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23.5 Degrees: Interlude: Clupean Capers

Those red herrings are at it again.

By Stella Maris     July 05, 2008

A Red Herring
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Now is probably a good time to pause for a recap, so that everyone knows where we're headed. As you may have gathered, the Herrings tend to generate a bit of controversy from time to time, which is precisely why we operate mostly underground.
If you’ve been reading along, you’ll know that "the Herrings" is an affectionate reference to the Ordre du Hareng Rouge, a group of undercover researchers who investigate secret societies and chivalric orders. We adopted this name due to an ironic coincidence, which I'll explain someday.
There are roughly ten of us in the group, consisting of published authors, genealogists, a couple of Freemasons, translators, IT consultants, and various other specialists who share information under strict confidentiality. We are all writing under pseudonyms and never name names, unless someone gives us specific permission. Some of the events we recount are set in a fictional context.
The reason for the secrecy and confidentiality isn't because our work is particularly dangerous, but because we got tired of the vendettas and harassment campaigns. Basically, we don't give a toss what anyone thinks or whether anyone believes our version of the story, we do our research because we are curious and want to find out the answers for ourselves, and we have developed the ability to achieve this. Most of us have been doing this work for between ten and twenty years, so we have a vast amount of experience between us.
We don't have any particular agenda and we’re not in this for the money, we just aim to uncover The Truth - whatever it may be.
It's strict Herring policy to independently verify all information and to get personally involved wherever possible, which means visiting locations, meeting individuals, sometimes even joining chivalric orders, and occasionally getting scammed.
After a while, in this line of research, you become less judgmental and tend to go with the flow, adopting a detached objectivity even when you’re consciously aware that something is being fabricated. You begin to accept that it doesn't really matter if anything is actually real or not - that people create their own Reality. And that's when you begin to play the Game.
The information here in 23.5 Degrees is based on the Herrings' behind the scenes investigations into the material incorporated into books and movies in this genre, which has been growing ever since the success of The Da Vinci Code. It crosses over into other areas, like the National Treasure backstory and Masonic and Rosicrucian history, whose investigators also share information with the Herrings when our work overlaps. Plus, we're in touch with the UFO glitterati on a regular basis.
Through our contacts, we usually have a good idea of what's going to be published or released long before it hits the public domain, and we often know most of the people involved. So, a lot of the material we're releasing won't make sense until months, or maybe even years, into the future. In some cases we’re actually triggering the information that the public will eventually absorb.
So, that’s where we’re up to. And now I think it might be time to open another bottle of Corbieres rouge…


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Leavis 7/5/2008 11:54:42 PM
Is this all parallel universe stuff? I mean where is this all going? If it doesn't matter if anything is real, then what's the point of writing about it? For some of our fellow terrestrials alien abduction is real, Dan Brown is real and Harry Potter is real. What's the Game? I've been reading this stuff for months now and I still don't know what it's all about (but hey I guess I keep reading it - don't really know why!). Is it another Maranatha; are we all being "had"? Is there going to be a Red Herring: The Movie and is this just a foretaste - like a Red Herring prospectus? When are we going to find out where this is all leading? Do any of these people: Stella Maris, Mary Magdalene Smith and Soph (presumably a pun on sophism?) really exist? Are the Harengs rouges modern-day Knights Templar seeking to tell us that Da Vinci Cod (sorry!) is garbage or are they evidence of some fictional or maybe real multipolar disorder? I liked last week's poem, but all these promises of future enlightenment and descriptions of visits to the hairdressers and magical cosmetics are starting to wear thin. I mean when do we get some real tuna steaks of enlightenment? All this stuff about underground, undercover (underwater?) red herrings and secret societies with fish connections is starting to give me a haddock! Sorry! I guess I wish Stella Maris weren't such a damned fine writer and I wished that the crossword-type vocabulary and mysterious promises and arcane references didn't get inside my head. There's nothing else in Mania like this. Tom Wolfe meets Cavafi meets Al-Hazred. Stella, keep doing what you're doing, but give us something to get our hooks into! To paraphrase Juvenal, we need more than "piscem et circenses"!<br /><br /><br /><br /> <br /><br />
Mnemosyne 7/9/2008 4:57:53 AM
Red Herring: The Movie! What an excellent idea. Hairdressers?! I thought we called them hairstylists now. There have been no promises made, so this is not a Maranatha. As Stella wrote whether it's real or not doesn't matter. Once you understand this...there's a game for you to play.
Leavis 7/9/2008 12:34:32 PM
Hairdressers vs. hairstylists is too subtle for me (probably an age thing). BTW, if reality doesn't matter, then Mr Hayward is as real as Fulcanelli, Area 51 as real as my neighborhood Walmart, LHOOQ as real as the Gioconda's smile... <br /><br /> BTW (again), I guess we're safe writing the word "herring", as there are certain (real) knights who cannot abide the word being spoken aloud.<br /><br /> So what I should take away is: no promises, no reality and a game that may or may not lead somewhere. Kinda like life?<br /><br /> If I can quote John Locke: "It is one thing to show a man that he is in in error, and another to put him in possession of truth." Or am I on the wrong track?<br /> Time for a bottle of Falernum...<br /> <br /><br /> <br /><br />
Mnemosyne 7/9/2008 5:34:41 PM
hmmm...I think Mr. Hayward would argue he is real and that there is a fire down below although I understand it to be a story never written, perhaps a past through tomorrow into a Future History. You might want to mix that Falernum with something. In case you have trouble finding a bottle of Falernum; Da Vinci Gourmet produces a non-alcoholic version.
Leavis 7/9/2008 11:16:07 PM
Curious... The idea of a non-alcoholic surrogate! There'd be no veritas in it. As I am sure everyone knows, Falernum should never be mixed. I can always get a dusty bottle from my excellent vintner. I don't know why, but I can't seem to remember his name. Begins with W, I think. He's a specialist in the black arts, a German? ... Unless I've misunderstood the Game, it doesn't matter if Mr H thinks he's real, does it? Must go; the Falernum's starting to take effect and the moon is so clear tonight... Peace, at last...


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