Connecting dots of antiviral research. From mRNA antivirals, RNA hydrolysis, protein inhibitors, understanding current medications (Arbidol, Apoptozole, etc.), discouraging viral sugar-protein connections (OST complexes) and NS proteins (NS1 for modulation of host immunity, NS3 for viral proteases, & NR5 for polymerase), encouraging antivral Viperin SAM ddhCTP enzymes and 3D8 scFv antibodies, etc. Quinton Mitchell

Disclaimer: This post is for personal note, which I just so happen to be sharing. This post isn’t to encourage any unauthorized research or to spread misleading medical information. I’m simply theorizing in public about information I read from actual academics in order to find correlation in their research and to enhance my understanding of medicine, biology, chemistry, virology, etc. This paper is more of a set of notes, so I apologize for poor citations, improper citation format, etc. My view is that, I just want to connect the dots and figure out issues and formalities often get in the way.

Forwards: I’m not a medical or science professional, though I took some classes while in college. Yet, the more I read into the basics of RNA (AGCU), DNA (AGCT), proteins, enzymes, cell functions, etc., the more I seem to understand that fighting viruses (which are typically single strands of viral RNA code with a protein shell) is that you have to chemically “trick”, induce, or fortify healthy cells and trigger them in shutting off certain functions when exposed, but also turning on certain functions when exposed. These functions can range from preventing or discouraging endocytosis (when a cell “eats” a virus to incorporate into its body – cytoplasm, vacuoles, etc. – but the virus hacks the health DNA code), turning off or on certain proteins and enzymes, and triggering immune responses to seek and destroy the virus.

Also, in layman terms (meant for myself) vRNA (viral RNA) like most RNA has a phosphorous backbone and four chemicals, so it’s not entirely a “physical hack”, but more so a “chemical-secretion melody” that the virus “plays” or delivers (think of the chemicals as keys on a piano and when played make a tun) to infect a cell (re-tune or re-harmonize it) to encourage its replication, i.e., it tricks the healthy cell to stimulate ribosome production of viral proteins, enzymes, etc. The viruses are programmed to seek out certain proteins, antibodies, and/or enzymes in order to “pick” a cell’s lock or attract to it and lock in. Thus, if you’re shutting off and on things to fight viruses you might get residual physiological effects such as an immune system running on overdrive and attacking healthy bodily functions such as healthy renal (kidney) function.

I was studying viruses largely due to the Coronavirus dilemma and did some reading into anti-viral research that are using various methods such designing anti-viral mRNA (messenger RNA) which can possibly be loaded into nanoparticles such as poly [lactic-co-glycolic acid] nanoparticles; discouraging the attachment of sugar molecules to viral proteins (such as limiting OST complexes); understanding current medications such as Arbidol (used for influenza and studied regarding Zika – a distant cousin of Hepatitis C, West Nile, Dengue Fever, etc.) , NGI-1 (OST inhibitor), Remdesivir (Ebola), Apoptozole (Hsp70 inhibitor); utilizing protein inhibitors such as NSC 630668-R/1, VER-155008, MAL3–101, MKT-077, Pifithrin, and Apoptozole; preventing NS proteins which have roles in viral replication which includes NS1 (modulates host immunity), NS2A, NS2B, NS3 (protease), NS4A, NS4B, NS5 (polymerase); inhibiting spike protein and its role in virus binding and entry; potentially inhibiting Hsp70 protein (a protein required for folding, which was studied during the Zika outbreak) with drugs such as Apoptozole; harvesting, incorporating, or simulating already naturally occurring in-body anti-viral enzymes such as Viperin ddhCTP (which prevents viruses from copying their genetic material and thus from multiplying); utilizing 3D8 scFv (catalytic enzyme) which has hydrolyzing (breaking up, i.e., cleaving) capabilities and protects the host from multifarious viruses regardless of genomic composition; using Ribonucleases (RNases) (June Byun, S., Yuk, S., Jang, Y. et al.) which represent another antiviral therapy approach to degrading viral RNA genomes. etc., and maybe using saline or magnesia-based medicines to encourage hydrolysis since rNA is hurt by alkaline, and saline (salt water) and magnesia have opposite pH levels to human blood (around 7 pH) which is acidic and where viruses can thrive.

(General Ideas in my head)

Develop Anti-viral Medications which build off studies on Arbidol (NS protein inhibitor used for Influenza), NGI-1 (OST inhibitor to prevent sugar protein connections), Remdesivir, Apoptozole (inhibitor of Hsp70 studied during Zika), or other drugs and develop a vaccine based on a protein expression vector, which forms and secretes a chimeric soluble protein that delivers the viral antigen (MIGAL) based on mRNA (Moderna Therapeutics) that stimulates or introduced harvested naturally occurring anti-viral hydrolyzing enzymes/ribonucleotides such as Viperin (Penn State Study) which produces ddhCTP (which prevents viruses from copying their genetic material and thus from), catalytic antibodies such as 3D8 scFv antibody (National Institute of Animal Science, Rural Development Administration, Korea study) while simultaneously discouraging the proteins vital for viral growth such as inhibiting Hsp70 (Stanford University) and host functions such as oligosaccharyltransferase (OST) complex (attaches sugar molecules to proteins vital for some viruses) (Stanford Unveristy) in order to trigger immune responses to mark the viral code for destruction (Moderna Therapuetics methods).

mRNA coded to (1) encourage Viperin ddCTP to prevent viruses from copying genetic info (2) inhibiting proteins essential for viral protein growths and receptor attachment such as NSC 630668-R/1, VER-155008, MAL3–101, MKT-077 (inhibits breast cancer cells), Pifithrin (potent anti-tumor treatment), and Apoptozole (inhibits Hsp70 studied during Zika) (3) inhibiting OST complexes which attaches sugar molecules to viral proteins and (4) triggering immune responses to mark the viral code for destruction

Using wearable Insulin pumps with Anti-viral medications to monitor the bodies white blood cells and immune system to release the anti-viral serum.

Viperin (ddhCTP enzyme studies against viruses)

ScienceDaily.com (2018) stated how Penn State scientists in conjunction with researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine identified the mode of action of viperin, a naturally occurring enzyme in humans and other mammals that is known to have antiviral effects on viruses such as West Nile, hepatitis C, rabies, and HIV. This discovery could allow researchers to develop a drug that could act as a broad-spectrum therapy for a range of viruses, including Zika. Viperin is the enzyme that facilitates a reaction that produces the molecule ddhCTP, which prevents viruses from copying their genetic material and thus from multiplying. This discovery could allow researchers to develop a drug that induces the human body to produce this molecule and could act as a broad-spectrum therapy for a range of viruses. A virus typically co-opts the host’s genetic building blocks to copy its own genetic material, incorporating molecules called nucleotides into new strands of RNA. The molecule ddhCTP mimics these nucleotide building blocks and becomes incorporated into the virus’s genome. Once incorporated into a new strand of the virus’s RNA, these “nucleotide analogs” prevent an enzyme called RNA polymerase from adding more nucleotides to the strand, thus preventing the virus from making new copies of its genetic material. “Long ago, the paradigm was that in order to kill a virus, you had to kill the infected cell,” said Cameron. “Such a paradigm is of no use when the virus infects an essential cell type with limited capacity for replenishment. The development of nucleotide analogs that function without actually killing the infected cell changed everything.” https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180620150150.htm

Viperin, a member of the radical S-adenosyl-l-methionine (SAM) superfamily of enzymes, is an interferon-inducible protein implicated in the inhibition of replication of a broad range of RNA and DNA viruses.

Craig Cameron, professor and holder of the Eberly Chair in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State and an author of the study. cec@psu.edu

Anthony S. Gizzi, Tyler L. Grove, Jamie J. Arnold, Joyce Jose, Rohit K. Jangra, Scott J. Garforth, Quan Du, Sean M. Cahill, Natalya G. Dulyaninova, James D. Love, Kartik Chandran, Anne R. Bresnick, Craig E. Cameron, Steven C. Almo. A naturally occurring antiviral ribonucleotide encoded by the human genome. Nature, 2018; DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0238-4

Penn State. “Compound made inside human body stops viruses from replicating.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 20 June 2018. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180620150150.htm 

 [Note: in lieu of antiviral medications, can technology such as wearable Insulin pumps be worn to provide constant or timed doses of anti-viral medications?]

[Note: How are antiviral medications made? It seems by loading antibodies into nanoparticles such as poly [lactic-co-glycolic acid] nanoparticles (3D8-PLGA NPs)]

3D8 scFV Catalytic antibody research in anti-viral research

Korean researchers associated with National Institute of Animal Science, Rural Development Administration; Ajou University School of Medicine, and Sungkyunkwan University, supported by Cooperative Research Program (PJ010201) of the Rural Development Administration of Korea, studied the factors that influence the enzymatic stability of the catalytic antibody 3D8 scFv in various biochemical and physical environments. Based on its enzymatic stability, 3D8 scFv holds good potential for development as an anti-viral therapeutic.

Our study provides an understanding of the factors that influence the enzymatic stability of the catalytic antibody 3D8 scFv in various biochemical and physical environments. Based on its enzymatic stability, 3D8 scFv holds good potential for development as an anti-viral therapeutic.

3D8 scFv is a catalytic antibody with nucleic acid-binding and -hydrolyzing activities that undergoes cellular internalization. Attention has been given to 3D8 scFv due to its anti-viral effect against a broad spectrum of viruses. The anti-viral activity of 3D8 scFv was demonstrated in vitro (Joung et al., 2012, Jun et al., 2010) and in vivo (Lee et al., 2013a, Lee et al., 2013b, Lee et al., 2014) against animal viruses such as classical swine fever virus (CSFV) (Jun et al., 2010), vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) (Joung et al., 2012, Jun et al., 2010), and human herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1) (Lee et al., 2014), as well as against a variety of plant viruses (Lee et al., 2013a, Lee et al., 2013b).

Most recently, the possibility of developing preventive anti-viral probiotics was demonstrated by generating a transgenic Lactobacillus that secretes 3D8 scFv that protected mice against infection by gastrointestinal murine norovirus (Hoang et al., 2015). The mechanism of action of the anti-viral effect of 3D8 scFv is believed to be due to its ability to hydrolyze the nucleic acids (the genome and/or transcripts) of invading viruses during the early phase of infection.

The fact that 3D8 scFv protects the host from multifarious viruses regardless of genomic composition makes 3D8 scFv a candidate for potential application as an anti-viral agent.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378517315303446

A virus is a small parasite (zombie or android or replicant) that cannot reproduce by itself. Once it infects a susceptible cell, however, a virus can direct the cell machinery to produce more viruses. Most viruses have either RNA or DNA as their genetic material. The nucleic acid may be single- or double-stranded. The entire infectious virus particle, called a virion, consists of the nucleic acid and an outer shell of protein. The simplest viruses contain only enough RNA or DNA to encode four proteins. The most complex can encode 100 – 200 proteins. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK21523/)

All viruses utilize normal cellular ribosomes, tRNAs, and translation factors for synthesis of their proteins. Viruses also often express proteins that modify host-cell processes so as to maximize viral replication. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK21523/)

Cellular organisms use messenger RNA (mRNA) to convey genetic information (using the nitrogenous bases of guanine, uracil, adenine, and cytosine, denoted by the letters G, U, A, and C) that directs synthesis of specific proteins. Many viruses encode their genetic information using an RNA genome. Some RNA molecules play an active role within cells by catalyzing biological reactions, controlling gene expression, or sensing and communicating responses to cellular signals. One of these active processes is protein synthesis, a universal function in which RNA molecules direct the synthesis of proteins on ribosomes. This process uses transfer RNA (tRNA) molecules to deliver amino acids to the ribosome, where ribosomal RNA (rRNA) then links amino acids together to form coded proteins. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RNA

To understanding how proteins are made, according to ScienceMueseum.org.uk (n.d.) to make a protein, a cell must put a chain of amino acids together in the right order. First, it makes a copy of the relevant DNA instruction in the cell nucleus and takes it into the cytoplasm – a bit like taking a photocopy of the instruction manual from the manager’s office out to the assembly lines in a car factory. Here, the cell decodes the instruction and makes many copies of the protein, which fold into shape as they are produced. (ScienceMueseum.org.uk, n.d.). The first part of the DNA double helix in the cell nucleus unwinds and unzips. The DNA instructions are copied according to ScienceMueseum.org.uk (n.d.) when the DNA instruction is revealed, flanked by ‘start’ and ‘stop’ codes. The cell makes a copy of the DNA in the form of an RNA molecule. The RNA copy is trimmed, and then enters the cell cytoplasm to be decoded. It is now called messenger RNA (mRNA). All proteins are made up of combinations of 20 different amino acids. The RNA code (like DNA) is written in just four different chemical ‘letters’ – bases. The RNA copy made in the cell nucleus is usually much longer than the one that is decoded in the cell cytoplasm. After a cell makes an RNA copy of a gene, it snips out the introns and sticks the exons together to make messenger RNA (mRNA). Once in the cytoplasm, the mRNA is snatched up by tiny protein-assembly machines called ribosomes. Each ribosome works its way along the mRNA, reading the code from ‘start’ to ‘stop’, selecting the correct amino acid building blocks and ejecting a growing protein. It takes just one 50th of a second for the ribosome to select and add each building block. At this rate, a cell can assemble a small protein like insulin in just a few seconds. http://whoami.sciencemuseum.org.uk/whoami/findoutmore/yourbody/whatdoyourcellsdo/howdocellsmakeproteins/howareproteinsmade

Notes: Protons, Electrons, Neutrons > Atoms > Elements (things which expresses same number of protons) > Molecules (Pairings of more than one element, and this categories includes polymers such as RNA and DNA) > Compounds (A combo of multiple molecules) > Substances (Proteins, Enzymes)

RNA is not stable under alkaline conditions unlike DNA. RNA is used to transfer the genetic code from the nucleus to the ribosomes to make proteins. It’s compositions and base sugars are a phosphate backbone, adenine, guanine, cytosine, uracil bases. RNA directly codes for amino acids and acts as a messenger between DNA and ribosomes to make proteins. (Thoughtco.com, Helmenstine, 2020). https://www.thoughtco.com/dna-versus-rna-608191

(Note) So, if many viruses are RNA based (single strand containing sugar phosphate ribose as opposed deoxyribonucleic sugar phosphate) and they can’t exist under alkaline conditions, then does increasing alkaline conditions eradicate or destabilize the virus? If it has a phosphate backbone, can you “break” it’s back, potentially with alkaline? Such as using alkaline hydrolysis.

RNA hydrolysis is a reaction in which a phosphodiester bond in the sugar-phosphate backbone of RNA is broken, cleaving the RNA molecule. RNA hydrolysis occurs when the deprotonated 2’ OH of the ribose, acting as a nucleophile, attacks the adjacent phosphorus in the phosphodiester bond of the sugar-phosphate backbone of the RNA. When the RNA is double-stranded or involved in nucleotide base pairing, it is more stable and spontaneous cleavage is significantly less likely. In these instances, cleavage is done using catalytic enzymes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RNA_hydrolysis

(Note) Human blood has a Ph level of 7.35 to 7.45. A base on PAR with this (not that I’m saying this would be effective at all) is pure water at around 7, with Saltwater at 8, Baking Soda at 9, and Milk of Magnesia at 10. So, if virus thrive in acid environments such as blood, but they’re adverse to alkaline then does utilizing saline solutions or magnesia-based solutions help anti-viral medications or in anti-viral medication routines, i.e., taking saline or magnesia supplements after talking antiviral medications (those utilizing mRNA or encouraging anti-viral enzyme ribonucleotide production)?

Extreme alkaline and heat treatments to kill viruses as studied by Lemire, Rodriguez, and McIntosh (2016) of the Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. Note: The only problem with this is that extreme alkaline and heat treatments can’t be performed inside the body, however alkaline is a base, and certain bases such as saline, magnesia, and even baking soda aren’t toxic to the human body in limited doses. Yet, alkaline hydrolysis could be used in spraying techniques for contaminated surfaces in public areas.

Lemire, K.A., Rodriguez, Y.Y. & McIntosh, M.T. (2016) concluded that Treated DNA, while denatured, remains suitable for most common molecular biology procedures including PCR, transformation of E. coli, and molecular sequencing. The procedure ensures not only the inactivation of a variety of viruses but also the degradation through hydrolysis of potentially contaminating infectious+ssRNA viral genomes. Further, their results determined that the new procedure reduced intact RNA beyond the limit of detection by real-time RT-PCR and inactivated viruses by in vitro culture infectivity assays. The authors also state the hardships in research by stating that diagnostics and research of high-consequence animal disease agents is often limited to laboratories with a high level of biosecurity that restrict the transport of biological material. Often, sharing of DNA with external partners is needed to support diagnostics, forensics, or research.

RNA and DNA are differentially susceptible to enzymatic degradations; however, such procedures are susceptible to unintended DNA damage and/or failure due to enzyme or cofactor instabilities. Therefore, we describe the development and verification of a robust and simple chemical and physical method to selectively degrade RNA from purified DNA preparations. The procedure employs incubation of DNA in 0.25 N sodium hydroxide at 65 °C for 1 h followed by neutralization and boiling for 10 min to hydrolyze contaminating RNA and inactivate animal disease viruses from DNA preparations. Additional critical quality control elements include use of a synthetic control RNA (SCR) and an SCR-specific real-time RT-PCR to track effectiveness of the procedure in a parallel treated control sample, and a pH check of reagents to ensure proper neutralization of alkaline conditions.

RNA is uniquely unstable in alkaline conditions because bases can easily deprotonate the hydrogen from the hydroxyl group on the 2’-carbon atom (Fig. 1). This deprotonation causes the oxygen to become negatively charged leading to a nucleophilic attack on the adjacent phosphate atom leading to the cleavage of the phosphopentose backbone of RNA.

This autocatalytic degradation is a property of the RNA phosphopentose backbone itself, the use of alkaline pH combined with heat treatment has been used to selectively degrade RNA from RNA:DNA or RNA:cDNA hybrids

Lemire, K.A., Rodriguez, Y.Y. & McIntosh, M.T. Alkaline hydrolysis to remove potentially infectious viral RNA contaminants from DNA. Virol J 13, 88 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12985-016-0552-0

Relating to rRNA Hydrolysis, Delehanty, Stuart, Knight, Goldman, Thach, Bongard, & Chang (2005)

(Notes on the Zika Virus)

Huber (2017) interviewed Judith Frydman, PhD, senior author of the paper and a professor of genetics and of biology at Stanford relating to proteins and Zika. Per the articles by Huber (2017), one of those factors is a type of protein called Hsp70, which helps proteins fold correctly and performs a wide range of housekeeping and quality-control functions in cells (Huber, 2019). Based on a series of experiments in mosquito and human cells, the Stanford study found that certain Hsp70 proteins are required in multiple steps of the Zika virus’ lifecycle. By blocking Hsp70 with an Hsp70 inhibitor drug, the researchers were able to prevent virus replication, as recently reported in Cell Reports. “The virus has a much higher demand for Hsp70 than the host cellular processes,” Frydman said. “We can exploit the viral ‘addiction’ to Hsp70 for treatment to prevent the virus from producing the proteins it needs to replicate and infect cells. But most importantly, we show Hsp70 inhibitors can be administered to animals at therapeutically effective doses. To my knowledge, this is the first drug that actually works for Zika-infected animals, protecting them from lethal infection and disease symptoms.” (Huber, 2019). https://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2019/02/06/blocking-zika-new-antiviral-may-treat-and-prevent-infection-a-stanford-study-suggests/

jfrydman@stanford.edu

Taguwa et al. (2019) stated we find that for ZIKV, similar to DENV virus, Hsp70 functions at distinct steps of the ZIKV life cycle: virus entry, formation of the active replication complex, and particle production. (Taguwa, Yeh, Rainbolt, Gestwicki, Andino, & Frydman, 2019). https://www.cell.com/cell-reports/pdf/S2211-1247(18)32055-2.pdf

What drugs inhibit Hsp70 current inhibitors identified to target mammalian Hsp70 include NSC 630668-R/1, VER-155008, MAL3–101, MKT-077, Pifithrin, and Apoptozole. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6642669/

How do you find inhibitors? Haystead (2018) “fluorescent-linked enzyme chemoproteomic strategy (FLECS)” “FLECS is a Universal assay that enables purine utilizing proteins of diverse function to be screened against small molecule libraries.” “The FLECS screen is a variation of proteome mining technology utilized in the discovery of the Hsp90 inhibitor SNX5422 21. Proteome mining was designed to screen all purine binding proteins (the purinome) expressed in cells/tissues en masse against large directed chemical libraries, matching early chemical starting points with targets 22,23. The power of this approach enabled not only hundreds of diverse enzymes to be screened at a single step but also enabled the selectivity of a particular hit molecule to be determined simultaneously. The same assay could also then be used in subsequent iterative campaigns to monitor or improve selectivity as one strived to improve the molecules potency and bioavailability.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6642669/

Yet, HsP70 inhibitors could have effects on renal (kidney) functions.

Haystead (2018) Like NSC 630668-R/1, MAL3–101 is quite large and has a number of labile ester groups. MKT-077 targets the NBD and inhibits proliferation in tumor cell lines, however, severe renal dysfunction in patients was observed in phase I clinical trials. Pifithrin, binds to the SBD of both Hsc70 and Hsp70i disrupting client protein interaction in vitro. In tumor cells the molecule promotes caspase dependent cell death in tumor cells only suggesting it has some specificity to Hsp70i in vivo, although p53 binding has also been shown, which could explain its antitumor actions 18. MKT-O77 and Pifithrin have potential reactive groups that render them covalent modifiers, which may contribute to side effects in vivo. More promising inhibitors of the Hsp70 class are second and 3rd generation MKT-077 analogs JG18 and JG40. Their mechanism of action and specificity lies in interaction with Hsp70 co-chaperones such as NEF https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6642669/

Haystead T. (2018). Fluorescent-Linked Enzyme Chemoproteomic Strategy (FLECS) for Identifying HSP70 Inhibitors. Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.), 1709, 75–86. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-7477-1_6 [Note: NIH grants R01-AI089526-04 to T.A.J.H. and a Department of Defense Transformative Vision Award to T.A.J H.]

Relating to simple sugar’s relation to viruses, Huber (2017) detailed a Stanford and Yale research team who studied OST and its relation to viruses such as Zika. Specifically, they demonstrated the importance of the oligosaccharyltransferase (OST) complex that attaches sugar molecules to proteins. They found flaviviruses did not infect their genetically engineered cells without OST.In the new study, published today in Cell Reports, the Stanford researchers collaborated with scientists at Yale University to test the effectiveness of a drug called NGI-1, which inhibits the activity of the OST complex. They showed that low concentrations of NGI-1 could be used to block the viruses from replicating without harming the host cells — successfully reducing the infection by 99 percent when treating cells immediately after they were infected by Zika or dengue virus, and by 80 percent when administered 24 hours after infection. Their study also indicated that the viruses are unlikely to become resistant to NGI-1. “When you target a host function rather than a viral protein, it’s usually much more difficult for a virus to develop resistance,” Carette said in the release. So, instead of traditional approach of attacking an individual virus directly, the researchers focused on the cellular factors of their human hosts that are essential to many viral infections. (Huber, 2017)

The Cell Report’s (2017) publication of the study spoken about by Huber (2017) conducted by A.S. Puschnik, C.D. Marceau, Y.S. Ooi, K. Majzoub, N. Rinis, J.N. Contessa, and J.E. Carette (2017) stated NGI-1 is an aminobenzamide-sulfonamide compound that targets both OST isoforms and therefore may exhibit antiviral activity against flaviviruses (Figure 1A). To test its inhibitory properties, we infected HEK293 cells with luciferase expressing DENV or ZIKV, treated cells with increasing concentrations of NGI-1, and measured viral replication 48 hr post-infection (hpi) (Figures 1B and 1C). The work was funded in part by the NIH (grants DP2 AI104557 and U19 AI109662 to J.E.C. and RO1CA172391 to J.N.C.), the David and Lucile Packard Foundation (J.E.C.), a Stanford graduate fellowship (A.S.P.), Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (A.S.P.), and the NSF-GFRP (C.D.M.).

https://www.cell.com/cell-reports/fulltext/S2211-1247(17)31706-0

Fink, S.L., Vojtech, L., Wagoner, J. et al (2018) stated that Arbidol (ARB, umifenovir), used clinically for decades in several countries as an anti-influenza virus drug, inhibits many other viruses. Further, Fink, S.L., Vojtech, L., Wagoner, J. et al (2018) stated that Zika is a distant relative of the hepatitis C virus, which lies in a novel genus within the Flaviviridae called Hepacivirus.

Upon binding to one or more cell-surface receptors, flaviviruses enter cells via endocytosis (note: the taking in of matter by a living cell by invagination [cell eating or drinking, often by encircling) of its membrane to form a vacuole [compartments], i.e., the cell membrane encircles the foreign entity and stores it in a pouch in its inner cell). Once the endosomal lumen is acidified, the viral surface glycoproteins undergo a conformational change, which induces fusion of the endosomal membrane with the viral envelope, releasing the viral genome into the cytoplasm (Fink, S.L., Vojtech, L., Wagoner, J. et al, 2018).

The ZIKV genome is single stranded, positive sense RNA and over 10 kb (kilobase) in length. Like all flaviviruses, the RNA genome encodes a genome-length polyprotein precursor, with proteins arranged in the following order: 5′-C-prM-E-NS1-NS2A-NS2B-NS3-NS4A-NS4B-NS5-3′. The polyprotein is cleaved (split and divided) by cellular and viral proteases (an enzyme that catalyzes [increases the rate of] proteolysis), the breakdown of proteins into smaller polypeptides or single amino acids) to yield the viral structural and non-structural proteins (NS) (Fink, S.L., Vojtech, L., Wagoner, J. et al, 2018). Structural proteins include Capsid (C), precursor Membrane (prM), Envelope (E), and Non-Structural proteins (NS). Many NS proteins have roles in viral replication and include NS1 (modulates host immunity), NS2A, NS2B, NS3 (protease), NS4A, NS4B, NS5 (polymerase) (Fink, S.L., Vojtech, L., Wagoner, J. et al, 2018).

Lastly, Fink, S.L., Vojtech, L., Wagoner, J. et al, (2018), Arbidol (ARB, also known as Umifenovir, PubChem CID 131410), is a synthetic antiviral drug developed 30 years ago to combat seasonal influenza virus11. Since that time, ARB has been shown to inhibit viruses from many different families including orthomyxo12, paramyxo13, picorna14, bunya15, rhabdo16, reo13, toga17, hepadna18, hepaci11,19,20,21,22, and filoviridae23. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-27224-4

Park (2020) stated that National Institute of Health scientists were studying Remdesivir, a drug, in order to combat the coronavirus. Remdesivir (developed from Ebola) showed encouraging results among animals infected with two related coronaviruses, one responsible for severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and another for causing Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

Yet, instead of Remdesivir, Park (2020) stated that Moderna Therapuetics vaccine is packed with mRNA, the genetic material that comes from DNA and makes proteins. Moderna loads its vaccine with mRNA (note: messenger RNA) that codes for the right coronavirus proteins which then get injected into the body. Immune cells in the lymph nodes can process that mRNA and start making the protein in just the right way for other immune cells to recognize and mark them for destruction, and, Dr Stephen Hodge (President of Moderna) elaborated on the mRNA by stating, “mRNA is really like a software molecule in biology. So our vaccine is like the software program to the body, which then goes and makes the [viral] proteins that can generate an immune response.” https://time.com/5790545/first-covid-19-vaccine/

MIGAL (Galile Research Institute) is developing a coronavirus anti-virus based on its studies into Infectious Bronchitis Virus (IBV). Jaffe-Hoffman (2020) quotes, Dr. Chen Katz, MIGAL’s biotechnology group lead, who stated, the scientific framework for the vaccine is based on a new protein expression vector, which forms and secretes a chimeric soluble protein that delivers the viral antigen into mucosal tissues by self-activated endocytosis, causing the body to form antibodies against the virus.

https://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/Israeli-scientists-In-three-weeks-we-will-have-coronavirus-vaccine-619101

An expression vector, otherwise known as an expression construct, is usually a plasmid or virus designed for gene expression in cells. The vector is used to introduce a specific gene into a target cell, and can commandeer the cell’s mechanism for protein synthesis to produce the protein encoded by the gene. Expression vectors are the basic tools in biotechnology for the production of proteins.

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a method widely used in molecular biology to rapidly make millions to billions of copies of a specific DNA sample allowing scientists to take a very small sample of DNA and amplify it to a large enough amount to study in detail.

The thermal cycler (also known as a thermocycler, PCR machine or DNA amplifier) is a laboratory apparatus most commonly used to amplify segments of DNA via the polymerase chain reaction (PCR).[1] Thermal cyclers may also be used in laboratories to facilitate other temperature-sensitive reactions, including restriction enzyme digestion or rapid diagnostics.[2] The device has a thermal block with holes where tubes holding the reaction mixtures can be inserted. The cycler then raises and lowers the temperature of the block in discrete, pre-programmed steps.

Flow Cytometry In this process, a sample containing cells or particles is suspended in a fluid and injected into the flow cytometer instrument. The sample is focused to ideally flow one cell at a time through a laser beam, where the light scattered is characteristic to the cells and their components. Cells are often labeled with fluorescent markers, so light is absorbed and then emitted in a band of wavelengths. Tens of thousands of cells can be quickly examined, and the data gathered are processed by a computer. Cell counting, Cell sorting, Determining cell characteristics and function, Detecting microorganisms, Biomarker detection, Protein engineering detection, Diagnosis of health disorders such as blood cancers

[Note: seems similar to Fluorescent-Linked Enzyme Chemoproteomic Strategy by TAJ Haystead]

An assay is an investigative (analytic) procedure in laboratory medicine, pharmacology, environmental biology and molecular biology for qualitatively assessing or quantitatively measuring the presence, amount, or functional activity of a target entity (the analyte). The analyte can be a drug, biochemical substance, or cell in an organism or organic sample.[1][2] The measured entity is often called the analyte, the measurand, or the target of the assay. An assay usually aims to measure an analyte’s intensive property and express it in the relevant measurement unit (e.g. molarity, density, functional activity in enzyme international units, degree of effect in comparison to a standard, etc.).

An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, also called ELISA or EIA, is a test that detects and measures antibodies in your blood. This test can be used to determine if you have antibodies related to certain infectious conditions.

Recirculating chillers deliver a flow of temperature-controlled fluid. They are enclosed circulators featuring robust cooling systems used for demanding continuous-use lab applications.

A vortex mixer, or vortexer, is a simple device used commonly in laboratories to mix small vials of liquid. Vortex mixers are quite commonplace in bioscience laboratories. In cell culture and microbiology laboratories they may be used to suspend cells. In a biochemical or analytical laboratory they may be used to mix the reagents of an assay or to mix an experimental sample and a dilutant.

An antibody (Ab), also known as an immunoglobulin (Ig), is a large, Y-shaped protein produced mainly by plasma cells that is used by the immune system to neutralize pathogens such as pathogenic bacteria and viruses.

Notes on Labs, Universities associated with Projects, Equipment Suppliers, and Organizations:

  1. Moderna Therapuetics https://www.modernatx.com/
  2. Sino Biological https://www.sinobiological.com/
  3. Promega https://www.promega.com/
  4. BD Bioscience https://www.bdbiosciences.com/en-us
  5. ThermoFisher (includes Life Technologies and Fisher Scientific) https://www.thermofisher.com/us/en/home.html
  6. JEOL https://www.jeolusa.com/
  7. Qiagen https://www.qiagen.com/us/
  8. Agilent https://www.agilent.com/
  9. VectorLabs https://vectorlabs.com/
  10. Mettler Toledo https://www.mt.com/us/en/home.html
  11. Hanna Instruments https://www.hannainst.com/
  12. Intertek https://www.intertek.com/
  13. Sigma Aldrich https://www.sigmaaldrich.com/united-states.html
  1. Penn State University on Viperin Antiviral Enzyme Research http://www.cameronlab.com/ cec@psu.edu
  2. Albert Einstein College of Medicine on Antiviral Viperin Enzymes Research
  3. Stanford University on Exploiting Zika addiction to Hsp70 protein jfrydman@stanford.edu
  4. Stanford University of the OST Zika Research carette@stanford.edu
  5. University of Arizona on Nanotechnology
  6. National Institute of Animal Science, Rural Development Administration; Ajou University School of Medicine, and Sungkyunkwan University on 3D8 research
  7. Rockefeller University
  8. National Institute of Health on Remdesivir
  9. MIGAL (Gallile Research Institute) on IBV research and protein expression vectors
  10. Reagent and Vaccine Services Section (RVSS) of the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratories’ (NVSL) FADDL located at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) relating to Alkaline Hydrolysis and Heat Treatment to kill viruses

Equipment used for the OST NSI-1 Zika Study by the Stanford Research and Yale Team

  1. Renilla Luciferase Assay system (Promega) for Luciferase expression measurement
  2. 96-well plates https://www.promega.com/products/luciferase-assays/reporter-assays/renilla-luciferase-assay-system/?catNum=E2810
  3. CellTiter-Glo (Promega) for Cell Growth in Culture Measurement https://www.promega.com/products/cell-health-assays/cell-viability-and-cytotoxicity-assays/celltiter_glo-luminescent-cell-viability-assay/?catNum=G7570
  4. Trypan blue solution for Cell Growth Measurement
  5. Bio-Rad Gene Pulser Xcell electroporator use for electroporation techniques in which an electrical field is applied to cells in order to increase the permeability of the cell membrane, allowing chemicals, drugs, or DNA to be introduced into the cell (also called electrotransfer) https://www.bio-rad.com/en-us/product/gene-pulser-xcell-electroporation-systems?ID=b1a35eb3-d55c-47b3-aaf3-95e4d1d85848
  6. Perm/Wash buffer (BD Biosciences) Cell permeabilization Perm/Wash buffer (BD Biosciences) https://www.bdbiosciences.com/us/applications/research/intracellular-flow/intracellular-buffers-and-ancillary-reagents/permwash-buffer/p/554723
  7. IgG Alexa 488 (Life Technologies) for Incubation
  8. FlowJo 9  for data analysis for Flow Cytometry http://v9docs.flowjo.com/html/index.html
  9. GraphPad Prism 7 for Statistical Analysis https://www.graphpad.com/scientific-software/prism/

Equipment used by the Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory team (Lemire, Rodriguez, and McIntosh) when studying Heat Treatment and Alkaline Hydrolysis in killing viruses:

  1. RNeasy® Mini Kit (Qiagen, Valencia, CA, USA) for RNA Extractions https://www.qiagen.com/us/products/discovery-and-translational-research/dna-rna-purification/rna-purification/total-rna/rneasy-mini-kit/#orderinginformation
  2. DNeasy® Blood and Tissue Kit (Qiagen, Valencia, CA, USA) for DNA Extractions https://www.qiagen.com/us/products/discovery-and-translational-research/dna-rna-purification/dna-purification/genomic-dna/dneasy-blood-and-tissue-kit/#orderinginformation
  3. Qiagen QIAquick Spin Miniprep PCR Purification Kit for Plasmid Purification https://www.qiagen.com/us/products/qiaquick-pcr-purification-kit/#orderinginformation
  4. pBlueScript II plasmid (Agilent Technologies) Plasmid Propagation https://www.agilent.com/en/product/mutagenesis-cloning/cloning-vectors-kits/cloning-vector-kits/pbluescript-ii-vectors-233066
  5. pGEM-T Easy vector plasmid (Promega Corp.) for PCR and Plasmid Propagation https://www.promega.com/products/pcr/pcr-cloning/pgem-t-easy-vector-systems/?catNum=A1360
  6. QIAquick® PCR Purification kit (Qiagen) for Purification Reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction PCR https://www.qiagen.com/us/products/qiaquick-pcr-purification-kit/#orderinginformation
  7. VECTASTAIN® ABC-AP KIT. Viral Isolation Straining https://vectorlabs.com/vectastain-abc-ap-kit-standard-x123.html
  8. PRIMARIA™ coated culture flasks https://www.fishersci.com/shop/products/corning-primaria-tissue-culture-dishes-3/p-176159
  9. Spearman-Kärber method was used to calculate titrations
  10. NanoDrop 2000 spectrophotometer (Fisher Scientific, Pittsburg, PA, USA) for DNA quantification https://www.thermofisher.com/order/catalog/product/ND-2000#/ND-2000
  11. Sequencher® software (Gene Codes) for DNA Contig Sequencing https://www.genecodes.com/
  12. Kingfisher 96 magnetic particle processor (Thermo Fisher Scientific) Sequencing product purification, contaminant and impurity QC testing https://www.thermofisher.com/us/en/home/life-science/bioproduction/contaminant-and-impurity-testing/sample-prep-and-automation/kingfisher-flex-magnetic-particle-processor.html
  13. 3730XL DNA sequencer (Applied Biosystems) for Nucleotide Sequencing
  14. Invitrogen-Thermo Fisher Scientific https://www.thermofisher.com/us/en/home/brands/invitrogen.html
  15. GeneAmp® EZ rTth RNA PCR kit (Life Technologies, Grand Island, NY, USA)

RNA Sample Amplification:

  1. SmartCycler II (Cepheid, Sunnyvale, CA) with automatic background subtraction on
  2. TaqMan® Fast Virus 1-Step Master Mix (Life Technologies, Grand Island, NY, USA) Applied Biosystems® 7500 Real-Time PCR System (Life Technologies, Grand Island, NY, USA). https://www.thermofisher.com/order/catalog/product/4351106?SID=srch-srp-4351106#/4351106?SID=srch-srp-4351106
  3. Path-ID™ Multiplex One-Step Kit (Life Technologies, Grand Island, NY, USA) https://www.thermofisher.com/order/catalog/product/4442135#/4442135

DNA Sample Amplification:

  1. SmartCycler II PCR platform (Cepheid, Sunnyvale, CA, USA)
  2. TaqMan® EZ RT-PCR kit (Life Technologies, Grand Island, NY, USA). https://www.thermofisher.com/order/catalog/product/A28527?SID=srch-srp-A28527#/A28527?SID=srch-srp-A28527

https://time.com/5790545/first-covid-19-vaccine/

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-27224-4

https://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/Israeli-scientists-In-three-weeks-we-will-have-coronavirus-vaccine-619101

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RNA_hydrolysis

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_delivery#RNA-based_viral_vectors

https://asunow.asu.edu/20180212-discoveries-cancer-fighting-nanorobots-seek-and-destroy-tumors

http://whoami.sciencemuseum.org.uk/whoami/findoutmore/yourbody/whatdoyourcellsdo/howdocellsmakeproteins/howareproteinsmade

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4432088/

Lab Equipment. Notes from personal readings on potential cures for viruses with protein inhibitors, RNA or alkaline hydrolysis, enzymes such as Viperin (ddhCTP), and mRNA antiviral medications by Quinton Mitchell

Disclaimer: This post is for personal note, which I just so happen to be sharing. This post isn’t to encourage any unauthorized research or to spread misleading medical information. I’m simply theorizing in public about information I read from actual academics in order to find correlation in their research and to enhance my understanding of medicine, biology, chemistry, virology, etc. However, it is my impression that we as species have all the tools to cure most diseases but it seems like researchers aren’t connecting as much as they should since their research typically focuses on a specific task.

I’m not a medical or science professional, though I took some classes while in college. Yet, the more I read into the basics of RNA (AGCU), DNA (AGCT), proteins, enzymes, cell functions, etc., the more I seem to understand that fighting viruses (which are typically single strands of viral RNA code with a protein shell) is that you have to chemically “trick”, induce, or fortify healthy cells and trigger them in shutting off certain functions when exposed, but also turning on certain functions when exposed. These functions can range from preventing or discouraging endocytosis (when a cell “eats” a virus to incorporate into its body – cytoplasm, vacuoles, etc. – but the virus hacks the health DNA code), turning off or on certain proteins and enzymes, and triggering immune responses to seek and destroy the virus.

Also, in layman terms (meant for myself) vRNA (viral RNA) like most RNA has a phosphorous backbone and four chemicals, so it’s not entirely a “physical hack”, but more so a “chemical-secretion melody” that the virus “plays” or delivers (think of the chemicals as keys on a piano and when played make a tun) to infect a cell (re-tune or re-harmonize it) to encourage its replication, i.e., it tricks the healthy cell to stimulate ribosome production of viral proteins, enzymes, etc. The viruses are programmed to seek out certain proteins, antibodies, and/or enzymes in order to “pick” a cell’s lock or attract to it and lock in. Thus, if you’re shutting off and on things to fight viruses you might get residual physiological effects such as an immune system running on overdrive and attacking healthy bodily functions such as healthy renal (kidney) function.

I was studying viruses largely due to the Coronavirus dilemma and did some reading into anti-viral research using various methods such designing anti-viral mRNA (messenger RNA) which can possibly be loaded into nanoparticles such as poly [lactic-co-glycolic acid] nanoparticles; discouraging the attachment of sugar molecules to viral proteins (such as limiting OST complexes); understanding current medications such as Arbidol (used for influenza and studied regarding Zika – a distant cousin of Hepatitis C, West Nile, Dengue Fever, etc.) , NGI-1 (OST inhibitor), Remdesivir (Ebola), Apoptozole (Hsp70 inhibitor); utilizing protein inhibitors such as NSC 630668-R/1, VER-155008, MAL3–101, MKT-077, Pifithrin, and Apoptozole; preventing NS proteins which have roles in viral replication and include NS1 (modulates host immunity), NS2A, NS2B, NS3 (protease), NS4A, NS4B, NS5 (polymerase); inhibiting spike protein and its role in virus binding and entry; potentially inhibiting Hsp70 protein (a protein required for folding, which was studied during the Zika outbreak) with drugs such as Apoptozole; harvesting, incorporating, or simulating already naturally occurring in-body anti-viral enzymes such as Viperin ddhCTP (which prevents viruses from copying their genetic material and thus from multiplying); utilizing 3D8 scFv (catalytic enzyme) which has hydrolyzing (breaking up, i.e., cleaving) capabilities and protects the host from multifarious viruses regardless of genomic composition; using Ribonucleases (RNases) (June Byun, S., Yuk, S., Jang, Y. et al.) which represent another antiviral therapy approach to degrading viral RNA genomes. etc., and maybe using saline or magnesia based medicines to encourage hydrolysis since rNA is adverse to alkaline, and saline (salt water) and magnesia have opposite pH levels to human blood which is acidic and where viruses can thrive.

Understanding proteins is everything in virology. For example, NS1 is a functionally complex protein and is a central player in the virus’s response to host defense mechanisms and the establishment of efficient viral gene expression. Because of its importance to virus replication and virus-host interactions and the fact that it is highly conserved across influenza virus A strains (Dipanwita, et al, 2009) [Source: Dipanwita Basu, Marcin P. Walkiewicz, Matthew Frieman, Ralph S. Baric, David T. Auble, Daniel A. Engel Journal of Virology Jan 2009, 83 (4) 1881-1891; DOI: 10.1128/JVI.01805-08. https://jvi.asm.org/content/83/4/1881%5D

JEOL USA BioMajesty™ Series High Throughput CCA
3730 i xl i DNA Analyzer
730 i xl i DNA Analyzer
7500 Fast Real-Time PCR System,
7500 Fast Real-Time PCR System, laptop
Applied Biosystems ProFlex PCR System Thermo Fisher Scientific
Protein Expression Systems Thermo Fisher Scientific – US
pGEM®-T Easy Vector Systems
Biometra TRIO Combi Multi Block Thermal Cycler – Capacity 3 x 48 (0 2 ml) Tubes and 18 (0 5 ml) Tubes
Cepheid SmartCycler II Thermal Cycler Automated Real-Time PCR System Quality Used Laboratory Equipment
Thermo Scientific ABgene EasyStrip Plus Tube Strip with Attached Flat Caps – Life Sciences, Molecular
Thermo Scientific Finnpipette F1 Variable Volume Single Channel Pipettes – Pipets, Pipettes and Pipe
Clinical cell analyzers BD Biosciences-US
Corning Primaria Tissue Culture Dishes – Cell Culture,Cell Dividers, Inserts, Scrapers and Utensils
PYREX Reusable Petri Dishes Complete – Testing and Filtration,Food and Beverage Testing
DNeasy Blood Tissue Kits – QIAGEN Online Shop
VECTASTAIN® ABC-AP Staining KIT (Alkaline Phosphatase, Standard)
Screenshot_2020-02-29 RNeasy Mini Kit – QIAGEN Online Shop
Path-ID™ Multiplex One-Step RT-PCR Kit
cloning vectors, pBlueScript II Vectors Agilent
Screenshot_2020-02-29 Gene Pulser Xcell Electroporation Systems Life Science Research Bio-Rad
KingFisher Flex Magnetic Particle Processor Thermo Fisher Scientific – US(1)
MaxQ™ 4450 Benchtop Orbital Shakers(1)
NanoDrop™ 2000 2000c Spectrophotometers
ST Series CO2 Incubators
hermo Scientific Orion Star T920 Redox Titrators 335079 Spectrum Chemical
UV Transilluminator Accuris E3000 UV Transilluminator

Citations

Dipanwita Basu, Marcin P. Walkiewicz, Matthew Frieman, Ralph S. Baric, David T. Auble, Daniel A. Engel Journal of Virology Jan 2009, 83 (4) 1881-1891; DOI: 10.1128/JVI.01805-08. https://jvi.asm.org/content/83/4/1881

June Byun, S., Yuk, S., Jang, Y. et al. Transgenic Chickens Expressing the 3D8 Single Chain Variable Fragment Protein Suppress Avian Influenza Transmission. Sci Rep 7, 5938 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-05270-8

Lee, R. F., (n.d.), Laboratory equipment needed for selected diagnostic procedures, retreived 3/1/2020, from http://www.fao.org/3/T0601E0o.htm

Is Joe Rogan a Neoplatonist? The syncretic politics of Starship Troopers, zany ESP, magick, the Human Potential Movement, Howard Hughes, Disney and the RAND Corporation by Quinton Mitchell

 

(Introduction) I think that my research and take into this matter is unique in comparison to that of other researchers in that I have tied in research to the film and book, Starship Troopers, and how it relates to how the world is unfolding. For example, I was one of the first (the first to my knowledge) to compare the Trump Administration’s relationship with Vladimir Putin to the Russo-Anglo-American Alliance written about by Robert Heinlein. Further, I was one of the first to compare Russia’s and China’s relations regarding the Belt and Road Project to the fiction of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Shadow and Shadow of the Hegemon.

I think Joe Rogan is a decent guy and this post isn’t to shame or hate on the guy. However, I’m sorry for his hardcore fans but the JRE Podcast isn’t as organic or natural as it seems. It’s a the crux between propaganda, conspiracy, culture creation, and cleverly selected predictive programming. I gave up on the JRE a long time ago, but I know how to discern authenic from fabricated, and the Joe Rogan Podcast is both but at times I sense an agenda. I don’t agree with all of his guests in that he has platformed the voices of some kooky people in the right-wing, yet, it’s his right to at least hear these people out.

Yet…Is a Joe Rogan a Neoplatonist or into Hermetic Occultism? He may not be aware and probably doesn’t know what these are, but little does he know (presuming he doesn’t) is that his interests where inspired by 60s counter-culture but the roots of these ideas though trace roots back to the days of alchemy, the occult, esoteric thought, etc. In a funny way, this Neoplatonist term when associated with Joe seems quite accurare and his interests in things which are arguably esoteric, plus his syncretic libertine philosophy, I get the image of Joe in the medieval Renaissance as a court jester or actor as a cover for a spy who was a former Italian city state military conscript who associates with Christian, Jewish, and Islamic esoteric, occultic, Kabbalist, and hermetic thinkers in the courts of nobles in places like Florence, Sicily, Padua, Verona, or Modena, etc. Talking over intoxicants about the Divine Rights of Man, The Decameron, magic, early ideas about science such as those of Leonardo Da Vinci, and scheming what would later become a democratic revolution of the later libertarians and Marxists. Yet Joe as time goes on becomes more right wing. And I get an uncomfortable feeling as if his ideology subconsciously spreads a sort of SS Nazi Strongest survives mentality of strong men politics, Anti LGBTQ talking points, and capitalist Ayn Rand greed.

Essentially all the kookery is about “red pilling” watchers while having an amorphous surface to appear “progressive” but really he’s a proponent of a classical and esoteric liberal tradition where this tradition ultimately promotes flux, evolution, dialectics, and eternal struggle (similar to Neitzsche’s theory of eternal recurrence). It believes in bleeding out weakness in order to achieve a utopian state of ubermensch.

Roman goddess, Libertas, arguably the inspiration of the Lady Liberty of the USA, the pre-Uncle Sam figure of Columbia in the USA but also the French Marianne. This indicates a esoteric tie with liberty which arose out of the Renaissance thanks to the people like Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola, who studied ancient Greek texts and Neoplatonism (the foundation for magic, the occult, masonry, Kabbalah, Christian Qabbalah, etc.). Greek thought going by the Monist School, Ionians, Pythagoras, and pre-Socratic thinkers often argued for the oneness of reality and the evolution of things such as the Monad or the One talked about by the later Plotinus. Yet, dialectics comes from this belief system and associated with the concept of liberty we can see the dialectics of liberty via what we consider Marxism and Libertarians. These two movements would be based on Enlightenment thought through the Era of Hegel and were associated with early Masonry, i.e., the guilds and banks, who wanted freedom from the church and religious state. Marxists and Libertarians/Free Market advocates are related or identical cousins seeing things differently but wanting the same outcome with a utopia, yet, they have a different means to an ends. However, true power of those in actual authority merge these positions into 3rd postilions and this is what runs our world currently, i.e., corporatism is a mix of Marxism with Free Market Libertarian free-trade ideology.
A statute of Marianne with the Masonic symbol in association with the Grande Orient de France, showing a correlation of democracy with Masonry with the Masonry having roots in Renaissance.
According to Shayne (2019), “Bartholdi was a freemason himself, and according to an article by Belgian author and lecturer Robert Bauval, “The ‘torch’ analogy is very interesting. The original statue of Bartholdi destined first for Port Said at the mouth of the Suez Canal, was also to bear a torch intended to symbolize ‘the Orient showing the way.’ The ‘Grand Orient’ is the name of the French Masonic mother lodge, to which Bartholdi belonged. There is another similar ‘torch’ that played a strange role in the French Revolution… It still is to be seen in the skyline of Paris today.””
Renaissance rendition of the Fool Tarot card. When I think of Joe Rogan, I think comedian but he’s also an advocate for esoteric ideas and Neoplatonism which rebirthed in the Italian Middle Ages and helped lay the foundation for more modern counterculture, Masonry, the occult, etc.

(Notes from the Author). Pictures to argue my point will be put throughout this post but also will be consolidated in a section below. I do not dislike Joe Rogan but there’s something else to the podcast and Joe has no control over the beliefs of this guests. However, if you were to merge the general ideas of many of this guests, it oddly paints a picture. From the right-wing to left-wing but mixed with technocracy, militarism, Deep State assets, corporate agendas, etc. If you merge Elon Musk, Jordan B. Peterson, Sam Harris, the kookier guests talking about the paranormal or ghosts, and then look to history such as the evolution of esoteric thought from the Renaissance to now and the US or Soviet government’s experiments during the MK Ultra Ultra of the CIA’s Office of Scientific

What is a Neoplatonist or Neoplatonism?

Neoplatonism is a philosophical system, originated in the 3rd century a.d. by Plotinus, founded chiefly on Platonic doctrine and Eastern mysticism, with later influences from Christianity. It holds that all existence consists of emanations from the One with whom the soul may be reunited (Dictionary.com, n.d.). The origins of Neoplatonism can be traced back to the era of Hellenistic syncretism which spawned such movements and schools of thought such as Gnosticism and the Hermetic tradition (Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, n.d.). Calonne (2017) in his book, The Spiritual Imagination of the Beats, in a section about counter-culture poet Allen Ginsberg, states, “Plotinus emphasized an “unknowable” one that can only be experienced through mystical experience, and his Neoplatonic successor Porphyry (232-305 CE) and his disciple Iamblichus (ca. 245-325 CE), author of the On the Mysteries of the Egyptians, elaborated on Plotinus’ system. Iamblichus introduced the concept of theurgy (ancient Greek theos ­­= God; ergon = work) – magical rituals intended to invoke the gods’ help to free the soul from the body – while Proclus influenced the Pseudo-Dioynsius the Aeropagite” (p.95).

Wildberg (2016) states, “the Neoplatonists shared with the majority of intellectuals of the ancient world, including most pre-Socratic thinkers as well as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and their followers, is that mindful consciousness (nous, often translated as thought, intelligence, or intellect) is in an important sense ontologically prior to the physical realm typically taken for ultimate reality (Mind over Matter).” Further, Wildberg (2016) states, “the Neoplatonists assumed as axiomatic that nothing could come to be here below that is not prefigured paradigmatically in the intelligible realm.” Sarti (2004), “Italian scholars played a key role in the rise of Neoplatonism as they became familiar with and translated into Latin previously unknown writings of Plato, brought to Italy in the early 15th century by Greek scholar from Byzantium. Marsilio Ficino translated the entire available body of Plato’s writings and founded the informal group known as the Platonic Academy, which met in Florence under Medici auspices from the 1460s to the early 1490s and was revived briefly in the 16th century. Interests in Plato’s thought existed largely outside the universities. Thus, Neoplatonism was associated with a kind of counterculture and intellectualism that challenged established authority” (p. 439).

For the sake of this paper, the term Neoplatonism will be defined as a philosophical framework regarding metaphysical exploration based around an attempt to unite or merge systems, beings, ideology, forms, etc., into a unitary structure, and where physical sciences aren’t distinguished from metaphysical practices.

Yet, when I write about Neoplatonism I’m trying to paint for the reader a framework that many believe in which is essentially magic and metaphysics as a means of discerning the mysteries of reality, as opposed to physical sciences based on real-world observations, the Scientific Methods, etc. Essentially, many Neoplatonist in hard sciences or social sciences see technology, economic ideology, gender, sexuality, drug experimentation, computer coding, Artificial Intelligence, etc., as a form of magic or magick. For example, a Neoplatonic scientist in today’s time isn’t merely performing an operation or procedure but a ritual, or a modern pharmaceutical formula or computer code isn’t merely that, but its possibly a spell or incantation, or possibly an algorithm in finding the name of God, for example the film, Pi, by Darren Aronfsky . Or, a meme artist online engaged in cyber warfare, e.g., the concept of Chaos Magick, i.e., spreading disinformation is performing a sacred ritual with sigils and symbols in order to change the minds of others or to “will things” into existence. Or, in a darker sense, performing rituals that stands as an antithetical to social norms might be a way to Enlightenment. To them there’s no difference between the physical and metaphysical since all reality permeates from a singular source. Imagine, merging the idea of alchemy with what we consider to be hard physical sciences.

Robert Anton Wilson’s “chaos magick” approach which is defined as Discordian, punk, postmodern, etc., is very Joe Rogan, who in turn is very Hunter S. Thompson, and Thompson and Wilson were both associated with the Esalen Institute, which is a place Joe Rogan gets his talking points, but this place hosted people who were associated with the arena where the military, universities, culture creators, scientists (both American and Russian), psychologist, etc., intersected. Chaos Magick was an alternative to Thelema and Wicca and was founded by Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956) and has been utilized by people such as Aleksandr Dugin but also William S. Burroughs (heir the Burroughs Corporation’s early computer fortune which exists today as Unisys)

See my post on William S. Burrough’s relationship to the technology, Chaos Magick, CIA, and his role as possibly being a Counter Culture Change Agent meant to push Deep State heroin which generated funds in fighting the Cold War: https://mitchellrg.com/2019/11/23/william-s-burroughs-couldve-been-a-steve-jobs-by-quinton-mitchell/

This might sound very odd, but just look to the Joe Rogan podcast, or look to real-life government or state-funded research into metaphysics and esoteric phenomena such as the PEAR (Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research) Lab at Princeton; Project Stargate between the CIA/DIA and Stanford Research Institute sounding the study of Remote-Viewing, Extra Sensory Perception, etc.; the Oxford Phasmatological Society associated with Balliol College, etc.

Arguably, despite the continuation or influence of Neoplatonism into the modern day, the most notable ideology that is associated with Neoplatonism is Kabbalah (some would debate this), which tends to be associated with counterculture, Los Angeles lifestyle, celebrity culture, etc. Harold Bloom (not to be confused with Howard Bloom on Joe Rogan Episode #1119) in the past commented on what he considered to be the contamination of the Kabbalah by the outsiders or counter-culture elements, and the next quote by Bloom (1975) that I will share has much in common with themes that will appear throughout this paper.

Bloom (1975) stated, “Popular handbooks of Kabbalah are not always very exact in their learning, and tend to be dangerously eager to mix Kabbalah up with nearly everything else in current religious enthusiasms, from Sufism to Hinduism. But this too by now is a Western tradition, for Christian popularizations of Kabbalah starting with the Renaissance compounded Kabbalah with a variety of non-Jewish notions, ranging from Tarot cards to the Trinity. A singular prestige has attended Kabbalah throughout its history, and such prestige again is worth contemporary consideration. Accompanying this prestige, which is the prestige of supposedly ultimate origins, is an extraordinary eclecticism that contaminated Kabbalah with nearly every major occult or theosophical strain in the Renaissance and later in Enlightened Europe.”

Further, Bloom (1975) stated, “There are no competing titles on Gnosticism today, or on understanding Neoplatonism, and it is important that the continued popularity of Kabbalah be considered in any estimate of the phenomenon of the current survival and even revival of ancient esotericisms.” This previous statement by Bloom (1975) concerning competing modes of Gnosticism still in existence (at that time in which we wrote) seems to have been an assumption considering the lasting impact and resurgence of ideas which can trace roots back to Neoplatonist ideas, and in even though he acknowledges a contamination of the pure Kabbalah, that is not proof that Kabbalah hasn’t been used for applications outside of those in which it was originally intended, i.e., political strategy, lifestyle cults, or science, etc.

Joe Rogan is basically a synthesis between Hunter S. Thompson, the Esalen Institute and the politics of Robert Heinlein’s syncretic “3rd Way” political philosophy. Whether Joe realizes it or not is heavily influenced by Neoplatonist thinkers either directly or by proxy. Terrance McKenna for instance, whom Joe Rogan has reference regarding the Stoned Age Theory, and according to Calonne (2017), “Terrance McKenna believed the Neoplatonists were “psychedelic philosophers”. Their idea of an ascending hierarchy of increasing more rarified states is a sophisticated presentation of shamanic cosmology that one experientially discovers when

Part 1a – Getting Starship Trooper’s comparison out of the way: Background and ties to Disney.

“Are you a psychic? Maybe you are?” is a scene from Starship Troopers the flim. This seems to poke really life fun at the actual federal and military research into the paranormal and ESP such as that done by the CIA, DIA, Stanford Research, the IDF, and the United States Marines under Operation Stardrive. The 3rd eye symbol is found in the occult and counterculture and this links to Joe Rogan but also Alaister Crowley
Joe Rogan and him with Anton LeVay’s son. Further Michael Aquino and Anton LeVay with Sammy Davis Jr., who was Jewish and the basis of the Church of Satan maybe trace to Kabbalistic or Neoplatonic thought. The Church of Satan just like Hippies or other movements all popped up in the counter culture 60s right as the US government was conducting the real MK Ultra between universtiies, big pharma, intel agencies, etc. Effectively creating movements to beta test and study sociological behavior. The fall out of the 60s which could be said as having ended with the Sharon Tate Murder and the lyrics of Jim Morrison’s “Riders on the Storm” and “The End” would bleed over into the austerity era of the 1970s which was a time of drug addiction, inflation, the fall out of the Free Love movement, the rise of cults, etc.

Before I get to Joe Rogan, I want to compare the film Starship Troopers to themes that are relevant to our unfolding real world but also themes that appear on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. Heinlein’s syncretic political ideology mixed Left Wing Marxism and Fabian Society ideas, Libertarianism, Fascism, technocracy, transhumanism (mech suits appear in the novel, similar to the US Army’s current real development of the Powered Exoskeleton), and Darwinist militarism which is best described in the book and film, Starship Troopers.

The film was released in 1997 with joint production by Tri-Star and Touchstone Pictures. Tri-Star falls under Sony, but Touchstone Pictures falls under The Walt Disney Company, and international distribution of the film was done by Disney’s Buena Vista International. Relating to other topics in this paper, notably Joe Rogan, ideas of transhumanism, etc., it is well known that EPCOT by Disney stands for Experimental Community of Tomorrow, yet, Disney has a real-world research division, Disney Research with labs in Zurich, Switzerland and California, that studies Artificial Intelligence, automation, wireless communications, human-computer interaction, displays, data mining, machine learning, and behavioral sciences. Further, Joe Rogan got his acting start with a developmental deal with Disney, but recently, on Joe Rogan’s podcast he interviewed Robert Downey Jr., i.e., Tony Stark/Iron Man, and this character in the Avenger’s franchise falls under Marvel which therefore is owned by Disney. Robert Downey Jr., before his appearance on the podcast, was spotted on YouTube (which is owned by Google) advertising, The Age of AI. I don’t think Robert Downey’s appearance on Joe’s podcast right as this transhumanist documentary came out was coincidence. [Note: https://web.archive.org/web/20130806011435/http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/business/technology/disney-research-pittsburgh-scientists-are-aiming-for-human-like-robots-689388/]

Roberth Downey Jr., as Tony Stark. Tony Stark’s dad played by John Slattery (who also plays Roger Sterling in the TV Show, Mad Men, which is infused with easter-eggs relating the post WW2 world, and even includes a homage to the Esalen Institute). A photo of Tony Stark in Fox’s 1990s Saturday morning cartoon show. A photo of Jack Parson’s whom with Howard Hughes seems to serve as a basis for Tony Stark. Jack Parsons was a follower of Crowley’s Thelema movement and practiced Sex Magick in the 30s and 40s in the LA area. He was consulted Tsailskovsky (the famous Russian Cosmist) and Werner Von Braun. Parson’s also had associations with Robert Heinlein (also in a libertine sex life) and L. Ron Hubbard of the Church of Scientology. The LA Sex Scene in the 30s-50s involved people like Parsons, Heinlein, Crowley, and Hubbard, but also involved many in Hollywood. This sex scene would go too far during the Black Dahlia Murder of Elizabeth Short, who was murdered (or, sacrifed) in a manner similar to the art-piece, the Minotaur, by surrealist Jewish American artist, Man Ray.

Man Ray, George Hodel (the likely suspect in the murder who had a medical training and Hollywood contacts likely when performing abortions — This was alluded to in American Horror Story), and actor John Huston were all friends. Hodel was inspired by S&M and surrealist art, akin to the surrealism of Salvador Dali. Dali was a pervert who attended the Rothschild’s famous Surreal Ball, was a supporter of Hitler, and his surreal art when depicting women can actually be seen as a form of surreal misogyny. Hodel fled the United States after being accused of the murder and in Hawaii, worked for the United Nations in post-WW2 China, and lived in the Phillipines (which is where Major General Eduard Landsdale, alma mater UCLA, who pioneered Psychological Operations when fighting the communist Huk movement, was stationed). A good visual for the underground S&M Kink Scene in Southern California can be best visualized in the film “LA Confidential”. After the Black Dahlia Murder, the 1950s saw a rush of rabid anti-communists via the Neoconservative Movement and Hollywood participated with this such as the Red Witch-hunts within the Screen Actors Guild Union, led by future Bohemian Grove member, Ronald Reagan, who was a member of Bohemian Grove with Richard Nixon. The military think tank, RAND Corporation, set up shop in Santa Monica, California with the likes of Albert Wohlstetter (caricatured in Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove) who was recruited by RAND’s Director of Social Sciences, Hans Speier, but Wohlstetter (proving he point that Necons are Trotyskites) was a member in college of the Leauge for a Revolutionary Worker Group at CCUNY). Y

Yet, by the 1960s a new Hippie Movement arose, with inspirations from Robert Heinlein’s libertine philsophy near Laurel Canyon, California, and supposedly with help from the Lookout Mountain Air Force Station via the work of Dave McGowan’s “Weird Scenes Inside The Canyon: Laurel Canyon, Covert Ops & The Dark Heart Of The Hippie Dream”. The rise of Hippies in Neoconservative Cold War America helped to create dialectics for the government, but the Hippie movement also helped the government to 1. Sell Drugs in black markets where funds were being used to fight communism abroad 2. Advance the American public for the future corporate and globoalist internet world which was to come 3. Create movements to serve as fronts for spying on Americans and 4. experiment on the public with the MK Ultra Program which was a vast web of experiements spanning the training of miltary recruits, studying the effects of drugs on inmates, attempting to find truth serums and testing if minds could be rebuilt, etc. I’m sure most of our pharmacuetrical drugs and antidepressants were first experiemented with and perfected via this era. Relating ot the Hippie Movement, two main people were Jim Morrison, whose faher was the Admiral at the Gulf Tonkin incident which got the USA into the War in Indochina after the French had failed, thus giving the USA access to the heroin of the Golden Triangle which was needed to fund deep state operations. Also, Charles Manson, who was a heavy LSD user, was asscoiated with bands such as The Beach Boys, who in turn were associated with the Mamas and the Papas via Michelle Phillips, with Phillips being a friend of Tamar Hodel, George Hodel’s daughter. John Huston’s daugher, Angelika Huston, would be questioned by policy during Roman Polanski’s underage sex trial. Roman’s wife, Sharon Tate was killed by Manson and many say this was the end of the 60s, and the lyrics of The Door’s “The End” and “Riders on the Storm” indicates this is an ominous tone. Roman Polanski’s films often dealt with the Occult. The LA area was a vortex of Sex, the Deep State, and Entertainment.
“This project was partially funded by the International Center for Advanced Communication Technologies at Carnegie Mellon University and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. Findings were presented at an international conference in Karlsruhe, Germany, in early May, and the project essay was nominated for the Best Cognitive Robotics Paper Award, Mr. Yamane said.”

The society presented in Starship Troopers, the film, is shown as technologically advanced. In our real world as we continue to evolve within technocracy with concepts such as facial-recognition technology, AI assistants, electric and self-driving cars, digital money, genetic criminal forensic databases, augmented reality entertainment, drone warfare and logistics, hyperloop travel, e-commerce, enterprise resource planning tools, smart cities and houses, it makes you think as to whom in this society is running the technology. The society is a 3rd way syncretic society that mixes free-market capitalism of Civilians with the government subsidy of the Federation. This model is basically what the United States has been since World War II, i.e., corporatism and fascism, with the fascism element hiding under propaganda such as American Exceptionalism, patriotic imagery, and its annoying habit of marginalizing Marxism, when it fact Marxism via government allocation is a central tenant in how the US apparatus functions.

Tech companies are the ones who are leading the charge of integrating technocracy since their corporate structures are the apex of government investment and free market economics. However, these tech firms are currently working with Israel. US firms set up shop in Israel via bilateral cooperation with firms such as Microsoft, Facebook, cyber security etc. This is in part consensual but also the result of Israeli espionage with its vast apparatus of assets within the United States, his hacking capabilities, and its exchange programs such as the Talpiot Program which takes elite Israeli Defense Force alumni and then sends them to the United States to work for high tech companies or consulting firms such as Boston Consulting which is the alma mater of Benjamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which is an institution that would later involve Jeffrey Epstein – the sex trafficker and high profile networker who had ties to Victoria Secrets, the French modeling industry, the British Royal Family, the Clintons and Trump administration, but also the Israeli’s via his Jewish heritage but also his via his girlfriend/fixer, Ghislaine Maxwell. Maxwell’s father, Robert Maxwell was a disgraced media mogul who had ties to Israel’s Mossad, Britain’s MI5, but was accused of also working with the Soviet KGB. Ghislaine Maxwell herself also was a character in the days of Iran-Contra via her ties to Adnan Khashoggi, the uncle of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Dodi Fayed, the boyfriend of the late Princess Diana, i.e., a family member to Epstein’s friend, Prince Andrew. Epstein had ties to Bitcoin, MIT, Bill Gates, and the list goes on.

The technology in Starship Troopers, the film, are being developed by Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Peter Theil, Bill Gates, etc., but as stated, these firms have ties to Israel. Israel is effectively the center of the Earth with political ties in most major nations which it achieves via the powerful Chabad Lubavitch community. The Chabad Lubavitch community has a proselytizing agenda known as the Noahide Laws, which is a subversion of Christianity that fosters Christians to worship Israel and follow the Noahide Laws. This strategy has been effectively in the developing world but also within the United States by linking White Anglo-Saxon Evangelical Christianity explicitly with the Zionist cause. Regardless, Adam Green of Know More News, has gone into expansive details about the Israel takeover of US technology. The simplest way to explain the research done by Adam Green, is that Israel, despite its small size and dispersed global ethnic community, is making itself the “switchboard” of the world as it develops further into a global technocratic model. Companies he helped analyze were Converse, Amdocs, Clearview, Qualcomm Snapdragon computer Chips, Google, Wix, etc. This will give Israel what is effectively something equivalent to the Samson Option, e.g., if Israel doesn’t get its way it can use technology to conduct industrial sabotage, similar to what we saw in the US-Israeli joint Suxtnet attacks on the Iranian nuclear facilities. Here are some links to important research done by Adam Green of Know More News and I recommend people donate to his citizen journalism efforts.

Known More News Links (https://www.knowmorenews.org/donate):  

Alarming Origins of New Facial Recognition Company, streamed on January 30, 2020., https://youtu.be/AMxdDWfynt8

Operation BLACKOUT: Israel Hacking America 2020, streamed on January 6, 2020., https://youtu.be/VDFg3ICq-cY

Israel’s Tech Supremacy Agenda, streamed on May 22, 2019., https://youtu.be/zud3395AdT8

Further, before I move on to get to the central premises of this paper, I want to say that Tony Stark is Howard Hughes, and Howard Hughes was essentially a Deep State playboy industrialists with companies spanning defense, telecommunications, travel, entertainment, energy, and real estate. In other words understanding Howard Hughes actually helps support this paper because he effectively was a lynchpin between different industries (defense, tech, culture, etc.), and this process still goes on in our day, however, it seems to be through an array of tech moguls such as Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Peter Thiel, etc. For example, Amazon and Microsoft fighting over Pentagon contracts for cloud-based solutions, yet both firms have ties in entertainment, the military, logistics, etc.

Powerful companies that exists today that absorbed Howard Hughes’ companies/divisions are Raytheon (Hughes Aircraft which helped build the Galileo telescope, air-to-air missiles, NASA Lunar equipment, H-4 Hercules, stinger missiles), AT&T and DirectTV (Hughes Electronics), Delta (Hughes Airwest), L3 Harris (Hughes Microwave Tube Division), Boeing (Hughes Helicopter), ACDelco (parts of Hughes Electronics after GM bought them), Baker Hughes (Hughes Tool Company), Palomar Technologies (Howard  Aircraft Technology Products Division creating Automated Wire and Die Bonder equipment), Nextstar Media Group (acquired Hughes’ radio station, KLAS-TV, a CBS affiliate station), Venetian and Sands Casinos (the former Hughes properties were in part acquired by Sheldon Adelson, i.e., Trump’s megadonor), and Howard Hughes Corporation (a real-estate firm that builds master planned communities).

I wrote this before I saw this episode. Garrett Reisman, an astronaut who works with Elon Musk mentioned that he accidentally associated Musk with Howard Hughes

Speaking of Howard Hughes, Joe Rogan Experience Episode 1425 with astronaut Garrett Reisman supports what I’m talking about throughout this paper. Reisman admitted to accidentally comparing Elon Musk to Howard Hughes since Hughes was an eccentric. Yet, in this podcast, Joe Rogan and Reisman profess their love for the show Batttlestar Galactica, which is interesting because the show has religious elements to it which are based on the Old Testament, the Torah, as far as the concepts of the 13 Tribes of Israel. Why is this important? It is my opinion that Israel with its current relation with the United States regarding bi-national tech transfers (and, theft), cyber security, surveillance, etc., has for a long time played a role in the intersectionality between things which are esoteric (centering around Kabbalistic thought in this case) and hard sciences. Based on research done by Know More News with Adam Green and his discoveries about the Noahide Agenda, it seems that our technocratic 3rd way future (which seems like a loose version of Starship Troopers – minus the aliens), would have a world religion based around Judeo-Christianity, i.e., Noahide Laws. There’s a high level of Jewish ownership in technology such as the CEOs of Facebook, Google, 23 and Me, etc. We also know with Jeffrey Epstein that he was involved in funding scientific research, studying Bitcoin with accused rapist Brock Pierce, and being involved with the Massachusetts Intitute of Technology.

The Neoconservative movement (which overlapped the MK Ultra Era and the growth technology) was also highly Jewish (Milton Friedman, Barry Goldwater, Henry Kissinger, etc.), which seems odd considering the levels of real antisemitism within far-right politics, yet, this makes sense because antisemitism helps the Jews solidify power, and as we can see in American Right-Wing politics, it’s really an infusion of Anglo-Saxon identity politics mixed with Evangelical Zionist Christianity. In other words, these two groups supplement each other despite the perception of issues in mainstream life. Another odd link between this podcast with Joe Rogan and Garrett Reisman regarding Battlestar Galactica (which is infused with religion) is that supposedly US Army Psy Ops Officer, Michael Aquino, helped consult the production of the original series, and Aquino was associated with the Church of Satan of Anthoy LeVay (who was Jewish most likely, i.e., his ideology may be inspired by Kabbalist thinking similar to that Crowley he was friend of Sammy Davis Jr., who was Jewish). When people hear Satanism they instantly think some conspiracy but it is a real organization, similar to the Chaos Magick organization of the Illuminates of Thanateros.

This book was analyzed by Adam Green of Know More News. Green analyzes the Noahide Movement which is a form of Jewish missionary work which gets Christians to submit to a worshp of Isarel via the Noahide Laws. This type of religion can form the basis of a global Abrahamic religion with Israel at the center of the Earth between East and West. Israel has relations with the Angl-American Contiental Bloc but also the Sino-Russian Block and Israel has positioned itself as the center of the world due the unfolding Belt and Road Project, the outsourcing of American technology and cyber security to Israel (Silicon Wadi), and the fact that Israel somehow has been able to influence the domestic policies of developed and developing nations.

Relating to Michael Aquino (a US Army Psy Op Officer), who will appear later in this paper, according J. Andy Ilias (2016), “In 1972 he joined the 306th PSYOP Battalion (Strategic), USAR at Fort MacArthur, California, and for the next seven years served as Research & Analysis (FA) Team Leader, Operations Officer, and finally Executive Officer. In the 306th – whose members ranged from eccentric Hollywood personalities to dour L.A.P.D. officers – he oversaw highly-classified Basic PSYOP Studies for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, PSYOP support for the training of units such as the 12th Special Forces, and use of the 306th’s atmospheric World War II-era bunkers for space combat scenes in the original Battlestar Galactica television series.” However, regarding Aquino, I’m not sure what to make out. It’s treason to wear a military uniform (false valor) if not in the military and claim commemorations, so he must be real. A part of me wants to believe that his eccentricity is part of a psy-op, i.e., no one would believe in any agenda because it seems so out there, but that makes him more influential and powerful in affecting real life events, movements, policy, etc.

Part 1b – Getting Starship Trooper’s comparison out of the way: Similarities in the film to that of the 2016- political situation, demographic changes, the rise of technocracy, etc.

The film adaption by Paul Verohoeven, as odd as it sounds, is a possibility of our future. A synthesis of Plato’s The Republic or Huxley’s Brave New World society, as if designed with Orange County Disney precision and Rand Corporation consulting, that merges Left Wing ideologies such as multiculturalism and globalism [something I call C.I.M, for Corporate Intersectional Marxism] made possible by the power of multi-national corporations and free trade that develops a global monoculture (the Terran Federation), feminism (Dizzy Flores played by Dina Meyer and Sky Marshal Tehat Maru played by Denise Dowse. Tehat Maru seems to draw a parallel to Kamala Harris, with the Maru last name seeming Indian in nature, and Kamala is of half-Indian heritage), gender equality (the co-ed shower scene; women and men are allowed to hit each other), and Marxism (Citizens) but with Right Wing Ideologies such hierarchy, fascism, libertarianism, i.e., Civilians – at least in the American form since the US libertarian movement was often associated with movements like the John Birch Society, militarism, etc. Let’s not forget the film has Nazi inspired Hugo Boss uniforms. There’s a funny (dark humor) scene in Starship Troopers the film where it is stated that Mormon extremists set up a colony in an Arachnid Zone at Port (or, Fort) Joseph Smith, but the colonists were brutally killed by the aliens. This scene relates to Joe Rogan in his talk with Geoffrey Miller in Episode #1173 where Miller pokes fun at Social Justice Warriors and talks about the Amazon series, The Expanse. Miller goes to state that in the series the first human space colony was developed by Mormons because they’re forward thinking and pronatalist. So, now only does this talk between Joe and Geoffrey relate to the scene in Starship Troopers but the condensing tone towards Social Justice Warriors, i.e., the political left, alludes to the acceptance of right-wing skepticism when dealing with the left. [Visual Notes: https://youtu.be/x1Ic6iSiOuM; https://youtu.be/J206CKoG1R0]

Diz versus Zim in Starship Troopers. A world where violence between men and women is considered a form of equality
Diz is the quarterback for her school’s team. The school isn’t named in the fiim but there’s a scene which states Buenos Aires Educational Complex. The word Complex doesn’t sound very organic and seems to denote the mechanistic nature to public education. As a fun fact, a student tells johnny Rico if he’s ready for the game against “Tesla”, so in this world Tesla is considered a genius and in real life Tesla was into things esoteric.
NFL Coach Kate Sowers of the 49ers played football. This is great. I’m not stating that females in football is bad at all but I do find it interesting how our world is evolving and it seems very much like Starship Troopers
Coed shower scene in Starship Troopers. Gender in this world is equal. There’s no depiction of LGBTQ however such as that which can be read in the science fiction book, The Forever War by Joe Halderman. In our reality with traditional gender being redefined this scene and the overall sexuality (considered “cisgender) seems to denote where we’re going considering there is no longer taboo around the human body and gender is no considered a construct with not biological basis. However, this is debatable but the fact that people have lost their jobs for saying a person can’t change their gender sheds light on what the government, corporations, and NGOs want for the future of humanity.
Probably meant to be a joke at reverse sexual harassment, this scene in the film shows that there’s no real taboo between male and female sexuality and nudity. The film essentially takes gender equality on a cisgender trajectory to its most extreme logical conclusion where there’s no distinction between male and female sexuality and violence.

1b.1. Latin American Intersectionality with the Right Wing, 3rd Position Politics and how the racial dichotomy of the film emulates America’s demographic changes: It is also important to note that the main characters are white Argentinians from Buenos Aires, despite the book version of Juan “Johnny” Rico being of Filipino heritage. First off, Paul Verhoeven purposely typecast white Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place looking actors in order to poke fun at whitewashing in film, but also to show reach of Western standards upon the rest of the world. Secondly, it is my personal belief that Robert Heinlein chose to write Juan Rico as a Filipino because during his era of the early-to-mid twentieth century, the United States had an imperial and colonial relations with The Philippines and you can read my previous paper, Tears on the Western Horizon: How the Las Vegas Shooter’s Filipino Connection Unveiled the Philippines’ fight for the future and its shadowy past by Quinton Mitchell, which can found in a link below.

https://mitchellrg.com/2019/11/21/tears-on-the-western-horizon-how-the-las-vegas-shooters-filipino-connection-unveiled-the-philippines-fight-for-the-future-and-its-shadowy-past-by-quinton-mitchell/

Regarding the fact that the characters of the film adaption are white Argentines, this relates to our reality particularly in the United States as the “native” White population slows in growth and Hispanic often Mexican population grows. Yet, despite these two groups seeming at odds, it’s only natural that over time in many ways they will merge to a varying degree and whiteness in the United States will be like the concept of whiteness within South America. This transfusion and admixture were made possible by corporate free trade globalism, particularly with free trade agreements such as NAFTA, CAFTA, etc. Despite tensions and xenophobia, there already exists within Latin American culture an embedded conservatism which will soon find commonality with white Republicanism regardless of class. For example, many Hispanics and working-class white people are in construction, both cultures are patriarchal, Hispanics due the nature of their earlier hard-labor jobs are dispersed across the nation such as the agricultural areas of the American Midwest and American South, and like most immigrants in US history the new immigrants and their citizen children will emulate the behaviors of the establishment in order to fit in and prove themselves.

The uniforms of the Chilean military
A propaganda piece from the film Starship Troopers (1997)

Relating to conservatism, this influx and eventual assimilation means a possible resurgence in religion since Catholicism is cultural for many Hispanics; militarism since many immigrants and their children see the military as a way of to climb the economic ladder, etc. Many Hispanics already identity as white prior to coming to America and even too many racist white Americans, despite the perception, Hispanics are often included and there’s been evidence of many in the Alt Right as being Hispanic. To paint a visual picture, think to Jeb Bush and his wife who is from Mexico and their children who are engaged in the political arena. Or, think to the relationship of South Florida Cuban communities to the Republican Party dating back to the Cold War. This is unrelated but based on demographic changes going more Hispanic in nature, despite white backlash (since, white people might benefit from this immigration), the USA and Mexico are heavily reliant on each other and this reliance has generated a multi-billion-dollar international drug market. I see a future where the old Italian La Costra Nostra is replaced by the major Cartels of Mexico (Gulf, Juarez, Sinaloa, and Tijuana) setting up shop regionally in the United States. The same organizational corruption that persisted throughout the twentieth century will be here in the future, as drug cartels their money to bankroll state politicians, mayors, Senators, Attorney Generals, military commissioned officers, etc., to create a system where they effectively rule.   

The appearance of Carl Jenkin’s character played by Neil Patrick Harris who has an English last name to me indicates that this world was made possible largely because of the idea of Americanization via the multi-national corporation. Of course, the people speak English because the film is for an American audience. The fact that 3 of 4 of the main movie characters are of white Argentine heritage has historical relevance because Latin America, as most of us know, was a safe haven for fugitive Nazis (even Pablo Escobar employed Carols Ledher – a Columbian with German heritage, who was a Neo Nazi) , but Latin America prior to WW2 was home of many Italian and German immigrants.

A picture of conservative neoliberal Jeb Bush with his family. I support immigrants and Hispanic culture but there is a high chance that in the future parts of the Hispanic community will gravitate towards conservative politics since this already exists within the Latino political sphere, such as that of the Miami Dade Cuban community, the history of right wing politics in Latin America – such as that of the more “white” upper classes of the post-colonial post-Hacienda system.
Cole (2015) states, “When it emerged Barbie might face prosecution for his horrific war crimes, including responsibility for the deaths of 14,000 people, the CIA enlisted the help of the Vatican to change his name to Klaus Altmann, and he fled to Bolivia in 1951.” “During the Second World War, he was notorious as the Butcher of Lyon, but unlike his Nazi partners in crime, Klaus Barbie never faced instant arrest and justice when the fighting ended.
Despite sending whole families to death camps, the US recruited him as a CIA spy and smuggled him into Bolivia where he helped spearhead a brutal narco-state.” https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3318675/The-astonishing-story-notorious-Nazi-helped-kill-Che-Guevara-worked-cocaine-boss-Pablo-Escobar.html
Reinhard Gehlen, was Hitler’s Intelligence head, and he was let off by the CIA and US Army and set up the Gehlen Organization which would be predate the German BND Intel Service of West Germany. Gehlen, like Klaus Barbie and Otto Skorzeny had ties to the CIA and via Barbie this links the CIA to what would become the cocaine cartels of the Medellin Cartel, but these Nazis for hire (many hiding in Latin America, Spain, and in broad daylight in Western Germany) also had ties to the French Connection Heroin industry, likely helping the Americans muscle out the Corsican Mob’s French Indo China control of heron as the United States prepped to control the Golden Triangle of Southeast Asia. Further, a member of Gehlen’s Network was Otto Von Bolshwing, who was an architect of the Final Solution but let off the hook and settled in the United States in California in early Silicon Valley. Such relationships makes sense because the United States elite had many Nazis but the Anti-Communist Movement supported Nazism because it was anti-Communist, and these relationships with organizations such as the World Anti-Communist League (full of Nazis) linked with the Neocons, John Birch Society, Council of National Policy, and John K. Singluab’s Western Goals Foundation. The Council for National Policy via the Grace Family has links to the Catholic Knights of Malta, which is an organization filled with Euroepan nobillity such as those of the House of Luxembourg, i.e., Luxembourg is a bank haven.

It is my belief that the Neo Nazis were created in part by the CIA (similar other criminal organizations such as the Nation of Islam via black gangs like the Gangster Disciples via the N.O.I’s links to the CIA BCCI Bank involved in Iran Contra). The CIA’s and Neo-con’s stance on Anti-Communism, despite being involved in drug trafficking, helped to create the Neo Nazis prevalent in places such as Orange County, CA, which is interesting because this area is home to many Defense Industry related businesses. Orange County is also home to the Ronald Reagan Airport but Anaheim is home to Disneyland, and we know that Walt Disney had antisemitic beliefs and consulted Nazis such as Werner Von Bruan. Lastly, it seems ironic that Nazis in the West would flourish after the war considering many in the Neocon movement were Jewish. Yes, it is weird, but it just shows the power pragmatic politics that links Jews to the American Far Right in a type of symbiotic relationship with both helping each other. This sounds odd, but look at the below photo.

Later in the Cold War, with the USA fighting Communism by staging bloody revolution to overthrow democratically elected leaders, many of the Right Wing Generals were of Germanic heritage or had close bonds with fugitive Nazis and these Nazis were often known to the CIA because the Nazis were seen as allies against Communism. This Nazi CIA connection dates to the immediate times after the Allied Victory in which certain German Nazis were given clemency in return for their intelligence services which would go to form the modern German intelligence service, the BND. These Latin American leaders included Juan Peron with his wife Evita, but Juan and Evita’s bodyguard for a time was Otto Skorzeny, Hitler’s Commando and later creator of the Nazi Alumni association, Die Spinne, and founder of right wing military contractor based in fascist Spain, The Paladin Group, which had ties to political assassinations). Other fascist leaders with relations or links to the Italian-German communities of Latin American included Augusto Pinochet of Chile, Alfredo Stroessner of Paraguay, and Italian and German Brazilian Junta leaders with Emilio Garrastazu Medici, Ernesto Geisel, and Augusto Rademaker Grunewald.

Augusto Pinochet, Alfredo Stroessner, Emilio Medici, and Juan Peron.
Hispanic beer is actually from Germany and Austria. Also, a picture of the flag of the Federation in Starship Troopers which as stated is set in Latin America in a globalist, technocratic, 3rd way future.

1b.2. Occult, Paranormal, and Masonic relations to Technocracy There’s also technocratic elements triggering comparisons to Elon Musk with SpaceX and his Hyperloop Project (the scene where Johnny Rico played by Casper Van Dien says goodbye to Carmen Ibanez played by Denise Richards), but there’s also esoteric transhumanist elements to the film (relating the Counter-Culture movement, Esalen, Joe Rogan, The Burning Man EDM culture, etc.), such as ESP – Extra Sensory Perception – as seen in the character Carl Jenkins played by Neil Patrick Harris. This paranormal element in the film seems to harken back to the real-life theosophy inspired Occultism of the Nazis such as the Far Eastern archeological works supported by Heinrich Himmler’s SS (Schutzstaffel) think tank called the Abnenrbe. The Russians, whom also had an impact on technological research within the West via the Russian Cosmist thinkers, also were interested in paranormal pseudo-science.

Young (2012) states, “Much has been written about occult researchers and activities during the Third Reich in Germany, but the Soviets, apparently, also developed their own equivalent to the Nazi Ahnenerbe, the search for ancestral Aryan roots and ancient occult artifacts. The Russian equivalent was centered on the mysterious “Red Merlin,” Alexander Barchenko, a medical school dropout, writers of occult adventure stories, and follower of the French esotericism Alexandre Saint-Yves d’Alveydre, a popularizer of the legend of Agatha, a subterranean paradise hidden in a network of caves somewhere in Central Asia. Barchenko persuaded the OGPU secret police section head, Gleb Boky, to sponsor paranormal research in government laboratories and to undertake a mission to Central Asia in search of the magical kingdom of Shambala, where powerful secret knowledge was hidden that could win the war for the Bolshevik cause.” (p. 190-191).

Masonry, Martinism, and other Esoteric Organization’s ties to Syncretic Political Ideologies, Russian Cosmism, and how it fits into the Starship Trooper’s arugment: Since, I’m talking about 3rd Way politics, 3rd positions politics, the 3rd Wave of Alvin Tofler, etc., in relation to the syncretic society shown in the film Starship Troopers, that which was written about by Robert Heinlein in the book version of Starship Troopers, but also the political ideology of Joe Rogan (whom I consider a Neoplatonist via his psychonaut advocacy & Discordian approach to reality), I want to bring light to quote in the previous paragraph above from Young (2012), which states the Alexandre Saint-Yves d’Alveydre. I found online his name associated with the Synarchism movement (a type of 3rd Way model) but also something called Martinism and the first thing I noticed was the Star of David.

Looking up Martinism, Britannica (n.d.) states, “After the suppression of Weishaupt’s order, the title illuminati was given to the French Martinists, founded in 1754 by Martinez Pasqualis and propagated by Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin“, and, “By 1790 Martinism had been spread to Russia by Johann Georg Schwarz and Nikolay Novikov. Both strains of “illuminated” Martinism included elements of Kabbalism and Christian mysticism, imbibing ideas from Jakob Böhme and Emanuel Swedenborg.”. According to Churton (2106), “In a nutshell, the Martinism as we know it today consists of the theurgic tradition of Martinez de Pasqually (Martinezism), the Masonic Templarism of Jean-Baptiste Willermoz (Willermozism) and the Christian Theosophy of Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin.”

One of the orders within Martinism is Elus-Cohens where Cohen is Hebrew for priest, but this seems to denote not a Jewish control of the group but rather Christians using Hebrew. It seems that after the Bavarian Illuminati of Adam Weishaupt fell from grace, the Illuminate quest fell upon the French Martinists, but they were in a landscape of many Masonic Lodges and Rosiscrusian orders. Martiniism in my estimation is a form of Christian Mysticism which like Masonry, Hermeticism, etc., relates back to Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola in the Renaissance who helped to merge Christianity with Neoplatonist thought in something akin to a Christian variant or alternative of Jewish Kabbalah (with the Jews thinking they’re chosen and await the Moshiach whereas Christians believing in Jesus Christ and await Revelations and Jewish conversion). Mirandola’s works and that of others helped shape Hermeticism, ceremonial magic practices, frameworks of medications and levels or degrees, etc., and would go to influence Masons (highly involved in Revolutionary thought of the 1700s), Rosicrucian, Martinisits, but also more “dark ark” frameworks (which seem to get mixed in with the “Light forms of Masonry”) such as later Crowley Thelema, Chaos Magick, The Order of the Golden Dawn, Theosophy, and even the Church of Satan. Masonry can be confusing because it seems that in the Enlightenment Period onward, there were constant disputes between sects, reconciliation, and schism within sections. Yet, they all had a common Enlightenment brotherhood and the more I read into Neoplatonism, the more Masonic degrees makes sense because degrees are the levels in Neoplatonism and are steps to The Monad (the One, or true God), divine shapes, divine forms, etc.

Regarding conflicts, for example, the Grande Orient de France (Continental Masonry) broke from the United Grand Lodge of England between 1870-1890, largely because the Grand Orient wanted to admit atheists which defied Masonry’s requirement to believe in God, i.e., The Grand Architect. It’s complicated because the mission statement of masonry seems quite harmless in that it’s a social club based around a belief in a higher power and trying to build the perfect man. Yet, the conspiracy comes into play because Masonry did play a role in political revolutions and members are individuals with their own actions such as criminality. Masonry due to its secretive nature is arguably a good source of intelligence gather and information sharing, and this seems to be the case for Masonry throughout the British Empire, but also the rogue Masonic lodge in Italy, Propaganda Due, which was involved in the Vatican banking scandal of the Bank de Ambrosia, and its affiliations with CIA Stay Behind Units (terrorist groups) during the Cold War’s Year of Lead in Italy.

Regardless, factions within the Grand Orient de France brought back a belief in God and Scottish Rite practices and reconciled with the English and formed the Grande Loge Nationale Française. However, as already stated, there were the Martinists within the Bavarian Illuminati tradition with its sects and they were frowned upon by the Grand Orient Lodge. So, it’s easy to get confused by Masonry because you national lodges, smaller regional lodges, rites, orders, Deist branches, atheist friendly branches, etc.

Yet, relating to their esoteric beliefs and practices and their relationship with Enlightenment Democracy (Democritus) and Liberty (Libertas), it can be seen in the French revolution that the Jacobin Movements – partically that of Robspierre’s Montagards – with their radical ideals on secular (atheist) democracy (the Cult of Reason, Reign of Terror) and emphasis on class (then of the Ancien Regime) would later merge or adopt the ideals of Marx and Engels’ post-Hegelian ideology of Marxism pertaining to dialectical materialism, i.e., class struggle of the proletariat, bourgeoisie, and petty bourgeoisie, which can be seen in the later text by Marx, The Paris Commune.

However, the Americans would adopt the Girondin branch of the Jacobin’s movement ideas which were more moderate, based on property rights, and would lead to the adoption of federalism, Adam Smith’s capitalism, the Protestant Work Ethic with roots in Calvinism (popular in Scotland where Adam Smith is from), etc. The masonic brotherhood against monarchy is why France supported the Americans and Americans went to France and both are related nations but implemented democracy differently. This next sentence as mental notes for myself to summarize and create correlation: (Grand Orient de France > Jacobins > Montagnards > Marxism > Social Democracy and Continental Philosophy such as Critical Theory, Existentialism, Deconstruction) (United Lodge of England and American Lodges > Jacobins > Girondins > Capitalism > Analytical Philosophy & Pragmatism)

So, with all of this being said about Masonry, Martinism, etc., we to stay on track about the basis of this paper which relates to Joe Rogan’s syncretic political ideology which merges left-wing and right-wing and how it emulates the society seen and written about in Starship Troopers. In Starship Troopers we have the Russo-Anglo-American Alliance, but based on the data previously presented about Martinism, it is known that Martinism entered Russia in the 1790s. So, if Masonry and related movements have played a role in shaping US Democracy and that of other nations, and the policy of the United States is based on a 3rd Way position, i.e., free-market global capitalism on the auspices of spreading democracy, then the current Russian entry into American life as seen by the Trump Administration, to me emulates that of the Russo-Anglo-American Alliance. Similar to how counter-culture is based from Neoplatonic ideas, the USA and Russia both have their renditions of Zionism, which has historically references in the Christian Kabbalah of Masonry and Martinism. Essentially, via this Masonic viewpoint, Israel is a sacred nation, though Christians and Jews see it from differently angles, but it’s a mutual arrangement with Jews needing Israel to be reunited and the Fourth Temple built, but Christians needs this for Revelations. The Jews don’t believe in Jesus or Christian revelations whereas the Christians believe Jesus is the Messiah and will come back during Revelations. Both the United States and Russia have ties to Israel as well, so keep that in mind throughout this paper.

Relating to Martinism within the text by Young (2012) relating to the Russian Cosmists, which thus relates to futurism, technocracy, cybernetics, the occult, and influences on American science (i.e., Jack Parsons, Jet Propulsion Lab, etc.)/counterculture – as visualized in Starship Troopers – it was stated in Chapter 10 of text, titled: Promethean Theurgy, “George L. Kline has termed “Promethean theurgy.” The ideas, that philosophy should be a form of action, not simply reflection, from Marx, and from Nietzsche, that with the death of God, humanity must create its own destiny” (p. 177). Further, within this same chapter but in section dedicated to Occultism, Young (2012) quotes Maria Carlson, a writer on the Silver Age Russia, whom states, “Occultism, in a bewildering variety of forms, was a popular intellectual fashion of the period. Most educated readers had at least a nodding acquaintance with spiritualism and Theosophy, but there was also Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, Martinism, Hermeticism, as well as manifestation of “common” or “boulevard” mysticism, such as somanbulism, chiromancy, Tarot, phrenology, mesmerism, astrology, fortune-telling, and dream interpretation.” (p. 187).

The CIA’s and DOD’s Experiments into…ESP. Yes, ESP, Remote Viewing, etc. ESP and Remote Viewing in the film, Starship Troopers, relates to the real-world government funding into paranormal research. The CIA recruited people who claimed to have possessed paranormal abilities, such as ex-Israeli Defense Force, Uri Geller. Pruitt (2018) states, “The roots of Project Star Gate go back to 1972, when a classified report made waves within the U.S. military and intelligence communities by claiming that the Soviet Union was pouring money into research involving ESP and psychokinesis—the ability to move objects with the mind—for espionage purposes. In response, the CIA began funding its own top-secret research, headquartered at the Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, California.” Further Pruitt (2018) details how the CIA shutdown the project but it was transferred to the Defense Information Agency at its location in Maryland at Fort Meade. I find this interesting because Fort Meade is also the home to the Defense Information School (alma mater of Jonathan Young of Ancient Aliens, and potentially a source of some resources utilized by Alex Jones and Joe Rogan). Fort Meade isn’t far from decommissioned base, Fort Detrick, which was home to the U.S. Army Biological Warfare Laboratories (USBWL), one of the main agencies involved in the MK Ultra projects with the CIA’s Office of Scientific Information (now known as the Directorate of Science & Technology).

Further, Pruit (2018) stated, “The shutdown of the program that year did not mark the end of the government’s interest in psychic phenomena. In 2014, Jacobsen writes, the Office of Naval Research launched a four-year program (costing some $3.85 million) to explore the use of premonition or intuition—what is popularly known as a “sixth sense” or even a “Spidey sense,” in honor of the web-throwing superhero—among sailors and Marines. And Dr. Edwin May, the former Star Gate research head, has continued to argue on behalf of ESP as a legitimate tool for military and domestic intelligence long after the program was shut down. In 2015, May told Newsweek that his most recent ESP study, funded by the non-profit Bial Foundation, “is probably the best experiment in the history of the field.”

Uri Geller as an ex-Israeli Defense Force member and the CIA recruited him because of his alleged ability to bend spoons. He helped lead the research for Operation Stardrive with the Stanford Research Institute. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/18/uri-geller-convinced-cia-psychic-warrior/
http://noosphere.princeton.edu/bio.html

Aliens are a prominent trope on the Joe Rogan Podcast, but aliens are often associated with the counter-culture conspiracy movement. It’s my personal belief the aesthetic design of the most common alien image, the grey, is just a symbol which represents – like an icon such as the Mickey Mouse shape with Disney – the Deep State experimental psychological and technological research conducted after World War 2. The imagery of the aliens, such as those found at Roswell are meant to trigger an instant associate with the Holocaust which was known for this violation of medical ethics, but the alien also offers a biological explanation for the possible origins of humanity away from divinity thus making the general public more conducive the upcoming technological age. Alien culture aligned to the psychedelic “Far Out” culture of the 1960s and 1970s and is a multi-dimensional or purpose symbol that represents a lot of concepts. Robert Heinlein was accused of racism because the Aliens were euphemism of other human cultures such as the Chinese, or, as a comparison to our modern political arena regarding Muslims. Since aliens (think the term “illegal aliens”) can be analogous to “alien cultures”, i.e., the bugs in the film are often in desert landscapes, equivalent to the Clash of Civilizations since the Global War on Terrorism between Israel and the West versus Islam.

Joe Rogan’s podcast, especially in its earlier years, often talked about conspiracy theories (arguably a tool of the Cold War intelligence community for disinformation purposes) spanning Extra Sensory Perception, Theosophy, and Aliens while also advocating for psychoactive drugs such as mushrooms and LSD (which relates Joe to Esalen but also the older MK Ultra experiments of the Cold War such as those conducted by Sidney Gottlieb, the CIA’s chief chemist and a military liaison consultant to Lockheed; and, David Ewan Cameron, a President of the American Psychological Association who was accused in child sex abuse, which instantly draws a mental comparison to the child abuse in Chile under the Pinochet regime occurring at Colonia Dignidad created by pedophile, Paul Schafer. This facility was also used by Pinochet for torture and internment of political dissidents). Relating back to theosophy, Joe Rogan hosted Robert Schoch on Episode #1124 who admitted to his grandmother being a Theosophist, meaning she was likely a follower in the days of Madame Blavatsky.  

There’s a historic overlap between technocracy and the Occult, as explained in George Young’s (2012), The Russian Cosmists, but also the fact that scientists such as Jack Parsons – a Crowley Thelema follower – of the Jet Propulsion Lab consulted Russian cosmist, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, and I will quickly loop this reality into the previous statement in the previous paragraph regarding Robert Schoch’s reference to Madame Blavatsky (founder of Theosophy) on Joe Rogan’s podcast in order to show the technocratic and esoteric underpinnings to the podcast itself.

“Civilization cannon evolve further until “the occult” is taken for granted on the same level as atomic energy” (Wilson, 1973, as quoted in Young, 2012, p. 187). “Occultism, in a bewildering variety of forms, was a popular intellectual fashion of the period. Most educated readers had at least a nodding acquaintance with spiritualism and Theosophy, but there was also Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, Martinism, Hermeticism, as well as manifestations of “common” or “boulevard” mysticism, such as somnambulism, chiromancy, Tarot, phrenology, mesmerism, astrology, fortune-telling, and dream interpretation.” (Carlson, 1993, as quoted in Young, 2012, p. 187). “In the wider society, all branches of the socialist movement shared the First Object of Theosophy, viewing themselves as a vanguard of universal human brotherhood.” (Young, 2012, p. 188]

[Visual Notes: https://youtu.be/vO_BfYP6Iv8 (Hyperloop example from a cut scene in Starship Trooper’s.)]

Part 2a. Analyzing 3rd Way syncretic political ideology between Rogan and Starship Troopers, the book by Heinlein (1959) and the film adaption, (1997)

Joe’s interests such as that in transhumanism, the unity of mankind, perennial philosophy such as all religions being euphemisms of a common metaphysical belief, space, technology, his syncretic political ideology that merges libertarian and Marxist, his affinity for out of body experiences akin to a practitioner of medieval hermeticism against staunch Catholic dogma, Jungian psychology, and his interests in paranormal and gnostic (hidden) knowledge might make Joe a Neoplatonist Philosopher without knowing it. In a funny way, this seems quite accurate and with Joe being Italian and his interests in things which are arguably esoteric, plus his syncretic libertine philosophy, I get the image of Joe in the medieval Renaissance as a court or street jester as a cover for a spy who was former Italian city state military conscript who associates with Christian, Jewish, and Islamic esoteric, occultic, Kabbalist, Averronist, and hermetic thinkers in the courts of nobles in places like Florence, Sicily, Padua, Verona, or Modena, etc.

The movements Joe has adapted to his unique personality span from atheism, skepticism, scientific progress away from theism, Satanism one could argue with his “Do What Thy Whilst” mentality, and comedy which in many ways is a form of philosophical analysis of questioning reality. Joe often talks about aliens, paranormal, transhumanism, psychoactive drugs, science, but also hosts guests associated with the Far-Right but also the political Left. Joe’s ambiguous syncretic politics merges both Marxist and Libertarian thought which are opposing but related dialectical positions (dyads) from a common (Monad) theory of democracy. When you merge those opposing forces you get the true source of political power from the standpoint of democracy which his 3rd Way, which interestingly is the way the United States runs, with it being both free market capitalist but also government subsidized, and this mixture creates the 3rd way Neoliberal Corporatism we live under.

Third Way politics is the socially acceptable brand of Centrism which was applied to most Western liberal democracies after WW2 but gained prominence as a term to my knowledge under the tenure of Bill Clinton. It’s effectively corporatism that mixes right-wing capitalism with left wing Marxism to effectively create a society dominated by government subsidized corporations able to spread power globally via the reach of multi-national corporations, who in turn help the government’s military extend defensive lines across the globe as trade lanes expand. Further, it helps to bolster the exchange of US Dollars in global transactions keeping the United States dollar (based on credit and productivity not hard assets) as the prime reserve currency, i.e., more dollars used and people equate with a higher value, means people will protect their dollars and ensure their investments in dollars are ruined (think of it as dollar addiction or dependency). However, Third Way might be the socially acceptable manta of modern liberal democracies, it has a dark-cousin, twin, or doppelganger in Third Positions politics, and this dark-cousin might be the precursor to our clinically clean managerial systems.

“Called the Third Position, it seeks to overthrow existing governments and replace them with monocultural nation states built around the idea of supremacist racial nationalism and/or supremacist religious nationalism. Third Position neofascists have organized in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East, and they maintain some kind of loose network, at least for the purposes of discussing their shared ideas and agenda, but in some cases involving meetings and even funding.” (Berlet, 2016).

It’s highly possible that Third Way politics is simply a socially acceptable form of Third Position politics, considering Third Way developed in the USA during the World War 2 as Franklin Delano Roosevelt amplified Keynesian economics (demand side economics, i.e., the government creating credit to stimulate economies and manage inflation) to justify the government subsidizing big business (the Defense Industry, i.e., Military Industrial Complex), but after WW2, intelligence communities with support from both Democratic and Republican leadership, recruited Nazi scientists, pre-existing American Behavior scientists such as those inspired by the works of BF Skinner, Russian defectors known as White Russians, French Critical Theorists, Frankfurt School theorists, and academics in sociology and psychology – many Jews who fled Germany and Italy – such as those located at the New School’s University in Exile. By taking the social theories that helped created Nazism and Communism, the Americans were able to synthesize these and apply them to the liberal capitalist democratic model to create a powerful syncretic 3rd Way form of management, i.e., global corporatism. These studies essentially distilled Nazi and Communist thinking into fields such as managerial studies, process and system design, organizational and operations management, communication studies, etc.

However, Robert Heinlein through the medium of science-fiction was able to create a type of simulation for what a 3rd Way society taken to its extremes would look like. A Platonic state merging right and left to establish a global system based on classical ideas such as the right to vote within a Constitutional Republic, i.e., the sovereign franchise. “Historic examples ranged from absolute monarch to utter anarch; mankind has tried thousands of ways and many more have been proposed, some weird in the extreme such as antlike communism urged by Plato under the misleading title The Republic. But the intent has always been moralistic: to provide stable and benevolent government.” (Heinlein, p.181). “All systems seek to achieve this by limiting franchise to those who are believed to have the wisdom to use it justly. I repeat ‘all systems’; even the so-called ‘unlimited democracies’ excluded from franchise not less than one quarter of their populations by age, birth, poll tax, criminal record, or other.” (Heinlein, p. 181). “The sovereign franchise has been bestowed by all sorts of rules – place of birth, family of birth, race, sex, property, education, age, religion, et cetera. All these systems worked and none of them well. All were regarded as tyrannical by many, all eventually collapsed or were overthrown” (Heinlein, p. 181). Major Reid when discussing the purpose of the system the people in Starship Troopers (the book) live, Johnny Rico states that the difference between their system and others that have failed is their system focuses on responsibility (p.183, para. 3), i.e., service, civic duty, the ability to die for the nation, as a requirement to gain access to the sovereign franchise (the right to vote).

Yet, despite this 3rd Way Neoliberal Corporate State being effective, as far as concentration of political power goes for the managerial, bourgeoisie, technocratic class, it is still quite infantile, and is on a continuous evolutionary path of emboldening the dialectical positions which creates it, while simultaneously creating new versions of the system that merges both positions that constitutes it. Since WW2, the USA could be divided into generational decades with each having a type of agenda for prepping the current for the new. In other words, the drastic shift of culture from WW2 through the early 80s, was prepping people for Globalism, corporatism, the speed or insanity of fast-paced often disorienting informational dissemination, and, now as we’re playing with the next level of global-integrated-technocracy. The same way how the chaos of WWI created the League of Nations or WWII gave us the Bretton Woods System, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and United States, I would assume that in order to fully integrate and organize the new world, or, the Fourth World (Reich), there will have to be less sovereign states and larger economic blocks. However, this may not happen if pre-existing international bodies such as United States reforms its antiquated bodies such as by including more nations in the United Nations Security Council with permanent voting power, e.g., India, Brazil, Germany, etc.

These phases or eras are the equivalents of evolutionary adaptations within the 3rd Way model as the 3rd Way model itself continues to grow and be the de facto for of political organization. This viewpoint seems related to Francis Fukuyama’s theory presented in his book The End of History¸ which posits that the liberal democracy is the penultimate form of political organization, especially with Communism meeting its demise in the late nineteen-eighties. The current system and where it’s going seems to be an organizational model inspired and plausibly still dictated by esoteric ideas even though these ideas are shrouded with modern philosophy such as Analytics, psychology, sociology, pragmatism, evolutionary biology, system design, process design, organizational and operations management studies, etc. It sounds silly but take the term Black or Dark Magic for example, drop the magic, and input Technology to create Dark Technology. Many scientists of the Age of Reason and beyond were influenced by Neoplatonists or esoteric ideas.

A Marxist might disagree with this, as will a libertarian, since they’re unable to see how the game is rigged against them, such as the Democratic party being Liberal socially but Statist economically, or Republicans and Libertarians often being conservative socially and liberal economically, i.e., rigged on purpose, but little do they know, they’re simply actors in a managed dialectical stage equivalent to that of the Myth of Sisyphus or the concept of eternal recurrence in the Nietzschean sense (with Nietzsche relating to the concept of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution), where the action of each by itself or onto to the other continues to push the 3rd Way model into full, New World Order, existence. Nothing ever really kills the other but as they fight, they exchange information or habits or systems by default. Both can’t exist without each other, despite the claim they can, and the victory of one over the other isn’t a replacement, but a hedge and temporary stewardship over the direction of the inevitable merging of opposing forces. The light needs dark, and dark needs light. That New World Order existence that will come, emulates the vision’s provided in Starship Troopers, which has already stated, relates to the talking points and style of Joe Rogan, whether he realizes it or not.

The term New World Order is so overused in conspiracy that to hear it would draw the criticism of most. Yet, it is a term that has been used by mainstream politician when advocating their vision of a better world. Regardless, based on the idea of evolution but also mixed in with esoteric ideas, the way our world is unfolding is arguably the grand creation of the Grand architect based on a zealous devotion of democracy not matter its form that will create a united global humanity centered around technology. In a way, we already live in it.

2b. The Classical, Italian Renaissance, and early Democratic ideology underlying Joe Rogan’s syncretic worldview. Understanding Joe’s esoteric inspired worldview. Is Joe Rogan a Neoplatonist and Hermetic Occultist?

As Liberal Marxist and Conservative Right Wing libertarians war with each other in the echo chambers of cyber space, both sides forget that these two dialectical forces, interestingly, have common roots as far back as the Italian Renaissance as people rediscovered Classical Era thoughts such as Neoplatonism, which is a school of philosophy developed by Plotinus who built off of Plato’s ideas (author of The Republic). Plotinus developed an ideology pertaining to a belief in the Monad or the One in which all existence emanates from a singular source and there’s a Demiurge (lesser god) and lower essences between the One and humanity.  According to Wildberg (2016), “During the Renaissance, ancient Greek learning, and Neoplatonism in particular, experienced a dramatic revival in the West in the wake of the work of Gemistus Plethon (1355–1452), Bessarion (1403–1472) and, above all, Marsilio Ficino (1433–1499), whose translation and interpretation of Plato and Plotinus in the second half of the 15th century influenced not only the philosophy, but also the art and literature of the period. It may even be true to say that even more than the writings of Plato and Aristotle themselves Neoplatonic ideas have continued to influence Western thinkers of the idealist persuasion, such as the Cambridge Platonists (who were really Neoplatonists), Leibniz, Hegel, Schelling, Fichte, Bergson and Teilhard de Chardin, to name but a few.”

Basically, the demiurge is a “demi-God”, albeit powerful and the creator, but this god is subservient to the One, and since all levels of reality and emanations of forms within these levels descend from the One, each subsequent step is less perfect, such as our material world being less pure than the spiritual world; hence, hermetic practices or ceremonial magic such as alchemy or ritual – which vary in theory and application – can “help” humanity achieve a higher level thus be closer to the Monad (the One).

Before, Plotinus, we had the eras of ancient philosophy such as that of Socrates, Plato, & Aristotle, but the lesser-spoken-about but equally important, pre-Socratic philosophers and Seven Sages, played an important role. Pre-Socratic schools such as the Monist School of Milesa or the Ionian School comprising philosophers such as Heraclitus, Anaximander, Anaximenes, etc. This is also the era of the legendary Pythagoras, who is arguably the father of cryptography with his emphasis on numerology, developed the concept of metempsychosis (reincarnation – a modern scientific analogy would be transhumanist ideas or cloning), but this overall period in Greek history was at the crossroads of other empires such as Persia, those of the Levant such as Phoenicians, Canaanites, and Hebrews, Egyptian, etc.

Other thinkers such as the Post-Socratic, Epicurus of the Cynic School, would have a major effect on Enlightenment Era Thinkers with his ideas around free will and the pursuit of happiness. Epicurus could be the godfather of hippies and communal living alongside Pythagoras. Ideas such as those from Persia had rubbed off on the Greeks such as the concepts of magi, which is the forerunner to magic, and possibly the concept of astrology. It could be argued that esoteric thought was an agglomeration of exchanged spiritual theories from the civilizations on the fence of East, West, and Egypt. These areas had always had historical ties such as migration or conquests, such as the Jews being in Babylon and Persia, the Hittites, the Phoenicians of the Levant being dominant before the Greeks, etc.

One Pre-Socratic philosopher, Anaximander, for example believed in Material Monism or the idea that all physical reality was built upon an underlying singular fundamental element or force (arche – water, fire, air, earth, ether, etc.). So, to summarize, if we were to mix the notions of dialectics, Monism, evolution, perennial philosophy, and Neoplatonism, one can see an emphasis on merging dialectics back to a singular “divine” “pure” source. Wilderberg (2016) states, “Although one might think that the phenomenon of evolution militates against Neoplatonic theory, it is actually compatible with it; to some degree, it is precisely what we should expect as the empirical upshot of such metaphysical assumptions. Moreover, in distinction to the Forms posited in the old Academy of Plato and his immediate successors, the Forms of the Neoplatonists, far from being mere schemata, definitions, or ghostly blueprints of the natural world, are rather noetic entities teeming with conscious life. They actively and dynamically interrelate in such a way as to constitute a living noetic cosmos;”. Thus, this merging of dialectics to achieve a higher-level can be seen in 3rd Way politics, economic blocs over opposing nations, transhumanism (man meets machine), and, even transgenderism, with the latter having classical roots in figures such as the Greek entity of Hermaphroditus. These trends today are looking like where our world is headed.

Neoplatonism played a role in inspiring democracy, science, and enlightenment ideas with advocates such Giordano Bruno, a Catholic priest that practice Hermetic occultism who was burned at the stake for his ideas such stars having their own planets and possibly life (Joe Rogan, aliens, get my drift). Another thinker is the aristocrat turned thinker, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, who wrote the Oration on the Dignity of Man in 1486. Mirandola was a Christian Kabbalist with interests in magic and helped reestablish esoteric practices in the West by building his own or building upon other’s ideas, which would later evolve to some degree – since esoteric thought isn’t linear – into the Occult, Rosicrucian, and Masonic ideals.

A status of Hermaphroditus, a Greek goddess, later associated with the Roman holiday of Saturnalia, which was a holiday of partying and role swapping. Like dialectics and the Monad, this figure merges opposites of man and woman.
Frtiz Lang’s robot, i.e., human merged with machine

Democracy was inspired by these esoteric ideas but arose simultaneously as early capitalism in the Italian city states arose, and this capitalism would have a profound influence on early banks but also guilds and Masonic Lodges. Anyone is this era during the time of Kings who wanted democracy were liberal and there wasn’t much distinction because democratic and liberal ideas were still developing, particularly that of economic theory. Classical Liberals and early egalitarians (later Marxists) were one but splintered on Masonic Lodge lines during the times before and after the American and French Revolution. Both of these revolutions were democratic revolutions away from nobility, but the differences of opinion on Masonic and/or Enlightenment thought, caused the English and American Lodges to tilt towards capitalism, merchants, and federalism (smaller government), but the French Lodges in Jacobin France seemed to have leaned towards egalitarian, collective, proletariat driven, centralized models, and this would thus evolve elsewhere after the time of Hegel’s idealist philosophy into the concept of Marxism with Karl Marx and Fredrich Engel’s, both New Hegelians, providing analyses on dialectical materialism, i.e., class struggle.

Esoteric ties to the Frankish Noble Bloodlines of Italy, England, Germany, etc.: This section might seem out of place, but it’s really to show the relationship of esoteric through to political power. Understanding esoteric throught in relation to history and political power can help shed light on why it still exist today. An interesting side note is that Giovanni Mirandola’s family (the Pico) were related to other notable powerful Italian and/or Frankish, German, and Italian families such as the Este via Giovanni’s brother, Galeotto I’s marriage into the Este Family. This is interesting because the Este are a the junior branch of the Young House of Welf, and the Welf Dynasty, following the descendants of Welf I (or, IV in the Elder House of Welf genealogy which died out), would go to inherit Duchy of Brunswick Luneburg, which would later evolve into the House of Hanover, i.e., the Kings of the England during the Georgian period. Welf I was the son of Albert Azzo II, Margrave of Milan. Alberto Azzo II’s great-grandfather was Adalberto the Margrave, i.e., Aldabert III, of the Obertenghi Family, whose family was granted large swaths of land during the time of Benegar II of the Italy, a descendant of Charlemagne, through his mother Gisela, the daughter of Louis the Pious.  The Orbertenghi Family fell under the House of Boniface founded by Boniface the I who was appointed governor of Italy by Charlemagne himself after Charlemange’s son, Pepin of Italy died, and his grandson, Bernard of Italy, rebelled again Charlmange’s son, Louis the Poius. Boniface also was the Count of Lucca.

Albert Azzo II, Margrave of Milan and Kunigunde of Altdorf. Kunigunde’s mother was Imiza of Luxembourg, the daughter, Frederick of Luxembourg, the son of House of Luxembourg scion and member of the house of Andennes-Luxembourg, Siegfried (born. 922), whom lastly was the son of Frankish duke, Wigeric of Lotharingia (areas in modern day Belgium, Luxembourg, parts of Northern France, Southern Netherlands, and the Lorraine borders of Germany and France).

Wigeric’s second wife was Cunigunda, granddaughter of Charlemagne’s direct descendant, Louis the Stammerer, i.e., Louis II of the West Francia. Relating back to the Giovanni connection to all of this, as stated the Mirandola House married into the Este (Italian Welf) House. Welf IV (I of the Younger House) inherited his mother’s uncle’s (also named Welf) rights to Bavaria, i.e., elevating him to Welf the I of the Younger House. He had a younger brother, Fulco, who retained power in the family’s Italian seat via their father in the areas he owned in Veneto, around Mantua, Padua, Treviso and Verona. When Fulco and Welf’s dad died, Fulco kept Este and his brother kept Welf. Galeotto I, Signore of Mirandola, brother to Giovannai Mirandola, married the daughter of a descendant of Niccole III d’Este.

Later down the line, Alfonso d’Este (21 July 1476 – 31 October 1534), Duke of Ferrara, married into the Papal Family via his marriage to Lucrezia Borgia, the daughter of Pope Alexander VI. Pope Alexander VI was one of the most notorious Popes known for his infamous, Joust of the Whores. “When we think of the popes who have presided over Catholicism in recent decades, it’s difficult to imagine them inviting 50 dancers to slowly strip while they ate dinner. It’s even harder to picture one of them throwing chestnuts on the floor for these dancers to snatch up, before handing out prizes for the guy who could have sex with the most women in one sitting. But Alexander VI was a Borgia before he was a pope, so his turn in the cassock was always going to be debauched.” (Cubis, 2017).

Lucrezia Borgia married into the Este Family, i.e., the Dukes of Milan, and the Este Family is related to the Hose of Welf whom would later become the Dukes of Brunswick, i.e., the House of Hanover, thus British Kings. The Welf Dynasty had Carolingian blood via the House of Luxembourg and from many other marriages with Carolingian descendants ranging from France, Aquitane, England, etc. The Borgias married into the Este but so did the Mirandola Family where Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, the founder of Western escoteric throught, is from. The hermeticism he helped inspire seems to have made it to England and Queen Elizabeth’s strategist, John Dee, was a practioner of Hermetic Occultism and he coinded the term “British Empire” which would later be infused with Masonic Lodges such as those of Cecil Rhodes, Rupert Kipling, etc.

Welf I’s son Welf II had married the powerful Matilda of Tuscany and the Mirandola (Pico) family nearby had been vassals of Matilda, insinuating this possibly where the Mirandola line became associated more so with the Welf Este line. Welf I’s descendent, the famous Henry the Lion, settled the disputes between the Bavarian Welfs and the Italian Estes, giving up claims to his familial Italian possessions, yet, these Italian and Germany blood ties would be crucial during the Guelph (Italian for Welf) versus Ghibellines (those loyal to the Holy Roman Emperor) during Italy’s struggle to retain autonomy away from the Germanic, House Hohenstaufen (interrelated with the Welf’s, e.g. Emperor Frederick Barbarossa and Henry the Lion were cousins). The Guelph factions, siding with the Papacy, in Italy fought those loyal to the Emperor, and the conflict started during the Investiture Controversy as the Pope and Emperor battled over who had more power. Essentially, the Guleph factions commanded in part by Este Nobles, used the tensions between their cousin German Welf family, to help fight the Hohenstaufen imperial overlords (Frederick Barbarossa, i.e., the Frederick the I, and Frederick the II).   

Henry the Lion, Duke of Bavaria and Saxony (of the Welf Clan related his Este cousins in Italy) married Matilda of England the daughter of Richard II, thus interlinking the Welf-Este Clan to England when they finally ascended the throne of England as the Hanoverian kings. Yet, during the times of Hohenstaufen rule of the Holy Roman Empire, the Welfs and Hohenstaufens fought viciously over rulership, and Henry the Lion had been stripped of his Saxon lands and Bavarian lands, but later after reconciliation obtain some lands back such as those around Brunswick. Henry the Lion’s son, Otto IV, would become the Holy Roman Emperor but was excommunicated by Pope Innocent III. Otto IV died without issue, so his brother, living in England due their mom’s English royal ties, named William of Winchester, took over, but his son, Otto the Child officially came to the rule Brunswick Luneburg.

To rewind a bit, an interesting fact is that Henry the Lion went on crusade in 1172 and met with the Knight Templars and Knights Hospitallers. Another interesting fact is that as already stated the British nobility has Hanoverian blood (Welf-Este) but the during the Victoria area a nearby German family in Saxony based in Gotha married into the British family, meaning the British family is highly German, but with a vast diversity spanning Italy (arguably back to the fall of the Rome during the Gothic invasions), Viking French (Norman Conquests), Scandinavian, etc. Think about this if you were to pull out the themes: royal blood lines, the Franks, Knight Templars, Occult practicing relatives, etc.

[Note: https://erenow.net/postclassical/crusades/746.php;

The house of Este still exists today in Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este and the house of Welf exists today in Prince Ernst August of Hanover, meaning these people are distant relatives to the current British royal family. The British nobility during the times of Queen Elizabeth had John Dee as an advisor to Elizabeth and he was into Hermeticism, Rosicrucianism, etc. So, the heritage of the occult and esoteric thought goes back much further.

From the Smithsonian. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/john-dees-life-shows-sciences-magical-roots-180963985/

GALEOTTO I, Signore della Mirandola e Conte di Concordia 8.11.1467, *Mirandola 1442, +by malaria Mirandola 7.4.1499, bur San Francesco, Mirandola; m.Ferrara 1468 Bianca Maria, natural and legitimate daughter of Niccole III d’Este, Lord of Ferrara, Modena and Reggio by Caterina de Taddeo (*18.12.1440, +Mirandola 12.1.1506) [Source: http://genealogy.euweb.cz/italy/pico1.html]

Margherita, +1461; m.1442 Taddeo d’Este, Lord of Este, Venetian General Governor of Friuli (+near Brescia 21.6.1448 [Source: http://genealogy.euweb.cz/italy/pico1.html]

3. How Joe’s esoteric syncretic worldview aligns to politics, counterculture, defense and intelligence (the Deep State or Military Complex) and entertainment.  

Joe Rogan’s talking points have been linked to the Esalen Institute, which is known for its counter-culture roots but granted it did host many notable thinkers in the fields of psychology and psychiatry.  This place hosted or was associated with people such as (1) Aldous Huxley, the author of a Brave New world. Esalen co-founder, Dick Price, while attending Stanford was inspired by Aldous Huxley’s talks on Human Penitential, and Price’s co-founder, Michael Murphy, would go to establish the Human Potential Movement, which is something Joe advocates for with his fitness beliefs. Also, Joe does have a habit of using Darwinist-terms such as Alphas and Betas when describing people, and though it seems like coincidence, if you apply this to Huxley’s book, Brave New World, it aligns with the social orders of the novel. As a side note, slightly related, the NXVIUM cult by Keith Raniere, styled itself as a “human potential company” (International Cultic Studies Institute, n.d.), and Roger Stone was on NXVIUM’s payroll (Edevane, 2018), and has close ties to Alex Jones who in turn is close to Joe Rogan. (2) Julius Huxley is noted for coining the world transhumanist and this relates to the Human Potential Movement, but transhumanism was expanded upon by Iranian-American and New School NY professor, MS-2030, real name, Fereidoun M. Esfandiary. MS-2030 would consult companies such as Lockheed Martin.

(3) Joseph Campbell, a mythologist who studied archetypes in myths, and who was inspired by Carl Jung. Before I go on about Jung, relating to Transhumanism out of the New School, the New School was also home to the University in Exile, who were refugee professors who studied the sociology of the Nazis and Communists, but they were brought to America on the assistance of the Rockefeller Family. Do your own reading into the Rockefeller Dynasty. Leo Strauss, the noted developer of Neoconservatism ideology in the USA, which was later associated with Rockefeller’s University of Chicago, was in this cast of characters. One main member relating to Joe via Joe’s Esalen inspired talking points was Max Wertheimer, whom helped develop the concept of Gestalt psychology which later developed by Fritz Perls et al., as Gestlat therapy and Perls was a notable associate of Esalen.  [Visual Note: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y5tuJ3Sojc. Full video of Fritz Perls’ session with Gloria from the film “Three Approaches to Psychotherapy” (1965), posted on YouTube on 9/12/13]

Jung’s psychoanalysis which centered on dream interpretation and archetypes, was inspired in part by the Tibetan Book of the Dead and Plato’s idea of eidos. Joseph Campbell would inspire George Lucas when writing Star Wars. Star Wars is now owned by Disney and Disney gave Joe is first major acting jobs. Lucas also employed cult members from the Synanon cult for his senior film thesis, THX 1138, and Synanon was referenced by author Philip K. Dick, notably as an allusion in A Scanner Darkly (which interestingly in the film adaption has Alex Jones). Further, the Joseph Campbell archives are curated by Jonathan Young, an alumni of the Defense Information School and contributor to History Channel’s, Ancient Aliens, (4) Terrance McKenna, the noted advocate for the “Stoned Ape” Theory and for use of psychoactive drugs, (5) Alan Watts, known from introducing Eastern ideas into the West, (6) Ray Bradbury, the creator of Star Trek (6) Deepak Chopra, the founded of Quantum Healing, which has been derided as pseudo-science, (7) Fritz Pearls, the originator of the Gestalt Therapy method, which is an existential/experiential form of psychotherapy, (8) Hunter S. Thompson, the gonzo journalist who inspired Joe Rogan and his friend, Josh Ronson, (9) Lt. Col. Jim Channon, who was involved with the Human Potential Movement for the US Army and established the concept of the New Earth Army – a program that would study to see if soldiers could use paranormal abilities, etc.

The Esalen Institute is a counterculture retreat not far from San Francisco and developed in the times of the Cold War where defense, intelligence, CIA and FBI before the Church Commission exposed their secret operations (including MK Ultra, and the Cultural Revolution were developing. Joe has stated that as a child he lived in San Francisco.

4. Joe in San Francisco and Los Angeles: An objective quick view of the importance links to San Francisco and LA to this paper relating to Starship Troopers, Joe Rogan’s worldview, and the overlap of Counterculture, Defense, Esoteric Thought, and Entertainment.  

In the book of Starship Troopers, Juan “Johnny” Rico leans about the origins of the Terran Federation. The Russo-Anglo-American alliance fought a war with China. This eerily emulates the real-life scenarios of Trump’s yearning for improved Russian relations but also the United Kingdom’s brand of MAGA with Boris Johnson when relating to Brexit. Further, the far-right President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro (of Italian and German descent), has a power style like the Caesarism of Putin, Johnson, and Trump, looks like Johnny Rico played by Casper Van Dien. Another interesting note is that in the novel by Heinlein, it is stated that San Joaquin Valley and San Francisco were destroyed, and this area interestingly is part of Silicon Valley, which is interesting because Americans view the center of power as being in Washington DC, yet, with the power of tech companies (Google, Facebook, Amazon, etc.), the real power (minus the power of law and treaty) is in San Francisco. “Major Reid, our instructor, was a blind man with a disconcerting habit of looking straight at you and calling you by name. We were reviewing events after the war between the Russo-Anglo-American Alliance and the Chinese Hegemony, 1987 and following. But this was the day that we heard the news of the destruction of San Francisco and the San Joaquin Valley; I thought he would give us a pep talk.” (Heinlein, p. 177, 1959).

A young Jair Bolsanaro who was an officer in the fascist Junta of Brazil. He’s been called the Trump of the Tropics and like Putin, Boris Johnson, Netanyahu, and Trump, he is emulating the idea of political “Caesarism”. All men have ties to the Chabad Lubavitch community as well which is important because they have a model for a global Judeo Christian religion known as Noahide and this community has ties to Kabbalah centers which have influenced left-wing and right wing social movements, life style cults, etc. Also, a photo of Kamala Harris of African American and Indian heritage which alludes to the Sky Marshal Tahat Meru where the name Meru has an Indian vibe to it. On a side note, India played an important aspect in counter-culture

The San Francisco area in this Counter Culture era gave rise or was involved in the following: (1) MK Ultra projects such as Operation Climax, (2) Bohemian Grove with Cold War neocons members such as Reagan – who was into the paranormal – and Richard Nixon, (3) birth place of groups such as the Symbionese Liberation Army [famously involved in the “Stockholm Syndrome” kidnapping of Patty Hurst), the Black Panthers, and Aryan Brotherhood, but all with links at San Quentin Penitentiary, (4) The Church of Satan of Anton LeVay (5) the speculative fiction of Philip K. Dick who used psychoactive drugs, stated he was harassed by the FBI, but also saw the rise of early Silicon Valley which possibly inspired his fiction such as that regarding transhumanism, e.g., Blade Runner, Ubik, etc., but also, the likely fact that Nazis, such as in his book The Man in the High Castle – also based in San Francisco, “did win the war” since many former Nazi intel agents, i.e., the Gehlen Organization of Reinhard Gehlen, and Operation Paperclip scientists were let off the hook and worked for the US government such as a notable Otto Von Bolschwing who settled in San Francisco area working for an early Silicon Valley tech start up.

(6) Stanford University with its ties to Silicon Valley via the Stanford Research Institute with locations in the Bay Area but also Menlo Park in Southern California Military Industrial Complex, but also Stanford is renowned for its school of Psychology [including the Palo Alto School, i.e., the Invisible School. Stanford’s psychology progress is where Esalen Institute founder, Michael Murphy, was an alumni before being an Army psychologist but also co-founder, Dick Price, (7) the kink community [note: sites such as Kink.com, have been called the Abu Ghraib Prison Camp of sex for its intense pornography by female directors such as Lady Donna, harkening to the idea of pornography as a psychological weapon to debase or deconstruct the subconsciousness so it can be rebuilt, similar to the concept of pornography within David Cronenberg’s postmodern horror masterpiece, Videodrome], (7) LGBTQ community, (8) site of Jeremy Mishlove, the only person to obtain a Doctorate in Para-Psychology from US Berkley, and he hosts the current show, New Thinking Allowed, a show spanning tops from remote-viewing, ESP, paranormal activity, Indo-European studies, Vedic and Hindu Shamanism (something which was of interests to the intellectuals of the Nazi movements such as) and has hosted Alt-Right Iranian scholar, Jordan Reza Jorjani.

(9) The location of notable serial killers in the San Francisco area proper but also in nearby Santa Cruz, such as the Zodiac Killer and Golden State Killer. A plausible suspect in the Zodiac Killings was a man named George Hodel, and he is the likeliest suspect in Southern California’s Black Dahlia’s Murder – a murder mimicking the art of Man Ray’s piece, Minotaur. Man Ray (a surrealist, like that of Salvador Dali, who liked Hitler and was a pervert and misogynist), John Huston, and Hodel were friends that bonded over womanizing in the local Hollywood scene. Hodel was associated with Hollywood (likely as an abortion doctor with his medical training), hosted parties for celebrities and actors such as John Huston.

Interestingly, Huston played an incestuous tycoon in Roman Polanski’s Chinatown, but in real life, George Hodel was accused of incest with his daughter. Further, Roman Polanski’s wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered by Charlie Manson’s followers, but John Huston’s daughter, Anjelica Huston was questioned by police during Polanski’s underage sex arrest before he fled the United States.

Hodel hosted orgies, relating to the Sex Magick Occult scene of the 40s and 50s, like that of Crowley Thelema follower and famed rocket scientists, Jack Parson. Parsons was an associate of Heinlein and L. Ron Hubbard via the La Manana Literary Society. Southern California was where the Rand Corporation (manned by Neoconservatives, i.e., Trotskyites turned Republicans such as Albert Wohlstetter), Defense and Aerospace Industry (Jet Propulsion Lab, Howard Hughes, Vandenberg AFB, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, etc.), Disney and Hollywood, Intelligence, hippies, Orange County John Birch republicans, Neo Nazis such as in Anaheim, Lancaster, and Huntingdon Beach, and, yes, the Occult aligned].

Robert Heinlein had a major impact on both hippies associated with the left but also libertarians often associated in American political history with the right-wing. His book, Stranger in a Strange Land, has concepts such as a world religion based around neo-paganism and polyamory, i.e., free love and communal living. His book The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, inspired libertarians. Heinlein in his youth was an advocate for the Social Credit of the Socialist author, Upton Sinclair, which is Universal Basic Income, a concept spoke about on Rogan’s podcast by Andrew Yang and Elon Musk. During the Cold War, due to Heinlein’s navy experience, he shifted more right-wing and advocate from a world government. His syncretic society formulated in Starship Troopers, threading upon Plato’s The Republic (similar to Huxley’s Brave New World), has Civilians are the equivalent to libertarians (who can’t vote) and Citizens which are the equivalent to Marxists or statists who can vote because they served in the military.

Joe’s Military Support and Connections: Joe often styles himself as a supporter of the military while having the hippie anti-war mentality. Many of his guests are veterans, intelligence assets such as Mike Baker, and Joe is often wearing shits with the American Flag often in imagery one could mistake as a Blue Lives Matter rendition of the flag, Black Rifle Coffee, etc. I’m not judging him on this at all but it’s obvious that Joe of course supports the military (as do I and I’m a veteran). Since his podcast is so popular, I like to think of Joe Rogan as a “MK Ultra 2.0, military recruiter that’s cool for the kids, who plays video games, talks about “chicks”, gets high, and is in the liking of the New Earth Army with ties to the Hollywood-Military and Tech elite”.

The New Earth Army, as seen in the film, The Men Who Stare at Goats. The Men Who Stare at Goats was written by Jon Ronson, who is a friend of Joe’s friend, Alex Jones, going so far as producing Alex Jones’ conspiracy movies. It shouldn’t be a surprise that Alex Jones obviously was an asset (either by choice or by incrimination) to support Trump with his right-wing synthesis of White Supremacy and Right Wing Zionism leading up to 2016 by tapping into Jones’ base of often angry, white male, Christian Right conspiracy theorists that grew under the tenure of Barack Obama.

A scene from The Men Who Stare At Goats which was written by Jon Ronson, a friend of Alex Jones and Joe Rogan. The scene depicts the training of the New Earth Battaltion which was the Army’s attempt at creating psyhic warriors in the Cold War. Colonel Channon who led the training had been at the Esalen Institute and later became a Corporate Guru
Phpto of real soldiers in the Army’s experiements to perform remote viewing.
https://rviewer.com/the-real-men-behind-the-men-who-stare-at-goats/
Major General Albert Stubblebine was in charge of the Army’s Psy Warrior Battaltion. A West Point graduate with duty in Vietnam and other conflicts.
Jim Channon
Mel Riley participated in the Remote Viewing experiements conducted by the military and Stanford Research Institute. On special request from a senior intelligence officer, Mel was assigned in 1976 to Fort George G. Meade to work on a special security vulnerability assessment team. Within a year he was assisting Lt. Fred “Skip” Atwater in the early stages of setting up the Army’s first remote viewing unit. By late 1978 and early 1979 Mel was working full time as one of the first military remote viewers in what was by then called the “Grill Flame” Program.
https://rviewer.com/Remote_Viewing_Blog/biography-page/melvin-c-mel-riley/

This relationship to Jones who is in the MAGA Camp (also, associated with Trump associates Jim Corsi and Roger Stone) seems to be a big reason Joe Rogan throughout the Obama Era and after Trump’s victory was platforming the Intellectual Dark Web with a crew spanning Sam Harris and Stefan Molyneux (advocates of Racial IQ theory), Harvey and Eric Weinstein, Gavin McInnes (an icon in the hipster Alt Right and founder of the Proud Boys), but also, Jordan B. Peterson known for his Jungian approach to self-help but whom became an icon of certain members of the Alt Right with his opportunistic rejection of feminism, redefining gender, etc.

Relating back to Esalen and Lt. Col. Jim Channon, Channon was a member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. US Army Airborne relates to US Army Special Forces (Green Berets) out of Fort Bragg, NC., which engages in unconventional warfare, such as the 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) and US Army Airborne, Special Forces, also mans the US Army’s Psychological Warfare Operations. The entire US Army Special Forces, as well as that of other branches, falls under United States Special Operations, based out of MacDill, AFB, Tampa. The Special Operations Command has a unit the falls under it called the 193d Special Operations Wing based out of Harrisburg Air National Guard Base. Their mission is as follows, “Flying the EC-130J Commando Solo, a specially-modified four-engine Hercules transport, the 193d Special Operations Squadron conducts information operations, psychological operations and civil affairs broadcasts in AM, FM, HF, TV and military communications bands. A typical mission consists of a single-ship orbit offset from the desired target audience – either military or civilian personnel. The Air Force Special Operations Command’s 193d Special Operations Wing, Middletown, Pa., has total responsibility for the Commando Solo missions.” Further, “The 193d SOW’s primary wartime and contingency operations mission is to broadcast radio and television signals to target populations from an airborne transmitter, jamming existing television and radio signals where necessary. Messages are not developed within the wing itself, but are provided by staff of the United States Army‘s 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne), based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Think about all that… Ancient Aliens with links to the Defense Information School; the US Army Special Forces had ties to Esalen, albeit probably minimal, yet, still US Army Airborne and Special Forces units utilizing Lockheed C-130s to fly mission to broadcast radio and television signals, or, the fact that Joe Rogan has associates with people in US special forces and the intelligence community, or, the fact that Alex Jones has had military personnel on Info Wars. This all seems like a clever ruse on the general public by using conspiracy culture and popularity to build large bases but then to slip in messages, manufacture consent, or covertly reinforce themes to groom or steer the public in general directions, or, to even exacerbate political tensions. There’s an odd connection or correlation with these and they all merge with concepts such as psychological operations, counter-culture, asymmetric communication mediums such as direct-to-audience podcasts, the defense industry, entertainment in Hollywood spanning Disney to the video game industry, universities doing research into sociology and psychology, etc.

Then comes the curious case of Army Officer and Temple of Set (a Satanic organization) of Michael Aquino. Not sure what to make of this guy. Part of me doesn’t want to acknowledge him in anything I read or write about because that would accuse me of conspiracy, but it seems that’s the exact reason of why Aquino exist. To dissuade people with an, “Oh, it’s just an eye roll conspiracy”, but he was real. From my viewpoint, he built off the work of Air Force General Edward Lansdale’s pioneering psychological warfare of the 50s, simultaneously as a Dr. William S. Kroger of UCLA, a doctor who developed hypnosis techniques with the gynecology field, got hypnosis approved by the American Psychological Association, but William S. Kroger would later go to consult the FBI on actual crime cases. Other mental notes to keep in mind is that Lansdale conducted his Psy Warfare in the Philippines, the original Juan Rico character from Heinlein’s book was Filipino, and the Philippines was home to MK-Ultra sites, and as far as the later fact, I’ve discussed this is my paper, Tears on the Western Horizon: How the Las Vegas Shooter’s Filipino Connection Unveiled the Philippines’ fight for the future and its shadowy past by Quinton Mitchell. (link: https://mitchellrg.com/2019/11/21/tears-on-the-western-horizon-how-the-las-vegas-shooters-filipino-connection-unveiled-the-philippines-fight-for-the-future-and-its-shadowy-past-by-quinton-mitchell/)

Michael Aquino helped develop the lexicon during the Pentagon’s Era of studying counter culture to win the Cold War, such as the work of Lt. Col. Jim Channon, depicted  in the film, The Men Who Share at Goats (produced by Joe Rogan’s friend, Josh Ronson), for current postmodern psy-op techniques aka “Info War”. Aquino has been on Alex Jones “Tip of The Spear” aka the symbol of US SOCOM, Info Wars.

Alex Jones seems to have has been coopted, but not as bad as Joe and Alex’s blackmail likely involves prostitution and drugs considering he associates with drug users in the Rogan Crew but also the Sex Swinging of his friend Roger Stone. Alex Jones’ powerful asymmetric direct-to-audience podcast (a psychological operation) seems to be in support of the US SOCOM (Special Operations Command), Roger Stone, Zionist, Chabad Lubavitch, Jim Corsi, Trump, etc. In other words, the Zionist Kosher Nazi Right Wing sect of the Intel and politics community, dating back to the Reagan, Nixon, the Neoconservatives associated with the University of Chicago, CIA Director William Casey, John K. Singlaub’s Western Foundation during the Iran-Contra Affair, The World Anti-Communist League (which had ties to Nazi sympathizers after WW2), and the John Birch Society days, with its web of paid Alt-Right YouTubers like Styxenhammer666 (an Occultist whose stated that memes area form of magic), Rebel Media with a cast spanning ethno-nationalist Lauren Southern (who interviewed Aleksandr Dugin), Mike Cernovich, The Drudge Report, Sargon of Akaad (who did a video on Starship Troopers but shifted highly right-wing for his own propaganda), Project Veritas, Jay Dyer (possibly, considering his Anti-Western rhetoric, adoption of Orthodoxy, and interview of Aleksandr Dugin), etc.

Alex Jones, arguably Alt Right, has threatened “revolution” with “Patriots” if Trump is removed by stating the US has Operation Gladio-esque Stay Behind Units. This sounds far-fetched but the US does have State Defense Forces (inferior to the Active Duty and National Guard) which under the support of Ronald Reagan grew. Investigations reported they were full of out of shape or Neo Nazi elements, like the European SBUs involved in Cold War atrocities in Germany, Italy (Year of Lead), and Turkey (Abdullah Catli – assassin linked to the assassination attempt on John Paul). Jared Kushner has ties to the production company which made The Purge full of Alt Right imagery, paramilitary, etc., but he also had ties to Josh Raffel, whom according to Rodriguez (1997), “A Hollywood publicist who cut his teeth promoting low-budget horror hits like Get Out and The Purge films is now selling the achievements of Jared Kushner’s new role in the White House. US president Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor has reportedly hired Josh Raffel to lead communications for the White House Office of American Innovation, according to the Hollywood Reporter.”

4th Psy Ops Group Army Ft. Bragg
7th Psy Op Battalion in Vietnam
193d Special Op Wing PA
Is this the “Tip of the Spear” that Alex Jones cryptically speaks about? This was brought up by other investigators into this matter.
In 1966 the 1352 Photographic Group based at Lookout Mountain Air Force Station took on a new role, documenting the expanding Vietnam War. On 8 February 1966, Det. 5, 1352 Photographic Group at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, South Vietnam became the 600th Photo Squadron charged with the increased responsibility of all USAF photographic services in Southeast Asia except reconnaissance photography. This responsibility grew over the years to include combat documentation, automatic gun-camera and high-speed pod and blister photography of ordnance deliveries, still photography, and photographic support of the Vietnamese Air Force (VNAF).
Cameramen in Vietnam”. Air & Space Magazine. July 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
Phoenix Program between the US military and CIA. These units were used to terrorize the public by training soldiers to feel nothing, stalk, hunt, etc. This conditioning might have been the miltiary’s version of MK Ultra and might have result in the blowback of domestic violence in the USA such as the serial killer phenomena which correlated with the underworld of the US government such as drug trafficking. Essentially, trained killers with psychological issues let loose in the USA during a time of growing pains as people adjusted to the realities of counterculture. Some of these men had lethal skills which put them in the mix of drug running to fund the Cold War and this area involves kidnappings, ransoms, rapes, and getting rid of people.

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