Joseph muses about the recent fire at Notre Dame Cathedral and the emerging conspiracy theories:

Internet erupts in speculation about who started the Notre Dame fire

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Vajra on April 21, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    Hi all. This is perhaps a left of field perspective, but becoming bogged down in a ‘who dunnit’ debate about the Notre Dame fire – or for that matter its cultural significance – is perhaps to miss the point. Regardless of what actually happened.

    There’s no arguing with the gut/energetic impact of the event, it feels hugely symbolic. As though an enormously powerful belief system has taken a big hit – that there’s been a disturbance in the force as Yoda in Star Wars might have said. : )

    It amounts also to the loss of a beautiful piece of architecture.

    I can’t help feeling though that it had its positive side – that the fire amounts to a very strong message regarding what matters in our societies. That we’re being asked to get used to letting go of stuff which we previously were convinced was an essential part of our culture – but is in truth optional.

    We’re in a time of unprecedented change, how we handle it will determine whether at the extremes we destroy the planet, or head off into the golden age.

    More specifically there’s much about our Western societies which is dysfunctional and/or wrong, but has somehow ended up being roped in and categorised a part of our ‘culture’.

    There’s been all sorts of complicated and often self-interest driven rationalisations deployed over the years – the result is typically a bragging rights oriented list which includes numerous institutions (including hierarchical systems of government, law and institutional religion which don’t work very well), buildings, art objects, infrastructure etc etc.

    Yet to build and/or maintain them and the vested interests they represent (the buildings while often beautiful are in the end mostly indirect expressions of power) we engaged in and continue to engage in empire building, militarism, religious imperialism and the financial and other manipulation of populations for gain right across the world – causing and still causing enormous suffering for millions.

    When we look more deeply it turns out that the truly positive elements of our culture are mostly internalised and/or personal value based.

    Examples include (and this is a very superficial treatment) whatever it is that has resulted in the relatively easy going mindset of the average Joe – which permits peaceful co-operation, and the broad acceptance that the other is entitled to at least basic social freedoms, equality and inclusion. Also in the imperfectly realised acceptance that access to the basics of life, education, healthcare, life skills, practical and higher knowledge and so on are basic rights.

    It’s in some respects as though these flowers have sprouted despite the underlying nature of the very harsh institutional and societal environments they find themselves growing in.

    It’s probably for this reason less than ideal to mix discussion of the fire with talk of governments permitting attacks on our culture.

    It’s clear that our hierarchical systems of government are highly dysfunctional, and hopefully the rise of popular movements represents a widening awareness that this is the case, and a start in the taking back of their power/blossoming of self-responsibility for populations – but linking the topics at some level invites problems.

    The last thing we need is that the powers that be start leveraging events of perceived cultural significance which strongly impact the popular psyche to justify measures in the name of security – which would serve to block change.

    My personal sense is that in the years to come we’re going to need to become a lot more flexible and open about letting go of ‘stuff’ we which we mistakenly thought was a cornerstone of our cultures, and in accommodating what isn’t ‘mine’, ‘ours’ and of ‘our tribe’.

    This means becoming far more adept at recognising what truly matters and what doesn’t in our societies, and at letting that which seemed important (but which it turned out was ‘us’ only in terms of our conditioned mode of thought/identification with it) to change, collapse or fall away.

    Deep change is badly needed and in train, but we’re if we’re to survive we’re going to need to show a lot more courage, commitment, wisdom and care for others than has characterised our historical tendency to resort to reflexive narrow self-interest, pitchforks and torches…

  2. Robert Barricklow on April 21, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Below failed attempt to copy letter/article
    by Victor Hugo on Notre Dame

  3. Robert Barricklow on April 21, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Paris 1831
    Victor Hugo explains the language of architecture.

  4. anakephalaiosis on April 20, 2019 at 5:52 am

    The cathedral builder. Green Man is being observed growing in Notre Dame. Papacy in horror. NWO setback. Green Man Godzilla.

  5. Dag from Ringerike on April 19, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Yes, when the first tv-clips appeared, my first thought was that this fire could have been wiped out or calmed down using helicopters with water bags. France has, as other nations, huge helicopter reserves to combat forest fires. They were not used.

    Who ordered not to use them?

    My second thought was, as the 911 event, those dramatic images, cui bono, if the cathedral burns down?

    When we are looking back of last years events, the destructions of our cultural heritage; the destruction of the Buddhist staues in Afganistan, the destruction of Palmyra, the looting of the Bagdad Museum, the burning of the Brasilian National Museum, the destructions and demolitions of Churches in Syria and France, and other places too, who is behind this?

    The devil can be in the details. The story about the van that was stopped by UN at the Golan Heights, coming from Israel, filled up with preprinted ISIS-flags, not in the MSM news.

    My take, bluntly, “the cultural departments” and their outsourced affiliates of the 3 to 6 letter institutions, are now gearing up their goals to incite traumatic events like burnings, shootings, bombings or as someone has been saying, the Gladio 2 is on the way.

    I have been following geopolitics since Malenkow, as a part of “the Anti-Party-Group” was ousted to a manager of a power station i Siberia, the lies, the cencorship (by omition) and the propaganda in Western Media is out of proportions.

    Those amateurs that are now running the show, they ar loosers because more people are now aware that they are not told the truth, thanks to internet, and I think this is why the EU-tyrans, who are embedded with the loosers, will try to clamp down on opposite views.

    All the Best, Dag.

  6. OrigensChild on April 19, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    It appears the story about the fire at Notre Dame has a similar arc as the incident in NYC in 2001. It will take some time to disentangle fact from fiction, but at the outset the official narrative does not resonate with the what we see in the photographs and hear in eyewitness accounts. I’m suspicious for the same reasons Dr. Farrell outlined, and because the last few important details related to the past decade’s “terror attacks” in France do not integrate themselves within the official narratives there either. Whatever this represents you can bet those responsible for social engineering activities will be watching this one carefully. They are probing for a more effective use of propaganda–and thus far have not found any. I’m inclined to the opinion that it’s an occult operation of some type, but it’s a default position based on data inconsistencies rather than any theoretical model. When pressed I say: “I don’t know enough yet to know what to think. I know what the cathedral represents to Catholics in general and French culture in particular, and sympathize with their loss.”

    On a literary not, as long as the story of Quasimodo and Esmeralda remain in the printed form, the cathedral at Notre Dame will remain long within the public’s memory and imagination as a universal symbol of the struggle between unselfish love as protection and self-sacrifice against unbridled and unrestrained power for possession of that which one cannot have. IF this was an occulted act let Quasimodo’s sacrifice on behalf of Esmeralda prevail in the end.

  7. DanaThomas on April 19, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    A thoughtful commentary on culture and synchronicity from the channel “Black Pigeon Speaks”

  8. Waterbug on April 19, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Thank you, Dr. Farrell for your Nefarium Report with NOT a speck of HO speculation. As Joe Friday would say: “Just the Facts”. Like you, I was also considerably shaken to the extent I bolted from a sound sleep and couldn’t understand why so I went to the Internet.

    I initially observed excessive white “tic-tac-toe” marks on blue sky over the Cathedral, the sun was shining and “white hot” burns indicating accelerant. An hour or so later when I returned to capture the links, I got a 404. My thoughts immediately shifted to Cui Bono.

    Throughout history, Roman Catholic churches NEVER closed during seasons of their “High HolE Huge Pay Days”; namely, Easter and Christmas. Most especially, Cathedrals NEVER scheduled remodeling or maintenance on those built with magnificent organs and resonating stones that inspire passion to empty ones pockets. This indicates Jesuit Pope Frankie’s economic sacrificial fingerprints to forgo the collection plates in favor of Commercial Insurance Fraud. “Notre-Dame is owned by the state and has been at the centre of a years-long row between the nation and the Paris archdiocese over who should bear the brunt of costs for badly needed restoration work.”

    The most comprehensive report you will find including videos, pictures and commentary is here: Two dead within the fire, both evidently murdered (two bullets each)

    Scroll all the way down and don’t miss Updates on Commercial Insurance Fraud plus Michelle Obama Cruising Paris While Notre Dame Burns! As you may recall, history and her pattern repeats. Mich Obumer was in Chicago before, during and after 9/11 with planners Hillary, Kristine Marcy and their ilk documented by Abel Danger coupled with the back-story of Boeing’s “record time” Headquarters relocation to Chicago 9/4/01. Seattle had been Boeing’s home since its founding in 1916. On May 10, 2001, the company picked Chicago and rented a 36-story building on Riverside Drive in the downtown area.

    • Sandygirl on April 19, 2019 at 12:30 pm

      Check out the video at 14:00 minutes in, a picture of Michelle Obama drinking a glass of wine while on her Parisian River Cruise, from the Daily Mail. On the glass you can clearly see the reflection of the cathedral on fire with the smoke billowing above. It is suggested that the picture was pohotoshopped. It really is eerie.

      • Don B on April 19, 2019 at 1:22 pm

        Sandy Girl….. These are some of the most evil creatures on the planet and obama and his husband are small potatoes who have been given law degrees and homes and anything else that will clean them up. Putting him in the Illinois senate and the presidency had been in the works for a long time, as when they needed to have someone in the presidency who could not be criticized otherwise, they would be called a racist and the next step would be to put another Chicagoan in there who couldn’t be criticized because of being a woman but, thankfully she lost. And recently the lazy, fat ignoramus son of one of the cabal of billionaires was elected governor of the former state of Illinois. It runs deep but will be exposed. My rant for the month. db

    • DanaThomas on April 19, 2019 at 12:36 pm

      Now that you mention the appearance of the sky Waterbug, though I didn’t see the feature you mention, in the various photos and videos there seems to be a surprising LACK of chemtrails which are usually ubiquitous and very evident over Paris. I once actually flew over one when approaching the city.
      On the other hand, this video comments an unusual orange glow which seems to feature in this and other such events:

    • Bryce on April 19, 2019 at 3:30 pm

      Fire investigators have narrowed down the cause to two possibilities.
      A smart meter installed in 2010 malfunctioned due to a glitch by religious extremists & a Tesla was seen parked near the grassy knoll.
      An exorbitant insurance claim is soon to be settled so restoration can begin.
      The “Crown of Horns” will be on display once restoration has been completed.

      Seriously…The maligning of Kristine Marcy is related to the settlement of their parents estate. Money, money, money!

      • Robert Barricklow on April 19, 2019 at 5:52 pm

        Loved your soon 2b settled huge insurance claim!
        Shades of 9/11-double-indemnity-Silverstein.

    • Waterbug on April 19, 2019 at 4:56 pm

      CORRECTION: Head and fingers were not in sync when I typed. I admire those who can keep their mind on track commenting on appalling topics. I failed to state after NEVER — Except those times when financial controversy was in play as to who would bear the burden of the renovation cost. It’s well known some Cathedral renovations took 25 + years.

      My mind drifted to the ongoing deception and fact the Roman Catholic Church in Europe has been dying quite some time coupled with Pope Francis February 3-5, 2019 visit to Dubai, UAE and March 30-31, 2019 adventure in Morocco laying his groundwork for consolidation knowing the present barriers religions pose to their one world government of pet pedophile bureaucrats.

      • Robert Barricklow on April 19, 2019 at 5:53 pm

        Sports is the new religion.

  9. Jen on April 19, 2019 at 3:14 am

    And speaking of winds, there is a video (InTruth byGrace?), which purports to show the fire spreading against the prevailing wind, which could only be achieved with the use of accelerant.
    Christopher Hale’s informant inside the Cathedral was a Jesuit, if that makes any difference?
    It has also been suggested that this was a Gladio operation – NATO being none too happy with Macron for his position on a European Army, the Russian oil pipeline, Israeli treatment of Palestinians, etc.
    Personally, I feel the attack was probably the work of one global Mafiosi faction warning another to get in line and stick to the agenda. Speaking of which, I haven’t heard anything from Bergolio yet. Maybe he’s saving that zinger for Easter Sunday.

  10. goshawks on April 19, 2019 at 2:08 am

    If this is more than an unfortunate accident, we have to apply the old phrase, “Who benefits?” Certainly Macron, of course, with opportunities to distract from the Yellow Vest ‘rebellion’. (Even to blame them for it.) And note who pulls Macron’s strings from the shadows…

    However, in the context of the many fires in Catholic churches this year, I suspect a wider agenda. Throw-in the starting-up and financing of all those ‘nation-busting’ wars, which in turn led to massive immigration into Europe. Add the bought-and-paid-for leaders of said countries refusing to limit the immigration to absorb-able levels, thus ratcheting-up tension levels in said countries – and against the wishes of most of those residents.

    If I step back and integrate all that into a Bigger Picture, I see the careful planning for a Crusades Mk.2 confrontation. The fire at Notre Dame Cathedral would be part of setting the stage. Raise the tensions enough, and then produce a (false flag) event Big Enough to provide an outlet for those pent-up emotions. Off to the races, one more time. (It would even fit into the Albert Pike – Giuseppe Mazzini letter of 1871, which talked about drawing various countries into a long and exhausting third-world-war and then offering a ‘solution’.)

    And getting back to “Who benefits?” Who would profit from seeing the Christians and Muslims fighting each other to exhaustion, while carefully remaining on the sidelines and in the shadows?

    • WalkingDead on April 19, 2019 at 5:08 am

      • WalkingDead on April 19, 2019 at 5:14 am

        It would seem “fake news” goes a long way back…

        • Robert Barricklow on April 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm

          Numerous books on fake news.
          I’m just finishing:
          Real Fake News: Techniques of Propaganda
          and Deception-Based Mind Control,
          From Ancient Babylon To Internet Algorithms.
          By T.J. Coles
          Hard to find authors like Dr. Farrell.
          This one looks to be on target, and the same page.

      • goshawks on April 19, 2019 at 6:45 am

        WD, thanks for the sources. It seems like Leo Taxil aka Dr. Bataille was quite a character. I do wonder about him in the sense of Miles Mathis’ “Anti” role:
        “I first used the term Anti when outing Ezra Pound, which is apropos since Pound was Mullins’ mentor. In that paper, I described an Anti as someone who blackwashes the truth. They tell you the truth and then make it unpalatable to you, making sure you won’t or can’t accept it. Pound was an Intel asset back to college, at first assigned to the fake literature project. But after about 1925 he was reassigned, his job then being to attack Jews, bankers, and the US military. However, his method of attack was curious in that he was instructed to mainly tell the truth. He would be the created opposition, and all those who knew or suspected these truths would gather round him. Only after they had gathered round him would he be brought down. He would be shown to be crazy in any number of ways, and his fall would thereby blackwash the truth.”

        So, I withdraw the Pike/Mazzini “letter” from my comment (the rest stands as written), but wonder whether Leo Taxil was an “Anti” in the Miles Mathis sense. If so, was Taxil an assigned “created opposition” who then confessed to being a fraud/imposter/hoaxer and “thereby blackwash the truth”?

        • Robert Barricklow on April 19, 2019 at 6:03 pm

          Always like Ezra for his:

          Why are you worrying about being invaded?
          You’ve already been invaded!

        • zendogbreath on April 22, 2019 at 11:17 pm

          like alex jones. judas goats

    • Bryce on April 19, 2019 at 3:34 pm

      Given the source, take it w/a pillar of salt.

    • WalkingDead on April 19, 2019 at 11:54 pm

      As to who would benefit from the clash between Christianity and Islam, that would be the tribe with their vision of “Greater Israel”. They would like nothing better than to see their two rivals annihilate each other leaving them all the real estate.

  11. Bluenose on April 19, 2019 at 12:42 am

    Does the stone in this church resonate? It must, to accommodate the organ. Just thinking of all the burnt cars on nine eleven…

  12. zendogbreath on April 19, 2019 at 12:13 am

    feels like they made the culture so we could feel at home in it so they could wreck it in front of us.

    otherwise, i gotta take note that 875 churches in france hit in 2018? odd non-item in such a reliable news media.

  13. marcos toledo on April 18, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    What is interesting is that Google Chrome did not prevent streaming of News And Views From The Nefarium .

    • marcos toledo on April 18, 2019 at 10:10 pm

      Via its Youtube channel

  14. Robert Barricklow on April 18, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Post as I read.
    Today video can & is faked. It’s gotten beyond digitally-sophisticated. Or, if real, the mind/perception manipulation/management of a coordinated press is its equal.
    In 9/11 the media narrative was being fed into the viewer’s mind before any facts and/or investigation. The pre-story of Notre Dame fire accident smells like… a smoke screen.

    Of course, as “we” all know: You never question authority!
    “Professional journalist”

    Again, shades of 9/11:
    The dancing Israelis/The dancing Muslims.

    The obfuscation of these church fires is troubling in many ways; for no matter how you look at it; smoking church winds signify, no good will come this way.

    Now, speaking of these winds; were not some intelligence smoking out these sources? Or, perhaps, even provoking them? Surely, they’re not as deaf & dumb as the 9/11 intelligence agencies pretended to be?
    Also, if it was an operation, was it penetrated?

    Doubt the leopard will changed its spots; nor the tiger its stripes; they couldn’t tell the truth, even if humanity itself depended upon it. But, your right; “they” did no one would believe them, including myself.

    They’re killing “our” culture;
    not their culture,

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