Thursday, 31 January 2008

Teasing The Paranoid

by Charles Pooter

I have a theory that designers of iconic mass-produced items sometimes insert mysterious symbolism into their designs to both make themselves feel important and to wind-up the paranoid amongst us.

An early example of this is reverse of the Great Seal of the United States, included on the dollar bill, with its famous pyramid and all-seeing eye. I suppose we can forgive this, as I doubt that 18th Century designer Pierre Eugene du Simitiere could have predicted the popularity of Masonic conspiracy theories in 21st Century America.

"Novus Ordo Seclorum". I prefer the Little Man, What Now? motto: "Orbis certe sufficit".

Entering the computer age, we have the bar code. I'm convined that George Laurer deliberately designed the three control bars at the beginning, middle and end of a UPC barcode to resemble the bars that represent the barcode number six. What better way to scare the Beejesus out of a certain type of evangelical Christian than to encode the Mark of the Beast into their groceries?
"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" - Rev. 13:18. "He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name." - Rev. 13:16-17. "There is nothing sinister about this nor does it have anything to do with the Bible's 'mark of the beast'... It is simply a coincidence like the fact that my first, middle, and last name all have 6 letters." - George Laurer, inventor of the barcode. See, look how he's winding them up further with the name thing!

Which brings us to the modern day. I recently moved house and had to get a new UK photocard driving licence. When it turned up in the mail, I noticed the design had changed slightly. Being a nerd, I examined it noticing that it had a new holographic anti-fraud feature. I tilted the card to look at the hologram design: a steering wheel which turns as you tilt the card. Cute. But, hang on, what's that in the background? A pyramid! A pyramid with rays eminating from it as they do from the all-seeing-eye in the pyramid on the dollar bill!

The "holographic feature" is labelled number 10. Erm, you'll just have to take my word for it that the pyramid is there!

Someone, somewhere is chuckling to themselves at their successful inclusion of this symbol in the UK driving licence. When the first website goes up declaiming the use of this "illuminati" symbol on the photocard, designers will drink a toast to another successful wind-up.


Mark M Heenan said...

The all-seeing eye was quite definitely put there on purpose as many of the founding fathers were freemasons. There's nothing sinister about it, unless you believe that masons are sinister. Actually they're just a bit mischivious in planting their symbolisms everywhere. My father's a freemason and every time he watches Black Rod in the state opening of Parliament he always remarks "it's still three knocks to get into the lodge..."

Dysthymiac said...

Well spotted Sir.

Anonymous said...

Um, I'm not sure whether you noticed it or not, because it's not clear in your post, but there is actually what seems to be an eye in the centre of the pyramid if you look very carefully - it's not very clear, but it looks more like an eye than anything else.

You say that 'actually' they're just a bit mischievous in putting their symbolism, I'd say arrogant and brazen.

Most freemasons are likely to be ordinary, good-intentioned folk too far down the pyramidal hierarchy to have any more of an idea about what is going on further up than the rest of us.

I've looked for more information on this, but as far as I can see, the DVLA mention the driving wheel hologram but say nothing about the triangle with eye and rays.

Does questioning the presence of such symbolism in this kind of context have to mean we're paranoid? I think it's healthy to have suspicions when you see known members of secret societies such as the President of the USA lead us into illegal wars on false pretexts with domestic civil rights such as habeus corpus being eroded and public surveillance maximised unnecessarily. I would say these facts are plainly sinister.

We know that the UK government (previously led by Bush's pal Blair who is now a consultant with JP Morgan a firm with strong connections to the same secret society Skull and Bones at Yale) is not only eroding civil rights in this country, but also pushing extremely hard for a compulsory ID card. Finding a Masonic symbol on the new driving licence is enough to disturb anyone with even just a passing familiarity with these facts, associating it with the term 'paranoia' could serve as disinformation in undermining reasoned questioning.

It says on the driving licence card (front top background) that it is 'European Communities model' - the president of the EC, Barosso, is a Freemason - see this link re Masonic influence in the EC:

Of course Barosso has also attended Bilderburger as have other global governent proponents such as Bush, Clinton, Blair, Brown...

Freemasonry is secret (as is Bilderburger) and therefore unaccountable to the people and so anti-democratic. This driving licence symbol could be a meaningless joke, but it is not unreasonable to be disturbed by it given all the plain facts at hand.

Anonymous said...

ok just looked at my licence and from what i can see it's really a road because if you notice there is a line (curved) going across the steering wheel symbolizing the hood (bonnet) of a car and the triangle is a road (sorry to burst your bubble