This post is dedicated to our friend, Team RogueMoney's @BanksterSlayer
NOTE Monday, June 19, 2017 2:30 Eastern Time: This post was published at RogueMoney before the Russian Analyst had heard about @JackPosobiec filming his former colleague at TheRebel.media, @LauraLoomer, jumped on the stage Saturday night at Shakespeare in the Park's controversial, Trump-like Caesar assassination depicting production of Julius Caesar. Reader discretion is advised (particularly for RM readers in certain jurisdictions like Germany). -- JWS
Pepe is a humorous frog, who became a meme. Then he became -- sometime after Hillary Clinton gave her 'Putin is the global godfather of the AltRight' speech in August 2016 to the trolling cry of PEPE! -- a legend. And as every child who's watched a superhero movie like The Dark Knight Rises knows, a legend never dies -- even when Pepe's creator cartoonist Matt Furie tries to kill him off, to the froggy lolz of the Internet's sh-tlords.
Pepe as the Deplorable, Heroic Prankster Avatar from the Underworld for Our Chaotic Times
Shitlording -- a scatalogically derived term for extreme trolling, turning the taunts of one's normie or social justice warrior (SJW) enemies into a badge of honor. Sort of like mocking Republican cuckservative consultant @TheRickWilson, for claiming Donald Trump supporting Alt-Righters are childless single male losers who masturbate to anime porn -- with deviant Rick subject to the last laugh as the loser on election night and happily ever after.
Of course, the use of Pepe by a small but dedicated band of white nationalist trolls made him into an Internet menace, such that he was denounced as a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) -- despite the fact that Pepe is, and remains, a cartoon frog. And it isn't particularly clear if drawing Nazi frogs is actually a means to glorifying Nazism (or at least, getting those particular avatars banned in countries legally sensitive to depictions of stormtroopers, swastikas, or other Nazi symbols such as Germany, Israel, and Russia) or to mock white nationalists -- since Pepe comes in all sorts of exaggerated, stereotypical figurines. The apotheosis of which, at least when it came to the usually young and male shitlords' goal of triggering 'the normies' in the media and making SJWs cry for lolz, was Pepe as Trump:
"That's a Big Internet Thing: KEKistan" --
Mocking Identity Politics Through Ancient Hidden Civilization Dork Self-Identification
It took an SJW-triggering social psychologist from Canada named Jordan B. Peterson, to explain the Exodus plague of frogs inspiring ancient Egyptian god Kek (PBUH), and his messenger Pepe, as a Campbell-esque avatar of chaos from the underworld. This happened on the May 9, 2017, episode 958 of The Joe Rogan Experience, a program Peterson had also appeared on November 28, 2016's JRE Episode 877. If RogueMoney readers are sensing a familiar theme, going all the way back to Deb @BanksterSlayer Caruthers post-2016 election recording with Evolution Consulting, and even prior to that warnings from the Guerrilla's late friend Michael Rosecliff about the age of global chaos, you're getting warmer. If you listen to lectures about 'the architecture of belief' from this leading neo-Jungian psychologist, and compare Peterson's YouTube available talks to @BanksterSlayer's articles about the Kabbalah (and its central motif in the Tree of Life as a topological metaphor for temporal and spiritual reality) you're getting even warmer.
In the JRE discourses, Mr. Peterson first took on the SJWs in Canada, describing in #877 campus totalitarianism's origins in Marxist critical theory. In JRE #958 (which you may view in its entireity below) Peterson explained who or what KEK is, how he originated as a gamer/Internet meme turned into the flag of a mythical republic of KEKistan (promoted by RM guest Jack Posobiec), and the odd coincidence of 'lol' in Korean gamer slang matching the name of an ancient Egyptian frog god. Before we get to the shorter Peterson video, here is the Biblical account of how God of Israel, Isaac and Jacob mocked the Hebrew slaveholding Egyptians' reverence for their frog deity, by giving them all the frogs they could stand:
Exodus 8:8 KJV
8 And the Lord spoke to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Let My people go, that they may serve Me. 2 But if you refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all your territory with frogs. 3 So the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into your house, into your bedroom, on your bed, into the houses of your servants, on your people, into your ovens, and into your kneading bowls. 4 And the frogs shall come up on you, on your people, and on all your servants.”’”
5 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your hand with your rod over the streams, over the rivers, and over the ponds, and cause frogs to come up on the land of Egypt.’” 6 So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt. 7 And the magicians did so with their enchantments, and brought up frogs on the land of Egypt.
8 Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, “Entreat the Lord that He may take away the frogs from me and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may sacrifice to the Lord.”
9 And Moses said to Pharaoh, “Accept the honor of saying when I shall intercede for you, for your servants, and for your people, to destroy the frogs from you and your houses, that they may remain in the river only.”
10 So he said, “Tomorrow.” And he said, “Let it be according to your word, that you may know that there is no one like the Lord our God. 11 And the frogs shall depart from you, from your houses, from your servants, and from your people. They shall remain in the river only.”
12 Then Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh. And Moses cried out to the Lord concerning the frogs which He had brought against Pharaoh. 13 So the Lord did according to the word of Moses. And the frogs died out of the houses, out of the courtyards, and out of the fields. 14 They gathered them together in heaps, and the land stank. 15 But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and did not heed them, as the Lord had said.
Weaponized Autism on 4Chan and the Origins of the #Shadilay #Kekistan Anthem Meme
'Shadilay', the anthem of Kekistan, it was pronounced thus by 4chan-ners (known as 'channers' or 'weaponized autistes') in September 2016, when they made the astounding discovery that someone had uploaded in 2009 a 1986 track by an Italian disco group called...wait for it...P.E.P.E (don't ask us what P.oint E.merging P.robably E.ntering means, maybe that Italian songwriter was doing acid). The 1986 single is illustrated with a smirking frog holding a magic wand. Chan/ners saw this artifact predating the rise of Trump to the Presidency by 30 years as proof that their diety Kek defies space and time, and/or traveled back to 1986 (sort of like Marty McFly from 1985 to 1955) to put Trump in the White House.
Throw in the Shadilay meme arising the same week that Hillary Clinton took her famous tumble on September 11, 2016, and it's no wonder 'meme magic' seems so real to followers of the prophet of Kek. Did we mention that while Eliot Higgins and Bellingcat were gloating at how many positions the Syrian Arab Army was supposedly giving away via social media posts, and then the Channers turned the tables on the #Bellingcrap backed AlCIAeda jihadis, by geolocating a 'moderate rebel' base that was subsequently bombed by the Russian Air Force?
On April 5th, 2016, Redditor Fahrenheit_616 posted an gallery of screenshots taken from a 4chan thread in which viewers identified the location of a Rebel training camp in Syria, which many speculated led to its subsequent bombing by Russia. In the comments section, /r/The_Donald users described the incident as an example of “weaponized” and “military grade” autism. On September 11th, 2016, YouTuber dougRiss uploaded a video titled “Anime Thesis,” in which he speculates that anime was invented by the Japanese as a form of “weaponized autism” against the Western world (shown below).
On October 25th, Redditor elsuperj submitted a post asking for /r/AskThe_Donald readers to “explain the ‘weaponized autism’ in-joke.” On November 29th, Urban Dictionary user BarrySoetero submitted an entry for “weaponized autism,” defining it as “the focused application of nerdiness, computer tech avvy and social awkwardness in the cyber pursuit of justice” (shown below).
Following the capture of the He Will Not Divide Us flag in early March 2017, which 4chan users discovered by tracking flight patterns and star movements, many referred to the incident as an example of “weaponized autism.” On March 14th, Redditor aspergersteen submitted a post titled asking about the phrase to /r/aspergers.
Truth is stranger than fiction --
For MOAR on how 'big data' may've given web meme magic a HUUUGE boost behind the scenes -- read this
To sum up Peterson's discourse in bullet points:
'Meme war' waging Internet trolls have created a fictional country called Kekistan, named after the Korean for lol or 'kek'
The symbol and emperor of Kekistan is Pepe the Frog, and the frog is a symbol of chaos in both ancient Egyptian and modern discourse because it defies categories -- it is amphibious and can belong to either water or dry land, and starts as a fish-like tadpole before becoming the lizard resembling frog.
Pepe defies easy categorization, like transsexuals -- Pepe = embracing chaos, like Trump's tweet-bombing/deliberate triggering of his opponents
Joe Rogan's says: people are enjoying the Trump presidency, not because they want to 'burn this m-fer down' but simply because they appreciate the chaos Trump has ushered in. The dialogue then turns to the ancient myths like Beowulf that Joseph Campbell popularized via his mid-20th century books The Hero with a Thousand Faces and the hero's journey [rough transcript below from the 5 minute mark in the video]:
JP: "People go into the underworld all the time -- it's chaos and fear and depression, hopelessness and imaginative-ness, it's everything, it's chaos"
JR: "And this realm is terrifying to people?"
JP: "Terrifying and promising, terrifying and promising because dragons have gold. Because it's always -- the unknown has two things, just like the future. It's like...look out it will do you in, and look out, it offers everything to you. That's the underworld. That's why the hero always goes into the underworld to find a cave full of gold, guarded by a dragon."
JR: In [J.R.R. Tolkien's] The Hobbit, literally.
JP: Yes and that's Beowulf, that's the oldest story of mankind. It's really our oldest story [as @BanksterSlayer would say, going back to Osiris and Gilgamesh - JWS]
Peterson explains that conscious knowledge is no longer adequate in an era when established hierarchies -- in governance, finance, the workplace, all driven by socio-technological disruption -- are falling apart. The ancient myth of the hero descending into the underworld or going where the map says 'here there be dragons' relying on courage and intuition, relying on what moderns would refer to as the subconscious, takes hold (kids may be more familiar with the underworld quest myth from games like The Legend of Zelda or the Final Fantasy series than with the original J.R.R. Tolkien books, as opposed to the LOTR/Hobbit movies). In a lengthy discourse with Jonathan Pageau, posted in the weeks after the 2016 election, Peterson discusses how trolls compared his voice to that of the Muppets character Kermit the Frog, only for his Pepe fans to turn the resemblance into a badge of honor by sending him yet more...Peterson as Pepe memes. Oh, and frog statuettes, the Kekistan equivalent to the Oscars, in the mail as well:
Pageau was so inspired by Peterson's discourse, that he published an addendum video on YouTube. Pageau goes into more detail on the frog as an image of hybrid-ty, hopping across lily pads at the intersection of multiple worlds, and shapeshifting from the slimy amphibian who recovers the golden ball, to with a princess' kiss, becoming a prince. Pageau says Pepe is also a mirror -- stare at him long enough, and the chaos he represents stares back at you. Not unlike the Internet hive mind and the chaos of social media reflecting the mental muddle and anxieties of failing modernity itself:
Jordan B. Peterson's woke bio, including many jobs he had prior to becoming a U of Toronto professor:
Dr. Jordan B Peterson has been a dishwasher, gas jockey, bartender, short-order cook, beekeeper, oil derrick bit re-tipper, plywood mill labourer and railway line worker. He’s taught mythology to lawyers, doctors and businessmen, consulted for the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Sustainable Development, helped his clinical clients manage depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and schizophrenia, served as an advisor to senior partners of major Canadian law firms, identified thousands of promising entrepreneurs on six different continents, and lectured extensively in North America and Europe.
He has flown a hammer-head roll in a carbon-fiber stunt plane, piloted a mahogany racing sailboat around Alcatraz Island, explored an Arizona meteorite crater with a group of astronauts, built a Native American Long-House on the upper floor of his Toronto home, and been inducted into the coastal Pacific Kwakwaka’wakw tribe.
With his students and colleagues, Dr. Peterson has published more than a hundred scientific papers, transforming the modern understanding of personality, and revolutionized the psychology of religion with his now-classic book, Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief. As a Harvard professor, he was nominated for the prestigious Levinson Teaching Prize, and is regarded by his current University of Toronto students as one of three truly life-changing teachers.
He’s a Quora Most Viewed Writer in Values and Principles and Parenting and Education with 125,000 Twitter followers and 35,000 Facebook likes. His YouTube channel has over 200 videos, 275,000 subscribers, and 12,000,000 views and his classroom lectures on mythology were turned into a popular 13-part TV series on TVO. Dr. Peterson’s online self-help program, the Self Authoring Suite, featured in O: The Oprah Magazine, CBC radio, and NPR’s national website, has helped over 150,000 people resolve the problems of their past and radically improve their future.
Next, in part 2 of the Meme Wars series, we'll look at how Pepe and other memes have been used in Cold War 2, and how even NATO and the Pentagon have been studying the art of memetic war: