Saturday, December 14, 2019

Cryptokubrology: 237 in Films of 1980 and Before

The film The Shining was released on May 23, 1980. The importance of finding the number 237 in movies that have appeared before and since The Shining has become a mainstay of #Cryptokubrology.
Cryptokubrology: "A useful methodology for deconstructing cinema, history, and synchronicity." ~ says Alex Fulton (@Crypto-Kubruology), January 31, 2017. 
Cryptokubrology has been defined as "digging through the works of Stanley Kubrick on the premise that its body is a muted mass of coded cabalistic ministrations comparable (in scope) to the works of William Shakespeare, but incomparable (in complexity) to anything in recorded history. In fact, Cryptokubrology has led to an entirely different view of so-called 'history' itself." ~ says Robert Shawn Montgomery (shawnfella)

The work in this realm has come in the wake of The Shining, of course. One of the foundation analyses is Room 237.

Room 237 is a 2012 American documentary film directed by Rodney Ascher about interpretations and perceived meanings of Stanley Kubrick's film The Shining (1980), which was adapted from the 1977 novel of the same name by Stephen King. The film includes footage from The Shining and other Kubrick films, along with discussions by a number of Kubrick enthusiasts. The film has nine segments, each segment focusing on different elements within the film which "may reveal hidden clues and hint at a bigger thematic oeuvre."

As the New York Times stated in 2013, "Like The Shining and its maze within a maze, Mr. Ascher’s movie is something of a labyrinth."

The film was produced by Tim Kirk. The title refers to a room in the haunted hotel featured in The Shining, which a character is warned never to enter. Ascher had a budget of $5,426, and made $296, 359 at the box office. It was a sterling success in the history of documentary film.

Another filmmaker who has studied the craft of Kubrick is Gary Leva

Leva Filmworks' "Stanley Kubrick Collection" includes (each link has a clip from his selection) the following:
Among the practitioners of Cryptokubrology, none are more prominent than Alex Fulton and Robert Shawn Montgomery, who are the co-creators of @Cryptokubrology on Twitter and the co-masterminds behind various cryptokubrology contributions on YouTube and Facebook.

Fulton and Montgomery have produced a series of YouTube videos: 

Who said "237"?

One major criticism I have, regarding a comprehensive understanding of the appearance of "237" in films is that directors - after The Shining (1980) - may be placing the number in their films as homage to Kubrick.

The best evidence for finding true cryptokubrological insights may come from concentrating on the pre-The Shining examples.

The Crypto-K series gives incidents of "237" being found in films. But as opposed to hundreds or thousands of instances, the series only mentions 31 films or television episodes where the number 237 is mentioned or shown (for example as an address or room number).  Of those, I find Fulton and Montgomery include only ten instances of pre-1980 cases of "237."

I have found others, such as in Torn Curtain (1966).

But let us look at those that Fulton and Montgomery cite in their videos from before and up to 1980. From watching their series, here is their complete list. These are enhanced with some of their screenshots, and revealed thus far (unless I missed any) where "237" specifically appears:

Possessed (1931)

Shop Around The Corner (1940)

Possessed (1947)

In the Good Old Summertime (1949)

The Three Faces of Eve (1957)

Sleeper (1973)

Sleeper (1976)

The Big Bus (1976)

The World Beyond (1978)

The Shining (released May 23, 1980)

The Blues Brothers (released June 20, 1980; filming occurred July to October 1979)

Thursday, December 12, 2019

U-Hauls, Black Hebrew Israelites, Police & Hostage Deaths, and Mass Shootings

If you have been watching the unfolding of the last few mass shootings, you will have noticed that U-Haul vans, UPS vans, and USPS vans are becoming more involved in the incidents. Also, police officers are being shot and killed, more innocent bystanders are too, and an underlying theme of domestic terrorism is in the mix too.

Be forewarned.

U-Haul van, Jersey City, NJ, 12/10/19. Dead: 6. 
U-Haul van & UPS truck, Miramar, FL. 12/5/19. Dead: 4. 
USPS van, Odessa, TX. 8/31/19. Dead: 8. 
UPS facility, San Francisco. 6/14/17. Dead: 4. 
= This was the same day as the gun attack on members of Congress 
at a charity baseball game practice.


On December 10, 2019, a mass shooting occurred at the JC Kosher supermarket located at 223 Martin Luther King Drive in the Greenville section of Jersey City, New Jersey, in which five people, including the two attackers and three civilians were killed, while another civilian and two police officers were wounded. A Jersey City Police Department detective was shot and killed at a nearby cemetery just before the attack at the grocery store.

It began when a police officer approached two persons at the Bayview Cemetery in regards to a murder investigation that he was conducting about an incident the previous weekend in nearby Bayonne. The police officer was shot and killed. His body was discovered and reported.

The suspects then fled in a stolen a U-Haul vehicle and drove about one mile to a grocery store, where they fatally shot three civilians and exchanged gunfire with the police for over an hour until they were shot and killed. The vehicle was later found to contain a live pipe bomb.

The police detective killed in the cemetery was a 39-year-old male.

Two officers, one male and one female, were wounded in the shootout and were released from the hospital the same day.

On December 11, the shooters were identified as David N. Anderson (age 47) and his girlfriend Francine Graham (age 50). The two were killed by police during the siege. It was declared that the shooting was a targeted attack. There were postings that connected to Anderson's social page with anti-police and anti-Semitic writings.

David Anderson was a one-time follower of the Black Hebrew Israelites, a group whose members believe they are ancient Israelites' true descendants. Francine Graham met him -- and then turned into a "dark person."

Miracle Mile

The U-Haul was ditched for the UPS van.

The December 5, 2019, Miramar shootout was the pursuit of jewelry store robbers in Miramar, Florida, United States, which culminated in a shootout killing the perpetrators, the kidnapped driver of a UPS van which they had carjacked, and a bystander. The president of Miami-Dade's police union claimed that at least 11 officers opened fire on the UPS truck in response to the robbers' firing first.

At approximately 4:14 pm, Lamar Alexander and Ronnie Jerome Hill robbed the jewelry store, Regent Jeweler at Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, Florida. They held the store's cashier at gunpoint and stole diamonds. The two suspects exchanged gunfire with the store owner during the robbery, injuring one jewelry shop worker and hitting nearby Coral Gables City Hall with a stray bullet, causing that building to be placed on lock down.

Police were alerted when the store's silent alarm system went off. A minute and a half later, when officers arrived, the gunmen opened fire on the officers who returned fire on the gunmen. The gunmen left in a U-Haul van, which they later ditched in a suburban neighborhood one mile away.The suspects then carjacked a UPS delivery truck at gunpoint and took the driver hostage. The two continued their escape in the UPS truck, heading on Interstate 75 into Broward County.

Four people were killed in the shootout. The two suspects from the robbery, both age 41, were killed by police. The hijacked UPS driver, age 27, and a bystander, age 70, in another car, were also killed. The UPS driver killed in hostage situation in Miramar identified by family as Frank Ordonez.

A female store employee was shot and wounded in the initial robbery.

Began at Twin Peaks...

The August 31, 2019, incident that stretched from Midland to Odessa, Texas, and ended with the kidnapping of a USPS van. The dead counted 8. 

USPS mail carrier Mary Granados, 29, was slain in her U.S. Postal Service truck.

For more information, see here and here.

On Flag Day 2017...

On the same day as President Trump's birthday and a Congressional baseball practice was attacked, a UPS facility was the target of a shooting spree.

For more, see here and here

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The King of Marvin Gardens, The Shining, and Twin Falls

Bob Rafelson's The King Of Marvin Gardens (1972) is a bit of a bizarre film that sees Jack Nicholson and Scatman Crothers sharing the screen, as they do in The Shining (1980).

Indeed, Benjamin Sherman "Scatman" Crothers appeared in only four films with Jack Nicholson: The King of Marvin Gardens (1972), The Fortune (1975), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), and The Shining (1980). He was born, intriguingly, exactly 70 years to the day before The Shining was released, on May 23, 1910. Crothers is a JFK Resonator, as well. He died at the age of 76, exactly 23 years to the day, on November 22, 1986, after John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Also starring in The King of Marvin Gardens are Bruce Dern, Ellen Burstyn, and Julie Anne Robinson (pictured below). (For the plot of the movie, see here.)

Julia Anne Robinson was born on March 4, 1951 in Twin Falls, Idaho, USA. Besides playing Jessica in The King of Marvin Gardens (1972), the only other films she appeared in was A Fan's Notes (1972), as Bunny Sue, and a short film, Getting Straight (1970), uncredited.

After Marvin Gardens, Robinson was cast in a community play in Eugene, Oregon. While there, Robinson skipped a cast party and went home early. She died on April 13, 1975 in her motel room, from a fire.

Great confusion, in the sync-world, has arisen due to Robinson's birthplace being Twin Falls, Idaho, with a notion she might be part of the "Twin Peaks" realm of mystical thinking. In one biographical article, her birth was misgiven as "Twin Falls, Iowa."

In another article, which says Julia Anne Robinson died from falling asleep while she was smoking, her brother commented that, no, it was from an electrical mishap, instead.

In general, while the other stars went on to fame, the tragedy of The King of Marvin Gardens is the film is basically the end of the line for Robinson.

Two billboards for suntan lotion in the winter of Atlantic City.

Friday, December 06, 2019

"Haunted" Naval Air Station Pensacola's Mass Shooting

Two days after the Pearl Harbor shooting, a day before Pearl Harbor, there has been a mass shooting incident at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. It should be noted since 1825, the area designated for the Pensacola Navy Yard "is said to be haunted by a light keeper murdered by his wife."

An unidentified gunman opened fire inside the Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday, December 6, 2019, killing at least two person and injuring several others.

The shooting is over, the Escambia County, Florida, Sheriff's Office said, and the shooter has been confirmed dead.

Family members have identified Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, a recent graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, as one of the victims of Friday’s shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola.

In The Rebirth of Pan: Hidden Faces of the American Earth Spirit, Jim Brandon writes, regarding the overall "name game":
I'm not talking here of such spooky tongue-twisters as H.P. Lovecraft's Yog-Sothoth or Arthur Machen's Ishakshar, but of quite ordinary names like Bell, Beall and variants, Crowley, Francis, Grafton, Grubb, Magee/McGee, Mason, McKinney, Montpelier, Parsons, Pike, Shelby, Vernon, Watson/Watt, Williams/Williamson.
In my 1983 Mysterious America, I wrote:
Cryptologic or coincidence? Jim Brandon should be credited with calling attention to the name Watts/Watkins/Watson, and its entanglement with inexplicable things. Some other names involved in mysterious events pinpointed by Brandon are Bell, Mason, Parsons, Pike, Vernon, and Warren. The influence of such names as Mason, Pike, Warren, and Lafayette, for example, issues, in some cryptopolitical and occult way, from their ties to the Masonic tradition.

Naval Air Station Pensacola or NAS Pensacola, "The Cradle of Naval Aviation," is a United States Navy base located next to Warrington, Florida, a community southwest of the Pensacola city limits. It is the home of the Blue Angels. Above is the logo of the Commander of the Navy Region Southeast (note trident), and the new Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) Logo (released in 2012).

One of the Blue Angels.

Forts and batteries near the Pensacola Navy Yard on 27 May 1861.

The first lighthouse built by the U.S. on the Florida coast, at Pensacola. It was originally a lightship, the Aurora Borealis. The first Pensacola Light was the lightship Aurora Borealis. It was moved to Pensacola in 1823 from its previous post at the mouth of the Mississippi River after a lighthouse had been completed there. Because of frequent rough seas, the lightship had to be anchored inside the bay entrance, behind Santa Rosa Island, and could not reliably be seen from ships outside the bay. In 1825 a 40-foot (12 m) tower was built on a 40-foot (12 m) bluff at the south entrance to Pensacola Bay.

In 1825, the US designated this area for the Pensacola Navy Yard and Congress appropriated $6,000 for a lighthouse. Operational that year, it "is said to be haunted by a light keeper murdered by his wife." [Source: Shettle, Jr., M. L., "United States Naval Air Stations of World War II, Volume I: Eastern States, Schaertel Publishing Co., Bowersville, Georgia, 1995, LCCN 94--68879, ISBN 0-9643388-0-7, p. 178.]

A display in the Pensacola Lighthouse.

SyFy's "Ghost Hunters" have been to the lighthouse a few times, and smaller ghost hunting groups have visited the historic district. The Pensacola Lighthouse and Maritime Museum conduct "ghost hunts" there. It has been called "One of America's Most Haunted Lighthouses."

There is also a story of Quarters A being haunted by Marine Captain Guy Hall, Avaitor #3751, who died in a training mission in the 1920s.

On 20 February 1939, a squadron of twelve U.S. Navy aircraft, described as "fast combat ships", were returning to NAS Pensacola, Florida, from a routine training trip and found the Gulf Coast socked in by a fog described as one of the heaviest ever witnessed in the region. Eight planes were lost with two pilots killed. Three aircraft piloted by instructors, and one other plane, were diverted by radio and outran the fogbank to land safely at Atmore and Greenville, Alabama.