Friday, July 24, 2009

Grissom/Obama meme going viral? (UPDATE 1920 EST)

In the past 36 hours this blog has been bombarded with thousands of hits, after a Drudge Report-type site linked to part one of the Gus Grissom/Barackobamun piece. There were the usual corny old jokes about "tinfoil hats" and all of the rest of the worn-out snark in the comments sections (along with some stunning displays of poor reading comprehension), but that represents only a tiny percentage of the traffic. Having been on the internet for the better part of the last two decades, I recognize defensive ironic distancing when I see it.

What's more, I'm noticing that other sites are picking up on the meme. It's too soon to say how resonant the meme will become, but it did get me looking at Obama's possible Grissom obsession again (and that's what I was writing about- not a conspiracy, per se.)

In the first few seconds of doing so, I found this speech to the National Academy of Sciences on April 27, 2009. Although it was a more general (read: "boring") gabfest on science and technology, Barackobamun spoke about his support for the space colonization program:
My budget includes $150 billion over 10 years to invest in sources of renewable energy as well as energy efficiency. It supports efforts at NASA, recommended as a priority by the National Research Council, to develop new space-based capabilities to help us better understand our changing climate.

And he even snuck in the Magic(k) Number:
America's young people will rise to the challenge if given the opportunity -- if called upon to join a cause larger than themselves. We've got evidence. You know, the average age in NASA's mission control during the Apollo 17 mission was just 26. I know that young people today are just as ready to tackle the grand challenges of this century.
So what's the big deal about this speech? Nothing, really. Except it took place of 5o years to the day after Gus Grissom was chosen by NASA for the Mercury Project.

So, is that really the Sun in the Obama logo?

Not being a round decade interval, Obama didn't mark the Liberty Bell 7 mission in any noticeable way. But he did cut $1.7 Billion from the F-22 program, a move the fastidiously-ethical Grissom would have applauded.

UPDATE 1920 EST - Interesting Timing Dept.:

Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi has failed to declare the presence of 30 ancient tombs on his land, according to newly published recordings said to be of him.

The recordings allege Mr Berlusconi told escort Patrizia D'Addario of 30 Phoenician tombs at his Sardinia villa.

The tombs date from 300BC, a man said to be Mr Berlusconi was heard saying. - BBC
Hey, guess what else? Berlusconi is a P2 Mason!

UPDATE: Tommy looks at the decline of Fark and the kneejerk reactions to the post. I'm not surprised by any of it. If the post was truly nonsense, they wouldn't have spent any time on it. But it obviously got under their skins- that is, those few who read above a 8th grade level. I've seen this process over and over again. But it ties into a wider issue...

We're in a period of reaction following long years of political dominance by forces tied to the religious right. Now we're seeing a kind of dyspeptic, dogmatic materialism and radical adherence to scientistic authority become the default setting not only for the Left, but also for the marginal types looking for bandwagons to hop. It's a temporary thing- I've seen these kind of mass memes come and go on the Web at an increasingly brisk pace. But these movements always overstep their bounds, because they inevitably attract non-thinkers with their own axes to grind. And soon even people within the cult become bored and frustrated by the declining quality of discourse and the Great Wheel turns yet again.

Unwisely, the skeptic/atheist crowd have tied their wagons to Obama and the Democrats (ie., the left wing of the Neo-Feudal oligarchy) in a big way, but are forced to watch them disintegrating at an only slightly-slower pace than the Republicans. If Obama continues to fail, not only will the Fundamentalist forces be re-emboldened (and cut loose from the slight bonds of politesse that the GOP insisted upon), so will very angry types in the Libertarian and Patriot undergrounds. All of these people not only supremely resent the kind of mocking and dismissal that they have to deal with from the Left, but a lot of them are being squeezed economically -- and are also armed to the teeth. Not a good situation for anyone, and we've already seen the horrible results of this recipe.

Now, anyone who spends more than five minutes on this blog knows I'm not some wild-eyed hysteric. But the very word "Freemason" is a red flag to some non-thinkers, who have no concept of the history or continuing influence of the Craft or affiliated groups, all of whom are very well represented in Washington and other capitals. And there is so much hysteria about Masonry - a lot of which I believe is self-generated- that no one can discuss the topic without inspiring knee-jerk reactions.

This blog looks at esoteric themes primarily in the entertainment sphere, and there's no arguing the increasing prevalence of these themes. Believe me, if the Michael Schermers and Phil Plaits of this world had their way, there would be a skeptic/atheist version of the Hays Commission, policing and censoring esoteric and supernatural content in TV, video games and movies. And soon after, America's entertainment industry would collapse.

But as Frank Zappa said, politics is the entertainment wing of the Military-Industrial Complex. Perhaps when we see politicians toying with esoteric iconography (or worse, the shenanigans at Bohemian Grove and the like) we're subconsciously confronted with the unreality of our political clownshow, which millions of people- liberal and conservative- regard with the utmost seriousness.

To acknowledge the power of secret societies is to doubt the American myth of the sovereign citizen, and to acknowledge the possibility that these groups may wield some unexplained power mortally challenges the scientistic myth of the primacy of the conscious, left-brain mind and the illusion that the scholars and scientists are born to rule.

Ironically enough, the last two were the original mandate of the Illuminati, before they entered into the mythic realm.


  1. I was a Secret Sun blog fan before it was cool.

  2. It's always been cool. Your comment about the magic(K) of the number 17 caught me unawares in that I didn't realize this was a cabal number when maybe I should have remembered that numerology is in fact a black art to those in the business of practicing the black arts. The grovers got to claim the eclipse by opening the grove for their bi-annual. I recently heard that the eclipse marks the end of the Mayan calendar which may throw a spanner into the 2012'rs. I'm not willing to give the darkside any numbers or any cosmic significance from this day forward. It is revoked. No more. We enter the age of entitlement. Evil is effete.

  3. Chris, I hope you keep getting tons of hits. This is one of the best sites out there in my opinion. The credibility and way the info is put out there for us with no pressure on it as absolute truth is awesome. I appreciate the research it must take.

    One thing you have got me thinking about. What if we are all living out mythological stories in our own lives and just don't know it. Like maybe there is a bunch of potential plots our lives can play out all which can be related, explained and understood through ancient mythology? Maybe those in power have known this and use these rituals we see to maintain power. If so, then we would all have the ability to achieve greater insight through study, recognition and following our proper mythological path...

    Just putting it out there. I've heard crazier things. David.

  4. Just saw this Fark episode featured at Tommy's blog. I guess that nothing else may be expected than such reactions. Too much for the mainstream media junkie and their singular obtuse reality tunnel I guess.
    But this may indeed reap benefits with such exposure. It may hit home with some who that latent receptivity. Snare some band new Shemsu Sun!

    Who knows?

  5. "Follow your myth." I mean "bliss."

  6. Chris,

    You are on target in your political analysis. Most so-called skeptics are seriously weak sauce these days, and are completely unwilling to turn that skepticism on anything that they happen to be convinced of.

    Personally, I've been predicting the split of the GOP, the rise of militant christianity, and their alliance with secessionists and white supremacists since 2004.

    I believe that Sarah Palin is leaving her post so she can become their commander-in-chief. I am not sure who is behind that movement but it does seem very amenable to the aims of military contractors and actual theocrats like the "C Street" folks that have been in the news lately.

  7. Very interesting as always Christopher-wow I really agreed with the two paragraphs after "Update" and fark. You couldn't be more correct-a lot of these folks are pissed-and sadly armed to the teeth. I also loved your bit about the "meme" and the kind of people this attracts. We are really headed in some interesting directions in this nation (other nations too) but I don't think it is at all a "good" interesting! as much as a fool I feel for voting for B Obamamun -I am scared the likely victors in 2012 (if there is one:) will be Arno and Palin-and yes I know they have to change the law about citizenship for A.S. Very great thought provoking articles as always Christopher-sorry I am having so much trouble keeping up -best to you as always!!

  8. I dont even know what to say besides ben stein says, "wow." Sayin stuff like that sounds like opening your mouth to change feet. I have only guesses and suspicions as to what you are talkin about, but i freaking love it!

    Hey have you ever heard a bruce springsteen song where he mentions a secret sun?

  9. While I don't agree with your take, you might find something useful here:

    It's much too long to post, but I offer it up as an apology.

  10. Chris, I found these links over at Graham Hancocks
    This last one is inseventeenity!!!!!!!

    Also I Haven't heard you say anything about the movie Synecdoche, New York. Starring your favorite Hope Davis. Also written by Charlie Kaufman(Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ).
    17's everywhere in this one, and also a very interesting watch with lot's of other goodies.

    Your Humble Grasshopper

  11. Is that not the beauty of a blog like this? You can draw a line in the sand and decide where your own truth lies. Bwaha. On a serious note keep doing what you do 'cause my eyes are so much more open thanks to you. Like a previous commenter said, you bring this info out with no ego, it is a very honest and compelling read.

  12. The fact that silvio Berlusconi is /was/still is in Propaganda due (P2) is pretty well known. He even coquets with it. You should hear his speeches.
    I wonder why no one rushed him out of Italy with torches and pitchforks.

    Greetings from Germany


    [quote]Like a previous commenter said, you bring this info out with no ego, it is a very honest and compelling read.[/quote]

    Thats why im still here.
    The writer of this blog doesnt claim what he presents to be facts, but mere thought-provoking impulses.
    Even if i disagree at some topics, i always get the impression, that we´re all beeing treated like equals here on this blog, also no flame wars going on, and the readers and commenters are very witty, which i like. Well...
    enough butt-crawling for today^^

  13. Haven't been to Fark in months but I think it's only good for the photoshop contests.

    There's no such thing as bad publicity. I'm happy you're getting the exposure.

  14. Anony- Thanks- I'll PayPal you once the check clears. ;-)

    Eric - I don't know if 17 is a cabal number. I don't rightly know what it is. It just is.

    David- Thanks for the kind words and support. One thing about it all- and this ties into your mythology angle- is that it deeply humbles you the more and more you delve into it. Certainly when you take the Synchronicity angle into account. I'd say this- use anything and everything at hand when you're writing your own personal mythology. We instinctively do this when we are younger and then it is beaten out of us. Reclaiming that is a very powerful thing.

    Justin- Yeah, I was looking through the comments there and at Randi's site and some others and was stunned by how many simple errors of fact were tossed around. Those people have bought a bill of goods- if they blindly follow these mediawhores they'll become intelligent by osmosis. It's like a skeptic by numbers kit, and it's at this point that the bottom falls out.

    Liza- My myth is my bliss!

    C- Cheers, sir.

    Mark- Man, I hope you're wrong. We'll see. There's a tremendous amount of anger building up out there that the media is ignoring. But Fundamentalisms are everywhere, particularly with what we're looking at in this thread.

    Devin- I don't know about Arnie and Palin- and I don't think there's anyone out there to beat Obama yet. A more worrisome possibility is that people simply opt out and we start to see some real rage begin to express itself and civil wars breaking out like brush fires. As someone who can't stand the Left or the Right this is extremely problematic.

    Justuss- Then I'll keep it coming! Is that "Living in the Future?"

    JAD- interesting post- I read it the other day. I recommend folks check it out.

    Beeret- Awesome links and thanks for the tip. Keep it coming! "The US has lost 17 astronauts..."

    BL- I'm opening my own eyes as well. And I can't begin to express my gratitude for the amazing boatloads of data you guys put forward.

    Dyna- Well, it's not well known over here. That bit was for some of the newbies who think anyone talking about Masons walks around in a tinfoil suit. And thanks very much for the kind words- I want everyone to get the most they can out of their time here. And for selfish reasons- when people feel comfortable they contribute, which feeds my own relentless drive for hidden truth.

    Anony 736- Well, I do want to keep this blog at a reasonable level so it doesn't become Grand Central Station. The traffic has slowed down a bit which I'm actually grateful for.