Monday, October 19, 2009

Balloon Boy Dad: The New Wilhelm Reich?

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.- Karl Marx

By now, we've all heard that the Flight of the Falcon in the mushroom-shaped UFO is believed to be a hoax, all part of a bid for a reality series by the somewhat intense Richard Heene and his family.
"It has been determined that this is a hoax, that it was a publicity stunt and we believe we have evidence at this point to indicate that this was a publicity stunt in hopes to better market themselves for a reality show," Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden told reporters at a press conference. Deputies searched the home of the boy's parents Saturday night, carrying away several boxes and a computer.
We've also heard that Heene and his wife subscribe to unorthodox ideas about UFOs and the like (horrors!), and it appears he follows the work of David Icke. In the words of a co-plotter on a previous hoax attempt, Heene said this about the 'Reptilians':
...there are alien beings that walk among us and are shape shifters, able to resemble human beings and running the upper echelon of our government. Somehow a secret government has covered all this up ...and the only way to get the truth out there raise Richard to a status of celebrity...As the weeks progressed, his theories got more and more extreme and paranoid.
Aside from the Icke/V Reptilian theory, Heene believed in the solar-apocalypse theory we saw in Knowing, which would take place in 2012:
A lot of it surrounded 2012, and the possibility of there being an apocalyptic moment. Richard likes to talk a lot about the possibility of the Sun erupting in a large-scale solar flare that wipes out the Earth. (Heene said) we're running out of time, we're running out of time, the end of the world is coming.
The Heene family are also storm-chasers, and Heene also subscribes to the magnetic earth theory vis a vis extreme weather:
Richard Heene is a proponent of an electromagnetic explanation for atmospheric vortices such as tornadoes, dust devils, and tropical cyclones. This is in contrast to the predominant view within the scientific community, which favors a fluid dynamics explanation (i.e., air pressure changes, inherent spin or vorticity of air, etc.).
Heene also believed that if he created a suitably-convincing UFO, that alien UFOs would be attracted to it (I'm shorthanding like hell here). Quoted in Gawker:
Can we attract UFO's with a homemade flying saucer? We will modify a weather balloon, so that it resembles a UFO and will electrically charge the skin of the craft (Biefield-Brown Effect). ....This will be the most significant UFO-related news event to take place since the Roswell Crash of 1947, and the result will be a dramatic increase in local and national awareness about The Heene Family, our Reality Series, as well as the UFO Phenomenon in general.

Well, the minute I heard about this guy and his theories, the first thing I thought of was Wilhelm Reich, the former Freud apostle. Reich developed similar ideas to Heene about energetic fields and weather, eventually developing the 'cloudbuster', which he claimed could control the weather by accumulating 'orgone', which Reich thought was the libidinal radiation that animated all life on earth:
In order to study the effects of this radiation, he designed a specially-constructed box to house and concentrate this energy. Boxes were constructed to house lab animals. Eventually larger boxes were constructed in which a person could sit comfortably.
Reich also believed that UFOs were a threat, and was also planning his own war against them:
"There is no doubt that I am at war" with the UFOs, Reich wrote hours after four bright pulsating lights hovered for hours over Orgonon, his research facility in rural Maine. "What seemed only a possibility one year ago is certainty now."

The UFOs had been menacing Orgonon since Reich began experiments with super-charging his "cloudbuster" weather-control device with small amounts of radioactive material.
Reich was seen by most scientists as a quack, but the US Government saw him and his work as a national security threat. Reich was arrested for fraud, and his books and papers were confiscated and burned.

Reich died in federal prison in 1957.

Needless to say, I'm not overly optimistic about the Heene family's future prospects. The charges might not add up to much, but when you piss off government officials in front of the worldwide media, there's usually a pretty stiff price to pay. But by the same token if they intended to become media celebrites from the hoax, they certainly got their wish.

In 1985, Anglo-Irish druidess Kate Bush recorded a tribute to Reich called 'Cloudbusting.' This is the video for the single, which features Donald Sutherland looking absolutely nothing like Reich and the bodacious, curvaceous Bush making for a particularly-unconvincing preteen boy.

One not named Falcon, as far as I know.

UPDATE: Oh, now Yahoo uses the c-word. Media rule #1- never use the word "conspiracy" in anything pertaining to government, corporations or the clergy. Anything else is fair game.


  1. Honestly, after watching the family interview, it's very apparent that the father was under the influence of some sort of substance and was mentally so inadequate that he seemed almost retarded. It's really frightening to think of those kids under his insane influence. I hope they did drug testing on him. I wouldn't sit next to a guy like that on a bus stop bench. EEK! By the way, great post. Your correlations are right on. History does repeat itself. Thankfully, when someone does something assanine now, it's everyone's business on TV, unlike the WWII times.

  2. "and the result will be a dramatic increase in local and national awareness about The Heene Family, our Reality Series, as well as the UFO Phenomenon in general."

    Well, that's a prediction that actually came true. If we take UFOs as a sort of mass psychic presentation of subconscious "reality" (and what is the media if not that) then he was right on.

    "Fascinating" - raising my Spock eyebrow...

  3. The government burned Wilhelm Reich 's books/notes/archives, so for sure something good was in there...

  4. You know, I'm starting to think people like this really aren't too rare anymore. I'm hearing 2012 theories (always apocalyptic, involving meteors) from the most unlikely people, which for some reason is still kind of odd to me. This Heene guy seems kind of like a psycho in my opinion, regardless of whether he's read about reptilians and magnetic earth or not, but I personally agree with Reich's theories.

    This first video you've posted is such a weird mish mash of topics at such a strange pacing that it's near impossible to follow, and makes me think it's a possible Psy-Op.

  5. I see all the synchronicities that you point out regarding the balloon boy story. But the conspiracy theorist in me sees this also as sort of a 9/11 style media attack on people who believe in things such as ancient astronaut theory, UFOs, and other conspiracies. The guy doesn't seem genuine in his interests, and comes across as more of a brand that no one would want to associate with (think: Glen Beck). Most interesting, however, is that I wouldn't have suspected the whole UFO / 'ruins on mars' thing to have been included in such an attack. This has me wondering.

  6. Good stuff Chris. I watched the balloon UFO for at least an hour and even taped it just in case it was something I needed to do. Feene must have been delusional when the sheriff told him to come in any time to pick up the balloon. I'm sure it would fetch a few bucks on ebay and ended up in the bizarro Smithsonian out there on planet Niburu.

  7. Hey Chris-Brilliant. Just when I was trying to figure out something about this guy, here your are with all this research-goodness.
    I have to Agree with Autumn; Heeney appears to be under the influence of some substance, or other controls. And I also agree with tommy that his is a psy-op. I feel sorry for Heeney in a way. I believe he's been used to create this " UFO show-for-the-masses". I'm not even really sure that he understands why he's done what he's done. These are wild times, aren't they. Again, thanks Chris for the homework.

  8. I should also mention- I bet it would be revealing to examine Richard Heeney's past career. I would not be one bit surprised if he happens to be the son of an army or military officer, or if he himself has served in the military in the past. In fact I'm just about ready to bet money on it. :-)

  9. Guys, check out what Goro has to say about the whole fiasco:

    The balloon's landing site has a direct longitude to the Roswell UFO crash site!

    If that's not proof of a psy-op, then I don't know what is...

  10. Reich may have lamented the lack of support and low-esteem in which he was amongst his scientific peers, but he was a scientist nevertheless, and certainly never aspired to the crass celebrity-driven attention that is the fashion of Heene.

    In that regard, Heene poses no real threat to the status quo, so is therefore not likely to suffer the way Reich did. He'll get a slap on the wrist and enjoy the last few minutes of his fame before our consciousness is done witnessing this latest of our obsessions.

  11. I don't know if I smell psyop- it seems Heene was pretty well versed in this milieu to maybe add some mojo of his own for his big move here. He does give me a military vibe, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything either.

    But just as I predicted the media is going after him and his family for having unapproved beliefs, which they would have done whether or not this was a hoax.

  12. Reich may have been eccentric but he was absolutely nothing like this trailer trash lunatic. Faulty comparison in my humble opinion.

  13. Don't think this ones a psyop by anyone at the Pentagon, or in this visible spectrum. But it could be something bubbling forth from beyond normal frequency range spreading UFO/Reptilian info-spores, for humanities substrate to absorb.
    Wilhelm Reich must have been onto something for those in authority to come down on him the way they did,his blending sexual satisfaction with healing powers may have been enough. Marvin Gaye promoted "sexual healing" and was silenced as well, it's hard to put your finger on what's going on

  14. I don't get psyop either, I get manic media whore gone overboard. I'm sure there are military and intelligence officials toasting each other, however, at the good fortune that THIS idiot gets to be the UFO "face" of the moment. Give a man a fish...

  15. great article as always Christopher-you always give us a lot to think about! I also thought the Heene father was a media whore-and kind of a looney-tune-but having said that-if he were an honest person-I would think some about is theories-and maybe will still. I did find the storms creating their own magnetic field very interesting-and I guess that is a theory he has. You are absolutely right-about pissing of -once you are in their sights forget it. You are lucky to escape with your life. Reich and so many others who have tried to look into things unpopular really got horribly wronged -for some reason the Susan Lindauer case came to mind as I was typing this -best to you as always Christopher-and I hope you are having a great week!!

  16. Chris - Just thought I'd let you know the first video has been removed. Shame :(

  17. Just wanted to say I really enjoy reading your blog. The world is so much more interesting than what most people believe.

    Keep up the good work, please!

  18. A couple of nights ago both 2010, and 12 monkeys were aired on basic cable, both relating to this event.

  19. Chris , I have to say being very well versed on Reichs multitudinous work, amongst gems of brilliance like Fromms, Maslows, and Jungs; that this is a perfect example of Heene being the "Little Man"; someone seeking self-actualization (Maslovian term) by attempting to individuate on a mass scale and being routed heartily by his own failure to manipulate his situation properly in his personal life, via the grand stage. Theres never enough solid ground left for a guy exhibiting mind control behavior to try and fabricate a reality (poorly).

    I think you are correct on the comparisons of the socio-political messages displayed on the surface of publicly flogged individuals, yet the Individuation (Jung term) of the these two very different people are so far apart ethically I can;t help but laugh how we can compare some ding-a-ling reality show jerkoff who mirrors so many losers with no real traction out there with a man who being DEAD, STILL threatens the fuck out of little old Joe Schmo who lives in his mind and disassociates easily for fear of suffering.

    Functionalism as defined by Reich is not belief rather a way of expressing the individuals moral, sexual and base biological energetic power in a healthy or non-self sabotaging manner. Like Maslows Self-actualization and Jungs Individuation, Functionalism is a practical take on biological existence that merges the concepts of biophysical expression with self-empowerment or evolutionary philosophical tenants that improve rather than auto-destruct the organism via higher development of perception.

    Some would say Reich lost his way and failed his own functionalism, yet his defiance was far more indicative of a time in which the raw stature of the industrial scientific matrix would have been jeopardized by a "traditionally" learned man bringing ancient knowledge into synthesis with modern principles of biology and analysis and flaunting it. As a result he paid with his own indignation at being attacked by his own countries system, and by seeing the entity & structure of power clearly enough, in the occult and practical sense, he saw exactly what he had disrupted through his work manifest upon his very life with dire consequence.

    One can only (not) imagine Mr. Heene having a fully functional research foundation and dozens of papers manuscripts attempting to create a modern established theory based on philosophical tenants of self-empowerment, modern biological research, physical applications with modern materials and the exploration of metaphysics millennia old waiting to disrupt the old paradigm. Not likely is it?

  20. Fascinating thoughts, Orgie. Thanks for these informative words of wisdom.
    I hope readers will check Reich's work out if not familiar with it.

  21. Thanks for using this blog too look at such things.

    I got a good grasp of what you were saying especially in this social/political climate about paranoiac behavior and the media isolating the poorly functioning or "rebel" individual (no matter how sophisticated said person is), rather than self examine the corporate structure which is comprised of much more nefarious dealings by multiple people who are far more unhinged than this Heene.

    I wonder if this is the very key, individuals want to read about others doing supremely dysfunctional things in a social atmosphere of isolation and madness, while the machinations of a warring nobel peace prize leader are coined as "audacity" and "problem solving".

    This "lone nut" archetype trying to make the world aware of conspiracy and meta-themes through his own personal mass media field day is just another calculated attack, just the victim is sort of high profile from his media whoring .

    Perhaps by default using the archetypes to pound peoples reputation without looking at their connections causes a back flush and things get revealed via one persons screwiness.

    I'm sure theres more to it than that.

  22. I live in Colorado not far from where this happened. While I don't know Heene, I have studied body language extensively for my job. It was clear to me before his son, Falcon, was "found," that Heene was lying to the media. Then, when he and the family appeared on CNN, it was blatant coaching by both mom and dad to their son, Falcon, who then blurted out, "We did it for the show." If you watch that video interview, when Falcon says that, his dad grimaces and mutters something like, "Oh, God" and his mother's eyes get wide as saucers.

    THEN we have the poor boy, Falcon, THROWING UP not once but TWICE ON LIVE TELEVISION the next day during interviews!! Obviously, the poor kid was distraught over what was going on in the house.

    Also, local Denver reporting has noted that a 9-1-1 call came into the police earlier this year from their house. When police arrived, they found Heene's wife with what looked like a mark on her cheek and bloodshot eyes from what "appeared" to be a fight. The boys were also looking freaked out. No one pressed charges. And apparently, when Heene and his family were on "Wife Swap," he threw a glass of milk on someone in a fit of rage.

    Come on. The guy's a wingnut. I listen to David Icke and I believe in UFOs. But I think this ass was just an ego-driven nutcase who was part manic and part hyped up on speed.

    We should not lump him into any special conspiracy box that is valid, IMO.

  23. Hello Christopher,

    I like the symbolism of Wilhelm Reich and Kate Bush, Donald Sutherland mythos in this.

    The Flight of the Falcon, i missed the original news story but a couple of friends were 'distraught' over a child lost in a home made ufo balloon, as it was broadcast live on network tv. Sadly, it appears that "The falcon cannot hear the falconer", as Yeats wrote in the second coming. The boy will forever bear the guilt of 'outing' his father, and maybe the cause of his parents downfall and imprisonment. Does the state really think they can 'raise' these kids better than their natural parents even if they are 'sociopaths' ?. Regardless of the 'hoax' or crime for monetary gain, as the Sheriff is implying, the boy was never in danger aboard the craft itself.
    What the authorities got was a perfect 'conspiracy' of fake ufos, and a 'family' that was into bizarre beliefs.
    I brought up the William Butler Yeats, Second Coming poem, because Yeats believed in "The spiritus mundi" (Latin "spirit of the world") is a reference to Yeats' belief that each human mind is linked to a single vast intelligence, and that this intelligence causes certain universal symbols to appear in individual minds." as WIKI says.
    The single vast intelligence brings to mind VALIS and Phillip K Dick.
    Richard Heene's reference to himself as a mad scientist building a 'spaceship', along with the 80's Kate Bush reference brought to my mind the 1980's remake of Flash Gordon filmed in the U.K. That film itself holds a treasure of symbolism and references to fraternal organizations, Reptilians, and orgone 'weather weapons' causing an apocalypse on earth.
    But what brought that 'Flash Gordon' movie to mind was the 'long sequence vaguely recreated by the Richard Heene ufo fiasco of a 'ship' flying through space. In the 80's Flash film scored by Queen, Flash crashes into the 'mad scientists' Dr. Hans Zarkov's lair and is forced into a ride on a homemade spaceship. As the movie says Flash will save every one of us.
    I noticed the authorities describing the ufo in detail made out of plywood, plastic, and tin foil, string. Flimsy, that the 'mad scientist' is described as nutty but no professor. This is like mana from heaven for the military industrial complex, and the skeptic brigade. The reality is i'm not defending the guy, because he could have shot this all on a HD camera picked up at walmart, as a pretty good no budget movie, and not gotten in trouble with the police. If he was a filmmaker whose ufo got loose, there would be trouble but not the 'serious' charges being talked about now. I mentioned the 'stonecutter' links before, Donald Sutherland is rumored to be in the same 'fraternal' groups as Tom Hanks, Dennis Quaid, and Ron Howard. So the Kate Bush cloudbusting video resonates with a lot more insider illuminated symbolism than it seems. Speaking of cloudbusting, the new Men who Stare at goats is another breaking 'down' of the infamous project Stargate program. A scene in the preview shows the hero 'busting' clouds by staring at them. It is getting to be a series of strange synchs as we head towards Archon in december, another brotherhood movie...

  24. he he, i guess this good German beer caused me to mistype Archon for Avatar, though it is the same concept. In my last post.


  25. I wonder if ordinary people will ever reach a conclusion as to the nature of the society.

    First off, there is far too much cultural "noise". With thousands of contemporary movies and actors and writers, and an equal number of historical legends and traditions, it is arguably impossible to separate the accidental coincidences and innocent cultural repetitions from any meaningful patterns and processes.

    Second, even assuming that there are secret agendas afoot, these hidden realities are likely to have been carefully shielded with layers upon layers of intentional disinformation.

    Third, even if by chance one overcame the coincidences and propaganda, there remains the impracticality of any one person or group challenging a vast system.

  26. I enjoyed the wild flight of the balloon and the landscape beneath it. If there was a message, it's that there is some great farmland in Colorado.

  27. I got here too late, the first video has been removed already.

    Great post! I knew there was something fishy about this whole deal. My coworkers were all "Oh my God! That poor boy!" and I was laughing.. I could smell the Cosmic Joker all over this one. Thanks for putting the words to my intuition.
    David Icke. Gah.

    I go with the theory of disinformation, or at least the discrediting, of all of us that no longer believe 'consensus' reality, to make us look like whackos.

    Interesting that you write about Reich, I read a great post on Avalonian Aeon not so long ago about Reich and Kate Bush.

  28. This has been a great thread for comments, guys. This to me is feed-back in its purest form- people giving me information that actually feeds the work. Thank you.

  29. He is a friend and I think a partner of Scott Stevens of "Weather Wars"

    and here

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