Friday, March 28, 2014


I've recently come across two intriguing stories in my online wanderings that I felt deserved a mention here. 

First from the Daily Mail in the UK comes word that Oxford researchers are conducting studies that could literally create a close approximation to Hell on Earth (click here for a glimpse of what this might look like). This could be achieved in three ways. First, we could extend convicts’ lives so that they could serve out incredibly long sentences for particularly vile crimes. Alternately, we could alter their perception of the passage of time to make a short time span feel like decades or centuries. This process would be achieved either chemically, via pharmaceuticals, or by uploading the convict’s mind in to a digital simulation and running it a million times faster than normal, “thus enabling a criminal to serve a 1000 year sentence in eight and a half hours”. Of course, this brings up the possibility of sentencing some criminals to an virtual ETERNITY of infinite suffering. The article suggests:
If these technologies are developed, one crime that could ever justify eternal imprisonment was something that would endanger mankind. ‘Suppose there was some physics experiment that stood a decent chance of generating a black hole that could destroy the planet and all future generations,’ said Dr Roache. 'If someone deliberately set up an experiment like that, I could see that being the kind of supercrime that would justify an eternal sentence.’
Frankly, the fact that there are scientists who are even thinking of going down this particular avenue of research is a sign of the End Times.

Our next example of Woo in the News is somewhat less troubling... if you're not too sensitive about the issue of human origins, that is. Because, according to Eugene M. McCarthy, PhD, it is apparently possible that the human race is actually a hybrid race that resulted from the cross-breeding of chimpanzees and… something else. 

At his comprehensive and fascinating website,, McCarthy presents a shockingly bizarre hypothesis in astonishingly convincing fashion. He writes: 
One fact, however, suggests the need for an open mind: as it turns out, many features that distinguish humans from chimpanzees also distinguish them from all other primates. Features found in human beings, but not in other primates, cannot be accounted for by hybridization of a primate with some other primate. If hybridization is to explain such features, the cross will have to be between a chimpanzee and a nonprimate — an unusual, distant cross to create an unusual creature. Looking at a subset of the listed traits, however, it's clear that the other parent in this hypothetical cross that produced the first human would be an intelligent animal with a protrusive, cartilaginous nose, a thick layer of subcutaneous fat, short digits, and a naked skin. It would be terrestrial, not arboreal, and adaptable to a wide range of foods and environments.
So, apparently, the other half of the equation is...PIGS!!! Hell, I dunno folks… I’m just the messenger. I should note, however, that this ingenious theory does have its critics. But I'll leave it for you to decide.


What better place than the Useless Eater Blog to link to a story about some poor guy who mistakes an Atlanta DJ for the real, honest-to-god Illuminati?

From the Gawker story:
"Sam Bruv Bird," who doesn't do drugs, just smokes weed, got a little confused yesterday when his hateful Illuminati-shaming vitriol was tossed at the wrong public social media account. He rightfully apologized when he realized it was only a DJ night in Atlanta called Illuminate. A humbling mea culpa.
Hmmm... that's actually the Gawker story in its entirety. Oh well! We agree with the commenter who finds something oddly endearing about the original poster's earnest apology.



Reading today’s Drudge Report, we’re treated to a plethora of bizarre news stories, including one about an upcoming Amy Winehouse “hologram” tour, and Newt Gingrich’s plan to save the world from North Korean nukes AND giant solar flares. But perhaps the most intriguing stories involve a breakthrough in mind-reading technology as reported on by FOX News (which turns out to be not quite so groundbreaking as the headline suggests). From the article:
"There’s a wide variation in how people’s brains work under a scanner – some people have better brains for fMRI – and so if you were to pick a participant at random it might be that their reconstructions are really good, or it might be that their reconstructions are really poor, which is why we averaged across all the participants,” Cowen said. For now, he added, you shouldn’t worry about others snooping on your memories or forcibly extracting information. “This sort of technology can only read active parts of the brain. So you couldn’t read passive memories – you would have to get the person to imagine the memory to read it,” Cowen said.
The images in question:
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Now, we do have to keep in mind that the images in this article were created a full two years ago – the paper based on the findings being published just now – so who knows what advances have been made in the interim?

Another intriguing report in today’s Drudge involves this report from Extreme Tech, which describes upcoming trials in human suspended animation. From the article:
At a hospital in Pittsburgh, surgeons are now allowed to place patients into a state of suspended animation. If a patient arrives with a traumatic injury, and attempts to restart their heart have failed — if they’re on the doorstep of death — they will have their blood replaced with a cold saline solution, which stops almost all cellular activity. At this point, the patient is clinically dead — but if the doctors can fix the injury within a few hours, they can be returned to life from suspended animation by replacing the saline with blood. Or at least, that’s the theory.
I, for one, would be very happy if Drudge stuck to bringing us woo-based news, because his politics are annoying as it gets, and frankly suck donkey balls through a straw.

Thursday, March 27, 2014


From the always entertaining (if not always so illuminating) sf blog comes this intriguing tale of how one of the geekiest hobbies in the history of hobbydom became an intense focus of opprobrium from the Catholic and evangelical communities. It begins...
When I was in sixth grade, D&D was pretty much the only fun thing to do at lunch. My friends and I would hide away in a little-used corridor leading to the backdoor of a classroom, far from the jerkoffs playing tetherball or freaking out on the parallel bars or whatever the hell people did who weren't on an important quest. I was always a half-elf thief with 18 charisma, because I was eleven years old and that made perfect sense. We made our way through all the weirdest, most absurdly difficult dungeon modules available — like the one where you go inside a crashed spaceship and meet Cthulhu bunnies, or another featuring thousands of levels of hell and psionic battles with spider demons. We heard rumors about how some kids weren't allowed to play D&D...
Keep on reading at It's a pretty good history, and I've got some posts in the works on the serious occult influence on role playing games, most especially Chaosium and Sandy Petersen's ground-breaking cream of the RPG crop, Call of Cthulhu.

Friday, March 21, 2014


Glimpsed in the Naudet Brothers' documentary about the events of September 11th, these human forms apparently in frames the dimensions of WTC windows. They are seen on the bridge between the Marriot and the North Tower. So what the hell are these things?!

Also, check out this very intriguing theory about those "artists" who managed to surreptitiously build a "balcony" on the 73rd floor of World Trade One, and how their story just might give some serious insight into exactly how much tom-fuckery it was possible to get up to behind security's back in those tremendous structures, putting lie to the idea that it would have been "totally impossible" to set them up for total destruction, post-impact, as the Popular Mechanics worldview seems to dictate.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Everyone from the self-declared patriot warriors of Vigilant Citizen to the propagators of "hipster woo" at have already linked to the amazing Walt Disney animated short Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land.  So why am I even bothering to post it here? Well, maybe because I believe it's a great artifact from a time in American life when the virtues of pure knowledge could be extolled and presented to a youthful audience without everyone freaking out about the artists sneaking in some secret occult hidden agenda. I have no patience for those finger-sniffing moralists who see hidden erections in every cartoon, but on the other hand it's hard to ignore the in-your-face use of occult symbolism that went into the creation of this film.

Let's examine a few of the more interesting sections, below. And please note! Just because I bring up something (such as the "Monarch" references), that doesn't mean I believe it. Now, having said that, let's get started...

First, a couple of early quotes that I like from the Spirit, who is guiding Donald on his journey through the land of Mathmagic. The first one sets the tone for what's to follow, and the second one made me immediately think of String Theory, which I know is irrelevant, but still...

"You'll find mathematics in the darnedest places." 
"First we'll need a string." 
Next, we have this sinister image, followed by the following narration...

"They used to meet in secret to discuss their mathematical discoveries. Only members were allowed to attend. They had a secret emblem... the PENTAGRAM!" 
At which point Donald gets his own...

The Spirit continues:
"It was our old friend Pythagoras who discovered that the Pentagram was full of mathemgic!" 
A bunch of very cool graphically intensive expressions of math in art, architecture and nature are then run through in pretty convincing fashion, and the Spirit figures it's time to let Donald in on some of the headier stuff. Unfortunately for Donald, his brain isn't quite up to snuff...
"Look at the condition of your mind! Antiquated ideas! Bungling! False concepts! Superstitions! Confusion! To think straight, we'll have to clean house." 
In other words, Donald needs a good, thorough BRAINWASH... which is just what the "Spirit" gives him, as visualized here... 

And are those Monarch mind-control butterflies popping out of poor Donald's head during the process?!

"The mind knows no limits when used properly. Think of a pentagram, Donald." 

"Now, put another inside. A third... and a fourth! No pencil is sharp enough to draw as fine as you can think, and no paper large enough to hold your imagination."

"Hey!" Donald squeals when coming upon a series of locked doors in a spooky red-tinted corridor. "These doors won't open! They're locked!" To which the Spirit soothingly intones:

"Of course they are. These are the doors of the future, and the key is?"
Donald says: "Mathematics!"
"Right... mathematics. The boundless treasures of science are locked behind those doors. In time, they will be opened by the curious and inquiring minds of future generations." 
"In the words of Galileo, mathematics is the alphabet with which God has written the Universe."

Alright, so you've read the ridiculous conjecture, and you've seen the "spooky" occult and Secret Society symbolism being bandied about like so many cheap trinkets. Now it's time to watch the cartoon in its entirety... that is, IF YOU DARE!!!


From the almost biological rhythms of shamanic drumming to the atonal polychromatic formalism of 20th century “musique concrete”, the philosophies and belief systems that have inspired creators to express themselves through the manipulation of air molecules via sound waves have been anything but pedestrian. In his excellent 2004 overview, The Occult and Music, Gary Gomes covers the gamut, from the world music tradition stretching all the way back to the Ancient Greeks, to the sacred theology that informed early liturgical music, to the more esoteric philosophies that have inspired composers of “serious” as well as popular music, up to and including the so-called “demoniac” influence on such rockers as the Rolling Stones and Black Sabbath, it’s all here, in one easy-to-digest starting place. An excellent primer for those eager to explore this infinitely rich topic of research.


Fans of Umberto Eco have reason to celebrate, as the celebrated Italian novelist, philosopher, essayist, literary critic, and list-lover … “revisits the mesmerism of the metaphorical and the symbolic in The Book of Legendary Lands, an illustrated voyage into history’s greatest imaginary places, with all their fanciful inhabitants and odd customs, on scales as large as the mythic continent Atlantis and as small as the fictional location of Sherlock Holmes’s apartment.” This gorgeously illustrated tome will make a perfect gift for the bibliophile in your life. Check it out online, or at your local library, where the waiting list is sure to be long on this one. Enjoy!


When he isn’t dreaming up incredibly odd “experimental” hotel environments (Jupiter Room, anyone?), designer Ai Hasegawa seems intrigued by the possibility that human beings will one day carry dolphin fetuses to term, deliver them in special birthing pools… then cook and eat them. Hey, what with the Malthusian alarm about population growth outpacing global food production capacity, will such modest proposals remain out of rhetorical bounds for much longer? We here at UselessEaterBlog certainly hope so. Incredibly strange video, below.

I Wanna Deliver a ... from aikiaiki on Vimeo.


One of the most important and influential philosophers of the 20th century, Martin Heidegger, is once again in the news for all the wrong reasons. It seems that a few passages from the thinker’s soon-to-be-published “philosophical journal” and diaries hint at an even greater level of “anti-Semitism” on his part than had heretofore been acknowledged.

Heidegger, who infamously signed onto the Nazi Party program in the hottest depths of the Third Reich, had always claimed to be a reluctant Nazi, guilty perhaps of moral cowardice for refusing to doom himself by standing against monstrous tyranny, but no race hater. In the recently uncovered journals – which Heidegger ordered held back from publication until his death – he seems to suggest that "Jewish intellectuals" were an important force behind the various movements that coalesced into the generalized paradigm that goes by the name of Modernism. Needless to say, much of Heidegger’s philosophical project involves the critique of Modernism, of which he was no great fan.

Now, whether this in and of it’s self can be said to constitute rank anti-Semitism is obviously debatable. However, in the context of Heidegger’s biography, it certainly is troubling; and this is true, whether his observations are otherwise ever determined to be factually accurate, or not.


If this blog is attracting the type of reader that I have hoped for, then a great many of you will be interested to read this first, excerpted chapter from Dr Rick Strassman’s DMT and the Soul of Prophecy. Entitled “The Hebrew Bible Prophet and the DMT Volunteer”, it travels some very intriguing territory, crossing over and dipping into various apparently contradictory domains and disciplines to emerge with some truly unique and intriguing insights into both ancient theology and cutting edge psycho-pharmaceuticals. I, for one, am looking forward to reading the rest of Strassman’s tome.


Is it possible that human beings don’t come from Earth, and that sunburns and pain during childbirth prove this "fact"? Can it be that there is an alien message embedded on our genetic code? Are we living in a hologram? Or is our species simply experiencing an epistemological breakdown that will precipitate a full-blown ontological crisis? Read this article, then YOU be the judge!


If you'd like to see an example of what I'd refer to as poor paracultural scholarship - the kind of stuff that gives honest, intellectually rigorous truth-seekers a bad name with hoi polloi - look no further than Sky Blimps, Gravity's Rainbow, Predictive Programming and Thomas Pynchon, by Paul McGuire. Apparently, the fact that Pynchon's novel features blimps (it's set in World War II and yes, blimps were used extensively in the British theater, where most of the novel takes place) is evidence that... well, that the world is about to end in a massive apocalypse, and every Christian and Jew needs to get right with God before it happens! Of course! How did I not see this before!?

Monday, March 17, 2014


When one peruses MTV in its current manifestation, it's almost impossible to believe that one is interfacing with the same entity whose employees were once capable of producing something as pure and authentic as WAY USA, the Punk Rock travelogue hosted by Tesco Vee of Meatmen infamy. 

Of course, they only shot two episodes... and neither of them ever made it to air... but still! 

Anyway, thanks to the magic of the Internets, the pilot episode of this 8mm wonder-show is now only as far away as your laptop screen. The second episode still hasn't surfaced from underground tape-circling circuit, which of course makes my longing to see it all the more intense.  

But for now, kick back with me and let Tesco Vee show you all the best parts of Charm City(TM) BALTIMORE! Infinitely quotable, absolutely cult and totally punk rock, I give you... WAY USA!!!


The New York Times of all places has just published an excellent overview of two seismic events that have rocked the Jodoverse, that being the expanded fictional universe where all the various works of maverick cinematic sorcerer and comic book auteur Alejandro Jodorowsky take place.

No, the news is not that the director of such legendary films as El Topo, The Holy Mountain, and Santa Sangre has made a second career writing hugely popular, beautifully illustrated European comic books such as Incal, Metabarons, and Technopriests. Rather, what drove the Journal of Record to devote so many precious column inches to the man is the arrival of two new cinematic projects: The Dance of Reality – Jodorowsky’s first new film in over two decades – and the documentary Jodorowsky's Dune, a chronicle of the Greatest Film Never Made. And yes, I include Kubrick's Napoleon in there.

From the Times:
Jodorowsky the filmmaker is legitimately back. "Jodorowsky’s Dune,” a documentary by the American director Frank Pavich about Jodorowsky’s two-year quest to adapt the Frank Herbert science-fiction novel, and “The Dance of Reality,” a trippy but big-hearted reimagining of the young Alejandro’s unhappy childhood in a Chilean town, will each make its stateside debut this spring (on March 21 and May 23). As the rapper Kanye West, whose “Yeezus” tour was inspired by “The Holy Mountain,” put it last November to a packed (and very likely perplexed) house at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center: “I don’t know if . . . y’all ever heard about Jodorowsky, the director. . . . Y’all don’t know who the [expletive] he is. . . . Everybody copied off him. . . . And there’s gonna be [expletives] in this arena in a few months dancing all sloppy off him.”
Anyone wondering what Jodorowsky has been doing since his previous movie, “The Rainbow Thief” — a bust of a Peter O’Toole-Omar Sharif vehicle from 1990 — would find the answer in his overstuffed apartment. Shelves of “The Incal,” “The Metabarons” and other comics he wrote line the entryway. Books on tarot, philosophy and religion are stacked eight rows high in his study. Posters of his films and portraits of his family decorate many of his walls.
“I waited 22 years to make a film, but not sitting here in this seat,” he said to me in his baritone Spanish. “I did 40 books, 80 comics, theater performances, exhibitions of my drawings, tarot courses — ”
Yer old pal Jerky is absolutely tickled to see one of his personal heroes getting some well deserved attention after years of inexplicable neglect. I include here a photograph of one of the high points of my life, meeting Jodorowsky just over 10 years ago. We got a chance to talk briefly (after I toweled off the sweat I worked up standing in line two hours to shake his hand) and he was so much cooler and more amazing than I could have ever hoped he would be. They say meeting your heroes is a sure fire way to lose your respect for them. I'm happy to report this is not ALWAYS the case.


Most people seem to be okay with the idea of Osama bin Laden slipping down one of History's Memory Holes. And yet The Powers That Be still seem to feel the need to cover their tracks when it comes to the fishy circumstances surrounding his execution and subsequent disappearance. So now we have yet another excuse for why we weren't allowed to see the body, a new theory that has sprouted unbidden via Drudge and other propaganda vectors. We are now being asked to believe that the real reason why we've never seen images or video of bin Laden's corpse is because soldiers on the scene all took turns emptying their clips into the villain’s lifeless body, thus breaking a bunch of UN "rules of engagement" and rendering him utterly unrecognizable, anyway. So says former SEAL Matt Bissonette in his new book, No Easy Day. Personally, I’m not yet fully convinced that bin Laden was even alive at the time of his alleged "elimination"... but hey, that's just me.


Here’s an interesting list of "10 Things we Wouldn’t Know if it Weren’t for Bradley Manning’s Whistleblowing." Some disgusting highlights include...
  • During the Iraq War, U.S. authorities failed to investigate hundreds of reports of abuse, torture, rape, and murder by Iraqi police and soldiers, according to thousands of field reports.
  • There were 109,032 “violent deaths” recorded in Iraq between 2004 and 2009, including 66,081 civilians. Leaked records from the Afghan War separately revealed coalition troops’ alleged role in killing at least 195 civilians in unreported incidents, one reportedly involving U.S. service members machine-gunning a bus, wounding or killing 15 passengers.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Paris advised Washington to start a military-style trade war against any European Union country that opposed genetically modified crops, with U.S. diplomats effectively working directly for GM companies such as Monsanto.
  • In Baghdad in 2007, a U.S. Army helicopter gunned down a group of civilians, including two Reuters news staff.
  • A leaked diplomatic cable provided evidence that during an incident in 2006, U.S. troops in Iraq executed at least 10 Iraqi civilians, including a woman in her 70s and a 5-month-old, then called in an airstrike to destroy the evidence. The disclosure of this cable was later a significant factor in the Iraqi government’s refusal to grant U.S. troops immunity from prosecution beyond 2011, which led to U.S. troops withdrawing from the country.
  • The U.S. threatened the Italian government in an attempt to influence a court case involving the indictment of CIA agents over the kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric. Separately, U.S. officials were revealed to have pressured Spanish prosecutors to dissuade them from investigating U.S. torture allegations, secret “extraordinary rendition” flights, and the killing of a Spanish journalist by U.S. troops in Iraq.
Follow the link above to read the other five, and for links to even more ridiculous revelations about American crimes in the name of spreading "democracy" and "liberty" to the savage Middle Eastern masses.


And here's another fine list, this time detailing "10 Things Americans Underestimate about Our Massive Surveillance State." As the author of this list explains, "it's not just the loss of privacy but also the growing power of the state to target and oppress people who it judges to be critics and enemies." Included (and expanded upon at the link) are the following...

1. Underestimated: The National Security Agency’s abilities. ... As the Internet has grown and more data pathways have been developed ... so has the NSA’s electronic dragnet.

2. Overlooked: The expanding NSA dragnet. ... Americans have overlooked that as the Internet has grown, so has the NSA’s ability to track and trace everyone’s online lives.

3. Underestimated: The erosion of constitutional rights. ... Kirk Wiebe, a former NSA intelligence analyst, told NPR on Thursday that collecting vast reams of electronic data was changing the "innocent-until-proven-guilty" foundation of constitutional law.

4. Overlooked: How the NSA is getting away with this. ... Congress passes laws. The administration drafts regulations to carry out those laws. And lawyers—in and outside of government—find ways to get around what they don’t like in those laws.

5. Underestimated: Loss of privacy. Americans need to realize that every electronic transaction can be traced and seen by the government—period.

There's tons more links and rich layers of information at the link above, which I urge you all to read, clip, save, remember, share and - perhaps most importantly - to think about... long and hard.

Sunday, March 16, 2014


From a Planck Length - only a titch bigger than a "string" of Superstring Theory infamy - to the outer limits of the Visible Universe, and everything in between, the only thing more impressive than this interactive comparative size/scale tool is the fact that it was created by twin 14-year-old brothers, Cary and Michael Huang! And if that doesn't light a fire under your lazy ass and get you motivated to do something with your life, I don't know what will. 

From a recent review:
Most of us have trouble visualizing the height of buildings, or the distance it takes to get home from work, let alone things on an intergalactic scale. The above interactive graphic made by 14-year-old Cary Huang may be the best tool to help us understand our place in our vast universe. The interactive piece allows the viewer to zoom through scale and space, from quarks to galactic clusters. The real genius of the interface is the ability to scroll back to a familiar object like a car - the time spent scrolling helps to convey a sense of size and distance. Even cooler are the tidbits of information that are provided when you click on an object. 
Honestly, folks, if you only ever click on one of these pages that I share with you, let it be this one. It's that good. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Seeing as it's one of my favorite songs, and seeing as it's being sung by a bewitching little barefoot phenom who reminds me of the magic and mystery of youth and music both, I couldn't resist sharing this chill-inducing clip from a recent edition of Norway's Got Talent. Anybody familiar with the Billie Holiday version will realize how amazing this is from the get-go. All others should familiarize themselves, then return, before passing judgement. A wonderful pop occulture moment. I wish all good things for the future of this little old soul, Angelina, who has come to visit us and bless us with her talent.

Monday, March 10, 2014


Make of this what you will, but apparently... "newly declassified FBI documents prove that the government knew Hitler was alive and well, and living in the Andes Mountains long after World War II."

Saturday, March 8, 2014


Don't miss THIS wonderful interactive size differentiation app. It goes all the way from the smallest measure (1 Planck Length) to the size of the ENTIRE FREAKING UNIVERSE. All the elements are clickable to learn more about them (particularly interesting to me were the Total Human Height and Minecraft World entries). Enjoy and thank me later. You WILL want to thank me.

Friday, March 7, 2014


Our friends over at Giza Death Star have vectored this BBC story of billionaire playboy designer Peter Nygard's apparent success in reversing the ravages of age by using intensive new stem cell technologies not yet available to the general public. The implications seem to dovetail with the concerns raised by researcher Richard Donlan in his Breakaway Civilization hypothesis. Regardless of whether or not this story serves as a harbinger for future developments, it remains an interesting tidbit to tuck away for future reference. Hence this posting.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Check out this incredible post over at, featuring so many photos of an exclusive Rothschild dinner party that was seemingly designed (and attended) by surrealist superstar painter Salvador Dali.

Some of the more intriguing images include the mirror-reversed invitation card...

The host and hostess in full Satanic regalia...

And, of course, a decidedly disturbing dinner table set piece...

Much more disturbing imagery at the link above.