by: twilight language
We don’t know what will happen on July 4th. The mainstream media has been beating the drums all week that a possible terrorist event – ISIS maybe, a homegrown individual or group maybe – will occur on Saturday, July 4th, in the United States of America, on our Independence Day.
Americans across the country have big plans for the 4th of July, but the FBI and Homeland Security are warning Americans of potential “lone wolf” attacks this holiday weekend.
The FBI’s most recent bulletin warns specifically of “lone wolf” attacks, which are attacks carried out by homegrown extremists. However, they also said no credible threats have been made so far. Source.
Additionally, beginning after I penned the “prediction,” African-American churches, in the South, began burning. This was said to be directly related to the killing of 9 members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, United States, on June 17, 2015.
The Knoxville Fire Department is investigating the fire, stating it was arson.
Fruitland Presbyterian Church — Gibson County, Tennessee, June 23, 2015.
State bomb and arson investigators determined a lightning strike hit the church steeple at about 8:30 pm.
Briar Creek Road Church — Charlotte, North Carolina, June 24, 2015.
The Charlotte Fire Department ruled the flame was arson. It is worthy of noting that it was the June 24th fire that raised everyone’s awareness that there seemed to be a “wave” of church burnings. The photograph of that fire was widely disseminated.
Glover Grove Baptist — Gloverville-Warrenville, South Carolina, June 26, 2015.
Officials have not yet determined a cause for the fire.
Greater Miracle Apostolic Holiness Church — Tallahassee, Florida, June 26, 2015.
Tallahassee Fire Department and State Fire Marshal investigators believe the fire was caused by an electrical wire. Investigations are still under way.
College Heights Baptist Church – Elyria, Ohio – June 27, 2015.
Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church — Greeleyville, South Carolina, June 30, 2015. Williamsburg County Fire department said the cause of the blaze was unclear, although lightning is being blamed in recent news stories.
The point is not so much that all of these fires are arsons, but in a Fortean point of view, it is a cluster of curious church fires, whether they be human arsons or God’s arson, so-to-speak. The wave is noticeable.
[We need a good list of all the locations that Confederate generals and soldier statues have been defaced, as well. No one has compiled one of those. I have mentioned this has been happening to memorials and statues of John Hunt Morgan (see here), as well as John Calhoun, Nathan Bedford Forrest, Robert E. Lee, and Albert Sidney Johnston (see here). But I’m sure it has been more widespread. The lexilink of Morgan-Fayette grows more understood, more powerful, more synchromystic.]
June 1, 2015 – Shahjahanpur, India-basedFREELANCE JOURNALIST Jagendra Singh was allegedly set on fire on June 1 during a police raid at his house at Awas Vikas colony in Sadar Bazar area of Shahjananupr. He died during treatment at a hospital in Lucknow on June 8. He was doing a series of articles exposing illegal mining operations and land-grabbing. Source.
June 27, 2015 – The media circulated a year-old story of the self-immolation on June 23, 2014, of 79-year-old retired Methodist minister, Charles Moore, who drove his car to a local strip mall, exited the vehicle, doused himself in gasoline, and set himself on fire. His suicide note explained that the self-immolation was an attempt to die a martyr for the black and LGBT communities. Source.
June 30, 2015 – In Japan, on a bullet train, a self-immolation of a suicide victim resulted in two deaths, as another person at the back of the car died from smoke inhalation. The man, identified as Haruo Hayashizaki, a 71-year-old resident of Suginami Ward, Tokyo, was near the entrance doors at the front of the Nozomi 225′s lead car when he poured a flammable liquid from a white plastic tank over his head and set it alight. The woman, identified as Yoshiko Kuwahara, 52, of Yokohama, was found at the opposite end of the first car. She reportedly died of carbon monoxide poisoning. The Nozomi express, operated by Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai), was heading from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka Station. It was between Shin-Yokohama and Odawara stations when a passenger in car No. 1 activated the emergency alarm at around 11:30 a.m., and the driver brought the train to a halt.Source.
There is a hint showing up in sites such as the Steamshovel Press and The Natural Blaze Newsletterthat “alternative medicine” doctors are turning up mysteriously dead.
On June 19, 2015, controversial autism researcher Jeff Bradstreet, M.D. was found dead. He died of a gunshot wound to his chest, and then allegedly threw himself in a river. Some questioned the claim of suicide. Bradstreet was known as an anti-vaccine advocate. Bradstreet’s son is autistic, which Bradstreet attributed to a vaccination his son was given at age 15 months.
James Jeffrey “Jeff” Bradstreet (born July 6, 1954), was an American doctor, an alternative medicine practitioner, and a former Christian preacher who ran the International Child Development Resource Center in Melbourne, Florida, a medical practice in Buford, Georgia and in Arizona, where he practiced homeopathy. Bradstreet’s body (allegedly deceased from a self-inflicted gun shot to the chest) was found in the Broad River in Chimney Rock, Rutherford County, North Carolina, in June 2015, after his Buford, Georgia, medical office was raided by the Food and Drug Administration. At the time of his death, he lived in Braselton, Georgia and ran his medical practice in Buford.
On June 21, 2015, Father’s Day, Bruce Hedendal, Ph. D. was found dead in his car. No accident. No running motor. He was merely, in his car. A father of six, Dr. Hedendal was at the forefront of chiropractic and functional medicine, high performance nutrition, fitness training and natural hormone therapies. Since 1985, he he has hosted syndicated radio and internet health programs, and had been currently hosting the longest running radio and internet show “Health is Wealth Live.” Like Bradstreet, Hedendal had been in conflict with federal authorities over his “alternative” view of medicine. A “pillar of health,” his death is unexplained.
On June 29, 2015, a popular Estero, Florida “alternative medicine” Dr. Teresa Ann Sievers, 46, was killed. The death has left locals, family, and law enforcement authorities puzzled. Lee County Sheriff’s Office authorities went on Monday, June 29, at 9:45 a.m. to Sievers’ address at 27034 Jarvis Road in Bonita Springs, Florida, after she didn’t arrive at work.
“We don’t know anything but that she was murdered,” said Sievers’ sister, Annie Lisa, 52. She said Sievers, her husband and children had come to Connecticut for a gathering and her sister flew home alone Sunday. Source.
We cannot ignore the shark attack mania, either.
There have been a high number of shark attacks during the summer of 2015. The number is large enough for sharks to become a media story. Last time this happened? In which sharks became a media focus? Right before 9/11.
The synchromystic world started talking about the “shark imagery” back in February 2015.
In 2015, on the Sunday after July 4th, it becomes “Shark Week” on cable television. Few remember that during 2001, the “Summer of the Shark” began on the 4th of July.
Shark attacks generally get more attention by the media than most news. Except for mass shootings, school shootings, workplace violence, and terrorist attacks.
Time Magazine in 2001 acknowledged it was “The Summer of the Shark,” even though statistically, there were less attacks than in some other years.
But there was something more sinister waiting in the wings – 9/11, of course. First, however, another animal got the headlines; the “Summer of the Gator” happened.
In my twilight language book, The Copycat Effect: How the Media and Popular Culture Trigger the Mayhem in Tomorrow’s Headlines (NY: Simon and Schuster, 2004), I noted the unfolding of the “if it bleeds, it leads” focus on shark and alligator attacks. The media, almost completely, forgot about animal encounters after the Twin Towers came down. Terrorism and war were the new wall-to-wall coverage for months.
Breaking news: After I posted the above about alligator attacks in 2001, J. M. sent me this ~
The owners of the marina recently had spotted a large alligator on a few occasions, and put up a sign warning people to stay out of the water, police said. Woodward reportedly when told this, yelled out “F*ck the ‘gators,” and jumped in.
According to the Beaumont Enterprise, the incident was the first fatal attack by an alligator in Texas in about 200 years.
Now word comes from the director of Southern Fried Bigfoot that a violent encounter with an alligator occurred before the fatal incident at Orange, Texas. West of there, 75 miles away, at Charlotte Lake, Cedar Hill Park, Wallisville, Texas, a 13-year-old boy, Kaleb, was swimming near the shore when bitten in the arm and leg by an alligator. The gator also began to pull him under the water. Kaleb’s father, James Hurley, jumped in the water, kicked the alligator off his son, and pulled Kaleb to safety. Both Kaleb and James Hurley are recovering at the hospital. Source.
More news: July 4, 2015. An 8-foot alligator grabbed Mike Karris’ 11-year-old dachshund, Cody, at the boat ramp in the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida, on Saturday. Karris and his girlfriend were unable to rescue their dog. The last attack on a dog was more than 15 years ago.Source.
So let me step back. I’m a Fortean. I have a worldview that looks at events as holistically as possible. The past informs the future.
Charles Fort once wrote of a world sense I share, “My liveliest interest is not so much in things, as in relations of things. I have spent much time thinking about the alleged pseudo-relations that are called coincidences. What if some of them should not be coincidence?”
Decades ago, one of the first science fiction novels to be inspired by Charles Fort was Eric Frank Russell’s Sinister Barrier, published in 1939; revised in 1948.
I reminded myself, as I compiled the lists of lists above, that the events of Sinister Barrier took place in 2015.
A siren wailed along the road outside, died away dismally at the open door. Four police officers entered accompanied by one man in plain clothes. Quietly, without comment, they took out the uniformed corpse, came back for the fallen scientist. He was mouthing noiselessly as they bore him away.
Three of the officers got into the car, drove off. The fourth took his seat at the teletype. The man in plain clothes went up to Laurie.
“I’m Ferguson, the replacement.” ~ Sinister Barrier, Eric Frank Russell, 1939
On August 9, 2014, an 18-year-old African-American man, Michael Brown, was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, a policeman with the Ferguson (Missouri) Police Department. That one event in 2014 definitely was the foundation of events between law enforcement officers and African-American victims in 2015.
Russell even gives dates of events in 2015:
Halfway to the door he emitted a brief gasp, stumbled, fell. His stricken hand clutched the calendar from his desk, dragged it down to the carpet. He sobbed, hugged hands to his heart, lay still. The spark which had motivated him became extinguished. The calendar’s top leaf fluttered in a queer, inexplicable breeze from nowhere. The date was May the seventeenth, 2015. ~ Sinister Barrier, Eric Frank Russell, 1939
So, what happened this year on May 17th? Did you forget already?
On May 17, 2015, nine people were killed and 18 injured, some by law enforcement and others in gunfire exchanges, in a shootout between rival biker gangs in Waco, Texas.
(Exactly a month later, on June 17, 2015, another nine people were killed in a church in Charleston, South Carolina.)
On May 17, 2015, NYPD officers responded to a 911 call in Briarwood, Queens around 4:00 a.m. There, they found Chinx and another victim in a car at Queens Boulevard and 84th Drive. The other victim was identified as Antar Alziadi. Chinx was transported to Jamaica Medical Center in Jamaica, Queens with gunshot wounds to his torso, where he was pronounced dead, at age 31. Using the stage name Chinx (formerly Chinx Drugz), the American rapper Lionel Pickens (born December 4, 1983) was from Queens, New York.
Another date that the Fortean writer Eric Frank Russell mentions is June 9th:
It was three o’clock in the morning of June the ninth, 2015, and the seldom mentioned but superbly efficient United States Department of Propaganda was working overtime. Its two huge floors in Home Affairs Building were dark, deserted, but half a mile away, hidden in a two-acre basement comprising a dozen great cellars, slaved the department’s complete staff augmented by eighty willing helpers. ~ Sinister Barrier, Eric Frank Russell, 1939
On June 9, 2015, the Southern Front of the Free Syrian Army claimed it captured a major Syrian Army base known as Brigade 52 in Daraa Governorate.
On June 9, 2015, Robert Alan Diaz, born September 17, 1975, died of unknown causes. He was known by his stage name Pumpkinhead or P.H., was an American rapper and hip hop artist. He grew up in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn, New York with his mother and younger sister.
Who knows if it means anything, but the main investigator of Sinister Barrier was obsessed with gathering all matter of material oozing with mystery. He was surrounded with a growing body of strange deaths, even before he understood them.
Bill Graham knew nothing about these earlier tragedies, but he knew about Mayo. He was right on the spot when it happened.
He was strolling along West Fourteenth, New York, when for no particular reason he cast a casual glance up the sheer side of the Martin Building, saw a human figure falling past the twelfth floor. ~ Sinister Barrier, Eric Frank Russell
What Russell’s hero Graham began to note were “rumors of war, preparations for war, accusations of preparations for war, actual wars, ferocious and bloody; religious revivals, religious riots; financial crises; labor troubles; color rivalries; ideological demonstrations; specious propaganda; murders, massacres, so-called natural disasters, or slaughter in any emotion-arousing form; revolutions and more wars.”
“The first suicide began them,” Wohl declared. “The rest were imitative.” He handed back the list. “Take a look over police files sometime. You’ll find time after time when murder and suicide were temporarily contagious. One spectacular and well-publicised crime often induces several others of similar type.” ~ Sinister Barrier, Eric Frank Russell
Silver City was gone; the area it once had occupied was now an enormous scar on the face of Idaho, a five-miles-wide wound dotted with wreckage through which crept, crawled and limped a pathetically small number of survivors. ~ Sinister Barrier, Eric Frank Russell
The precursors of suicides and mystery deaths painted the canvas that would highlight the future – one of war. Piccadilly, London, was “messed with the blood of forty suicides.”
The red dawn is there. Then come the attacks on Seattle, Vancouver, and San Francisco. Madrid is destroyed by an atomic bomb.
An azure sky splashed with pink by the rising sun spewed two thousand thin streamers of flame from the invisibility of its upper reaches. The streamers curved downward, whitening with condensation. Thickening as they lost altitude, they resolved themselves into mighty back-blasts of strange, yellow stratosphere planes.
Below lay Seattle, a few early citizens on its broad streets, a few wispy columns of smoke rising from stoked furnaces. Many amazed eyes turned to the sky, many still-sleeping heads tossed on their pillows as the aerial armada howled across Puget Sound, swooped over Seattle’s roofs.
The bulleting rush brought the howl up in pitch to a shrill scream as the yellow horde rocketed over the rooftops, the badge of a flaming sun showing on the underside of each stubby wing. Black, ominous objects excreted in pairs and waggled downward from sleek, streamlined fuselages, fell for a hushed age, buried themselves in the buildings beneath. The buildings promptly disrupted in a mad, swirling melee of flame, fumes, bricks and splintered timbers.
For six hellish minutes Seattle shuddered and shook to an uninterrupted series of tremendous explosions. Then, like wraiths from the void, the yellow two thousand vanished into the stratosphere whence they had come.
Four hours later, while Seattle’s streets still sparkled with shards of glass and her living still moaned amid the ruins, the invaders reappeared. Vancouver suffered this time. A dive, six minutes of inferno, then away. Slowly, lackadaisically, their condensing blast-streaks dissipated in the upper regions, while beneath lay pitted avenues, strewn business blocks, crushed homes around which wandered silent, thin-lipped men, sobbing women, screaming children, some whole, some not. Here and there a voice shrieked and shrieked and shrieked like one of the damned doing his damnedest in a world of the damned. Here and there a sharp report brought quietness and peace to someone urgently in need of both. A little lead pill was welcome medicine to the partly disemboweled.
It was coincidentally with that evening’s similar and equally effective attack on San Francisco that the United States government officially identified the aggressors. The markings on the attackers’ machines should have been sufficient indication, but this evidence had seemed too unreasonable to credit. Besides, officialdom had not forgotten the days when it had been considered expedient to strike blows under any flag but one’s own.
Nevertheless, it was true. The enemy was the Asian Combine, with whom the United States was supposed to be on friendliest terms. ~ Sinister Barrier, Eric Frank Russell
Will there be a terrorist attack on the 4th of July in 2015? No one knows. Someone seems to think so. And CNN and Fox News will cover it live.