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These are the words that are etched upon my heart, mind, and soul whenever I gaze upon that which would dare to be called human "civilization".

Inferno Canto III: 1-21 — The Gate of Hell

These were the words, with their dark colour, that I saw written above the gate, at which I said: ‘Master, their meaning, to me, is hard.’ And he replied to me, as one who knows: ‘Here, all uncertainty must be left behind: all cowardice must be dead. We have come to the place where I told you that you would see the sad people who have lost the good of the intellect.’ And placing his hand on mine, with a calm expression, that comforted me, he led me towards the hidden things.

One of the people who I most enjoy listening to, whether it's on his weekend radio broadcast or one of his many lectures, is Webster Griffin Tarpley.  He is an American historian, economist, journalist, lecturer and a critic of U.S. foreign and domestic policy.  He speaks many foreign languages fluently, and is an expert in the field of foreign and international affairs.  You can search YouTube for the many lectures he has given in various venues throughout the years, and I can assure you that they are well worth listening to.  Although I don't always agree with some of his conclusions on certain matters, I have nonetheless learned a lot by listening to what he has to say; he has even changed some of my views when it comes to various social and political matters.  The video that I am embedding into this journal entry is of Webster reciting the address that he gave to the Left Forum Conference on May 31 of this year.

(Just a warning: Webster does discuss some topics that some may consider mature, but these are the kinds of topics that would be discussed on CNN, RT, and other various news outlets.  We're talking specifically of terrorists eating people's hearts, and sex scandals in D.C.  If those kinds of things might bother you then avert thine eyes and ears.)

To summarize what his address is about, it concerns the development of human civilization going forward as the unipolar dominance of the United States comes to an end.  He offers his views in the context of world history, drawing parallels of historical events to the issues of today's world.  You will definitely learn many things that you have never learned in school by watching this presentation.  If you wish to download this video, Webster Tarpley has an MP4 of it on his website.  He also posts audio and video of interviews he has done for both radio and television that I encourage you to check out.  Links are provided below.

Webster Tarpley's website -

Article on with the download links.

Wikipedia article about Webster Tarpley
Well I haven't logged-in in a while so I thought I would stop in and show some life on this account.  Frankly, I've been trying to distance myself from the Archie Sonic series.  To see the devolution of the Sonic fandom since Ian Flynn came on to the series is heartbreaking.  The depth of world building and imagination that this series used to inspire has given way to a bizarre cult centered around the head-writer that I have dubbed Flynn's Gate.

Back in the day, we wanted to know everything about the world of Mobius, it's culture, and it's people.  What kind of history did it have?  What was it like to be Mobian?  What was it like to live in Mobitropolis or other cities like it?  What did it feel like to walk down it's streets, and be surrounded by it's beautiful architecture and hanging gardens?  And ultimately, what was it like when the coup happened? What was it like to experience military robots busting down people's doors and rounding up men, women, and children to be roboticized on the eve of what was supposed to be a peace festival and the dismantling of the War Ministry?  What was it like for survivors, and what did it feel like to live that life?  This is what the western Sonic fandom used to be.

That has been replaced by, "OMG!!! Ian Flynn is the best writer evah!!!  He is perfect in all things!!!  We will shave our heads, and chop our nuts out for him!!!  He will take us to meet Ti and Do on the spaceship!!!"  Okay, maybe it's not that bad, but it's pretty damn close.

Looking back I was actually glad when Ian Flynn came on as writer and Ken left.  I, and many other fans, never quite got over 'Endgame' and everything Ken did was always overshadowed by that whole affair.  No matter how good his writing and world building actually was, people were still mad at him for 'Endgame' and the death of Sally.  The saying that you never know what you have until it's gone rings true here.  Looking back at the older issues nowadays, I have a real appreciation for what Ken did, and frankly I miss it very much.  Was he perfect?  No of course not.  But his writing was certainly better than the mindless drivel we have now.

Some of you reading this aren't old enough to remember the craziness that was the 1990's, so I thought I would give you a little history lesson.  Back in 1997 a UFO cult named Heaven's Gate made a name for themselves by preaching that a UFO was in trail behind Comet Hale-Bopp which could be seen quite prominently in the night sky starting in May of 1996.  In addition to this, they preached that the Earth was going to go through an apocalyptic "great recycling" whereby all life, except for Applewhite's followers, would be purged.  The cult's leader, Marshall Applewhite, preached that he was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ, and that he would lead his followers to Heaven by transcending their earthly physical bodies and flying up to the UFO which would take them to the "Next Level", thus escaping the great purge of the "recycling".  They escaped alright, by committing mass suicide in a 9,200-sq.-ft mansion in San Diego, CA where they were communally living.  They consumed apple sauce with phenobarbital mixed into it, and washed it down with some vodka to add some extra kick.  They also tied plastic bags around their heads in order to induce asphyxiation after they had passed out.

Marshall Applewhite used to have a partner when he started his cult back in the 1970's, a woman by the name of Bonnie Nettles.  Applewhite preached that he and Nettles were the two witnesses from the Book of Revelation.  For whatever reason, Applewhite and Nettles would refer to themselves using the aliases "Bo and Peep" and "Do and Ti"; the latter name derived from the solfège musical notes "Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti Do".  When Nettles died, Applewhite continued to refer to her with the name "Ti", and said that Nettles was actually Applewhite's "Heavenly Father" who had reclaimed his place in Heaven.  Now isn't this all just fun?

It is from this cult that I am deriving the name Flynn's Gate as a satirical means of referring to Ian Flynn and his mindlessly devoted fans.  Their behavior and obsessive devotion really is something else.

Links to fun reading concerning the Heaven's Gate cult:

Wikipedia Article on the cult

Wikipedia Article about Marshall Applewhite

Wikipedia Article about Comet Hale-Bopp

Heaven's Gate Initiation Tape - Part 1

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mobian-knight Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
I get that the individual referenced in that link is rather eccentric.  I personally think that he can work on a few things in terms of how he presents himself online.  That being said, he isn't hurting anyone with what he does.  I've seen other people write long fanfictions, and have their original characters serve as the main characters in their stories.  If doing that sort of thing is what makes him happy, then it's his right to keep at it.  If someone doesn't like it, then they should be civil, ignore it, and just move along.  Do unto others as you would have done unto you.

The individuals running that wiki are doing nothing less than engaging in cyberbullying.  It's okay to find someone strange or unusual; you will encounter many "strange" people in your life.  But to setup a platform to target individuals for public ridicule and harassment shows an absolute lack of common decency and class.  The people running that wiki even have a section for "Aspies" on their wiki.  Seriously?

I would suggest that you read up on the legal definition of cyberbullying, and understand that depending on which jurisdiction someone falls under, there could be legal repercussions for engaging in that sort of conduct.…
Bewitchedrune Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for adding my Mary Poppins cosplay! Hexentanz 
victauron Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fave. 
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RachelTheZoneCop Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you sooo much for the watch!! Hug
Really appreciated!! Thanks for everything!
poasterchild Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Professor Badass :iconbadassplz: thanks YOU for watching!!!
RachelTheZoneCop Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you soooo much for the fave!! Thanks for everything!
It really means a lot to me!! Hug
mobian-knight Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
Anything awesome that keeps the real Sally alive deserves to be faved.  I faved your Nicole piece as well.
RachelTheZoneCop Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you ^^
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