Thursday, December 5, 2019

Cognitive disonance

There is an article about Sidney Gottlieb and his mind control experiments for the CIA in the Daily Beast, The Sinister Scientist Behind the CIA’s Mind-Control Mayhem. Aside from the usual Daily Beast hyperbole, I found the following quote to be very interesting:

...Kinzer writes. “Their research had shown them that mind control is a myth—that seizing another person’s mind and reprogramming it is impossible.”

Soooo... the CIA couldn't figure out a way to control an individual, but Russian hackers can cause Americans to vote for Donald Trump? In some corner of my mind, it seems like the same paranoia that caused a fear of the Russians to start the CIA down the rabbit hole of mind control is still infecting us. If it is possible to influence a population through manipulation of mainstream and social media, don't tell me the Russians are the only ones capable of doing it. And if there is someone capable of doing media influence, they are probably doing it.

A motivational speaker named Denis Waitley said, "If a 60 second commercial can sell you laundry detergent, can't a 60 minute soap opera sell you a lifestyle?" What can a 24 hour a day connection to media sell you?

Friday, March 22, 2019

Serendipity? Coincidence? Small World

Last time I saw Mara Tekach was riding a train into Philly.

Today, I am reading New Trump travel policy takes Cubans back to old family separation standard in the Miami Herald, and I come across this line, "Mara Tekach, the U.S. embassy’s charge d’affaires, said the change achieves reciprocity between U.S. visa rules and Cuba’s, which allow most Americans only single-entry tourist visas for up to three months." So it turns out Mara is a career diplomat, Deputy Chief of Mission in Havana, Cuba. I sense something coming. Maybe I'm wrong, but maybe I'm not.