I can see all of you scratching your heads out there and I know exactly what it is that you are thinking: "Why the hell are we taking this detour to the Moon? What happened to Laurel Canyon? Have you completely lost your mind?" … I found a new source of inspiration when my wife e-mailed me the recent story about the fake Dutch Moon rock, which I and many others found quite amusing, and which also reminded me that I had a lot of other bits and pieces of information concerning the Apollo project that I had collected over the nine years that have passed since I first wrote about the alleged Moon landings. After taking that first look, back in 2000, I was pretty well convinced that the landings were, in fact, faked, but it was perfectly obvious that the rather short, mostly tongue-in-cheek post that I put up back in July of 2000 was not going to convince anyone else of that. So I contemplated taking a more comprehensive look at the Apollo program. Toward that end, I pulled up my original Apollo post along with various other bits and pieces scattered throughout past newsletters, threw in all the newer material that had never made it onto my website, and then combed the Internet for additional information. In doing so, I realized that a far better case could be made than what I had previously offered to readers. I also realized that a far better case could be made than what is currently available on the 'net. – Center for an Informed America
Dominant Social Theme: You have lived your life at an excellent time and more excitement is to come.
Free-Market Analysis: We stated the other day that it "seemed" the US moon-landings were real and immediately a feedbacker sent us a link to the Center for an Informed America, which is run by David McGowan. As a result of reading McGowan's extensive dozen-part series called "Wagging the Moondoggie," we have a much harder time believing NASA or its astronauts went anywhere at all, other than to some sort of lunar-look alike Hollywood set. Dominant social theme: "America's pioneering spirit brought us to moon, and that's all you need to know!"
McGowan is one of those people who likes to know a great deal more, however. As soon as we read his name and reached his website, which is an exercise in "debunking" many US-centric power elite promotions (though he doesn't use our vocabulary), we realized who he was. We'd read his work over half a decade ago regarding peak oil. With a series of brilliant, debunking articles, McGowan helped stopped the peak oil promotion in its tracks. He hit it with two barrels.
It was McGowan who put us on to the issue of abiotic oil and pointed out the underlying coincidences that made us sure that peak oil was nothing but a promotional scam of the elite, a fear-based resource promotion designed to further control the middle class and extract its wealth. We have since written about peak oil and abiotic oil on numerous occasions, but we take this opportunity, right now, to tip our hat to one of the Internet's most interesting working journalists, David McGowan.
His lengthy exegeses on what we now believe to be a NASA hoax is fairly devastating. We'd read other debunking websites and articles and come away unimpressed. But McGowan is a kind of debunking genius. He doesn't concentrate on technical aspects, necessarily. He shows you the NARRATIVE. For instance, he goes back in time and traces the movies and books (German influences, predictably) from which NASA apparently derived much of the "look and feel" for its space suits and the other paraphernalia that accompanied the pioneering space effort.
Of course there are specifics. He has photos of the lunar lander itself and asks quite reasonably how the Volkswagen-sized moon rover managed to fit inside along with all the batteries and other material that the astronauts supposedly took the moon. He has devastating modern quotes from NASA that indicate clearly that the radiation in space is an intractable problem that needs to be overcome before humans can travel to, say, Mars. But there is no explanation as to how NASA overcame the same space radiation problems 50 years ago. He asks why astronauts were not eviscerated by tiny asteroids that regularly pepper the moon. He asks why in certain moon photos astronaut space suits are evidently deflated.
NASA kept blowing up rockets right through the 1960s. Half the take-offs were failures in some programs. But when it came to landing men on the moon, NASA did it numerous times without a flaw. And in flimsy vehicles that look ludicrous to the modern eye. It turns out that the much-photographed computer terminals that filled NASA's main command post were actual TV screens. The entire series of NASA moon landings was accomplished with computer power that is less than is contained in a single modern laptop.
Why would NASA pull off such a hoax? The tenor of the times was such that the political establishment needed a boost. Vietnam wasn't working out, the anti-war movement was growing and the man-on-the-moon promotion proved a handy way to re-establish the bona fides of the state establishment. As soon as Vietnam came to an end, McGowan points out, the space program lapsed suddenly into silence. There were two more "moon missions" scheduled, but they never occurred. And human beings have never been back to the moon since. In fact, according to McGowan, we may never have been much beyond low earth orbit because of the intractable radiation problem.
It is not beyond possibility that NASA did manage to land men on the moon with awesome efficiency but it is difficult to tell how these programs occurred because much of the initial film and blueprints and information regarding the initial moon flights has disappeared. It is amazing how much has "gone missing." Recently a bit of fossilized wood showed up in the moon rocks that the astronauts had brought back from the moon – a hefty payload of itself. Is it possible that the moon rocks were collected on earth from Anarctica or from known asteroid deposits? McGowan points out that while the moon rocks had been disseminated to over a hundred countries, only about 10 percent can be accounted for.
It goes on and on. Playtex Bras was apparently given the contract to develop a flexible spacesuit. A single MIT 22-year-old graduate student was given the opportunity to "program" critical elements of the moon-lander's capabilities – though program might be too strong a word. The student was puzzled at the lack of oversight he received and basically "made it up" as he went along. Read it for yourself. We won't vouch for its factual accuracy in all things, but it certainly presents the "moon hoax" argument in a thought-provoking way. You will likely never look at NASA's moon flights in the same manner, no matter your ultimate conclusions.
On the site, you will find another wonderful piece of investigative debunking, as well. He has entitled it "Inside The LC: The Strange but Mostly True Story of Laurel Canyon and the Birth of the Hippie Generation." In this 20-part series, McGowan points out how many of the initial hippy musicians of the 1960s got their start in the environs of California's Laurel Canyon, a tiny geographical region. Not only was there an incredible locus of soon-to-be international rock and roll stars within the environs of Laurel Canyon, the background of these initial stars were all the same and featured some sort of military experience or familial exposure to great banking wealth.
McGowan points out that Dennis Hopper's dad was in the OSS, the predecessor to the CIA. Warren Beatty grew up in and around the world's largest Naval facility in Norfolk Virginia. Jack Nicholson, McGowan reports, has no birth certificate. "It appears then that there is no way to determine who Jack Nicholson really is." Emmylou Harris is the daughter of a career US Marine Corps officer. Jim Morrison's father was a Navy admiral. David Crosby apparently served in VietNam as an intel operative. Jimmy Hendrix served in the military. Stephen Stills seems to have been a military intelligence operative frequently on assignment in Central America. "His military bearing would earn him the nickname The Sarge."
Again, people can read the series for themselves if they wish. He's put it all online. In any event, it is a fact that the CIA sponsored Operation Gladio overseas in Europe during the 1960s and 1970s. Operation Gladio encouraged a kind of low-level drumbeat of Marxist violence across Europe. It is perfectly possible that the hippy movement, or at least an initial element of its musical heritage was influenced by American intelligence. The idea has been to fracture private culture through massive, populist movements and to grind down entrepreneurship and the middle. It is only with the Internet that these strategies are becoming evident and that a pattern can be clearly seen – and the "dreamtime" exposed.
Here at the Bell, we elaborate at length on central banking as a power elite promotion. The economic surges it creates give people the impression that they are living in a society of unbounded wealth and that they themselves are destined to grow rich. This is an ephemeral notion, however, that lasts only as long as central bank money stimulation is effective. Over time it loses its effectiveness, and becomes an increasingly useless monetary tool. That is happening today as the unemployment rolls swell.
Editor’s Note: Another feedbacker sent us a link to jayweidner.com. Jay Wiedner is a writer and producer who has written several extraordinary articles involving the hypothesis that Stanley Kubrick was the man who “produced” the NASA hoax moon footage and that both “The Shining” and “Space Odyssey” are confessional movies that contain numerous clues about his involvement. He analyzes technical aspects of Kubrick’s movie-making and seems to show correlations between the NASA footage and the groundbreaking photography in Kubrick’s movies.
Baby-boomers have evidently been hit with a one-two punch. Their generational narrative has been tampered with and their economic well-being has been manipulated as well. Whether the consolidation (via austerity, etc.) that the elite has apparently planned as a capstone to its manipulative energies can be fulfilled given the exposure that has taken place is perhaps increasingly questionable. What is certain is that the mainstream narrative of modern history and popular culture is considerably more complex than one might have been willing to concede even a decade ago. It is perhaps difficult to swallow. But we thank McGowen for making some of the complexity clearer, whether or not one accepts his conclusions.