On another forum somewhere out there on the Internet, I received a comment from someone who called him- or herself “not wasting anymore time here” (location unknown), suggested to be and seemingly acting like an Internet troll [have you read Victor Pelevin’s book The Helmet of Horror?].
He disagreed with me about the Hunger Games being “bad books” and wondered why I — confusing my gender from lack of knowledge of who I am — would waste my time reading three books in a series I didn’t like.
I had suggested in my own comments that the Hunger Games was a “social engineering” effort, a media psy-op.
So I went back and resurrected what I had written just around Labor Day of 2012.
I’d been exposed to the trilogy after a short vacation stint in mid-coastal Maine where I’d stopped at the bar in a resort hotel at the tip of one of Maine’s infinitely-numbered rocky peninsulae and struck up a conversation with the bartender, a college girl working for the summer. She wanted to be a novelist and was well down the path, and she said she’s been reading some of Stephen King’s material on how to write, with which I am intimately familiar. She said she was deeply engaged in the first book in the trilogy and told me about it, and said it’d been written for adolescent girls. There was already some street buzz about the series, and I was intrigued as to why someone would write a book about survival and murder for an audience of 15-year-old girls. Not wasting her time here anymore suggested that perhaps it was to alert the audience to the New World Order. I hope she is right, and I hope that the 15-year-old girls and boys pay close attention and practice their archery skills. They will come in quite handy in a battle with those who have virtually total awareness through surveillance, whose troops are mobile in armored vehicles, and who have — to borrow on Brzezinski — psychotronics.
I watched the first movie on TV after I’d read both the first and second books in the trilogy.
“What struck me almost immediately about the movie was the casting of Woodie Harrelson as Haymitch which I found oddly curious given his father’s history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Harrelson.”
After watching the movie and doing some preliminary Googling to read more about the series and the author, I wrote about killing.
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- Grossman, D., “The Ability to Kill,” in Police Sniper Training and Operations, D.Bartlett (ed.), American Sniper Association, 2008.
- Grossman, D., “Stress Inoculation and Fear: Practicing to be Miserable,”in W.I.N. Critical Issues in Training and Leading Warriors, B. Willis (ed.), Warrior Spirit Books, 2008.
- Molloy, B., & Grossman, D., “Why Can’t Johnny Kill? The Psychology and Physiology of Interpersonal Combat,”in The Cutting Edge: Studies in Ancient and Medieval Combat, B. Molloy (ed.), Tempus Press, 2007.
- Grossman, D., “Aggression and Violence,” in Oxford Companion to American Military History, Oxford Press, 2000.
- Grossman, D., “Evolution of Weaponry,” in Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict, Academic Press, 2000.
- Grossman, D., & Siddle, B.K., “Psychological Effects of Combat,” in Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict, Academic Press, 2000.
- Murray, K.A., Grossman, D., & Kentridge, R.W., “Behavioral Psychology,” in Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict, Academic Press, 2000.
- Grossman, Dave, Two Lessons from Jonesboro: Conducting Critical Incident Debriefings and the Role of Television in Feeding the Need for Enemies.
- Grossman, D., “On Combat, Part VII: Auditory Exclusion, ‘Our guns just went “Pop!”’” ALERT3: Journal of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association, Vol. 3 No. 2, Summer 2011.
- Grossman, D., “On Combat, Part V.” ALERT3: Journal of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association, Vol. 2 No. 4, Winter 2010.
- Grossman, D., “On Combat, Part IV.” ALERT3: Journal of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association, Vol. 2 No. 3, Fall 2010.
- Grossman, D., “America’s Sheepdogs: Standing Guard Inside Homelend Security.” Inside Homeland Security: Journal of the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security, Vol. 8, Issue 3, Fall 2010.
- Grossman, D., “On Combat, Part III.” ALERT3: Journal of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association, Vol. 2 No. 2, Summer 2010.
- Grossman, D., “On Combat, Part II.” ALERT3: Journal of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association, Vol. 2 No. 1, Spring 2010.
- Grossman, D., “On Combat, Part I.” ALERT3: Journal of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association, Vol. 1 No. 4, Winter 2009.
- Rahman, M., Grossman, D., & Asken, M., “High Velocity Human Factors: Factoring the human being into future police technology” (PDF). PoliceOne.com, http://www.policeone.com/training/articles/1646301, February 5, 2008.
- Grossman, D., “What Does it Mean to be a Police Officer?” Police Recruit, Vol. 1, 2007.
- Fairburn, R., & Grossman, D., “Preparing for School Attacks.” The Police Marksman, Nov/Dec 2006.
- Grossman, D., “Preface: Hunting Wolves.” Global Crime, Vol. 7, Number 3-4, Aug-Nov 2006.
- Grossman, D., & Christensen, L., “Of Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs.” Published in:
-South Carolina Trooper, Winter 2006.
-Arkansas Lawman, June 2005.
-Oklahoma Chief to Chief: The Official Publication of the Oklahoma Chiefs of Police, -Spring/Summer 2005.
-The Coalition: The Official Publication of the National Narcotics Officers Association Coalition, Spring 2005.
-The Police Marksman, Nov/Dec 2005.
- Grossman, D., “Life Not Death: ‘Earn It’.” Integrity Talk: The Official Publication of the International Association of Ethics Trainers, Summer 2005.
- Grossman, D., “Justice, Not Vengeance.” Integrity Talk: The Official Publication of the International Association of Ethics Trainers, Spring 2005.
- Grossman, D., & Christensen, L., “The Murder Statistic is Not aTrue Indication of the Problem.” The Firearms Instructor: The OfficialJournal of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, Issue 36/Spring 2004.
- Grossman, D., & Christensen, L., “Terrorism and Active Shooters:The Threat of Mass Murder on American Soil.” The Firearms Instructor: The Official Journal of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, Issue 35/Winter 2003.
- Grossman, D., “Islamic Zealots, Corporate Predators, and the Attack on Democracy: A Moral Perspective On Our Current State of Affairs.” Tuebor: A Publication of the Michigan State Police Training Division, Winter, 2003.
- Grossman, D., & Christensen. L., “In Order to Survive.” Signalman: Journal of the Royal Australian Corps of Signals, Autumn/Winter, 2003.
- Grossman, D., & Christensen. L., “Practising to Be Miserable.” Signalman: Journal of the Royal Australian Corps of Signals, Spring/Summer, 2003.
- Grossman, D., & Christensen. L., “Looking Forward to It, and Getting It Over With.” Signalman: Journal of the Royal Australian Corps of Signals, Spring/Summer, 2003.
- Grossman, D., “Killology.” Signalman: Journal of the Royal Australian Corps of Signals, Spring/Summer, 2002.
- Klinger, D., & Grossman, D., “Answering Foreign Terrorists on U.S. Soil.” Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Spring 2002.
- Grossman, D., “Terrorism and Local Police.” Law and Order: The Magazine for Police Management, Dec 2001. (Reprinted in Ohio Police Chief magazine, Summer 2002.)
- Grossman, D., “Cops, Kids, Killing and Video Games: The Psychology of Conflict, the Media’s Role in Creating an Explosion of Violent Crime, and the Implications to Law Enforcement,” Illinois Law Enforcement Executive Forum, Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, August 2001.
- Grossman, D., & Siddle, B.K., “Critical Incident Amnesia: The Physiological Basis and Implications of memory Loss During Extreme Survival Situations.” The Firearms Instructor: The Official Journal of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, Issue 31/Aug 2001.
- Grossman, D., “Pulling the Plug on Kids and Violence. Study Confirms Obvious: Less TV = Less Violence.” American Family Association Journal, Oct 2001.
- Grossman, D., “On Killing II: The psychological cost of learning to kill.” International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, Summer 2001.
- Strasburger, V., & Grossman, D, “How Many More Columbines? What Can Pediatricians Do About School and Media Violence.” Pediatric Annals, 30:2/Feb 2001.
- Grossman, D., “Teaching Kids to Kill.” National Forum: Journal of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Fall, 2000.
- Grossman, D., “Human Factors in War: The Psychology and Physiology of Close Combat.” Australian Army Journal, Issue 1/99.
- Grossman, D., “Trained to Kill: Are We Conditioning Our Children to Commit Murder?” Christianity Today, cover story, August 10, 1998. (Received national writing award, translated and reprinted in periodicals in eight languages; and reprinted in over a dozen U.S. and Canadian periodicals, to include: Hinduism Today, US Catholic, and Saturday Evening Post.)
- Grossman, D., “Cops, Kids, Killing and Video Games: The Psychology of Conflict, the Media’s Role in Creating an Explosion of Violent Crime, and the Implications to Law Enforcement,” The Law Enforcement Trainer: The Official Journal of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers, vol. 13, Number 3, May/June 1998.
The above are merely samples extracted from a larger source….
See also http://www.killology.com/audio.htm
Staying through the long credits in “Hunger Games” allows you to enjoy some of the best music of the film and also documents the tremendous boost in employment given by the film to the make-up and hairstylists’ guilds. It might also lead you to wonder about the role of Industrial Light and Magic; here’s a book about “making the impossible real”: http://www.amazon.com/Industrial-Light-Magic-The-Innovation/dp/0810998025
I assume that the Gamemaker’s control center was funded by DARPA, and that the use of holograms to manipulate events is current reality. See http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/mindcontrol2/part06.htm
What is most intriguing about “The Hunger Games” phenomena is that the author is the daughter of “a U.S. Air Force officer who served in the Vietnam War”, “which allowed her to have better understanding of poverty, starvation, and the effects of war.”
One has to wonder if there is a connection to Lansdale’s use of superstitious beliefs…. Go ahead and Google that phrase….
or the weaponization of anthropology ( Weaponizing Anthropology: Social Science in Service of the Militarized State, http://www.amazon.com/Weaponizing-Anthropology-Science-Militarized-Counterpunch/dp/1849350639 ),
I also refer the reader to Wayne Madsen’s book http://www.lulu.com/shop/wayne-madsen/the-manufacturing-of-a-president/paperback/product-20216251.html and especially the sixth and seventh chapters, pages 161-197.
See also http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/milreview/mcfate.pdf , “Anthropology and Counterinsurgency: The Strange Story of their Curious Relationship” in the March-April 2005 issue of Military Review.
“…the engineering of the mind is much more than the pursuit of scientific curiosity. It is more even than a monumental technological challenge…..”
A few days later I wrote a blog entry entitled “Destructively Vapid: A Review of the Hunger Games media glop”.
Here it is in its entirety:
I finished the third book of “The Hunger Games” trilogy tonight; I stayed up until 2:30 AM to do so (and then wrote this review longhand and typed it up within the next two hours) because I had to, because I was close to the end, because I had to finish the commitment into which I had been sucked by the interest of others, the intrigue, the curiosities, and — dare I say it — good writing.
It’s a page-turner, for sure, but so what? Writing page-turners puts cash in the bank account — gosh, gushed the puff piece, it’s an international best-seller — but here’s the verdict:
In the end, especially at the end, it was like the aftermath of chugging a quart of vodka and orange juice you had tucked away in case the night was an empty shell of a possibility; you can select your own descriptive terminology, Haymitchian, perhaps, in its own destructively vapid way. It was maudlin, weak, trite and — to use a word my father once used in speaking of my first association newsletters — sophomoric.
“The Hunger Games” media-pile is a best-selling mound of expensive refuse that smells as bad as the foul stench of death for which it wants you to think it provides an antidote.
Perhaps my perspective is simply based on a penchant or preference for plain non-fiction, expository writing that tells the plain, unvarnished god-awful truth.
Collins’ run-on excess of violent death (three books, one film, and footage of the next film available now in titillating pre-lease gore gushing with good old entertaining aortic spurting death by surprise) is gratuitous, Tavistockian, assaultive stress-and-fear-and-hate inducing acetic bile, the purpose of which for an apparent audience of fifth-and-sixth grade girls and boys remains unclear.
Or is it?
Isn’t the purpose clear when looked at with the clarity of sobriety and not the post-apocalyptic haze of psychopathic drunkenness and anomie and the ever-present drive for possession, power and revenge?
The saccharine touches at the end — in which the combatant protagonists who survived layers and layers of fight-to-the-death, every-turn-of-the-page-a-new-threat stressful emotional roller-coasting finally square off to pet previously-unwanted stray cats and raise children and write histories that warn them of the frightful consequences — are a poor and dysfunctional attempt to mask the impact and purpose of the prior 1,100 pages of shockingly brutal death by exotic weapon systems (while regularly teasing the gullible and emotionally ill-equipped young reader with the the ever-present option that “the ends justify the means”), plus torture by various methodologies resulting in nothing more that reports of distant screams, and the purposeful re-masking, de-vocalization, “re-make” and mind-phucking, as if to suggest subtly and not-so-subtly that you and I cannot escape the power and evil inventiveness of the Gamesmakers who currently have Active Denial Systems, numerous methods of mind control, local Peacekeepers who kick helpless women in their custody to death, and who destroy or break down and re-build minds in secret prisons scatted among the “lily pad” mini-fortresses whose personnel are supplied handsomely by fast food chains and the fruits of contractor systems which provide under-aged children for their sexual proclivities.
The adventures of Katniss Everdeen and her scholastic playmates Gale and Peeta are all so wonderfully sterile and seemingly permissible and survivable when they are served up on a plate of futuristic fiction for fifth grade readers who are as likely to get caught up in wonder about whether she likes him or him, in which the protagonists have small squads of people to take care of their self-care and self-maintenance, who provide them with ready made assignments, scheduling, really cool weapons, and moral decision-making, just what fifth-graders have in their parents. [I’ve been told there’s been a serious uptick in interest in archery. Pretty soon un-monitored adolescent boys will be taping small hand-made explosives to their arrows.] Where are the parents of the intended audience for this stuff, and what do they say about it?
“Hunger Games” is a grim sundae; the cherry left in the colored cream at the bottom of the bowl at the end of “Mockingjay” seems to suggest that the trilogy really was about finding a way to stop killing kids in war.
Yet the simplest way to get people collectively to come to their senses and stop the Gamesmakers is to wake up and small the black rose of truth, to let people speak clearly from the basis of their own personal human experience and wisdom, their hard-won understanding based on their own research and reading or their direct involvement in pain as either a receiver or a donor. Most people know the truth but are afraid to give it voice because those who do get “banned” [Avox’ed], ostracized, degraded financially, or worse — just like in the games in the book.
Instead of writing a piece of lucre and pretense, Collins’ time and all that paper, ink and film would have been better spent on investigative, documentary research into truth and reality instead of Bernaysian propagandistic “remake” and yet another layer of fear of and anger at make-believe villains. The point of the book is that the games will never end.
The real villains in the world today, individuals and systems, have names, bank accounts, systems of over-lapping control, vast quantities of financial support from untouchable sources of criminality of the worst and most perverse type protected by their coteries of paid-off, intimidated, compromised officials, “gate-keepers”, and powder-puff press pundits. They have necks, too.
Collins and all her “prep team” members should be assembled and given a “re-orientation” that will demonstrate conclusively how panem et circensees have maintained a tight grip on the world for millennia.
Collins et al are not part of the solution; they are part of the problem.