Thursday, March 11th, 2010
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Did We Do Worse Things To France Than Giving Her Jerry Lewis?

Sorry, FrenchiesConspiracy time: "In 1951, a quiet, picturesque village in southern France was suddenly and mysteriously struck down with mass insanity and hallucinations. At least five people died, dozens were interned in asylums and hundreds afflicted. For decades it was assumed that the local bread had been unwittingly poisoned with a psychedelic mould. Now, however, an American investigative journalist has uncovered evidence suggesting the CIA peppered local food with the hallucinogenic drug LSD as part of a mind control experiment at the height of the Cold War."

Really? Would the CIA actually have put an entire French village through the agonizing-and in some cases fatal-hallucinations that the residents of Pont-Saint-Esprit endured? I mean, it is the CIA, so it's hard to put it past them. And everybody hates the French. Still, an actual chemist is rather skeptical. He makes a pretty good case.

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HiredGoons (#603)

I will volunteer to test this theory.

For my country.

Abe Sauer (#148)

Tuskegee raises its eyebrow at your skepticism.

Little-known fact: all French hallucinations include visions of human-milk cheese.

Not sure that two people not knowing chemistry makes a good case against.

And we have done worse…The Plutonium Files.

Kakapo (#2,312)

I'd like to know how exactly those five people died, though. That's a lot of deaths for a drug that is well nigh impossible to overdose on. They can't all have jumped out of windows or tried to peel themselves.

KarenUhOh (#19)

The CIA is far more diabolical than this clusterbuzz. They would have shown the villagers Cracking Up to kill any survivors.

Jim Demintia (#1,815)
Jim Demintia (#1,815)

It kind of amazes me that more people don't know about this. See also operation midnight climax:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Midnight_Climax

This is somehow related to the DaVinci Code, right?

So Emily wasn't tripping?

SemperBufo (#1,849)

There's no question that the Company has done worse things, but this seems a little… pointless?

Tulletilsynet (#333)

Even scarier: the CIA has a working time machine and used it to cause all the historically attested outbreaks of hallucinatory ergotism.

HiredGoons (#603)

The CIA is behind the Salem Witch Trials!?

Tulletilsynet (#333)

Didn't you ever notice how many Mayflower immigrants have a prep-school surname? They were totally spooks.

This actually explains their Jerry Lewis love. Were there similar incidents in 1980's Germany? Because that would provide an rational cause for Hassellhoff's musical popularity.

DigThatFunk (#2,457)

Wait, wait, wait. When did LSD become agonizing OR fatal?!?!? I'm pretty sure you can't die directly as a result of OD-ing on LSD, and I don't remember ever having an agonizing trip.

Steven Hager (#3,982)

Makes a good case? You mean Derek creates a straw man and knocks it down while ignoring 99% of the evidence. There is so much disinfo being floated on this one doesn't know where to begin. Two very old people died from convulsions. Anybody ever have convulsions on high doses of acid? Not all people were in distress. Some walked around town in euphoric states and spoke of how they loved everyone. Anything like that ever happen on acid? As for the time frame, obviously a very large amount was dumped, we don't know how, but it moved (maybe with the wind) around for a couple of days before the effects wore off. As for the evidence being ignored: Frank Olson was the chemist in charge of weaponizing LSD, he was in France at the time with others from SOD of Camp Detrick, when his "suicide" death came close to unraveling in 1975, FOIA requested documents show that the Point Saint Espry incident was connected somehow to Olson's death. Fuller's book in the 60s ends by saying neither the ergo theory or the mercury theory holds up. Fuller came to the same conclusion a few years ago in his Bread Opus. This book just came out and seems to have been subjected to immediate spin doctoring.

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