Maj. Gen. Albert N. Stubblebine III: The key to all of this…it has nothing to do with bending metal [spoons]…Lord Mercy, if I can do that with my mind, what else can I do? It wasn’t clear whether they thought I was nuts. In any event, the reaction that I got was, “we’re not very interested.”
But as Jon Ronson’s investigation shows, they were in fact very interested. During the last few decades, the United States military has conducted a series of experiments in psychic warfare. On the record, these attempts to create superhuman “warrior monks” for a “First Earth Battalion” were a complete failure. (Off the record, you have no need to know.)
One of the least successful experiments is parodied in the new Hollywood comedy “The Men Who Stare at Goats,” and further documented in a book of the same name. It is also covered in the British documentary “Crazy Rulers of the World”, which you may watch for free below.
It seems that Jon Ronson never asked Major General Stubblebine why he believed that, with enough training, he could walk through walls. The answer, in case you were wondering, is that a few Yogis and Qigong experts have allegedly demonstrated it. He also never questioned how Stubblebine’s coveted army of super-soldiers could possibly bring an end to all war–the most absurd claim in this entire program. (Psychic ability is almost mundane by comparison, and has been covered here previously.)
Crazy Rulers of the World – Part 1 – The Men Who Stare At Goats
Duncan O’Finioan . . . victim of bad marketing, unskilled at fraud?
It is interesting how people who test their hypothesises are mocked whereas those who just assume something wchich is commonly believed are considered of sound minds.
If you gaze for long at a goat, the goat also gazes at you.
Tom, thanks for the link. The usual disclaimer applies here, that a mention on this blog does not constitute an endorsement (unless given explicitly).
Duncan O’Finioan is obviously not a skilled public speaker. I would not expect him to be so, nor would I expect him to answer every demand for “evidence” issued by the Internet. It would be nice if he did, sure, but let’s be honest, “evidence” is cheap. The fate of nations has turned on fabricated evidence.
What we martial artists know for certain, is that extraordinary skills are a product of extraordinary training–training which would be considered abuse if it were not voluntarily undertaken. Ask Vladimir Vasiliev, or even Jackie Chan about this.
Wuxiafan, I agree.
Against the inevitable charge that I am promoting conspiracy theories here, I would like to tell a short story regarding my own recent involvement in a secret (software) project. 😀
At my previous employer in the biotech industry, senior management decided to create a new product support website. It was their opinion that this website should require a few months of effort, and perhaps a few thousand dollars. When word of this plan filtered down to me, a lowly engineer, I was shocked. I remarked that I could have it all done in two days’ time.
The next day, my supervisor quietly told me to go ahead and do it. Less than two days and two hundred dollars later, the website was fully operational.
When the accolades and bonus never arrived, I learned the truth about the project. My boss had merely wanted to teach senior management a lesson. My work had never really been authorized by anyone else, nor was it subject to budgetary preapproval (because I was too efficient), and my contributions were ultimately not welcome. I was merely a pawn in their intrigues! 😉
All this managed to take place within a heavily regulated organization of less than 100 employees. So you can probably guess how often it occurs, when your department contains tens of thousands. And when the mission is not software, but killing, and the secret projects operate under the color of government while answering to no one…there you have a recipe for disaster!
Evil eye? That’s crazy, says Col. John Alexander, retired Army intelligence. It was merely a combination of dim mak and remote viewing…
Here is an interview with a man who does investigate conspiracy theories, Jesse Ventura, with Duncan O’Finioan: