by Jim Powers
According to the latest polling from the non-partisan Public Religion Research Institute, millions of Americans believe that our country’s government, financial and media sectors are controlled by a group of Satan-worshipping pedophiles running a global child sex trafficking operation.
Many of them also believe that these Satan-worshipping pedophiles running everything in the U.S. traffic children to torture them and then drink their blood for the Adrenochrome.
This is total nonsense, of course.
Adrenochrome is an easily available compound made from oxidated adrenaline. It’s been studied since the 1950’s but seems to have slipped into the popular consciousness when Hunter S. Thompson was offered it in the movie “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” from his book of the same name. “That stuff makes pure mescaline seem like ginger beer,” the lawyer said. “You’ll go completely crazy if you take too much.” If ingested, it often results in schizophrenia, and is very dangerous.
Why do I know this trivia about the Adrenochrome conspiracy theory, which is a variation on the Blood libel antisemitic canard? Because it was used as an effort to libel me in the late 1990’s.
When America Online (AOL) first began in the mid 1990’s, it was a self-contained community with “rooms” for all kinds of things and organizations. I was a moderator on the American Civil Liberties Union “Free Speech” area. (Full disclosure, I have been a member of the ACLU for decades) It contained anything goes, no holds barred, chat rooms. Moderators were there to remove spammers and trolls, not to monitor speech.
One day a chatter decided she did not like something I posted in a religion chatroom and started posting a series (ultimately hundreds) of bazaar accusations about me, all titled “Jim Powers eats raw infants.” Which I found extremely amusing since I’m vegan and never cared much for raw infants even when I ate meat. So, I didn’t think much about it. Until she decided to take her nonsense into the real world.
She located me IRL, got a list of my clients from my website, and began to send them letters with this same kind of nonsense as the Adrenochrome conspiracy stuff. A lot of letters (pencil and paper letters). Now, the clients listed on my website I had mostly worked with for years, so they thought it amusing, but her intent was clearly to destroy my business. Subsequently, I tracked her down to a trailer in rural North Carolina, a single mother of three who clearly had a screw loose, so suing her for libel would have gotten me nowhere, and I let it go.
The current Adrenochrome conspiracy is a libel that has real world impact. And that is the point, I guess. To believe this nonsense, and spread it around, is immoral. It is also dangerous. Convincing people that there are Satanists around every corner, kidnapping children, torturing them and drinking their blood creates an IRL danger to you and me. Who wouldn’t feel justified in killing someone they are convinced is part of an evil plot to harvest children for their blood? Spreading this kind of nonsense around is going to get someone killed.
‘There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.’ “1984”, George Orwell