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A Go-Along, at Best

Posted by heyrandy on August 12, 2017

LBJ: the Mastermind of JFK’s Assassination, Philip Nelson, 2010

Who did it? According to the author the answer is obvious: the one who benefited. This is not a new theory. Nor does the author prove it. In 729 pages the author tells us a lot about Lyndon (a crude, lying, murdering thief), fails to make the case that LBJ was behind it all.

There is much about the assassination that we do not know. The Warren  Commission is criticized in this book. That much Nelson get right, but this is nothing new. What government investigation is not just a public-deceiving fraud? the Warren Commission is part of long tradition of reports that do not do what they say they do. The official 9-11 report is the latest piece of junk.

The major thesis is the CIA was behind the killing to keep the agency from suffering the wrath of Kennedy over the Bay of Pigs fiasco. Allegedly the agency feared it demise once Kennedy won re-election. So naturally they took the only reasonable course by killing the president in public. What other plan could they have?

The Warren Report is weak. But the alternative offered by Nelson is weaker. Multiple assassins with much better rifles shooting from much better locations is a difficult case to prove. It is also absurd. If you are going to blame a patsy with an inaccurate gun, why would you equip your assassins with different guns? Why would you equip your patsy with a junk gun? The crime would be investigated. The ballistics tests would prove there were at least two rifles since the bullets would be different even it the bullets were so damaged as to not allow testing to see if they were from different guns.

Why would the CIA worry about what Kennedy did? Yes, it would take a hit, but it would survive and regrow. Bureaucracies simply out wait politicians. Kennedy would have to go through congress to get the budget cut, the only thing that ends a bureaucracy. The CIA had many friends in congress. It had the goods on the others.

The book needs an editor. The book is repetitive, meandering, and full of irrelevant material.

 

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Seeing the Shadows in the Mirrors

Posted by heyrandy on November 23, 2011

Shadow Masters, Daniel Estulin, 2010

Estulin, author of The True Story of the Bilderberg Group, has given us a new book along the same lines. This time he focuses not on the Bilderberg meetings but on what he thinks comes out of and is related to the meetings.

The author goes to great effort to sort through the information. Much of what is openly published is false. Some of it is so obviously false that one has to wonder how it got past the editor. This is not a small problem Estulin has worked through hundreds of reports from government agencies, UN agencies, and news reports. In this mountain of nonsense there is an occasional nugget.

This is the real value of the book. It exposes the complicity and incompetence of the accepted media. No one is doing the real hard work of digging past the easy to quote official report. Worse, Estulin shows that the media are often merely quoting each other, something he believe betrays a systemic misinformation effort.

Estulin’s thesis is that nothing is as it seems. He quotes one American diplomat as saying that it is all “a wilderness of mirrors.” Nothing is certain, nothing makes sense, but it is all there. The case of the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko is an example. Litvinenko was poisoned in London, England. This is not all that odd, but the poison used makes this case one for the wilderness of mirrors. Just where does one get polonium 210? I checked in the nuclear material section at Home Depot, but they were out. Why such an exotic material? Why such a slow acting one? This case screams “Weird!” This is not what you want in a political assassination.  You want quick and quiet. This way investigators do not get suspicious. Litvinenko lived long enough to blame almost everyone. This was not a quiet killing.

The book’s sub-title indicates that the author reveals how “governments and their intelligence agencies are working with international drug dealers and terrorists for their mutual benefit.” Estulin does not quite prove this. He does prove that there is a lot of duplicity in government dealings. Estulin spends a lot of time on how the US government used Victor Bout, a Russian ne’er-do-well whom the US government later tried to demonize, for logistical operations in Iraq. Unlike others who have written about Bout, Estulin actually traveled to Thailand to interview Bout at the prison where Bout is held while he fights the US government’s extradition effort. Bout is wanted for allegedly conspiring to sell anti-aircraft missiles to undercover Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents posing as Colombian terrorists. This is legal in Thailand because the agents were not really terrorists or even Colombians. They were US citizens. Estulin wants to know why DEA agents were doing the buying. He also wants to know why the DEA did not give the $20,000 to Bout when Bout asked for it as advance on the missiles. This would have been valuable evidence for the prosecution. The third thing Estulin wants to know is why the US authorities did not check Thai law before launching this sting operation. I would like to know too.

I found the book a bit disorganized. I can overlook this because the author is careful to provide reference notes at the end of each chapter. There is also an index. There are 107 pages of photographs (mostly of Bilderberg attendees) and reproduced documents at the end of the book. This will be a valuable resource for future research. Future research is needed. The book does not give all the answers, but it does make us aware of the wilderness and just how uncertain everything is when it is a forest of mirrors.

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Too Expensive

Posted by heyrandy on January 12, 2011

Trillion Dollar Conspiracy How the New World Order, Man-made Diseases, and Zombie Banks are Destroying America, Jim Marrs, WilliamMorrow, 2010.

In this wide-ranging book, the author attempts to reveal the inner workings of secret organizations that are the favorite subjects of conspiracy researchers. I did not find much new in this book. Marrs simply restates much of the material that is already well-known by his colleagues.

The book is organized into four sections: Zombie Nation, How to Create Zombies, How to Control Zombies, and How to Free Zombies. Marrs likes the word zombie. He also likes the words globalist and elitist and all the names of the usual suspects. Marrs’ freshest material is his treatment of the banker bailout. There is nothing new here to anyone that has followed the sorry story, but Marrs does make the point that the bailout was not an anomaly; it was merely a more publicly opposed business-as-usual political give away.

Marrs’ writing is alright, but his English is poor. He frequently uses forego instead of forgo, it begs the question instead of it raises the question, and there are many misplaced modifiers. He thanks the editors in his introduction, but the numerous language errors begs raises the question of editorial effectiveness.

Marrs completes his text by listing “Thirty-six Remedies for a Broken Society.” The first one is audit the Federal Reserve. I have no objection to this, but Marrs seems to be unaware that the Federal Reserved is audit annually. The public in not allowed to obtain copies of the audit. Marrs means a public audit. This would be a very good idea. But Marrs wants not just to audit the Federal Reserve; he wants to abolish it. But he does not say that. He says the Congress should have the power to print and spend all the money. Marrs is only opposed to the privately owned Federal Reserve Banks doing the money creation. “The printing of the dollar should be aproved through Congress and issued through the U.S. Treasury as U.S. Treasury notes.” pg. 368 This is called Greenbackism. It is really no different from having a private bank do the money creation. Greenbacks are still notes (debt instruments) backed by nothing. They are a fiat currency. It does no good to replace one fiat currency with another.

Marrs further demonstrates his ignorance by saying that these notes “should be distributed gradually so as not to significantly inflate [sic he means debase through inflation] the worth of the currency in circulation.” pg.368 How can printing more paper fiat notes do anything but debase the currency? What is gradually? When does inflation become significant? Marrs does not say. Marrs does not mention the recent catastrophic inflation in Zimbawe. This disaster was caused by a government own central bank printing massive amounts of fiat currency. Would it have helped if the government had more slowly spent the money? Does Marrs trust the U.S. congress to exercise prudence and restraint in the very easy task of printing more money?

In this same “remedy,” Marrs confuses fractional reserve banking with U.S. government debt. This, he says, “has been created by sleight of hand; it can be abolished by sleight-of-hand.” How?

The incompetence evident in the first “remedy” did not motivate me to give much attention to the rest. Most are platitudes: e.g., #9: “The Pledge of Allegiance should be said every day at school and every day in Congress to remind both young and old of the basic tenets of U.S. sovereign freedom and democracy.” pg. 369 Hey! The House of Representatives just read most of the Constitution. Do you feel the improvement?

The book has forty-two pages of sources and an index but not a single footnote. This omission makes the book less useful to researchers seeking to expand on Marrs’ work. It also makes it difficult for readers to check his facts.

If you are new to the matters discussed you may find Marrs’ work of value. If you are looking for new information and penetrating analysis you will find the Trillion Dollar Conspiracy too expensive.

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American Anomalies

Posted by heyrandy on October 7, 2010

American Conspiracies, Jesse Ventura with Dick Russell, 228 pgs., end notes, bibliography.

Beginning with the assassination of Lincoln and going through the 2008 Presidential election, Ventura and his co-author examine 14 different events in American history. Listing many oddities, anomalies, and investigate blunders and short comings, the authors try to interest the reader in a more skeptical approach to history. Ventura does not trust the official explanation of anything. If he did there would be no book. There is not much of a book anyway.

Each chapter begins with short synopses  of what happened, the official story, and Ventura “take.” Ventura is right to question the official line. The government has too often moved into cover-up mode when wrong doing is exposed for anyone to blithely accept the official version. Truth tends to leak out. Sometimes truth is forcibly expelled. But is there really as much to this as the author claims?

I am not convinced. There is always much to learn about events, but not everything is a nefarious plot to seize power. Ventura does not distinguish between the bureaucratic incompetence that pervades government and the truly perfidious cabal that runs large sections of the world. A bureaucrat’s favorite weapon is not the bullet but the delay. Bureaucracies simply out wait any reformer. It always works.

The writing in the book is often leaden. It is as if Ventura, the former commando turned professional wrestler turned state governor and now TV host and author, wrote it by himself. The book was not a joy to read.

The research is also questionable. He says Che Guevara is one of his “heroes.” Castro’s Minister of Justice (i.e., Chief Executioner) is no one worthy of admiration. Do your homework, Jesse. Che was nothing but a cowardly murderer. He surrendered without a fight even though he was carrying a loaded rifle.

If you are interested in any of the events Ventura covers, you may find a couple of questions to pursue with your own research, but the overall effect of this book is disappointing.

 

 

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There is Nothing to See Here

Posted by heyrandy on August 16, 2010

Superclass, The Global Elite and the World They are Building David J.Rothkopf New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.

This book is a diversion. It diverts our attention away from the movement toward a one world government by telling us that the principals and the organizations that work for that end are really just a bunch of regular billionaires and famous people who only want to help the less fortunate. Who would dare doubt Rothkopf? He would know. He was a founding manager of Kissinger and Associates.

Rothkopf mentions all the usual places: Bilderberg, Davos, Bohemian Grove, telling us that they are just benign gatherings of like minded people trying to be of service to the world. It is all quite innocent. There is nothing to see here, secrecy not withstanding. Move along.

Rothkopf is not naive. He would not have made it to the inside(?) circle of the power elite by being anything but a player. He is doing his job. But he does not do it very well. The book is wooden. The prose dry. The story unconvincing. His only good line is “I am convinced that the world most mind altering drug is oil.” This is the truest thing he says. It is here that Rothkopf give his only criticism of the elite. It is the relationship of the major oil companies to the various tyrants who control the countries with the oil reserves. It is difficult to defend this, so Rothkopf does not get any points for his effort.

Rothkopf mentions lots of the players in the one world game. In fact, the name dropping in this book is the most annoying feature. It is a form of self-certification: see, I have been there and know them. It does not work.

I suggest that the book be skimmed by those interested in the defenses being put forth by the elites’ operators. That this book is in existence tells us something unintentional: they are scared. Otherwise, there is nothing to see here.

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Just the Way They Like It

Posted by heyrandy on January 31, 2009

The True Story of the Bilderberg Group, Daniel Estulin, TrineDay, 2007.  340pp. , index, endnotes.

In conspiracy theory circles the Bilderberg Group is always an object of much discussion.  Founded in 1954 by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, the group has met annually ever since.  The meetings are always held in a five star hotel in a small city of the main road.  Security is extreme.  On film I saw on YouTube said the group always meets in “five star accommodations amid ten star security.”  The meeting are private; attendance is by invitation only.  The location is revealed only a week before the meeting.  The meeting gets very little coverage in the mainstream media.

Estulin states that his purpose is to “tear the mask off the Bilderberg group.”  He succeeds somewhat, but, even as he admits, there is still much to learn.  The Bilderbergers do everything in their power to keep it that way.  Estulin points out that there is never an  official statement issued, discussions and presentations are not recorded or transcribed, and note taking by participants, while not forbidden, is discouraged.  The code of silence is honored.

Much of what Estulin writes is available from  other sources (e.g., YouTube, where there is a lot of video).  But the book does give us a summary of the discussions of the 2005, 2006, and 2007 meetings.  There are copious photographs of the attendees, some documents reproduced, and lists of the participants.

Estulin’s sources are the real issue.  It is the nature of the matter that verification is difficult.  How do we check behind Estulin?  How do we check behind anyone who writes about such groups?  There would be no conspiracy if this were all done in the open.

But this leads to the question, “Why is this done in secrecy?”  The official answer from the group is to allow the participants to speak freely without fear of attribution.  Estulin asks why can’t we know what the attendees say; they all are leader of giant corporation, principal journalists, government officials, and university administrators; people who all affect our lives.

Estulin’s book is not just limited to discussion of the Bilderberg Group.  He spends considerable time discussing the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral commission.  Both of these groups are prominent in conspiracy theory.  Here too he does not reveal anything that is not already known by those who are interested in finding out, but for those who are just beginning to look into this matter it will be helpful.

Estulin spends several chapters discussing his intrigues in tracking the conspiracy.  He relates how he was detained for questioning by airport security.  Nothing came of it when he insisted that they either charge him with a crime or let him go.  He was released.  In another chapter, he tells of getting a cryptic postcard that lead him  to a meeting with a acquaintance of poor repute.  Suspicious of the matter Estulin retains his own security force of ex KGB agents.  They arm him with a pistol, apparently not concerned with any violation of local gun laws.  The meeting never takes place. Another intrigue is his almost walking into an empty elevator shaft after meeting with a contact.

The book is filled with photographs of attendees during breaks in the sessions.  While interesting, most of the 51 pages of photograph are collages of attendees talking to each other as they stroll about the grounds between sessions.  There is even a photo of David Rockefeller eating alone.

This book will be most useful to those beginning to sort through the various groups that meet in private.  Whether or not the Bilderberg group is a cabal will be denied by the group.  Until the group is examined by the mainstream media (unlikely, since the major media owners are often in attendance) the discussion of the group will remain entirely within conspiracy theory circles.  This is just the way the Bilderbergers like it.

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