Dec 20, 2019
Stephen Kinzer is the author of many books including Overthrow and All the Shah’s Men. His new book is Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control.
Kinzer explains how the CIA conducted horrific experiments involving LSD and other drugs during the Cold War with the goal of determining if they could destroy the human mind and then reprogram it for their own purposes. Kinzer also explores the daily life of the CIA’s “poisoner in chief” Sidney Gottlieb – a man who had a literal license to kill.
And Kinzer separates fact from fiction about the MK Ultra program, “Manchurian candidates”, and the hidden history of the United States government’s relationship to 1960s counterculture and the popularization of LSD.
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Chauncey DeVega shares his thoughts on Trump’s impeachment and offers some perspective and caution for those who believe that the House of Representatives finally impeaching Donald Trump will do anything to stop the Mad King. Chauncey also ponders if Trump should appoint a horse to the United States Congress just as the deranged Roman Emperor Caligula supposedly did many hundreds of years ago.
And Chauncey is about to go see Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and he shares his anxieties about that new movie as well as a great essay about the relationship between “God” and The Force.
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