Masonic Republics

Masonic Republics?

In a post entitled ¡Viva la Revolución! (3 March 2011) I looked at the influence of Freemasonry in 19th-century Latin America, a series observations and quotes about the Masonic influence on some of the many wars for independence against the Spanish Empire.  I mostly looked at Masonic symbolism on flags, state seals, coats of arms, etc.  We saw that in many cases, the Masonic symbols were indistinguishable from symbols of the French Revolution, which in turn mirror many of those found in Freemasonry.

In retrospect, my article is a rather flawed and superficial piece and represents the serious limits to my reading in the subject.  I hope that this post and others to follow will help flesh out what I’ve already written, but one should always keep in mind that I’m doing a lot of speculation, kind of like wondering about the subject out loud.

This sequel began as a result of my trip last year to South America, where I saw so many Masonic elements on public monuments my head began to spin.  Buenos Aires and especially Rio de Janeiro are rife with monuments that are either explicitly Masonic or dedicated to groups in accordance with Masonic ideals.  This was also true, to a much lesser extent, in Montevideo, where it nevertheless all started.

Artigas Mausoleum

The monument to José Gervasio Artigas Arnal in the Plaza Independencia bears many striking similarities to the Monument to Estácio de Sá, a monument I hadn’t yet seen for myself in Rio, but had written about thanks to a photo and some description from my brother-in-law Alfredo Buendia.  These two monuments also have a lot in common with the Temple du Sagesse Suprême in Blagnac, about which I’ve written extensively and has since become a well-known object of vilification.

Artigas (June 19, 1764 – September 23, 1850) is called “the father of Uruguayan nationhood” just as George Washington is called the “father of our country” in the U.S.  In fact, there is a group of FoundingFathers, which is an essay unto itself: the implied paternalism of the state, its reflection of a thoroughly ingrained patriarchal society, etc.  But that’s another story.

Normal then that the capital city Montevideo would honor the man in a way which is brilliantly symbolic.  His mausoleum is at the center of Plaza Independencia, just as the man himself was at the center of Uruguayan independence.  This Plaza also separates the old city from the new, not only diving pre- and post-revolutionary quarters of the city, but symbolically representing the division of theancien régime and the new world order and thus Europe and the Americas.

Was Artigas himself a Mason?  He was part of a Masonic-like society called the Society of the Eastern Knights (Sociedad de los Caballeros Orientales), according to the Wikipedia page on compatriotManuel OribeAn article in El Pueblo (Salto, Uruguay) states:  Los representantes de la Escuela Hiram reiteraron que José Gervasio Artigas no integró la Masonería pero afirmaron que ‘a su alrededor habían masones’.  Simply put, Artigas himself never joined but was surrounded by Masons; the article also traces the strong role of Masonry in the Uruguayan independence movement.

(For those who read Spanish, here’s more about the quasi-Masonic Lautaro Lodges).

In ¡Viva….! I proposed that the sun in the national flags of Uruguay and Argentina (among other countries) derives from Masonic sources.  I wouldn’t want to make weirdo leaps of faith, but I couldn’t help thinking that Uruguay’s full name, the “Oriental Republic of Uruguay” refers to more than its place on the South American continent.  I don’t think it’s unreasonable to imagine that there was also a sly reference here to Oriental Masonry, the French-born Continental form of Masonry which dominates South American Freemasonry to this day, where each national jurisdiction is known as a Grand Orient as opposed to a Grand Lodge, and which have a number of doctrinal differences from Anglo-American Masonry.  Thus we also see a lot of French symbols among Latin American revolutionary symbols, many of which, as I stated earlier, are also Masonic.

This inkling of mine about the ord “Oriental” was reinforced when I saw the Plaza de los Treinta y Tres, or Plaza of the Thirty-Three.  These “33” are in fact the Treinta y Tres Orientales, a fighting force led byJuan Antonio Lavalleja (1784-1853),  a Freemason, whose insurrection against the Empire of Brazil “culminated in the foundation of modern Uruguay.”

Funny thing is “The true number of the group has been the object of controversy, based on the existence of various lists of members, published between 1825 and 1832. Albeit thirty-three is the officially accepted number, the names differ from list to list”.

I don’t believe the number 33 is an average of those lists or scientific estimation, nor is it merely pulled from a hat.  I would wager that it is symbolically representing the 33 degrees of the Scottish Rite, like the the 32 rays of the Sol de Mayo on the Argentine flag and the 1828 version of Uruguay’s flag.  This version was designed by Joaquin Suárez (1781-1861) who the GOFMU claims was a Freemason.  (Note that there are 32 degrees to be earned, and one honorary degree; thus both 32 and 33 can allude to these degrees).  Is it possible that Freemasons active in the formation of Uruguay could in this way symbolically lay claim to a Masonic foundation of the fledgling state?  I wouldn’t wager my life on it, but grok if you will the following image.  The Estévez Palace, the former workplace of the Uruguayan President and now a museum, displays relics of its early presidents.  One of those articles:  a Masonic sash, with the 33 inscribed within a Delta in glory.  I believe it’s Oribe’s sash, but my memory fails me and I didn’t take notes.  If anyone in Montevideo can confirm this I’d be grateful.

Treinta y Tres, by the way, is also the name of one of Uruguay’s 19 provinces.  It’s capital city bears the same name and “Together with Ejido de Treinta y Tres and the southwestern suburb of Villa Sara, they form a population centre of around 33,000 inhabitants.”

I was delighted to see on Wikipedia that the population of Uruguay is rounded to 3.3 million!

Oribe’s (?) Masonic Sash.  Palacio Estévez.

Artigas’ Mausoleum, opened in 1977, contains a great deal of Masonic symbolism.  The above-ground portion is a truncated pyramid, which, like the pyramid on the American one dollar bill, suggests that the nation’s work is not finished; it must, like men and Masons, continue to progress in life towards perfection.  It is a symbol which implies betterment through education and walks hand in hand with the notion of scientific and social progress in addition to the fundamental assumptions of capitalism, which despite the negative connotation of capitalism among contemporary  “progressives”, was then considered progressive during the Enlightenment; strange to many American ears, the word “liberal” in Spanish and French still implies the tendency towards laissez-faire politics in economics and law.

Truncated Pyramid
Related, or not?

The pyramid is open at the top, which allows a shaft of light, one of the foremost Masonic symbols, to shine upon Artigas’ urn.  Two guards are stationed to either side like Jachin and Boaz, the silent sentinels of a Masonic Lodge, but this is certainly a poetic metaphor in my own invention rather than an intentional reference!


As Mackey’s Encyclopedia says:  “In the ceremonies of Freemasonry, we find the cavern or vault in what is called the Cryptic Freemasonry of the American Rite, and also in the advanced Degrees of the French and Scottish Rites, in which it is a symbol of the darkness of ignorance and crime impenetrable to the light of truth.”

If this is an accurate reading of the cavern symbol, the architects of this monument have done well to allow the light to fall upon Artigas’ remains.  He who led them out of ignorance and into truth, “illuminated” as one might say.  Hence the sun on the Uruguayan flag, was well as the appellation “Oriental” for the nation?  After all, the sun rises in the East, the direction revered by Masons as the source of light, or wisdom.

I tried to discern numerical symbolism in the number of panels and alcoves in the mausoleum, but didn’t come across much, though I do find some meaning in the fact that it resembles the tessellated floor of a Lodge.

The truncated pyramid, however, does have three layers of marble, so this may reflect the basic Masonic degree structure of three degrees.

Monument to Estácio de Sá

Let’s compare the artigas mausoleum to a monument I’ve previously written about, the Estácio de Sá monument in Rio de Janeiro.  Sá (1520-1567) , like Artigas, was a soldier and the “father” if you will, of Rio.  The monument is a pyramid which above ground is composed of 13 layers.  The American flag of course has 13 stripes the number appears in many places on the reverse side of the dollar bill.  It is also the number of layers in the pyramid in the Temple de la Sagesse Suprême, a monument I’ll discuss in the next section.  I read the pyramid, like simpler geometric forms, as abstractions which, though based on naturally-occurring shapes, are not so commonly found in nature; they are “perfected” versions of mountains, fruit, rocks the sun and the moon.  You can see from this photo that in my original post I slightly misinterpreted its form due to the camera angle of the photo at my disposition, but I think this interpretation is essentially correct.

Like the Artigas mausoleum, light shines into the crypt

Before this pyramid is a triangular window, formed with smaller triangular panes of glass. Just like Artigas’ monument, this aperture allows light to shine into the crypt below, shaped as a triangle, following the perimeter of the low wall which marks the boundaries of the exoteric monument above:  as above, so below.  This crypt serves as a small exhibition space, but also houses a reproduction of Sá’s tomb.  A remarkable parallel.  Unlike the Artigas mausoleum, the pyramid continues underground for several more layers.  A sinister interpretation is that this represents the hidden forces below the surface of everyday politics, perhaps even echoing the cave-like effect produced in a Masonic lodge, where the ceremonial space is always windowless.  A less sinister interpretation as that this represents deeper forms of knowledge, higher values which ironically, are accessed by going into the deeper concerns of man beyond everyday living.

This above/below theme is reflected in the triangle of sand below these windows.  A quirky thought occurs to me:  sand is used to make glass.  Perhaps this is another metaphor for the powers of reason and enlightenment?  Sand is used to make glass, which in turn allows us to illuminate once-darkened spaces.  Here again though, I think we’re entering the realm of the poetic imagination rather than objective analysis.

I should also mention that the small paved plaza around the pyramid is a triangle, as is the crypt itself.  Every form used in its construction, then, is a triangle, or based on one.

The triangle on the floor

As my brother-in-law discussed the symbolism with the monitor in Portuguese during my visit, I was able to make out one thing the monitor said, and that is the form of this monument had been inspired by the “fact” that Sá  was a Freemason.  This claim is possible; the earliest indications of Masonic-like lodges date to Scotland and France in the 1530’s.  Whether true or not, the claim that he was is significant, as well as that the form was chosen as an homage to Masonry.  The architect and people who paid him seem to have wanted to link the founding of their city with Freemasonry.  Indeed, the Flag of Brazil is a very natural green and blue, decorated with stars.  Above this nature symbolism are words, not shapes:  “Order and Progress.”  This encapsulates Masonic values regarding the perfectibility of human nature and via democracy, society as a whole.

Pirámide de Mayo

The pyramid is also has a strong solar connection; as tombs of the Pharaohs, they were essential for survival after death.  Like the sun itself, they signify re-birth.  This in turn is one symbolic meaning of the New World, a fresh start, a perfection of the Old, a new day as it were.  We can here point to the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral.  The pediment, a triangle naturally, depicts the reunion of Joseph with his father and brothers in Egypt.  Though it represents reconciliation, it also provided the sculptor to scene by including the three pyramids of Giza in the background.  Buenos Aires’ most prominent landmark is an enormous obelisk, after all, and I’ve never seen such a prolific use of the obelisk in miniature scattered throughout a city, except in Rio.  I also passed a small pyramid in a public park near the Recoleta cemetery, the cemetery of the city’s illustrious and wealthy…and where explicit Masonic symbols abound.  The Sun and two hands shaking in fellowship derive from Masonry; the Phrygian cap was derived from the French Revolution.  All three symbols are ubiquitous in Argentina, as they form they principal elements of the country’s coat of arms.
These symbols are also displayed on the Pyramid of May  (1811), a monument in Buenos Aires’ Plaza de Mayo.  The pyramid was ordered by the Primera Junta to celebrate the first anniversary of the May Revolution that led to removal of the Spanish Viceroy and the establishment of the Junta, the first local government on the path to independence.  The president of this Junta, its two secretaries and five of six committee members were Freemasons.

The Pyramid was originally crowned by a ball finial and encircled with 12 pillars, also with ball finials.  The number 13 appears yet again!  This original Pyramid was renovated and significantly modified in 1856 under the direction of Prilidiano Pueyrredón, a Freemason.

As for the sheer number of obelisks and pyramids, however, Rio has Buenos Aires beat, but I think I’ll compile that list for another post.

Temple de la Sagesse Supreme

A third monument I’d like to touch upon is the pyramid monument located at the heart of Blagnac’s (France) Place de la Revolution named the Temple de la Sagesse Supreme.  A thirteen-layered pyramid sits at the center of the plaza, as if literally at the heart of not only the Revolution, but the subsequent State, represented by an abstract form of a house from within the center of which pokes the tip of the pyramid.  It’s symbolic position at the heart of the Revolution is echoes in both the Pyramid of May and the Artigas Mausoleum.  The pyramid rises with the state, from the masses at the bottom to the President at top, which actually rises about the state itself.  The Sun is metaphorically represented by a circular pathway which radiates outwards.  Here the Sun may represent a new day, but also France’s self-proclaimed role as a beacon of Liberty, radiating its revolutionary principles throughout the world.  In fact, a tessellated map of world once lay beneath the pyramid, which is a working fountain.  The pyramids of Sá and Artigas are within view of the sea, perhaps this fountain replaces that natural watery setting.  Why that would be I’m not sure, as water is not really a Masonic symbol, although both the anchor and the ark are.  Perhaps then this refers to the story of Noah, whose story is important not only to Freemasonry, but esoteric circles in general.  As we’ve seen inprevious posts, Noah’s story represents….a new start for the world.

The light however, is not just symbolic.  In the ensemble of sculptures that flank the pyramid, a dog-like belvedere can emit a beam of light through a hole in the pyramid.  This too is reminiscent of the eye in the pyramid; because this “eye” also serves to transport light, it’s not at all “conspiracy theory” to believe it represents a wink in the direction of Enlightenment, if not a direct homage to the Bavarian Illuminati.  After all, Weishaupt did envision a small elite of enlightened men pulling the levers of the state; the pyramid with the eye is thus called the Temple of Supreme Wisdom.  The clincher is a bronze panel which quotes eccentric architect (and Freemason) Jean-Jacques Lequeu: “Happiness is in the angle where the sages gather.”  These sages are of course, enlightened, that is to say illuminated men.  Masons of course, meet on the square, a perfect equilibrium of four angles, a perfected microcosm of the natural world’s four directions, it’s winds, it’s elements….

Templo da Humanidade —  Rio de Janeiro

France’s self-image as a beacon of these values is not arrogance.  The beam of light passes through the eye to hit a crystal set within a tri-colored shield held by a stylized revolutionary carrying a halberd and wearing a Phrygian cap, the symbols repeatedly found in Latin American post-revolutionary heraldry, proof perfect that in fact the ideals of the French Revolution did indeed shine upon the world.  There is, for example, a positivist church in Rio, the Church of Humanity, oriented not towards Jerusalem, but Paris!  Positivism as a church values rationality and promotes universal fraternity; order is its foundation and progress is its aim.  There are some really good articles about the link between positivism and Freemasonry and their use of compulsory public education as means of achieving their goals of order and progress. Many positivists were  Freemasons, including fellows like Jules Ferry, who is primarily responsible for the laws of compulsory education in France.  The most Masonically-festooned tomb in the Recoleta is that of President Domingo Sarmiento, the “father of the Argentine education system” and obviously a Freemason.  I wholeheartedly recommend the articles here andhere for a history of positivism, Freemasonry, public education and Latin America.

This little comparison of these monuments is fitting for a fraternity rich in ideas expressed in architectural metaphors, for these monument express those ideas not with metaphorical architecture, but in real stone.  The link between Freemasonry and independence in Uruguay and Argentina, as well as in France, is I think clearly expressed in the symbols on these monuments.  A quick look at the people honored by them and who had a hand in making them also demonstrate a number of Freemasonic personalities that cannot be ignored.

So, a lot more could be written here, but for now I’ve hit a wall, the very same upon which I’ve just laid another brick.  There’ll be more to come….

Extensive new Documentary by Scott Noble

The title of the new film is “Counter-Intelligence” (‘Shining a light on black operations’). It is made up of 5 parts, viewable here (all Vimeo links, all free online):

1. The Company

Counter-Intelligence: I – The Company from S DN on Vimeo.

2. The Deep State

3. The Strategy of Tension

4. Necrophilous

5. Drone Nation

The film includes original interviews with:

Christopher Simpson (Author, “The Science of Coercion”), Ray McGovern (Former CIA officer); John Judge (Coalition Political Assassinations); Russ Baker (Investigative Journalist), Nafeez Ahmed (Author, “The War on Freedom”), Bill Christison (former CIA Officer), Robert Steele (Former CIA Officer), John Perkins (Author, “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man”); Peter Dale Scott (Author, “The Road to 911″); William I. Robinson (“Critical globalization studies”), Marcia Esparza (Historical Memory Project); James Petras (Professor Emeritus, Binghamton University); Michael Parenti (Historian); Graeme MacQueen (Center for Peace Studies); William Blum (Author, “Killing Hope”); Peter Phillips (Project Censored): John Stauber (Center for Media and Democracy); Joel Kovel (“Author, Overcoming Zionism”); Diana Ralph (Independent Jewish Voices); Larry Pinkney (Black Commentator).

Topics include: the structure of the modern intelligence agency; the evolution of the CIA; plausible deniability; compartmentalization and “need-to-know”; dirty tricks; election tampering; assassination; NGO’s and front companies; mercenary groups; the modern military-intelligence bureaucracy, including JSOC and NSA; The Panopticon; alliances with organized crime; the “war on drugs”; false flag operations; psywar; proxy war; death squads, torture and demonstrative violence; civilian casualties in modern war; the “grand chessboard”; Islamophobia; the Israeli factor; the degradation of the rule of law; the politics of “conspiracy theory”; the war on whistleblowers; and the rise of drone warfare.

China Eugenics: Engineering Genius Babies

It’s not exactly news that China is setting itself up as a new global superpower, is it? While Western civilization chokes on its own gluttony like a latter-day Marlon Brando, China continues to buy up American debt and lock away the world’s natural resources. But now, not content to simply laugh and make jerk-off signs as they pass us on the geopolitical highway, they’ve also developed a state-endorsed genetic-engineering project.

At BGI Shenzhen, scientists have collected DNA samples from 2,000 of the world’s smartest people and are sequencing their entire genomes in an attempt to identify the alleles which determine human intelligence. Apparently they’re not far from finding them, and when they do, embryo screening will allow parents to pick their brightest zygote and potentially bump up every generation’s intelligence by five to 15 IQ points. Within a couple of generations, competing with the Chinese on an intellectual level will be like challenging Lena Dunham to a getting-naked-on-TV contest.

Geoffrey Miller, an evolutionary psychologist and lecturer at NYU, is one of the 2,000 braniacs who contributed their DNA. I spoke to him about what this creepy-ass program might mean for the future of Chinese kids.

VICE: Hey, Geoffrey. Does China have a history of eugenics?
Geoffrey Miller: As soon as Deng Xiaoping took power in the late 70s, he took the whole focus of the Chinese government from trying to manage the economy, to trying to manage the quality and quantity of people. In the 90s, they started to do widespread prenatal testing for birth defects with ultrasound, and more recently, they’ve spent a lot of money researching human genetics to figure out which genes make people smarter.

What do you know about BGI Shenzhen?
It’s the biggest genetic research center in China, and I think the biggest in the world, by a considerable margin. They’re not just doing human genetics; BGI is also doing lots of plant genetics, animal genetics, anything that’s economically relevant or scientifically interesting.

Are you in touch with them?
I just got an email a couple of days ago saying that they’d almost finished doing the sequencing for the BGI Cognitive Genetics Project, the one I gave my genetics to, and that the results would be available soon.

What was their selection process?
They seem mostly interested in people of Chinese and European descent. They’re basically recruiting through a scientific conference, through word of mouth. You have to provide some evidence that you’re as smart as you say you are. You have to send your complete CV, publications you’ve produced, standardized-test scores, where you went to college… stuff like that.

How will the research be applied?
Once you’ve got that information and a fertilized egg that’s divided into a few cells, you can sample one of the cells to figure out the expected intelligence if it’s implanted and becomes a person.

What does that mean in human language?
Any given couple could potentially have several eggs fertilized in the lab with the dad’s sperm and the mom’s eggs. Then you can test multiple embryos and analyze which one’s going to be the smartest. That kid would belong to that couple as if they had it naturally, but it would be the smartest a couple would be able to produce if they had 100 kids. It’s not genetic engineering or adding new genes, it’s the genes that couples already have.

And over the course of several generations you’re able to exponentially multiply the population’s intelligence.
Right. Even if it only boosts the average kid by five IQ points, that’s a huge difference in terms of economic productivity, the competitiveness of the country, how many patents they get, how their businesses are run, and how innovative their economy is.

Could it develop into something more sinister?
That same research does open up the door potentially to genetic engineering in the future. But that would take a lot longer to make practical.

When do you think the embryo analysis might be implemented on a large scale?
Actual use of the technology to do embryo screening might take five to ten years, but it could be just a few years. It depends on how motivated they are.

Could this whole process be repeated with other characteristics, like physical appearance?
Absolutely. In fact, almost any trait other than intelligence would be easier to do. We know that intelligence depends on lots of genes while physical traits—like hair or eye color—only depend on a few genes. Things like body shape would be easier to do, physical attractiveness would be pretty complicated, personality traits might be a little simpler than intelligence—how hard working somebody is, how impulsive, how politically liberal or conservative they are would be easier. How religious you are—that’s definitely influenced by genes to some degree.

Shit. How does Western research in genetics compare to China’s?
We’re pretty far behind. We have the same technical capabilities, the same statistical capabilities to analyze the data, but they’re collecting the data on a much larger scale and seem to be capable of transforming the scientific findings into government policy and consumer genetic testing much more easily than we are. Technically and scientifically we could be doing this, but we’re not.

Why not?
We have ideological biases that say, “Well, this could be troubling, we shouldn’t be meddling with nature, we shouldn’t be meddling with God.” I just attended a debate in New York a few weeks ago about whether or not we should outlaw genetic engineering in babies and the audience was pretty split. In China, 95 percent of an audience would say, “Obviously you should make babies genetically healthier, happier, and brighter!” There’s a big cultural difference.

What else is China doing that we aren’t?
Well, they’re also investing a huge amount of money in education, they’re creating new systems of universities that emphasise more creative approaches to learning, and they’re sending hundreds of thousands of college students to America and Europe to see how our education systems operate so they can bring their own systems up to our standards and above.

Do you think global domination is in the cards, then?
The Chinese Communist party has never really sought global domination. They think of it as restoring China to its rightful and historical place as the central culture of humanity. Europe got a temporary advantage, but they’re just restoring the natural balance as the world’s most populous country. I don’t think they have any imperial ambitions to spread China’s borders—they’re not going to act like Nazi Germany or America in the 20th century—but they do want respect and they do want influence and they don’t trust America or Europe to run the world in the right way, in terms of issues like global warming or equality or economic stability.

Maybe they’re on to something.

The Revolutionary Faith – The Illuminati and the Crown

Queen Elizabeth with her rainbow and eyes of spies. Most notably, John Dee, the first 007.

Queen Elizabeth with her rainbow and eyes of spies. Most notably, John Dee, the first 007.

“The Tea Party, I always say, is more like the American Revolution, and Occupy Wall Street is more the French Revolution.” -Rand Paul

By: Jay

There are two major strands of the revolutionary tradition (or what we might call revlutionism) when viewed from the perspective of association with secret societies.  Both are inheritors of the Enlightenment and both were connected with the French and American Revolutions.  There is the laissez-faire capitalist tradition we see exemplified in characters like Adam Smith and David Ricardo, and on the other end is the Jacobin tradition of ‘Illuminism’ from characters like Robespierre, Marat, Danton and the other radicals of France.  This account is fairly well-known: in the lecture from Zbigniew Brzezinski I posted, he referenced this same dual trend in revolutionary thought.   I don’t mean to oversimplify: I recognize there are a whole host of varying shades of so-called “rebels” of all flavors – women’s rights activists (feminists), anarcho-Marxists, anarcho-capitalists, etc.  What I am proposing that many are not aware of is that there are deeper currents of occult and secret society-linked systems of thought that undergird the revolutionary faith.

Both of these revolutionary traditions draw energy from Freemasonry, which is commonly divided into British and Continental.  The British strand that influenced much of the American tradition retained a notion of theism and some connection with monarchy and aristocracy.  This explains why the Queen of England is the royal patron of Masonry, with the Duke of Kent and others having well-known masonic positions of power.  Similarly in America, the masonic tradition has tended to be connected to the upper class of white males, generally excluding women (except for women’s associations) and having racialist views.  One may inquire as to whether many of these people are actual practitioners of the craft, but regardless, the institution is thus very useful from a geo-political perspective.

That said, the British masonic tradition views the Continental, or Grand Orient tradition of masonry as “irregular,” like a black lodge.  The confusion would therefore arise from the desire of the Crown to have spies and infiltrators in all different branches of masonry, as well as attempting to run many of the cultic societies.  Keep in mind that from the geo-political view, the name of the great game is full spectrum dominance more than it is adherence to a particular ideology.  Ideologies are something trafficked in by those at the top, than something devoutly believed.  This idea can be seen extending all the way back to ancient Greece, for example, where Plato spoke of leaders in the Republic viewing religion as a kind of noble lie necessary for civil maintenance.  This trend in British espionage goes all the way back to Elizabeth, who was pictured in paintings with eyes covering her garment – symbolizing her spies sent all throughout Europe.

What is of particular relevance from the Grand Orient tradition is that this is the modern origin of socialism, communism and egalitarianism.  The Grand Orient tradition of France in particular is a direct line back to the French Revolution, which has direct descent to the Bavarian tradition of Illuminism from the famed Adam Weishaupt.  The French Revolutionaries sought through a direct and immediate reign of ”red terror” to depose the monarchy and all religion with the establishment of an atheistic, secular republic based on the supposed dignity of bare humanism.  It is from the French Revolutionaries that the famous “Declaration of the Rights of Man” arises.  A modern example would be the United Nations’ supported Secular Humanist Manifesto I and II.  The French Revolutionaries were far more radical in their Jacobinism than many American fathers desired, but Jefferson, the American minister to France, was apparently a fan of the French experiment:

“The experiment failed completely, and would have brought on the reestablishment   of despotism had it been pursued. The Jacobins saw this, and that the expunging   that officer was of absolute necessity, and the Nation was with them in opinion,   for however they might have been formerly for the constitution framed by the   first assembly, they were come over from their hope in it, and were now generally   Jacobins. In the struggle which was necessary, many guilty persons fell without   the forms of trial, and with them some innocent. These I deplore as much as   any body, and shall deplore some of them to the day of my death. But I deplore   them as I should have done had they fallen in battle. It was necessary to use   the arm of the people, a machine not quite so blind as balls and bombs, but   blind to a certain degree. A few of their cordial friends met at their hands,   the fate of enemies. But time and truth will rescue and embalm their memories,   while their posterity will be enjoying that very liberty for which they would   never have hesitated to offer up their lives. The liberty of the whole earth was depending on the issue of the contest, and was ever such a prize won with   so little innocent blood? My own affections have been deeply wounded by some   of the martyrs to this cause, but rather than it should have failed, I would   have seen half the earth desolated. Were there but an Adam and an Eve left in   every country, and left free, it would be better than as it now is. I have expressed   to you my sentiments, because they are really those of 99 in an hundred of our   citizens. The universal feasts, and rejoicings which have lately been had on   account of the successes of the French shewed the genuine effusions of their   hearts. You have been wounded by the sufferings of your friends, and have by   this circumstance been hurried into a temper of mind which would be extremely   disrelished if known to your countrymen. The reserve of the Pres. of the   U.S. had never permitted me to discover the light in which he viewed it,   and as I was more anxious that you should satisfy him than me, I had still avoided   explanations with you on the subject. But your [letter] 113 induced him to break   silence and to notice the extreme acrimony of your expressions. He added that   he had been informed the sentiments you expressed in your conversations   were equally offensive to our allies, and that you should consider yourself   as the representative of your country and that what you say, might be imputed   to your constituents. He desired me therefore to write to you on this subject.   He added that he considered France as the sheet anchor of this country and   its friendship as a first object. There are in the U.S. some characters   of opposite principles; some of them are high in office, others possessing great   wealth, and all of them hostile to France and fondly looking to England as the   staff of their hope. These I named to you on a former occasion. Their prospects   have certainly not brightened. Excepting them, this country is entirely republican,   friends to the constitution, anxious to preserve it and to have it administered   according to it’s [sic] own republican principles. The little party above   mentioned have espoused it only as a stepping stone to monarchy, and have endeavored   to approximate it to that in it’s [sic] administration, in order to render   it’s [sic] final transition more easy. The successes of republicanism   in France have given the coup de grace to their prospects, and I hope to their   projects.—I have developed to you faithfully the sentiments of your country,   that you may govern yourself accordingly. I know your republicanism to be pure,   and that it is no decay of that which has embittered you against it’s[sic]   votaries in France, but too great a sensibility at the partial evil by which   it’s object has been accomplished there.”

The French Revolutionary "Declaration of the Rights of Man" which resulted in anything but.

I wonder how many “good American patriots” are aware of the extent to which Jefferson was a radical.  The so-called Tea Party crowd often cite Jefferson in quote-mining exercises looking for proofs of capitalism, slavery, and whatever else they want to use, but Jefferson, as all traditionalists and conservatives know, was a radical at heart.  His “god” was ”liberty,” just as the god of the revolutionaries was liberty. His theology was purely deistic: how any religionist would think he works as an example of good ole American hometown religion is beyond me.  But then again, good ole hometown American religion basically is civic deism.  The American experiment is therefore closely linked to the French, but with a more sober, capitalist and racial tradition.  This explains why Washington was a Mason, yet hesitant about the activities of the Jacobin Illuminists spreading to America. He wrote:

“It was not my intention to doubt that, the Doctrines of the Illuminati, and principles of Jacobinism had not spread in the United States. On the contrary, no one is more truly satisfied of this fact than I am.

The idea that I meant to convey, was, that I did not believe that the Lodges of Free Masons in this Country had, asSocieties, endeavoured to propagate the diabolical tenets of the first, or pernicious principles of the latter (if they are susceptible of separation). That Individuals of them may have done it, or that the founder, or instrument employed to found, the Democratic Societies in the United States, may have had these objects; and actually had a separation of the People from their Government in view, is too evident to be questioned.”

By contrast, the tradition of Continental or Grand Orient Masonry that spread from France to Italy, Germany, Prussia, and eventually Moscow, is one of the secret forces behind world communism.  Monsignor George Dillon, James Billington and John Daniel have written works analyzing these divisions and trends that I recommend.  One clear sample of evidence for this claim is the cached site of the Grand Orient of France, which reads as follows (notice the claims of “liberty, equality, fraternity” – the rallying cry of the French Revolutionaries:

Spartacus-Weishaupt, founder of the Bavarian Illuminati

“Lafayette received a sword from George Washington in honor of the part played by French Freemasons in the American War of Independence.
In this way, the preparation of the ideas of Liberty and Equality in the Masonic Lodges contributed to the great reforms of the French Revolution.

And this is how answers to a question which was studied in the Lodges of the Grand Orient de France before the war would be highly instrumental in setting up the French welfare system.  But these are just a few examples, for in the past three centuries the history of French Freemasonry has been that of France and of its great social victories in the humanist context in which it has placed itself.

Whether it be the abolition of slavery with Victor Schoelcher, the setting up compulsory, nondenominational state school with Jules Ferry, more recently the work of Arthur Groussier with industrial tribunals, the protection of women and children in work, then the shortening of the working week, paid leave etc… these are some of the problems studied in the Masonic Lodges of the Grand Orient de France and made the law of the Republic by the enlightened men who for their time were at the cutting edge of progress.

The Grand Orient de France lives in its century and takes the lead in the emancipatory battles of its time.

Whereas in other forms of Masonry – particularly those which are the direct descendants of English Masonry and have retained their dogmas – a member must be a practising believer, the Grand Orient de France as an institution, is a society which practises Absolute Freedom of Conscience that is to say it leaves its members free to believe in a revealed truth whatever it may be or to be totally agnostic. Thus in the Masonic Lodges we find believers of all faiths together with atheists, agnostics and freethinkers. This is the meaning of the freedom of conscience which the Grand Orient de France defends when it defends secularism in all the activities of the state and not only in education which it wants to see remain free, nondenominational and compulsory for all. This new concept of Freemasonry – of Absolute Freedom of Conscience which was born on the ” Convent ” (Annual General Meeting) of 1877 and whose gave birth to a new form of practise in Freemasonry which is called Liberal Freemasonry. This form is fast developing in all the countries of the world where men aspire no longer to be the slaves of dogmas and enforced beliefs and want to change the societies in which they live, preparing a better and more enlightened future for tomorrow.”

Mandatory secular state schooling, state welfare, egalitarianism, abolition, women’s rights, the secular Republic, atheism, so-called ‘free-thinking,’ relativism, socialism and communism, etc., all founding principles of the modernist hell we experience today can be traced here.  There’s only one problem here: what if men aren’t all radically equal?  Clearly the end result of this philosophy is pure Marxism.  In cultural and social Marxism, all differentiation, hierarchy and difference are somehow metaphysically “bad,” and must be stamped out.  But man cannot live in rebellion against nature, and since Marx was so often taken with the idea of man being alienated from nature, how ironic it is that this Grand Orient tradition, which Karl Marx and Antonio Gramsci draw directly from, is so anti-natural.  In fact, it is a war on nature, God and all things healthy.  That is what bleary-eyed revolutionary idealists never understand.  I’m reminded of the great quote from Spengler: “There is no proletarian, not even a Communist movement, that has not operated in the interests of money, and for the time being permitted by money – and that without the idealists among its leaders having the slightest suspicion of the fact.”

What can we conclude from this?  Continental or Grand Orient masonry is still very much a powerful force in the world, and is still associated with communist and socialist trends, as well as with feminism and Marxism.  It has been at work in the South American and Mexicans revolutions, as well as in Europe and Africa.  The Jacobin socialist Illuminists are still at work in America, too.  They are the force behind radical egalitarianism that is destroying everything, including its fellow tradition, capitalist revolutionism.  The foolish and moronic masses have no idea how bad it is going to get when the communist-socialists have their way and dismantle the western traditions of cohesion.  God is the author of distinction and differentiation.  Some things are holy, some are not. Some men are evil, some are good.  Radical egalitarianism as a philosophy ends up destroying everything for the sake of the false trinity, “liberty, equality, fraternity.”  From the geo-political perspective, this is partly at work in the modern machinations we see attempting to blackmail both the Vatican and the British Crown.  The question we must ask is, do we really want to see complete victory and exaltation of the worst?  Andrew Wilkow put it well when he said we don’t raise the smaller trees in the forest by cutting down the taller.

Ex-member: Muslim Brotherhood has secret societies in 80 nations, including U.S.

ABU DHABI — A defector has exposed the Muslim Brotherhood’s campaign

"They are taught to regard the movement as their home and that standing to the national anthem of their country is polytheism."to dominate the Gulf.

Tharwat Al Kherbawy told a conference in Abu Dhabi that the Brotherhood,

with headquarters in Egypt, was infiltrating Western and Arab states by
recruiting their Muslim citizens. Al Kherbawy said the Brotherhood
established secret societies in more than 80 countries, with recruits
pledged to violence.

Tharwat Al Kherbawy: “They are taught to regard the movement as their home and that standing to the national anthem of their country is polytheism.”

“So these novices are raised on obedience and allegiance to the supreme guide, accepting no criticism of him or his actions,” Al Kherbawy told the conference, entitled “Challenges and Threats posed by the Muslim Brotherhood to UAE and Countries of the Region.”

“They are taught to regard the movement as their home and that standing to the national anthem of their country is polytheism.”

In an address to a conference on Feb. 24, Al Kherbawy said the Brotherhood has rejected loyalty to any host country. He cited the refusal of new Brotherhood parliamentarians to stand during the playing of the Egyptian national anthem in 2011. Instead, the Islamist deputies stood during the United States anthem when they later met the American ambassador in Cairo.

Al Kherbawy said the Brotherhood recruits teenagers in a ceremony in
which they kneel before a masked member and take a vow over a gun and Koran. He said the recruit, whose progress is monitored, is warned that any violation of orders means death. The movement has been cautious in promoting
members in an effort to protect the Brotherhood from infiltration by
intelligence services.

In late 2012, the UAE reported the arrest of 94 suspected Brotherhood
members accused of trying to overthrow the Gulf Cooperation Council state.
Officials said the Brotherhood marked a leading threat to the UAE as well as
such neighboring states as Kuwait.

“It does not believe in the sovereignty of the state,” UAE Foreign
Minister Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan said.

Al Kherbawy said the Brotherhood presence in any country consists of
three units. They included a unit comprised of local residents, a secret
Egyptian cell, and what Al Kherbawy termed an international group that
reports to superiors in the American city of New York.

“For Emirati members of the Muslim Brotherhood, it is a proxy allegiance
oath, whereby these members swear allegiance before another veteran leader
in the UAE, who in turn swears allegiance before the supreme guide in
Cairo,” Al Kherbawy told the conference, organized by the Al Mezmaah Studies and
Research Center at Zayed University.

The Rise and Fall of Nikola Tesla and his Tower

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Nikola Tesla. Image courtesy of LIbrary of Congress

By the end of his brilliant and tortured life, the Serbian physicist, engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla was penniless and living in a small New York City hotel room. He spent days in a park surrounded by the creatures that mattered most to him—pigeons—and his sleepless nights working over mathematical equations and scientific problems in his head. That habit would confound scientists and scholars for decades after he died, in 1943. His inventions were designed and perfected in his imagination.

Tesla believed his mind to be without equal, and he wasn’t above chiding his contemporaries, such as Thomas Edison, who once hired him. “If Edison had a needle to find in a haystack,” Tesla once wrote, “he would proceed at once with the diligence of the bee to examine straw after straw until he found the object of his search. I was a sorry witness of such doing that a little theory and calculation would have saved him ninety percent of his labor.”

But what his contemporaries may have been lacking in scientific talent (by Tesla’s estimation), men like Edison and George Westinghouse clearly possessed the one trait that Tesla did not—a mind for business. And in the last days of America’s Gilded Age, Nikola Tesla made a dramatic attempt to change the future of communications and power transmission around the world.  He managed to convince J.P. Morgan that he was on the verge of a breakthrough, and the financier gave Tesla more than $150,000 to fund what would become a gigantic, futuristic and startling tower in the middle of Long Island, New York. In 1898, as Tesla’s plans to create a worldwide wireless transmission system became known, Wardenclyffe Tower would be Tesla’s last chance to claim the recognition and wealth that had always escaped him.

Nikola Tesla was born in modern-day Croatia in 1856; his father, Milutin, was a priest of the Serbian Orthodox Church. From an early age, he demonstrated the obsessiveness that would puzzle and amuse those around him. He could memorize entire books and store logarithmic tables in his brain. He picked up languages easily, and he could work through days and nights on only a few hours sleep.

At the age of 19, he was studying electrical engineering at the Polytechnic Institute at Graz in Austria, where he quickly established himself as a star student. He found himself in an ongoing debate with a professor over perceived design flaws in the direct-current (DC) motors that were being demonstrated in class. “In attacking the problem again I almost regretted that the struggle was soon to end,” Tesla later wrote. “I had so much energy to spare. When I undertook the task it was not with a resolve such as men often make. With me it was a sacred vow, a question of life and death. I knew that I would perish if I failed. Now I felt that the battle was won. Back in the deep recesses of the brain was the solution, but I could not yet give it outward expression.”

He would spend the next six years of his life “thinking” about electromagnetic fields and a hypothetical motor powered by alternate-current that would and should work. The thoughts obsessed him, and he was unable to focus on his schoolwork. Professors at the university warned Tesla’s father that the young scholar’s working and sleeping habits were killing him. But rather than finish his studies, Tesla became a gambling addict, lost all his tuition money, dropped out of school and suffered a nervous breakdown. It would not be his last.

In 1881, Tesla moved to Budapest, after recovering from his breakdown, and he was walking through a park with a friend, reciting poetry, when a vision came to him. There in the park, with a stick, Tesla drew a crude diagram in the dirt—a motor using the principle of rotating magnetic fields created by two or more alternating currents. While AC electrification had been employed before, there would never be a practical, working motor run on alternating current until he invented his induction motor several years later.

In June 1884, Tesla sailed for New York City and arrived with four cents in his pocket and a letter of recommendation from Charles Batchelor—a former employer—to Thomas Edison, which was purported to say, “My Dear Edison: I know two great men and you are one of them. The other is this young man!”

A meeting was arranged, and once Tesla described the engineering work he was doing, Edison, though skeptical, hired him. According to Tesla, Edison offered him $50,000 if he could improve upon the DC generation plants Edison favored. Within a few months, Tesla informed the American inventor that he had indeed improved upon Edison’s motors. Edison, Tesla noted, refused to pay up. “When you become a full-fledged American, you will appreciate an American joke,” Edison told him.

Tesla promptly quit and took a job digging ditches. But it wasn’t long before word got out that Tesla’s AC motor was worth investing in, and the Western Union Company put Tesla to work in a lab not far from Edison’s office, where he designed AC power systems that are still used around the world. “The motors I built there,” Tesla said, “were exactly as I imagined them. I made no attempt to improve the design, but merely reproduced the pictures as they appeared to my vision, and the operation was always as I expected.”

Tesla patented his AC motors and power systems, which were said to be the most valuable inventions since the telephone. Soon, George Westinghouse, recognizing that Tesla’s designs might be just what he needed in his efforts to unseat Edison’s DC current, licensed his patents for $60,000 in stocks and cash and royalties based on how much electricity Westinghouse could sell. Ultimately, he won the “War of the Currents,” but at a steep cost in litigation and competition for both Westinghouse and Edison’s General Electric Company.

Wardenclyffe Tower. Photo: Wikipedia

Fearing ruin, Westinghouse begged Tesla for relief from the royalties Westinghouse agreed to. “Your decision determines the fate of the Westinghouse Company,” he said. Tesla, grateful to the man who had never tried to swindle him, tore up the royalty contract, walking away from millions in royalties that he was already owed and billions that would have accrued in the future. He would have been one of the wealthiest men in the world—a titan of the Gilded Age.

His work with electricity reflected just one facet of his fertile mind. Before the turn of the 20th century, Tesla had invented a powerful coil that was capable of generating high voltages and frequencies, leading to new forms of light, such as neon and fluorescent, as well as X-rays. Tesla also discovered that these coils, soon to be called “Tesla Coils,” made it possible to send and receive radio signals. He quickly filed for American patents in 1897, beating the Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi to the punch.

Tesla continued to work on his ideas for wireless transmissions when he proposed to J.P. Morgan his idea of a wireless globe. After Morgan put up the $150,000 to build the giant transmission tower, Tesla promptly hired the noted architect Stanford White of McKim, Mead, and White in New York. White, too, was smitten with Tesla’s idea. After all, Tesla was the highly acclaimed man behind Westinghouse’s success with alternating current, and when Tesla talked, he was persuasive.

“As soon as completed, it will be possible for a business man in New York to dictate instructions, and have them instantly appear in type at his office in London or elsewhere,” Tesla said at the time. “He will be able to call up, from his desk, and talk to any telephone subscriber on the globe, without any change whatever in the existing equipment. An inexpensive instrument, not bigger than a watch, will enable its bearer to hear anywhere, on sea or land, music or song, the speech of a political leader, the address of an eminent man of science, or the sermon of an eloquent clergyman, delivered in some other place, however distant. In the same manner any picture, character, drawing or print can be transferred from one to another place. Millions of such instruments can be operated from but one plant of this kind.”

White quickly got to work designing Wardenclyffe Tower in 1901, but soon after construction began it became apparent that Tesla was going to run out of money before it was finished. An appeal to Morgan for more money proved fruitless, and in the meantime investors were rushing to throw their money behind Marconi. In December 1901, Marconi successfully sent a signal from England to Newfoundland. Tesla grumbled that the Italian was using 17 of his patents, but litigation eventually favored Marconi and the commercial damage was done.  (The U.S. Supreme Court ultimately upheld Tesla’s claims, clarifying Tesla’s role in the invention of the radio—but not until 1943, after he died.) Thus the Italian inventor was credited as the inventor of radio and became rich. Wardenclyffe Tower became a 186-foot-tall relic (it would be razed in 1917), and the defeat—Tesla’s worst—led to another of his breakdowns. ”It is not a dream,” Tesla said, “it is a simple feat of scientific electrical engineering, only expensive—blind, faint-hearted, doubting world!”

Guglielmo Marconi in 1903. Photo: Library of Congress

By 1912, Tesla began to withdraw from that doubting world. He was clearly showing signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder, and was potentially a high-functioning autistic. He became obsessed with cleanliness and fixated on the number three; he began shaking hands with people and washing his hands—all done in sets of three. He had to have 18 napkins on his table during meals, and would count his steps whenever he walked anywhere. He claimed to have an abnormal sensitivity to sounds, as well as an acute sense of sight, and he later wrote that he had “a violent aversion against the earrings of women,” and “the sight of a pearl would almost give me a fit.”

Near the end of his life, Tesla became fixated on pigeons, especially a specific white female, which he claimed to love almost as one would love a human being. One night, Tesla claimed the white pigeon visited him through an open window at his hotel, and he believed the bird had come to tell him she was dying. He saw “two powerful beans of light” in the bird’s eyes, he later said. “Yes, it was a real light, a powerful, dazzling, blinding light, a light more intense than I had ever produced by the most powerful lamps in my laboratory.” The pigeon died in his arms, and the inventor claimed that in that moment, he knew that he had finished his life’s work.

Nikola Tesla would go on to make news from time to time while living on the 33rd floor of the New Yorker Hotel. In 1931 he made the cover of Time magazine, which featured his inventions on his 75th birthday. And in 1934, the New York Times reported that Tesla was working on a “Death Beam” capable of knocking 10,000 enemy airplanes out of the sky. He hoped to fund a prototypical defensive weapon in the interest of world peace, but his appeals to J.P. Morgan Jr. and British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain went nowhere. Tesla did, however, receive a $25,000 check from the Soviet Union, but the project languished.  He died in 1943, in debt, although Westinghouse had been paying his room and board at the hotel for years.


Books: Nikola Tesla, My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla, Hart Brothers, Pub., 1982. Margaret Cheney, Tesla: Man Out of Time, Touchstone, 1981.

Articles: “The Problem of Increasing Human Energy With Special References to the Harnessing of the Sun’s Energy,” by Nikola Tesla, Century Magazine, June, 1900. “Reflections on the Mind of Nikola Tesla,” by R. (Chandra) Chandrasekhar, Centre for Intelligent Information Processing Systems, School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, Augst 27, 2006,”Tesla: Live and Legacy, Tower of Dreams,”, ”The Cult of Nikola Tesla,” by Brian Dunning, Skeptoid #345, January 15, 2003. “Nikola Tesla, History of Technology, The Famous Inventors Worldwide,” by David S. Zondy, Worldwide Independent Inventors Association, “The Future of Wireless Art by Nikola Tesla,” Wireless Telegraphy & Telephony, by Walter W. Massid & Charles R. Underhill, 1908.

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25 Cutting Edge Firms Funded By The CIA

It’s no secret the Central Intelligence Agency has an investment firm that funds startups that could have a big impact for the Agency.If there is a company out there doing intelligence research, it’s likely that In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s personal investor, either looked them up or made a check out to them.It’s all to ensure that the Agency remains on the forefront of tech. Not long ago, In-Q-Tel invested heavily in a company called Keyhole. Never heard of them? Maybe you know their work, a little project eventually known as Google Earth.

So, want to know what’s next for technology? Keep an eye on these 25 companies.


3VR is a video surveillance company that is changing the game

3VR is a video surveillance company that is changing the game

The company 3VR Inc develops software enabling organizations to mine data from video.

In-Q-Tel first invested in the company in 2005. 3VR works with leading banks, governments, law enforcement and retailers at the moment.

They also own CrimeDex, which is basically the place where loss prevention and law enforcement professionals hang out online.

Adaptx creates digital pens that speed up field data collection.

Adaptx creates digital pens that speed up field data collection.

Of course the CIA invested in this company. They make pens with gadgets hidden in them.

Adaptx first received In-Q-Tel funding in 2008. They design special digital pens that expedite data entry. For instance, handwritten markup on maps would be automatically integrated into the CIA’s system. Field journal notes can be automatically backed up digitally. That data can be sent over a cellphone connection.

This is on of many gadget companies the CIA has bought into.

Basis Technology synthesizes the foreign chatter

Basis Technology synthesizes the foreign chatter

The CIA is obviously extremely interested in what is going on in the rest of the world.

They are one of the largest employers of talented linguists, but that gets very expensive. So it’s no surprised they’re interested in Basis Technology, which provides software for text analytics in over twenty languages.

They work primarily in applied natural language processing, deriving meaning from the ways people actually use language. In-Q-Tel has been invested in the firm since 2004.

Biomatrica works with preserving biological materials

Biomatrica works with preserving biological materials

Biometric identification is an important way to confirm the identity of an individual. For clandestine services, confirming identities is crucial.

Biomatrica works on ways to make DNA, RNA, and proteins have a longer shelf life. Short and long-term storage of this information is important for the CIA.

In-Q-Tel has been invested in Biomatrica since 2011.

Cloudera helps organizations do large-scale data storage

Cloudera helps organizations do large-scale data storage

The CIA has massive databases of information. Controlling and sustaining these digital archives is just as important for the CIA as it is for technology companies.

Cloudera Enterprises is one of the most cost-effective ways for companies to securely carry out large-scale data analysis and storage.

The group specializes in helping groups use Google, Facebook, and Yahoo! software. In-Q-Tel has been invested in Cloudera since 2010.

DSSP makes safe rockets that are controlled by electricity

DSSP makes safe rockets that are controlled by electricity

Rocket engines are simple: ignite explosives, direct exhaust, liftoff. That’s what happens.

But there are still some issues with that. A rocket can’t be un-ignited. Lighting explosives on fire remains dangerous.

Digital Solid State Propulsion has vastly improved the control of highly energetic combustion using electrical power. Their technology is use in several sectors of missile defense and rocketry, and the CIA is very interested in the results.

In-Q-Tel has been invested in DSSP since 2011.

FireEye is one of the most advanced cybersecurity firms out there

FireEye is one of the most advanced cybersecurity firms out there

A botnet is a network of computers that can be coordinated to assault a target by obeying commands from a central hub. Sometimes, computers are added to the botnet after a virus infection.

FireEye specializes in protecting against botnet attacks and also works to combat the malware that brings computers into the network.

Cybersecurity is a major national security issue. In-Q-Tel has been invested in FireEye since 2009.

Gainspan makes WiFi sensors that can run for years on a AA battery

Gainspan makes WiFi sensors that can run for years on a AA battery

Why would America’s spy organization need to push out a WiFi signal for years with a small, compact battery?

Who knows!

But still, GainSpan is a very cool company with an even cooler product. They focus on connecting devices to the internet with ultra-low power WiFi. The company sees use for their devices in healthcare, smart energy, automation, and, yes, monitoring.

In-Q-Tel has been invested in GainSpan since March, 2009.

GATR technologies makes inflatable satellite antennae

GATR technologies makes inflatable satellite antennae

With an unknown number of field agents in a likewise unknown number of countries, it makes sense that the CIA might want a quick, discreet way to get a satellite connection where there isn’t one in an easily deployable manner.

GATR Technologies develops and manufactures inflatable satellite communications terminals. They say that they’re perfect for the first wave of deployments to a country to get something ready on the go and for remote locations,

In-Q-Tel has been invested in the company since 2008.

The Ember corporation makes low-power wireless products

The Ember corporation makes low-power wireless products


The CIA’s portfolio is heavily weighted on companies that improve electric efficiency.

Ember Corporation focuses on developing networking systems that simplify wirelessly networking low-power products. They’re focused on smart energy, remote monitoring, and remote control uses of their tech.

In-Q-Tel first invested in Ember in 2005.

Infinite Power Solutions makes flexible, thin-film batteries

Infinite Power Solutions makes flexible, thin-film batteries


The CIA loves the idea of compact, discreet power systems. Infinite Power Solutions is just one of several advanced battery companies that In-Q-Tel has funded, but it’s probably the coolest.

IPS manufactures rechargeable, thin as film batteries that are used in advanced electronics. They can power RFID cards, medical devices, and aerospace products.

In-Q-Tel first invested in Infinite Power Solutions in 2006

Infinite Z makes virtual-holographic simulation a reality

Infinite Z makes virtual-holographic simulation a reality

Infinite Z has developed an interactive 3D environment. It’s really cool.

The company has been developing its 3-dimensional software for some time, and now the system is recruiting apps and developers to continue improving the system.

In-Q-Tel first invested in the company in 2007.

Looxcie makes hands free wearable video cameras.

Looxcie makes hands free wearable video cameras.

This product is really cool. Looxcie has invented a wearable camera that can hold up to 10 hours of video and can stream it as well. It goes for under $200.

It’s about as obvious as a Bluetooth earpiece and it makes a lot of sense that the CIA would be interested in this kind of hardware. Looxcie has apps and the ability to stream live, which could be a boon for reconnaissance missions.

In-Q-Tel first invested in Looxcie in 2011.

MiserWare makes intelligent power management software

MiserWare makes intelligent power management software

Computing requires a lot of electricity. That can get taxing, especially for large organizations with growing electricity bills or groups operating in areas on the electric fringe.

Basically, the CIA.

MiserWare has developed software that makes a computer use less power. While there are many, many groups working on this problem on the hardware side — increasing the efficiency of circuits and such — MiserWare is focused on software, which is rather novel.

If that interests you, the software is free for personal use at this point.

In-Q-Tel first invested in MiserWare in 2010.

MotionDSP offers “unrivaled” video enhancement tech

MotionDSP offers "unrivaled" video enhancement tech

While shows like CSI have often been mocked for the characters’ ability to “enhance!” a still frame far beyond what is even conceivable, there is tech out there that aims to accomplish just that.

MotionDSP — and their Ikena products — reliably improves the quality of video. This video can come from a drone, or a surveillance camera, or a web cam.

Motion DSP’s customers include, yes, some of the nation’s leading forensic labs.

In-Q-Tel has been invested in MotionDSP since 2007.

Oculis Labs tackles the hacking liability that really matters

Oculis Labs tackles the hacking liability that really matters

One of the most common ways to lose control of password protections isn’t a hack or a virus, it’s just someone looking over your shoulder and reading private data.

Oculis Labs manufactures products that protect from “over-the-shoulder” eavesdroppers. The project secures a computer screen in the space between the monitor and the user, fuzzing the screen to any onlookers.

One of their products, Chameleon, tracks user eye movement and encrypts words that are not being read by the user.

In-Q-Tel first invested in Oculis Labs in 2011.

OpenSpan makes businesses more productive using analytics

OpenSpan makes businesses more productive using analytics

The CIA is very similar to a corporation in the sense that they, too want to work as efficiently as possible.

That could inform the investment in OpenSpan, which makes software that enables organizations to see exactly what employees are doing on their computer: what programs they’re using, what progress they’re making, etc.

OpenSpan then uses automation tools to streamline workflow.

In-Q-Tel first invested in OpenSpan in 2010.

Palantir is a Peter Thiel company that is changing the game of intelligence

Palantir is a Peter Thiel company that is changing the game of intelligence

We’ve talked about Palantir before and the impact it is having on the Army intelligence community.

What we didn’t go into as much was the fact that In-Q-Tel was an early investor in the technology on behalf of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Palantir makes software that integrates data together from a wide array of resources and databases.

It’s one of the best programs at coordinating the vast databases accumulated by the U.S. intelligence apparatus. It assembles comprehensive dossiers on objects of interest, collated from the sprawling databases of intelligence agencies.

Perceptive Pixel makes advanced multi-touch displays, like the one on CNN

Perceptive Pixel makes advanced multi-touch displays, like the one on CNN

You know CNN’s large, interactive touch screen that premiered during the 2008 election? The one Wolf Blitzer is obsessed with?

That was brought to you by Perceptive Pixel, which makes screens like that for media, energy companies, intelligence groups, defense, and medical imaging.

The software allows users to manipulate huge data sets with intuitive interface technologies.

In-Q-Tel initially invested in the company in 2009.

Recorded Future is a temporal analysis program

Recorded Future is a temporal analysis program

Although it is in the early stages, Recorded Future is extremely ambitious as a company. The goal is to use information pulled from the 24/7 media flow to extract time-related information. The idea is to organize the media into a temporal experience, giving the user an accurate sense of relationships over time.

The point? Use the web as a predictive mechanism. Use the chatter online as a forecasting tool.

In-Q-Tel first invested in Recorded Future in 2010.

Seventh Sense is developing health monitoring products that interface with human skin

Seventh Sense is developing health monitoring products that interface with human skin

Running health diagnostic exams takes time and personnel. Seventh Sense is designing a new generation of products that integrate directly with the human body to monitor the health situation on the inside.

Seventh Sense sees their products being used in the clinic, at home, or on the move. That last one probably piques the CIA’s interest the most.

In-Q-Tel first invested in Seventh Sense in 2008.

Sonitus Medical makes a hearing system that transmits sound imperceptibly through the mouth

Sonitus Medical makes a hearing system that transmits sound imperceptibly through the mouth

This product has “spy gear” written all over it.

Sonitus Medical Inc. has developed the SoundBite hearing system which plays off the principle of bone conduction to transmit audial messages. A nearly invisible in-the-mouth hearing and communication platform is non invasive and connects directly to the inner ear, allowing the user to hear transmitted messages through their skull.

This could mean that agents can drop bulky and obvious ear pieces when needing to keep in contact with home command.

In-Q-Tel first invested in Sonitus Medical in 2009.

Spotter RF makes super-powerful radars in a handheld form

Spotter RF makes super-powerful radars in a handheld form

The radar system made by SpotterRF can track a person walking anywhere within a 148 acre space, and it’s handheld.

SpotterRF is mostly aiming for military uses, but it makes sense that the CIA would be interested in that kind of technology.

One of their products has a range of half a kilometer and is the size of a trade paperback novel.

In-Q-Tel first invested in SpotterRF in 2010.

Visible Technologies extracts business solutions from social media chatter

Visible Technologies extracts business solutions from social media chatter

The CIA would love to mine the vast amount of tweets sent out all over the world for important intelligence.

That’s where a company like Visible Technologies comes in. Their software allows users to extract business value from social communities, and also give customer insights for brands online.

In-Q-Tel first invested in the company in 2009.

Walleye makes handheld devices that can see into and through solid objects

Walleye makes handheld devices that can see into and through solid objects

When it comes to spy gear in the popular imagination, x-ray vision is up there among the Aston Martin and the Walther PPK as de rigour gear for any respectable secret agent.

While it’s not exactly to that point yet, Walleye Technologies has developed handheld portable imaging systems that can see into and through solid objects. The imaging system generates high-quality pictures and the company is excited for the possibility of taking the  consumer and security imaging markets by storm.

In-Q-Tel initially invested in Walleye in March 2012.

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Privacy: A Postmortem

Privacy – A Postmortem
(or Cell Phones, GPS, Drones, Persistent Dataveillance, Big Data, Smart Cameras and Facial Recognition, The Internet of Things, and Government Data Centers Vacuuming Google and Facebook, Oh My!)
Jam-Packed with real-world examples.

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BBC Southern Eye: Freemasonry (2000)

Old BBC doc on Masonic cronyism.

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Blade Runner: Indepth Esoteric Analysis

German Film Poster

Highest Levels of Illuminism Revealed

By: Jay

In Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, we are presented with a prescient, dystopian future based on Phillip K. Dick’s novella, “Do Android’s Dream of Electric Sheep?” We will see that this film is full of not only accurate predictions of the future’s general landscape, but is also suffused with occult imagery and deep symbolic themes, as well as raising crucial moral and social issues.  As I will argue, the film operates on several levels: as the immediate story itself, the predictive future level with social critiques, the level of covert operations and mind control, and the deepest level, that of myths, archetypes, and alchemical occult initiatory transformation.  All these levels must be integrated to grasp the full import of the film as Ridley Scott conveys it.  The deepest level is what holds the other levels together in coherence and meaning.

As the film begins, the viewer is shown the 2020 landscape of Los Angeles, and then an eye viewing the landscape.  The eye represents the viewer, and just as I explained in my analysis of Eyes Wide Shut, the viewing of the film itself will constitute an initiatory experience.  The viewer is going to be shown the elite plan, yet the eyes of most will remain shut.  For the masses, there is no ability to make deeper level connections and associations between ideas, symbols and archetypes.  For the viewer who has eyes to see, they are seeing the future itself, as well as the worldview of the ruling class.  In fact, Blade Runnerranks with Eyes Wide Shut as one of the most explicit revelations of the method of the ruling oligarchs.  My interpretation of this is confirmed by the fact that the film doesn’t show us whose eye we see.  In fact, the reflection in the eye shows the scene the viewer just saw of the L.A. cityscape.

It is significant that we are presented with two shots of the eye and then the cut to the Tyrell corporation’s ziggurat/pyramid shape. Immediately we are presented with Egyptian symbology, as well as the notions of the so-called “Illuminati.” The all-seeing eye is flashed in between images of the exalted pyramid in order to initiate the viewer into who is running things.  This is the connection of imagery and meaning that most are not able to make.

We are given hints as well that perhaps this is an ancient technology of dominance – the “technology of the gods.” In reality, the technology of the gods meme refers to the elite perspective of themselves and their “magickal” worldview: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, as Arthur C. Clarke’s third law says.  The “god” is the one who controls the genetic engineering and artificial intelligence.  The cap of the pyramid is empty because the head of the system is secret.  It’s a shadow corporate government, where the eye floats above the pyramid itself.  The eye is thus above and transcends the externalization of the hierarchy on earth.

When the viewer approaches the pyramid in the open scene, it is engulfed in golden sunlight, conjuring up notions of Ra and Egypt.  The mysteries of Egypt center around the godlike philosopher king (Pharoah), as the material manifestation of Atum Ra, mirroring the spiritual hierarchy on the spiritual plane.  In this dystopian future, the Egyptian scheme is replaced by a corporate system.  The light is enlightening the viewer, taking him along for the ride in the flying car to the top of the pyramid.  In other words, for those that can see, you are about to see what they see.

We are then shown “Voight-Kampff” testing given to Leon, one of the Replicants, or advanced A.I. robots created by the Tyrell Corporation.  The test is designed to see if the possible Replicant has emotions, will and desire.  “Kampff” recalls Hitler’s Mein Kampf, his manifesto devoted to his struggle, characterized as one of will. Tyrell, we learn, has been in the business of developing assassination droids, sex droids, etc., yet some Replicants, however, do not know they are programmed with false memories and a false identity (which the BBC just reported in relation to DARPA).

In this perspective, the Replicants seem to partly resemble the infamous plans of various states over the last century to create “supersoldiers,” or mind controlled assassins in operations like MKULTRABLUEBIRD and ARTICHOKE.  With examples like Sirhan Sirhan, it would appear there was success, and it was in fact Nazi scientists, hearkening back to the Mein Kampf reference, who worked on such mind control projects, as well as the Soviets and the U.S.  “Roy Batty,” (played by Rutger Hauer) the “Nexus 6″ model and leader of the rebel Replicants is himself a supersoldier assassin, “more human than a human,” as Tyrell states.  The retinal image returns and this time it’s Leon Kowalski.  Leon is given the test and assassinates his tester at a certain point when the trigger words “tortoise” and “mother” are mentioned, signifying that in mind control, manipulation of symbols and Jungian archetypes is crucial. The tortoise is associated with Hermes/mercury, as I will show and which will be relevant later.

The Replicants are given a four-year lifespan which allows Tyrell to have total control, keeping them from ever rebelling or having a lengthy time to work towards revolution.  Similarly, in real life the elite have always sought to control lifespans and populations through eugenics and full spectrum dominance.  It could also possibly have reference to the self-destruct programming in the mind controlled assassins to kill themselves rather than be interrogated and spill the beans.  In fact, in regard to Project ARTICHOKE, a memo is reported to read: “Can we get control of an individual to the point where he will do our bidding against his will and even against fundamental laws of nature, such as self-preservation?”

The viewer then hears advertisements from huge telescreens and billboards telling him that the system can take you “off world.”  The system thus holds out a hope of fulfillment in a heaven-like “golden” “off world” colony, much like states in the past have controlled their subjects through a non-existent hope.  The masses are thus weak, shifting sands, subject to the sway of childlike propaganda and psychological warfare.  From Plato’s Republic to August Comte’s notion of a purely civic religion, the idea of a state-controlled and created fake religion for the purpose of mass manipulation is an ancient foundational elite control mechanism.

We also see Chinese businesses and foodstuffs everywhere, indicating that the U.S. has become a third world cesspool of globalism.The populace is thus managed by a top-down corporatocracy above, while below, a degenerate and poverty-stricken populace is blended together (Asians, Russians, etc.), and ruled by their corporate overlords. The future then, is a kind of intense corporate police state fascism, where everyone is tracked and traced, particularly by retina scans. Dragons are also seen everywhere in Chinatown, suggesting the control of the primeval serpent: a world run by the shadow corporatocracy is one where the iconography of the serpent dominates, conjuring up ancient archetypal imagery from Genesis where the serpent deceives man into thinking he can become god, which will be crucial to Blade Runner’s overall message.

Deckard stands under a Pentagram, with a snake-eyed Pentagram in the background.

Indeed, globalism itself is partly used by the elite to wipe out the middle class and polarize the masses into a large swath of poor with a tiny cadre of super rich at the top.  Ironically, the corporate system itself mirrors the communist party system, where the CEO is the party leader, the shareholders party bosses, and the wage-slave populace working endlessly for nothing other than the furtherance of the system itself.  It is significant as well that we almost never see daytime in the film, aside from one scene.   Blade Runner takes place almost solely at night, possibly due to a wrecked corporate-controlled ecosystem that exists solely to serve the interests of the Tyrell Corporation. How prophetic, given the fact thatChina is busy buying up the U.S.?

Dick wisely places the corporation at the center of the future’s controlling power, giving it an “Illuminati” status, as opposed to some oppressive government or dictator. The future, for Dick, is controlled by a single global mega corporation, headed by a tech genius who happens to obtain a kind of godlike status by creating sentient beings in his own image (Replicants). This will be crucial for my analysis of the film’s underlying esoteric theme – thatBlade Runner is a gnostic myth or allegory.  Recall as well that Ridley Scott used this same theme in Alien, where the future is controlled by the Weyland-Yutani Corporation.

Gaff’s Rooster.

Deckard is “handled” by a mysterious figure named Gaff (played by Edward James Olmos), who recalls Deckard from retirement to hunt down the Replicants.  We don’t learn much about Gaff, yet he does something very significant. Throughout the film, as he leads Deckard, he leaves origami figurines as symbolic indicators that reveal the method to Deckard himself. The first origami figure is the rooster: in Freemasonic initiations, the rooster is associated with Hermes/Mercurcy/Thoth, the guide to the Underworld and initiator of mysteries.  We have again returned to the initiatory theme.  Gaff is enlightening Deckard as well as the audience, as the eye, pyramid, snake, rooster are serving to tap into the archetypes in the psyche of the audience, enlightening the viewer to the mysteries of the elite.  According to the British Grand Lodge, the rooster is associated with alchemy:

“Mercury appears as the rooster drawn on the wall of the Chamber of Reflection. This animal is connected to the deity Hermes, that is, Mercury. It is a feminine principle, referring to Vigilance and it also corresponds to Faith. As the rooster sings at dawn announcing the light of day, so it announces to our future initiate, the Light he may receive.”

Alchemical woodcut of Hermes/Thoth/Mercury

An article on Greek and Indian mythology elucidates this connection well:
“Hermes often helped travelers have a safe and easy journey. Many Greeks would sacrifice to Hermes before any trip.  In the fully developed Olympian pantheon, Hermes was the son of Zeus and the Pleiade Maia, a daughter of the Titan Atlas. Hermes’ symbols were the rooster and the tortoise, and he can be recognized by his purse or pouch, winged sandals, winged cap and the herald’s staff, the kerykeion.”

Gaff (who carries a staff/cane) is leading Deckard all along, enlightening him to his true nature and, as will be seen, leading him to safe haven.  It is interesting as well that Tyrell’s pyramid/ziggurat resembles Mt. Olympus, and is full of Imperial and occult symbolism. Gaff, as the travelling messenger (Hermes/Thoth) of Olympus/Egypt takes Deckard to Tyrell, who can apparently only be accessed at the top of the pyramid by flying car.  The Owl, with prominent eye imagery, as well as a Masonic/Egyptian obelisk and a fascist Roman Eagle, all mark Tyrell’s golden kingdom. Deckard is informed he must hunt down the remaining Replicants, two of which are sex slaves and two assassins, two unknowns are Rachael (Sean Young) and Deckard himself.

Is that a synthetic obelisk, or are you happy to see me?

Deckard is instructed to test Rachael with the Voight-Kampff test to see if he can detect emotions.  Rachael is identified as a Replicant after a hundred questions from the test, while Deckard realizes he has feelings for her.  Deckard is amazed that Rachael is unaware, and Tyrell explains the company implants false memories.  This becomes crucial in the analysis of the film, because the concept of forgetting one’s true origin is central to the gnostic cosmology.  In the process of the fall (in the gnostic and Platonic schemes), the many has lost its origin in the one, the monad.  The multiplicity of particulars are thus in a process of return to the monad from whence they have fallen into individuality.

In fact, in the next scene, Roy Batty is himself seeking out his creator by visiting the eye manufacturer.  When Roy finds him, he cites the famous gnostic mythological poems of William Blake, America A Prophecy and A Vision of the Last Judgment. Blake’s poem is a mythological account of the American revolution against King George III, presented as an anti-christ figure and emissary of Urizen, Blake’s view of the biblical God, portrayed as an old, miserly, vengeful deity.  Just as Orc rebelled against the King, and Lucifer against God, so Roy Batty will rebel against his creator, Tyrell, for allowing him to be created with a flaw. Wikipedia explains:

“The implications of the work are taken up in America, with the King of England trembling as he sees Orc, the embodiment of the American colonies. The Angel of Albion believes Orc is the anti-christ and Orc believes the King of England is the same. This is followed by Orc’s apocalyptic vision:
The morning comes, the night decays, the watchmen leave their stations

The grave is burst, the spices shed, the linen wrapped up

Orc provokes the Angel of Boston to rebellion:
What God is he, writes laws of peace, clothes him in a tempest

What pitying Angel lusts for tears, and fans himself with sighs

What crawling villain preaches abstinence; wraps himself In fat of lambs?

no more I follow, no more obedience pay

Together, the rebels are able to be freed of the psychological chains that bind them:

the five gates of their law-built heaven

And Roy Batty’s line:

“Fiery the angels rose, as they rose deep thunder roll’d

Around their shores: indignant burning with the fires of Orc.”

William Blake’s painting of the gnostic Great Architect deity.

The Orc recalls the rebellion of Satan and his angels against God for the purpose of erecting a model synthetic kingdom that mimics the kingdom of God.  This is significant, as much of Blade Runner centers around genetic engineering and synthetic reality, as we constantly see mannequins and dolls, especially in J.F. Sebastian’s studio loft. For example, the background includes Atari signs: Atari is a video game company—video games are synthetic, virtual reality. Tyrell’s company is a genetic engineering company, specializing in replicating reality to the point that when Deckard finds the scale from Zhora’s snake, he has to take it to a specialist to see if it’s real or synthetic.  Dick was amazingly prophetic in this regard, and not only was the foresight in regard to genetic manipulation prescient, the microscopic serial number on the snake scale even points to nanotechnology, far before it was well-known (in the promo video of Scott’s at the bottom, Peter Weyland mentions nanotechnology). Zhora, too, is introduced as a stripper who “receives pleasure from the snake,” and Eden is specifically mentioned by the Fez-wearing Abdul.  The Fez, originally a Muslim symbol, is the headgear of the Shriners, made up of upper level Freemasons.

The next origami figure Gaff leaves is a man with an erect penis. The little figure signifies Deckard is about to confront another stage in his transformational process, particularly in his confrontation with Zhora, the woman united with the snake.  Zhora also performs her dance as Salome, the biblical character who seduces Herod and asks that he cut off the head of John the Baptist. In alchemy, the process of calcification involves union with the feminine principle to achieve synthesis and balance.  What has been divided must be united to find harmony and elevation to the next level: that of the Philosopher’s Stone, following the period of nigredo (blackness) and albedo (whiteness) prior to becoming gold.  Deckard is lacking his compliment, and must here confront the temptation of lust by the snake, if you will.  The spiritual version of alchemy, modelled on the chemical, involves the mastery of the passions by the will—apt for the character of Deckard who, himself a Replicant, is discovering that he doesn’t live, but is a slave of the system. Deckard is an Agent for the system itself, all the while being the very thing he is hunting!

When Deckard meets with Rachael at his apartment, it begins to become clearer that Deckard is a Replicant: at an emotional moment both his and Rachael’s eyes alight red with the trademark Replicant glow, right after Rachael inquires whether Deckard himself had ever taken the Voight-Kampff test.  The love scene follows, and Deckard unites with Rachael, completing the unification process in Deckard’s own psyche (though his own process is still unfinished).   Earlier, there was a mysterious scene where Deckard had fallen asleep playing the piano and dreamt of a unicorn.

This is crucial, since the unicorn in alchemy signifies the Philosopher’s Stone itself. Deckard is dreaming of archetypal symbols related directly to alchemy, and this will become evident when Gaff leaves the final origami figurine: a unicorn.  This means Gaff knew all along what Deckard’s implanted memories were, which surfaced in his dreams. Deckard this second time falls asleep, but awakens to the sound of Rachael playing his piano, and he begins to realize that they thus both have similar implanted memories.  Carl Jung writes of the unicorn, also associated with Mercury as follows:

“The unicorn in alchemy: The example of the Unicorn is chosen to demonstrate how the symbolism of Mercury is intermingled in the traditions of pagan gnosticism and the Christian Church.  As the unicorn is not a single, clearly identified entity, more specific concern is centered on the beast with a single horn (the alicorn).  Examples are given from the literature, especially the Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosencrantz), in which the unicorn, the lion and the dove appear, all of these being symbols of Mercury.  Reference is also made to medieval art in which images of the virgin and the unicorn appear. These images are said to represent the dual aspect of Mercury: the virgin as the passive, feminine aspect of the unicorn, and the unicorn or lion as the wild, rampant, masculine force….References from the Church fathers are variously given in which the unicorn is identified with the God of the Old Testament or Christ. It is pointed out that there are ecclesiastical quotations in which the unicorn is said to carry the element of evil.  It is this inner contradiction that makes the unicorn an appropriate symbol to be used by alchemists’ monstrum hermaphroditum. [the hermaphrodite – a key stage of unification in the alchemical process]”

Remember that when Roy Batty saves Deckard from the precipice, his palm is nailed in a Christ-like fashion, while he sets free a dove—another Mercurial image.  Lest anyone think this is a stretch, this is exactly the same idea in Ridley Scott’s Legend, where the unicorn plays a central role in precisely this alchemical and gnostic scheme.  In fact, Legend is entirely focused on dualism, where good and evil cyclically and eternally battle for “balance,” in contrast to a linear biblical view of time. Consider also Ridley Scott’s new Prometheusand Alex Jones’ stellar analysis of its themes and meanings, which fit perfectly with Blade Runner’s transhumanism:

When Pris and Roy enquired of Sebastian how to get access to Tyrell, the Masonic double-headed eagle is visible.  In this scene, Pris is debating her ontological status, and says, “I think, therefore I am,” Descartes’ famous cogito.  The question of what it means to be a human—to be a puppet, a slave, a programmed drone thus runs throughout the film. On the level of social criticism and futurism, it is asking the viewer to question their own enslavement to the Tyrell Corporation, as well as transhumanism and biometrics’ desire to transcend the human and become like God.  The double-headed eagle signifies elite management through mastery of dualities and dialectics.

In fact, the double-headed eagle is even visible with the triangle above it, distinguishing it from the older, Byzantine Imperial double-headed eagle without the triangle.  Note as well that Batty is playing chess for Sebastian with Tyrell, and chess is a game of strategy based on a dualistic scheme: black versus white.  Sebastian, we discover, has Methuselah syndrome, which makes him look old, while only being twenty-five.  Order out of chaos.

In the gnostic cosmology, the creator demiurge (the evil tyrannical entity) co-creates with other archons, and in the Blade Runner mythos, J.F. Sebastian is the “dollmaker” for Tyrell, the distant, uninvolved, unknown deity—the Deus Absconditus. Sebastian has also created a Pinocchio-looking von Bismarck, which is fitting since Pinocchio wanted to be a “real boy.”

Sebastian is a bumbling fool who serves the uncaring tyrant Tyrell, and so is associated with a lesser archon.  In Plato’s mythology (from which gnosticism in part derives), certain gods are involved in creating certain things, such as man’s body, the world, etc.  Batty, on his tirade to live forever, kills both Sebastian and Tyrell, whom he calls “Father,” after confessing his “sins” and being called a “prodigal son.”  The biblical imagery is prevalent, but more consistent in a gnostic reworking than in any kind of traditional biblical scheme, especially given all the Egyptian and Masonic symbolism.

Technology is the application of will and desire towards matter to bring about a desired effect: technology arises out of chemistry, which arises from alchemy.  The process of history from this perspective is one of evolutionary process toward rapid mechanization and transcending of bodily limitations.

Roy “Bat/bird-shit Crazy” Batty

Keeping with the Masonic theme, the death of Roy Batty includes a shot with an interesting “X” pose. It is the pose of the dead Pharoah, the philosopher king. The famous Lodge of the new world, America, was St. Andrew’s, which issued ”Knight’s Templar” degrees in 1769.  The 17th degree ritual utilizes the ”X” cross symbolism, which is also the cross of Scotland, home of the Scottish Rite, and which is symbolized by the double-headed eagle above.

Just as 2001: A Space Odyssey features man in an evolutionary battle with artificial intelligence for the next level of apotheosis, so Blade Runner presents Deckard and Rachael as a kind of new Adam and Eve who are freed from the prison of this system by Gaff and finally, Roy Batty, a sort of gnostic anti-savior who stirs up Deckard’s will to be freeand live.  Roy has killed Tyrell and saves Deckard from death just before his own “retirement.”  Deckard then escapes in the final scene with the help of Gaff, who leaves an origami unicorn showing both that Deckard had found freedom and that Gaff wouldn’t retire him as the sixth Replicant.  The alchemical process is complete: Deckard has found his oppositional union in Rachael, and escapes.  And to be clear, Ridley scott confirmed Deckard was a Replicant in a 2007 New York Times article: “Yes, he’s a replicant. He was always a replicant.”

The Germanic elements of the film are also worth considering, such as Roy Batty’s Aryan look,  Voight-Kampff, the Illuminati arising out of Bavaria, and the Otto von Bismack look of the doll, as well as the double-headed eagle as used by the Austrian Empire (the supposed continuation of “the Holy Roman Empire”), and Leon Kowalski living at “Hunterwasser Hotel” (Hunterwasser was a German architecht who favored monarchy and Otto von Hapsburg).  In fact, at the end, Batty mentions the “Tannhauser Gate” (presumably a Star gate?), and Tannhauser was written of course by Wagner, the Reich’s musician.

Prometheus steals fire from the gods.

Purveyors of the Western occult tradition will be familiar with the notion of the golem – the idea of creating a ‘robot man’ with the ability to perform certain activities. Such a feat has been the goal of many esoteric aspirants and in our day is beginning to become a reality. Dick foresaw this and thus the film is pregnant with this notion, as well as the deeper, esoteric notion of the creation rebelling against its apparently deistic, absent creator god (Tyrell). As with “David” in A.I. (the Spielberg/Kubrick film), or Data in Star Trek, the Nexus 6 Replicants are the first to develop actual emotions.  The gnostic deity is removed from creation – he is an architect who works with already existing prima materia (and prima materia is essential to alchemy); not a Creator ex nihilo and that is precisely how that being is presented in Blake’s famous painting. Hollywood has pushed these notions for decades now because these are the real issues of our day.

Blade Runner is a story of what it means to be human, what it means to die, and whether death can eventually be cheated, as the elites believe, through alchemical technological transhumanism.  The viewer has been taken on a ride–an initiatory journey like Deckard, and shown the methodology and worldview of the elite themselves, in what H.G. Wells termed the “open conspiracy,” providing one has eyes to see, of course (and they don’t remain wide shut).  We are, then, ever in the garden as Adam and Eve were, and this is what Ridley Scott wants us to ponder.  In this way, the highest levels of Illuminism are revealed (and yet concealed) in that the ancient mysteries signify alchemical and technological transformation into extended life and the search for the fire of the gods and immortality: the story of Prometheus.

And here is an hour-long interview with Mary Sean Young, female lead of Blade Runner (Rachael) on conspiracies:

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