Getting used to strangeness

Eleven is the fool’s number in the Netherlands. On 11 November (11-11) the Councils of Eleven are elected. It marks the beginning of the carnival season that ends in the celebrations of carnival in February. In the formerly Roman Catholic areas of the Netherlands, which mostly are in the south, forty days of fasting ended with carnival, a feast of excessive eating and drinking in which people disguise themselves in all kinds of costumes. In any case, in the Netherlands eleven is associated with oddity.

Apart from being the fool’s number, eleven is the first double-digit number. Eleven is like a repeating of the same strange event. This is what a coincidences are often about. Something strange might happen that might make you wonder, but if something similar happens again shortly afterwards for unexplained reasons, that could be amazing.

There have been several incidents of this kind in my life. For instance, once I was making a bike trip. A car door suddenly opened in front of me. I could barely avoid a collision. Only ten minutes later, on the same trip, it happened again, with another car on another road. Coincidences of this kind can happen by chance, but if many happen in one life, that could make you wonder.

My son Rob had two biking accidents in which he was injured. The first one happened near home just before the home of a retired physician who could help him with his injuries. The second accident happened on our holidays just before the home of a retired physician who could help him. If you come to think of it, that is odd, even more so because these were the two only biking accidents Rob ever had.

Just before the discovery of Natural Money a strange accident occurred just before our house in Sneek. A car had crashed on a lamppost. The lamppost broke off. Two men stepped out and hared away. A few years later I realised that the accident may have been a prelude to the strange events that came later on. That same day I biked towards IJlst, a village near home. There I found a broken off lamppost that had been removed. This was remarkable because it was on the same road as our house is on the road to IJlst.

Once I was visiting my father. That day I was driving on a narrow road in the vicinity of Nijverdal where my father lived. An oncoming car hit the rear-view-mirror and it broke off. A few weeks later my father had exactly the same type of accident in his car. As far as I know never before had anyone I knew an accident of this kind.

In August 2014 we were waiting for a traffic light near home in Sneek. In the back of the car before us sat a guy who looked like my cousin Rob. And so I told my wife Ingrid about that. My cousin and I had been best friends for over a decade. We made a funny newespaper together. Immediately after I finished speaking, four trucks from transport company Leemans came from the right. My cousin Rob had once decorated a truck of Leemans. When I was eighteen years old my cousin and I went on holidays together, hitchhiking in Scandinavia. A truck driver from Leemans brought us to Norway.

I had never seen a Leemans truck in Sneek before. They were there because of railroad construction work. My cousin came from Haaksbergen, a village halfway between Eibergen where I was born and Enschede where A******* was born. In June 2015 we were leaving Nijverdal after visiting my father. Haaksbergen was in the news because of a shooting incident.1 Haaksbergen had been in the news a few times before because of electricity failures,2 3, skating,4 and a monster truck accident.5 And so I said to Ingrid that Haaksbergen is in the news quite often. Just after I had finished speaking, we passed a Leemans truck by the side of the road.

In 2014 a woman rang our doorbell. Her father was about to turn eighty. He had lived in our house during the 1950s. As a birthday present she wanted to give him a tour in his old home. She made an appointment to visit us the next Saturday. She showed up with her sister and father and I gave them a tour around the house. A few hours later the door bell rang again. Ingrid opened the door to an elderly woman with her daughter and son in law. They asked if they could see the house because she had lived there in the 1960s. Both groups came independently and they hadn’t spoken to each other.

In July 2014 we went on holidays to Sweden and Norway. My son Rob wanted to visit Hessdalen Valley where mysterious lights have been sighted. Those lights look like orbs and so they are known as the Hessdalen orbs. Some people have claimed they were UFOs. When we were in Hessdalen we went to a viewing point on the top of a hill. Some Norwegian guys were standing there for hours already, hoping to photograph a UFO. We didn’t see anything unusual. We took some pictures of the environment. Only, after we came back we noticed orbs on one of the photos we made. But orbs on photographs are a phenomenon unrelated to the Hessdalen orbs so this is remarkable.

Featured image: Orbs on photograph taken at Hessdalen, Norway (2014).

1. Schietpartij Haaksbergen, politie geeft beelden vrij en toont auto schutter. RTV Oost (7 May 2015) [link]
2. Leger helpt Haaksbergen bij stroomstoring. Nu.nl (26 November 2005). [link]
3. Stroomstoring treft Haaksbergen en omgeving. De Volkskrant (29 March 2007). [link]
4. Natuurijsbaan. Wikipedia. [link]
5. Derde dode door ongeluk monstertruck Haaksbergen [link]

Halloween cat from Poland. User Silar.

Ghost stories

Ghosts are a controversial topic. People believing in ghosts are sometimes seen as nutty or delusional. But there may be more to ghosts than science can explain. A Fox News reporter, who allegedly has been attacked by ghosts and daemons in a haunted house, had to admit that the ghostlike phenomena at least felt real. He claimed to have been scratched by an unknown entity. There are countless similar encounters.

It appears that the laws of physics don’t always apply. That could be explained if this universe is a virtual reality created by an advanced civilisation. In that case the evidence for ghosts can exist. In a similar vein reincarnation stories indicate that memories can be transferred to another person. So perhaps we are just as real as ghosts.

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Featured image: Halloween cat from Poland. User Silar (2012). Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain.

Aruba sunset

Predetermination issues

The licence plate number on Franz Ferdinand’s car referring to the end date of World War I may indicate that history is predetermined. Other coincidences in history suggest the existence of a script too, for instance those surrounding the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. Some people are haunted by time prompts. They look at the clock at specific times like 11:11. If this is not selective remembrance, which it may be, this indicates that their minds are controlled.

Perhaps this universe is a virtual reality created by an advanced civilisation. Perhaps everything is predetermined and we do not really have a free will. That may raise some questions. One deals with fate. For instance, you may ask yourself, “If I am going to die on a certain day then what point is there in going to see a doctor when I fall ill?” Alternatively, you could opt for a dangerous hobby like climbing the Mount Everest because you believe the date you meet the Grim Reaper is already set in stone.

Only, you don’t know that date. So if you go to the doctor and he or she cures you from an illness that would otherwise have been fatal, that could be predetermined, but if you choose not to go to the doctor and subsequently die, that would also be predetermined. The same can be said about getting killed while climbing the Mount Everest.

If someone knows the future, and everything is predetermined, this person can’t inform us in detail about the future. Exact predictions can influence the future in such a way that something else will happen. For example, if I know I am going to have a car accident tomorrow I will remain at home tomorrow and the accident wouldn’t happen. But such a person might leave signs like the license plate on Franz Ferdinand’s death car.

Predetermination makes it possible to do predictions that are more accurate than chance allows for. Most predictions of that kind aren’t accurate enough to be actionable because that could alter the future. The action taken may help to make the prediction come true. That requires actors being unaware of their role in the scheme. Some premonitions may be actionable, but it is not possible to know which ones on beforehand.

One specific type of premonition comes from people called prophets. Countless prophets have predicted that the end of times would come. That never happened, at least until now. But in 1979 an historian wrote a fictional story in which the Berlin Wall would fall in 1989. And on 11 September 2001 the BBC claimed that WTC building 7 had collapsed 26 minutes before it really happened.

If everything is predetermined then there is not really a battle between good and evil. The concepts of good and evil emerged as a result of evolution. Humans are social animals and their success as a species depends on cooperation. Actions that benefit the group, whether it is a family, community, nation or humanity, are considered good, while actions that harm the group are considered evil.

If the choices you make are predetermined, so are the consequences. It may therefore be a good idea to think of it as if there are two levels. On our level, free will appears to exist, but on the higher level there might be a script. For us the laws of probability seem to apply so that it may be a useful delusion to believe that doing something smart will more likely bring a favourable outcome than doing something stupid.

Featured image: Aruba sunset. English Wikipedia.

 

Black sheep Frank. Tele2 marketing campaign

Animal rights

Our pets get love and attention but most animals in industrial farming live in poor conditions, at least if living in their natural habitat is their prerogative. Thinking about animal rights is sometimes seen as a luxury for leftists who have nothing else to worry about. Industrial farming can’t be ended so easily as humans don’t like to change their diet. But farm animals can feel pain and have social needs like us. Animal rights activists have a serious case here.

People like to eat meat and they want it to be cheap. The plight of animals will not make them change their minds so easily. The same applies to the contribution of meat consumption to climate change. Still, the end of the mass suffering of farm animals could be near. Artificial meat and meat replacements may soon be more widely available, be cheaper and taste as good, even though many people won’t believe that now.

Whether or not animals have a good life in their natural habitat is a matter of debate. Faced with predators, food shortages, and humans, life in nature can be hard. And in most areas nature isn’t what it used to be as humans have completely altered the ecology. With humans came the animals that profit from them like mice, rats, seagulls, magpies, foxes and cockroaches. Other species can suffer as a consequence.

In populated areas there is little left of nature so the remaining wildlife may need management. For example, magpies eat chicks of songbirds. As magpies profit from humans by eating their leftovers in the winter, more of them survive and more chicks will be eaten. So is it better to shoot magpies so that songbirds may survive? And if there isn’t enough food for all deer, is it better to shoot the weak? Animal rights activists have trouble accepting this.

Featured image: Black sheep Frank from a Tele2 marketing campaign

The end is near

For tonight God is a DJ

If the end ever comes then it is closer than ever. And it may be soon because:

  • The exponential growth of human impact on the planet is about to end. That might be the end of our current way of living.
  • Eternal life may soon be possible and humans may be enhanced with technology. That might be the end of humanity.
  • The world has become interconnected to the point that we can be united. That might be the end of history.
  • It is possible to give everyone a comfortable life with basic necessities. That might be the end of poverty.
  • And finally, we may discover that we live inside a virtual reality. That might be the end that God has planned.

Whenever a river turns red because of some chemicals being spilled, people say: “Look what is written in the Book of Revelation.” If these ravings attributed to John of Patmos hadn’t been part of the Bible, hardly anyone would have noticed. And so religious people often ignore real evidence of the end being close. But if the end is near then there might indeed be signs, but perhaps in places where people don’t look.

As this universe might exist for entertainment we might expect the unexpected. There are people who believe that some pop music songs contain satanic messages that you can hear by playing them in reverse. Only, by playing the songs in the regular fashion could produce even more interesting results. There could be messages of God in pop music, including messages suggesting that these messages exist.

A day of coincidence with the radio,
And a word that won’t go away.
We know what they’re all going to say.
“G” arrives–“Funny, had a feeling he was on his way!

– Kate Bush, Strange Phenomena 

It requires a bit of imagination to surmise that coincidences on the radio precede the coming of God. A reason for such coincidences to occur could be hiddens messages. So if God is a woman and if Jesus was Her husband, and the Kingdom of God is about this marriage, and this is about to come out, there could be something out there. That’s a lot of ifs followed by a weak conclusion so for the purpose of the enquiry you may need to go along with that idea for a while and let God elect the records you listen to.

For tonight
God is a DJ

– Faithless, God is a DJ

From Almelo via Enschede to Eurovision

Ilse DeLange’s fourth studio album The Great Escape may be selected. This album could be seen as an order from God for Her prospective husband to prepare himself for his task. Peculiar coincidences surround DeLange and the album contains some remarkable lyrics. DeLange was born on 13 May 1977 in Almelo, a town in the region of Twente in the Netherlands. Almelo was also the home town of Herman Finkers, a comedian who wrote Kroamschudd’n in Mariaparochie, a short animation picture on the possibility of Christ being born in Twente. That is a bit peculiar already.

But there is more. On 13 May 2000, the 23rd birthday of Ilse Delange, a fireworks plant in Enschede exploded, killing 23 people. That recurring of 23 is a bit odd too. And it was exactly 11 years after I moved to Enschede to live on the campus of the University Of Twente. There I met a peculiar lady who later appeared to be God. On the day of the accident the Eurovision Song Contest was held. When the seriousness of the situation became clear in the course of the evening, the Dutch broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest was discontinued.wurst

The night before the fireworks accident my wife Ingrid had dreamt about a large fire. On the day itself she visited a friend who just had a baby. Some other friends of her were also present. One of them lived in Enschede. Just after Ingrid had told her friend from Enschede about the dream, she received a text message asking her whether she was all right. It was only then that they learned about the accident.

In 2014 Ilse Delange herself took part in the Eurovision Song Contest together with Waylon as The Common Linnets. They came in second after Conchita Wurst, a feminised Jesus look-alike. This is another peculiar coincidence.

The Great Escape was also the name of the fourth album made by the English rock band Blur that was released on 11 September 1994. 11 September can be rewritten as 9/11, which is the US emergency telephone number. And 11 September was the date of the terrorist attacks in 2001. The total length of this album is 56 minutes and 56 seconds. 56:56. This is a reference to 11:11 as 5+6=11. 56 + 56 = 112, while 112 is the European emergency telephone number. The lead song of DeLange’s album The Great Escape lasts 4:01 minutes, while I moved to Enschede to live in room 112 of dormitory 401-right side.

The Great Escape

Analysing the lyrics of The Great Escape from the perspective that God is a woman who asks Her prospective husband to prepare for his task brings up some interesting finds. That wasn’t the intention Ilse DeLange. Unwittingly she may have become the medium for the message. As it is often the case with mediums, they make misses alongside accurate guesses, so the alleged messages became blended in the lyrics. In the first song, Reach For the Light, God appears to say that She remembers their love and that he does not. That makes sense if he is the reincarnation of Adam and doesn’t remember that.

I know my name but who’s the same
When everything you knew is lost
I’m filled with hope that echoes loud
Inside a forgotten mind.

– Ilse DeLange, Reach For The Light

In the second song, The Lonely One, she appears to tell him that She used Her powers to make his life disagreeable. It is not hard to guess who can order the sun not to shine.

I told the sun, not to shine and stay away
I told the lake, to go dry and wash away

Asked the sky, to fall down on you
Asked the night, to be solid proof.

– Ilse DeLange, The Lonely One

What She is saying about Herself could even make Louis XIV blush, if he was still alive:

I am the only princess, I’m indestructible
I am winged victory, I am so breakable
I am the distant planet, I am the golden sun.

– Ilse DeLange, The Lonely One

The Great Escape is the song that gives the album its name. In the autumn some force pulls him into the shadow world.

The leaves will fall again
The wind comes crawling in
The rain with all its sin
Captures me again

Questions to embrace
Feelings that you’ll face
In this holy land
A desert made of quicksand
Streets that lead you there
Places of your fear
Some force pulls you in
The shadow world.

– Ilse DeLange, The Great Escape

There is not much left to guess here if you go along with the idea of it being a message. The shadow world is a holy land in disguise and She comes from heaven.

By the time I made the great escape
I was falling, falling falling from heaven.

– Ilse DeLange, The Great Escape

Then comes the song Carry Hope. God appears to tell him that he should prepare himself.

The power is in your hands
The dust will fall to sand
Got to make this land your own

And faith calls out your name.

– Ilse DeLange, Carry Hope

And even Louis XIV in all his vanity would not have dared to say:

When I let go of hope
There’s no one left to follow
There’s nothing but the power to believe in me

– Ilse DeLange, Carry Hope

The song Was It Love suggests that She did it for love. Perhaps Jesus fell for that too.

Is it possible to see with every moment over
What the reason was for me
Was it love, was it love

– Ilse DeLange, Was It Love

The song also suggests that God doesn’t care much for religious people:

And they’re locked inside belief
But they’re not inside of me

– Ilse DeLange, Was It Love

Other songs don’t seem to be part of the scheme. That can be expected. DeLange came from Twente just like me. And the lady who appeared to be God was born in Enschede.

Slippery slope

There are a few other lyrics that might contain messages but these could easily be attributed to chance if there is chance. This is a slippery slope. There may be no chance so it might be justifiable to go down this path, at least for a while. The following lines come from Queen’s song Gimme The Prize.

Here I am, I’m the master of your destiny,
I am the one the only one, I am the god of kingdom come

– Queen, Gimme The Prize

The God of kingdom come could be a Queen, a queer joke. The song Joga from Björk is about accidents, coincidences and connecting the dots. It could be about a love affair. But who can make these accidents happen and make someone else see the connection?

All these accidents
That happen
Follow the dot
Coincidence
Makes sense
Only with you

State of emergency
How beautiful to be
State of emergency
Is where I want to be

– Björk, Joga

Stairway To Heaven of Led Zeppelin allegedly contains satanic messages that you can hear by playing the song in reverse. The artists claim this is just a coincidence.1 What has escaped the attention so far is that playing the song in a regular way might reveal a message that is hidden in plain sight.

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul.
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold

– Led Zeppelin, Stairway To Heaven

The lady we all know could be God. The song is named Stairway To Heaven after all. The album, Led Zeppelin IV, which includes Stairway To Heaven, also includes the song Going To California. It has the following lines.

To find a queen without a king,
They say she plays guitar and cries and sings… la la la
Ride a white mare in the footsteps of dawn
Trying to find a woman who’s never, never, never been born

– Led Zeppelin, Going To California

The woman who was never been born could be Eve. The Infant King is a song of The Nits from their album Adieu Sweet Bahnhof. It could refer to a king who is going to meet his bride. In a sense he might be an infant compared to his bride.

Wheels on steel go rumbling through the night
“Away, away” they seem to say
I tip-toe tip-toe through the sleeping train
An infant king who meets his bride

Someone said the other day
“The border’s closed, there’s no way in or out
Pack your bags, make up your mind
You can leave your memories behind”

Someone said the other day
“The world is cracking up, it’s plain to see”
Overheard two people say
“Some gold works wonders when you want to go”

– The Nits, The Infant King

It appears that the story unfolds against a backdrop of political and financial turmoil, which could be the End Of Times. Woman Cactus is another song on the same album. It appears to describe a psychotic love affair of an indecent nature.

This is not comme il faut
It’s no respectable affair
I know I lost my head
I’m burning bridges everywhere

My heart, my head, my brains
My senses don’t make sense at all
The bar sign prints your name
Over and over on the wall

And I can’t take it anymore
Chime little bells, big bells
I try to touch a woman cactus
Chime little bells, big bells
I try to touch a woman cactus

I know it hurts to touch a woman
With those needles and pins
I know it hurts to touch a woman
With those needles and pins

Nothing like cubism
To bring about a woman’s shape

– The Nits, Woman Cactus

The end may be near. The messages in pop-music could be signs. Perhaps the plot is about to unfold. We are living in interesting times.

1. The 10 Wildest Led Zeppelin Legends, Fact-Checked. Rolling Stone (2012). [link]