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The "vapor money" conspiracy that didn't work

[RAWfiles: I’ll make this paragraph the "kicker" for the article:
"Sometime in the last few years, Johnson and Heineman began reading
about mortgage elimination programs on the Internet. Such schemes
aren’t just a way to make money; they’re a longtime staple for
conspiracy theorists who claim the American monetary system is based on
a massive fraud perpetrated by a cabal of bankers. The godfather of
this movement is G. Edward Griffin, the founder of American Media, a
Southern California company that distributes books and videos about
conspiracies ranging from the banking system, to the September 11
attacks, to the secret society Skull & Bones. In the early 1990s,
Griffin published The Creature from Jekyll Island, the movement’s
bible, in which he claimed that ever since the United States replaced
the gold standard with paper money, the country has been plagued by
inflation, while banking elites print money out of thin air to secretly
enrich themselves."]

http://www.eastbayexpress.com/Issues/2006-04-05/news/feature_print.html

>From eastbayexpress.com

Originally published by East Bay Express 2006-04-05

Dirty Deeds
The Dorean Group promised hundreds of homeowners that their mortgages
would go away. Guess what? They didn’t.
By Chris Thompson

When Kurt Johnson and Dale Scott Heineman set up the Dorean Group in
late 2003, they promised homeowners that just by filing a few simple
documents with the county they could completely wipe out hundreds of
thousands of dollars in debt. Their theory was a gumbo of paranoid
conspiracies and self-help gibberish based on an idea known as "vapor
money."
According to this fantasy, which has a cult following, all
electronically transferred money is inherently fraudulent, the Federal
Reserve Bank is controlled by a secret bankers’ cabal, and gold and
silver are the only legal tender recognized by the Constitution. In
spite of the delusional quality of this argument, hundreds of
homeowners paid the two men millions of dollars to help eliminate their
mortgage debt.

Johnson and Heineman allegedly amassed a fraudulent fortune from
homeowners and lending institutions, depositing some of the funds in
offshore accounts, according to documents assembled by the Federal
Bureau of Investigation. On the blog where he has railed for months
about his fight with the feds, Johnson himself estimated that he and
Heineman made close to $5 million through their Union City operation.
Even while he was a fugitive from the law, Johnson published rambling,
almost-daily manifestos defending his scheme and declaring himself a
servant of the Lord working to thwart the agents of darkness.

Federal law enforcement officials, some of the agents of darkness
Johnson had in mind, say the two men presided over one of the most
ambitious national real-estate frauds in years. The officials claim
that the Dorean Group concocted an arcane, almost delusional racket to
fraudulently erase the mortgages of up to 574 homes around the country,
defrauding lenders of more than $94 million. Johnson and Heineman have
been charged with 68 counts of conspiracy, bank fraud, mail fraud, and
contempt of court. After six months in custody, the men are finally
approaching their day in court. And if a recent preliminary hearing is
any indication, it should be a colorful affair.

On February 17, in the Oakland courtroom of U.S. District Judge Lowell
Jensen, Johnson and Heineman were dressed in blue jumpsuits with
"Alameda County Jail" stenciled on the backs. Heineman, a skinny young
man who looked to be in his thirties, wore his hair in long, curly
brown locks; Johnson was fortyish, stocky, and bald. The men had
decided to represent themselves, and the judge was about to schedule a
hearing to make sure they understood how complicated that would be.
That’s when Heineman declared that his and Johnson’s purpose in court
was to expose the sinister secrets of American justice.

As Johnson stood quietly to the side, Heineman claimed that Jensen’s
court was a "supercilious, Machiavellian" star chamber that carried out
the orders of a mysterious, extralegal cabal. Judge Jensen, however,
still had a chance to reclaim his honor if he would open his heart to
"Christ Jesus."

Jensen briefly humored Heineman. "I think it’s a matter of individual
choice," he said. "We’re here on a matter of civil law, under civil
authority."

"The agency exists for you to administer justice under righteousness,"
Heineman retorted.

As Jensen soldiered onward, and outlined the next step in the trial,
Heineman had another point to make. "You also mentioned that we’re
human beings, and I wanted to verify that," he said. The government, he
explained, had declared its intent to prosecute the fictitious entity
known as the Dorean Group, as well as Heineman and Johnson. Yet
Heineman and Johnson weren’t fictitious entities, but human beings.
Heineman suggested the government, in some kind of grand existential
blunder, had indicted two abstractions. "I don’t believe the flesh and
blood human beings standing here are being tried or indicted," he
concluded.

In court, Heineman and Johnson seemed like colorful fanatics, but as
mortgage-elimination gurus, countless otherwise normal American
families went along with them anyway. They convinced hundreds of
homeowners that they could wipe out their mortgages with just a few
signatures on some fancy legal paperwork. Such is the superheated
housing market that hundreds of formerly law-abiding citizens were
offered an allegedly illegal scam to defraud their banks and said yes,
even though some will certainly lose their homes as a result.

Thanks to the surreal housing market, and an explosion of new forms of
credit, real-estate fraud has become a quiet epidemic. The FBI recorded
more than 21,000 cases of fraud last year – 600 percent more than in
1999 – but since two-thirds of the nation’s mortgage lenders didn’t
report the cases they discovered, the real number may be as high as
60,000. At least $1 billion was stolen from borrowers and lenders in
2005, and just this month the Mortgage Bankers Association urged
Congress to commit millions of dollars to a new effort to prosecute
mortgage fraud.

But there’s more to the story than greedy crooks and unsophisticated
borrowers. As the housing market reaches unprecedented levels, members
of the middle-class "ownership society" so celebrated by a certain
president are choosing to become crooks. When homes were worth
$100,000, there wasn’t as much incentive to welch on the mortgage. Now
that East Bay homes are worth about five times that amount, more
homeowners are tempted to imperil their futures on even the most
transparent cons.

"We’re seeing more real-estate fraud because we’re seeing more
real-estate activity," says Rachel Dollar, a Marin County attorney and
specialist in mortgage-fraud litigation. "More and more borrowers are
experiencing payment stress, and that’s when it happens."

Hundreds of Americans did business with the Dorean Group. No one knows
how many lost their homes or ruined their credit as a result. No one
knows how many marriages were destroyed by the stress. But the Dorean
Group isn’t the country’s only "mortgage elimination" business. A
Google search can find countless other groups promising that electronic
debt is illegal, and that they will help you erase it for a fee. If the
housing market cools, and interest rates rise, thousands of homeowners
who gambled on risky interest-only loans may feel pressured to fall
prey to such schemes.

Very little is known publicly about Kurt Johnson. He tried to call this
newspaper once from his Utah jail cell, but did not respond to further
requests for comment forwarded through his father, a South Bay
physician.

Kurt Johnson was born roughly 43 years ago in Trenton, New Jersey, but
his father declines to disclose anything else about his son’s
background. Johnson freely admits that in the early 1990s, he was
sentenced to almost six years in prison for securities fraud. He was
paroled after two years, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Sometime in the last few years, Johnson and Heineman began reading
about mortgage elimination programs on the Internet. Such schemes
aren’t just a way to make money; they’re a longtime staple for
conspiracy theorists who claim the American monetary system is based on
a massive fraud perpetrated by a cabal of bankers. The godfather of
this movement is G. Edward Griffin, the founder of American Media, a
Southern California company that distributes books and videos about
conspiracies ranging from the banking system, to the September 11
attacks, to the secret society Skull & Bones. In the early 1990s,
Griffin published The Creature from Jekyll Island, the movement’s
bible, in which he claimed that ever since the United States replaced
the gold standard with paper money, the country has been plagued by
inflation, while banking elites print money out of thin air to secretly
enrich themselves.

"I don’t think anybody in the movement is doing it because they’re
trying to get something for nothing," says Scot Runyon, spokesman for
the mortgage elimination business Li-Bo Enterprises. "They just know
they’re in a system that’s not working for anybody except those who
know you can turn money out of thin air. … You ever see the movie The
Matrix? Go back and look at it a couple times. That movie is a lot
deeper than most people think."

Like many other such businesses, Johnson and Heineman created the
Dorean Group to invalidate hundreds of mortgages based on this theory.
Homeowners gave the two men a fee ranging from $1,500-$4,500 and signed
their property over to them. Dorean representatives then sent the
lending institution a document, according to the federal indictment,
demanding that the lender prove "to the unilateral satisfaction of the
Dorean Group" that the loan was not based on fraud. Failure to respond
within ten days, the document added, constituted tacit assent that the
loan was fraudulent and

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another writer inadvertent prophesier

[Seasoned Robert Anton Wilson readers know of the many things he wrote
about in a satirical mind that "came true"…here’s another guy I
hadn’t heard of but now I feel like I gotta check him out. Dire
inadvertent conspiracy prophesying: it CAN happen "here"! -rmjon23]

————————————————————————— —–
Mal Karman’s conspiracy thriller proved prophetic. No time for ‘I told
you so,’ though — he’s on to Iran.
– Delfin Vigil, Chronicle Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 12, 2006

 The day Mal Karman found out he was a prophet, he reacted in the only
way the blunt Bronx native knew how. Honestly.

"Holy crap," the 52-year-old San Francisco journalist turned novelist,
filmmaker and apparently clairvoyant thought to himself. "How the hell
did I do that?"

It was the same question a traveling businessman asked him after
picking up a copy of "The Foxbat Spiral" (iUniverse Press), a political
thriller Karman wrote and published in 1980 that, among other things,
predicted a terrorist attack on American soil, described "Orange
Alerts" and revealed the identity of Watergate’s Deep Throat.

"This guy bought a copy of ‘The Foxbat Spiral’ at a used bookstore in
Chicago and after reading it tracked me down on the Internet and asked
how I knew all of this was going to happen," says Karman, who had to
dust off an old copy from the bookshelf to believe it himself. "The
truth is, I wasn’t trying to make any predictions. I was just trying to
tell a story."

Through the Authors Guild’s "Back in Print" series, which helps
republish out-of-print books that have renewed relevance, "Spiral" is
back in bookstores and now is being compared to Tom Clancy classics.
With an action-packed plot that revolves around the kidnapping of a
U.S. president and the bickering power figures in government
intelligence agencies competing to save him, "The Foxbat Spiral," reads
like a slam-dunk screenplay for a blockbuster action movie. Throw in
Harrison Ford or Clint Eastwood and Karman’s got a "Patriot Games" or
an "In the Line of Duty" that was actually written more than a decade
before.

"That was the problem," says Karman, who first wrote "Foxbat" as a
screenplay while giving the movie industry a go in the late ’70s. "Back
then, I was told by my agent that Hollywood wasn’t interested in making
political conspiracy movies."

On the advice of a Hollywood producer, Karman rewrote it as a novel and
within a matter of weeks had offers from several publishers.

"Suddenly, that first agent was returning all of my phone calls and
calling me sweetie," remembers a cringing Karman, whose career includes
co-writing an Emmy-award winning docudrama, foreign correspondence
reporting for Newsday, writing scripts for Saul Zaentz and working on
three feature films in Paris. He did a recent copy editing stint with
The Chronicle.

When "Foxbat" was originally published in 1980 by Dell/Delacorte, it
received plenty of good reviews, most of which focused on the book as a
vehicle for suspense and entertainment. But none could have foreseen
the political future that Karman uncannily described. Like the "Orange
Alert" declared in Chapter 6 by the Executive Committee of the National
Security Council the morning after the fictional president of the
United States is kidnapped. Or the scene in Chapter 20 where Karman
outs the FBI deputy director as Watergate’s Deep Throat. "Foxbat" also
portrays a self-defeating U.S. government aiding known enemies a la
Iran-Contra scandal and it depicts a competitive, counterproductive and
even childish relationship between the FBI and CIA during a time of
national crisis.

During the research for the book, Karman asked a former CIA agent what
would be off the charts as far as believable conspiracies. The agent
told him, "Hey — if you can imagine it, then it could happen."

It was apparently good advice, because much of what Karman imagines in
"Foxbat," back in 1980, certainly happened in the days following Sept.
11, 2001.

Consider how Karman describes the nation’s mood in the novel shortly
after a major act of terrorism on American soil:

"It undermined the very credo of Middle America — that our country was
invincible, that we were a nation indivisible. Out of this shattered
confidence came fear, and out of the fear paranoia … People were
frightened by the sight of strangers walking toward them on the
sidewalk … Only houses of worship seemed to offer safety, and they
filled up almost daily with those seeking relief. Every familiar street
corner and alleyway in every American city became a potential hiding
place for imagined snipers."

Karman’s inspiration for the book was his fascination with the
assassination of President Kennedy, and feeling that the complete truth
of how he was killed might never be known.

"I never believed for a minute that Oswald shot JFK on his own," says
Karman, who refers to a vast right-wing conspiracy throughout "Foxbat."
"Considering how big and unwieldy our government is I wondered if one
part could be working against itself. I mean, how would we ever know?
It’s like the mechanism for cover-up is automatically there. The
current administration has certainly shown that it can be done."

Although it’s not immediately obvious, Karman is a glass-is-half-full
kind of guy.

About the same time last year when the Authors Guild agreed to help
reprint "Foxbat," Karman was diagnosed with colon cancer, the same
disease that recently killed his father. Wasting no time feeling sorry
for himself, the health nut instead reacted much in the way he prepares
for his writing and film projects — through research and preparation.
After weeks of radiation and chemotherapy, Karman didn’t stop to pat
himself on the back. He was too busy practicing visualization
techniques, undergoing acupuncture, receiving psychic healings from a
Huichol Indian shaman and retreating to meditation circles at Mount
Shasta.

With a second operation scheduled soon, Karman hasn’t completely kicked
cancer’s butt — yet.

"Hey, life is what you make of it," says Karman, who is working on a
book based in Iran that just might have more prophetic powers, "and I
believe you have to make it happen."

E-mail Delfin Vigil at dvi…@sfchronicle.com.

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deary odysseus

YOU need to take this class, NOW:
http://www.maybelogic.org/petercrsCMB2.htm

And for Eris’ sake, get yourself a blog.

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The Fitz Hugh Ludlow Memorial Library: Lost To Unistatians

Having moved up to the Bay Area, I’d planned to visit this library,
which I first heard about via reading Terence McKenna. So I start to
Google it, and here’s three websites I read:

http://www.flashbackbooks.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fitz_Hugh_Ludlow_Memorial_Library

http://www.daileyrarebooks.com/ludlow.htm

I wondered: WHAT happened to this amazing collection? So I called
FlashBack Books in San Francisco and talked to Michael Horowitz, who
told me the library was open to the public from 1971-81, and then went
into storage, which became too expensive to maintain over the years
1981-2003, when most of it was sold to someone or some organization in
"Central Europe." Horowitz didn’t want to elaborate. In retrospect it
was obviously too rich for my blood any old way.

Too freakin’ bad. As the kids say these days, "It sucks being you (i.e,
me)."

Jeez, even our drug LITERATURE is leaving Unistat!

Loompanics kaput too.

Can’t says I blame it/them.

-rmjon23 da Berkeley
"I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid
conforming to my own taste."
-Marcel Duchamp

"Secret history is at least twofold. One part consists in the secret
corruptions, the personal lusts, avarices, etc. that scoundrels keep
hidden, another part is the ‘plus,’ the constructive urges, a SECRETUM
because it passes unnoticed or because no human effort can force it on
public attention."
-Ezra Pound

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Starry screens, UFOs and microscopes

"The difference between the sun and the stars, between the words in
books and on computer screens, is more than aesthetic. As we saw in the
previous chapter, the sun is a beacon of centralization, wheras the
stars, in Bruno’s time as in our own, are harbingers of a profoundly
decentralized humanity". (From the RAW-recommended ‘Digital McLuhan’ by
Paul Levinson, p102 in my copy)

This link between screens and stars comes from a chapter titled, ‘The
mind behind the screen’ – about "light-on" and "light-through" media.
"Light on" words in books, "light through" screens (eg TV and computer
screens). But also "light through" stained glass windows, blue sky and,
as in the above quote, starry night skies.

Another form of light-through media occurred to me – light through a
slide containing pond water as viewed with a microscope. The surprise
of seeing all that swirling, throbbing life in what, to the naked eye,
appeared as a drop of water. This would fit nicely, I think, into
Levinson’s picture of various light-through media giving "live"
appearances (eg TV) compared to "mummified" light-on media.

And when does the sky look alive? When it buzzes with UFOs, like in
those old woodcuts showing strange wheel-like and cigar-like shapes in
the sky. Or imagine cutting ‘n’ pasting a video of microscopically
viewed "live" pond water as sky backdrop to urban foreground.

Before I get carried away with this kind of thing, I’ll mention my
scepticism towards a lot of the stuff in Levinson’s book. I read his
descriptions of "acoustic space" and "visual space" several times, and
found both those terms redundant. Or, to put it another way, can anyone
give me short "glossary" entries which would explain how one could
distinguish between "acoustic space" and "visual space"?

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Reminder: Carnival of the Stark Fist deadline is May 1st

This is is just a reminder that the first issue of the Carnival of the
Start Fist is still accepting submissions, and the deadline is May 1st.

 From the House of MU
(http://houseofmu.blogspot.com/2006/04/announcing-start-of-carnival-of…

"What it is:
The Carnival of the Stark Fist will be a monthly roundup of various
Subgenius and fellow traveller blog entries for the previous month. It
will act as a supplement to the Stark Fist of Removal Online Magazine.

What it will contain:
I don’t want to get too restrictive or too loose with what will be
considered a "proper" Subgenius post, but in general rants, additions to
the Mythology, tales of "BoB" and related parables, Subgenius art,
Subgenius music, editorials and analysis of currents events that affect
Subgenii, editorials and analysis of Subgenii in the news (such as the
Rev. Magdalene affair), and really good and/or digusting porn will be
acceptable. Since whoever is hosting the carnival for a particular
edition will have full control over what is considered "Subgenius" for
the purposes of his edition, these are criteria are so much bullshit.
Ah, well. Derive slack from the adherence/heresy, OR KILL ME!

How to submit an article:
There are two ways to submit an article to the Carnival of the Stark
Fist. You can either email me the link to it here, or use the Technorati
tag "subgenius" in your post. The carnival will be posted on the 5th of
each month, and the deadline for article to be included in that carnival
is the 1st of that month. Only one article per blog per month will be
considered."

Please note that posts that are only tangentially related to the Church
of the Subgenius (and this is your opportunity to really stretch the
menaing of the word "tangent") will also be considered. Please submit!

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Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 and Dr. Salla's Exopolitical Fundamentalism

73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3
Eric Julien, Jean Ederman,
La Science Des Extraterrestres
http://tinyurl.com/rzptv

Dr. Salla needs to stop entertaining all comers
and exercise a bit more Ph.D. caution around
his exopolitical endeavours. PseudoScience is
just another face of religious fundamentalism.
What ever happened to the sheer love of pure
SCIENCE in our culture? Perhaps its day is yet
to come? Sadly… –Planet Jupiter

73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3
http://cometography.com/pcomets/073p.html
http://spaceweather.com/

Former Military Air Traffic
Controller Claims Comet Collision
with Earth on May 25, 2006
http://tinyurl.com/nt3ar

Eric Julien (aka Jean Ederman) is the author of La Science
Des Extraterrestres ("JMG Publications, France, 2005)
which is currently being translated into English as
"The Science of Extraterrestrials". He has worked
professionally in the French aviation industry.
While a military air traffic controller at Reims Air Base,
France, he tracked a UFO travelling at 15,000 knots/hr.
He is also a certified director of international airports
(Airport Senior Manager) recognized by the National School
of the Civil Aviation and Airports of Paris. He gained
international public attention as the organizer of the
internet referendum asking the question: "Do You Want
Extraterrestrials to Show Up." He is currently
completing a book of his various experiences with
extraterrestrials since 1977 including his most recent
communications and physical contacts. What follow below
is the cover and back page of his book, and links to
reviews or articles concerning his book.
http://www.exopoliticsinstitute.org/EricJulien-En.htm

Mini-Comets Approaching Earth 03.24.2006
http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2006/24mar_73p.htm

A cometary "string-of-pearls" will fly past Earth in May 2006
giving astronomers a fantastic view of a dying comet.

March 24, 2006: In 1995, Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 did
something unexpected: it fell apart. For no apparent reason,
the comet’s nucleus split into at least three "mini-comets"
flying single file through space. Astronomers watched with
interest, but the view was blurry even through large
telescopes. "73P" was a hundred and fifty million
miles away.

We’re about to get a much closer look. In May 2006 the
fragments are going to fly past Earth closer than any
comet has come in more than twenty years.

"This is a rare opportunity to watch a comet in its
death throes–from very close range," says Don Yeomans,
head of NASA’s Near Earth Object Program at JPL.

There’s no danger of a collision. "Goodness, no,"
says Yeomans. "The closest fragment will be about
six million miles away–or twenty-five times farther
than the Moon." That’s close without actually
being scary.

The flyby is a big deal. "The Hubble Space Telescope will
be watching," says Yeomans. "Also, the giant Arecibo radar
in Puerto Rico will ‘ping’ the fragments to determine their
shape and spin." Even backyard astronomers will be able to
take pictures as the mini-comets file through the
constellations Cygnus and Pegasus on May 12, 13 and 14.

Ironically these comets, so nearby, will not be very bright.
The largest fragments are expected to glow like 3rd or 4th
magnitude stars, only dimly visible to the unaided eye.

"Remember," says Yeomans, "these are mini-comets."
They’re not like the Great Comets Hyakutake and Hale-Bopp
of 1996 and 1997. Those could be seen with the naked
eye from light-polluted cities. The fragments of 73P,
on the other hand, are best viewed from the
countryside–and don’t forget your binoculars.

The number of fragments is constantly changing.
When the breakup began in 1995 there were only
three: A, B and C. Astronomers now count at least
eight: big fragments B and C plus smaller
fragments G, H, J, L, M and N. "It looks as
though some of the fragments are themselves
forming their own sub-fragments," says Yeomans,
which means the number could multiply further as
73P approaches. No knows how long the "string of
pearls" will be when it finally arrives.
(Note added April 10, 2006: Astronomers are
currently tracking 19 fragments.)

Bonus: There could be a meteor shower, too.

This is very uncertain, indeed, forecasters consider
it unlikely. But an expanding cloud of dust from the
1995 break-up of the comet could brush past Earth in
May 2006 producing a display of meteors.

Astronomer Paul Wiegert at the University of
Western Ontario has studied the possibility:

"We believe the cloud is expanding too slowly to
reach Earth only eleven years after the break-up,"
he says, "but it all depends on what caused the comet
to fly apart–and that we don’t know."

"The most likely explanation is thermal stress,
with the icy nucleus cracking like an ice cube
dropped into hot soup: the comet broke apart as
it approached the Sun after a long sojourn the
frigid outer solar system," he explains. "If this
is truly what happened, then the debris cloud
should be expanding slowly, and there will be no
strong meteor shower."

On the other hand, what if "the comet was shattered
by a hit from a small interplanetary boulder?"
A violent collision would produce faster-moving
debris that could reach Earth in 2006.

Wiegert expects to see nothing, but he encourages
sky watchers to be alert. It wouldn’t be the first
time a dying comet produced a meteor shower:

"One outstanding example is comet Biela, which was
seen to split in 1846, and had completely broken
apart by 1872," he says. "At least three very intense
meteor showers (3000-15000 meteors per hour) were
produced by this dying comet in 1872, 1885 and 1892."

Assuming a thermal breakup for 73P, Wiegert and
colleagues have calculated the most likely trajectory
of its dust cloud. Their results: dust should reach
Earth in 2022, "producing a minor meteor shower–nothing
spectacular. However," he adds, "the ongoing splitting
of the comet means new meteoroids are being sent in
new directions, so a future strong meteor shower from
73P remains a real possibility."

The watch begins on May 12th.
http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2006/24mar_73p.htm

Author: Dr. Tony Phillips | Editor: Dr. Tony Phillips | Credit:
Science@NASA

References
Sky maps: May 12,
http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2006/images/73p/skymap_north_12may…

May 13,
http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2006/images/73p/skymap_north_13may…

May 14.
http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2006/images/73p/skymap_north_14may…

Comet fragment ephemerides — from JPL
http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/db_shm?sstr=73p&group=all&search=Search

The t Herculid meteor shower and Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3
http://aquarid.physics.uwo.ca/%7Epbrown/taus.pdf

Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 — a history of observations
http://www.cometography.com/pcomets/073p.html

Comet 3D/Biela — a comet that broke apart in
1846 and subsequently produced three strong meteor showers.
http://www.cometography.com/pcomets/003d.html

The Vision for Space Exploration
http://www.nasa.gov/missions/solarsystem/explore_main.html

Mini-Comets Approaching Earth
http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2006/24mar_73p.htm

Bedtime For DNA Fantasies: Article

— Michael Tellinger wrote:
> Food for thought it certainly
> is. Who were all these angels?
> Who were the other gods?
> Who were all the angels
> milling around? Where was the
> other realm with immortal beings?
> http://www9.nationalgeographic.com/lostgospel/_pdf/GospelofJudas.pdf
> Slave Species of God. A provocative
> book about the origins of humankind
> by Michael Tellinger. Please visit my
> website: http://www.slavespecies.com

"Everything is preceded by the
shockwave of its coming." –TM

"… the unbearable pity for the
suffering of mankind." Ingo Swann*

Bedtime For DNA Fantasies

Before the Dawn:
Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors
by Nicholas Wade

Much is known about the physical evolution
of humans from their divergence from chimps
5 million years ago to the emergence of modern
people 50,000 years ago. But scientists still
have scant clues about how men and women lived
during much of that time. Wade, a science
writer for the New York Times, reports that
genes provide clues to the development of such
human traits as language use, communal living,
and cognitive functioning. Homo sapiens
shifted from foraging to tending crops and
animals. Signs of the transformation lie in
genes acquired at that time for digesting
cow’s milk and tolerating cold weather.
Genetics also explains, in part, bonding
between a man and a woman, the emergence of
racial differences, and the human propensity
for warfare, writes Wade. In a book certain to
be controversial, the author has synthesized
much of the science that attempts to explain
how modern people became human.
Penguin, 2006, 320 p., hardcover, $24.95.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594200793/002-0240267-2989656?v=gla…

Editorial Reviews | From Publishers Weekly:
Scientists are using DNA analysis to understand
our prehistory: the evolution of humans; their
relation to the Neanderthals, who populated Europe
and the Near East; and Homo erectus, who roamed the
steppes of Asia. Most importantly, geneticists can
trace the movements of a little band of human
ancestors, numbering perhaps no more than 150, who
crossed the Red Sea from east Africa about 50,000
years ago. Within a few thousand years, their
descendents, Homo sapiens, became masters of all
they surveyed, the other humanoid species having
become extinct. According to New York Times science
reporter Wade, this DNA analysis shows that evolution
isn’t restricted to the distant past: Iceland has
been settled for only 1,000 years, but the inhabitants
have already developed distinctive genetic traits.
Wade expands his survey to cover the development of
language and the domestication of man’s best friend.
And while "race" is often a dirty word in science,
one of the book’s best chapters shows how racial
differences can be marked genetically and why this is
important, not least for

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fnords in the Daily Scotsman

http://news.scotsman.com/scitech.cfm?id=616352006

Lazy Guide to Net Culture: Pining for the fnords
Stewart Kirkpatrick
 (skirkpatr…@scotsman.com)
If you want to appear like you’re at the cutting edge of net culture
but can’t be bothered to spend hours online, then never fear.
Scotsman.com’s pathetic team of geeks, freaks and gimps will do the
hard work for you. While you sip wine, read a book or engage in normal
social interaction, they will burn out their retinas staring at badly
designed web pages and dodge creeps in chatrooms to prepare for you:
Scotsman.com’s lazy guide to net culture.

Sometimes the internet disappoints you.

(This is not just because of the limited view of the web I am afforded
from my work PC, an underpowered calculator running software coded on
papyrus, connected to the outside world by a second-hand 2.8k modem).

I have commented in the past on the laziness of conspiracy theorists.
They build up fantastical constructions of interconnected unlikelihood
then, instead of ending their creations with a flourish, they end on
"and the Masons did it". How dull. How predictable. I mean, make an
effort. Can’t somebody blame wombats for once? Or traffic wardens?

What I was hoping for was inventive use of the word "fnord". "Of
course," I hear you say.

For the uninitiated (metaphorically speaking), a fnord is – according
to Wikipedia – "the typographic representation of disinformation or
irrelevant information intending to misdirect, with the implication of
a conspiracy."

Hope that clears things up.

In the fictitious(?) Illuminatus Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson and
Robert Shea, we are programmed by our secret rulers not be able to
consciously see the fnords, but we are still negatively affected by
them. In fact they cause feelings of puzzlement and aversions. They are
placed in various locations and media to stop us properly processing
the information around us and understanding what is going on. To
explain, this article could be littered with fnords but you would not
be able to see them. But you would be overcome by feelings of confusion
and tedium. Uncanny, isn’t it?

(Of course, the word for this phenomenon is not itself "fnord", as we
can see "fnord". In fact the real word is " ".)

Now this is promising ground: secret codes hidden in plain sight that
control our thoughts. I expected great things from the online
community.

After a promising start – a reworking of the Ford logo, it all fell a
bit flat. I think the problem is that I drew up my own fnord wishlist
and then couldn’t find any sites that fitted the bill.

If there are any dedicated conspiracy theorists out there who want to
build them, here are the fnord-related sites I long to see.

Fnordnance survey
A clickable map showing "Illuminati" activity around the world. We
could call the epicentre of evil deeds carried out by the rulers of the
world the fnord pole. (My money’s on Slough.)

Fnordly splendour
An online interiors magazine for those interested in the lifestyles of
the rich and sinister. Every week we would be invited into home of an
Illuminatus and shown what decorative splendours they have achieved
using the wealth sucked from their slaves. And then we would be
subjected to alien experiments and our memories would be erased.

Fnord Knox
A map of the secret hideaway where the hierophants keep all their gold.

Fnordy winks
A conspiracy page revealing that the secret symbols are designed not to
make you uneasy and pliable but, rather, encourage you to have a nice
kip. (The conspiracy would then point the finger at a cabal of pillow
manufacturers.)

Fnords and ladies
A gallery of intimate pictures. Hey, this is the internet so we need
something to cater to the one-handed surfers.

Fnord recognition chart
An illustrated guide to the various words and symbols the secret
government use to control us. Actually, I did find one of these. I
reproduce it here:

(Don’t you think the second one on the right looks spookily like Gary
Lineker?)

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The only Wilson book I've never read

And get a load of the cover! Reminds me of John Willie’s _Bizarre_
stuff:

http://www.rawilsonfans.com/images/book-covers/fiction/photos/photo_1…

I told RAW I was never able to track down a copy of this and he said I
definitely wasn’t missing anything. But some of the wittier parts were
later incorporated into _Schrodinger’s Cat_… I bet it’s a lot better
than RAW remembers it. Will any of us ever find out? Has anyone reading
this message read _The Sex Magicians_?

The suggested plot of _The Sex Magicians_ – suggested from reading the
cover – reminds me of Charles Platt’s anarchic novel _The Gas_, which
used to be sold by Loompanics. (Or maybe it still is?) Platt
interviewed RAW for his book _Dream Makers, vol 2_, and I think it was
Eric Wagner who told me RAW told him that Platt was not a friendly
interview. Indeed Platt seems kinda like a dick, but perhaps I’m
reading too much into him. Last I heard he was pushing the anarchic
possibilities of the Net. Honest work.

(I own a pristine copy of _The Gas_, and if anyone out there has _The
Sex Magicians_ I’ll trade ya straight up. Or maybe we can broker a
deal. The condition of the copy is no problema, as long as all the
pages are there and intacta.)

Sometimes I imagine where copies of _The Sex Magicians_ actually exist
in space/time. I see at least fourteen copies slowly moldering in old
personal libraries all across the US, mostly along the West Coast,
pushed back behind other, fatter dry-and-dusty hardcover books on auto
mechanics and a Guinness Book of World Records 1976 edition. When will
your dad finally go in there and get rid of poor ol’ grand-dad’s old
stuff? All those mildewy old disgusting BOOKS he has clogging every
cranny of the place. We could have a nice rec room, and Mitch and I…

You ever stack flat old paperbacks? You can only get ‘em so high before
the stacks teeter. Your cat jumps up on the table and they fall over.
There’s at least ONE copy of _The Sex Magicians_ stacked in this
manner, somewhere in British Columbia. Fourth from the bottom in a room
with a very high ceiling. Who owns that copy? And why is it stacked
directly below a beaten copy of _Portnoy’s Complaint_?

A couple are for sale in little plastic envelopes in a "porno" section
of some curio shop in the weird section of a big town. Not more than a
few feet away is a copy of _The Naked Archer_, by "Stella Gray.":

http://www.bodyinmind.com/cgi-bin/frames.cgi?

ONE copy is in good condition and on display in a bookstore window,
right now! But it’s in Tokyo…

I’ve seen a few in carboard boxes in basements and attics. Their spines
are tattered, the acids added to the pulp paper the book was printed
with make you wonder that, if you dug that one out of the box over
there and opened the cover if the pages wouldn’t just fall out and
float down under the couch. This pisses me off. The increasingly
burnt-orange color the nearer to the edge of the page, the visible
specks of wood in the paper. The book even smells sorta sick, but don’t
know about you, I get used to the smell. You bend the lower right hand
corner of page 23 from the one in upstate Connecticut and the paper
freakin’ BREAKS off in your hand! This would’ve never happened to ANY
book, ever (for all intents and purposes) if they hadn’t outlawed hemp,
as RAW writes about in _Chaos and Beyond_.

Anyone got a line on the name "Rhoda Chief"?

There are only around 959 surviving copies of that all-starred RAWbook.
The ones that were recycled or found their way to landfills have become
part of the biosphere now, and it seems statistically quite certain
that one of us has inhaled an atom or two of one of the kaput copies;
_The Sex Magicians_ has been literally a "part" of one of us.

I have not worked out to personal satisfaction the equations that show
a probablility that an atom from the book made it out of the solar
system, possibly heading towards Sirius B.

I liked the biopic _Kinsey_ from a few yrs ago, but I’d rather see one
on Masters and Johnson, directed by David Cronenberg. I think it might
approximate some of the surrealistic humor of the sex researchers stuff
from _Schrodinger’s Cat_. I ask for the sky quite often.

Until then there’s always Jodorowsky.

-rmjon23
Berkeley, Unistat
"Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s
too dark to read."
-Marx

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The Naked Archer, by "Stella Gray" (cover + others)

(Gomen nasai/Scooz preez!: don’t know why the link from the other post
flaked on me. – rmjon23)

http://feralhouse.com/press/sin-a-rama/excerpts/covers.html

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