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crafted reality. After the recent unrest that spread across the UK it was clear that there was some reason for what had happened but did that reason ever truly get voiced? I suspect it didn’t. There was lots of blame shuffled around and it seems to have been levelled at almost every sector of society from alienated black youth to the poor white underclass, to unemployment, to criminal gangs on to blackberry networks. I was almost expecting extra-terrestrial alien involvement to be the next culprit.
ing our jobs, Muslims get blamed for religious fundamentalism and terrorism, politicians get blamed for ruining the country (sometimes they have a point), black people get blamed for crime and disorder, young people get blamed for being anti-social, poor people get blamed for being poor, single mothers get blamed for being single and the list goes on. We sit and watch Jeremy Kyle so we can blame the dysfunctional for being dysfunctional. Perhaps it is some sort of societal survival technique that, when times are hard we start stocktaking each other looking for the ‘problem’, the weakest link, to come to the eventual conclusion that “they” are the trouble causer and a burden. If “they” would go back to their own country, if “they” would just get a job, if “she” would have just taken birth control everything would be just fine.
BUT BEFORE WE CAN HEAL WE MUST STOP AND. REVERSE THIS BLAME CULTURE............ The one thing I think I’ve learnt is that blame culture is the very thing that stops us from getting to the root of every issue. It also gives the person dolling out the blame a sense of superiority, which again solves nothing, because ultimately we are all part of the problem and part of the solution. We as a society and world have created an almost unlivable planet and it is us together that can heal this situation, but before we can heal we must stop and reverse this blame culture.
It’s almost as if the power to blame others elevates us to a position of actually being in control, or at least giving us the illusion that we are in control. The truth is our personal power is given over to politicians and we sit like onlookers viewing the human drama from a detached position while judging and pointing out any ill that may tamper with our carefully
It is almost universally believed that talent is the driving force of the music industry and that, if you are talented, record companies will find you, freely use vast amounts of money to promote you and whatever subject matter you choose to write about in your music as vigorously as they can, to the world. This cannot be further from the truth.
Reality is, the music industry is a fraternal machine that has an in-
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The belief that anyone can become famous or
Billie Holiday, I could be here forever adding to that list. The truth is that death and tragedy stalks the music industry like a plague, clearly showing that the very things millions of people aspire to, is the very thing that in the end kills them along with their illusionary dreams. How many more unexplainable deaths will we see? How many artists have died lonely and alone in hotel rooms or in their homes? Michael hutchence and Whitney seem to be examples of the rule rather than the exception.
successful is a very powerful myth that is vital to the success of the music industry. Take, for example, the now common place talent show competitions for example; pop idol, X-factor and Britain’s Got Talent. These shows only work in the way they do because the masses believe that anyone who turns up to these shows has as good a chance as any of the other millions of wannabe be stars that turn up year after year. If the masses really knew that these shows are scripted planned and carefully presented as talent contests, the days of these shows could be numbered. But that will never happen. Why? Because the very minds of the clueless hopefuls have been so powerfully programmed to believe in the impossible dream that even if the truth were told with blinding lights the wannabes would still against all rational thought, follow the programme. And what of those lucky few who make it to stardom or even super stardom; are they really lucky? What do you really sign up to in order to become a star? If I was to make a list of all the tragic deaths of stars; Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Aaliyah, Tupac Shakur, Kurt Cobain, Biggie Smalls even going back as far as John Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix and
Yet, still people seem to want to sell their very souls for fame. This brings me to a topic that we will come back to; the selling of one’s soul. It has always been part of music mythology from the stories of Robert Johnson, the father of the blues, selling his soul at the crossroads to Jack Black in his comedic film ‘Pic of Destiny’. Even Katie Perry has quite openly stated that she sold her soul for fame. The truth is most will think that these are simply stories or, in the case of Perry, a benign phrase expressing the all consuming nature of the music industry. In the Mind Control Music series we will examine both the myth and the reality of this phenomenon.
For now I’d like to end this opening article with a little insight into the industry as given to us by Chaka Khan. It was during an interview with Piers Morgan that Chaka Khan was asked about the fact that Clive Davis, who had been Whitney’s manger since she had been a teenager and for the majority of her music career, had taken the decision to continue with a party whilst Whitney’s body was still in the room where she had died. Chaka khan described this decision as ‘complete insanity’. She asked what could motivate a person to have a party in a building where Whitney, whose life he had influenced so enormously and whose life had been affected by hers, lay dead?
When asked who was to blame for the Whitney’s death her answer was “this machine, this so called music industry, is such a demonic thing it sacrifices people’s lives and their essences at the drop of a dime” Piers then went on to ask what Chaka made of Sony’s decision to increase the price of Whitney’s music within hours of her death. Chaka’s reply was “It reminds me of a time when a manager said to me you are worth more money dead than alive”. We must bear in mind that Chaka Khan was born in 1953, she is known as the queen of funk and has been the recipient of 10 Grammy
awards in her on-going career. She was not the product of the talent show era and although many of today’s wannabes would have little knowledge of her and even less time for her, she is the voice of both experience and truth.
In future Mind Control Music articles there will be a great emphasis on the inner workings of the music industry in terms of how the artists are controlled in various ways. For example what exactly is a contract (con-tract)? We will also cover how the material that is created is viewed in terms of controlling the listeners mind…stay tuned…
“The fear of young people damages seductive power of film and how the Child’s us all. If we demonise an entire gen- Play series of films had influence Robert Thompson and Jon Venebles to torture and eration, we’ll pay the price” This was the headline of a 2009 telegraph article in which Tanya Byron presented the growing yet long held fear of young people. Like Tanya, I have a great concern for a society that demonises its young as a way of defining its own ills, however, my concerns go further into the heart of the dilemma; what are the causes and effects of the situation? What social conditioning creates, perpetuates and amplifies the problem? Have we no love for our children, our own creations? Not only have we created Frankenstein’s adolescent monster but we have become hell bent on creating an environment where the monster has no choice but to feed on us as its alienating, hating, rejecting parents. Have we really no love for our own creations? From the 1993 case of the Jamie Bulger killing to the Columbine massacre, we have long been aware that children have been able to commit the most horrendous crimes that have shattered our belief in and changed our perception of the innocence of the young. In the case of Jamie Bulger’s killers there was talk of the
kill an innocent two year old. It’s as if children themselves are being given the rope by which to hang their own innocence. The corrupted innocence of the older boys who hurt and killed a little embodiment of true innocence, seems somewhat symbolic. This makes me wonder; are the films that have punctuated our Psyche over time a manifestation of our fears of youth, or are they a projection device where we take the worst parts of ourselves and project them onto the young so that, in the words of Tony Montana from Scarface we can say “There goes the bad guys”? If it is the latter, then we have truly succeeded. Many of these films I speak of, like the 1960 classic Village of the Damned, seem to use the innocence of children as fertile ground for the breeding of evil. In this film we see the sleepy village of Midwich where a strange phenomenon strikes down the inhabitants of the village into a sleep like state. Once consciousness is regained, the women of the village have become pregnant. They then go on to give birth to almost identical hyper-intelligent children
with no maternal bond at all and even less attachment to the prevailing society. Their only aim is to separate themselves and take over the world using powers alien to the village. Fiction it may be, but can parallels not be made to our wider village where society and parents have inherited an ever growing void between them. For the young people can this mean a void that breeds evil? The only difference, I guess, is that we use a piece of clothing such as the hoodie to symbolize the youngâ€™s evil intent, and instead of the young people using their powers against us, we use the gap as a power against them, blaming them for it and every effect it creates thus demonizing them more and pushing them even further into the darkness.
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created to use high pitched frequencies as an audio weapon for dispersing unwanted groups of teenagers. Although this sounds like it is taken straight from a film it is in fact reality. We are literally at war with the youth. I wouldnâ€™t for one minute excuse the fact that children and teenagers have done deeds that can only be described as evil, but are we not the creators of the society where these young people acquire their sense of what is right or wrong? Are we not their Parents, Aunties, Uncles, Neighbours? Or have we done away with the nature or nurture argument and firmly decided that it is nature and children have the capacity to be born evil? In the 2008 film The Children we revisit the idea of childhood as a
breeding ground for evil, but this time the scenario is updated, or downgraded, depending on your perspective. No longer is there any sense of reason for the onslaught of evil as in The Village of the Damned. There is no other worldly influence, this time the children simply become evil and no longer do they wish to be left alone while they plot to take over the world. In this film they want to kill the adults, the parents. It seems the parents have become the victim of their offspring simply because they are parents. This idea of being born this way is further developed in the 2011 film We need to talk about Kevin, in which we are taken though a mothers journey to connect, or at least try to connect with Kevin, a boy that is born already alienated; already bereft of any maternal kinship or bond. The film slowly takes us into the very real and disturbing conclusion that; no matter how much you may love, or try to love your child, they may just be inherently evil and destined to express that evil on the world. In this case Kevin, in very much the same vein of columbine, commits an indiscriminate act of violence in his high school. In fact the similarities between this film and the columbine incident (amongst other school killings) are too close to be anything but unsettling. The thing I found most disturbing about the association with this movie and the columbine incident is that the film seems to be saying Kevin was beyond reach from birth, he was born to be a killer and I guess so were the columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. Once again I ask; have we no love for our own creations? Are we to just write off many of our children as evil by virtue of being born this way; a child into a judgemental unforgiving world? The implications go even further; they are not just born evil, but are immune to love. The archetypal child of evil is of course Damien of The Omen. Damien is the Antichrist, the devil made flesh
devil made flesh whose number is 666. What made this film so terrifying was the seeming detachment and innocence that the child seems to embody. In fact during the film Damien himself does very little In the way of evil acts, but it is rather the atmosphere that is drenched in evil and his devotees that commit acts of evil. It is not until Damien‘s defining moment when he wheels his tricycle down the corridor to knock his mother over the banister causing her to miscarry her unborn child. Only then do we see the capacity of his evil, but even this is veiled as childlike play. For me the most definitive moment in cinema that illustrates this desire to demonise the young comes in the 2008 film Eden Lake, in which a couple, sharing their love on a weekend retreat, are terrorised by a group of delinquent teenagers. The most chilling and disturbing thing about this film, much like We Need to Talk About Kevin, is its basis in reality. These young people are not born of some satanic prophecy like Damien, they are normal everyday teenagers like the teenagers you would find in every city, every street, and every home. The couple at the centre of the film, and victims of the youths, are young themselves and their life is full of promise and possibility. Already affluent enough to travel, the film reveals Steve’s intent to propose to Jenny on their camping trip, that is to be the official beginning of a life sharing their love together. It seems that in Eden Lake the reason for the teenagers turning on this couple is simply their love, and they are antagonised by them freely expressing their love. I would defy anyone to watch Eden Lake and not be totally convinced of the evils of the young, and that these young devils
are the cause of all the evils in society. The film goes further to draw the parents into the crimes of the young and they become as evil as the children, as if it is the children who have set the blueprint for morals and behaviour. “They are just kids, they are just kids”, are the words that a mother of one of the teenagers says as the parents wreak the final evil on the female protagonist in the latter scenes of the film.
Not only does Eden Lake condemn the children but it condemns us all. In my opinion it is the defining horror film that paints the bleakest portrayal of society’s demonization of the young. It says that, although there is the glimmer of hope at certain times within the film, the hope is dashed every time and usurped by evil. The film lays down a foundational belief that the evil of young people will eventually turn us all evil and destroy all love. I can only hope that life does not mirror art, because if life was to follow the script taken from Eden Lake, then we are truly doomed. Rather, I believe, that along with Eden lake, and many other avenues of the media, a powerful, but subtle seed of evil intent has been fostered in young people and, yes, without a doubt we can see the effect of this seed like a self-fulfilling prophecy. But nothing is set in stone and I do not subscribe to the belief that a child can be born a devil with the love of evil in their hearts. I believe that we can set a new blueprint as powerful as the one that is in play at this time.
Ephebiphobia is the fear of young people, but rather than focus on the fear we should focus
on the fact that we no longer know young people and perhaps we should dispel this fear of the unknown that stalks us. We have to, as adults, family members, role models, start taking the steps to reconnect with the young and to know them again. We cannot afford to alienate them any longer. We cannot afford to demonise them any longer because Tanya Byron is correct, we will all pay the price. Eden Lake should be a blueprint of what we will never let our society and our young people become. Could not what we are looking at as evil be the sense of hopelessness passed down and amplified in young people? Could it not be our belief in materialism reflected back to us though our young that we now view as evil because it now seems so empty and fruitless?
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would they know that tests on brain mapping have been carried out to see what ‘floats your boat’ in are order to sell ideas, even sounds more effectively. In the Maybe you wondering, whatpictures kinds of and companies use these techniques to sell to us2008 day in film Consuming Kids: The commercialisation of childhood, some of these techniques day out? Google, CBS, Frito-Lay and coca-cola have all armed themselves with this type ofare new revealed with In a specific focus on marketing to children. Maybe you are wondering, technology. 2004 Read Montague, an author and neuroscientist, published a study inwhat which kinds of companies use the these techniques to sell to us daytest of Coca-Cola in day out? Google, 67 people were given “Pepsi Challenge” a blind taste and CBS, Pepsi,Fritowhilst having their brainhave mapped Lay and coca-cola all armed themselves with this type of new technology. In 2004 Read Montague, an author and neuroscientist, published a study in which 67 people,
by an EEG machine. This process not only helped companies to see if the taste, smell, sound or feeling about their products are appealing to us, it also helps them to find out what within the human psyche is desirable, enabling them to create products that we literally cannot resist. I can hear you thinking ‘that’s not a weapon that’s just those nice companies helping me to make better choices after a busy day at the office’. Let’s go a little further down the rabbit hole with the concept of ‘memes’. What’s a meme I hear some of you ask? That does sound a little bit dangerous! Well, a meme is a unit of cultural information. It is an idea, behaviour or a style, that spreads from person to person within a culture. Defined as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices, a meme can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena. A meme is stored in our brains. To illustrate let’s look at the acronym for Wives and Girlfriends of high-profile footballers; WAG. The term, first coined in 2006 at the World Cup has become a cultural idea, an aspirational lifestyle choice that has been taken on by many females. In their minds they take on aspects of the media role models in an attempt to get as close to that reality as is possible, some even believing in its attainability. Another more profound meme idea is that of a ‘metrosexual’, first originating in an article by Mark Simpson published on November 1994, in The Independent. Simpson wrote: “Metrosexual man, the single young man with a high disposable income, living or working in the city (because that’s where all the best shops are), is perhaps the most promising consumer market of the decade. In the Eighties he was only to be found inside fashion magazines such as GQ, in television advertisements for Levi’s jeans or in gay bars. In the Nineties, he’s everywhere and he’s going shopping”.The power of this meme cannot be underestimated because it embodies how a simple idea can take hold via the media and how, in a very short time, you can actually redefine expressions of human sexuality for purposes of commerce. By choosing men embodying metrosexuality to become high profile media icons, such as David Beckham, placing them in the media, and labeling them as such, men begin not only aspiring to be metrosexuals, but defining themselves as metrosexual. This is an example of cultural creation using memes that are transmitted by the media with some very seductive ideas, changing the way men and society view masculinity, which in effect has been deconstructed and reassembled creating a new consumerist man, somewhere between the homosexual and the heterosexual was born the metrosexual. Similar to the idea or meme of the ‘teenager’; an idea that prior to The Beatles era did not exist. Once again I hear many of you saying ‘yeah you have a point but that does
not mean that there was any hidden hand behind these events and development. Could it not be that these things just took on a life of their own and became embodied by society because we shaped our own culture?’ The answer is an unequivocal no! Probably the biggest personality of culture creation is a man called Edward Bernay’s. He is the nephew of Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis. Bernays, is viewed by many as the father of public relations (PR). He used his Uncle’s ideas of psychoanalysis combined with the ideas of Gustave Le Bon and Wilfred Trotter on crowd psychology to sell powerful ideas to the public, or manipulate society into doing what was wanted. He believed that this manipulation was necessary because society was a dangerous entity with an uncontrolled herd instinct that needed to be tamed, contained and exploited. Named as one of the 100 most influential Americans of the 20th century by life magazine many are unaware of Bernays or his impact on society. To quote the man himself would be the best and truest form of understanding of his beliefs and of the idea of weaponised culture. “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country”. But how exactly did such a powerful mind go about implementing his ideas on an unsuspecting public? In the early 1920s, in the United States, the concept of women smoking was not only seen as taboo, but for a woman to smoke in public was an arrestable offence. Between 1904 and 1922 there were many women arrested for smoking in public places. However, as the suffragette movement was building, the tide was changing and George Washington Hill, president of the American Tobacco Company, believed that massive revenues could be gained from the tobacco industry if he could break this taboo and persuade women to smoke on mass. He approached Edward Bernays to make this a reality. Edward Bernays’ in turn consulted with a Dr. A. A. Brill, a leading psychoanalyst who told Bernays that smoking was about power and that the cigarette was a phallic symbol, a symbol of male sexual power. He went on to say that if you could make women desire a phallus you could plant the desire in them to smoke. Embracing what the doctor had told him Bernays set about designing a campaign that would create a psychological war of the sexes. In a climate of women striving for power to rise above oppression by men, the cigarette was symbol of the war. He designed a campaign where high profile, upper class debutants were to hide cigarettes beneath their clothing and, at a given signal, light up the cigarettes dramatically. They were then photographed smoking in public at the Easter day parade, a day on which thousands of people annually attended.
This event was sold to the press as a group of suffragettes protesting for their rights by smoking not cigarettes, but torches of power and freedom. It was a stroke of genius on Bernays part because from that moment on cigarettes became the symbol of womenâ€™s freedom. Anyone who believed in the freedom and liberation of women would support women smoking. This was again achieved with a simple slogan or memes â€˜torches of freedomâ€™ coupled with some powerful images of woman exercising their new sexual power by virtue of the cigarette.
This early campaign did not just feed the newspapers of the New York broadsheets of the day, but became worldwide news. Bernays made smoking for woman socially acceptable, not only that, but any woman that did smoke became more powerful and sexually desirable. It goes without saying that since that day the tobacco companies no longer have the problem they did have because women have since then funded the industry with billions in terms of revenue. The idea that a woman can attain freedom through smoking we know is an irrational one, but what Bernays learned was that humans could be made to do almost anything if we could link the desired behaviour to hidden desires and needs. The desire in women was to be equal to their male counterparts and feel a sense of freedom, smoking was then linked to this desire, therefore, the taboo was broken and women smoked. Did it really create freedom in woman or did it just create profit for corporations and incalculable health issues for countless generations to come? Jump back to the modern era and ask is there anything that we desire and strive to have or to do that is not created from our own true sense of what is best for us? Has this technique been so cleverly developed as to be almost undetectable? The answer to both these question is a resounding yes. Call it what you will, marketing, PR, social engineering or weaponized culture the truth is we have our strings pulled every day of our lives, or more to the point, we are programmed to pull our own strings by powers we are not aware of. This happens while we are bombarded by the medias onslaught of sugary reality. This is what weaponsied culture is. This is not the end of this topic it will be and on-going series in Rewire where we will open the pages of reality on the many areas in which we are attacked by the hidden hand of culture creation. Why do you love that band you think you would die for? How has your favourite celebrity informed your lifestyle? What made you by that dress, or go to see that film? The answers in Weaponised Culture Part 2...Coming soon!
Financial meltdowns, stock market crashes, global recessions, major banks collapsing and economies going broke. The year was 2011 and the global bogeyman of the time was Gaddafi. The media made much of this tyrant’s war on his own people so we will not revisit that aspect here. But for a man who had perpetrated all the atrocities he did for 42 long years, why is it only just recently that he was hunted down, killed and images of his dead body broadcast to the world? Let us visit the little known fact that Gadhafi had big plans, global plans, that didn’t have anything to do with weapons of mass destruction. It wasn’t even about oil, even though Libya is Africa’s largest oil producer. In fact it was all about something, shiny, yellow and round: gold coins. Gadhafi’s plan was to introduce a new currency; a gold Dinar. A single African currency made from solid gold, and not only this, but he planned to no longer sell their Libyan oil in dying US dollars but to demand gold backed Dinars, and he was encouraging other African nations to trade with it also. We have all heard the saying ‘money makes the world go round’, but behind the paper money and digital figures oil and gold are lurking in the shadows. This powerful plan of Gadhafi’s would prove to be a major economic threat and if the currency were ever to be minted and used it would sink the US dollar and bring the current monetary system crashing down as a result. “Any move such as that would certainly not be welcomed by the power elite today, who are responsible for controlling the world’s central banks”, stated analyst Anthony Wile, editor of the Daily Bell. “So yes, that would certainly be something that would cause his immediate dismissal and the need for other reasons to be brought forward [for] removing him from power.” Indeed he was removed and within just a few weeks of conflict, a new central bank had been created rather than Gadhafi’s state owned monetary authority. As our western financial troubles may be beginning to illustrate, a gold backed currency or indeed gold coins themselves, is a far stronger currency. Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild once famously said; “Give me control of a nations money and I care not who makes its laws” Gadhafi’ was aiming to be the king of his own monetary system and to sit on the financial throne of the world. The king is dead, long live the Rothschild’s!
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“Yes, I would like the goat’s cheese spider web tartlet with fish spliced cherry tomatoes and spermicidal corn on the cob...followed by the arctic flounder strawberry sundae…and don’t forget the chocolate sprinkles!” Appetising? Pass the sick bucket! This may seem like melodrama and I will admit I am trying to make a point here, but what I write is not works of my imagination, it is what scientists are actually doing; splicing spider DNA into goats to produce the web proteins in the milk, and just to make strawberry’s more frost resistant slipping an arctic flounder gene into the mix. There are two separate issues here and personally I do not believe that I have the right to tell the science community what they should or shouldn’t be doing in terms of experimenting and making discoveries, those are ethical debates that are an entirely separate issue, but when we are talking about these scientific techniques turning up in our food, I feel I should have some control and input as to what is allowed to pass my tonsils. It seems I am not alone in my concerns. The British public have never seemed to warm to GM crops very much, but of late and with all the financial trouble at home and abroad, it has provided a platform for producers of such “Frankenfoods” to dial up the marketing. It seems that now, in times of austerity, it is the perfect moment to dwell on the merits of genetically modifying crops. The sales pitch is that with an expanding global population and more unpredictable weather conditions the best way to ensure ourselves a full stomach is to admit being backed into a corner by circumstance, breathe a sigh of defeat and accept GM as the way out while thanking the expert scientists for saving us from an almost certain death.
It is important not to forget that this is indeed a sales pitch, because unlike the works of the creator/nature or wherever you believe the normal strawberry to have originated from, GM crops can be patented and owned. Where there is a patent there is a profit to be made. Despite the public’s disinterest in genetically modifying our food resources as reported by Leo Hickman as part of the Guardian’s Eco Audit series, the British government has put around 100 million into support for feeding the world’s poorest genetically modified produce. The article itself reveals the governmental attitude that through our support of feeding the world’s poorest these hi-tech foods, it will gain support for use back home. That is a lot of money in times of austerity! I suspect you are thinking that they have a point. All the global warming and financial trouble does have its effects on food production. It is now that we must consider if we really are backed into such a corner. Let’s look at a nation of people who found themselves truly in a pickle and see what action was taken to provide the nation with food: Cuba. Cuba had a very dangerous relationship with the Soviet Union as it was a source of substantial economic subsidies and the primary buyer of a lot of its exports. This economic dependency on the Soviet Union turned out to be Cuba’s Achilles heel and with the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cuba was in crisis; it could not afford to feed its people. However, it did not hire scientists to create a hightech super crop, it went back to basics. With no Soviet oil to power tractors or make fertilizers and pesticides Cubans went back to the land with oxen. They were told to find any bit of spare land they could and grow any crop it would take. By going out into the land and a lot of hard grafting, Cuba’s people recovered from having to survive daily on half its previous calorie intake to being right back where it started, with a full stomach. To
this day there are more than 7000 urban allotments and famously, in Havana, over 200 gardens which provide over 90 per cent of its populations fruit and vegetable requirements…and the best part…it’s organic!!! Through Cuba’s need it refocused on what really mattered: good healthy food, they also discovered some valuable science that should be a lesson to us all. With our traditional oil based farming, as explained in a 2009 BBC documentary “the future of food”, it requires 5 calories of energy to produce 1 calorie of energy. Just to illustrate how flawed this method is lets imagine you make a £500 investment and get back £100. The energy (money) you expend is greater than what you get out of it, in much the same way that the energy that is spent growing crops requires more energy than you get back. This is CRAZY!!!
scientists and organizations, the very same that have invented and permitted the SAD (Standard American Diet) that is slowly killing so many in America as well as here in Britain, it seems inevitable that we will. We will because the right way is the hard way and we are, generally speaking, far too busy, stressed out or lazy to pick up a shovel and grow our own produce, and for the most part there is very little sense of community left in Britain, particularly in urban areas. More importantly there is nothing to be gained for the government by investing money and providing land to grow our own produce. I would fall off my chair in a state of delirium if anything like this became a reality. Rather we have created the modern day system of slavery that is Workfare, allowing corporations to use unemployed workers instead of fully paid staff members which seems entirely counter-prodctive given the state of unemployment in the country.
In the documentary Fernando Funes, working with the University of Matanzas, is using and develop- I shall leave you to ponder a little known quote ing low oil, high yield, farming in which it requires from Thomas Jefferson, American Founding Faonly one calorie of energy to produce five calories ther and third US President: of energy. The crops are all mixed up; a potato here “If people let government a lettuce there, tomatoes, fruit trees and other nonedible flowers and plants all in close proximity which decide what foods they when done correctly allows the crops to get the best of nutrients, attract helpful insects and divert pests. eat and what medicines “Growing food in this way is much more interesting. they take, their bodies will It is much more intelligent.” Is the opinion of Miguel Salcines Lopez, the manager of one of the largest ur- soon be in as sorry a state ban gardens in Havanna. I would have to agree. as are the souls of those This farming is a stark contrast from the single crop farming we are familiar with that creates our patchwork countryside, yet it is liberating and inspiring to hear of such a radical yet effective approach to food production. It is idealist to think that if Cuba could do it then we could do it too, which is probably true; after all there are around eight applicants for every job vacancy, so there are lots of people that would have an incentive to work if the money was there to pay them, but ‘if’ is a big word. We in the west have become so much more accustomed to our food magically appearing washed, of a uniform shape, packed in shiny plastic packaging and lined up on our supermarket shelves that the thought of having to go back to even washing the earth off of a carrot is too much to bare for many. Although it seems insane to trust these GM
who live under tyranny.”
They say the eyes are the windows to the soul and this may be very true, but as some people may argue this point let’s agree that the eyes are windows to the brain. We can tell by looking at the direction of the gaze what parts of the brains are accessed. The eyes send important visual information straight to the brain and as part of our involuntary responses the eyes reflect back what is happening inside our minds. From the neuro-linguistic programmers to hypnotists, the eyes are the conduit that controls the brain and transmit what state the brain is in. This article, however, is not about the eyes; it is about television and its powerful effects on our brains and minds. I think most thinking people will agree that most of the content on the box is not geared to educating but dumbing down and is the lowest form of entertainment. Our own children in Britain spend on average 52 hours a week in front of a television, says a BMRB estimation of children aged 11-15. On the other side of the Atlantic the American Academy of Paediatrics reports that by age 18, the average American child will have viewed about 200,000 acts of violence on television alone. Murder, rape, torture, knife and gun violence are all served up for daily consumption. The reason why I feel the American study is relevant here, is because it seems America has been the cultural BLINK Miss leader forand ouryou’ll media andIT:we have blindly followed. Although most programming that happens in America never reaches these shores, the landscape has steadily changed over the years and the bigThey say theineyes are the windows to the and this may true but as people may24 gest TV shows America have been just as soul big here in the UKbe asvery in the states. ER,some Sex in the City, point let’sthat agree that the part eyesof arethe theBritish windows of the brain. canastell looking at andargue C.S.I this are all series’ have been culture in as big aWe way anybyhome grown the directionifof themore gazeso. what of the brains accessed. send important visual programming, not Theparts content of the boxare is one thing, The but eyes I want to go further into the straight to the brain and as part of our involuntary responses the eyes reflect back boxinformation itself. what is happening inside our minds. From the neuro-linguistic programmers to hypnotists the eyes are the conduit that controls the brain transmit whatbasic statefrequencies the brain is which in. What is the Television set? The brain and operates on four neuro-sci-
ence has studied in depth. They are beta, alpha, theta and delta. The beta state is the brain in its This article, however, is not about the eyes; it is about television and its powerful effects on our active state. This is the brain when we are thinking and using ones higher brain function for making brains and minds. I think most thinking people will agree that most of the content on the box sense of the world. Delta is at the other end of the spectrum i.e. sleep or very deep trance. Psycholois not geared to educating but dumbing down and is the lowest form of entertainment. Our gist Thomas Mulholand found that after less than a minute of watching a TV the brain started to own children in Britain spend on average 52 hours a week in front of a television says a BMRB produce alpha waves which are a passive, receptive almost comatose state. And I am sure that the estimation of children 11-15. On the other side of the Atlantic the American Academy of Paedinext time you are watching the box, if you look at the people around you as they are engrossed in atrics reports that by age 18, the average American child will have viewed about 200,000 acts their programme, you would agree that they do look like they are comatose or mesmerised by the of violence on television alone. Murder, rape, torture, knife and gun violence are all served up flickering cube. When people are to become hypnotised it is the alpha state that is desired because for daily consumption. The reason why I feel the American study is relevant here is because it of the suggestibility of this state. Let’s go further. Researcher Herbert Krugman found that when seems America has been the cultural leader for our media and we have blindly followed. Alpeople watch TV endorphins are released by the brain, the right hemisphere becomes twice as acthough most programming that happens in America never reaches these shores, the landscape tive as the left and this also releases a surge of opiates into the body. Our brains cannot distinguish has steadily changed over the years and the biggest TV shows in America have been just as big between real world and artificial world created by TV directors. This combination of mesmerisation here in the UK as they have been in the states. ER, Sex in the City, 24 and C.S.I are all series that and the artificial world of the TV is flooding your body with happy chemicals whilst turning you into have been part of the British culture in as big a way as any home grown programming, if not a receptive zombie in order for the TV to deliver its entertaining payload of sex, violence, news and
sport. We have heard of television addicts and many people who say they no longer watch TV speak of withdrawal, even depression, this is the reason why. Wait a minute where is my thinking? I can’t go exposing the lifeblood of our culture like this; we all depend on the box for so very much. I apologise for shaking your world, however, I would like to propose a mini-series which am sure will never be seen on the box, nevertheless, I would love to see it. The show would be called 6506148 and it would be about the US patent 6506148 - Nervous system manipulation by electromagnetic fields from monitors. To quote from the patent:
tube in so many homes has the power to affect us then it has the power to change us. That is what the US patent is about. It’s about being able to remotely send sensory input, matrix style, into your brain and nervous system. I suppose then we become kind of like robots. Maybe it will be sold as an upgrade to 3D where you can actually feel a movie or maybe it will be done covertly without us knowing...either way....
Computer monitors and TV monitors can be made to emit weak low-frequency electromagnetic fields merely by pulsing the intensity of displayed images…Hence, a TV monitor or computer monitor can be used to manipulate the nervous system of nearby people. Add a little sex and violence and I think that would be the subject of a great drama. It could have a tag line that went… “They controlled your brain now they want your soul, and only you can stop them.” Yes I am being melodramatic and injecting a little humour into the equation, but the truth is, the human nervous system controls everything from breathing and producing digestive enzymes, to memory and intelligence. Therefore he who controls the nervous system controls the world. If the digital
Consuming Kids: The Commercialization Childhood.
Did you know that the USA’S youth (52 Million under 12’s) influences 700billion dollars’ worth of spending? This is the equivalent purchasing power as the world’s 115 poorest countries combined. Consuming Kids puts the advertising agencies and corporate machines under the microscope and examines a way of marketing products: through the children. Children influence things such as which family car is purchased or where they go on holiday and for these reasons marketing to children is an underhanded way of influencing a purchase. The film powerfully deconstructs what is for so many of America’s young, a reality, into a carefully plotted strategy to have children living a life with media advertising as the backdrop and the purpose; to get “stuff” and have “stuff”.
THEY LIVE Written and directed by John Carpenter Roddy Piper plays ‘Nada’, a transient nobody, who finds casual work at a LA construction site. Given a place to stay in a local shantytown and having symbolically had the church and society’s ills brought to his attention by a local pastor, he notices some strange activities at the church whose soup kitchen he has eaten from. The choir practise is nothing more than a recording hiding some unusual scientific apparatus. Whilst making his discovery the police raid the place and Nada flea’s to return the next day.
Consuming kids delves into the science of how children are studied and experimented with to ensure the efforts to sell through them are as effective as possible.
This is a very insightful film that shows the nature of marketing companies in the cold light of day and the ‘means to an end’ attitude they hold towards our children. Highly recommended and it is available in full in YouTube.
It is this point in the film that Nada finds a box of sunglasses that when he puts them on turns life into black and white and reveals a hidden agenda. Billboards now read “obey” and money carries the message “this is your god”. The glasses also reveal the non-human faces of the, otherwise everyday looking rich folk, who are the perpetrators of the state of hypnosis in which humanity is sleepwalking. The battle then commences between Nada and the alien controllers. Like most action films the film comes with a hint of romance and comedy. In a bank and under threat from the non-humans Nada declares “I’m here to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and I’m all out of gum”. Being written and directed by the same man this allows Carpenter to take his vision straight from inception and writing through to direction and is truly a work of his creativity and not the many minds and hands involvement of the Hollywood machine.
E LAVI INTERVIEW Rewire caught up with Elavi, musician and entrepreneur, at his studio recording his new album Code Red... Rewire: Do you believe that music has become devalued in the days of the download. Elavi: Well I believe that it has in a way. I mean if you can download anything for free then what real value has it got? There was a time that if you wanted say, Michael Jacksons back catalogue, you would have to buy it, now it’s just a click away, and for free. That’s why I believe artists like Prince have sought to keep his music off of the internet and gone the unique way of releasing music via publications, which the record companies really hate him for. I guess he is trying to go against the tide and keep the value within his music.
Rewire: Do you think the fact that anyone can produce music now has also devalued it? Elavi: Well yes and no. The fact that anyone can call themselves a producer has in a way devalued the craft behind music, because people think that by taking someone else’s beat via download they are creating, or the fact that all you need is a cracked copy of fruity loops or Cubase to create music does downgrade the art form because then it’s easy for people to produce music not for the love and though hard work but in a throw away manner. The flip side is that the availability of music production software has given power to the artist to create, and true artists have had to up their game because there is so much sound alike music that’s so very easy to produce. We have had to try to create something different.
Rewire: What in your mind defines a true artist? Elavi: Everybody would define themselves as a true artist, but for me, and this is only a personal opinion a true artist understands and respects the music at a deep level and it is this respect that drives their work. For instance, I don’t believe that any artist who is promoting materialism, violence or the degrading of women through music is a true artist, because their concept is geared towards destruction and for me you can’t use a truly creative thing such as music for the
Rewire: Why have you not got a record deal, because you have been offered deals right? Elavi: Yeah, I’ve been offered a few deals and the reason I’ve turned those deals down is because I didn’t want to be controlled or give away so much for so little. I know that many artists who want global fame will do anything for a deal am not one of those. A record deal is basically agreeing to turn over all your work to be owned by someone else and then they will share what money comes from it with you, if you are lucky. I’d rather be a slave to the music than be a slave to a record company. And anyway record companies don’t truly want artists like me who have a mind and creative vision they want studio puppets. Check out the life of Michael Jackson for one if you think am lying. The more power an artist gets, the more the record companies hate them.
Rewire: What do you think of X-factor and Britain’s got talent? Elavi: Everyday someone tells me I should go on these shows, but am not in love with them nor do I hate them, I am neutral. I don’t think they are about music. They are about the music and entertainment business and there is a difference. The business is one thing the music is another. If you decided to go on those shows to be a star then I would guess you are slightly deluded but many people go just to have fun, make a fool of themselves and the shows thrive on this. Maybe you could use the shows for exposure I am not sure if it would work for me because the inner workings of these shows are very different from what the public see. But they can do their thing and ill do mine. It is regrettable that these shows are seen as the only way to make it in the music business, but I guess when everyone is going blindly down one avenue you can always choose to go down another.
Rewire: What is success for you? Elavi: Success for me is having a life in music unhindered by any external force and not needing anyone else to make it happen. We have the power to carve out our own destinies don’t we?
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Published on Nov 29, 2012