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I found his glucometer. The last reading was way too high. His diabetes is out of control and he’s missing. I’m truly worried now. — Kate
I know that IP addresses give information about geographic location. For example, when someone posts a comment on this site, we know what city they’re from. But is it possible to narrow things down any further?
That is to say, if (hypothetically) Google were to wish to find one of us, how easy would it be for them? – Strattera
They can’t track us too closely with IP addresses. But Google has access to far more information than that. Still, since we all use a certain randomizing proxy service, I think we should be safe.
Except that I know what Glenn would say: What if Google owns the proxy service? What if Google can put together our writing style with other bits of writing it has from us (say, in gmail accounts) and figure out who we are? What if when we initially got email addresses we failed to use the proxy? What if, what if, what if! I’m starting to agree with Glenn that Google is potentially scarier than a secret society of Immortal Illuminati.
However, there’s the question of motive: Why would Google want to harm us? After all, we haven’t revealed anything other than what’s in the public domain. We haven’t said anything incriminating about them, or even slurred their reputation. It’s a well known fact that Google places hard drives in underground spaces. That’s their job. It helps protect information.
Alas, I think what we need to do is focus on the more probable. (Continued in the next post.) — Stephen
Yes, Google can do all those things. However, they have no reason to come after us.
Therefore, I think we can drop this line of concern, and focus on the more probable (and, therefore, more worrisome.) Most likely, alas, Glenn’s diabetes rapidly got out of control, and he’s is in a local hospital.
Strattera and I are working with the others to check. We’ll put out a report as soon as we know something. — Stephen
(Note: I had not previously known where Glenn lives, nor his actual name. Nor had Strattera. But Kate and Flyss have decided to let down the firewall so we can help.)
First report: He’s not checked into any of the hospitals in the six surrounding counties. (At least, not under his own name.) — Strattera
There are several people who fit his description, even if they’re not in under his name. I’m going to check in person. God, I hope he’s OK. — Flyss
It takes forever getting to hospitals and finding your way to a room with someone in it who might be your uncle. The nurses on staff won’t send you cell phone images, damn them. And what if he weren’t my uncle, but my lesbian lover? It wouldn’t hardly be possible at all.
One more hospital to check, and the man in his late 50s there is in intensive care. I don’t know if I wish it’s him or not; which is worse, knowing someone’s hurt, or not knowing? — Flyss
I checked the last hospital, and it’s not him! I wasn’t sure before, but now I know: It’s much, much worse not knowing! — Flyss
a beloved one is hurt / hurts more
than knowing that he is.
But not so strange / because imagination goes to darker places than the dark.
It does to that unspeakable word / that impossible thought,
the fear that a person is no more.
My heart says otherwise / says that we will find him
Says that we must find him. — Kate
Of course we’ll find him! Don’t you even dare suggest that we might not! — Flyss
As Flyss pointed out, the police will help us with this kind of problem. And there are many more of them than there are of us.
But that’s a two-edged sword. What if a member of the police reports to one of the several potentially dangerous groups we’ve been investigating? Stephen thinks we should all flee the scene immediately, and he may be right. (He’s already left.) — Strattera
P.S. All of Glenn’s information about this site was on his laptop, and it’s gone. Hopefully, he has it with him.
In response to a reader’s question: Glenn’s apartment showed no signs of forced entrance, nor of any disturbance of its contents. — Strattera
Nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing! A blank. A void. It’s unbearable.– Flyss
My employee you call “The Bounty Hunter” has friends in the CIA, and they’ve got friends in the NSA. He can call in favors. They can get you his cell phone calls, his credit card receipts, the whole ninety yards. But you’d have to give me some information about him so I can even ask a question. And that means you’d have to trust me, and the Bounty Hunter, and his CIA friends, and their NSA buddies, not to misuse what you pass on.
I can vouch for the Bounty Hunter. He has a reputation for absolute discretion, and he’s never once let me down. He won’t ask any questions, and he’ll “forget”about the subject the moment he has the info you need. But what about his contacts up the chain? All I can say to reassure you is that to them it would be a missing person case, nothing more.
But I understand if it’s not OK. Folks are afraid of the NSA. Me being one of those folks.
I say, what the hell, why not? Oxadrenals has known how to find me for a while. If he’s kept tabs halfway careful, he could have followed me here to Glenn’s easily enough. I wasn’t exactly great about covering my tracks on the way over. So I say, what’s there to lose? Glenn isn’t exactly getting himself found on his own. — Flyss
(Let’s talk about it in the comments to this post, OK? No full posts. It’s too gloomy a subject.)
Your friend “Glenn” made a call on his cellphone from Sacramento on the afternoon of the 16th. Or at least someone used his phone. I’ve popped over a voice recording. But it’s probably him, since someone using his credit card, and whose face on the video footage matches the face on Glenn’s driver’s license bought insulin within one cell phone cell from where the call was placed.
Isn’t the NSA a wonderful bunch of folks? Don’t you hope they keep on ignoring all of us for many happy decades?
Hope that helps. I have to disappear for a bit now. I don’t exactly how long, because things where I am are way out of my control. Luckily there’s a higher power involved. (You met her once, Flyss and Strattera. On a bridge.)
Yes, that’s certainly him. No one else has a voice like that. And he bought insulin? That’s wonderful.
But he doesn’t live anywhere near Sacramento! Stephen, Flyss, Strattera, any ideas? — Kate
Am I correct in assuming that, given his insulin purchase, checking hospitals may no longer be the best use of our resources? — Strattera
I agree. I’m really a heck of a lot less worried.
He also used the word “province,” just like in that message. I wonder if there’s a connection. Remember how Kate got a sense of a female presence? We’ve gone off in other directions since, but who knows? — Flyss
I have no idea what he might have been doing in Sacramento, unless he discovered that Arnie, the Guvinator is an Illuminatus.
But I found something at his apartment that might mean something: a USB key hidden inside wall.
No, I didn’t tear down the walls. When I was little, I used to play detective here. There’s one air vent that you can ease out of the wall, and on the inside of the wall just above it Glenn put in a little ledge for me to hide things on. That’s where it was.
It’s encrypted, but maybe you can break the encryption, Stephen. It’s got to be one of his favorite phrases, like an anagram of Bohemian Grove. (You gotta love a guy who wakes up each morning bursting out with ten new anagrams based on conspiracy theory lore.) — Flyss
(As Flyss suggested, the encryption key was an anagram of a phrase from conspiracy theory literature, “Trilateral Commission.” Glenn had previously anagrammed it to “Cast Iron Immortal Lies.” Remarkably, another anagram of the same term is “On Realistic Immortals,” which comes disturbingly close to the theme of this website.”)
The decrypted data consists almost entirely of multiple versions of the photograph inserted below.
Click on the photo to enlarge it and see the details in this hall of mirrors.
We’re appealing to our readers for help. Does anyone recognize where this place is? — Stephen
I hope, I so hope / he’s anagramming his way into the secrets he craves.
When a person’s missing, it’s an anagram of death
The same meaning / the details rearranged
The same gaping hole / that terrible emptiness
The unbearable void.
How can someone go missing?
A hint of that grotesque question:
How can someone not be? — Kate
Kate, I understand the feeling, but don’t give up yet. There’s no reason to think he’s in any danger. Remember, he recently purchased insulin. He’s a brilliant man with adequate resources to carry out what I now suspect is some deliberate quest. The fact that he is not in contact with us may merely indicate that he fears we might try to stop him. The latter would explain the way in which he seems to have left us intentional, and intentionally challenging, clues.
Specifically, I found more information on that hidden USB key. It appears that two phrases are present in multiple repetitions among nonsense data. These are (1) “Read by eye rug” and (2) “Iced his lips.” In addition, these are often conjoined with the capitalized letters “SENS.”
If the source were anyone other than Glenn, the first phrase could mean that there’s a clue to be found by an eye rug (whatever that is) and the second that someone has either been killed or told to keep silent. But coming from him, these must be anagrams. (As Flyss points out, Glenn has a passion for anagrams.)
Again, I appeal to readers for help. How can we combine “SENS,” “Read by eye rug” and “iced his lips.” into something meaningful? — Stephen
I’m trying not to give up, Stephen. But it’s getting hard. “Read by eye rug” means nothing to me. I’ve stuck it into internet anagram generators with no luck.
I had a weird thought the other night. Focusing on physical immortality is a little morbid. Because unless you really, really expect you and your friends to become immortal, it amounts to focusing on death. — Flyss
A reader figured out one of the anagrams:” The phrase “Read by eye rug” is an anagram of Aubrey de Grey, one of the world’s authorities on life extension.Now this all makes sense.
De Grey is an advocate of a set of methods that, taken together, are called “Strategies for Negligible Senescence,” or SENS. It was this last that gave away the meaning to our reader Lylllee.
(Interestingly, she is not at all sympathetic to the program, and knows about it via conflict with another person whom, apparently she once dated. It seems that she believes that focusing on physical immortality is escapist, and that supporters of the SENS project are emotionally shallow. We do not agree. )
Dr. De Grey is a complex figure. He received a PhD at Cambridge without having been enrolled in post graduate studies. Within academia, he is a controversial figure, but the quality of his work and the intensity of his intelligence have made it impossible for his ideas to be dismissed outright, as some of his opponents would desire.
According to de Grey, technologies already exist, or are on the immediate horizon, that could extend life considerably. Such extension could achieve what he has dubbed “actuarial escape velocity,” in which those alive now are kept alive by today’s imperfect methods until more definitive future technologies appear. (This idea overlaps with, but is distinct from that of “the singularity,” in which technology and artificial intelligence are seen as the ultimate route past physical death.)
De Grey’s approach involves, among other methods, the use of stem cells for tissue regeneration, and a truly unique concept of moving mitochondrial DNA into cell nuclei. I can see why Glenn would be interested. He has admitted to becoming desperate in recent years. It seems quite believable that he recently suffered a considerable setback in his ongoing and difficult battle with brittle diabetes, and covertly set off on a trip that would be dangerous to him in his condition. The danger would have caused his friends to try to talk him out of it, which explains the use of encoded messages to delay our discovery long enough so we could not interfere with his attempt, and at the same time reassure us that nothing terrible had happened. (continued in the next post.) — Stephen
Stephen, I take back everything bad I ever said about you. Thank you! I believe you’re right about Glenn. I did hear him talking about Aubrey de Gray, it just didn’t register. He admired the man. I think he supported his foundation.
I fear that, like our reader Sirrian says, I sometimes didn’t treat my uncle with the respect he deserves. I will never make that mistake again! — Flyss
Continuing on the subject of Glenn’s whereabouts, and his interest in Aubrey de Grey.
If we hypothesize that Glenn has gone in search of life extension for himself via de Grey’s methods, we still must explain why he was seen in Sacramento, since Aubrey de Grey lives in Cambridge, England. Furthermore, de Grey himself certainly does not engage in unauthorized experiments on human beings — he’s a serious, responsible researcher looking to establish life extension in mice before trying it on people!
There is also still the question of the photo of the mirrored room, in which one individual is reflected three times, and indistinct drawings can be seen on the walls. ( This link takes you straight to the full sized photo.)
Some of our readers have suggested that the drawings on the back wal represent famous Illuminati, but it is difficult to know for sure. I am attempting to enhance the photo for further information.
I am just speculating here, but perhaps Glenn is combining two quests into one: seeking his own life extension, and also following a privately held clue he hopes might lead him into the realm of the secret societies of immortals and hafeems, which he sees as the true Illuminati. (To be continued.) — Stephen
Got it! “Iced his lips” anagrams to “His disciple.” Putting this together with the ideas I discussed in my recent posts on Aubrey de Grey, I think it’s safe to assume that that Glenn was on his way to one of de Grey’s disciples or students and that individual isn’t far from Sacramento.
It would still be exceedingly helpful for us if we could identify the whereabouts of the room shown in the photo on the USB stick, as it is very likely the room and the “disciple” aren’t far from each other. Please, if you know anything, get in touch! — Stephen
We need to find students of Aubrey de Grey, the life extension expert, located in the “Sacramento” area? Strattera and I are on it.
And we definitely would accept help from readers, whether posted as comments or through private email.– Flyss
I found two other photos of that mirrored room, showing different perspectives. Perhaps this will make it easier for someone to identify it. Again, remember that you can click on the images to enlarge them.
Notice the two reflections of the same wooden serving bar. These must be double reflections, involving a mirror outside the range of the photo, opposite the wall (and mirror) that we’re looking at.
This next one also shows the repeated mirroring effect well.
Using these two photos and the previous one, I’m trying to deduce the room’s actual shape and construction. However, I’m finding it a challenge, due to the repeating reflections.
It’s fully possible that this “hall of mirrors” may be an entirely secret space, unknown to anyone but those admitted. But if any of these photos ring a bell with anyone, please get in touch.
(It’s truly unfortunate that one can’t yet search Google images based on an image rather than a description!) — Stephen
Whipsawed between believing he’s alive / and fearing he’s not.
It cuts the heart.– Kate
As I continue to research Aubrey de Grey, I am struck by the one significant difference between his quest and ours: Dr. de Grey is looking for something incremental, whereas we are in search of a single definitive step.
No doubt, his approach is the more practical. In the ordinary course of things, medicine will take progressive steps toward immortality. Organs will be replaced by machines, or by artificially grown organs. Degenerative diseases will be slowed. The aging process in general will be analyzed and disrupted. It’s inevitable that, eventually, what de Grey calls “actuarial escape velocity” will be achieved. Whomever survives until that point will live forever.
However, many of us will not survive until that point, as we are already too ill or too old. It is for this reason that our discovery of actual, real life immortal human beings is so exciting. It seems likely that such people possess a mutation or a set of mutations that slows or stops the aging clock. If we could obtain even a small sample of his or her tissue, we could identify the altered genes, and proceed via genetic engineering to alter our own genomes to match. This would bring back the moment of permanent escape from death into the near present.
It is out of desire to pass through this “singularity” that we undertake the many risks involved in publishing this site.
I can only imagine that Glenn has similar intentions in undertaking the great risks of his current quest. — Stephen
Strattera and I have been investigating our hearts out, and you know what: Aubrey de Grey doesn’t have any disciples. He’s not that kind of guy.
He has a foundation, and it’s in California, but they don’t treat people. They don’t sell supplements, or alter your genes, or freeze your brain. They fund research into extending life in mice. In mice! Sure, they want to make people live forever, but as a goal for the future, not as a project now.
They’re not crazy. They’re not quacks. They’re not evil. They’re academic types with a vision. At the worst, they’re a little boring, but some of my best friends are a little boring. And, sure, they’re single minded, but who isn’t? These are good guys.
What I think is that someone posed as a disciple of Dr. de Grey to lure Glenn in. And when I find him, I’ll nail all his parts to a wall. — Flyss.
In a comment on my last post, “C” points out that Dr. de Grey is a proponent of stem cell treatment for life extension, and that, also, stem cells are being studied as a possible treatment for type I diabetes — the disease that Glenn’s been struggling with his whole life.
As I understand it, they’re not yet using stem cells in people, just in rats, etc. Stephen, could someone in de Grey’s organization offered to break the law and experiment on him? — Flyss
Would anyone in de Grey’s group offer to treat Glenn with stem cells for his type 1 diabetes?
I would be willing to bet anything that the answer is “no.”
It doesn’t fit their modus operandi. De Grey is futurist in the best sense: he thinks strategically and looks ahead. He’s said repeatedly that there’s nothing that could pose a greater problem for the goals of his organization than a premature experiment that goes awry. For that matter, Dr. de Grey has expressed concerns about succeeding too quickly because he fears that if public isn’t first made ready for life extension the consequences could be harmful.
But could it have been an impostor pretending to have access to stem cells via Dr. de Grey? “C” says points out that Glenn should be far too smart to be tricked by an impostor, and in general I agree.
But he’s been getting desperate, and that can change everything. — Stephen
I seem to be the least imaginative of all of us, but even I can’t help noticing the symbolism of “Hall of Mirrors.”
And, yes, I’m whistling in the dark. My GFs uncle has been missing for a week. He’s ill and on the road, and we’re getting nowhere finding him. –Strattera
With the help of an initially baffling comment by a reader, we’re now getting somewhere. More soon. — Stephen
In response to the second set of “hall of mirrors” photos taken off Glenn’s USB stick, a reader responded, “The UN charter.” This initially seemed to make no sense at all. However, it turns out to be the key to this entire matter.
As it happens, the original UN charter was signed in San Francisco, at a building called the Veterans War Memorial. In the basement of that building there’s a cocktail lounge/bar. Remarkably, there are no photos of it on Google images or Flikr. But its existence is no secret to San Francisco residents, who know it as the bar beneath Herbst Theater. We sent photos of the mirrored room to a contact in San Francisco, and he confirmed that these are one and the same place.
To repeat: the mirrored room is in the basement of the building where the UN charter was signed, currently the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center.
(continued in my next post) — Stephen
GLENN: IF YOU’RE READING THIS (AND WE DESPERATELY HOPE YOU ARE) PLEASE, PLEASE DON”T GO NEAR THAT BUILDING.
Kate, Flyss, Stephen and Strattera
Personally, I’ve never believed that the UN is part of any global Illuminati conspiracy. But it is Glenn’s beliefs that are relevant here, and, although Glenn has repudiated certain elements of traditional conspiracy analysis he nonetheless accepts a great proportion of that body of thought. It would no doubt be of interest to him that on the ground floor of the same building there’s a large mural of the UN Charter signing ceremony, and one of the people in that mural is Eleanor Roosevelt. It cannot be denied that the Roosevelts are widely considered by conspiracy theorists to have been Illuminati, or at least associated with them. Finally, it should be mentioned that the building itself looks remarkably like a grand Masonic Lodge.
One last point: As you may recall, Glenn had been working on a theory regarding a Japanese origin for one of the secret societies of Immortals. As it happens, the peace treaty between Japan and the US, the so called “San Francisco Treaty,” was signed right there in the very same building. That’s enough to give a bit of a shiver even to a crusty old skeptic like me. What it would do to Glenn I can only imagine. He could only have seen the San Francisco War Memorial building as an Illuminati focal point.
Keep in mind that Glenn is a man who almost never leaves home. Yet, he undoubtedly did so last week. That itself says volumes about the temptation he was under. (Continued in my next post)
GLENN: IF YOU’RE READING THIS (AND WE HOPE YOU ARE) PLEASE DO NOT GO NEAR THAT BUILDING!
To continue: It appears that Glenn may have been lured out by means of two temptations presented simultaneously
Flyss had alread suggested that someone deliberately deceived Glenn by posing as a disciple of the life extension authority Dr. Aubrey de Grey, and claiming to offer stem cell treatment for his diabetes. This in itself would have been a serious temptation for someone in Glenn’s position and state of health. Not only was he facing a real possibility of death from his perennially out-of-control condition, his blood sugar levels seem to have been sufficiently high at the moment so as to potentially cloud his judgment.
But there was a second temptation offered to him as well. It appears that he was provided with information about a previously unrecognized Illuminati focal point and possible link to Japan in the very same city where he hoped to receive life saving treatment.
For a person like Glenn, the possibility of entering further into the solution of the mystery that has entangled his mind for decades might serve as an even greater motivation than the desire to live. Whether that is or is not the case, the combination of the two possibilities could plausibly have proved a temptation too great for any person to resist.
GLENN: IF YOU’RE READING THIS (AND WE DESPERATELY HOPE YOU ARE) DO NOT GO NEAR THAT BUILDING. IT IS ALMOST CERTAINLY A TRAP.
When we found Glenn in a hospital, we were tremendously relieved. Even though he was desperately ill, at least we knew where he was. Also, our fears regarding a deliberate conspiracy to lure Glenn from his home were allayed by this evidence of ordinary human illness. Flyss even joked and talked about “the conspiracy that intends to kill each one of us,” meaning human mortality.
But then she found this symbol in his room.
It was printed on photo paper and clipped along with sheets of medical records to a clipboard at the end of his bed.
We left the hospital immediately and are now seeking a safe location.
Kate, stay away! — Strattera
(posted via Iphone)
We contacted the hospital through a cloaked phone line, and received the terrible news that at 1:33 pm Pacific Time, Glenn passed away. — Stephen