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In the beginning all knowledge was occult, meaning “kept secret,” including mathematics, music, medicine, chemistry, astronomy, metallurgy and philosophy. Eventually, however, the sciences and the study of telepathy parted ways, the former being accepted into the national academies while the later confined to forbidden secret societies.
Priests and clergy have always made some of the best spooks, and certainly the Jesuits are famous for founding universities and recruiting secret agents within their ranks. But when the Age of Enlightenment began to threaten the European oligarchies, there suddenly was an explosive growth in occultism. To quickly advance to the front lines, one merely had to claim some secret wisdom or magic power and arrange a fake demonstration, a mission easily accomplished, which is why so many spooks transformed into fake magicians during this period in history.
While there were many serious students of alchemy, astrology and the use of symbols and ritual to communicate with the unconscious mind, there were more fakers looking for an easy buck, or playing roles as spooks, than authentic mediums. There simply was no more influential position for a spook to play than as official royal fortune teller.
The Most Holy Trinosophia was an illustrated Finnegan’s Wake to Egyptian magic containing tarot-like paintings with cryptic captions written in a variety of languages and esoteric codes. The 97-page book had the ability to supply multiple meanings since the imagination was forced to fill in blanks, the same magic trick employed by songwriters seeking universality. Many of its codes have yet to be cracked, probably because the author intended it that way. Manley P. Hall found two triangular copies, now owned by the Getty Museum, while the original resides in a French museum.
Alessandro Cagliostro was the creator of the book, as well as the founder of a new branch of Masonry known as The Egyptian Rite, notable for its acceptance of Jews and women. Born in the Jewish quarter of Palermo, Sicily, as Giuseppe Balsamo, Cagliostro convinced a local goldsmith to loan him 70 pieces of silver and then departed Sicily to seek his fortune. He’d lured the goldsmith into a treasure hunting scheme, claiming he could locate a treasure while shielding against its evil curse.
In 1768, Cagliostro became secretary to Cardinal Orsini, and the following year Pope Clement XIII ordered a consistory to examine widespread demands requesting the suppression of the Society of Jesus. Many monarchs felt the Jesuits were a dangerous conspiracy of power as their influence had grown immensely since the order’s founding in 1534. The order had been recently expelled from France, Portugal, Naples and Sicily. This important consistory was scheduled for February 3, 1769, but whoops, Pope Clement turned up unexpectedly dead on the morning of February 2nd.
While I’m not connecting Cagliostro to this mischief, this background illustrates the intense conspiratorial reality during the Enlightenment, something Jesuits were trying to roll back through the power of the Inquisition. Cagliostro was making his living forging Egyptian art and amulets (which he no doubt represented as ancient and magical) when he met the beautiful 17-year-old Serafina and swiftly proposed. Soon, Serafina was dangled in front of a forger named Agliata, who agreed to surrender the secrets of expert forgery in exchange for a night or two alone with Serafina, to which Cagliostro readily consented.
The couple soon traveled to London and made contact with the mysterious Compte de Saint-Germain, one of the greatest spooks of the time. In 1776, Cagilostro was inducted into the Esperance Lodge No. 289 on Gerrard Street in Soho, and four years later, founded Egyptian freemasonry. He began traveling throughout Europe in an attempt to unite the Masonic community under his umbrella, as he felt his Egyptian rites preceded all others. He was eventually arrested in Rome by Jesuit Inquisitors and died while in captivity. Aleister Crowley believed he was Cagliostro in a previous life.
The Count of Saint-Germain’s origins are shrouded in mystery. Although he claimed royal birth, that was most likely a lie, although he was well financed throughout most his life. He was constantly inventing autobiographical fables, usually claiming he was over a hundred years old and sometimes much older. He claimed to have discovered the secret of the Philosopher’s Stone.
The Count was also a talented composer who published an extensive array of sonatas and arias, as well as being fluent in many languages. Mostly, he was an expert in flattery and seduction.
These are the foundations upon which Blavatsky and Crowley constructed their philosophies. That and the tradition of using spooky symbols to scare people, an art that was all the rage in Paris prior to and during the Revolution. There was a side to the occult based in sadomasochism and the art of amplifying fear, for fear is one of the easiest emotions to evoke, especially during times of civil unrest. This trend can still be found all over the Internet today employed by spooks and kooks. Just try to keep in mind, any time they try to scare you with religion or magic, it’s always a hoodwink. Always.
Blavatsky fabricated a head-spinning early biography that placed her in Cairo, Paris, London, New York, Chicago, Salt Lake City and San Francisco in the mid-1800s, where she supposedly held meetings with important mediums. She claimed to have become the only westerner to gain access to the holy city of Tibet, an obvious fabrication.
No doubt Blavatsky was fully exposed to Freemasonry, and her books shared Albert Pike’s affection for plagiarizing huge sections from other manuscripts sans attribution, although Pike never claimed special powers (that I know of), while Blavatsky claimed secret masters had given her special abilities, among which were telepathy, clairvoyance, clairaudience, controlling the consciousness of others, and materializing and dematerializing physical objects.
It’s interesting she moved to India at a time of great social turmoil, summoned by her secret masters, and led an entourage around that country, from one sacred site to another, while encouraging Indians to embrace their native culture, which kept her under the close watch of British intelligence. She eventually created over 100 lodges devoted to her new religion, Theosophy, most of which were in India and probably still operating today. Have you read my theory Gandhi was a spook whose mission was to keep Indians non-violent to prevent the rise of an armed insurrection against British rule?
Although it’s obvious Blavatsky’s claims of magic powers were fraudulent, her basic message was actually a good one, as she sought to unite all religions, like Mani had done millennia before. She was obviously well-read in occult and Eastern religious traditions and freely incorporated elements from a wide variety of sources. The cleverly named National Socialist German Worker’s Party would lift her fascination with Tibet along with the swastika, although she’d appropriated that symbol from Jainism, the original religion of non-violence and “no gods.” Lifting symbols from other cultures while reversing their intended meaning is a magical trick.
Occultists make great spooks, and Aleister Crowley’s connections to MI6 are well documented at this point. Crowley remained an asset for most of his life, and many suspect his induction into a German secret society (OTO) was actually part of his spook activities, but later in life, when James Bond creator Ian Fleming was his handler, “C” felt the Great Beast’s days as a useful asset were over. C is the real code name for the head of MI6, not the “M” deployed by Fleming in print. Blavatsky could have been an independent agent successfully inventing a completely new age religion, or then again she could have been someone’s spook. One thing I know for sure: her claim of magic powers was a lie.
Nicolas Flamel was a scribe, notary and bookseller in the late 1300s in Paris who grew immensely wealthy, eventually founding fourteen hospitals while donating handsomely to many chapels and churches. In the 1700s, several hundred years after his death, The Book of Hieroglyphic Figures appeared and purported to have been written by him. Its introduction described how for two guilders, the author purchased the Book of Abramelin the Mage, an unusual manuscript on tree bark written in a strange language by Abraham the Jew, an Egyptian magician. According to the book, the author decoded Abramelin’s formulas of magic and alchemy, learning the secrets of the philosopher’s stone, which accounted for his great wealth and success in life.
The Book of Hieroglyphic Figures immediately became the go-to manual for magic all over Europe and exerted tremendous influence over the development of Freemasonry, the Golden Dawn and OTO. Only one problem, however: it was an obvious hoodwink. Flamel lived into his eighties and designed his own tombstone (see below), which contained only images of Jesus, Peter and Paul. He was a devout Catholic with an extensive biography that never mentions alchemy or occult ritual even once. If Flamel had a secret source of income beyond his bookstores and notary offices, it has yet to be discovered, but it’s safe to say any claims he was turning lead into gold is a total fabrication. His great wealth and connections with ancient manuscripts made him the perfect foil on which to hang a magical hoodwink. No doubt Flamel rolled in his grave after being posthumously transformed into the world’s greatest magician, instead of the great benefactor of Catholicism he actually was.
Forget about the phony DaVinci Code and numerous other rabbit holes. If you want to decode the real story of religion and magic, you first must expose the hoodwinks and then follow the trail to their source to expose the charlatan. (It’s interesting Flamel was turned into the world’s greatest alchemist when Francois Rabelais remains a better candidate for that throne, and actually did the necessary work.)
In 1761, Etienne Villain claimed the book’s real author was P. Arnauld de la Chevalerie, the publisher who was profiting immensely off its sales. Unfortunately, Villain’s expose gained little traction and even Issac Newton was eventually taken in by the hoodwink. You find this pattern of fake secret knowledge appearing throughout the history of magic, all leading into rabbit holes instead of real enlightenment. A modern equivalent would be the Don Juan series of books that continue to hoodwink even today.
Eventually, the Book of Abramelin the Mage also appeared written in German, although in somewhat fragmentary form. According to this manuscript, the road to enlightenment required months of daily prayer at sunrise and sunset, chastity, fasting and avoidance of intoxicants (echoes of Pythagoras and Mani). With the help of your guardian angel, who will appear after months of prayer, the budding magician need only capture and bind 12 devils in order to usurp their powers. Once this is done, the ability to cast love charms, find buried treasure, fly and become invisible will be conferred.
The magical tools employed by Abramelin included a wand made from an almond tree, and an oil and incense derived from the Old Testament. There was also a lamp for burning the oil. Although the oil was identified only as Abramelin Oil, it was supposed to replicate the original anointing oil of Moses. It would become an essential tool in the rituals of the Golden Dawn and OTO, although they didn’t agree on the recipe. They both got it wrong, replacing kaneh bosem with calamus or galangal (a relative of ginger).
Here is the actual recipe from Exodus 30:22-25:
Take thou…pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of kaneh bosem, two hundred and fifty shekels, and of cassia five hundred shekels, and of oil olive an hin: And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compounded after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil.
The translation of kaneh bosem (fragrant cane) was not correctly identified until Sula Benet published Early Diffusion and Folk Uses of Hemp in 1967. Meanwhile, for hundreds of years, churches and magical societies have all been dutifully burning incense and anointing themselves with oil containing zero psychoactive effect. Although Crowley loved psychoactive substances, he too was taken in, for here is his personal recipe:
8 parts cinnamon oil, 4 parts myrrh, 2 parts galangal, 7 parts olive oil
All manner of nonsense was written about the purpose, effect and great power of Abramelin Oil. Fumigating temples with cannabis incenses and serving cannabis beverages were employed by numerous temples in ancient times to enhance the spiritual experience, much the same way a psychedelic garage band might hand out mushrooms before a concert today. But if you remove all psychoactive substances, there is no enhancement, and no magic, just a weak form of fake magic.
Somerset Maugham was well on his way to becoming a doctor when he published a novel and after the first edition sold out in a week, he chucked his career in medicine and became the highest-paid author in England, forging a trail now ruled by J.K. Rowling. It wasn’t until recently that MI6 admitted Somerset was a spook.
While frauds like Mark Passio scare people with complex dogmas constructed out of coincidence, I will reveal the real secrets of brainwashing. Somerset had an agenda and inspired Ian Fleming to create the dashing James Bond, but that’s another story.
Very early in his career, Somerset wrote a book titled The Magician, a thinly-veiled attack on Aleister Crowley, accusing him of ritual murder and other unspeakable acts of black magic. Strange that eventually both these characters would be unmasked as agents of MI6, which leads to the possibility their little mini-war may have been staged all along. Crowley’s sinister reputation was sealed by Somerset’s book. It made Crowley famous, while splitting the world into two factions, one fearing, despising and hating Crowley; the other just wanting to learn his secrets.
After the first World War, there were a lot of PTSD-damaged Americans left behind in Europe seeking healing and many were self-medicating with alcohol, hash and opium. Somerset wrote a highly influential book about these times titled The Razor’s Edge, and that book, like his one on Crowley, left many false impressions that linger today.
When I think of Somerset, I picture him as Herbert Marshal, the English actor who played him in the original 1946 movie. In fact, a new hardback edition of the book was soon published, and it used the two lead actors from the film for the cover. Marshal captured Somerset’s homosexuality in a very understated and elegant manner, although he ignored Somerset’s stuttering problem.
But the book and film actually led people away from enlightenment, while pretending to point them in the right direction.
This is because intoxication is painted as the greatest evil. The protagonist winds up in India seeking enlightenment and is told by a swami to meditate alone in a cave until he reaches some satori moment, after which he returns to Paris an expert in mind control and hypnosis. He winds up trying to stop a friend from medicating herself and when he discovers her in a hash and opium den, gets into a huge fistfight while attempting to remove her from the scene.
Because of this film, millions of young people around the world were led to believe enlightenment could be found on a mountain top in Tibet, and not through sacramental substances.
Which happens to be the reverse of the real situation. Yes, deep meditation can be very useful and may be required to quiet a restless mind, but the magical and medicinal plants are important tools deserving respect. The guru portrayed by Somerset did not really plunge into real enlightenment at all, and was a one-dimensional caricature who paved the way for a parade of charlatans to profiteer off popularizing Eastern philosophies.
Whenever I find an effort to lead people away from cannabis and other medicinal plants, I suspect the forces of propaganda may be at work. Had Somerset really wanted to enlighten people, he would have been explaining how wars were staged for profit and social control, and the prohibition of medicinal plants was just a part of the scam to reap higher profits and construct monopolies.
This is how paradigms are actually forged and how memes are seeded into the mass media by intelligence operations. And the wonderful thing about the Internet is how all this information is gradually being filtered and processed so as to make it harder to conceal such operations in the future.
Sometime in the late 1500’s, an Arabic astrologer drew this portrait of the Devil (left). Note the position of the fingers on both the Devil’s hands, forming perhaps the first ever “Hail, Satan!”, a sign soon employed by Christians in Italy to ward off evil spirits for a few hundred years, and perhaps still in use in that form somewhere today.
Strangely, however, the sign didn’t surface in American popular culture until the late 1960s.
Around 1966, a band called Coven formed in Chicago, Illinois, and they were the first occult band and influenced everything that came after. Anton LaVey had just formed the Church of Satan in San Francisco, the first officially-recognized Satanic cult, but Coven was doing their own thing, surfing their own vibrations thousands of miles away.
Jinx Dawson was a magical child, a Nordic princess with long blonde hair whose twin sibling had died in birth. She grew up in a mansion outside Indianapolis and her family stretched back to the Mayflower and many were high-ranking masons. Apparently, her family was involved with many other secret societies and Jinx had a lovely, innocent voice. Most know her as the voice on “One Tin Soldier,” an anti-war song used as the theme for the film Billy Jack. But that was just a gig for hire, and her own material was drenched in satanic symbol and ritual. A song on her first album was titled, “Black Sabbath.” The band enacted a Satanic Mass during the show and employed a lot of very effective theatrical embellishments. Jinx dressed all in black and is credited today as being the Queen of Goth despite being a mostly unknown personality.
Jinx would open and close every show by making the sign of the horns with both hands, arms crossed exactly as the image above. And Coven was getting some pretty high-profile gigs, opening for the Yardbirds, Alice Cooper and others. Far as I know, Jinx never revealed her inspiration for the sign, although she may have seen that image of the Devil from the 16th Century as she was quite studious in her investigations into the occult.
Jinx developed a dispute with her record label, and upon forced exit, all her material was offered to an unknown English band called Earth, who soon renamed themselves off the title of one of her songs. But while Jinx was a serious student of the occult, Ozzy was an entertainer looking for an act. The sudden unexpected demise of Jinx opened a path for Ozzy to mount the satanic throne.
The nail in the coffin was an article in Esquire published in 1970 (“Evil Lurks in California”). The story linked Coven to Charlie Manson. Los Angeles at the time was a hotbed spawning grounds for Satanism, and many societies were trying to one-up each other with dastardly deeds of evil magical intent. The nastiest of the bunch was probably a British splinter from Scientology called the Process Church of Final Judgment. After the article appeared, Coven was dropped by their label and the album taken off the shelves and destroyed.
So that’s the story of the origins of the now ubiquitous “Hail, Satan!” sign. You probably thought it was something invented by Aleister Crowley, didn’t you? But Crowley does get credit in some quarters for inventing the peace sign, and how’s that for a topsy-turvey twist of events to this blog?
This story starts with Victor de Laveleye, a liberal Belgian radio host during WWII. On January 14, 1941, Laveleye urged his listeners to employ the letter “V,” and cited the words for victory in French and freedom in Dutch, both of which begin with “V.” I imagine the letter was soon painted in streets all over Europe as the magical antidote to the spreading Nazi sigil, the swastika.
At the time, Aleister Crowley was a British spook embedded in a German secret society, writing pro-fascist propaganda, while secretly reporting back to MI6. Crowley was actually a master spook at the height of his game, and was never unmasked as a spook during his lifetime. It would take decades of research to connect all the dots, and the key evidence became a letter written by Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond.
There is no real evidence Crowley told Laveleye to employ a finger version of the “V.” Transporting that finger sign to England was somewhat touch-and-go, as it had already been established earlier as a lower-class insult similar to giving someone the finger (but only if you turned the back of your hand outward). Yet, a few days later, Churchill introduced the finger “V” in a major address and from then on, this “V” sign took on great magical power and was used to keep spirits pumped-up during the Blitz. The BBC built an entire campaign around it, although the campaign only lasted one year before it was dropped. The morse code for “V” was also worked in, and how nice that it replicated the opening of Beethoven’s most famous symphony.
Many years later, Bertrand Russell was manifesting the anti-nuclear movement and decided to employ the “V” as a universal peace sign. The well-known sigil version, invented by Gerald Holtom, came a few days later and was based on the semaphore codes for “N” and “D,” meaning: nuclear disarmament.
But in the 1960s, hippies adopted the hand sign as a friendly way to greet each other, and that has become its most widely adopted use around the world today.
Anger is the most reverberating emotion expressed on social networks and spreads farther and faster than compassion, love or empathy, according to a new study that included diagrams and charts to prove this claim. But I have to wonder how much of this is the result of the Internet disinfo machine? When it comes to deep political research, there’s an enormous amount of noise, much of which is created to sheep-dip serious political researchers as wild-eyed tin-foil-hatters if they divert off the approved path of inquiry. There’s an effective blacklist in the media and any reporter who thinks 9/11 needs a new investigation is not going to get published, no matter what topic they might otherwise pursue. Once you cross the magic line and start spouting “conspiracy theory,” you won’t be very employable or even welcome to visit the news room.
Personally, I think what spreads fastest and holds longest are hoaxes. Yesterday the post about the pet Great White Shark in Australia was going around again, as well as “Snowden confirms chemtrails,” both obvious hoaxes that refuse to die because they reverberate so intensely across the disinfo boards.
One of the more believable hoaxes was created as an April Fool’s joke by Cannonfire and asserted Barbara Bush is the love child of Aleister Crowley and Pauline Pierce. Of course, this story played right into a major counterintelligence meme: that the world is run by a cabal practicing Crowley’s concepts of ceremonial magic. You have to wonder what motivation inspired Cannonfire to create this? I guess the point is that the Tin Foil Hat community is easily led off a cliff, but does that justify becoming a pied piper leading the parade?
Cannonfire has a lot of super complex articles on 9/11, the type that require a PhD in physics to decipher. I never get involved in details like that, especially the scientific ones because statistics are so easily manipulated and skewed. For me, the existence of the disinfo system and our new American blacklist on investigative journalism is evidence enough of foul play. Intel will always be three steps ahead of us when it comes to controlling details on a major conspiracy. When Mark Lane appeared as a Knight in Shining Armor to represent Oswald’s wife pro bono and immediately announced the CIA was involved in killing JFK, no one thought to consider Lane’s history in military intelligence as a sign of possible ulterior motives. When his book came out, however, it was a confusing mess that never revealed the existence of an executive action team deep inside CIA counterintelligence, a murder squad under the direction of the insane James Jesus Angleton, a man with deep ties to England, the Vatican and Israel. Very soon Lane would associate himself with the founder of the Holocaust Denial movement, another counterintelligence operation designed to inflame racist attitudes. Attempts to delve into the pecking order of the international banking cartel are often dismissed with “the Rothschilds own everything.” Since I’ve seen this meme played over and over by obvious counterintelligence operatives, I’ve come to believe it’s a rabbit hole created to shield the oligarchies of North America and Europe, a high-society, old-money system, some of whom own their own banks.
In the 1980s, after a corrupt credit union with ties to the CIA went bankrupt, a scandal threatened to engulf the highest levels of the Republican Party. Kids from the most famous Catholic orphanage in America, Boys Town, had been brought to Washington DC to sexually entrap powerful people in compromising videos. Some of them told a social worker they’d been subjected to ritual brainwashing prior to being taken to Washington, igniting the scandal.
Ted Gunderson, former FBI honcho from Los Angeles, was immediately brought in as the Shining Knight to assist with this investigation. Predictably, Gunderson did not go after the bigwigs running the CIA. Instead, he blamed a vast Satanic underground? Very quickly, evidence of this underground began emerging in the media. And three high-profile cases would soon dominate the national headlines regarding ritual child abuse: The Friedmans in Long Island, McMartin Preschool in California, and the Memphis 3 in Tennessee. All three cases would be tried in the media long before they reached the courtroom. Meanwhile, the real conspiracy involving Boys Town quietly went away, never achieving anything remotely close to the attention given to the Satanic Panic. If you go to Omaha today and ask about that scandal, few residents have any clue what you’re talking about.
Because Jesse Friedman’s father ordered a child pornography magazine from the Netherlands, he was investigated and after authorities learned he also ran a computer school in his home, they began building a case against him and his son. All children who’d attended these classes were subjected to badgering interrogations. When one broke down and “confessed,” his story was used to pressure more confessions from a few others, although the vast majority of students always denied any abuse. One teenager who had no memories of abuse was hypnotized and during and after that session, he recalled vivid memories of bizarre group sex rites that made the national news and sold a lot of publications for weeks.
Here’s the rub: the abused kids from Boys Town had also been subjected to hypnosis, the art of which is the very foundation of mind control. Some therapists in Omaha wanted to re-hypnotize these children in order to break through that programming and elicit more information about their abusers. So what happened next? An hypnosis expert takes a kid on the other side of the country who wasn’t abused, hypnotizes him, and plants wild abuse stories in him so he believes he was ritually abused? If this was an organized operation, it certainly was well designed, for it created an attention-getting rabbit hole, while also laying a foundation for disproving anything those Boys Town kids might reveal under hypnosis.
If you haven’t seen the award winning documentary Capturing the Friedmans, now would be a good time to check it out as Jesse is about to be finally vindicated after serving 13 years in prison and rebuilding his life. The documentary does not mention Boys Town or the Satanic Panic and the filmmaker seemed unsure who to believe throughout, but I never had any doubts Jesse and his dad were patsies, a rabbit hole manufactured to divert attention away from a much bigger child abuse case in Nebraska.
And that’s the reason I disbelieve nearly everything that appears on the Alex Jones or David Icke websites. The citizen researchers will always be constantly outflanked by a well-organized, well-funded disinfo machine of which those two charlatans are the kings. The CIA secretly sponsors hundreds of books and films every year and probably just as many websites. Most of the so-called “conspiracy” sites are actually CIA fronts, including much of the so-called “truth” movement.
Just as the media descended on the Friedmans, Jones and Icke will descend on any tragic event, claiming evidence of a master plot. No detail is too small or too insignificant not to be dragged into this web of conspiracy. If a Batman movie mentioned the words “sandy hook” that will immediately be used to “prove” Sandy Hook was a manufactured incident. Somehow, we’re supposed to believe they plant evidence of future plans into Hollywood films and TV shows? This notion is absurd. I never believed Sandy Hook was anything but a disturbed kid who’d been severely bullied getting access to guns and seeking revenge. But the amount of attention given to Sandy Hook in the conspiracy community because of a Batman movie reference was staggering. Mostly thanks to Alex Jones and David Icke.
So there is a new version of the Satanic Panic being constructed, and in this version, the Illuminati is arranging ritual events based on Aleister Crowley’s theories about magic (Gunderson’s old rabbit hole with a new face) and you can track their plans through secret messages in Madonna videos and such.
But you cannot attack any group based solely on their concept of spirituality, no matter how depraved. Just as the Satanic Panic dragged every black-shirted heavy metal fan into the grand conspiracy, the current scenario being spun will eventually be used against goths or anyone practicing any form of paganism. All spirituality, religion and magic runs on the same basic laws, and it doesn’t matter what icon people put on their altars, as long as they harm no one, they should be left alone. In a world with freedom of religion, all gods and goddesses are permitted. And if you peer deep enough, you’ll find Crowley was an elite insider and working asset for British Intelligence for much of his life, but when he died, Crowley was a powerless joke inside MI5. He died penniless and certainly not as the grand poobah of the Illuminati.
So next time some random tragic event happens, please don’t follow Icke and Jones down the rabbit hole. That way, when a real manufactured event (like Boston) happens, you’ll be better able to focus your full attention on a meaningful investigation of something real instead of another Ted Gunderson Satanic Panic rabbit hole to nowhere.