New Fiction

Part of the third novel in the Infernis, Inthrallis series which is currently untitled.

https://cknall.wordpress.com/2017/08/11/untitled-chapter/

And So It Came To Pass

When I wrote The Wisp, a story involving privatization of the intelligence community and warfare, I had thought that I was gazing down the road ten years or so. It wasn’t until the WaPo exposé Top Secret America that I realized it had already happened mostly in 2004 and 2005.

Twenty-two months ago or so, I started a “Fauxpocalypse” novel entitled Infernis. The idea behind the fake end times term, self-fulfilling prophecy can be as dangerous as, in my opinion perhaps moreso, than the supernatural. For the unfinished novel, a system that absorbs too much of those beliefs is susceptible to the same delusional thinking. Think HAL 9000 meets War Games.

Then, about 10 and a half months ago, started the sequel, Inthrallis. This one is in part based on experiences with some of those items listed in that old 1955 draft CIA MKULTRA memorandum:

11. Substances which will produce “pure” euphoria with no subsequent let-down.

12. Substances which alter personality structure in such a way that the tendency of the recipient to become dependent upon another person is enhanced.

I may expound on that later, but as I’ve noted below, the scope of the project quickly grew and before 1960 they were looking at what makes us decide to vote, child personality development, mental illness, minorities, criminals, hypnotism, means of control and altering personality, etc.

August of last year was before the MINERVA stuff made it into the news. It’s apparently gotten a nickname now, “FBULTRA,” which I think is appropriate.

The theme of Inthallis is similar in that it still circles around self-fulfilling prophecy but this time it’s a sort of anti-Christ figure. Superstition as crowd-control and flimflam predates even Judaism, so it should not be taken as an attack against religion as a whole.

Superstition and inquistion-lite are making big comebacks.

Exorcism:

VICE, “EXORCIST REVIVAL,” Staff, 16 June 2014:

vice.com/read/exorcist-revival

VICE, “Why the Vatican’s Recognition of Exorcism Is Important,” Kayla Ruble, 4 July 2014:

news.vice.com/article/why-the-vaticans-recognition-of-exorcism-is-important

Witch Hunts:

NYTimes OpEd, “The Persecution of Witches, 21st-Century Style,” Motch Horowitz, 5 July 2014:

nytimes.com/2014/07/05/opinion/the-persecution-of-witches-21st-century-style.html

In some communities, it is chiefly young men who take on the role of witch hunters, suggesting that they may see it as a way to earn prestige by cleansing undesirables and enforcing social mores. That many of the self-appointed witch hunters are men highlights another baleful aspect of the phenomenon: The majority of victims are women. The Rev. Jack Urame of the Melanesian Institute, a Papua New Guinean human rights agency, estimates that witchcraft-related violence there is directed 5 to 1 against women, suggesting that witchcraft accusations are used to cloak gender-based violence.

Another factor, particularly in Central Africa and its diaspora communities, is the advent of revivalist churches, in which self-styled pastor-prophets rail against witchery and demon possession. They often claim to specialize in the casting out of evil spirits, sometimes charging for the service. Many of those congregations have emerged from Western evangelizing efforts.

Globalization means that paranoia over black magic and spirit possession are no longer confined to developing nations. Mass migration has made this a pervasive problem. In January, a Queens, N.Y., man was arrested for beating to death with a hammer his girlfriend, Estrella Castaneda, 56, and her daughter, Lina Castaneda, 25; Carlos Alberto Amarillo told the police that the women were “witches,” who had been “performing voodoo and casting spells” on him.

There’s lots more. Our ally and assistant chief shaper of foreign policy, Saudi Arabia, for example, and the UK.

Persecution of LGBTs:

MotherJones, “Meet the American Pastor Behind Uganda’s Anti-Gay Crackdown: Scott Lively has stirred up hate from Moscow to Kampala. Watch him in action,” Mariah Blake, 10 March 2014:

motherjones.com/politics/2014/03/scott-lively-anti-gay-law-uganda

HuffPo, “Russia’s Anti-Gay Law Is One Of My ‘Proudest Achievements,’ Claims Pastor Scott Lively,” Gay Voices, 24 September 2013:

huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/24/russia-scott-lively-_n_3982608.html

He also blames the Ukraine situation on gays, but then so does Putin:

The Advocate, “Putin Claims ‘Gay Nazis’ Behind Ukrainian Unrest: The Russian president takes a page out of a notorious antigay American evangelical’s playbook and claims that gay people are the cause of the current conflict in Ukraine,” Sunnivie Brydum, 16 May 2014:

advocate.com/world/2014/05/16/putin-claims-gay-nazis-behind-ukrainian-unrest

The problem, the Ukraine’s neonazi movement is not Russia’s doing, but rather the US and NATO:

Global Research, “The U.S. has Installed a Neo-Nazi Government in Ukraine,” Michel Chossudovsky, 2 March 2014:

globalresearch.ca/the-u-s-has-installed-a-neo-nazi-government-in-ukraine/5371554

“The flowering of democracy” in Ukraine –to use the words of the New York Times– is endorsed by Republicans and Democrats. It’s a bipartisan project. Lest we forget, Senator John McCain is a firm supporter and friend of Neo Nazi Svoboda leader Oleh Tyahnybok (Image right).

mccain-and-svoboda-leader

And it comes back around full circle:

DailyMailUK, “Palin under fire over African pastor friend who waged witch-hunt against woman he believed caused car crashes,” Paul Thompson, 18 September 2008:

dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1057181/Palin-African-pastor-friend-waged-witch-hunt-woman-believed-caused-car-crashes.html

Lest you think 2016 and beyond will look any different:

Gawker, “You’ll Never Guess Hillary Clinton’s Favorite Book,” Hamilton Nolan, 16 June 2014:

gawker.com/youll-never-guess-hillary-clintons-favorite-book-1591353415

NYTimes, “The Next Act of the Neocons: Are Neocons Getting Ready to Ally With Hillary Clinton?” Jacob Heilbrunn, 5 July 2014:

nytimes.com/2014/07/06/opinion/sunday/are-neocons-getting-ready-to-ally-with-hillary-clinton.html

I really am starting to wonder about that brain injury–attributed to a fall–that Karl Rove has been accusing Hillary of having. I know, consider the source…but have some problems squaring Obama and Clinton on so many issues these days without resorting to the mind affecting tech and/or intimidation hypotheses.

New Infernis Chapters

Chapter Sixty-One.

Chapter Sixty-Two.

I didn’t actually think I’d wind up posting these for reasons that will likely be obvious. Must be one of those days. You really might not want to click.

New Fic

Over here. New Infernis chapter and two mostly old epilogues for WWTFF.

New Infernis Chapter

Over here. (Strap in for very bad science, in most senses of the phrase. Luckily, most of us know little about quantum computing).

Infernis Rages On

Over here.

Yet More Infernis and a BBD Item

And another still-needs-work chapter posted here.

And now for some apologies, explanations, etc.

Despite what may seem like a trend in my work, I neither hate nor fear females. At least I don’t think so. I see the inequality in pay and respect between the sexes as something akin to what minorities, gays, etc. deal with.

I am however playing on some dark humor I suppose regarding being gay and dealing with the opposite sex.

Besides, I’m not talking about a real female anyway. She represents something else.

Next, I am also not militant about religion. I am radical about disliking radicalism, I suppose. That’s about it. I don’t begrudge someone their religious beliefs as long as they don’t involve the forced conversion or death of others and the codification within laws that we all have to share.

That’s all you’re getting. I will probably have to say something about real mental illness at some point (as opposed to the fake stuff created by thugs in order to fulfill criminal agendas) but I think that can wait. Besides, I’m in good company there. It’s rare to see any story that handles that subject well.

Finally, the related Black Boot Diaries point. The anecdote about the cult is (mostly) true. I did meet a couple to whom that happened. In fact, the Manhattan Church of Christ (where I attended in the early 90s) had a significant portion of people who had come out of that cult. It was known as the International Church of Christ, the Boston Movement, and the New York City Church of Christ depending on which exact entity (all part of the whole) one was discussing. It had and has no relation to the Church of Christ that is centered in Tennessee and Texas.

There were other horror stories as well from those who left it. They did in fact target actors to become members. One intern at the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, who was just about as close to a Blues Brother as I can imagine prior to his “conversion”, became a recruiter for them. He went from shouting out Dennis Hopper quotes from Blue Velvet to shouting whatever it was would keep his fellow cult members in line.

Can it be I have hit upon yet another aspect of the beast I’ve been struggling with? The likelihood of a major US cult not being run by CIA and/or DoD strikes me as being very, very minimal.

I know. What are the odds?