I.T. = INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY? IT might stand for Internet Tunes or Stephen Kings IT, a mysterious, eldritch demonic entity of evil that preys on children and humans every three decades. Shapeshifting is one of ITs abilities and it prefers "Pennywise the Dancing Clown" although occasionally it emerges as Bob or Robert Gray, modeled after Bozo, Clarabell and Ronald McDonald. Previous to the appearance of King's novel in 1958, featuring this smirking horror, clowns had a better reputation.  Richard Rogers,  a British architect has said, "It is quite interesting that whilst there are tremendous theories, in the 1960s when IT was born, everybody was supposedly going to their cottage in the countryside to work in a virtual way." That's is what Ruth was doing August 22 at 3 pm."



£Foolish and Pennywise. Although the latter was first seen in the motion picture peering up from a street drainage grate, his residence was a rural waste water plant. Step
hen King sees many dark shadows in peaceful, quiet settings. One time American politician Paula Hawkins is not afraid of the outback: "My idea of fun is to sit looking at a blank wall in a cottage, making up stories in utter silence. The thought of going back to work in an office is horrendous." However, one can be sure she went there with a good pension as backing. British writer Alain de Botton has the odd notion that "cottage industries" created by individuals of small groups offer "quite expensive services to a few clients."
 


There are actually more failures amongst these contractual "independent contractors", who usually are nothing more than middlemen, sans health and other benefits extended to full-fledged employees. Further, it is an insular world in which most time is spent looking at a very full monitor rather than an inspirational blank wall.  It is rarely the road to riches even where an IT serf is surrounded by impressive hardware. Of course some of these creative folk develop useful software but are usually to pressed for time to give it the attention needed to bring it to market.



Charlie Chaplain admitted, "I remain just one thing, and one thing only, and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician."  I don't know who said, "Entertain a clown and you become a part of the circus.
Barnum said, "Clowns are the peg on which a circus is hung." Everyone knows of his attitude toward the rubes whose money underwrote The Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Seems apropos? Trump is decidedly penny wise but more frightening in spite of his crocodile smile.



"I remember in the circus learning that the clown was the prince, the high prince. I always thought that the high prince was the lion or the magician, but the clown is the most important." - Roberto Benigni.  Derived from rustic fools of earlier times, them cognitive word "clown" first appeared in in English in1560 The now-classical features of the whiteface clown character were developed in the early 1800s by Joseph Grimaldi, who played Clown in Charles Dibdin's 1800 pantomime Peter Wilkins. The classic whiteface evolved into grotesque whiteface seen above.This type, upon which Pennywise is based, has over- emphasized features, especially a red nose and red mouth, often with partial (mostly red) hair, but not blown down and plasticized as with Wee Donnie.



Stephen Sondheim, who penned the song, Send in the Clowns said, "As I think of it now, the song could have been called "Send in the Fools". I knew I was writing a song in which Desirée is saying, "aren't we foolish" or "aren't we fools?" Well, a synonym for fools is clowns, but "Send in the Fools" doesn't have the same ring to it. The musical in which it appeared had nothing to do with clowns. The most prevalent character clown in the American circus is the hobo, tramp or bum clown. as epitomized by Emmett Kelly.
The pathetic clown is closest the fool of the song, a metaphor for the moment in the musical when things are falling apart and, to keep the audience diverted from the chaos, somebody tells a few jokes. So many parallels? Note the happy whitefaces?



Here the earlier classic whiteface, which is close to the fellow on the right in the above photo.  Emmett started life on the high trapeze, but switched character. Heinrich Heine explains, "When the heroes go off the stage, the clowns come on."


"Kings had their clowns, the people their actors and musicians. Shakespeare was scheduled as a servant. It is thus that successful stupidity has always treated genius." -
Robert Green Ingersoll.

But then, successful stupidity is  undisguised foolishness and has its own crazy rewards. Agents of the three classic estates show the truth of this statement to this day.



"Class clowns are never allowed to date anybody decent, but you don't get beaten up, you're invited to parties, and everybody likes you."
Dan Harmon

Perhaps it is not that they are likeable; but rather seen as a menace to be placated.The evil clown is a subversion of the traditional comic clown, in which the playful trope is replaced by
elements of horror  and dark humor. "On 26 May 1990, in Wellington, Florida, Marlene Warren opened her front door to a brown-eyed clown bearing flowers and balloons. It shot her in the face, drove off in a white Chrysler LeBaron and was never seen again. Her murder remains unsolved."



The Batman film Dark Knight (2008) featured the late Heath Ledger as the ultimate Clown, the Joker, a psychopath, who promotes chaos and is ruthless with both good guys and bad guys. A trickster he exercises dark humour in his "jokes" and gleefully jeopardized his life for the pure hell of it. He is an arsonist, beset by aggressive paranoia."
 


One does not have to wear a clown suit and makeup to be a grotesque individual. On July 20, 2012,  James Eagan Holmes, set off tear gas grenades and shot into the audience at a screening of Dark Knight, using multiple firearms. Twelve people were killed and 70 others were injured, the largest number of casualties in a shooting in the United States. Holmes was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on August 7, 2015,  after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision over sentencing him to death.



Some psychopaths dress to kill and don't mind being caught in, or after, the act. Holmes was apprehended in his car just outside the theatre. Serial psychopaths are game players. If they don't dress up they can remain active for a long time. Like all humans they have basic needs aside from their psychic aberration, and gravitated toward certain jobs. R&R both held federal civil service jobs for three years.  Neither was a good fit psychologically and left for less amoral and antisocial work.  They may not wear grease paint but they do wear masks, which initially,  cover unusual behavioural traits.

           Never smile at a crocodile
           No, you can't get friendly with a crocodile
           Don't be taken in by his welcome grin
           He's imagining how well you'd fit within his skin.

                        Frank Churchill, lyrics for Disney's Peter Pan.


Another American study said 10%. An Australian study from 2014 guessed at 10% for financial service, put the rate there at 20%, on par with the number of prisoners displaying psychopathic personality characteristics such as glibness, manipulation, callousness, lack of emotion, irresponsibility, impulsivity and aggression. Not may of these seem likely to end up imprisoned but they can create a toxic workplace and that business may lead to collateral damage in the general population. Robert Hare, a University of British Columbia expert on psychopathy had written that, “As things stand, we do not know the prevalence of psychopathy among those who work on Wall Street. It may be even higher than ten per cent, on the assumption that psychopathic entrepreneurs and risk-takers tend to gravitate toward financial watering-holes, particularly those that are enormously lucrative and poorly regulated. But, until the research has been conducted, we are left with anecdotal evidence and widespread speculation.




Psychopaths can be intelligent innovative and colourful, however they have no capacity to love and form meaningful relationships, they are users and egocentric.  Most are superficially charming, self important, easily bored, and enjoying manipulating people. When things go wrong as they usually do in time, they lack remorse, feel no guilt and have no empathy for their victims. They are not overtly dangerous or scary unless their version of reality is questioned.



"Sometimes as I'm writing about my life, I get the weird feeling that someone is writing my life as I write about it. If god is an author and the universe is the biggest novel ever written, I may feel as if I'm the lead character in the story, but like every man and woman on earth, I am a supporting player in one of billions of subplots. You know what happens to supporting players. Too often they are killed off in chapter three or chapter ten, or in chapter thirty-five. A supporting player always has to be looking over his shoulder."
- Dean Koontz. It has been theorized that the immortal pagan gods started time rolling because they were bored existence in The Void. Many of them were described as tricksters, who liked to stir the pot of trouble for their amusement.




Conceptualized sketches for an animated version of Dean Koontz's novel Life Expectancy, which features the psychopathic trickster/clown Bezo. A circus performer, he
goes on a shooting rampage in the hospital because his beloved wife has died while giving birth. Things go down hill for a large number of humans from that point forward.



Blogger,"Captain Cassidy" says that the Christian God is seen by some adherents as "A Loving, Benevolent, Merciful, Grace-filled God Who Just Happens to Like Screwing With People’s Heads." He does add that, "Christians tend to create for themselves a god who looks like themselves. Nice people tend to carry around an image of a very kind god, while nasty or dishonest people tend to paint up a god who is nasty and dishonest." See: http://www.patheos.com/. God, or a god, may have created the universe, but has not intervened to control what goes on in people's heads. One one cannot reason with screwball clowns!



The palace is not safe when the cottage in not happy." - Disraeli.  With so many creepy clowns at large, the cottage is not the simple, happy place it once was. In ending his horror novel, Life expectancy Koontz concluded that, "...revenge and justice are twin braids in a line as thin as the high wire that an aerialist must walk, and if you can't keep your balance, then you are doomed - regardless of whether you fall to the left or the right of the line. A restrained response to evil is not moral, but neither is excessive violence." These examples are not the creepiest clowns in the world? "A man may smile and smile..." More about that next when Rod looks at
 

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