I’ve decided to chuck the gym, as I have some things to discuss, seemingly connected, but I am not sure about that. Endure if you can.
Years ago my youngest daughter got a part-time job in a “gum shoe” movie theater, one that charged a buck for entrance and showed only shelf-worn pictures. She ran the projector, and so I was allowed upstairs to watch the machines flicker away. What I saw up there was a whole new movie experience. Down below in the theater, the movie is the thing, and I was totally absorbed in it. Up above it was a flickering light show, much like a light behind a fan, and I suddenly realized that when we watched movies, we are put in a trance.
What an ideal place for brainwashing. Back before the advent of television, movies were always preceded by a “newsreel,” which was how people stayed “informed” of world events. Here’s one from 1938 on Nazi Germany. Judge its content for yourself, if you have time. It is fifteen minutes. Imagine you are watching it in 1938
Keep in mind that this was the window on the world of Americans and Brits in those days, their only opportunity to view anything off their own block our outside their own city or town. They were being prepared for a war, which was much like our current “pandemic,” designed to change the way we live. We were, in 1938, but months away from a New World Order, or a reboot.
Below is a test from 1895 in a county in Kansas. Generally, at that time eighth grade was the end of formal education for most kids, but note that most PhDs could not pass this test today. (Who was it said that BS, MS and PhD stand for “bullshit, more shit, and piled high and deep”?)
April 13, 1895
J.W. Armstrong, County Superintendent.
Examinations at Salina, New Cambria, Gypsum City, Assaria, Falun, Bavaria, and District No. 74 (in Glendale Twp.)
Reading and Penmanship. – The Examination will be oral, and the Penmanship of Applicants will be graded from the manuscripts.
(Time, one hour)
1. Give nine rules for the use of Capital Letters.
2. Name the Parts of Speech and define those that have no modifications.
3. Define Verse, Stanza and Paragraph.
4. What are the Principal Parts of a verb? Give Principal Parts of do, lie, lay and run.
5. Define Case. Illustrate each case.
6. What is Punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of Punctuation.
7-10 Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.
(Time, 1 ¼ hour)
1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
2. A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
3. If a load of wheat weights 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50 cts. Per bu., deducting 1050 lbs for tare?
4. District No. 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
5. Find cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.
6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 per cent.
7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $20 per m?
8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 per cent.
9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance around which is 640 rods?
10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt.
(Time, 45 minutes)
1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided.
2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus.
3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
4. Show the territorial growth of the United States.
5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas.
6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.
7. Who were the following: Morse, Whtney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn, and Howe?
8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, and 1865.
(Time, one hour)
1. What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic orthogaphy, etymology, syllabication?
2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?
3. What are the following, and give examples of each: Trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals?
4. Give four substitutes for caret ãuä.
5. Give two rules for spelling words with final ãeä. Name two exceptions under each rule.
6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.
7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: Bi, dis, mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, super.
8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: Card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last.
9. Use the following correctly in sentences: Cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane, vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.
10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication.
(Time, one hour)
1. What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?
2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas?
3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?
4. Describe the mountains of N.A.
5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall, and Orinoco.
6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S.
7. Name all the republics of Europe and give capital of each.
8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?
9. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.
10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give inclination of the earth.
(Time, 45 minutes)
1. Where are the saliva, gastric juice, and bile secreted? What is the use of each in digestion?
2. How does nutrition reach the circulation?
3. What is the function of the liver? Of the kidneys?
4. How would you stop the flow of blood from an artery in the case of laceration?
5. Give some general directions that you think would be beneficial to preserve the human body in a state of health.
I’m not sure that matters or that kids were any better “informed” in 1895 than any of us are now. When it came time to plunge the nation into war in 1917, it took a massive propaganda campaign, run by Edward Bernays, labeled the Committee on Public Information. It worked. I imagine that then, like now, only a few could resist. I recall (reading about – I’m not that old!) the town of Lewistown, Montana having a riot and a book burning fair. It all centered on contrived hatred of Germans.
But at least kids in 1895 had a better grasp of detail. Notice the above test, while more rigorous than anything offered today, is still just regurgitation. I once took a college course in American Thought and Policy, and it was basically lecture and required reading, nothing unusual except that the tests were 100% essay, and very difficult. The professor asked questions that required original thought. He did not care if we got the answers “right,” but wanted to see our thought processes at work. I never before or since experienced such a class. Those tests, hand written and blue books, were brutal. I studied long and hard to pass the CPA exam, but even that test, 19 hours over two days in those days, was regurgitation. There’s no original thought to be had in accounting, business law or auditing. I just had to memorize.
Maybe there was a time, after the revolution, when education and propaganda were not so all-encompassing as now. Maybe there was a time when people thought freely and evaluated things on their own and made their own judgments. But I look back on the Civil War (again, I was not there), for example, and while I know there was turmoil leading up to it, I also know that the real purpose of the war was never openly discussed, except in parts of the South where people saw their way of life threatened. I am not talking about slavery, which would have come to a natural end as it had in more advanced placed like Britannia and Mexico. Rather, if you read even current Southern literature, it was about the industrial North imposing its will on the South, cementing it in its role as a resource colony. Did the South have a right to just up and leave? Of course! It took some very well-schooled judges to get around that one.
This random stream of consciousness came about because of a conversation I listened to, below, between Tom Cowan and Catherine Austin Fitts. I found it gripping. In private conversation, Stephers offered some insight on Fitts I did not have, and I came to suspect she evaluated her audience and knew she could speak freely and on a wider range of topics than in a normal interview. Maybe, Stephers, you can add to to this post in the comments your thoughts on Fitts. (Again, if this interview is taken down by YouTube, let me know, as I have downloaded it.)
I know, it’s long, and I really don’t expect people to just drop everything, so I will highlight the parts that caught my attention.
- Fitts refers to a time when the people of the United States were being offered choices, perhaps the era 1970-2000, and the leadership was appalled that they were making the wrong ones, always wanting an easier life with more handouts. Maybe so, as my experience is that Americans really are spoiled.
- Leadership had developed, on the sly, technology for mind control and tracking. Perhaps, she says, Bill Gates real accomplishment that placed him in a leadership role was the development of back-door technology on our computers that allowed him to monitor everything we do electronically. I don’t imagine it so, that is, I don’t imagine Gates has ever written a line of computer code, but was selected to be the face of Microsoft due to his position in the families, our overlords, and that even now he is just a pretty face.
- Having become disgusted with the development of the attitudes and habits of the American people, the leadership decided that the time of the United States as the world beacon of prosperity and progress was at an end. They abandoned hope, and thereafter took steps to reduce or end prosperity. She was not clear on these steps, but globalization was surely part of it, as cheaper and better labor was available elsewhere. Asia is now in position to step into our former role.
- Most of us, in the eyes of leadership, were more valuable dead than alive. Steps were taken to shorten our live spans.
Perhaps, and I am only speculating, perhaps prior to the year 2000 they really did count votes. Maybe that was the time when they officially gave up on Americans, and introduced electronic voting, so that fixing elections became routine. I don’t know. Maybe elections have always been rigged. Here’s Edward Bernays, Father of Modern Advertising, writing in 1928:
“This general principle that men are very largely actuated by motives which they conceal from themselves is as true of mass as of individual psychology. It is evident that the successful propagandist must understand the true motives and not be content to accept the reasons that men give for what they do.
No serious sociologist any longer believes that the voice of the people expresses any divine or specially wise and lofty idea. The voice of the people expresses the mind of the people, and that mind is made up for it by group leaders in who it believes and by those persons who understand the manipulation of public opinion. It is composed of inherited prejudices and symbols and clichés and verbal formulas supplied to them by the leaders.”
That is, in 1928 leadership did not consult the hoi polloi – not for real.
That last bullet point below the Cowan/Fitts video, having to do with shortened life spans, jumped out at me, however. Right away I thought “Vaccines! Cancer treatment! Diet! Prostate exams! Mammograms!” These all shorten life spans.
Readers here know about vaccines, but what is so troubling is that as dangerous and unhealthy as they are, they are pushed with such vigor by the medical establishment. Doctors are brainwashed too. How can such blind stupidity become not just policy, but part of our brainwashing? It must be Bernays-style propaganda introduced to shorten our lifespans. What else could it be? The science behind vaccines is crap, and this has been apparent from the beginning, and yet they push the matter with vengeance. Being “anti-vax” is akin to belonging in the cuckoo’s nest. The coming vaccine for Covid-19 is obvious crap, and suspicions are that it is designed to make us more malleable, easier to indoctrinate and control. I doubt it. That ship sailed long ago. That’s what schooling and TV and news are for. I can only think the coming vaccine is designed for one purpose alone, to cull the herd.
A final note: I have spent a good part of the last twenty years controlling my weight. To do so required a lot of reading and thinking, as formally trained nutritionists, almost like a cult, are full of shit. I say it that way because when we lived in Bozeman we attended a lecture by formally trained nutritionist, and she carefully explained to us that weight control was a simple matter of counting calories. If we take in more than we use, we will gain weight. I wanted to raise my hand and asked her about all the calories that leave our bodies via the back door and become nutrients for the soil, but I didn’t have the social skills to ask without embarrassment. I let it go. This gal, formally trained and lecturing maybe a hundred people that day, knew nothing about nutrition.
How did that come about? As with doctors trained only in germ theory, immunity, vaccines, slice and dice and drugs for bugs, it is no accident. It is by design. Our diets changed in the 1970s forward, eliminating fat and protein and substituting processed foods, sugar and carbohydrates. The result was an obesity epidemic and a plague of diabetes. The result – shorter life spans, and millions of people who are far too expensive to keep alive, follow naturally. In light of the pandemic, the implications are staggering.
Science journalist Gary Taubes, author of the book Good Calories Bad Calories, which set me on the right course and allowed me to get to my present healthy and manageable weight, noted that American diets were forcefully changed during the 1970s, while Nixon was president. He said that Nixon was concerned that food had become too expensive, and that people needed a cheaper option. He turned to his Secretary of Agriculture, and told him to do something to remedy the situation. The Secretary, who had a doctorate in agricultural economics from Purdue University, oversaw the switch in emphasis from fat and protein to carbohydrates. In the coming years, people would be told that fat was bad, and that it caused heart attacks and weight gain (this would also lead to the statin regime, another means of shortening life spans). We were even told that sugar did not cause weight gain! This is when our obesity crisis began in earnest.
The name of that Secretary of Agriculture? The irony is rich: Earl Butz.