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Thought Crimes Episode 10 – Who Have You Hurt?

Monopolies are often more complicated in the modern era than the board game would have you believe. With the size and complexity of the business incorporation space, a corporation of a certain size often needs to build both horizontal and vertical integration. A certain size above -that- often needs to start spending a great deal of money in Washington to make that expansion process go smoother. However, any self-propagating organism of sufficient size begins to have sections within it that are not aligned in function, that do not operate in pursuit of the same goals. Often these difficulties become known through some minor disaster, and the company resolves them through some small amount of money, perhaps in the hundreds of thousands. However, the more underground these parts are, and the subtler each of its parts remains, the harder it is for their interactions to come to light. And the easier it is for a corporation to stab itself in the back.

After all.

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Thought Crimes Episode 8 – Home

[BEGIN COMMERCIAL]

[BEGIN MUSIC, SOURCED FROM “CALMING” AND “CALL TO ACTION” PSYCH TAGS]

[FADE FROM BLACK TO REVEAL CEO, VIDEO EDIT TO SOFTEN FACIAL FEATURES, CREATE WARMTH]

CEO: Welcome to GeneHome. Where your legacy is assured through your contribution to science.

[SWING SHOT, HALF-SMIRK TO ENSURE KNOWLEDGE AND CONFIDENCE, ADJUST LIGHTING TO PROMOTE DISSATISFACTION WITH CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES IN WATCHER]

CEO: Sometimes, all it takes is five minutes to change the world. One little appointment, and your genome will be at the forefront of cutting edge genetic research. A drop of blood, a few strands of hair, and you could be solely responsible for a breakthrough that ends a disease for the world forever.

[VIA LEGAL TEAM: DO NOT IMPLY THAT GENETIC ACTION IS LIMITED TO SCIENTIFIC USE]

[MUSIC CHANGE, SOURCED FROM “EXCITEMENT” AND “NOSTALGIA” PSYCH TAGS]

CEO: And not only that, but we’ll dig through the history of your ancestors free of charge, so you can see where your genetic fingerprint began…

[WINK TO INCREASE RELATABILITY]

CEO: Even as it helps to push mankind into the future.

[SHOW LOGO, PLAY COPYRIGHTED GENEHOME EXIT JINGLE, ADJUST LIGHTING TO RESOLVE WATCHER DISSATISFACTION]

CEO: Welcome Home. Where you will -never- be forgotten.

[FADE TO BLACK, END COMMERCIAL]

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Thought Crimes Episode 7 – Curtain Call

Our blood-shot eyes disguise their lies
Our cries all rise up to the skies
God help them when they realize
Our knives arrive to end their lives

They never let our city sleep
They count on us to be their sheep
The pens are full, the labor cheap
But they’re the crops our blades will reap

So now I lay me down to rest
I’ll put the wires to the test
When sunrays next caress the west
We’ll storm the gates, resist arrest!

-Excerpt from “The City that Never Sleeps”, Thinking of Summer

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Thought Crimes Episode 6 – Showtime (Part 2)

Since time immemorial, the powers that be have valued entertainment. It doesn’t only pacify the masses, leaving them blind to the injustice and the exploitation of the system that contains them. They pay for it too. This leaves the powerful to search for the most potent, resonant messages, and when those messages are revolutionary in nature, a peculiar sort of dance begins. The powers that maintain the status quo monetize the writings of those that attempt to upend it, granting a platform to forces that wish to destroy them. In their efforts to appeal to a growing societal powder keg, they sell tickets for fire-breathers. But any company with enough wealth is certainly practiced in the art of risk management.

After All,

It’s Only Business.

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Thought Crimes Episode 5 – Showtime (Part 1)

The conditions were perfect. Or at the very least, in the very particular setting of this tube, they were perfectly designed to accomplish what the bosses wanted. Restful, continuous, and above all, predictable sleep. It was dark. Sixty-four degrees Fahrenheit on the dot, he’d heard them say, with continuous modifications to account for his changing body heat. Not a single sound, but for his heart, his breath, and a gentle, rising and falling tone that apparently got a sleep scientist named Kostya some award. Not a Nobel, but something in that direction. Everything was perfectly calming.

Except for the millimeter-thick electrode spike that skewered his bolted-down skull to regulate his hypothalamus.

Still, he went over a few old airman tricks, ones crafted to get someone asleep in minutes in case that would make the difference between a failed and a successful operation. And who knew, maybe this was one of those times. He breathed in, tightening everything from the waist down before letting it go on the exhale. Then, everything between his waist and his neck. Then everything above the nec- Ouch. Then, he imagined sitting on a black velvet hammock beneath a dark sky, telling himself calmly and nonjudgmentally not to think. And as he drifted away, the first oneironaut to pierce the human psyche, he wondered how much it cost to train him to do something that had never been done. He hoped it was a lot. Because all that stood between him and whatever dangers laid beyond was PolyCorp.

After all.

It’s Only Business.

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