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Porkins Policy Radio episode 151 Trump-Putin Summit and Super Villain Elon Musk

In the first hour JP Sottile joins me to break down the recent Trump-Putin Summit in Helsinki. We start off with Trump’s recent reversal on comments he made stating that Russia didn’t interfere with the election. JP and I then get into the press conference itself and pick apart some of the major takeaways. JP talks about Bill Browder and Putin’s allegations about him and Hillary Clinton. We also talk about the strange “dry mouth” that Trump appeared to have during the presser and explore Trump’s possible health problems. I also ask JP about his strange comments regarding Israel. JP offers up his own analysis of this, diving into the geopolitics of Syria and Russia. We finish off by talking about the possibility that the US is seriously planning regime change in Iran. JP and I focus on the recent actions of the MEK, the bogus bomb plot in Paris, and Russia’s desire to ensure that Iran is not an energy powerhouse in the region.

In the second hour Aaron Franz joins me to discuss Elon Musk’s latest PR disaster. We talk about his insane tweets accusing diver Vern Unsworth of being a pedo, and his disastrous attempt to save the Thai soccer team with a mini-submarine. Aaron and I explore Musk’s cult of personality and his savior complex. We discuss the concept that Musk is both a modern day super hero and villain. Aaron talks about the hyperreailty of Musk and the Marvel Universe as well. We finish off the conversation touching on insane billionaire in general and the strange place they hold in our society.

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Show Notes:

Trump-Putin press conference

Trump Retreats and Says He Accepts U.S. Finding Russia Meddled

Exclusive: Blackwater founder’s plan to privatise America’s $76bn, 17-year war in Afghanistan

Donald Trump’s New World Order

Israeli, Saudi, and Emirati Officials Privately Pushed for Trump to Strike a “Grand Bargain” with Putin

Iran sleeper cell agents, including diplomat, arrested in three European countries

Holland expels two Iranian diplomats, but stays silent on reasons

The Text about Flynn Wasn’t the Substantial Role in the Russian Attack — It Just Linked the Grand Bargain to It

Peter Strzok Is a Sideshow to Information that Directly Implicates the President

As the Summit Arrives, Keep in Mind that Putin Manages Trump with Carrots and Sticks

British caver labelled ‘pedo guy’ by Elon Musk says he has been approached by US and UK lawyers over the slur as he reveals why he has not yet flatly denied the accusation

Tesla stock sank after Musk tweeted, again

Former Tesla employee blasted by Elon Musk takes battle to SEC, filing whistleblower complaint

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The CIA and Hollywood episode 13 Race to Witch Mountain

James Evan Pilato is our latest guest as we dissect the 2009 Disney UFO adventure Race to Witch Mountain.  We start off looking at Disney as a corporation – its long standing interest in UFOs and extraterrestrials, the connections to government agencies and their recent takeover of the fantasy genre.  We then get into Race to Witch Mountain itself – a strange blend of a kids’ movie, a love letter to the UFO culture and an homage to spy thrillers especially Enemy of the State.  Next, we examine the deliberately hyperreal nature of the film and dwell on the effects of a fantasy movie set in the real world with real people.  A children’s movie about ‘illegal aliens’ being pursued under the Patriot Act is not Hollywood’s typical output.

Then the conversation moves on to the mysterious CIA involvement in Race to Witch Mountain, which the CIA themselves deny but the director Andy Fickman insists took place.  After discussing the CIA Inspector General’s Report on their Engagement with the Entertainment Industry we move on to the question of infiltration of the UFO culture, and the use of UFOlogy to infiltrate alternative cultures more broadly.  We round off looking at the effect of films like this on people’s perceptions and expectations of government secrecy, and we each try to answer the question ‘are you a believer?’.

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Show Notes:

Race to Witch Mountain

Silver Screen Saucers (book by Robbie Graham)

Which Mountain? (making of)

ClandesTime 076 – Walt Disney and the FBI

A Look Back … Robert Carey Broughton: From Walt Disney to War Movies

CIA’s Role in the Study of UFOs, 1947-1990

A History of Government Management of UFO Perceptions through Film and Television

“Alien language” presented by CIA & Disney

UFOs and Disney: Behind the Magic Kingdom

Robbie Graham’s blog

Robbie Graham – UFOs, Hyperreality, and the Disclosure Myth – Copenhagen 2014

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The CIA and Hollywood episode 12 American Ultra

Adam from Themes and Memes is our guest to talk about the 2015 action comedy American Ultra.  We start by trying to define this film, which is an intense mixture of cartoonish ultra violence, CIA covert operations, romance, comedy and horror, looking at the dissociating nature of this blend.  The intentions of screenwriter Max Landis and the director Nima Nourizadeh are discussed and we ask whether they were reaching out to the CIA or trying to flatter them by making MKULTRA seem cool to stoners and young people.  We go on to look at the prominence of female and often maternal characters in modern spy fiction, particular in CIA-assisted productions and ask what difference this makes to how these films and TV shows portray the CIA as a whole, not just MKULTRA and similar experiments.

We also examined a bizarre weed-based marketing campaign for the film at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con and ask whether like the Pentagon and NASA, the CIA now sees Comic-Con as a key networking and recruitment opportunity.  The conversation rounds of discussing the director Nima Nourizadeh’s father Ali Reza, who bears all the hallmarks of being a CIA asset (complete with mysterious name changes and working for Voice of America).  The presence of footage of Langley and the prominent use of the CIA logo suggests that at the least the CIA were aware of American Ultra and approved use of these for the film, so we ask whether they were involved in the making of the film and if so, why.

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Show Notes:

American Ultra

Activating American Ultra (making of)

American Ultra offering free pot at Comic-Con

Spooky London: how Britain’s spy agencies are using new and unexpected methods to recruit the next generation

Centre for Iranian and Arab Studies – Companies House

Wikileaks cables – IRAN WATCHER CONTACT TARGETED BY IRANIAN REGIME

Iranians unite in grief at service for Shah’s son

John Adams Afternoon Commute with Pearse Redmond – Homeland

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From Hoax Busters Call:

John and Myself(Chris) have another excellent discussion with returning guest Pearse Redmond. We discuss the Showtime series ‘Homeland’, Media Manipulation and Coordination, Hyperrealistic Training Exercises, Predictive Programming,The Giffords Shooting, The Mass Shooting Epidemic, Islamic Terrorism, Politics, Donald Trump, Professional Wrestling, The Left-Right Paradigm.

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Porkins Policy Radio episode 40 Homeland Season 5 ep. 5

In the latest of our Homeland reviews, Tom and I tackle the latest episode, ¨Better Call Saul.” In true form to this season, the fifth episode completely resets the original storyline and refocuses our attention to the evil Russians. Tom and I discuss this development and how it plays out in the episode. From the bombing of General Yusuf’s plane, to the hack, to the revelation of Alison being a double agent, it is now all about the Russians.

Later Tom and I explore in detail the infighting between the CIA and Mossad depicted this season. We discuss how this actually reveals several truths about the Mossad, yet masks them by protraying Russian intelligence as ultimately responsible for these squabbles. We once again tackle the concept of hyperreality in our discussion of the recent downing of the Russian Metrojet 9268 over Egypt.

As we wind down the conversation we look at a recently declassified Inspector Generals report on the CIA Entertainment Office which paints a very bizarre’ picture of how things actually work in Hollywood. We finish off the conversation by discussing the most insane example of hyperreality and this show: the artists who graffiti-hacked Homeland are making a film about it for Laura Poitras’s film unit at the Intercept.

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Show Notes:

Homeland Season 5 episode 5

UK, US See Bomb Behind Downing of Russian Airliner in Egypt

CIA OIG Report on Entertainment Office

Field of Vision

 

Music:
Plastic Bertrand – Ca Plane Pour Moi

ClandesTime episode 061 – Homeland Season 5 ep. 4

From ClandesTime:

In this conversation Pearse and I took a few detours and rambled all over the place, but mostly talked about the concept of hyperreality – the condition of a consciousness that cannot distinguish between the real and the simulated.  We show how Homeland does this but also consider the question of why: why would the CIA be interested in using this effect that shows like Homeland have on their audiences?  What is the advantage for the CIA in hyperreality?

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Show Notes:

Watch Homeland season 5

‘Homeland’ Season 5, Episode 4: An Intelligence Expert Weighs In

CHP Deputies: Government Rejects Probe Into Turkey’s Role in Syrian Chemical Attack

Leaked documents from CIA director’s email reveal thoughts on torture, Iran, Afghanistan

ClandesTime 060 Homeland Season 5 episode 2

From ClandesTime:

Continuing our review series of the 5th season of Homeland Pearse joined me to discuss the second episode.  We dwelt on the coinciding of real news events and storylines and dialogue in Homeland, asking how the show manages to pull this off so consistently.  This episode establishes that former CIA black operations officer John MacGaffin is still working on the show, and we expanded on many of the topics from episode 1 – Syria, ISIS, Laura Poitras, the Snowden affair – showing how each real life topic is an explicit inspiration for this fictional series.  The conversation also touched on the concept of hyperreality which is as relevant to Homeland as it is to any other TV show out there.  We wrap up by asking for more of your comments and predictions for this new season.

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Show Notes:

Watch Homeland season 5

FBI Consultant was Demoted by CIA

Homeland Season 5 Episode 2 credits screenshot – John MacGaffin as a consultant

A Death in Athens: Did a Rouge NSA Operation Cause the Death of a Greek Telecom Employee

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