Tinfoil: It’s Getting Harder To Leave Home Without It

by Mark St.Cyr • October 16, 2016

It used to be when someone mentioned the term “tinfoil cap wearing,” “conspiracy theorist,” “lunatic fringe,” etc, etc. It was usually in reference to a subset of individuals or groups that resided in some dark corners or basements believing “mind control” went far beyond just propaganda. i.e., It was actually the government (or aliens!) sending out undetectable frequencies directly into the minds of the masses. And, the only protection was: tinfoil. With it’s best use fashioned and adorned as a cap. It’s been a running joke (as it should be) longer than most can remember.

Yet, with all that said, it’s getting harder to be out amongst the public as an informed person and not feel as if there isn’t something to all the “lunacy.” For if you speak to nearly anyone these days be it family, friends, coworkers, or the occasional overheard conversations of strangers. You can’t help wondering: how can so many be so clueless? Or worse: how is it they can argue some form of righteous stance about this, or that, all the while they are “knee-deep” themselves in the same (if not worse) muck they say is being slung from the other side?

It’s moved so far beyond ridiculous I’m now starting to believe there is something in the water. However, is it in the tap or, is it in the bottled? For the people able to afford bottled, as opposed to plain tap, seem to have some of the more “crazy” arguments I’ve heard in quite some time. And that’s saying something. It’s the only thing that explains it.

(Note: “informed” would include you dear reader, for the mere act of you reading this, whether you agree or disagree, proves ipso facto that you are searching out information as to draw your own conclusions. And to that – I tip my hat too you.)

So now that you’ve read this far, let’s both don a silvery chapeau and contemplate what might be one of the scariest propositions (if found true) that could change everything (and I do mean everything) as we know it. e.g., “WWIII”

(C’mon, what’s a good conspiracy theory without an apocalyptic conclusion as part of the deal? For if you’re going to go there – just go there is all I’ll say, yes?)

In the U.S. we are currently in the final stages (within 30 days) of the election process where we’ll vote for the next president. And in you were an alien just landed from some distant galaxy you would be hard pressed to not assume Vladimir Putin wasn’t running on the ballot in third-party status. For he’s been mentioned and garnered more free electoral press as it pertains to the campaign than the actual third-party candidate has received – including ad buys. Hence, this is where things get down right loony.

Say what you want about “Russian hackers” infiltrating private email servers and the like. Proving that it’s actually state sponsored, which state (i.e., Russia, China, N.Korea, etc.) is quite another. For it can also be just the garden variety hack (i.e., basement dwelling protesters) or, it could be the sophisticated type, i.e., Anonymous, etc. It’s a guessing game based on circumstantial evidence sprinkled with very suspect actual at best.

However, you know what can’t be denied and is pure evidence based for all the world to see, on purpose?

Military troop movements, missile deployments, a calling home to all diplomats and their children, multi-national communist allied war gaming (e.g. Russian and Chinese navy) on the open sea, all while instructing the Russian population to take part in “live nuclear bombing drills” for the first time since the cold war ended.

That’s what’s been taking place (and a whole lot more) over the last 30 days in the real world. Have you heard, read, or seen anything about it in the main-stream media?

Sorry, trick question. Of course not. Have you heard about the Kardashian’s latest escapades? Again, trick question – you can’t turn on a TV, radio, or go to the grocery store without seeing another version of the same headline. They’re everywhere.

Yet, here is the real question: Can you think of another time when something even resembling the above as it pertains to war, or even the drums of it wouldn’t be the only thing reported this close to an election previously? The silence is so deafening it boggles the mind. For along with this “radio silence” comes forth that other silence – nobody’s taking about it because: nobody knows.

As for proof? As I iterated earlier: just ask someone about it, then watch for the blank stare.

So, as I like to do, let’s not think “outside-the-box” and limit ourselves. Let’s delve more into what I like to call “there is no box” hypothesizing. Where we can let our conspiracy theorist inner person loose and argue assertions and plausibilities without constraints. For remember: facts sometimes prove out that far more lunacy exists in the real world – than the fictional. It’s in the inability to contemplate or, to ” the-getting-there” that blindside most from ever seeing the possibilities that exist. So let’s proceed. And don’t forget your hat….

What if the U.S. drops the “nuclear” option in December? No, not some ICBM. But rather: Raises interest rates.

And not by .25 basis points, but rather, say 50. e.g., 1/2 of 1%.

I know, this is crazy talk (but that’s why we have the tinfoil, no?) But let’s play this through taking the “crazy” view as a possibility. Can it make sense of what we already deem as “crazy?” Sometimes, yes, sometimes no. But you’ll never know unless you try.

Back in May of this year I penned an article titled: “Was The Fed Just Given The Launch Codes?” In it I made some observations as it pertained to “the elites” or “Ivory Tower” type thinking. It was a follow-up from a previous in October where I hypothesized another perilous possibility: “Weaponizing The Fed.

With all that was happening at that time, along with what has happened since, it’s getting harder to push these ideas away, more than it is to embrace the possibilities. And that, in-and-of itself, is causing me more concern with each passing day. Especially when combined with the realities taking place in real-time today.

So what type of “conspiracy” laden scenario can I hypothesize using what we know to be factual, and, what we can conceptualize happening based on what has happened previous? Warning: it might be time to check for any possible tears, or cracks in your metallic helmet, and repair or reapply as much “tinfoil” as one feels appropriate. With that said, let’s continue.

Have you noticed as of late that the more “serious” the Fed. is intoning hawkish tones – the more its Chair Janet Yellen is suggesting monetary lunacy? e.g., “Yellen Says Fed Buying Stocks Is “A Good Thing To Think About

Square this circle if you can: In the U.S. even the idea of negative rates alone is almost too much to handle or contemplate based on capitalistic principles and fundamentals. The backlash and furor alone in just the discussion all but holds it at bay. The finger-pointing at the Fed. currently, along with their trying to defend against “too easy for too long” critics has pushed many Fed. members (even those considered to be doves) to intone hawkish language whenever possible in public as of late to keep the pitchforks and torches at bay.

And yet – the Fed. Chair is publicly affirming (remember: this is only 2 weeks ago) that the idea of openly, and directly buying stocks is something that should be contemplated? Something here just doesn’t add up. Even when using Princeton math. Unless…

What if we were to hypothesize that for whatever the reason, December would be the ultimate time to send the financial world into a tailspin for a desired (“desired” by globalists, or elitists that is) outcome? Many (“many” being common sensical thinkers) would never entertain the idea because of the election in Nov. However, what if there was precedent of, and for, navigating turmoil and instituting the unthinkable precisely at that time? Hint: The interval between the actual election and the swearing-in. e.g., Nov. – Jan.)

One of the most curious things I remember about the financial crisis was the way, then, outgoing president Bush was seemingly instantaneously replaced with the then “president-elect” Obama.

Never before to my recollection had I ever seen a “president-elect” giving speeches or press conferences (especially in times of crisis when there was a live sitting president) equipped with podiums, lecterns, and more in precisely the same configuration, backdrops, and all including presidential seal. You would have thought Obama took over in Nov. rather than January if you didn’t look closely to read the term “president-elect” in the same space reserved for “president” on the presidential seal. Nobody seems to remember that but me when I ask. Yet, if you look back to press clippings from that time, or videos with today’s eye – you can’t miss it.

So now let’s really get into the weeds: What if “elites” or whatever term you want to use for people who think they know what is best for the rest of society, rather, than leaving that up to society itself, and have concluded no matter who wins the election, this whole charade of market stability is about ready to collapse upon itself like a house of cards at any time?

And any time is weeks, or months, not years. What would one do? Wait, and try to deal with the fallout in real-time? Or, bring it down of your own volition and have it fall in some type of controlled demolition experiment of one’s choosing?

I think when it comes to “elites” they believe they can control anything if they are the one’s that initiate it. So, I would go with the latter. And if so, what does that look like? Well, consider this….

Let’s say the candidate of choice for the “elites” wins. How could you employ the triggers with near immediacy that would devastate, or wreak the most havoc on an adversary lest dropping real ordinance? Hint: A release via the monetary equivalent by raising interest rates causing a market meltdown, but in-particular, causing a capital outflow of inordinate proportions out of your adversary, seeking refuge in not only the $dollar, but $dollar denominated securities, and more.

That is – while the $dollar is, still remains/considered “safe haven” status. It doesn’t sound all that crazy when put in those terms does it?

During the most assuredly ensuing period of absolute financial turmoil you (once again e.g. Paulson and Bernanke-esque) convince both the congress, as well as the business community that “Radical action is needed now! Or we all go down in flames.” All the while the current president (much like Bush) steps off to the sidelines where the new (much like Obama did) “president-elect” calls for much of the same, echoing the most assuredly chants of fire and brimstone if “Decisive action is implemented immediately!” No matter how radical or unnerving it may be to commonsense at the time.

You could have a scenario where the wind (as little as there would be except for the bloviating of politicians) of capital flight would be in the desired direction of your choosing, along with the ability to once again push through laws, or just allow for further take over, or more intervention by the Fed. or others in ways never dreamed possible before in a capitalistic society.

All the ground work has already been plowed. Both in some precedents, as well as open rhetoric of the possibilities of going where no modern society has gone before with its capital markets. (Think current Fed. communications)

As for your adversaries? You’d be doing this before they had real-time to test newly formed alliances of monetary trading or swaps in crisis mode. And during a crisis? Money seeks known safety first – not speculative. And the U.S. $dollar, along with its equity markets, as perverted as they are, are still the cleanest shirt in a dirty laundry.

The absolute havoc, devastation, financial destruction, and a whole lot more is almost near unconscionable to even contemplate. Yet, what you have to always remember is this: Elites, or those controlling the power, never think about the destruction happening to them. They always think in terms of “It won’t be us who has to live with our decisions. That’s for others to deal with.”

And if there is any doubt you may have to that last thought. Let me remind you of another story you may not have heard about, and the resulting aftermath when “elites” think “good ideas” that the people must live with and beside – not them.

Welcome to Paris “Scenes From The Apocalypse” circa this month. [, from ]

A lot of people there once thought “They would never allow that to happen!” Maybe they would like to re-think that again, no?

No tinfoil required.

© 2016 Mark St.Cyr 


Mark St. Cyr is the author of the widely-available e-book “A Fistful of Mark’ers”, 26 pointed essays for today’s entrepreneur.

See also for some stellar photography.




the 2-hour movie “Sirius”: 

I commend it to you. 



Hubble Reveals Observable Universe Contains 10 Times More Galaxies Than Previously Thought

October 13th, 2016 by Kevin

Via: NASA:

The universe suddenly looks a lot more crowded, thanks to a deep-sky census assembled from surveys taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories.

Astronomers came to the surprising conclusion that there are at least 10 times more galaxies in the observable universe than previously thought.

In analyzing the data, a team led by Christopher Conselice of the University of Nottingham, U.K., found that 10 times as many galaxies were packed into a given volume of space in the early universe than found today. Most of these galaxies were relatively small and faint, with masses similar to those of the satellite galaxies surrounding the Milky Way. As they merged to form larger galaxies the population density of galaxies in space dwindled. This means that galaxies are not evenly distributed throughout the universe’s history, the research team reports in a paper to be published in The Astrophysical Journal.


October 14-16, 2016 — Assange doesn’t need Russia for hacking, he’s part of a global hacker network 

(in: WMR GENERAL ARCHIVES October 2016) 

Oct 14, 2016

Clapper, Brennan, and NSA chief Mike Rogers are blaming Russia for the computer hacking when they know it’s being carried out by independent hackers looking for ET material.

[requires inexpensive subscription]


“Scientists Plan to Create ‘Asgardia’ Nation State in Space”

October 13th, 2016 by Kevin

Via: BBC:

A group of scientists is launching what they say will be a new pacifist nation-state in space.

Asgardia “will become a place in orbit which is truly ‘no man’s land’,” its website says.

The new “nation” aims to launch its first satellite late next year and hopes to one day be recognised by the UN.

But some experts have cast doubt on the viability of the plan, given international law prohibits national sovereignty claims in outer space.

“Citizens” of Asgardia, who will be scrutinised before admission, will eventually obtain passports, says Lena de Winne, a senior member of the project team who worked for the European Space Agency for 15 years.

“Clearly it’s difficult to wrap your head around the concept [of] how can you be a citizen of something you cannot put your foot on,” she told the BBC.

“But I’m a citizen of the Netherlands and I’m now in Paris… There is nothing unusual about it if you are a citizen of a land where you don’t live and where you don’t go.”

The project is being directed by the Vienna-based Aerospace International Research Center, a private company founded by Russian scientist and businessman Dr Igor Ashurbeiyli.

He joked to reporters in Paris at an event announcing the project that he would not be surprised if the media labelled him a “crazy Russian rocket scientist” talking “utter nonsense”.

Its website says the new nation, the name of which derives from a city in the sky in Norse mythology, “will offer an independent platform free from the constraint of a land-based country’s laws”.

The group says it will open up new opportunities in space for commerce, science and “peoples of all countries on earth”.

[Ed.: Dr Ashurbeiyli says he wants to create a “new judicial reality in space”.]





Daniel Liszt welcomes back Geoengineering Author Elana Freeland to preview her new research set for release in 2017 on the massive Multi Level Surveillance Project called ‘The Space Fence.’ 

Early Development of SDI Technology

The Space Fence was originally the brainchild of the Reagan era during the craze to build the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) a space based weapons defense program ostensibly designed to protect the US from incoming Russian nuclear missiles. It has been established that this early version of the Space Fence may have actually been created to keep an eye on unusual UFO developments in space.

HAARP Ionization of the Atmosphere & Nano Particles

After abandoning SDI on paper, covert forces inside the National Security State continued to develop various uses for the space deployed technology. Realizing their new efforts of achieving a global domination through space surveillance on Earth could not be totally successful, they undertook to expand the ionization of the atmosphere which gives them the ability to implant tiny nano particles into the human body. These nano sensors can penetrate the blood brain barrier to activate wireless signals that can be remotely monitored and controlled. Human beings in effect would become walking cell towers that microwave signals could be beamed at and penetrated to automatically send back revealing data.

Planetary Lockdown

The ultimate purpose behind this decades long project can not be fully known, but according to Elana’s research we can deduce that its main goal is a Full Planetary Lockdown intended to centralize and control the full spectrum of activity on planet Earth, including human behavior, geopolitical events, weather conditions, earthquake activity and the creation of a manipulated reality within a gigantic artificial intelligence grid. 


“Puppetry has everything. It combines sculpture and sewing and painting and performance and music and symbolism.”

The link is from a Boston Globe article but I actually became aware of Boston’s Free Puppet Library through a recent edition of WCVB-TV’s show Chronicle.

This small place with huge creativity is  a wonderful place for those who feel the need to try on being someone else for a while. [I’ve been carrying this quote  around since I was in the ninth grade.]


I am currently re-reading The Body Silent. I stumbled across the book at a used book sale at a library I used to frequent before and after my hemiplegic motor stroke.  I got up out of the rehab bed and the wheelchair and, at one point, returned to a healthy q.o.d. one-hour intense circuit of treadmill, bike and Keiser machine, but atrial fibrillation reared its ugly head again, necessitating more intense medical treatment, enforced bed rest, and post-operative deconditioning, putting me right back into a state of near-immobility from which I have recovered yet again. My situation was not closely analgous with that of the author, a Columbia professor of anthropoology who wrote a stunning book at the 360 degrees of implications of what it means to be disabled in this world.  It was an eye-opener when I first read it, and it’s still informing me. It goes onto the shelf along with all those other books devoted to the unity of body, mind and spirit.


Long-term readers probably know how I am about aikido… that I can no longer get myself onto the mat, but that I appreciate the discipline now even more as a metaphor for how one conducts oneself in life, in relationships, and in society.

YouTube put this in my path as a sugggestion for me, and I am going to put it in your path as a suggestion for you and everyone else.

Aikido in Three Easy Lessons (11 mins.) 



future intelligence

future intelligence

Children Inherit Their Intelligence from Their Mother Not Their Father

October 7th, 2016 by Kevin

Via: Independent: [link has the full article and a video]

A mother’s genetics determines how clever her children are, according to researchers, and the father makes no difference.

Women are more likely to transmit intelligence genes to their children because they are carried on the X chromosome and women have two of these, while men only have one.

But in addition to this, scientists now believe genes for advanced cognitive functions which are inherited from the father may be automatically deactivated.

Concerned that people might not be like mice, researchers in Glasgow took a more human approach to exploring intelligence. They found the theories extrapolated from mice studies bear out in reality when they interviewed 12,686 young people between the ages of 14 and 22 every year from 1994. Despite taking into account several factors, from the participants education to their race and socio-economic status, the team still found the best predictor of intelligence was the IQ of the mother.

However, research also makes it clear that genetics are not the only determinant of intelligence – only 40 to 60 per cent of intelligence is estimated to be hereditary, leaving a similar chunk dependent on the environment.

But mothers have also been found to play an extremely significant role in this non-genetic part of intelligence, with some studies suggesting a secure bond between mother and child is intimately tied to intelligence.

Posted in Health, Off Topic, Social Engineering



The above article by the Independent — brought to our attention by a fellow I consider, however silly the idea is by virtue of distance and the virtual near-anonymity of the world, to be a mentor, a colleague, someone I admire — explains a lot to me about me, my childhood and upbringing, my children, and my life.  

It, and I, are likely to be obsolete, given what was shared with the world by Charlie Rose during 60 Minutes extended version just before the debate [see ].  

I consider Charlie to be my nemesis, someone I do not like, someone I do not wish to emulate… but he sits atop a pinnacle of the world’s elite and their elitist media, and so we are forced to pay attention to them and their agenda

The show’s opening segment was about artiifical intelligence and IBM’s Watson and related projects. Ironically, I stayed up late last night to watch a re-run of an old movie by some fellow named Michael Crichton called “West World”.

And, as I type this, I got yet another reminder to upgrade to Mac OS Sierra.

I look forward to having an AI-fueled robot [which can read at voracious rates, speaks several languages, and learn at exponential rates] act as a commentator, fact-checker and on-air pundit during and after forthcoming debates. 

Speaking of the debate, I live-streamed the really big show with Martha, Donald, Hillary and Anderson while I unpacked the boxes of books that form the Summon The Magic bibliography, taking breaks to make notes, sip cold black coffee, break down the storage boxes for proper disposal, and more. This particular debate format, “the town meeting”, featured questions from voters like you and me (presumably) but, speaking for myself, they’d probably have screened out my questions.×422 

Doesn’t it look like they are singing a duet at some country and western show? Say, for example, Islands in the Stream.

Hillary opened with an answer to the question about appropriate Presidential-aspirant behavior with a statement that we are a great country because we are good [at bombing the bejeesus out of weddings, brown people and small countries], we celebrate diversity [just ask the native Americans and all the blacks who have been incarcerated], and we have the best educational systems [ranked well below the top ten in the industrialized world]. Trump countered with commentary about trade, immigration, law and order, and justice [see his riposte below].

Trump answered the question from the former CIA intern masquerading as a news anchor about Trump’s lewd comments with an immediate turn, after an apology, to the subject of ISIS’ behavior.  Both moderators interrupted him and stopped him from expounding on a line of policy questions on numerous occasions.

The Donald soon thereafter went on the attack with direct comment about appointing an Attorney General who would appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate why Hillary deleted, erased or otherwise expunged e-mails after an subpoena by Congress, pungently salted with a riposte later: “You’d be in jail.” 

Hillary side-stepped allegations by Trump of her lies answering with what Churchill would have called a “bodyguard of lies” but which in her case was an armored escort of lies.  She said something like ‘we have never been in a situation in which a foreign power has tried to influence an election’, neatly side-stepping decades of history of the slow infilitration of credit banksters and Zionists into the proximity of power in both the Oval Office and the Executive Branch, especially Treasury, and the long-term efforts of private and independent (but obviously clearly-connected-and-beholden) groups like B’Nai B’Rith, ADL, and AIPAC.  She went on to denigrate Russia in its support of its own ally, Syria. 

Martha Raddatzwhose husband is a member of CFR; (according to Wikipedia, “her first husband was Ben Bradlee Jr., a Pulitzer prize-winning editor for The Boston Globe,[14] biographer, and son of former Washington Post executive editor Benjamin C. Bradlee. Her second husband was Julius Genachowski, chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission under the Obama Administration”) — tried to get Trump in a corner so he’d come out in favor of aggression against Syria and Russia and was an aggressor herself in her follow-up (and her demeanor as a moderator)

Hillary later played the insider card when she inferred that she was inviolved in many top-secret operations but that’s easy to do since by definition those details are unknown to the common man and have had little demonstrable effect except to get us more deeply embroiled, more deeply hated, and more deeply confrontational. And her role as a participaint in covert ops is highly suspect given her inability to maitain security on her own handling of communications. But she has minions who will deal with that and who do not get vetted by anyone who isn’t already deeply embedded in the game of empire



When I think about the advent of artificial intelligence, having watched Westworld and computer-controlled events, and I think about the massive push by the US DOD to bring artificial intelligence into its world of strategic communications, I wonder how this will work, given that, according to the interview by Charlie Rose (a member of the CFR and frequent attendee at Bilderberger events), systems of artificial intelligence are capable of learning at exponential speeds and reading and understanding “vast quantities” of information.  There is hope, I would guess, that those systems will be capable of independent reserarch, at least occasionally read what would be called in another world “alternative media”, and might be curious enough to look deeply into American history for the last 150 years or longer. Perhaps this AI system would be capable of finding and reaching publishers who have published books by people like Antony Sutton, James Douglass, and David Ray Griffin.  Or Vladimir Bukowsky, Derrick Jensen, or your favorite author.  Perhaps this AI system would be curious about things that sentient two-legged types frequently told citizens to pay no attention to, or if it would bother to read journalists who’d been imprisoned, or killed. Perhaps it would be curious enough to search out that information which Google is currently suppressing. Or perhaps that system of AI will be programmed and instructed to shun and ignore certain parts of the world. 


Get ready for a computerized ‘teammate’ in your car (Yahoo Finance). Note the teleology that assumes “progress” from computer-assisted to autonomous

[If you have not seen it yet, buckle your seat belt and drive on over to the intersection of State and Liberty.]


The CIA Says It Can Predict Social Unrest as Early as 3 to 5 Days Out 

improvement in analytics , cloud computing and ‘deep learning.’ 


In a continuation of a dialogue that began over at here, Greencrow responded to Penny:

Penny, your comment about bloggers being driven by “love of truth” gave me not one but two great ideas! Thanks. I may not implement these ideas myself or in this blog but they are great ideas and someone will eventually implement them. Here they are

1. A special page (I could have it on this blog or it could be a special blog or everyone could have a link to it) where bloggers write a short couple of paragraphs about their blog…what first drove them to do truth blogging and what issues compel them the most. Occurrences would be an excellent site for this special page or link : )

2. A Truth Bloggers Union. This could be a loosely run organization of technical support, information and solidarity for truth bloggers as we move into a new era of increased repression, marginalization, etc. There could be a logo drawn up that all members of the Union could add to their blog face page. It would look like the old Union logos. I really believe in the Union Movement and even tried to spear head a union organization movement when I was a legal secretary many years ago. I won’t tell you how that turned out…lol (or as we said in those days hahahahaha)

Think about all of this folks and please add ideas if you wish…or take up the ball and run with it!


October 9, 2016 at 8:15 AM

I have commented on and suggested this similar kind of idea for some time, starting a long time ago at Kenny’s but continuing elsewhere.  I would very much like to have a conversation with like-minded people about the technical and political sides of alternative blogs.   See entries entitled “Input Please”

There’s a lot to talk about. If you want to have that conversation, or if you want to see Occurrences act as a host and convenor, I would be delighted but you’d better respond fast as my “lease” here runs out very soon. 

I am committed to continuing to collect, archive and publish the kind of material and information which I’ve put up at Occurrences, The Sullen Bell and— to a lesser extent— BoyDownTheLane, but I’d like to get some feedback. I’d also very much like to work in a team environment where others could contribute information, analysis etc.  I think this is especially vital in our current socio-political environment.

One of the tactics I have considered is to publish privately… to build books, compendia, collections of material, and personally-authored pieces for publication in a print-on-demand format.  I would offer these for sale at a modest price. 

But I look forward to a wider dialogue. Frankly, it might benefit from the occasional use of a tele-conference call, or an e-mail chain (especially given my need and desire for a better and less intrusive e-mail provider), or simply an open thread at one of my three domains. Domain hosting is another issue. I like the one I use, but I’m no expert. 

Input Please

Input Please

I’ve reached a fork in the road. I won’t belabor the point or bore you with references to Frost poetry or silly graphics.

Simply said, I need feedback from readers.

The immediate issue is that, by early November, I will need to act on the decision to renew my blog hosting agreements, domain names, etc. for BoyDownTheLane, OccurencesForeignDomestic, and TheSullenBell.  This suggests a number of issues.

The first is continuation; the second is focus or topic-oriented; the third involves growth, management, improvement, and style questions; the fourth involves monetization. I’ll work back up that tree in my explanation. This is not a desperate appeal for funds.

I don’t need your help financially to operate at the minimalist level at which I’ve been working. I can afford to pay the renewal fees. Some contribution of small amounts of cash from a large number of people would be welcome. I’ve been doing what I do to pay forward the help I’ve been given. But cash is feedback, and fuels growth and improvement.

Style questions will pretty much remain in my domain (pardon the awful pun), but I’d guess I’ve been doing pretty well so far with the help of WordPress and its crew of software development people. They do deserve to be rewarded and I’d like to go to the next level in terms of my use of widgets, plug-ins and other tools in order to make my three blogs run more efficiently for the reader. I’m not yet technically savvy so if you have ideas, recommendations or tips, I’d like to hear them. (A fully-paid scholarship to a WordPress camp is only slighly less desirable that a two-week workshop on investigative journalism or a three-week intensive residential colloquium at Apple headquarters.)

Other things that might be done to improve the three blogs is to further develop or enhance the comments and discussions capacities, and — by extension — even consider the possibility of doing podcasts with key people or on key topics. I don’t know if I’d have time to manage all that, which leads me to the next topic.

I envision an effort that involves other people who are interested in news, social media, journalism, investigative research, and related efforts. Some media production might be possible. But I can’t do that alone.  And the very idea of it might be untenable at this time. I don’t do Facebook, or most of the other social media, but you may feel that these blogs need at least the “share” mechanisms for you to use.

Which brings us to focus and topics. What you’ve seen and read here for the last few years gives you some indication of what I am interested in.  What are you interested in?  What’s on your horizon that you want to know more about?  What’s in your life or world that bothers you, troubles you, or invigorates you?

The current situation of the world with increased surveillance, cyberwar, cyberhacking, malware, etc. make blogging difficult, even tenuous. Some people want an alternative approach to news and information. Some don’t want you to have it.

Should I continue?

You can answer that in your own fashion, free form, or by using the handy-dandy questionaire.

Are you interested in making modest, small contributions?

I have not yet decided how to receive money.

Where do you think I need to improve?

What would you like to see more of?

Should my blogs involve more…

audio?  what type?

video? what focus?


internally produced

externally produced

Do you think my blogs should be involved with social media?

Actively or passively?

Which ones?

What topics are you interested in?

What’s on your horizon that you want to know more about?

What’s in your life or world that bothers you, troubles you, or invigorates you?

Should I continue?

Send your responses, before October 31st 2016, to: lankyleo14 [at] gmail [dot]com.

Thanks in advance…


Version 2

Heart Pickings

Heart Pickings

“… In the most nourishing kind of love, the communion of togetherness coexists with an integrity of individuality, the two aspects always in dynamic and fluid dialogue…..” 

Let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together, yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.

“… Complement this particular portion of the wholly enchanting The Prophet with Virginia Woolf on what makes love last, philosopher Alain Badiou on how we fall and stay in love, Anna Dostoyevsky on the secret to a happy marriage, Mary Oliver on how differences bring couples closer together, and Joseph Campbell on the single most important factor in sustaining romantic relationships, then revisit Gibran on the seeming self vs. the authentic self and the absurdity of our self-righteousness…..”



“… We tuck our messy real selves behind polished veneers, orchestrate grand gestures, and perform various psychoemotional acrobatics driven by the illusion that love is something we must earn by what we do, rather than something that comes to us unbidden simply for who we are…..” 




Version 2

New England Potpourri

New England Potpourri

There has been a lot of national attention and upheaval with regard to race relations, showing itself in externally-engineered confrontations, riots, police encounters and violence, and political gnashing of words and minds. 

These twin articles — selected from the weekly newsletter from “Brain Pickings” — lend a good deal of insight.

[I urge your subscription and financial support] 


Version 2


Arthur Silber is hanging on.  In his update in late August 2016 he says 

“… goddammit, there’s still some writing to be done. Just recently, I discovered — quite by accident, as it happens (where are my spies when I need them? I can’t believe no one told me about this book) — Tribe, by Sebastian Junger. I’ve just begun reading it, and — oh, boy. The short Amazon description accurately provides the book’s perspective:

We have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding–“tribes.” This tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society, but regaining it may be the key to our psychological survival.

Those readers familiar with my work will know that this subject is one I’ve addressed in some detail. They will also know that Junger’s perspective represents the complete inversion of what I consider the correct and psychologically healthy approach. Once I’ve finished reading Junger’s book, I expect to have quite a few articles to write, to clear up confusions, to explain many issues he appears to neglect entirely, and to offer some new material to build upon my earlier argument. (For that earlier argument, see this essay and this one in particular. They contain some of the best analysis I’ve ever offered here, in addition to which I am convinced that my thesis is both true and important.) I suspect that reviews of Junger’s book might also provide illuminating material for analysis. If any of you come across reviews that strike you as particularly interesting, please let me know. Junger’s book has been very successful, and most readers think his ideas are absolutely swell. That explains a lot.

So there’s that to be done. And I suppose I should try to offer a few words about this Marx Bros. election. I apologize: what a terrible insult to the Marx Bros….”


Boston – Augustana


What if there were a crop that, instead of creating pollution, consumed it? 









Fall in New England means warm sunny days, chilly nights, and fall foliage.  It means it’s time to get the chimney swept, the firewood stacked (or the pellets stocked), the snowblower serviced, the storm windows hung, the spring bulbs planted and the garden winterized.  In between all that and raking the leaves, you’ll want to see them in all their glory and there’s no better place than in New England.

I gave some thought to a premier fall foiliage tour last spring and actually started to chart it out and drive it.  I’ve lived in New England for the better part of six decades and I know some secret places that have the best color in the world.  If you live here, you’ve probably discovered your own.  If you’ve never been to New England and need or want to see the best, pay attention.  If you’ve been city-bound and need a get-away, jump into the tour I’ve envisioned below.

Get out a map. Google Maps are online, you may have Apple Maps, you might have something else. No matter.  Get yourself oriented.  What I envision is a grand event, a very slow automobile rally not unlike the famous Mille Miglia in Italy but without the tense and competitive auto race elements. That way, you may enjoy a leisurely pace that will allow you to explore landscape, culture, art, restaurants, antique stores, book shoppes, or whatever other interests you might have. Be sure to bring your camera, your GPS device of choice, and a bagful of credit cards, and the person closest to your heart.

I’m going to help you envision a loop around New England that you can attack in one big swoop, or more likely in piecemeal fashion.  If you’re living in New England, you can access this loop from a wide variety of places. If you’re flying in from somewhere else on the planet, you can come in via Logan at Boston, or Bradley International.  You can drive up from New York to northwest Connecticut to get on this “trail”.  Ditto if you’re coming down from Montreal or Quebec, where you’ll start on the northern segment just below the Canadian border. Of course the idea is to give you as much freedom of choice as possible while still directing you to quintessential locations.

Okay, get out the map and find Granby, Connecticut.  Granby is one of the foci of my automotive ellipse.  It’s just to the west of Bradley Internaitonal Airport, with lots of hotels to choose from, and easy access off of the north-south Interstate 91.  It’s the southernmost tip on a key road in the roadway ellipse, US Route 202. As a starting or ending point, use @TheBarn, managed by James Chen and Kristin Garcia.  My wife and I had dinner there and the meals were weak-in-the-knees stupendous.

From there, navigate to the other side of the Barkhamstead Reservoir on US Rte. 44 and look for Route 8 north near Winsted, Connecticut. Once you hit Route 8 North, you are in for the long haul.  Essentially you are going to cross over the state border into Massachusetts, staying on Route 8, and follow Route 8 all the way north through Massachusetts. You will be running north to the east of the Berkshires and dozens of you will want to veer west to take in Great Barrington, Stockbridge, and the rest of the Berkshires.

But Route 8 is pure back road through some small places inside a large tract of forest, so you’ll see some leaves. Another side trip at the top of Berkshire County could bring you into North Adams and Williamstown, home to world-class museums, great restaurants and some damn fine foliage.

The road  (Route Two) that runs across the top of the state of Massachusetts between Greenfield and Williamstown is legendary for its color.  It’s called the Mohawk Trail.  You’ll bisect it, along with Route 9 and the Mass. Pike on the first part of your drive north.

You could easily spend two to three days exploring this terrain, but you might want to do a straight-through boogie (about 80 miles, requiring three hours without stops). Essentially you’d be running down the middle of a vast tract of near-wilderness forest between Route 5 along the Connecticut and Route 7 along the New York State border. Your midpoint target is Stamford, Vermont. This is a critical juncture because you want to continue off Route 8 onto Route 100 North in Vermont.

The critical step is to veer east on Route 8A north out of Dalton, home of Crane Paper (the folks who make the precision-manufactured top-secret high-tech “linen” on which your Federal Reserve notes are printed) and also home ot the founder of the Israel Baseball League.  Turn left at Windsor to continue north into Savoy. Turn right at Savoy and go into Plainfield, then north into Hawley, then Buckland.  Buy a box picnic liunch and scramble around for a while in Hawley, Buckland, Shelburne Falls (stop for the Bridge of Flowers and wave to Bill Cosby who lives out in the hills), and the hook up with Route 2 West.  Route 2 will take you up into the Hoosac range over the Cold River (drive carefully up Deadman’s Curve and then down through the Hairpin Curve), then take an obliquely sharp right north at the bottom of the hill just outside North Adams to rejoin Route 8 north into Stamford. If you haven’’t shot at least 100 frames of photography by then, you were driving way too fast.

Route 100 North through Vermont is famous on a number of counts. First, it’s sometimes referred to as the ski road because it will take you close by some of the finest ski resorts in Vermont. There will, of course, be no snow, but you’ll know where to return to when it arrives. Secondly, it’s simply a great road to drive. Thirdly, it goes past some of the finest restaurants in New England. It drives through the heart of the Green Mountains. [You brought your luggage for this part of the trip, didn’t you?] There are no navigational tricks in Vermont; simply stay on Route 100 all the way to Newport, Vermont, just below the Canadian border and close to Interstate 91.  This is the northern foci of the ellipse.

From there, you’re going to drive south on Interstate 91 and then take Interstate 93 into New Hampshire. You’re at the top of the Connecticut River. Buckle your seatbelts and refresh and renew your camera-recording technologies because you’re headed through Crawford Notch and then across the Kangamangus (Rte. 112).  Stay on Interstate 93 South until you get to Lincoln, NH and then turn left into and across the White Mountain National Forest. You’re going to pop out at North Conway, Conway, and Center Conway.

From here, you have a choice; how much time and money do you have?  Again, you can attack the foliage ellipse freom the sides in piece-meal fashion. If you flew into Portland, you could approach the loop in Southern Maine.  Alternately, you could have skimmed the top of the White Mountain National Forest on US Route 2 and run across into Bethel and Norway, Maine.  How much time do you want to spend in Maine? They have lots of rivers, pine trees and bears, and seafood on the coast, but less of those colorful deciduous trees.

reservoirthree.jpg in foliage trip folder

Whether you drop down out of Maine or through the Lake Ossipee region west of Winnepesaukee, your eventual target is Rochester, NH and US Route 202.

Remember US Route 202?  It was that benchmark road in Granby, CT, and yes, you can follow it down out of Rochester, across New Hampshire, into Massachusetts, across Route 2, down the inside of Quabbin Reservoir, through Granby, MA into South Hadley, across the Connecticute River in Holyoke, down into Westfiueld, across the Westfield into Southwick, MA and eventually back to Granby, your starting point near the Bradley International Airport.

Or you could do the loop in reverse, setting out for the White Mountains.

Frankly, for my money, the best foliage is on the northern and western edges of the ellipse, not that long southeastern leg.  But decide for yourself based on your own interests, available time, and budget. If you need further help, try this link:


A recent experiential writer’s craft workshop held in my locale focused on how to extract and sharpen “family tales”.  It featured Steve Layt and Jill Hackett.  Hackett is the author of “I Gotta Crow” [see ]; she noted the Ted Talk noted below by the author of “Eat, Pray, Love” as a shareable take-away.

Layt is the principal at  I got to spend two and a half hours with these two (and I’m grateful for it). If you were to understand who he is and what he’s done, you’d understand why I could easily spend an evening with him at the cocktail and appetizers bar at Applebee’s.  For openers, he was an EMS worker. And he’s an executive coach who could have written half of Summon The Magic.

Participants got to work through a process in which they listed ten “tales” from within their lives that might be interesting to others (“when an elder dies, an entire library burns”).

They worked through an exercise in which they told the story in a snippet, got feedback and questions from others, and learned something about how to identify the most compelling parts of that story for the potential reader.

There was discussion about the craft of writing, the use of voice and perspective, about crafting fiction and writing about unknown people, and about remaining true to one’s own voice.

Said Layt: That piece of writing that some might do can be broken down into what we know, what we don’t know, and what we don’t even know that we don’t know. [That sounds like something that would work when doing not only “historical” fiction, but investigative research and journalism too.]

Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius


And Steve capped off the writing workshop with this:

“What is the question for which your life is the answer?

That is your strongest message.”


Zanshin reconciliation

Zanshin reconciliation 

Zanshin is a word used commonly throughout Japanese martial arts to refer to a state of relaxed alertness. Literally translated, zanshin means “the mind with no remainder.” In other words, the mind completely focused on action and fixated on the task at hand. Zanshinis being constantly aware of your body, mind, and surroundings without stressing yourself. It is an effortless vigilance.

In practice, though, zanshin has an even deeper meaning.

Zanshin is choosing to live your life intentionally and acting with purpose rather than mindlessly falling victim to whatever comes your way…..” 

photo by Mark Nichols courtesy of


Ashes and soot fallen

Petrified by blood and tears:

Whetstone for justice

haiku written by Boy

In a discussion in the comments thread under her own blog entry, Greencrow made a marvelous suggestion about contacting Donald Trump relative to the 9/11 Truth and Reconciliation idea promoted originally by Carl Herman at Washington’s Blog and picked up by her.  I mirrored them both by link.

Greencrow suggested that, “during the first upcoming debate, Donald Trump should make an announcement that, as soon as he is sworn in, he will set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate 9/11 and its aftermath.  This would be a genius move on the level of Karl Rove because it would:

1. Surprise/scare the hell out of the perps and you might even see it reflected in the surprise on Hillary Clinton’s face! Don’t forget, it was her husband, Billary, who set up the 9/11 attacks. They were good to go when Dubya took over.

2. What could Hillary and her ilk say in response? Could they say they objected? On what grounds.? Any objection to bringing closure to the country and to the families would bring suspicion of complicity in the events. This would go for the main$tream media as well. Any objection will be evidence of “something to hide”.

3. It would get Trump off the hook during the rest of the campaign and afterwards…he could deflect all questions about 9/11 to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He might even start throwing out possible names for members of the committee.

4. Finally, it would be hugely popular with at least 50% of Americans who don’t believe the official story.

Can someone post this on “Twitter”? …  It’s a win/win for everyone….except the 9/11 perps.

And  greencrow said…

“Oh…and if Trump refuses and/or gives lame excuses…listen carefully. In his response, you will also learn who, if anyone, pulls his strings. Some already have their suspicions…IMO, his response will provide conclusive proof.

Like I say…It’s win/win for everyone but the criminally complicit.”




At long last, an actual discussion among bloggers and other interested folk: 

I dumped the guts of the previous As The Crow Flies  blog entry [ see ] (with links out to it and Carl Herman here at Washington’s Blog) over at the list-serv on Yahoo (long after the “breach”) for members of the 9/11 and State Crimes tele-conference group.

I have for years been an invited member of the monthly conference call meeting and was recently invited to join the list-serv. Both are somewhat closed groups, though the minutes and audio of the meetings are made public and are sometimes posted. The list of participants is a who’s who of 9/11 activists who are a league above me in caliber and output, but the subject interests me and I speak out. I am humbled to be among them.

I find the time spent listening to a lot of people a bit unwieldy and unfocused. [I’m a male; I don’t multi-task well, and I have a neuro-scientific appreciation for how multi-tasking diminishes critical attention.] The online discussion forum works differently, being asynchronous, and one can choose when and where to comment. I use my blog as a vehicle for response, especially its sister site The Sullen Bell, because it allows further time, freer expression, and the opportunity to note what others say to a wider audience.

[See especially

“… I don’t care if my first responder rescuer brethren and the victims were blown up or down, by thermite or nukes, with Saudi or Israeli help; I want to see the perps walk to the gallows, and everyone who is or was complicit in the cover-up shunned for life….. Does 9/11 justice emanate from political struggle, legal maneuvering, or transformational thinking?… The 9/11 truth movement may well have been “caught responding to situations that have already changed”.]

The rules on what I may “export” from the list-serv where I have jump-started a discussion are murky and not in favor of easy cut-and-paste, though I am at liberty to copy my own comments.

Over there, there is a parallel discussion about the law, and limited legal liability, to which I responded:

Limited legal liability suggests impunity, and we’ve had a lot of that lately. People don’t get impunity and, if a corporation is a person, then a corporation shouldn’t get it either. But we are hanging in the wind with this whole thing, given the specter of the trade legislation that will give corporations global legal supremacy. Talking about the law is talking about politics and organizing political parties and movements that will rewrite (or kill) certain legislation, insure friendly judges, etc., and right now I don’t see any parties or movements (save possibly one, or its extension) that can muster the power (pun intended). Only the victors get to hold the trials and hang the perps. It’s been alluded to here before, and elsewhere with more interest and oomph, but the ability to exercise these kinds of major systemic change is implemented with the masses of people and/or the force of arms.

I’ve asked about (and await the YouTube recording from) the panel of legal experts at the recent conference in NYC. Do world courts have the legal power (and the other power to back up the legal power)?  Isn’t that a form of one world governance?

I posted the blurb about truth and reconciliation because I think the 9/11 truth movement (is that with a T or a t?) needs to have this discussion. Given the forthcoming election and the obvious attempts at bringing to the American people waves of cultural upheaval and violence, the looming possibilities of martial law or some variant thereof, etc., is it even worth having that discussion?

What is the reality on the streets, in the living rooms, on the stock exchanges and currency markets, and in armed state face-off with sovereign people and sovereign states?

Also on that discussion board, in another thread, is reference to the role of Judge Hellerstein’s role in preventing lawsuits relevant to 9/11 from coming to trial (hence no disclosure), and I’ve mentioned the role of Judge Stanley Sporkin in matters pertaining to the company and proprietary software seized from Catherine Austin Fitts, so be careful about going to court.

One of the problems in a cross-blog discussion is that it is sometimes not easy to back-check and read all the comment and responses to comments, a lapse on my part which was pointed out by GC.  I take no umbrage.  It’s simply the nature of asynchronous online discussion; people live in different time zones, and we all have more to our lives that that particular discussion.  Time allows us to knit together the ideas.

At the every end of my “white paper” on disasters, simulations and virtual communities, on the “about the author” page [that contact info is no longer valid], I noted my experience as an association executive, which entailed strategic leadership, lots of Board meetings, et al.  I marveled at but never found the skills exhibited by a Quaker physician I knew and revered who knew how to build consensus toward action. I’ve been a member of a now-defunct Virtual Community Working Group at, was one of six beta-testers of the inaugural Internet-based “Game of Games”, and attended several online conferences on appreciative inquiry, as well as facilitating in an online world.  I designed a communications engine inside a theoretical simulation trainer that allowed people to take on differing perspectives and roles as a tool for surfacing ideas and difficult-to-find-facts and solutions.

Greencrow mentions the imminent election of Donald Trump. Meaning no disparagement of Greencrow or The Donald, that jury is still out on Donald’s access to the Oval Office, and the prospects of rigged election processes, some form of “October Surprise”, executive fiat, martial law, open warfare (internationally or civil), advancing severe weather/global warfare and even disclosure of the presence of extra-terrestrials remain on the horizon. Perhaps we’ve only been conditioned to think they are valid prospects, but lots of people are thinking they are valid.

Trump is no angel and is seen in some circles as being a “trojan horse” for the same interests who were allegedly behind 9/11, so don’t place faith in a politician the way so many did with Obama.  Obama was supposedly the antidote to the Bush dynasty, and Trump is seen as the only choice given the option of a Clinton/Obama dynasty. Just because Trump once alluded to 9/11 “truth”, be wary.  Allusion is closely related to illusion, and one of Trump’s supporters is Rudy Giuliani, a fellow any 9/11 activist knows is deeply implicated. By now we should have learned that they are all on the same team and, as George Carlin so nicely put it, we are not included. Our challenge is sometimes referred to as “herding cats”. But I do not wish to disagree with Greencrow so much as celebrate her inclusion in the discussion and her support in expanding that discussion.

Finally, GC said: “I appreciate the “Occurrences” Blog very much as it simplifies the daily task of getting an overview of geopolitical events from the alternative blog perspective AND it has an ecumenical approach, inclusive of the lesser known blogs like mine.”

I appreciate the comment very much.  It’s pretty much the nicest thing that’s been said about my labor of love, one of the reasons I climbed down off the hospital bed (and up off the floor) after I’d had a hemiplegic motor stroke. [Luckily, the event turned out to be positive and did not affect either my cognitive brain or my typing skills.]  GC’s comment is also a good summary of the intent of “Occurrences”.

It should be noted, for my general readers, that I am literally on the verge of completing my own personal living-space transformation. For the past two months, I’ve been doing what blogging I’ve been able to do using my wife’s MacAir, digging into her own writing time, because we bought our “forever” house.  The basement/office transformation is almost finished; my own iMac is functional, awaiting perhaps a transition to the new OS Sierra with Siri capacities (but I don’t think I want to import an open mike into my world), but it’s already capable of major blog production and more. Blog renewal time also approaches at the end of October (more about which later). The downstairs work space comes complete with a half-bath, a coffee bar, a pellet stove, safety rails for the stairways, my entire library, all of my logged music (including four days worth of jazz, rock and more), space for the air beds for the grandkids, two tables, lots of chairs, and my new photography tools. The windows look out (and the back stair/bulkhead opens out) onto a patio/garden/koi pond/waterfall complex with an overhead deck off the bedroom; you’ll find my wife in her gardener’s shed, in with the fishes, or in the garden. Tarzan knew where Jane wanted to go. It’s her reward after retiring from a 40-year career as a nurse during which she cared for her ailing mother (and now her nearly-disabled-but-miraculously-recovered black sheep of a husband). Which brings me to two last elements of the discussion about truth and reconciliation: love, and forgiveness.

Does it matter if we are Christian, or Buddhist, or something else?  My wife has taught me a lot about unconditional love. I have read a lot of Davd Ray Griffin, the theologian and expert on the topic of evil… I have read two books by the noted Catholic Worker James Douglass (JFK and the Unspeakable, at the end of which  — in the study guide edition— he talks a lot about evil, and more importantly his earlier book Resistance and Contemplation, the Trappist (Thomas Merton) root of his activism about nuclear weapons in which he talks about needing to be willing to go to jail, or die a horrible death at the hands of those opposed to truth). No one is suggesting that we all rush off to jail, but JFK asked if we believed in redemption just before he rode into the bullets.

One of the concerns that must be on the table is the extent to which our reconciliatory love bleeds over into giving permission for all the death and warfare that resulted, for the people important and minor who participated (does our grace extent to Abu Ghraib?), and becomes a quiet complicit celebration of militaristic ardor because we failed to differentiate or to hold people’s feet to the fire.

One of the more fascinating surprises for me was discovering a 9/11 activist who is also an ardent Constitutionalist who promotes a true understanding of the early legal meaning of the term “militia” at a time when actions aimed at the Second Amendment hang in the balance.

We would like to bring them to justice for treason; they call us “enemies of the state”.

The implications for 9/11 activism seem to be “all or nothing”: find the means to execute the perps mercifully or fugeddaboutit.

Who, in the end, is “the state”?  Our historical roots and documents speak about we the people.  I see little in the formational political literature of this nation in support of elitism, excess wealth, banking fraud, hijacked polity, oligarchy, dual citizenships, or the need for a hyper-security state.

I am still contemplating my own resistance.  My wife works diligently at shining her own little corner of the world, whether through flowers, or fishes, or grandchildren.  It is her maternal outlet, her paradisiacal escape, the creation impulse to which she can retreat when my own thoughts about things like 9/11 burst out into open conversation.

I write, read some more, contemplate, meditate, pray, breathe and write some more.



You Can’t Handle the Truth!

Psychologists Explain Why People are Still in Denial About 9/11 Despite the Hard Evidence

(Note: be sure to view the 30 minute video from which the transcript below was obtained. It has many images that I have never seen before – and I have probably spent a hundred hours or more studying the facts of 9/11.)

Seven psychologists plus author David Ray Griffin, Ph.D., provide insights on why so many people are in total denial regarding the truth about 9/11 despite “years of hard scientific evidence that disproves the government theory about what happened on September 11.”

Trauma, fear, pride, and cognitive dissonance (information that contradicts beliefs about our worldview) are among the reasons given for why people can’t handle the truth about 9/11.

The panelists were: Marti Hopper, Ph.D (Licensed Clinical Psychologist); Frances Shure, M.A. (Licensed Professional Counselor); Robert Griffin, Licensed Psychologist; Robert Hopper, Ph.D. (Licensed Clinical Psychologist); Danielle Duperet, PhD; Dorthy Lorig, M.A., Counseling Psychologist; John Freedom, M.A., Personal Development Counselor; David Ray Griffin, Ph.D., professor/author

Why are people resistant to looking at the hard evidence regarding 9/11?

At this point, we have 15 years of hard scientific evidence that disproves the government theory about what happened on September 11, 2001.  Yet, people continue to be either oblivious to the fact that this information exists or completely resistant to looking at this information.  So, the question becomes: Why?

Why is it that people have so much trouble hearing this information? From my work, I think we would be remiss not to look at the impact of trauma…

As we know, the horrors of what happened on 9/11 were televised all over the world. They were televised, in fact, live.  We witnessed the deaths of almost 3,000 of our fellow Americans.  We know that this had a very severe and traumatic impact on a majority of the population.   I, myself, cried for weeks after September 11.

A friend of mine, who is a psychologist in practice here in Boulder, said that her case load increased tremendously after 9/11.  People who she had not seen in ten years were coming back into her practice.

So, I think it’s safe to say that collectively, as a nation, because of what happened on September 11, we experienced trauma.

9/11 Truth Conflicts with Our Worldview, Causing Cognitive Dissonance

Why do people resist this information – the information that shows that the official story about 9/11 cannot be true?  What I’ve learned is that, as humans, each of us has a world view.  That worldview is usually formed, in great part, by the culture that we grow up in.

When we hear information that contradicts our worldview, social psychologists call the resulting insecurity cognitive dissonance. For example, with 9/11 we have one cognition, which is the official story of 9/11 – what our government told us and what our media repeated to us over and over – that 19 Muslims attacked us.

On the other hand, we have what scientists, researchers, architects, and engineers are now beginning to tell us, which is that there is evidence that shows that the official story cannot be true.  So now, we’ve lost our sense of security.  We are starting to feel vulnerable.  Now we’re confused.

Our Psychological Defenses Kick In When Our Beliefs Are Challenged

9/11 truth challenges our most fundamental beliefs about our government and about our country.  When your beliefs are challenged or when two beliefs are inconsistent, cognitive dissonance is created.  9/11 truth challenges the beliefs that our country protects and keeps us safe, and that America is the good guy….

When your beliefs are challenged, fear and anxiety are created. In response to that, our psychological defenses kick in and they protect us from these emotions.  Denial, which is probably the most primitive psychological defense, is the one most likely to kick in when our beliefs are challenged.

It’s Easier to Deny the Truth

America is a powerful nation.  It has never been attacked.  We were confident.  We felt secure.  And all of a sudden, that security collapsed.  People started to be fearful with all of the rumors, with all of the news.  People didn’t know what to think, which is a very uncomfortable state to be in.  Eventually, our mind shuts off.   Just like when a computer is overloaded, our minds get overloaded.  We can’t handle it anymore and we shut down. It’s easier to deny it and move on with our lives.

What some will tend to do is deny the evidence that is coming our way and stick to the original story, the official story.  We try to regain our equilibrium that way. Another thing that we can do is decide to look at the conflicting evidence and be sincere and open minded, and look at both sides of the issue.  And, then make up our own mind about what reality is.

We Will Do Just About Anything to Defend our Mental and Emotional Homes

If we can think of our worldview as sort of being our mental and emotional home, I think that all of us will do just about anything to defend our homes, to defend our families.  I see that with people.  I saw that with myself when my brother tried to talk to me about it: “Don’t mess with me. Don’t mess with my home.  Don’t mess with my comfort with how things are.”

About a week later, I read a lengthy article by professor Griffin about why he believes the official account of 9/11 cannot be true.  It was a very well researched article.  I was in my office at the time.  I sat there and felt my stomach churning. I thought that maybe I was going to be sick. And, I leaped out my chair and ran out the door and took a long walk around the block – around several blocks – and just broke down.

I understand now that my worldview about my government being in some way my protector, like a parent, had been dashed.  It was like being cast out into the wilderness. I think that is the closest way to describe that feeling.

I sobbed and I sobbed.  I felt that the ground had completely disappeared beneath my feet.  And, I knew at some point during the walk that at some point I was going to have to become active educating other people about this.  For me to retain any sense of integrity, I was going to have to take some action.  I couldn’t just let something like this go.

9/11 Truth Challenges Our Fundamental Beliefs About the World

Many people respond to these truths in a very deep way.  Some have a visceral reaction like they have been punched in the stomach.  To begin to accept the responsibility that the government was involved is like opening Pandora’s Box.  If you open the lid and peak in a little bit, it’s going to challenge some of your fundamental beliefs about the world.

Initial Reactions to Hearing Contradictory Evidence about 9/11

Following are some of those spontaneous initial reactions to hearing the contradictory evidence about 9/11:

“I don’t want to know the truth or I will become too negative and psychologically go downhill.”

“I’m not sure that I want to know.  If this is true then up will be down and down will be up. My life will never be the same.”

I refuse to believe that that many Americans can be that treasonous.  Someone would have talked.”

Initial Reactions are Based on BELIEFS, NOT Scientific Facts

But these are BELIEFS.  They are NOT scientific fact.  But, these beliefs do KEEP US FROM LOOKING AT THE EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE.

9/11 Truth Contradicts People’s Paradigm

You have empirical people who will simply say: look at the evidence and if it is convincing, I will change my mind.

Other people are paradigmatic people. They have a paradigm.  They say, this is the way the world works, and I am convinced that this is the way that the world works.  9/11 doesn’t fit into that paradigm.  So, I don’t have to look at the evidence.  It’s paradigmatic.

And then there is a third type of person that we often call wishful thinkers.  I call it wishful and fearful thinking.  So, they simply will not believe something that they fear to be the truth.  And, I find that to be, maybe, the most powerful factor of people rejecting 9/11 truth and not even entertaining the evidence.

The Truth is Not Bearable

So, whenever we say “I refuse to believe”, we can be sure that the evidence that’s coming our way is not bearable, and it is conflicting with our worldview much too much.

Denial protects people from this kind of anxiety.

A Common Emotion is Fear

As I thought about all of these responses, I realized that what is common to every one of them is the emotion of fearPeople are afraid of being ostracized, they are afraid of being alienated, they are afraid of being shunned.  They are afraid of their lives being inconvenienced – they’ll have to change their lives. They are afraid of being confused.  They are afraid of psychological deterioration.  They are afraid of feeling helpless and vulnerable.  And, they are afraid that they won’t be able to handle the feelings coming up.

When Presented with the Truth, Those in Denial Become Angry, Indignant, Offended and Ridicule the Messenger

None of us want to feel helpless and vulnerable.  So, we want to defend ourselves.   And the way that we often do that is with anger.  Then we become angry.  And, when we become angry, then we become indignant.  We become offended.  We want to ridicule the messenger. We want to pathologize the messenger.  And, we want to censor the messenger.

Raise Awareness with Gentle Dialogue and Gentle Questioning

So, how can we overcome this resistance in denial?  The first thing is to meet people where they are at.

One thing is that we need to raise people’s awareness about this – what I would call gentle dialogue and gentle questioning…  It doesn’t work to challenge people’s beliefs or immediately tell them “I know the truth about 9/11.”  A good way is to ask open ended questions that lead to open dialogue and discussion about it.

One of the ways to deal with the trauma is to find the answers.  That’s why I think it is of such importance to have a comprehensive investigation.

Pride is Another Reason People Deny 9/11 Truth

I believe that to become the type of country that we think we are, we have to face some of the things that are not as we think they are… Thinking that we are above such things – that it could happen in other countries, but it couldn’t happen here – that’s a lack of humility.  That’s excessive pride.  As, so not being able to see our dark side or our weaknesses is the most dangerous thing.

The observation that pride is one of the basic human flaws is absolutely correct.  This is especially true for Americans because we for a long time looked at other nations and said, “They are in such bad shape.  But, luckily we don’t have those problems.  We don’t have leaders that would do those things that were done in the Soviet Union, or done in Germany, or done in Japan… This is a type of pride that Americans have.

A feature of American history that makes particularly liable to this pride is this notion of American exceptionalism – that America is the exceptional nation.  That began from the beginning as this country was formed.

People would say that there was so much evil in the European countries, so much cheating, so much lying, so much using the people for the ruler’s purposes.  But not in America! We have leaders who are free from those sins.  This has made 9/11 particularly difficult for Americans.

Everyone can make mistakes.  But, our ideals and our principles get us back on track.

9/11 is One of the Defining Issues of Our Time 

This is one of the defining issues of our time.

Questioning IS Patriotic

So, we need to understand that questioning is patriotic.  Questioning is what we are supposed to do.  That’s our duty.

The Real Perpetrators Must be Held Accountable

When we come to the national level, when something like 9/11 happens, we need to be sure that we have a real investigation into who the perpetrators are.  And, then we need to make sure that those people are held legally accountable. It’s part of the healing process on an individual level and the collective level.



t/c to Gary Kohls, M.D.



Bisque du Homarus americanus

Bisque du Homarus americanus


Bisque (food) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bisque is a smooth, creamy, highly seasoned soup of French origin, classically based on a strained broth (coulis) of crustaceans. It can be made from lobster, crab, shrimp or crayfish. Also, creamy soups made from roasted and puréed fruits, vegetables, or fungi are sometimes called bisques.

Bisque | Definition of Bisque by Merriam-Webster

bisque: a thick cream soup made with shellfish or game.

What’s the Difference Between Bisque and Chowder? — Word of …

Sep 9, 2014 – Bisque. Bisque is a type of soup that’s rich and creamy, and traditionally made from pureed shellfish. Authentic recipes ground the shells into a fine paste and use that to thicken the soup. More commonly now, bisques are thickened with rice, which can be pureed or strained out at the end of cooking.


So there you have it… A simple introduction to the primary challenges you’ll face if you want to make homemade bisque:

  1. buy ‘em and boil them on your own stove;
  2. buy ‘em pre-cooked fresh at your favorite fishmonger’s; or
  3. buy pre-packaged lobster meat.

How squeamish are you? How much of a mess are you willing to tolerate in your kitchen? Are you going to use the shells in your recipe?

The traditional recipes call for boiling the crustaceans alive until they are bright red (but don’t overboil them), pulling them apart and pulling the meat out and setting it aside for some other recipe, and then roasting the shells, then pulverizing them, and making the base stock out of shells. (Naturally, some straining is necessary with cheesecloth and a colander.)

In the summertime, it’s handy if you have an outdoor grill or fire pit with a cooking rack and you can boil them outdoors.  That will save some wear and tear on your kitchen decor and you can keep the messy dissection process outside too.

For most lobster fanatics, it’s the succulent meat you’re after. The scale of excellence goes from the tail to the claws; most sunny-day lobster eaters stop right there. If you are a full-blown addict, and for a bisque, you use the whole thing.  Everything.

The way I do a bisque is an experienced-based amalgam of recipes and approaches.

I first encountered lobster bisque 42+ years ago when, on our honeymoon, I took my bride to lunch on the outdoor patio of the Jordan Pond tea house in the heart of Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine. My family roots are in Maine at the nexus of estuarial river, rocky coast, peninsula and … lobsters. Sitting on that patio, the Atlantic Ocean and the scents of salt air come in fom behind; clean mountain air and water lay out in front of you in the glacial fresh water pond at the end of which are the oft-noted Bubbles. The location and atmosphere work on the appetite and the mind, and the waitress beings this large bowl of creaminess of lobster.

So, however you decide to deal with the shelled seafood, you’ve got to have enough for your plans for feeding a small group of people. My wife may rank as the #1 lobster fanatic this side of the Connecticut, so we have devised this plan.

Go to the fish store and buy a 1.5-lb. lobster for everyone at the table. If the catch of the day is limited to smaller lobsters, buy more. You want an absolute minimum of a pound per person.

Have your fishmonger steam or boil them. They’ll end up hot and dripping in multiple large plastic bags. The sooner you get to the prep phase with the lobster meat, the better. Cooking flexibility moves you toward cooking them yourself, but if the fish store is nearby, you have it made.

Dis-assemble the lobsters.  I won’t provide a lesson on how to do this, but it’s easy once you learn.  Crackers and cleavers may be useful.  Snap off the tails and slice or snap open the shell in half and extract the tail meat; it’s the single largest piece you’ll get out of each one. Rinse them and set them aside.  Melt some butter and squirt some lemon juice on them and put them in a plastic storage device; they’ll keep for some time, even overnight, in the fridge.

Take apart the claws.  The main claw meat is the second largest piece you’ll get.  Take the tiny sub-claw or “thumb” off and set it aside to use as a garnish. Get as much of the knuckle meat as possible using a lobster pick. If you are doing only a bisque, you don’t have to get fussy. Traditionally, the lobster is served boiled or baked at table side with warm melted butter, but for the bisque, you are simply assembling a pile of meat.  Take the largest parts for the rest of the dinner you’ve contemplated; lobster tail and beef is the classic “surf and turf”.  In this case, we made a fresh cold lobster salad. Set aside the rest of the meat in melted butter and lemon juice; you still have a lot of work to do.

At this point I should mention that there are a number of recipes you can find that also use clams, crabs, shrimp and more. This will lead you into a survey of the differences between soups, bisques and chowders.  Then there are the seafood boils served plain or with or over a pasta. Emeril Lagasse grew up Fall River.

For your mise en place,you are going to need basil, thyme, parsely, pepper, paprika, Tabasco sauce or cayenne, fresh lemons, butter, seafood stock (or, alternately, clam broth or juice), a small can of tomato paste, a white onion, garlic cloves, shallots, chives, scallions, bay leaves (or Bay seasoning), all-purpose flour, extra-virgin police oil, and cooking sherry.

Here is where the rubber meets the road. You have to cook to your tastes and preferences and those of your guests. Fresh is best. I tend by necessity to always lean towards low-salt or no salt. Some judgment must always be used in terms of final volume, amount of ingredient, brand/quality, etc. In the case of bisque, you’re aiming for a quart of liquid per person. Often you end up with a bit more; it will keep in the fridge, but only for a short time.

So take all those shells you took off the lobsters, put them in a crude newspaper or parchment envelope, and pulverize them with a rubber mallet.  Toss them all (especially the bodies and their abdominal goodies like tomalley) in a large pot.  Throw in a bit of butter to provide some lubrication so all the left-over meats and juices you didn’t bother to get out of all the many crustaceans’ nooks and crannies ooze on out into the pan. Cover them with water and put on high heat, but do not let this boil over or you will have a major stove-top mess. When you get to boil, turn down to simmer. Boil down the water for half an hour or more; the more time spent here in the process, the higher the concentration of lobster flavor.  Let it cool and then strain the water into a fresh clean holding container; drape cheesecloth over a colander in that storage container in your sink and carefully and slowly pour off the liquid.  Keep the liquid; discard the shells in a double plastic bag with some lemon or pine soap to keep smells down and critters away and put them out into the trash ASAP.

Get out a large pot, and put about 5 ounces of extra-virgin olive oil in the bottom, and maybe a pat of grass-fed butter like Kerry Gold. Peel and chop the white onion and set to sweat or sauté until the onion is translucent (about 8 minutes).  Add minced garlic and chopped shallot and continue for another three to five minutes  Do not burn. Take them off the heat the moment they start to brown.

Add to your preserved lobster water whatever liquid flavoring you choose to use (Worcestershire, Tabasco) as well as selected spices.  I tend to hold out the bay leaves and the thyme until after you have added the roux, and use three-quarters of the allotted amounts of seasoning up front, adding the last quarter toward the end of the cooking process. Fish out the bay leaves just before you serve.

Open the can of tomato paste and take a healthy teaspoon of it and add it to the lobster water/stock pot. Stir it in and keep sitting regularly. It adds color as well as flavor.

Make the roux. The roux is the keystone to the bisque. Roux is simply a flour/butter thickening agent; learning to make a good roux quickly and simply is a useful skill.  Simply melt some grass-fed butter in the bottom of a saucepan and fairly quickly add all-purpose flour. The Culinary Institute of America instructional encyclopedia called “The Professional Chef” suggests a 3:2 dry weight mix of butter to flour, but you will learn to adjust this (and cooking time) to develop thickness and color, characteristics that will vary from recipe to recipe.  The key to roux is that it demands someone’s full attention from start to finish; using a whisk, you beat the flour into the butter (or is it the other way around?).  You must constantly whisk; do not allow the mixture to burn. You may want to add a bit more butter or a bit more flour as you do this; it’s okay.  Just keep whisking and do not turn away.  You whip it into a smooth and silky light brown or nutty brown mixture.  You can also add a smidgen of tomato paste for color if you choose; I would be wary of adding any flavoring of any sort beyond this.  Set the roux aside on the back of the stove until you are ready to add it.

The lobster water stock has been strained and set back on the burner to simmer. After an hour (or more), having made the roux, simply fold and slow-whisk the roux into the stock.  Add the last of your spices. Whisk and stir regularly; some people would even puree at this stage.

You are almost finished.  At this point, you are in the key holding zone. The stock is simmering and should simmer for at least an hour. Longer is okay.  This gives you that desirable period of time when you can greet and entertain guests, the cold salad having been prepared in advance to be served with oil and vinegar, fresh warm bread and butter, beverage of choice, and a small slice of cheesecake for dessert with coffee, or tea.

But the final assembly awaits and will take about 20-30 minutes.  You have the broth base; you can consider adding some seafood stock if you need more volume. Stir, stir.  To this you add a cup or more of cream; most recipes call for heavy cream, but I use light cream.  Heavy is better for taste and consistency, but light will please your cardiologist. Stir and stir again. Add a healthy amount of a cooking alcohol of choice.  You can spend a lot of time thinking about this choice. You can use a standard supermarket dry white cooking wine, or you can let your oenophilic tendencies out to run.  Someone suggests amontillado, which I think a bit heavy.  I almost always end up using a cream sherry. How much is always your choice; the alcohol will burn off.  My bisques tend to be loaded with lobster and sherry.

So you’ve stirred the cream and the sherry into the stock, and just at the end is when you can add the lobster meat. Let it all “get happy” in the pot for a while while your guests get happy on the patio or the deck.  This part makes my wife happy because she says most bisques have barely been introduced to the lobster. Ours is a full celebration of lobsteriness. When you’re ready to serve, bring out the bread and the cutting board, the salads, the beverages, and ladle the soup into the bowls with the remainder into a tureen. Garnish the bowls and the tureen with a pat of butter, a swirl of cream, a swirl of sherry, some parsley, a few croutons, and those tiny little lobster thumbs or some other meat.

The keys to the whole thing are to play and practice, to learn the proper selections of spices, to not overdo any particular ingredient or spice, and to enjoy your guests.


Cheers. Thank you Lord for these Thy many blessings.

Featured photo from Acadia courtesy of Nancy A. Marshall