Month: July 2022

Episode 18 – Conspiracy Theories

If two or more people get together they’re conspiring

Popular conspiracy theories

  • Chemtrails
  • Mandela effect
    • Examples from personal life
  • JFK assassination
  • Moon landing
    • Retaken photos because of radiation
  • 9/11
    • Never let a good crisis go to waste

Conspiracy theories that turned out to be true

  • The dead baby project
    • Laughing at crazy conspiracy theories is good fun—until they turn out to be true. Take the conspiracy surrounding “Project Sunshine,” for example. In the wake of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the U.S. government commenced a major study to measure the effects of nuclear fallout on the human body.
    • Conspiracy: The government was stealing dead bodies to do radioactive testing.
    • The truth: The government was stealing parts of dead bodies. Because they needed young tissue, they recruited a worldwide network of agents to find recently deceased babies and children, and then take samples and even limbs—each collected without notification or permission of the more than 1,500 grieving families.
  • The Dalai Lama’s impressive salary
    • Conspiracy: The Dalai Lama is a CIA agent.
    • The truth: Perhaps the reason the Dalai Lama is smiling in all those photos has something to do with the six-figure salary he pulled down from the U.S. government during the 1960s. According to declassified intelligence documents, he earned $180,000 in connection with the CIA’s funding of the Tibetan Resistance to the tune of $1.7 million per year. The idea was to disrupt and hamper China’s infrastructure.
  • Project MKultra
    • Project MKultra, aka the CIA’s mind control program, lasted about 20 years and was a sanctioned way for the agency to perform experiments on human subjects. Most famously, they gave people LSD to “unwitting subjects in social situations.” To administer these tests, no medical personnel was available – often, this resulted in subjects being sick for days.
  • Tuskegee Syphilis Study
    • The Tuskegee Syphilis Study is one of the most infamous clinical studies in American history. Conducted between 1932 and 1972, it observed the natural progression of syphilis in black men in rural Alabama. Unfortunately, this was not known to those involved in the study – they thought they were receiving free health care from the government.

Episode 17- 48 Laws of Power

What are the 48 Laws

Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this multi-million-copy New York Times bestseller is the definitive manual for anyone interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control – from the author of The Laws of Human Nature.

Robert Greene as mentor to Ryan Holiday

Ryan (of Daily Stoic, Obstacle is the way, etc.) was mentored by Robert Green. Ryan mentioned in a video how Robert Green taught him to categorize and sort notes he takes from reading.

Prison and the 48 Laws

The 48 Laws Of Power, as well as Greene’s follow-up, The Art of Seduction, are both banned books. The Utah prison system feels that both books have the ability to teach inmates how to manipulate others.

50 Cent and 50’s Law

In The 50th Law, hip hop and pop culture icon 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson) joins forces with Robert Greene, bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power, to write a “bible” for success in life and work based on a single principle: fear nothing. 

Favorite laws

Law 1 Never outshine the master

Law 3 Conceal your intentions

Lw 4 Always say less than necessary

Law 5 so much depends on reputation guard it with your life

Law 9 win through your actions, never through an argument

Law 40 Despise the Free Lunch

Law 46 Never appear too perfect

Law 47 Do not go past the mark you aimed for: in victory, learn when to stop

Unliked laws

Law 7 Get others to do work for you, but always take credit

Law 14 Pose as a friend, work as a spy

Law 17 Keep others in suspended terror: Cultivate an air of unpredictability

Law 30 Make your accomplishments seem effortless