If I could get any animal it would be a dolphin. I want one so bad. Me and my mom went swimming with dolphins and I was like, ‘How do we get one of those?’ and she was like, ‘You can’t get a dolphin. What are you gonna do, like, put it in your pool?’ — Miley Cyrus
The bears on the album cover are not really ‘dancing’. I don’t know why people think they are, their positions are quite obviously those of a high-stepping march. — Augustus Owsley Stanley III (“Bear”)
Yes, Miley Cyrus is an Illuminati Mind Control Slave, programmed with the Beta Sex Kitten routine. See, what you do is you tie them up, and … oh, wait, never mind, I’ve said too much.
No, I haven’t forgotten about the Flogging Miley series, that started with her unusual video for We Can’t Stop (Flogging Miley Part 1) and went on to tell the story of CIA agent Miles Copeland Jr. (Flogging Miley 2) and his sons, who all ran various interesting and maybe even spooky parts of the music industry back in the 1980s. We covered CIA programs like the infamous MK-ULTRA and the operation to feed MK-Ultra to the press (Operation Dormouse) in order to distract attention away from the real scandal, Operation Artichoke. In the last installment, we covered how the ultimate drug of the 1960s Hippie Generation – LSD – was introduced to the general public by the CIA and those working with them. In context, LSD was essentially a chemical weapon used by the CIA for a long time, and at some point, tested on many willing and unwilling Americans in the 1950s through the 1970s, and perhaps longer, in fact, perhaps continuing to the current day.
So all of a sudden, LSD moves out of the CIA secret operations to the universities, which do more or less scientific research with varying levels of controls. Then, it’s make illegal. Timothy Leary famously starts a quasi-religious LSD cult on campus, is fired, then helps head up a counter-culture LSD trend which is given mainstream and positive press coverage by the Luce Family’s media empire, especially Time Magazine. Writer Ken Kesey and a bunch of proto-hippies hold private LSD parties called “acid tests” (a very fitting name, if you think about it) then LSD goes public with a series of music festivals held across the country, most famously Woodstock but starting with the Monterey Pop Festival in California. Massive quantities of LSD are given out for free or cheap to the attendees and the drug becomes an integral part of the new counter-culture.
Well, someone had to make all that acid, and the man that did was called “Bear.” Bear was a sound man for the Grateful Dead, the proto-typical “acid rock” band of the era, and it was Bear that introduced Ken Kesey to LSD and held the first
mass LSD experiments Groovy Acid Tests.
Of course, “Bear” was just a cutesy nickname, likely meant to evoke the hip mythology of the time, maybe a trucker, some redneck turned hippie, perhaps even with Genuine American Indian ancestry. Bear’s real name was Augustus Owsley Stanley III and he was no trucker; he was the scion of one of the wealthiest and most important political families in America. His grandfather had been Governor, Representative, and Senator of Kentucky. Mr. Stanley III attended the Charlotte Military Academy, the University of Virginia, and served in the Air Force.
In other words, the stereotypical background of a spook. Established political family? Check. Military, university, and the Air Force? Check. The key manufacturer and distributor of the CIA’s favorite drug for decades? Check.
Yours truly started writing about Mr. Stanley III even before this blog, and as far as I know, the first and so far only writer to ever draw attention to his spooky background. Poor Mr. Augustus Owsley Stanley III then went and died in a car accident.
So from Ken Kesey’s original Acid Tests, to decades touring around America and the world with the Grateful Dead and manufacturing and distributing LSD for their fans, Augustus Owsley Stanley III was there from the beginning, to the putative end, of the LSD adventure, and given surprisingly positive coverage from the establishment media in the beginning. His background and his real name seem to have hardly been known or mentioned by much of anyone during that entire time.
So let’s review. We have acknowledged CIA agent Miles Copeland Jr. admitting to the CIA’s use of LSD. We have LSD Guru Timothy Leary known to have worked with the CIA, and now Augustus Owsley Stanley III, almost certainly similarly connected to these programs, as the main LSD manufacturer and distributor over the decades the CIA was known to be experimenting with LSD. We have Operation MK-Ultra, fed to the press by Operation Dormouse in order to distract attention from Project Artichoke, which the CIA had to cover up at all costs.
So what was Operation Artichoke? Interestingly, various pieces of Operation Artichoke have been part of the public record for decades, popping up in the press every few years. Of course, the name was never uttered, and the dots never connected. Sort of like with the Edward Snowden case. Edward Snowden didn’t tell us anything about the NSA that we didn’t know. He just released proof of what we already knew, thus confirming it. But anyone paying attention would have known all about what Edward Snowden is telling us, because the NSA’s various programs also pop up in the press every few years, but again, the names are rarely mentioned, and the dots are never connected.
So let’s connect some dots.
One of the most popular search terms that lead to this site is Miley Cyrus Illuminati MK-Ultra. There’s already a whole mythology based around these various CIA programs. Miley Cyrus – well, whoever makes her videos – puts these references into her songs and music precisely so we’ll talk about her. But maybe Miley Cyrus herself isn’t really as interesting as what is referenced in the videos.
The usual suspects, like the always entertaining Vigilant Citizen might be taking the symbolism a bit too literally. I also have a feeling one of my favorite conspiracy theorists, David McGowan, knows all about Miles Copeland Jr. (see Punk and the New Wave Arrive from his upcoming book Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon.)
But when you strip away the quasi-religious mysticism of the “Illuminati” you’re left with something a lot more obvious, but just as sinister. Don’t make the mistake of thinking this is all in the past. The story so far is just context. The story of Operation Artichoke is more about the present – and the future – than the past.
Now here’s where the story gets weird, and the bodies start piling up – literally.
This next part is where we learn why you Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid.
Literally – That’s not a figure of speech. Well, Flavor-Aid as the case may be. Talk about losing control of your brand.