BBD – Poison Candy

Was reminded this evening of another event, this one Halloween of 2008, which I note predates both the election and Janus’ trash theft in November.

The main event was a party put on by my friend, an attorney, who worked for an alternative energy nonprofit. They sought to connect inventors to investors. He is the same friend whose ex-girlfriend was Kate Conway who, I have mentioned often, wound up in the hospital as did her father Michael after their condo building burned down under strange circumstances in December of 2009.

The bank bailouts were all the talk of the town and the nation, so I went dressed as Barney Frank.

Some gent, thin, with blond or at least light brown hair I think, dressed in a blazer and only plastic devil horns for a costume showed up at the party. He was in his early to mid twenties. He came up to me and offered me something to smoke, which I took without question. I would later discover that not a single person at the party knew who he was.

I thought little of it at the time. As is usual, I didn’t really feel anything from it. The guy left the party soon after. As I think back on it, he had come straight up to me as if he knew me.

Later on, my partner went home.

Still later, while traveling to visit another party elsewhere, I was stopped by some fellas dressed as desperate day-traders. They had been drinking and we made a moment of it on the street. They asked where the money was and I did my best Barney impression stating some non-committal reply.

Then I returned to my friend’s place.

Later on, I acted very much out of character and insulted my friend and host. Belligerent, I think is an apt description.

I made it a point to come back over and apologize the next day. Though the apology was accepted, this began laying the groundwork for what would come later: essentially the Martha Mitchell effect. They would use these means and methods later to make it seem to all my friends as if I had lost my mind. In fact, it’s probably fair to say that I did as long as one also note’s the long history of this tactic {see item #1}.

Previous to the Halloween party, my friend had had a strange event occur. A girlfriend who came before the one at the Halloween party and after Kate had passed out one day at their apartment. My friend made his own cider and she believed that that was the source, that she had been rufied…by my friend.

He arrived at the hospital, taken aback by all of this, only to find her brother preventing him from entering the hospital room and demanding to know, “What was in the cider?”

My friend told me this story and it was not lost on him that this is the kind of thing that comes back to haunt you when you run for office…something he intended, perhaps still does, to do one day.

What was lost on him was that our own public/private intelligence community, at the behest of some subset of the 1%, are the ones who arrange things like this, just as they do with reporters, pundits, celebrities, and others. Go along with the oligarch-friendly talking points and you’ll be fine. Fail to do so, and you’ll find yourself under attack.

Or worse, like Gary Webb, who revealed that CIA was facilitating drugs into black and latino neighborhoods:

Narcosphere/The Field, “Hollywood’s Gary Webb Movie and the Message that Big Media Couldn’t Kill,” Al Giordano, 10 September 2014:

Kill the Messenger represents nothing less than Hollywood’s recognition that the new McCarthyism has more often than not come wrapped in a war on drugs. And those that attacked Gary Webb will be cast into the same dustbin of disgrace in which the blacklist proponents of the Red Scare are now buried.

Firstlook/The Intercept, “Managing a Nightmare: How the CIA Watched Over the Destruction of Gary Webb,” Ryan Devereaux, 25 September 2014:

Eighteen years after it was published, “Dark Alliance,” the San Jose Mercury News’s bombshell investigation into links between the cocaine trade, Nicaragua’s Contra rebels, and African American neighborhoods in California, remains one of the most explosive and controversial exposés in American journalism.

Consortium News, “The CIA/MSM Contra-Cocaine Cover-up,” Robert Parry, 26 September 2014:

In fall 1998, when the CIA inspector general’s extraordinary findings were released, the major U.S. news media largely ignored them, leaving Webb a “disgraced” journalist who – unable to find a decent-paying job in his profession – committed suicide in 2004, a dark tale that will be revisited in a new movie, “Kill the Messenger,” starring Jeremy Renner and scheduled to reach theaters on Oct. 10.

The “Managing a Nightmare” report offers something of the CIA’s back story for how the spy agency’s PR team exploited relationships with mainstream journalists who then essentially did the CIA’s work for it, mounting a devastating counterattack against Webb that marginalized him and painted the Contra-cocaine trafficking story as some baseless conspiracy theory.

Additional example of collusion between news and shadow government:

Firstlook/The Intercept, “The CIA’s Mop-Up Man: L.A. Times Reporter Cleared Stories With Agency Before Publication,” Ken Silverstein, 4 September 2014:

“I’m working on a story about congressional oversight of drone strikes that can present a good opportunity for you guys,” Dilanian wrote in one email to a CIA press officer, explaining that what he intended to report would be “reassuring to the public” about CIA drone strikes. In another, after a series of back-and-forth emails about a pending story on CIA operations in Yemen, he sent a full draft of an unpublished report along with the subject line, “does this look better?” In another, he directly asks the flack: “You wouldn’t put out disinformation on this, would you?”


Even Stranger Bedfellows

Among the aborted short stories still drifting in the back of my mind was a piece about the…I don’t know exactly who he was supposed to be exactly. The Son of Perdition maybe. Like a lot of my fiction, there was going to be a punchline.

In this case it was a meeting of…whatever they are…world’s Luciferians. Illuminati maybe. The 1% of the 1%. A big party in a canyon where those who couldn’t get in were throwing themselves into pits of spikes and fire while the big dogs arrived in their armored humvees. The Antichrist was supposed to be speaking but somehow this other guy wound up taking his place. Complete with a human sacrifice, this was supposed to be the big end of religion as we know it.

But as I was piecing together the flow and plot in my head, it occurred to me: the tops guys are evil, right? They enjoy inflicting pain. So, what better way to end the story than a speech:

“…so here it is, folks. The moment you’ve been waiting for…

“6,000 more years of Abrahamic fundamentalism!”

The crowd laughed assuming he was kidding.

“No, really. I mean look at you, with your Beamers…your portfolios…and the rest of your bullshit. It’s what you deserve. You haven’t learned a goddam thing…”

Anyway, it would continue this way with some fun zingers {that seemed hilarious to me at the time in my state of surreptitiously drugged by government in order to cover up mass spying for insider trading at CIA and NSA}. It would end with him grabbing the proposed sacrifice and riding off on a motorcycle with the yuppies and billionaires all frantically calling on their cellphones trying to figure out why and how they had just been screwed out of decades of secret planning to reshape the world in their image.

I don’t recall precisely why I didn’t write that one up, but I do vaguely recall all hell breaking lose in terms of noise and distractions and I chose to concentrate on some other fiction instead.

Last night, I watched The Unbelievers. A documentary about the push by zoologist Richard Dawkins and physicist Lawrence Krauss attempting to bring atheists, secularists, and agnostics out of the closet.

I agree with them on several things. The idea that people have to lie about their religious beliefs in order to get elected, for example. That science should be getting a lot more backing, financial and political for another. It is also quite problematic that religion is so often used as an excuse to exclude, murder, or otherwise infringe on the rights of others.

However, I cannot help but notice a few other things and in light of current events, I think I may have to part ways on those. In fact, it may be the collusion with some of the people they claim superiority to in terms of morality that I take issue with for starters.

First, Krauss was put on President Obama’s science advisory board in 2008. I think we recall the first, or at least the first in recent memory, swearing in event that included mention of non-believers. It did appear that atheists might earn some respect. Since then we have, for example, Hillary, the likely shoe-in in 2016, stating that her favorite book is The Bible.

Next, there was the mystery of Christopher Hitchens’ support of the invasion of Iraq. Not really a mystery since Hitch explained his position as being in support of women’s rights. As he saw it, Islam stood in the way of progress. The film goes further into this explaining that the Middle East was the center of reason and science such as it was and it was wiped out by the rise of Islam.

In addition, we have the current situation of supporting and fighting nearly every single party in Syria and Iraq at the same time. Sides switch by the minute, and it starts to seem as though there is almost no rhyme nor reason to it at all.

I suggest that there is. The point is not the points being mentioned by the MSM at all. The point is that when it comes to really big moves, you need the backing of multiple powerful groups at once. In this case, the military industrial complex, who doesn’t care who it blows up so long as someone puts in an order for more, along with the Religious Right, who wants to evangelize the Middle East into a Christian region, and the Big Atheists who think a few less sky fairy followers will make for better world sometime in the future.

I’ve written, tweeted, spoken, etc. at length about my distaste for the former two groups. No need to repeat that. The bone to pick here is with those who agree with Dawkins and Krauss, and I am being a little unfair since as far as I know neither has come out and said publically that they agree with Hitchens on conversion via bomb.

But I think that’s the point. These powerful lobbies have struck a deal. Think about that for a minute. Sleep on it. Doesn’t it make sense?

Now, why do I have a problem with scientists taking this stance?

First, because they claim that they may hold better answers. Instead, they have come up with the very same answers that those they claim to despise have. It’s shameful. The best they can do to fight world hunger is to reduce demand for it and let Monsanto become a monopoly? The best that they have come up with for climate change is to reduce population?

It gets worse. A large portion of the world’s population needs to believe in something. I say that from a scientific perspective. The effects of placebos are a statistical, empirical, and therefore scientifically provable fact. Yet, it has not been explained by science exactly how it is that nothing {yeah, I’m poking at Krauss here} can result in healing disease.

Does it always work? No. Does it work often enough to be statistically significant? Apparently so.

New York Times, “Placebos Prove So Powerful Even Experts Are Surprised; New Studies Explore the Brain’s Triumph Over Reality,” Sandra Blakeslee, 13 October 1998:

This same thing is what gets some people to survive natural disaster over others. Note that it was most often the people who do not take to cannibalism who ultimately survive situations in which others find it necessary. How? It’s not yet explained by science. It’s a evolutionary survival advantage and it is both unexplained and, it seems, disrespected by some top scientists due to its association with religion.

That is bias.

Without explaining that and offering up an alternative, and coupled with mass murder, science–as represented by some of these top folks–is throwing its hands up. If things are going to get very, very bad before they get better, people need better than this.

Now, let’s look closer at the logic and the long view, suspending for the moment the fact that these purveyors of reason are looking at death for a solution.

The implied argument is that Muslims are savage, uncivilized, and unreasonable. And yet:

Telegraph UK, “CIA ‘tortured al-Qaeda suspects close to the point of death by drowning them in water-filled baths’ :Exclusive: As the US Senate prepares to release a report documenting US torture programme after 9/11, Telegraph reveals new details about the scope of CIA excesses,” Peter Foster, 7 September 2014:

And yet:

Google search: military rape epidemic

And yet:

Google image search: drone damage

Who’s uncivilized? What makes, given the fact that privileged white men can sit in relative safety, separated from the rest of humanity as all manner of horrors are unleashed on the world at their behest, the West, the US, the UK, the EU, or any of the rest of world “more civilized”?

It’s a lie. And these men claim to love the truth and hate lies.

Ultimately, this is a pointless post. These kinds of scientists will claim that it’s because they didn’t have enough funding, because of the Religious Right, because of a lack of understanding on the part of the layman, or whatever else they want to blame.

“If only everyone thought the way I do.” So much for evolution. Apparently, they know who should live and who should die. They know better than the rest of us.

“If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” If you can’t beat ’em, you suck.


I close with a link to a recent post by a former supporter of Dawkins’ who pulled her support over some of the things he’s said, positions he has supported. I suggest again: white man out of touch with reality. *

NeonTommy, “Unfollow Richard Dawkins,” Carrie Poppy, 23 September 2014:

And a suggestion that the answer is right in front of us. How do we get there?

Not this way.

* Either that or the Pope is mindcontrolling him, lol.

The End?

As some may have noted, Australia, a member of the NSA “Five Eyes” global surveillance network, just passed a law making it illegal to write news articles about national security. What never seems to get discussed is what the internal justifications really are for this kind of draconian measure.

The US has taken different measures. They jail, attempt to jail, and/or murder journalists if what they have to say is too threatening and then inundate the media stream with disinformation to deal with the less troublesome stories. They attack journalists personally and professionally.

Again, all of that has been…allowed for…by Alberto Gonzalez’s interpretation of Executive power as being unlimited in war time. Since the Executive can wage war at any time, anywhere, without Congressional approval, the Executive Branch can do anything it wants. The terrorists won; they destroyed the Republic by aligning with the goals of the Neocons and Neolibs.

So what is continuing to drive all of this, really?

It’s climate change primarily. Seems every week there’s another report on how screwed we are within 20 years. That estimate seems to have grown shorter also, down from end of century, down from 50 years. The world elites aren’t interested in altering their way of life when they can use fear, intimidation, disinfo, and ultimately genocide to alter yours instead.

It’s also greed in lower echelons of course. Don’t let an extinction event prevent the goddam military industrial complex from making a buck, every covert jackass from giving a new spook startup a shot. It’s only your money and they own the printing press, so k’ching.

All problems are nails because all we have are hammers wielded by psycho clowns. It’s the shadowy reflection of Peter, Paul and Mary and they are going to hammer all over this land, all day, all night. That those hammers will resemble drones and tanks, well…

Utter effing chaos is coming. WW3 plus Civil War 2. They’ve prepped for it, nurtured it, and in order to sell more stuff they have to get what is in stock used up whether that’s in the hands of radicals overseas, the military itself, or the police domestically. They thank your carcasses for serving as means toward keeping the corporate bottom line in the black.

It is at least a touch ironic that those who are so proud of having gotten “In God We Trust” stamped on money do so very little consideration of what that means.


Cow Pokes

Before I get to the meat of the post, a quickie. Last evening, due to having been separated from employment, the Squidgate juror was home during a period in which normally she would not. This resulted in a “Wonder what’s on TV at this hour?” urge. That in turn resulted in viewing the guide.

Hilariously, right at the bottom of the screen, beginning in just a few minutes, were the words “CIA Mind Control.”

The channel, the American Heroes Channel, is one I’ve caught bits and pieces of. Typically I’ve found the shows to be very selective in what they say on a given subject. For example, think there was one on James “Whitey” Bulger without a single reference to his participation in CIA LSD experiments early in his career while in prison.

I had no intention of watching. I expected this show to likewise be crap. However, I was curious enough to request a viewing of the blurb text within the guide to see what flavor of feces one would likely be served.

This request resulted in the show being tuned to. I was now bracing myself for a plate of poo.

It centered mostly around Sirhan Sirhan and RFK. I was almost immediately surprised to see fellow Twitterer Lisa Pease (@lisapease) being interviewed. The show wound up being not as bad as expected. I even found myself partially agreeing with a skeptic, only brought in toward the end of the show, who pointed out a few weaknesses in the programmed assassin theory.

First, like the JFK event, this event may involve some magical bullets. Apparently Sirhan had one .22 revolver containing eight bullets. Five people were hit, some more than once, and there may have also been bullet holes in walls. This implies a second or more shooter, which fits better with my view of how this stuff would work today.

Speaking of today, what is perhaps also missing is when and where Sirhan would have been kidnapped and programmed. I am assuming that that would have been necessary even in the late 60s, though it is not today, given advances in PSYOPs, drugs, electronics, and the general body of knowledge surrounding the manipulation of perception, thought, and action. Again, I expect that the “crazy” individual is typically the lightening rod, the scapegoat and that when a specific target and goal is required, they cannot be relied on to achieve success. Rather, there may be professionals who avoid being identified during the confusion and the resulting investigation.

The skeptic–whose name I didn’t jot down–brings up Sirhan–a Palestinian–hated Israel and viewed RFK as an Israel supporter. Indeed, this is exactly the kind of person one would choose for such a job. His only role is to show up, have a gun, shoot the gun, and take the fall. This, rather than undermine a larger conspiracy theory, would seem to support it.

Additionally, he notes that Sirhan was likely lying at several points. This also does not discount other involvement, but neither does it prove it. Just note that I am attempting to be fair to the skeptic. Because I am going to be very unfair to Chuck below.

There is also a few snippets of 20-year veteran Robert Baer being asked about it. He thinks it is impossible that CIA could have such capability and he not be aware of it was the gist. Again, when it comes to, at least in the 60s, a complete programming of human behavior to the point that they could perform an action and later forget having done it, I agree. When it comes to manipulating, altering behavior, however, I don’t. The point of, or one point of, a covert op is to either conceal any involvement/action altogether or, when that is not possible, to place the blame on someone else.

Further, if I were a senior CIA manager and knew there was anything even close to this kind of capability, the last person I would let in on that would be a quasi-disgruntled, high-profile former spook with ties to Hollywood. While someone with so many contacts and reverent power might seem likely to learn about it, there is still compartmentation and need-to-know to consider.

Even further, and I say this from different-but-similar experience, you just about have to go through Hell in order to let go of all the preconceived notions you have had jammed in your head all your life. How much more difficult for someone who has been through whatever it is they do? In fact, it would seem more likely they would use something like whatever the US version of acoustic psycho-correction on someone like that, as they likely do on law enforcement investigators.

John Marks, FOIA champion and author of The Search for the Manchurian Candidate also makes an appearance. Would love to know what he thinks about all the other subprojects unrelated to interrogation, brainwashing, LSD, etc. especially with regards to African attitudes and voting given all the news related to these two subjects today.

I also note that the show was copyright 2006. How things have changed.

All of which was a lot longer than I intended as a teaser.

Now I turn my sights to the so-called Science Channel. I’ll skip over all the ghost stuff for the moment and instead focus on the UFO stuff I saw this morning. Specifically, cattle mutilations on Unexplained Files.

The main “character” on this show is one Chuck Zukowski. Zukowski states that he is a former deputy sheriff, having served as one from 2002-2011.

Now, I’m of two minds about even mentioning this. One look at Chuck and my spider sense went off. He’s got “that look.” It’s not, unfortunately, that anyone with “that look” is necessarily a current or former spook. Nor is it that current or former spooks all have “that look.” But there is enough correlation that I will blame pattern-matching for noticing as opposed to what the real explanation likely is.

I’m going to assume most folks are familiar with the specifics of cattle mutilations with regards to the evidence, etc. This show did include, albeit only briefly, the explanation that strikes me as the most likely one. Again, I missed the dude’s name who presented it. But the reason for it…oh, the reason for it.

Witnesses have on occasion reported seeing black helicopters. While this may tend to reinforce the notion of some kind alien conspiracy, I rather think known, confirmed history can better explain it:

Japan Times, “U.S. Army tested biological weapons in Okinawa,” Kyodo, Staff Report, 12 January 2014:

There’s a lot more on that subject as well. See subproject 146, for example.

In the case of cattle, you may have testing, counter-terror results for the lab, examination or cover-up of mad cow disease, and other possible nosiness.

Anyway, this prompted me to find out what Chuck was doing prior to 2002. Not available on in his LinkedIn profile nor anywhere else I can find.

Things that make you go hmm and…


Things that make you go yeehaw.

Bonus link:

HuffPo, “Ex-Air Force Law Enforcement Agent Says He Hoaxed Major UFO Mythologies,” Alejandro Rojas, 13 May 2014:


For the time being, only self-hosted and WordPress VIPs can embed storifies, a multimedia tool that is often used to show a series of posts and/or tweets.

Here’s a typical twitter exchange for me, though I note fewer and fewer people are willing to engage me at all. Refreshing when they do.

I bothered to do this because I created a Storify account, had considered storifying this, but decided to sit it out. This fellow did it for us, though:

As you can see, we already do have other organizations that we helped to create or at least watered and added fertilizer. The Defense and NATSEC industries thrive on problems and their immense influence and power results in them getting their way as well as a mainstream media that not only sucks up to them…

The Intercept, “The CIA’s Mop-Up Man: L.A. Times Reporter Cleared Stories With Agency Before Publication,” Ken Silverstein, 4 September 2014:

Not only completely blurs the lines between public/private, government/business:

The Intercept, “The U.S. Government’s Secret Plans to Spy for American Corporations,” Glenn Greenwald, 5 September 2014:

…between security and spying…

PandoDaily *, “Hall of Mirrors: Wikileaks volunteer helped build Tor, was funded by the Pentagon,” Yasha Levine, 22 July 2014:

…between protest and corporate agenda…

PandoDaily, “Uhhhh… Occupy Google gets help with “messaging” from Google-funded Silicon Valley think tank,” Yasha Levine, 30 June 2014:

PandoDaily, “Yes, Google works with “former military operations people.” But they won’t tell us who, or from where,” Yasha Levine, 24 June 2014:

All that’s missing, and really it isn’t, are religious institutions. These are virtual Godzillas and they’re stomping around, using your house for scratching the bottom of their feet, your bones to clean their toenails. Your rights are insignificant to them as they look down and watch the ants scurry and hide.

In closing, an intercepted recording from a meeting…actually several…in Silicon Valley, Virginia, and Wall Street practically simultaneously.

“How can we really get control over people…in meatspace?”

“Well, the Internet has rewired brains to store memory in the Cloud…Maybe we can make them forget how to drive.”

“And by taking that responsibility away, murder them at our convenience or use the threat of ‘car-hackers’ to steal more rights.”

High five.

* Yeah, I crossed the Intercept/Pando streams. Can’t be helped to get a fuller picture.


If you haven’t yet read Blindsight, you should. A speculative fiction novel set in the latter half of the 21st Century, it examines the nature of consciousness and free will. It does this in so many interesting ways, that some master degree philosophy classes have used it.

Additionally, the backdrop includes a first contact story that at least one reviewer said has changed the entire paradigm of first contact stories; aliens that are truly alien and yet still somehow very much biologically possible.

As if this weren’t enough to pique interest, vampires have been brought back via genetic splicing and harnessed for their superior problem solving skills and the crew of the ship sent to investigate is itself comprised of transhumans, alien enough to most of us readers who were born last century.

Or, if you have the time, go back first and read the so-called Rifters trilogy. So-called because three novels wound up being four in print; the last one was split in half. Three ebooks, four tree books.

I mention all of this because the sequel, or sidequel, to Blindsight, Echopraxia, has just come out. As if tackling the nature of consciousness weren’t ambitious enough, Watts has taken on science v religion–or perhaps more accurately, science and religion–and the nature of autonomy at the same time.

Around two-thirds of the way through, I was thinking about a potential third book. Having finished Echopraxia, now I’m not so sure. Despite at least one reviewer claiming loose ends, I actually found it to have a tone of finality. While the fate of some people and resolution of plotlines aren’t entirely spelled out, I can at least see what is implied. The genius here is it could be left that way, or we can be once again told, “Nope, wasn’t quite the way you thought it was,” and be concluded in a third.

So, I’ve a mixed mind about that. On the one hand it seems like we need a third to complete it. Seeing without knowing you saw, acting without knowing why, seems like it needs one more.

In any case, Echopraxia is a mindblower, like Blindsight, and not to be missed if you like hard, gritty, often poetic in its description, science fiction.

The themes and details in all of these books are perhaps surprisingly pertinent today, whether you’re talking about Ferguson or the future of the judicial and political systems. This is escapism to a degree, but also thought experiment.

Switching gears…

Now, let me try to perhaps add just one insight. This is quasi-spoiler territory, so stop reading if you don’t like any clues whatsoever. I’m not going to explain what I’m referring to in the book, I think it’ll be obvious to anyone who’s read it.

At the same time, it’s going to seem a little confusing because I am of course going to simultaneously say something else entirely, aimed at a different audience altogether. Note I posted this here instead of the writing blog.

Here goes.

Even if someone is aware, accepts and knows that they are being used, they still will likely feel as though they have no choice. Boredom and pain versus possible escape from both, or even meeting one’s demise “on the job,” with purpose, would likely continue to propel one to most of the same choices.

What changes is, feeling as though one is a slave, even when the cause may be one the manipulated individual may agree with on some level, makes them hate their master. In fact, they may have to continually remind themselves of whatever positive things said masters have done on their behalf in order to prevent that becoming the center driving force.

This is also true because there are always other slavedrivers looking to hijack control, to sway that edge over into payback. Indeed, it becomes difficult to distinguish the parties from each other when they use the same–protected my ass!–methods.

And there’s a damned-if-do/don’t. A pariah attempting to reintegrate himself socially who, in order to do so, must state that, yeah, the opposition has been pushing hard for…that which I cannot bear to put down in writing at this time.

I mean invoked cognitive dissonance has been a favorite all along. Early on, desperate to find ‘Janus,’ but unsure how to do so because it might have made him a target doing so, before realizing he was just another covertard.

Now, try saying, “Oh, yeah, they’re constantly trying to turn me terrorist or murderer, those f—ing assholes in government and their private partners. Wanna do a sleepover?”

Kind of plays havoc with your social life. In any case, back to the point: they don’t leave you attractive choices. Knowing it’s not all your idea only gets you so far and in some ways just makes the experience less pleasant.

PS: If you’re having trouble reaching today, try later. I’m sure it’s just excessive traffic due to the book’s release.

What else would it be? 😉

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