WaPo Warns USA Needs More Narrative Control As Pentagon Ramps Up Narrative Control


05-09-19 10:10:00,

Do you lay awake at night terrified that the Russians are able to control your mind with information warfare while the US government’s slavish devotion to democratic values leaves it powerless to stop them? Me neither. But according to The Washington Post, whose sole owner is a CIA contractor and Pentagon board member bent on hijacking the underlying infrastructure of the economy, we should be.

WaPo columnist David Ignatius, who has been one of the more hyperbolic promulgators of western Russia hysteria in written media, has published an article titled “Why America is losing the information war to Russia” about a new book by former State Department undersecretary for public diplomacy Richard Stengel. Stengel and Ignatius engage in a joyful Red Scare frolic with the exuberance of two little boys with a box of spray paints, each trying to one-up the other in hysterical apocalyptic ominousness about the way evil, authoritarian governments like Russia have been able to weaponize information while freedom-loving democracies can only look on in passive despair.

“The cruel paradox of the Internet, once hailed as a liberating force, is that it empowers governments that control information and enfeebles those that let it run free,” warns Ignatius.

“[Authoritarian governments] have gone from fearing the flow of information to exploiting it,” cautions Stengel. “They understand that the same tools that spread democracy can engineer its undoing.”

Unsurprisingly, at no point during this brotherly romp does Ignatius bother to make mention of the fact that Stengel is actually on record saying he supports the use of propaganda and believes the US government should be using it on its own citizens.

“Basically, every country creates their own narrative story and, you know, my old job at the State Department was what people used to joke as the ‘chief propagandist’ job,” Stengel said last year at an event organized by the shockingly ubiquitous narrative management firm Council on Foreign Relations.

“I’m not against propaganda,” Stengel said. “Every country does it, and they have to do it to their own population, and I don’t necessarily think it’s that awful.”

When an audience member objected to what he’d just heard,

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No to mind control! Norway minister who trusts adults to decide if they drink fighting bigger battle


08-05-19 04:21:00,

Westerners are now so used to being nannied by the state that when an official tells us it’s our choice how much to drink and smoke, we are shocked – and many are outraged. But maybe it’s time to push back against all the nudging.

This is what the new Norwegian Health Minister Sylvi Listhaug said that led to calls for her immediate resignation for “setting public welfare back decades.”

“People should be allowed to smoke, drink and eat as much red meat as much as they want,” Listhaug said on national radio.

“I do not plan to be the moral police, and will not tell people how to live their lives, but I intend to help people get information that forms the basis for making choices.”

Note, Listhaug, who has enough enemies as it is for her anti-immigrant views, did not say “Drink more akvavit, it’s great!” nor that smoking or obesity do not cause cancer, nor did she promise that she was going to do nothing to help public health – on the contrary, she announced a new anti-smoking strategy. She merely reaffirmed adults’ rights to consume substances that are perfectly legal, adding that “people know pretty much what is healthy and what is not healthy” and expressed a trust in most citizens to act responsibly towards their own health.

Yet her words are anathema to how public policy is conducted.

“Nudging” has existed as a term since 2008, but some of the underlying theories date back to the mid-20th century, and are aimed at manipulating you into being a better citizen. There are thousands of different ways to nudge – from placing that HPV poster in a prominent spot, to reframing a lung cancer statistic to sound scarier (three times the risk!) to asking an NHS doctor to bring up an unrelated subject during your next routine appointment, to lowering the “acceptable” amount of units of alcohol to be consumed on the basis of little scientific evidence, to making cigarette packaging unattractive and ostracizing smokers in little enclosures that make them feel like social lepers, something Listhaug mentioned specifically.

Nudge explained by Richard H. Thaler, the man who made it mainstream:

The democratic social contract with the state has never been as simple as “you pay your taxes and follow the laws,

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Operatie mind control, door Manlio Dinucci


07-05-19 08:11:00,

Het gevoel van opoffering beweegt ons. Oorlog kan bewonderenswaardig worden. Recept: (1) vind een jonge en sympathieke held (2) prijs zijn toewijding en zijn altruïstische dood (3) beween dat hij de goede verdedigde tegen de slechteriken (4) Zeg niets over de verschrikkingen die we hebben begaan. Deze operatie werkt altijd – steeds weer opnieuw.

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Gisteren in Pisa, namen ongeveer 5.000 kinderen en adolescenten uit 212 klassen deel aan de «Dag van Solidariteit» ter nagedachtenis van Major Nicola Ciardelli van het Parachutistenregiment (Lightning), die op 27 april 2006 werd gedood in een «vreselijke terroristische aanslag» in Nassirya , Irak, tijdens de «vredesmissie» van Antica Babilonia. De demonstratie wordt elk jaar georganiseerd door de Nicola Ciardelli Association, opgericht door zijn familie met de essentiële steun van het stadsbestuur (eerst geregisseerd door de PD, vandaag door de Lega). Het is het laboratorium geworden voor een enorme operatie – met de medewerking van een breed scala aan organisaties en verenigingen – om jonge studenten “te sensibiliseren voor het belang van ieders betrokkenheid bij de constructie van een toekomst van vrede en solidariteit”.

Het voorbeeld om te volgen is «Nicola’s afspraak ten gunste van de bevolkingsgroepen die verscheurd zijn door de conflicten – mensen die hij had ontmoet op de vele missies waaraan hij deelnam», tijdens welke hij aanraakte met zijn vingers de verwoesting van de oorlog en de doodsangst van degenen die werden gedwongen om ze te dragen, het meest belangrijkste de kinderen ».

Maar niemand zei iets tegen de 5000 kinderen en adolescenten over het waargebeurde verhaal van de verwoestende oorlog die in 2003 werd aangespoord door de Verenigde Staten tegen Irak, een land dat al onderworpen was aan een embargo dat in tien jaar tijd had gezorgd voor anderhalf miljoen doden, waaronder ongeveer een half miljoen kinderen.

Niemand legde hen uit dat om de oorlog te rechtvaardigen, «bewijs» werd uitgevonden om Irak te beschuldigen van het bezit van massavernietigingswapens, waarvan later bleek dat het een valse beschuldiging was.

Niemand vertelde hen dat Irak, om het verzet uit te roeien, op alle mogelijke manieren werd blootgesteld aan vuur en zwavel – van fosforbommen tegen de bevolking van Fallujah tot marteling in de gevangenis van Abu Ghraib.

Het Italiaanse contingent Antica Babilonia nam deel aan deze oorlog –

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Bio Plus X: Arms Control and the Convergence of Biology and Emerging Technologies | SIPRI

13-03-19 11:33:00,

Technological advances in the biological sciences have long presented a challenge to efforts to maintain biosecurity and prevent the proliferation of biological weapons. The convergence of developments in biotechnology with other, emerging technologies such as additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence and robotics has increased the possibilities for the development and use of biological weapons.

This report, written by SIPRI experts on technology and arms control, provides a nuanced picture of the risks and challenges posed by this convergence. It analyses the extent to which concerns arising from new technological developments can be dealt with through existing governance mechanisms. Based on the limitations identified, the authors recommend the action that needs to be taken by national governments, international organizations, academia, the private sector and the DIY community.


1. Introduction

2. The convergence of advances in biology and emerging technologies

3. Governing the risks of the convergence of biology and emerging technologies

4. Conclusions and recommendations


The CIA Is Out of Control, Has Been Since the 50’s


24-02-19 04:39:00,

In this posting, I want to take a very brief look at the history of the founding of America’s Central Intelligence Agency and provide quotes from an American president regarding his views on the CIA and what should be done to control its seemingly unfettered powers.

The Central Intelligence Agency had evolved significantly over the decades up to its official designation as America’s foremost intelligence agency in 1947 as follows: 

1.) Office of the Coordinator of Information (COI) – Established July 11, 1941 – duration of 337 days.

 2.) Office of Strategic Services (OSS) – Established June 13, 1942 – duration of 3 years and 3 months.

 3.) Strategic Services Unit (SSU) – Established October 1, 1945 – duration of 1 year and 5 months.

 4.) Central Intelligence Group (CIG) – Established January 1946 – duration of 1 year and 6 months.

 5.) Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Established September 18, 1947 – duration 71 years.

 The CIA was created under the National Security Act of 1947which was signed into law on July 26, 1947 by President Harry Truman as shown here:

Under the Act, the CIA was responsible for the same functions as the CIG as follows:

1.) coordinating, planning, evaluating and disseminating intelligence.

2.) capability to clandestinely collect information.

3.) authority to conduct independent research and analysis.

In addition, the Act added the following broad tasks to the CIA’s “to do” list:

1.) advise the National Security Council (NSC) on matters related to national security.

2.) make recommendations to the NSC regarding the coordination of intelligence activities of the Department.

3.) correlate and evaluate intelligence and provide for its appropriate dissemination.

4.) perform such other functions as the NSC will from time to time direct.

By 1953, the Agency was an established element of Washington, making contributions in the areas of paramilitary warfare and political action.

With that background, I would like to change gears and look at some comments and concerns about the Central Intelligence Agency from a United States president.  These comments are particularly pertinent given the CIA’s involvement in geopolitical meddling around the globe over the past 71 years,

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Remote Control of the Brain and Human Nervous System – Global Research


23-01-19 12:50:00,

The USA and the European Union invest since the beginning of the millenium billions of dollars and euros into brain research. As a result of this research perfect maps of the brain were developed, including the areas of the brain that control the activity of different body organs or parts where higher brain activities, such as speech and thoughts, are taking place. The brain activities corresponding to different actions in those areas were also deciphered.

Thanks to the knowledge of specific locations of different centers in the brain and frequencies of the neuronal activity in them, teams of physicians are now capable of helping many people who were in the past, for different reasons, unable to participate in a normal life. There exist prostheses, which are controlled directly from the brain centers that normally control the movement of the limbs (see this) and enable people, who lost them, to use the prosthesis in a way similar to the way normal people use their limbs. Higher brain activities were produced as well. In 2006 scientists placed into the brain of a completely paralyzed man an implant, which transferred the activity of his brain into different devices and enabled him to open his e-mail, control his TV set and control his robotic arm. Other paralyzed people were able to search the Internet, play computer games and drive their electrical wheelchairs (see this).

Thanks to extensive brain research, computers were taught to understand the neuronal activity so much so that they are now capable of using the activity of our brain to reproduce our perceptions. Canadian scientists demonstrated an experiment, where the computer could interpret the electroencephalographical recordings from the brain to produce the painting of a face that the subject of experiment was perceiving (see this).

In the opposite way the data, processed by the computer in the way that will make them intelligible for the nervous system, can be transmitted into the brain and produce there a new reality. When an implant is placed in the brain and connected to a camera, placed on spectacles, for people whose photoreceptors in their retina stopped working, the sight is at least partially restored. In this case the camera on the spectacles is transmitting into the implant light frequencies and the implant re-transmits them in frequencies which “understand” the neurons processing the visual perceptions (see this).

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