Friday, May 01, 2009

Spiking the Water

The British, having already embraced a total surveillance state, are now favorably looking at Japanese research about spiking the water:

Very low levels of lithium in drinking water may help prevent suicide in the general population, according to a new study. The study has prompted calls for further research into the possibility of adding lithium to drinking supplies – like water fluoridation to improve dental health.

Researchers at Oita University in Japan measured natural lithium levels in tap water in 18 communities in the surrounding region of southern Japan. Writing in the British Journal of Psychiatry, the researchers said: "Our study suggests that very low levels of lithium in drinking water can lower the risk of suicide. Very low levels may possess an anti-suicidal effect."

(hat tip: David Kramer at the LRC blog)

The first thought that crossed my mind was of life imitating art. A key plot point of the 2005 SF flick "Serenity" was the horrific chemical experiment on a colony planet: in order to calm down the population, the government used "G-23 Paxilon Hydrochlorate" (a.k.a. "Pax") in the air supply. It worked all too well: 99% of the people just sat down and died. The rest turned into homicidal maniacs.

Then there's the plot of the 2007 Will Smith vehicle "I Am Legend," in which a viral vaccine against cancer causes 90% of humanity to die and the rest to become hyper-aggressive vampiric cannibals.

If art is any indicator, these social- and bio-engineering experiments not only fail, but have horrific blowback. But when has that stopped a government determined to "make people better", as one character aboard "Serenity" put it?

Next time you reach for that glass of water, ask yourself what's in it.


Mark Johnson said...

For years I have enjoyed reading conspiracy websites. Not that I believe anything I read, just that occasionally you might hear something true that won't make it into the mainstream.

For years, 'Chemtrails' have been at the forefront of the Tinfoil Hats movement.

And the idea is ridiculous. Why would the governmental actually poison us? Through chemicals laced into the sky by airplanes? I mean, yes, the Government are bad, sometimes evil people, but are they flat out homicidal?

Then I saw this:

Then Obama publically began talking about weather modification using cloud seeding.

I still am not a 'convert', mainly because of the company I'd be keeping. But now I wonder.

And GF, they've already put flouride in the water, why not lithium as well?

Suvorov said...


Then perhaps you would be interested to know about the 1974 memorandum signed by Nixon and Kissinger which calls for the extermination of 80% of world's population.

Johan said...

The 1974 memorandum to which Suvorov is referring would be the infamous National Security Study Memorandum 200. F. William Engdahl speaks about it in his gripping text "Seeds of Destruction", An excellent review of the book is at It reads like a horror story...

Robstar said...

Leaving sinister motives to one side, it does show why western society is falling apart. It a classic case of treating the syptom and not cause. Instead of trying to find the reasons behind why people are so depressed and getting to the stage of committing suicide, they would rather just medicate people until they feel nothing. Just look at the growing amount of kids put on medication for ADD or ADHD or whatever else they call it. It's much easier to take a pill or put something in the water to mask the problem they take the time to tackle it

Suvorov said...

Thank you for your clarification, Johan.