"Etao" (Under a blood red sky)
OKLAHOMA CITY – “And they’re doing the atomic bomb / Do they know where the dance comes from? / Yes they’re doing the atomic bomb / They want you to sing along.”
When Bono sings that line at the end of U2’s critically-acclaimed 1983 song “Seconds,” featured on War, arguably their best record and most politically-charged, at least next to The Joshua Tree, well, it is a reference to D.C. band (and Island Records labelmate) Trouble Funk and their hit dance song “Drop the Bomb.”
And while it is fun to dance to (I am reminded of Wanda Jackson’s of “Fujiyama Mama,” a song about atomic destruction in Japan’s cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which I noted in this 2014 piece “I dreamt I was walkin’ into World War 3 …”), global thermonuclear war is nothing to take lightly. And with the military-industrial-entertainment complex insanely pushing for some “confrontation” between the U.S. and Russia (and possibly China), well, things could spiral quickly out of control, particularly under the current Trump dictatorship.
Anti-war poster in this writer's office. (Andrew W. Griffin / Red Dirt Report)
War and the songs on it, like “New Year’s Day,” “Two Hearts Beat As One” and “Sunday Bloody Sunday” have an undeniable, youthful urgency, particularly as that alchemical year of 1983 plays out, warn listeners that dark times are ahead, particularly as U2 release that album on February 28, 1983, exactly 34 years ago yesterday.
The next day, sadly, synchronicity writer and investigator Arthur Koestler – suffering from leukemia and Parkinson’s disease – would take his own life, as we noted in my Dust Devil Dreams post “Oh mi corazon.” Yes, March 1, 1983. Among my favorite of his sync-flavored, non-fiction books are The Ghost in the Machine (1967) and The Roots of Coincidence (1972). Both are highly recommended by this writer.
“So we are told this is the golden age / and gold is the reason for the wars we wage,” sings Bono on “New Year’s Day,” probably my favorite U2 song ever because it is … true!
That phrase, “golden age,” has been syncing heavily with me of late. Like in 1983, they may say a better day is coming, but one must only look around and see that the drums of war are thundering ever louder. And this takes me to another DDD post, "Guns in the sky," where we get into the issue of "exotic space weaponry," expanded upon by Secret Sun blogger and magus Chris Knowles.
I suggest, on this March 1st, as I do every year on this date, to remember what happened on March 1, 1954 on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific - 63 years ago. It was there that the U.S. military tested the monstrous hydrogen bomb known as “Castle Bravo.” We wrote about "Nuclear Victims' Remembrance Day in the Marshall Islands" a year ago, and before that as well.
And yes, the name for the two-piece swimsuit for women, the bikini, introduced in 1946 by French fashion designer Jacques Heim, coined the swimsuit name after the Marshallese atoll of Bikini because of the atomic tests taking place there, destroying Bikini, its culture, its people and the marine environment all around.
In an additional bit of synchronicity, I received a call yesterday from a man named Michael Horn. I had mentioned him and his film The Silent Revolution of Truth in my Dust Devil Dreams post “Holy disappearing act!”
Horn had read my piece, which notes his work in sharing the amazing stories and photos of Swiss farmer, prophet and all-around interesting guy Eduard “Billy” Meier. He is the man who was contacted by the Plejaren – a race of extraterrestrials from far beyond our world who travel in saucers that are drawn to Billy Meier and his property in Switzerland. Meier took countless photos of these craft.
Horn and I had an incredible conversation about the controversial Meier case and his prophecies, which stretch back to the 1950’s, and possibly earlier.
GUNS IN THE SKY
Anyway, at the beginning of our conversation, I sensed the urgency in Horn’s voice as he talked about the disquieting state of geopolitics, particularly the American media’s drive towards a confrontation with Russia.
And Horn said Billy Meier predicted this coming showdown (possibly of a nuclear nature), something that back in 1983 seemed simply inevitable as President Reagan scared the world with the Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars) plan, shared with the world via television on March 23, 1983.
As Reagan said in that chilling speech: “Since the dawn of the atomic age, we have sought to reduce the risk of war by maintaining a strong deterrent and by seeking genuine arms control. Deterrence means simply this: Making sure any adversary who thinks about attacking the United States or our allies or our vital interests concludes that the risks to him outweigh any potential gains. Once he understands that, he won't attack. We maintain the peace through our strength; weakness only invites aggression.”
But it was in the air in ’83, as others have written about. It was a year that affected me on a deep level, as a nuclear apocalypse seemed only a matter of time.
The following year, I recall reading Whitley Strieber and James Kunetka’s Warday, about life in a post-nuclear war America (this would be a year or so before Strieber’s life-altering encounter with ET’s, as shared in his book Communion, released in 1987) and wondering if by October 1988 that nuclear war would take place.
That strange month and year of October 1988 (sync Donnie Darko) came and went and in a few years the so-called “Evil Empire” of the Soviet Union was broken and reformed, phoenix-like, as Russia, soon to have the strongman Vladimir Putin (former KGB agent) at the helm of the Kremlin.
As we noted in the sync piece "Ball of confusion," posted in late January, the entire "world order" seems to be shaken to the core as post-World War II liberalism turns to ash and dust and people look for the Trumps and Putins of the world to show them the way. In that piece I write: "… 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.”
Did you know that the bear-wrestling, endlessly talented Vladimir Putin, back in 2010, played and sang "Blueberry Hill" for a fundraiser. It's goofy but interesting.
Vlad found his thrill. (RT)
I was also reminded that Blueberry Hill is the name of the club in the St. Louis, Missouri suburb of University City (near my parents' house) where Chuck Berry often plays. Chuck Berry (now 90 years old and with a new album - Chuck - coming out this year!), of course, was honored to have his classic rock n' roll song "Johnny B. Goode" included on Voyager 1's "Golden Record." Voyager 1 was launched September 5, 1977 and while the inclusion of "Johnny B. Goode" was controversial at the time, was selected by a team which included Cornell University cosmologist and Cosmos host Carl Sagan. When folks complained that "Johnny B. Goode" was adolescent, Sagan replied: "There are a lot of adolescents on the planet." The "golden records" also include sounds of Earth, music, language and even a printed message from American President Jimmy Carter.
And there are a lot of powerful adults who still act like adolescents these days ... but I digress ...
Meanwhile, on Michael Horn’s They Fly blog, he writes in an August 3, 2016 post titled “May the American people know the truth before it’s too late” that “World War III with Russia will lead to our utter destruction.”
As Horn noted in an email he sent to me after our conversation: “With the prophetic information from the Plejaren and Meier ceaselessly fulfilling, people need to determine the truth themselves, so as to prevent the fulfillment of things like the coming two civil wars in the US and nuclear war with Russia, which would result in the destruction and annihilation of this country and others.”
Need further confirmation? Check out this unsettling and scary New Yorker story "Trump, Putin and the New Cold War."
As The New Yorker reporters write, in a subsection titled “Turbulence Theory”: “Russia’s political hierarchy and official press greeted Trump’s Inauguration with unreserved glee. An old order had crumbled and, with it, an impediment to Putin’s ambitions. “In 1917, armed supporters of Lenin stormed the Winter Palace and arrested capitalist ministers and overthrew the social political order,” the lead article in the daily Moskovski Komsomolets read. “On January 20, 2017, nobody in Washington planned to storm Congress or the White House and hang prominent members of the old regime from lampposts, but the feeling of the American political élite, especially the liberal part of it, is not different from that of the Russian bourgeoisie one hundred years ago.”
The first piece in a New York Times series about the centennial of the Russian Revolution of 1917. (Andrew W. Griffin / Red Dirt Report)
Last week, I was introduced to a new website called AtomicAtolls.org, run by a former Peace Corps volunteer named Glenn Alcalay, who offered his help to the people of Utrik Atoll from 1975 to 1977, at the peak of Billy Meier's photo sessions with the Plejaren "beam ships," interestingly enough, and as David Bowie filmed The Man Who Fell To Earth in "enchanted" New Mexico, which bears repeated viewings amongst my readers, if I dare say so. Regardless, I urge you all to listen to this Good Vibrations podcast featuring guest Darren Williams who addresses "The Occult Aspects of David Bowie."
Screenshot from the 1976 David Bowie film The Man Who Fell To Earth.
Why do I mention that? Because one of the first songs to appear on the film soundtrack of The Man Who Fell To Earth is Louis Armstrong's rendition of "Blueberry Hill." Where Satchmo sings about climbing that hill, with his "horn" and "each afternoon, higher than the Moon we'll go ..."
A lot of Moon references these days - as an aside. A lot. The Oscars, with Moonlight winning "Best Picture," seem to be pointing to major, Moon-related announcement in coming months and years. Check this out.
Screenshot from Academy Award-winning film Moonlight.
But back to the Atomic Atolls website. It is an important website because, as he notes on the front page: “This website is designed to give voice to the people of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) who have firsthand knowledge – in their bodies and DNA, in their memories and permanently in their atolls – of thermonuclear weapons and their destruction, having been at the receiving end of United States ‘foreign policy.’”
Yes, as author Jack Niedenthal writes in his book For the Good of Mankind: A History of the People of Bikini and their Islands, a foreign policy that is forever stamped on the Marshallese people, no matter where they go.
The fallout was a white "powder" or "ash." Coral reefs and marine life turned to radioactive dust that was inhaled and absorbed by Marshallese, Japanese fishermen and American servicemen in the Marshalls. Something to remember on this "Ash Wednesday."
Image courtesy the Marshallese Educational Initiative
In the Marshall Islands and in Springdale, Arkansas, where many Marshallese have settled, since leaving their homeland, today in "Nuclear Victims' Remembrance Day." Many of the Marshallese victims of 1954's Castle Bravo test and many others in the Marshall Islands have been plagued with cancers, miscarriages and giving birth to so-called "jelly babies," horrible deformities that have been part of America's legacy of nuclear power and destruction on innocent people. In the meantime, check out this livestream of the "Nuclear Legacy Conference."
As Alcalay also notes, “Marshallese have a right to know the unfiltered history of their relationship with the United States – aka Etao, a Marshallese mythical figure who is both good and evil – since 1945."
The United States, as viewed by the rest of the world, "good and evil" and embodied by Etao.
As Alcalay says in this Counterpunch piece from March 2014: "According to Marshallese folklore a half-bad and half-good god named Etao was associated with slyness and trickery. When bad things happened people knew that Etao was behind it. “He’s dangerous, that Etao,” some people said. “He does bad things to people and then laughs at them.”(2) Many in the Marshall Islands now view their United States patron as a latter day Etao."
But while we do these things, there are allegedly others - visitors - also keeping an eye on things ...
It should come as no surprise that UFO sightings took place during nuclear testing in the Pacific. In fact, UFOs have a keen interest in our nuclear weaponry and also seem concerned about their proliferation, as we all should be.
But don't think our chances of a nuclear war are less likely. They seem to be more likely with far-right autocrats winning elections around the world, with preening and strutting about becoming the norm. Look no further than Trump!
FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
In the meantime, the Earth is getting undeniably warmer. Talking to a virologist last weekend - quite by happenstance - he said with a warming planet, disease and chaos will increase, as will more climate refugees, coming from places like nuke-ravaged Marshall Islands. And let's not forget the radioactive poisoning of the Pacific by the Fukushima catastrophe and the plastic nightmare choking our world's oceans and marine environments.
Perhaps some off-world assistance in addressing these overwhelming problems facing our planet is warranted. Perhaps the optimistic sci-fi film Arrival, with its "aliens-bearing-gifts" theme, is coming at the perfect time. As Jeremy Renner's mathematician character Dr. Ian Donnelly says, regarding the choice of the alien ship's landing locations, he says: "Why did they land where they did? Areas with low incidences of lightning strikes? The next plausible theory is that Sheena Easton had a hit song in each of these sites in 1980, so we just don't know."
Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams in Arrival. (Paramount Pictures)
Norman, Oklahoma native Eric Heisserer presumably wrote that line for Arrival, since he was the screenwriter. The fact that he noted the pop singer Sheena Easton in the film, providing some levity to the seriousness of the appearance of squid-like aliens communicating via inky smoke rings, hit home for me. Why? Sheena Easton, for some reason has been syncing heavily with me over the past year. In this December 2013 article in the UK Daily Mail, it shows Easton, now in her mid-to-late 50's, being wheeled out of a dental clinic looking "glum." It also notes that Easton (formerly dating the late star Prince) lives in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson, Nevada. I should note that Henderson, Nevada is nicknamed "UFO City USA" due to the incredible amount of UFO reports made in that town. Perhaps this activity helped draw Sheena Easton to live there? The Daily Mail story said a "burly man" with military veteran license plates drove her away from the clinic. Perhaps he is linked to Area 51? Perhaps that was part of the "sync/wink" to Sheena Easton in Arrival.
Sheena Easton had many hits in her 1980's pop music heyday. (EMI America)
And while I use a lot of popular culture references in my sync work, I should note that former lead singer of the pop-punk band Blink-182, Tom DeLonge, "UFO researcher of the year," is making “a major announcement about aliens” in the next two months.
"There's some big shit planned. And I'm excited about it," DeLonge says cryptically.
And this, as Trump said in his speech to Congress on Tuesday that "American footprints on distant worlds are not too big a dream."
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