With the growing popularity of social media and the internet - never in recent recorded history has conscious information been transferred so quickly and within such a short period of time over such a wide area. And while the transfer of information can be very useful to some, it eludes the deeper scrutiny of others to their own detriment. As these onslaughts of stories, sounds, facts, and figures go flying by,they begin to take form and become the ever evolving "status quo." The status quo has become the invisible mental barrier we confine ourselves within in order to relate to one another on a day to day basis. Because we have decided we are comfortable with this status quo, we do not realize we have imprisoned ourselves within it. Therefore, we believe we are "free" here at the bottom of the great pyramid of reality. But there are those who are aware of this ignorance and are currently exploiting it to their own ends. They call themselves "illuminated" and they are represented by the "all seeing eye" at the top. One of their greatest tools of exploitation is the mass media. News, films, ads, and TV series. These are great tools because we do not tend to recognize them as tools at all, simply taking in the messages as if it is all innocent entertainment or we mistake mainstream "news" for truth. When in fact, there is quite a bit of mental programming going on.
In the 80s film "Angel Heart," Robert DeNiro (as Lucifer) asks Mickey Rourk's character the question: "You know what they say about snakes?" To which he answers himself thusly: "They leave slime in their trail." And so if we step back and identify the "slime trails" we can then get a glimpse of the mad conductor's movements. And within these movements, we find there is a story being told. A script being followed. Parameters being set. Sometimes in metaphor and sometimes literally in order to gradually, with increasing aggression, lull us, and encourage us further into the darkness of ignorance to some unknown destiny. This is why time feels to be speeding up for many people. There is a growing urgency to the mad conductor's plan. "For the devil has come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”
We're seeing a huge amount of Super Hero characters being thrust into the mass media in the past few years, much to the joy of comic book fans young and old. As a casual fan of comic books myself, it is a visual treat to see that technology has finally caught up to the fantastic imagination of comic book writers. Never before since the advent of films have we been able to articulate such otherworldly imagery with convincing realism and such a visceral soundtrack. But some of the younger fans in particular may not be aware that many of these comic book characters were invented for war propaganda purposes, such as Captain America. In the above poster, obviously created during World War II - we see Super Hero and Football imagery depicted to encourage citizens to buy War Bonds, presumably to contribute funds to the US Military's fight against Adolph Hitler.
Here we have Superman being used in a similar way. This time the ad is aimed at fighting the Japanese who support Hitler. We all know how serious the conflict with Japan got, as it lead to the dropping of the Atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The above images may very well come from a well intended place, but ultimately they reflect the will of the US Government and this will is being exerted over the people, via these posters, to persuade their minds and get them to take action. Another way to put this would be MIND CONTROL. With this in mind, one can imagine how a character like Iron Man might be useful for propaganda purposes. Here's what Stan Lee had to say about the creation of Iron Man:
"I think I gave myself a dare. It was the height of the Cold War. The readers, the young readers, if there was one thing they hated, it was war, it was the military....So I got a hero who represented that to the hundredth degree. He was a weapons manufacturer, he was providing weapons for the Army, he was rich, he was an industrialist....I thought it would be fun to take the kind of character that nobody would like, none of our readers would like, and shove him down their throats and make them like him....And he became very popular."
Although I am sure Stan Lee had no intention of trying to make WAR more popular among the youth, it is not very difficult to imagine how the above description can be used as a blueprint for doing exactly that. Brainwashing the youth into being excited about the military, excited about weapons, excited about violence, and excited about war. And are we not seeing this in countless video games and films today? This is no different than any other type of advertising. For it is known that people tend to BUY based off of emotion. Get people's emotions excited and they are ready to believe a product does what you say. Because they are so excited they WANT to believe it. Only here we are not selling a product, we are selling an idea. And at this point, that idea can be anything BUT the truth. So with all this in mind, let's take a look at a few billboards and see what they are "selling" to us...
Here we have 2 "heroes" having a stand off. Each with an army of people behind them, one blue and one red. The words "CIVIL WAR" are in capital letters. In front of those words, we have (in smaller letters) "Captain America." There's really no need to explain the message, because it is not metaphorical, it's literal. It's not asking you to do anything like the early propaganda posters we saw above. It's telling you what is happening right now. Specifically, that America is on the brink of civil war. The idea here is to ENCOURAGE divisiveness within our culture. Especially within highly populated cities where tension is already high. On top of this, we have the image of 2 heroes - who are supposed to represent our metaphorical "protectors" and they are at odds. On both sides we have different races and sexes being represented - sending the massage that people of ALL types should be at odds. EVERYONE should be at war with EVERYONE. This way, nobody trusts anyone or aligns themselves to form stronger groups. Anyone could be a Union or Confederate. ANYONE could be blue or red. These colors also happen to represent chaos and order within Freemasonic symbolism - as I stated in my blog about "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed." So what we are seeing here is not just an ad for a movie, but an advertisement for the idea of "divide and conquer." It's just being fed in a very sneaky way, and we can't wait to eat it up.
These other examples feature close ups on the other characters further illustrating that this civil war rivalry is not based on sex or race. They also feature the phrase "divided we fall" to emphasize that this is how things should be. "We want to be divided and we want to fall. This is what your metaphorical heroes are doing. Follow them." It also recalls 9/11. Just after 9/11 there was a heavy propaganda campaign seemingly designed to bring Americans together during a time of crisis. One of the more popular phrases we heard repeated to stir our emotions was "United we Stand." Of course that entire propaganda campaign was used to "unite" Americans behind the deision to invade Iraq, where no weapons of mass destruction were found. There was also nothing linking Iraq to the 9/11 attacks. But as I stated earlier, selling something does not need to involve TRUTH, because people buy from EMOTION first. So now we have a film poster flirting with our perceptions and fears regarding 9/11 and bringing it back with a wicked meaning. For a piece of fiction, this film sure likes to dig up history...and in a pretty nefarious way at that.
Here is another example of classic heroes being depicted facing off. Again, we have the colors blue and red. This time we have a crime fighting human vs a benevolent alien who came to Earth and protects humans from their own wickedness. There is quite a bit you can read into that, but we won't go into it here.
USA Network has some interesting new series they have been producing. This one, "Mr Robot" uses some very provocative promotional posters which flirt with very sensitive social/political issues quite blatantly. So before we get into the show itself, let's see what the promotional posters are telling us.
The first picture above is the main character, Elliot. Over his face are the words "Mr Robot." At first glance, this seems to suggest "this guy is a robot." Now I realize "Mr Robot" is a different character in the show, but we're talking about the immediate meaning of the billboard as you first lay eyes on it and how you would immediately perceive it, having not seen the show yet. And how does Elliot feel about this? Well he almost looks sexually aroused. Since most people probably don't have a very strong desire to be turned into a lifeless machine which operates purely on computer programs designed to serve someone else, this poster's purpose can only be an attempt to glorify the idea. Even sexualise it subtly. This sounds a bit strange at first, but if you look at how programmed we already are day to day by the media, it's almost a statement of fact already. Are people protesting about being inundated with suggestions on what to buy, how to look, and how to feel all day? If anything, people seem to like it, and can even be aroused by it. The zombie image falls into this category as well at points, but we won't get into that now.
What revolution is being referred to here? Clearly this phrase springs out from the recognition that a big change is on the minds of many frustrated, frightened, and confused people in America. Elliot's facial expression reflects fear, confusion, and a yearning for direction. This poster exploits that fear and suggests it has the answer you are looking for. The purpose here is to intercept young bright minds and influence them before they become an "Edward Snowden," or a member of something like "Anonymous." This is a campaign to control rebellion before it begins, hiding in the guise of "entertainment." This way, the next revolution can be "manufactured" so the mad conductor can have hold of the reigns when it occurs.
More statements of fact. "This is what your reality is." The sooner we accept that our relationships are owned by some entity within cyberspace, the sooner we assume we have no control and simply submit to the mad conductor and his plan. This also suggests the idea that you don't have any friends that are not controlled by this program already and that you are alone. It's aim is to make you feel powerless and in need of a savior or guidance. Elliot looks like a pleased robot ready to receive his next directive. This is the state we are being encouraged to adapt as re-programmed robots. It also happens to be what hackers do - they re-program. But this isn't "our" hacker, it's theirs. And through him, OUR brains are being re-programmed.
This ones pretty nasty. It takes an image obviously influenced by "anonymous" which is, we think, a group of rebellious hackers dedicated to creating a sort of resistance movement and to empower those who have had enough but have no voice. This poster takes that image and feeds it back to us in order to use it AGAINST us - inverting the meaning. The phrase "control is an illusion" refers to the control anonymous may have given back to the common man - or at least the feeling of it's potential. The billboard states that any of that control which was won back is an illusion, insinuating that further attempts like this are useless. Basically, "anonymous won't save you, and don't try to be like them because it won't work." This actually relates to the story because Elliot happens to be a hacker who gets involved with an "anonymous" sort of entity. So we are seeing reality mixed directly into the story line here.
If we take this billboard literally, it makes a lot of sense. If we take it as fiction it makes very little sense. It's the sort of phrase that sounds true when it is written on a wall with spray paint. So what does it mean when a major television network is shoving it into our faces on a billboard? This is not coming from some street artist, this is coming from the horses' mouth. Call it "entertainment" if you like.
I included this one mainly because it's so fucking weird.
Since I have never watched this show, all of the above was based purely on the promotional billboards as seen in public. One can only assume the show itself contains a whole lot more questionable messages. In fact, there was quite a bit of controversy concerning the content of certain episodes of "Mr Robot." Here is one of many similar sounding reports made by various media outlets such as Huffington Post:
The season one finale of USA Network's Mr Robot will not be broadcast Wednesday night as scheduled because it contains a scene that has similarities to the on-air killings of a TV reporter and cameraman in Virginia. - dailymail.co.uk Aug 2015
"The previously filmed season finale of Mr Robot contains a graphic scene similar in nature to today’s tragic events in Virginia." USA Network
The event alluded to above is described thusly by wikepedia: On August 26, 2015, news reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward, employees of CBS affiliate WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia, United States, were shot to death while conducting a live television interview near Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta.
The fact that a TV episode closely mirrors what could be described as an "extremely rare" type of televised deadly incident so soon after it occurs is already questionable for many reasons. For starters - the episode was filmed before the actual event happened. What are the chances that such a rare tragedy would be depicted by a major network series and air so close to the date of the actual tragic event? What is also deserving of more scrutiny is why USA Network was concerned enough to POSTPONE the episode by 1 week, but ultimately decided to air it anyway. This was obviously in extremely bad taste, especially given today's knee jerk reactions to just about everything. While this doesn't necessarily prove the nefarious purposes of the billboards above, it does prove 1 of 2 things...either the folks over at USA Network are HIGHLY insensitive to heated social issues OR they are deliberately setting out to encourage discord through this series. There's also a 3rd possibility I will throw out there. It's possible the shootings and the shows are both being produced by the same entity. When you spend some time thinking on that, things come together in a way that makes much more sense, as horrible as it is.
America has seen an alarming increase in the number of mass shootings in the past couple years. So when we hear the word "shooter," we tend to be reminded of various news stories covering them. We are also reminded of the endless gun law debates which continue even now. This billboard exploits all of this controversy in a very blatant and nefarious way. Additionally, it throws in ideas of patriotism, heroism, and terrorism.
The billboard also asks us to question who our heroes are, similar to the super hero billboards above. The "shooters" in our news headlines are typically characterized as Muslim extremists, not as white former military patriots gone bad. Yet in a few cases we had a conflicting media narrative regarding who the shooters actually were. In the case of the San Bernardino shooting, they were originally characterized as 3 tall white men in military attire. In fact there was a live video interview with Anderson Cooper, which looked highly staged, featuring 2 "witnesses" Trudy Raymundo and Corwin Porter, representatives of the San Bernardino Department of Public Health - the company one of the alleged shooters worked for and also the company who hosted the event where the shootings took place. In the interview the 2 told the story of how 3 tall white men in tactical gear entered the room and opened fire. If you look this story up now, the video is either gone or much harder to find and has been replaced with stories presenting an alternate narrative implicating the Muslim couple who were killed before they could give their side of the story. Point being, we are being fed contradictory information on purpose and from more than one source. This billboard is consistent with that agenda. This is a clue that the slime in the news media and in dramatized series such as this lead to the same place.
This show also had it's share of real life controversy in relation to actual shootings - it was postponed TWICE. Once due to the Dallas shootings and once due to the Baton Rouge police killings. That's 2 shows with gun/murder themes from the same network, around the same time - allegedly postponing in order to appear "sensitive" to real life tragedies which mirror very closely the events depicted in the series. You'd think at that point USA Network would get the hint and pull these types of shows. So the question becomes, why don't they? These types of shows are increasingly an EXTENSION of the events depicted in reality by our news media. Only difference is that the news media stories use LIVE weapons and ammo and lives are actually lost. But they are manufactured dramatizations just the same. All for the purposes of manipulating the perception of the American public.
A nice message being sent to the "good girls" of America. Keep up the good work Amazon!
Last billboard we'll discuss is brought to you by the wonderful people at Epix Network. First thing we think of here is Donald Trump. 2nd thing we think of probably is Bill Clinton. Donald because of his foul mouth and Clinton because of the Monica Lewinski controversy. Clinton obviously is a "former president" as well. This would seem to be very good timing just before a presidential election. I think it is safe to say that was done on purpose. Now the next thing which is notable is that Nick Nolte is usually a very likeable character. Trump and Clinton both have a sort of "charm" that many people obviously like. Of course some don't. But the point is, this billboard kind of endears the idea of a foul mouthed politician in a high position who sort of desecrates the role of "President."
In a way, this billboard is selling Donald Trump to the public before he is elected. It also can be seen as subtly making fun of Bill Clinton. But we all know that most men in America are of the mind to say "awwww leave Bill Alone he's a stud!" So here we have a show playing on our naivety regarding the desecration of what is supposed to be "the Highest position in America" for the purpose of eroding our perception and lowering the bar we set for our leaders. Again, the theme of hero, leader, patriot being desecrated in public in the guise of "entertainment."