2.21.19: A Very Groovy Mutation

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“We’re all puppets, Laurie. I’m just a puppet who can see the strings.”
–Dr. Manhattan, “Watchmen”

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In 1977, the NSA produced a quite startling memo. It speculated on the existence of a “telekinetic timebomb” and related horrors that could possibly be triggered by traumatizing a psychic subject until they metaphorically “exploded.”

Per the memo (which you can conveniently read in the CIA’s own archive):

“With the above scientific speculation and laboratory experiments in mind, a weapon or weapons could be theorized. Severe trauma after results in ESP effects being activated. Some suggestive or meditative techniques seem to enhance ESP and telekinetic effects (see Dr. Knipner’s [sic] telekinetic subject and her development of her capability). Grief is particularly associated with such phenomena.”

While much of the memo referred to work allegedly being done in the Soviet Union, Dr. Stanley Krippner’s experiments were, according to the memo, performed in New York. In fact, Dr. Krippner had conducted his tests at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn—my own local hospital, I was surprised to find out as I researched this yesterday.

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“Carrie’s” Amy Irving in her own starring role as a telekinetic, in the movie “The Fury”

Of course, the years immediately before the memo saw the release of the book (1974) and original movie version (1976) of Carrie—pretty much falling in line with the same topic. Did Stephen King know or read something we didn’t? In 1975, Giant-Size X-Men #1 was published, the first appearance of the “modern” X-Men. As with Carrie, The Fury, and a number of other science-fiction/horror works from the period, this new X-Men was not only concerned with “super powers,” but how the government and so on could co-opt them for their own purposes.

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Then we have to consider a topic I’ve written about on this blog a number of times before: how in the mid-1970s so many writers & personalities were supposedly “channeling” extra-dimensional entities and experiencing other paranormal phenomena.

What was it about that period of time in the world? What the hell was going on?

Can we blame it all on the acid?

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Some links that may be of interest to you:

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And so here we have this story of a Coast Guard lieutenant arrested with a cache of weapons, a metric shit-ton of steroids & growth hormone, and a hit list full of “liberal” politicians and journalists (as if Joe Scarborough really fits either category).

Per the AP, Christopher Paul Hasson also wanted to do the following:

Hasson, who works at the Coast Guard’s headquarters in Washington, has espoused extremist views for years, according to prosecutors. Court papers detail a June 2017 draft email in which Hasson wrote that he was “dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth,” and pondering how he might be able to acquire anthrax and toxins to create botulism or a deadly influenza.

In the same email, Hasson described an “interesting idea” that included “biological attacks followed by attack on food supply” as well as a bombing and sniper attacks, according to court documents filed by prosecutors.

Now, over ten years ago I wrote a satirical book (my first mistake) called Conspiracy!, which included a character like Hasson—actually, called “Hansel Van Halen”—who purchased “monkey virus” off of eBay and wanted to unleash it in order to start the biological Apocalypse and return New York to its original state of “New Amsterdam.”

As I’ve said yesterday about The Big Book Of Conspiracies…you really can’t write something like this now, can you? Even as a parody. Because…things have gotten so weird these days that you might actually be writing something plausible.

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And that’s what I’ve got. Tune in next time when, inevitably, more things will happen.

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