Saturday, August 29, 2009

Week in Review: Back to the Garden

It's been really busy around Secret Sun Central. And as such, it's been all I can do to keep regular updates. I could just as easily put the site on hiatus, but I feel it's my responsibility to keep the fires burning here. September looks to be an extremely busy month on the day job front, but I will do my damndest to keep up with all of the semiotic insanity we are swimming in. I'll try to catch up on responding to the comments if I can, but never fear- I read them all. Keep 'em coming.

Now, let's take a look at some of the recent absurdities in the news...

We just saw the release of a terminally-ill Libyan, convicted in the Lockerbie bombing. Victims' families were outraged, but as ever realpolitik trumps everything. From the NY Times:
On Friday, Lord Trefgarne, chairman of the Libyan British Business Council, said Mr. Megrahi’s release had opened the way for Britain’s leading oil companies to pursue multibillion-dollar oil contracts with Libya, which had demanded Mr. Megrahi’s return in talks with British officials and business executives.
That aside, those 9s are certainly eye-catching, no? Makes you wonder. This past week we also saw the news that Libyan dicator Mohammar el-Qaddafi wanted to set up shop in New Jersey for his confab at the UN next month. New Jersey? Now I know the man is insane.

Speaking of the ongoing oil wars, here's a fascinating juxtaposition of imagery with a story on the "9/11 mastermind" (sic) and his schooldays in North Carolina, the sarcophagus of Tut and a glowing obelisk advertising the Outer Banks of...North Carolina! Ah, Huffpost- second only to Yahoo News when it comes to zany semiotic spell-casting.

And speaking of the endlessly-scheming aristocracy, there are a lot of breathless rants out there warning us that Prince William is being set up to be the "Antichrist." OK, all well and good- I'm as entertained by bed-wetting Fundamentalist hysteria as much as the next guy. But don't you think the Dark Overlord of the Stinking Infernal Abyss could conjure little Billy up a decently demonic weave or at least some hellish hairplugs? And how is it that Harry's kept a big bushy head of fiery red hair?

And speaking of royalty, we also saw the final act of the American Camelot as Teddy Kennedy joined his brothers in the Great Beyond. Here's a stunningly-candid candid from the funeral- Bill and Hill and W and Laura and Barackobamun sitting around chatting like the very close-knit family that they are actually are. Joseph Cannon has a blockbuster post up detailing Barack's CIA ties and his parent's involvement with the Company in the 60s. Definitely worth a read- click here.

Speaking of the 60s, this week brings us Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock. I just did a big post on Woodstock and I am ashamed by my sloppiness- how did I miss that Yasgur's farm was on Route 17B, a side road off of State Route 17? Well, I've been busy, that's my only excuse.

Speaking of 17 - I watched a movie last night with the missus that shook me out of a somewhat jaded attitude I'd been taking to all of this alien symbolism we've been bombarded with. It's not even a recent film- it's from the last wave of UFO media hype in the mid-90s - but the symbolism just totally blew my brains out. What will probably be the first of several posts on this movie will go up on Monday. You don't want to miss this one, believe me.

In the meantime, don't forget my interview with Greg K on Occult of Personality.

Have a great weekend (someone has to).