Saturday, July 22, 2017

Chester Bennington and the Siren's Call



Well, it happened again. Another prominent figure in music gone too soon. More pain and heartache. Like we needed more.



Chester Bennington was best known as the singer for Linkin Park- probably the last of the multiplatinum rock acts- as well as for briefly stepping in for the late Scott Weiland in Stone Temple Pilots.

Bennington was also a sexual abuse survivor who struggled- really struggled- with substance abuse and depression. As with his close friend Chris Cornell†, Bennington used his music to channel his inner pain. 

He was also an incredibly hard-working man and a father of six who was upfront about his struggles but seemed unable to escape the ghosts of his past. According to friends he was deeply shaken by Cornell's death and apparently committed suicide on the Soundgarden singer's birthday (Cornell died on the same date as Joy Division singer Ian Curtis did in 1980).

And as we'll see, Chester Bennington was also shadowed by the Siren, the ascendant archetype-slash-entity that seems to be claiming some of pop culture's leading lights as her consorts as she slowly takes over the world.  

The Siren ties back to Atargatis aka Derceto, the Syrian incarnation of Ishtar who was also the first mermaid. Like Ishtar and any number of other manifestations Atargatis was known for her love for a doomed shepherd-boy, who was often also a singer.  

The original model in the line was Inanna, whom the world's first emperor Sargon the Great dedicated his life to. Sargon was the model for every would-be world conqueror to follow. Many scholars believe that he was also the model for Nimrod.

Like all her other incarnations, Atargatis was served by transgendered and/or eunuch priests and her temples were also brothels (Ishtar would take no offense if you called her the "Whore of Babylon"). 

Atargatis' temples were also so full of physically-imposing Hittite priestesses that they gave rise to the Amazon myth, which I believe is kind of a thing this summer as well.



As many of you know, I believe this entity somehow possessed and/or channeled herself through Scottish singer Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins- who recorded a number of songs in her honor, including a haunting rendition of Tim Buckley's "Song of the Siren"- for fifteen years. Don't ask me to explain how or why.  I believe the Siren also left her fingerprints all over the damn place.

The Siren was associated with using music as a form of enchantment and Fraser was accused in the early 1980s of practicing subliminal sorcery with her baffling lyrics (which can actually get pretty witchy) and non-Euclidean vocals.*

Little did anyone realize at the time that Fraser also seemed to be practicing divination. Practicing it with alarming success, at that.

Even the staid iTunes says "their early recordings suggested that these three Scottish upstarts were already in touch with ancient and otherworldly forces."

Yeah. Were they ever.



And now the Siren is one of the most dominant symbols in the entire world. Starbucks has even removed their name from their logo, making the Siren alone their brand identity. So she's practically everywhere.

And as we've seen in recent weeks the death of Chris Cornell and the rebirth of Twin Peaks all seem to tie into this unfolding psychodrama. 

In fact, four days before Bennington's death, singer Rebekah Del Rio appeared on Twin Peaks to sing "No Stars." Her guitarist was none other than Moby, who has remixed both Soundgarden and Linkin Park.

Del Rio was introduced in David Lynch's Mulholland Dr as "La Llorona de Los Angeles." La Llorona is the Mexican equivalent of the Siren.

Now this might sound insane and impossible to some of you, as well it should; all of it is completely insane and impossible. But facts are facts and they all point in one direction.


In an interlude we looked at the symbolism attached to the swan (and Swan Song records) and it's connection to this drama. And astonishingly, the video taken by Associated Press shows a swan visually conjoined to Bennington that also seems to mirror his movements.

The swan is also linked to the Siren.

Bennington stunned Cornell's friends and family with a rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", a formerly-obscure track which was made famous by Elizabeth Fraser's lost love Jeff Buckley, just as she had done with his father's "Song to the Siren." Buckley too was close to Chris Cornell.


Linkin Park's One More Light album was released the day after Chris Cornell's death, all the more tragically since the title track was about death and loss. The band performed the song that night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, which happens to be taped at the Hollywood Masonic Temple, of all places. 

There's a Masonic lodge on the grounds of the Hollywood Forever cemetery as well. I mean, what cemetery doesn't have one, right?


The art for the album and its singles is eerily reminiscent of the Cocteau Twins' longform video Rilkean Dreams, which is both Elizabeth Fraser's love-letter to Jeff Buckley and an absolutely bone-chilling omen of his death.


A previous Linkin Park album showed the band facing the ocean as well. 


I should probably mention here that Linkin Park asked Elizabeth Fraser to sing on one of their records but the reclusive singer turned them down. 

The band may have been inspired by this remix of "The Walking Dead," which featured the original Chester Bennington take with a mashup of Massive Attack's "Teardrop", yet another Fraser love-letter/death omen.


The cover art for Linkin Park's latest single features an abstract image of light reflecting on water, a image well-familiar to Cocteau Twins fans. It also appears at the beginning of the Rilkean Dreams and "Song to the Siren" videos.


Bennington seemed especially taken with underwater imagery. Both shoulders were emblazoned with large and elaborate fish designs.


Promotional art for Linkin Park's 2014 album The Hunting Party was rife with Siren symbolism, created by illustrator James Jean.


One version featured eyes uncannily similar (yet considerably less unsettling) to Fraser's when she was under the influence of the Siren, like in the "Heaven or Las Vegas" video where her eyes are disturbingly incandescent.


According to the Los Angeles Times, Bennington lived on Via Victoria in Palos Verdes. Unsurprisingly- given the chain's saturation presence in Southern California- there are no less than three Starbucks within a short distance of his home. 


Victoria is not only the name of Chris Cornell's widow it's also in the name of the Cocteau Twins' fourth studio album, Victorialand. Victoria, also known as Nike, was the daughter of the goddess Styx, who lent her name to the River of Death.

Via Victoria is bordered by Lunada Canyon, named in honor of the Mexican full moon festival that brought villagers together to sing and play music. Coincidentally, the Cocteaux' album after Victorialand was The Moon and the Melodies.

Do note the subliminal dragonfly silhouette hidden in the album's cover art, which I've helpfully outlined for you.

In German lore, the dragonfly is variously known as Wasserhexe ("Water witch") and Hollenross ("Goddess' horse"). 


The dragonfly was an important motif to the early Linkin Park as well. Here you the famous soldier with dragonfly wings on the cover of their multiplatinum Hybrid Theory album.

Coincidentally, the Siren is also a hybrid, whether in her original birdwoman incarnation or her later mermaid incarnation.


Oddly enough, fan videos of Linkin Park songs also feature Siren and mermaid imagery, even those predating The Hunting Party, like this one featuring human-alien hybrid supermodel Lily Cole...


 ... and a number of videos from 2007 mashing up Linkin Park and The Little Mermaid.

Don't ask me why.



On a slightly more ominous note, Linkin Park also lifted the title from Killing Joke's 1986 album Brighter Than a Thousand Suns, which was released on Jeff Buckley's 20th birthday. Longtime Secret Sun readers understand it's not a real good idea to piss off The Joke. (Incidentally, Chris Cornell is on record in claiming Killing Joke as his inspiration for forming Soundgarden).


In addition to appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Linkin Park played Las Vegas the day after Chris Cornell died, reminding us that the Cocteau Twins played Las Vegas and taped their appearance on The Tonight Show the day Kurt Cobain's body was found

Linkin Park were scheduled to play Las Vegas again in September at the MGM Grand Arena. Chris Cornell died in the MGM Grand in Detroit, a fact that seems all the more eerie given that these tour dates were almost certainly booked several months ago.


And of course Las Vegas is so very important in this entire saga.

I told the folks over at the Facebook page that the Siren was not finished gathering up new consorts and unfortunately it appears I was right.



NOTE: Linkin Park inspiration/rivals/sometime collaborators The Deftones covered the Cocteaux' rather disturbing "Wax and Wane."

† As with Weiland I think Chris Cornell might have had more abuse in his jacket than he was willing to share. Elizabeth Fraser was also a victim of longterm sexual abuse.

* Fraser inspired otherwise committed atheists to reach for the lexicon of the supernatural when confronted with her otherworldly caterwauling. One British reviewer said he heard a "nameless terror" and a "demon'" in her voice, adding she "seemed at war with something inside herself." This was a review of a 1986 show, a period when Fraser's voice sounded only theoretically human.

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  1. I need to stop reading your posts late at night or in the early morning hours, they're starting to freak me out. When I watched the clip of the swan seeming to mimic Bennington I could feel the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, like a total fear response out of no where.

    You are doing great work Chris. You've really nailed this, and its really disturbing.

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    1. Cheers Wicklow. I don't know what else is at work with this particular case but as soon as I heard the news I knew the Siren was involved. I don't think this is the last you'll hear of her either.

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  2. Anyone else notice the Linkin Park logo is very similar to the spiral triangle "Boylover" symbol? Victim turned perp?

    Also there is a very strong resemblance between Chester and the infamous John "Skippy" Podesta.

    An interesting thread here with pics https://voat.co/v/pizzagate/2009834.

    Also interesting is the association with the Clintons and their shady dealings in Haiti.

    So much abuse of children going on around the world... it's disgusting.

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    1. You got it. Once you add up

      - systemic sexual abuse as prerequisite
      - Intel connections all around

      and you are aware, that Hollywood, the media & the music industry are monopolistically run by an inbred clique of Zionists, all fascination is gone, all synchronicities feel stale, more like a mockery than a mystery, you feel like puking, because it dawns on you: you have been had, for the whole of your life, by a bunch of nihilistic psychopaths - big time!

      _smr

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    2. There's no similarity between the LP logo and the spiral triangle. There's no spiral in the LP logo. This is how that entire culture works- take a few interesting connections, throw out all the data that doesn't fit, don't show your math, make uncorroborated claims, and when all else fails ascribe everything to the "Zionists."

      If all of these fora are not in fact completely infiltrated by counterintelligence agencies they may as well be. They have totally destroyed their own credibility. But even the Washington Post acknowledged that there was a serious sex trafficking problem in DC (jan 16, 2016). So how do you keep responsible journalists from looking into that? Simple- leak some disinfo and misinfo to message boards filled with Ritalin-addled obsessives who will make a hash of everything until no one wants to hear it anymore.

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    3. Do this- go back into these boards and YouTube channels and look at all the claims that this or that was going to happen TOMORROW and that this bunch of elite pedos was going to be arrested SOON or that this or that was GOING TO BUST WIDE OPEN. Or "THIS IS REAL-my sources at the FBI just told me- Hillary is GOING DOWN NEXT WEEK." I mean, weren't these alleged Pizzagate people all supposed to be in jail the day after the election?

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    4. And let me add there's no end of issues people should be looking into- blatant criminality out in the open. But until there's some self-discipline and not this look at me, look at me clickbait approach crowd-sourced investigation will never be taken seriously. Here's a good place to start- any one on a board who makes a claim that doesn't pan out? THROW THEM OFF YOUR BOARD IMMEDIATELY.

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    5. If the crowd-sourced investigation has lost any credibility it might be because all we have are isolated internet volunteers on our side against a well-funded, round-the-clock, cutting edge Counter-Intel operation.

      Giving up is not an option though.

      Children are suffering.

      Maybe a great researcher with a high profile blog such as yourself could do an actual in-depth post on Pizzagate/Pedogate?

      I suppose that's just too risky, unpopular, upsetting, and controversial... ah well...



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    6. Well, you just agreed with what I just said. And I'm not saying anyone should give up- quite the contrary. I'm saying people should buckle down, toughen up and police their own communities. Children are suffering but Pizzagate was nothing but a huge win for the bad guys. Why? Because it was totally undisciplined, made huge leaps of logic without evidence, made baseless accusations and assumed you could run a prosecution based on symbolism. Pedosignaling doesn't equal blood rituals in basement dungeons. It means the individual is either a pedo or has a warped sense of humor.

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    8. By the way the Pizzagate forum on Voat just had another big "Insider information" hoax fizzle out. You can practically set your watch to them. It's really time to drop that whole meme if anyone is really serious about crowd sourced investigation in trafficking and abuse.

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  3. I was waiting for this post since the suicide. Yes I also read and was startled by the fact that Bennington performed Hallelujah at Cornell's funeral. The Buckley connection hit me there and from that the Fraser connection.

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    1. It's a chain of custody. But I wonder what else may have been at work here. I think there's more to the story. It may take years before it comes out.

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  4. I was actually an edgy teenager right when linken park blew up.

    Anime music videos were pretty big to 2000's kids, anime in general was pretty big, there was still Saturday morning cartoons and shit like toonami and adult swim. pokemon and yu gi oh and dragon ball z were fucking huge. This was before streaming, you had to wait every day for a new episode, kids dont have that suspense anymore because of binge watching. it was the most relaxing shit in the world to come home and watch the new episode of yu yu hakusho and forget about homework. so, anime music videos, people would splice together anime clips with music and the two biggest cliche bands they would use were linken park and evanescence, you would download them off kazza or lime wire, i think this was when fansubs for anime started coming out too.

    Of course linken park is complete garbage, but its also complete nostalgia if you grew up in that time. before streaming, before smart phones, before social media.

    Reminds me of being a kid again, playing game boy color, having to go to sleep at ten o clock every night............


    What i find interesting are these connections, he is friends with Cornell, he was the lead to stp, weiland also died. Im reaching here, but on youtube one of the last performances weiland did was of a bowie song...bowie and weiliand died whiten two weeks of each other...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9nw3P5Jx0s


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    1. Well, that community of rock stars is a pretty small town, especially older guys who've survived the business. But still, it does get pretty weird. Chester Bennington- like Cornell and Weiland- made no secret that he was struggling. Watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZC_-zeWYMYo

      I don't know if there are any normal, well-adjusted musicians in that league but certainly those three were perhaps the most honest about their demons. And all three were on the downhill slope of their careers in one way or another. When you realize the responsibility on their shoulders and the tremendous infrastructure that relied on them to sustain itself- well, that's way too much pressure to put on any artist.

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  5. Hey Chris, have you seen the trailer for Guillermo del Toro's upcoming film, The Shape of Water? It's a siren love story set in a US Department of Energy lab.

    At the 24 second mark, you can see a massive machine that looks kinda like a Large Hadron Collider.

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    1. What that vividly reminds me of is Abe Sapien, the comic character. Check it out. No idea if there is any connection with the theme of this blog post, except in the sense that all high weirdness is interconnected.

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    2. That is Abe Sapien. What I find interesting is that his "channel" is named Elisa, the diminutive of Elizabeth.

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  6. Like Lawrence, I've been waiting for this post to drop since Chester's death.

    I have to confess, I truly don't want to "buy" this... I don't think I've read *everything* you've posted on this topic, but I've read a lot of it, and I'm afraid I do begin to buy it.

    I think it was after reading your last installment (and linking back to some of your earlier posts in this series) that it occurred to me that the nearest "model" for what might be going on with all the players caught up in the Siren drama is the Alan Garner novel (and the BBC mini-series dramatization based upon it)*The Owl Service,* in which three youths kind of "fall into" the archetype of an ancient Welsh love-triangle (and they were far from the first to "fall in.")

    As an aside: The dialogue in the mini-series is almost word-for-word from the novel. It was kind of startling, reading it after seeing the mine-series, and going back to check. (Full disclosure: Yeah, I was pointed to *The Owl Service* by Mike Clelland.)

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    1. Well, the devil's in the details. I can't for the life of me explain all of this or tell you what it's all about but the footprints are there. And like I said I don't think it's over.

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  7. Please don't even mention the Deftones in connection with any of this stuff! I don't want any more of their members dying. They're my favorite band.

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    1. Oh man- I read about that. Terrible tragedy. Great band.

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    2. they have a lot of siren symbolism on they have a lot of siren symbolism on diamond eyes. That album was the album the bassist was in a coma and passed away. Also, the band Baroness also has a lot of siren symbolism and they experienced tragedy recently.

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  8. I'm having a real hard time buying the idea that suicides of both Cornell and Bennington were typical, and that depression was the main motivating factor.

    I think there were other, conscious, motives.

    Then too, there's this whole web of weirdness you're uncovering.

    So if the Siren...thing, was an influencing factor, how did Cornell and Bennington 'experience' it? Again, typical, solely depression influenced suicide doesn't make sense here - I don't care what anyone says - so what were the reasons Cornell and Bennington gave themselves for following through with this. I really wonder.

    Neither of their lives in the time leading up to the end were indicative of long-term, serious (no joke) depression. So maybe this Siren factor, however it may exist/operate, induced a sudden, dark cloud to appear over them. A rapid switch in their mental states. Whole thing is so strange.

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    1. Well, depression could very well be the motivating factor. And given the mythology of the Siren it could well have acted as a subconscious symbol of relief. Swim to Me, Come feel the Deep, it's love in a flood. Have you seen the film Dagon? The main character tries to commit suicide but is rescued by the Siren, who promises him he will swim forever with her in endless waters.

      But there's a lot more going on here. Too much to go into in a blog post. There's the reality of the music business- which is genuinely evil- and the looming presence of dark forces cursing Generation X, aka the MK Ultra Generation. There is also magic and witchcraft which swarm around the Cocteau Twins like yellowjackets at a picnic.

      I'm not close to figuring all of this out.

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    2. I don't think the music business is any more eviler than any other business on the planet, sure there are scumbags, manipulators, money hungry bastards and big egos in it, but I've met a lot of good people in it over the years who do good work and are honest souls trying to do good through their art.
      Same in the movie industry.
      I think there is just as much good as there is bad in it.
      Mind you, I would never want to be "star" performer touring all the time.
      To me that would be like being a dancing bear performing in a circus night after night and I'm sure with my personality traits that I would be putting a rope around my neck at some low ebb in my career for sure.

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    3. No, haven't seen that movie. Should check it out. Thanks.

      Really appreciate all you do here, Chris, especially this subject. No one does it like you.

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    4. Thank you very much, Turbo.

      Darren, there are a lot of decent people in every walk of life. But there's a lot of bad energy in the music business, especially when it comes to exploiting musicians. Notoriously so, really.

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  9. THERE IS A STORY CIRCLING ON TWITTER THAT STATES THAT CHESTER BERRINGTON WAS JOHN PODESTA'S ILLEGITIMATE SON:

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    1. Well, they certainly resemble each other. But on the other hand, so do lots of people.

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    2. OH REALLY? www.snopes.com/chester-bennington-and-chris-cornell-murdered/

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  10. There's the link to Killing Joke, once again. I knew you would write about it.
    By the way, I remember not too long ago the post about KJ and Raven, not ending things exactly on good terms. Raven had posted some things on MySpace which were deleted. I found an archived linked to some of what he said, it's from the late Jester's archived KJ page, some interesting reading there

    https://pairlist4.pair.net/pipermail/gathering/2007-January/055158.html

    https://pairlist4.pair.net/pipermail/gathering/2006-October/052714.html

    Note the part/ commentary from October 2006. >Killing Joke are dead
    >Long live Killing Joke
    >
    >A play on
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    >"The King is dead
    >Long live the King'

    Raven dies October 2007

    It's all so crazy

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    1. Yep- check the link in that paragraph. Weird energy around that band.

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  11. What!?!?
    It is getting off the charts...
    Anyway, about the Swan/Cygnus you may find this interesting http://www.andrewcollins.com/page/articles/Cygnus_Cosmic_Rays_Evolution.htm

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    1. Excellent link, Pictus. I'm familiar with Collins' Cygnus theories. Definitely another angle to investigate.

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  12. This has all gotten tangled up in /pol/'s ongoing PizzaGate investigation - logos the band has used for its albums bear a striking similarity to FBI-published symbols that pedophiles use to ID each other, one of which also showed up in the background of a photo taken of France's new president Macron. If there really is a link between these phenomena, we could be dealing with something a lot more sinister than a siren.

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    1. Again- not really. But Linkin Park did use a lot of potent, often dark symbolism in their graphics. For instance the logo people are referring to is actually the eye of Ra triangle if you rotate the hexagram so that the triangle forms are vertical. Do you have a link on the Macron? Because I've been researching that guy and his off the charts symbology.

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    2. One thing I should add- the Siren is also known as Dea Syria or the Syrian Goddess. I believe this is the same word- Syria/Siren. I also believe it's linked to Sirius and all of which are linked back to Ashur the Assyrian name for Enlil aka Jupiter aka Jove aka Jehovah. Have you happened to notice what is happening in Syria lately? Or that the alleged terrorist army is called ISIS? Or that Sirius aka Sopdet and Ashur are both linked directly to rivers? Don't assume this is all is frivolous until you look at what is actually taken place under all this symbolism. The Siren- Dea Syria- is literally everywhere you go now. If there isn't actually a STARbucks (Sirius-Syria) store there's Starbucks product in every grocery store and convenience store everywhere.

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    3. >Jupiter

      Funny enough marcon weirded everyone out a while back by saying he was going to have a jupiterian presidency.

      http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/07/04/macron-announces-govern-like-jupiter-roman-king-gods/


      On another note i did notice the syrian connection (after reading some wiki pages) And what the war in syria seeming to be winding down, or at least be at a turning point i found that interesting.

      I think i mentioned once how assad is most likely not a Muslim but a Gnostic. The sect he comes from, the alawites were never considered real muslims, and they have a priestly class that guards hidden knowledge

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alawites

      >According to Bar Hebraeus, many Alawites were killed when the Crusaders initially entered Syria in 1097; however, they tolerated them when they concluded they were not a truly Islamic sect.[31] Two prominent Alawite leaders in the following centuries, credited with uplifting the group, were Shaykhs al-Makzun (d. 1240) and al-Tubani (d. 1300), both originally from Mount Sinjar in modern Iraq


      I find the non muslim, surviving pagan remnants of the middle east super interesting.

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    4. Some of the Muslim traditions- the non-Wahhabist strains- are pretty interesting too. There's actually a school of thought that Islam is in fact based on Arianism, which also recognized Jesus as a prophet but not co-equal with God. There's actually another strain of thinking in that claims that high Islamic culture is the true heir of classical Greek civilization and that the modern West is some schismatic corruption. But the Alawites, Yazidi and the Druze are particularly interesting.

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    5. When you mentioned the name ASHur, it reminded me that the development firm that is creating the Siren hotel is ASH NYC.

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  13. ONLINE SIMILARITY METER: 75% www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NhYAT_Y_JQ

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  14. The universe is trying to disprove Mr.Nightshirt's psi-hypothesis. In his quite compelling view it is a personal future trauma that aligns all the synchronicities that make so much sense in hindsight. Unfortunately, at the moment I don't have the capacity to check out your material, and to check it against Eric's psi-model.

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    1. I can't explain any of this. There are way too many moving parts to fit into any model- psi, conspiracy, unconscious intent. I don't deny that any of those could be at work here but there's simply too much correlation to explain any of it away. If you held a gun to my head I would say this was some kind of entity/entities having their way with us. But maybe that model is too limiting as well.

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    2. I still feel as before that this is some sort of mechanism that gets tripped when all the tumblers line up. You have made way too many apples-to-apples comparisons between these folks and they all seem to come up the same to various degrees in each case.

      I guess...

      Who the hell really knows these things? Whatever this is, it seems to threaten models of what we might agree to as reality. We know so very little about the dimensions that extend around us and how our ideas of myth and story intertwine to our core.

      All I know is that I am scared as hell to order a Starbucks anymore.

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    3. Trying to explain it is hopeless, really. All I can do is square up the evidence and point out the correspondence. What anyone chooses to make of it is up to them. I'll tell you that I certainly didn't intend to fall back down this particular rabbit hole.

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    4. I have paid quite a bit of attention to Eric Wargo's stuff, and I think it deserves careful attention. However, I don't think it's nearly large enough to account for all this material.

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    5. @Ahk Indispensable work, that's for sure.

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    6. Hey, yours too, Chris!
      :-)

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  15. Brad Pitt quote on Jeff Buckley after his deatch:" He tapped into something and he was the conduit. And it makes me think of this: where does art come from? Where does a true genius come from?"...

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    1. The Romans believed someone had a genius- an occupying spirit. Ir could come and go.

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  16. Like others my first thought hearing of Bennington's death was, "This is serious."

    I take the view that the veils are being dropped and with that we see our world for what it is - a magical place. I believe there's been a longing for that conformation and here we go.

    Living in a magical place does not mean a fairly-land of all good (though it could be pretty close with conscious effort.

    I have my suspicions in regard to the sinister parts of the music business and I believe that's where dark magic is performed (through the performer) and they may not know it but can feel not quite right. Depressed.

    As a Gen-Xer I can't help but feel there's an attempt to take out a generation of musicians.

    So what is it that they threaten?


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    1. Real magic isn't like a Disney movie. It's often horrible like the real fairy tales.

      As to the generation of musicians one thing I can offer is that most of them had experience in the punk and hardcore scenes. That kind of hyperstimulation is very hard to overcome. Not to mention the excitement of the culture. All these dumb twiddleheads who talk about all countercultures being CIA creations and all the rest of it would have gotten their heads literally kicked in if they went to a hardcore show and tried to tell that to a skin. In fact that probably actually happened quite frequently. Hardcore was totally homemade and the cops were constantly trying to destroy it. Look at the scene in LA in the early 80s. Jaime Hernandez told me they used to be able to find where the hardcore shows were by following the police helicopters. Read some of Henry Rollins' diaries and tell me this wasn't a culture TPTB weren't anything but hostile to.

      But I digress.

      The superheated environment of punk, post-punk and indie in the 80s and 90s was very hard to get past. A lot of the bands that were taken out of the scene into the record industry grind imploded without that connection to a larger community. It's hard to come out of a scene like Seattle and not feel like everything after was bland, dull, depressing and soul-destroying.

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    2. OK, Brer Knowles, this sentence:
      "That kind of hyperstimulation is very hard to overcome."
      ...because it implies trauma.

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  17. Unreal...I was intrigued by what you (Chris) said above with regards to the Sirius/Syria/Siren connection(s) & stumbled across this while doing some related searches:

    https://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/universo/siriusmystery/siriusmystery06.htm

    There's a lot to digest there but its worth checking out, esp. with regards to the notion of oracular sites & what is called a "geodetic octave" across the Middle East being the link that might be connecting all this together.

    Quote:

    "There is almost nothing an archaeologist likes less than being reminded how little he may know about the Earth as a body in space and about astronomy. The average archaeologist is almost bound to be ignorant of even the most elementary astronomical facts. There are many caustic comments on this state of affairs to be found in The Dawn of Astronomy, written by the distinguished Victorian astronomer and friend of Sir Wallis Budge, Sir Norman Lockyer, and more recently some severe remarks have been made also by Santillana and von Dechend in Hamlet's Mill.

    But we must come now to some extremely interesting further discoveries. Egypt is 7 deg. long - in latitude - from Behdet to the Great Cataract. I have reasons for believing that the ancient Egyptians thought of distances of 70 as an octave, by analogy with music. Most readers will know that an octave contains eight notes on a scale over a space of seven intervals (five tones and two semitones actually, but let us think only of the seven intervals).

    Just as this book was about to go to press, confirmation appeared in the newspapers that the ancient Mediterranean peoples did indeed know the principles of our musical octave. In the London Times1 an article appeared describing the work of Dr Richard L. Crocker, Professor of Music History, and Dr Anne D. Kilmer, Professor of Assyriology and Dean of Humanities, both at the University of California, Berkeley.

    The article quoted Dr Crocker as saying:

    'We always knew there was music in the earlier Assyro-Babylonian civilization. But until this, we did not know that it had the same heptatonic diatonic scale that is characteristic of contemporary Western music and Greek music of the first millennium B.C.'

    After fifteen years of research, Crocker and Kilmer have demonstrated that some clay tablets from Ugarit on the coast of present-day Syria, dating from about 1800 B.C., bore a musical text based on our familiar octave. Dr Kilmer summed it up by saying:

    'It is the oldest "sheet music" known to exist.'

    The two professors have even played the tune on a reconstruction of an ancient lyre in public, after an interval of only 3,700 years."

    So in other words, it all comes round again to music & oracles.

    As for what reason Gen X is being threatened or why, I kinda sorta think it has a lot to do with how our perceptions were shaped early on in an analog, pre-internet world & by a system not at its finest hour--we're skeptical of authority & not joiners by nature for a reason after all, & we've been over & over the utterly fucked-up nature of growing up in the 1970s, so we tend to see things a bit differently than the younger Millenials. A perceptual difference that might be seen as a threat to some who have, shall we say, an agenda.



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    1. Yes Gen X is a threat precisely for the reasons you state. We are the last connection to an analog life and it seems some want that erased.

      Boomers - especially the older ones - don't give a fuck. They got theirs. Millennials seem confused. They desperately want the life we had and are always mining the past. I wish they'd help forge the future but it will probably be taken up by the generation that follows them. See The Fourth Turning.

      Actually Gen X is pretty powerful and they are afraid of us.

      Exterminating these men of our generation who give voice to emotions and hold sway over fans is a way of demoralizing. All the more so if these men have shown resilience in over-coming deep life challenges. Taking them out seems to say, "see...it doesn't matter how hard you try.....even if you 'have it all'"

      I think we can see now though now.



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    2. Oh man- this is incredible. It sounds like it was written yesterday.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeP_AS0DqaU

      There's a reason that there's so much joustling over Syria and Iraq and so on. Not because of oil or Israel but because of this history. All of these texts and artifacts are all being stolen and fed into the black market and into private foundations and all the rest. When the first thing the US Army did when it got to Baghdad was seize the National Museum you know that war had nothing to do with WMDs or anything like that. I love all these people who claim to be "truthers" and then parrot the official line on all of that. Hilarious.

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    3. Two things - this music (oldest sheet music) - gave me chills (truth) from the opening sequence!!!! Fully agree this sounds future fresh! (it feels like the perfect score to an EPIC of ANY sort!)...

      Second - magic...mentioned in the comments esp centered on the music industry as a whole...consider this - i've watched the spectacles consciously, esp the superb owl spectacle, for four or five years now...two Olympics or three...it seems to me, that the set designers, influenced by band/performer desires for a certain "look" - but the set designers would be the ones schooled in symbols and structures and further could *charge* the set pieces with true magic rites/rituals - which would invert the good energy (of a concert) against the siren on stage, the lead singer...basically a negative feedback loop :)

      Its all energy...there are base pattern systems to decode objects and subjects...they are ancient and quite frankly get boring with how well they work - thus the external dis-tract-ions...like foreign stars rather than the domestic...get inside One recently? :)

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    4. God, that's beautiful...state inducing. Thanks.

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    5. Chris-

      Yeah, its amazing how sophisticated they were musically back then, & I know there's a real hidden history of ancient musical evolution (esp. with regards to religion/magick/shamanism) that's barely been scratched. The musical imperative goes WAY way back. Its often forgotten how many prehistoric musical instruments have been found along with all the cave art & venus figurines. Oldest known being bird bone & mammoth ivory flutes discovered in Germany dating back over 43,000 years:

      http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-18196349

      But funny you mentioned the artifacts being looted in Baghdad, I've been reading Nick Redfern's "Immortality of the Gods" & he devotes quite a bit of space to that topic. Like how it had to have been planned well in advance, how sophisticated glass-cutting & other high-end tools were used that weren't available at all in Iraq, & how someone knew to leave the replicas in the display cases alone & go after the originals kept in the vaults. Esp. the stuff related to the Epic of Gilgamesh, & how in light of the fact that the real Gilgamesh's tomb may have been located just prior to the invasion in '03 was curious timing to say the least. Some fascinating info on what Saddam may have had in his possession as well--Annunaki artifacts that Russian & French scientists were researching for him & trying to back-engineer, allegedly.

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    6. My personal suspicion is that we sang before we talked.

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    7. Father, forgive them, for they don't know what they're doing...
      That music gave me some chills. They're invoking things right into our time.

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    8. The Iraqi museums were looted within hours of the Fall of Baghdad; this pattern repeated itself years later in Cairo, Libya, and throughout Syria. Not just museums, but archaeological sites and tombs. It's the one thread that connects US/Coalition colonialism in the Middle-East. Mainstream media decries the destruction of Ozymandias statues, but fails to mention the tablets and manuscripts that have been seized by "ISIS" and "al Qaeda." It's an international news story when ceramics end up in Hobby Lobby warehouses, but of course no one mentions the missing spells and grimoires.

      They're occupying Mesopotamia to secure the services of a certain tribe of Jinn. The "war for oil" bullshit was a smoke-screen for a smoke-screen.

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  18. I fell in love, but not too deeply, with someone decades ago who had the siren (similar, but more archaic in style than the original Starbucks') on their left deltoid. Said person survivor of private hell and without saying so, was self-evidently due to family connections an illuminati renegade of sorts, that successfully saw through the prosecution of a family patriarch -- suspected by many of being a matricide, fratricide and former, er, government employee with advanced knowledge of fiery, wiry and electric things -- through to prosecution and life imprisonment on non-capital offenses.

    For whatever it's worth, this was where I first noticed the Siren where it wasn't on a coffee cup.

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    1. Yeah, I believe it. It's a long time coming. I keep telling the people at the group to just wait- this Siren thing is going to be everywhere before you know it. Of course it is already everywhere but in a different way.

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    2. I've had my eye on her for some time. She really nabbed me a couple of years back, sans tatoo. I won't begin to explain except there are women on earth who are, on a good day, quite a lot like this:

      https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/c6/d6/2f/c6d62f878ea46ab062b492e4257fc276.jpg

      Lovely lady she was. At first. On a bad day, well...caveat pescator. I believe almost every married man has met this archetype, at least once, possibly on a mensual basis.

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  19. I'm a novice with this stuff. But, I coincidentally (?) stumbled upon Jared Leto's band today. Never knew he had one. Apparently they toured with Linkin Park in 2014. Didn't Leto play Joker?

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    1. And he played the Joker in a movie called 'Suicide Squad' ironically enough.
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1386697/
      Margot Robbie who plays his girlfriend Harley Quinn in the film lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia (where 'Aquaman' is currently filming).
      The Gold Coast is where Jeff Buckley nearly drowned (I nearly drowned there also as a teenager caught in a RIP...which is one reason I don't swim in the ocean anymore...that and sharks)
      But the synchs/sinks don't stop there, because Robbie has signed up to play Queen Elizabeth the 1st in a movie titled 'Mary Queen of Scots'.
      Stay tuned to this Bat channel, as they used to say at the end of the old Batman TV shows, as the Siren swims on calling still it seems.

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    2. He did indeed. He's a strange guy.

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  20. (appendix to prior Leto comment)

    Speaking of eyes . . .

    https://mobile.twitter.com/JaredLeto/status/888870226439290880

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    1. And in 2015, Leto bought the former Lookout Mountain complex in Laurel Canyon:
      http://variety.com/2015/dirt/real-estalker/jared-leto-buys-former-los-angeles-military-compound-1201402725/

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    2. Yeah, he's one of my candidates for "if human-alien hybrids actually do exist..."

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    3. There were stories about how strange he behaved while filming his role as Joker in Suicide Squad. Reminded me of your Heath Ledger post. Also, all kinds of esoteric imagery around him and his band (tattoos, album art, etc.)

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    4. Jared Leto and strange eyes...

      He's also playing what looks to be the villain of the new Blade Runner film, a blind guy with odd or modified eyes. From the looks of the trailer he seems to be someone who is now a creator of replicants in this sequel.

      https://goo.gl/images/fegrUy

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  21. The last twin peaks episode featuring a black hole sun, new season basically the SG video in long form. Just so many weird connections with NW "grunge Emo" geography/genre/era/attitude/people. Very unpleasant whatever it is and I'm not sure I've been aware to such an overt ugliness in recent memory. Not even six degrees of seperation anymore, not playful. Like a harvest or culling. Hopefully I'm just being dramatic but it just seems, different. In the rock world, 80s excess has surprisingly outlived 90s angst.

    Side note: Las Vegas icing the first professional sports team in the desert with the Golden Knights this year.


    Very sorry to hear about Chester.

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    1. Yeah. Read my Twin Peaks-Soundgarden- Siren post. Things are converging in very weird and disturbing ways. And Las Vegas? Really? I mean, why is Twin Peaks spending so much time in Las Vegas at the same time all this symbolism is welling up. It's not like everyone is pointing out the connections here. The rest of the world is entirely oblivious to it.

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  22. Cinimod_ofCarthach7:52 AM, July 25, 2017

    Have you seen this Chris?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZC_-zeWYMYo

    Don't mind the title as hindsight is 20/20 but they language chester uses is pretty eye opening to the ones in tune with such things.

    "I shouldn't be in my own head alone"

    Wonder who he would invite in.

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    1. Hard to say. Troubled guy. Those lyrics weren't kidding.

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  23. This is, as usual, brilliant explanation. Can't shake the nausea-inducing feeling -- not sure if it's "in-here" or "out-there" or both -- that something is about to erupt.

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    1. I know that feeling. This is going to get a lot bigger than a few pop stars.

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  24. I think of the breakthrough single from the UK's premier gay electropop duo:

    'Break a window
    By the town hall
    Listen the siren screams
    There in the distance
    Like a rollcall
    of all the suburban dreams...'

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    1. I never heard that one. Interesting.

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    2. This could be something - the siren in its mundane meaning as an alarming signal. Dream logic uses such literality disguises. And alarming, or at least disturbing, the whole thing certainly is.

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    3. Apologies, needs a link:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suburbia_(song)

      (In)famous for their use of found sounds before it was cool.

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  25. Image and title of the following article is interesting in light of this current thread:

    http://kingworldnews.com/greyerz-we-are-now-in-the-frightening-endgame/

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    1. I dont know if there's an endgame. They're having too much fun playing.

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  26. Hello there Mr. Knowles and all you Secret Sunbathers. I've pretty much been just another lurker of this blog for a few years, but now as things get weirder and weirder, it's hard to stay quiet isn't it?

    All of these musicians dying/suicide as of late sort of reminds me of that disturbingly consistent phenomenon whenever there is the death of an important figure of cinema or movie star death, which is that they seem to come in waves of three.

    There was just recently the death of "zombie" filmmaker George Romero. A day before Romero was the death of actor Martin Landau, who not only played Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton's Ed Wood, but was as I'm sure you know in The X-Files: Fight The Future feature length film. Granted, these guys were both old and didn't commit suicide, it still seems like there will be another famous cinema person's death very soon.

    And speaking of death and zombifying of the mind, there have been more of those Blue Whale suicides.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/17/health/blue-whale-suicide-game/index.html

    It's all very odd and disturbing, and when I saw it the whole thing with the suicide aspect tied to whales and oceanic symbolism reminded me of all this mermaid (siren) stuff that seems to be creeping into our everyday reality.

    Also, Blue Whale seems to be yet another example of the wonderful utopian "world wide web" reaching into people's homes and minds and planting a fear and anxiety time bomb. The entire thing sounds like that dark sort of MK Ultra and Monarch mind-fuckery stuff to me, with these "administrators" who slowly coach their targets into suicide.

    Strange and disturbing times... Yet I can't pull myself away from all this mythic darkness rearing its head into our world.

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    1. There's a lot more to come. It feels like a machine that's just getting warmed up. Thanks for the link, Craig. Disturbing but important.

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  27. For what it's worth, here is a link to a session an acquaintance of mine did on did on the Bennington/Cornell links. http://psychicfocus.blogspot.com/2017/07/you-asked-for-it.html
    She sees the deaths as murders, part of an effort to quash an effort the young man was making to look into elite pedo rings in US and England.

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    1. Well, I know there's a lot of that going around. I think there's something else at work. I really doubt these are murders. There's been no evidence to go along with the rumors. I guess we need to get used to it.

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  28. Your comparison of Linkin Park's Hunting Party imagery with Fraser's otherworldly eyes brings to mind David Bowie's Heathen album cover. The spooky eyes, I guess. And the fact that the album title is upside down, as if reflected in water. I guess I'm thinking of Bowie's cover of Neil Young's 'I've Been Waiting for You', specifically. The album has the whole 9/11 thing attached to it now, as well as a Moby remix of 'Sunday'. But the whole album, like much of Bowie's music, has a kind of siren undercurrent, at least for me. Just thought I'd mention it. Might be tangentially interesting. But this is epic work, Chris, as ever. Thanks as always for everything you do. ;)

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  29. Have you seen/heard this new release? Sounds like a siren call to me.

    "Skott's 'Mermaid' is her most magical track to date" - NME.comhttp://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-radar/new-music-of-the-day-skott-mermaid-2113894

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3fJAeNXloU

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  30. I think it's possible the Roman Goddess Ceres was once pronounced Cer-e-s and has connection to Sirius. If you say Ceres slowly and with a deep voice it certainly sounds like Sirius.

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  31. Hi, Chris...the Necromanteion of Ephyra (Hades' oracle of the dead) was located at confluence of the rivers Acheron (river of woe), Pyriphlegethon (flaming fire) and Cocytus (river of wailing). Again, oracular shenanigans and necromancy.

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  32. While researching an unrelated piece, I learned more about the "A Thousand Suns" album and it's link to Trinity and the song "Jornado del Muerto." http://www.reddirtreport.com/dust-devil-dreams/cornfed-rubes

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