("Quid coniuratio est?")
P O T P O U R R I
This past week (Dec. 1-7, 1996) we heard that "experts" are deciding that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) is too high and should be lowered by about 1 percent. One effect of this CPI lowering will be a decrease in Social Security payments. Local radio program "News From Neptune" points out another aspect in this, that this lowering of the CPI will enable other "experts" to "prove" that "the economy is good."
In the latest issue of the monthly, hardcopy Conspiracy Nation newsletter, mention is made of Adolph Hitler's "Big Lie" technique. In that issue I suggest one of the current "big lies" is that "the economy is good." With a lowering of the CPI, this falsehood is enabled to be propped up: "proof" is now forthcoming that, regarding today's workers, "no, it turns out that they don't have to work longer than their parents to achieve the same standard of living after all; see, here's 'proof' based on the lowered CPI."
Look for "experts" to appear in the future "proving" that "the economy is good" based on wooden-leg CPI figures.
The newsfakers argued this past week that, for example, people are not buying new cars as often and therefore high prices for new cars are not what they seem. Yet this is a "chicken or egg" argument (a la "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?"): people don't buy new cars as often because they can't afford the new cars! It's not like it's some new chic lifestyle choice to drive the same car past 100,000 miles.
In CN 9.77, mention was made of the enfuriated reader who believed that the Rev. Chiniquy and Jack Chick were actually the same person. Responding to my scoffing, the enfuriated reader responded:
Oh yeah? Then who is this Chiniquy guy? Why does Chick hold the copyright on Chiniquy's book? How can Chick hold the copyright on a book that he didn't write? Chiniquy<-->Chick: can you say "pseudonym?" Care to put your money where your mouth is with a little wager? How about 25 bucks, donated to the winner's favorite charity, that the book WAS written by Chick. Game?
As it turns out, I should have taken "ER" (Enfuriated Reader) up on the proposed wager. For I now have in my possession an ancient, mouldering book (the kind whose pages you must turn carefully, lest they crumble), entitled Fifty Years in the Church of Rome by Rev. Charles Chiniquy, St. Anne, Kankakee County, Illinois. The copyright is from the year 1886. I have photocopied the relevant pages, and am prepared to send said copies to "ER", should he still wish to wager on the matter.
Say good-bye to "dry spells"; I have a copy of the Congressional Record from 1910, from which I ought to be able to extract items of interest to conspiratologists. Here is one: Congressional Record, House, Jan. 26, 1910, p. 1043.
[Regarding HR 13410, Mr. Hull of Iowa states] Mr. Speaker, this only changes the present law to conform to the recent laws as to the militia and volunteers. When the Articles of War were adopted by the Congress, the militia included all able-bodied males between the ages of 18 and 45. Now we have a law organizing what is called the "organized militia" or "national guard." This bill puts in before the word "militia" the word "organized." In addition to that it recognizes what our volunteer law recognizes as a third line, called the "volunteers" and it simply adds the words "or volunteers"...
DON FREED: Killing Time is a study made by a group of researchers, and published by MacMillan, which attempts to substitute an idiom or an alphabet of forensic timelines -- of facts -- in place of the temper tantrum of race and rage which greeted the jury verdict.
We first create a timeline. And we ask the question, and the reader is in the place of the juror. And you follow the blood-red footprints into the murder killing time -- into the timeline. And if you find that Simpson could not be in that killing time, that there is "something wrong" (in Dr. Henry Lee's words), then you have no choice but to look at other possibilities, other scenarios.
SHERMAN SKOLNICK: What other scenario, for example?
DON FREED: For example, organized drugs and vice in the wealthy west side of Los Angeles.
SHERMAN SKOLNICK: Which are known to the authorities, and were known to Judge Lance Ito through his police captain wife, Margaret York, who was in charge of internal investigations in the L.A. police.
DON FREED: That is true. And one of the first reports linking the killings in Brentwood to other murders in the same lifestyle circle -- cocaine -- was the Chicago reports from your headquarters. [Mr. Skolnick chairs the Citizens' Committee to Clean Up the Courts, in Chicago.]
SHERMAN SKOLNICK: In other words, is it possible that what they claim is his special footprint there, in the blood, that he could have come on the scene after the crime was committed?
DON FREED: That's one of the possibilities. And we have about a half a dozen options for the reader and the juror to follow.
SHERMAN SKOLNICK: Do you raise that question, that he could have come on the scene after the murder?
DON FREED: Yes, we do. On the scene before, or during, or after.
SHERMAN SKOLNICK: But not having committed it [the murder(s)].
DON FREED: That is right. And we also pose the question that, since we do not know who the killer was, we do not know who the target was. And that could be Mr. Goldman, it could be Ms. Simpson, it could have been Ms. Resnick, the house guest, or it could have been O.J. Simpson himself.
I think you have been on the right track from the beginning. I think we're looking at a corner of the canvas of big-time sports and sports gambling, which involves big-time narcotics.
SHERMAN SKOLNICK: The public has to know that in the early '70s, you helped edit a book on the corruption and dirty business of the L.A. Police intelligence, called The Glass-House Tapes. What do you make of the judge's police captain wife, who was liaison to DEA, to Drug Enforcement?
DON FREED: That's right. And that is why, I think, neither the prosecution, the defense, nor the judge, wanted to get anywhere near drugs.
SHERMAN SKOLNICK: But the point is that you believe that many of those involved in the trial knew what was really involved.
DON FREED: Well I think so, including some of the lawyers and investigators!
SHERMAN SKOLNICK: What do you make of one of the victim's father, Fred Goldman? That's screaming all the time?
DON FREED: He interrupted me on "Larry King Live" [Cable news program] with a furious monologue. And I told him that I understood his position but that he had no monopoly on justice, and that we have to start from scratch. And the fact that his son may have been the target in no way justifies his murder.
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