I live by Carl Sagan’s maxim that “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” It makes life easier, as I fear treading nowhere. I often encounter people spreading notions of space aliens, NSA watching my every move, remote viewing, Illuminati running everything, and I have no fear. If they bring the evidence I will join them. However, they always come up short. It always falls back on one person’s experience or deep knowledge without anything objective to harden the case.
People who read me regularly may be surprised at those words, as I do make claims that shock them – Bernie Sanders is a sheep dog*, Donald Trump might be genuine even if stupid on a high level, John F. Kennedy Jr. was really the love child of Jackie and Aristotle Onassis. And John Lennon did not die in 1980.
That last claim has brought ridicule. I pretend not to care, and have to judge the quality of the source of the ridicule. And like a parent demanding that his child not only do his chores, but do them well, I simply demand that skeptics look at the evidence. It is detailed, and far more about business relationships than spooks. (Lennon likely had a choice to die for real or fake die, and chose the latter.)
And they don’t, won’t look at evidence. They can’t, really. They are too frightened by the implications. If it were true that Lennon’s death was faked, it would require cooperation among media, coroner, police. It would mean that the doorman at the Dakota that night, Jose Perdomo, a CIA agent who was also involved in the Bay of Pigs, had a purpose that we do not quite understand. It would mean that Mark David Chapman might not be real, and is certainly not in jail.
It challenges cherished beliefs, and people do not do that. As Sagan also noted,
“The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counter intuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what is true.”
I can’t make you do your chores anymore than I can demand you be thorough about it. Go your way.
I decided to take some time this morning and take a look at the songs on the Double Fantasy album to see if it contained hints, and as I read one after another, I thought … holy shit.
Our life together is so precious together
We have grown, we have grown
Although our love is still special
Let’s take a chance and fly away somewhere alone. …
Why don’t we take off alone
Take a trip somewhere far away
We’ll be together on our own again
Like we used to in the early days.
[(Just like) Starting Over]
The queen is in the counting house
Counting out the money
The king is in the kitchen
Making bread and honey
No friends and yet no enemies
No rats aboard the magic ship
Of perfect harmony
Now it begins, let it begin
Cleanup time, hey, cleanup time
Cleanup time, well, well, well
However far we travel
Wherever we may roam
The center of the circle
Will always be our home, yeah, yeah
[From Cleanup Time]
Out on the ocean sailing away
I can hardly wait
To see you come of age
But I guess we’ll both just have to be patient
‘Cause it’s a long way to go
A hard row to hoe
Yes it’s a long way to go
But in the meantime
Before you cross the street
Take my hand
Life is what happens to you
While you’re busy making other plans
[Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)]
I know, you’re going to claim confirmation bias. And sure, if it were only that, you’d be right. But taken in context with all the other evidence, it is good evidence for me. He was not psychic, he was in transition and planning.
Jack Douglas, the producer of Double Fantasy, erased all of the studio tapes of the night of the fake murder, saying that conversations that night were “strange.” That might be the case, sir, but that was historical material, so erasing it is permanent and damaging. Why? Why?
More, from the Mathis paper:
The best evidence we get is from the Apple Corp v. EMI lawsuit from 1987. EMI had licensed the song “Revolution” to NIKE, and the surviving Beatles sued, claiming they had not been represented in the deal. EMI’s response was that Yoko Ono had given them verbal permission. The attorney for Apple responded (somewhat cryptically) that his side could “not take action unless all four shares are in agreement.” Whoops. I bet they wish he hadn’t said that.What this must mean is that since Yoko Ono had publicly stated she was not** in agreement, she must not be one of the four shares represented in court. The attorney couldn’t just say that right out, but that is what his words mean. Well, if Ono wasn’t the fourth share, who was?Of course this is indication Lennon was still alive in 1987, and was still the fourth share. The suit was settled out of court to prevent the owners and the outcome from being published. All terms were confidential. The same thing happened in at least two other suits of Apple against EMI. In a suit about royalties in 2005, the parties again settled outside of court with a stipulation being that all terms were confidential—including parties to the suit. This protected the identity of the fourth share.
That’s not proof of anything, right? Of course not. We live on a murky planet. There’s never proof. There is only the sum of evidence and our judgment of its quality. If “proof” is what you need, find another planet.
In my other life, the one where I have been exploring murkiness for 28 years now, I have leaned that “reality” is between my ears, and not in newspapers or on that TV screen. And I also know that “reality” for most people is newspapers and TV news and movies, and that is all fake. I am grounded. You who get your news from your trusted sources and believe that powerful people do not keep secrets and hoodwink you about everything … are delusional.
Real life is far more interesting than fake life.
*In Democratic politics, capital D, party leaders have to give progressives a reason to stay in the game and not stray from the herd. The “sheep dog” is in charge of herd control. Democratic leadership runs fake progressives to make the more leftish voters think they have some shot at representation. In the past this role has been filled by Eugene McCarthy, Gary Hart, Jesse Jackson, Dennis Kucinich, all on a leash. Bernie is only the latest.
I don’t think the word “not” should be in there – it looks like a typo to me. This means that Yoko was in harmony with the other three in not agreeing to license the song, but it did not matter, since she did not represent the fourth share. Who did then?