Pokemon eizures
It might sound crazy at first, but just keep reading. It will be the actual facts and government documents that shock you the most.

The Free Thought Project  originally suggested that Pokemon could be used as a weapon by governments, but it's no laughing matter. There is real evidence showing that the US government and CIA have shown interest in using electromagnetic pulses to disengage and neutralize enemies. There's also evidence that officials within the US government have shown an express interest in the influence of media.

In 1997, an episode of Pokemon entitled "Computer Warrior Porigon" was banned in Japan after hundreds of children reported having epileptic seizures. As CNN reported:

A Japanese television network called in doctors, psychologists and animation experts to find out why a popular cartoon triggered seizures in hundreds of children nationwide.

More than 700 people, mainly school children, were rushed to hospitals Tuesday after suffering convulsions, vomiting, irritated eyes and other symptoms after watching "Pokemon," a popular cartoon based on Nintendo's "Pocket Monsters" video game.

It was reported that handfuls of doctors, experts and scientists (including government scientists from the United States) were called into determine the cause of the seizures. What interested doctors the most was the widespread rate of seizures that were caused almost simultaneously across Japan.

As CNN also reported, it was the famous Pikachu who was the star in the infamous seizure scene:

Most of the children developed the symptoms about 20 minutes into the program after a scene depicting an exploding "vaccine bomb" set off to destroy a computer virus. It was followed by five seconds of flashing red light in the eyes of "Pikachu," a rat-like creature that is the show's most popular character.

In once classified documents obtained via the Freedom Of Information Act,  we can see that the US Department Of Defense was experimenting with "non-lethal technologies". In documents dated one year following the Pokemon seizure incident, officials talked about inducing seizures by triggering nerve synapses. The full document can be read here, at the Free Thought Project.

It's called photic seizure induction and it was accidentally discovered by Pokemon. Since its discovery, the classified report from the Department Of Defense shows just how eager the Pentagon and CIA have been to put it to use and experiment with it even further. Photic seizures are caused by light, or electromagnetic pulses that are transmitted through the eyes and visual sensors. The report also claims that photic seizures can be caused in almost 100% of the population under the right circumstances.

If you're like me, you were stunned by the rapid and surprising spread of Pokemon Go.  To date, I've never downloaded the new app or even intended to, but as most Facebook feeds prove, everyone else has. Since it was released, Pokemon Go  has been downloaded by more than 15 million people worldwide....and the numbers keep climbing. What's most surprising about Pokemon Go  is the fact that Pokemon has been almost extinct since the early 00s, but it popped up in 2016 again, almost at random. After almost two decades of producing nothing popular, Niantic and The Pokemon Company managed to make a new Pokemon game go viral, almost overnight.

The mysterious re-emergence of Pokemon is enough to make conspiracy theorists go crazy, but there isn't any proof yet that Pokemon Go  is anything more than a clever, capitalist venture to introduce Pokemon to a new generation.

Coincidentally, though, it seems that Pokemon, again, could be catching the interest of scientists and social engineers. With 15 million people playing it, Pokemon Go  has created a living, breathing social experiment that is sending people down the street, up the road and over to the nearest tourist attractions to "catch Pokemons". The effects of the new game are historic, as millions of people around the world have jumped onto their feet to chase imaginary entities. The viral phenomenon that is Pokemon Go surely has every social psychologist and Pentagon analyst watching closely.

Aside from revolutionizing the world of augmented reality and gaming, Pokemon Go has created a movement...a physical movement. It has caused millions of people to engage with a false reality without offering a single, substantial reward. Those who successfully catch Pokemons earn absolutely nothing that would enrich their real lives, other than satisfaction and bragging rights, yet millions more continue to engage imaginary Pokemons every day.

Some keyboard investigators have accused past Pokemon ventures of including propaganda imagery and subtle, subversive messaging in the franchise's cartoons and spin-offs. From the theme song of Pokemon Battle Frontier  containing the phrase "it's a part of the master plan", to scenes that reference conformity and "Heil Hitler", rumours of Pokemon propaganda litter the internet. Thus far, though, no evidence has emerged (besides obvious in-app advertising) that some dark and nefarious form of propaganda lurks inside Pokemon Go.  Besides the rampant number of car accidents, mishaps and nuisances caused by the game, there isn't anything noticeably dangerous about Pokemon Go.....yet. But then again, how would I know? I still haven't downloaded it.

Be safe, Pokemon fans.
        July 2016 | Commodus

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