Wednesday, September 30, 2015

New X-Files Trailer (UPDATED)

UPDATED WITH NEW TRAILER: Thanks to Reader Giles. The new one is totally metal.

The trailer here doesn't show much but what it does show seems to lock in with a leaked report on the first episode of the new series (titled "My Struggle"). If the report I read is to be believed Carter is presenting a radical new spin on the alien colonization mythos, one that ties into the critique he is obviously aiming at the surveillance state here.

At first it seemed like a retcon (again, if reports are to be believed) but on further reflection it actually answers a lot of long-standing issues fans had with the Mythology itself as well as issues I myself had stemming from (at least) the Sixth Extinction series.

It's good and true that they look older and more beaten down. It's a bit more honest to the romantic archetype of the lost cause. It's also ballsy as hell to revisit Roswell in 2015, long after the event has had any resonance in the culture at large but at a time when we're seeing more UFOs (and orbs, especially) than ever before, flying above our heads like unwelcome guests, leaving no clue as to their motives or intentions. 

But also at a time when the situation beneath them looks ever more apocalyptic.

As to these orange orbs that have become nearly epidemic, I'll quote Kenneth Grant, from a book written just as The X-Files reached his shores:
Anyone who has read with attention accounts of UFO encounters will have noted the high percentage of sightings involving the colour orange, the blending of red and yellow. In the Kala-grammar of occultism, orange is associated with Path 17, the Path of the Double Current. Its magical aeon, or angel, is Zain typified by the sword or scimitar. UFOs are frequently reported as being crescent-shaped when not egg-shaped or lenticular.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Night Force, Part Two: Mind as Weapon (or not)

"And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, 
with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name." 

I saw Killing Joke in 1989. To give you a sense of how long ago this was, The Red Hot Chili Peppers opened up for them, the Peppers' first tour with their "classic" Blood Sugar Sex Magic lineup. It was an outdoor event, held in a soccer practice field at Rutgers University.

 The Peppers were received politely but hadn't really built up a repertoire of memorable songs at that point (the cover of Hendrix's "Fire" got the biggest response). Setting the scene, Killing Joke had merch and posters all over the place, all sporting their signature surrealist/brutalist occult imagery

The field was at the bottom of a hill, and a long and winding driveway. The sun was going down as the Jokers took to the stage. They were accompanied by an escort of students carrying torches. The band were all dressed in black leather and Jaz Coleman was smothered in black warpaint. The PA system blared some hellish sounding pipe music.

 It was phenomenally irresponsible. You had a large crowd packed into a small space and Killing Joke were tapping into very dark streams of the collective unconscious. Their march to the stage seemed to take forever and you could feel the crowd slowly but surely devolve into a mob. People were shifting, restless, wary. This was straight out of Munich.

I don't know what force intervened but the fuse was cut when the band took the stage and the sound was an inaudible hash. The band seemed to be giving it their all but all you hear was a tinny, undifferentiated din. 

And it's a bloody good thing too. Because had the full power of that band blasted into the night after that pre-show display there's no telling what could have happened. I had seen them a few years before in Boston and the violence in the pit was downright atavistic.

Pretty much a typical Killing Joke concert in the early 80s

That was at the same venue I remember seeing The Misfits. I remember talking with Glenn Danzig before the show, who was then a scrawny comics geek. He was a big Night Force fan too, as well as a big fan (obviously) of Tomb of Dracula. 

Night Force of course being a cautionary tale about unleashing the forces that Killing Joke were toying with that night...

There's been a lot of theorizing and research done on the intelligence agencies and their involvement in the counterculture(s), a lot of it interesting, a lot of it not. One of the mistakes made in researching this nexus is misunderstanding what the black magicians of projects like MK Ultra were really after. 

Assuming they were after simple mind control, whose techniques have long been known and practiced, is the first mistake. Television, religion and the public school system were and are already highly effective mind control techniques. Cults had been incubators for mind control techniques for a very long time, highly effective ones at that.

I think what they were really after - and could never tell their paymasters in Congress- were ways of weaponizing the subtle powers of the mind. It's exactly why the government sent the skeptic groups (all of whom were reliant on government income in one way or another) to put the lid back on when people like Andrija Puharich wandered off the reservation and started telling the public what they were in fact after.

I think this kind of "mind control"-- suppressing the potentials of the mind to step outside of the linear boundaries of time and space-- is the unspoken driving force behind so much of our history and politics. 

Both the Left and Right, both religious and secular authorities, are united in the their fear and loathing of the potential of the human mind to escape the limits set out for it by thousands of years of law and taboo. The only way it can be allowed to be studied if that study will lead to some kind of weapons technology.

Night Force has the Russians far advanced in psi research, which a Russian general told Jacques Vallee was because the Russians "had never burned their witches," a statement which Vallee found quite shocking. One can only wonder if Putin is still looking into any of this or whether the generals have long ago given up on any of it ever giving rise to weapons technology.


I think the first Conan film (written by the great Hollywood iconoclast John Milius) was, like Night Force, an allegory of bizarre goings-on in the Intelligence world in the 50s and 60s. The contexts are obviously different but you see the same critique that there may have been more at work in some corners of the 60s counterculture than some are prepared to admit. 

For instance, Owsley Stanley was horrified by Ken Kesey's "acid tests", calling them out -- accurately, in this writer's opinion-- as exercises in black magic. Whether this was intentional or Kesey was such a brain-fried basketcase that he stumbled on the formula is anyone's case. The evidence is inconclusive.

Certainly many of the original movers and shakers of the hippie scene- the actual counterculture, not the counterfeit counterculture that arose in the late 60s-- saw which way the winds were blowing and tried to kill of the Hippie meme during the "Summer of Love" with the notorious "Death of Hippie" action, just as the major media was turning its focus on Haight-Asbury.

It didn't work. The free-wheeling, untamed, self-sufficient hippie would be replaced with a tamed, leashed counterfeit, one all wrapped up in the Globalist agenda. The same process would repeat itself with every counterculture that arose in reaction. A few weirdos coalesce and create a movement which is almost instantly coopted by the money men and replaced with a toothless imposter. Which seems to be all that's left now.

But the original freaks couldn't compete with the power of the networks and other media giants who would summon tens of thousands of fucked up kids to California in search of hippie Nirvana, only to find predators, STDs and shitty homemade drugs.

There was a two headed hydra at work. Unleashing chaos in the streets- the feeling of being of being invaded by an alien force- roused the "Silent Majority" from its self-satisfied idealist idyll and put Richard Nixon in the White House, smack dab in the middle of the Aquarian Age.*

But there also were experiments being done through the Stanford Research Institute and other venues, seeking to harness this youthful energy and see how weird it could get. And trying to determine whether that weirdness could be weaponized, as we saw in Night Force.

We probably shouldn't be surprised that the forces of darkness soon stomped all over the flower beds of the Aquarian starchildren. Anton LaVey unleashed the satanic virus while his lieutentant Michael Aquino measured its effects for the US Army's mindfucker units.

What the counterculture conspiracy theorists don't tell you is the rest of the story, how the entire Aquarian project was steered into rounding up all the sheep for the CIA's Jesus People program, which was backed by the Hearst and Luce empires. 

We're stuck in a 70s loop so the flower children stuff still seems resonant but the actual, documented fact is that the psychedelic era was extremely short-lived as a mass movement and was arguably simply a feeder project for the Jesus Freak movement, which in turn fed into the Religious Right in very short order. I remember all of this happening when I was a kid.

People who were actually on the street in SF and LA will tell you how quickly acid and pot gave way to STP, angel dust and bathtub speed, creating an army of instant drug casualties ripe for exploitation. And anyone who was alive in the 70s will remember how widespread the Evangelical revival was and how it came with the testimony of the recovered drug casualty. How strange that part of the story seems to have been expunged from the conspiracy lexicon.

Jacques Vallee's diaries of the early 70s paint Church of Satan guru Anton LaVey as a somewhat deflated, defeated figure. Did he realize that he was puffed up simply to play the scapegoat in a large-scale Mystery Play, one that led- as Vallee also documents- to armies of Evangelicals combing the streets of Los Angeles gathering up hippies for the new Great Awakening?

This isn't meant to bash Evangelicals, simply to point out that none of us are immune to the forces of history. But it does grate on my nerves how this history seems to have been expunged from the conspiracy lexicon, for entirely ideological reasons.


In the age of Beardy and Baldy (Alan Moore and Grant Morrison for the uninitated), all this kind of madness is standard fare for comics. But Night Force came out in 1982, when the average comic reader was 15 years old and most comics were still sold on the newsstand. It was only Marv Wolfman's clout as the writer/editor of DC's top selling title that allowed him to dig into such esoteric topics, and even then it only lasted 14 issues. 

He got even more esoteric, and delved into even thornier political topics. It seems remarkable in hindsight, but goes to show how accommodating the Kahn/Giordano regime were to valued creators.

Besides being a great comic and a great artifact of its time (it's best read not in reprint form but in its original presentation, so you can appreciate the wild contradiction of occult subject matter and toy and candy advertisements- plus, the coloring in the reprints is atrocious) Night Force also feels like a kind of prophecy of our times. It was too far ahead of its time, too challenging for a still-young audience- though Wolfman notes that it sold well on the newsstand (almost certainly outselling anything on the stands today). 

Keeping us trapped in our reptilian brain- the "fight or flight" fear-response part of our minds- is a highly effective way of blinding us to the perhaps the greatest secret of all- that consciousness is not bound by the strictures of time and space and causality.

I don't believe that's true- I know it for a fact.† It's something I experience on a regular basis. Of course, if that knowledge can't be weaponized it's not much use to the powers that be. And as far as I can tell, these subtle forces have thus far been immune to exploitation, no matter what kind of nonsense you might have read in our alleged scientific press.

* Can you think of somewhere else where this process may be in the process of repeating itself? Especially anyone familiar with the actual agenda behind the European project (or European history for that matter)?

† Last night I was doing my meditations and just letting go and following the music when suddenly I was in a hotel room, walking towards a sliding glass door and looking down at a busy city street.It only lasted a couple seconds but it was as real as sitting here typing. It was a room I'd never seen before. I had a few other flashes, less dramatic but still pretty intense. I wasn't thinking about anything to bring that image into my mind - it burst into my mind like like a bomb going off. It took a while to get my pulse and blood pressure back down. This is nothing to experienced astral travelers, I'm sure, but pretty mind-boggling when you're not even trying...

NOTE: A short storyline draws on The Outer Limits; it has an apartment complex whose residents are kept prisoner by a Lovecraftian creature who provides for their needs but won't let them leave. One by one they go insane. Baron Winters sends a sociopathic career criminal to the building to deal with the monster.  For some reason it feels like someone in the X-Files writers' room read that story…

Monday, September 21, 2015

Hey Kids! Weaponized Black Magic! All in Color!

Give Webster Tarpley the credit for calling out the agenda long before anyone else. He saw that the the Obama Administration-- the Phoenix-like resurrection of the old Rockefeller Republicans trading under the Democrat label-- had set their sights on war with Russia and China while everyone else was still speculating about Iran. 

Tarpley knew that the Obamafellers would cut a deal with Iran and go after Russia, which they are certainly doing now, using their Saudi friends to crash the oil market (which has the added benefit of crashing the economies of the Rockefellers' old enemies in the American West).

The Great Game is played no matter who is in power.  Presidents don't matter, parties don't matter, Congresses don't matter. I'm not even sure if Obama even sits in on these strategy meetings anymore. As with Reagan and W and maybe even Bubba, he seems surplus to requirements. American cities burn and Obama plays golf on Martha's Vineyard.

So welcome to Cold War II. 

I was thinking about the Cold War and the Rockefellers when I was reading a great old comic- a very strange and powerful artifact of a time when DC Comics was willing to try anything to regain the ground it lost after giving the reins to artist/editor Carmine Infantino in the late 60s. 

Simultaneously imperious and incompetent, Infantino rewarded his old friends with plumb gigs but crushed anyone who questioned his authority. Even the creators of Superman were not immune from Infantino's thirst for vengeance. 

When a group of veteran creators tried to organize to get benefits such as health insurance in the late 60s, Infantino had them all blacklisted. Some would find work at Marvel but many found themselves out of work.

After Infantino embarrassed the company with his handling of the Superman creator controversy, he was replaced by magazine industry vet Jeanette Kahn. Infantino's nemesis Dick Giordano later came in as editor in chief and the Kahn-Giordano regime set about rebuilding the shattered DC brand by repairing relations with talent. This strategy would lead to some of the best known properties in comics history such as Frank Miller's Batman: Year One and Dark Knight series and Alan Moore's Swamp Thing and Watchmen series.

As is so often the case, timing was everything. With the controversial Jim Shooter taking control at Marvel at the very same time Kahn and Giordano were looking to bolster their tired staff of aging journeymen, the new DC team found themselves with a mass exodus of top tier creators looking for new deals. One of these was Marv Wolfman.

Wolfman wrote pretty much everything for Marvel but is perhaps best remembered as the writer of Tomb of Dracula, a long-running series that took its cues from the Hammer films and expanded greatly on the themes of evil and Satanism, thanks to a loosening of the Comics Code. Wolfman and artist Gene Colan created the vampire killer Blade in Tomb, a character who spawn a series of films and a short-lived TV series.

When Wolfman moved to DC he revived the old Teen Titans concept with artist George Perez, giving the new DC its first bonafide hit. With that clout he then created a comic meant to appeal to an older readership called Night Force, which previewed in New Teen Titans #21.

Oddly enough the original inspiration for Night Force came from an unsold idea for a newspaper strip called The Unexplained, which was one of the endless parade of X-Files predecessors that drift like tulpas out there in the ether. 

The Unexplained was created with top artists Ross Andru and Mike Esposito, but fell victim to a newspaper strike before it could launch. Apparently, there was a great deal of interest in the property. How strange the flow of events can be.

Wolfman was tapping into strange currents with Night Force. Tomb of Dracula was famously praised by a member of the Church of Satan for presenting the satanic point of view so fairly (there was a character clearly modeled on Anton LaVey, and Dracula became head of a satanic cult in Tomb) and that seemed to make an impression on Wolfman. The only recurring character in Night Force was Baron Winter, who also seemed to be based on Anton LaVey, but seemed to portray a more ambiguous morality in place of satanic evil.

But the interesting thing is- and here's where we get back to the Rockefellers-- is that the first story arc in Night Force dealt with a Cold War battle between the US and the Soviets over one Vanessa Van Helsing (of that famous family, yes), who was herself an unwilling conduit for satanic evil. In Night Force, both the US and Russian militaries saw evil as a kind of electromagnetic force that could be harnessed and then weaponized. 

Wolfman seemed to be reading a lot of the more outre conspiracy material of the time, which was full of this stuff. But as regular readers are well aware, there was some basis in truth to all of this- Satanists on government payrolls, psychical research as a potential weapons technology. Anton LaVey was a paid informant for the SFPD, his old lieutenant Michael Aquino was running mind control experiments for the US Army and God (or Satan) knows what else.

And most tantalizingly of all, there's that story that keeps popping up again and again and again; of a time when government psychics were being used to contact "demonic forces" and experienced some terrible kind of blowback that left a lot of people dead. It's a story that keeps popping up in the most unlikely places. 

Night Force was roughly contemporaneous with Wavelength, the earliest example I can find of the theme. Which makes me think such an event may well have happened not long before.

UPDATE: Oh my my, isn't this a timely conversation? You'll find out why in the first 5 minutes...


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Speaking of Trial Balloons....

A recent, apparently-hoaxed story had it that the American Psychiatric Association- last seen trying to surreptitiously normalize pedophilia- was trying to declare religious belief a disease. The question I have is is that a hoax story or a trial balloon

Most of the comments I've seen around the Internet seem to support the idea so don't be surprised if it turns out to be the latter.

I bumped this video to make room for that story, this very, very odd video from UNICEF, which like the APA is a Globalist organization used as a PR front for much darker and sinister aims and agendas. I'm not exactly sure what the message of this video here, other than the usual "be nice to be people different than you", but the use of an extraterrestrial(?) seems not only egregious but a bit self-defeating. 

But there are a lot of conspiracy researchers who believe that there is an agenda to "fake" an alien invasion and/or contact, theorizing that comes from both the religious and secular conspiraspheres, so this video certainly seems like a little more than an oddity. Personally, I don't put a lot of stock in those theories (I can't see the logistics panning out) and believe they are based mostly on old information, but you can never put anything past the Globalists.

Speaking of trial balloons, there's also this odd story:

EXCLUSIVE: 'Asteroids in solar system could REALLY be 'alien spacecraft' 
Duncan Forgan, an astrobiologist from the University of St Andrews, said it was a possibility that some objects we can currently detect in the asteroid belt could be huge UFOs. 
He made the claim as he argued that the quest for mankind to find alien life has not been a failure and scientists have barely scratched the surface in our own galaxy and even the outer solar system in their quest for alien signals or other signs of life. 
There are some astronomers who are convinced there is no other intelligent life within a close enough distance that will ever allow us to make contact, because research so far has failed to find any conclusive evidence anyone is out there.
I'm not saying there's any validity to this story either but we've seen an enormous amount of orb activity in the past several months, activity which is highly reminiscent of the foo fighter phenomena that presaged much stranger and more dramatic events in the days following. 

I was discussing orbs with a well-known researcher whose knowledge of the phenomenon is second to none and he agrees with me that they are most likely some kind of probe composed of plasma or ionized gas. 

Seeing that four out of five members of my immediate family here had sightings of such things over the summer I'd say something seems to be ramping up. As I told said researcher, orb sightings are so common they're not even news anymore.  

You see so much stupid nonsense about aliens and extraterrestrial life in the media I really wonder why people pay any attention to scientists anymore. We hear more and more how corrupt and farcical so-called peer review is, how nearly every single scientific paper goes unread (never mind tested), but then there is inane garbage like this:
Alien Civilizations Are Rare Or Absent, Scientists Say 
A recent study has shown that advanced alien civilizations are probably absent or extremely rare in our universe.
By Scientists had thought that such advanced alien civilizations could have been detected by waste heat, as these civilizations would have harnessed enormous energies on the scale of the stellar output of their own galaxy. These civilizations and their energies, calculated on a galactic scale, called the Kardashev Type III civilisations, were to be to be detectable in the mid-infrared  part of the spectrum due to the waste heat. 
But now professor Michael Garrett says that most of these systems present emission that is best explained by natural astrophysical processes. Garrett used radio measurements of the galaxies to come to this conclusion.

I used to joke that DARPA was just a fax machine and a subscription to Green Lantern but now it seems that these astrophysicists are just a modem and copy of Isaac Asimov's Foundation.

They sit there, living high off the hog on taxpayer money and conjure up these ludicrous notions about extraterrestrial civilizations that are based on absolutely nothing at all and then feed our credulous media horse manure, when they have no clue what's flying around past Pluto.

Which all of them should be doing since A., we'll most likely never encounter any of these far-flung ETs (I still don't believe that UFOs come from outside our incredibly vast solar system) and B., any danger to our existence is most likely to come from our own neighborhood.

What a con.

UPDATE: Typical DARPA con-job: Headline screams DARPA Has Made a Brain Implant That Boosts Your Memory! Story actually says...
The agency wrote in a statement their device is showing promise with improving patient’s memory tests scores. It is “raising hope that such approaches may someday help individuals suffering from memory deficits as a result of traumatic brain injury or other pathologies.” and....  
“We still have a lot to learn about how the human brain encodes declarative memory, but these early experiments are clarifying issues such as these, and suggest there is great potential to help people with certain kinds of memory deficits.”

Religion Now a "Mental Illness?"

Well, it had to happen: religious belief is now declared a mental illness. Which conveniently renders 9/10ths of the world's population as potential invalids who can be legally dispensed with according to any doctor's whims:
According to the American Psychological Association (APA), a strong and passionate belief in a deity or higher power, to the point where it impairs one’s ability to make conscientious decisions about common sense matters, will now be classified as a mental illness. 
The controversial ruling comes after a 5-year study by the APA showed devoutly religious people often suffered from anxiety, emotional distress, hallucinations, and paranoia. The study stated that those who perceived God as punitive was directly related to their poorer health, while those who viewed God as benevolent did not suffer as many mental problems. The religious views of both groups often resulted in them being disconnected from reality.
What absolute, unscientific nonsense. But here's the kicker:
With the new classification, the APA will lobby to introduce legislation which would allow doctors the right to force life-saving treatment on those who refuse it for spiritual reasons on the grounds that they are mentally incapable of making decisions about their health.
That of course is the wedge, the precedent. From there we'll see religious belief of any kind used as an excuse to declare a patient unfit. Never mind that study after study proves that religious belief actually contributes to emotional and mental health- the APA is not in the business of science, it's in the business of control. Sound familiar?

We last heard from the APA when it tried to declassify pedophilia as a paraphilia or mental disorder. After a storm of outrage, it slyly declared that pedophiles who aren't comfortable with their orientation are suffering from some kind of neurosis.
In the end, however, only a small change was made: “Pedophilia” was changed to “pedophilic disorder,” to conform to other disorders in chapter on paraphilias, the APA said. The “diagnostic criteria essentially remained the same as in DSM-IV-TR,” it added. 
To be diagnosed with a paraphilic disorder, DSM-5 requires that people “feel personal distress” about their atypical sexual interest or have a desire or behavior that harms another person or involves “unwilling” persons or “persons unable to give legal consent.”
Unbelievable. But it should be expected.  

This is all going to continue because the wolves have put on sheep's clothing and conditioned easily manipulated Americans to look for mustache-twirling cartoon characters like Donald Trump instead of the anonymous armies of think-tank and NGO-fed drones who mindlessly work day-in and day-out to create an endless index of insidious menaces like these.

 For our own good, you understand.

Of course it helps the APA's cause that the devoutly religious are disproportionately poor and/or nonwhite, as the above graphic to the article oh-so-subtly informs its readers. 

UPDATE: Is this story a hoax? I got the link from The Daily Grail but a reader links to a Snopes story claiming the story is false. I guess the question becomes then is it false or is it a trial balloon? 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Transhumanism Jumps the Shark

Let's just get this out on the table now- Transhumanism is still a pipe dream. 

It doesn't matter how much H+ propaganda you see in the movies or on TV or in sci-fi novels or comic books, it simply doesn't exist as a practical science. There are so many barriers to it coming to fruition-- many scientists believe the consciousness upload idea will never work-- but the crippling deal-breaker is simple cost. 

No matter how many CGI effects make it seem so very tantalizingly close and no matter how many deliberately deceptive "science" articles you see (nearly all of which are based on some theoretical possibility), nearly all of the principles behind Transhumanism simply cost too much or require too much computing power or too much manpower to get off the comic book page and into reality.

The heat's gone out of Transhumanism, of that there can be no question. A messianic movement, which seemed to offer us salvation (just around the corner)  is now the province of the true believer. And like any failed messianic movement, the rhetoric coming out of the movement has become distinctly apocalyptic. 

A look at the IEET homepage (the IEET being the main H+ thinktank) shows how the movement is backing off its "any day now" fervor and is dealing with pretty much the same kinds of issues you see on any liberal or globalist news site, particularly one with a religious bent. Like most alternative religious movements it seems to be reducing to the Unitarian mean that you see in so many quote-unquote "pagan" circles as well.

Well, not entirely. One H+ preacher is reaching into the fundamentalist kitbag of hellfire and damnation, declaring that unbelievers in the Transhumanist gospel are not even humans, they're (we're) zombies.
One of the biggest existential challenges that transhumanists face is that most people don’t believe a word we’re saying, however entertaining they may find us. They think we’re fantasists when in fact we’re talking about a future just over the horizon. Suppose they’re wrong and we are right. What follows? Admittedly, we won’t know this until we inhabit that space ‘just over the horizon’. Nevertheless, it’s not too early to discuss how these naysayers will be regarded, perhaps as a guide to how they should be dealt with now. 
So let’s be clear about who these naysayers are. They hold the following views: 
1) They believe that they will live no more than 100 years and quite possibly much less. 
2) They believe that this limited longevity is not only natural but also desirable, both for themselves and everyone else. 
3) They believe that the bigger the change, the more likely the resulting harms will outweigh the benefits. 
Now suppose they’re wrong on all three counts. How are we to think about such beings who think this way? Aren’t they the living dead? Indeed.  
This is straight out of primitive Christianity ("let the dead bury the dead") which also promised physical resurrection and bodily longevity. But here we go from Jesus to Hitler and Pol Pot:
This much is clear: If you’re a transhumanist, ordinary people are zombies. 
 So how does one deal with zombies, especially when they are the majority of the population? There are three general options: 
1) You kill them, once and for all. 
2) You avoid them. 
3) You enable them to be fully alive. 
The decision here is not as straightforward as it might seem because the prima facie easiest option (2) requires that there are no resource implications. But of course, zombies require living humans (i.e. potential transhumans) in order to exist in the manner they do, which in turn makes the zombies dangerous; hence (1) has always proved such an attractive option for dealing with zombies. After all, it is difficult to dedicate the resources needed to secure the transhumanist goal of indefinite longevity, if there are zombies trying to anchor your existential horizons in the present to make their own lives as easy as possible.
All apocalyptic religions want to eliminate the unbelievers in one way or another. Europe is going to relearn that lesson in the days to come. Transhumanist ranks may be small but they may also have access to, oh I don't know, the fucking Plague, access that you or I may not have.

Not a comforting thought.

I may need new glasses but the author of this IEET piece doesn't look like a Nietzschean superman. He doesn't even look like a comic book one. He looks like Heinrich Himmler gone to seed ( a popular look in genocidoscientist circles).

Now there's been a lot of talk about the fraudulence of the peer-review system, about how hardly any of the scientific articles out there are being read, never mind reviewed and tested. 

I was struck by that reality when reading this inane bit of piffle about the reliably pifflous Lawrence Krauss, who decries religion for preaching "xenophobia" (oh, how daring).

This video was posted on the IEET website, which as we see preaches the most rancid variety of xenophobia imaginable. Oh, irony.
Theoretical physicist (and IEET contributor) Lawrence Krauss explains his main gripe about organized religion: “It implies things about the real world that are just not true.” Organized religion tends to promote an “us vs. them” mentality that in turn triggers a dangerous form of xenophobia. When people say religion is responsible for much of history’s wars and suffering, this is what they’re talking about.
And what about the religion of Scientism and "Scientific Socialism"? Do we count the dead done in their name? Maybe some other time, huh? 
Krauss then enters an investigation into holy texts such as the Old Testament, which — taken literally — is a “disgusting document” that most people know to treat allegorically. An issue Krauss sees among some Muslims is that the insistence on treating a text like the Koran 100 percent at face value leads to unnecessary violence.
If Krauss' name rings a bell, it might be from this recent story...

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

NASA'S NEW HORIZONS: The Other Shoe Dropping?

Back in July I posted this bit of speculation on the New Horizons mission:
For my part I can't help but wonder if the Pluto dog and pony show isn't a distraction. 
 This is nothing but the vaguest hunch but I can't help but wonder if this is just a fly-by for the media and the real target of this mission lies in the space beyond.  
We're starting to hear serious people talk about Planet X again, even in the context of there being a Planet X and a brown dwarf. From 
Search for Potential 'Planet X' Far From Over  
The hunt for the hypothetical "Planet X" has been fruitless so far, but that doesn't mean astronomers are calling it off.  
A new analysis of data collected by NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft revealed no sign of the mysterious Planet X hypothesized to exist in the outer solar system. But scientists are keeping up the search for a planet or dim star far from the sun. 
That this is being published at all indicates that there's more than speculation going on behind closed doors. And if in fact these objects do have idiosyncratic orbits and periodically enter the outskirts of our cosmic neighborhood, that would make a lot of people very nervous.

Even though I was careful to couch my speculation with qualifiers still I was labeled a "conspiracy theorist," and found myself on the receiving end of a curious amount of mainstream media attention, including an inquiry from Newsweek that I passed onto Richard C. Hoagland. 

And now this from Newsweek's former owner and government mouthpiece The Washington Post, continuing the incremental process of Planet X disclosure- "Is there a Planet X, a ‘massive perturber,’ hidden beyond Pluto?"

Astronomers so far have detected about 1,500 icy bodies in the Kuiper Belt, according to Scott Sheppard, an astronomer with the Carnegie Institution of Washington. A few of them are big enough to rank as "dwarf planets." And there may be something much bigger lurking out there in the dark, says Sheppard. There are tantalizing hints of a hidden planet that's bigger than Pluto, perhaps even bigger than the Earth -- potentially Neptune-sized. 
“I think there are definitely things out there bigger than Pluto that are yet to be discovered,” Sheppard told us.
After briefly explaining the mechanics of orbital perturburance, the article answers the two most pressing questions on the layperson's mind:

So then, how would such a big planet get way out there? Brown hypothesizes that, long ago, the planet formed closer to the sun, and might have been the core of what would have become a giant planet like Jupiter or Saturn. But then it could have been ejected toward the outer solar system through gravitational interactions with other giant planets. 
If this Planet X is out there, why can't we see it directly? Because it's very far away and commensurately faint. It could be at least 200 Astronomical Units from the sun -- meaning 200 times farther from the sun than is the Earth. These hypothetical planets, dwarf or otherwise, don't generate their own light, and can only be seen through the feeble reflected light of the sun. 
Sheppard notes that much of the sky hasn't been searched with extremely sensitive instruments capable of finding such a world. 
“We have not covered the whole sky to the faint depths needed to find distant planets,” Sheppard said.

Well, maybe.

Remember now, just using 'Planet' and 'X' in the same question is supposed put you in the crank file and here we see the Establishment's house organ offering us a primer on it? 

Something is going on here, people.

Planet X is like UFOs, a topic a lot of conspiracy theorists dismiss as scifi stuff, not to be taken seriously. But what if it's (or they are) more serious than you think? What if it/they might be an answer to a lot of questions we can't explain, questions that on the face of it don't at all seem related?

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Does Anyone Remember the Future?

I've begun watching Extant, the CBS Halle Berry vehicle on Amazon Prime. Like The Whispers, it's another of Steven Spielberg's attempts to conquer TV (television was in fact Spielberg's first love, not movies), and also like The Whispers, yet another example of his alien obsession.

His obsession seems to have gotten a lot more sophisticated since War of the Worlds, and seems to deal more with forces that seem more akin to Poltergeist than E.T.. It's not the greatest science fiction I've ever seen, though it's keeping my attention far more effectively than most TV shows seem to be able to these days. And it is a fairly typical example of what's going on in the genre. 

A lot of science fiction seems to have taken upon itself to be what Bruce Rux described Star Trek: The Next Generation as, a reincarnation of Soviet Socialist Theater from the Stalinist era. Drama is secondary to the inculcation of correct thought, in this case, adherence to the totalizing, reductionist scientistic agenda.

In Extant's case, people who believe in things like the immortality of the soul are ridiculed as "idiots" and parents who worry about their kids going to school with an experimental robot are painted as knuckle-dragging yokels. 

I'm still early into the series so I can't yet tell whether this is just a setup for Scientistic orthodoxy being subverted (a distinct possibility in a show about aliens). But it rankles nonetheless. 

But that's not what bothers me about this show. There's a deeper issue here, one that undergirds the crisis within our science and technology and by default, our science fiction.

Even if the series is fairly entertaining, what I am struck by is how derivative Extant is. So far what I'm seeing is essentially a simple recombination of A.I., Solaris and The X-Files (the latter not surprising given that former X-Files staffer Greg Walker is an executive producer). In fact, the pilot episode rather blatantly lifted a scene from the X-Files episode 'The Calusari', so blatantly I was left wondering if it was tribute or just simple plagiarism.

But the major impression I'm left with is how dated the show's futurism is, how it merely lifts the gizmos and gimcracks from Minority Report, A.I. and Solaris and to a certain extent from William Gibson's Bridge Trilogy. 

What's wrong with that, you may ask? Well, think about it: those stories are all fifteen to twenty years old now and we're no closer to seeing their prophecies come to fruition than we were then (well, the poverty and inequality of the Bridge Trilogy are certainly here, most certainly in California, the most economically unjust state in the Union). 

That you can transpose futurism from two decades ago to 2015 points to a serious problem in the presumed inevitable March of Progress™.

Things may be getting faster and smaller but we're still talking about technological concepts that are decades old now. And forget those gee-whiz headlines, we're nowhere near- I mean not even close- to the kind of Haley Joel Osment androids you see in Extant. Even the space exploration in Extant is downscaled- routine LEO stuff, "astronauts" futzing around on space stations. So in that regard, we're not even near Solaris' jaunts to distant star systems.

There are a variety of little details, animated photographs and talking toasters and that sort of thing, in Extant meant to embellish its vision of a Tomorrowland. But at its heart it's no different than the futuristic worlds presented as a sop to depressed populations since the 1890s. Even with the X-File-ready secret jostling, Extant's future is clean and orderly and harmonious, absolutely nothing like the future that seems to be taking shape outside your door today.

Does anyone buy that? 

I'm watching Extant because I want to see where the alien storyline is going. The futurism isn't only a distraction, it's kind of an irritant. And the materialist/atheist brainwash certainly doesn't help either. But the futurism? It just makes me feel kind of wistful. Younger people may not even process it but certainly in the late 80s and early 90s some of us were foolish enough to believe technology might actually be liberating.

No such luck.

For most of us now, the Future® is a gated community and we don't have a passcard. And even the kind of future we assumed 15 years ago would be here by now seems farther away than ever.