November 24, 2003
Paging Any Paranoid Ex-Business Partners I Might Have


If you've been noticing the psy-chalk "hobo language for paranoids" signs that you should be wearing your Aluminum Foil Detector Beanie, then you already know what the rest of the world is learning.

I remember seeing all those aluminum hats around New York City in the 70s, when the mental institutions were cleared out in order to promote homelessness. Guys walking down the street wearing Aluminum Foil Detector Beanies, muttering about how it was the only thing that stopped them from being tracked and persecuted. How it was the only thing that stopped the transmissions.

Then they all disappeared. I thought maybe it was because the transmissions stopped. Turns out they're just now starting.

Posted by kevin slavin at November 24, 2003 06:32 PM

just last night I was wondering, again, what schizophrenics were afraid of before there actually were magnetic rays. It's a real question. How do you fear surveillance & thought control if the mechanism doesn't exist?

I'm trying to imagine a scene where a [word for crazy] is ranting about a difference engine.

I was walking through campus one night, amidst the trees, when an oft-seen [word for crazy] popped out of the shadows. "There are cameras everywhere," she told me.

Posted by: dbrown on November 25, 2003 09:05 AM

One interesting thing to track is the revisions to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (e.g, the DSM III to the DSM IV sometime in the 90s) and what goes and off the list. If I remember (as opposed to imagine), Nucleomituphobia -- phobia of nuclear weapons -- was in the III but not the IV, and will probably have a big old comeback in the V, if we live that long.

Posted by: Kevin Slavin on November 25, 2003 12:33 PM
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