Nonetheless, her Johnny had become the only American in the country’s history of political villains, studding folk song and story, to inspire concomitant fear and hatred in foreigners, resident in their native countries. He blew his nose in the Constitution, he thumbed his nose at the party system or any other version of governmental chain of command. He personally charted the zigs and zags of American foreign policy at a time when the American policy was a monstrously heavy weight upon world history. To the people of Iceland, Peru, France, and Pitcairn Island the label of Iselinism stood for anything and everything that was dirty, backward, ignorant, repressive, offensive, anti-progressive, or rotten, and all of those adjectives must ultimately be seen as sincere tributes to any demagogue of any country on any planet.–The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon
“Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought.
To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears.
To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool.
To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen.
To be led by a liar is to ask to be told lies.
To be led by a tyrant is to sell yourself and those you love into slavery.”
― Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Talents
The country would be better served if we allow both people to speak with fewer interruptions. I’m appealing to you to do that.Chris Wallace, Moderator 2020 Presidential Debate, 9/29/2020
The problem with the first presidential debate can be solved with technology. This is a rare moment when a distinctly human communication problem can be effectively solved through technological solutions.
The problem: Constant interruptions of both the moderator and the opponent during a live broadcast debate.
Step 1: Place candidates in separate rooms or in clear glass, soundproof boxes on the same physical stage. Separate rooms requires reliable video and audio and clear boxes require reliable audio, thereby allowing the participants to hear both questions and responses.
Step 2: Make it clear at the outset that microphones will be muted when questions are asked and when the opponent has the floor.
Step 3: When it is their turn to speak open the microphone. When they are out of time mute them.
Step 4: If a live mic is in the room recording everything said but not broadcast during the debate, then those recordings may be released and commented on the following day. It must not be made available during the debate itself.
“I can tell you that it was a very clear action for a night action, Mrs. Mavole,” Raymond said. Mr. Mavole sat on the other side of the bed and stared at the floor, his eyes feverish captives in black circles, his lower lip caught between his teeth, his hands clasped in prayer as he hoped he would not begin to cry again and start her crying. “You see, Captain Marco had sent up some low flares because we had to know where the enemy was. They knew where we were. Eddie, well—”
He paused, only infinitesimally, to try not to weep at the thought of how bitter, bitter, bitter it was to have to lie at a time like this, but she had sold the boy to the recruiters for this moment, so he would have to throw the truth away and pay her off. They never told The Folks Back Home about the filthy deaths—the grotesque, debasing deaths which were almost all the deaths in war.–The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon
He made contact with the others, there must be a resistance, a government in exile. Someone must be out there, taking care of things. I believe in the resistance as I believe there can be no light without shadow; or rather, no shadow unless there is also light. There must be a resistance, or where do all the criminals come from, on the television?–The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
This is a list of popular culture references that illustrate the techniques used in Gang Stalking and Mobbing. More will be added if/when they are found.
Gang Stalking: “Organized Covert harassment of one person By a group gang mob for the purpose of destroying the person’s life. The victim is known as a Targeted Individual (TI). Break ins, monitoring and surveillance of one person.” – Collins Dictionary
“Mobbing, as a sociological term, means bullying of an individual by a group, in any context, such as a family, peer group, school, workplace, neighborhood, community, or online.” – Wikipedia
Carrie, 1976: Carrie has psychic powers and lives with an abusive mother. The students at her school bully her regularly but the bullying transforms into mobbing and she is subjected to public humiliation, which triggers a violent response.
Trading Places, 1983: The villains use gang stalking techniques to settle a $1 bet. The movie makes it clear that these two are in the habit of identifying targets and destroying lives when the bet is made and one of the men states “the usual amount?”
Real Genius, 1985: The protagonists attack a fellow student using both mobbing and gang stalking. The targeted student is presented as an unsympathetic jerk who deserves what he gets, which sets up the scenes as comic relief. The mobbing is obvious and a lot of it looks like ‘college student pranks.’ The gang stalking is more insidious and includes a speaker installed in the target’s braces that’s used to convince him he is hearing voices. These combined attacks result in the targeted student slowly unraveling until he has a complete nervous breakdown – which is supposed to be funny.
The Cable Guy, 1996: Billed as a comedy because the characters are mostly extreme stereotypes and few (if any) generate a positive connection with the audience. The cable guy meets a random stranger while doing his job and then inserts himself into that man’s life. He and his friends proceed to tear the man apart socially and professionally for no apparent reason beyond not liking him as a person. While the targeted individual knows the perpetrators in the film, the techniques used do not require face-to-face interaction and are good examples of the types of things that occur in a gang stalking scenario. Because of the face-to-face interaction this also qualifies as mobbing. However, it’s an excellent illustration of group-think and the way an individual can be targeted for insignificant reasons, or no reason at all, simply because a group of people have bonded around the acts of stalking, hunting, mobbing, etc.
The Crucible, 1996: The Salem Witch Trials are an excellent historic backdrop for examining mobbing techniques.
Malèna, 2000: Malèna marries a man and moves to his hometown during WW2. She is very beautiful and attracts a lot of unwanted attention from local men. Her husband leaves town to fight in the war and the negative attention increases, despite Malèna’s best efforts to keep her distance. Her husband is reportedly killed and the women move from bullying to mobbing. Without community protection, Malèna is raped, forced into prostitution, publicly humiliated and publicly beaten. It is a difficult film to watch because of the way she is treated and because the movie is told from the perspective of a young boy who watches everything unfold, develops a boyhood crush on Malèna and is ‘helped’ through his changes into manhood by his father who takes him to a whorehouse to lose his virginity.
The Lives of Others, 2006: East Germany utilized gang stalking as a standard form of policing and controlling the general population. This movie shows the clandestine data gathering and general stalking aspects, while illustrating some of the ways the system was abused. It was an official government program so the motivations, methods and consequences for participants and targeted victims is different than would be found under different political circumstances. Excellent look at the power and control over other people that is gained through these techniques, even when the perpetrator’s identity is never revealed.
Penguins of Madagascar, 2014: The one plot twist that qualifies it as an example of gang stalking is the fact that Dave (the bad guy) has pulled together an army of octopi who have worked in secret to destroy a specific family of penguins (and all other penguins along with them) because of a grudge based on a perceived slight – the penguins themselves don’t remember having crossed paths with Dave or even know who he is. The movie is written to emulate a James Bond style action adventure movie, so the grudge and the working-in-shadows are all backstory.
What is the consciousness of guilt but the arena floor rushing up to meet the falling trapeze artist? Without it, a bullet becomes a tourist flying without responsibility through the air. The consciousness of guilt gives a scent to humanity, a threat of putrefaction, the ultimate cosmetic. Without the consciousness of guilt, existence had become so bland in Paradise that Eve welcomed the pungency of Original Sin.–The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon
Is that how we lived, then? But we lived as usual. Everyone does, most of the time. Whatever is going on is as usual. Even this is as usual, now.
We lived, as usual, by ignoring. Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it. Nothing changes instantaneously: in a gradually heating bathtub you’d be boiled to death before you knew it. There were stories in the newspapers, of course, corpses in ditches or the woods, bludgeoned to death or mutilated, interfered with, as they used to say, but they were about other women, and the men who did such things were other men. None of them were the men we knew. The newspaper stories were like dreams to us, bad dreams dreamt by others. How awful, we would say, and they were, but they were awful without being believable. They were too melodramatic, they had a dimension that was not the dimension of our lives. We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.–The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
“Mr. Mavole,” Raymond said rapidly, “I thought that if it was O.K. with you maybe I could stop over in St. Louis on my way to Washington, you know? I thought, I mean it occurred to me that you and Mrs. Mavole might get some kind of peace out of it, some kind of relief, if we talked a little bit. About Eddie. You know? I mean I thought that was the least I could do.” There was a silence. Then Mr. Mavole began to make a lot of slobbering sounds so Raymond said roughly that he would wire when he knew what flight he would be on and he hung up the phone and felt like an idiot. Like an angry man with a cane who pokes a hole through the floor of heaven and is scalded by the joy that pours down upon him, Raymond had a capacity for using satisfactions against himself.–The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon
A car returned, it seemed to him almost at once, and Jocie had fetched her father along because it would give him such a good feeling to know that all of those warnings about the snakes in those woods had been just. A man has few enough opportunities like that when he assists in the raising of children, who must be hoisted on the pulley of one’s experience every morning to the top of the pole for a view of life as extensive as that day’s emotional climate would bear, then lowered again at sundown to be folded up and made to rest, and carried into their dreams with reverence.–The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon