Can We Thank the Manhattan Project for our Fluoridated Drinking Water?

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Thanks to our sparkling white smiles, it seems not many people question the efficacy of adding a toxic chemical compound to approximately 70% of American citizens’ drinking water. Of course, there are large numbers of loons and conspiracy nuts who have tried to sound the alarm about fluoride and its’ dangers but why would we listen to them? After all, if we ran headlong into every rabbit hole we stumble across, we’d hardly have any time left for football games and ‘Dancing with the Stars’.

As it turns out, a flurry of recent articles is shining a light on some declassified documents that were released back in 1997, suggesting that the early research that supported municipal water fluoridation were not fueled by an altruistic desire to promote public health (surprise!), but were in fact inspired by a much more predictable desire of the federal government to cover its collective ass in the face of litigation from private citizens and military defense contractors who were injured by the fluoride used in the U.S. nuclear weapons program back in the 1940s.

In fact, these documents indicate that a secret government program (Program F) was launched to surreptitiously collect blood samples from citizens of Newburgh, NY – one of the first fluoridated cities – in an effort to gather medical evidence that would help defend the government from lawsuits filed by the many people they had poisoned during the Manhattan project.

If this is news to you, don’t be surprised. The research that discovered these facts nearly 20 years ago was funded by the Christian Science Monitor, and was never actually published by them. Go figure.

The word is spreading, though, and many cities are now refusing to fluoridate their water due to public pushback. Much of the pushback may be due to false narratives and baseless anti-fluoride propaganda, but at least cities are making what seems to be the right choice – even if it may not be for all of the right reasons.

This video provides a good survey of the situation:

 

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German Professor Analyzes The Allure of ‘Conspiracy Theories’. Thanks Doc!

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Does it seem like conspiracy theories are becoming ‘cool’ again? Just a few decades ago they were all the rage, proudly bandied about by every hip young thinker, and if you weren’t down with the cause, that’s because you were a ‘square’.

Something happened, though, as we entered the 1980’s. Suddenly, it wasn’t cool anymore to question the established authorities. The only people who would suggest that our government and corporate oligarchs might be something other than wholly altruistic and morally unflappable were characterized as crackpots and denigrated on film and television.

Even as the passing years provided more and more validation to some of these earlier theories – with declassified documents indicating that, yes, the US government does appear to have been involved in drug trafficking, and yes, government agencies do appear to have conducted medical experiments on American citizens without their consent, and yes, the NSA does seem to have been involved in an ongoing clandestine effort to secretly monitor the conversations and transactions of private citizens – even still, ‘conspiracy theorists’ have been marginalized and treated as if they are somehow ignorant of the facts to which they frequently refer.

Of course, it doesn’t help that there is likely a concerted effort to pollute these conversations with intentional misinformation (like Richard Doty claims to have done in the UFO community).

Fortunately for conspiracy enthusiasts, President Trump has renewed the old interest, and conspiracy theories are becoming ‘cool’ again. (It’s interesting to note that U.S. presidents have a long history of being conspiracy theorists – particularly when it comes to centralized banking and the military industrial complex – all the way from George Washington to Dwight D. Eisenhower.)

Now,  Michael Butter,  a Professor of American Literary and Cultural History at the University of Tübingen in Germany, has shed some light on the topic during an interview with International Politics and Society. 

Professor Butter makes some salient points about governments having used conspiracy theorists in the past to help promote a particular narrative or reinforce an existing power structure. He also touches on the psychology appeal these theories can have to individuals in times when available information is confusing or chaotic, or in other words, “fake news”.

He offers a few interesting takes, with a special emphasis on the importance of critical thinking. We couldn’t agree more.

Did a Comet Impact Jumpstart Civilization 13,000 Years Ago?

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There have been numerous theories about the nature of human civilization in late pre-history. It’s been a major focus for countless archaeologists and anthropologists striving to come to terms with how civilized cultures – complete with complex socio-economic structures, religions, mathematics, architectural mastery, etc. – seem to have sprung up almost overnight more than 100,000 years after modern homo sapiens first appear in the fossil record. What were these intelligent, creative beings doing for all of this time before they finally wised up, settled into cities, and started keeping the records of their lives that would become our history?

Many people have been attracted to the work of researchers like Zechariah Sitchin, whose writings suggest that translated ancient Sumerian cuneiform tablets reveal that an intelligent humanoid species (the Annunaki) from another planet came to earth in antiquity and genetically modified the primitive hominids they found living here to use as slaves in their mining operations.

For those turned off by this “ancient aliens” approach to explaining the sudden dramatic transformation of human civilization in our ancient past, many take comfort in theories of pre-dilluvian (i.e. before the flood or “deluge”) civilizations like Atlantis or Lemuria. These civilizations may have naturally evolved to have advanced technologies and scientific understanding of nature before being suddenly destroyed in some sort of cataclysm (think Noah). These theories suggest that what appears to us to have been advanced civilization springing up out of nowhere was actually a re-awakening of an earlier civilization that was destroyed, leaving only scattered pieces of its legacy to be either remember by survivors or discovered by later researchers.

Now, a new discovery in the ancient site of Gobekli Tepe in southern Turkey, provides an alternative explanation that may be better received by mainstream academia. A recently translated stone tablet discovered at the site details the story of a comet striking the earth around 11,000 BCE, leading to planet-wide destruction, species extinction, and the rise of new human civilizations.

It’s an interesting discovery, and some readers may recognize the significance of this time period and it’s relationship to geological history and climate change (the Younger Dryas, anyone?). Also, those familiar with the work done by scientists like Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval on the Giza Plateau may also see some significance in this date, not to mention those familiar with the Gobekli Tepe site itself.

So, does this mean we can toss out the old alien intervention and Atlantis stories? Probably not. Even if this comet story can account for a sudden transformation in human civilization, there are still many unanswered questions, and many of our own historical records insist that humans did not make this progress on our own.

It’s just another piece in the puzzle.