// __ My Father Says He’s a ‘Targeted Individual.’ Maybe We All Are, by Jean Guerrero (2018-10-25)
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People (those belonging to “the control group”, that is) keep talking about TI related matters. One of the big problems we have is that it is virtually impossible to make two TIs agree on virtually anything, another one is Adamization: which terms to use to talk about something that is not only socially unknown and sounds unbelievable, but most people out there do not want to know about, nor do they want to accept it “logically” or “morally” as many of them say, because “it taxes their minds”, even though they know well of a very long history of social control abuses by USG and their acolytes in business, IT technologies and academia:
Prestitudes can’t help but project their own protagonism and biases into the already complicated TI narratives. I keep telling TIs to totally forget about prestitudes. When silly me read the title of that article I got hopeful: “finally, someone writes about TIs in a somewhat faithful way”, but I quickly realized that I had totally misinterpreted the title: yes, Guerrero, we positively are all TIs on important counts but not because we are “homo fabulator”. Based on your father’s story (as narrated by yourself) he seems to be a TI, but there are many other stories out there. Yes, there are TIs who say such things as: the government can “read their mind”, “see through their own eyes”, “implant and edit dreams during their sleep, …” and, no, many of those folks are not teenage kids glued to their cell phones, but adults even smearing on your nose their PhDs; but it is not all like that. We TIs can produce an honest and comprehensive narrative which society at large should listen to, know about.
Something that I can’t quite understand is why is it so hard to see the truth for what it is. You see three different prestitudes (yeah, they come in different containers and even seem to smell differently): Sharon Weinberg, Laura Yan and Jean Guerrero, who even though the definition of what journalism is all about (as defined by Orwell himself: “publishing something that some powerful people don’t want to be known”) seems to be totally incomprehensible to them, could easily glimpse from a favorable angle the truth of such matters but they choose to advance their journalistic careers, it seems; project their own protagonism, biases and complexes into such matters.
There are people, like that Mona of TheIntercept’s fame (yes, that is her actual name) who boasts about a being business associate and like-minded friend of Pullizer Prize awardee Glenn Greenwald who take it as their very job to mock targeted individuals’s claims:
To her credit Sharon Weinberg (a former national security adviser)
seemed to have realized that she was wrong, had been mislead and then she had some incredibly strange “suicide”.
What makes this prestitude peculiar is that:
a) she is talking about her own father (whom she didn’t see for very long periods of time, decades?, so, she may have come back with her own biases to exploit her dad’s story),
b) she says she is a scientist/neurobiologist of sorts (even though she doesn’t write like one),
c) she is not outrightly discrediting and debasing the stories of TIs as Yan did using the New York Times as some sort of reference to the truth and even UN regulations as if they meant anything, really.
In a sense, like her, I tend to pay attention to the consequences of the societal adoption of techno sh!t and I also have some sort of philosophical way of seeing things, but not at all similar to Guerrero.
// __ the new normal?, toward a “Psychocivilized” Society?, our “Brave New World”? …
// __ what is a police state? . . .
// __ Activist and Targeted Individual Camilo Lopez interview with Ella Free
// __ Zersetzung made in U.S.A.
// __ Hubertus Knabe: The dark secrets of a surveillance state
> I was 11 when my father destroyed the condominium where he was living. Searching for hidden transistors or other devices that might be beaming voices into his skull, he took a hammer to the walls, shoved his fists into the holes, and pulled off chunks of plaster. He shut off the power generator and cut the electrical wires in the walls. He put his ear to the floor. He ripped up the carpet. He called 9-1-1.
> But then he fell into a depression. My parents separated. He started smoking crack cocaine. After tearing his place apart, he vanished on a years-long, cross-border quest to escape alleged CIA persecutors.
Here Jean Guerrero (JG) writes about the visual elements, movie-like aspects of those incidents. Clinical, more comprehensive narratives would have been more useful. What were those “voices” telling him, why not relating the whole account from his perspective?
Her father was an “uncanny mechanic”, she says, but what amazes me is that he could not see they were just messing with him. They do very specific things in very specific ways for you to realize it is just not “in your mind”, in kind of an abusive domination game kind of way.
If what he was looking for was loud speakers of sorts he was not going to find them because they disguise common house objects for such matters and they may be targeting you through your neighbors ceilings, walls and floors without them having a clue. Anything which can be used to create transmit vibrations, -anything-, can be use to mimic sounds and “voices”.
> Our mother, a physician specializing in internal medicine, offered a psychiatric diagnosis. Your father, she said, has paranoid schizophrenia.
Another person and family ruined. Again she is offering a conclusion that serves as thematic chain in JG’s story. No clinical explanation as to what her mother thinks made her husband (about whom she may have known more than two things) became a schizo from one day to the next.
> In college, I minored in neuroscience while majoring in journalism, searching for my absent father in fMRI brain scans and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
Which shows in her writing and mindset, but at least she should be able to see how the government uses the DSM to frame their harassment in ways which make our reactions seem “paranoid schizophrenic”.
> So-called TIs have begun banding together …
We did not “band together”. We held an open conference as it should be. We knew that they would try to sabotage and talk sh!t about us again.
> MKUltra (https://www.history.com/topics/us-government/history-of-mk-ultra) a real CIA mind-control program that ran from 1953 to 1973 that targeted drug addicts, prisoners, and other vulnerable people …
Actually, here JG is deliberately lying:
1) MKUltra was never phased out (and she should, must know better than this), and
2) they did target way more than “vulnerable people” (whatever she meant by “vulnerable”)
As Ted Kennedy pointed out on the Senate floor in 1977: … [the] “extensive testing and experimentation” program which included covert drug tests on unwitting citizens “at all social levels, high and low, native Americans and foreign.” Several of these tests involved the administration of LSD to “unwitting subjects in social situations.”
so, vulnerability didn’t seem to be an issue for them. I would say it was more lack of basic humanity by those kinds of @ssh0l3s
> … Then a more likely hypothesis occurred to me. My online activity—using search terms like “V2K” and “government harassment”—had probably caused computer algorithms to place me in a category of people with paranoia, which is often accompanied by depression, leading advertisers to target me.
Welcome to the “new normal”, “brave new world” we are living in. Such individuals as creator of the way Tim Berners-Lee and world renowned security consultant Bruce Schneier were “shocked” to realize (their own way of puting it), as they said, that IT companies have actually created the conditions for the panopticon we live in nowadays and that “Internet of things” thing will make things even worse by creating the ultimate global panopticon in which privacy “will become” entirely meaningless …
// __ The Internet of Things: Dr. John Barrett at TEDxCIT
> The hypothesis started to broaden: In our digital economy, covert players are constantly harvesting our data and churning out exquisitely tuned consumer profiles to tap into our dreams and desires. We are being surveilled. We are being controlled and manipulated.
Yes, yes, yes.
> We are perhaps being tortured. But it’s not the CIA or aliens perpetrating all this. We are doing it to ourselves.
No, not perhaps, no they are not aliens and no we are not doing that to ourselves. Again when they target you they do very specific things to you for you to realize it is not random. Of course, it is governments behind all of that: who else could horizontally and vertically coordinate across so many public and private institutions, federate all public and private street cameras, “legally” protect perps, include “laws” (or not) “legalizing” such criminal behavior and “remunerate” those individuals doing that? …
> A thought occurred to me: Could the stories of “targeted individuals” be a warning, a cautionary tale … He may be seeing through to the nuts and bolts of the web, weaving a story out of its danger and turning it into a terrifying delusion of persecution, suffering, and torment.
Here JG seems to be trying to turn those matters into a safe theme for writing. She seems to have the ways to research those matters to their very bottom, but she tries hard to work those matters into a “cautionary tale” herself and at the same time proposing the silly equalizing hypothesis that “we are all TIs since we are homo fabulator”, for which (as I see it) she totally misconstrued, sabotaged Harari’s theme.
> Stay with me here; the idea that madness might contain insights about overlooked realities is not new …
No, it isn’t. What is new, and JG as a neurobiologist should have noticed, is the accounts of people considered to be mad. People who hear seemingly endogenously created voices by their minds have always heard kinds of intrusive, offensive, repetitive, brief murmurings. What TIs have been talking about are very clear voices with grammatical, semantic depth as well as natural prosody trying to engage you conversationally even with a friendly tone (created through AI and by computers) telling them that they forgot their car keys and exactly where they left them (they do this by thoroughly patterning your daily behavior as if it were a text, which they correlate and from which they are able to notice abnormal actions). In order to make that kind of nonsense “effective” they/their computers passively watch you for a very long time before in order to virtually know everything there is to be known about you, basically creating an AI-based Doppelgänger with all the data you constantly produce, which then they train on you. Nowadays, they have so much information about everyone from birth that they can turn anyone into a TI at an instant.
With the help of all IT companies, the government is keeping a real time panopticon of society. Your way of saying it is not totally wrong, though. You may be targeting yourself by just living the way you do. They may be interested on certain individuals living in certain ways and being a bit off their social stratifications of behavior in peculiar ways to “norm” them or “research” on them or simply to take them as guinea pigs for the “R&D” of their social control police or medical companies. Once “you become” a TI in their eyes, they use you for various other purposes. You become a disposable “lab rat”.
Some TIs believe it is not governments doing that, but IT companies, businesses. I am 100% convinced with plenty of evidence that governments must be behind all of that and yes, once you become a police state, the police become the government.
> They explore hallucinations for metaphorical insights …
First, I have no way of knowing whom you are referring to as “they”, but TIs are not hearing or talking about “hallucinations” and mental illness is systemic. You can’t be a grandma who after retiring and never have had any symptoms yourself or in your family, and suddenly, from one day to the next, start “hearing voices” telling you exactly what your grandchildren have been doing at school (they do that because they need to engage you conversationally).
// __ Dr. Phil – today – woman hearing voices
// __ HEAR VOICES? IT MAY BE AN AD
// __ ABC 10 News: San Diego mom thinks she’s the victim of “community stalking”
// __ A new way to monitor vital signs (that can see through walls) | Dina Katabi
> … indirect warning system experiencing a kind of collective dream—canaries in the digital coal mine
Again, what you believe to be the writer in you is taking the best of you. You are using too much metaphor and thematic elaboration for something that can be factually proven to be true.
> … “Pa, if I write your story, you’ll be immortal,” I said. He rolled his eyes and squeezed indignation into his forehead, saying he didn’t care about the perpetuity of his insignificant ego, but I could see the grin growing on his face against his will. My father was human, just like me, dying to live among the gods.
Gringos are so sickly protagonistic! and that doesn’t seem to help when you are a TI.
> Humans are story-making machines …
Well, yes and I am not sure if this is good or bad. The problem is that “humans” can literally believe absolutely anything. We are way more “story-accepting”, than “story-making” machines.
> We created the internet as a vast landscape where information could be free (https://www.wired.com/story/hackers-at-30-hackers-and-information-wants-to-be-free/). That was a delusion, of course, or at least a misapprehension.
> … “siren servers”—cloud computing networks that dominate the internet. Algorithms collect our data and crunch that into maps of our minds, which companies use to manipulate our decisions … “When you are wearing sensors on your body all the time, such as the GPS and camera on your smartphone and constantly piping data to a megacomputer owned by a corporation that is paid by ‘advertisers’ to subtly manipulate you … you gradually become less free” …
… down to a total, real time, self-indexing, Zeitgeistable panopticon in which the data of every single individual is correlated and being abused for social control, which is why they need TIs: as the guinea pigs of that kind of societally-wide monstrosity. The general population is just “the control group”.
> My father told me about the CIA agents who allegedly followed him at the turn of the millennium. The TIs collectively refer to this as “gang stalking,” the perception of groups tracking and harassing them.
Actually, this is not just a “perception”. Many TIs have recorded such actions live and many have brought them to the attention of the police who have told TIs that “they can’t do anything about it” (because they are part of it themselves). I know of one case of someone who successfully brought those kind of individuals to court and won his case.
// __ How to Deal with and Defeat Gang Stalkers, by Chomi Prag
By the way, there is plenty of “prior art” regarding such kinds of social harassment. It was not invented by gringos. Dominicans (quite literally “God’s hounds” (“Domini-cans” (order founded by “Dominic” of Caleruega))) serving as beat and politicial police of the Catholic Church were doing it on a social scale, as did the East German stasi even though they used it to a lesser extent from a technological point of view. Gringos just held a candle to them and, greatly helped by technology, have become their “innovative”, eager students.
> As my father traveled across continents, he says he was trailed by “gringos” in suits and black SUVs with American plates.
Not only your father, many TIs will relate to you the exact same stories. In my particular case when I visited Nicaragua, China (countries you would not expect to be licking gringos’ ass (they just do it “for the money”)) and Germany where I went to school and where the BND took all former stasi members under their wing and as I, to my amusement, noticed my old Kommilitonen from stasi times were giving me sh!t nach der „Wiedervereinigung“.
> He describes an instance where the stalking became so unbearable that he drove to a Mexican jail and begged the officers to put him behind bars, where he thought he would be safe from the CIA. “I want you to arrest me!” he recalls saying. “All of them were trying to be real nice. ‘Why? Do you have drugs?’ I told them I had been doing drugs.”
> A targeted individual in San Diego explained to me that her stalkers often coordinate to mock her and make her feel she’s losing her mind. After she went through a difficult breakup, she noticed persecutors posing as couples, kissing and hugging in front of her to torment her. “You know when someone kisses and it’s natural,” she says, speaking on condition of anonymity because she feared for her life. “This wasn’t natural.”
Yes, for some reason. The psyche of some people is highly bothered by gang stalkers. I don’t give a sh!t about them even though I have found myself having philosophical arguments with such morally deafferented idiots (“get an effing job, man!”). As a teacher something that strikes me as amazing is that there are individuals out there who legally and biologically speaking are adults “responsibly” carrying around some 300 lbs in weight, but have the mind of a 6 year old. The idea of someone harassing someone else just because the government tells them, gives them shopping cards to be redeemed at Walmart or as they even openly prescribe on current day’s Germany’s tax code, you get a 10% discount of your taxes; is way beyond what I could understand.
> An early sign of schizophrenia is apophenia, the tendency to perceive connections among unrelated external phenomena …
There goes JG again not putting her scientific knowledge (if any) to good use. Let me explain to you, how it goes. Something kind of idiotically Pavlovian, mechanical about police in the U.S. is that they let you know almost instantly that you must be doing something great. Another one is “iterations”: they do different sorts of things trying to probe “your rats” as Orwell related it in his (on so many accounts amazing) “1984”.
You write just a poem inspired by gringos:
https://hsymbolicus.wordpress.com/category/poems/ (lies …)
and they brick your router. You post some comments telling people about what then Snowden told them years later and they start placing bed bugs not only in your apartment but also in the bed I used at a shelter -only the days I was using it- (yes, I know NYC is infected with bed bugs …). Then after I started openly talking about it and stopped using that bed at church and thoroughly cleaning my bed before lying down to sleep, reddish rashes started to show on my skin which seemed to be created by some sort of bacteria … (doctors who are my friends asked me in disbelief how was it that I was constantly getting such bacterial infections …) what is my apophenia case? (you may be asking yourself) Well, during those periods of a particular sustained attack (they tend to change their bs after a while) they would make groups of people scratch in front of me in theatrical, totally unnatural ways and when I would search my crush on the Internet (kpop Choi Soo Young) I would find all kinds of hits about skin diseases. I know, I know the “most logical” way to think yourself out of it is: “he must be making all of that up”
> More than 50 years ago, Carl Jung argued that the dreaming phase of sleep—now known as REM, for the rapid eye movement that characterizes it—serves our mental health by maintaining an equilibrium between the conscious and unconscious parts of our minds. “For the sake of mental stability … the unconscious and the onscious must be integrally connected and thus move on parallel lines,” he writes in Man And His Symbols. “If they are split apart or ‘dissociated,’ psychological disturbance follows.” Scientific evidence supports Jung’s idea that dreams give our minds a cohesiveness that can be fractured; REM sleep deprivation has been correlated (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-science-behind-dreaming/) with mental disorders.
One of Nazis’ favorite forms of torture, as well as USG’s is sleep deprivation. Something they have done to me pretty much every night is not letting me phase into REM, by creating noises and/or vibrations every second hour or so that awaken me.
> We can dismiss the targeted individual whose persecutors allegedly tormented her about a breakup. Or we can ask ourselves if her story reveals something we’ve ignored about ourselves: a social media dynamic in which we are actually being watched, in which our most intimate lives are exposed, in which we are sometimes mocked and taunted by remorseless strangers.
I don’t use cell phones. I don’t watch TV. I almost only access the Internet for work related matters. I am not on facebook, twitter or any of that sh!t … still they do it to me. In fact, I think one of the reasons why they target me might be exactly because, technologically speaking, I remain as kind of a runaway slave.
> Consider this example from my own life: After the Los Angeles Times … seeing his face on my news feed every time I opened Facebook felt invasive, almost nightmarish.
Now, imagine those kinds of “almost nightmarish invasions” happen to you constantly. This is the daily life of TIs. This is why, basically your dad quit life.
> The specificity of the ads, their omnipresence and relation to a very personal incident in my life felt like an assault on my process of deliberation—on the integrity of my free will. Like my father, I was experiencing a form of gang stalking. And it was real.
How are you so sure about your case being “real” and your father’s a “fabulation”?
> … psychologist Julian Jaynes argued that all early humans suffered from hallucinations because …
There goes JG again, now with a “because” … clause.
> as we surrender our minds to computer algorithms. What if our own freedom depends on our realizing that the voices of “targeted individuals” are our own collective unconscious?
More bsing thematic elaborations. Aren’t we TIs the ones hallucinating?
> My father fought the alleged mind-control experiments as if his humanity were at stake, collecting evidence, researching remedies, traveling far from home. Perhaps we can learn something from his resistance.
He should connect to other TIs. Most TIs find highly frustrating talking to control group kinds of people about TI related problems even if they are their spouses, family.
> This is the promise made by the digital realm: that if we surrender our minds to it, if we prize it above the people we love, we will be rewarded with a kind of immortality. In Silicon Valley, it is considered a certain future: We will soon be able to upload our minds to the internet and live forever in digital Edens. But the idea fails to consider that such an eternity would come at the cost of our free will. Would we still be human then?
Well, it all depends on which aspects of that “free will” functional illusion thing you mention can be entangled by quantum computing. Much of it is undergoing a parallel anti-metric demultiplexing through black holes relay stations in what seems to be the Pleiades in the constellation of Taurus all the way to the newly found constellations proving that big-bang theory nonsense was wrong after all.
> My journey into my father’s world led to strange and unexpected places, including the ruins of a Mexican ranch where his great-grandmother, a curandera, was said to have communed with spirits. The townspeople relied on her for plant remedies and prophetic wisdom. People traveled from far away to see La Adivina, the Diviner. I contemplate the parallels between La Adivina and my father and the differences in the stories our societies weaved: One heard the voices of the dead and was thought to have a gift, while another suffered hallucinations and was considered ill. To what extent had those stories influenced their outcomes?
Well, actually that family relation your dad has to a curandera explains things nicely. It seems, right? By the way, she was a CIA agent posing as a curandera.
> He claimed the CIA rarely sent voices into his head anymore
They harassed me with V2K briefly but they, apparently noticing I was crassly unimpressed, stopped. They tend to stop faster if they notice you are not talking, reacting back to that sh!t. This is what they need to test their AI. Was your dad talking, reacting back to what the voices were saying in any way? It seems to be the case since he was escaping from something as you describe it and he was tearing apart the apartment where he lived.
> I visited my father and asked him about the voices he used to hear. He described them: male and female CIA agents, commenting on his actions, insulting him, taunting him.
Bingo! We have something clinical now for JG to research as a “neuroscientist” she says she is. Many TIs can’t understand that by keeping a thorough account of your bodily positions on a daily basis and a 3D map of your environment, which is something anyone can do with cheap, but very powerful sensors, they can very cheaply sell people the illusion that “they are reading their mind” (as many TIs say)
> I looked into the real-world CIA mind control experiments my father had mentioned: MKUltra. The program involved slipping LSD to more than 10,000 unwitting civilians, among other things, to see if they could manipulate people’s behavior. It was exposed by a New York Times article (https://www.nytimes.com/1974/12/22/archives/huge-cia-operation-reported-in-u-s-against-antiwar-forces-other.html) in 1974. After MKUltra was investigated by the Senate’s Church committee and the Rockefeller commission, then-President Gerald Ford signed an executive order in 1976, prohibiting “experimentation with drugs on human subjects” without their consent. But the order was revised by subsequent administrations, and the CIA’s internal guidelines (https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jun/15/cia-torture-human-experimentation-doctors) later gave the agency director the discretion to “approve, modify, or disapprove all proposals pertaining to human subject research.”
Which basically means that MKUltra was never phased out. Why not saying it?
> TIs believe MKUltra was replaced with a more sophisticated CIA program using electromagnetic or radio wave technologies. My father said the CIA chose to experiment on him because as a crack addict, because nobody would believe him if he spoke up.
Actually, there were already electromagnetic or radio wave technologies in those times, which was one of the crucial aspects that motivated MK Ultra. You should read up a bit on José Delgado’s bull experiments and Pavlov research on dogs. Yes, they tend to pick people of the fringes of society for those kinds of reasons.
> Unconvinced, I filed Freedom of Information Act requests for any records about my father to the CIA, the FBI, and more, including a signed certification of identity from my father with authorization to release the information to me. While most agencies said they had no such records, the CIA said it could neither confirm nor deny their existence, citing a national security exemption. I appealed. Same response. For people prone to conspiracy theories, this may serve as proof that the CIA does have records on my father. For me, it confirms only the CIA’s penchant for secrecy.
Again, why is it you tend to be more accepting of “the agency director” and their “penchant for secrecy”?
> Russian interference in the 2016 election is yet another example of the far-reaching power of AI-based messaging, affecting not only our consumer choices but also the integrity of our democracy …
The thing is that at some point you start believing your own lies including your own delusions about “our democracy” this is when things start getting interesting.
> … Facebook had become a vehicle for “fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech.” … she [Zeynep Tufekci] explained that after she viewed Trump rally videos for research purposes, YouTube autoplayed “white supremacist rants, Holocaust denials, and other disturbing content.”
Well, that has been going on for a very long time and it is more “disturbing” than that. It has happened to me many times that I am searching the Internet to find something that I know it is true, but I can’t find it. Imagine Zeynep Tufekci can’t find what she needs for her research because some powers that be don’t like her line of research. Now, imagine all of that happens for the most part through AI.
> Some have attributed the rise of TI theories to the fact that anyone who feels a strange buzzing in their body and Googles “electronic harassment” can end up in contact with other targeted individuals, and as a result of conversations with them, come to the conclusion that they themselves are targeted. Misapprehension spreads like a virus.
Attributing the TI business to human stupidity doesn’t explain it out. Also, what are you suggesting? To help people by not letting them talk to one another?
> What we fail to recognize when we dismiss targeted individuals is that the web is having the same impact on us. The plague of alternative facts spreads through the arteries of social media like a drug. A study published in Science (http://science.sciencemag.org/content/359/6380/1146) this year found that fake news spreads “farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth in all categories of information.” Our susceptibility to fake news is related to confirmation bias (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/science-choice/201504/what-is-confirmation-bias) and the illusion of explanatory depth (https://www.edge.org/response-detail/27117), the belief that we understand things better than we do.
How does that relate to TIs? Are we the ones also responsible for creating a lies-based society?
> Our storytelling capacity emerges from the wellspring of silence. Perhaps the targeted individuals are pointing to the noise we have stopped hearing. One way to destroy an echo chamber is to search for the voices in the walls—the way my father did.
JG again makes preposterous associations as a way to explain out her own father’s.
> America, with its fetishization of logic and data, has one of the world’s highest rates (https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/articles/2016-09-14/the-10-most-depressed-countries) of mental illness, according to the World Health Organization.
It also has the highest incarceration rates. Gringos spend (1/4) of their waking time watching TV (those statistics being from the times before they had cell phones), believe to be “the ‘free’ and ‘the’ ‘brave’ …” when all they have ever done with their worldsonlysuperpowerness is abuse people who can’t defend themselves on an equal basis, have “freedom-lovingly” greatly exceeded the genocidal ratio of Nazy Germany during WWII, …
> What exactly can we learn from the stories of TIs? First, there is symbolism in the villain some selected: the Central Intelligence Agency. Their fixation on the CIA may highlight the pernicious effect of covert data collection. The name of the agency is the clue.
You can learn from TIs about way more than “symbolism” and “clues”.
> In his second book Homo Deus, Harari argues that Homo sapiens will soon see the emergence of a new species as a result of centralized intelligence gathering: god-man. Revolutions in computer science and biology, and specifically neuroscience, will allow us to master and replicate the sapiens code. But it’s not that we’re all going to have access to immortality. A tiny elite could end up controlling our bodies and minds.
and Harari is telling and making you eat bs which you apparently can’t notice. Have you heard of the mind-body link? Based on your minor subject of studies, you should have. So, Harari shouldn’t be that impressive to you.
> Harari believes that our clicks and likes are paving a path toward dictatorship.
are paving? I wonder if Harari wrote that book during the 1970s
> If we wish to reverse course, we must decentralize the digital economy and regulate the ownership of data, taking it out of the hands of a few tech companies that now control it. It will be difficult.
OK, the question is how would that be possible if “they could neither confirm nor deny their data existence”, which you seemed to be OK with.
> Unlike property, data is intangible and hard to delineate. But our species is made to accomplish miracles of reorganization. All it takes is a new story. Perhaps this is a starting point: The targeted individuals are living the nightmare of what could happen. We must awaken.
Now there is a hopeful, Hollywood-end message to the story line.
> As a child in northern Mexico, my father often had a hard time sleeping. He lay hiding under the blankets, heartbeat like a freight train on old tracks as his stepfather roared at his mother … my father was tormented by nightmares.
and there comes some explanatory psycho babble. As a child my mother used to spank me. Most of the spanking I did very much deserve. I didn’t become a serial killer, nor would I raise my hand in any way against a child, engage in any kind of abuse and I do respect women very much after having been raised by my single mother.
> In a Scientific American Mind article (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-to-live-with-voice-hearing/), Intervoice board member Eleanor Longden recalled that the voices in her head stopped sounding sinister once she realized that each was related to parts of herself that “carried overwhelming emotions that I had never had an opportunity to process and resolve—memories of sexual trauma and abuse, of shame, anger, loss, and low self-worth.”
What I do with my “voices” (of sorts, I call “my demons” and I have grown to learn the good in them) is expose, out them. I tell my friends that “I don’t want for them to know that I want and will drink a cup of wine someone left lying around” (they laughingly tell me: “but you just said to me what you didn’t want for me to know”) or I walk up to a lady and tell her: “I would like to kiss your belly, but if I tell you, you will call 911 and accuse me of ‘sexual harassment’ …” most people understand my odd jokes, some get angry, find me obnoxious, fastidious, start ignoring me. I have managed to keep my dear demons separate for the TI-related b#llsh!tting hell.
All you have to do is: “say, act out your truths as verses” (plantear con versos tus verdades)
// __ Silvio Rodriguez – Sueño con serpientes (“I dream of snakes”)
> My father believes the CIA subjected him to remotely induced electric shocks, filling him with lightning-bolt pain when he tried to smoke crack. He explained that a copper penny he placed on his forehead during one of the attacks flew off him as if zapped by a corporeal current. Whenever he touched a metal railing, the pain dissipated. Technology capable of inducing something like the TIs’ “electric shocks” does exist: The Active Denial System is a military weapon using millimeter wave radio frequency to zap people. California resident Donald Friedman repeatedly (https://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-9th-circuit/1122537.html) sued (https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCOURTS-dcd-1_06-cv-02125/pdf/USCOURTS-dcd-1_06-cv-02125-1.pdf) the government for allegedly harassing him with such weapons. One of his Freedom of Information Act requests resulted in the declassification of a 1998 US Army document (https://www.wired.com/images_blogs/dangerroom/files/Bioeffects_of_Selected_Non-Lethal_Weapons.pdf) that discusses a microwave technology capable of beaming sounds into heads from hundreds of meters away. With some refinement, the document states, the technology could induce “voices within one’s head (https://www.wired.com/2008/02/report-nonletha/).”
Thank you and, so, your father was not hallucinating after all? By the way, they are called Direct Energy Weapons (DEW) and it obviously seems to be the case that your father was being targeted with them.
> My father recently described the frustration of trying to convince a psychologist he wasn’t crazy: “There was a TV playing over there in the room, and I said ‘Do you hear that TV? Well, I hear it too. But that doesn’t mean I’m ‘hearing voices.’ There’s a technology in which they can make you remotely hear voices, and it has been documented. You can read about it.”
Psychologists and all those kinds of people “from the field” have always been part of the torturers.
// __ Age of Fear: Psychiatry’s Reign of Terror
In fact, the field of psychology started with “the age of reason” as a social control kind of thing. During Nazism they were the naziest of them all. They don’t help TIs because they are in the business of making money out of and “advancing their professional careers” with them, torturing TIs and using them as their social control guinea pigs. APA (both the psychological and psychiatric one) is basically owned by the CIA. They were even trying to pass laws against their members being be part of the CIA, at the risk of losing their professional license. As of yet, I haven’t heard of a single case of anyone losing their license even though they keep even boasting about “helping” the CIA. USG is the second largest employer of those psycho “professionals” “from the field”. You would wonder if they use them for therapy themselves. No, they don’t. They use them for their vast social control programs for which they also abuse social animals.
The ultimate goal of those Pavlovian-Delgadian-Skinnerian “experiments” is social control of us humans for which they experiment with us/TIs on another phase.
> The fact that you can read about these technologies does not prove his theories.
You are a reader, right? You should read more about the banality of evil and learn a bit more about Murphy’s law. Also, after reading a bit about history tell me of a single time in which engineering technologies haven’t been corrupted and used by their rulers against “we the people”. BTW, there have been a few I will leave it to you to find out to see if you did your homework right.
> Facebook has conducted experiments on us that show how susceptible we are to mind control (https://www.wired.com/2014/06/everything-you-need-to-know-about-facebooks-manipulative-experiment/). In 2012, the company secretly tampered with the news feeds of nearly 700,000 people, manipulating the ratio of emotionally positive to emotionally negative posts, then monitoring the subsequent activity of those users. What they found is that emotions can be remotely controlled and are highly contagious on the platform. People who saw more unhappy posts showed more unhappy activity and vice versa. Many questioned the experiment’s legality and ethics, wondering if Facebook had triggered any suicides (https://twitter.com/laurenweinstein/status/483051171255312384). Facebook apologized for the way the experiments were conducted and promised to conduct them “differently” (http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-cto-mike-schroepfer-apologizes-for-facebook-experiment-2014-10) in the future, with enhanced review.
Yes, and MK-Ultra was disbanded, did you say?
> … is it really that crazy for thousands of people to believe the US is still illegally experimenting on people—especially after Edward Snowden’s leaks (https://www.wired.com/2014/08/edward-snowden/) showing NSA surveillance of the general population? Don’t their beliefs reveal something meaningful about our failure to acknowledge the extent of our wrongs and the reach of our technologies?
Again, you are tacitly turning the whole and huge TI issue into a plausibility of a belief kind of thing.
> We have become commodities manipulated by shadowy forces beyond our control: corporations, computer algorithms, campaigns.
As Snowden himself put it. To them we are merely tag animals.
> … How can we correct this? Legislative restrictions on the collection of personal data are the logical first step.
Did JG just say “legislative restrictions”? How could you have such a thing when “they could neither confirm nor deny their data existence” to begin with and we are living in times in which even the interpretations of laws have been “legally” made secret?
> … Lanier, the computer scientist, argues that we should demand payments for data that companies collect from us.
Oh, yeah! and we will live in a world of everlasting love thereafter …
> He envisions a world in which we are compensated for every profitable datum we provide, with payments proportionate to the profit they produce. He argues that such a world—in which we value the humans behind data as much as the data themselves—would lead to a new era of economic prosperity, equality, and freedom.
Actually, now I am confused about who are the schizos in the house? Does he really believe that to be possible?
I think there is a much easier, less time and mind consuming way to achieve this. Share with them the least amount of data you possibly can. Actively corrupt any data they have about you …
> The Electronic Frontier Foundation is …
part of the government. Period!
> “EFF’s international director” Danny “O’Brien” works with people who are actually targeted by repressive regimes for their journalism or activism.
which is just part of what they do.
> He says he sometimes get calls from people with mental illness who wrongly believe they’re being targeted. Many have an inquiring spirit that he finds instructive. “These people aren’t just sitting back and accepting what’s happening to them,” he adds. “They’re trying to understand.”
How does O’Brien (I can’t help but think of Orwell’s character) know they wrongly believe they’re being targeted from just a phone conversation?
> But O’Brien hypothesizes that for too many self-described TIs, affirming rather than escaping their victimization is the goal.
Because O’Brien (now sounding more like Orwell’s character) is pretending to not know that there isn’t such a thing as “escaping their victimization” for TIs.
We still can do a lot to protect ourselves, like, instead of ripping the walls and floors of our apartment, build a sound proof, Faraday cage and sleep in it inside of our own sleeping room which we can easily and quickly inspect, not using cell phones, playing out music as we speak on the phone … only through those simple measure, by not being a good, profitable guinea pig, they may stop harassing you. As they do when they experiment with animals, to them it is more important to monitor your reactions, feedback than messing with you.
> They show a preference for false solutions, such as aluminum foil hats, because their belief that they’re being targeted serves to distract them from real traumas they don’t want to face. “Paranoia is strange because it’s simultaneously comforting and disturbing,” he says. “It’s disturbing to think people are spying on you, but it’s also comforting to have an explanation for why your world sucks.”
Here JG goes back to making fun of TIs through “O’Brien”, but, hey!, as a prestitude she knows having a few lines from the mouth of “EFF’s international director” makes her story more “interesting”
> Fears of surveillance and manipulation in the world should motivate people to change it, according to O’Brien.
Yes, EFF’s international director. Any hints about how such changes should be sought for and implemented? Also, I am curious about the differences you have noticed in the complaints from around the world.
> Self-agency lies not in the TIs’ delusions of persecution nor in most people’s delusions of safety, but in recognizing that the two mirror each other. In both cases, a human story has gained authorship of human minds.
EFF’s international director, could you elaborate a bit more for us mere mortals to be able to understand you?
> He had been cycling in and out of depression and substance abuse all my life.
When they have done ego depletion kinds of experiments with animals something they have noticed is that they can’t stablize them back to normal.
> When he became depressed for the first time, his fruit shriveled into wrinkled black sacs. Flowers drooped on their stalks. The cacti rotted and turned a sickly brown. Our animals began to die as if in synchrony with Papi’s slumber. We buried pet after pet.
Well, right there you could see very clear signs of excesses of radiation abuse.
> My mother bought a blue-green iMac G3 in 1999. I began to write every day. As I typed every detail of my banal existence into the computer, I felt I was immortalizing myself, protecting a part of my mind from the nothingness that devoured so many things I loved. It eased my existential anxieties.
Pure, unadulterated gringo protagonism! There are those things called pencil, paper and mind which people seem to have totally forgotten about.
> Sometimes, groups with divergent beliefs detect what we refuse to see. Targeted individuals like my father remind us of what we really are: not Homo sapiens, but Homo fabulator. Our fate is shaped by the stories we tell. Now they are growing so strong they may supplant us.
Again, we TIs have definitely more than “beliefs”. I hope, if you still have feelings for him, you will not get too depressed the day you discover (if you can) that your dad was not wrong for the most part after all and that he was indeed targeted, being used as the subject of most probably fatal radiation experimentation, that he was being continuously tormented by the government, that this constant torture is what broke him, ruined his seemingly stable, well-grounded personal and family life.