Wednesday, 28 January 2009

'Apocalypse in 2012?'

'Just as "Y2K" and its batch of predictions about the year 2000 have become a distant memory, here comes "Twenty-twelve."

Fueled by a crop of books, Web sites with countdown clocks, and claims about ancient timekeepers, interest is growing in what some see as the dawn of a new era, and others as an expiration date for Earth: December 21, 2012.

The date marks the end of a 5,126-year cycle on the Long Count calendar developed by the Maya, the ancient civilization known for its advanced understanding of astronomy and for the great cities it left behind in Mexico and Central America.'


Tuesday, 27 January 2009

'The immortal jellyfish...'

'A tiny sea creature capable of rejuvenating itself over and over again may hold the secret to eternal life.

The jellyfish-like Turritopsis Nutricula reverts back to a juvenile form once it mates after becoming sexually mature.

So for this creature it's sex, not piety that is the key to living for ever.'


Monday, 26 January 2009

'Marian visitations as Trickster manifestations?'

'There aren’t many female aspects of the Trickster. But I wonder if Marian apparitions can’t be considered a female version of [the] Trickster manifestation.

If we accept that Marian apparitions are a paranormal/anomalous (and not religious) phenomeana, and often within the context of UFOs, and that the Trickster is an innate part of paranormal, UFO phenoenamea, then it isn’t too outlandish to consider the symbol of the Virgin Mary as a Trickster.

... I’ve often been struck by the irony of the Catholic Church cracking down on both those church members who believe appearances of Mary is a part of their religious experience, as well as the Marian Apparitional phenomena itself.

It’s clear there is an entire political agenda present in the church’s stance on maintain power in contrast to the appearances of a deity that seems, whether intentionally or as a byprocuct, to mock the church’s position.'


Sunday, 25 January 2009

My Fairy Sighting

Keel- that man again- writes extensively about the imitative nature of the UFO phenomenon; the way it morphs itself to reflect (and confirm) the prejudices of the observer. Influenced by Keel's own ideas, I had been giving a lot of thought to the question of UFOs and their relationship to psychic phenomena; and sure enough, along comes a ball of light seemingly configured expressly to sustain that theory.

This would have been shortly after nine last night. I'm walking to meet a friend parked up outside a gym and tennis club a short distance from my block of flats when I observe a small luminosity drifting somewhat lazily in the sky to my left. Clearly neither a plane, nor- as my friend suggested originally- a helicopter. It's utterly silent and moves in a rather eccentric, chugging sort of way; more like an orb or a rudimentary being than a conventional UFO. There are no supplementary lights, just a pale, glowing luminesence which seems to fade in and out.

I hopped in the car and we drive the very short distance to my flat. By this stage I have blurted out the truth of my 'obsession with UFOs'; a very bad thing to tell an evangelical Christian who thinks you're an RE teacher and whom you're planning to covert to the left-hand path. As we disembark, the light hovers back into my line of vision- much lower now, practically skimming the tree line; and far smaller than I had at first suspected. Perhaps not much bigger than a man's fist, and bobbing in the sky in a way that suggested the consciousness of a lowly but living entity. Then it changes direction- making a lazy but distinct left turn.

Astral butterfly was the phrase that came to mind.

Any of my elven friends ever seen or heard of similar phenomena?

Quantum Superbrains

A recent update on the development of 'quantum computing' seems to have been eerily anticipated by John A Keel. (Original post here.)

In what is probably the best passage in the book, in Disneyland of the Gods, his last collection of Fortean essays, the fabled researcher opines:

'The end product of evolution will not be a superman. It will be a machine, probably a supercomputer. Computer technology is advancing so fast that within a few years we will undoubtedly perfect a mechanical brain superior to the human brain. Transistors and miniaturization will enable us to build this brain compactly. It may look like nothing but a metal cube a few feet square.

... Its sensors will inform it of everything that is happening on earth. It will be able to read the minds of the survivors of the next cataclysm, and perhaps even control them. Their descendents will worship it, having lost all memory of our civilization. They might build a temple around the supercomputer and guard it zealously without ever knowing why.

This may sound like a very outlandish concept. But our civilization is heading in this very direction. Our space program is winding down. If- rather, when- real economic disaster strikes, we will altogether abandon our dream of colonizing the planets. Development of the supercomputer, a kind of ultimate dictator for the whole planet, will assume priority... The supercomputer of tomorrow will be designed to run the whole world more efficiently and more objectively than any man could.'

Thanks for that, John. Sure know how to cheer a boy up.

In the same book, Keel makes several references to the 'long-fingered' appearance of many of the entities purportedly encountered by UFO contactees; including Antonio Villas-Boas, the Brazilian farmer whose tales of alien sex made Ufological history in 1957. Connecting these reports with an ancient stream of fairy lore, Keel observes that 'The Piute Indians in North America have legends about blonde, long-haired, long-fingered gods who lived on sacred plateaux.'

This also seemed very timely this week, when a study of 'highly pressured London traders' by researchers at Cambridge University concluded that 'the most successful had long ring fingers in relation to their index fingers.' A Telegraph article described the trait as the result of greater exposure to testosterone in the womb, 'thought to be linked to attributes such as confidence, risk-taking ability, extra vigilance and quick reactions.' (See here.)

Considering that Keel, in common with many Fortean writers, seemed to believe in a global civilization of Watchers that preceded the Sumerian culture; whose unions with human women produced our current ruling elites, I suspect he might have found this study very significant indeed.

Are those long-fingered sons of the Watchers still ruling over us, their domination now asserted not through religious systems of control but through money? 'In a sense,' he writes: 'These gods owned the earth and had direct control over all its inhabitants through the God-king system; a system still in effect in many parts of the world into the twentieth century.'

All of which makes me very curious to know the length of Obama's third digit. Wonder if Larry Sinclair could fill me in?

Friday, 23 January 2009

The Crimson Queen

I have lived in the arse of the world
- Morrissey

And so our Mumbai Reflections draw to a close. Our undertaking has been crowned with signs and wonders; as I sit here now in my comfortable Bromley cell, the intergalatic critter whose acquaintance I made in October- see here- has returned to hover and swirl. Minor aurorae greet me, contrails of the silent sentinel; but the display was not to match the pyrotechnics and excellence revealed last year. Terrestrial concerns intervened, and I left it there, hanging...

In Death in the Suburbs, the Liverpool poet Adrian Henri opined that 'The end of the world will surely come/ In Bromley South or Orpington.' That all these events we study are apocalyptic- in the purest sense of that word: a revealing- is undeniable, expressing broad millenial currents about 2012 and that sense, growing stronger by the hour, of living at the Edge of the World. I glanced again at the strange bobbing light in the sky, and a resonant phrase drifted across my mind. Tantrikas at the End of the Age. The emergence, quoting Crowley, of that 'Hidden Church withdrawn from the world', whose coming forth was the surest sign of the parousia. The Brotherhood of Tantra, dedicated to the ecstatic transformation of one Age into next. Was that to be my work?

The craft twinkled knowingly, almost coyly at me, as if confirming my secret thoughts. And Lunar continued to spin on her gyres, extracting bad behaviours from the minds of men. When Madhaven Nair 'gave the moon to India', the wolves were released and the marionettes danced. But it wasn't his to give... The moon belongs to Shiva, from long ages past; back when men knew Shiva as Rudra, gathering in caves to pronounce the secret words of power, full of strange hungers and riven by mysteries unfathomable. Rudra, whose cult absorbed the oblations paid to Ambika, the mother, to produce the truly composite figure by which he is known today: both god and goddess, worshipped in the form of the Shiva-Linga, but forever paying tribute to some older current: unmistakable in its serpent form, its trident, crescent and streams. Thus, perhaps his most prevalent guise is as Ardhanarishvara, literally 'the Lord who is half a woman.' (The Divine Androgyne: an ancient sigil of alchemy.)

The Moon belongs to Shiva. The name of the lunar god Chandra- literally, 'the shining'- is also the Sanskrit and Hindi word for moon; in the Vedas, Chandra is also the cup from which the gods consume soma, the divine juice of godship; and as a result of this association Soma also evolved into a lunar deity, uniting with the symbols of Shiva, the red.

Shiva, Chandra, Soma. The triple identification is appropriate, extending the fractal-like pattern of three imprinted on every surface of the Mumbai event. (Like the attack on the Trident Towers, and the mass of content pointing squarely at Shiva, a Trimurti; who- with Vishnu and Brahma- compose the 'Great Triad' of Hinduism.) And Soma, too, is a trinity: god, juice and plant; whose depiction in art was also, principally, three-fold. Bird, bull... and human embryo.

Exactly which plant was venerated as soma is a matter of keen debate; but which ever of the several plausible candidates is the correct one, its influence upon the development of the Vedic system- and perhaps upon civilization itself- is massive, and largely unsung. Puzzled by its apparently complete cultural disappearance (in many ways equivalent to the long confinement of the goddess), for Terence McKenna soma was 'the supreme entity', a trace of whose former splendour is preserved in the Sanskrit word for monday- somvar. McKenna, like many others, was convinced that soma's energizing properties were the product of a naturally-occurring psychedelic compound; comparisons that inspired many to attribute soma-like qualities to LSD-25.

In addition to a cocktail of more conventional fare (cocaine, speed, steroids) traces of the former were detected in the blood of the Mumbai marksmen. Drugs and terror are familiar bedmates; but terror and LSD, on the other hand, is a much more novel partnering. Independent expert Roland Jacquard, quoted here, is sceptical of these reports, noting: 'We're talking about people who think they're killing for God and who are certain they'll attain paradise by slaying innocent people. The most powerful drug they could ever find is already in their head before the attack starts.' Internet journalist Todd Campbell concluded from this that the terrorists' drug selection was predicated not on the need to resist fatigue, but was instead part of a broader ritual to invoke the power of Shiva through the mediating sacrament of soma. (A fact which, if true, would suggest very strongly that the culprits were more likely militant Hindus- and they do exist- rather than Islamists.)

Naturally enough, Campbell's speculations are unlikely to trouble the minds of the official investigators, keen to apportion all blame to the ISI; but its limited merit as a practical theory does not reduce its compelling force in the symbolic realms, the realm of the Dreaming Mind. Neither is it without at least one piece of important supporting evidence. Soma, the food of the gods, was the ultimate tool of both practical and mystical illumination; a term which- in my writings, at least- has a very specific definition. 'Illumination' is a type of spiritual possession, either short-term or rather more long-lived, through which an individual becomes a channel of information from a disembodied source.

Whilst this process plays out, those participating can be considered honourary members of the bloodline- having been grafted for a limited time into an illustrious lineage of families in which possession is a much more stable affair. Driving the phenomenon is a need to generate energy on behalf of the controlling entities; and to lay the infrastructure of a New World Order specifically designed to ensure maximum exposure to those same entities at every level. It is not an exclusively negative phenomenon; possession, to some degree, underlies all creative manifestations, and a surprisingly high number of artists and writers have claimed to have been influenced by spiritual entities throughout their lives. (Norman Mailer described this as 'The Navigator in the Unconscious.') In similar fashion, the energy-generating rituals are more often mischevious in spirit than outright nasty, like the sporadic outbreaks of choreomania in Europe during the Middle Ages.

Whilst the strain of becoming a channel can lead some to the brink of madness, for most people the process is temporary and operates like lycanthropy. What this means is that at a certain time, in a certain place, and for a specific reason, 'illumination' will occur. The full moon will arise in the soul, whichever archetype the individual has bonded with will constellate in the aura, and the ordinary occupant will vacate for however long it takes to attain the outcome desired by the Secret Commonweath. The ritual itself will transpire in a fugue or semi-fugue state, with the return to mundane cognition usually accompanied by a complete or partial amnesia.

In most such cases, the bloodline designation is symbolic and refers to no specific genetic properties. But in cases of those rare but keenly significant people in whom 'illumination' tends towards permanence, the designation may well be valid objectively, whether actively engaged in ritual or not.

What is this bloodline? In truth, it is not a singular entity but an amalgamation of many different gens, with a disproportionate emphasis upon the Jewish and Celtic. Its corporate symbols are the Dragon and the Grail; its distinguishing characteristic the psychic and magical phenomena that its members very actively display. Dragons, however, can be made as well as born- even Dragons of high and permanent standing. In such instances, a half-blood Dragon will likely earn his full stripes through the deliberate cultivation of certain siddhis. Good men of the Right Hand- the few who are left- use yoga and meditation to achieve this end; for certain others, sex magic and Viagra might be the vehicle used to force the serpent up the spine and into its temple lodge. In some truly freak instances the elevation will be entirely involuntary, perhaps induced by a blow to the head or even a lightning strike. (See here.)

Whether temporary, permanent, cultivated or entirely involuntary, the 'illuminised' state is symbolized (in my mind) by the equivalent symbols of the 'Red Dress', and the Scarlet Thread.

A very obvious reference to the psychic bloodline, red- or the 'Lady in Red'- is a mode of attire unfailingly observed by so many of those high-profile players (of both genders) whose career paths read like occult mandates. Michael Davies, project architect of the Millenium Dome, is a good example. A structure with many esoteric features- a circumference the exact size of the Avebury Ring, and a plumb location bang on the Prime Meridian- Davies, according to author Clive Aslet, 'wears a red shirt, red trousers, red shoes, a red construction hat and carries a red mobile phone.' He also drives a red Jaguar with red leather seats, writes in red ink with a red pen and- very suggestively- studies the stars from his roof through his 22 red telescopes. (Article here.)

And then there are the historical examples: minor details on one hand, but curiously persistent ones on another. William II, whose florid countenance earned him the nickname Rufus the Red; Henry II, great-grandson of the Conqueror, whose 'freckle fiery face and red hair' matched his violent Platagenet temper. And what of Edom, the red people of Esau, the 'rejected' tribe who many identify with the Ashkenazim of the present day?

The 'Red Dress' has even drifted onto the stage of international relations. In 2007, The Independent reported on a gala dinner held in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheik (situated on the coast of the Red Sea.) Billed as a chance for rapprochement between Iran and the United States, the event was a conspicious failure when Manouchehr Mottaki- the Iranian Foreign Minister- is alleged to have taken grave offence at the female violinist, scantily-clad 'in a long red evening dress and wrapped in a stole', and flounced out in a huff.

The Scarlet Thread (which derives originally from the story of the sons of Tamar recorded in Genesis 38) is another deeply-resounding symbol of the psychic bloodline. In first century Judea, a 'scarlet tongue' would be fastened to the door of the Temple court and used as a measure of Jahweh's approval; whilst pilgrims to the Tomb of Rachel will, to this day, wind a scarlet thread around the perimeter of the building, a talisman considered particularly effective for pregnant women. (Rachel being the 'eternal mother' of the Jews.) Read as a metaphor for the co-habitation of disincarnate intelligence in a human body, it is significant that the same token has been enthusiastically promoted by adherents of the modern-day kabbalah movement, whose large and increasingly vocal membership includes Madonna and Britney Spears. (A private photograph of whom was published in 2007 showing the singer covering her breasts with the blooms of two red roses- see here.)

Is it significant that this same symbol was seen on the wrist of the one terrorist captured alive, the soma-toting Ajmal Amir Kasab? (See here.) Was he unconsciously signalling his real religious affiliation... To the pan-dimensional realm which all of these 'blooded' individuals are entrained to- a field that incorporates all magic and fairy lore, and is the source of all paranormal and psychic phenomena? The name of this field is none but the Goddess herself, a mnemonic for the entire corpus of the occult. Administered by the Secret Commonwealth, archetypes can (and do) constellate in the Dreaming Mind as readily as they do in the consciousness of an individual; and since 1945, the archetype which most accurately describes this lunar realm has been... Babalon.

It is appropriate, then, that the original Ladies in Red were the hierodulai, temple prostitutes in the service of Inanna, the Babylonian goddess identified with Diana. Red (and green) would, by osmosis, be attributed also to Mary Magdalene, who in addition to her red robe was often depicted as or with a red egg, and with the flowing red hair of the Royal Scyths, the ruling tribe of Scythia.

A linguistic corruption transformed Inanna The Great into the Whore of Babylon, and her hierodulae into harlots. The royal colour underwent the same sordid debasement; and Mary Magdalene, Inanna's biblical equivalent, lost her identification with Sophia the Hebrew goddess and was recast instead as a reformed whore.

A corruption, certainly... but as a reflection of a seachange in consciousness, an accurate one; which captures if not the eternal essence of the Goddess then something, at least, of her present mood. This is a moment when many of the darker aspects of femininity and sexuality are constellating. Our global malaise reflects an essential aspect of the feminine- her deceit, her secrecy, her compelling need for control; not in reaction to the patriarchy but as unassuagable elements of her being. We see the fruits of the arse-end of the Kali Yuga everywhere: unbridled narcissism, the relentless sexualisation of children in league with a paranoid fear of paedophilia, pornography of an ever-more extreme bent. The geopolitical manifestations of this energy may be convulsive, but encoded in the same debased symbols are the signs and promise of renewal. The rise of the She-Male represents the return of a perennial current of sex and religion embodied in the Shaivite hijra of South Asia, those feared and sacred ladyboys. Or the erotic temple art of Khajuraho, whose fleshy permutations evoke the Divine Androgyne no less effectively than the statues deep inside the Elephanta Caves of Gharapouri Island, where Shiva presides as the Lord who is also a woman.

Were the terrorists who poured blood upon the streets of Mumbai furthering this process? Illuminated through soma, wired up to the goddess as the scarlet wristband of Ajmal Amir Kasab would suggest? The shooters were certainly Muslims, but the memes suggest a mixed bag of religious motivations. Soma- for the Hindu in him? The wristband, the kabbalistic Jew? The militant Islamist? Well, that would be the gun. But in the midst of all this confusion, perhaps the symbols are plain, plain, plain. A monolith. Because underlying all three of those patriarchal faiths is a forgotten, but stirring, woman; whose symbols- the real culprit- dominates them all.

Shiva is my Girlfriend... More to follow...

'Queen perplexed over UFO-created crop circles...'

'The Queen and Prince Philip have taken a keen interest in the mysterious crop circles, thought by many to be created by extraterrestrial beings, it has been revealed.

The letters from the Queen’s private secretary show that the couple asked to be kept informed about the weird farmland patterns, reports the Sun.

A scientist who has studied the phenomenon in depth claims that Philip had newsletters on the subject sent to Buckingham Palace while the Queen had his book Circular Evidence on the subject on one of her summer reading lists.

On hearing that ex-local government engineer Colin Andrews, was struggling to get funding for his research, the Queen asked for a sympathetic letter to be sent to him saying she was ’saddened’ by the news.

The letter, from her private secretary, read: ‘Her Majesty has taken an interest in the mysterious crop circles for some time and was sad to hear your results of years of research into the question are at risk through lack of funds.’

Andrews said that the book Circular Evidence was placed on the monarch’’s summer reading list, while Philip paid 6 pounds for an annual subscription to his crop circle round-up at the height of the phenomena in the 1980s and 1990s.'


'US scientists move toward speed-of-light internet...'

'American scientists say they have taken a big step forward towards the development of quantum computing, a process they believe could form the basis of a new form of internet that would work at the speed of light.

In the American Journal of Science, researchers say they have instantaneously teleported information between two unconnected atoms one metre apart.

Quantum computing is an effort to harness the bizarre laws that operate in the sub-atomic world into practical devices that would revolutionise the speed at which we can share and process information.

One of the key principles that empowers the concept is that in quantum mechanics, atomic particles can exist in two states at the same time.

This makes them far more useful for carrying out complex calculations than conventional computer bits that are either one or zero, on or off.

Another weird aspect of the quantum state is that atoms can be inextricably linked to other atoms, no matter how far apart they are.

Change the characteristics of one and, like magic, the other changes too.'


Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

'The Recession Red Dress...'

'Retail therapy is the perfect way to alleviate the January blues.

But as the nation tighten their belts and brace themselves against the economic downturn there is little spare cash to splurge on a fashion pick-me-up.

However, one discount retailer has come up with the ultimate in credit crunch clothing - the Red Recession Dress.

At just £9.99, this vibrant dress looks set to become the cheapest fashion must-have of 2009.'


Saturday, 17 January 2009

Sir Gerald Kaufman MP

'I was brought up as an orthodox Jew and a Zionist. On a shelf in our kitchen, there was a tin box for the Jewish National Fund, into which we put coins to help the pioneers building a Jewish presence in Palestine.

I first went to Israel in 1961 and I have been there since more times than I can count. I had family in Israel and have friends in Israel... I have known most of the Prime Ministers of Israel, starting with the founding Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion.

... My parents came to Britain as refugees from Poland. Most of their families were subsequently murdered by the Nazis in the holocaust. My grandmother was ill in bed when the Nazis came to her home town of Staszow. A German soldier shot her dead in her bed.

My grandmother did not die to provide cover for Israeli soldiers murdering Palestinian grandmothers in Gaza. The current Israeli Government ruthlessly and cynically exploit the continuing guilt among gentiles over the slaughter of Jews in the holocaust as justification for their murder of Palestinians. The implication is that Jewish lives are precious, but the lives of Palestinians do not count.'

On Sky News a few days ago, the spokeswoman for the Israeli army, Major Leibovich, was asked about the Israeli killing of, at that time, 800 Palestinians- the total is now 1,000. She replied instantly that "500 of them were militants."

That was the reply of a Nazi. I suppose that the Jews fighting for their lives in the Warsaw ghetto could have been dismissed as militants.

The Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni asserts that her Government will have no dealings with Hamas, because they are terrorists. Tzipi Livni's father was Eitan Livni, chief operations officer of the terrorist Irgun Zvai Leumi, who organised the blowing-up of the King David hotel in Jerusalem, in which 91 victims were killed, including four Jews.

Israel was born out of Jewish terrorism. Jewish terrorists hanged two British sergeants and booby-trapped their corpses. Irgun, together with the terrorist Stern gang, massacred 254 Palestinians in 1948 in the village of Deir Yassin.

... However many Palestinians the Israelis murder in Gaza, they cannot solve this existential problem by military means. Whenever and however the fighting ends, there will still be 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza and 2.5 million more on the west bank. They are treated like dirt by the Israelis, with hundreds of road blocks and with the ghastly denizens of the illegal Jewish settlements harassing them as well. The time will come, not so long from now, when they will outnumber the Jewish population in Israel.

It is time for our Government to make clear to the Israeli Government that their conduct and policies are unacceptable, and to impose a total arms ban on Israel. It is time for peace, but real peace, not the solution by conquest which is the Israelis' real goal but which it is impossible for them to achieve.

They are not simply war criminals; they are fools.'

Friday, 16 January 2009

That Hideous Strength (Part II)

Like a gold thread discovered in a lump of coal, encoded into Harrison's account is a praisee of some of the most thoughtful research ever conducted into the nature of so-called UFOs. From the 'air snakes' in Conan Doyle's short story The Horror of the Heights; to the atmospheric 'critters' theorised by Ivan Sanderson and Trevor James Constable, at the edge of the phenomenon lurks a corpus of rich but rarely explored sightings of truly Lovecraftian dimensions. Like the amorphous organisms described in HPL's From Beyond, however, the Uninvited Visitors of Sanderson et al are described as somewhat ethereal in nature, lighter than air and vast in size. The closest precursor to Harrison's alleged UFO derives not from Lovecraft, then, but HG Wells, whose Martians combined an octopus-like appearance with a compact physicality. Was the connection signalled (unconsciously) by the timing of NASA's announcement of methane plumes on the Red Planet barely a week since reports of a 'Tentacle UFO' made national headlines? (Report here.)

Possibly... But the report must still be bollocks, surely? A tribute to the potency of the local moonshine, perhaps; or the imaginative powers of a man who spends far too much time around sheep? Well... not necessarily. The 'Octopus UFO' was by no means the first of its kind to be sighted in Britain, nor even the first this year. When MoD declassified its first tranche of files in May 2008, one concerned 'an object with approximately 300 tentacles' allegedly sighted in the skies over Reading; whilst in 2004, 'two brown jellyfish... swimming in the sky' were seen by a man in Northants: apparently organic entities that made 'a swishing sound' and pulsated. (See here.) But by far the most significant forerunner to the Conisholme event was an extraordinary report filed on New Year's Day and published in the Daily Telegraph on January 12. Its author was one Lyn Meall, who was returning with four others from a Hogmanay celebration in the Scottish Highlands. 'We were driving through forestry when we spotted four orange balls of light in the sky ahead of us,' she is quoted as saying. 'Then another one emerged to our right which had silver tentacles reaching down from it towards the ground, like an octopus.' Of the similarity between this creature and the description given by John Harrison just three days later, Meall said she was 'convinced that they were the same things.' (Report here.)

A tentacled entity of a very different kind emerged into the American consciousness in 2005, as a satirical protest against the mandatory teaching of Intelligent Design in Kansas. Conceived by Bobby Henderson, the Flying Spaghetti Monster was intended to parody the deliberate ambiguity of the Creationists' references to an unspecific 'Designer'- an ontological black hole perceived as capable of being filled by anything. Beginning as a self-amusement, Henderson's mock religion quickly assumed a life of its own- as these characters and creations (archetypes by another name) so often do. The likelihood of any meme descending the ladder and emerging in physical form is in direction proportion to the attention paid to it. If the Flying Spaghetti Monster did not itself drop in, did another of the specie of tentacled monsters that haunt the imagination? A correspondent to the Louth Leader, one Leta Burch of Illinois, seemed to suspect so. An art teacher, Burch described 'a large tentacled creature' drawn by a student, a former Navy seaman, he claimed he had seen crawling on the deck of his vessel during a hypnagogic episode whilst on watch. Intriguingly, in line with our own speculations, Burch directly connects this anomaly with the 'Octopus UFO'- see here. (The comment is at the foot of the article.)

On at least one previous occasion, a visitation from these dank strata has resulted in tragedy. In March 1976, according to a 'secret report' leaked by former CIA pilot John Lear, Air Force Sergeant Johnathan P Louette was abducted from White Sands Proving Ground by a tentacle protruding from a disc-shaped craft. His body was discovered three days later, Lear claimed, drained completely of blood and with eyes, genitals and rectum missing. The officer present at the time of his disappearance, originally charged with his murder, was released without charge. (See here.)

Events like those reported by John Harrison, then, however unlikely, are not without literary and Ufological precedent- categories, in the murky world of Ufology, with a high degree of overlap. Nor was Conisholme the first time a UFO is alleged to have collided with a windmill. A mill owned by Judge Proctor of Aurora, Texas, was the centre of a comparable storm when a reporter for the Dallas Evening News claimed that it had been hit by a spaceship in April, 1897; a notorious hoax which bears some comparison to recent events in Lincolnshire. Could this have been Dale Vince's template when he leaked the news of the 'crash' to the press? Something of a Ufologist, Vince has admitted having 'a bit of fun' with the Conisholme story, 'to take the edge off what was otherwise a serious and very bad event for us.' (Report here.) (Expansion of wind power is contested bitterly in rural areas; any indication that the technology is unsafe would be grist to a rather different mill: the voluble lobby who consider the elegant turbines a hideous carbuncle on the face of the land.) 'As for UFOs,' says Vince, echoing the thoughts of many, 'I believe absolutely that intelligent life exists in the universe. But I doubt that if it could get here from another galaxy it would crash into a windmill.'

The point is valid, but rests on a comprehension of UFOs informed by the Extra-Terrestrial Hypothesis long since discarded by most thoughtful researchers. It was the press (with Vince's assistance) who evoked a crash to explain the anomalous damage to the turbine- not the evidence. (Nor any of the witnesses whose reports I have read, many of whom were careful not to make a rash connection between the well-documented presence of nebulous craft and the expensive destruction wrought- very probably- by metal fatigue.) That there is a connection, however, just as there was in Point Pleasant in 1967 when the destruction of the Silver Bridge was the climax to a paranormal flap of massive proportion, is self-evident- though it need not and is unlikely to be causative. The phenomenon entrains a vast arc of experience of which aerial craft are merely the most tangible fraction; to reject a link between the lights and the mill on the basis that 'UFOs don't crash' is to evince a very limited understanding of its occult and quantum properties.

On the other hand, many researchers have suspected that the famous Roswell 'crash' was a staged descent, a deliberate attempt at contact by an intelligence far too powerful to cock up the driving. Could the same not have happened at Conisholme? But if there was no collision, UFO or otherwise, as a lack of foreign debris would seem to suggest, was the damage a demonstration of 'controlled demolition'- physical theatre curiously rich in symbolism for those gifted to interpret? Nowhere else have I seen this elementary concept even suggested.

Is there not a precedent for it? Fields of maize, grass and wheat are hardly the natural ampitheatre for messages from cosmos, yet we take it almost for granted that that is what the majority of those wondrous hieroglyphs are. If ET- by which I mean the intelligence controlling UFOs- can communicate through symbols scored into a wheat field, why should a windmill not also be its stage? We are not, after all, dealing with a human agency... It will communicate in the way that it chooses, and its methods may well surprise us. ET certainly was present in Conisholme on the night of January 3, and it sounds very much as though It's still there, judging from a story published on January 14, but which could very easily have been drawn from the files of John A Keel.

'The ancient procession of the damned.' This is how Keel described the coming of 'the strange ones'- the Men In Black who flock to the scene of a UFO flap, and exhibit a peculiar and sometimes intimidating interest in the lives of witnesses and their children. As much a part of a flap as the craft themselves, from a report by Gemma Gadd of the Louth Leader it would seem that the strange ones have descended upon Conisholme. 'A Conisholme resident today told us she received a visit from a French man who asked her if she would wash his clothes,' she writes. 'When the lady asked what he was doing he replied he was in the area 'for the UFOs'. There is no indication that the resident concerned had been been effected by the flap, but so typical is the story of an MIB encounter that- in The Mothman Prophecies- Keel cites a near-identical example from Point Pleasant. 'In several instances,' he writes, the deeply-tanned occupants of the black limousines 'merely asked for a glass of water. The old fairy trick, taken up from the Middle Ages and dusted off.'

None of these paranormal indices, however, as significant as they are, nor the multitude of witnesses to the same effect are as reliable a gaussometer of the supernatural as the rich symbolism aspired to by the whole tableau; and it is in this regard that the Conisholme mystery most truly excels.

Tangled Up in Blue... More to follow...

Thursday, 15 January 2009

'Mysterious columns of light appear in night skies...'

'These stunning images show mysterious columns of light streaming into the sky above the town of Sigulda in Latvia at the end of last month.

Taken by designer Aigar Truhins with a standard digital camera, the photographs have prompted excited online discussions among amateur astronomists all over the internet.

'My son exclaimed, 'The aliens are coming!'' Truhins was quoted as saying.'


'New eye-witness account of Conisholme UFO...'

'ONE WEEK on since the Louth Leader broke the news of UFO sightings above a wrecked wind turbine in Conisholme, a new eyewitness has come forward.

Rebecca Hodgson of Louth was at her horse's stables off London Road, Louth Saturday January 3 - the night before the 65 ft blade fell from the turbine in Conisholme - when her horse was spooked by a 'flashing orange ball' in the sky.

Rebecca described how her horse stopped suddenly and gazed up at the sky as a bright orange light circled above the turbines.

She said: "It was really bright and glowing, it went dimmer and then moved across horizontally".

Shocked at her horse's reaction, Rebecca called her mum and sister shouting there was a UFO in the sky.'


'The results of tests run on the 65ft wind turbine blade which mysteriously 'fell off' one of the colossal turbines at the Conisholme wind farm could take up to a month to arrive.

As part of an investigation launched by wind farm company Ecotricity, the fallen blade has been sent to Germany for tests to establish what caused the blade to fall to the ground, and another to be severely misshapen.

It had been reported the results would be in by the end of this week, however, it is now looking more likely to be a month long wait until the mystery is solved.

... A Conisholme resident today told us she received a visit from a French man who asked her if she would wash his clothes.

When the lady asked what he was doing he replied he was in the area 'for the UFOs'.

The lady pointed him in the direction of Grimsby so he could find a laundrette.'


'THIS donut-shaped UFO was caught on camera near Conisholme wind farm a few weeks before the wind turbine was damaged.

Brian Lee, 55, was driving on Billings Gate road in South Somercotes at 4.30pm on December 9 and stopped his car to take some pictures of a dramatic sunset on his mobile phone.

It wasn't until he returned home and looked over the images that he discovered the strange object in one of them.

He said: "I looked at my phone and just saw this donut-shaped thing in the sky; I didn't know what to think it was."

The image, facing a south westerly direction, also shows the headlights of a car approaching. The mystery object can be seen in the sky amidst the dark clouds.'


'Ecotricity has said it has still found no evidence to support claims that a UFO collided with one of its wind turbines at Conisholme in Lincolnshire.

The company has now started work to rebuild the damaged turbine, with all three 22 metre long blades and the central hub on the Enercon E48 turbine being replaced.

Cranes are on the Fen Farm site, with the replacement blades and hub already there, ready to be lifted into place.

Investigations into the causes for the damage - which saw one blade removed from the turbine and another bent badly out of shape - are still continuing.

The company said it was "narrowing down the options" and was closer to an understanding, but added: "we're not there yet".

It has suggested a number of likely culprits for the damage, including a possible collision. But it said lightning or some kind of material, design or maintenance failure was a more likely cause.'


'UFO sightings have soared since reports that one recently crashed into a Lincolnshire wind farm.

But while this story abducted the hearts of extra-terrestrial fans nationwide, there are far freakier so-called crash sites to document.

Here, we report the top ten freaky alien landings ever witnessed.

As Moulder and Scully would say....the truth is out there.'


'Ever since an energy-generating wind turbine near Conisholme, England, was damaged on Jan. 4, 2009, and witnesses reported glowing objects with 'tentacles' there at the same time, interest by the international public and news media has been significant.

One of three 20-meter blades torn off and another was severely damaged. Ecotricity, the operator of the 213-foot-high wind turbines, and the manufacturer, German firm Enercon, are trying to determine the cause of the damage.

Around the world, newspapers, TV stations, Web sites, blogs and other communication platforms have been talking about the UFO that may have collided with, or otherwise damaged the wind turbine somehow.

Some journalists in the UK and internationally have reported on this incident in a professional and straightforward manner. Other writers and broadcasters have poked fun at the idea of a UFO as the cause of the damage.

In all news coverage though, a link between the idea of UFOs and the wind turbine has been established.'


Tentacle 'Firework' strikes again...

'A family has described seeing tentacled flying objects in the night sky just days before a wind turbine was supposedly wrecked by similar looking UFOs.

The group said they watched several glowing orange spheres with octupus-like arms reaching down from them, while driving late at night.

The sighting came just three days before a wind turbine had one of its blades ripped off in Conisholme, Lincs, in what many believe was a close encounter.

And the family's description is strikingly similar to what witnesses claim they saw shortly before the wind farm incident on January 4.

Lyn Meall, 44, said she was driving her partner, son, and parents-in-law from Grantown-on-Spey to Nethy Bridge in the Scottish Highlands when they saw what they believe were six UFOs.

The mother-of-one said: "We were driving through forestry when we spotted four orange balls of light in the sky ahead of us.

"They were equally spaced apart and just hovering there, so I pulled over in the entrance to a farm so we could take a closer look.

"The lights appeared to be coming towards us when suddenly, one by one, they disappeared.

"A few moments later another one appeared to our left that appeared to be burning up.

"Then another one emerged to our right which had silver tentacles reaching down from it towards the ground, like an octopus.

"We watched for about half an hour in total amazement but decided to drive on when my 11-year-old son said he was scared."


'The Tentacle UFO story out of Britain seems to be getting a lot of press.

When I read this article I realized this wasn't the first Tentacle UFO I remember reading about...'


Still think this was fireworks?- BCF

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

'Pope declares holy war on false apparitions...'

'The Pope is declaring a 'holy war' against people who claim falsely that the Virgin Mary is appearing to them.

He will attempt to snuff out an explosion of bogus heavenly apparitions with new guidelines to help bishops root out frauds.

Benedict XVI plans to publish criteria to help them distinguish between true and false claims of visions of Jesus and the Virgin Mary, messages, stigmata - the appearances of the five wounds of Christ - and weeping or bleeding statues.

In some cases exorcists will be used to determine if a credible apparition is 'divine' origin or 'demonic'.

The guidelines will be published by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The Pope is said to be deeply concerned by the explosion in the number of pseudo-mystics who, claiming a direct line to God, set themselves against the bishops and lure the Catholic faithful out of the Church and into cults.

... Among those considered to have experienced genuine private revelations are St Faustina Kowalska, the first saint of the third millennium who was said to have been visited by apparitions of Jesus in the 1930s.

The visions of the Virgin Mary by three children at Fatima, Portugal, between 1915 and 1917 have also been affirmed


That Hideous Strength (Part I)

An edited version of this article- very popular with the client base, this one- is up at BTB, for all interested parties. I'll be continuing it this week, before returning to conclude the Mumbai Reflections.

Monday, 12 January 2009

'More on Conisholme UFO...'

'The story of a wind turbine damaged in mysterious circumstances in northeast England flew round the world last week.

Although it turned out to be fireworks rather than flying saucers that caused the "orange glow" seen around the time the turbines were damaged, the publicity was welcomed by Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity, the company which owns the giant turbine.

Twenty years ago Vince was living in an old truck in a field near Nympsfield, a village in the British county of Gloucestershire. Today he is sole owner of Britain's largest privately held electricity company, worth a reported 100 million pounds ($150.7 million).'


[Taken from Ellis Taylor's site:, which includes a short commentary on the incident from ET himself.]

'The Conisholme case is one of several UFO stories broken by the Leader in the last six months. In August last year we received numerous reports from local residents who claimed to have seen strange orange lights over the area. Then in October we were visited by a man called Eric Goring from Brinkhill who said he has been witnessing triangular alien craft regularly near his home. Only just last month, we reported on a mysterious explosion and aircraft activity seen over the skies of Mablethorpe.

Nick Pope said: "Looking at the geography of the Louth area, taking in the coast, it is always possible some people could be seeing secret Russian reconnaissance aircraft, perhaps even unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The Russians could have a new secret craft which they are using to probe at our defences so I think we should be looking into this, and the MOD should be involved."

On Louth becoming a hotspot for UFO activity, Mr Pope explained: "Areas of the country can suddenly become hotspots although there is no logical reason for this. Often it is because people don't report what they have seen for fear of ridicule and disbelief, but once somebody gets the ball rolling and the media pick up on it, this makes other people less afraid to come forward."'


'SECURITY guards have sealed off the area where a UFO wrecked a giant wind turbine.

Dog patrols have turned the site into a no-go zone amid fears alien hunters will try to plunder any debris.

Yesterday German scientists did forensic tests to pinpoint what tore one blade off the 290ft turbine and left another useless.

UFO spotters believe an alien spaceship is the most likely cause of the incident in Conisholme, Lincs.

UFO expert Nick Pope said of the UK site: “There may be something they don’t want people to see.”

The Sun told how MoD sources believed a robot stealth bomber undergoing test flights nearby may be behind the mystery.

Nick added: “If a stealth aircraft struck the turbine, it may be made of some material which is itself classified above top secret.”'


Saturday, 10 January 2009

Sorry, ET, but it was ET.

'... Scientists at manufacturers Enercon have been looking into the mystery, and dismissed the theories that either a chunk of ice thrown from another turbine, or frozen urine dropped from a passing plane, was the cause.

A source told The Sun: "It is impossible to get a lump of ice on a wind turbine blade big enough to cause that kind of damage, let alone be flung from one to another.

"Also, turbines have sensors in the blade. If they detect ice forming they turn themselves off.

"Additionally, any large lump of ice would not have melted so quickly in the cold weather and would probably have left a dent in the ground. No debris was found other than remains of the turbine."

... A lightning strike has also been ruled out, as there were no burn marks.

It is also possible that one of the blades had simply not been securely fixed, and fell off bending the other on its way down.

The results of the investigation being carried out by forensic scientists in Germany should be disclosed within a week.'


'Could this object have been something bizarre along the lines of Trevor James Constable’s 'critters', which he long ago supposed might inhabit our atmosphere? Would the late Ivan Sanderson, with his notions of 'atmospheric lifeforms' that could inhabit the skies, approve of the same? On the other hand, was it indeed a UFO in the traditional sense; that is, some kind of machined aircraft? Could it have been mighty Cthulhu risen from his slimy vaults amidst the sunken depths of the dead city of R’lyeh… or to be serious, could this giant, glowing, airborne Portuguese-Man-of-War actually be something else… a plasma manifestation, perhaps?'


'MORE EYEWITNESSES have come forward after speculation of a UFO hitting a wind farm turbine.

... Scores of witnesses have been coming forward to tell us their weird encounters over the past weeks.

Peter White, a Managing Director emailed us to tell us of his eerie sighting of an orange ball of light. He said:

At 2a.m. on New Year's morning my wife and I were driving home from friends along Keddington Road in Louth when we saw a very bright orange light in the sky over to the West.

We both tried to explain with some rational what this could be, was it be a plane, a helicopter, a flair? And we watched it for a few minutes.

When we arrived home in Brackenborough Road, we could see over to the South West that the light was still there but it was now going up vertically at a slow speed and seemed to disappear through cloud cover.

Then almost simultaneously and at a lower level another very bright ball of orange light came from the right and then another 2 balls very close together and from the same direction at the same height.

All 3 balls of light then 'hovered' in the same pace for a minute or so before going off to the left at speed and disappearing.

We watched these in the distance for about 4 minutes, there was no sound at all and to me they were like nothing we had ever seen in the past because of the size, the intensity and that they could seem to move in any direction.'


''A link between wind turbines and UFOs has sparked speculation that the craft are flocking to Merton.

Recent sightings around a wind turbine in Lincolnshire has led enthusiasts to suggest a link between the energy generators and alien craft - and that the wind turbine at the Merton Abbey Mills shopping centre in Colliers Wood might be attracting extra-terrestrial visitors.

In April last year UFOs were reported above Wimbledon, and further sightings occurred in Wandsworth three months ago.

But a spokesman for Merton Abbey Mills, which installed the turbine in March to power the Colour House Theatre, said that no UFOs had been seen recently.'


Friday, 9 January 2009

'Tentacle UFO mystery deepens...'

'The UFO allegedly responsible for wrecking a wind turbine could have been a secret unmanned stealth bomber on test flights.

The claim came from Ministry of Defence insiders who reportedly said that a black delta-wing craft called Taranis was making test runs on the coastal bombing ranges at Donna Nook and North Coates in Lincolnshire, near to the site of the damaged turbine.

The Taranis, named after the Celtic god of thunder, is about the same size as a Hawk jet and is equipped with stealth equipment and an 'autonomous' artificial intelligence system.

The plane is being developed by BAE Systems and has been designed to deliver weapons to battlefields in other continents.

The UFO was spotted by hundreds of witnesses with many believing it was the work of an 'alien' craft. One saw orangey-yellow spheres skimming across the sky.

Another reported a 'massive ball of light' with 'tentacles going right down to the ground'.

Then witnesses told of an earsplitting bang at 4am. Come dawn and the plot thickens.

At the nearby wind farm one of the 60ft blades from a 200ft turbine was found ripped off. Another had been left twisted and useless.'


'The Guardian is able to reveal one possible explanation - one with uncomfortably close links to the newspaper itself. Late on Saturday night, the Guardian's director of digital content, Emily Bell, was a mere two miles from the Ecotricity plant when she witnessed an unusual light show in the night sky: the firework display she and her brother had arranged in their parents' garden to mark their father Peter's 80th birthday.

"There were several roman candles, and some of those ones which are orange and have the little blue dots when they go off," Bell said yesterday. "My brother said he got them from the local garden centre. Because it's so flat in that part of the world, you can see for miles and miles. So if you were perhaps a certain distance away and perhaps had had a drink, you might mistake them for orange balls of fire."

The next morning they noticed the shattered turbine, visible from the bottom of her parents' garden, and joked that one of their rockets might have damaged it. "There we are in the middle of a scoop and we're beaten to it by a red-top tabloid," Bell's mother, Bridget, 74, said. Bell's husband, Ed Crooks - who happens to be the energy editor of the Financial Times - also found himself beaten to the story.

"I think the fireworks certainly might explain the lights in some instances," Vince said last night, adding that there was "absolutely no question" fireworks could have caused the "catastrophic failure" of the turbine. For that, the company is continuing to consider metal fatigue, and looking into the possibility of a cow-sized piece of ice falling from a passing plane, which might explain the absence of other debris at the site.'


'The most likely explanation, according to Fraser McLachlan whose firm insures thousands of turbines. He says that there are half a dozen instances of blades separating from turbines a year, usually because they were not properly attached. "Sometimes machines just break," he said. The blade that flew off could have hit the other blade, explaining the damage.

... Passenger jets are meant to drop their lavatory waste over the sea, but there have been several instances of loads being released on land and causing damage on the ground. It sounds far-fetched but may be the most credible collision explanation, as the urine would have thawed and drained into the soil.'


Thursday, 8 January 2009

Return of the Elder Gods? VII

'An investigation was underway today into how a wind turbine had a 65ft-long blade torn off - after locals claimed UFOs were behind it.

Baffled residents of Conisholme, Lincolnshire, had reported strange ‘flashing orangey-yellow spheres’ striking the generator the evening before the mystery incident.

Then, at 4am, locals heard a ‘massive bang’ and reported lights in the vicinity of the noise.

By dawn the 290ft-tall turbine was a wreck, with one of its three blades twisted while another was missing. It was later found on the ground nearby.

There were no reports of low-flying aircraft in the area at the time of the incident on Sunday morning.

The RAF, which bases its Red Arrows at nearby Scampton, said they did not have any flights at the weekend.

Ecotricity, the company that owns the windfarm, admitted: ‘We don’t know what caused the problem. We are investigating.

'This kind of thing has never happened to us before.'

The damage was described by the Health and Safety Executive as a 'unique incident'.

But many locals are now pointing the blame at the ‘Octopus UFO’ – so named because of the tentacles and how the lights appeared joined in formation.


'THE mystery of the 'tentacle UFO' seen before the wind turbine at Conisholme was damaged has deepened.

Now Coun Robert Palmer, Chairman of East Lindsey District Council, has stepped forward to say he too saw a strange light in the sky the night before the turbine blade fell off.

He was travelling in a car and saw a light in the sky above the Conisholme wind farm.

He said: "There was definitely something there."

... 'John Harrison, another witness, described how he looked out of his landing window and saw a 'massive ball of light with tentacles going right down to the ground' over the wind farm.

He told The Sun: 'It was huge. With the tentacles it looked just like an octopus.'


Monday, 5 January 2009

The Crimson King (Part I)

Continuing our series of articles concerning the Mumbai attacks of November 2008.

And so our Mumbai Reflections draw to their inevitable close. Our undertaking has been crowned with signs and wonders; as I sit here now, staring at a padded cell in the London Borough of Bromley, the intergalatic critter whose acquaintance I made in October- see here- continues to hover and swirl, seemingly disinterestedly. 'Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft,' I sang, in a fugue-like state, to little or no avail. Minor aurorae greeted me, contrails of the silent sentinel; but the display was not to match the pyrotechnics and excellence revealed last year. Terrestrial concerns intervened; and I left it there, hanging... like some mildly embarrassing relative, talking too loudly at the funeral of a child.

In Death in the Suburbs, the Liverpool poet Adrian Henri opined that 'The end of the world will surely come/ In Bromley South or Orpington.' That all these events are apocalyptic- in its literal sense of revealing- is undeniable, perhaps signifying some inner death and re-birth... or expressing broader millenial currents: about 2012 and that sense, growing stronger by the hour, of living at the Edge of the World. Tantrikas at the End of the Age. Had their approach not been prophesied in certain Hindu texts? The emergence, to quote Crowley, of that 'Hidden Church withdrawn from the world in whose sanctuaries were preserved the true mysteries of initiation'. The Coming Forth by Day of the Brotherhood of Tantra, dedicated to 'the potent feminine principle of life', and the ecstatic transformation of one Age into the next. Was that to be my work?

The craft twinkled knowingly, almost coyly at me, as if confirming my secret thoughts. And Lunar continued to spin on her gyres, entraining bad behaviours in the minds of men. When G Madhaven Nair (Mid-Heaven and Air) 'gave the moon to India', all the tumblers fell into place, setting the cogs to whirr and the air over Mumbai to resound with the steady sound of clocks. When the curtain rose, when the full moon hovered into place and the wolves were released, all the marionettes danced... But the moon does not belong to India, it belongs to Shiva (or She-va), from way before the world.

Back when men knew Her as Rudra, gathering in caves to pronounce the secret words of power, full of strange hungers and riven by mysteries unfathomable. Rudra, whose cult absorbed the oblations paid to Ambika, the mother, to produce the truly composite figure of Shiva as He is known today: both god and goddess, worshipped in the form of the Shiva-Linga, but forever paying tribute to some older current: unmistakable in its serpentine form, its trident, crescent and streams.

Thus, perhaps his most prevalent guise- like the thousand-year old sculpture hewn from the rock of the Elephanta Caves of Gharapauri Island, one of the oldest edifices on the Mumbai archipelago- is as Ardhanarishvara, literally the Lord who is half a woman. An ancient sigil of alchemy- as the 'Perfect Red King', a symbol of the universal mercury proceeding from the conjunction of the opposites; a 'Chymical Wedding' also depicted as Melusine- the Divine Androgyne is another of those symbols emerging from the winter of the mind... And I thought again of those secret tantrikas, whose emergence is the sign of the close of the age.

The Moon belongs to Shiva... And the Empire Never Ended... The lunar god, Chandra- literally, 'the shining'- is also the Sanskrit and Hindi for moon; and it was the successful landing of the Chandrayaan-1 probe on November 14th which provoked Madhaven Nair's usurping remarks: a statement unlikely to have pleased India's several million Hindus. In the Vedas, Chandra is also the receptacle from which the gods consume soma, the divine juice of godship; and as a result of this association, Soma also evolved into a lunar deity, uniting with the symbols of Shiva, the red.

Shiva, Chandra, Soma: an affinity with very great relevance to our ongoing study of the secret architecture of the Mumbai event, first brought to my attention by Mr T Campbell, here.

A future post will mine this resonance further.

'Stonehenge was a Neolithic rave venue...'

'The mysterious Stonehenge was a dance arena for ancient revellers listening to 'trance-style' music, according to one professor who is an expert in sound.

Stonehenge has baffled archaeologists who have argued for decades over the stone circle's 5,000-year history - but now academic Dr Rupert Till believes he has solved the riddle by suggesting it may have been used for ancient raves.

Part-time DJ Dr Till, an expert in acoustics and music technology at Huddersfield University, believes the standing stones of Stonehenge had the ideal acoustics to amplify a 'repetitive trance rhythm' not dissimilar to some kinds of modern trance music.'


Coulrophobics beware! Carole and Bubbles return...'

'One of the most recognisable faces on television, seen by millions of viewers daily for three decades, is making a comeback.

Featuring on the BBC's most famous test card, eight-year-old Carole Hersee's face was broadcast between 1967 and 1998, amounting to 70,000 hours of screen time.

Now the BBC has rescanned the original transparency in high definition to help consumers set up the latest TV sets.'

From Wikipedia: Coulrophobia is an abnormal or exaggerated fear of clowns... It is common among children, but is also sometimes found in teenagers and adults as well. Sufferers sometimes acquire a fear of clowns after having a bad experience with one personally, or seeing a sinister portrayal of one in the media... Bubbles the Clown from the BBC's Test Card F has been found to be an object of fear for some.'

See Loren Coleman's blog for more:

Bad Santa (Part IV)

The conclusion to the Covina series of articles, and an edited and re-written version of the first three parts, is now up at BTB. Here's the link:

Happy New Year, one and all.

Return of the Elder Gods? VI

Coming Soon...

Sunday, 4 January 2009

'Pink toys create generation of pushy princesses...'

'Shops and toy makers have been accused of creating a generation of "pushy princesses" by offering products for girls almost exclusively in pink.

Experts have claimed that the so-called "pink plague" on the High Street is brainwashing girls and reinforcing gender stereotypes.

They claim that girls are already becoming "hooked" on the colour before the age of three and soon reject toys and clothes if they are not pink.

Some claim that the "insidious" spread of pink in toy shops and children's clothing outlets is making girls easier prey to marketing stunts.

The apparent increase in pink in products for girls has incited heated debate on parents' internet discussion forums and educationalists believe that it is widening the gender gap.

"You can't find girls past the age of three who aren't obsessed with the colour," said Sue Palmer, an author who wrote the book Toxic Childhood.

"It's just so insidious and it shows how commercial forces can get under their skin even by that age.

"You can't seem to get anything that's not pink for girls, whether it's clothes, books or toys.

"To me, the real danger is the extent to which marketers influence and infiltrate young children's minds.

"They have managed to infiltrate playground culture where peer pressure is so strong.


Saturday, 3 January 2009

'Saved by the hand of an angel...'

'A British survivor of the deadly New Year fire in a Bangkok club has revealed he was saved from almost certain death by the 'hand of an angel'.

Alex Wargacki, 29, from London, had been celebrating with seven friends in the Santika night spot when the devastating blaze took hold just after midnight.

As revellers frantically ran towards the sole exit and smoke engulfed the building, the foreign exchange trader collapsed and fell unconscious.

It was only the actions of a stranger who reached out his hand and hauled the Briton to safety that meant he lived to tell the tale. Some 61 others died inside the club.'


Sacrifices on the Wheel of KA... The Empire Never Ended...

'Muslims urged to convert aliens to Islam...'

'Exiled hate preacher Omar Bakri has ordered his followers to convert aliens to Islam.

The extraordinary instruction was issued during a bizarre rant posted on an extremist website.

The Syrian-born imam, who is notorious for praising the 9/11 bombers, told Muslims to not only spread the religion across the world, but across the galaxy.

He said: 'We are obliged as Muslims to make the whole galaxy subservient to almighty Allah.

'Allah has created all living beings to obey him and worship him.'


Friday, 2 January 2009

Bad Santa (Part III)

We looked, shortly before Christmas, at the 'miraculous' quality which often adheres to events of an occult nature; and, in our last 'Bad Santa' post, at a sampling of the several 'Christmas miracle' stories which did the rounds of the middle-market newspapers during the festive period. Despite having initially ruled it out as a psychic operation, there are two outstanding factors to the 'Santa Massacre'- including the rumour of a miracle- that deserve a quick Fortean once-over, the conclusion of which will draw this brief investigation to a close.

Bruce Jeffrey Pardo (the name is significant- Loren Coleman and others have observed the statistically improbable number of North American serial killers with three names; a theory apparently devised by Mel Gibson's [true-to-life] character in Conspiracy Theory) acted according to a carefully conceived plan. Instead of serving as usher at midnight mass at his local Catholic church (in Montrose- also significant, as we will see) Pardo drove eighty miles to the home of his former in-laws in Covina. (His short-lived- three-year- marriage to Sylvia Orza had ended quite recently, and Pardo was reportedly extremely unhappy at the punitive terms of the divorce settlement; a situation compounded by the loss of his job as an aerospace engineer in July.) Donning the infamous Santa suit, the sleeves of which he used to conceal two handguns, and with a trunk full of ammunition, a makeshift gas dispenser and a pipe bomb, Pardo arrived at the house and knocked on the door. Tragically, his call was answered by an eight-year old girl, one of the many people gathered at the Ortega home for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. According to the Daily Mail, 'Without a word, [Pardo] pulled out a pistol and shot [the girl, at point-blank range] in the face.'

He then embarked on a Travis Bickle-esque spree, waving two semi-automatics and finally reducing the house to cinders with his homemade flame-thrower, injuring himself badly in the process. Anyone unfortunate enough to come within range, Pardo shot at: including another child, a sixteen year-old girl shot in the back. (Betraying the typically twisted humour of the Cosmic Joker, Pardo had earlier served as usher during another Christmas Eve service at Holy Redeemer Church, Montrose- the children's mass, at 5.30pm.) Despite taking the lives of his ex-wife and eight members of her family in the rampage, his victims did not number either of these two girls. 'Miraculously,' writes journalist David Gardner, 'the eight-year-old girl who was shot at point-blank range survived, as did a 16-year-old girl who was shot in the back. Both were being treated in hospital but were said not to be in danger.'

(There was a third miraculous escape, when Roxanne Jauregui, Sylvia Pardo's friend of thirty years, decided at the final minute not to attend the Ortega's traditional Christmas Eve party but to Midnight Mass in another location instead. Had she not changed her mind in this way, she would most likely have perished alongside her friend in the massacre- see here.)

Miracles notwithstanding, another occult criterion much in evidence was that grimly ironic twisted humour, calling card (a joker, presumably) of the Secret Commonwealth, referenced above. Pardo's service at the children's mass earlier in was by no means the only example; for the Ortegas, we discover, held a family party every Christmas Eve... and every year a neighbour had dressed up as Santa Claus to entertain the children and other guests. This year, however, the neighbour had moved away... and, until Pardo arrived to perpetuate the family tradition, there had been no visit from Santa. There is a also a certain fearful symmetry at play in the fact that the Ortega's house was reduced to a charred ruin; for only last month (November 2007), Pardo's mother, the suggestively-named Nancy Windsor, lost her mobile home in the Sayre (or Salmar) Fire, the worst loss of homes due to fire in the history of Los Angeles (see here and here.)

(Salmar, intriguingly, means 'sea of trees', from the Latin silva, woods, and mar, sea; in reference to the region's former claim to greatness as the site of the world's biggest olive groves. Silva, as we will see, is something of a recurrent motif in this investigation.)

By far the most convincing evidence for a conspiracy of an occult stripe, however (and there is just the smallest suggestion of a terrestrial one: according to reports, upon exiting the house post haste, one of Pardo's would-be victims cried, 'They've shot my family!'- an odd thing to say, even under what were most unusual circumstances) are the names of those involved. Of these, that of Bruce Jeffrey Pardo is the most interesting, being, as it is, highly suggestive of the bardo states recorded in the Bardo Thodol, more commonly known as the Tibetan Book of the Dead, and elsewhere. In the first article in this short series, I described the 'fugue-like state of consciousness which is the key' to occult operations, that essence of the thing, the core content which enables these events to unfold in that spontaneous, involuntary- seemingly predestined- fashion which is their hallmark. And this is very interesting, because the description of a bardo- as a more accurate translation of the Book's title, The Book of the Intermediate State, reveals- is a 'between state,' 'an interval or transition between two mental states, whether experienced in life or after death.' (See here.)

According to the author of the website from which the above quotation derives, there are six main bardo states distinguished in Tibetan Buddhism. Of these, those experienced after death are the most important, and intructions on how to navigate these are the basis of the Bardo Thodo. Posthumous bardo states are by no means the only kind, however, as the article makes clear:

'A single life span is itself a bardo state, a transitional zone in a larger cycle of rebirths. Dreams are bardo states that occur within the daily round, in the interval between falling asleep and waking; feelings of uncertainty, paranoia, and delusion are sometimes grouped with dreams on a looser interpretation of this second bardo state. A meditative trance is a third type of bardo state, an intermediate zone between ordinary consciousness and enlightened awareness. These are the main bardo states of life.'

Encapsulated above is a perfect summary of the states of consciousness which, in the context of occult operations, exert a powerful fascination over my mind. Dreams are certainly related to that Faculty X I am seeking to define, though more important- as stated above- is that dream-like interval between waking and sleep. 'Uncertainty, paranoia and delusion' often accompany those who dwell too long in- or possibly on- this 'in-between' state; states that will be familiar not only to Conspiraloons Like Us, parapolitical researchers and Ufologists, but were those in which Jeffrey Bruce Pardo was fully immersed shortly before last Christmas Eve. Key, however, is the 'meditative trance'- or, my preferred terminology, the hypnotic trance- which lies just beyond ordinary consciousness. This is the seat of the imagination, I believe, of memory, real and false; is 'where' transmissions of an occult nature emanate from; and is the seat of the so-called abduction phenomenon.

There are a great many concepts contained above, concepts which will take us many further posts to fully unpack; the important point, for these present purposes, is that those bardo states which occur 'within the daily round' are precisely those which facilitate an occult operation (Faculty X)- and the fact that Pardo's name can be interpreted as almost referencing the same is a coincidence I find suggestive, at least. Other names (of both people and places) involved in this story contain similar hints, as the final part of this series will seek to demonstate.

The Empire Never Ended... More to follow...

Return of the Elder Gods? V

'A muscle-bound building boss who came home from a New Year's Eve fancy dress party kitted out as Thor scared off a burglar by charging at him in his superhero outfit.

Six-foot-tall fitness fanatic Torvald Alexander, 38, was wearing a full God of Thunder outfit - complete with flying red cape and tinfoil silver-winged helmet - when he spotted the raider in his front room rifling through a desk.

Mr Alexander, who runs building firm Alexander & Summers in Edinburgh, Scotland, said the burglar threw himself out of a first-floor window of his £350,000 home in the Inverleith area of the city when he opened the door and confronted him.'