Saturday, December 31, 2016

Adventures in Gangstalking

What follows is an end-of-the-year roundup of gangstalking-related links, documents, and news articles I haven't had the time to post until now:

1)  Here's an unclassified U.S. Special Operations Command document regarding the "Continuous Clandestine Tagging, Tracking, and Locating" of what is referred to as "Human Beings and Other Important Targets" (pay particular attention to the "Bioengineered Signature Translation" on p. 15).  Click HERE to peruse the entire document.

2)  In Valerie Gauriat's1-29-16 euronews.com article entitled "The Women Who Knew Too Much," whistleblower Stephanie Gibaud refers to "organised mobbing, gang stalking" being used against her by Swiss bank UBS.  Here are the first few paragraphs of the article:

“The woman who really knew too much” is how Stephanie Gibaud has described herself.
"It’s also the title of a book published last year by the former marketing manager of Swiss bank UBS.
"A book that’s led to her being summoned to court to answer libel claims brought by its French subsidiary. It’s the third time in six years, that she’s facing her former employer in the French courts.
"'UBS filed a complaint against me in 2010 for libel; for daring to ask questions about illegal canvassing and tax evasion. I had to go on trial in 2010, and of course I was discharged. And then it was I who brought UBS before a tribunal for harassment, where I also won. And in both cases, there was no appeal,' Gibaud told euronews.
"Charged with money laundering and tax fraud, the Swiss bank has had to pay bail of more than one billion euros. According to the ongoing investigation, UBS has concealed more than 12 billion euros from French tax authorities via offshore accounts and yet it continues to hound its former employee.
"'That’s what I call ‘organised mobbing, gang stalking.' It’s meant to make you crack. That’s what they expect. Because you’re just a crumb in front of this super-powerful multinational firm. And it shows the impunity of those companies whose only rule is money,” added Gibaut."

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

3)  Here are some relevant excerpts from Cory Doctorow's 10-26-16 Boing Boing article entitled "AT&T Developed a 'Product' for Spying on All Its Customers and Made Millions Selling It to Warrantless Cops":

"AT&T's secret 'Hemisphere' product is a database of calls and call-records on all its customers, tracking their location, movements, and interactions -- this data was then sold in secret to American police forces for investigating crimes big and small (even Medicare fraud), on the condition that they never reveal the program's existence.

"The gag order that came with the data likely incentivized police officers to lie about their investigations at trial -- something we saw happen repeatedly in the case of Stingrays, whose use was also bound by secrecy demands from their manufacturers. Because the data was sold by AT&T and not compelled by government, all of the Hemisphere surveillance was undertaken without a warrant or judicial review (indeed, it's likely judges were never told the true story of where the data being entered into evidence by the police really came from -- again, something that routinely happened before the existence of Stingray surveillance was revealed).

"The millions given to AT&T for its customers' data came from the federal government under the granting program that also allowed city and town police forces to buy military equipment for civilian policing needs. Cities paid up to a million dollars a year for access to AT&T's customer records.

"EFF is suing the US government to reveal DoJ records on the use of Hemisphere data.

AT&T has a long history of illegal spying. In 2006, we learned that AT&T built a secret room in its San Francisco switching center to allow the NSA unfettered access to the nation's internet communications. In 2015, we learned that AT&T was the NSA's favorite mass surveillance contractor, and the NSA used that contractor relationship to ensure that the most radioactively illegal spying took place outside its environs, shifting the worst criminality to AT&T."

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

4)  Here's some essential information from Ian Sample's 11-7-16 Guardian article entitled "U.S. Military Successfully Tests Electrical Brain Stimulation to Enhance Staff Skills": 

"US military scientists have used electrical brain stimulators to enhance mental skills of staff, in research that aims to boost the performance of air crews, drone operators [emphasis added] and others in the armed forces’ most demanding roles.
"The successful tests of the devices pave the way for servicemen and women to be wired up at critical times of duty, so that electrical pulses can be beamed into their brains to improve their effectiveness in high pressure situations.
"The brain stimulation kits use five electrodes to send weak electric currents through the skull and into specific parts of the cortex. Previous studies have found evidence that by helping neurons to fire, these minor brain zaps can boost cognitive ability.
"The technology is seen as a safer alternative to prescription drugs, such as modafinil and ritalin, both of which have been used off-label as performance enhancing drugs in the armed forces. 
"But while electrical brain stimulation appears to have no harmful side effects, some experts say its long-term safety is unknown, and raise concerns about staff being forced to use the equipment if it is approved for military operations [...].
"In a new report, scientists at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio describe how the performance of military personnel can slump soon after they start work if the demands of the job become too intense [...].
"The tests are not the first to claim beneficial effects from electrical brain stimulation. Last year, researchers at the same US facility found that tDCS [i.e., 'transcranial direct current stimulation'] seemed to work better than caffeine at keeping military target analysts vigilant after long hours at the desk. Brain stimulation has also been tested for its potential to help soldiers spot snipers more quickly in VR training programmes.
"Neil Levy, deputy director of the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, said that compared with prescription drugs, electrical brain stimulation could actually be a safer way to boost the performance of those in the armed forces. 'I have more serious worries about the extent to which participants can give informed consent, and whether they can opt out once it is approved for use,' he said. 'Even for those jobs where attention is absolutely critical, you want to be very careful about making it compulsory, or there being a strong social pressure to use it, before we are really sure about its long-term safety.'
"But while the devices may be safe in the hands of experts, the technology is freely available, because the sale of brain stimulation kits is unregulated. They can be bought on the internet or assembled from simple components, which raises a greater concern, according to Levy."
To read the rest of Sample's article, click HERE.

5)  Here's a related article, published only about a week after the previous one, courtesy of journalist Clare Wilson of New Scientist.  This 11-15-16 article is entitled "Electric Fields Can Stimulate Deep In Your Brain Without Surgery" (readers of Chameleo should note the location of the neuroscience conference, as mentioned in paragraph five below):

"It’s one of the boldest treatments in medicine: delivering an electrical current deep into the brain by implanting a long thin electrode through a hole in the skull.
"Such 'deep brain stimulation' (DBS) works miracles on people with otherwise untreatable epilepsy or Parkinson’s disease – but drilling into someone’s head is an extreme step. In future, we may be able to get the same effects by using stimulators placed outside the head, an advance that could see DBS used to treat a much wider range of conditions.
"DBS is being investigated for depression, obesity and obsessive compulsive disorder, but this research is going slowly. Implanting an electrode requires brain surgery, and carries a risk of infection, so the approach is only considered for severe cases.
"But Nir Grossman of Imperial College London and his team have found a safer way to experiment with DBS – by stimulating the brain externally, with no need for surgery.
"The technique, unveiled at the Society for Neuroscience conference in San Diego, California, this week, places two electrical fields of different frequencies outside the head. The brain tissue where the fields overlap is stimulated, while the tissue under just one field is unaffected because the frequencies are too high. For instance, they may use one field at 10,000 hertz and another at 10,010 hertz. The affected nerve cells are stimulated at 10 hertz – the difference between the two frequencies."
To read the rest of Wilson's article, click HERE.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Gnostic Astronaut

Recommended listening:  "The Gnostic Astronaut," an illuminating lecture by Terence McKenna (author of The Archaic Revival, Food of the Gods, True Hallucinations, and other cryptoscatological books) delivered to the Shared Visions Bookstore in Berkeley, CA in June of 1984:


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Hunter S. Thompson Lives!

From Ben Guarino's 11-30-16 Washington Post article entitled "Clones of Hunter S. Thompson's Private Marijuana Strain Are Coming to Colorado Weed Shops":

"Journalist Hunter S. Thompson, who so memorably wrote about drifting through Las Vegas with a 'car full of marijuana and head full of acid,' is destined for immortality of the cannabis variety. Marijuana strains, of the same stuff he enjoyed while he was alive, will be officially labeled with his Gonzo brand. The plants will be cloned or hybridized from six strains that he smoked before his suicide in 2005, according to his widow Anita Thompson.

"In June, Anita Thompson obtained the rights to Thompson’s likeness, ownership of the author’s Owl Farm home and control of the 'Gonzo' logo, the Aspen Times reported. And the first official Gonzo merchandise under her stewardship? Gonzo-branded marijuana sold in Colorado, where it is legal to purchase retail cannabis from recreational dispensaries.

"'I’m looking forward to being a drug lord,' she joked to the Times, which she further clarified on Facebook was a 'silly' turn of phrase that 'doesn’t match my personality.' Thompson said that profits from the sales will support renovating Owl Farm into a museum. The compound will also house a retreat for writers and musicians.

"'I have found a legal method to extract the DNA from Hunter’s personal marijuana and hashish,' Thompson wrote in her Facebook post. She said she saved the plant material for 12 to 15 years. 'I am in the process of making the strains available to those who would like to enjoy the authentic Gonzo strains in legal states.'"

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

Jeff Sessions and the War on Marijuana

From James Higdon's 12-5-16 Politico article entitled "Jeff Sessions' Coming War on Legal Marijuana":

"On Election Day, eight states voted to legalize recreational or medical marijuana, bringing the nationwide total of medical states to 29. In Florida, medical marijuana won nearly 2 million more votes than Donald Trump. Added up, 65 million people now live in states that authorize adult recreational use; more than half of all Americans have access to medical marijuana; and almost everyone else lives in a state that permits CBD, a non-psychoactive component of cannabis that helps treatment of juvenile epilepsy. It’s easier now to identify the six states that have done nothing to end the prohibition on marijuana than the ones that are breaking away from the federal law that treats marijuana the same as heroin.

"There was another winner on November 8, however, and he has thrown up a serious challenge to the seemingly inexorable march of legal marijuana. By nominating Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III for attorney general, President-elect Donald J. Trump is about to put into the nation’s top law enforcement job a man with a long and antagonistic attitude toward marijuana. As a U.S. Attorney in Alabama in the 1980s, Sessions said he thought the KKK 'were OK until I found out they smoked pot.' In April, he said, 'Good people don't smoke marijuana,' and that it was a 'very real danger' that is 'not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized.' Sessions, who turns 70 on Christmas Eve, has called marijuana reform a 'tragic mistake' and criticized FBI Director James Comey and Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch for not vigorously enforcing a the federal prohibition that President Obama has called 'untenable over the long term.' In a floor speech earlier this year, Senator Sessions said: 'You can’t have the President of the United States of America talking about marijuana like it is no different than taking a drink… It is different….It is already causing a disturbance in the states that have made it legal.'"
To read the rest of Higdon's article, click HERE.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Richard Kyle, R.I.P. (1929-2016)

Richard Kyle, an important figure in the history of the comic book medium, passed away on the morning of December 10th at the age of 87.  Not only did Kyle coin the now ubiquitous phrase "graphic novel," but for many years Kyle was the proprietor of Richard Kyle Books, the best comic book/science fiction store in Southern California.  When I was attending CSU Long Beach from 1994 to 1996, I missed more than one class thanks to the lure of Kyle and his bookstore, which offered a much better education than any university could ever hope to provide. 

Mark Evanier, creator of Crossfire, DNAgents and other fine independent comic books, recently posted a moving obituary about Kyle on his website, News from ME.  Evanier goes into some detail regarding Kyle's various milestones.  For example, while Kyle was publishing the short-lived reincarnation of Argosy Magazine, he commissioned and published one of the finest short stories ever produced by the legendary comic book artist, Jack Kirby.  That story is called "Street Code," and you can read more about it on Evanier's website by clicking HERE.

Journalist Heidi MacDonald, who writes regularly for The Beat, has more to say about Kyle's legacy HERE

Only a few hours ago, Bleeding Cool published further memories of Kyle and his bookstore HERE.

If you're at all interested in the comic book medium and have never heard of Richard Kyle and his accomplishments, I suggest seeking out Bill Schelly's excellent two-part interview with Kyle (entitled "Of Graphic Stories & Wonderworlds") recently published in Alter Ego Magazine #115 and #117.  The interview contains Kyle's illuminating recollections regarding the early days of comic book fandom.  Many of Kyle's opinions, particularly his 1960s assessments of once-obscure artists like Fletcher Hanks, have turned out to be eerily prescient. 

Richard Kyle, Rest In Peace....


Monday, December 12, 2016

Cory Doctorow on Obama's "Unprecedented Presidential Powers"

From Cory Doctorow's 12-6-16 post entitled "Obama Is Suddenly Interested in Limiting the Sweeping Presidential Powers He Spent 8 Years Expanding":

"Many 'progressives' looked the other way while the Obama administration asserted unprecedented presidential powers, like the right to murder anyone the president feels like, anywhere in the world, using drones and other technologies; and the right to spy on everyone, all the time. Now that Donald Trump is about to inherit those powers, the Obama administration has released a 61-page report insisting that the president's powers should be drastically curtailed and made accountable and transparent."

To read the rest of Doctorow's piece, click HERE.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

"What's At the End of Main Street?" Part Two in NEW DAWN #159

The most recent issue of New Dawn Magazine (No. 159, November/December 2016) includes Part Two of my sweeping three-part series entitled "What's At the End of Main Street?:  The Struggle Between the Artificial and the Real in Recent Gnostic Cinema."  In the previous installment we analyzed key examples of "Gnostic Cinema" (i.e., films that explore the illusory nature of reality within a fictional framework) ranging from Buster Keaton's Sherlock Jr. in 1924 to Gary Ross's Pleasantville in 1998.  Part Two covers key films from the years 1999 to 2002, everything from The Wachowskis's The Matrix to Mark Pennington's The Mothman Prophecies 

New Dawn Magazine, available from a well-stocked newsstand NEAR YOU, is also available from the New Dawn website HERE.  

This issue also includes fascinating articles by likes of Richard Smoley (author of How God Became God:  What Scholars Are Really Saying about God and the Bible), David Jay Brown (author of Dreaming Wide Awake:  Lucid Dreaming, Shamanic Healing & Psychedelics), and David Icke (author of Phantom Self).


Sunday, November 27, 2016

PS Publishing "Black Friday" Sale

Heads up:  PS Publishing (the publisher of my second book, SPIES AND SAUCERS) is now having a "Black Friday" sale.  Included in this sale are hardcover copies of both SPIES AND SAUCERS as well as POSTSCRIPTS #30/31:  MEMORYVILLE BLUES, which contains my rather bizarre short story "Selections from The Expectant Mother Disinformation Handbook."  Also discounted are hardcovers by fine writers such as Brian Aldiss, Ramsey Campbell, Paul Di Filippo, Harlan Ellison, Joe Hill, Richard Christian Matheson, and Paul Park.  The sale continues until Tuesday!  Click HERE for more info!




Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Nigel Turner's THE MEN WHO KILLED KENNEDY

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED:  Nigel Turner's THE MEN WHO KILLED KENNEDY (Episodes 1 through 9)....

Episode 1:  "The Coup d'Etat":



Episode 2:  "The Forces of Darkness":


Episode 3:  "The Cover-Up":


Episode 4:  "The Patsy":


Episode 5:  "The Witnesses":


Episode 6:   "The Truth Shall Make You Free":


Episode 7:  "The Smoking Guns": 


Episode 8:  "The Love Affair": 


Episode 9:  "The Guilty Men": 

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Strange but True Facts Regarding the Election of Donald J. Trump

Dear President Obama:

As you know, I’ve been teaching English at CSU Long Beach for well over ten years now.  I’d like to think I have some modicum of wisdom and experience.  Nonetheless, I made a very stupid mistake last week, the kind of mistake only an amateur makes.  On the morning of Monday, November 7th, a wide-eyed, eighteen-year-old student approached me after class and asked if I planned to vote for Hillary Clinton.  “My father’s a little on the conservative side and doesn’t support Hillary at all and… well… he demanded I ask you.”  She seemed a little embarrassed when she said this.

I nodded.  I tried to be as delicate as possible with the girl while still remaining truthful:  “Listen, if it was up to me, I’d be voting for Donald Trump tomorrow just to spread as much chaos in this country as possible.  That’s my thing.  But you know what would happen if I crossed the ideological line and cast a vote for that joker?  Do you know what would happen to me if my dirty little secret got out?  This is what would happen:  My communist comrades in the English Department would shank me with a sharpened toothbrush in the back nine times in a row in the communal showers on the ninth floor of the McIntosh Building.  Did you know that all the professors shower together up on the ninth floor of the McIntosh Building?  Well, now you know.  The communal bathing chamber looks dank and depressing, a horrible place, like something out of Orange Is the New Black.  What’m I supposed to do?  You work up such a sweat teaching English Composition every day—you gotta stay clean, right?  So I’ll be standing there in the communal showers scraping the Long Beach dirt off my flesh, singing old Woody Guthrie folk tunes, when some long-haired English professor wearing nothing but a black beret will yell out, “J’accuse!” and shank me right in the spine with a No. 2 Ticonderoga pencil, boom boom boom, real fast, just like that.  Shank, shank, shank, and it’s all over.  There I’ll be, lying in a pool of my own blood, my life essences swirling down the drain, the camera closing in on my unblinking eye as I try not to hear the sound of my bearded colleague yodeling ‘The Internationale’ song so prevalent on CSUcampuses these days.”  I performed an enthusiastic rendition of the stirring refrain, just in case the girl wasn’t familiar with it:  “‘C'est la lutte finale / Groupons-nous et demain / L'Internationale / Sera le genre humain!’”  I balled my fists at my side and said, “Now tell me:  Will I wish I hadn’t voted for Donald Trump at that point?  You bet your white ass I will!  That’s why I have to vote for Hillary, sister.  I have no choice.  My very life—and the life of my beloved family—hangs in the balance!” 
  
My student just looked at me for a few moments, mouth agape, then replied, “You professors… you all shower together?”

“A horrid image, is it not?  I won’t invite you to see the showers in person, because it’s a sight you’ll never be able to unsee.”  Here my voice lowered in a whisper.  “But if you want, you can sneak up there after hours and check it out yourself.  It’s really wild.  The communal showers in the McIntosh Building resemble some nightmarish, black and white, expressionist set used in an unusually depressing Fritz Lang film shot in the 1930s.”

I thought the student was going to say, “Who the hell’s Fritz Lang?”  But instead she said, “What the hell’s ‘the 1930s’?”

I sighed and said, “Forget it, comrade.  It’s better if you don’t know.  Forget we ever had this conversation.  There are ears everywhere.  Loose lips sink ships and all that.”

She agreed to forget every seditious word my lips had so foolishly uttered.

Alas, little did I know that one of my Marxist colleagues in the Comparative Religion Department had overheard the conversation and would repeat everything I had said to my union rep, a gentleman-enforcer some refer to as “Boris the Hammer.”  (Personally, I never called him anything but “Friend.”  I swear, I speak nothing but the truth.  That is my curse.) 

Early the next morning, I was stabbed repeatedly by an unknown assailant while toasting a bagel decorated with an impressionist hammer-and-sickle symbol sold only at the campus commissary.  

Now here I lay in the hospital, surrounded by hostile eyes, on death’s door.  Needless to say, I wasn’t able to cast my vote on Tuesday the 8th, but apparently there weren’t enough “Boris the Hammers” in this country to prevent Donald Trump’s ignoble victory.  Please don’t worry, sir… California went solidly for Hillary, as you well know.  My non-vote didn’t affect the outcome in any appreciable way.  

Please, President Obama, I beg you:  Just leave my family alone.  They did nothing to you.  And please tell the General Secretary, “The chocolates are in the mail.”

I only wish I had lived long enough to see this editorial in print. 

Yours in Eternal Solidarity,
Robert Guffey


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

OR Books' Annual Sale!

OR Books’ annual sale is on NOW!  Print copies of my latest book, Chameleo, are 20% off and the e-book versions are only $1.  The sale lasts for one week.  If you want to take advantage of the sale and order a discounted copy of Chameleo, please click HERE.  



Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The NASA EmDrive

From Daniel Oberhaus' 11-14-16 Motherboard article entitled "The Fact and Fiction of the NASA EmDrive Paper Leak":
"If humanity ever wants to truly explore the outer reaches of our solar system or travel to other stars, we’re going to have to build a better engine for our spacecraft. In fact, this engine will have to be so good that it will be capable of generating thrust without consuming propellant. That’s right: If we ever want a four-hour trip to the moon or a two-month trip to Mars, we’re going to need a rocket engine that doesn’t need rocket fuel.
"This is the idea behind the radio frequency resonant cavity thruster—otherwise known as EmDrive—a theoretical reactionless engine powered by turning electricity into microwaves and bouncing them around a closed metal funnel.
"The EmDrive has been dismissed as 'impossible' on more than one occasion because it appears to violate Newton’s Third Law of Motion, which states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. But if a leaked NASA paper posted online last Saturday is to be believed, then not only are NASA scientists pursuing an EmDrive, but they actually made one that works.
"As detailed in the paper, a team of NASA physicists led by Harold 'Sonny' White and Paul March—both leading figures in exotic propulsion systems—was able to generate thrust in a 'tapered RF test article' (read: EmDrive prototype) during a series of tests at NASA’s Eagleworks Labs at Johnson Space Center in the fall of 2015.
"In essence, the NASA EmDrive in the paper consists of a closed copper cone, the inside of which is being bombarded with microwaves. To test the EmDrive, the researchers powered it with 40, 60, and 80 watts and found that it generated up to 58, 128, and 119 micronewtons of thrust, respectively. Given that this 'anomaly' was still observed by White and his colleagues after accounting for error, this suggests that the results of the experiment show an EmDrive is indeed possible.
"Based on these results, the researchers estimated that their contraption would be capable of generating approximately 1.2 millinewtons of thrust per kilowatt were they to scale up the power input. To put this in perspective, the Hall thruster—one of the most powerful in development and powered by ejecting plasma—generates about 60 millinewtons of thrust per kilowatt.
"'The issue involved here is whether the experiment is seeing something real or not,' Jim Woodward, a physicist at California State-Fullerton, told Motherboard. 'I know Paul [March] does clean work and to be honest, I suspect there may really be something there. But the result they're seeing can't actually be explained in terms of the theory they're proposing. So the question is: what is causing it?'
"Per Newton, if you want to propel a rocket through space, you’re going to have to eject some material in the opposite direction of the rocket’s travel. But an EmDrive appears to generate a reaction without any action—so what gives?
"A number of theories have been floated attempting to explain this ostensible violation of the bedrock of physics. White has been a proponent of the quantum vacuum explanation, which posits that the EmDrive is able to generate thrust by acting on virtual particle pairs that are generated by fluctuations in the quantum vacuum (in this theory, these vacuum fluctuations are created by the electromagnetic field generated by the EmDrive). In essence, the microwaves would be ‘pushing off’ of these virtual particles within the EmDrive cavity to generate the thrust that has been observed by White and his colleagues in EmDrive experiments.
"Another leading explanation is that the EmDrive’s thrust is generated by radiation pressure, a position held by its inventor Roger Shawyer. On this view, when the microwave radiation enters the copper cavity, the radiation pushes against the walls of the EmDrive and generates thrust.
"Yet, according to Woodward, both of these theories are unlikely to be correct for a simple reason: Physics doesn’t allow them."
To read the read of Oberhaus' article, click HERE.

Monday, November 14, 2016

On the Death of Max Spiers

From Jon Austin's 10-18-16 Express article entitled "Max Spiers Investigated 'US Military Paedophile Ring' Before 'Suspicious Death'":

"Max Spiers, 39, who is originally from Canterbury in Kent, travelled to Poland in July to give a talk on conspiracy theories, but was found dead on a sofa in the flat he was staying in.

"Friends claim he died in his Warsaw apartment after vomiting 'black liquid.'

"His family believe his death was suspicious after the father-of-two reportedly sent his mother, Vanessa Bates, 63, a text message two days before he died, which said: 'Your boy's in trouble. If anything happens to me, investigate.'

"In a rambling interview with Polish YouTube channel PorozmawiajmyTV, during which he appeared to slur and complained of being tired a number of times, Mr Spiers talked of his enquiries into the Presidio Child Development Center run by the US Army in San Francisco.

"A well-documented scandal broke in 1986, when allegations of suspected ritual abuse involving 60 children, including four children that had contracted an std, surfaced from the centre.

"But, despite so many victims, only one man, Gary Hambright, a civilian employee of the centre and baptist minister, was charged on 10 counts of child abuse.

"The San Jose Mercury News reported in 1988 on claims  Lt Col Michael Aquino, who was based at Presido, and the self-confessed founder of a Satanic church called The Temple of Set, was involved in the abuse, but despite a police inquiry, no charges were ever brought against him. 

"The case against Mr Hambright was also subsequently dropped after a judge ruled the allegations were too vague."

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

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Could It Happen Here?

More importantly... has it already happened here?  As a correspondent recently pointed out to me, the phrase "drug lords" in the third paragraph below could easily be replaced with "Targeted Individual" or "scientist" or "journalist" or "writer" or "artist," etc.  What follows is a brief excerpt from an 8-26-16 Guardian report entitled "Philippines Police Chief Echoes President's Call to Kill Drug Traffickers":

"The Philippines’ police chief has called on drug users to kill traffickers and burn their homes, escalating the president’s deeply controversial campaign against drugs, which has claimed about 2,000 lives.

"'Why don’t you give them a visit, pour gasoline on their homes and set these on fire to register your anger,' Ronald dela Rosa said in a speech aired on television on Friday.

"'They’re all enjoying your money, money that destroyed your brain. You know who the drug lords are. Would you like to kill them? Go ahead. Killing them is allowed because you are the victim.'

"Dela Rosa was speaking on Thursday to several hundred drug users who had surrendered in the central Philippines. His comments followed those of the president, Rodrigo Duterte, which have sparked criticism from the United Nations and human rights groups.

"Duterte, 71, won May elections in a landslide on a vow to kill tens of thousands of suspected criminals in an unprecedented blitz that he claimed would eliminate illegal drugs in six months.

"He promised on the campaign trail that 100,000 people would be killed and so many bodies would be dumped in Manila Bay that fish would grow fat from feeding on them.

"Days after his election win, Duterte also offered security officials bounties for the bodies of drug dealers.

"When he took office on 30 June, Duterte told a crowd in Manila: 'If you know of any addicts, go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful.'

"The UN special rapporteur on summary executions, Agnes Callamard, said such directives 'amount to incitement to violence and killing, a crime under international law.'"

To read the rest of this article, click HERE.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Bloomberg on the Economic Effects of Trump's Victory

From Tracy Alloway and Lily Katz's 11-9-16 Bloomberg article entitled "Private Prison Stocks Are Surging After Trump's Win":

"Two companies that operate detention facilities in the U.S. are breaking out.

"Donald Trump's victory in the presidential elections helped shares of Corrections Corp. rise as much as 60 percent before paring their surge to 34 percent by 10:14 a.m. in New York, while GEO Group Inc. was trading 18 percent higher by the same time.

"Those moves mean the stocks have recouped some of the losses they've registered since August, when the Department of Justice said it would start phasing out privately run jails. Analysts say President Trump would be likely to reverse that policy, and see an added windfall to the companies stemming from the difficulty of implementing his deportation agenda.
 

"'Private prisons would likely be a clear winner under Trump, as his administration will likely rescind the DOJ's contract phase-out and ICE capacity to house detainees will come under further stress,' analysts at Height Securities LLC wrote in a note published this morning, referring to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement body by its acronym. Mass deportation of illegal immigrants would be likely to run into legal obstacles, 'further necessitating a sizable contract detention population,' the analysts said."

From Rita Nazareth, Anna-Louise Jackson and Eliza Ronalds-Hannon's 11-9-16 Bloomberg article entitled "U.S. Stocks Rise, Treasuries Fall as Trump Win Spurs Growth Bets":

"American stocks rebounded as traders shrugged off the jitters that followed Trump’s victory. The S&P 500 rose 1.1 percent to 2,163.26 at 4 p.m., after futures contracts tumbled as much as 5 percent overnight. The benchmark rallied to a one-month high.


"'We expect the equity market response to the election result will be limited,' said David Kostin, chief U.S. equity strategist at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. 'The U.S. economy has been expanding for seven years and continues to grow at a subdued pace. We expect the U.S. stock market will climb slowly during the next few years in line with earnings growth.'

"WINNERS:
  • BANKS: rallied as Trump has vowed to reduce regulation
  • DRUGMAKERS: surged as Democratic threats of price controls are no longer a concern with Republicans retaining both houses of Congress
  • DEFENSE & INFRASTRUCTURE: Lockheed Martin Corp. and Caterpillar Inc. climbed on Trump’s pledge to boost spending in both industries
  • PRISON OPERATORS: Corrections Corp. soared on speculation the new administration will rescind a government contract phase-out
"LOSERS:
  • INTERNATIONAL TRADE: Coca-Cola Co. and Procter & Gamble Co. retreated
  • GUNMAKERS: Sturm Ruger & Co. sank on speculation that fewer people would rush out to stock up on pistols and rifles with the threat of stronger gun control laws fading
  • HOSPITAL OPERATORS: Community Health Systems Inc. sank on speculation Trump will move to repeal Obamacare
  • CLEAN ENERGY: SunPower Corp. fell on concern Trump will weaken demand for renewable energy"

Whatever It Is, I'm Against It

Let's pause for a moment and listen to the very first punk rock song, courtesy of the Marx Brothers' 1932 film, Horse Feathers (one of the greatest films ever made, needless to say):



Friday, November 11, 2016

Post-Election Autopsy

Several people have asked me to write about my thoughts regarding the Presidential election.  Anything I might have said about the subject is best summed up in Trent Lapinski's piece, "Dear Democrats, Read This If You Do Not Understand Why Trump Won."  Here's how the article begins:

"Did you read Wikileaks?

"Well, you should have.

"The 'conspiracies' were true, and the mainstream media lied to you to about everything.

"Wikileaks was not Russian propaganda, it was the news.


"Wikileaks has a 10-year record of never releasing a single falsified document, and is not connected to Russia. Everything they released were the actual e-mails of Hillary Clinton and her campaign staff. You had the opportunity to look through a window into the Hillary Clinton campaign, but you didn’t.
"By ignoring the leaks, you ignored reality.
"By not listening to your fellow Americans, and accusing them of being 'conspiracy theorists' and trusting the corporate media, you ignored reality. By only following other liberals on social media, and only reading liberal or corporate news, once again ignoring reality. When Hillary Clinton was caught rigging the primary against Bernie Sanders, and Democrats nominated her anyway they ignored reality.
"Everyone was simply insulating themselves within their own echo chamber ignoring anything outside their bubble."

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

In related news, Steven Hager (author of The Octopus Conspiracy and former editor of High Times Magazine) posted the following thoughts on Facebook:  

"'The Portland protest was peaceful until demonstrators met with an anarchist group, after which protesters vandalized buildings, kicked cars and knocked out power...' Gee, wonder who really runs this group of anarchist thugs? This is exactly what Cointelpro looked like in the 1960s. When protesters are confronted by a gang like this they should surround them and try to prevent them from doing violence. These people should be turned over so the police can ID them and start tracking their connections into the FBI. Right now they want an even deeper wedge between the Trumpists and the rest of the country, and if they can get us fighting in the streets, they'll jump for joy."

I also recommend reading Jon Rappoport's 11-11-16 piece entitled "Will Donald Trump Keep His Promises?"  Throughout the campaign, Rappoport was one of the few journalists who clearly understood the true nature of the hidden ground always lurking just behind the bread and circuses offered by the spectacle of the Great Big Show and demonstrated this insight in one illuminating piece after another.  This latest article might be the apex of his 2016 campaign coverage.  Here are just the first few paragraphs:


All right. Hillary and Bill are gone. They’re back in their coffins and their supplies of blood are running low. That’s a good thing. That is a major outcome of the election.

But will Donald Trump now keep his promises?

I’ve framed this piece as a letter David Rockefeller, arch-Globalist-in-charge, might write to President-elect Trump. The updated “payoff” is in the last paragraph.

If Rockefeller were being honest, this is what he would write:

Donald:

I won’t waste time congratulating you. We both know you and America are in for a rough ride. That plucky little demon, George Soros, is already funding and orchestrating thuggish riots in American cities. They do induce a bit of chaos, and I take a certain delight in chaos.

The machinery of Washington DC is ready to chew you up, Donald. There are spies everywhere, and at least a few of them will infiltrate your Presidency at influential levels—if you yourself don’t bring them in because you believe you need them.

I represent and lead an international order, as you know. Our basic plan is to eliminate sovereign nations and erase borders. We must do this, so we can usher in our own global system. We are winning. Surely, you see this.

On the issue of borders and immigration, we want none in the first case and no limit on immigrants in the second case. We want to overwhelm infra-structure and communities with the greatest possible number of people who refuse to assimilate and yet demand special treatment and consideration. We want people who utterly reject America and yet insist on taking whatever they can get from America. Do you really think you or anyone else can stop this wave?

I bring this up, because it represents just one, out of a whole host of strategies, by which we aim to undermine and reduce the country and bring it into our system, absent the precious freedom so many people talk about endlessly.

In other words, Donald, if you are more than a self-serving narcissist who has found a way to stir up the masses in your favor—if you really intend to “restore American values”—you are going to have to give something in order to take something. You’re going to have to make deals. You, of all people, should understand this....
   
To read the rest of Rappoport's article, please click HERE.

If, after having read the previous pieces, you're still confused about the current state of affairs, I suggest watching the following bonus clip (courtesy of political satirist Tom Walker, AKA Jonathan Pie):



Bill Hicks on Becoming President

Courtesy of the late, great Bill Hicks (1961-1994), here's a cogent explanation of what occurs on Inauguration Day....




Ye Shall Know Them By Their Trinkets

From Lisa Hix's 10-3-12 Collectors Weekly article entitled "Decoding Secret Societies:  What Are All Those Old Boys' Clubs Hiding?":



"Their members use secret handshakes and coded language. In temples, they don ancient regalia, helmets, or masks. Thanks to their veils of secrecy and archaic symbols like the All-Seeing Eye, outsiders find fraternal orders endlessly fascinating. But what does it all mean?
"By the early 20th century, nearly all of America’s white wealthy elite belonged to one secret society or another. That fueled suspicions—still rampant today—that Freemasons, Odd Fellows, and other fraternal members have employed occult rituals to gain or maintain their power. But a collector named AR8Jason, who has posted on Collector Weekly’s Show & Tell, thinks the appeal of such clubs was much more simple than that.
"'Some of these groups are simply the big-boy versions of the little boy clubs,' he says. 'As a little boy, I lived in a small town in Oklahoma. There, my friends and I started a club. We had the secret handshake, the passwords. Then, I grew up and I found out that grown men were doing the same thing. They just had better uniforms.'
"Recently, the fancy trappings of dwindling fraternal orders have caught the attention of Hollywood, pop stars, and interior designers alike. In 2004, the film 'National Treasure' posited that the Founding Fathers—many of whom were, in fact, Masons—sprinkled currency and documents such as the Declaration of Independence with clues to the location of an unimaginably vast treasure.

"Masonic symbols also pop up in music videos by Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z, and Lady Gaga—these appearances are viewed by conspiracy theorists as evidence of a plot by the secret elite to brainwash the public into submission. And now, Masonic and Odd Fellows folk art, like hand-painted silk flags, are popping up in trendy Brooklyn restaurants as quirky decorative pieces.
"For some, Masonic and other fraternal items, particularly those from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, are simply sexy collectibles. For others, these groups are linked to devil-worship and sinister plots to install a New World Order, ideas fed by fictional films like 2006’s 'DaVinci Code' [...].
"Still, given all the forms of entertainment available today, fraternal orders per se have waned in popularity with Americans under the age of 40. But Lettelier says Masonic teachings continue to reach new audiences through other formats. Ever heard of a little movie called Star Wars? Lettelier recognizes Masonic ideas in the Jedi philosophy about mastering the Force. Perhaps the Masons have succeeded in taking over the world, after all."
To read Hix's entire article, click HERE.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Gangstalker: The T-shirt!

Is the phenomenon of gangstalking now being merchandised? 

Apparently, someone decided that would be an excellent idea.

Yes, indeed, for all your gangstalking needs....



For further info, click HERE.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Monday, November 7, 2016

State of the Police State

From Glenn Smith and Andrew Knapp's 9-13-16 Post and Courier report entitled "Watched":

"Police forces across the United States are stockpiling massive databases with personal information from millions of Americans who crossed paths with officers but were not charged with a crime.

"A person can end up in one of these databases by doing nothing more than sitting on a public park bench or chatting with an officer on the street. Once there, these records can linger forever and be used by police agencies to track movements, habits, acquaintances and associations – even a person’s marital and job status, The Post and Courier found in an investigation of police practices around the nation.

"What began as a method for linking suspicious behavior to crime has morphed into a practice that threatens to turn local police departments into miniature versions of the National Security Agency. In the process, critics contend, police risk trampling constitutional rights, tarnishing innocent people and further eroding public trust.

"Law enforcement agencies have for decades used what’s known as field interview or contact cards to document everything from sketchy activity to random encounters with people on the street. But the digital age has greatly expanded the power and reach of this tool, allowing police to store indefinitely reams of data on those who draw their interest — long after any potential link to a crime has evaporated.

"'They pose a different threat than the NSA. ... But they can reveal a much more invasive picture of a person’s life,' attorney Stephanie Lacambra of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a California-based digital-rights advocacy group, said in response to the newspaper’s findings. 'The public should be concerned.'

"Some 35,000 people — roughly equal to a quarter of the city’s population – show up in the Charleston Police Department’sdatabase for field contacts, which includes everyone from suspected killers to toddlers and 99-year-olds. One man alone has more than 1,000 entries to his name."

To read Smith and Knapp's entire article, click HERE.

What follows is from Sadie Gurman and Eric Tucker's 9-29-16 The Big Story (Associated Press) report entitled "AP:  Across US, Police Officers Abuse Confidential Databases":

"Police officers across the country misuse confidential law enforcement databases to get information on romantic partners, business associates, neighbors, journalists and others for reasons that have nothing to do with daily police work, an Associated Press investigation has found.
"Criminal-history and driver databases give officers critical information about people they encounter on the job. But the AP's review shows how those systems also can be exploited by officers who, motivated by romantic quarrels, personal conflicts or voyeuristic curiosity, sidestep policies and sometimes the law by snooping. In the most egregious cases, officers have used information to stalk or harass, or have tampered with or sold records they obtained.
"No single agency tracks how often the abuse happens nationwide, and record-keeping inconsistencies make it impossible to know how many violations occur.
"But the AP, through records requests to state agencies and big-city police departments, found law enforcement officers and employees who misused databases were fired, suspended or resigned more than 325 times between 2013 and 2015. They received reprimands, counseling or lesser discipline in more than 250 instances, the review found.
"Unspecified discipline was imposed in more than 90 instances reviewed by AP. In many other cases, it wasn't clear from the records if punishment was given at all. The number of violations was surely far higher since records provided were spotty at best, and many cases go unnoticed."

To read Gurman and Tucker's entire article, click HERE.