No disgruntled stage set guy hanged himself on the movie set in this scene. The “hanging man” perception is caused by one of the live peacocks (a long-necked bird) in the background, dipping its head down to, presumably, eat, scratch/peck, or drink water. After scouring this scene at least a dozen times with a VHS tape to both confirm and view the reported macabre, unintended Easter Egg after someone on the school bus had mentioned it to me, and finally being CERTAIN there wasn’t one, I remembered how he’d said he and a lot of people had seen it, and so I started getting desperate for an explanation. I looked at every little movement, crevice, crack and branch. I looked at shapes of objects, and shadows, and wondered if they could create the illusion. It could be static; in fact, I assumed the bummed-out carpenter was simply hanging, motionless, as I’d not considered, or even been informed by my observant, attention-to-detail, school-bus cinema-set suicide shaman, that the camera had caught him in the act. I knew I was looking for an illusion, now; but, still, nothing worked. I became so attentive to any anomaly, I think I may have even found flies that made it into the footage. My attention was finally brought to the odd movement generated by a rented peacock in the far distance at the scene’s end, and I realized that, with some imagination, it looks like a man swinging on a gallows, after he’s just jumped. I determined for myself that that’s what it was, and my school bus friend confirmed it was the scene. I told him it was the peacock, and he scoffed. Nothing could shake his conviction that it was, in fact, a disgruntled stage set guy who’d just been dumped by his wife (or) girlfriend, (or) went broke, (or) wanted to damage the reputation of MGM forever, and was suicidal anyway, and so did it– killed himself just as the cameras were wrapping up the shot, and in the very take the editors decided to keep in. Of that very important final scene. When they found his dangling corpse, absolutely no one thought to think, “Wow, I wonder if his hanging corpse was visible in the multimillion-dollar footage we just shot. Maybe we’d better redo it.” Years later, I would use the Internet to confirm my solution correct.

To save you some possible serious frustration, you will not find it in this clip, or anywhere else in this essay. The effect takes place as they are singing the last few notes of this scene’s iteration of “We’re Off to See the Wizard.” Short version: To see it, keep your eye on the peacock.

The apple’s biblical significance to the director’s and producer’s intended audience probably did not go unnoticed, just as it did not in the Disney movie adaptation of Sleeping Beauty (1959). The Wizard of Oz (1939) was not made by Disney. It was made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and is considered by many to be among the greatest movies of all time. I find it astonishing how a movie character introduced to the audience as literally brainless, or unintelligent, is the one who keeps figuring every little thing out, and almost no one in the audience ever notices.
I looked into this conspiracy around the same time as well. I heard about both ‘ghost stories’ in high school. Apparently, there was a suicide in the house they’d been using as a set. I won’t verify it here, though I briefly went looking into it years ago, and as I recall, there was truth to the part about a 10-13 year-old boy’s dying from suicide via shotgun in the house.

So anyway, I don’t know how it got into the movie, and the boy itself clearly looks like a cardboard stage prop, but I’d guess, since there is no great explanation for the shotgun-looking-object AND the cutout in the contiguous shot, that it was a camera trick, or stunt, performed by the editors (who may have feared for the movie’s eventual profitability), to first insert a shotgun, and then insert a prop to look like a boy, and then start a rumor in the press, suggesting the ghosts of both the boy and his shotgun could float around the house and appear at-will. Then, allegedly (after all, who knows with urban myths how much detail is true, although this definitely was a real incident, and it got me to rent the movie from the video store, so it worked) someone on the set took the ruse even further, and reported to some news crew that they had to cut and throw away half the footage they’d shot, because the boy and the gun were everywhere. Fake news.

The shotgun, or something that appears like one, can be seen leaning against the wall by the window at timestamp (0:06). A few seconds later, when the camera pans back as the actors leave the room, what appears to be a “ghost” of “the” boy has taken its place. The effects were clearly intentional and could not have been innocent (they had to be a prank).

“Garland’s daughter Lorna Luft stated that her mother selected the name when Jessel announced that the trio “looked prettier than a garland of flowers”.[23] A TV special was filmed in Hollywood at the Pantages Theatre premiere of A Star Is Born on September 29, 1954, in which Jessel stated:

“”I think that I ought to tell the folks that it was I who named Judy Garland, Judy Garland. Not that it would have made any difference – you couldn’t have hid[den] that great talent if you’d called her “Tel Aviv Windsor Shell”, you know, but her name when I first met her was Frances Gumm and it wasn’t the kind of a name that so sensitive a great actress like that should have; … and so we called her Judy Garland, and I think she’s a combination of Helen Hayes and Al Jolson, and maybe Jenny Lind and Sarah Bernhardt.”[24]” — Wikipedia, Judy Garland, Early career, The Gumm/Garland Sisters

So, now that you’re all the way down here, did you watch the Billie Holiday documentary on DemocracyNow? If you did, then you’d already know that Judy Garland was becoming addicted to heroin at around the same time Billie Holiday was. When the same man who’d used its withdrawal effects to lynch Holiday for singing Strange Fruit, Federal Bureau of Narcotics Commissioner Harry Jacob Anslinger, found out, his recommendation to Garland was that she take a two-week vacation.

It was a convenience that she was White. What wasn’t a convenience was that she was the only person who could play the part, which would go on to be the first commercial movie that featured color. A moneymaker nobody had ever seen before, there is no doubt Anslinger didn’t strap Garland to the same cold bed he’d used to murder Holiday at least, in part, because Hollywood needed her.
Garland would spend the rest of her life struggling with addiction. She died in London on June 22, 1969, aged 47, an icon among civil and gay rights activists for her having survived, and acknowledged, and resisted, the evils of inverted White supremacy. The cause of death was barbiturate overdose.

“Stonewall Riots 40th Anniversary: A Look Back at the Uprising that Launched the Modern Gay Rights Movement”
JUNE 26, 2009

“Stonewall riots

“Some have suggested a connection between the date of Garland’s funeral on June 27, 1969 and the Stonewall riots, the flashpoint of the modern gay liberation” movement,[12] which started in the early hours of June 28.[13] Some observers of the riots contend that most of those involved “were not the type to moon over Judy Garland records or attend her concerts at Carnegie Hall. They were more preoccupied with where they were going to sleep and where their next meal would come from.”[14] However, the same historical documentary states that there were several patrons at the Stonewall bar that night, Garland fans who, according to bar patron Sylvia Rivera had come from the very emotional Garland funeral earlier in the day to drink and mourn. Rivera said that indeed there was a feeling in the air that something would happen that night: “I guess Judy Garland’s death just really helped us really hit the fan.”[15]

“There was certainly an awareness and appreciation of Garland among Stonewall Inn patrons. Because the bar had no liquor license, it was passed off as a bottle club and patrons were required to sign in. Many used pseudonyms” and “Judy Garland” was among the most popular.[16] Regardless of the truth of the matter, the Garland/Stonewall connection has persisted and has been fictionalized in StonewallNigel Finch‘s feature film about the events leading up to the riots. Lead character Bostonia is shown watching Garland’s funeral on television and mourning, and later refusing to silence a jukebox playing a Garland song during a police raid, declaring “Judy stays.”[17]
Time magazine would summarize decades later:

“The uprising was inspirited by a potent cocktail of pent-up rage (raids of gay bars were brutal and routine), overwrought emotions (hours earlier, thousands had wept at the funeral of Judy Garland) and drugs. As a 17-year-old cross-dresser was being led into the paddy wagon and got a shove from a cop, she fought back. [She] hit the cop and was so stoned, she didn’t know what she was doing—or didn’t care.[18]
Garland’s daughter “Lorna Luft points to the connection with pride, saying that her mother was a “huge, huge advocate of human rights” and that Garland would have found the rioting appropriate.[19]

Leaving Wonderland, Part 4


Revelation 16

New International Version

The Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath

16 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go, pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.”
2 The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly, festering sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.
3 The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead person, and every living thing in the sea died.
4 The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. 5 Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say:
“You are just in these judgments, O Holy One,
you who are and who were;
6 for they have shed the blood of your holy people and your prophets,
and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve.”
7 And I heard the altar respond:
“Yes, Lord God Almighty,
true and just are your judgments.”
8 The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was allowed to scorch people with fire. 9 They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him.
10 The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in agony 11 and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.
12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East. 13 Then I saw three impure spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.
15 “Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.”
16 Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.
17 The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 18 Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since mankind has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. 19 The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. 20 Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found. 21 From the sky huge hailstones, each weighing about a hundred pounds,[a] fell on people. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible.

Everything does not happen for a reason, because the ‘thing’ that might be ‘happening’ could be extinction.

The ultimate ‘bad end.’ Although, some might argue that the real worst bad end would be our extinction, plus everything else’s extinction.

Personally, I disagree. Does a tree make a sound in the forest when it falls, if there’s no one around to hear it?

No, not really.

If we’re all gone, it’s reasonable to conclude that nothing exists. Or that, if it exists, it doesn’t matter.

That’s quantum again, I think. Not sure, but I think it’s right.

I’m still not sure if the snake in the Garden wasn’t a false flag operation. Maybe the snake was really God, and God going around was Satan in God’s clothing, inviting Adam and Eve to eat from the Tree of Life, which was really the Tree of Life and Death (not included in the manual), because it is impossible to comprehend life without death. I think that’s Biblical, by law of commutation.

Jesus is the way, the truth and the life:

John 14:6
New International Version
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

But, if Jesus is life, then to look on him would mean to know death, since there can be no full understanding of life without a full understanding of death, and because Jesus can be presumed to be a full manifestation of life.

Exodus 33:18-20

18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”19 And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”

I rarely saw Special Forces (Green Berets), but they did jump onto my drop zone once or twice when none of us were expecting it. 82nd Airborne jumps en masse, and from low-altitude. Our berets are maroon. Rangers’ berets used to be black, and are now tan. Regular dress headgear is now black beret, but has reverted back to the regular service cap for garrison wear. That makes sense; berets get hot and sweaty, are more expensive, and are more difficult to maintain, as well as wear properly.

Leaving Wonderland, Part 5

“I fought out of revenge and despair. I was proud, and stubborn. Selfish. Cruel.”
Copeland: “It takes a lot of money to do what we do.” Did he ever donate any of his 760 million to vaccine research? No? Oh. I suppose it “takes a lot of money for him to do what he does.” Whatever the fuck that means.
Watch out for demons in long tubes, and COVID
The scene that made me have to get a BMX. Plus, lots of other kids, although I’d already wanted one, and they were already being made ‘cool;’ Spielberg had only noticed it, and fused it into a classic movie scene. I chose Mongoose over Diamondback. In our imaginations, my friends and I went to neighborhoods far, far away, completing (and sometimes, not completing, or postponing) all kinds of perilous missions, in time to barely get home before dark.
More long tubes with demons in them. Kenneth Copeland. What a fucking nut.
They’re a disgrace and an embarrassment to my faith, in that order. All of them are.


Escape Sequence

Officer 1: So. About the bunny.

Officer 2: Saved.

Officer 1: And, Lieutenant Kinderman?

Officer 2: Roaming throughout the earth, and going back and forth on it, as usual.

Officer 1: In what these days, pray tell?

Officer 2: Some shiny black BMW, with Karl.

Officer 1: They’re not supposed to be in that car together.

Officer 2: Once they reunite with P after the movie, of course. And, hopefully, not also with Father Dyer.

Officer 1: I know; P’s plan to use the bunny to recruit Father Karras and take over the world backfired. We wish Father Dyer luck. Let’s hope his propensity for being tempted doesn’t make him live up to his name, like it did with the last one.

Officer 2: Something about wanting to be a deejay in Heaven?

Officer 1: Only gold harps, here.

Officer 2: At least he transferred that silver amulet to its most proper owner.

Officer 1: The amulet given to Karma Karras by his mother, and that kept bringing Karras so much trouble.

Officer 2: Or, saving him from it at the same time.

Officer 1: Doesn’t mean I’d have wanted to hold onto it for as long as he did. Father Dyer’s more practical metallic accoutrement of choice, it would seem, is his gold watch; still, it would seem Dyer is quite impressionable. He and Kinderman walk away arm-in-arm, almost like the woman walking the black dog that approaches them as the camera fades. Not a white dog, mind you, but a black one.

Officer 2: Like in that scary Harry Potter movie.

Officer 1 and Officer 2 (together): Good luck, Father Dyer!

Officer 1: Did you notice Karl never even glances at Father Dyer to say ‘thank you’ before he gets in and drives away? I mean, it’s just astonishingly rude. Too obvious?
Officer 2: I did, but I doubt many do; so, no. Not nearly as obvious as Karl putting the crucifix under Regen’s pillow to get Chris to ask Kinderman to ask Karras to try and fail, where no one expected him to call in Merlin Merrin. Or, Regen being strong enough to harness P’s power to convince Karras she wasn’t faking it, to begin with.
Officer 1: Great.
Officer 2: I mean, it’s not nearly as obvious as Regen’s drawing taped to the wooden door.
Officer 1: Okay.
Officer 2: Or, that Pazuzu and Quetzalcoatl both resemble each other physically; just, on two separate continents, separated by an ocean.
Officer 1: Okay. I will make sure we mind all of our P’s and Q’s. Both are wind gods, correct?
Officer 2: Yes, both bringers, or bearers, of storms. Some, possibly including Montezuma himself, even considered Cortez to have been Quetzalcoatl’s incarnate return, signaling the beginning of the end of the Aztec Empire:
Officer 1: Hm. I suppose we could talk about history all day. Dark Side of Oz?
Officer 2: Yes. Just, not with the debate over whether or not Pink Floyd did it on purpose. I’d like to relax, this time. Third lion roar version?
Officer 1 Third lion roar version.



My personal opinion is that the high school (Columbine) should be made into a federal national memorial and museum, to forever commemorate, and respect, those who unwillingly died there. Another high school could be built somewhere else, also on the federal government’s dime, since the federal government’s stochastic terrorism via passive neglect is the reason it happened. Perhaps that’s another thing President Biden could do, to help heal and unite the nation. The same, I’d suggest, might apply for the high school in Parkland. That children, in a country as wealthy as America, should be forced to continue to learn at those spots, to me, is a kind of heresy. Tantamount, I assert, to a form of systematic, institutionalized psychological torture; denigration and stigmatization; and, even perhaps, a scientifically-measurable impediment and distraction to their ability to learn, forcing children to learn on the hallowed site of a massacre of their peers may even be illegal under some readings of international law.

The campus of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University could never be moved. But, it’s what they did with Norris Hall, to my understanding: they turned it into a memorial. It is also what the McDonald’s Corporation chose to do after the San Ysidro shooting. McDonald’s understood that it was morally and ethically wrong to offer food, for profit, to be sold and consumed at a site where so many human beings died such a horrific death, in a senseless act committed by another human being who, effectively and for whatever reason, completely malfunctioned.

It is also what the German people, using democracy, chose to do at Dachau.

Putsch time! Usually shortly followed by coup d’etat time. I called the SCIF room storming a putsch the day it happened, publicly and on social media, not because I was crazy, and not because I didn’t know that everybody would think I was, but because I was right, and knew it.

This is the event that made me convinced they’d be willing to kill for a coup, and it also put my “They’re going to attempt a coup before this is over” meter from warm (yellow) into red. I skipped right over orange.

I consider it a watershed day in American history. If the claws of power are so deeply embedded into Congresspeople that they’d violate a SCIF, then we are enmeshed with whatever hostile foreign power made the decision for them to go in. As in, the enemy is within, the gates have been breached. There is no ‘citadel.’ We can only win this spiritual war– and, don’t kid yourself, it’s a spiritual war– if we put all hands on deck, and make their politics unpopular again.

“The April 16, 2007 Virginia Tech Shooting Investigation Was a Cover-Up”

Published August 15, 2020