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Ball of confusion

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OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s two years later and I’m still in thrall to this grim notion that the world is truly at the precipice – of something unimaginable.

It’s more than a feeling that the “world order” is in utter disorder. It’s something more. Something on a psychic level is off, askew. I’ve been sensing this in my pendulum-like dreams of late. But what is it? It’s more than Trump.

It’s more than politics … it’s that Cassandra-like feeling of dread, like the time-traveling James Cole (Bruce Willis) character in 12 Monkeys, where he’s in the car with Dr. Railly (Madeleine Stowe) and Fats Domino’s song “Blueberry Hill” comes on and he gets uncharacteristically excited – even childlike – and sighs, with tears in his eyes, saying “Ah, I love the music of the 20th century.”

In Cole’s case, a global pandemic, a virus released by a madman, decimates much of the world’s population. Cole’s mission is to go back in time to find a cure – at least that’s what he’s told. One does have a number of questions at the end of 12 Monkeys, though. A brilliant film and one I reference quite often here at Dust Devil Dreams.

My cousin posted a video of a new Jamiroquai song on his Facebook page – “Automaton.” I need to get the lyrics to this, I think he references Billy Idol’s “Eyes Without a Face,” which I was just listening to – and he first scene of this interesting, techno-funk music video is a nuclear detonation in the Nevada desert.

What? This is totally syncing with my prior post, "Show-me state," on nuclear detonations and that “nuking the fridge” scene in Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Something big is coming. I’ve been feeling it for a number of years now, even before Trump was at the forefront of my perpetually blown mind.

So, yesterday, I was cranking up some music at the house, including the Genesis song “Land of Confusion.” It seemed like the right moment to listen to that song. And that video, with Reagan dreaming, nuclear war, #DrainTheSwamp-before-it-was-a-thing, celebrity, a dope with an ape and his finger on the buttton. "Land of Confusion" resonates as much today as it did 30 years ago.

And then, on the way to work, Timbuk 3’s 1987 hit “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” came on. Little did I realize the sync-nificance of those two songs appearing so close together and being somewhat tied together.

It hit me after I saw a new story in the UK Daily Mail, headlined: “Edging closer to Armageddon: Doomsday Clock moves to two-and-a-half minutes from midnight – the closes we’ve come to global catastrophe in 64 years – in wake of Trump presidency.”

Writes Daily Mail reporter Abigail Beall: “The new 'time', two and a half minutes to midnight, is the closest the planet has been to an apocalypse since 1953.” This report is coming from the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.

Said the Bulletin: “A rise in strident nationalism worldwide, President Donald Trump's comments on nuclear arms and climate issues, a darkening global security landscape that is colored by increasingly sophisticated technology, and a growing disregard for scientific expertise.”

Shocking. A very, very unstable world at this moment in time and the Trumpists are trying to laugh it off if you attempt to engage them in a discussion about reality!

Some would argue with me that my notions of synchronicity and examining my unconscious mind and dreams is taking too much of a step into unreality. I disagree. I think one is actually a whole person if you take that step. Most people are either asleep or half-asleep. And we are sleepwalking (gnik nus) into what is looking to be a global war, with utterly catastrophic, thermonuclear consequences.

So, hearing this report of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, I remember that I had written a piece called "Been haunted by a million screams" in 2015 – this week exactly, two years ago, in fact – and not only do I note “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades,” I also note “Land Of Confusion,” Midnight Oil’s “Minutes to Midnight,” the 1954 H-bomb detonation at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev noting at the time that “the world will not survive the next few years” and the “catastrophic” loss of confidence between Moscow and Washington is of grave concern.

Incredibly, today, Gorbachev is back in the news, saying essentially the same thing. 

Writing for Time magazine this week, in a piece headlined, "Mikhail Gorbachev: 'It all looks as if the world is preparing for war," the former Soviet leader writes: "The nuclear threat once again seems real. Relations between the great powers have been going from bad to worse for several years now. The advocates for arms build-up and the military-industrial complex are rubbing their hands. We must break out of this situation. We need to resume political dialogue aiming at joint decisions and joint action."

But even in May 2014, now nearly three years ago, when tensions between NATO and Russia were high over the Crimea and Ukraine, I wrote: "Rather than working together towards a common goal, humanity seems to be fracturing to a certain degree. Nationalism. Tribalism. Call it what you will. This cannot lead us in a positive direction.

As I write this, Love and Rockets’ version of The Temptations hit “Ball of Confusion” is playing. Indeed, Planet Earth is a “ball of confusion.”

Sings “Eve of destruction, tax deduction, city inspectors, bill collectors / Mod clothes in demand, population out of hand, suicide, too many bills / Hippies moving to the hills. People all over the world are shouting, ‘End the war.’”

Will they listen?"

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