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Five Essential Reads from the BIPT Library

Posted Aug 18, 2007 1 comment

Walt Kelly Pogo Enemy is usEverything has been accelerating in 2007, and even the most dedicated people I know are expressing exhaustion -- it's damn hard to keep up these days. With that in mind, I sat down this morning and rounded up 5 of the most important and interesting documents that I've read in 2007. Each of them provide a full overview of a topic that's been unfolding throughout the year, and will continue to affect all of our lives in years to come.

Basically, I just hope these are useful to you. Print 'em out and read 'em on the couch, make notes, look shit up -- this is some of the best brainfood I have to offer these days.

Global Trends 2007-2036

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This is the most perfectly distilled statement on rich white paranoia I've ever read. Prepared by the Development, Doctrine and Concepts Centre of the UK Ministry of Defense, this report outlines a nightmare future where the Western World will be increasingly called to use lethal force on out of control Third World populations over simple resources like water and food. They envision a future with endless "urban low-intensity conflict" where the poor are kept inside prison cities which become so dangerous only military Special Forces can patrol them. AS IF THAT WAS NOT ENOUGH, the report even sees enemies within, claiming "The middle classes could become a revolutionary class, taking the role envisaged for the proletariat by Marx." All of which sounds insane, but doesn't even begin to do this report justice. This is essential reading.

Cognitive Biases Affecting Assessment of Global Risk

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This is a beautifully written, thought-provoking meditation on cognitive biases -- the flawed assumptions, strange loops, and faulty logic that pollute our brains and lead us to make stupid decisions. If the term is totally new to you, you might want to start with wiki, but this is a very readable, accessable document and contains all the introduction you'll need. It's also damn fascinating, I found myself taking upwards of an hour after each section just to contemplate how each of the biases affected my own life and decision-making. This is more than a gee-whiz neuroscience paper, though: after all, the biggest threat to the continued existence of humanity is humanity itself. This paper provides clear steps towards workable solutions.

Project Censored Report on Electromagnetic Weapons

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This is a subject that is saturated in bullshit and disinformation. Real-deal, government-financed, actual disinformation. This report stands almost totally alone as a rational, honest and straightforward examination of the available evidence. The picture that gets painted is less paranoid than most writing on the subject -- no global HAARP mind control networks here -- but it also winds up being a much more grim picture. Although this report is actually from 2006, I include it here for a simple reason: countless government, intelligence and military agencies have access to technology that can alter your thoughts, cause you extreme pain remotely, and give healthy humans weird diseases and horrible nightmare symptoms that your doctors will not be able to understand or explain. That's important, and as a great man once said, "the more you know, the more you know you're fucked." There's no consolation in knowing this stuff, but hey, at least it's a good, entertaining read.

"Washington's $8 Billion Shadow" -- Vanity Fair report about SAIC

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SAIC is an important chunk of the US power structure that's been gradually coming to light over the past two years. This remarkably thorough Vanity Fair article, by Donald Barlett and James Steele, is the single best "expose" on subject you can find. Having learned long ago that I should never, ever trust remote servers to archive good links, I've naturally backed up a PDF copy here at Skilluminati. This document is one of the shortest in this collection, and it's a very rewarding read.

Proxy Climactic and Environmental Changes of the Past 1000 Years

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I realize that title is a mouthful, but here's the gist of it: "Across the world, many records reveal that the 20th century is probably not the warmest nor a uniquely extreme climatic period of the last millennium." Global Warming is a hot meme these days, and this provides an important antidote to the hype. It's been very interesting to see environmental activism get co-opted by multi-billion dollar international corporations over the past decade -- but this past year has been truly depressing, as the most destructive polluters in the world have started to run lush advertising campaigns to tell us that we're the ones who are supposed to change.

We actually have poisoned our oceans, and we actually are causing one of the largest mass extinctions of organic life the Earth has even seen. Those actual problems don't get discussed, though. Instead, we're treated to Global Warming, which stands on very shaky ground, as this report makes clear. If you're looking for a much abbreviated version, take a look at Freeman Dyson's recent comments where he expressed his skepticism.

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