"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Showing posts with label Ritalin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ritalin. Show all posts

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Waking Up? Perhaps Not

A video explaining why the scales may never fall from our collective eyes. If you think it's far-fetched and want to dismiss it as some sort of 'conspiracy theory', open your mind and think again:


Pinched, unashamedly, from Captain Ranty.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Homework: 2+2=?

Working on the basis that there's nothing new under the sun, that the concepts remain the same and only the labelling and the means of delivery change, I'm posting an extract and link to an interesting article about eugenics.  It very neatly pulls together organisations and topics such as the fabians, transhumanists, social engineering via learned behaviour, the bankers, self-styled global 'elite' - all touched on in the blog but in a much more accessible format, in greater depth and with more clarity.

Here's the intro to whet your appetite:
We are in the midst of the most explosive development in all of human history. Humanity is experiencing a simultaneously opposing and conflicting geopolitical transition, the likes of which has never before been anticipated or experienced. Historically, the story of humanity has been the struggle between the free-thinking individual and structures of power controlled by elites that seek to dominate land, resources and people. The greatest threat to elites at any time – historically and presently – is an awakened, critically thinking and politically stimulated populace. This threat has manifested itself throughout history, in different places and at different times. Ideas of freedom, democracy, civil and human rights, liberty and equality have emerged in reaction and opposition to power structures and elite systems of control.

The greatest triumphs of the human mind – whether in art, science or thought – have arisen out of and challenged great systems of power and control. The greatest of human misery and tragedy has arisen out of the power structures and systems that elites always seek to construct and manage. War, genocide, persecution and human degradation are directly the result of decisions made by those who control the apparatus of power, whether the power manifests itself as intellectual, ecclesiastical, spiritual, militaristic, or scientific. The most malevolent and ruthless power is that over the free human mind: if one controls how one thinks, they control the individual itself. The greatest human achievements are where individuals have broken free the shackles that bind the mind and let loose the inherent and undeniable power that lies in each and every individual on this small little planet.

Currently, our world is at the greatest crossroads our species has ever experienced. We are in the midst of the first truly global political awakening, in which for the first time in all of human history, all of mankind is politically awakened and stirring; in which whether inadvertently or intentionally, people are thinking and acting in political terms. This awakening is most evident in the developing world, having been made through personal experience to be acutely aware of the great disparities, disrespect, and domination inherent in global power structures. The awakening is spreading increasingly to the west itself, as the majority of the people living in the western developed nations are thrown into poverty and degradation. The awakening will be forced upon all people all over the world. Nothing, no development, ever in human history, has posed such a monumental threat to elite power structures.

This awakening is largely driven by the Technological Revolution, which through technology and electronics, in particular mass media and the internet, have made it so that people across the world are able to become aware of global issues and gain access to information from around the world. The Technological Revolution, thus, has fostered an Information Revolution which has, in turn, fed the global political awakening.

Simultaneously, the Technological Revolution has led to another unique and unprecedented development in human history, and one that is diametrically opposed, yet directly related to the global political awakening. For the first time in human history, free humanity is faced with the dominating threat of a truly global elite, who have at their hands the technology to impose a truly global system of control: a global scientific dictatorship. The great danger is that through the exponential growth in scientific techniques, elites will use these great new powers to control and dominate all of humanity in such a way that has never before been experienced.

Through all of human history, tyrants have used coercive force and terror to control populations. With the Technological Revolution, elites increasingly have the ability to control the very biology and psychology of the individual to a point where it may not be necessary to impose a system of terror, but rather where the control is implemented on a much deeper, psychological, subliminal and individual biological manner. While terror can prevent people from opposing power for a while, the scientific dictatorship can create a personal psycho-social condition in which the individual comes to love his or her own slavery; in which, like a mentally inferior pet, they are made to love their leaders and accept their servitude.

So we are presented with a situation in which humanity is faced with both the greatest threat and the greatest hope that we have ever collectively experienced in our short human history. This essay, the third part in the series, “The Technological Revolution and the Future of Freedom,” examines the ideas behind the global scientific dictatorship, and how it may manifest itself presently and in the future, with a particular focus on the emergence of ‘new eugenics’ as a system of mass control.

Free humanity faces the most monumental decision we have ever been presented with: do we feed and fuel the global political awakening into a true human psycho-social revolution of the mind, creating a new global political economy which empowers and liberates all of humanity; or... do we fall silently into a ‘brave new world’ of a global scientific oppression, the likes of which have never before been experienced, and whose dominance would never be more difficult to challenge and overcome?

We can either find a true freedom, or descend into a deep despotism. We are not powerless before this great ideational beast. We have, at our very fingertips the ability to use technology to our benefit and to re-shape the world so that it benefits the people of the world and not simply the powerful. It must be freedom for all or freedom for none.
The full article is here. Huxley, Russell, Brzezinski, Eisenhower, Galton, Rockefeller, Ford, Morgan, Vickers, Carnegie, Kellogg and Malthus are amongst those who are mentioned or quoted and Environmentalism as Eugenics has its own chapter.

Two small instances of how we are affected:
3 parents & no hereditary diseases
Blair's FASBOs live on - Target potential criminals before they're born

The not-so secret Bilderberg Group look increasingly like flak, thrown up to be a distraction.

Brief references for those who want to follow up:

Dysgenics
Eugenics
Human Genetic Engineering
The Council for National Policy   This last tends to throw up lots of wheat and chaff but they do provide the historical context and tie in loose ends with Cecil Rhodes, the fabians etc.

Another strand:


G K Chesterton defended "the common man" and common sense, the poor, the family and Christianity; these don’t appeal to acadaemia or the media and that's probably why he is neglected. The modern world prefers writers who have ultimately meaningless exotic and bizarre ideas, who applaud decadence, who scoff at Christianity and who think freedom means bearing no responsibility.

Chesterton argued against all the trends that eventually took over the 20th century: materialism, scientific determinism, moral relativism, and agnosticism. He also argued against both socialism and capitalism and showed why they have both been the enemies of freedom and justice in modern society.

On Obama and G K Chesterton

Probably Chesterton's most quoted poem:
Smile at us, pay us, pass us; but do not quite forget;
For we are the people of England, that never have spoken yet.
There is many a fat farmer that drinks less cheerfully,
There is many a free French peasant who is richer and sadder than we.
There are no folk in the whole world so helpless or so wise.
There is hunger in our bellies, there is laughter in our eyes;
You laugh at us and love us, both mugs and eyes are wet:
Only you do not know us. For we have not spoken yet.


The fine French kings came over in a flutter of flags and dames.
We liked their smiles and battles, but we never could say their names.
The blood ran red to Bosworth and the high French lords went down;
There was naught but a naked people under a naked crown.
And the eyes of the King's Servants turned terribly every way,
And the gold of the King's Servants rose higher every day.
They burnt the homes of the shaven men, that had been quaint and kind,
Till there was no bed in a monk's house, nor food that man could find.
The inns of God where no man paid, that were the wall of the weak.
The King's Servants ate them all. And still we did not speak.


And the face of the King's Servants grew greater than the King:
He tricked them, and they trapped him, and stood round him in a ring.
The new grave lords closed round him, that had eaten the abbey's fruits,
And the men of the new religion, with their bibles in their boots,
We saw their shoulders moving, to menace or discuss,
And some were pure and some were vile; but none took heed of us.
We saw the King as they killed him, and his face was proud and pale;
And a few men talked of freedom, while England talked of ale.


A war that we understood not came over the world and woke
Americans, Frenchmen, Irish; but we knew not the things they spoke.
They talked about rights and nature and peace and the people's reign:
And the squires, our masters, bade us fight; and scorned us never again.
Weak if we be for ever, could none condemn us then;
Men called us serfs and drudges; men knew that we were men.
In foam and flame at Trafalgar, on Albuera plains,
We did and died like lions, to keep ourselves in chains,
We lay in living ruins; firing and fearing not
The strange fierce face of the Frenchmen who knew for what they fought,
And the man who seemed to be more than a man we strained against and broke;
And we broke our own rights with him. And still we never spoke.


Our patch of glory ended; we never heard guns again.
But the squire seemed struck in the saddle; he was foolish, as if in pain,
He leaned on a staggering lawyer, he clutched a cringing Jew,
He was stricken; it may be, after all, he was stricken at Waterloo.
Or perhaps the shades of the shaven men, whose spoil is in his house,
Come back in shining shapes at last to spoil his last carouse:
We only know the last sad squires rode slowly towards the sea,
And a new people takes the land: and still it is not we.


They have given us into the hand of new unhappy lords,
Lords without anger or honour, who dare not carry their swords.
They fight by shuffling papers; they have bright dead alien eyes;
They look at our labour and laughter as a tired man looks at flies.
And the load of their loveless pity is worse than the ancient wrongs,
Their doors are shut in the evening; and they know no songs.


We hear men speaking for us of new laws strong and sweet,
Yet is there no man speaketh as we speak in the street.
It may be we shall rise the last as Frenchmen rose the first,
Our wrath come after Russia's wrath and our wrath be the worst.
It may be we are meant to mark with our riot and our rest
God's scorn for all men governing. It may be beer is best.
But we are the people of England; and we have not spoken yet.
Smile at us, pay us, pass us. But do not quite forget.
And, finally, this, which has nothing, yet everything, to do with the topics above.

Happy Homework and sweet dreams!

Friday, 19 June 2009

Stay Away From The Light ...



Once again we have a wunderkind trying to make a name for himself by advocating medication on a mass experimental scale. I wonder which lobbying organisation he represents on the side? Bioethics Professor Seeks to Drug College Students with Ritalin Before Exams Their words, not mine, so you can happily infer that they're not unbiased. On the other hand, if you sit on the fence nowadays you're likely to end up with nothing more than a painful derriere so brownie points to them. Sometimes it seems like the whole world has an axe to grind.

Anyway, fast forward five months and the story has reached the mainstream press and apparently, unless it's prescribed, Ritalin is a class B drug so possession can lead to 5yrs in prison and dealing has a maximum sentence of 14yrs.

It's also been picked up by The Daily Mail where a Professor Anjan Chatterjee, University of Pennsylvania, is quoted as saying there are too many risks in taking Ritalin unless people are actually ill. He said the U.S. FDA labelled it with the most alarming of warnings because of its high potential for abuse, dependence, risk of sudden death and serious adverse effects on the heart. He also mentioned possible cognitive trade-offs involved in taking Ritalin, such as a loss in creativity, and said: "Being smarter does not mean wiser. The fact that very smart people generating complicated models to distribute financial risk contributed to the current global economic crisis should at least give us pause."

Harris himself argues that it's "unethical" to stop healthy people from taking the drug and that there was evidence it was safe to use. "Change or progress often carries risk. The development of "synthetic sunshine" (firelights, lamplight and electric light), for example, could have forced people to work through the night. However, the answer was not to outlaw synthetic sunshine but to introduce laws to regulate working hours. The same is or will be true of chemical cognitive enhancers." Claptrap. It's bad enough that Ritalin's become an acceptable pharmaceutical cosh for our children: we should be fighting back against that and not encouraging its wider acceptance for adults.

A few of the Warnings:
  1. Marked anxiety, tension, and agitation are contraindications to Ritalin, since the drug may aggravate these symptoms;
  2. Serious cardio-vascular events;
  3. Psychiatric adverse events;
  4. Long-term suppression of growth;
  5. Drug dependency;
  6. Emergence of new psychotic or manic symptoms (my favourite - I'm always on the look-out for one of those).
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