These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. ~~~ Thomas Paine, 1776

Dallas, Orwellando and the Paranoia Switch

(This is a repost of an article published here more than three years ago and originally titled "Limbic Warfare and The Paranoia Switch". That article was a reprint of an original article from The Signs Of The Times site by Harrison Koehli which was published back in 2007. It is just as topical and needed today.)


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The following is an article reviewing Martha Stout's last book, The Paranoia Switch, at Sign Of The Times from a few years ago but still very topical and very enlightening. This excellent review is written by Harrison Koehli. He is an editor for Red Pill Press and the Dot Connector Magazine

The events of 9/11 traumatized the American public. The Bush administration exploited that fear and today the Obama administration continues to do so.

Martha Stout's newest book, The Paranoia Switch, is a welcome addition to the new and growing science of ponerology: the study of the root causes and genesis of evil, on both the social and interpersonal levels. Stout uses her years of experience as a trauma therapist to clinically diagnose the sickness of our 'terror culture,' and those who would manipulate this trauma for their own self-interest.

The paranoia switch

Traumatic events overload our limbic system. The heightened response of our amygdala, which registers the emotional significance of the event, leads to a decreased response in the hippocampus, which usually prioritizes information and allows the higher brain centers to create coherent memories, based on their emotional importance. So, traumatic events do not get integrated by the higher brain centers as true memories, but instead leave us with non-integrated fragments of memory: isolated images and sensations. These memories can then be "triggered" by similar images. In this way, a backfiring car can trigger a war vet into a state of paranoia. His "paranoia switch" has been flicked.

"Most overwhelming of all are traumatic experiences caused not by accident (unintended explosions or car crashes), or by "acts of God" (earthquakes, volcanoes, etc.), but rather by the deliberate acts of other people, acts such as assault, violent abduction, rape - or terrorism. It would seem that, for whatever reason, we are hardwired to be most fearful of harm when it threatens to occur maliciously, at the hands of our fellow human beings, and this special variety of fear is the most contagious of all." (62)

Thoughts on Brexit, Bankers and The Russian Connection

The Brexit vote has taken up many columns of print and lots of space on online news services and on YouTube. Most pundits and commenters (including this writer) were caught off guard by the declared result of the vote to “Leave” the EU. In hindsight though, maybe we shouldn't have been when we consider the broader context in which the referendum was staged.

To start with, it is well to remember that it was none other than David Cameron that called the referendum. That is odd. Why would he (meaning his handlers) call for a vote on something that he apparently has nothing to gain from but something significant to lose? Psychopaths are not known for their commitment to democracy or the public welfare. They are instead known widely for their commitment to furthering their own power and that of their handlers. So, immediately, we can say there is something wrong with this Brexit picture.

To Laugh Or Cry: Reality Imitating Art

Below are two videos. The first is from Monty Python lampooning reality.

The second is from the European Parliament lampooning Europeans.

John Cleese is reported to have said a couple of years ago that Monty Python could not be done again today because reality has overtaken their art of ridicule. Or something to that effect!

After the banking corruption at the heart of the housing meltdown in the US in 2007 and the subsequent bank bail-outs that defied all reason in 2008/9, the following Monty Python sketch seems quaint

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And now for a truly mind-numbing display of what democracy, as proscribed by bankers, means in the EU Parliament to which not even Monty Python could hold a candle to (H/T to Greencrow)

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Getting Towed Around Through Our Emotions

The other day I came across an article that was published last month after the Brussels terror attack. The original was published in Russian on the Komsomolskay Pravda site. Below is the translated version featured on the Russia Insider site.

At first, the article appeared to me to be unremarkable enough then I saw two glaring problems that the article pointed to. Or, rather, the same problem manifesting in two different ways. It was unremarkable to begin with because of its familiarity. I seem to read articles like this every day. The problem is that of uncritical thinking; the inability to identify what is in front of one's nose. It is not limited to Russian citizens, either. It is wide-spread throughout the Western world.

Indeed, if people everywhere could think critically and were able to identify the reality that is in front of them all day, every day, then we would not find ourselves reading about wars from Africa to the Middle East to the Caucasus.

Below is the article in question and I have highlighted the statements that stood out for me and which I will write about at the foot of the article.

On the Day of the Brussels Bombing - as Maria Zakharova Saw It:
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman shares her frustration with western coverage of terrorism

Translated by Julia Rakhmetova and Rhod Mackenzie

This day, 22 March,  should have been different, not the one we all had. There should have been meetings, documents – a calm day, with time to get ready for a big ‘week of negotiations’.

We received the first news of the terror attacks in Belgium  at 10 a.m.. An hour and a half later we became aware of the scale of the tragedy.  Telephones “exploded”.

“Are there any Russians involved in the Brussels tragedy?” 

“How does Foreign Ministry evaluate what is happening in Brussels?” 

“Is there any plan to counteract the terrorist threat in Europe?”

“What’s next?” 

There were dozens of questions. I must have given ten interviews: Russia-24, Channel One, Dozhd, Ren-TV, Life-news, RSN, agencies, newspapers, online media… I don’t remember them all.

Someone asked: “Why did you work so hard?  It wasn’t us who suffered from the explosions!”
“What do you mean?” I asked startled. 

“I mean how long are you going to sympathize with ‘them’ since they don’t care about ‘us’ when we have terror attacks in our country. Usually they just make fun of us…Aren’t you fed up with that?”

I was shocked, and started to say publicly and with increasing emphasis: “We extend our sincere condolences… Words of encouragement to those…It’s our common tragedy… We need to join forces… It’s important to understand the root causes…” (indeed, ed)

Of course, it’s my job to answer questions from the media. But that’s not the point. It was hard for me to accept that people were beginning to sidestep the issue, but also, tired of the world ignoring our Russian tragedies and catastrophes. Waiting for my turn on air, I read various comments, some desperate: “They never sympathize with ‘US’, so why should we sympathize with ‘THEM”.

The Prussian Connection To American Schooling and Warfare

The below video (in four parts) lays out the psychopathic program(me) to dominate the minds of the ordinary people through public education. That this is designed to take away peoples ability to think critically and their free will is bad enough, but when it is clear that the goal of it all is the waging of modern warfare, it can be seen as truly diabolical.

Who would have thought that accepting compulsory state education for our children would lead directly to the murder of countless millions of people? Such are the outcomes when we suffer psychopaths in 'authority' and do not widely promote the skills of critical thinking and the ability to understand and identify psychopathy.

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The Psychology of Control

Mark Passio is interviewed by Richard Grove from Tragedy and Hope on The Psychology of Control. It is an outstanding interview. One topic builds upon another but given that it is an interview and not a presentation, the topics aren't always in the most easily absorbable order to take it in as a whole. Below is my summary of the interview which places the topics in an order that best suits me and hopefully will be of benefit to you, the reader, and allow you to get the most out of this excellent interview.

Mark Passio says some things at times that I don't agree with but it is hard to find anything in this particular interview to quibble with. To the interview-

This world is set up to mirror back to us our behaviour so that we might learn as we go. The 'set up' is described as Natural Law. “Law”, in this sense, is something that is universally binding on all and is immutable; that is, it is unchanging. So the “Law” applies to all people and circumstances throughout all time and there are no exceptions – gravity is a common everyday example of this.

We have free will to follow the dictates of Natural Law or not. Either way, consequences will follow over which we have no control but we do know they are constant and unchanging. In that, the consequences, Natural Law, gives us feedback and allows us to learn.

The Law of Consequences covers the deterministic portion of existence and the Law of 'Do no harm' covers the free will aspect. If we act so as to do no harm to others, we can expect a life of order and peace. If we transgress this injunction, we can expect to have a world of chaos just as we can experience around us every day. The state of the world leads us to the inescapable conclusion is that we, as a species, are transgressing Natural Law in some major ways.

And, indeed, we are. Leading us in this journey into chaos are the psychopaths amongst us who are intent on exploitation and destruction.

The world today is the result of our behaviour.
Our behaviour is the result of our decision making processes.
Our decision making processes are dependent on our thought processes and the quality and quantity or information available to us.

So if the psychopaths can influence our thinking and the information that is available to us, they can control our behaviour and therefore the state of the world. And they do. They do this through religion, through schooling and through the media. The psychopaths' power comes from withholding information and corrupting what information that we do get.

We are taught a “stimulus/response” model. This model completely leaves out the logical thinking that should be in between stimulus and response. This omission takes away our personal control and we become a nation of 'order followers'.

Following orders seems to remove personal responsibility but it never does. We are treated as children in a dysfunctional family and we never grow up. Just as children in a dysfunctional family, we accept that we are powerless and learn to make the best of it. Children are indeed powerless but as adults we are not. Learning to question what we are taught and to think for ourselves together with taking full responsibility for our behaviour is the way to adulthood, order and a measure of peace. To the extent that we endeavour to do no harm to others, we experience freedom.

We become order followers because we accept the notion of authority over us by others (usually the psychopaths). This authority over others does not exist in reality, in Natural Law. And to believe in something that does not exist is a sign of mental illness or delusion. Harm to all will result. So it can be seen that those that would rule us are mentally ill and the last people that should be 'driving the bus'!

Violence is used to enforce this delusional authority and this results in more harm as violence is also against Natural Law. Natural Law embodies the law of self defence whereby one is entitled to ward off violence by using force of one's own. Force is self defence so long as it is needed to protect oneself. If more force than this is used, then it becomes violence itself. To subdue an attacker is self defence. To then proceed to maim or kill the attacker becomes violence as it is not necessary to protect oneself.

The Law of Self Defence is the Masculine Principle. The Law of Non-aggression is the Feminine Principle and they work together to make up the whole of the Law as it applies to human relationships. Natural Law is objective, that is, it can be observed in objective reality and is not determined by opinions which are subjective. Natural Law can be seen as a science.

Society's laws (governments and legal societies) are very subjective and arbitrary and serve one section of the society (the psychopathic rulers) at the expense of everyone else. Being out of sympathy with Natural Law (which ensures order) this man-made law will inevitably bring chaos. And it does. This chaos can be further exploited by the psychopaths so long as they can keep its origin hidden from us. This is best done through fear. Chaos engenders confusion and therefore fear for us. Further increasing fear for us through terror attacks and stress through tough economic conditions makes sure we stay disoriented.

Promoting Solipsism also leads to fear because its reasoning inevitably leads to the conclusion that we know nothing and there is no order to the world. Solipsism teaches that we are the centre of our universe and that all we can know is our own perceptions but not what our perceptions are based on. It is an egoic madness.

The madness, the chaos, the harm that is all around us is the result of transgressing Natural Law. The answer is to learn Natural Law and apply it in our daily lives. We can learn it for ourselves by learning critical thinking i.e. The Trivium and by responding with compassion towards our fellow man. Our 'fellow man' does not include the psychopaths and we would do well to learn to identify them, as well.

So there we are! I hope this proves to be a useful, albeit skeletal, framework to follow and absorb the wisdom from both Mark Passio and Richard Grove.

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