Monthly Archives: November 2014

On Writing A Blog

In the past, I’ve noted (and readers have reacted with interest and enthusiasm) the topic of writing a blog, or alternately, learning to write well. I’ve noted several possible books in “Ex Libris”. I enjoy writing, and am dedicated to continuing to do so.

Still on the horizon, but moving up nicely on the outside of my “to do” list now that I am more settled in my new digs, are the following:

  1. tons of work based on masses of archived material (and hopefully some new and fresh stuff found just before “deadline”) from within the topic of performance or sports psychology, or “coaching”;
  2. a piece on the media (dominantly television), likely in multiple parts because of its sheer length;
  3. a long piece on revolution.

Photography and music haven’t gotten out of the barn yet, but I just ordered subscriptions to Outdoor Photographer, as well as Digital PhotoPro, and attended my first meeting of a photography club tonight. And I filled four large freezer bags with sand to weight down the GarageBand synthesizer keyboard stand.

But this isn’t about me, it’s about you, and that’s why I thought you would like to know abut the free online course noted in this e-mail I received:

Explore Longform with Writing 201

by Michelle W.

We often think of blog posts as being just a few paragraphs long, or being a “less serious” kind of writing. Not so! In this challenge, we’ll focus on writing longform pieces that are equally at home on your blog or in a magazine. Whether you have trouble organizing your thoughts in longer pieces of writing or simply want to challenge yourself as a blogger, Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post can help.

What is Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post?

Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post is a four-week course to help those beginning to explore longform writing (or who are frustrated with their past attempts). Each week, we’ll focus on a different kind of piece, working our way from interviews — one of the easiest ways to get started with longer pieces — through instructional pieces and opinion pieces, ending with a personal essay. It’s the product of a range of writers and editors, including the founders and editors at Longreads — folks who know a thing or two about high word counts.

The course doesn’t have “assignments.” Publish a draft on Monday, a work-in-progress on Thursday, a new post on Saturday, or even commentary on the writing process. Don’t publish at all, or submit your piece to an online magazine. What you publish and how is up to you.

For those who’ve never worked with other writers before or are scared to open your work up for feedback, don’t worry! We’re a friendly bunch, and we’ll offer tips on workshopping before getting started.

The most important part isn’t our advice, but the feedback you offer one another. As with all Blogging U. courses, you’ll have a private community space, the Commons, where we encourage you to workshop your writing. Workshopping is all about collaborative brainstorming: share excerpts from pieces you’re working on or links to your published pieces, ask focused questions, and provide critique. You offer specific, constructive feedback to others, and they do the same for you.

The nuts and bolts

Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post begins on Monday, December 1.

•New workshops are published at 12:00 AM GMT on Mondays. Each one helps you create a new longform piece of writing — interview, instructional, opinion, and personal essay/memoir. (And since you’ll get your final workshop on December 22, you can wrap up in time for the year-end holidays.)

•What “longform” means depends partly on you, but we use it to denote writing that’s 1500 words or more.

•There are no posting requirements; the emphasis is on exploring new forms and workshopping your material. Publish your work when and where you’d like.

•Participants will have a private community site, the Commons, for workshopping, chatting, and connecting with others. Daily Post and Longreads staff and Happiness Engineers will be on hand to answer questions and offer guidance.

•This course is completely free and open to bloggers and writers from any platform.

Note: this is not a course about blogging, it’s a focused writing workshop. If you’re interested in learning to blog or developing your existing blog, you’ll want to try our Blogging 101 and 201 courses — Blogging 101 will be back in January.

How to register

Want to join? Fill out the form [at the bottom of this link ]  to register. You’ll receive an email before the course begins with instructions on how to access the Commons. Thanks for joining us!

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Note also that I’ve partially figured out what the problem is/was with web site management, plug-ins, etc. .

In a word, terminology.  Or semantics.

They speak a foreign language known only to coders and IT experts.

I speak English.

My Bing translator was of no use to me in this case.

Peace has been made, and offers to share a pint are being traded.


While I have to think on this a little longer and harder, it became clear to me that I am now able to offer users (subscribers) some opportunity to become contributors.

I need to think about both the technical process of this, as well as the more obvious social, linguistic and political ramifications.

But I’m all about conversations, dialogue and understanding, so you needn’t agree with me or have all of our molecules in alignment the way water does when it freezes.

Nor would it be a requirement that you take the course noted above, or any other course.

Simple requirements would include clarity, quality, integrity, authenticity, and humanity.

Suggestions and recommendations about the process are welcome via the contact page.


The multi-headed, multi-armed beast

This multi-headed, multi-armed beast

“… a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies on covert means….”

…  beneath the open surface of our society lie connections and relationships of long-standing, virtually immune to disclosure, and capable of great  crimes, including serial murder….  These forces are still with us, and they are not benign.

Peter Dale Scott, Deep Politics and the death of JFK, University of California Press, Berkeley, 1996, pages 17 and 21


In case you missed any of the 

250-500 articles in 50 years 

that said the same thing….


“For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence–on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system that has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.

Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, and no secret is revealed.” [A full transcription of the speech that President John F. Kennedy gave at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on April 27, 1961 and an analysis of the edited version on the net that contains the secret society portion can be found at: ]

It was hard to miss JFK’s veiled reference to the Skull and Bones society at Yale University, a branch of the Bavarian Illuminati, the Bilderbergers, CFR and the other secret societies that rule the world from behind the scenes, The Powers That Be (TPTB).

G. William Domhoff, a Research Professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz first coined the non-conspiracy acronym TPTB. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Miami. He has been teaching at the University of California, Santa Cruz, since 1965. Four of his books are among the top 50 best sellers in sociology for the years 1950 to 1995: Who Rules America? (1967); The Higher Circles (1970); Who Rules America Now? (1983); and the non-“conspiracy” critique and theory of the U.S. power structure, The Powers That Be (TPTB) in 1979.

[Excerpt from “Bones” in the Money Pit

Our consumer society didn’t just happen; it was planned. Not in 1910, or 1954, but in the year 1832, the year William Huntington Russell and fellow classmate Alphonso Taft founded the Skull and Bones society at Yale University, a branch of the Bavarian Illuminati.

Members, known as “Bonesmen,” include Rockefeller, Kuhn, Loeb and Morgan all connected to the House of Rothschild’s global financial empire. They are founders of the Federal Reserve, the Bank of England, France, and Germany or, for that matter, any central bank anywhere in the world. In theory, the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, one of the most important domestic acts in the nation’s history, took the power to create money from the people and gave it to the Bonesmen for profit.

Russ Baker’s new book, “Family of Secrets: the Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, And What Their Influence Means for America,” is about George H. W. Bush’s secret intelligence work with the CIA many years before he became the Agency’s director. Bush Sr. had played a powerful but hidden role in determining the direction of the U.S. government.

It’s common knowledge that the Bushes sit at the intersection of America’s business and intelligence communities, but it not so common knowledge that the Bush Family, Bush Sr., Jr. and grandfather Prescott Bush, were all Bonesmen. Prescott Bush’s initiation in 1918 is said to have included robbing the grave of the Native American warrior, Geronimo. Prescott Bush helped Henry Ford, Averell Harriman and others finance Adolph Hitler.

More here: 



… Charles Drago, an acolyte of George Michael Evica (author of “A Certain Arrogance”) and who used to hold court at the Deep Politics Forum where he was one of the founders and moderators, published there [the Evica-Drago JFK Conspiracy Model] for solving the JFK mystery by parsing out the people involved as Mechanics, Facilitators or Sponsors. So there is at least that one template….. [just one of the proofs that the late great blogger was among the best]



The Evica-Drago model for the JFK conspiracy is as follows:

SPONSORS — Those with the authority and motive to sanction the assassination and the connections to engage facilitating agents and systems. Among them in my opinion: the most powerful supra-national entities who were — and are — above Cold War and Clash of Civilization cosmetic differences.

FALSE SPONSORS — Selected primarily from involved high-level FACILITATORS and otherwise uninvolved entities who logically might have come under suspicion. Among them in my opinion: LBJ, the CIA, the Mob, anti-Castro Cubans, Big Business, Big Oil, Castro, Khrushchev, etc.

FACILITATORS — From the “princes” who directly and/or through buffers routinely interacted with and carried out the agendas of the SPONSORS and who created the plot in all its complexities, through high-level members of facilitating organizations, to mid- to low-level functionaries who performed the heavy lifting. Among them in my opinion: LBJ, James Angleton, Edward Lansdale, David Atlee Phillips, David Sanchez Morales, Lucien Conein, Gerald Patrick Hemming, “William Bishop” and other CIA officers and agents, Santos Trafficante, Johnny Rosselli, Jimmy Hoffa, certain Secret Service, FBI and military intelligence officers and agents, individuals intimately linked to Big Business and Big Oil, certain Dallas elected officials and members of the DPD, certain members of the print and broadcast media, certain heads of state, etc. etc. etc.

MECHANICS — The gunmen and support personnel on-site who carried out the attack. Among them in my opinion: possibly a team from Pakse Base, former Wermacht/SS sniper(s), etc.

You get my drift.

If you see merit both in the general SPONSOR/[FALSE SPONSOR]/FACILITATOR/MECHANIC model for JFK and in its applicability and value to the study of the 9/11 conspiracy, who would you cast in these roles? 

Drago wrote the forward to Evica’s book  “A Certain Arrogance”. 



I don’t think I’ll ever forget the stunned lack of inability to talk or ask questions on the faces of the adults about the events of that weekend when I first saw this footage on television inside the living room of David Campbell Burnham and his wife Anne at North Farmhouse in Gill, MA, across the street from the barns on the plateau above the Connecticut River, on the campus of the school that gave us such luminaries as Noel Tichy (the resident senior watching over some fifteen of us preppies), Dore Gold, Valerie Jarrett, Neil Sheehan, Frank Shorter, William Rhodes, and David Hartman. [God must have truly loved me such that  I didn’t make that list.] (1:08)

“When you are fifteen and struggling to find yourself in a brutally competitive school away from home for the first time, warding off overly-authoritarian and arrogant types ranging from roommates from Darien, CT to future bound-for-Yale business leadership scholars in their debut role as house seniors and, finally, to the dean of students dealing out  six-and-eighteen’s  to the non-conformists who didn’t play by the rules, the murder of a President is the kind of thing that gets filed until “later”.  


[A “six-and-eighteen” is confinement to campus for six weeks and 18 hours of hard, forced labor — above and beyond the required three hours a week required of each student.  My first eighteen was spent in the kitchen. My second was spent scrubbing the caked char off the insides of the furnaces inside the campus building that provided steam heat to the classrooms and dormitories.]




Then there are the simple facts that can be and were derived for my now-dormant (but mostly still-archived) series on the murder of Mary Pinchot Meyer called “Mosaica”.  The Wayback Machine failed to capture it, but I still have a folder full of the research that you can duplicate. 

Pages 442-444, Cloak and Gown: Scholars in the Secret War, (Robin Winks, William Morrow and Co., New York 1991) will provide an introduction to Cord Meyer. See also page 350ff in The Politics of World Federation: From World Federalism to World Governance, (Joseph Preston Baratta, Greenwood Publishing Group 2004) as well as Pages 61-62, The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms and the CIA, (Thomas Powers, Alfred Knopf 1979).


Mary’s murder was the subject of a book by Dick Janney, about which much commentary and criticism has been written. Lisa Pease and James DiEugenio in particular made light of the acquittal of the designated patsy and the idea that a “covert op” could have been mounted in 1964 involving frogmen wearing disguises arising from out of the lagoon alongside the Potomac, something easily debunked on the basis of available references. [There’s lots of predictive programming from that era, as well as old references to OSS/CIA training.]


The Pinchot/Eno clan was deeply involved in Skull and Bones. 

Cord Meyer worked for the CIA and was deeply involved in Operation Mockingbird. He was accused of being a Communist by McCarthy. He was suspicious of James Jesus Angleton, whose own involvement in Mary’s demise is suspected.

“ Yale was not, of course, alone in being the target of intelligence recruitment, especially after the war. In 1948 Frank Wisner, who during the war served the OSS well in Istanbul in the Balkans, became the director of the Office of Special Projects, which soon became the Office of Policy Coordination. [The title office of policy coordination was a euphemism for covert action. OPC’s approach to intelligence work was rather like a “secret society”–serving the country in ways and it did not know. Yale’s most prestigious social life turned on secret societies, of which perhaps Skull and Bones was the most exclusive, and the members of those societies deeply believe in the wisdom of their own selection (and perhaps at times in the wonder of it) and were convinced they serve Yale in ways that the beneficiaries of their noblesse oblige might never fully understand. Of course, it was widely rumored that the secret societies were recruiting grounds as well.]  A graduate of the University of Virginia and its law school, a naval commander, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for occupied countries–another position not unlike that of a senior official in the colonial office in Britain, Wisner was convinced that the emerging Cold War would be both long and central to the shape of the future world order…..”

[Page 54, Cloak and Gown: Scholars in the Secret War, Robin Winks, William Morrow and Co., New York 1991.]


Feldman was a behind-the-scenes liaison to Israel 

According to his obituary: 

Mr. Feldman stayed on in the White House after Kennedy’s death to serve President Lyndon B. Johnson. Johnson promoted him to special counsel.

In Johnson’s 1964 presidential race, Mr. Feldman reprised his dirty-tricks role by leading a secret campaign to demean Senator Barry M. Goldwater, Johnson’s opponent. Among other tactics, they fed hostile questions to reporters who were following Mr. Goldwater, Robert Dallek wrote in “Flawed Giant: Lyndon Johnson and His Times 1961-1973.”

Myer Feldman was born on June 22, 1914, in Philadelphia. His father, a tailor, died in 1918 in the great influenza epidemic. He attended Girard College in Philadelphia, which was founded as a boarding school for fatherless boys ; he graduated at 16.

He worked for a roofing company, then won a scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania. He went on to that university’s law school, where he was on the law review.

He taught at the law school until joining the Army Air Forces in 1942. After the war, he worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission, rising to executive assistant to the chairman. He went on to work for the Senate Banking and Currency Committee, where he met Mr. Sorensen, who was then an aide to Kennedy, who was then a senator.

Mr. Feldman was sent to meet quietly with Israeli leaders, particularly David Ben-Gurion and Golda Meir, about matters including arms sales, Palestinian refugees, and whether Israel was building a nuclear weapon.


Feldman lobbies for sale of tanks under LBJ



The nature of this multi-headed, multi-armed beast is that if you suggest that it is Communist in origin, the counter-cry is to warn about McCarthy-style blacklistings, freedom of speech, etc. or to suggest that the people involved are variegated politically and have assimilated.  If you say “socialist”, the counter-cry is to list the long list of abuses of capitalism (and they are numerous). If you say Jews, or perhaps Zionists, or perhaps banksters, the counter-cry is anti-Semitism. The counter-attacks are panopticonism, hyper-surveillance, and attacks against people and organizations on lists maintained by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the US DHS and the ADL, keeping in mind that B’nai B’rith and the ADL were formed to protect the flanks while the Federal Reserve was quietly and secretively cemented into place by the same people who funded Nazism and Bolshevism to keep the weapons factories humming and the rich investors uber-wealthy.

From the beginning (at least since the formation of the Perfecibilists), the major tactic has always been to appear to be something other than what you are, and the central strategy has always been to maintain a balance of power by playing one against another, funding the weaker while making money off the profits and usurious interests and control of the second- and third-generation consequences, by infiltration, secrecy, treachery and treason, double- and triple agent espionage, arms sales, illegal cross-border trafficking of guns, drugs and people, and by foreknowledge and the ability to manipulate fiscal transactions in marketplaces by counterfeiting, data manipulation, and the more modern variants of “pump and dump”, derivatives, high-speed high-volume sales, or simply the control of investigative, media or regulatory agencies. 

… Once you start looking in the right place all sorts of evidence turn up…..

[Page 71, The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms and the CIA, Thomas Powers, Alfred Knopf 1979]