We live in an oil bubble that is bursting; everything we believe in is a story, and none of it is quite true.
“Science is religion with a little math on the surface. Religion is myth that thinks it’s history. Stories become myths; myths become religions; religions become sciences.”
This is the multi-media website of Liam Scheff. Liam is author of the amusing and highly-praised “Official Stories,” a reverse-textbook for all the myths we were taught in school (because “official stories exist to protect officials”).
He is currently finishing his new book, all about the tribe of humans, our sex lives and social networks, and the changes we’ll be faced with in a declining energy culture.
As a journalist, Liam has broken national stories of pharmaceutical badness, been published widely in print and on the web, and has worked on and been featured in films that have not yet been banned by the state censors. To his credit, he’s also been libeled on the front page of the New York Times (see Ch.6 of his book “Official Stories”).
Find him on the web in print, on radio and in performance on TruthFrequencyRadio, MeeMee.tv, liamscheff.com, reducetheburden.org, the FBI social network (facebook), Health Conspiracy Radio, Deadline Live, and on the Robert Scott Bell show. Join Liam on a journey of unraveling the myths and inherited ideas that create our culture.
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Myth and Modernity
We’re living at the time of maximum oil consumption, but it’s ending, and we will all be heading to a less energy-intensive way of life — and soon.
There are ancient stories underpinning all our current fascinations, but we hide them under layers of mostly useless detail, math, plastic, metal and machinery. The ancient truth is there, below, winking at us through eternity.
Radio Journalism and Interviews
- “The Liam Scheff Show.” Follow on Facebook. Watch Video
- Tune in to the Robert Scott Bell show for Liam’s regular appearances (search page for “Liam”). iTunes
- Find Liam on Health Conspiracy Radio (search “Liam” on the page)
- Listen to Liam on the Jack Blood show, Deadline Live.
- Music Lessons with Liam: on MeeMee.tv.
- The 7-Minute Interview with Liam Scheff and Guests
- State of Cannabis
- YouTube Channel
- Surviving Cedu Documentary
- Featured in House of Numbers film and special features.
Official Stories, The Book
Official Stories Posters
Contact – Bookings – Speaking Engagements
Liam has been a featured speaker at:
- Cannabis U.Florida
- Brainstorm 2014
- The Association of Natural Health Conference
- The Health Freedom Expos
- Dr. Buttar’s Advanced Medicine Seminar
- The Gerson Clinic (U.S.)
- Autism One
- The Washington Center for Politics and Journalism
- Sonoma State University (“Projected Censored”)
…and given educational-seminars and classes in New York, Las Vegas, San Diego, Chicago, Washington D.C., Ft. Lauderdale, Fairfield (IA) (and more). Book him for an unforgettable, information-packed and laugh-friendly talk on the myths of modern science, medicine and a deep look under the rocks of contemporary culture. Liam’s talks will shake you up, make you laugh, challenge your beliefs and bring you to exciting new levels of understanding.
If you would like to book him for a video-skype lecture for your classroom or group, a radio or television interview, or a live lecture at your location, contact Liam through this website, or through his FBI social network page.
- Scheff’s Paradox of Science: “The less plausible or logical a scientific idea, the more funding it will require.”
- Scheff’s Calculus of Conspiracy: “The term ‘conspiracy theory’ is interchangeable with ‘non-disclosure agreement.'”
- Scheff’s Scientific Solution: “The cure will not be peer-reviewed.”
- Scheff’s Summary of Human Behavior: “We’re a tool-making, story-telling, myth-making spirit monkey. Most modern science, after removing its veneer of questionable math, is a religion in disguise.”
- Scheff’s Question to the Graduating Class: “Why do we believe what we do? Why do we accept some stories as true when the details so obviously contradict the headlines?”
And this is a little personal.
Journalism is just about dead. What began as a new period of free inquiry just two decades ago (in the era of the internet) has devolved into a corporate take-over of ‘independence,’ and a lock-step, brain-drained group-think that promotes science as a new religion to be worshiped and obeyed, but never really understood for its natural limitations and failings.
I once spent my time digging into the well-documented, but often suppressed histories that conspire to create the world we live in. But, we’ve blown it up. Dug nuclear graves around the globe, sprayed the fields with Monsanto-wax, and we’re waiting to reap that whirlwind.
Solutions? Sex. Drugs. Permaculture. If it sounds arch, or simplistic, or just stupid or silly – I invite you to tune in, turn on and figure out how to save what’s left. Now, back to biography.
The Bad Old Pharma Nasties. In 2004, I broke the NIH Clinical Trial Scandal, the international story of hundreds of New York City orphans used by government agencies and pharmaceutical companies in deadly AIDS drug trials. I was also featured in the 2009 award-winning documentary “House of Numbers.” (But, don’t watch it, it’ll only make you think.)
I have been published by the New York Press, LA Citybeat, LewRockwell.com, Boston’s Weekly Dig, Salvo, Hustler and Guerrilla News Network, among others; I am founder of Reduce the Burden.org. For my work in exposing pharma horrors, I was generously libeled on the front page, Sunday national edition, of the New York Times, which serves the same petrochemical masters as all media (you can read about it in Ch.6 of “Official Stories.”)
Other works: co-author of “Summer of ’74,” “The ‘true’ story of how Star Wars began – in Barstow, CA in 1974,” and co-founder of S74comics.com. The “Official Stories Poster Book,” which is a lot of fun. And “The Geneticals” a comic about the world’s first team of vaccine-damaged superheroes.
I am a regular contributor and fill-in-host on the Robert Scott Bell Show, and a frequent performer in the insanity circus called “YouTube.” My comics and artwork can be found at this site and on the web.
I produced a “maybe-I’ll-finally-wrap-it-up-and-get-it-to-a-festival-one-day” documentary, “Surviving Cedu” about private schools for “troubled teens,” which find their roots in several cult movements of the 1950s and 60s.
I am a vegetarian, (macrobiotic-ish), I’ve traveled widely (though there’s always more to see) and worked and studied in a variety of fields (though there’s always more to learn). My politics are more conservative than neo-lib, more liberal than neo-con, and more independent than either.
I have been an activist for children and adolescent rights and informed consent in medicine, and for governmental and corporate transparency (honesty). But to what end? All government, all pharma, all corporations serve the power source that built the technocratic 20th/21st Century. Nothing can get in the way of the flow of oil to the major military powers in the world. It’s just that simple.
Growing up in a family of doctors and researchers, medicine was the family language and business, and I became aware of its changing nature, and the often vast distance between the internal conflicts of current research, and the carefully crafted public pronouncements – a distance that has grown immense in the last two decades.
I am the great-grandson of Milton C. Winternitz, first Jewish Dean of Yale Medical School, who didn’t keep the faith; the grandson of Jane and Robert Mellors, who helped invent the field of cancer retrovirology, which led to the broken sciences that I have often fought against.
I am also the great, great grandson (one of many) of inventor, traveler, Shakespearean (or, De Verean) actor, ship builder, carpenter, electrical engineer, and follower of Sufi Islam, Thomas Augustus Watson, co-inventor of the telephone. Although, he apparently spent his telephone money liberally, and it was not around when I was coming up. Ah, well…
What is Dogma?
The standard dictionary definition goes something like this: “An authoritative principle, belief, or statement of ideas or opinion, especially one considered to be absolutely true.” The trouble with dogma is that it gets in the way of discovery, suppresses inquiry, and stifles growth. Human beings accept dogma as a default position, though secretly doubt most of the edicts of their particular era. The inherent freedom of the era, determined by historical, political and resource factors, governs how mentally free a society is permitted to be.
Are Conspiracies Real?
As real as a handshake. “People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.” – Adam Smith, author of “The Wealth of Nations” (and a truer founder of this country than either Washington or Jefferson).
“The arguments for a conspiracy theory are indeed often dismissed on the grounds that no one conspiracy could possibly control everything. But that is not what this theory sets out to show. [It’s not that] modern history is the invention of an esoteric cabal designing events omnipotently to suit its ends. The implicit claim, on the contrary, is that a multitude of conspiracies contend in the night. Clandestinism is not the usage of a handful of rogues, it is a formalized practice of an entire class in which a thousand hands spontaneously join. Conspiracy is the normal continuation of normal politics by normal means.“ - Carl Ogelsby [Read all about it]
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