In which we tie together some seemingly disparate threads...A while back a horde of Christian (and some Muslim) conspiracy theorists declared war on pop stars they perceived to be 'occult illuminists'. Since then we've seen thousands of blog postings and video lectures proving to us how Jay-Z and Lady GaGa in particular are trying to brainwash us all into accepting Lord Baphomet von Maitreya as our infernal lord and savior, and submit to new world order microchipping and so on and so forth.
One might imagine - given all of the time and effort that these internet crusaders put into their jeremiads - that the goal was to expose this devilry and bring down Jay and GaGa and their vast financial empires as punishment for their parts in this dastardly conspiracy.
So how's that working out for them? First Jay-Z:
Jay-Z reigns supreme on Forbes magazine's latest edition of its "Hip-Hop Cash Kings" list, which ranks the estimated earnings of hip-hop's biggest stars over the past year. The rapper dwarfed his competition with $63 million earned over the last 12 months, according to the list released today (Aug. 17).Huh. Not so good. How about Lady GaGa?
Gaga can thank Virgin Mobile, Polaroid, Monster and Viva Glam for helping her earn $62 million between June 2009 and June 2010. The fact that her music is insanely popular doesn't hurt either. She earned $31 million from a 106-date tour and her video for Telephone (featuring Beyoncé) has been viewed 90 million times. Gaga's Internet presence is so strong that she ranks first on our list for Web hits and social networking.Umm...
It's hard to quantify what kind of effect all of the righteous huffing and puffing has had on JZ or LGG's mammoth incomes, but I'll bet the farm any negative effect has been so minimal as to be statistically invisible. I would bet it's had the exact opposite effect- all of the blog and video attacks have invested stars like Jay-Z and Lady GaGa with a 'forbidden' mystique that money can't buy. It's the oldest trick in the book, as we recently discussed.
And this blowback effect is nothing new either- the Christian war on heavy metal in the 80s had much the same effect as we're seeing here. The PMRC censorship hearings in the Senate made instant stars of obscure acts like WASP and The Mentors, and the same blowback effect would make Marilyn Manson a household name in the 90s when he used scolds like Bill Bennett and Joe Lieberman as his unwitting PR men.
All of the controversy couldn't have worked better for Jay-Z if he tried. Literally- he dangled the bait and a whole lot of suckers took it, not realizing they were playing his game. The whole con is like some elaborate false flag operation. (false flag occultism?) I called it back in December, referring to Jay-Z's 'On to the Next One' video
He's not worried about being "exposed"- he's depending on it. That's part of the game. Every con needs a shill, and dupes always make for the best shills.Luckily for Jay, the groundwork for the scam has been laid by generations of hucksters and hysterics selling politically-motivated gossip as fact. Take the "Occult Nazi" meme; it kicked off in the old pulps, but has been reinforced through repetition to the point that's accepted as fact. It's shocking how many people will swear that the Nazi Party was one giant occult lodge run amok, though even a cursory review of the facts shows exactly the opposite:
The full focus of the state was not aimed at religious groups until 9 June 1941 when Reinhard Heydrich, the head of the security police, banned lodge organizations and esoteric groups in the wake of the flight to Scotland by Rudolf Hess, who had been attracted and influenced by the organic farming theories of Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophy. However, the suppression of esoteric organisations began very soon after the Nazis acquired governmental power. Dr. Anna Bramwell points out that "occultist racialists were banned as early as 1934."Things got worse for esotericists after Rudolph Hess's disastrous attempt at solo diplomacy:
Martin Bormann decided that the best way of presenting the story to the German people would be to announce that Hess was actually insane, and shortly afterwards it was announced that he had been crazed by 'hypnotists, astrologers and so on'. In Britain, The Times actually reported that Hess had been Hitler's private astrologer!
This gave the Gestapo the excuse to clamp down on astrology in general, and those who had formerly enjoyed the protection of a sympathetic Himmler...(t)his delighted a number of members of the Nazi High Command, few of whom admired Himmler, and many of whom regarded him as deranged...along with faith healers, clairvoyants, graphologists, Christian Scientists and spiritualists, astrologers were definitely out of favour.
There's no shortage of data documenting the Nazis' cozy relationship with the Church, yet for some strange reason it's all been suppressed in favor of this "occult Nazi" false flag (or the "secular Nazi" meme you see in the media). Hitler was quite clear in his speeches where his own beliefs lay, and they had nothing to do with the occult.The other bizarre aspect about all of this is that all of the esotericists/occultists/New Agers I could name off the top of my head - David Icke, Michael Tsarion, Jordan Maxwell, Tracy Twyman, Conscious Media Network, Iona Miller, Project Camelot, Steven Greer, Whitley Strieber, and Jaz Coleman (who we'll get to in part 2) - are all militantly anti-globalist, anti-corporatist, anti-collectivist, anti-authoritarian- you name it. In fact esotericism is itself oriented to the individual and not the collective. So why the persistence of this meme?
The whole "Occult/New Age new world order" meme emerged primarily from Fundamentalist researchers Texe Marrs and Constance Cumbey, who pored through the impenetrable writings of Alice Bailey, David Spengler and Benjamin Creme in order to paint a very scattered movement with the same brush (even if most New Agers hadn't even heard of those writers). It was the war against the New Age that made Bailey et al infamous. We'll get to Bailey later, but let's take a quick look at the other two.
In Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow, Cumbey claimed that David Spengler - who also claimed that Lucifer was the spirit of the New Age- had threatened his enemies with "extermination":
The Movement has threatened violence and even extermination of Jews, Christians, and Moslems failing to cooperate with "Maitreya" and the New World Religion. The threat is contained in several places in the Alice Bailey writings and reiterated in the David Spangler writings, which state that those of us who refuse to accept the "Christ" will be sent to another dimension other than physical incarnation, out of physical embodiment, to another level of vibration where we will be happier!There is so much absurdity here. First of all, as she does throughout all her writings, Cumbey makes a universal claim about the New Age movement based on her interpretation of the words of a single author. Second, Spangler obviously has no power to execute his transdimensional ethnic cleansing or anything remotely like it, so it's all just one man's delusion.
Or is it something else? Here's an interesting sketch of Spangler's childhood:
Spangler was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1945. At the age of six, he moved to Morocco in North Africa where his father was assigned as a counterintelligence agent for U.S. Army Intelligence. He lived there for six years, returning to the United States when he was twelve in 1957. He attended Deerfield Academy in MassachusettsI did a little poking around and found some notable Deerfield Alumni.
Lyman Kirkpatrick (1916–1995), inspector general and executive director of the Central Intelligence AgencyNow this doesn't mean anything in and of itself, but it's fascinating the writer who's given loads of ammunition to anti-New Age propagandists was the son of an counterintelligence agent and went to school with some major heavy-hitters in right wing politics, as well as in Middle East politics.
John Chafee (1922–1999), U.S. Senator from and Governor of Rhode Island; Secretary of the Navy under President Richard Nixon
David S. Dodge (1922 – January 20, 2009) was the Vice-President for Administration (1979–83), Acting President (1981–82) and President (1996–97) of the American University in Beirut.
William Stoltzfus, Jr. (born 1924), U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Oman
John Weinberg (1925–2006), chairman of Goldman Sachs
Rodman Rockefeller (1932–2000), philanthropist
Richard Mellon Scaife (born 1932), media mogul and philanthropist, "The Republican George Soros"
David H. Koch (born 1940), billionaire, Libertarian Vice-Presidential candidate in 1984
King Abdullah II al-Hussein of Jordan (born 1962)
The other person of the Unholy Trinity of Fundamentalist propaganda is Benjamin Creme, who recently made the news for his seemingly-endless "Lord Maitreya" hoax. Before dreaming up Maitreya, Creme was involved with the Contactee craze of the late 1950s:
In mid-1957 he worked with a group which claimed contact with the Space Brothers, and discovered his ability to transmit energies from the Space People. In 1958 Creme entered into close contact and began to work for the Space Brothers. Creme also worked briefly with contactee George Adamski, vouching for the authenticity of Adamski's contacts from his own experiences.Filip Coppens writes of Adamski and the Contactees:
More significantly, it is now known that Adamski was the same: he was not only encouraged in his work, but actively supported and assisted, by the CIA. This became known – though not widely reported when scientists attempting to investigate Adamski's claims...were warned off by CIA Director Allen Dulles in person. And research has shown that during tours of Europe and Australia to promote his “message”, Adamski travelled on a passport furnished by the CIA...long before this information became public, Leon Davidson had already stated that Adamski was controlled by the CIA.Despite some overheated speculations by "Gov't UFO" theorists, Adamski and his ilk did much to make the topic of UFOs a national laughingstock, with his ridiculous stories about blonde Venusians and the rest of it (the miniseries Taken presented a similar contactee, who was being used by intelligence agents to discredit UFO researchers).
Sensing a pattern here?
TO BE CONTINUED