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May 23, 2004

brief admin notes + 5/23

I sure haven't been blogging much lately... The reason is the simplest one: I don't have the time/mental focus to spare right now. I'm also sort of waiting for the new site design to be completed, which is taking a little longer than I thought (as the most attentive among you might have noticed), but should be here soon.

Be that as it may, I am confident the blogging will become much more regular and plentiful in the near future, as soon as the commitments currently monopolizing my attention are dealt with. So bear with me and stay tuned!

In other news, today is May 23rd, a date of the utmost Discordian significance (if you don't know why, I won't spoil your finding out for yourselves). For the occasion, Technoccult has a nice entry on Discordian music, complete with assorted Discordian links for the unitiated. Check it out, and Hail Eris!

Mind Control With Silent Sounds

Many thanks to my good friend Kyron for sending me this:

'The mind-altering mechanism is based on a subliminal carrier technology: the Silent Sound Spread Spectrum (SSSS), sometimes called "S-quad" or "Squad". It was developed by Dr Oliver Lowery of Norcross, Georgia, and is described in US Patent #5,159,703, "Silent Subliminal Presentation System", dated October 27, 1992. The abstract for the patent reads:
A silent communications system in which nonaural carriers, in the very low or very high audio-frequency range or in the adjacent ultrasonic frequency spectrum are amplitude- or frequency-modulated with the desired intelligence and propagated acoustically or vibrationally, for inducement into the brain, typically through the use of loudspeakers, earphones, or piezoelectric transducers. The modulated carriers may be transmitted directly in real time or may be conveniently recorded and stored on mechanical, magnetic, or optical media for delayed or repeated transmission to the listener.
According to literature by Silent Sounds, Inc., it is now possible, using supercomputers, to analyse human emotional EEG patterns and replicate them, then store these "emotion signature clusters" on another computer and, at will, "silently induce and change the emotional state in a human being".

Fascinating stuff, don't you think? I just love how it conjures up apocalyptic scenarios describing the End of All Free Will, etcetera. Ah, and of course I know just the right gadget to deliver the mind control waveforms most effectively.

I'm not quite sure what to think of this. I've seen plenty of unbelievable ideas actually transformed in (equally unbelievable) working applications. And quite frankly I tend to think that, if an invention like this can be conceived by human mind, why wouldn't those with an interest in it spend time and resources to try and implement it? A simple look at the history of technology over the last 10 years should be enough to establish that the unthinkable, these days, has a way of becoming commonplace on a regular basis.

At the same time, I didn't find it exactly easy to fact-check the article. The patent obviously exists, but I found no trace of Silent Sounds, Inc. — the company supposedly developing applications of Lowery's technology for the governments of several countries. An equally complete lack of information surrounds both Edward Tilton (President of said company according to the article) and the letter he supposedly sent (we're not told to whom he sent it), cited by the author of the article.

Judy Wall's piece seems factual enough but, frustratingly, it doesn't appropriately reference the information it cites. This means that following up on the article's claims is quite hard, especially considering that my own searches yielded no results. Truth is, so far the only demonstrably solid fact in the article is the existence of Lowery's patent. And that, by itself, wouldn't mean much even if his was the only patent of its kind ever filed — which it's not.

I don't know much about Judy Wall, but I hear she's a very active researcher of these issues, and that she stays away from "victim's report" type stuff on mind control, in favor of more objective and factual data. That's very good. But it's too bad that the information in her article isn't referenced properly, because that kills much of her work's impact. For all I can verify at this point, the whole piece could be an original piece of fiction inspired by a really existing patent. There are, of course, the tools of the investigative reporter still available for those of us who might feel motivated enough to use them, but why didn't the author of such a hard-hitting article bother to do that herself?

UPDATE: softagent.net has a somewhat interesting roundup of related quotes and references. Still no links to the documents cited by Judy Wall; the parts that relate to her article seem taken verbatim from, well, her article. Pity.

May 06, 2004

a tinfoil hat moment

Yahoo! News article:

AP: WTC Developers to Break Ground July 4

NEW YORK - Developers of the Freedom Tower will break ground on the 1,776-foot skyscraper at the World Trade Center site on July 4, Gov. George Pataki said Wednesday.

1776! What does that number remind me of?

I tried not noticing, but I couldn't help it, I swear! It's all that Robert Anton Wilson I was spoon-fed as a child! No, really!

Anyway, this should be newsworthy for those aforementioned spooks that by now should be busy monitoring this and every other blog on the face of the Internet. It is after all, incontrovertible proof of the vast conspiracy to bring about a New World Order.


Of course, a quick search revealed that somebody beat me to it.
A reader of the Howick and Pakuranga Times, in a letter ('Evil Flags') to the paper, remarks on the above factoid in a very somber manner:

' More repugnant surely, is America’s proposed signature (or ‘Freedom’) tower, (NZ Herald, December 22, 2003) “shimmering and twisting” (like the Serpent god) and “rising 1776 feet above the ground”. The Illuminati, founded in 1776, who control most, if not all of American policy, ‘Great Seal’ found on the American one dollar note, echos Hitlers hatred for the Judeo-Christian culture, Novus Ordo Seclorum (New Secular Order) and reflects the same demented ambition, the elimination of the old Judeo-Christian culture.

They claim to be secular while concealing their occultic god behind esoteric symbolism.'


On a slightly more serious note, it really boggles the mind that some people can't see the difference between writings like the two linked above and a site like this.

I don't have any references handy right now, but I'm probably not the only one that has seen people, in forums and such, pooh-poohing Lyle Zapato's absolute masterpiece of tongue-in-cheek conspiracy humor as just another nutjob.
Clearly missing the joke.
Even as his website includes gems of pure wackiness like this expose' on how Belgium does not exist. Or the one about the tiny, nanobiotechnologically-engineered black helicopters, sent by the NWO forces to spy on us. Or the instructions on how to make an Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie, the ultimate tinfoil hat, to protect yourself from "electromagnetic psychotronic mind control carriers".

Seriously, folks. Let's think about this for a second: there are people out there that don't get the joke.

Two words: Pearls. Swine.

May 04, 2004

Introducing: the Hypersonic Soundbeam

Warren Ellis has just blogged about this amazing invention, which I remember noticing two or three years ago in the project list over at the MIT Media Lab website (can't remember whether it was the US or European one).

Back then the idea was in an early developmental stage, but — of the numerous, all quite far out projects that the Media Lab folks were tinkering on — I was particularly mindblown by this piece of technomagic, capable of inaudibly shooting a beam of sound through the air. When the beam hits its target, "the sound waves disperse and the audio portion of the message magically becomes audible at that particular point."

Of course, as soon as I heard of such a thing being developed, I caught every opportunity to wax rhapsodically about the implications, ranting and raving with all my friends. They politely listened, but seemed mostly skeptical that such a thing could ever exist. After a while, we all forgot about it.

And guess what? It's back — right here, right now, being released — complete with a phone number to schedule your own personal demonstration. I'm sure you can all see the revolutionary import of this thing (not that revolutionary techno-gadgets are not coming thick and fast these days; this one just particularly interests me). If you can't, read the articles for a few examples, or contact your pineal gland to obtain an imagination (available free of charge to dedicated individuals: see the Scholarships Office).

Seeing such unbelievable possibilities materialize into reality is what makes me appreciate living in such "interesting times", in the Chinese curse sense. And let me assure you of one thing: I have put in my share of resistance to that appreciation. Yet, every time I am confronted by something like this, I am forced to give thanks for being alive, precisely here and now — a tiny drop lost inside this particular curve of the cosmic datastream.