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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 3:15 am    Post subject: The Stranger... or. Turn off the Stupid TV. Reply with quote

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A few months before I was born, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our small Tennessee town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around to welcome me into the world a few months later.

As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family. In my young mind, he had a special niche. My parents were complementary instructors: Mom taught me the word of God, and Dad taught me to obey it. But the stranger?

He was our storyteller. He would keep us spellbound for hours on end with adventures, mysteries and comedies. If I wanted to know anything about politics, history or science, he always knew the answers about the past, understood the present and even seemed able to predict the future! He took my family to the first major league ball game. He made me laugh, and he made me cry. The stranger never stopped talking, but Dad didn't seem to mind.

Sometimes Mom would get up quietly while the rest of us were shushing each other to listen to what he had to say, and she would go to her room and read her books. (I wonder now if she ever prayed for the stranger to leave.)

Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions, but the stranger never felt obligated to honor them. Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our home... not from us, our friends or any visitors. Our long-time visitor, however, got away with four-letter words that burned my ears and made my dad squirm and my mother blush.

My Dad was a teatotaler who didn't permit alcohol in the home, not even for cooking. But the stranger encouraged us to try it on a regular basis. He made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly and pipes distinguished. He talked freely (much too freely!) about sex. His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing. I now know that my early concepts about relationships were influenced strongly by the stranger. Time after time, he opposed the values of my parents, yet he was seldom rebuked... and NEVER asked to leave.

More than fifty years have passed since the stranger moved in with our family. He has blended right in and is not nearly as fascinating as he was at first.

Still, if you were to walk into my parents' den today you would still find him sitting over in his corner, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures.

His name? We just call him TV.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 4:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"The nearest analogy to the addictive power of television and the transformation of values that is wrought in the life of the heavy user is probably heroin."
- Terence McKenna, Food of the Gods
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 4:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Television: opiate of the masses.


by Wes Moore - May 01, 2001

Ait´ junkies, I know you don't like staring at long strands of motionless text, and I know it's a struggle for you to analyze and comprehend the meaning of complex sequences of words. But if you give me just a few minutes, I will let you in on a little secret that marketers and governments have been relying on for decades. That television you watch every day, your secret best friend, is an addictive opiate, and not only that, it's one of the most potent mind control devices ever produced. And I'm not just basing this on intuition. I have the neurological evidence to prove it.

Although the definitions are vague and somewhat misleading, the word "addiction" usually refers to a psychological or physical dependence on a particular experience that must be repeated in order for a person to be comfortable. Usually, we think about this in terms of chemical addiction, which occurs when the addict's chemical of choice reorganizes the nervous system so that it requires the presence of that chemical to operate smoothly.

Of course, not all addictions are chemical. Any behavior that leads to a pleasurable experience will be repeated, especially if that behavior requires little work. Psychologists call this pattern "positive reinforcement". This is what we mean, technically speaking, by addiction. In this sense, television certainly fits into the category of an addictive agent.

When you watch TV, brain activity switches from the left to the right hemisphere. In fact, experiments conducted by researcher Herbert Krugman showed that while viewers are watching television, the right hemisphere is twice as active as the left, a neurological anomaly. The crossover from left to right releases a surge of the body's natural opiates: endorphins, which include beta-endorphins and enkephalins. Endorphins are structurally identical to opium and its derivatives (morphine, codeine, heroin, etc.). Activities that release endorphins (also called opioid peptides) are usually habit-forming (we rarely call them addictive). These include cracking knuckles, strenuous exercise, and orgasm. External opiates act on the same receptor sites (opioid receptors) as endorphins, so there is little difference between the two.

In fact, strenuous exercise, which produces the nominal "runner's high"- a release of endorphins that flood the system, can be highly addictive, to the point where "addicts" who abruptly stop exercising experience opiate-withdrawal symptoms, namely migraine headaches. These migraines are caused by a dysfunction in opioid receptors, which are accustomed to the steady influx of endorphins.

Indeed, even casual television viewers experience such opiate-withdrawal symptoms if they stop watching TV for a prolonged period of time. An article from South Africa's Eastern Province Herald (October 1975) described two experiments in which people from various socio-economic milieus were asked to stop watching television. In one experiment, several families volunteered to turn off their TV's for just one month. The poorest family gave in after one week, and the others suffered from depression, saying they felt as though they had "lost a friend." In the other experiment, 182 West Germans agreed to kick their television viewing habit for a year, with the added bonus of payment. None could resist the urge longer than six months, and over time all of the participants showed the symptoms of opiate-withdrawal: increased anxiety, frustration, and depression.

The signs of addiction are all around us. The average American watches over four hours of television every day, and 49% of those continue to watch despite admitting to doing it excessively. These are the classic indicators of an addict in denial: addicts know they're doing harm to themselves, but continue to use the drug regardless.

Recent studies on laboratory rats show that opioid-receptor stimulants induce addictive behaviors. The evidence is conclusive: all opioids are addictive! Even the ones your body produces naturally. The television set works as a high-tech drug delivery system, and we all feel its effects. The question is, can an addiction to television be destructive? The answer we receive from modern science is a resounding "Yes!"

First of all, when you're watching television the higher brain regions (like the midbrain and the neo-cortex) are shut down, and most activity shifts to the lower brain regions (like the limbic system). The neurological processes that take place in these regions cannot accurately be called "cognitive." The lower or reptile brain simply stands poised to react to the environment using deeply embedded "fight or flight" response programs. Moreover, these lower brain regions cannot distinguish reality from fabricated images (a job performed by the neo-cortex), so they react to television content as though it were real, releasing appropriate hormones and so on. Studies have proven that, in the long run, too much activity in the lower brain leads to atrophy in the higher brain regions.

It is interesting to note that the lower/reptile/limbic brain correlates to the bio-survival circuit of the Leary/Wilson 8 Circuit Model of Consciousness. This is our primal circuit, the base "presence" that we normally associate with consciousness. This is the circuit where we receive our first neurological imprint (the oral imprint), which conditions us to advance toward anything warm, pleasurable and/or protective in the environment. The bio-survival circuit is our most infantile, our most primal way of dealing with reality.

A person obsessed with the pursuit of physical pleasure is probably fixated on this circuit; in fact the Freudians believed an opium addiction was an attempt to return to the womb. We could logically deduce that such addictions occur when higher brain functions are anesthetized and the newly dominant lower brain seeks out pleasure at any cost. Taking this into account, television is like a double edged sword: not only does it cause the endocrine system to release the body's natural opiates (endorphins), but it also concentrates neurological activity in the lower brain regions where we are motivated by nothing but the pursuit of pleasure. Television produces highly functional, mobile "bio-survival robots."

Herbert Krugman's research proved that watching television numbs the left brain and leaves the right brain to perform all cognitive duties. This has some harrowing implications for the effects of television on brain development and health. For one, the left hemisphere is the critical region for organizing, analyzing, and judging incoming data. The right brain treats incoming data uncritically, and it does not decode or divide information into its component parts.

The right brain processes information in wholes, leading to emotional rather than intelligent responses. We cannot rationally attend to the content presented on television because that part of our brain is not in operation. It is therefore unsurprising that people rarely comprehend what they see on television, as was shown by a study conducted by researcher Jacob Jacoby. Jacoby found that, out of 2,700 people tested, 90% misunderstood what they watched on television only minutes before. As yet there is no explanation as to why we switch to the right brain while viewing television, but we do know this phenomenon is immune to content.

For a brain to comprehend and communicate complex meaning, it must be in a state of "chaotic disequilibrium." This means that there must be a dynamic flow of communication between all of the regions of the brain, which facilitates the comprehension of higher levels of order (breaking conceptual thresholds), and leads to the formation of complex ideas. High levels of chaotic brain activity are present during challenging tasks like reading, writing, and working mathematical equations in your head. They are not present while watching TV.

Levels of brain activity are measured by an electroencenograph (EEG) machine. While watching television, the brain appears to slow to a halt, registering low alpha wave readings on the EEG. This is caused by the radiant light produced by cathode ray technology within the television set. Even if you're reading text on a television screen the brain registers low levels of activity. Once again, regardless of the content being presented, television essentially turns off your nervous system.

In addition to its devastating neurological effects, television can be harmful to your sense of self-worth, your perception of your environment, and your physical health. Recent surveys have shown that 75% of American women think they are overweight, likely the result of watching chronically thin actresses and models four hours a day.

Television has also spawned a "culture of fear" in the U.S. and beyond, with its focus on the limbic brain-friendly sensationalism of violent programming. Studies have shown that people of all generations greatly overestimate the threat of violence in real life. This is no shock because their brains cannot discern reality from fiction while watching TV.

Television is bad for your body as well. Obesity, sleep deprivation, and stunted sensory development are all common among television addicts.

So I hope we've firmly established that television is an addictive drug, one that is no better than opium, heroin, or any other opiate. Television is just as (and possibly even more) harmful to the body-brain as every other drug. But there's one big difference. All other drugs apparently pose a threat to the established social order. Television, however, is a drug that is actually essential to maintaining the social infrastructure. Why? Because it brainwashes consumers to throw money at the gaping void of their meaningless, terror-filled lives. And by brainwashed, I mean they've been hypnotized using very subtle and established techniques which, when coupled with television's natural effects on brain waves, make for the most ambitious psychological engineering ruse ever concocted.

Psychophysiologist Thomas Mulholland found that after just 30 seconds of watching television the brain begins to produce alpha waves, which indicates torpid (almost comatose) rates of activity. Alpha brain waves are associated with unfocused, overly receptive states of consciousness. A high frequency alpha waves does not occur normally when the eyes are open. In fact, Mulholland's research implies that watching television is neurologically analogous to staring at a blank wall.

I should note that the goal of hypnotists is to induce slow brain wave states. Alpha waves are present during the "light hypnotic" state used by hypno-therapists for suggestion therapy.

When Mulholland's research was published it greatly impacted the television industry, at least in the marketing and advertising sector. Realizing viewers automatically enter a trance state while watching television, marketers began designing commercials that produce unconscious emotional states or moods within the viewer. The aim of commercials is not to appeal to the rational or conscious mind (which usually dismisses advertisements) but rather to implant moods that the consumer will associate with the product when it is encountered in real life. When we see product displays at a store, for instance, those positive emotions are triggered. Endorsements from beloved athletes and other celebrities evoke the same associations. If you've ever doubted the power of television advertising, bear this in mind: commercials work better if you're not paying attention to them!

An addictive mind control device . . . what more could a government or profit-driven corporation ask for? But the really sad thing about television is that it turns everyone into a zombie, no-one is immune. There is no higher order of super-intelligent, nefarious beings behind this. It's the product of our very human desire to alter our state of consciousness and escape the hardships of reality.

While AdBusters has their highly ineffectual TV Turnoff Week, I'd like to announce a campaign of my own. Starting next week, we will celebrate what I like to call TV Pawn-Off Week. I encourage you all to sell your televisions, and use the money to buy some books.

We're living in a PDF DocumentBrave New World, only it's not so brave, or even that new. In fact, it's starting to look more and more like the Dark Ages, with the preliterate zombie masses obeying the authority of the new clergy: Regis Philbin and Jerry Springer.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Television - The Hidden Picture


By Rixon Stewart 2-11-2

The old line about British television being the best in the world is a debateable one. What is beyond dispute though is the fact that Britons are a nation of TV addicts and with the advent of cable and satellite TV that trend is likely to continue. Whether or not that is a good thing is another matter entirely. For its influence could literally be described as deadening, as a growing amount of scientific evidence would seem to indicate. But don,t expect to hear that from the mainstream media, particularly television; there is simply too much at stake here, politically and economically, for what follows to become more widely known.

According to Daniel Reid, writing in the Tao of Health Sex and Longevity, the rays from a TV flicker erratically, causing uneven and irregular stimulation of the retina. "This choppy stimulus is transferred directly into the brain via the optic nerve, which in turn irritates the hypothalamus. In scientific experiments conducted in the US but ignored by both the government and the television industry, rats exposed to colour TV for six hours a day became hyperactive and extremely aggressive for about a week. Thereafter they suddenly became totally lethargic and stopped breeding entirely." In effect their endocrine systems had been 'burnt out.'

Equally significant was the fact that during the experiment the TV screens were kept covered in thick black paper so that only the invisible rays came through. Thus, the damage was done, not by the visible rays, but by the invisible radiation.

These findings were echoed by Dr H.D. Youmans of the U.S. Bureau of Radiological Health, quoted by Associated Press in 1970: "We found rays escaping from the vacuum tubes to be harder and of higher average energy than we expected. They penetrated the first few inches of the body as deeply as 100-kilowatt diagnostic X-rays. You get a uniform dose to the eyes, testes and bone marrow."

The same year Dr Robert Elder, director of the BRH, testified before Congress that even very minute doses of radiation, which fall below the legal limit cause damage and that the damage is cumulative.

In fact the evidence is beginning to mount to the point where it can no longer be ignored, unless you happen to watch a lot of TV, in which case you may not have noticed the results of a study by Sally Ward. One of Britain's leading authorities on children's speech development, she completed a ten year study which showed that the background noise in the average two year olds' day can delay his or her acquisition of a language by up to a year. Almost invariably, the background noise came from television. Amongst other things she found that:

* Children learn to speak from their parents and parents don,t play or talk enough with their children when the TV is on.

* Background noise from TV or radio, confuses infants. IN RESPONSE THEY LEARN TO IGNORE ALL NOISE AND THEN THEY IGNORE SPEECH.

* Children of two years or older should not be exposed to more than two hours of TV a day.

* Children of one year old or younger should not be exposed to television at all..

Sally Ward is currently preparing to focus on television and the way it affects our attention. In particular she will be looking at Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). "A lot of people think it's chemical," she says, but in her view... "it's very peculiar that at the onset of children's television it got a lot more prevalent, and at the onset of children's videos it became a lot more prevalent."

Her concern is being reiterated in America where child psychologist John Rosemond has stirred some controversy by suggesting that ADHD is environmentally created; a suggestion that is completely at odds with the pharmaceutical industry, which maintains that the disorder is genetically inherited and makes considerable profit as a result. "Ritalin may work, temporarily," says Rosemond, "But pharmaceutical intervention won't change behavioural and motivational problems." And these he blames on television - "the endlessly changing images, flickering like the attention spans of ADHD children."

Interestingly, Rosemond began questioning the role of TV after his own son began displaying symptoms of ADHD. In response he got rid of his television and within six weeks the boy's behaviour was transformed. Today, he is a commercial airline pilot, a job which requires the most serious concentration.

Still, there may well be a place for television in modern society: in our prisons. No, seriously...at a time when its budget is being cut by over 15% you may ask why Britons prisons service is spending an estimated £5 million on television sets for a third of its inmates? Why? Well, according to David Roddan, general secretary of the prison governors association: "It's the best control mechanism you can think of."



Extracts from The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity, Simon & Schuster and GET A LIFE! David Burke and Jean Lotus (Bloomsbury ISBN 0-7475-3689-9)

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I lived in L.A. and had basic tv reception (I still have a sparkle box but thankfully no stations come in so it only gets used for DVDs and videos) I used to only turn it on occasionally according to my intuition as I was walking through the room or perhaps while doing some ironing to check on the "news". I was very disciplined at the time as to my diet and exercise and very in touch with my energy levels. I recall very clearly that one evening I actually sat down to finish watching a short news program segment from probably 10 feet away, and I noticed that I got very lethargic and unambitious, even though moments before I had been looking forward to lifting weights before my regular 2-hour evening hike with good friends. I didn't seem to have enough energy to want to get out of the chair even though I was aware that I was bored silly once the ads started. I remember thinking at the time that it was like some odd form of bodily imprisonment or torture, and I was "scared straight" into tuning into the "programming" only briefly and on my feet.

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I wonder if there's some exercise or hand mudra or something tv addicts can do while they watch to at least keep their left hemispheres active?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I wonder if there's some exercise or hand mudra or something tv addicts can do while they watch to at least keep their left hemispheres active?


I would think one-handed EFT tapping could help, while using the other hand to turn off the TV Wink

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2006 1:53 am    Post subject: Re: TV Reply with quote

The disturbing thing is the proliferation of the device coupled with the fact that the masses are almost wholly unaware of the negative effects. How about just the nastiness of the shows let alone the technological dark side. Why is is so hard for simple folk to understand that what they feed their consciousness is as important as what they feed their body?
When people ask me about seeing something on TV and I explain to them that I don't watch TV or take in any other mainstream media, they return a look that I cannot properly describe.
There was one strange guy back home who said he could not go to sleep without one of them running. Quite an addiction I'd say, to the point that the familiar poison gives him seeming comfort???
Anymore its almost impossible to go to a restaurant without being assaulted with TVs from every imaginable angle. What do you think the response would be if you asked them to turn it off?? I predict a militant response from various locations, including patrons who are transfixed.
Feels like 1984. Frequency pollution with most corraled behind the frequency fence....actually living in quite a different reality I suspect.
ON the subject of Terrence McKenna, what a gift of speech that man had.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2006 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is sad is hearing from people on this warrior forum about how they struggle to "minimize" the TV time, trying to "resist" etc.

Hey... just unplug the thing and bury it somewhere and never look back.
There... Settled.

Even to sell it to someone in order to spend money on orgonite would probably still be immoral IMO
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2006 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sensei, after reflecting on what you wrote
That is some very good writing
I think it merits being published, somewhere....
It might actually provoke thinking among some people[s]
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2006 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are so right about the TV. I only have 38 channels, at it seems that its the same thats on all the channels, a lot of coarse vibrations, politic, violence, gore, war, playing with peoples fears and emotions through mindless intertaintment.

Luckely I am alone with my 12 year son and we don't watch much TV, sometimes a good adventure movie, or a cartoon Smile and "Orange County Choopers" from time to time!(They are a real study in social behavior Smile)

Many people who watch TV a lot really seems hooked on it, same routine everday. It's like the dark forces or someone have the idea: "Let's feed them with mindles, brainless emty entertaintment, that sometimes will scare their pants of, then we will be sure they never finde the answers and the truht, then they will never know the real reasons why they where born".

Well there is good stuff in TV also, but you have to use a lot of discernment, because much is just pulling your mind in the wrong direction, what people need is empowerment, not just accepting the element that is presented to them as valid.

Tv is one of those things that prevent you from realising whats inside yourself, it's sad though, that many people go through life locked inside that cocoon of numbness, that TV watching creates, along with the constant loud music tunes allways playing in the background, together with all the other useles and worthless junk you are given to keep you busy. It's a hard ordeal to break out of for many, but it's worth it.

Well it's not all that bad, but i think we have to be very aware of what we do with our life, also on a daily basis. I think it's importent to stay clear of fear based input, and hollow entertaintment, as humans we got so much that we can give to each other and to the planet.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2006 1:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use my TV these days for mostly the music channels.

Not like MTV or VH1.....the ones that just play music.

Except on friday and saturday nights.

Fridays its Stargate SG1, Satargate atlantis, the new doctor who

Saturday it's Toonami 7 p.m. - 2 a.m.

I guess I am just a weekend TV addict.

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