Global Cataclysm? Or Peace and Safety?

But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need
that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly
that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction
cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child;
and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness,
that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light,
and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
–1 Thessalonians 5:1-7 (KJV)

English: Folio 18 recto, beginning of the Epis...

English: Folio 18 recto, beginning of the Epistle to Thessalonians, decorated headpiece (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It seems that many Christians, if not most, who believe we are already in or rapidly approaching the end times–especially those of us who spend a lot of time looking at current events through lenses like the New World Order concept–are always on the lookout for major, tumultuous events and global cataclysms. And, yes–of course there is a biblical basis for watching for signs like wars, rumors of war, and natural disasters as the “beginnings of the birth pangs,” as indications that, for example, the emergence of the false prophet and the revealing of the Antichrist may be near.

But let’s stop and think for a moment. What about that passage above that says that says “the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them?”

We look at what we see as signs of an apparent–and seemingly rather sudden–escalation of blatant evil in the world, like a zombie eating someone’s face off, or a formerly respected public figure being exposed as a rabid pedophile, and conclude that, perhaps, a new level of diabolical influence has been loosed in the world as the last days near.

But could we be making a mistake by looking at the blatant, the appalling, the cataclysmic? Could it be that, instead, it is gradual, incremental change that people barely notice that will be the true mechanism for the setup of the great deception, the strong delusion, the great falling away, and the emergence of the beast system?

In Genesis we read not that the serpent was the most blatantly, obviously evil creature in the garden, but, rather, that he was the most subtle creature. Could it be that the big things are diversions, and that what we really should be watchful of are little, gradual, subtle changes that could slowly but surely lull us  back to a sense of complacency–especially if we begin to see a wind-down to something more like what we once knew as “normalcy” after a period so tumultuous as the last five or so years?

What if we, counter-intuitively, and without first passing through some major calamity, soon find ourselves back in social and economic circumstances that are beginning to restore a sense of “peace and safety” that many of us may have had a few years ago?

I’m really beginning to wonder.


You Can’t Make This Stuff Up…

The seal of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The seal of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Headline: “2 FBI Agents Involved in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Arrest “FALL” Out of Helicopter and Die

Is this a “What the bleep?” moment, or what?

Sorry, but, skepticism aside, now this is REALLY sounding like a classic multi-level cleanup operation. The biggest “conspiracy nutcase” in the world couldn’t make this stuff up. Just a coincidence, folks, right?

In which case I have a very nice bridge to sell you.


Barbarous Founders and Other Strange, Early Morning Insights

I’m an early riser nowadays. Or at least my alarm goes off pretty early, usually 4:00 or 4:30 a.m.

Portrait of George Washington.

Portrait of George Washington. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On good days I’m up and about by 5:00. On less good days it’s more like 6:00, 6:30, 7:00. I’m usually out of the house somewhere between 7:30 and 8:00 But earlier is better.

Why? For a variety of reasons, the main being, I have to admit, that I’m just plain SLOW in the morning.

But there are other reasons too. If I’m able to get up early enough, it’s an opportunity to take some time on my own to do some things that are hard to get to any other time–like Bible reading and prayer (both much less often than I should, unfortunately), blogging, doing research, and so on.

One thing I usually do, just as soon as my alarm goes off, is pop on my headphones and hop onto TuneIn radio on my smartphone to see whether anything interesting is happening on Coast to Coast AM. I listen to it on a California station that’s still playing the early hours of the show at the time I’m usually waking up here on the east coast. So when I want to, I can usually catch most of the show.

Yeah. I know. Coast to Coast is totally commercialized, co-opted entertainment, “controlled NON-opposition” at best, and an obfuscatory, disinformational distraction at worst. And most days it’s the usual UFO crap that I have little interest in, or the New Age crap from which I am utterly repulsed, not only for spiritual reasons but for intellectual reasons as well.

But that’s another story. The reason I listen is that at least a couple times each week they’ll have a guest on who’s worth listening too. And I also like the part-time hosts a lot better than I like Noory–like John Wells and even George Neff, who are much more up front in talking about matters of New World Order and creeping totalitarianism in the U.S. No, you’re not likely to hear things on Coast that you hear in the fringier corners of alternative talk radio, but sometimes that can be a good thing too.

So this morning was one of those mornings when there was an interesting guest on. It was Beirne Logan, talking about his new book: Blood of Tyrants: George Washington & the Forging of the Presidency. It sounds like a really good read, of a deep-history, “stuff they don’t teach you in high school or college” sort of ilk.

The one segment that really caught my attention and even gave me the heebie-jeebies was a discussion between Logan and Neff about how Washington wasn’t at all afraid, when he deemed it necessary, to engage in very brutal torture against enemy British soldiers the Americans had taken prisoner, partly because he know for certain that the British were sometimes doing the same thing to our guys. Washington apparently had to show that he would stop at nothing in the fight for his cause. And apparently he backed it up.

The heebie-jeebies moment actually came from an odd, disturbing historical tidbit (perhaps an unfortunate word choice, as you’ll soon see) that Neff brought up, almost out of the blue. He said he had heard stories of how Washington’s men would sometimes cut the skull of a British prisoner, pull out pieces of his brain, and hand the brain pieces to the prisoner while he was still alive.

Sickening, yes. But apparently the British did the same kind of thing too. We hear stories about how much more formal and rule-bound warfare was in those days, and that the Americans took advantage of that by using more guerrilla sorts of tactics. You’ve heard those stories about American troops making a surprise attack on a British brigade that was standing still, playing the ceremonial fife and drum, waiting for our guys to advance in a similarly formal manner.

But maybe all that was just fairy-tale grade-school textbook mythology anyway. If the formality and rules of engagement were still an issue, apparently there wasn’t an analogue in terms of how prisoners were to be treated–because atrocities were purportedly committed on both sides that would make Gitmo look like an amusement park.

Hearing that really got me thinking about that period of history from the perspective that, in the larger scheme of things, our founding fathers were arguably not that far removed from barbarism on certain levels. And yet they had the “enlightened” intellect to come up with something with the subtleties of the checks and balances in our Constitution.

But, somehow, when you put that together with the more barbarian elements, maybe it’s not so surprising that you can make a good argument that those checks and balances and rights and liberties built into the Constitution may in reality have just been window dressing on a document that created a consolidated power structure with the potential to evolve into a tyrannical monstrosity.

I’m not quite ready to draw firm conclusions, on either the vestigial barbarism angle or on the question of possible hidden agendas among the authors of the Constitution. What does become clear, however, when you face tidbits of history like these, is how little we really know about our history and about what the true state of mind was of our founders.

There are still more questions than answers. And the only thing I can say with any sense of near certainty is that it’s just more evidence that, indeed, what we were taught in school must not have been anything even close to the real deal.

Will Biometric IDs Soon be a Prerequisite for Domestic Employment in the U.S.?

And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor,
free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand,
or in their foreheads: And that no man
might buy or sell, 
save he that had the mark,
or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Here is wisdom.  Let him that hath understanding
count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man;
and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
—Revelation 13:16-18 (KJV)

Cartoon of a man being checked on biometric fe...

Cartoon of a man being checked on biometric features (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Right or wrong, most people in the mainstream probably wouldn’t have Suzanne Posel at the top of their list of vetted, reliable journalists, nor Occupy Corporatism on their list of reliable news outlets.

Nevertheless, the article she posted today, entitled Warning: Biometric IDs Help Gov Decide Which Americans Remain Employed presents some pretty compelling documentation that things could be moving, right in front of our faces, in a very mark-of-the-beast-ish direction.

Disturbing. If this is the movement toward a new level of evil Big Brotherdom that it appears to be, may the Lord expose and rebuke it, in Christ’s name.


Psychological or Sociological Study of Elites

The thought struck me today that it is likely that social elites are probably among the populations least studied in formal psychological or sociological research.

It really stands to reason that they would be. Elite groups aren’t exactly easy to access. They are a small group, of course, and well protected–and probably very protective of their privacy, resistant to having their attitudes and behaviors observed and analyzed, and in possession of the resources to back up that protectiveness and resistance.

Some quick, cursory searches of scholarly literature bear this hypothesis out. But there is some research there. One of the first relevant studies I found is from 1955, no less, published in the Canadian Journal of Economics and Political Science. It can be read online free if you have a JSTOR account, but it will cost you five bucks if you want to download it.

Happy reading–and I’d love to hear from you if you know of any other good research that’s out there. One thing that comes to mind is that there have been some books and articles published on the prevalence of psychoticism among leaders in organizations, although I’m not sure how empirically oriented they have been. Perhaps I’ll look into this angle as well and post about it in the future.


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Welcome to the premier episode of the Thoughts from a Useless Eater Podcast! This first, 20-minute segment will:

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  3. Begin to share some personal Christian testimony related to the subject matter




1978 Jack Anderson Column Documents Consulting Firm that Advised Chaplains on Satanic Sects in the Military

One faded memory from my elementary- and middle-school years is that my mother used to read Jack Anderson‘s column religiously, in the Washington Post.

With what I like to think of as a greater wisdom that comes with age, I now wish I had followed her lead back then. I believe that, if I had, I might have become “awake” at a much earlier age.

It now strikes me that many of us researching “para-politics” and related fields of inquiry would do well to revisit some of Jack Anderson’s old columns. While I don’t think it would be quite accurate to describe him as a “conspiracy theorist,” it seems to me that he was well ahead of his time in being “hep” to many types of nefarious goings on.

The article I stumbled over today, in a digitized page from the Prescott Courier (May 25, 1978) is a case in point, relating the story of a private firm that, for a fee of $30,000 of taxpayers’ money, provided U.S. military chaplains with “solemn instructions on how to minster to military personnel who may belong to such unconventional religions as the Church of Satan [and the] Council of Witches.”

Quoting directly from the firm’s study, Anderson relates that “Many witches are currently military personnel…. They are expected to master ‘magick’ rituals and psychic development, and they worship inside a circle inscribed on a ground floor…. One faction, called the Gardnerian Wicca, has the chilly habit of worshiping au naturel ‘at the full and new moon.'”

Perhaps Anderson’s attitude about this at the time had a twinge of tongue-in-cheek incredulity, viewing this government expenditure as something that might have been worthy of the Golden Fleece Award from the venerated Senator William Proxmire.

From the perspective of many things we have learned since, however, perhaps it is no joking matter.


Young Goodman Brown: The Puritan with His Eyes Wide Shut?

Self-portrait of Stanley Kubrick with a Leica ...

Self-portrait of Stanley Kubrick with a Leica III camera. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, having one’s ideas corroborated is always a nice thing.

Today I was grateful to discover that I am apparently not the only one to have noticed striking parallels between Stanley Kubrick‘s film Eyes Wide Shut and Nathaniel Hawthorne‘s short story “Young Goodman Brown,” in their treatments of a relatively naive main character on a journey toward discovery that things, once you have an opportunity to look below the surface, might not be what they seem.

See, for example, a review by film critic Jack Cashill, entitled “Young Goodman Cruise.”


Sammy, We Never Knew Ye…

Wow. So this weekend I was listening to an audio from a couple years back, in which Vyzygoth interviewed William Ramsey, producer of the documentary film Occult Hollywood and author of books about Aleister Crowley and related subjects. Ramsey definitely comes across as a smart, extremely credible source and a careful researcher.

Richard Nixon meeting with Sammy Davis, Jr.

Richard Nixon meeting with Sammy Davis, Jr. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That’s why it was so jarring to hear, during the interview, Ramsey make a reference to Sammy Davis Jr. having been a member of the Church of Satan.

“No, not Sammy!” was my first thought. How could the velvet-voiced man who could sing a song of such apparent purity as “The Candyman” have been associated with something so dark?

So I set out to find a credible source to corroborate this information. It didn’t take long. If you’re interested, here’s an article in All About Jazz that documents this dimension of Mr. Davis not only with a recount of the circumstances of his joining said “religious organization,” but even a review of an album he released that was centered on, um, a closely related theme. I’ll spare the details… read it for yourself. You can’t make this stuff up!

Needless to say, I’ll never be able to think of “The Candyman” the same way. “He adds a lot of love and makes the world taste good.” Wow indeed.