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Where there’s a will, there’s Ai Weiwei

Posted: December 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

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MKULTRA index of topics

Posted: October 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

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17354_0010 SubProject 1 – memo 4/24/53 Isolation / characterization of alkaloids of Impoea Sidafolia Choisy (Rivea Corymbosa) – affecting central nervous system
– “hypnotic.. mentally disorienting”
17355_0016 SubProject 10B Memo 8/29/56
LSD Research _0024 – drugs, especially LSD and alcohol
_0034 Memo, SubProject 10A – LSD and related drugs effects study
_0036 Prospectus page 1
17356_0016 SubProject 100 Obtaining maximum information from soil samples
_0035 – letter 12/4/62 Further detail subproject 100
_0058 – Memo 12/7/60
17357_0012 Memo 9/23/59 Transfer of energy /physical activity of biologically active materials – related to “current and proposed projects”
17358_0022 SubProject 102 Study of social group influences in different cities – operational report page 1
17359_0014 SubProject 103 Evaluation Study – International youth groups and resulting behavior, looking for aspects which may relate to internationalism
_0011 Memo 12/10/59
Youth both domestic & foreign who may be of interest to the Agency
17392_0026 July 1963 Sub Project 133 – “Project Crypto” Interesting description of bacterial/microbial dissolution of sulphur compounds; “ ‘C’ [scientist] has furnished three cultures with interesting characteristics for application to the power source studies under MKULTRA #78.”
_0027 – “Internally generated in support of the requirements to seek new and better sources of energy for battery application.”
17438_0012 Sub Project 40 18 June 1956 New LSD studies – includes aerosol delivery system research for other psychochemicals
17439_0021 Sub Project 41 “The purpose of Sub Project 41 is to provide payment for the synthesis of rare organic chemicals that are not commercially available. These materials will be available for use on approved CD projects.”
“… Top Secret…”
17439_0018 Mail correspondence instructions, involving techniques to ensure secrecy
17440_039 Sub Project 42 22 May 1963 “… to support ______’s covert and realistic field trials of certain research and development items of interest to TSD, and to maintain the physical facilities required for these trials.” “In the past year a number of covert and realistic field trials have been successfully carried out. The results of these experiments have provided factual data essential to establishing protocols for a number of contemplated operations…”
_0042 – Category: Offensive Biological and Chemical Weapons (“BW/CW”)
17441_0007 Sub Project 143 Psychophysiological Studies of Hypnosis and Suggestibility “_________ M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Principal Investigator”
Sub Project 44 Screening of psychochemical materials
_0028 Memorandum for the record Includes “… a ward with subjects for human testing…”
17443 – EMPTY!!! Sub Project 45 is MISSING!!!
17444_0026 Sub Project 46 Psychotropic drugs / metabolism / tolerance / central nervous system activity
17445_0021 Sub Project 47 “Proposal: The testing in animal and humans of chemicals and biochemicals which alter behavior. Place: Section on Pharmacology Bureau of Research in Neurology and Psychiatry New Jersey Neuro Psychiatric Institute Box 1000 Princeton, New Jersey”
17446_0095-99 Sub Project 48 “… study of foreign nationals under the cover of a medical-sociological study.”
_100 “In order to understand these Communist police methods more fully and to develop countermeasures for dealing with them, it is necessary to carry out further experimental investigations. Ideally, these investigations should take the form of a precise reenactment of the Communist procedures using human subjects. But both humanitarian and practical considerations make it impossible to do this within the continental limits of the United States…” Downgraded to Confidential June 1977
17447_0049 Sub Project 49 Continuing studies in Hypnosis
_0050 “At the present time, there are no good criteria for determining the ‘genuineness’ of hypnosis…”
Sub Project 5 5 Experiments: “Experiment 1 – N-18 Hypnotically induced anxieties to be completed by September 1.
Experiment 2 – N-24 Hypnotically increasing ability to learn and recall complex written matter, to be completed by September 1.
Experiment 3 – N-30 Polygraph response under hypnosis, to be completed by June 15.
Experiment 4 – N-24 Hypnotically increasing ability to observe and recall a complex arrangement of physical objects.
Experiment 5 – N-100 Relationship of personality to susceptibility to hypnosis. …
Experiment 6 – The morse code problem, with the emphasis on relatively lower I.Q. subjects than found on University volunteers.
_0025 “Experiment 7 – Recall of hypnotically acquired information by very specific signals.”
17483_0020 SubProject 81 Memo 4/14/58 Psychological examinations studying the adjustment of a foreign group to living in the US
17484_0019 SubProject 82 Study of refugees adjusting to new environment
0015 – more details – refugees came from a communist environment where they were subjected to discrimination
17485_0022 SubProject 83 Handwriting analysis
17486_0038 Subproject 84 Study of induction of motivation in individuals through interpersonal relationships 0040 – Hypnotism
0042 – suppression of pain by hypnosis; Pentacostal church groups
0058 – memo 4/17/58 hypnosis involved in production of high motivation to serve Agency goals
17487_0010 SubProject 85 Blood groupings for forensic identification
17488_0012 SubProject 86 Polygraph testing enhancement
17489_0023 SubProject 87 8/13/63 Investigation of Hyper-allergic substances “Internally generated in support of the requirement to maintain an offensive chemical toxicants capability.
17490_0011 SubProject 88 Memo 7/9/58 Research on Culture Appraisal
_013 – _015 Draft of Proposal … in order to understand a forign culture for exploitation purposes
17491_0018 SubProject 89 Handling of defectors based on studies of Hungarian defectors who chose to return to Hungary
17492_0022 SubProject 9 Continue and complete the comparison in normals and schizophrenics of the threshold of various sternatutory agents.
Continue and expand the study of depressant drugs which may more adequately control the psychiatric patient.
Test new drugs which may be beneficial in alcoholics or schizophrenics. 8/1/53-7/31/54 _0019 – Memo for the record
17493_0015 SubProject 90 Study of ways to influence (Soviet?) scientists who come into contact with Americans. _029 – proposal
17494_0022 Subproject 91 Development of advanced animal screening processes and preclinical pharmacological testing for the development of psychochemicals.
_0024 Proposal Animal testing, pilot testing
17495_0017 Subproject 92 Streamlining effective methods of teaching modern foreign languages, including the use of automated “teaching machines”
17496_001 Subproject 93 Bacterial and fungal toxins research Required $14,820 5/7/59 – 7/1/62
17497_0019 Subproject 94 Locating brain centers to be used for controlling animals, using electrodes; “remote control of activities in several species of animals has been demonstrated.”
17498_0021 Subproject 95 Cross-cultural meaning systems to aid in “________ and in the technical support of political activities.”
17499_0019 Subproject 96 Application of the psychology of personal constructs to foreign cultures and research attitudes and personality information on researchers.
17501_0025 Subproject 93 Mass Conversion “(1) Who is susceptible? (2) Under what conditions are changes affected? (3) What is the nature of the change?
17502_0028 Subproject 99 “The purpose of Subproject 99 is to provide continued support for the work and services of Dr. ____ at ____ and of various of his co-workers. The work and services are related to certain physical studies which have a definite bearing on various biological and physical problems of interest to the Agency. 2. The project will support studies on the optical rotary power of solid and liquid crystals… Possible practical applications of this work could be practical methods for modulation of light intensity by electrical fields, and the development of simple types of optical shutters… These relate to physical studies which are required to develop effective materials which will influence the human nervous system… His coworkers are unwitting of Agency interest.”
17748_ OVERVIEW OF MKULTRA with some mention of MKDELTA, Bureau of Narcotics involvement
17749_ MKULTRA “Memorandum for the Record” Some statements on unwitting testing.
17755_ Untitled document describing research on the influence of human behavior, including human experimentation at mental institutions.
20476_ MKULTRA – Institutional Notifications A list of institutions involved in the program, along with respective subproject numbers. “DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION” involved in subprojects 3,14,16,42,132,149 and MKSEARCH 4
21121_ Subproject 130 “Personality Theory in Patients with Different Symptoms”
21341_ Details of Subproject 130
21810_0036 “25 calves @ $60 each… Hewlett-Packard Model 3380 B Sine wave generator” Electrodes placed in brains of calves, neuroanaesthesia
21815_ Buying cats, breeding, purpose unspecified
Implants and heart-powered generators
21820_ Another progress report on electrode design development for use on animals for testing
21822_ Proposal for a research contract to study “Physiological Mechanisms Underlying the Electrodermal Response and their Behavioral Significance” – cats, sweat glands…
21847_ 1973 report on the effectiveness of electric fish in detecting foreign objects at a distance and methods used for ranging and location
21914_ Donkey and rat brain stimulation experiments
21949 Memorandum for receipt of “classified materials” for “Visual Incapacitation Systems Analysis” (Light-Induced Visual Impairment”) …
21950_ Trip Report Memo, “Non-Lethal Personnel Incapacitation”
21956_ “Kirlian electrophotography”
21970_ Antenna theory, experimentation
21997_ “Proposal – STUDY OF THE SENSITIVITY AND RESPONSE OF WEAKLY ELECTRIC FISH TO STATIC AND PULSED MAGNETIC FIELDS” – “development of bionic devices”, “man’s response to stimuli during space travel”
21998_ Effects of magnetic fields on behavior
22001_ “Sleep Learning” “foreign language learning”
22003_ The Backster Effect, plant awareness
22006_ Cat experiments, sweat glands
22007_ Body-produced electrical power for implanted electronic devices (including pacemakers)
22008 Studies on Cardiovascular health and prevention of heart disease, including exercise

In 2001, China both attained WTO status and won the bid to host the Olympics. The resulting national frenzy threw China’s doors open wide, and commanded increased attention from the rest of the world. New York commercial photographer Shannon Frady, while shooting and producing in China for IBM, Olay, Shell Oil, Cosmopolitan, Elle, and many others, was drawn into the maelstrom of China’s new cultural revolution. THE LONG KISS GOODBYE — a reference to China’s long-term reluctant departure from political and cultural foibles still isolating it from the rest of the world — is the personal story in pictures of Frady’s experiences during China’s 2001-2008 “coming out party.” Brushes with espionage, criminality, the surreal and other intrigue finally led to an escape route through Southeast Asia back to New York, afforded by Frady’s last client in Asia, Malaysia Airlines.



AGENT EVANS, maybe an interpol cop, is sitting in a chair, absorbed, smoking. Flashback to:

Agent Evans in pursuit of a SUSPECT, who sprints until he’s cornered. He turns to face Evans, who slowly, trying to catch his breath, puts away his gun. The thief begins shaking his head, frantic.

No… you don’t understand! She’s REAL!

Who’s real? What are you talking about?

The suspect suddenly gasps, trying to tell Evans something, but cannot. He’s having a massive coronary. The suspect dies, and Evans rushes over, checks for vitals. He drops the suspect’s wrist, leans over, defeated.


In walks the PSYCHOLOGIST with a file. Her all-business attitude doesn’t leave much room for anyone to be taken in by her attractiveness.

Good morning, Agent Evans, thanks for coming in.

Evans just nods, still absorbed.

I read your file. And…

Look, the guy had a heart condition. What do you want me to say?

Yes, but that’s not the reason you’re here.

Evans stares out the window, unresponsive.

Look, I realize you’re not happy about being here. No one ever is. But this shouldn’t take any more than twenty minutes. Then you can report back to work.

Yeah well I don’t want to report back to work.

Evans gets up and walks over to a window. He smokes, then turns, looking at the psychologist, leaning on the sill.

Maybe Forbidden Planet. STAR, a tall, African-American woman with European features and striking beauty, browses the shelves, and comes across an image of a major female character resembling her in some way, possibly hearkening back to ancient legend. She ponders it for a moment, and walks on.

Star’s in the street, walking, different locations, past various versions of female deity, ancient and modern, including statues, posters of movie stars and singers, and religious art.

Star enters a room, with an incredible view of the city, and stands in front of the window, pondering her next move.

Evans is talking with a BUDDY from work about chasing the suspect.

He was wanted all over Europe for a bunch of stolen pieces of the Madonna. He was a… fanatic, I mean the guy had stuff from all over the world in his room. China, India, I swear he was like some kind of Indiana Jones.

So are they having you come in tomorrow?

Yeah. Sucks. I don’t feel any kind of shock or guilt or anything. The guy had a heart condition. Simple as that.

Yeah. Simple as that.

Star walks in, and sits at the bar. Evans notices her, but continues his conversation.

But it was like this guy was obsessed with this Madonna character, you know like how someone stalks a celebrity, but… I mean, no one stalks a religious figure, right? I mean, I gotta admit, the pictures he had of her were really…


Star’s eyes are upon Evans, as Evans turns to her, in response. Evans is struck by her beauty. There’s something different about her, Evans’ buddy even takes note of it.


Are you afraid of beauty? Does it terrorize you?

Evans looks at his buddy. “Is she serious?”

EVANS (casual, slow to respond)

STAR (quickly)
It’s all right to admit it. It’s a natural reaction for all men. Did you know…

Star picks up the conversation like she’s got something to prove, lights a cigarette.

STAR (continuing)
… the Arabic word for “beauty” is really extraordinarily close to “fear.” ” Ra’a u” means to frighten, scare, alarm, and “Row’a” means Beauty… what do you think of that?

Buddy flashes a quick smile to Evans, it’s his cue to leave and let Evans handle this one.

Look, uh, I don’t…

It goes back to Adam and Eve. You know? Adam was seduced by a woman, and he died as a result of it. So it’s natural for men to be afraid of women… at least when they are being seduced by one.

Evans turns around to find his buddy gone, talking with someone else.

Star smiles, toying with him.

The BARTENDER walks over, looking at Evans, humbly approaches Star.

What can I get for you this evening?

STAR (to Evans)

Evans smiles, reluctant but coerced.


The bartender begins preparing the drinks.

So, you believe in Noah’s Ark too? All those animals, you know, walking up in there —

Did you know the Chinese word for “ship” is actually made up of three other characters? Boat, eight, mouth. To the Chinese, the first ship was a boat carrying eight people. You know how many people were on Noah’s ark?

Evans smiles, defeated. Before he can say “eight,” Star is holding up a napkin with the number “8” drawn on it. She turns it sideways, points to one of the circles, and then the other, explaining:

The world before the flood, and the world after the flood. Only eight people survived. That’s how old this symbol is. And that’s what it means.

Evans is increasingly reluctant to continue the conversation, but Star’s clean-cut nature and her beauty keep him in his seat. She’s a whack job, but at the same time, she’s not.

That’s very interesting. You speak Chinese too?

Star responds in perfect Beijing accent Mandarin.

Yes, I can speak Chinese.
Mandarin, specifically. When you say Chinese, people may think you are talking about food. And Noah’s ark, you know it’s in the Hindu legend of Vishnu as well. He not only saved a family on a raft when the whole world was drowned, but Vishnu is the Sanskrit translation…

So she just kept talking. And all I wanted to do was make love to her.

Were you intoxicated?

Evans eyes the psychologist with contempt.

Yeah. And it was great.

Evans continues drinking and listening to Star.

I thought she was one of those creationists, or fundamentalists, you know, but then she started sounding like some professor of ancient history. Once she talked about some translation of the Epic of Gilgamesh, but she talked about it like the guy got things wrong with the story… like she knew it better than anyone. Then she went on about more stories. Prometheus, who went up to the highest mountain and stole fire, which she said is a symbol of knowledge — and gave it to humanity, like Lucifer, and then there was this African legend of a spider named Anansi, which climbed to the top of the tallest tree, and couldn’t get all the knowledge for himself so in anger he cast the jar of knowledge to the ground, for all humanity to share.

So you’re saying these are all the same story?

Exactly. Joseph Campbell, you where George Lucas got ideas for Star Wars, talked about how these different cultures all had similar stories, but he never talked about why.

Then I asked her:

Look, I don’t mean to be rude, but… how old are you?

Star stares at Evans, creating an awkward silence.

I’m sorry, look, forget I asked that. What I really want to know is…

Star smiles.

If you come up to my place?

Evans wasn’t thinking that exactly, but it wasn’t far from his mind. At this stage they are just about the only people left in the bar, both more than slightly tipsy and free of inhibition. Before he can answer, Star answers for him.


Well, that’s it then.

They laugh.

Star stumbles along the hallway, held up intermittently by Evans, as they approach her door. Star laughs as she pulls out her key and opens the door.

Star enters with Evans, leading him to the living room, turning on a light on the way. She puts on TAHITIAN DRUM MUSIC, but keeps the volume soft.

She stands up and walks over to Evans, who is standing, awaiting further direction. She lingers by him, and they are magnetically drawn into a kiss. She pulls away, smiling.

Um, I am going to change. The sofa is, well, really, really comfortable. Took me like a hundred years to find that kind of quality!

Star walks away to her bedroom to change, and Evans collapses on the sofa. He notices pictures by the lamp at Star’s desk across the room, of various incarnations of goddesses and idols from many cultures, many of them using the same symbology.

You know, there’s this verse in the Bible people have asked me about.

Really? so now you’re gonna tell me you’re a priest?

Star lies with Evans, just after having settled into a rest.

Star laughs at Evans’s question.

No… It’s when Jesus tells his disciples that if he wants John to live forever, it’s none of their business. You know,… if that’s really true, then he’s still out there somewhere, right now, walking around.

Maybe he’s ordering a pizza downtown somewhere.

They laugh more. Star’s laugh fades, and she gazes into Evans’ eyes.

Yeah. Or maybe he’s a cop.

They kiss, more passionate, moving together on the bed.

Star’s bedroom is now a hotel room. Evans lies dreaming, his eyes moving in REM state, as the sound from the previous scene continues.

You make me feel like I was when the world was young.

Star’s face, under low light, stares into the camera, and the picture BLURS and MUDDIES.

Evans begins to awake from his dream. He sits up, rubs his eyes, does not find Star. He shudders, shocked at waking up in a different place than he remembers going to sleep in. He calls out.


Evans gets up, and gets out of bed. He looks for any sign of Star, but she’s gone.

He turns his attention to the open window, and runs over to it to look out into the street below.

There’s still no sign of Star.

Evans returns his attention to the room.

Evans, looking outside, watching the bustling crowds of people.

And she is still out there somewhere.

Look, Johnny… why are you trying to find this… woman, whoever she is?

Evans quickly turns to face her.

Liz, I just want… An answer. That’s not crazy, is it?

And you… really want me to answer that?

Another cop comes in, interrupting the new tension between Evans and his psychologist. The officer escorts Evans from the room. As he leaves, Evans looks at her, and she avoids his eyes, he walks away, unfazed.


I’m diagnosing him with caligynephobia.

Cali – what?

The fear of beautiful women.

The psychologist leaves, followed by the officer.

Listen, you two should really try to get back together…

The world has long forgotten its way. Generation upon generation, the great truths have become watered down, lost, faded… It’s the way of things, as that old enemy time advances. The old gods have long left off meddling in the affairs of men, who have set their sights far beyond… Carried by Imagination, hope, humanity survived the worst conditions… Now life is more streamlined, regulated, civilization is taking over. You no longer run and hunt for food. Instead it is brought to your door while you later make up for not working for it with “exercise.” life is under control, but are you wise enough now to handle this new freedom? Be mindful, you have not defeated evil.
You’ve long since set your eyes on kingdom upon kingdom, domain upon domain, earth and heaven… And you shall have it, as every kind eventually does, as you should, for when a child becomes a man, he puts away childish things. The old gods are but youthful naïveté, flights of imagination to train the world into the place where you now stand upon your feet. And that place, not just the moon, or the planets which encircle you. Six quintillion IP addresses per square meter covering the surface of the earth indicate that yes, there are plans indeed. But you still have death to contend with. You boast of freedom. But you cannot be free of time, every second it presses upon your back, until you are crushed, defeated… we all fall down. And that is the one ending to every story we must all answer to.

Posted: February 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

Blake’s machine

Posted: April 10, 2010 in 1

Blake, 2007 Beijing

Atlanta 2010

Posted: April 4, 2010 in 1

Birthplace revisited