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Forum Post: Are We No More than a Virus that Breeds Upon This Rock

Posted 1 year ago on Jan. 19, 2013, 6:57 a.m. EST by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT
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Are we?

Is this the sum of Humanity?

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Let us speculate . . .

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If I say, that should human subject A perform operation B which then impacts human subject X, and that further, should human subject C perform operation D which does the same, while human subject E, G and I perform operations F, H, and J, all of which also impact human subject X, all of which induce various degrees of cognitive dissonance -

And further, should my speculation stipulate that the sum of this cognitive dissonance instilled in human subject X will have the specific result of rage, where human subject X is seen to blame human subjects L, M, and N which human subject X transfers to the demographic subgroup identified by S, and the result is an instance of mass murder, mass murder that devastates demographic subgroup S -

and IF - subject to my speculation, I set all of these various operations in motion, and it does indeed turn out exactly as I have speculated -

Am I guilty? Am I not a murderer?

At the very least, am I not guilty, as an accessory, before the fact?

And IF: human subject X must hang for his crime, should I not do likewise?

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But we will have no such public discussion. We will not for we have not the stomach for such debate. It raises too many difficult questions about the nature of who and what we are, let alone our concepts of freedom and human dignity.

Yet I say, that if such a series of operations were performed, then the person or persons who conducted such speculation with said result have indeed committed a crime - a crime against their own human nature - a crime against all human nature, and as such -

A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY

For surely, every individual of the human species is far more than the sum of a complex synthesis of stimulus.

And if this is not so, then those who engage in such speculation are no more than a product of their own environment, and as such, malignant, putrid, metastasizing the whole of the human species into a cancer - a vile blot upon the face of this rock we call Earth, a cancer to be eradicated lest we somehow infect the whole universe with our madness . . . .

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[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

dismiss the cynics.

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

On this particular website I just take it for granted that the cynics have never stood on a protest line, or if they have, were only doing so for the purpose of gathering information on participants, and that their denials have a specific intent - that of denial.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

Are you saying you were punished for your speculation? Punished with a forecast? A predictive signal, just ambiguous enough to prevent you from doing anything about it? I assume that is kind of what happened to Richard Jewel, among others.

Resistance may be futile, yet it does seem to be a responsibility all the same.

In any case, I presume the big events such as those you cited have much less to do with any particular individual than they do overall policy. I also presume that smaller incidents are designed to be as useful as possible.

As to why? I have no clear answer - perhaps just because they can . . .

[-] 1 points by Misaki (893) 1 year ago

The reason for the attack in Aurora by James Holmes

The evidence consists of two things.

  1. That the attack was unusual or unique with its lack of apparent or stated motive, an attacker who was otherwise successful in life before the unusual behavior leading to the attack, and expressed no desire to die to, or even fight against law enforcement.

  2. Coincidences in timing that link his actions leading up to the attack to the blog.

I will just go down the list at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_rampage_killers:_Americas ; many of the other categories such as workplace and school massacres are aimed at people the attacker knew personally.

(Keep in mind that the basic argument is that an intelligent person would have anticipated the form of the attack, and that intelligent people would have been enjoying themselves in that way only if they were confident that other people in the audience were prepared to group up to fight an attacker instead of running away. So the fact that people in the audience generally did not know each other is important.)

1. Delgado Morales, Campo Elias Blamed his family, as well as experience in Vietnam. Not someone who had a 'successful' life.

2. Hennard, George Pierre "an unemployed merchant seaman who was described by others as angry and withdrawn" ... ended up killing himself as well.

3. Huberty, James Oliver Employment problems, ignored by mental health center. Not a 'successful' life.

4. (No Wikipedia article)

5. Wong, Jiverly Antares Blames police in letter sent on day of shooting.

6. Unruh, Howard Barton Harassed; said to police it was because his front gate had been stolen.

7. Holmes, James Eagan He did fail an exam... but university officials were willing to let him continue the program, especially since his previous performance had been so outstanding. Declined and dropped out with no explanation.

8. Pough, James Edward History of crime, not a 'successful' life.

9~12, no Wikipedia article

13. McLendon, Michael Kenneth Relatives were first victims, not a 'successful' life.

14. Starkweather, Charles Raymond, Fugate, Caril Ann Employment problems, conflict with girlfriend's family (first victims).

15. No Wikipedia article.

Other than James Holmes, there is a clear sense of a grudge against society or against specific people. In rare cases, such as Anders Behring Breivik, the stated motive is to help a certain group of people by harming a different group, even if the situation leading up to the attack is more complicated. (For how people can feel a sense of freedom after surviving a dangerous event, see http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/02/reprieve/ ... it's possible people who were not in danger themselves could feel the same way, but the reason people might lack confidence that 'the system is broken' too complicated to describe here of course)

The actions of James Holmes have only a superficial resemblance to the typical pattern, and the blog (and things that happened, or did not happen elsewhere) remains the best explanation. The thing is he was trying to plan for both possibilities: 1) that people in the theater would stop him and his neighbors at his apartment would open the door and trigger the explosives, or 2) No one would stop him and his neighbors would allow the disturbance to continue.

If the reality was #1, he wanted to go down in style. The question that explains the actions of people in both locations is, "Do people have enough confidence in themselves and other people to stop bad things from happening that affect people other than yourself?" (This is the same question that explains support of petitions on the idea of working less, after eliminating other possibilities.)

The timing coincidences: From http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/27/us/before-gunfire-in-colorado-theater-hints-of-bad-news-about-james-holmes.html?pagewanted=all

As the graduate students reached the end of their second semester, wrapping up coursework, finishing lab rotations and looking toward the oral exam that would cap their first year, some noticed a change in Mr. Holmes. If possible, he seemed more isolated, more alone.


His smile and silly jokes were gone. The companions he had sometimes been seen with earlier in the year had disappeared.


On May 17, he gave his final laboratory presentation on dopamine precursors. The talks typically ran 15 minutes or so, but this time, Mr. Holmes spoke for only half that time. And while in earlier presentations he had made an attempt to entertain, this time he spoke flatly, as if he wanted only to be done with it.

This might have been related to this post, also on 17 May: http://jobcreationplan.blogspot.com/2012/05/alternative-to-socialism.html Around 1pm Mountain time, give or take an hour. This post pointed out how being insensitive to prices because you have too much money hurts poor people (best seen with the 18 million empty houses in the US, despite homeless people).

On the same day, around 2pm (?) Mountain time: http://jobcreationplan.blogspot.com/2012/05/feedback.html

As well as notes. However, the first post was made on the OWS forums several days earlier, the most likely way for him to have discovered the site.

21 May, post explaining why the lack of feedback was not proof that it was incorrect, or even that people did not understand it: http://jobcreationplan.blogspot.com/2012/05/need-for-reality-interpretation-in.html

22 May, James Holmes purchases a pistol.

Don't want to speculate on whether his purchase of the second weapon six days later was related to anything; I don't know if he was actually reading Paul Krugman's blog (where Paul Krugman, unusually, mentioned in advance that he would be visiting Seattle, causing me to be distracted by [chinaSMACK] since I didn't feel like trying to talk to Paul Krugman).

June 6, the post explaining how the middle class is to blame for the government not creating jobs: http://jobcreationplan.blogspot.com/2012/06/traitors-within-us.html

June 7, James Holmes fails oral exam and purchases rifle. The idea though is that he was trying to see if his assessments of his own ability were accurate; he expected to fail the exam, and was proved right. Maybe wrong, but this is probably why he took the exam at all. From the NYTimes:

Mr. Holmes took his oral exam on June 7. The [female] graduate student sent him a message the next day, asking how it had gone. Not well, he replied, “and I am going to quit.”

“Are you kidding me?” she asked.

“No, I am just being James,” he said.

One thing that might contradict this explanation for the shooting is this quote:

Prosecutors said in court filings released last week that Mr. Holmes told a fellow student in March that he wanted to kill people “when his life was over.”

There is nothing about his academic performance deteriorating at that point, and if this was out of character for him it could weaken the connection. The blog was started on 24/25 March, with a post made on the OWS forum around that time. But continuing...

24 June: after OWS did not respond to the provocation "Are you going to let Wall Street win?" which followed an explanation of how Wall Street obtains its profits legally without requiring any government corruption, announced that OWS was not going to support the solution and then this post on the blog: http://jobcreationplan.blogspot.com/2012/06/villains-by-necessity.html

The first line was "Why do I feel like this blog hasn't provoked anyone to action?" It explained how the world was broken to the point that people could feel it was the morally correct thing to kill another person.

25 June, James Holmes emails application to join a gun club. Owner calls back and gets the weird answering machine message several times.

There were reports that a neighbor saw James Holmes frequently leave with his rifle bag to practice somewhere, but I don't know if this was ever confirmed and it wasn't at that range.

July 4, post which suggested the widespread extent of knowledge of hidden problems in the song "Love The Way You Lie" (parts 1/2): http://jobcreationplan.blogspot.com/2012/07/ideals-of-freedom-and-independence.html

July 5, James Holmes creates profiles on Match.com and Adult Friendfinder (//i.imgur.com/f0RiZ.jpg) ... not saying that it was that closely related, the idea is that he did not especially 'want' to kill a bunch of people but was not able to convince himself that people would otherwise end up using the idea of working less and therefore felt obligated to continue following the blog and its updates.

Second pistol purchased on July 6. That would have been before this post: http://jobcreationplan.blogspot.com/2012/07/limits-of-trust.html

Which may have been related in some way to Paul Krugman making a post in which he said it was fine for rich people to work less (if not for lower taxes paid according to his post), or who knows maybe it wasn't related: http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/09/what-you-add-is-what-you-get/

Those are the events mentioned on Wikipedia. I think the [June] 24/25 events have the strongest connection. I don't expect James Holmes to have done anything to point specifically at the blog; another post, made without any knowledge of James Holmes, stated this: "The method by which decisions are made is, of course, timing. This provides plausible deniability to all parties." [...]

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

Why Holmes killed remains a matter of speculation. Your blog posts had nothing to do with it. Anyone who suggests to you otherwise is simply attempting to make you behave.

[-] 1 points by Misaki (893) 1 year ago

As I see it, James Holmes viewed his actions as a backup plan in case I failed or died. I was living outside at the time ("homeless") and slowly running out of credit.

It would have been easy for most people to just ignore what I had written, or to forget about it. By placing himself in that situation, it is inconceivable he would forget why he was in prison awaiting trial (or at this point, an arraignment so he could offer a plea).

There was also the chance that he could have been killed and the bomb at his apartment triggered, at which point I could have concluded that the reason people were ignoring me was because they wanted problems to exist so I could stop living outside.

His match.com profile included this: "I spend a lot of time thinking about the future. Mind = blown"

The full list of problems that the concept described on the site would fix is quite extensive although admittedly hard to imagine what a world without those problems would be like. (For many people it might not even be very different.) http://occupywallst.org/forum/a-message-to-no-one/

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

malignant, putrid, metastasizing

I said.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

every individual of the human species is far more than the sum of a complex synthesis of stimulus . . . . I said . . .

[-] 1 points by bensdad (8977) 1 year ago

And where will we viruses go when we are through cooking this rock?

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

that remains to be seen - we may not go anywhere

[-] 1 points by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN 1 year ago

maybe you are a virus but i am descended from apes.

[-] 1 points by Theeighthpieceuv8 (-32) from Seven Sisters, Wales 1 year ago

"IF - subject to my speculation, I set all of these various operations in motion..."

Did you - did you - set all of these variations operations in motion?

That is the question we now place before the court, for surely, if you DID, then you shall surely HANG.

Surely, we cannot permit ourselves to be reduced to the biological but the reality is that cognitive ability is but a defense mechanism, and the whole life of our lives is to serve no other purpose but promotion of the entity that is us.

Touché to you, Big Dog, for another extremely well written post.

[-] 0 points by oldJim (-96) 1 year ago

The first step towards answering your questions is to define the nature of your operations. Furthermore, you would have to provide evidence that your operations led to the result you foreshadowed, and that it wasn't instead a case of pure luck. Without further clarification of the case, we can only speculate which is an empty activity.

[-] 3 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

I see. Since instances of mass murder are so common among the American population of over 300 million, it will require far more than my mere speculation - even were I to identify a perpetrator of such madness before the fact . . . . and thus establish for the record that in fact, Lloyd Holme was correct when he claimed in 1968:

  • we have the capacity to install any behavior we want

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Very well. Let us begin with noise makers. Yes. Noise makers at night - thus interrupting the normal sleep pattern, which when carried out over a period of several days will result in irritability, diminished capacity to reason, negatively impact the subjects personal relationships, and even distort subjects sense of time . . .

[-] 2 points by gnomunny (5691) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

Two questions: was Lloyd Holme or Vance Packard in any way connected to the MK Ultra project? And secondly, is this post in an indirect way a reference to the Sandy Hook incident?

You're a hell of a deep thinker ZD. And as you know, that can often lead to insanity, although I'm not implying such is the case with you.

And the equation in your OP notwithstanding, it is my belief that, yes, we are a virus on this rock and an antidote is probably needed for the survival of said rock. In fact, I believe the antidote has been found:

"It's right outside in the parking lot!" :)

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

Lloyd Holme - unknown if he was associated or not with MK-ULTRA. He could have been, he had the right education.

Vance Packard

  • 1957 The Hidden Persuaders - on the advertising industry - the first of a popular series of books on sociology topics (ISBN 0-671-53149-2)

  • 1964 The Naked Society - on the threats to privacy posed by new technologies such as computerized filing, modern surveillance techniques and methods for influencing human behavior

  • 1977 The People Shapers - on the use of psychological & biological testing and experimentation to manipulate human behavior

    • this was just a short list - but just for fun, this is the last book listed by Wiki authored by Packard:

    • 1989 The Ultra Rich: How Much Is Too Much? - examines the lives of thirty American multimillionaires and their extravagances.

Just based on that list it appears to me that most everything I've been saying has been said by others before me. I'm not sure that anyone else is publicly saying it is entirely possible that most if not all instances of mass murder that have taken place in the country have been products of MK-ULTRA or its offshoots - but I am certain I am not alone in making such an assessment.

[-] 3 points by gnomunny (5691) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

You certainly are not. I have my suspicions as well, at least in some recent incidents, something I'm considering touching on in an upcoming post. But for your consideration in regards to manipulation of the public, if you have the time, I would suggest watching the documentary "The Century of the Self" if you haven't already. And a few random bits:

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/02/19/magazine/shopping-habits.xml

http://vigilantcitizen.com/vigilantreport/mind-control-theories-and-techniques-used-by-mass-media/

http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2012/12/05/verizon_patent_would_monitor_you_as_you_watch_tv_so_it_can_customize_ads.html

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/all/1

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

thanks for the links. I haven't seen of these.

[-] 2 points by gnomunny (5691) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

There's plenty more, of course. The "Century of the Self" documentary is three hours long, I think. I've only watched the first segment so far but it's pretty insightful, which begins with Freud's studies being usurped by his nephew's employers essentially, so these studies predate MK Ultra by quite a few years.

I also had a bookmark dealing with a computer simulation being developed that will essentially have one 'avatar' for every American, presumably for the studies of disease transmissions and such. Call me suspicious, but taken in the aggregate, I envision a time in the not too distant future that, not only will they be able to predict what any one of us might do in a particular situation, they could conceivable single out a particular individual that would be "most likely to" commit mass murder (or whatever) and then, as you suggest, know exactly what set of stimuli or circumstances it would take to get him to do exactly that.

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

I don't have any evidence but I'm pretty sure what you are talking about has already been done.

I think it was back in the 70s that game theory became the fad - now it's complex systems. Humans are complex systems - and so is their social organization. I'm sure the computer models exist for predicting behavior, the only question I have is how extensive is the modeling.

I remember watching the 2000 election, and I was stunned at the demographic data in possession of the networks as they estimated election results - county by county - all across the country.

I realize that is a far cry from predicting an individual - but it does illustrate both the interest and application of very closely related technology, and that was twelve years ago. How many versions of the windows OS have we seen since then? The pace of our technological evolution never ends . . .

[-] 2 points by gnomunny (5691) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

Yep, and for those that are paying attention they're bringing all these systems, databases, etc. together. I'm a big fan of certain aspects of modern technology, but in some cases I believe it's going too far. But like they said during the early days of nuclear power, "Once the genie's out of the bottle . . . "

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

I think it went too far a long time ago. The tools as they exist give a whole new meaning to the term persuasion. Such tools have no place in a free and democratic society.

It reminds me of the global mess created by or with eugenics theory - and that was an outrage.

[-] 2 points by gnomunny (5691) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

If I'm not mistaken, I believe I heard eugenics is having a resurgence in certain circles. Now that's an outrage.

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

I haven't heard that lately, but I have heard that in the past. I don't know what is up with that - it sounds insane. Eugenics should be so discredited that no one with any self respect would go near it - but then again the name of Perkins still graces a hall at UVM, so I guess it is possible.

[-] 2 points by gnomunny (5691) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

I believe it's been bandied about within the depopulation crowd, which would fit in well with their mindset. But then again, there are those who don't even believe there's such a thing as a 'depopulation agenda.' Personally, although it may not be an agenda per se, I do believe that population reduction in some form or another is certainly discussed in 'select crowds.' I believe Prince William, potential future puppet of the Commonwealth, was once quoted as saying if he died he'd like to return as a virus. Of the pandemic kind. It may have been his brother, but no matter, since they're both members of the same 'select crowd.' (" . . . and we ain't in it." G. Carlin RIP)

For the record, I'm not a fan of Alex Jones or his ilk and don't frequent his website. Just wanted to get that out there.

[-] 0 points by oldJim (-96) 1 year ago

I would consider that more population control. It seems to me depopulation would imply negative population growth although a 'one child per family' approach could possibly achieve negative growth depending on the ratio of male births to female births.

2 children per 2 parents would keep a population stable. 1 child per 2 parents diminishes the population in half with each generation. The ratio of male to female births does not matter.

Take 1,000,000 couples. That's 2,000,000 people. They can have 1 child per couple, that results in 1,000,000 children, half of 2,000,000.

[-] 1 points by oldJim (-96) 1 year ago

I can't reply to Builder directly so I'll reply here.

(quote/)As recently as 1950, China's population was a mere 563 million. The population grew dramatically through the following decades to one billion in the early 1980s.

The one child policy became effective in 1979. Your quote has nothing do to with our discussion.

China's total fertility rate is 1.7, which means that, on average, each woman gives birth to 1.7 children throughout her life. The necessary total fertility rate for a stable population is 2.1; nonetheless, China's population is expected to grow over the next few decades. This can be attributed to immigration and a decrease in infant mortality and a decrease in death rate as national health improves.

As pointed out in your paragraph, immigration and decrease in death rate also play a role. Furthermore, the one child policy only affects 35.9% of the population. "It restricts urban couples to only one child, while allowing additional children in several cases, including twins, rural couples, ethnic minorities, and couples who are both only children themselves.In 2007, according to a spokesperson of the Committee on the One-Child Policy, approximately 35.9% of China's population was subject to a one-child restriction." If you want to measure the decrease, you'll have to isolate that 35.9% of the population which is affected by the law, not the population as a whole.

By the late 2010s, China's population is expected to reach 1.4 billion. Around 2030, China's population is anticipated to peak and then slowly start dropping.(unquote)

This is because it takes time to decrease a population with the one child policy. You must wait for the older generations to die off. Like your quote states, a decrease is expected to start around 2030.


The point is that the one child policy is aimed at decreasing population growth. It's plain and simple.

[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 1 year ago

Wrong. Despite China's population control, their numbers are growing.

(quote/)As recently as 1950, China's population was a mere 563 million. The population grew dramatically through the following decades to one billion in the early 1980s.

China's total fertility rate is 1.7, which means that, on average, each woman gives birth to 1.7 children throughout her life. The necessary total fertility rate for a stable population is 2.1; nonetheless, China's population is expected to grow over the next few decades. This can be attributed to immigration and a decrease in infant mortality and a decrease in death rate as national health improves.

By the late 2010s, China's population is expected to reach 1.4 billion. Around 2030, China's population is anticipated to peak and then slowly start dropping.(unquote)

http://geography.about.com/od/populationgeography/a/chinapopulation.htm

[-] 1 points by gnomunny (5691) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

You got me.

[-] -1 points by oldJim (-96) 1 year ago

Personally, although it may not be an agenda per se, I do believe that population reduction in some form or another is certainly discussed in 'select crowds.'

Why believe when we know. The Chinese had a one child per family policy for years. That's a depopulation agenda.

[-] 2 points by gnomunny (5691) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

I would consider that more population control. It seems to me depopulation would imply negative population growth although a 'one child per family' approach could possibly achieve negative growth depending on the ratio of male births to female births.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Wasn't that a movie? Future Crimes

[-] 2 points by gnomunny (5691) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

It's not ringing a bell, although there might be one out there. I didn't come to my conclusions from a movie if that's what you're suggesting. Hold on a sec and I'll go to IMDb and look it up.

Edit: Nope. No such movie title at the IMDb website. But that doesn't mean there isn't a movie out there with that plotline.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Future Crimes was about a supercomputer system that could predict crimes before they happened by analyzing people and situations - the cops would be sent out to arrest the criminals before the crime was committed.

Something like that it has been a while since I saw it.

[-] 3 points by gnomunny (5691) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

You may be thinking about 'Minority Report' with Tom Cruise. I haven't seen the movie because personally I can't stand the guy and haven't watched a Tom Cruise movie since Rain Man. Which I have to admit was a damn good movie. But the plotline to Minority Report isn't exactly what I suggest, although it could be considered related. It that movie they prevent the crimes; in my scenario they would cause them. Not a whole lot of difference tho, when you think about it.

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

If you can predict them then there is no reason in the world why that information cannot be harnessed toward creation. The same holds true with accidents. We have a very clear understanding of how and why accidents take place in a wide variety of circumstances - including aviation. Understanding is what helps prevent accidents.

This clear understanding provides the possibility of reverse engineering the precise set of circumstances that produce accidents - which is what I call accidental engineering.

the historical record is filled with clear and incontrovertible evidence: the human species is a murderous and bloodthirsty lot. I do not believe it may be found that there is a single field of scientific endeavor that has not been harnessed to the production of murder . . . .

[-] 2 points by gnomunny (5691) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

"If you can predict them then there is no reason in the world why that information cannot be harnessed toward creation."

That makes sense. It may not work 100% of the time, considering the chance of an unanticipated variable, but it seems even in the presence of possible unknowns, given enough information and computing power the end result could still be achieved. As in, "if Plan A doesn't work, switch to Plan B."

And I'd have to largely agree with your last statement as well, although there may be a few, most of man's scientific achievements have been used in one way or another for killing his fellow man. We are indeed a violent species, but take heart. It's rooted in our DNA, part of our survival instinct. We just can't help ourselves (yet):

http://www.livescience.com/5333-evolution-human-aggression.html

http://www.livescience.com/2231-humans-crave-violence-sex.html

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

You sure have an interesting way of looking at things, Zen.

Well thanks. I'm tempted to create about ten different profiles just to twinkle that statement - just to drive the nay sayers nuts.

[-] 2 points by gnomunny (5691) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

Those ten profiles you use would just about offset the ten profiles a certain forum member (who shall remain nameless) used to down vote the hell out of me about six months ago. Then I'd be about even, heheheh

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

the accuracy of most computer modelling is dependent on the granularity of the data set. A guy named Binney blew the whistle on a program called Trailblazer. I assume that the program was designed to fail and Binney had no idea.

In any case,

And then there is

  • TrapWire

    • TrapWire System -- www.trapwire.com/trapwire.html -- TrapWire®. TrapWire is a unique, predictive software system designed to detect patterns indicative of terrorist attacks or criminal operations. Utilizing a ...

    • TrapWire -- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TrapWire -- TrapWire is a 'counter-terrorism' technology company that produces a homonymous predictive software system designed to find patterns indicative of terrorism ...

    • Stratfor emails reveal secret, widespread TrapWire surveillance ... rt.com/usa/news/stratfor-trapwire-abraxas-wikileaks-313/ -- Aug 10, 2012 – Former senior intelligence officials have created a detailed surveillance system more accurate than modern facial recognition technology ...

    • TrapWire: The Truth Behind The Hype (with images) · bendoernberg ... storify.com/bendoernberg/test-post -- Nov 20, 2012 – New emails released by WikiLeaks indicate that TrapWire, a defense contractor owned and operated by ex-CIA operatives, plays a key and ...

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[-] 2 points by gnomunny (5691) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

So I would assume with a fine enough granularity, it would be possible to achieve a 100% success rate. I don't see why not.

I'll check your links on Trapwire and Trailblazer. I clicked your link on Trailblazer and glanced at enough of it to have piqued my interest. And Trapwire, which I hadn't heard of, seems to fit quite well with my comment to you yesterday:

" . . .I envision a time in the not too distant future that, not only will they be able to predict what any one of us might do in a particular situation, they could conceivable single out a particular individual that would be "most likely to" commit mass murder (or whatever) and then, as you suggest, know exactly what set of stimuli or circumstances it would take to get him to do exactly that."

. . . so I'll be checking those links as well. The NSA spy-center links I'm aware of. In fact the one from 'Wired' is one of the links I gave you last night.

[-] 1 points by peacehurricane (293) 1 year ago

Bullshit it is in the flesh being eaten not the dna makeup because that has been shown to change with condition and surrounding and even margarine changes us. Life is change and if you eat meat I would consider making changes quick if you choose to live because the doctor ain't fixing a thing except bank pocketbook. But there is no escape TRUTH will be so. You are what you eat where is the mystery in this simple reality. I will not understand how eating cut up dead stuff could be worth all ails and pains much less karmic price for death being made in the name of? I am WE...

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

So I would assume with a fine enough granularity, it would be possible to achieve a 100% success rate. I don't see why not.

I'm not sure that one hundred percent predictability will ever be possible, and I'm sure mathematicians in the field have a very good explanation why, in the absence of a unified theory of everything it may not be possible.

I would sum it up by pointing out that I have yet to see one single human being walk on water - unless it is frozen of course. Yet, if you leap from too high an elevation into a body of water the effect will be much like hitting concrete. Therefore, one must consider that in fact, it may be possible . . . .

[-] 2 points by gnomunny (5691) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

You sure have an interesting way of looking at things, Zen. Logical and interesting. And yeah, 100% success rate probably isn't possible, as our buddy oldJim was quick to point out to me. You've probably read thru this thread a bit since last night. I guess he got bored with you (or you logged off) so I was handy fodder. It was far too late last night to put up with it for too long though, so I bailed.

[-] -1 points by oldJim (-96) 1 year ago

Besides, in my and Zen's original conversation we were dealing with, not predicting a person's next action necessarily, but manipulating it. Big difference.

How can you manipulate an action if you can't predict it? You know that a very loud high pitch sound will force someone to cover his ears because you understand the physics of the ear and of sound. However, that's very basic stuff. I fail to see how you could possibly manipulate someone into doing very specific actions if you can't even predict the effects of your manipulations.

And if you're going to try to convince me, via Quantum Physics or otherwise, that it's not possible to manipulate a person, don't waste your breath or my time because it's absolutely possible. It's done every day.

It's certainly possible to manipulate people in a very rough and unpredictable way. However, Quantum Physics makes it impossible to manipulate someone into doing specific actions like in the movie The Manchurian Candidate.

[-] -1 points by oldJim (-96) 1 year ago

Admittedly, I know little to nothing about quantum physics. I assume when you say "can never be accurate" you mean 100% accuracy. And although that may be true in quantum physics I would still contend that this comment of mine: "It may not work 100% of the time, considering the chance of an unanticipated variable, but it seems even in the presence of possible unknowns, given enough information and computing power the end result could still be achieved. As in, 'if Plan A doesn't work, switch to Plan B.' " is still valid in the context of my conversation with Zen because I don't believe that, in human nature, there are an infinite number of variables. Although I could be wrong.

The human brain is made of billions upon billions of neurons each affected by Quantum Physics. The state of these neurons changes each fraction of a second. Even with a massive computer the size of our solar system you could not compute the outcome of a thinking brain in the hopes of predicting the next action of a person.

[-] 1 points by gnomunny (5691) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

I beg to differ. You're being too technical, I believe just for the sake of being argumentative. Besides, in my and Zen's original conversation we were dealing with, not predicting a person's next action necessarily, but manipulating it. Big difference. And if you're going to try to convince me, via Quantum Physics or otherwise, that it's not possible to manipulate a person, don't waste your breath or my time because it's absolutely possible. It's done every day.

[-] -2 points by oldJim (-96) 1 year ago

So I would assume with a fine enough granularity, it would be possible to achieve a 100% success rate. I don't see why not.

No, Quantum Physics has shown a long time ago that predictions can never be accurate because of randomness.

[-] 2 points by gnomunny (5691) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

Admittedly, I know little to nothing about quantum physics. I assume when you say "can never be accurate" you mean 100% accuracy. And although that may be true in quantum physics I would still contend that this comment of mine: "It may not work 100% of the time, considering the chance of an unanticipated variable, but it seems even in the presence of possible unknowns, given enough information and computing power the end result could still be achieved. As in, 'if Plan A doesn't work, switch to Plan B.' " is still valid in the context of my conversation with Zen because I don't believe that, in human nature, there are an infinite number of variables. Although I could be wrong.

I was wondering if you'd get around to me on this thread, oldJim, considering the amount of time I've spent on here bullshitting with Zen.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Yep - Information - science - technology. Good/Bad - often times depends on the intent of the user/abuser.

[-] 0 points by oldJim (-96) 1 year ago

I do not believe it may be found that there is a single field of scientific endeavor that has not been harnessed to the production of murder .

100% correct. The non-existence of events or things can never be proven.

What is interesting is to ask one to provide examples of how particular scientific endeavors were used for murder. Do you have an example of the study of prime numbers being used in murder? What about the taxonomy of sea weeds?

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

Everything can be argued to have facilitated murder in one way or another.

thanks for making my point.

  • the human species is a murderous and bloodthirsty lot.
[-] -2 points by oldJim (-96) 1 year ago

You have comprehension problems. Saying that anything can facilitate murder does not mean that the human species are a murderous and bloodthirsty lot. That would be like saying you became more bloodthirsty when you bought a car just because it gives you one more way to kill others (by running them over). I don't think a particular person's murdering tendencies increase with every purchase he makes, only his potential to kill which is very different. Don't mix the two.z

More to the point, someone who wants to kill will do it with his bare hands if he has to.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

Saying that anything can facilitate murder does not mean that the human species are a murderous and bloodthirsty lot.

You have it backwards. The human species is a murderous and bloodthirsty lot - both history and current events have ample evidence establishing this as fact. Given this undeniable reality, it is not at all surprising to discover that, indeed, there is not one field of human endeavor that has not been harnessed as a means to kill.

[-] -1 points by oldJim (-96) 1 year ago

You'e still stating a negative, which is unprovable. Take a basic logic class at your local university.

[-] -2 points by oldJim (-96) 1 year ago

Great. How about the taxonomy of sea weeds. Search hard now. I'm sure you'll find something eventually. Perhaps a type of poison was invented that depended on knowing the differences between sea weed species. Good luck with this second challenge.

[-] -2 points by oldJim (-96) 1 year ago

Facilitating murder is not murder. I don't get your point. Everything can be argued to have facilitated murder in one way or another. So what? Cavemen who carved stones to cut meat could be said to have facilitated murder with that invention. Do you want us to go back to pre-caveman times? Pants, soup cans, bags, etc... all facilitated murder. The invention of language itself facilitated murder. If you are such a technophobe that you want to make sure you are not facilitated to kill anyone, I suggest you get a lobotomy. Once you are in a vegetable state the chances of you being able to use devices like language, your kitchen spoon, or prime numbers to commit murder will be near non-existent.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

100% correct. The non-existence of events or things can never be proven.

What did I say? What the fuck did I say? All you need do is provide that single instance.

Fish Toxins illustrates both the use of poison to hunt / fish, and that useful poisons may be found among the flora and fauna of sea life.

Top Ten Deadliest Plants includes the castor plant which has entered the annals of notoriety due to the use of ricin as a means of terror.

What I know of the human species seems to dictate that of course, someone, somewhere, has examined the taxonomy of sea weeds of all kinds with an eye toward murder. Whether such research has in fact produced fruit I cannot say, in the case of sea weeds in specific. But I am positive that the classification of sea life has indeed provided the basis for a variety of new and ever more creative ways to kill.

AS for prime numbers - I would point out that any study of prime numbers is a mathematical discipline. While Pi is not a prime number, it is rather irrational - there remain what are called Pi Prime Numbers and I could, I am certain, use such research to drive a mathematician insane given an existing set of preconditions: ocd and extreme difficulty in dealing with people. If it is true, that it can be done, then the probability is that it already has - perhaps we could check with the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

But never mind all that - lets get back to the practical reality as it pertains to mathematics: The ENTIRE nuclear industry is based on physics.

That's just math.

[-] 0 points by oldJim (-96) 1 year ago

What did I say? What the fuck did I say? All you need do is provide that single instance.

You asked to prove a non-existence. You asked us to find a field of scientific endeavor that has not been harnessed to the production of murder. What we can show are positives; that a certain field has been used for murder, but we can't prove negatives. Even if I can't find an example of murder for a specific field doesn't mean there isn't one.

You didn't learn that you cannot prove negatives in your logic or science classes?


All the examples in your previous post show positive evidence that some fields of science have been used for murder. That's easy and obvious. It does not show that all fields of science have been used for murder, very far from it. But wait! That's not even what you asked. You don't want us to show that all fields have been used for murder, you want us to find a field that has not (a negative).

[-] -1 points by oldJim (-96) 1 year ago

Your view of the world is Newtonian. For the last 100 years + we have known how Quantum Physics makes correct predictions impossible because of randomness. This is certainly true of the human brain. Even with a full theoretical understanding of the brain and a way to track data processing within it, it would not be predictable because of Quantum effects. We could predict possible outcomes, but never precise outcomes. You must move passed Newton.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

I never said human behavior was one hundred percent predictable and you are grasping at straws.

YOu have, IN f4ct, provided one excellent reason why researchers would find such an interest in predicting human behavior - why they might, indeed, induce as much chaos into the life of a single individual as they possibly can.

They are such curious fuckers

looking for GOD in a single particle?

they are m4d

let them sift all they like through the detritus of all they have wrought, and all they will find is a small reflection of themselves

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Easier to commit them I should think - Shock Doctrine ( now in 3D )

[-] 2 points by gnomunny (5691) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

Funny how Shock Doctrine seems to come up a lot on this website, isn't it? And not in a 'ha-ha' funny way.

Looks like we were both at the IMDb website at about the same time. What a coincidence.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Yeah we seem to do a lot of coincidental things.

Shock Doctrine - yep never in a ha ha way - watch it before or just after watching Inside Job - it is even less haha when other events get mixed in ( looked at )

[-] 2 points by gnomunny (5691) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

Yep, I've seen Shock Doctrine twice already. I started watching Inside Job one morning (had it taped) but had to turn it off after the first half-hour because it got me so pissed off, it started to ruin my day. So I figured I'd better wait until a later time. Haven't got to it yet, but will eventually. Not really necessary tho, since I'm aware of the gist of it from things read on this forum and there's a whole lot of other things I'd like to see for a couple posts I'm thinking of putting up. I need to spend a few hours reading some bookmarks and a fairly long pdf I have saved for one I'm anxious to get to soon.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Minority Report (2002) - IMDb www.imdb.com/title/tt0181689/ Rating: 7.7/10 - 242015 votes ... Max von Sydow. In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder. ... 25 January 2013 9:59 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News ... Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell.


Not surprised now as to why I couldn't remember - was not all that good.

[-] 0 points by oldJim (-96) 1 year ago

In that case you could not be held responsible in court, even if you had imagined the outcome as murder. The problem is many people have issues in their lives which cause them to be irritable, have problems in relationships, diminish their capacities to reason, etc... and the number of these people who kill is miniscule. People will react in a wide range of ways to this stimuli, and, of course, it won't be the only stimuli in their lives. A person would not kill his wife because of a bad state of mind alone, that person would have other predispositions such as build up hate for his wife or a mental illness of some sort.

What you're insinuating would mean that, for example, violent video games make people do violent acts. There's just no evidence that shows this is the case. It's also important to note that many people live or work in high noise situations and I don't believe they are more prone to killing than other people.

A prosecutor would have to show that what you did directly led to the murder, and I just don't that has possible. Your outcome prediction would play no part since it could be coincidence.

"Any behavior" includes very precise and complex behaviors like making it so a person dances Thriller every time they see an Oprah show on Mondays. I believe noise makers could only make someone irritable, and not install any behavior you could imagine. This is a personal opinion based on speculation. If you have evidence to the contrary, I would love to get the details of where I could find a research paper on this. Thank you.

I would also like bibliographies to research papers that show evidence for Lloyd Holme's claims. (This is a different case than the noise makers issue unless of course Lloyd Holme used noise makers to implement "any behavior" he wished.)

Note: I personally don't believe Lloyd Holme's claim is even possible to prove in it's generalized form simply because an infinite range of behaviors cannot be tested for. It seems to me he was speculating when he said "any", and it doesn't seem like the type of talk a scientist would use.

Note: For you to state that Lloyd Holme was correct in saying that "any" behavior could be implemented in a person I assume you not only read research papers on this but also recreated the experience on your own to validate his claims? That's how scientists work, and my assumption here is that you are a serious scholar who wouldn't make claims without being able to back them up 100%.

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

Lloyd Holme was quoted by the Psychological Record 18 in 1968, which was then cited by Vance Packard, in his book, The People Shapers, 1977.

It is entirely possible to make almost anyone dance under the specific conditions you describe - I for example, could make you dance weeping every time you hear Thriller -

It would of course, require a good deal of murder, and the insinuation that every single instance was your fault, your responsibility - simply because you did not dance fast enough, or with sufficient enthusiasm.

And no, I am no scholar.

I'm done dancing. I will not dance

  • anymore
[-] 1 points by peacehurricane (293) 1 year ago

Oh yes you will!

[-] 1 points by oldJim (-96) 1 year ago

The fact that one man wrote a phrase in 1968 and was quoted by another man in 1977 does not mean much at all. I don't believe from faith, I require extraordinary evidence for extraordinary claims. This is an extraordinary claim, and, as such, must be backed by many research papers and practical evidence conducted inside a serious scientific framework. If this is true, it is the finding of the century in the field of psychology and there should be hundreds if not thousands of research papers on the issue. Where are they?

By not dancing I assume you do not wish to make the effort to back up your wild claims. You asked questions and I answered as best I could. In reply you shut down. Only creationists and conspiracy theorists shut down when asked to explicate themselves, men of science who hold some form of truth proudly display their work or the work of others to back up their claims.

Unless you can back up your claims, I do not think Occupy should waste time with them. We won't go anywhere if we study everything everyone writes. We must show a willingness to think critically.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

I think you are full of shit. The reason I believe you are full of shit is because you, yourself, used one linguistic term and one cultural reference - which taken together may be interpreted to indicate that you are indeed fully conversant with this particular topic.

  • The linguistic term:

Which taken by itself is perhaps meaningless - it is a term often used in Westerns where one character is seen shooting at the feet of another, laughing, with the admonition that his victim dance - and is therefore common currency within the cultural framework which forms our world view - just as DK's reference regarding eggs above is common currency and not in itself indicative of an intimate knowledge of the subject matter, despite the manner in which DK formed his reference.

The second - the cultural reference: Thriller - which contains the lyric:

Which again, by itself may be meaningless - except that Jackson was conversant on this subject even if he could not articulate with clarity the environmental construct he found so terrifying. His work is littered with references to the culture that is S.I.C.:

And then of course there is the manner of his death - which produced tremendous profits for those in control of his creative endeavors . . . .

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Both Vance Packard and the book[s] he wrote are highly respected resources, you may denigrate them if you wish but it will not mar the credibility or relevance of either.

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And for the sake of clarity - I did in fact lie when I indicated that I could make you dance - I do not have either the requisite skill in Accidental Engineering - although I can describe several methods of note - nor do I have the connections to the criminal underworld that would facilitate the production of instances of murder - murder committed in cities far from you, near locations whose names would be familiar, landmarks of particular interest within your own, personal frame of reference - nor do I have connections to the local news media in your area - where ever that may be - such that I may ensure such random acts of madness pass editorial review and end up within the construct that makes up your environment where it may be assured such instances come to your personal attention . . .

Had I such resources, I could indeed make you dance - and dance weeping - before the whole world you would dance and no one would know precisely why . . . .

[-] -1 points by oldJim (-96) 1 year ago

You asked a few questions in your original post and I answered as best I could. I then asked you to provide extraordinary evidence for your extraordinary claims. A legitimate and responsible request. Instead, you spewed out a flurry of ad hominem which have nothing to do with our discussion. What does it matter if I'm full of shit or not, I simply asked you to provide evidence for your claims, nothing more.

I did not question the authority or reputation of Vance Packard in any way. I stated that such a huge discovery would have generated hundreds, if not thousands of papers on the subject. If only one man wrote about this amazing possibility, then I don't believe we can be assured of its validity. It certainly requires much more research. Scientific discoveries must always be researched by more than one person before we credit them with the scientific seal of approval.

Why bother posting in public forums about ideas if you aren't going to discuss those ideas and defend them in a proper way? I'm not sure what your goal is. You asked questions in your original post, but you seem unhappy when you receive answers.

Why not write a blog instead if you do not wish to receive honest feedback?

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

. . . trashy . . .

Is your feedback honest? while it is possible I remain doubtful - and for the reasons expressed above.

I have presented a brief sketch - an outline of sufficient clarity to indicate that I can indeed replicate various portions of the protocols - even if not the most elegant and most subtle means of bending the behavior of others to one's will - it has been known since the mid 1940's that the appearance of a blank face will be interpreted by the audience in terms of context - a blank face juxtaposed with the presence of a plate of food will be interpreted as indicating hunger - and advertisers noted quite some time ago that food presented during televised commercials inspires the urge to snack -

this itself is an illustration of what is known and in the public domain, demonstrating the possibility of manipulation by nothing more than the presentation of stimuli, and further - it is an illustration of the profitability of such research to one segment of our economy - that of sales.

Then there are movies, movies such as The Manchurian Candidate - first produced about 50 years ago and attended by rumors of an institutional resistance within the U.S. government to such artistic endeavor - and recently remade, indicating the cultural relevance of the subject matter . . .

I will not do all of your homework for you - I cannot.

the subject makes me rather ill.

I am afraid it is a rather visceral reaction - attended by an increase in respiration, heart rate, and the insane urge to break things

[-] -1 points by oldJim (-96) 1 year ago

I have presented a brief sketch - an outline of sufficient clarity to indicate that I can indeed replicate various portions of the protocols

Your sketch does not indicate method. A concept without method does not indicate the possibility of replication, it does not even indicate if the concept is practically doable. I could talk about the concept of intergalactic travel, but, unless I can explain the exact method of achieving this, I could not claim the ability to do so.

It's easy to say that someone could perform an operation that would impact another's will and behavior to the point of dictating any behavior so wished. However, it means nothing unless you carefully describe the nature of this operation.

indicating the cultural relevance of the subject matter

Many things are culturally relevant, like alien rectal probings. It does not provide any evidence that they are real.

I will not do all of your homework for you - I cannot.

You proposed the claim, you should back it up. I asked for research papers because I was interested in doing my homework by reading them. If you can't even take the time to support your claim with a bibliography then you don't care for your claim which means nobody else should care for it either.

Interesting concept. Poorly documented by a proposer who neither cares to back up his claims, nor cares for proper discussion. Repost on a blog with a disabled comment section, not on an open forum. Next.

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

Repost on a blog with a disabled comment section, not on an open forum.

and why don't you just go piss up a rope.

Fyi: the comment section on my wordpress blog isn't disabled - It's broke - and I had nothing to do with it. I just haven't fixed it because the only comments I ever got were nothing but spam and therefore cannot justify the expense of time that would be required to determine what, precisely, is wrong with it.

Aliens, as it happens, are another prominent cultural reference that is entirely relevant to this discussion - your reference again reinforces the premise that you are indeed quite conversant with the issues at hand.

There are no aliens of course, it is just another lie, told by actors on a stage. And Brigadier General Roger Ramey is a hero for attempting to set the record straight.

And what does it mean, if there are no aliens? It means, that should even one account, just one, of alien abduction prove any measure of validity whatsoever, then what we have is in fact kidnapping - itself a federal crime - and should that kidnapping have been conducted in the interest of science then we have not only a federal offense, but a violation of international law

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Finally, I am certain that if you truly found this discussion interesting you would find academic resources all on your own. Instead your focus has been to rely upon the tendency of those who have been exposed to the evironment or culture under discussion, and who have the temerity to talk about it - to foam at the mouth stuttering with but minor push back from their audience.

Well I'm not stuttering. And I do believe I have been successful in avoiding that tendency to condense huge volumes of research into emblematic chunks that become utterly meaningless to all but those familiar with the work.

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I smile with some small satisfaction when I consider the possibility - a 50-50 prospect at least - that someone is picking even through your shit as we speak . . . and while you may be accustomed to such scrutiny the question remains -

  • what is their political agenda?
[-] 0 points by oldJim (-96) 1 year ago

I guess some people don't care about evidence and will thus believe in aliens, ghosts, etc... I guess some people don't care to back their claims with bibliographies. That's fine. It's strange that you ask questions but refuse answers. That's fine too, some people are strange.

I guess I should stick to reading serious articles in serious journals, articles which are not based on vacuous speculations.

Good day.

[-] -2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

To make an omelet you gotta break a few eggs - hand me another would ya? - what do you mean thats the only one we got? - ooooops

[-] -1 points by DeathsHead1 (-111) 1 year ago

What pretentious, pseudo-intellectual nonsense.

[-] 2 points by peacehurricane (293) 1 year ago

I have lived this and it is good that your location is elsewhere because you both would have been so sunk here. Begrateful for what you are given cause some people have paid dearly to get this far with their entire lives being subjected to these descriptions here in Salem, Oregon my screenname same Peace, Hurricane I am grateful because it just means that it packs that much potential and the purple haze confirms it to be...ALL ONE

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

What pretentious, pseudo-intellectual nonsense.

said the clown with the hollow eyes and empty skull . . .

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

lol - apropos - expect no understanding from the self proclaimed dead one.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

a genuine dead head

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Yes - I think Archie would say - Meat Head - myself - I don't think there is much meat there - perhaps rock?

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

dead space

; D

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Too deep ( book ) - I will accept block head though.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

I hadn't heard of it - its a game too I see. I should probably take back the dead head thing as well - before I get all kinds of hate mail from Jerry fans . . .

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

LOL - I meant dead zone. It is late and my synapse ( singular ) is firing slowly. Catch ya later.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

BTW - did you choose your name? or did people who know you ( and avoid you ) choose it for you as your likely top achievement?

Something like a year book credit - voted most likely to die - foolishly. Hey?

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

And you would know to judge - what - because you are deathshead? ya whatever.

[-] -1 points by highlander (-163) 1 year ago

What an epic piece of shit! I wish you personal success and I hope Sandy didn't hurt you. But nonsense like this is completely and uttlerly laughable, and a sign of mental degeneration.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (21784) 1 year ago

Were you dropped on your head as a child? What the hell is wrong with you?

[-] -1 points by highlander (-163) 1 year ago

My first response when I read that was whether or not ZenDog was OK. It looks and sounds like clinical depression or complete and utter hopelessness and no human should feel that way

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (21784) 1 year ago

You should have gone with your first response. Has it ever occurred to you to at least make an attempt to walk out of this life doing the least amount of harm to another?

[-] -1 points by highlander (-163) 1 year ago

But what drives a man to that kind of conclusion? He is a lot older than I am. What has he seen and experienced to draw that kind of conclusion?

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (21784) 1 year ago

Listen.

Withold judgement.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

So of course you "you" would kick him - what an asshole.

[-] -1 points by highlander (-163) 1 year ago

No, call it intervention. I never said he was a piece of shit, I said his thread was a piece of shit.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (21784) 1 year ago

This is why you are still at the kid's table. That is not intervention and it isn't "tough love". You lack the capacity to treat anyone else with dignity.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

there was an article in the news paper back in the late 1990s about a man in TExas. He was awaiting execution. He had killed his wife. She was in a house, at a party, in a bedroom with a college boy. He spotted her car or was led to the house by some other means - can't recall now. He went in to the party - asked for his wife, found her, and went back to his truck.

His keys were gone. He thought he had left them in the ignition.

Why would anyone take the keys, and not the gun in the rack hanging in the back window? Or the whole truck?

In any case, his keys were gone. He took the gun and went back inside.

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College boys . . .

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it was revealed in 1977 that more than 30 universities participated in some manner in MK-ULTRA research

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You are an individual of habit. You are, in some manner, predictable. You breathe, you eat, and over time you develop comfort zones. A tremendous volume of information about you may be purchased online, which will reveal a great deal about your spending habits, from which a great many things may be deduced. How often you purchase milk - if you do purchase milk, for example, may reveal if and how many children you have. Where you make such a purchase, and how often, at what times, may tend to indicate what shift[s] you work, and what general location you may live - the location of purchases every so often in the early evening might well be an indicator of the nearest store to your home.

A lot may be deduced, from no more than a record of your spending habits. Many stores track purchases using courtesy cards which entitle you to discounts. Credit cards are not the only means of tracking spending habits - courtesy cards are another. When this information is for sale, it becomes not an entitlement, but bribery, to offer discounts on your purchases, bribery as an inducement to silence over the sale of what is essentially your private information.

Anyone with an imagination such as mine could make havoc of your life with little effort using that information - and it is all for sale.

Someone with access to the proper resources could easily drive you quite mad, or turn you into an icon - useful for other purposes.

I generally refuse offers of courtesy cards, and occasionally find the means to register my objections with store management at places where I shop where such practice is common. I do so as a matter of conscience.

If you missed this comment you may find it pertinent to your consideration of this thread over all - sorry if math isn't your thing, but you may take it for granted I wrote this thread for your own good -

either that, or I'm just a bitter old man, intent on burning all of civilization to the ground . . .

[-] 1 points by highlander (-163) 1 year ago

Interesting. but where does this lead?

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

like everyone, you have a personal interest in this issue - whether you clearly understand that or not

[-] 1 points by frovikleka (2563) from Island Heights, NJ 1 year ago

Hey Zen, You used to be able to get those courtesy cards on the spot, without ID, but at least in some cases, they now insist on mailing them to you. This is true for my local super-market, but not so for the corporate-owned drug store where I gave them a fake name and address. Do you remember when the book 1984 seemed so distant, and unbelievable?

~Odin~

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

I do - that was back in like, 1984 . . . and yet Vance Packard had already written The People Shapers

Looking at the limited success of OWS in changing the culture of Wall Street itself, which is plainly engaged in gambling with the entire global economy and thus future economics of the entire planet, it seems clear that on this issue we may have no impact at all -

and yet it remains fundamental to freedom, justice, democracy, and human rights - and without the preservation of these things we create an uncertain and unstable environment which itself tends to curb economic activity.

I seriously believe that it remains to be seen if perhaps in some way Global Warming may not in fact save the human race - from itself.

[-] 1 points by frovikleka (2563) from Island Heights, NJ 1 year ago

Look at what we have built Zen, namely a movement that has begun to open the eyes of the world. While our task is indeed monumental, so will our numbers be in time through exponential growth. Anything really worth something rarely comes easy. PERSEVERANCE, and continual resistance to the corrupt system, while reaching out to the still uninformed is the key to our eventual success. Eventually when enough people realize that the possibility of short term discomfort is worth chancing.... against the inevitable prospect of long term suffering for not only ourselves, but our children too....the tide will change.

As Chris Hedges, who covered the uprisings in Eastern Europe has pointed out.. in essence...., 'There is no way to predict how or when this...(victory) will happen.' Unfortunately the impetus that rockets this struggle forward may be an enviromental, or an economic disaster, but hopefully it will be a gradual awakening of a critical mass of people who finally realize that they have to do something, as doing nothing is no longer an option. People will become emboldened then.

Building community along the way is also essential to our success. As the speaker in the MLK celebration at St Jacobi church said, "Community is unity, and in unity there is power." Hence overlooking the differences that people have, and uniting in our common struggle is paramount. Look at us: Despite our differences which i do not have to point out ;-), we respect each other. We have been able to set aside our shared hard-headedness ...you more than me, lol.... for the 'greater good.' And in that process, we have come to consider each other... friends.

I urge you to NEVER give up...NEVER!!

~Odin~

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

Can't stop trying - I completely agree. I accept the principle that not trying is not an option. At the same time I do recognize the very real possibility that nothing short of complete and catastrophic failure of civilization itself may be sufficient to induce socio-behavioral change that is so clearly necessary to both human life and society.

If we do not change how we do things, one of two things are certain:

  • either change will be forced upon us by circumstance

  • or humanity will go extinct.

[-] 2 points by frovikleka (2563) from Island Heights, NJ 1 year ago

Exactly...we can never stop trying.

~Odin~

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

is it wrong to be grateful for global warming?

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Ummm - welll - seeing the mess that people have allowed to happen to this world - wow - I am sure any surviving form of life would be appreciative - in a way - though probably happier if this situation was not allowed to happen in the 1st place.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Eat shit - you seem hungry for your favorite food.

[-] -1 points by livingston9 (-154) 1 year ago

Zendog,what are you proposing in English please?

Black Ops?

The method behind the madness of the latest flurry of massacres?

Just break it down simply for the rest of us,thanks.

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

If you examine the entire field of behavioral modification research, I believe it is not unreasonable to conclude that it is possible - instances like the Austin Texas University mass shooting are the result of behavioral research.

When Prophecy Fails by Festinger, et. al. demonstrates acute interest by a subset of the academic community into the field of prophecy and religion in this particular instance, and a willingness to engage in a process that involved direct surveillance of the subjects with the result of positively reinforcing their faulty system of belief - Festinger himself indicates no reservation regarding this aspect of the research process.

Research funded by the CIA goes back to the mid 1950's at least, and includes covert programs with names like Artichoke and MK-ULTRA and it is not at all clear how much of what was learned under these programs has been released to the public. While MK-ULTRA was both discredited and discontinued, it is not known what programs may have grown from this body of research, how they are applied, or what their consequences are.

What we can say, with certainty:

  • research into human behavior with a focus on manipulation and control of an individual has been widely documented

  • Whitman engaged in his shooting spree in 1966

  • In 1968 Lloyd Homme made his proclamation in Psychological Record 18 - it has been pointed out that his statement: we have the capacity to install any behavior we want - appears at first glance to be quite grandiose; his meaning and proofs behind his claim are unclear

  • Ted Kaczynski was documented by either Time or Newsweek as having been an early test subject under MK-ULTRA, and became known as the Unabomber -

Given these facts, we must admit the possibility that many, if not most, instances of mass murder that has hit the national news since this field of research began may be the result of this field of research.

We must also accept that it is possible that most of the religious cults that have arisen during this same time span, including Scientology - could easily be outgrowths of CIA programs or research, or at the least, may have been significantly shaped by such research.

I do not claim to have hard evidence.

What evidence I have cited must indicate that suppositions as I have laid out are not the least bit unreasonable, but rather are entirely possible.

I do not know of any documentary evidence for the following, but I would stipulate the following based on what I have witnessed:

  • we can document an individual's natural biological processes, food consumption, sleep patterns, various biological urges

  • we can introduce a variety of stimuli and measure the impact on the subject using a baseline - using what is the norm for the subject, examining how the intruduced stimuli produces a departure from the baseline of the subject.

    • sleep interruption, for example, will have consequences that ripple out through the subject's entire day, depending on the magnitude of the interruption
  • we can use such methods to measure the sexual inclinations of known predators, we can arrange environmental circumstances in such a way as to facilitate predation, such facilitation will lend a degree of predictability to the predation - an increasing degree of success at facilitation will increase predictability

  • such predictability becomes useful as an inducement to fear when it is harnessed for use on other subjects whose behavior is to be modified - as in: you better behave or this could happen to someone you love

.

EDIT

I could, given sufficient time and resources, replicate the process described above. I'm certain that it is a relatively simple process, given that sexual predators are driven in large measure by their own biology. If this is true, and it is entirely possible, then one must conclude, either I am an unmitigated genius -

  • or it has already been done.

Which prospect do you find more palatable?

Would it help in your assessment, to note that one Laura Winterbottom was left lifeless in the back seat of her own automobile across the street from my old apartment?

  • happy fucking birthday
[-] 1 points by Renneye (3160) 1 year ago

Thankyou ZenDog, for this post...albeit sad...but very informative.

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

by all means - don't thank me . . . . thank Laura . . . .

And Amy, and Suzanne, and Julie, and Julie, Stephen, Oscar, James, Woody, Kelly and Karen,

.

and

Payne Stewart in a plane the 2 kids burned to death in their apartment on school street The suicide around the corner and his girlfriend three weeks later in a car accident Hamon Yoh's wife by his own hand Oscar for Christmas Jack on his anniversary Kid with a pipe bomb on my birthday and Jules just for fun the dragon tattooist slain in his lair Artie was murder by his own hand - but does that make it suicide Chappel Hill shooter 1996 and his two victims Myers on his own stage - and no we aren't in Kansas anymore Richard who could not play the clarinet, tho he gave it his all Julie in Florida with a cement block Laura whose body was left by my door - Christine at 19, singing 'Heaven' as she died

and . . .

[-] 0 points by livingston9 (-154) 1 year ago

Thanks for that reply and sorry to hear about Laura.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20542) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago