I started this discussion back on the theology page, but have not returned to it until now. It has reemerged because I have been forced to confront certain issues in my recent readings on the horrors of religious belief. I had thought that to call oneself an atheist is merely to state a belief that there is no god. I for one, cannot state any such belief. Now, I realize that atheism is not at all on the same plane as faith. I do not have to say: “I can prove that you cannot fly.” If you persist in asserting your belief that you can, the simple response is to demand evidence: Go ahead and fly. I have finally gotten rid of that ghost, Jesus Christ, for whose existence there is in fact no evidence. Can I prove that he never lived and walked? Of course not. No more than I can prove that Puff the Magic Dragon does not live by the sea. Take your evidence of things unseen to fellow believers. You will never convince anyone who is not already willing to trade reason for faith.
So, why do I keep returning to this, like a dog to his vomit? One reason is that, every time I talk to a zipper head about this, she or he always refers me to some infernal mocumentary that supposedly settles the question in favor of the Warren Commission Report, once and for all. Because I am so self-critical, I am not yet immune to such slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, and eventually find myself forced to slog through more drek that supposedly has the ability to shatter my world. Even though my own sources are too many and varied to be shot down by any single arrow, I still feel compelled to look. So, sue me.
Well, it is November 23. And, I would not have enough time to fully explore the ramifications of this topic even if I spent the rest of my life on it. Nevertheless, I keep returning to it because so many people are so easily convinced by fabricated drivel merely because it is propagated through mass media. I, on the other hand, do not care if Jim Lehrer said it, or Dan Rather, or any other talking head. One can almost see the strings manipulating their jaws as their noses grow longer every time they open their pie holes. So, here is what I think about another revered debunking source.
Here it is. My ode to the rich and famous. I know. Philip Agee already wrote “Let us now praise famous men.” But, don’t these titans of finance, mineral extraction, and industry deserve praise in all ages, epochs, eras, etc.? Their acolytes, all supplicants to Ayn Rand’s “objectivism” (it is too shallow to be called a philosophy) are now in power, and will probably continue to wield power until Mother Nature shuts us all down. As one of her high priests (my muse is Pallas Athena), I can assure you that she is pretty angry with all of us right now. It is in fact doubtful that she will permit even two of us to survive and reproduce. Our own sun is already halfway through its lifespan, and the Milky Way galaxy is already scheduled to crash into Andromeda galaxy (they are rushing toward each other faster than two 6,000 hp locomotives at full throttle) about the time that happens. No one will mourn the melting of the by then barren rock formerly known as Earth, anyway.
The previous post explains how I discovered who was responsible for shooting JFK. I mentioned this great documentary to my sister, and she told me she had always been suspicious about JFK Jr’s plane crash. I was fully capable of believing the Pentagon lie (not that I knew its source) that the son was a rich, spoiled brat, flying in conditions beyond his capabilities, who managed to kill himself, his wife and sister-in-law by being stupid. Nevertheless, my continuous re-evaluation of all of my pre-conceived notions through critical thinking prompted me to take my sister seriously, so I went hunting and immediately found this additional documentary by John Hankey about the murder of the “dilettante pilot,” JFK Jr. After reviewing his compelling evidence and arguments, I had to go to Hankey’s Website, where I bought both documentaries at a discounted rate. This information is far too valuable to leave hanging at Amazon.com, where Prime members can watch both documentary movies for free. I am not one to pay for information I can otherwise obtain, but Hankey deserves his royalties, and I must have these DVDs. Here, I have cut and pasted Hankey’s reviews of both of his own movies, and re-posted a link to a NYT article Hankey cited. If he asks me to, I will take them down, but I doubt that will happen. Read the post, go to the site, and buy the movies for under thirty bucks!
review of the documentary Dark Legacy by Robert David Steele Vivas
Last November we witnessed a major mass media attack on truth, as all of the captured talking heads in the mainstream mass media attempted to “debunk” any Kennedy assassination documentary other than the least credible “lone gunman” theory of the Warren Commission. These pundits have even floated documentaries that truncate the Zapruder film, for instance the BBC’s 2003 mockumentary “Beyond Conspiracy.” They actually applied forensic analytical techniques to the part of the film that shows Johns Kennedy and Connelly (in later years of Keating S. & L. Scandal notoriety) being struck by a bullet from one of the sniper’s nests in the book depository building (Oswald was filmed right at that moment down on the first floor). Evidently, that bullet really did not have to turn left. Nevertheless, this piece of hack propaganda omitted and failed to mention the damning headshot from the grassy knoll, which is the heart and soul of the Zapruder film, fired by a face designated as “Starman” on the Internet who looks a lot like officer J. D. Tippit.
Evidently, CBS aired a documentary that same year, perhaps the same movie. My cousin saw it, and insisted that I watch the CBS version. Actually, I think it was the BBC broadcast, but whatever it was, I have neither time nor patience for any more “lone gunman” theories. Debunkers working for the pigs (whether free, or for pay) think they can create controversy merely by making assertions. I felt bad about the way I backhanded my cousin, but his remarks did compel me to find the best documentary on the subject (Dark Legacy: George H. W. Bush and the Murder of J.F.K.). I previously thought Howard Hughes had hired E. Howard Hunt as the assassination team leader. Billionaires in the same racket in cahoots? How absurd! Anyway, the movie under review here is available at Amazon and Netflix. I have no doubt that Robert David Steele Vivas will not mind my posting his Amazon review here. As he says, this documentary is revealing and amazingly well-documented. The books put the entire question of G. H. W. Bush’s guilt, in Vincent Bugliosi’s words about the guilt of that Black ex-football player, what’s his name, who murdered Nicole Simpson, “beyond the shadow of a doubt.”
Also, do not fail to read Peter Dale Scott’s Deep Politics and the Assassination of J. F. K.
This is my review of a 1990 sociology book. Because it provides a map of conventional wisdom on the subject, I thought reviewing the book may be informative for those who want to know more about the subject from a critical viewpoint.
I have explained elsewhere throughout this Blog that I did not initially get interested in some conspiracy theory that I found on the Internet. While researching healthcare, I did not have to posit the need for or efficiency of universal healthcare as a research question, because that is already well documented. What I had to ask is, “Why can’t we have universal healthcare?” Kerr McGee Corp. murdered Karen Silkwood to suppress information she had about health in the nuclear industry. I discovered what has been called “The Cult of the Atom,” which is a major attempt by elements within the American military and civilian nuclear agencies to deny and suppress the facts about the dangers of radiation, including radiation in space. This led me to discover that “The Cold War” was itself an ideological construct created by intellectuals as a major propaganda campaign to repress domestic dissent. In other words, it was a lie, created and maintained by a conspiracy. In looking at the systems within which the healthcare delivery system is embedded, I found my way to Jay Forester, and the systems work of Meadows and Randers, his students, on the impact of burning carbon fuels on human health and welfare. They have been branded as conspiracy theorists, or just plain criminals. The same logic by which all critics of the dominant system (military-industrial, or however you designate it) were branded as “communists” at the height of Cold War hysteria is the same logic by which the same critics are now branded as “criminals” when their evidence cannot be dismissed, or as “conspiracy theorists,” when it is possible to dismiss what they are saying on ideological rather than evidential grounds.
Speaking of systems as networks, the question also came up, “Why is conspiracy theory the biggest thing on the Internet?” which is certainly the largest system (or network) ever created as a human artifact. This is a scientific question, not a conspiracy theory. Nevertheless, in investigating it, one finds many “conspiracy theories” that have been dismissed on ideological, rather than evidential grounds. That is to say, if presented in the light of reason, the evidence for the existence and function of the conspiracy is clear, damning, and impeccable. For instance, “The Fed” is in fact nothing less than a criminal cartel of international bankers imposing the largest Ponzi scheme in history on the American people. You can learn exactly how the scheme works not by having faith in some “theory” that lacks evidence, but by reading their own manual of operation, which they publish on the Internet. With a little further vision, one learns that the IRS is the collection arm for these racketeers, has absolutely no existence whatsoever within the US Department of the Treasury, and in fact is headquartered out of Puerto Rico. The 16th Amendment was never ratified by the states, but simply imposed on the American people by executive action. These astonishing “theories” are supported by mountains of evidence, which is why the only way to dismiss the people who are presenting the evidence is to simply ignore it by denigrating them as “conspiracy theorists.” America’s ruling class has become so accustomed to having all of their lies believed and all of their conspiracies succeed that they cannot grapple with the fact that, however many “debunkers” they release as Internet trolls, this network has made the truth available to all, and it really is out there for those who actually love it. The search for truth is the common goal of both religion and science, which is why this Blog has both. See for yourself.
I have never said, nor would ever postulate, that the mass destruction of humanity is inevitable. Certainly, it is on the agenda of “The Deciders,” just as surely as they intend to maintain control over scarce resources even if they have to continuously reinvent scarcity. To get anyone to play the old carrot and stick game, they have to convince us there is not a feed-bag of carrots right under our noses. That is what the so-called “science” of economics is about. If we do not all covet a Lexus, how can they get ahead of and stay away from us in their Lamborghinis? What used to be the feeling of “rising expectations” has now been reduced to the life and death struggle over a glass of water in some places. It is fine to pay lip service even to that abominable expectation, so long as no one recognizes that the trend is balling our way like that shot out of the cannon referred to in the main post. This really is the epoch in which the absolute opposites of freedom and slavery will confront each other in unveiled form: the workers’ desire to associate with each other freely in a labor of love versus the plan of capital to enslave all of us. The cynical plan to pay half of the workers to kill the other half could never have worked in the same place, but the plan to stoke the coals of atmospheric destruction while letting nature take her course may actually work if we continue to bury our collective heads in the sand.
This is a letter I have not yet mailed to my nephew. Nevertheless, it seems topical enough to include here.