Thursday, April 27, 2017

Conspiracy Culture International

"Picture a bright blue ball just spinnin', spinnin' free... dizzy with eternity" - John Perry Barlow
Now that the “shock and awe” of recent frenzied political machinations appears to have desensitized public perception to a point of numb acceptance, it is clear that the proverbial paradigm has indeed shifted. What we once typified as a spy vs. spy world, has not only been verified, it has rapidly surpassed the post-9/11 Top Secret America surveillance standard and morphed into a bizarro alt-reality. The consequent supplanting of political “business as usual” continues to spin out of control. Just as one crisis comes into focus, two more are taking shape on the periphery, while four more are incubating in the wings.

In an earlier post, we explored a recent global shift toward an extreme right-wing or Alt-Right social and political posture. We postulated that this socio/political phenomenon was but one example (albeit an extremely unsettling one) of a more profound shift in consciousness of first, second and third world populations. The deeper transmutation appears to be a waning of the mainstream and a waxing of the Fringe. Middle or mainstream moral and ethical sensibilities are rapidly being replaced by fringe thinking… or what we at Tek-Gnostics call: “High Weirdness.”

Note: our esteemed colleague Recluse, over at the "Visup" Weblog, has done a wonderfully comprehensive series on this topic, titled: Fringe: The Strange and Terrible History of the Far Right and High Weirdness. The discerning reader can find part one of this series by following the above link. This is highly recommended reading.

In these unsettling times, the giving way of the middle to the fringe, the “Widening of the Gyre” to employ Yeats’ overused metaphor, instills a palpable angst within the shifting paradigm. 

So how did Mainstream transform into High Weirdness?

Specific to the US of A, the mainstream has been closely associated with the middle-class. In our parent’s lifetime, the middle-class steadily grew, expanding economic and educational opportunity to larger segments of the population. This opportunity was labeled: the American Dream. In our lifetime, the expansion of the middle-class slowed, stopped, and is now in decline. The turnaround did not happen overnight. It took decades, beginning with the Reagan regime’s “trickle-down economics,” for the American Archons to systematically dismantle such a robust society.

A hallmark of the American middle-class was a hearty moral and ethical sensibility that honored liberty, equality, decency, fairness, hard work, and most importantly, a “live and let live” attitude. An attitude exemplified by: “I may not agree with your opinion, but I will defend your right to express it.” In return, the middle-class work ethic was reciprocated with an expanding economy. These were the principles that made (capitalist) America great.

With the demise of an expanding middle-class, a pervasive sense of scarcity… a fear of “not enough to go around,” began to erode the American “live and let live” generosity. With perceived scarcity, Capitalism got meaner… we quit caring for each other. Out of fear, generosity was replaced by greed. Working toward a common good was replaced with a self-centered “winning” mentality. Now, it just so happens that a “win at all cost” attitude aligns nicely with a “divide and conquer” attitude of the American Archons.

The erosion of the middle… of a “common good” identity left a void in American’s self-identification that was filled by a corporate identity, similar to the Japanese Saleryman culture… hence the demise of Middle America and the rise of Corporate America.

So it was that the decisive component, driven by corporate profit (read: greed) was a Capitalist form of globalization that exploited the uneven value and compensation of labor. Why pay laborers x when we can pay them 10% of x overseas? Americans aren’t dummies. We saw all this going down and began to, first recognize, then comment, then shout the alarm… wake up! All these societal changes seemed planned… coordinated… and hence the conspiracy theorist was born. It became clear that capitalist globalization was designed to obscenely benefit the American Archons… or as they have been identified in pop culture… the 1%. 

The above is an over-simplification, but you can see the pivot.  

The void created by the attrition of the middle has been filled by that which once occupied the periphery… the Fringe. Additionally, those whose sensibilities once occupied the middle, have re-aligned their thinking to fringe-thinking… an understandable attitude of suspicion, given the above. The danger in the current societal environment resides in over-reacting, devolving into a nationalist (read: fascist) ideology. This would play to the hand of the American Archons, a classic divide and conquer manipulation.

The fear-driven angst over the attrition of the middle leads us to our current quandary… the periphery has supplanted the middle. This cultural metamorphosis is fast becoming the predominant paradigm. Per part one of this series, we identified this perceptive transformation as: Conspiracy Culture International. Our use of the moniker: “Conspiracy Culture International” not only encompasses a much broader cross-section of world populations than does the Alt-Right, it focuses on the shared, intrinsic consciousness shift within these emerging cultures of the fringe.

Conspiracy Culture International is a massive, diverse, globally intact phenomenon. Rather than being identified by genetic heritage or nationality, its ethnicity is composed of those who subscribe to the multifaceted principles of high weirdness. Conspiracy Culture International (CCI) embraces the seemingly divergent communities that monitor or adhere to not only conspiracy & Deep State theory, but alt history, ancient alien & alien abduction narratives, PSI phenomena & the paranormal, psychedelia, occult & new age philosophies, neo-religious beliefs, astrology & magick... even cyberpunk, transhumanism & singularity.

Modern media has covered the recent socio/political changes we label Conspiracy Culture International in such a way as to focus merely on emerging Alt-Right faction. This is a disservice to the extent of change that we are currently experiencing. CCI is a big tent. It houses right, left, and centrist thinking. It accommodates both the Alt Right and the Noö Left. The Alt-Right may have generated recent headlines, but a much more profound change is taking place. Again, there is an inherent danger in over-emphasizing the Alt-Right faction of this phenomenon. 

To quote (strangely enough) from a recent podcast from the Kali Tribune: "Fringe culture has gone mainstream… The emerging political archetype of a center (vs) fringe relationship is symbolized for many people by the figure of Donald Trump, the "anti-establishment" establishment man. Does a call for being anti-establishment necessarily mean the nudge to be pro-freedom? Or could it really be a veiled invitation toward an anti-social society? The emerging zeitgeist seems to point into an ominous direction of the second option."

Make no mistake, Trump is part of the establishment, not the fringe… the American Archons did not lose w/ Trump’s election.

Again, from the Kali Tribune: "The movement toward the fringe represents a shift in the perception of power… a shift in consciousness from center to extreme (right or left). Alt-right Fringe is anti-social but is sold as anti-establishment. Fringe=freedom, Center=establishment... Fringe good, Center bad" (in the words of George Gershwin: "It ain't necessarily so" - Ed).

The Fringe’s Alt right underground (aka Alex Jones, et al) is a scary element of the Fringe & it exploits the rise of CCI. Neo-Nazism embraces the Fringe’s alt-right, as it gives permission to knee-jerk fascism. Anti-ethnic vitriol is a poisonous mind-virus that is triggered by fear… fear of “the other.” It is fear… not Presidents… that build walls. It is fear that allows walls to be built.

So we need to keep an eye on such tom-foolery, but not give it any more energy than it has already siphoned. The rise of Conspiracy Culture International, despite its unsavory elements, holds great potential for creative, cooperative, expansive evolution, moving into our Brave Noö Future. CCI’s strength resides within its diversity of populations. CCI’s vision of globalization is inspired by the “Blue Marble” image of the Earth, taken by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft. Yeah, we’re all in this together.

So… as card-carrying members of Conspiracy Culture International, let’s celebrate our diversity. Let’s draw strength and sustenance from our differences. Since CCI is such a big tent, let us all find our particular corner of high weirdness and nurture it. As we have said before… it’s fun being weird… you should try it sometime! To quote that great Tekgnostic Saint, Gary Snyder: "Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there."

I strongly suspect that the muses are not finished with me on this subject. The ever-discerning reader of this blog may expect future installments on Conspiracy Culture International. In the next installment of CCI, we'll take an in-depth look at the often ignored community of neo-progressive, post-activist, millennial mind-fuck, rascally tricksters that we call the Noö Left. Stay tuned.

- J♥

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Psychedelia Update – LSD shown to raise level of consciousness...

Scientists claim to have found the first evidence that psychedelic drugs create a “higher level of consciousness.” LSD-25, the drug ketamine and psilocybin (the active ingredient of magic mushrooms) were all found to increase the tiny magnetic fields produced by the brain.

Professor Anil Seth, co-director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science at Sussex University, said: “This finding shows that the brain-on-psychedelics behaves very differently from normal. During the psychedelic state, the electrical activity of the brain is less predictable and less ‘integrated’ than during normal conscious wakefulness – as measured by global signal diversity.” 

In this regard, less predictability may equate to increased creativity... ie: higher functioning.

“Since this measure has already shown its value as a measure of ‘conscious level’, we can say that the psychedelic state appears as a higher ‘level’ of consciousness than normal... but only with respect to this specific mathematical measure.” This is used to create a mathematical measure of the complexity of brain activity... as with people who are asleep having a lower level than people who are awake.

Dr Robin Cahart-Harris, of Imperial College London, said: “Rigorous research into psychedelics is gaining increasing attention, not least because of the therapeutic potential that these drugs may have when used sensibly and under medical supervision. The present study's findings help us understand what happens in people’s brains when they experience an expansion of their consciousness under psychedelics.”

The findings of the study were reported in the journal Scientific Reports.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

17 Techniques for Truth Suppression

“Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.”
- Edmund Burke

Contemporary global politics are so intrusive, that they/it cannot be ignored, especially by weblogs dealing with such esoteric concepts as synchro-mysticism. Our esteemed colleagues over at the Secret Sun and Visup have recently posted important contributions on this topic. Clearly, there is more to the picture than meets the eye.

We have previously commented that: you can't make this stuff up. If you were to read a spy/thriller novel that featured a boy/supreme leader, a crass capitalist/president with no emotional intelligence, a Leninist/Ba'ath president/dictator, and a cunning ex-KGB president/oligarch... you wouldn't believe it. However, such a scenario is exactly what appears to be going down... as we speak... here in crazy town.

In these turbulent times, it is important to have a political memory. As crazy and dangerous as the situation is, there are observations from the past that can be useful in disentangling the cloak and dagger schemes and maneuverings of current affairs.

With that said, the prime directive of Tek-Gnostics, is to provide the requisite tools (Tek) needed to facilitate the direct experience (Gnosis) of the shadowy netherworld of High Weirdness that has become our Brave Noö World. In the spirit of political memory and providing such tools and resources to help navigate the strange days we live in, we have dusted off the following article. This little gem was written in 1999 by David Martin. Even though it was originally written over 18 years ago, it serves as a valuable field guide for understanding the insane political quagmire we find ourselves living through...

 Constant vigilance!!!      - J ♥

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Seventeen Techniques for Truth Suppression

Strong, credible allegations of high-level criminal activity can bring down a government. When the government lacks an effective, fact-based defense, other techniques must be employed. The success of these techniques depends heavily upon a cooperative, compliant press and a mere token opposition party.

1) Dummy up. If it's not reported, if it's not news, it didn't happen.

2) Wax indignant. This is also known as the "How dare you?" gambit.

3) Characterize the charges as "rumors" or, better yet, "wild rumors." If, in spite of the news blackout, the public is still able to learn about the suspicious facts, it can only be through "rumors." (If they tend to believe the "rumors" it must be because they are simply "paranoid" or "hysterical.")

4) Knock down straw men. Deal only with the weakest aspects of the weakest charges. Even better, create your own straw men. Make up wild rumors (or plant false stories) and give them lead play when you appear to debunk all the charges, real and fanciful alike.

5) Call the skeptics names like "conspiracy theorist," "nutcase," "ranter," "kook," "crackpot," and, of course, "rumor monger." Be sure, too, to use heavily loaded verbs and adjectives when characterizing their charges and defending the "more reasonable" government and its defenders. You must then carefully avoid fair and open debate with any of the people you have thus maligned. For insurance, set up your own "skeptics" to shoot down.

6) Impugn motives. Attempt to marginalize the critics by suggesting strongly that they are not really interested in the truth but are simply pursuing a partisan political agenda or are out to make money (compared to over-compensated adherents to the government line who, presumably, are not).

7) Invoke authority. Here the controlled press and the sham opposition can be very useful.

8) Dismiss the charges as "old news."

9) Come half-clean. This is also known as "confession and avoidance" or "taking the limited hangout route." This way, you create the impression of candor and honesty while you admit only to relatively harmless, less-than-criminal "mistakes." This stratagem often requires the embrace of a fall-back position quite different from the one originally taken. With effective damage control, the fall-back position need only be peddled by stooge skeptics to carefully limited markets.

10) Characterize the crimes as impossibly complex and the truth as ultimately unknowable.

11) Reason backward, using the deductive method with a vengeance. With thoroughly rigorous deduction, troublesome evidence is irrelevant. E.g. We have a completely free press. If evidence exists that the Vince Foster "suicide" note was forged, they would have reported it. They haven't reported it so there is no such evidence. Another variation on this theme involves the likelihood of a conspiracy leaker and a press who would report the leak.

12) Require the skeptics to solve the crime completely. E.g. If Foster was murdered, who did it and why?

13) Change the subject. This technique includes creating and/or publicizing distractions.

14) Lightly report incriminating facts, and then make nothing of them. This is sometimes referred to as "bump and run" reporting.

15) Baldly and brazenly lie. A favorite way of doing this is to attribute the "facts" furnished the public to a plausible-sounding, but anonymous, source.

16) Expanding further on numbers 4 and 5, have your own stooges "expose" scandals and champion popular causes. Their job is to pre-empt real opponents and to play 99-yard football. A variation is to pay rich people for the job who will pretend to spend their own money.

17) Flood the Internet with agents. This is the answer to the question, "What could possibly motivate a person to spend hour upon hour on Internet news groups defending the government and/or the press and harassing genuine critics?" Don t the authorities have defenders enough in all the newspapers, magazines, radio, and television? One would think refusing to print critical letters and screening out serious callers or dumping them from radio talk shows would be control enough, but, obviously, it is not.

- written by David Martin December 28, 1999

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Tek-Gnostics @ Contact in the Desert 2017

DATELINE: 5-19-2017 Joshua Tree, CA
It looks like the intrepid Tek-Gnostics Team will be making the pilgrimage to California's Mojave desert, for the 2017 "Contact in the Desert" conference, being held in Joshua Tree, California on May 19th through the 22nd, 2017. The conference is being held at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. The JTRC is the oldest and largest retreat center in the Western United States; a unique architectural landmark on a sacred site. Their mission is to support the education and nourishment of the infinite human potential.

Situated near Palm Springs, CA ...the retreat center is just north of Joshua Tree National Park. Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park. A fascinating variety of plants and animals make their homes in a land sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrents of rain. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness in southern California. 

Billed as an EPIC weekend of exploration into extraterrestrial life, ancient aliens, human origins, secret space programs, crop circles, UFO sightings, contact experiences, interstellar living, and the “need to know” ...some are calling this event the Woodstock of UFOs. This year's lineup includes Erich von Däniken, Graham Hancock, George Noory and the ever-popular Giorgio Tsoukalos.

Team Tek-Gnostics is gearing up to attend Contact in the Desert 2017. Drop by our booth or visit our campsite, as we intend to bivouac for the entire event! Jack Heart and the enigmatic Agent 87 will be on hand to present Jack’s first book in the Tek-Gnostics Trilogy to conference attendees. We hope to see you at Contact!

More information to follow... stay tuned!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Trump Meets With Illegal Aliens.

In a stunning reversal on the Executive Branch’s foreign policy, US President Donald J Trump met today with Illegal Aliens to discuss legal immigration and refugee status. All we can say is… God Bless Donald Trump!