Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mystery Flight 370 Ends in the Indian Ocean Vile Vortex

As I previously noted here and in the most popular posting I've written for this Twilight Language blog (with over 17,000 readers as of today), "Terrorism, Aliens, Vile Vortices: The Mysteries of Missing Flight 370," on March 9, 2014, I hinted where the focus of the search would end,

The Wharton Basin, especially its southern portions, is the key to this vile vortice. 

Ships and planes have not been the subject of study here but whirling rings of lights under the Indian Ocean.

Ivan T. Sanderson's Indian Ocean Vile Vortex.

Unlike the Bermuda Triangle and Japan's Dragon's Triangle or Devil's Sea, the area where Flight 370 appears to have vanished has no popular culture name.

Because of its location of several storied waves and terrible winds, locals call these seas just south of here the "Roaring Forties." But those seas may have distracted searchers for days.

The area of interest is known in Fortean literature as the Indian Ocean's vile vortex, labeled "Wharton Basin" on one map.

While it was plotted out to be a predicted area of vanishings by Sanderson and others, there is a clear explanation of why it was ignored.

"There would appear to be ten lozenges, or vortices, ringing our earth in two belts, one in the northern, and the other in the southern hemisphere. These are approximately, if not precisely, centered 72° apart, and those in the southern hemisphere all shifted to the East (or right) exactly the same distance to about 40°. All but two lie over water but there is no evidence for one in the southern Indian Ocean; probably because no ships or planes ever passed through or over it."
Ivan T. Sanderson, Invisible Residents, 1970, p. 143.

The Flight 370 search areas have moved around until now, when the focus is in the vile vortex of the southern Indian Ocean.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Steve Moore: R.I.P.

One of Fortean Times' original Gang of Fort has died. The world is a little less enlightened today with the passing of Steve Moore (1949-2014). Steve was well-known for his many Fortean articles, his editorship of Fortean publications, and his good spirits.

On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, Bob Richard wrote the following to the Fortean list: "Just learned that my oldest friend and colleague, Fortean, sinologist, chaos adept, Chinese film buff and comics wizard, Steve Moore died sometime in the last few days. He had recently been diagnosed with angina following a deterioration of circulation in his legs. Simply don't know any other details yet. I miss him terribly already."

Steve was a rock in the Fortean world. This is earthshaking news!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Flight 370: Look in Ivan Sanderson's Indian Ocean Vortex?

Update: March 23, 2014
The search for missing Flight 370 is now focused on the Vile Vortex Ivan Sanderson pinpointed in the southern Indian Ocean.

Did you know there is a southern form of the Bermuda Triangle?
One of the most popular posting I've written for this Twilight Language blog (with over 12,000 readers as of today) is "Terrorism, Aliens, Vile Vortices: The Mysteries of Missing Flight 370," published on March 9, 2014. Today, I want to explore more deeply aspects of that essay.

Why "No Little Green Men"?

Speaking about his thoughts on the vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, John Goglia, independent air safety consultant and a former NTSB board member, spoke freely on CNN on March 13, 2014. He said, "The only thing we know for sure is that little green men didn't come down and take it."

So, I must ask, how does anyone know this? 
John Goglia (above) served as a member of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). With more than 30 years experience in the aviation industry, he was the first NTSB Board Member to hold an FAA aircraft mechanic's certificate.

The mystery of Flight 370 continues to evolve. The strange Chinese satellite photo of three objects east of the location of where the transponder was turned off is now said to have been a "mistake." New information from the USA government, has led now to the possibility of opening a new search area in the Indian Ocean for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on March 13th. Many countries are partnering in the search and "following leads where we find them," he said.

The area has continued to expand to now include the Indian Ocean.

Certainly, the cause of this disappeared flight is probably due to terrorism, bad weather, catastrophic structural failure, pilot suicide, engine failures, being shoot down, an internal bomb, a hijacking gone wrong, or something else rather terribly mundane in our modern era. Little green men, ufos, and vile vortices? How silly, right?

However, logic dictates that there is no reason to take anything off the table, from twilight dimensions to an area of known missing ships and planes. Lists of aerial disappearances are being scanned and stories like the 1937 Amelia Earhart disappearance are being dusted off, by television news programmers, to decide what ones should be highlighted. For example, on March 13, CNN News will be broadcasting a special on the History of Missing Planes at 10 PM Eastern. Clearly, this mystery has captured the public's interest, and historically fits into a well-studied Fortean field.

 Credit here.

The entire popularization of "triangles of vanishings," is to be credited to Fortean writer Vincent Gaddis, who put the Bermuda triangle "on the map" in a February 1964 Argosy feature, which he said extended Florida to Bermuda, southwest to Puerto Rico and back to Florida through the Bahamas. In 1965, Gaddis' book, Invisible Horizons, furthered his thesis with more accounts of disappearances.

One of the most popularly known Bermuda Triangle stories is of the disappearance of Flight 19, consisting of five TBM Avenger torpedo bombers that disappeared on December 5, 1945, while over the Atlantic.

Gaddis' friend Ivan T. Sanderson was behind the scenes in the conceptualization and came up with his own theories about a worldwide grid of such locations he called "Vile Vortices." Indeed, I appeared, in 2006, on the History' Channel's UFO Files' episode "Pacific's Bermuda Triangle," talking of my knowledge of Sanderson's interest in the subject.

Another Vile Vortex is called "The Devil's Sea" or "Dragon's Triangle" or "Ma-no Umi"
off Japan, in an area that extends as a triangle between Japan and the Islands of Bonin, including a major portion of the Philippine Sea. 

One of the most celebrated stories of Dragon's Triangle missing ships is that of USS Cyclops which disappeared in March of 1918. Few realize that the various theories as to why the Cyclops went down lead to the famed novel and resulting movie, The Poseidon Adventure (1972).

Is there a Vile Vortex in the most recent direction that Flight 360 is said to have been flying?

Yes, one of Sanderon's Vile Vortices is in the Indian Ocean, where some planes and more have vanished.

The following ships may have disappeared in the Indian Ocean:

København 1928-1929 somewhere between Buenos Aires and Australia
Madagascar 1853 somewhere between Port Phillip and London
Neva 1887 somewhere between Banyuwangi and Lisbon
Shannon 1885 somewhere between London and Calcutta
Burmah 1859/60 somewhere between London and New Zealand
HMS Stonehenge 1944 somewhere in Bay of Bengal or Andaman Sea

Some of the planes include...

During World War II, on July 7-9, 1943, a famed Japanese aviator and explorer Kenji Tsukagoshi flying a prototype Tsukagoshi Ki-77, from Singapore to Sarabus (now Hvardiiske, Crimea) to over the Indian Ocean, was lost with a crew of 5 and 3 Imperial Japanese Army passengers.

On March 25, 1986, K2729, an Afghan Air Force cargo plane, an Antonov An-32 flight, disappeared over the Indian Ocean, 450km off Jamnagar, India. It was operated by the Indian Air Force.

Not missing, but a mystery, in 2004, a Beechcraft 200 Super King Air left Perth, Australia, on a 600 kilometre journey and eventually flew 2,840 kilometres before crashing in Queensland.

Will the mystery of Flight 360 ever be solved or join the annals of other Fortean mysteries?

Credit sources: Wikipedia, the books of Vincent Gaddis and Ivan T. Sanderson, my files, and online maps.

Car Crashes Into Red River SXSW Crowd: First Victim Identified

River Red. Mohawk. SXSW

Some incredible things have occurred at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, like the world premiere of the new found footage classic EXISTS.

And then disaster struck.

One of the first spokespeople detailing the accident, Lt. Brian Moon of Austin Police Department told the media that a Vehicular Homicide Unit and DWI Unit are investigating the driver for driving under the influence. At a press conference held shortly after the incident, Art Acevedo, Austin chief of police, said the suspect was currently in custody and will be charged with two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault.

The tragedy outside the Mohawk, a popular bar and live music venue, cast a pall over downtown Austin as the Texas city plays host to the annual South By Southwest festival. SXSW draws tens of thousands of people for its program of films, music and interactive technology.

Acevedo called the rampage an "intentional act" and said the driver faces two counts of capital murder and other charges. KVUE, citing two sources, identified the suspect is Rashad Charjuan Owens, 22, of Killeen, Texas.

Mugshot of Rashad Charjuan Owens from the Bell County Sheriff's Office.

Rashad is of Arabic origin, and the meaning is "good judgment" and "thinker."

The meanings and origins of Charjuan is unclear.

Owens is a name of Welsh/Celtic origins with the meaning, "well-born" and "young fighter."

Killeen means "church," "church-yard" and "grave-yard," as well as "treasure-box," "nest-egg" and "treasure." In the "grave-yard" context "Cillín" (and its English version "Killeen") came to mean the small "cill" or burial-ground, outside of the consecrated grave-yard, where unbaptised infants were buried. This is often its meaning in placenames. The little "treasure boxes" contained the tiny innocents who were buried there.
Acevedo said he encouraged organizers to push on with the nine-day festival, which is expected to draw 70,000 people to music, film technology and education programs.

"This is an individual who showed no regard for the human beings he plowed through," Acevedo said at a press conference. "We can't let one individual ruin this great event."

Officers initially tried to pull over the driver at a gas station on an Interstate 35 service road around 12:30 a.m. CT Thursday, March 13, 2014. The driver fled the wrong way down a one-way street and turned onto a street that had been closed after a concert. The Toyota sedan hit pedestrians at a "high rate of speed."

Acevedo said the driver then hit a man and a woman on a moped, then a taxi and a van, before stopping the vehicle and fleeing on foot. The driver was pursued, shocked with a stun gun and taken into custody.

A local woman on the moped and a bicyclist from the Netherlands were killed. Two of the injured remain in critical condition, Acevedo said.

The bicyclist was a 35-year-old Dutch musician and music agency employee.
The man, Steven Craenmehr, was identified by his employer, Massive Music, on the company’s website and Facebook page Thursday morning. The company said Craenmehr worked there for 8 years and Craenmehr listed his position as “creative director & sonic branding specialist” on his personal Facebook page. A Twitter profile under Craenmehr’s name said he is also a musician, composer, lead singer and guitarist.

A translation of Craenmehr is unknown at this time.

The name of the woman has not been released.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Terrorism, Aliens, Vile Vortices: The Mysteries of Missing Flight 370

Mysteries love theories. Unknown gaps in data call for speculations. We are seeing it happen this weekend.

Malaysia Airlines MH370, a Boeing 777, has gone missing. Airline officials lost contact with the plane, which was carrying 239 passengers, two hours into the Kuala Lumpur-to-Beijing flight, on Saturday, March 8, at 2:40 a.m. local time (18:40 GMT). It is thought it went missing off the coast of Vietnam, but that is pure speculation.

This photo provided by Laurent Errera taken Dec. 26, 2011, shows the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER that disappeared from air traffic control screens Saturday, taking off from Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport in France. The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 carrying 239 people lost contact with air traffic control early Saturday morning, March 8, 2014 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and international aviation authorities still hadn't located the jetliner several hours later. (Photo Credit: Laurent Errera)

Who was on board? A delegation of painters and calligraphers, a group of Buddhists returning from a religious gathering in Kuala Lumpur, a three-generation family, nine senior travelers and five toddlers.

Most of the 227 passengers on board missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 were Chinese, according to the airline's flight manifest. The 12 missing crew members on the flight that disappeared early Saturday were Malaysian.

Other passengers were from India, Indonesia, Australia, the United States, France, New Zealand, Ukraine, Canada, Russia and the Netherlands, the airline said.

Keller, Texas native, 50-year-old Philip Wood, was on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 when it disappeared over the Gulf of Thailand in the South China Sea. Philip Wood works as a technical storage executive at IBM Malaysia and was transferred to a job from Beijing to Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, where the flight originated.


A Boeing 777 goes missing. Is someone playing a numbers twilight game?

Was it terrorism? Two people named on the manifest -- an Austrian and an Italian -- whose passports had been stolen were not aboard the plane. But speculation is they were just trying to immigrant, yes, illegally, from Iran. There are questions about a third, Chinese, passport, but word of that has disappeared from the media.

Freescale, Motorola, Lear, UFOs

On March 8th, the Austin, Texas-based Freescale Semiconductor confirmed that 20 employees were passengers on Flight 370. Twelve are from Malaysia and eight from China, the company said.

The history of Freescale Semiconductor is intriguing. Freescale was one of the first semiconductor companies in the world, having started as a division of Motorola in Phoenix, Arizona in 1948, according to the company's own historical data. In 1955, a Motorola transistor for car radios was the world’s first commercial high-power transistor. It was also Motorola’s first mass-produced semiconductor device. It was in 2004, a mere decade ago, when it became autonomous by the divestiture of the Semiconductor Products Sector of Motorola.

Motorola? 1948 for this division? In Phoenix? Who came up with the name Motorola? It turns out most credit for the name is given to William "Bill" Lear, in 1930, the investor/inventor who would go on to produce such items as the 8-track music cartridge and the Lear Jet. Perhaps it is only a coincidence that the mystery of UFOs date to such events as Roswell in 1947, in nearby New Mexico. 

Some folks take the notion of "Reverse-Engineering Roswell UFO Technology" very seriously. In that paper, computer company chief Jack Shulman argues that the transistor could never have been invented so suddenly at AT&T in late 1947 without input from top secret Government projects, that some have identified to him as being from alien spacecraft.

And then there is Bill Lear's son, John, who is an accomplished pilot, former CIA operative, and Ufologist. He is noted in the latter field for promoting a variety of conspiracy theories which are based, he claims, on information obtained from military contacts.

Lear is a controversial figure in Ufology, to say the least, for many of his statements.
Lear believes that any number of flying discs 'fell' into our hands when they crashed in the southwest in the late 1940's and early 50's.
Lear's scenario also includes the suspicion that the government has made secret deals with the 'aliens', actually exchanging humans for advanced technological data. Source.
Will we be hearing that aliens are behind the disappearance of Flight 370?

Ooops. I guess some sites are already writing about this form of speculation.

Missing Planes and Sanderson's Vile Vortices

Did Flight 370 vanish off Vietnam into a Devil's Triangle-like area, like the one found off Japan? Who knows, but this is not an area recognized in Fortean literature for such disappearances. Indeed, examining Ivan T. Sanderson's traditional map of "Vile Vortices" around the globe does not show one in this location.

But an airliner is missing, and answers are wanting about what happened.

Update March 12. It has been confirmed by military radar, and missed by civilian radar, that the plane's transponder was turned off as 370 neared the Vietnam coast. The flight then turned around and fly over the Malay Peninsula. 

Late on March 12, the Chinese authorities announced they have new images of 79" by 72" object in the ocean that they think is 370 debris.

Or was Flight 370, like Flight 19, the way into one of Ivan's Vile Vortices?

Other Mysteries

As the search for the aircraft continues, the rescuers are bumping into other mysteries. Take this Sunday, March 9th, CNN report:
'Strange object' not debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 
The mysteries surrounding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and the true identities of some of its passengers, are as deep as the South China Sea waters where a multinational search team is searching for the jet.
One promising lead has turned out to be a dead end. A "strange object" spotted by a Singaporean search plane late Sunday afternoon is not debris from the missing jetliner, a U.S. official familiar with the issue told CNN on Sunday.
A U.S. reconnaissance plane "thought it saw something like debris but it was a false alarm," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

If all those on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are found to have died, it will rank as the deadliest airline disaster since November 12, 2001, when American Airlines Flight 587 crashed into a New York neighborhood, killing all 260 people on board and five more on the ground. Many recall that crash with horror, as it followed so closely after the events of 9/11 in New York City.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

FLW's Ennis House and Hollywood Movies

Update: In HBO's Game of Thrones, guess whose influence, via a specific design, showed up in Meereen?


Firefly was the American space western television (2002) that obtained a vast following, despite being cancelled after only 11 of the 15 produced episodes. It followed with a film, Serenity in 2005. As can be seen here, the Ennis House served as the backdrop of their publicity shots, via massive photoshopping.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House has been used by Hollywood filmmakers for decades. The house's design and textiles inspired synchromystic scenes in Mulholland DriveThe Rocketeer, House on Haunted Hill, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Predator 2, Beverly Hills Cop II, and most importantly, Blade Runner. David Lynch filmed his fictional soap opera, Invitation to Love, within Twin Peaks, within the Ennis House.

The Ennis House and Vincent Price appeared in House on Haunted Hill.

Michael Douglas' 1989 yakuza movie Black Rain also used the Ennis House. Source.

On February 25, 2014, Department of Art and Art History at St. Mary's College of Maryland's Scott Frank, Ph. D., gave a lecture entitled "Dreams and Realities of Frank Lloyd Wright: An Examination of Los Angeles' Charles Ennis House."
"As a way to explore these issues, Dr. Frank will focus on Wright's Charles Ennis House, located in Los Angeles, which has been a residence, an historic building, and has also served as the location for over eighty screen appearances for TV, music videos, and several films including Blade Runner (1982), Rush Hour (1995), and Firefly (2005). Source.

The Ennis House has been estimated to be worth in the $14 million range. But why spend that much if you want your own copy of it?

On March 1, 2014, it was announced by InFocusTech that they have produced an exacting replica of FLW's Ennis House.

Here's their description of the miniature building:
Ennis House is located at 2607 Glendower Ave in Los Angeles and was completed in 1924. This building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and represents Mayan revival architecture. This pewter replica’s base measures 5-1/4 inches by 2-7/8 inches and is finished in antique pewter.
You can reasonably secure your copy of the Ennis House. This is a desirable item, if you are a collector of replicas, a fan of the movies, or a combination of the two. Ordering information is here. (Mention you heard about it from "Loren Coleman.")

More in-depth background about the building and its links to modern Hollywood follows:

The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Ennis House was formerly called the Ennis-Brown House.

Although originally and currently known as the Ennis House, the building was long known as the Ennis-Brown House. This became its name in 1980 when it was renamed in appreciation of its donation to the Trust for Preservation of Cultural Heritage by Augustus O. Brown, the eighth owner from 1968–1980. In August 2005, the house was returned to its original name, and the Trust for Preservation of Cultural Heritage was renamed the Ennis House Foundation.
The Ennis House in Los Angeles was used in one drive up scene, and as the studio inspiration for shooting in Rick Deckard's apartment in Blade Runner. The style of this house was Mayan Revival, and the Mayan influence is undeniably strong in the employment of the glyphs throughout. (For more on the Mayan angle in Blade Runner, see here.)

Deckard's apartment, drawn by set designer Charles William Breen and built on stage at Warner Brothers, was absolutely and directly inspired by the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Ennis House.

Breen actually had plaster casts taken from the textile blocks of the Wright-designed house and used them for the walls in the stage set.

Additionally, the Ennis House was briefly the home of famed esoteric author Manly P. Hall, (see here). Also the Ennis-Brown House was used in the Disney film The Rocketeer as the home of Neville Sinclair, Nazi spy. Howard Hughes was a prominent character in the film. [Thanks M.]
In the Lee Tamahori-directed Mulholland Falls (1996), Rocketeer star Jennifer Connelly plays a fictionalized Black Dahlia (an aspiring actress, Allison Pond), in which radioactive glass is found at her feet, leading the detectives to the Nevada Atomic Testing Site. [Thanks E.D.]

In 1999, during shooting, movie director David Lynch created the Club Silencio as a location in his surreal classic Mulholland Drive (2001). Tile casts of the block relief ornamentation from Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House were used for the Club Silencio doorframe. In 2011, Lynch opened a real-life nightclub in Paris named Club Silencio, inspired by the one in his film.

Governor's Palace at Uxmal

Wright designed the Ennis House in 1923, and built it in 1924. He based the relief ornamentation on its textile blocks, inspired by the symmetrical reliefs of the Mayan buildings at Uxmal.

The Ennis House was in shambles before the 2007 restoration began.

Newly restored.

More on the David Lynch use of the Ennis House (below) for his filming of the internal soap opera, Invitation to Love, in Twin Peaks, see here.

Alan Green writes:
Look closely at this shot from Beverly Hills Cop II. The movie takes place on 9/11, the Federal Reserve gets robbed, but it is a false flag operation run by an oil tycoon who uses it to sell weapons. (Directed by Tony Scott, Ridley Scott's brother.)

Author Robert Schneck also shared the following with me about this building: 
The Ennis-Brown House was used for exerior shots in the William Castle (born 'Schloss' = 'castle') movie House on Haunted Hill. It featured an eccentric millionaire named Frederick Loren (played by Vincent Price), a death by hanging (the incredibly beautiful Carol Ohmart), a decapitation, an acid pit, and various morbid touches, including dripping bloodstain on the ceiling, guests arriving for a party in funeral cars, a little row of coffins containing guns, and lots of ghosts. A remake appeared in 1999 but they didn't use a Wright house....William Castle, incidentally leads to Rosemary's Baby (he produced the movie), which leads to the Dakota, which leads to John Lennon's murder, and who knows where else?

Below is a replica of the Dakota. As with the Ennis House replica, if you end up ordering the Dakota, do mention "Loren Coleman" in the comment section. Thank you.

For more about the history of the Dakota, see here.