues embedded in this highly strange (dis)information space.

There are questions about what happened when a Russian high security biolab exploded in Siberia in September 2019. Another example comes from this US blog. Frightening talk circulates about the viral spread on the US West Coast; read it in parts 1, 2, 3. Those revelations are unconfirmed, and no one knows what the motivation, sources, or profits are for someone who is discussing the pandemic in these extreme terms. Consider that that leaker is speculating about the price of gold. Below, see some informal footage from Iran and other, informal, troubling projections.

A doomsayer. Image Source: 4chan.

Disclaimer for all 'Pandemic Chats' Posts
Warnings against Reading Weaponized Disinformation

My posting of this information does not constitute my belief in this information, nor my desire to spread fear. This 'Pandemic Chats' series is published here to make people aware of the scope of discussion. I do not know whether this is a milestone in the history of real bioweapons in public health or a milestone in the evolution of weaponized online propaganda. Or both.

There are good reasons why you should read this information with extreme caution and discernment. It is possible that the virus is a bioweapon or it may have arisen naturally. Either way, the Chinese government may perceive this outbreak as a bio-weaponized attack.

As such, the coronavirus epidemic might invite Chinese revenge. That retribution may come first in the form of a wave of Internet disinformation warfare, intended to spread panic and violence.

Read this information at your own risk. Treat it as a toxic waste neo-cultural cyber-event. Examine it with the sober reserve of an anthropologist. Coronavirus rumours may be an extreme new type of online propaganda. Do not presume the information is true.

But also understand that if these are real leakers and they are telling the truth to the Internet Underground to relieve their consciences, then the world is now a different place.

I cannot assess the veracity, sources or accuracy of this (dis)information. Some of these fragments and citations refer to legitimate medical publications, which you can read, if you have time. If the rumours are true, you don't have time.

Click to enlarge any posted images. Read them with great care and pray that this is only the next level of dark social media, and not a milestone in biological history of our species.

See all my posts on Epidemics here and here.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Coronavirus Fragments 5: The Toll on the Public

Coronavirus outbreak: House Foreign Affairs, CDC speak on COVID-19 response (27 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

The CDC made a statement today, in which they mainly focused on funding and logistics - and controlling information about the novel coronavirus. Authorities' insistence on dominating the narrative is creating a divided public.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Kiwi Boltholes

Hunting the One Percent’s Doomsday Bunkers in New Zealand (4 May 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

VICE has just published a report in which journalist Baz MacDonald tried to locate billionaires' boltholes in Queenstown, New Zealand. As part of his research, MacDonald interviewed Gary Lynch, General Manager of the Rising S Company, a Texas-based bunker manufacturer. A rival business's gossip about Rising S (here) suggests that the Rising S CEO has a criminal past and FBI connections. Rising S underground bunker layouts and prices are here.

The VICE story focuses on the One Per Cent's interest in Kiwi boltholes and emphasizes growing economic inequality. However, there is a political nuance here.  In 2012, preppers were mainly Tea Party grassroots libertarians and conservatives. Now, with Donald Trump in office, bunker buyers are billionaire liberals. See my related posts, WTSHTFSit Out the Apocalypse in Style, and  Kim Dotcom's Scary Tweets.

Xtreme Series Bunker Complex 'The General' Cost: USD $1,590,000. Image Source: Rising S Bunkers.

Caption for the above image: "The General fallout shelter is a massive bunker complex built to shelter large families, small business’, or small communities such as church congregations or other colonies of people. This underground bunker complex comes with all of the amenities of our typical upgrade units but offers much much more in the way of space and community functionality. It’s full of luxury upgrades such as a gym/fitness unit, and educational center, massive laundry room equipped with washers and dryers, security unit, decontamination unit, group dining hall, lounge area as well as extended kitchens and food storage. The General is the perfect.

This massive fallout shelter includes all of the standard 'UPGRADE' amenities: Bullet Resistant Door, NBC Air Filtration With Blast Valves and Over Pressure Valves, Double Counter With Sink, Composting Toilet, Shelving For Food Storage, Water Pressure Pump, Shower, Hot Water Heater, Grey-Water Evacuation Tank, Grey-Water Evacuation Pump, 12 Volt LED Lighting, Solar Generation Charging System With Battery Supply, 12 Volt TV/DVD Combo, Infrared Security System, Fresh Water Inlet, 120/240 Volt Inlet, Staircase w/ Handrail, Painted Interior and Exterior Coating/Corrosion protection."

Thursday, January 24, 2019

World War III Projections 3: Venezuela, The First Caribbean Domino?

Today, Venezuela's government is being forced to change through a strange internal and external consensus. While the anti-Maduro parts of the Venezuelan population are justifiably happy, there is a larger dimension of these events to consider.

Image Source: Growthlines.

The alt-media conspiracist outlet, Abel Danger, predicted earlier this month that Venezuela would be the first domino to fall in a new American- and British-led initiative, which will decimate Latin America and the Caribbean Basin in a long-term series of large wars. This supposed effort follows the same model as was used to devastate the Middle East over the past several decades. From 8 January 2019, The Terrible Forthcoming Destruction of the Caribbean Basin:
"President Trump has announced the withdrawal of US combat troops from the 'Greater Middle East', but the Pentagon is still pursuing the implementation of the Rumsfeld-Cebrowski plan. This time the aim is to destroy the States of the 'Caribbean Basin'. This is nothing like the overthrow of pro-Soviet regimes, as in the 1970’s, but the destruction of all regional state structures, without consideration for friends or political enemies. ...

In a series of previous articles, we presented the SouthCom plan to provoke wars between the Latin-American nations in order to destroy the structures of all the States in the 'Caribbean Basin'.

Preparations for wars of this magnitude, intended to follow on from the conflicts in the 'Greater Middle East' according to the Rumsfeld-Cebrowski strategy, requires a decade.

After the period of economic destabilisation and that of military preparation, the actual operation should begin in the years to come by an attack on Venezuela by Brazil (supported by [Israel]), Colombia (an ally of the United States) and Guyana (in other words, the United Kingdom). It will be followed by others, beginning with Cuba and Nicaragua (the 'troïka of tyranny' according to John Bolton).

However, the original plan may be modified, particularly because of the return of the imperial ambitions of the United Kingdom which may influence the Pentagon."
The same article was reposted at Information Clearing House. It originally appeared on the Voltaire Network Website and was penned there by Thierry Meyssan. Meyssan is a left-wing French journalist and 9/11 truther who has investigated far-right movements. He has also worked for Russia Today and Odnako (Однако) and is apparently now based in Damascus, Syria. To me, it looks like he's a spy.

10 December 2018: Russia provided two nuclear-capable 'Blackjack' aka 'White Swan' bombers to Maduro's régime. Image Source: Federico Parra / AFP / Getty Images via The Guardian.

Meyssan is convinced that the European Union project will be dropped, or perhaps left to the Germans to sort out. The European powers will return to their old plans of imperial colonization abroad in competition with, and sometimes in cooperation with, the United States. Venezuela is the first domino to fall. On 15 January 2019, he wrote:
"[O]ne of the consequences of the successive ends of the bipolar and unipolar world is the re-establishment of colonial projects. One after the other, the French, Turkish and English have publicly declared the return of their colonial ambitions. We still need to know what form they will adopt in the 21st century."
While from a dubious source, if it is correct, it is terrible news for everybody. This larger context may explain Trump's plan to build a wall along the southern border of the United States. The wall construction may anticipate a widespread southern conflict and block the flow of soldiers and refugees. The Russians have provided nuclear-capable bombers and a Kalashnikov manufacturing plant to the Maduro administration. The latter has led to a spread of guns all over the Caribbean. Freelance journalist Colin Freeman has begun covering this story.

Note also that the 8 January report suggests that the Caribbean and Latin American conflict is believed to have been laid out over the past decade, prior to Donald Trump's election. This would mean that the planning for the conflict occurred under the Obama administration. If this is even partly true, it means that the 2016 American election, Brexit, the debate over the wall in the United States, the fierce political fights between liberals and conservatives, the Democrats' moves to impeach Trump, and the US government shutdown have been a big puppet show. Perhaps the puppet show kept eyes off the actual theatre of operations while pieces were moved into place.

Other small outlets made similar reports in the first half of January. As the Trade Union and Worker News in Africa put it, with yet another article by Meyssan, Goodbye Middle East, Hello Latin America. Whatever the evolution of the Venezuelan régime, nothing can justify what is being prepared against its population.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Nuclear Leaks 38: Fukushima Unit 2's Melted Fuel

I haven't updated my nuclear posts for awhile, mainly because the topic is so depressing. The nuclear energy nightmare is the flip side of the carbon fuel conundrum. The latter skews global politics and the world economy and inspires endless outrages, pipeline conflicts, wars, and refugee crises. The former is not a great green alternative.

Also, the Fukushima disaster reminds me in more ways than one of my own mortality, not least that I miss eating Pacific fish, and the decommissioning of Fukushima will continue long after all of us are dead.

However, on 19 January 2018, TEPCO posted photos of melted fuel from a robot probe of the inside of Fukushima Daiichi Reactor Unit 2, here. CBC:
"TEPCO spokesman Takahiro Kimoto said ... 'There is so much that we still haven't seen ... . But we were able to obtain important information that we need in order to determine the right method for removing the melted fuel debris.' ... Melted fuel has previously only been documented inside Unit 3, where an underwater probe captured images of large amounts of melted fuel debris that looked like molten lava mixed with broken parts of equipment and structures on the concrete floor.

During Friday's investigation, the device — developed by Toshiba Corp. and the International Research Institute for Decommissioning, a government-funded organization of nuclear companies — found deposits in the shape of pebbles, clay and other forms, Kimoto said."
All photos below the jump are from TEPCO and were taken on 19 January 2018.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Countdown to Hallowe'en 2017: Happy Hallowe'en!

Still from John Carpenter's The Fog (1980). Image Source.

Happy Hallowe'en! For today, hear a video rip from a new-retro vinyl LP. This is the soundtrack for John Carpenter's The Fog (1980), which was released in 1984. This nostalgic Youtube channel has a whole playlist of classic horror movie soundtracks on vinyl LPs; to listen, go here.

The Fog Soundtrack (Blake's Gold Edition) [Full Vinyl Rip] Part 1 (this vinyl LP release edition 2013); by John Carpenter (1980; 1984) © Varèse Sarabande. Video Source: Youtube. Reproduced non-commercially under Fair Use.

See all my posts on Horror.
See all my posts on the Paranormal.
Posts on the Occult are here.
Click here for my posts on Ghosts.

Check out other blogs observing the Countdown to Hallowe'en!
Image Source: 4Chan.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Countdown to Hallowe'en 2017: Humanity's Tombstone

Image Source: Vigilant Citizen.

I try to address really strange conspiracy theories, which nonetheless have some larger importance, during the month of October. Special weirdness is reserved for a Stonehenge-like monument in Georgia, USA, which bears cryptic messages in English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian.

Brad Meltzer's Decoded: Apocalypse in Georgia Season 1, Episode 10 (3 February 2011) © History Channel. Video Source: Youtube.

The Georgia Guidestones outside Atlanta were erected in 1980 on the orders of man working under an assumed name, R. C. Christian. There are revelations of his secret identity here and here. The Guidestones have inspired fear and vandalism, because alongside their espousal of rationalism, they also declare that the earth's human population should be cut back to 500 million people.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Tempest

Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada (6 September 2017), showing smoke from rampant wild fires. Wildfires are also devastating the western United States. Image Source: Harman/Weather Network.

There are catastrophic weather headlines: Irma, the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean's recorded history, made landfall last night on 6 August 2017. The storm is so strong it is appearing on seismometers used to measure earthquakes. It looks like Irma will hit Florida, and move up North America's east coast, through the Carolinas. While Texas still recovers from Hurricane Harvey, there is another hurricane forming behind Irma, Jose - and yet another in the Gulf, Katia.

Live footage as Hurricane Irma destroys Maho Beach Cam in St Maarten 9/6/2017 (6 September 2017). The full video is below. Video Source: Youtube.

Hurricane Irma AFTERMATH!! (Anguilla/St.Maarten/St.Martin) (6 September 2017). Video Source: Youtube.

OMG WOW Serious!! NO JOKE Hurricane IRMA Wind Speeds 180 mph Destroys Everything In Its Path (6 September 2016). Video Source: Youtube.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have produced a flurry of Internet conspiracy theorizing about weather manipulation. Below, you can see one of the images the trolls are discussing. This screenshot of a patent for a 'hurricane and tornado control device' is from this 2003 US application; other patents by this author, Andrew Waxmanski, are here. My impression is that Waxmanski is trying to invent devices which would make hurricanes less dangerous, rather than this patent application being a smoking gun for the HAARP/chemtrails/geomanipulation crowd, who claim climate change is due to scientific interference, not industrial pollution. I make no further comment other than to say that these weather events have sparked a lot of speculation and apocalyptic predictions about the end of times, the rapture, the 'Event,' and so on. These kinds of responses are as old as time, and to be expected when people are upset by trauma in their environment.

2003 Patent Application in the United States. Click to enlarge. Image Source: eventchronicle.

On 6 August 2017 at 8:02 a.m. EDT (1202 GMT), after an X 2.2 flare, the sun released an X 9.3 class solar flare with coronal mass ejection; X is the strongest class of solar flare and this flare was the strongest in a decade, now heading for earth. There is Internet chatter that the X 9.3 was followed by an unbelievable X 10.3 class solar flare, which could destroy electronic devices and systems. For updates on whether electronics may be affected when this space weather reaches earth on 8 September 2017, follow Space Weather Live on Twitter.

The vloggers may have confused it with the X 9.3, about which you can see details here. The vloggers currently discussing the X 10+ flare appear to be relying on Solar Dynamics Observatory data. On 6 September 2017, NASA reported only two solar flares, not three, an X 2.2 and an X 9.3; this was confirmed at Space Weather Live. It appears there is a discrepancy in interpretation of data: the X 9.3 may have peaked at X 10.4. See data here. For the sake of comparison, the biggest solar flare ever recorded was an X 28 flare on 4 November 2003, which was not facing earth.

There will likely be auroras quite far south in northern latitudes over the next couple of days; you can see information on the northern lights here, here, and here.

X Class 10 Solar Flare Showing On STEREO A Earth Facing (6 September 2017). Video Source: Youtube.

Click to enlarge. NASA's gif of two solar flares: X 2.2 and X 9.3 on 6 September 2017. Image Source: NASA.

Diagram of the STEREO space satellites which observe the sun. Image Source: NASA.

All of this coincided with the Full Moon at 3:02 a.m. EDT (0702 GMT) on 6 September. On the Quebec-Labrador border in Canada, it went straight from summer to winter overnight on Labour Day weekend and began snowing; and San Francisco, California, USA reached its highest temperatures on record this week. Some argue that these conditions lead to global earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and the deaths of sea mammals, but researchers won't confirm that. One Youtube channel constantly monitors and predicts earthquakes, here.