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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Scott Thomas Outlar writes

Acidic Cycles/Meltdown Fever

Rain falls heavy on my head/poison daggers
tease with cancerous intentions/inventions of decadence

A sky that won’t be silenced…
screaming hardships across the ocean

Burning oilfields in the distance/money making schemes
of madness/wounded is the animal…
once called human – Paradise lost
to the wages of war – What’s the score?
No one’s sure anymore

The fields of chaos weep…
plucking the poppies/popping the pills –
A Medical Industrial Death Machine
dares to dream
of keeping the populace fast asleep

Double down on the bleeding nightmares…
oozing out the prison walls/privatized –
lock you up and burn your eyes
from the truth/too harsh/lost sight

A flight into the realms
of cognitive dissonance/Stockholm Syndrome

A love of the oppressor
as the federal budget bloats/the Beast
sinks its teeth
into open veins/a strange
toxin dissolves into the blood

A knock on the door…
Is anyone home?
A vampire dressed to the nines…
sleek suit/sleazy art of war

Roll out the red carpet
for the whore of Babylon/babbling
in strange tongues/twisted carnage
on the tip
of a tidal surge
swarming out at sea/a prophecy
of devastation unto damnation

Pestilence and plagues/vaccinated haze…
the waves rise/fall/
collapse inward/implosive indoctrination
from the cradle to the grave/betrayed

Shovel ready
jobs that never surface/left buried
where the bombs dropped/radioactive plumes
drift skyward/torch heaven

rain falls heavy on my head
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Urban Deluge -- katy kuhn


  1. Stockholms-syndromet (Stockholm syndrome) is a condition which causes hostages to develop a psychological alliance with their captors as a survival strategy during captivity, resulting from a bond formed between captor and captives during intimate time together. In 1973, Jan-Erik Olsson, a convict on parole, attempted to rob the Kreditbanken at Norrmalmstorg square in central Stockholm, Sweden. Two police officers arrived, and Olsson shot 1 of them in the hand and ordered the other to sit in a chair and sing. Then he took 3 female and 1 male employees of the bank hostage and demanded that his friend Clark Olofsson, a repeat offender who had committed several armed robberies and acts of violence, be released from Norrköping prison, some 160 km southwest of Stockhlm, to join him as a communication link with police negotiators. This was the beginning of Sweden's 1st criminal event covered by live television. The convicts barricaded the hostages inside the inner main vault and demanded 3 million kronor, 2 guns, bulletproof vests, helmets, and a fast car. Olsson called prime minister Olof Palme and threatened to kill the hostages, even as 1 of them scolded the prime minister for not letting them all leave without incident. On the 6th day the police mounted a teargas attack, and the criminals surrendered a 1/2 later. None of the hostages was seriously injured, but they refused to testify against Olsson or Olofsson and tried to raise money for their defense. Nevertheless, they were sentenced to extended prison terms, though on appeal Olofsson claimed that he was only trying to keep the situation calm to save the hostages, and his conviction was quashed, though he remained imprisoned for his prior crimes; he escaped in 1975 and committed armed robbery in a Copenhagen bank a month later. Olsson was sentenced to 10 years and was released in the early 1980s, and allegedly returned to a life of crime; but after spending another decade on the run in 2006 he turned himself in nut was told that the charges against him were no longer being actively pursued. Nils Bejerot, a criminologist and psychiatrist who had worked as a consultant to the Stockholm police since 1958, referred to the hostages' behavior as Norrmalmstorgssyndromet during a TV interview; outside Sweden the condition became known as Stockholm syndrome, and was defined by Michigan State University clinical professor of psychiatry Frank Ochberg to aid the management of hostage situations; he was the editor of the 1st textbook on the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and the developer of Ochberg's counting method to help with its desensitization of the ailment. Palme was murdered in 1986; a man was convicted of his murder in 1988, but his conviction was overturned in 1989 and the defendant was awarded $50,000 in compensation for defamation by the police and for wrongful imprisonment.

  2. Therion (the Beast) and Mysterion, Babylon he megale, he meter ton pornon kai ton bdelygmaton tes ges (the Whore of Babylon) are prominently featured in "The Book of Revelation," the apocalyptic vision of St. John, who was perhaps the last living apostle of Jesus. The Beast made his 1st appearance in Revelation 11:3-7, when seemingly it was foretold that it would triumph over God's prophets: "And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them." St. John returned to the theme later: "And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints" [13: 1-10].

  3. At this point a 2nd beast in the service of the dragon made its appearance to promote the authority of the 1st, in opposition to God: "And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six" [13: 11-18]. The name of the Beast from the sea was not given, but it corresponded to a numerical value associated with man.

  4. The Whore of Babylon made her appearance in chapter 17, along with a 3rd Beast: "And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he comes, he must continue a short space. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goes into perdition. And the ten horns which thou saw are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. And he said unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth [1-18]. In the end, the Beasts would be defeated by an armed, mounted Jesus: "And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh." [19: 19-21]. "And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season" [20: 1-3]. "And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever" [20: 10].