Archive for the ‘And Now… The Weird Stuff’ Category

In June 2014, a group of armed militants and extremists made their dramatic journey across the Syrian border into Iraq, quickly capturing Mosul and Baiji and almost reaching the capital Baghdad.

The group possessed convoys of identical Toyota trucks and the kind of arsenal some countries in the region would be envious of. The media was flooded with footage of drive-by shootings, large-scale death marches, mass executions and mass graves. Any Iraqi soldier captured was executed.

That incursion of the Islamic State (IS) brigades into Iraq was part of a planned military-intelligence operation supported covertly by various states.

The jihadists at some point appropriated entire truckloads of American humvees; they acquired helicopters, tanks, and artillery. They photographed and filmed themselves, openly broadcasting what they were doing all over social media. In spite of this, no attempt was made by the US or anyone else to stop them – not until after the group had already taken over entire cities or towns and begun its bloody crusade. (more…)

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So it’s been practically impossible to avoid all of the coverage and fallout from the Leaving Neverland film, which had its UK broadcast late last week.

I already covered a lot of the allegations and tabloid coverage of Michael Jackson allegations here last week, prior to seeing the film: and also laid out various possibilities for where the truth of the matter may lie. I don’t want to go back over all those same things here now.

I’ve chosen to make some observations about the film itself in a separate post: but here I want to present a few things to provide a different perspective/context to this subject, which the most of the media is entirely failing to touch on.

There’s a broader context to the environment in which Leaving Neverland has emerged: and we need to expand our perspective to take in that broader context in order to properly see where Leaving Neverland fits. Central to that context is the ongoing scandal around Harvey Weinstein, the potential scandals in the entertainment industry, and the #MeToo movement. (more…)

Everyone will have noticed the sudden explosion of new Michael Jackson stories, claims and allegations, that have hit newspapers and websites in the passed fortnight or so – in the wake of the Sundance Film Festival screening of the film Leaving Neverland.

The claims have all emerged in the wake of the 4-hour documentary detailing the claims of two individuals who claim Jackson abused them over a period of years as children.

My chief question here is why. Or why now, specifically? And is there any truth to these very disturbing claims or is something else going on?

And, just as importantly, how does this relate to the broader question about alleged child abuse in parts of Hollywood and the entertainment industry and in some elite circles? I want to come to that matter, because I have some thoughts on how this whole Michael Jackson saga might relate to it: but I first want to pick through some of the current stories in the media and what we know about the Leaving Neverland film.

My approach here is to be as even-handed as possible. I have no idea whether Michael Jackson did or didn’t do inappropriate things with children. I’ve always been totally 50/50 on that subject.

I’m not a big Michael Jackson fan necessarily. I haven’t listened to his music for many years (I got turned off when he started getting a bit too messianic for my tastes): but I was a huge fan of his when I was a little kid in the eighties, I still love some of that music, and I still find him a fascinating personality. (more…)

I don’t usually do these kinds of subjects, for various reasons: even though they’re usually so interesting.

But a couple of current stories have prompted it. I’ll get to Michael Jackson: but the first thing is that I was baffled when I noticed a headline pop up on one of my newsfeeds that said: ‘New evidence suggests that Richey Edwards staged his disappearance’.

Really? After almost 25 years?

The NME piece reports, ‘A new book has provided fresh evidence to suggest that Manic Street Preachers guitarist and lyricist Richey Edwards staged his own disappearance…’ (more…)

The burning up of so much of California over a short period of time (in 2017 and now in 2018) has amounted to what has been called the most destructive ‘wildfire’ event in the state’s history.

The scale of the damage has been enormous, as well as the disruption to people’s lives, the loss of homes and property, and what will amount to drastic alterations to infrastructure and demographics.

The raging fires and the destruction left in their wake have also been met with conspiracy theories and accusations of the true nature of the catastrophe being covered up.

I’m not in the habit of always assuming or thinking everything that goes on is a conspiracy with some hidden agenda. I’m still of the school that, sometimes, Shit Just Happens. Certainly, when seemingly natural disasters unfold, I’m not really looking for any kind of hidden truth or cover-up – although, of course, sometimes some ‘natural disasters’ probably aren’t as natural as they first appear.

In the case of the California fires, I saw a lot of conspiracy theories coming up on my radar from when the fires were raging last year. I was ignoring most of it at first (it didn’t help that several of the sources I was being recommended were self-declared flat-earthers: which is never a good start). But the more I started looking through some of the claims (and some of the evidence), the more I started to realise the conspiracy accusations were not misplaced: because they’re not (at least the ones I’ve been convinced by) actually ‘conspiracy theories’ at all, but observations accompanied by questions. (more…)

‘The world is a stage’, the saying goes.

Lately, I’ve been more acutely aware of something that had been prodding at my mind for a while: but that I hadn’t quite put my finger on properly. Specifically, the idea that a fake or ‘scripted’ reality is playing out all over the place – and that this scripted ‘reality’ is populated by actors merely playing parts.

In short, what I’m asking here is ‘are we now stuck in a reality TV show’? Is our collective consciousness being reconfigured into a reality-tv format?

In fact, I’ve been trying to write an article on a broader subject (Scripted Reality) for some time now – and have as-yet declined to publish it, because I can’t quite get my thoughts together coherently.

But watching the frankly weird spectacle of millionaire rap star Kanye West and millionaire US President Donald Trump in the White House rather powerfully triggered me back to this subject. I want to talk about Kanye West and also the ‘Kardashians’ (I’m so sorry) and where they came from: and why this is all so weird (and why it has troubling implications).

In doing so, I also want to talk about the very nature of ‘truth’, ‘reality’ and perception – and what the term ‘post-truth’ might actually end up meaning.

For starters, the footage of the eccentric rapper’s staged twenty-minute conversation with the President strikes me as one of the most bizarre moments so far of the Donald Trump presidency and its accompanying reality-TV freak-show (click on the image to go see the video, if you haven’t seen it already).

And it again forces me to ask whether this all is a reality TV show now – albeit, one that’s been transplanted (with the help of both the media and the ‘viewing public’) onto a broader perception of ‘reality’ with far bigger implications for society, intelligence levels, general perception and collective consciosuness. (more…)

It’s a curious error; assuming it was an error at all – and it might’ve cost someone in admin their job.

A couple of weeks ago, an odd story popped up in the media very briefly. It came when a journalist put in a request via the Freedom of Information Act. The journalist in question had been researching far-right and far-left militant groups. Bizarrely, Curtis Waltman – working for Boston’s MuckRock – received back documents that had nothing to do with the requests he’d submitted or the subject he was researching.

What actually came through has turned out to be something of a gift to conspiracy theorists and researchers, validating what any number of people have been claiming for many years.

According to the Daily Mail’s report on the story, “…In what sounds like a plot from the X-files, they revealed research into bizarre ‘psycho-electronic’ weaponry. These claim to use electromagnetic forces to achieve their aims, including inducing intense pain, itching or even rigor mortis.

The US government accidentally sent the reporter information describing ‘remote mind control’, ‘remote brain mapping’, ‘forced memory blanking’, and other effects that have been a staple of conspiracy theories for decades now. (more…)

This is just a short one; and is really just an anecdote and not anything important.

But the most random, odd thing happened to me a couple of weeks back. It was on the day my grandfather passed away – in fact, it was just a few minutes before my grandfather passed away and it took place in the hospital. (more…)

And it is a pretty big rabbit-hole – based entirely on the location where this incident is said to have happened.

Which we will get to in a moment; and then you can decide for yourselves how relevant you think it is or isn’t. But first, let’s just do the basics.

In another month, I would’ve assumed or accepted that the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal was – as we’re being told – a hit by Russian intelligence operatives.

My own personal opinion is still – and I know that this puts me at odds with most conspiracy theory writers – that Alexander Litvenenko was assassinated by Russian agents via pollonium poisoning. Most of what I’ve read over the years (from various sources) makes me inclined to lean towards that explanation. (more…)