Alistair Cooke talking about the Depression years.
“All Politics is Local – 1 November 2002
When I first arrived in this country if there was one thing I knew little about – and cared less – it was government and politics.
The previous year I’d been teaching school in Germany where a child with a swollen belly dropping on the streets from starvation was a common sight.
Being young and, I now realise, hideously callous, I came to think of these misfortunes as an irritation of normal life – as a baby thinks of its diapers, its nappies.
When I sailed into New York the next year, the United States – which was then in the very pit of the Depression – looked, by comparison, like the lively, prosperous America of the Rodgers, Hart, Gershwin brothers musicals.
After New York city I settled down in the university town of Newhaven, Connecticut, and it wasn’t long before I came to see that there was something very wrong and sad about the body politic.
Even a young student couldn’t go out in the evening without being solicited over and over by men in very proper business suits – could have been shop salesmen, company directors – and what they begged for now was “Please, a dime.”
However, I learned to thank my lucky stars – I was on what in those times was a very generous fellowship.
I did my bit by way of dispersing dimes and quarters to men twice, three times my age – and having no political conscience I got used to living in a society where one family in three or four had nothing coming in.”
Click on link below to listen to Alistair Cooke’s wonderful commentary.
The text can be found here.
In the mid 1980’s I was driving about California looking to a remote place to camp, the sparsest place I could find at the time turned out to be here… but It was crawling with guys wearing shades, black suits and muttering into wires. I had no idea what is was at the time, or had ever heard of it.
It has a statue of “Moloch” or whatever there seemingly, and Henry, Alan Greenspan and others used to frequent the place. It’s real. The local famous author Jack London was a member too, and I visited the Jack London museum with it’s “Happy Walls”at a later date. Anyone who lives in that area knows I am speaking the truth. Some (imho) foolish family members don’t believe me for whatever reason. Check out what the bible says on the subject material, and the “cremation of care”. Yep… that’s right on the money.
Basically, we need to relearn how to PARSE information… not simply copy and paste it to someone else. It’s a most important action every human individual needs to do. That is … separate what is established fact, what is possible and needs further investigation, and what is poppycock and b/s made to frighten you or take you in so you can be made to look like a fool. It’s most important you don’t just listen to the Tee Vee, or read the newspapers and believe what they tell you. They lie and are the tools of the elite to bend you to their will…. precious little more than that.
Here is an exercise in “parsing information” (see S.I. link below) , Was “Operation Paperclip” real? How about president Trump going through time travel back into the 19th century and leaving clues that he was going to be the best president ever ? I think that may be a little “far fetched”, but some of the “Trumpsters” may believe it. Whatever … there does seem to be a battle going on. You and I, sitting here … isolated … with the economy going down the tubes, is maybe part of that process. I have posted links where information can be parsed. You will almost certainly not get it 100% right, we are all human, and nor will I. We still need to separate the grain from the chaff though, as best we can. Any farmer will tell you that is not a perfect operation, even if you go through the process several times. An improvement will be made though, according to John Maynard Keynes, and he knew a thing or two about stock markets and monetary contracts.
The “Titanic” story is a good example. It was a Cunard passenger liner, part of the business that Alistair Cook mentions in his radio broadcast linked above. Again, you first need to throw out what you have seen on Tee Vee, or read as commentary in the newspapers, and look at the real information. The fact is (far as I know) that all shipping at the time used to travel a full speed, nearly all the time, as that is the only way a business would pay with the competition biting on their heels. The sister ship “Olympic” did have a ship crash into her from a phenomenon that was very similar to the QE2 crashing in Marthers Vinyard and was severely damaged. And that fictional book about a liner crashing into and Iceberg had been published a year or two earlier as well. The internet wasn’t around at the time, and what if you are a big shot with several problems on your mind? Very successful at finding solutions though?? Yeah, I would say the Titanic story warrants further investigation imho, and sorry we cant just trust what one guy says on this, especially me. We know where the Titanic is though, not sure if we have the story straight yet.
You are free to make your mind up as you wish where I am concerned. Entertain the doubts though. An open mind is a wonderful thing.