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Stories and conversations from the end of America.

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My book NEW AGE GRIFTER: THE TRUE STORY OF GABRIEL OF URANTIA AND HIS COSMIC FAMILY is available for preorder *now* from Bookshop.org: https://bookshop.org/books/new-age-grifter-the-true-story-of-gabriel-of-urantia-and-his-cosmic-family/9781627311106

    BONUS EPISODE (43): Lucien Greaves on multiple personalities, TikTok, and conspiracy therapists

    BONUS EPISODE (43): Lucien Greaves on multiple personalities, TikTok, and conspiracy therapists

    A story crossed my desk recently: "Inside TikTok’s booming dissociative identity disorder community" (Input Magazine, July 6). The author, Jessica Lucas, looks at the unique world of social media influencers with multiple personalities. While it provides a unique look at a fascinating subculture, it does not portray the truth about Dissociative Identity Disorder (the clinical name for multiple personalities) and how the diagnosis has been abused by therapists over the years. 

    Not only are these conspiracy therapists harming patients, they are a telling example of America's decline. 

    You can find my response/rebuttal, "Return of the Conspiracy Therapists," in the Failed State Update newsletter. For the report I interviewed Lucien Greaves, the co-founder of the Satanic Temple, and the conversation was good enough that I'm releasing it here as a podcast.


    "Inside TikTok’s booming dissociative identity disorder community" by Jessica Lucas: https://www.inputmag.com/culture/dissociative-identity-disorder-did-tiktok-influencers-multiple-personalities
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    BONUS EPISODE (42): Satan Goes to the Mind Control Convention

    BONUS EPISODE (42): Satan Goes to the Mind Control Convention

    My book Satan Goes to the Mind Control Convention: Manchurian Candidates, Recovered Memories, and the Dark Side of Conspiracy Culture is finally available as an audiobook! From the back cover blurb:



    Satan Goes to the Mind Control Convention looks at the role that conspiracy theories play in American life and the current political climate. The audiobook begins at a convention for therapists who uncover “memories” of past lives, extraterrestrials, and government mind-control operations. From there, the listener will encounter Pizzagate enthusiasts, conspiracy entrepreneurs, Satanists, flat-earthers, and more. Ultimately, the author cautions that right-wing conspiracy culture is a fascist confidence trick that will only get more violent over the coming years.



    My webpage: http://lennyflatley.net/books/



    Audible link: https://www.audible.com/pd/B097W3SXRT/?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-265130&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_265130_rh_us


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    41. What to expect from President Biden (feat. War and Corruption)

    41. What to expect from President Biden (feat. War and Corruption)

    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 










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    40. Payday Report w/Mike Elk

    40. Payday Report w/Mike Elk

    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 




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    39. Lucien Greaves on that NY Mag whitewash of dangerous pseudoscience

    39. Lucien Greaves on that NY Mag whitewash of dangerous pseudoscience

    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/


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    38. Mark Jacobson: QAnon, crisis cults, LSD cults, and more

    38. Mark Jacobson: QAnon, crisis cults, LSD cults, and more

    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 


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