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What Tesla Really Taught Us

A mass in movement resists change of direction. So does the world oppose a new idea. It takes time to make up the minds to its value and importance. Ignorance, prejudice and inertia or the old retard its early progress. It is discredited by insincere exponents and selfish exploiters. It is attacked and condemned by its enemies. Eventually, though, all barriers are thrown down, and it spreads like fire.

So wrote Nikola Tesla. He, better than anyone, knew how the entrenched responded to new ideas. Sometimes it is not only old ideas that die hard. New ideas, regardless how flawed they are, can also spread like fire by those who know how to control the microphone: Control the conversation. Cast opponents has doubters or uneducated. Pretend “everyone” agrees and that there “is no debate.” Create a narrative.

These, however, are the red flags of irrationality, extremists, special interests and propagandists. They prey on people’s tendency to trust “authority,” or the appearance of such. Get enough people on the television saying the same thing — even if it’s only really one side and scripted — and soon people start to unconsciously believe it. Sophisticated brainwashing it is, or is it all that sophisticated? It truly is surprising how many are lulled into a state of cognitive dissonance: Believing something that is completely contrary to another thing, one you believe true (or is true).

These are important considerations in our time. Not only because we are entering another political season, but the overload of information encourages people not to think deeply on any and all issues. Funny how too much or too little information can lead to the same state. At least everyone can have a voice, but not every voice is thoughtful and reasoned. So who can lead an awakening against those who wish to stamp out Truth?

You. Detecting nonsense should be a primary skill we all wield. And in the end — perhaps not today or tomorrow — Truth will prevail.

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Is There Anyone Left that Believes the ‘Lone Nut’ Theory?

The depth students get exposed to concerning the JFK assassination usually amounts to answering, “Which presidents were assassinated?” So not surprisingly, the “lone nut” verdict of Oswald killing JFK, and all other theories being labeled crockpot, is the conclusion many people unquestioningly believe. At first, that is. Usually the light starts to turn on like this:

“Guy kills Kennedy. Guy who kills Kennedy, quickly killed by another guy. This guy, in turn, doesn’t live much longer. Very convenient.” And it gets better, even with superficial review. “Magic” bullets that show no evidence of passing through anything. Endless contrary evidence to the “lone nut” theory ignored.

Since the beginning, researchers have been perplexed at the Warren Commission’s incompetence. That, though, is only one of three options.

The second is that they part of the conspiracy itself. This is unlikely as abject incompetence. The third, and most likely, is they were covering up the truth they felt would have led to far worse problems. If paths led back to the KGB, war. If an inside job, the people would have tore down Washington block by block. In either case, they reasoned, why not maintain the illusion of government innocence and caring for a few more decades?

Jerome Corsi’s new book Who Really Killed Kennedy? is the latest attempt to collate and unpack the bits of truth concerning the JFK murder. In a time when trust in government is at an all-time low, this book shows that the problem didn’t start yesterday. It’s a creeping menace that began decades ago. It didn’t even begin with JFK, but JFK’s death set the bar high for what those in power could get away with. Whether you’re new to JFK lore, or neck deep in it, Corsi’s book is one of those you can’t put down until the last page is turned.

And Corsi’s book, in a way, is one of warning and caution, not unlike some of the fiction books discussed here. But are decades of cover-up still needed? Was it ever? The players are all gone. Let us learn from history. Truths, as ugly as they may be, really do set us free in the final analysis. Lies, regardless of their initial justification, never live forever.

Nor should they.

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Are you a Truthseeker?

“There are a dozen views about everything until you know the answer. Then there’s never more than one.”
– C.S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength (Part 3 of the Space Trilogy)

“A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.”
– Albert Einstein

“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”
– Søren Kierkegaard

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