"In psychology, a mental state in which an organism forced to bear aversive stimuli, or stimuli that are painful or otherwise unpleasant, becomes unable or unwilling to avoid subsequent encounters with those stimuli, even if they are “escapable,” presumably because it has learned that it cannot control the situation. Developed by American psychologist Martin Seligman starting in 1967."
Contemporary Art: Collection of Reality Tunnel Management Techniques
“The secrecy involved in the development of the electromagnetic mind-altering technology reflects the tremendous power that is inherent in it. To put it bluntly, whoever controls this technology can control the minds of men – all men.” - Nexus Magazine (1998)
“Reality is the temporary resultant of continuous struggles between rival gangs of programmers. Those who control signals control humanity.” - Robert Anton Wilson, Prometheus Rising (1983)
Sentient World Simulation - Synthetic Environment for Analysis and Simulations (SEAS) - "a synthetic mirror of the real world with automated continuous calibration with respect to current real-world information".
The DoD is developing a parallel to Planet Earth, with billions of individual “nodes” to reflect every man, woman, and child this side of the dividing line between reality and AR. Called the Sentient World Simulation (SWS), it will be a “synthetic mirror of the real world with automated continuous calibration with respect to current real-world information”, according to a concept paper for the project.
“SWS provides an environment for testing Psychological Operations (PSYOP),” the paper reads, so that military leaders can “develop and test multiple courses of action to anticipate and shape behaviors of adversaries, neutrals, and partners.” SWS also replicates financial institutions, utilities, media outlets, and street corner shops. By applying theories of economics and human psychology, its developers believe they can predict how individuals and mobs will respond to various stressors.
A clip from "Eagle Eye" (2008)
A clip from "Colossus - The Forbin Project" (1970)
From Fake news to Junk News. The data politics of online virality - by Tommaso Venturini.
Part of the book "Data Politics: Worlds, Subjects, Rights" - by Didier Bigo (site) et.al (2019)
Fog of Information - by tekgnostics
“In this day and age... we are faced with a Fog of Information that is as distracting and detrimental as the fog of war.” - from “Bread & Circuses”
"Information overload occurs when the amount of input to a system exceeds its processing capacity. Decision-makers have fairly limited cognitive processing capacity. Consequently, when information overload occurs, it is likely that a reduction in decision quality will occur."
"It's not a matter what is true that counts but a matter of what is perceived to be true" - Henry Kissinger
Gordon J. F. MacDonald (1929 – 2002) was a prominent American geophysicist and environmental scientist, operating near the US political power centers of the time. A man of many interests, he was notably an central figure of early #ClimateChange research, in lockstep with weather modification and geoengineering research.
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Yes, China is probably outspending the US in AI—but not on defense (MIT TechReview)
"China is likely spending far less on AI than previously assumed...money seems to be going to non-military research, [like] fundamental algorithm development...the US’s spending for fiscal year 2020 allocates the majority of its AI budget to defense"
Psychological effects of Plasma (wikipedia)
"Research indicates that magnetic fields created by plasma during a thunderstorm can induce hallucination in the human mind. A declassified Ministry of Defense report states that it is "medically proven" that magnetic fields related to plasma cause hallucinations and that "the close proximity of plasma-related fields can adversely affect a vehicle or person". The report also indicated that scientists in the former Soviet Union are pursuing related technology for military purposes."
Magnetically Induced Hallucinations Explain Ball Lightning, Say Physicists. (MIT tech review): "Powerful magnetic fields can induce hallucinations in the lab, so why not in the real world, too?" #Science #RadioBio #NeuroScience #Biology #Military
Chongqing has 1 camera per 6 residents, but “Singapore has plans to install 100,000 facial-recognition cameras on lampposts, Chicago police have asked for 30,000 more, and Moscow intends to have 174,000 by the end of this year.”
"Mr. Patrick expressed no regrets about his arms work, saying he was comfortable with memories of killing animals and finding new ways to produce death. He said it was all part of doing his duty for his country in perilous times."
#Comment: I wonder if his personality-type was related at all to the likes of Shirō Ishii (a microbiologist and army medical officer who served as the director of Unit 731, a biological warfare unit of the Imperial Japanese Army) or Josef Mengele. Biological warfare seems to require and attract very special types of "doctors".
"From 1988 to 2018, Medallion returned 66.1% annually before fees. Net of fees, the gains were 39.1%. Est. trading profits during those 30y amounted to $104.5 billion."
How Jim Simons built the world's most lucrative black box
"Robert Mercer is a preternaturally calm and measured scientist, brilliantly rigorous and evidence-based in all things market-related. Yet outside of mathematics, he believes the wildest unfounded conspiracy theories."
Will America's Billionaires Start a Second Civil War?
"The aftermath of Mercer's political activities resulted in an uprising within the firm from David Magerman, one of the creators of the hedge fund's trading system."
"Each time, forces of massive accumulated or inherited wealth have nearly succeeded in taking full control of our nation, replacing a democracy, where the will of the people is accomplished through their elected representatives, with a form of government where most government functions reinforce the power, wealth and control of the morbidly rich. Because the oligarch’s campaign is now international, a third world war is not impossible, particularly as China allies itself with the oligarch-controlled nations against those that are still nearly functioning democracies."
"The PROMIS scandal lives on according to a recent FBI FOIA response. The affair centered around the government’s theft of the PROMIS software, a forerunner to the infamous PRISM, and the far-reaching fallout which allegedly included everything from fraud, to covert operations and surveillance, to Danny Casolaro’s mysterious death, and remains the subject of an investigation decades after the Department of Justice declared the matter officially closed."
"The function of the US military is to intimidate other countries into letting the US buy whatever it wants by printing US dollars as needed, essentially robbing the rest of the world at gunpoint. Once their ability to intimidate the world into submission is gone so will be their ability to endlessly fleece the planet. And once that ability is gone all that will remain of the “richest country in the world” is a pile of worthless paper."
And some loosely related fun high weirdness:
"Understanding “the Octopus” is like the old story of the blind men trying to comprehend their first encounter with an elephant: the parts you touch can appear to be completely different and totally unrelated."
"This provocative book makes a compelling case for a hidden “deep state” that influences and often opposes official U.S. policies. Prominent political analyst Peter Dale Scott begins by tracing America’s increasing militarization, restrictions on constitutional rights, and income disparity since World War II."
Juan Pablo Escobar Henao, son of notorious Medellín cartel drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar, now says his father "worked for the CIA", selling cocaine to finance the fight against Communism in Central America. At one point, Escobar smuggled 15 tons a day into the US, making $420 million per week". Dirty business as usual - things change only very slowly.
The Lies About World War II - by Paul Craig Roberts. << While i do not agree with many things in this post, it is still thought provoking & the following quote is spot-on:
"In the aftermath of a war, history cannot be written. The losing side has no one to speak for it. Historians on the winning side are constrained by years of war propaganda that demonized the enemy while obscuring the crimes of the righteous victors. People want to enjoy and feel good about their victory, not learn that their side was responsible for the war or that the war could have been avoided except for the hidden agendas of their own leaders. Historians are also constrained by the unavailability of information. To hide mistakes, corruption, and crimes, governments lock up documents for decades. Memoirs of participants are not yet written. Diaries are lost or withheld from fear of retribution. It is expensive and time consuming to locate witnesses, especially those on the losing side, and to convince them to answer questions. Any account that challenges the “happy account” requires a great deal of confirmation from official documents, interviews, letters, diaries, and memoirs, and even that won’t be enough. A historian on the track of the truth faces long years of strenuous investigation and development of the acumen to judge and assimilate the evidence he uncovers into a truthful picture of what transpired. The truth is always immensely different from the victor’s war propaganda.
Cost of War: Estimated economic impact of the US war on terrorism 2001-2020: $6.4 trillion. https://watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/figures/2019/budgetary-costs-post-911-wars-through-fy2020-64-trillion Enough money to end poverty, stop environmental destruction, and launch humanity into space. #Military #Economics #Politics
Related: Swiss ETH study from 2011 which showed that 737 people control 80% of the world’s transnational corporations: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1107.5728.pdf
Ghost Ships, Crop Circles, and Soft Gold: A GPS Mystery in Shanghai: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614689/ghost-ships-crop-circles-and-soft-gold-a-gps-mystery-in-shanghai/ #Military #Infrastructure #China
"A sophisticated new electronic warfare system is being used at the world’s busiest port. But is it sand thieves or the Chinese state behind it?" GPS is a system entirely owned by the US Air Force / Gov. Why invoke a Chinese state actor attack first?