Thursday, June 30, 2005

La Laque

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I must say I like this NYC band, who happen to sing in French, even though none are from France.

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Dig their film noir look. It must be the romantic in me.

Two mp3's for download at the site.

Hypnosis, Belief, Fear, Creativity

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I found this book cover so strange, that I had to share. What does this woman have to do with auto-suggestion? I have no clue. She is not the author, she is not the person whose work this book discusses, nor did she write the forward. I have no plans on actually reading the book, to see if the mystery of the completely unrelated cover is expounded upon.

I merely borrowed it from a book store in the neighborhood, having good relations with the owner, and will promptly return it once done with this entry. As it stands now, the cover makes a good case for not embarking upon the adventure of auto-suggestion.

Wikipedia says:
Autosuggestion is a process by which an individual trains the subconscious mind to believe something, or systematically schematizes the person's own mental associations, usually for a given purpose. This is accomplished through self-hypnosis methods or repetitive, constant self-affirmations, and may be seen as a form of self-induced brainwashing. The acceptance of autosuggestion may be quickened through mental visualization of that which the individual would like to believe. Its success is typically correlated with the consistency of its use and the length of time over which it is used. Autosuggestion can be seen as an aspect of prayer, self-exhorting “pep talks,” meditation, and other similar activities. A trivial example of self-improvement by autosuggestion is the New Year's resolution, especially if it is followed up by systematic attention to the resolution.

Autosuggestion is most commonly accomplished by presenting (either through caressing or bombarding) one's mind with repetitive thoughts (negative or positive), until those thoughts become internalized. Practitioners typically hope to transmute thoughts into beliefs, and even into actualities. Visualizing the manifestations of a belief, verbally affirming it, and thinking it using one's “internal voice,” are typical means of influencing one's mind via repetitive autosuggestion. Autosuggestion is normally thought of as a deliberate tool, but it can also refer to an unintentional process...
I prefer to confront my beliefs and quirks head-on, eschewing such short cuts like self-hypnosis. I figure we are all hypnotized enough as it is. Belief is the enemy. Best to root it out, confront it, and throw it away if possible.

There are all kinds of gimmicks sold in order to change ourselves. It is almost an impossible task to actually change ourselves with brute force. Instead, I prefer the more mild observation over time approach. Don't judge or belittle the self, just the disinterested scientist, saying things like, “Hmm that's interesting.” Interacting with others is when we expose our quirks and beliefs, so neither do I think that creative types should hole themselves up in order to unleash their creative genius upon the world.

Bertrand Russell said, “The experience of overcoming fear is extraordinarily delightful.” If you could actually succeed in hypnotizing the fear out of your self, just think of all the fun you will have missed. Fear and social conformity hinder the creative spark and there are some recent articles that expound on the issue:

The best study to make the popular press in a while, or so I think:
What Other People Say May Change What You See
The conclusion of the article states:
But if people are made aware of their vulnerability, they may be able to avoid conforming to social pressure when it is not in their self-interest.
That vulnerability is social conformity. Choosing a groups version of truth despite it being evident that it is not the truth:
In fact, the researchers found that when people went along with the group on wrong answers, activity increased in the right intraparietal sulcus, an area devoted to spatial awareness, Dr. Berns said.

There was no activity in brain areas that make conscious decisions, the researchers found. But the people who made independent judgments that went against the group showed activation in the right amygdala and right caudate nucleus - regions associated with emotional salience.
Creative geniuses, creative jerks
GREGORY WOLFE wonders: If brilliance is so often bestowed on the undeserving, why do we still consider it a virtue? (via the nonist)
An interesting article, regarding morality and the creative genius, yet the author leans a bit too heavily on the great religion encourages creativity bit. Look at some of the great cathedrals, and it becomes obvious to those who study such things that non-Christian symbolism has been slipped past the censorious over-lords. Morality needs to be personally wrestled with, rather than just taking dictates from a hierarchy.
Over the limit

Leaps of faith into the realms of Tolkien and The X-Files are vital if science is not to become boring and die. Henry Gee favours a journey into the unknown

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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Illusory World Views to Pop and Fly Around Like a Balloon?

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My stomach cannot endure listening to Bush speak, and always wait to read about it the next day. Here is a very good distillation of his monkey-speak.

We are talking real entropy here.

I have quoted this before, but the ramifications are so astounding that enough attention cannot be drawn to the incredible hubris portrayed here:
The Bush Cult

First, the top Bush insider mocked the journalist and all those “in what we call the reality-based community,” i.e., people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” Suskind's attempt to defend the principles of reason and enlightenment cut no ice with the Bush-man. “That's not the way the world really works anymore. We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality,” he said. “And while you're studying that reality, we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors ... and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”
With wishful thinking and hubris in such large measures, this regime will reveal themselves to the world. More and more people are seeing that this war on terror is bogus.

Surely, as self-appointed lords of the world and gods of reality, they think something must be done to convince us we must “stay the course”. They will try to create reality. A reality where we will believe that perpetual war and stripping of freedoms is the only option.

I am pretty sure it is impossible for them to imagine that a scheme of theirs could possibly fall apart, revealing the sound stage and cue cards.

Perhaps it will require an equal measure of wishful thinking and hubris on the observers part to still believe anything coming from this regime.

Perhaps it will require more energy to maintain the walls of belief now firmly ensconced, than to finally allow the truth and horror to sink in.

What each person decides to do with the truth, as an individual, is where we each discover if we are a lion or a mouse.

Related Links:

An interesting piece on Senator Hagel from The Daily Heretic, including analysis as to exactly why, as a Republican, Hagel feels free to criticize Bush. It really is an insult to banana republics to say the US is as corrupt as a banana republic.

Bush Criticized Over Speech About Iraq War (via Signs of the Times)
Bush Insider Claim WTC Collapse Bogus Gets 'Huge Response' And Read By Millions Worldwide

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Monday, June 27, 2005

Weird Science

Boffins create zombie dogs

SCIENTISTS have created eerie zombie dogs, reanimating the canines after several hours of clinical death in attempts to develop suspended animation for humans.

US scientists have succeeded in reviving the dogs after three hours of clinical death, paving the way for trials on humans within years.

Pittsburgh's Safar Centre for Resuscitation Research has developed a technique in which subject's veins are drained of blood and filled with an ice-cold salt solution. [...]
The above story reminded of the creepy chimera creations:
Animal-Human Hybrids Spark Controversy

Maryann Mott
National Geographic News
January 25, 2005

Scientists have begun blurring the line between human and animal by producing chimeras—a hybrid creature that's part human, part animal. [...]
Actually, the zombie dog creations are old hat. The Russians did it years ago, back in the 1930's. At least according to this Perlinger Archives documentary:

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Animal lovers, please do not watch this film. You will be forced to watch evil scientists revive a dog's severed head, along with killing a dog and then reviving it.

Ah yes, the mad scientist archetype will never leave us alone.

Cheney's Boys Caught With Their Hands in the Till

Whistleblowers Describe Halliburton's “Free Fraud Zone”

“I can unequivocally state that the abuse related to contracts awarded to KBR represents the most blatant and improper contract abuse I have witnessed during the course of my professional career.”

-- Bunnatine Greenhouse, top Army Corps of Engineers contract oversight official, turned whistleblower

Today's Democratic Policy Committee Hearing was another jawdropper...
(via Robot Wisdom)

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Would Someone Please Go Over and Nominate Me...

I am far too modest to do it myself:
The “Scratchies” -- Now Taking Nominations!

A while back, I proposed a new kind of blog award. The awards were dubbed the “Scratchies” by popular acclaim. That is, Jon said it and no one took enough offense to suggest something else. AWolf modified one of the categories to make it more indicative of real character. I'm adding one category today.
I am not sure which category I like most:
Blogger most likely to drive a theocrat nuts at a school board meeting.
I don't have kids so...
Blogger most likely to pull a stranger out of a burning house.
satisfies my ego well enough.

I'm from New York, so I probably wouldn't qualify for:
Blogger most likely to stop and pull your car out of a ditch.
I would probably figure you are a con artist, and that you would promptly seek to rob and take my car instead.

The above sentence would probably be used against me by the psychiatrist in court, and hand them an explanation for my constant “conspiracy theorizing”:
Blogger most likely hold out against conviction if you're charged under a bad law -- even if the prosecution makes its case.
Check out the other humorous categories. Actually, I am unjustly using Scratchings body of work to show that I am not always doom and gloom around here, and don't really mean for anyone to nominate me.

It may be time to switch to a more inspirational mode:

Individual Creativity in a Dark Age and How it Could Save the World
Letter to Inspector Lohmann

After the last few posts, I'm starting to bring myself down.

The Time is Nigh?

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Bush's poll numbers are plummeting, US citizens are becoming fed up with the Iraq war in droves, the Downing Street memo is percolating into the public awareness despite the best efforts of mainstream media, and Rove is willing to risk more embarrassing gaffes and is shoving Bush onto the pulpit tomorrow.
The tipping point

US public opinion on the Iraq war dips with every dead soldier, and plummets at the first sniff of defeat
A lot of people are doing everything they can to make sure Bush can remain President for Life. If H. J. RES. 24 can't do the trick, there are alternatives:
Laura Bush for president?

Jeb Bush for president?
Both maintain the Bush crime family in power, but won't help if public outrage toward Bush is so loud that stealing yet another election will become too obvious. The same goes for this depressing explanation that, yes, he can “run” for election yet again:
More is Better

Those who figured, after this election, we would be rid of George W. Bush might want to think again. They are wrong: a third term can be had. The XXII Amendment is quite clear on this. George W. Bush has only been elected to the Presidency once. His first term he was appointed, not elected. And, during his first term, he was not sitting during part of some other President's term of office.
So, what's an evil crime family to do?

Stage yet another mass assassination of US citizens and blame it on Muslim Fundamentalists of course. Sure we have made it tougher on them, and we have honed our research skills with 9/11. More people now know just what these psychopaths are capable of doing, and are less willing to absorb their lies. Despite their best COINTELPRO attempts, many know the truth.

This does not matter to these people. They are full of hubris, think they can pull off yet another stunt, and finish the job of taking away every last vestige of freedom - “to make us safer”.

This nightmare is not going to go away anytime soon.

Keep a blank tape in the VCR, stay away from major landmarks and brace yourself.

I hope I am wrong.

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Sunday, June 26, 2005

Torture Chic

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And you thought Christian Fundamentalist Republicans were opposed to sodomy.

At first I thought it was a joke. Apparently not. Get yours at thecampaignstore.com

See also Torture Gone Wild: the Camp Gitmo Reality Show.

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The Newspaper Game

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And so begins one of the great movies of all time, His Girl Friday. I noticed that the last couple of posts have concerned movies so I thought I would continue the trend.

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I watched the movie again for the third or fourth time last night. The laughs come fast and quick throughout, and who couldn't use a good laugh.

I sat up, smoking the last cigarette of the evening and suddenly I was filled with disgust and loathing that was in such direct contradiction to the previous feelings engendered by Howard Hawks' classic move that it almost hurt.

These feelings were directed, of course, toward what are commonly referred to as journalists. At least that is what these parasites of humanity like to refer to themselves as, but really they should more properly refer to themselves as White House PR hacks.
Voluntary Amnesia in the Service of War


by Norman Solomon
06/23/05

Forget it!

That seems to be an unstated motto for American media coverage of the Iranian presidential election. The axiom comes down to: “Don’t let history get in the way of spin.”

Evasion smoothes the way to the next war.

For maximum propaganda effect, the agenda-setting must be decoupled as much as possible from clear truths -- about the current president’s mendacity in connection with Iraq, and about the record of U.S. government actions toward Iran.

While a seriously discredited President Bush strains to do damage control about his past lies and present machinations on Iraq, the U.S. media coverage typically presents his statements about Iran without so much as a whiff of suspicion. A proven liar is treated like a presumptive truth-teller. [...]
Also see:
WTC Basement Blast And Injured Burn Victim Blows 'Official 9/11 Story' Sky High


[...] The concerted effort by the media and the government to silence Rodriguez is the tragedy behind this American hero’s story. And there is no question, Rodriguez is a “silent hero” for saving so many lives and for having the courage to continue telling his story against tremendous odds. [...]
Just a couple of examples of the media's complicit silence in so many topics. Downing Street Memo anyone? This state of affairs has been ongoing for generations. Let us not forget that the New York Times buried the initial stories of concentration camps previous to WWII, thinking that rounding up people, enslaving and gassing them as not front page worthy news.

What motivates these people? Do they have a feeling for the truth, but are cowed by such examples like Gary Webb? Or, are they so fixated on appearing not to have an opinion, and the maxim that sometimes you can only reach the objective via the subjective too much of a paradox for them? Are they attempting to protect themselves from the truth just like nearly everyone else? Are they trying to protect a paycheck?

Perhaps my disgust should be directed toward the editors, who surely do their best to constrain and hinder any truth leaked to the public.

The media's complicity in the crimes against nature is becoming more and more evident every day. Their silence speaks volumes on just how corrupt our system really is.

Their silence says they like blood, death, torture, maiming, poisoning, war and hell on earth. I am not sure why they would think they will be preserved from it themselves as they sacrifice their soul to cover up or play down the Bush Regime's crimes.

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His Girl Friday is in the public domain. You can download or stream it here.

Cancel Your Subscriptions - The Time Has Come

Kind of a downer post. So perhaps you should check out some savage chickens.

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Saturday, June 25, 2005

Beware: Ensuing Spoiler for Batman Begins

I found the movie Batman Begins entertaining in a bleak sort of way. The League of Shadows was an interesting foe. A bunch of hyper active men hidden away in a remote mountain top in Mongolia(?), watching the evolution of man from afar; interceding through out history when they deemed humankind became too degenerate; wrapping their dark agenda in mystical and pseudo-religious terms.

They decide when to swoop in and destroy, never recognizing they are only honoring the dark path of entropy rather than creativity. If they would stop jumping around and doing their high kicks, and think a bit perhaps they wouldn't be so full of spiritual arrogance. They obviously get off on power, but make themselves feel better by burying the mayhem with a new-age wrapper. They like to play god, but never bothered to ask themselves that despite centuries of intervention why is humanity no better off.

So many people want to save the world, yet they can't seem to save themselves. Or worse yet, they want to save you. Of course, they know what's best for you. How many Christians dig the same philosophy as The League of Shadows? They can read god's mind and seek to fulfill its agenda, which always seems to involve a good bit of destruction and mayhem.

The whole super hero mythology could be said to be an expression of humanities desire for a savior. The savior desire sure has been used throughout history to control us. We all want it easy. The phrase, “Know thyself”, portends more difficulty than the simple sentence structure belies.

The movie reminded me of a book I read years ago:


“Darkness over Tibet (Mystic Traveller Series)” (T. Illion)


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Thursday, June 23, 2005

More Zombies as Social Commentary

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Zombies are George Romero's specialty, and he's about to unleash them for the first time in 20 years. Interview with George Romero:
[...] His zombie sagas, which also include the critically lauded 1979 masterpiece “Dawn of the Dead” (the remake of which was a hit last year), are splatter-happy and sweat-inducing survival dramas, but, as Romero says modestly, he likes “to throw in some observations about what's going on in the world.”

“Night” evoked Vietnam-era bloodshed and, with its black male lead trapped in a farmhouse, echoed civil rights hysteria. “Dawn” poked fun at soul-deadening consumerism. And “Day” addressed ethics in science. With “Land,” Romero tackles issues of safety and boundaries, showing a community fortifying itself against a murderous horde while its wealthiest keep alive class divisions separating them from the powerless.

“It's the folly of saying, 'Everything's OK, don't worry about it,' ” says Romero, who wrote “Land” before the events of Sept. 11. Its focus then was about “ignoring social ills, setting up a synthetic sense of comfort.”

He says he didn't have to tweak it much to reflect new fears of terrorism. When told that it's hard not to think of Iraq watching an armored car of trigger-happy humans roll through a zombiefied suburb shooting anything they see, Romero smiles. “That's one of the things I put in there afterward.” [...]
Night of the Living Dead is in the public domain. You can download or stream it here.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

American Reading Habits and the Reich

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Temporary good news: House Votes to Limit Patriot Act Rules

I say temporary, because the Bush Regime has got to stop all those library book reading terrorists:
[...] Supporters of the Patriot Act countered that the rules are potentially useful and argued that the House was voting to make libraries safe havens for terrorists.

“If there are terrorists in libraries studying how to fly planes, how to put together biological weapons, how to put together chemical weapons, nuclear weapons, ... we have to have an avenue through the federal court system so that we can stop the attack before it occurs,” said Rep. Tom Feeney, R-Fla. [...]
Of course it is important to see who is reading Flying Airliners into Tall Buildings for Dummies and The Big How-to Book on Genetically Engineering the Plague. To think otherwise is down right un-American.

More than likely they want to find out who is reading books like “Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower or By Way of Deception.

The better to charge peace activists with conspiracy: Antiwar protesters face federal conspiracy charges. (via Signs of the Times)

You never know when the Secret Service will be knocking on your door, and asking your mom about your political activities. (via boingboing.net)

There are a lot of dangerous ideas out there, and they must be stopped. There is a Reich to establish.

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Saturday, June 11, 2005

Depopulation part 4

“Strange is man when he seeks after his gods” - Robert Ripley

“..As we progressed in our investigation... we were astonished, not to say disturbed, by the influence exerted by the people who believe in the Nine - and ultimately, the Nine themselves. We gradually uncovered evidence of the extraordinary hold that these alleged non-human intelligences have over top industrialists, cutting-edge scientists, popular entertainers, radical parapsychologists and key figures in military and intelligence circles. We were to find that the Nine's influence even extends to the threshold of the White House itself.” - “The Stargate Conspiracy : The Truth about Extraterrestrial life and the Mysteries of Ancient Egypt” (Lynn Picknett)

I have resisted delving too much into the strange here. But the lid is off, and a lot more people are examining ideas that seem to confirm the underlying structure of not only our civilization, but of our entire reality, are much stranger than we can even begin to imagine.

The main problem with researching into these areas is that there are so many smoke screens and misdirections. Psyops is well prepared for the new and the experienced investigator.

One word that is bantered around a lot today is cult. The murderous events at Waco sealed the general publics conception and definition of a cult. It is my theory that this was a deliberate psyop to direct attention away from the elite's own terrifying and baroque cults. Once again we are taught to fear the “little people” and look away from the machine that is trying to grind us all down. (See the documentary, “Waco - The Rules of Engagement”, William Gazecki)

The Nine, as referenced in the quote above, are channeled entities who call themselves space gods. Their message seems to me rather racist regarding those not “white” and takes umbrage toward the Islamic faith. it speaks of a chosen people, and talks of an imminent apocalypse as a genetic “house cleaning”.

Sound familiar? It should. It's pretty close to the Old Testament, that other piece of channeled literature primarily about one of the world's most famous and violent extraterrestrials and various believers direct interaction with ET.

The quote at the beginning of this post expresses horror at just who holds the messages from the space gods dear. You wouldn't believe some of the people named in the Stargate Conspiracy. One in particular may hurt the feelings of some fans of a particularly popular sci-fi series.

Telling people they are special and chosen seems to work every time. We are such suckers. A lot of people believed it when Yahweh told them, and to this day we are fighting wars over who is more special and chosen, and what chunk of land belongs to these special people as promised by something not human.

A chunk of the Nine's message is contained in the book entitled The Keys of Enoch. More from the Stargate Conspiracy:
The Keys of Enoch is a ...self-consciously religious work... Subtitled A Teaching Given on Seven Levels To Be Read and Visualized In Preparation for the Brotherhood of Light To be Delivered for the Quickening of the 'People of Light.“ ...It even looks like a Bible with the Hebrew letters for Yahweh - YHWH - embossed in gold on its white-and-gold cover, and its text displayed in two columns and divided into short numbered verses. This book evidently believes itself to be very holy, very sacred, taking itself extremely seriously indeed. The sixty-four 'Keys' of spiritual wisdom, covering all aspects of ethics and history, are presented in resounding quasi-Biblical language, although it is virtually impenetrable.

Supposedly something has gone wrong with human being's genetic programming and these space gods are to eventually arrive on earth to clean and purge, and set everything aright. It seems our genetics are causing disturbances throughout the universe. [...]

Could this immensely complex scheme, extending over many years and involving hundreds, perhaps thousands of people, really have originated with extraterristrials? Is this evidence of a clever long-term plan from nonhuman intelligences, such as the Nine? Tempting though such a scenario may appear, the fact remains that there is a large degree of involvement - and obvious orchestration - by clandestine government agencies. Although these two hypotheses seem contradictory, there is another option. Are the shadowy presences of the intelligence agencies and the nonhuman intelligences not, as they may seem, mutually exclusive, but actually an alliance?

One thing is certain: the Nine have had an influence on a huge variety of prime movers...
Indeed. I will repeat for emphasis: the Nine incites believers to look forward to an apocalypse which will result in a ”genetic housecleaning“. Believers, of course, will be saved from the atrocity, because they are special.

I recommend the Stargate Conspiracy, although I don't necessarily agree with all their conclusions. I also think they don't go far enough, and pull back a bit from the true horror of it all. But, the book was written in 1999, before the day that changed the whole world. The authors do a good job of sorting through an incredible complicated maze.

These ”prime movers“ mentioned are surely feeding and utilizing the US Fundamentalist Christian movement who have similar core tenets, who in turn are doing everything they can to fund Zionistic purging of the Palestinians, who in turn are inciting war in the Middle East to distract attention and to hinder any retaliation from surrounding countries. A vicious circle, with probable blurring at the top as to who believes what, or if not true believers, than utilizing beliefs for their own reasons, and we are caught in the middle.

Don't believe in ”space gods“? You may be in the minority on the planet.

The media is playing a little game. They publish skeptics and debunkers of the UFO and ”space brother“ memes, and at the same time are consistently publishing tracts that we should accept our space brother overlords. We have an elite creating a problem, perpetual war and misery, and the solution that may be proffered may be accepting space brothers because we are too ignorant to sort out our problems ourselves.

That sounds pretty ridiculous to me, but there seems to be enough evidence that forces me to consider it as a probability.

If you are up to reading such things, check out Learning to Live with Extraterrestrials: An Interview with Lisette Larkins. This is just the tip of the iceberg, and the world abounds in such literature.

To be continued...

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Monday, June 06, 2005

Depopulation part 3

“From 1945 to 2003, the United States attempted to overthrow more than 40 foreign governments, and to crush more than 30 populist-nationalist movements fighting against intolerable regimes. In the process, the US bombed some 25 countries, caused the end of life for several million people, and condemned many millions more to a life of agony and despair.” - William Blum

“ ... the United States [is] cast in the role of Praetorian Guard, protecting the interests of the global financial order against fractious elements in the Third World. ” - John Stockwell, former CIA official and author
Someone posted a comment on another blog regarding my Kissinger quote on part 1 of this series. I have been a bit busy of late, so I did not get a change to respond there, so I will respond briefly to the comments as a whole now.

The quote: “Depopulation should be the highest priority of U.S. foreign policy towards the Third World.”- Henry Kissinger

The basic gist of the commentary was that the context of the quote needs to be considered. The context being that we need to help those poor third worlders get their rampant population under control. The commentary went on to say that this sounds reasonable.

Perhaps it does at first. We are all assaulted with those awful and terrifying images of poor, starving children with extended bellies and flies crawling all over their face. Everyone but a psychopath would be moved by such startling images and the awful suffering they portray.

Although, perhaps we in the west have become immune to such imagery. We have almost gotten used to the fact that those poor Africans live in appalling conditions and ignorance.

If we searched no further than the vague recitations of famine from the nightly talking head, then we might think bad luck. Or we might process vague racist notions about Africans who just can't seem to pull themselves together.

We may not endorse such atrocious pseudo science like The Bell Curve, but we may not be aware that endorsing such awful talk of Kissinger saying we need to help those Africans “depopulate” is equally, if not a more subtle, racism fueled entirely by our ignorance.

How come Africa cannot seem to help themselves?
Thinking the Unthinkable - World Violence as a Solution to Overpopulation and Resource Collapse

Keep in mind that it was only about a century ago that Native Americans were being systematically exterminated - to provide room for capitalist expansion. We may tend to blame it on some kind of wild-west pioneer mentality, but to the land speculators, the railroad builders, and the east-coast bankers, it was a fully-conscious program of business expansion through genocide. I ran across a confidential letter written by Thomas Jefferson, for example, in which he gave advice to an official about how the natives could be most efficiently killed off (it had to do with encouraging them to get into debt.)

Let's look at some of the things the West, especially the US, is doing in African countries such as Rwanda and many of its neighbours. First of all, the IMF has systematically destroyed the economies - in some cases utterly. From this cause alone, large-scale famines began. Then civil strife 'arose'. Indeed strife did 'arise' out of the abysmal economic conditions - but it was helped along with a strong push from US military advisors, and with shiploads of modern Western armaments.

The training emphasis was on 'security operations', which translates into the creation of death-squad militias, much like those in East Timor - which were also US trained. Out of these Western-sponsored civil-wars, further genocide occurred, partly from increased famine due to disorder, and partly from slaughter. No massive 'humanitarian' intervention effort was considered, I suggest, because what was happening is exactly what was intended to happen - genocide _is the fundamental agenda being carried out! Hence the corporate global media simply reports these events as unfortunate, unavoidable, due to ancient ethnic hatreds or droughts, etc. etc.

Another thing the IMF and World Bank are doing is dismantling health-care facilities in these parts of Africa. Under IMF structural requirements, the budget for health care is limited to something on the order of $3 per person per year. A new 'philosophy' of health care has been adopted. Under this philosophy professional health care is seen as being an 'elite institution', and the population instead is to depend on untrained lay people to provide their care. Of these events, the elite media is simply silent. [...]
Improve a populations wealth, stability and education and the birth rate drops. If we left Africa alone, stopped supporting dictators, and stopped forcing Africans to grow exports for the wealthy western world so that they could grow food for their own population than their would not be so much chaos and entropy there. To think otherwise is racist.

For Kissinger to discuss depopulation, and make it sound like he is some benevolent force in the world is just an ingenious tactic that whore uses to cover up the crimes of his masters. He is neglecting to mention what brought about the incredible suffering because he works for the people that deliberately and calculatingly brought it about.

US in Africa: Partnership or Pillage?

By Yifat Susskind
Spring 2000

Alarming reports about the specter of famine in the Horn of Africa have recently resurfaced in the media. The culprit, we are told, is insufficient rainfall. But while a drought might ruin harvests, mass starvation cannot be blamed on the weather. Famine is caused by grossly disparate access to resources; yet the idea of famine in Africa as “natural” disaster persists as part of a broader web of images.

Africa is a diverse continent three times the size of the United States with over 50 countries and 3,000 languages. But it is consistently portrayed in the US as a monolithic mass of primitive tribal wars, disaster, disease and death. The images are so pervasive that it's difficult to discuss African social and political problems without triggering the “dark continent” myths that everyone in the US ingests.

Part of what makes these images so powerful is that they are presented to us without explanation, as though chaos and suffering were the natural condition of Africans. Only when we extend the picture of African “victims” to include their victimizers, can we begin to see a schematic of cause and effect; of actual people and policies that create and maintain the poverty, violence and disease that appear endemic to Africa. [...]

The end of the Cold War was like taking the lid off a pressure cooker in Africa. The interest of the big powers evaporated, creating a vacuum which shattered weak states and exploded long-simmering civil conflicts in Rwanda, Somalia, Liberia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Burundi, Sudan, Sierra Leone and Zaire (renamed Democratic Republic of Congo, or DRC, in 1997).

The US built much of the arsenals for these wars with $227 million worth of weapons and military training since 1989. Today, the biggest war in African history is raging in the DRC, where the Pentagon has trained or armed eight of the nine warring countries. Most African militaries now receive US training through President Clinton's African Crisis Response Initiative (ACRI), which pushes even more weapons sales on these countries. The program is couched in a language of self-determination, with slogans like “African solutions to African problems.” But in reality, it serves to beef up those African forces that will protect US interests, while avoiding a direct US military presence. ACRI also sidelines multi-lateral peacekeeping efforts of the United Nations, which may not match US priorities. [...]

“State Terrorism and the United States: From Counterinsurgency to the War on Terrorism” (Frederick H. Gareau)

THE ROOT DOCTRINE

Schmitz makes it clear in his book Thank God They're on Our Side: the United States and Right-Wing Dictatorships that Washington's support for rightwing dictators during the Cold War was a continuation, an elongation and an intensification of a policy developed during the early part of the century. That policy placed the fear of communism, socialism, and the spread of disorder as the centerpiece of its formulation. [...]

The new policy was initiated by the Hoover administration, and taken up and “completed” during the succeeding Roosevelt administration. By 1934 all American troops had been withdrawn from Latin America, except for those at the military and naval bases maintained in Panama and in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. The financial supervision of Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua was phased out between 1936 and 1940.

Washington relinquished, at least on paper, its right to intervene. For direct forms of dominance, it substituted indirect ones, reminiscent of but less formal than those employed in British indirect rule in Africa. Central to this new scheme was support-economic, military and diplomatic-for local autocrats-for their currencies, their national constabularies, and their personal greed. In return, these autocrats suppressed local communists and radicals, protected American business, and performed other favors when called upon to do so.

The good neighbor policy and the Root doctrine not only accomplished the same essential goals, but the latter was generally more cost effective and presented a smoother surface. No need to invade to change unwanted regimes. Better to support the local military that would make the changes for you. [...]
Personally, I am overwhelmed by the crimes of the elite. To organize and to somehow give a brief insight into the sheer audacity and complexity of these crimes; to sort through the mountainous amount of data regarding these monsters chills me to the bone.

I do not judge anyone for their ignorance, unless it is a willful act. We all have been held in “their” sway and power at one time or another.

Until we got sick and said enough.

By referring to racism in this post, I do not mean to belittle anyone. Calling names is not necessarily helpful, and I do believe plenty of “good” people have picked up racist ideas almost subliminally from our shitty media. The only way to get rid of these concepts is to begin to gain a glimmer of the agenda and why these thoughts, that may not be our own, are lodged there.

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Thursday, June 02, 2005

Depopulation part 2

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I have been forced to the conviction that this particular behavior pattern [psychopathy] is found among one's fellow men far more frequently than might be surmised from reading the literature. If the nature of the disorder in question defines itself throughout the course of this work with sufficient sharpness and clarity to be recognizable as a pathologic entity, little doubt will remain that it presents a sociologic and psychiatric problem second to none. - THE MASK OF SANITY: An Attempt to Clarify Some Issues About the So-Called Psychopathic Personality, Hervey Cleckley, M.D., Fifth Edition
Bruce makes an excellent point in his comment:


...well, as John Prine sings on his new album, “some humans ain't human, some people ain't kind.”...
I usually figure that by the time I have managed to figure something out, most must already know about it. But, I am not sure most are aware just how extensive and pervasive the psychopathic problem really is. So, before delving into the occult and high strangeness, I will take Bruce's prompt and make some quick notes about the world of the psychopath.

It is as if the more evolved the species, the more evolved the predator becomes. The major predator for human beings happens to look exactly like us, but inside they resemble little if anything most would call human:
The [psychopath] is unfamiliar with the primary facts or data of what might be called personal values and is altogether incapa- ble of understanding such matters. It is impossible for him to take even a slight interest in the tragedy or joy or the striving of humanity as presented in serious literature or art. He is also in- different to all these matters in life itself.

Beauty and ugliness, except in a very superficial sense, goodness, evil, love, horror, and humour have no actual meaning, no power to move him. He is, furthermore, lacking in the ability to see that others are moved. It is as though he were colour-blind, despite his sharp in-telligence, to this aspect of human existence. It cannot be ex-plained to him because there is nothing in his orbit of awareness that can bridge the gap with comparison. He can repeat the words and say glibly that he understands, and there is no way for him to realize that he does not understand. [Ibid]
Psychopaths appear to be excellent tools to fulfill the bizarre agenda of depopulation. Incapable of projecting their actions into the future, they can't see that they are killing off their food supply. They also can not conceptualize that a basic Machiavelli trick may apply to them: kill off those who perform the dirty tricks for you. Although, The Prince appears to be the basic handbook.

They are only capable of existing as parasites. If everyone had realized the truth of their existence, actually coped with the fact that something so horrible existed and resisted their tricks and cunning they would have died of starvation long ago - never to trouble the human gene pool again.

Here is as good a place as any to mention one of the core aspects of my personal philosophy: never act against another, instead defend one's own destiny, however that destiny may be defined by the individual. (Choose your own philosophy, or one will be chosen for you. It is said nature abhors a vacuum.)

Psychopathy has been one of those half-secrets. The word is often on the tip of everyone's tongue, yet the usual image conjured up is the serial killer.
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The truth is far more insidious. Very likely one may be a member of our extended family, a neighbor, a lover, a friend or a boss.

They may not be killers or torturers, yet are cunning manipulators who seem to cast a spell over others and hold them under their power. Cleckley mentions that they seem nearly irresistible to the opposite sex. (Or as it has been increasingly revealed in the neo-con world, irresistible to the same sex.)

Western civilization has been twisted and distorted to reward psychopathic behavior, and has made it an adaptive tactic for success. I highly recommend the documentary The Corporation.

Most psychopaths learn how to not get caught, or do not break the law in a brazen manner. Notice how the Bush Reich has the law rewritten, or has pseudo legal papers drawn up stating the Geneva conventions do not apply so proceed with torture.

We will understand very little of what is going on the world stage right now, unless we understand the inner landscape of the psychopath. It is bleak and troubling to study the subject, but it is a bit late to flinch now. I have included some suggestions for further research for those interested:


“The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us” (Martha Stout)


“Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us” (Robert D. Hare)


“Unholy Hungers : Encountering the Psychic Vampire in Ourselves & Others” (BARBARA E. HORT)

“The Mask of Sanity: An Attempt to Clarify Some Issues About the So Called Psychopathic Personality” (Hervey Cleckley)


And Studies in Psychopathy. Lots of great links and commentary found at this link.

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