Archive for January, 2002

Mothman Prophecies reviewed

Source: The Scarborough Mirror – Toronto
Sunday, January 27, 2002
Film Review by Stuart Green

Mothman Prophecies Heavy On Horror, Chills

Its not easy to make a monster movie that never shows the
monster. It takes a certain skill on the director’s part to make
us believe there is this menacing being or beast or entity
that’s threatening and tormenting our protagonists without
relying on special effects and pup pets to give the monster

But director Mark Pellington has done just that with the
effective and chilling supernatural thriller ‘The Mothman

Based on actual events in West Virginia more than 30 years ago,
the film is the eeriest, smartest and most unpredictable tale
of other-worldly happenings since ‘The Sixth Sense’, with the
added impact of having its roots in real life happenings.

‘The Mothman Prophecies’ crosses ‘X-Files’-like paranormal
investigation and the compelling story of a man trying to get
over the death of his wife some two years earlier.

Richard Gere stars as the grieving widower, a journalist named
John Klein, who gets lost on his way to an interview and ends up
in Point Pleasant, W.Va., some 600 miles from his intended
destination with no recollection of how he got there.

But he, quickly discovers that being lost and without a
functioning automobile is the least of his troubles. It seems
there have been all sorts of strange goings on in the town
that local police are at a loss to explain.

And the more he hears about those goings on, the closer to home
they hit. Apparently dozens of townsfolk have been reporting
seeing a strange moth or bird-like creature and hearing odd
squeals emanating from their telephone receivers.

Klein is particularly struck by the Mothman sightings as his
wife claimed to have had the same vision shortly before she

He quickly teams up with a local cop (Laura Linney) and puts his
investigative journalism skills to use as he attempts to
discover the reality behind the fantastic stories.

The investigation leads him to a local mystery man and a Chicago
author who reveal the sightings are premonitions of a tragic
event that Klein is determined to prevent.

Based on John A. Keel’s 1975 book of the same name, ‘The Mothman
Prophecies’ is part thriller, part love story and part urban

But as realized by Pellington (director of the equally powerful
crime thriller ‘Arlington Road’), it’s almost all horror. The
former music video maverick turned feature film director has
obviously spent a great deal of time watching movies like ‘The
Exorcist’ and ‘Carrie’ or anything by Alfred Hitchcock that
effectively use lighting, sets and music to evoke terror. We
only ever catch brief glimpses of the Mothman and even those
glimpses are not definitive in portraying the creature.

Gore and Linney as the hapless duo trying to get to the bottom
of the mystery are great as a Mulder and Scully team; he a
believer, she a skeptic. But it’s Will Patton as a local who is
the conduit between the real and supernatural worlds who gives
the film’s most dynamic performance. He’s angry, confused and
scared to death of what’s going on around him and it shows.

Pellington uses him wisely to punctuate an already well-crafted

‘The Mothman Prophecies’ is both creepy and captivating… and
jump-out-of-your seat scary as hell too.

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PARANOIA: A Novel of the Illuminati

PARANOIA is the new psychological thriller from Salvo Press about conspiracies, mind control and a 2,000-year-old game played by the Vatican and the world’s oldest secret society, the Illuminati. In PARANOIA, a man is plunged into America’s shadow, where conspiracies fight conspiracies and where even conspiracy theorists are agents of the Game-players. Containing history and theories as frightening as the fiction, PARANOIA will make you think—and blink.

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McHajj: Corporate Psych Warfare in the DreamTime

Author: Admin
Date:   01-25-02 15:50

Jaye C. Beldo

The Konformist proudly presents an imaginative serialized work of fiction, McHajj, by Jaye C. Beldo, who tops our list of favorite new underground writers.

“Virtually everything in the Mchajj story comes from a series of prolonged nightmares I have had with little mediation from my conscious mind. Life long exposure to advertising has caused me severe emotional trauma that has yet to be healed, very similiar to what child abuse or growing up in an alcoholic family has done to so many others. The transcriptions of my nightmares that has resulted in the McHajj story remains, to this day, the only way I know how to alleviate the pain of what I have had to endure living in a capital intensive environment.”

Papers reveal Nazi aim: End Christianity

Papers reveal Nazi aim: End Christianity
By Edward Colimore

The fragile, typewritten documents from the 1940s lay out the Nazi plan in grim detail:

Take over the churches from within, using party sympathizers. Discredit, jail or kill Christian leaders. And re-indoctrinate the congregants. Give them a new faith – in Germany’s Third Reich.

More than a half-century ago, confidential U.S. government reports on the Nazi plans were prepared for the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg and will be available online for free starting tomorrow – some of them for the first time.

These rare documents – in their original form, some with handwritten scrawls across them – are part of an online legal journal published by students of the Rutgers University School of Law at Camden.

“When people think about the Holocaust, they think about the crimes against Jews, but here’s a different perspective,” said Julie Seltzer Mandel, a third-year law student who is editor of the Nuremberg Project for the Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion.

“A lot of people will say, ‘I didn’t realize that they were trying to convert Christians to a Nazi philosophy.’ . . . They wanted to eliminate the Jews altogether, but they were also looking to eliminate Christianity.”

Mandel said the journal would post new Nuremberg documents about every six months, along with commentary from scholars across the world, on its Web site at

The material is part of the archives of Gen. William J. Donovan, who served as special assistant to the U.S. chief of counsel during the International Military Tribunal after World War II. The trials were convened to hold accountable those responsible for war crimes.

The first installment – a 120-page report titled “The Nazi Master Plan: The Persecution of the Christian Churches” – was prepared by the Office of Strategic Services, a forerunner of the CIA.

“Important leaders of the National Socialist party would have liked to meet this situation [church influence] by complete extirpation of Christianity and the substitution of a purely racial religion,” said an OSS report in July 1945. “The best evidence now available as to the existence of an anti-Church plan is to be found in the systematic nature of the persecution itself.

“Different steps in that persecution, such as the campaign for the suppression of denominational and youth organizations, the campaign against denominational schools, the defamation campaign against the clergy, started on the same day in the whole area of the Reich . . . and were supported by the entire regimented press, by Nazi Party meetings, by traveling party speakers.”

A second online journal posting – to be added in about six months – will spotlight a secret OSS document, “Miscellaneous Memoranda on War Criminals,” about the efforts of various countries to bring Nazis to justice.

A third installment – to be included in the journal in a year – focuses on translated, confidential Nazi documents. A message sent during the Kristallnacht (“Night of Broken Glass”) pogrom of November 1938 is titled “Measures To Be Taken Against Jews Tonight.” Authorities were given specific instructions: “Jewish shops and homes may be destroyed, but not looted. . . . Foreigners, even if Jewish, will not be molested.”

Mandel, whose 80-year-old grandmother is a survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp, said that allowing the public access to such documentation is “phenomenal.”

“Some of the papers will answer questions that scholars have been asking for years,” said Mandel, 29, of Berlin Borough, Camden County. “What did we know? When did we know it?”

The documents are part of the collection of the Cornell University School of Law library, which has about 150 bound volumes of Nuremberg trial transcripts and materials. They are housed at the school and are being cataloged.

“Gen. Donovan kept extensive, detailed records of Nazi atrocities,” said Mandel, who taught at Triton High School in Runnemede and at Shawnee High School in Medford, where she led a course on “Literature of the Holocaust.”

She and other journal editors – Daniel Bahk, Christopher Elliott, Ross Enders and Jessica Platt – examined hundreds of documents at Cornell before choosing those to be posted on the journal site. “The project could not be published in a conventional journal without losing the international accessibility that it demands,” said Rayman Solomon, dean of the School of Law. “This student initiative will make a significant contribution to legal history scholarship while being of great interest and importance to the general public, especially at this time in our history.”

Greg Baxter, marketing editor of the journal and a third-year Rutgers law student, said the online project was “definitely pertinent in light of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack” and Bush administration plans to hold a military tribunal to try the accused.

“The Nuremberg trials provide a framework for today’s trials,” said Baxter, 24, of Winslow, Camden County.

The Doors Of Perception: Why Americans Will Believe Almost Anything

The Doors Of Perception: Why Americans Will Believe Almost Anything
by Dr. Tim O’Shea

We are the most conditioned, programmed beings the
world has ever known. Not only are our thoughts and
attitudes continually being shaped and molded; our
very awareness of the whole design seems like it is
being subtly and inexorably erased.

The doors of our perception are carefully and
precisely regulated. Who cares, right?

It is an exhausting and endless task to keep
explaining to people how most issues of conventional
wisdom are scientifically implanted in the public
consciousness by a thousand media clips per day. In an
effort to save time, I would like to provide just a
little background on the handling of information in
this country.

Once the basic principles are illustrated about how
our current system of media control arose
historically, the reader might be more apt to question
any given story in today’s news.

If everybody believes something, it’s probably wrong.
We call that Conventional Wisdom.

In America, conventional wisdom that has mass
acceptance is usually contrived: somebody paid for it.

Pharmaceuticals restore health
Vaccination brings immunity
The cure for cancer is just around the corner
When a child is sick, he needs immediate antibiotics
When a child has a fever he needs Tylenol
Hospitals are safe and clean.
America has the best health care in the world.
And many many more
This is a list of illusions, that have cost billions
and billions to conjure up. Did you ever wonder why
you never see the President speaking publicly unless
he is reading? Or why most people in this country
think generally the same about most of the above

How This Set-Up Got Started

In Trust Us We’re Experts, Stauber and Rampton pull
together some compelling data describing the science
of creating public opinion in America.

They trace modern public influence back to the early
part of the last century, highlighting the work of
guys like Edward L. Bernays, the Father of Spin. From
his own amazing chronicle Propaganda, we learn how
Edward L. Bernays took the ideas of his famous uncle
Sigmund Freud himself, and applied them to the
emerging science of mass persuasion.

The only difference was that instead of using these
principles to uncover hidden themes in the human
unconscious, the way Freudian psychology does, Bernays
used these same ideas to mask agendas and to create
illusions that deceive and misrepresent, for marketing

The Father Of Spin

Bernays dominated the PR industry until the 1940s, and
was a significant force for another 40 years after
that. (Tye) During all that time, Bernays took on
hundreds of diverse assignments to create a public
perception about some idea or product. A few examples:

As a neophyte with the Committee on Public
Information, one of Bernays’ first assignments was to
help sell the First World War to the American public
with the idea to “Make the World Safe for Democracy.”

A few years later, Bernays set up a stunt to
popularize the notion of women smoking cigarettes. In
organizing the 1929 Easter Parade in New York City,
Bernays showed himself as a force to be reckoned with.

He organized the Torches of Liberty Brigade in which
suffragettes marched in the parade smoking cigarettes
as a mark of women’s liberation. Such publicity
followed from that one event that from then on women
have felt secure about destroying their own lungs in
public, the same way that men have always done.

Bernays popularized the idea of bacon for breakfast.

Not one to turn down a challenge, he set up the
advertising format along with the AMA that lasted for
nearly 50 years proving that cigarettes are beneficial
to health. Just look at ads in issues of Life or Time
from the 40s and 50s.

Smoke And Mirrors

Bernay’s job was to reframe an issue; to create a
desired image that would put a particular product or
concept in a desirable light. Bernays described the
public as a ‘herd that needed to be led.’ And this
herdlike thinking makes people “susceptible to

Bernays never deviated from his fundamental axiom to
“control the masses without their knowing it.” The
best PR happens with the people unaware that they are
being manipulated.

Stauber describes Bernays’ rationale like this:

“the scientific manipulation of public opinion was
necessary to overcome chaos and conflict in a
democratic society.” Trust Us p 42
These early mass persuaders postured themselves as
performing a moral service for humanity in general –
democracy was too good for people; they needed to be
told what to think, because they were incapable of
rational thought by themselves. Here’s a paragraph
from Bernays’ Propaganda:

“Those who manipulate the unseen mechanism of society
constitute an invisible government which is the true
ruling power of our country. We are governed, our
minds molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested
largely by men we have never heard of.
This is a logical result of the way in which our
democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human
beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to
live together as a smoothly functioning society.

In almost every act of our lives whether in the sphere
of politics or business in our social conduct or our
ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively
small number of persons who understand the mental
processes and social patterns of the masses. It is
they who pull the wires that control the public mind.”

Here Comes The Money

Once the possibilities of applying Freudian psychology
to mass media were glimpsed, Bernays soon had more
corporate clients than he could handle. Global
corporations fell all over themselves courting the new
Image Makers. There were dozens of goods and services
and ideas to be sold to a susceptible public. Over the
years, these players have had the money to make their
images happen. A few examples:

Philip Morris Pfizer Union Carbide Allstate
Monsanto Eli Lilly tobacco industry Ciba Geigy
lead industry Coors DuPont Chlorox
Shell Oil Standard Oil Procter & Gamble Boeing
General Motors Dow Chemical General Mills Goodyear

The Players

Though world-famous within the PR industry, the
companies have names we don’t know, and for good

The best PR goes unnoticed.

For decades they have created the opinions that most
of us were raised with, on virtually any issue which
has the remotest commercial value, including:

pharmaceutical drugs vaccines
medicine as a profession alternative medicine
fluoridation of city water chlorine
household cleaning products tobacco
dioxin global warming
leaded gasoline cancer research and treatment
pollution of the oceans forests and lumber
images of celebrities, including damage control
crisis and disaster management
genetically modified foods aspartame
food additives; processed foods dental amalgams

Lesson #1

Bernays learned early on that the most effective way
to create credibility for a product or an image was by
“independent third-party” endorsement.

For example, if General Motors were to come out and
say that global warming is a hoax thought up by some
liberal tree-huggers, people would suspect GM’s
motives, since GM’s fortune is made by selling

If however some independent research institute with a
very credible sounding name like the Global Climate
Coalition comes out with a scientific report that says
global warming is really a fiction, people begin to
get confused and to have doubts about the original

So that’s exactly what Bernays did. With a policy
inspired by genius, he set up “more institutes and
foundations than Rockefeller and Carnegie combined.”
(Stauber p 45)

Quietly financed by the industries whose products were
being evaluated, these “independent” research agencies
would churn out “scientific” studies and press
materials that could create any image their handlers
wanted. Such front groups are given high-sounding
names like:

Temperature Research Foundation Manhattan Institute
International Food Information Council Center for
Produce Quality
Consumer Alert Tobacco Institute Research Council
The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition Air
Hygiene Foundation
American Council on Science and Health Industrial
Health Federation
Global Climate Coalition International Food
Information Council
Alliance for Better Foods

Sound pretty legit don’t they?

Canned News Releases

As Stauber explains, these organizations and hundreds
of others like them are front groups whose sole
mission is to advance the image of the global
corporations who fund them, like those listed on page
2 above.

This is accomplished in part by an endless stream of
‘press releases’ announcing “breakthrough” research to
every radio station and newspaper in the country.
(Robbins) Many of these canned reports read like
straight news, and indeed are purposely molded in the
news format.

This saves journalists the trouble of researching the
subjects on their own, especially on topics about
which they know very little. Entire sections of the
release or in the case of video news releases, the
whole thing can be just lifted intact, with no
editing, given the byline of the reporter or newspaper
or TV station – and voil?! Instant news – copy and
paste. Written by corporate PR firms.

Does this really happen? Every single day, since the
1920s when the idea of the News Release was first
invented by Ivy Lee. (Stauber, p 22) Sometimes as many
as half the stories appearing in an issue of the Wall
St. Journal are based solely on such PR press
releases.. (22)

These types of stories are mixed right in with
legitimately researched stories. Unless you have done
the research yourself, you won’t be able to tell the

The Language Of Spin

As 1920s spin pioneers like Ivy Lee and Edward Bernays
gained more experience, they began to formulate rules
and guidelines for creating public opinion. They
learned quickly that mob psychology must focus on
emotion, not facts. Since the mob is incapable of
rational thought, motivation must be based not on
logic but on presentation. Here are some of the axioms
of the new science of PR:

technology is a religion unto itself
if people are incapable of rational thought, real
democracy is dangerous
important decisions should be left to experts
when reframing issues, stay away from substance;
create images
never state a clearly demonstrable lie
Words are very carefully chosen for their emotional
impact. Here’s an example. A front group called the
International Food Information Council handles the
public’s natural aversion to genetically modified

Trigger words are repeated all through the text. Now
in the case of GM foods, the public is instinctively
afraid of these experimental new creations which have
suddenly popped up on our grocery shelves which are
said to have DNA alterations. The IFIC wants to
reassure the public of the safety of GM foods, so it
avoids words like:

Frankenfoods Hitler biotech
chemical DNA experiments
manipulate money safety
scientists radiation roulette
gene-splicing gene gun random

Instead, good PR for GM foods contains words like:

hybrids natural order beauty
choice bounty cross-breeding
diversity earth farmer
organic wholesome

It’s basic Freudian/Tony Robbins word association. The
fact that GM foods are not hybrids that have been
subjected to the slow and careful scientific methods
of real crossbreeding doesn’t really matter. This is
pseudoscience, not science. Form is everything and
substance just a passing myth. (Trevanian)

Who do you think funds the International Food
Information Council? Take a wild guess. Right –
Monsanto, DuPont, Frito-Lay, Coca Cola, Nutrasweet –
those in a position to make fortunes from GM foods.
(Stauber p 20)

Characteristics Of Good Propaganda

As the science of mass control evolved, PR firms
developed further guidelines for effective copy. Here
are some of the gems:

dehumanize the attacked party by labeling and name
speak in glittering generalities using emotionally
positive words
when covering something up, don’t use plain English;
stall for time; distract
get endorsements from celebrities, churches, sports
figures, street people – anyone who has no expertise
in the subject at hand
the ‘plain folks’ ruse: us billionaires are just like
when minimizing outrage, don’t say anything memorable,
point out the benefits of what just happened, and
avoid moral issues
Keep this list. Start watching for these techniques.
Not hard to find – look at today’s paper or tonight’s
TV news. See what they’re doing; these guys are good!

Science For Hire

PR firms have become very sophisticated in the
preparation of news releases. They have learned how to
attach the names of famous scientists to research that
those scientists have not even looked at. (Stauber, p

This is a common occurrence. In this way the editors
of newspapers and TV news shows are often not even
aware that an individual release is a total PR
fabrication. Or at least they have “deniability,”

Stauber tells the amazing story of how leaded gas came
into the picture. In 1922, General Motors discovered
that adding lead to gasoline gave cars more

When there was some concern about safety, GM paid the
Bureau of Mines to do some fake “testing” and publish
spurious research that ‘proved’ that inhalation of
lead was harmless. Enter Charles Kettering.

Founder of the world famous Sloan-Kettering Memorial
Institute for medical research, Charles Kettering also
happened to be an executive with General Motors.

By some strange coincidence, we soon have the Sloan
Kettering institute issuing reports stating that lead
occurs naturally in the body and that the body has a
way of eliminating low level exposure.

Through its association with The Industrial Hygiene
Foundation and PR giant Hill & Knowlton, Sloane
Kettering opposed all anti-lead research for years.
(Stauber p 92). Without organized scientific
opposition, for the next 60 years more and more
gasoline became leaded, until by the 1970s, 90% of our
gasoline was leaded.

Finally it became too obvious to hide that lead was a
major carcinogen, and leaded gas was phased out in the
late 1980s. But during those 60 years, it is estimated
that some 30 million tons of lead were released in
vapor form onto American streets and highways. 30
million tons.

That is PR, my friends.

Junk Science

In 1993 a guy named Peter Huber wrote a new book and
coined a new term. The book was Galileo’s Revenge and
the term was junk science. Huber’s shallow thesis was
that real science supports technology, industry, and

Anything else was suddenly junk science. Not
surprisingly, Stauber explains how Huber’s book was
supported by the industry-backed Manhattan Institute.

Huber’s book was generally dismissed not only because
it was so poorly written, but because it failed to
realize one fact: true scientific research begins with
no conclusions. Real scientists are seeking the truth
because they do not yet know what the truth is.

True scientific method goes like this:

Form a hypothesis
Make predictions for that hypothesis
Test the predictions
Reject or revise the hypothesis based on the research
Boston University scientist Dr. David Ozonoff explains
that ideas in science are themselves like “living
organisms, that must be nourished, supported, and
cultivated with resources for making them grow and
flourish.” (Stauber p 205)

Great ideas that don’t get this financial support
because the commercial angles are not immediately
obvious – these ideas wither and die.

Another way you can often distinguish real science
from phony is that real science points out flaws in
its own research. Phony science pretends there were no

The Real Junk Science

Contrast this with modern PR and its constant
pretensions to sound science. Corporate sponsored
research, whether it’s in the area of drugs, GM foods,
or chemistry begins with predetermined conclusions.

It is the job of the scientists then to prove that
these conclusions are true, because of the economic
upside that proof will bring to the industries paying
for that research. This invidious approach to science
has shifted the entire focus of research in America
during the past 50 years, as any true scientist is
likely to admit.

Stauber documents the increasing amount of corporate
sponsorship of university research. (206) This has
nothing to do with the pursuit of knowledge.
Scientists lament that research has become just
another commodity, something bought and sold.

The Two Main Targets Of “Sound Science”

It is shocking when Stauber shows how the vast
majority of corporate PR today opposes any research
that seeks to protect

public health
the environment
It’s a funny thing that most of the time when we see
the phrase “junk science,” it is in a context of
defending something that may threaten either the
environment or our health.

This makes sense when one realizes that money changes
hands only by selling the illusion of health and the
illusion of environmental protection. True public
health and real preservation of the earth’s
environment have very low market value.

Stauber thinks it ironic that industry’s
self-proclaimed debunkers of junk science are usually
non-scientists themselves. (255) Here again they can
do this because the issue is not science, but the
creation of images.

The Language Of Attack

When PR firms attack legitimate environmental groups
and alternative medicine people, they again use
special words which will carry an emotional punch:

outraged sound science
junk science sensible
scaremongering responsible
phobia hoax
alarmist hysteria
The next time you are reading a newspaper article
about an environmental or health issue, note how the
author shows bias by using the above terms. This is
the result of very specialized training.

Another standard PR tactic is to use the rhetoric of
the environmentalists themselves to defend a dangerous
and untested product that poses an actual threat to
the environment. This we see constantly in the PR
smokescreen that surrounds genetically modified foods.

They talk about how GM foods are necessary to grow
more food and to end world hunger, when the reality is
that GM foods actually have lower yields per acre than
natural crops. (Stauber p 173)

The grand design sort of comes into focus once you
realize that almost all GM foods have been created by
the sellers of herbicides and pesticides so that those
plants can withstand greater amounts of herbicides and
pesticides. (The Magic Bean)

Kill Your TV?

Hope this chapter has given you a hint to start
reading newspaper and magazine articles a little
differently, and perhaps start watching TV news shows
with a slightly different attitude than you had

Always ask, what are they selling here, and who’s
selling it? And if you actually follow up on Stauber &
Rampton’s book and check out some of the other
resources below, you might even glimpse the
possibility of advancing your life one quantum simply
by ceasing to subject your brain to mass media.

That’s right – no more newspapers, no more TV news, no
more Time magazine or Newsweek. You could actually do
that. Just think what you could do with the extra time

Really feel like you need to “relax” or find out
“what’s going on in the world” for a few hours every
day? Think about the news of the past couple of years
for a minute.

Do you really suppose the major stories that have
dominated headlines and TV news have been “what is
going on in the world?” Do you actually think there’s
been nothing going on besides the contrived tech
slump, the contrived power shortages, the re-filtered
accounts of foreign violence and disaster, and all the
other non-stories that the puppeteers dangle before us
every day?

What about when they get a big one, like with OJ or
Monica Lewinsky or the Oklahoma city bombing? Do we
really need to know all that detail, day after day? Do
we have any way of verifying all that detail, even if
we wanted to? What is the purpose of news?

To inform the public? Hardly. The sole purpose of news
is to keep the public in a state of fear and
uncertainty so that they’ll watch again tomorrow and
be subjected to the same advertising.

Oversimplification? Of course. That’s the mark of mass
media mastery – simplicity. The invisible hand. Like
Edward Bernays said, the people must be controlled
without them knowing it.

Consider this: what was really going on in the world
all that time they were distracting us with all that
stupid vexatious daily smokescreen? Fear and
uncertainty — that’s what keeps people coming back
for more.

If this seems like a radical outlook, let’s take it
one step further:

What would you lose from your life if you stopped
watching TV and stopped reading newspapers altogether?

Would your life really suffer any financial, moral,
intellectual or academic loss from such a decision?

Do you really need to have your family continually
absorbing the illiterate, amoral, phony, uncultivated,
desperately brainless values of the people featured in
the average nightly TV program? Are these fake,
programmed robots “normal”?

Do you need to have your life values constantly
spoon-fed to you?

Are those shows really amusing, or just a necessary
distraction to keep you from looking at reality, or
trying to figure things out yourself by doing a little
independent reading?

Name one example of how your life is improved by
watching TV news and reading the evening paper.

What measurable gain is there for you?

Planet of the Apes?

There’s no question that as a nation, we’re getting
dumber year by year. Look at the presidents we’ve been
choosing lately. Ever notice the blatant grammar
mistakes so ubiquitous in today’s advertising and

Literacy is marginal in most American secondary
schools. Three fourths of California high school
seniors can’t read well enough to pass their exit
exams. (SJ Mercury 20 Jul 01)

If you think other parts of the country are smarter,
try this one: hand any high school senior a book by
Dumas or Jane Austen, and ask them to open to any
random page and just read one paragraph out loud. Go
ahead, do it. SAT scales are arbitrarily shifted lower
and lower to disguise how dumb kids are getting year
by year.

At least 10% have documented “learning disabilities,”
which are reinforced and rewarded by special treatment
and special drugs. Ever hear of anyone failing a grade
any more?

Or observe the intellectual level of the average movie
which these days may only last one or two weeks in the
theatres, especially if it has insufficient
explosions, chase scenes, silicone, fake martial arts,
and cretinesque dialogue.

Radio? Consider the low mental qualifications of the
falsely animated corporate simians they hire as DJs –
they’re only allowed to have 50 thoughts, which they
just repeat at random.

And at what point did popular music cease to require
the study of any musical instrument or theory
whatsoever, not to mention lyric? Perhaps we just
don’t understand this emerging art form, right? The
Darwinism of MTV – apes descended from man.

Ever notice how most articles in any of the glossy
magazines sound like they were all written by the same
guy? And this guy just graduated from junior college?
And yet he has all the correct opinions on social
issues, no original ideas, and that shallow, smug,
homogenized corporate omniscience, which enables him
to assure us that everything is going to be fine…

All this is great news for the PR industry – makes
their job that much easier. Not only are very few
paying attention to the process of conditioning; fewer
are capable of understanding it even if somebody
explained it to them.

Tea In the Cafeteria

Let’s say you’re in a crowded cafeteria, and you buy a
cup of tea. And as you’re about to sit down you see
your friend way across the room. So you put the tea
down and walk across the room and talk to your friend
for a few minutes.

Now, coming back to your tea, are you just going to
pick it up and drink it? Remember, this is a crowded
place and you’ve just left your tea unattended for
several minutes. You’ve given anybody in that room
access to your tea.

Why should your mind be any different? Turning on the
TV, or uncritically absorbing mass publications every
day – these activities allow access to our minds by
“just anyone” – anyone who has an agenda, anyone with
the resources to create a public image via popular

As we’ve seen above, just because we read something or
see something on TV doesn’t mean it’s true or worth
knowing. So the idea here is, like the tea, the mind
is also worth guarding, worth limiting access to it.

This is the only life we get. Time is our total
capital. Why waste it allowing our potential, our
personality, our values to be shaped, crafted, and
limited according to the whims of the mass panderers?

There are many important issues that are crucial to
our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. If
it’s an issue where money is involved, objective data
won’t be so easy to obtain. Remember, if everybody
knows something, that image has been bought and paid

Real knowledge takes a little effort, a little
excavation down at least one level below what
“everybody knows.”


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Police ‘to get stink bombs’

Police ‘to get stink bombs’


A VERY offensive weapon could soon be added to
military and police arsenals: a potent ?stink bomb?
that overpowers rioters and demonstrators with
foul-smelling odours is being developed by scientists
in the United States.

The Pentagon has commissioned researchers to design a
universally unpleasant stench that incapacitates
people with nausea, while leaving them otherwise
unharmed, as an alternative to water cannon, rubber
bullets and teargas.

The stink bomb emits a reek of rotting rubbish, human
faeces and burning hair that stops people in their
tracks. The idea is to use it as a non-lethal weapon
for crowd and riots control without causing any
long-term injuries. Present methods have drawbacks:
teargas and CS gas can cause breathing troubles,
rubber bullets can kill; water cannon can cause impact

Scientists at Monell Chemical Senses Centre in
Philadelphia have been awarded a major contract by the
US Department of Defence to create the rancid odour.
Details of their research are published today in
Chemical and Engineering News, journal of the American
Chemical Society.

HR 2977 – Bill to ban Space-Based Mind Control Weapons


Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) introduced a bill in the House of Representatives late last year that would ban weapons in space. But while there have been many similar legislative initiatives in the past, Rep. Kucinich’s bill is distinguished by its unusually expansive definition of “weapons.”

Among the weapons that it would proscribe the new measure includes “psychotronic” devices that are “directed at individual persons or targeted populations for the purpose of … mood management, or mind control.”

No explanation for this peculiar proposal was immediately available. But the text of “The Space Preservation Act of 2001″ (H.R. 2977), introduced on October 2, may be found here:

The Kucinich bill was hailed by Citizens Against Human Rights Abuse, one of a number of organizations of people who say they are victims of government experimentation involving electromagnetic and other psychotronic weapons. See their web site here:

The bill has been referred to three House Committees.