Get Familiar with Zbigniew Brzezinski
Posted Jul 06, 2007
If that name doesn't ring a bell by now, we have nothing but contempt for you: start paying more attention. If the monster is familiar, then we present two excerpts with downloadable copies of their source documents. Both are essential reads -- enjoyable, enlightening and strategically invaluable. Enjoy.
From his Christopher J. Makins Lecture to the Atlantic Council of the US:
What we need today is a shared understanding of the things that make our time unique. That understanding must recognize what is unique both about the world in general and about the particular threat we face.
Let me make a stab, just a stab, at a formulation. On the general level, what is distinctive about our time is that the United States and Europe, the most advanced part of the world, face a massive and unprecedented global political awakening. That is something new in all of history. The world as a whole is experiencing today what French society as a whole experienced during the French revolution ? a sudden stirring of political awareness, unleashed passions, fermenting excitement, and escalating aspirations. Today, that sense of revolution is the political reality worldwide and it is altogether new, though it has been developing over a number of decades.
Today, even in remote Nepal, Bolivia, and Kyrgyzstan, we see similar manifestations of political behavior. Today, in Somalia, East Timor, and Chechnya, we see similar manifestations of brutal violence. And throughout the world, we see similar trends in the rise of radical populism, which carries with it the potential for violent extremism. This radical populism, organized through the Internet and fueled by the images of human inequality that are disseminated globally by the electronic media, is also stimulated by a new political reality. This political reality is no longer that of an aroused peasantry or that of the industrial proletariat of Marx ? it is some 120 million fermenting and politically active university students throughout the world. That is the new reality we confront together, and it is a much more complex and difficult reality than we faced during the Cold War, World War I, or World War II.
From Zbigniew's classic "The Grand Chessboard":
... how America "manages" Eurasia is critical. Eurasia is the globe's largest continent and is geopolitically axial. A power that dominates Eurasia would control two of the world's three most advanced and economically productive regions. A mere glance at the map also suggests that control over Eurasia would almost automatically entail Africa's subordination, rendering the Western Hemisphere and Oceania geopolitically peripheral to the world's central continent. About 75 per cent of the world's people live in Eurasia, and most of the world's physical wealth is there as well, both in its enterprises and underneath its soil. Eurasia accounts for 60 per cent of the world's GNP and about three-fourths of the world's known energy resources."
"In the long run, global politics are bound to become increasingly uncongenial to the concentration of hegemonic power in the hands of a single state. Hence, America is not only the first, as well as the only, truly global superpower, but it is also likely to be the very last."
Download the CJM Speech
Download The Grand Chessboard
From a June 14, 2007 Roundtable discussion with Henry Kissinger and Brent Snowcroft
ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI: The political awakening that is happening worldwide is a major challenge for America, because it means that the world is much more restless. It's stirring. It has aspirations which are not easily satisfied. And if America is to lead, it has to relate itself somehow to these new, lively, intense political aspirations, which make our age so different from even the recent past.
But the challenge that we face is rooted much more in the immediate problem, which we have partially created -- namely, we are the number one superpower today in the world. We are the only superpower. But our leadership is being tested in the Middle East, and some of the things that we have done in the Middle East are contributing to a potential explosion region-wide. And if that explosion gets out of hand, we may end up being bogged down for many years to come in a conflict that will be profoundly damaging to our capacity to exercise our power, to address the problems implicit in this global awakening, and we may face a world in which much of the world turns away from us, seeks its own equilibrium, but probably slides into a growing chaos.
So I think we're at a very critical stage, and I am personally very worried as to what might conceivably happen in the next 20 months. I'm more optimistic after 2008.
Micheal Persinger, Shakti, and the Question of the God Gun
Posted Jul 06, 2007
Outside of DARPA, the heavyweight in the field of electromagnetic brain manipulation is Micheal Persinger. His student Todd Murphy runs the very informative and entertaining site Shakti Technology. There is a lot of lightweight philosophizing on the site, but the hidden gem is when Murphy finally provides a little red meat about how all this works.
Shakti uses audio files to play the signals. The 'sounds' have the same shape as an EEG signal - one whose appearance shows the activation of a particular structure (brain part). The magnetic coils are plugged into the sound card, just like a pair of speakers. When the audio file is played, the coils produce magnetic fields whose shape matches the shape of the original EEG trace. The structure the signal 'belongs' to is activated.
Sadly, that's as much detail as the consumer gets. There would appear to be no mention anywhere on the site of what the actual frequencies are, which is all any awake human would give a shit about, because obviously we don't need to buy equipment from these folks once we know how to build our own.
So the real question here is: how can we convert this tech into a concealable God Gun? I can't think of a more benevolent weapon --- what better way for free weirdos to incapacitate our "enemies" than a debilitating blast of union with the Oneness of creation?
(I mentioned this to a buddy who immediately suggested the film Orgazmo, which is about a man who invents an orgasm ray. I will probably never see this movie, but perhaps you already have. Personally, I'd rather puncture a hole in someone's belief system than leave their khakis stained, but it's only a matter of taste.)
SYME: The Heart of 1984
Posted Jul 06, 2007
This is a foundational text for the Skilluminati Research project. It also had a huge influence on my young mind, so for the first post on our humble site, I wanted to share this passage from 1984, where the doomed protagonist has a talk about language and control with a Newspeak engineer, Symes.
"When the concept of Freedom has been abolished"
'How is the Dictionary getting on?' said Winston, raising his voice to overcome the noise.
'Slowly,' said Syme. 'I'm on the adjectives. It's fascinating.'
He had brightened up immediately at the mention of Newspeak. He pushed his pannikin aside, took up his hunk of bread in one delicate hand and his cheese in the other, and leaned across the table so as to be able to speak without shouting.
'The Eleventh Edition is the definitive edition,' he said. 'We're getting the language into its final shape -- the shape it's going to have when nobody speaks anything else. When we've finished with it, people like you will have to learn it all over again. You think, I dare say, that our chief job is inventing new words. But not a bit of it! We're destroying words -- scores of them, hundreds of them, every day. We're cutting the language down to the bone. The Eleventh Edition won't contain a single word that will become obsolete before the year 2050.'
He bit hungrily into his bread and swallowed a couple of mouthfuls, then continued speaking, with a sort of pedant's passion. His thin dark face had become animated, his eyes had lost their mocking expression and grown almost dreamy.
'It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. Of course the great wastage is in the verbs and adjectives, but there are hundreds of nouns that can be got rid of as well. It isn't only the synonyms; there are also the antonyms. After all, what justification is there for a word which is simply the opposite of some other
word? A word contains it's opposite in itself. Take "good", for instance. If you have a word like "good", what need is there for a word like "bad"? "Ungood"
will do just as well -- better, because it's an exact opposite, which the other is not. Or again, if you want a stronger version of "good", what sense is there
in having a whole string of vague useless words like "excellent" and "splendid" and all the rest of them? "Plusgood" covers the meaning, or " doubleplusgood"
if you want something stronger still. Of course we use those forms already. but in the final version of Newspeak there'll be nothing else. In the end the whole
notion of goodness and badness will be covered by only six words -- in reality, only one word. Don't you see the beauty of that, Winston? It was B.B.'s idea
originally, of course,' he added as an afterthought.
A sort of vapid eagerness flitted across Winston's face at the mention of Big Brother. Nevertheless Syme immediately detected a certain lack of enthusiasm. 'You haven't a real appreciation of Newspeak, Winston,' he said almost sadly. 'Even when you write it you're still thinking in Oldspeak. I've read some of those pieces that you write in The Times occasionally. They're good enough, but they're translations. In your heart you'd prefer to stick to Oldspeak, with all its vagueness and its useless shades of meaning. You don't grasp the beauty of the destruction of words. Do you know that Newspeak is the only language in the world whose vocabulary gets smaller every year?'
Winston did know that, of course. He smiled, sympathetically he hoped, not trusting himself to speak. Syme bit off another fragment the dark-coloured bread, chewed it briefly, and went on:
'Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed, will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten. Already, in the Eleventh Edition, we're not far from that point. But the process will still be continuing long after you and I are dead. Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller. Even now, of course, there's no reason or excuse for committing thoughtcrime. It's merely a question of self-discipline, reality-control. But in the end there won't be any need even for that. The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect. Newspeak is Ingsoc and Ingsoc is Newspeak,' he added with a sort of mystical satisfaction.
'Has it ever occurred to you, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?'
'Except-' began Winston doubtfully, and he stopped.
It had been on the tip of his tongue to say 'Except the proles,' but he checked himself, not feeling fully certain that this remark was not in some way unorthodox. Syme, however, had divined what he was about to say.
'The proles are not human beings,' he said carelessly. ' By 2050 earlier, probably all real knowledge of Oldspeak will have disappeared. The whole
literature of the past will have been destroyed. Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Byron -- they'll exist only in Newspeak versions, not merely changed into something different, but actually changed into something contradictory of what they used to be. Even the literature of the Party will change. Even the slogans will change. How could you have a slogan like "freedom is slavery" when the concept of freedom has been abolished? The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means not thinking -- not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.
One of these days, thought Winston with sudden deep conviction, Syme will be vaporized. He is too intelligent. He sees too clearly and speaks too plainly. The Party does not like such people. One day he will disappear. It is written in his face.