October 28, 2009

Edification in Vagueness.

This clip of Mysteries of the Universe mysteriously found its way to me. It is said to be parts 5 and 6 of the episode highlighting the investigation into the Dharma Initiative. The segment is part of the DVD extras on the Season 5 DVD.

Narrator: "We now return to Mysteries of the Universe: The Dharma Initiative... A secret organization is only as private as its most public fact, and this we know: The Dharma Initiative exists.  As we consider vivid eyewitness accounts and empirical evidence, we begin to shine a light in the darkest corners of this room. When conjecture, half-truths and myths are pieced together, it stops being science-fiction and becomes science-fact.
There are many things you can do: Be vigilant. Be aware. 
A secret organization such as the Dharma Initiative is not immune from making mistakes that you can be on the lookout for. 
For example, a village on the Isle of Tonga: on an otherwise unsuspecting day, the village is the sudden recipient of a one-ton air-dropped food pallet.  The smoking gun: again, the octagonal lagoon a field of white. Every single food stub is labeled in this way: Soup. Chili. Salad dressing. Peanut butter. Oatmeal. Desserts. Even beer and rum.  Hardly the stuff of humanitarian aid. Manufacture? Unknown. Point of origin? Unknown.
We think it was a mistaken resupply attempt for an outpost in the South Pacific.  Is the Dharma Initiative located on one of the 169 islands of Tonga?   Could it be that it was originally meant for the real location of the Dharma Initiative? And what happened to the plane? There are many stories of missing planes that have vanished while en route to islands like Tonga: the Bermuda Triangle, a mysterious section of ocean in the Atlantic.  Perhaps The Dharma Initiative is linked to this paranormal activity.  And who would have the means to airdrop pallets of food or weapons?  Alvar Hanso made his fortune supplying the resistance during World War II, and did so by any means necessary. By land, by air, or by sea.  He would have the knowledge and armada to create a supply line to an outlying post of secrecy.
Ann Arbor, Michigan. A newspaper prints an article stating volunteers and test subjects are needed for an anthropology experiment that would require entire semesters abroad in a tropical locale. "Sequestered from friends and family" is a mandatory condition of participation, as is a rigorous aptitude test and a physical stress test. The person in charge? Gerald DeGroot, the graduate student who seems to have unlimited funding for his project. Our intrepid reporters made every effort to uncover the nature of his scholastic endeavor but were given a "no comment" at every turn.
Lab testing. A faraway base. Secrecy. "Mysteries of the Universe" believes The Dharma Initiative is behind this "educational experience". The highlights on this map on the world show where instances like this have been reported.  Chances are, a similar instance may occur near you.  It is important to be vigilant and aware of anything that may appear suspicious.  Look for these two clues: the octagonal logo, used as a special identifier to other members. We have found these four variations, but the possibility remains that there may be more.  These lines surrounding the logo appear to be Oriental in nature - perhaps... Communist China.  
Two: job posting and openings for specialized positions that require the same testing of the criminally insane and a level of secrecy only used in the highest branches of government.
Many pieces of the puzzle are still missing, but one thing we know is that this organization exists. Purpose: unknown.  We know its roots start with this man, Gerald DeGroot, and his benefactor Alvar Hanso. We know it is recruiting for new members. We know that it has the power to maintain a fleet of submarines. It has weapons, an unlimited source of income, ties to the church... and we know it wishes to remain shrouded in secrecy."

{With updated opening}
Narrator: Update! Since the original air date of this production, "Mysteries of the Universe" has uncovered startling new information about the secret organization, The Dharma Initiative. We had told you the story of a schoolteacher from Portland, OR named Olivia, who had taken a job offer and had mysteriously disappeared for three years. Since our broadcast, our investigative team has discovered that she has reappeared. A recent telephone call:
Producer: "Hello. May I speak to Olivia, please?
Olivia: "This is she."
Producer: "Hello, Olivia. I am calling with "Mysteries of the Universe". I was wondering if I could ask you a few questions?"
Olivia: "What?"
Producer: "This is "Mysteries of the Universe"."
Olivia hangs up
Narrator: "Several days later, our production offices received this written statement from the schoolteacher."
Producer: {reads Olivia's statement} "During my absence, I was performing research in the South Pacific. I no longer wish to be contacted regarding this matter. Thank you."
Narrator: "Once again, the South Pacific appears as a character in this ongoing investigation. Did Olivia return at just the right time to save her life?  Also, it seems that our producers are not the only ones performing an investigation. Our offices have received several anonymous phone calls questioning the origins of our research.  Harmless prank calls, or something more nefarious?
Since our original investigation, several experts in the discipline of martial arts have come forward to share information regarding the logo of The Dharma Initiative. In fact, this is not a logo at all. This is a symbol that dates back to the Ancient Orient.   It is a Bagua symbol that represents protection. Each side of the octagon represents opponents.  One could stand in the middle of the octagon and be protected from all sides.  The specific arrangement of lines seems to have ties to astronomy, astrology, geography, anatomy and more.  Much like the rest of The Dharma Initiative, further information on the meaning of these symbols is shrouded in secrecy. The exact answers are perhaps known only by the cultures of the past.
One final missive from the unknown: we have a report on the church originally investigated in this program.  This past Christmas, several staff members have mysteriously disappeared.  They were reported missing, but never found.  Mysteries of the Universe launched a follow-up investigation to see if these staff members disappeared to the South Pacific.  Close analysis of the church's waste receptacles revealed this; a partially destroyed document with a charred logo similar to the other logos, but this one had a lamp at the center. Coincidence?
Public records showed that the newly appointed general manager of the church is named Eloise Hawking.  However, she has refused several requests for an interview.   In a most unusual twist, Miss. Hawking apparently does not have an official birth certificate, but she is listed as the motherbirth certificate of one Daniel Faraday.  As to why they have two different last names, especially when no father is listed on the certificate, is yet another mystery. on the
Destroyed records. Missing persons. Questionable documents. Missing information. Has another organization secretly taken over The Dharma Initiative? Discovering answers in a world of the unknown provides a brief moment of satisfaction, but answers sometimes do nothing but create more questions. One day, the final chapter of this story will be written and the book will be closed.

Will the stream of unanswered questions continue? Or will this enigma eventually be pushed or forced into the light of truth? Only time will tell the ultimate fate of this 'Mysteries of the Universe'."

We go round and round with the investigative team trying to shine the light on the secrets of The Dharma Initiative. Again we are warned of the secret organization and its mysterious symbols.

On the Isle of Tonga in the South Pacific is the discovery of a 1 ton air dropped food pallet. All food is marked with the Dharma Bagua symbol on a field of white. Manufactured- unknown. The point of origin is unknown. They believe the delivery must have been intended to be dropped at the real Dharma outpost. Is there an outpost located on one of the 169 islands of Tonga?

They feel the D.I. has made mistakes. As a matter of fact we’re encouraged to Be Vigilant! Be Aware! Of anything that may be suspicious.

An Ann Arbor newspaper prints an article asking for test subjects that are needed for an anthropology experiment. The person in charge is Gerald DeGroot.

Recruitment is a global happening and we’re warned a similar instance may occur near you. WoooHoooo! I say BRING IT!

The investigators of the show claim to have vivid eye witness accounts to “things”.

An “update” is placed within the clip. {We don't have a date or time frame to tell us how much time has passed.}
Since the original air date of this production they say they uncovered startling new information. They contacted one Olivia, who mysteriously disappeared for three years. She has reappeared and reveals nothing.

Things to Note…Questions to ask...
* Puzzle pieces.
* Bermuda Triangle-Missing planes. This mysterious happening occurs in the Atlantic Ocean waters. Any link to the D.I. and paranormal activity?
* Character.
* Symbol.
* Roots. Tree.
* Recruiting.
* Reel to reel tape.
* Files.
* Link.
* Documents.
* Records.
* Same testing used for the criminally insane.
* Bagua= Ancient Oriental symbol representing protection. One can stand in the middle of the octagon and be protected from all sides.
* Alvar Hanso is presumed to be tied to the food drop or weapons.
* They mention two clues: Octagonal Logo=special identifier. They found four variations but there may be more.

Mysteries of the Universe also reports that the church they introduced us to previously, now is missing church: staff.
The investigators went through the church garbage cans and found a charred document with a Dharma Lamppost symbol.

Miss Eloise Hawking is the new General Manager of the church. She has no birth certificate but is listed as the mother on the birth certificate of Daniel Faraday.
They question why two different last names and no father listed for Dan.

Mysteries of the Universe isn’t the only one investigating things…Someone is investigation Mysteries of the Universe. I would do the same.

Of course you can’t help but wonder has another organization secretly taken over the D.I.?
As a matter of fact that question keeps me up at night. I can't help but relive my own experience with the newly reconstituted Dharma Initiative last year. I was tested and assigned a position and then due to the economy the Dharma Initiative was sold to the television show LOST. This action put a stop to all their projects.

It’s no secret the South Pacific is an ongoing character in the Mysteries of the Universes' investigation and mine. So it seems logical to me that I take a field trip to this tropical oasis for a glorious adventure and see firsthand if this is all fact or legend. I can only hope there is some sort of reinstatement of the position I was assigned last year and departure to the "Island" is in my immediate future. Hey, a girl can wish, can't she?!

Forcing questions in to the light of truth! Only time will tell…

Indeed the final chapter of this story will be written and the book will be closed...Or will it?

Love to all who are "LOST"™

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