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PPR Bonus Podcast ep 26 Michael Swanson on The Death of Lyndon LaRouche

Michael Swanson joined me to discuss the death of cult leader Lyndon LaRouche. We talked about the history of the LaRouche movement and it’s impact on the conspiracy culture. We also touched on LaRouche’s connections with the government and his strange political ideology. Later Michael talked about the decline of the political cult in the age of Qanon.

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Porkins Policy Radio episode 169 Lucien Greaves and Joseph Flatley on Satanic Panic, ISSTD, and False Memories

This week I am joined by journalist Joseph Flatley and Lucien Greaves the co-founder of The Satanic Temple. The three of us talked about the dangers of the recovered memory movement, the ISSTD, and the role that the conspiracy culture plays in this. Lucien discussed what the Satanic Temple does as an organization and why it is interested in exposing Satanic Ritual Abuse for the pseudoscience that it is. We discussed several high profile cases involving the ISSTD, including the murder of Jude Mirra by his mother Gigi. Lucien talked about Gigi’s use of the ISSTD’s Dr. Ellen Lacter. We talked about Lacter’s role in Jude’s death and how the ISSTD handled it. We we also discussed why so many of the psychiatrists and mental health professionals that employ these dangerous methods are still able to practice medicine. We also touched on conspiracy figures such as David Shurter and Fiona Barnett who have made whole careers out of spreading lies about satanic ritual abuse. We round out conversation by talking about how the satanic panic has evolved over the years.

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Show Notes:

TheSatanicTemple.com

@LucienGreaves

GreyFaction.org

LennyFlatley.net

Satan Goes to the Mind Control Convention: Manchurian Candidates, Recovered Memories, and the Dark Side of Conspiracy Culture

The ISSTD & The Death of Jude Mirra

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PPR ep. 166 Satan Goes to the Mind Control Convention with Joseph Flatley

From LennyFlatley.net

Satan Goes to the Conspiracy Convention is an investigation into the role that conspiracy theories play in American life and the current political climate. The story begins with the author crashing a convention for therapists who promote recovered memory therapy, a discredited (and dangerous) form of therapy that conjures up “memories” of past lives, extraterrestrials, and government mind control operations. From there, the reader will meet Pizzagate enthusiasts, conspiracy entrepreneurs, Satanists, flat-earthers, and people who believe that the Boston Marathon Bombing was a government “false flag” psyop. The story ends on the streets of Pittsburgh during the recent synagogue shooting and its aftermath. Ultimately, the book says, right-wing conspiracy culture is an authoritarian confidence trick that will only get more dangerous over the coming years.

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“Joseph L. Flatley goes where few journalists dare to tread: into the heart of America’s conspiracy culture. Sociopaths, quack psychologists, targeted individuals, flat-earthers, antisemites, one world government freaks—no moldy rock is left unturned. Reading this book, first you’ll want to laugh and then you’ll want to run home and lock your doors. Because it makes one thing very clear: America’s conspiracy culture is a lot less fringe, a lot more profitable, and a hell of a lot more right-wing and scary than most of us want to admit.”
— Yasha Levine, author of Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet

“Joe Flatley is that rarest journalistic observer of conspiracy culture: deeply informed of its history and lineages, perfectly rational, and just sympathetic enough to know when harmless eccentricity and justified paranoia bleeds into malevolent madness. In these investigations he is at his best, deep-diving into worlds of belief where the CIA, Satan and the Occult are the only forces that matter.”
— Alexander Zaitchik, author of The Gilded Rage: A Wild Ride Through Donald Trump’s America and Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance

“Nobody gets inside the minds of conspiracy theorists and other American oddballs quite like Joe Flatley. This book is a pleasure to read—and a little frightening.”
— Matt Stroud, author of Thin Blue Lie: The Failure of High-Tech Policing

“A haunting and intimate look into the darker corners of the conspiracy movement, Satan Goes to the Mind Control Convention explores the toxic practices used by groups who exploit and control people seeking help. Joseph L. Flatley clearly demonstrates the dangers they present to an America obsessed by conspiratorial thinking.”
— Pearse Redmond, host of Porkins Policy Radio and Open Minds On Air

Porkins Policy Radio episode 166 Satan Goes to the Mind Control Convention with Joseph Flatley

Journalist and filmmaker Joseph L Flatley joined me to discuss his latest book Satan Goes to the Mind Control Convention: Manchurian Candidates, Recovered Memories, and the Dark Side of Conspiracy Culture (and other stories). We start out by discussing why Joseph decided to write a non-fiction book this time around. Joseph also explained his precise definition of conspiracy theory and conspiracy theorists that is used throughout the book. Joseph and I then moved onto the topics that take up the first half of the book, the recovered memory community and the theory of wide spread Satanic Ritual Abuse perpetrated by the CIA and aliens. We focused on one of the leading charlatan’s in this field Dr. Colin Ross. We talked about the toxic practices that Ross and other employ on their mainly female victims. Joseph used the case of Roma Hart as a template to explain how Ross implants false memories of abuse. Later we talk about the creepier aspects of Ross’ “therapy” which infantilizes women and turns them into children. Joseph also touched on the role that Lucien Greaves and the Satanic Temple have done in exposing many of these dangerous practices. We also discussed Ross’ connections to Scientology.

Later we talked about the broader issues related to conspiracy theory that Joseph bring up in the book. We discussed the rise of right-wing populist conspiracy theory and the role that is playing in everyday life. Joseph talked about his idea that conspiracy theorists are the canaries in the coal mine of society. We closed out the conversation by talking about Robert Bowers and the Tree of Life shooting in Joseph’s native home of Pittsburgh.

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Show Notes:

LennyFlatley.net

@LennyFlatley

Satan Goes to the Mind Control Convention: Manchurian Candidates, Recovered Memories, and the Dark Side of Conspiracy Culture (and other stories)

The Fascist Creep: How Conspiracy Theories and an Unhinged President Created an Anti-Semitic Terrorist

Porkins Policy Radio episode 154 The end of Alex Jones with Robbie Martin and Jon Gold

This week I discussed the recent banning of Alex Jones on several tech platforms from two different perspectives. In the first hour Robbie Martin joined me to discuss the negative aspects of this. We talked about the dangers of censorship and what this may mean for the future of alternative media. Then we addressed the latest on the ever evolving Qanon saga. Robbie and I inquired how this may be related to the banning of Jones.

In the second hour Jon Gold joined me to talk about why Alex Jones got what he deserved. We discuss why Apple, Facebook, and other companies were justified in banning Jones from using their platforms. Jon discussed Jones’ history as a 9/11 and conspiracy profiteer, and his recent lawsuit against Sandy Hook victims. We talked about the dangers of social media. Jon and I also touched on patriotism in sports and why we, personally, can’t watch football and baseball anymore.

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Show Notes:

A Very Heavy Agenda

Media Roots

We Were Lied To About 9/11

Alex Jones hit with bans from Facebook and Apple

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: We Haven’t Banned Alex Jones Because He Hasn’t Violated Our Rules

It’s Looking Extremely Likely That QAnon Is A Leftist Prank On Trump Supporters

Alex Jones, Pursued Over Infowars Falsehoods, Faces a Legal Crossroads

Not All “Truthers” Are Equal

PPR Bonus Podcast ep. 19 Counterpart Season 1 with Chuck Ochelli

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Chuck Ochelli and I discuss one of our favorite TV shows, the sci-fi spy thriller Counterpart. We discuss several of the show’s themes including, alternate realities, the human cost of spying, fate, and much more. This is quite a long episode that just barley scratches the surface of the complexities of this show.

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Counterpart Season 1

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The Ochelli Effect: Comparing Competing Worldviews

From Ochelli.com

From Bulls and Bears to Pit Bulls Cult 45 members seem to be betting on.

Understanding Wall Street is not something Chuck does well. So calling on The author of The War State, Mike Swanson is the best idea on this particular Tuesday when The Dow falls drastically. Mike does a stellar job making it easy to digest. How does the Wall Street casino run? Listen and learn. News, nerves, and speculation all seem to be the alpha and the omega. Who wins and who loses may be determined by more or less than what we think.

The second hour Pearse Redmond has a few technical issues as he decodes the recent media circus surrounding Roseanne Barr. What does this Trump driven reality mean to conspiracy culture in general? Then the topic of current FBI file releases loaded with Donald Trump’s name alongside tons of redaction’s and a guy named Epstein.

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Show Notes:

FBI File Jeffrey Epstein

Prostitution Ring Leader Sentenced To 21 Months

Teen ‘sex slave’ diary: Epstein didn’t want ‘black girls’

ClandesTime 138 The Reflecting Pool

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From SpyCulture.com

I am joined today by Robbie Martin and Pearse Redmond to talk about the 2008 9/11 conspiracy thriller The Reflecting Pool. We pick on various aspects of the film that relate or comment on the 9/11 truth movement, including the bizarre consensus that thermite brought down the WTC which has overshadowed the much more important issue of the destruction of evidence. We also get into the fake CIA Presidential Daily Briefing in the film that has no real-world parallel and therefore seems to be a metaphor about the risks of trusting inside sources. We round off talking about our favourite moments in the movie and on the ending where (SPOILERS) our protagonist appears to have lost his mind.

Show Notes:

The Reflecting Pool

Porkins Policy Radio episode 137 Sirhan or The Hallucinatory Vanguard with Joseph Flatley

Journalist and filmmaker Joseph L Flatley joins me this week to discuss his novel Sirhan or The Hallucinatory Vanguard. We start off by talking about the sort of work that Joseph focuses on and why he decided to write his first novel. Joseph and I begin by discussing the books unique structure that periodically jumps 30 into the future and features a general at a conspiracy conference talking about the events depicted in the book. We then dive into the book which features Stu (our hero) working for a Breitbart/Buzz Feed outlet as a professional troll, and his strange journey that leads him to joining a Maoist cult intent on violent revolution. We focus on Stu as a person and how he encapsulates the age of Trump 2018 generation. Joseph and I discuss Stu’s apolitical ideology and how this drags him into a large complex conspiracy. We also discuss Stu’s brainwashing into Sirhan by the leader of the cult Demein. We talk about the dangers of extremist politics and how they can manipulate us into doing things such as political assassinations. We juxtapose this against the classics MK Ultra hypnosis theories of the real life Sirhan Sirhan. Joseph and I also talk about the the conspiracy that the book presents us with. We explore the fact that we as the reader never solve the conspiracy the book lays out.

In the second hour Joseph and I expand the conversation out to the current world that we live in. We discuss the decay of conspiracy culture; using Rosanne Barr’s promotion of Qanaon as an example. We look at how this subculture was been politicized and rendered almost meaningless. Joseph and I also touch on one of the real life inspirations for his novel the SLA. We discuss the dangers of living in a world that defines everyone and everything as good and evil. Joseph and I talk about how all extreme political groups be they left of right ultimately devolve into a shell of what they stood for. We also touch on our dislike of Adam Sandler and the strange relationship between Hollywood and China.

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Show Notes:

LennyFlatley.net

@LennyFlatley

Sirhan: or, The Hallucinatory Vanguard

The Healing church

Paranoid delusions in the police state

Laura Johnston Kohl and the Politics of Peoples Temple

The Ochelli Effect: Reality Stars Gone Wild

From Ochelli.com

TV Reality Stars Gone Wild ? Porkins takes the first hour as we slog through the alleged alt. media and the strange ways people will flip their positions to serve emotional stupidity. How exhausted is everyone from the news cycles? Does anyone consider the total effect of mass shootings like the most recent one in Florida ? Does the MSM only get motivated when it is white faces crying for their cameras? By The Way what the hell is that noise outside Redmond’s window? Who in their right mind floats banks deciding if you can have a gun? Is the violence built in to the American culture something that can never be removed? It was a late start , but we got to all of this in the first hour…

Second hour the News Vandal himself JP Sottile joins us to add much needed perspective. After Chuck jokes about JP showing up every 28 Days or so we get into it. Has Agent Orange AKA Trump been the thing the CIA has waited for to destroy legitimate Conspiracy culture? Is this The Ochelli Effect’s Yogi Berra Moment? Are You Not Entertained?

No Mike Swanson This week , but we had two of the best regulars on the show we could get. Mike will return soon to complete the Wall Street History discussion and it will link perfectly to this show.

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