From Receptor 98288 to Auschwitz 98288 (Editorial)
Jan 24, 2013
—Calvin Luther Martin, PhD
If you live within the shadow of a “windfarm,” did you know that you are no longer considered a “person”? You’re now a “receptor” and you’re given a number. Say, Receptor 15.
You think I’m joking? I’m not. Wind companies now refer to people as “receptors” — a receptor with a number assigned by the wind company.
Thus, my name is Calvin Martin, except, if I live within a windfarm, I would be Receptor 15 — or whatever number I am assigned by Big Wind.
I’m going to repeat this. I am no longer a human being—a person—suffering from wind turbine infrasound & low frequency noise; I am Receptor 15 who is “annoyed” by what I “allege” to be infrasound & low frequency noise.
The people driving me out of my home and destroying my health, the people driving my livestock to distraction and driving away the wildlife, the people turning my bucolic landscape into an industrial wasteland and turning me and my neighbors against one another — these people call me Receptor 15.
Or Receptor 98288. (Just a bigger number.)
Consider Leon Greenman. Mr. Greenman was “Leon Greenman” till he found himself living within the boundary of a concentration camp in Hitler’s Germany. A concentration camp where the Third Reich was engaged in the “natural experiment” of liquidating what the National Socialists (Nazis) considered the “weaker” and “less desirable” members of the human species.
Thus Mr. Greenman got hauled off to a camp called Auschwitz, and was stripped of his name. To the staff at Auschwitz, he became No. 98288.
Here’s what keeps me awake at night. How short a step is it from Receptor 98288 to Auschwitz 98288, I wonder? Both programs being necessary—Were they not?—for the greater good of society, for the greater good of the earth (to avert global warming, in the case of wind energy), and of course the greater good of the fatherland. Both create jobs—don’t forget that bonus. And both create a large redistribution of income. Both are technological, organizational, and propaganda marvels—one showcasing the ingenious technology of mass genocide-while-pretending-it’s-okay (inspired by the Chicago stockyard/slaughterhouse model, some historians argue), the other the ingenious technology of mass illness-while-pretending-it’s-not-happening.
Both programs are altogether brilliant “natural experiments.”