I’ve been reading Blank Spots on the Map, and enjoying it a lot. I’d like to quote from it here:
And then there was Dan Vanderhorst, who “has been the lead pilot on seven classified aircraft to date.” In fact, according to his biography, “Vanderhorst has made his career in the cockpit of so many classified aircraft, there is not much that we can say about him, on the record,” and “his work has been outstanding and will probably never be recognized by the general public.” Although Vanderhorst was honored that evening, he wasn’t able to make it to his own party: He was “working at Edawrds AFB on a classified program.”
The silences, absences, and unsaid implications in these men’s biographies were like blank spots on maps. They were guides to the places where the public record ran out. The carefully constructed blank spots in Vanderhorst’s biography alone had remarkable implications. To build a single aircraft is a tremendous financial, industrial, and intellectual undertaking. Building an airplane means spending millions or billions of dollars with dedicated factories, test facilities, and countless workers from janitors to managers, pilots to machinists. Vanderhorst, one pilot, had flown seven. In the first instance, his biography spoke to the scale of the classified flight test industry. It pointed to a hidden geography of finance, research, development, engineering, manufacturing, and testing projects as complicated and industrialized as modern airplanes. Second, his biography spoke to the black world’s ability to keep a secret, about not only the physical but the social engineering that goes into building classified aircraft.
Given the number of personnel and the amount of money invested in developing an aircraft, the fact that there aren’t more credible leaks, more inadvertently declassified histories or photos, or more disgruntled ex-officers willing to spill the secrets out into the open means that the secrecy enveloping Vanderhorst’s biography is a remarkable feat of social engineering. Finally, this pilot’s biography says something about the dynamics of secrecy: If Vanderhorst alone piloted seven classified, manned aircraft, and if the three previously classified aircraft at the Gathering of Eagles represent the sum of the black aircraft that have made their way “into the blue” since the 1970s, then the declassified record represents an exception to the rule rather than the rule itself. HAVE BLUE, TACIT BLUE, and Bird of Prey are not unusual in that they were secret. They’re unusual because they are not secret anymore. Long after their retirement, most black airplanes stay black.
It might behoove us to keep all of that in mind as we read public disclosures about military energy research.
What is still black?
Well, since energy is THE most important overall consideration in modern warfare, my guess is that the massive black world of classified aircraft is a minor dalliance compared to what is really happening with energy research. But there’s no need to go all woowoo on this topic to see how ridiculous the energy situation is.
Forget about the virtually untapped and vast amount of energy (100 million exojoules) that could be produced from geothermal. That’s too boring for a story like this. Read about Tadahiko Mizuno’s work on plasma electrolysis. Try some experiments at home or at school.
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Terence Corcoran: Is this the end of America?
By Terence Corcoran
Helicopter Ben Bernanke’s Federal Reserve is dropping trillions of fresh paper dollars on the world economy, the President of the United States is cracking jokes on late night comedy shows, his energy minister is threatening a trade war over carbon emissions, his treasury secretary is dithering over a banking reform program amid rising concerns over his competence and a monumentally dysfunctional U.S. Congress is launching another public jihad against corporations and bankers.
As an aghast world — from China to Chicago and Chihuahua — watches, the circus-like U.S. political system seems to be declining into near chaos. Through it all, stock and financial markets are paralyzed. The more the policy regime does, the worse the outlook gets. The multi-ringed spectacle raises a disturbing question in many minds: Is this the end of America?
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The Return of Aldous Huxley.
By JEFFREY J. KRIPAL.
Was that a peace-sign flag I saw waving in Grant Park before President-elect Barack Obama’s victory speech? Despite all the talk of Obama’s being next generation, 21st century, post everything, and of the divisive culture wars bred in the 60s finally being put to rest, on election night I couldn’t help but think of that distant decade that brought us the peace sign and how some of its dreams might now be realized. What’s next?
Spiritual exploration and the debunking of religion were other features of the 60s that people have tended to either ridicule or denounce, but we seem to be revisiting those themes as well. Before the presidential campaigns kicked into high gear, David Brooks, a conservative columnist for The New York Times, wrote an essay called “The Neural Buddhists.” In it he called arguments defending the existence of God against atheists like Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins easy, and predicted that the real challenge would “come from people who feel the existence of the sacred, but who think that particular religions are just cultural artifacts built on top of universal human traits.” He continued: “In unexpected ways, science and mysticism are joining hands and reinforcing each other. That’s bound to lead to new movements that emphasize self-transcendence but put little stock in divine law or revelation.”
The phrase “neural Buddhists” calls up the ways in which the conclusions of modern neuroscience and a collection of ancient meditation practices developed in Asia have come to similar experiential and empirical conclusions about a number of things, including the ultimate nonexistence of the individual self or surface social ego. Such ideas, of course, are part of a much broader interest in “mysticism” and “spirituality,” themselves, perhaps ironically, markers of that quintessentially modern and eminently democratic turn to the individual as the most reliable source of religious authority and insight.
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US police say a gunman who shot himself after killing 10 people in Alabama had kept a hit list of those he held grudges against.
Twenty-eight-year-old Michael McLendon’s victims included his mother, grandmother, two cousins and an uncle.
His attack spanned three towns in Alabama and took just under an hour.
He killed himself after he was cornered by police, ending the deadliest shooting in the state’s history.
Corporal Steve Jarrett from the Alabama State Police says the gunman was heavily armed.
“McLendon was armed with two assault rifles – an SKS and a Bushmaster using high capacity magazines taped together – a shotgun and a .38-caliber handgun,” he said.
“At this time, we believe that he fired in excess of 200 rounds during the assaults.”
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Former Accused Iraqi Agent Reveals Facts about 9/11 Warning.
The feds dropped all charges against Susan Lindauer, and now she’s talking freely. Michael Collins‘s interview with Lindauer covers the warnings provided to the Bush-Cheney administration prior to 9/11. It presents entirely new information from an angel that will add substantially to knowledge that terrible attack.
March 2, 2009 – Washington, DC (electionfraudnews.com) – I first wrote about Susan Lindauer’s struggle against the Bush-Cheney regime in October 2007, “American Cassandra: Susan Lindauer’s Story.” This was initially published in “Scoop” Independent Media (complete series) and carried by a wide variety of concerned Internet news sites and blogs. This interview follows the full dismissal of charges against her just before President Obama’s inauguration on January 20, 2009. This is the first in depth interview that Lindauer has offered regarding 9/11. Below is part one of the interview.
I asked Ms. Lindauer to make her own statement about why she’s willing to go into detail now about 9/11 and the governments handling of pre-9/11 intelligence.
More dangerously, I had decided to talk. In February, 2004 I approached the senior staff of Senators Trent Lott and John McCain and asked to testify in front of the new blue ribbon Presidential Commission on Iraqi Pre-War Intelligence. Within a month, I was astounded to wake up one morning to hear FBI agents pounding on the door of my house in Maryland with an arrest warrant.
The indictment called me “Symbol Susan.” It was a bizarre notation unsupported by any evidence or action in the indictment. It did however have one crucial purpose-to communicate a warning that anybody breaking ranks from the Bush White House should expect to be brutally crushed like I was.
To speak the truth under President George Bush was the worst crime of all. It was treason.
But what exactly was the U.S. government trying to hide?
The answer is more far reaching than you would expect. In the first article of this series written and edited with the help of Michael Collins, we talk about the 9/11 warning that my team delivered to the Office of Counter-Terrorism at the Justice Department in August, 2001.
For those who think you’ve heard the whole story of 9/11, you might be surprised.
— Susan Lindauer, March 1, 2009
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Serbian Spy’s Trial lifts Cloak on his CIA Alliance.
As Milosevic’s intelligence chief, Jovica Stanisic is accused of setting up genocidal death squads. But as a valuable source for the CIA, an agency veteran says, he also ‘did a whole lot of good.’
Reporting from Belgrade, Serbia — At night, when the lawns are empty and the lamps along the walking paths are the only source of light, Topcider Park on the outskirts of Belgrade is a perfect meeting place for spies.
It was here in 1992, as the former Yugoslavia was erupting in ethnic violence, that a wary CIA agent made his way toward the park’s gazebo and shook hands with a Serbian intelligence officer.
Jovica Stanisic had a cold gaze and a sinister reputation. He was the intelligence chief for Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, and regarded by many as the brains of a regime that gave the world a chilling new term: “ethnic cleansing.”
UFOs, Mythology and Plausible Deniability
by Mac Tonnies.
The second theory maintains that the modern extraterrestrial hypothesis, in which evident nonhuman intelligences originate from other star systems, is at least as fictitious and misleading as the notion that humans share the planet with fairies. According to this view, the core phenomenon adapts to fit the reigning zeitgeist when in truth it is something altogether different — possibly even immune to comprehension. (One wonders what form close encounters will take once we have assumed the role of space travelers we now casually grant to “ufonauts.”)
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The Memory Hole and Torture.
Diary Entry by wagelaborer.
Improved methods of propaganda no longer make it necessary to physically alter past records. Simply coating the corporate media with the new story is enough. How US torture was turned into a new development. In George Orwell’s book, 1984, Winston Smith’s job at the Ministry of Truth was to rewrite history. Part of the job was to literally send the old documents down the memory hole to be incinerated. Then he wrote the new history as ordered by the ruling class. No traces of the old history were allowed to be saved.
As it turned out, none of that was necessary. By the time of the actual 1984, Ronald Reagan was President. The United State was supporting “freedom fighters” in Central America and in Afghanistan, sending billions to fund the muhajadeen, and setting up schools in Pakistan, where children were trained with US suppplied textbooks in the ways of jihad. We were officially supporting Saddam Hussein in the Iran-Iraq war, sending him arms, intelligence, and biological and chemical weapons. But we also sold arms in secret to Iran, although they were officially our enemy.
All of this is now down the memory hole, but only figuratively. Today the documentation isn’t burned, you can still find it, but it doesn’t matter. The Ministry of Truth, now called the corporate media, simply presents the new truth in an authoritative manner and the proles accept it without question. We are now told that everyone loved Ronald Reagan, and the 2008 election was about who got to be the new Reagan. The Afghan freedom fighters turned into terrorists, but the Central American ones remained heroes, all without historical comment. The madrasses are now bad. We have always been at war with Iran and Iraq.
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