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Literacy is not a handy knack. It is a moral condition. The ability to read attentively, reflectively, and judiciously is equally the ability to be attentive, reflective, and judicious. For the sake of just and sane living, literacy is not an optional adornment. It is a necessity. It is the necessity. It is not a variety or portion of education. It is education. It is the whole thing, the wholesome nourishment of the mind, by which it may grow strong enough to be the master of the will and not its slave, the judge of desire and not its procurer, the censor of sentiment and not its tool, and the inquisitor of belief, and not its flack. It is our only path to whatever wisdom we can have, which is our only path to whatever goodness we can know, which is our only path to whatever happiness we can enjoy.

First Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


Elizaveta Denisovna Voronyanskaya (died September 1973) was an assistant of the Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and typist for the manuscript of his book The Gulag Archipelago (1973), a history of the Gulag forced-labour camps in the Soviet Union.

The manuscript had been smuggled out of the Soviet Union on microfilm and was ready for publication in New York and Paris, but Solzhenitsyn had wished for first publication within the Soviet Union. His plans were upset by the KGB, who tortured Voronyanskaya and uncovered the hiding place of the manuscript. Voronyanskaya was then found hanged in her apartment, allegedly as a result of suicide. Solzhenitsyn went ahead with publication, and a Russian-language edition of the book was published in Paris on 26 December 1973.

Solzhenitsyn was arrested on 12 February 1974 and deported to Germany. He lived in exile in the West until his return to Russia two decades later.

To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he’s doing is good… Ideology – that is what gives devil doing its long-sought justification and gives the evildoer the necessary steadfastness and determination. That is the social theory which helps to make his acts seem good instead of bad in his own and others’ eyes, so that he won’t hear reproaches and curses but will receive praise and honors…

— Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

We so much take for granted our freedoms never understanding the price paid by so many to have freedoms. There are litanies of sick, demented dogs lying in wait to torture and murder for the thought crime. Guard your right to free speech well. It is the tempest and the storm to combat adversity. 



 
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  • Rape Of The Mind by Joost Meerloo
    by George Freund on May 2, 2021 at 5:17 PM
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    Joost Abraham Maurits Meerloo (March 14, 1903 – November 17, 1976) was a Dutch/American Doctor of Medicine and psychoanalyst. He authored Rape of the Mind, an analysis of brainwashing techniques and thought control in totalitarian states.

    Biography

    Born as Abraham Maurits Meerloo in The Hague, Netherlands, Meerloo came to United States in 1946, was naturalized in 1950, and resumed Dutch citizenship in 1972. Dr. Meerloo practiced psychiatry for over forty years. He did staff work in the Netherlands until 1942 under Nazi occupation, when he assumed the name Joost (instead of the more Jewish-sounding Abraham) to fool the occupying forces. In 1942 he fled to Belgium,[1] and from there he escaped to England (after barely eluding death at the hands of the Germans). He became a colonel and was chief of the Psychological Department of the Dutch Army-in-Exile in England.

    After the war, he served as High Commissioner for Welfare in the Netherlands, and was an adviser to UNRRA and SHAEF. An American citizen since 1950, Dr. Meerloo was a member of the faculty at Columbia University and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the New York School of Psychiatry. He was the author of many books, including Rape of the Mind (a classic work on brainwashing), Conversation and Communication, and Hidden Communion.

    He was the son of Bernard and Anna Frederika (Benjamins) Meerloo. He was the youngest of six children and the only one to escape his occupied country and survive the holocaust.


    He married Elisabeth Johanna Kalf Den Haag, on May 16, 1928. The couple divorced on February 19, 1946. He married Louisa Betty "Loekie" Duits (a physical therapist) in New York City on May 7, 1948.

    Meerloo specialized in the area of thought control techniques used by totalitarian and other regimes.

    Education

    Dr. Meerloo received an M.D. degree at the University of Leiden in 1927. He then did postgraduate work in psychiatry and psychoanalysis, receiving a Ph.D. at the University of Utrecht in 1932. He later continued psychiatric studies in Paris.


    Rape of the Mind

    Meerloo's best-known[2] book is Rape of the Mind, published in 1956. The book received wide attention in part because it dealt with totalitarian applications of brainwashing techniques during the Korean War.

    The book explains how scientific brainwashing is done and argues that "hardly anyone can resist such." "Fear, and continual pressure are known to create a menticidal hypnosis. The conscious part of the personality no longer takes part in the automatic confessions. The brainwashee lives in a trance, repeating the record grooved into him by somebody else."

    Like their totalitarian counterparts, democratic societies are subject to the insidious influences of mind control. Such influences surround the citizens of free societies, "both on a political and a nonpolitical level and they become as dangerous to the free way of life as are the aggressive totalitarian governments themselves." People must guard against the creeping intrusion into their minds by technology, bureaucracy, prejudice, and mass delusion.

    Freedom and democracy depend in part on education for mental freedom—helping children and adults to think for themselves and to see the essentials of a problem—helping them to understand concepts, not merely to memorize facts.

    Throughout most of the book, Meerloo's targets are the historic roles of the Nazis and of the Communists in the post-1945 world. However, he also attacks the witch-hunting of individuals through the House Un-American Activities Committee: "the Congressional right to investigate can be abused and misused. The power to investigate may become the power to destroy -- not only the man under attack, but also the mental integrity of those who, in one way or another, are witnesses to the investigation. In a subtle way, the current wave of Congressional investigations may have a coercive effect on our citizenry."

  • The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind b...
    by George Freund on May 2, 2021 at 4:55 PM
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    Charles-Marie Gustave Le Bon (French: [ɡystav lə bɔ̃]; 7 May 1841 – 13 December 1931) was a leading French polymath whose areas of interest included anthropology, psychology, sociology, medicine, invention, and physics. He is best known for his 1895 work The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind, which is considered one of the seminal works of crowd psychology.

    A native of Nogent-le-Rotrou, Le Bon qualified as a doctor of medicine at the University of Paris in 1866. He opted against the formal practice of medicine as a physician, instead beginning his writing career the same year of his graduation. He published a number of medical articles and books before joining the French Army after the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War. Defeat in the war coupled with being a first-hand witness to the Paris Commune of 1871 strongly shaped Le Bon's worldview. He then travelled widely, touring Europe, Asia and North Africa. He analysed the peoples and the civilisations he encountered under the umbrella of the nascent field of anthropology, developing an essentialist view of humanity, and invented a portable cephalometer during his travels.

    In the 1890s, he turned to psychology and sociology, in which fields he released his most successful works. Le Bon developed the view that crowds are not the sum of their individual parts, proposing that within crowds there forms a new psychological entity, the characteristics of which are determined by the "racial unconscious" of the crowd. At the same time he created his psychological and sociological theories, he performed experiments in physics and published popular books on the subject, anticipating the mass–energy equivalence and prophesising the Atomic Age. Le Bon maintained his eclectic interests up until his death in 1931.

    Ignored or maligned by sections of the French academic and scientific establishment during his life due to his politically conservative and reactionary views, Le Bon was critical of democracy and socialism. Le Bon's works were influential to such disparate figures as Theodore Roosevelt and Benito Mussolini, Sigmund Freud and José Ortega y Gasset, Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Lenin.

    The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind (French: Psychologie des Foules; literally: Psychology of Crowds) is a book authored by Gustave Le Bon that was first published in 1895.

    In the book, Le Bon claims that there are several characteristics of crowd psychology: "impulsiveness, irritability, incapacity to reason, the absence of judgement of the critical spirit, the exaggeration of sentiments, and others..." Le Bon claimed that "an individual immersed for some length of time in a crowd soon finds himself – either in consequence of magnetic influence given out by the crowd or from some other cause of which we are ignorant – in a special state, which much resembles the state of fascination in which the hypnotized individual finds himself in the hands of the hypnotizer."

    However his work has been criticised, for example Stephen Reicher, a professor in crowd psychology, says: "there’s a clear racism, 19th century racism, and ageism, and elsewhere there is sexism which inhabits that view. In brief, it’s the mad mob view, it’s a view that you see every time you see collective behavioral riots, it’s the fact that these people aren’t protesting about anything, they don’t have any grievances, they don’t had any reason, they are ‘mad’, so we’ve got nothing to ask about ourselves, and the inequalities of our society, we can just point at them and say it’s just about them."[4] Additionally more recent research has cast doubt on many of the work's conclusions such as a hypothesised loss of agency and the book's focus on individualism as a psychological paradigm.

  • The Journals of Major-Gen. C. G. Gordon,...
    by Conspiracy Cafe on April 24, 2021 at 1:56 AM
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    by Charles George Gordon , Alfred Egmont Hake Publication date 1885 Publisher K. Paul, Trench & co.

    It all started in August 1X84. Cieneral Charles George Gordon and his garrison had been under siege for six months in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum. Attempts to lift the siege hy forces sent overland would be too difficult and costly, hut the British War Office hit on a bold plan: it would send a strong force of soldiers, sailors and marines up the Nile to attack the fanatical Mahdi and his army of dervishes surrounding Khartoum.

     

     


  • Performance Through Nutrition and Exerci...
    by Conspiracy Cafe on April 24, 2021 at 1:36 AM
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    This guide has been prepared to assist you in your efforts to gain or maintain a high level of physical fitness by combining sound nutritional and physical fitness practices. An overview of basic nutrition and physical fitness programs including aerobic conditioning and strength training are provided. Information for designing exercise programs for individuals at various levels of physical fitness is provided in this guide. Because deployment is part of a Navy career, the importance of nutrition and exercise in maintaining physical readiness when deployed is discussed in Chapters 10 and 12. Also, many people take nutritional supplements to enhance physical performance. The benefits and risks associated with using performance enhancing supplements is discussed in Chapter 14. In another chapter (Chapter 15) women's issues such as nutrition and exercise during pregnancy and lactation are discussed. Moreover, resources used to prepare this including websites for various Naval Commands and Civilian organizations involved in health promotions, are provided in Appendix D.

  • Personal memoirs of U. S. Grant
    by Conspiracy Cafe on April 12, 2021 at 7:06 PM
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    The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant is an autobiography by Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States, focused mainly on his military career during the Mexican–American War and the American Civil War, and completed as he was dying of cancer in 1885

  • In Praise of Folly 1876 edition
    by George Freund on March 29, 2021 at 3:24 PM
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    Erasmus in 1523, by Hans Holbein

    In Praise of Folly, also translated as The Praise of Folly (Latin: Stultitiae Laus or Moriae Encomium; Greek title: Μωρίας ἐγκώμιον (Morias egkomion); Dutch title: Lof der Zotheid), is an essay written in Latin in 1509 by Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam and first printed in June 1511. Inspired by previous works of the Italian humanist Faustino Perisauli [it] De Triumpho Stultitiae, it is a satirical attack on superstitions and other traditions of European society as well as on the Western Church.

    Erasmus revised and extended his work, which was originally written in the space of a week while sojourning with Sir Thomas More at More's house in Bucklersbury in the City of London. The title Moriae Encomium had a punning second meaning as In Praise of More. In Praise of Folly is considered one of the most notable works of the Renaissance and played an important role in the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation.

    Hans Holbein's witty marginal drawing of Folly (1515), in the first edition, a copy owned by Erasmus himself (Kupferstichkabinett, Basel)

    Content

    In Praise of Folly starts off with a satirical learned encomium, in which Folly praises herself, after the manner of the Greek satirist Lucian, whose work Erasmus and Sir Thomas More had recently translated into Latin, a piece of virtuoso foolery; it then takes a darker tone in a series of orations, as Folly praises self-deception and madness and moves to a satirical examination of pious but superstitious abuses of Catholic doctrine and corrupt practices in parts of the Roman Catholic Church—to which Erasmus was ever faithful—and the folly of pedants. Erasmus had recently returned disappointed from Rome, where he had turned down offers of advancement in the curia, and Folly increasingly takes on Erasmus' own chastising voice. The essay ends with a straightforward statement of Christian ideal: "No Man is wise at all Times, or is without his blind Side."

    Erasmus was a good friend of More, with whom he shared a taste for dry humor and other intellectual pursuits. The title "Morias Encomium" can also be read as meaning "In praise of More". The double or triple meanings go on throughout the text.

    The essay is filled with classical allusions delivered in a style typical of the learned humanists of the Renaissance. Folly parades as a goddess, offspring of Plutus, the god of wealth and a nymph, Freshness. She was nursed by two other nymphs, Inebriation and Ignorance. Her faithful companions include Philautia (self-love), Kolakia (flattery), Lethe (forgetfulness), Misoponia (laziness), Hedone (pleasure), Anoia (dementia), Tryphe (wantonness), and two gods, Komos (intemperance) and Nigretos Hypnos (heavy sleep). Folly praises herself endlessly, arguing that life would be dull and distasteful without her. Of earthly existence, Folly pompously states, "you'll find nothing frolic or fortunate that it owes not to me."

  • THE NEW FREEDOM by Woodrow Wilson 1913
    by Conspiracy Cafe on March 25, 2021 at 11:38 AM
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    A collection of Woodrow Wilson's speeches in which he discusses the intellectual in government, the "new class of experts," big business verses small business, and a moral awakening of the citizenry.

    The New Freedom was Woodrow Wilson's campaign platform in the 1912 presidential election, and also refers to the progressive programs enacted by Wilson during his first term as president from 1913 to 1916 while the Democrats controlled Congress. First expressed in his campaign speeches and promises, Wilson later wrote a 1913 book of the same name. In terms of legislation, wartime policies are generally not considered part of the New Freedom. After the 1918 midterm elections, Republicans took control of Congress and were mostly hostile to the New Freedom. As president, Wilson focused on three types of reform:

    Tariff reform: This came through the passage of the Underwood Tariff Act of 1913, which lowered tariffs for the first time since 1857 and went against the protectionist lobby.

    Business reform: This was established through the passage of the Federal Trade Commission Act of 1914, which established the Federal Trade Commission to investigate and halt unfair and illegal business practices by issuing "cease and desist" orders, and the Clayton Antitrust Act.

    Banking reform: This came in 1913 through the creation of the Federal Reserve System and in 1916 through the passage of the Federal Farm Loan Act, which set up Farm Loan Banks to support farmers.

    Campaign slogan in 1912

    Wilson's position in 1912 stood in opposition to Progressive party candidate Theodore Roosevelt's ideas of New Nationalism, particularly on the issue of antitrust modification. According to Wilson, "If America is not to have free enterprise, he can have freedom of no sort whatever." In presenting his policy, Wilson warned that New Nationalism represented collectivism, while New Freedom stood for political and economic liberty from such things as trusts (powerful monopolies). Wilson was strongly influenced by his chief economic advisor Louis D. Brandeis, an enemy of big business and monopoly.

    Although Wilson and Roosevelt agreed that economic power was being abused by trusts, Wilson and Roosevelt were split on how the government should handle the restraint of private power as in dismantling corporations that had too much economic power in a large society. Wilson wrote extensively on the meaning of "government" shortly after his election.


    "Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men's views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the Field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it." Woodrow Wilson,The New Freedom (1913)


  • Through the Brazilian Wilderness by Theo...
    by George Freund on March 7, 2021 at 9:15 AM
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    After losing his bid for the United States Presidency as a third party candidate, Theodore Roosevelt decided to take on the most dangerous adventure left on earth. He and his son, Kermit, accepted Candido Mariano da Silva Rondon's invitation to help him plot the course of the River of Doubt


  • Man's Place in the Universe
    by Conspiracy Cafe on March 3, 2021 at 10:24 PM
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    by Wallace, Alfred Russel, 1823-1913

    Publication date 1903

    Topics Plurality of worlds, Stars, Life

    Publisher New York, McClure, Phillips & co.

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    In 1903, Alfred Russel Wallace was one of authors to bring the theory of evolution into the debate about plurality. Unlike some who used evolution to support the possibility of life on other planets, Wallace argued that evolution of life on Earth occurred under such perfect circumstances that it is unlikely that the same circumstances would align again on another planet. He was one of the first to use evolution as an argument against plurality. His idea that there is a supreme purpose, we are unique, was based on Astronomy. This aspect of Wallace's argument is not a new theology, but a new idea in science. He was the codiscoverer of natural selection, though at the end of his life he became convinced that human intelligence and morality could only be made or created by a deity, or in other words, that only a higher power could have produced such a change in nature.

    In his essay “Man’s Place in the Universe,” Wallace says that new evidence in the past twenty-five years suggests that the universe is not infinite and that Earth is relatively near the universe's center. If the universe were infinite, he says, we would receive much brighter light from the stars at night, and there wouldn’t be dark spots in between stars. This idea is otherwise known as Olber's Paradox. He writes, "...we should at least receive quite as much light from them as the sun gives us at noonday. But the amount we actually receive is so immensley less that this as to prove that the concentric spheres of stars beyond those visible to the naked eye cannot be very numerous" (pg 399). He argues somewhat convincingly (although we know better today) that our planet must be situated at or very near the center of the universe because the stars seem uniformly distributed in the night sky, and the shape of the Milky Way appears symmetrical from our vantage point here on earth.

    For Wallace, the recent development of spectrum analysis, which proved that other stars and planets are made up of the same elements as Earth, demonstrated that Earth is unique in it's ability to support life in the solar system. He says, “All the evidence at our command goes to assure us that our earth alone in the Solar System has been from its very origin adapted to be the theatre for the development of intelligent life. Our position within that system is, therefore, as central and unique as that of our Sun in the whole stellar universe."

    Wallace also had 5 factors he said were essential for life to occur and they were not present on other planets. These factors include:

    The atmosphere of Earth is the correct density for the production and movement of vapors such as clouds and regulation of the Earth's temperature.

    Oceans form the majority of the Earth's surface and are kept in constant circulation by the moon causes which causes tidal action.

    The placement of earth is close enough and not too far away from the sun and is able to sustain a temperature that supports life for billions of years.

    The oceans are deep enough to have a constant presence on the Earth and help maintain the surface temperature.

    Dust exists in the atmosphere to allow for the production of rain and other precipations to form. This dust usually comes from deserts or volcanoes

    All five of these conditions must be met in a way that they support life. If any one was changed in any little way, the Earth would not be able to support its inhabitants. Wallace believed that it was impossible for any other planet to be capable of having all five of these conditions exist in Earth's perticular way. "...we shall at once see how peculiar and unique is our place and condition within the Solar System" (pp 14).

    Because of the uniqueness of Earth, Wallace argued for an intelligent being who designed the universe. Wallace says in his introduction that "... I am taking the view of those who believe in some Intelligent Cause at the back of this universe, some creator or creators, designer or designers." Despite his theological stance, Wallace still relied on scientific reasoning to make his points and to argue against plurality. The result is a unique mix of science and theology that blend together in a relatively convincing argument that subsequently didn't have a whole lot of influence at the time.


  • Vaccination a Delusion Its Penal Enforce...
    by Conspiracy Cafe on March 3, 2021 at 10:13 PM
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    Publication date 1898

    Topics Vaccination

    Publisher London : Swan Sonnenschein

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  • The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton...
    by Conspiracy Cafe on March 2, 2021 at 9:18 AM
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    The Coming Race is a novel by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, published anonymously in 1871. It has also been published as Vril, the Power of the Coming Race.

    Some readers have believed the account of a superior subterranean master race and the energy-form called "Vril", at least in part; some theosophists, notably Helena Blavatsky, William Scott-Elliot, and Rudolf Steiner, accepted the book as based on occult truth, in part.[4] One 1960 book, The Morning of the Magicians, suggested that a secret Vril Society existed in Weimar Berlin. However, there is no evidence for the existence of such a society.

    The original, British edition of The Coming Race was published anonymously in May 1871, by Blackwood and Sons of Edinburgh and London. (Blackwood published four more "editions" in 1871.) Anonymous American and Canadian editions were published in August, as The Coming Race, or The New Utopia, by Francis B. Felt & Co. in New York and by Copp, Clark & Co. in Toronto. Late in 1871 Bulwer-Lytton was known to be the author. Erewhon, which was also published anonymously in March 1872, was initially assumed to be a Coming Race sequel by Bulwer-Lytton. When it was revealed that Samuel Butler was the writer in the 25 May 1872 issue of the Athenaeum; sales dropped by 90 percent.

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    There is much we have not been told. There is much to unfold. The blind lead the sighted though they are not gifted to have discernment. Welcome to the diluvian world.

  • The Story of Atlantis 1896 by William Sc...
    by Conspiracy Cafe on March 2, 2021 at 9:03 AM
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    William Scott-Elliot (sometimes incorrectly spelled Scott-Elliott) (1849-1919) was a theosophist who elaborated Helena Blavatsky's concept of root races in several publications, most notably The Story of Atlantis (1896) and The Lost Lemuria (1904), later combined in 1925 into a single volume called The Story of Atlantis and the Lost Lemuria. In 1893 he married Matilda (Maude) Louise Travers (1859-1929), daughter of Dr Robert Boyle Travers F.R.C.S., of Farsid Lodge, Rostellan, County Cork, Ireland.

    PART 2 The Lost Lemuria

    The author refers to the masters of wisdom on the las page. Senator Lyndon Johnson referred to the masters of infinity in a 1958 speech. The Bible speaks of the firmaments or layers of our reality plane. Enjoy.


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