The fact is that there is a constant war among humans, a war for control of your mind. There are many people waging this war….of course, the commercial war for control of your mind is the first one that we think about. Each company wants to make you believe you have a problem, that they have the solution to that problem, and that buying their service or product is essential. It’s the same old Hegelian dialectic of problem, reaction, solution (or synthesis) that has gone on since the first human started selling his or her products or services.
But, there are many other forces involved in this war. The government is constantly trying to implant their view of things in your mind, as are the various political parties, religions, terrorist groups, all kinds of special interest groups. The truth is, your mind, and thus, your body and resources, are the ultimate flag, the gold ring, the hill in this war. They want you to begin to believe they are truthtellers,that they are here to help you, to be the revealers of truth to you.
The ability to think clearly, logically, fact based, is slowly becoming eroded. When the book 1984 was written, one important aspect of the government in that work of fiction, was their ability to write (or rewrite) history and the events of the day. While the people who read the book when it first came out probably saw it as incredible fiction, here in the year 2015, we know now that not only is it possible, but more like, standard operating procedure. When the facts are so clear they cannot be totally rewritten, the spinmeisters get to work putting their spin on it, but the truth is, more often than not, the public relations people just follow what Josef Goebbels and Hitler called “The Big Lie”….that is, the bigger the lie, the more apt people are to believe it. Not only that, but essential to the Big Lie is that if you say it LOUD enough and LONG enough, a large percentage of the population will believe it. And, you don’t HAVE to convince every person, if you only convince a majority, that’s good enough to win an election.
Part of this whole issue is the fact that everything is being forced into a digital format, from news to music to money. The obvious reason for that is when you move digital data around, it can be tracked, traced, tied to someone….and of course, the other thing about things digital is that they can be easily changed to fit your narrative. People can be inserted into pictures, statistics can be changed, money can be diverted from one place to another by just a few clicks and commands. But, perhaps the biggest reason for converting everything into digital format, is that a person’s history…ie, his or her arrests, jobs, google searches, protest actions, affiliations, everything in short, can be stored in a searchable database. Since most people are creatures of routine, someone who traces and records a given person’s actions over a year, if they become a target of the government, with a high degree of confidence, they can be located at any given time, or even predicted as to both what they will probably be doing, and where they will be doing it, on any given day.
When your mind becomes the prize, the target, there are many weapons in that battle. Emotions can be manipulated via movies, music, articles, images, old prejudices, class warfare, racial biases, etc.. The ability to appeal to the Reptilian brain, the oldest part of our brain, is a strong one. Fear, rage, sexual drives…are extremely powerful motivational factors. Think about it…why do advertisers put a sexy fair haired girl leaning against the car they are trying to sell ? To put it simply, Sex Sells.
And FEAR is one of the things that all kinds of groups use as a driving force…the government uses “terrorists” to allow them the ability to monitor you, take your rights, take your money, etc. Religions use the fear that if you violate what they teach, you will be excommunicated, shunned, or even the big one, go to Hell. Medicine uses fear to get you to take medications they push from Big Pharma, to allow yourself to be cut one, irradiated, and allow yourself to be subjected to lots of things. The truth is, when you combine FEAR and SEX (lust), you have two of the most powerful motivators and means of mental control ever discovered by mankind.
But, they can only control your mind if you allow it. If you avoid reflexively responding in a stereotypical way, you are much harder to control, much harder to manipulate. Instead of weasel words, demand facts, and not “manipulated” facts, not spun, massaged, filtered…but raw facts. The truth is that groups who want to control your mind, want to show you only one side. They don’t want you to hear both sides…or all sides. They don’t want you to actually make an informed decision. Thus, they try to control studies, control surveys, control statistics. In the case of pharmacology, and tobacco, these large corporations set up groups with scientists, doctors, who they have, “hired” , aka “bought” and who know exactly what outcome is expected. So, they come out with studies or surveys that “show” that tobacco is not addictive, or that whatever drug they are pushing is not harmful.
And, atop all of this is “confirmation bias”, meaning, if you already believe something, and you see an article or news item that agrees or supports that opinion, you tend to agree with it, quote it, favor it….but any that come out that do NOT support your opinion, you either ignore or attack it. This is just a human reaction…it is not necessarily a right wing or left wing problem…it’s a human reaction to things. If we believe something and hear something that reinforces this belief, we like it…because, let’s face it…we like to feel like we are “right” and that there is a body of work out there that proves it. Thus, if you are “preaching to the choir”, it’s a fertile ground, a receptive audience.
And, the control of minds can lead to wholesale deaths. Hitler, through skillful oratory, through control of the media, through a clever public relations campaign, combined with age old anti-semitic prejudices, and using the confirmation bias that the German people were superior to all others, moved an entire nation toward his own perverted goals. But, Hitler’s actions were not a one time aberration…but rather, a modern example of something that has been going on since mankind organized into “civilizations”. The notion that our group is the good one, and has the right to destroy all others in order to take their land, their resources, is an ancient one, and one that has played out worldwide throughout time.
And how is this enabled ? Humans are, as a group, social animals. We crave acceptance, want to be thought of as a valuable member of our group. We seek approval of others…and often, this means conforming to the group norms of whatever social, political, religious, or national group we seek to be part of. We may personally not agree with everything a certain group says or does, but many people “go along to get along”. It takes unique courage to stand up and say “the Emperor has no clothes”…to say that what the majority is promoting is dangerous bullshit. It is courageous for many reasons…one, is personal safety. People have been killed, tortured throughout history for having the courage of disagreeing with religious tenets, government or emperor’s edicts or rules. And then, there is banishment. One example of this is in the Amish religious group. A person who has been deemed to have broken the group’s teachings or rules, can be “shunned”. This means that others cannot have anything to do with them. They cannot talk to them, cannot do business with them, in short, a shunned person does not exist or is a total pariah to the community, and in an isolated group like the Amish, cutting someone off from the community can seem like a death sentence.
The war for control of your mind has moved into a brave new world. There are allegations that DARPA, the same group that invented ARPANET, which evolved into the internet, has been working diligently on mind control technology.
“Activist Post was recently contacted by an anonymous whistleblower who worked on a secret ongoing mind-control project for DARPA. The aim of the program is to remotely disrupt political dissent and extremism by employing “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation” (TMS) in tandem with sophisticated propaganda based on this technology. TMS stimulates the temporal lobe of the brain with electromagnetic fields.
The program, conducted by The Center for Strategic Communication, is based at Arizona State University. The DARPA funding for this project can be confirmed on the ASU website here. The head of the project, Steve Corman, has worked extensively in the area of strategic communication as it applies to terrorism and “extremism” – or what could be called “the war of ideas.”
Corman’s latest project Narrating The Exit From Afghanistan and his many presentations make it quite obvious that the mission is to shape the narrative and literally change people’s minds. Lest one believe it will be contained to overseas extremists, we should keep in mind that the word extremist is increasingly used domestically. The dissenters of yesterday could easily become the terrorist sympathizers and supporters of political violence tomorrow.”
regulate emotions in the mentally ill.
By Antonio Regalado on May 29, 2014
WHY IT MATTERS
Many veterans suffer from overwhelming emotional problems.
Brain reader: An array of micro-electrodes printed on plastic can record from the brain’s surface. It is 6.5 millimeters on a side.
Researcher Jose Carmena has worked for years training macaque monkeys to move computer cursors and robotic limbs with their minds. He does so by implanting electrodes into their brains to monitor neural activity. Now, as part of a sweeping $70 million program funded by the U.S. military, Carmena has a new goal: to use brain implants to read, and then control, the emotions of mentally ill people.
This week the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, awarded two large contracts to Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of California, San Francisco, to create electrical brain implants capable of treating seven psychiatric conditions, including addiction, depression, and borderline personality disorder.
The project builds on expanding knowledge about how the brain works; the development of microlectronic systems that can fit in the body; and substantial evidence that thoughts and actions can be altered with well-placed electrical impulses to the brain.”
The point here is clear, there is a push to produce an implant that can affect your thoughts, your emotions, and that the government can control. They will of course, claim some high minded, beneficial goal such as helping mentally ill, but the fact is that when the government spends that much money, it is clear they have more in mind than an electronic substitute for SSRI drugs.
I discovered this link while writing this article =>http://www.thesurvivalistblog.net/real-mind-control-america/
The Real Mind Control in America – How the Mass Media Controls Your Thoughts and Actions. One point they make in the article is that five companies control 90% of the US Mass media.
Quoting from the article :
Five giant corporations control 90 percent of US mass media. And direct links connect all five of these media conglomerates to the political establishment and the economic and political power-elites of the United States.
These five conglomerates are Time Warner, Disney, Murdochs’ News Corporation, Bertelsmann of Germany, and Viacom (formerly CBS). Their control spans most of the newspapers, magazines, books, radio and TV stations, movie studios, and much of the web news content of the United States. These conglomerates are in large measure responsible for inculcating the social, political, economic, and moral values of both adults and children in the United States.
It was not always like this. Immediately after World War II three out of four US newspapers were independently owned. But the media-control numbers have been shrinking ever since then due to mergers, acquisitions, and other processes. By 1983, 50 corporations controlled 90 percent of US media. But today just five giant conglomerates control 90 percent of what most Americans read, watch, and listen to.”
It becomes clear that the inundation the American public receives, concealed as “news”, “information”, “documentaries”, or “interviews”, are meant to produce and reinforce the talking points of those in power, and that should read, the “one percent”…the rich people who control the economy, and who control the people in political power.
The ONE thing we have is the Internet as our “bully pulpit”. It is more powerful than you think. Those who are part of the animal rights community, the save Palestine community, the protect children from sexual abuse community, or the many more people doing good work to give voices to the poor, the abused, must use their voices in every way possible to produce a NEW Zeitgeist, a new Spirit of the Times. Videos, songs, blogs, articles, documentaries, all are valuable ways of counteracting the crap that the one percent want to push as what reality is.
Don’t be a silent victim in this war for minds. Be an outspoken voice speaking truth to power. Be a force multiplier. When many small voices speak the same message, it becomes a loud voice, and the more loud voices keep delivering the same message, the harder it is to be ignored. Many people say to me, “I want to be an Anon, but I can’t hack.”
The truth is, only a certain percentage of us in Anonymous are hax0rs…most are doing exactly what I am talking about, they are protesting, they are speaking out, they are using REAL statistics, real truth to fight the crap the powers that be want to spread worldwide as truth.
Each voice IS a valuable resource, IS a weapon in the war for minds…but ours is not a goal of controlling minds…ours is a war to free minds from being locked into the talking points that are driven out from all groups daily. We want people to look at the facts that really exist, in an ethical, in a human way, and to formulate their own decisions…decisions not based on what their Mom and Dad told them, based not on what their religion tells them, based not on what their socioeconomic group tells them, based not on what their community tells them, but based on what that small, still voice in their mind tells them. Be not afraid of the truth…embrace it. For, whether you are behind bars that are physical, or whether you are imprisoned by a lifetime of conditioning, prejudice, bias, and hatred, the truth CAN set you free.