Uncle Sam's Secret Sorcerers: Often Enough



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This has been a difficult series to write.
 


I really don't like to dwell on this type of subject matter and there aren't any happy endings to these stories. I've been spending a lot of time hashing out these dark themes here, and it's not really my cup of tea at all. There's so much potential for mischief in all of this, for the wrong interpretations to be made and the wrong conclusions to be drawn.

But I couldn't help but notice that a... program seems to have been reactivated. This isn't a walk down Conspiracy Memory Lane.

You see,  I couldn't help but recognize old patterns re-emerging and re-establishing themselves, into the fraught and fragile cultural consensus of these miserable times. I remember how that all worked out before. I'm not at all looking forward to seeing how it all works out today.

Certainly the volume of material in the media is nothing like it was in the 70s but we may still be at the beginning of a deluge to come. Or maybe it's more diffused through the various channels of information out there today. Or perhaps everything else is so screwed up you don't need as much pushing as before.

PLAYTIME

Under normal circumstances, having a bunch of geeks dress up in their gothiest finery and LARP it up as Satanists is pretty harmless and fairly trivial. 

But they're not the problem. 

The problem is when the potent, highly-charged symbolism and iconography of Satanism plays upon the minds of those who are inclined to take it all a bit more seriously.

And the more visible and socially acceptable Satanism becomes, the more of a sense of permission these individuals will feel, you can count on it.


From the militantly-skeptical Wikipedia, on Satanic Ritual Abuse.
Criminal and delusional satanism  
A third variation of ritual abuse involves non-religious ritual abuse in which the rituals were delusional or obsessive. There are incidents of extreme sadistic crimes that are committed by individuals, loosely organized families and possibly in some organized cults, some of which may be connected to Satanism, though this is more likely to be related to sex trafficking; though SRA may happen in families, extended families and localized groups, it is not believed to occur in large, organized groups. 
And with sex trafficking exploding, particularly in vulnerable immigrant communities, it's almost certain we're going to hearing more about this in the future. Or a more troubling possibility is that it will be taking place and we won't hear about it, outside of marginal and/or fringe media outlets.

SADLY NOT

Today's LARPing Satanists will tell you they don't believe in Satan and that they're all just dicking around with the symbolism to get a rise out of Christians. 

Well, we heard that all before. 

We heard that from Anton LaVey in the 60s and 70s and what followed was a wave of Satanically-inspired violent crime. We heard it from Marilyn Manson and company in the 90s and 00s and saw a new wave of Satanic murder.

Any armchair symbolist will figure out why. Just look at the imagery and iconography of Satanism; the warning colors, the blood, the weapons and fangs, the skulls and on and on. The subconscious processes this imagery, often in ways the conscious mind does not. Swimming in negative imagery can't help but damage one's emotional well-being. You're dealing with basic mammalian psychology here.

So whatever kind of song and dance these groups might be feeding the media, their visuals tell an entirely different story. 


Like this...



And seriously; what's with this Satanic preoccupation with children?
The Portland chapter of the Satanic Temple has reportedly succeeded in bringing its "After School Satan Club" to an elementary school within city limits. 
Finn Rezz, one of two heads of the chapter, told the Oregonian that the organization has been approved to begin its program, which focuses on "on science and rational thinking," on Oct. 19 at Sacramento Elementary School. 
Rezz previously told the paper that most members of the Satanic Temple are atheists who see Satan as an allegory for free thought, and that the program is intended to promote "benevolence and empathy for everybody." 
The purpose, Rezz told the paper, is meant to counter "the Good News Club," an after-school club put on by the Child Evangelism Fellowship, "a Bible-centered organization.
Satanic Temple of Seattle spokesman Tarkus Claypool said a parent brought the Bible club to their attention because the parent was concerned the club was teaching children to evangelize to other children, according to the Associated Press. 
Claypool said their curriculum teaches children logic, self-empowerment and reasoning, and they don't worship a deity.
To take any of this at face value, we need to ask the following questions: If they're so interested in rationalism and science why are they serving up such dark and nightmarish imagery?

For children?


Why use the icon of Baphomet- a theistic image- at all? 


And what's with that droning dirge on the soundtrack? Do they think any children- or parents- will find any of this alluring or even acceptable? Why not use science-oriented imagery to promote their allegedly science-oriented clubs?

It's a patently obvious provocation.

THE USUAL SUSPECTS

Which makes perfect sense because the Satanic Temple is the brainchild of a professional provocateur, staging publicity stunts for the media to garner press for his organization, whose actual membership is almost certainly tiny.

And have you ever noticed that Satanism always seems to be a supply-side proposition? It's not as if there was a clamoring for it in the sunny mid-60s. It's like the McDonalds of cults; it creates demand through saturation.

Mind you, I have no reason to suspect the Satanic Temple of any wrongdoing or having any nefarious motives. But I do have to wonder if they are possibly being manipulated by those who do. 

As has been well-documented, these kinds of groups can often give cover-- inadvertently or otherwise-- to more problematic elements. And if nothing else, the Temple is mainstreaming Satanism in ways never seen before.

History shows us again and again that Satan gets the deciding vote on how that little gambit will turn out.

Given this history and other details in the Temple's background, I'm not entirely comforted by the fact that the Satanic Temple's founder's blog is named in honor of the Process Church and prominently features the Process's swastika-like logo.


I can't imagine I'm alone in this. Read this, from Paranoia Magazine:
 (Adam) Gorightly links cults like The Process Church of the Final Judgment and the Manson Family to elements of the underworld and intelligence communities, brushing back the cobwebs of the occult to reveal a truly disturbing story that continues to haunt us today. 

Other researchers and investigators have linked the Process to serious criminal activity (as we've seen previously). Of course, it's all very controversial and can be very difficult to pin down, given the nature of the activity and the front groups that the Process used (or uses).

But there's certainly no shortage of unsettling coincidences following the cult around like a lost hellhound. Their penchant for globetrotting and their obvious access to large amounts of cash money should send up a red flag for any serious students of cult activity.


And I can say that I find the timing very curious for this new documentary - Sympathy for the Devil- that is trying to rehabilitate the Process, in light of the activities of the Satanic Temple.

The question arises that if the Temple's founder is an atheist (as he claims) then why take on the mantle of a stridently-theistic cult like the Process? There's no gray area with the Process, certainly not if you even glance through their literature. Something the present-day apologists can't wish away.

There are also the connections of the Process to the Deep State. One example:
(John) Markham is a former U.S. attorney with the Department of Justice. He did have ties with the Process Church from 1974 to 1980. 
I did find records in the state of New York that on January 17, 1974, the Process Church of Final Judgment was formally incorporated in that state, and that the attorney for the church was John Markham. Additional legal documents were filed for the church on May 23, 1974, and again Markham was the attorney. 
Another article in the Executive Intelligence's Review on June 2, 1989 raised the following question, "Was Markham just an outside counsel, or was he himself a member of Process Church? According to the Process Church's own literature, Markham appears to have been a 'lay member.'" 
The church magazine that mentions Markham was The Processean, January 1974 issue.
Markham was appointed to the Justice Department by William Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts and the current Vice-Presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party. 

Markham also represented Ahmed Chalabi, the Iraqi exile who provided so much of the tainted intelligence that was used to justify the invasion of Iraq.


That's what you call connected, Jim.

And as to the neo-Satanists' claims that they're only in it for the yuks and that they don't believe in all this Devil baloney, well, I'm not sure that's entirely comforting either. From Wikipedia:
Pseudo-satanism 
Satanic ritual abuse is also used to describe the actions of "pseudo-satanists" who sexually abuse children and use the trappings of satanic rituals and claims of magical powers to coerce and terrify victims, but do not actually believe in the rituals.

A survey of more than 12,000 SRA allegations, which found no substantiating evidence for an intergenerational conspiracy, did document several examples of abuse by pseudo-satanists. 
We've seen the panic created by the Creepy Clowns, now imagine if you throw Satanism into that mix and more besides (if in fact that ship hasn't already sailed)? Or how about a Satanic-oriented mass shooting, or three?

The new Satanists are playing with fire and may very well get themselves burned by it. It's not inconceivable to imagine that that's precisely why they're being put on display out there.


CAST THEE OUT

Indeed, we've seen a lot of explicit Satanic symbolism in the media during the past few years, and Fox's Lucifer (sic) is a major hit. We've certainly seen a lot of reaction to all this on the Conspiranet. It starts to feel like a deliberate ratcheting up of tension and anxiety, perhaps a convenient deflection from more immediate problems. But the tension seems to be ramping up on so many fronts, doesn't it?

Ironically, The Exorcist TV series is not (nor was a revamp of The Omen franchise called Damien). Hollywood keeps throwing this stuff at us, whether we want it or not.

And usually we don't.

In fact, all of the Exorcist sequels were dead flops, which may in fact tell us something important about the original's exact nature. It was a very well-made film but was it worth the hysteria during its initial release? I don't think so.


We're seeing a lot of stories about "exorcisms on the rise", and therein lies the other problem with the mainstreaming of Satanism- the response from the opposition. 

I doubt we'd see a repeat of the Satanic Panic (but we could if the program ramps up) but the more localized hysteria around "possession" can have similarly tragic consequences. A number of troubled yet otherwise innocent people have died during "exorcisms" and there are almost certainly more to come. 


And the Satanic Temple's provocative encroachments into schools and other public places is only going to encourage this. Which will probably please them to no end.


There's a lot more to this story and many more connections to explore, including some disturbing connections between the new wave of Satanists and the Deep State. But for now I've had my fill of it. I find Satanism to be incredibly depressing and really want to get my head out of this space. 




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  2. It seems that man will have his god, false or otherwise. Some - perhaps many - people who claim to be 'atheists' actively but unconsciously serve the dark forces of this world. On the flip side, some of the holiest people I know would claim to be 'humanists'.

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    1. Nature abhors a vacuum. So, it seems, do certain agencies and bureaus.

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    2. Indeed, as do many Powers and Principalities.

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  3. Chris, you need to climb out of this Rabbit Hole. Just the solo fact checking alone has got to be too encompassing. A great,albeit disturbing read, don't let this cloak "Heath Ledger" you! Be praying for you and all of us.

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    1. Yes, I've been wading through the muck long enough. But only because I recognized certain patterns repeating. And as it turns out, there's a very specific reason for that. Perhaps a topic for a later post.

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    2. Ditto Daniels statement. Chris, Halloween is only slightly evil. 87

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  4. Ever feel as if you've awakened only to find yourself trapped in an M. R. James short story? You know, the kind where an unsuspecting scholar or academic stumbles upon arcane and esoteric manuscripts hidden in church walls, and reads them aloud only to manifest a hellish fate for himself, or worse, the world? Because that's exactly what's going on in society at large, where so many dangerous psychic toys are being planted before our curious eyes. They WANT us to play with those matches.

    Chris, I know how draining these topics are, and they're not in your wheelhouse as much as mine, but you have been and are being an amazing Paul Revere here, and doing something that's incredibly necessary in illuminating these dark corners.

    No good, no human advancement, will ever come from lionized sources like Wikipedia claiming SRA "is not believed to occur in large, organized groups." If it doesn't, then why does the CIA run cover for groups like the Finders? Why are the true facts behind cases like the McMartin Preschool suppressed? Why does a group like the False Memory Syndrome Foundation even exist in the first place? Why do U.S. Attorneys like Rudolph Giuliani and Joe Russoniello not prosecute slam dunk pedo scandals like West Point and the Presidio, both citing "national security implications?" That's a lot of grouping and organizing going on for something that doesn't exist as such.

    This is all around us. And the only way to defeat it one day, is taking that journey of first knowing that it exists. Not to get all mushy and religious on you, but you're on the side of the angels here Chris, and I couldn't be prouder of you that you stepped up to the plate and swung for the fences on this topic. I, for one, think you hit a grand slam.

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    1. Well, as it happens this "new Satanism" business is anything but spontaneous and anything but grassroots. And as it happens it seems to have a lot to do with the very same issues that were exposed during the last time this rough beast raised its ugly head, including the FMSF. I've heard it said that prosecutors avoid dealing with some of the cultic aspects of these cases because it can upset juries and strain their credulity so they concentrate on the crimes themselves. I guess that's one explanation. I would refer people to Jeff Wells' work on these issues at the late, lamented Rigorous Intuition blog. He is far more qualified than myself to explore the details of these cases. I can't deal with them past a certain point.

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  5. Polytheism insists that all the gods are real... and that means that Satan exists as well (though many a Pagan would illogically argue otherwise). I agree with you that the practitioner's lack of belief is irrelevant. Attention and energy -- worship for lack of a better term -- gives power. Thanks for shining lights in dark places.

    Also I apologize for being rude to you before. I was a dumb-ass, it was inexcusable, and I regret it.

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    1. They are real, but they are not God. Two dangerous mistakes are therefore possible: to deny their reality or assert their ultimate divinity.

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    2. You don't need to believe in a being named Satan to recognize the power of the archetype, or to recognize the damage it does. It makes no difference if you choose to see Satan as a distinct and sentient force, you can simply recognize the power it has as a neural virus.

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  6. Chris,

    You wrote:

    We've seen the panic created by the Creepy Clowns, imagine if you throw Satanism into that mix . . .

    But what if this intensifying Creepy Clown panic is already the Satanism manifesting as the Creepy Clowns? No need to throw anything more into the mix.

    I focus on this aspect because I have been hanging out on Loren Coleman's Twilight Language blog where he has carefully documented this current Creepy Clown flap since his first blog about it on August 29.

    Here is the site. Loren has made 18 separate blogposts on the subject since Aug 29
    http://copycateffect.blogspot.com/

    Loren also notes the connection of the Phantom Clown flaps with US election campaigns. Remember the Harmonic Convergence of 1987? Well, with Halloween coming up in 3 weeks and Election Day a nifty 8 days later, then perhaps we might call this culmination of creepiness:

    The Disharmonic Convergence of 2016.

    Eris (Discordia) is in her prime and it still is the Year of the Monkey in the Chinese calendar.

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    1. I just read a story of a kid who was seized by cops on suspicion of clowning, I guess you might say, even though he wasn't dressed as a clown at all. That's the danger of rumor panic. It's the effect that those who plant these kinds of seeds in the public consciousness are looking to sprout.

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  7. Chris-your research continues to amaze & intrigue. Had no idea about the Markham connection to the Process, & his defense of Chalabi in that light is disturbing to say the least. After all, without Chalabi's Iraq war, we wouldn't have ISIS to contend with today.

    Also, regarding the Satanic memes in general, maybe nudging a "response from the opposition" is the point now. Anything that keeps the populace divided & at each other's throats, esp. if it involves hysteria over symbolism, never mind what might actually be lurking in the background & be the real dangerous agenda (SRA, the Deep State, etc.) In so many ways, society gets played.

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    1. Yeah, going from the Process to the Iraq War opens up all kinds of troubling possibilities in between. This blog has always operated on the assumption that there are those in high places who believe in strange things that we peons on the streets below may not. This is just one example of that. And this guy was a member of the Process during a time we are told they essentially ceased to exist? Curious.

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  8. Thanks for another great and courageous post, Chris. As someone abused by a satanic Catholic priest (I was one *very* unlucky altar boy -- or should that be "alter" boy?), and having attended a support groups for RA survivors in the 90s, I can personally testify that this stuff is real. There is a metaphysical reality behind it all, too. The ones running these cults are not in it only for the lulz; that's just the forbidden fruit baiting the trap.

    (Speaking of forbidden fruit, if Satan truly desired our liberation, wouldn't he have told Eve to eat of the Tree of Life before the other? But I digress...)

    Anyway, by the stench in the air, the darkness is coming back stronger than ever. I've got a particularly bad feeling about this Halloween (although that could just be the election, I suppose).

    Don't be ruled by fear, but stay in the light, and it sure wouldn't hurt to pray, if you can manage it, IMHO. Thanks.

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    1. It all comes down to power and dominance, ultimately. The games people play to exercise power over those most vulnerable. It's tragic and horrible. I should note that the head of the Satanic Temple published an edition of Might Makes Right, which was Anton LaVey's favorite book. Which shows you where this is coming from.

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  9. Don't take the following quote as some kind of mass-disagreement with your post, take it for what it is: disagreement on a single point, but...

    I find the church's fascination with children equally creepy. And the church also has a *profoundly* well and deeply documented history of abuse of children. Murder included. In fact, the difference between the SRA and the church's CRA (for symmetry's sake) might just be branding, especially when both organizations would claim that abuse and murder of children (and adults) isn't their objective, and anyone who does is not an actual representative of the philosophy. The imagery freely shared with children from the church is frequently just as disturbing: your friends who don't believe in Jesus will suffer horrific torment for eternity; god sent a flood and killed all who were not on the ark; the freely available and just as overly-honest images of the crucifixion; the rapture, and along with it, the fear of being left behind and suffering horrors; the obsession with the focus on the sexual habits of pre-teen girls and the father-daughter "purity" balls that go along with it. I remember once during a casual reading of Hebrews, the teacher reading out loud the verse about the "unforgivable sin," but being unwilling or incapable of telling me what that sin was or even reassuring me that I, at 12, could not (in fact) commit it.

    I'm also not saying you're blind to the church's abuses, just that the weirdly inappropriate focus on children is common to the other side's team. I find them both intensely disturbing. In theory, I don't have problems with Baphomet or the suffering Jesus as symbols, but I don't understand the benefit in cramming either one in the face of children whose most recent accomplishments are knowing all 20 of the numbers and holding it in over night.

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    1. I'm certain that churches who really promote such simplistic ideas (who aren't just being slandered or even encouraged by dark media frenzy) will eventually reap the appropriate rewards. In the short term it is up to us to seek the truth behind the crazy.

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    2. I think I just explained how I got banned from a message board because I disagreed with the moderator when she said that the priest abuse scandals were a hoax.

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    3. The Horns and Hawk - you are very right.

      The problem with focusing on Satan is that it invokes Satan - what/whoever Satan is. As someone who is 75% Paganish, I don't believe in the traditional, hardcore, ultimate evil vs. ultimate good death match between Yahweh and Satan -- as a model of how the Multiverse really works. However, because so many people for so many centuries have bought into it, it has enormous Power, as does the figure of Satan - whether fallen angel or empowered thoughtform.

      And yet, by focusing on avoiding Satan, the Church has *always* let him in through the back door. It sure wasn't Christ who inspired the witchhunts, the suppressed-turned-toxic sexuality, the extreme purist and hate-filled agendas of the fundamentalist/evangelical churches of today. The killing of indigenous peoples. Gay conversion torture therapy. Westboro Baptist Church, etc., etc.

      I do believe SRA exists on some level, but the investigators of SRA were tainted with fundamentalist crypto-Satanic, pseudo-Christianity and, therefore, ruined innocent people's lives. And that's liable to happen again.

      I don't think focusing on the tropes of Satanism is healthy for the nervous systems of children or many (most) adults. But I think a lot of Christian ideas are Satanic, only bleached white and gussied up with gold and puttis.

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    4. I don't think you of H&H read what I actually wrote. Reread the piece.

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    5. You wrote:

      "And seriously; what's with this Satanic preoccupation with children?
      The Portland chapter of the Satanic Temple has reportedly succeeded in bringing its "After School Satan Club" to an elementary school within city limits.
      Finn Rezz, one of two heads of the chapter, told the Oregonian that the organization has been approved to begin its program, which focuses on "on science and rational thinking," on Oct. 19 at Sacramento Elementary School.
      Rezz previously told the paper that most members of the Satanic Temple are atheists who see Satan as an allegory for free thought, and that the program is intended to promote "benevolence and empathy for everybody."
      The purpose, Rezz told the paper, is meant to counter "the Good News Club," an after-school club put on by the Child Evangelism Fellowship, "a Bible-centered organization.
      Satanic Temple of Seattle spokesman Tarkus Claypool said a parent brought the Bible club to their attention because the parent was concerned the club was teaching children to evangelize to other children, according to the Associated Press.
      Claypool said their curriculum teaches children logic, self-empowerment and reasoning, and they don't worship a deity.
      To take any of this at face value, we need to ask the following questions: If they're so interested in rationalism and science why are they serving up such dark and nightmarish imagery?

      For children?


      Why use the icon of Baphomet- a theistic image- at all?

      And what's with that droning dirge on the soundtrack? Do they think any children- or parents- will find any of this alluring or even acceptable? Why not use science-oriented imagery to promote their allegedly science-oriented clubs?

      It's a patently obvious provocation."

      And I responded that the church produces stuff that's as head-scrathingly inappropriate for kids; that the church (or many churches, or many sects within the church, however you want to phrase it) is as inappropriately obsessed with children. "Get them while they're young and you'll have them for a life time" was a popular slogan in my parent's church.

      And then I went further and said that a lot of SRA has perfect corollaries within Christianity.

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    6. It also has a lot of corollaries in the public school system, where teachers are continually being arrested for sexual contact with students. What's your point?

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    7. I guess my point is that you singling out Satanism's attraction to children isn't striking. The language you used made it seem as if they were the only one, or their method should make us feel more alarmed than any other organization going after kids. I guess my point is that a LOT of organizations go after kids, so Satanism in that one regard doesn't strike me as more threatening than these other organizations that *do* have thoroughly documented histories of abuse that no one questions. I was taking exception to one of your items of evidence as not being quite as evidencial as other items.

      And I do also think that public school is a place of excellent cruelty.

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    8. Please do some actual research on the Satanic Temple before you weigh in with your opinion. You literally have no idea what you are talking about.

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    9. Start here. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/feastofeden/2014/05/harvard-can-do-better-than-give-a-platform-to-a-black-mass-promoter-who-ridicules-sex-abuse-victims/

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  10. If Satan is real, it's only because people want him to be real. That's bad news for those that don't want him to be real.

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    1. Yeah, it's depressing. And even more so to see it pop up again in these so-called rational times. It never ends well.

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  11. Hey Chris,

    I agree with you that this whole thing is creepy and unsettling on many levels, actually. Satanists seem to believe not in a physical devil as most people might associate, but use those images as tools of distraction and subterfuge to carry out their true actions. I think they are only truly concerned about the glorification of their own egos in a dark, occulted effort to maintain in hierarchical systems of control the current level of slavery we see going on now in the world. Programs working to influence political puppetry, policy, and laws that only further our decent as people into ignorance and separation from our true natures in adherence to natural law. I'm talking about the natural right of every person on this planet to govern themselves in right action to oneself and to each other without the subjugation of rulers and Archons in bondage to a system of kingship which was the ancient control system of our so-called creator gods. This priesthood of egocentric domination which is the clear and constant Satanic thread that weaves throughout humanities violent and much manipulated history, culture, and formal religious institutions. In the concerted effort over millennia of this kind of control, humanity has been duped and deprived and left in the state we currently find ourselves as ignorant pawns separated by a long chain of lies and manipulations.

    The so-called elites are the self-appointed All Seeing Eyes that oversee the great work of the economic brick laying, culturally bound, and obedient slaves they seek to keep beneath them and under control in a pyramid of narrowing levels of dominance.

    If that sounds like something you've seen before, just flip a dollar bill. Its all there in your face. And that is the arrogance of their deceit. To place the whole thing right there in front of you, all the while knowing that collectively we are too distracted to recognize the ancient symbols of light flipped into darkened Satanic interpretations that they have warped to fit their purposes.

    Whatever games these monsters have in play, to understand them all requires that each of us perform the due diligence of taking the responsibility to read, educate, and understand our hidden history and break through these mind fields of deception that have kept all of us in a kind of obedient savagery killing one another for our invisible masters or keeping knees bent low under the heavy weight of their oppression.

    (Apologies, Chris...I didn't mean to turn this into a Neo-Thomas Paine speech!)

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    1. No, you're right on target here. It's worse than ever because it hides now behind clever masks. Just as long as they play the proper PR games corporations can get away with hiring virtual slave labor, cheating the treasuries of trillions in tax revenue, poisoning the environments of poor countries. And nobody blinks an eye. The antiwar movement in this country went to sleep forever on January 20, 2009 and hasn't been heard from since, even though the wars rage on worse than ever before. And yet they all know how fragile this all is, how tentative it is. The only way to ensure stability is through a large and prosperous middle class. But look at what is happening to that...

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    2. Bill, this analysis is bang on, and very heartfelt. As is Chris's comment. It warms my own heart when I can feel the presence of the human spirit in another's prose. Lucidity and poetry are not exclusive. If only more of us could grasp that, we could avoid so much horror.

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  12. Chris, I actually think the tv show "Lucifer" ought not to be lumped in with this. One, I think there is some movement in the culture to separate Lucifer from Satan, and I think Lucifer really is a separate entity. Two -- underneath the comedy (and it IS a comedy), it's actually surprisingly moralistic. Angels (fallen or otherwise) and demons having to grapple with ethics in interpersonal relationships and figure out the ambiguous complexities of the human realm.

    In one episode last year, Lucifer and his buddy-cop Chloe crashed a Satanic ritual right out of LaVey. Lucifer was pissed, offended, and highly disparaging that the Satanists thought he went in for any of that stuff.

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    1. Yes, I did a multi-part series detailing exactly the distinctions between Lucifer and Satan and tracing Lucifer back to a figure called upon in Babylonian magic, specifically protective magic, magic used against evil. I also wrote about the Lucifer TV series. I wrote several posts on this and went into great detail about the historical Lucifer, his relation to Prometheus, Prometheus' connection to Sumer, etc. I also read the comic series the TV show was based on and have cited it in the past.

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    2. Speaking of comics, have you read The Black Monday Murders?

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  16. Hi Chris,

    I know we’ve had our conflicts in the past but I am heartened to see you being so willing to look at this stuff and to be keeping a balanced gait as you tiptoe through the snake pit. I recently wrote about the After School Satan thing (https://auticulture.wordpress.com/2016/08/03/repackaging-satan-satan-schools-secularism-superstition-neoliberal-scapegoating/) and even got some comments from a (low level by the sound of it) Temple of Satan member. Later, however, I heard that there *were* no ASS clubs in any of the schools cited, and that the whole thing was a neoliberal stunt on the part of ToS, to make a point. Can you confirm that these clubs actually are happening?

    I’ve also been looking into the McMartin case via an excellent book by Ross Cheit called “The Witch Hunt Narrative,” which I examined on a recent Liminalist podcast (# 81). I understand the desire to back away from this material, or at least take a break, and am feeling much the same way. At the same time, having turned a corner from intellectual curiosity to something more like lived experience, it also seems to be something that can’t really be avoided: a concealed under layer of our culture and society that may be as fundamental to it as mulch to a vegetable patch (which is probably too benign an analogy, but you get my drift).

    Anyway, thanks for doing this work & I hope there are no hard feelings.

    Jasun

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  17. Jasun, I can only go by what's been reported, vis a vis the After School Clubs. The whole thing just stinks of provocation and publicity stunt on one hand but on the other it's all being orchestrated by a man who is seriously involved with the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, so much so as to be an attack dog for them. And the Deep State connections to the FMSF are well-known and well-documented. In addition, the Temple is funded by the wealthy families of core members and one founding member (who has since left) has made it clear as to the intelligence connections at the very top of this organization. Which is really what drove me to wade into these very murky waters in the first place, that deja vu feeling. This group is working very hard to mainstream Satanism at the same time they have an overweening interest in other people's children. And the fact that the head of this organization is a neuroscientist from Harvard, I mean if that doesn't send up red flags I don't know what will. I'm glad you've discovered Cheit's work, he's a lonely voice of reason in an ivory tower filled with apologists and enablers. There's an agenda at work, there can't be any doubt. When the guy who ran the Jimmy Savile coverup at the BBC is now editor-in-chief at the New York Times you can't ignore it.

    As to the rest of it, don't worry about it. It's just the Internet, y'know?

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  18. Agreed, agreed, and agreed. Had not heard that about Mark Thompson. Savile is a researcher's dream in terms of following the ripple effect of accountability. Unfortunately the restorative narrative (a la Louis Theroux's new doc) of "the Wicked Wizard who pulled the wool over the Establishment's eyes" seems to be taking hold.

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  19. I would very much like to know how Satan spends his day. I figure that tempting away someone's soul should take at least ten minutes, so if Old Scratch puts in a 12 hour day, he's only going to snag 72 souls. That doesn't even keep up with world population growth. On top of that he's got Hell to manage and all those nefarious schemes to implement. He must be a whiz at time management.

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