Rashomon Remake

It is called the Rashomon effect. The Rashomon effect occurs when the same event is given contradictory interpretations by different individuals involved. The effect is named after Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 film Rashomon, in which a murder is described in four mutually contradictory ways by its four witnesses. [1]

It wasn’t a murder (except a murder of the truth), what happened at the Lincoln Memorial this past weekend. Members of the Black Hebrew Israelites, participants in an Indigenous Peoples Rally, and students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky gathered there, and there was a confrontation. What exactly happened, though, has been disputed.

In the 1950 movie Rashomon, there are four witnesses, each giving a different account. In a potential Rashomon remake, based this time on what I call the Wolf Moon Incident, the four witnesses would be:

  • Priest: Nathan Phillips, the tribal elder who sought, by spiritual means, to defuse the confrontation;
  • Woodcutter: The Black Israelites (not actual Israelis), who threw out vulgar insults to any and all in the vicinity;
  • Commoner: The Covington High School students, personified by Nick Sandmann, shown in an isolated face-off with Priest;
  • Wife of the Samurai: Big “news” outfits as well as Twitter accounts which hyperbolized the event.

For a remake of Rashomon to be made, it is unlikely any director based in the United States would be able to do the job fairly. Here in the U.S., all are caught up in and unduly influenced by the drama. Perhaps a Japanese director would be able to offer a nuanced telling of the Wolf Moon Incident.

Observing the latest drama from the outside, and therefore better able to see without blinders, is Russia. (Not to say Russia is totally without bias about this, just that they are better able to see.) Russia Today (RT) reports Commoner (the high school students) “became viral super-villains when a clip of them appearing to surround and mock a Native American elder was widely shared.” [2]

Wife of the Samurai (“news” which hyperbolized the event) is/are potentially to be sued for fanning “the flames of hatred.” [2]

Priest (Nathan Phillips), we learn, deliberately walked into the middle of the crowd of Covington High School students. [2]

Woodcutter (the Black Israelites) had been “pelting” Commoner (high school students) “with racist and homophobic taunts.” [2]

Commoner (the high school students) have been invited to the White House by President Donald Trump, but this will not be until after the government shutdown situation is resolved. [2]

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[1] “Rashomon effect”, Wikipedia. Accessed January 23, 2019. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rashomon_effect
[2] “Covington students invited to White House amid death, arson & bomb threats”, Russia Today, January 23, 2019. https://on.rt.com/9mt4

 

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The Wolf Moon Incident

Three travelers gather beneath a shelter during a storm. (Members of the Black Hebrew Israelites, participants in an Indigenous Peoples Rally, and students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky gather at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.)

The three travelers sheltering from the storm are the Woodcutter, the Priest, and the Commoner. They build a fire and wonder about a troubling story. (On big “news” outlets, that story tells only of a face-to-face between the high school students and a Native American elder.)

Woodcutter, Priest, and Commoner recall that a married couple had met on a forest road. Woodcutter later finds the corpse of the husband. He testifies before a police commission investigating what happened. “The explanation so horrifies Priest and entertains Commoner it occupies them through the storm with four depictions of a crime.” [1]

(Twitter erupts immediately after big “news” outlets rush out a limited version of the Wolf Moon Incident at the Lincoln Memorial.)

As the story unfolds, there are four depictions of the crime. Who killed the samurai? Tajōmaru claims that he tricked the samurai. The samurai’s wife tells a different story. The samurai, through a psychic medium, appears and says it was otherwise. Woodcutter says all three, Tajōmaru, the wife, and the samurai, are lying. (Background: Wolf Moon Manifests, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, January 21, 2019.)

(New video surfaces, giving wider perspective on the Wolf Moon Incident at the Lincoln Memorial. The Black Hebrew Israelites are a movement that believes some black Americans are the descendants of an ancient Israelite tribe. They see the high school students wearing Make America Great Again (MAGA) hats. Tension builds. The Native American elder moves in between, banging a drum, hoping to bring peace.)

Woodcutter has accused Tajōmaru, the wife, and the samurai, of lying. Then Woodcutter, Priest, and Commoner hear the sound of a crying baby. Woodcutter and Commoner have a dispute. Commoner has stolen a kimono and an amulet from the baby. But it turns out Woodcutter has stolen a dagger from the scene of the murder of the samurai. All the deceptions and lies shake the Priest’s faith in humanity. [2]

(Rush Limbaugh throws a fit about the Wolf Moon Incident on his January 21, 2019 broadcast.)

You can see that this would make a great movie, a remake of Rashomon (with elements of The Ox-Bow Incident woven in). For the surprise ending you could have all the protagonists suddenly realizing that we are in Hell.

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[1] “Rashomon”. From 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, edited by Steven Jay Schneider. New York: Barron’s Educational Series, 2015.
[2] “Rashomon”, Wikipedia, accessed January 21, 2019. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rashomon

 

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Wolf Moon Manifests

How would the Wolf Moon manifest? That was the question. A “super wolf moon” arrived either late Sunday or early today (depending on where you live). On top of that, there was a lunar eclipse.

Tentatively, it appears the Wolf Moon (a Full Moon, very close to Earth) manifested at first as a video that showed white high school students in Make America Great Again (MAGA) hats and shirts mocking a Native American elder. But as the Wolf Moon approached further manifestation, the camera pulled back, the scene widened, and we saw another group taunting the students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky with disparaging and vulgar language. A Native American elder then tries to intervene, to reduce tensions. [1]

It is Rashomon come to Earth by the light of a Full Moon. In that 1950 Japanese period psychological thriller, various characters provide subjective, alternative, self-serving and contradictory versions of the same incident. [2]

Something happens, but different witnesses report different things:

  • Tajōmaru, a notorious brigand, claims that he tricked the samurai.
  • The samurai’s wife tells a different story. She says that Tajōmaru left after raping her.
  • The samurai (through a medium) claims that Tajōmaru, after raping his wife, asked her to travel with him.
  • The woodcutter explains that all three stories are falsehoods.

SPOILER ALERT!

In the climax, the woodcutter is seen as “a bandit calling another a bandit.” Yet it is not so clear-cut. A simple revelation recasts the woodcutter’s story. A priest says that the woodcutter has given him reason to continue having hope in humanity. [2]

The Wolf Moon has tentatively manifested in the Native American elder incident. Which is the true story? Complicating our understanding is that we are in Hell.

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[1] “A new video shows a different side of the encounter between a Native American elder and teens in MAGA hats”, by Emanuella Grinberg. CNN, January 21, 2019. https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/21/us/maga-hat-teens-native-american-second-video/index.html
[2] “Rashomon”, Wikipedia, accessed January 21, 2019. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rashomon

 

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Trump and Lincoln

President Donald Trump tweeted, in part, on January 19, 2019:

.@newtgingrich just stated that there has been no president since Abraham Lincoln who has been treated worse or more unfairly by the media than your favorite President, me!

Gingrich wrote a book on the American Civil War, and so is knowledgeable on the subject to an extent.

Bancroft Prize-winning presidential historian Robert Dallek, in June 2017, also compared Trump with Lincoln, calling the start of the Trump administration the “most tumultuous” since Lincoln’s. [1]

“Nixon didn’t have a Twitter” is the headline for the article citing Dallek. No President since Lincoln has faced such a hostile press, not even Richard Nixon, who at least had decorum in his press conferences (unlike rudeness now from the likes of Jim Acosta.)

This is not taking sides. It is just true.

A “super wolf moon” arrives either late tonight or early tomorrow (depending on where you live). On top of that, there will be a lunar eclipse. And this all happens coincident to the Martin Luther King Day “holiday” (for some, such as bankers, government employees, and public school teachers; others do not get a holiday, such as retail employees).

The contradictory nature of the MLK “holiday” is about what you’d expect, given that we are in Hell. That is my “unified field theory,” that we are in Hell. Another contradictory thing about the MLK “holiday” is the elephant in the living room which no one mentions: Who really killed Dr. King? (It wasn’t James Earl Ray. See books by Dr. William Pepper, e.g., Orders To Kill.)

About the so-called “holiday” for Dr. King, it can be summed up by Kahlil Gibran’s line in The Prophet: “And death walks grinning in the parade.” In all the fanfare, if you look closely you might see the real assassin(s) walking somewhere between the brass bands and the floats.

Scarcely noticed by the “news” is the following: King, Kennedy Households Need New Probe of JFK, RFK, MLK, Malcolm X Murders. The Fact and Reconciliation Committee (TRC) are marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day by calling for brand new investigations into the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. [2] Ersjdamoo additionally calls for new investigations into the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

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[1] “Nixon didn’t have a Twitter”, Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, June 13, 2017, page A-1.
[2] “King, Kennedy Households Need New Probe of JFK, RFK, MLK, Malcolm X Murders”, Kimo News, January 19, 2019. https://www.kimonews.com/2019/01/19/king-kennedy-families-want-new-probe-of-jfk-rfk-mlk-malcolm-x-murders/

 

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We Are In Hell

In the previous blog entry, I didn’t have time to dig up the exact quote from William Francis C. Wigston about how the ancients considered our life on Earth to be Hell. That quote has since been found: “And we must by no means fall into the error of fancying, that the ancients meant by Hades, any other world than the one we live in.” [1]

Wigston buttresses the claim by citing Jacob Bohme: “The abyss of hell is in this world.” [1]

St. Paul alludes to the same: “In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers…” (2 Corinthians 4:4)

“The god of this world”? Implied is there is some god not of this world. In the Book of Job we are told that “there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them.” (Job 1:6)

Satan is the god of this world (Earth). We are in Hell.

This world, says Wigston, is the world of Matter. Hell is the immersion of the soul in matter. [1]

Get me out of this Hell, sang George Harrison in his song, Living In The Material World: “Hope to get out of this place by the Lord Sri Krishna’s grace, my salvation from the material world.” (Also John Lennon, in Cold Turkey.)

Francis Bacon understood the situation. In Bacon’s “Masculine Birth of Time” he wrote:

Do you suppose that, when all the entrances and passages to the mind of all men are infested and obstructed with the darkest idols, and these seated and burnt in, as it were into their substance, that clear and smooth places can be found for receiving the true and natural rays of objects? A new process must be instituted by which to insinuate ourselves into minds so entirely obstructed. [2]

The imps guard the gates of Hell, preventing entrance of the true and natural rays. To circumvent this, wrote Bacon, “We must adapt ourselves to the universal insanity.” [2] Bacon here is talking about mimesis, blending in with the surroundings as a disguise to bring in Good past the watchful eyes of the imps guarding against it. It is the same idea extolled by Philip K. Dick in V.A.L.I.S. (Vast Artificial Limited Intelligence System): Good must enter this world (Hell) in disguise.

“If there is a worse place than Hell, I am in it,” said Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War. [3] Now can’t you just see Edwin Stanton (one of the imps) sidling up to Abe and saying, “Ah, but is the glass half-empty or half-full? You need to think positive.” The imps guard the gates! Lincoln was close to realizing we are in Hell. But then Stanton prevents the realization by insinuating Lincoln’s mind is disordered.

Lincoln’s mind was not disordered. True, he was inclined to melancholia due to his liver not producing enough bile [4]. But for goodness sake, there was an horrendous civil war with tens of thousands being killed! Mourning the situation, Lincoln groaned, “It can almost be said that the heavens are hung in black.” [3] That in turn comes from the Spear Shaker play, Henry VI: exclaims the Duke of Bedford, “Hung be the heavens with black, yield day to night!” [5]

Francis Bacon had a lot to do with the Spear Shaker plays. The minds of all were infested and obstructed with the darkest idols. A way had to be found to get past the imps guarding the gates. “A new process must be instituted by which to insinuate ourselves into minds so entirely obstructed.” [2] That “new process” was the Spear Shaker plays, of which Old Abe was a big fan. From the Spear Shaker a true and natural ray entered Lincoln’s mind: We are in Hell. That message, says Wigston, is a major theme of the immortal plays. [1]

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[1] A New Study Of Shakespeare, by William Francis C. Wigston. Reprint by Scholar Select.
[2] Francis Bacon, qtd. in Wigston, op. cit.
[3] Lincoln quote from a book published in the 1960s, Meet Mr. Lincoln.
[4] Lincoln’s liver not producing enough bile is found in Herndon’s biography of Lincoln.
[5] Henry VI, Part 1, Act I, Scene 1.

 

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Welcome To Hell

The Spiderman has been connected to the looming Brexit High Noon. On March 29, 2019 the UK is set to exit the “European Union” (a.k.a. Holy Roman Empire, a.k.a. Rome-Berlin Axis). Even though the Brit Parliament voted down PM Theresa May’s agreement, still the Brexit kicks in March 29th… unless, that is, “Spiderman”, and now “Batman”, pulls a fancy trick of some sort. News comes now that “Batman will never be prime minister of the UK, according to a strange subtitle seen on BBC screens during Michael Gove’s speech in the House of Commons.” Cove had said “that man” but the subtitle person put in “Batman.” [1]

In Washington, DC, the furloughed federals have been turning to Pornhub to pass the time. “Pornhub has released stats showing a rise in logins from Washington DC, suggesting furloughed federal employees may be choosing to spend their unpaid forced vacations engaged in a little self-love,” reports Russia Today (RT). [2]

In yesterday’s blog entry, suspicions about “accidental” gas explosions were raised. Now comes news that the New Year’s Eve Magnitogorsk, Russia gas explosion is being linked by some to terrorists. “No, no,” say the authorities. “It was an accident.” (But one never knows.) [3]

Arriving Monday, January 21st, is White Guilt Day (a.k.a. Martin Luther King Day). This is the day set aside for Caucasians (especially white men) to feel guilty. (Really it was the feds, including the FBI, who saw to it that Dr. King was killed; see books by Dr. William Pepper, e.g., Orders To Kill.)

Monday’s White Guilt Day coincides this year with a Full Moon, being called the “Super Wolf Moon” due to the Moon being especially close to Earth and what the Native Americans (“Indians”) called the Wolf Moon because it came at a time when hungry wolves were on the prowl.

Welcome to Hell. Somewhere in William Francis C. Wigston’s book, A New Study Of Shakespeare, he says the ancients considered our life on Earth to be Hell, and not some other place fantasized. (Sorry. Don’t have time to dig up the exact quote.) It is what Philip K. Dick called, “The Black Iron Prison.” Part of the torture is that if you begin to see that Hell is here-and-now on Earth, then they say it is your own fault for not thinking positive!

In this Black Iron Prison, sometimes Good sneaks in, past the imps guarding the gates. Good sneaks in via mimesis, said Mr. Dick. One such infiltration of Good was chanced upon by Ersjdamoo at the library: a movie from 1974, A Woman Under the Influence (see video clip hopefully viewable at top.)

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[1] “Caped crusader Corbyn? Subtitle slip suggests Labour leader is actually Batman”, Russia Today, January 17, 2019 (edited January 18, 2019.) https://on.rt.com/9mhw
[2] “Pornhub views spike in DC as lawmakers keep busy during shutdown”, Russia Today, January 18, 2019. https://on.rt.com/9mij
[3] “Don’t trust terrorists: Gas leak is the main version of NY’s house blast, Russian investigators say”, Russia Today, January 18, 2019. https://on.rt.com/9mix

 

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Spiderman Brexit Conspiracy?

On the conspiracy radar is a new theory involving the latest Spiderman movie and the failure of Britain’s Parliament to approve a Brexit agreement. Russia Today (RT) reports, “the trailer for the new Spiderman film, set predominantly in Europe, was strategically released on the same day as the British parliamentary vote.” RT has doubts: it may be just coincidence. “Fans may have been reading into the imagery and symbolism of the trailer a little too much,” reports RT. [1]

The situation is momentous, equaled only by the split between Britain and the Holy Roman Empire in the time of King Henry VIII. (Background: “Templars Split From Holy Roman Empire”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, January 16, 2019.)

Also on the conspiracy radar are a recent series of gas explosions. We are quickly being told they are “accidental,” but one never knows:

  • Several gas explosions rocked a university science library in eastern France today. There is no doubt that the fire was “accidental,” local officials said. [2]
  • A powerful explosion rocked a chemical factory near St. Petersburg yesterday. [3]
  • Georgian officials say an apparent gas explosion yesterday in an apartment building in a Tbilisi suburb has killed at least four people, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. [4]
  • In Wales on Monday, a block of flats (apartments) has been badly damaged in a “suspected gas explosion”, reports BBC. [5]
  • On Saturday, a powerful explosion “caused by a gas leak” at a Paris bakery killed two firefighters and a Spanish national and injured almost 50 others, reports France24. [6]

Earlier, in September 2018, “natural gas explosions” in Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts killed one person and injured dozens more. [7]

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[1] “Spiderman to the rescue? Brexit theory gains traction online as Britain left in political limbo”, Russia Today, January 16, 2019. (Edited January 17, 2019.) https://on.rt.com/9mf6
[2] “Huge gas explosions rocks university in Lyon, France (VIDEOS)”, Russia Today, January 17, 2019. https://on.rt.com/9mge
[3] “Dashcam VIDEO shows HUGE BLAST that injured 4 at Russian chemical factory”, Russia Today, January 16, 2019. https://on.rt.com/9mec
[4] “Four Killed in Apparent Gas Explosion Outside Georgian Capital”, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. https://www.rferl.org/a/four-killed-in-apparent-gas-explosion-outside-georgian-capital/29714831.html
[5] “Neath flats damaged by suspected gas explosion”, BBC (online). https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-wales-46884257/neath-flats-damaged-by-suspected-gas-explosion
[6] “Death toll from Paris bakery gas explosion rises to at least four”, France24, January 12, 2019. (Updated January 13, 2019.) https://www.france24.com/en/20190112-paris-bakery-several-injured-explosion
[7] “Massachusetts Lawmakers Ask Utility to Halt Rate Hike After Gas Explosions”, NECN, January 15, 2019. https://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Massachusetts-Lawmakers-Ask-Columbia-Gas-to-Halt-Rate-Hike-After-Merrimack-Valley-Gas-Explosions-504399651.html

 

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