Monday, April 19, 2010

MAE BRUSSELL Documentray (12 parts)

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The late researcher and radio show host is considered by many to be the queen of conspiriology, with theories on nearly every facet of societal ills. Tim Canale’s first film, which is mostly comprised of Brussell’s 1987 lecture at UC Santa Cruz, is a rare opportunity to see Lady Mae herself going on one of her patented esoteric rants against all the nefarious government plots that are heralding our imminent descent into a tyrannical post-capitalistic police state.

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Throughout the course of her speech, the former housewife and needlepoint enthusiast stitches together so many disparate elements and rogue agencies into one overarching cloak-and-dagger meta-narrative, it’s a challenge sometimes just to keep pace with her. In Brussell’s worldview, it’s not unlikely to hear Hoover, Hitler, Hoffa, and Hughes, all in the same breath. And while her research is highly meticulous and annotated, its delivery is so rapid-fire, and the implications of each sentence so far-reaching, that watching it in one sitting is downright exhausting.

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Whether or not you agree with any or all of her theories, or if you’ve even heard of her, you can still enjoy this film. It does, however, help to be fluent in the tongue of the paranoid, the language of the conspiracy buff. Conspirinoia, call it. Unless you can navigate through a conversation on the New World Order, the Warren Commission, the Illuminati and MK Ultra, you may find yourself staring at Ms. Brussell like a dog that’s just been shown a card trick. For novices, I’d recommend reading a transcription of one of her broadcasts first, so that when your mind begins reeling, and it will, you can let it all marinate a bit before returning to the fray.

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Her basic argument, though, goes something like this: by studying the techniques employed by the CIA to overthrow foreign governments and replace them with more Western-friendly despots (sorry Reagan, “autocrats”) who are less hostile to the idea of contracting out their labor pools and natural resources to the U.S., and comparing these methods to those used by Nazi strategists and propagandists, Brussell discovered that the same tactics and even names recurred again and again. Her disquieting conclusion? The Third Reich didn’t die off after World War II, but rather was in effect absorbed secretly and purposefully into our own country’s highest echelons of government and industry and thrives to this day, acting as the invisible hand guiding our great big SUV down the road to ruin. Even though our government’s original goal was probably just to put all the German scientific know-how and insight to use for America, Brussell might say that we miscalculated. Hey, our leaders can’t think of everything. They were just giving top cabinet jobs to Nazi war criminals in order not to waste such bright minds. What could go wrong?

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Augmenting the speech footage are various inserts of interviews with her friends that paint a portrait of Brussell as a true believer, and this comes across in the film. The conviction and righteous indignation with which she dissects and reassembles lies into what she sees as hidden truths are akin to the zeal of a preacher out to save the souls of the unconverted.

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The film’s video and audio quality aren’t anything to write home about, but the chance to see Mae do her thing in front of a live audience of eager students is definitely worth the viewing. When she tells them (to paraphrase) “Your parents send you through our education system where they brainwash you for sixteen years, and if you once question it, they call you ungrateful,” the crowd erupts into applause. She comes across as sincere, earnest, and even humorous, and while you may scoff at some of her wilder connections, you’ve got to admire her dedication. For twenty five years she’s been speaking her mind to anyone who’ll listen on her little radio program out of Carmel, California, and even though she’s been threatened with death multiple times (including once by Sandra Good of the Manson Family) and monitored by the FBI (who have a one hundred twenty page file on her), she soldiered on until her death in 1988 of cancer (her followers suspect foul play). If her speculations seem too outlandish to be true, consider this: she predicted RFK’s assassination to his mother a week before it happened, and after World War II the US did in fact pardon war criminals from both Japan and Germany, including employing over five hundred Nazi scientists from the Third Reich and the S.S. into what eventually became NASA under “Operation Paperclip.” Perhaps the idea that some of them retained patriotism to their homeland isn’t so farfetched.

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On the same token, it’d be a psychologist’s dream to examine Mae Brussell and make a case for her as a textbook Paranoid Personality or even Delusional Disorder. Yet the more you begin to examine the official record of history, the more you may find yourself wondering who’s been deluding who.

-Andy Gately

Friday, November 21, 2008

Mae Brussell, In Memorium

Mae Brussell


Born in Beverly Hills 1922, Mae Brussell was the daughter of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple Rabbi Edgar Magnin and great granddaughter of Isaac Magnin, founder of the I. Magnin clothing stores.
By the time President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, Mae was married with five kids. Hardly satisfied with the Warren Commission Report on the assassination, Mae bought the 26 volume Warren Commission hearings and began reading, filing, and cross-indexing. With the massive addition of her books, articles, and other government documents, Mae not only found connections to the CIA and Germany, but began to see relationships to many other current and past events throughout the world.
Mae also began to observe a "shift of power" that the United States is experiencing. Most anything Americana was being infiltrated, raped, murdered, infected, poisoned, or deregulated: from the Kennedys, Rockefellers, and Howard Hughes, to the banks, unions, news media, and the U.S. Constitution. Even influential rock musicians and Hollywood personalities were being killed. As Mae stated at Merrill College in Santa Cruz, California, "What is happening to us is a classical case of totally destroying us. And [by] the same people who've been at top doing it since World War II."
In May 1971, after 7 years of research and now living in Carmel, California, Mae appeared as a guest on KLRB, a local FM radio station independently owned by Mr. and Mrs. Bob and Gloria Baron. Mae discussed her views on political assassinations and the New York Times release of the Pentagon Papers. The response was so good Mae became a regular weekly guest and before too long had her own show, Dialogue: Conspiracy. (She later changed the name to World Watchers International, hoping it would spread like Weight Watchers did.) Almost every week for seventeen years Mae shared with her audience her voluminous daily research in her rapid-fire, no-holds-barred style.
In addition to Mae's close friends and weekly listeners, she corresponded and networked with such people as Jim Garrison, Col. L. Fletcher Prouty, and Larry Flynt. Her first published article in Paul Krassner's The Realist was actually financed by John Lennon. And Frank Zappa once gave her a computer for filing and cross-indexing her research. (But she never used it.)
Many of the articles Mae wrote tackled subjects that to this day remain unparalleled by anyone in the United States. The epitome of Mae's journalism "The Nazi Connection to the John F. Kennedy Assassination" appeared in Larry Flynt's premier issue of Rebel magazine in November 1983.
Mae's countless list of German and White Russian fascist fingerprints to President Kennedy's assassination reached its peak in May of 1988 when she discovered the name "Adolf (H.) Schicklgruber" handwritten in Marina Oswald's notebook of poetry in the Warren Commission's exhibits. (According to William "Wild Bill" Donovan's 1943 OSS psychological report on Adolf Hitler, Hitler's father was the illegitimate son of Maria Anna Schicklgruber. Where the name Hitler came from is a mystery.)
There were times when death threats drove Mae off the air: one time by Charlie Manson family member Sandra Good in September 1975. At one point Mae resorted to recording her shows at home on her small General Electric cassette tape recorder and privately mailed out copies to her subscribers.
In 1983 Mae's show moved to KAZU in Pacific Grove and there it stayed until her last broadcast (#862) on June 13, 1988. On October 3rd of that year, at age 66, Mae died of cancer.

Tim Canale,

The following are excerpts from a two hour domumentary about Mae Brussell and her amazing and thorough research on the "deep politics" of our time. The video documentary was produced by Tim Canale and is to be forund at

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