TV- The enemy we’ve met

Posted: June 8, 2015 in Random Rants

I discovered this great article by Patrick Cribben outlining the subtle, and not so subtle, influence of military propaganda on mainstream television. I haven’t watched these shows, though not so much because I despise propaganda but because I despise cable TV in general.  As I’ve said on previous posts, this author points to the exposed iceberg of covert influence the average media consumer undergoes in any given day.

For more information on this type of thing I would certainly recommend books such as Reclaiming Parkland: by Jim DiEugenio and The CIA in Hollywood: by Tricia Jenkins.

Knowledge is key to unmasking the demon and understanding it’s influence.

Keep fighting.

-K.R. Krause

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/06/05/on-tv-the-enemy-weve-met/

The Real Hydra Threat?

Posted: July 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

Fight Fiction With Fiction

Hydra. It is a word that will live in infamy. Of all the recent pop culture memes to come out of Hollywood in 2014, this was one of the biggest… for about a month, but whatever.

The Red Skull The Red Skull

To get you up to speed, Hydra is a group of power hungry bad guys set firmly inside the Marvel Comics Universe.  They are an offshoot of the Nazi war machine headed by the notorious Johann Shmidt, aka the Red Skull as seen in Captain America: The First Avenger, and played expertly by the terrific actor Hugo Weaving.

Sadly, the first movie in the franchise saw the end of poor Johann, as he was dissolved rather unceremoniously into space dust, and it appeared that the Hydra threat had been defeated.  The Avengers followed and with the help of S.H.I.E.L.D, managed to thwart an alien invasion of New York. After that…

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Hydra. It is a word that will live in infamy. Of all the recent pop culture memes to come out of Hollywood in 2014, this was one of the biggest… for about a month, but whatever.

The Red Skull

The Red Skull

To get you up to speed, Hydra is a group of power hungry bad guys set firmly inside the Marvel Comics Universe.  They are an offshoot of the Nazi war machine headed by the notorious Johann Shmidt, aka the Red Skull as seen in Captain America: The First Avenger, and played expertly by the terrific actor Hugo Weaving.

Sadly, the first movie in the franchise saw the end of poor Johann, as he was dissolved rather unceremoniously into space dust, and it appeared that the Hydra threat had been defeated.  The Avengers followed and with the help of S.H.I.E.L.D, managed to thwart an alien invasion of New York. After that, Iron Man took on the ‘Mandarin’ and Thor fought an undead Legolas in the land of Narnia or something.

Then the bombshell dropped.

SPOILER ALERT:

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Senator (Whats-His-Face) Stern

The sequel to Captain America, cleverly titled Captain America: The Winter Soldier revealed with much fanfare, and explosions, that Hydra was in fact not gone but deeply embedded amidst the ranks of S.H.I.E.L.D.  and the highest echelons of power in the United States.  This was clearly demonstrated when the infuriatingly inquisitive and hostile Senator Whats-his-face from Iron Man 2 whispered into the ears of his fellow conspirators ‘Hail Hydra’.

hail-hydra10jpg-e3252bHydra’s explicit exposure (hehe) sent shockwaves across the Marvel Movie universe, even affecting my favorite new prime time show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, which was quite possibly the greatest plot twist in TV history. Okay maybe not, but I thought it was awesome, and I digress.

I wouldn’t call myself a ‘comic book geek’ by any stretch of the imagination, I barely read them and when I do it’s mostly Star Wars or other franchise comics like Mass Effect or Sonic The Hedgehog, hey don’t mess with my childhood, and I don’t read Captain America, Superman, Spiderman etc. like ‘normal’ comic geeks but I am a huge fan of the Marvel movies and as such I will only concentrate on the films in this piece. (And the winner for best run-on sentence goes to…) A more recent infatuation of mine is what is commonly referred to as ‘hidden history, or as the un-educated deluded masses refer to it as ‘wacko conspiracy theories’, but the blatant misnomer shows how much they know. I am a lover of truth and justice and wish to understand the true nature of our world.  I personally agree with the immortal words of Captain Malcolm Reynolds, “Half of writing history is hiding the truth.”  And so, my watch begins. As each new blockbuster movie hits theaters, at least the ones I want to see, I watch with the intent of being entertained, certainly, but I am also on the lookout for hidden, or blatant, political and philosophical themes. There are many ‘conspiracy theories’ about Hollywood and various actors / directors ::cough::  Stanley Kubrick for one ::cough:: which I don’t need to go into here but there is one thing about Hollyweird that, for sure, isn’t just a theory. Ever since the golden age of Hollywood, the American Military establishment has had a growing influence in Tinseltown, the most notable of which is the CIA. Thanks to books like Reclaiming Parkland by James DiEuginio and Operation Hollywood: How the Pentagon Shapes and Censors the Movies by David L. Robb, as well as the great documentary This Film is Not Yet Rated, I have learned a great deal about how much influence the military establishment and the CIA have on our movies.  A great article about this can be found here. While I thoroughly enjoyed the first Captain America, I was totally blown away by Captain America: Winter Soldier.  There were sooo many things in the movie that tickled my ‘hidden history’ bone, not least of which was the obvious ‘Operation Paperclip’ reference, but the most blatant theme was the idea that an evil force had so completely infiltrated an American based intelligence agency, the CIA, S.H.I.E.L.D, that they were practically dictating the country’s foreign policy and even had a plan to kill every single dissenter/whistleblower/activist on the planet at once, which was thankfully stopped at the last second by the good Cap. Considering how much effort the CIA has put into maintaining a positive image of itself and the military at large, thanks to it’s former inside man Chase Brandon (read Reclaiming Parkland for more on that), I was a bit surprised by some of the admissions dropped in the most recent Marvel movies. Iron Man 3 anybody?  I mean c’mon, they literally said that the ‘Mandarin’, Osama Bin Laden and Gaddafi were just puppets set up by a shadowy group of men to put on a terror show to justify military intervention in otherwise sovereign nations, but enough on that. Go back to sleep. Now the latest foray into ‘truth come to screen’ arrives in the form of the evil Hydra having infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D since the end of WWII. Based on numerous declassified documents and books written by researchers much more studied than I am, the idea that a real life Hydra has compromised our National Security institutions is much closer to the truth than most people feel comfortable believing. Reinhard Gehlen: The Real Life Red Skull? Reinhard Gehlen is somewhat of an enigma. Little is known about him and less has been written down, (perhaps by design?) but for those intrepid researchers who’ve pursued the truth about this man, what has been uncovered paints a foreboding picture of this Senior Nazi official and his relationship to America’s own Central Intelligence Agency.

Reinhard Gehlen

Reinhard Gehlen

Throughout WWII, Brigadier General Gehlen was chief of the Third Reich’s “Foreign Armies East” and one of Hitler’s premier intelligence officers used in covert warfare against the Russians.[1] After the war, Gehlen was pursued as a war criminal by the Kremlin, but ultimately turned himself into American hands in the hopes that he could get a better deal for his wealth of intelligence on the Russians.  He turned out to be right. I can’t speak for what inspired the original Red Skull character in the Captain America comics, but the movie drew some noticeable parallels between fiction and reality. Johann Shmidt is head of a secretive splinter cell within the Nazi war machine, Hydra. Gehlen was in command of a secret network of spies and espionage assets known as, wait for it… “The Gehlen Organization”.  Okay, not exactly intimidating but if it’s any consolation, the Organization later became known by American military intelligence as “The Org”, which isn’t much better but it’s something. History, FYI it’s kind of boring sometimes.

Red Skull or Reinhard?

Red Skull or Reinhard?

It is interesting to note that the likeness of Hugo Weaving in Capt. America  is very similar to that of Gehlen, from the high receding hair line to the sharp features and beady eyes.  If it weren’t for the fact that Weaving is such an awesome actor with a long line of great movies under his belt, including The Matrix and Lord of the Rings, I’d almost think he was… a Nazi… duh duh duuuuuuh. The Org: Is it Hydra? The Gehlen Organization was Reinhard Gehlen’s vast network of spies, agitators and otherwise unpleasant N’er dowells whom he used primarily against the Russian forces throughout the war. Now, unlike Hydra, there is no real indication that the Org intended to violently overthrow Hitler or the Nazi party in pursuit of Tesseract technology, again, boring, but that’s about where the differences end.

‘The sparrow-faced man in the battle uniform of an American general clambered down the steps of the U.S. Army transport plane upon its arrival at Washington National Airport. It was August 24, 1945, two weeks after the surrender of Japan, three months after the German capitulation. The general was hustled into a van with no windows and whisked to Fort Hunt outside the capital. There he was attended by white-jacketed orderlies and, the next morning, fitted with a dark-grey business suit from one of Washington’s swankiest men’s stores. General Reinhard Gehlen was ready to cut a deal.’ [2]

The aforementioned Operation Paperclip paved the way for a slew of Nazi scientists and officers to be peaceably integrated into the American Military Industrial Complex.

‘As the Cold War developed during 1946, American intelligence officials found themselves lacking recent experience with Soviet intelligence activities and decided to use German experts on the Soviet Union-even though some may have been war criminals.’[3]

Of course not all the Nazi scientists were cruel and sadistic masterminds behind the Holocaust, Wernher von Braun for example, but many covertly maintained their loyalty to the Nazi cause.  So even though these guys didn’t exactly like America, they had a much bigger beef with Russia and essentially threw in their chips with the side they believed would inherit the earth. They viewed communism as something ‘unnatural’ to be cleansed from the earth, much like how Fox News pundits view liberals, women and poor people today, but that’s neither here nor there.

Allen Dulles: Spymaster Extraordinaire

Allen Dulles: Spymaster Extraordinaire

That being said, the phrase ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’ was an apt description of the situation at this time.  Allen Dulles, the Director of as well as the one who essentially crafted the CIA into what it is today, was, for all intents and purposes, a fascist legitimate business man.   Having been one of the senior partners at the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, he and his brother John Foster Dulles, viewed the post war world as a resource rich playground for corporate interests and as such, took the CIA from it’s stated mission of gathering and organizing intelligence,[4] and turned it into a covert military arm of Corporate America.  Nick Fury, he is not. The perverse relationship between the CIA and The Org essentially allowed the Agency to adapt Nazi spying and propaganda techniques to infiltrate and overthrow Nationalist governments like Iran and Guatamala, thus securing precious resources for Western business interests, earning the CIA the nickname Corporate Interests of America. Now I will grant some concessions to Marvel on this point. S.H.I.E.L.D can almost be considered a stand in for the CIA in the movies and show, but is different enough to not directly implicate the Agency.  That subtle detail is partly why I think the filmmakers were allowed to get away with some of the things they did. For example, S.H.I.E.L.D doesn’t exist in a vacuum within the Marvel universe. The CIA as well as the FBI and other agencies still exist independently, and I mean let’s face it, in a world with super humans running around opening doorways to other realms and unleashing alien invasions on us, somebody has to deal with it, but I digest.  Mmm, onion rings. The filmmakers can get past the Pentagon censors because it’s not actually the ‘CIA’ or the ‘American Military’ that has been infiltrated by Nazi sympathizing Hydra scum. It’s S.H.I.E.L.D, which is a fictional agency, but c’mon, we both know they really represent the CIA. As I said before, I can’t speak for the creators intent or the inspiration for the evil organization known as Hydra, maybe someone out there knows more about this. But considering America’s own documented history and it’s dealing with Nazi scientists and/or war criminals, there are some scary possibilities that exist.  Considering how a country that claims to be a beacon for ‘freedom’ and ‘justice’ has enacted covert overthrows and overt wars of aggression against resource rich nations since the end of WW II, and continually stripped away civil liberties while spying on its own citizens to such a degree that Orwell’s grave rolling has surely awoken him from the cold slumber of death, I’m more or less inclined to think there is some truth to the Hydra threat. And that turrifies me.index But fortunately, we have activist filmmakers and government insiders willing to risk their careers, and in some cases their lives, to shed light on the dirty cancerous laundry that eats away at our country’s foundation.  So long as there are people out there daring to stand up for truth and justice, I have hope. Do I need to say it? I will. Avengers. Assemble. -K.R. Krause

Here’s a super quick opening for a short story idea.  I’ve been toying with the idea for a while now and finally had a flash of inspiration so I wrote it down.  Expect more chapters as I come up with them.  It’s kind of a ‘free flow’ idea experiment.  Free to download, enjoy!

The Machine

-K.R. Krause

I’ve all but lost my will to write. I struggle to bring myself to my desk and work on my books, short stories, even this rambling thing I call a rant is hard.  Could be apathy, could be the effects of my cold/flu still lingering around or, as I’m starting to believe more and more, I’ve been hacked by the “Collective”.

Yes, that’s right.

I just went there.

What is the “Collective?”  No one really knows for sure, but I imagine it to be a series of hubs, or data centers scattered around the country, maybe the world, whereupon agents of the Shadow Elite, or as I like to call them, ‘Void Spawn’ (they have no souls), use advanced technology beyond our current understanding to hack into the minds of creative people to implant and extract ideas, thoughts, concepts, etc.

I have come to this conclusion, possibly due to an implanted idea by an insider, over the past few years due to an increasing frequency of images and ideas that have flashed into my mind.  Ideas for novels, movies, short stories, porn and other random thoughts.  Then suddenly, one day, the images ceased.  The flow of ideas became a trickle from the faucet of my mind.

Have I been shut off?  Has my connection to the universal flow of creativity been severed? If so, by whom?

These are the hard questions someone needs to ask. So why not me? I’ve got nothing better to do. Are we creatives, just information farms for shadowy mind creepers who wish to exploit our imagination to further their own agendas? How many movies and TV shows have been literally ripped from someone’s mind by some hack sellout producer or director and pawned off as their own?  Who knows?

Some days I get a spurt of creativity followed by an “almost drive” to act on it, but I just can’t shift into that gear.  It’s like I’m being sabotaged from the inside, to stop my words and ideas from spreading. Perhaps ‘they’ think of me as a threat, so they shut off my astral connection to the river of ideas.  Perhaps they’re justified in thinking that.  Perhaps all creative people are a threat to their power, the status quo and so we have to be controlled. We have to be hacked and our thoughts dictated.

If this is the case, then we must take back our own minds. We must continue to push out our ideas, our stories, our visions for the future.  We must have a mental revolution and break free from their “thought farm” and declare our independence once again!  My friends, there is a vast machine that is stealing our creative energy and redirecting it into the production of crappy re-make films and crappier pop music.  THIS MUST END! I must regain my creativity from these soulless thought thieves so that I can write again!

Or, maybe I’m just being lazy.

Meh.

Keep creating, my friends.

-K.R. Krause

This is the conclusion I’ve come to after reading the Untold History of The United States by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick.  I have also finished watching their accompanying television series on blu-ray, which is by far an easier to digest albeit very informative version of the book.

Why do I say my country is run by Madmen and Psychopaths? Well for starters these terms were used in one particular chapter concerning President Nixon and Henry Kissinger and their brutal bombing campaigns of Vietnam, but the title is well earned by many other members of civilian and military leadership that have come afterwards.  The book starts with the lead up to World War I and follows the sordid history of war profiteering and big business empire building all the way through to President Obama, the show starts with WWII and continues to the same end, but what is most disturbing about this dark history is the overbearing and concerted effort of big business and powerful moneyed interests in creating problems which they they then exploit to the detriment of all humankind.

From the American industries that supported Nazi fascism to the CIA’s overthrow of multitudes of Latin American governments and subsequent support of the most brutal dictators the world has ever seen, it is obvious to the objective observer as to why it is so disingenuous to proclaim that the United States is the “greatest country in the world.” We are bullies, plain and simple. The people are puppets to be used by those psychopathic war mongers and right wing reactionaries to further their twisted perceptions on the world to the detriment of the common man.  Because of this, brave and forward thinking men like Henry Wallace are lost to a corrupt history written by those very interests who profit from war.

This series is not easy to watch or read. If you believe the blatant propaganda that has been shoved down our throats, you will be angered by what you see and hear, but it is too important not to hear it.  We live in an Orwellian nightmare that I suspect is worse than any George Orwell himself could have imagined.  It’s a world where facts are purposely expunged from school texts and the population is deliberately dumbed down by legislation and rhetoric.  We live in a world that has forgotten the many anti-war protests that existed in the 1940’s as well as the American interests that rejoiced in Hitler’s rise to power, one of which being run by Prescott Bush, grandfather of George W. Bush. We live in a world shrouded in myth and fairytales about the heroic deeds of our soldiers while ignoring the horrendous costs inflicted upon them by the policies influenced by Wall Street. We believe ourselves to be great without acknowledging the slaughter of innocent peasants for the sake of  “free trade” and the movement of resources from the third world. Most importantly, we live in a world that has forgotten how to think and question the word of our so called “leaders” who, in light of our true history, have no right to lead.

This series will open your eyes to the dark underbelly of the myth of American Exceptionalism and the cult of Capitalism that has wreaked untold devastation upon the world. It should be required viewing in classrooms around the country, but no doubt will be kept out of public discourse in spite of the documented facts.  If you haven’t gotten it yet, get it now.

Educating yourself is possibly one of the greatest acts of non-violent rebellion you can do in this utterly insane world in which we live.

Keep fighting the fiction.

-K.R. Krause

Book: http://www.amazon.com/Untold-History-United-States-ebook/dp/B0043RSK3K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1387339014&sr=8-1&keywords=the+untold+history

Blu Ray: http://www.amazon.com/Untold-History-United-States-Blu-ray/dp/B00EK52XQK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1387339014&sr=8-2&keywords=the+untold+history

Today was a fine day.  Work was relatively easy and free of drama, I received my copy of Firefly on blu-ray from Amazon and, lastly I had my final session with my Therapist.

It was a fine day and a fine end to a journey that started nearly two years ago when I was staring down the darkest reflection of myself. Everything was crushing down on me, my finances, my job, the corruption of the shallow, materialistic world in which we live and the ever present loneliness of not having someone I could share my pain with.  I wanted to escape, I couldn’t take it anymore and in that brief glimmer of destitution I thought with deadly seriousness about doing the one thing I had tried so hard to avoid. I wanted to take my own life.

[cue sorrowful music]

Fortunately, the stubborn glutton for punishment that I am refused to give in.  I must clarify here that I never actually tried to kill myself, I only seriously considered it and being someone who’s empathy and imagination is so hyperactive that I could live out the various scenarios of exactly how I would end my mortal suffering with vivid, almost hallucinogenic detail, I quickly frightened myself out of the dark thoughts and decided to get help instead.

[cue upbeat music of determination]

So I sought out the help of someone who I could go to so that I may express my feelings and, lo and behold, my search brought me to my therapist Alice.  I had never spoken to a therapist before and being the paranoid conspiracy theorist that I am, was somewhat hesitant.  I had nothing to fear though.  She let me speak, vent, rage whatever it was that I wanted to get out and so I did.  After the first two sessions I felt better. All I needed was someone willing to listen without judgement, scorn or pity.  Thanks to her I started attending my writing critique group, which has led to vast improvement in my writing skills.  She encouraged me to take charge of my life both at home and work, and so I did.  I had my ups and downs, but she was there, like a safety net ready to catch me if I fell toward the shadows again.

Today is a fine day, indeed.  I’m going strong on my second book, a full length novel, I have just today scheduled my first book signing at a local cafe in Boca Raton and I am currently in a relationship with a truly awesome girl who served me more white mochas at the Barnes & Noble cafe than I can keep track of.  As of today, my life is exactly how I had hoped and prayed for it to be just two years ago, and it’s not ending anytime soon.

Unless our government kills us all.  But that’s another story for another post.

Today is a good day and I intend to enjoy the hell out of it.  I hope you do so as well.

-K.R. Krause