Porkins Policy Radio episode 70 Did the CIA Create Modern Art?

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Today I discuss the history between the CIA and modern art, specifically focusing on the abstract expressionist movement. I discuss how the CIA used abstract expressionism as a propaganda tool against the Soviet Union. I begin at the end of WWII and explore how the CIA viewed painters like Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko and others as vehicles to promote liberty and free enterprise. I explain how the CIA began a concerted effort to promote and fund this movement to combat Soviet Realism and portray America as a bastion of freedom. I use writer Frances Stonor Saunders monumental book The Cultural Cold War as a reference point throughout the discussion. I focus on CIA agent Tom Braden’s efforts to use institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Congress for Cultural Freedom to make abstract expressionism the premier form of American Art. Later I explore the ramifications of this relationship by talking about the ways in which this has influenced our views on contemporary, and how contemporary art has manifested in today’s age. I also emphasize the importance of art in a society and why we should not turn our back on it. The CIA’s influence on culture more broadly speaking is also explored. Later on I ramble on about a whole mess of things.

NOTE: Sorry for the abrupt ending of this weeks episode. We had some technical difficulties towards the end and unfortunately lost the last 30 minutes.

Show notes:

The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters

The Secret CIA Campaign to Influence Culture – Francis Stonor Suanders talk

Porkins Policy Radio episode 69 Post Election PizzaGate Rant with Robbie Martin and Chuck Ochelli

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Today I am joined by frequent guests Robbie Martin and Chuck Ochelli for the second hour. Robbie and I begin by discussing our general feelings about the soon to be President Donald Trump and the post election world. We take a close look at the people that Trump is surrounding himself with as he begins to form his cabinet and administration. We pay particular attention to the small faction of neocon’s that refused to jump on the “Never Trump” bandwagon and instead supported him wholeheartedly. The two of us explore the bizarre connections some of Trumps potential cabinet members and the 2001 Anthrax Attacks. Robbie describes how Vice President elect Mike Pence played a major role in the anthrax propaganda, going so far as to be one of the victims who was infected. We talk about Rudy Giuliani’s company BioONE which was responsible for the clean up of the Florida Sun building after the first anthrax attack. We also touch on Guliani’s chemical weapons drill, Operation Tripod, which was set to be held on September 12, 2001. Robbie and I also talk about PNAC neocon James Woolsey and his efforts to blame anthrax and 9/11 on Saddam Hussein. Robbie also talks about Woolsey’s famous anthrax drill, Operation Dark Winter. We explore the idea of what Trump’s response might be to a 9/11 or biological attack with these men surrounding him.

In the second hour Chuck joins us to discuss why the so called alt-media and conspiracy culture doesn’t seem to care about what is going on behind the scenes of the Trump administration. We talk about PizzaGate and TwitterGate and how they may be being used as a mass distraction. I bring up the suspicious timing of these two stories in relation to the upcoming Jeffrey Epstein deposition. We also explore how these stories have taken on a very scary tone and response from the conspiracy culture. The three of us talk about the fact that we now have Twitter “investigators” openly proliferating alleged child pornography in an attempt to stop it. We give our own advice as to how this should be dealt with and the level to which we should involve ourselves in this sort of work. I also ask Robbie and Chuck their views on the increasing sexualization of children, and how the alt-media/conspiracy-culture may be feeding this beast. We also touch on the similarities between this and the “Satanic Panic” of the 1980’s, and how the occult is not all black magic child sacrifice.

Show Notes:
Trump promised to “Drain the Swamp,” but he’s filling it with Bush-era “Crazies” instead

A Very Heavy Agenda

Media Roots

@FluorescentGrey

Ochelli.com

@Ochelli

Porkins Policy Radio episode 68 Presumed Guilty: Stephen Singular on JonBenet Ramsey Murder

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Stephen Singular joins us today to discuss the updated version of his book, Presumed Guilty: An Investigation of the JonBenet Ramsey Case, the Media, and the Culture of Pornography. We begin by laying out what happened on December 25-26, from the 911 call to the discovery of JonBenet’s body several hours later. Stephen describes his personal relationship with the case and his involvement. Stephen and I then dive into the one aspect of the case that was been virtually ignored by most who look into it: pedophilia and child pornography. Stephen explains how Boulder, Colorado has long had a history of child pornography and in child exploitation. We discuss how the pageant world that JonBenet was involved in attracted a very unsavory and dangerous group of individuals. Stephen discusses how this world interacted with many people on the periphery of the Ramsey family and the murder of JonBenet. We talk about pageant photographer Randy Simons bizarre and inappropriate behavior after the murder, and how he may have known more about what had happened that night then he would have people believe. Stephen discusses the numerous pedophiles and child pornographers that were seemingly protected by the Boulder authorities before and after JonBenet’s murder. Stephen and I also discuss the mysterious poems that emerged that seemed to describe not only the murder, but the cover-up and those who may have been involved or knew of it.

Through out the interview Stephen reiterates the point that everyone involved in the case seemed to know that there was more than meets the eye. That the case was not as it seemed and was intended not to be solved. He lays out the theory that JonBenet’s murder and her parents cover-up are two separate but related aspects of the crime. We also talk about the partial release of the original grand jury report that substantiates this notion. The two of us also bring up an overlooked and important clue in the murder: JonBenet telling multiple people that she was going to have a secret meeting with Santa after Christmas.There is a lot of information in this episode so we will be having Stephen back on to discuss and elaborate more on the case.

Show Notes:

Presumed Guilty: An Investigation of the JonBenet Ramsey Case, the Media, and the Culture of Pornography

Stephen Singular

Porkins Policy Radio episode 67 Spirit Cooking Election Day Special

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Today we have a special Election Day episode of the show. We are joined by good friends Tom Secker and Aaron Franz from Transresister Radio and Themes and Memes to discuss all things presidential. We begin by discussing our general outlook and feelings on the election and the traumatic effects it has had on us. Later we discuss the occult overtones through out this election and voting in general. The three of us touch on the “Spirit Cooking” scandal surrounding John Podesta and how this is yet another example of the mainstreaming of alternative culture. We also break down the idea that this election has actually reinvigorated the public’s admiration for the office of the presidency. We also touch on the idea of the electorate being the archetypal “Willing Fool” in the magik ritual that is voting.

In the second hour Tom and I discuss the documentary film The Perfect Candidate which chronicled the failed senate race of Oliver North. The two of us also explore the recent rape scandal against Donald Trump which has now been dropped by accuser Katie Johnson. We also give our predictions for what lays in store for future presidential elections; including the possible run by Kayne West.

Show Notes:

The Age of Transitions

Themes and Memes

Uncle the Podcast

Spy Culture

Marina Abramovic Spirit Cooking

Kaite Johnson Lawsuit update

Porkins Great Game episode 16 Moderate Rebels and Heroin Warlords

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The wait is finally over, Porkins Great Game is back! We begin by taking a look at the recent Parliamentary elections in Georgia. We break down how the elections turned out and analyze the results and what that may mean for the political future of Georgia. Christoph and I also touch on the most recent scandal in Georgia dealing with yet another leaked audio tape of Saakashvili. In our second segment we discuss the ongoing violence in Afghanistan as well as a ongoing peace negotiations. We begin with the recent peace deal between the government and famed heroin warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. We also break down the latest Taliban attack on the city of Kunduz and the wave of attacks in the south in Helmand provience. Christoph and I also analyze the latest Taliban/Kabul peace talks which has conspicuously left out Pakistan. For our final segment we talk all things Syria. We touch on the recent push for more direct US action from armchair generals such as Charles Lister. Christoph and I discuss the reality of what is going on in Aleppo as well as the threat of armed conflict between Russia and the United States.

In our Weird Terrorism section we talk about the strange case of Jabar al Bakr: the White Helmet humanitarian who tried to blow up the Berlin airport. We also talk about the recent death of Uzbek leader Islam Karimov.

Show Notes:

Georgian Elections:

The New Great Game Round-Up: Georgia Investigates Another Saakashvili ‘Coup Plot’

The New Great Game Round-Up: Georgia Elections: Russia Wins, Saakashvili Loses

Ruling party in Georgia wins constitutional majority after vote run-off

Hekmatyar’s return:

The New Great Game Round-Up: Afghanistan Rehabilitates the ‘Butcher of Kabul’

Pakistan-Taliban rift:

Taliban and Afghanistan restart secret talks in Qatar

The New Great Game Round-Up: Taliban Restart Talks With Kabul from Position of Strength

Exclusive: Former Leader’s Bombshell Letter Exposes Internal Taliban Struggles

The New Great Game Round-Up: Are the Taliban Breaking Ties with Pakistan?

Upset at being sidelined in talks, Pakistan warns Taliban

US vs. Russia in Syria:

Syria ‘Cease-Fire’ Brings U.S. & Russia Closer to War

Washington War Party Urges Obama to Go to War against Assad & the Russians

Jihadists and other rebels launch new offensive in Aleppo

‘We were living a real tragedy in east Aleppo’: One family’s journey across the city amid the bloodshed

Russia tells rebels to leave Syria’s Aleppo by Friday evening

Weird terrorism stuff:

The Jaber al-Bakr Story: How a White Helmets Volunteer Almost Blew Up Berlin Airport

Germany convicts 4, calls US-backed Syrian group Ahrar al-Sham a “terrorist organisation”

Majlis Podcast – Uzbekistan without Karimov

Majlis Podcast – Uzbekistan under Mirziyaev

 


Music:

Andrea True Connection – “More, More, More”

Porkins Policy Radio episode 66 Al Sharpton: FBI Informant

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On today’s episode I take a close look at the Reverend Al Sharpton’s work as a confidential informant for the FBI. I discuss his time as CI-7 and how this formed the man that Sharpton would become later in life. I begin with his early years working at Spring Records and how this initiated Sharpton into the world of organized crime. I look at his connections with the Gambino and Genovese crime families, and how an FBI cocaine sting led him to become one of the Bureau most protected and valuable informants. I discuss Sharpton’s relationships with mafioso luminaries such as Joseph “Joe Bananas” Bonanno, Daniel Pagano, Matthew “Matty the Horse” Ianniello, and many others. I also discuss Sharpton’s relationship with heroin trafficker and record producer Robert Curington, who was integral to Sharpton’s fame and power. I also break down how Sharpton’s work informing on the Mafia led to some of the biggest cases in FBI history, including some aimed at Genovese family boss, Vincent “Chin” Gigante. Later I look at allegations that Sharpton was also informing on black revolutionaries and activists during the 1980’s. I explore the allegation that Sharpton was working with the FBI to locate legendary Black Panther Assata Shakur.

Later I discuss Sharpton’s ever evolving public persona and how he may still be working with the government today. I break down how Sharpton has publicly spoken out against ripping off black musicians and the problem of drugs in the black community while simultaneously working with the very people responsible for these crimes. I also point out how several mafia figures and Sharpton himself have been mirrored in the television show The Sopranos. I finish off by ranting about Anthony Wiener, how disgusted I am at the election, and link it to figures like Al Sharpton.

Show Notes:

Al Sharpton’s Secret Work as an FBI Informant: Untold story of how activist once aided Mafia probes

Ahmed Obefemi recalls 1983 meeting with Rev. Al Sharpton and his bugged briefcase

Porkins Policy Radio episode 65 Roger Stone: The Master Manipulator

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Today I discuss the infamous GOP dirty trickster Roger Stone. I talk about his history supporting anti-establishment and third party candidates in his quest to destroy them and prop up the ruling war-party and Republican establishment. I begin by explaining his role in funding, staffing, and orchestrating Al Sharpton’s 2004 presidential run. I break down how and why Stone got involved with Sharpton. I lay out that Stone’s goal in helping the paid FBI informant was more about destroying the run of ostensible anti-war candidate Howard Dean. From personally funding Sharpton with a six figure loan, to installing his loyal cronies, Stone was able to make sure that no anti-war candidate won and that his boss George W Bush won easily. I break down how this is the general mode of operation that Stone has used through out his political career. Later I go through some of the other historical examples of Stone manipulating and derailing third party or anti-establishment (many of which were anti-war) candidates to insure a pro-war Republican victory. I talk about his role in destroying the Reform Party, labeling anti-war Republican Pete McCloskey a Socialist, and his rigging and bribery of Liberal Party leaders in New York state in order to guarantee a Reagan victory.

Later I discuss my theory that this is what Roger Stone is currently engaged in right now with Trump and Clinton. I lay out the case that Stone has been using the Trump campaign in order to ensure that Clinton and the war-party win. I talk about the notion that Clinton will stack her cabinet with many Bush era officials that Stone essentially helped in the 2000 and 2004 election. I explore the idea of looking deeper when it comes to Presidential politics and the people behind the curtain. I also talk about how Roger Stone is a man who has constantly sough to reinvent himself, now as the alt-media guru savior.

I finish off by answering some Patreon subscriber questions and rambling about a whole bunch of stuff.

Show Notes:

Sleeping with the GOP

Sharpton’s cynical campaign choice

The sex scandal that put Bush in the White House

A dirty tricksters Bush bonanza

Roger Stone political animal

Behind the scenes of the Donald Trump – Roger Stone show

Al Sharpton’s secret work as FBI informant

Black, Manafort, Stone, Kelly

Concern that aided Bahamas has officials advising Bush

Roger Stone: Pretty reckless is going straight to hell (Part 1-10)

Check out PPR & PGG listener John Lakes’ band Mouth of the Architect

Porkins Policy Radio episode 64 Chuch Ochelli on the Election, AI, Wikileaks, and more

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My guest with week was the one and only Chuck Ochelli of The Ochelli Effect. Chuck and I had a wide ranging discussion about the current state of affairs here at home and around the world. We began by touching on the recent fall out from the Trump tapes and how this is being interpreted by the public. Chuck and I mention that the lawsuit against Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein for raping a 13 year old is no where to be seen. Chuck and I talk about the hypocrisy from both sides when it comes to talking about sexual violence. We also talk about how the neo-cons will be the big winners this election. Later we discuss how the rise of artificial intelligence and how this is being normalized in society and culture. Chuck and I talk about the recent statements from Bill Gates warning about the dangers of AI. In the second hour we expand on the AI discussion and move into the realm of surveillance. Chuck and I also touch on the recent coverage of Wikileaks and Julian Assange. We end by offering up some of our own solutions for the problems we face.

Porkins Policy Radio episode 63 Legally Permitted Fascism: Jeffrey Augustine on Scientology

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Today we are joined once again by Jeffrey Augustine of The Scientology Money Project and Surviving Scientology Radio. Jeffrey and I begin by discussing the actual intake process an individual goes through when first introduced into Scientology. Jeffrey breaks down this process from being approached by a “body-router” on the street, to your first auditing session and beyond. Jeffrey details the way Scientology uses four important and legally binding contracts to ensnare a new recruit. These contracts make it extremely difficult to sue Scientology, and essentially signify you giving up all rights to the cult. Jeffrey also explains the legal complexities of how Scientology operates as a franchised business. We talk about the legal definition of what a Scientologist is, and how the organization is structured, and why this is so important to them.

Later we look at how Scientology is evolving as a cult and the steps it is now taking to ensure its survival. We talk about how Scientology is desperately trying to portray itself as a humanitarian group through the use of various front groups. Jeffrey talk about how the group has begun to cozy up more and more to police departments through the use of their anti-drug groups. We discuss how this is all a cynical PR attempt to make Scientology look like a benevolent group while they continue to employ the destructive teachings of L. Ron Hubbard.

Show Notes:

Surviving Scientology

The Scientology Money Project

One weird trick every Scientologist needs to learn for “total freedom”

How L. Ron Hubbard devised Scientology’s most diabolical legal mechanisms

What Scientology “social betterment” groups are really all about

How Scientology hooks public officials on its addictive anti-drug front

Porkins Policy Radio episode 62 OJ Simpson Theories and Lies with Brian Heiss and Ed Opperman

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Today we continue our series looking at the 21st anniversary of the OJ Simpson trial with return guests Brian Heiss and Ed Opperman. The three of us explore a wide variety of theories surrounding the case. We begin by looking at some of the false theories put out again and again by the media such as, Jason Simpson or Glenn Rogers as the killer. Next we move onto the issue of Joey Ippolito being behind the murder and his connections to all of the principle and secondary persons involved in the case. Brian explains some of his recent research into OJ friend Donald Soffer his connection to the Bronco chase, and to notorious drug trafficker Joey Ippolito. The three of us discuss what the Bronco chase may have really been about, and how this is still one of the least understood events of the case. Later we explore the role of celebrity culture in creating many of the personalities surrounding the trial. We focus particularly on Faye Resnick’s rise to stardom in the aftermath of the murder of her best friend. The three of us also discuss the role that domestic abuse played in the trial and in the public’s conception of what transpired on June 12 1994. As we round out the discussion we pick a part some of the media’s favorite false facts, such as OJ stopping his arthritis medicine, and how these have made their way into the public’s mind. We also manage to mention Trump and his various connections to OJ Simpson.

Show Notes:

PPR episode 53 Brain Heiss on OJ Simpson: Veritas the Fuhrman Tapes