Stranger Things: Blowback and the Deep State

"We’re sort of pulling from everything." 
 Stranger Things co-creator Matt Duffer
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I'm into my Stranger Things rewatch now. And with the story already told and digested in my mind I find myself, more than anything else, focusing on the patchwork of influences it borrows from. 

It's amazing how deftly they weave the various lifts and "tributes" into the whole, but at the same time it can also be distracting for someone who was consuming all that material in its first blush. I still think it's great TV, but it's not a revelation.

As far as esoteric symbolism in a conventional sense, I'm not seeing anything I find particularly convincing or compelling. One of the reasons I don't do too much of that kind of analysis anymore is that it got a bit stale, a bit rote, particularly as writers began consciously working really silly, really obvious symbols in (rather clumsily, I might add) simply to get a rise out of people on the Internet. 

I'm much more interested in when the symbols arise from the collective unconscious and manifest that way, which you hardly ever see anymore. I originally came into this game via Jung's Man and His Symbols, and where Jung's theories resonated with me is the public sphere. It's in the media where transpersonal psychology really clicks, in the stories we tell each other. 

But that gets harder to do now that the cat's out of the bag with the symbol racket. And it feels like a lot of the symbol-spotting has cycled out of the zeitgeist anyway.

And with a show like Stranger Things, which recycles so heavily, you often find yourself dealing with a second-hand set of signals, which can all get a little garbled. It can also start to get a bit flat. So I look, but don't strain myself.

The Montauk links are undeniable- the series was originally titled Montauk and was set there- but it's hard to say what of the actual Montauk mythos (what you can decipher of it- Moon's books are very tough sledding, to say the least) actually appears in the story- meaning what is specific to it- with the notable exception of the space-time rift (and the year of which, notably).

What we really have instead are themes taken from other sci-fi movies and shows, with a light smattering of leftover conspiranoid bits dashed over for seasoning. What we're seeing here is actually a particularly expensive and sophisticated kind of fan-fiction.



The Clash play San Bernardino in 1983
with the mighty Pete Howard on drums

I do continue to be stunned by the personal syncs, some of which are co-incidental and others less so. The centrality of the Clash thing is blowing my mind, since I was "that Clash guy" for, oh, 20 years or so. I even published a book about my obsession, which I cleverly packaged as a book about the band itself.

November 1983 (when Stranger Things takes place) is highly significant to my Clash obsession (and to Clash fandom), since that was the month the ill-fated "Clash II" lineup recorded their initial demos.* 

This may sound like fanboy gushing to you but it would be Clash concerts that got me thinking seriously about the survival of shamanism in the technocratic age. Even before I really understood what it all meant.


Joe Strummer was a psychic and psychologic trainwreck on the Clash II tour, which means he put on some of the most cathartic, transcendent performances I've ever witnessed. And It would be those songs-- dating from November 1983-- that set me prowling the streets of Greenwich Village for several years, searching for recordings of them. 

Little did I realize this was a mere lure, in-spiring me to soak up Manhattan's ancient city magic, the centuries of pain, sex, death and birth that etched themselves into very brick of every brownstone. 

Indeed, my quest haunted my dreams, eventually morphing into the "secret city" subset of secret sun dreams, the inner vision of placid suburban plots hidden away in the farthest outskirts of the island, all illumined by that eerie midnight sun.


I was doing a lot of dreamwork in November of 1983 (I was taking a psych class in HS at the time), leading to the bizarre nightmare of the faceless cop I mentioned in the previous post. 

I was also taking driving lessons, and my teacher used to like to cruise down to Moon Island in Quincy Bay, just a matter of feet away from the island that Werner Von Braun and his Peenemünde crew landed under the aegis of Operation Paperclip.

Our Gordon calls the Boston metro area the nerve center of MK Ultra, a link that's probably obvious to Fringe watchers. Or to fringe-watchers.

Speaking of 1983, quarries were a major story in the Boston metro area that year when some kids got themselves killed jumping the Quincy quarry behind Mr. Tux off Route 3. They eventually drained it to keep young daredevils from jumping the 60 or so feet into the fetid water. And then filled it with dirt from the "Big Dig."

Oddly enough, I was discussing all this with a friend just days before Stranger Things went live on Netflix. As I said, I was a bit stunned to see it and The Clash pop up in the show.

I was also talking comics with the late Seth Bishop in the lunchroom on occasion in 1983, three years before he was murdered by his sister Amy. If you're looking for a real-life 'Eleven', meaning a real-life prodigy who's a strong candidate for a kid that MK Ultra maniacs got their hooks into, re-read those posts on Amy Bishop. 

Amy's behavior the night of Seth's murder would seem outlandish in a Quentin Tarantino movie and the cover-up is pure X-Files. Or pure Stranger Things, if you prefer.


Articles are being written citing all of the influences parading around in Stranger Things, though still no mention of Wavelength. 

I suppose very few people have seen this film (shot in 1981 but released in 1983) but there you have your underground government lab, your powerful telekinetic/telepathic kids (bald, no less) and your two male and female leads breaking into said underground lair.

The MK Ultra references are less obvious in Wavelength but nonetheless evident and apparent. Mike Gray was a producer for ABC News before making the movie and it was ABC News that spilled the beans on Sidney Gottlieb's house of horrors back in 1979 (back when network news heads weren't quite so subservient to the government). I don't think it's simple coincidence that Gray has ringers for Gottlieb and Ewan Cameron appear as scientists in his film. 

There's also the strange space-time conjunction that had Cherie Currie in the lead female role in Wavelength and Dakota Fanning- who'd play a very Eleven-like character in Steven Spielberg's Taken- playing Cherie Currie in the biopic of The Runaways

Fanning would also star in the highly Secret Sun-resonant War of the Worlds, which sparked off a syncstorm of epic proportions after Katy Perry's Ishtar act at the Super Bowl.

Linking all of this to MK Ultra came from this blog. But it later occurred to me that another plot point in Stranger Things may also have come from The Secret Sun as well.



PLAGIARIUM

Back in 2012 I wrote about the movie Hanna and the fact that, for some bizarre, zany, off-the-wall reason, it played like a scaled-down (yet beat-for-beat) version of a treatment I had written based on a story I written with a friend (and published on the Web) several years ago. 

In other words, it played like someone took a script for a proposed $100 million picture and revised it so it could be made as a $10 million independent feature. With the concomitant dashes of arthouse seasoning.

I've listed 25 points in which unique and identifying features of the Snow treatment show up in Hanna. Read it and judge for yourself.

We were really cooking on our version of the script, oh, right about early September of 2001. And did I mention my writing partner lived across the street from the World Trade Center?

Yeah. Welcome to my life.

Later, I reworked the story as a graphic novel and put the treatment online, probably at the request of the editor I was pitching to. I didn't think anything of it, I had at least a couple copyrights on the story. Until I saw Hanna

Then I thought a lot about it.

For some reason I can't recall I didn't talk to my own lawyer but someone else, who told me (correctly) that suing a studio for infringement requires a lot of time and a boatload of money (at least $10K for discovery alone). Which is why you don't hear many stories about successful infringement suits, even though Hollywood is ripe to bursting with plagiarism.

The lawyer I've dealt with has closer ties with the studios and would probably have been able to get something done but I didn't talk to him until it was too late. But he told me the same thing- that studios will spend at least two million dollars to defend a $200K claim. Their primary concern is precedent, and losing money beating back a claim is worth it if it discourages a hundred more writers from taking them to court.

I should note that the alleged writer of Hanna has allegedly written some other scripts yet hasn't gotten anything put out since 2011. The only thing he's been allegedly attached to is a video game adaption. An unoriginal project, in other words. Allegedly.

He also allegedly put out a short in 2011 called Plagium. Is that Latin for plagiarism? I'm not sure. I'll have to look it up.

THE GREAT ESCAPE

But the script in question had another central plot point you might find more familiar to the subject at hand: super-powered girl escapes from secret underground mind control facility (after breaking the necks of two orderlies) while her ruthless government handlers send out hit squads to track her down:
Deprived of the drugs, Snow regains her composure slowly. She evaluates her situation. She pulls at her slackened wrist restraints, all the while glancing at the control
room door. A technician enters the room and checks her vitals and condition.
 
The tech then fondles her thigh; his hand slowly rising as Snow feigns sleep. Without warning, Snow frees her hands and breaks the tech’s neck with one quick twist. She marvels at her own speed and ferocity. She then frees her ankles, pulls out the IV and inches up to the control room. Through the door she sees the other tech turns his attention to a TV. Snow storms in and snaps his neck before the tech can react.

And then there's the part where the superpowered young girl is taken in by a group of nerds? (older nerds in my treatment, but still). 

Yeah, I got it right here. It's a central plot point in Snow too. 
She comes to a wooded area and spots a huge Winnebago. The Winnebago is a wreck, but it has a sophisticated electronic doorlock. Snow picks it quickly and enters. The RV’s a mess. There are several computers inside and the walls are plastered with posters of super-heroes, porn stars and other pop culture icons. 
That's a pretty specific plot point, don't you think? Not really a trope

This wasn't telepathy on anyone's part- I put the treatment online in 2012. Oh, and you know the bit about the water tank (in which she is standing, not lying, and encumbered with all kinds of technogear)? 

Yeah.
Suddenly, the scene changes: we are focused on the same girl, the same pleading eyes, but in a much different setting. The girl's name is SNOW. The camera pulls back to reveal Snow wrapped in restraints and immersed in a large tank of water. 
Our water-tank dwelling supergirl even phased into imaginary alternate realities, like we see Eleven do in her remote viewing sessions.
Again we are in Snow’s dream world. She is in the middle of a beautiful field. It is calm and peaceful, as is she. 
Gordon was asking me where I thought Stranger Thing's "Brenner" came from, that he seemed to be based on a specific individual, that Matthew Modine's portrayal was too mannered and eccentric-- too specific-- to not be modeled on some actual person. That might be, but let me just drop in a suggestion as to where they might have gotten the name.
When Ubela find out that Snow has received the highest overall bids she burns with a jealous rage. Meanwhile, two representatives of a racist militia known as the Revival
wait for Ubela in her office. They are MILLER and BRENNAN.



Now again, this can all be chalked up to how TV shows are written today. You don't have a single writer, banging away at a typewriter until the magic is made. You have a room-full of writers and producers throwing a bunch of ideas into a pot (well, onto a board) and building stories around them. 

So there really shouldn't be any arguments over which film is or isn't referenced in this series, or any other for that matter. Given the way this stuff is written everyone is probably right.



THE DEEP STATE

Now there's a sync some may have overlooked, since it isn't exactly obvious, or perhaps even relevant to a lot of people. And that's the fact that Stranger Things premiered on Netflix the same day as the aborted coup in Turkey. 

A lot of people thought this might have been itself a dramatic production of sorts, staged by the Erdogan government (false flag actions are always a possibility when dealing with the deep state in Turkey) but it's starting to look like more and more it was in fact a plot by outside elements. 

There was coup talk in the air last year, in fact. The Turks are growing increasingly explicit in blaming the West --and specifically the US-- for the coup, and there's talk that Erdogan was personally tipped off by Vladimir Putin.

If it were staged, one might expect Erdogan to play the forgiving patriarch but he's lashing out like a man who actually sees mortal enemies everywhere he looks. And golly, have you happened to notice how there seems to be a major terrorist event in Europe every day now? What a coincidence.

So, what does any of this have to do with Stranger Things, aside from the weird timing of events?

Well, Stranger Things is essentially a parable of blowback. Underneath all of the fanboyisms, it's essentially about power-lusting government madmen unleashing forces they couldn't control and creating havoc and disaster on unsuspecting ordinary folk. 

And the West's dalliance with terrorists and strongmen like Erdogan (who very much looks like he was next on the Obama/Clinton "regime change" list, just in time for the US elections) is playing out like a horrible, real-life parallel to that.

I should also note that the town in Stranger Things is based on Silent Hill, the fictional titular Pennsylvania town of the video game/manga/movie franchise. The Turkish Imam behind the Gulenite movement, on whom the coup is increasingly blamed, is living in exile in Pennsylvania

Odd sync, there.

This Imam is largely believed to be in bed with the CIA and has donated millions to US political causes and candidates, including over a million dollars to the Clinton Global Initiative racket. And now Pennsylvania is looking like it might be the key to a potential Trump victory this November.


Odder still, most of the action in the first episode of Stranger Things takes place on November 7, 1983, the cover date of the Time Magazine article on the terrorist bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut. 

This was significant because it marked the first time modern planners put American boots on the ground in the Middle East. The Marines were there in an effort to keep the peace after Israel's disastrous invasion of Lebanon in 1982, but their presence was obviously not appreciated by some of the locals.

July 15 is also an important day in the calendar of grievance not our own. It was the day the last Emir of Granada was crowned, before the Muslims were expelled from Spain under the Reconquista. What connection this may have to the events in Turkey on that day is still unclear. But Turkey seems central to this calendar.

Just to add the cherry on the Synchromystic Stranger Things cake, Clash leader Joe Strummer was born in Ankara, Turkey. His father was a bonafide spy, in Her Majesty's Secret Service. Clash co-leader Mick Jones (lead singer on "Should I Stay or Should I Go?") is also the son of British secret servant. 

The third of the core trio- "bass player" Paul Simonon- had a father who was a member of the Communist Party and came and went at odd intervals during Paul's youth. 

Do the math.

DEEPER STILL

If you want to get really esoteric with your historical connections, make note that November 6 (the night the action actually begins in the series) was the day Flavius Claudius Iulianus Augustus was crowned Caesar in the Roman capital of Byzantium, known today as Istanbul. 

That was the Roman name of the Emperor Julian, better known as "Julian the Apostate", the man who tried to restore the old pagan religion and undo the efforts to Christianize the Empire made by the Flavian Dynasty.

Julian was crowned by his cousin Constantius the Second, who adhered to the Christian heresy known as Arianism

Why is any of this significant? 

Well, the efforts to undo Julian's reforms would lead to the authoritarian Theodosian decrees, which would establish a precedent that would eventually create a lot of resentment and hostility against the coupling of state and Church power, resentment that would ultimately lead to the rise of Islam in the east.º 

Blowback, to coin a phrase. 

How different history may have been had Julian- who foolishly couldn't resist the lure of battle- had not been assassinated. The list of suspects reads something out of a JFK message board.

And Arianism is believed by many scholars to be a major influence in the development of Islam, so much so that early observers of the new faith thought it was in fact a revival of Arianism.

ALL IN

A Facebook group member asked me if I believed that Stranger Things was onto something here, that the black magicians of MK Ultra were in fact trying to contact NHEs, or non-human entities. 

And the answer is yes, I've always believed that and I've always believed that the mind control aspect of the program was a cover, a way to justify the funding allocations to Congress. These were not stupid people. It would only take a couple sessions to realize LSD was um, problematic as a mind control drug.

I don't think this is conjecture on my part- look no further than the career of Andrija Puharich and Uri Geller and their "Space Kids".

When you read of the horrific experiments performed by Ewan Cameron you see an incredibly inefficient means of mind control, at least anything past the retail level. No, I believe that Cameron was desperately trying to rewire human consciousness itself, and was concentrating on the most mutable subjects at hand (for the most part), children. They were after something a lot more dangerous than simple mind control.

The comic repeatedly mentioned in the first episode of
Stranger Things has a cult mind control subplot

Mind-control techniques have been known and widely practiced for a very, very long time. Cults are experts at them. The media and propaganda ministers are constantly manipulating the public mind, using methods time-tested and true. 

No, I think MK Ultra had far more esoteric- and sinister- goals in mind. 

Bruce Rux wrote in Architects of the Underworld that MK Ultra actually began when so-called "alien abductee" reports began to circulate in intelligence circles, particularly reports coming in from Europe, reports that the public today forget were classified for the better part of two decades.

You don't need to believe in the phenomenon to understand that there was one, and that mind-control was a constant feature in reports on it and that there was concern in high places about it. And Ultra and its precursors were all closely linked to Operation Paperclip, which may be why Russell Targ called Gottlieb "America's Joseph Mengele."

Was it all the work of leftover Nazis messing around in postwar Europe? Very possible. But that doesn't mean they were acting on their own. Elements within the SS were known to knock on some very strange doors. Who knows who answered? 

I'd say the true nature of the program was revealed when the masks came off in this country and Ultra gave way to Project Often, in which the weaponization of the occult came out in the open. 
According to author Gordon Thomas' 2007 book, Secrets and Lies, the CIA's Operation Often was also initiated by the chief of the CIA's Technical Services Branch, Dr. Sidney Gottlieb, to "explore the world of black magic" and "harness the forces of darkness and challenge the concept that the inner reaches of the mind are beyond reach". 
As part of Operation Often, Dr. Gottlieb and other CIA employees visited with and recruited fortune-tellers, palm-readers, clairvoyants, astrologers, mediums, psychics, specialists in demonology, witches and wizards, Satanists, other occult practitioners, and more. 
What I believe you were seeing with Often was simply an acknowledgement of what the game was really about, and with changes in the culture at large there was no longer any need to hide behind a euphemistic cover.

And we can tie back another of the central themes of Stranger Things, remote viewers unleashing forces that were both unknowable and uncontrollable, to another longtime Secret Sun fixation. 

I'm referring to that weird account of blowback when an attempt to contact NHEs resulted in the deaths of three psychics. This account first surfaced in the conspiracy underground in 1991, but I believe it was in fact part of Wavelength's real-life inspiration.

Does this have anything to do with what's going on today? Well, in an age of mass-media ritualism, what do you think?

All hell seems to be breaking loose these days. There are wars taking place among powerful players we can only get fleeting glimpses of, but we are going to suffer the blowback of nonetheless. 

Turkey is just one example where these clandestine struggles break out into the open. I believe the incessant terrorism Europe is dealing with is another. This Wikileaks imbroglio shows that the Globalists have powerful enemies who are just starting to bare their fangs.

So the timing of Stranger Things and the coup is all too appropriate.

I also can't help but be reminded of how the kind of American small towns we see in Stranger Things are currently under siege from drugs, economic warfare and other machinations of the Deep State. 

Maybe that should be addressed in the next series.




† I actually lean more towards Freud when it comes to individual analysis.
* All of which would be butchered beyond recognition on the risible pseudo-Clash album Cut the Crap.
º Particularly in reaction to the Emperor Justinian, whose reign also saw a devastating plague.

26 comments:

  1. https://vimeo.com/175929311

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    1. And they keep missing Wavelength. The Duffer Brothers certainly didn't. And I bet they found it right here.

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  2. I tried to publish this same comment a minute ago, but I think something went wrong, so I'm trying one more time.
    Just delete a comment if you do get the same one coming through Chris.

    Funny you should bring up the Tom Cruise version of 'War of the Worlds', as I had just been on a road-trip to Tasmania and have been reading Jeff Kripal's 'Authors of the Impossible' where he writes about Wells basing his novel on the British invasion and genocide of the Tasmanian indigenous people of that island state of Australia.
    I also thought of Spielberg's interest in UFOs and his movie Close Encounters using a Jacques Vellee type character in that famous movie.
    Of course Vallee is one of the 'Authors of the Impossible' in Jeff's book and Spielberg was involved in making TC's version of 'War of the Worlds'. Ironically, having green eyes myself and reading your statement the other day about green eyes being a sign of alien hybridity in UFO folklore, I couldn't help but chuckle to myself that Tom Cruise is an actor who is known for having green eyes, so in a way you have a alien hybrid fighting off an alien invasion of the earth.
    Not only that, but I hired out a bunch of movies from my local Blockbuster store, with two being the latest TC 'Mission Impossible'('Authors of the Impossible'?!) film 'Rouge Nation' and the Simon Pegg movie 'The World's End', about a town secretly run by aliens turning the town into alien robots (but as stressed in the movie...not slaves...as the word robot implies).
    Simon Pegg is of course TC's sidekick in 'MI:Rouge Nation' and is in the latest Star Trek franchise as Scotty, which I happen to be seeing the latest one tonight with my son as he is a Simon Pegg movie fan and it was his pick as to which movie we would see tonight.
    It's all a big rabbit hole and oddly enough I'm working on a post about Kripal's book,Tasmania (and the British invasion of it), Well's novel 'War of the Worlds' being based on that invasion,rabbits in Tasmania, and a children's book called 'The Rabbits', which is a analogy of the British invasion of Australia. The more I try to put it all together the deeper down the rabbit hole I go, so I don't know when I'll polish together a finished post here with all this material that seems to be coming into my head through seemingly synchronistic circumstances.

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    1. War of the Worlds is a very underappreciated film and certainly is chock full of heavy sync action for Secret Sun readers. I really recommend you read this post too. http://secretsunjr.blogspot.com/2015/02/sync-log-valhalla-on-hudson.html

      This might put a few more diamonds in that rabbit hole.

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    2. You're right because I remember seeing that train crash on the news and worried because my youngest son and his girlfriend were in New York that day and making their way to Montauk by train to walk on the beach.
      It was the first time they had been to America.
      I was also reading about Hynek in Kripal's 'Authors of the Impossible' just before I read that post you pointed me to.
      Not only that, but I'm a life member of the Sharks NRL football club, who are leading the football competition in Australia with 15 straight wins at the moment and could well be in the Australian equivalent of the NFL Superbowl at in October.
      And while Katie Perry won't be singing at the final, Nicole Kidman's (TC's ex) new husband Keith Urban will be.
      I've actually hired that version of 'War of the Worlds' out this week to watch and see what else I can spot.

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    3. That was a bizarre unfoldment of events. Especially since you had the mirror event in Braintree the next day. What are the odds? Impossible. I've driven through the neighborhood that the tripods first surface in. It's now part of my personal psychogeography.

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    4. I've only just started watching the 'War of the Worlds' on DVD, but there's a personal sync for me already in that Tom's ex-wife in the movie is another red-headed Australian actress from my hometown.
      Miranda Otto was born on December 16, 1967 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
      Her father is Barry Otto who was the star of the movie 'Bliss' the movie adaption of the Peter Carey novel.
      To save a bit of space here read my post, 'The SYNC Book 2 Syncs' to see just how synchy that is in a "Six Degrees of Separation' sense.
      Here's the link -
      http://brizdazz.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/the-sync-book-2-syncs.html

      and this post-

      http://brizdazz.blogspot.com.au/2013/10/the-dave-graney-justin-heazlewood-sync.html

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    5. I should have thrown this link in as well -
      http://brizdazz.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/australiens.html

      As it really links the Australian/Alien story together, remembering that Barry Otto the star of 'Bliss' is Miranda Otto's father.

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    6. I just finished watching the Tom Cruise 'War of the Worlds' remake and it was clear to me that this version is meant to be an inter-dimensional invasion of aliens to our earth dimension, not just an invasion from outer space.I think Jeff Kripal would be interested in this version, as it seems to fit with his last two books in a way.
      I've taken screen shots with subtitles from the DVD and will write a post soon to show what I mean.

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    7. Here's that 'War of the Worlds' post -
      https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1837676046760437505#postsstats

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  3. I watched the movie _Midnight Special_ last night. It's out on DVD.

    Midnight Special Official Trailer #1 (2016) - Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst Movie HD
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zuQTmVCEn4

    Be sure to watch the last few seconds before the credits start rolling. The father is standing watching the sunrise. Watch his eyes. This is all about "mirror cells" and "monkey see, monkey do". Who knows how long it will take for him to come up to speed.

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    1. That's a movie I still need to see. I watched a spoiler vid on it and was a bit deflated, though. I was hoping for something a bit...I don't know. Less New Age, maybe? I still want to see it, when I can really concentrate on ot.

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  4. Meanwhile, /pol/ - the open source CIA - is openly affiliating with the occult as well. Like their support for Trump's candidacy for President, they've blended the tongue-in-cheek into the entirely serious to the point where you can be sincerely both at the same time. People are posting pictures of their altars to Kek, the god of lulz and Habbenings (ie: major geopolitical events) and you get the sense that the sarcasm is concealing something very, very intentional.

    When you get enough trained, half-trained, and unconscious magicians together in the same place... it's creating something like a magical gravity well.

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    1. Yes, it all seems to be going mainstream these days. In a weird, fractal, disjointed kind of way. Where does it leave us?

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  5. Hey Chris,

    As dark psychotropic synth-soundtracked fever dreams go, Stranger Things is pretty potent. I think in our current Orwellian/Huxleyan climate it's far more difficult for fiction to be overtly political. It's like we have a quarantine on the present, a DA-Notice, a gag order, and so fiction has to turn to the sins of our recent past. It's less well known and thus more permissible. These 'weaponization of consciousness' themes are a particular fascination of mine. As to certain bands or pieces of music being a kind of leitmotif for greater energetic forces, we see this in the influence of a band like The Doors on modern American fiction. And The Clash, perhaps reflective of the eternal clash or struggle? The DIY psychology and aesthetic of punk, of all true rock & roll, seems to me reflective of the true wars in heaven. Sovereignty versus slavery, self-creation versus far darker socially Darwinian agendas. For me this is the only real war. The only reason an angel's wings are dipped in blood is because something or someone, somewhere, is plotting for control. People think you can't put a price on the human spirit, but you can. MKUltra and all its attendant horrors are proof of that. In the eyes of the predator-elites who rule in our stead we are both worthless and priceless. It is generally how we view weapons, after all. Transcendentally vital, but replaceable. People who know these things weep, and then feign that they know these things at all. I guess what I'm trying to say is that fictions such as these give us glimpses of ourselves, and tap us back into a vein of living genetic memory that too often reveals Authority as Abuser. It's why men turn away from gods, and fashion devils and demons instead. Politics is ugly and business even uglier. Conspiracy is just a word we use to soften the blow of that ugliness. Aren't we all secret star-children after all? Gifted, sacred, yet tortured and socially engineered by cruel forces? The fact that we so often act as apologists for our abusers is proof of this engineering, to my mind. But, like Victor Frankenstein, there will come a time when we as creators must gaze upon our monster - and see ourselves in it - no matter how it terrifies us. Perhaps such times are now not too far away? Who can say? But from here on in I think any kind of lucid fiction that will really resonate with people will have to explore these territories, as Stranger Things does, as The X Files and Twin Peaks did before it. We can wrap that resonance up in nostalgia to make it more palatable, less unsettling. But we must look upon the sins and the havoc wrought by men far darker and far more merciless than ourselves. Until then we're simply slaves trading slaves whilst avoiding knowledge of our masters. Under such conditions emancipation is little more than a fairytale, and we're forced to turn genocides and horrors into fiction just in order to begin processing the fact that they happened. But we shouldn’t be afraid, not truly. Despite the horror we make a choice to live as though we are free. We remember our passions and connections and friends, our creativity and divinity, our humanity, and we ride the storm as best we can.

    Peace

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    1. Just realised my semi-depressing rant is a bit heavy for a post about a cool sci-fi show. I have a sense of fun too, I swear! :)

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    2. Well said, Raj. it certainly seems to the story of the summer, that much is true. All I can add is stay tuned for my next post on this show. I'm still doing my rewatch and am finding rather...odd things cropping up. It makes me wonder about how this fiction bleeds over into our reality and all other kinds of strange notions.

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    3. It's interesting you should mention that Chris because other investigators into the high-weirdness/synchronicity/the Wryd there are more disturbing real-world syncs between Stranger Things series and some real world crimes & mysteries. "Stranger Things: Odd references to Arkansas murder cases with occult references in Netflix show." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nN9Ivzqjy8 The Byers family name in the Netflix series is the same name of one of the boys murdered in Arkansas cases. However the sync get much weirder because Winona Ryder was advocating for the real world Byers family and their lawyers to get justice and find the person(s) responsible for that crime in Arkansas.

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  6. Great write about my new favorite show. I was about to work on my own review of the show but I think you would still out-class it. Stranger Things is a show all about traversing or portaling into an alternative dimension existing parallel to our own world. The show is reminiscent of themes found in other films such as The Mist, Silent Hill, Insidious, Akira, Stephen King's It, etc. It, btw, is a coming of age taile about a group of children on summer break confronting an ancient evil. I like how the show depicts the Department of Energy as a front for parapsychic and mind-control experiments and techniques while interacting with creatures and entities that exist on the "Vale of Shadows" or the "Upside Down". This is an obvious reference to the so-called "astral realm" that many in the New Age, Theosophy and the occult often reference to which has parallels with the Catholic "purgatory" and the intermediate "bardo" state of the Tibetans. I'm not sure how you feel about Jay's Analysis but they have an interesting write up about the show too, although I can't agree with all of their opinions. Great work, Chris.

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    1. And IT is being remade again.
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1396484/

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    2. Yes, alternate planes of reality seem to be all the rage. Add that in with the whole thing with ayahuasca and other psychedelics and you have yourself a definite trend. Where is it headed and who's steering the ship? These are the questions we need to ask. A good viewing of Beyond the Black Rainbow might be in order as well as a bit of reading on the creator's motivations behind it.

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    3. Have you ever thought about doing a write up of Black Rainbow? The soundtrack was released on vinyl not too long ago. It's a damn good soundtrack, and the movie blew a fuse in my brain when i first saw it.

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  7. I'm curious about these Duffer Brothers. Twins (wachowskis, anyone?) and with one other film credit plus an episode or two of wayward pines (which I haven't seen--either their film or the series). It's a little rare for this sort of up from nowhere to happen in the entertainment business, isn't it? Any more information anyone can share would be very interesting to peruse.

    I actually did enjoy the in-joke homages in ST, though. The glowing car trunk like Pulp fiction? The heathers-esque window entry? (More delicious because of Winona, of course...) I believe there was at least one xfiles reference I'm blanking on right now...

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    1. I'd noticed that too. I figured I'd see some pretty involved writing or cinematography career I didn't know about, but their wiki has, literally, 2 things.

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  9. While my synchronicity isn't the same as yours to the point of probable plagiarism, I was working on a story right before we moved (life still hasn't settled from the cross-country move), and this series had an unsettling number of similarities. Though what I was writing didn't have a psychic girl, it did have a woman with a unique heritage.

    I watched all 8 episodes in a single sitting yesterday. If a machine from the Matrix produced this show, it has my number. I couldn't look away until it was done. I actually came here this morning (I'm not remotely caught up on your blog yet) to tell you you should watch it if you hadn't already.

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