Thursday, July 26, 2007

Thursday, July 26



"It was one of these coincidences..."



A body has been found at sea which may be that of Jeremy Blake.

Remember the Johnny Gosch story by Des Moines journalist Tim Schmitt published in the alternative weekly Pointblank, and how Pointblank went out of business the same day? Pointblank's founder and editor was Jon Gaskell, Anna's younger brother, who was immediately handed the job of editing its replacement, Cityview, while Schmitt, who had been Pointblank's managing editor, was fired. Gaskell has apparently since claimed that the Gosch story was an "April Fool's joke," allegedly intended to whip "conspiracy theorists into a lathered frenzy." (From a Gaskell email: "It was an April Fool's prank. Those are some pretty strange people.")

Because Theresa read and recommended this blog I feel a particular burden to do right by her memory, so I want to proceed with caution and decency in all of this. There is contradictory information out there. I heard yesterday that the suicide note had been handwritten. So it's important for me to reaffirm my ignorance here: I don't know what happened. And Theresa's life may contain more abiding mysteries than the end of it.

From May 31, Theresa speaks with Father Frank Morales on politics and conspiracy. (In the event that link goes dead, I've copied it here).

Interesting formation of lights in the UK skies. "Three had formed a triangular shape and one was to the right. Then another one came hurtling towards the rest at what looked like a very fast speed. But as it neared them it suddenly slowed and stopped altogether."

Top US intelligence officials now say "Al Qaeda's safe haven in northwestern Pakistan is largely inaccessible to outside forces and unlikely to be eliminated soon by the U.S. or Pakistani military." So who's going to bomb who "back into the Stone Age" now?

"Imagination is always the fabric of social life and the dynamic of history. The influence of real needs and compulsions, of real interests and materials, is indirect because the crowd is never conscious of it." - Simone Weil

36 Comments:

Blogger Serious Brown said...

I'm starting to wonder whether the murder/suicide debate is THE distraction in itself. It's more than possible that Theresa DID commit suicide and Blake DID march into the ocean and that's what is supposed to distract from the most important part of the story altogether -- Gaskell and her step-father --, leaving friends, loved ones and acquaintances immersed in a fruitless, dialectical swamp. Much like every other damn subject within Deep Politics, the issue gets flooded with information making it nearly impossible to parse fact from fiction. And, god, with the Jon Gaskell/Pointblank angle (great grab btw) this looks probable. A fucking Jungian nightmare.
These two were endlessly harassed and ultimately alienated from their peers - leaving more questions than answers. It looks all too familiar. Gary Webb, Jean Seberg et al... Not mind control but mind scrambling. It's starting to piss me off.

7/26/2007 09:11:00 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

I can't take credit for digging up the Gaskell/Pointblank connection; a reader found that and emailed me last night.

Duncan wrote empathetically of Seberg and naturally felt a kinship. Driving someone to suicide is a documented tactic. Remember the FBI's blackmail of Martin Luther King, and the letter encouraging him to kill himself to save face:

"King, there is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is. You have just 34 days in which to do (this exact number has been selected for a specific reason, it has definite practical significance). You are done. There is but one way out for you. You better take it before your filthy fraudulent self is bared to the nation."

link

7/26/2007 10:18:00 AM  
Blogger Dr. Bombay said...

Jeff,
I'm not sure what scares me
more. The fact that Theresa and
Jeremy may have been "suicided",
or that two seemingly smart, strong
and willfull poeple became so
frightened by what they had
uncovered that their only viable
option was to take their own lives.
The interveiw Theresa did with
Father Morales was very interesting
to say the least. I only wish he
had gone into more detail about
the circumstances surrounding
the death of John Lennon. I have
read your material on his killing,
but Father Morales might have shed
some additional light on it.
As far as the Johnny Gosch "prank"
is concerned, I'm sure his mom
will sleep much better now that
she knows the "truth".

7/26/2007 10:41:00 AM  
Blogger et in Arcadia ego Eve said...

Jeff,

take the credit...behind every good bloggin man there is a good bloggin woman ;)

In the IMMORTAL words of the brilliantly written score to Disney “channell"s High School Musical….we’re all in this together.

7/26/2007 12:48:00 PM  
Blogger Prof. Hex said...

Hi Jeff, and everyone. I've noticed a deeply unsettling coincidence in the Theresa Duncan story. Theresa (briefly) blogged about a young poet (a suicide) named Sarah Hannah less than two months ago. The physical resemblance between the two women is uncanny - and I mean uncanny. You'd think it was the same person.

You can read the post here.

As far as I'm concerned, the weird just got weirder. Which is why I came to you guys. Cheers.

7/26/2007 01:01:00 PM  
Blogger Serious Brown said...

I noticed the wiki change as well. It's changed a few times since this started to play out. Always inches ahead of the announcements, lol, or completely based on assumption. Your right, Hex, the 'hard times" queue was a bit rich.
What's just as messed up is the literal barrage of anonymous "art community" (whatever that means)comments on various mainstream blogs. They all seem to follow a pretty tight script of "we care for her deeply but... she was hostile and mentally ill. Did I mention she was nuts?". Always vague, plausibly deniable accusations.
Here's a thread from Charm School:
https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=18217342&postID=3239522845117862817
Call me crazy but it seems like a meme from "Children of a Hubbardian god". This last bit is obviously pure speculation but it kinda seemed organized. And Theresa had posted there before. So conceivably this is where the supposed spooks would lurk.

7/26/2007 02:23:00 PM  
Blogger Emlon said...

Jake Gaskell link:

http://www.desmoinesgastronomicalsociety.com/january_2007.htm

hunting and gastronomy - no women allowed

Serious perversion ensues?

7/26/2007 03:39:00 PM  
Blogger iridescent cuttlefish said...

"Imagination is always the fabric of social life and the dynamic of history. The influence of real needs and compulsions, of real interests and materials, is indirect because the crowd is never conscious of it."

Ain’t that just the truth, though, like so much of what Simone Weil had to say? Of the many implications of this axiomatic aphorism, I think the most far reaching is the epistemological thread that ties all of it together. It’s not just that what we don’t know can’t hurt them—what we can’t imagine limits, directly and indirectly, the reality in which we swim, so that we’re always just treading water, never really getting anywhere for fear of drowning.

The brilliant (if not readily apparent) cause for hope in this remark is that if we were to become conscious of the “influence of real needs and compulsions, of real interests and materials,” then our imagination might (finally!) be unshackled and the purportedly intractable problems we face might be tackled.

The past few threads have been riddled with a kind of “watch your back/who’s next?” queasiness which is understandable enough, given the mysterious circumstances surrounding the deaths of Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake, but Weil’s “Law” (imagination defines both possibility and reality, “social life and the dynamic of history”) tells us that we might be more limited in our search for the truth by our own inability to encompass that truth than by any ‘outside’ or objective constraints, such as the machinations of evildoers.

Under the old dispensation, at least.

Some things have changed since Weil’s day. While the Panopticon might have been a theoretical possibility then, it’s attained a very real practicability since that time. The implications of this, the possibility of knowing about everything that happens (leaving aside for a moment interpreting what it all means), have not been very well digested yet, mostly because of the unpleasant taste of fear that it exudes.

As frightening as this spectre is to anyone who loves liberty, there are some folks who see the quickly congealing Transparent Society as a boon to mankind. David Brin has written a very influential book explaining the joys of the Transparent Society which is based on the premise that the mirrored windows of the Monitors will inevitably become transparent, two-way glass. That we’ll be able to keep tabs on our betters just as easily as they do on us.

With one minor caveat, of course. In cases of national security, or national interest, or…whatever the small group of unelected experts in charge of determining what lies in the “greater good” decides—in secret—constitutes such interests, well, they’ll just opaque that glass again where and when they see fit.

I’ve talked to Brin about this, really pressed him about the danger that secrecy poses to liberty, but he is unswerving on this point—that we are incapable of making informed decisions about how we are governed and what exactly our men in black do “in our interests”.

Given that the Transparent Society is really quite obviously (behind the curtain of Brin’s kinder, gentler terminology) the Surveillance State, and given that this is very nearly in place, is there any consolation to be found for those of us who are suspicious of the official verdict in cases like the current Duncan/Blake deaths? Or, even further reaching, the “choices” we’re being forced to make (accept?) between security & liberty, social justice & environmental stability?

If our suspicions are well founded, then there’s going to have to be a whole lot of opaque glass protecting us from the truth.

I’ve been engaged in a number of discussions recently, both here and on the RI discussion boards about scarcity & abundance; discussions which are not at all esoteric, since they go to the heart of these alleged choices with which we are faced. The sober & skeptical crowd refuse to acknowledge Weil’s Law. They claim that imagination has nothing to do with the facts—facts that declare that there’s no such thing as conspiracy in the real world.

According to these self-proclaimed “realists,” there is no elite. There just happens to be this little group consisting of 358 families which own 52% of the world. The oil industry can’t be manipulating scarcity, they explain, because that would mean that everyone in all those “competing” firms, including the secretaries and the mailroom staffers, would have to be in on the conspiracy.

It’s not their logic is unassailable, and it’s not that the facts are unavailable (a simple link to Black’s Internal Combustion website contains enough of those)—they hold their ground without hiding behind the opaqued windows of history because our willingness to entertain the possibility of such things as conspiracies is still an act of imaginative creativity, regardless of how the truth we find might be bolstered by the facts we’ve found.

If you expose a conspiracy—whatever your evidence, whatever your credentials—you’re still engaging in conspiracy thinking.

It’s the perfect defense! In fact, the wilder the truth is, the more diabolical the machinations and the assassinations, the more air-tight the defense of the perps.

Here’s a last great example. In 2004, MoveOn.org was forced to remove their Bush-morphing-into-Hitler video, on the grounds that it was hysterical, unfounded, etc, etc. (This fascist sibling rivalry vid is even more entertaining, btw.) Now, many of us are quite well aware of the Bush-Nazi connection(s), as documented in Davis’ Shadow of the Swastika, among the many other historical investigations, but most of us had enough sense—and the imaginative faculty—to realize that the real connection between these two icons is that they were both funded and created by the same “interests”.

Now we hear about the BBC uncovering a little evidence of their own on the Bush family coat of arms that reads like it’s straight out of Davis, Simpson and Higham. The glass screen of history is at least partially transparent here & now…but will the sober ones have the imagination to understand what they’re seeing?

And will the rest of us finally take to heart the possibility of the better world that’s only waiting for our imagination to catch up with the facts?

7/26/2007 03:46:00 PM  
Blogger ericswan said...

IC..Hijacked another did we? Reading Shadow leaves me wondering why the cotton industry is not represented in that list of those threatened by hemp. The first thought that comes to mind is that hemp is not nearly as labour intensive as would be cotton. Someone wanted blacks out in the fields pickin' and grinnin. That would definitely follow the Nazi program but who bucked up in the deep south to destroy the hemp clothing versus cotton industry?
You may be surprised to note that the Panopticon is even more advanced in Canada that it is in the United States. We don't "fear" it so much as we tolerate it. It's a kinder, gentler spies in your toilet bowl here.

7/26/2007 06:28:00 PM  
Blogger omnimental said...

Serious Brown,

I'd be careful about being logical if I were you. This site, an answer to many frustrated people finding out that the available "information" about conspiracies leaves much to be desired, only seeks to draw you in with promises of longer sylogistic logic chains and then distract you. RI is just another layer in the overgrown, genetically engineered onion we call "truth."

If you want to have a real conversation, come over to my blog.

7/26/2007 07:27:00 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

The talk above about Wikipedia suddenly inventing things about Jeremy Blake or Teresa Duncan as hypocritically "official though un-sourced" (replete with fake links to articles that don't actually claim something at all) only brings to mind how much Wikipedia resembles a Ministry of Truth set up by the State, a self-administered one that somehow is still getting its legitimacy by claims it is an 'encyclopedia'. However, it begs the question of who sold us this idea that it was meant to be an encyclopedia in the first place?

Why, the corporate media told us so, you know the very people so interested in endlessly reupdated truth.

Here's an excerpt of something I posted after noticing without explanation the whole developing "Bioregional Democracy" link at Wikipedia assembled by at least 12 or so people was entirely deleted by editors gaming their own system. I've noticed similar editorial vultures hovering around very politically contentious well-documented posts at Project Mockingbird and Skull and Bones.

This is a snip from a post of mine where I rehoused the "Bioregional Democracy" article, with some commentary afterward on my own views on Wikipedia after participating in it for a while, before seeing it as useless and distracting:

"

Substitute in Wikipedia for Ministry of Truth and Jimbo Wales as Big Brother, and you have a live version of the Orwellian nightmare, masquerading as a "truth website".

Particularly crucial here is the key "Ignorance is Strength" motto of both the Ministry of Truth, and, increasingly, Wikipedia.

Would anyone of even basic intelligence trust a hypocritically self-proclaimed "encyclopedia" that allow Orwellian rewrites? By people who admit they have zero knowledge of the articles at hand, and actually seem to be promoted because of their ignorance? "Ignorance is Strength" I guess in action at Wikipedia.

As others have noticed, at Wikitruth.info as well as the Village Voice, more purging goes on at Wikipedia than writing--another classic characteristic of a Ministry of Truth.

How did it get this way?

More to the point was it meant to be that way all along? The open Internet is innately dangerous to those who would prefer to substitute it for a "singular authoritative Internet text", from one viewpoint with the rest becoming thoughtcrime. Similar to Wikipedia,...

In George Orwell's dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four the government attempts to control not only the speech and actions, but also the thoughts of its subjects, labeling unapproved thoughts with the term thoughtcrime or, in Newspeak, "crimethink". In the book, Winston Smith, the main character, writes in his diary: Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime IS death. He also makes remarks to the effect that "Thoughtcrime is the only crime that matters." The Thought Police (thinkpol in Newspeak) was the secret police of the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four whose job it was to uncover and punish thoughtcrime. The Thought Police used psychology and omnipresent surveillance [both of which are very heavy-handedly utilized at Wikipedia] to find and eliminate members of society who were capable of the mere thought of challenging ruling authority. Orwell's Thought Police and their pursuit of thoughtcrime was based on the methods used by the totalitarian states and competing ideologies of the 20th century. It also had much to do with Orwell's own "power of facing unpleasant facts", as he called it, and his willingness to criticise prevailing ideas which brought him into conflict with others and their "smelly little orthodoxies". ... The term "Thought Police", by extension, has come to refer to real or perceived enforcement of ideological correctness in any modern or historical contexts.


Wikipedia as the Modern Day Thought Police

It's very amusing how that is a perfect definition of Wikipedia in practice. To whit, a bit about my experience with observing and participating in the project for a while:

First however, I admit I always had my suspicions about the Wikipedia high powered free media advertizing that it got. There was always something rather suspicious to me that Skull and Bones founded (Time Magazine) and Project Mockingbird based U.S. corporate media (Time Magazine, Washington Post, etc.) were suddenly so concerned with hypeing an unknown named Jimbo Wales and presenting him--actually, foisting him as--some kind of leader of a free speech movement of the democratization of knowledge.

By giving Jimbo's Wikifront free facelift attention as an "independent" non-profit online encyclopedia, they deluded lots of honest souls out there to work for the Ministry of Truth without their own knowledge: to do much of the Ministry's intellectual work, to donate funds for its operation out of their own labor, and to provide the je ne sais quoi democratic element that only those who really believed in the project could provide--even though they were truly on the outside of the administration of the project which is a different matter.

While noble Wikifront content providers slaved away, and spent hours of their lives adding commas and fixing verb tense changes, the overlords higher in the white limestone pyramid of the Ministry of Truth get to sit back and mostly work by deletions: paring down others work to a single politically skewed viewpoint which is always easier to achieve via calculated delition than the work of including information themselves.

It yields the aura of democracy to see countless millions laboring on articles--collectively clueless as to who runs the project though they may think that their outside particiption in it provides some sort of "stake" of sorts in defending it. However, on the other hand, Wikifront yields the aura of a front operation since few of the people actually running and editing the show believe in it (see the Wikitruth.info website) or write articles themselves, or have any knowledge that can be charitably described as empirical instead of ideologically driven. (By the way, two articles that interested me to see "dispassionate" reviews of were Skull and Bones and Project Mockingbird, which quickly were deleted without explanation or heavily trashed. This was hardly lost on me as to the "real purpose" of Wikifront: whole swaths of highly documented information I remember reading simply soon "didn't exist" anymore once I came back to see what had been added by others--or removed, as the case may be.)

And surely Time and Washington Post, the balder side of the U.S.'s Orwellian Ministry of Truth, could have told everyone that their annointing of Jimbo Wales as a democratic truth leader, with only cursory research, that he could quickly be questioned as to his "overly premature" credentials as a democratic leader when his whole life has only been spent as a stock market futures trader or a pornographer connected with something called Bomis.

I beg the question, your Honor: how many pornographers/stock brokers do you know who just "out of the blue" set up an encyclopedia, and devote their lives to it, or rather devote their lives to endlessly deleting it and fundraising and somehow getting themselves free media "annointing" attention that is wholly false and dishonest?

On the surface St. Jimbo sounds like a conversion worthy of Roman Catholic sainthood. On the other hand, I contest that perhaps the project was handed to Jimbo to work on from someone else, to provide layers of protection. After all with Jimbo's Ayn Rand cult like connections to Objectivism, stock markets, and pornography, he would fit right in ideologically with the rest of the neocon crew. I would contend that the whole Wikifront is a large "non-profit" humorously public self-subsidized psychological operation which wastes the time, labor, and funds from millions of people--to subsidize their own Ministry of Truth which is only interested in tightening the screw further by controlling instead of freeing information, all done under the guise of democratic legitimacy.

/endsnip

http://biostate.blogspot.com/2006/07/bioregional-democracy-deleted-from.html

You might additionally be interested in the amusing http://www.wikitruth.info/ or the more self-serious http://www.wikipedia-watch.org/

7/26/2007 08:02:00 PM  
Blogger Shrubageddon said...

Surely there are other readers of RI who have expired under similar mysterious circumstances....but we'll never know their names and they will never receive the homage obliged to Duncan and Blake here...and elsewhere.

She may have linked to your blog....and read it on occasion, Jeff, but you didn't really "know" her just as you really don't "know" me, or IC, or Mark, or Omni, or Sounder, or Starroute, or Richard, or Omni, or Eve, or EricSwan, or Omni, or Mojo, or Silly Rabbit, or Surrender, or Omni, or Movie Girl, or Anonymous, or Omni, or Muddy Elephant, or ACL, or Omni.

This internet intermingling reminds me of the Orgy at the Castle in {b}Eyes Wide Shut{/b}. Everyone has a mask....a much more effective one than they utilize in their non-internet social interactions.

7/26/2007 09:44:00 PM  
Blogger omnimental said...

I always say, “when it comes to misrepresenting reality, it’s always best to do so through the judicious use of innuendo: that way when someone takes exception to your stance, you can accuse them of merely, perhaps subjectively and in “fact” obsessively, inferring your stance, which you never took explicitly, with Rigorous Intuition.”

Ah, what a world when no one can ever be held accountable for their psychic creations. Tea anyone?

7/26/2007 10:10:00 PM  
Blogger omnimental said...

TOTAL MADNESS is the day today. A CONversation that simultaneously happened, however subject to individual interpretation, and didn’t happen, when subject to the scrutiny of the most severe standards, is our conversation. Woah is the lord of things on this day and Woah and darkest night be in the hearts of all people! The moon doth shine ever brightly here in this corner of time, when the lives of men and women have become the currecy to a troop of comedy and sleight of hand wit.

Does anyone have an extra sandwich? Just link to it. Thanks

7/26/2007 10:37:00 PM  
Blogger Dr. Bombay said...

Shrub,
I understand your point about
Jeff not really "knowing" any of us
that post here. But Jeff never knew
JFK, Paul Wellstone or L. Ron
Hubbard either. In fact I think its
a safe bet that none of those three
even knew Jeff existed. Does
that mean we can't speculate on and
discuss what we have been told is
the "truth" about their lives and
deaths? But Theresa and most likely Jeremy were quite aware of Jeff and
the R.I. blog.
And there in lies the rub...

7/27/2007 12:06:00 AM  
Blogger Formerly Fooled said...

Thank you RI for your comments and pointing out Theresa's interview with Father Frank. It was very interesting and insightful.

Perhaps FF will one day provide an some clues from the subsequent conversations he most assuredly had with Theresa before this sad turn of events occurred.

Her last blog makes it clear that her freedom of speech was above all things important. I am of the belief that she had to have been bullied or pressured and cohersed in order to have killed herself.
She was putting 2 + 2 together and she was vocal about it. Read her final blog of Tuesday, July 10, 2007, the day she died:

Storytelling On The Staircase

"A need to tell and hear stories is essential to the species Homo sapiens--second in necessity apparently after nourishment and before love and shelter. Millions survive without love or home, almost none in silence; the opposite of silence leads quickly to narrative, and the sound of story is the dominant sound of our lives, from the small accounts of our day's events to the vast incommunicable constructs of psychopaths." --Reynolds Price

~Mary McConnell
http://free-from-scientology.blogspot.com

7/27/2007 02:31:00 AM  
Blogger Sounder said...

If one wishes to play in the ‘game’, it is necessary to remain karmicly clean. While you may still pay a great price, at least then the ‘nasties’ will also pay. My own involvement started around 1985 with an epiphany that included the notion that a machine had been developed, able to map brainwave patterns from a distance. Of course, I did not mention this (much) in my patter as I tried to express my realizations to others. I could not help however, pointing out the airplanes circling overhead for about two years. Needless to say, while some enjoyed entertainment value from my patter, very few could see further or relevant implications within the concepts. And certainly many folk thought of me as being a bit loopy. Lucky for me I have a stable self-image, so that the small-minded projections of others do not bother me in the least.

The Op here is suggesting that it is dangerous to be different. Baloney. Knowledge is found within difference. Difference creates new patterns. Maybe to the point that we connect to Mind, or the ground of being, as a society, with untold possibilities for imagination.

The trick for the nasties is to get the creatives to become attached to negative polarity expressions of either Ahrimanic or Luciferic (mostly luciferic) strains of expression.

IC, thanks for the Wade Frazer link. He writes an excellent history around energy. Still as you may know, I do not concede to ‘energy’ as being the root element. No, that may come close, but closer still are the initial assumptions that frame our criteria for understanding, and hence create this ongoing psychical conditioning system.

IC, did you get the e-mail from Brian O'leary asking for help? Do you know of further news?

7/27/2007 08:27:00 AM  
Blogger iridescent cuttlefish said...

ericswan,

No, not exactly—I was just expressing what struck me about this whole Duncan/Blake mystery in the light of how Jeff introduced Simone Weil’s thoughts on the role of imagination. What I didn’t say was that no examination of the evidence—handwritten note versus typed, etc—could rule out the possibility that they could have been made to want to suicide themselves. There are all manner of chemicals & techniques in their arsenal of which we have very little knowledge.

I’m not sure I really “believe” in Keyword Hijacking. For such a thing to happen, the clever operative would have to somehow constrain everyone’s thinking within the desired channels. That’s a very high degree of complacency we’re talking about. That’s why Peak Oil (at least the Ruppert version) failed the test. It was built around a set of static assumptions that were themselves arbitrary constructs. The Peak Oil conclusion—that we need some sort of “silver bullet” which is unavailable does not take into account all the ways in which we can do without oil altogether, without “free” energy or any other miracles.



The Op here is suggesting that it is dangerous to be different. Baloney. Knowledge is found within difference. Difference creates new patterns. Maybe to the point that we connect to Mind, or the ground of being, as a society, with untold possibilities for imagination.


Sounder,

This is spot fookin’ on. It bull’s-eyes the fear that holds that whole trap together. I can’t even tell you how much I appreciate the path you’ve taken, even if it's not exactly mine.

As to your point about Wade’s weakness—placing energy as the pivotal point—I agree, but his narrative is worthwhile all the same because it illustrates the failure of imagination that keeps us in our kennel. I have not received anything from O’ Leary because I never initiated any contact with him for the following reasons. First was your warning, which made me a little suspicious. Then came an angry rebuttal from Dr. Robert Adams on O’ Leary’s attack on the aether theorists (Adams vs. O’ Leary); he refused to acknowledge the existence of anything which the Orthodoxy’s instruments couldn’t detect.

(For a great source on the New Energy, try FrontierScience.com--it has O’ Leary, Adams and all the most sensible researchers, with the exception of Alfred Evert, the great unknown German physicist. Evert’s front page and his indispensable Site Map.)

This is the standard, almost reflexive defense of the Scientific Orthodoxy. If the Aether is a non-physical medium, then of course their spectographs can’t register it. Moreover, O’ Leary’s insistence on a new Apollo program (he shies away from “Manhattan”) only serves to bolster the Peak Oil silver bullet trap.

I know that he and Wade are or were friends, but I have talked to Wade and he is much smarter/more open than O’ Leary in this regard, which you can see in that link I posted.

As to what O' Leary’s asking for in that e-mail, I would guess either money or political support for work that the New Energy Movement he founded is doing with congress: Energy Innovation Act of 2007 (draft). As if that body of independent legislators is going to bite the hand that feeds it!

Last thought. The imperial American government is set up pretty much along the lines suggested by John Locke—it’s main purpose is the protection of the “right” to own property, which Kropotkin was ultimately correct in identifying as theft. Democracy in the US means protecting the corporations from the cries for for help from the proles. It institutionalizes theft & slavery.

If a basic level of sustenance were guaranteed by the autonomy provided by the rebuilding of man’s habitat—energy & water self-suffciency, dwellings that were part of the ecosystem instead of brownfield rat warrens—then we wouldn’t need any government at all. The problem with this vision is not that we don’t know how to accomplish these things—we do!—it’s that autonomy & sovereignty are antithetical to the aims of the Empire. That’s what all those interventions & invasions have been about, not to mention the institutionalized monopolies and engineered conflicts.

7/27/2007 01:23:00 PM  
Blogger Wade Frazier said...

Hi there:

Iridescent Cuttlefish has been referring and linking to my work on RI for quite some time. I consider it an honor. IC, I believe that we met in another forum, if I am not mistaken. This is a fairly high-minded forum, and it was even recommended to me some months ago, by a relatively high profile bud, as a worthwhile place to park one’s awareness for awhile. I let my pal know that I knew of RI because of all the links to my site from it. I see them in my site stats when people take the link, and when I saw more hits than usual to my site from RI on this page, I took a peek. I am not sure why I was inspired today to create an account and make a post. Maybe I will make more. Time will tell. I would like to respond to some of the observations on this thread.

First. Brian O’Leary remains a friend, although neither of us is on the NEM board anymore, and although we live on separate continents today, one day we will meet again. On that thing with Adams, I have no problem at all with what Brian wrote about many magnetic “over-unity” devices, and Brian is writing from experience. There is a ton of chaff in the FE wheat:

http://www.ahealedplanet.net/conun.htm#chaff

and there is probably no one area of “over-unity” devices that has been more plagued than magnet motors, with garage inventors putting some magnets together and thinking that they made an FE prototype. However, there ARE genuine FE devices that take advantage of aspects of magnetism, and Adams may be onto something, but it has fallen a bit short of a self-sustaining FE machine, which was the point of that paper that Brian and Steve Kaplan wrote. There is no perfect candidate to make FE happen, but Brian is a great man, and being his spear-carrier for years ranks among my life’s highlights.

Sparky Sweet’s magnetism-harvesting device is the one that I am most familiar with:

http://www.ahealedplanet.net/advent.htm#sweet

and I am sure that there are many others. The best and most elegant FE stuff that I am aware of has no moving parts (solid state, etc.), but that stuff is kept deeply under wraps:

http://www.ahealedplanet.net/advent.htm#underground

I am sympathetic to the notion that the attempts by the current NEM board to get the U.S. government involved has faint hope of making much happen, but I still wish them the best. I was invited to Washington D.C. last year, via a White House invitation, to attend an alternative energy demo (as an election year ploy). I declined the invitation for several reasons, not the least of which is that having tea with Bush and Cheney is not anywhere near the top of the list of things I want to do before I die, and I doubted that their intentions were very sincere, let us say.

On Brian and his “Apollo Project” for FE: as with Steven Greer or Dennis Lee, I believe that it shows that they are Americans and, for all the amazing things they have lived through, they still have a little bit of nationalism in their veins. Brian also was an Apollo Project astronaut, so his metaphor is understandable, even if one that I would not use (and I was a NASA-Apollo brat myself).

I understand the thought that energy is not humanity’s root issue, looked at from a certain way. As I wrote about Bucky:

http://www.ahealedplanet.net/roots.htm#fuller


he said that humanity’s principle “prime commodity” was “ephemeral ideas aligned with the principles of creation.” I will not argue with that. I take the energy idea far deeper than just running our industries.

http://www.ahealedplanet.net/energy.htm#greatest


My understanding is that love is the source of all of Creation, and is the greatest energy of all. All the energy in our universe is a manifestation of love, and I admit that it is not readily apparent to our earthlings, at least today (and I, for one, am not happy about that). I believe that love is truly the root issue, but that is another way of saying that energy is the root issue, IMO.

However, life on earth, and particularly the lives of those who get to play on the Internet, rides atop the energy issue in very real and concrete ways. Nothing else comes close. My former partner was offered about a billion dollars to stop pursuing free energy:

http://www.ahealedplanet.net/advent.htm#offer

and that was just another day at the office for the people who run the world:

http://www.ahealedplanet.net/journey.htm#group


There was a reason for that offer – because the energy issue is central to the human journey, and the people “in charge” will go to great lengths to keep their game intact, a game I call “maintaining control at all costs” (AKA ruling in hell). Billion dollar offers to go away are not handed out in any areas of human endeavor, to my knowledge, other than those dealing with potentially “disruptive” technologies, with energy being the 800-pound gorilla of the field.

I could go on at length on these issues, but that is enough for a first post.

Best,

Wade Frazier

7/27/2007 10:55:00 PM  
Blogger iridescent cuttlefish said...

Wade!

Very happy (& surprised) to see you hear. Yeah, I've been linking you for a long time, in more venues than just RI. If everyone who has seen my links to you had actually followed them, you would have had even more traffic. Some things take time to percolate, I suppose. Look at Bucky.

Sorry you came in on such a tawdry little discussion, with me talking about your relationship with Brian in such a gossipy fashion 'n all. If you were to go back through the archives here, you'd find many, many much higher level conversations in which your ideas have pride of place. Such is life; the new girlfriend's parents always come 'round for a visit right after you've fired up the hookah and decided to tie-dye the dog.

Yes, we have spoken once before, at AboveTopSecret in a forum you were hosting on your work thus far. I was going by a different screen name at the time--häuptling aberja--which I ended up changing for 2 reasons. One was simply that the umlaut was giving me grief in many forums, but the more important reason was that I had evolved, or at least changed in my thinking at that point.

I had been posting a lot of politicallly charged stuff at Tom Feeley's old Information Clearinghouse and I was becoming increasingly frustrated with the container that seemed to put me in. When Tom had to shut ICH down repeatedly in late May of '06 due to threats of violence & such in the comment fields, I took myself out of public forums for a while and just mulled over what was in my head and then I had a minor epiphany.

Previously, I had always felt that free energy was going to set us free, even though I didn't like our freedom being reliant upon some particular tech. When I found out about positive energy coefficient housing, all the bits and pieces of Bucky Fuller and RAW and Aldous Huxley and U.K. LeGuin (among others) suddenly fell into place. If we were suddenly handed free energy tech, it wouldn't necessarily change what's really broken in our way of life.

Our relationship with the rest of Creation.

When I investigated how those bright green houses were able to produce more energy & water than they consumed, I realized that every single one of the different designs which achieved the positive coefficient did so by recognizing and copying patterns in Nature. Schauberger's kapieren und kopieren; Goethe's inherent morphology; Russell's musical universe.

Pythagoras.

We don't need to find a new source of energy to fuel our Promethean engines of fire & destruction, our long slide into imperial entropy. We need, instead, to rebuild man's niche in Nature. We are the stewards entrusted with the care of the garden, after all. And what a shitty job of it we've been doing!

When we hear about Peak Oil and climate change and the limits of growth, all we're doing is counting the chickens of the zero sum game coming home to roost.

If we begin by taking the most blighted sections of our urban jungles and then dismantling the rotten infrastructure, reclaiming & detoxifying the soil, and then rebuilding our habitat in such a way that they blend in with the natural ecosystems, then we won't be straining Nature's balance and precious resources--we'll be re-greening the earth at the same time as we establish self-sufficiency and true autonomy.

For the first time since we were tricked into putting on the agricultural yoke.

Free energy has a place in our future, as do nanotech and gene therapy. But before we're ready--technically and ethically--for these cornucopia machines, we need to put our house in order.

You have already intuited the truth of this, Wade, when you speak of Love as the motivating force that informs human development. You also have a pretty good idea of what abundance will look like, judging from your musings on what it is not.


That's what brought me to you in the first place. Thanks for finding me again. I've got a few friends with some great ideas about how to unleash the unguessed potential of our entropy-busting creativity. Drop by one of my blog pages sometime and see if you're interested. (They're terribly neglected, but I'm working on a complete revision at the moment, so bear with me.)

7/28/2007 12:15:00 PM  
Blogger Wade Frazier said...

Hi IC:

I was about 99.5% sure it was you, but I did not want to presume too much. I saw the links from ICH too. Your style is not that hard to spot. : - )

I have read many of your posts at RI, so do not worry about me seeing these discussions at their worst. My work is discussed far and wide across the Internet, including other languages (which I definitely cannot join), but I do not join many discussions. I have been slowly coming out of seclusion, and my ATS posts are my most active these days (the rad left has so far proven a desert for my message, which did not surprise my hip friends at all).

I dove into some of your blog site, and I imagine I will revisit it before long. Just let me say this….

If I may be so bold - your epiphany is related to the conundrum. It is a multi-faceted beast, and I have long asked around about it,

http://www.ahealedplanet.net/conun.htm#question

and have never seen an answer that I really bought. I doubt that anybody knows the answer. I respect people going for holistic solutions that respect all involved. However, I have yet to see one that really comes from a place of abundance. And you have read, to me, “abundant” includes no domination/exploitation of ecosystems. All those neat homes pictured on your blog, to varying degrees, displaced the local ecosystem to exist. Not that I envision zero human footprint on earth, but one that is vanishingly small and even symbiotic with the environment. That world that Roads visited is what I mean:

http://www.ahealedplanet.net/visions.htm#roads1

and they were masters of the use of ENERGY. The few I know like me all report similar experiences when trying to engage today’s environmentalists and others pursuing holistic solutions. The so-called environmentalists are ideologically OPPOSED to abundance (I have met only a few exceptions to that generalization, and one was on the NEM board). When one highly placed pal tried interesting one the biggest names in global environmental circles in free energy, he was told to go screw himself. Others received silence. I gave up on the “environmentalists” long ago:

http://www.ahealedplanet.net/purpose.htm#environmentalists

I am not saying that those green architects necessarily sing the same tune. In fact, I would love to have a conversation with one of them, where I said, “So, how would you design it if energy was not a constraint [and not have them look at me like I was crazy]?” Vistas scarcely imagined then come into view, but I have hardly ever met anybody brave enough to even take a peek.

As long as people see the world through the eyes of scarcity, they will be easily manipulated by those who run the world. I have always said that technology is not the root issue here. The issue is the collective sentience and caring of the human species. Can enough people be found who care enough? That has been my fruitless quest for twenty years. There are many ways to serve the infinite sprit, and I respect those who try to make low-impact housing and other environmentally gentle practices. I hear you about taking the baby steps first, but there is also an octave to leap, and I highly doubt that we will turn the corner without something pretty dramatic, such as free energy making its appearance. Energy is by far the biggest leverage point, which is why my partner was offered a billion to go away. We are on the brink of the abyss. The inner world and outer worlds are related and each influences the other, for those of us on the physical plane. Divine intention is the key, I think.

We’ll see how much I contribute to these discussions. You are doing good work, and I know how difficult it can be. We’ll see if I can be helpful.

Best,

Wade

7/28/2007 05:39:00 PM  
Blogger Sounder said...

Hi Wade, it's an honor to have you visit with us. Thanks to IC, I have read a good bit of your material and will likely continue. I like how you turn the events of your life path into an explanation of your current understanding.

My 'education' may have started earlier than most as my father taught me to only read the news to find out what and how power people want you to think, never read it for the real story. Then in eleventh grade, through my physics teacher, I became convinced that the structures of both science and religion were in equal measure, social constructs, more interested in consistency than in the pursuit of truth.

I wanted to be a scientist, yet I realized that in adopting (then) current conceptions my thinking would be conditioned, more likely hiding rather than revealing 'truth'. So, figuring that there are six billion people in the world, certainly there are people smarter than I am, that value truth more than the praise that social conformity can provide.

After my 1985 epiphany, I looked at orthodox scientific theory and other subjects with new eyes.

Long story short, Free energy held my interest for only a short time as I saw hazards in trying to store new wine in old bottles.

In the appeal from Brian O’Leary, the e-mail indicated that he had been robbed on a trip to Nigeria. I suspect that it is a ‘Nigerian’ scam, and I wonder how our addresses were obtained and used in this way.

P.S. Glenn Greenwald has a good article and comments over at Salon.

7/28/2007 06:46:00 PM  
Blogger Wade Frazier said...

Hi Sounder:

It sounds like you got off to a good start with your father. Very few in the West get that kind of early influence. Actually, those who value truth above earthly rewards are a vanishingly small fraction of the human species. I found that one out the hard way.

The Nigerian scam goes back to at least the 1960s, so I would be amazed if Brian fell for the “Good day. I am the Nigerian minister of energy, and if you help out my situation, riches will be yours,” but I have seen stranger things. The bottom line is that there is no money to develop any alternative energy of significance, for reasons that I know all too well:

http://www.ahealedplanet.net/advent.htm#make

Yes, making free energy happen through any of the current structures is probably doomed, and Dennis, Greer and Brian also know that, which is why they have tried all manner of unorthodox organizational approach. I have seen so many fall on their swords, etc.

http://www.ahealedplanet.net/conun.htm#pitfalls

The likeliest outcome of Brian, Dennis or Greer’s efforts is to become dead martyrs. They also know it, but they still try. Not many running around the planet like that.

Greenwald writes about free energy? I looked and did not see anything.

Be well,

Wade

7/28/2007 07:15:00 PM  
Blogger Sounder said...

I am sorry, the Glenn Greenwald article is on a different subject entirely. It is a mainstream article that looks at 'serious men', and the sycophants that present them as such.

7/28/2007 07:50:00 PM  
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7/29/2007 04:33:00 AM  
Blogger Serious Brown said...

More circumstantial evidence but it peaked my interest.

Here's a link to some of A. Gaskell's drawings:
http://www.postmedia.net/999/gaskellc.htm

IMHO, these seem to closely resemble survivor art of similar circumstances.

On this page is a short list of her favorite books and movies:
"...books such as Lord of the Flies, Dracula, Frankenstein, Daddy was the Black Dahlia Killer, Turn of the Screw, Dictionary of Imaginary Places, and In Cold Blood; and films such as Sister My Sister, The Bad Seed, Mildred Pierce, All About Eve, Dead Ringers, Village of the Damned, Carrie, Lolita, Fantasia, and The Exorcist."

I may be guilty of confirmation bias on this one but again it peaked my interest. Especially "Daddy was the Black Dahlia Killer". This is an alleged account of a woman who claims her father was responsible for the murder and over the years her repressed memories of the event triggered back into her consciousness some 40 yrs. after the event.
Now this could easily be a chicken and egg debate over whether Gaskell was a kindred spirit and has suffered the same circumstances or maybe she was simply an artist mining more material. That I don't know. I do still think this case warrants discussion.
And once again, myself included, I think most are falling into the trap of discussing the forensics of the possible cover-up and ignoring the original allegations in the first place. What is the relationship between Gaskell, her father and ultimately Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake? If we can establish a motive through their collective history, the discussion over the circumstances of T and J's demise would be academic anyway. No?
Not unlike JFK, Watergate, Iran-Contra, 9/11, etc.
Big or small, seems to follow the same game plan on witnesses. First ignore, then harass/discredit and if all else fails, neutralize. And finally, flood the market with a glut of information in regards to the cover-up. Completely concealing the original crime in the witness's own mystery. 99.9% of all discussions (outside of deep politics world) center around debates regarding the witness and her credibility. Looks all too familiar. Mechanics means nothing without motive.

7/29/2007 05:12:00 AM  
Blogger Sounder said...

Wade said,

...so I would be amazed if Brian fell for....

To clarify, the message was (said to be) coming from Brian, not to Brian.

7/29/2007 09:36:00 AM  
Blogger Wade Frazier said...

Hi Sounder:

If I understand, Brian got robbed on the way to Nigeria? You think it might have been part of the Nigerian Scam?

Wade

7/29/2007 10:21:00 AM  
Blogger Sounder said...

The e-mail said he was robbed upon arriving in Nigeria.

No, not 'the' Nigerian scam, but a scam originating from Nigeria.

Wade, is there any way to e-mail you?

As we may then discuss salient points that are not relevant to this blog.

7/29/2007 11:07:00 AM  
Blogger Wade Frazier said...

I could U2U IC at ATS. I do not publish any of my email addresses.

7/29/2007 12:26:00 PM  
Blogger Wade Frazier said...

I sent him one at ATS

7/29/2007 12:34:00 PM  
Blogger Wade Frazier said...

Hi IC:

I read your blog and took a few of the links to other sites. Nice, visionary stuff. Thanks for doing it. Those green and non-rectilinear architects are feeling the call of tomorrow. It looks like Hobbiton inspired a few of those designs, and that is a good thing. Again, as I read the descriptions and explanations of underground homes, energy scarcity kept coming up as a driving reason behind their design.

From Zoosh to Tar Valon to contemporary descriptions of how the Pleiadians live, those visionary architects are in good company. The architecture of the future can be like what those people envision (and build), and as you know, if energy was not a constraint, those dwellings would not be made of organic material, the earth would be harmed in a very minimal way, if at all, to provide the building materials, and the ecological footprint would be even smaller. I just answered an objection about why cities are inevitable at ATS:

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread290661/pg4#pid3386286

Thanks again for making the effort that you are. It is inspiring.

Wade

8/01/2007 09:51:00 AM  
Blogger iridescent cuttlefish said...

Wade,

Very sorry I never checked back here again. I've been wanting to talk to you about these ideas for a long time now, as you and I seem to be vibrating at similar frequencies, despite our divergent backgrounds. The main point of our agreement is, of course, in our separately occurring assmiliations of Bucky's seemingly counter-intuitive vision.

Your responses to direwolf were spot on. He and the other well-intentioned souls who find obstacles in the Path are doing so reflexively, out of habit & conditioning. The scarcity paradigm is pervasive and all but triumphant at this late hour...And yet, some minds are waking up from the long-enforced sleep. I have some scientific news to share with you, as soon as we find an appropriate venue for communication. (I'd suggest one of my blogs, for starters, just as soon as I finish the big revision i've been working on.)

You were very kind to find a seed of vision in those early writings of mine, but that's all it was at that point. I've watering it (and feeding it with the healthy dose of manure & optimism one finds in public fora) for more than a year now.

I'm ready.

As you know, we need to rebuild the world in order to survive. Doing this will end the rape of the earth and the control of scarcity, and it will also be the mechanism, the agent of our coming together, without which all is lost.

Hope abounds, no matter what clouds approach.

Thanks again for finding me here, and please check in on me at tomorrowtoday from time to time--I promise the unveiling won't be long.

8/01/2007 04:41:00 PM  
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