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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Coronavirus: Information from Above, Information from Below


Exhausted health care workers sleep in their masks, or wear them for so long that the masks leave imprints on their faces. Image Source: @SDUIVF许超医生 via Chublic Opinion. You can read leaked doctors' WeChat messages here.

As numbers of infected people climb, assessments of the origin and treatment of the corornavirus are increasingly divided. On one side, we see the Chinese government, the WHO, and the MSM denying that the virus was lab-created, without clearly stating how the virus evolved, given that initially infected patients did not pass through the Wuhan wet market. Buzzfeed is one of the main sites which is attacking the bioweapon rumour.

John video 9 (4 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

Coronavirus Epidemic Update 11: Antiviral Drugs, Treatment Trials (Remdesivir, Chloroquine) (5 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

S1E4: Diagnosis... coronavirus? Podcast from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (5 February 2020). Podcast Source.

The MSM insistence on facts is selective. A focus on recent medical researchers' publications and the latest numbers and treatments sounds like a sane, rational approach (as above), except that there is some drama behind the scenes regarding published research on the coronavirus, as well as lack of clarity about numbers.

For one thing, medical research articles which challenge the central narrative are being removed. Note that the Indian paper from 31 January 2020, which linked this novel coronavirus to HIV, has been withdrawn. At the same time, the MSM reported that anti-HIV drugs are successfully treating the virus; a preliminary research paper supported that approach. In other words, there's no connection to HIV, but there's a connection to HIV. Anti-SARS drugs are also being used against the coronavirus.


Mainstream reporting plays down the seriousness of the pandemic, in an effort to prevent panic. MSM outlets are stating that the coronavirus is roughly as serious as the seasonal flu. Look deeper, though, and mainstream reports cautiously acknowledge that this is much worse. Despite these efforts to underestimate the virus's impact, Bloomberg reported on 4 February 2020 that a pandemic is now likely. There are serious dangers in under-reporting and playing down the threat now posed, because that leaves local governments, hospitals and citizens unprepared.


The WHO (which just asked for USD $675 million in additional funding) has been applauding the Chinese government for its valiant efforts against the virus and it accepts the Chinese government's stated numbers for deaths and infections. Health care workers are likewise celebrated for their courage in treating viral infections, which have personally endangered them.

Fires in Wuhan. Possible bodies being burned in mass graves in Wuhan. (5 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

An opposing narrative has emerged, mainly spread by alt-media and conspiracy theorists, as well as citizen journalists from China. There is a new video of late night fires in Wuhan, and citizens suspect that these are bodies being burned in mass graves. A Chinese citizen journalist hid outside a crematorium and counted the trucks going in at night; his footage is here. You can see an estimate of real death numbers, based on crematoria operating hours, here.


Taiwan News claims to publish 'real' numbers from Wuhan, via Tencent, and they are terrifying. This Taiwanese report is supported by a 5 February 2020 report from the Daily Mail, which states that Wuhan authorities are about to build eleven more hospitals. Smartphone footage of night-time spraying in Chinese streets is also scaring people.


Trucks spraying disinfectant, 1, 2, 3, 4, , 6, 7, holy shit 8. In WuHan from r/Coronavirus
Video Source: Reddit.

It is hard to confirm the veracity of first-hand accounts, although the Chinese government's crackdown on 'untruthful' or 'fear-mongering' vloggers may measure how truthful these people really are. You can read a long article about the uproar and crackdowns on Chinese social media, here.



So many Chinese in hazmats with body bags. from r/China_Flu




"Possibly from Wuhan No.5 Hospital (Unconfirmed). People in the hospital are speaking Wuhan Dialect." Hospital Footage (4 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

Conversation with a nurse (Jan 20-something) (4 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

"This is posted by Doctor Li Shaolei. It's a conversation he has with his college classmates who work in Wuhan." Doctor Recount Experience/Need Psychological Intervention (4 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

The Chinese government has arrested and threatened health care workers who expose conditions of the epidemic. Footage from inside Wuhan's new hospital which was built in a week reveals doors that lock from the outside and meal and medicine portals for each room. There are bars on the windows. Locals and viewers think the facility looks like a prison or a concentration camp. The new hospital will be run by the military, with army medics presiding over it. There are reports that patients seek to escape hospitals once the coronavirus testing and treatment process begins, suggesting that something about the medical process frightens them. You can see video, here, of a man being forced into a van to be quarantined. The public's negative reaction to the Chinese Communist Party is heating up and getting very political.


Everyone really needs to calm down. Too many Corona Boners in here. from r/Coronavirus

The circumstances divide people into two camps: Denial and Fear. When you read the arguments among Redditors on the above post, it is obvious that reactions to the coronavirus mirror the degree to which members of the public already trusted - or did not trust - the global system. A crisis in public confidence already existed. The epidemic now reveals the degree of that crisis. Some people still accept the 'because we said so' official narrative. Some people do not.



Huge numbers are reflected in the fact that Wuhan's exhibition centre has been converted into a makeshift hospital. Images Source: Reddit via imgur.

"Central China's Wuhan City, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, started Monday to build shelter hospitals with an estimated 3,400 beds for coronavirus patients suffering from mild symptoms of infection. CGTN reporter Sun Tianyuan is at one of the "Fang Cang" shelter hospitals that was formerly Wuhan International Conference and Exhibition Center."Live: Visit Wuhan 'Fang Cang' shelter hospital探访武汉“方舱医院” (3 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube. You can see a Chinese citizen journalist's footage of this facility, here.


One cannot avoid the relentless trickle of information that contradicts the Chinese government's narrative. Even when Chinese official news reports try to put a positive spin on what is happening - as with the conversion of Wuhan's exhibition centre into a hospital - the situation looks really bad. That is why those with alternative views are being threatened, banned from social media and derided by the MSM. Alt-narratives suggest that the Chinese government have underestimated and concealed true numbers - or that the Chinese do not know the totals. The virus is not just a glorified walking pneumonia, as official media initially reported. It attacks the heart as well as the lungs. Thus, there will be a secondary wave of heart disease in the wake of this pandemic.


Too many questions with vague answers. from r/Coronavirus

Despite mainstream attacks on the social media and alt-media for the latter's hypotheses about the virus, it seems that MSM 'facts' are not clearly answering a host of questions. Why are there not enough test kits? Their unavailability helps the government manipulate reported numbers of infections. In the United States, the FDA opted to resolve that problem on 4 February 2020.

FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization for the First 2019 Novel Coronavirus Diagnostic from r/Coronavirus

Another problem is that tests are imperfect. They can give false negatives, possibly also false positives, and results seem to vary according to where the swab was taken on the body. Moreover, the way health care workers are testing or not testing travelers is imperfect. A nurse in Ontario, Canada anonymously spoke on Reddit to reveal that his or her hospital's emergency department referred an admitted patient for coronavirus testing. The patient was not tested, because he or she had not traveled from Wuhan. The patient however had traveled from a suburb of Wuhan, or a town near Wuhan - yet this did not fall under the official area of geographic concern. The nurse was furious that the patient was released from the hospital untested. A 3 February 2020 report from CTV News states that tests for coronavirus in Ontario are dropping; under the circumstances, this does not necessarily inspire confidence.

There are similar Youtube accounts of ex-pat travelers slipping through checkpoints and leaving China to arrive in their home countries, where they promptly go shopping for groceries. The more responsible travelers then self-quarantine themselves. But it is safe to say that thousands upon thousands of people are slipping below official radars and that numbers are much higher than stated by monitoring bodies.

Another speculation: perhaps asymptomatic transmission does not take place; instead, over-the-counter medications mask the early, mild symptoms, which make symptomatic carriers look like asymptomatic carriers.

Administrative, MSM-based and politicized actions around the definition of coronavirus threats and control have thus demonstrated shortcomings on the part of authorities. As a result, puzzled people have gathered on social media platforms to determine the risks of public bathrooms; to ask if the homeless populations are at risk in US cities such as San Francisco, California or Austin, Texas. In December, 2019, the UK found that 1 in 200 people are now homeless. What will happen to rough sleepers if the virus begins to spread in London or other British cities?

People turn to online forums to ask if recovered, formerly infected people are now immune to the virus; they chat about weird alternative treatments and prepping; and they ask if this year's seasonal flu, which started in September 2019, wasn't really the flu, but was in fact this coronavirus. They share gossip, such as the rumour that Camp Ashland in Nebraska, USA, is going to be used as a quarantine facility. All such voices risk censorship and platform bans for daring to spread fear-mongering information.

I'm sure it's a total coincidence that a HIV specialist linked to a rampant disease speculated to contain HIV traits died. I'm sure there are no special interests in the CDN or Chinese gov which might want someone like that silenced. 🤔 Anyone else feeling sleepy...? 💤 from r/Coronavirus

Even level-headed bloggers and vloggers are convinced that the virus was a lab-engineered bioweapon or vaccine experiment gone wrong. You can read an in-depth account of the Wuhan lab's activities, here. Even if you don't believe the bioweapon rumour, you should read that investigative outline to understand why other people do. An anon found that Google Maps has moved the location of the Wuhan Insitute of Virology
as of 29 January 2020:
"UPDATE — JANUARY 29, 2020: What’s also odd, and outright suspicious, is that as of January 29, 2020, the location of Wuhan Institute of Virology (where the National Biosafety Laboratory is headquartered) on Google Maps has inexplicably moved since I first viewed it on January 24, 2020 and published this article on January 27, 2020. Its new location is now over twice the distance from the claimed epicenter of the novel coronavirus, Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market. Even its satellite imagery of the original site has been altered as well. Good thing I took screenshots."
"A Google Map Image captured Jan. 24, 2020 of Huanan Seafood market 8.6 miles distant from Wuhan Institute of Virology, where China’s only Level P4 Biosafety Laboratory is headquartered." Image Source: archive.is.

"Another Google Map Image captured Jan. 29, 2020 displaying Wuhan Institute of Virology now strangely moved approximately 15 miles southwest of its original location. What a difference five days make, eh?" Image Source: archive.is.

"Side-by-side comparison of original Google Maps location of Wuhan Institute of Virology, captured by screenshot on Jan. 24, 2020, and its altered location as of Jan. 29, 2020. What’s going on here?" Image Source: archive.is.

"A Google Maps Satellite Image captured January 24, 2020, clearly showing the urban Wuhan Institute of Virology situated across the street from the humongous China Earthquake Administration building." Image Source: archive.is.

"Another Google Maps Satellite Image captured January 29, 2020, now showing the Wuhan Institute of Virology completely camouflaged in a patch of forest in a rural area 15 miles southwest. What gives, Google?" Image Source: archive.is.

A dominant conspiracy theory locates the virus's origin at Winnipeg's National Microbiology Laboratory in Manitoba, Canada. This is the conspiracist's view of what occurred - note that this view is absolutely denied by all respectable authorities and media:
"Wuhan Institute of Virology is also connected with the recent, major scandal in Canada where two Chinese virologists working at Canada’s only Pathogen Level 4 virology laboratory, the National Microbiology Lab (NML) in Winnipeg were caught stealing and smuggling some of the most deadly viruses on earth, including the Ebola virus, back to China. The suspects — a Chinese couple, virologist Dr. Xiangguo Qui and biologist Dr. Keding Cheng — are now believed to be connected to China’s biological warfare program. Her husband, Dr. Qiu, was head of the Vaccine Development and Antiviral Therapies Section in the Special Pathogens Program at the NML. Dr. Keding Cheng, also affiliated with the NML, specifically the “Science and Technology Core,” is primarily a bacteriologist who shifted to virology. According to Zero Hedge, “the couple is responsible for infiltrating Canada’s NML with many Chinese agents as students from a range of Chinese scientific facilities directly tied to China’s Biological Warfare Program, including the Wuhan Institute of Virology and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Chengdu Military Region.

And guess what one of the stolen viruses was? Yup, coronavirus. On May 4, 2013, NML’s Scientific Director Frank Plummer received a shipment of coronavirus from a Dutch virologist, who in turn had received it from an Egyptian virologist treating a Saudi Arabian who contracted it. The Canadian lab grew stocks of the virus, and then experimented upon animals to see what they could infect with it. It is from this stash of reserves that the coronavirus was stolen and smuggled by Dr. Qui, Dr. Cheng, and by alledged Chinese Biological Warfare Program agents recruited from the Wuhan Institute of Virology who were disguised as virology students at the University of Manitoba.

Similarly, and perhaps connected, is the recent indictment of Charles Lieber, Chair of Harvard University’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Prosecutors claim he had a contract with Wuhan Institute of Virology. Reports CBS, “It appears China paid Lieber hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years for his involvement with the Chinese entities and for his work on research for Chinese gain,” said U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling.” Lieber lied about his links to Wuhan Institute of Virology, report Tonya Alanez and Travis Andersen of the Boston Globe. “Federal authorities said Charles Lieber, a prominent nanoscientist and a prolific inventor and entrepreneur, received hundreds of thousands of dollars from his Chinese connections.” Details about the extent of Lieber’s illicit and illegal conspiracy with the institute have yet to emerge. So this means, significantly, that not only are there Chinese nationals allegedly being recruited from Wuhan Institute of Virology to penetrate foreign P4 biosafety laboratories abroad and smuggle the spoils back home, but it also appears Americans and Canadians may be complicit in aiding the Chinese biowarfare program.

In short, although there are actually two laboratories in Wuhan linked to the Chinese biowarfare program — only one is certified for coronaviruses and only one is caught in the midst of all the recent international espionage intrigue — the new Pathogen Level 4-rated National Biosafety Laboratory at Wuhan Institute of Virology. And whether this enigmatic facility is a philanthropic, health services-related institute, a covert, biological warfare research installation, or some combination of the two — remains to be officially disclosed."
Incidentally, the former director of the Winnipeg lab, Frank Plummer, just died in Africa: "No confirmed cause of death has yet been released." He had recently undergone brain surgery to treat his alcoholism, which seems like an extreme response to an addiction. With all due respect to him and his family, it is fair to ask - under the potential circumstances - whether he had a reason for drinking so much.

Also, an Egyptian researcher at Cairo University, Abdo Elfiky, had published a now-retracted paper on a coronavirus cure, based on a cheaper anti-viral and Hepatitis C treatment, Sofosbuvir (Abdo Elfiky, "Sofosbuvir Can Inhibit the Newly Emerged Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan, China," (Preprints with the Lancet, Powered by SSRN),‎ 28 January 2020). Elfiky is rumoured in unconfirmed social media chatter to have just disappeared.

CA Lab (involved in nCov to China) Director Frank Plummer DIES; Research by Egypt Doctor Reporting Cure with Sofosbuvir (costs 90% less there than in US) Disappears from r/nCoV


See all my posts on Epidemics here and here.


Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Politics, Ideology, and the Technosphere 3: Autobiography, Social Media and the Banality of Revolution


Image Source: Aleteia.

I have a new post up at The Dragonfly:

Autobiography, Social Media and the Banality of Revolution

The post continues my discussion on the new Internet politics. It explains how banal information transforms politics and society, as I put it:
"There is something strangely revolutionary and Kafkaesque about being able to topple governments by telling the emperor what you ate for breakfast."


See my related posts at The Dragonfly.

Read my posts on Materialism and Anti-Materialism in relation to politics.

See all my posts on Politics and the Technosphere.



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.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

New Post at the Dragonfly: Conservatives and Nazis


Anti-Antifa protesters are doxxed online by Antifa Websites. Image Source: autonome antifa [w].

I have a new post up at The Dragonfly, which continues my deconstruction of Millennial politics in light of the impact of technology:


It is going to be a rough year in politics, given the upcoming American election. I will deconstruct political slogans in light of actual political actions in a series of upcoming posts. The main phenomenon I wish to explore is the hypothesis that politically weaponized morality is a function of technological evolution and Internet communications.



See my posts on the Technosphere at The Dragonfly.

See my related posts on the Technosphere and politics at Histories of Things to Come.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Mexico's Mirror: Drug War Extermination and Simple Freedoms


Image Source: Valley Morning Star.

It could be a crazy rumour to relaunch a social media channel, or it could be a true account of unreported mass killing. Shaun Attwood's Youtube channel, which is covering the Epstein case each day, today featured another Youtuber, OG Shadow, an American who claims to be living in Mexico.

Mass Murder Camp in Mexico

Mexican Cartel Extermination Camp With 47 Ovens Run By Los Zetas (11 January 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

On 11 January 2020, OG Shadow reported that the Zetas crime cartel have resorted to mass killing independent drug dealers, who are nicknamed 'grasshoppers' or chapulines. In the state of Tamaulipas, a Zetas deserter led government officials to a concentration camp with "over 47 working ovens," which have been burning dead bodies "24/7." One Youtuber dismissed these allegations:
"Google Earth. I spent a few hours canvassing Tamaulipas and found.... Nothing. Nothing even resembling two football fields worth of square rectangular shaped buildings being used as ovens 2 incinerate human beings."
OG Shadow was quite interested in getting views for this video. The report may be no more than a plea for subscribers. On the other hand, Tamaulipas is indeed a region of extreme violence. You can see escalating accounts about the area: here, herehere, and here.

Image Source: Business Insider.

On 17 December 2019, the American State Department issued an advisory against traveling to the state of Tamaulipas. The Valley Morning Star reported:
"The advisory issued on Tuesday warns Americans to refrain from traveling to the state of Tamaulipas due to crime and kidnapping, and the states of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, and Sinaloa because of ongoing crime.

Matamoros, Reynosa and Nuevo Laredo are located in the state of Tamaulipas. ... [US] Federal officials report organized criminal activity such as gun battles, murder, armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, forced disappearances, extortion and sexual assaults is common in the Tamaulipas area. Criminal organizations usually target public and private passenger buses as well private vehicles traveling through the state."
Three weeks later, an American family was murdered in this region while traveling on the highway.

Los Zetas dominate half of Mexico. Even more disturbing is the fact that they originated from the Mexican Army's special forces. Business Insider described their history here. They became, in the words of the Mexican Defence Department, "the most formidable death squad to have worked for organised crime in Mexican history."

One of the long-running themes of this blog is that the seemingly civilized developed world is built upon massive corruption, slavery, and brutality. We cannot seem to develop prosperous democracies without rooting them in evil. My blog posts explore how we can come to terms with that contradiction without lying to ourselves, and without getting lost in trutherism.

Live Unchained in Mexico

While OG Shadow has confirmed the MSM's terrifying portrayal of Mexico, Canadian Jeff Berwick has sought to counter that image as he promotes his cryptocurrency anarcho-libertarian event in Acapulco, the upcoming sixth annual Anarchapulco (10-20 February 2020). The rap intro of the event's official website runs: Learn how to live unchained.

Berwick's own Youtube channel regularly features him lounging in posh resorts and strolling through high end communities in Mexico City. Last year, he did, as one Youtuber put it, put down his glass of wine and his cigarette and raid Epstein's island - and more power to him. But mainly, he prefers more comfortable circumstances, from which he dismisses the mainstream media, the banking system, the pharmaceutical companies, all statist governments, all globalist enterprises, the police, and most levels of education. He calls the Pentagon, "the Pentagram."

You don't need any of those things, Berwick insists, to become rich, free, and happy. His reports from the manicured parts of Mexico startle in their contrast with the MSM reports we receive of drug cartel bloodbaths. Of course, developing countries have guarded and gated elite enclaves, and Berwick's habitual presence there indicates he is still part of the mirror world that plagues us.

Berwick would likely protest and claim that he is part of the revolution to overthrow a compromised establishment. Nor are his efforts simply part of a drive to build a new hierarchy, because Anarchapulco ties anarcho-libertarianism to spiritual evolution. At best, Berwick is one of a new breed of outsiders, who remain conflicted as they are seduced by the old materialist lifestyles and the new anti-materialist philosophies.

Money, Money, Money - What is it, Who Corrupted it and How You Were Brainwashed (30 November 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

The Most Dangerous Word In The World (5 January 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Donald Trump's Day Pass in Camelot


The late JFK Jr. and his wife Carolyn Bessette. Image Source: Esquire.

I have published a new post at Vocal Media about myth-making in politics:


The article concerns the rumours spread by Donald Trump's contact and adviser, Roger Stone, who was convicted of lying to Congress on 15 November 2019 about connections between WikiLeaks' 2016 US Democratic Party email release, Julian Assange and Donald Trump.

Stone's response to the Mueller investigation was considered glib and inappropriate. This was because Stone regards everything in mainstream politics as a puppet show staged by the so-called Deep State. The Deep State narrative allows Stone and other pro-Trump activists to conflate Donald Trump's presidency with that of John F. Kennedy.

Image Source: Amazon.

Image Source: Amazon.

Image Source: Daily Mail.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Epstein's Island Temple Theatre


EXCLUSIVE: First-Ever Look Inside Epstein’s Private Island (28 October 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

The videos of the season are currently going viral on Youtube. They were posted three hours ago. Above, is We are Change's exclusive visit to Jeffrey Epstein's island of Little St. James in the Caribbean. Aside from drone footage from a channel run by an Anon under the name of 'Rusty Shackleford,' this is the first independent media footage of the island.

Not what it seemed. Image Source: Reddit.

The main discovery of alt-media interlopers Jeff Berwick and Luke Rudkowski is that the island is guarded by gargoyles, which are dotted everywhere. They bear shields with a star spanned by two crescent moons. Aside from that, they look like they come straight from a garden centre. For the most part, the place had been cleaned out and the house was unlocked. Berwick and Rudkowski did not have time to search the grounds for tunnels and underground structures, which had been the subject of widespread speculation.

However, Epstein's gaudy temple has a front door which is painted on; and the now-missing dome was not functional. This made the building look up close like a Hollywood movie set. You can see Rusty Shackleford's drone footage of the temple from 12 July 2019 here; the drone had trouble capturing and revealing this illusion.

These details raise the question: how much of the Epstein scandal was real, and how much of it was fake? It seems unlikely that the whole Epstein case was falsified to create a puppet show pantomime, which would deceive the conservative populists and crypto-anarchist part of the masses. It would not be the first time that a Potemkin Village was built to create a false impression of reality.

The possibility that Epstein's island was only theatre, and could have been a Potemkin Village den of child abuse is somehow more horrible than the possibility that it was a real site of torture, mind control, child rape and human trafficking. I do not mention this to play down the sufferings of potential victims. But the paranoia and world view that one would have to have in order to see the island as a Hollywood set for negative fake propaganda is somehow worse than seeing it as a real Island of Doctor Moreau.

The First Independent Media To Invade Epstein's Island [Share Before Taken Down] (28 October 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

What's Left Over? The Materialist Algorithm for Cognition


Image Source: Morten Tolboll.

This post continues my investigation of materialism and anti-materialism as competing responses to technology. My central argument is that right-wing and left-wing descriptions of politics and the economy are misleading and obsolete. Politics and economics are evolving to mirror tech-oriented materialism and anti-materialism. The worst of the former is leading to tyrannical political oppression. The worst of the latter is leading to an alienation from the mainstream consensus about reality.

Thus far in this blog series, I have focussed on materialism as a way of seeing the world, which is grounded in empiricism, scientific exploration, rationalism, secularism, and the associated economic mode of capitalist consumption. All of these aspects concentrate on humankind's five senses and how they can measure and experience the physical realm.

More radical forms of materialism reveal where this is stance is headed. In 2013, Stephen J. Cowley and Frédéric Vallée-Tourangeau edited a collected volume of scholarly essays entitled, Cognition beyond the Brain: Computation, Interactivity and Human Artifice. The editors explain that the notion that we are free to think inside our heads is a fairy tale. They argue that the thoughts we have inside our own heads as private expressions of personal existence, and as ego-controlled responses to the outside world, constitute a bedtime story we tell ourselves about our independence as individual beings.

'Thinking,' for these academics, is not an internalized activity expressing the cognitive power and freedom of a single, rational creature. Rather, as I suggested in my post, Who Writes Your Reality?, 'thinking' is a culturally-modulated experience. It is even possibly constructed from the outside in. That is, your brain from this materialist standpoint is like a Tabula rasa, upon which the outside world may write its programs as it wishes. The editors of Cognition beyond the Brain call old-fashioned notions of subjective 'thinking' a 'folk concept,' a culturally-shaped story we tell ourselves about what we are doing:
"Like all folk concepts, ‘thinking’ is a second-order construct used to ‘explain’ observations or, specifically, how action is—and should be—integrated with perception."
This is a radical departure from the earlier Postmodern deification of the subjective mind, wherein social objectivities were demolished and everyone's personal truth was considered sacrosanct.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

To Know What World We Live In: The Son of Sam


Untermyer Park, Yonkers, New York, USA. Image Source: Atlas Obscura.

For the past several years, I have participated in the Hallowe'en Countdown blogathon. I won't this year, due to personal matters. But I will touch on topics this month which were intended for the countdown. The first such issue concerns David Berkowitz's Son of Sam murders in 1976 and 1977 in New York City. A case summary is here. I have previously blogged about this case, here.

The Temple of Love in Untermyer Gardens. Image Source: Untapped Cities.

In an April 1977 letter left by Berkowitz near one of his murder scenes, the killer referred to himself as the 'Son of Sam': "I am a monster. I am the 'Son of Sam.'" Berkowitz later claimed that 'Sam' was his former neighbour, Sam Carr, and that 'Son of Sam' referred to Carr's demon-possessed dog. Others have speculated that 'Sam' referred to the USA as 'Uncle Sam.' The police offered the possessed dog story to the public, even though a psychiatrist who assessed Berkowitz believed that the killer knew the dog story was bunk.

Thus, at the heart of this case, the name which Berkowitz adopted for himself remains a mystery.

I noticed a curious coincidence in the Persian poem, The Shahnameh (شاهنامه) or The Book of Kings. Written by the poet Ferdowsi, it is the national epic of Iran; it took over thirty years to compose and has almost one thousand chapters. While the poem was completed around 1010 CE, it refers to the much earlier history of the Persian Empire in mythical and quasi-historical terms, from the dawn of time up to the Arab Islamic conquest. You can read the work in English translation, here and here.

There is a section in The Shahnameh entitled, Zāl, the Son of Sam, about an albino child who is rejected by his father, a warrior named Sam:
"No human being of this earth
Could give to such a monster birth;
He must be of the Demon race,
Though human still in form and face."
The father abandons the child on a mountaintop to die, where the baby is raised by Simurgh, the "Shah of birds." You can read the tale of Sam and his son Zaal in English prose translation here and here. Zaal becomes a Persian king who lives for three hundred years and watches his personal dynasty fail and die.

The Simurgh: The Flight of the Simorgh (ca. 1590 CE). Painted at the Mughal Court of Akbar by the artist Basawan. Image Source: The Seringapatam Times.

When Berkowitz adopted 'Son of Sam' as his alter ego, he may have been referring to Sam and Zaal in The Shahnameh, or to a corrupted derivative thereof adopted by New York City's hippie cultists.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

What's Left Over? A Plague on Both Your Houses


"Star cross'd lovers take their life." 'Life' is singular. One life is lost when Romeo and Juliet die, because the two characters form one character in death. Romeo + Juliet (1996) prologue. (1996) © 20th Century Fox Video Source: Youtube.

The New Millennium is synonymous with the future, and if you identify with that future, you may have noticed a trend which enflames polarities, but then oddly reconciles opposites, even between right- and left-wing politics. A Millennial third way seeks the Sun (masculine), Moon (feminine), and Stars (the higher union). Or: Past, Present, and Future.

There are different routes to the third way, and not every path is positive. The future's third way may follow the current course of world politics. After a prologue in conflict, it may destroy polarities through war and conflagration. Or it may erase polarities through technological, social and biological engineering.

Whether we follow the path of war or technocracy, the course will be materialistic. There is an alternative, however, which is anti-materialist. This blog post continues my series, What's Left Over?, which reappraises Millennial politics and political culture in terms of materialism and anti-materialism. I argue that the alternative media are not alt-right so much as alt-material. Their radicalism is not grounded in outdated left-right political paradigms, as much as it is in the political connotations of living in, and with, virtual reality.

Prologue in Conflict

U.S. set to hit China with new wave of tariffs on September 1st (31 August 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

Paradoxically, the institution of higher, unifying principles is preceded today by a deliberate exacerbation and intensification of differences. It could be one way of bringing about the desired union in the long term. Think of a couple fighting, followed by make-up sex. This may be the long game behind mainstream propaganda which has worsened political differences and regional tensions and has left us feeling that there is no chance to negotiate in order to solve problems.

Boris Johnson suggests prorogation will help negotiate Brexit deal with EU (30 August 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

'Boris Johnson, shame on you': thousands protest against prorogation (31 August 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

Brexit. Lebanon. Kashmir. Hong Kong. Egypt. You may abhor or adore the populists and their elitist opponents, or the democratic and anti-democratic factions, or honour the aggressors or victims. But it could be that all are servants of this greater aim, this third way, whether they know it or not. They worsen conflicts which will eventually obliterate the very barriers they are erecting. And perhaps this was the aim all along, to push things so far that finally we begin to break down divisions between different perspectives and ways of living.

Hong Kong riot police seen beating protesters in clash at metro station (31 August 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

A transcendent third way to overcome past and present problems is a very old idea. It is evident in symbols like the Yin and Yang, the Hammer and Sickle, and the Star of David or Shatkona. All could be taken as representations of the act of sex, the union of masculine and feminine energies. Equally important in east and west, as critical for the ancients as for the moderns, the higher union or third way is a code for nothing less than the survival of our species. As such, it is a positive idea.

The Hammer and Sickle symbol goes beyond the Hegelian dialectic. It confirms the occult roots of socialism. The hammer represents masculinity, while the sickle refers to femininity in harvest and death. Both symbols imply creative and destructive aspects of gender symbolism in northern mythological traditions. Image Source: Russia Beyond.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Jeffrey Epstein: You'll Find a God in Every Golden Cloister


Notice that in this cross-dressing portrait, Bill Clinton has six fingers on his right hand (close up). Parsing Bill by Australian-American artist, Petrina Ryan-Kleid. The painting sits in Epstein's Manhattan mansion. Image Source: Daily Mail.

Coverage of Jeffrey Epstein's demise reminds me of the disappearance of Flight MH370 (see my posts here and here). This is a moment, as I put it, when everyday reality "goes off script" and we begin to perceive a gross drama, a terrible, epic story that serves as a backdrop to, and drives, our little lives.

Which of these stories contains the real truth? One is the mundane truth of small individuals. Voltaire celebrated this reality at the end of Candide (1759). You could venture out into the tempestuous world and encounter imperial intrigues, the fall of princes, natural disasters. But at the end, you would be lucky to sit at your front door, grow flowers and eat strawberries, candied citron and pistachios:
"You are perfectly right, said Pangloss; for when man was put into the garden of Eden, he was put there ut operaretur eum [to serve him], so that he should work it; this proves that man was not born to take his ease. —Let’s work without speculating, said Martin; it’s the only way of rendering life bearable. The whole little group entered into this laudable scheme; each one began to exercise his talents. The little plot yielded fine crops . . . and Pangloss sometimes used to say to Candide: —All events are linked together in the best of possible worlds; for, after all, if you had not been driven from a fine castle by being kicked in the backside for love of Miss Cunégonde, if you hadn’t been sent before the Inquisition, if you hadn’t traveled across America on foot, if you hadn’t given a good sword thrust to the baron, if you hadn’t lost all your sheep from the good land of Eldorado, you wouldn’t be sitting here eating candied citron and pistachios. —That is very well put, said Candide, but we must go and work our garden."

Night (7 August 2019). Video Source: Youtube. See other videos of Epstein's islands by Rusty Shackleford, here. See Epstein's fake ambulance, revealed in drone footage, here; possibly related to trafficking.

The other truth is one of murderous and hungry golden gods. It is an inconvenient truth about the world's politicians, celebrities, academics, scientists, and philanthropists, best described in the lyrics from One Night in Bangkok, sung in 1984 by Murray Head, written by Tim Rice and Björn Ulvaeus:

Time flies doesn't seem a minute
Since the Tirolean spa had the chess boys in it
All change don't you know that when you
Play at this level there's no ordinary venue

It's Iceland or the Philippines or Hastings or
Or this place!

One night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster
The bars are temples but the pearls ain't free
You'll find a god in every golden cloister
And if you're lucky then the god's a she
I can feel an angel sliding up to me ...

Tea, girls, warm, sweet
Some are set up in the Somerset Maugham suite ...

One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble
Not much between despair and ecstasy
One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble
Can't be too careful with your company
I can feel the devil walking next to me

Siam's gonna be the witness
To the ultimate test of cerebral fitness
This grips me more than would a
Muddy old river or reclining Buddha
And thank God I'm only watching the game controlling it

I don't see you guys rating
The kind of mate I'm contemplating
I'd let you watch, I would invite you
But the queens we use would not excite you

So you better go back to your bars, your temples
Your massage parlours

One night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster
The bars are temples but the pearls ain't free
You'll find a god in every golden cloister
A little flesh, a little history
I can feel an angel sliding up to me

One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble
Not much between despair and ecstasy
One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble
Can't be too careful with your company
I can feel the devil walking next to me







Arthur Shapiro homicide investigation (1985-1990). Image Source: 4chan. Click to enlarge.

Epstein was set up as a billionaire. He got much of his money managing the fortune of Leslie Wexner (owner of Victoria's Secret, among other companies and foundations, also a noted philanthropist), who is connected to the 1985 murder of attorney Arthur Shapiro. Online bloggers and reporters now suspect Epstein's involvement in the 1997 murder of Wexner's attorney. Epstein was rumoured to be an intelligence agent, whether for the CIA, MI6 or Mossad (see here, here and here). He lured state leaders and societies' leading lights into compromising positions with trafficked underaged sex workers. He then blackmailed his associates. He also cleared their financial debts.

Image Source: 4chan.

Jeffrey Epstein - Palm Beach House Raid Police Video (10-20-2005) (14 August 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

The Epstein case reveals how whole societies can be manipulated through the exploitation of their leaders' shadow sides. These are the burdens of power: sadistic sex, drug addictions, cult fetishes, secret obsessions. We know that there is still decency left, because these people fear exposure, and have blind spots, although they probably believe that decency is for the suckers on Main Street. Everything depends on deceit. The whole MSM is tasked with convincing the public that their top stratum is sane.

Epstein May Be Just One Part of an Intricate Network of Sex and Power (15 August 2019). Video Source: Youtube. For journalist Whitney Webb's research on this network, go here; her Epstein series: part 1, part 2, part 3.

QTR #139 - Whitney Webb Goes Deep: Blowing Open The Jeffrey Epstein Scandal (15 August 2019). Video Source: Youtube.





This week, Epstein's friend, associate and co-conspirator Ghislaine Maxwell appeared in Los Angeles while reading a book about CIA agents, implying that Epstein was part of the system that supposedly protects us. In other words, we are the sheep who need herding and we - not they - are unknowing hypocrites when we draw a line between our leaders and ourselves.

Image Source: 4chan.

Maxwell seemed to be saying: Jeffrey was Everyman. He was Everyone. He was 'one of us.' This is a fallacy which helps murderers sleep at night. Contrary to what our leaders think, they are not indispensable, nor is the order they have created. Their corruption, hidden by compromised individuals, ruined institutions, proxies, shell companies, and a theatre of philanthropic (or terraforming) virtue, are not necessary conditions for our collective survival.

Not fiction, not fake news: Keyser Soze is real, and 'committed suicide' last week. Keyser Soze (The Story) (24 July 2007). From The Usual Suspects (1995) © Gramercy Films/Spelling Films. Directed by Bryan Singer, who has been accused several times of underage sexual assault in Hollywood. Reproduced non-commercially under Fair Use for educational purposes. Video Source: Youtube.

This is a world of pleasure, exploitation, corruption, private islands, tax evasion and silenced victims. Obsessed with protecting their positive reputations, these Pinhead Hellraisers have a strange sense of regret and sadness. They lament over their debts and the constant need to maintain fake public personas. You can hear it in songs like Adele's Skyfall.


Their twisted dream is dying, although they feel like they are on the verge of victory. Their narcissistic lies have begun to dissolve. Their rotten materialism is failing them; fewer and fewer people want to buy into their illusions. Karma and Justice are coming for them. They are living on borrowed money and borrowed time.

How Jeffrey Epstein became the richest pedophile in the world | CDAN Ep. 284 (9 July 2019). Video Source: Youtube.