Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Fayette Factor: Crozet Crash

An Amtrak train carrying GOP lawmakers to a retreat hit trash truck - owned by Time Disposal - causing injures of those on board.

One of two people on the vehicle is reported to have died.

A chartered train carrying Republican lawmakers to a retreat collided with a trash truck on January 31, 2018, Wednesday morning at 11:20 am, a congressman said.

The train was carrying House and Senate Republicans to the retreat in West Virginia when it hit the truck, Congressman Carlos Curbelo, of Florida, said on MSNBC.

The crash occurred outside of Charlottesville, Virginia, specifically in Crozet, Virginia.

The train was on the way to West Virginia when a sudden impact occurred, a loud noise was heard; everyone on the train was jolted.


The town of Crozet is named after Benoît "Claudius" Crozet (December 31, 1789 – January 29, 1864). 

Crozet traveled to the United States in 1816, and, with recommendation from the Marquis de Lafayette, became assistant professor of engineering at the United States Military Academy, a postion he held from 1817 to 1823. Source.

Crozet taught at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and helped found the Virginia Military Institute at Lexington, Virginia. Crozet was Principal Engineer for the Virginia Board of Public Works and oversaw the planning and construction of canals, turnpikes, bridges and railroads in Virginia, including the area which is now West Virginia. He became widely known as the "Pathfinder of the Blue Ridge."

While at West Point, Crozet is credited by some as being the first to use the chalkboard as an instructional tool. He also designed several of the buildings at West Point. Thomas Jefferson referred to Claudius Crozet as "by far the best mathematician in the United States."

The anniversary of Crozet's death is January 29th. He died at the age of 74, in 1864. The town of Crozet, Virginia was named in his honor in 1870. The dining hall at the Virginia Military Institute is also named in his honor. It has been affectionately nicknamed "Club Crozet" by the Cadets.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Fayette Factor File

The Fayette Factor, as I characterize it, was first documented by researcher and writer William Grimstad back in 1977. Grimstad wrote about it in an article entitled "Fateful Fayette," Fortean Times, No. 25, Spring 1978, and in his two books - Weird America and The Rebirth of Pan - credited as being authored by "Jim Brandon," who we know as Bill Grimstad.

Unfortunately, illegally printed and pirated copies of The Rebirth of Pan, with more "Fayette" data, are to be found for sale online; some few may be legal used copies. My writings on the topic have continued with examples for the last 40 years or so (see especially Mysterious America).

The "Fayette Factor" is a phrase capturing the surprisingly high numbers of Fortean or inexplicable events, violent incidents, and synchromystic findings linked to places named after one of the USA's Founding Fathers--Gilbert du Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette (1757–1834).

The word "fay" + "ette" = "fairy" + "little" = little little people.

Lafayette can also be translated from the French as "the little enchantment," as well as "the little fairy." Joan of Arc at the age of 8 danced around a "fay tree," a "fairy tree," some saying she saw fairies (which links to the French surname from Occitan, "the little beech tree"). Others tell that she heard voices, had visions, and was "enchanted."

The cities, towns, and counties across the United States, which are the hotspots linked to the Fayette Factor, are tied to the renamed Masonic lodges and affiliated sites that the Marquis de Lafayette visited on his grand tour of the country in 1824-1825. His visits were highly ritualized happenings, in which he was involved with laying many cornerstones. 

The locations where he was taken to visit are a virtual roadmap of the "special places" in this land. For example, in 1825, The Marquis de Lafayette, on board the ship (please note!) Enterprise, visited the Cahokia mounds, and the significant Bloody Island, which then was so large that half of the Mississippi flowed east of it. (Intriguingly, Lafayette returned to France in 1825, on the day after his birthday, demonstrating a keen eye on the calendar and a desire to celebrate September 6th in America.)

Many Masonic locations have been linked beyond the easily recognized Lafayette name to a broader Freemasonry focus to mystic events and violent happenings. Some are very subtle. One man's journey, Lee Harvey Oswald, from his office across from Lafayette Square, New Orleans, would lead to the most infamous Masonic sites in the country. This vivid example of deathly weirdness is Dealey Plaza, where JFK was assassinated on November 22, 1963. Dallas' Dealey Plaza is the location of the state of Texas's first Masonic temple.

This extended harmonic game appears to have many Lafayette and Masonic meditations - and at the Twilight Language blog, I have taken this journey with you for years. The following postings will assist you to read about some examples I've cited down through the years.


"Fateful Fayette" by Bill Grimstad, Fortean Times No. 25, Spring 1978.

Weird America by Jim Brandon, E.P. Dutton Co., New York, N.Y., 1978.

The Rebirth of Pan by Jim Brandon, Firebird Press, Dunlop, Illinois, 1983.

"The Fayette Factor," by Loren Coleman, Twilight Language, June 10, 2012.

Mysterious America by Loren Coleman, Faber and Faber to Simon and Schuster, New York, N.Y., 1983 to new edition, 2006.

The Twilight Language blog has featured these Factor Factor-related postings:





Nov 15: Fayettenam






Sunday, January 28, 2018

Fayette Factor: Pennsylvania Shooting

The "Fayette Factor" is a phrase capturing the surprisingly high numbers of Fortean or inexplicable events, violent incidents, and synchromystic findings linked to places named after one of the USA's Founding Fathers--Gilbert du Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette (1757–1834). It was first documented by researcher and writer William Grimstad, back in 1977, and written about in "Fateful Fayette," Fortean Times, No. 25, Spring 1978. My writings on the topic have followed up and continued with examples for the last 40 years or so.

The word "fay" + "ette" = "fairy" + "little" = little little people.

An etymology view of "Lafayette" notes it can be translated from the French as "the little enchantment," as well as "the little fairy." Joan of Arc at the age of 8 danced around a "fay tree," a "fairy tree," some saying she saw fairies (which links to the French surname from Occitan, "the little beech tree"). Others tell that she heard voices, had visions, and was "enchanted." The name has a long history. Marshal of France Gilbert de La Fayette III, an ancestor of Marquis De Lafayette, led the army of Joan of Arc, in Orléans. The habitation of Lafayette, the location of La Grange, also gets our special attention.

The latest Fayette frenzy occurred on Sunday, January 28, 2018, in Fayette County - one of the poorest, most rural Appalachian counties in Pennsylvania.

At least four people were killed during a shooting motived by a jealous rage at a car wash in suburban Pennsylvania on Sunday, state police said. The shooting at Ed's Car Wash took place shortly before 3 a.m. in the Melcroft community of Saltlick Township, about 55 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. Ed Bukovac is the owner of the car wash.

Police initially said five people were killed but later clarified that the suspect is on life support at a local hospital.

Police identified the victims as 27-year-old William Scott Porterfield, 25-year-old Chelsie Lou Cline, 21-year-old Seth William Cline and 23-year-old Courtney Sue Snyder. An unidentified adult female passenger was able to survive the shooting and suffered minor injuries from broken glass.

The shooter -- identified as 28-year-old Timothy O'Brien Smith (pictured above) of Ligonier -- sustained a gunshot wound to the head and is not expected to survive. Police said the gunshot wound may have been self-inflicted.  He allegedly arrived in a Toyota Tacoma and parked on the side of the car wash.

Smith was armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, a 9mm handgun and and possessed a 308 rifle, Fayette County District Attorney Richard Bower said. Smith wore a body armor carrier without the ballistic panels and had several magazines of for the AR-15 and 9mm, Bower added.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

First Fatal School Shooting of 2018

A 15-year-old boy shot 14 people on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at the Marshall County High School (below) in Benton, Kentucky. The suspect, a student, entered the school at 7:57 a.m. and soon opened fire with a handgun. The first 911 call came in two minutes later, and police were on scene by 8:06 a.m.

The two people killed include a 15-year-old female student, Bailey Nicole Holt​, who died at the scene. Five of the other victims were airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center​ in Nashville, where another student, Preston Ryan Cope​, later died.

The suspect (pictured at top and below) has been identified as Gabe Parker, a freshman and band member at Marshall County High School. 

This shooting is the nation's first fatal school shooting of 2018. 

The suspect will be charged with murder and attempted murder, Kentucky State Police Lt. Michael Webb said.

Marshall County High School is about 30 minutes from Heath High School in Paducah, Kentucky, where a 1997 mass shooting killed three and injured five. Michael Carneal, then 14, opened fire there about two years before the fatal attack at Columbine High School in Colorado, ushering in an era when mass school shootings have become much more common.

Meanwhile, yesterday, in the small North Texas town of Italy (pronounced "It'ly"), a 15-year-old girl Noelle “Cricket” Jones was recovering after police said she was shot by a 16-year-old classmate in Ellis County's Italy High School (above) cafeteria on Monday, January 22, 2018, sending dozens of students scrambling for safety.

On Monday, January 22, 2018, Chad Padilla, 16, was taken into custody without incident after the Italy, Texas, shooting​ of a 15-year-old female student in the cafeteria just before 8:00 a.m. with a semi-automatic​ handgun.

Chad Padilla's Facebook Profile Picture.


Benton, Kentucky is 15 miles away from Aurora, Kentucky, also in Marshall County.

Italy, Texas is 82 miles away from Aurora, Texas, in Wise County.

Ring of Fire

Are humans effected by tidal forces?

The Pacific Ring of Fire has been very active in the last 24 hours:

Philippines : Mt. Mayon Volcano erupted
Japan: Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane volcano erupted causing an avalanche.
Indonesia: 5.3 or 6.1 Magnitude earthquake jolts Jakarta, Java.
Alaska: 7.9 or 8.2 Magnitude earthquake off the coast of Kodiak, Alaska, causing tsunami warnings.

United States: Two small earthquakes in Missouri, in last few days.
United States: Mount St. Helens, Washington State, placed on "very high" threat level as shockwaves rattle state.

Friday, January 19, 2018

The X-Files Answers Everything (Including Bigfoot), Via The Mandela Effect?

During the revival of The X-Files, it has been obvious the series writers have done their contemporary homework.

On January 24, 2018, in the fourth episode of the eleventh season, written and directed by Darin Morgan, The X-Files employs "The Mandela Effect."

The episode is entitled "The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat," and it explores “the idea of The Mandela Effect, in which large groups of people remember an alternate history." During the program, Mulder and Scully find out how the X-Files themselves may really have originated.

Besides the regular actors of the series, this episode includes Brian Huskey as Reggie Something, Stuart Margolin as Dr. They, Dan Zukovic as Martin, and Bill Dow as Pangborn.

“There was a purpose there that gave it a purpose,” Morgan teased to TV Insider earlier this month.

Series creator Chris Carter also told TVLine last November that Morgan’s episode is “original, smart, funny … everything you expect.” Carter added that it “has a big link to previous ‘X-Files’ episodes.”
While Morgan makes fun of Mulder in his episodes, Duchovny actually likes the installments Morgan wrote. “What I personally love in [Morgan’s episodes] is that he hates Mulder,” Duchovny told TVLine last December. “He’s always trying to make Mulder an imbecile and the butt of every joke.”
Although the 57-year-old actor enjoys playing the quasi-victim in Morgan’s episodes, Duchovny admitted that portraying one is a challenge. “It’s very difficult to figure out how to play Mulder in those episodes because he’s such a fool, and I feel pressure to find that place where I can service how funny it is and still keep Mulder Mulder,” the Californication alum explained. “It’s a bit of a pressure cooker for me because I love Darin and I want his episodes to have integrity. I don’t want it to just be this goofy thing like, ‘Oh, we’re not The X-Files this week. We’re winking. It’s not really Mulder.’ I want it to be more than that.” Source.

There appears to even be a gag about Bigfoot in the episode, noted at the end of this trailer:


I just posted about The Mandela Effect less than a week ago, in relationship to the Bernstein/Woodward name game:

Another bizarre link to this is the "Bernstein"/Mandela Effect thoughts that are immediately brought to mind with this murder. The victim's name, Blaze Bernstein brings forth these notions.
Some theorists "believe that the name of the books was actually Berenstein at one point, but we've shifted into a parallel universe — an alternative timeline, if you will — where the title of the books is The Berenstain Bears. There's actually a name for this theory: The Mandela Effect." ~ Aug 5, 2015 discounts this phenomenon:
No single example of the Mandela Effect has generated more online buzz than that of the children’s book series and animated TV show The Berenstain Bears. Quite a few people who grew up with the series, it turns out, remember the title being The Berenstein Bears, with the name ending in “ein” instead of “ain” (with some even going to go so far as to maintain that the fictional bears’ surname was changed along the way to make it “less Jewish”).

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Dolores O'Riordan Flies Away [Updated]

Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan (6 September 1971 – 15 January 2018) was an Irish musician and singer-songwriter. She led the rock band the Cranberries for 13 years before the band took a break starting in 2003, reuniting in 2009. Her music has been labeled alternative rock, Celtic rock, and post-grunge.

Her Mysterious Death

On 15 January 2018, at the age of 46, while in London for a recording session, O'Riordan died unexpectedly at the London Hilton on Park Lane in Mayfair, an affluent area in the West End of London towards the east edge of Hyde Park, in the City of Westminster. The cause of death has not yet been made public; police said it was not being treated as suspicious.

Lead Singer of the Cranberries Dolores O'Riordan died of Fentanyl poisoning on the 15th, said a source in the London Police Department. Authorities found counterfeit fentanyl near the rocker's bed.

In dying of Fentanyl overdose, O'Riordan joins other pop singers "including Lil Peep (November 1, 1996 – November 15, 2017), Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) and quite probably, Tom Petty" (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017), noted the Santa Monica Observer on January 13, 2018.

Fair use: Paul Jeffers' image of Dolores O'Riordan from The Cranberries performs during F1 Rocks! Melbourne

Compare it to the "Jesus Christ Pose" of Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington.

Of course, I had expected another young death on the fringes of the alternative rock/post-grunge arena, after recent months. The hanging suicides of Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington merely continues a long legacy. (See here, here, here, here, here, and here.)

Exactly 14 years ago on January 15, 2018, Hope Of The States guitarist James "Jimmi" Lawrence (born 25 Jan 1977), 26, died by suicide, by hanging, in Peter Gabriel's Real World studios near Bath, while working on his band's debut album.

The Name Game

O'Riordan was raised as a Roman Catholic. Her mother was a devout Catholic who chose her daughter's name in reference to the Lady of the Seven Dolours
Seven Swords Piercing the Sorrowful Heart of Mary in the Church of the Holy Cross, Salamanca, Spain.

Besides being busy, another one of the reasons I didn't rush into writing a blog posting on O'Riordan was that a couple friends quickly wrote good essays on her passing.

At Secret Sun, Christopher Loring Knowles dived deeply into Dolores O'Riordan's passing. I especially appreciated finding this passage in his "Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan Swims to the Siren" : note that Dolores derives from "Our Lady of Sorrows" and Reardon means "poet king." So the name-game was strong with this one.

But we're not talking about depression or even the machinations of the music industry here. We're talking about an avalanche of syncs, symbols and connections all seeming to tell us that we need to pay special attention to a reclusive, middle-aged songstress from way back in the day.

How or why, I still have no earthly idea. I do have an unearthly one, however.

In that light, please note that O'Riordan died in a hotel a short distance from Royal Albert Hall, where Our Lady made her only public appearance in 2017, on the first day of Leo. The ostensible reason for the appearance was to discuss 1988's Blue Bell Knoll, which very much laid down the specific template bands like The Cranberries followed.

And remember that those tickets went on sale the day after Chris Cornell died in a hotel in Detroit. Also on the same day Twin Peaks: the Return premiered in Los Angeles.

Lourdes Water

There is little doubt that Dolores O'Riordan was touched religiously. In one of her last interviews before her death, she said she wanted to come back as an angel to help the unfortunate.

Dolores O'Riordan in January 2014

In November 2014, O'Riordan was arrested and charged in connection with air rage on an Aer Lingus flight from New York to Shannon. During the flight she grew verbally and physically abusive with crew. When police were arresting her after landing, she resisted, reminding them her taxes paid their wages and shouting "I'm the Queen of Limerick! I'm an icon!", headbutting one Garda officer and spitting at another. The judge hearing her case agreed to dismiss all charges if she apologised in writing to those she injured and contributed €6,000 to the court poor box.

After the arrest, Dolores O’Riordan's mother revealed that her daughter was separating from her husband after 20 years of marriage. The superstar singer was said to be in a "very vulnerable" state and was under the care of a psychiatric doctor, her mother Eileen O'Riordan said.

Eileen, speaking to the Limerick Leader newspaper at the time, recalled seeing her daughter when she arrived at Shannon Garda Station.

She said: “Dolores was inside in a room, she was lying on the floor, curled up. She had her head covered and her face covered up. She was trying to protect herself. I gave her a hug. I tried to talk to her. She didn’t realize I was there at all. I put Lourdes water on her."

More Cranberries, Back to the Future

Besides Knowles' Secret Sun thoughts, I would recommend reading, Andrew W. Griffin's "Dreams linger...," Red Dirt Report. 

Andrew W. Griffin, 1995.

Cranberries in the 1990s

While Zombie was one of O'Riordan's better known songs, the following is known by many.

It, 1990.

The Cranberries, Salvation, 1996

It, 2017.

She many know the answers now.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Viva Las Vegan and 91

On October 1, 2017, a gunman shot at the Route 91 Harvest Festival country music concert - with 22,000 audience members - in Las Vegas. The death toll was 58 people killed, over 500 injured, plus the suicide of the gunman. Police report the shooter, Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, who was holded up on the 32th floor in the Mandalay Hotel, died by suicide. The setting was bizarre, next to the Luxor Casino and Hotel, with its Sphinx and Pyramid in plain view.

As of mid-January 2018, the event is still discussed, and syncs are being revealed as they come into people's awareness.

As some have noted, Blade Runner 2049, which was released widely in the US on October 6, 2017, the Las Vegas shooting impacted earlier openings. Blade Runner 2049 premiered on October 3, 2017 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, although following the 2017 Las Vegas Strip shooting, the red carpet events were cancelled prior to the screening.

One of the surprises of Blade Runner 2049 is that the character Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) is not in the wilderness of the North, but instead is living in the ruins of Las Vegas, after a nuclear event. He is tracked there by agent K.

Another movie, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which came out around the same time as Blade Runner 2049 had a Las Vegas link too.

During the movie [Kingsman: The Golden Circle] they were at a concert/festival with a pyramid in the background. Source

20th Century Fox originally scheduled Kingsman: The Golden Circle for a summer release date of June 16, 2017 but pushed the film back to October 6, 2017. The film was then moved up to September 20 in the United Kingdom and September 22, 2017 in the United States likely to avoid competition with Blade Runner 2049. The film had an IMAX release.

The code the drug dealer gives the Kingsman at the end of the movie, to save the millions of infected people was: "Viva Las Vegan." Source

‘Viva Las Vegas’ celebarates Vegas, a place of pleasure, where, commonly, you will find a lot of drug and alcohol use, strippers and gluttonous behaviour. All these things are unhealthy and can be dangerous. By using the phrase ‘Viva Las Vegan’ Poppy presents a juxtapositon, as veganism is associated with celebrating healthy eating, being anti -hypocritcal and compassionate. Therefore, perhaps Poppy’s message was that we celebrate the wrong things in society and we should be focussing on being less hypocritcal with our actions. After all, her life ended on a high and this could be owing to the fact she accepted her own hypocracy. was actually the phrase ‘viva las vegan’ that saved humanity. Coincidence? I THINK NOT. Source.

The expression "Viva Las Vegan" is associated with Las Vegas casino owner Steve Wynn, as noted in this 2010 articles, here and here.

Near the end of the movie I noticed the number 91 on the black bowling ball. It reminded me of the 91 logo on the Vegas Route 91 festival signs. Source.

The trivia is intriguing:
During the final fight between Eggsy and Charlie, Charlie picks up a bowling ball numbered '91,' which references 1991 as the fictional birth year of Eggsy.
Both Julianne Moore and Emily Watson starred in a movie about Hannibal Lecter. Moore starred in Hannibal (2001) as Detective Clarice Starling and Watson starred in Red Dragon (2002) as Reba McClane.
Poppy's compound features a bowling alley. Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges appeared together in The Big Lebowski (1998), in which Bridges's character frequents a bowling alley.  Source.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Soundtrack – Viva Las Vegan by Henry Jackman and Matthew Margeson

Sources, 1, 2, 3, 4.