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"We'd rather fight than switch," notes the Tareyton ad campaign that reeks of domestic violence. Note the red Tareyton "Twin Towers" logo on their shirts.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – In 1978, when the English rock band Supertramp arrived at Studio B of the Village Recorder studio in Los Angeles (allegedly in a Masonic temple, as the legend goes) to begin recording what would be their tremendously popular Breakfast in America album, the band members patiently waited for the producer, Peter Henderson, to show up.

Henderson had worked as an engineer with Paul McCartney and Beatles producer George Martin during the 1970’s, along with Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa among others of the era. So, when Henderson shows up late with “two enormous black eyes,” he said he and his new wife had been involved in a head-on collision with a drunk driver while leaving Topanga Canyon.

I looked like I’d been in the ring with Muhammad Ali,” Henderson recalled. “It wasn’t the best of starts, but we were vey lucky to get off so lightly.”

Commercially and artistically, 1979’s Breakfast in America was Supertramp’s finest hour, resulting in the lush pop hits “The Logical Song,” “Take The Long Way Home” and “Goodbye Stranger.”  And Henderson (who also worked with Beatle drummer Ringo Starr’s 1981 Stop and Smell the Roses album, alongside Paul McCartney) would co-produce (with the band) this album that has in recent years been cast in a decidedly unsettling light in these post-9/11 years.

For it was the album sleeve of Breakfast in America that troubled many conspiracy researchers. Appearing over 22 years before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 on the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York and on the Pentagon, the sleeve shows the point of view of a person looking down on the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan, except the statue is of a waitress named “Libby” who, instead of a torch, is holding, on the tips of her fingers of her right hand a tray with a glass of orange juice on it. In the left hand is a menu reading “Breakfast in America.”

Libby has an exaggerated smile that upon closer inspection is one of, well, twisted horror (Apocalypse Now also came out in 1979 - "the horror, the horror"). It reminds me of the faces in Soundgarden’s 1994 “Black Hole Sun” video, which we noted here - "Times are gone for honest men." In that piece I note the sinister and Beatlesque nature of the song - "the horror, the horror" - and the "lumpy, Ringo Starr-like drumming" of Matt Cameron. Note the video stills I used. An image of a dead beekeeper. Curiously, today we have the story of Preisdent Obama reading Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are to a group of children - and bees attack! Very George W. Bush/Pet Goat-ish. "Bees are good!" Obama says as children scream. And then there is the psychedelic footage of a "black hole sun," which syncs with an image making the rounds today of a "mysterious blazing circle" in space.

Back to the Breakfast in America album cover: Manhattan is shown as a collection of breakfast and dining implements, cups and shakers and such. The Twin Towers, directly behind Libby’s “orange juice,” are, perhaps, stacked boxes of breakfast cereal? Recall that the band's earlier album was 1974's Crime of the Century, which has been analyzed, along with Breakfast in America on sync and conspiracy forums. The late-night conspiracy talk-show host, Art Bell of Coast to Coast AM, used to play Supertramp songs (particularly from Breakfast in America) as bumper music as he talked about UFOs and chupacabras. Bell crossed over into bizarre behavior after 9/11 and refused to address conspiracies related to the tragedy. He later "retired" and was replaced by the harmless George Noory.

But the kicker for researchers was the reverse image of the album cover. The “U” and “P” in the SUPERTRAMP band logo actually make a “9” and “11” – directly over the “Twin Towers.” This has been said to mean that the band – or those involved in the creation of the Breakfast in America album had some foreknowledge about the impending tragedy, scheduled to occur in 2001, synchronistically while America was enjoying its breakfast.

My favorite track, “Lord Is It Mine,” is a sad and beautiful ballad. The chorus goes: “When everything’s dark and nothing seems right / There’s nothing to win and there’s no need to fight.”

And this line: “I never cease to wonder at the cruelty of this land / But it seems a time of sadness is a time to understand.”

I’ve thought a lot about that discovery. It’s right there. And it’s truly bizarre.

So, today, after waking up from a dream involving Thurston Moore of the New York-based band Sonic Youth (note their post-9/11 album Murray Street - because a plane engine landed on Murray Street, allegedly, during the attacks. And Murray Street in NY was where the band recorded), where we are sharing an ugly, 70’s-era “band van” and later, listening to the countrified 1965 Beatles song “What Goes On,” sung by Ringo on Rubber Soul (note how yesterday’s Dust Devil Dream involved the Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart and his song “Fire on the Mountain”). I note a Kitchen Sync Facebook post linking a video titled “Rockefeller GLOATS About 9/11 in 1967.” The video creator, Betsy McGee of “Conspiracy Kitchen,” has created a number of videos addressing the 9/11 conspiracy, primarily from a pro-freedom and Christian perspective.

The poster wanted to know what others thought about the video. I had a little time and watched the video and found it interesting, although I don't agree with every idea presented. McGee focuses on the April 3, 1967 issue of Newsweek featuring globalist villain David Rockefeller on the cover. McGee said the Newsweek shows Rockefeller smiling (in that creepy way) with the Manhattan skyline behind him. The cover story: “David Rockefeller: New Era in Banking.”

McGee, who bought this issue of Newsweek on EBay in 2012, said she began examining the cover and noticed Rockefeller’s wristwatch is set to 9 and 11, as if it is 5 minutes to 9. And this was months after the groundbreaking for the World Trade Center had begun.

McGee highlights the “plane hole” and how it reminded her of the wound to Jesus’s side as he was being crucified. And there being an interesting number of years between the crucifixion (33 A.D.) and the 9/11 attacks (2001). Apparently it is 1,967 years – and 1967 was the year Rockefeller made his purported foreshadowing of 9/11. She says that some believe Jesus’s birth was actually 9/11/33 B.C., and that that fact is to twist the 9/11 date as negative by making it connected to an “emergency,” just as the odd 1968 decision to make “911” the number to dial in an emergency.

While watching the video, I noted an image used by McGee in talking about 9/11 now being used to reflect “heartache and mourning.” In the image used, a middle-aged woman is shown crying, and wearing a pink shirt with patches on it, reminiscent of a janitorial firm. It also reminded me of the traditional pink shirts worn by waitresses in diners and the woman looked just like “Libby” on the Breakfast in America album cover.

And when McGee concludes the video, she notes the advertisement on the back of the Newsweek. It shows a man and a woman – with “black eyes,” as if they had been fighting – wearing shirts with the Tareyton cigarette company logo on it, two red towers – like blood red Twin Towers. It’s a creepy Tareyton cigarette ad campaign popular at the time where the advertisement models would say “Us Tareyton smokers would rather fight than switch.” There's an air of violence - even sexual violence - to these ads.

Yes, Tareyton smokers were loyal to their brand. Just as Americans are loyal to theirs (note this mention of Don Draper and Mad Men, connected with the Tareyton ad campaign). Tareyton smokers would  rather fight, cause, if you mess with the U.S. of A, “we’ll put a boot in your ass, it’s the American way,” as Oklahoma country singer Toby Keith put it in the days following 9/11 on the song “Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (The Angry American).”

In fact, echoing the “black eyes” of Supertramp producer Peter Henderson and the Tareyton cigarette ads featuring people with black eyes, Toby Keith sings in his jingoistic song: “Now this nation that I love has fallen under attack / A mighty sucker punch came flyin’ in, from somewhere in the back / Soon as we could see clearly, through our big black eye / Man, we lit up your world like the 4th of July.”

“We’d rather fight.” Indeed.

The same month – July 2002 – that “Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue” was topping the country charts and getting America gung ho about “fightin’ terr’ists,” lifestyle businesswoman Martha Stewart was being grilled under the hot lights of the media and that same month, Newsweek (ah! Newsweek again!) features a cover story about her – “Martha’s Mess.” Due to her shady December 2001 sales of ImClone stock, she was later indicted by federal prosecutors on nine counts, including securities fraud and obstruction of justice.

Stewart would later serve time in federal prison and has not done all that well in the years since, being called out for palling around with alleged sexual offender and fashion photographer Terry Richardson, who had a controversial history in 2007, when he did a photo shoot with then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, who was by then running for president. Richardson has allegedly preyed on young models that he photographs. Interesting, in light of Stewart’s own modeling past. Richardson, incidentally, was in a punk band at one time called "The Invisible Government." He continues to have access to very powerful people.

I mention Martha Stewart because she was, for a short while in the mid-1960’s a Tareyton cigarette girl. In the print ad, the “Us Tareyton smokers would rather fight than switch!” and shows Stewart with a black eye (she also did a Lifebuoy soap commercial). Was that “black eye” ad photo a bit of foreshadowing for her future?

“Revelation of the method” and “foreshadowing” clearly play a major role in the 9/11 mystery. I stumbled on 9/11 foreshadowing in Peter Weir’s film The Mosquito Coast, which I noted here.

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