California as Ground Zero for Cultural Change – What the Heck Happened?

By Janet Phelan

It was, at one time, established fact, or at least commonly held opinion that “Everything starts in California.” That would include hula hoops, freeways, the internet, hippies, and—for those who remember this still—the Free Speech movement.

In 1964, Mario Savio stood on the steps of Sproul Hall at UC Berkeley and made a short speech, which has resonated through the decades:

There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part! You can’t even passively take part! And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels…upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop! And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!

That speech, according to some pundits, marked the birth of the counterculture. What followed then—the Free Speech Movement, the protests against the Vietnam War, the LSD culture, Angela Davis and the Black Panthers, even the Symbionese Liberation Party–all began in California.

Berkeley today is quiet. Dead, almost. The soap boxers of the ’60s, the shirtless young men throwing frisbees in Sproul Plaza on a Spring Day, the leafletters, all seem to have gone the way of psychedelia and tie dye t-shirts.

The political climate in California has also done a 180. And nothing portrays that more clearly than the general subservience to the mainstream mandates about Covid.

California is a special case. It has a history as a trendsetter and as a hotbed of innovation. However, the California of today bears little resemblance to the maverick of yore. One might go as far as to say that California has been brought into the fold.

Before I plunge into a dissection of “What the heck happened to California,” I should say that I was born in California. I attended UC Berkeley as well, years after Mario Savio but during years of protest and civil disobedience. And the generalizations made here that Californians have become unquestioning and compliant certainly do not apply to everyone in California. However, the general impression is that California is deeply committed to the “official narrative.”

Growing up Californian

Back when I was growing up, the Democratic Party was considered to be the party of the people. Growing up in a Democratic household, we looked askance and with suspicion at the Republican party, considering it to be the Money Party and the party of warmongers, corporate CEOs and hawks. But as protest movements become folded into established policies and parties, so the Democrats became more and more mainstream and less and less like a clear alternative to the monied guys across the aisle. Today, the only stark difference between the two parties is that one proposes totalitarian government rule and the other advances a corporatocracy.

And California, wild and crazy California, a stronghold of the Democratic Party, morphed into a bastion of values that are actually more consonant with a government-run totalitarian system than with the well being of those living under the system.

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California was one of the first states to pass an Assisted Suicide law, which many view as a thin cover for a eugenics agenda. The atrocities of California’s guardianship system produced one of the first (faux) exposés of its probate courts, prompting the California legislature to pass a package of new laws, which parenthetically have made no difference whatsoever.

Sssh! Apparently the venerable LA Times hasn’t figured this out yet. It was the Times’ series back in 2005 When a Family Matter Turns Into a Business which prompted the legislative action. Specifically, the new laws called for the creation of a “Professional Fiduciaries Bureau,” ostensibly to oversee the actions of conservators (most states call them “guardians”) for the elderly and disabled. As has been the case in other states which have established similar bureaus, the PFB serves the interests of the conservators and has actively covered up their crimes, which include felony murder as well as theft of assets.

One of the lead reporters on the Times’ series, Jack Leonard, replied to information that the new laws were worthless by saying, “We aren’t covering this any more.”

Has California Been Chemically Altered?

One explanation for the change in California — and Californians — is that they may have been chemically lobotomized.

California has extensively fluoridated most of its water systems, from San Diego to Sonoma. Fluoride is known to cause docility in those who imbibe it.

Checking the statistics on which state consumes the most antidepressant medications (which often contain fluoride) did not yield much information pointing to a dedicated distribution of these drugs specifically in California. According to Statista, 7.4% of Californians are on antidepressant medication.

Checking for the consumption of anti-anxiety drugs, we find that California scores somewhat higher on the list of states. We were unable to locate statistics for the consumption of anti-psychotics per state. Atypical anti-psychotics, also known as neuroleptics, have a long history of inhibiting “unacceptable” behaviors.

Several years ago, a former DEA agent confided to me that a behavior modification experiment was done in Northern California, involving the release of an aerosol agent designed to affect heterosexual bonding behavior. According to this agent, the result was the mass “gayification” of San Francisco.

Were other behavior modification experiments run on Californians?

Many of these aerosol projects have since been declassified, in the wake of the largely useless Church and Pike hearings of the ’70s, which were intended to bring to light and to terminate secret CIA experiments on populations. While many projects were subsequently declassified, apparently not all were. It has become apparent through the reports of targeted individuals and of whistleblowers, such as Dr. Robert Duncan and Bill Binney, that these experiments did not in fact end, but simply became more swaddled in secrecy. This reporter stumbled upon an active human experimentation program on a “secret” ward at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital up and running into the early 2000s, if not later. The subjects of the brain electricity experiments on A-South, in which patients were subjected to not only large numbers of shock treatments but also were forced to take “medications” which caused seizure activity, were mental patients who were on state aid.

While UCLA continues to deny that ward A-South even existed, this reporter has ascertained that a Dr. Barry Guze was the head of the ward and that a Dr. Derek Ott did his residency on the ward at the time the project was in full swing.

This interest in the scientific modification of citizens was sparked by an announcements made recently by some scientists, suggesting that what amounts to “chemical persuasion” be considered to motivate people to adhere to state mandates re coronavirus.

Given now that some polls show half of the population is reluctant to take the Covid vaccine, and given that Trump’s recent Executive Order mandates that the vaccine remain optional, it is important to note that the Pentagon recently hinted that the jab may be made mandatory.

Signs of Life

A recent protest in front of the home of the head of the LA County Department of Health, Barbara Ferrer, was reported by CNBC to have drawn about fifty protesters.

In Long Beach, the numbers protesting at Long Beach City Hall were reported as “over thirty” by the Long Beach Press Telegram. Hundreds were reported as recently gathering in Huntington Beach to protest, which was downscaled by ABC news to “dozens.”

A protest in California’s capital, Sacramento, piggybacked on election count concerns and was reported as being joined by a “hate group.”

In response to the furor over the first wave of lockdowns, California Governor Gavin Newsom banned protests at the capitol building in April.

As of December 3, 2020, Governor Newsom has issued orders for another lockdown, citing an uptick in Covid statistics.

Northern California, which includes Berkeley and San Francisco, has largely been reported as acquiescing to lockdown protocols. However, the recent lockdown mandate sparked protests in Marin County.

It has been said that “As Goes California, So Goes the Country.” The manifestation of solid conformity to government mandates is not a healthy sign for the state of the union. It is, however, a sign that needs to be recognized, analyzed and understood.

Image caption and credit: Mario Savio, leader of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, speaks to assembled students on the campus at the University of California, Berkeley, on Dec. 7, 1964. Robert W. Klein/AP – NPR

Janet Phelan is an investigative journalist and author of the groundbreaking exposé, EXILE. Her articles previously appeared in such mainstream venues as the Los Angeles Times, Orange Coast Magazine, Long Beach Press Telegram, etc. In 2004, Janet “jumped ship” and now exclusively writes for independent media. She is also the author of two collections of poetry—The Hitler Poems and Held Captive. She resides abroad. You are invited to support her work on Buy Me A Coffee here:

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