Friday, April 20, 2012

4/20 + 33

Regular readers of this blog will know that the date of April 20th has quite a peculiar history in the twentieth century. For those of you not in the know, here's a brief recap:

April 20th, 1889 is the birthday of Adolf Hitler. In the twentieth century it became a major national holiday in Germany during the reign of the Nazi regime. On April 20th, 1950, the CIA officially launched the first of its numerous mind control experiments.
"Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoetter was the first Director of the CIA; he was also later to become a member of NICAP, that organization of professional scientists, military men, engineers and civilians created to uncover the truth about UFOs. Hillenkoetter remained convinced about the reality of the phenomenon all his life. But on April 20, 1950 --ironically enough, Hitler's birthday --he approved the creation of a special project to discover a means to combat the Russian mind control weapons, whatever they were. This project was called BLUEBIRD."
(Sinister Forces Book One, Peter Levenda, pg. 187) 
More recently April 20th witnessed the Columbine shooting in 1999 and the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil well which led to the massive BP oil spill in 2010. Strangely, it also became a key date in pothead culture, becoming a kind of smoke-out day. I've written extensively on the curious history of this date before here.

When I woke up this morning I had a feeling something strange was going to happen, so when the Pakistani jet crash that killed 127 people was announced today, I barely batted an eye. For those of you that haven't been following the news, here's recap from MSNBC:
"A Pakistani airliner crashed just short of landing in Islamabad on Friday, killing all 127 people aboard, the country's Civil Aviation Authority told NBC on Friday. 
"The Boeing 737 operated by Bhoja Air was flying in from Karachi, the country’s biggest city and business hub, in heavy rain when it broke up, scattering wreckage and bodies across courtyards and roofs of a residential area near the airport, witnesses and authorities said."
What really caught my eye about this incident was the location: the area around Islamabad is located right along the notorious 33rd parallel north, a latitude line that has become known as the 'death line' in conspiracy culture. This theory was first popularized by James Shelby Downard in his legendary piece co-authored with the notorious Michael A. Hoffman, King Kill 33. I've written much more on this topic before here.

Thus far I have seen absolutely no indication that this crash involved foul play. Rather, this appears to be the case of a rather nasty bit of synchronicity. It would hardly be the first time this date drew mass deaths about it.

For my regular readers taking a 'counterculture' approach to 4/20, I invite you to take a seat on the Dopethrone.

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