There is something strange going on in Scranton, PA. Scranton is best known (outside of PA that is) as the setting in the hugely popular television program The Office. Television’s influence as a tool for culture creation is no secret. As a device, it has a physiological effect that creates a highly suggestible mental state, and then the programs deliver the programming. This has been purpose of TV since day one. The UK’s Tavistock Institute is known to be at the pinnacle of the world-wide social engineering pyramid. Any UK entertainment export that has major worldwide success should be suspect of being a Tavistock operation (The Beatles are probably the best known Tavistock creation). And this includes The Office as it is an Americanized version of a BBC show. The Office’s social programing message is blatant. The focus is on “correct” male social behavior through contrasting the characters of Michael Scott (the father figure as the idiot), Dwight Shrute (the self-sufficient rube) and Jim Halpern (passive nice guy as the hero). The need for political correctness is also a key part of the show’s subtext (you don’t want to be like Michael or Dwight, do you?). The Office was developed for American viewing via the handiwork of Greg Daniels. Daniels has the same pedigree of many pop-culture social engineers that use humor: Harvard educated , and stints at SNL and the Simpsons. But this guy is also multi-generational, as his father was the president of ABC Radio (when that was an important position). Radio’s history is intertwined with social control and experimentation. Orson Well’s War of the Worlds “prank” is an excellent example. So going back to The Office….why Scranton? On the surface level, it’s probably a wink-wink to the fact that Scranton was once home to infamous social engineer B.F. Skinner. Arguably no one has had a stronger impact on behavior modification than this man. And make no mistake, the primary purpose of popular culture and The Office is behavior modification. Scranton is also home to another famous Harvard mind doctor, Howard Gardner (the father of multiple intelligences theory). What are the odds?
But Scranton’s notable citizens is not limited to the field of human research. There are quite a few big name politicos from this coal mining city. Scranton is the hometown to Joe Biden and Hugh Rodham, father of Hillary Clinton. Clinton is known to still have “strong ties” there. (half joking, half serious: are The Office characters Creed and Jo Bennett representations of Biden and Clinton?) Clinton and Biden have a lot in common too. Both held executive positions in the same presidential administration, and both have a history of rumors of improper relations with minors, whether that be touching or trafficking, and a long list of associates and family members with untimely deaths. Also from Scranton was Frank Carlucci. He was the Secretary of Defense, deputy director of the CIA and chairman emeritus of the notorious Carlyle Group. That is a lot of influential people, that connect to a lot of dark deeds and they all come from the same small, backwoods city….hmmmm. One last bit on Scranton. Its is also home to the small, well-respected Institute for Hermetic Studies, a place that takes their magick very seriously. Front and center on the website is a picture of the IHS founder next to Guy Ritchie….top UK film maker/culture creator and ex-husband of Madonna.