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Outbreak! Predictive Programming and Sci-Fi Pandemics

Listening to the Alex Jones Show can sometimes be a scary ride for someone who has listened long enough to see more than a few of the filmmaker's controversial and, more often than not, dark and even disturbing prophesies come true. Most notable, of course, being 9/11 and the Terror Wars without end in the Middle East, the new Great Depression and now the global flu pandemic: like a good weatherman Jones (and his guests) forecast them all months, sometimes even years, before they went down.

It's this alarming accuracy and almost prophetic track record that should have even the most casual or sceptical of listeners more than just a little concerned about what Jones is now predicting for the next decade or so … a series of staged global pandemics and compulsory vaccinations. Each designer outbreak, and accompanying jab in the arm, deadlier than the last with the ultimate Illuminati Endgame of a worldwide population reduction of between 80 to 90%. This gigantic, almost pagan-like, sacrifice to Mother Earth that would put even Christopher Lee's Lord Summerisle (The Wicker Man, 1973) to shame. (Anyone who chooses to believe that a vaccination couldn't possibly be dangerous to your health should read this)

What more ... as if this apocalyptic future wasn't nightmarish enough already … Jones goes further, suggesting that we've all been secretly conditioned already, practically since birth, to accept this 21st century mass culling through predictive programming in sci-fi films and television shows. The idea being, of course, that if the species is pre-programmed via fiction to sub-consciously associate apocalyptic plagues, Third World Wars and yes European or even Global police-states with the future, then when these things finally do occur the masses will be more inclined to just accept them as the natural course of history and so fail to resist them. Absurd you say … maybe but that doesn’t make it wrong, people would have said the same thing about planes being deliberately flown into buildings … perhaps only time will tell one way or another.

However, given Jones' past successess … not to mention the current swine flu hype in the mainstream corporate media and the push to forcibly vaccinate everyone in the US, Britain and other countries … only a fool wouldn't at least consider that the documentary film maker could be right about this one too. There certainly isn’t any shortage of disturbing government/medical precedents that should give people reason for concern: the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment being perhaps the most damning, not to mention forcing US pilots to fly through radioactive mushroom clouds in the early Cold War and even contaminating New York City’s subway system with dangerous anthrax simulant in 1966.

Whatever the truth, though, global pandemics definitely seem to have been a regular stable of science fiction going right back to when the genre was first conceived. Remember, in H G Wells' ever popular novel The War of the Worlds (first published in 1898) it's a virus that, perhaps suspiciously, finally defeats the Martian invaders. You can read our previous article H G Wells and the New World Order for more thoughts on Wells and his writings.

Lethal viruses, of course, were also a major element of another famous British sci-fi writer, Terry Nation, the creator of the Daleks and the cult series Blake's 7. Several of Nation's scripts for television centered around the idea of a deadly new virus bringing civilization to its knees. Most notably, in Nation's 1964 Doctor Who serial, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, it's a mysterious space plague brought to Earth by meteorites that paves the way for the Dalek conquest of a severally weakened mankind.

Also, maybe a little disturbingly, despite the six part Dalek epic taking place sometime after 2164 the narration on the BBC trailer suggested the story took place in the year 2000! Oddly enough Tom Baker's incarnation of the Doctor later reaffirmed this date when interrogated by the evil Dalek creator Davros in 1975's Genesis of the Daleks. Further, in a classic scene between Baker and Davros the mad scientist even threatens to create a virus capable of destroying all life in the Cosmos. Cold and calculatingly whispering then madly ranting of the God-like power over life and death that would give him: "Yes. Yes. To hold in my hand, a capsule that contained such power. To know that life and death on such a scale was my choice. To know that the tiny pressure on my thumb, enough to break the glass, would end everything. Yes. I would do it. That power would set me up above the gods!"

It might sound a little ridiculous to suggest all this might have been an attempt to prepare the generation growing-up in the 1960s and 70s for a series of global pandemics today, but it certainly doesn't contradict the idea and, in an age where there were still only three channels in Britain, most of the country would be watching.

In 1975, the same year Genesis of the Daleks was first broadcast, Nation also revised the super pandemic idea for his popular series Survivors. As the series title might suggest, the cult classic followed the struggles of a small band of survivors in the wake of a mysterious pandemic that annihilates almost all of the world's population. Interestingly, if not even a little alarmingly, Survivors was remade by the BBC in 2008 which might lend some extra weight to the idea that we're all being prepared for something big coming down very soon.

In Hollywood, too, we certainly haven't seen any shortage of apocalyptic type films involving the outbreak of a killer virus or global pandemic these last few years. 28 Days Later and its sequel 28 Weeks Later, of course, being two of the most blatant examples. In fact you could include most, if not all, of the zombie and vampire sub-genre films. You might even include Children of Men. While the reason why humanity has become sterile by 2028 might never be explained, it ties in perfectly with the theme of population reduction.

It's Will Smith's 2007 film I Am Legend which has to take the prize for being the most worrisome though. Directly mirroring the dark warnings of the conspiracy theorists, in the film it's a new experimental vaccine that's responsible for the pandemic and resultant collapse of civilization in the first place. More troubling still, the Batman vs. Superman publicity poster seems to strongly hint at the film taking place in our real world in the not too distant future.

Perhaps we're just seeing patterns in things that aren't really there ... it's still too early to know one way or another. Regardless, though, people need to take the concerns of researchers like Alex Jones very seriously and do their own research before taking any vaccine rushed through by any government. Particularly in the case of here in Britain, where this is the same Labour government that lied to us about weapons of mass destruction. A lie that has killed over a million people now in Iraq, do we really want to let them stick a needle in our arm because they say it's safe?

Richard Thomas, BoA UK Correspondent and Columnist.

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