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 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.