Zelda Inducts You into the Occult and Fauxohontas is Out for Blood!
Hello dear listeners and readers and welcome to our USA Really daily podcast for October 19, where we take a quick look at all the best news and analyses on all the latest news, to whet your attitude a bit and invite you to read our full articles.
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Today’s is very interesting—one you’re definitely going to want to check out. “The Occult Messaging at the Heart of Pop-Culture” by Walt Garlington—just the title has me excited! So Garlington uses the upcoming anniversary of the release of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask for Nintendo 64 as an opportunity to go through the game and explore esoteric lore undergirding the exoteric game structure. This particular game, he says, offers such a clear example of the occult foundation of much of popular culture today, even that produced by ‘family-friendly’ Nintendo, which goes by unnoticed and is thus passively absorbed into the souls of so many of its consumers, that we thought it good to delve into it. The overall structure of the game is very much akin to the process of alchemy, he says, with the end goal of the return of a long lost golden age. Garlington will take you through all the levels of this imagery, and maybe blow your minds in the process!
To kick things off as far as the news, it’s time for a shot of history, with our daily “This day in history” piece. This is a full-on military date. The St. Albans Raid happened on this date in 1864, which was more a robbery attempt than a military operation conducted by the Confederates. Yet, it’s considered to be the northernmost land action of the Civil War, as it happened in the town of St. Albans, Vermont, not far from Canadian territory. And on this date in 1944, the Battle of the Island of Leyte (the Japanese-occupied Philippines) started today in the Pacific Theater of WW2, which was also the beginning of Filipino liberation. And in 1987, Operation Nimble Archer took out two Iranian oil platforms, which, as you can guess, the Iranians weren’t too happy about. Of course, there’re more details and more events there, so go get your history on.
I’m guessing most or a lot of you have heard about this whole mess with Senator Elizabeth Warren and her supposed Native American heritage. She’s been touting it for years, and has even used it to advance her academic and professional career. Well, Republicans have been calling her out on it, and especially Trump, who promised to donate $1 million to a charity of her choice if she took a DNA test and proved the ancestry. Well, the test revealed she’s 1/1,024 Native American… well, actually, it could even be a Peruvian or Guatemalan back there in her ancestry. So, essentially, she’s not Native American at all, and the Cherokee have loudly stated this. But, you can bet your bottom dollar that Warren and her buddies aren’t going to let this go, so find out more at “Warren Promises War After Proof of Native American Blood.”
And watch out, folks: “Salmonella Has Become Resistant to Antibiotics, Experts Say!” Luckily, it only gives most people the hershey squirts and some yacking, but it can become more serious for the young, the old, and those with an already-weakened immune system. At least 100 people have fallen ill from salmonella in 29 states recently. Viruses mutate often, but for whatever reason, this time the mutation was a whopper and doctors are still scratching their heads about how to deal with it. Head on over to this piece for all you need to know about salmonella and its most recent outbreak.
Our next piece is about another shooting by a police officer—this time, off-duty. I think the police are sometimes accused wrongly, but there are absolutely those times where the cops did wrong, shot an innocent person, and here’s one of those times. Sergeant Khalil Muhammad was in his personal pick-up trick, when 18-year-old Ricardo Hayes, who has developmental disabilities and communication problems, came near his truck as he was running and skipping down the street. Muhammad says he felt in danger, so he whipped out a gun and shot Hayes, who thankfully survived. There’s a lawsuit going on, and we can hope for some justice here. Of course, there’s more details at our piece on the matter.
It’s better to keep your mouth shut if you encounter lawlessness sown by the authorities who are too powerful and untouchable to obey the law. Speaking truth in the US may be really harmful, of which the ruined life of Darin Jones, a former FBI contract specialist, is a proof. Having reported evidence of serious procurement improprieties of the FBI and having lost everything, he is still struggling for justice. He found out about and revealed several cases of improper procurement spending, and, well, he doesn’t work for the FBI anymore. His friends have a GoFundMe going for him to help him out. As you can guess, there’s a whole lot more to this story, so be sure to check out our piece, “FBI Silences Former Specialist for Whistleblowing.”
Well, and, actually, we have a second whistleblower piece for you today: Terry James Albury was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty in April to the unauthorized disclosure of national defense information as well as the unauthorized retention of national defense information. “Prosecutors say he betrayed public trust when he stole more than 70 documents, including 50 that were classified. They asked for him to be sentenced to more than four years. Albury’s defense attorneys requested probation, saying he’s a patriot who was morally conflicted by the FBI’s counterterrorism policies.” He sounds like another Snowden, although there’s the catch that he was the only black field agent in his counter-terrorism squad, and he also wanted to address “the well-documented systemic biases within the FBI.” So that’s a fun complicating factor. Anyways, you know we’ve got the full story for you at “Former FBI Agent Sentenced to Four Years for Leaks.”
And, well, I’m sorry to do this to you—but there’s actually a third piece on whistleblowing and leaks! It’s just a hot topic lately! It’s called “The case of the leaks: How American elite ‘catch’ themselves,” and I’ll just commend that one to your reading.
We’ve had a few pieces recently on how unprepared the military is, or at least how unprepared young Americans are for joining the military. Well, now, it seems a majority of servicemen are worried about the possibility of a conflict. Of course, that’s understandable, but it is what they train for, after all. Nearly half of the military men believe that the world is on the brink of war, which causes great fear and anxiety amongst their ranks. In particular, according to a new poll of active-duty troops, they fear a war with Russia or China. Thus, about 46% of troops who responded to the anonymous survey said they believe the U.S. will be drawn into a new war within the next year. And here’s the rub: That’s a massive increase from only about 5% who said the same thing in a similar poll conducted in September last year! This is what media hype and insanity brings you. And, as for a local conflict, almost 90% of all troops believe that the U.S. is on the brink of a revolution. Dear God, let them be wrong!
And that caravan of migrants is still coming towards the border, and Trump is still not happy. It’s 4,000 strong at the moment. President Trump immediately responded to reports and threatened to send troops to the border with Mexico, or even close the southern border if the Mexican authorities don’t stop the caravan. “In addition to stopping all payments to these countries, which seem to have almost no control over their population, I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught - and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!” Trump tweeted the day before. But, there might be dissenting voices in his administration, so head on over to our piece to get the full scoop there!
That’ll do it for our news for now, but you know we’ll be keeping you filled in all weekend, so keep an eye on the site!
But, before we close it down for the night, let’s take a quick look at tomorrow’s opinion piece by Seraphim Hanisch. It’s actually Part 2 of “GOP Closing in on Clinton-Democrat Roots of Russiagate,” the first part of which was published on Wednesday. In Part I of this story, we reported on a very extensive piece in The Washington Times written by Rowan Scarborough, which described the Republican-led House committees who are investigating the connections between the Hillary Clinton campaign and the unceasing stream of allegations that Donald Trump's campaign was somehow involved in a collusion with agencies within the Russian Federation to influence the outcome of the 2016 Presidential elections. This recent report fingered the fact that Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson went from a cooperative role in the interview to taking the Fifth Amendment and refusing to obey a House-issued subpoena. Speculation began to rise that this is because his prior interviews have been found disingenuous. Hanisch goes through the Washington Times report and breaks it all down and analyzes it for you. “The struggle for power at the highest levels in Washington is deep and it should also be simply put that it is sinister. While this may sound like political hyperbole, it really isn't,” he says. To see how he arrived at such a conclusion, be sure to check out this opinion piece tomorrow!
And with that, we bid you goodnight (well, it’s night where I am), and say thanks for listening, thanks for reading, and keep it right here for all the news you need to know.