All Is Well: Keep Shopping

All Is Well: Keep Shopping

Oppressed cultures always see through the illusions of their authoritarian masters eventually and upon realizing their enslavement, revolt. But clever oligarchs all too often maintain their power by anticipating rebellions and controlling their flow. Ineffectual protests that fail to inconvenience the levers of power have become the norm, as have the “protest permits” that accompany … Continue reading

Lessons From The Nevada Desert

Lessons From The Nevada Desert

In 1989 a brilliant young technician named Bob Lazar snuck some friends into a top secret test flight at a classified military base no one had ever heard of. The juvenile mistake infuriated his superiors, and would lead him to become one of the greatest whistleblowers of all time. Lazar’s legendary television appearance with George … Continue reading

The Long Lens of History

The Long Lens of History

Investigative journalist Annie Jacobsen has authored six books addressing a military-industrial complex gone berzerk and desperate to cover up its actions. But her book on Area 51 seems to have made the biggest splash, expressing a very different and far more disturbing story of the infamous Top Secret base. The consensus history regarding the 1947 … Continue reading

A Leak Is Not A Hack

A Leak Is Not A Hack

Among its many other meanings, the word “hack” tends to signify the act of digital trespassing. But modern hackers don’t just break into computer systems. Hackers also employ creative genius to invent radically new methods of solving problems by thinking in unorthodox ways. Reducing malaria and increasing the efficiency of nuclear power plants are realities … Continue reading

One Giant Hoax For Mankind

One Giant Hoax For Mankind

As the corporate media focuses international attention on the 50-year anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, our knowledge of modern technological limitations forces us to ask how a live television broadcast was possible from 240,000 miles away in 1969. We’ve all seen live broadcasts where parties experience significant delay time between question and response … Continue reading

Garden City Guide to the Little Bigtown

Garden City Guide to the Little Bigtown

In his classic, A River Runs Through It, Norman Maclean writes, “The world is full of bastards, the number increasing rapidly the further one gets from Missoula, Montana.” Though historians don’t agree unanimously on the exact translation of the word “Missoula”, the trading post that started out as the “Hellgate Village” has come to be … Continue reading