About fifty years ago, the governor of Indiana received a letter complaining about obscenity in the lyrics of a rock'n'roll song, and passed that letter on to the FBI. For the following two years, FBI agents examined potential lyrics of the song (which were incomprehensible on the recording, partly due to the singer's braces) to find grounds for an obscenity prosecution. They ultimately failed, but produced a 140-page report, listing numerous possible obscene readings of what the lyrics could be, and in doing so, turned Louie Louie by The Kingsmen from a footnote into a bona fide rock'n'roll rebel anthem
. [more inside]
Abdellatif Kechiche, whose film La Vie d’Adèle
/ Blue is the Warmest Color
recently won the 2013 Palmes d'Or
at Cannes, has "let loose everything he has on his heart" (lâche tout ce qu’il a sur le cœur
) in a long text submitted to the French magazine Rue89
(in French; moderately good English translation here
). [more inside]
DJ Hennessy Youngman follows up CVS BANGERS [prev.]
with his new Soundcloud mix, NSA BANGERS.
NSA BANGERS is an audio landscape full of paranoia, espionage, epic snooping, unhealthy obsession, and the stress of being a contemporary type human being. Basically, NSA BANGERS is the soundtrack of Freedom! And Freedom is expensive y'all! Apparently, it like, costs your Freedom!
The zombie apocalypse
. Doomsday Preppers
. Post-apocalyptic pop-culture fiction of doom. What's it about? A Stanford scholar explains
The most-watched show in the history of the National Geographic Channel
or even the longest-running documentary series on cable tv: Explorer
. It's Doomsday Preppers
, a show that documents the "lives of otherwise ordinary Americans" as they prepare for the end of the world. [more inside]
But back in 1996, users of the proto-Web community Usenet got spammed with messages that reached an almost transcendent level of bizarre—a weirdness so precise it implied the influence of a very human intelligence. “Markovian Parallax Denigrate,” read the title of each post, followed by a mountain of seemingly meaningless word spew:
Unraveling the Internet’s oldest and weirdest mystery
Seconds (John Frankenheimer, 1966) is a disturbing film to watch. With its unresolved, horrific ending, it’s possibly one of the most depressing films ever made [SPOILER]
. [more inside]
Welcome to the testing room of the Parallax Corporation's Division of Human Engineering. [more inside]
People generally associate the TSA with airport security
…but now , starting in Tennessee
, we have moved on to other forms of transportation, such as highways, buses and railways That's why Tennessee is the first State to partner with TSA to do random checks on highways
In 2007, Beck, then the host of “Glenn Beck,” on CNN’s Headline News, brought to his show a John Birch Society spokesman named Sam Antonio, who warned of a government plot to abolish U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada, “and eventually all throughout the Americas.” Beck told Antonio, “When I was growing up, the John Birch Society—I thought they were a bunch of nuts.” But now, he said, “you guys are starting to make more and more sense to me.”A secret history of Glenn Beck, by way of Robert Welch, Willard Cleon Skousen and the John Birch Society.
From the New Yorker.
It's been estimated that the average UK adult is now registered on more than 700 databases and is caught many times each day by nearly five million CCTV cameras. So how hard would it be for an average citizen to disappear completely?
That’s the subject
of a new documentary film: Erasing David
, (Trailer: YouTube
) which premieres this evening in the UK on More4
. It's also now available worldwide online at the iTunes store and through several Video On Demand services
, as well as through Good Screenings
. [more inside]
Thinking about becoming a parent? You might find the US Consumer Product Safety Commission's list of recalled items
fun! It looks like there's just under a zillion things out there that might harm your new tot. And that doesn't
include ... y'know ... toys
out there. It can make you just want to hide
"To make off with hubby's fortune, yea, I think I heard of that happenin' once or twice around L.A. And… you want me to do what exactly?" He found the paper bag he'd brought his supper home in and got busy pretending to scribble notes on it, because straight-chick uniform, makeup supposed to look like no makeup or whatever, here came that old well-known hard-on Shasta was always good for sooner or later. Does it ever end, he wondered. Of course it does. It did. Thomas Pynchon
's next novel, the 416-page Inherent Vice
, is described by Penguin Press
as "part noir, part psychedelic romp, all Thomas Pynchon — private eye Doc Sportello comes, occasionally, out of a marijuana haze to watch the end of an era as free love slips away and paranoia creeps in with the L.A. fog." While we wait for its August 4 publication, we can read an essay on the dystopian musical he co-wrote at Cornell
or watch a clip of that movie they made of Gravity's Rainbow
. [more inside]
"Civilization is Just a Thin Veneer. In the absence of law and order, men quickly revert to savagery. As was illustrated by the rioting and looting that accompanied disasters in the past three decades, the transition from tranquility to absolute barbarism can occur overnight. People expect tomorrow to be just like today, and they act accordingly. But then comes a unpredictable disaster that catches the vast majority unprepared. The average American family has four days worth of food on hand. When that food is gone, we'll soon see the thin veneer stripped away
." [more inside]
Violence, the RPG.
In 1999, Greg Costikyan
, designer of Toon
, and the Star Wars RPG
, released this satirical and profane take on violence in games anonymously. It's now available as a free download. [more inside]
- Making you feel safer or increasing your fear? [more inside]
The Last Roundup.
"Is the government compiling a secret list of citizens to detain under martial law?" [Via]
When your research subjects notice you watching....
The fine folks over at Little Green Footballs discovered
"a pile of results and code" from an observation of their on-line discourse on a server at Carnegie Mellon. That led to a heated thread of sometimes paranoid speculation that eventually calmed down (somewhat) when the researcher's academic advisors posted a good-natured mea-culpa (wea-culpa?) and explanation
London's Metropolitan police have a press campaign
to help us
inform on each other
identify terrorists. How do you spot your terrorist? Well he could be the one with the camera pdf
. Or he could be the one with two mobile phones pdf
. Or the one with a chemistry set and a house pdf
. Flickr folk have their alternative takes
on the poster campaign. Photographer's rights
in the blue previously. And the met have already gone to bat
an innocent photographer
Odyssey of State Capitols and State Suspicion.
behind an exhibition
: postcards, designs, photography, travels, history, stamps and law enforcement." [Via BB.]
, media doesn't print names/photos of people only accused, but not yet convicted, but not always. Lots of towns have a police blotter section where arrests are listed.
Here in Seattle, the FBI recently asked
the public for help in identifying two men seen acting suspicious on the ferry system. The Seattle PI
has decided not to publish the photos. Other local
media have. The commentary
on if the PI made the right choice follows predictable paths...
Zeitgeist, the movie
[Google Video link embedded] - An interesthing, if bizarre, mix of buffed-up comparative mythology
, 9/11 conspiracy theories
and New world order
rambling about banks, loans, debts and war.
the spirit of our times?
Game developer/ perfume critic Theresa Duncan has died, and longtime companion Jeremy Blake is missing.
The art world is buzzing
about the seeming suicide-by-water of video installation artist Jeremy Blake. The perfume
blogs are fizzing with sadness over the death of Theresa Duncan, whose suicide preceded Blake's. The cops are not releasing the notes left by the late, pretty
people, but a clue might be found in the paranoiac screed
Duncan posted on her blog in May, in which Blake's ex-girlfriend, the CIA, FBI, Church of Scientology, Jeff Gannon, bloated plutocrats and many other bugbears of the psy-ops crowd
were put on Duncan's mental merry-go-round and given a real strong spin.
, founded in 2003, is a program of the International Relations Center (IRC) that tracks the work of those, in and outside of government, who have been instrumental in shaping or supporting U.S. policies in the global war on terror, also has the archives of Group watch
(1985-1991), which profiled more than 125 private, quasi-governmental, and religious organizations that were closely associated with the implementation of U.S. foreign policy, especially in Central America.
Profiles of Right wing individuals
Slate's ongoing "Survivalist"
series lays out the steps that you can take to prepare for the disasters threatening to snuff out civilization in general (and, apparently, New York City in particular). Find out how to survive nuclear terrorism, an earthquake, a skyscraper collapse, an electronic apocalypse,
and global warming.
seemed so harmless
at first. But as in any war, there was escalation.
The pursuit of pointless
perfection in shaving comfort now offers our beards only insanity.
And now the multiblade wars have spilled over
into electrics! Will these shaving firms not be satisfied until they've peeled the skin from our chins? Tell you the truth, I'd rather grow a beard.
Burma's military overseers, possibly in fear of a US invasion or internal strife, are moving the country's capital
. At 6:37 a.m. on November 6th, (a time selected by one of the country’s leading astrologists), Myanmar's government began relocating its ministries to a 100 square-km complex in Pyinmana, a remote forest-bound location about 390 km north of Rangoon. Some analysts said the move is being driven by fears of a US invasion
, while many in Myanmar believe it is due to worries about a possible internal uprising
. (This despite a commitment to a "discipline-flourishing democracy"
.) The country's neighbors were put-off because they hadn't been informed of the move
Fortunately, the government is sure the relocation won't affect the country's tourism industry
Newsfilter: Emilia DiSanto, chief investigator for Chuck Grassley
at her home. Was the attack connected to the Finance Committee's investigations into Medicare Fraud
, drug secrets
and insider trading
, or the Abramoff scandal
Did God create hurricane Katrina?
Well, probably not. But perhaps, it was George Bush
continuing his plan for world domination
by using HAARP
and scalar technology
to control the weather
by applying the suppressed theories
of Nikola Tesla!
See, once Bush has induced economic armageddon
it will quickly induce the peak oil crisis
thus leading to permanent martial law
whereby he'll be able to suspend the constitution
. Once all these pesky government controls
have been removed, then Bush will finally be able to achieve the neocon dream
of a New American Century.
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession.
In the late 1970s to the end of the 1980s, LA's Z Channel
was a pay-TV cable channel that would play loads of esoteric films
. It'd been credited
with starting the trend of "director's cuts
", bringing passed-over directors
to the public's attention, and in some cases, was directly responsible for Oscar Nominations
-- and was basically
the work of one man, Jerry Harvey. Unfortunately, Z Channel folded shortly after Jerry Harvey killed
his wife and then himself. Xan Cassavetes' film tells
the story of Jerry Harvey and Z Channel through interviews with filmmakers and those involved, including an archival interview with Harvey himself.
Inside the mind
of a paranoid schizophrenic. Memorize the keywords
with which the lizards of the stage world will attempt to distort your reality. Can you accept your own vampirism?
Are you familiar with the most common reality fishing techniques
and horse movements?
This is the painstaking record of a man for whom delusions have completely overtaken reality. Spend some time with it - the detail is mind-numbing and the reality he has created is utterly insane... and occasionally convincing. Mirror
in case Geocities croaks.
Covert Call allows you to alter the caller id that is sent to the phone you are calling. It can operate just like a calling card, all for the price of a normal long distance call.
Caller-ID spoofing for 5¢ a minute, for all your prankster/paranoid/social engineering needs.
RFID to track students in Spring, Texas...
the information is fed automatically by wireless phone to the police and school administrators. That's right: constant and continual monitoring of all the schoolkids in the district by the local police department.
: "The Voice to skull continues along with the attacks to my body" ... "some of the neighbors might be experimenting with a crude homemade device"... "They have child rapers in my fan club. Found it on line."
Attention Alpha Complex troubleshooters
of blue clearance
or higher, good news!
The open source version of Paranoia has gone gold
Just in time for GenCon.
The happiness control officer will be around soon, to check on your compliance.
Have a nice day!
Are we witnessing the end
of the 4th Ammendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure? The United States 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
has ruled (parts 1
) that police in Louisiana no longer need a search or arrest warrant to conduct a brief search of your home or business.
Government haven for Nuclear Winter
(nytimes reg) Photos of the West German government's secret sanctuary/hidey hole built during the sixties and early seventies. The article talks about the cold, oppressive feel of the accommodations, but it's pretty cool looking in a Danish Modern or Clockwork Orange sort of way. Better than the cheap motel
look that Washington had planned
Heaven or Hell? It's Your Choice
A new shareware E-Book is out
, penned by the likes of Captain Crunch
and Matthew Smith
, that makes the claims:
Don't bother planning your pension, the world is about to change and we can prove it, please just take 2 minutes out of your life to read this page, it may change your life.
Artificial intelligence is coming and it may become smarter than any of us. Smart networks using grid technologies could become a threat to us ALL, this is the real Matrix.
From Dot.Net to the X-Box, from M-Theory to the Playstation 3 the future is V.R. / A.I. and Nanotech.
If you ever wanted to know what the system is and what it has done to you, then this ebook is for you.
You left school, you were standardised, you took an exam, you were graded, they made you believe in money, this is the last great social control mechanism. There's more to this, than you can imagine.
...and there you have it. Or do you?
DARPA looking for proposals to create the Matrix.
"The Information Processing Technology Office (IPTO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting proposals to develop an ontology-based (sub)system that captures, stores, and makes accessible the flow of one person’s experience in and interactions with the world in order to support a broad spectrum of associates/assistants and other system capabilities. The objective of this "LifeLog" concept is to be able to trace the "threads" of an individual's life in terms of events, states, and relationships. "
... and the doctor says, I can clearly see you're nuts
.A PRODIGY IN MANY FIELDS. Perhaps I rank historically among the 50 or 100 most intelligent and talented people in the most fields ever.
And so begins the best resume ever.
formerly an digital effects worker for Final Fantasy and Coneheads
has walked onto the scene and stood out
when it comes to the conspiracy genre, with his site WhatReallyHappened.com
. He has been claiming that 9/11 was the work of the Israelis and the US government to cause a war for Oil in the Middle East, while also making other comments on the War on Terror
While he seems to boast that his site's Alexa
rating is higher than Newsweek's
as affirmation that he is popular, no matter how flawed Alexa may be
Is this what really happened? or merely the posted viewpoints collected by a person who distrusts the Government?
"Please remember the victims,
living and dead, of silent, brutal, and illegal
electronic, chemical and drug, mind altering and controlling weapons testing,
often in their homes. For many this involuntary testing continues to this very day and hour."
of men like Dr. Jose Delgado
Or can we dismiss all of them