Some Stuff I Think You Might Like #8
A regular round-up of all the best articles, videos, and podcasts that probably didn’t make your newsfeed.
I’m not sure how things have been on your end, but over the past few weeks, I admit to being (tentatively) heartened by the number of people – people who I feared forever lost to the MSM narrative – beginning to wake up to the industrial quantities of bullshit they’ve been fed. Clearly, Covid was the primary catalyst for this. Now that the hysteria of the last couple years has abated, at least temporarily, it seems as though many of those rendered too panic-stricken to recognize what was happening to them are at last finding the mental space to do so. Of course, rational understanding is just one of the obstacles in their way. You might even say that it’s the easiest. After all, each time one of these vaccine regretniks chokes back enough pride to ask how their government so consistently lied to them or why the media-entertainment complex remained so uniformly complicit, what they really want to know is ‘how could I have been so fooled?’
This week’s round up is intended to answer just that. Comprised, as always, of the best independent content creators, these articles, documentaries, and podcasts help shed light on the techniques - and worse, the terrifying ease - with which the establishment seeks dominion over the human mind:
1. Trance: The Cathy O’Brien Story
The story of Cathy O’Brien is one which has to be seen to be believed. For many, even that will not suffice.
Born into a family of multi-generational pedophiles, she was sold by her abusive father, partially for money, partially for immunity, into a CIA program referred to as “Project Monarch”: a subdivision of the notorious MKUltra experiments. The goal of this program was to discover how trauma could be used to compartmentalize memories within uncharted areas of the brain - memories which included everything from horrific sexual violence at the hands of individuals within the highest reaches of government to now verifiable details of the elite’s most clandestine plans.
Cathy was eventually rescued in 1988 by an intelligence insider named Mark Philips whose knowledge of human psychology helped guide her recovery. I’ve embedded a trailer below. However, if you want to watch the full, harrowing documentary, you can find it for free on Bitchute or Rumble, while if you wish to contribute to Cathy’s work financially, you can do so on the movie’s official website.
2. Lifting the Veil: From Ancient Rhetoric to Modern Psyops - David Gosselin
Although it can be easy to imagine that the kinds of techniques used on Cathy O’Brien are uniquely modern inventions – and certainly, while these techniques have never been more sophisticated - neither should we lose sight of the fact that these are merely the latest iterations of a linguistic trickery which has been used to shape public perception (and thus, control public behavior) for centuries.
Adopting Aristotle’s Rhetoric as a jumping off point, author David Gosselin lays out the most common manifestations of this cynical artistry, exploring the mechanics behind such methods as ‘framing,’ ‘recalibration’, and ‘anchoring’. For those of us who spend inordinate amount of time attempting to string semi-coherent sentences into semi-coherent concepts, these can seem like second nature, virtually leaping out of the pages of New York Times or The Guardian. For everyone else, this article offers a great, highly readable overview of what to look out for.
Then as today, rhetoric was often devoid of real content, genuine insight, or meaningful wisdom—however artfully and passionately presented—but was subversive and powerful precisely because its practitioners were able to effectively model the outward linguistic forms and strategies used by the most compelling storytellers, poets, and communicators. These included the poet’s ability to use imagery and tell stories that would shape and color the imaginations of audiences.
In modern terms, the powerful effects of such rhetoric and story-telling can be best understood as the act of inducing “altered-states” in which imagery and narratives are used in subtle and artful ways to alter an individual or group’s emotional disposition. These heightened emotional states are then used to suggest new ideas, ultimately leading individuals or entire audiences to a new cathexis or outlook.
3. The Minds of Men
While Melissa and Aaron Dykes of Truthstream Media have been producing quality documentaries for a nigh on a decade, it is The Minds of Men which remains their piece de resistance.
Like Trance, this four-hour, four-part series also addresses the MKUltra program. Unlike the first entry in this list, however, the Dykes’ film presents this little-known, taxpayer-funded torture laboratory in much more sweeping terms, delving into a host of the CIA’s other, equally deranged subprojects. This includes everything a seasoned conspiracy theorist would expect – electroshock theory, microwave radiation, brain implants, psychedelic drugs, as well as other varieties of physical and psychological barbarism intended to bludgeon humanity into the infinitely programmable species tyrants have always wished us to be.
In addition to the YouTube video below, the full series is available for free on Bitchute, Rumble, and Odysee, while if you want to drop a little something in Aaron and Melissa’s tip jar, you can do so over at their Patreon.
4. The Real Story of Epstein and Maxwell the Media Will Never Tell You - The Free Thought Project
In the wake of Ghislaine Maxwell’s sentencing (a paltry twenty years, no doubt with an in-cell bath and weekly pedicures), the good folks at The Free Thought Project have been joined by Whitney Webb, herself an alt-media stalwart, in order to discuss just where that leaves us. Their conversation is characteristically fascinating, covering everything from Israel’s culpability in the affair to Epstein’s attempts - I shit you not - to purchase an airline to better facilitate his trafficking of sex-slaves. What remains most striking, however, is that despite the magnitude and brazenness of their crimes, the pair’s hyper-influential client base - a client base in command of the government’s three-letter intelligences agencies as well as the corporate media’s three-letter propaganda outlets - have been able to keep the public first ignorant of the horrors of their operation, and now that details have begun to emerge, abjectly and inexplicably incurious.
5. Gaslighting: The Psychology of Shaping Another’s Reality - Cynthia Chung
Implicit within this article by Cynthia Chung, president of the Rising Tide Foundation, is a message of hope. Likening the current dynamic between western governments and their citizenry to that of a psychologically abusive relationship (specifically the relationship between Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer in the 1944 psychological thriller Gaslight), the author describes how the learned helplessness and nebulous anxiety that grips much of modern society is wholly and exclusively the consequence of establishment conditioning. While in this dependent state, the victim can see no way out. They generally don’t even want to. Nevertheless, as Chung expertly articulates, whether it be the exploited spouse or an oppressed population, as soon as these victims recognize the superficiality of their chains, then all at once, their captors are stripped of their power.
It had been commonly thought in the past, and not without basis, that tyranny could only exist on the condition that the people were kept illiterate and ignorant of their oppression. To recognise that one was “oppressed” meant they must first have an idea of what was “freedom”, and if one were allowed the “privilege” to learn how to read, this discovery was inevitable.
If education of the masses could turn the majority of a population literate, it was thought that the higher ideas, the sort of “dangerous ideas” that Mustapha Mond for instance expresses in “The Brave New World”, would quickly organise the masses and revolution against their “controllers” would be inevitable. In other words, knowledge is freedom, and you cannot enslave those who learn how to “think”.
However, it hasn’t exactly played out that way has it?
6. How UK's Intelligence Services Target Dissident Academics - The Grayzone
One of the hardest pills for normies to swallow, when it comes to emotionally accepting the vast yet meticulously-planned falsities of establishment diktats, is reconciling their perception that the entire political establish/scientific community/academia remains in wholesale and enthusiastic agreement.
Needless to say, for those who have been paying attention, this is resoundingly untrue. The government’s effort to silence dissidents was no doubt at its most blatant during the Covid psycop, when heroes such as Dr. Peter McCullough, Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, and the now sadly passed (but still certifiably badass) Dr. Zelenko were purged from public discourse. But as Max Blumenthal explains, alongside anti-propaganda academics Piers Robinson and David Miller, much the same muzzling campaign is now being waged against the few left-wing voices refusing to cheerlead neoliberalism’s latest pet project: the war in Ukraine
7. The Century of the Self
It seems more than a little redundant, given how extensively I’ve already written on Adam Curtis’s documentary, to repeat myself too much over the course of a single paragraph. Safe to say, however, that for my money, The Century of the Self constitutes the most definitive study on how a small band of elites, equipped with nothing more than insight into Freudian psychoanalysis, have been capable of manipulating both the spending habits and the voting patterns of an unwitting and thus defenseless public.
8. Some Shameless Self-Promotion
As subscribers to Midnight at the Matinee may remember, the first part of my Klaus Schwab and the Men Who Molded Him series profiled Schwab’s father, a decorated Nazi collaborator and man who would give Klaus his start inside the business of tyranny, while the focus of this most recent installment is someone the WEF founder described as his “spiritual mentor”, their alliance ultimately laying the groundwork for Schwab’s infiltration and subversion of the Catholic Church.
I’m currently in the process of piecing together the third part of the series, a dive into the man who first recognized Klaus Schwab’s political potential. Now, I’ve learned better than to hold myself to any strict dates with this Substack, but rest assured, I am busily of wading through some spectacularly (and I’m beginning to suspect intentionally) tedious detail of Klaus’s life in order to sift out anything of substance. And so, as much as I dislike doing so, this seems like an relatively discreet opportunity to ask for your support. As I’m sure you can imagine, a lot of time and effort goes into a project such as this (as indeed, there is with everything I publish here) so if you think what I do is valuable, I would be terribly grateful if you might consider parting with some of your hard-earned e-shekles via the subscribe button below. If not, no worries. As everyone is now painfully aware, we are living under a regime endeavoring to squeeze the life out of its citizens, both at the gas pump and in the checkout line, so if you’d prefer to keep your money for more immediate necessities, I totally get it - a share or even a free subscription is just as appreciated.
Confronted by a regime starkly at odds with his worldview, Câmara did not allow the responsibilities of bishopry to long distract from his activism. In fact, this period was to mark the most politically consequential of his life when just the following year, while attending the Second Vatican Council, he and a cadre of forty-one other ultra-modernist bishops gathered in the Catacombs of Domitilla beneath the Roman countryside (and behind a fig leaf of humanitarianism) in order to pledge themselves to nothing less than the ideological overhaul of the Catholic Church. This they intended to do, not by re-orientating its mission toward truth, forgiveness, compassion, humility, honesty, or any other virtues espoused by Christ, but rather, by aiming its focus solely and exclusively on the treatment of the poor – or, more skeptically, on the eradication of wealth.
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