The Present Can Only Be Viewed from the Past



2017 might seem like the hangover after a particularly-nasty meth, glue and Thunderbird bender, but it's actually a year of major anniversaries. We're coming up on the 70th Anniversary of Kenneth Arnold and Roswell (as well as the National Security Act), the 50th Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper and the Summer of Love and the centennial of the Russian Revolution. But there are a lot more observances, all kinds of 'ennials to observe. 

I thought I'd dig into a few anniversaries germane to The Secret Sun and the topics we look at here. Readers are encouraged to weigh in with their own (observations that can be counted in multiples of five and ten, that is) in the comments.

December will see the fifth anniversary of the 2012 apocalypse/ascension/ absurdity (depending on your point of view). Needless to say, most of us are still here and the skies didn't open and Nibiru didn't come crashing into the moon. So there goes another apocalypse. 

I can't help but wonder about the 2012 meme, though. As I wrote a couple years back, it certainly seems like something changed that year, that the bottom fell out somewhere but no one seemed to notice it at the time. 

I mean, Donald Trump is sitting in the White House, isn't he? If even you're a Trump supporter you have to admit this would have seemed impossible five years ago.

Maybe the Apocalypse works on a different timeline than it does in the movies. Maybe we're living in one only we can't see the forest fire for the burning trees. History can only be written from a distance.

2007 was the year Our Gods Wear Spandex was published and the year I began actively blogging on this site, so Happy Ten Year Anniversary to me. It's also the year that a newly-elected Senator - with a weird, oblique connection to the Council of Nine - announced his candidacy for President.


This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Heaven's Gate suicides, an event I've gone into some detail on this blog. Whatever the media might have you believe the Gate were a bonafide modern Gnostic sect, were serious and rigorous about their work and were deeply troubled by the emergence of the techno-surveillance state they saw emerging at the time. 

This week also marks the 20th anniversary of the last of the Order of the Solar Temple "suicides" ( rendered in quotes since many investigators suspect foul play by outside parties with the OST mass deaths). I wrote in some detail about the OST and their influence on pop culture here (the X-Files writers seemed especially fascinated with the OST and their unique status and history and the lingering questions over their deaths).

Postmortem reports claimed that the OST committed ritual suicide in order to spiritually ascend to Sirius, where they believe their souls originated from. If this is true this is another troubling link to the "Walk-Ins from Sirius" theme from Ruth Montgomery's seminal Aliens Among Us, which has also been linked to the Heaven's Gate suicides.

Last week marked the 20th anniversary of the Phoenix Lights flap, a controversial UFO sighting that caused a major media meltdown and has been the focus of a growing mythology ever since. What is particularly interesting about the Phoenix episode- however you view it-- is that it took place right down the highway from the Heaven's Gate compound in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. 

It may have been seen as the final sign that their ride was here, seeing as how the web-savvy cult was monitoring all kinds of infostreams for omens and portents. 

Next week also marks the 20th anniversary of the Outer Limits episode "Double Helix," which plays out like an idealized fantasy world version of Marshall Applewhite's most cherished beliefs. 

Seeing as how the suicides were discovered before its airing it plays like an elegy, a bizarre epitaph for the cult, its leader and their beliefs. How the hell that happened is anyone's guess.

Speaking of double helixes, 1997 saw the announcement that the first major cloning had been done, of "Dolly" the sheep. The news was broken in Roslin, Scotland, of all places (Dan Brown fans take note). More ominously it was also the year IBM's Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov in chess. 

Coincidentally or not, Steve Jobs returned to Apple a few months later and changed the world as we knew it. One of his last projects was designing the Apple HQ, which looks like a friggin' flying saucer.

Why do all those events feel so closely entwined? We can't say we weren't warned.



1987 is the 30th anniversary of the publication of Whitley Strieber's seminal autobiography Communion, which brought the concept of alien abduction out of the fringes and into book store in America and other parts of the world. 

It's hard to explain to younger people what a phenomenon this book was, the controversy it engendered, and the effect it had on the culture. Strieber was a well-known author of best-selling horror novels, a couple of which had been adapted into movies (Wolfen and The Hunger) but never enjoyed a success like Communion, which stayed on the New York Times best-sellers list for months and sold millions worldwide.

Daytime talkshows were suddenly fora for abductees, whether real or imagined, as were popular tabloid TV shows like Unsolved Mysteries. The craze made celebrities out of Strieber, abduction researchers like Budd Hopkins and David Jacobs and later, Harvard psychologist John Mack. 

Oldline UFO researchers stewed on the sidelines, having traditionally regarded abduction reports with suspicion, if not contempt. Communion would lead to other projects, the Travis Walton biopic Fire in the Sky, The X-Files (which became an even greater phenomenon than Strieber's book), and the Steven Spielberg maxi-series Taken (which would be the SciFi Channel's most-watched series at the time of its airing).



1987 was also the year New Age seeped into the mainstream and has been insidiously rewriting its host body like a computer virus ever since. Pop culture was the medium yet again- a miniseries based on Shirley MacLaine's "spiritual authobiography" Out On a Limb was aired on ABC and planted the seeds for the Me Generation's catch-as-catch-can Theosophy 2.0. 

1987 saw "Ramtha" go wide with the publication of JZ Knight's autobiography, A State of Mind. Channeling soon became a multimiilion dollar industry, with hundreds of mini-Ramtha's popping out of the woodwork dispensing greeting card homilies for a spiritually-indiscriminate polity.

All you needed to do was squint, loll your head around meaningfully, adopt a weird quasi-British accent and learn to spout pseudo-profoundities and you were in clover.

Again, the New Age craze is hard to explain today, though in large part because the New Age is so ubiquitous today it's woven into the cultural fabric of most Western- and many non-Western- cultures. 

Yoga studios can be found in every sizable American town. Acupuncture and other "alternative" modalities are often covered by health insurance programs. Health food stores are slowly displacing conventional supermarkets and many more traditional houses of worship offer New Age programs (meditation, yoga, self-actualization) to their congregants.

1987 also saw the Harmonic Convergence (aka the "New Age Woodstock"), meant to act as the movement's big hop over the cultural fence. But its organizers (which included the original 2012 guru, Jose Arguelles) deeply misjudged the true nature of the movement and how it actually existed in the ideational biosphere. 

This wasn't a revolution, it was a slow-moving insurrection, one that subverted culture from within, all the while denying its very existence (the hallmark of a true New Ager is that they deny actually being a New Ager). Big, showy events weren't going to do the work. Tenacious, relentless but quieter actions were going to insinuate New Age into the mainstream.



1987 saw the Iran-Contra Affair- in which arms were sold to Iran in exchange for American hostages held by Iran-controlled radicals and the profits then diverted to anti-Sandinista militants in Nicaragua- become the major news story, dominating the headlines and Sunday talk shows for the entire year and into the next. 

Iran-Contra is also arguably the impetus for the true mainstreaming of conspiracy theory (just in time for the dawning of the Internet Era). Conspiracy research wasn't a fringe hobby then, it was front page news all across the world. It's just that the virus escaped from the lab and filtered down into places the mainstream media would have rather it hadn't.

But the real groundwork for the rise of conspiracy culture would be laid ten years earlier when the first fully-functional home computer, the Commodore PET was debuted at a trade show. 

Conspiracy theory may have thrived on talk radio (and short wave and ham radio, not to mention mail order) but it would explode on the Internet, even in the crudest venues of the BBS dial-in days.

At the same time the Commodore was unveiled, a new President from Plains, Georgia took office who swore to tear the lid off government corruption (and significantly, UFO secrecy) in Washington. 

Things, predictably, wouldn't work out so well for him.

1977 saw the commoditization of the modern Hollywood blockbuster-- already having birthed itself in 1975 with Steven Spielberg's Jaws. 

George Lucas' spiritual SF epic Star Wars and Spielberg's UFO fantasia Close Encounters of the Third Kind changed the rules forever (you can throw in Saturday Night Fever if you like, as it spawned the rise of the blockbuster soundtrack as well) and, as many would argue, planted the seeds for the eventual creation empoverishment of the Hollywood they created.

In today's market, doubles and triples are no longer be enough, you need to either write a movie off as a tax loss or score a grand slam blockbuster, complete with merchandising and ancillary rights.

But Star Wars and Close Encounters were such monsters because they filled a genuine void in the culture, a need for miracle and transcendence in a rapidly-secularlizing culture. In their wake the movies would become the dream theater of the masses, in the same way the great cathedrals were to the peasants of the Middle Ages.

Both films struck at the right time- NASA tested its first space shuttle at the beginning of the year, promising a new era in space exploration. One that has yet to come to pass, 40 years later. Even so the mood was right at the time.

On the other end of the ritual spectrum 1977 also saw the arrest of David Berkowitz, whom the media named as the sole "Son of Sam" killer despite the fact that witnesses had cogently and explicitly described other shooters not matching his description. 

Berkowitz himself would later claim he was a member of a sect of the Process Church of the Final Judgement, he was not the only shooter and that the killings were human sacrifices. And as fate would have it two of the men he claimed as his accomplices would die under mysterious circumstances not long after Berkowitz was arrested. 

And their father was named Sam.

Also in the summer of 1977, Elvis Presley died after a long struggle with obesity and prescription drug abuse. 

It was poetic in a Greek tragedy kind of fashion since '77 not only saw the precipitous rise of Disco as an all-consuming craze (Donna Summer had the first hit with a totally-synthesized record, "I Feel Love," that year) but also the breakthrough of punk rock and first-wave New Wave (the Sex Pistols, the Clash, Elvis Costello and Talking Heads all released their debuts), which took the basic, four to the floor rock 'n' roll Presley cut his teeth on and wed it to postmodernism, Dada and other weird, Continental theories that old-timers like the King would never have anything to do with.

Not that most of America even noticed. The Eagles' Hotel California, Pink Floyd's Animals and Fleetwood Mac's Rumors were albums most of the public were actually buying. Punk bombed bad in its first assault on American record stores and most of the first wave bands would soon break up or radically water down their styles in a bid to make it to the US Top 40. 

New Wave, which began as a marketing ploy to ease punk into the American market, would become the musical equivalent of New Age, a contagion that would insinuate itself into the host and rewrite the matrix from within. 

40 years later New Wave concepts are so dominant (irony and sarcasm not the least among them) in pop they're no longer recognized as distinct or unique. But that process began in earnest over 35 years ago, when MTV began beaming art school weirdos from England into a growing number of American living rooms. 

In short order even Jethro Tull and Bob Dylan- the onetime crunchiest of the crunchy- were recording with drum machines and sequencers.

There's more to come. 



37 comments:

  1. 20th anniversary of Buffy (TV).
    60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, just as Theresa May burns it to the ground.

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  2. CORRECTED VERSION:

    Outstanding ... I'm currently working on developing a thesis that what's really going on when we hear the screaming and the door slamming and the dishes breaking down the street in the Deep State family feud is an extension of the Team A and Team B competitive analysis -- strictly academic mind you -- undertaken by the CIA around '76 or so. Or maybe it just boils down to a pedos versus non-pedos division kinda like the jocks against the nerds in high school. Will keep you posted.

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  3. Marcus Garvey's apocalyptic prophecy, "When the Two Sevens Clash" was to have occurred on July 7, 1977. The day was to usher in an apocalyptic day of judgement, when historical injustices would be avenged. In Jamaica it was supposedly taken so seriously most of Kingston shut down for the day in preparation for the day.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfYbCIt3Sp8

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  4. Crowley also died in 1947, so this would mark seventy years since his death as well.

    Puharich apparently had his first session with The Nine on December 31, 1952 --thus the 65th anniversary will be coming up on New Year's Eve.

    The World Anti-Communist League, for years the public face of the Fascist International, was officially chartered on April 1, 1967. The WACL would go on to have extensive dealings in Iran-Contra. Many of the old WACL affiliates (i.e. Taiwan) are presently enjoying a robust resurgence under Trump. The rise of the WACL also unleashed Sun Myung Moon and his heroin dollars on American fundamentalists. Both the political and spiritual implications were quite evident within a decade. It is thus curious the WACL was chartered just as the Summer of Love was about to kick off.

    And of course, there's the number 17 itself being present in this year. I believe you and I are both in agreement that that number is a kind of lightening rod.

    That's all I got for now.


    -Recluse

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  5. Another one from '67 just occurred to me: the collapse of the Silver Bridge outside of Point Pleasant, WV. This incident was of course famously linked to the Mothman. Reportedly, encountered with the Mothman ceased after the collapse of the Silver Bridge. Sightings had begun almost exactly a year earlier, on November 12, 1966.

    -Recluse

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  6. out her in the wilds of Oregon, this is the 35 anniversary of the incorporation of Rajneeshpuram, the Bhagwan's ashram/community near Antelope, Oregon. As you may remember, Rajneeshpuram was populated with followers of the spiritual teacher Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, later known as Osho.

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    1. I visited the Bhagwans community, got to sit with Mr. Rajneesh, in a ceremony where he broke his fast with speaking for the first time in 6 months. It was a clean orderly kind of ceremony. I gave him a book I picked up in Oaxaca called Lord of the Dawn. 87

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  7. Are there other Peace Misson, Jonestown or Manson connections? I ask partly because Manson was on ABC recently and because my friend was at Woodmont when she passed: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/14/us/mother-divine-dead-peace-mission-leader.html?_r=0
    I've had some weird Peace Mission syncs over the last 6 mos. or so.
    Dub

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  8. I would add Eraserhead to the list of important movies to come out in '77. And, having watched Close Encounters this weekend for the first time in a decade, I was struck by how thematically entwined with ET and Poltergeist it is. Turns out those movies have their 35th anniversary this year.

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  9. An excellent snapshot of conspiracy culture as it was before the World Wide Web is _High Weirdness By Mail_, an exhaustive compilation of mail-order madness issued by the Church of the SubGenius in the late 80s. Hundreds of listings for everything you can get now online in minutes, only back then you had to write them a polite letter and include stamps for the return postage. The book is out of print, but I'm told there are copies to be had on eBay and such. I still have mine, and every once in a while I'll pick a listing at random and see if they're still out there. Amazing how many are! Entire sections on saucer cults, weird science etc, not to mention some extreme political and religious groups whose 1980s fever dreams seem to be coming true.

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  10. Great write up, but you may have missed (doubt it, you don't miss a thing) The 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun via Our Lady of Fatima, on 10/13/17, no less.

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  11. It just freaks me out that people born in '77 are forty this year! How is that possible? Star Wars and Spielberg's CEOTFK came out forty years ago!?! When your parents and grandparents told you life is short and youth is fleeting, they weren't kidding.

    Communion remains in my mind Streiber's most important book, not to be taken literally. But the real meat in that book is missed, including by Streiber. There is even a black eyed kid in it, if I remember. There are strong hints of the paranormal in Communion, hints of the deeper collective psyche/unconscious at work. Needs to be reread in light of a more shamanic or occult interpretation of so-called alien abductions.

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  12. I don't know why I think is important, but I have been led down the Bee Gees path literally in my home town (some would say their hometown, too) and this year is the 40th anniversary of the 'Saturday Night Fever'soundtrack...more to come in 2017 relating to that I think...don't ask me why though.

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    1. It's also the 50th year for the Bee Gees leaving Australia and cracking the top of the music charts in 1967, but there is only one Bee Gee left now...Barry.

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    2. Here is an even better tie in between the Bee Gees and The Beatles.
      2017 is the 50th birthday of The Beatles' Sgt Pepper album and the Bee Gees were the main stars in that stinker of a film "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" that crashed and burned at the cinema just before the Bee Gees hit their mark with the release of the 'Saturday Night Fever' movie and soundtrack in '77.

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  13. The one-hundredth anniversary of the Espionage Act ...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Espionage_Act_of_1917

    A hundred years of spies, spying, and allegations of same, with no real understanding I would say of what has occurred. Russia, Germany, Rinse, Repeat as Necessary.

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    1. The sometime Senator from New York, Pat Moynihan, in his last book, the boastfully admonishing confessional Secrecy, published not long before 9/11, wrote:

      Indeed, much of the structure of secrecy now in place in the U.S. government took shape in just under eleven weeks in the spring of 1917, while the Espionage Act was debated and signed into law. The Espionage Act had an antecedent in the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 -- three statutes dealing with aliens and one with sedition. The bills were passed by a Federalist Congress in order to silence opposition to war with France, which then seemed inevitable. ... It was the nation's first experience with how war or the threat of war changed the balance between private liberty and public order, an instability that was eerily reenacted 119 years later.

      Daniel P. Moynihan, Secrecy: The American Experience (Yale 1998), pp. 84-85.

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  14. Along the lines of significant happenings in cults/minority sects, it's also the 100th anniversary of the publication of "The finished mystery" by the Watch Tower Society (Jehova's Witnesses), which was so controversial that the Watch Tower Society directors were jailed under the Sedition Act of 1918 (a peculiar addition to the Espionage Act of 1917).

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  15. 1957 was also an interesting year.
    60th anniversary of:

    Jan.27th: Salvador Dali's appearance on "What's My Line?" game show--
    http://mentalfloss.com/article/70399/watch-salvador-dalis-surreal-1957-game-show-appearance

    Feb. 25th, 1957: Philadelphia, PA, the mysterious case of the "Boy in the Box" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boy_in_the_Box_(Philadelphia)

    April 12: Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl", printed in England, is seized by U.S. customs officials on the grounds of obscenity. This kicked off a major trial over censorship which, fortunately, Ginsberg won.

    May 3rd: Edwards Air Force Base--Jack Gettys and James Bittick, who were filming base installations on behalf of test pilot and later astronaut Gordon Cooper, observed the landing and departure of a silent flying disk. Their film evidence was sent to Washington, D.C.

    July 17th: Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, KS--Often listed as a "top ten" ufo case, a U.S. Air Force RB-47, equipped with the most advanced monitoring equipment of the era, was tracked for 700 miles by a ufo.

    Sept.4th: Littlerock, Arkansas--the events of the Littlerock Nine
    https://newsone.com/2034005/little-rock-nine-facts/

    Sept. 5th: Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" is published. Can't underestimate the impact this book had on society/culture.

    October 16/17: Sao Francisco de Sales, Minas Gerais, Brazil--One of the very first abduction claims. Farmer Antonio Vilas Boas claimed to have been abducted and examined by humanoid aliens while working in the fields at night. He also claimed to have had sex with an alien woman aboard the egg-shaped aircraft.

    Nov. 2nd: Levelland, TX UFO Sightings-- http://www.ufocasebook.com/Levelland.html


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    1. Great list, David. I wrote about the UFO's that hovered over "bunkers used in the first atomic tests at White Sands, NM" (in Nov. '57)and were said to be "nearly as bright as the sun." http://www.reddirtreport.com/dust-devil-dreams/nearly-bright-sun

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  16. October 1962 - Cuban missile crisis.

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  17. I have '87 pegged as the year the 80's started to end... shortly after MARRS and Actually. But that's probably a discussion for many beverages.

    Many years ago I worked on the fringes of defence subcontracting. I noticed that long term plans always talked about the years 2015 and 2025, and one day I mentioned this out loud. The guy on the next desk, who I believe was in a position to know, and whom I had no reason to doubt, explained that when the Allies met in 1945 to discuss how to divvy up the spoils of war, they agreed to meet again every ten years. I have since heard this referred to as the 'funding echelon'. Make of this what you will.

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  18. Back in 1997 (mostly in the UK)... three things -

    Katrina and the Waves win the Eurovision song contest for the UK with a song called 'Love Shine a Light'

    A few days leter, Tony B.Liar becomes prime minister, ushering a new era of New Labour (soon after May Day??)

    And then, The Goddess Diana is assassinated on some dragon lines in Paris. Possibly by reptilians.

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  19. Hi Chris - I see what you are saying, but wondering all the same how to navigate through the rabbit hole? We can literally fill up your comment posts with date after date of what many would jump to agree are relevant examples of related incidents rallied around these years ending in "7" and terraced by 30, 40 or 50 year periods. I'm not poo-pooing any of it, necessarily, but just considering that we could all find patterns if we look hard enough, with a la "A Beautiful Mind" kinda intensity.

    I'm really looking forward to reading more as you gather these ideas together. Again, thank you so much for sharing your awesome insights and inviting these discussions among the sincere and curious seekers.

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  20. 1947: the year that Nicolas Roerich, Russian artist, explorer, mystic and UFO witness died. In addition to seeking the hidden kingdom of Shamballa he also got mentioned in stories by H.P. Lovecraft. Keep up the good work.

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  21. Speaking of anniversaries:
    This year is also the 30th anniversary of the release of Clive Barker's Hellraiser...

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  22. I have dwelling on the aspects of this "anniversary" year ending in "7." It has resonated with me rather strongly, compared to even 2015 or 2016. I am struck by the Russian Revolution centennial in particular, in light of the current state of affairs in the world. This is also year 10 for my own website, Red Dirt Report, where I discuss sync and more. 1937 (Spanish Civil War); 1947 (Roswell, etc.); 1957 (UN Meditation Room constructed); 1967 (Ravi Shankar at Monterey Pop Festival); 1977 ("Voyager 1" launched with Golden Record); 1987 (INXS releases "Kick," chock full of sync themes); 1997 (INXS's Michael Hutchence "taken out"); 2007 ... anyway, just a sampling of what I've covered in regards to those specific years. This is important work you are doing, Chris.

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  23. And on the connection to Iran-Contra and remote-viewing, or Project Stargate as it was then-titled,

    "During the Iran-Contra fiasco that hit the American political landscape of the Reagan era, resulting in the trial of Oliver North, the American Secretary of Defense initiated a search for “likeminded” projects that had disobeyed the proper chain of command. “Premature” disclosure of these in the media might cause even more embarrassment for President Ronald Reagan. The search stumbled upon the remote viewing project, which was run within the Army. An inspector general was dispatched to investigate and the resulting quagmire meant that the project’s sponsors in Washington officially “lost interest”.

    “Officially”, the sponsors lost interest as the project had never delivered serious results and hence it was time to close the books. The infamous “no more money” was scribbled in the side-margin. This official version, however, seems to have been little more than a face-saving operation, where politicians deny any links with potentially embarrassing projects."

    Or, again, to quote Moynihan: "Now lieutenant colonels and the like [read Ollie North] were putting the presidency of the United States at risk. It was only luck that when it all finally came out, as it did in the subsequent joint congressional investigation, there seemed no point in destroying a popular president in his final year in office. No one wanted to replay the denouement of an all-too-recent Watergate. And yet, secrecy had got us into difficulties unlike any we had ever known." Moynihan, Secrecy, p. 212.

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    1. SORRY -- THIS WAS MISTAKENLY ENTERED ON YOUR "LOVECRAFT REVISITED" POST. IT WAS INTENDED TO BE ENTERED HERE:

      On viewing the present from the past, or viewing the future from the present, here's a nice chronology for readers to pick through on remote viewing:

      http://www.wanttoknow.info/mind_control/scientology_remote_viewing#_note-ebon

      Plus this gem from Nightline in 1995:

      http://www.wanttoknow.info/mind_control/scientology_remote_viewing#_note-ebon

      and

      https://www.amazon.com/Virtual-Government-Control-Operations-America/dp/0922915458

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  24. This really makes me want to read your 10-year retrospective on meme magic. Alas these temporal constraints; I guess I'll just have to wait.

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  25. This year a total​ solar eclipse will cross the US from Charleston to Portland, passing right over the Cahokia pyramids near Cairo, Illinois. In 2024, another total eclipse will pass over Cahokia from a different angle. The builders of those pyramid probably knew that via their connection with the Mayan pyramid builders and their astronomical calendar/eclipse calculator.

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  26. //rewriting its host body like a computer virus ever since//

    Good gosh, has it/we been that long in Kafka's harrow? As W.S. Burroughs said, language is [read: might as well be] a virus from outer space.

    Or to re-coin a phrase, "All the world's a herpes zoster, and we but merely shingles".

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  27. August 28th will be the 100th aniversary of Jack Kirbys birth!

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  28. 50th anniversary of the Patterson-Gimlin sasquatch footage.

    Interesting to note that the cryptid phenomenon is beginning to parallel the UFO phenomenon in that a heretical minority of researchers are positing a more Keelian, paranormal, or Magonian theory concerning the origin and nature of curious critters who cross paths with us in the woods. Nick Redfern has written extensively about it, and has shown that encounters are often bundled up in multiple layers of high strangeness, which doesn’t sit well with the data-damning dogma of the “flesh & blooders,” whose main claim to fame is the fact that “Finding (sic) Bigfoot” is the number one show on Animal Planet.

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    1. Good points! I've wondered if there aren't "window times" as well as "window areas", or to borrow from Lovecraft, "when the stars are right." Seems like when you start to break it down, set & setting are as seemingly important with regards to these encounters as to say, partaking in entheogens, or practicing magick. There's a connection in there somewhere...

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  29. I do not know about Army RV stuff.
    Naval Intelligence stuff was transportation to places to see how close the spooky action at a distance could become personal.

    I think sometimes all the strange things people see are just there for verification of something seen elsewhere.

    I think the transportation systems are becoming alike as far as the exotic technology permits. Probably something to do with Time.

    Of course, that is nothing new. That is why old stuff is just showing up, and stuff that is just now being dreamed up.

    You get the shots first, and a good scrubbing if you make it back. And a memory wipe, for the course.

    That is young punks fresh off the Rez.
    Early retirement.

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  30. Excellent work, Chris. You truly are a light in the darkness, as wearying as that can be sometimes. Finding this blog was one of the best things that ever happened to me. The flavour of destiny, you might say.

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