Monday, August 13, 2012

The Soldier of the Apocalpyse -Updated

As many of you are probably aware, America experienced yet another mass shooting on Sunday, August 5, just a little over two weeks after the tragedy that erupted in Aurora, Colorado during a midnight showing of the new Batman flick. The latest mass shooting took place in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. A human know as Wade Michael Page open fired in a Sikh temple, killing five and wounding four others before committing suicide after being wounded by a police officer. 

Wade Michael Page

Needless to say, there is a lot of debate in the United States at present surrounding these events, what they mean and what should be done in response to them. The alternative media is especially having a field day with these events, with phrases such as 'mind control patsy' and 'false flag terror attack' getting a lot of millage. And to be sure, there are a lot of curious circumstances surrounding these events. There were initial reports that the Aurora shooter, James Eagan Holmes, was not acting alone. In the case of the Wisconsin shootings, there were strong indications that multiple shooters were involved. The New York Times reports:
"There were initially conflicting reports about whether there was more than one gunman and whether hostages had been taken inside the temple. Local news agencies, citing text messages from people inside, reported that two or more gunmen could have been involved."
James Eagan Holmes

Both Holmes and Page had backgrounds in fields associated with mind control. Prior to the shootings Holmes had been a highly decorated student in the field of neuroscience, a field that DARPA (the US's largest and most well-funded military research agency) has become especially interested in in recent years.
"Today, the agency is turning some of its considerable ingenuity to innovations in neuroscience. Early in 2006, DARPA announced its funding initiative for the coming fiscal year under the program 'Application of Biology to Defense Applications.' By my count, most of the agency's desired research proposals directly or indirectly involve the brain..."
(Mind Wars, Jonathan Moreno, pg. 12)
The rise of DARPA in the field of neuroscience has only increased speculation that the field could be used to develop highly effective means of controlling the human mind, though these advances are likely years off.
"Though the claims for brain fingerprinting might turn out to be exaggerated, its surface appeal has a lot to do with our fascination and anxiety about the idea that someone else can know what we're thinking, maybe even better than we can. The twentieth-century idea of 'mind-reading' came both from an awareness of how hard it is to know the mind and from the excitement that science seemed finally capable of resolving the mystery of the mind. On the dark side, the idea of mind control was an implicit acknowledgement that these breakthroughs, when they came, would bring new dangers... 
"Yet, considering all the attention that DARPA and other agencies are giving to speculative attempts to monitor and augment brain function with technologies such as fMRI and the brain fingerprinter, there is a basis for concern about whether we are going down a scary road, one that would justify the paranoia of the mind control cult. In fact, enormous technical obstacles lie in the path of anything that could pass muster as a reasonable sense of mind reading..."
(ibid, pg. 107)

Page  had a more 'conventional' type of background for this type of thing --he was ex-Army, spending a good chunk of his military career working in psychological warfare:
"Page, 40, served in the Army from April 1992 through October 1998. He was separated from the Army with a less than honorable discharge and had been demoted from sergeant to specialist during his service. 
"While in the Army Wade served as a sergeant, and later as a specialist based in Ft. Bliss in Texas and at Ft. Bragg in North Carolina. Wade's job was as a Hawk missile system repairman, and he then became a psychological operations specialist, defense official confirmed to ABC news."
High strangeness and synchronicity surround both shootings, but especially the Wisconsin incident. I've already chronicled the specter of Sirius and the Dog Days that lingers over the Aurora shootings here, but that's only scratching the surface. The name of town in which the Page shootings took place --Oak Creek, very roughly synchs with Sirius. Royal Astronomical Society fellow Robert Temple has theorized that several of the major oracle centers scattered along the Mediterranean were oriented toward Sirius due to the latitude lines on which they resided (For more on this topic, check here). One of these oracles, the one at Dodona, corresponds almost exactly with the latitude line Aurora, Colorado falls upon.

the oracle at Dodona

Each one of the major oracle centers of the ancient world had a tree of some type that was sacred to it. In the case of the oracle at Dodona, that tree was oak.
"At any rate, the oracular oak at Dodona... and the oracular ship Argo was, according to Apollonius Rhodius, largely made of this timber. But it is more likely that the Dodona oracle was in existence centuries before the Achaeans came and that Herodotus was right in stating on the authority of the Egyptian priests that the black dove and oracular oak cults of Zeus at Ammon in the Libyan desert and of Zeus at Dodona were coeval... The Ammon oak was in the care of the tribe of Garamantes: the Greeks knew of their ancestor Garamas as 'the first of men.' The Zeus of Ammon was a sort of Hercules with a ram's head akin to ram-headed Osiris, and to Amen-Ra the ram-headed Sun-god of Egyptian Thebes from where Herodotus says that the black doves flew to Ammon and Dodona."
(The White Goddess, Robert Graves, pg. 177)
Robert Temple has also closely linked Sirius with the myths surrounding the Argo, as I've noted before here and here. Another strange link to Sirius comes in the form of one of the victims of the Wisconsin shootings. Apparently Satwant Kaleka, the founder and president of the Sikh temple where the shooting occurred and who was murdered during the attack, is the father of documentary  filmmaker Armardeep Kaleka. Mr. Kaleka in turn just finished a film entitled Sirius. From what I gather, the content seems to have been based directly upon Robert Temple's extraterrestrial theories concerning the Dog Star. But so much for Sirius.

The middle names of both Holmes and Page are being used by the media. Conspiracy researchers have long believed that various three-name shooters such as Lee Harvey Oswald, James Earl Ray, Mark David Chapman and Jared Lee Loughner represent a series of patsies and 'Manchurian Candidates,' the use of their middle names being an allusion to this by the authorities.

Oswald (top) and Loughner (bottom), two other notorious three name shooters

Page sported a 9/11 tattoo, an event widely regarded as a false flag attack in conspiracy circles. More fringe groups believe that 9/11 itself was a ritual drama of immense occult significance. Page was living on a Holmes Avenue when the shootings occurred. He spent several years living in Littleton, Colorado, site of the horrific Columbine High School shootings in 1999 (as well as being within a half hour drive of Aurora). Page was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, which witnessed its own mass shooting in 1995 when William Kreutzer open fired on a physical training formation. Page was apparently sent to Fort Bragg in 1995, but I do not know if he was there when this event happened.

William Kreutzer
With such strangeness surrounding both events its unsurprising many are unconvinced by the conventional explanations the media and authorities figures are handing out. Many in the alternative media are falling back on the programmed killer meme, essentially arguing that Holmes and Page are the latest in a series of mind controlled killers designed to terrorize the American public. The great propagandist and disinformation agent, Alex Jones, has predicatively driven the debate towards gun laws.

Alex Jones
In the wake of the Aurora shootings, Jones claimed that the incident had been a false flag attack geared toward passing a UN Arms Trade Treaty that would be used to ban firearms domestically. Naturally the treaty failed to pass while gun sales enjoyed a nice spike in the aftermath of Aurora.

Much the same narrative was repeated concerning the Wisconsin shooting: that it was a false flag operation geared toward banning firearms, ramping up the fear of domestic terrorism and even to send a 'message' to the after-mentioned filmmaker, Arm Kaleka, for 'exposing' the truth about Sirius. Am I alone in thinking that Robert Temple is having a good laugh somewhere over all of this?

Needless to say, I am not especially impressed by the narrative that many in the alternative media are putting out. As the years have gone by I've become more and more cynical of the whole programmed assassin narrative. Don't misunderstand me, I do believe that there is merit to some such accounts, but I also think they are extremely rare. The biggest problem with the programmed killer narrative is the sheer scale of it. If hard line conspiracy theorists are to be believed, virtually every serial killer, assassin, spree shooter, sniper and terrorist of the past 70 or so years has been programmed. This would imply that there are hundreds, possibly thousands, of individuals across the United States as well as the world that have been systematically brainwashed and then monitored for years on end until the time is right.

While this all sounds rather outlandish in the fashion I am describing it, I can see why such theories have become so popular. Despite the gradual decline in violent crime in the United States since the end of World War II there has been a rise of shockingly violent and horrific crimes that were relatively rare in earlier times. Consider the phenomenon of serial murder. Prior to the 1950s, there were very few instances of serial killers in either the United States or internationally (though the phenomenon has been around for centuries). It was only during the second half of the twentieth century that the serial killer became a noticeable part of modern life and this was especially troubling to the public. 'Traditional' types of violent crime could in theory be avoided by staying away from certain locations and individuals. But serial killers were a different breed --many of them did not appear to be criminal types and they could strike anywhere, be it in the slums or the suburbs.

Something had definitely changed in America in the wake of World War II with serial killers, spree shooters, mass murderers and terrorists constituting some of the most notable aspects of this change. Many sought an explanation for this change and the programmed killer narrative provided an easy explanation: The government was waging a campaign of domestic terrorism via various mind control victims. In some cases, such as certain 'celebrity' serial killers, this may have very well have been true.

But there was a much easier way to induce such acts of terrorism across the United States without using the highly elaborate process of brainwashing. It is what has recently been dubbed 'the copycat effect.' The great Loren Coleman has probably written the best account of this phenomenon in his synchronicitistic classic The Copycat Effect. In this work Coleman essentially argues that the power of modern mass communications and culture, in the form of memes (a mind virus) are able to trigger psychotic behavior in unstable individuals. This phenomenon is not new, as Coleman persuasively argues --the Werther effect is a classic example of this. But the rise of modern mass communications has dramatically accelerated the phenomenon.
"...the copycat effect exists. The validity of the copycat effect is undeniable. This human phenomenon, which is hundreds if not thousands of years old, is being accelerated by our brave new world of in-your-face, wall-to-wall news coverage. The media's graphic coverage of rampage shootings, celebrity suicides, bridge jumpers, school shootings, and the like is triggering vulnerable and angry people to take their own lives and that of others."
(The Copycat Effect, Loren Coleman, pg. 251) 

Loren has written a fabulous account of how the copycat effect relates to Aurora and Oak Creek shootings, which can be found here. Additionally, Loren has taken the concept of the copycat effect into a more encompassing field he calls 'twilight language.' He first addressed the concept at the end of The Copycat Effect and has continued to explore it in greater detail on his blog of the same name. I've written a bit on twilight language myself, which can be found here, but I'll give a brief account for our purposes here.

The concept of twilight language is of course not new --it has been applied to Buddhist tantras for centuries, for instance. In the modern era, the concept of twilight language was first revived by the highly controversial figures James Shelby Downard and revisionist historian Michael A. Hoffman II. Of twilight language, Hoffman writes: "In the secret societies, 'twilight language' was advertised as the 'Adamic language,' the language Adam learned from God in Eden, 'the key to divine knowledge' " (Secret Societies and Psychological Warfare, pg. 7).

James Shelby Downard
Coleman is clearly influenced by the Downard/Hoffman concept of twilight language, but he has established a more precise definition of it and how it relates to current events. He writes:
" 'Twilight language' concerns, from psychology, the hidden significance of locations, dates, and other signs; from religious studies, the hidden symbolism that lies in the texture of the incidents; and, from criminology  the profiling insights that have revealed the ritualistic nature of certain crimes and violent incidents..." 
"But two elements of this 'twilight language' are becoming rather clearer as we examine this whole arena. The copycat effect can work through the power and pull over vulnerable and angry human beings through the specific locations where these incidents happen as well as the timing of them. Place and time, location and dates, milieu and moment are hiding in plain sight."
(The Copycat Effect, pg. 237)
If we are to accept Coleman's compelling theories, then the notion of widespread programmed killers becomes even more absurd. There are more than enough disturbed individuals in this nation cooking like a frog in frying pan when it comes to the modern mass media. The Cryptocracy, through the use of certain events, symbols, dates, names, locations and such like embedded in mass media can trigger these types of events at random. If programmed killers are in fact a reality, then I suspect that they are used very sparingly, typically only to create new memes in the group mind.

The events that we've recently witnessed in Aurora and especially Oak Hill do not appear to be a new wrinkle, but the latest manifestation of a meme I like to think of as the 'Soldier of the Apocalypse.' The Soldier of the Apocalypse meme began to become widespread in 1984 with the release of Red Dawn (a film about a communist takeover of the United States followed by a guerrilla war fought by wholesome, all American teenagers against the Commies) and the murder of talk radio personality Alan Berg by members of The Order, a white nationalistic revolutionary order based off of the Posse Comitatus and Christian Identity movement. These events established the concept of paramilitary organizations or individual working to violently overthrow a corrupt United States government drowning in Communism and globalism among the right wing.

Red Dawn poster (top) and The Order logo (bottom)

This meme only became more prevalent in the 1990s with the rise of the patriot movement, the militia movement and films such as Fight Club. It has remained ever present throughout the 00s, receiving a major boost in the middle of the decade via the rise of Alex Jones and the mainstreaming of conspiracy culture in addition to films such as V For Vendetta and the TV series Jericho. In some ways it became more cosmopolitan by this time, with Randian libertarianism publicly supplanting the Christian Identity and white nationalist world view meme that used to dominate the meme (though these aspects would continue to thrive in the fringes). The message, however, remains the same: the only way to stop Babylon is to take up arms.

In recent years events such as the tax protester who flew a plane into a Dallas IRS building in 2010 and the Giffords mass shooting committed by Jared Lee Loughner in 2011 demonstrate the power of this meme. Are the recent shootings in Aurora and Oak Hill yet another manifestation of this meme? It's to soon to tell, but their are strong indications that the Wisconsin shooter, Wade Michael Page, was heavily influenced by the subculture I just outlined. Superficially, Holmes seems a little to cosmopolitan for such a scene, but then again more and more suburban kids seem to be warming up to such ideology --I certainly see enough of them sporting V For Vendetta T-shirts.

Some may object to my association of Holmes and Page with a thoroughly anti-government movement --after all, civilians were the targets of the past two shootings, not politicians, law enforcement personal, tax collectors and the like. But conspiracy culture has been increasingly dehumanizing 'normal' rank-and-file Americans for years. Look at how common the word sheeple is bantered about nowadays --a word that cares the notion with it (courtesy of Bill Cooper) that those who will not think for themselves are not better than animals. Increasingly this is the mentality that hard line conspiracy culture has taken against the masses.

Perhaps this is why Alex Jones and his ilk want to keep the discussion centered on programmed killers and guns, or otherwise they would have to acknowledge the atmosphere of paranoia and fear that they have created, and the effect it is having. Conspiracy culture has been one of the driving factors behind the Soldier of the Apocalypse meme for years and the growing militancy of the movement will only help ratchet up the violence. This is why firearms and freedom have become inseparable to the most impressionable members of this movement even as firearms have become all but obsolete in relation to the weapons the Cryptocracy is already using overseas (i.e. drones). Rest assured, when the Cryptocracy considers firearms in the hands of the American public it is not struck by fear, but by dollar signs, as Christopher Knowles brilliantly outlined here. But enough on the Soldier of the Apocalypse for now, as I suspect we'll all be confronted with it again soon enough.

In terms of twilight language, Sirius and the Dog Days of Summer have cropped up time and again in both the Aurora and Oak Creek shootings as I discussed earlier in this post. The Denver area of Colorado hangs over both events like a specter as well. Clearly the Denver area holds great significance to the Cryptocracy as the Denver International Airport, a monument to the occult, is a testament too. The shooting rampage at Columbine High School in 1999 at nearby Littleton (where Page resided for a time) would prove to be one of the pivotal events of the past 20 years and forever embed the Denver era in the group mind. And now, 13 years later, we have another pivotal event in the form of the Aurora shooting that will continue to work its magic upon the group mind for years to come.

Why the Denver area? I do not know, but I suspect this will hardly be the last time that it will capture the group mind.

Denver International Airport


Mr. Loren Coleman has informed me that William Grimstad was also a large influence on his conception of twilight language, in addition to James Shelby Downard. Regular readers should remember Mr. Grimstad from his synchro-mystic classic Weird America, which has been quoted extensively on this blog. Downard and Grimstad first came to national attention when they were mentioned by Robert Anton Wilson, another synchto-mystical trailblazer, in his classic The Cosmic Trigger Volume I. Since then the theories of Mr. Downard and Mr. Grimstad have gradually spread through the underground until now, when their finally beginning to get the recognition that they deserve. Hopefully this means a reprint of Mr. Grimstad's other classic work, The Rebirth of Pan, is not far away.

Mr. Coleman has also posted another excellent piece of the film Red Dawn, which can be read here. He notes that the film had a curious link to the tragic San Ysidro McDonald's massacre in which a survivalist named James Huberty murdered 21 people at a McDonald's in San Diego. This event happened in 1984 shortly before the release of Dawn. Apparently the trailer for Dawn showed a scene of enemy soldiers rolling up to McDonald's in a tank. This scene was supposedly cut out of the film after the San Ysidro McDonald's shooting.

1984 was clearly a pivotal year for the Soldier of the Apocalypse meme, with the release of Dawn, the Alan Berg murder and the San Ysidro McDonald's massacre. The year 1984 had of course became famous well before it was upon us due to George Orwell's dystopian sci-fi classic 1984 which depicted a grim future in which humanity was enslaved by totalitarian governments the world over.

The actual year 1984 would lay the seeds for a totally different type of apocalypse.


  1. Great post, I throughly believe in Loren Coleman's theories. However, I don't think that the 'Holmes' character was a subject of the 'copycat effect', nor was he brainwashed to actually carry out those shootings. I have my theories, which I've blogged about. But I do see that all of these incidents do fit in with one another, without all being identical in their nature (if that makes sense?) Everything appears very 'synchromystic' right now and feels like its set to continue. Of course, this is just me voicing my 'feelings' on the issue. Why is all of this mostly happening in the USA?
    Statistically (as I am always asking) this should happen elsewhere too, where there are large populations, right?

    It's almost as if the powers-that-be want people to take up arms and 'fight' but then paint them as radical exteremists which need to be arrested, put in mental hospitals, and so on. I recently read how the mental health professionals are re-classifying mental illnesses, and there are avialble online reports of how 'holding radical views against the main stream are an indicator of mental illness'. This to me speaks volumes. Perhaps the plan is to sort of weed out anyone that holds widely differing views than the 'main stream' or people who voice their disapproval of their governments, and then find legitimate ways to eradicate them from society (under the guise of psychos with the potential to kill). Its just a theory I've been mulling over.

    As a side note, I've started listening to Alex Jones again, just for the laughs really, as he does have some hysterical ways of delivering his message...I can gain enjoyment out of it without needing to subscribe to the viewpoint at all!


  2. Marty-

    Part of why I think the US draws more of these types of events than the rest of the world is simply due to the vast amount of mass communications an average American consumes in a day. While I didn't go into it in this piece, I've noted many of Coleman's theories jive well with some of the concept's Jacques Ellul addresses in his classic work "Propaganda." Ellul described the world that Americans and other developed countries live in as one of 'total propaganda' and that it was causing us to develop views and notions totally alien to us, that were embedded via the media. For this to work, however, an individual must be exposed to a nonstop feed of propaganda.

    Developed nations, especially the US, are the only nations in a position to create this state. So a simple answer to your question would be: most other nations don't have the mass media in place to brainwash their populaces to the extent the US does.

    Yes, the constant push to 'redefine' mental health is most troubling. I agree --it seems as if steps are being taken to rebrand anyone with non mainstream views as an extremist suffering from a mental imbalance. The next step will probably be even more widespread drugging of the American populace than what is already happening.

    Certainly a few more mass killings will only help this cause...


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  4. This was very provocative and insightful. As Michael Hoffman has elsewhere written, Anyone who takes up arms against the system is serving its (the system's) purposes (paraphrase). I think people would be much better served by studying political philosophy (for example) than by going to the range for target practice.

    My understanding of the history, however, was that Downard was a mentor to both Michael Hoffman and William Grimstad. Grimstad's "Sirius Rising" interview with Downard dates from the mid-70s before either "Weird America" or "Rebirth of Pan." And Grimstad audibly praises Downard for his (Downard's) originality. However, this is not to say that Grimstad made no novel contributions later himself. Both Grimstad and Hoffman developed Downard's conceptions and, indeed, modified and expanded them in some ways.

    Furthermore, Coleman's definition of "Twilight Language," while evocative, does not strike me as particularly "precise." In fact, I think he arguably either confuses "Twilight Language" and what Downard termed "Mystical Toponomy" - either that, or Coleman's intentionally running the two concepts together. Perhaps such conflation is justifiable - or even beneficial. But, by my lights, either motivation (and certainly the action) would need to be argued for in order to qualify as an instance of precision.

    But these are minor points and tangential to your post. I think that there most certainly is something to your identification of the "soldier" meme.

    But I do also want to gesture towards my sketch of the (rudiments of) a reply to Secret Sun. I think that your praise of his post is unwarranted. His post probably is worthy of qualified praise. But I think the qualifications should be made explicit. Cf.:

  5. Thank you for your thoughtful response.

    Yes, Downard was a mentor to Grimstad and Hoffman, though I'm not sure if Downard is the one who opened their eyes to twilight language, or if they found Downard after becoming aware of it on their own. As you note, Grimstad's theories are rather unique in their own right while Hoffman's seem like more of an extension of Downard's.

    Coleman includes more in his concept of twilight language than just onomatology and toponomy, but I suspect he focuses more on those aspects as he as been studying them longer. I feel Coleman gives a more clear definition of twilight language. Hoffman doesn't so much define it as he instructs his readers how to recognize it, if you will.

    I probably responded to Knowles' take on Alex Jones because they confirm my own suspicions. Jones strikes me as a modernized take on Birch Society types. Many of his theories are merely extensions of conspiracy theories that have been circulating for decades, i.e. UN Peacekeepers being brought into to disarm the American populace. Beyond that, I find his style to be riddled with paranoia and hopelessness. The latter is what really gets me --he invokes a perception that nothing can be done to change the path that we are on.

    I tend to agree with your point that outing disinformation agents is something of a waste, but on the flip side of the coin there's a lot out there that the 'mega' conspiracy researchers such as Jones or Art Bell rarely, if ever, touch on. Perhaps it is not best to bring their integrity into question, but it should be noted that they cling to many of the same old war horses when there are other, more compelling theories available.

    In general though, I agree with you about the Secret Sun. Knowles is right to question certain sacred cows of the alternative media, but he doesn't always offer a solid alternative.