Conspiracy Theory? – Or – Just what Everyone was Saying…?

I wrote this post pointing out a common example of Conspiracy Theory-ish claims that don’t look too crazy — if you have some familiarity with Philosophy and Science and Literature from the past…

Just look at a more contemporary phenomenon: When you see people everywhere – from Entertainment big shots to Power-Players in Washington DC to comic books — using references like — Trailer Trash – White Trash – and other variations of Redneck — You kinda get the feeling — something in the culture of that day — has a massive hatred for the Working Class – and more specifically – those with a particular skin color….

…I feel I know enough to say with at least a little confidence — Such contempt expressed like that isn’t limited to just low-income white people who happen to live in a trailer or trailer park…  That if you are black or Asian and live in one — they look down on you too… And that it is highly likely some amount of contempt is felt for all low-income workers and household —– no matter where you live or what your race, religion, gender, or whatever might be…

Importance

If you think this is just — sorta — name calling.  It can be more than that…

I’m not going to write a long post on this – but – if you were around in the 1970s – you’d have heard a lot about —- The Coming Global Catastrophe of Over-Population and Resource Scarcity…

— It was written about much in Intellectual-type material from Government Studies to Think-Tank stuff to the more literary products of the Intelligencia…

If you are cynical – you might start summing it up something like “Poor people take up too much Oxygen…”

And if you think I’m joking:

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Slaves and Profitability…

This is no science fiction. The Harvard-trained neurobiologist was taking advantage of one of his own inventions, a device called Thync, which promises to help users activate their body’s “natural state of energy or calm” — for a retail price of a mere $199. (Washington Post)

What does this wonder-gadget using electroshock or magnetisms to produce “happiness” have to do with Caitlyn Jenner, Obamacare, and Hippies?

Much – if you think about it.

The “natural” state of the body is that – when you push it too far – it fatigues – when you stress it out too much – you discover there are things you are doing , or that are being done to you, that are not in your best interest. Pain, stress, fatigue, and “negative” outcomes of stimulation are not in themselves – bad. They are indicators.

The “body’s natural state of energy or calm” is an advertising slogan to norm a product and a behavior.

Let Science take away your pain. It can do miracles today.

Can’t afford it? Let the government help you out. Happiness is guaranteed in the Declaration of Independence, isn’t it?

If an unwanted pregnancy gets in your way, if the astronomical cost of maintaining your mental health is preventing you from getting an abortion, if your psychologist or school teacher helps you understand you were born in the wrong body, let Science produce your salvation, and get your insurance company to pay for it, or all tax payers.

What can be wrong with Mind over Matter if it produces – Happiness? There can never be too much of a good thing, right?

The Counter-Culture in the 60s and 70s thought so.

It was the first big push to combine Sex with Pharmaceuticals and Profit. All three produced psychological and physical dependence attacking the pleasure centers of the brain for a price. That sounds nice until you remember the toll it unleashed on countless individuals and society itself.

Discoveries made in the 1950s initially suggested that rodents could not stop electrically stimulating parts of their brain, mainly the nucleus accumbens, which was theorized to produce great pleasure.[1] Further investigations revealed that the septum pellucidium and the hypothalamus can also be targets for self-stimulation.[2] More recent research has shown that the so-called pleasure electrodes lead only a form of wanting or motivation to obtain the stimulation, rather than pleasure. (Wikipedia on what we learned about “pleasure” from the Skinner Box)

There are always hidden consequences when the reality of nature is warped too much at the hands of mankind – Science-driven or not.

THYNC and Muse are two wearable headbands that use electrical nerve stimulation and an EEG respectively to read your mind. THYNC looks to alters your mood, while Muse reads your thoughts to help in meditation.

There’s real, peer-reviewed science behind the theory driving these devices. It involves stimulating key regions of the brain — with currents or magnetic fields — to affect emotions and physical well-being. It isn’t too different from how electroshock therapy works to counter certain mental illnesses and how deep-brain stimulation smooths motion disorders such as  multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Indeed, recent studies have looked at the technique as a possible treatment for stroke, autism and anorexia.

If grandma is getting on your nerves, or you made the mistake of not aborting your autistic child, hook her up to the jumper cables and let Science “cure” her… We’ve been doing it to “normalize” mental patients for over a century. What could be wrong with that…?

You aren’t against the Pursuit of Happiness, are you?

Lots of people and companies are making investments, too, from Silicon Valley venture capitalists to large pharmaceutical companies and even the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. And according to the start-ups selling the products, their technology appears to be safe and effective based on certain, very controlled tests.

Rampant drug addiction, a “spike” in violent crime becoming the new “normal”, and an equal spike in STDs – deadly and otherwise – came along with the benefits of the Hippie Culture of Peace, Drugs, and Rock n Roll.

“Turn on, tune in, drop out” is a counterculture-era phrase popularized by Timothy Leary in 1966. In 1967 Leary spoke at the Human Be-In, a gathering of 30,000 hippies in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and phrased the famous words, “Turn on, tune in, drop out” (Wikipedia)

Maybe if the gurus of Well-Being back then had had the technology of today, everyone would be as happy as they promised when they sought to cure all social ills via narcotics, entertainment, and the eradication of moral norms deemed no longer acceptable in a more Enlightened Age?

Or, maybe the consequences of ignoring natural limitations and signals your body is trying to communicate from inside our thick skulls could turn out to be just as drastic and devastating as physical and psychological dependence on drugs, rapid spread of disease, and break down of the family have been since the 60s?

One thing is clear — a handful of individuals are going to get fabulously rich – no matter what happens…

Better Living Thru Chemistry has Failed – so…

These gadgets claim to be able to make you have more willpower, think more creatively and even jump higher. One day, their makers say, the technology may even succeed in delivering on the holy grail of emotions: happiness. (Washington Post)

“Turn on, tune in, drop out” is a counterculture-era phrase popularized by Timothy Leary in 1966. In 1967 Leary spoke at the Human Be-In, a gathering of 30,000 hippies in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and phrased the famous words, “Turn on, tune in, drop out”. (Wikipedia)

The phrase “Better Living Through Chemistry” was used on products that were not affiliated with DuPont to circumvent trademark infringement This transmutation is now more commonly used than the original. This statement is used for commentary on several different topics, from the promotion of prescription or recreational drugs, to the praise of chemicals and plastics, to the sarcastic criticism of the same. (Wikipedia)

Fascism

One reason I’m ambivalent about the “pros” of Legalizing Drugs is — what are you goanna do – make em free?

Drugs are about Money + Control.

Get the masses hooked on something. If it costs money, you profit. If it encourages dependence – halleluiah…!

If it encourages dependence on the Government —- The New Age has Arrived…!!

Entertainment

Control of the Entertainment Industry is a far more chancy way to control the masses than dependence on Pharmaceuticals or Straight Out Narcotics…

The power of money and cost of production and distribution favor the consumers too much. (That’s why the “artist” and “patrons of art” have always decried Mass Consumption of entertainment as “base”, “unsophisticated”, and “lower art”.)

Health Care

Extreme pricing in the Health Care Industry — or turning it over to the Government — makes slaves of the masses much more easily…

Insurance Companies offer Salvation – but its a form of Medieval Indulgences. — It’s legalized Extortion. Pay the mafia don a certain sum every month, or when you break your leg physically – the Health “Care” Industry will break every bone in your body – financially…

Plus – Insurance distorts the pricing mechanism of capitalism – causing prices to soar – which produces the Mafia/Extortion effect…

Drugs

But making them Physically + Psychologically Dependant on Industry and/or Government is by far the best avenue for – Control…

A History of Post-Modern Slavery

They tried mixing Drug + Sex Culture in the 60s thru 80s – but it produced negative consequences at a time the Elites in favor of it —– did not dominate Education, Politics, and News…. though they did control Entertainment and sold Sexual Dysfunction + Addiction to Narcotics and Psychedelics as —- Liberating and Cool…

“Turn on, tune in, drop out” is a counterculture-era phrase popularized by Timothy Leary in 1966. In 1967 Leary spoke at the Human Be-In, a gathering of 30,000 hippies in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and phrased the famous words, “Turn on, tune in, drop out” (Wikipedia)

Focus on Youth — The Communists Understood That…

They did have professors preaching this — but they didn’t have the kind of Control of primary and secondary education like they do now.

No More Family

That is why they now have the ability to bypass not just the Church but Parents as well —- as they condition kids to believe —- absolutely anything they want them to believe —- like —- pronouns are evil – (Gender-specific and gender-neutral pronouns) – and sexual organs, naturally produced hormones, and sexual reproduction — are meaningless.  Meaning is whatever you want it to be + Science will help you reshape “reality” any which way “you” want it —- after they’ve brainwashed you…

Drugs Again

But if you really want to —- own the masses —– make them slaves to addiction…

Create Products that – produce Happiness.

If they end up coming with Harmful Side-Affects – make sure they produce as much Physical and/or Psychological Dependence —- as possible…

Then you have your slaves…