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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 Illuminati. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Illuminati. Show all posts

Monday, March 23, 2020

Coronavirus Fragments 11: The Hidden Blessings of Disillusionment


Image Source: 4chan.

Like the German prepper above with normies looking on, we are divided between those who believe official and unofficial narratives about the nCov pandemic. Sadly, the prepper - who looks like a lunatic - is right, and those around him are wrong.

For those with confidence in our authorities, it is hard to imagine that Underground information could be true, when it is not properly verified or connected to mainstream reports.


That division between citizens depends on whether the system has been good to them. Only those who have previously been thrust into the outer darkness believe that the darkness is there. Some libertarian commentators think the darkness is real, but the virus is not; they believe that the pandemic will be a red pill for a lot of people, as the 2008 recession or 9/11 were for others before them. Most economic commentators agree that the 'everything bubble' was unsustainable; the economy will collapse and never be the same again.

Image Source: pinterest.

Friday, February 7, 2020

China's Red Pill Moment


Cello lament for a pandemic: Deep Cello Meditation Music: Dark Meditation Music, Relaxing Music, Dark Cello Music for Relaxation (28 February 2018). Video Source: Youtube.

Perhaps it is this blog's subject matter, but a week does not go by without me receiving recruitment messages from the so-called Illuminati. Some notes are sophisticated overtures, some are more like Nigerian scams. The Nigerians are the new Illuminati? I know an illustrious Nigerian who would find that amusing. Here is today's recruitment message:
"Join the Illuminate cult online today and get instant sum of 666,000 dollars with a free home any where you choose to live in the world and also get 66,000 dollars monthly as a salary… If you are interested please kindly fill the following information to this email below {markgabriel666m@gmail.com). 
Full name………………………………
Country…………………………………
State of origin……………………….
Date of birth………………………….
Sex……………………………………….
Address……………………………….
Phone…………………………………..
Email address………………………
Attach Scan I’d card,passport or driver license containing your full details Tell us little about yourself…
Attach scan school certificate.. No dirty game, no human sacrifices and No evil….is a cult of peace, big aim Illuminate group our email: (markgabriel666m@gmail.com)"
Illuminati recruitment spam is pretty common now. A 2017 VICE investigation found that these scams also hail from Nigeria, so I guess the original Nigerian scammers rebranded themselves. Maybe they read my blog posts on the side, while scamming people around the world for money.

Ane Brun - Big in Japan (26 June 2012). Video Source: Youtube.

The Illuminati are the bogeymen who pop up before real horror unfolds. The coronavirus news leaves me with a mournful sense of inevitable change and unfolding disaster. If the virus was bio-engineered, it was a fatal stroke - which will hammer China as well as other Asian countries. It will not go without retribution.

To speculate wildly, perhaps the western press have strongly denied the bioweapon story for a reason. This conspiracy theory is dismissed in shrill terms as fake news and disinformation: the theory runs that the virus was built in Canada and smuggled by Chinese spies to Wuhan. There is inconclusive, very preliminary research which suggests that Asian males are susceptible to the virus.

Is it true? Perhaps the Chinese intended to reverse engineer this virus and develop a vaccine against it. Some conspiracists wonder if the Wuhan outbreak was a vaccine experiment gone wrong, and researchers accidentally unleashed upon their own people the very bioweapon which they were trying to decode and neutralize. Again, this is 100 per cent my baseless speculation. It is not intended to hurt or offend anyone; it is expressed with total sympathy for the troubled Chinese and all others who are battling this crisis. I am merely attempting to imagine what could have unfolded behind the curtains, smoke, and mirrors, so that we may all have a clue and a chance to survive.

Who knows what kind of double or triple loyalties were at work as China sought to recruit western researchers in its Thousand Talents Plan? Perhaps in their eagerness to compete and win at all costs on the global stage, the Chinese became blinded as they began to pull ahead of the pack. Maybe they underestimated the ruthlessness and loyalties of the western scientists they recruited and used. Did they invite a Trojan Horse into their own laboratories?

This may be the grim truth behind liberal globalism, with its open borders and free trade. Underestimate the globalists at your peril. They are not racists. They love freedom and openness, but they are fiercely competitive and they have a larger sense of final social architecture. It seems laughably easy to exploit their vast philanthropic network of round tables, consensuses, and concept-based friendship. Theirs is a glitzy, gushy world of honeypots, perquisites, and high-flying opportunities.

Did the Chinese really think they could surge ahead in this western liberal environment, unimpeded, and carve out an international empire, with no strings attached, and no roadblocks at the end of the day? Beneath its permissibility and high-minded rhetoric about civil society, globalist liberalism gives its competitors enough rope to hang themselves; no one sees the traps until it is too late. Everything is executed behind a smokescreen of plausible deniability. Cherished and celebrated, serious competitors will never know what hit them, except that somehow, victory is no longer within their grasp. The dream dematerializes in the strangest way. It dissolves as though it was never really there.

PSY - GANGNAM STYLE(강남스타일) M/V (15 July 2012). Video Source: Youtube.

Where the real crazy rich Asians of Singapore hang out (15 August 2018). Video Source: Youtube.

China's trillion dollar plan to dominate global trade (5 April 2018). Video Source: Youtube.

Whether these bizarre strategies lurk behind the pandemic or not, this virus is a hammer stroke which will hit all Asian economies, and soon non-Asian economies too. The Asian boom of the mid-2000s and 2010s is brutally, horrendously coming to an end. Fukushima was bad. The Gangnam Style era is done. What Belt and Road initiative? Say goodbye to the super rich children of Singapore. They will be swept away. The party is over. This is a heart-breaking space of awful outputs, because the dawn of Asian development and prosperity may now be irretrievably damaged. And with the demise of Asia, we will all suffer, every last one of us.

China Will Catch a Cold



Conspiracy theories have spread alongside this epidemic, with theorists convinced that the virus was created by Illuminati design, and will be followed by World War III, launched against Iran. The source in the video below is a speaker, Bill Ryan, from Project Camelot and Project Avalon. These projects constitute an anti-Tavistock-Institute conspiracists' hotbed, which sees itself as a British New Age spiritual bastion arrayed against the Illuminati and its supposed Fourth Reich Nazi-esque cabal. Project Camelot supported the possibly-murdered conspiracy theorist, Max Spiers (1976-2016).

Project Camelot rumours circulate about Masonic plans, hatched in 2005 in the City of London, to depopulate China by using a flu-like virus. China Will Catch a Cold! (5 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube. The full video is here.

This chatter has gained a lot of traction on Chinese social media, because the Chinese believe this virus was a western bioweapon, which was deliberately aimed at their nation. In the Project Camelot account, there will be retaliation, as the Chinese unleash their own bioweapon on the rest of the world, or perhaps the virus simply mutates. The rumour runs: "And then the real war starts ... with a much more major nuclear exchange."

We live in a nascent global technocracy, where science and tech are king. It is a bit outdated to imagine that the usual cavalcade of European characters - Zionists, Freemasons, Bismarckian politicians, Jesuits, and the Bavarian Illuminati - are pulling the strings to create a New World Order. Indeed, that may be the very function of outfits like Project Camelot - to create a grand smokescreen of New Age disinformation about the existence and continuing power of Illuminati grand masters.

I cannot say, but to return to grounded consideration, it is not outside the realm of ugly possibility that science and tech are progressing very quickly, without regulation at the highest levels, and that the riches and power thus gained invite extreme, world-level players everywhere, who are interested in the greatest stakes and profits. The coronavirus may be part of that chess game.

Virus Shockwaves


As for the virus, a lot of details remain unclear. Why are the Chinese spraying their streets with chemical foggers? What is the mist being sprayed on passengers in Indonesia? Business Insider identified it only as "a substance." The tanks are labeled "ALKOHOL." Some say it is a germicide or cholorphenol. There are fears that the virus may become communicable by mosquitoes or house pets.








Unconfirmed: The Sun reported via AsiaWire that panicked Chinese pet owners threw their pets out of high rises because they thought that their pets could catch the coronavirus and would be killed anyway by the government. Pets Are Thrown Out Apartments Buildings By Owners In Fear Of Wuhan Virus. (1 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

The true source of the virus, and thus the spread, mortality rates, and species which are vulnerable to this virus, are unclear. It does not help that China suppressed a lot of information, and authorities elsewhere are also doing so, while the MSM papers over the rest, and citizen journalists on the ground are censored. The virus has not necessarily run its full course yet, even among the initially infected, or at least among the initially infected who could be monitored by external health authorities other than the Chinese government.


Based on Chinese numbers, the infection rates among hospital staff are catastrophic. However, those assessments do not account for the fact that Chinese numbers of infected and dead are likely artificially lowered. The latest German research states that the virus can survive on a surface for nine days and there are comments linking the source of the virus to the pangolin.



China's Red Pill Moment


The management of the pandemic is becoming China's Red Pill moment which will test the authority of the CCP. The coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, a city of 11 million, had the same energetic impact as if an atomic bomb had dropped there. Not everyone grasps this because it was not an act of conventional war. The impact is obscured by cautious MSM reports and muted WHO statements. But the shock waves from the epicentre are nevertheless rolling out beyond China's borders. A deluge of sickness, truth, and political awakening is coming.


"Every Chinese must have a conscience. You are not their dog [slave]." Can you see and share for Wuhan Citizens and people who are fighting.. (7 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

Two Weeks

It has hardly been two months since Chinese authorities knew about the virus. It has barely been two weeks since the coronavirus came to global public notice. At first, the city of Wuhan was locked down, followed by other cities. But then, diplomats flew the ex-pats out, and more draconian measures were implemented.

It shows how innocent and naïve we were in late January, given that we watched the livecam of Wuhan's new hospital being built and did not understand what it really was. The unveiling of China's fast hospitals indicates that the CCP government knew and knows how catastrophic the situation is, and what it must do to try to contain this virus.


Unfortunately, it looks as though the CCP is also using this epidemic as an excuse to settle scores or crush political opposition. The MSM, as usual, provide anodyne analyses which don't really explain what is happening. They present this outcome as an abstract question of public health versus liberty and civil rights.


What is clear on the ground is that men, with their identities obscured by HAZMAT suits, are suddenly seizing people off the streets, out of their homes, and out of their cars, under the guise of protecting public health. They are starting to look like death squads and their quarantine centres smack of death halls. Life becomes death: reversals in meaning are a marker of extreme authoritarianism.


It took one fortnight for the Chinese government to build locked quarantine death halls, labeled as hospitals. The government passed a new law, which states that even if you feel healthy, but have had any contact with someone diagnosed as infected, you must go into quarantine. If you resist, you will be arrested and taken to the quarantine centre by force. The hall is guarded by the army and has no medical staff, no sinks or baths for personal washing, and a toilet in an outer courtyard. With these facilities and a new quarantine law in place, the government began 'disappearing' people off the streets with little white vans. Doors to apartment buildings are also being welded shut by authorities, with all the inhabitants left trapped inside.



Again, to consider what could happen outside of China, understand that it took two weeks to reach this point inside China. This is not just the moment where the Chinese Communist Party drops its mask. This is China's Red Pill moment. It should be everyone's Red Pill moment.



The fate of Wuhan's citizen journalist and lawyer Chen Qiushi is being discussed on Chinese social media and on Twitter. Chen has disappeared and been quarantined. Today, his friend and fellow citizen journalist Fang Bin revealed what he knows. A commenter under a Youtube video about the situation remarked: "Only in lies can you live peacefully and die happily." ["王娜 中国人知道真相会恐慌?你是在讽刺中国对吧,只有在谎言里才活得安详,死得愉快。"] And so it is that only in truth can you survive, albeit unhappily.


See all my posts on Epidemics here and here.



Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Coronavirus Censorship and A Group Hug


A call for a Hong Kong strike to support Hong Kong's medical staff on 29 January 2020 suspiciously features the creepy left eye symbolism highlighted in Internet Illuminati conspiracy theories. The girl's placard loosely translated: All (Hong Kong) people strike, Medical Staff don't need going at the front! (won't be sacrifice[d]) Image Source: Twitter.

A (dis)information crackdown has started by (dis)information authorities regarding the Wuhan virus. The Chinese government has begun silencing unauthorized reporting and has demanded that a Danish newspaper refrain from virus satire. Youtube, Twitter and Facebook are removing social media and alt-media reports on the epidemic, on the grounds that everything discussed by unauthorized outlets is a conspiracy theory, disinformation, or racism. Western MSM outlets confirm that the virus started in bats and snakes, but condemn online (racist) criticism of the Chinese eating bat soup and running filthy wildlife wet markets. Youtubers were unimpressed at this feeble attempt at their moral re-education by inserting identity politics into this obvious, ongoing disaster:
"But fkn bats are the one animal that humans shouldn't be eating LOL"
Another:
"the virus came from bat but not this bat soup. so what bat did it came from bat stew,roast bat,fried bat.curry bat,barbecue bat .lol"
Another:
"Best thing would be to fill China in with concrete. It may seem excessive but it's better than having to fill the rest of the world in with concrete"
Another:
"ONLY TRUST THE TELEVISION. CONSUME."
And another:
"Here we go with the racism and hatred BS. That’s right, only believe what the media tells you. Do you actually trust the Chinese government is being truthful? There is a very plausible likelihood that there are quite a lot more infected than being reported. Instead of putting proper safety measures in place, like shutting down the goddamn borders, we are worrying about not hurting anyone’s feelings online? That’s a good indicator that this is probably a lot worse than we are being led to believe"

It is happening, youtube deleted one of the latest videos about the coronavirus from r/nCoV

Social media censorship was implemented amid reports that Facebook employees have been told to refrain from travel to China, which confirms the seriousness of the epidemic. Apple expects the epidemic to disrupt its iPhone supply, meaning the crisis is real. Medical updates reveal a terrifying situation; but they also show that the full range of information is unavailable for a comprehensive understanding of what is unfolding.

Dr Gabriel Leung Dean of Medicine dire projection (27 Janaury 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

It is hard to tell what is real in the first videos of the virus's spread and what is not. Regardless, the earlier leaked local footage of bodies in Wuhan's streets and hospitals has now disappeared, or is disappearing, off the Internet. The China Media Project reports that the Chinese government has been censoring and steering the narrative all along: local Wuhan reporters who tried to track down information in December and earlier this month were intimidated, stone-walled, and beaten up:
"while carrying on an investigation of Wuhan’s Huanan Seafood Market, where the outbreak originated, Xiao Hui (萧辉), a reporter for Caixin Media, was surrounded and beaten by four security guards. Caixin journalist Wang Heyan (王和岩), one of the finest investigative reporters working in China today, contacted several doctors in Wuhan in order to verify infections among medical staff, but was not allowed to meet with her sources. The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an order saying that: '[Medical personnel must not, under any condition, accept media interviews, and must not leak information about the outbreak to the outside. Noone can accept interviews, even if journalists promise anonymity and agree to protect their sources.]'"
These embarrassments have been replaced with a government-sanctioned group hug video with Wuhan's citizens calling to each other from their tower blocks, complete with a soppy piano soundtrack. A Vietnamese social media video popped up yesterday on Youtube, which peddles a positive message about clean, orderly, calm - and deserted - Wuhan streets. Reddit is suddenly full of Redditors who want to debunk coronavirus conspiracy theories.

Wuhan residents chant "Jiayou" for city to persist in face of adversity (27 January 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

There are signs that the virus stirred up a great deal of unrest in already unsettled Hong Kong, mainland China, and on Chinese social media. A video purportedly from today (27 January 2020) of open, violent popular revolt in Fujian, which I embedded in this post, actually disappeared off the Internet while I was still writing the post.

Social media censorship suppresses information like the above image, suggesting the coronavirus was engineered in Wuhan, announced in a report from 5 April 2018. Is this real? Image Source: Reddit.

The censorship and corresponding attempts to keep the Chinese and global public artificially calm may indicate that the virus has not been contained and is out of control. The Chinese government has not revealed (or does not know) true numbers. You can read an account of their desperate attempt to understand and control the virus from 8 December 2019 to 11 January 2020, here. Fox News reported that the Chinese government spurned help offered by the US CDC to contain the virus on 6 January 2020. The Chinese may have been unbelievably sloppy in their handling of deadly diseases; a 6 August 2019 report states that they shipped a live Ebola sample from Winnipeg, Canada to Wuhan, China on a commercial airline flight on 31 March 2019! Perhaps this is why the MSM are walking back their wet market story with virtue signalling. It came from bats, but not bat soup. Again, the evidence of the virus's point of origin seems to return to the Wuhan bioweapons lab.

The Huanan seafood market in Wuhan has been widely considered the source of the outbreak of a novel coronavirus. But the virus may have infected people elsewhere first. REUTERS from r/nCoV

Further evidence that this is a serious epidemic: there are images of medical staff on Reddit and Twitter sleeping with their protective gear on. Combined with censorship in east and west, the picture is very worrying.


Effect on Chinese doctors wearing masks, gloves and goggles for extended periods. from r/Coronavirus

Funny how Reddit mods keep flagging these reports as fake or unverified. Socalist Media Publishers getting the tax benefits of a platform along with the curation power of a publisher. from r/Coronavirus

Various quarantine zone barricades and guards in Wuhan China and surrounding areas. from r/Coronavirus

New video of villages shutting themselves off from r/Coronavirus

China demands apology from Jutland Post for satire drawing from r/Coronavirus

Uber driver in Beijing from r/Coronavirus

China coronavirus goes viral: What's true and what's fake? | DW News (28 January 2020). Video Source: Youtube.


See all my posts on Epidemics here and here.


Friday, January 17, 2020

Politics, Ideology and the Technosphere 2: Anarchists and Luciferians


Image Source: The Transmetropolitan Review via The Conversation.

This year, I am presenting a series on ideology and the technosphere. The series rejects mainstream political discourse and returns to first principles, historical background, and online trends to deconstruct the current evolution of politics.

Thus far and in today's post, I have identified the following components of tech-oriented politics:
  • New political terms, like the Red Pill and Black Pill
  • The weaponization of political virtues, morals, ideals, and values, leading to inversions of those values in practice
  • Internet dynamics and unpredictability
  • New moral, spiritual, or ethical frameworks of common reference
Positive Values, Negative Outcomes: Our Inverted World

Political virtues, moral labels, and positive platforms contrast with real outcomes, whether in everyday reality or online practice. There is a vast gap between what people say they are doing politically and what actually happens. On the Internet, this gap is exposed and described, especially among the alt media and conspiracy theorists, as corruption.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Awaken the Amnesiacs 12: Kevin Spacey's Fourth Wall Christmas


Image Source: pinterest.

On Christmas Eve, the American actor Kevin Spacey posted a sociopathic video, entitled KTWK, on Youtube. He appeared in character as House of Cards' Jack Underwood and uttered veiled threats at unnamed nemeses.

KTWK (24 December 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Bitcoin's Satoshi Reveal and Genetic Feudalism: I



Another 'Faketoshi' debuted this week and tried to claim the mantle of the anonymous Bitcoin inventor, Satoshi Nakamoto. Crypto watchers scoffed. The reveal was a hopelessly amateurish LARP. Faketoshi claimed he lost his 980,000 Bitcoins in a crashed laptop and that he deliberately uses bad English. He also does not make major decisions without checking their symbolic representations in a Chaldean numerology machine - and in the Bible.

I read Faketoshi's three-part bulletin so that you don't have to. I concluded was that this was not a Satoshi reveal at all. Beneath the blather, it seemed more sinister, a coded announcement about how Bitcoin will be used with Big Data to enslave us.

Mind you, I'm someone who concluded that Grammarly is spyware to track thoughtcrimes in writers' drafts folders.


Faketoshi stated he was a Pakistani Brit who is and was brilliant, although in truth he is and was more of a generalist who knew how to hire brilliant people. He is confidently coming forward now after a suicidal depression.

He had his hakuna matata years (warning: Disney reference) while he worked for the NHS. He spent years pretending that Bitcoin didn't exist and that he didn't invent it. But now, he's making a comeback to take Bitcoin in an exciting new direction. To do this, he has legally changed his name from Bilal Khalid to James Caan, because he is the Godfather of Bitcoin.

For someone who claims he was born in 1978, the reveal was filled with tone deaf cultural references suspiciously relevant to Baby Boomers (the reveal was dedicated to Steve Jobs?), rather than a younger generation. Faketoshi's Chaldean numerology, with its Babylonian disinformation, seemed to come straight from some Illuminati mystery sweat lodge.

Wait. Did he say he worked for the NHS?

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Satoshi in the Holy Sepulchre



I have a new blog post up at Vocal Media, concerning the three-day Christ-like reveal of Satoshi Nakomoto on a New York City PR firm's Website:


Today, tomorrow, and the day after, Bitcoin's inventor is supposedly revealing his identity here and here. Lo, But I Have Seen This Satoshi Nakamoto and He Cannot Write. His statement opens:
"I always believed in freedom and liberation of the common man and that’s the reason I began my Bitcoin journey but it’s ironic that I got trapped into something which I’d to set myself free from and it took me 8/9 years to understand and get the courage to fight myself and come-out without this erroneous notion that what would the world think about the truth, as truth is always stranger than fiction."
Satoshi! You have 980,000 Bitcoins! You can afford to hire an editor! The reveal is full of suspicious Illuminati-type numerology. As the reveal unfolds, I will remark on how this online mischief, along with the Epstein-scandal-as-psyop, may relate to the coming economic downturn.

- See my earlier post on Craig Wright's Satoshi reveal, here.





Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Believe Them or Not: The Red-Pilled Anti-Materialists


Notre-Dame Cathedral burned in Paris on 15 April 2019. Image Source: Ian Langsdon, EPA-EFE via MSN.

There are people on the Internet who are so red-pilled that they will shock today's greatest skeptics. They are more red-pilled than your average Black Pill. They are profoundly alienated from the mainstream and most would call them crazy and paranoid. Yet these rogues are significant because they could develop a future mainstream paradigm, if it isn't suppressed first. Red Pill leaders herald an online movement which will change the way we understand everything.

Red Pills are sometimes associated with right wing politics, but are not mainstream conservatives. In 2015, The Telegraph dismissed red-pilled rumours that late Tory PM of the UK, Edward Heath, was a child abuser. Image Source: The Telegraph.

What do they stand for? The mainstream condemns Red Pills as anti-social and anti-political: hackers, bloggers, vloggers, anarchists, libertarians, conservatives, the deplorables, the downtrodden, the impoverished, the religious, the deluded, the uneducated, the unintelligent. But are these anti-rationalists really anti-rational? Are they stupid, uncultured consumers of 'Fake News' and Deep Fakes, who will ruin democracy with their racist populist fascism? I would argue that scaremongering and stereotyping obscure the trend. What is actually unfolding is a battle between materialism (the mainstream) and anti-materialism (the red-pilled Underground). 

It is odd that Oxford, a hub in the world's power structure, is also producing leaders of the Underground. Two such latter figures are Dr. Joseph P. Farrell and Dr. Katherine Horton. Highly intelligent, they produce nuanced conspiracy theories that are as deeply researched as they are terrifying. If you look at them as advanced anti-materialists rather than as conspiracy theorists, their Oxford background makes more sense.

That said, their views are so incredible that they could be paid agents of disinformation, dispatched by the establishment to discredit Internet dissenters. And if not Farrell and Horton, then others with similar fringe opinions may be controlled opposition.

My post here offers only opening remarks on the shift which Horton and Farrell represent, to be analyzed in future posts. My aim in discussing these matters is not to support or deride Red Pills or their opponents. Rather, I mean to analyze the mainstream as a materialist movement and the Underground in terms of anti-materialism, without being sidetracked by inflammatory language which distorts how we usually consider these questions.

Stop 007 - Who I am (7 December 2016). Video Source: Youtube.

Monday, February 4, 2019

The Revolution of Politics and Magic


Image Source: Kate's Clothing.

A new post up at my writer's blog, The Dragonfly, describes how I developed one of my fictional characters, a French psychiatrist who treats world leaders: Rémy Balthazar.

The post draws from articles I've written on this blog about the Millennial paranoia that modern politics was never based on rationalism. Rather, it was founded on the worship of rationalism, which is a different matter. If kings ruled by divine right and combined politics with religion, the modern era has depended instead on merging politics with magic.

Balthazar is an enigmatic character defined by the questions which are still raised by that revolutionary formula. Nominally secularist, atheistic and rationalistic, that model shrouds our daily lives in mystery and a yearning to know the whole truth.


Friday, October 19, 2018

Hallowe'en Countdown 2018: The Formula for Consciousness




To unlock the mysteries of today's technology, some say you would have to start your investigation on the ballet stages of the 1840s. To get a flavour of European dance from that revolutionary period, today's post features some scans from a little book I own, published in 1948 by Batsford, entitled The Romantic Ballet. A centennial edition, it reprinted 1840s' coloured prints of prima ballerinas who were celebrated from 1840 to 1850. Click the images to enlarge.


These reprinted images from the 1840s display an occult visual vocabulary. For example, the three graces are three Greek goddesses - culture, beauty and creativity - later translated into the Christian theological virtues of faith, hope and charity. They are represented in the tarot deck as the Three of Cups.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Hallowe'en Countdown 2018: London's Dragons, Druids, and Pumping Stations


Image Source: Bob Speel.

The countdown this week is devoted to arcane secrets which lie in plain sight. We start in the streets of London, where for seven years, the brilliant and acerbic vlogger swilliamism (aka Samuel William) has explored the dark nooks and crannies of the UK's capital. During his lunch breaks from work, he peeks behind the white façades with his digital camera, and reveals unnerving little details.


Occult Symbols in London (23 April 2015). Video Source: Youtube.

The Symbolism Of The Dragon (20 May 2014). Video Source: Youtube.

Sam describes London's history with low key sarcasm. His videos have titles like: Where's Daddy's Pig?; Proud Taxpayer Day; Theft Appreciation Day; the eye-opening The Strange Mystical Horse and the companion video, The Strange Mystical Dead Horse; The Fresh Face of Fascism; Hello Data Subject; Very Nearly Grenfell; and A Day At The Arms Fair.

This vlogger's paranoia is not entirely joyless, like the time, inspired by fears of Santa Claus, he gave up Christmas to break his social conditioning. His main channel concentrates on the symbolism of London architecture, and he expresses his opinions more explicitly on his back-up channel.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Hallowe'en Countdown 2018: They Live ... Don't They?


Still from They Live (1988). Note the book behind the hero: On ESP by Edgar Cayce, which you can read for free online here. All stills and film © Universal Pictures. Reproduced under Fair Use. Image Source: IMDB.

On this blog, I have written about poverty and homelessness, the destruction of the middle classes, and how conspiracy theories provide dramatic and supernatural explanations for growing social inequality.

In 1988, horror film director John Carpenter made a film which tackled all these ideas. It was entitled They Live. Carpenter intended his film to be an attack on the Reagan era and 1980s' conspicuous consumption. The film suggests something prevalent in Millennial conspiracists' circles, namely, that the establishment élites are pawns of alien overlords who conceal their true appearance and feed off the energy of the impoverished common people. This is a metaphor for social alienation, racism, and socio-economic distress. But the film raises an additional question as to why They Live presented a story which many netizens now believe to be literally true.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Hallowe'en Countdown 2018: The Illuminati and the New Vampire Ouroboros


The Papal Audience Hall, Rome, Italy. Partly situated in Vatican City, the Paul VI Hall was designed by architect Pier Luigi Nervi and completed in 1971. The mouth of the serpent features an alien-looking sculpture of Jesus resurrecting from nuclear-bomb-created slag. Conspiracy theorists believe that the hall proves that the Vatican is secretly presiding over a neo-Babylonian Satanic sect of serpent-worshipers. Image Source: wykop.

Today's Hallowe'en countdown continues Monday's post on the ouroboros, the symbol of immortality behind the vampire story. The ouroboros myth reveals why populists and New Agers pair the reptile with the vampire in conspiracy theories about lizard aliens and blood-drinking élites.

David Icke is the main popularizer of the lizard alien hypothesis. David Icke: Conspiracy of the Lizard Illuminati (Part 2/2) (24 August 2012). Video Source: Youtube.

British ex-footballer David Icke is at the forefront of describing this new version of the ouroboros vampire, starting in his 1999 book, The Biggest Secret. Despite denials, he has laced his account of reptilian humanoid élites with anti-Semitism. He repackages anti-Semitism as anti-evil-space-alien, anti-Kabbalist, anti-Zionist, anti-Khazarian, anti-Babylonian Brotherhood, anti-moon-Death-Star, and anti-Saturn-worship. He claims that he opposes 'false Jews,' Freemasons, and Illuminists.

Icke was ridiculed throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. He only gained a following after the rise of social media and the concurrent 2008 recession, which was blamed on banking institutions and saw a corresponding explosion of anti-Semitism.

At the same time, graphics editing software became broadly available which was capable of subtly altering images and videos to create 'evidence' of lizard people. As a result, Icke now travels the world, talking for up to eleven hours at a stretch to packed audience halls. It is a new form of entertainment, and thousands of vloggers, bloggers, New Agers, and conspiracists have followed suit. They have expanded Icke's hypothesis to produce an enormous Millennial cosmology. Vox called it "the greatest political conspiracy [theory] ever created."

But the point is that it is not original. I think Icke derived his lizard people hypothesis from the ancient Egyptian mystery of the ouroboros, in which serpents were believed to be bound to the souls of kings and queens.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Hallowe'en Countdown 2018: The Order of the Dragon and the Vampire Ouroboros


Vampires are connected to the ouroboros, an ancient Egyptian symbol linking life and death. This is "an engraving of a woman holding an ouroboros in Michael Ranft's 1734 treatise on vampirrs." Notice the hourglass balanced on its edge in the bottom left corner, and the satyr playing the triangle above the woman. Click to enlarge. Image Source: Wiki.

Welcome to the month of October! Every year, this blog joins dozens of other blogs to count down to Hallowe'en (check out other participants here). I reserve this countdown for topics which are too weird, frightening and creepy to cover during the rest of the year. This month, I will be publishing new Hallowe'en posts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Vampires open the countdown this year. Vampire and other horror stories tie in strongly to modern conspiracy theories. During this countdown, I cover strange and sometimes offensive material. That doesn't mean I personally believe in, or endorse, those ideas.

The Old Vampire Ouroboros: The Order of the Dragon

The German poet and diplomat, Oswald von Wolkenstein (1376-1445), wearing an Order of the Dragon brooch with the serpent eating its tail. Portrait from the Innsbrucker Handschrift (1432). Notice the closed right eye, now a common gesture in photographs of celebrities. Image Source: Portrait in the Innsbruck manuscript of 1432 (Liederhandschrift B)/Wiki.

Serbian performance artist Marina Abramović using two snakes to cover her right eye and neck. Image Source: e-flux conversations.

The word 'Dracula' comes from the title granted the Wallachian rulers of Transylvania who were members of the chivalric Order of the Dragon, a group founded in 1408 to keep the Turks out of Europe.

The order started in Germany and Italy, but spread to the princely houses of Central Eastern Europe. Members of the order carried the signum draconis, the sign of the dragon, later displayed on the coats of arms of certain Hungarian noble families: Báthory, Bocskai, Bethlen, Szathmáry, Benyovszky, Kende and Rákóczi.

Engraving of an ouroboros by Lucas Jennis, in the 1625 alchemical tract, De Lapide Philosophico. Image Source: Wiki.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

An Operatic Death of the Old Year


Bryn Terfel and Deborah Voigt in the Metropolitan Opera’s 2011 production of Die Walküre, on the machine, the 45-ton set of movable planks. Image Source: Andrea Mohin/The New York Times.

To celebrate the death of the old year 2017, and remind us that life is but a play and all the world's a stage, here are some gothic shots of recent opera sets. There is no shortage of supposed Illuminati imagery.

Met Opera 2016/2017 production of Mozart's Idomeneo. Image Source: kreattivita.

"History buffs will enjoy I Puritani, which is set in the English Civil War era of the Puritans versus the Royalists. While this production doesn’t quite stick to script when it comes to historical accuracies, taking a few liberties for the sake of the story, it does stick with a universal idea that was relevant to the time period. Diana Damrau and Javier Camarena star as Elvira and her beloved Arturo. Run dates: February 10—February 28 [2017]." Image Source: City Guide NY.

The Met: Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2009 and 2017-2018). Image Source: Opera News.