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Anyway, have some ritual incantations against the darkness which as it so happens I was just writing up.

natecull.org/wordpress/2019/03

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Six episodes in and Legend of the Condor Heroes 2017 continues to impress me as the best TV version yet of probably *the* most famous Chinese martial arts epic ever.

If you like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, etc, then this is a great time to get on board the Jin Yong train.

Genghis Khan! The Jin-Song wars! Kung fu princesses! (multiple of) Kung fu witches! The forbidden NINE YIN BONE CLAW skill! A martial arts tournament! (of course) Romance! (multiple of) A big war!

youtube.com/watch?v=E4crHldKx6

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So uh hello everyone, meet my (literal) big brother @pdcull .

He's been working with at-risk teenagers in the favelas of Brazil for the last 20 years; is a certified CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) trainer and Emergency Manager; is studying for a Masters in Emergency Management with a special focus on empowering communities to develop resilience.

He has seen a bit of crap in his time (corrupt cops, drug dealers etc) so he can *probably* cope with you all.

Probably.

Be nice.

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Okay I am legit impressed with the Internet Archive's 'borrow a book' feature.

I don't know why I haven't tried it up to now... just didn't have an account on it I guess.

Also I am just not a fan of the deliberate digital manufacture of artificial scarcity, but... it beats not being able to read a book.

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And this fear took deepest root in Texas and carried on beyond evangelical Christianity into TV (The X Files) and the Texas game scene of the 1990s (with Deus Ex a prime vector, but you see echoes of the Philadelphia Experiment mythos in Doom and then Half-Life, Tom Bearden's Leary-influenced visions in System Shock 2, etc) and from there to Silicon Valley and

well

now we have the people who control all the world's computers seriously considering Nazism because of this sort of fear.

One very direct way it influenced us is that books like Gods of Aquarius (1976) and The Aquarian Conspiracy (1980), with their vision of an imminent convergence of some kind of machine-assisted cybernetic mystical socialism, SCARED THE CRAP OUT OF writers like Constance Cumbey (The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow, 1983) who then convinced churches that New Agers were conspiring to take over the world. And this fear powered pretty much the entire rise of the Christian Right that we now inherit.

Anyway:

This is just a tiny sample of the stuff I want to see carefully footnoted, referenced, and available to the public.

Because this stuff is in our cultural bloodstream and it's been giving us weird dreams for decades and it's now being deliberately weaponised as conspiracy memes on social media, which ARE available to everyone while academic research (even if they notice) is locked away behind paywalls.

We probably should be thinking carefully about how this stuff influenced us.

See, actually just by reading the chapter titles, here I can pretty much tell you that Brad Steiger did NOT invent the word 'Starseed' (as Wikipedia will misinform you). The phrase 'Starseed Signals' here means that he's quoting Timothy Leary. So Leary is probably the origin of that *word*, if not the connotations attached to it by later (1980s) New Agers.

Also I wonder how much of Deus Ex's Helios was influenced by this chapter in Gods of Aquarius:

Tom Bearden was probably crazy but - like Timothy Leary and Andrija Puharich, he was a fun kind of crazy. Also (like Puharich) a little worryingly close to people with the authority to launch missiles.

But you wouldn't know about any of this underbrush to the US military if you relied on public libraries and professional academics, who you might think might be paid to keep track of some of this stuff and what it's doing to our heads. Or to missile-launch-authorising people's heads.

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