Saturday, June 11, 2005

Brave new waves

From WFMU:

In the realm of crackpot literature, few sub-genres surpass anti-rock 'n' roll literature in sheer quality. Like the finest fringe literature, they are suffused with paranoia, rabid passion and a refreshingly original take on conventional logic. Their philosophy combines the best elements of fundamentalist zealotry, Communist conspiracy, and bizarre pseudo science.

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Noebel sees rock music as a subversive Communist plot. He accuses the Soviets of using "an elaborate calculated scientific technique aimed at rendering a generation of American youth neurotic through nerve-jamming, mental deterioration, and retardation". The method is the widespread broadcasting of music with a steady, primitive beat synchronized with the body's natural rhythms literally hypnotizes the unsuspecting listener. Rock 'n' roll, with a voodoo inspired "jungle beat", fits the bill. He writes "THE BEATLES, or THE MINDBENDERS, for example, need only mass hypnotize thousands of American youth, condition their emotions through the beat of the 'music' and then have someone give the word for riot and revolt...If the following scientific program is not exposed, degenerated Americans will indeed raise the Communist flag over their own nation".

Noebel proves this "power" of music by showing parallels between Communist brainwashing techniques in Korea and Pavalov's work with conditioned reflexes. Not only was Pavalov Russian, he was also a big pal of Lenin's!
And climbing the charts with a bullet:
Israel is considering using an unusual new weapon against Jewish settlers who resist this summer's Gaza Strip evacuation -- a device that emits penetrating bursts of sound that send targets reeling with dizziness and nausea.

Security forces could employ the weapon to help overcome resistance without resorting to force. But experts warn that the effects of prolonged exposure are unknown.

The army employed the new device, which it dubbed the Scream, at a recent violent demonstration by Palestinians and Jewish sympathizers against Israel's West Bank separation barrier.

Protesters covered their ears and grabbed their heads, overcome by dizziness and nausea, after the vehicle-mounted device began sending out bursts of audible, but not loud, sound at intervals of about 10 seconds. An Associated Press photographer at the scene said that even after he covered his ears, he continued to hear the sound ringing in his head.