This struck me as kind of odd, but seems to fit within the larger story of Pearl Harbor, if you think of it. I’ve never looked into that day, but I know there is skepticism in our readership here, so that I hope to get some comments from people who have looked into it. What little WWII dabbling I have done was in the matter of Iwo Jima, where I came away with the distinct impression that it was a small incident that was by means of stagecraft made into a large one. (Why else would the Secretary of the Navy be on a beach in a combat zone, unless he knew he was safe? The photo of the flag raising that day, admitted by all to be staged (now it can be told), is nonetheless magnificent.
Thinking about it, how did people get information back in 1941? There was radio, newspapers, newsreels, some telephone (long distance was expensive), word of mouth* … that’s about it. If a large hoax was to be pulled off, it could certainly be done given limited media to control at that time. I wonder if, as with the moon landings and 911, there was wide and unreported skepticism at the time.
I have seen this happen in my life, and described it but did not give it a name … police are sure they have identified the perpetrator of a crime, but do not have evidence that will stand up in court. So they manufacture it. They are justified in their minds in doing this because they are sure the person is guilty and belongs behind bars. The end justifies the means.
This is common not just in police work, but many other fields, including climate science.
The name given this behavior is “noble cause corruption“, and that phrase was coined by Professor of Philosophy Edwin Delattre in 1989. Wikipedia has a nice entry on it, using the movie Dirty Harry as an example. In that movie, Detective Harry Callahan uses intimidation, violence and murder to achieve justice.
Back before we left for this trip, I ordered a book via Amazon.com on a Friday, and found it on our door step Saturday morning. I have read the tales of beleaguered Amazon employees who are monitored all day long via tracking devices, and probably fired if they don’t measure up. A strike would be a good thing, set the company back on its heels, force it to be more humane. However, the only thing I have read is that Amazon employees (maybe a thousand) planned to walk off the job in protest to inaction on climate change. I’ll bet that story died in its cradle.
We are on the Amalfi Coast today, having down time. We are meeting our daughter for dinner later this evening, and the town of Almalfi is just wall-to-wall shops and tourists, so inside is better than outside. So I have been laying here on the bed looking at old photos of the Beatles, trying to figure out the Paul/Mike dynamic.
I always chuckle when Rick Steves starts out his travel videos (on PBS) by walking up the final four steps if a large stairway, leaving us to imagine he had walked the whole thing and we just caught him as he made it to the top. He did not. Anyway, this is my Rick Steves impression, taken high above Lake Garda in Italy, where we really truly did walk up a bunch of stairs today.
As we approach another yet another fake ceremony pretending
that 9/11 was not an inside job, I’ve been thinking of the coincidence of that
date and the other significant events that happened on that date. September 11 is not just a date to remember
because of the 2001 razing of the Twin Towers and Building #7 in New York
City. It also commemorates the
anniversary of 1) the birth of neoliberalism and 2) the military coup in Chile
ordered by Sec. of State Henry Kissinger and executed by the CIA.
Duly elected president of Chile, Salvador Allende,
was forced out, replaced by General Augusto Pinochet, and later
assassinated. The primary objective of
the September 11, 1973 coup was the neoliberal economic transformation, which led
to rapid price increases for basic goods and looting of the nation’s most
valuable natural resource, copper. But even
more important, perhaps, was the denigration of national sovereignty – creating
a vassal state ruled by a puppet dictator.
For the record, I am more in agreement with Mark today than I would have been when I wrote JFKTV. The notion of JFK being gay, though, strikes me as unreasonable. There is no solid proof at this late date. No rumors that I can recall. Pictures of him and Lem Billings horsing around as kids is today read as possibly gay but that’s part of the gay agenda- today celebs are assumed gay until proven otherwise, but it is emphasized that that isn’t a bad thing. Gay is so normalized in the media it is hardly news and always seen as a positive. Continue reading “JFK jr? Not hardly.”→