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FTR #162 Miscellaneous Articles and Updates

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Intro­duc­ing and/or updat­ing a num­ber of dif­fer­ent sto­ries, the pro­gram begins with dis­cus­sion of con­vict­ed Unabomber Theodore Kaczyn­ski’s vol­un­tary par­tic­i­pa­tion in a CIA “psy­cho­log­i­cal exper­i­ment” while a stu­dent at Har­vard.

The exper­i­ment was admin­is­tered by Har­vard pro­fes­sor Hen­ry Mur­ray (a for­mer mem­ber of the OSS, Amer­i­ca s World War II intel­li­gence ser­vice). It is not clear from the his­tor­i­cal record what exper­i­men­tal pro­ce­dure Kaczyn­s­ki under­went or what effect the exper­i­ment may have had on his sub­se­quent behav­ior. It should be not­ed that the pro­gram Kaczyn­s­ki vol­un­teered for was part of the CIA’s exten­sive mind-con­trol research pro­gram.

One pos­si­bil­i­ty that sug­gests itself is the the­o­ry that Kaczyn­s­ki may have been placed under mind-con­trol. If that was the case, then he may have been act­ing under mind-con­trol when com­mit­ting the bomb­ings (or when admit­ting to hav­ing com­mit­ted them.)

Next, the dis­cus­sion turns to the Balka­ns war and the cred­i­bil­i­ty of some of the atroc­i­ty tales com­ing out of Koso­vo. In attempt­ing to ver­i­fy many of the tales of mass mur­der and rape relat­ed by Koso­vars, inves­ti­ga­tors have found numer­ous instances of small-scale atroc­i­ties, com­mit­ted by Serbs on an ad hoc basis, but noth­ing like the sys­tem­at­ic mass-exter­mi­na­tions and “rape camps” that the pop­u­lar press has report­ed in the Unit­ed States.

The pro­gram con­cludes with a look at a key devel­op­ment in the young life of the Euro, the cur­ren­cy of the EMU. Past dis­cus­sion of the EMU has ana­lyzed the the­o­ry that the Euro would turn out to be a weak cur­ren­cy. This pos­si­bil­i­ty derives from strict bud­getary lim­i­ta­tions placed on par­tic­i­pat­ing nations, in com­bi­na­tion with tra­di­tion­al­ly high Euro­pean spend­ing on social wel­fare pro­grams. A weak Euro could be dis­as­trous for the Amer­i­can man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor. By cre­at­ing a flight to the dol­lar among cur­ren­cy spec­u­la­tors, a weak Euro could make the dol­lar unnat­u­ral­ly strong, thus mak­ing Amer­i­can man­u­fac­tured exports pro­hib­i­tive­ly high for con­sumers in for­eign coun­tries.

Prospects for the Euro weak­ened con­sid­er­ably with an EU agree­ment to release Italy from bud­getary restric­tions required for EMU mem­ber­ship. With oth­er large West­ern Euro­pean coun­tries strain­ing to meet the EMU’s bud­getary con­straints, the pos­si­bil­i­ty of a repeat of the Ital­ian sit­u­a­tion is one that must be seri­ous­ly regard­ed. (Record­ed on 7/11/99.)