Sunday, October 07, 2018

We Can't Say We Weren't Warned

I've been going on and on about X-Files Reality (XFR) since I started this blog, but lately? Well, lately it's gotten so egregious that pointing out how X-Files our so-called reality is becoming almost seems beside the point. Plus, kind of unsettling.

I mean, we just took a deep dive into X-Files Reality just a few weeks ago and already there's a whole new batch of XFR to sort through.

But I do have to admit it was a lot more fun when we all thought The X-Files was science fiction. Especially all that stuff about weaponized bees being engineered to spread gene-edited viruses, like smallpox. 

Now, before we get into particular horror show, I should put in the good word for this Inverse piece here, which I'm still a bit stymied by. Not by the piece itself, mind you, but why a mainstream corporate site like that would publish a piece that talked about things like this:

I guess it was an oversight. I hope no one noticed and had the author deplatformed and de-personed.

Speaking of blasts from the past, The Daily Grail looks like its getting ready to close up shop but still posts some interesting articles every now and again. One of their more recent headlines caught my attention because the lede-- weaponized bees introducing genetic modified viruses into food crops-- was yanked straight out of The X-Files.  

Of course, the big caveat here is that we're talking about DARPA, who I once described as a couple nerds with a fax machine and a subscription to The Uncanny X-Men.

Having followed this nutty bunch of kooky kill-happy geeks for more than 30 years now, I've seen a lot of big ideas come out of DARPA. But not really quite as much follow-through, at least as far as field applications go. 
Which, on balance, is probably a good thing.

 Is there a new cabal in control? Has DARPA gone X-Files instead of X-Men? Time will tell.

The actual DARPA press release for "Insect Allies" cloaks all this chicanery in a heapin' helpin' of jargon and doubletalk but if the batteries your bullshit detector are fully charged you'll see that what they're talking about falls in line with the synopsis The Daily Grail provides.

Plus, The X-Files.

Science Alert frames it all a bit differently still but the underlying facts remain the same-- genetically-engineered bees, genetically-engineered viruses, genetically-engineered crops.

Oh, you thought Monsanto and their GM crops were bad? I have a feeling what's coming down the pike will make Monsanto look like bleeding-heart humanitarians by comparison.

But I gotta say I laughed out loud at that sub-headline, "Critics fear it could become a bioweapon." The old "Inventor of Ebola Bomb worries it might be used to hurt people" routine. Gotta love that Langley Gazette Washington Post and their NLP hokey-pokey.

Speaking of Monsanto, looks like Glyphosphate (aka "Roundup") isn't just killing human beings anymore, it's also killing honey bees. Where's Michael Clayton when you need him?

Maybe Roundup only kills the bees that haven't been gene-edited to pollinate food crops with gene-edited viruses. Sorting of clearing the way for the CRISPR bees.

But what kind of genetically-modified viruses might these new super-bees be getting ready to spread? Well, what were the bees intended to spread in The X-Files?

What's that? Chicken pox? Oh, wait... was synthetic smallpox. Which some assholes actually just genetically engineered in a laboratory. Like in The X-Files...

Awesome. That's just awesome. I fucking love science.

So these lunatics not only synthesize a deadly contagion, then they go and publish a how-to guide in what's essentially the science-journal version of a vanity press. Right.

I'll tell you, all of these academics and professors may be working morning, noon and night to outlaw freedom of speech for anyone a micrometer to the right of Pol Pot, but they sure as hell become First Amendment absolutists when it comes to their own freedom to publish an Anarchist Cookbook for Twelve Monkeys groupies. 

I mean, you just gotta fucking love science.

Maybe that whole theory about the Fermi Paradox that argues that alien civilizations necessarily destroy themselves once they reach a certain level of scientific advancement isn't really so far off the mark.

Speaking of NLP word-voodoo, The Daily Galaxy (known round these parts as The Daily Bonghit) is likening Neanderthal contagions to "alien viruses." Which is kind of silly, since I've never heard the term "alien" applied to Neanderthals in my life.

Of course, since most people don't ever read the actual text attached to these headlines, "alien viruses" will be imprinted in the unconscious mind. 

"Prior Indigenous Technological Species." Think about that for a minute. "Prior" and "Indigenous" are encoded to leave the unconscious impression that this alien race belong here and were here first. Meaning that when they "come back," they're entitled to wipe us out and/or replace us via hybridization. 

They're "indigenous," after all.

CASSANDRA SPENDER: I told you that the aliens were here to do good and that I was being used as an oracle to spread the word. Only now I know what the aliens are here for and it isn't good.  
MULDER: What are they here for?  

CASSANDRA SPENDER: To wipe us off the planet.  

And here we have a new variant of Panspermia (devilishly clever linguistic wordplay: "Pan's Sperm"). But take note of the hook here; "phosphates." So perilously close to "glyphosphates," don't you think?

Now, you know me: I'm all about this kind of outer-spacely kind of business.

But my question here is are these arguments now being shaped through neuro-linguistic programming? It's very important to make note of the specific use of language with these articles because you can bet your absolute last bottom Bitcoin that there are all kinds of very highly-paid professionals framing these papers and press releases for maximum desired impact.

Here the phosphate angle is reworded as the more exotic and vaguely Star Trek sounding "phosphine." But let's remember that phosphates and phosphines are derivatives of phosphorus, which is also the name of the Morning Star. Who, depending on your particularly ideology could be Christ, Venus or Lucifer. Perhaps all three, who knows?

The point is are phospines and phosphates really and truly the big deal-closer for the Panspermia argument?

Or, if you want to get all synchrolinguistic about it, is "Lucifer the true fruit of Pan's Sperm?"

What did ol' Smellybeard once say? Spells are spelling and grimoires are grammar? Something like that. What a lovable curmudgeon that Presto-Chango Crustyface is.

And here's my absolute favorite: a plan to send robotic probes to the furthest reaches of space so we can "beam back" alien DNA for re-sequencing and 3D printing. I mean, put aside the whole Andromeda Strain possibilities at work, how can it possibly be a good idea to reconstruct alien microbes here on earth?

Come to think of it, maybe I am talking about Andromeda Strain possibilities here.

But what possible guarantee could we have that our safeguards to control terrestrial microbes would work on alien ones? What if they don't respond to disinfectants or clean rooms or outbreak suits?

And here's a mind-blower for you;  what if someone else out there is doing this very same thing now? Meaning "beaming" alien DNA over to these parts?

Remember this scene? Sure, this is a very Hollywood type of treatment of the concept, but what if in fact something like this could be happening as we speak? I mean, just as a thought experiment.

While you're experimenting with your thoughts, here's a neat little graph, similar to ones we've seen before here. Now think of all that nutty, zany technology we have now, the whole computer business and everything. Plus, the AIs and the quantum computers and the gene sequencers and 3D printers.

Hey; wanna hear a really wacky notion I had just the other day?

It goes like this: without all this newfangled technology-- that all seemed to drop in out of the sky after a weird sequence of events one summer's eve in 1947, allegedly-- a hypothetical alien race would never be able to "beam" their genomes through the far reaches of space and down load it all into our handy-dandy new D::Waves and create hybrid bodies for themselves using our blood plasmas and embryonic stem cells and so on and so forth.

I mean, assuming an alien race actually wanted to.

And remember all this business, with the cosmic rays and the supernovas and the pearly dewdrops' drops rising and so on and so forth?

And then of course, there are the cosmic rays shooting out of Antarctica, and detected off the coast of Victoria Land, of all places. I mean that couldn't be some kind of beacon or anything, but still. Neutrinos shooting out of the center of the Earth against all the laws of physics? Strange days we're living in.

Notice the qualifier "mass." I guess that's on account of artisanal human cloning already being upon for some time.

But how about mass inhuman cloning? Or mass hybrid cloning? The article doesn't addess those, strangely.

Hear that? Banning human cloning is stupid. It's stupid, you hillbilly rubes. Only stupid people are against it.

What, are you stupid? OK, then. Shut the fuck up and stop being against human cloning. We know where you work. 

(The Brexit thing here is fucking hilarious. What the hell does that have to do with anything?)

Are human clones real? I don't know. Is water wet? Is the sky blue? Is the current Pope a false prophet?

I can't speak for this particular claimant (I try never to speak for people who call themselves things like "Lil Buu") but I've seen enough evidence to satisfy any uncertainties I might have.

SAMANTHA MULDER: The community, by necessity, is dispersed. There are clones identical to my parents living in virtually every part of the country.    
MULDER: What are they trying to accomplish?  
SAMANTHA MULDER: It's their belief that our stewardship of the planet is being forsaken, and that by default, they'll someday become the natural heirs.
MULDER: All the clones worked in abortion clinics, why?  
SAMANTHA MULDER: Access to fetal tissue. Though the biologies are incompatible, they finally found a way to combine human DNA with alien DNA.

It's interesting; I remember when the whole stem cell issue became a divisive issue that a compromise was reached and researchers (at least in this country) agreed not to use embryonic stem cells from aborted fetuses. But apparently that little prohibition fell by the wayside. 

Or is it still in place but is simply being ignored? I get confused easily.

But it really makes me wonder what's driving the abortion debate, especially in these days of highly-efficient contraceptives and cratering birthrates. I'm sure a lot of you out there will have your own political opinions on the issue and I'll thank you now for refraining from holding forth on them in the comments, but it simply strikes me as a bit odd, especially in light of everything else going on.

But just as we saw in "Colony," fetal tissue would probably be your best bet when it comes to hybridizing human DNA and something, you know, else. If we could discuss that scientific aspect of the issue without the politics, that would very fine. In my estimation at least.

The reason I ask is because scientists seem to be able to make eggs and sperm from dingleberries and toe-cheese (or whatever) these days, so what's stopping them from creating pseudo-fetuses out of the same? 

But like I said, maybe those stem cells are being used for more specialized projects, if you know what I mean (cough-"Erlenmeyer Flask"-cough).

There it is again. 

Anyway, there's this absolutely terrifying idea for nanobots "inspired by sperm."

Sperm again. Is it Pan's? I'm sure he left enough of it around to work with. Check the goat pen.

And of course, that idea didn't work out so well on The X-Files. For Skinner, at least. Pretty well for Alex Krycek. Well, at least until Skinner blew his brains out (and not in a good way).

Speaking of panspermia, have I mentioned my theory that Skinner is gay and that his relationship with the (bisexual?) Krycek was all some kind of elaborate BDSM metaphor-allegory thing?

Go back and watch it all again. You'll see what I mean. You're a smart person.

Anyhow, this story on the History Channel caught my eye. I wonder if it's where TXF got the idea for this exchange in "EBE":
MULDER:  What do you know about the Gulf War Syndrome?  
LANGLY: Agent Orange of the 90’s.  
BYERS: Artillery shells coated with depleted uranium.  
MULDER: Have you heard of any classified planes being flown during the Persian Gulf War?  
BYERS: Why would you need to expose a secret plane to an air force that runs to Iran whenever you take to the air?  
MULDER: What about UFO activity during that period?  
LANGLY: Yeah, UFOs caused the Gulf War Syndrome, that’s a good one.  
BYERS: That’s why we like you, Mulder, your ideas are weirder than ours.

And then there's this little item, which ties to any number of X-Files plotlines going all the way back to "Deep Throat."

It's funny, I had an exchange a while back with someone who's...well, let's say very deeply connected. We got to talking about The X-Files and he said he enjoyed the show but only like the Mythology episodes. Why was that?, you may ask. 

Well, he said he only liked the Mythology episodes because they were "the nonfiction ones."

Which is why I think it's safe to assume that if anyone in Hollywood has been "read in", it's Chris Carter. 

How and when that all went down if open to debate but I do sometimes wonder if it didn't drive him a little crazy. His writing started to go just a little sideways once all the business with the clones and the hybrids really kicked in. 

Maybe it was overwork, maybe it was too much of the schmokedy-schmoke, but still the timing is a bit curious.

And do note that from that point on his standalones started getting very, very weird, beginning with "The Post-Modern Prometheus," which is about--remember now-- transgenics and gene-editing. 

Plus, comic books. Plus, Cher.