UPDATE 7/29: Alex Jones screeched for days that the Denver shooting was engineered in order to ensure passage of the UN gun bill. He presented this theory as unassailable fact. Well, guess what? The bill failed after the US voted against it.
Unbelievable. How does anyone believe a word that man says?
This post started as a pure thought experiment and became maybe a bit less so as I mulled over the evidence. Whatever the facts may be, there is a clear, direct and unambiguous motive to engineer chaos in order to terrify politicians into voting against that bill, as well as the huge financial windfall that always follows in the wake of these kinds of shootings. But no one seems to have the courage to even bring themselves to contemplate such a possibility. Bizarre, convoluted theories based on old Fundamentalist fever dreams are more comforting.
Which goes to show you the true nature of Conspiratainment- the game's no fun if it gets too real, or if the conspirators get too close...
UPDATE: Put away the Ouija boards and the secret decoder rings for the time being- just like Tucson, Aurora is represented by a Democrat on the gun lobby's hit list:My oh me oh my. Will coincidences never cease?
Perlmutter, a moderate Democrat who represents Colorado's 7th District, was elected to Congress in 2006. During the hard-fought Democratic primary, he ran ads against rival Peggy Lamm, a former state representative, that accused her of ties to the Republican gun lobby.
Although Aurora was recently named one of the safest cities in America, the issue of gun control resonates there. Aurora is less than 20 miles from the site of the Columbine High School shootings, which left 13 people dead in 1999.
Before the 2006 primary, Perlmutter campaigned with the father of a victim of the Columbine massacre. Tom Mauser, whose son Daniel was among a dozen students killed, said he supported the former state senator because Perlmutter promised to work to revive the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence also endorsed Perlmutter.
The following is a thought experiment based on current trends in conspiracy media. As I've said before, I've not come to a conclusion about the Aurora massacre and have no compelling reason to believe that it was anything but the work of a highly intelligent psychopath. Or worse, the work of an highly intelligent and evil individual, though I realize evil is a concept that is out of favor in some corners these days.
Full disclosure, first: When it comes to violent crime, I'm somewhere to the right of Darth Vader. I know exactly what the families of the Aurora dead are going through. I know exactly what the injured face in the years to come. I know that everyone in that theater will suffer for the rest of their lives, both physically and emotionally, because of the actions of the shooter.
Even those who weren't directly injured could very well develop somatic reactions to the trauma, which will leave them to deal with a lifetime of pain, illness and emotional turmoil.
So needless to say, I have an instinctive and immediate reaction to anyone who tries to excuse the actions of violent criminals, whether you're trying to blame "society" or "mind control." It's all the same bullshit to me.
But there is a tremendous amount of high weirdness attached to this case, not only because of the background of the accused shooter but because of the dense psychological manipulations emanating from the work of filmmaker Christopher Nolan.
So I'd be remiss not to look at some of the deeper streams and ask the only question that any conspiracy theorist worth his tinfoil would ask: Cui bono? The answer to the question is always the same: Follow the money.
The accused shooter identified with the Joker, and the wanton destruction that Nolan's hijacking of the character (based in part on Frank Miller's similar take), which pictured the villain as a cross-dressing homosexual whose unrequited love for Batman unleashed a wave of mass terror in order to get his attention.
It may well turn out that the Aurora massacre was a similar bid for attention, since the accused shooter was trawling for prison groupies on dating sites before the killings (researchers might want to take a look at the film Art School Confidential for inspiration here).
The weird semiotics attached to this case proves the time-honored Secret Sun adage that there's a thin line between Synchro and Psycho. The Surrealists understood this, which is why they somewhat irresponsibly idolized schizophrenia as being a passageway to the world of dream and symbol. This adage is also very easy to test- simply start talking Synchromysticism to the unitiated- they'll immediately think you're crazy. The only difference between the two is a certain level of cogency.
In short, there's often a lot of weird synchronicities attached to psychotic events because there is a deeper connection to the underlying architecture of reality with many of these individuals, the problem being that the psychotic is unable to coherently process that information.*
The Aurora massacre is also reminding me of the Amy Bishop shootings at the University of Alabama, which I blogged on extensively here. As with James Eagan Holmes we immediately saw the usual suspects screaming the usual nonsense about "false flags" and "mind control", even when it soon emerged that the real conspiracy was the coverup of her murdering her brother in 1986, as well as the coverup of a whole host of crimes and outrages in the years between that murder and the U of A shootings (as well as the fact that I have on good authority that she demonstrated signs of psychosis from a very early age).
Why? Because she was useful to the powers that be, just as Holmes obviously was before the shooting. When you are a useful scientific genius, allowances are made. You can literally get away with murder.
You see, there are real conspiracies. And by acting like a irrational, kneejerk hysteric, people like Republican Party agent provocateur Alex Jones are discrediting the serious investigation of these crimes. They are useful idiots for the real conspirators.
But maybe they are something much, much worse.
Many Americans were understandably suspicious when the mainsteam news media began pushing the theory that Osama Bin Laden and his henchmen were responsible for the 9/11 attacks within hours of the event, despite the fact that no one had claimed responsibility and even a cursory investigation of the events hadn't begun.
Yet many of these same people didn't bat an eye when the so-called alternative media declared the Aurora, CO theater shootings as "false flag" attacks. Those same people immediately decided- without a single shred of real evidence-- that the accused shooter James Holmes shouldn't be blamed for the attacks because he too was a victim, the victim of "mind control." This despite the fact that they knew next to nothing about him.
At the forefront of this charge has been Jones. The Austin, TX based conspiratainer sits at the top of a massively and mysteriously funded media empire and has been in semi-panic mode since Bilderberg head honcho Peter Thiel threw his considerable financial weight behind Jones' allies Ron Paul and Rand Paul, and the younger Paul endorsed Mitt Romney, just as Webster Tarpley predicted.
This is no surprise to serious conspiracy researchers- the agenda Jones et al are agitating for is identical to the neoliberal/privatization agenda of the real Globalist elite, not the Communist revanchists of the Conspiratainer imagination.
Jones hit the airwaves before the blood had dried, screeching that the massacre was a "false flag" attack engineered by the Obama Administration to ensure passage of a UN agreement on the export of small arms, which Jones falsely claimed was a domestic "gun-grab."
However, Jones sheepishly had to backpedal when details of the shooter's biography emerged, as more so as the Obama Administration initially resisted calls for new gun control measures. He was reduced to badgering guests to bolster his fading theory as the price of pimping their wares on his show, and even his readers are calling out the Watsons (the real brains of the operation) for deceptive headlines related to the case.
The fact is that Obama is in a bind, since union members are dead-set against any gun control legislation but the liberal donor base is generally for it. This speaks to the rural/urban divide of the debate, where urbanites are more concerned with street violence than their rural counterparts.
After days of pressure, Obama came out and announced that he would try to ensure that criminals and the mentally ill couldn't buy guns, a typically weak half-measure that didn't please anyone on either side of the debate.
What agenda Jones actually serves was made apparent when a host of fringe right wing apparatchiks came out and declared that if the people in the theater were armed the massacre never would have happened.
This is total nonsense, of course- there was a similar massacre at the Fort Hood army base not so long ago, a place which is filled with heavily armed men. And the Aurora attack was a classic ambush- tear gas bombs (readily available on the Internet) were thrown to stun the patrons, followed by shooting. You could mow down a platoon using the same exact tactics.
But Jones and his ilk dominate the conversation and do so before anyone has the chance to react, every single time there's a mass shooting. Every single time Jones and his comrades on the far right wing fringe strike first, screaming that x mass shooting was a false flag designed to push draconian gun laws through.
Just look at Jones' history- he's a serial disinfo artist when it comes to mass shootings. Click here, here, here, here and here.
Of course, it's all a lie. As Ted Torbich explains, guns are political pacifiers. They create a false sense of security and indolence. They are also excellent tools of political intimidation, as the late Andrew Breitbart claimed in one of several of his sweaty, manic, glassy-eyed rants during his long public meltdown prior to his fatal heart attack.
The GOP subtly uses the threat of red state militias to intimidate the rest of the country, a troubling development given the fact that the same patrons of the Republican Party also funded Latin American death squads- also largely made up of rural extremists- to achieve its political objectives.
This is one of the reasons I'm all for the Second Amendment, as it's actually written. In fact, it's an amendment I hope all of the non-lunatics in America start thinking seriously about.
But the endless "false flag" and "mind control" preemptions also raise a troubling question: if there is in fact a conspiracy behind these mass shootings, who benefits?
The answer? Follow the money.
One of the questions the false flag conspiratainers asked about Holmes is where did he- an unemployed grad student- get the money for all of the weaponry and body armor. The police in Maine arrested another Dark Knight related would-be murderer who had an even more impressive arsenal, and he too was unemployed (he was going to kill his ex-boss). That's a common factor in these mass shootings, how well the murderers are equipped.
It begs the question, where did they get that kind of hardware?
Well, to answer that question, let's look at the Cui Bono? part of the equation. Who is the immediate beneficiary of the horrific massacre in Aurora?
Aurora theater shooting: Gun sales up since tragedyWait: a similar increase in Virginia, which Alex Jones also claimed was a false flag? What an mind-boggling coincidence.
Background checks for people wanting to buy guns in Colorado jumped more than 41 percent after Friday morning's shooting at an Aurora movie theater, and firearms instructors say they're also seeing increased interest in the training required for a concealed-carry permit.
"It's been insane," Jake Meyers, an employee at Rocky Mountain Guns and Ammo in Parker, said Monday.
A similar increase occurred in Virginia after the shootings at Virginia Tech University in 2007.
Well, maybe not.
How Come Gun Sales Spike After Mass Shootings?Besides the natural fear for one's safety -- remember all those Republicans telling you this would have been prevented if the movegoers had been armed-- there's another fear driving the gun sales.
By now, you can set your watch to a phenomenon that follows nearly every mass shooting in America: A sharp uptick in gun sales. It happened after the shootings at Virginia Tech, it happened after Columbine and Tucson, and it's happening now following the theater shootings in Aurora, Colorado.
The fear of stricter gun laws: Another logical factor is that gun owners' or soon-to-be-gun owners' sense a tide of gun control regulations following a massacre and seek to purchase guns ahead of fast-moving laws.So; who benefits most of all from mass shootings? The gun lobby.
Since coming into office, Obama has been virtually silent on the issue of gun control, despite the protestations of liberals.
Even in a bad economy they can hit the jackpot if enough fear is stirred up over a mass killing. And the benefits are not just financial.
• Ask yourself this: where could James Holmes and the other unemployed killers have gotten all of that expensive firepower and armor?
• If they couldn't afford it, could someone have given it to them?
• Who would be able to most easily and cheaply do so?
• Who would be able to supply a lone nut with all the firepower he could handle and later be able to reap a massive monetary windfall from their actions?
• Who is out there trying to cultivate an atmosphere of fear and terror in order to create demand for their products?
• Who believes, like Chairman Mao, that political power comes from the barrel of a gun?
We've seen that Obama has been hesitant to enact any kind of gun control (even now), so how do we explain the endless rantings of Alex Jones and other conspiratainers who have convinced millions of Americans that the big, scary black man is coming for their guns?
Why gun lovers still fear President ObamaSo, we've seen there's a monetary benefit from mass shootings for the gun lobby, now we see there's a political benefit to be gained by blaming Obama for somehow creating mind controlled assassins in order to enact imaginary gun laws. Who would possibly vote for gun control laws and risk being accused of being part of the mind control conspiracy?
President Barack Obama hasn’t done much of anything to curb Americans’ gun rights. Despite his 2008 campaign pledges, he hasn’t pushed to reinstate the assault weapons ban. And he hasn’t tried to force background checks on people who buy firearms from unlicensed vendors. In fact, he’s barely said a word about guns during his presidency, other than urging “the beginning of a new discussion” on the issue after then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot.
But the National Rifle Association and many gun enthusiasts still deeply distrust and fear him.
The powerful gun rights group — which is setting aside at least $40 million to defeat Obama in November — claims he would gut the Second Amendment in his second term through a series of domestic or international moves that he’s been hesitant to advance over the past three-plus years.
Gun and ammunition sales, which rocketed when Obama took office, are again on the rise as owners stockpile weaponry in part because they’re afraid those won’t be available if he wins reelection, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a firearms industry trade group.
“He’s his own stimulus plan for the gun industry,” Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) said.
“I get the [NRA] magazine. I think he’s on the cover nine out of 10 times,” added Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska).
It's a brilliant double-bind.
Now, surely I can't accuse the gun lobby or the gun manufacturers as whole of engineering these massacres for financial and political gain. I'm not necessarily doing so. Until I hear names, dates and real evidence, I assume that the guy caught red-handed is responsible for his own actions.
I'm simply engaging in a thought experiment to show how the so-called "alternative" media is just as corrupt and just as compromised as the mainstream media. This is a message I've been trying to communicate for several years now.
I'm starting to lose patience, however. There's too much at stake to fall for entertaining bullshit anymore, especially when it's married to a very troubling and manipulative political agenda. Too often the self-appointed liberators are just future slave masters. If History hasn't taught us that yet, we're in for a very rough ride in the days to come.
UPDATE: In the previous post I linked to a 1996 essay by Tom Wolfe on the hazards of contemporary neuroscience, a discipline that could be used for extremely nefarious purposes. Although the kneejerk response is to classify it all as "mind control," drawing on the evergreen Manchurian Candidate fever dreams of the fringe right wing, it's a lot more dangerous than that.
This is a branch of science that is hellbent on stripping every aspect of human experience of meaning and purpose. This isn't mind control so much as mind obliteration. Everything you hope and dream and love is reduced to a random series of chemical reactions. What this means is that the "how" is being imposed on the public mind as the "why." Already we're seeing the arguments of neuroscience adopted by the moral nihilist subculture within the New Atheist movement as justification for their philosophy.
When morality is abandoned, anything is possible.
Of course, seeing that encoding even the simplest organism would require massive computing bandwidth, the totalizing claims of neuroscience are ultimately a conceit. That's the good news- scientists still don't understand the nature of consciousness, so despite the mythology, the actual practice of mind control (as opposed to brainwashing, which religion has perfected and involves a far greater level of consent than some people would want to acknowledge) has never lived up to the hype.
But the goal here isn't so much science as the veneer of science painted over a reductionist, materialist control paradigm, which can act as an ideational contagion with tremendously destructive consequences.
One of the reasons I've been skeptical of the theorizing about the Holmes shooting- despite all of the weirdness and despite all of the dodgy connections-- is that we've been down this same exact road with Amy Bishop, who was also sucked into the dark orbit of neuroscience.
I'm struck by how many parallels to Bishop there are with the Holmes case and the common denominator between the two is neuroscience.
It can be very weird and scary shit and I'm sure there's no end of extremely damaged individuals-- and strange attractors-- drawn into it. No outside puppetmasters need apply for this particular stew to go rancid. I have no doubt that there's a lot of weirdness going on in those labs, weirdness that could have a devastating effect on marginal psyches.
Don't forget that the mad scientist archetype isn't purely the invention of bad pulp writers from the Twenties. History is filled with them.
*I've seen this first-hand with a number of people I've encountered, sadly with my beloved late grandmother, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia her whole life. Like many people it manifested itself while she was a young adult. Like many people she was able to control her symptoms with medication but experienced terrible episodes in which she'd handwrite long manifestos of how the Vatican and the Boston Fire Department had been conspiring against her. Those episodes would be followed by catatonia. Needless to say, I was pretty traumatized by it all, since I spent a lot of time with her. And she made one hell of a toll house cookie.