Ramifications of ET – a Christmas Day meditation

25 December 2015

I’ve been hearing a lot abut ET lately. And having this Friday off has given me a chance to ponder the subject a bit.

Recently released interviews and materials

On 21 Nov Steven Greer gave a 4 hour presentation on how governments, corporate people, and secret power groups have been dealing with the “ET situation.” He later released it onto YouTube.
Catherine Austin Fitts has continued to do interviews and write reports on the topic of “black” projects.
Corey Goode has been posting transcripts of video interviews he has been doing with David Wilcock about the Secret Space Program.
Preston James has been writing about the ET role in the criminal global power groups.
Simone Parkes continues to hold forth on “higher dimensional” issues, and his strategy for collective action.
And Alex Collier recently did some “webinars” on the planetary situation and perspectives on it that he has received from his off-world contacts.

This is not even a full list.

What about the Pepsi-sponsored short entitled “Black Knight Decoded,” or all the fuss over the latest Star Wars episode?

On top of that, I have been studying LRH’s December 1952 lectures delivered in Philadelphia about how it might be possible to restore a being’s spiritual freedom.

Something we can all agree on?

If ET is a real phenomenon, I think it leaves one conclusion pretty certain: We are not the first humans in this universe.

Can we agree on that?

All the sources I have mentioned above are operating on the assumption that ET exists as an advanced, off-planet human-like civilization or group of civilizations. They make this assumption because they see overwhelming evidence for it. And so do I.

Impact on the different sectors

In religion and philosophy, this opens the door to the possibility that the Gods, both older and newer, were nothing but ET. This realization could turn these subjects on their heads. For one, it moves all those old stories out of the realm of “fairy tales” and towards the realm of historical event. It destroys not only the traditional arguments for atheism, but also the religious counter-arguments! And it puts the human race in a whole new position relative to the overall story of human development.

Thus, the traditional social “sciences” also take a shellacking from this revelation. The traditional story of human history has been one of development from something primitive; of progress; of evolution. The possibility that we were put here by a more advanced group and left to fend for ourselves results in a story of abandonment and survival out of desperation, not the traditional story. To the extent that we – spiritually – connect to those off-world groups (found to be true by Hubbard, and validated by many others), our deeper memory includes knowledge of and experience with all the advanced technologies that we are currently struggling to re-invent here on earth. It also predicts the probability of unlearned lessons, and work done twice. It raises the whole question of whether we would do things differently if we could remember.

It is quite firmly believed by everyone who has looked carefully into the subject of ET that the political sector, at some levels, is aware of it and desperate to keep it a secret. Why? Because they are powerless – and therefore useless – in the face of ET technologies. There is no known protection on earth from the highest-level abilities demonstrated by ET. It is impossible to keep a secret from ET; most ETs visiting Earth are telepathic. Thus, the same impulse that has led the Powers That Be on Earth to deny the existence of spirits and spiritual abilities in humans has led them to deny the very existence of ET.

Those most afraid of having their secrets revealed are the criminals of the world. Thus, they became the “leaders” in the ET denial movement. Now that the reality of ET is impossible to deny, they are likewise the most desperate to find some way to deal with the subject – and with ET – that will allow them to survive as criminals (the only way of life they can remember). Spiritual technologies could restore the memories of these people and thus cure their criminality, but they fight hard against these technologies, having no awareness that it might be possible for them to return to honest, decent lives. (I don’t speak here of the petty criminals who rob convenience stores, etc. They can be recovered more easily, as they felt forced into their actions, rather than embracing them as “natural.”)

As Ike warned us in his 1961 farewell speech, the “military-industrial complex” was working to push the United States back into a new form of tyranny. The large corporations of the planet have never been terribly ethical, and the bankers who have funded their exploits – as well as countless wars – are very much involved as thought leaders in this sector. This sector considers that it is actually the one running the show. However, the more ethical companies exist only at the fringes of this sector. At the core of this sector are the big “commercial” banks, weapons builders, and energy companies, and the “experts” that advise them. When this sector found out about ET in a big way (a few knew about it all along) during the second World War, it leaned hard on the military and government people to allow it to participate in, if not control, an organized response to the contacts being made by various ET groups. They argued that it would be easier to keep the whole thing under wraps if the bulk of the work was done in the private sector. And that is how it went down.

As ET is not likely to be a political threat to earth, it was left up to the Military-Industrial Complex to convince the military and government people otherwise. Realize that they wanted protection from ET influence so that they could continue their criminal practices, not because they wanted to save humanity. According to information being dumped on various “alternative media” commentators by persons in the “intelligence community” (sorry for all the quotes, but when someone is probably lying to you through their teeth, it is tempting to put everything they say in quotes), various earth groups formed a secret alliance which developed a human-run off-earth manufacturing capability that produces things desired by various ET groups. Our solar system is therefore uneasily under their umbrella of protection, while they for the most part stay away from Earth and deal mostly with our Military-Industrial Complex, now known as the Secret Space Program (military side) and the Interplanetary Corporate Conglomerate (business/governance side). This allows the criminals on earth to continue doing what they have been doing. If this is not actually happening at this time, it is certainly what is being planned.

Greer in particular – and most of the others to some degree – object to this arrangement. It leaves the bulk of earth’s population holding the short end of the stick. Our “betters” get to use modern energy technologies out in space, but here on earth we are told they don’t exist! Greer feels that such technologies could literally save our planet.

Save this planet?

I think the only way for us to save our planet is to deal directly with our own criminals, then start to face the various ET criminal players. It’s not easy. What they are doing up there is old hat. What we are trying to do down here has never successfully been done before. Criminality at the highest management levels has been the rule, not the exception. And the resultant human suffering (I include off-earth humans) has also been the rule and not the exception. We had it “good” here for a little while. That little while seems to be grinding to an end.

Hubbard had a plan. He handed it over to the church for it to execute. It is doing quite well with it, but this is not usually very evident. While the rest of the planet struggles just to understand the extent of the criminality that has been practiced here, we work to hold it off just enough to get our work done. If you are not aware of our work, you probably think that nothing effective is being done. If you are aware of our work, you probably wish it could be more effective. Well, you can always contribute to it if you feel that strongly. I did for 26 years. And that is the ultimate ramification of ET.

Electronics Project – Technical

21 December 2015
V-I box front panel

Front panel for my “V-I Box” – reused Extron video equipment.

This is a technical article about a project I recently finished (for the most part). It doesn’t work that well, but it is quite complex so gives me a chance to cover several topics while talking about just one project.

V-I Box

V stands for voltage, named after Volta, an Italian.
I stands for current (French intensité de courant) as used by the French scientist Ampère.

In electricity and electronics, any component will have a characteristic “V-I Curve” showing the relationship between voltage across the component and current through the component. These days, we usually use “curve tracers” to get this graph, but you can also plot it a point at a time using a variable power supply.

Last year I had constructed such a variable supply for a little presentation I gave at work about transistors. Later I made another one to use to demonstrate the operation of vacuum tubes. I wanted to preserve these projects (and the parts used in them) in a more compact space, so I decided to squeeze them into an old Extron (video processing equipment maker headquartered in Anaheim CA) enclosure. The photos show what resulted.

The design is far from ideal but retains most of the features of the older designs, while making some changes to increase the current capacity of the lower voltage source and keep part of the Extron front panel.

Following is a discussion of some of the features of this project.

V-I box guts

Inside my project…

Creating a 1-250V variable supply

I was not prepared to create a supply that could ramp from 1 volt to 250 volts in one smooth transition, so had procured several power supplies, 4 50-volt supplies, a 25-volt supply, and a 1-25 variable supply in the form of a DC-DC converter.

I then had to create logic that would switch through the supplies in 25-volt steps. As part of this scheme, the supplies are put in series (or “stacked”) with each other. This is only possible because most power supplies (not some of the old tube ones, though) use isolation transformers so that the output and input can be at different DC levels. This isolation usually works up to at least 1,000 volts.

The high-voltage sub-system receives a binary code (from 0 to 255) and must decide how to connect the supplies to get a supply voltage about equal to the value of the code supplied.

To implement this I used 4 relays using 5-volt coils, so I could use logic signals to switch the voltages. The DC-DC converter was a cheap one using a potentiometer to set its output value. To make it variable by remote control, I had to set up a control loop using an op amp to drive an optical isolator. The output transistor of the isolator would server to replace the potentiometer.

Other voltage sources

My earlier designs had two other voltage sources, one to bias the tube grid or transistor base or gate, and another for the tube heater. I used a low-power op amp to supply the bias voltage, as hardly any current drive is needed, and I thought +/-10V would be a sufficient range.

I had used a variable linear voltage regulator for the heater voltage, but in this design decided to leave that out and just make my 5V control electronics supply available for that use.

I also needed a supply to run my DC-to-DC converter. It is a buck converter, so I needed greater than 25V. And I only had +/- 12V rails and +5V available from my control electronics power supply. So I used a boost converter driven by the +12V rail to get about 30V which I fed to the buck converter.

Measuring voltages

Providing panel meters for measuring instruments is always a challenge. Today the most common design uses a microcontroller with an A-to-D (analog-to-digital converter) driving an LCD (liquid crystal display). However, I had already purchased a bunch of little modules for the earlier boxes and wanted to use the. So I fit four of them into the new panel. All they do is display the input voltage when powered by at least 5V. These modules have about 370K input resistance and can display up to 99.9 volts. You can get all kinds of different ranges. As I wanted one display to show the entire range of output voltages, I had to divide the input by ten and settle for 25.0 maximum readout. The other module is used for the 1-50V segment of the output supply, and operates at full 3-digit precision. The bias voltage is displayed on the LCD that came with the original equipment.

Measuring currents

In modern electronics, currents are always measured by converting them to voltages first. The old analog current meters responded directly to input current. To convert a current to a voltage, just pass the current through a known resistance, then measure the voltage drop across the resistor. This may then be amplified if needed. In my case, I needed to amplify the signal so that I could use my little voltmeter modules as current meters. (You can also get modules that have this capability built in.)

For the “heater” (+5V supply) current, I used a 0.2 ohm resistor. This would drop 1 volt at 5 amps, so I needed to amplify it to give my meter a range of up to about 3 amps (reading of 30.0). I used an op amp in “quasi differential” configuration to get this reading, so I could put the resistor in the high side of the 5V rail.

For the main supply I used a 4 ohm resistor, as I expected to draw only about 30ma maximum (30.0 reading) from this supply. 30mA through 4 ohms gives a voltage drop of 120mV, so I had to amplify this by a gain of 250. I used an op amp in non-inverting configuration for this purpose.

I used the 30V supply driving my DC-DC buck converter to power these op amps. This was close to their maximum supply rating of 32V!

Front panel controls

The front panel that came with the Extron equipment had an LCD, some pushbutton switches, and 4 little knobs. The knobs felt like potentiometers, but they turned out to be rotary encoders. Instead of replacing them (would have been a lot simpler) I decided to use an Arduino to make the rotary encoders function like digital potentiometers. This was handy for controlling the high voltage supply, but was overkill for the other variable supplies.

It took some fiddling and internet searching to get some workable code for the encoders, but once I got it, they worked satisfactorily. In order to convert the digital values back to control voltages, I had to send them out to a 32-bit shift register and then run R-2R ladders from those 4 8-bit outputs to get analog values. As the bias voltage needed to be bipolar, I wrote the code to display “0” on the screen when it was outputting 127. That made the control voltage for -10v about 0.5 volts, and the control voltage for +10V about 4.5 volts. So I had to provide my op amp with a gain of 5 and an offset of -2.5 volts.

One of the knobs controls the LCD backlight, which has to be pulse width modulated. I found a cute little voltage-to-duty-cycle circuit on the internet which I used for this purpose. I could have used the Arduino, but had run out of PWM outputs.

The LCD

The LCD is run in 4-bit mode using the standard LCD library for Arduino. This requires 6 control pins, not counting the backlight and contrast circuits. Fortunately, the front panel LCD was a totally standard model and interfacing it to the Arduino was no problem once I found its pinout on the internet. (It doesn’t use the more common single row of 16 pins, but rather the less common double row of 14 pins to one side.)

System noise and a mitigation strategy

Worst case, this system could attempt to switch 4 relays on at the same time. Relay coils are highly inductive loads and these coils draw about 70mA each. This can produce a lot of noise on the 5V line, and was causing my system to oscillate or reset under certain conditions. Though I haven’t taken all possible steps to reduce this problem (such as running the Arduino on an isolated rail), I did create a circuit that detects whenever there is a change in the signals that run the relays, and then applies them in sequence to the relays over several seconds, rather than all at the same time. This does give the system a more sedate personality, though I have not eliminated unwanted resets.

The relays with sequencing circuits are in the upper-left side of the enclosure, as it is pictured. The 4 50-volt power supplies are underneath them.

Making connections

In a complex project, connecting all the sub-assemblies together is a huge issue. I am trying to get better at this by standardizing on .1-inch spaced headers and connectors for most applications. I have a source of cables using these connectors which can carry quite a lot of current. Most such cables are extremely flimsy and only good for signals, not power.

For the main power connections between the supplies and the front panel, I used do-it-yourself high current connectors with locking plastic housings. I used to get these at Radio Shack, but making them myself from parts isn’t too bad.

I also use old-fashioned terminal blocks for higher voltage or higher power connections. These require the use of crimp-on lugs which are not cheap. However, if you know how to use the crimping tool, and fit the wire to the correct lug barrel size, they work very well. I used to use soldered lugs for this purpose, but the terminal block strategy keeps things more modular.

Ending cycle

I spent many hours over a number of weeks on this project, and all to preserve some hardware that I hardly ever use. So it’s time to move on to projects more along my main purpose of electronic art. I’m hoping this write-up will assist me to take my attention off this cycle of action and start some new ones.

Frosted Thanksgiving

28 November 2015

frosted thaksgiving missouri flats

“Missouri Flats” nature area – view from the hill I live on.


My theory for how this frost forms is that the clouds actually come down to ground level at night, and everything that’s the right temperature picks up the ice crystals. The longer the weather conditions remain favorable, the longer and more elaborate the crystals become.

This weather is not that uncommon during the Pullman winter (see
my post “Freezing Fog”) but I’ve never seen it happen this early.

Thanksgiving

SEL does a long Thanksgiving weekend instead of Christmas. Sometimes I go visit family, but this year I stayed home. I was invited over for Thanksgiving dinner by a young technician I work with and his wife. They’re Mormons from Idaho. She had prepared LOTS of food. She said it was the first time she’d cooked such a dinner herself. I enjoyed a few hours at their apartment with them and their two little girls.

I spent that evening and the next day getting a signal generator up and running, as part of my electronic art (eArt) project. If you set it just right, the signals look like floating needles (Scientology technical term) on my meters.

Time to organize – continued

The effort to throw out junk, consolidate the rest, organize everything and fit more into less space continues. The signal generator was made using my new “flat form factor” design. It’s rack mount equipment but only about 6 inches deep. More of that’s in the works.

Deeper equipment cabinets and enclosures are more and more being used for storage. The flat equipment fits in sideways, and my older “long” enclosures can go into a bigger rack enclosure when not being used.

Following the news

It’s been cold but peaceful on the Palouse. I wish everyone across the planet who wanted it peaceful could have it that way.

In Syria Russia has been showing NATO how to fight terrorists. NATO, and especially Turkey, seem offended by this. The alternative media claims this is because NATO was secretly helping the terrorists overthrow Assad. (He has a lovely wife, by the way – have you seen photos of her?) NATO is the lesser military arm of the bad guys in the West; the U.S. military being their greater arm. This seems to actually be the case – a very unfortunate state of affairs.

Meanwhile, Corey Goode continues to release transcripts of his video interviews with David Wilcock (the TV shows cost money to watch). These interviews are about the formation of a “breakaway civilization” on earth. This was started in earnest by the Germans in the 1930s. Some call them “Nazis” but these particular Germans don’t seem so interested in all that any more. They have found ways to move about quickly in space, and started colonies on the Moon and Mars. After the war, they got the U.S. “military-industrial complex” (see Eisenhower’s speech) involved in their plan, and they have more and more been letting this planet go to hell as they shift their attention to their off-planet operations.

Seems all quite fanciful, but would explain a lot. Catherine Austin Fitts (a former HUD Assistant Secretary), who insists a “black budget” exists on this planet that is draining trillions of dollars annually out of earth’s economy, has been working to find more solid evidence for “black projects.” But so far there are only bits here and there.

Courtney Brown, the remote viewing guy, has been laying low since the release of the first part of his latest project – the JFK assassination. Hopefully he is finishing the second part, but is behind schedule on this. The first part – predictably – found several professional snipers involved, and not the “lone nut” Oswald, as maintained by the Warren Commission. The second part promises to go more deeply into the plot.

So here in the freezing cold of a Frosted Thanksgiving, I learn more about the “unofficial” history of our planet, while making art out of old electronic equipment…

frosted wild rose

Frosted twig (wild rose).

First Step to Handling our Economic and Political Problems

17 November 2015

I got this idea a few minutes ago while taking a shower.

It concerns politics and the economy in the U.S.

Let’s start at 1913:

In 1913 the United States federal government finalized two major political and economic shifts: Federal income tax was made constitutional by the 16th Amendment, and the Federal Reserve Act was passed on 23 December. Both these actions were pushed onto the American people and their duly-elected representatives by European banking interests on false pretenses. Threat of force was also used to obtain compliance to these plans.

Since then, European banking interests have been creating wars and other economic and political calamities and getting the United States involved using lies and propaganda. The United States then borrows money to pay for these things from the Federal Reserve, and the interest and some principal is paid back using Income Tax.

Later, following another created economic catastrophe (the Great Depression and Dust Bowl), Social Security was introduced (1935) in order to “force” people to save for their old age. But the Social Security Trust funds as well as many pension funds, have been stolen from in order to finance the aforementioned illegal expenses.

On top of all this, it has been discovered that the United States of America is actually a private corporation not owned or operated by the American people.

Thus it is apparent that the “national debt” is not a debt owed by the American people, but a debt incurred illegally by the U.S.A. and owed TO the American people, as they paid for it with their income taxes, their hard work, and their lives (in the case of soldiers dying in war, etc.).

We as a people have a perfect right to cut the U.S.A. (federal government) loose from us, stop paying all Federal Income Tax, and demand reparations. They can start figuring out how to raise the funds to pay their debts in some other way. They already take a cut from the drug cartels for protecting their overseas and domestic operations, and have a Secret Space Program that reportedly trades goods with 900 off-world civilizations.

So: Bye guys, you’re on your own!

Armistice Day

11 November 2015

On November 11, 1918, warring parties in Europe signed an “armistice” which ended the fighting between the Allies and Germany and resulted, six months later, in the Treaty of Versailles, which formally ended World War One.

My great-grandfather Edward Cox, by then a long-time resident of Vancouver, Canada, though English by birth, who was bandmaster of the city band at that time, was put in charge of providing music to help the city celebrate the signing of the Armistice.

Here in his own words, dictated later to the City Archivist, is an account of what happened on that day:

“What happened on that great occasion was this. The news came about midnight. Next morning I called up the President (Hr. George Kidd, I think) of the B. C. Electric Railway, and asked if I may have the sight seeing street car – open top. Mr. Kidd replied, “It will be ready when you want it down at the corner of Cambie and Hastings. There will be a conductor and motorman; you tell them what to do.” I asked that it be there at 10 a.m. and it was. I said that I was not able to pay. He replied, “It is at your service as the contribution of the B. C. Electric Railway Company.”

“I assembled my 72nd Seaforths band at my place of business on Cordova Street between Homer and Cambie Streets. The Mayor of Vancouver was His Worship Mayor Gale, and he placed all bands under my charge – twelve bands in all. There was little preparatory organization, there were many musicians, some of them returned soldiers, some had instruments – some without. I had to purchase three instruments out of my own purse. Altogether I had one hundred and fifty men. Out of these I picked twelve leaders as bandmasters; then gave each leader twelve men according to their instruments, and away they went, some on floats, some marching on foot. The sight seeing street car with band playing went everywhere – over every line. We allowed no one on except returned soldiers, and many of these accompanied us. We went up Mt. Pleasant, Fairview, West End, everywhere, playing as we went, and except for intervals for meals, did not cease playing on that sight seeing street car until 10 o’clock that night. Some musicians stayed the entire time, some would retire, new ones take their places, some come, some go, it was a wild day of jollification, no order, no system, but everywhere harmony and co-operation. I supplied all the music. I had about 400 marches in my library. We played “Tipparary,” “Keep the Home Fire Burning,” “Pack Up Your Troubles,” “Long, Long Trail,” and other popular ones of the period. “Colonel Bogie” was a great favorite.

“I just divided the 150 men into 12 bands under a leader, gave them their music, told them their position in the line of march and left them ‘go to it.’ It was a glorious moment.”

It was a real thrill to find this interview in the Vancouver City Archives when I visited there in 1972. I’ve always wanted to share this portion with a wider audience.

…starting to come together…

1 November 2015
interactive art rack

Equipment rack for interactive art projects.

The idea of making interactive art didn’t occur to me until rather recently. I got into electronics via audio – amplifiers and the like – and then started getting interested in music synthesis. Later I got into measurements, digital control, and computers.

During my Sea Org years I realized that not many people knew about basic electricity and electronics, yet Hubbard was using examples from those subjects in his books and lectures. So that gave me the idea of a learning lab centered around electronics. The Exploratorium in San Francisco is an example of an interactive learning environment. I wanted to do something like that at home.

It was not until 2009, when I had a lot of time on my hands but not much cash, that I started buying used gadgets at Goodwill and re-purposing them at my workbench. It was at this point that I started working on interactive “art” designs – possibly inspired by Halloween.

Making interactive art installations using electronics is certainly not an original idea with me. There are lots of examples out there, from merely cute to ponderously imposing. I was thinking in terms of something someone might have in a room at home, that would sort of “wake up” and start doing things when people came in. The development of such a system, though, was a lot more involved than I originally imagined. I still don’t have a fully interactive “dream” system up and running. But I have lots of pieces of one, and I needed a way to tie them all together.

The numbers of inputs and outputs that would probably be needed to develop such a system was difficult for me to confront. I imagined something like the old MOOG synthesizers – a mass of patch cables. But nothing seemed to come together until I purchased a used Extron video switching system for the aluminum enclosure, and found out what the back panel looked like. More signal connectors on one panel than I’d ever seen before! Finally I started working on a couple such panels to modify them to do what I thought I would need. It was not the easiest project I’ve ever attempted, but it’s beginning to be actually usable.

Technical details

I have chosen the 19-inch rack-mount form factor for my work. It is the most widely-used mounting system for professional equipment. The average rack cabinet, however, is designed for enclosures that are rather deep (more than a foot), while the things I am making are quite shallow (less than 1/2 a foot). But moving beyond the 19-inch equipment rack is another project.

Let’s go through the equipment in the top photo:
1) A row of four voltage-controlled fans, inspired by a TED Talk I saw of a guy who did some amazing things with remote-controlled fans.
2) Example of a piece of used equipment, not yet re-purposed.
3) A system for developing Arduino projects, made from a used enclosure, of course.
4) My matrix of connectors, used to route various control signals to displays or similar devices. You can see that this isn’t finished yet; none of the controls have knobs!

So far I only have a few displays and sensors to experiment with. But several others are just waiting to be finished.

Audio in or audio out?

In another part of the room, my audio rack has been newly re-assembled.

While my interactive art focuses on sound and motion as inputs and light patterns as outputs, on this rack the output is sound. That means it includes two speakers and a stereo amp, effects to be applied to sound inputs, and the beginnings of a synthesizer. Also included is my latest version of my “LED oscilloscope” and tone generator.

audio rack

Equipment rack for audio projects.

Everything is made from used gear re-purposed for what I want it to do. And all these projects are in a constant state of re-development. I keep older gear until I find or make something better to replace it with. The older stuff gets trashed or re-used inside newer projects.

Organize or perish!

The decision to organize better did not come easily. Organizing and rebuilding old equipment takes time, so I can only do so much of it. But it is a rock-solid basic ingredient to making any activity viable. So I’ve been pushing it forward, and wanted to document the current scene.

Storm Clouds Gathering

27 September 2015

A peace activist speaks out

About five years ago a young man who wanted his children to live on a war-free planet started a website called StormCloudsGathering.com and started making and posting videos on the subject on his site and on a YouTube (a Google company) channel.

His videos were short and to the point. He used reasonably reliable information, had a very good announcing voice, and learned how to make videos of quite good quality using images from the web. His audience on his YouTube channel started growing. At some point, he made a decision to “monetize” his YouTube videos and work at the project full time. With the income flow from the channel, he could scrape by and have time to cover more topics that were important to him.

Today his YouTube channel has 468,555 subscribers. His total views is over 46 million. Then just recently, according to a post he made on the 23rd of September, some, then all, of his videos were demonetized by Google. Apparently they have a new policy that monetized videos can’t be controversial. However, it’s not clear that they are enforcing this rule fairly, and this rule itself demonstrates the anti-free-speech middle-class belief that controversy is not commercially viable, though, oddly, large sectors of the economy totally rely on conflict.

So this young man is no longer able to make a living acting as an “alternative” media outlet (and a very popular one, at that). He will have to cut back on his video production to make time for some other sort of income-making activity, or appeal for listener donations all the time the way National Public Radio (and TV) do.

George Orwell (pen name of Eric Arthur Blair, an anti-totalitarian British writer) fancifully placed a nightmare story of complete state control, apparently based partly on what he was seeing in Russia under Stalin, in the year 1984. Though our loss of freedoms was not quite as described in his book by that year, that isn’t to say that no one was working on it.

A “middle-class” (for lack of a better term) distaste for controversy in personal opinion, regardless of how bad things look in general, has overtaken much of the “free” world. We find this segment of the population locked into a system where personal comfort for a lifetime seems possible, as long as no one rocks the boat. That others in different circumstances have not felt personal comfort for many lifetimes does not make that much difference to these people. That’s why we have charity, they reason. And that’s what is criminal about the middle-class approach to life. In leaning towards the comforts of materialism, they have also turned away from the spiritual realities of the situation. They think they live but once. No. They will all be returning, unaware of past existences, but back none the less. And they will have to reap the harvest of the seeds of neglect they sowed in earlier lifetimes. If things get really bad, most of them will most likely simply give up; they are spiritually that weak.

I feel no great pride or sense of superiority for being aware of these things; just a little more hope. If I can become aware of these things, if StormCloudsGathering can find some way to keep making videos, and people keep watching them, then more people can become aware of these things. And maybe some day it will be enough to make a difference.

Other News

Also on 23 September, Corey Goode posted his most recent report on his blog. This is a different sort of website. It was started less than a year ago by someone who felt more or less forced to start speaking for himself after an informal interview with him was released that made it possible for others to identify him and destroy his cover of anonymity.

Corey has about 15,000 likes on Facebook and has been extensively interviewed, especially by David Wilcock, who is doing a “TV” series with him. He claims to have spent 20 years in a secret space program during an apparent earth time of about 5 minutes. This is the most difficult part of his story to believe.

Many many people have mentioned that taxpayer and other monies are disappearing into programs that remain totally unidentified and under “blackout.” They are referred to (for better or worse) as “Black Programs” and the money spent is the “Black Budget.”

After years and years of government disinformation concerning some of the most major events of our time, it is fairly easy to convince the public that this sort of activity exists. However, because of the secrecy surrounding these activities, we have no way, short of psychic powers (which are being tried – see Courtney Brown) to find out what’s really going on. Hence, the information vacuum is intense, and Corey is one person attempting to fill it. That his information accurately portrays reality is highly questionable. That it consists of data that someone in a high-level management capacity wants people to become aware of at this time is undeniable. Corey was pushed into this by his own admission.

However, his authenticity in trying to describe for us his own experiences in this work is likewise undeniable. In this way he is a similar type of character to Andrew Basiago.

In his latest post he recounts being taken to an underground location where he attended various meetings and had an intense “mental exchange” experience with a woman describing herself as a high priestess in her realm.

What he was told was that these underground humanoid groups are responsible for the majority of “telepathic” or “channeled” contacts with Earth people in the past several decades. In this way, they were tricking us to protect themselves and their own interests and activities. However, apparently a deteriorating situation in their underground habitats has forced a change of plans. They, as an alliance, have contacted our secret space program to ask for help and protection.

The Secret Space Program

According to a few sources, like Goode and Wilcock, who rely totally on “insiders” for their data, the planet, under the leadership of the United States, has been working on a secret program to protect the planet from undue harm or interference from various ET groups. This began to really become an issue in modern times after the U.S. detonated its first atomic weapon.

Apparently, with the help of imported and back-engineered technologies (some say the craft these were obtained from were crashed on purpose), the U.S. military and a consortium of civilian groups have developed “space opera” capabilities for our planet, with means of manning and funding these projects that are all kept secret from us.

As the story goes, the original inhabitants of our space colonies were abducted into the program. The newer generations of colonists are not particularly aware of this. We have operations on the moon, on Mars, and perhaps elsewhere in the solar system. They are for the most part run by private companies and manufacture items that we trade with ET groups for things we need. As conditions on these bleak outposts are a far cry from what we enjoy on earth, new recruits, when needed, are abducted (kidnapped). It is assumed (probably correctly) that no one would volunteer to go to live in those places permanently, though the underground environments are not that bad, as long as they remain properly supplied.

A theory that recently occurred to me…

The above scenario, based on what I know, does not actually seem that far-fetched. Points that might be false or exaggerated mostly concern motive: Is there really an external threat, or were those who started this really more concerned with diminishing returns from their earth operations, due to pushes for “human rights” and an inescapable pollution problem? Do we really have some sort of time manipulation technology, or is this just an interesting way to explain Virtual Reality and implanted experiences? How long have some people on earth known that advanced ET civilizations exist?

We know from multiple reliable sources that ancient advanced Space Opera societies exist in this universe. Many of us participated in such societies before we came (were exiled) to Earth. Those societies were not super-fun, but better than nothing, I guess. Think permanent science-fiction dystopia.

The last time they began to forget about Earth and leave us alone, we experienced a Renaissance. And the idea that we could be “free men” occurred to some of us. Considering we were all trapped in biological bodies, had past-life amnesia hard-programmed in, and only live 75 years or so per body, this idea was possibly a bit overblown. But it stuck because it’s basically true.

Meanwhile, the criminal-psychopathic element on earth, which had done so well during the Dark Ages, were trying to work out how to get back what they had lost. They found the Americas, and that helped. They were able to finance the establishment of a large number of plantations and mining operations manned almost entirely by people abducted from Africa. For a while, life was good again; great profits were being made at the expense of the workers, as was proper from their point of view.

The U.S. call for “independence,” followed by that of most other American colonies, was a setback. It took about 100 years to totally handle just the basic problem of loss of power and influence, which was sealed by the adoption in the U.S. of the Federal Reserve system, and personal federal income taxes. Since then, the world has been involved in almost constant warfare, with taxpayers (the workers) incurring the entire debt for these activities and thus hopelessly in debt to the bankers; a new kind of slavery.

At some point, it seems, it was recognized that this, too, would come to pass. And so the psychopaths, in their never-ending quest to destroy, with the help of those they have the most undue influence over – broadly, the upper middle (professional, management) classes – began a program to colonize space and to start up trade with ET. The same basic modus operandi has been used, except this time it was kept a total secret from the local population. All sorts of cover stories have been used for various different earth publics. A “make the world safe for Democracy” approach was used on the masses, who were too busy trying to join the upper middle classes, or at least the middle class, to analyze the data carefully. For the more discerning intellectuals and creative people, a variety of stories about psychic contact, benevolent ETs, Ascension and such other nonsense were spun. As psychic phenomena are real, it was thought these stories would keep that audience going practically indefinitely, which has been the case so far.

A few people, such as Hubbard, tried to mess with these plans, but a constant black PR campaign seems to keep this at a “minor annoyance” level for most of the blood suckers.

Most of the upper middle classes, who the psychopaths rely on get things done, have been coaxed with good salaries, perks, and stories of “evolution” that sound terribly scientific, to go along with all this, as far as they are aware of it, as a sort of inevitable necessity that should result in at least “the best” surviving should anything go seriously wrong on earth (concerning which the psychopaths do all in their power to make look like a good possibility), while everyone else gets “harvested” (as Catherine Austin-Fitts likes to put it).

The problem is that this plan, as all the prior ones, is insanity and is basically no fun for the majority of people on earth. Until we learn how to successfully disagree with it, we suffer.

My bench gets some upgrades

My work bench may one day be an important source of income for me. In some ways it is already, as that’s how I kept up with electronics, which is partly why I was able to land my current job.

So I have been investing in it a bit. I recently procured a tool cabinet (made of steel sheet metal) to help me get more control over my storage problems. And I have pushed by “tower #3” – the Tower of Power with Bungalow – up to an operational status.

Unlike my previous two towers (see Tale of Two Towers), this one resides in a rear corner of my bench, and only a small desktop unit (the bungalow) is within reach. All the contraption does is supply power for my projects before the boards are assembled into self-powered enclosures. I decided that this was the most-needed function. Another bench-top unit houses a couple of digital multi-meters and a continuity tester. I use these all the time.

The “work bench improvement project” continues with various efforts to consolidate parts storage, create modules for prototyping, experimental, and demonstration purposes, and throw away redundant and trashy stuff. The current effort focuses on finishing projects that I started earlier.

Planned Parenthood and PR

19 September 2015

An incident in Pullman

In the early morning of Friday, 4 September 2015, someone threw an object through a window in the Planned Parenthood center in Pullman, Washington, which started a fire. By the time the Fire Department arrived, the building was basically destroyed inside. An announcement the next day confirmed it was arson. A $10,000 reward has been offered for any significant information that could lead to the apprehension of the arsonist. The above are all the actual facts about this incident I have been able to collect.

Birth Control and Morals

In the late 1800s, when Margaret Sanger was born, advocating the use of birth control was considered an obscenity, as it was thought to encourage people (women in particular) to commit immoral acts (sex out of wedlock, etc.).

For reasons I have yet to delve into, the young Margaret Sanger was very involved with Socialism as it particularly applied to the liberation of working-class women. Birth control was a necessary component of this liberation, and the subject she decided to devote the rest of her life to.

The hypocrisy in all this, of course, was that the well-to-do had always had access to birth control methods and abortions, and were for sure no bastions of morality, yet were supporting the anti-birth control ideas of Anthony Comstock and others.

Sanger was only one of many during those days who saw this gap between the PR and the reality of the situation and thought something should be done about it.

As Eugenics became more popular in the early 1900s, Sanger latched onto the movement when it was formally organized in the United States in 1921. The modern eugenics movement was given its name by Francis Galton, a member of a well-to-do British family of gun manufacturers and bankers who also happened to be Quakers. By all accounts, Galton was a child prodigy. He developed into what I would describe as a Public Relations person for various ideas and movements he saw as advantageous to his group. He was, among many other associations, a Freemason. (This all per his Wikipedia article.) Though seen by most today as simply a brilliant person, he worked within a context that many today question as, frankly, a bit criminal. And one example of that was his interest in twisting Darwin’s work (Darwin was one of his cousins) to justify a blood-based system of selective breeding for humans, Eugenics.

The idea that people could be bred for character traits is not new. That it was never scientifically substantiated was not important to those who saw it as an idea that was in their interests to promote to the general population. That it cannot be scientifically substantiated, as it’s basically false (character is not determined by genetics), still does not deter some from supporting it.

The extent that Sanger really believed in it is not known to me. She acted like she did. But here we enter the world of Public Relations.

It’s a Public Relations World

Hubbard famously (for those who study him) wrote:

It’s a PR world.
When you read the papers, books and watch the TV of the twentieth century, it’s not a very nice world. Well, that’s PR at work.
(HCOPL 13 Aug 1970 I, LIABILITIES OF PR)

PR is used to influence the opinion of target publics by causing events to happen and using news of them as a way to forward the PR message.

Though Hubbard insists that his own PRs never include falsehoods in the information they put out, other PRs were never given this limitation.

The general public is susceptible to PR because the average individual is very limited in what information he can personally collect and evaluate. Thus in asking the average person to make any decision outside of his immediate sphere of influence, he will fall back on “trusted” sources for the data he needs. And if those sources lie but he never really finds out about it, then he will make a certain number of decisions based on lies. That these decisions may later come back to haunt him is something he possibly never considers.

The PR surrounding Planned Parenthood

On 5 September, The Stranger (a Seattle weekly alternative arts and culture newspaper) published an article about the fire in Pullman under the headline: Anti-Choice Terrorists Burn Down Planned Parenthood Clinic…”

This headline is a falsehood, but definitely conveys a PR message: Anti-choice people are terrorists. However, the anti-choice people who demonstrated there about a month earlier were totally peaceful and their action included children (of course all this was just to further their own PR message).

If you look at this fire as a PR event (which it might well be), then it would have been in the interests of the pro-choice people to have caused it (as they are the ones now using it for PR purposes). This is one of the ironies of a situation where people are not able (or willing) to verify the facts of an event as it is reported to them. A self-inflicted event of this character has a name: False Flag. The term apparently comes from a tactic in naval warfare of flying a flag not actually yours until you can get close enough to the enemy’s ship to bombard them. In modern political PR, it refers to an event that harms your own side so that you can make an excuse to attack someone else by blaming them for the event. The classic False Flag event of this century was 9/11.

Planned Parenthood has had PR problems since Margaret Sanger opened the first clinic in New York City in the early 1900s. At that time what she was doing was actually against US law. So she had to convince a court that what she was doing was legitimate medical work, which she eventually managed to do.

The opposition to birth control, and abortion in particular, though high-minded, always stunk of hypocrisy. I see no reason why moral considerations about this subject would lead rational people to go out and burn down (or shut down) a health clinic. So I smell something deeper going on here.

To give some numbers: The current death rate in the US is about 2.6 million per year. The current abortion rate in the US is about 1 million per year.

I consider this a pretty big number. Though on a global scale it’s not that big a deal. About 60 million people die every year world-wide. About twice that many are born every year. Some more world-wide estimates: Annual deaths caused by…War, 120,000; Fires, 270,000; Drownings, 370,000; Malnutrition, 460,000; Violence, 500,000; Falls, 693,000; Suicide, 800,000; Traffic accidents, 1.2 million.

So: You want to fight death? Why pick abortion? It’s only one of many many things that kills people, and sicknesses do most of it.

When I went past Pullman Planned Parenthood today (I go past it all the time; it’s right next to Safeway) there were a few dozen little notes stuck on the fence that got put up around it since the fire. They were notes of support, like “we’ve got your back” and “thanks for your help after I was assaulted,” more or less obviously from women. So, what is this? I thought. Is this some heartfelt action from the local community, or just more PR?

notes on the fence

Notes on the fence – Planned Parenthood Pullman – 20 Sept 2015

When does life start?

Man, Homo sapiens, is a composite being of four distinct and divisible actualities. These parts are termed the thetan [spiritual being], the memory banks, the genetic entity and the body.
(Scientology 8-8008, 1952)

Obviously, animal life in human beings begins at conception, though some think we should wait until the fetus can live on its own before calling it an animal separate from its mother. However, when we look into a baby’s eyes, and it smiles back at us, that’s not the animal smiling, that’s the spiritual being. And it normally (per LRH’s findings, supported by some work done by psychic researchers) steps in around the time of birth. Before that, only the GE (genetic entity) is taking care of the body. After the thetan arrives, we have a full-fledged personality to deal with.

So per our best data so far on how things really work, abortion kills an animal, whereas death after birth kills a person (who usually detaches and goes about looking for another baby to pick up). You may think this is still a matter of conjecture or superstition; I consider it a pretty solid fact. So on a moral level we are talking about the relative rights to life of an animal living inside its mother versus a person living under its own power, even though with considerable assistance.

My feeling is that this is not the moral question of the age. It’s too bad there is no agreement yet about what a person really consists of (as in the LRH quote above). Until this point is settled (if the Powers That Be will ever allow it to be settled), we have what amounts to a PR battle between camps who could serve their own interests much better by working on other issues. Obviously, someone’s interests are being served by keeping this battle alive. But that is a subject for another day.

one of the notes

One of the notes.

A Tribute to my Father

8 June 2015

Fred Cox 1998

1998 photo for his church


I lost my dad last Friday evening, the 5th of June, 2015. He was unable to recover from surgery to remove an infected appendix. All his kids had a chance to visit him in the hospital earlier that week. He died at his home.

So it’s time to bid him farewell with this little illustrated tribute, with photos provided mostly by him (scanned and printed with a color laser printer, then re-scanned into images by me).

Background

Edward Cox

Edward Cox probably from 1930’s

My father’s grandfather was Edward, an Englishman living in Canada. My father got to visit him there not long before he died, and this photo probably dates from that period.

Edward was a carpenter, wood carver and musician. He was affiliated with several military bands over the course of his stay in Canada (Vancouver) and he is shown wearing the ceremonial garb he might have worn while performing in, or leading, such a band.

Edward had one son by his second marriage, my dad’s father. He lost his carpentry business in a fire, and his marriage. So his son Frederick grew up with a “foster” family for many of his years in Canada.

Ethel and her son Fred

My dad as a child with his mom

Around 1920 Frederick moved to the Hollywood area, later becoming a US citizen. He married a girl named Ethel and their son was my Dad.

Fred Senior and Polly

Dad’s father with his second wife

Ethel got killed in a car crash when my dad was a kid. His father took 18 months to recover from his crash injuries, and meanwhile my dad lived with one of his cousins. His dad finally re-married, and Polly became my dad’s mom for the rest of his younger years.

Dad spoke and wrote some of growing up in the LA area. He had to learn an instrument, which he didn’t much enjoy. He also got to work with cars, which I think he enjoyed more. And as an older boy he was a counselor in a summer camp for kids.

He wrestled, apparently, with some of the existential questions of life. With what was important, and what not. With what was true and what pretense. And what God really was. So when it was time to go to college, he studied (among other things, I suppose) philosophy. He kept a few books from those years, and I read them when I was a teenager.

My dad met my mom in college – UCLA. In a “social psychology” class, he later wrote. They were married in 1951 and started having kids (me) in 1954. And so he became my dad.

Fred and Gay

Dad and Mom around 1951

Providing homes for his family

A man (a woman) is many things to the various people who meet him (her). But one big role my dad played in the life of the family was providing us with places to live. So this becomes my theme for remembering my dad. Partly this is because it’s what I have pictures of. And partly it’s because Dad took this job quite seriously and always worked hard at it.

This family photo is from our first family home, in Richmond, California.

1960

The family around 1960

After procuring a grant from the NIMH to return to school for graduate studies, my dad used part of that money to get this house in the Berkeley hills, in a community known as Kensington.

Kensington house

Our house in Kensington (Berkeley) California

After finishing his graduate work, but before completing his PhD, he landed a job with the University of Michigan and we moved there at the beginning of 1964.

Ann Arbor house

Our house in Ann Arbor

In this brief tribute, I will skip all the trips and outings our parents took us on, their talks with us, their guidance.

Beaver Island house

Our cabin on Beaver Island (Michigan)

One of our big adventures, though, was building a “summer cabin” on Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan. My dad was the key mover in this project, and built much of the home himself, with help from his kids and a local contractor. When we finally found clear water from a well bore, it was cause for a major celebration!

Beaver Island well

Celebrating a successful water well bore on Beaver Island

The kids leave home

During the 1970s, all the kids eventually left home to pursue their own lives. My dad took an administrative position (if I remember right) at Michigan State in East Lansing.

Here is a shot of the interior of his home there.

The paintings above us are by David Pierson, Dad’s best friend from LA. The table was made by me as a high school art project.

East Lansing

The family in East Lansing, 1978

In 1980, my dad changed jobs again. This time to the university in Milwaukee. And so, yet another home.

Milwaukee

Dad’s Milwaukee house

Travel

With the kids gone, my dad and mom began to travel.
Here we find him in Madrid, Spain in 1984.

Madrid 1984

During a trip to Spain (Madrid) 1984

His travels included Alaska, Australia and various other places. Later he took to visiting his church’s sister city in Hungarian Romania. He even learned Hungarian during that time.

Retirement

Seattle

Dad’s Seattle house before losing Mom

By the end of the 1980s it seemed time to retire. Dad and Mom decided to move to Seattle, to be closer to my sister and her family of three boys.

They settled on a little house near Green Lake.

We lose Mom

Walnut Creek

Mom’s “resting place” in Walnut Creek

During a trip to the East Coast to help my brother and his new wife bring their daughter into this world, my mom and dad suffered a car crash in Virginia that killed my mom.

This hit my dad very hard. His good friends the Piersons invited him to join them on a short trip to Hawaii.

Hawaii

Dad in Hawaii late 1991

When he returned he was determined to keep Mom’s spirit alive in his work. It was then that he joined the Unitarian Church, as the Piersons had done years before. He developed an interest in tutoring (as a volunteer) and later went to Romania to help his church’s sister city there establish a medical center. He then returned several times to teach English. He wrote lengthy reports on each of his visits, and all his kids got copies. He made many friends in that far off place.

Piersons 1996

With his good friends the Piersons, 1996

Being a father in the Space Age

Dad and his father 1975

With his own dad (1975)

During the lifetimes of my father, his father and their fathers, our planet walked into the beginning of its Space Age.

But the roles of the father as protector, planner, mentor, provider of living spaces, are roles that are timeless (and actually genderless, as well). My father took these roles seriously and applied himself to all of them (did I mention he worked as a teacher?). Technologies will not change this. There must always be beings who are willing to be fathers.

Mushrooms

7 June 2015

U of I path and building

See the mushroom in this scene?


Yesterday I biked to Moscow (Idaho) to visit Radio Shack, Tri-State (Ace) and the Farmers Market. I returned via the University of Idaho bike path, an extension of the Chipman Trail between Moscow and Pullman. There, under a row of spruce bedded in wood chips, I spied a series of mushrooms. As I was coming in from the “back,” thus seeing them in “reverse order,” I’ll show them to you in “forward order” as if you had come in from the other direction.
large white mushrooms in the grass

Line of large white mushrooms in the grass.


First you would have seen this line of fungi that look a little like baseballs or something. I would guess they have benefited from the irrigation of the lawn/soccer field nearby. These mushrooms were big, with smooth, round caps.
big white mushrooms closeup

Cluster of three.


Next you would have come under the shade of a line of trees at the edge of the field/lawn and perhaps spotted this little guy. He’s really not very little, just has a cap that hasn’t spread out yet.
new mushroom under pines

New mushroom under line of spruce trees.


I think my trusty little Panasonic digital camera captured the details quite well…
new mushroom closeup

New mushroom close up.


Then this guy might have caught your eye, one or two trees down. Same variety as one before? Maybe not.
open mushroom flat cap

Open mushroom – different variety?


And last, you would have come across this one nearest the buildings – the first one I spotted. This is a fully developed version of the #2 mushroom we came across earlier.
fully developed mushroom

Fully developed mushroom with conical cap – looks like a little hobbit house roof or something.


And here’s the underside. The gills are still very fresh. In this hot weather it probably won’t stay this way very long.
fully developed mushroom closeup

“Under the hood.”


I would consider it a bit unusual to come across this many large mushrooms in a non-wild setting so close together. So here the event is, captured in photographs.


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