Tuesday, January 23, 2018

First Fatal School Shooting of 2018

A 15-year-old boy shot 14 people on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at the Marshall County High School (below) in Benton, Kentucky. The suspect, a student, entered the school at 7:57 a.m. and soon opened fire with a handgun. The first 911 call came in two minutes later, and police were on scene by 8:06 a.m.

The two people killed include a 15-year-old female student, Bailey Nicole Holt​, who died at the scene. Five of the other victims were airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center​ in Nashville, where another student, Preston Ryan Cope​, later died.

The suspect (pictured at top and below) has been identified as Gabe Parker, a freshman and band member at Marshall County High School. 

This shooting is the nation's first fatal school shooting of 2018. 

The suspect will be charged with murder and attempted murder, Kentucky State Police Lt. Michael Webb said.

Marshall County High School is about 30 minutes from Heath High School in Paducah, Kentucky, where a 1997 mass shooting killed three and injured five. Michael Carneal, then 14, opened fire there about two years before the fatal attack at Columbine High School in Colorado, ushering in an era when mass school shootings have become much more common.

Meanwhile, yesterday, in the small North Texas town of Italy (pronounced "It'ly"), a 15-year-old girl Noelle “Cricket” Jones was recovering after police said she was shot by a 16-year-old classmate in Ellis County's Italy High School (above) cafeteria on Monday, January 22, 2018, sending dozens of students scrambling for safety.

On Monday, January 22, 2018, Chad Padilla, 16, was taken into custody without incident after the Italy, Texas, shooting​ of a 15-year-old female student in the cafeteria just before 8:00 a.m. with a semi-automatic​ handgun.

Chad Padilla's Facebook Profile Picture.


Benton, Kentucky is 15 miles away from Aurora, Kentucky, also in Marshall County.

Italy, Texas is 82 miles away from Aurora, Texas, in Wise County.

Ring of Fire

Are humans effected by tidal forces?

The Pacific Ring of Fire has been very active in the last 24 hours:

Philippines : Mt. Mayon Volcano erupted
Japan: Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane volcano erupted causing an avalanche.
Indonesia: 5.3 or 6.1 Magnitude earthquake jolts Jakarta, Java.
Alaska: 7.9 or 8.2 Magnitude earthquake off the coast of Kodiak, Alaska, causing tsunami warnings.

United States: Two small earthquakes in Missouri, in last few days.
United States: Mount St. Helens, Washington State, placed on "very high" threat level as shockwaves rattle state.

Friday, January 19, 2018

The X-Files Answers Everything (Including Bigfoot), Via The Mandela Effect?

During the revival of The X-Files, it has been obvious the series writers have done their contemporary homework.

On January 24, 2018, in the fourth episode of the eleventh season, written and directed by Darin Morgan, The X-Files employs "The Mandela Effect."

The episode is entitled "The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat," and it explores “the idea of The Mandela Effect, in which large groups of people remember an alternate history." During the program, Mulder and Scully find out how the X-Files themselves may really have originated.

Besides the regular actors of the series, this episode includes Brian Huskey as Reggie Something, Stuart Margolin as Dr. They, Dan Zukovic as Martin, and Bill Dow as Pangborn.

“There was a purpose there that gave it a purpose,” Morgan teased to TV Insider earlier this month.

Series creator Chris Carter also told TVLine last November that Morgan’s episode is “original, smart, funny … everything you expect.” Carter added that it “has a big link to previous ‘X-Files’ episodes.”
While Morgan makes fun of Mulder in his episodes, Duchovny actually likes the installments Morgan wrote. “What I personally love in [Morgan’s episodes] is that he hates Mulder,” Duchovny told TVLine last December. “He’s always trying to make Mulder an imbecile and the butt of every joke.”
Although the 57-year-old actor enjoys playing the quasi-victim in Morgan’s episodes, Duchovny admitted that portraying one is a challenge. “It’s very difficult to figure out how to play Mulder in those episodes because he’s such a fool, and I feel pressure to find that place where I can service how funny it is and still keep Mulder Mulder,” the Californication alum explained. “It’s a bit of a pressure cooker for me because I love Darin and I want his episodes to have integrity. I don’t want it to just be this goofy thing like, ‘Oh, we’re not The X-Files this week. We’re winking. It’s not really Mulder.’ I want it to be more than that.” Source.

There appears to even be a gag about Bigfoot in the episode, noted at the end of this trailer:


I just posted about The Mandela Effect less than a week ago, in relationship to the Bernstein/Woodward name game:

Another bizarre link to this is the "Bernstein"/Mandela Effect thoughts that are immediately brought to mind with this murder. The victim's name, Blaze Bernstein brings forth these notions.
Some theorists "believe that the name of the books was actually Berenstein at one point, but we've shifted into a parallel universe — an alternative timeline, if you will — where the title of the books is The Berenstain Bears. There's actually a name for this theory: The Mandela Effect." ~ Aug 5, 2015 
Snopes.com discounts this phenomenon:
No single example of the Mandela Effect has generated more online buzz than that of the children’s book series and animated TV show The Berenstain Bears. Quite a few people who grew up with the series, it turns out, remember the title being The Berenstein Bears, with the name ending in “ein” instead of “ain” (with some even going to go so far as to maintain that the fictional bears’ surname was changed along the way to make it “less Jewish”).

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Dolores O'Riordan Flies Away [Updated]

Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan (6 September 1971 – 15 January 2018) was an Irish musician and singer-songwriter. She led the rock band the Cranberries for 13 years before the band took a break starting in 2003, reuniting in 2009. Her music has been labeled alternative rock, Celtic rock, and post-grunge.

Her Mysterious Death

On 15 January 2018, at the age of 46, while in London for a recording session, O'Riordan died unexpectedly at the London Hilton on Park Lane in Mayfair, an affluent area in the West End of London towards the east edge of Hyde Park, in the City of Westminster. The cause of death has not yet been made public; police said it was not being treated as suspicious.

Lead Singer of the Cranberries Dolores O'Riordan died of Fentanyl poisoning on the 15th, said a source in the London Police Department. Authorities found counterfeit fentanyl near the rocker's bed.

In dying of Fentanyl overdose, O'Riordan joins other pop singers "including Lil Peep (November 1, 1996 – November 15, 2017), Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) and quite probably, Tom Petty" (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017), noted the Santa Monica Observer on January 13, 2018.

Fair use: Paul Jeffers' image of Dolores O'Riordan from The Cranberries performs during F1 Rocks! Melbourne

Compare it to the "Jesus Christ Pose" of Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington.

Of course, I had expected another young death on the fringes of the alternative rock/post-grunge arena, after recent months. The hanging suicides of Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington merely continues a long legacy. (See here, here, here, here, here, and here.)

Exactly 14 years ago on January 15, 2018, Hope Of The States guitarist James "Jimmi" Lawrence (born 25 Jan 1977), 26, died by suicide, by hanging, in Peter Gabriel's Real World studios near Bath, while working on his band's debut album.

The Name Game

O'Riordan was raised as a Roman Catholic. Her mother was a devout Catholic who chose her daughter's name in reference to the Lady of the Seven Dolours
Seven Swords Piercing the Sorrowful Heart of Mary in the Church of the Holy Cross, Salamanca, Spain.

Besides being busy, another one of the reasons I didn't rush into writing a blog posting on O'Riordan was that a couple friends quickly wrote good essays on her passing.

At Secret Sun, Christopher Loring Knowles dived deeply into Dolores O'Riordan's passing. I especially appreciated finding this passage in his "Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan Swims to the Siren" :

...do note that Dolores derives from "Our Lady of Sorrows" and Reardon means "poet king." So the name-game was strong with this one.

But we're not talking about depression or even the machinations of the music industry here. We're talking about an avalanche of syncs, symbols and connections all seeming to tell us that we need to pay special attention to a reclusive, middle-aged songstress from way back in the day.

How or why, I still have no earthly idea. I do have an unearthly one, however.

In that light, please note that O'Riordan died in a hotel a short distance from Royal Albert Hall, where Our Lady made her only public appearance in 2017, on the first day of Leo. The ostensible reason for the appearance was to discuss 1988's Blue Bell Knoll, which very much laid down the specific template bands like The Cranberries followed.

And remember that those tickets went on sale the day after Chris Cornell died in a hotel in Detroit. Also on the same day Twin Peaks: the Return premiered in Los Angeles.

Lourdes Water

There is little doubt that Dolores O'Riordan was touched religiously. In one of her last interviews before her death, she said she wanted to come back as an angel to help the unfortunate.

Dolores O'Riordan in January 2014

In November 2014, O'Riordan was arrested and charged in connection with air rage on an Aer Lingus flight from New York to Shannon. During the flight she grew verbally and physically abusive with crew. When police were arresting her after landing, she resisted, reminding them her taxes paid their wages and shouting "I'm the Queen of Limerick! I'm an icon!", headbutting one Garda officer and spitting at another. The judge hearing her case agreed to dismiss all charges if she apologised in writing to those she injured and contributed €6,000 to the court poor box.

After the arrest, Dolores O’Riordan's mother revealed that her daughter was separating from her husband after 20 years of marriage. The superstar singer was said to be in a "very vulnerable" state and was under the care of a psychiatric doctor, her mother Eileen O'Riordan said.

Eileen, speaking to the Limerick Leader newspaper at the time, recalled seeing her daughter when she arrived at Shannon Garda Station.

She said: “Dolores was inside in a room, she was lying on the floor, curled up. She had her head covered and her face covered up. She was trying to protect herself. I gave her a hug. I tried to talk to her. She didn’t realize I was there at all. I put Lourdes water on her."

More Cranberries, Back to the Future

Besides Knowles' Secret Sun thoughts, I would recommend reading, Andrew W. Griffin's "Dreams linger...," Red Dirt Report. 

Andrew W. Griffin, 1995.

Cranberries in the 1990s

While Zombie was one of O'Riordan's better known songs, the following is known by many.

It, 1990.

The Cranberries, Salvation, 1996

It, 2017.

She many know the answers now.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Viva Las Vegan and 91

On October 1, 2017, a gunman shot at the Route 91 Harvest Festival country music concert - with 22,000 audience members - in Las Vegas. The death toll was 58 people killed, over 500 injured, plus the suicide of the gunman. Police report the shooter, Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, who was holded up on the 32th floor in the Mandalay Hotel, died by suicide. The setting was bizarre, next to the Luxor Casino and Hotel, with its Sphinx and Pyramid in plain view.

As of mid-January 2018, the event is still discussed, and syncs are being revealed as they come into people's awareness.

As some have noted, Blade Runner 2049, which was released widely in the US on October 6, 2017, the Las Vegas shooting impacted earlier openings. Blade Runner 2049 premiered on October 3, 2017 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, although following the 2017 Las Vegas Strip shooting, the red carpet events were cancelled prior to the screening.

One of the surprises of Blade Runner 2049 is that the character Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) is not in the wilderness of the North, but instead is living in the ruins of Las Vegas, after a nuclear event. He is tracked there by agent K.

Another movie, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which came out around the same time as Blade Runner 2049 had a Las Vegas link too.

During the movie [Kingsman: The Golden Circle] they were at a concert/festival with a pyramid in the background. Source

20th Century Fox originally scheduled Kingsman: The Golden Circle for a summer release date of June 16, 2017 but pushed the film back to October 6, 2017. The film was then moved up to September 20 in the United Kingdom and September 22, 2017 in the United States likely to avoid competition with Blade Runner 2049. The film had an IMAX release.

The code the drug dealer gives the Kingsman at the end of the movie, to save the millions of infected people was: "Viva Las Vegan." Source

‘Viva Las Vegas’ celebarates Vegas, a place of pleasure, where, commonly, you will find a lot of drug and alcohol use, strippers and gluttonous behaviour. All these things are unhealthy and can be dangerous. By using the phrase ‘Viva Las Vegan’ Poppy presents a juxtapositon, as veganism is associated with celebrating healthy eating, being anti -hypocritcal and compassionate. Therefore, perhaps Poppy’s message was that we celebrate the wrong things in society and we should be focussing on being less hypocritcal with our actions. After all, her life ended on a high and this could be owing to the fact she accepted her own hypocracy.
...it was actually the phrase ‘viva las vegan’ that saved humanity. Coincidence? I THINK NOT. Source.

The expression "Viva Las Vegan" is associated with Las Vegas casino owner Steve Wynn, as noted in this 2010 articles, here and here.

Near the end of the movie I noticed the number 91 on the black bowling ball. It reminded me of the 91 logo on the Vegas Route 91 festival signs. Source.

The trivia is intriguing:
During the final fight between Eggsy and Charlie, Charlie picks up a bowling ball numbered '91,' which references 1991 as the fictional birth year of Eggsy.
Both Julianne Moore and Emily Watson starred in a movie about Hannibal Lecter. Moore starred in Hannibal (2001) as Detective Clarice Starling and Watson starred in Red Dragon (2002) as Reba McClane.
Poppy's compound features a bowling alley. Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges appeared together in The Big Lebowski (1998), in which Bridges's character frequents a bowling alley.  Source.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Soundtrack – Viva Las Vegan by Henry Jackman and Matthew Margeson

Sources, 1, 2, 3, 4.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Syncs Most Sinister: Samuel Lincoln Woodward and Blaze Bernstein

Samuel Lincoln Woodward

News broke on January 12, 2018, of the high profile arrest of a "Lincoln" tied to several lexilink/name syncs.

I wrote on January 7th, "Something tells me, let's call it a hunch, that Lincoln will be one of the names giving us pause in 2018."

Blaze Bernstein

The Timeline:

January 2, 2018.

Blaze Bernstein, a 19-year-old Jewish student at the University of Pennsylvania, went missing on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, from his parents’ Southern California home, reported The Times of Israel.

January 9, 2018.

Bernstein’s body was found Tuesday, January 9, 2018, in brush surrounding Borrego Park in Lake Forest, California, his hometown, CBS News reported. 

January 10, 2018.

His death was investigated as a homicide and an autopsy was performed on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

Samuel Lincoln Woodward

Blaze Bernstein (right) and Samuel Lincoln Woodward

January 12, 2018.

On Friday, January 12, 2018, Samuel Lincoln Woodward was arrested in connection with the death of Blaze Bernstein​, whose body was found in Borrego Ranch Park, a week after he was reported missing by his family.
Woodward as taken into custody shortly after leaving his home in Newport Beach. He was booked into Orange County jail booking # 3034445 on January 12, 2018. He had told homicide​ investigators that he drove Bernstein to Borrego Ranch Park on the night of January 2, 2018.

Woodward’s hands were scratched and had dirt on them one of the times he was interviewed by detectives. He told them the scratches and dirt came from participating in a Fight Club​.
Woodward stated he left the park, visited a girlfriend and went back to look for Bernstein hours later in the early morning. He also stated he did not remember his girlfriend’s last name or where she lived. 2
Jeanne Pepper Bernstein, mother of the deceased student, told The Los Angeles Times: "Celebrate the goodness that still exists in this world in spite of these acts of senseless evil."

January 15, 2018

The Times of Israel noted: "Authorities said Monday that a 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student whose body was found buried in a shallow grave in a California park had been stabbed more than 20 times. No weapon has been found."

January 18, 2018

The Los Angeles Times headlines their story this date with a confusing headline: "LGBTQ college student is stabbed 20 times, but was it a hate crime?"

The article reveals some alleged facts behind the death of Blaze Bernstein. "
Woodward would go on to tell detectives that Bernstein had kissed him, according to a law enforcement source who was unauthorized to discuss the case publicly and requested anonymity. Woodward, the source said, also told investigators he had wanted to call Bernstein a “faggot.”

Woodward and Bernstein

Samuel Lincoln Woodward and Blaze Bernstein went to the Orange County School of the Arts together.

Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in All the President's Men; Reporters Woodward and Bernstein.

Online comment makers in Los Angeles mentioned the bizarre coincidence of the Woodward/Bernstein names in this case, and the names of the two individuals who broke the Watergate case.

Names defined

Blaze is a very large or fiercely burning fire (like the wildfires in southern California in late 2017).

Bernstein is a Jewish surname meaning "amber." Amber is a jewel name that became popular in the 19th century, from the name of the yellowish fossil resin used in jewellery-making.

We do not know why Woodward was named "Samuel Lincoln."

Samuel is a male given name and a surname of Hebrew origin meaning either "name of God" or "God has heard." 

Lincoln, see "Name Game: Lincoln," January 7, 2018.

Woodward is a name deriving its meaning from an occupation name for "a forester employed to look after the trees and game in a forest." Forest warden. Middle English woodward (from the Old English). Perhaps also from an Old English personal name Wuduweard, composed of the elements wudu "wood" + weard "guardian," "protector." Wuduwose, "wild man of the woods," reveals the same origins.

The Borrego name has an association with the "Borrego Sandman," the so-called southern California desert Sasquatch. Native peoples in the area are said to have lived with knowledge of large, fowl-smelling, wild men in the area, and avoided their reported home (called towis puki "camp of the devil") on the southern bank of the Santa Ana River. Specifically, "borrego" translates as "lamb" or "bighorn sheep" (to some) from Spanish; the word may be a derogatory term for someone of Portuguese descent, or a gentle, foolish, or gullible person. The Bernstein murder occurred in the Borrego Park in Lake Forest, California. The Sandman reports are referenced most often to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

Bernstein Bears

Another bizarre link to this is the "Bernstein"/Mandela Effect thoughts that are immediately brought to mind with this murder. The victim's name, Blaze Bernstein brings forth these notions. 

Some theorists "believe that the name of the books was actually Berenstein at one point, but we've shifted into a parallel universe — an alternative timeline, if you will — where the title of the books is The Berenstain Bears. There's actually a name for this theory: The Mandela Effect." ~ Aug 5, 2015

Snopes.com discounts this phenomenon:
No single example of the Mandela Effect has generated more online buzz than that of the children’s book series and animated TV show The Berenstain Bears. Quite a few people who grew up with the series, it turns out, remember the title being The Berenstein Bears, with the name ending in “ein” instead of “ain” (with some even going to go so far as to maintain that the fictional bears’ surname was changed along the way to make it “less Jewish”).
h/t to S.L. and others. 

Sources, 1234, 5, 6, 7.  See also, Name Game: Lincoln.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Another SecureDrop Suicide

As announced on January 9, 2018, James Dolan, 36, American software engineer, former Marine and co-creator of the whistleblower submission system SecureDrop alongside Aaron Swartz and Wired editor Kevin Poulsen, died by suicide "over the holidays." 

Details are lacking. The exact date of Dolan's suicide and the method are unknown, at this writing. It appears to not be a coincidence that this suicide came so nearly on the fifth anniversary of Swartz's death.

On January 11, 2013, Aaron Swartz, 26, American programmer, SecureDrop co-creator & Reddit co-founder, died by suicide, by hanging.

Wikipedia notes Swartz's death, thusly:
On the evening of January 11, 2013, Swartz was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment by his partner, Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman. A spokeswoman for New York's Medical Examiner reported that he had hanged himself. No suicide note was found. Swartz's family and his partner created a memorial website on which they issued a statement, saying: "He used his prodigious skills as a programmer and technologist not to enrich himself but to make the Internet and the world a fairer, better place."
Days before Swartz's funeral, Lawrence Lessig eulogized his friend and sometime client in an essay, Prosecutor as Bully. He decried the disproportionality of Swartz's prosecution and said, "The question this government needs to answer is why it was so necessary that Aaron Swartz be labeled a 'felon'. For in the 18 months of negotiations, that was what he was not willing to accept." Cory Doctorow wrote, "Aaron had an unbeatable combination of political insight, technical skill, and intelligence about people and issues. I think he could have revolutionized American (and worldwide) politics. His legacy may still yet do so."

In 2011–2012, Swartz, Kevin Poulsen, and James Dolan designed and implemented DeadDrop, a system that allows anonymous informants to send electronic documents without fear of disclosure. In May 2013, the first instance of the software was launched by The New Yorker under the name Strongbox. The Freedom of the Press Foundation has since taken over development of the software, which has been renamed SecureDrop.

SecureDrop has been described as a Wikileaks-inspired software.

If you struggle with suicidal thoughts please call the 
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255.

h/t SMiles Lewis