Minister of Free Inquiry (aethyrflux) wrote,
Minister of Free Inquiry

How to explain to children... "Winter is Coming!"

"The Americans just elected who?"

The US Electoral College (but not the popular vote) has just elected none other than The King in Yellow AKA "The Living God:" an avatar of He Who Shall Not Be Named (...Hastur? ...or Nyarlathotep? ...depending on what you mean/who you ask).

On the bright side, I now know what holiday cards i will be sending out this year! #KiYXmas

America, it's time to tear down that crusty old yellow wallpaper and see the deadly mold that is rotting at the core, behind the walls, and underneath the foundation!

"There's still time to change the road you're on" - Led Zepplin


This has been my standard rant about the GOP "candidate" updated to reflect the disastrous sequence of events which may forever be known as...

_Who knew that The 2016 Campaign Trail would lead us down The Road To Hali?_


How have so many Americans fallen under this delusion that it have elected someone like Ned Stark as President, who is not perfect, but is true enough to be our moral compass... when he's actually more like Joffrey Baratheon, who is totally beyond redemption?! (or worse, we may have just given the up the Iron Throne to The Great Other)

"A major concern in A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones is power. Almost everybody – except maybe Daenerys, across the waters with her dragons – wields power badly.
Ruling is hard. This was maybe my answer to Tolkien, whom, as much as I admire him, I do quibble with. Lord of the Rings had a very medieval philosophy: that if the king was a good man, the land would prosper. We look at real history and it's not that simple. Tolkien can say that Aragorn became king and reigned for a hundred years, and he was wise and good. But Tolkien doesn't ask the question: What was Aragorn's tax policy? Did he maintain a standing army? What did he do in times of flood and famine? And what about all these orcs? By the end of the war, Sauron is gone but all of the orcs aren't gone – they're in the mountains. Did Aragorn pursue a policy of systematic genocide and kill them? Even the little baby orcs, in their little orc cradles?
In real life, real-life kings had real-life problems to deal with. Just being a good guy was not the answer. You had to make hard, hard decisions. Sometimes what seemed to be a good decision turned around and bit you in the ass; it was the law of unintended consequences. I've tried to get at some of these in my books. My people who are trying to rule don't have an easy time of it. Just having good intentions doesn't make you a wise king." - George R.R. Martin: The Rolling Stone Interview (wait, what? ...just exactly how do you think GRRM connected to HPL & the KiY?)


Some people suggest there may be a far more sinister game at play...

Not just the fact that Trump was following a scheme where he would make money even if he lost the election
Conservatives Have Groomed the Perfect Suckers for Trump’s Epic Scam (Win or lose, he'll get what he wants out of this campaign)

And no, not my fav (not impossible) recent conspiracy theory... that Trump is prob taking money under the table from Clinton

"Bill Clinton & Trump talked on the phone in May 2015... a friend of a friend imagined how the talk went"
*This Is A Hoax*


If you thought that I meant Cthulhu had finally changed his "mind" & threw his support behind Trump... even Stephen King has suggested this absurd fable... nonetheless, do not believe the foolish fairytales that the silly meatbags & idiot fleshlings have been printing in their newspapers.

Apparently, those are all all lies, too!
Great Cthulhu would never dream of pulling The Elder Party outta the race & pitching in with a joke like Trump... here is a much more reputable source...

"Thank you. as you all know, you just can't believe everything you see and hear, can you? Now, if you will excuse me, I must be on my way." - Mr Corusoe (Jimi Hendrix)

I can already hear what you people are starting to say... we don't have to choose the lesser evil... let's battle it out to find out who is the greater evil?!

But it looks to me like they are already starting to become some sorta amorphous blob... kinda like the Borg, i guess?

It can be challenging for people preparing to vote for an entity that is still in some ways, incorporeal...

...but once you get over the absolutely grotesque revulsion, i hear it gets easier (kinda like Stockholm Syndrome?)


To bring this bizarre tale to a close, perhaps we should investigate what it was about Howard Phillips Lovecraft's ethnocentrism that was so evocative of the bigotry that is still to this day so pervasive in America, and is exemplified in the character of Trump & his "campaign?"

HPL proclaimed his Anglo-Saxon ethnocentrism loudy, yet married a Russian Jewish woman. He preferred the countryside of Providence, RI & she was at home in New York City... and they lived in the big apple together... aw, i guess he was really just a big ol' lantern-jawed softie, wasn't he? ;-)

Like many humans, Lovecraft was a teeming mass of contradictions!

Much has been written about this subject... here is a well researched & documented perspective:

"Lovecraft's racism is blunt, ugly, and unavoidable. One of the most accurate criticisms that has been made of Lovecraft is that he was far too willing to assume a position of informed authority on subjects he had some minor knowledge of via reading or second-hand learning, but no lived experience. I feel that this is how Lovecraft's racism can best be understood: as the ignorant blustering of a person who had few to no encounters with the races he claimed to despise, and was willing to inherit and emulate the prejudices of the culture he grew out of and sought to keep alive through his own affectations. As such, his fiction is decidedly marked by his racism, and readers are faced with the dilemma of being alternately disgusted by its crude and vitriolic aspects (as in the case of "The Street" and "The Horror At Red Hook"), and intrigued by the thematic depth and complexity it can achieve (as in "Arthur Jermyn," "The Lurking Fear," and "The Shadow Over Innsmouth"). The amount of work written dealing with Lovecraft's racism is a testament not only to its presence in his fiction, but also to the attempts of readers to integrate a vitriolic hatred with the image of an otherwise brilliant and sensitive writer whose genius and impact upon the fiction of the previous century are now finally being acknowledged within academia."

Thus, one might view him as an overly-intellectual Puritan with little life/world-experience... and stunted in social/emotional growth...

He was someone who never evolved past adolescence in his fear of "the other" ...a fear which was stoked by his constant contemplations of death... a process which Terror Management Theory asserts will trigger a reversion to exactly such behaviour in the mass of the populace, to judge against those that are perceived as "other" when confronted with the concept of death, in general

Any similarities to Microsoft's "Tay" AI debacle are absolutely not coincidental.


Robert Chambers' writing about The King in Yellow inspired Lovecraft to write of the Necronomicon (& perhaps one can see parallels in other profoundly revolutionary works such as Alan Moore's V for Vendetta, & the seminal film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, as well). "Worth noting (in Robert Chambers' story "The Repairer of Reputations"), is the treatment given to jews and afro-americans. I wouldn't go so far as to call it ethnic cleansing, but foreign-born jews are excluded as a "measure of national self-preservation" and afro-americans are moved to the "independent negro state of Suanee". This whole first paragraph is in my personal opinion not Chambers' personal views, although they might be mistaken as such. He was a member of the "400 families", a sort of ruling class in America at the time, which was rich, powerful and did not need to work. Chambers' family, however, worked as a matter of honour. It might be thought that these racist views were common among this rich, arrogant American pseudo-nobility. I do not consider this first paragraph to be what Chambers thought; I believe it is intended to suggest to the reader that not only is Hildred Castaigne insane, the whole world has gone mad."


Also, q.v. my post on separatist ideologies & violence (AKA, "One race: the human race!")


What hope do we have, at this point?

Let's go to Sen. Bulworth concerning Racial Deconstruction:
"Everybody just gotta keep fuckin' everybody 'til they're all the same color."


ADDENDUM: FROM THE 'LAST' LAST SUNDAY (In times of chaos, i often look back to this as a lighthouse/reality check)

In retrospect, this article briefly discusses the following observations about this series of discussions...
1) There Is No Choir
2) Looking Beyond 'Fun'
3) The Problem With Solutions
4) Individuals in Systems
5) A Direction, Not a Destination


"We may be decent people, acting compassionately in our daily lives, but when we live in unjust hierarchical systems, being decent day to day isn't enough. No matter what the specific topic of any Last Sunday, we tried to keep this in the foreground: We live in an imperial society structured by a predatory corporate capitalism, with identities shaped by white supremacy and patriarchy, in a technological fundamentalist society dominated by the faith that we can invent our way out of an ecological crisis."
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