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Tuesday, November 24, 2015


I have just added a new article titled DISCLOSURE, http://thepurplemuse.com/id62.html, to my web site.  This article is my commentary on the incredible work of Dr. Steven M. Greer on the subject of Extra-Terrestrials, advanced technology and related illegal activities of the US government spanning decades.  It is imperative that everyone interested in helping to solve the major problems impacting our world today get involved in Dr. Greer's work. 

So far our political class has been unwilling to challenge the elites of the military-industrial complex controlling the most important information of our times.  The combined efforts of the citizens of the US will be needed to change the direction of our government and the world.


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Friday, November 6, 2015

A People's History of the United States

I just finished reading Howard Zinn's National Bestseller, A People's History of the United States.  Zinn's book was copyrighted a number of times between 1980 and 2003.  Anyone that wants to obtain a more complete appreciation the history of the United States should read Zinn's book.  While the book is labeled as a different view of US history, the book is actually a interwoven combination of history, social commentary and political theory.  Zinn focuses on the history of those groups, racial, ethnic and gender, that have been oppressed by rich and the powerful white European ancestry males during our history beginning with Columbus.  Zinn's socialist leanings are evident throughout the book, particularly during his commentary on the history of the 20th century in the United States. 

For those people that are not left leaning on the current US political scale, Zinn's very left leaning commentary may be bothersome, but it should not be.  The descriptions of troubling moments in our history that Zinn's includes in his book are true.  I have read or heard about many of these moments in other material in the past.  Zinn does all of us a favor by accumulating them in one book.  There is no doubt that many US leaders, political and business, have been involved in serious abuses of human rights since the beginning.  Zinn does a great job in pointing out the failings of many famous, well respected US leaders.  But Zinn's history doesn't account for the development of the economic prosperity that citizens of the US have experienced and why the US has been a magnet for immigrants from all over the world.  Zinn doesn't fully discuss how the US developed its economy into the strongest in the world.  Zinn doesn't discuss how the US has created more wealth for more people than any nation in the history of the world.  Zinn never acknowledges that the US government is the best of a number of bad options.  Zinn doesn't acknowledge that that there are no economically successful socialist nations.  There is no heterogeneous population of significant size anywhere in the world that has more freedom and economic opportunity than people have in the US.  Like many social activists Zinn doesn't appear to appreciate the positives, he is locked on what he perceives to be the negatives of the US. 

In the Afterward of the book Zinn states the following: "But there is no such thing as a pure fact, innocent of interpretation.  Behind every fact presented to the world - by a teacher, a writer, anyone - is a judgement.  The judgement that has been made is that this fact is important, and that other facts, omitted, are not important."  Zinn also states: "There were themes of profound importance to me which I found missing in the orthodox histories that dominated American culture.  The consequence of those omissions has been not simply to give a distorted view of the past but, more important, to mislead us all about the present."  These statements are absolutely true.  The fact that they are true is the reason why I recommend everyone read A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn. 

We all need to better understand how Americans got to where we are today  Zinn helps fill in some of the blanks.  Each of us needs to determine how we apply our knowledge of American history to our present and future.  My guess is that we all need to know more than we have learned to date.


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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Pier 40 at Hudson River Park - NYC

In the late afternoon and early evening of Saturday, October 24, I spent about three hours at Pier 40 at Hudson River Park in New York City.  I arrived at Pier 40 in the late afternoon and walked around the complex and observed the city from the roof of the building waiting for my son who was working at the Trapeze School of New York (TSNY).  It was a cool fall evening.  I had the opportunity to observe the people, NYC and New Jersey across the Hudson river. 

Manhattan is very densely populated and its space for sports activity is very limited.  Pier 40 was very busy.  What appeared to be an organized men's soccer league with uniformed players was busy on a full sized field.  When one game ended another began.  On two smaller side fields what appeared to be pick-up men's soccer games were being played.  When one group was finished they were immediately replaced by two other teams. 

Up on the roof TSNY was busy instructing a group of ten on the basics on how to perform on a trapeze.  On a side field on the roof two boys, about 10 years old, were practicing their soccer skills by themselves.  When the boys were done they got on their push scooters and headed off into the night.  The boys were replaced by a women's flag football league.  On a chilly Saturday night the ladies were running pass patterns, blocking and tackling flags.  I talked to one of the players.  Apparently the league has eight teams and its players are willing to dedicate the early part of their Saturday nights playing flag football.  In every side space on the fields soccer players were practicing their skills. 

What made this night unique from many other sports field complexes in other cities was the surroundings.  As I looked up to the south the night sky was dominated by One World Trade Center, the Freedom Tower, the lighted symbol of the rebirth of the World Trade Center complex after 9/11/2001 attack.  As I looked across the river I saw the lights of the Newport area in Jersey City, New Jersey, where my hotel was located.  I saw the ventilation towers of the Holland Tunnel, built in the 1920s.  Pier 40 is surrounded by development, skyscrapers to the south and east and farther up river to the North.  Large numbers of large buildings dominate the skyline across the river in New Jersey.

It was a very interesting few hours.  It was a first time experience for me and one that I am unlikely to experience again.  When it was time to leave I took one last look at the Freedom Tower and began walking into the heart of the city with my son to find a restaurant for dinner. 


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Monday, September 21, 2015

History of the Big Bonanza

If you have ever visited the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada or driven through Reno, you may have taken a side trip to visit the legendary Virginia, City, Nevada, the home of the Comstock Lode, where one of the most valuable precious metals (gold and silver) mining operations of all time was developed and exploited.  A few years ago my wife and I visited the Lake Tahoe for a few days and spent part of one day in Virginia City.  We took in a bit of history of one of the most interesting areas of the US west from the mid to late 1800s for part of a day. 

Earlier this year I discovered a book about this era called History of the Big Bonanza.  This book was written in 1876 at the peak of the development of the Comstock Lode by Dan De Quille, the pen name for William Wright, a reporter for the Territorial Enterprise, a Virginia City newspaper of the period.  He worked at the newspaper concurrently with Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens).  The Big Bonanza was republished in 2013 and includes many photographs from the period.  If you have any interest in this subject matter I very highly recommend this book.  It is not often that we get to read history from an individual who experienced it like Dan De Quille.  There are so many highlights from the book that it is difficult to comment on just a few. 

The story of Henry Tompkins Paige Comstock is told in the book and how the lode was discovered.  The original prospectors that found the Lode were looking gold, not silver, and didn't even realize what they found when they made their original claims.  While the Comstock Lode is famous for its massive amounts of silver, a substantial part of the wealth that was mined was gold.  Comstock's name will be famous forever, but he didn't make a lot of money from his find.  De Quille tells the story.

I never realized how quickly the Comstock Lode was developed and how the lode was mined from a technical perspective until I read the book.  The speed at which the Lode evolved from a few prospectors making claims to a fully industrialized area was incredible.  New mining technology of the era was employed very quickly to allow the mines to be fully exploited as quickly as possible. 

When we visited Lake Tahoe on our trip of a few years ago we learned that much of the original lumber of the region was used in the development of Virginia City and the Comstock Lode mines.  When I read the Big Bonanza I learned much more about the exploitation of the all of the sources of wood in the general vicinity of Virginia City for the construction of mines, buildings and other infrastructure and for use as fuel for the steam engines used in all the mining operations.  The movement of massive amounts of lumber from the Lake Tahoe region to the Comstock Lode is an amazing story.

As I read the Big Bonanza I realized that when I visited Virginia City a few years ago I didn't look in all the right places to see what remains of this legendary American city and the surrounding area.  Virginia City had a population of about 20-25,000 in the late 1870s.  It current population is now about 1,000.  Now that I know a lot more about its history I hope to return to the area at some time in the near future to obtain a better understanding about what life was like in Virginia City during the development of the Big Bonanza of the Comstock Lode.


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Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Syncronicity Key

Did you ever read a book and ask yourself "What is this?"  On my recent trip to Europe I had this experience when I read David Wilcock's 2013 book, The Synchronicity Key - The Hidden Intellgence Guiding the Universe and You.  This was one of those books that has content that must be read and reread a few times before you can fully appreciate what the author is attempting to convey. 

You might ask "Why did I purchase a book by Mr. Wilcock if I wasn't sure what it was all about?"  That is a very good question.  Mr. Wilcock is marketing on Facebook a series of www.gaiamtv.com interviews with a man claiming he has interacted with aliens and a lot more.  I watched a couple of the interviews because they were free.  Mr. Wilcock also has a website, www.divinecosmos.com.  I have also seen a few of his appearances on the History Channel show Ancient Aliens. 

Mr. Wilcock is described as a New Age lecturer, author and filmmaker.  I though his book would be an interesting read and interesting it is.  After reading the book and thinking about Mr. Wilcock's assertions the question I have to ask myself is "Do I believe any of Wilcock's claims and assertions are true?"  Or "Do I think Mr Wilcock is a deranged man that is making his living from selling books, videos and lectures to gullible people that will support him."  After reading the book I am not sure if either of the above statements is true or false. 

Do you believe in reincarnation?  Mr. Wilcock does.  He believes it is part of the master plan for the universe.  Do you believe that Edgar Cayce could predict the future while in a trance?  Mr.  Wilcock does and he claims he has also predicted the future while in a trance.  Have you ever heard of the Law of One series?  I hadn't before reading this book.  Wilcock is a firm believer in the Law of One, a collected series of oculist transcripts of extraterrestrial origin.  Mr. Wilcock also believes that the Cabal is running the world and they are our great enemy.  I could go on and on with discussion about Mr. Wilcock's variety of claims and assertions. 

If Mr. Wilcock is correct about any of his various theories it would be a world changing event.  Many, if not most people, would say that Mr. Wilcock is a nut case.  The bottom line is that I don't know if any or all of Mr. Wilcock's writings are true and worthy of belief or simply the nutty thoughts of an unusual individual.  What I can say is that if you want to read some very thought provoking material about the issues discussed above and more, you should read The Synchronicity Key.  If these topics don't resonate with you, move on to something that does.  Maybe someday someone will demonstrate that some of Mr. Wilcock's claims are true.  I don't think any real proof exists today. 


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