Remember when President Obama was going to bring 'Change!' to the White House. Wondering where it all went wrong, with continued extra-judicial killings etc? Bill Hicks explains it all, very simply, above (NSFW language).
One of the more interesting modern mysteries is the case of the Toynbee Tiles - hundreds of anonymous messages embedded in the streets of numerous major cities. For those interested in going further down this particular rabbit hole, you can now download a documentary about the enigma - Resurrect Dead - from iTunes. Here's the trailer:
Most people don't notice the hundreds of cryptic tiled messages about resurrecting the dead that have been appearing in city streets over the past three decades. But Justin Duerr does. For years, finding an answer to this long-standing urban mystery has been his obsession. He has been collecting clues that the tiler has embedded in the streets of major cities across the U.S. and South America. But as Justin starts piecing together key events of the past he finds a story that is more surreal than he imagined, and one that hits disturbingly close to home.
The documentary's website also has a gallery of tiles found so far.
For the modeling enthusiasts out there: check out Tamiya's new line of conspiracy-flavored kits, from the JFK shooting to a faked Moon landing, and even Roswell (click the image for a larger version):
In reality, the Tamiya conspiracy series is likely just a clever viral advertising campaign. But man, I wouldn't mind a Tamiya Roswell spacecraft...although its likely my destructive dog would create its own debris field before too long.
Internet activist and hacktivist group Anonymous has had a big 2011: members have taken on Bank of America and Sony among other corporate targets, and have been credited with some part in this year's "Arab Spring". Next on the agenda: the secret world government meeting at Bohemian Grove...
So if you're free, get down there and man the barricades - see you there. I'll be the guy wearing the Guy Fawkes mask..
In our modern, technology-filled world, we stumble through life largely oblivious to the electromagnetic radiation that we are constantly bathing in. So when I came across this art project from 2004 I thought it was pretty cool: 1301 fluorescent tubes standing in a field, that are powered only by the electric fields generated by the powerlines above them.
Richard Box, artist-in-residence at Bristol University’s physics department, got the idea for the installation after a chance conversation with a friend. ‘He was telling me he used to play with a fluorescent tube under the pylons by his house,’ says Box. ‘He said it lit up like a light sabre.’
Box decided to see if he could fill a field with tubes lit by powerlines. After a few weeks hunting for a site, he found a field, slipped the local farmer £200 and planted 3,600 square metres with tubes collected from hospitals.
A fluorescent tube glows when an electrical voltage is set up across it. The electric field set up inside the tube excites atoms of mercury gas, making them emit ultraviolet light. This invisible light strikes the phosphor coating on the glass tube, making it glow. Because powerlines are typically 400,000 volts, and Earth is at an electrical potential voltage of zero volts, pylons create electric fields between the cables they carry and the ground.
Box denies that he aimed to draw attention to the potential dangers of powerlines, ‘For me, it was just the amazement of taking something that’s invisible and making it visible,’ he says. ‘When it worked, I thought: ‘This is amazing.’’
This has been all over the internet this week, but just in case you haven't seen it: conspiranoiac Alex Jones spills the beans about the secret agenda of the
machine clockwork elves, infiltrating the minds of world leaders through DMT injections spurring them on to build the Large Hadron Collider and open an interdimensional portal they can spill through...
I'm a bit confused about some of the details. But then again, I'd imagine y'all are too...
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All the conspiracy folk out there should love this one: a few nights ago, Stephen Colbert had Glenn Greenwald on to discuss the showdown between security firm HBGary and the Wikileaks-supporting internet 'vigilante' hacking group Anonymous which has been making news of late. Towards the end of the interview, keen-eyed viewers may have picked up a little 'video glitch' - and if they were interested enough, they may have investigated further and found this 'subliminal' one-frame overlay on top of Colbert's face:
Yes that's right - Colbert has a Guy Fawkes mask graphic over his face, a symbol intimately associated with 'Anonymous', derived from the Alan Moore comic series 'V for Vendetta'. Here's some video from the interview so you can see the subliminal insert (at around 4:22 into the video):
So, how did it come to be there? Just typical Colbert humour, coming as it does while Greenwald discusses the power of 'Anonymous'? Given how quick it is, that humour would have to have been meant for later analysis by the geek audience, given that broadcast audiences wouldn't have picked up on it at air-time. So perhaps some comedy mixed with a nice publicity stunt? Maybe Colbert was signaling his personal support for the group? Or, was Colbert punk'd, either by someone in post-production, or by an external hack?
Whatever the origin, good weekend fun!
Previously on TDG:
Every now and then I have moments of terror, when I ponder the fact that governments around the world have psychopaths and sociopaths in their employ to carry out work that we generally never hear about. But history does show that it's happening constantly - that is, assassination of individuals for political purposes. And I'm not talking about obscure East European countries...did you hear about the time the Nixon administration allegedly discussed killing a bothersome journalist by putting LSD on the steering wheel of his car?
Nearly 40 years before the Obama White House denounced the WikiLeaks website for publishing classified documents, another president, Richard Nixon, was even more obsessed with the same phenomenon.
Only Nixon and his top aides went to far greater lengths to deal with the problem: They launched an extraordinary campaign to smear and discredit the journalist who, more than anyone else, was bedeviling them by publishing government secrets: newspaper columnist Jack Anderson.
The White House obsession with Anderson — whose "Washington Merry Go-Round" column was the WikiLeaks of its day — is detailed in a new book being published this month, “Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson and the Rise of Washington’s Scandal Culture,” by journalism professor Mark Feldstein. The book relies in part on newly unearthed tapes from the National Archives that document how Nixon’s aides plotted to destroy Anderson by planting forged evidence with him and spreading false rumors about his sex life and that of one of his associates.
Feldstein also has uncovered new evidence that documents one of the more outrageous schemes of the Nixon presidency: a plot to assassinate Anderson by either putting poison in his medicine cabinet or exposing him to a “massive dose” of LSD by smearing it on the steering wheel of his car. While the aborted scheme to murder Anderson has been reported — and disputed — before, Feldstein found new corroboration: A confession before his death by ex-White House “plumber” Howard Hunt.
Remember that story next time someone says this sort of thing couldn't happen in this day and age. Makes some of those JFK and David Kelly 'conspiracy theories' seem a little more viable doesn't it? Poisoning the Press is available from Amazon.com
There has been renewed interest recently about the mysterious hallucinations suffered by the residents of the French town of Pont-Saint-Esprit in 1951. According to researcher Hank Albarelli, the hallucinations may have had a man-made origin:
Doctors at the time concluded that bread at one of the town's bakeries had become contaminated by ergot, a poisonous fungus that occurs naturally on rye. That view remained largely unchallenged until 2009, when an American investigative journalist, Hank Albarelli, revealed a CIA document labelled: "Re: Pont-Saint-Esprit and F.Olson Files. SO Span/France Operation file, inclusive Olson. Intel files. Hand carry to Belin - tell him to see to it that these are buried."
F. Olson is Frank Olson, a CIA scientist who, at the time of the Pont St Esprit incident, led research for the agency into the drug LSD. David Belin, meanwhile, was executive director of the Rockefeller Commission created by the White House in 1975 to investigate abuses carried out worldwide by the CIA.
Albarelli believes the Pont-Saint-Esprit and F. Olson Files, mentioned in the document, would show - if they had not been "buried" - that the CIA was experimenting on the townspeople, by dosing them with LSD. The conclusion drawn at the time was that one of the town's bakeries, the Roch Briand, was the source of the poisoning. It's possible, Albarelli says, that LSD was put in the bread.
Frank Olson is also, of course, known as the guy who (allegedly) jumped out of a window to his death under the influence of LSD.
For more interesting reading on the topic of CIA 'dosing', check out The Case of the Cursed Bread", "Reservoir Drugs" and Don't Drink the Water", three recent features at the Fortean Times website which look at these claims with a critical eye.