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Author: Joseph L. Flatley

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Stories and conversations from the end of America.

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In the first half of this episode, I speak with Branko Marcetic, a staff writer for Jacobin magazine and a 2019-2020 Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting Fellow at In These Times. He is the author of Yesterday's Man: The Case Against Joe Biden.  After the flip, I speak with Jeremy Kuzmarov, J.P. Walker assistant professor of history at University of Tulsa and the author of The Myth of the Addicted Army: Vietnam and the Modern War on Drugs and Modernizing Repression: Police Training and Nation Building in the American Century. His series on Biden's foreign policy is available at Covert Action Magazine. Branko Marcetic on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bmarchetich Branko's podcast, 1/200: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/1-200-podcast/id1428385579 Branko Marcetic on Jacoboin https://jacobinmag.com/author/branko-marcetic Yesterday's Man: The Case Against Joe Biden: https://www.versobooks.com/books/3225-yesterday-s-man Jeremy Kuzmarov on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JKuzmarov Jeremy Kuzmarov on Covert Action Magazine: https://covertactionmagazine.com/author/jeremykuzmarov/ Joseph L. Flatley website: https://www.lennyflatley.net Joseph L. Flatley twitter: https://twitter.com/lennyflatley My *other* podcast, The So-Called Prophet from Pittsburgh: https://anchor.fm/pghprophet Coming soon! New Age Grifter. Available for pre-order from BOOKSHOP.ORG: https://bookshop.org/books/new-age-grifter-the-true-story-of-gabriel-of-urantia-and-his-cosmic-family/9781627311106  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/failedstateupdate/message
It's the big FOUR-OH! and today I'm speaking with Mike Elk, labor reporter and the founder (in 2016) of Payday Report, a crowdfunded news agency focusing on labor and union news. In this interview we talk about the importance of independent media, getting past the over-intellectualization of left-labor reporting, and the shocking reality of sexual harassment in unions. Payday Report website: https://paydayreport.com/ Mike Elk on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MikeElk Joseph L. Flatley website: https://www.lennyflatley.net Joseph L. Flatley twitter: https://twitter.com/lennyflatley Coming soon! My latest book, New Age Grifter. Available for pre-order from BOOKSHOP.ORG: https://bookshop.org/books/new-age-grifter-the-true-story-of-gabriel-of-urantia-and-his-cosmic-family/9781627311106  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/failedstateupdate/message
The notion of "repressed memories" has been widely discredited, yet it stubbornly persists—on trash TV, in poorly researched self-help books, and now on New York Magazine's website. In this episode of Failed State Update, Lucien Greaves, the co-founder of The Satanic Temple, breaks down "The Memory War" by Katie Heaney, a weird example of pro-conspiracy theory agitprop that has more to do with QAnon than legitimate reportage. "The Memory War" by Katie Heaney: https://www.thecut.com/amp/article/false-memory-syndrome-controversy.html "Lying For Pseudoscience," Lucien Greaves' rebuttal: https://www.patreon.com/posts/46379921 Lucien Greaves on Twitter: https://twitter.com/luciengreaves Grey Faction: https://greyfaction.org/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/failedstateupdate/message
The return of Mark Jacobson. We expand on our previous conversation to talk about the zeitgeist. We get into QAnon,  the Ghost Dance, and of course, Bill Cooper. Mark Jacobson on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/palehorseriderbook/ Pale Horse Rider music video by William Cooper (the rapper): https://youtu.be/Mp5pSU5jYC0 Joseph L. Flatley website: https://www.lennyflatley.net Joseph L. Flatley twitter: https://twitter.com/lennyflatley Coming soon! My latest book, New Age Grifter. Available for pre-order from BOOKSHOP.ORG: https://bookshop.org/books/new-age-grifter-the-true-story-of-gabriel-of-urantia-and-his-cosmic-family/9781627311106  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/failedstateupdate/message
We are living in a time of unprecedented distrust in America… Faith in the government is at an all-time low, and political groups on both sides of the aisle are able to tout preposterous conspiracy theories as gospel, without much opposition. “Fake news” is the order of the day. This book is about a man to whom all of it points, the greatest conspiracist of this generation and a man you may not have heard of. A former U.S. naval intelligence worker, Milton William Cooper published his manifesto Behold a Pale Horse in 1991. Since then it has gone on to sell hundreds of thousands of copies, becoming the number-one bestseller in the American prison system. According to Behold a Pale Horse, JFK was assassinated—because he was about to reveal that extraterrestrials were about to take over the earth—by his driver, an alien himself; AIDS is a government conspiracy to decrease the population of blacks, Hispanics, and homosexuals; and the Illuminati are secretly involved with the U.S. government to manage relationships with extraterrestrials. Cooper died in a shootout with Apache County police in 2001, one month after September 11, in the year in which he had predicted catastrophe. In Pale Horse Rider, journalist Mark Jacobson not only tells the story of Cooper’s fascinating life but also provides the social and political context for American paranoia. Indeed, with the present NSA situation and countless other shadowy government dealings often in the news, aren’t we right to suspect that things may not be as they seem? Mark Jacobson on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/palehorseriderbook/ Pale Horse Rider music video by William Cooper (the rapper): https://youtu.be/Mp5pSU5jYC0 Joseph L. Flatley website: https://www.lennyflatley.net Joseph L. Flatley twitter: https://twitter.com/lennyflatley Coming soon! My latest book, New Age Grifter. Available for pre-order from BOOKSHOP.ORG: https://bookshop.org/books/new-age-grifter-the-true-story-of-gabriel-of-urantia-and-his-cosmic-family/9781627311106  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/failedstateupdate/message
Jared Yates Sexton has been an important voice decrying the little Hitler in the White House (for one more week) and the future, not-so-little Hitlers that are on the horizon if we don't wise up quick. His message is more important than ever, so I'm reposting two of his appearances here in case you missed 'em the first time... Check out Jared's Bourbon Talk podcast on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/jsexton3 ...and, of course, follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JYSexton Jared's Muckrake podcast: https://muckrack.libsyn.com/ Jared Yates Sexton website: https://www.jysexton.com Joseph L. Flatley website: https://www.lennyflatley.net Joseph L. Flatley twitter: https://twitter.com/lennyflatley Coming soon! My latest book, New Age Grifter. Available for pre-order from BOOKSHOP.ORG: https://bookshop.org/books/new-age-grifter-the-true-story-of-gabriel-of-urantia-and-his-cosmic-family/9781627311106  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/failedstateupdate/message
Stuart Schrader is a Lecturer/Assistant Research Scientist in Sociology at Johns Hopkins University and the author of Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing. In this episode of Failed State Update, we talk about the little-understood facts that the United States is an empire, and that what our police do at home has a striking resemblance to what our military does overseas. Of course, this has some very serious implications for the current resistance movement that's been so busy on the streets of America since the murder of George Floyd. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/failedstateupdate/message
Clearly, the American Empire is clocking out — it's anybody's guess whether it will go with a whimper or with a bang, but it seems likely that we'll know the answer to that question relatively soon. But what did it take to forge this empire in the first place, and how can it be that so many Americans are unaware that this imperium even exists? In the latest episode of Failed State Update, I will be speaking with Vincent Bevins, a journalist and the author of the recently released The Jakarta Method: Washington’s Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program That Shaped Our World. As it turns out, the bloodiest and most horrific acts of American imperialism are the ones we've never heard of. Also discussed: Covid-19 as a symptom of America's collective insanity, and Russiagate as psychological projection. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/failedstateupdate/message
So, we couldn't go a week into the new year without a constitutional crisis... I'm disappointed in us, but I'm not surprised. In order to help understand what the hell exactly happened, I spoke to William Arkin, veteran national security reporter and prolific author. He's been on top of this story from the very beginning (indeed, from before the beginning) and you can see his reporting in the pages of Newseek or on its website: https://www.newsweek.com/authors/william-m-arkin-1 In this episode I also speak with Vincent Scotti Eirene, longtime peace activist and media provocateur. He has some particularly trenchant insights into the events of the last 24 hours. Vincent and I were in D.C. protesting corporate globalization this time twenty years ago, so it's interesting to compare and contrast what was happening then with what is happening now. William Arkin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/warkin  William Arkin website: https://williamaarkin.wordpress.com/ Vincent Scotti Eirene website: http://notowar.com/ Vincent Scotti Eirene on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vincenteirene Joseph L. Flatley website: https://www.lennyflatley.net Joseph L. Flatley on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lennyflatley Failed State Update Newsletter: https://lennyflatley.substack.com Coming soon! My latest book, New Age Grifter. Available for pre-order from BOOKSHOP.ORG: https://bookshop.org/books/new-age-grifter-the-true-story-of-gabriel-of-urantia-and-his-cosmic-family/9781627311106  Music: "Magnificent Dance," "Outside Broadcast," "This Is Radio Clash," and "Capitol Radio" by The Clash --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/failedstateupdate/message
I didn't set out to present a Christmas episode of this podcast, but when the talk got around to the harmful nature of the Santa Claus myth, I knew I had a timely program. Pastor Harry Walther is the founder of The Church of Philadelphia-Internet and host of Doomsday Talk Radio. I met him in 2012 while filming a series of videos for The Verge about American end times beliefs.  In this episode of Failed State Update, Harry and I talk about why The End didn't happen on December 21, 2012, and why it just might be around the corner now. We also talk about his 2011 book, Jesus: Son of God, Clone of God, and why Santa is harmful to children. CORRECTION: Pastor Harry's ministry is called: "The Church of Philadelphia-Internet," not "The Church of Jesus Christ-Internet" The Verge "End of the world week" video series: https://www.lennyflatley.net/the-end Harry Walther's website: http://www.satansrapture.com/ Doomsday Talk Radio: https://www.blogtalkradio.com/pastor-harry-walther Joseph L. Flatley website: https://www.lennyflatley.net Joseph L. Flatley on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lennyflatley Failed State Update Newsletter: https://lennyflatley.substack.com Coming soon! My latest book New Age Grifter. Available for pre-order from BOOKSHOP.ORG: https://bookshop.org/books/new-age-grifter-the-true-story-of-gabriel-of-urantia-and-his-cosmic-family/9781627311106  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/failedstateupdate/message
There is an internet community of people that call themselves Targeted Individuals. These people claim that they're being surveilled and harassed by the U.S. government or other unknown entities. Sometimes this activity is called "gangstalking" because, unlike traditional stalking, the harassment involves teams of people. Fears of gangstalking seem to me to be motivated by, among other things, the same anxieties that create UFO abduction narratives and QAnon theorists.  This episode of FSU features a conversation that I recently recorded with a woman who claims to be a victim of gangstalking. She contacted me recently and asked me to help her share her story. It is a follow-up to my article on the phenomenon, "Paranoid Delusions in the Police State" from 2017. "Paranoid Delusions in the Police State" on The Outline Joseph L. Flatley website: https://www.lennyflatley.net Joseph L. Flatley on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lennyflatley Failed State Update Newsletter: https://lennyflatley.substack.com Music: "Starfish" and "Alchemical Room" by Alejandro Jodorowsky --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/failedstateupdate/message
Are we living in a failed state? And if so, so what? Between the environment, pandemic, and everything else that 2020 has given us, I think it's probably high time that we look at ourselves in the mirror and decide what's really important. And if you're of a spiritual or metaprogrammatical bent, you could probably learn a thing or several from Antero Alli. His latest book, State of Emergence, covers his experiments in group ritual. It's one part Jerzy Grotowski, one part Carl Jung, and 100% mind-blowing. Antero Alli on Twitter: https://twitter.com/antero1111 Antero's website: https://www.verticalpool.com/ Antero's paratheater work: https://www.paratheatrical.com/ Joseph L. Flatley website: https://www.lennyflatley.net Joseph L. Flatley on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lennyflatley Failed State Update Newsletter: https://lennyflatley.substack.com Music: "Pearls & Perils of Courting the Muses" by Antero Alli; "Deep Blue" and "Trick of the Sun" by bird&wolf --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/failedstateupdate/message
If you know anything about the assassination of JFK, the odds are good that you learned it from Oliver Stone. Even if you haven't seen JFK (1993), the claims made in the film — claims made by the likes of homophobic New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison and antisemitic conspiracy theorist Fletcher Prouty — have kind of seeped into the mainstream and become part of our common understanding of the tragedy. In his latest book, On the Trail of Delusion, author Fred Litwin turns the clock back on the Jim Garrison investigation and makes us reconsider what we think we know about November 22, 1963. Fred Litwin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FredLitwin Fred's book: https://www.onthetrailofdelusion.com/ Joseph L. Flatley website: https://www.lennyflatley.net Joseph L. Flatley on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lennyflatley Failed State Update Newsletter: https://lennyflatley.substack.com Music: "Garrison's Obsession" (JFK motion picture soundtrack) and "Bullet" by The Misfits --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/failedstateupdate/message
By its very nature, the intelligence community holds more sway over this country than we will probably ever know. This reality—which has played a key role in transforming the United States into a Failed State—has its origins in the Cold War and the establishment of the Central Intelligence Agency in 1947. Norman Mailer was one of the most insightful chroniclers of Cold War America, and in this episode I talk to two people who knew him personally and saw him in action as he reckoned with the realities of the CIA and that seminal event in conspiracy culture, the assassination of President Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Jim Hougan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jimhougan Jim Hougan on the web: http://www.jimhougan.com/ Lawrence Schiller website: http://lawrenceschiller.com/ The Norman Mailer Society: http://normanmailersociety.org/ Joseph L. Flatley website: https://www.lennyflatley.net Joseph L. Flatley on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lennyflatley Failed State Update Newsletter: https://lennyflatley.substack.com Music: "Oswald Defense Lawyer" by The Fall, "Love Field" by Elvis Costello and the Attractions, "Havana Affair" by Ramones, "The Day John Kennedy Died" by Lou Reed --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/failedstateupdate/message
27. Paranoids' Game Night!

27. Paranoids' Game Night!

2020-11-1601:07:50

In this action-packed episode of FAILED STATE UPDATE, I break out a certain conspiracy theory-themed trivia board game ("Conspiracy Theory" by Neddy Games) and host an action-packed competition between four fascinating dudes. Come for the conspiracy questions! Stay for the learned discursions! With internet celebrities Joseph Matheny, JG Michael and Jon Marsh (and one international man of mystery, Kirk 'Mad Dog' Cooke). Conspiracy Theory by Neddy Games: https://shopneddy.com/products/conspiracy-theory-trivia-board-game Jonathan Marsh on Twitter: https://twitter.com/erieforage Jon's Construction Dorks podcast: https://www.constructiondorks.com/ Joseph Matheny homepage: https://josephmatheny.com/ JG Michael on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ViewsParallax JG's podcast, Parallax Views: https://parallaxviews.podbean.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/failedstateupdate/message
Pearse Redmond is a podcaster, writer, and one of the leading figures of the Jeffrey Epstein research community. For years, when no one in the mainstream media cared, Pearse and his cohort were diving deep into Epstein-world, trying to figure out what the man was up to and how to get him put in the slammer for good. In this episode of Failed State Update, we discuss some of the more bizarre aspects of the Epstein case and why it took the mainstream media so long to catch up with the conspiracy theorists. Pearse Redmond on Twitter: https://twitter.com/porkinspolicy Pearse Redmond on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pearseredmond Pearse Redmond website: https://porkinspolicyreview.com/ Joseph L. Flatley website: https://www.lennyflatley.net Joseph L. Flatley on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lennyflatley Failed State Update Newsletter: https://lennyflatley.substack.com Music: "Kevin's Gate," "Slow Gaze to Nowhere," and "Pale Machine" by Eric Smith & Glowing Cloud --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/failedstateupdate/message
Back by popular demand, this episode features more dirt on Ted Gunderson. It starts out pretty straightforward, with digital forensic investigator Ed Opperman talking about his experience with the disgraced former FBI agent. Then public satanist Lucien Greaves talks a bit about his investigations into the Satanic Panic, including his experiences with ol' Ted. Finally, Joseph Matheny comes on for a wide-ranging chat about QAnon, the Finders as metaprogramming, the gameplay-theater-ceremonial magick nexus, and more! Things start out pretty down-to-earth, but by the end of the episode, there is plenty of esoterica for you to chew on. Get ready to have your mind blown, then press play... But for chrissake, if you haven't listened to the previous episode (24), please be sure to, so you don't get too lost... Grey Faction (Lucien Greaves) website: https://greyfaction.org/ Lucien Greaves on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LucienGreaves Joseph Matheny website: https://josephmatheny.com/ Joseph Matheny on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ongshat1 Joseph L. Flatley website: https://www.lennyflatley.net Joseph L. Flatley on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lennyflatley Failed State Update Newsletter: https://lennyflatley.substack.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/failedstateupdate/message
What we have here is my first ever presentation to a conference, in which I use the story of The Finders—a small commune unfairly maligned as a "cult"—to discuss the political dimension of conspiracy theories. The talk also covers the story of Ted Gunderson, who went from being an FBI-COINTELPRO guy to a major figure in conspiracy theory culture. And of course, I tie this all back to QAnon. Ends with a brief discussion of Grey Faction, the group that sponsored the conference. There's a lot of interesting, little-discussed history here, suitable for listening during jogs, long car rides, and wherever else you consume your podcasts. Grey Faction website: https://greyfaction.org/ Grey Faction on Twitter: https://twitter.com/GreyFactionTST Joseph L. Flatley website: https://www.lennyflatley.net Joseph L. Flatley on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lennyflatley Failed State Update Newsletter: https://lennyflatley.substack.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/failedstateupdate/message
Very excited to once again have author, academic, and political commentator Jared Yates Sexton on the show to address the (failed) state of the union. He has a new book out called American Rule: How a Nation Conquered the World But Failed Its People, and it's one you're definitely going to want to check out, as it lays bare all the myths and falsehoods that Keep America Great Again for the 1%.  Podcast up this episode of FAILED STATE UPDATE to hear about political cults,  the Third Reich as an American phenomenon, how Pizzagate has been going on since the Roman Empire, and why Americans are suckers for fascism. Jared's Muckrake podcast: https://muckrack.libsyn.com/ Jared Yates Sexton website: https://www.jysexton.com Jared Yates Sexton on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JYSexton Joseph L. Flatley website: https://www.lennyflatley.net Joseph L. Flatley twitter: https://twitter.com/lennyflatley Failed State Update Newsletter: https://lennyflatley.substack.com Music: "Grid," "State of the Union (STFU)," "Fight the Power" by Public Enemy --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/failedstateupdate/message
In this episode of Failed State Update I'm joined by film critic, artist, and social media provocateur Dylan Coleslaw to discuss cTom's 2011 film Song of the Blind Girl. There are underground filmmakers, and then there's cTom—or Tom Charley, as he's also known (both are pseudonyms, actually).  cTom has directed four films, all of which are ham-handed polemics against elite pedophilia and other crimes against the republic. But there are two things that make these films stand out: The fact that they were made a decade before QAnon, and the all-out incompetence of the director's craft. His films are perfect examples of the "so bad it's good" (a/k/a "awfulsome") approach to filmmaking.  Tom Charley on IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4123469/ Song of the Blind Girl (trailer): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dm5AhJYsrMM Dylan Coleslaw on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teen_sports_news/ Article about cTom by Joseph L. Flatley: https://www.splicetoday.com/moving-pictures/the-worst-filmmaker-you-ve-never-heard-of Joseph L. Flatley website: https://www.lennyflatley.net Joseph L. Flatley twitter: https://twitter.com/lennyflatley Failed State Update Newsletter: https://lennyflatley.substack.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/failedstateupdate/message
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