In 1978, the biggest news was the suicide of 914 people at Jonestown in Guyana, 276 of which were children. Jim Jones of the Indiana Peoples Temple was dead of a gunshot wound to the head that may have been self-inflicted. The members of the Jonestown community drank the cyanide-laced Kool-Aid (generic Flavor Ade mixed with cyanide, Valium, Phenergan, and chloral hydrate) and gave it to their children in an act of revolutionary suicide.
Theories abound from Jim Jones's declining physical and mental health and pending litigation over custody issues to mass murder by person or persons unknown. There was a plan discussed to immigrate to Russia before the mass suicide and plans communicated to a sister Peoples Temple in Georgetown to Sharon Amos to avenge the Jonestown deaths and then commit revolutionary suicide. Amos murdered herself and 3 children with a large kitchen knife on November 18, 1978 in response to Jim Jones's orders.
There were claims of CIA involvement and conspiracy theorists had a field day trotting out their government involvement claims in much the same way that the deaths of David Koresh's Branch Davidian followers in Waco at the end of a 51-day standoff with FBI and Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agents on April 19, 1993. More than 75 died in the fire at the Branch Davidian ranch that day, 25 of which were children. David Koresh committed suicide, shooting himself in the head.
In San Diego on March 26, 1997 Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Nettles and 39 members of the Georgetown group committed suicide because they believed that the Earth was about to be sanitized and repopulated in the wake of the Hale-Bopp comet. If they were going to be murdered anyway, the Georgetown people preferred to decide when and where they would die.
Mass suicides have occurred throughout history and,unlike the 960 Jews who chose death on April 16, 73 AD at Masada, Herod's hilltop fortress in Judah, suicides in modern times may have been the result of forces other than choosing death instead of enslavement by Rome. Eliezar ben Ya'ir, commander at Masada, hoped that the mass suicide of the men, women, and children at Masada would mobilize the Jewish nation to rise up against Rome and fight for freedom. Eliezar did not get his wish.
In more recent times, archaeologists and historians discount Josephus's version of history and state that there is no evidence anyone committed suicide at Masada. They suppose that Josephus's version is flawed and propaganda rather than fact.
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.
Conspiracy theorists claim that Jonestown, Georgetown, and Heaven's Gate are due to government programs in mind control and exercises as part of a depopulation scheme to whittle the world's population down by 6 billion. The remaining 1 billion would be easier to control, to feed, and to govern in a world under the guidance of a single entity, such as the New World Order we hear so much about in movies, TV shows, and political speeches that promise a better life where the ecology of the planet is protected and there aren't wars over food and water such as are illustrated in the media. The New World Order is the modern variation on a chicken in every part and a new car in every garage.
After all, what would people sacrifice for heaven on earth in our time?
The New Eden would naturally be a place where only the best of the best would live in peace and harmony, the peace and harmony of biddable drones subservient to the rulers of the New World Order and without a mind -- or a voice -- of their own. Gone would be democracy (which is a two-edged sword after all) and in its place would be government ordained by God for the good of the
The One World Government would give the people One World Religion and One World Economy, all of it
What better way to create a perfect world than by pruning the dead branches and the suckers and wild branches that result when the gardener lets Nature take its course. At last, zero population growth, maybe in the guise of limiting birth (because it worked so well in China to limit birth to 1 or 2 children per family with males preferred, daughters killed or offered up to nurseries that find parents in the western world for unwanted females) and eugenics to make sure that every child born is genetically perfect (anyone remember Mengele?). The new Master Race might use a different ruler or opt for the Nazi Nordic model as is evidenced by the American version of Nazi Eugenics.
Did you think that Operation Paperclip was solely to support and expand the United States space program? Operation Paperclip brought 2000 scientists to the USA after World War II along with their families. I don't think the space program needed 2000 scientists for the space program, not when they had Werner Von Braun. He was a whole staff of scientists on his own and did much to advance the Space Race, but rockets to the moon were only part of the brain drain from Nazi Germany that boosted American science programs.
The MKUltra Program was one of several CIA operations that were the result of Operation Paperclip. The CIA wanted to be able to control the human mind. The most famous aspect of the MKUltra program was Project ARTICHOKE where candidates were lured by prostitutes to a secret CIA location and subjected to hypnosis, drug addiction, and LSD. CIA scientists watched the participants from behind one-way glass while the prostitutes did their duty. This sub-project of MKUltra was dubbed Operation Midnight Climax.
One of the CIA's black projects formed the basis of Firestarter aimed at using volunteer subjects for a clinical drug trial that resulted in expansion of psychic abilities. Firestarter was supposed to be fiction, but in light of what has happened over the past 4 or 5 decades, maybe less science fiction and more fact. I doubt, however, that the media can be relied on to publish the truth since they are more adept at being the propaganda arm of the government and the Powers That Be. For every one honest journalist there are hundreds of paid mouthpieces spouting the party line and queueing up the latest participants in the current round of bread and circuses.
Using psychics for covert operations and mining foreign minds for information, creating dictators and terrorists and shooting them down when they are no longer useful, enhanced torture techniques, Manchurian candidates (more mind control), enacting Big Brother by spying on everyone (Edward Snowden), and experimenting on humans to create hybrid human-animal/insect species, and falsifying the information on UFOs and alien autopsies for a start.
Do you really believe the Pentagon buys screwdrivers and hammers that cost thousands of dollars a piece? The kind of creative accounting is how the government hides the cost of black programs right in plain sight.
It seems The X-Files were so much fiction as much as disclosing the dirty tricks perpetrated by agencies like the FBI and the CIA in much the same way that Stephen King did his books based on fictional government agencies like The Shop and experiments on humans. So why wouldn't the same government try out its mind control techniques under the guise of religious groups committing mass suicide?
When dealing with the government -- any government -- it is best, as my grandmother always said, to take their explanations with a grain of salt -- about the size of a salt block for deer.
What we know for sure and what we actually know are universes apart and it is nearly impossible to tell the good guys from the bad with no Fox Mulder fighting for us -- or for his own sanity. The truth is out here, but may be hidden under a lot of bodies, victims of mass suicide, and part of the planned obsolescence of a fairly substantial sacrifice of humanity in pursuit of the One World Government.
That is all. Disperse.