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At a conference near Washington, D.C., in February, Military.com’s Hope Hodge Seck reports that the commander of all Navy special operations units made an unusual request to industry: Develop and demonstrate technologies that offer “cognitive enhancement” capabilities to boost his elite forces’ mental and physical performance.



Vaguely reminiscent of having been alarumed 

“Whatever you’re training on as far as a movement-based skill,” he said, “if you do deep practice, hard repetition, this accelerates the benefit of that.”


“… Dr. Dan Gould, founding co-editor of The Sports Psychologist and professor in exercise/sport science at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, said at the Springfield conference:  

“Like wind sprints”, mind sprints “may not be appealing at first, but if you want to be good, you have to do them.”…”

in the preface to 

Summon The Magic: How To Use Your Mind to be a better Athlete (or anything else you want to be), June 2005  



How Coaching Works: A Five-minute animation 

As noted in the comments, the ending is incomplete:

the coachee is supposed to walk off into the sunset carrying a toolbox. 

Figure 1.1 on page 4 of Flaherty’s book on how to evoke excellence in others says the best results of having been coached are long-term excellence through self-generation and self-correction

Coaching, says author and coaching educator James Flaherty is freeing people to take action, to engage that transmission that links their engine to their wheels in a way that takes into consideration their immediate concerns, their comitments, their personal and cultural history, the future possibilitites, and their mood. 

“How many relationships, opportunities, and adventures have you neglected or ignored because you labeled yourself as a person who would or could not begin that relationship, opportunity or adventure?”  

This is deeply evocative of a writing prompt offered up by the author of The Butterfly Hours , the one about decisions you have made.

In my case, they were the decision not to go to Brussels and spend the summer with the European representative for Alcoa Aluminum and his daughter and their Mercedes-Benz, or the decision not to turn West and go to California in the summer of ’67 but to head back East and spend the summer earning tuition by chipping the cooled blobs of zinc off the steel I-beams for guard rails that were turned out in a factory in Everett, MA, or the decision not to go with the young lady who’d found a program in women’s studies at some state college in the Sacramento valley, or the decision not to accept an invitation to enroll in a highly-touted hotel and restaurant management program right there where I was.

I was my own coach then, but you can’t see yourself well when you’re only a year out of high school. 


“Are you ready to look deeply into your own self-characterizations that you have woven into a narrative that you protected with stories, justifications and excuses?” [page 65]


On Page 21 at the beginning of Chapter Two, Flaherty makes it very clear that coaching works from a deeply-grounded perspective that does not need to refer to psychology or use methodologies that will require you to divulge things you don’t want to divulge, or go into subjects where you are unwilling to venture

There are books and methods for going there if and when you are ready to do so; Alexander Lowen’s books on the body and bio-energetics are mentioned. There’s lots of reference to somatics which, along with mindfulness, developmental psychology, and interpersonal neurobiology, form the foundation for training in some coaching curricula. Flaherty’s book https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/90128.Coaching is loaded with suggested reading.


‘Command-and-control organizations canot bring about the conditions and competencies necessary to meet the challenges they face holistically because their entry-level premise is that a power and knowledge hieraarchy is the most effective way of structuring an organization’.  [page 2 of a book on how to evoke excellence in others]


Most people have a basic desire to contribute something of themselves; our tasks as members of our society is to begin how to help others achieve the competence to fully become themselves in a respectful, dignified and effective way.  In part, we do this by becoming competent at interaction. 

“Coaching isn’t telling people what to do; it’s giving them a chance to examine what they are doing in light of their intentions.”

“It’s only when someone tosses away the cookbook that he or she can become a truly great chef.”

from the preface of  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/90128.Coaching

“It is extraordinarily difficult to observe and improve one’s own performance in the challenging roles people face in taking responsibility for the future…. 

A person can help other people develop new capabilities, new horizons, and new worlds of opportunity  to set aside ineffective and counter-productive habits and build new skills, practices, habits and platforms for collaborating in this ever-changing world.”

from the foreword of https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/90128.Coaching


We started this post with a glance at a request by a small organization that is at the very tip of the empire’s spear.  I’m not a militarist, and I’ve tended not to be violent; the last time I hit someone was 52 years ago. I have leaned toward the way of harmony of spirit; I got my first nudge down that path by reading a book by one of the premier coaches in the US, a contributor to The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching

But maybe as we teach each other how to best hit the beaches on the continents of the opioid crisis, the infrastructure crisis, the systemic corruption crisis, or any of the other overlapping crises from politics and society to home and marriage 

“We need to really believe that investing in the human makes sense”.  So said the militarist whose goal is arguably the destruction of other humans.


The Three Core Coaching Skills (3:24) 

What is Integral Coaching and what does it offer?  Nine minutes by James Flaherty 

The Central Work of Our Lives


[26 minutes]

The Four-Quadrant Model of Integral Coaching


[42 minutes]

Building Your Inner Coach (17 minutes) 

Jim Loehr is a performance psychologist and author .

tyranny’s outcome

Tyranny’s Outcome

“The very definition of tyranny is the deployment of the army, intended only for foreign wars, against its own people. And if Jade Helm is not a deployment but an exercise, then, critics legitimately ask, what is an exercise for, except to prepare for some “realistic” eventuality? Which raises an even more uncomfortable question: Should practicing for something illegal in itself be illegal?”

“… the massive exercise, led by the US Army’s Special Operations Command (USASOC) under Lt. General Charles T. Cleveland, will include unconventional warfare units from all service branches, including US Army Special Forces, US Navy SEALS, US Air Force Special Operations, and USMC Marine Special Operations Command.

According to Jade Helm’s official PowerPoint presentation, other participating units are USMC Marine Expeditionary Units, the Army’s 82nd Airborne, and last but not necessarily least, civilian “Interagency Partners.” The latter refers to a range of domestic law enforcement agencies including the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Department of Homeland Security.

One contingent, Special Operations, is of particular interest. Special operations units are highly trained elites that specialize, among other things, in assassinations and “extractions” of human targets. In a 2013 article titled “5 Takeaways from the US Special Ops Raids in Somalia and Libya,” published by the Washington DC-based defense trade journal DefenseOne.com, an analyst heaped praise upon “small, multi-agency task forces led by Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) that target individual terrorist and insurgent leaders for death or capture.”….

In Jade Helm, a litmus test of success will be how well Special Forces “operators” move about within civilian populations without being noticed, or at least calling too much attention to themselves. “If you’re able to notice our guys, we’re probably doing something wrong,” Mead, the USASOC contractor, told the Big Spring City Council.

In the Big Spring City Council meeting, residents were told to expect activity to occur “between 11p.m. and 4a.m.” During the question-and-answer period, to a packed house, an assistant to Mead revealed: “we come in doing the hit, and extracting. Time on the ground may be 15 to 20 minutes of exposure, then that’s it.” (Emphasis added.)

The word “extracting” is critical. In special operations parlance, extracting a “high value target” can mean to take that “target” (a person) away from his home or location, willingly or unwillingly. Here’s how Wikipedia, describes “military extraction”: “Essentially, it is kidnapping by military or intelligence forces.”

Read the entire piece by Ralph Lopez here:



http://www.businessinsider.com brings you its definitive guide to US specisl op forces 


For those who thing that Spetsnaz is coming, or are already here… 




http://snuffysmithsblog.blogspot.com/2015/06/cia-chief-we-wont-be-able-to-destroy-ISIS-on-the-battlefield [which one?]

So it is obvious I’m not the only person who is /alarumed/, noting the reference in the latest Bourne movie by “Colonel Eric Byer” to “JSOC liaison with Outcome”.  

The Jade Helm exercise cannot be dismissed as “only a psy op”; note the references –in both articles above and below — to the definition, meaning and practice of psychological operations as being targeted on “the enemy”. 

Given old probibitions against propaganda being used on the American population, and given the old Purdue University simulations of information warfare ( SEAS ), “funded by the Department of Defense, several Fortune 500 companies, the National Science Foundation, the Century Fund of the state of Indiana, and the Office of Naval Research]”:

 “In April 2007 JFCOM-J9 began working with Homeland Security and multinational forces in a homeland defense war gaming exercise.

It’s not a long stretch that the psy-op is part and parcel of the warfare being conducted on the American people.

Says a West Point graduate with a master’s degree in clinical psychology:

“By knowing your enemy that includes both strengths and weaknesses, a psychological advantage can be gained and this is where psychological warfare of the PSYOPS begins.”

“The amount of war making supplies and materials alone being amassed in recent months foretell a much larger scale operation suggesting that war on US soil appears preeminent. At such great expense equipment is never moved so extensively and then allowed to just sit and not be used. This level of proof that something much bigger than the feds are letting on can only indicate one thing – the United States is preparing for either an armed invasion an attack from most likely a group like ISIS or initiating a civil war against its own people or both. And since Obama and the West created ISIS and have been using the Islamic State as their proxy ally, the same pattern can be expected to repeat itself…..”


“A 2008 US Army War College report sounded an alarm for the military to be prepared to suppress civil uprisings in America. Activist-journalist Chris Hedges wrote that the Army monograph warned:

‘Violent, strategic dislocation inside the United States,’ which could be provoked by ‘unforeseen economic collapse,’ ‘purposeful domestic resistance,’ ‘pervasive public health emergencies’ or ‘loss of functioning political and legal order.’ The ‘widespread civil violence would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security.’


John W. Whitehead astutely pointed out that virtually every government agency unrelated to either the armed forces or law enforcement has morphed into a militarized SWAT team army:

Department of Agriculture, the Railroad Retirement Board, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Office of Personnel Management, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Education Department. As of 2008, ‘73 federal law enforcement agencies… [employ] approximately 120,000 armed full-time on-duty officers with arrest authority.’ Four-fifths of those officers are under the command of either the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or the Department of Justice.


Whitehead goes on to list the enormous stockpiling of bullets and guns that some of these “noncombatant” agencies have been accumulating. [Ed.: Forbes says “that’s enough firepower to fight the equivalent of a 24-year Iraq war.”] The ominous conclusion can only be that they will be used against fellow American citizens.


“Ever since the inside 9/11 job when the US-Israeli crime syndicate assassinated 3000 Americans on US soil, the federal government has used “national security” to covertly strip away all our rights to privacy, all our civil liberties as well as our rights to due process. Meanwhile abroad, the US government unleashed its global agenda to destabilize nations and economies around the world, illegally invade, occupy, and murder millions of innocent civilians in the Middle East and North Africa in a heinous blood for oil endgame laying waste of one failed state after the next. By imperialistic design the King Midas touch in reverse has been in effect in every nation the US Empire intervenes, from Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and Yemen to Ukraine. This list of nation fatalities just keeps growing with no end in sight.”


“Throughout this calculated worldwide destruction the feds have been claiming the outright lie that their war on terror is making the world safer when in fact it’s had just the opposite effect. The so called al Qaeda/ISIS “terrorist enemy” has only grown stronger and taken control over more territory in yet more countries than ever before (of course all the while secretly created, armed, trained, financed, supplied and supported by treasonous criminals in Washington and Tel Aviv). Squandering and decimating the US middle class tax base by choosing to wage its longest, most costly wars in US history at the sacrificial expense of its own people, the Ponzi scheme debtor economy lies choking, stagnant, long broken and unsustainable. As the bubble of the Federal Reserve’s band-aid tactic relying on printing unlimited fiat money out of thin air to keep it going nears ready to burst, the United States of America and the American way of life now teeters on the brink of total collapse…..”


Hagopian noted previously:

“The systematic practice of eliminating individuals who pose an imagined or real threat of exposing the ugly truth about status quo clandestine operations committed by the powerful in America is nothing new.”


Joachim Hagopian, a West Point graduate, has been writing about Jade Helm for some time now, but that last quote comes from the third in his trilogy of pieces about West Point officers (Colonel Ted Westhusing, and the prior one about Jack Wheeler, an unfortunate fellow whose paths crossed with that of a former JAG corps officer and Army National Guard major turned federal prosecutor and state Attorney General who sealed the search warrants in the Wheeler murder case against further public scrutiny.]




“…Wheeler’s military career included writing one of the most important manuals on the effectiveness of biological and chemical weapons which led to his being hired in 2009 as a consultant to the Mitre Corporation, whose aviation system development department, the GRU reports, is at the forefront of creating the computer command and control systems used by the U.S. Air Force in their fleet of aerial spraying planes.

These aerial spraying planes, this report continues, are based at the Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas that over the past few months have been involved with ‘test dispersants’ of poisonous gasses in the Afghanistan War Theater using chemical weapons stocks obtained from Iraq and held at the Pine Bluff Arsenal, also located in Arkansas…..”

More here:




Although neither are directly or obviously relevant to General Wheeler or Jade Helm, Fletcher Prouty (played by Donald Sutherland in the film produced by an Israeli nuclear arms smugger) author of The Secret Team, speaks here of the mechanics of political assassination.

Those two pieces — the first long, the second short — are fascinating to read; they are historical, certainly in the sense that much has changed and therefore specific detail is no longer accurate.

But this nine-minute video will give you a sense of what can happen when law enforcement is closely integrated with military and national security interests and organizations.


The Collins brothers, in an article written in 2009 on the balkanization of America, help clarify influences and political allegiances that may be active in the debate about Jade Helm. While Jade Helm isn’t, per se, about secession politics, there are surely overlapping issues and sentiments.

“Activists on the American political landscape fear their government might consider them the enemy. Their concern isn’t driven by paranoia and baseless conspiracy theory. A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Intelligence Assessment entitled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment” is the reason for the fear. The assessment essentially lumps immigration reformists, Christians, pro-lifers, Second Amendment proponents, opponents of globalism, and even veterans into the category of potential terrorists….”

The article also mentions “the Council for National Policy (CNP)…   an elite combine established to act as a false alternative to Establishment organs such as the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). When one studies the available lists of CNP participants,one finds many members of the CFR among its ranks. Arnaud de Borchgrave, Edward Teller, Guy Vander Jagt, and J. Peter Grace are just some of the CNP participants who were/are involved with the CFR.”

McCain gets mentioned, along with Palin (remember Palin?), some Russians she might have been able to see from her back porch, Alaskan politics, the history of secession and the Confederacy, neo-Confederates, and “the intelligence connection”.

It’s that last one that caught my eye.

We’re not talking a level of smarts here; we’re talking covert ops.

Viguerie, Edwin Wilson, Ted Shackley…

“Shackley served in the CIA as an Associate Deputy Director of Operations and was known as a master of covert operations. In his book The Third Option: An Expert’s Provocative Report on an American View of Counterinsurgency Operations, Shackley wrote:

Senior intelligence officers like myself, who had experience in paramilitary operations, have always insisted the United States should also consider the third option: the use of guerilla warfare, counterinsurgency techniques and covert action to achieve policy goals… Political warfare is very often the stitch in time that eliminates bloodier and more costly alternatives. (17)

Originally designed for application in Third World nations, the third option is equally applicable in the United States. Many less-than-altruistic interests with connections to the Intelligence Community are acutely aware of the third option’s polyvalence. There’s a strong possibility that the secessionist movement has become part of an attempt to tangibly enact Shackley’s third option here in the United States…..”


“… As adherents to social myths, both modern secessionists and historical Marxists constitute schismatic elements that can weaken and fracture the sovereign state. Marxist revolutionaries cannot pinpoint the indeterminate juncture in history where the state will wither. Likewise, neo-Confederates and secessionists cannot pinpoint the indeterminate juncture in history where secession will end. Thus, the neo-Confederates and secessionists set into motion a perpetual series of secessions, guaranteeing continual disunity and the ongoing fragmentation of states. Eventually, the states implode, allowing for their easy assimilation by whatever supranational entities or foreign alliances hold sway.

The globalist elite understand this fact more than anyone. Secession contributes to regionalism, which is one of many strategies employed to build a new world order. The regionalism strategy was explained in an article for Foreign Affairs, the flagship publication of the elitist CFR. In the article, entitled “Regionalism and Nationalism,” author N.S.B. Gras wrote:

The direct effect of regionalism may be to make the state weaker politically but stronger economically and socially. Or the region, looking to regional convenience, may make new alignments leading to the creation of new states, or to international states (European, American, and so on), or ultimately to a world state. (466)…”

The Ruling Class-Sponsored Race War and the Balkanization of America Part Five: Secession Fever

by Paul & Phillip D. Collins, May 20, 2009


Philip Collins, by the way, is no stranger to the investigation of murder. He received the Osman C. Hooper Newspaper Award in 2011 for his “investigative work over the death of U.S. Marine Maria Lauterbach and the resultant Department of Defense reforms concerning sexual assault and rape”.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Maria_Lauterbach

“The Lauterbach Case: A Retrospect” by Phillip Collins was found by a set of judges from the Ohio News Association to provide “an intriguing view of how the murder of a local woman, killed by a fellow Marine months after she filed sexual- assault charges against him [and which] revealed a pattern of indifference toward sexual assault and harassment in the military, and prompted congressional hearings and an internal investigation. Told from official documents and the perspective of the victim’s mother, the story reveals a depth of reporting not typically seen in such follow-up articles.”



What it is that finally makes a passive and cowed population rebel?

I noted to someone the other night that America had already enlisted the help of private aircraft with which to “bomb” armed insurrrectionists who “wanted to be freed from the debt peonage of the company stores, to be paid fairly for their work, to have better safety in the mines, to fight back against the judges, politicians, journalists and civil authorities who had sold out to Big Coal”.  You know the story, despite attempts to ignore or suppress this tasty bit of Americana, because it is the subject of movies like Matewan, a sidelight to the tale of the Hatfields and the McCoys.

Chris Hedges tells the story of the battle of Blair Mountain, which also gave the American culture the term “redneck”; a series of assassinations of union leaders and their chief supporter set off the insurrection.

“Sound familiar? It is an old and cruel tactic in any company town. Reduce wages and benefits to subsistence level. Break unions. Gut social assistance programs. Buy and sell elected officials and judges. Fill the airwaves with mindless diversion and corporate propaganda. Pay off the press. Poison the soil, the air and the water to extract natural resources and leave behind a devastated wasteland. Plunge workers into debt. Leave them owing more on their houses than the structures are worth. Make sure the children will be burdened by tens of thousands of dollars lent to them for an education and will be unable to find decent jobs. Make sure that everything from hospital bills to car payments to credit card fees exact increasing pounds of flesh. And when workers stumble, when they cannot pay soaring interest rates, jack up rates further and deploy predators from debt collection agencies to harass the debtors and seize their assets. Then toss them away. Company towns all look the same. And we live in the biggest one on earth.”

“The coal owners hastily organized militias and recruited units of heavily armed law enforcement officers. They hired private airplanes to drop homemade explosives on miners encamped on the mountain. Billy Mitchell, one of the early advocates of air power, volunteered the Army’s 88th Squadron to carry out aerial surveillance for the coal companies.”

Says Hedges, representing another perspective [Marxist?] on the issues noted here, say, in his conclusion:

“The corporate state, for its part, should also remember the lesson from Blair Mountain. There are limits to how far a people can be pushed. And if violence continues to be the preferred mechanism for control, if the state refuses to institute rational economic and political reforms to address the growing misery that corporations inflict on the citizens, it will, as at Blair Mountain, engender a violent response.”

See also http://www.upworthy.com/ever-heard-of-the-battle-of-blair-mountain-federal-troops-were-called-against-13000-miners-yep 


It is not difficult to find, on the Internet or even in open but inelegant street talk, the sentiment expressed by old dead Russians that Americans should never give up their guns, the greatest expression of which might be this by the author of The Gulag Archipelago:

And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests . . . people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror . . . but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? . . . The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt.


I went back and watched The Bourne Legacy again last night.  [I guess I like the movie a lot because it seems that, if only for that fictitional and brief moment, there is someone who asks “why?” and says “no more”.]

This time I discovered filmmakers’ commentary I didn’t know was there — on the deleted scenes.

On the deleted scene in which NRAG investigators look more deeply into their “Outcome” agents, they discover them “pulling at their leashes”, showing a “level of paranoia” because they hoarded tools of identity change as well as their “chems”, and who had become “a little too smart to be controlled” (perhaps echoing the theme of having been radicalized by reading non-mainstream sources, books etc. and being able to do their own thinking, in their case boosted by their cognitive enhancement through viral receptors).

The scene with the state trooper is also good — with and without commentary — reflecting the ability of the newer breed of enhanced agent being someone who could think rapidly and effectively. [It reminded me of the day when I “outran” three local cops in the middle of the night driving a beat-up old uninspected Plymouth Six on empty harbor-side streets. I didn’t use speed; I thought like a rabbit.]

And then there’s the scene in the hotel in Washington, D.C. in which the commentary about the “scientific assassination” of one of the medical doctors who had become a liability because he knew too much was notable because of the reference to the “key trick” used by the Israeli assassination team in Dubai.

It’s an eye-spinning exercise to go back to the movie “The Bourne Legacy” and take that part where Dr. Marta Shearing is explaining the science of what “it’s all about” to her new protector Aaron Cross and extract out the phrases and put them into a search engine.

programmable behavior, neural design

viral receptor mapping

chromosome alteration

genomic targeting

“Things get really jumbled up about half-way through the movie when they start discussing viral receptors, chromosomes, mitochondria, neuro regeneration, and genomic targeting…  this is a very “smart” movie and requires your full attention from start to finish.”


The cell biology of receptor-mediated virus entry

Joe Grove and Mark Marsh


I can see I’m going to have to back to school.

Maybe in Arizona or Buffalo

There’s a book you can buy for $289 on the methods, results and importance in terms of human health of Chromosomal Aberrations, an “up-to-date overview on the use of cytogenetics” published in 2007 (meaning it’s likely already obsolete).

Genomic targeting is advanced enough now to have earned its own Nobel Prize (and wikipedia entry) (actually, three of them if you include “editing” and “engineering” along with “targeting”). 

See also:



Got a pair of molecular scissors handy?




Research in cognitive skills and abilities used to sense battlefield conditions improves through the use of multiarray sensors, a situation in which the amount of information to be processed will increase dramatically. The task then is to enable intake and processing of a large volume of data in a compressed and comprehensible manner. The research concerns data, models, and theories relating to how individuals acquire, process, store, and use information.

1998 Army Science and Technology Master Plan

[Gee… Seventeen years old.  When was the last time you updated your master plan?  Your master planning tool?  Your master planning team?]




P.S.: Don’t forget to refresh your memory through an elongated glance interrupted by pauses at the collection of “oddities” put together by Lori Price over at Citizens for Legitimate Government.

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