Saturday, July 22, 2017

Until the Last Dog Dies: Behind the Scenes with Artist Keith Negley

A few days ago the folks over at Night Shade Books posted a "behind-the-scenes look" at the process used by artist Keith Negley to design the cover for my forthcoming novel, UNTIL THE LAST DOG DIES.  You can check it out right HERE.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Challengers of the Unknown


Speaking of Howard Chaykin... in 2004 Chaykin rebooted Jack Kirby's Challengers of the Unknown in a six-issue limited series entitled Stolen Moments, Borrowed Time.  Though this series was published over ten years ago, I didn't discover it until recently.

If you've read my book CHAMELEO:  A STRANGE BUT TRUE STORY OF INVISIBLE SPIES, HEROIN ADDICTION, AND HOMELAND SECURITY, you may recall that several important scenes take place in Long Beach, CA.  Coincidentally, Chaykin's mini-series (published during the same time frame during which the events of CHAMELEO take place) is about a group of five Americans who are abducted by a "secret society of multibillionaires who rule the world from behind a scrim of night and fog" and repeatedly taken to Long Beach, CA where they're mind-controlled, genetically manipulated, and remade into obedient super-soldiers.  

These five patsies are chosen by their masters to take the blame for a staged terrorist attack at the Port of Long Beach.  Unfortunately for the secret society, the microwaves used to detonate the explosives fry the biochips implanted in the five super-soldiers, temporarily freeing them from control.

Here's some choice dialogue (spoken by the head of the secret society) from issue #5:  

"...of course, we've been manipulating history by political assassination as far back as McKinley... our pawns have simply gotten vastly better at their jobs.  But it isn't all about violence... since we control the world's energy, we were able to profit by market manipulation of oil... and media manipulation of paranoia, xenophobia, and nuclear terror... all of which made us even richer. 

"Clues to our existence have surfaced occasionally over the years... often in the form of speculative fiction and fantasy.  There was even a quartet of escaped pawns who called themselves the Challengers of the Unknown, inspiring a so-called comic book.  All these subliterary forms were easily dismissed, ridiculed, or suborned... or portrayed as meta-fiction we could paint as paranoid fantasies at worst... and as source material to trivialize for our own entertainment product at best... reducing potentially dangerous truths to mindless thrill rides... just one more step in using popular culture as an instrument of social engineering... keeping the lower orders at each other's throats with our own version of bread and circuses... a circus presided over by our news division.  

"'News.'  Can you believe it?  The masses simply ate this endless stream of disinformation up as if it were the holy writ... keeping the world distracted while we live and work in peace, privacy and relative invisibility... work which includes identifying troublemakers, malcontents and contrarians like yourselves... kidnapping you, then genetically altering you into sleeping tigers... all the while letting you continue to misbehave until when a situation arises... we can pick and choose which rabble rouser is most appropriate for the job at hand... achieving our agenda--political murder, mayhem or what have you... leaving a dead contrarian to take the blame.  Oswald, Ray, Sirhan Sirhan?  All my boys."

If you're interested in acquiring a copy of Howard Chaykin's Challengers of the Unknown, click HERE.

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Divided States of Hysteria


Words to live by....

"... I respond to [...] everything else this world provides of which I am not fond in the same way.  I don't eat seafood.  I don't watch reality television.  And I don't listen to Hip Hop.  I have neither right, entitlement nor responsibility to dictate that these and everything else I dislike be remade to be more appealing to me, nor be eliminated from the culture at large.  I simply choose not to participate in what I don't favor.

"But clearly, as indicated by the reaction to the first issue of The Divided States of Hysteria, I am an outlier in contemporary culture.  Whereas I choose to not engage with that which I loathe, a number of vocal members of the enthusiast community clearly believe, as indicated above, that they can dictate to me, and by extension and implication, anyone else, the content of my and our material.

"This attitude, it seems to me, is part and parcel with the current notion of an entitlement to protection from ideas, concepts, opinions and points of view that are deemed offensive by whatever cohort opts to be offended.  This occurs predominantly on the left, but the right has its deep seated sensitivities, too, in its embrace, for example, of faux outrage.

"The argument, made by people who would not be caught dead actually reading my work, mind you, is that this is not a matter of different tastes, but that the work itself exhibits bias and thus does harm.

"But this point of view requires a profoundly willful ignorance of me, my history and my politics, and, most importantly, necessitates the recasting of story elements to make them statements of personal policy--as opposed to aspects of an overall dramatic narrative.

"Sorry, but I'm here to hip you [to] the fact that you live in a plural society, in which ideas other than yours or mine have currency.  And the solution to this issue is profoundly simple.  Don't eat seafood.  Don't watch reality television.  Don't listen to Hip Hop.  Don't vote Republican.

"Don't buy my fucking book.

"Thanks for your kind attention."


--Howard Chaykin, 
2017

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Donald Trump Meets O.M.A.C.


In The Jack Kirby Collector #70, released earlier this year, Mark Evanier (author of Kirby: King of Comics, Crossfire, DNAgents, and many other excellent books) is quoted as saying, "[Most of the time, Jack Kirby] was thinking of gods, and creatures, and the future, and all sorts of things.  I've got to read back over [Kirby's] New Gods, because I'm sure, I don't know where he is, but I'm sure Donald Trump is in there someplace" (p. 77). 

Evanier could very well be right.  

According to Daily Beast writer Elana Levin, Kirby predicted the Donald Trump phenomenon in the pages of his comic book The Forever People, the first of a tetralogy called The Fourth World that consisted of four groundbreaking comic books released simultaneously in the early 1970s.  Those four books included The New Gods, The Forever People, Mister Miracle, and Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen.  In her 12-17-16 Daily Beast article entitled "How Jack Kirby and DC Comics Predicted Trump With a Bloviating Demagogue in 1971," Levin writes:

"Did the man whose comics predicted sentient, feminine-gendered, hand-held computers called 'Motherboxes' ('Hello, Siri!') also predict the orange despot Donald Trump? When I re-read Jack Kirby’s masterpiece, the Fourth World saga, this winter, I was struck by how prescient and how disturbingly reflective it was of our times even though it was written in the early ’70s.
"Jack Kirby, born Jacob Kurtzberg, is regarded as the father of American comics, having co-created most of the historic Marvel Universe. Kirby was Jewish, from New York City’s working class, Lower East Side, a veteran, and a New Deal Democrat—and these factors underpinned the politics of his work.
"Kirby had experienced tyrants and bullies first hand. As a young artist, he served in the military during World War II, where he saw combat as a scout and earned a bronze star. He stood up to Nazism before the U.S. even entered the war when he and creative partner Joe Simon famously depicted Captain America punching Hitler in the face. Kirby confronted Nazi sympathizers in the U.S. who sent him and his colleagues death threats. These death threats were taken seriously enough that comics fan Mayor Fiorello La Guardia personally dispatched police to offer protection to the comics publishers and spoke up on their behalf.
"In 1970 Kirby left Marvel comics to work for the competition, DC Comics. DC won him over with an offer of greater creative freedom to write and draw what he wanted to and earn marginally fairer pay. In short order, the newly liberated Kirby created not one but three new comics series, in which super-powered hippies challenged fascism and stand-ins for right-wing conservative leaders.
"Kirby’s new series, each drawn and written by him, were The New Gods, centered on the evil god’s son, who in an experiment of nature vs. nurture is raised by the good guys and becomes a hero who struggles with his temper but is truly noble in his self-sacrifice and dedication; Mister Miracle, the galaxy’s greatest escape artist and a god of freedom with a super strong paramour who he inspires to leave Darkseid’s army; and The Forever People, who are hippies from a utopian planet of gods—all of the heroes have shaggy hair and get described as 'groovy' by impressed humans.
"The interwoven stories in these series, later dubbed The Fourth World Saga (since DC comics already had parallel earths 1, 2, and 3), focused on the eternal struggle between freedom and the forces of oppression and destruction. Evil gods and their minions from the oligarchical planet Apokolips along with human collaborators from earth had already covertly begun a campaign to subjugate our planet. Their goal is the end of free will across the galaxy. Kirby invented a new crop of hippie heroes from the utopian planet of New Genesis to stop these forces of oppression.
"The 'big bad' of his saga was the understated but megalomaniacal master manipulator Darkseid, allegedly inspired by Richard Nixon, and certainly also inspired by Hitler. Darkseid means to end free will by probing the human mind so that he can discover 'The Anti-Life' equation, a sequence that would make all humans follow his commands. In Kirby’s mythos, the opposite of free thought is death.
"But one of Kirby’s most prescient creations was the proto-Trump, Glorious Godfrey. Kirby designed Glorious Godfrey as an evangelist in the Billy Graham model—Kirby is said to have accused Graham of promoting 'biblical fascism.' Glorious Godfrey’s parallels to Donald Trump are uncanny—their terrifying, elaborate orange bouffant hairdos pumped full of air are only the start. They rise to power on television, and they both manipulate the emotions of their followers in order to divide, conquer, and oppress."
To read the rest of Levin's article, click HERE.

Personally, I think Kirby actually planted his prediction of Donald Trump in a book released in 1974, O.M.A.C.:  One Man Army Corp, a darkly satirical science fiction series that was quite prescient in many ways.  In the New York Review of Science Fiction #245 (January 2009), I published an article entitled "Captain America Meets Big Brother" (reprinted in Jack Kirby Collector #62 in 2013) in which I analyzed the many prophetic elements Kirby wove into this groundbreaking series.  Issue #2 of O.M.A.C. (the November-December 1974 issue) involves a billionaire named Mr. Big who rents a metropolis known as Electric City for a giant masquerade party that's actually an elaborate cover to assassinate O.M.A.C. and wipe out an organization called the Global Peace Agency.  You can see Mr. Big in the lower left-hand corner below....  


The physical resemblance is quite eerie, indeed....

If you're interested in reading Kirby's mind-blowing Fourth World series, a 1,586-page hardcover omnibus edition will be released this December.  You can pre-order the book HERE.  


Kirby's O.M.A.C. series was collected in both a hardcover and paperback edition a few years back.  Both editions are still readily available.  Click HERE for more information.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Amazon Weirdness

There are highly duplicitous book sellers on Amazon peddling used copies of my book CHAMELEO for over $75.00 and new copies for over $95.00.  It's hard to imagine that anyone in existence would be naive enough to fall for such a trick, but (just in case) please note that brand new copies of CHAMELEO can be purchased from OR BOOKS for only $18.00 and e-books for only $10.00.  If you don't feel like getting ripped off, simply click HERE.  Caveat Emptor!   
  

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Quote of the Day

"There is no way I am not, at this very moment, being observed, psychically intruded upon, satellite-watched and analyzed.  Hope you enjoy the shit show, anyone who's inside my head right now."

--Brian Michael Bendis, Jessica Jones #10, 2017


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!

Recommended Independence Day Viewing:  Alan Pakula's THE PARALLAX VIEW (1974) in which investigative journalist Joe Frady (Warren Beatty) uncovers the disturbing truth behind the Fourth of July assassination of a populist senator on top of the Seattle Space Needle (based on Loren Singer's 1970 novel of the same name).  


Recommended Independence Day Reading:  Jack Kirby's BICENTENNIAL BATTLES (1976) in which Captain America encounters a celestial being known as Mister Buda who widens the superhero's consciousness with a "Psychic-Talisman" surreptitiously placed on the Captain's palm.  This Talisman causes Captain America to travel through time on a quest to discover the true meaning of America....



Sunday, July 2, 2017

Cover Reveal for UNTIL THE LAST DOG DIES

My debut novel, UNTIL THE LAST DOG DIES, is scheduled to be published by Night Shade/Skyhorse on November 7, 2017.  The fabulous cover was painted by the talented Keith Negley, who's also created atmospheric covers for such writers as Jonathan Carroll and Stephen Graham Jones.



  
What's the novel about?  Here's the back-cover copy....


A young stand-up comedian must adapt to an apocalyptic virus affecting people’s sense of humor in this darkly satirical debut novel.


What happens when all humor is wiped off the face of the Earth?


Around the world, an unusual viral plague is striking the population. The virus attacks only one particular section of the brain. It isn’t fatal, but it results in the victim’s sense of humor being obliterated. No one is immune.


Elliot Greeley, a young stand-up comedian starving his way through alternative comedy clubs in Los Angeles, isn’t even certain the virus is real at first. But as the pandemic begins to eat away at the very heart of civilization itself, the virus affects Elliot and his close knit group of comedian friends in increasingly personal ways.


What would you consider the end of the world?


Until the Last Dog Dies is a sharp, cutting satire, both a clever twist on apocalyptic fiction and a poignant look at the things that make us human.

If you're interested in pre-ordering a copy of Until the Last Dog Dies from Amazon, simply click HERE.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Revelation of the Method

"The Creation and Destruction of Primordial Matter was accomplished at the White Head ('Ancient of Days'), at White Sands, New Mexico, at the Trinity Site.  The Trinity Site itself is located at the beginning of an ancient Western road known in old Mexico as the Jornada del Muerto (the Journey of the Dead Man).

"Early in this century a Freemason named Peter Kern was ordered to build a highly symbolic 'Gate of Death' at a key point on this ancient trail.  It was known as the Gate with a Thousand Doors.

"At the front of this gate Kern was ceremonially murdered (decapitated) by a hooded executioner.  Gary Trudeau satirized the Aztec-masonic Comazozt head-chopping cult of the American Southwest in a series of December, 1988 'Doonesbury' cartoons which depicted Skull and Bones initiates trying to dispose of a number of heads including that of Pancho Villa, a key political operative of the cryptocracy who was in fact also ritually decapitated.

"Other occult rituals for the Creation and Destruction of Primordial Matter were played out in the general area of the 33rd degree of north parallel latitude in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.  The Trinity Site is also at this latitude.

"There are 33 segments in the human spinal column which according to occult lore is the vehicle of the fiery ascent of the Kundalini serpent force which resides in the human body.  33 is the highest degree of Scottish Rite Freemasonry [...].  The Creation and Destruction of Primordial Matter occurred exactly on the Trinity Site, the 'Place of Fire,' with the explosion of the first atomic bomb, culminating untold thousands of years of alchemical speculation and practice."

--Michael A. Hoffman II, Secret Societies and Psychological Warfare, pp. 91-92

Thursday, June 29, 2017

"Researchers Perfectly Reconstruct Faces by Reading Brainwaves"

From Shelly Fan's 6-14-17 SingularityHub article entitled "Forget Police Sketches:  Researchers Perfectly Reconstruct Faces by Reading Brainwaves":

"Picture this: you’re sitting in a police interrogation room, struggling to describe the face of a criminal to a sketch artist. You pause, wrinkling your brow, trying to remember the distance between his eyes and the shape of his nose.
"Suddenly, the detective offers you an easier way: would you like to have your brain scanned instead, so that machines can automatically reconstruct the face in your mind’s eye from reading your brain waves?
"Sound fantastical? It’s not. After decades of work, scientists at Caltech may have finally cracked our brain’s facial recognition code. Using brain scans and direct neuron recording from macaque monkeys, the team found specialized 'face patches' that respond to specific combinations of facial features.
"Like dials on a music mixer, each patch is fine-tuned to a particular set of visual information, which then channel together in different combinations to form a holistic representation of every distinctive face.
"The values of each dial were so predictable that scientists were able to recreate a face the monkey saw simply by recording the electrical activity of roughly 200 brain cells. When placed together, the reconstruction and the actual photo were nearly indistinguishable.
"'This was mind-blowing,' says lead author Dr. Doris Tsao."
To read Shelly Fan's entire article, click HERE.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Milton's Vision of Paradise Lost and Regained

Here's another esoteric treat courtesy of Manly P. Hall and his Philosophical Research Society--a lecture about the hermetic symbolism in Milton's Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained.  Also highly recommended....




The Corpus Hermeticum

Below you can hear an almost two-hour-long lecture by Manly P. Hall explaining The Corpus Hermeticum.  It's highly recommended....




Tuesday, June 27, 2017

SAIC in Antarctica

Here's a brief passage from p. 257 of my book CHAMELEO:  "SAIC's [Science Applications International Corporation's] headquarters is now in McLean, VA.  On 9-27-13 SAIC changed its name to LEIDOS, then spun off its IT Services Division into a new company that retained the name SAIC."

Here's a further update regarding SAIC's latest program (based in Antarctica of all places), taken directly from LEIDOS' own website:

"The program goals include:  understanding the region and how its ecosystems depend on the polar environment; understanding its effects on (and responses to) global processes such as climate; and using the region as a platform for fundamental research in every scientific discipline.  Antarctica's remoteness and extreme climate make it a unique and natural laboratory environment  [emphasis mine--RG]."

Indeed!  John W. Campbell, author of the Antarctica-based 1938 short story upon which the film THE THING (all three versions) were based, would no doubt agree.... 

To read more, click HERE.


(Thanks to Chris Wolford for the tip!)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Stanislav Szukalski and the Human-Yeti War

Below you will find an informative video about the peculiar and transcendent works of visionary artist Stanislav Szukalski, author of the classic cryptoscatological book BEHOLD!!! THE PROTONG:


Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Bilderbergers in Virginia

From a 6-1-17 BBC.com article entitled "Secretive Bilderberg Group Meetings Begin in Virginia":

"A secretive group of elite power brokers is meeting in the US state of Virginia for closed-door discussions over four days.

"The Bilderberg Meetings have 131 participants from 21 countries in Europe and North America, the group said in a press release.

"A couple of top advisers to President Donald Trump are to attend the forum, 30 miles (48km) from the White House.

"The shadowy group is a lightning rod for conspiracy theorists.


"This year's group includes Mr Trump's Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, his National Security Adviser HR McMaster and Peter Thiel, the billionaire Paypal creator who has been a vocal supporter of the president.

"At the top of the group's 13-point agenda is 'The Trump administration:  A progress report.'"

To read the article in its entirety, click HERE.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

James Patterson and the Clinton-CIA Connection

According to the New York Times, bestselling novelist James Patterson is now collaborating on a hefty novel of "intrigue, suspense, and behind-the-scenes global drama" with former President Bill Clinton.  The novel is entitled The President Is Missing and is scheduled to be published in June of 2018. 

One can only wonder if the aforementioned "behind-the-scenes global drama" will draw upon such potentially melodramatic raw material as Clinton's shadowy connections to the Central Intelligence Agency.  If Clinton's advance from Alfred A. Knopf isn't quite astronomical enough to unlock such plot-rich details from the former President's brain, perhaps Patterson should instead collaborate with investigative journalist Jon Rappoport, who would no doubt supply far more intriguing plot twists for Patterson's interminable fiction mill.  Patterson could, for starters, refer to Rappoport's 11-7-16 No More Fake News post entitled "The Clintons and the CIA:  Deep Relationship":

"Let us return to the period when Bill Clinton was the Governor of Arkansas—and a 1995 book titled Compromised, by Terry Reed (former CIA asset) and John Cummings (former Newsday reporter).

"Buckle up.

"According to the authors, Bill Clinton was involved with the CIA in some very dirty dealings in Arkansas—and I’m not just talking about the cocaine flights landing at the Mena airport.

"It seems Bill had agreed to set up secret CIA weapons-making factories in his home state, under the radar. But because Arkansas, when it comes to money, is all cronies all the time, everybody and his brother found out about the operation and wanted in. Also, Bill was looking for a bigger cut of the action.

"This security breach infuriated the CIA, and a 1986 meeting was held to dress down Bill and make him see the error of his ways. His CIA handlers told him they were going to shut down the whole weapons operation, because Bill had screwed up royally. A screaming match ensued—but the CIA people backed off a bit and told Bill he was still 'their man' for the upcoming 1992 run for the Presidency...."

To read Rappoport's entire post, click HERE.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

“That is not dead which can eternal lie/And with strange aeons even death may die.”

--H.P. Lovecraft, "The Call of Cthulhu," 1928

From Jasmin Fox-Skelly's 5-4-17 BBC.com article entitled "There Are Diseases Hidden In Ice, and They Are Waking Up":

"Throughout history, humans have existed side-by-side with bacteria and viruses. From the bubonic plague to smallpox, we have evolved to resist them, and in response they have developed new ways of infecting us.

"We have had antibiotics for almost a century, ever since Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin. In response, bacteria have responded by evolving antibiotic resistance. The battle is endless: because we spend so much time with pathogens, we sometimes develop a kind of natural stalemate.

"However, what would happen if we were suddenly exposed to deadly bacteria and viruses that have been absent for thousands of years, or that we have never met before?

"We may be about to find out. Climate change is melting permafrost soils that have been frozen for thousands of years, and as the soils melt they are releasing ancient viruses and bacteria that, having lain dormant, are springing back to life.

"In August 2016, in a remote corner of Siberian tundra called the Yamal Peninsula in the Arctic Circle, a 12-year-old boy died and at least twenty people were hospitalised after being infected by anthrax.

"The theory is that, over 75 years ago, a reindeer infected with anthrax died and its frozen carcass became trapped under a layer of frozen soil, known as permafrost. There it stayed until a heatwave in the summer of 2016, when the permafrost thawed...."

Click HERE to read the entire article.

Monday, May 8, 2017

MK ULTRA: THE MUSICAL!

From Judith Mackrell's 4-21-17 Guardian article entitled "MK Ultra Review--Adam Curtis Doc Dominates Rosie Kay's Illuminati Dance":

"Against a rising tide of fake news and conspiracy theories, choreographer Rosie Kay and film-maker Adam Curtis have found a timely subject for their new collaboration, MK Ultra. Splicing together documentary footage and a pumped-up stream of dance and music, this two-hour work tells the story of how a generation of under-25s have come to believe in the Illuminati, a shadowy cult they say is attempting world domination through mass brainwashing...."

To read Mackrell's entire piece, click HERE.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, THOMAS PYNCHON!

From Michael Corrigan's 5-7-17 Idaho State Journal article entitled "The Elusive Thomas Pynchon Turns 80":

"In 1963, a 26 year-old student from Cornell and an ex-Navy man, Thomas Pynchon, published a book called 'V.'  The book displayed a remarkable knowledge of pop culture, history, science, with a quest at the center of the novel, a man named Herbert Stencil searching for the true identity of a mysterious woman known only as V.  V takes many shapes during the novel, but she is never found..."

To read the rest of Corrigan's piece, click HERE.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

A Single Entity with Many Eyes: Robotic Surveillance Teams

From Bill Steele's 4-10-17 Cornell Chronicle article entitled "Research Link Robots Into Surveillance Teams":

"If you were monitoring a security camera and saw someone set down a backpack and walk away, you might pay special attention – especially if you had been alerted to watch that particular person. According to Cornell researchers, this might be a job robots could do better than humans, by communicating at the speed of light and sharing images.

"The researchers are developing a system to enable teams of robots to share information as they move around and, if necessary, get help in interpreting what they see, enabling them to conduct surveillance as a single entity with many eyes [...].

"'Once you have robots that cooperate you can do all sorts of things,' said Kilian Weinberger, associate professor of computer science, who is collaborating with Silvia Ferrari, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and the project’s principal investigator, and Mark Campbell, the John A. Mellowes ’60 Professor in Mechanical Engineering.

"Their work, 'Convolutional-Features Analysis and Control for Mobile Visual Scene Perception,' is supported by a four-year, $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR). The researchers will call on their extensive experience with computer vision to match and combine images of the same area from several cameras, identify objects and track objects and people from place to place. The work will require groundbreaking research, Weinberger said, because most prior work in the field has focused on analyzing images from just a single camera as it moves around. And often, Ferrari added, a camera that doesn’t move at all. The new system will fuse information from fixed cameras, mobile observers and outside sources. 

"The mobile observers might include autonomous aircraft and ground vehicles and perhaps humanoid robots wandering through a crowd. They will send their images to a central control unit, which might also have access to other cameras looking at the region of interest, as well as access to the internet for help in labeling what it sees [...].

"While the Navy might deploy such systems with drone aircraft or other autonomous vehicles, the Cornell researchers won’t be involved with any direct application of technology."

If you want to read the entirety of Steele's article, click HERE.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Daily Grail's Interview with Alan Moore

What follow are a few paragraphs from The Daily Grail's 4-27-17 Alan Moore interview entitled "Alan Moore on Science, Imagination, Language and Spirits of Place":

"We live in a world that is mostly predicated on a rational and scientific worldview, which effectively means that any phenomenon beyond the physically measureable is automatically deemed non-existent, including souls, gods, ghosts and human consciousness. While I would agree that we need to recover the psychological connection that once existed between ourselves and our environment – because to do otherwise is to render us all pointless automata in a material world which, by its own admission, has no direction or purpose – I would say that the problem could be more sharply defined if we put aside contentious terms like ‘soul’ or ‘spirit’, and instead opted for the less vague but just as scientifically problematic term ‘meaning’. If by coming to know more about the historical or mythological aspects of the places in which we live we make those places more meaningful, to us at least, then I suggest that this will lead to experiencing ourselves as more meaningful in our new, illuminated context.

"The big difference between ‘meaning’ and ‘a spirit’ is that where meaning is concerned, we have to do all the necessary hard work in order to invest that place or that person or that object with meaning, whereas spirits just sort of turn up, don’t they? I believe that our world is gloriously haunted with meaning; that it’s we ourselves that are doing the haunting; and that we should be doing more of it, or doing it more strenuously. 

"In an era where supposedly hard material reality seems to shift more like vapour with every passing day, I think it becomes more evident that timeless and unchanging mythology is the actual solid bedrock on which our flimsy and temporary human realities are briefly erected. Whether you call it soul or spirit or meaning, it is the Real, as opposed to this spasming neo-conservative monetarist/materialist dream that we’re all required to share, and if we care about having a meaningful world in which to lead meaningful lives then we should all try harder to reinvest our environments with the meaning that belligerent materialism has sucked out of them."

To read the interview in its entirety, click HERE.

Alan Moore's latest novel is JERUSALEM (Liveright, 2016), which is available right HERE.


Monday, April 24, 2017

"...the politics was all theatre, all just to keep the people distracted…"

The Cryptoscatological Quote of the Day:
It means this War was never political at all, the politics was all theatre, all just to keep the people distracted… secretly, it was being dictated instead by the needs of technology… by a conspiracy between human beings and techniques, by something that needed the energy-burst of war, crying, “Money be damned, the very life of [insert name of Nation] is at stake,” but meaning, most likely, dawn is nearly here, I need my night’s blood, my funding, funding, ahh more, more… . The real crises were crises of allocation and priority, not among firms—it was only staged to look that way—but among the different Technologies, Plastics, Electronics, Aircraft, and their needs which are understood only by the ruling elite…

Yes but Technology only responds (how often this argument has been iterated, dogged and humorless as a Gaussian reduction, among the younger Schwarzkommando especially), “All very well to talk about having a monster by the tail, but do you think we’d’ve had the Rocket if someone, some specific somebody with a name and a penis hadn’t wanted to chuck a ton of Amatol 300 miles and blow up a block full of civilians? Go ahead, capitalize the T on technology, deify it if it’ll make you feel less responsible—but it puts you in with the neutered, brother, in with the eunuchs keeping the harem of our stolen Earth for the numb and joyless hardons of human sultans, human elite with no right at all to be where they are—”

We have to look for power sources here, and distribution networks we were never taught, routes of power our teachers never imagined, or were encouraged to avoid… we have to find meters whose scales are unknown in the world, draw our own schematics, getting feedback, making connections, reducing the error, trying to learn the real function… zeroing in on what incalculable plot? Up here, on the surface, coaltars, hydrogenation, synthesis were always phony, dummy functions to hide the real, the planetary mission yes perhaps centuries in the unrolling… this ruinous plant, waiting for its Kabbalists and new alchemists to discover the Key, teach the mysteries to others…
--Thomas Pynchon, GRAVITY'S RAINBOW (1973), p. 521


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Third Eye Spies

Presenting the teaser for Lance Mungia and Russell Targ's forthcoming documentary entitled THIRD EYE SPIES....


Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Murder of Diana Ziegler

Here's a particularly strange story from Liz Evans Scolforo of The York Dispatch in Pennsylvania. Entitled "Police:  Jackson Twp. Man Said He Killed His Wife to 'Save the World,'" the report begins as follows:

"John D. Ziegler III told detectives he killed his pregnant wife with a sword because she was the 'queen bee' of a race of hybrid humans that was taking over the world, according to testimony from his preliminary hearing Friday morning.

"'(He said) he needed to destroy her to save the world,' Northern York County Regional Police Detective Mark Baker testified, adding that Ziegler also told him that 'he thought he did the right thing.'

"Ziegler, 31, called 911 shortly after 4 p.m. Jan. 27 and announced he'd killed 25-year-old Diana Ziegler, police have said [...]." 

To read the entirety of Scolforo's 3-17-17 report, click HERE.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Richard Schowengerdt Speaks in Garden Grove

Richard Schowengerdt, the visionary inventor who plays such an important role in my book CHAMELEO, is delivering a lecture next Tuesday night at the Garden Grove Masonic Lodge at 7:00 P.M.  This presentation is a public event that's open to any interested parties, not just Freemasons.  The title of Schowengerdt's lecture is as follows:  "Relationship of the Kabbala to the DoD Acquisition Cycle:  Ancient Esoteric Philosophy as the Root of Modern Creative Systems."  Below Schowengerdt discusses the lecture in his own words:  

"I will be making a presentation next Tuesday, 25 April 2017, at the Garden Grove Lodge on a subject dear to my heart, the creative process as outlined in the Jewish Kabbala and also exemplified in the Department of Defense Acquisition Cycle.  It is only natural and expected that the Kabbala would serve as a model for all creative acts and particularly one that spends billions every year on the most sophisticated systems in the world.
 
"I am delighted that the Masonic Education Coordinator, Brother Adam Buttons, at the Garden Grove Lodge has made this a public event because the universal exercise of creative processes are not limited to a select few.  Therefore, I hope most of you will be able to attend and participate in this most interesting and stimulating program.  Feel free to pass along this message to anyone else who you think would be interested in the event.  If you plan to arrive in time for the Refreshments prior to the presentation, please notify Brother Adam Buttons at adambuttons@hotmail.com so there will be enough for everyone."

Monday, April 17, 2017

More on Sharyl Attkisson

From Jon Rappoport's 4-16-17 No More Fake News article entitled "U.S. Presidents Can Grant Immunity to Snooping Spies":

"Sharyl Attkisson, former CBS investigative reporter, recently spoke with 'a small group of reliable, formerly high-placed intelligence officials.' They tipped her to surveillance tactics in the arsenal of intel agencies.

"Attkisson: 'U.S. Presidents have the power to issue secret presidential directives that can authorize otherwise illegal acts (theoretically in the country’s best interests). These directives may come with pre-planned cover stories to be used in the event the operation is exposed, and they come with indemnity for those involved, giving them permission to lie about the operation or their involvement without fear of prosecution… The public will rarely know about such presidential directives since most who see them must sign agreements that promise nondisclosure and consent to polygraphs.'

"That’s a blockbuster revelation.

"Guaranteed immunity for those involved in the spying/surveillance operation (and other types of operations).

"Plus permission for agents to lie about being involved.

"All in the interest of 'national security.' Unless it isn’t. Unless a president wants to enact revenge on a personal enemy, or commit a financial crime, or win an election, or protect a friend, or serve his elite bosses, or advance a corporate goal, or…pretty much anything.

"He can act like a king.

"One of Attkisson’s intelligence sources told her the following: 'If the work of targeting an individual cannot be accomplished by government intel officers, it can be contracted out to third parties or to foreign parties who aren’t bound by U.S. law.'"

To read the rest of Rappoport's article, click HERE.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

MIT Grad Arrested on Terrorism Charges

From Daniella Silva's 4-6-17 NBC News article entitled "MIT Grad Nicolai Mork Arrested on Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction Charges" (note, in particular, paragraph seven):

"An MIT graduate was arrested on charges of terrorism and possession of weapons of mass destruction, authorities said late Wednesday — and his mother told NBC News she believes her son suffered a 'mental breakdown.'

"Nicolai Howard Mork, 40, was indicted by a grand jury on Wednesday in Las Vegas on charges related to terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, Las Vegas police said. He was arrested without incident at his home Wednesday night, police said. 

"Bail was set a $1 million per count, for a total of $8 million, according to court documents. 

"Mork is accused of planting several incendiary devices, such as Molotov cocktails, to be ignited in multiple locations in the Las Vegas area from Oct. 24 to Dec. 31, 2016, according to the indictment. He was also charged with possessing components of an incendiary device with the intent to manufacture an explosive, and with possessing a Walther P22 .22 caliber handgun with an altered serial number and a silencer. 

"Deputy Chief Chris Jones, director of the Las Vegas police Homeland Security Division, told NBC News on Thursday that investigators found at least eight explosive devices in two residential neighborhoods in Las Vegas beginning in late October.

"'We started seeing this pattern as these devices were deployed and then similarities in the devices and the substances that they were constructed out of,' he said. 

"'It appears that his actions were basically focused on grievances that he had based on perceived wrongdoings,' Jones said. 'He thought people were following him. He thought certain groups were following him.'

"Jones said some of the devices had 'partially exploded, some had partially ignited and others were still intact.' No one was hurt, he added. 

"Mork's lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

"The suspect's mother, Joan Mork, 70, told NBC News that she believed her son had suffered 'some sort of mental breakdown' and that he was acting paranoid the last time she saw him. 

"'We believe that he has had some sort of mental breakdown or an enormous shift in his usual thinking, and we hope, with all our hearts, that he will get the help he needs and not just be punished,' she said from her home in Duluth, Minnesota, on Thursday.

"'This is a young man — he's in his 40s now — but he was always brilliant and had many kinds of distinctions throughout his time and in our home and in college,' she said. 

"She said that Mork was 'extremely afraid and angry' with the Church of Scientology and that he believed he was being monitored by members of the group."

To read the rest of Silva's article, click HERE.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

THE FILMS OF BUDD BOETTICHER

Edinburgh University Press has just released THE FILMS OF BUDD BOETTICHER edited by Gary D. Rhodes and Robert Singer.  THE FILMS OF BUDD BOETTICHER includes an article by Yours Truly entitled "The Box in the Desert:  Budd Boetticher, Breaking Bad, and the 21st Century Western," which covers several of Boetticher's cult classics such as Behind Locked Doors, Comanche Station, Decision at Sundown, Ride Lonesome, The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond, and Seven Men from Now.

Here's the jacket copy:  "One of the most important yet overlooked of Hollywood auteurs, Budd Boetticher was responsible for a number of classic films, including his famous 'Ranown' series of westerns starring Randolph Scott. With influential figures like Martin Scorsese and Clint Eastwood acknowledging Boetticher's influence, and with growing academic interest in his work, Gary D. Rhodes and Robert Singer present a vital collection of essays on the director's long career, from a range of international scholars. Looking at celebrated films like Buchanan Rides Alone (1958) and Comanche Station (1960), as well as at lesser-known works like Escape in the Fog (1945) and Behind Locked Doors (1948), this book also addresses Boetticher's influential television work on the James Garner series Maverick, and Boetticher's continuing aesthetic influence on contemporary TV classics like Breaking Bad."

If you wish to order a copy of THE FILMS OF BUDD BOETTICHER, click HERE.



A brief postscript for all you budding writers out there:  While researching "The Box in the Desert," I happened to stumble across an extensive interview with Vince Gilligan, creator and head writer of Breaking Bad.  The following excerpt from that interview is well worth watching.  There are many lessons here about the advantages of persistence.  More importantly, there are even better lessons about pursuing the idea you’re passionate about (even if it’s deemed “non-commercial”) rather than trying to scope out the marketplace and dream up an idea that’s merely “sellable."  Click HERE if you want to watch the interview.




Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Gangstalking in Battle Ground?

From Jessica Prokop's 4-6-17 The Columbian article entitled "Murder Trial Gets Underway with Opening Statements:  Battle Ground Man Accused in August 2015 Altercation at Storage Facility":


"A prosecutor told jurors Thursday that a man accused of beating another man to death with an aluminum baseball bat could not have been acting in self-defense.

"Stephen Reichow, 35, struck Brandon Maulding nearly 20 times in the head with the bat during an altercation Aug. 1, 2015, outside a storage facility in Battle Ground, Deputy Prosecutor James Smith said during opening statements in Reichow’s murder trial in Clark County Superior Court.

"The two Battle Ground men were acquaintances. Maulding, who was 36, was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.

Smith argued that the level of violence indicates it was not self-defense.

"'A picture can be worth a thousand words, and I think this picture says a lot,' Smith said as he flashed a grisly photo of Maulding’s body across a large screen. 'He beat him to a pulp.'

"Reichow’s defense attorney, Sean Downs, argued that there are two sides to every story and 'sometimes three, four, five. It’s not always going to fit together perfectly for you,' he told the jury.

"What the attorneys do seem to agree on is that Reichow and Maulding had been hanging out earlier in the day. They were picked up by another friend, Anne Tanninen, from Maulding’s house and went to a storage unit that Tanninen had rented.

"The trio was inside the storage space when Tanninen received a strange phone call, Smith said, from someone talking about $5,000, drugs and picking something up. He said both Reichow and Tanninen shared paranoid beliefs about the world, and they thought they were being 'gang stalked.' Gang stalking can include being harassed by an organized group of people."

To read the rest of Prokop's article, click HERE.

Jon Rappoport on the the Sharyl Attkisson Case

From Jon Rappoport's 4-6-17 article entitled "Bombshell:  How Far Did Obama Spying Go?":

...former CBS star investigative reporter, Sharyl Attkisson [...] has sued members of the Obama team and several federal agencies. That lawsuit has just been referred to another venue by the judge in the case. He could have dismissed the suit, but he didn’t. He wants it to proceed. He wants Attkisson to have her day in court. 

You might remember Attkisson was uncovering highly embarrassing details about the gun-walking operation, Fast & Furious, and the attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi. She was making the Obama administration extremely uncomfortable. 

But let me quote Judge Emet Sullivan’s recent order transferring Attkisson’s suit:

“In 2011——at the same time that Ms. Attkisson was conducting investigations and issuing certain of her high-profile news reports——the Attkissons ‘began to notice anomalies in numerous electronic devices at their home in Virginia.’ These anomalies included Ms. Attkisson’s work-issued laptop computer and a family desktop computer ‘turning on and off at night without input from anyone in the household,’ ‘the house alarm chirping daily at different times,’ and ‘television problems, including interference.’ All of these electronic devices used ‘the Verizon FiOS line installed in [the Attkissons’] home,’ but Verizon was unable to stanch the anomalous activity despite multiple attempts. In January 2012, the Attkissons’ residential internet service ‘began constantly dropping off’.”

“In February 2012, ‘sophisticated surveillance spyware’ was installed on Ms. Attkisson’s work-issued laptop computer. A later forensic computer analysis revealed that Ms. Attkisson’s laptop and the family’s desktop computer had been the ‘targets of unauthorized surveillance efforts.’ That same forensic analysis revealed that Ms. Attkisson’s mobile phone was also targeted for surveillance when it was connected to the family’s desktop computer. The infiltration of that computer and the extraction of information from it was ‘executed via an IP address owned, controlled, and operated by the United States Postal service.’ Additionally, based on the sophisticated nature of the software used to carry out the infiltration and software fingerprints indicating the use of the federal government’s proprietary software, the infiltration and surveillance appeared to be perpetrated by persons in the federal government.”

“An independent forensic computer analyst hired by CBS subsequently reported finding evidence on both Ms. Attkisson’s work-issued laptop computer and her family’s desktop computer of ‘a coordinated, highly-skilled series of actions and attacks directed at the operation of the computers.’ Computer forensic analysis also indicated that remote actions were taken in December 2012 to remove the evidence of the electronic infiltration and surveillance from Ms. Attkisson’s computers and other home electronic equipment.”

“As Ms. Attkisson’s investigations and reporting continued, in October 2012 the Attkissons noticed ‘an escalation of electronic problems at their personal residence, including interference in home and mobile phone lines, computer interference, and television interference.’ In November of that year, Ms. Attkisson’s mobile phones ‘experienced regular interruptions and interference, making telephone communications unreliable, and, at times, virtually impossible’.”

“Additionally, in December 2012, a person with government intelligence experience conducted an inspection of the exterior of the Attkissons’ Virginia home. That investigator discovered an extra Verizon FiOS fiber optics line. Soon thereafter, after a Verizon technician was instructed by Ms. Attkisson to leave the extra cable at the home, the cable disappeared, and the Attkissons were unable to determine what happened to it. In March 2013, the Attkissons’ desktop computer malfunctioned, and in September of that year, while Ms. Attkisson was working on a story at her home, she observed that her personal laptop computer was remotely accessed and controlled, resulting in data being deleted from it. On April 3, 2013, Ms. Attkisson filed a complaint with the Inspector General of the Department of Justice. The Inspector General’s investigation was limited to an analysis of the compromised desktop computer, and the partially-released report that emerged from that investigation reported ‘no evidence of intrusion,’ although it did note ‘a great deal of advanced mode computer activity not attributable to Ms. Attkisson or anybody in her household’.”

“The Attkissons allege that the ‘cyber-attacks’ they ‘suffered in [their] home’ were perpetrated by ‘personnel working on behalf of the United States.’ Accordingly, they have asserted various claims against the United States and against former Attorney General Eric Holder, former Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, and unknown agents of the Department of Justice, the United States Postal Service, and the United States, all in their individual capacities. Those claims include claims against the United States under the FTCA and claims against the individual federal officers for violations of constitutional rights under Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of Fed. Bureau of Narcotics, 403 U.S. 388 (1971)…”

To read Rappoport's entire article, click HERE.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

"That Was Some Weird Shit"

From Yashar Ali's 3-29-17 New York Magazine post entitled "What George W. Bush Really Thought of Donald Trump's Inauguration":

"The inauguration of Donald Trump was a surreal experience for pretty much everyone who witnessed it [...]. Following Trump’s short and dire speech, [George W.] Bush departed the scene and never offered public comment on the ceremony.

"But, according to three people who were present, Bush gave a brief assessment of Trump’s inaugural after leaving the dais: 'That was some weird shit.' All three heard him say it.

"A spokesman for Bush declined to comment."

 To read Ali's entire post, please click HERE.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Cory Doctorow on Stasi Tactics

What follow are a few relevant excerpts from Cory Doctorow's 3-29-17 Boing Boing post entitled "How East Germany's Stasi Tried to Drive Activists Insane, and How They Resisted": 


"East Germany's secret police, the Stasi, were the most aggressive surveillance force of their day -- at the Stasi's peak, one in 60 East Germans was snitching for the agency.

"The tactics that the Stasi deployed to recruit informants -- blackmail, cash, patriotism, immunity from prosecution, and gamification -- are less interesting than the things the Stasi did to their adversaries, inflicting mental torture of various types to drive the opposition to attack itself, or simply give up.

"Just by spreading rumors about the existence of informants, the Stasi were able to drive a wedge into the opposition, as activists turned their suspicions on one another.


"But by forming circles of trust and mutual aid, demonstrating intergroup solidarity, and deploying active countermeasures, a resistance was able to form and, eventually, depose the hated, oppressive government and its army of spies."

To read Doctorow's post in its entirety, please click HERE.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Bunny Rabbits and Nuclear Armageddon: The Misadventures of Dr. Sidney Gottlieb

What follow are the first few paragraphs of Sharon Weinberger's 3-21-17 article entitled "The Bunny, the Witch, and the War Room" (an excerpt from Weinberger's new book, The Imagineers of War:  The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency that Changed the World):

"Among the Stanford Research Institute’s many classified research projects in the early 1970s was a contract supported by the Central Intelligence Agency’s Office of Technical Service, a division headed by Sidney Gottlieb, perhaps the most notorious scientist ever to work for the spy agency. The secret program was testing different forms of parapsychology, such as whether humans had the ability to use their minds to visualize or even influence remote objects. Believing the work was showing promise, Gottlieb one day invited the director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), Stephen Lukasik, over to his CIA office to discuss it.

"Gottlieb, a chemist by training, was both an unconventional thinker and an unwavering patriot, who believed his work served the good of the nation. 'Friends and enemies alike say Mr. Gottlieb was a kind of genius, striving to explore the frontiers of the human mind for his country,' read the 1999 New York Times obituary of Gottlieb, 'while searching for religious and spiritual meaning in his life.' In the end, however, Gottlieb would be remembered most for what looked like a willful contempt of common decency.

"As the head of the Office of Technical Service, Gottlieb led a wing of the CIA whose failed innovations to assassinate the Cuban leader Fidel Castro included poison pens and exploding seashells. He also worked on one of the agency’s most notorious projects: the use of LSD as a mind-control drug. Under Gottlieb’s supervision, LSD was tested on unwitting human guinea pigs, including, among other unfortunate victims, the mentally ill, prostitutes, and even one army scientist who later committed suicide. When the program was first exposed in 1975 by the Rockefeller Commission, and then detailed by the congressional Church Committee, Gottlieb’s public legacy as some sort of mad scientist was all but assured.

"The day Lukasik went to visit Gottlieb—in 1971, as Lukasik recalls it—the CIA scientist was in fine form. What Gottlieb wanted to discuss was bunny rabbits and nuclear Armageddon."

To read the rest of Weinberger's article, please click HERE.