How Philip K. Dick Disdained American Anti-Intellectualism

How Philip K. Dick Disdained American Anti-Intellectualism and Found His Inspiration in Flaubert, Stendhal & Balzac

Despite some of the stranger circumstances of Philip K. Dick’s life, his reputation as a paranoid guru is far better deserved by other science fiction writers who lost touch with reality. Dick was a serious thinker and writer before pop culture made him a prophet. Jonathan Letham wrote of him, “Dick wasn’t a legend and he wasn’t mad. He lived among us and was a genius.” It’s a fashionable opinion these days, but his genius went mostly unrecognized in his lifetime—at least in his home country—except among a subset of sci-fi readers. But Dick considered himself a literary writer. He left the University of California after less than a semester, but the “consummate autodidact” read widely and deeply, favoring the giants of European philosophy, theology, and literature. For this reason, Dick suspected that his tepid reception in the U.S., by comparison with the warm regard of the French, showed a “flawed” anti-intellectualism in Americans that prevented them from appreciating his work. In the 1977 edited interview above with Dick in France, you can hear him lay out his theory in detail, offering insights along the way into his literary education and influences.

Dick identifies two strains of anti-intellectualism in the U.S. The first, he says, prevents American readers from appreciating “novels of ideas.” Science fiction, he says, “is essentially the field of ideas. And the anti-intellectualism of Americans prohibits their interest in imaginative ideas and interesting concepts.” I don’t find Dick particularly persuasive here, but I live in a time when he has been fully embraced, if only in adaptation. Dick’s more specific take on what may be a root cause for Americans’ lack of curiosity has to do with the reading habits of Americans.

There’s another facet as regards my particular work say compared to other science fiction writers. I grew up in Berkeley and my education was not limited at all to reading other science fiction novels preceding my own, such as van Vogt, or Heinlein, or people of that kind… Padgett, and so on…. Bradbury. What I read, because it’s a university city, was Flaubert, Stendhal, Balzac… Proust, and the Russian novelists influenced by the French. Turgenev. And I even read Japanese novels, modern Japanese novels, novelists who were influenced by the French realistic writers.

Dick says his “slice of life” novels were well received in France because he based them on 19th French realist novels. His favorite, he tells the interviewer, were Madame Bovary and The Red and the Black, as well as Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons — all found in our collection of Free eBooks and Free Audio Books. Perhaps a little self-importantly, in his particular conception of himself as a literary writer, Dick distances himself from other American science fiction authors, whom he alleges share the American reader’s anti-intellectual propensities. “I think this applies to me more than other American science fiction writers,” says Dick, “In fact, I think that it’s a great flaw in American science fiction writers, and their readers, that they are insulated from the great literature of the world.”

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THE GREGORY FILES: THE ROAD TO THE CIA’S EXPERIMENTAL MEDICAL AGRICULTURAL PROGRAM AT JONESTOWN RAN THROUGH OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

MK ULTRA Zombie Expressions of Elderly Victims of the Peoples Temple

JONESTOWN: THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH IT WAS A CIA COVERT MEDICAL EXPERIMENT

My special thanks to Bonnie Faulkner of Guns and Butter of KPFA as one of the few if any progressive radio programs airing a special program this afternoon on November 18, 2009 on the 31st anniversary of one of the nation’s most horrific mass murders in U.S. History involving some 918 people, 305 children, and 40 infants, predominately African-Americans, mass slaughtered in a remote isolated rainforest of Guyana of South America at a covert concentration camp called Jonestown.

It aired a rocking alternative view of Jonestown that it was a governmental coordinated CIA MK ULTRA racial medical-agricultural experiment. This evening I checked KPFA archives on the internet to hear it again, but Bonnie Faulkner’s explosive expose on Jonestown is the only program missing at the KPFA’s 2:00 p.m. air slot. I image that it shook up a lot of Bay Area liberals and progressives sitting on the fence blind to Fascism, Racism, and Nazism that continuing rot away the moral core of this country.

PEOPLES TEMPLE: THE UNBEKNOWN BRUSH WITH THE CIA CULT OF DEATH

My first unbeknown brush with Rev. Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple was in Downtown Oakland at the T&D (Turner & Dahnken being the chain) Theatre at 419 11th Street. I recall it was soon after the mass development demolition of Downtown Oakland had begun in 1965-67 that there was a religious group with a number of black people carrying on daily and night services at the recently closed theatre. As manchilds, a group of young macks as we referred to ourselves were interested in checking out the new girls in town. So, we sat in on some of the services.

What was puzzling and stuck out about the experience with this group was that we could not separate the girls from a group of small kids that watched and listened to everything we said and the girls’ reactions. We tried to shoo the kids away, but over and over again they just wouldn’t move or leave. One of the girls was an attractive tall light skinned young lady with a natural. All of the younger macks just asked how old she was. It was like the younger kids cried “Ohoo-ohoo, we are going to tell.” As soon as the kids threatened to tell on them, the girls turned in complete unison with the small kids and ran away. It was so puzzling at the time. It was like something out of a movie.

Another thing that stuck out about this religious group was that on one of the night services, the pastor claimed that he was going to perform a miracle and resurrect the dead. Being an impressionable manchild as I was, I was very much interested in seeing that incredible phenomenon and planned to attend, but for whatever reasons I missed it. The man in the Bay Area who claimed to be able to resurrect the dead was none other than the self-proclaimed “Prophet”, Rev. Jim Jones. By 1972, Jim Jones would claimed to have done “over 40” resurrections of the dead. [1]

According to assistant prosecuting attorney of Mendocino County and Peoples Temple attorney, Tim Stoen:

“Jim has been the means by which more than 40 persons have literally been brought back from the dead this year. When I first came into the church, I was the conventional skeptic about such things. But I must be honest:

“I have seen Jim revive people stiff as a board, tongues hanging out, eyes set, skin graying, and all vital signs absent. Don’t ask me how it happens. It just does.”

“Jim will go up to such a person and say something like, ‘I love you’ or ‘I need you’ and immediately the vital signs reappear. He feels such a person can feel love in his subconscious even after dying.”
“Jim is very humble about his gift and does not preach it.” [2]

This very same Tim Stoen of the S-Factor, Stanford University, also sat on the Board of Directors of the Alameda County Legal Aid Society. As an unsuspecting manchild, what I didn’t appreciate at the time for decades was that the religious group that I happened to unknowingly sit in on at the T&D Theatre was Rev. Jim Jones and the Peoples Temples, a deep cover covert CIA-MK ULTRA experiment; and it was made part and parcel of my life experiences in Oakland, California.

Following the November 18, 1978 mass murder in Jonestown, U.S. Attorney William Hunter was in charge of investigating and covering up the Peoples Temple ties to the CIA. Hunter had a close personal relationship with Temple attorney Stoen ever since they both worked as assistant district attorneys in San Francisco to cover-up a 1975 election fraud perpetrated by Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple. When Hunter was promoted to U.S. Attorney, he offered CIA asset Stoen the position of Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney. When this scandalous conflict of interest was disclosed, Hunter stepped down but appointed one of his employees, Robert Dordero, to prosecute Layton. [3] The unsuspecting Charles Alex Gregory had counted the same William (Billy) Hunter as one of his close personal friends and business confidents.

THE LAYTON FAMILY OF THE PEOPLES TEMPLE: LUCIFIER’S SERVANTS

Tim Stoen along with Deborah Layton-Blakely had been central figures in stashing Peoples Temple assets in the millions in secret bank accounts by establishing two offshore dummy Panamanian corporations: Briget, S.A. and Asociacion Evangelica de las Americas, S.A. [4]

Deborah Layton is one of the key central figures in the Peoples Temple CIA project. Deborah is the daughter of the southern aristocratic Dr. Laurence Laird Layton of the chemical warfare division of the U.S. Agricultural Department (USDA). Plum Island Animal Disease Center and the chemical warfare division of the USDA was the brainchild of (Operation Paperclip) Dr. Erich Traub straight out of Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler’s secret SS biological warfare laboratory on the island of Insel Riems on the Baltic Sea. [5] Keep that in mind, Jonestown was also an agricultural experimental camp, and Dr. Layton and Layton family were some of its major covert funders.

Deborah Layton’s mother, Annalisa Philips-Layton, was of an elite wealthy aristocratic family of Nazi’s Germany. Lisa’s father Hugo Philips of Hamburg, Germany also reportedly funneled money to Lisa for the Jonestown CIA Medical/Agricultural Experiment.

Lisa Layton’s mother was Anita Lea Heilbut, a daughter of a wealthy Hamburg stockbroker. Under the ruse of escaping from Nazi Germany claiming to be of Jewish descent, Lisa sailed for New York aboard the S.S. Manhattan on May 6, 1938. Her claim to be Jewish was patently false. Sometime in 1931, her sister Eva had entered into Himmler’s SS Lebensborn Program as a pediatric nurse. [6]

The organization Lebensborn is part of the race and settlement central bureau of the SS. It served SS leaders in the selection and adoption of qualified Aryan children as part of its secret plan for a 1000 Year Third Reich of Aryan World Supremacy. In 1935, the Lebensborn as an organization was officially placed under the personal direction of Fuhrer Adolf Hitler. Under the iron fist of SS and the Gestapo, the Lebensborn program was stringently confined only to persons of certified Aryan decent and ancestry.

On April 23, 1938, the American consulate in Hamburg issued Eva Philips of the SS a visa to the United States, like her sister, Lisa, Eva was in the service of Himmler’s SS in America. [7] Eva traveled to Texas and blended into an Old South aristocratic family of Houston were President of the Reichsbank, Dr. Hjalmar Schacht, one of the most important figures of Nazi Germany, was positioned.

After WWII, Dr. Schacht had been indicted as a Nazi war criminal. According to the Nuremberg Tribunal, Schacht was an active supporter of the Nazi Party before its accession to power on January 30, 1933, and supported the appointment of Hitler to the post of Chancellor. After that date, he played an important role in the vigorous rearmament programme which was adopted, using the facilities of the Reichsbank to the fullest extent in the German rearmament effort. The Reichsbank, in its traditional capacity as financial agent for the German Government, floated long-term Government loans, the proceeds of which were fused for rearmament. He devised a system under which five-year notes, known as M.E.F.O. bills, guaranteed by the Reichsbank and backed, in effect, by nothing more than its position as a bank of issue, were used to obtain large sums for rearmament from the short-term money market. As Minister of Economics and as Plenipotentiary General for War Economy he was active in organizing the German economy for war. He made detailed plans for industrial mobilization and the coordination of the Army with industry in the event of war. He was particularly concerned with shortages of raw materials and started a scheme of stock-piling and a system of exchange control designed to prevent Germany’s weak foreign exchange position from hindering the acquisition abroad of raw materials needed for rearmament. On May 3, 1935, he sent a memorandum to Hitler stating that “the accomplishment of the armament programme with speed and in quantity is the problem of German politics, that everything else therefore should be subordinated to this purpose.” [8]

The Peoples Temple Jonestown camp sadistic doctor was Dr. Hjalmar Schacht’s namesake, Larry Schacht. It was Dr. Schacht, the Nazi Minister of Economics, who coined the phase entering Auschwitz “Arheit Macht Frei,” or “Work Will Make You Free.” [9]

I CRY CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY: GENOCIDE

According to John Judge, in the first count of the dead at Jonestown which numbered 408 Dr. Larry Schacht wasn’t there. Allegedly, the second count of the dead amounted to 780. Miraculously, an additional 372 people supposedly appeared dead at Jonestown then it climbed to 913 or 918. After the second count an additional 133 people that escaped the initial slaughters were rounded up out of the rainforest and dragged back to Jonestown and executed. Among the second count, purportedly, Dr. Schacht body appeared, but there is still no independent evidence of his death. Dr. Hjalmar Schacht’s namesake at Jonestown is presumed to have escaped the slaughter with other special team members of the killing squads. On May 10, 1952, Deborah Layton’s grandmother and Dr. Layton’s mother-in-law, Anita Philips died from injuries suffered in a fall from from a window of a New York City apartment house. The police determined that Anita’s death was a suicide when they discovered the following note written in German: “My Friends, know that I, free and proper, am a good American. But I was a gossib and have been estangled in a network of intrigue. I no longer have the strength to free myself from it. Forget me not my beloved children and family. And you, Hugo, forgive me. Live well. All of you loved mankind so well.” [10]

The network of intrigue that Anita referenced was that she was suspected of being part of SS Reichsfurhrer Himmler’s spy network in New York City. During this time, Dr. Erich Traub was also part of SS Reichsfurhrer Himmler’s spy network in New York. During WW I, Traub was a captain in the German army working as an expert in animal infectious diseases, particularly in horses. His veterinary corps led the germ warfare attacks on horses in the United States and Romania with a bacterium called glanders. He was also a member of the National Socialist Motorists Corps (NSKK) [11]

The NSKK (German: Nationalsozialistisches Kraftfahrerkorps) also known as the National Socialist Drivers Corps was paramilitary organization of the Nazi Party that officially existed from 1931-1945. In April of 1930, Adolf Hitler joined the NSKK as one of its first members. In 1945, NSKK was disbanded or went underground. The group was declared a “condemned organization” at the Nuremberg Trials. This was due to the NSKK’s orgins in Heinrich Heydrick’s SA and its doctrine of Aryan superority required of its members.

During the 1930’s and preceding WWII, Traub worked at the Rockefeller Institute of Princeton in New Jersey on viruses and bacterium. He was an active member of the Amerika Deutscher Volksbund, a German-American club also known as Camp Sigfried. Camp Sigried was the national headquarters of the American Nazi movement. On weekends, about forty thousand people throughout New York participated in mass Nazi rallies marching in lockstep divisions, carrying swastika flags, burning Jewish U.S. congressmen in effigy, and singing Nazi songs pledging their allegiance to the Third Reich as if they were in Nuremberg Nazi Germany.

Dr. Traub’s detailed debriefing from 1949 under Operation Paperclip of Himmler’s secret SS biological warfare research on Insel Riems, and his activities there and during the war and for the Soviets, laid the groundwork for Fort Detrick’s offshore germ warfare animal disease lab on USAD’s Plum Island. Dr. Traub was a founding father. [13]

From 1957 to 1978, Dr. Laurence Laird Layton worked at the USDA’s Western Regional Science Laboratory in Albany, California just outside of Oakland. CIA consultant Colston Richard Westbrook was also located on the borders of WRSL during the creation and operation of the SLA (Symbionese Liberation Army), and Peoples Temple MK ULTRA project. [14] At USAD, Dr. Layton secretly along with Dr. Traub continued the racial biological research of Himmler’s secret Biological/Chemical Warfare Program with Jonestown as its secret cohort testing grounds.

It makes absolute sense that Deborah Layton, a descent and bloodline of Himmler’s old SS espionage network, would clandestinely take legal control and ownership of the bulk of the Peoples Temple’s assets for ODESSA which by 1978 may have reach a couple of billions of dollars. After setting up dummy corporations, Stoen then open accounts with the Swiss Banking Corporation in Panama and the Union Bank of Switzerland and Panama, respectively. White member of the Peoples Temple, Deborah Layton along with Maria Kataris, Terri Buford and Stoen traveled to Panama with several million dollars from social security, foster care, and welfare benefits of its Black members as initial deposits in the new accounts. Stoen also established a Temple branch in the country of Luxembourg that opened bank accounts in London, West Germany, Switzerland, Romania, and Venezuela. The signaturies were not Jim Jones or even Tim Stoen but Deborah, Maria and Terri. [15]

Months later, Deborah and Terri returned to Panama on another mission. From there they flew to Paris, rented a car and drove to Zurich, Switzerland, where they opened one or more secret accounts in Deborah’s name or, more accurately, in her account number. Tim Stoen and other trusted couriers then traveled to Switzerland to deposit untold millions into Deborah’s secret bank account. [16]

Following the Jonestown mass murder in Jonestown, the known wealth of the Peoples Temple was viciously seized by Jimmy Carter’s Presidential Administration to offset the expense in returning the corpses, hundreds of black bodies, to the U.S and a small and trivial remaining portion was distributed to the surviving families, but only a small portion of the Temple’s estimated fifty million to two billion dollars was ever recovered. Millions were missing; millions that were hoarded in secret Swiss accounts in Deborah Layton’s name. [17]

Deborah’s other responsibility in the Temple was as political liaison in Terri Buford’s Peoples Temple Department of Diversions; the group was established to carry out the Peoples Temple most sensitive work in government. Deborah gathered data on politicians who might be coerced or blackmailed into cooperating with the Temple, hence the CIA. She also wrote forged and anonymous letters endorsing candidates, commenting on pending legislation and presumably threatening politicians who opposed Jones’ politics. Her correspondence was so incriminating that Deborah wore surgical gloves to type the letters on special “D” typewriters that had been purchased second-hand and then destroyed after fulfilling their purpose so as not to be traced to the Temple. [18]

The Girl with the Natural: Shanda Michele James Before her Murder in Jonestown Taken from Deborah Layton’s book “Seductive Posion”

It was Deborah Layton-Blakely that allegedly befriended a young Black young lady in Jonestown with that beautiful natural, Shanda Michele James-Oliver, at the Oakland T&D Theatre that one of the young brothers first asked her age.. In Seductive Poison, Layton said that she had been turned into some type of sexual enslaved concubine that was left comatose with mind altering drugs in the Jonestown medical barracks until she was murdered. [19]

MK ULTRA: THE EYES OF ROSE SHELTON

I had been told by Rose Shelton’s younger sister who at time was one of my beloved in-laws, who we belovedly called Nanny, that she was one of Jim Jones’ personal nurses. It was either 1974-75 that I was then married to one of Rose’s grand nieces when she visited us in Los Angeles. Nanny and Rose had traveled in the Peoples Temple bus caravan from the Bay Area. For whatever reasons, she couldn’t talk about the Peoples Temple and Rev. Jim Jones in Rose’s presence. In private, Nanny told us that the buses were crammed with people lying in the isles and even stuffed in the luggage compartments. She told us that Jim Jones and Peoples Temple was trying to pressure her to sign over her home on 44th Street in Oakland off of Telegraph to them. She wanted out while Rose, a very fragile senior elder, remained one of his most loyal and trusted brainwashed followers and supporters.

I, natively, really didn’t know what to make of Rev. Jim Jones and Peoples Temple. I had recently taken a class in Psychiatry and the Law at Loyola School of Law. I was in interested in race and lobotomies (psychosurgery). As a class, we visited a local mental institution. I was dumbfounded by some type of universal zombie-like blank expressions that I observed in young black mental patients. It was their expressionless and blank eyes that left me bewildered and left an everlasting impression.

During Rose and Nanny’s stay at our house, I went by Ralph’s Grocery Store near Hoover and Vernon in Southeast Los Angeles. At the store, there were a number of people circulating around the store panhandling and operating from a table in the front of the store. It was Peoples Temple members. As I approached the store, one of the sisters approached me and asked for a donation for the temple. When I looked directly in her eyes, I observed uncharacteristic excessive wrinkling of the skin around the eyes as if she has been awake for weeks. In her eyes, I saw that same universal zombie-type blank and unemotional expression that I observed in young black mental patients in the mental institution. It was almost the same expressionless eyes that had left me bewildered and mystified.

I was perplexed. I didn’t know what it meant. My wife and I and kids were invited to the Peoples Temple to join Nanny and Rose. Initiatively, I wasn’t interested. But from what Nanny said about the church, and what I had actually observed in the eyes of one its members I had become concerned or deadly curious about what was going on at the Peoples Temple.

It was on a nice and sunny Saturday in Los Angeles that my wife and I went to the Peoples Temple church. I was amazed as I approached the front of an old majestic church at 1366 South Alvarado Street in the Alvarado Terrace Historical District at Alvarado and Hoover. The Peoples Temple was a former First Church of Christ, Scientist, built in 1912. The church has a grand historic Christian Science towering edifice with a mixed Beaux Arts-Italianate-Spanish Romanesque style.

There was dozens of people bustling about the round stairs leading up to the church. The doors were wide open. It was packed with people. There was standing room only. What I saw standing at the pulpit in the church froze me in my steps. At the pulpit looking down at a predominately black congregation was a white guy with a jet-black hair wearing a black robe. He had on large black sunglasses.

It wasn’t just that a white guy was preaching to a black congregation that initially froze me. There was something about his demeanor and the expression on his face. The image that I saw wasn’t the humble and compassionate Christian pastor that I traditional had become accustomed to. This was different. He was standing there at the pulpit with what appeared to me a mocking posturing figure with a menacing scowl about his face. What Nanny had said about the church and that sister’s empty and tired wrinkled eyes flashed and raced through my mind. My mind was screaming, “this is not right”, “there is something extremely wrong about this.” I couldn’t move. I just couldn’t cross the threshold of that church. I told my wife that I couldn’t go in under no circumstances. She understood. She had promised her grandmother Nanny that she would be there. She entered the church to be with her.

Suddenly, my mind flashed back to Oakland. I had encountered Rose and this so-called mystic Rev. Jim Jones before. It was at the Havenscourt Jr. High Auditorium at 66th and East 14th Street sometime in 1970 or 1971. At the time, I was living with my mother and siblings at the 65th Street San Antonio Village. I was surprised one evening when I discovered that my little brothers and sister, middle school students, had been invited to attend some type of religious services at their middle school across the street.

I was alarmed that religious services were taking place on school grounds. I am still not sure how they came to be invited, but they weren’t going without me. I attended the religious services as they had planned. It was Rev. Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple circulating on the grounds of the Oakland Unified School District performing religious miracles. I distinctively remembered something odd about Rev. Jones attendant. She was an elderly Black woman with deep dark folds around her eyes. It had been Rose Shelton, my wife’s grant aunt, Rev. Jim Jones’ personal nurse. It was her eyes that evening that had left a burning impression on me. Again, it was those expressionless cold blank eyes buried in a pocket of wrinkling and worn skin. As Jim Jones was performing his phony miracle curing people of cancer by having them pretend to spit out cancer that was fresh chicken livers, I distinctively recalled Rose’s eyes and zombie like appearance as she attended Rev. Jones without the sun shades in his act by hiding and pretending to clutch cancerous matter that had been casted out of the mouth in her white handkerchief hiding the chicken livers.

When I looked directly in Rose’s eyes, it had been the first time that I had observed an uncharacteristic excessive wrinkling of the skin around the eyes as if a person had been awoke for days if not weeks. That was the first time that I had been plagued by some type of universal strange blank and unemotional zombie like demeanor and expressions. The blank expression and emotionless eyes that I observed in young black mental patients in the mental institution in Los Angeles wasn’t the first time it had made an impression on me. It was on that evening in 1970 or 1971 at Havenscourt Jr. High. It had been the zombie eyes of Rose Shelton that first bewildered and mystified me.

At that time, I knew very little about Nazis, mind control or the CIA. During Huey P. Newton’s incarceration at the San Luis Obispo California Men’s Colony, the older brothers as I recalled in specific, Brother DC (Captain Dennis Cox in exile in Paris), told us that it was important to make constant contacts with Huey at the prison because they were torturing him with Chinese-Korean Brainwashing tactics like sleep deprivation. For example he said that they were dropping water just outside his cell 24 hrs. a day until it caused ringing noises in his head. I just didn’t appreciate at the time the wicked ends of Korean torture tactics and sleep deprivation.

As a manchild, I loved to watch monster and science fiction movies. Rev. Jim Jones and the Peoples and what the system was putting Huey through at San Luis Obispo was a science fiction flick being played out in true life right before my eyes and I at that time had no way of knowing or appreciating its true danger.

Shortly after shielding my younger brothers and sister from Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple on the grounds of the OUSD under Superintendent Dr. Marcus A. Foster, two FBI agents (a black and white team) paid a visit to my mother and siblings while I was away to suggest to her that it was best for my health and safely if I got out of Oakland.

Rev. Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple was a covert governmental coordinated racial medical-social control and pacification experiment that extensively used sleep deprivation tactics as a means of brainwashing and mind control.

Just before his death in April 1992, Charles Alex Gregory, was drawn inside an organization that from all appearances was an instinctively benign group, SIMBA Inc., from the mindset of Roland Gilbert, a former inmate of Lompoc Federal Penitentiary.

In prison, Gilbert had gone through some type of MK ULTRA operant conditioning experimental behavior modification program. Charles didn’t understand it but SIMBA Inc. was nothing more than Lompoc’s experimental operant conditioning program covertly repackaged as SIMBA’S “The GHETTO SOLUTION” targeting Black children, particularly males that conditioned them and their adult mentors, one of which was Charles Alex Gregroy, into “altered states of consciousness” — a hypnotic state used in mind control in which the mind becomes highly susceptible to suggestion. Gilbert’s mind control paradigm program for SIMBA Inc. was straight out of the Dr. Gregory Bateson, Abraham Maslow and Aldous Huxley’s Esalen Institute; and it singled out and targeted Charles Alex Gregory’s independence and genius for obstruction. Bateson, Maslow and Huxley were some of the most important clandestine architects of the CIA’s MK ULTRA program.

The medical-military-industrial-congressional complex has clandestinely turned Oakland into some sort of far out and futurist medical scientific pacification laboratory and testing grounds because Oakland had become ground-zero and home to Black Power Nationalism and African-American Independence that Charles Alex Gregory presented; and Liberation.

Oakland was the home of the feared Huey P. Newton and the Black Panther Party for Self Defense that was sweeping across the World like a wildfire. Oakland had become home to some of the most progressive educational and political systems in the nation and the World.

The CIA’s MK ULTRA PROGRAM IS A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY. The trail to Jonestown runs right through OAKLAND.

[4] Id.

[5] Carroll, Michael C., LAB 257, Harper, NYC (2004) pgs. 7-8

[6] http://www.fonebone.net/Jonestown/02.Chap.txt

[7] Id.

[8] http://avalon.law.yale.edu/imt/judschac.asp

[9] http://waronyou.com/forums/index.php?topic=3445.0

[10] Id. At footnote 6

[11] Id. At footnote 5, pg. 8

[12] Id.

[13] Id. Page 9

[14] Meier, Michael, Was Jonestown a CIA experiment? a review of the evidence, Mellen House (1988) at page 92

[15] Id. At footnote 3

[16] Id.

[17] Id.

[18] Id.

[19] Layton, Deborah, Seductive Poison, Anchor Books, NY (1999)

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Plumb Island tick lyme’s Disease

FOR seven years, Michael Christopher Carroll, a lawyer from Bellmore, researched the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, the former Department of Agriculture laboratory situated on 840-acre Plum Island, less than two miles off the tip of Long Island’s North Fork. Now, after hundreds of hours spent poring over government documents and interviewing scientists, workers, government officials, journalists and others involved with or knowledgeable about the island laboratory, Mr. Carroll has turned his findings into ”Lab 257,” published by William Morrow and scheduled to appear in bookstores on Tuesday. Mr. Carroll argues that the laboratory, which was taken over by the Department of Homeland Security in June, is a biological time bomb with an appalling safety record, a tempting target known to terrorists and a grave but little-recognized threat to the largest population center in the United States.

Mr. Carroll also writes that his research suggests that the laboratory could be linked to the outbreak of Lyme disease and West Nile virus in the United States. But he offers no smoking gun, just the argument that a leaky laboratory studying the world’s most dangerous animal diseases would seem a plausible source of new or foreign ailments in nearby human populations, especially when the transmitters of the disease are ticks or mosquitoes, which feed indiscriminately on animals or humans.

Told of some of Mr. Carroll’s conclusions last week, government officials, including a former laboratory director, said the author was vastly off the mark and had written what appeared to be a book of science fiction.

”Mr. Carroll is a Baron Munchausen, or else he has been talking to him,” said Roger G. Breeze, who was the laboratory director from 1987 to 1995 and is now leaving a post as an associate administrator in the Agricultural Research Service. ”You don’t sell many books by concluding that federal officials are doing a really good job,” he said.

Despite this and other denials and disavowals, Mr. Carroll’s 289-page book seems unlikely to bolster Plum Island’s reputation on the East End, where the jobs provided by the lab have long been balanced by questions about the safety of operations there. The book arrives as the Department of Homeland Security continues to develop the 50-year-old laboratory’s new focus of protecting against agricultural terrorism. The Agriculture Department remains on the island as a tenant.
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The book also raises wider concerns. Mr. Carroll writes that in 2002 American forces in Afghanistan found a dossier of information about the Plum Island laboratory in the Kabul residence of Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood, a Western-educated nuclear physicist and former chairman of the Pakistan Nuclear Energy Commission who has been identified by American officials as an associate of Osama bin Laden.

The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to questions about the laboratory, but there were indications last week that the department planned a quick response to Mr. Carroll’s assertions, perhaps including opening the laboratory to a new round of press tours. ”We are doing what we can to demystify the legend that’s wrapped around Plum Island,” said Michelle Petrovich, a department spokeswoman, who said Homeland Security officials had not seen advance copies of the book.

Mr. Carroll said he originally had the cooperation of the Agriculture and Homeland Security departments and was given permission to visit Plum Island six times in 2001 and 2002. ”When they discovered where I was going and that I was going to write the truth, they pulled the plug and cut me off on the grounds of national security,” he said.

Sandy Miller Hays, a spokeswoman for the Agricultural Research Service, confirmed that the Agriculture Department ceased cooperating with Mr. Carroll, but would not discuss why. ”He was allowed on the island and subsequently denied access, but I don’t think the issue of national security came up as far as A.R.S. is concerned,” she said.

In his book, Mr. Carroll links Plum Island to Army research on offensive biological weapons in the first years after it opened in 1954 and writes that connections with an Army biowarfare laboratory at Fort Detrick, Maryland, have continued. He said he believed it was likely that research the public was unaware of was now in progress at the laboratory. ”The problem is that Plum Island is a kingdom unto itself,” he said in an interview. ”There is zero public oversight.”

Representative Tim Bishop of Southampton, whose district includes Plum Island, disputed the assertion that the lab was out of control. ”I believe we have a fairly good handle on what’s going on there and that the administrators are pretty open about it,” he said. He said he rejected the view that the island was a biological ticking time bomb that should be feared.

Mr. Carroll argues that outbreaks of the Dutch duck plague virus that devastated duck farms on eastern Long Island in the 1960’s, Lyme disease in 1975, West Nile virus in 1999 and the mysterious 1999 disease that killed most of the lobsters in Long Island Sound all occurred too suspiciously close to Plum Island to dismiss the possibility of a laboratory link.

”Every investigation is about connecting the dots,” Mr. Carroll said. ”There are a lot of people who don’t want to believe that there are these striking coincidences and at the very least these facts deserve some serious investigation.”

That the laboratory could be the source of viruses, Mr. Carroll asserts, was proven by an outbreak of foot and mouth disease at the laboratory in 1978 that infected animals in outdoor pens on the island. Mr. Carroll said he found government records reporting 3/4-inch gaps around roof pipes, allowing contaminated air to escape from — or disease-transmitting insects to enter — laboratories that were supposed to be sealed shut.

That the worst could happen, he wrote, was suggested by what one Plum Island worker described to him as a biological meltdown in August 1991, when Hurricane Bob knocked out power for more than a day to a laboratory building. Mr. Carroll writes that was long enough for viruses in freezers to thaw and for negative air pressure designed to keep air inside the building to fall off to nothing even as forced-air seals on lab doors went flat.

”My agenda is not to close Plum Island, it’s to make it safe,” said Mr. Carroll, who grew up in Bellmore and is now a senior vice president and general counsel at the Medallion Financial Corporation in Manhattan.

Allegations that Lyme disease is linked to the lab — which is 10 miles across Long Island Sound from Old Lyme, Conn., where the outbreak began in 1975 — have been heard before and are generally discounted by health officials. ”I don’t believe the laboratory had anything to do with it,” said Dr. David Graham, the director of public health for the Suffolk County Department of Health Services. He also rejected any connection between the lab and the West Nile outbreak, which was first reported in Queens in 1999. It has now spread to 46 states, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta reported 9,136 cases and 228 deaths from West Nile virus in 2003.

Lyme disease cases in 2002, the most recent year for which numbers were available, totaled 23,763, with no reported fatalities. About 95 percent of the cases were in 12 states including New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Suffolk County has one of the highest incidence rates in the state, Dr. Graham said, and records 500 to 1, 200 new cases a year. David Weld, the executive director of the American Lyme Disease Foundation in Somers, N.Y., also discounted Plum Island as a Lyme disease link. ”I personally just don’t think that has any merit,” he said.

Mr. Carroll writes that experiments lab scientists performed with ticks injected with viruses might have led to the Lyme disease outbreak. Infected ticks used in lab experiments, he postulates, might have escaped from the lab and reached the mainland on birds or swimming deer.

”I’m not a scientist, but what I am saying is that there is enough evidence of these multiple unexplained germ outbreaks near Plum Island that scientists need to sit down and actually investigate,” he said.

David Kapell, the mayor of Greenport, where many Plum Island employees live, said he had not heard of Mr. Carroll’s book and remained a supporter of the laboratory. ”I have been comfortable with Plum Island since Day 1,” he said. ”But like everybody else, I am ready to be educated.”

The Plum Island that unfolds in Mr. Carroll’s pages is the vision of a Nazi virologist, Erich Traub, who worked after the war with the United States Army on biological warfare. Mr. Carroll places the virologist on the island on at least three occasions, and speculates that he may have performed outdoor field tests with poisoned ticks.

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The tests would have occurred in the 1950’s, two decades before the Lyme disease outbreak. But Mr. Carroll suggests that lab research involving ticks was also taking place at the time of the 1975 outbreak.

Ms. Hays, the agricultural service spokeswoman, said there was no connection between Lyme disease and the laboratory. ”Nobody believes that that’s true,” she said.

She said she did not know of Erich Traub’s connection, if any, to the island. ”I have heard this Nazi scientist stuff for years and I never heard anything where anyone said ‘that’s right,”’ she said.

John Loftus, a former Justice Department prosecutor, describes Mr. Traub’s activities and work with ticks in the book ”The Belarus Secret,” which details the careers of former Nazi scientists. Mr. Carroll cites the Loftus book in his work.

Ms. Hays disputed an assertion in Mr. Carroll’s book that the laboratory was studying West Nile virus at the time of the August 1999 outbreak. Government health officials have placed the epicenter of the outbreak in New York City, and connect the virus’s introduction in this country to jet travel. Mr. Carroll writes that the epicenter was the North Fork and cites the death of at least 18 horses infected with West Nile as evidence.

Ms. Hays referred to a letter to a local newspaper written in September 2002 by Doug Moore, a laboratory safety and environmental officer, which said that the laboratory agreed to investigate the susceptibility of horses to the virus and did so from Oct. 29, 1999, to Jan. 31, 2000, or after the outbreak had begun. It said the tests were performed using an infected crow shipped to the lab from Ames, Iowa, the site of another major Agriculture Department lab.

The letter noted that the first horse case in eastern Long Island was recorded on Aug. 26, 1999, or prior to the investigation, and that 25 cases occurred after, including 3 in Nassau County. It cited government findings that the first human case was in Queens on Aug. 2.

Mr. Carroll writes that at the same time West Nile was causing human deaths in Queens, the Agriculture Department was quietly shipping dead horses in eastern Suffolk to Plum Island for tests. Ms. Hays said she knew of no shipment. A state official involved in an emergency team investigating the horse deaths, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, also knew of no such shipment.

In his book, Mr. Carroll describes plunging morale and a sharp decline in security when a private contractor took over support functions on Plum Island in 1991, stripping some 300 workers of pay and benefits they had as federal employees.

Mr. Carroll questions the wisdom of a sensitive, security-dependent government laboratory bringing in a cost-cutting private contractor who laid off workers and cut salaries. He notes that employees at the Agriculture Department lab in Iowa remain federal.

He also writes that the shift triggered a decline in the strict security at the island that had prevailed under the former director, Jerry Callis.

Dr. Callis did not respond to a telephone message left on an answering machine at his residence in Southold. A former Plum Island employee, speaking on assurance of anonymity, said security at the island remained light.

Dr. Breeze said Mr. Carroll had no understanding of federal contracting procedures. He said an executive order signed by President Ronald Reagan directed that functions such as those performed by support workers at the laboratory be privatized. ”He is blaming the wrong guy,” Dr. Breeze said.

The employees’ union went on strike against a lab contractor in 2002 after years of worsening tensions. Replacement workers the contractor brought in during the strike were blamed by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mr. Bishop and others for subsequent safety problems including two incidents in which replacement workers were unable to start emergency generators after power losses.

The Department of Homeland Security replaced the contractor with a new private contractor last year, but has made no move to federalize the workforce.

Dr. Breeze suggested that disgruntled workers who supplied some of the information used in Mr. Carroll’s book might have led the author astray. ”This is an industrial dispute just like any other industrial dispute between an employer and a workforce,” Dr. Breeze said. ”And the only way to draw the public in is by allegations of safety malfeasance.”

Mr. Carroll responded, ”If I was led astray, I was led astray by government documents yielded by seven years of requests, national archives research and hundreds of hours of interviews, including with Dr. Breeze.”

Dr. Breeze also said that it made no sense to suggest that viruses might have escaped during Hurricane Bob in 1991, when power was lost to the lab building that Mr. Carroll took for the title of his book. The samples, he said, were sealed in vials and plastic. He also denied that supplies of anthrax, simply labeled ”N,” had been stored at the laboratory for years. ”It’s about time somebody addressed these claims,” he said. ”These are claims that are completely untrue.”

But Mr. Carroll said he had a manifest documenting a transfer of anthrax from Fort Detrick to Plum Island. Told of Dr. Breeze’s denial, he said, ”Let him prove it.”

Mr. Carroll said that he had no prior personal or professional connection to the lab before undertaking the book project, and that he was drawn to the project after looking out at Plum Island across Plum Gut from the tip of Orient Point and promising himself that he would learn what really happened at the secretive laboratory.

”I am painting an image,” he said. ”People have to know about this place.”

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Lab 257: the Disturbing Story of the Government’s Secret Plum Island Germ Laboratory

tags: Lab 257, Plum Island,animal disease research, USDA, West Nile virus, Lyme disease, Dutch duck plague

After the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the UK was shown to be the result this virus’s escape from one of two nearby research labs, I thought it was timely to review a book that investigates this same occurrence in the United States. Lab 257: the Disturbing Story of the Government’s Secret Plum Island Germ Laboratory (NYC: William Morrow; 2004) by Michael Christopher Carroll, is the riveting story of an animal disease research lab located on an 840-acre island that is only two miles from Long Island, New York, and Olde Lyme, Connecticut, and a mere 85 miles from Manhattan. This book tells the frightening story about this government lab’s spotted history and also reveals that Plum Island Animal Disease Research Laboratory, which is home to many of the deadliest germs known to man, is about as safe as the average high school biology lab.

African swine fever, Rift Valley fever, anthrax, mad cow disease, foot-and-mouth disease, West Nile virus … this lab is home to all these deadly microbes and more. The reason? One of the primary targets for terrorists is to infect a nation’s livestock with dangerous microbes so they can cause widespread famine and panic. Thus, since the end of World War II, our government has been busily researching the bacteria and viruses that can be used to accomplish this goal. To that end, Plum Island’s two research labs, Lab 101 and Lab 257, were designed and established by two men: William Hagan, a veterinarian and former dean of Cornell University’s veterinary school who developed the first weapons-grade strain of anthrax known as Strain 99; and Erich Traub, a Nazi germ warfare expert who worked for Heinrich Himmler and who was allegedly smuggled into the United States in 1949 to work with the CIA, Army, Navy and the USDA.

Currently overseen by the Department of Homeland Security, Plum Island’s stated purpose was to study animal diseases that could threaten our livestock and to design vaccines against them. But the real purpose of Plum Island is to study dangerous animal diseases with the goal of weaponizing them for use against the livestock in other countries — originally the Soviet Union — while protecting our own livestock from such attacks.

Relying on interviews with current and former employees of the labs and with nearby residents, Carroll does his homework by documenting that Plum Island is an astonishingly insecure facility. The author follows the fortunes of Plum Island from its inception, explores how the labs went from the US Army’s jurisdiction to that of the USDA and then to the Department of Homeland Security, and details how many aspects of the labs’ daily maintenance was later sold to the lowest civilian bidder, thus causing the research program to decline in its standards and level of biosafety. Further, Lab 257 reveals instances of gross negligence in biosecurity and of ailing workers who were denied diagnostic assistance by their employers.

Most interesting and troubling to birdwatchers and other outdoors-y types is the author’s investigation into the unproven but nonetheless highly suspicious connections between Plum Island and the sudden appearance of Dutch duck plague (1967), Lyme disease (1975) and West Nile virus (1999) on the East Coast. All of these disease outbreaks were first documented within a few miles of the labs. Further, as if the appearance of these foreign disease organisms are not incriminating enough, the sudden and inexplicable appearance of the Lone Star Tick in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut should be, because this sedentary tick species was formerly confined to the state of Texas. Despite the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s repeated denials of their work with these organisms at Plum Island, there are documents that reveal otherwise. However, even if the government denials are true, these many coincidences are, in my opinion, just too numerous not to be viewed with great suspicion.

This readable 255-page book is carefully researched and documented, including a separate 30-page section of source notes detailing interviews, news stories and other printed source materials along with the author’s own Freedom of Information Act requests for various documents. The book also has a separate inset section containing 30 black and white images, and also embeds within the text several maps of Plum Island, the Eastern flyways followed by migratory birds, and a blueprint for the first floor of Lab 101.

I do have several criticisms. First, the book lacks a glossary and footnotes, which makes it difficult at times to identify the precise source for some of the information presented in the text. I was also disappointed that, after the big build-up at the end of the book, the author did not write more about the aftermath of Hurricane Bob and the power outage that it caused. How did Plum Island clean up the resulting mess? What was the reaction of upper management to the hurricane? Additionally, why was author denied further access to the island after he had already made six visits — he only mentioned that he was denied access by the government due to reasons of “national security”. And one last thing .. perhaps this is nit-picking on the part of a birdwatcher, but I was really annoyed that the author repeatedly referred to Canada geese as “Canadian” geese. Did he talk with any knowledgeable birders or ornithologists while writing this book? If he had, they would have immediately corrected his usage of that erroneous common name.

Nevertheless, in spite the book’s shortcomings, I think Lab 257 presents an eye-opening look into the very real and ever-present dangers of germ warfare research, of government secrecy, and into the gross arrogance and lack of responsibility enjoyed by many of our politicians and government officials. I think Carroll forms the basis for an important argument that homeland security should begin at home; it is essential that our government spend the money necessary to improve biosecurity in this nation’s research laboratories and that it carefully monitor every vial of dangerous microbes, so we can avoid dangerous epidemics of our own making.

Michael Christopher Carroll is a lawyer who spent seven years researching and writing Lab 257. A native of Long Island and an avid outdoorsman, Carroll is now general counsel of a New York-based finance company. He lives on Long Island and in New York City.

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rom
Leslie Feinberg
August 2011
transgenderwarrior.org
my research notes on the medical politics driving the

Lyme Wars

Part 32:
Former Nazi germ warfare scientist
‘developed idea to build Plum Island’
This is Carroll’
s own summary of his research findings, published in 2004, that were
gleaned from his seven years of research into Lab 257. (“Lab 257″: William Morrow,
2004; Harper, 2005)
“[H]ard facts are indeed facts: the Army and the USDA [United States Department of
Agriculture] conducted numerous outdoor biological warfare experiments within the
United States borders; the Army and the USDA were cooperating in a germ warfare
laboratory built on Plum Island; the U.S. recruited the key architect of Nazi Germany’s
germ w
arfare program who worked directly for Heinrich Himmler; after Fort Detrick and
the CIA interrogated him, the Nazi scientist developed the idea to build Plum Island,
modeled after his own germ warfare lab on Insel Riems; the USDA borrowed this Nazi
scienti
st to work in its Washington, D.C. area laboratories; and this very Nazi scientist is
now confirmed to have been on Plum Island on at least three occasions.” (“Lab 257.”
2005, p. 22)
The scientist, Erich Traub, was recruited by the U.S. as part of postwar
recruitment of
Nazis code

named Operation Paperclip.
Carroll wrote, “Ironically, Traub spent the prewar period of his scientific career on a
fellowship at the Rockefeller Institute in Princeton, New Jersey, perfecting his skills in
viruses and bacteria u
nder the tutelage of American [U.S.] experts before returning to
Nazi Germany on the eve of war.”
The author described Traub as chief of the secret Nazi biological warfare laboratory in
the Baltic Sea

another island lab

and that Traub worked for Hitler’s
second

in

command SS chief Heinrich Himmler on live germ trials. Traub “packaged weaponized
foot

and

mouth disease virus, which was dispersed from a Luftwaffe bomber onto cattle
and reindeer” in occupied Russia [Soviet Union

L.F.]”
Traub himself reportedl
y didn’t hide his 1930s U.S. membership in “Camp Sigfried,”
which Carroll described: “Just thirty miles west of Plum Island in Yaphank, Long Island,
Camp Sigfried was the national headquarters of the American Nazi movement. Over
40,000 people throughout th
e New York region arrived by train, bus, and car to
participate in Nuremberg

like rallies.
“Each weekend they marched in lockstep divisions, carrying swastika flags, burning
Jewish U.S. congressmen in effigy, and singing anti

Semitic songs. Above all, th
ey
solemnly pledged their allegiance to Hitler and the Third Reich.” (p. 8)
Carroll detailed more of Traub’s reported germ warfare history. He also detailed Traub’s
role during WWII: “He was also a member of NSKK, the Nazi Motorists Corps, a
powerful Naz
i organization that ranked directly behind the SA (Storm Troopers) and the
SS (Elite Corps).”
Carroll stated: “Records detailing a fraction of Erich Traub’s activities are now available
to the public, but most are withheld by Army intelligence and the CIA
on grounds of
national security. But there’s enough of a glimpse to draw quite a sketch.” (p. 11)
Next: Carroll describes Traub as ‘a founding father of Plum Island

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For years, in almost complete secrecy, cops and feds in the United States—and elsewhere—have been using powerful devices called Stingrays, cell site simulators, or IMSI catchers to track and spy on cell phones.

Over the last few years, and only after long legal fights and several public documents requests, we’ve learned a little bit more about IMSI catchers, including some of the agencies that use them. Yet we’ve rarely seen them. Some official pictures have been published online, mostly mined from patent applications, but we’ve practically never seen them in the wild until now.

Here’s a picture of a stack of IMSI catchers, which trick phones into connecting to them by pretending to be a cell tower, sitting on what is likely the seat of a police car or van.

“That’s consistent with what we know about how these devices are typically used,” Nate Wessler, a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), told Motherboard after seeing the leaked picture. “They’re put inside a police vehicle and to anyone on the outside there would be no indication that the police are driving around with a powerful surveillance device.”

Read more: British Companies Are Selling Advanced Spy Tech to Authoritarian Regimes

Critics argue that IMSI catchers are very invasive, since they force every cell phone in their vicinity, not just the targeted one, to connect to the tracking devices.

The picture, unfortunately, is low resolution, but you can clearly see that at least three of the four stacked devices are the Harpoon model made by Harris Corp.. The only other picture of an Harpoon was published in 2013 by Ars Technica.

A close-up of an Harris Harpoon.

The Harpoon, according to a brochure from 2008 published by Ars Technica in 2013, is an amplifier that “maximizes” the capability of the Stingray II and “significantly improves the performance of the single-channel Stingray and KingFish systems,” which are other Harris surveillance products.

Another leaked picture shows what appears to be the back of the device, along with its identification number issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and a barcode that says the device is property of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

A spokesperson for the agency declined to comment as the “FDLE does not discuss investigative techniques.” Harris also declined several requests for comment.

The back of one of the Harris IMSI catchers owned by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

A former Harris employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the pictures look real, and told Motherboard that each Harpoon device in it is likely used as a different module for different functionalities, such as intercepting different bands. But it’s all one and the same system, according to the source.

According to a manual leaked along with the picture of the Harpoon, and first published by The Intercept in September, the Harpoon can be used along other Harris products.

A screenshot of a secret Harris manual first published by The Intercept.

Harris, which sells most of these spy gizmos to cops around the United States, has fought to keep details of its technology secret, making customers sign strict non-disclosure agreements. The FBI even barred local cops from disclosing any information about the devices, and there have been a few cases where prosecutors preferred to drop charges rather than face the possibility of disclosing that the authorities had used Stingrays or similar products in their investigation.

Privacy and anti-surveillance advocates such as Wessler and his colleagues at the ACLU have long fought to lift the veil of secrecy surrounding these devices. They also fought the government, demanding that police get a warrant before using these devices, something that has usually not been a requirement until recently.

“It shouldn’t take a leak […] to just see a picture of this device in action.”

The picture was part of a cache of documents purportedly from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), and leaked to Motherboard. In 2014, the American Civil Liberties Union revealed that the FDLE had spent $3 million on IMSI catchers since 2008.

If it is indeed the FDLE’s device, the new leaked picture shines a little bit of light on how cops actually use these devices on the streets of America. For that reason, Wessler applauded the leak, but also complained that police departments and the FBI should be more transparent.

“It shouldn’t take a leak,” he said, “to just see a picture of this device in action.”

For years, in almost complete secrecy, cops and feds in the United States—and elsewhere—have been using powerful devices called Stingrays, cell site simulators, or IMSI catchers to track and spy on cell phones.

Over the last few years, and only after long legal fights and several public documents requests, we’ve learned a little bit more about IMSI catchers, including some of the agencies that use them. Yet we’ve rarely seen them. Some official pictures have been published online, mostly mined from patent applications, but we’ve practically never seen them in the wild until now.

Here’s a picture of a stack of IMSI catchers, which trick phones into connecting to them by pretending to be a cell tower, sitting on what is likely the seat of a police car or van.

“That’s consistent with what we know about how these devices are typically used,” Nate Wessler, a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), told Motherboard after seeing the leaked picture. “They’re put inside a police vehicle and to anyone on the outside there would be no indication that the police are driving around with a powerful surveillance device.”

Read more: British Companies Are Selling Advanced Spy Tech to Authoritarian Regimes

Critics argue that IMSI catchers are very invasive, since they force every cell phone in their vicinity, not just the targeted one, to connect to the tracking devices.

The picture, unfortunately, is low resolution, but you can clearly see that at least three of the four stacked devices are the Harpoon model made by Harris Corp.. The only other picture of an Harpoon was published in 2013 by Ars Technica.

A close-up of an Harris Harpoon.

The Harpoon, according to a brochure from 2008 published by Ars Technica in 2013, is an amplifier that “maximizes” the capability of the Stingray II and “significantly improves the performance of the single-channel Stingray and KingFish systems,” which are other Harris surveillance products.

Another leaked picture shows what appears to be the back of the device, along with its identification number issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and a barcode that says the device is property of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

A spokesperson for the agency declined to comment as the “FDLE does not discuss investigative techniques.” Harris also declined several requests for comment.

The back of one of the Harris IMSI catchers owned by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

A former Harris employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the pictures look real, and told Motherboard that each Harpoon device in it is likely used as a different module for different functionalities, such as intercepting different bands. But it’s all one and the same system, according to the source.

According to a manual leaked along with the picture of the Harpoon, and first published by The Intercept in September, the Harpoon can be used along other Harris products.

A screenshot of a secret Harris manual first published by The Intercept.

Harris, which sells most of these spy gizmos to cops around the United States, has fought to keep details of its technology secret, making customers sign strict non-disclosure agreements. The FBI even barred local cops from disclosing any information about the devices, and there have been a few cases where prosecutors preferred to drop charges rather than face the possibility of disclosing that the authorities had used Stingrays or similar products in their investigation.

Privacy and anti-surveillance advocates such as Wessler and his colleagues at the ACLU have long fought to lift the veil of secrecy surrounding these devices. They also fought the government, demanding that police get a warrant before using these devices, something that has usually not been a requirement until recently.

“It shouldn’t take a leak […] to just see a picture of this device in action.”

The picture was part of a cache of documents purportedly from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), and leaked to Motherboard. In 2014, the American Civil Liberties Union revealed that the FDLE had spent $3 million on IMSI catchers since 2008.

If it is indeed the FDLE’s device, the new leaked picture shines a little bit of light on how cops actually use these devices on the streets of America. For that reason, Wessler applauded the leak, but also complained that police departments and the FBI should be more transparent.

“It shouldn’t take a leak,” he said, “to just see a picture of this device in action.”

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does the Internet Cause Mental Illness?

I did a search “Does the Internet cause Mental Illness? on Google. I Only was presented “No The Internet Does Not Cause Mental Illness, but It Can Cure It!” (Literally, I will copy and post that nect)
This search is BING SERTCH ENGYNE. Have not used it yet on This Browser or Computer-IT HAS NOT BUILT ALGORITHMIC DATA ON MY PERCULAR SEARCH TARGETS.
The BING Search here:
  1. Internet Overuse May Cause DepressionWebMD

    http://www.webmd.com/…/news/20100802/internet-overuse-may-cause-depression

    Aug 02, 2010 · Internet Overuse May Cause Depression. … “This result suggests that young people who are initially free of mental health problems but use the Internet

  2. Spending too much time online ‘causing mental illness in …

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health/spending-much-time-online…

    Spending too much time online ‘causing mental illness in children’ government health advisers warn. … mental illness in children government healthinternet

  3. Eight new mental illnesses brought to you by the Internet

    Oct 16, 2013 · Video embedded · Eight new mental illnesses brought … Manual of Mental Disorders does not recognize … illnesses brought to you by the Internet” was …

  4. 6 New Personality Disorders Caused by the Internet

    6 New Personality Disorders Caused by the Internet; Articles … a online journal about her struggle to live with her illness. … Does it Happen on the Internet?

  5. Internet | Mental Health Foundation

    https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/i/internet

    The internet can inform and empower people with mental health problems, as well as their relatives, carers, service providers and policy makers.

  6. Constant Internet access ’causes sleep disorders and …

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2158035/Constant-Internet

    Constant Internet access ’causes sleep disorders and depression with late night users most likely … stress and symptoms of mental health; … Break the internet Nicki!

  7. 5 Disorders Caused by the Internet, TV, Magazines and …

    mentalfloss.com/article/31152/5-disorders-causedinternet-tv…

    ©2017 Mental Floss … 5 Disorders Caused by the Internet, TV, … sympathy from others—Münchausen by Internet is a patterned behavior of feigned illness, …

  8. Social media: how does it affect our mental health and …

    • 4.2/5 ·
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    • Psychology/Psychiatry/Mental Health

    Numerous studies have suggested that using social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter can affect mental health … of Internet sites that … causes, what are …

  9. Can The Internet Affect Your Mental Health?

    www.mentalhealthguide.com/can-the-internet-affect-your-mental-health

    This Mental Health Guide fills in the details on how the internet can affect your mental health. … can cause despair … The Internet Affect Your Mental Health?

  10. Light Friday: 8 Mental Illnesses Caused by the Internet

    news.thomasnet.com/the-light-side/2013/10/18/light-friday-8-mental

    The Light Side. Topics The Light Side … 8 Mental Illnesses Caused by the Internet. By IMT … Psychologists have cataloged and named eight official mental illnesses

Jan 18, 2016

Social media isn’t increasing mental illness, but it can help fight it …. a single cause oversimplifies the …

Instagram worst app for young people’s mental health – CNN – CNN.com

May 19, 2017

Instagram worst social media app for young people’s mental health ….. in unhappiness, but it has as many …

Thomas Insel, the director of the National Institute of Mental Health, wonders: Could we do the same for …

Why Instagram Is the Worst Social Media for Mental Health | Time.com

time.com/4793331/instagram-social-media-mental-health/
May 25, 2017

Instagram is the worst social media network for mental health and … Social media posts can also set …

Cats Don’t Directly Cause Mental Illness: Study | Time.com

time.com/4678615/cats-mental-health-problems-study/
Feb 22, 2017

Cats Don’t Cause Mental Health Problems, Study Says … parasite does increase mental illness risk, it …

Mental Health: 2016 Election Is Causing Stress, Anxiety | Time.com

time.com/4299527/election-mental-health/
Apr 26, 2016

Engaging with politics may be part of our civic duty, but presidential elections can be emotionally exhausting …

Aug 22, 2014

Internet addiction was first proposed as a psychiatric disorder in 1996, … of Health website, “Internet

Apr 19, 2015

Events in the Middle East could be contributing to increasing discrimination of Arabs and Muslims in Australia …

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Big Pharma’s Kill Chart

Big Pharma  Big Pharma Genocide  Big Brother  Mafia (Authority) Psychopaths (Mafia)  Corporatocracy

BIG PHARMA’S KILL CHART
So you believe Big Brother doesn’t exist?

Ever wondered why the NHS is bust?

[Big Pharma is Psychopathic, Satanic, Corporate, Government (Authoritarian, crypto-Fascist, pseudo-Democratic, Genocidal, Murdering, Mass poisoning, Terrorising, Robbing, Lying) pseudo-medicine, and it shows!!!]

“The biological, psychological, moral and economic destruction of the majority of normal people becomes, for the pathocrats, a biological necessity.” ~ Dr Andrew Łobaczewski Unnecessary Disease & procedures (USA) Deaths caused (yearly USA)
AIDS-HIV racketHIV never isolated, invented to kill people with drugs such as AZT (600,000 deaths), with Fear, & Infectious scare benefits.            13,712 (yearly)
Vaccine (and Birth trauma) derived autism spectrum disorder (1 in 68, 2014, cost $236-262 billion)                   3.5 million
Asthma, mostly vaccine (and drug) derived , 1 in 12 (cost $56 billion)                 25 million
Estimated vaccine Deaths            16,000  (yearly)
Gardasil vaccine VAERS reports (only 1-3% reported)                  40,000 inc 230 deaths
Estimated vaccine side effects based on VAERS (only 1-3% reported) VACCINATION IS CHILD ABUSE                    1-2 million (yearly)
Eczema, mostly vaccine (and drug) derived                  36 million
Chemotherapy/cancer deaths (cost $150 billion). Big Brother causes (e.g. Fluoride, etc) and suppresses all the cures.          500,000  (yearly)
Alzheimer’s. Big Brother causes (7,8) and suppresses the cures (9 10 11 12). Cost: $226 billion in 2015.                  5.3 million            84,767  (yearly)
Heart disease. Cures suppressed (13, 14) with toxic heart drugs promoted like Statins & Vioxx (120,000 deaths)          610,000  (yearly)
In hospital, adverse drug reactions (1)                 2.2 million (yearly)
Unnecessary hospitalisations (1) (Antibiotics cause 700,000 emergency room visits per year, just in the US. 6)                 8.9 million (yearly)
Unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions (1)                20 million (yearly)
Unnecessary medical and Surgery procedures (inc Gallbladder: 700,000; Heart Bypass: 300,000; Angioplasties: 419,000 (1995), Hysterectomy: 640,000 (2001); Caesarean section: 1 million; Circumcision: 1 million)                 7.5 million (yearly)
Psychiatry.  About 4,000 families in the US have children born with major birth defects each year because of antidepressants taken in pregnancy (Drugs in pregnancy). Up to 20,000 women per year have a miscarriage because of these drugs.
Antidepressants/Benzodiazepines/antipsychotics kill 539,000 annually in USA & Europe. (3).
               6 million addicts            140,000 on methadone (UK)   200,000+ (Psychiatric deaths USA) (3)
Eli Lilly killed 200,000 people with Zyprexa (4)         200,000 deaths
Benzodiazepine babies                 4-6 million
Children on psychiatric drugs 0-17 years (inc: 0-1 years 274,804, 2-3 years: 370,778; 4-5: years 500, 948; 6-12 years: 4,130,340; 13-17 years: 3,617,593) (5)                 8,894,463
Psychiatry induced Tardive dyskinesia (TD)                  1 million
Children and teenagers that have ended up “bipolar” after being treated with a stimulant or an antidepressant (2)                  1 million
Diseases/deaths eliminated or prevented by Big Brother pseudo-medicine Vaccination                    NONE
Iatrogenic deaths (Inc: Adverse drug reaction & Medical error: 420,000; Bedsores: 115,000; Infection: 88,000; Malnutrition: 108,000; Outpatients: 199,000; Unnecessary procedures: 37,136; Surgery related: 32,000) (1)      999,936 (cost $468 billion) (1)
Diseases cured by Big Brother medicine (aka Allopathy, Drug medicine, Psychiatry, Big Pharma, Western, Orthodox, Modern, Scientific, Contemporary, Traditional, Conventional, ‘Evidence/Science based medicine) Bacterial infections, at a cost e.g. Meningitis, asthma, leukemia, gut disease, permanent brain damage    TOTAL DEATHS (Allopathy)
2,325,415 (yearly)
Diseases cured by non-Big Brother medicine (Alternative Medicine), e.g. Homeopathy, Naturopathic Herbalism, Chiropractic, Nutritional Medicine, Electronic Medicine, Oxygen Therapy, Urine therapy, Cannabis etc All diseases cured: Alzheimer’s, Cancer, Heart Disease, Infections (Meningitis, Polio, Measles, Hepatitis), Arthritis, AIDS.. Cot-death prevented. DEATHS (Alternative Medicine)
NIL
True medicine doesn’t kill or maim
(3)
Vivisection hasn’t got any useful drug on the market, and all useful drugs have been invented already.
“Animal studies are done for legal reasons and not for scientific reasons.”–Dr JD Gallagher, Director of Medical Research, Lederle Laboritories, 1964.  Animal abuse is Satanic.
300 million (yearly 1994)
Cot-death & Vitamin C               300,000 (Total, bare minimum)
Sepsis (Vitamin C) 300,000 USA 1
SUPPORT suffocation experiment               150,000 babies (Total)

http://www.pharmadeathclock.com

[2015] Death by Medicine (Film)

”All of the barriers that are meant to protect our children–the government, the lawyers, the regulatory agencies, and the press, the checks and balances in our democratic system that are supposed to stand between corporate power and our little children–have been removed, and there’s only one barrier left, and that’s the parents, and we need to keep that in the equation.”- Robert F Kennedy

[2015 Nov] Doctors Earn $3.5 Billion in Kickbacks from Pharmaceutical Companies
[2013 Feb] 50 Signs That The U.S. Health Care System Is A Gigantic Money Making Scam
Henry See
Trall
Psychopaths (Mafia)  Medical Mafia Rackets  Vaccination Racket  Antibiotics Otitis Media (Vaccines)  Tenpenny, Sherri DO  Asthma (Vaccines)  Antibiotics & Asthma  Unvaxed healthier

 
Pfeiffer, Ph.D., M.D.,Carl C.  Pauling, Linus

List of largest pharmaceutical settlements
[2015] Pharma CEO: We’re in Business of Shareholder Profit, Not Helping the Sick

 
Alzheimer’s Racket
Chemotherapy
Gotzsche, Peter
Skull & Bones society/Reptoids Medical Industrial Complex (Allopathy Inc)   Allopathic Genocide   Death
CDC
Flu vaccine racket  Silent Weapons BIG PHARMA’S KILL CHART [2011 Oct] Shock vaccine study reveals influenza vaccines only prevent the flu in 1.5 out of 100 adults (not 60% as you’ve been told)
Medical Industrial Complex (Allopathy Inc)   Military Industrial Complex
Native American genocide
Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars
Chickenpox
Andrew M. Lobaczewski

 
Medical Industrial Complex (Allopathy Inc)    Alternative Medicine  Allopathic Genocide  Vaccine autism  Chemotherapy  Psychiatry Racket  Alzheimer’s Racket  Heart disease  AIDS-HIV racket

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What if jobs are not the solution but the problem?

What if jobs are not the solution but the problem?

James Livingston

Work means everything to us Americans. For centuries – since, say, 1650 – we’ve believed that it builds character (punctuality, initiative, honesty, self-discipline, and so forth). We’ve also believed that the market in labour, where we go to find work, has been relatively efficient in allocating opportunities and incomes. And we’ve believed that, even if it sucks, a job gives meaning, purpose and structure to our everyday lives – at any rate, we’re pretty sure that it gets us out of bed, pays the bills, makes us feel responsible, and keeps us away from daytime TV.

These beliefs are no longer plausible. In fact, they’ve become ridiculous, because there’s not enough work to go around, and what there is of it won’t pay the bills – unless of course you’ve landed a job as a drug dealer or a Wall Street banker, becoming a gangster either way.

These days, everybody from Left to Right – from the economist Dean Baker to the social scientist Arthur C Brooks, from Bernie Sanders to Donald Trump – addresses this breakdown of the labour market by advocating ‘full employment’, as if having a job is self-evidently a good thing, no matter how dangerous, demanding or demeaning it is. But ‘full employment’ is not the way to restore our faith in hard work, or in playing by the rules, or in whatever else sounds good. The official unemployment rate in the United States is already below 6 per cent, which is pretty close to what economists used to call ‘full employment’, but income inequality hasn’t changed a bit. Shitty jobs for everyone won’t solve any social problems we now face.

Don’t take my word for it, look at the numbers. Already a fourth of the adults actually employed in the US are paid wages lower than would lift them above the official poverty line – and so a fifth of American children live in poverty. Almost half of employed adults in this country are eligible for food stamps (most of those who are eligible don’t apply). The market in labour has broken down, along with most others.

Those jobs that disappeared in the Great Recession just aren’t coming back, regardless of what the unemployment rate tells you – the net gain in jobs since 2000 still stands at zero – and if they do return from the dead, they’ll be zombies, those contingent, part-time or minimum-wage jobs where the bosses shuffle your shift from week to week: welcome to Wal-Mart, where food stamps are a benefit.

And don’t tell me that raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour solves the problem. No one can doubt the moral significance of the movement. But at this rate of pay, you pass the official poverty line only after working 29 hours a week. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25. Working a 40-hour week, you would have to make $10 an hour to reach the official poverty line. What, exactly, is the point of earning a paycheck that isn’t a living wage, except to prove that you have a work ethic?

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But, wait, isn’t our present dilemma just a passing phase of the business cycle? What about the job market of the future? Haven’t the doomsayers, those damn Malthusians, always been proved wrong by rising productivity, new fields of enterprise, new economic opportunities? Well, yeah – until now, these times. The measurable trends of the past half-century, and the plausible projections for the next half-century, are just too empirically grounded to dismiss as dismal science or ideological hokum. They look like the data on climate change – you can deny them if you like, but you’ll sound like a moron when you do.

For example, the Oxford economists who study employment trends tell us that almost half of existing jobs, including those involving ‘non-routine cognitive tasks’ – you know, like thinking – are at risk of death by computerisation within 20 years. They’re elaborating on conclusions reached by two MIT economists in the book Race Against the Machine (2011). Meanwhile, the Silicon Valley types who give TED talks have started speaking of ‘surplus humans’ as a result of the same process – cybernated production. Rise of the Robots, a new book that cites these very sources, is social science, not science fiction.

So this Great Recession of ours – don’t kid yourself, it ain’t over – is a moral crisis as well as an economic catastrophe. You might even say it’s a spiritual impasse, because it makes us ask what social scaffolding other than work will permit the construction of character – or whether character itself is something we must aspire to. But that is why it’s also an intellectual opportunity: it forces us to imagine a world in which the job no longer builds our character, determines our incomes or dominates our daily lives.

What would you do if you didn’t have to work to receive an income?

In short, it lets us say: enough already. Fuck work.

Certainly this crisis makes us ask: what comes after work? What would you do without your job as the external discipline that organises your waking life – as the social imperative that gets you up and on your way to the factory, the office, the store, the warehouse, the restaurant, wherever you work and, no matter how much you hate it, keeps you coming back? What would you do if you didn’t have to work to receive an income?

And what would society and civilisation be like if we didn’t have to ‘earn’ a living – if leisure was not our choice but our lot? Would we hang out at the local Starbucks, laptops open? Or volunteer to teach children in less-developed places, such as Mississippi? Or smoke weed and watch reality TV all day?

I’m not proposing a fancy thought experiment here. By now these are practical questions because there aren’t enough jobs. So it’s time we asked even more practical questions. How do you make a living without a job – can you receive income without working for it? Is it possible, to begin with and then, the hard part, is it ethical? If you were raised to believe that work is the index of your value to society – as most of us were – would it feel like cheating to get something for nothing?

We already have some provisional answers because we’re all on the dole, more or less. The fastest growing component of household income since 1959 has been ‘transfer payments’ from government. By the turn of the 21st century, 20 per cent of all household income came from this source – from what is otherwise known as welfare or ‘entitlements’. Without this income supplement, half of the adults with full-time jobs would live below the poverty line, and most working Americans would be eligible for food stamps.

But are these transfer payments and ‘entitlements’ affordable, in either economic or moral terms? By continuing and enlarging them, do we subsidise sloth, or do we enrich a debate on the rudiments of the good life?

Transfer payments or ‘entitlements’, not to mention Wall Street bonuses (talk about getting something for nothing) have taught us how to detach the receipt of income from the production of goods, but now, in plain view of the end of work, the lesson needs rethinking. No matter how you calculate the federal budget, we can afford to be our brother’s keeper. The real question is not whether but how we choose to be.

I know what you’re thinking – we can’t afford this! But yeah, we can, very easily. We raise the arbitrary lid on the Social Security contribution, which now stands at $127,200, and we raise taxes on corporate income, reversing the Reagan Revolution. These two steps solve a fake fiscal problem and create an economic surplus where we now can measure a moral deficit.

Of course, you will say – along with every economist from Dean Baker to Greg Mankiw, Left to Right – that raising taxes on corporate income is a disincentive to investment and thus job creation. Or that it will drive corporations overseas, where taxes are lower.

But in fact raising taxes on corporate income can’t have these effects.

Let’s work backward. Corporations have been ‘multinational’ for quite some time. In the 1970s and ’80s, before Ronald Reagan’s signature tax cuts took effect, approximately 60 per cent of manufactured imported goods were produced offshore, overseas, by US companies. That percentage has risen since then, but not by much.

Chinese workers aren’t the problem – the homeless, aimless idiocy of corporate accounting is. That is why the Citizens United decision of 2010 applying freedom of speech regulations to campaign spending is hilarious. Money isn’t speech, any more than noise is. The Supreme Court has conjured a living being, a new person, from the remains of the common law, creating a real world more frightening than its cinematic equivalent: say, Frankenstein, Blade Runner or, more recently, Transformers.

But the bottom line is this. Most jobs aren’t created by private, corporate investment, so raising taxes on corporate income won’t affect employment. You heard me right. Since the 1920s, economic growth has happened even though net private investment has atrophied. What does that mean? It means that profits are pointless except as a way of announcing to your stockholders (and hostile takeover specialists) that your company is a going concern, a thriving business. You don’t need profits to ‘reinvest’, to finance the expansion of your company’s workforce or output, as the recent history of Apple and most other corporations has amply demonstrated.

I know that building my character through work is stupid because crime pays. I might as well become a gangster

So investment decisions by CEOs have only a marginal effect on employment. Taxing the profits of corporations to finance a welfare state that permits us to love our neighbours and to be our brothers’ keeper is not an economic problem. It’s something else – it’s an intellectual issue, a moral conundrum.

When we place our faith in hard work, we’re wishing for the creation of character; but we’re also hoping, or expecting, that the labour market will allocate incomes fairly and rationally. And there’s the rub, they do go together. Character can be created on the job only when we can see that there’s an intelligible, justifiable relation between past effort, learned skills and present reward. When I see that your income is completely out of proportion to your production of real value, of durable goods the rest of us can use and appreciate (and by ‘durable’ I don’t mean just material things), I begin to doubt that character is a consequence of hard work.

When I see, for example, that you’re making millions by laundering drug-cartel money (HSBC), or pushing bad paper on mutual fund managers (AIG, Bear Stearns, Morgan Stanley, Citibank), or preying on low-income borrowers (Bank of America), or buying votes in Congress (all of the above) – just business as usual on Wall Street – while I’m barely making ends meet from the earnings of my full-time job, I realise that my participation in the labour market is irrational. I know that building my character through work is stupid because crime pays. I might as well become a gangster like you.

That’s why an economic crisis such as the Great Recession is also a moral problem, a spiritual impasse – and an intellectual opportunity. We’ve placed so many bets on the social, cultural and ethical import of work that when the labour market fails, as it so spectacularly has, we’re at a loss to explain what happened, or to orient ourselves to a different set of meanings for work and for markets.

And by ‘we’ I mean pretty much all of us, Left to Right, because everybody wants to put Americans back to work, one way or another – ‘full employment’ is the goal of Right-wing politicians no less than Left-wing economists. The differences between them are over means, not ends, and those ends include intangibles such as the acquisition of character.

Which is to say that everybody has doubled down on the benefits of work just as it reaches a vanishing point. Securing ‘full employment’ has become a bipartisan goal at the very moment it has become both impossible and unnecessary. Sort of like securing slavery in the 1850s or segregation in the 1950s.

Why?

Because work means everything to us inhabitants of modern market societies – regardless of whether it still produces solid character and allocates incomes rationally, and quite apart from the need to make a living. It’s been the medium of most of our thinking about the good life since Plato correlated craftsmanship and the possibility of ideas as such. It’s been our way of defying death, by making and repairing the durable things, the significant things we know will last beyond our allotted time on earth because they teach us, as we make or repair them, that the world beyond us – the world before and after us – has its own reality principles.

Think about the scope of this idea. Work has been a way of demonstrating differences between males and females, for example by merging the meanings of fatherhood and ‘breadwinner’, and then, more recently, prying them apart. Since the 17th century, masculinity and femininity have been defined – not necessarily achieved – by their places in a moral economy, as working men who got paid wages for their production of value on the job, or as working women who got paid nothing for their production and maintenance of families. Of course, these definitions are now changing, as the meaning of ‘family’ changes, along with profound and parallel changes in the labour market – the entry of women is just one of those – and in attitudes toward sexuality.

When work disappears, the genders produced by the labour market are blurred. When socially necessary labour declines, what we once called women’s work – education, healthcare, service – becomes our basic industry, not a ‘tertiary’ dimension of the measurable economy. The labour of love, caring for one another and learning how to be our brother’s keeper – socially beneficial labour – becomes not merely possible but eminently necessary, and not just within families, where affection is routinely available. No, I mean out there, in the wide, wide world.

Work has also been the American way of producing ‘racial capitalism’, as the historians now call it, by means of slave labour, convict labour, sharecropping, then segregated labour markets – in other words, a ‘free enterprise system’ built on the ruins of black bodies, an economic edifice animated, saturated and determined by racism. There never was a free market in labour in these united states. Like every other market, it was always hedged by lawful, systematic discrimination against black folk. You might even say that this hedged market produced the still-deployed stereotypes of African-American laziness, by excluding black workers from remunerative employment, confining them to the ghettos of the eight-hour day.

And yet, and yet. Though work has often entailed subjugation, obedience and hierarchy (see above), it’s also where many of us, probably most of us, have consistently expressed our deepest human desire, to be free of externally imposed authority or obligation, to be self-sufficient. We have defined ourselves for centuries by what we do, by what we produce.

But by now we must know that this definition of ourselves entails the principle of productivity – from each according to his abilities, to each according to his creation of real value through work – and commits us to the inane idea that we’re worth only as much as the labour market can register, as a price. By now we must also know that this principle plots a certain course to endless growth and its faithful attendant, environmental degradation.

How would human nature change as the aristocratic privilege of leisure becomes the birthright of all?

Until now, the principle of productivity has functioned as the reality principle that made the American Dream seem plausible. ‘Work hard, play by the rules, get ahead’, or, ‘You get what you pay for, you make your own way, you rightly receive what you’ve honestly earned’ – such homilies and exhortations used to make sense of the world. At any rate they didn’t sound delusional. By now they do.

Adherence to the principle of productivity therefore threatens public health as well as the planet (actually, these are the same thing). By committing us to what is impossible, it makes for madness. The Nobel Prize-winning economist Angus Deaton said something like this when he explained anomalous mortality rates among white people in the Bible Belt by claiming that they’ve ‘lost the narrative of their lives’ – by suggesting that they’ve lost faith in the American Dream. For them, the work ethic is a death sentence because they can’t live by it.

So the impending end of work raises the most fundamental questions about what it means to be human. To begin with, what purposes could we choose if the job – economic necessity – didn’t consume most of our waking hours and creative energies? What evident yet unknown possibilities would then appear? How would human nature itself change as the ancient, aristocratic privilege of leisure becomes the birthright of human beings as such?

Sigmund Freud insisted that love and work were the essential ingredients of healthy human being. Of course he was right. But can love survive the end of work as the willing partner of the good life? Can we let people get something for nothing and still treat them as our brothers and sisters – as members of a beloved community? Can you imagine the moment when you’ve just met an attractive stranger at a party, or you’re online looking for someone, anyone, but you don’t ask: ‘So, what do you do?’

We won’t have any answers until we acknowledge that work now means everything to us – and that hereafter it can’t.

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