Final project: Methods of Control

May 12, 2010

In this video, I wanted to demonstrate how people are unknowingly controlled and manipulated by large industries and their government. To try to appeal to as broad an audience as possible, I have focused on issues that affect everyone in America equally on a daily basis. The methods of control I chose to concentrate on are the chemicals found in our vaccines and water supply, the health issues caused by our food industry, and the privately owned mass media.

Remix of Rhetorical Analysis: Astrological Symbolism in Corporate Logos

April 15, 2010

Project Proposal

April 13, 2010

The problem of my project is why people remain willfully ignorant through their beliefs in a day and age where information is free and instantly available.  I will solve this problem by showing the various ways the American population is unknowingly poisoned by chemicals in our vaccines and water supply, by the industrialization of our food, and mind-controlled by the media, to the point of making them passive towards their environment.

The reason I am focusing on so many issues at once is because it is the only way to understand how wide the control on the American people spans.  All of the information needs to be considered together, to see how it all connects.  This could also be an issue, because it could be too much information for most people to swallow.  I plan on presenting the information through an essay with lots of pictures, because I am a visual thinker.  I have been researching this topic on my own for quite some time now, and I’m confident that I will make a final project that is reasonable and extremely relevant.

After re-evaluating the effectiveness of what I had to say, I decided to made a video compilation of what I consider some of the most important information I have come across through my research, in a way to make it fit the topic.  This way, I am remixing many videos together to strengthen my argument that Americans are unknowingly manipulated by the industries that run their government.

Christianity and Ancient Astrology: Rhetorical Analysis of “That Old-Time Religion”

March 4, 2010

The first time I came across the researcher Jordan Maxwell I was randomly linked to an interview with him while surfing youtube about a year and a half ago.  In this video, he was talking about the parallels between ancient Egyptian astrology and our world’s major religions, mainly Christianity.  I admired how straightforward he was, and was very compelled with this new information.  A few months ago, I was checking out a small bookstore on campus when I came across a book titled That Old-Time Religion: The Story of Religious Foundations, which is largely written by Maxwell himself.  The book is clearly illustrated, containing many examples of Bible quotes and Christian symbolism to prove its point in a very comprehensible manner.  Here is a quick synopsis of the main ideas contained within Jordan Maxwell’s research, along with visual and biblical evidence to what Maxwell calls “the greatest story ever told” (Maxwell, 36).

It is commonly misconceived that the Egyptians believed the Sun was their God. In reality, “..every ancient culture and nation on Earth have all used the Sun as the most logically appropriate symbol to represent the Glory of the unseen Creator of the heavens” (36).  Our sun is the light of the world, and essential to life on Earth.  The first case of heavenly worship on earth comes from the Sumerians, who worshipped the sun, moon, and Venus, thus giving birth to ancient solar worship in 4000 BC.  Around 2000 BC, Babylonian astronomy were developing the first actual astrology, and were the first to lay out the twelve divisions, or houses, into the observable night sky.  Each of these twelve sections is called a “House.”  Then the Assyrians conquered Babylon in 729 BC, and greatly changed the order of importance of the gods established by the Babylonians.  This marked the occasion of believing that the new high god of the skies was the Sun.  Finally, at around 600 BC, the Assyrians developed the twelve constellations to visually represent the twelve signs of the zodiac (which can be seen below) (for more on the history of astrology, click here).  The twelve signs are representative of the 12 months of the year, and are divided into four groups with a vertical and horizontal line, which represent the four seasons.  This division is called the cross of the zodiac.  Here we can see how “the life of God’s “Sun” is on “the Cross,”” just as Jesus, the Sun of God, was crucified on the cross (41).

The cross visually illustrates where the annual solstices and equinoxes are on the calendar.  The Summer and Winter Solstices are represented by the horizontal line, and the Fall and Spring Equinoxes are represented by the vertical line.  These points divide the four seasons. Now, keeping this in mind, read what Jordan Maxwell has to say about the significance of the winter solstice, (the point on the diagram where Sagittarius, the Archer, ends, and Capricorn, the Goat, begins), in relation to the story of Christ’s crucifixion.

“On December 22, the Sun, going south, reaches its lowest point in the sky (our winter solstice).  At that lowest point, the Sun stops moving on the sundial for three days, Dec. 22, 23, and 24th, in the Southern Constellation known as “The Southern Cross.”  Hence, our Savior (dead for three days) died on the cross…  The “Southern Cross Constellation,” that is.  This is the only time in the year that the Sun actually stops its movement in our sky.  On the morning of Dec. 25th the Sun begins its annual journey back to us in the northern hemisphere, bringing, of course, our spring.  Therefore, on December 25th, the Sun is born again.  And to this day, His worshippers still celebrate His birthday!”  (41)

Here are some quotes from the New Testament of the Bible itself to confirm the story.  All quotes taken from the Bible in this essay are found in That Old-Time Religion, from pages 55 to 73.

“…And thus it behoved Christ to suffer,

and to rise from the dead the third day” Luke 24:46

“And he began to teach them,

that the Son of man must suffer many things, [...]

and be killed,

and after three days rise again”  Mark 8:31 and 9:31

Now read the above quote again.. The [Sun] of man will be killed, and after three days rise again, giving way to longer days and Spring!

While keeping in mind the 12 houses, or signs, of the zodiac, take a look at the perpetual usage of the number 12 in the Bible.  You have the 12 Apostles of the Son [Sun] of God, the 12 Tribes of Israel, the 12 brothers of Joseph, the 12 judges of Israel, the 12 Great Patriarchs, the 12 Kings of Israel (all examples were taken from page 42).  This important repetition of the number 12 increases the evidence of the link between Christianity and astrology.

Below is the iconic painting “The Last Supper,” painted by Leonardo Da Vinci.  Illustrated here are the 12 Apostles, in groups of three, around the Son of God, Jesus (or the 12 signs of zodiac, broken into 4 seasons, 3 signs in each season, surrounding the Sun).  (Observation taken from page 41)

Another very crucial component to the story to Christianity is the virgin birth.

“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign;

Behold a virgin shall conceive, and

bear a son, and

shall call his name Immanuel” -Isaiah 7:14

(Immanuel in Hebrew means “God is with us”)

Virgo is personified in the zodiac as the virgin lady in the House of Bread..  The literal translation for House of Bread in Hebrew is Bethlehem, the little city where Jesus was born in a manger.  In Spring, on the sidereal zodiac, when Earth is in the constellation of Piscis (Fishes in the diagram), and the Sun from the Earth’s perspective is in Virgo.  Thus, “in the spring [...] God’s Sun is ‘Born of a Virgin,’” or during the spring, the Sun rises (is born to the Earth) in line with the constellation Virgo (Maxwell, 43).  “This is why Christians celebrate “The Resurrection” with a Sun-Rise service at ‘Easter’ and the Jews, [...] celebrate the same with their ‘Passover’” (Maxwell, 43). Clearly, there is a very strong connection between the zodiac calendar, developed around 2000 BC, and the story told in the New Testament, which original texts were written after 45 AD.

Now I’ll investigate more similarities between Jesus and the sun.  To start things off, Jesus is often associated with the crown of thorns..

…which is an accurate visual description (and often depiction) of the sun.  Kings often are associated with crowns in the same way..  The golden, pointed crown is representative of the sun.  (Observations taken from page 39)

Jesus was often called The Light of the World, one who could show you the way with his light and glory.  Now what else could be considered to be the light of the world?  The sun, perhaps?  Jesus also cured the blind, like how the sun rids mankind of darkness, or blindness, you could say.  Most visual depictions of Jesus always show a large glowing circle behind his head as well, which is also symbolic for the sun.

“As long as I am in the world,

I am the light of the world.”  -John 9:5

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying,

I am the light of the world:

he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness,

but shall have the light of the world” -John 8:12

Jesus is known to have ascended up to heaven, and his return is to be awaited by mankind.  This can also be interpreted to be a symbol of the Sun man waits for during the dark, cold, dangerous night.

“And no man hath ascended up to heaven

but he that came down from heaven,

even the Son [Sun!] of man which is in heaven.”  -John 3:13

“In this was manifested the love of God toward us,

because that God sent his only begotten Son [Sun!]

into the world,

that he [man] might live through him [the Sun]” -1 John 4:9

Of course man cannot live on earth without the Sun!  Jesus has also been described as traveling on a cloud, much as the Sun is known to do

“And then shall they see the Son of man

coming in the clouds

with great power and glory” -Mark 13:26

Jesus is also accredited with the ability to walk on water, much how Sunlight reflects on water.

“So when they had rowed about

five and twenty or thirty furlongs,

they see Jesus walking on the sea

and drawing nigh unto the ship” -John 6:16

Jesus was also fond of his rod and staff..

“Yea, though I walk

through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil:

for thou art with me;

thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”  -Psalm 23:4

“And she brought forth a man child,

who was to rule all nations

with a rod of iron:

and her child was caught up

unto God, and to his throne.”  -Revelations 12:5

This rod and staff is very similar to the flail and crook held by the Egyptian King Tutankhamun

Here’s a depiction of Horus, the Egyptian Sky God, again holding the flail and crook.  Horus, being the sky God, represented both the Sun and Moon with each of his eyes (right and left, respectively).

Clearly, there are many easy to identify connections between Jesus as told by the Bible and the Sun.  What really gets me is that the proof is right there, in the Bible!

Now we’ll explore how the Sun is illustrated through symbolism in Christianity, as well as modern examples, like logos.  Below, we literally have the Sun on the cross.

…and again….

…and again…

Crosses are often represented with circles in the center, which is symbolic for the sun.  Try looking for circles around the center of the cross the next time you drive or walk past a church, you’ll be surprised how often they are present!

The Celtic Cross is always depicted with a few circles circling the intersection of the cross

The back of our one dollar bill reveals a great amount of Egyptian symbolism.  Here we have a pyramid, with one floating, illuminated eye in an equilateral triangle.

The usage of eye imagery can first be traced back to Egyptian times, with the right Eye of Horus, which as mentioned earlier is representative of the sun (hence, the illuminated eye above).

To the right of the pyramid on the dollar you find the Great Seal. Pictured is an American eagle underneath a hexagram (Star of David) formed by 13 stars.  A hexagram is formed by two overlapping equilateral triangles, like the one used in the eye of providence.

This is another strong parallel in symbolism to Horus, the sky god.  There is even a circle above its head, like in the great seal, which is again representative of the sun.

Horus was depicted as a Periguine falcon.  Horus is also often illustrated with a Sun in the center of the wings, which visually represent the sun’s rays.

“But unto you that fear my name

shall the Sun of righteousness arise

with healing in his wings” -Malachi 4:2

Now what I find interesting is the countless examples of logos and subliminal imagery I am bombarded with everyday involving symbols of Egyptian astrology, namely the Sun, the all-seeing eye in a triangle, and the rising Horus.. Let’s take a look at a few examples I have found through my own observations.

Citibank’s logo discretely shows a rising Sun.

Compass bank shows the sun in its “C”

Union Fidelity Insurance

Fidelity Investments features the sun behind a pyramid with a floating capstone

Suncorp banking

Keystart home loans shows the sun and a pyramid

Very many logos predominantly use triangles in their design.  AOL is one of my favorite examples, because there is an eye in the middle of the triangle, like the eye of providence

Citgo is yet another example

The Time Warner Cable logo shows an eye made out of the vesica piscis, a sacred geometry shape sometimes used to depict the eye of Horus

The eye is also found in the CBS logo

The Chrysler logo shows similarities to the winged sun god Horus

As does the Firebird logo (in this case, the fire = the sun)

American Spirits show a Native American smoking a tobacco pipe in front of the Sun, with a phoenix above the logo (and printed onto every cigarette)

There are literally hundreds of more examples of this type of ancient symbology..  While I’m not exactly sure (yet!) what it proves or ultimately means, it is pretty obvious that all is not as it seems.  You will be surprised by the amount of symbols of Egyptian astrology you begin to notice if you take a more critical look at your surroundings.

There is obviously a hidden connection between ancient astrology and Christianity.  What scares me about this discovery of mine is the amount of people who have been Christians their whole lives, and have based their life around the religion, without even knowing what they are really worshiping! Religion has been used for centuries as a means to pit nations against each other and start wars, as a tool used for the manipulation of the masses.  While many people who go to church are made better people because of it, the religion forces them to discriminate against anyone who does not share their beliefs, and ultimately limits who they can become based on superstition and fear.  These belief systems are outdated and no longer properly function to benefit our society, and should be collectively re-examined by we, the people, to advance the growth and progress of our species.

Source: Maxwell, Jordan, Paul Tice, and Alan Snow. That Old-Time Religion: The Story of Religious Foundations. Escondido: Book Tree, 2000. Print

Arrangement

March 3, 2010

When writing, arrangement is important, because it contributes to the flow of your essay and allows your ideas to build off of each other in a comprehensive fashion.  In The Writing Process, Marzano and DiStefano assert that when writing, “every paper should be built on an overall organizational format or pattern,” so that each sentence relates back to the thesis(115).  A successful paper “…must somehow indicate the relationship each sentence has with the overall theme,” which should be explained in the topic sentence  (116).  “Introductions and conclusions are often written last,” because they have to encompass all of the ideas presented within the proof, or rhetorical move (118).  By waiting until the revising and editing stage to write introductions and conclusions, they will relate more to the ideas being presented throughout the paper.  It is easy to make writing that can be easily understood by properly arranging your ideas.

Sources:

Marzano, Robert J., and Philip DiStefano. The Writing Process: Prewriting Writing Revising. New York: D. Van Nostrand Company, 1981. Print.

Annotated Bibliography

March 3, 2010

AboveTopSecret.com: Conspiracy Theories, UFOs, Politics, and Many Other “Alternative Topics” Web. Fall 2009. < http://www.abovetopsecret.com/ >.

While the subjects discussed on this site very frequently fall under the label of pseudoscience or misinformation, it is a great place to come for civilized and unfiltered discussion on any “conspiracy theories,” secret societies, religious beliefs, subliminal messages, ancient cultures and other mysterious topics.  I never quote what I read on this site, but find it an excellent method to deepen my research on the things that interest me .  There are many skeptics which troll the boards day and night, giving the site a necessary balance against all the tin-foil-hat-wearing crowd, who are usually quick to sensationalize information without proper background research.

American Drug War: The Last White Hope. Dir. Kevin Booth. Sacred Cow Productions, 2007. YouTube. Google Inc., 22 Feb. 2009. Web. 24 Feb. 2010. < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CyuBuT_7I4 >.

This is an excellent documentary on the CIA’s past covert operations smuggling cocaine into our country as an extremely illegal fundraiser, along with our country’s hypocritical position in the war on drugs and how our prisons are filling up with non violent drug offenders.  More than anything else, this documentary shows proof that there are indeed very evil happenings in our government, a government which makes an enormous profit by smuggling illegal drugs into the country then arresting its own citizens for using them.  Kevin Booth, the director of this film, used to tour with Bill Hicks recording his material for him.

Argüelles, José, and Miriam Argüelles. Mandala. Berkeley, [Calif.]: Shambala, 1972. Print.

This is a book about the Mandala, a certain art form which illustrates many different scales of the cosmos working together in unity through a series of concentric forms, suggesting the passage between dimensions.  I love the imagery used in these beautiful, geometric renditions of various states of reality, be it the symbols, incredibly complex geometric pattern work, and how they visually connect the microcosm with the macrocosm.

Collapse. Dir. Chris Smith. Perf. Mike Ruppert. Vitagraph Films, 2009. Movies Gateway. Web. 10 Feb. 2010. < http://www.videolinks4u.net/video/videos/16552/ >.

This is an incredible documentary about peak oil and the the implications it poses.  Michael Ruppert does an excellent job bringing us down to speed on the extremely delicate situation we are caught in due to our own lack of foresight and consideration for our planet’s finite resources, which are dwindling in comparison to our species population growth, which is completely unrestrained and exponential.  Michael Ruppert is also featured in American Drug War: The Last White Hope as the former LAPD narcotics officer who made the discovery that the CIA was smuggling cocaine into America, and went on the record with his information.  He has had three shooting attempts against his name and recently moved from America permanently due to almost 30 years of government harassment.

Crystalinks Metaphysical and Science Website. Web. 04 Mar. 2010. < http://www.crystalinks.com/ >.

Crystalinks hosts a wide number of articles on ancient and lost civilizations, spirituality, creation, sacred geometry and symbolism.  I was numerously linked here last semester when I was researching deep into sacred geometry and its function in past civilizations.  There are lots of great images on this site, and it’s a great starting place for research.

Food, Inc. Dir. Robert Kenner. Magnolia Pictures, 2008. Netflix Instant Watch. Web. 4 Mar. 2010. < http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Food_Inc./70108783?strackid=1487c6fa36b68dab_0_srl&strkid=309400177_0_0&lnkctr=srchrd-sr&trkid=222336 >.

This is another great documentary on the true reality we are facing today- the industrialization of the food industry.  Food Inc takes a long, scary look at the true source of our food and what led us to grow this way.  Food Inc. covers fast food, the Mon Santo soy bean fiasco, disgustingly crowded slaughter houses and chicken farms, the importance of corn to our diet and the genetic modification of natural plants.

Maxwell, Jordan, Paul Tice, and Alan Snow. That Old-Time Religion: The Story of Religious Foundations. Escondido: Book Tree, 2000. Print.

This book details the fascinating connection between the story of Christianity and ancient astrology, a concept covered in the popular online documentary Zeitgeist.  This book takes a closer look at the symbols and passages used to describe Jesus Christ, and how they suggest that he is merely a symbol for the Sun.

“You’ll Never Think the Same Way Again. . . The Revelation.” The Revelation @ The Forbidden Knowledge . Com. Web. 04 Mar. 2010. < http://www.theforbiddenknowledge.com/chapter3/ >.

This website details the masonic layout of the streets of Washington DC, showing the symbols made by intersecting streets of DC and their significance.  This information is shocking and cannot be coincidence, because it simply runs too deep..

More sources will be added as necessary

Playlist

February 16, 2010

Playlist-

Bill Hicks- It’s Just A Ride

Tool- Lateralus

Dead Kennedys- Chickenshit Conformist

Electric Wizard- Wizard In Black

Mr. Bungle- None Of Them Knew They Were Robots

Rage Against The Machine- Freedom

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum- The Creature

Tricky- Black Steel

Controversy of interest

February 2, 2010

My controversy of interest is the pride in ignorance in a day and age where any information can be viewed for free on the internet.  The information is out there, so why are we collectively remaining unaware of the lies surrounding us in this false reality?

Mural

January 9, 2010

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