Media Manipulation


Podcast 59: #Vault7 or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Surveillance State

The suspense was killing us. After months of teasing, master hype-builder Julian Assange finally opened his chamber of secrets: Vault 7. Surely this would be an earth-shaking trove of revelations – the final word on alien life, the impending apocalypse, or – at the very least – “crooked Hilary.” Well, the cache was opened, its riches generously shared with the virtual unwashed.

And we all yawned. Why? Have we grown so complacent that privacy is little more than a distant memory, a concept no more relevant to modern life than 8-track tapes or civics lessons? (Is it just me or is “public education” starting to sound like an oxymoron?)


Podcast 58: ZEITGEIST – Secret History of Jesus, 9/11 Mysteries, False Flag Follies

ZEITGEIST (2007) is a phenomenon. It is a meandering, globe-spanning, time-trotting epic of free association and paranoia. Here we have the “real truth” behind Jesus Christ, Pearl Harbor, Viet Nam, 9/11, the military-industrial complex, the banking industry… Pretty much everything.

Join us as we discuss Peter Joseph’s overstuffed opus ZEITGEIST.


Podcast 48: HYPERNORMALISATION

Hypernormalisation is a nearly three-hour epic that leaps from subject to subject in a circuitous journey toward revelation. The film paints a vivid portrait of corporate control and increasing social insularity as it tries to make sense of our modern world’s pervasive anxiety and uncertainty.

In filmmaker Adam Curtis’s world, we are minds in the matrix, doomed to feed the machine with our bodies and souls.



Podcast 46: You ARE Being Watched: CITIZENFOUR

In 2013, Edward Snowden reached out to filmmaker Laura Poitras because of her history of uncompromising documentary filmmaking. He knew she had long been a target of government surveillance and was confident she would not be easily intimidated.

Citizenfour (Snowden’s handle in his secret correspondences with Poitras) places us in a Hong Kong hotel room with Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald as the young whistleblower shares knowledge and evidence of illegal mass surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA).


Podcast 42: Aliens in Antarctica, The Hum, Project Blue Beam, Ministry of Truth

That awkward moment when you realize everything is connected…

Adam prepared for this episode by looking into the strange sphere-like object that appeared in front of the sun in NASA images this week. He looked into Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent visit to Antarctica (to meet with extraterrestrials under an alien-built pyramid, natch). He investigated cases of strange low-frequency hums that have been driving UK citizens mad since the 1970s.

As it turns out, all these things may have been signs of the realization of Project Blue Beam. What is Project Blue Beam? Only an alleged massive, multinational effort to stage the Second Coming and bring on the New World Order.



Podcast 32: RESURRECT DEAD: THE MYSTERY OF THE TOYNBEE TILES

For more than 25 years, someone has been placing mysterious tiles on the busiest streets in New York, Philadelphia, and other east coast cities – as far south as Brazil.

They all bear some variation of this message:

“Toynbee Idea/In Kubrick’s 2001/Resurrect Dead/On Planet Jupiter”

Who’s been doing this? How? Why?

And what does all of this have to do with playwright David Mamet?


Podcast 31: STRANGER THINGS Freaks Out DoE, Trump the Id Monster, Clowns Vs. Robots

Documents Reveal Stranger Things Really Freaked Out the Department of Energy

Guy sends in a Freedom of Information Act request for any documents circulated within the Department of Energy related to the Netflix show Stranger Things. Figures it might be fun to read what the fictitious bad guys’ real-life counterparts have to say about their portrayal in the hit show.

He certainly doesn’t expect hundreds of documents relating to human experimentation and actual research into parallel universes.


Podcast 28: Trump is Andy Kaufman, Giant Octopus Attacks NYC, Exorcists Needed!, Pumpkin Pie Truth

IS DONALD TRUMP REALLY JUST ANDY KAUFMAN IN DISGUISE? AN INVESTIGATION

Is Donald Trump just a variation of Kaufman’s Tony Clifton persona? There’s a big part of both John and me that wants to believe it’s true. He has to be having us on, right? This is all a joke, right? A clever ruse designed to hold a mirror to our society so we can see just how far we’ve fallen, how coarse our national dialogue has become, how sorely in need of reform is our education system. Right?


Podcast 22: Star Trek Based on Secret Space Fleet, SpaceX UFO Attack, Supertramp Predicted 9/11, Neil Armstrong’s Missing “A”

GENE RODDENBERRY BASED STAR TREK ON SECRET US NAVY SPACE FLEET

Gene Roddenberry hung out with the producer of The Outer Limits, who was the son of Vice Admiral Leslie Stevens, who hung out with reptilian extraterrestrials, who gave us secret space technology and sponsored humankind for admission into the galactic federation.

Truth?

Well, we’re pretty sure Roddenberry hung out with the producer of The Outer Limits. At least once.


Podcast 20: Clown Terror, SETI Alien Signal, St. Louis UFO, Snopes Reliability

Who doesn’t love clowns? We all love clowns… right? Actually, I was never afraid of clowns when I was a kid. Santa Claus? Yes. (I mean, he was a big, red guy who broke into my house and passed judgment on me while I was sleeping. That was creepy.) Clowns, I was always cool with.

THIS, however, is not cool. From South Carolina to Ohio, kids are reporting terrifying encounters with clowns attempting to lure them with cash, candy, and threats of violence. There comes a point where it’s not funny.