Thursday, December 29, 2011

Mindbomb: The Gulf Wars and the Gate of the Gods, Redux

I don't know if John Lilly's version of the omniscient Orbital Machine Intelligence (OMI) which he named ECCO (for "Earth Coincidence Control Office") is as true or as real than any other OMI fever-dream.

But I do know that when you really dig into the study of Synchronicity-- when you peel away all of the simple coincidence and happenstance and approach the phenomenon with a brutal rigor-- it becomes very hard not to begin to see it as the provenance of a force or an intelligence that is definite.

 Which is to say not a nebulous, pie-in-the-sky, touchy-feely "energy" or "consciousness," but an agency.

There have been times when Synchronicity seemed to volley back and forth with me in real time, when it answered questions that I had asked quite clearly in my mind just as if we were having a conversation. I found that the more rigorous I became-- mostly meaning the fewer variables I kept in play-- the more powerful and specific Synchronicity became in turn.

For a very long time I approached Synchronicity with the attitude that it was impossible, that only multiple sources of corroboration-- preferably in hard copy-- would make me believe what I was seeing. And even then I would challenge my own results.

I threw away hundreds of occurrences, which I labeled "guppies," in order to focus on the bigger picture. And in order to quantify the most significant I developed a five-point criteria, which looked for what I call Compound Synchronicities, incorporating several improbable co-incidents into the whole.

Which brings us back to Jack Kirby.

Becoming a conduit for whatever intelligence may be broadcasting out there is not an easy task. Maybe Jane Roberts and JZ Knight are the real McCoy, maybe disembodied ancient spirits really chose them as vessels. Maybe, but I doubt it.

I think in order to get to a point in which our ordinary consciousness is breached and the mind is free to go somewhere else or to tune into unknowable frequencies, our ego filter has to be bypassed. Meaning "shattered."

It seems to be a very dangerous process and I imagine for every true prophet there are a hundred thousand madmen. In Kirby's case, it was most certainly the war, but also maybe something else as well.

In the last post
we looked at this bizarre convergence of machine intelligence contact and the year 1974, claimed by Andrija Puharich, Uri Geller, John Lilly, Philip K. Dick and Robert Anton Wilson. Readers cited Timothy Leary and his Starseed Transmissions as well as contact claimed by Ingo Swann. There are probably others as well.

What most of these men (aside from perhaps Geller and Swann) have in common is what is somewhat irresponsibly called "heroic" use of powerful hallucinogens. What separates these guys from your ordinary acid casualty like Syd Barrett is that they continued to be high-functioning and prolific. Perhaps even more so.

You can certainly dismiss their claims but you can't ignore the fact that these were highly intelligent and cogent individuals, working in highly specialized fields.

There are also the examples of visionaries such as Francis Crick and Steve Jobs, both of whom credit part of their genius to hallucinogens and both of whom were no stranger to alien/UFO memes.

And then there's Jack Kirby.

I've written several times about Kirby's own channeling of the OMI meme in OMAC. Let's just recap-- OMAC was a near-future sci-fi series about a OMI who creates a One Man Army to deal with threats that the GPA (Global Police Agency) can't handle. He's essentially Captain Marvel redux, only he doesn't switch his identities.

In issues three and four, OMAC was sent to repel an invasion undertaken by a foreign dictator on a weak neighbor, which was the same situation we saw in 1990 with the invasion of Kuwait.

And here's where we get to the compound Synchronicities; the story begins with OMAC wearing a virtual reality headset, which were all the rage in the early 90s. This story was drawn in 1974.

As he flies to battle OMAC finds himself chased by video-guided smart bombs, which were not used in the field of battle guessed it, the early 90s (the smart bomb was the star meme of the Gulf War).

Jumping forward in the timeline, the arrest of the dictator from his bunker is remarkably similar to the image we saw of Saddam Hussein's bunker arrest, right down to the ragged beard and gaping mouth and tongue.

The similarity of the imprisoned dictator to Saddam is striking here, even with the balding head. The same goes for the crimes against humanity that the dictator is charged with....

The timeline was a bit jarring to me, in that it combined narratives from the Gulf War of the first Bush Administration and the Iraq War of the second. But in the stories that Kirby would write immediately after that timeline would be rectified in the major plot points of a multi-issue arc that would bring us straight to the doorstep of a Stargate.

A bit of background first.

William Henry (among others) has argued that the invasion and occupation of Iraq was not about WMDs or democracy or even oil, but about obtaining hidden records of the ancient gods popularly known as the "Annunaki."

The ancient cities of Sumer and Babylon (literally "Gate of the Gods") lie in the Fertile Crescent between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. Rumors had been circulating for years that Saddam had been digging feverishly for Annunaki relics, which he had supposedly found, as well as proof an ancient Stargate, or interdimensional portal used to travel vast distances in time and space.

And to file this under crazy theories undergirded by naggingly inconvenient facts, you might remember that one of the first things the US Army did when it reached Baghdad was loot all the museums.

Which brings me to that ancient and arcane grimoire men call Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth #30...

Textbook alien abduction
from "UFO: The Wildest Trip Ever"
Kamandi is not really the last boy on Earth, since he's actually 18 and there are a bunch of other humans (including boys) running around on Earth A.D. (After Disaster). And the title was a pastiche of Kirby's 50s work (including a story in which Earth is taken over by talking animals) meant to cash in on the Planet of the Apes craze of the early 70s.

I remember seeing the book now and then but it seems as if it didn't make it to the stands near me (comic book distribution was a corrupt mess back in the day) very often. So #30 was the first issue I actually bought for myself and was my entry point into the Kirbyverse.

I remember buying it with money my mother had given me to buy soda and potato chips and Ring Dings at Valles News (pronounced Valis) one morning when I was supposed to go on a field trip to the Boston Aquarium.

Be that as it may, you may now note that the first Jack Kirby book I ever bought was about a classic alien abduction -- not to mention the Stargate.

In "UFO: The Wildest Trip on Earth" (wink, wink), Kamandi and his mutant sidekick Ben Boxer are taken to a distant "barren pile of sand" by the alien, who turns out to be an energy being contained in a suit.

Who is Ben Boxer? Well, he's part of a trio of astronauts who sat out the Great Disaster (WWIII) in Tracking Site, an low-orbit space station. They survived the holocaust and developed mutant powers and worship the ancient god, "NASA Mind."

Kirby never said as much but it's safe to say Ben Boxer is his Gus Grissom, because Jack was plugged into every other damn thing you can think of.

What is this invader doing in this desert land? She (it turns out to be a girl after scanning Kamandi as a template) is looting the treasures of the earth to send back to her home planet by way of a....


Where, as the fanatically alien-obsessed Kirby tells us, "UFOs come from." If you scroll back up you'll see a statue based on the Babylonian gods (also featured on the issue's cover) found in--wait for it now...

...the Iraqi National Museum.

So, let's recap-- in 1974, Kirby draws a story about an OMI-powered supergod with main plot points that eerily foreshadow the two Persian Gulf wars, including virtual reality of all damn things.

Immediately after that, we are taken on a trip to a sandy wasteland where an invading alien is looting artifacts, including those identical to those displayed in the Iraqi Museum, which was itself looted by an invading force 29 years later.

Kamandi #30 also features a terrorism subplot, in which Kamandi and Ben find a jetliner lifted from the Arctic in which a passenger carries a suitcase nuke. When the satchel is opened the device is armed and the explosion closes the Stargate, leaving the UFO and its pilot stranded on Earth.

Now, the reason I hadn't put the whole story together is that I usually began and ended with #30. Big mistake. That's only just the start.

In issue #31, the stranded alien energy being looks for a suitable host and possesses Ben Boxer, Walk-in style. He becomes a steel-plated giant (Ben's mutant powers allow him to become the Silver Surfer, sans board essentially) and goes on the rampage.

At the same time the alien is trying to find a host-- Jesus, I don't even know how to say this-- an invading army arrives in the desert from America.

For real.

The invading force from America arrives at this barren desert to fight their enemies, the Gorillas. The battle picks up in #32, a giant size issue that includes a reprint of Kamandi #1. And not for nothing, either...

...for the first issue of Kamandi begins in the ruins of lower Manhattan and ends at the military headquarters of the new American Empire. On page 17.

The invasion force from America is led by Kamandi's old chum, Prince Tuftan, son of the "Great Caesar" of the Tiger Empire.

Did I mention it's headquartered in America?

You see, this is the second Gorilla War-- the first war took place in issue #3 and 4, following the story arc begun in #1.

The first war was fought by the father, the second by the son.

Sound familiar?

By the way, that's a gorilla war, not a guerrilla war.

So, what I innocently wandered into early 1975 was a storyline that eventually featured a UFO abduction, an intra-galactic Stargate, Annunaki relics, jetliners as terrorist weapons, and a two-stage war fought first by the father of a American Empire and then the son.

And did I mention this was written immediately following the smart bomb/virtual reality/Weapons of Mass Destruction war story in OMAC?

The storyline continued with alien genetic engineering and the UFO repelling the gorilla forces. It concluded in orbit, with Pyra taking Kamandi and Canus on a trip to a Russian satellite manned by a Lovecraftian mutant.

This is all just one or twelve too many more "coincidences" with Jack Kirby to chalk up to happenstance. And what we are looking at again are "Compound Synchronicities," in which the co-incidents are stacked in sequence, with Kamandi #30 being published immediately following OMAC #4. And what we are looking at are the major plot points of these stories, not just random details.

Starting in the late 50s, Kirby began receiving transmissions that seem to transcend the boundaries of time and space. He buried it all in allegory (read: "wacked-out sci fi"), or rather, translated whatever he was picking up. But I believe there's some thing behind this all, and not just the moon in June and the birds and the trees, fa la la. And 1974 seemed to be a crucial year in this process for him, as with others.

POSTSCRIPT I: I'd be remiss in not mentioning that I began working on this piece on Dec. 28th, the 37th anniversary of one of the three life-altering traumatic events I experienced in my early days, which I wrote about here. That event -- the violent and suspicious death of someone very close to me and my family-- happened at the end of 1974. I often think it left me wide open, psychically. And just two and a half months later, this Stargate madness came into my life.

An earlier and even more traumatic event also prefigured my very first exposure to Jack Kirby (via this issue of The Witching Hour). I can't help but think of that co-incidence as well.

POSTSCRIPT II: And bringing it all back to those Sirius transmissions, who do we find in the centerfold of Kamandi #35 and its alien goddess-in-orbit plot? A familiar face, indeed.

POSTSCRIPT III: And who's that above Lady Sirius? From the Wiki:
(Christopher) Glenn made his best-known report on January 28, 1986 when he anchored CBS Radio's live coverage of the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger. Glenn had just signed off -- after what was thought to have been a normal launch -- when the shuttle disintegrated, killing the seven astronauts on board.
"I had to get back on the air real fast to describe that, and had a very difficult time doing that," he recalled. Glenn and correspondent Frank Mottek (now a reporter at CBS Radio Station KNX) covered the Challenger disaster from that point.
Glenn was among the first CBS News correspondents to use a personal computer (an Apple II).

POSTSCRIPT IV: Speaking of the Challenger disaster, does anyone know anything about the provenance or authenticity of this video?

POSTSCRIPT V: Ned Sonntag reminded me that Ben Boxer can trace his astronaut-as-supergod lineage directly to the Fantastic Four (astronauts who were transformed into super-beings via radiation), and that the FF themselves are widely seen as a take-off from Kirby's Challengers of the Unknown (both of whom trace their origin to aeronautical disasters). Click here for the lineage.


  1. As per usual, my mind is totally, well-and-truly, blown. I thank you sir.

  2. A little detour on the LSD/Crick combo. Watson and Crick were in competition with Linus Pauling in California to be first to model DNA. Somehow Linus' son made his way to the UK and offered his services which were curiously accepted though might have been a British display of Gentlemanly Marquis Of Queensbury rules. The question is was it Linus' Paulings son fresh from West Coast CIA LSD test bed that gave Crick the acid that led to his father losing the big prize or was there a European Hoffman connection? There's a super documentary on it I posted over here with a little Kings College triangulation but in it but I still scratch my head about this piece of genetic code that effectively is the highest valued I.P in the universe if we listen to both abductees and a few other trusted sources with off world experience.

  3. Check out the Fritz X, it was a Nazi guided missile that was fielded in 1943. They had a bigger one used to break bridges and dams that if I remember right was guided by remote cameras. I don't remember the name of that one though.

    Kirby didn't invent the term Smart Bomb or the idea of TV guidance, it was what the bombs we were using in Vietnam to kill things like buildings and bridges were called.

  4. A dizzying, but thought-provoking, set of linkages. I'll have to ponder this a bit more...

  5. I never said Kirby invented the smart bomb. What I'm talking about is the conjunction of video-guided precision munitions (as opposed to the radio or laser guided munitions of earlier wars) and the basic overall narrative. It's misleading to suggest that the smart bomb wasn't the star player of the Gulf War, or that the GW was the first time nearly everyone on the planet heard of them.

  6. "Someone get Jeff Kripal on the line - right away!"

    Well done.

    I have been using the year 1974 as a sort of confirmation for an odd pattern of meeting people who have had UFO experiences. A surprizing number were born in (or near) 1962. They also have UFO sightings in 1974.

    The pattern is quite odd. I've made a real deal effort to document these folks.

    Mike C!

  7. The meme of an alien transmission from some kind of orbiting satelite seems to have been weirdly in the ether in the 1974 period. In 1973, Spaceflight, the magazine of the British Interplanetary Society, pulished a claim by Astromoy writer Duncan Lunan that he had identified and deciphered a radio message sent from an alien space probe which had been in the same orbit as the Moon the late 20s. According to Lunan, the message read: "Start here. Our home is Upsilon Bootes, which is a double star. We live on the sixth planet of seven, coming from the sun, which is the larger of the two. Our sixth planet has one moon. Our fourth planet has three. Our first and third planets each have one. Our probe is in the position of Arcturus, known in our maps." Luman's claims feed into a shadowy and poorly substantiated belief that an ancient alien satelite, labelled the Dark Knight, was discovered sometime during the sixties, which some writers have associated with Dick's VALIS experiences. I can't speak to the substance of Lunan's largely forgotten claims, but the timing of his anoucement on the foot of all the 74 transmissions is interesting.

  8. Hey Chris,

    Kirby keeps ending up at the center of things, doesn't he? Spooky stuff.

    As a side note, sometimes I like to play a divination game with random word generators. Have something in mind you wish to gather insight on and then generate three random words, hopefully intuiting a pattern or meaning.

    I did this just now regarding the connection I sense between The Hanged Man tarot card and possible Orbital Machine Intelligences. The three words I got were: 1) Computer 2) Organic 3)Newcomer.

    Not that this proves anything, but it's funny how those three words could be taken as suggestive of an OMI. Just a bit of fun.

    But on a more serious note, I don't really see most channeling material as having much innate spookiness. As you've mentioned, it makes everything appear much too clean and easy. Basically, I don't get that tingling spidey-sense feeling when reading most channeled material.

    I do get it when reading certain authors though, and when watching certain movies etc. That feeling of something being truly breached or transcended or warped doesn't happen to me very often, but when it does it is precious. These Kirby connections you highlight give me some of that feeling.

    So for me at least you're on to some powerful stuff here. In my slim experience with prophecy I've found that the experiencer usually cannot fully control or comprehend the events - and often doesn't even fully realize or believe that it is occurring. Prophecy is often only recognized as so with hindsight, paradoxically. When it is grasped as genuine prophecy before its fulfillment - it must be an extremely unnerving experience, I'm sure.

    Keep up the great work.


  9. One of my Christmas presents was the new edition of Philip K Dick's "Exegesis". Many people here will be familiar with the highlights presented in VALIS, The Divine Invasion and Timothy Archer - and Lawrence Sutin printed some too - but the new book has nearly 1000 pages of PKD's ruminations. Even this however is not fully complete - the editors say that only a multi-volume edition could present all the Exegesis notes. For the moment this is as comprehensive as can be achieved in a single book.

    The editors have done a good job of working with material that's very hard to organise, and though it's internally coherent it's also quite repetitive in some ways. I'm barely at page 200 and already the Zagreus-Dionysus-Christ meme has been extensively treated, along with Bishop Jim Pike.

    No matter, this is a very involving glimpse of a writer's effort to comprehend an experience that's clearly very hard to render into text, and harder still to clarify in a logical way. Dick comes across as a philosopher who, though he lacks sufficient academic terminology, brings precisely the right background from science fiction, popular culture and theology to bear on the VALIS experience of 1974.

    Thanks Chris for writing these recent posts about the strong similarities in the group of literal visionaries who all looked forward - and backward - towards a place that was radically different from the postwar USA. Nice to see a mention of Olaf Stapledon too, and hints in previous articles that Arthur C Clarke might also have been party to some kind of revelation about the future (despite cloaking it in the conventions of strong sci-fi).

    I think there'd be a lot of interest in a book that gathered together all these disparate experiences and treated them in parallel, bringing out deeper similarities (rather as Robert Anton Wilson did between his own visions and PKD's).

    Looking back at history, we might find such visionary groups occurring in distinct clusters: e.g. the Essenes and early Christians; the Cathars; the Brethren of the Free Spirit and Meister Eckhart; the Rosicrucians; Swedenborg and William Blake; the Theosophists and Spiritualists; and the early 20th c occult revival. Of course this only touches on the West over the past 2000 years and other places and times will show similar patterns.

    Do these clustered groups point to a repeated and even predictable incursion into our reality, as John Lilly thought was happening with ECCO and PKD with VALIS?

  10. Thanks so much for this! I recently finally read Omac (the recent hardback collection) and soon after read Kripal's Mutants & Mystics. I loved that book, but I was disappointed that Kripal didn't riff on Omac, considering he addressed Kirby and PKD. I'm so glad you made the connection here -- with the added bonus of the Gulf War angle that I hadn't considered, (The new Kamandi hardback collection is on my reading list.)

  11. Chris,

    Excellent piece, as usual. One quibble, though.

    The U.S. Army didn't "loot all the museums" in Baghdad. They were so pre-occupied guarding the banks that they neglected the museums and weapons depots.

    You are on the right track though. The museums were looted, at least in part, by persons with occult motivations. Just like what happened to the Egyptian National Museum in Cairo during this year's unrest there.

    And @Charles Frith, you may want to know that Linus Pauling himself was a LSD pioneer.

  12. I can't help but be reminded of the Crystalline-OMI??? in the bible that had a house called the ark of the covenant. Which houses what is called a Tetragrammaton which leads me to this:

    and finally to this!

    Nassim Haramein - this is part 2 and the tree of life math enters around 3:07 though I encourage Part 1 and Part 2 (8 hours).

    It seems I wonder if the fractal technology is based really upon thought. Which seems to stand behind the whole "pure of heart" aspect. Perhaps it feeds into your own point of singularity (in the heart and mind? upper pi and lower pi ??) and catches your belief system en mass and individually.

    It seems as if one could be a Living God because God is within you correct? and also have material technology representing such...

    It seems as though a thought based technology which is biological is right up this alley here.

    The OMI is a little creepy....yeah?

    Thank for all your writings! Yep I still read ya!


  13. A mind-flipping conclusion to 2011 from Chris. Good stuff!

    Just one quick note - Puharich's very peculiar biography of Gellar, complete with The Nine/Spectra stuff also came out in... 1974...

    You can read it here...

    Happy New Year to you all!

  14. That's awesome work. The connections are freaky. Kirby must have been channelling or something. Considering the theory that time goes backwards instead of forwards for a sec, over Xmas my three year old told his grandmother that he had thrown paint all over the carpet and was looking guilty, he hadn't at all... but did about an hour later.

    Happy New Year to you, your family and everyone who comments. I wonder if we will see new intelligent life forming on Earth as a result of Betelgeuse dying.

  15. Hey Chris,

    This is a re-post from a lengthy comment I just left on the Sun's FB page, inspired by your link to the NASA Grail story. It seemed pertinent here also, on a post that discusses the gate of the gods:

    So NASA sends the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory spacecraft to the Moon on the day of Sirius, i.e. New Year’s Day? I find it interesting that this grail, a fairly crude Orbital Machine Intelligence in comparison to most sci-fi, but an OMI nonetheless, is sent on its quest by a group that calls itself NASA. I think this event has various symbolic interpretations that are all connected.

    First of all, if we look at the acronym NASA, we could interpretate it as NAZA, seeing as how the S and the Z are phonetically very similar in the English language. This then leads to the speculation that Naza is a name and a contraction of the word Nazareth – the supposed birthplace of Christ. In a sense NASA is, at least in public consciousness, humanity’s most well known bridge or link between the Heavens and Earth – much like Christ in Christian mythology.

    But also we have the various solar deities in paganism that were reborn in the period following the Winter Solstice – the sun’s journey through the underworld of the Longest Night. But if we view NASA as a play on the word Naza-reth, then the symbolism takes on another dimension.

    The birthplace of a god, or a title of the god himself, offers up the grail to the Moon, as the mortal race stands in the gateway to the New Year, and when Sirius is highest in the sky. Ok, I’m intrigued.

    Now, if we view this all as being some kind of shadow-play of mythical symbolism – we need to realise that NASA and the like take it very seriously (or siriusly). It seems to me that this event is a symbolic Stairway to Sirius event: a rainbow staircase or wormhole passing through the heart of a reborn solar divinity, and reaching towards the moon with the gift of the grail.

    Obviously, there are many interpretations we could make from the little details associated with this event. Firstly, there are two grails; Grail-A and Grail-B. I find this interesting because of the Jesus-Thomas-Twin resonances you can find in Christian literature. Also interesting is the fact that in the Neswmax article cites the Chief NASA scientist overseeing the grails as a woman named Maria, the Latin form of the name Mary.

    So the Mother of God offers two grails to the moon when humanity stands in the portal of the New Year – when Sirius is highest in the heavens. Two grails, two sons…or two suns? These events strike me as necessary preparatory symbolic events. As you mentioned on FB, it’s not just a frivolous game of half-thought allusions. Something is going on here that is deadly serious. These grails have purportedly been sent to measure the gravitas of our closest Celestial Companion. There is something meta-textually significant in all this.


  16. Did you catch this one?

    Pentagon-supported physicists on Wednesday said they had devised a "time cloak" that briefly makes an event undetectable.

  17. "What most of these men (aside from perhaps Geller and Swann) have in common is what is somewhat irresponsibly called "heroic" use of powerful hallucinogens. What separates these guys from your ordinary acid casualty like Syd Barrett is that they continued to be high-functioning and prolific. Perhaps even more so."
    "Have you ever seen truthtrance?"

    He shook his head. "No."

    "The drug's dangerous," she said, "but it gives insight. When a truthsayer's gifted by the drug, she can look many places in her memory - in her body's memory. We look down so many avenues of the past... but only feminine avenues." Her voice took on a note of sadness. "Yet, there's a place where no Truthsayer can see. We are repelled by it, terrorized. It is said a man will come one day and find in the gift of the drug his inward eye. He will look where we cannot - into both feminine and masculine pasts."

    "Your Kwisarz Haderach?"

    "Yes, the one who can be at many places at once: the Kwisarz Haderach. Many man have tried the drug... so many, but none has succeeded."

    "They tried and failed, all of them?"

    "Oh, no." She shook her head. "They tried and died."