Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Predicting Terror: Thanksgiving & Black Friday

What is going to happen on Black Friday?

President Barack Obama decided to conduct an unusual surprise news conference. He held a special press conference on Wednesday morning, November 25, 2015, apparently to calm fears about terrorism over the upcoming American Thanksgiving holiday, Black Friday, and the weekend.

"As of now, we know of no plot intending to threaten our homeland" and urged Americans who will be traveling over the weekend to "go about their usual Thanksgiving activities," saying that security and intelligence officials are constantly working to prevent any security threats.

"They did so before the Paris attacks and they do so now," said Obama. "As we go into Thanksgiving weekend, I want America to know we are taking every possible step to keep America safe."

As news talking heads discussed today, there seems to be a government sense that a "global terror alert" is important to give for these upcoming few days, "just as there was over the July 4th weekend."

Of course, no one in the media follows up with the observation that no terrorist events occurred on the July 4, 2015, date or over that following weekend. Terror fears were whipped up in July (see here), but nothing happened. CNN was not able to have another "Breaking News" moment. 

Now we are getting similar "alerts" on the American news networks about the dangers of this holiday week.

What might be the reality behind these "warnings"? What potential indicators exist to have official agencies' guard up for November 26 (Thanksgiving), November 27 (Black Friday), and the weekend.

First off, I think the "copycat" calendar cannot be ignored. The Paris Terror Attacks occurred on Friday the 13th, exactly two weeks ago from Black Friday, November 27th.  The copycat effect has an internal clock that often works on two week, one month, and one year anniversary cycles. Therefore, while organized terrorists might not do anything on this coming Friday, it actually is the lone player, triggered or inspired by the Paris events, who would.

Terrorists, with an international perspective, have a longer view of history, also, and that may be a key to why something might happen this weekend.

If you say "Remember 26/11" to Americans, most would not have a clue to what you are talking about. 

But in Asia, even in Europe, it means a great deal.

In November 2008, 10 Pakistani members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, an Islamic militant organization, carried out a series of 12 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks lasting four days across Mumbai. The attacks, which drew widespread global condemnation, began on Wednesday, 26 November ("26/11" outside the US) and lasted until Saturday, 29 November 2008 ("29/11/08"), killing approximately 166 people, plus 9 terrorists, and wounding at least 308.

Metro Adlabs cinema (historic Art Deco movie theater; Mumbai is the center of the Bollywood film industry)

Eight of the attacks occurred in South Mumbai: at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Oberoi Trident, the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital, the Nariman House Jewish community centre, the Metro Cinema, and in a lane behind the Times of India building and St. Xavier's College. There was also an explosion at Mazagaon, in Mumbai's port area, and in a taxi at Vile Parle. Read more on India's 9/11, here.

Taj Mahal Palace and Tower hotel (above, a castle-like 1903 landmark, across from the Gateway of India monument)

The master plan for the Paris attacks very much matched the Mumbai attacks. 

Therefore, the anniversary of the Mumbai attacks (November 26 through 29) and the two-week copycat short-term ripple effect from the Paris attack (on Black Friday, November 27), do point to why there may be some concern.

Where? The intelligence communities are talking about Washington D.C. area (e.g., at a high profile site, like Union Station or a football stadium) or New York City (e.g., the Statue of Liberty, the Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Flight Center, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, or a score of other locations).

The law enforcement authorities need to put extra security around some of the most obvious of targets, despite the fact these actions might be ridiculed by some. Protect important American symbols, keep our citizens safe. Put more guards around the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade's Dino!!

The terrorists might surprise everyone with an attack in, say, a Kansas City mall, or elsewhere. Snopes, of course, is putting to rest most of the rumors. But is there a reality to any of this?

What is real is the psychology of terror.

What do the terrorists want? They desire the fear of being blown up by terrorists to destabilize and immobilize the population. So, of course, Obama's talk versus the wall-to-wall televised news stations' "Breaking News" and "Terror Alerts" makes some sense.   It hardly spreads any secure feelings when CNN's Wolf Blitzer is trying to "restore calm" with his shrill reading of every new detail about "terrorists at large."

In The Copycat Effect: How The Media and Popular Culture Trigger The Mayhem in Tomorrow's Headlines (NY: Simon and Schuster, 2004), I document how this attitude is dealt to us as "death sells."

Due to what the calendar tells us, we should not ignore the danger, but should we buy into this climate of fear, either?


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Synchromystic Of The Year 2015: Will Morgan

The Twilight Language is giving its Second Annual "Synchromystic Of The Year" Award to William "Will" Morgan on November 24, 2015. This is an honor that will be bestowed upon a deserving individual every year who has contributed to the broad dissemination of a better understanding of the objectives and goals underpinning the field of synchromysticism.
"Synchromysticism: The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance." ~ Jake Kotze, The Brave New World Order, August 18, 2006.
For those unaware, or reading about synchromysticism for the first time, please see more information, including the formal definitions, posted here.

The Synchromystic of 2015 ~ Will Morgan ~ was chosen for his outstanding sync contributions, his grounded body of work in the service of synchromystic intellectual pursuits, and to encourage him to continue to add his sense of humor and insights to the field.

Every year, a unique artifact from the past and/or present is awarded. This year, it is a stein that was created in 1991 to celebrate the John Wayne cinema classic, Flying Tigers. The tradition of how these awards are chosen is as follows. I decide upon the recipient and then take my time drifting through local antique stores, until a special object drops into my grasp.

When I picked this Flying Tigers stein for Morgan, I was unaware of an amazing series of syncs to him that I would discover in researching the background of this movie.

First, I did choose it as Morgan is involved in the film end of synchromysticism, although it was counter-indicated that I would have come to me a "major movie star" stein. But then, something was going on here. Considering that Will Morgan is one of the producers of the synchromystic classic podcast, 42 Minutes, I was not surprised to find the film Flying Tigers was released in October 1942.

Furthermore, before long, as I went deeper into this rabbit hole, I was alerted to a name game, almost immediately. I am well-aware that the early World War II air unit, the Flying Tigers, would evolve into what today we know as parts of the OSS, CIA, Air America, Slick Airways, and FedEx. What I did not know is that there is a direct line of dots linking the Flying Tigers, John Wayne, super spy William Pawley, Panama, and double agent William Morgan (not our Will Morgan, please note).

William Morgan and Frank Sturgis (yes, the Bay of Pigs, Watergate burglar Sturgis) were friends. Morgan secretly had planned an invasion of Panama from Cuba in 1959, and wanted Sturgis to be his second in command.

Sturgis told Paul Meskil:
An FBI report on Sturgis was generated on April 6, 1959, at Miami, Florida. On April 7, 1959, Sturgis was of interest to the St. Louis, Missouri, FBI Office. [Field 97-109] The Norfolk, Virginia, FBI Office filed a report on Sturgis dated April 13, 1959. [Field 97-13] On April 18, 1959, a ship carrying 35 of "Morgan's Raiders" sailed from Cuba toward Panama. On April 18, 1959, after receiving a report that the invasion ship had left from apart under William Morgan's control, the Panamanian Government order [Tony] Arias' arrest. Panamanian authorities found that John Wayne had deposited $525,000 in Arias' bank account between November 19, 1957 and April 5, 1959. John Wayne said he was partners with Arias in a shrimp-exporting business. Six days later the crew landed and were taken into custody by Panamanian authorities. Sturgis associate Alexander Rorke was waiting to rendezvous with the group. Sturgis and William Morgan were arrested in Cuba. William Morgan was soon released.

Sturgis continued:
The Panama thing went bad in the latter part of February 1959 and everyone was on their guard. This wasn't sanctioned by Fidel, it wasn't sanctioned by anybody. And none of the assholes that went on this invasion were rebels, they hadn't been in the mountains, they all had shorten air. The guy that organized the Panama invasion was William Pawley. He suckered John Wayne's people and everybody into the thing. Pawley met him when they were making a movie about the Flying Tigers. Source.
William Douglas Pawley (September 7, 1896—January 7, 1977) was a U.S. ambassador, a noted businessman and associated with the Flying Tigers American Volunteer Group (AVG) during World War II. In 1941, with his brothers Edward and Eugene, he was involved with the organization and support of the 1st American Volunteer Group, popularly known as the Flying Tigers.  Postwar, Pawley was an active member of the Republican Party. A close friend of both President Dwight Eisenhower and Central Intelligence Agency director Allen W. Dulles, he took part in a policy that later become known as Executive Action, a plan to remove unfriendly foreign leaders from power.His final residence was in Miami Beach, Florida, where he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, in January 1977.

William Morgan is an important, if not shadowy figure in the world occupied by Flying Tigers and the CIA. When he was 18, he enlisted in the Army and was sent to the Atsugi Army-Air Force base, in Japan, the same location where Lee Harvey Oswald would be court-martialed a decade later.


went AWOL at least twice, was court-martialed on Nov. 7, 1947, and thrown into the Kyoto stockade for three months. He promptly escaped after overpowering a guard and stealing his uniform and weapon. Recaptured, he was again court-martialed, found guilty of escape, assault and robbery, and sentenced to five years of hard labor.
Declared a “recalcitrant military prisoner,” Morgan was transported to the maximum-security disciplinary barracks at Camp Cooke, Calif. (today Vandenberg Air Force Base). At Camp Cooke, he entertained other prisoners by spinning fanciful stories about his being a direct descendant of another William Morgan who, in 1826, became quite notorious after vanishing from his upstate New York home. Source.

The presumed Masonic death of that William Morgan (1774–1826?) caused the forming of the Anti-Masonic Party. He...
was a resident of Batavia, New York, whose disappearance and presumed murder in 1826 ignited a powerful movement against the Freemasons, a fraternal society that had become influential in the United States. After Morgan announced his intention to publish a book exposing Freemasonry's secrets, he was arrested on trumped-up charges. He disappeared soon after, and is believed to have been kidnapped and killed by some Masons.

The super spy William Morgan was applauded by Fidel Castro, in Havana in 1959.

 "Morgan’s first several months in Cuba are shrouded in mystery, but if one is to believe the highly fictionalized account of his life portrayed in Alex Abella’s novel, The Great American, an unwitting Morgan was literally recruited off Havana’s streets for work with the CIA," says the entertaining and rather complete overview in "William Morgan: Patriot or Traitor?" (See also JFK Operation.)

After being funded by Castro, to farm frogs, William Morgan was executed by the Castro regime on March 11, 1961, apparently for being a double agent working for the CIA.

That's how sync-ing works. Grab a Flying Tigers stein for Will Morgan, and the floodgates of other William Morgans open up.

For more complete insights into who is our synchromystic Will Morgan is a current Denver resident, born on July 25, 1978, as was Louise Joy Brown, the world's first in-vitro human or so-called "test tube" baby.  For more on Morgan, please read the following biography sent in by Morgan, with assists from Alan Green and Andras Jones:
Synchromysticism discovered Will Morgan in 2008 and in the ensuing years he has established himself as one of the foundational figures of the “Sync” movement. He was one of the original members of The Sync Whole, writing as "A Few Shots to Shaman" and was published in The Sync Book Vol. 1. Will and Douglas Bolles co-host 42 Minutes, the flagship podcast from Sync Book Radio, where Will has researched and interviewed many of the luminaries in the field of sync while ensuring the community is inclusive and accessible to newcomers. As a filmmaker, Morgan has developed a unique style of Sync Film focusing on lesser known film personae (as opposed to major movie stars). His collaborations with Andras Jones, whose own filmography Will explored in a groundbreaking three-part Sync Film (the first ever to be hosted on an actor's IMDB page) have led to the exploration of artists as diverse and strange as Rose McGowan, Keith Coogan, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Nik Stahl, The Posies, Negativland & Viggo Mortensen. Will Morgan continues his quest to make Sync more accessible to the people who make the cinematic art product we consume through his continued work with and

What is 42 Minutes? It is a lively weekly conversation, hosted by Douglas Bolles and Will Morgan, in which they discuss "the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything" with intriguing authors, thinkers, sychromystics and philosophers of our day. The show has its genesis in a series of discussions regarding The Sync Book, of which both hosts are authors.

Will Morgan was one of the speakers at this event in 2014. 

Will Morgan is one of the contributors to 
The Sync Book: Myths, Magic, Media, and Mindscapes: 26 Authors on Synchronicity

Place your John Wayne/Flying Tigers stein in a location of honor, Will Morgan. With all good humor, sync and seriousness, congratulations!


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Bunny Friend Park Mass Shooting

After the Nine Times Second Line parade passed by the Bunny Friend Park playground, located in District Nine, a shooting occurred.

At least 16 people were shot at the New Orleans, Louisiana park when a gunman opened fire on a crowd of hundreds of people gathered in the playground for a video filming. Local media describe a chaotic scene, with the injured on the ground and ambulances rushing away.

At least 10 of the injured shooting victims have been hospitalized at the University Medical Center, local media reported.

Reporters working on the scene said the crowd of about 500 also included kids and teens.

Bunny Friend Park is named in honor of Joseph E. Friend and Ida Weis Friend's son, Bunny, who died at age 18.

Ida donated $4,000 to a fund to create a playground in memory of her son, and the fund grew into more than $10,000. She also donated a block of land to the city between Gallier and Desire streets. The playground established there was named Bunny Friend Park, and two of the the streets bordering the playground were later officially designated North Bunny Friend and South Bunny Friend.

The following are photographs of the Nine Times Second Line parade, from the past:

Saturday, November 21, 2015

It Could Be Tomorrow! Black Sunday

Terrorism is a creeping phenomenon. It grows and evolves; changes and adapts. It lives off the fear and multiples the fear to spread. 

One part of the Paris terror attacks of Friday, 13 November 2015, targeted a European football (to North Americans, soccer) stadium. There were three suicide bombings outside the Stade de France (the national stadium of France) in Saint-Denis, a northern commune or suburb of Paris.

We are living in a time in which the potential for stadium terrorism is real and the threats are taken seriously. On Tuesday, November 17, 2015, the friendly soccer game between Germany and Netherlands was cancelled with just 90 minutes before kick-off, at the Niedersachsenstadion in Hannover, Germany. German chancellor Angela Merkel was due to be in the stadium for that match. Another stadium in Hannover, the TUI-Arena, was also evacuated. The music band Söhne Mannheims were set to play there that evening.

In Belgium, on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, a game between Spain at Belgium was cancelled due to the heightened security alert caused by the Paris terror attacks.

In the American psyche, through popular culture, a real fear has been that there will "soon" be a terrorist attack at a NFL game, in a major American stadium. With all the threats against Washington D.C., will it be at a game around the USA's capital? The Washington Redskin will play at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, on November 22, 2015. What will happen tomorrow, on the anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination? Hopefully, nothing.

Nevertheless, this psychology for this forecast goes back to the 1970s. Long before the 2002 film, The Sum of All Fears, had an atomic bomb that was obtained from a Syrian go off at an NFL game in Baltimore, there was 1977's Black Sunday.

 But there's something in the air, and the terrorist organizations use this something.

 The tagline for the movie Black Sunday is "It could be tomorrow!"

Tomorrow is Sunday.

The International Skeptics Forum noted in 2011 that a certain researcher (its not important for this discussion to identify who) said that "there may be a nuclear bomb detonated during Superbowl XVL and if not tomorrow, at a future mass event, where hundreds of millions of viewers will be watching....[The] prediction is based on his interpretation of decades of pop culture, which he sees as the primary means of conditioning the populace, in the tradition of conspiracy theorist, James Shelby Downard, whose works examined perceived occult symbolism, twilight language and synchronicity behind historical events in the 20th century."

Black Sunday is a 1977 American action-thriller film directed by John Frankenheimer, based on Thomas Harris' novel of the same name. The film was produced by Robert Evans and starred Robert Shaw, Bruce Dern and Marthe Keller. It was nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Motion Picture in 1978.

The novel that started it all.

The inspiration of the story came from the Munich massacre, perpetrated by the Black September organization against Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympic, giving both the novel and the film its name.

In the realm of syncs, a number of some significance, in recent years is 42, and its mirror, 24. Black Sunday's promotional photos prominently display a football player wearing "24."

In the film actual NFL footage is used of the Dallas Cowboys playing the Pittsburgh Steelers. In the book, the bomb via a blimp will detonate over Tulane Stadium during a Super Bowl between the Miami Dolphins and the Washington Redskins.

In Black Sunday, Marthe Keller plays Dahlia Iyad, an operative from the Palestinian terrorist group Black September. Although she was clearly scripted to be Palestinian, there was a hint that she was aligned with the German terrorist group the Red Army Faction (also known as the Baader-Meinhof Group or Gang during its early days; the RAF was active in German from 1977 through 1998). 

Black Sunday was banned in Germany and Japan.

Tomorrow is November 22, 2015.

Super Bowl 50 will be played on February 7, 2016, in the City of Santa Clara at Levi’s® Stadium, in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.

For Black Sunday, the landing and hijacking scenes were photographed at the Goodyear airship base in Carson, California with Columbia (N3A); a short scene in the Spring, Texas base with the America (N10A), and the Miami, Florida Super Bowl scenes with the Mayflower (N1A), which was then based on Watson Island across the Port of Miami.

Added 5:30 AM, November 22, 2015, - tweet response to this posting:

Friday, November 20, 2015

Laughing Jack-Inspired Murder

Perhaps it is the ultimate Phantom Clown story. 

A correspondent tonight writes: "One of the more disturbing clown events to take place this year. Laughing Jack, a character brewed up on the same site The Slender Man was created. The 12 year old girl claims, Laughing Jack told her to fatally stab her stepmother to death."

~ Urban Dictionary

The New York Daily News captures the latest...
A 12-year-old Indiana girl who fatally stabbed her stepmother said an online horror story clown named “Laughing Jack” told her to do it, according to reports.
The Elkhart girl set her family’s apartment on fire and stabbed Maria Torres “at the direction of a fictional character found on the CreepyPasta website known as 'Laughing Jack,’” according to court documents filed Tuesday and cited by WSBT-TV.
The admission by the girl, who has been declared incompetent to stand trial in the July killing, comes after two Wisconsin girls said they tried to kill their friend in May 2014 to please a different character from the fan-created horror story collections named “Slender Man.”
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The unidentified Elkhart girl “heard voices and had an 'alter ego' months before the stabbing and begged her father for help,” the court documents said.
One website that posts readers’ own fictional horror stories,, blocked the Daily News from accessing its site after an inquiry about the stabbings allegedly inspired by CreepyPasta characters. Another one,, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Doctors have diagnosed the Indiana girl as suffering from post-traumatic stress and dissociative identity disorder, formerly known as multiple personality disorder, WSBT reported. She’s been living for months in a Goshen juvenile detention center, where she’s seeing a counselor and taking medication but still pleading staff for help. She won’t stand trial unless she’s deemed fit to understand the charges against her.
Her family’s main concern is getting her transferred to a state mental hospital after 16 psychiatric facilities have refused her, the girl’s lawyer, Elkhart public defender Holly Curtis, told the TV station.
“This little girl has been failed by everyone,” Curtis said. “The risk level for her is beyond anything I think anybody can imagine. For her not to be able to get the help she's crying out for is probably one of the biggest travesties I've seen so far with the system and with a state agency not willing to step up and do their job.”
State officials have promised to comply with a juvenile court order to move the girl into a mental institution.
“There is work being done to find the appropriate place for this young woman,” state Family and Social Services Administration spokeswoman Marni Lemons said, noting privacy concerns prohibited her from sharing more information about the case.

The overlap between the CreepyPasta clown, Laughing Jack, and Slenderman is, well, creepy, especially because of the recent history of violence with both. A judge ruled in August that the two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls would charged and put on trial as adults. The girls said Slenderman threatened them and their families, if they didn't do his bidding. Plus Slenderman told them he would invite them into his forest castle, if they just would kill one of their classmates.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Metropolis Maria Appears

On November 14, 2015, I was given the Lifetime Achievement in Cryptozoology Award by 2015 PA MUFON, bestowed by the Pennsylvania State Director John Ventre. I was shocked and surprised it was the False Maria from Metropolis, a personal favorite of mine, a fact unknown to these PA folks. Indeed, my wife Jenny had done a painting of Metropolis's robotic wonder for me, months ago.

Ventre (here with his alien partners in crime) made it an adventure by dropping the award twice, as he walked into the college to present it to me. The legs, arms, a hand, and head broke off. Indeed, the statuette was decapitated.

The head went missing for hours. Search parties were assembled, but it could not be found. Then, Erie Ohio's Thomas Lee Curtin Jr. (above) presented me with the head he had found in the brush outside the lecture hall. The day - or at least, the head - was saved, and now to put False Maria back together.

What was I to do? Ventre declared he was not going to touch it again. Luckily, former Yankees' and other MLB teams' pitcher, MUFON insider George "Doc" Medich came to the rescue with super glue. I glued the statute temporarily, and the reconstruction allowed the ceremony to proceed. (The entire body broke away from the base, on the flight home, due to rough baggage handling, apparently, and another repair is in order).

But the Award was in hand, and I am honored by it.

The Award
Stan Gordon, Mord McGhee, and Loren Coleman

False Maria

False Maria and Beyoncé (Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter).

Beyoncé (Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter) and 
J.Lo (Jennifer Lynn Lopez) as False Maria.

What great symbolism.

The Maschinenmensch (German for "machine-human") is a fictional character in Fritz Lang's film Metropolis, played by German actress Brigitte Helm in both its robot form and human incarnation. She is a gynoid (female robot or android) created by the scientist Rotwang. Named Maria in the film, and Futura in Thea von Harbou's original novel Metropolis, she was the first robot ever depicted in cinema.
The Maschinenmensch has been given several names through the decades: Parody, Ultima, Machina, Futura, Robotrix, False Maria, Robot Maria, Roboria and Hel. The intertitles of the 2010 restoration of Metropolis quotes Rotwang, the robot's creator, referring to his gynoid Maschinenmensch, literally translated as "Machine human." Source.
This all happened in the weird neverland of Youngwood, Pennsylvania, as world events swirled around a weekend dominated by Friday the 13th of November 2015's Paris Terror Attack. There was more talk of Fayettenam than Paris, as it turned out. That seemed rather bizarre.