Saturday, January 21, 2017

Unified Weird Theory: But It Rhymes

Is the endless Seventies tapeloop finally over? Are we reliving the early Eighties again now? Was
Stranger Things somehow a harbinger of the changeover of the selections in the Replay Machine?

It's been said- often, recently- that History doesn't repeat but it rhymes. I guess it also comes with a vintage Linn beat and icy Prophet 5 riffs.

It's too soon to make any sweeping statements about the future and I'm trying not to get pulled into this dark, cold new reality spreading over the world today. But there are a lot of strange themes- well familiar to readers of this blog- that are bubbling up from the information underground and into the mainstream conversation, and I can't exactly figure out why.

I only remember the last time they raised their heads out of the murk, and what effect they had on the world around us.

Think about it: not only has MK ULTRA now become a household word but so has "Deep State," terms that were largely relegated to the mimeograph and shortwave fringe in the early 80s. And yet the CIA dumped truckloads of files onto the 'Net in the past week and all of a sudden people realize just how strange they could get.

CIA Docs Reveal Agency’s Longtime Obsession With UFOs, Magic 
The documents also include substantial information about CIA obsession with UFO sightings, policies for using invisible ink, and their determined investigation into magicians.

(REPORT) — The juicy bits of the CIA’s massive document dump may have centered on their overt use of torture against detainees and the internal debates underpinning that policy, but it’s far from the only thing in there that warrants a second look. The documents also include substantial information about CIA obsession with UFO sightings, policies for using invisible ink, and their determined investigation into magicians.
Reports on the UFOs described some 20% of sightings as “unexplained,” and sought more cooperation from the Pentagon in documentation of such sightings, particularly pushing to ensure that all high-ranking Air Force commanders were briefed on the rules for reporting about them. 
The CIA showed concern both about the “national security” implications of flying saucers, and the intelligence ramifications of them, with the advisory committee urging “close attention” be paid both to Russian actions with respect to UFOs, and public opinion within the US about them. 
With respect to magic, the CIA appears to have become intensely interested in the phenomenon in the late 1960s and early 1970s, with one 1969 document about a “self-educated magician” in Soviet Georgia who was able to perform “miracle” healings through the laying of hands. 
The CIA’s interest in magic got a lot bigger in short order, and within a few years they were bringing in television psychic Uri Geller, who famously used to bend spoons on TV with the power of his mind. 
Incredibly, the CIA was quickly convinced that Geller had real powers, and tried to move into remote viewing, the attempt to conduct surveillance on sites they don’t have access to via supernatural means.
So why are we hearing about all of this now? And I mean this week? Why are we hearing about this during a time when the new President is allegedly at war with the CIA? If the timing doesn't strike you as curious, you're probably not paying close enough attention.

In the midst of all the chaos and controversy of Inauguration Day, when Donald Trump-- an Eighties man if ever there was one-- declared open war on pretty much everyone, his picks for Defense and Homeland somehow sailed through confirmation with 98-1(Mattis) and 88-11 votes (Kelly). These were the first cabinet members to be approved. 


If you don't see the crystal clear symbolism at work here, I have failed you.

Curiously, the vote on his CIA director (Mike Pompeo) has been delayed. A recent story about the apparent conflict between Trump and the outgoing CIA leadership cited a former analyst who is now a fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, which we discussed recently in connection to the Satanic Temple, strangely enough.

There was another signal sent out, meant to send a message about the violence and vandalism committed by some of the more radical elements among the protests in Washington yesterday. It received little attention, but jibed with the ice-cold undercurrent at work in this new regime who are behind all of Trump's reality TV bluster and bravado* :

The Trump administration condemned what it called the "anti-police atmosphere" in America and called for more law enforcement and more effective policing in a statement on the White House website after President Donald Trump's inauguration.
"The dangerous anti-police atmosphere in America is wrong. The Trump administration will end it," said the statement on ( after it was taken over by the new administration.

I recently watched a Canadian documentary on remote viewing that confirmed what I knew already; that despite the spin you may have heard in the media, the CIA took it very seriously and there were reams of statistics to back up its efficacy. $25 million was spent on a program whose technology essentially consisted of paper and pencils.

The host of the documentary even got a major hit during a class held by the controversial Major Ed Dames, which turned his studied skepticism around completely.

You'll be hearing more about this, if the current rerun models hold true. And you have to ask yourself- what happens to all the promising graduates of these private RV programs anyway?

And that Cold War we keep hearing about sounds a lot like something you have seen in an Eighties movie or sci-fi story:

A spectre is haunting the West -- the spectre of cyberwar. 
It's now clear, according to American intelligence agencies, that the Russian government engaged in a campaign of hacking, email leaks and fake news in an attempt to undermine the American political process -- and steer the presidential election to Donald Trump. Russia has repeatedly denied the allegation.
But many are now asking: Are we at cyberwar? 
In the cybersecurity industry -- mostly made up of hackers and spies -- the conventional wisdom was that cyberwar is like physical war. It's only war when someone dies or something explodes. 
But what happened during the recent American election is forcing experts to revisit that idea. 
"'Nothing's blown up' is the old school way of thinking," said Dave Aitel, a former scientist at the National Security Agency. "But I don't have to blow something up to destroy your country. I just have to reduce trust in your national way of life." 
"I think it's a cyberwar, and I think we've lost a battle," said Aitel, now CEO of the security consulting firm Immunity.
I can just hear the Tangerine Dream soundtrack now.

There are a lot of films released in the early Eighties that people might do well to rewatch in the coming days. Brainstorm is one, and more than ever before it acts as a very precise kind of roadmap to the thinking we've seen coming out of Silicon Valley, thinking that's only going to become more pronounced.

Brainstorm is also an interesting film because it was the brainchild of effects guru Douglas Trumbull (2001: A Space Odyssey) and was subject to a wave of "bad luck", including the drowning death of its female lead, Natalie Wood.

That in turn sparked off a suppression effort by the studio that you can't help but but wonder about, given the dark and conspiratorial nature of the film. And perhaps the tales being told out of school.

And appropriately enough, Trumbull's career was saved by his work on the Back to the Future theme park ride and work on IMAX technology, which in turn did so much to save Hollywood itself

Of course there's also Altered States, based on John Lilly's experiments with ketamine and isolation tanks and a stunning precursor to the ayahuasca trend that's become so popular among Silicon Valley cognoscenti. 

Psychedelics and tech entrepreneurship have long gone hand in hand. Steve Jobs experimented with LSD. Bill Gates dropped acid on occasion. 
Ayahuasca, a psychedelic drug that induces mind-boggling hallucinations, is Silicon Valley's latest infatuation. Tim Ferriss, a well-known angel investor, recently described it to The New Yorker as being as ubiquitous as "having a cup of coffee." 
While you won't find people sipping on ayahuasca in Starbucks, an increasing number of entrepreneurs swear by the plant — which contains DMT, an ingredient designated Schedule I by the Drug Enforcement Administration — as a method of professional and personal development. Businesses have sprouted to facilitate demand.
This is how new cultures develop. Ideas seep into the conversation first as trends, cycle out of the mainstream and then gestate among hobbyists and specialists. There they grow and mutate and then eventually reintroduce themselves when conditions in the greater culture become right. Often this is during times of widespread conflict and social dissolution, when the gatekeepers of the old paradigms are on their back feet. Then what was once marginal becomes self-evident.

The question becomes then who are the real revolutionaries at work in the culture today? The protestors in the streets peddling centuries-old Marxist dogma or this weird nexus of spooks, nerds and military, kicking at the legs of the tables of Reality itself?

I guess we'll find out soon enough.

UPDATE: Well, isn't this interesting? 

NOTE: I've been very busy with work and some other pressing issues. My apologies for not responding to comments.

I actually wrote a piece about the new regime change before the inauguration but scrapped it, because I'm burnt on this issue after 18 months of nothing but All Trump, All the Time in the media. But these signals yesterday drive me to include this excerpt from the piece, since it jibes with so much of the signaling emerging underneath the noise:

So why Trump?

We've already seen why.

Trump's behavior is so egregious and so upsetting to his opposition that they're willing to sign off on people they might ordinarily see as excessively radical because they're so terrified of what Trump might do without an experienced and paternal figure like "Mad Dog" Mattis or Rex Tillerson there to reign in him in. Even if under normal circumstances the same people probably would be terrified of these appointees (the fucking CEO of ExxonMobil as Secretary of State?). 

It's classic good cop-bad cop. The more unhinged Trump appears the more comforting his generals and spooks look. The more it appears Trump has sold out to Putin the more reassuring a three or four-star general appears, especially when he goes against his boss.

The only difference is I think this is a game they're playing for keeps. And the people who need to know that know that.


  1. I actually had a weird synchronicity with that CIA stuff, like the week before it was released i had this big discussion with someone on another site about the men who stare at goats, a week later, the cia releases the files.....

    So if the 70's are ending will disco (EDM) die?

    Is hair metal and thrash metal and hardcore punk going to come back?

    Are the brits going to be new new romantics?.....

    On another note i also read an old playboy interview trump did where he listed off men he looked up to, if you look into them, they are all studio heads and business guys from the golden age of hollywood and show business

    "When you think about role models from history, what figures particularly inspired you?

    I could say Winston Churchill, but... I've always thought that Louis B. Mayer led the ultimate life, that Flo Ziegfeld led the ultimate life, that men like Darryl Zanuck and Harry Cohn did some creative and beautiful things. The ultimate job for me would have been running MGM in the 30s and 40s—pretelevision. There was incredible glamour and style in those days that's gone now. And that’s when you could control situations. In those days, when your great actor was an alcoholic, and nobody ever found out—that was having tremendous control over things, which would be impossible today."

    I looked up harry cohn, and found this interesting

    "Moe Howard of the Three Stooges recalled that Cohn was "a real Jekyll-and-Hyde-type guy... socially, he could be very charming." Cohn was known to scream and curse at actors and directors in his office all afternoon, and greet them cordially at a dinner party that evening. There is some suggestion that Cohn deliberately cultivated his reputation as a tyrant, either to motivate his employees or simply because it increased his control of the studio. Cohn is said to have kept a signed photograph of Benito Mussolini, whom he met in Italy in 1933, on his desk until the beginning of World War II. (Columbia produced the documentary Mussolini Speaks in 1933, narrated by Lowell Thomas). Cohn also had a number of ties to organized crime. He had a long-standing friendship with Chicago mobster John Roselli, and New Jersey mob boss Abner Zwillman was the source of the loan that allowed Cohn to buy out his partner Brandt. Cohn's brash, loud, intimidating style has become Hollywood legend and was reportedly portrayed in various movies. The characters played by Broderick Crawford in All The King's Men (1949) and Born Yesterday (1950), both Columbia pictures, are allegedly based on Cohn, as is Jack Woltz, a movie mogul who appears in The Godfather (1972)."

    Also on another note i read this paragraph in an article in jacobian magazine that sort of makes sense about why everything seems like a repeat.

    "Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the symbolic death of utopia that it marked, progress has been defined as nothing more than incremental refinements of the neoliberal status quo. While some spoke of the End of History, what we really got was the End of the Future. Capitalism’s never-ending newness became a never-ending stretch of the same — and, paradoxically, nostalgia the natural response: the past was the only place left for change."

    1. The future seems to have been taken from us and even the very rich have to content themselves with baubles and gimmicks. The 20th Century was a story about rushing towards some goal, some endpoint, and we got to 2017 and found that it's not here. That we were misled. This is a theme I've been following for a while now. The progressives are throwing anything they can against the wall in hopes of kickstarting this forward march- and looking desperately for scapegoats- but the plain fact of the matter is that the assumptions were faulty. We are all in a major quandary and if AI does indeed start making good paying jobs redundant I don't know what the hell we're going to do.

    2. Universal Basic Income. Release the Free Energy devices, life-extension tech and cancer cures to the public. Explore space and Colonize other Planets using the now proven EM Drive.

  2. Chris,

    Another movie of the 80s that left a strong impression on me was Dreamscape (1984), starring Dennis Quaid. Psychics trained to enter other people's dreams are menaced by an intelligence agent who wants to turn them into assassins. Definitely influenced by the Stargate/Staring At Goats crowd, and feels a thematic precursor to Stranger Things. Worth a look.

    1. Young Kate Capshaw's blouse made a very strong impression on me as well. :)

    2. I watched that film and for the life of me can't remember anything about it. I do remember feeling underwhelmed by it. But it's interesting to note how common these kinds of intrigues were in films before Hollywood turned over the keys to the intelligence agencies.

  3. I'm with you Chris, enough of Trump, just watching him is losing brain cells. My hat is off to all those who marched today, what a reality check, amazing! 87

    1. Right on, Dennis!

      "Well you can bump and grind
      And it's good for your mind
      Well you can twist and shout
      Let it all hang out
      But you won't fool the children of the revolution
      No you won't fool the children of the revolution
      No, no, no!
      Well you can terraplane
      In the fallin' rain
      I drive a Rolls Royce
      Cause it's good for my voice
      But you won't fool the children of the revolution..." - Marc Bolan

      Mao and Stalin knew this. No fooling those children.

      Honestly, at this point, who knows what's going on. Reality check, I think not.

    2. I've been skeptical of the entire political rodeo for some time now. I think this whole Trump reality show is being stage-managed and that everyone is focusing on him and giving all the behind the scenes players- most of whom we may never even hear about- free reign to continue the panopticon agenda that the Obama Administration so carefully put into place while the media was busy writing love letters to him.

  4. The thing about Wargames is that it's one of those rare pieces of fiction that's completely true.

    1. True in the same way that LOTR is true. Actually I see it as a massive message of hope.

      Just keep your eyes on that chewing gum.

  5. Yeah, just this week...Already got an urgent email from my mom saying "I'm not the enemy"...met a guy who works locally in military psyops...realized we have another working as a shrink just up the starting to wonder if David Wilcock was right after all about this town, what with its top-secret military contractor operating an underground factory facility here -- producing "ventilation equipment and electronics components" for over forty years.

    Apall-cowlips when?

    1. Trump's first act as President? A visit to CIA headquarters. How do all the Democrats who became big CIA boosters for a time there feel now? Not as bad as they're going to, I guarantee you that. Throwing logic and reason out the window might feel good but it's not very good strategy if you're looking to start political fights.

  6. Just when I thought life couldn't get any stranger...

  7. Yeah, the 80s vibe is rather compelling now. & since no one has mentioned them yet...Alex Cox's "Repo Man" (1984) & Terry Gilliam's "Brazil" (1985) are underrated gems. I'm always amazed by how many people haven't seen them. Should be mandatory viewing in HS.

    Speaking of CIA, had a weird dream recently where there were huge protests outside CIA HQ, angry mobs demanding the agency stop "weaponizing the children"--woke with that phrase repeating itself in my mind. That's what I get for reading your blog before going to sleep.

    BTW: the good-cop/bad-cop comment was the most intelligent thing I've heard anyone say about the current political situation in days. Thank-you!

    1. Sounds like an opportunity for the GATE rabbit hole. A brainchild of the infamous Tavistock Institute, it was an accelerated learning program distributed through elementary schools but which is also implicated in some cagey-ass shit and raises hackles every time it's mentioned on the web to this day.

      FAIR WARNING: Going to this URL is likely to put you on every government watch list in existence. This website is the home base for some of the most dangerous and unhinged people on the planet. All memetic hazard warnings apply, and I don't mean that in the jokey, SCP sense, I'm dead serious.

    2. Well, everyone is already on every government watchlist in existence. I mean, let's be real.

    3. David, I can't help but wonder if Trump- a registered Democrat up until 2009 at least- hasn't been installed to make changes that the PTB wanted but were unable to institute on their own for political reasons. Similar to how Brexit was really the idea of the very top of the British food chain but was fobbed off on the voters for plausible deniability's sake.

    4. Could be. Seeing as how well globalization played out. Esp. if Obama's executive order on targeted assassinations of US citizens is any indicator of what's in the works (how's that for a legacy?) Given some of his & W.'s past legislation, I really fear for the safety of the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters at Standing Rock in particular. They're in for a whole lot of brutality. & that's before Trump enacts any new legislation...& regarding Brexit, there was a real generational split going on there. Already seeing a few UK expats coming over & setting up shop here in MA because they don't see a future for themselves back home. I'm guessing the UK will be suffering major brain drain as their best & brightest leave in droves. & of course the US is still the biggest tax haven in the world...We'll always have that, along with the drone strikes to look forward to.

  8. You really have articulated what I've been sensing for awhile, even before Trump appeared. It's eerie how in line your piece is with my current thinking on matters, having incorporated Killing Joke, "Stranger Things," and all things "Eighties" (push, push struggle!). I just wrote a piece about Trump's statement about "exploring the mysteries of space" and it could be the one good thing to come out of this sinister man's administration.

    1. The man seems to drop some riddles into his garble now and then. There's always a higher and stranger game being played.

  9. The inevitable result of increasing high technology will be heavy socialism of some kind. Its unavoidable unless we turn our backs on the tech of the future and that seems unlikely. Its not my ideal political paradigm but Im adaptable. (I have a general libertarian viewpoint)

    In spite of all the spastic thrashing by the ruling elite (or maybe by design), Trump will be George W 3.0. There has been one steady trend for the last 16 years now. Increase of state power. Even if Trump isnt their guy, he will play into it for the long game. In fact, he will probably pave the way for far nore state powered social policy than could ever have happened without his contribution.

    On another front, I think social media is straight up labotomizing us. Im near convinced of it, like not just in a "oh all that dumb stuff is making us dumb". I mean additionally by both meme-control and maybe even sone kind of flash timing rates or something. It all seems as if its deaigned on purpose to reduce our abikity to think and make connections. Repeated use makes it difficult to focus and puts one in a trance. I know you delved into that a bit.

    1. Well, you may be right. I can't help but wonder if this is the removal of Obama's velvet glove off the iron fist of the state apparatus. There are so many games being played - so openly- that I find it impossible to make any kind of cogent statement on this new reality of ours and I've yet to see anyone out there encapsulate it all to my satisfaction.

  10. The main reason I remain provisionally hopeful is that everything was under such total lockdown and control systems were perfect and in place, this blog wouldn't exist. A bajillion people wouldn't be allowed to be marching in downtown DC. Even if most of it is a creature of Soros and the neoliberal programme, control freaks still get totally whigged out when more than 5 people get together anywhere for any purpose besides spending money.

    Were I asked to speculate, I think reality itself is flickering, rearranging itself on the fly. The people nominally in charge are having a hard time adjusting. It seems analogous to the breakdown of Roman authority. Maybe we'll even see our Legions being withdrawn from Britain! (And what will the Brit establishment do without the DC technocrats they worked for fifty years to install in the USA? Likewise with Germany. The cosmopolitan neoliberal elite have taken it as an article of faith since 1944 that Europeans can't manage their own affairs and need Americans to do it for them. But they don't know enough about American history to understand that occasionally Americans go off plan and color outside the lines. Trump gets a lot of comparisons to Andrew Jackson for very good reasons. He's sadly surrounded himself with some of the most socially reactionary forces in the power structure. But perhaps in order to effect any change, an executive needs to have the ruthless commando types at his back. Obama was ineffective for a reason. Well...actually no one asked me to speculate but there it is all the same!

    1. Well, to be fair, this is a pretty small blog and doesn't seem to bother anyone in high places. Or even medium places. The machine is pretty efficient at this point, it doesn't need to resort to the old tactics anymore. As you allude to there are so many macro trends and issues at play that I'm not sure any media really has any kind of influence any more. Especially given how controlled they are.

  11. Another quick thing- looking through postings and commentary on the 'turcopolier' site, which is a fave of military types, they're saying that the people behind most of this 'blame Russia' stuff are political appointees and Trump can pretty much get rid of all of them and the tone will change quickly.

    1. Yeah, I think this Russia stuff was mostly Soros' bugaboo. You'll see a lot of it in the media and among the NGO crowd still. Probably in Europe as well. But I never bought into it. I don't think Putin is any kind of liberal but I don't liberals last too long in that neighborhood.

  12. A thought: there has always been a sharp divide in the UK between the 70's and the 80's. In the 70's, unexplained mysteries seemed to be everywhere in the media. Uri Geller, ESP, dowsing, Faerie, the whole caboodle. Then in the 80's it all seemed to go away, only resurfacing in another form as the Millennium approached. To be fair, many culture shocks occurred in the UK in the early 80's, and not just Thatcherism. But I wonder now how it fits in with the timing of Bentwaters.

    1. Having been to England during the Thatcher reign, I would suggest the faeries all fled to the US or Iceland.

    2. Interesting- all the paranormal stuff faded in the UK after Bentwaters and in the US after the Phoenix Lights. Gee, you don't think there's any kind of agenda there, do you? Maybe some kind of suppression at work? Huh.

    3. I still think that a lot of that (in the US, at least) has to do with the power and presence that the organised sceptic/humanist organisations gained during the 1970s. Whenever we're going through a phase where the public seems inclined to take the paranormal a bit more seriously, the debunkers surge forward, hacking away at any progress that might be made.

      Modern-day sceptic, debunker and humanist movements are connected to the Extreme, Intolerant Left (the opposite of true liberalism) and demonstrate this with their behaviour.

    4. Some deep truths here:

  13. "Majestic"

    Initiate wakey - wakey!

    Accelerated eco - meltdown, no-one gives a damn
    Keep everyone in debt while the big banks own their land
    Orwellian, Machiavellian, Hegelian dialectic
    World management has come, and it's to be expected

    You cannot tell the people (But some of us have guessed it)
    Every day is a blessing, i feel the best yet
    Majestic yes i feel fantastic

    War of the worlds again, a necessary lie
    Psychological operations show they were right
    Religious institutions and the general status quo
    Economy and infrastructure - all of it will go

    You cannot tell the people (But some of us have guessed it)
    Every day is a blessing, i feel the best yet
    Majestic yes i feel fantastic

    Black triangles flashing red white and blue
    Aliens (or disinformation) yes it is true
    Contacts been established with critters from the stars
    The surface of the earth will soon resemble mars

    You cannot tell the people (But some of us have guessed it)
    Every day is a blessing, i feel the best yet
    Majestic yes i feel fantastic

    Just like magick
    Yes i feel fantastic
    ( Killing Joke)

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