Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Will Grunge Suicide Copycats Continue?

The copycatting among Grunge musicians appears to have extended into the future as evidenced by Chester Bennington picking Chris Cornell's birthday to kill himself by hanging. Bennington reinforced the dark interaction with a repeat similar patterns found in Cornell's suicide.

Layne Staley, Eddie Veddor, Kurt Cobain, and Chris Cornell

The carnage continues.


The field of suicidology (the scientific study of suicidal behaviour and suicide prevention) encompasses overt methods that result in death by suicide, as well as parasuicidal deaths, such as drug overdoses.

In the examination of copycat suicides, the line between suicides and parasuicdes is often quite thin. Or blurred.

Prevention and prediction, based on the anniversary syndrome, are intermingled. And I have done both.*

Grunge Suicides

As we examine the linkages between the much discussed recent untimely death of Chris Bennington and others, we see a direct connecting of the dots. Even the mainstream music media is catching on to what's going on.

Scott Weiland, Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington (Image Billboard)

Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland, Dec. 3, 2015. Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog frontman and solo artist Chris Cornell, May 18, 2017. And now Chester Bennington, singer of Linkin Park, on July 20, 2017 – found dead at 41 on his late friend Cornell’s birthday. In just over 18 months, three singers who helped define a generation of the hard rock sound, who were tied together artistically and personally, have succumbed to the very emotional pain that fueled their music and sold millions of albums over a 30-year-long period. ~ William Goodman, Billboard, July 21, 2017.

The Copycat Effect

Chester Bennington, a member of the band Linkin Park, which has been called "post-grunge" by the media, was inspired and copycatted Chris Cornell. He copied the Jesus Christ Pose in his performances, and even his pug. Bennington sang at Cornell's memorial tribute. He copied the method of suicide (hanging), picked Cornell's birthday to die, and even used the same hanging location (a door between the bedroom and bathroom). The modeling ran deep.

 Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington

This is actually a dangerous time for "Grunge suicides."

Chris Cornell of Soundgarden picked the same date, May 18, in 2017, to die by hanging as had Ian Curtis of Joy Division, May 18, in 1980, to also die by hanging.

Jason Barrera wrote: "Ian Curtis hanged himself listening to Iggy Pop's The Idiot. Chester Bennington died the day before Lana Del Rey released Lust for Life, named after the other Iggy Pop album released in 1977 and the biography of another artist who famously killed himself."

Lust for Life

On 27 July 1890, aged 37, Van Gogh shot himself in the chest with a 7mm Lefaucheux à broche revolver. There were no witnesses and he died 30 hours after the incident.

In 1934 the novelist Irving Stone published an account of Van Gogh's life titled Lust for Life, based on Van Gogh's letters to Theo. This book and the 1956 film of the same name further enhanced his fame. Now we know albums are given this name for a deeper reason.

As noted, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park chose Chris Cornell's birth date, July 20, in 2017, to die by hanging. The choice of dates is purposeful. These people are all interconnected.

August 22

Is there another important date waiting in the wings?

August 22 is the birth date of Layne Staley, a member of Alice in Chains, Mad Season, Class of '99, Alice N' Chains, and Sleze. April 5 in 1994 was the day that Kurt Cobain, died by suicide. Layne Staley made his exit via the parasuicidal method of a drug overdose on April 5, 2002, the anniversary date of Cobain's suicide; a day after former Alice in Chains bass player Mike Starr's birthday.

Layne's body was not found until April 19th. An informal memorial was held for Staley on the night of April 20, 2002, at the Seattle Center, which was attended by at least 1000 fans and friends, including Mike Starr and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell.

Do people remember Layne Staley's birthday? Yes they do. Eddie Vedder paid tribute to Staley during a Pearl Jam concert in Chicago on August 22, 2016, which would be Staley's 49th birthday; “It’s the birthday of a guy called Layne Staley tonight, and we’re thinking of him tonight too. 49 years old," Vedder told the crowd before dedicating the song Man of the Hour to his late friend.

On August 22, 2017, Layne Staley would have turned 50 years old.

Hoon, Cobain, Staley, and Cornell.

The Future

Could August 22 be an anniversary date of some note to those in the Grunge and post-Grunge communities?

Is there something in the air for August 22, 2017? 

People are not paying enough attention to this phenomenon and reaching out to the musicians about the prevention of their suicides.

Suicides of Notable Musicians by Hanging

Pete Ham, guitarist and singer of rock band Badfinger (April 23, 1975)
Phil Ochs, political folksinger (April 9, 1976)
David Munrow, musician and early music historian, (May 15, 1976)
Ian Curtis, lead singer of Joy Division (May 18, 1980)
Tom Evans, a member of the rock band Badfinger (November 19, 1983)
Richard Manuel, musician best known for his membership in The Band (March 4, 1986)
Kim Kwang-Seok, South Korean folk rock singer (January 6, 1996)
Michael Hutchence, lead singer of INXS (November 22, 1997)
Rozz Williams, American musician of Christian Death (April 1, 1998)
hide, Japanese rock musician (May 2, 1998)
Stuart Adamson, British musician of Big Country and Skids (December 16, 2001)
Jon Lee, drummer with Feeder (January 7, 2002)
Paul Hester, former drummer of Crowded House (March 26, 2005)
Simone Battle, singer in the band G.R.L (September 5, 2014)
Chris Cornell, musician, frontman of Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog (May 18, 2017)
Chester Bennington, musician, frontman of Linkin Park, singer of Stone Temple Pilots, and founder/frontman of Dead by Sunrise. (July 20, 2017)

*Footnote: My assessment of a variety of factors are a key in predicting human behavior. There is nothing psychic nor magical about it. This was discussed greatly about the Aurora, Colorado/Dark Knight Rises shooting. See Dangerous Minds. And a list of 14 predictions.

I foresaw, after Chris Cornell died, that another would die by hanging.  Synchromystic documentary producer Will Morgan pointed out a deeper level of my forecast, the evening of Chester Bennington's suicide:

Will Morgan You may have made this point.... And I just unconsciously absorbed it to regurgitate now... But, that makes twice that one of your predictions came true coincidentally on the same DATE! Correct me if I'm wrong but 7/20 was the anniversary of Aurora.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Scaramuccia Keeps Our Eyes Wide Shut

"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." ~ Oscar Wilde

"Virtue has a veil, vice a mask." ~ Victor Hugo

Scaramuccia is linked to one specific mask, which is similar to to the Plague Doctor mask.

In terms of Cryptokubrology insights, masks are significant in Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut.

Scaramuccia (literally "little skirmisher"), also known as Scaramouche or Scaramouch, is a stock clown character of the Italian commedia dell'arte. The role combined characteristics of the zanni (servant) and the Capitano (masked henchman). Usually attired in black Spanish dress and burlesquing a don, he was often beaten by Harlequin for his boasting and cowardice.

Although Tiberio Fiorillo (1608–1694) was not the first to play the role, he greatly developed and popularized it. He removed the mask, used white powder on his face, and employed grimaces. He had a small beard, long mustache, and wore a predominantly black costume with a white ruff. In France he became known as Scaramouche.

In the 19th century the English actor Joseph Grimaldi and his son J. S. Grimaldi made numerous appearances as Scaramouche.

Scaramouche entertains the audience by his "grimaces and affected language". Salvator Rosa says that Coviello (like Scaramouche) is "sly, adroit, supple, and conceited". In Molière's The Bourgeois Gentleman, Coviello disguises his master as a Turk and pretends to speak Turkish. Both Scaramouche and Coviello can be clever or stupid—as the actor sees fit to portray him.

One strange aspect of the character Scaramuccia is that at the end of his act, he "loses his head," by it being hit and coming off his shoulders or being beheaded.


Anthony Scaramucci (born January 6, 1964) is an American entrepreneur, financier, political figure, and author.

In 2008, Scaramucci served as a fundraiser for President Barack Obama. In September 2010, Scaramucci asked Obama at a CNBC Town Hall meeting when he was going to "stop whacking Wall Street like a piñata."

Scaramucci was a member of the New York City Financial Services Advisory Committee from 2007 to 2012. He is a registered Republican and served as a National Finance Co-Chair for Mitt Romney for President in 2012.

During the 2016 presidential election, Scaramucci first endorsed Scott Walker and later Jeb Bush. In May 2016, after both Walker and Bush had withdrawn from the race, he signed on to Donald Trump's political campaign by joining the Trump Finance Committee.

On July 21, 2017, President Donald Trump appointed him the White House Communications Director.

Anthony Scaramucci

h/t Robert Schneck

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Linkin Park's Bennington Hangs Self on Cornell's Birthday

Friends Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington assume the Jesus Christ pose, in 2007.

Chester Bennington, the frontman for Linkin Park, has died of an apparent suicide by hanging at his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California. His body was discovered around 9 a.m. PST on July 20, 2017. His style of music is often called "post-grunge."

The copycat carnage continues.

July 20th is the birthday of Chris Cornell, who was born on July 20, 1964, in Seattle, Washington. Around 12:15 a.m. on May 18, 2017, Cornell was found dead - by hanging - by his bodyguard in the bathroom of his room at the MGM Grand in Detroit after performing at a show with Soundgarden at the Fox Theatre on May 17. Cornell was the founder and frontman for Temple of the Dog. Chris Cornell toured with Linkin Park in 2007 and 2008.

Chester Charles Bennington (March 20, 1976 – July 20, 2017) was an American singer and songwriter best known as primarily the lead vocalist for the rock band Linkin Park. He was also the lead singer for Dead by Sunrise and fronted Stone Temple Pilots from 2013 to 2015.

Scott Richard Weiland (born Scott Richard Kline on October 27, 1967), lead singer of the Stone Temple Pilots, died of an apparent cocaine overdose on December 3, 2015. Weiland was found dead on his tour bus in Bloomington, Minnesota, before he and his band The Wildabouts were scheduled to go on stage. He was 48.

Chester Bennington first gained prominence as a vocalist following the release of Linkin Park's debut album, Hybrid Theory, in 2000, which became a commercial success. The album was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2005, making it the best-selling debut album of the decade, as well as one of the few albums to ever hit that many sales. Linkin Park's following studio albums, Meteora (2003), Minutes to Midnight (2007), A Thousand Suns (2010), Living Things (2012), and The Hunting Party (2014), continued the band's success. Bennington formed his own band, Dead by Sunrise, as a side project in 2005. The band's debut album, Out of Ashes, was released on October 13, 2009. He worked on new material with Stone Temple Pilots in 2013 to release the EP High Rise on October 8, 2013 via their own record label, Play Pen. Bennington has been ranked in the Top 100 Heavy Metal Vocalists by Hit Parader (No. 46).

Regarding the tragic news of Bennington's hanging suicide on Cornell's birthday, William Morgan writes: "You totally called that...."

Bennington struck the Jesus Christ pose recently, in his appearances. For example, after a decade's absence from Prague (where their Numb video was recorded), Linkin Park performed June 11, 2017, at Prague's Aerodrome Festival.

Fans who missed the Czech concert are noting on social media they are "numb" because they will never be able to catch Chester Bennington singing in Prague again.

Just for completeness, here's the Illuminati material:

Some have linked Linkin Park to Illuminati Symbolism (see here).

h/t to Steve L.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Trump: The Latest Cowboy Beaver President

Now Trump has the PETA army on the horizon!

Newly published:

President Donald J. Trump tried on a new personalized Stetson cowboy hat during a “Made in America” event at the White House on July 17, 2017.

Stetson Hats was at the event, since they are a company with products made in America.

The hat presented to Trump was an “El Presidente” — a fur felt hat customized with the presidential seal and the president’s name and “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan, according to the head of Stetson Dustin Noblitt. 

Noblitt said that Stetson had also given hats to former presidents Lyndon B. Johnson, Dwight Eisenhower, and Harry Truman (all being presidents with Midwestern/Western roots).

And what does "fur felt" mean?

The 100X El Presidente Fur Felt Western Hat is made from beaver fur felt & cashmere construction, with a 10K gold three-piece buckle set. Stetson's dealers sell the white hat for $999.98, with occasional sales.

Of course, the Trump family has not been shining lights in the animal conservation movement. Yet, the great historical conservatives of our nation were also conservationists.

Onward PETA soldiers....

For background on the The Yankee and Cowboy War, see:

March 13, 2012 ~ Yankees and Cowboys War

March 13, 2012 ~ Romneys vs Rockefellers

Monday, July 17, 2017

Three Deaths of Hollywood's Undead

The future is full of the dead undead. The last few days have been a sync storm of signs.


On July 12, 2017, the death of a stuntman who body doubled for stars on The Walking Dead died of a tragic injury on the set. John Bernecker suffered terrible injuries when he fell more than 20 feet and landed on concrete.

Bernecker was a veteran stunt performer and fight choreographer. According to his IMDB page, he has worked on projects such as Olympus Has Fallen, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2, and Logan among many others.

He is also listed as having worked on upcoming films like Marvel's Black Panther and Dwayne Johnson's Rampage.

He also worked as an actor in several films, appearing in bit parts Logan, The Last Witch Hunter, Goosebumps, and an episode of Season 1 of True Detective.


Night of the Living Dead director George A. Romero dies at 77.

On Sunday, July 16, 2017, George Romero, whose classic Night of the Living Dead and other horror films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, died. He was 77.

Romero died Sunday after a battle with lung cancer, his family said in a written statement provided by his manager Chris Roe. Romero's family said he died while listening to the score of The Quiet Man, one of his favorite films, with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher, and daughter, Tina Romero, by this side.

Romero is credited with reinventing the movie zombie with his directorial debut, the 1968 cult classic, Night of the Living Dead. Romero's zombies, however, were always more than mere cannibals; they were metaphors for conformity, racism, mall culture, militarism, class differences and other social ills.

On July 15, 2017, Martin Landau, 89, a character actor who starred in the 1960s television show Mission: Impossible and won an Oscar for playing Bela Lugosi (shown above) in the movie Ed Wood, died Saturday.

Landau died at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles following "unexpected complications during a short hospitalization," his publicist said in a statement.

Landau was born June 28, 1928, in Brooklyn and worked as a cartoonist for the New York Daily News before becoming an actor, according to the Internet Movie Database.

These three "undead" deaths appear to have synced with the return to HBO of the 7th season of The Game of Thrones on Sunday night, 7-16 (1+6=7). The program was greatly anticipated for the reappearance of the Night Walkers, the GoT's version of the undead.

Little did viewers (mild spoiler alert) also know it would involve an example feature that was a speciality of Martin Laudau's on Mission: Impossible, the use of an identity-hiding mask.

The end of GoT's Season 6 foreshadowed the shocking opening of the new season. The "undead," certainly, were part of what this was about.

In an example of parallel thinking, concurrently, Jake Kotze writes: “Truly a "night of the living dead" with horror legend George Romero dying as the undead White Walkers return to our screens in Game of Thrones”.

Thanassis Vermbos writes me privately with these thoughts: 
Nitrogen’s atomic number is 7. It was first discovered and isolated in 1772 (17, 77). Antoine Lavoisier suggested the name azote, from the Greek άζωτικός "no life", as it is an asphyxiant gas; his name is instead used in many languages, such as French, Russian and Turkish, and appears in the English names of some nitrogen compounds such as hydrazine, azides and azo compounds. Nitrogen also has a boiling point at 77 degrees Kelvin. A-zote means no life –Romero’s zombies are exactly that; non-living creatures.

These are undead times.