Like everyone, I am looking forward the future installments of Maarten’s work on music and ear worms. I remind folks that a mere click above takes you to your favorite author.
Also, we are always on the lookout for fresh blood, new insight. Don’t be shy – first attempts at anything are always difficult, but the four of us here are ordinary men with good hearts who will support efforts by rookies.
Gaia is involved in a project now, working with AB, called “Fakeopedia.” He asked me to write up POM (it still needs more work, links, etc.), which I did, and wants others to chime in too. The idea is a central repository for the major fake events of our time, but done in an open source manner, as with Wikipedia. It’s risky, and also a very large undertaking that is going to require perseverance and lots of work. I hope everyone takes a look, and where possible contributes. And thank you, Gaia, for stepping up.
Future projects … Gaia wanted to know what is on the horizon … I’ll list what is on my mind, and I am sure the others have ideas too. I am going to revisit Barbara Walters, as I am pretty sure there was a body switch pulled on us there. I am going to take a look at Waco, unless someone else does it first. And, this is intimidating as it is so big, but Jonestown needs scrutiny. It may be, like 9/11 itself, too big for one person to handle.
My current reading, still about AIDS but also Neo-Darwinism, has been fascinating, and I just ran across a paragraph this morning that, to me, needs expanding …
“Neo-Darwinism is like a theory with little or no clothes – or without data to support it. Readers may wonder why the theory is so widely respected in Academia! Part of the reason for this can be understood by observing how scientists overwhelmingly support the paradigm current in their field. Like all humans, scientists get carried away by the belief systems that are most prevalent and accepted in their circles. In 1962 Thomas Kuhn demonstrated that scientists often support a theory beyond what the theory may merit, simply because it is part of the dominant paradigm. Direct and indirect pressures exist to demand that “members” – in the case we are considering, evolutionary biologists – tow [sic] the line and follow the dominate paradigm, even if there is anomalous data that do not fit it. It is currently professional suicide to question the basic assumptions of the neo-Darwinian theory. … (Dr. Arthur David Horn)
AIDS itself fits this paradigm, and the shocking thing for me is the power of the NIH and CDC to enforce it. A deadly drug, AZT, is used to this day to treat the syndrome even as it can be shown that AZT induces misery and hastens death, and that the mere presence of the HIV virus (as if – but the germ theory of disease is yet another paradigm) causes no illness, harms no one even as the cure is deadly.
Miles Mathis has shown much of our physics and quantum mechanics to be bogus, and even how Stephen Hawking, the real one anyway, died in the 1980s. But there is power there, real power. It dictates reality to those who are not tenured or self-employed in the sciences. (Ward Churchill, whether that was fake or real, demonstrated that tenure is easily set aside too.) Science, like every other human pursuit, follows the money.
So it should come as no surprise that Galileo, found guilty of heresy by the Inquisition, was put under house arrest, or at least force to lay low. Things have not changed much since 1633, have they.
Anyway, I’ll be traveling for a brief while, but that is what I look ahead to. I wish all readers and writers and commenters here happiness and satisfaction in the coming year. Though it sounds a little cheesy, I like how Garrison Keillor used to close out his show, reminding everyone to “do good work.”