Monday, September 1, 2014

Wide Area Aerial Surveillance

What follows is the first sentence of a recent article entitled "How One New Drone Tech Finally Allows All-Seeing Surveillance" by Tyler Rogoway (a defense journalist and photographer):

"The omnipresent watching aircraft of dystopian science fiction has quietly become science fact.  Meet Wide Area Aerial Surveillance, the all-seeing eye in the sky that will change our lives forever...."

To read Rogoway's entire article about Wide Area Aerial Surveillance, click HERE.

Monday, August 18, 2014

William S. Burroughs and the Dead-End Horror of the Centipede God

Here's a recent article by Mark Dery (courtesy of BoingBoing) that's well worth your time.  Entitled "William S. Burroughs and the Dead-End Horror of the Centipede God," this article argues that Burroughs's perpetual obsession with centipedes is a strange metaphor for the gradual dissolution of freedom of thought and the complete annihilation of human liberty.  Here are the first two paragraphs of Dery's article:
In the annals of centipede phobia, William S. Burroughs stands alone. The man loathed the beasts, loathed them with a loathing that would not die. Had he lived to see Web videos of pet centipedes with pinkies (hairless baby mice) in their death grip—a thriving subgenre, on YouTube, of what might be called predator porn—Burroughs would surely have emptied his beloved .38 (a snub-nosed Smith & Wesson, which he slept with every night) into his computer.
In Burroughs’s novels, centipedes are the emissaries of a Venusian fascism, a mind-controlling horror so virulently opposed to free thought, racial tolerance, gay rights, and other mile-markers of human progress—in fact, so hostile to mammals in general and Homo sapiens in specific—that they are literally from another planet. Like the aliens in Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Jack Finney’s bad dream about the loss of individualism (whether to suburban conformity or communist infiltrators, we’re never quite sure), Burroughs’s centipedes don’t just want to knock us off our perch as evolution’s crowning achievement; they want to parasitize us, puppeteer us.
To read Dery's entire article, click HERE.

Back in 2006 I wrote my own article about William Burroughs for New Dawn Magazine, analyzing Burroughs' fiction from the perspective of Gnostic mythology.  This article later became Chapter 13 of my first book, Cryptoscatology: Conspiracy Theory as Art Form.  Reading both pieces back to back would no doubt reveal illuminating connections between the two articles with regard to Burroughs's view of what he called "The Reality Studio" and its labyrinthine system of control.  To read my WSB article, "William S. Burroughs:  20th Century Gnostic Visionary," click HERE.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Operation Fantasia

From Greg Ross' blog, FUTILITY CLOSET, comes this fascinating history lesson about a U.S. psychological warfare plot intended to be employed against the Japanese during WWII:

"In 1943, seeking to use psychological warfare to prevail in its efforts against the Japanese, the U.S. Office of Strategic Services hit on a strange plan. Noting that Shintoists might view the image of an illuminated fox as a harbinger of bad times, the agency’s experts suggested that 'under extremely trying conditions' the Japanese 'would be adversely affected by what they might consider an evil omen' and succumb to 'fear, terror, and despair.'
"How does one make a glowing fox? Planners started by experimenting with fox-shaped balloons covered in luminous paint and dangled by fishing line, but by the end of 1944 they’d shelved that idea and begun spraying live foxes with luminous paint, hoping to release them across the 'entire field of combat,' calling this America’s 'most potent' psychological tool against the Japanese."
To read Ross' entire article, click HERE.  
(When you read the rest of this piece, note that this particular psychological warfare plan was tested first on Americans, a tried-and-true tradition that continues to this day with other--even more outrageous--psychological warfare operations.) 

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Monday, August 4, 2014

SPIES AND SAUCERS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER!

My first book of fiction, SPIES AND SAUCERS (a collection of three interrelated novellas), is now available for pre-order from PS Publishing in England!  Here's the dust jacket ballyhoo:


Madness, murder and mayhem abound in SPIES & SAUCERS, a collection of three sui generis novellas by ROBERT GUFFEY.  Each of these tales explores the anti-Communist hysteria of the 1950s, as well as the flying saucer obsession of that era, while straddling the boundaries of seemingly disparate genres:  metaphysical science fiction, espionage, satire, and crime noir.

The first part of SPIES & SAUCERS, “The Fallen Nun,” takes place in 1959.  Our protagonist, Kyle Black, wakes up one morning to discover a dead nun lying facedown in the marijuana garden in his backyard.  Attempting to solve the mystery of how the nun ended up in his garden leads Kyle to strange encounters with an Irish Cyclops named Finn mac Cumhall, a Devil Bat grown to enormous proportions by a dead mad scientist, two homicidal tabloid journalists, and a sickly extraterrestrial abducted by a time travelling mother superior…

In “Communist Town, U.S.A.,” a young FBI agent named Philip Trowbridge is sent to Wisconsin in 1955 with orders to infiltrate a small town, reportedly a hotbed of underground Communist activity, in which several previous FBI agents have disappeared without a trace…

“Spies and Saucers” is set three years earlier in 1952 and involves a blacklisted, left-wing Hollywood screenwriter named Curt Adamson.  Down on his luck after having been dumped by every studio on the West Coast, Adamson is recruited by a covert spy agency to write a screenplay for an unknown reason—unknown only to Adamson, that is.  Adamson’s superiors are well aware of the screenplay’s purpose.  Though consistently told he doesn’t have a “need to know,” Adamson insists on discovering the truth behind the tale he himself is weaving, and uncovers a plot far more outlandish and ominous than the cheap horror and science fiction B-movies on which he’s built his tarnished reputation…

If you wish to pre-order a copy of SPIES AND SAUCERS, simply click HERE.

NOTE:  My short story “Selections from The Expectant Mother Disinformation Handbook” is still available from PS Publishing in the latest issue of POSTSCRIPTS (#30/31), which also contains scintillating tales by RAMSEY CAMPBELL, JACK DANN & BARRY MALZBERG, FORREST AGUIRRE, MIKE RESNICK, DARRELL SCHWEITZER and many others.  I'm told there are only a few copies of this issue left, so if you wish to order POSTSCRIPTS #30/31, I urge you to click HERE before they're all gone... forever!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

William Seabrook vs. Hitler!

We now hop into our cryptoscatological time machine and travel back to that infamous year of 1941 in order to witness William Seabrook, author of the groundbreaking 1929 book THE MAGIC ISLAND [a travelogue about Haiti upon which the 1932 Bela Lugosi film, WHITE ZOMBIE (the very first zombie flick), was unofficially based], attempting to cast a hex on none other than Adolf Hitler himself!  Simply click HERE to see the anti-Nazi ritual in action....





Sunday, July 20, 2014

The CIA Style Manual & Writers Guide

From Jillian Steinhauer’s 7-9-14 article “The CIA and the Power of Words”:

“Like any proper organization that produces large quantities of writing, the CIA, it turns out, has a style manual. The legal nonprofit National Security Counselors obtained a copy of the 2011 version a little over a year ago, via a Freedom of Information Act request, and posted it online. (Quartz blogged about it yesterday.) It is an absurdly thorough, mundane yet fascinating look at the politics of language.

“The 2011 Style Manual & Writers Guide for Intelligence Publications runs nearly 200 pages. It covers everything you’d expect from a guide of its kind: capitalization, numbers, compound words, modifiers. In some ways, it’s a completely unexceptional document.
“Yet, as you page through, little things start to emerge […].”
To read the entirety of Steinhauer's “The CIA and the Power of Words,” click HERE.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Downing of Flight 17

An excerpt from a 7-18-14 abcnews.com article entitled "Rebel Leader Gives Bizarre Account of Plane Crash":

"A top pro-Russia rebel commander in eastern Ukraine has given a bizarre version of events surrounding the Malaysian jetliner crash — suggesting many of the victims may have died days before the plane took off.
"The pro-rebel website Russkaya Vesna on Friday quoted Igor Girkin as saying he was told by people at the crash site that 'a significant number of the bodies weren't fresh,' adding that he was told they were drained of blood and reeked of decomposition.
"The Malaysia Airlines Boeing-777 was shot down Thursday, killing all 298 people aboard. The plane was flying 10,000 meters above an area where Ukrainian forces have been fighting separatist rebels. Each side accuses the other of downing the plane."
To read the entire abcnews.com article, click HERE.

It's worth noting that, just like the still missing Flight 370, the Boeing-777 shot down over Ukraine was filled with research scientists, as reported in this 7-18-14 Haaretz article entitled "Over 100 AIDS Specialists Were on Plane Shot Down Over Ukraine":

"As world leaders demand an international investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysian jetliner on Thursday, it has emerged that more than 100 international AIDS researchers, activists and health workers may have been among the passengers of the plane.
"The AIDS activists were delegates to the 20th International AIDS Conference, which is due to open on Sunday in Melbourne, Australia, according to a report in USA Today [...].
"There's been confirmed a number of senior people who were coming out here who were researchers, who were medical scientists, doctors, people who've been to the forefront of dealing with AIDS across the world," Victoria Premier Denis Napthine told reporters in Melbourne on Friday. "The exact number is not yet known, but there is no doubt it's a substantial number."
To read the entire Haaretz article, click HERE.
For related Cryptoscatology posts, click HERE ("Flight 370 and Electronic Warfare") and HERE  ("The Disappearance of Flight 370").
It could be propitious at this time to read Sherman Skolnick's classic 1973 article "The Secret History of Airplane Sabotage."  To do so, simply click HERE.