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.


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 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.

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).


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.


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.


Dad’s Milwaukee house


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.



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.


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.


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.

A Tale of Two Towers

19 April 2015

No, it’s not another 9/11 exposé. For my favorite on that subject see Courtney Brown’s website.

This is a little long-delayed article on making electronic equipment for a hobbyist workbench.

Here’s a view of my two towers:

the two towers on my workbench


I have designed and built a lot of test equipment for my hobby. I still do.

But a lot of it I end up hardly ever using, or using just once. I had a need. I built something to fill the need. It filled the need. And the need never returned. Or so it seemed.

But some needs kept coming up. A quick source of power. Need to measure a voltage. Need to measure a current, or a resistor, capacitor, sometimes even inductor. I had created a lot of different solutions for these basic needs and usually put them in some sort of horizontal enclosure. This was the standard approach. However, if I put the thing close to me so I could use it, it blocked access to the rest of the bench. And if I put it further away, I never used it, opting instead for something portable that I could put on the bench temporarily then put back somewhere else.

So one day (a year ago?…hard to say when for sure) I got the idea of trying a vertical arrangement. Maybe this was the compromise design that would keep the tools I needed the most close at hand without blocking my access to the rest of the bench.

I started on Tower One. I had a piece of plastic I was going to use for some sort of rack-mount project (19 inches wide) so I just turned it on its end and made a cabinet out of it.

tower one

Tower One

I wanted all the stuff I had put in past designs in this one. A bunch of power supplies, including a variable one. At least one meter. A selectable voltage divider and a bunch of current shunt resistors. And a signal generator. And since I was getting into Arduino, the signal generator would run on software.

I also wanted to include a “patch bay” that I could use to change cable connector types, as this was a constant problem.

And I came up with something.

It worked pretty well.

But after sitting on my bench for six months or so, it was obvious there were parts of it I hardly ever used. The minus supplies were one thing, but didn’t matter that much, as they didn’t take up that much space. The whole top section was not being used, either. The other parts were being used a good deal, but I wished I could monitor voltages and currents easier.

So I decided to build Tower Two.

tower two

Tower Two

I wanted to make this tower half the height of the other. I had a hard time finding a good enclosure, but finally decided to take the front panel of a rack-mount enclosure that I didn’t want and cut it in half. I used both halves, with a hinge between them. One half had the power supplies in it and the other half the rest of the electronics. I expanded my Arduino application to monitor 4 power supply outputs at the same time.

(I didn’t photograph the towers with the displays on because I thought they would just glare and look bad.)

I had to find a little stand to sit this on to get it up to near eye level, and settled on an old plastic speaker cabinet that was the perfect fit.

I simplified the “patch bay” to a few most essential connectors.

Result: I use the new patch bay all the time, but for some reason prefer the power supplies in the other tower. That’s probably because my current metering didn’t work out very well in the new tower.

I still use other tools quite often, including a little Radio Shack multimeter that I modified to work off an AC adapter, and a cute capacitor meter that I found online and installed in a rack-mount enclosure that sits to one side. This capacitor meter is very cool, as I often want to know cap values with more precision than they are marked – or can’t read the markings.

The Bench

This is probably the most productive bench I have ever used.

The Radio Shack temperature-controlled soldering iron is really nice, I have all my hand tools pretty well organized, and I don’t try to make it double as a table to eat at, as I used to with past workbenches in other apartments.

Yet the look of it is not yet that great, wouldn’t you agree? It still looks pretty messy.

Order is defined as a condition in which everything is in its proper place and performs its proper function.
HCOPL 14 Feb 1980 Order Versus Disorder

So maybe I don’t totally have order in on my workbench yet. But at least I have some good guidance on what to do about it.

my workbench

Part of my workbench in a unusually cleaned-up state.

Notes from the wild side, and YOLO

17 March 2015

From the esteemed pages of Wikipedia:

YOLO is an acronym for “you only live once”. Similar to carpe diem, it implies that one should enjoy life, even if that entails taking risks. The phrase and acronym are both used in youth culture and music, and were both popularized by the 2011 song “The Motto” by Canadian rapper Drake.

The phrase “you only live once” is commonly attributed to Mae West, but variations of the phrase have been in use for over 100 years, including as far back as (the German equivalent of) “one lives but once in the world” by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in his 1774 play Clavigo…

I recently encountered this popular idea in a slightly altered form on a site run by a guy named Tyler Durden and referred to often on Jean Haine’s blog about “the coming changes” before she recently stopped adding material to it. Durden’s version goes:

On a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.

Now, I wish to make my position on this issue very clear:

This idea is incorrect, unethical, and untrue!

And in particular, it is unethical. Ethics has to do with the making of pro-survival decisions. If one truly believes that he only lives once and thereafter is “out of here” forever, one will make very different decisions about survival than if one was quite sure one would be returning again soon, and probably many, many times.

Moreover, the idea expressed in the Wikipedia article that this phrase supports living the life of a carefree risk-taker makes absolutely no sense to me. One might just as likely believe that having many lifetimes would allow for taking more risks in this one, than the other way around. Indeed many Christians apparently believe that after you die out of this life you must wait somewhere for the day of judgement, when your actions this lifetime will determine whether you end up in heaven or in hell. If I really believed that, I’d be ultra-careful, and that’s actually how I see most people behaving. They’re scared shitless they’ll screw up their one big change to get it right!

The latest from David Wilcock, and past lives

On the evening of 7 February, David gave a long presentation to a big room full of people at an event in the LA area called Conscious Life Expo. The presentation included data from “new insiders” about the oldest known ET invaders of our solar system, dating about 5 million years ago. They were giants (compared to us) and lived in the area for a considerable amount of time, until they caught the attention of their enemies (who thought they had been successfully banished) because of the rings they were building around Saturn.

David also revealed that the US runs a secret space program that controls several ships and has visited many places in and around this solar system.

During a follow-up interview David did on Coast-to-Coast AM with George Noory, David mentioned a doctor who had done extensive research into past lives based on cases he saw in his deep regressive hypnotherapy practice. (I subscribe, by the way, to the LRH viewpoint that hypnotherapy is not safe for patients.) The doctor’s name is Michael Newton and he has a website (of course) and sells books (of course – though one or two have been scanned into PDFs available online) and is very sincere about his findings but not very circumspect about them. In other words, he sees the between lives process as necessary and desirable, including, apparently, the memory wipes that he works so hard to penetrate through with his therapy! In any case, this is a resource for those who don’t want to take Hubbard’s word for it on the subject of past lives and between lives.

Remote Viewing ET

Courtney Brown has recently started releasing videos about his latest project (the last being on 9/11) on remote viewing ET. He started with the “face on Mars” in the present and in the past. Sure enough, the remote viewers found Mars populated in the past, though not, I think, the original builders of the oldest ruins that exist there (remember – that could be 5 million years ago!).

The material obtained was pretty good considering how it was procured, and I look forward to the next release.


So, we have the Top Guys apparently willing to talk about a track of human experience extending back about 5 million years. That doesn’t quite match the 76 trillion years of track plumbed by Hubbard, but it is longer ago than most ET or other sources were discussing in the recent past. Sheldan Nidle’s sources, for instance, talk about 1 million years. Billy Meier’s contacts mentioned a few events of 22 million years ago, including an invasion of giants into this solar system. But most of the events they mentioned are less than a million years ago. After all a million years IS a LONG time!

I’m not sure what to make of these disclosures. This is not a complete list. But the predictions of coming doom are too prevalent to be worth mentioning. Yes, some sort of “doom” will arrive here sooner or later. The question is: How prepared will we be for it?


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