Sunday, December 30, 2012

Shades of Gray Barker

My friend Eric Blair bought me the following documentary as a Christmas gift:  Shades of Gray directed by Bob Wilkinson and co-written by Wilkinson and Robert Tinnell.  This obscure 2009 documentary details the important life and work of Gray Barker, author of such classic works of UFOlogy as They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers (1956) and The Silver Bridge (1970).  Barker was instrumental in popularizing such legendary examples of modern folklore (and folk truth) as the Men in Black, the Philadelphia Experiment, Mothman, and numerous other paranormal enigmas.  Barker’s They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers, which introduced the Men in Black to the world, was one of the first full-length books I read about UFOs and stimulated an insatiable thirst for similar information.  It’s an essential tool for understanding 1950s Cold War American culture.  In my learned estimation, it sits on a very high tier within the Alternate Pantheon of American literature, among the key New Gospels of post-WWII America.  Fortunately, reasonably priced copies of the first edition hardcover can still be found with relative ease (via ABEBOOKS, for example). 

The recently deceased James Moseley, Barker’s close friend and partner in crime, is featured prominently in this well-rounded documentary, which doesn’t shy away from showing all the various contradictory aspects of Barker’s persona.  He was a serious and dedicated journalist, a puckish hoaxster, a wide-eyed dreamer, a bitter skeptic, a frustrated fiction writer, an inventive independent publisher, a successful self-promoter, and a master of self-sabotage all rolled into one.  Information about purchasing Shades of Gray on DVD can be found HERE

Shades Of Gray

Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Cryptocracy Is Watching You

Please read this brief excerpt from a 12-28-12 article entitled "Congress Disgracefully Approves the FISA Warrantless Spying Bill for Five More Years, Rejects All Privacy Amendments" by Trevor Timm of the Electronic Frontier Foundation:

Today, after just one day of rushed debate, the Senate shamefully voted on a five-year extension to the FISA Amendments Act, an unconsitutional law that openly allows for warrantless surveillance of Americans' overseas communications.

Incredibly, the Senate rejected all the proposed amendments that would have brought a modicum of transparency and oversight to the government's activities, despite previous refusals by the Executive branch to even estimate how many Americans are surveilled by this program or reveal critical secret court rulings interpreting it.

The common-sense amendments the Senate hastily rejected were modest in scope and written with the utmost deference to national security concerns. The Senate had months to consider them, but waited until four days before the law was to expire to bring them to the floor, and then used the contrived time crunch to stifle any chances of them passing.

Sen. Ron Wyden's amendment would not have taken away any of the NSA's powers, it just would have forced intelligence agencies to send Congress a report every year detailing how their surveillance was affecting ordinary Americans. Yet Congress voted to be purposely kept in the dark about a general estimate of how many Americans have been spied on.

Read the entire article HERE.

Monday, December 24, 2012

The Simple Art of Distraction

While the nation's collective psyche remains paralyzed due to a series of ostensibly random mass murders, draconian bills like the FISA Amendments Act are once again slithering their way through Congress with very little substantial deliberation.  Please read Matt Sledge's 12-20-12 Huffington Post article entitled "FISA Warrantless Wiretapping Bill Poised For Renewal Despite Unanswered Questions."  Here's a brief excerpt:

With Senate poised to act as early as Thursday night to renew the foreign surveillance bill that authorized the Bush administration's secret warrantless wiretapping program, civil liberties advocates are getting deja vu.

With only the Senate's vote standing in the way of renewal, the debate over the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Act in 2012 is looking strikingly similar over to the debate over the bill in 2008. The White House is pushing for a quick, "clean" reauthorization without any amendments before the bill's Dec. 31 expiration date. Congress seems to be showing little inclination to press for more. And civil liberties advocates, along with a few Senate allies, are criticizing the measure, arguing that basic details of the warrantless wiretapping program remain unknown.

Or, as Michelle Richardson, legislative counsel with the ACLU's Washington office, put it, "I bet [Bush] is laughing his ass off."

Ah, yes, the simple art of distraction continues apace....

Read the rest of Matt Sledge's article HERE.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Santa Was a Mushroom!

In case you ever suspected that Santa Claus might be a clever, phantasmagoric metaphor for the psychedelic Amanita muscaria mushroom, here’s your chance to prove your instincts correct. 

The following is an excerpt from a 2007 documentary entitled The Pharmacratic Inquisition directed by Jan Irvin and Andrew Rutajit.  This brief nine minute clip comes to you courtesy of YouTube and is highly recommended for your Yuletide viewing pleasure:  “Come one, come all, girls and boys; please click HERE for Christmas joy!”

Merry X-Mas everybody!  HO HO HO!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

University of Washington Scientists Explore the Theory That We're Living in a Simulated Reality

From Ray Villard's 12-16-12 article entitled "Are We Living Inside a Computer Simulation?":

In 2003, British philosopher Nick Bostrom published a paper that proposed the universe we live in might in fact really be a numerical computer simulation. To give this a bizarre Twilight Zone twist, he suggested that our far-evolved distant descendants might construct such a program to simulate the past and recreate how their remote ancestors lived.

He felt that such an experiment was inevitable for a supercivilization. If it didn't happen by now, then in meant that humanity never evolved that far and we're doomed to a short lifespan as a species, he argued.

To extrapolate further, I'd suggest that artificial intelligent entities descended from us would be curious about looking back in time by simulating the universe of their biological ancestors.

As off-the-wall as this sounds, a team of physicists at the University of Washington (UW) recently announced that there is a potential test to seen if we actually live in The Lattice. Ironically, it would be the first such observation for scientifically hypothesized evidence of intelligent design behind the cosmos.

Villard's article can be seen in its entirety HERE.

Katherine Long's 12-15-12 Seattle Times article, "Living in a Simulated World," reports on the very same study in a somewhat more concise manner and can be read HERE

Friday, December 21, 2012

Newtown-Clackamas-Aurora Synchronicities

Loren Coleman has been uncovering some fascinating and disturbing synchronicities among the recent Newtown massacre, the Clackamas mall shooting, and the Aurora theatre murders on his Twilight Language blog.  Just one example: 

Intriguingly, a new sync popped up, as mentioned in the following comment left on the Daily Mail's site:

2 Mass Shootings Connected To Libor Scandal.  The father of Newtown Connecticut school shooter Adam Lanza is Peter Lanza who is a VP and Tax Director at GE Financial.  The father of [the alleged] Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes is Robert Holmes, the lead scientist for the credit score company FICO.  Both men were to testify before the US Sentate in the ongoing LIBOR scandal. The dots are connecting. - Abbs, Dublin, 16/12/2012 22:15

The London Interbank Offered Rate, known as Libor, is the average interest rate at which banks can borrow from each other. Sixteen international banks have been implicated in this ongoing scandal, accused of rigging contracts worth trillions of dollars. HSBC has already been fined $1.9 billion and three of their low level traders arrested.

All of this is well worth checking out, but see these posts in particular:

Clackamas-Aurora Syncs and Links

Shootings: Mayan Theater, Macy's, Newtown, Aurora, Media Madness, and Connecting the Dots

What's Next? Beyond Newtown and the Mayan Calendar

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Cryptoscatology in Loren Coleman's Top Ten!

Loren Coleman, famed cryptozoologist (author of such excellent Fortean books as Mysterious America, Mothman and Other Curious Encounters, Tom Slick and the Search for the Yeti, True Giants, Creatures of the Outer Edge, etc.) just selected Cryptoscatology: Conspiracy Theory as Art Form for his annual Top Ten list.  If you want to see the full list, click HERE!