When we invent a new technology we become cannibals. We eat ourselves alive since these new technologies are merely extensions of ourselves. The new environment shaped by technology is a cannibalisitc one that eats people. To survive one must study the habits of cannibals- Marshall McLuhan
There are some things in life that we protect ourselves from by not wanting to think about them. In some cases a certain phenomena might not even get a definitive name.
I have no wish to nauseate anyone unnecessarily, so now’s your last chance to bail out before we draw a pattern, and then, to my mind at least, put a real name on it.
starting with Professor Pan
Louis Lamonica walked into the sheriff’s department in tiny Livingston, La., and asked to speak with a detective. According to police, for almost the next two hours the middle-aged preacher, proceeded to tell a story so sickening they could scarcely believe what they were hearing. He explained that he was the former pastor of Hosanna Church, a now defunct house of worship in nearby Ponchatoula. Matter-of-factly and without remorse, Lamonica said that he and other church members had molested children, and taught them to have sex with each other, as well as with a dog. He told the detectives that he drank cat blood, and poured it on the bodies of his young victims…
When he had finished talking, Lamonica was arrested by the stunned detectives, who charged him with two counts of aggravated rape of a child under 13 and a charge of crime against nature. According to police, Lamonica was confused by the cops’ reaction. “He was somewhat shocked when he found out we were going to arrest him,”
leading to the lion’s share from Rigorous Intuition
In the 1980s, a man named Lawrence King launched a credit union in Omaha and quickly became one of the most prominent black Republicans in America. He sang the national anthem at two Republican National Conventions. He was a friend of powerful state and national figures, including billionaire Warren Buffett (Buffett hosted the King’s 10th anniversary party and sat on the board of Franklin’s parent company) and then-Vice President George Herbert Walker Bush.King also happened to be an abusive paedophile, who ran an adolescent sex ring out of his office that enjoyed the protection of US security and intelligence apparatus, which exploited children lured from the neighbouring Boys’ Town as both a honeytrap to blackmail vulnerable parties and as a reward for faithful assets.
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BRITAIN:Alleged Pedophiles Helm Blair’s War Room Counterpunch January 29, 2003A child-sex scandal that threatened to destroy Tony Blair’s government last week has been mysteriously squashed and wiped off the front pages of British newspapers. Operation Ore, the United Kingdom’s most thorough and comprehensive police investigation of crimes against children, seems to have uncovered more than is politically acceptable at the highest reaches of the British elite. In the 19th of January edition of The Sunday Herald, Neil Mackay sensationally reported that senior members of Tony Blair’s government were being investigated for paedophilia and the “enjoyment” of child-sex pornography:
“The Sunday Herald has also had confirmed by a very senior source in British intelligence that at least one high-profile former Labour Cabinet minister is among Operation Ore suspects. The Sunday Herald has been given the politician’s name but, for legal reasons, can not identify the person.
“There are still unconfirmed rumours that another senior Labour politician is among the suspects. The intelligence officer said that a ‘rolling’ Cabinet committee had been set up to work out how to deal with the potentially ruinous fall-out for both Tony Blair and the government if arrests occur.”
The Blair government has responded by imposing a comprehensive blackout on the story, effectively removing it from the domain of public discussion. Attempts on the part of this journalist to establish why the British media has not followed up on the revelations have met with a wall of silence. Editors and journalists of The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, The Sunday Times, The Observer, The Sunday Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Daily Express, The Mirror, The Sun, the BBC, Independent Television News and even The Sunday Herald have refused to discuss the matter.
Call to lift veil of secrecy over Dunblane The GuardianFebruary 14, 2003Campaigners yesterday called for a review of the 100-year secrecy rule imposed on some documents seen by the inquiry into the Dunblane killings which were never made public.
The move comes after the Scottish cabinet this week instructed Scotland’s most senior law officer to look again at the 100-year ban placed on a police report on Thomas Hamilton, who murdered 16 primary schoolchildren and their teacher.
There have been allegations that the lengthy closure order was placed on the report after it linked Hamilton to figures in the Scottish establishment, including two senior politicians and a lawyer.
There has been much speculation about the identity of the politicians in the report. It is known that in June 1996 Michael Forsyth, then Scottish secretary and MP for Stirling, congratulated Hamilton on running a boys’ club in Dunblane.
BELGIUM:Ritual abuse, pedophilia, murder, and the charge of a government cover-up The Telegraph August 17, 2001Five years after the bodies of four murdered Belgian girls were discovered at houses owned by the paedophile Marc Dutroux, the father of one of them has accused the country’s police and justice system of a cover-up ensuring that his trial has still not begun.
The claims by Paul Marchal, father of An Marchal, who was 17 when she disappeared in 1995, echo what many Belgians now privately believe: that Dutroux and his paedophile ring had connections with high-ranking members of the establishment in Belgium.
In a country that is becoming inured to corruption in public life, the theory of a cover-up is now increasingly accepted as the real reason why the Dutroux case has yet to come to court.
PORTUGALPortugal rocked by child sex scandal
Allegations that a child sex ring has been operating out of state-run children’s homes in Portugal for decades has prompted intervention by President Jorge Sampaio.
BBC May 29, 2003The developments sparked an outcry in Portugal, particularly when it was reported that a former president and several government ministers, as well as the police, knew of the allegations as far back as the early 1980s but failed to take action.
“Faced with the horror that so many children, who were entrusted to us to be educated and cared for, were victimised it is necessary to declare here that the president is certain that the guilty will be severely punished,” President Sampaio said in a speech.
The latest high-profile arrests are of men publicly accused of sex abuse by former children of Casa Pia, Portugal’s largest network of homes for troubled children.
Casa Pia first made the headlines following allegations that an employee at the institution allegedly helped wealthy child molesters to meet young boys in his care for over two decades.
Chilean elites caught in child porn ring Boston Globe Jan 12 2004VALPARAISO, Chile — Congresswoman Maria Pia Guzman is a strait-laced conservative who has suddenly and unexpectedly become an outcast at the Congress building here. Sometimes her follow legislators murmur an insult when she comes within earshot: “Witch!”
Guzman did not unleash the sex scandal now rocking Chile’s political and social elite, a sordid tale centered around a millionaire businessman and some runaway teenagers.
But she did publicly link a handful of congressmen and senators to the case, suggesting some of her own political allies might be involved in an alleged ring of prostitution and child pornography. And for that, some of her fellow legislators will not forgive her.
When she gets in an elevator with other congressmen, they often step out. “There is a very strong psychological warfare going on,” Guzman said in an interview in her Valparaiso office. Lighting a cigarette, she added: “Before this case, I had stopped smoking.”
MEXICOMob In Mexico Burns Two Federal Agents Alive
AP November 24, 2004MEXICO CITY — A crowd angry about recent child kidnappings cornered plainclothes federal agents taking photos of students at a school on Mexico City’s outskirts and burned the officers alive, the latest example of mob justice in a country beset by corrupt police and high crime.
The violence began in the early evening, when locals collared three men staking out a school in the San Juan Ixtlayopan neighborhood. The area has been tense since two youngsters disappeared and were feared kidnapped from the school. Some in the crowd appeared to believe the agents were kidnappers. When asked about complaints that authorities had failed to respond to demands to investigate the disappearances, Figueroa said a full schedule had prohibited federal authorities from concentrating on the case.
I truly could go on and on, but I’ll spare your stomach. Rigorous Intuition is more than adequate if you care to gorge yourself on this kind of thing. We just want to establish a pattern, here.
It is not so much dealing with evil actions, but rather patterns of evil action, and deciphering what those patterns might mean. It’s hard to argue that there is an epidemic of systematic child abuse going on, seemingly protected by those in power, but what could it possibly mean that such a thing exists? Surely it’s too outrageous and senseless a thing to be so widespread. Similarly, why on earth would the ruling elites and ostensible spiritual leaders of our civilisation seemingly abandon any commitment whatsoever to the principles and ideals of our culture?
Leaving aside for the moment the questions of what those principles and ideals might be, it’s easy to see that they, whatever they were, have been largely or wholly replaced with consumption and self gratification, from the top on down.
And this is the difficulty. To reconcile the facts with what, as a person, you know to be true of human nature. I cannot believe there is some top-down global conspiracy coordinating all the mass torture, mass rape, mass ritual, mass deception, culminating in the bankruptcy of our whole civilisation. It’s impossible. But it’s happening. So how then? Does this stuff just spring up of it’s own accord like fungus, like serial killers, and garden variety child molesters? Maybe, but you’re left with the pattern. The pattern doesn’t go away. the fingerprint of design.
It’s hard enough to convince people to get their mouths around the words ‘ritual abuse’, which is too bad, because that’s the best name going so far for this kind of thing, and that just doesn’t cover it. What kind of ritual? To what end? Of whose authorship? It’s practically indisputable that these acts are the glue holding something much larger together. So, what then?
In attempting to untangle this, you can go deductive and attempt to extract the parts from the whole, or you can be inductive and extract the whole from a part. And in this case that works, as long as you pick the right part, the characteristic part, the part that crystallises the whole thing.
And by that, I mean the children. The children are the quintessential symbol of the whole dynamic. What does it say about our society that it’s hidden shadow is the abandoned child, the abused child, the ignorant and fearful child, the child turned into a piece of meat for consumption. What it looks like is being done, is to gut the very structure of our civilisation, tear up the social fabric, incinerate any philosophical and moral capital and turn it all into a machine that runs on blackmail, corruption and the wholesale consumption of the young. What does it really mean to destroy the very moral and ethical foundations of your own society? What lies at the heart of the mass destruction of children for the sake of momentary power?
You know what it sounds like to me? What I finally had to arrive at is that it sounds like a plan to cannibalise the future. It sounds like the madness of those who have forsaken everything but the present moment in their search for gratification, up to and including the devouring of the very manifestation of our own future, the children.
But why? Why do that? Of all things, why engage in something so bestial, so depraved, so utterly self destructive? Who in their right mind would consciously act this out?
And there’s the answer: there’s nothing conscious about it.
When man is overwhelmed by information, he resorts to myth.-Marshall McLuhan
I’ve talked elsewhere about how people respond to change in different ways. In many cases people fear change, even hate it. And when that change takes the form of increasing complexity, many people would gladly shut it all out, and resort to simplistic shorthands.
Which is unavoidable to an extent. Not everyone can be expected to make learning and adaptation the foci of their life. But what happens when change becomes the norm? What happens when the environment becomes so saturated with information that very few people could ever handle it all, or even a significant amount of it?
But here’s the point, because you don’t need to understand everything around you, but you do need to understand your own self. And in an age of super-saturated dataspaces, the last thing most people want to do is introspect. Which is not only tragic, but perhaps, ultimately, fatal to us all.
As I said, many of these people check out. Emotionally, mentally and even spiritually. And if you’re not trying to understand the world as it is, then really, you’re living in a story. A myth. It is the finn cycle again. The same time-worn themes, over and over. If you choose to sleep then life is a dream.
‘So, what are you saying zac? that we’re living in a dream? Some kind of fucked up myth? what kind of myth is this, then?’
I’m glad you asked. But you may not be glad I told you…
Saturn is the earlier, roman, name for the god which you probably would have heard of as chronos. Both of them are known for enacting the same mythical pattern: they castrate and supplant their fathers, the representation of the past, as it were, and more significanty for our purpose, to stem any possibility that he might be supplanted in turn, Saturn litteraly devours his children.
It’s a very timeworn idea; that the existing order would engage in whole scale genocide against the future, out of fear of being overturned. Even if such a thing dooms you in the doing of it in any case. There is no hope of orderly succession, only catastophic collapse. Such a power can only devour those around it, and itself, to feed the delusion of immortality. It’s a kind of psychotic futility to be sure.
What I’m proposing in essence, is that because of the onrush of change in the last century, there was at first a paranoid backlash against progress, which took the form of authoritarianism and fascism, and eventually into a kind consumptive lunacy that built itself on looting the future outright as a way of propping up the failing oligarchy that cannot face the onrush of history.
This environment of rapid change which we’re all familar with, breeds the kind of retreat into irrationality, myth, and unconscious resonance that makes it’s victims perfect vehicles for the kind of deeply rooted themes in our species memory that Saturn represents.
To put it as succincly as possible: when people check out, they don’t wander aimlessly. Something else steps in. This explains why you see so much complexity, such rich malevolent patterning, in a pack of neurotics, teetering heart patients, hollowed out souless spooks, drug addicts, psychotics, self loathing homosexuals, and traumatised borderline autistics. It’s not them drawing the pattern. It’s something deep inside all of us. All they’ve done is open the way for that old old design to come forth in a new context.
It’s like a flock of birds, or any other complex emergent behavior. No one element contains the whole pattern, but each instinctively knows where to position themselves within it. It’s only when you have a massively interconnected global information space that you can even take a high enough vantage point to see what the whole pattern might be. Which is sort of ironic, because it’s things like the internet and the resultant backlash, that raised this phenomena to the pitch that it’s at.
The most grotesque and outrageous manifestions of this pattern are an example of what Jung called a constellation of the archetype. The archetype crystalises in a person or a group or a society and imbues it with intensely powerfull direction at the cost of abdicating free will. To abandon oneself to an archetypal role is to essentially beome a character in a play.
Is it not fitting then, that the twisted, hopelessly damaged scion of the incestuous, corruption riddled bush dynasty would consume the earth in a mad quest to overturn his father and ride at the head of a swarm of child-devouring, drug dealing, slave trading, warmongering future-destroying charicatures?
So what are the chances of calling anyone to account for this? Depends on who you’re looking at. The odds of bringing down the whole complex is viritually nill. By definition they don’t even understand what they are doing. There is no conspiracy as we would normally understand that word. They are the proxy actors in a certain kind of communal suicidal orgy.
It is we who fancy ourselves in the buisiness of consciousness that bear the weight in this. Not the sleeping masses, not the archetype haunted puppets at the top, who have all but abandoned their reason. But us. If anyone is to act it can only be from a place of understanding.
In a strange way, saturn can be seen as a kind of defence mechanism for the earth and for the human race as a whole. For a culture that has failed to take up the burden of facing the future and responsiblity for it’s actions. He is the self destruct routine when a bankrupt civilisation runs rampant.
If left unchecked a society that has lost sight of any values except excess and consumption, that has no real compass to navigate the future, would scour the earth down to bare rock and kill every last microbe before flinging itself into space to seek a new host. Better to plunge us back into the sleep of forgetting. ( incidentally, isn’t it interesting that much of this material revolves around memory loss, real or imagined? something for another time. ) A dark age to wipe the slate clean again. What state would we be in if rome had continued, for another thousand years, rather than destroy itself from the inside out?
We are at a grim crossroads. The very fact that saturn rules the world is almost certain proof that we have, or are very close to, failing the test. We have not become responsible enough, we have not become awake enough, we have lost ourselves to irrationality and abandoned our values. Our own collective mind is about to swing the sickle and cast us back into the finn cycle..again. We have, by and large, created no solutions to this, no alternatives, except, in small pockets, to return to our own past. Which is only the same failure, but at least a failure we have resigned ourselves to with dignity.
Neverthess, to march blithely back to the dark ages is still a resounding rebuke to our future and our own potentials, no matter how lovely and green it might be a hundred years from now.
This solves nothing. Absolutely nothing. In a thousand years or a hundred we would drag ourselves out of the dream and face the same problems all over again, until a big enough asteroid comes along and puts a period at the end of our sentence once and for all. No future for anyone. And no justice for the children.
Sooner or later we must face that everything changes, including the earth itself, and if we wish to endure, we must change with it. Anything else is madness. And right now we’re wallowing in it.