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 In May 2016, after both Walker and Bush had withdrawn from the race, he signed on to Donald Trump's political campaign by joining the Trump Finance Committee.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.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Bucks County Weirdness

Bucks County is a very strange place (actually loved by Ivan T. Sanderson for its ringing rocks). M. Night Shyamalan’s 2002 film Signs, starring Mel Gibson and Lizardmen, was filmed and set in Bucks County. Shyamalan’s weird movie, Lady in the Water (about a nymph – a Merbeing?- and a werewolf-like Scrunt), was shot in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. With the exception of the Pine Barrens footage, all of The Last Broadcast (about the Jersey Devil) was taped in Bucks County. Also, a short scene from Stephen King’s The Stand is based in Bucks County.

Bucks County is weird. And now a weird crime is unfolding there.



A 20-year-old man has confessed to killing four men who were missing for days and burying their bodies at a sprawling Bucks County, Pennsylvania, farm owned by his family, his attorney said on Thursday, July 13, 2017.

Cosmo Dinardo's attorney, Paul Lang, said Dinardo made the confession and told investigators where the bodies were buried in exchange for avoiding the death penalty.

Video aired by KYW-TV showed the handcuffed Dinardo emerging from a meeting with authorities and telling reporters "I'm sorry" when asked what he had to say to the families of the men.

Lang, speaking to reporters in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, said Dinardo made his confession to Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub.

The body of one of four missing young men in Bucks County, PA, has been found.

Dean Finocchiaro, 19, confirmed dead; search continues for three other missing men. Additional human remains found inside grave but not yet identified.
Investigators are painstakingly excavating the 12.5-foot-deep grave where the body of one of four missing men and other human remains were found, Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said Thursday, July 13, 2017..
The body, discovered Wednesday on a sprawling property in suburban Philadelphia, was identified as Dean Finocchiaro, 19. Additional human remains were found inside the grave but haven't been identified, Weintraub said.
"We are not done yet. This is a homicide, make no mistake about it," Weintraub told reporters. "We just don't know how many homicides."
Here are the latest updates in the investigation:
• The district attorney declined to name any suspects in the case.
• Police and investigators are working amid sweltering heat, dust and humidity to excavate the grave carefully.
• "They're down 12-foot deep in a hole that's getting deeper by the minute," he said.
Finocchiaro, who was last seen at about 6:30 p.m. Friday, was one of four young men who mysteriously disappeared last week.
The "all hands on deck" investigation into their whereabouts, including local and state police and the FBI, has centered on a farmland property in Solebury Township owned by Antonio and Sandra Dinardo.
Cadaver dogs led authorities to discover the grave Wednesday, Weintraub said.

District Attorney Matthew Weintraub addresses reporters early Thursday, July 13, 2017.

The son of the property owners, Cosmo Dinardo, 20, was arrested Wednesday and accused of stealing and attempting to sell the vehicle of Thomas Meo, another of the missing men. Bail was set at $5 million cash after prosecutors argued in court that Dinardo was a flight risk.
The Dinardo family owns a cement and construction company called Cosan LLC.
Investigators will continue carefully excavating the grave for more evidence and to identify the other human remains.
"We are going to bring each and everyone one of these lost boys home to their families, one way or another," Weintraub said.
Missing men
From left, Jimi Patrick, Thomas Meo, Dean Finochhiaro and Mark Sturgis. 
Finocchiaro and the three other men between 19 and 22 went missing over several days last week within miles of each other.
The first to vanish was Jimi Patrick of Newtown Township. He was last seen at 6 p.m. on July 5 and was reported missing the next day after he had no contact with friends or family.
Police say the Loyola University Maryland student, 19, also didn't show up for work. He was a beer runner at a restaurant-bar in nearby Doylestown, CNN affiliate WPVI-TV reported.
"He was on the shyer side, but you would get a smile out of him, a little conversation," bartender Jennifer Albrecht told WPVI.

Patrick graduated from Holy Ghost Preparatory School in 2016, where Dinardo was also a graduate in 2015, according to Bill Doherty, the school's director of communications.

Two days later after Patrick disappeared, Finocchiaro, Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg and Meo, 21, of Plumstead Township went missing.

Close friends Sturgis and Meo were last seen near the Doylestown area in Bucks County, CNN affiliate KYW-TV reported. Both young men didn't go to work on Saturday, police said.

Meo's girlfriend told investigators that she had been texting with him on Friday until just before 7 p.m. After that, she had no contact with Meo, which was "out of the ordinary and not common," court documents said.

The men's disappearances have rankled the community, and about 100 residents and reporters gathered at a shopping mall a few miles from the property waiting for updates about them.

"We've been monitoring everything on Twitter. We wanted to be supportive and comforting for our community," said Wyatt McLeod, who lives in Bucks County.
An arrest

While the search intensified, Dinardo was arrested and accused of stealing and attempting to sell Meo's 1996 Nissan Maxima.

Data from a police license plate reader captured Dinardo's pickup and Meo's car driving in Solebury Township within seconds of each other at about 7:49 p.m. Friday, court documents said.

Meo's vehicle was found at a separate property owned by the Dinardo family, a day after authorities said Dinardo attempted to sell Meo's car to a friend for $500, according to a criminal affidavit.

The car was still registered to Meo and had not been legally exchanged. The keys and title to the vehicle were folded up and hanging on a wall inside a garage on the property, the affidavit said.

Meo is a diabetic, yet his life-saving diabetic kit was still in the vehicle, Weintraub said.

Dinardo was first arrested Monday on a charge of possession of a firearm, an offense dating to February unrelated to the missing men case, Weintraub said.

Dinardo was prohibited from possessing a firearm because he had a mental illness and had been involuntarily committed to a mental institution for inpatient care, court documents said.

A judge dismissed the charge in May, but the Bucks County district attorney's office authorized police to reinstate and refile charges last month.

Dinardo was released Tuesday evening after his father paid 10% of his $1 million bail in cash, but by Wednesday Dinardo was arrested again.

This time, he's facing one count each of theft and receiving stolen property, and is being held on $5 million bail.

Fortunato Perri Jr., an attorney representing the Dinardo family, released a statement, WPVI reported.

"As parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dinardo sympathize with the parents and families of the missing young men and they are cooperating in every way possible with the investigation being conducted by law enforcement," the statement said.
Farmland search

Investigators search Wednesday for clues in the missing men case at a farm in Solebury Township.

For five days, dozens of law enforcement officers on foot and by air have searched the farmland owned by Dinardo's parents. Large makeshift tents were set up across the property, and investigative teams dug for evidence using large machinery.

"I am still encouraged by the pace of the investigation, but as you can imagine, it's just massive in scope," Weintraub said earlier.

Later he said: "Take the biggest (investigation) you've ever seen and multiply it by a million."

Susan Mangano and her teenage daughters said this quiet community has not seen anything like this before.

"We live here, we pass by, we saw the helicopters," Mangano said. "As a parent, it's been sickening to watch this. I have kids this age. It's just devastating."

An earlier report dealt with the unknowns.

BUCKS COUNTY, PA (CBS) — Sources say a Bensalem man has been arrested who could be involved in the disappearance of four Bucks County men.
A home off of Wayland Avenue in Bensalem that belongs to the Dinardo family was raided Monday afternoon.
Cosmo Dinardo, 20, has been charged with possession of a firearm and was arraigned Monday afternoon. He is being held at Bucks County Jail on $1 million bail.
The charges are unrelated to the disappearance of the Bucks County men, but sources say he may be involved in the disappearance of 19-year-old Jimi Patrick, 19-year-old Dean Finnochiaro, 21-year-old Tom Meo and 22-year-old Mark Sturgis.
According to a police affidavit, Dinardo was accused of possessing a shotgun and ammunition in February despite a history of mental illness that includes an involuntary commitment.

Photo/Bucks County Jail

Neighbor Robert Gable says he’s surprised at the attention Dinardo is getting and believes there is some sort of mix up.
“Cosmo was always a great kid. Helps me out. I’m digging a flag pole a few weeks ago. He runs over grabs the shovel. Don’t do that. I’ll do it for you,” said Gable.

Throughout the afternoon, law enforcement officials from county, state and federal agencies collected evidence from the home.
Authorities are being tight-lipped and cautious with what they reveal.
Patrick was the first to be reported missing on Wednesday. On Friday, Meo, Finnochiaro, and Sturgis were all reported missing.
Sturgis and Meo were last seen together Friday night in the Doylestown area.
Sturgis’ father said the two men are friends.
Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub was asked if the four are still alive during a press conference Monday morning.
“I can’t say. We hope and pray that they are, but we have to go where the investigation leads us,” said Weintraub. Weintraub said they are treating their disappearance as a criminal investigation at this time.
“Right now, the focus of the investigation is to determine their whereabouts,” said Weintraub.
Weintrab says they have information the four do know each other, but he wouldn’t elaborate and he said they are still working to confirm that.
Weintraub said during an afternoon press conference that he believes foul play is involved in the disappearance of the four men.
As for a body found in Philadelphia over the weekend, Weintraub says so far that is not a part of this investigation, which he says is all hands on deck from several different law enforcement agencies including FBI and State Police.
The search has centered at a home in Solebury Township. “We are not exactly sure what we are going to find there, but we are pretty confident that the investigation is proceeding,” said Weintraub.