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Porkins Policy Radio episode 85 The Truth Shall Make You Free with Aaron Franz

Good friend Aaron Franz joins me on the show this week to discuss our recent work in The American Journal of Economics and Sociology. We begin by talking about some of the behind the scenes aspects of the issue. I talk about the whole process of how the issue came into being from the initial offer from Clifford Cobb, getting all the writers together, and dealing with all the road bumps along the way. Aaron and I talk about the actual writing process and the challenges involved in writing for an academic journal. Next we explore Aaron’s piece which deals with secret societies, CIA, occult practices, and the ways in which this is mimicked in Hollywood films. We talk about the similarities between secret societies and the CIA, particularly with their strong reliance on cryptography. Aaron and I discuss the famous Kryptos sculpture outside CIA headquarters and the agencies use of art’s powerful occult properties. We also talk about the bizarre Fallen Angel sculpture in CIA headquarters.

In the second hour we talk about the notion of truth as it now exists today. We begin by talking about the biblical verse “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” which is carved into the lobby wall of the CIA’s Original Headquarters Building. We talk about the significance and deeper meaning behind not only the quote but why CIA Director Allen Dulles insisted that it be inscribed. Later Aaron and I move onto the current environment that we find ourselves in right now. We talk about the way truth has become an almost meaningless notion in today’s political and media landscape and what this means for us as a society. Aaron and I also discuss the hidden truths behind the various statements and missteps of Donald Trump. We talk about the possible occult meanings behind this as well as the notion that a magick spell was cast on America after the election.

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Show Notes:

The Age of Transitions

Themes and Memes

Uncle The Podcast

The American Journal of Economics and Sociology Vol. 76 Issue 2

Porkins Policy Radio episode 67 Spirit Cooking Election Day Special

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.

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Show Notes:

The Age of Transitions

Themes and Memes

Uncle the Podcast

Spy Culture

Marina Abramovic Spirit Cooking

Kaite Johnson Lawsuit update

The CIA and Hollywood episode 10 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Aaron Franz joins us to discuss the 2002 biopic Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which tells the story of game show producer and host Chuck Barris. Barris claims that while becoming a TV star he was recruited by and worked for the CIA as an assassin, killing a total of 33 people. In this episode we analyse this claim, which has been dismissed by the Agency as a ludicrous fantasy. We examine Barris’ true life history, focusing in on his marriage to Lyn Levy – the daughter of one of the founders of CBS – and his incredibly selfish relationship with their daughter Della. None of this appears in the film so taking this into account we consider whether Barris was a CIA assassin, a psychopathic fabricator or an emotionally warped narcissist (or all of these things rolled into one). If Barris truly was a CIA agent then what was his job? Was he an assassin, or did they employ him to ‘slay the audience’ by developing the prototypes for reality TV?

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is also notable for being George Clooney’s directorial debut, and a production that languished in development hell for years before he became involved and began pulling strings to ensure the film got made. We consider whether the movie was one of Clooney’s attempts to gain the attention and approval of the CIA, and whether he too thought that Barris’ TV career was the real mission for the Agency. We examine Clooney’s self-appointed role as Chuck’s ‘defence lawyer’, his obsession with goats and why he employed theatrical visual tricks throughout the production. We round off comparing Confessions of a Dangerous Mind to The Recruit, as both films show The Farm (the CIA’s semi-secret agent training facility) and portray the protagonist being inducted and initiated into that covert world.

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Show Notes:

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (film)

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (book)

The Real Chuck Barris

Chuck Barris: Is is True?

Broadcast Pioneers: Leon Levy

William Paley Obituary

Della Barris

Lynne Levy Equestrians

Chuck Barris ‘My Life on the Edge’

The Drexel Interview: Chuck Barris

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Trans Resister Radio ep. 159 – Pearse Redmond interview Newsbud

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From The Age of Transitions:

Pearse Redmond returns to the show to tell us about Newsbud. Sibel Edmonds and others are trying to start a new large-scale online news source that will be completely funded by individual people, and not big foundations, corporations or government. If and when Newsbud is up and running Pearse will be a senior producer working full time to bring you more of the kind of material that he now creates at Boiling Frogs Post and Porkins Policy Review. Newsbud is now raising start up money via a Kickstarter campaign.

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Show Notes:

Newbud

Kickstarter

 

The CIA and Hollywood episode 3 The Recruit

Aaron Franz joined in the conversation as we looked at the film The Recruit, which more than any other film we’re covering in this season was moulded by CIA entertainment liaison Chase Brandon.  Like so many films, it tells the story of a young person inducted into a secret world with secret rules and codes of thinking and behaviour, and in doing so inducts the audience into that same world.  We discussed this dynamic from various angles – black operations, secret societies, occult or mystery school philosophies – before studying Brandon’s appearance in the most fascinating ‘making of’ documentary ever made.

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Show notes:

Case Studies in Intelligence review of The Recruit

Chase Brandon and Roger Towne projects

Chase Brandon and Jeff Apple projects

Trans Resister Radio ep. 124 Scientology and other Cults

From Age of Transitions:

In this interview Pearse Redmond shares some of his research and thoughts on Scientology and cults in general. What is a destructive cult, and why would anyone join one in the first place? A better question might be: what pseudo-cults have I, myself been involved in, and to what extent? Human nature is ours, but it is also the Garden from which the guru attempts to pick Forbidden Fruit.

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New podcast series with Tom Secker: The CIA and Hollywood

From Spy Culture:

Launching in April of this year The CIA and Hollywood is a new series by Pearse Redmond and Tom Secker.  The first season will have seven episodes where we will mostly focus on modern films, with guest appearances on five of the shows.

The full list:

Episode 1: The CIA and George Orwell

Pearse and I introduce the series and look at how George Orwell’s two major works – 1984 and Animal Farm – were both adapted into 1950s films by the CIA for propaganda purposes.  Using files from MI5, the CIA and the FBI we outline in detail the people involved in the productions and how they fit into a wider picture of what was going on in Hollywood at the time.

Episode 2: The CIA and Robert De Niro – Guest: Guillermo Jimenez

In the first guest episode we welcome Guillermo to talk about Robert De Niro’s lengthy connections to the CIA.  From Wag the Dog, where he plays a character based on CIA Entertainment Liaison Chase Brandon to the Meet the Parents film franchise which was assisted by Brandon, to his epic rewriting of CIA history in The Good Shepherd, De Niro has for nearly 20 years had some kind of relationship with the Agency.

Episode 3: The CIA and The Recruit – Guest: Aaron Franz

From one screen legend to another, Aaron joins us to discuss The Recruit starring Al Pacino.  This film was co-written by Chase Brandon and the character Pacino plays is clearly based on Chase Brandon.  This tale of a young man inducted into the secret world of the CIA is a perfect set up for inducting the audience into that same world, though what we find there is simply more layers of manipulation and doublethink.

Episode 4: The CIA and Enemy of the State – Guest: Adam of Themes and Memes

The film that predicted the entire Edward Snowden story is next on the list, when Adam joins in the discussion.  The Gene Hackman character, based on a role he played in the 1970s thriller The Conversation, foreshadows everything about Snowden, including his name and where he grew up, and the film’s depiction of mass surveillance has much the same effect on audiences as Snowden’s ‘revelations’ some 15 years later.

Episode 5: The CIA and The Social Network – Guest: Thomas Sheridan

The only film featured in this series that was not explicitly sponsored by the CIA, but which bears all the hallmarks of CIA involvement.  Thomas Sheridan joins us to examine this fictionalised account of the founding of facebook, possibly the world’s greatest ever surveillance tool.  We examine Aaron Sorkin’s career and the key information he left out of his screenplay about the early investors in facebook.

Episode 6: The CIA and Charlie Wilson’s War – Guest: Sibel Edmonds

One of Chase Brandon’s final films mythologised one of the most important events in understanding modern history – the Soviet-Afghan War and the CIA’s support of the Mujahideen.  Sibel lends us her expert knowledge as we dismantle this piece of CIA unhistory – which is also scripted by Sorkin – and construct a true version in its place.

Episode 7: The CIA and Argo

To round of this season Pearse and I take a look at the Oscar-winning Argo, produced by the unholy trio of Clooney, Heslov and Affleck, all of whom have long-standing ties to the CIA.  We examine the film not only as a deliberate mis-telling of real historical events but also as a celebration of the CIA’s very useful relationship with the Hollywood dream factory.  We reflect back on what we have learned through doing this first season, and briefly explain what to expect from season two.

 

Porkins Policy Radio ep. 33 Snowpiercer

On this installment of Porkins Policy Radio I was joined by Aaron Franz and Adam, co-hosts of Themes and Memes, for a discussion of the sci-fi thriller film Snowpiercer.  Dealing with the aftermath of a geo-engineering disaster, the surviving population of Earth lives on a highly advanced train that circles the world once a year.  While the rich and powerful live in the front in perpetual luxury, the tail section is composed of the poor who plot a revolution to take over control of the train.  Aaron, Adam and I break down many of the interesting themes and messages that this movie introduces.  We take a look at the inclusion of chemtrails in the beginning of the movie, and at how this is part of an ongoing trend in Hollywood to inject conspiracy-culture elements into mainstream cinema.  We move on to the socioeconomic model that Snowpiercer presents, as well as the fascist-corporatist world that the film imagines.  We then take a look at the transhumanist aspects of this film, namely the worship of the “eternal engine,” as well as the idea of a “train” in general.  Later we consider the core theme in this film: the idea of revolution.  The three of us explore how the notion of revolution is popping up more and more in contemporary films, and how Snowpiercer differs in the cookie cutter version Hollywood usually presents.  We go into depth about how the revolution in this film has been completely orchestrated by the evil Wilford, who operates the Snowpiercer in order to fulfill his eugenics agenda.  We focus on how the film puts the audience in a difficult situation, where it begins to question its own morals and philosophy in the face of the complete destruction of mankind.  We end the conversation by discussing the death/re-birth ritual that is the culmination of the movie, and at whom this may be targeted.

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Show Notes:

Age of Transitions

Snowpiercer full movie (This streaming version is in three parts but has English subtitles for the sections with Korean dialogue.  Unfortunately the subtitles appear through out the entire film)

Snowpiercer full movie (no subtitles)

Note: I will try and provide a torrent link so that you can download the full DVD version that has subtitles only for the Korean sections

 

Music:

“Axe Gang” – Snowpiercer Official Soundtrack

“Yona Lights” – Snowpiercer Official Soundtrack

Porkins Policy Radio ep. 28 California Cults with Aaron Franz

From Scientology to the Peoples Temple, the state of California is awash in prominent and powerful cults.  Our good friend Aaron Franz joins us to discuss this bizarre phenomenon.  We discuss several high-profile cults in the state and how they have influenced the people and culture of California.  Aaron and I break down Scientology and explore how a cult whose membership is made up mostly of high profile celebrities has become a powerful culture creator within society.   Aaron explains how groups such as The Process Church and The Summit Lighthouse use occult teachings within their cult when indoctrinating their members.  We also discuss how this is really the corruption of the occult for nefarious purposes.  Aaron and I also go into Jim Jones and The Peoples’ Temple, discussing how one cult leader was able to change the face of politics in San Fransisco.  We end by talking about yoga and veganism, and how both of these fads are also not only misunderstood, but are being used in a negative way.  This was an especially fun episode to record and is also filled with quite a bit of humor.

NOTE: My apologies for the audio issues through out the episode.  We had some internet connection problems.

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Show Notes:

Age of Transitions


Leah Remini files missing-person report on Scientology leaders wife

Shelly speaks: Scientology leaders banished wife says she’ll get out “only one way”

 

Book notes, Saint Germain on Alchemy, Trans Resister Radio

Book notes, Saint Germain on Alchemy part 2, Trans Resister Radio

Joe Szimhart, Summit Lighthouse and cults in general, Trans Resister Radio

 

Mae Brussell- Jonestown, CIA Mind Control Experiment part 1

Mae Brussell- Jonestown, CIA Mind Control Experiment part 2

Mae Brussell- Jonestown, CIA Mind Control Experiment part 3

Music:

X- “Sex and Dying High Society”

X- “Los Angeles”

ClandesTime 027 Wrong is Right

Aaron Franz and I joined Tom Secker for a roundtable discussion on the  film Wrong is Right; a 1982 political conspiracy thriller/black comedy.  This is without a doubt one of the most bizarre movies I have ever watched.  We discuss the obvious intelligence/military connections, as well as the prophetic memes and terrifyingly accurate predictive programing.  We also break down the meaning and message behind the film.  This was an extremely fun conversation but I would suggest that you watch Wrong is Right first.

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