4.21.19: Your Weird Week In Review

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“A detail lost in the story of Jesus: how frequently, and early in the day he began turning water into wine.”
Conan O’Brien

Welcome to Butterfly Language, a look at the world inside and outside my head!

Happy Easter-Day! He has Risen!

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Here are some of the BIG stories that hit in the past week…

Lorraine Warren, the subject of the popular Conjuring franchise, has died at the age of 92.

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Lorraine Warren with the real Annabelle

She and her husband Edward were paranormal investigators an co-founders of the New England Society for Psychic Research. Among their most famous cases were the “Annabelle” and Perron Family hauntings, which became the basis for the 5 Conjuring movies, and the “Amityville Horror” case, which spawned 17 films.

In other news, there are apparently 17 FUCKING “AMITYVILLE HORROR” MOVIES!

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Then, of course, there was the devastating fire at the famous Notre Dame cathedral. As The Daily Beast reports, the alarm was raised 23—yes, I said 23—minutes before the inferno was detected.

The rector of Notre Dame, Patrick Chauvet, said that a “computer glitch” might be at fault. When asked to elaborate on this theory, Chauvet declined, only responding that “we may find out what happened in two or three months…” Cold comfort—and yet, also gasoline—for the legion of conspiracy theorists losing their goddamn minds over this story at present.

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Speaking of gasoline, 37-year-old Marc Lamparello, a philosophy teacher, was arrested a couple of days after the fire at Notre Dame carrying the flammable fuel into New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Lamparello also had lighter fluid and lighters when he was apprehended by cops. His motive was unclear, but consider this interesting little nugget from the NYT article:

Hours before, he had purchased a $2,800, one-way plane ticket to Rome, which was set to depart the next day.

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Jake Kotze notes syncs between the Notre Dame fire and the symbol of the Phoenix:

A phoenix has a virgin birth thus resonating Our Lady aka Notre Dame. RISE is in SpIRE.

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There is also a sync between the fire and the 1996 Disney animated film The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, which features a song called “Hellfire.” In the scene, there is an apparition of Esmeralda in flames:

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Of course, ever the crackshots on “timing,” the 20th Century Fox peeps decided it was also a good occasion to release the final Dark Phoenix trailer:

And it was the end-of-the-line for 18-year-old Sol (meaning, “Sun”) Pais—an apparently armed Columbine Shooting groupie who travelled to Colorado perhaps to “celebrate” the anniversary of the 1999 shooting. The subject of a large manhunt, Pais shot herself in the woods “not terribly far” from Columbine.

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She left behind a disturbing social media footprint filled with admiration for the Columbine Killers, and a morbid personal journal that included sketches of automatic weapons and flames.

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And last week also saw the sort-of reveal of the long-awaited Mueller Report. Once again I must remind you, dear reader, that this is all part of a longer “re-cycle” zipping through 1968/1969 all the way to Watergate and Phil Dick’s belief that VALIS instructed him to write the crucial letter that got Tricky Dick busted by the committee. It’s time speeding up, a Quickening, a “greatest hits” medley, if you will. We’re all in for the ride, strap in. Wear sunscreen.

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And some more stories of possible interest you might have missed:

You’re welcome.

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Have a lovely Sunday, folks.

I leave you with the words of the “Boat Car Guy” from the movie Waking Life:

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Anchors aweigh! So what do you think of my little vessel? She’s what we call a see-worthy. S-E-E, see with your eyes. I feel like my transport should be an extension of my personality. Voila. And this, this is like my little window to the world, and every minute’s a different show. Now I may not understand it. I may not even necessarily agree with it. But I’ll tell you what, I accept it and just sort of glide along. You want to keep things on an even keel, I guess is what I’m saying. You want to go with the flow. The sea refuses no river. The idea is to remain in a state of constant departure while always arriving. It saves on introductions and goodbyes. The ride does not require an explanation – just occupants. That’s where you guys come in. It’s like you come onto this planet with a crayon box. Now you may get the eight-pack, you may get the sixteen-pack, but it’s all in what you do with the crayons, the colors, that you’re given. And don’t worry about drawing within the lines or coloring outside the lines. I say color outside the lines, you know what I mean? Color right off the page. Don’t box me in! We’re in motion to the ocean. We are not land-locked, I’ll tell you that. So where do you want out?

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