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The gas mask allegedly worn by Aurora massacre gunman James Eagan Holmes.
By Andrew W. Griffin
Red Dirt Report, editor
Posted: July 23, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY – Your Red Dirt Reporter decided to take the weekend off from writing and let the horrific events of July 20th sink into his fertile mind. As of this writing, James Eagan Holmes, the reported shooter who killed 12 and wounded 28 at a theater in Aurora, Colorado during the midnight viewing of The Dark Knight Rises, "appeared wide-eyed and unemotional" in court this morning. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Like the evil gas-mask wearing Nazi figure slaughtering children and the dove of peace featured in a sickening mural at the nearby Denver International Airport, neuroscience-studying Holmes (no s*it, Sherlock) was sporting a gas mask and dressed in black. He says he's The Joker. The joke's on us, sad to say.
I have not had time to head on over to The Dark Knight Rises. I would like to see it but there are far more pressing things happening here at the ranch.
Synchromystically, the events of July 20th – which are still be analyzed by many more far more familiar with the details than I – are banging like gongs in the high Himalayas. Do you hear them? I certainly do. And many other researchers and writers who see a “bigger picture” are trying to piece things together, as The Government Rag’s Stephanie Sledge did in her terrific piece “Mayday! The Lone-Wolf Rises during a Dark Knight.”
And then there was Chris Knowles’ “Dark Knight of Our Soul, or the New Ambulance Chasers.” Knowles always has a thoughtful take on the events of the day and his Secret Sun blog is among our favorites here at Red Dirt Report.
For some reason there seems to be a lot of echoes of the year 1984 in 2012. In the activist libertarian world and among the Tea Party folks these days is the phrase “1776 or 1984?” Do you want Founding Fathers-styled freedom or George Orwell-inspired, 1984-esque tyranny? Another version is "The answer to 1984 is 1776," as popularized at Infowars.com.
Right now the U.S. is being faced with that decision. Are we to further give up are rights or are we to take them back? There is real concern that the Constitution is being completely ignored and that our rights are disappearing. A lot of people fear the awesome dictatorial power that the Obama administration now has. They are fearful for the future. The Washington Times had a headline in April – “Obama is named gun ‘salesman of the year.’”
Which takes me to Twilight Language and Coleman’s latest post “Red Dawn.” Yes, it addresses the film of the same name, the 1984 film about Colorado high schoolers that engage in a guerilla battle with Soviet, Cuban and Nicaraguan troops that have invaded America. But it also plays on the fears we were all feeling about nuclear armageddon. This just months after The Day After.
Red Dawn was a very realistic film and very violent. And the battle cry “Wolverines!” is one many Gen X’ers are familiar with. Like the survivalist culture that was spreading in 1984, in 2012 a lot of "preppers" out there suspect something very, very bad is about to go down.
Coleman notes that the town where the young men and women (played by popular actors including Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson and Jennifer Grey – and Outsiders star C. Thomas Howell) live is the fictionalized community of Calumet, Colorado, a town that Coleman says is a lot like Aurora, Colorado in that “it could be related to almost anywhere in the US, an ambiguous American township with deliberately vague landmarks and names, you know, sort of like Aurora, Colorado.”
I recall reading about Aurora last year when there was a lot of discussion about the city of Aurora, a sizable Denver “suburb” of 325,000 that straddles three counties – Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas. In a Nov. 2011 article in The Denver Post headlined “Aurora on verge of being in single congressional district,” Democratic political consultant Steve Welchert emphasized Aurora’s “anytown” reputation by saying “Aurora is everything when it comes to demographics. It’s rich and poor. It’s black and white and Hispanic. It’s rural. It’s urban.”
Aurora is America. And America was, essentially, attacked by a “lone wolf” (a lone wolverine?) Oh, and Aurora is also home to Buckley Air Force Base, an Air Force Space Command based that “defends America through its air operations, space-based missile warning capabilities, space surveillance operations, space communications operations and support functions.”
Buckley AFB, home to the 460th Space Wing, is known for the winged “all-seeing eye.” A very Big Brother-esque, 1984-styled, Orwellian patch that leaves little to the imagination, while further linking the Aurora event to the January 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona and the curious connections to NASA. It gets deep, y'all.
One would say, looking back on the past 28 years, that not much has changed. Old fears have been replaced with new-yet-familiar fears.
And I think this links us to the Olympics and one of two times in the past 30 years when an American city hosted an Olympics – in 1984 – with the Los Angeles Summer Olympics.
Interestingly, I was spending the a chunk of the summer of 1984 – the year I turned 12 – at a cottage in Michigan. It was an exciting summer, with the L.A. Summer Olympics ramping up and popular President Ronald Reagan working towards his re-election in the fall. The Olympics would be held in Reagan’s home state and he, of course, would go on to win in a landslide over Walter Mondale. Reagan was strong on defense (or in the Los Angeles-set 1993 film Falling Down with Michael Douglas – D-FENS) and those Russkies had itchy trigger fingers.
The Summer of ’84 was also a time of tragedy. In the days prior to the “Midnight Massacre in Theatre No. 9” I wrote about my memories of the absolutely horrifying massacre of 22 people at a McDonald’s restaurant in the U.S. border town of San Ysidro, California. The image of Omar Hernandez, shot dead next to his bicycle, has haunted me for years. He was my age. He would never get to grow up and have a life. I recall the sick feeling in my stomach as I saw that and the other images coming out of San Ysidro that hot July day in 1984, after a lone gunman told his wife that he was “hunting humans” and that “society had its chance.” The Aurora massacre took place 7 days before the London Olympics.
The farm crisis was hurting middle America. James Oliver Huberty, the San Ysidro killer, was, according to Wikipedia, “international bankers were purposefully manipulating the Federal Reserve System and bankrupting the nation. Convinced that Soviet aggression was everywhere (“Wolverines!”), he believed that the breakdown of society was near, perhaps through economic collapse or nuclear war.”
Sounds familiar in 2012, doesn’t it?
And that was 10 days before the opening of the L.A. ’84 Summer Olympics. The 23rd Olympiad. With anti-communist hysteria at fever pitch in 1984, the USSR and 14 Eastern Bloc countries (the mysterious James Holmes a part of Occupy and the Black Bloc?) boycotted the Olympics that year. At this summer’s 30th Olympiad in London, there are concerns about terrorism and Vladimir Putin’s Russia is increasingly on edge as things spiral out of control in Syria and the greater Middle East.
And there are real fears being noted at both mainstream and alternative news and analysis websites where many suspect something bad is going to happen at the Olympics in London. Certain world figures are refusing to attend. Interest in the Games is down. And there is talk of Project Blue Beam-like projections or a staged UFO event, reminiscent of the fake UFO that was featured at the closing ceremony of the L.A. Olympics on Aug. 12, 1984 – exactly 28 years before the closing ceremony of the London Olympics and a highly-anticipated rock concert at Hyde Park, featuring the band Blur. That band’s lead singer, Damon Albarn, as we have noted, is also currently involved in his Dr Dee English Opera project about the life of Elizabethan magician and occultist John Dee who had a falling out with scryer Edward Kelley. Kelley was an unsavory character who tried to contact the angels via the language “spoken in the Garden of Eden.” The occultic significance of that, William Blake and England’s connections to the Holy Land and other issues that have been investigated and written about the coming London Olympics could probably fill a couple of volumes at this late date.
Interestingly, Etta James, the soulful American singer, was chosen to sing the National Anthem at the 1984 Olympics. Ms. James passed away at the age of 73 in Jamuary 2012 in Riverside, California, the same city where James Holmes was a top honors student at UC Riverside prior to relocating to spooky Aurora (home of Buckley Air Force Base and some Defense (D-FENS) Department projects that remind me of a dream I had a few nights before the Aurora massacre. In it, a wispy, cloaked white disc with the letters “DARPA” underneath it, was surveilling the landscape. Sounds like something that would be right up the alley of the folks over at Buckley.
Back to Red Dawn. Coleman reminds us that that film was the first film to be released with the MPAA rating of PG-13 because it was very violent but they wanted to still bring in teenagers who might otherwise have been turned away were it rated R.
However, sitting there watching television at my summer cottage that summer of ‘84, I remember my reaction to seeing an ad for the film Dreamscape, which was being promoted during my viewing of the Olympics. It was advertised as PG-13 – the first time I had heard of such a rating. Dreamscape was an interesting film in that it is about a gifted psychic named Alex Gardner (Dennis Quaid) who is a gifted psychic who becomes part of a government-funded project that uses psychics to enter people’s dreams. Alex becomes suspicious when some of the dream subjects begin dying in real life. Alex then has to save the President (Eddie Albert) from being killed. Was James Eagan Holmes, like Jared Lee Loughner, under some form of mind control. The signs point to yes. Read more on that at this post at The Government Rag.
What about mystery man Barack Obama? Will he be re-elected this fall? Will Olympics-connected Mitt Romney (he of Bain Capital in this summer of Bain/Bane) make it to the White House?
And while people are a bit nervous about the London Olympics, we see in The London Guardian that Daniel Craig – the latest actor to play 007’s James Bond – “will help open the Olympics later this year in character as James Bond,” following a personal invitation from the Queen.” This is partly to promote Craig’s third feature film appearance as 007, this time in Skyfall. It is here I should note that Goro Adachi has a fascinating take on the events of July 20th, along with upcoming events at the London Olympics in his piece “Aurora Code 2012.”
And here’s where it gets weird. A preview of Skyfall is being aired before The Dark Knight Rises. As Loren Colemen and others noted, there is a scene about 40 seconds into the trailer for Skyfall that shows the skyline of Shanghai, China (have we all been “Shanghaied?”) and in the middle of the screen, in blood-red letters, is a building with sign which reads “AURORA.”
Linking 1984 and 2012 is the name Alex or Alexander. Loren Coleman noted this after a poster on the Secret Sun Facebook page made note of it. Three of the 12 victims in the Aurora massacre were named Alexander or Alex. That brought to mind a book I am currently reading on magician Harry Houdini – the escape artist who was also inspired by a famous magician of his time – “Alexander – The Man Who Knows.” Alexander, also known as “the crystal seer,” was known to expose the techniques used by fraudulent spiritualist mediums. But he also promoted literature, through his own publishing house, that supported astrological, pro-Spiritualist mediumship, divination and crystal-ball scrying. We suspect Blur’s Damon Albarn would approve, as he recently told a reporter that while he is “not yet quite able to open portals to different realities,” that he is nevertheless “working on it.”
Interestingly, a song being associated with the London Olympics is “The Puritan” by Blur. A famous, early American colonist and governor of Connecticut, John Winthrop Jr., was not only a Puritan but was also an alchemist as noted in a new book on Winthrop called Prospero’s America: John Winthrop Jr., Alchemy, and the Creation of New England Culture, 1606-1676 by Walter W. Woodward, a man one reviewer described as “an author (with) Yatesian and Jungian sympathies.”
In the famous Ridley Scott-directed “1984” Apple commercial for the new Macintosh computer, where a large telescreen is featured and a Big Brother-like figure addresses a roomful of gray drone-like people in some dystopic, industrial setting, a woman looking like an Olympic athlete throws a hammer at the screen. But what did Big Brother say before her hammer smashes the screen?
“Today, we celebrate the first glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directives. We have created, for the first time in all history, a garden of pure ideology – where weach worker may bloom, secure from the pests purveying contradictory truths.”
Contradictory truths? I think that is something we are being forced to face. What really happened in Theatre No. 9 on July 20, 2012? As Twilight Language’s Loren Coleman put it, “The Aurora, Colorado shooting appears to be a ‘red dawn,’ a milestone awakening event of which we can only guess what it might really mean in the near and distant future.”
UPDATE: We see that Clyde Lewis at GroundZeroMedia.org has a piece where he is working on a connection between the Denver International Airport murals (that I mentioned above and in my prior piece right after the massacre happened) and the Aurora, Colorado massacre. A family member flew through DIA a little over a week ago and featured those images on his FB page. And the rainbow effect in the murals is reminiscent of the "rainbow" that appears when the evil-looking, Dee-inspired "Wenlock" and "Mandeville" London Olympics mascots are first "created." There is definitely something going on here.
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