Archive for December, 2010


‘Orwell Rolls in His Grave’

Orwell Rolls in His Grave is a 2003 documentary film written and directed by Robert Kane Pappas. It examines the current and past relationships between the media, the US government and corporations, analyzing the possible consequences of the concentration of media ownership. Making references to George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, the film argues that reality has met and in some ways exceeded Orwell’s expectations about a society dominated by thought control, which is made possible by the media.

According to the film, the mass media no longer report news, but manage it, deciding what makes the headlines and what is conveniently ignored, thus ultimately defining the framework upon which most other issues are discussed by the society. As an example, it is claimed that since the late 1980s there’s been an agenda pursued by the major media corporations regarding the deregulation of the media market, by which news reports sell all its benefits while neglecting its disastrous results.

To watch this film, please visit BBC5.tv via the link below:

http://www.bbc5.tv/eyeplayer/video/orwell-rolls-his-grave

Psywar -‘The real battlefield is in the mind.’

Programe information

The film explores the evolution of propaganda and public relations in the United States, with an emphasis on the “elitist theory of democracy” and the relationship between war, propaganda and class.

This is not a high budget affair, but was financed via a blue collar job, and is being released online for free. The interviews contained within are original and were conducted by proxy.

Although Psywar does not explore 911 or false flag operations, it is certainly relevant to these issues, as 911 was perhaps the greatest exercise in psychological warfare ever conceived. I intend to deal with the 911 and the war on terror in subsequent entries. A few notable 911 truth scholars do appear discussing related subjects, including Peter Phillips and Graeme MacQueen.

This film is designed both as an introduction to the concept of psychological warfare by governments against their citizens, and as an exploration of certain dominant themes in American propaganda. Significant time is also devoted to different conceptions of “democracy” as theorized by figures like Walter Lippmann, Edward Bernays and ultimately the founding fathers of the United States itself.

To watch the film, please click on the link below:

http://www.bbc5.tv/eyeplayer/video/psywar

 

Happy Grinchmas to everyone who has visited and supported my blog over the past year. Thank you and best wishes for 2011!

If you’re into Sci-Fi or interested in alternative views of Earth’s history disguised in a futuristic wrapping, then this is a whopper…. either way there’s something alluring about the overall storyline.

I’m new to the show; which one do I watch first?! (see below)

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Source: http://www.redicecreations.com/article.php?id=13624

The objective of advertising has always been to get inside people’s heads, but now BMW has found a way to do it whether we like it or not.

Working with the lighting company Profoto, the German giant put together an ad that burns the company’s logo into your mind. Near the end of the ad viewers were told to close their eyes and were surprised to find that they could see the letters BMW as if they were written on the back of their eyelids.

The commercial took advantage of what is known as the afterimage effect, the same optical illusion that makes an image of the sun appear in your eyes long after you’ve stopped looking at it.

Don’t expect to see the technique showing up in TV commercials anytime soon though. Using afterimage likely qualifies as subliminal advertising, which has been banned in Canada and the United States since the mid 1970s. The ban followed the use of flash frames (think “Fight Club”) in commercials to implant messages into viewers’ minds.

To learn exactly how the commercial worked watch the video below.

This is just a quick post relating to the film ‘A Clockwork Orange

I just noticed while writing my blog post of ‘Who is Simon Cowell’ (not live yet) , how the main character  (Alex) in the Stanley Kubrick film A Clockwork Orange has his right ‘eye’ highlighted. I’ve always just accepted this as part of the film’s weirdness or style. But could it be that Kubrick may have been making a reference towards the Illuminati’s ‘All Seeing Eye? ‘. This theory can also be backed up by the use of the pyramid in the film’s cover design.

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Here’s a news clip on Kubick’s life and death…

Note: Clearly Kubrick’s last work ‘Eyes Wide Shut‘ (before he died of a ‘heart attack’) was aimed at exposing some of the elements behind secret societies…

Article of interest: http://www.gettingit.com/article/136

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Way back when I first heard the interview on RedIceCreations with Rik Clay, I remember feeling a curious pull to the information about ‘X’. There were all sorts of bits of information about it that tweaked my curiosity but I never got round to researching it.

This evening, after having watched the last two episodes of The Prisoner (new version), X popped into my head and I instinctively hopped on the Web to finally find out a little more. I decided to start with the definition and so went straight to Wikipedia. I copied the text (as I always do) and pasted it into the post with the title above.

As I added the bullet points of ‘Uses of X’, I came across the one saying: In cartoons, Xs are drawn instead of eyes to indicate the death of a character. To the left of my bed, on the wall, is hung a painting I did years and years ago called ‘Perkie Arrives’.  I looked at the painting because I remembered that Perkie’s eyes are X’s. Right then, right in front of my eyes, the painting feel of the wall and landed on the floor. To makes matters even more curious, when I looked to check the time (as I always do these days when strange things happen) I saw it was 5:55. Even now, I look at the clock and it’s 6:55pm!

The picture to the left is ‘Perkie Arrives’. Perkie has also always been known as ‘The Zen Mechanic’

Right off the bad I tried to call Karen, but was greeted with a ‘line engaged’ sound and so immediately called my friend Sara. Suffice to say we had a good ‘ole chat about it! Sara also pointed out that Ellis Taylor has recently studied X and has written an article about it relating to Simon Cowell:

http://ellisctaylor.homestead.com/extractor.html

Because my personal paintings are spontaneous, for me they carry an air of mystery. I sometime struggle to understand what they’re all about. The Perkie painting has been with me for about 12-13 years now and seems to suggest my true ‘Self’ exiting a white ball, which could be seen as mainstream conciousness give the way I now see the world. The ‘Xs are drawn instead of eyes to indicate the death of a character’ comment, seems significant now, as if to suggest the magical world one arrives in by leaving behind the ego or by exiting the reality matrix. Either way, the syncronicities point strongly enough for me to pay attention…

The point of this? Merely to record it while it’s fresh in my head. To mark it, so that I don’t forget. After all… isn’t X meant to mark the spot?

Wikipedia definition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X

Uses of X

  • Apart from being a part of the Latin alphabet, “X” the letter is a Roman numeral representing 10.
  • In mathematics it is commonly used as the name for an independent variable. As a result it is often used to represent unknowns in other circumstances (e.g. Person X, Place X, etc.(see Malcolm X)).
  • X-rays are so called because their discoverer did not know what they were.
  • X has been used as a namesake for a generation of humans: Generation X, commonly abbreviated to Gen X.
  • It is the Generation born after the Baby Boom ended, ranging from 1961 to 1981.
  • It may also be used to signify the multiplication operation when a more appropriate glyph is unavailable.
  • It is commonly used in correspondence along with the letter O to indicate affection (as in “XOXO”-the X’s representing kisses and the Os hugs).
  • X is used by the illiterate in lieu of a signature and indicates a signature line on forms.
  • In cartoons, Xs are drawn instead of eyes to indicate the death of a character.
  • X is commonly used as a generic mark (selecting an item on a form, indicating a location on a map, etc.).
  • X-Box – sixth-generation video game console manufactured by Microsoft.
  • X-Men is based on a  superhero team in the Marvel Comics Universe. They were created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby.
  • The X-Files is an American science fiction television series and a part of The X-Files franchise, created by screenwriter Chris Carter.
  • XXX an identifier for pornography, especially X-rated movies.
  • X Factor is a British television singing competition contested by aspiring singers drawn from public auditions, which started in September 2004.
  • XXX, 666 in Pythagorean numerology.
  • Games of the XXX Olympiad, the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England.
  • XXX, a shortened version of “XXXL”, a plus size clothing size.
  • Triple X (professional wrestling), a former wrestling stable in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
  • The British Prime Minister resides at number ‘X’ Downing Street.

X Logos & Images…

History of X

In Ancient Greek, ‹Χ› and ‹Ψ› were among several variants of the same letter, used originally for /kʰ/ and later, in western areas such as Arcadia, as a simplification of the digraph ‹ΧΣ› for /ks/. In the end, more conservative eastern forms became the standard of Classical Greek, and thus ‹Χ› (Chi) stands for /kʰ/ (later /x/). However, the Etruscans had taken over ‹Χ› from western Greek, and it therefore stands for /ks/ in Etruscan and Latin.

The letter ‹Χ› ~ ‹Ψ› for /kʰ/ was a Greek addition to the alphabet, placed after the Semitic letters along with phi ‹Φ› for /pʰ/. (The variant ‹Ψ› later replaced the digraph ‹ΦΣ› for /ps/; omega was a later addition.) There has been much mostly fruitless debate about the origins of these added letters.

Wikipedia description: The Secret Life of Plants (1973)

The Secret Life of Plants is a book by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird, described as “A fascinating account of the physical, emotional, and spiritual relations between plants and man.”

The book explores the idea that plants may be sentient, despite their lack of a nervous system and a brain. Recent research has been interpreted as suggesting that plants may in fact ‘remember’], but this interpretation has been disputed. This sentience has purportedly been observed through changes in plants’ conductivity, as through a polygraph, as pioneered by Cleve Backster. The book also contains a summary of Goethe’s theory of plant metamorphosis. The book delves deeply into such unconventional topics as the aura, psychophysics, orgone, radionics, kirlian photography, magnetism/magnetotropism, bioelectrics, dowsing, and (more conventionally) the history of science.

For info:  http://peswiki.com/index.php/Review:The_Secret_Life_of_Plants

Why is it important to laugh?

Being able to laugh is’n’t something you either have or don’t – we all have it. It’s an attitude to life. A perspective. And what’s more..it’s good for your health!

Therapeutic Benefits of Laughter

Dr. Lee Berk and fellow researcher Dr. Stanley Tan of Loma Linda University in California have been studying the effects of laughter on the immune system. To date their published studies have shown that laughing lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, increases muscle flexion, and boosts immune function by raising levels of infection-fighting T-cells, disease-fighting proteins called Gamma-interferon and B-cells, which produce disease-destroying antibodies. Laughter also triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, and produces a general sense of well-being.

Following is a summary of his research, taken from an interview published in the September/October 1996 issue of the Humor and Health Journal.

Laughter Activates the Immune System

In Berk’s study, the physiological response produced by belly laughter was opposite of what is seen in classical stress, supporting the conclusion that mirthful laughter is a eustress state — a state that produces healthy or positive emotions.

  • Research results indicate that, after exposure to humor, there is a general increase in activity within the immune system, including:
  • An increase in the number and activity level of natural killer cells that attack viral infected cells and some types of cancer and tumor cells.
  • An increase in activated T cells (T lymphocytes). There are many T cells that await activation. Laughter appears to tell the immune system to “turn it up a notch.”
  • An increase in the antibody IgA (immunoglobulin A), which fights upper respiratory tract insults and infections.
  • An increase in gamma interferon, which tells various components of the immune system to “turn on.”
  • An increase in IgB, the immunoglobulin produced in the greatest quantity in body, as well as an increase in Complement 3, which helps antibodies to pierce dysfunctional or infected cells. The increase in both substances was not only present while subjects watched a humor video; there also was a lingering effect that continued to show increased levels the next day.

Laughter Decreases “Stress” Hormones

The results of the study also supported research indicating a general decrease in stress hormones that constrict blood vessels and suppress immune activity. These were shown to decrease in the study group exposed to humor. For example, levels of epinephrine were lower in the group both in anticipation of humor and after exposure to humor. Epinephrine levels remained down throughout the experiment. In addition, dopamine levels (as measured by dopac) were also decreased. Dopamine is involved in the “fight or flight response” and is associated with elevated blood pressure. Laughing is aerobic, providing a workout for the diaphragm and increasing the body’s ability to use oxygen. Laughter brings in positive emotions that can enhance – not replace — conventional treatments. Hence it is another tool available to help fight the disease.Experts believe that, when used as an adjunct to conventional care, laughter can reduce pain and aid the healing process. For one thing, laughter offers a powerful distraction from pain.

In a study published in the Journal of Holistic Nursing, patients were told one-liners after surgery and before painful medication was administered. Those exposed to humor perceived less pain when compared to patients who didn’t get a dose of humor as part of their therapy.

Perhaps, the biggest benefit of laughter is that it is free and has no known negative side effects. So, here is a summary of how humor contributes to physical health. More details can be found in the article, Humor and Health contributed by Paul McGhee:

  • Muscle Relaxation – Belly laugh results in muscle relaxation. While you laugh, the muscles that do not participate in the belly laugh, relaxes. After you finish laughing those muscles involved in the laughter start to relax. So, the action takes place in two stages.
  • Reduction of Stress Hormones – Laughter reduces at least four of neuroendocrine hormones associated with stress response. These are epinephrine, cortisol, dopac, and growth hormone.
  • Immune System Enhancement – Clinical studies have shown that humor strengthens the immune system.
  • Pain Reduction – Humor allows a person to “forget” about pains such as aches, arthritis, etc.
  • Cardiac Exercise – A belly laugh is equivalent to “an internal jogging.” Laughter can provide good cardiac conditioning especially for those who are unable to perform physical exercises.
  • Blood Pressure – Women seem to benefit more than men in preventing hypertension.
  • Respiration – Frequent belly laughter empties your lungs of more air than it takes in resulting in a cleansing effect – similar to deep breathing. Especially beneficial for patient’s who are suffering from emphysema and other respiratory ailments.

Here are a few clips for your amusement:

Karen Sawyer, author of the books ‘Soul Companions‘ and ‘The Dangerous Man‘ has been working away to create the third ARC Convention 2011 and has just recently uploaded a little introduction, for those of you curious to find out a little more…

If this has sparked a little interest, why not check out the videos from the second ARC Convention? There are talks by Michael Dunning, Michael Cremo, Nick Clements and the always popular Panel Discussion!

http://www.arcconvention.org/ARC2/

‘The only thing constant in life is change’ – François de la Rochefoucauld.

This poster says it all for me. It acknowledges a condition in the way we are and how we think and in many ways looks beyond the issue of tuition  fees etc and addresses the wider issue,  of a change in conciousness.

Attack on Royal’s Car

More details on todays ‘Royal Car incident ‘:

Student protests: Radio failure claims rejected

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11975280

Police have rejected suggestions that a communication breakdown led to the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall being caught up in student protests.It has been reported that police guarding the couple were using a different radio frequency to those policing the London demonstrations. Scotland Yard insisted the two teams were in contact and may have used mobile phones or e-mail. A major inquiry into the student disorder of recent weeks has begun.

‘Intent on violence’

The prince’s and the Duchess of Cornwall’s car was daubed with paint and had a window smashed during tuition fee protests on Thursday.The royal couple were being escorted by outriders and Royalty Protection Officers to a theatre in central London when their car was attacked. A police spokesman said the route along Regent Street had been checked minutes before the incident and was deemed to be safe.Ex-home secretary Alan Johnson said he was “amazed” by newspaper claims that teams were not fully in touch because protection officers had been so “meticulous” whilst protecting him. And former Met firearms officer Roger Gray said it may have been more confusing if officers shared the same radio frequency, because there was a risk they could start interrupting each other.

Clarence House, meanwhile, has refused to comment on reports the Duchess was poked with a stick. The police blame a fast-moving situation on the ground for the security breach, as protesters had been roaming through the West End in small groups, away from the larger protest in Parliament Square. There were violent clashes on Thursday as MPs voted to allow university tuition fees to rise to up to £9,000 per year in England. Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the disturbances and Scotland Yard said it had launched a “major criminal investigation” into student disorder between 10 November and 10 December.

But students have criticised police tactics, particularly of holding demonstrators in a small area, known as “kettling”. The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating a claim that 20-year-old Middlesex University student Alfie Meadows suffered serious injuries after being hit on the head with a police truncheon. And protester Jody Mcintyre, who blogs about campaigning issues, claimed police hit him with a baton and twice dragged him out of his wheelchair around Parliament Square. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “One policeman hit me with his baton on my shoulder and then around four policemen dragged me out of my wheelchair and carried me away against my will.”

Half an hour later, a policeman who recognised him from the first incident ran over, pushed him out of his wheelchair and dragged him across the road by his arms, he added.

The National Union of Students said there were likely to be more protests as the issues continue to be scrutinised over the coming months. President Aaron Porter said: “Students are telling me they want to continue to protest. I think we need to find a way to facilitate that, but I also want to do it in a way that doesn’t lose public support by allowing those set on violence to take part.” Only 28 Lib Dem MPs – fewer than half – voted for the government’s plans for tuition fees. Six Conservative MPs voted against. Three ministerial aides resigned. The policy will see the basic fee cap rise from £3,290 to £6,000 and universities in England able to charge £9,000 in “exceptional” circumstances.

Student Rebellion

Here are some clips from the Student Riots in London, November 10th, 2010.



Below is a link with some audio clips about the Student Riots:

Having been away from my laptop for a while, I’ve  had some time to be out in the ‘real’ world and to experience other people’s views and ideas on what ‘s going on in the world. Always good to do a little ‘field work’.

Once home, it didn’t take long before I felt the pull of the web to catch up on news, updates and new interviews etc..

After a quick search, I came across an interview with David Icke by Russel Brand (BBC Radio 2). It demonstrates  that this type of view/information is now begining to filter its way into the mainstream media.