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If You’re Not Paranoid, You’re Crazy

Walter Kirn lives a life of paranoia that takes him from being scared of his cloud-connected devices to the National Security Agency’s Utah Data Center (with a black helicopter along the way). He relates the rather worrying highlights in a great #longread at the Atlantic:

I knew we’d bought walnuts at the store that week, and I wanted to add some to my oatmeal. I called to my wife and asked her where she’d put them. She was washing her face in the bathroom, running the faucet, and must not have heard me—she didn’t answer. I found the bag of nuts without her help and stirred a handful into my bowl. My phone was charging on the counter. Bored, I picked it up to check the app that wirelessly grabs data from the fitness band I’d started wearing a month earlier. I saw that I’d slept for almost eight hours the night before but had gotten a mere two hours of “deep sleep.” I saw that I’d reached exactly 30 percent of my day’s goal of 13,000 steps.

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How to shake someone who’s tailing you

Screen shot 2015-07-30 at 3.49.02 PMKristen Felicetti via Hopes&Fears:

We live in an age where it pays to be paranoid. Security cameras are unavoidable. The NSA is tracking your email. Hackers could steal your identity or expose your most intimate secrets. If that doesn’t make you anxious enough, well, the threat of domestic and international terrorism looms, a massive earthquake will probably devastate the entire Pacific Northwest, and sharks have been attacking swimmers all summer.

All these recent threats might make you forget one old-fashioned reason for being paranoid: another person following you. You may never be able to shake 21st century digital surveillance, but we can help if you ever find yourself being tailed by an actual human being. Here’s how you lose someone who’s following you.

Behind the wheel

First, you need to determine whether you’re actually being followed or whether you’re just being paranoid. Do you have a reason for being investigated?

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Is the Jade Helm 15 conspiracy theory a sign that Americans are becoming more paranoid?

A massive military exercise is slated to begin this week throughout the southwestern United States, and last for the duration of the summer. Wikimedia Commons

A massive military exercise is slated to begin this week throughout the southwestern United States, and last for the duration of the summer. Wikimedia Commons

This week, the US military will begin combat training exercises in several counties in Texas and other western states. Dubbed “Jade Helm 15,” they’re designed to train soldiers how to operate in civilian areas, as often happens in the Middle East.

But when the government announced that these exercises would take place, a furor erupted, especially in Texas.

Concerns ranged from practical ones (the possibility of the exercises starting wildfires) to more outlandish ones: some called it a smokescreen for the imposition of martial law, while others view the exercises as a means to confiscate guns from citizens, which will set the stage for a military takeover of Texas.

The media, not surprisingly, had a field day: article after article detailed the fear and concerns of a certain sect of Texan citizens, tossing around the terms “conspiracy theorists” and “paranoid” to describe them.… Read the rest

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An Anatomy of Paranoia

"Sister Anna," by Carl Fredrik Hill (1887)

“Sister Anna,” by Carl Fredrik Hill (1887)

We all agree that it’s important to question conventional wisdom, and that ideas which are too bizarre for most people to accept may, nonetheless, turn out to be true. Some people, however, seem to reach a tipping point where scores of obsessive strange beliefs feed upon one another to such a degree that they impair the individual’s ability to maintain relationships or function in society. By searching mental health forums, one can find countless posts by concerned individuals who worry that they are losing a loved one to the world of conspiracy. Here is a typical example:

My husband and I have been married for over 3 years (been together 5 years).  For the last two years of our marriage, my husband has become obsessed with conspiracy theories.  Initially, I chalked it up as a new hobby/interest.  But lately (over the past year) his obsession has progressed and has me alarmed. Read the rest

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A simple way to counter the paranoia side effect of Marijuana

Close-up of cluster of female cannabis plant by Bokske via Wikimedia Commons

Close-up of cluster of female cannabis plant by Bokske via Wikimedia Commons

via AlterNet:

According to a recent report by Marijuana.com, sniffing black peppercorns could be the simple answer to reducing the paranoia effects sometimes felt after smoking pot. By simply smelling or chewing on peppercorns after lighting up, smokers can mitigate these effects, writes Jay Arthur.

Owen Smith writes in Canada’s Cannabis Digest that while at Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club, he witnessed the impact pepper had on pot. “Most patients who have tried this simply took a few sniffs of the black pepper to receive an almost immediate effect,” he wrote. “Others have reported that after chewing on pepper corns they felt relief within an hour, but that may be a delay most would seek to avoid.”

Why would this work? In a scientific review published by the British Journal of Pharmacology, author Ethan Russo writes of a “phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effect” that can help with “pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, addiction, epilepsy, cancer, fungal and bacterial infections.”

Although the review doesn’t contain any studies to pot and eating pepper, it aims to point out the connections between THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and terpenoids found in plants such as pepper. 

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Why Marijuana Often Leads To Paranoia

Portait of a patient from Surrey County Asylum, no. 9 (8408235460)It’s no secret that marijuana makes you paranoid, but now there’s an Oxford University study proving it, as reported by WebMD:

An in-depth investigation has concluded that people who smoke cannabis are much more likely to have paranoia than people who don’t use the drug.

The study also identifies psychological factors that can lead to feelings of paranoia in people exposed to the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, THC.

The team of researchers, led by Professor Daniel Freeman, PHD, of the University of Oxford, found that worrying, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and having a range of unsettling changes in perceptions most likely lead to the feelings of paranoia.

Fearing Harm

A paranoid person is someone who has an unfounded fear that others intend to harm them. Many people have some degree of paranoia. Those who are young, poor, in bad health, contemplating suicide, or using cannabis are more prone to have paranoid episodes.

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Militiamen And Oath Keepers Drew Weapons, Threatened To Kill Each Other

I imagine this sideshow is getting tougher to defend as the days go by, beyond Bundy’s ignorant racist screed. What is your input, disinfonauts?

English: Three wingnuts

Three wingnuts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

via Crooks and Liars

The situation at the Bundy Ranch, where armed militiamen and “Patriots” are camped out, has deteriorated so badly that competing factions apparently drew weapons on one another during heated arguments.

The right-wing media tried to sell Americans on the idea that the antigovernment “Patriots” and militiamen who gathered to block the roundup of Cliven Bundy’s illegally grazing cattle in Nevada were well-meaning lovers of liberty. However, Bundy’s most ardent defenders have revealed themselves to be a volatile collection of hotheaded, paranoid men (and a few women) with big egos and even bigger guns.

The situation at the Bundy ranch, where armed militiamen and “Patriots” are camped out, has deteriorated so badly that competing factions apparently drew weapons on one another during heated arguments.

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NASA: The End Of Mankind “Leaked Document”

Here’s your daily dose of paranoia fuel and an excuse to be outraged all wrapped up in one.

via Youtube

This is a very important video with Deborah Tavares and Trevor Coppola discussing the newly revealed NASA FUTURE WARFARE DOCUMENT. People need to be informed at least given the chance to see this information and make the decision themselves to believe and act on it or not.


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Illuminati Training Video Leaked

Enjoy this parody(?) video by filmmaker Matt Anderson.

Anderson explains the video as follows:
“Illumicorp is a parody of sorts. I guess the best way to describe it is that I wanted to make a corporate training video for the ‘Illuminati’ that synthesized all of the conspiracy information floating around. If such a group did exist, how would they really function? My wager was they would act just like any other faceless mega-corporation. It was originally to be part of a larger project, but that never came about so I released Illumicorp as it’s own standalone video.”

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