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OKLAHOMA CITY – Back in November, my Dust Devil Dreams post “Taking the plunge” addressed the many Robin Williams-related syncs I had been noting since his death in August. His 2009 appearance in World’s Greatest Dad was particularly interesting, considering in the film, his son does of autoerotic asphyxiation, the same way Michael Hutchence of INXS was said to have died in Sydney.

I believe Hutchence was murdered and that somehow Sir Bob Geldof was connected to it. Others do as well. In fact, as I was getting out of the car to come into the office to write this very article, the INXS hit “New Sensation” was playing. Back to Robin Williams, the official report is he died, due to asphyxiation, due to hanging. Was it autoerotic in nature? It has been suggested as such, but we don't know for sure.

The Down Under syncs have been building all year. Note the disappearance of MH 370, allegedly in the Indian Ocean off of Australia’s west coast. Australia’s rightwing government getting more involved in the War on Terror – or whatever the hell its called.

More recently we get the weird terrorist character who held up a chocolate shop in Sydney and ended up killing two, while the “lone wolf” killer – and alleged “black magician,” notes Loren Coleman – was killed as well. Sydney and other parts of Australia have a long, esoteric history, including the creation of the capital city, Canberra, by American Walter Burley Griffin, a relation of mine.

Back on July 1, 2014, I had an opinion piece titled “HELP! – ISIS, the Middle East tinderbox and World War III.” I noted the comparisons between the events of 1914, leading up to WWI and today. One would think that ISIS is a major “threat,” either real or contrived.

I note how I had been thinking about the Beatles album Help! and how sync blogger Sibyl Hunter, at The Libyan Sibyl, had noted the connection between the goddess Isis and the goddess Kali. Down the rabbit hole we go ...

I went on to note how in the 1965 film Help!, the Beatles are chased by “Kali cultists” and how Beatles book writer Devin McKinney (Magic Circles: The Beatles in Dream and History), reminds us that the theme of Help! is about “sacrifice” mixed with “madness.”

I think those two words - sacrifice and madness - would describe much of the world today, as North Korea allegedly causes a movie – The Interview – to be essentially banned and how a dollar just doesn’t go as far as it did 40 years ago. And that is for starters. Sacrifice and madness, indeed!

As I noted on my recent 42 Minutes appearance, we are going round and round in, well, “magic circles.” But are we in on the sleight-of-hand? Are we dupes, not knowing who is behind the curtain?

While writing a review of The Chills’ new BBC Sessions recording, I researched the band and the history of an earlier album of theirs – 1987’s Brave Words. On the album cover, the band mimics the Fab Four as they appear on the Help! cover, positioning their hands to allegedly spell “H-E-L-P.” But in fact it spells “N-U-J-V” on the UK version and “N-V-U-J” on the US release.

As for The Chills? They positioned their hands on the cover of Brave Words to and arms to spell “C-O-L-D.” Noting that, I could not help but think that that syncs with today and the references to the Cold War, in regards to our increasingly tense relations with Russia and China, countered with the improving of relations with Cuba. Now, our friendlier approach couldn’t have anything to do with Russia reopening their old Soviet-era spy base on Cuba? No one seems to be concerned about just how close we are to a thermonuclear war breaking out. And what promise has President Obama not kept in relation to Cuba? Closing down Guantanamo Bay. Still waiting.

Perhaps we are getting signals from the synchrosphere that something major is about to happen – both hot and cold.

Which reminds me of the strange case of Indrid Cold, as related to the high strangeness in November 1966 in and around Point Pleasant, West Virginia, as noted in John Keel’s The Mothman Prophecies, and the seemingly-cursed Richard Gere film of the same name.

On a “sour, chill and rainy” day, Woody Derenberger encounters the creepy humanoid “Indrid Cold.” Woody says his odd encounter ended with Cold boarding a craft and silently flying away into the West Virginia autumn sky. One wonders if it was like the "jellyfish" craft that have been seen in recent years, including a report from Edmond, which incorporated a Help! theme, and syncs with the jellyfish imagery incorporated by The Chills, as seen on their Submarine Bells album.

The sinister, red-eyed Mothman and Indrid Cold, seen in 1966-67, were thought to be connected to impending doom, in the form of the Ohio River's Silver Bridge disaster prior to Christmas 1967. Forty-six people plunged into the cold waters of the great river, which acts as a boundary between Ohio and West Virginia. 

Back to Robin Williams and World’s Greatest Dad. This film, particularly the ending, where Williams’ character strips naked and jumps into a swimming pool, gives the impression of a man seeking to be free. 

The New Zealand-based web series High Road – which was created by former Chills bassist Justin Harwood – starts off with a “community radio” deejay, transmitting from a trailer park, named Terry who plays cool tunes – from Pere Ubu to Bruce Springsteen – and isn’t appreciated for what he offers the town, be it commentary or spinning songs by Flying Nun Records band The Clean or (Harwood’s former band) Luna. That Kiwi humour is pretty damn dry, but I certainly like it - watch Flight of the Conchords, for instance. And horses – wink, wink – make a bit of a visit to the programme. Then, in the opening minutes of the first episode, he fills his coffee cup, which reads "World's Greatest Dad," just as Robin Williams held in the promo photos for the 2009 film. Terry, like William's Lance Clayton, is older, a little frustrated with time slipping by and certain dreams unfulfilled. Terry is a former rock singer. Lance is an unpublished writer with a thing for Bruce Hornsby. Both are somewhat out of touch and both want to be good fathers. But it's a cold world out there ...

And what was interesting to me is that the first episode is titled “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” In light of 2014, a year of war, being the “Year of the Horse.” The man behind The Chills (featured here), Martin Phillipps, had a rough bit of it when he got into heroin (aka "horse") and then got Hep C. He's not sure how much longer he has. We only wish him the best and a long life.

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