Living in and Through The Poison Century

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Janet C. Phelan, Contributing Writer
Activist Post

Speaking on conditions of anonymity, an ex-DEA agent recently disclosed that the CIA did an aerial spray in California back in the fifties as part of a behavior modification experiment. The ex-DEA agent, former County Sheriff and one time California “super-cop” stated that the end result of the chemical exposure was a breakdown in normal human bonding behavior, feeding into what is often typified as the “Californication complex.” Given the pervasiveness of what may have first evidenced in California as the “sexual revolution,” one can only wonder if this aerosol behavior- mod project was introduced into other areas, as well.

We may well be living in a huge laboratory experiment –brought up on fluoride, GMO foods, BST milk, television-programmed to think there is a quick fix for any woe—Prozac for angst, booze for social awkwardness an a multitude of remedies for an unwelcome twinge of conscience. We spend hours each day basking in the false light of jazzy prime time solutions to complex human problems, which blur the lines between manufactured drama and reality. We are blasted with violence from television, movies and video games, which may not only desensitize us to human suffering, but may, in fact, make us enamored of bloodshed and pain.

We were told we were special, we were advanced when we failed, we were assured that our inadequacies were the sign of a special genius, all taking place in a social sphere while we were being plied with chemicals: Ritalin for active kids, zyprexa for aging adults and a host of other “helping hands” as we navigated through life.

Through all this, we were imbued with an attitude of American “exceptionalism.” We were the champions, we were the recipients of manifest destiny, as our conduct on the international stage became increasingly arrogant and forceful. After all, we are Americans—we are the best, right?—or so we convinced ourselves as the international murmurs of the “Ugly American” began to escalate to a roar.

Increasingly, this sense of “American exceptionalism” began to assert itself in our domestic policies as well, which began to smack of our collective sense of self-importance coupled with an uncontrollable desire to expand and subjugate. These domestic policies, launched from a perspective that “the government knows best,” have had a devastating effect on the family unit, as children were taken and aging adults were separated from familial care and placed in “guardianship” programs, where their assets were plundered and their lives often shortened. Factor in the escalating divorce rates and we can see where the social unit was functionally reduced to a unit of one—“Me First.”

I first read “The Culture of Narcissism” by Christopher Lasch in the early eighties. At that time, I was unaware of the coupling of poison with culturally encouraged narcissism in an effort to create a uniquely American functional sociopath. The American functional sociopath, carrying the “Me First “ meme, is now so steeped in poison that he may be unaware of its effects on his behavior. The narcissistic aspect of functional sociopathy expresses itself in a multitude of ways—gas guzzling cars, ballooning credit card debt, the taking on of unaffordable mortgages, sex without strings and a seeming inability to join in with others to correct social ills. The internet has also, alas, given the functional sociopath a soapbox.

Don’t get me wrong. The internet has been an enormous blessing. We now have access to badly needed and otherwise suppressed information, which appears alongside the rantings of functional sociopaths. The internet is the great equalizer, and makes extraordinary demands on a person to sift through and evaluate what is truth and what is poison. As laws governing libel are scant to non-existent in terms of cyberspace, this has provided an excellent opportunity for the social poisoner to hawk his wares, without liability.

Thanks to the internet, many of the poison projects are now being brought to light—fluoride, chemtrails, vaccines, double line water systems, GMO foods, dangerous psychotropic drugs and more, including the recent disclosure of the flagrant violation of the international bioweapons treaty by the United States, which may open up a Pandora’s box of toxins primed for release upon an unsuspecting world. These are but a few examples.

The manifestations of social poison may be less obvious. The signposts include a mish mash of positive and negative indicators, as signs of increasing awareness show up alongside the symptoms of social poisoning– a fraying of the social fabric, a growing distrust of government as people become aware of the poisoning aspects of spun corporate media, corruption in the courts and other branches of government, as well as the breakdown of the family unit under the weight of narcissism, which is a primary social poison. A swing towards fundamentalism in religious movements also generally heralds the breakdown of society reeling under the effects of social poison. Other indicators are the increased incidence of drug addiction and the lack of accountability for those who employ the currency of lies in pursuit of their own greed and fame.

We must wake up to the fact that we are being attacked, attacked by both physical and social poisons. We must understand that the reasons for this point to our enslavement and eventual planned demise. Each and every one of us must develop our own internal mechanisms to alert us to the attempted introduction of potential poison, whether through diet, television, newspapers, internet or casual water cooler gossip.

In closing, I am including a poem about poison. The poem specifically refers to the double line water system, yet another poison project, but attempts to reflect on the larger issues of The Poison Century. Employing the device of an off-planet perspective, the poem explores the possibility of a complete devastation and die-off, then moves towards an ultimate affirmation of life. We are, indeed, living in The Poison Century. Whether or not we can come through this is up to us—to come to grips with the mechanisms which are poisoning our planet and ourselves and to find our path to overcome.

Janet Phelan is an investigative journalist whose articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The San Bernardino County Sentinel, The Santa Monica Daily Press, The Long Beach Press Telegram, Oui Magazine and other regional and national publications. Janet specializes in issues pertaining to legal corruption and addresses the heated subject of adult conservatorship, revealing shocking information about the relationships between courts and shady financial consultants. She also covers issues relating to international bioweapons treaties. Her poetry has been published in Gambit, Libera, Applezaba Review, Nausea One and other magazines. Her first book, The Hitler Poems, was published in 2005. She currently resides abroad. You may browse through her articles (and poetry) at

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