Pizzagate-gate: Alex Jones Says Thee Nay

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Pizzagate is one of those topics that I don’t really discuss on this site, because the sum total of my opinions on the matter would satisfy neither side of the debate—said another way, it just doesn’t seem “worth it” for me to get into, unless I was paid a certain amount of cash or at least received a free t-shirt for my troubles.

But first we have recent news that the FBI is investigating conservative websites such as Breitbart and Infowars, and only a few days later Alex Jones has publicly sort of apologized for his coverage of hot-button conspiracy topic Pizzagate. Which to my mind…makes me think that these investigations have really shook things up in these media circles. It doesn’t help that the “Pizzagate Gunman” has just pled guilty to walking into the Comet Pingpong restaurant with an AR-15 assault rifle.

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Anatomy Of A Coincidence

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This is a story of a coincidence I experienced on March 26, 2015.

Early in the morning of that day, right before waking fully, I had what is known as a “hypnogogic” dream. It was a lot more vivid than an ordinary dream, and it almost felt as if I was really awake. In this dream, I heard a male voice plainly say: “there will be an explosion in New York City today.”

I was very concerned about this dream when I woke up shortly after; I gripped my husband’s arm in bed and told him of it. Though I telecommuted half the week, I was indeed scheduled in be in the City that day for a meeting. He assured me I had nothing to worry about, as it was just a dream, and so I went to my meeting. Ending at around lunchtime, I had a relieved trip back to my home; looking at the buildings of Canal Street at my train sped by, I sighed and smiled. No “explosion” took place.

When I got home, my husband was sitting in the living room couch waiting for me, laptop by his side. He looked grim. He asked me,

“Have you seen the news yet?”

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status update

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Several things. First, the hits on my site have doubled since December, and are on-track to double again. THANK YOU to those who visit, read, spread the word, etc. I love writing this stuff, and it is gratifying to have people find some enjoyment/use out of it!

Second: I’ve had a pretty bad flu for the last week-and-a-half, and while I’m just about recovered it has impacted my work output across-the-board.

Thirdly, it occurs to me that it takes about 3 hours for me to properly research and write a long-type post.

And so while I have a pretty long list of interesting topics to write about, I’m going to need about a week to get back up to speed.

That said, my content backlog is relatively large, so feel free to visit the archives in the meantime!

 

The Eternal Weirdness Of Jim Carrey’s “The Number 23”

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As an aficionado of the “23 Enigma,” I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve never actually seen the 2007 movie The Number 23. I’m not sure why I’ve avoided it, exactly. I mean, it was sort of panned when it was released, and I’ve managed to put the fact that it was directed by Joel Schumacher out of my mind until I finally spun the DVD last night (and thus, couldn’t back out of it).

But I’ve now indeed seen it…and while I can’t say it is an especially great movie, it is certainly chock full of esotericism and general weirdness. I might even classify it as a “cursed” film, though I need a little more follow-up and evidence to officially make that claim. So let’s take a look at The Number 23, released ten years ago on my birthday, February 23.

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There Is No “Opt Out” For Humanity On The Future

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The goal of a terrestrial consciousness is to survive briefly on a limited planet. the goals of post-planetary consciousness are to evolve and expand in time.
—Timothy Leary, “Musings On Human Metamorphosis”

I was originally going to write about the findings, implications, and potential ramifications inherent in this New York Times piece, “Are Your Sperm In Trouble?”—which quotes the troubling statistic that “about 90 percent” of the sperm “in a typical young man” are apparently unviable. But something interesting happened in the comment section of the post that I wanted to more immediately talk about.

Many people wrote that if the human race experiences a massive fertility crisis (or indeed dies out completely), it’s OK because we are, generally, “a cancer on the planet”:

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Snoop Dogg Is A “Joker” In Trump-Inspired Music Video

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Aggressive clown imagery has been a “thing” for a couple of years now—and if we include Joker imagery, we can roll back the clock on that to at least the late 2000s. So the just-released Snoop Dogg music video for “Lavender,” a remix of a song by BadBadNotGood and Kaytranada, is pretty provocative.

Not only do you have a world almost exclusively populated by clowns—but in one scene, Snoop Dogg aims a gun at a “Donald Trump” clown’s head (it turns out to be a “bang” trick gun—more on that later). The video is now being criticized for the gun scene, but this is not the first video to show such an act—and it’s hardly the most violent.

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