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Hiding in Plain Sight: Varieties of Religious Experiences – Redux


15 Mind Control Techniques Both Churches And Cults Use

Too Long; Didn’t Read: Watch the video below or read this list about cults and then think about how much of what they said applies to normal church services and doctrine.

Reposted from October 13 entry of The Wise Sloth Blog

 

1. Mandatory, regular attendance

 

Picture of a church attendance/donation board commonly placed in the foyer of small American churches

 

Mind control techniques and hypnosis don’t last forever. Perpetual manipulation requires perpetual renewal. That’s why Coca~Cola won’t let you turn around without seeing a Coca~Cola billboard. Of course, no cult could send their followers to basic training every single week for a full re-indoctrination, but they don’t have to; all they need is one hour a week for refresher training.

2. Big, fancy, majestic buildings

 

Picture of the interior of an elaborate, expensive, mesmerizing church

 

A Catholic once told me that the reason Catholic churches are so majestic is it helped illiterate peasants understand the majesty of the Lord. Even if that were the intention (which I’m sure it wasn’t), the reality is that churches are artistic masterpieces meticulously designed to overwhelm the senses and make the viewer feel euphoric and humbled. Just standing in an empty cathedral can put you in a trance state.

If you’re surrounded by images of people who made bigger sacrifices than you to the in-group and were justly rewarded then you’ll feel pressure to conform with their ideology without anyone having to say a word to you. Also, your instinctively going to transfer your awe and respect for the building to the building’s owner or spokesperson.

3. Hierarchical leadership

 

Diagram of the Mormon church hierarchy pyramid from to to bottom: First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, General officers, Quorum of The Seventy, Presiding Bishopric?

 

Every cult has a hierarchical leadership structure because the point of having a cult is to have followers who will revere the leaders and give them all their money. Cult leaders get people to follow them by claiming to be envoys of God. Every church does this.

Many churches won’t allow you to officially join until you undergo a ritual that symbolically changes you from a member of the lost, miserable outsiders into a saved, superior member of the in-crowd. But you’ll only be allowed to be a follower at the servile end of the pyramid-shaped authority structure. The only way to become a leader is to either start your own cult or work your way up the ranks. This stacks the ranks with true believers who will defend the leader and give his social authority legitimacy.

4. Charismatic leaders

 

 

The biggest red flag you might be involved with a cult is if the organization revolves around a professional charismatic leader. When you go to church you’ll sit down and listen to a charismatic marketer give a 45-minute infomercial. Even if everyone from the preacher to the congregation has the best intentions, the end result is the same. Poor people are swindled out of their money, and the charismatic leader gets to live like a demigod surrounded by obedient followers.

5. Trance stimulation

 

 

When you enter your ornate church on Sunday morning, one of the first things you’ll do is sing hymns with the congregation. The majestic music, combined with the majestic building and the thrill of performing an action in unison with other members of the in-crowd will work you into a trance state that will make you susceptible to hypnosis. If you’re singing about being willfully obedient then you’re just hypnotizing yourself, and you’re hypnotizing the people standing around you listening to you sing about the virtue of willful obedience, servitude, sacrifice, and faith. Even if that’s not the intent, that’s the outcome. Even if you don’t know it’s happening, it’s happening. Even if everyone was forewarned and knew it was happening it would still work on some of the participants.

6. Repetitive drills and consequences for nonconformity

 

 

In addition to singing, a good cult would require its victims to perform rote physical drills like marching, dancing, kneeling or clapping. The moment you participate in a drill you’re being obedient. You didn’t just kneel or march or clap. You followed an order without thinking about it, and the more you do that the more likely you are to do it again. Eventually, the charismatic leader won’t be asking you to do calisthenics. He’ll be asking for money or a favor. What’s more interesting than that though. If you can get a group of people used to following your orders and acting in unison you can eventually give the whole group an order, and they’ll act in unison. That would give you the power to tell a group of people to go build a house or go burn a house down.

7. Separating the in-crowd from the non-believers

 

Photo of a real sign in front of a church that says, "All non-believers go to Hell including Gandhi, the Dali Lama, and especially Tom Cruise."

It’s common practice for cults to tell their recruits that the world can be divided into two kinds of people: those who are inside the group and those who are outside the group. The people inside the group are always saved and admirable. The people outside the group are always lost, unworthy and detestable.

If you believe this, then you’ll base your identity on your affiliation with the group, and you won’t want to spend time with people whose clearer perception of reality could endanger your faith in the group.

8. The call to action is to entrench yourself in the group and base your life on its doctrine.

 

 

Church can be a lot of fun, and you can experience a lot of genuine moments of happiness with the people you love, but the Sunday morning agenda always centers around the sermon. The point of the sermon is to deliver a message, and the message is that you need to base your self-worth on your membership in the group and demonstrate obedience to the group’s ideology. You’re told this will bring you closer to God. Mostly it brings you closer to the group and the offering plate.

9. The charismatic leader manipulates your emotions

 

 

Charismatic leaders will try to mesmerize you with the way they dress and talk. They guilt trip you. They make impossible promises and horrific threats. They get the crowd worked up into a vulnerable, irrational frenzy right before they deliver an ultimatum.

10. You’re pressured to take your commitment to the next level

 

 

The point of every cult service is to build up to the moment where the charismatic leader makes a call to action. The call for action is to either give money, take your commitment to the cult to the next level, humiliate yourself or at least honor those who do. This is brazen manipulation, and it works. Creepy cults leaders know that, and quaint suburban pastors know that.

11. You’re encouraged to confess, humiliate yourself and mimic others

 

 

If a cult leader can convince his flock that he has more spiritual authority than them and they are unworthy in the eyes of God, then his control over them is almost guaranteed, Then the followers will have total trust in their leader when he tells them that the only path to salvation is to do whatever the cult asks of them.

The more guilty a cult leader can make their followers feel, the more righteous it will make them look. When followers confess and fall to their knees in front of others, it makes the experience more real for the confessor and the audience.

12. You’re asked for money, and your worth is tied to the amount of money you give

 

 

Most church leaders don’t expect every member of the congregation to devote their lives to the church like a hardcore cult. Many preachers are happy if they can just get everyone to put money in the collection plate every week. That’s as unethical as selling people fake lottery tickets.

If anyone asks you for money…they probably just want your money. If they demand money from you and threaten you and your family for not paying up, then you’re can be even more sure they just want your money. If the person asking you for money is wearing a suit that cost more money than what you’re wearing…then don’t give that person any more money.

13. You’re encouraged to socialize with the in-crowd

 

 

The most effective way to control the minds of a group of followers would be to lock them in an isolated compound together where the charismatic leader could control every aspect of their lives like the military does to its members. In suburbia that’s just not possible. So the trick is to keep your in-group together as much as possible and get them to willfully ostracize themselves from the rest of society as much as possible.

I’m not saying that if you hang out with your bowling buddies when you’re not bowling then that means you’re forming a cult. But when a charismatic leader organizes constant events that keep his donors together… you can predict the outcome.

14. Using self-study, indoctrination techniques and policing your peers in your own time

 

"Study the Bible like a soldier on a mission, not a scholar on a sabbatical." Mark Driscoll

 

The amount of Coca~Cola advertisements you’ve seen in your life attests to how quickly the effects of manipulation can fade and thus how important it is to constantly top-up your message in your victim’s short-term memory. One way television commercials do this is by getting a jingle stuck in your head. If you walk around all day repeating the advertiser’s custom-designed message in your head then you’re doing the advertiser’s job of reminding you of the message.

Churches tell you to read the Bible constantly and to fill your house with Biblically themed merchandise. If they can get you to eat, sleep and breathe church doctrine, then you’ll become your own snake oil salesman. Then you’ll do the charismatic leader’s job of manipulating you for him. If you police your peers, then you’ll practically force people to keep giving the cult money and obedience.

15. Recruitment

 

 

Cults need a constant stream of new victims in order to finance the charismatic leader’s lifestyle. So…if you run into an organization that is constantly having recruitment drives to get people to come listen to an infomercial where they’re asked to give money at the end…don’t go there. You know what’s going to happen, and it only ends well for the charismatic leader…assuming he doesn’t get too drunk on power and do something crazy.

Accessed 10 May 2018

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Kīlauea RED WARNING, 2018-05-20 02:13:18 UTC: East Rift Zone Fissures and Flows


Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO)

HVO monitors the active volcanoes in Hawaii, assesses their hazards, issues warnings, and advances scientific understanding to reduce impacts of volcanic eruptions.

Updates: Kīlauea

USGS Map: Kīlauea Lower East Rift Zone Fissures and Flows

USGS Map: Kīlauea Lower East Rift Zone Fissures and Flows, May 19 at 10:00 a.m. HST

Kīlauea Lower East Rift Zone Fissures and Flows, May 19 at 10:00 a.m. HST

Map as of 10:00 am HST, May 19. Shaded purple areas indicate lava flows erupted in 1840, 1955, 1960, and 2014-2015

The USGS Volcano Notification Service (VNS) is a free service that sends automatic notices (emails or texts) about volcanic activity at U.S. monitored volcanoes, including Hawaiian volcanoes. You can sign up to receive these notifications at http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/vns/.

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So. It is a volcanic Island what exactly did you expect?

Biological Health Hazard – (Travel advisory) Outbreaks of infectious diseases, breakdown of the medical infrastructure: Venezuela


CDC warns against non-essential travel to Venezuela: Outbreaks, breakdown of the medical infrastructure

Venezuela Map

Map of Venezuela, Image: Nations Online Project.

(Outbreak News) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Venezuela.

The country is experiencing outbreaks of infectious diseases, and adequate health care is currently not available in most of the country.

In addition to breakdown of the medical infrastructure, Venezuela is experiencing shortages of food, water, electricity, medicine, and medical supplies that have contributed to an increasing humanitarian crisis affecting much of the country.

Adequate health care is currently not available through the public health system in Venezuela. For this reason, in addition to crime and civil unrest, the US government has limited ability to provide emergency services to US citizens.

Infectious diseases are on the rise, and several large outbreaks are occurring:

  • During the past year, over 1,000 confirmed cases of measles, including more 50 deaths, have been reported in 9 states.
  • In the past 2 years, over 1,600 suspected cases of diphtheria, including over 140 deaths, have been reported in 22 states.
  • In 2017, over 400,000 cases of malaria were reported.

Venezuela: Malaria cases increase 10x since 2010

If you must travel to Venezuela, then protect yourself by following CDC’s recommendations:

  • Make an appointment with a travel medicine specialist or your healthcare provider to get needed vaccines and medicines at least 4 to 6 weeks before you leave.
    • CDC recommends all travelers be up to date on all recommended vaccines, such as the Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP) vaccine and Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine.
    • CDC recommends all travelers take prescribed medicine to prevent malaria.
  • Pack a travel health kit with your prescription medicines and over-the-counter medicines (enough to last your whole trip, plus a little extra), first aid supplies, and your health insurance card. Authorized humanitarian aid workers may need to pack additional items.
  • Monitor the Department of State’s Travel Advisory and Alerts for Venezuela.

Diphtheria in the Americas: Brazil, Colombia, Haiti and Venezuela

  • Prepare for the unexpected.
    • Leave copies of your itinerary, contact information, credit cards, and passport with someone at home, in case they are lost during travel.
    • Buy travel health and medical evacuation insurance. If you are injured or get sick during your trip, medical care is likely to be unavailable in Venezuela.

Outbreak News Today (edited)
18 May 2018

Searchable map and satellite view of Venezuela

Biological Health Hazard – The Ebola Plague (Surveillance Update): Africa


It’s back—

Ebola Spreading

Ebola Spreading Again

Ebola case count update

As of 13 May, there is a cumulative total of 41 cases, including 20 deaths (case fatality rate = 48.8%) and three healthcare workers from Bikoro (n=2) and Iboko (n=1). Of the 41 cases reported, two cases are confirmed ( Zaire ebolavirus species), 17 are suspected and 22 are probable.

Bikoro Health Zone reported the highest number of cases (n=31), followed by Iboko (n=8) and Mbandaka (n=2) Health Zones.

Ebola virus disease (formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a death rate of up to 90% caused by Ebola virus, a member of the filovirus family.

The Ebola virus was first identified in 1976 when 2 simultaneous outbreaks occurred, 1 in Yambuku, a village not far from the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the other in a remote area of Sudan.

The origin of the virus is unknown, but current evidence suggests that fruit bats (Pteropodidae) may be a host.

Related

Ebola death toll reaches 19, WHO Director-General visits Democratic Republic of the Congo
Nigeria issues Ebola public health advisory

Outbreak News Today
15 May 2018


See Also

EBOLA UPDATE (08): SUMMARY, EMERGENCY PLAN, VACCINE, ROADS
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Published Date: 2018-05-15 17:03:58
Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (08): summary, emergency plan, vaccine, roads
Archive Number: 20180515.5797415

In this update:
[1] CIDRAP (Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy) summary
[2] Emergency Plan of Action
[3] Vaccine (rVSV-ZEBOV)
[4] Bikoro infrastructure — 2016

Weaponizing Precognitive Algorithms or something


ZenCity, an AI Civic Engagement Startup, Earns $1M from Microsoft and Other Investors

ZenCity, a platform that aggregates and analyzes citizen sentiment and feedback for local government, has won a $1 million prize from Microsoft’s venture capital arm and other investors for artificial intelligence startups.

The company was one of three winners of the Innovate.AI competition, taking the grand prize for the Israel region ahead of about 200 other startups. ZenCity is based in Tel Aviv, but has about 20 city customers in the U.S. and Israel.

The $1 million funding is, relatively speaking, a pretty big deal for ZenCity. The company, launched in 2015, had only raised $1.7 million before winning the competition, so the prize money represents a big chunk of its total funding.

“The million-dollar prize emphasize how serious this issue was for Microsoft,” said Eyal Feder, chief executive officer and co-founder of ZenCity. “This wasn’t a $100,000 competition where everyone applies. It shows real commitment.”

The contest, according to a blog post on Microsoft’s website, is meant to drive adoption and improvement of artificial intelligence.

And AI is a central component to what ZenCity does. The company pulls together multiple data streams containing clues about what problems citizens have, what they care about and how they feel about things a local government can control — from emails, customer relationship management platforms, telephone hotlines, social media and other places. Then it runs them through four algorithms to help the city understand them.

*Classification: Determining what the feedback is about and who in city government a piece of feedback is relevant to.

*Sentiment: Figuring out whether the feedback is positive or negative.

*Anomalies: Identifying trends, like when people are suddenly talking more about a certain subject, or if sentiment has rapidly shifted.

*Geolocation: Pinning feedback to a location so that the city can see in which neighborhoods different issues or discussions are most relevant.

The idea is that cities can get a more focused, real-time view of how citizens feel. That should, according to Feder, give them both the ability to better prioritize work and the ability to see how people respond to that work.

“Generally speaking, if we agree with the pretense that managing a city is very hard, then I think we can agree that one of the [main problems] is prioritizing,” said Feder.

It also has the potential to alert cities to problems they otherwise wouldn’t have known about. That’s because the product features an alerts system based on anomaly detection.

“If there’s a sudden increase in negative sentiment around street cleaning, maybe something is going on there,” he said.

For example, Feder said one city in Israel used the tool to figure out where to spend its budget for fixing cracks in sidewalks. But as it searched for sentiment on sidewalks, it found that there were a lot more people talking about sidewalks being blocked than there were people talking about cracks.

“They didn’t know that was such a major problem in the city, and what they did was shift a lot of that budget from cracked sidewalks to [unblocking] sidewalks,” he said.

And then they watched as positive sentiment built around the work the city was doing to clear sidewalks for public use.

Another possible use for the technology is combatting misinformation. Feder said another city using the company’s product once found a sudden spike in people using the word “murder” in a certain area. But what they were talking about wasn’t a murder — it was an accident. So the city moved quickly to get the word out about what happened, and people stopped spreading the misinformation.

For now, city managers are some of the most common users of ZenCity. But in the future, Feder said, the company might expand to other levels of government.

“Right now all our clients are local governments,” he said. “That’s not to say that we won’t have states or federal governments in the future, but right now we’re focused on the unique [aspects of] cities.”

[Byline Ben Miller]

Government Technology, GovTech Biz
01 May  2018

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Creepy: City Deploys System That Scrolls Through Publicly Available Social Media Posts

Artificial Precognition Uses Data to See the Future

 Massive Analytic has developed a technology it is calling “artificial precognition,” which can look at large sets of data from various sources, apply machine learning to recognize patterns, and make predictions about future events. The company released its Oscar AP platform to the Microsoft Azure marketplace during the summer of 2015, and companies such as Lockheed-Martin are testing the product. It runs on Hadoop and works with a browser, a design Frangou says is aimed at making the platform accessible to people who are not data scientists. (Edited excerpt) ACM News

“Predictive Algorithms Are No Better At Telling The Future Than A Crystal Ball”

Predictive analytics powered by algorithms are designed to help managers make decisions that favorably impact the bottom line. The global market for this technology is expected to grow from US$3.9 billion in 2016 to US$14.9 billion by 2023.

Conspiracy is repetitious ….


When so much of the information we intake is controlled by so few organizations, and the messages we most receive combine to transform us into dis-empowered non-actors in a world being taken over by untouchable global powers, we can safely call it a conspiracy.

The solution, of course, requires us to tune out of corporate media and engage self-education, self-knowledge and in participation in community.

Conspiracy. An abused word, but one with tremendous relevance today, as no other word in the English language adequately synthesizes the concepts of plot, motive and wicked intention. Love or hate the word itself, when an examination of media in its relation to reality is given proper due with respect for historical and philosophical truth, it requires willful ignorance to dismiss the fact that there are conspiracies at play in our world, and therefore theories are required to understand and expose them.

There a handful of major conspiracies driving the mainline media’s direction of our attention onto whatever nonsense, propaganda or disinfo happens to be soup du jour for public consumption. Awareness of these disrupts the pattern of top-down, in-your-face control, offering the freedom to consume media without unconscious obligation to the subduing and pacifying world view being forced down our throats by our information overlords.

The war on consciousness is real. It is a concerted effort to prevent the individual from understanding the true nature of the self, from gaining critical self-knowledge, and from maturing beyond childish naivety and intelligence. The prosecution of the war on drugs, heavily promoted in corporate media, is a key strategy, for it inhibits our willingness to explore our own sovereign consciousness, cutting us off from ancient and natural tools of self-exploration, limiting our understanding of what is possible in this human experience.

As researcher and author Graham Hancock states:

“There can be no more intimate and elemental part of the individual than his or her own consciousness. At the deepest level, our consciousness is what we are—to the extent that if we are not sovereign over our own consciousness then we cannot in any meaningful sense be sovereign over anything else either. ” ~Graham Hancock

In order to create and maintain the culture of top-down rule, it is mandatory that the populace suffers interminable disunity, widespread apathy, infighting and senseless division. This is fomented by the mainline media’s assistance in the destruction of the individual; for our own self-destruction is the most economical solution for the elite in their quest to destroy us.

The vibration of the news is always as dense as possible, a continual flood of violence, hate, gore and madness, ever refusing concepts and ideas that enlighten, focusing instead on the repetition of insanity. Corporate media, especially from Hollywood, is a non-stop psychic assault serving to color darkly our souls, driving us into inner despair, suggesting to us that we self-medicate, guiding us into the hands of modern psychology for relief from the onslaught.

When the individual is useless to himself, he is useless to his community and to society as a whole. When this is accomplished it is easy to corral us into narrow frames of mind and widespread division, working against ourselves rather than for ourselves.

Woven into the ever-evolving narrative of the mainstream media are key plot lines, hidden in the sub-text of so-called current events, going for the most part unnoticed by the public. We could say this happens by chance but since we already know the structure and purpose of corporate media, this would be naive and dangerously forgiving of an organization that plays an authoritative role in manufacturing reality. And since political, economic, social and environmental reality is an affront to our greatest human potential, to say the least, it serves us well to acknowledge and expose the directives we are being provoked into accepting and acting on.


“The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed a standard citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. School days, I believe, are the unhappiest in the whole span of human existence. They are full of dull, unintelligible tasks, new and unpleasant ordinances, and brutal violations of common sense and common decency.” – H.L. Mencken


Edited repost originally delivered by The Daily Sheeple via Waking Times  (6 Major Media Conspiracies Happening Right in Front of Your Eyes)

07 October 2014


The concept of “mainstreaming” implies that heavy television viewing contributes to an erosion of differences in people’s perspectives that stem from other factors and influences. Television serves as the primary common storyteller for an otherwise heterogeneous population. As the source of the most broadly shared images and messages in history, television represents the mainstream of the common symbolic environment into which children are born and in which we all live our lives.

People who otherwise have little in common besides television are brought into the same dominant mainstream by cumulative heavy viewing. Heavy television exposure forms viewers’ conceptions of social reality.

[…]

TV commercials teach you on a subconscious level (for the far majority of TV watchers) that White men are loser, dumb, feminized and inferior idiots.

The commercials sell the ideas of homosexuality, interracial adoption, marriages between white women and black men and the production of Mulatto children until they form the majority. The films sell the ideas of “evil white racism”(especially of Southerners), the total dispossession of Whites, the surrender to a mass invasion of “refugees”, race war and murder of “Nazis” by Jews.

In the commercials the idea of homosexual marriage is sold as a “normal” variety of marriage, first between two white men and then between a white and a black man. Such couples are then allowed to form a “family”, first by adopting children of their own race, and then by adopting interracially. This is a combination of three Jewish agendas : 1) degrading normal marriage, 2) promoting sterility of Whites, 3) promoting race mixing.

The major part of the commercials is about the subliminal promotion of marriages between white women and black men and the production of Mulatto children. — Anti White propaganda and “the mainstreaming effect”

Reposted from Locust Blog

6 May 2018


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Turning America into a Battlefield: A Blueprint for Locking Down the Nation

Illegal Immigration Bio-Warfare

NWO Plans Exposed By Insider in 1969

It’s a U.N. ‘Gun Grab’ — Reach for Your Wallets!

(One may encounter Social Media Suppression of these articles)

Secretary of State John Kerry Signs United Nations Gun Ban Treaty Against Wishes of U.S. Senate

Sharing This Viewpoint Can Land You In A German Prison Camp

Toxic Psycho-spiritual Interventions


“The tools of psychology are dangerous in the hands of the wrong men.”

Modern educational methods can be applied in therapy to streamline man’s brain and change his opinions so that his thinking conforms to certain ideological systems. Medicine and psychiatry may become increasingly involved in political strategy as is seen in the strategy of brainwashing, and for this reason psychologists and psychiatrists must become more aware of the nature of the scientific tools they use. ~ Joost A. M. Meerloo, M.D. The Rape of the Mind: The Psychology of Thought Control, Menticide, and Brainwashing” (1956).

Meanwhile ….

For the full fiscal year of 2017, Pharmaceutical Health Product companies spent a combined $280 million on annual lobbying. More specifically in the realm of pharmaceuticals, Pfitzer Inc spent $10.5 million, Eli Lilly & Co spent $7.4 million, Express Scripts spent $2.8 million, Merck & Co spent $6.3 million, and AstraZeneca PLC spent $2.8 million. ~ www.wakingtimes.com.


Psychiatry and the Great Fraud

On the heels of my article celebrating the work of Dr. Peter Breggin, a hero who has exposed the lies of psychiatry, I am reprinting my article, from 2013, which details the fraud.

First, a new introduction.

The history of Western philosophy reveals two main preoccupations. For many centuries, the theme was: What is Deeper Reality? What does it look like? What can learn from it?

Then, in the 19th century, another theme took over: How do human beings perceive reality? How do humans know what they know? What is the nature of the apparatus of human perception?

Finally, as the nascent field of psychology emerged out of philosophy, the (unstated) question was: What are the factors that limit human perception and knowledge? What creates distortion in how humans view the world, other people, and themselves?

The answers were basically: neurosis and psychosis. These two general states of mind were ill-defined, and they weren’t supported by reasonable science. Eventually, as medical psychiatry took over from psychology, we saw a sudden expansion of so-called mental disorders. These purported states of mind were the reasons why humans were unable to perceive and know reality objectively.

However, even though we now have 300 (!) official mental disorders listed in the bible of psychiatry, the science behind them is sorely lacking. It is bankrupt.

Therefore, we are looking at a program of opinion and propaganda, and this program has the effect of making people believe they are deficient in serious ways; they are limited; they have brain-function flaws; and they must receive chemical treatment.

That’s quite a journey—all the way from asking What Is Reality, to You Must Take This Medicine.

Is it any wonder that our culture has undergone such a decline?

And now, here is my 2013 article:

—Let’s screen everybody to find out if they have mental disorders. Let’s diagnose as many people as possible with mental disorders and give them toxic drugs—

Wherever you see organized psychiatry operating, you see it trying to expand its domain and its dominance. The Hippocratic Oath to do no harm? Are you kidding?

The first question to ask is: do these mental disorders have any scientific basis? There are now roughly 300 of them. They multiply like fruit flies.

An open secret has been bleeding out into public consciousness for the past ten years.

THERE ARE NO DEFINITIVE LABORATORY TESTS FOR ANY SO-CALLED MENTAL DISORDER.

No defining blood tests, no urine tests, no saliva tests, no brain scans, no genetic assays.

And along with that:

ALL SO-CALLED MENTAL DISORDERS ARE CONCOCTED, NAMED, LABELED, DESCRIBED, AND CATEGORIZED by a committee of psychiatrists, from menus of human behaviors.

Their findings are published in periodically updated editions of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), printed by the American Psychiatric Association.

For years, even psychiatrists have been blowing the whistle on this hazy crazy process of “research.”

Of course, pharmaceutical companies, who manufacture highly toxic drugs to treat every one of these “disorders,” are leading the charge to invent more and more mental-health categories, so they can sell more drugs and make more money.

In a PBS Frontline episode, Does ADHD Exist?, Dr. Russell Barkley, an eminent professor of psychiatry and neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, unintentionally spelled out the fraud.

PBS FRONTLINE INTERVIEWER: Skeptics say that there’s no biological marker—that it [ADHD] is the one condition out there where there is no blood test, and that no one knows what causes it.

BARKLEY: That’s tremendously naïve, and it shows a great deal of illiteracy about science and about the mental health professions. A disorder doesn’t have to have a blood test to be valid. If that were the case, all mental disorders would be invalid…There is no lab test for any mental disorder right now in our science. That doesn’t make them invalid.

Oh, indeed, that does make them invalid. Utterly and completely. All 297 mental disorders. Because there are no defining tests of any kind to back up the diagnosis.

Dear Psychiatry: You can sway and tap dance and bloviate all you like and you won’t escape the noose around your neck. We are looking at a science that isn’t a science. That’s called fraud. Rank fraud.

There’s more. Under the radar, one of the great psychiatric stars, who has been out in front inventing mental disorders, went public. He blew the whistle on himself and his colleagues. And for years, almost no one noticed.

His name is Dr. Allen Frances, and he made VERY interesting statements to Gary Greenberg, author of a Wired article: “Inside the Battle to Define Mental Illness.” (Dec.27, 2010).

Major media never picked up on the interview in any serious way. It never became a scandal.

Dr. Allen Frances is the man who, in 1994, headed up the project to write the latest edition of the psychiatric bible, the DSM-IV. This tome defines and labels and describes every official mental disorder. The DSM-IV eventually listed 297 of them.

In an April 19, 1994, New York Times piece, “Scientist At Work,” Daniel Goleman called Frances “Perhaps the most powerful psychiatrist in America at the moment…”

Well, sure. If you’re sculpting the entire canon of diagnosable mental disorders for your colleagues, for insurers, for the government, for Pharma (who will sell the drugs matched up to the 297 DSM-IV diagnoses), you’re right up there in the pantheon.

Long after the DSM-IV had been put into print, Dr. Frances talked to Wired’s Greenberg and said the following:

“There is no definition of a mental disorder. It’s bullshit. I mean, you just can’t define it.”

BANG.

That’s on the order of the designer of the Hindenburg, looking at the burned rubble on the ground, remarking, “Well, I knew there would be a problem.”

After a suitable pause, Dr. Frances remarked to Greenberg, “These concepts [of distinct mental disorders] are virtually impossible to define precisely with bright lines at the borders.”

Frances might have been obliquely referring to the fact that his baby, the DSM-IV, had rearranged earlier definitions of ADHD and Bipolar to permit many MORE diagnoses, leading to a vast acceleration of drug-dosing with highly powerful and toxic compounds.

If this is medical science, a duck is a rocket ship.

To repeat, Dr. Frances’ work on the DSM IV allowed for MORE toxic drugs to be prescribed, because the definitions of Bipolar and ADHD were expanded to include more people.

Adverse effects of Valproate (given for a Bipolar diagnosis) include:

acute, life-threatening, and even fatal liver toxicity;

life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas;

brain damage.

Adverse effects of Lithium (also given for a Bipolar diagnosis) include:

intercranial pressure leading to blindness;

peripheral circulatory collapse;

stupor and coma.

Adverse effects of Risperdal (given for “Bipolar” and “irritability stemming from autism”) include:

serious impairment of cognitive function;

fainting;

restless muscles in neck or face, tremors (may be indicative of motor brain damage).

Dr. Frances self-admitted label-juggling act also permitted the definition of ADHD to expand, thereby opening the door for greater and greater use of Ritalin (and other similar amphetamine-like compounds) as the treatment of choice.

So…what about Ritalin?

In 1986, The International Journal of the Addictions published a most important literature review by Richard Scarnati. It was called “An Outline of Hazardous Side Effects of Ritalin (Methylphenidate)” [v.21(7), pp. 837-841].

Scarnati listed a large number of adverse effects of Ritalin and cited published journal articles which reported each of these symptoms.

For every one of the following (selected and quoted verbatim) Ritalin effects, there is at least one confirming source in the medical literature:

* Paranoid delusions
* Paranoid psychosis
* Hypomanic and manic symptoms, amphetamine-like psychosis
* Activation of psychotic symptoms
* Toxic psychosis
* Visual hallucinations
* Auditory hallucinations
* Can surpass LSD in producing bizarre experiences
* Effects pathological thought processes
* Extreme withdrawal
* Terrified affect
* Started screaming
* Aggressiveness
* Insomnia
* Since Ritalin is considered an amphetamine-type drug, expect amphetamine-like effects
* Psychic dependence
* High-abuse potential DEA Schedule II Drug
* Decreased REM sleep
* When used with antidepressants one may see dangerous reactions including hypertension, seizures and hypothermia
* Convulsions
* Brain damage may be seen with amphetamine abuse.

Let’s go deeper. In the US alone, there are at least 300,000 cases of motor brain damage incurred by people who have been prescribed so-called anti-psychotic drugs (aka “major tranquilizers”). Risperdal (mentioned above as a drug given to people diagnosed with Bipolar) is one of those major tranquilizers. (source: Toxic Psychiatry, Dr. Peter Breggin, St. Martin’s Press, 1991)

This psychiatric drug plague is accelerating across the land.

Where are the mainstream reporters and editors and newspapers and TV anchors who should be breaking this story and mercilessly hammering on it week after week? They are in harness.

Thank you, Dr. Frances.

Here’s a coda:

This one is big.

The so-called “chemical-imbalance theory of mental illness is dead.

Dr. Ronald Pies, the editor-in-chief emeritus of the Psychiatric Times, laid the theory to rest in the July 11, 2011, issue of the Times with this staggering admission:

“In truth, the ‘chemical imbalance’ notion was always a kind of urban legend — never a theory seriously propounded by well-informed psychiatrists.”

Boom.

Dead.

However…urban legend? No. For decades the whole basis of psychiatric drug research, drug prescription, and drug sales has been: “we’re correcting a chemical imbalance in the brain.”

The problem was, researchers had never established a normal baseline for chemical balance. So they were shooting in the dark. Worse, they were faking a theory. Pretending they knew something when they didn’t.

In his 2011 piece in Psychiatric Times, Dr. Pies tries to cover his colleagues in the psychiatric profession with this fatuous remark:

“In the past 30 years, I don’t believe I have ever heard a knowledgeable, well-trained psychiatrist make such a preposterous claim [about chemical imbalance in the brain], except perhaps to mock it…the ‘chemical imbalance’ image has been vigorously promoted by some pharmaceutical companies, often to the detriment of our patients’ understanding.”

Absurd. First of all, many psychiatrists have explained and do explain to their patients that the drugs are there to correct a chemical imbalance.

And second, if all well-trained psychiatrists have known, all along, that the chemical-imbalance theory is a fraud…

…then why on earth have they been prescribing tons of drugs to their patients…

…since those drugs are developed on the false premise that they correct a chemical imbalance?

Here’s what’s happening. The honchos of psychiatry are seeing the handwriting on the wall. Their game has been exposed. They’re taking heavy flack on many fronts.

The chemical-imbalance theory is a fake. There are no defining physical tests for any of the 300 so-called mental disorders. All diagnoses are based on arbitrary clusters or menus of human behavior. The drugs are harmful, dangerous, toxic. Some of them induce violence. Suicide, homicide. Some of the drugs cause brain damage.

Psychiatry is a pseudoscience.

So the shrinks have to move into another model, another con, another fraud. And they’re looking for one.

For example, genes plus “psycho-social factors.” A mish-mash of more unproven science.

“New breakthrough research on the functioning of the brain is paying dividends and holds great promise…” Professional propaganda.

It’s all gibberish, all the way down.

Meanwhile, the business model demands drugs for sale.

So even though the chemical-imbalance nonsense has been discredited, it will continue on as a dead man walking, a zombie.

Big Pharma isn’t going to back off. Trillions of dollars are at stake.

And in the wake of Aurora, Colorado, Sandy Hook, the Naval Yard, and other mass shootings, the hype is expanding: “we must have new community mental-health centers all over America.”

More fake diagnosis of mental disorders, more devastating drugs.

You want to fight for a right? Fight for the right of every adult to refuse medication. Fight for the right of every parent to refuse medication for his/her child.

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03 May 2018

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Contributed by Jon Rappoport of No More Fake News.

Reposted on 2018/05/06

See Also: Breggin.com

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