Thursday, February 18, 2010


Public school accused of using webcams to spy on students' homes

In the "How Low Can Public Education Go?" file, an affluent Philadelphia suburb public school district has been accused of using webcams embedded in school issued Apple notebook computers to remotely spy on students in their homes.  The school had proudly issued the Apple Laptops to each of its approximately 2,300 high school students.
A suburban Philadelphia school district used the webcams in school-issued laptops to spy on students at home, potentially catching them and their families in compromising situations, a family claims in a federal lawsuit.
Lower Merion School District officials would not comment on the accusation, but angry students have already responded by putting tape on their laptop cameras and microphones.
Sophomore Tom Halperin described students as "pretty disgusted," and noted that his class recently read "1984," the George Orwell classic that coined the term "Big Brother."
"This is just bogus," said Halperin, 15, of Wynnewood, as he left Harriton High School on Thursday with his taped-up computer. "I just think it's really despicable that they have the ability to just watch me all the time."
The school district can activate the webcams without students' knowledge or permission, the suit said. Plaintiffs Michael and Holly Robbins suspect the cameras captured students and family members as they undressed and in other embarrassing situations, according to the suit.


Plane strikes Austin building

A small plane struck an office building in Austin, Texas, today. I worked in a nearby building which once housed Centaur's headquarters a few years ago. The CIA, FBI and IRS had offices in the complex struck by the plane. However, from the pictures I have seen, I believe those offices are in the building between the burning building and Centaur's old home (but I might be mistaken since I haven't been in that area for a while).

Monday, February 15, 2010


From Evil Google to WordPress

Google recently revealed the pitch-black nature of its evil heart when it suddenly announced that it was terminating its Google Blogger FTP service.  We currently use that service to publish our website to our Tera-Byte server in Canada.  Google is clearly doing this to coerce these high value blogs onto their blogspot servers where Google can control all of the content.

Fortunately, it is not an insurmountable task to migrate to the superior WordPress blogging system.  Unlike Google's Blogger, WordPress is an Open Source solution that fully runs on your web server.  In other words, no one is going to yank the rug out from underneath you like Google just did.

We are currently in the process of migrating to WordPress.  To use WordPress, your server or hosting service must support the following:
To begin your migration, we strongly suggest that you obtain a secondary hosting account where you can build your new site and experiment with WordPress before pointing your URL to the new server.  A good and inexpensive web host is Blue Host, a company recommended by WordPress.  The basic Blue Host service offers unlimited hosting space and unlimited file transfer.  Blue Host also provides an outstanding control panel, called "cPanel," to administer your site.  Blue Host even keeps your WordPress installation up to date (you will receive an upgrade alert when you visit your cPanel which you will have to approve).

Additionally, Blue Host is currently offering a free domain.  This makes it trivial to set up your secondary website for the transition from your current Google Blogger site.

However, before purchasing your Blue Host service, visit this site first:

By visiting that link, you can save up to 43% off the regular hosting price of $6.95 / month.  In either case, you will have to pay for a full year when you set up your hosting service.

Once you purchase your new hosting service (and new domain, if necessary), you can install WordPress by simply clicking on the "Word Press" icon under "Software / Services" in cPanel.  Be sure to set up WordPress using your secondary domain, otherwise your installation won't work until you point the WordPress specified domain to your Blue Host account.  It will be easy to change this to your primary domain name once you are ready to do so.

Once WordPress is installed, you'll want to choose a theme for your new blog.  There are many free and attractive themes available on the WordPress site here.  You will need to download the theme as a zip file and then upload it to your server in the WordPress administration page, usually set to "wp_admin" from you root site (example: http://myNewWordPressSite/wp_admin) .  You will then need to activate the new theme.

Changing from one theme to the next only takes seconds, so experiment freely with different themes.  With Blue Host, you have unlimited storage space, so you can upload as many themes as you want.

If you host advertisements on your site, you'll then want to load a WordPress plugin that makes adding ads easy.  A decent one is AdSense Manager which supports not just Google AdSense but other types of ad services as well.  AdSense Manager makes it easy to place ads in the header, sidebars or even embedded into articles.

Once you have your theme chosen and your ad plugin set up, it's time to migrate your Google Blogger site content to WordPress.  WordPress has support to directly import your Google Blogger account if it resides on BlogSpot (Tools | Import | Blogger).  I temporarily activated our site on BlogSpot (it only takes a second to toggle from FTP to BlogSpot from the Blogger Dashboard: Settings | Publishing | Switch to, but WordPress was unable to import our site due to timeouts from Google's servers.

Instead, I was forced to export (Settings | Basic | Export blog ) our Google Blogger site to a local XML file formatted in Blogger's Atom export format.

Unfortunately, WordPress can't read this file, so it must be translated into WordPress WXR format.  I used the Blogger 2 WordPress conversion application here.  You can then upload the file in Wordpress: Tools | Import | WordPress.

This process is good but isn't perfect.  All of the comments and tags appear to have been preserved.  Some of our posts needed to be edited to reestablish proper formatting.  A few embedded videos are not showing up.  However, the WordPress editor is as least as good as the Blogger editor, so fixing these problems is not too hard.

You will also need to copy any extra files that are not part of the Blogger system to your secondary site before pointing your primary URL to your secondary site.  You will probably want to copy all of the Blogger files over to ensure that all of your old links continue to work.

Of course, any edits that you make to your original site after the import will have to be made to your transition website.  However, you can simply delete all of your posts on your secondary website and import the last version of your original site immediately before pointing your primary URL to your secondary website.

While Blue Host is fantastic in many ways, its servers do not appear to be nearly as fast as our Tera-Byte server.  We will be transitioning soon to Blue Host.  Depending on how well the Blue Host server can handle the traffic, we might be on Blue Host for just as long as it takes us to install our new WordPress site on our old Tera-Byte server.

In the meantime, you can view our Blue-Host secondary site here.

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Saturday, February 13, 2010


Obtaining 'Common Sense Renewed'

Bill let me know that he was able to order a copy of Robert C. Christian's Common Sense Renewed by calling the Elberton Granite Association and sending them a $15 money order.  The contact information is as follows:
Elberton Granite Association
P.O. Box 640
Elberton, GA 30635

Phone: 706.283.5651
Expect delivery to take about two weeks.

Friday, February 12, 2010


Felling the Beast: an intro to a new novel

It’s Tuesday, May 30, 2017.  My name is Winnie Smith and I just turned 13 last month.

Our new home is hard to get used to.  It’s real pretty here and the weather is nice right now.  It’s a little like our old home in Arkansas.  I miss that place a lot.

I miss the rain at night and the cool mornings.  I miss the smell of the dogwood and honeysuckle flowers.  I miss the friendly little hummingbirds that were always flying around our shoulders.  I miss fishing in our ponds, working in our garden with Mama, skipping rocks on the Cossatot with Daddy, eating Hope watermelons and swimming in the ice cold creeks under a warm sun.  In a way, I even miss the chiggers, seed ticks and poison ivy which are all usually bad this time of year in the Ouachitas.

Daddy probably misses Arkansas more than anyone else.  He was born and raised there.  Even though I was born in Texas, Daddy managed to find a way to get us back to a good home in Arkansas where we could be safe during the War.  Daddy never wanted to move again, but, when we had no other choice, he told Uncle John that he didn’t want to move too far away from home.  That’s one of the reasons why he and Mom picked this place.

Daddy took us outside tonight for a surprise.  We had a marshmallow roast and told spooky stories around a camp fire.  A little after midnight, Daddy set up his telescope and asked us to guess what we were looking at.  It was a dim yellow star, just a tiny, flickering speck of light, even through his telescope.  It was the sun -- or at least our old sun.  It was hard for me to imagine that our old, green house still circled that little, yellow dot 2,110 light years away.

We had a good time tonight.  Everyone was happy.  Everyone but Daddy.  When he thought everybody was asleep, he walked back to that telescope and looked at earth for a long, long time.  He only quit when he began crying.  I’ve never seen Daddy cry before, even after all that he went through during the War.

It’s very late and I need to go to sleep.  I miss Arkansas a lot right now.   I love you, Daddy.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


Elevator Failure Blamed for Burj Khalifa Closure

As we mentioned earlier this week, the Burj Khalifa has been shut down indefinitely to tourists.  An elevator failure is now being reported as the cause of the closure.  One witness described the failure as sounding like a "small explosion."

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Burj Khalifa Closed to the Public

Mikey sent us a link to a story reporting that the Burj Khalifa has been suddenly closed to the public after being opened only one month ago.  Formerly known as the Burj Dubai, the Burj Khalifa is the by far the tallest building in the world at 2,717 feet or well over 1/2-mile high.  The structure appears to represent a new Tower of Babel as our Georgia Guidestones investigation (see here and here) recently revealed.

Friday, February 5, 2010


Two more Radio Liberty interview archives are ready

My Radio Liberty interviews from Wednesday and Thursday are now ready for download.  You can obtain them in MP3 format by following the links below.

Wednesday is here.
Thursday is here.

Thursday, February 4, 2010


9-Year Old A-Student Busted for 2" Lego Gun

A 9-year-old boy was nearly suspended from public school because the Lego figure he was playing with at lunch toted a tiny two-inch plastic toy gun.

To PS 52 Principal Evelyn Mastroianna: Go ahead, punk, make my day.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Listen to my new 2-hour radio interview

Dr. Stan Monteih interviewed me for two hours on his Radio Liberty program last night.  You can now listen to MP3 archives of the broadcast.  Part 1 is here.  Part 2 is here.

Dr. Monteith has scheduled to interview me again tonight at 11PM Central / 9PM Pacific.  You can listen to that interview live here.

I will also be interviewed on his afternoon show tomorrow at 5PM Central and at 9AM on his morning show on February 8th.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Google Kills Bloggers!

In an astounding, disruptive, indefensible and perplexing move, Google sent out a termination of service email today to all current users of Google's Blogger FTP facilities.  We use that service to publish Van's Hardware Journal to our Tera-Byte server located in Canada.

The Google service will end March 26, 2010, giving bloggers less than two months to migrate to another blogging service or to follow Google's solution which is to upload all external Blogger databases to Google's servers and then point associated blog URLs to Google.

In other words, if you have been using Google's Blogger FTP service, which has been around for several years and is used by many now very irate people, Google is holding a gun to your head in order to take control of your content.

Here is a comment I posted earlier on the Google Blogger site:

I do not understand why Google is terminating existing FTP blogging services. Why not simply remove the FTP/SFTP option from new blogs while maintaining current support for existing FTP blogs?
At the very least, why doesn't Google release an open source blogging tool (either web-based or standalone) that allows current FTP bloggers to continue to maintain their sites?
Giving less than two months formal warning to current Google bloggers that their publishing service will be cut off unless they migrate their blogs to Google's servers is a lot like placing a gun to our heads. This is one of the more "evil" things Google has ever done.
There is no valid technical reason for Google to suddenly pull the plug on all external, existing Blogger websites.  This is an outrageous act of Internet piracy in what appears to be a play to take control of hundreds if not thousands of valuable blog sites.

Friday, January 29, 2010



We published this very popular baby makeover photo several years ago (click to enlarge).

Thursday, January 28, 2010


Apple iPad: It might be worse than you think

Apple introduced its greatly anticipated tablet computer, the iPad, yesterday.  It was impossible for the product to meet the unbelievable hype surrounding the computer's debut, but even taking this into account, the reaction to the device, which will not ship for months, has been mostly negative.  Critics point out the iPad's lack of multitasking, the low resolution XGA 4:3 screen, the clunky aesthetics (very unusual for Jobs-ian Apple), the lack of standard ports, no support for Adobe Flash, the high price compared with more capable netbooks and the awkward "iPad" moniker.

But few if any observers have mentioned that the iPad is probably very underpowered compared with much cheaper netbooks.

The Apple iPad uses a custom, 1GHz Apple A4 system-on-chip (SoC).  While details are lacking, the microprocessor is probably either the ARM Cortex-A8 (a superscalar design a little like the Intel Atom, but sans HyperThreading) or Cortex-A9 (an out-of-order superscalar design superficially analogous to the VIA Nano).  If that is the case, this explains why Apple chose to forgo multitasking because ARM chips are very slow.

ARM has been very successful at avoiding direct, objective performance comparisons of their chips with x86 counterparts.  However, I've been able to test an 800MHz ARM Cortex-A8 running Ubuntu Linux and compare its results to an 800MHz AMD Mobile Athlon and a VIA Nano L3050 downclocked to 800MHz.  The x86 systems ran the same version of Ubuntu Linux as the ARM box.

While the Nano and the Athlon are close to performance parity with each other, the ARM Cortex-A8 is less than one-half as fast as either x86 chip.  Moreover, the ARM CPU is much weaker on floating point calculations, providing lower that 25% of the performance of either x86 chip.

Worse, the ARM system frequently becomes unresponsive for several seconds at a time.  And even though I only ran the ARM system at 16-bit XGA resolution while the x86 systems ran at 24-bit 1080p resolutions, both x86 systems trounced the video performance of the ARM box.

After using the ARM Cortex-A8 Ubuntu system, it is safe to say that people migrating from x86 netbooks (which typically use 1.3-1.6GHz x86 processors) -- or, heaven forbid, thin-and-light notebooks -- will be very disappointed with the performance compromises they will encounter from stepping down to ARM.

So if Apple is deploying a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 in the iPad, overall performance will be worse than a 500MHz x86 chip -- sometimes much worse.  And that level of performance won't make many people happy.  For Apple's sake, if the company is indeed using an ARM design in its iPad, let's hope that they at least chose a multi-core Cortex-A9.  BSN* confidently claims that this is indeed the case.

I'm trying to get my hands on an ARM Cortex-A9 system.  The Cortex-A9 will boost performance over the A8 because it adds an Out-of-Order engine which reduces pipeline stalls.  However, I expect a 1GHz Cortex-A9 to be no faster than a 600-650MHz x86 counterpart at best.

These results don't surprise me because several years ago when I was working at Centaur I compared the performance of an Intel XScale chip against a VIA C7.  The C7 creamed the XScale even though the ARM chip ran at a slightly higher clock speed.

I'm convinced Intel sold off XScale to Marvell because the chipmaker recognized that this performance deficit would be untenable once ARM chips inevitably began competing with x86 designs.  Of course, Intel's response was to create the highly successful Atom.

I'm trying to get permission to publish the ARM Cortex-A8 results.  Check back in a few days if you are interested.

ARM CPUs certainly have their strengths, but raw performance is not one of them.  They will face very stiff competition as they go head-to-head with much more powerful x86 designs.


My email address

I heard on the radio that people have been trying to contact me, but I know that I've not received any messages from them.  If you need to send me an email, send it to


A letter from a listener

I received the following letter last night from a listener to my Radio Liberty interview.  I asked her if I could publish her note and she agreed to let me do so if I withheld her identity.  Here is her note in full.

Hi again, Mr. Smith.
I had to listen to the Dr. Stan broadcast re the Georgia Guidestones again. Something in my spirit is so stirred up. I do listen to most of Dr. Stan's speakers, but I don't remember when the spirit in me has been so stirred up.
An aside: I, too, have 5 wonderful children; I raised them by myself.  Well, my only son drowned a few months ago, and he is with the Lord, but he was the one who even knew more than I.  He had been following a lot of things for about 25 years.
Anyway, the Lord seems to show me things that are going to happen from time to time.  Believe me, I am just a "Joe Blow" middle-aged mom, but I have led my 30 years of being born again by just following our Lord.
I am going to risk sharing some things with you.  You are a scientist, but I believe He wants to use each of us together as He will. I am nervous here, so, Lord, I ask that you guide what I share with my brother, and let him judge by Your Holy Spirit.
Some things He has shown me have come to pass, and I will just say a few "bottom lines," but these were all shared with friends and family before they happened, and I am sure I am not the only one this happens to.
* I foresaw the Lord taking the pastor of the largest churches in our state capitol.  The Lord had me go to warn him, but to no avail.  He did die 6 months later. There are many other details that I won't go into.
* I saw what happened to the Twin Towers a couple of months prior to 9/11 in another morning vision, I guess you'd say.  Also detailed.
* I saw the tsunami, also in similar manner a couple of months prior to the event.
Now, I want to ask you, what type of weapon disintegrates living things but not buildings? [ed: a neutron bomb, or perhaps a bioweapon]  This I saw in detail, but He protected me. I was left standing, even though the person next to me was vaporized like so much ash that floated to the ground. It came in a huge wave disintegrating all living in its path.
And our country being invaded from the southern border by hoards in tan shirts and pants, and some with Uzies. But again, I was protected, meaning His true believers, I think.
Again a huge mudslide along the Mississippi River following a nuclear explosion up in the N.E. (it was set off on the ground with foreknowledge, because I knew that the President and his band were gone from that area before it happened).
The eruption of Mt. Hood, that I see clearly from here, and possibly more in the string of mountains that go down the Pacific Coast.
I know this sounds all wild.  I am just telling you what I believe his Holy Spirit has shown me.  There are so many false words out there, and I have seen alot of that. I just needed to share with someone whom I think the Lord is also using to warn. I have not known what to do about any of this except pray and ask others to pray. Well, I don't know about all this, but there you go, Mr. Smith. You might think I'm another nut, but people who know me, I think, would say that I am careful not to add one word more or subtract one word.  I would fear that.
Wouldn't expect an answer, and you could just chalk it up, but we ask the Holy Spirit to witness.
Thank you, and may the Lord continue to use you by His power that works within you for His purposes.
Oh, I also feel that it will not be our Lord's hand in a lot of the coming catastrophes, but I think He will be blamed.
Respectfully, Anonymous

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Direct Link to my Radio Liberty interview

You can download the MP3 archive of my Radio Liberty interview here:

Dr. Monteith also has scheduled several additional interviews with me for the upcoming weeks.


Dr. Stan Monteith interviewed me last night (1/25/2010) about the Georgia Guidestones article

Because our discoveries from the Georgia Guidestones investigation are so important, I agreed to appear on Dr. Stan Monteith's Radio Liberty program. Dr. Monteith interviewed me for the fourth hour of last night's program. Archives of the 1/25/2010 program, in streaming, MP3 and Podcast formats, will appear in the next day or two here:

Dr. Monteith, himself, recently appeared on the popular television program Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura where he discussed the Georgia Guidestones among other topics.

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Friday, January 22, 2010


Georgia Guidestones, 2012 and HAARP discussion

Over the last few weeks, I made several posts to the message board of the TV program Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura.  I discuss the Georgia Guidestones here.  I post that we have nothing out of the ordinary to fear from nature on 12 / 21 / 2012 here.  Responding to many questions on the issue, I examine HAARP's potential use as a tectonic weapon and the possibility that the Alaskan facility triggered Haiti's recent earthquake here.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


More Linkage between the Georgia Guidestones and the Burj Khalifa

This is a followup to my recent Georgia Guidestones article which can be read here:

The Georgia Guidestones monument is composed of three primary components: the center "Gnomen" stone, the capstone and the four "Guidestones." Their dimensions and proportions are as follows:
Capstone: 0.5m x 2m x 3m (proportions 1 : 4 : 6)
Center "Gnomen" stone: 0.5m x 1m x 5m (proportions 1 : 2 : 10)
Each Guidestone: 0.5m x 2m x 5m (proportions 1 : 4 : 10)
Last week the official height of the awe inspiring Burj Dubai, now dubbed the "Burj Khalifa," was revealed to be 828 meters or 2,717 feet tall, ten meters higher than expected.

The prime factors for the tower's height in feet are 11, 13 and 19 (11 * 13 * 19 = 2,717).

The sum of the proportions for the Georgia Guidestones capstone is 1 + 4 + 6 = 11.

The sum of the proportions for the Gnomen stone is 1 + 2 + 10 = 13.

The Guidestones each have the proportions 1 : 4 : 10. However, there are four Guidestones. Taking this into account: 1 + 4 + 10 + 4 = 19.

Astonishingly, these are the three prime factors of the height of the Burj Khalifa: 11 * 13 * 19 = 2,717.

I had derived this height weeks before publishing my Georgia Guidestones article, but did not include the information because I believed the widely cited height at that time of 818 meters was credible.

On yet another connection between the Georgia Guidestones and the Burj Khalifa, I updated my article after the opening of the tower with the following information:
...the Georgia Guidestones' capstone has the proportions 1 : 4 : 6 and the former emir of Dubai, Sheik Maktoum bin Rashad al Maktoum, died unexpectedly on a trip to Australia on January 4, 2006 (1 / 4 / 6). He was 62.
Considering the obvious Luciferian religious beliefs of the cultist who designed the Georgia Guidestones, the fact that the opening date (1 / 4 / 10) of the Burj Khalifa was encoded in the proportions of the Guidestones (1 : 4 : 10) very strongly suggests the two structures are linked in the manner discussed in my article.

Now add the mind-boggling fact, detailed above, that the exact height of the Burj Khalifa was encoded nearly 30 years ago in the proportions of the Georgia Guidestones' components. Combine this with the unexpected death of Dubai's ruler on January 4, 2006, a date encoded in the proportions of the Georgia Guidestones' capstone (1 : 4 : 6). Altogether, the linkage between the Georgia Guidestones and the Burj Khalifa is virtually a mathematical certainty.

Why would a strange and highly controversial stone monument built in a remote rural location in Georgia secretly point to the erection of the world's tallest building nearly 30 years later (and in the process leave a dead head of state in its wake)? It is not surprising that an established Luciferian sect would attempt to accomplish such a feat in order to complete their goal of attaining godhood. The astonishing and extremely worrisome issue is that they apparently succeeded in building their Tower of Babel, heralding in their New World Order and possibly setting the stage for the introduction of their fraudulent Antichrist.

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Monday, December 28, 2009


Decoding the Georgia Guidestones

A recent nighttime photograph of the Georgia Guidestones

Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?
– Maurice Strong, founder of the UN Environment Program
It’s a beautiful, warm, November Saturday in Georgia and the defaced granite monument looms above Mart Clamp while he uses a stonemason’s hammer and chisel to patiently chip away at the stubborn polyurethane splattered across the Swahili lettering his father sandblasted into the hard rock thirty years ago. Inexplicably, branchy tufts of hay rain down in slow motion from high up in the blue skies overhead like a vast army of eight-inch pagan fairies who are too tired to keep afloat in the still air. Children nearby playfully roll the hay from heaven into a wispy ball about four feet across.

A large man with broad, square shoulders and a crushing handshake, Mart Clamp was born to work stone. Quick to smile with a youthful face, Clamp is a friendly man whom children instinctively like. “I don’t understand why people would do something like this,” Clamp remarks as he cleaves off a piece of polyurethane taking along with it a thin sliver of underlying granite. “Up until the last year or two, the worst thing they’d do is smear chicken blood everywhere.”

It’s all more than a little surreal.

Mart Clamp chips away at recent vandalism at the Georgia Guidestones.

Crowded next to the South Carolina border in northeast Georgia, Elberton, aptly the county seat of Elbert County, is the self proclaimed “Granite Capital of the World.” Home to at least 42 active quarries, chances are good that regardless of where you live in the United States there’s a chunk of Elbert County nearby. For the last century, buildings, monuments, countertops and, of course, gravestones have been built and laid all over the world using Elberton granite.

A granite map of Georgia with Elberton marked in red

Elbert County is so rich in the durable igneous stone that practically everything there is built of granite. Homes, road signs, banks, the community center, the county jail and even the grossly oversized, 20,000 seat Blue Devils high school football stadium are all constructed out of the 400-million year old, sparkling rock, a combination of gray feldspar, quartz and mica. Unsurprisingly, little Elberton, with a population under 5,000, probably has the highest concentration of monuments in the world.

Elbert County is also the home to thousands of stoneworkers: explosive experts, stone cutters, sand blasters and heavy equipment operators specializing in handling huge blocks of granite. Almost exclusively male, these stoneworking men combine to form the backbone of the Elbert County economy. For the most part, these men are the hardworking, salt of the earth types that have come to symbolize classic Americana. But it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that Elbert County is also home to a thriving community of Freemasons. After all, at least one major branch of modern Masonry got its start among the stonemasons of England, Scotland and Ireland in the late 16th Century.

“I know nearly all of the men who worked on this monument and nearly all of them were good Christians and good Masons,” Clamp maintained. “I know that none of them would have worked on the Guidestones if they believed that there was anything evil or untoward about them.”

But that is not quite accurate. Nearly thirty years previously to the day, Mart Clamp’s father, Charlie Clamp, was sandblasting over 4,000 4-inch letters into the eight faces of the four Guidestones. Forebodingly, as he carved the words “to an age of reason” into the Pyramid Blue granite capstone, Charlie Clamp says he heard “strange music and disjointed voices.”

The Elberton Granite Museum attendant, a warm, amiable man in his sixties, also revealed that the Guidestones have been a persistent source of controversy with the local churches. “The churches in this area have never been too happy about it,” he said in a perfect, melodious Georgia accent. In a Los Angeles Times article, the man who constructed the monument, Joe Fendley, remarked that he “got a lot of poison calls and poison letters” over the Guidestones. “I’ve heard preachers say it’s evil,” confided Hudson Cone of the Elberton Granite Association in that same article.

In his interview with us for this article, retired banker Wyatt C. Martin, the one man who knows the true, secret identity of the initiator of the Georgia Guidestones, lamented about all of the attention he has gotten over the years from witches, pagans and “nutcases.” Mr. Martin, a devout Christian man who is now nearly 80-years old, nevertheless remains proud of his contributions to the Guidestones.

Gary Jones, publisher of the Elberton Star newspaper, probably best summarized local feelings when he told us, “None of the churches around here ever liked the monument much, but the Guidestones literally put Elberton on the map, so people in Elberton are pretty protective of them.”

After a recent spate of increasingly severe vandalism, Elbert County was protective enough to put up two wireless surveillance cameras, even though the cameras remained unpowered during our recent visit to the monument.

Two recently installed surveillance cameras remain unpowered and pose a hollow threat to vandals.

Our investigation in Elbert County led to the discovery of an apparent, ongoing attempt to topple the English language Guidestone. We passed on photographic evidence to Jones showing that a large notch was recently cut from the top of that Guidestone near the support pin attaching that stone to the capstone.

Two views of a large notch that was recently cut into the English language Guidestone.

Anger directed against the monument has only grown more intense over the years. Many believe the Georgia Guidestones advocate – if not outright promise – genocide at an almost unimaginable scale, promote eugenics and hint towards a New World Order global government where personal rights are only granted through service to a tyrannical world state. Some even claim the Guidestones are the product of a Satanic cult.

Interestingly, we have found evidence that a date is encoded in the Guidestones – a date that is only a few days away – and an event planned for this date may very well lend credence to the very darkest of sinister theories.

What is the truth about this modern, mini-Stonehenge? Do the Guidestones contain secret messages? Who is behind this enigmatic granite edifice? What’s going to happen on January 4th, 2010, a date that appears to be deliberately hidden in the design of the monument? Can we decode the Georgia Guidestones?


The Mystery of Robert C. Christian
If I were reincarnated I would wish to be returned to earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels.
– Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, patron of the World Wildlife Fund
The official Georgia Guidestones creation story is centered on a mysterious character who used the pseudonym “Robert C. Christian.” As the story goes, a middle aged man walked into Elberton Granite Finishing Company on a Friday afternoon in June, 1979. It just so happened that no one else in the office was available to talk to him, so the company’s president, the energetic, ambitious and reportedly quirky Freemason Joe Fendley, greeted the man who introduced himself as Robert C. Christian.

Busy with payroll, Fendley initially didn’t take Christian seriously when the odd stranger began describing an elaborate granite monument that he wanted Fendley’s company to build. However, as the refined, silver-haired and well dressed Christian elaborated on project details involving solid granite slabs larger than anything anyone in the area had ever produced, Fendley took notice.

Joe Fendley whipped out a calculator – and a metric conversion table since R.C. Christian made all of his specifications in meters, an unusual metrology for Georgia during the 70s – and quickly provided a rough cost estimate. Fendley deliberately made sure to err well on the high side, but Christian didn’t flinch at the price. Fendley then carefully explained that no monument that big had ever been quarried in Elbert County and that consultants would have to be hired to provide the necessary astronomical and language translation expertise, so the price he quoted was only a rough estimate and could not be guaranteed.

Undeterred, Christian went on to explain that he represented “a small group of loyal Americans who believe in God” and want to “leave a message for future generations.” He then asked Fendley to suggest a local bank to serve as a financial intermediary.

As soon as Christian walked out of his office, Fendley telephoned his friend and Granite City Bank president Wyatt C. Martin and warned him of a “kook who wants to build some kind of crazy monument.” About half-an-hour later, Christian appeared at Martin’s office and quickly dispelled most of banker’s skepticism with his expensive suit of clothes and intelligent, articulate demeanor. After introductory pleasantries, Christian recounted his mission to Martin and explained that “Robert C. Christian” was a pseudonym that he chose because he was a Christian.

As a banker, Martin insisted on knowing Christian’s real name so that he could investigate his finances before the project could begin. Christian complied, but conditioned that he and the group he represented wanted to remain anonymous forever. Martin agreed to never disclose Robert C. Christian's true identity.

According to the Guidestones’ official story, Joe Fendley, who died recently, and Wyatt Martin were the only people to have met Christian. By that same story, Martin is the only person who ever knew Christian’s true identity. When we spoke with Mr. Martin several days ago, he remained committed to his vow of secrecy taken more than thirty years ago. However, we have made discoveries that shed light on who might really be behind the Georgia Guidestones and we will discuss our findings later in this article.

Christian asked Martin to find him five acres of land for the monument. He initially wanted the land to be in Hancock County on a line stretching west from Augusta. However, Martin argued against that location and said Elbert County would be cheaper and easier to accommodate. Christian agreed and, at a later date, settled on a five-acre plot on the Mullenix farm, a spot Martin favored. Purchased for $5,000 on October 1, 1979, the location is a little over seven miles north of Elberton on a ridge that is supposed to be the highest point in Elbert County. Christian had the land deeded to the county with grazing rights given to the Mullenix family for at least twenty years. The land is to remain otherwise undeveloped in “natural conditions.”

Over the years, a number of inconsistencies with the official story have arisen. For instance, Christian originally maintained that he was only one of a group of individuals who had planned the Georgia Guidestones for more than 20 years, but in his book written more than five years later, Common Sense Renewed, he is listed as “the author and sponsor of the Georgia Guidestones Monument.” Later in the book he writes that he is “the originator of the Georgia Guidestones and the sole author of its inscriptions.”

“Over the years, I’ve begun to suspect the same thing, that the whole thing came from only one man or at most one man and his family,” Martin told us recently.

In the Elberton Granite Museum’s extensive guidebook on the Georgia Guidestones, Christian is said to have vanished for so long after his initial visit that Fendley and Martin came to believe Christian’s appearance was simply a prank pulled off by Fendley’s Shrine Club buddies. However, in a later interview with Wired Magazine, Wyatt Martin claims that Christian returned on the Monday following the Friday of initial contact.

Also, the museum guidebook reported that “upon completion of the project Martin said that all material concerning the project was shredded,” but in his recent Wired interview, Martin admitted that, in fact, he still has all of the Georgia Guidestone records along with all of the letters from Christian. Every last document related to the monument are packed inside a 1983, hard-sided, plastic, IBM computer case sitting in the back of Wyatt Martin’s garage.

Fendley meticulously documented the quarrying and building of the Georgia Guidestones monument, a tactic that backfired on him because his deliberate preplanning for a media blitz gave fuel to the critics who saw the Guidestones as nothing but a big publicity stunt Fendley and Wyatt concocted. People liked to say that “Ole Joe” was the most famous Elbertonian since “Old Dan Tucker,” the 18th century preacher who was memorialized in the still popular folk song of the same name. To his grave, Fendley denied these allegations, but he nevertheless enjoyed the attention the monument brought and used the publicity as momentum to gain the mayoral office of Elberton in 1980.

Nevertheless, Fendley's photo record of the Georgia Guidestones construction project is included in the museum guidebook and is valuable for the many details it documents.

About nine months after the secretive first meetings with Christian, the monument was formally unveiled on March 22, 1980, in front of a crowd of around 400. The guidebook lists more than eighty people involved in the project. U.N. language experts and college professors were used for the challenging language translations and transliterations. Scientists and engineers were contracted to oversee the project's astronomical details.

The crowd for the unvieling was impressive, but one important character was missing. "I don't think R.C. Christian has ever even visited the monument to this day," Mr. Martin confided to us.

Although there are reasons to believe that the R.C. Christian story is almost a complete fabrication, the few "facts" about him from the story are:

  • R.C. Christian visited Stonehenge before designing the Georgia Guidestones.
  • He was over sixty years old when he wrote Common Sense Renewed in 1986.
  • He claimed to be a Christian, but his writings suggests that he might instead be a follower of Alice A. Bailey's New Age movement who venerate "The Christ" but also worship other deities.
  • He had a great-grandmother from Georgia.
  • He served in World War II.
  • He was very well traveled and sent checks to Martin to pay for the monument from banks located all over the country.
  • He was at least moderately wealthy.
  • He liked Thomas Paine.
  • He distributed his book to "several thousand political officials and shapers of public opinion throughout the world. All members of the United States Congress received copies."
  • He quoted Henry James' remarks about Stonehenge.
  • He was described as a "gray-haired middle-aged gentleman" when he met with Fendley and Martin in 1979.

We'll discuss Robert C. Christian's ideas expounded in Common Sense Renewed later in this article.


The Monument

Masonry, like all the Religions, all the Mysteries, Hermeticism and Alchemy, conceals its secrets from all except the Adepts and Sages, or the Elect, and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be misled; to conceal the Truth, which it calls Light, from them, and to draw them away from it.
-- Albert Pike, Morals and dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry

Composed of four “Guidestones,” a capstone and a central “Gnomen Stone,” the Georgia Guidestones is a granite monument located on top of a modest hill next to Georgia State Highway 77, a little over seven miles north of the town of Elberton. Although the location is purportedly the highest point within Elbert County, this is a rather dubious designation since the pancake flat surrounding acres appear to be at least as high in elevation.

The stones of the monument are secured together with eight inch, stainless steel dowel pins that are 1-5/8 inches thick. Bedrock was excavated to a depth of two feet for the monument’s foundation. The support stones rest on a frame of iron reinforced concrete. The combined weight of the monument including its buried support stones is about 119 tons.

Although hyped as “overwhelming in size,” the Georgia Guidestones structure is really not particularly large. The Georgia Guidestones would only be an average sized monument in Washington D.C. and would be dwarfed by many of the larger monuments there. Loosely and deliberately modeled after Stonehenge, the Georgia Guidestones is much smaller. Stonehenge is both taller (over 24 feet tall versus 18 feet) and covers far more area (the extant stone structures of Stonehenge stretch over an area nearly 40 yards across, while the Georgia Guidestones can be enclosed within a 20’x24’ rectangle).

Mart Clamp, who owns Clamp Memorials in Elberton, estimated that it would cost about $500,000 to build the Georgia Guidestones today. Gary Jones said that he’s been told the monument cost around $225,000 when it was constructed in 1980. However, Wyatt Martin, the banker who handled all of the funds for the Guidestones, says that figure is much too high but did not provide a cost estimate. To be sure, it’s still a sizable sum, but well within reach of many groups. In fact, many individuals could have easily afforded to pay for the Georgia Guidestones, somewhat diminishing the case that the monument could have only been erected by a cabal of deep pocketed global elite.

The monument provides four astronomical functions:

1. Polaris, the North Star, is visible through a hole drilled in the Gnomen stone. Unfortunately, this sighting hole is misaligned and poorly executed. It takes effort to glimpse Polaris since it is barely visible in the extreme right limit of the misshaped hole.

The Polaris sighting hole

2. The four Guidestones are aligned in a paddlewheel formation pointing to the limits of the 18.6 year lunar declination cycle. Also called the “lunar standstill,” this regular phenomenon appears to have been important to the Bronze Age, megalithic constructing societies of Britain and Ireland. Archaeological evidence indicates that some Ancient American Indian cultures also tracked the lunar standstill. Today, Neopagans place value on the lunar declination cycle.

3. Weather allowing, every day at noon the sun will shine through a 7/8 inch hole drilled through the capstone onto the south face of the Gnomen stone. Reportedly, the day of the year can be ascertained by the location of the light spot, but we could not discern any markings on the Gnomen stone to aid in this function. However, the upper third of the Gnomen stone’s south side is machined much smoother than the remainder of the rock-pitched construction.

The noontime sun aperture

4. The Gnomen stone, presumably named because it marks time somewhat like the gnomen finger of a sundial, is also slotted to allow viewing of sunrise and sunset throughout the year. The limits mark the summer and winter solstices. The fall and spring equinoxes are marked with a groove at the center of the slot.

The solstice / equinox slot

To the west of the monument, a large granite marker stone located flat on the ground explains these astronomical features. It also provides a few basic monument measurements and a diagram identifying the languages used on the capstone. The main function of the marker stone is to identify the location of a time capsule buried six feet beneath it. However, the dates for the burial and opening of the capsule remain blank and many Elberton residents believe nothing was ever buried there.

The large, granite marker stone to the west of the monument

Our metal detector could not locate anything beneath the marker stone, but we did observe four small hits, each about a foot away from the marker stone in the four cardinal directions. However, the Guidestones have been used frequently for pagan sacrifices and the marker stone has sustained damage recently due to crude attempts to dig up the time capsule underneath it, so the hits we obtained might have been caused by caches or offerings left by worshipers -- which seems to occur often -- or simply trash left by vandals.

Flora Smith, 12, and Evie Smith, 10, created a 3d model of the Georgia Guidestones in Google Sketchup. YouTube transcoding produced minor corruption at the start of the video.

Wyatt Martin confirmed that the time capsule was never buried and that the monument is, in fact, incomplete. “R.C. Christian had hoped that the centerpiece he erected would inspire people to build twelve more Guidestones based on the lunar calendar and inscribed with more languages,” Mr. Martin explained, “There was a Guidestones Foundation set up to collect money for this, but it has since been shut down after the couple died who were running it.”

The scope and severity of vandalism has increased dramatically over the last two years. The monument is covered in graffiti, much of it obscene. Some messages denounce the New World Order, some messages are written in code, some mock and insult politicians and a few messages promise the fiery sword of God’s justice for those behind the Guidestones.

However, Elberton county volunteers like Mart Clamp have become good at removing the spray paint and marker ink regularly left by disquieted visitors. Blood, although common, is trivial to clean and will eventually vanish on its own. The polyurethane splattered across the English and Swahilli Guidestone faces is much more problematic, requiring Clamp to chisel it away.

A movie appeared on the Internet last year claiming responsibility for a wave of vandalism that occurred at that time.

Another video, full of profanity, soon followed claiming to identify the masked vandal as radio talk show personality Jim Host.

More problematic than the paint or polyurethane is the damage done to the marker stone during obvious attempts to dig up the time capsule underneath it. The marker stone has been chipped away on its west side and a small part of the northwest corner has been broken off.

As mentioned earlier, the most severe damage of all is a large notch recently cut into the English language Guidestone near the stainless steel pin securing that Guidestone to the capstone. It appears that the damage was made over the course of about a year in an ongoing effort to topple that Guidestone.


Humanity’s Tombstone

A total population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal.
– Ted Turner, founder of CNN in Atlanta, Georgia, Kappa Sigma alumnus and donor of $1-billion to the United Nations

Of course, none of these details would ordinarily raise an eyebrow, much less cause the raging storm of controversy that may ultimately lead to the complete destruction of the Georgia Guidestones. No, what enrages many people are the ten messages inscribed on the eight faces of the monument, written in eight different languages: English, Classical Hebrew, Swahili, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, Russian and Hindi.

Author and political activist Mark Dice, a highly vocal critic of the monument who is calling for the destruction of the Georgia Guidestones, maintains that the messages are the “Ten Commandments of the Illuminatti.” Some people call the granite monument “humanity’s tombstone.”

Indeed, almost everyone we talked to agreed that the ten Georgia Guidestones dictums are intended for a decimated earth. “Absolutely, the Georgia Guidestones are rules for a post-Apocalyptic world,” affirmed Naunie Batchelder, a psychic who favors the monument so much that she was married in the shadow of the Guidestones.

No, controversy arises from whether or not the Apocalypse is planned or endorsed by the sponsors of the Georgia Guidestones.

Robert Christian correctly anticipated that his ten rules etched with 4” high letters into giant granite slabs and expressed in eight different languages would be interpreted as commandments to the world. He denies this. “They are not commandments. We have no authority to command.” The latter might be true, but one gets the distinct impression that Christian is not sincere about the former.

His Guidestone pronouncements hint at the creation of a new world government, commonly referred to as the "New World Order" by his critics. Other commandments seem to support eugenics policies. It even appears that he suggest that rights will only be conferred if service to the state is rendered. Among Masonic themes, Christian wants to install a global language, perhaps like the one that purportedly existed under King Nimrod during the construction of the Tower of Babel.

The first Guidestone commandment sets a global population target of only 500-million. Considering that about 6.6-billion people are alive today, this represents a 93 percent population reduction. Worse, in his book Common Sense Renewed, Robert Christian reveals that his initial 500-million global population target might be too high for him only six years after the monument was erected.

Robert Christian elaborates upon his Georgia Guidestones messages in his book Common Sense Renewed

In that book, which expounds upon his strange and nebulous Guidestone messages, R.C. Christian removes all doubt about his support for a global government. Christian calls for a “rational world order” and a “global rule by reason,” the latter phrase bringing to mind the French Revolution and its very unreasonable Reign of Terror. And terror you should feel.

While Christian is very careful to season his book with lots of flowery rhetoric, he does so to conceal and make palatable his extreme views for a new “rational world order,” a phrase he uses several times in his book. “We believe each human being has a purpose,” “Humans are special creatures,” “each child takes its place in the human story,” “every child must be wanted, needed and loved,” are phrases that soften the fact Robert Christian advocates mass sterilization programs, considers human reproduction to no longer be “exclusively a personal matter,” demands the state “have a voice” and “power of direction” in regulating a couple's decision to have children.

After all, Christian believes “bringing unneeded children” into the world is “evil.” Of course, the state gets to decide if your children are “needed.”

And regarding the eugenics question, Christian is very much in favor of state run human breeding programs.

Through a state run eugenics program, Christian believes the world can produce “healthier and more productive human beings” over each succeeding generation. “Superior human intelligence, compassion and drive” and other “desirable mental and physical qualities” can also be enhanced under such eugenic conditions.

Humorously yet sinisterly, Christian cites “docility” and “loyalty” achieved through selective breeding in dogs as evidence that “comparable but more important modifications” in human behavior can be achieved through eugenics.

In R.C. Christian's “Age of Reason,” even if the state allows you to have children, you will be required to raise them under strict conditions so as to “mold their characters and to develop their potentials as socially worthwhile adults.”

That is, if the state even allows you to keep them.

Because even if you and your spouse are considered good breeding stock, the state might find you “temperamentally unsuited for parenthood.” In which case, your children will be transferred “to the care of others capable of nurturing them into well adjusted adulthood.”

No, Christian does not see people when he looks at us; he sees cattle:
Humanity has successfully applied practical genetic principles in developing domesticated plants and animals. It is now within our power to begin the domestication of our own species in a parallel fashion.
And don't think that you are safe just because you lined up for voluntary sterilization.

For instance, if the economy is bad and you lose your job, in Robert Christian's rational world order, you will have to become a slave of the state to survive. You won't be able to vote and you will be compelled to work jobs often held by illegal immigrants, who will then be displaced back to their native lands. If you don't like your job and quit, you will starve.

Not only will you have to be suitably employed or own a private business to vote, you will also have to pass both intelligence and “educational requirements” tests to prove to the state that you are worthy of the right of suffrage. Want to run for public office? Robert Christian has more tests that you will need to pass first.

Speaking of rights, you will have none if Christian gets his way. Rights to him are privileges that the state will only bestow upon you if you properly serve the state.

And don't forget your identity card! In Christian's nightmare world, everyone is required to carry with them a unique biometric ID card. Without one you will not be able to get work or get government help.

Okay, so you are a good citizen in Christian's new age world. You might be allowed to have children. You might be allowed to raise them. You might be lucky enough to find a suitable job so that you can vote.

Just be sure not to get sick or injured, because Christian believes the state must ration health care “favoring those individuals whose continuing lives are most valuable” to the state.

But you were injured because your new Halliburton electric toothbrush exploded in your right hand, blowing it off at the wrist and blinding you for life. Surely, you have recourse to litigation. No, Christian wants to place caps on litigation and let financial damage beyond this limit fall to his state's wonderfully efficient and fair health and welfare system.

Unfortunately, that means that since you can no longer work, you will lose your voting privileges, almost certainly lose your child because you will not be able to care for him properly on welfare and you will receive the lowest standard of medical care available because you are no longer productive for the state.

It's all very rational and reasonable in Christian's mind.

And now that we know the real meaning of R.C. Christian's otherwise nebulous granite platitudes, here is a description of all of his writing on that cold, stone edifice.

The capstone bears the message “Let These Be Guidestones To An Age Of Reason” written in the ancient languages that play a central role in Masonic theology: Babylonian Cuneiform, Egyptian Hieroglyphics, Classical Greek and Sanskrit.

R.C. Christian's Ten Commandments for a post-Apocalyptic world are:

1.Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
2.Guide reproduction wisely - improving fitness and diversity.
3.Unite humanity with a living new language.
4.Rule passion - faith - tradition - and all things with tempered reason.
5.Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
6.Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
7.Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
8.Balance personal rights with social duties.
9.Prize truth - beauty - love - seeking harmony with the infinite.
10.Be not a cancer on the earth - Leave room for nature - Leave room for nature.

Faced with the grim realities Robert Christian expressed in detail through Common Sense Renewed, supporters of the monument don't want to believe it. “The builders of the Georgia Guidestones didn't write the book,” psychic Naunie Batchelder insisted, “they are enlightened and the monument is a place of peace and light.” She continued, “That book is a lie, a deception.”

But in fact, a more apt description of the Georgia Guidestones really is “humanity's tombstone.” The fact is Robert Christian wants most of us dead and those few left won't be treated like humans.


Who is R.C. Christian?

Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as 'internationalists' and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure -- one world, if you will. If that's the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.
-- David Rockefeller

Wyatt C. Martin is a warm, friendly, gregarious Christian man. A genealogy buff, Mr. Martin asks me about my ancestry. I tell him that one of my father’s relatives traced my family tree back to the 1100’s showing that I am a direct descendant of Geoffrey Plantagenet, father of the House of Plantagenet. Martin finds this interesting and talks with me at length about his family’s rich history.

Wyatt Martin is important to this article because he is the only person who knows the true identity of Robert C. Christian.

There are three primary suspects.

Joe H. Fendley, Sr.: “I can tell you that there are a lot of people in the granite industry who believe to this day that Joe Fendley is having a big chuckle at all of us from way up there in that Big Granite Monument in the Sky,” laughed Elberton Star Publisher Gary Jones, “most all of them think Ole Joe pulled off the Guidestones as a publicity stunt.”

That sentiment is not unique. Dr. Gloria Bader Merchant, wife of the second suspect on our list, thinks Joe Fendley might have concocted R.C. Christian. “Joe Fendley was very enthusiastic about the Guidestones; it was his project and very personal for him; he ran everything. It seems perfectly in line with his character to create the monument and the R.C. Christian story,” Dr. Merchant posited. “Joe Fendley was also a very active Mason, and I’ve always thought the Guidestones were inspired by Masonic principles,” Dr. Merchant, an Alice A. Bailey disciple who worked in Bailey’s Arcane School, expounded.

Indeed, Fendley was a very active Freemason and Shriner. The Shriners Club is reserved for high ranking Freemasons and Joe Fendley had reached the 32nd Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry ten years before he erected the Guidestones monument. Virtually every man who worked directly on the monument also was a Freemason.

Fendley was probably inspired and motivated by the The Argo Spire, a monument constructed by a rival granite company five years before the Georgia Guidestones were built. The Argo Spire is an impressive, solid granite obelisk -- and another symbol of Freemasonry. At 51 feet high, it weighs nearly 21 tons. It was erected in 1975 and relocated to the Elberton Granite Museum in 1985.

The Argo Spire

By all accounts, Joe Fendley, a likable and somewhat eccentric man, relished the media attention the Guidestones brought him and he utilized that notoriety to springboard to mayor soon after the monument was completed.

But there are several convincing reasons to cross Joe Fendley’s name off our list.

“Joe was a great salesman and it’s easy to imagine that he was behind the Georgia Guidestones, but I believe that the truth is somewhere in the middle between Joe Fendley and a group of global elite,” concluded Gary Jones, who in Elberton is considered an expert on the Georgia Guidestones. “I don’t think Joe had the skills necessary to design all the astronomical aspects of the monument and I don’t think he could have written that book,” continued Jones and referring to Robert Christian’s Common Sense Renewed.

Psychic Naunie Batchelder was even blunter. “I knew Joe Fendley and there’s no way he could have been behind the Guidestones,” Batchelder emphasized, “Joe was a talker and he had a big mouth. There’s no way he could have kept a secret that long.”

Most condemning is Wyatt Martin’s testimony. “I made a vow never to reveal R.C. Christian’s true identity,” Martin reaffirmed, “however, I can tell you that Joe Fendley was not R.C. Christian.”

Dr. Francis Merchant: An author, college professor and Alice A. Bailey disciple with United Nations connections, Dr. Francis Merchant is an ideal suspect for being R.C. Christian. Not only was he an Elberton resident, but his writing style, as demonstrated in his interpretation of the Guidestones' 10 dictims published in the Elberton Granite Museum’s brochure on the Georgia Guidestones, is very similar to R.C. Christian’s.

Merchant devoted much of his life to the study of Alice A. Bailey’s writings. Bailey is considered by many to be the founder of the New Age movement. She and her second husband, Foster Bailey, formed the Lucifer Publishing Company in 1920. It took them a few years to realize that it wasn’t a great idea to name their company after the devil – especially in early 20th Century United States – so they changed their organization’s moniker to “Lucis Publishing Company” in 1925. Their organization is now commonly known as the Lucis Trust.

Alice and Foster first met during meetings of the Theosophical Society. Eventually, Alice Bailey was kicked out of the Theosophical Society because the organization’s leadership did not believe she was really channeling the spirit of “The Tibetan,” an entity she eventually named “Djwhal Khul.” Alice was expelled despite the fact that Helena Blavatski, the founder of the Theosophical Society, had made very similar spirit channeling claims.

Alice Bailey appears to have been greatly influenced by her husband Foster Bailey, a 32nd Degree Freemason and equally enthusiastic Theosophy buff. “Alice didn’t have a head for business,” Dr. Gloria Bader Merchant, widow of Francis Merchant, told us, “she often said she would not have gotten anywhere without Foster’s work on all the business aspects of their endeavors.”

Blavatskian Theosophy and Freemasonry as established by Albert Pike share a great deal in common, from their veneration of Lucifer to their fascination with the Aryan race. Consider the following two quotes:
Stand in awe of him, and sin not, speak his name with trembling ... It is Satan who is the god of our planet and the only god...
-- Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, founder of the Theosophical Society

LUCIFER, the Light-bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit of Darkness! Lucifer, the Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the Light, and with its splendors intolerable blinds feeble, sensual, or selfish Souls? Doubt it not!
-- Albert Pike, Morals and dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry
It’s pretty creepy stuff and, together with their Aryan writings, served as foundation for the Nazi movement, filtered through Guido von List and the Thule secret society of Bavaria. Here is a sample from Pike’s Lectures of the Arya:
They were white men, as we are, the superior race in intellect, in manliness, the governing race of the world, the conquering race of all other races. They called themselves Arya, the Aryans, the Warlike, or, some think, the Noble… we owe not one single truth, not one idea, in philosophy or religion to the Semitic race… it is a fact indisputable.
-- Albert Pike, Lectures of the Arya
While her teachings are generally softer and gentler than her masters', Alice Bailey herself made many statements broadly critical of Jews while she extended the Aryan mythos. “The Jews are the reincarnation of spiritual failures or residues from another planet,” she claimed while praising the Aryans as the “emerging new race” of “mentally adepts.”

As bizarre and universally offensive as many of Bailey’s beliefs are, the Lucis Trust continues to be a very influential organization with tentacles reaching deep inside the United Nations.

So it would seem that living in the little, out-of-the-way Southern town of Elberton, Dr. Francis Merchant must be involved in the Genesis of the Georgia Guidestones.

In fact, Dr. Merchant had nothing to do with the building of the Guidestones. “We moved to Elberton to retire in September of 1980, well after the monument was built,” Dr. Gloria Bader Merchant, a gracious lady now in her 80's, explains, “I can state unequivocally that my husband had nothing to do with the building of the Georgia Guidestones.”

Tragically, on January 5, 1981, a strong, healthy Dr. Francis Merchant died suddenly and unexpectedly at home, as if struck down by lightning bolt from Zeus, shortly after delivering his essay on the Georgia Guidestones to Joe Fendley.

Robert Edward “Ted” Turner III: American media mogul and multi-billionaire Ted Turner is an off-the-wall character who sometimes appears to be insane. Here's a video of Turner claiming that most of us will be dead and the rest will be cannibals in 30 or 40 years unless we act now on global warming.

The largest land owner in North America, Ted Turner started his road to riches when he inherited his father's billboard business. Turner's media empire is largely centered in Atlanta, Georgia, less that 100-miles away from the Guidestones.

A billboard very close to the Georgia Guidestones

Other than his famous shock of white hair and his first name, Ted Turner doesn't really fit the description of Robert C. Christian. He is famously not a Christian, but Robert Christian's Common Sense Renewed is anything but a Christian tome. However, it is highly likely that the Guidestones would have been torn down years ago if not for the fact that Robert C. Christian advertised that he was a Christian, which was probably a simple ruse to deflect and confuse local critics.

Given Turner's notoriety even back in 1980, if he did play the role of Robert Christian, it wouldn't be a smart idea to list details of his life if he wished to remain anonymous. In other words, the official description of Robert C. Christian might be little more than a smoke screen, a cover story concocted to thwart those seeking to connect the Georgia Guidestones to Turner.

It is well established that Ted Turner has sentiments that parallel those expressed by Robert Christian. For instance, in a 1996 interview with Audubon Magazine, Turner said that reducing the world population to 250-300 million people “would be ideal.” This continued the downward trajectory that we already witnessed from Robert Christian.

Turner is a fanatical supporter of the United Nations and has donated $1-billion to that organization. He is equally fanatical about environmental issues and was co-creator of the Captain Planet cartoons, a show targeted for children with New Age environmental themes. Turner also founded the Nuclear Threat Initiative and Christian spent a great deal of time on nuclear warfare issues in his book.

Turner even published his own alternative Ten Commandments and they sound a lot like the ten Georgia Guidestone dictums:
1. I promise to have love and respect for the planet earth and living things thereon, especially my fellow species--humankind.
2. I promise to treat all persons everywhere with dignity, respect, and friendliness.
3. I promise to have no more than two children, or no more than my nation suggests.
4. I promise to use my best efforts to save what is left of our natural world in its untouched state and to restore damaged or destroyed areas where practical.
5. I pledge to use as little nonrenewable resources as possible.
6. I pledge to use as little toxic chemicals, pesticides, and other poisons as possible and to work for their reduction by others.
7. I promise to contribute to those less fortunate than myself, to help them become self-sufficient and enjoy the benefits of a decent life, including clean air and water, adequate food and health care, housing, education, and individual rights.
8. I reject the use of force, in particular military force, and back United Nations arbitration of international disputes.
9. I support the total elimination of all nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons of mass destruction.
10. I support the United Nations and its efforts to collectively improve the conditions of the planet.
And don't overlook Ted Turner's prodigious vanity. It is completely consistent with his ego to give his pseudonym the same first name he possesses.

Turner had already made our Top 3 list, but we have since obtained evidence that implicates Ted Turner directly with the creators of the Georgia Guidestones. While circumstantial, the evidence is so persuasive that we believe that Robert Edward “Ted” Turner III played the role of Robert C. Christian in the Georgia Guidestones creation story.

The evidence we obtained came from a source who has maintained a long relationship with Ted Turner. We cannot divulge the details of that evidence without exposing that person's identity to Turner.

For the record, when we asked him about it, Wyatt Martin denied that Ted Turner was Robert Christian.


What's Done In The Dark Will Be Brought To The Light
It is written hieroglyphically with numbers and images; and the Apostle often appeals to the intelligence of the Initiated. "Let him who hath knowledge, understand! let him who understands, calculate!" he often says, after an allegory or the mention of a number.
-- Albert Pike, Morals and dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry
The body of occult work in active use today is like an endless, sticky, black ocean of tar. I have had the misfortune of swimming in that sea of engulfing darkness while researching this article. For an analytical, reasoning mind, the occult is offensive. For the moral, the occult topics relevant for this article are shocking and repulsive. I am sick of this subject. In this section, which I would like to avoid altogether, I will only cover the most important and topical information and leave further research up to the intrepid reader. I only include this section because it does appear to be a very important part of the Georgia Guidestones story.

Former University of Texas assistant professor Texe Marrs is a prolific author on occult topics, particularly those involving Freemasonry, Theosophy and the New Age. Marrs briefly discussed the Georgia Guidestones in his recent book Mysterious Monuments. “I visited it [the Georgia Guidestone monument] some years ago and talked to the City Manager of Eberton about it. He confirmed that the Masonic Lodge folks were the instigators, though he didn't call them that,” Marrs told us recently. “He was quite nervous about the whole situation,” Marrs continued. Our investigation in Elberton provoked similar responses. People were initially very eager to discuss the Guidestones for this article, but became uncomfortable and quiet when the inevitable Masonic issues arose.

The genesis of New Age theology starts with Albert Pike's Morals and dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in 1871, a book where he expounds on a broad range of occult topics. He then radically expands his ideas in Lectures of the Arya in 1873 where he attempts to divorce the European white race from semitic influences by creating an Aryan super-race mythos. In 1888, Helena Blavatky publishes her two volume tome The Secret Doctrine which takes and expand Pike's teachings outside of Freemasonry to found the bedrock of Theosophy. Guido von List "Germanized" Blavatsky's teaching and, through the Bavarian Thule Masonic secret society, gave birth to the Nazi party.

After the Blavatsky-founded Theosophical Society kicked out Alice Bailey, she formed a new branch of Theosophy now commonly called the New Age movement. Her Arcane School and the Lucis Trust have become very influential organizations and appear to be favored as the blueprint for a United Nations endorsed world religion.

A central theme in this Theosophical lineage – in fact, predating Albert Pike – is the idea that man can attain divinity. As such, God becomes the jealous adversary working to thwart man's elevation to godhood. Satan, or, more commonly in modern occult circles, Lucifer is seen as man's ally, the Bringer of Light, the Bestower of Knowledge.

Two passages in Genesis are particularly important pillars of belief for these “Luciferian” sects. Genesis 3:22-24 states:
22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
This is seen as by Luciferians as an admission by God that man can become like Him. It also demonstrates for them that God is unfair, cruel and jealous.

Perhaps an even more important passage is Genesis 11:6. Here, God remarks as King Nimrod's builders erect the Tower of Babel:
And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
This passage suggests that godhood is still attainable for man if mankind is unified under one order with one language. For Luciferians, this is the key to achieving their goal of reaching divinity.

Genesis 3:22 appears to be represented in the Georgia Guidestones with the March 22 (3/22) unveiling date. Lucifer or Satan is represented by the number “666” which appears to be encoded in the overall height of the monument of 18 feet (in numerology, it is common practice to combine numbers in the fashion 6+6+6 = 18). The number 18 also appears in the year the monument was unveiled, 1980. In this case 1 + 9 + 8 + 0 = 18 which, again, is the most basic numerological encoding for “666.”

The true dimensions of the monument are obscured by two factors. Firstly, even though Robert Christian specified the monument's measurements in meters, they are reported in all official Guidestone related material in feet. Secondly, the buried support stones are included in the monument's height.

Robert Christian specified each Guidestone to be 0.5m x 2m x 5m. The capstone is an additional 0.5m bringing the overall height of the monument to 5.5m = 18.0 feet. The true dimensions of the various monument components are as follows:
Each Guidestone: 0.5m x 2m x 5m (42,437 lbs. each, proportions 1 : 4 : 10)
Center "Gnomen" stone: 0.5m x 1m x 5m (20,957 lbs., proportions 1 : 2 : 10)
Capstone: 0.5m x 2m x 3m (24,832 lbs., proportions 1 : 4 : 6)
As a sidebar, the SI (metric) system almost perfectly recreates Babylonian / Sumerian metrology in length, volume and mass. Although wikipedia is often unreliable, this quote appears to be essentially accurate:
Although not directly derived from it, there is a 1:2 proportional relationship between SI and Sumerian metrology. SI inherited the convention of the second as 1/86,400th of a solar day from Sumer thus, two Sumerian seconds are approximately one SI second. Moreover, because both systems use a seconds pendulum to create a unit of length, a meter is approximately two kuš3 [cubits], a liter 2 sila3, and a kilogram is 2 ma-na.
So the dimensions of each Guidestone are 1 cubit x 4 cubits x 10 cubits.

Regardless, the proportion of each Guidestone is then 1 : 4 : 10, which is possibly an encoding for January 4, 2010. Lending credibility to this hypothesis is the fact that the Burj Dubai will be officially completed on that date. The Burj Dubai is an almost otherworldly new building. By a very large margin, it is the tallest man-made structure ever built. At 828m (again, the number 18 appears: 8 + 2 + 8 = 18, also 828 = 46 * 18), the Burj Dubai will officially surpass what currently is the tallest building in the world, Taipei 101, by over 1,000 feet (2,717 feet compared to 1,671 feet) when it opens next Monday. The spiraling staircase, ziggurat-like design resembles a 21st Century Tower of Babel (Burj Babil).

Unfortunately, that might be the symbolic intent. The Burj Dubai might be intended to symbolize a new Tower of Babel and a completion of King Nimrod's vision: a world where man can become like God. It might even symbolize that the builders believe an Antichrist has arrived.

The Burj Dubai

Note that the Luciferian elevation of man to godhood is not a gift bestowed upon everyone, but rather a chosen few. The rest of humanity is left to serve and worship their new gods. The totalitarian society outlined in Robert Christian's book is a typical variation of this vision.

Disturbingly, one last piece of evidence supports the hypothesis above. Genesis 11:6 appears in a major, recent event: September 11th, 2001. In Luciferian sects, an upright pentagram represents constructive or good magic, while an inverted pentagram indicates destructive magic: cosmos versus chaos. 9/11 is an inversion of 11:6 indicating a destructive event. Of course, New York's Twin Towers, at one time the two tallest buildings in the world, fell that day and many people died. It is chilling to think that a Luciferian cult would have the power to orchestrate these events, but there does appear to be a trail of occult evidence suggesting the possibility.

NOTE: Since the time this article was initially published, the Burj Dubai was opened in an elaborate, fiery ceremony and renamed the Burj Khalifa after Sheikh Khalaifa bin Zayed Al Nahayan, the leader of Abu Dhabi who bailed out Dubai after a financial crisis last month. It is worth mentioning at this point that the Georgia Guidestones' capstone has the proportions 1 : 4 : 6 and the former emir of Dubai, Sheik Maktoum bin Rashad al Maktoum, died unexpectedly on a trip to Australia on January 4, 2006 (1 / 4 / 6). He was 62.


Well you may throw your rock and hide your hand
Workin' in the dark against your fellow man
But as sure as God made black and white
What's down in the dark will be brought to the light
– Johnny Cash, “God's Gonna Cut You Down”

The Georgia Guidestones monument in Elbert County, Georgia, has been the focus of controversy since its unveiling nearly thirty years ago. Our investigation into this structure suggests that much if not all of the criticism directed against it has been largely correct.

The undebatable originator of the monument, a man who used the pseudonym Robert C. Christian, authored the book Common Sense Renewed. In it he expounds upon his ten precepts etched into that stone edifice. Christian's vision for the future is a totalitarian world order where the most sacred act of humanity, procreation, is completely controlled and regulated by the state for eugenics purposes, purposes that include selective breeding to modify human behavior like, as in dogs, increasing docility and loyalty. Children are the property of the state and the state decides where and how they are reared. God-given rights are replaced with state bestowed privileges granted temporarily for services rendered to the state. Suffrage is limited to the few whom the state considers worthy. Health care is rationed according to your value to the state, with only the elite receiving access to the most valuable life saving and extending medical services. If you lose your job, you become property of the state to be shipped anywhere labor is needed. Refusal means starvation, no access to health care and, doubtlessly, worse because Robert Christian wants most of us dead and the remaining survivors will be treated more like cattle than men, women and children in Christian's new Rational World Order.

Accusations of sinister, occult and even Luciferican influences on the monument's design also appear to be largely on target. Robert Christian's vision expressed in his book is broadly consistent with modern Theosophical and Masonic theology. His book also includes many Masonic phrases. Moreover, the monument's design clearly incorporates numerous Masonic themes, from its astronomical functions to the inclusion of virtually all archaic and extant languages important to Freemasonry, to apparently deliberate inclusion of numerological messages, to the neo-pagan design of the monument based upon England's Stonehenge.

The odd, narrow proportions of the Guidestones, 1 : 4 : 10, appear to point to the date January 4th, 2010 which coincides with the completion of the Burj Dubai, a fantastically tall, new building erected in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. If the two structures are truly connected in this manner, it almost certainly symbolizes the completion of a new Tower of Babel and the beginning of a New World Order where man -- or more accurately certain men -- can now reach godhood. It may, in fact, indicate that the builders believe an Antichrist has arrived.

Our investigation into the identity of Robert C. Christian has uncovered highly persuasive yet circumstantial evidence linking Robert Edward “Ted” Turner to the very center of the Georgia Guidestones originators. This evidence is so strong that we believe Ted Turner probably was R.C. Christian. At the very least, Turner probably knows who R.C. Christian is.

Throughout our investigation, all of the people we met were good, honest, decent individuals. From Mart Clamp whose father, a master sandblaster, etched the 4” letters into the eight faces of the Georgia Guidestones, to the gracious Dr. Gloria Bader Merchant whose late husband contributed his significant writing skills for production of the monument's guidebook, to Elberton Star publisher Gary Jones who, like most Elbertonians, keeps a protective eye on the Georgia Guidestones, to psychic Naunie Batchelder who was married underneath the Guidestones and who long ago predicted that the secrets of that strange edifice would be revealed within 30 years, to, of course, Wyatt C. Martin, a proud, gentlemanly, devout Christian who is the only person who knows Robert C. Christian's real identity, all of these and more are wonderful, salt-of-the-earth people.

But in their midst is an abomination to humanity. The large, graven stone monument on top of the highest hill in Elbert County is a betrayal of a good, kind and loving people's faith. It is a blight to their community and an insult to all mankind. Good people of Elbert County, Georgia, the world watches as you decide the fate of the Georgia Guidestones.

Video of the hay fall described at the beginning of the article

Copyright 2009, 2010 Van Smith

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Saturday, December 19, 2009


Why the FTC lawsuit against Intel has substance

John Oram interviewed me for this interesting BSN article.

BTW, BSN's web server has been very slow lately, so be patient when trying to pull up this article. I've been told that their site traffic has been heavy, so perhaps it's time for Theo to upgrade his hardware.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Changing Seas

After nearly eight years, I resigned from my position at Centaur Technology to start a new company, Cossatot Analytics Laboratories (abbreviated CAna Labs). At Centaur, I was head of benchmarking.

I can say with a level head that Centaur is one of the best places to work in the world. I'll write more about both my experiences at Centaur and CAna Labs soon.

"What about Van's Hardware?" you might ask. That's a good question. The site will likely remain on life support for the immediate future.

For an urgent fix of computer hardware information, I can recommend my favorites. Of course, HardOCP, AnandTech and The TechReport seem to be getting better and better and that's why they continue to flourish.

I love Mike Magee; long live Mike! He's now writing and editing for TGDaily, a very nice website that was spawned from my old haunt, THG. Likewise, I follow Loyd Case who seems to be just about everywhere nowadays.

My friend Rick C. Hodgin used to be managing editor for Wolfgang Gruener at TGDaily. Rick tempted me a time or two to write for him. Although Rick always spoke very glowingly of Wolfgang, he no longer works for him. Rick is still posting on and off at

For the longest time, our very own Joel Hruska worked for ArsTechnica, another top notch tech site. Now, HotHardware is lucky to have Joel's services.

Speaking of Tom's Hardware, I now visit there frequently after all of these years; the content there is quite good again.

I often don't agree with his takes on NVIDIA, but I'll never stop following my old friend Charlie.

And speaking of old friends, John Oram is now writing for Theo Valich's Bright Side of News. I don't know Theo, but John speaks very, very highly of him.

If you want to dive deep into computer tech, visit Lost Circuits, perhaps the most technically rigorous hardware site of them all.

Sadly, one of my favorite sites is no more. Ace's Hardware has been defunct for several years now. Fortunately, Johan De Gelas continues to write detailed analysis for Anand. It's true that a surrogate Ace's forums sorta still lives on, but I'm not a big fan of message boards.

I haven't posted on technology related message boards in many, many years. When VHJ was popular, whenever I posted under my real name I always had to be prepared to devote a lot of time for responses. To avoid this, for a few months soon after I began working for Centaur, I posted anonymously under whatever name popped into my head at the time (but I never attempted to hide my IP address out of respect to the forum owners). But even posting anonymously is a headache because it still invites responses, and many message board devotees can be determined, provocative and harsh. Some people simply like to argue. I do not like to argue, and I don't like to spend my time reading people trade insults, which is all too common on many message boards.

Dave Graham did a fantastic job running our own VHJ message boards. We had interesting discussions there at times, but the message boards were still often a headache despite the fact that they achieved some level of success, largely due to Dave's work.

Lastly, I like to take a peek at what Andrew Orlowski writes at The Register. I had the pleasure of meeting Andrew many years ago at a conference. He's a very nice guy and his articles are insightful, intelligent, bold, well written and worth reading.

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Sunday, July 26, 2009


3,000 Low Temp Records Set This July in U.S.

AccuWeather blogger Jesse Ferrell reports that July was unusually cool over large sections of the United States. In fact, he claims that 3,000 low temperature records will be broken over this region during this month of July. He writes:
First, some stats. 1,044 daily record low temperatures have been broken this month nationwide according to NCDC -- count record "low highs" and the number increases to 2,925, surely to pass 3,000 before the end of the month.

Sunday, June 28, 2009


Rest in Peace, Billy Mays

We hardly knew ye.  Pitchmen was one of the best programs on television.  You seemed to be a good man and we will miss you.

Thursday, April 30, 2009


Apparant attack on Dutch royal family

A 38-year old Dutch man drove his black Suzuki Swift into the Dutch royal parade, narrowly missing an open topped bus carrying the 71-year old Beatrix and her adult children. The man struck several onlookers, killing five and injuring twelve.

Upon questioning, the driver stated that his attack was directed at the royal family. The man is in critical condition after his car collided with a large, stone obelisk.

The Dutch royal family has close ties to the secretive Bilderberg Group, an organization seen by many as a major command component of globalism. Prince Bernhard was one of its founders, and the Bilderbergers maintain their headquarters in the South Holland town of Leiden.


Mexican Flu observations

The U.S. Government, the corporate media and the WHO -- three globalist organs -- continue to under-report the number of Mexican Influenza cases and underplay its lethality.

At the same time, the WHO and the U.S. Government are deploying higher and higher levels of pandemic controls.

Monday's conveniently timed buzzing of "Ground Zero" New York by one of the President's 747s flanked by two fighters was almost certainly a psyop intended to blunt public attention away from the flu, where the first line measure of shutting down the U.S.-Mexican border has still not been taken.

It appears that the Mexican Flu is virulent and spreading rapidly. The number of existing cases appears to be significantly higher than what is being reported. When the true numbers are finally released, they will probably be accompanied with unprecedented measures from our federal government.

While no cases of the flu have been detected in pigs yet, Egypt has already announced that it will slaughter its entire hog population.


Cooler Master HAF 932 for $124.99

New Egg is running a sale on the Cooler Master HAF full tower computer case. I have one of these at home, and it is an outstanding case that I highly recommend. Kathy paid Fry's $160 my HAF. New Egg is selling them for $124.99 with promo code EMCLRPL24.

With the HAF and Sniper cases, Cooler Master is probably producing the best mid-priced enthusiast cases right now. The Antec Twelve Hundred has its high points, but it is not tool-free, has limited front panel connectors and the case fans do not have motherboard connectors.

My Cooler Master HAF recommendation comes with two caveats: 1. It's a huge case. 2. It doesn't have filters.

Although the Cooler Master HAF features three huge 230mm fans, only one is lit by LEDs. These fans do not have external speed controls, but are very quiet. Cool Master should also implement hot swappable SATA drive bays like those on Zalman's case.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


PC-Audio a misnomer no more, Avi ADM9.1

As the music industry decides what its next medium for mass marketing shall be the music file industry has been a runaway train. I have been writing and testing PC-related products for almost 6-years now for among others, and recently have re-discovered my once favorite hobby. No its not surfing 25-ft swells in late September off Marconi Beach State park on Cape Cod Massachusetts, its High End Audio. When I suffered a spinal injury some years ago racing MTB bikes I was forced to liquidate all my High End Audio gear long before my humility would allow me to collect Social Security Disability (although this is an earned income everyone pays into). As I sold all that stuff, Futterman NYAL OTL prototype amps, panel speakers, a Sony x777 CD player (their $3k audiophile model) and thousands in cables, I realized I had begun several years before as a pure music lover and by that time I had actually lost that passion. I began after hearing a High End system running out and buying every CD I could find and by the time I sold everything I had just two CD's I considered Audiophile quality recordings. I wasn't listening to music, I was listening to the nuances in hardware.

I had spent well over $10k on my own system which consisted of Dealer Demo "bargains" and then spent years siting in front of over one hundred different types of loudspeakers. I was isolated, and frustrated in my perfectionism. High End Audio cost money and to reproduce a true 20Hz ~ 20kHz costs big money. When you want Joni Mitchell in the room it costs about as much in High End Gear as it would to have her perform live at your home. Its a world onto its own and a absolute pleasure for the electronics hobbyist with a open bank book. When it comes to Affordable High End what we have is another misnomer like PC-Audio.

PC-Audio has always been driven by multi-channel affairs which were designed for Gaming, hence surround sound. Recently this has begun to change. Influences from High End Audio are slowly influencing PC-Audio. When I was into High End separates were the rule. Isolate and specialize each function, purifying it. Instead of a CD-player you have a transport and separate DAC and then a distinct power unit for that device. Now the digital cable between transport and DAC becomes an industry onto itself. From the DAC's Analog outputs we now need silver wire kapton insulated interconnects. Then the pre-amp and if there's a phono-stage this is separate with separate power supply. Now we have the interconnects from Pre-amp to stereo a,p or monoblocs. Either way once again the laws of physics meet engineering as an art form. For example read this little gem about a pair of "vacuum" sealed interconnects which cost $14,900 per 1m pair, Tara Labs Zero interconnects. I understand the science, I understand the potential for why they"sound" better, I also understand that's what I spent on my entire system in 1992. In that Tara Labs article the Reviewer's speakers are my 10.0 drool factor, in the mbl 101E Radialstrahler loudspeaker costing a mere $44,900 or about the same as a P-Class Mercedes (P=Poor). And the mbl 101E are still considered a value given what some other High End models cost.

So, is there a silver solder trickle down effect in High End Audio? Erm maybe, the current trend are chinese assembled integrated tube amplifiers, especially single ended Pentode and many incorporating USB fed (or TOSLINK) DACs. This new breed of Audiophile quality Plug and Play integrated amps with on-board D/A conversion are made for use with the modern PC or Laptop, a first. This transforms your PC's HDD into an instant music file server and provides access to thousands of free streaming Audio websites the world over. My favorite has been which offers one of the "cleanest" signals especially in their high quality stream Chanson Francaise. There you'll find many live studio recordings, those which allow a a system capable of 3D imaging to come into its own. There many strong acoustics and clear vocals as well as rock, and some funky folk. Rare in the annals of High End I recently auditioned a Single Ended Pentode integrated amp with on-board Burr Brown USB DAC, from Tecon. Their Model 55 reviewed here cost a mere $389 shipped in the USA and all that's required is a PC and passive speakers. I mated the Tecon to the venerable Lovecraft Designs, Abby also reviewed by me, although at $2k this defeated "affordable" at least relative to what "we" might conisder. In the High End world some wouldn't make this purchase out of some discombobulated sense of pride. An ideal match for the Tecon Model 55 would be the affordable Tekton Model 6.5 which cost just $350 and Tekton makes models as low as $200 or as high as $3,300. Basically $600 will get you one of the best sounding systems you've ever owned if your an owner of mass-market mid-fi. And very respectable, accurate and their ability for three dimensional imaging will certainly launch your High End Audio love affair.

Undoubtedly the gradual decline of the CD will not necessarily go the way of vinyl, vinyl still has in its favor a true analog signature and will be favored by a large majority of the Purist Audiophile Crowd so long as they continue to press it. Except for the Compact Discs sitting on shelves, the future is the music file albeit Lossless, Mp3, Mp4 etc.

There is one product out there which has recently captivated me, this is a unique active speaker system by a company known as Avi HiFi Originating out of the UK like so many great loudspeakers, they have released the Avi ADM9.1 active loudspeaker system. In my many years of "High End Audio" this system has completely redefined what I've come to expect from High End Audio as well as what is considered a value. How are they different? The typical powered speaker system utilizes a single amplifier in a main enclosure from which zip-cord feeds the right or left passive unit. Already we have problems with such a design, since the additional electronics in one enclosure give it slightly different sonic characteristics and other potential offsets. Avi in the Purist tradition has placed bi-amplified 250W mid/bass driver and 75W tweeter in each enclosure. Therefore each speaker is a true active unit under its own power, ergo each has its own power cord. The main unit contains two TOSLINK inputs which feed a Wolfson 8741 DAC. Two analog inputs allow you to bypass the Wolfson DAC (although I can't see any reason why) which is one of the most neutral sounding I've had the pleasure of hearing. It simply invites streaming music files and gives back all it takes. Another RCA out supplies the right speaker and if its more bass you desire there is a dedicated subwoofer output. Avi makes a subwoofer which was designed with the ADM9.1 speakers in mind. The following was taken from Avi's webpage:

Therefor we've produced a special dedicated, ultra high powered 10" model for the ADM9's. The voice coil is 3" diameter, maximum excursion is 2" and it's in a sealed box and driven by a linear, analogue bipolar amplifier that can produce up to 30 Amps and 200 Watts. The filter can be set to 20, 30, 40, 60, 80 or 100 Hz and gain adjusted to suit room acoustics. In practice it extends low frequency excursion to below 30Hz...

I do not feel the need for a subwoofer since I don't feel as if I am missing much. The ADM9.1's are rated down to 60Hz and I am certain this is the most honest 60Hz I've ever heard. Given the number of speakers I have owned and heard rated down to "50Hz ~ 40Hz" based on budget constraints, this is a region I am most familiar with. The sound from the ADM9.1's is like nothing I've ever heard from a active speaker system, indeed from any combination of separates up to $10k and beyond. They are as fast as planar ribbons (there will be consequences for that description)image as if they were 360 radiators, and pack bass worthy of full range. If any of these attributes were lacking they would still be a bargain at approximately $2k USD. The fact they present a realism which flows into and and fills the room with live music level, even the most critical listener can't deny they perform far beyond their stature. Listening to Joni Mitchell BLUE, the ADM9.1's were able to maintain what are some of the highest pitched vocals and still allow you to hear her diaphragm expand, the moisture on her lips and know exactly where she sat when letting loose on the microphone bested my Proac, Cary, Audible Illusions combo from years back. If i can summarize these speakers in one word that would be, "Effortless." They just don't seem as if they have to work as hard as many to give what most cannot.

If I had $10,000 to spend on anything I wanted in High End Audio, I would still buy the ADM9.1 and spend the rest on a Tapestry. They are the best value in Audio I've seen in many years, especially when you consider you don't have to leave your seat to enjoy streaming audio from your PC. I've neglected other reviews since the ADM9.1's arrived and if I could afford them I'd own them by now. The highest compliment I can given them, is that I don't want to give them back :)

Monday, April 27, 2009


Britain to screen all passengers arriving from Mexico for flu

Britain has begun screening all airline passengers arriving from Mexico for Mexican Influenza.

Although the United States announced a public health emergency yesterday with domestic Mexican Flu cases now reaching around 20, Janet Napolitano, head of Homeland Security, dismissed similar measures for American airports. Napolitano also failed to take any action to tighten US-Mexico border security, exposing Americans to further infections from our southern neighbor where panic is causing many people to flee infected areas.

Sunday, April 26, 2009


Fort Detrick disease samples may be missing

A criminal investigation is underway at the U.S. Army infectious disease research center in Fort Detrick, Maryland where infectious disease samples have apparently vanished.

Fort Detrick was the source of the anthrax bioweapon material used during the anthrax attacks soon after September 11th, 2001. Bush and his staff were already on ciprofloxacin, an antibiotic that is commonly used to treat anthrax infections, at the time of the attacks which eventually killed five people and sickened seventeen.


Mexican Flu Emergency Declared in U.S.

U.S. federal representatives declared a public health emergency today as more Mexican Flu victims have been identified within the country. The official count of domestic Mexican Flu cases has risen to 20 with one requiring hospitalization. Among the emergency measures taken by the Government are plans to "release a quarter of its 50-million-unit strategic reserve of antiviral medications" to areas sustaining flu cases.

Notably absent were any plans to lock-down the United States' border with Mexico, an obvious measure that would impede the disease's migration northwards. This stands in contrast with actions already taken by countries like Japan who are discouraging if not outright restricting travel to and from Mexico.

As we reported yesterday, evidence suggests that the disease is already widespread in the U.S., but with flu awareness and fear exploding over the last few days, case numbers are likely to escalate rapidly as people with flu symptoms flock for medical treatment.

So the soaring numbers of U.S. Mexican flu cases over the next week will produce the illusion that the disease is spreading rapidly, when in actuality we are only gaining insight on the true, existing prevalence of the disease.

The Mexican Flu has several characteristics that suggest it might be a man-made bioweapon. Perhaps most concerning of all is that the disease has pig, bird and human flu components, suggesting that it not only targets humans hosts, but pigs and perhaps birds as well. From the CDC's recent press briefing:
We know so far that the viruses contain genetic pieces from four different virus sources. This is unusual. The first is our North American swine influenza viruses. North American avian influenza viruses, human influenza viruses and swine influenza viruses found in Asia and Europe.

That particular genetic combination of swine influenza virus segments has not been recognized before in the U.S. or elsewhere. Of course, we are doing more testing now and looking more aggressively for unusual influenza strains. So we haven't seen this strain before but we haven't been looking as intensively as we are these days.

The viruses are resistant to amantadine and rimantadine anti-viral drugs but they are sensitive or susceptible to oseltamivir and zanamivir, the newer anti-viral drugs for flu. And at this time we don’t know exactly how people got the virus. None of the patients have had direct contact with pigs.

You can get swine influenza without direct contact but it's a bit more unusual. And we believe at this point that human-to-human spread is occurring. That's unusual.
Russia has already halted pork imports from Mexico and several U.S. states. In my post yesterday, I mentioned the potential impact of the flu to hog farmers. If birds become infected as well, the U.S. Government might also slaughter chickens and turkeys throughout the country.

Saturday, April 25, 2009


Mexican Flu Pandemic Threatens U.S.

A new, hybrid flu strain containing pig, avian and human flu components has struck Mexico, killing up to 68 and sickening at least 1,000 others. Given Mexico's impoverished third-world status and with the country currently coming apart at the seams, the real number of infections is probably at least a hundred times higher.

The infection count north of the border continues to rise with two confirmed cases in Kansas to add to the nine already identified in Texas and California. A private Christian school in Queens, New York is suspected to have been hit by at least eight additional cases.

The two Texas flu victims originate from San Antonio, but we are aware of several severe flu cases in Austin from early this month that have the hallmarks of the new, deadly strain. In all likelihood, the Mexican Flu has probably already established a firm foothold in America with hundreds of unreported or misidentified cases.

The Mexican Flu has unusual characteristics that suggest that it might be man-made. The timing of the Mexican Flu outbreak also follows closely behind the recent distribution of a Baxter flu vaccine contaminated with live avian flu virus.

With America already under siege from a carefully constructed economic attack, a manufactured flu pandemic would serve as the second prong of an offensive made to weaken and then pacify our country. I anticipated this tactic in my predictions for 2009.

If indeed the Mexican Flu is the second stage of the globalists' war against the U.S., the fear and chaos the corporate media nurtures will probably be leveraged to further the NAIS initiative and serve as an excuse to slaughter hog populations throughout the country. This will decimate many small farmers. Along with new, so-called "Food Safety" measures, these steps will will allow the federal government, now largely a proxy for globalist interests, to seize control of the nation's food supply.

Additionally, the crisis will allow the President's emergency powers to be grossly extended, setting the stage for random and warrantless "health safety" searches of Americans and their homes. Travel regulation, gun seizures, forced relocation, forced inoculations and troop deployment for police actions throughout the country are also likely to follow.

In fact, Mexico has already enacted many of these measures. From the CNN article linked above:

Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Saturday issued an executive decree detailing emergency powers of the Ministry of Health, according to the president's office.

The order gives the ministry with the authority to isolate sick patients, inspect travelers' luggage and their vehicles and conduct house inspections, the statement said.

The government also has the authority to prevent public gatherings, shut down public venues and regulate air, sea and overland travel.

The main intention of this second prong of attack would be to deploy the control mechanisms that the globalists need to pacify uprisings in this country that might otherwise awaken and unite our very powerful nation against them.

If you are aware of extant Mexican Flu cases in the U.S., it is important that you quickly disseminate that information in order to defuse the groundswell of panic that the corporate media and the globalist controlled WHO appear to be nurturing. Moreover, take precautions and limit exposure to yourself and your family. The recent, suspect flu cases in Austin were severe, although everyone recovered.

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Dick Cheney directed assassination ring

New York Times investigative reporter Seymour Hersh claims that former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney ran an "executive assassination ring." During a talk Tuesday at the University of Minnesota, Hersh described the Joint Special Operations Command, a group of assassins with no Congressional oversight, that reported directly to Cheney. Apparently without the permission of anyone except the Bush Administration, the shadowy group secretly entered countries and killed people on lists presumably vetted if not authored by Cheney.

Hersh also maintains that the CIA was "very deeply involved" in illegal domestic investigations of people the sometimes sinister spy organization considered "enemies of the state" after 9/11.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


Flu Vaccine contaminated with live avian flu virus

Was this part of a planned pandemic? Baxter, an American flu vaccine provider, shipped vaccine material tainted with the live H5N1 human variation of the avian flu virus. The "accidental" concoction is almost a perfect, deadly bioweapon.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Problems posting comments to this blog

We are aware that there are persistent, ongoing problems posting comments to this blog. Google's service is unreliable and often times-out. We apologize for the trouble. I am extremely busy at work, so I will not likely be able to find a remedy anytime soon. If you need to send feedback that you can be certain I will get and, if you want, post to this blog, you can send it to my personal email address.

UPDATE: Problems continue to persist into 2010, but Internet Explorer and Opera browsers appear to work reliably. Comments can't be published with Firefox and, ironically, Google's own Chrome browser because the comment input section is not rendered properly.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Asus G1S: Cold failing NVIDIA Geforce 8600GT

I’m having one of those weird nights again. I have been working a lot lately because we are testing a new part, but I was able to get home early tonight, a little after 9PM. I went to bed before 11, and woke up believing that it was morning, but only two hours had passed. Anyhow, I decided that I’ll blog a little until I get sleepy.

I bought an Asus G1S notebook about a year ago from Best Buy. I have been very happy with it other than the notebook will not boot to the desktop on cold days.

All overclockers know that the key to achieving high frequencies is keeping the part cool. Consequently, producing aftermarket computer component thermal solutions has become a sizable industry unto itself.

Less well known is that many semiconductor devices have a distinct cold limit as well. In fact, some devices will not function unless they are hot. Semiconductor device manufacturer have to ensure that these "cold failures" do not occur within normal operating temperatures.

My Asus G1S will not boot to the desktop if the room temperature is lower than 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The failure occurs when the GPU is initialized for desktop compositing engines like Vista's Aero or Compiz in Linux. Particularly for Aero, as soon as video initialization is attempted, the notebook either freezes or spontaneously reboots (Compiz might limp along for a few seconds before locking up).

If the room temperature is only a degree or two cooler than 70, the notebook will eventually warm up enough to reach the desktop, but if the ambient temperature is much lower than 65 then the notebook will enter a perpetual reboot cycle, if it doesn’t lock up first.

This is especially annoying when resuming from S3 or waking from hibernation, since rebooting totally defeats the timesaving aspects of these measures and could potentially corrupt files.

So apparently NVIDIA had, at least for a little while, a hole in their screening process that allowed for cold failure test escapes. Since the failures begin to manifest just below room temperature, it looks like NVIDIA did not test under cold conditions using a refrigerated thermal head, which is an odd screening omission.

I don’t want to infer that this is a widespread, serious issue, because there does not appear to be many cases of this failure in the wild. I’m simply recounting my personal and apparently rare experience with the NVIDIA Geforce 8600 GT in my Asus G1S.

Although I first witnessed the failure soon after I purchased the notebook, I procrastinated until my warranty almost expired before returning the G1S for repair. Best Buy provides warranty service for Asus, so after I backed up all of my data and reinstalled Vista from scratch, Kathy took my notebook to them about two weeks ago. The “Geek Squad” sent me an email last week reporting that they are currently awaiting parts. The only viable repairs that come to mind are either mainboard replacement or a new notebook. We’ll see. I miss the G1S since I used the notebook daily.

In the meantime, Kathy bought me an early birthday present -- my birthday is not until March 22, but who am I to complain? -- components for an AMD Phenom II system as an upgrade for my two year old Dell Core2Duo E6600 desktop.

Yeah, it’s not like my old reviewing days when companies would literally send me more free computer hardware than I knew what to do with. But Kathy bought a great collection of components including a Cooler Master HAF, a really fantastic case for a geek like me. The Phenom II also has exceeded my expectations, providing stout performance while consuming little power.

It’s smoothly running 64-bit Ubuntu 8.10. I’ve installed VirtualBox and will run XP from it and Vista from an e-SATA drive that I will take back and forth to work where I have an identical test system.

Speaking of NVIDIA, the economic apocalypse overtaking the world now is going to rapidly bring down broad swaths of familiar companies. The computing industry is already hurting. I made a prediction earlier this year that a major player will be on the brink of collapse by 2010. It won't be NVIDIA.

Three computer hardware vendors that will still have a pulse come next year are Intel, NVIDIA and VIA. These are times of great hardship for AMD, I am afraid. But that is a story for another sleepless night.

Friday, February 20, 2009


I can't believe the good people of Tulsa are tolerating this

The TSA has implemented full-body scans in the Tulsa airport producing nude images of passengers, and the good people of Oklahoma are accepting the outrageous indignity passively. I expected riots. Tulsa, what has happened to you? Where is your heart?

Thursday, February 19, 2009


Unemployment Benefits Paid Through Debit Cards Incur Fees

Debit Card Hell.

Sunday, February 15, 2009


Texas "Fireball"

Kathy witnessed the widely reported "fireball" over Texas around 11AM this morning. She was northbound on I-35 near Georgetown and described a persistent cloud created by the hyperbolic shaped, metallic object (this appearance was probably a result of a shockwave created by a meteor bouncing off the atmosphere). The cloud lingered for about an hour. She drove directly underneath the cloud which appeared to be centered over Waco.

Saturday, February 14, 2009


New Federal Position - National Coordinator of Health Information Technology

Congress's 700 page bill comes with some extra goodies, like this one. "This office will monitor the medical treatments your doctor is providing you to make sure that Washington agrees that those treatments are appropriate and cost effective," explains Gary Bauer.

Friday, February 13, 2009



Mockingbirds are quite a feat
Somewhat more than you'd think.
During the season that they molt,
They all seem sad in sync.

If you feed them eggs and potatoes,
They'll turn to black and white.
They'll eat fifteen to twenty minutes
All day and most of the night.

They make up most of their songs,
Yet they borrow ten percent.
Tis a shame we think they mock the songs
When they make melody as God has meant.

Flora Smith - Age 11

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


D.C. Voting Rights Passed by Senate Committee

Our visit to D.C. this summer left me discouraged. Crime, the poor success of public education in our country's capital is well documented. Interestingly, all the vendor shops around our country's grand monuments and public buildings sell exactly the same merchandise. We bought 4 t-shirts. They were all made in Honduras. The food vendors sell exactly the same "American" fare. Plan to be searched before entering all buildings. Kind-a-didn't-feel like America. Ya, know what I mean?

D.C. to have it's own house member makes me wonder what sort of grand ideas they will contribute to running the rest of the country.


NY parents grilled in 'religious sincerity test'

"Rita says the attorney concluded that her beliefs were not "sincere" enough and decided to deny her vaccine waiver." When does the state or a person acting on behalf of a public institution have the right to determine personal religious freedom?

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Essential Free Windows Programs

Although I use Ubuntu more and more, I still have to spend a large portion of my day working in Windows, primarily because of my job. Gaming and navigation software are other reasons why I boot up Windows.

Whenever I load a box with Windows, I usually install the following programs.
  1. OpenOffice: OpenOffice 3 has become a very polished alternative to Microsoft Office.
  2. Firefox: With additional addons, Firefox is the best browser available.
  3. Irfanview: Irfanview is a great image viewer that also boasts a number of handy editing features. Be sure to also install the plugins.
  4. K-Lite Codec Pack Full: This software bundle includes a long list of useful media players and codecs.
  5. Notepad++: You will only use Notepad by accident once you try Notepad++.
  6. Filezilla: If you need a powerful and easy to use FTP client, Filezilla is a good choice. I also always install WinSCP.
  7. Lazarus: Lazarus is an Open Source cross platform version of Delphi.
  8. Peazip: Developed in Lazarus, Peazip is a flexible archiving tool.
  9. aMSN: Featuring webcam and voice support and working on Linux, aMSN is the best alternative to Microsoft Messenger -- and it is advertising free. Don't forget the plugins.
  10. Qt4: If you download the version with mingw bundled with Qt4, you'll have one of the most power C++ development toolkits around. Although Qt integrates well with the popular Eclipse IDE, QDevelop is faster and easier to use. To get debug features to work, you must install gdb.
  11. KDE 4.2: It is now possible to install the KDE 4.2 Desktop inside of Windows giving you access to a lot of powerful KDE applications.
  12. MySQL: MySQL is a rich and highly polished Open Source relational database that can be accessed from network locations. Also take a close look at the slick utilities that are available like MySQL GUI Tools and MySQL Workbench. If you plan to code and interface for MySQL, you may want the ODBC connector. And don't forget Ruby. HeidiSQL is very nice.
  13. GIMP: No, it's not just like Photoshop, but the GIMP is still a great photo editing package.
  14. Gnumeric: This is a good spreadsheet that handles data pasted from other applications very well.
  15. VirtualBox: VirtualBox is a great product for installing operating systems within operating systems. The virtualized environment can then be run on any computer powerful enough to handle it. VirtualBox is also cross platform.
  16. Thunderbird: While the editor is still clunky and primative, Thunderbird is probably the best free email client available.
  17. Komposer and BlueGriffon: These are decendents of Nvu, a WYSIWYG HTML editor.
  18. ActivePerl: This is an outstanding perl implementation for Windows.
  19. FreeCommander: FreeCommander is probably the best free file browsing utility for Windows outside of the KDE world.
  20. WinMerge: Although there are several very good, free file and folder comparison and merging tools for Linux, the Windows world is not as blessed. Thankfully, WinMerge exists and it is a super program. FreeCommander, above, also has helpful folder comparison features.
If you have any suggestions for this list, please let me know or leave a comment.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Children, Blessing or Burden

England's Porritt with an unapologetic "two child limit on British couples" sites the impact on the environment as the problem. United States's House Speaker, Pelosi, offers a subsidized "tax-payer child prevention" plan "... to deal with the consequences of the downturn in our economy.” Where is the population growth in both these countries? IMMIGRATION. The CIA World Factbook sites these statistics for United States immigration and Great Britian immigration.numbers. Excluded are illegal immigration numbers. So, why are two high-ranking political figures in highly industrialized democratic countries calling for government intervention to reduce their own populations?


1-ton snake ruled balmy Columbian jungle

Investigators have announced the fossil remains of an enormous snake stretching up to fifty feet long and possibly weighing as much as two tons. At its greatest girth, the slithering reptile "would have come up to about your hips," said David Polly, a geologist at the University of Indiana at Bloomington.

Living about five-million years after the dinosaurs were wiped out by an errant bolide (or, more likely, several bollides), the serpent ruled a Columbian jungle during a period when earth was much hotter than today.


Car explosion injures head of Ark. medical board

Dr. Trent Pierce, Chairman of the Arkansas State Medical Board was injured when his car caught fire. Mechanical failure of his Lexus hybrid is suspected.

Update: CNN now reports explosive device evidence has been found.


Cheney warns of new attacks

Cheney, barely out of office, is now a public figure, accessible for interviews.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Two Children should be limit, says green guru

Population growth in Britain is occurring primarily through immigration. Statistics provided in the linked headline article reveal that British nationals have a fertility rate of 1.7; that's not a number that makes for growth. Fortunately, this editorial takes Jonathon Porritt, Chair of the British government’s Sustainable Development Commission, to task for the atrocious idea of limiting Brit couples to two children.

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Friday, January 30, 2009


Al Gore Ice Sculpture

It's been bitterly cold in Fairbanks, Alaska recently, so local businessman Craig Compeau created a five ton "shivering" ice sculpture of Al Gore, as an ironic tribute to the currently reigning Global Warming bogyman.

Sunday, January 25, 2009


Arabs shocked by blanket of snow

Residents of parts of the United Arab Emirates, a balmy, oil-rich sheikdom located farther south than Florida, were shocked to discover their lands blanketed with several inches of snow. Only the second occurrence of snowfall in the recorded history of a rugged area once known as the Pirate Coast, the local tongue has no word for the fluffy, white, icy precipitation.
Snow covered the Jebel Jais area for only the second time in recorded history yesterday.

So rare was the event that one lifelong resident said the local dialect had no word for it.

According to the RAK Government, temperatures on Jebel Jais dropped to -3°C on Friday night. On Saturday, the area had reached 1°C.

Major Saeed Rashid al Yamahi, a helicopter pilot and the manager of the Air Wing of RAK Police, said the snow covered an area of five kilometres and was 10cm deep.

“The sight up there this morning was totally unbelievable, with the snow-capped mountain and the entire area covered with fresh, dazzling white snow,” Major al Yamahi said.

“The snowfall started at 3pm Friday, and heavy snowing began at 8pm and continued till midnight, covering the entire area in a thick blanket of snow. Much of the snow was still there even when we flew back from the mountain this afternoon. It is still freezing cold up there and there are chances that it might snow again tonight.”

Aisha al Hebsy, a woman in her 50s who has lived in the mountains near Jebel Jais all her life, said snowfall in the area was so unheard of the local dialect does not even have a word for it. Hail is known as bared, which literally translates as cold. “Twenty years ago we had lots of hail,” said Ms al Hebsy. “Last night was like this. At four in the morning we came out and the ground was white.”

Jebel Jais was dusted in snow on Dec 28, 2004, the first snowfall in living memory for Ras al Khaimah residents.

“I had flown there in 2004 when it snowed, but this time it was much bigger and the snowing lasted longer as well,” said Major al Yamahi.

Thursday, January 22, 2009


Mexico police chief's head found in ice box

As if to underscore the recently released U.S. Joint Forces Command on Worldwide Security Threats report that warns Mexico is in peril of collapse, crime lords have slain yet another Mexican police chief.
The head of a Mexican police chief was delivered to his colleagues in an ice box in the country's latest drug-related violence.

Last Updated: 6:31PM GMT 20 Jan 2009

The incident came as 16 other people were also killed in Mexico's northern state of Chihuahua in attacks the authorities believe are linked to the country's drug wars.

"Hitmen cut off commander Martin Castro's head and left it in an ice cooler in front of the local police station," said a statement issued by the state justice authorities.

His head was left in the town Praxedis with a message from the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel.

The police commander was abducted on Saturday, along with five other police officers and a civilian, only five days after starting his job.

Six bodies in police uniforms bearing signs of torture and gunshot wounds were found on Monday in a street in the state capital, Chihuahua, officials said.

Hitmen killed four men in separate attacks in the violent border city of Ciudad Juarez, while six others, including a woman, were found dead in other towns across the state.

Mexican police and soldiers are battling a wave of drug-related violence across the country, particularly in northern areas bordering the US, with more than 5,300 people killed last year.

The federal government launched a campaign against drug-related violence more than two years ago involving the deployment of around 36,000 troops across the country.

Monday, January 19, 2009


In Defense of Dr. Steven Jones

Dr. Steven E. Jones is a world renowned physicist recognized for his research into muon-catalyzed cold fusion. In recent years, Dr. Jones has conducted metallurgic analyses of debris from the World Trade Center tragedy of September 11, 2001. His findings led Dr. Jones to posit that the Trade Center towers were brought down by controlled demolition. This highly controversial theory made Dr. Jones a target for much criticism.

Worse, a few vocal critics demanded that Brigham Young University fire Dr. Jones from his post as Physics Professor there. Perhaps the most odious attack of all came from author and lawyer Jonathan Moseley. Published in the popular conservative publication World Net Daily, Moseley's hit piece accussed Dr. Jones of calling for the violent overthrow of the U.S. Government, an accusation that WND would later retract.

Following is the email exhange I made at the time with Jonathan Moseley and Dr. Jones.
Sent By "Van Smith" On: September 12, 2006 3:31 AM

God help us! I have apparently pushed Mosely into a psychotic fit. This man
is an insane maniac! How did he obtain the level of respectability necessary
to get his thoughts featured on WND? He wields his influence like a
genocidal Hutu handles a machete.

"Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!" I almost had to wipe his spit off my
monitor screen. Moseley is truly on a Jihad.

Moseley has connections with a number of different policy making councils, has
been quoted in mainstream media before, and has written a fear mongering
novel about the threat of Islam (either it reads like a nightmare, or it was
ghost written judging from my exchanges with him). He and another Moseley
(brother? father?) also have formed a strange company providing services to
the jewelry import industry helping businesses ensure conformity with the
Patriot Act.

I read somewhere (but have not verified) that he is also related to one of the
founders of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

The drive-by terrorist job that he did on you really smells of a gun-for-hire
piece. I cannot help but strongly suspect that this man is being used as an
attack dog by an intelligence operation. His mental discipline is so weak
that he is probably viewed as expendable, but his single-minded fanaticism
combined with his limited intellect mean that his puppetmasters risk little
exposure even if he is forced to go down in flames.

Good luck in your fight and trust Jesus,


P.S. If you have mailing lists for news related to your 9/11 research and/or
your current status at BYU, please add me to them.

On Monday 11 September 2006 21:11, Jonathon Moseley wrote:
> Like all of the conspiracy theorists, you do violence to the truth by
> ignoring the parts of it that prove your arguments wrong. You call those
> tangential issues. Steven Jones has harmed himself.
> The local press reports that it was Steven Jones' own radio interview on
> Tuesday 9/6, that created a furor on campus, leading to his suspension. SEE
> -- [scroll 1/3rd down to see the latest controversy]
> Jones had been relatively reticent to discuss the implications of his
> findings, but he created buzz on campus Tuesday with his appearance on
> KUER-FM 90.1. He expressed the opinion to talk-show host Doug Fabrizio that
> blame for the attacks rests with neoconservatives Paul Wolfowitz, Richard
> Perle and others.
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`
> Even after all of the discussion, Steven Jones went on LOCAL radio and
> accused government officials and private political leaders of 3,000 counts
> of mass murder, on a radio show THAT COULD BE HEARD ALL ACROSS THE BYU
> CAMPUS. The person who has harmed Steven Jones is Steven Jones.
> BYU has announced that it is the "accusatory" nature of Steven Jones work
> about 9/11 -- that is accusing people of mass murder -- that they are
> investigating, along with breach of peer review rules, NOT what anyone else
> has said ABOUT him. It is the fact that Steven Jones is accusing people of
> mass murder that has Steven Jones in trouble.
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> Secondly, you falsely assume that I don' belive what I wrote about Steven
> Jones. Steven Jones is one of the founders of Scholars for Truth, the
> SPONSOR of the event. Steven Jones helped CHOOSE the panel.
> Steven Jones is responsible for ALL of the venomous, treasonous, outrageous
> statements that HIS group -- which he helps run -- spewed out across the
> nation. I previously explained this to you, but you are blind to the truth,
> as are all conspiracy nuts. Steven Jones' organization, even if not Jones
> himself, and indeed Steven Jones by extension is "in the CONTEXT of the
> question[and answer period]" is GUILTY of advocating for a coup that would
> depose America's political leaders from office and put them on trial at the
> international criminal court outside the United States, GUILTY of accusing
> George Bush of being a dictator, GUILTY of claiming that the U.S.
> government is no longer legitimate, GUILTY of urging the armed forces of
> the United States to refuse to obey the orders of the Commander in Chief,
> GUILTY of calling for the removal of the U.S. government. Frankly, I hope
> that Steven Jones burns in hell for endangering this country. It is the
> fact that I am a far superior patriot that I want even scum like Steven
> Jones to have the right to speak in America, even if they cause the DEATH
> of Americans by advocating for the terrorist's agenda to weaken the United
> States.
> Jon Moseley
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Van Smith []
> Sent: Monday, September 11, 2006 05:18 PM
> To: 'Jonathon Moseley'
> Cc:
> Subject: Re: Support for Dr. Steven Jones
> Mr. Moseley,
> I have been consistently discussing two topics:
> 1. The harm that you have caused Professor Jones though an overt act of
> academic and intellectual terrorism.
> 2. The scholarly merits of Dr. Jones' research.
> You wish to focus on tangential, irrelevant issues.
> As I have stated several times already, I stand firmly behind the 1st
> Amendment to our Constitution, but nowhere does the 1st Amendment allow
> for Jon Moseley, according to your own /WND/ editors, to bear false
> witness against Dr. Jones, exposing him to potential imprisonment,
> public ridicule and irreparable damage to his livelihood.
> And one thing continues to bother me like a splinter beneath my right
> index fingernail. You are a lawyer. Arguably, Dr. Jones can be
> considered a public figure. As such, Dr. Jones is fair game for much
> broader written criticism than would normally be considered libel if the
> same words were directed at normal Americans. However, your /WND/ piece
> is far, far outside of this extended area of accepted criticism of
> public figures.
> What made you think you could get away with groundlessly accusing Dr.
> Jones -- in a major publication no less -- of committing a federal crime
> without your being sued penniless? Even if you thought you were right,
> you exercised very little effort to fact check, demonstrating a callous
> disregard for Dr. Jones' welfare.
> I have written many, many articles that have been read by millions of
> people. If I were to ever even consider making the extremely explosive
> and damaging charge against an individual that you used against Dr.
> Jones, I would only do so if I also substantiated my claim with
> carefully obtained and vetted quotes from that person.
> I'm still scratching my bald head trying to figure out just what you
> were thinking.
> And do you still believe that you can simply make up serious charges
> against anyone you disagree with and publish your terrorist vitriol in
> /WND/ or some other major publication?
> I also do not understand how /World Net Daily/ could have allowed your
> article to be published at all. One thing that typically gets an
> editor's attention in a hurry is when he sees an author making personal
> attacks against a victim that could immediately lead to the victim's
> imprisonment.
> I was a frequent visitor to the /WND/ Internet site, but after seeing
> your article published there, I vow to never return to /WND/ again
> except to obtain quotes from your hit piece.
> Sincerely,
> Van Smith
> Jonathon Moseley wrote:
> > I strongly believe in Steven Jones' right to speak, and anything that
> > restrains or intimidates that is harmful to our country and to the
> > body politic and to the discussion itself.
> >
> > However, in the same way, I have an EQUAL right to speak and to say
> > that Steven Jones' efforts are likely to result in the death of more
> > Americans in the future, from the next terrorist attack, as it helps
> > whip up anti-American sentiments around the world, chills our allies,
> > and discourages Americans from taking measures to protect the country.
> >
> > If, God Forbid, a nuclear bomb or other terrorist attack on
> > Washington, D.C. kills my sister and her family, Steven Jones will
> > also be free to apologize over their dead bodies at the funeral.
> > However, it would make more sense to consider those consequences now,
> > rather than after the death of more Americans.
> >
> > Simply because Steven Jones has a RIGHT to accuse his country of
> > treasonous actions worse than anything since Pol Pot does not mean
> > that it is NOBLE that he does so.
> >
> > I believe that if Steven Jones is silenced "from behind" everyone will
> > assume that his accusations were true, and were too dangerous to
> > answer, and that he had to be silenced covertly and outside the field
> > of ideas.
> >
> > But that does not mean that there is anything laudable about -- in a
> > time of war -- accusing one's own goverment of mass murder,
> > particularly based only on supposition and speculation.
> >
> >
> >
> > Jon Moseley
> >
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > *From:* Van Smith []
> > *Sent:* Sunday, September 10, 2006 08:57 PM
> > *To:* 'Jonathon Moseley'
> > *Cc:*
> > *Subject:* Re: Support for Dr. Steven Jones
> >
> > Dear Mr. Moseley,
> >
> > I have combined your last two emails below.
> >
> > Your points are, as far as I can discern, irrelevant to my message to
> > you or to the plight of Dr. Jones and your involvement with it.
> > However, I will respond briefly to your remarks.
> >
> > As an American, I believe in free speech as guaranteed by the First
> > Amendment to our Constitution. I am not afraid of knowledge or
> > discussion. I also have faith that the American people can discern
> > the truth when they eventually encounter it. I do NOT believe that it
> > is necessary, desirable or constructive for any member of the media to
> > use sensational rhetoric to frighten the trusting citizens of the
> > United States into conforming with prescribed viewpoints.
> >
> > And as an American I am deeply disturbed by the distinctly
> > un-American, terrorizing tactics that you used to harm Dr. Jones in
> > your /WND/ article.
> >
> > Frankly, I am confused by your references to antisemitism, Hugo
> > Chavez, conspiracy theories, neocons, the Nuremberg Trials, Vietnam,
> > the Taliban, bin Laden and George Bush.
> >
> > Professor Jones has provided evidence that supports the theory that
> > the three World Trade Center towers were brought down by controlled
> > demolition. His evidence is compelling. His scientific methodology
> > appears to be sound and straightforward. His request for further
> > investigation is logical and reasonable.
> >
> > I applaud Dr. Jones for his courage to conduct objective, independent
> > research on the horrific WTC events. I hope his work will inspire
> > further independent investigation into whether or not controlled
> > demolitions were used to bring down the three towers that tragic
> > September morning.
> >
> > BTW, whether you realize it or not, you are lending credence to your
> > opposition when you use the term "conspiracy theory." By definition,
> > a theory is an explanation supported by several different facts and
> > all known facts support the explanation. Of course, a "conspiracy" is
> > an agreement between two or more people to commit a crime or other
> > misdeed. Properly -- and I mean no insult -- supporters of the U.S.
> > Government explanation for 9/11 should consider their explanation a
> > conspiracy theory.
> >
> > Van Smith
> > ========
> >
> > I think there are sinister motivations for the 9/11 conspiracy
> > theories. Someday when more Americans are murdered by foreign
> > terrorists, I hope the conspiracy theorists will realize what they
> > have done and shudder. However, that should be debated on the field
> > of ideas, not short-circuited through administrative means.
> >
> > A letter from Usama Bin Laden from 2001/early 2002 just released last
> > week called upon the Taliban and other sympathetic groups to CREATE A
> >
> > 5 years later 9/11 conspiracy theorists are DOING EXACTLY THAT.
> >
> > They are implementing Usama Bin Laden's strategy and desire for
> > defeating the West.
> >
> > They probably don't realize it... but they SHOULD by stopping to
> > think about it.
> >
> > But again this is a concern to be debated openly, not cut short in
> > silence.
> >
> > Jon Moseley
> >
> > Jonathon Moseley wrote:
> >> First, I believe that there are some in the 9/11 conspiracy movement
> >> (mostly overseas participants using the anonymity of the internet,
> >> but not necessarily all) who are intentionally implementing Usama Bin
> >> Laden's strategy for destroying the West, by repeating the entire
> >> Vietnam dynamic.
> >>
> >> Second, there are a far greater number who simply hate their country
> >> so much that they don't care that they are helping foreign terrorists
> >> to better and more successfully attack America the next time around.
> >> They don't care that our families and loved ones are in greater
> >> danger of a terrorist attack because of their efforts to persuade
> >> Americans to focus on the U.S. government instead of on foreign
> >> terrorists. They don't care that this kind of rhetoric whips up
> >> anti-American sentiments abroad and encourages our enemies, while
> >> peeling away our friends around the world.
> >>
> >> Third, there are many in the 9/11 movement who hate the Jews and
> >> Neocons and certain other groups that they are intentionally trying
> >> to destroy the government and the country to get at the people they
> >> hate, similar to burning down a house to kill the bugs inside.
> >>
> >> Fourth, you have to go back and listen to the videotape broadcast on
> >> C-Span. Among the points made in that virulently anti-American hate
> >> fest:
> >>
> >> o The movement should support and promote Venezuala President
> >> Hugu Chavez's attempt to put Bush Administration officials ON TRIAL
> >> at an international criminal tribunal. Presumably that would require
> >> DEPOSING THOSE OFFICIALS FROM OFFICE in order to take them to the
> >> international criminal court overseas. It would require a coup
> >> against the U.S. to take U.S. government leaders overseas to stand rial.
> >>
> >> o The U.S. government has already collapsed and a shadow
> >> government is now running the country.
> >>
> >> o U.S. troops should DISOBEY orders of the Commander in Chief in
> >> the war on terror.
> >>
> >> o George Bush is a dictator (odd how this group was broadcast 4
> >> times on C-Span if Bush is a dictator).
> >>
> >> And on and on.
> >>
> >> However, the answer to such hate speech by the 9/11 conspiracy
> >> movement is MORE speech in reply, not intimidation or efforts to
> >> muzzle any speaker.
> >>
> >> Jon Moseley
> >>
> >>
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> *From:* Van Smith []
> >> *Sent:* Sunday, September 10, 2006 06:03 PM
> >> *To:* 'TRANSGUARD (Jonathon Moseley)'
> >> *Cc:*
> >> *Subject:* Re: Support for Dr. Steven Jones
> >>
> >> Dear Mr. Moseley,
> >>
> >> I am pleased to see your written support for academic freedom.
> >> However, your /World Net Daily/ article appears to expose sinister
> >> motivations that contradict the positions that you express in your
> >> correspondence.
> >>
> >> Please have another look at what you wrote about Dr. Jones:
> >>
> >> /Professor Steven Jones of Brigham-Young University accused George
> >> Bush of being a dictator, mimicking the preamble of the Declaration
> >> of Independence. When asked if violent revolution was necessary, this
> >> scientist declared ? in front of national TV cameras ? that there is
> >> no peaceful way to achieve the group's goals. In the context of the
> >> question, *professor Jones was calling for the violent overthrow of
> >> the government*.
> >> /
> >> Not only do you continue the /ad hominem/ tone that saturates the
> >> rest of your article, but you have, according to your own editors at
> >> /WND/, falsely accused Professor Jones of committing a federal
> >> crime. Your actions, according to news reports, had immediate,
> >> frightening ramifications for Dr. Jones.
> >>
> >> Your /WND/ article is akin to academic and intellectual terrorism.
> >>
> >> It is simply not possible to have either academic freedom or free
> >> speech when citizens of a country have to live in fear that their
> >> research or their words might lead to groundless attacks in the
> >> mainstream media that can threaten their careers or even lead to
> >> criminal charges against them.
> >>
> >> Your article placed Steven Jones' position at BYU in jeopardy,
> >> potentially exposed him to imprisonment and has soiled his reputation
> >> to a point that his career might very well be permanently damaged.
> >> Your article almost certainly also had an effect on BYU grant funding
> >> and has soured public perception of that fine institution of higher
> >> learning.
> >>
> >> And although BYU might not directly cite your article as the reason
> >> they have placed Dr. Jones on leave pending the results of their
> >> investigation into his behavior, your article caused intense scrutiny
> >> and criticism directed towards both Jones and BYU from both the
> >> public and media which has doubtlessly influenced BYU's decisions
> >> regarding Jones.
> >>
> >> I have many years of experience in the semiconductor industry and
> >> have crossed paths with a number of other analysts who will say or do
> >> anything to ensure their next paycheck. Forgive my cynicism, but
> >> your /WND/ article immediately brought to mind the "Gun-for-Hire"
> >> pieces so commonly seen in my line of work.
> >>
> >> Dr. Jones is a well respected, well known physicist. His early
> >> research into cold fusion was the only reason many physicists still
> >> took that field seriously after the Fleishmann and Pons media circus.
> >>
> >> You state that you find Professor Jones' positions "reprehensible and
> >> irresponsible." This emotive outburst demonstrates a lack of
> >> understanding of the scientific process.
> >>
> >> When searching for the truth behind any phenomena or event, a
> >> scientist must not rule out any possibility without supporting
> >> evidence. A scientist must especially be aware to not close his mind
> >> to any possible explanation due to emotional bias.
> >>
> >> Any so-call scientists who counter Dr. Jones by invoking words like
> >> "reprehensible" or "irresponsible" immediately discredit themselves
> >> as emotionally compromised regarding research on the topic at hand.
> >>
> >> In his paper "Why Indeed Did the WTC Buildings Completely Collapse?"
> >> and throughout his presentations to various groups, Dr. Jones
> >> intelligently and logically argues for a serious investigation into
> >> the possibility that the three World Trade Center towers were brought
> >> down by controlled demolition.
> >>
> >> In addition to the extremely peculiar *intergranular sulfidation*
> >> reported by FEMA that is impossible to explain as sourced from
> >> drywall, Dr. Jones' electron microprobe analysis revealed iron slag
> >> that, with little chromium, was clearly not structural steel. In
> >> that slag were abundant traces of manganese, potassium, aluminum and
> >> fluorine in addition to sulfur. Through wave-dispersive X-ray
> >> fluorescence, Dr. Jones has also found abundant zinc oxide, titanium
> >> and barium in WTC debris samples. In other words, the slag and
> >> sundry debris material look persuasively like Thermate residue; in
> >> fact, the evidence that Jones has uncovered looks like a Thermate
> >> fingerprint. Additionally, EPA's very peculiar discovery of
> >> 1,3-diphenylpropane in their WTC samples point to the possible use of
> >> a very specific form of thermate: sol-gel thermate.
> >>
> >> Dr. Jones has been primarily lobbying for more research into the
> >> hypothesis that the World Trade Center towers were brought down by
> >> controlled demolition. His evidence supports such a request.
> >>
> >> The truth is never endangered by additional, objective scientific
> >> inquiry. However, the truth can remain hidden for many years by a
> >> lack of scientific investigation and an absence of open-mined discourse.
> >>
> >> I am sure that Dr. Jones welcomes intelligent scientific discourse --
> >> in fact, his conclusions urge for it -- but no respectable scientist
> >> embraces the intellectual terrorist mentality that you bring to the
> >> table as evidenced by your World Net Daily piece.
> >>
> >> Dr. Jones is not responsible whatsoever regarding the statements of
> >> Dr. Fetzer or any other member of the Scholars for 9/11 Truth.
> >> Scientific and academic organizations loathe to control their
> >> members' opinions since discovery and genius often come from the
> >> person who thinks differently than the rest of the group. As United
> >> States citizens, we should instinctively feel similar towards free
> >> speech in general.
> >>
> >> As a Christian, one of my foundational beliefs is that people can
> >> change for the better. I pray that your support for academic freedom
> >> and free speech voiced in your letter truly signals a change of heart
> >> for you. However, I am afraid that irreparable damage has already
> >> been done to Dr. Jones and other innocent parties as a result of your
> >> World Net Daily article.
> >>
> >> Sincerely,
> >>
> >> Van Smith
> >>
> >> TRANSGUARD (Jonathon Moseley) wrote:
> >>> Dear Mr. Smith:
> >>> cc: Professor Jones
> >>>
> >>> I also sent a letter to BYU by email back in mid-August
> >>> urging them to ensure academic freedom and the freedom to debate
> >>> these issues publicly as American citizens. I sent a copy to
> >>> Professor Jones.
> >>>
> >>> From news reports this week, it appears that BYU is
> >>> concerned NOT about anything said through World Net Daily, but the
> >>> extreme statements made by Steven Jones himself and his organization
> >>> Scholars for Truth.
> >>>
> >>> BYU cites the "accusatory nature" of Jones' work in contrast
> >>> to a scientific inquiry as their concern.
> >>>
> >>> Neverthless, I have defended and do defend anyone's right to
> >>> debate these matters openly and to be able to engage in a public
> >>> discussion without fear or hesitation.
> >>>
> >>> I believe as a personal matter that Professor Jones'
> >>> positions are reprehensible and irresponsible, in that he has
> >>> accusing individuals in and out of government of 3,000 counts of
> >>> mass murder and treason with the slimmest of pretexts. The sulfur
> >>> from the gypsum drywall and from other sources is as likely to
> >>> account for sulfur traces as to indicate a criminal plot to commit
> >>> treasonous mass murder by public officials. The charges being made
> >>> against individuals who are unable to defend themselves (being
> >>> public figures subject to public discussion) are extraordinary and
> >>> extreme.
> >>>
> >>> It would be quite a different matter to analyze the steel
> >>> from the WTC -- as many have done -- from a scientific perspective.
> >>> But it is the conclusions of a criminal plot to murder 3,000 people
> >>> that is the point of departure.
> >>>
> >>> Furthermore, as a Board member of Scholars for Truth, I
> >>> believe that Steven Jones is responsible for everything that was
> >>> said at the Scholars for Truth event broadcast on C-Span hosted by
> >>> his organization.
> >>>
> >>> However, all of these matters should be openly discussed on
> >>> the field of ideas, not intimidated or restrained or muzzled in any
> >>> way.
> >>>
> >>> I believe that it would be infinitely worse to muzzle
> >>> discussion, or appear to be muzzling discussion, through any
> >>> administrative or employment action.
> >>>
> >>> Frankly, BYU would do more to reinforce and substantiate
> >>> Steven Jones' accusations by retaliating against him than anything
> >>> else could possibly do. Nothing could be worse in this or any
> >>> other debate than the appearance or reality of chilling speech about
> >>> possible government malfeasance.
> >>>
> >>> I strongly believe that the proper response to speech that I
> >>> or anyone disagree with is MORE speech, not less.
> >>>
> >>> Furthermore, no one can have a full and complete discussion
> >>> of anything important if no one is raising both sides of the
> >>> discussion. It would do a great dis-service if people cannot have a
> >>> frank and complete discussion. No one can have a debate if only
> >>> one side is debating. And therefore ideas can never be aired and
> >>> resolved.
> >>>
> >>> I wrote all of that previously to Jones' department at BYU in
> >>> mid-August, and I will again.
> >>>
> >>> Nevertheless, when someone accuses ofificials and individuals
> >>> of 3,000 counts of intentional mass murder, each of those counts
> >>> eligible for the death penalty, one must expect that such a public
> >>> position is going to be controversial. I think you overlook the
> >>> extent to which the issue is what Professor Jones and Professor
> >>> Fetzer are saying out of their own mouths rather than anything that
> >>> people are saying about them.
> >>>
> >>> Jon Moseley
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> Jon Moseley
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> -----Original Message-----
> >>> *From:* Van Smith []
> >>> *Sent:* Friday, September 8, 2006 05:17 PM
> >>> *To:*,,
> >>> *Cc:*,
> >>> *Subject:* Support for Dr. Steven Jones
> >>>
> >>> To the Esteemed Drs. Sommerfeldt and Stokes,
> >>>
> >>> My name is Van Smith. I am head of benchmarking for a major
> >>> designer of x86 microprocessors. I am also an R&D engineer for the
> >>> company.
> >>>
> >>> I have an international reputation as a computer technology analyst
> >>> and have held high profile positions for Inquest, /Tom's Hardware
> >>> Guide/ and my own site, /Van's Hardware Journal/. My work has been
> >>> frequently cited by IT news organizations like /The Inquirer/ and
> >>> /The Register/. My work has also created headlines in Reuters, /The
> >>> New York Times/, /PC Magazine/ and other major news publications.
> >>>
> >>> At its introduction, I was the only analyst in the world who
> >>> enumerated the precise flaws in Intel's Netburst architecture that
> >>> eventually led to the demise of the Pentium 4. I have been given
> >>> credit for my "Pentium 4 death by thermal density prognostication"
> >>> by a recent article published in /The Inquirer/.
> >>>
> >>> My investigation into computer memory intellectual property company
> >>> Rambus uncovered details that led to that company's recent FTC
> >>> conviction. One of my articles caused Rambus stock price to tumble
> >>> by over $150/share in one day according to a Reuters report.
> >>>
> >>> I also have a BS in Physics from Henderson State University.
> >>>
> >>> I have always had a great deal of respect for Brigham Young
> >>> University and this respect has been strengthened by the heroic work
> >>> of Dr. Stephen Jones who has conducted scientific investigations
> >>> into the tragic September 11th, 2001 collapses of the three World
> >>> Trade Center towers.
> >>>
> >>> In these politically charged times, it is keenly important for
> >>> academic leaders, like Dr. Jones, to independently confirm or
> >>> contradict official government explanations for such pivotal events
> >>> in our nation's history. The United States is a constitutional
> >>> democratic republic that inspired freedom throughout the world. In
> >>> our very special country, it is singularly important for our voters
> >>> to have information from many diverse sources at their disposal so
> >>> that voters can make wise, informed decisions at the polls.
> >>>
> >>> In America, knowledge and information is essential to freedom. Our
> >>> Founding Fathers codified that fact with the First Amendment to the
> >>> United States Constitution which guarantees the right to free, open,
> >>> public discourse on any topic.
> >>>
> >>> Our nation's President announced that September 11th launched the
> >>> onset of a 100 year War on Terror. Since then, in the name of
> >>> fighting terrorists, bipartisan U.S. Government actions have
> >>> severely eroded our freedoms originally secured by our nation's Bill
> >>> of Rights.
> >>>
> >>> With such radical Government actions, Americans must carefully
> >>> scrutinize whether or not the security measures our nation has
> >>> recently undertaken are worth the penalties that we are paying
> >>> through lost civil freedoms.
> >>>
> >>> And most importantly of all, we need to be absolutely certain that
> >>> the initial catalyzing events of September 11th are well understood,
> >>> investigated thoroughly and from many points of view.
> >>>
> >>> Dr. Stephen Jones has bravely taken a leadership role in the
> >>> academic and patriotic pursuit of providing independent scientific
> >>> investigations into exactly what happened on that horrible September
> >>> morning.
> >>>
> >>> Sadly, Dr. Jones has already paid a great price for conscientiously
> >>> carrying out his civic duty through his research. Shockingly, Dr.
> >>> Jones was the recent victim of scurrilous attack on the popular
> >>> conservative news site, /World Net Daily/. This reckless, vicious
> >>> hit piece not only jeopardized Professor Jones?s livelihood, but
> >>> also exposed Dr. Jones to the very real danger of imprisonment.
> >>>
> >>> Author and lawyer Jonathan Moseley accused Professor Stephen Jones
> >>> of committing the serious federal crime of calling for the violent
> >>> overthrow of the U.S. Government. Under pressure from its readers
> >>> and BYU itself, /World Net Daily/ reviewed the video cited by
> >>> Moseley and found no evidence to support Moseley?s damaging accusation.
> >>>
> >>> /World Net Daily/ has since published the following retraction:
> >>>
> >>> /Editor's note, Aug. 17, 2006: In paragraph four of this column, the
> >>> author makes an assertion about professor Steven Jones' remarks at a
> >>> 9/11 symposium broadcast by C-SPAN. A review of the program online
> >>> evidenced no such comments by Jones.
> >>> /
> >>> Moseley's article, along with the WND retraction, can still be found
> >>> here:
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> I am cc'ing Mosley and Professor Jones on this correspondence.
> >>>
> >>> The pursuit of the truth is the goal of all scientists and, having
> >>> to withstand the harsh scrutiny of mathematics, physics is possibly
> >>> the purest of all sciences. Physicist Dr. Jones has selflessly and
> >>> doggedly pursued the truth regarding perhaps the most important
> >>> topic in our lives. For his noble deeds, Professor Jones is being
> >>> viciously attacked for politically motivated reasons by parties like
> >>> Mr. Mosley who, themselves, have demonstrated that they have little
> >>> regard for truth.
> >>>
> >>> Any punitive action BYU takes against Professor Jones for his
> >>> metallurgic study of the WTC debris sets dire precedents inside of
> >>> academia. Scientific persecution during the European Dark Ages is
> >>> now recognized as institutional efforts to silence reasoning that
> >>> might have weakened the control of ruling organizations. Many of
> >>> Professor Jones detractors would like a return to those dark,
> >>> frightening, hateful, tyrannical conditions.
> >>>
> >>> As a university with an outstanding record in academic research and
> >>> higher education, it would be sadly ignoble if BYU signaled the
> >>> demise of modern academia by punishing Professor Jones, a modern
> >>> Galileo, for his scholarly quest for truth under fire.
> >>>
> >>> Agree or disagree with Professor Jones' conclusions, BYU must follow
> >>> his bold, patriotic, Godly lead in his pursuit of truth despite
> >>> living in a dangerously charged political climate.
> >>>
> >>> The Truth can withstand scrutiny; indeed truth must be subjected to
> >>> scrutiny lest it devolve into dogma.
> >>>
> >>> I have confidence that the great leaders of Brigham Young University
> >>> like yourselves, who are, no doubt, currently under pressure from
> >>> New Inquisition-style detractors, will make the right choices
> >>> regarding Professor Jones' heroic research. By supporting academic
> >>> freedom exemplified by Professor Jones' 9/11 work, BYU and its
> >>> leaders will go down in history for preserving the basic foundations
> >>> of scientific investigation.
> >>>
> >>> Sincerely,
> >>>
> >>> Van Smith

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Friday, January 16, 2009


Chip Giants Hammered By Economic Storm

The worldwide economic storm continues to hammer the computing industry. Chip maker AMD confirmed additional layoffs and pay cuts today:
AS WE REPORTED this morning, AMD has announced to employees they will be undergoing imminent layoffs and pay cuts.

A memo, reportedly sent out by CEO Dirk Meyer himself, detailed the extent of the chip firm's damage control, and AMD confirmed the numbers to the INQ moments ago.

AMD noted, "As a result of the continuing global economic downturn, we have determined that we need to take difficult, but prudent, actions designed to reduce our costs."

The statement continued "Beginning in February, we are undertaking several steps to lower costs, including temporarily reducing employee base pay and suspending some benefits programs."
At the same time, archival CPU vendor Intel announced that its Q4 profits crashed by 90%. According to The Register, worsening market conditions have forced Intel to postpone Lynnfield's launch yet again.

Asian motherboard makers say Intel will postpone the launch of its next mainstream quad-core processor line, code-named Lynnfield, according to DigiTimes.

In addition, the usually reliable Taipei news service reports that Chipzila will also postpone Lynnfield's companion chipset, the P55.

According to DigiTimes' sources, the chips - up until today set to launch in July - won't appear until August or September or until "an even later time depending on the market situation."


Circuit City to Close Its Doors

American electronics retailer Circuit City will be closing its doors as another victim crumbles beneath the weight of the ongoing global economic collapse.

The bankrupt US retail giant Circuit City will be fully liquidated after the company failed to find a buyer in time.

The company will be presenting the results of an auction for its assets at a hearing in US Bankruptcy Court in Richmond, Virginia later today.

Circuit City said in a statement that it will seek approval to begin the process to liquidate its assets.

"We are extremely disappointed by this outcome," said Circuit City vice chairman and acting president and chief executive officer James A Marcum. "The company had been in continuous negotiations regarding a going concern transaction.

"Regrettably for the more than 30,000 employees of Circuit City and our loyal customers, we were unable to reach an agreement with our creditors and lenders to structure a going-concern transaction in the limited timeframe available, and so this is the only possible path for our company."

Thursday, January 15, 2009


Cold Extends Icy Grip on U.S.

Brutally cold temperatures continued to maintain an icy grip on much of the U.S. today.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Bone-chilling cold settled in Thursday from the Midwest to the Northeast Thursday, bringing teeth-chattering misery with temperatures that sank as low as 47 below zero.


Israeli forces shell UN office

Israel bombarded the U.N. headquarters in Gaza today. The compound reportedly was struck about six times with either tank fire or artillery rounds, earning the outrage of the visiting U.N. chief.

After nightfall, shells landed near Gaza City's Quds Hospital, where many families had sought refuge, and the building caught fire, forcing staff to evacuate hundreds of people. According to a hospital medic, some patients were pushed down the street on gurneys; a few held white flags.

The destruction added to what aid groups say is a humanitarian crisis in Gaza and ratcheted up tensions between Israel and the international community even as diplomats indicated progress in cease-fire talks.

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni was departing Thursday night for Washington to discuss a Gaza cease-fire with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The United States and Egypt have been working to forge an agreement to end 20 days of bitter fighting.

The U.N. compound, made up of workshops and warehouses as well as offices, was struck about a half-dozen times over a roughly two-hour period while more than 700 civilians were sheltering there, said John Ging, head of Gaza operations for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency.

The civilians were huddling in the compound's vocational training center when it was struck by a tank round or an artillery shell, causing the three injuries, Ging said. Throughout this time, he said, U.N. officials were frantically contacting Israeli officials to urge an end to the firing on the U.N. compound.


Oil Tumbles Below $34 per Barrel

The price for a barrel of light, sweet crude fell to $33.41 today, approaching a five year low.
NEW YORK (AP) - Oil prices tumbled below $34 Thursday, closing in on five-year lows as employment claims rose and OPEC cut demand expectations for 2009.

"The bull oil era is officially over," said Phil Flynn, an analyst at Alaron Trading Corp.

Light, sweet crude for February delivery fell more than 10 percent, or $3.87, to $33.41 a barrel Thursday on the New York Mercantile Exchange. At one point prices fell as low as $33.20.

Crude prices have fallen so fast, the cost for retail gasoline has yet to catch up. Pump prices nudged up again overnight, but is likely to fall.

An oil industry report Thursday showed just how much energy use eroded over the past year.

For all of 2008, U.S. petroleum deliveries—a measure of demand—fell 6 percent to 19.4 million barrels a day, with declines for all major products made from crude, according to the American Petroleum Institute.

That trend appears to be ongoing this year, with millions now out of work and bad jobs data continuing to roll in.

The Labor Department reported first-time requests for unemployment insurance jumped to a seasonally adjusted 524,000 in the week ending Jan. 10. Analysts had expected 500,000 new claims.

An analyst with the Labor Department said the increase is partly due to a flood of requests from newly laid off people who delayed filing claims over the holidays.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Collapse of Mexico Imminent?

The El Paso Times cites a report by the U.S. Joint Forces Command on worldwide security threats that claims Mexico might collapse at any moment. Under almost constant siege from organized crime fueled by the drug trade, human smuggling and kidnapping, many Mexican government employees have been viciously slain in recent years.
The command's "Joint Operating Environment (JOE 2008)" report, which contains projections of global threats and potential next wars, puts Pakistan on the same level as Mexico. "In terms of worse-case scenarios for the Joint Force and indeed the world, two large and important states bear consideration for a rapid and sudden collapse: Pakistan and Mexico.

"The Mexican possibility may seem less likely, but the government, its politicians, police and judicial infrastructure are all under sustained assault and press by criminal gangs and drug cartels. How that internal conflict turns out over the next several years will have a major impact on the stability of the Mexican state. Any descent by Mexico into chaos would demand an American response based on the serious implications for homeland security alone."
The powerful and shadowy Council on Foreign Relations has expressed a desire to take the first steps toward creating a North American superstate consisting of the United States, Canada and Mexico by the year 2010. If its southern neighbor were to melt into chaos, the U.S. would almost certainly respond with security forces to protect itself from encroaching criminal activity. Combined with a collapsing economy, Americans might feel predisposed to absorb Mexico into a burgeoning superstate.

It is probably more than mere coincidence that Mexico is suffering turmoil at a time convenient to the CFR's schedule. Recently, a jet plane used by the CIA for torture rendition crashed inside of Mexico overloaded with cocaine. Langley spooks have a long history in the drug trade, false flag operations and in subverting governments. Mexico is ideal territory for their favored activities.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Record Cold Hits North Dakota

The AP reports today that portions of the Great Plains has been hit by record setting cold:

BISMARCK, N.D. – Residents of the upper Midwest bundled up or just stayed inside Tuesday as a wave of bitterly cold air barreled south out of the Arctic, following on the heels of a fast-moving blizzard.

Some schools closed because of the cold and temperatures hit the single digits as far south as Kansas and Missouri.

The coldest air spilled across the Canadian prairie into the Dakotas and Minnesota. Grand Forks, N.D., dropped to a record low of 37 degrees below zero Tuesday morning, lopping six degrees off the old record set in 1979, the National Weather Service said.

In northern Minnesota, it was 35 below zero in Roseau and 36 below in Hallock, with wind chills down to 45 below in Hibbing. Just to the north, Winnipeg, Manitoba, also hit minus 36, according to Environment Canada.

Thursday, January 8, 2009


Predictions for 2009

  1. The economy will continue to worsen throughout 2009. The U.S. will officially be in a depression by years end.
  2. After a few more months of deflation, the value of the dollar will become unstable and retract.
  3. Talk of dumping the dollar as the global reserve currency will accelerate while a North American currency dubbed the "Amero" will be proposed.
  4. A "major event" will occur soon after Obama is inaugurated.
  5. The Dow Jones Industrial Average will slide below 7,000.
  6. Housing prices will continue their decline.
  7. An event will occur in America that will be used to place a great deal of pressure on the Second Amendment.
  8. A false flag event officially and falsely attributed to foreign terrorists will be carried out inside the United States.
  9. A false flag event will be exposed, but mainstream media will try to ignore it.
  10. There will be major riots in the United States.
  11. Iran will be attacked.
  12. India and Pakistan will be provoked to the brink of war by various intelligence operations.
  13. A major war will begin that may eventually lead to a much broader conflict.
  14. The price of gasoline will remain low until the value of the U.S. dollar begins to slide.
  15. Federal troops will be deployed within the U.S. for the purpose of law enforcement, violating the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878.
  16. Talk of censoring the Internet inside the United States against broadly defined hate speech will erupt and build throughout the remainder of 2009.
  17. A major political activist will be jailed inside the United States.
  18. A major political activist will be slain inside the United States.
  19. A major U.S. politician will be assassinated.
  20. A well known entertainer will be jailed for political reasons provoking outrage.
  21. A major disease outbreak will occur.
  22. Globalist bankers and industrialists will be attacked in the U.S. as their role in the collapse of the the economy will become more widely recognized.
  23. The National ID Card will move to the forefront of discussion within the United States.
  24. As earth's climate continues to cool as predictied by heliocentric climate models and with more and more experts publicly expressing skepticism over manmade, CO2 driven Global Warming, popular support for carbon reduction initiatives wanes dramatically, particularly in the U.S.. Despite flagging support, the Obama Administration, with the support of a friendly Congress, successfully rushes through legislation to heavily tax the carbon emissions of coal fired power plants, resulting in higher electricity costs for most Americans.
  25. The college football BCS system will be abandoned in favor of a playoff system due to antitrust court case developments.
  26. All major CPU and/or GPU vendors will survive 2009, but layoffs will continue. At least one vendor will be in imminent danger of failure by the start of 2010.
  27. Linux will gain market share away from Microsoft despite the critical success of Windows 7.
  28. So-called "touch" interfaces will become popular in desktop and mobile applications.
  29. The line between "Netbooks" and lowcost thin-and-light notebooks will be blurred. This combined segment will experience explosive growth.
  30. ARM vendors' attempts to capture a slice of the netbook market will fail due to performance shortcomings and the depressed economy.
  31. Digg and reddit, two sites that once held great promise for furthering the cause of freedom and serving as springboards for revolution, decline into banal outposts of kitten photos, porn, pop culture and lunatic rants on wedge issues.

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Thursday, January 1, 2009


The First Day of a New Year

Kathy's grandmother died today in her sleep.

Soon afterward, Kathy and I saw two mature bald eagles perched on a tree at our large pond. Bald eagles are relatively rare around here and today is the first time we have ever spotted one on our property. It was a beautiful sight.

We will miss you, Grandma.


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