Mar 03, 2014 I Miguel Romero

Red Pills of the Week — March 1st

Greetings, fellow Coppertops! Another month, another batch of Red Pills ready to free your mind from the illusions put by the secret forces running the show.  We'll start by looking at some recent NDE-related news, followed by the hellish levels of pollution in China; we'll analyze the downfall of bitcoin in the last week & what it may mean for the future of digital currency; and as we review the new exoplanet jackpot announced by NASA, we'll try to determine whether the Snowden leaked documents are evidence of a grand conspiracy to manipulate the masses using UFOs. This edition of the Red Pills is dedicated to the memory of Harold Ramis, whose work had a huge impact on my childhood --see ya on the other side, Dr. Spengler!



So let's start with 'the other side' shall we? Because there's no way around it, my dear Coppertops: we are ALL going to die.

What will happen to us then? If we give any credence to the testimonies of people like Brian Miller, a 41-year-old truck driver from Ohio who went flatline after suffering a deadly arrhythmia, nice things are in store for us once we cross that threshold between life  death:

“He had no heart rate, he had no blood pressure, he had no pulse, I mean think about that,” nurse Emily Bishop told WJW-TV.

It was during this time that Miller said he saw the light at the end of a heavenly tunnel — and was told by his recently-deceased mother-in-law that he needed to return to his body, WJW-TV reported.

“The only thing I remember, I started seeing a light and started walking towards the light,” he said, describing flowers that were along his path.

Miller claimed his mother-in-law appeared, with his father-in-law who is also deceased waving to him from afar.

“She was the most beautiful thing when I seen her. It was like the first day I met her. And looked so happy,” Miller said. “She grabbed a hold of my arm and she told me, ‘It’s not your time, you don’t need to be here … you’ve got things to go down and do.”

In the end, his heart went back into rhythm and he was saved.

Miller's account is pretty 'generic' as far as NDE's go, not only because of the imagery described --tunnel of light, deceased relatives coming to greet you & telling you "it's not your time," etc-- but also because of the positive transformative effect it's had on his life. According to him, the event has made him "[want to] be with my family, slow myself down and just take my time and look for my health to keep getting better.”

Critics will immediately point out that Miller already had a strong belief in the afterlife, so they'd label this experience with the typical 'hallucination induced by oxygen deprivation'... even though the brain ceases to receive electrical activity shortly after cardiac arrest; but even if you then assume that the NDE was confabulated by the patient's mind AFTER the heart resumed pumping blood into the brain, you still need to find a way to explain the most interesting cases in NDE research: Veridical accounts.

Veridical NDE's refer to testimonies given by the patients, in which they provide shockingly accurate details of the medical procedures performed by physicians during the process of the resuscitation; details they wouldn't have possibly managed to find out... unless their consciousness was somehow disassociated from their physical bodies & able to observe themselves & the doctors from some unimpeded vantage point --like, for example, up above the ceiling.

Over at The Daily Grail, Greg revisited the story of Dr. Lloyd Rudy, a renowned heart surgeon who was a witness to one of these head-scratching cases with one of his own patients:

Dr. Rudy passed away in 2012, but in January of 2013 one of his colleagues, Dr. Amado-Cattaneo, confirmed the story related by Rudy in the above video:

This case happened some time late 1990s early 2000s... I did witness the entire case and everything that my partner Dr. Rudy explained in the video. I do not have a rational scientific explanation to explain this phenomenon. I do know that this happened. This patient had close to 20 minutes or more of no life, no physiologic life, no heart beat, no blood pressure, no respiratory function whatsoever and then he came back to life and told us what you heard on the video. He recovered fully.

...This was not a hoax, no way, this was as real as it gets. We were
absolutely shocked that he would come back after 20 or more minutes,
we had pronounced him dead on the operating room table and told the
wife that he had died.

...we thought all along his description was quite accurate regarding things he said he saw or heard. Patients’ eyes are always shut during surgery, most of the time they are taped so they do not open since this can cause injury to the corneas.

So let's see how you can explain that as a result of 'oxygen deprivation'!



Speaking of oxygen deprivation, if I were a venture capitalist looking for an untapped market opportunity, I'd invest in oxygen bars in Beijing. The levels of pollution have reached so dangerous levels in Chinese cities, scientists are equating them to the effects of a nuclear winter --YIKES!

China’s pollution problem is reaching crisis point, with acrid smog covering six southern provinces for the past week. Over the last few days a total of 19 cities have recorded levels of pollution drastically exceeding the World Health Organization’s (WHO) safety levels.

Beijing’s concentration of micro-particles small enough to enter into people’s lungs and trigger serious health issues reached 505 micrograms per cubic meter Tuesday. The WHO’s safe level is 25 micrograms per meter.

The toxic smog is having severe consequences, with aircraft being grounded across the country because of poor visibility, roads closing and a significant reduction in tourist numbers. An associate professor at China Agricultural University, He Dongxian, told the South China Morning Post that if these conditions continued, China will experience something akin to a “nuclear winter.”

But it's not just a health problem anymore! The pollution has reduced the photosynthetic capacity of plants, to the point that crops that used to take 20 days to sprout now take over 2 months to grow; this could seriously put some sectors of Chinese society in risk of a famine.

They say necessity is the mother of invention, so could these dystopic problems force the Red Dragon to aggressively pursue radical new alternatives to fossil fuels?


Production Of Bitcoins By Mike Caldwell of Casascius

China was the 1st nation to turn its back to Bitcoin, and after that it seems the digital currency has run into a streak of bad luck: Early this year Apple decided to ban the last remaining Bitcoin wallet from their app store, and now comes news that Mt. Gox --one of the major bitcoin exchange companies in the net-- decided to unceremoniously close shop after 740,000 bitcoins went missing.

Mt. Gox previously suffered a crippling security theft in 2011, and several experts have warned the exchange about a software glitch which could enable hackers to silently drain the business of its bitcoins.

If the draft strategy document is correct, Mt. Gox has lost some $370 million worth of bitcoins and has liabilities of $55 million against only $33 million in assets, meaning it is unlikely to recover

"At the risk of appearing hyperbolic, this could be the end of bitcoin, at least for most of the public," the draft said.

'You've got goxxed' is officially a thing.

Are these the inevitable growing pains of a new currency system, or are all these problems a concerted effort by the powers at be to obliterate Bitcoin, a form of money that is not under the control of any sovereign nation? Perhaps Bitcoin, like many innovations that appeared before their time, will be remembered as the Napster of digital currency --or perhaps our descendants will address bitcoin traders the same way we look at the tulips speculators of the XVIIth century...

In the meantime, we still have all those fear-mongerers advising us to trade all our legal tenders into gold; and a California couple just had a serendipitous head start, after they found a stash of rare gold coins worth over $10 million while they were walking their dog:

"I don't like to say once-in-a-lifetime for anything, but you don't get an opportunity to handle this kind of material, a treasure like this, ever," said veteran numismatist Don Kagin, who is representing the finders. "It's like they found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow."

Eat your heart out, cat lovers!



It seems NASA has also hit the motherload, but of a very different kind: Thanks to the Kepler telescope, the space agency reported Wednesday that it detected 715 planets in nearby local systems, adding the total of discovered exoplanets so far to roughly 1700, and 100 Earth-like worlds --man, I'm so old I can still remember when the 1st one was announced!

Most of those planets range in width from Earth-size (on the smaller side) to Neptune-size (on the larger). That's quite a change from the Jupiter-size planets that were often spotted orbiting nearby stars during the early planet searches that started in 1995.

"Nature likes to make small planets," says the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sara Seager, who was not part of the discovery team but commented on the findings at a Wednesday NASA briefing.

Four of the newly discovered planets orbit around their stars in "habitable zones"—regions where temperatures are just right for oceans, which bring with them the possibility of life.

But the four planets are all a little more than twice the width of Earth, which may make their atmospheres unfriendly to life as we know it.

Even more exciting still, is the detection of water vapor in the atmosphere of Tau Boötis b, a hot Jupiter 51 light-years away & orbiting the primary star of a binary system in the Boötes constellation. Mind you, this is the 1st time that water has been detected through spectography in an exoplanet's atmosphere, but the reason I find this discovery intriguing, is because it may connect with one of the most fascinating stories in the Fortean realm: the enigmatic Black Knight satellite, which was recently addressed by my colleague Martin Clemens on one of his MU columns:

“Start here. Our home is Upsilon Bootes, which is a double star. We live on the sixth planet of seven, coming from the sun, which is the larger of the two. Our sixth planet has one moon. Our fourth planet has three. Our first and third planets each have one. Our probe is in the position of Arcturus, known in our maps.”

How would you call the beings from Tau Boötis b, anyway --The Beyoncé-ians, perhaps?


GHCQ presentation

Is the Dark Knight an emissary from an extraterrestrial civilization? The idea somehow seems more plausible than all the hundreds of UFO sightings we get on a yearly basis, which is the reason why Jacques Vallee began to reject the ETH in favor of more radical theories. One of his mos important books, Messengers of Deception, warned the UFO community that they could be inadvertently manipulated by obscure groups or intelligence agencies in their obsessive search for 'spaceships & aliens' --needless to say, the UFO community didn't take the advice too well...

But perhaps Vallee's message will finally get the audience it deserves, due to the ongoing revelations provided by Edward Snowden's leaks. GCHQ, the same British intelligence agency that has turned into the biggest voyeur in all the interwebz, is also behind a PowerPoint presentation recently released by The Intercept, eerily titled "The Art of Deception: Training for a New Generation of Online Covert Operations." The actual purpose of the presentation is up to debate, since the slides are devoid of any explanatory text, but even a cursory glance at the graphs & images indicate GCHQ seeks to turn their agents into 'cybermagicians', not in the esoteric sense we MU fans might understand the term, but viewing Magic as the art of using the right hand to divert the attention of what the left hand is doing.

And the deception seems to have the goal of manipulating public perception through cyber psy-ops.

Glenn Greenwald wrote a commentary about the slide, warning on how these intelligence agencies are threatening the very core of online discourse on the Internet:

Among the core self-identified purposes of JTRIG [Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group] are two tactics: (1) to inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets; and (2) to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable. To see how extremist these programs are, just consider the tactics they boast of using to achieve those ends: “false flag operations” (posting material to the internet and falsely attributing it to someone else), fake victim blog posts (pretending to be a victim of the individual whose reputation they want to destroy), and posting “negative information” on various forums.

BTW kudos to Ben & Aaron for pointing out the possible connection between these programs & the current legal situation of Stan Romanek, who's been charged with possessing child pornography on his computer.

But what does this have to do with UFOs? well, turns out the GCHQ presentation employed a couple of old b&w UFO pics --including some that seem to be part of Jaime Maussan's repertoire. So instead of secret dealings between the governments of the world and nefarious alien empires, what we see in this disclosure is closer to Mark Pilkington's thesis as how he presented it in his book & documentary Mirage Men.

Yet that doesn't mean UFOs are a myth entirely entirely fabricated by the governments of the world. Rather, it may imply that neither the Pentagon nor Her Majesty's spies have ANY idea of what UFOs are or what they intend; yet that doesn't stop them to exploit UFOs as a cultural construct to their advantage --which maybe what the UFOs wanted all along....

Until next time, this is RPJ jacking out. advising you to trust no one --not even ME.

Miguel Romero

Miguel Romero a.k.a. Red Pill Junkie is a cartoonist and fortean blogger who writes at Mysterious Universe

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