It has taken us centuries of thought and mockery to shake the medieval system; thought and mockery here and now are required to prevent the mechanists [technocrats] from building another.

Dora Russell,* The Right to Be Happy (1927), preface. (*see sidebar)

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

How to Inspire a Conspiracy Theory

The Great Resetx to
Tabula Rasa???
Conjoin two sets of factids*:

FACTID ONE (mythic):
● A bejeweled one is possessed with musical potential and aspiration.1
● The bejeweled one self-inflates and begins a multi-millennial culture war.2
● The bejeweled one nurtures an unmitigated hatred for all who: 1) pilfer or challenge his “genius;” 2) take accolades unto themselves; 3) give him little or no credit. PRIDE & ENVY govern.3
● The bejeweled one insists he be remembered as #1 in past, present, and future, and thus connives to erase all memory of “the way things were” when he wasn't in complete control and ownership.4
Source: Urban Dictionary
(Footnote 5)

FACTID TWO (unfolding?):
● Call yourself Merck5 Mercuriadis;6
● Choose an upside down, dead elephant for your logo [aka: dead memory???];7
● Call your music-, song-buying company Hipgnosis;8
● Brand your mission: “My job is to make people believe.”9
● Convince famous musicians or companies to sell their entire catalogs to Hipgnosis for mega-bucks,10 [just in time for the bank bail-in(?); or the currency wipe-out(?), or whatever the Great Reset does to reset the world to ZERO(?), including all those factoid bits of coin?!].
Conjoin these two factids and voilà!! one has a terrific conspiracy theory (as in buying up all music 'n song rights, powers, gain, glory, and control for private, exclusive enjoyment and / or burial of soul memory11?). Tabula rasa12 en masse! and contra les masses!

See how easy it is to bunk-up a theory. And, of course, we shall let the passage of time prove the debunking.

Note: I first heard of Hipgnosis and the dead elephant logo from a Professor Darrel Hamamoto podcast. From there the bunking took off because it is doubtful there could be anything more conspiracy inspiring than an upside down, dead elephant joined at the hip with Hipgnosis?

* A factid is not a factoid, but a tidbit of fact that is not trivial and that invites further research, whereas:
“A factoid is either an invented or assumed statement presented as a fact,[1][2] or a true but brief or trivial item of news or information. The term [factoid] was coined in 1973 by American writer Norman Mailer to mean a piece of information that becomes accepted as a fact even though it is not actually true, or an invented fact believed to be true because it appears in print.[3] Since its creation in 1973, the term has evolved, now often being used to describe a brief or trivial item of news or information.”

1.Old Testament | Ezekiel 28:12-19 
   12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus [typology of Lucifer / Satan], and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
   13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
   14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
   15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
   16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
   17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: ...
Old Testament | Isaiah 14:10-11
   10 All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us?
   11 Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.
Mythological association with Lucifer, Music, and Pan
In ancient Greek religion and mythology, Pan ... is the god of the wild, shepherds and flocks, nature of mountain wilds, rustic music and impromptus, and companion of the nymphs.[2] He has the hindquarters, legs, and horns of a goat, in the same manner as a faun or satyr. With his homeland in rustic Arcadia, he is also recognized as the god of fields, groves, wooded glens and often affiliated with sex; because of this, Pan is connected to fertility and the season of spring. The word panic ultimately derives from the god's name. ...
Music: Pan once had the audacity to compare his music with that of Apollo, and to challenge Apollo, the god of the lyre, to a trial of skill.
... Identification with Satan: Saint Jerome introduced the name "Lucifer" into an old testament reference to a human king ... and the serpent of Eden was not seen as The Devil by The Jews. ... These facts suggest the idea that the archetype upon which Christians based their devil may have been a deific image of the old pagan world. Pan's goatish image recalls conventional faun-like depictions of Satan. Sayings like "time to pay the piper" and words like "pandemonium" may be unconscious collective cultural references to this link.
2. Old Testament | Isaiah 14:13-14
   13 For thou [O Lucifer] hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
   14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Pearl of Great Price | Moses 4:6
   6 And Satan put it into the heart of the serpent, (for he had drawn away many after him,) and he sought also to beguile Eve, for he knew not the mind of God, wherefore he sought to destroy the world.
3. “Envy becomes vicious when it turns our desire for anything good into malice toward those who already enjoy what we don’t have.” Clifton-Soderstrom, Karl. The Cardinal and the Deadly: Reimagining the Seven Virtues and Seven Vices (p. 85). Cascade Books, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Kindle Edition.
“As Joseph Epstein notes in his book on the subject, Envy, “Malice that cannot speak its name, cold-blooded but secret hostility, impotent desire, hidden rancor, and spite all cluster at the center of envy.” ... Friendship becomes impossible to those caged in by envy. For those suffering from acedia (sloth), hell is being locked up with oneself; for the envious person, hell is other people.” Ibid;, (p. 86).
Note: Repetitive pattern recognition was applied to psychologize the primal psychopath.
4Old Testament | Isaiah 14:13-14
   13 For thou [O Lucifer] hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
   14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
6. Mercury [Mercuri] in Roman mythology (= ancient stories), the Roman God of trade, travellers, and thieves:
Mercury ... is a major god in Roman religion and mythology, being one of the 12 Dii Consentes within the ancient Roman pantheon. He is the god of financial gain, commerce, eloquence, messages, communication (including divination), travelers, boundaries, luck, trickery and thieves; he also serves as the guide of souls to the underworld.[2][3]
8. The word hip in the sense of "aware, in the know" is first attested in a 1902 cartoon by Tad Dorgan,[8]
Gnosis: supposedly revealed knowledge of various spiritual truths, esp that said to have been possessed by ancient Gnostics ... knowledge of spiritual things, esp. a secret and superior knowledge limited to an elite few, such as the Gnostics claimed to have.
[Thus, does Hipgnosis mean “in the know” of “secret and superior knowledge limited to an elite few”?)
“My job”: (scan down the Home page to find Merck and his mission. Here is a sample clip: »»»»
10. ● This Man Is Betting $1.7 Billion on the Rights to Your Favorite Songs: Merck Mercuriadis thinks songwriters deserve more credit — starting with blockbuster paydays for their catalogs. But not all artists want to sell out. (The New York Times by Ben Sisario Published Dec. 18, 2020 Updated Dec. 23, 2020
● Meet Merck Mercuriadis, the man who has spent $1bn on old hits by Mark Savage BBC music reporter 17 October 2020
11. What has been more expressive of creative soul and resistance to oppression than music and song? And what has a corporate, soul-less Domination System combined to co-opt and enslave more than musicians and artists?  What if Hipgnosis is an exercise in buying the "souls of men [and women]" twice over?
New Testament | Revelation 18:12-13 ~ The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.
12. Definition of tabula rasa
   1: the mind in its hypothetical primary blank or empty state before receiving outside impressions
   2: something existing in its original pristine state

Merck Mercuriadis (born October 2, 1963) is a Canadian–American music industry executive and entrepreneur. [5] He is the founder of Hipgnosis Songs Fund, a publicly-traded music IP investment company, and the founder and CEO of Hipgnosis Songs Limited, the investment advisor to the fund, and an artist management and music publishing firm.[6][7]

Note: image copyright exemption re satire.