Monday, November 20, 2017

Quote of the Day

"Ah, I begin to understand," said the Wizard, nodding his head.  "But I have another question to ask:  How does it happen that the Thists have no King to rule over them?"

"Hush!" whispered the High Coco-Lorum, looking uneasily around to make sure they were not overheard.  "In reality, I am the King, but the people don't know it.  They think they rule themselves, but the fact is I have everything my own way.  No one else knows anything about our laws, and so I make the laws to suit myself.  If any oppose me, or question my acts, I tell them it's the law, and that settles it.  If I called myself King, however, and wore a crown and lived in royal state, the people would not like me, and might do me harm.  As the High Coco-Lorum of Thi, I'm considered a very agreeable person."

"It seems a very clever arrangement," said the Wizard.


--L. Frank Baum, THE LOST PRINCESS OF OZ, 1917


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Dr. Ewen Cameron and MK-Ultra

From Joe O'Connor's 11-13-17 National Post article entitled "'What They Did To My Mother Was Torture':  The Daughter of a CIA Brainwashing Victim Looks For Justice":

"On October 9, 1957, Dr. Ewen Cameron, a Scottish-born psychiatrist and director of the Allan Memorial Institute at McGill University in Montreal noted that his 33-year-old patient, Jean Steel, was on her 23rd day of drug-induced sleep.

"Steel had undergone four electroconvulsive shock-therapy treatments. Several more were planned. In previous days, while awake, she had shown some aggressiveness toward staff, behaviour Cameron felt needed to be 'broken up.'

"He wondered whether it might be useful for her to watch a 'movie where hostility was well expressed,' as a way of working out her own 'hostilities.' A librarian was tasked with finding something suitable. She had not been weighed in several weeks. Temperature recordings were taken of her 'earlobes and feet.'

"'Once the patient is de-patterned we will start psychic driving,' Cameron wrote. 'She is rather restive and antagonistic when awake, but not nearly as difficult as she was when she started.'

"Garnet Steel met Jean Watts in Montreal in the 1940s. He was in the army. She liked to dance. He called her 'Jeanie.' They fell in love, married, honeymooned in New York City and settled in the Eastern Townships south of Montreal. They played bridge, curled and had loads of friends.

"The couple had a child who died a few months after birth, but in 1952 they had another, a daughter named Alison. She was healthy and gorgeous, but Jeanie found she couldn’t cope. She sank into a sadness that wouldn’t lift. Her parents back in Montreal began asking around. They heard about this Dr. Cameron at the Allan, a past-president of the American Psychiatric Association. They heard he was the best.  Jeanie Steel was admitted to the AMI for treatment on May 1, 1957.

"'What they did to my mother was torture,' Alison Steel, now 65, says from Knowlton, Que. 'It is horrific. It is unbelievable.'"

"What wasn’t publicly known in 1957, and what would not be revealed until decades later, was that Cameron’s work at AMI was funded in part by the Central Intelligence Agency as part of Project MK-Ultra, a covert program in human mind control — brainwashing."

To read the rest of O'Connor's article, click HERE.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

DEEP STATE BLUES REDUX

On Monday, November 13th, I returned to the DEEP STATE BLUES radio show hosted by Badbaby and Steve Olson to discuss the genesis of my latest book UNTIL THE LAST DOG DIES, a darkly satirical novel about a young stand-up comedian who must adapt as best he can to an apocalyptic virus that affects only the humor centers of the brain.  We explore the real world inspirations for this novel which include such delightful cryptoscatological topics as mass government surveillance run amok, covert CIA mind control programs that can be traced at least as far back as WWII, the ongoing War Against the Imagination, brainwashing in the American educational system, the historical connection between psychological warfare and science fiction, the questionable suicide of an FBI agent investigating the Democratic National Committee's fundraising scandal, the mysterious suppression of Hunter S. Thompson's final book of letters, and the misadventures of an underage male prostitution ring in the White House.  This interview is about eighty minutes long.  If you want to hear it, simply click on the link below....


Monday, November 13, 2017

A Box of Dead Dogs!

A package overbrimming with copies of my latest book, UNTIL THE LAST DOG DIES, has just arrived in the mail.  I'm told that those of you who pre-ordered the book are already receiving their copies.  Since the novel is not officially released until November 21st, that means there's still time for you stragglers out there to pre-order this beast.  (The world is veritably TREMBLING in anticipation!)

Click HERE to pre-order your copy of UNTIL THE LAST DOG DIES!


Here's the back cover copy ballyhoo:

A young stand-up comedian must adapt to an apocalyptic virus affecting people’s sense of humor in this darkly satirical debut novel.

What happens when all humor is wiped off the face of the Earth?

Around the world, an unusual viral plague is striking the population. The virus attacks only one particular section of the brain. It isn’t fatal, but it results in the victim’s sense of humor being obliterated. No one is immune.

Elliot Greeley, a young stand-up comedian starving his way through alternative comedy clubs in Los Angeles, isn’t even certain the virus is real at first. But as the pandemic begins to eat away at the very heart of civilization itself, the virus affects Elliot and his close knit group of comedian friends in increasingly personal ways. What would you consider the end of the world?

Until the Last Dog Dies is a sharp, cutting satire, both a clever twist on apocalyptic fiction and a poignant look at the things that make us human.

“Taps into the cultural zeitgeist . . . A nihilistic satire that takes the idea that death is easy and comedy is hard to a whole new level.”—Kirkus Reviews 

“Guffey’s sardonic, cleverly written comedic debut relies heavily on absurd synchronicity, bold characterization, and heavy irony to make its points about the apocalyptic nature of American humorlessness.”—Publishers Weekly 

“A playful amalgam of Andy Kaufman and Philip K. Dick by way of Shaun of the Dead.” —Damien Lincoln Ober, author of Doctor Benjamin Franklin's Dream America 

“This satirical tale explores the role of comedy in maintaining a healthy democracy. . . . A clever concept.”—Kirkus Reviews

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Stranger Things and The Montauk Project



For all you Stranger Things mavens out there, listen to filmmaker Christopher Garetano detail just a few of the many connections between the Duffer Brothers' hit television show and The Montauk Project:  Experiments in Time (the first volume in Preston B. Nichols' and Peter Moon's Montauk Series).  Click HERE to listen to Garetano's report.

If you would like to see what the infamous Montauk military base looked like, inside and out, watch Preston Nichols' The Montauk Tour video (filmed in January of 1993) directly below.  Such controversial figures as Al Bielik and Duncan Cameron are also featured in this video:

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Jon Rappoport's "In the Year 2052 No One Can Read"

Recommended Reading:  Jon Rappoport's 11-5-17 No More Fake News post entitled "In the Year 2052 No One Can Read."  The piece begins as follows:

In the year 2052, no one can read. Well, those who can, can’t handle more than 50 or 60 words at a time. And they certainly don’t know what fiction is. Or if they do, they don’t like it. It bothers them. WHAT ALREADY EXISTS is so much more compelling. Fiction seems ridiculous. Who cares what might be? Who cares about something someone made up?

Courtroom; the year 2052; the defendant was locked up hundreds of miles away; he did not appear at his trial.

JUDGE: What is the charge against John Doe?

PROSECUTOR: Espousing freedom. Claiming he is a free man.

JUDGE: He knows freedom is an illusion. Our schools teach that above all else.

PROSECUTOR: We have no record of him attending schools.

JUDGE: How is that possible?

PROSECUTOR: Unknown at this time. John Doe is a builder.

JUDGE: What does he build?

PROSECUTOR: Shrines to freedom.

JUDGE: Hmm. Sounds to me like a verdict of life without parole or death is in order.

PROSECUTOR: The psychiatrists want to go to work on him. They say he’d make a fine test subject. Because of his extreme views and actions. If they can turn him into a model citizen, they’d advance the research significantly.

JUDGE: However, there is the contagion factor. John Doe is infected with a freedom plague. No telling what he might transmit.

Continue reading HERE.




Monday, November 6, 2017

From Beyond

From a 10-26-17 NASA.gov article entitled "Small Asteroid or Comet 'Visits' from Beyond the Solar System":
"A small, recently discovered asteroid -- or perhaps a comet -- appears to have originated from outside the solar system, coming from somewhere else in our galaxy. If so, it would be the first 'interstellar object' to be observed and confirmed by astronomers.
"This unusual object – for now designated A/2017 U1 – is less than a quarter-mile (400 meters) in diameter and is moving remarkably fast. Astronomers are urgently working to point telescopes around the world and in space at this notable object. Once these data are obtained and analyzed, astronomers may know more about the origin and possibly composition of the object.
"A/2017 U1 was discovered Oct. 19 by the University of Hawaii's Pan-STARRS 1 telescope on Haleakala, Hawaii, during the course of its nightly search for near-Earth objects for NASA. Rob Weryk, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy (IfA), was first to identify the moving object and submit it to the Minor Planet Center. Weryk subsequently searched the Pan-STARRS image archive and found it also was in images taken the previous night, but was not initially identified by the moving object processing.
"Weryk immediately realized this was an unusual object. 'Its motion could not be explained using either a normal solar system asteroid or comet orbit,' he said. Weryk contacted IfA graduate Marco Micheli, who had the same realization using his own follow-up images taken at the European Space Agency's telescope on Tenerife in the Canary Islands. But with the combined data, everything made sense. Said Weryk, 'This object came from outside our solar system.'"
To read the entire article, click HERE.