Flower Symbolism and the Female Sexual Metaphor: Crime scene interpretation

Artwork: Yoni Flower, Womb of Creation, The Sacred Feminine Altar. The yoni is a Sanskrit word used to describe the womb or sacred feminine place. In India, sexual mythology exists around the lotus flower. The Indian term padma (lotus) is quite often used as a secret code for the yoni or the sacred place of femininity.

The removal of Elizabeth Short’s rose tattoo from her left upper thigh and insertion of it into her vagina could be interpreted as the “plucking” of a flower, a metaphor for “deflowering” a woman. Insertion of it into her vagina may be symbolic of the metaphor to “return her innocence”? The rose is traditionally symbolic of the metaphor of female sexuality.

Flowers are sexy to the masculine gaze and feasting’s one’s eye on the beauty of a flower is an accessible easy and uncomplicated thing to do. By placing the severed tattoo of the rose into her naked and exposed vagina, exposed for all to see, the killer is perhaps suggesting Elizabeth Short was “easy”? I infer this because of the way her lower half was positioned, severed from her upper torso, legs spread open with her vagina full exposed to “the gaze.” Whoever killed her, wanted her body to be found and previewed. This might be a strong indication the perpetrator had sex with the victim OR perceived her as a prostitute; “easy and accessible” to mostly anyone. This would hold true because Elizabeth Short, was just recently kicked out of her home and was mostly dependent upon a male suitor for something to eat and, sometimes, “a place to sleep.”

The fact the killer placed the rose tattoo in her vagina may symbolize his perception of her. In particular, that Elizabeth had “perfect femininity” but then to sever her lower body from her facial identity would be an indication to the contrary. Like pornography, the gaze set upon the flower has no purpose but pleasure itself. Here we might conclude how the perpetrator perceived Elizabeth as a symbol or idol that represented pleasure and nothing more.

The rose was also symbolic in Greek and Roman mythology (Greek: Aphrodite, and Roman: Venus) as belonging to the goddess of love and seduction. Still further, the verb “to deflower” which is a euphemism for breaking a virgin’s hymen through sexual penetration has more to do with “the plucking of a flower”, and the taking of her “essence.” Perhaps the perpetrator perceived Elizabeth as a woman with pure beauty. Although less common, the term “flowering” is still occasionally used to describe a woman’s menstrual period. In Short’s case, the symbolic removal of her rose tattoo may have had a dual reference to her sexuality and to the act of “bloodletting” the killer performed in draining her body of all its blood. Here we can reference “the taking of her life essence.” Blood is an element needed to sustain life itself.

Still further in the analysis, the perverse disarticulation of her severed body as a reference to Hans Bellmer’s “The Doll” as many people believed she was not in fact a dead woman but two pieces of a mannequin that had become detached.

Hans Bellmer

“My approach to perversion embraces the more general problem of its relation to reality and hence to truth……. As I have already stated, all of us are open to the perverse solution which constitutes a balm for our wounded narcissism and a means of dissipating our feelings of smallness and inadequacy. This temptation can lead to our losing the love for truth and replacing it with a taste for sham (Chassguet-Smirgel, pg. 24).

In the work of Hans Bellmer, The Doll, Janine Chasseguet-Smirgel uncovers its meaning as the disarticulation of language. She includes a comment made by Bellmer himself, “The body can be compared to a sentence inviting one to disarticulate it for its true elements to be recombined in a series of endless anagrams (Obliques, pg.109).” Bellmer says, “O rire sous le couteau” (To laugh beneath the knife). Jean Brun thought the purpose of The Doll was to dethrone the father and his genital begetting capacities, implying the doll maker’s tools as “phallus.”

In the creation of a perverse scenario, there is a loss of reality. The creation of a perverse solution gives the subject a way to get around the truth of reality. Thereby defying reality for the subject’s own purposes. Hans Bellmer’s The Doll has been described as a fetishistic object; an idol. It embodies fancy and can provide an escape into the whimsical wishes of its owner. Hans Bellmer writes:

“to extract from the spheres and their radii the image of children’s attitudes, to gently follow the valley-contours [the canabal curve], to relish the curves and to shed — not without resentment — the acrid taste of deformation. And finally, to refrain from standing still before the inner mechanisms, to peel away the little girls’ secret thoughts, and make visible, preferably through the navel, the very bottom of these thoughts: a panorama disclosed in the depths of the belly by means of multicolored electric lighting. Isn’t that the solution? (Obliques, 1975)”

Artwork: “That Obscure Object of Desire.” This is an image of artwork produced by Hans Bellmer. The displacement of body parts in this image is perceived as an impossible rendering of normal reality. Yet, if we rotate the photograph 180 degrees so as to look at it upside down, we may better understand the piece as the form of a woman’s yoni, and the two branches may be interpreted as the open legs of a female who, exposing her yoni, is accompanied with a “phallic wooden sword” at the very center which hints toward the intrusive penetration of the phallus. Its somber placements and lack of color and conformity to nature is part of surrealism, artwork that may often depict the phantasmagorical.

To further bear upon the notion of “body as an anagram,” Bellmer further says: “The displacements, the metamorphoses, the impossible permutations. To obtain by mere permutation the sentence “O rire sous le couteau” (To laugh beneath the knife) which he then, in a follow-up statement says the anagram: Leib (body), Lieb (love), Beil (ax). His sadism is striking. In comparison, the perpetrator responsible then for Elizabeth Short’s murder must have felt like Hans Bellmer with his Doll in achieving an alternate reality, and one in which he thought he may have “at last found a magical technique to violate stubborn reality.” The fascinating, yet frightening reality of dismemberment, in Elizabeth Short’s murder case at least, allows one to understand why some cling rigidly to order and want “order at all costs”, an attitude which can allow for the return of the repressed in psychoanalysis and as something that may belong to the terror and chaos of our unconscious neonatal experiences. That is, during a time before the acquisition of language when we were thrust into a world, a world in which we were dependent utterly upon the mercy of our caregiver(s). Put in this way, it is a way in which the child can achieve a sense of power and control in an otherwise unforgiving and unpredictable universe.

Hans Bellmer’s work was to cause discomfort in the viewing audiences. Interestingly, critics focusing on Bellmer’s creation noted rebellion to the industrial commodification of the body which might be considered in the staged murder scene of Elizabeth Short and to which gives the perpetrator a very distinct Victorian-era way of thinking about the female body. In Bellmer’s case, his violence also centers on “the gaze”. However, Bellmer’s focus is on the removal of the eyes of his doll or he positions the bodies of the dolls in such a way to obscure the doll’s gaze placing their faces away from the camera or viewing audience. Thereby preventing them from seeing and taking ownership over their surroundings. One aspect remains constant in each of Bellmer’s images, each photograph, including the doll’s head, shows it at a side profile, never pointing at or toward the viewer. Often, the eyes are left separate from the face and lie next to the body, like marbles. In Elizabeth Short’s case, the perpetrator’s focus was not on Elizabeth’s eyes, but on the focus of the observer’s or male’s gaze. That is to say, the gaze upon Elizabeth Short’s body which, because of her beauty, was similar to the pleasure of gazing upon a flower. Her body was positioned to prevent the pleasurable experience, by anyone interested in gazing upon her beauty, which has now become a disarticulated and grotesque image.

Critics who have examined Bellmer’s artwork show, that Bellmer like many of his contemporaries, were unable to fully understand and take control of female bodies, compensated for this confusion by obstructing or removing the vision of the dolls in his artwork, thereby preventing them from seeing and taking ownership over their surroundings. I believe these conclusions may be applied to many of Bellmer’s fellow surrealists and help scholars better understand what it meant for the surrealists to see.

Change In Flower Symbolism

Artwork: “Lady in a Garden” by Edmund Blair Leighton (1852–1922)

Interesting that the Victorian era should change the value of flower symbolism from the sexually charged indulgences of carnal pleasure of ancient Roman and Greek mythology to meanings surrounding virginity, sexual innocence, and generalized femininity. For to live righteously was to deny any connection to “sin” blending closed gardens and fenced in gardens with “sexual purity.” The art of these male artists during the Victorian era conformed to the traditional Victorian definition of femininity at a time when many women began to question their rigidly defined societal and familial roles. In the early 20th century to “deflower” or “to pluck a rose” as it were, the word “flower” was used in circles of prostitution and where prostitution became known as a “flower market.” Marcel Proust, the image of the common orchid specifically refers to sexual intercourse.

Georgia O’Keefe’s Calla Lily

Artwork: Georgia O’Keefe, White Calla Lilies.

The Calla Lily on the other hand symbolizes the exotic and sensual side of female sexuality which may further represent a sexually charged image of the erotic nature of not only sexual indulgences but of deviant sexual behaviors as well, most notably homosexuality and bisexuality due to the flowers androgynous form. The calla lily’s dramatic concavity and roundness provoke obvious associations with the feminine, yet its prominent spadix is often seen as phallic. Its combination of male and female elements makes this flower an appropriate representation of sexual malleability.

John Everett Millais “Ophelia”

Artwork: John Everett Millais, “Ophelia”.

The red poppy is often seen as a symbol of death and in John Everett Millais’ painting “Ophelia,” a Victorian-era artwork, Ophelia’s death is a vivid psychologically charged image. The lovelorn noblewoman, distressed by the death of her father at the hands of her beloved Hamlet, is said to have wandered into a riverbank while collecting wildflowers. In her depressed state she does not, or perhaps cannot find the strength to fight back, and so calmly and quietly surrenders to the water’s demise. The painting centers on the drama of the figure of Ophelia and strewn around her body in the water are the flowers Ophelia was picking. Not surprisingly, the image of a red poppy is among them.

Georgia O’Keefe’s “Red Poppy” (1927)

Artwork: Georgia O’Keefe, “ Red Poppy” (1927).

In Georgia O’Keefe’s rendering of a red poppy, the viewer is invited to delve further into the darkly painted center and in comparison, to Eve Ensler’s popular play The Vagina Monologues (1996) she writes:

“I realized then that hair is there for a reason — it’s the leaf around the flower, the lawn around the house”; “My vagina is a flower, an eccentric tulip, the center acute and deep, the scent delicate, the petals gentle but sturdy.”

Here the inner black mystery of the red poppy, which may be interpreted as a symbol for death, might also represent the culmination of the carnal act of intercourse itself. Its pinnacle crescendo of orgasm or what the French like to refer to as “la petit mort” (little death). Interestingly, this “death” may be the metaphor which, associated with opium “flower smoke rooms” in which customers could not only smoke the opium but visit a “flower market” (e.g., prostitution ring) simultaneously, represents the metaphorical death of stress and tension. Reborn a new in the inner workings of the mysterious red poppy.

Weston’s Shell Photography

Artwork: Photograph of Edward Weston’s Shell (1927).

In purveying other works of art, I often wonder why artists chose shells to make associations with the female form. My first inclination was the curve linear lines which can call us back to the embrace of the pre-oedipal mother and child during our neonatal experience and they look similar to the curve linear lines of flower petals. My second inclination is that we are just fixated on our mothers and that maybe we are all really trying to just imagine a way back into the womb where we were once safe from the chaos and unpredictability that our neonatal experiences had to offer us. And too, the shell’s connection to the water and its oceanic experience of our inter-uterine pre-birth experiences.

Hesitant, Hurt, and Healing Flowers: Watercolors of Female Sexual Anatomy

Artwork: Pinned for Safety (December 2009) by Andrea Frownfelter.

Andrea Frownfelter stated,

“creating these watercolors was certainly therapeutic for me; I hope that other women who have trouble expressing and embracing their sexuality can identify with my work and perhaps learn how they can communicate personal feelings about their anatomy and sexuality by initiating their own internal conversations.”

For Frownfelter, her endeavor was to address the often-unacknowledged theme that women are unknowledgeable of and uncomfortable in their own bodies. Hence, vaginal iconography can be found in flower art. Artwork that not only depicted the exotic and sensual nature of femininity but also artwork that depicts the physical and emotional harm endured by women who suffered from female genital mutilation, rape, sexual abuse, and physical assault by their husbands, friends, or intimate partners. Frownfelter depicts in her watercolors, roses that have been wrapped in “caution” tape, bruised and wounded, covered in and juxtaposed against bandages, drastically altered in color, or rubber-banded, stapled, or pinned shut. As Eve Ensler aptly put it in her play The Vagina Monologues“There’s so much darkness and secrecy surrounding them — like the Bermuda Triangle. Nobody ever reports back from there.”

Artwork: Feminine Layers (September 2009) by Andrea Frownfelter.

Feminine Layers (September 2009) — The painting depicts a very close-up view of some of the layers in a rose, with decorative patterns projected onto the petals. The flower is feminine flesh whose patterns and depictions take on particular meaning.

Artwork: Silk Caution (October 2009) by Andrea Frownfelter.

Silk Caution (October 2009) — A flesh-colored rose wrapped in caution tape echoes a swath of silk spun into a spiral. The silk spun into a spiral and the symmetry of the rose is approximately the same size, they are understood as being together and form an infinity sign or suggest the shape of a woman’s breasts.

Artwork: Poisoned Rose (October 2009) by Andrea Frownfelter.

Poisoned Rose (October 2009) — Is the caution tape placed to protect the “rose” from the viewer or there to protect the viewer from the “rose”? This question has been left unresolved by the artist. In my interpretation, as a female, I’d like to believe the caution tape is placed as a protective barrier from further insult and injury. However, from a male’s perspective, it might mean the contrary. Something is wrong with this flower that makes it appear unsettling and uninviting, similar to Hans Bellmer’s doll art. The artists tell us the bright green is indicative of something dangerous because it evokes how nuclear spills and toxic waste is depicted in cartoons and comic books. But, is the rose really poisonous? Or is it a survival tactic to ward off potential predators? The wings of a non-poisonous butterfly might mimic the bright colors of a poisonous butterfly. So too, is this “rose” really an ill-fated omen for lethality?

Artwork: Bandaged Duality (November 2009) by Andrea Frownfelter.

Bandaged Duality (November 2009) — The flesh color roses are in the process of healing damage already there. The two roses look complete and relatively healthy and have already healed over or were not greatly damaged, to begin with. The two shapes placed side-by-side are supposed to invoke in the viewer healthy female breasts. The use of violet is supposed to denote bruising.

Artwork: Pinned for Safety (December 2009) by Andrea Frownfelter.

Pinned for Safety (December 2009) A rose that is held together by safety pins of various sizes. In the background, petals that have fallen off of the flower are seen in various states of damage.

Artwork: Stabbed (December 2009) by Andrea Frownfelter.

Stabbed (December 2009) — The flesh color roses are being held together with safety pins. Here the artist sees how the artwork is defensive, ready to fight and ward off potential invaders, or made stronger through adversity.

Artwork: Hanging by a Petal (January 2010) by Andrea Frownfelter.

Hanging by a Petal (January 2010) — The flesh color rose is being held together by safety pins and is, unfortunately, starting to unravel. The pile of petals giving evidence to the unfortunate future of the rose.

Artwork: Stapled Apart (February 2010) by Andrea Frownfelter.

Stapled Apart (February 2010) — The flesh color rose is being assaulted with numerous staples.

Artwork: Bound (February 2010) by Andrea Frownfelter.

Bound (February 2010) — The flesh color rose is tightly bound with rubber bands. Roses are aesthetically pleasing and act as a reproductive agent for the plant, but this rose is literally restricted from fulfilling either purpose. These limitations could reference physical violent genital restriction and emotionally or psychologically restrictive social norms placed on expressions of female sexuality (Elizabeth Short). Even when no sexual abuse has occurred, women are taught silence when it comes to the parts of their body that are stimulating, erotic, and sensual.

Artwork: Debris (March 2010) by Andrea Frownfelter.

Debris (March 2010) — The debris of flesh-colored rose petals that have survived a “rose’s” destruction. There is no indication as to what destroyed the flower, only the debris left in its aftermath.

“Things don’t have to look visibly dangerous to be so. Serial killers are often described by those who know them as friendly, charming, and charismatic. There could be something wrong with the rose that is unrecognizable to the naked eye, just as a woman might appear healthy when she is suffering internally. She may be ashamed, embarrassed, or afraid, yet put on a brave face, showing no outward signs of distress, even after physical trauma.” ~Andrea Frownfelter


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Yoni flower Womb of Creation, sacred yoni sculpture, Sacred Feminine goddess art, sensual flower wall sculpture altar. www.SacredFeminineArt.com. Retrieved online June 3, 2021. https://www.sacredfeminineart.com/listing/528256634/yoni-flower-womb-of-creation-sacred-yoni

Signs, Symbols, Icons, and Indexes: How to Understand and Appreciate Art Analysis

Artwork: Pieter Claesz “Vintas with Skull, Violin, and Jewels.” A “Vintas” is a symbolic work of art showing the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death, often contrasting symbols of wealth and symbols of ephemerality and death. Best-known are vanitas still lifes, a common genre in Low countries of the 16th and 17th centuries; they have also been created at other times and in other media and genres.

The purpose of this article is to encourage the reader to further explore and uncover the hidden meaning found within works of art as well as in acts of staged violence in crime scene investigations.

“All art is about signs and symbols.”

Representational art is a symbol for the object, places, or people being represented.

Abstract art can be a symbol of an idea or feeling in the artist or viewer or it can be a symbol, idea, or feeling in the viewer. (Surrealism is often depicted in abstract form using abstract symbols often occurring in dream states).

There is a relatively new field of academic study called semiotics which is the study of signs. Psychoanalysts and the field of psychoanalysis are interested in studying signs is important to understanding language. Can you guess why?

Signs are basically everything. You have a visual depiction. You have street signs. You even have body language. It makes a difference whether your arms are closed and folded in front of the body or if they are extended out openly away from the body. Both representations in body language will be interpreted in very different ways.

Everything really works in art; we can look at particular symbols but also things like color and line and these too can be symbols or signs of something else.

The recognized founder of semiotics was Ferdinand de Saussure. He considered calling all these things; colors, lines, objects a “sign” rather than a symbol. He had a problem with calling these things a symbol. Everything we identify in a work of art is signs and signifiers and what they refer to is the signified.

For works of art that means that everything in the painting, sculpture, or print can be read as a sign, or signifier, or something else. So, in art, we analyze color, line, object and they may appear to us to be symbols or obvious signs.

In the psychology of color and line; warm colors signify happiness and downward curving lines are signifiers of sadness.

Sharp angular geometric lines when depicting human bodies might be an indication of violence and conflict whereas smooth curved lines of a female torso are more indictive of agreeableness and continuity. In terms of semiotic language compare the two different works of art below.

In the painting by Pablo Picasso to the left, Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), we can interpret the lines of the breast as a pointed sharp object which we might interpret as being violent and intrusive even hostile. This is just the upper right portion of the painting. The full painting is, in fact, much larger with more women depicted in the composition. Now if we consider the sketch of the “Mother and Child,” in this drawing of the curve linear lines are smooth and cohesive, and where we might go on further to imagine that the breasts of the mother if the artist chose to depict them in this image, would be soft, round and rather robust. This image might be interpreted as signifying inclusive warmth and the nourishment needed for life, based on the way the lines are drawn in the sketch.

Vincent van Gogh. Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear and Pipe (1889). The Bridgeman Art Library Nationality / copyright status: Dutch / out of copyright.

In the color analysis of Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear and Pipe (1889), on the color wheel van Gogh chose colors that complement each other. His blue cap is set on top of an orange background and his green jacket is set against the red background. Here, the interpretation of the color scheme is contentment and simplicity and as being in the company of simple folks. And this could be verified by the letters he wrote to his brother indicating that things were becoming calmer in his life. The bandaged ear on the other hand is a symbol or sign as to how he is not so simple or normal.

So the color background in the art could be a signifier of what is really going on with the painting or what’s really going on inside the artist’s head. Line, color, composition, sense of texture, and motion everything can and will act as a signifier or a sign. We only fully understand the work when we have fully interpreted all the different signs when we carefully consider their relationship to one another and the context of the work itself.

Let’s look at some obvious signs, objects that are clearly depicted to be read as symbols. Then we can see how this relates to other non-object signifiers and what a semiotician would call an entire sign system. We are going to be analyzing two symbolic portraits. Both works are by Vincent van Gogh and they are “Van Gogh’s Chair” (1888) and “Gauguin’s Chair” (1888).

In order to accurately interpret art, it helps if you have a clear understanding of the context and the history of the artwork.

First, we are going to look at context. Here we are going to look at the working relationship between van Gogh and Gauguin in 1888. Gaugin had actually moved in with van Gogh in a little house that he was renting after he had settled in Arles, France. For Gauguin, this was an opportunity to collaborate with another artist. Vincent had actually invited other artists to come and stay with him but Gauguin was the only artist that showed up. Van Gogh almost wanted to set up an artist’s colony there. But to be honest, Gauguin came because he had the opportunity to live there for free because both of them were accepting Vincent’s brother Theo’s generosity.

So, the context might include knowing a little bit further about each painter’s personality. However, the paintings of the two chairs are so obvious to their personalities, we can learn about them from analyzing the paintings.

Obviously, the chairs are symbols that represent the two different men; Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin.

Now here both symbolic portrait is depicted and symbolic self-portrait. So, what do these works of art tell us about each other? We are going to focus on the analysis of the two chairs.

First, look at the huge difference in the styles of the chairs. Who is the plain person and who is a lot fancier?

Van Gogh’s Chair — is obviously a lot plainer and simpler. It’s a straw kitchen chair. Simple yet functional with plain straight natural wooden legs. Probably made out of more common wood with a straight plain back support and interwoven straw seat. It’s made out of natural and probably more common materials that were easier to come by making it less expensive to purchase. There is nothing fancy about this chair. Also, there is a pipe and a packet of tobacco resting on the seat of the chair. The pipe is a symbol of calm. Something one does in repose and expresses an everyday feeling of home. At least for van Gogh.

Gauguin’s Chair — Paul Gauguin’s chair is obviously much fancier than van Gogh’s. It appears to be made of a finer wood. Its craftsmanship is more complex. The carving of the legs of the chair is not straight, but in fact, curved in more of a Queen Ann style fashion. It’s more cosmopolitan and more “glam.” Gauguin’s chair also has armrests which van Gogh’s chair is lacking. They too are carved in a curved and fancier fashion. The backing of the chair is carved in a much more stylish way also. Its seat is interwoven straw, similar to van Gogh’s chair except for the symbolic objects that rest on the seat of the chair. Gauguin has a lite candle and some books. Now, books are a sign of knowledge and intelligence. The lite candle is a sign of divine light and wisdom. These are signs of enlightenment and wisdom which Gauguin did pride himself on having. Symbolic objects give a layer of meaning and significance to these portraits.

What are some other signs and signifiers in these two paintings?

The Point of View — The point of view for both of these two paintings is given as if we are standing very close to the chairs, perhaps contemplating whether or not we should sit down. In the point of view of these two paintings, both chairs are presented facing in different directions. Gauguin’s faces to the left and van Gogh’s faces to the right.

Now, imagine you did want to sit on one of them. Which one would be the easiest to approach and sit down on?

The one that is most opening and welcoming is van Gogh’s chair. It has more seat space available with fewer bulky objects taking up space. So, if we wanted to sit down quickly, we could just grab van Gogh’s pipe and tobacco and take a seat.

However, this is not the case with Gauguin’s chair. Gauguin’s chair has arms and larger and bulkier objects to remove from the seat. Therefore, you would have to approach Gauguin’s chair much more cautiously. You’d have to move with much more respect and honor around the arms of the chair and then very carefully you would have to move the lite candle as well as the two books before actually sitting down. So, the personality that was Gauguin’s, required a much more careful and complex approach.

Both van Gogh and Gauguin were part of a movement in the late 19th century that was actually called Symbolism. And these types of artists were interested in using all the symbols they could and these visual signs to direct the viewer to other content in the work. So, it’s putting all these signs together and understanding their relationship to each other and to the whole of the piece that makes reading signs much more interesting than just looking at a couple of symbols.

How to understand art is actually learning how to identify signs.

The interpretation begins when we start looking at the relationship with them all, other signs and elements which include context, texture, point of view, etc.

Recognizing and understanding certain visual objects in the work that would serve what we would call symbols. Now, we might call them special representational signs. And these are complex even when we are looking at just one example. Here I’d like to bring up the staged murder of Elizabeth Short, also known as the Black Dahlia murder and it will be something we will come back to in a little bit. For now, just know that there are different kinds of symbols. If the symbol meant something at the time that it was included in the work of art, it might not have the same meaning decades or centuries later.

Let’s look at representational signs, not just color or lines, they are also signs but representational signs that would be actual represented objects.

There are three (3) kinds of these representational signs in semiotics:

(1) Symbol — The signifier does not look anything like the signified. It’s totally arbitrary. Often this will become a convention so that you look at one of these totally arbitrary symbols and you know what it means but you’ve only learned its meaning over the course of time. An example might be a simple ring may of gold which will be interpreted as a wedding ring. So, it signifies the union of “marriage.” Even better, two interlocking gold rings would signify a marriage union or partnership of some kind. So we come to understand a gold ring as a convention but it really is only just a ring. Another example would be national flags — flag symbols have to be learned. Likewise, the historical crests of famous families would have objects depicted on them as well. So, these arbitrary symbols would also have to be learned as to what possible connections they may have with the signified.

(2) Icon — Signifier resembles the signified (e.g., a portrait or even a cartoon). Here an example of an icon would be in the artwork of Gedeon Baril, “Caricature of Giuseppe Verdi” in the 19th century. Another icon might be Andy Warhol’s Marilyn which represented Hollywood culture and yet another American iconic symbol would be “Uncle Sam” which represents American Democracy.

(3) Index — Signifier is not arbitrary; rather it has a direct connection to signified. Remember I talked about Elizabeth Short and the Black Dahlia murder, this was the type of symbolism employed in Elizabeth Short’s denial, by her perpetrator, of her female identity and its association with her disarticulated sexuality (female genitalia). It was symbolic of castration. It was a psychotic foreclosure on the part of the perpetrator in his/her psyche as pertaining to the violent expression of “No! Not that!”

Other examples of indexes would be a bullet hole that directly pointed to the bullet.

Another example of an index sign would be footprints which are classic index signs that someone has been there.

Smoke is another index sign of fire.

A lot of times you have actual “pointers.” Someone is looking at an index sign and will actually point for the viewer to make sure that the viewer understands the connection.

If you think “index” think “index finger” which is used to “point to something” you can easily make the connection between the index and how it points to the signified.

With absent index, and here we can think of the work of Julia Kristeva, is the simulacrum or absent presence which circles around the image’s surface. Julia Kristeva was, of course, talking about the relationship between mothers and daughters but in written works of psychoanalysis, but if we considered the bullet hole it might be the absent presence of the bullet.

At the heart of this philosophical debate is whether truth and presence are absolutely linked. In Phaedrus, Plato argues for the unmediated truth of speech over the mediation of writing. The unmediated truth of speech comes from the presence of the speaker, while the writing mediates this presence. Therefore, representations in the form of images or writing present presence through mediation. It is through a medium (such as art, literature, and poetry) that meaning is presented to the world.

“Marie Antoinette and Her Children” (1788) by artist Vig e-Lebrun.

In the artwork by Vig e-Lebrun, Marie Antoinette and Her Children (1788), there is an empty cradle next to Marie Antoinette in this painting, while the eldest child lifts the empty cradle’s curtain while pointing at it was an indexical sign that his mother had recently lost a child; Princess Sophie. This portrait was done as a public relations piece to depict Marie Antoinette, as not only a good queen, but also a good mother who had recently suffered a tragic loss.

William Holman Hunt. “The Awakening Conscience” (1853).

This painting was included in Bram Dijkstra’s “Idols of Perversity: Fantasies of feminine evil in the fin de siècle culture” which was a book written about the pervasive fear of female flesh and the will they exerted against their male counterparts. It was a Victorian-era painting that depicted a lesson was being learned. What was the lesson? That the woman in the painting was “living in sin.” The index sign is very easy to pick out if you are familiar with the relationship between signs. In this painting, it is the bird and the cat in the lower left-hand painting of the work. The cat is obviously preying on the bird and that is a sign that someone is preying on somebody but who, we are not sure. Or are we? This piece was done during a time when women felt they were being treated unfairly and were not given the same equality as men. A critic at the time this painting was presented said the most obvious sign was “the telltale newness of the furniture.” This was not “married couple” behavior at the time and most certainly the two people in the painting were clearly “living in sin.” So, here is where we need to learn a little about the Victorian era’s way of thinking because, today, this painting would be interpreted much differently.

There is a difference in the types of symbols used.

In Marie Antoinette’s painting, the index makes more and more sense as we get used to recognizing the index signs in art because they have a logical connection and they make sense to us.

“Vanitas with Books, Violin, and Skull” by Levin Rodriguez.

If we see a skull, what do we think of? Death. And that’s an index sign for us as Pieter Claesz and Levin Rodriguez both used skulls in their vintas or still life paintings. Remember a “vintas” is a symbolic work of art showing the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death, often contrasting symbols of wealth and symbols of ephemerality and death.

The icon is also not difficult because it looks like what it is signifying.

It’s the symbol and the arbitrary sign that is something totally unrelated that might cause us trepidation in our analysis.

With arbitrary signs we ask ourselves, how do we know this?

And the answer is, you might see them “sticking out” in the composition because they are arbitrary and they look like they don’t actually belong there so you might have to do more research as to why those symbols were included. So, if you’re looking at something that just doesn’t seem to fit in the composition because it seems odd or juxtaposition you might want to think about it further as being a symbol. After all, symbols are often represented in our dreams, and they don’t make much sense to us until we do further research and find out what their symbolic meaning is.

Giovanni Arnolfini and His Wife (1434) by Jan van Eyck.

Here is an interesting exercise in art analysis that you can do yourself. Look at the painting and look for something that you think is unusual. There are several things. See what you can uncover before reading on further.

(1) Shoes in the lower-left corner of the painting and Giovanni is in stocking feet. This is a SIGN he is standing on “holy ground.” If you remember the story from the bible with Moses and the burning bush. Moses had to take off his shoes because he was standing on holy ground in the presence of God.

(2) Only one lite candle in the chandelier. This is a classic sign that you are in the presence of a holy presence. There are many paintings that depict light as being in the holy presence of divinity. One is Caravaggio’s Conversion of St. Paul (1600–1601) and the other is Adoration of the Shepherds (1622) by Gerard von Honthorst. Both artists’ use of light to depict divine presence can be understood as a symbol of divinity.

(3) The portrait is taking place in the bedroom. The importance of this is the connection between marriage and procreation.

(4) The sculpting on the headboard of the bed is of St. Margaret the patron saint of midwives.

(5) The fruit on the windowsill is a symbol of fertility and is completely indexical sign. The fruit has seeds, seeds bear fruit, fruit equals sex.

(6) Giovanni’s Wife’s pregnancy is a sign of what’s to come or what they hope to do. It is showing their marriage as a holy covenant in the sacrament of the church and that they made this covenant on holy ground in the eyes of God.

Thus, the portrait is about being holy and expresses the commitment he has taken to his wife before the eyes of God.

Hieronymus Bosch. “Garden of Earthly Delights” (1500–1505).

It is a triptych in three panels. We ask ourselves, did the author of this painting want us not to be confused about the role of sexuality and the human proclivities of pleasure? Absolutely not. This work screams SEX! SEX! SEX! You could spend years analyzing this particular artwork. There is a lot going on here and I’m particularly confused by the image in the central panel of a person, naked and bent over, with another naked person alongside him or her sticking flowers in their derriere. What does that mean? Of course, this is a triptych that is supposed to depict acts of human evil and licentious behavior.

“All art is about signs and symbols.”

The Tools of Analysis

First, notice how the artist uses signs, symbols, and representational signs in a work to suggest meaning. This helps one to begin to formulate an interpretation.

Second, are there any elements particular to the seasons or the time of day?

Third, in a picture with people what are their objects, activities, and relationship? How are they connected?

Fourth, what time period is the artwork from? What meanings would the significant objects in the work have had at that particular time?

Fifth, are there any traditional symbols?

Sixth, are there objects that might be symbolic?

Seventh, always look for “signs” or “pointers” that link indirectly to the signified objects. In Elizabeth Short’s murder, her murder scene was staged near a dumpster and she had several suitors who called on her.

Eight, how are various signifiersthe symbolsthe iconsthe indexes related to style-based signs, such as line, color, light, point of view, etc., all of that?

Nine, together, how do they enhance your understanding?

Ten, ask yourself. How does the way the artist uses signs and symbols contribute to the overall meaning of the artwork?

On a final note, if we considered the staged murder scene of Elizabeth Short depicted below, what might we conclude using the above-referenced tools? We might need a little background information on Elizabeth Short’s lifestyle and the time period this murder took place.

Elizabeth Short’s body was severed into two pieces in a procedure known as a hemicorporectomy and her body was drained of all of its blood.

The procedure used on Short’s body was known as a hemicorporectomy. It is a medically induced disarticulation of the pelvis from the upper torso for the purpose of saving the life of the patient. In Creativity and Perversions, Chasseguet-Smirgel presents three Luciferian characters; Caligula, Doctor Moreau, and Hans Bellmer. It is Hans Bellmer, whose fascination with disarticulated doll parts, may provide clues to the inner workings of the mind of the perpetrator in the Black Dahlia murder.

“It is in Germany in 1933 that Hans Bellmer created ‘The Doll.’ Constantin Jelinski, writing on it, says: “It is a fetish, and idol” and calls its maker a ‘demiurge’: Disarticulated, placed in a doorway, its limbs scattered over a bed, or reduced to a pair of legs, set off with lace, The Doll, embodied fancy, seems as Olympia to escape the will of its demiurge’ (Les Dessins de Hans Bellmler, 1966).” (Chasseguet-Smirgel, 1984, pg. 20)

In the case of Elizabeth Short, her ‘demiurge’ is more accurately described as belonging to the Platonic schools of philosophy by definition. In Platonic philosophy, the demiurge is an artisan-like figure responsible for fashioning and maintaining the physical universe. Here, it is most likely a medical doctor or someone with surgical medical knowledge. Most definitely male.

“Jean Brun had the intuition that the Doll is a product whose aim is to dethrone the father and his (genital) begetting capacities (Chasseguet-Smirgel, 1984, pg. 20).” Thereby, vanquishing “the father.” In the form of a creative perversion, a creative solution to a perplexing problem, Elizabeth Short’s genital begetting capacity was denied and her sexuality dethroned from her facial identity and can be interpreted based on the severance between the genitalia and her facial identity. An act that screamed, “No! Not that!” Was she an embarrassment to her father? To one of her boyfriends maybe? She had many male callers. Could the perpetrator have been her father who, had only recently kicked her out of his home, and only lived three blocks away from her staged murder scene where her body was dumped? Or was it an older male she was dating who might have been enraged by her proclivity toward what may have been perceived as acts of promiscuity? Was Elizabeth Short an “idol of perversity?”

Other posts to consider

Romance, the Novel, Psychoanalysis and Sexual Fantasy – Proclivities’ Principle Wisdom (wordpress.com)

Theaters of the Mind: The Psychic Theater and the Psychoanalytic Stage (Part II) – Proclivities’ Principle Wisdom (wordpress.com)

Theaters of the Mind: The Psychic Theater and the Psychoanalytic Stage (Part III) – Proclivities’ Principle Wisdom (wordpress.com)


Absence/Presence. The Chicago School of Media Theoryhttps://lucian.uchicago.edu/blogs/mediatheory/keywords/absence-presence/

Chasseguet-Smirgel, Janine. (1984). Creativity and Perversion. London. Free Association Books.

Dijkstra, Bram. (1986) “Idols of Perversity: Fantasies of feminine evil in the fin de siècle culture. New York. Oxford University Press.

Walker, Michelle Boulous. (1998). Philosophy and the Maternal Body: Reading silence. New York. Routledge.

Additional Sources Providing Context and History on the Black Dahlia Murder:





Why Gang Stalking, Electronic Targeted Assaults, and Psychotronic Torture Is A Conspiracy

Sometimes I believe the reason I was attacked with electronic targeted assault and psychotronic torture is because I’m not allowed to look better than my sister (physique-wise and facial skin beauty-wise) when we age. This may or may not be true. This is just sometimes my perception based on the things she says and does. Being twins, there is always a level of competition even in all lateral sibling relationships. As shallow as that may sound (and trust me, she can be pretty shallow) it’s about entitlements and rights. What’s even worse I perceive my sister as a non-stable personality. Why? She goes through psychotic breaks in reality and physically assaults me. And she has said several times to her husband, “If I’m going to help her, I’m not going to pay for her to work out all day” (this of course boils down to; “I’m not going to help her look better than me as we age.” So, in this game, it is not in my best interest to “look better” than her in terms of age and beauty. We are talking about someone who came over yesterday and screamed at me over yogurt. In her processes of belittlement and dehumanization, she made me feel like I was the lowest piece of shit and “deserved to live in the gutter.” That I was just like one of those little “niglettes” that come into her medical office as a patient. Which leads me to question, what does she call white children? Chicken Mcnuggets? And what of Asian children? Are they “chica-de-China-Chinese chicken nuggets.”

“In poverty she is envious. In riches she may be a snob. Money doesn’t change the sickness, only the symptoms.” ~John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

As a non-stable personality, she is prone to and has a proclivity, not only to psychotic breaks, but also victim blaming as well. Where she perceives certain people “deserving of being beaten,” “deserving of being raped,” and “deserving of being murdered.” When, in fact, no one deserves such treatment. That kind of justice isn’t justice at all, and the only people endowed with any legal authority to take a life is the Supreme Court in handing down capital punishment.

When I said to my sister yesterday, that she was “fucking disgusting” she thought I was talking about beauty. She told me to “look in the mirror.” I responded, “What? I’m disgusting? Because I look like YOU now. Cellulite all over my arms and legs, a big fat belly, grey hair, and wrinkles?” Now, in terms of beauty, we are on the same level which is a far cry from where I was about six years ago. But I wasn’t talking about physical beauty, I was talking about how she lacks in human warmth and decency. That she, in fact, lacks in basic human respect for our fellow men calling black children, “niglettes.” And most recently she said, “I’m sick of George Floyd.” Meaning she is sick of hearing the incessant news coverage over the black man killed by a white police officer. Because in her line of thinking, “Some people deserved to be killed” (as well as beaten, raped, or whatever). Because THEY bring it on themselves. She is a victim blamer. Alcoholics deserve what they get because “THEY cause their own misery.” HOMELESS people deserve what they get because “THEY can’t or won’t help themselves.” This is not a decent character trait of a “good person.” This is the character trait of a person prone to psychotic breaks in reality; suffering delusions. When she started screaming about yogurt, she started treating me like a second-class citizen, a piece of shit that belongs in the gutter because “people like me end up homeless and are deserving of abuse.” This is what a psychotic break, in reality, looks like. It is dehumanizing a person and casting them in the role of non-human (animal). It is also what serial killers and sadistic rapists do to their victims. If any person has ever come close to ever needing to put on a dog collar and leash, this bitch has because she is VICIOUS, MACHIAVELLIANNARCISSISTIC, and SADISTIC. This personality Triade of her’s (known as the Dark Triad), makes a consistent and repetitive re-appearance in her relationship with Objects in her relational world. Especially when those she is in competition with, are better off than she. This is Object Relations Theory 101. Some people do belong in cages.

“People don’t care what you do, they care why you do it.”

This is the same person who felt entitled to just come over and rip out MY GARDEN. The garden I loved for her own interests. In the interest of POWER and CONTROL in asserting her authority. An act she committed AGAINST ME which was an act that ripped the heart right out my chest because I LOVED GARDENING. I don’t have much but the things that meant the most to me in life were the things I have worked the hardest to get. My Phi Theta Kappa pin, my son, and my garden, to name a few.

The problem is I’m dealing with people in my family who will exploit and monopolize on my weakness in order to “gain more sales.” After all, why would someone spend all that money on a watch, a Rolex that tells time no better than a Timex? Why would someone spend all that money on Mercedes Benz, when a car that is just as well manufactured and/or safely produced can cost much less? There is only one answer. She NEEDS more salesTHEY NEED more sales because they themselves are unable to correct their unconscious fixed dysfunction. When dealing with people they will periodically lack traits like; empathy, understanding another’s way of being, compassion for difference, mercy, justice, fairness, and equality under the law. They’re narcissistic, entitled, and possess the merest particle of the meanest character Hegel discussed in his work Phenomenology of Spirit. Some might call them the worst traits of a capitalist; the Star Trek’s Ferengi. Ferengi culture is depicted as hyper-capitalistic, focused on the acquisition of profit as the highest goal. They’ll jump at the chance to take an opponent down for more money and “more sales” in the game. In game theory, people employ these strategies to try and “come out on top.” In politics, politicians use similar types of strategies and tactics to appeal to their voters by slinging mud at their opponents in smear campaigns. The only thing flashing money around does is attract people who are just as narcissistic and interested in having more money which may provoke hostility and resentments in others, thereby, attracting more enemies.

I’ve spent some time trying to tease out the treads, trying to discover which thread belongs to which personality. But the confusing part is that some threads belong to multiple players’ personalities. One of them is an insatiable NEED for “more sales” which may, in all likelihood, be rooted in Oedipal competition between siblings. Feelings of when both of them, at specific points in childhood, felt like they “lost out” on “mother’s/father’s love.” Take for example, when I was going through an eating disorder at the age of 13 years old, more attention was lavished on me by my parents under the orders of my then doctor. In game theory, the “more sales” I received (e.g., attention) not only from my parents but my friends in school as well which placed ENVY in the heart of my sister. An ENVY that might have always been there but had now become intensified.

The NEED I am referring to here is known as NARCISSISTIC SUPPLY and some people have more of an insatiable need for “more sales” than others, but in truth, we all need a certain amount of narcissistic supply. It’s just how we go about acquiring it that makes the difference. It is for this reason, many people will seek help from a therapist because the insatiable need for a narcissistic supply can cause problems in personal relationships and people end up becoming unhappy. It is the narcissists that are prone to physical assaults as well as sexual assaults that destroy relationships.

I often felt like a guinea pig stuck in an invisible electrified cage.

I have actually come to believe that I am just a Guinea Pig with the right kind of psychological diagnosis. And when my sister, or my mother, or some other family relative treats me in a dehumanizing way they use electronic targeted assaults and psychotronic torture so I don’t fall back on my coping mechanism which is to EXCERCISE. So, I am the GUINEA PIG with the PSYCHO-NEUROTIC RESPONSE TRIGGER and some mad scientist can test the unknown waters out on with his new advanced electronic gadgetry. That I may have been unwilfully and unlawfully placed in a research study, studying the side-effects of electronic targeted assaults and psychotronic torture to evaluate whether or not a form of advanced technological medicine would be successful in curbing or preventing certain “self-defense mechanisms,” in my case EXERCISE. Since I’m “triggered” when a separation or loss occurs in my personal relationships; when exclusion or expulsions (isolation) by others in my relationships. When this happens, I would typically EXERCISE, but now my brain feels like someone is trying to “wipe my hard drive” and replace it with cotton. It seems likely that the electronic torture and psychotronic torture may be happening to me as part of an INFINITE GAME strategy. This is a game that is played out in perpetuity or until I run out of resources or give up my will to continue on in the game (e.g., the will to fight back).

In 1997, after I lost my eldest brother to a tragic car accident and following the loss of my job, I entered college and enrolled in 7 classes the first semester. I call this a “psycho-neurotic” response because it’s extreme. Seven classes are pretty intense and extreme caseload. But because of the “psycho-neurotic” response (a response rooted in drive theory), I achieved outstanding grades. I was offered membership in Phi Theta Kappa, an honor society for two-year colleges. I made the President’s List which is ABOVE the Dean’s List.

In 2003, after the sudden and unexpected loss of my nephew, my “psycho-neurotic” response took the form of habitual exercise. I started exercising moderately for 5 hours a day. I dropped over 50 lbs. I went from a size 14 to a size 4. These events, although psychologically triggering, allowed me to achieve success in my life. And so, I believe ELECTRONIC TARGETED ASSAULT AND PSYCHOTRONIC TORTURE are most likely being employed by an OPERATOR(S) who fear my success and are interested in preventing me from achieving success and ultimately happiness. Because right now, I’m so pissed at my sister and my mother for treating me like a piece of shit all I want to do is exercise my aggression away and they won’t let me do this as long as they continue to utilize this technology against me. They diked an avenue that is beneficial for health, mental health, and well-being and replaced it with an avenue that is pernicious; drinking alcohol.

Most psychiatrists would say a moderate response to problem-solving is best, but extreme environments call for extreme problem-solving. Exercising to dissolve aggression is healthy. Working harder in your career in order to do better than you did before; optimum. So, I cannot believe this technology is serving my interests at all. In fact, it’s serving my enemy’s interests so they achieve “more sales.”

Now, my sister will be entertaining at her Memorial Day picnic where various extended family and friends will be inclusively invited. Ask me if I’ll be there? NoWhy? Because the bitch is psycho and I can’t exercise any of the anger and aggression I may feel about that away. Just think how upsetting it must have been when she realized her fucking psychotic antics is what has driven my success? They’d rather me “wash away my misery with alcohol” than release it in a healthy way. They achieve “more sales” that way. Else they’d turn off this fucking electronic frequency assaults (CST) and would have never stopped me from exercising in the first place and replaced that activity with an alcoholic solution in the first place. They started bringing me alcohol, something they never did before.

What Game Theory Teaches Us About War and How It Relates to Gangstalking with Electronic Targeted Assaults and Psychotronic Torture

The Curious Dresser: Essay Research - Simon Sinek, TED Talk
Image: Simon Oliver Sinek is a British-American author and inspirational speaker. He is the author of five books, including Start With Why and The Infinite Game

The purpose of this post is to get the reader to think about the United States policy decision at the end of the Cold War, and compare it to the game theory strategy of gang stalking, electronic targeted assaults, and psychotronic torture of Targeted Individuals. It is important that the reader think critically about the difference between finite games and infinite games and the quagmire that is generated when a finite player is pitted against an infinite player. Consider the following transcript from Simon Sinek’s TedTalk of 2015.

“At the end of the Cold War, the United States made a policy decision that may be one of the biggest mistakes of the 21st century. It’s contributed to chaos and uncertainty in this current day. And it’s not based on politics it’s based on games.

In game theory, there are two types of games. There are finite games and there are infinite games.

A finite game is defined as known players, fixed rules, and agreed-upon objectives; Baseball.

An infinite game is defined as known and unknown players, the rules are changeable, and the objective is to perpetuate the game.

When you pit a finite player versus a finite player the system is stable. Baseball is stable. So is conventional war for that matter.

When you pit an infinite player versus an infinite player the system is also stable, THE COLD WAR was stable. That’s because in an infinite game there are no winners and losers. WE CANNOT LOSE THE GAME. And so, we work to keep the game in play. In fact, because there are no winners and losers, THE ONLY THING A PLAYER CAN DO IS DROP OUT WHEN THEY RUN OUT OF THE RESOURCES OR THE WILL TO PLAY. Problems arise, however, when you pit a finite player versus an infinite player. It’s the finite player who then gets caught in QUAGMIREThis happens in business all the time. The game of business is an infinite game. The concept of business has lasted longer than every single company that exists right now. And it will exist long after all the companies that exist right now go away. The funny thing about business is the number of businesses that are playing finite. They are playing to win. They’re playing to be the best. They are playing to beat the quarter or the year. And they are always frustrated by that company that has an amazing vision, that long-term vision that seems to drive them crazy. And over the long term that player will always win, and the other player will run out of the resources or the will, and they’ll either go out of business or be bought or sold or merged, or whatever it is.

This is also what happened to the United States in Vietnam. The United States was fighting to win. The Vietcong were fighting for their lives. They would fight forever if necessary. This is what also happened when the Soviet Union was in Afghanistan. The Soviets were fighting to beat the Mujahideen. Mujahideen were fighting to stay alive, fighting for their very lives. Now when it comes to policy, you have to know what game you’re playing so you can play the right rules. And this became completely clear to me when the Soviets actually drove their tanks into Afghanistan and Zbigniew Brzezinski*, the National Security Advisor for President Carter, was called into the president’s office and the president asked him, “What is the policy of the United States?” And Brzezinski said, “The policy of the United States is to eject the Soviets.” That’s a finite goal. And almost as an off-handed comment, he said, “And if we can’t do that, will make it as expensive as possible for them to stay.” In other words, the United States accidentally had an infinite strategy. Which is not fixed in time and we don’t know exactly what it looks like, what we are trying to do is drain the enemy of the will and all of the resources to continue to play. And ten years later the Soviets drove their tanks out of Afghanistan, running out of the resources and the will to play. Now, you think about what happened when the Berlin wall came down (did the Stasi -the Secret East German Police really come down with it? Maybe?). We were in an infinite game, the Soviets and the United States. And when the Berlin wall came down, the United States and Soviets were in an infinite game, and again the United States had made perhaps one of the greatest policy blunders in the history of the 20th century. They had announced that they had won the game. They had “won the Cold War.” No, they didn’t. The other player dropped out because they ran out of the resources or the will to play. And the problem is that because they thought that they had won the war, they started acting like victors. And the United States imposed their will on the world for about eleven years. And as it turns out, the world didn’t like that too much. And, as what happens in all infinite contests, new players started to emerge. If you consider how the cold war existed, it really existed on 3 TENSIONS.

NUCLEAR TENSION — Both states had nuclear weapons that could end all life.

IDEOLOGICAL TENSION — One was an exporter of democracy and capitalism and the other was an exporter of Soviet-style communism.

ECONOMIC TENSION – {ADDITIONAL INFORMATION NOT INCLUDED IN LECTURE: Both the United States and Russia emerged as Super Powers after World War II. The United States started the Marshall Plan in 1947 which gave aid to European countries to help rebuild the devastation caused by the war but constant economic tensions and conflict between Russian and the United States were always felt. They were based in fundamental differences in economic morals and economic principles. Both countries were in competition for everything which also sounds a lot like a finite business game that lacks long-term vision because it was mostly an economic struggle for power and control over countries even if they didn’t benefit directly from them.}

Those 3 TENSIONS are what kept the COLD WAR alive and well. Not coincidentally; LIFE, LIBERTY, and THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. The only 3 things for which we will bear any burden and pay any price and fight forever to defend.

Now the NUCLEAR TENSION has been replaced by Pakistan, and North Korea, and maybe Iran.

The IDEOLOGICAL TENSION, Soviet-style communism, has been replaced with Islamic extremism.

The ECONOMIC TENSION, the Soviet Union is been replaced by China. We don’t fear nuclear war with China. But the point is, ALL 3 TENSIONS ARE ALIVE AND WELL. And you see the problem is, they all know who their enemy is but we don’t realize the Cold War 2.0 is happening. And we are still trying to decide which one is more important. Who is trying to win and beat all of these things and not realize that the game is infinite and not finite. The United States policy these days, is becoming of shorter and shorter-term which creates turmoil and chaos in strategy and how we present ourselves to the world. The easiest way to understand the game you’re in is when you have an opposing force. Another words, “NOT THAT.” Right? You want great leadership. You want someone to say what we stand for, but if you don’t’ have that, you get to say, “NOT THAT.” So, it’s really easy, the intelligence services, for example, during the Cold War, they fought like cats and dogs just like they fight now. But they could all agree on one thing; “NOT THAT.” And they work really well to combine their forces to face the Soviet Union. We don’t have a singular “NOT THAT” anymore. And so, we are all over the place. But all of our enemies have a singular “NOT THAT.” And that “NOT THAT” is us.

Ideally, we want to run all of our decisions through our values. These are what make us enduring. Our values are enduring and this is the foundation of an infinite contest. So, you consider up here is where our values lie. What I like to call the “y”our values. These things are infinite. They’re enduring. (Infinitity symbol). Down here I have what I call the “What.” These are our interests. And our interests are finite. So, ideally what we want to do is run all of our decisions through our values and then through our interests. Let me show you what that looks like. Sometimes they go in our favor and sometimes they don’t.

For example, when the United States goes into a battlefield and we shoot a bad guy. We will take his injured body and bring him into our hospitals and we will risk American lives to bring him into our hospitals and use American doctors, American beds, American medicines, to nurse him back to health. THAT’S NOT IN OUR INTEREST, but the reason we do it is because it’s kind of who we are, it’s kind of what we do, it’s like our thing. Right?

When we make decisions based solely on our interests it looks like this. So, should we torture people? Now the reason the United States did it offshore (Guantanamo Bay) is because everybody kind of knew that wasn’t our thing because we had no problem with it. We just do it here (out of the territories of the United States). So, we hid it away because we knew it was uncomfortable because we know what our values are. So, what’s been happening in the world is we have been evaluating all of the things that have been going on by ignoring our values because we don’t realize we are in an infinite contest and we only look at our interests. So, we think about what should we do in Syria and we make a very good decision based on our interests in Syria and we make a Syrian decision. And what should we do in Crimea and what should we do with regards to Putin and what should we do with regards to Iraq and Afghanistan? And we are all over the place. And the problem is that when you pull back and take a look at the picture, NOBODY HAS ANY IDEA WHAT WE STAND FOR. American policy thus becomes confusing for our allies, who no longer trust us because we are no longer predictable. And it’s fantastic for our enemies because they can exploit it.

IDEALLY, what we do is run all our decisions through our values first, and though it may not always go our way, just like I said we make decisions all the time that aren’t always in our interests like bringing an injured bad guy and putting him in our hospitals. NOT IN OUR INTERESTS. But what that does is it makes us predictable. And it makes our allies trust us because they know what we stand for and they will either stand with us or they’ll stand against us. And together we will go through the infinite contest for as long as it takes. This is what we are in right now. The Cold War is alive and well and we will not help contribute to stabilizing the world until we start playing the game we are in instead of playing the game we are not in.”

It is important to note, in my opinion, the purveyors utilizing gangstalking with electronic targeted assaults and psychotronic torture are pitting a finite player (targeted individual) against an infinite player (purveyors of this technology) that causes the finite player (targeted individual) to suffer a quagmire. It is also important to recognize, in my opinion, the purveyors utilizing this strategy are utilizing a strategy of infinite warfare. The same strategy was employed during the Cold War and where no side emerges the winner. There are no winners and losers in Cold War. No one can lose the game, and so, we work to keep the game in play. In fact, because there are no winners and losers, the only thing a player can do is drop out when they run out of resources or run out of the will to continue playing the game. Because the game never ends, we can see a similar position emerge where, like the United States, the veiled purveyor of electronic targeting technology and psychotronic torture is sticking his/her nose into places where it doesn’t belong because he/she has failed to realize that he/she is not the victor and has also failed to run his decision through sound moral values first instead of going straight through to his/her capitalist interests. In addition to all of this, the purveyors of this technology, in lacking good leadership and sound moral values with which to run his/her decisions through, can only say, “NOT THAT.” And the “NOT THAT” IS the Targeted Individual.

  • Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski was Zbigniew a Polish-American diplomat and political scientist. He served as a counselor to President Lyndon B. Johnson from 1966 to 1968 and was President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Advisor from 1977 to 1981.


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Mechanisms in Cognitive Learning, Contingency Learning Events, and The Pairing of Stimuli in Grooming Behavior and Mind Control: What’s the real intent behind gangstalking, electronic targeted physical assaults, and psychotronic torture

Negatively Reinforcing Positive Behaviors and Positively Reinforcing Negative Behaviors With Paired Stimuli

The purpose of this article is to get the reader to think about how a Targeted Individual’s self-efficacy is compromised through electronic targeted physical assaults and psychotronic torture and to think about the very real and patterned ways in which the purveyors of this form of technological control have operated historically within the power structures of male patriarchy.

The research paper, Self-efficacy: Toward a unifying theory of behavioral change (1977), presents an integrative theoretical framework to explain and predict psychological changes achieved by different modes of treatment. This theory states that psychological procedures, whatever their form, alter the level and strength of self-efficacy. Self-efficacy is a person’s belief that they can be successful when carrying out a particular task, say learning advanced skills required to ballroom dance or learning advanced skills in calculus. This concept was originally developed by psychologist Albert Bandura who originally proposed the concept, a personal judgment of how well or poorly a person is able to cope with a given situation based on the skills they have and the circumstances they face. I propose the purpose of electronic physical assault and psychotronic torture is specifically designed to upend a person’s self-efficacy. I have previously stated in my past posts exploring the forensic psychology behind the phenomenon of gang stalking, electronic targeted physical assaults, and the use of psychotronic torture that this phenomenon relates to a person’s internal locus of control, as well as negative effects a person’s self-efficacy. In the research study, Self-efficacy: Toward a unifying theory of behavioral change (1977), a research paper published in the field of behavioral change hypothesized that expectations of self-efficacy determine whether coping behaviors will be initiated, how much effort will be expended, and how long it will be sustained in the face of obstacles and aversive experiences. Persistence in activities that are subjectively threatening, but in fact relatively safe procedures, through experiences of mastery, further the enhancement of self-efficacy and corresponding reductions in defensive behavior. In the proposed model, expectations of personal self-efficacy are derived from four principal sources of information: performance accomplishmentsvicarious experienceverbal persuasion, and physiological statesThe more dependable the experiential sources, the greater are the changes in perceived self-efficacy. Likewise, a reduction in the dependability of the experiential sources, a reduction in the personal self-efficacy of the individual. A number of factors are identified as influencing the cognitive processing of efficacy information arising from enactive, vicarious, exhortative, and emotive sources. The differential power of diverse therapeutic procedures is analyzed in terms of the postulated cognitive mechanism of operation. Findings are reported from microanalyses of enactive, vicarious, and emotive modes of treatment that support the hypothesized relationship between perceived self-efficacy and behavioral changes. Possible directions for further research are discussed in the paper as well.

Since lifestyle changes are one of the side-effects of the phenomenon known as gang stalking, electronic physical assault, and psychotronic torture might very likely be an antithetical psychological experiment on the health and well-being of a fractional population of people being conducted at the hands of unscrupulous researchers. Of course, it may be part of some other type of conspiracy as well. Not enough is fully known to explore these hypotheses.

Two major divergent trends in the field of behavioral change are evidence by the difference in the treatment of dysfunctional inhibitions and defensive behaviors. On the one hand, the mechanisms by which human behavior is acquired and regulated are increasingly formulated in terms of cognitive processes. On the other hand, it is performance-based procedures that are proving to be most powerful for effecting psychological changes. If you think about how exercise can improve attitude and lessen depression thereby supporting overall health and well-being. The above-mentioned research study reported as a consequence, successful performance is replacing symbolically based experiences as the principal vehicle of change. If this is true, then the electronic physical assaults and psychotronic torture I have been enduring are antithetical to the health and well-being of a fractional portion of the American population who are reporting its effects.

To understand this better, let’s consider the cognitive locus of control. Cognitive locus of control, are treatments based on learning principles and it hypothesizes that new behaviors will be shaped automatically by its effects, through paired stimulation in which responses are directly linked to stimuli. If you remember I wrote about my experience with a contingency learning event in my personal life, the paired stimulation between my new cell phone ring and the memory recall of an enjoyable event caused a conditioned biological sexual response. It is important to remember, this event occurred during a time while I was being “treated” (more like abused) with electronic targeted physical assaults directed to my genitalia and through psychotronic torture, the lowering of my conscious state of awareness similar if one consumed alcohol or took a mind-altering drug. In the research of mind control, this event might be considered a form of Manchurian Candidate type of mind control. However, a Manchurian Candidate is a person who is not loyal to, or who harms, their own country or political party because they are under the control or influence of another country or party: Some bloggers hint that a presidential candidate might be a kind of Manchurian candidate. Theoretical formulations in the 1970s began to replace peripheral mechanisms of cognitive learning with the central processing of direct, vicarious, and symbolic sources of information.

Altering the rate of pre-existing behavior by re-enforcement was portrayed as a process wherein responses were regulated by their immediate consequences without requiring any conscious involvement of the responders. Changes in behavior produced by stimuli that either signify events to come or indicate probable response consequences also have been shown to rely heavily on cognitive representations of contingencies. People are not much affected by paired stimulation unless they recognize that the events are correlated (Dawson & Furedy, 1976; Grings, 1973). Stimuli influence the likelihood of a behavior’s being performed by virtue of their predictive function, not because the stimuli are automatically connected to responses by their having occurred together. Consider this aspect of behavioral conditioning, also known as grooming, that employs electronic targeted physical assaults to the body and mind of the individual. It has been amply documented cognitive processes play a prominent role in the acquisition and retention of new behavior patterns. Transitory experiences leave lasting effects by being coded and retained in symbols for memory representation. Because the acquisition of response information is a major aspect of learning, much human behavior is developed through modeling. So, say a retailer (or perhaps a patron) at Larry’s Liquor Store, a local retail store in my area, does not wish for me to visit this particular establishment anymore. Through lateral surveillance, physically watching me entering and exiting the store or tracking through GPS, they employ the use of electronic targeted physical assaults and psychotronic torture that can elicit behavioral change. Because transitory experiences leave lasting effects by being coded and retained in symbols for memory representation and because I don’t want to receive another electronic physical assault and psychotronic torture my behavior will be inclined to change (e.g., choose to visit another store). In research, these variables are known as the dependent and independent variables. To further clarify, Targeted Individuals who have been undergoing this type of lateral surveillance enduring electronic physical assaults and psychotronic torture have actually moved and relocated to avoid the cost of the pain and suffering by staying in their homes.

It is important to note in one research study, a larger portion of women are targeted versus men. Conservative estimates suggest that 8% of women and only 2% of men report being stalked at some point in their lives, it would appear that the subjective experience of being gang-stalked could affect around 0.66% of adult women and only 0.17% of adult men in the western world at some point in their lives. This speaks volumes of the purveyors for this form of technological control. It might be assumed that something that affects the lives of so many people would have been the subject of extensive research and study. However, this is not the case which may also appear a bit suspicious until we consider the following information.

There is also another aspect to this phenomenon. This phenomenon directly affects clairsentience. Clairsentience is not a psychic phenomenon like many people believe it to be. No, in fact, clairsentience is the ability to perceive the emotional state of another person who is not directly visible in your field of sight. This is an evolutionary adaptation that allowed our ancestors to initiate a fight or flight response when a perceived threat of real danger enters into our awareness. Dr. Nancy Zarse has discussed this in lecture three of Survival Mentality: Psychology of Staying AliveClairsentience is connected to “feelings” and because of its connection to feelings, it has also been considered to be empathic. In humans and in animals it is an evolutionary skill acquired adaptation that allows organisms to achieve a heightened sense of awareness about their surrounding environment during events of a perceived threat that poses a real danger. These “feelings” Dr. Zarse labeled as “sensations” which are not to be confused with the sensations delivered from electronic targeted physical assaults and psychotronic torture. These feelings or sensations are feeling fright, feeling scaredfeeling fearful, happy, angry, sad, joyful, peaceful, etcRemember words matter. So, the “sensations” of electronic targeted physical assault and psychotronic torture are not the same as the sensations we experience from emotional states. However, the sensations delivered by electronic targeted physical assault and psychotronic torture can elicit emotional states of fear and anger, and disrupt emotional states of peace and homeostasis. Because individuals feel overwhelmed during these “critical events” they become cognitively crippled by this form of abuse. As a result, they become not immediately aware of the differences between emotional states and physical sensations, and so, because they are unable to accurately articulate what they are experiencing, clinicians diagnose them as “schizophrenic” or “paranoid schizophrenic.”

Now, you might ask why would someone want to alter a person’s evolutionary acquired and layered skills of knowledge of survival? No doubt, the answers will vary depending on who you ask, but if you ask me, it may be in order to control the level of emotional response such as the sensations that come with “feelings.” The electronic targeted physical assaults and psychotronic torture thereby impacts the victim’s response and reduces or increases his or her ability to successfully defending against the endangering life-threatening event such as a physical assault or sexual assault received during a domestic violence altercation. Responses may also be self-defensive mechanisms of either self-harming behavior or behavior directed at another who is eliciting the sensations or emotions in the victim. In short, it puts the person at a very real disadvantage. If you take the time to think about how unconscionable this information is, given the fact that a person could be manipulated to enter the arms of a predator, and the fact that vulnerable groups like woman, children, black slaves, the mentally ill, and those with alternate lifestyles have been targets of violence. Historically speaking, it has seen poor, black sharecroppers, black female African slaves, mentally ill, foster children, pregnant women, and other disadvantaged groups who have been unethically and inhumanely made test subject fodder for unscrupulous research studies. Let us explore whether or not the phenomenon of gang stalking, electronic targeted physical research, and psychotronic torture violates the Belmont Report. That is IF it is an experimental research study:

1. Respect for persons: protecting the autonomy of all people and treating them with courtesy and respect and allowing for informed consent. Researchers must be truthful and conduct no deception.

2. Beneficence: the philosophy for looking out for the well-being of research participants and “Do no harm.” That is, the research should far outweigh the benefits than the risks.

3. Justice: ensuring reasonable, non-exploitative, and well-considered procedures are administered fairly and equally.

In my opinion, it violates all three principles set forth by Ethical Principles and guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects.

What’s more, the fact that we analyze myth for the purpose of understanding unconscious phantasies rooted in cultural anxieties that are pervasively held by groups, especially surrounding images of, not only female flesh, but those images that represent cultural, religious, ethnic, gender, and sexual “differences.” The fact that a larger portion of the targeted individuals is females, speaks volumes to the unconscious psychic state of the purveyors to this particular form of technological control. While during the course of being surveilled with this form of eavesdropping electronic communication technology I have been sexually assaults and physically assaulted. I have been harassed at various public locations because I believe the purveyors to this technology are in a privileged position of knowledge to my daily activities; where and when I go grocery shopping, what library I frequent (there is now only one library available to me), and what liquor stores I frequently purchase from, and so on and so forth.

Following my May 11, 2021 post entitled “Myth, Phantasy, Culture: Male counterphobic defenses against emasculation”, the intensity of the electronic targeted physical assaults and psychotronic torture increased significantly. This means that my online blogging sites are being watched by those individual purveyors of this technology. The association to the increase in the intensity of psychotronic torture over the last nine (9) days can be made through the image I posted with one of my online published articles on May 11th. It was a picture of the Renaissance artist’s sculpture known as Donatello’s “David.” At the base of Donatello’s sculpture, David has his left foot firmly planted on the severed head of Goliath. The sculpting depicts the myth from the Bible described in the Book of Samuel as a Philistine giant defeated by the young David in a single combat incident. The story signified Saul’s unfitness to rule, as Saul himself should have fought for Israel. It is an age-old struggle between “a junior man” and “a mighty warrior.” This myth most closely voices the presentation of “opposite poles” and illustrates for us the ambiances and tensions found in language and cultural social problems. It runs parallel to the Greek myth of Achilles and Agamemnon. In this conflict, both Agamemnon and Achilles are awarded a woman as a trophy of war, but when Agamemnon is forced to release his captive, Chryseis, he decides that he is entitled to Achilles’ captive, Briseis. So here we can come to an understanding regarding the unconscious phantasies of men found in the various myths of both Jewish and Greek mythology and to the social tensions they are testaments toward. We can look at Agamemnon’s game strategy of taking Achilles’ woman as a dark tit for tat in the Prisoner’s dilemma.

The Renaissance sculpting of Donatello’s “David” expresses the ambiances and tensions during a time during the history of Italy when the Duke of Milan was represented as the unfit wealthy tyrannical aristocracy, an abusive tyrant in his rule over the people of Florence. And the people of Florence who were depicted as young “David,” a poorer class of people suffering at the hands of an unfit tyrannical leader. This scenario supports my hypothesis that my family may be perceived as the “wealthy aristocracy who, unfit to rule are being punished for their abuses” and that the purveyors of this form of technological control are the Florentin “Davids”. I say this simply because of my sister’s wealth. She sports a silver Rolex, drives a Mercedes Benz, draped with Louis Vuitton, and lives in a house valued somewhere between $500,000 and $750,000. And so, the goal of these purveyors is to somehow acquire their wealth or to punish and harm certain family members within its ranks because of the cultural differences these individuals represent. This is only one of my hypotheses.

A lot of people believe my parents as well as my immediate family members are “filthy dirty pieces of shit.” Some of the people who believe this are in my extended family as well as acquaintances who know us personally. My family was attacked by an outside source. An outside source who wished to do certain individuals in my family harm. So far, my eldest two siblings have died prematurely and I believe they were being targeted like me. Similar to how Hitler targeted the Jews during the Holocaust, and how Achilles’ conflict with Agamemnon ended in Achilles’ withdrawal in fighting in battle. My family was targeted for the culture they represented by a white supremacist(s) Nazi who believed in their perceived cultural superiority and that somehow our culture represented a social blemish on the face of humanity. This belief or perception represents a cultural myth that certain groups deserved to be punished because they themselves are responsible for their own suffering like when homeless people are targeted with violence, black men, and Asian Americans.

While it may or may not be true that my parents may be “filthy, dirty, pieces of shit,” we make a similar connection to opinions held toward the homeless population. These myths believe they deserved to get beaten, or victimized because, after all, why don’t they just “get a job.” This fact doesn’t afford anyone the right to abuse and torture groups of people who represent basic cultural differences because their beliefs and lifestyles differ from the mainstream. My family has been called “country” and “Hillbilly.” This is what happens in the victim-blaming of prostitutes who, because they were born into social disadvantage, may have to make their money from selling illicit sex acts. It would be similar to a group entering Appalachia with the intent to “round up” all the poor Hillbillies, forcing them into concentration camps where they will be experimented on and treated like test fodder, test subject automata with the goal of ultimately ushering in their pre-mature death because the social stigmata they represent to society is undesirable.

Let us not forget during the Trump administration, Trump’s Department of Justice sent documents to Congress requesting the suspension of the rules for habeas corpus, which would have violated a basic tenet in US Constitutional Law, by suspending a person’s rights to a court trial. The requested order would have allowed the government to hold any person arrested during the riots, kept in jail indefinitely without appearing before a court or judge. Congress denied the request.

Let’s not forget the purveyors for this form of technological control are violating people’s basic 1st Amendment rights and 4th Amendment rights. And it’s important to acknowledge the part of “medical treatment” is to foster a safe holding environment where the patient doesn’t feel endangered for their life. This is based on a simple assumption that an ethical position is to be held by both participants who are parties to the consented agreed upon “medical treatment.” This is not “medical treatment.” This is a conspiracy rooted in a criminal alliance not too unlike the cultural myths of Achilles and Agamemnon and David and Goliath except where Achilles and David were one junior male opponent, in gang stalking with electronic targeted physical assault and psychotronic torture there is a criminal alliance between two or more men with the intention of harming a targeted human object.


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Zarse, Nancy, PsyD. (2021) Survival Mentality: Psychology of Staying Alive. Great Courses Plus. Lecture 01: “What It Means To Survive” & Lecture 02: “Developing An Internal Locus of Control” & Lecture 03: “Listening to your Instincts.”

Other writings from the author to be considered:

Exploring Forensic Psychology: How gang stalking, electronic targeted physical assaults, and psychotronic torture diminish and compromise survival skills

This essay is an exploration of the forensic psychology behind gang stalking, electronic targeted physical assaults, and psychotronic torture.

On June 9, 1990, at 01:45 am, Stacy Lim, an LA police officer, was followed home for 30 miles by a car that contained members of a street gang known as “The Highland Park Crazies.” A male gang member critically shot her at point-blank range with a .357 Magnum. The gunshot wound she sustained damaged her diaphragm and a portion of her heart. Despite this catastrophic injury, she was able to remain calm, return fire hitting her assailant in the shoulder, and continue on to devise a way to fatally take down her assailant. Amazing, despite the pain, she was still able to move into a position that allowed her to fatally shoot her assailant before she collapsed in her driveway from the wound. She would flatline three times before doctors brought her health back to a stable condition. Her recovery was laborious but she survived the attack.

The following questions were posed by Nancy Zarse, PsyD, Professor of Forensic Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology:

One, “How did Stacey survive this critical incident?” Two, “How did Stacey remain calm in the face of such extreme danger with a catastrophic injury and the very real threat of death?” And three, “What allowed her to maintain such clarity of thought to focus so singularly on survival and to break down each task step by step and why was she able to survive critical incident so many others would not be able to survive?”

Dr. Zarse said, “The answer is simple: AN INTERNAL LOCUS OF CONTROL.” In addition to this, Dr. Zarse said Stacey Lim’s cumulative body of experience contributed to her overall success with regard to this critical incident. For one, she was an all-star athlete in college. Two, she had an attitude that was determined to win and fight back. Three, she had training as a police officer to respond to critical incidents.

Her physical and mental conditioning as a police officer was layered on top of the previous two factors and this established her cumulative body of experience. In short, Stacey Lim had a lot going on for her in the way of possessed SURVIVAL SKILLS. Sports training served as the foundation upon which she added her other training as a police officer.

An article published in the Journal of Happiness Studies, Empowering Well-Being: Validation of a Locus of Control Scale Specific to Well-Being discusses how one’s internal locus of control can be empowering and how it is specific to health and well-being. I propose the INTENT behind using forms of gang stalking with electronic targeted physical assaults, and psychotronic torture (in short, cyber assaults) is to affect the victims’ sense of control by disrupting their homeostasis and which ultimately affects their overall well-being, causing them to question their beliefs, their values, their basic assumptions about life, and to challenge how they perceive the world. This also happens with forms of domestic abuse and intimate partner violence as well. But with regard to electronic targeted physical assaults and psychotronic torture, the identity of the perpetrator(s) are carefully concealed behind an electronic and/or digitalized platform.

To clarify, in survival situations, Stacey Lim’s assault is known as A CRITICAL INCIDENT. A critical incident has to shock you, challenge how you perceive the world, and threaten you emotionally and physically. It has to be extreme and out of the ordinary. A critical incident is an incident that disrupts your psychological homeostasis like in a rapea physical assaultan armed robbery, or like being unsuspectedly seized by an electromagnetic frequency that laches onto a clandestinely implanted biomedical implant in your body out of the blue. A critical incident is SUDDEN AND UNEXPECTED and it disrupts your sense of control. It can be confusing and disorienting. It forces you to question your personal beliefs about yourself, your values, and your basic assumptions about how the world works. A critical incident involves a damaging life threat, with an emotional trigger or physical loss. In a critical incident, your usual coping methods fail. The critical incident causes distress and often dysfunction. Essentially a critical incident comes out of the blue, it frightens you physically and emotionally and it throws you completely off balance. The things you normally do in response? They don’t work. The way that you usually cope? Isn’t effective. And on top of that, it causes you to question yourself, all you believe in, the world. SURVIVAL is encountering and living through a critical incident.

Positive psychology is defined as “the study of the conditions and processes that contribute to the flourishing or optimal functioning of people, groups, and institutions” (Gable & Haidt, 2005). One of the fundamental postulates of psychology is that we can influence our well-being through our own behavior and that a person’s internal locus of control allows them to have confidence in themselves and act in response to situational phenomenon regarding their best interest, choices, so as to promote better health and well-being. Gangstalking, electronic targeted physical assaults, and psychotronic torture seek to disrupt just that. The locus of control stems from the theory of social learning, proposed by Rotter (1954). Likewise, in attachment theory, infants learn, through social interactions with their mothers/guardians, a tone or patterned system of attachment that informs the child’s relationships with the objects in the child’s field of object relations. It is entirely possible that someone’s secure attachment can be undone through unexpected and/or prolonged trauma. If we consider Juliette Mitchell’s book, Madmen and Medusas: Reclaiming Hysteria, we can acquire even more information about trauma and how trauma contributes to disrupt previously learned patterns of secure attachment as most studies have done in the side effects of war. That is to say, everything you know about the world, everything you know to be true, can be cast into doubt through the traumatic experience.

Let’s return to the nature of a critical incident. You might ask yourself, “What does it mean for something to challenge how you perceive the world?”

Think about your general psychological framework. Do you think that the world is fair and that good things happen to good people? And that you are capable of handling yourself in the course of your work? Those are all examples of your perceptions about the world. During a critical incident, however, those perceptions are shaken because suddenly, the world is not fair, and bad things are happening to good people and you feel overwhelmed by what you’re facing. One can reasonably assume that any form of torture constitutes a critical incident.

In my personal experience dealing with gang stalking, electronic targeted physical assaults, and psychotronic torture and the information I gained through watching Nancy Zarse’s lecture on survival mentality caused me to question “Is the electronic targeted physical assaults and psychotronic torture something that American citizens should be expected to suddenly have to endure and “deal” with during the course of their everyday lives?” Additionally, it caused me to question, “And does this mean that regular abuse or assaultive behavior in domestic violence (DV) and intimate partner violence (IPV)should no longer be considered critical incidents?”

In positive psychology, there is something known as Positive Psychology Interventions (PPIs). PPIs hold the notion that there are intentional activities “that aim to cultivate positive feelings, behaviors, or cognitions.” These intentional actives constitute significant support in the construction of lasting well-being. If this is so, why was I targeted with electronic targeted physical assaults and psychotronic torture during my early morning routine workout activities? Clearly, engaging in regular exercise was a positive psychology behavior. It is for this reason, I believe the INTENT behind the electromagnetic frequency assaults and psychotronic torture is malign and that it seeks to DIMINISH and COMPROMISE a person’s SURVIVAL SKILLS in their fight for life, health, and well-being.

Stacey Lim rose to the occasion in the fight for her life. But most people DO NOT rise to the occasion, most of us fall back to the former level of training and forethought. Most people do not have professional survival skill training. Reincorporating our previous experiences at times without conscious thought to our reaction. We put into action what we have previously given thought to, what we already anticipated and planned, even if to a limited extent. The fact that this phenomenon is being carried out against a fractional portion of United States citizens in an incessant manner means that even those with the best layering of survival skills would ultimately fail in the face of this type of torture. This fact should speak volumes to anyone interested in securing the fairness, freedom, and liberty of domestic tranquility between the United States’ borders.

There are several factors that make up a critical incident.


1. The actual event — What was the nature of the TRAUMA? House fire, Sexual Assault, Car Accident?

2. Its Intensity — What was the force of the event? Was it a sudden and unexpected tornado? Or was it slow-rising floodwaters? What was the nature of the intensity?

3. Duration — How long did the incident last? What was the timeline of the incident from start to finish? Was it an explosion or a long-drawn-out physical sexual torture by a sadistic rapist?

4. Level of Unexpectedness — Was the critical incident expected? Being shot at in a battle is different than being shot at while watching a movie, TV, or working on your home computer. It is unexpected if you suddenly and unexpectedly start being assaulted with electromagnetic frequency while you walk around your home.

5. Its Level of Victimization — Was victimization primary or secondary? PRIMARY VICTIMIZATION happens directly to you. SECONDARY VICTIMIZATION is when you observe it as it happens to someone else.

Now, both can have a powerful effect, but the extent of that effect can vary based on whether you were directly involved or you witnessed it. For me, the many, many, many, different critical incidents occurred both as a PRIMARY VICTIMIZATION and as a SECONDARY VICTIMIZATION because they were carrying out electronic targeted physical assaults and psychotronic torture on both me and my family members and I was forced to watch helplessly as they suffered. Unable to do anything to stop the torture.

The reason behind the INTENT of electronic targeted assaults and psychotronic torture, I believe, is the POWER it holds as a critical incident. Its power to shock, disrupt, throw off balance, and victimize while carefully concealing the identity of the perpetrators, and that it is specifically designed to do just that; be a critical incident for the victim. I believe this because it seeks to take away the victim’s control and the feeling they may have regarding their INTERNAL LOCUS OF CONTROL.

This is IMPORTANT: Both the actual event and your level of victimization have to do with the incident itself, but an enormous part of the impact of a critical incident, and by extension your ability to survive it, depends on you, your mental health, and your prior experiences. Then why would electronic targeted assaults and psychotronic torture be carried out against people who are claimed to be “mentally ill.” Wouldn’t this attack further harm them and set up the possibility for life-threatening possibilities?

Dr. Zarse said, “It turns out that your mental health going into a critical incident plays a crucial role.”

Electronic Targeted Assaults (EAs) and Psychotronic Torture (PTs) use real physical attacks and assaults on the human body with a real threat of death. In my experience with electronic targeted physical assaults, they have been unexpected, of long-term duration, vacillating events of intensity, and both comprising a physical assault as well as a sexual assault. The level of victimization was both PRIMARY AND SECONDARY for me with regard to EAs and PTs sometimes experiencing both PRIMARY and SECONDARY victimization simultaneously.

EAs and PTs long-term duration wears down the victim to a state that has diminished and compromised physical health, well-being, happiness, and her SURVIVAL SKILLS.

The sexual assault aspect of the electronic targeted physical assault, as well as the psychotronic torture, brings up its connection to a fetishistic behavior in the world of Bondage, Discipline, and Sadomasochism (BDSM) known as the Electro-Medical Fetish. Practitioners of BDSM can purchase electronic devices with electrodes that can be attached outside the various parts of the genitalia (erogenous zones). These electrodes transmit low-level electric shocks for the purpose of sexual arousal. This has happened to me with vibrational sensations and that mimic mild electronic shocks similar to the type of fetishistic device that seeks these same aims by a person who can turn it on remotely.


My goal is to recuperated damages and seeks legal prohibitions that will be strongly enforced regarding the behaviors of gangs stalking, electronic targeted physical assaults, psychotronic torture in order to better protect American citizens from any future civil rights violations that include, but are not limited to, First Amendment violations and Fourth Amendment violations.

With regard to EAs and PTs and their effect on victims SURVIVAL SKILLS. The INTENT is to diminish and compromise that aspect of the “you” that is part of a CRITICAL INCIDENT through long-term physical abuse and torture. SURVIVAL MENTALITY and The Psychology of Staying Alive is about the “you” part in the event of a CRITICAL INCIDENT. The “you” aspect of surviving a critical incident can increase the rate of your successful survival. But with EAs and PTs, your INTERNAL LOCUS OF CONTROL is being shaken and denied, and you begin to question fundamental beliefs you hold about yourself, how much power you truly have as an individual over your own choices, and about the outside world and how it operates. By diminishing and compromising my perceptions and beliefs, they reduce my best chances for long-term survival by guiding the victims toward comorbid health.

The most important and fundamental psychological factor for survival is AN INTERNAL LOCUS OF CONTROL.

A research paper entitled, Impact of Locus of Control Expectancy on Level of Well-Being, explored the impact of locus of control, a psychological social learning theory, that is rigorously researched for its implications on leadership qualities and the level of happiness of the individual. Academic research supports the view that a maximum level of happiness is achieved by individuals with a balanced locus of control expectancy. That is to say, a mixture of internal and external locus of control, known as “bi-local expectancy.” This would support Nancy Zarse’s claim that people in positions of leadership, like Captain Sullenberger (Capt. Sully), attribute the success of an inflight critical event to his whole team recognizing that he alone couldn’t possibly be responsible for averting any critical and catastrophic event by himself. This is what is meant by “bi-local expectancy.”

INTERNAL LOCUS OF CONTROL really boils down to CONTROL and whether or not you believe you have control or whether or not you think you are being controlled. We see this play out all the time in the workplace, when faced with obstacles those with an “external locus of control” put forth less effort believing the matter has already been decided. (Here, I would like to remind my reader of my early morning workout routines in which I was routinely and systematically electronically physically assaulted and targeted with psychotronic torture?) In contrast, those with an “internal locus of control” when faced with obstacles will expend extra effort to overcome obstacles and to achieve their objectives.


Captain Sullenberger said, “I call it an emergency landing, not a crash. I found a way to deliver the plane to the surface intact and float long enough to be rescued.”

So, if words matter, am I wrong to call my electronic targeted physical assaults and targeted psychotronic torture a “critical incident?” Or am I supposed to believe that it belongs to some other category entirely?

Captain Sullenberger and his team’s success in effectively diverting a catastrophic crash that might have ended in 155 fatalities is an excellent example of how survival mentality works and how important the layering of survival skills is, including the survival skill of sports training is one’s chance of survival.

Just to give you an idea, when US Airways flight 1549 experienced double engine failure, Captain Sullenberger’s critical incident lasted only 208 seconds (that 3 1/2 minutes). That means, Captain Sullenberger had to employ all he had learned up to that point regarding his aviation knowledge and skills as well as prepare his body physically for the force of the impact. He would have to pull on all his strength to remain calm in order to pull off the emergency landing as well as make it safely out of the plane.

An internal locus of control is about your ability, your perceived ability, to control your reaction to a situation, and to control the environment around that situation. The belief that you control your reaction to a situation and the environment. It is my belief the INTENT and PURPOSE for electronic targeted assaults and psychotronic torture is for the perpetrator(s) to CONTROL THE ENVIRONMENT AND ACTIONS OF HIS VICTIMSWhy? Because these types of assaults diminish and compromise the victims’ confidence, he or she has in their own abilities to be in control of their own bodies and to make personal choices in whether or not they acquire the necessary physical skills need to be effective in survival situations and defend against negative life events.

It is for this reason Locus of Control serves as a protective factor against some but not all negative life events. We might see a person with a strong internal locus of control struggle with the death of a loved one, or personal illness, or financial problems. The losses of aging require a person to let go of their internal locus of control a bit because they have now become DEPENDENT which can be difficult for anyone who has been used to their INDEPENDENCE. And, by INDEPENDENCE, I mean the ability to make personal choices like in deciding what time of day they make their doctor’s appointments. Forcing someone into premature death, which I believe gang stalking with electronic targeted assaults and psychotronic torture is all about, demands the victim relinquish his or her internal locus of control and surrender, albeit against his or her own will, to the wishes of the perpetrator which is very similar to aging and death.

In conclusion, we do no service to ourselves or the public at large by remaining silent witnesses or victims to acts of crime. When we refuse to speak, we relinquish the control we do have over to that other person. Evil is allowed to flourish when good men say nothing.


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Farnier, J., Shankland, R., Kotsou, I., Inigo, M., Rosset, E., & Leys, C. (2021). Empowering Well-Being: Validation of a Locus of Control Scale Specific to Well-Being. Journal of Happiness Studies, OnlineFirst, 1–30.

Gable, S.L., & Haidt, J. (2005). What (and why) is positive psychology? Review of General Psychology, 9(2), 103–110. https://doi.org/10.1037/1089-2680.9.2.103

Marcou, Lt. Dan. “I knew I wasn’t going to die:” Sgt. Stacey Limm’s Story of Survival.” Police 1 by Lexipol. Published March 4, 2015. Retrieved online May 18, 2021. https://www.police1.com/officer-safety/articles/i-knew-i-wasnt-going-to-die-sgt-stacy-lims-story-of-survival-J2ay86axRN55pvP8/

Mitchell, Juliette. (2000). Madmen and Medusas: Reclaiming hysteria. New York. Basic Books.

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Zarse, Nancy, PsyD. (2021) Survival Mentality: Psychology of Staying Alive. Great Courses Plus. Lecture 01: “What It Means To Survive” & Lecture 02: “Developing An Internal Locus of Control.”

Discussing the Purpose of Ancient Greek Myth and Explaining Myth Acceptance in Modern Day Culture

Offered this inspiring example by Delacroix, habitual late-nineteenth-century purveyors of barbaric carnage such as George Rochegrosse clearly felt called upon to increase the body count. In “The Death of Babylon” of 1891, for instance, he brought the aesthetic of violence to its apotheosis. While the epic of war rages within the portals of iniquity and sin, the painter has taken time off to dwell upon the exhaustion of the flesh which — and he was clearly pleased to be able to emphasize this fact — was the true cause of the fall of Babylon. But in this painting morality hatched a voyeuristic egg. Virtually the entire foreground is taken up by lovingly depicted collapsed and exhausted naked female slaves, most suffering from severe cases of the Cabanel curve. Women were thus depicted at the end of the nineteenth century as property whose place it was to give sole pleasure to their male counterparts.

The purpose of this writing is to focus the reader’s attention to look at the purpose of ancient Greek myth formation and how modern-day myth acceptance applies to aspects of criminal deviance in the phenomenon of gang stalking, electronic targeted assaults, and psychotronic torture.

Zeus and Ganymede

Myth is disguised philosophy or theology, concealing its deep secrets from those who do not understand its allegories. This myth was used in ancient times to legitimize homosexual assaults on young adolescent boys by their property owners. If we consider the myth of Zeus and Ganymede, Zeus famously selected the young mortal Ganymede to serve as his cup-bearer on Mount Olympus. The relationship provided the foundation of the custom of pederasty, the practice of Greek men at the time maintaining erotic sexual relationships with adolescent young boys. Zeus is depicted with Ganymede in the artwork by an unknown artist (pictured below).

The myth is regarded as a sort of dream of its author. This runs into the difficulty that the force of myth obviously lies in its preservation and value from person to person and time to time. Finally, we reach a tenable position: psychoanalytic interpretation of myth can only work if it reveals prevalent, or even universal, deep concerns of a larger cultural group of human beings. Freud called it “ethnic imagination.” The implication here is the very likelihood that it does not just belong to an ethnic imaginary, that of the ancient Greeks, but that these myths may express and expose deep unconscious anxieties that are related to modern-day culture in very real and tangible ways that express itself in various forms from one culture to another. Here we can connect similarities in aspects of group psychology with a “whole collective unconscious” that is shared and transmitted within individual groups and ethnicities. As to say, “a shared single mind” is also to say, “shared in a single ideology.”

The most that may be achieved, if there is any validity to psychoanalytic theory, is that we recognize just how fundamental and deep-seated the images that surface in myth really are. That is all that is left of Freud’s revelation of the real processes of the human mind. But it is perhaps philosophically sounder that we have no language in which we can think what lies behind unconscious thought. This is the unconscious language that is expressed in dreams and in myth from a time before language began in the human psyche. That is, during our neonatal experience and when we were early toddlers). It is also the same mechanism (unconscious language) that lies behind gang stalking, electronic targeted assaults, and psychotronic torture because what drives it cannot be readily known without some form of analysis.

Myth is a sort of language that allowed cultural problems to be raised and then alleviated with explanation and action. The myth is assembled in all its versions — whoever told them, wherever or whenever. It is then broken down into its elements (motifs). The elements stand in some relation to each other, and by this structure suggest issues, in particular social issues. The myth proceeds as structuralist myths tend to, by antithesis, by the presentation of opposite poles (‘binary opposition’). In the end, the presentation of opposites leads to and allows for, some sense of resolution. In psychoanalysis, it is the unconscious that helps one be led to and allows for, some sense of resolution revolving around various unconscious anxieties and fears. In their most ‘scientific’ form, structuralist discussions involving myths can easily be identified by the construction of diagrams reminiscent of algebra or formal logic in order to represent the intersection of different pairs of opposites (‘logical quadrangles’).

In the Oedipus myth, ‘Oedipus marries his mother’, like ‘Antigone buries her brother contrary to Creon’s edict’, shows the over-rating of blood relationships; whereas, ‘Oedipus kills his father’ and ‘Eteokles slaughters his brother Polyneikes’ it depicts actions that are antithetical to social family bonds and love relationships. It is, for this reason, feminists have come to understand Freud’s formulation of ‘Oedipus’ in the psychoanalytic of psychosexual development to be the psychotic text of Western culture because it gives us a template with which to analyze perverse outcomes as well as the formation of deviant sexual perversions that have come to be accepted as socially antithetical to normal, traditional psychosexual development.

What’s more, the ambiances and tensions expressed in myth and the ability to construct a picture piece by piece provide concise reasoning for why the myth is tied to the human unconscious. Vidal Naquet’s analysis of myth concluded a content narrative of themes of lamenesstyranny, and incest in the Oedipus mythology and in the stories about the tyrants of Corinth, Kypselos and Periander:

“Despising the rules which preside over the ordering of the social fabric and which, through the regular inter-crossing of sons, determine the positions of each in relation to the others — or, as Plato puts it more crudely, ready to kill his father, sleep with his mother, eat the flesh of his own children — the tyrant, at once equal to the god and equal to a ferocious beast, incarnates in his ambivalence the mythic figure of the lame man, with his two opposing aspects: a gait beyond the human because in rolling, faster and more agile in all directions at once, he transgresses the limitations to which walking straight must submit; but also this side of the normal mode of locomotion because mutilated, unbalanced, vacillating, he advances limping in his singular fashion all the better to fall in the end.” (Vernant 1982:34)

“Woman was given to man so that she could give him children. She is, therefore, his property, just as a fruit tree is the property of the gardener.”

The above quote is an example of modern myth acceptance. We can turn to the various forms of modern myth acceptance expressed today. These modern myths include themes of hate against gender, sexual orientation, ethnic, and religious groups. Some myth acceptance involved the belief that certain people “deserve to die” or that certain women “deserved to be raped.” The ideology that certain people “deserve to die” can be understood through the movement of the Holocaust and various human genocides that have reoccurred throughout history as well as the hatred and fear directed as homosexuals and transgender people, the movement of “Black Lives Matter” and historical forms of Asian hatred aimed at Asian Americans during various times in American political history.

At the end of the 19th century, women were primarily seen as “property” like black slaves. During this time, in the developing war of science and philosophy against the shortcomings of women, many ordinary housewives as well were falling victim to a form of domestic violence, ambush zealously advocated by some of the period’s leading medical authorities. This new medical science offered a practice called “Therapeutic Rape” in which men believed this form of “aggressive discipline,” which was nothing short of sexual assault, could “tame” and subdue a woman who would not be listening to her husband. In response to declining birthrates among the middle classes, the very backbone of developing civilization, these authorities called upon husbands everywhere to assert their masculinity behind the drawn curtains of their dignified homes, and to do so by force if necessary. For the newly popular theories of human evolution held that in women signs of evolutionary progress were accompanied by a diminished sexual drive: “The sexual instinct in the civilized woman is, I believe, tending to atrophy,” declared Harry Campbell, a prominent London pathologist, in his book Differences in the Nervous Organization of Man and Woman (1891). The nymph with the broken back depicted in statue relief during the late nineteenth century was the most graphic casualty of the concept of therapeutic rape. Men were expected to take control of their wives and wives were expected to obey their husbands as “children” subdue to their parents. Since men were the ones who earned income, they went out to work while women were expected to assume their roles as non-wage earners, providing a service in the care of their husbands and children, attending to their needs, health, and well-being. If the domestic violence was brutal enough to leave marks and scars, the woman, if she was lucky, might be awarded a divorce. But where was she to go? If she was lucky enough, she’d have some friends who would take her in and help her establish some mode of independence, but most women stayed with their abusive husbands, a problematic that still resonates into modern-day as well, perhaps not as persistent because of new legal remedies to this social issue.

Right around this time, as the woman’s movement began to gain momentum (the late 1800s), women began to be depicted in art and literature as “primal beasts” which makes one suspect if this was not due to the tensions and anxieties toward the movement. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) is a very carefully constructed cautionary tale directed to men of the modern temper, warning them not to yield to the bloodlust of the feminist, she who bears the degenerative stamp of the “new woman” and to take every precaution in protecting himself by securing the purity of his bloodline. All this outpouring of angst resulting from “a battle between the sexes.” Prior to the women’s rights movement, gender roles had pretty much remained the same as they did in Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece.

Similar to the ancient women of Athens in the 5th century BC, “the glory of women was to have no glory.” Human history is a history of wars and political decisions in which women, historically speaking, rarely found themselves playing any part unless it was through a clandestine act of seduction. Herodotus, the ancient Greek historian, recorded only women who were barbarians or the wives of tyrants, or who died violent deaths; or he made a woman’s death an excuse for mentioning as an unusual funeral rite. They were never depicted in the literature as holding any office, position of status, or influence over politics other than wife and mother.

“The Birth of Venus” by Alexandre Cabanel. This art form emphasis the Cabanel curve which is attributed to Cabanel himself.

In the artwork of “The Birth of Venus” the woman, Venus has her hands flung, one on her forehead, and the other above her head in a posture that expresses exhaustion of the flesh and to which I am reminded of in the case of the Black Dahlia, Elizabeth Short. Elizabeth Short’s body was positioned in a very similar way, except her body was surgically and skillfully cut into two pieces in a procedure known as a hemicorporectomy. Hemicorporectomy is a radical surgery in which the body below the waist is amputated, transecting the lumbar spine. This removes the legs, the genitalia (internal and external), urinary system, pelvic bones, anus, and rectum. It is an extremely mutilating procedure recommended only as a last resort for people with severe and potentially fatal illnesses. In this particular case, we would consider the formation of myth and the perpetrator’s unconscious fears and fantasies revolving around issues involving female flesh. This is frequently seen in the murder of street prostitutes as well as in the domination over women’s bodies in the fashion industry, the medical industry, and in the psychology of eating disorders. Or was Elizabeth Short’s carefully and artfully staged murder scene just another example of “the battle between the sexes?”

The fact that Elizabeth Short’s genitalia was separated from the part of her body that possessed her facial image (her torso), can be read as a denial of her right to sexually reproduce. A denial by her killer to engage in her individual right to engage in sexual intercourse. It was an attack on her feminine sexuality. Despite the fact that her upper torso possessed breasts which are symbols in and of themselves of feminine erotic sensuality, they do not perform the job of the clitoris. The fact that she was separated from the intimate parts of her body whose regions are used for sexual reproduction, sexual orgasm, and sexual relations cannot be denied.

In light of this fact, we can make associations in the history of medicine where hysterectomies were standard procedures frequently performed in gynecology on women, as well as cesarian sections where the woman was cut across the stomach leaving a disfiguring scar. What was driving these unconscious phantasies that influenced standard procedures in medicine? To bill insurance companies for procedures and make more money without considering the value of female genitalia and the female form? We can also make a connection to the emaciated faces and frail stature of anorexic runway models in their denial of erotic sexuality, starved to the edge of death. Likewise, the use of electronic targeted assaults and psychotronic torture are yet more ways in which men deny women of their possessed sexuality which seeks to diminish happiness and inflict pain and suffering which take a toll on how she sees herself. This brings up a good question, “How does the woman see herself while being tortured at the hands of her torturer?” If Elizabeth Short was alive to tell of her experience this would be a really good question to ask her.


Dijkstra, Bram. (1986). Idols of Perversity; Fantasies of Feminine Evil in Fin-de-Siècle Culture. New York. Oxford University Press.

Dowden, Ken (1992). The Use of Greek Mythology. London. Routledge.

Loraux, Nicole (1992). Tragic Ways of Killing A Woman. Cambridge, Mass: London: Harvard University Press.

Unethical Inhumane Research and The Belmont Report

In the constitution of man there are inevitably good and bad behaviors. Some people possess more goodness and less badness and while others possess more badness and less goodness with regard to behaviors. Evil is an entirely different aspect and is a separate issue from good versus bad behavior.

For example, to carry out unethical inhumane research studies on Jews and other minority populations during the Holocaust was evil. To travel in your car, above the posted speed limit demonstrates bad behavior although not necessarily evil. If your intention was to travel at a high rate of speed in order to run over someone’s beloved pet, well then, that is evil.

Between the years of 1974 and 1978, the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research compiled the Belmont Report in response to the inhumane, unethical research of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study that spanned from 1932 to 1972. As a result, the Belmont Report prompted revisions to and expanded regulations for the protection of human subjects 45 CFR part 46. In 1978, the Commission’s report Ethical Principles and guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects was released. It focused on three primary principles:

1. Respect for persons: protecting the autonomy of all people and treating them with courtesy and respect and allowing for informed consent. Researchers must be truthful and conduct no deception.

2. Beneficence: the philosophy for looking out for the well-being of research participants and “Do no harm.” That is, the research should far outweigh the benefits than the risks.

3. Justice: ensuring reasonable, non-exploitative, and well-considered procedures are administered fairly and equally.

Most people know about the mind control experiments conducted from 1953 to 1960s through a program known as MK-Ultra. It was initiated by then director of the CIA, Allen Dulles. During the course of these experiments, individuals were exposed to psychoactive drugs that were being studied for their potential use as mind control weapons. Between 1948 to 1975, the U.S. Army Chemical Corps conducted classified human subject research at the Edgewood Arsenal facility in Maryland. A man by the name of Luther Wilson Greene was the scientific director of the Edgewood facility in 1949. Greene envisioned a new type of war that did not involve killing or destroying property. As he put it, wars have been characterized by death and human misery, and the destruction of property. Each major conflict being more catastrophic than the next. Greene wrote, in no uncertain terms, he was convinced that it is possible by the means, by the technique of psycho-chemical warfare to conquer an enemy without the wholesale killing of his people or mass destruction of his property. And so, Edgewood started a research program to investigate whether psychoactive drugs were suitable to use as weapons in psycho-chemical warfare and to evaluate whether or not these psychoactive drugs were effective for use on the battlefield.

This is exactly what is happening with the phenomenon of gang stalking, electronic targeted assaults, and psychotronic torture. It is what is known in game theory as limited warfare. Limited warfare is carried out with other forms of animal life. If you think of open game season on deer and fish in which portions of these populations are targeted and become partially depleted of its population. The purpose is not to completely destroy, only maim or disable for a period of time.

The difference between the MK Ultra program and the new manifestation of the phenomenon known as gang stalking, electronic targeted assaults, and psychotronic torture is with two basic brain transmission signatures. The former was done with psychoactive chemicals like LSD and the latter is utilizing electronics in the form of radio and/or microwaves through antenna transmissions which may or may not be conducted over a relatively limited space. Whereas Greene wanted to use chemicals that temporarily disrupted the enemy’s ability to think and act rationally, today a veiled and clandestine attacker is utilizing electromagnetic frequencies and the electromagnetic spectrum to “manage” a portion of the American population.

Since the publishing of the Belmont Report in 1979, it has been recognized by the scientific community that coercion is completely antithetical to the respect for persons. Individuals are afforded INFORMED CONSENT and they are allowed to withdraw their participation at any time during the course of research. The clear and present danger to the phenomenon this form of control poses to American citizens cannot be understated. In my opinion, it is more likely this phenomenon may very well be a form of organized crime rather than an unethical inhumane mind control experiment carried out by the government. However, the reasons government agencies like the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research were formed was to defend against unscrupulous researchers. Let’s consider a new type of unethical psychological and behavioral research being conducted known as social media platforms over the internet.

Many companies now have access to a wide variety of behavioral data about hundreds of millions of human beings around the world. There are several types of social media platforms; Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram. Billions of people all across the globe are estimated to use one of those apps every day! People share intimate details about their personal life over these platforms in very public spaces. Google process 70,000 web requests every second providing insight into people’s interests and thoughts that corresponds to 2.2 trillion searches every year. Then, if you consider all the data collected by Smartphone apps like Fit Bits or other wearable technology and combine that with GPS location tracking and physical activity, as well as information shared about diet and exercise, we can see how virtually every aspect of human life and human behavior can be analyzed.

This brings up important antithetical issues regarding who gets to acquire this data and whether or not these individuals or groups pose a threat for this data to be used in very malign ways against targets for the purpose of evil INTENT. Is this how gang stalking, electronic targeted assaults, and psychotronic torture is allowed to proliferate? Consider the United States vs. Matusiewicz.

Though many scientists think the amount and depth of the digital data collected allow for some exciting possibilities about psychological research. The very interesting aspect for the collection of data over platforms such as Google, Facebook, GPS cell phone tracking is that human behavior gets observed “in the wild” and you get to see how people behave when they don’t think they are being studied.

Because people aren’t always honest over Facebook and Twitter, the enormous amount of diversity of the sample allows for the results to be much more reliable and generalizable. This also eliminates the need to conduct expensive research and the need to hire research assistants. This is a much more cost-effective way to conduct research because the data has already been collected.

However, “Under what circumstances is it appropriate to analyze digitally sourced data?

One idea is that if the data is not personally identifiable then it’s fair game for researchers. Current regulations don’t consider the analysis of such secondary data sets to be human subject research if those data sets don’t include personally identifiable information like names, social security numbers, and birth dates. So as long as that kind of information is stripped, then what’s the harm?

But when you have a lot of various individual data sets it’s very possible to figure out who the individual data belongs to. For example, if you visit general websites in your local school district or visit your municipality’s main website it’s pretty easy to figure out where you live. Also, it is pretty easy to figure out your gender and age from the types of items you purchase online. When you throw in GPS data, identification becomes trivially easy. This creates the digital panopticon to which gang stalking, electronic targeted assaults, and psychotronic torture may be allowed to operate and flourish.

Researchers should only be able to analyze data that is publicly available. Tweets from Twitter and posts from Facebook are out there for the entire world to see. Researchers would argue that the information is there is fair game for researchers to analyze. Likewise, the information provided over my medium account reveals information about me since I use my real name over this writers’ platform. It’s entirely possible for people like me and you, while conducting our online social and blogging lives over the internet, to be secretly used as research subjects for a particular platform’s purpose. Consider the Facebook Research Study conducted on 689,000 Facebook users over a period of one week in 2012. Did Facebook cross an ethical line in conducting this research? Some say yes. Here’s an article addressing the Facebook Research Study Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28051930

The problem is that people don’t understand the privacy regulations imposed on them over the various media platforms and it would be much better if researchers could provide online INFORMED CONSENT when research is being conducted but this would make it virtually impossible for the researchers to conduct these research studies because it provides for an opportunity for individuals to politely decline.

Another problem with psychological research is INTENTIONAL RESEARCH MISCONDUCT by unethical psychologists. Researchers have been caught or have admitted to intentionally fabricated data or falsifying their results.

So, what do you think? Do you think the creation of this “new digital panopticon” has allowed for the transformation of a relatively new form of gang-related criminal activity in organized crime? I do.

An Open Letter To the U.S. Department of Justice

May 13, 2021

U.S. Department of Justice

950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20530–0001


Dear Sir:

In light of the Colonial Pipeline attack, I would like to address the critical need for the U.S. to look at how this form of cyber-attack relates to the phenomenon of gang stalking, electronic targeted assaults, and psychotronic torture of individual citizens.

Since the codes which define federal crimes are written in a broad manner, I am specifically interested in the type of cyber-crimes that end in death, injury, or property damage and which utilizing forms of cyber digital platforms. I feel these types of cases come closest to the losses endured by the fraction of the United States population reporting clandestine electronic physical assaults and forms of electronic torture from an unknown assailant known as gang stalking, electronic targeted assaults, and psychotronic torture. It has been my experience, some of these cases employ the use of digital platforms to eavesdrop, track, harass, and torture innocent victims through electromagnetic frequencies (radio and microwaves utilizing antennas). I know the verbiage employed in the federal codes are an element of broad description because the tracking could be done over any type of digitalized computer platform that can be accessed by cell phones, laptops, tablet computers, desktop computers, or some other electronic device that can access digital platforms over the internet.

I have previously contacted the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to see if any type of experimental communicational research was being conducted over a portion of the U.S. which the FCC, at the time, confirmed no experimental research activity. It is my personal experience, the use of an antenna and clandestinely placed eavesdropping devices as well as bioelectronic implants that emit signals types of antennae pick up and transmit. This leads to the problem of distance. The FCC governs the transmission of high-powered transmission used by radio stations as well as other major broadcasting facilities. It does not regulate smaller antennas that may be operating over relatively small distances. I believe this is an element to the criminal activity in my case.

If we consider in 2014 hackers, somewhere in Germany, took over a steel mill. At first glance, the company didn’t know where the attack happened and which company was affected by the attack. A cybersecurity expert said the hackers went through the company’s main office computers and jumped into the production environment. The company knew it definitely happened because the cyber attackers scheduled an unauthorized, unscheduled, uncontrolled shutdown in the facilities blast furnace leaving permanent property damage resulting in infrastructure damage and losses. I have no case to reference because the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) did not disclose the actual date of the attack but included the event in its annual report from 2014.

If we consider the surreptitious nature of the German steel mill attack and electronic physical attacks and psychotronic torture taking place among a fractional portion of the United States population we can see how the aim to deceivedeny, and disrupt are its main aims of interest in a biopolitic that seeks domination over fractional portions of large populations of people not unlike the Colonial Pipeline cyber-attack. Michel Foucault first introduced the notion of ‘biopolitics’ through the referential frame of sexuality and psychoanalysis in his work, The History of Sexuality and which Alenka Zupancic critiqued as missing an important key component in the analysis; the human unconscious.

One of the first-ever criminal cases being investigated internationally where a cyber-attack incapacitated the critical systems of a hospital in Dusseldorf Germany ended in the death of one of the hospital’s patients. The cyber attackers infiltrated the mainframe infrastructure of the hospital and accidentally turned off its critical systems. While the hospital couldn’t attend to its patients, one patient was transported by ambulance to another hospital. She died en route. This is yet another example of white-collar crime resulting in the violent crime of murder. This is the kind of crime I am interested in because I believe it to be connected to the phenomenon of gang stalking, electronic targeted assaults, and psychotronic torture belonging to the transformation of gang activity in a new age of cyber gang warfare. A key conceptual component of gang stalking, electronic targeted assaults, and psychotronic torture is the “unconscious sexuality” of the perpetrator. It is this principal protagonist that is responsible for the entire phenomenon and to which the absence of legal precedent allows for it to continue to move in silence among the American population.

In the United States, the closest case I came to referencing even anything remotely close to my experience with gang stalking, electronic targeted assaults, and psychotronic torture is the case United States vs. Matusiewicz. In this case “the defendants were convicted of conspiracy, interstate stalking resulting in death and cyberstalking resulting in death. This was the first case in the nation where defendants were convicted of cyberstalking resulting in death.”

In electronic targeted assaults and psychotronic torture, the vital systems under attack are in the human body and are accessed through bio-implants. This brings up an important aspect important to the civilian population; hospitals and medical facilities. Whereas in cyber-attacks the vital systems are critical corporate infrastructures like an energy grid or some other centralized hub like in the Colonial Pipeline attack. When new advancing digital systems can monitor and interrupt human activity both on a micro and macro level, how can the two be considered any different from one another? Both appear to be gang-related, both utilizing digitalized platforms with which the attackers can monitor individuals remotely. In light of this, we can come to an understanding of how cyber-attacks using remote gang ransomware and gang stalking utilizing electronic targeted assaults and psychotronic torture are eerily similar to one another. Both share secrecyinvisibility, remote location for purposes of concealmentmonitoring/surveillance utilizing digital platforms with electronic devices, and surreptitious attacks for the aim of incapacitating human activity, and a blatant disregard for the rights of people residing in a population. The main difference between the two is a simple one. The one, cyber-attacks on corporations are classified as white-collar and disrupt and deny large portions of a population’s right to infrastructural services which can impact the health and well-being of significant portions of the population. Whereas the cyber-attacks on the individual may be classified as “violent crime” because of its nature of physical injury and injury on an individual human body, except both impact the health and well-being of a significant population of people.

A recent 2020 research study sought to analyze the phenomenology of group stalking (aka: ‘gang-stalking) which analyzed the narratives of the individuals’ subjective experiences with the phenomenon. Researchers broke the phenomenon down into categorial components. The paper proved that the phenomenon is occurring and that it shares similar content narratives (e.g., physical interferenceintimidationharassment, physical and sexual attacks, electronic surveillance, etc.). (Sheridan, L., James, D., & Roth, J. (2020). The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Safety).

To quote from Judith Butler,

“The task thus becomes to track the patterned ways that violence seeks to name as violent that which resists it, and how the violent character of a legal regime is exposed as it forcibly quells dissent, punishes workers who refuse the exploitative terms of contracts, sequesters minorities, and imprisons its critics, and expels its potential rivals.” ~The Force of Nonviolence: An Ethico-Political Bind

One of the most disappointing moments came when I realized I am caught in the middle of emerging crime that has very little with regard to the number of cases to reference because of this type of crime’s nature and relatively young age. I have to ask for careful scrutiny and jurisdictional prudence when addressing cases that report this new phenomenon as the result of “mental illness” because forms of dehumanization have always plagued humanity throughout history. As a result, subtle mistruths creep into discourse and influence outcomes by the use of what is known as perspecticide and victim blaming and to which promote myth acceptance in certain social cultures. As a result, when perspecticide is coupled with forms of dehumanization, individuals are led to believe that certain populations or groups are “less deserving of protection and civil rights” from violent, white-collar, and flagrant civil rights abuses and to which we see most visible today in the movement known as “Black Lifes Matter.” Perspecticide and victim blaming are most often witnessed in marginalized minority groups like the poor and disadvantaged, immigrant populations, and the mentally illTherefore, in the presence of such absence of legitimate prosecutions, the physical, mental, and emotional losses to the victims have not been assessed.

While you may believe the agency responsible for jurisdiction over this type of cybercrime is most likely a state bureaucratic criminal division, in my case, The State of New Jersey, Department of Law and Safety, Office of the Attorney General, Division of Criminal Justice, Gang and Organized Crime. I believe that because this form of cyber-criminal activity is occurring cross-nationally, it resides with the federal jurisdiction of the United States of America simply because it is being carried out against a people classified as United States citizens. The problem. There are no cases with which to reference any type of prosecution, successful or not, regarding this phenomenon. I am dealing with maniacal manipulations. My civil rights are being violated. Specifically, my 4th Amendment right which affords me the right to feel safe in my persons, papers, and effects from unreasonable searches and seizures and to which this technology seeks to steal away.

Any information or consideration you can provide me regarding this would be greatly appreciated.


Karen L. Barna



Sheridan, L., James, D., & Roth, J. (2020). The Phenomenology of Group Stalking (‘Gang-Stalking’): A Content Analysis of Subjective Experiences. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(7),

Farnier, J., Shankland, R., Kotsou, I., Inigo, M., Rosset, E., & Leys, C. (2021). Empowering Well-Being: Validation of a Locus of Control Scale Specific to Well-Being. Journal of Happiness Studies, OnlineFirst, 1–30. Since this technology seeks to violate my 4th Amendment rights, I am no longer guaranteed the privileges of this civil right and to which Thomas Jefferson took the phrase “pursuit of happiness” from Locke and incorporated it into his famous statement of a peoples’ inalienable right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” in the Declaration of Independence.

Humphreys, L. (2011). Who’s Watching Whom? A Study of Interactive Technology and Surveillance. Journal of Communication, 61(4). Journal article categorizes three types of surveillance which includes lateral surveillance which is asymmetrical, nontransparent monitoring of citizens by one another (Andrejevic, 2006).

Christoff, K. (2014). Dehumanization in organizational settings: some scientific and ethical considerations. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8. This paper addresses dehumanizing attitudes and behaviors frequently occur in organizational settings and are often viewed as an acceptable, and even necessary, strategy for pursuing personal and organizational goals. This paper offers evidence to support institutional structures may perhaps be involved in the dehumanization of certain populations through the use of electronic targeted assaults and psychotronic torture.

Grundy, S. (2021). Lifting the Veil on Campus Sexual Assault: Morehouse College, Hegemonic Masculinity, and Revealing Racialized Rape Culture through the Du Boisian Lens. Social Problems, 68(2), 226–249. Paper examines how college men “do” rape culture. The importance of this paper is expressed on how race is a modality through which men make meaningful connections between masculinity, sex, women, competition, and the repercussions of sexual assault in ways that preserve gender violence on campus. It is a useful research study for the comparison of gang stalking, electronic targeted assaults, and psychotronic torture.

Zupančič, A.(2016). Biopolitics, Sexuality and the Unconscious. Paragraph, 39(1), 49–64. Paper address the way Michel Foucault first introduced the notion of ‘biopolitic’ through the referential frame of sexuality and psychoanalysis in his work The History of Sexuality. The paper argues that this omission has important and far-reaching consequences for the (Foucauldian) concept of a biopolitic.

Bogen, K., Mulla, M., & Orchowski, L. (2020). Gender-equitable Attitudes, Rape Myth Acceptance, and Perceived Peer Acceptance of Violence among High School Students: An Examination of Gender and Athletic Involvement. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, OnlineFirst, 1. Paper is influential in understanding the susceptibility to rape myth acceptance (RMA) as well as RMAs connection to forms of dehumanization where certain groups are perceived as “less deserving of protection and rights.”

Kosloski, Anna E., Diamond-Welch, Bridget K., Mann, Olivia. (2018). The Presence of Rape Myths in the Virtual World: A Qualitative Textual Analysis of the Steubenville Sexual Assault Case. Violence and Gender. Vol. 5., №3. Published online October 5, 2018. This research explores the 2012 Steubenville, Ohio sexual assault case. Using qualitative textual analysis, news articles and social media content were coded to assess how existing rape myth narratives were depicted in the Steubenville case. Emphasis is placed on how reporting and social media responses characterized the victim, perpetrators, and the rape itself. The study found that depictions included both legitimizing rape myths and subverting myths through social media and news coverage. Implications for how social media materials were used as evidence in the Steubenville case are also discussed.

Myth, Phantasy, and Culture: Male counterphobic defenses against emasculation

Image: The base of Donatello’s “David” bronze sculpture, the 1420s to 1460s. https://smarthistory.org/donatello-david/?share=facebook

“The problem with cooperation is that at times one wants to retard, rather than foster, cooperation between players. Collusive business practices are good for the businesses involved but not good for the rest of society.”

Part of the grim strategy employed in game theory can be analyzed through a psychoanalytic lens. At the heart of this psychological reasoning for grim strategy in game theory, we describe one reason as belonging to a pathogenetic wish. However, this is just one reason. There are many other dark psychologies and dark reasons that entertain dark outcomes with grim strategy. But here I am addressing what is known as matricide.

Carol Cohn wrote about her experience with intellectuals, the professionals who informed and legitimized American nuclear strategic practices in the summer of 1984. She explained how she had become fascinated by the extraordinary abstraction and removal from what she knew as a reality that characterized the professional discourse. She questioned, “How can they think this way?” The workshop on nuclear weapons, nuclear strategic doctrine, and arms control was a conference that held dominance with mostly male intellectuals. In fact, they were all men. The weight of social intersubjectivity allowed for the language to contain dominant male metaphors. She raised the question of gender and language in the discourse. Cohn said one of the roles of nuclear strategic thinking is its use of a “specialized language” which she termed “technostrategic.” Women who are concerned with nuclear weaponry and nuclear war must give careful attention to the language we use and when that language allows women to communicate with it and what it allows us to think as well as say. Cohn said this because after being steeped in the defense intellectuals’ “language and discourse,” she started asking herself, “How can I think this way?” She assumed their reasoning and posture. Defense intellectuals spend their days calm and matter-of-factly discussing nuclear weapons, nuclear strategy, and nuclear war which occurs seemingly without a sense of horror, urgency, or moral outrage. In fact, there seems to be no graphic reality behind the words, as they speak of “first strikes,” “counterforce exchanges,” and “limited nuclear war.” Human death and human suffering, in nuclear parlance, is most often referred to as “collateral damage.”

In fact, one of Cohn’s subheadings read, “White men in ties discussing missile size.” Feminists have often suggested that an important aspect of the arms race is phallic worship. That “missile envy” is a significant motivating force in the nuclear build-up. One of the reasons these men resisted nuclear disarmament was because it was perceived as emasculation. How could any real man ever consider becoming disarmed? Both the military itself and the arms manufacturers are constantly exploiting the phallic imagery and promise of sexual dominance that their weapons so conveniently suggest. Thus, the bombs that became the military’s ultimate destroyers were the progeny of the atomic scientists — and emphatically not just any progeny but male progeny. CONSIDER: If this fact is so, then who are the people responsible for the creation of a “technostrategic language” of clandestine electronic targeted assaults and psychotronic torture?

To further my inquiry, I’d like to make a comparison to electronic targeted assaults and psychotronic torture. The perpetrators of these behaviors, like defense intellectuals, are primarily male. In fact, I believe my attackers to be men. The reason I think this is so is that, like Carol Cohn’s defense intellectuals, they speak a “specialized language,” that is, a “technostrategic language.” For one, there seems to be no sense of horror in inflicting the pain and suffering they deliver to their targets. Secondly, they seem to lack moral urgency toward correcting their immoral action and there seems to be no perception or conception that this crime is violent and psychologically damaging for the targets. Thirdly, there seems to be no concept of the graphic reality to the psychological violence electronic targeted assaults and psychotronic torture both impose and the extent of injury placed on another human being as well as any understanding or concept for the victims compromised sense of well-being. Fourthly, their use of electronic weaponry can be seen as a “counterphobic defense” that may be an unconscious psychological defense against the fear of emasculation. It was stated above, “disarmament is resisted because how could any real man ever consider becoming disarmed?”

If you remember, I had shared some of Judith Butler’s ideas regarding independence. Independence is somewhat of an illusion because we never achieve a completely pure form of independence from others (Butler, 2021). We are always dependent upon others, in fact, evolutionary survival demands individuals and groups cooperate. Thus, independence becomes more of an interdependence. This is where cooperation and negotiation play a part and in grim strategy, the cooperation is either replaced with deception or a feigned form of cooperation or is replaced with brute force. We may perceive tariffs as a form of violence imposed on the consumer and in fact, that is just what they are. If a country says to another country, “I will not place a tariff on your imports if you do not place a tariff on mine” and both countries agree to the terms. Then, after six months of no tariffs, one of the countries reneges his offer and starts raising tariffs on the other countries’ imports. What do you think will happen?

Likewise, electronic targeted assaults and psychotronic torture take away from the target individuals’ sense of empowerment which seeks to clandestinely disable him or her thereby manipulating the playing field in favor of the opponent/perpetrator. As a result, their personal choices become limited, their lifestyle choices are compromised, and the person becomes disenfranchised and poorer for it. And as a result, society becomes poorer as well. In electronic targeted assaults and psychotronic torture, its mechanistic dehumanization is similar to militarized operations and nuclear strategic planning operations and, because of its sanitized abstractions, it continues to inform a culture in a very real and clandestine way regarding violence. All this hints toward sexual and patriarchal domination in myth, phantasy, and culture. Its weaponry and phallic imagery perpetuate a counterphobic defense in fear of emasculation. Why would a real man ever consider disarmament?

The very real problem that should scare everyone regarding this relatively new phenomenon is the lack of horror and moral outrage possessed by the perpetrators of these types of crimes as well as the subtle and clandestine, sanitized abstractions which are similar in their footprints to nuclear strategic war planning. This is not to imply that the federal government is responsible for my electronic targeted assaults or psychotronic torture, although it hints at the historical administrative tools traditionally utilized by federal agencies to govern, punish, and control its citizens. Rather, I am saying there are men in society who utilize the same type of language and discourse rooted in the same type of myth, phantasies, and culture. That is a “specialized language,” a “technostrategic discourse” that unconsciously expresses their counterphobic fears of emasculation and an insatiable need for dominance.


Axelrod, Robert. (2006). The Evolution of Cooperation. New York. Basic Books.

Butler, Judith. (2021). The Force of Non-Violence: An Ethico-Political Bind. New York. Verso Publishing.

Carol Cohn. Sex and Death in the Rational World of Defense Intellectuals. In Signs, Vol. 12, №4, Within and Without: Women, Gender and Theory. (Summer, 1987) pp. 687–718.