Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Great 2012 Disappointment: The Only Veil is Over Their Eyes


When the Mystery cult of Isis began its mission to convert the mighty city-state of Rome in the second century before Christ, it scandalized the conservative establishment with statues of their goddess, a naked (or topless) harlot who gave everything she had to anyone who asked. 

This was the Isis of the old communal settlements, before surplus agriculture led to trade, which led to city-states, which led to the monetary system, which led to perpetual war.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Grindhouse Classics: Curse of the Crimson Altar


Although The Wicker Man is the best-known- and the best overall, I'd argue- it was only one example of an entire genre of British occult thrillers, many of which starred the estimable Christopher Lee. 


Monday, October 15, 2012

Sucking in the Seventies

 

Longtime TV fixture Gary Collins pierced the veil and left this mortal coil at the age of 74. 

Collins' career is too long and twisting to detail here, but he entered the Secret Sun Hall of Fame when he starred (with Darren McGavin, no less) in the Solar foundational text Hangar 18 (which you read about in depth here), and was no stranger to other genre roles as well. 


Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Comics are Magick: "Horoscope Phenomenon"


I mentioned my first encounter with Jack Kirby via a DC house ad for The New Gods and The Forever People in The Witching Hour #12. Contrary to current misconception, no one really referred to those books as the "Fourth World" until much, much later, and the term itself - most likely actually coined by DC editorial and adopted by Kirby after the fact - didn't show up until several issues into the project's run. 

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Prometheus: "A Half-Billion Miles from Earth..."

In 1960, the powerful Washington think tank The Brookings Institute released a white paper which included a section on UFOs and ETs, outlining a number of various scenarios for poltical and military leaders should contact ever occur. 

Brookings was pessimistic about such an event, noting that societies don't tend to react favorably when confronted with a superior technological advancement. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Nine Eleven Ten Thirteen, Revisited

Oopsy Daisy!

When rewatching Season Eight of The X-Files, I realized that the DVDs and Netflix don't reproduce the timeline, the world in which these episodes were airing. They don't tell you that following the epochal 'This is Not Happening,' the series was pre-empted for a few weeks by The Lone Gunmen spinoff.

This is no small detail because the brewing storm depicted in 'Happening' --of a new and considerably more dangerous conspiracy within the government using Body Snatcher/Terminator aliens later called "Super Soldiers"-- darkly mirrored the rise of the War Party within the Bush Administration, a real-world conspiracy that the world was blissfully unaware of in early 2001.

So the question is raised: what did Chris Carter and Co. know and when did they know it?

Let's wind back the clock, just for exposition's sake:
"Fans of the short-lived X-Files spinoff series The Lone Gunmen may recall that the pilot episode ended with an eerie foreshadowing of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on New York's World Trade Center. Though the show aired six months before the attack, its final scene featured a commercial airliner aiming at the [World Trade] center, veering away at the last minute, TV Guide Online reported.

But for some reason, the show's images escaped notice in the months following the real-life attacks—something that mystifies one of the show's writers, longtime X-Files producer Frank Spotnitz. It wasn't until the industry newsletter "The Myers Report" ran a story about the show this week that it caught the notice of TV Guide.

"I know! That's what I've been wondering," Spotnitz told TV Guide. He, Vince Gilligan and John Shiban wrote the episode. "I thought, 'Nobody noticed!' I guess so few people saw the show. But it's strange, too, because that was the pilot, and the ratings were actually quite good for [that episode], and yet we didn't hear anything."

Myers Report columnist Ed Martin wrote that "this seems to be collective amnesia of the highest order. The final act of the Gunmen pilot, which seemingly made no impact last year, now contains some of the most deeply disturbing images ever created for an entertainment program," according to TV Guide.

"I woke up on Sept. 11 and saw it on TV, and the first thing I thought of was The Lone Gunmen," Spotnitz told TV Guide. "But then in the weeks and months that followed, almost no one noticed the connection. What's disturbing about it to me is, you think as a fiction writer that if you can imagine this scenario, then the people in power in the government who are there to imagine disaster scenarios can imagine it, too." - Sci Fi Wire (6/21/01)
One thing this article doesn't mention is that Carter's name is also listed in the episode's writing credits and as exec, Carter often made uncredited changes- often major- to episodes written by his three junior execs.

Richard Thomas interviewed Lone Gunmen star Dean Haglund (himself a real-life version of his character, a computer geek and parapolitics researcher) on UFO Mystic and asked him the million-dollar question:
Richard Thomas: What was your reaction after 9/11 and what’s your current opinion on The Lone Gunmen pilot? In your interview with Alex Jones you said the writers would sometimes be approached by people from the CIA, FBI and NASA, was this the case with the pilot?

Dean Haglund: I asked Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) this very question when he was on my podcast and he said that this was a case of an artist tapping into some bizarre collective un-conscience (sic) item, and he said that he read about the idea in a Tom Clancy novel, so there was no direct involvement in this case.

So, the trope of terrorists flying planes into buildings was nothing new --nor, for that matter was the trope of arms dealers and oil barons staging a false flag attack of that nature.

And the film The Medusa Touch- most assuredly a favorite in The X-Files writing room- featured a climatic scene (this time in London), way back in the 1970s.

And despite the protestations of Bush Administration officials, there was no end of warnings that something of that nature was in the works, warnings that were summarily dismissed up and down the chain of command. Warnings that "Al Qaeda" was planning a major attack.

Aside from the massive wealth and power of the Bin Laden family, Osama and the National Security State went back a long way, hooking up in the war on the Soviets in Afghanistan. There's no end of documentation of encounters between these BFFs, or the endless coverups every time some poor schmuck down the chain of command (ie., the guy who though he was being paid to protect his country) sounded the alarm on the doings of these characters, or the growing links between Islamic radicals and our own homegrown mass murderers (John Doe #2, anyone?).

From 'TrustNo1'

So I can't help but wonder if that Lone Gunmen story wasn't just a wacky coincidence. Carter's outlook darkened considerably in Season Eight after the Mytharc took a more mystical turn in Season Seven. The sharp return to deep paranoia might have been out of step in those innocent, pre-9/11 days- and the even gloomier and more strident mood of the Season Nine Mytharc out of step with a country who didn't want to hear any government conspiracy stories- but in retrospect it all seems rather prescient.

I thought so all along. Here's what I wrote all the back in 2007:
There are times when art becomes reality. The pilot for X-Files spinoff The Lone Gunmen , which eerily predicted a 9/11 scenario, is perhaps one of the most notorious examples of this.

Some theorists have pointed at that episode as proof of government foreknowledge of the attacks, yet if you actually pay attention to the dialog in the episode (included in the clip above), it seems unlikely that someone in the government would sign off on such inflammatory rhetoric.

But given the various contacts that Chris Carter had with people inside the government security apparatus, it's entirely possible that people within certain agencies were feeding Carter certain scenarios from intelligence briefings as story ideas. It's even possible that some factions within the intelligence community were using the show to warn people of what other, more nefarious factions were up to. Stranger things have happened.
I was reminded of all of this with the recent passing of Gore Vidal. An diehard critic of the official story on 9/11, Vidal wrote an essay detailing the endless holes in the narrative, the cozy relationship between US intel and "Al Qaeda", the warnings that went ignored by superiors (warnings from players as varied as Vladimir Putin, Hosni Mubarak and Mossad), all of the rest of it. Of course, Ten Thirteen were there first.

So when the X-Files Mytharc resumed in the last season with the silencing of government whistleblowers, broad-spectrum surveillance, and a ground war in Iraq you can't help but notice that all of this was being done by this new alien threat- the same threat that was introduced to America the week before the notorious Lone Gunmen pilot.

And in a scene that was cut for broadcast from the series finale, the apparent leader of the Supersoldiers reports directly to George W. Bush.

Details are everything.

So given the long list of CIA, FBI and other agents who were shut down by the Bush Administration when they tried to sound the alarm about a major terror event or were cut loose when they began to question the official narrative of 9/11, the War on Iraq and all the rest of it, it's worth taking a deeper look into who was whispering in Chris Carter's ear back in the day.
The show’s first episodes were based on actual unsolved FBI files that delved into paranormal strangeness. Haglund said that FBI agents would visit the set at times, and tell the cast and crew that they didn’t know how close to the truth the show really is. According to Haglund, there was a period of time where Carter had asked the actors not to speak at Science Fiction conventions. Carter said that he didn’t consider the X-Files Science Fiction, but “Science Probability”.

One of the more interesting stories is one that goes back to the inception of The X-Files. As Chris Carter was getting ready to pitch The X-Files, he met a psychic woman at an exclusive Hollywood party. She told him that whatever he was working on would make it big. Of course she was right, and Carter went on to create one of the most popular TV series in history. However, this woman’s strange story doesn’t end there.

According to this psychic woman she was hired by the CIA to go to Hollywood parties and report back to them the nature of her conversations. She said that she had no idea why they had chosen her, but she accepted the mission of course. She would be informed of the parties of the Hollywood elite and when she would show up, sure enough her name would be on the guest list. Afterwards she would be debriefed. Haglund believes that perhaps this was the CIA’s way of keeping up on what was going on in Hollywood.
Carter came into contact with a high-powered group of former FBI and Secret Service agents when he created Millennium. The original Millennium Group was based on The Academy Group, who acted as consultants on violent crime and serial killer cases. Later they'd be recast as mirror of the Syndicate from The X-Files, much to the displeasure of Millennium star Lance Henriksen. Carter:
I haven't had a lot of feedback from from the FBI. I think that, er, they've contacted us about the X-Files which they like very much (unofficially), and I don't know quite how they feel about Millennium, but the Academy Group likes it very much.

The Academy Group came to my attention through the FBI actually, and they suggested that I get in touch with them and they wouldn't return my phone calls for several months, they're a rather mysterious group themselves. So when they finally did I was able to get a meeting with them and sent the pilot for the series and they became very excited about being involved in it.
These contacts were not unusual. In the director's commentary track for 'The Truth', the late Kim Manners recalls a visit from a couple of CIA agents during an early season filming who told everyone that what they were doing wasn't so far from the truth. Typical fratboy gladhandling? Maybe.

But what we see is that is a well-documented history of interest from people from various agencies, active and retired, in what Ten Thirteen were up to. Keeping an eye on a potential subversive force? (X-Files episodes were typically delivered to network within hours of airtime, without giving network time to review them) Sure.

You have people like Michael Scheuer, former director of the CIA's Bin Laden office (which I'm sure was quite busy, given that family's exhaustive business dealings with the Bush Family et al), who are openly critical of American foreign policy. There are more like him, such as Richard Clarke, Sibel Edmonds and David Schippers and so on.

From the very start, Carter made clear that the conspirators of The X-Files were not the government per se, but were secret groups working within agencies towards their own agenda.

You know, actual conspiracies.

As Mulder's Syndicate contact 'Deep Throat' says in 'The Erlenmeyer Flask', "Inside the intelligence community, there are so-called "black organizations. Groups within groups conducting covert activities, unknown at the highest levels of power."

"Who's going to run this story?"

So was the character of Betram Byers, the whistleblower marked for death in the Lone Gunmen pilot, based on one of these people that Carter had through contacts like the Academy Group?

So, let's take a looksee at the dialogue here:
Bertram Byers: "What the hell are you doing? Why can't you stay out of this? Leave me buried?"
Byers: "What is Scenario 12D? We know, it's a war game scenario, that it has to do with airline counter-terrorism. Why is it important enough to kill for?"
Bertram Byers: "Because it's no longer a game."
Byers: "But if, some terrorist group wants to, act out this scenario, why target you for assassination?"
Bertram Byers: "Depends on who your terrorists are."
Byers: "The men who conceived of it in the first place. You're saying our government plans to commit a terrorist act against a domestic air..."
Bertram Byers: "There you go, indicting the entire government as usual. It's a faction, a small faction..."
Byers: "For what possible gain?"
Bertram Byers: "The Cold War's over, John. But with no clear enemy to stockpile against, the arms market's flat. But bring down a fully-loaded 727 into the middle of New York City; you'll find a dozen tin-pot dictators all over the world, just clamouring to take responsibility. And begging to be smart bombed."
Byers: "I can't believe it; this is about increasing arms sales?"
Bertram Byers: "Mm-hmm."
Byers: "When?"
Bertram Byers: "Tonight."
Byers: "How are you going to stop them? Why didn't you tell the world this? Go to the press?"
Bertram Byers: "You think I'd still be drawing breath 30 minutes after I made that call? The press? Who's going to run this story?"
Byers: "We would."
Bertram Byers: "This?" [He picks up one of the newspapers] "This is birdcage liner. Wild-eyed crap right up there with, Elvis is an alien and two-headed babies."
Byers: "You obviously read it."
Bertram Byers: "Don't be so damn naive. You think this is going to save the world?
Wow, "increasing arms sales." Why does that sound so familiar? Why does that sound so god-damned familiar, Mister Jones?

Now, the media narrative from day one was that this was the work of Osama Bin Laden alone, so what possible motive would someone in on the conspiracy have to give the game away on a high-profile TV show? What possible benefit would come of sowing suspicion over a hidden agenda over such a world-shaking event?

None at all. Of course.
The relative value of being able to dismiss the conspiracy theory as "something you saw on The X-Files" is so minimal (given the stakes involved) as to be beyond ludicrous, since the target audience of such a theory are exactly the kinds of people no one takes seriously anyway.

So the always-lame excuse of "Revelation of the Method" really doesn't hold much water. Neither does "predictive programming", since the plot doesn't actually fit the media narrative of 9/11 in terms of perpetrators or outcome, which it would have to if it were to predict anything, right?

A ground war in Iraq, from X-Files episode 9x11

"WHO'S GOING TO RUN THIS STORY?"

Given the amount of official foreknowledge of 9/11, the reported frustration of well-placed and high-ranking officials in getting their superiors to take this seriously, and the well-documented links between elements of the far right (which coincidentally controls the Conspiratainment market), Islamic militancy and power players in the military-industrial complex, I'd say the more probable theory is that 'Bertram Byers' is a stand-in for a individual or group of dissident intelligence agents who wanted to float a working theory (or something more) out there just in case their worst fears came true.

The intelligence community is not a monolith and there are people working within it who are not down with the Globalist agenda (people like Edward Snowden, to name just one). A TV show watched by millions would be the perfect place to sound an alarm and the dialogue certainly fits the bill to a T.

The Secret Sun Institute of Advanced Synchromysticism is waiting for you to take the next step in your synchro-journey. 

Come level up.



And don't forget the all-night 90s lotus party over at SHRR. We're presently up to 1998.

 



Friday, August 10, 2012

The Curious Case of John Carter, Warlord of Mars


It's generally a tradition here on The Secret Sun to look at movies long after they've been in the theaters, usually because I like to take the time to analyze them on my computer screen. I also like to be able to post screenshots with captions, since what's being said is often as important as what's being shown. 

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Terrible Burden of Truth

 

 I'm finishing up some work here at Secret Sun Central, but in the meantime it's summer and that means it's time for The Outer Limits.  This is a pure dose of AstroGnosis, and the paranoid brand thereof. 


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Jack Kirby, Mindbomb: "The Ultimate Life Form"

My recent Operation Trojan Horse re-read wasn't merely on a whim- it was inspired by a brief passage in Nick Redfern's new book The Pyramids and the Pentagon, almost an afterthought in the context of the book. 


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Owls Are Not What They've Seen

 

 During my Operation Trojan Horse re-read I kept seeing the year of my birth- 1966- recur throughout the text. It was a busy year for UFOlogists in general but for Keel especially, since it brought him to Point Pleasant, WV to investigate the Mothman drama, with its attendant aftershocks like the saucer flap and the MIB invasion. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

As Ashtar Commands

I've been re-reading John Keel's Operation Trojan Horse and finding I'm not quite as impressed as I was the first time I read it. Before it seemed like a marvelous corrective to ETH orthodoxy, but on re-reading I was often struck by Keel's lack of discernment (if not outright blarney) and kneejerk tendency to ascribe everything to his "Ultraterrestrials." 


Thursday, May 31, 2012

Babies, Bathwater and the New Age


The New Age movement is one of the great enigmas of our time. You won't find hardly anyone willing to defend it or define themselves as a "New Ager," and yet the movement has slowly and quietly (some would say insidiously) changed the culture at large, for better and worse.


Monday, May 28, 2012

It's Not What You or I Believe, It's What They Believe


I've been rather busy this week trying to stay out of the poorhouse,
but I've had two main themes that I've been mulling over, both of which stemmed from my reading.

I felt compelled to re-read the chapter on Jacques Vallee in Jeff Kripal's must-have Authors of the Impossible. I wasn't sure what I was looking for, but there was something I had unconsciously remembered from my previous reading (which was a while back now) that I felt needed to be explored. The quote itself? 


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Avengers, or Jack Kirby Conquers the World


Now do you understand?

I've burned a lot of bandwidth on this blog -- too much, in some people's eyes -- obsessing on Jack Kirby, the visionary madman who unwittingly changed the face of popular culture. He did so by laboring in the ignoble comic book field, where he spent the last couple decades of his career bombarding his increasingly disaffected fanbase with his various obsessions, such as UFOs, ancient astronauts, the occult, psychic power and psychotronic warfare, conspiracies, secret societies and armies of alien gods.

Me, I soaked it all up- in fact, the weirder his stuff got the more passionately tuned into it I became. And sure enough, Kirby concepts that died on the newsstand in their first incarnation would be recycled by other Kirby diehards and become canon.

 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Space is an Altar: A Mother and Child Reunion


If you scroll down and look at the right hand column, you'll come across Knowles' Law. It reads as follows: "Whenever a controversy over symbolism erupts in the media, it's usually disguising another hidden symbolic message altogether."


Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Space is an Altar: They Can't Be Sirius...

 Oh sure, that's a normal news story

Well, it's an election year and you know what that means-- a veritable flood of covert Sirius symbolism. It was the 2008 Election that really shaped this blog, starting with the A Very Sirius Election series and continuing on with the ongoing Stairway to Sirius installments.



It was all very strange timing for me; I had started this blog to promote Our Gods Wear Spandex but also to field-test a lot of the ideas I had explored in a manuscript I had written called Ancient Dramas, Modern Myths: The Secret Language of Pop Culture, which explored the ancient Solar symbolism in science fiction blockbusters and linked it all back to the Egyptian priesthood of Heliopolis known as the Shemsu Hor.

Ironically enough I began work on this manuscript following the 2004 Election and finished in mid-June 0f 2006.

 Obama's Beltane message

Richard C. Hoagland will tell you that the conclusion I came to in Ancient Dramas, Modern Myths is correct-- that the Shemsu Hor still very much exists and will exercise its influence behind the scenes with certain films (almost always science fiction action/adventures with strong alien and ancient astronaut themes or allegories). For the record, Graham Hancock told me in 2006 that he also believes that the Shemsu Hor still exist as well.

Dog (Star) Wars 2012

Richard also believes there's a hearts and minds battle being waged --roughly connected to Carol Rosin's claims of Werner Von Braun's belief that certain elements in the military/industrial/entertainment complex want to create fear of an alien invasion-- "fearporn" is Richard's term-- to poison the well and keep people locked in a limited, hopeless worldview.

That certainly explains all of the alien invasion films we've been seeing since Spielberg's War of the Worlds in 2005 (and his dismal Falling Skies last year)

ORIGINAL SYNC

In a 2008 post titled called "Credit Where Credit is Due" (inspired by a cyberfeud in Synchroland), I reminded readers that what I and others were doing-- connecting dots in the mediastream in ways not immediately apparent --was nothing new:
Richard Hoagland has been doing the exact same thing for many, many years. In fact, if there is a single father of "Synchromysticism" as it exists today, that man has to be Hoagland and no other.

From "The Age of Horus Dawns," November 2000
Anyone interested in Synchromysticism or deep semiotics will find a treasure trove in the Enterprise Mission archives, dating back to 1996.

Some may find fault with Hoagland's understanding of exogeology or astronomy, but his understanding of esoteric symbolism is immense. The links between secret societies and the space program (indeed, the links between secret societies and the power structure as a whole) are inarguable and well-documented, and Hoagland's understanding of their history and symbol systems is deep and meticulous.
And in "Credit," I also shared a hunch on where exactly the Obama Administration was ultimately going to be taking the country, what his role in history was:
As the space program is being ramped up to a scale never before seen in history (it's my belief that Obama could very well have been installed to transform America from an arms-based economy to a space-based one), I think everyone should at least familiarize themselves with Hoagland's work, which long predates us all in Synchromysticland.
Given the subsequent escalation of the wars, the surveillance state and the ongoing destruction of the middle class (the continuation of the Bush agenda, in other words) that seemed like a prediction for the round-file, where all of the predictions made by professional psychics, media pundits and corporate scientists belong. But I'd forgotten my long-held maxim about change-- that real change is slow, laborious and often invisible.

 Yeah, that's not symbolic

It also has to be remembered that Obama is not a king and that the country-- and the world-- is filled with competing power factions, who'll often cut off their own noses just to spray the other guy with blood. Given the symbolism we saw-- not only in the Election, but the Sirius Star LARP, the mind-boggling Dubai Anunaki invocation, all of the nonsense about the dog being a "Major Issue" and the Blue Dogs-- it's hard to believe that all of that was just for show.

It wasn't. It was, as Richard calls it, "sympathetic magic." An elaborate ritual to tune the participants' consciousness to the greater currents of these ancient, deeply-embedded archetypes, a practice dating back millennia.

It's as much as part and parcel of the space program (NAZCA NASA and beyond) as rockets and computers. All the little skeptic neckbeards are going to have to get used to the idea, whether they like it or not.



Case in point- SpaceX, founded by PayPal billionaire Elon Musk was supposed to launch its Dragon capsule aboard its Falcon 9 rocket to rendezvous with the ISiS today, but the flight was delayed:
The first launch of a private spaceship to the International Space Station has been delayed more than a week, until May 7, so engineers can test hardware and software, as well as review data. 
Space Exploration Technologies Corp., better known as SpaceX, was slated to launch a craft from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on April 30 in a demonstration flight for NASA. The launch date had already been pushed back several times.

SpaceX makes its Dragon capsule and 18-story Falcon 9 rocket at a facility in Hawthorne that once housed assembly on fuselage sections for Boeing Co.'s 747 jumbo jet. The hardware is put on a big rig and sent to Cape Canaveral for launches.
Did someone say "sympathetic magic?" What's the significance of April 30 in the grand scheme of things? Why, it's Walpurgisnacht, the so-called "Witches Sabbath." And of course Isis was the goddess of magic and patroness of witches.

 As above, so below- note mirrored "trinity" of stars

The Dragon and the Falcon- as well as The Nine- should be well familiar to readers of this blog. Put them all together on the eve of Beltane and well, let's just say Jack Parsons would be proud.

 "Typhon cast the male member of Osiris into the river, and Isis could not find it,
but constructed and shaped a replica of it, and ordained that it should be
honoured and borne in processions"- Plutarch


We looked at the very strange ritual of the Shuttle Discovery circling Washington DC on April 17th in great detail here and this past week the Enterprise flew from DC up to do the same thing in Manhattan. A massive faux pas was avoided when the event was scheduled away from Richard Hoagland's birthday on the 25th and the event took place on the 27th.

 Even the Sun got in on the act,
mimicking the Enterprise mission patch
with an anomalous triangle on its surface in March

I had a marathon symbolfest with Richard on the phone on Sunday, which literally ran the gamut from The Event, the Oval Office rug, the current Venus transit, the Obama/JFK connection, I Am Legend, the Norway Spiral and more syncs and symbols than you can shake a shillelagh at. 

Things are coming in fast and furious and Richard's still the master of this game. There's too much to cover in one post but there are some key points that he did take special note of.

It's Richard's belief that Obama is in office to finish the job JFK started in space. The stakes are higher now and the game is different. We're no longer a young, confident superpower-- we're a deeply divided and hobbled giant.

Richard believes there's a struggle taking place behind the scenes over these issues and I would offer that it remains to be seen if Obama will be the man who can refocus this country's energies on a new mission. It's interesting though that his opponent is a Mormon, who themselves are every bit as focused on outer space and sci-fi as Obama himself.

At the Pillars of Hercules- Francis Bacon's vision and Falcon 9
(Thanks to reader Adam I
)

ROCK AND ROLL

The Obama photo-op- which just might be the most incongruous Presidential photo op in my memory wasn't published until the 26th but was taken on the 24th in Boulder, Colorado. Richard pointed out the significance of Obama staring into space in Boulder on the same day a cabal of billionaires announced their science fiction-worthy asteroid mining venture ("space, boulder"- get it?), an event I'm still trying to wrap my head around.
Four billionaires are backing a newly unveiled asteroid-mining venture, adding to an impressive list of ultra-rich people trying to reshape spaceflight and exploration in the 21st century.
Planetary Resources, Inc. — which on Tuesday (April 24) officially revealed its plans to extract water and metals from near-Earth asteroids — counts Larry Page, Eric Schmidt, Ross Perot Jr. and Charles Simonyi among its investors. 
Filmmaker James Cameron, worth $700 million or so, is advising the project, which seeks to both turn a profit and spur the further exploration and exploitation of space.
 
Is there all that much money to be made in space or is the System calling in its chits Arthur Jensen-style and demanding these fatcats start putting their dosh back into the kitty? Because the next Internet billionaire on deck with a space program is Jeff Bezos:
Blue Origin wants to fly under the radar all the way into space.
The secretive private spaceflight firm, which was established in 2000 by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, is developing systems to launch astronauts to both suborbital and orbital space.
Blue Origin. Blue.

 Look at that "blazing star" in their very cryptic logo. Did I mention that Sirius is the Blue Star? Or that some believe mankind can trace its origin to Sirius?


I shouldn't even bother mentioning that turtles were symbols of the powerful creator god Enki to the ancient Sumerians, should I?

You know, the Anunnaki and all that business.

 Enterprise flies by One World Trade

Ever hear the old saying "millionaires don't believe in astrology; billionaires do?" Well, maybe skeptical neckbeards, mouldering away in their little cubicles, don't believe in ancient astronauts, but I'm thinking it's a good chance the CEOs of their companies do.

Oh, like, say Paul Allen and Richard Branson* two more players in the new space race:
British entrepreneur Richard Branson, who is worth about $4.2 billion, got into the game in 2004, when he founded the suborbital spaceflight firm Virgin Galactic. Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo vehicle will launch to space after being carried about 50,000 feet (15,000 meters) above Earth's surface by a mothership known as WhiteKnightTwo. 
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen announced another air-launched space effort this past December. Allen, who is worth $14.2 billion, founded Stratolaunch Systems with renowned aerospace engineer Burt Rutan.
This is the cream of the corporate crop here-- these are not men who fool around or throw their money away. I stopped paying attention to this for a while because it seemed like a indulgence-- space plane rides for the rich in low orbit-- but there are too many players on the field now (Sierra Nevada and their Dream Chaser is yet another player).

And this asteroid mining venture? Well, let's just say shit got real. These guys are after something and they're not telling us what it really is. We're going to have to figure it out as best we can on our own.

For the time being, at least.


PS: Obama ended the week with one dog joke after another at the White House correspondents dinner. During a 17-minute speech. Any other week, I would have thought he was just kidding around. This week, he's being dead Sirius.


UPDATE: Well, well, well-- look what else appeared last week. Nicki Minaj playing the Alien Aphrodite in a bizarre reenactment of Jack London's ur-AAT narrative "The Red One," which the pop princess namechecks at the beginning of the song. I guess we know what the new pop theme is this year...


UPDATE: Richard also pointed out the shot with Bo reclining under the painting "Liberty 1869", featuring the goddess Libertas, whose sword and spear and crown of stars links her to Hathor and Ishtar, goddesses later identified with Venus but who retained their identities as goddesses of love and war (see Scully, Dana). Is there a meaning here? A Sirius-Venus conjunction of some kind? Stay tuned.

UPDATE: On Old Beltane: Supermoon 2012 comes on May 5. The 'supermoon' is when a full moon coincides with the moon's closest approach to Earth. The supermoon will be 16 percent brighter than a normal full moon.

The biggest and brightest full moon of the year will occur this weekend. An estimated 16% brighter than normal, this spectacular ‘Supermoon’ will be visible in the night sky on Saturday (May 5) at 11:35 p.m. EDT, according to Space.com and the Daily Mail Online.
This weekend’s full Moon will appear as such because it will actually be closer to the Earth. Astronomers refer to this event as a perigee moon.
The apogee and perigee of the Moon denotes the distance of the Moon from the Earth.  The apogee is the point when the Moon is furthest from the earth. The perigee is the point when it is closest. When a perigee moon is also full, the visible difference in brightness and size can be dramatic.
The biggest and brightest full moon of the year will occur this weekend. An estimated 16% brighter than normal, this spectacular ‘Supermoon’ will be visible in the night sky on Saturday (May 5) at 11:35 p.m. EDT, according to Space.com and the Daily Mail Online.
This weekend’s full Moon will appear as such because it will actually be closer to the Earth. Astronomers refer to this event as a perigee moon.
The biggest and brightest full moon of the year will occur this weekend. An estimated 16% brighter than normal, this spectacular ‘Supermoon’ will be visible in the night sky on Saturday (May 5) at 11:35 p.m. EDT, according to Space.com and the Daily Mail Online.
This weekend’s full Moon will appear as such because it will actually be closer to the Earth. Astronomers refer to this event as a perigee moon.

* We looked at Branson before, in the post Nazca or New Mexico.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Wizards, Workings and Walk-Ins


I don't get asked much who my favorite superhero is, but the answer's a no-brainer: it's Doctor Strange.
The effect's been badly diluted, but the Steve Ditko/Stan Lee Doctor Strange stories of the early 60s are my single favorite comic stories of all time, even more so than the Jack Kirby material you're all so sick of hearing about. 

 

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Madonna NFLim 2012 Halftime Rituals

 

 Here's the halftime show if you haven't seen it yet. I've been down this road so many times and all of this imagery is so embedded into the culture, I don't think I can say much I haven't said a million times before.