Something Wicked Came This Way…[Part 3]

Kelly EM
May 16, 2017

This author is very appreciative of the many fine comments, links, propositions and theories shared with respect to the first two blogs with the above title. The premises for continuing our discussion are reports of a discovery of a layer of platinum from the comments to Part II. So let’s take the debate a little deeper.

The argument of the pro-comet faction is that the platinum (Pt) is evidence only of a cometary impact.  I asked Dr. LaViolette about the evidence of a rise in platinum in the ice cores.  Dr. LaViolette informed me that:

“The [platinum] peak increases gradually and drops off abruptly. This is exactly opposite to what you would expect for an impact. This is probably one reason Petaev suggested this to be dust of unusual composition that had entered our stratosphere (and not an impacting body). For Moore et al. Besides, the date of this peak lies 30 years prior to the burning episode that the comet theorists usually refer to for the catastrophe date. [emphasis mine].

Petaev does acknowledge one study that seems to support the comet impact scenario, the paper by Bunch et al., so that option may not be entirely dead.”

A lot of work has been done since his Earth under Fire was published in 1997. In particular, the researchers have continued to develop new research to see if they can “fill the histogram” with more data to further differentially diagnose the scenario.

Dr. LaViolette has contended that bursts of proton radiation from the sun that were able to penetrate to the surface of the Earth en masse. These events are called Solar Proton Events (SPE).

Dr. LaViolette thinks that solar proton storms occurred that were 125 times worse than the baseline event in 1956. The pre-Younger-Dryas solar proton storm produced surface radiation of three Sieverts (3S/hr) over a period of 50 hours, which is a deadly dose to any large animal so exposed on the surface. This event would have been highly problematic. Would it not be a frightening thing if periodically the sun burns through the atmosphere and delivers a lethal dose of proton radiation for more than two days?

Such an SPE would have led to a massive but incomplete extinction, which is what we see. The fauna began disappearing before the Younger Dryas. The following quotes are from his paper on the Startburst Foundation website:

“There is a question as to whether the megafaunal extinction was progressive, perhaps lasting several millennia, or whether it occurred all at once in a single catastrophic event. Meltzer and Mead (1985) have suggested that it progressed over several thousand years with most of the extinct megafauna disappearing at or prior to 11,000±100 14C years BP, or at or prior to 12,910±100 cal yrs BP in the Cariaco Basin chronology.”

Speaking metrologically, in addition to the overall extinction rate, the end of the Clovis people continues to be tightened up. It looks as though the Clovians culture ended before the YD, which is more consistent with an GW/SPE than a strike during the YD, a logical impossibility for the “comet during the glacier” theory.

“The Clovis cut-off date has been placed between 10,900 and 10,800 14C years BP (Meltzer, 2004; Waters and Stafford, 2007). This is equivalent to the interval between 12,880 to 12,840 cal yrs BP in the Cariaco Basin chronology. Hence the Clovis culture end date immediately precedes the date of the proposed solar event.”

Lastly, he pins the overall extinction directly on a Solar Proton Event (SPE).

“Based on all of the above boundary dates (Rancholabrean, Clovis, and black mat), it is reasonable to place the abrupt termination of the Pleistocene megafauna as having occurred sometime within the first 200 years of the YD onset, or somewhere in the range of 12,950 to 12,750 calendar years BP in the Cariaco Basin chronology. Hence from a chronological standpoint, the proposed 12,837 cal yrs BP solar proton event proves to be a good candidate as being the final cause of the megafaunal demise.”

But how do we distinguish a cometary impact from a Galactic SuperWave/SPE?

“The proposed solar proton event hypothesis, like the comet impact/explosion scenario of Firestone, et al. (2007), is compatible with the occurrence of a single main catastrophic event. But, unlike the solitary-event comet scenario, the solar hypothesis also allows the possibility of the occurrence of multiple hazardous events of varying magnitude, as suggested by the presence of multiple 14C spurts seen.”

Unpacking this, the GW/SPE hypothesis is supported by multiple Carbon-14 increases in the ice cores. In layman’s terms, this means radiation striking carbon and adding two neutrons, making it radioactive, which cannot be explained by a comet. Further, things got so very acidic in the ice cores that snow would make a perfect salad dressing component for your next lunch at Spago:

“On the basis of the transferred Cariaco Basin chronology, it dates at 12,837±10 cal yrs BP, hence indicating that very acidic snows were being deposited around the time of the hypothesized 12,837 cal yrs BP super SPE. The snows falling at the time of this event were so highly acidic that they increased the electrical conductivity of the ice 1000 fold compared with background conductivity levels prevailing before the event. Highly acidic snows would be an expected outcome if, as suggested earlier, the atmosphere had been exposed to a high flux of cosmic rays during a large magnitude solar proton event.

“Nitrate ions are produced when the atmosphere is exposed to cosmic rays. Hence nitrate ion concentration spikes serve as good indicators of SPEs. McCracken et al. (2001a, 2001b) have found that nitrate ion concentration spikes registered in the polar ice record during the period 1561 to 1950 correlate with major historical SPEs and that impulsive nitrate events serve as reliable indicators of large fluence SPEs. The 12,837 yrs BP ECM spike is seen to be associated with high nitrate ion concentrations in the GISP2 ice record, where the nitrate values plot 10 cm sample increments (Yang, et al, 1995); see figure 5. The 200 ppb peak visible here is the highest nitrate level to occur during the entire Younger Dryas period, supporting the present suggestion that the 12,837 yrs BP acidity peak records the occurrence of a very large magnitude cosmic ray event.”

Dr. LaViolette, in a private correspondence stated further:

“Its main problem is that a comet impact would produce a huge nitric oxide peak in the polar ice record and no peak that large is seen. Also all their findings of platinum group elements near the extinction boundary can be interpreted as being due to cosmic dust injected into the stratosphere from the dust sheath. I discuss this in my 2011 paper, which proposes a solar flare cause for the mass extinction event. Also the cite has a paper I have written about the 22 flaws of the Firestone comet impact theory.”

One curiosity this author carries with respect to the comet vs. superwave “debate” is that the theories are not mutually exclusive technically. It is possible, in a “both/and” perspective rather than an “either/or” that multiple events took place. The Carolina lakes evidence is the closest we have in my view but the measurement of when and how, the lakes, which stretch from the seaboard to Texas, came to be and the metrology for determining when and how is still tentative.

Since the events of the YD are within human memory, why can’t we remember it more accurately? Well, we do, in all the sacred scriptures from around the world. Even Plato took on the topic:

“The fact is, that wherever the extremity of winter frost or of summer does not prevent, mankind exist, sometimes in greater, sometimes in lesser numbers. And whatever happened either in your country or in ours, or in any other region of which we are informed-if there were any actions noble or great or in any other way remarkable, they have all been written down by us of old, and are preserved in our temples. Whereas just when you and other nations are beginning to be provided with letters and the other requisites of civilized life, after the usual interval, the stream from heaven, like a pestilence, comes pouring down, and leaves only those of you who are destitute of letters and education; and so you have to begin all over again like children, and know nothing of what happened in ancient times, either among us or among yourselves. As for those genealogies of yours, which you just now recounted to us, Solon, they are no better than the tales of children. In the first place you remember a single deluge only, but there were many previous ones; in the next place, you do not know that there formerly dwelt in your land the fairest and noblest race of men which ever lived, and that you and your whole city are descended from a small seed or remnant of them which survived.” Plato, Timaeus, (Critias, speaking) [Emphasis mine.]

Plato describes pestilential events that periodically rain down from heaven that make Earth beings forget the past, like children, forcing the ancients to record their wisdom in stone. The GSW/SPE fits the bill nicely. Putting the entire earth inside a proton accelerator would affect the minds, the memories, with radiation damage, like this poor Russian.

Dr. LaViolette’s position is that the comet theory does not hold up under the data. That’s a well-reasoned view. There are just too many events and mix of data to pin this down to a comet or asteroid strike. And as Dr. LaViolette would likely agree, the comet researchers seem to grasp onto any data that on the surface supports their theory while not addressing the fact that the data actually undermines it. Sarcastically, only Department of Education “experts” could support such a math.  It comes down to politics.

Why does not Dr. LaViolette’s theory get the scientific attention it deserves? When we remember Dr. Carol Rosen’s recounting of her discussion with Dr. Werner Von Braun, the one where he laughingly told her that it would go from nations of concern, to terrorists, to asteroids, to aliens, one can understand why the superwave theory does not get attention it clearly deserves. It does not fit the playlist of narratives that drive the meta agenda.

Additionally, the global effort to undermine the cultural significance of historical scripture, tablets, and scrolls, in order to create a collective amnesia perforce to turn the ground for a single world replacement religion, which is intended to provide an ersatz “spiritual” pillar to the globalist collective system, makes it perfectly clear why science that rigorously tips its hat to textual evidence would get the cold shoulder. Work like Joseph Farrell’s Cosmic War and the work of Paul LaViolette provides a jolt of scientific credibility to scripture, which of course will just not do.
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Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and “strange stuff”. His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into “alternative history and science”.

50 #Quotes On #Health

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Zy Marquiez
May 15, 2017

Having recently done some research on health after some unforeseen circumstances, and after finding some noteworthy quotes in some books about optimal health, I thought it prudent to share the quotes I have collated overtime.

Most quotes are directly related to health, while others could be applied indirectly.

“Natural Forces within us are the true healers of disease.”
– Hippocrates

“Doctors give drugs of which they know little, into bodies, of which they know less, for diseases of which they know nothing at all.”
– Voltaire

“He who takes medicine and neglects diet wastes the skill of the physician.”
– Chinese Proverb

“One-quarter of what you eat keeps you alive.  The other three-quarters keeps your doctor alive.”
– Hieroglyph In Egyptian Tomb

“Health is not valued till sickness comes.”
– Thomas Fuller

“Leave your drugs in a chemist’s pot if you can heal the patient with food.”
– Hippocrates

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.”
– Benjamin Franklin

“He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.”
– Thomas Carlyle

“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind.  If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.”
– Buddha

“The food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”
– Ann Wigmore

“Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.”
– Dalai Lama

“Any food that requires enhancing by the use of chemical substances should in no way be considered a food.”
– John H. Tobe

“It is increasingly observed that the majority of pharmaceutical drugs, even those believed to have minimal adverse effects, such as proton-pump inhibitors and anti-hypertensives, in fact adversely affect immune development and functions and are most likely are deleterious to micribiota.”
– Stig Bengmark, MD, PhD, “Gut Micribiota, Immune Development and Function,” Pharmacological Research 69 (March 2013): 87-113

“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.”
– Thomas Edison

“Learning is the beginning of wealth.  Learning is the beginning of health.  Learning is the beginning of spirituality.  Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.”
– Jim Rohn

“You can’t poison a body into wellness.”
– Catherine J. Frompovich

“Modern medicine is a negation of health. It isn’t organized to serve human health, but only itself, an institution. It makes more people sick than it heals.”
– Ivan Illic 

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.”
– Irish Proverb

“Psychiatric diagnosis still relies exclusively on fallible subjective judgments rather than objective biological tests.”
– Dr. Allen Frances, author of Saving Normal

“Don’t eat anything your great-great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.  There are a great many foodlike items in the supermarket your ancestors wouldn’t recognize as food…stay away from these.”
– Michael Pollan, “Unhappy Meals,” New York Times, Jan 28, 2007

“Pharmaceutical treatment has, thus far, failed to inhibit the tsunami of endemic diseases spreading around the world, and no new tools are in sight.  Dramatic alterations, in direction of a paleolithic-like lifestyle and food habits, seem to be the only alternative with the potential to control the present escalating crisis.”
– Stig Bengmark, MD, PhD, “Gut Microbiota, Immune Development and Function,” Pharmacological Research 69 (March 2013): 87-113

“I will not follow where the path may lead; instead I will go where there is no path and leave a trail.”
– Muriel Strode

“Probably as much as 75% of the medicine of sickness is unnecessary and its cost can be avoided.”
–  Dr. Ghislaine Lanctot, Author Of The Medical Mafia

“In fact, I am certain, there has never been a doctor anywhere, at any time, in any country, at any period in history who ever healed anything.  Each person’s healer is within.”
– Marlo Morgan, Mutant Messages Down Under

” One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.”
William Osler, M.D.

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
– William James

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”
– Gandhi

“Laughter is the best medicine.”

“To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”
– Buddha

“It is not an exaggeration to say that gut health is everything.  The health of your gut has a profound effect on your overall health.”
– Sarah Ballantyne, Ph.D., The Paleo Approach

“Improving the quality, duration, and timing of your sleep is one of the single most powerful interventions you can make to improve your health.”
– Chris Kresser, Your Personal Paleo Code

“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.”
– Plato

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”
– Benjamin Franklin

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
– Albert Einstein

“Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading.  I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“Sickness comes on horseback, but departs on foot.”
– Dutch Proverb

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
– Confucius

“Without health life is not life; it is only a state of languor and suffering – an image of death.”
– Buddha

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
– Confucius

“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.”
– George Bernard Shaw

“The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.”

“We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
– Aristotle

I think it’s absolutely criminal to give mercury to an infant.”
– Boyd Haley, Ph.D., Chemistry Department Chair, University of Kentucky

“The first wealth is health.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it.”
– Common Sense

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
– Proverb

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine by thy food.”
– Hippocrates

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to profoundly sick society.”
– Krishnamurti

“Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.”
– Shakespeare

“From the bitterness of disease man learns the sweetness of health.”
– Catalan Proverb

“He who takes medicine and neglects diet wastes the skill of his doctors.”
– Chinese Proverb

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Sensational! Archaeologists recover 47 pieces of Orichalcum—a metal used on Atlantis

March 5, 2017

Archaeologists have discovered 47 pieces of the legendary Orichalcum Metal which is believed to have been used on Atlantis in a 2,600-year-old shipwreck.

Is this the ultimate proof Atlantis DID exist?

Some 2,600 years ago, a ship sank off the coast of Gela, to the south of modern-day Sicily. What experts found inside the wreckage has shaken the archaeological community: 47 pieces of a precious alloy that according to ancient accounts, was one of the most precious metals used in Atlantis.

According to Plato’s writings the metal—believed to be an alloy of copper, zinc and lead—was extracted and originated from Atlantis, and was used to worship Poseidon among other things.

The curious metal (Orichalcum) was first mentioned in the 7th century BC by Hesiod, and in the Homeric hymn dedicated to Aphrodite, dated to the 630s.

According to experts, the ship—which is believed to date back to the sixth century—was traveling to Gela, coming from either Greece, or somewhere in Asia Minor. The discovery was made by divers some 300 meters below the surface.

According to Sebastiano Tusa, renowned archaeologist and member of the research team, two perfectly preserved Corinthian helmets, remains of amphorae (jars), an anchor and several blisters (containers holding oils) were also found.

Plato said only gold was a more precious substance than orichalcum. Here are two of the recently discovered ingots. (Sebastiano Tusa/ Superintendency of the Sea, Sicily)

“The ship dates to the end the sixth century B.C.” It was likely caught in a sudden storm and sunk just when it was about to enter the port,” added Tusa.

“The presence of helmets and weapons aboard ships is rather common. They were used against pirate incursions,” Tusa told “Another hypothesis is that they were meant to be an offer to the gods.”

This isn’t the first discovery of the legendary metal. In 2015, researchers diving near the shipwreck recovered 39 ingots of the curious metal.

Orichalcum or aurichalcum is a metal mentioned in several ancient writings, including the story of Atlantis in the Critias of Plato. Within the dialogue, Critias (460 – 403 BC) claims that orichalcum had been considered second only to gold in value and had been found and mined in many parts of Atlantis in ancient times, but that by Critias’ own time orichalcum was known only by name.

Is this the ultimate proof Atlantis DID exist? (Sebastiano Tusa, Soprintendenza del Mare-Regione Sicilia)

Furthermore, ancient texts reveal—Critias written by Plato—that the three outer walls of the Temple to Poseidon and Cleito on Atlantis were clad respectively with brass, tin, and the third outer wall, which encompassed the whole citadel, “flashed with the red light of orichalcum”.

“The waters there are a priceless mine of archaeological finds,” remarked Adriana Fresina, an archaeologist who works with Tusa.

Interestingly, Orichalcum is also mentioned in the Antiquities of the Jews – Book VIII, sect. 88 by Josephus, who stated that the vessels in the Temple of Solomon were made of orichalcum (or a bronze that was like gold in beauty).

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Book Review: Philosophy 101 By Socrates – An Introduction To Philosophy Via Plato’s Apology by Peter Kreeft Ph.D.

Zy Marquiez
February 10, 2017

My introduction to Peter Kreeft’s work took place via his magnum opus Socratic Logic A Logic Text Using Socratic Method, Platonic Questions, And Aristotelian Principles Edition 3.1With that book Kreeft set the bar extremely high for his own work given the phenomenal job he did in the creation of that book.  Thankfully, that type of high quality standard travels with him to this other book.

Philosophy 101 By Socrates – An Introduction To Plato’s Apology by Peter Kreeft PhD is an indispensable introduction into the realm of Philosophy.

Although notably not as long as Kreeft’s book cited initially, this book still packs a punch.  The author creates what one may call a ‘user-friendly’ guide to Philosophy.

Given its length, the book can be read rather quickly.  Additionally, Philosophy 101 by Socrates is distilled to serve as a jump-off point for the reader/learner to venture forth into other philosophical topics.  Not only is it possible to use this book as a portable classroom, but it can be useful for homeschooling and even college classrooms.

Arguably the main strength of the Kreeft thesis is that philosophy takes no prisoners.  It questions everything.  Like a curious kid asking why in their nascent stage, it seeks truth – not belief – within every crevice it dares to delve into.  This may be problematic for individuals that do not want their beliefs question.

Kreeft shows how Socrates ‘philosophy operates in the following passage:

“Socrates is the apostle of reason.  He demands that we give logical reasons, grounds for beliefs, and follow the logical consequences of our beliefs, taken as premises or hypotheses, to their logical conclusions through a number of logically compelling steps.”[1]

Such incisiveness will undoubtedly get to the core of the issue far more often than not if employed correctly.

And yet, as Kreeft implies, philosophy isn’t an antithesis to certain disciplines, such as religion.  In fact, Kreeft goes to show how faith and reason can coexist if used trenchantly:

“One of the main functions of philosophy as practiced by Socrates is a critique of religion, finding reasons for (or against) faith.  These reasons often claim only probability rather than certainty; and even when they claim certainty, they may be mistaken) for man is not God and infallible); but it is surely a gain to use binocular vision, reason and faith, and to make at least somewhat clearer and/or more reasonable the ideas most people find the most important in their lives.”[2]

As an introduction to philosophy and Socrates simultaneously, one would be hard-pressed to find a better book than this.  In that Kreeft does an exceptional job in showing how Philosophy and Socrates interweave, especially given how Socrates planted many of the seeds for this whole discipline with his life’s work.

Using Plato’s Apology as a jump-off point, Kreeft undertakes the task to show the reader many of the ways philosophy can be understood by using forty different descriptions of the subject.  It was particularly interesting seeing the range of descriptions that Kreeft was able to come up with – some of it which might shock the reader – and how he was able to seamlessly show how apt those descriptions were to the act of philosophizing.

Subsequent to that Kreeft gives readers a cursory analysis of parts of the Euthyphro, as well as Phaedo, which are both dialogues by Plato, the latter of which details Socrates’ last days.  There are various purposes for the dialogues and the commentary that follows, and these merge swiftly with the overview of philosophy that Kreeft undertook.

One of the main strengths of this book is its ability to narrow complex topics into practical – but not overly simplified – gems of information that the reader can glean.  By contrast, many other philosophy books tend to overcomplicate philosophy, which turn readers off, or to oversimplify philosophy, which ends up not showcasing the latitude that philosophy can employ when used trenchantly.

This practical primer of philosophy also helps readers realize the importance of the art of cross-examination, which Socrates is the father of.  Coupled with that, and more importantly, by its very precision cross-examination employs in philosophy, Kreeft helps readers gain an understanding of the thorough depth which philosophy will go to in search for truth.  This journey in search for Wisdom will percolate into all disciplines, and can only strengthen an individual’s repertoire.

Drawing on all the data above, the book should be an integral component in education.  What the book offers is a template for what’s possible by philosophy’s employment, and not having these skills/knowledge in life emblematic of a surgeon at the operating room without a scalpel.

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[1] Peter Kreeft Ph.D., Philosophy 101 By Socrates – An Introduction To Plato’s Apology, p. 104.
[2] Ibid., p. 141.

Gates Foundation: We Made Mistakes, But We Still Support Rotten To The…

Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
August 24, 2016

It has been a long time since I ranted about Amairikun egdykayshun and the nitwit busybody billionaires that, since progressive education was a gleam in John D. Rockefailure’s and Andrew Smarmygie’s eyes, have made such a hash of it. Well, I have to rant again after reading this article shared by Mr. V.T.:

Gates Foundation chief admits Common Core mistakes

Yes, it’s confession time for Bill and Melinda Gates, and for that matter, even the Los Angeles Pravda-Times:

Sue Desmond-Hellmann, foundation chief executive officer, wrote this in a newly released annual letter:

We are firm believers that education is a bridge to opportunity in America. My colleague, Allan Golston, spoke passionately about this at a gathering of education experts last year. However, we’re facing the fact that it is a real struggle to make system-wide change.

And she wrote this about the foundation’s investment in creating, implementing and promoting the Common Core State Standards:

Unfortunately, our foundation underestimated the level of resources and support required for our public education systems to be well-equipped to implement the standards. We missed an early opportunity to sufficiently engage educators – particularly teachers – but also parents and communities so that the benefits of the standards could take flight from the beginning.

This has been a challenging lesson for us to absorb, but we take it to heart. The mission of improving education in America is both vast and complicated, and the Gates Foundation doesn’t have all the answers.

That may be news only to the Gates Foundation. As this new biting editorial in the Los Angeles Times — with the headline, “Gates Foundation failures show philanthropists shouldn’t be setting America’s public school agenda” — says:

It was a remarkable admission for a foundation that had often acted as though it did have all the answers. Today, the Gates Foundation is clearly rethinking its bust-the-walls-down strategy on education — as it should. And so should the politicians and policymakers, from the federal level to the local, who have given the educational wishes of Bill and Melinda Gates and other well-meaning philanthropists and foundations too much sway in recent years over how schools are run.

Now, stay with me here, because here’s where it gets really interesting, for I have made mention of Andrew Smarmygie and John D. Rockefailure in my litany of miserific millionaires and billionaire bysyboddies who’ve so screwed things up over the past century.  But at least with Smarmygie and Rockefailure, we were dealing with people who were willing to swallow the pill they were insisting that others swallow. As my co-author Gary Lawrence and I pointed out in our book Rotten to the (Common) Core, at least Rockefailure insisted that his sons attend the progressivist schools of Abraham Flexner, where they learned to not enjoy reading and to find books tedious and unenjoyable. These patrons of Progress (Nelson Aldrich and Laurence Rockefailure) then went on to other philanthropic causes, becoming presidential advisors and and vice-presidents and what-not. In the case of Andrew Smarmygie, at least he funded actual libraries around the country that had actual books in them that one could actually read, and even learn to disagree with the progressivist nonsense he was promoting.

But Gates? What’s he done? I submit the proof is  in the pudding: nothing. No libraries, no actual books, no musical instruments. The bottom line here is if these billionaire busybodies really want to make a difference, then they should simply donate money and physical equipment, and demonstrate their genuineness by sponsoring schools and equipment string-free, no agenda or political agreement required, They might even consider making huge donations to independent minded colleges like Hillsdale, St. John’s College, and so on.

But of course, they won’t do that, because this isn’t really about education at all for these people. It’s about controlling information and the “narrative”(usually if not always, of a progressivist sort); it’s about the furtherance of their own personal power and profits, and telling everyone else what to think and believe, and to demonstrate their loyalty to that agenda via their standardized tests.

The real bottom line here is about these billionaire busybodies themselves, who hide behind their foundations, which reveal themselves to be nothing but racketeering organizations, organized and legally-sanctioned gangs, using their money, power, and influence to press their political and ultimately anti-cultural and anti-western civilization agenda. Remember, it’s not about improving education, it’s about widening their power, influence, and building out the surveillance state. Remember what Dr. Lawrence and I wrote in Rotten to the Common Core: Nikola Tesla, J.S. Bach, Albert Einstein, Clara Schumann, Ayn Rand, Fanny Mendelssohn, Percy Shelley, Diego Velasquez, Alexander Hamilton, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Locke, and a whole list of geniuses who have contributed to our art, our music, our science, our law, jurisprudence, and political institutions, our civilization, were not billionaire busybodies nor the products of standardized tests or progressivist education.

You really want to improve education, Mr. Gates? Then build libraries, fill them with books of Plato, Aristotle, literature and science books (I’ll be happy to provide a list), buy the musical instruments, spend your billions on getting RID of teacher certification and making sure teachers spend more time learning the disciplines they’re required to teach, and allow them to assess their students away from the prying eye of standardized tests, than they do spending time on edublihter and methodological claptrap in “education” courses. In other words, rethink your whole paradigm, and for heaven’s sakes, get out of the way. Let students learn that not all information is on the internet, that some of it, most of it in fact, that is important to our civilization is in books, that genuine research knows how to look for them and read them and genuine education teachers teach students how to do so, teaches them to listen intelligently to a piece of music or to appreciate art and literature with the intelligence and enjoyment. But you’re about none of that. You think…[Bold Emphasis Added Throughout]

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Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and “strange stuff”. His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into “alternative history and science”.