The Elon

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What is the likelihood of von Braun predicting the coming of Elon Musk and Musk’s SpaceX Mission to Mars?

Could it be that Elon was familiar with Wernher von Braun’s books, and decided to link craft his own aspiration for space travel with his predecessor.

Who is the “Elon” in Wernher von Braun’s Project Mars: A Technical Tale and how is the character similar to the “real” Elon Musk?

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Called by the New York Times as “one of the most successful and important entrepreneurs in the world,” Elon Musk, like von Braun, showed an early proclivity toward what would be his chosen profession, technology, having taught himself programming at the age of twelve. With one successful technology business venture after another, Musk sought to push the boundaries of technology to include space travel, based on his core belief that this quest represents the strongest chance of human survival. Von Braun also believed that “nature does not know extinction; all it knows is transformation.

Von Braun’s choice of ‘Elon” for his main character’s name could be related to the word’s ancient roots; three people carry the name “Elon” in the Old Testament, and the word translates into oak, or grove of oaks in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek; the name also has African roots meaning “god loves me” and spirit. Von Braun was known for belonging to a tradition of scientists who believed in a higher power, and it is said that Elon Musk, while not espousing to have any specific spiritual beliefs, has been quoted  as saying he uttered a prayer before a Falcon 1 launch, asking for any listening entities to bless the mission.

In addition, the two represent a belief in the critical importance of life on other planets. Von Braun’s theories have stood the test of time, with many having been adopted into the current space race to the red planet. Musk’s interest in Mars began in 2002 when he looked to NASA for information on plans for Mars, but failed to find any.

Similar to von Braun who spearheaded the Saturn V project under the Kennedy administration, Musk envisioned a mission to Mars in order to “spur the national will.” Undoubtedly, Musk must have been influenced by von Braun in the creation of his private Mission to Mars, an ambitious enterprise designed to build a “thriving city and self-sustaining civilization” that are eerily similar to von Braun’s writings.

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Beyond the quest to travel to Mars, both seem to share similar ideas around the existence of extraterrestrial species. In his 1969 Mars proposal, von Braun posed this question: “Perhaps the single, most consuming scientific question of the space program is: ‘Does extraterrestrial life exist in our solar system?’” Elon Musk has stated that academic studies on aliens have made him consider the push to colonize Mars, and other planets, even more important.

It has also been noted that the illustrations on the cover of Project Mars bear a strong resemblance to Musk’s Interplanetary Transport System. Others have noted both von Braun’s and Musk’s shared quest for “giant leaps” and the shared desire to scale enormous steps that often result in failure. Musk has been often quoted as saying, “If things are not failing, you are not innovating”; von Braun once declared that “I have learned to use the word ‘impossible’ with the greatest caution.” In 2009, Elon Musk was awarded the National Space Society’s Von Braun Trophy for his contribution and leadership in the space industry.

Will Elon Musk succeed where Wernher von Braun only dreamed? Will we see a city established on Mars in our lifetime? If Musk has anything to do with it, the answer lies in his bold timeline for Mars colonization, one that is set to take place by 2050.

While von Braun and Musk never met in real life, one would be hard-pressed to ignore the many alignments between the two. Unless a secret space program happened to exist…

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Walt Disney World

Here is the complete original film from Walt’s “Epcot / Florida Film” – a 24 minute preview to EPCOT that Walt recorded on October 27, 1966 – just a few weeks before his death. With help from models, concept art and animation, he outlined, for the media and interest groups, his plans for the Florida Project – Disney World and especially the details for EPCOT. This film was shown only to those limited groups in 1967 and on very very few occasion ever since.

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Walt Disney was a 33rd-degree mason. He uses subliminal messages in his cartoons, movies, and advertising. Disney also has a strong interest in “magic” (an occult religious concept), as well as the introduction of Illuminati symbolism. Researchers who have attempted to publish these truths on a large scale have been prevented from doing so since Disney is one of the most powerful media corporations in the world.

Another story goes that Jean Lafitte, a notorious pirate of the Caribbean, used some of the money he stole to build the Haunted Mansion. Afraid that his naive new bride would find the rest of his ill-gotten riches and discover his dark past, Lafitte hid the rest of the stash on nearby Tom Sawyer Island. But his bride discovered the truth and killed him, leaving his corpse to hang from the rafters of the mansion.

Jack Parsons

Marvel Whiteside “Jack” Parsons was an American rocket engineer and rocket propulsion researcher, chemist, and Thelemite occultist. Associated with the California Institute of Technology, Parsons was one of the principal founders of both the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Aerojet Engineering Corporation.

The predecessor to NASA was a young talented rocket scientist, Jack Parsons. Werner von Braun claimed it was the self-taught Parsons, not himself, who was the true father of the American space program for his contribution to the development of solid rocket fuel.

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In 1934, with Jack now 20 years old, the duo’s interest in rockets went from a child’s fantasy to an academic pursuit when, despite not being students there, they gained the support of the close-by California Institute of Technology (CalTech). Ed, Jack, and several members of CalTech’s community formed the GALCIT Rocket Research Group.

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On Halloween 1936, the group performed their first motor test near the Devil’s Gate Dam in Pasadena. The motor exploded, but soon they became

infamous on campus. They were called the “Suicide Squad” due to the danger and perceived craziness of their experiments, particularly as rocket technology was considered by many scientists at the time to be foolish and mere science fiction in terms of any practical use and development of the technology.

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This “Suicide Squad” was the beginnings of the famed Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the institution responsible for the Mars Rover Landing and many other advancements in rocket and robotic sciences. Obviously Parsons was a real talent with a seemingly innate sense of propulsion and rocketry (a very nascent industry at the time) were coveted by the military industrial complex. His design and understanding of the chemical composition of liquid rocket fuels was considered without peer.

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Parsons cut a path as a dashing figure with a reputation as a rocket hot-shot and risk-taker. You would think all this scientific achievement would be enough for one person in one lifetime, but Parsons had a much loftier set of ambitions. He wanted to tear down the walls of time and space, and he had an entirely non-scientific set of ideas on how to do it.

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The non-scientific set of ideas were steeped in the occult, satanism and black magic. Parsons “swore the Oath of the Abyss, having only the choice between madness, suicide, and that oath. (then) I took the oath of a Magister Templi, even the Oath of Antichrist before Frater 132, the Unknown God. And thus was I Antichrist loosed in the world; and to this I am pledged, that the work of the Beast 666 shall be fulfilled.” Who knew it was so easy?

Apparently noting that Antichrist is only a few letters away from “anarchist,” the manifesto that follows is in large part an exhortation to “do what thou wilt” in most things bodily-fluid-drenched, economic and/or political. The goal of all these efforts, according to Metzger, was to bring on the Apocalypse, since in theory things can only get better from there.

By now you may be thinking “What a load of crap!” But the FBI, none too keen about the notion that Parsons’ taxpayer-funded salary might be supporting the Antichrist and the hastening of the Apocalypse, took it seriously enough to open an investigation. Documents recently released through the Freedom of Information act make up 130 pages of heavily redacted text in which G-Men try to make sense of Parsons’ religious beliefs and document his frequently careless handling of classified materials. Perhaps the Errol Flynn persona fitted Jack Parsons best. But truth be told, Jack Whiteside Parsons is best known for his occultists ideals, black magic and reverence to the satanic agenda.

But he had a secret life, which appeared totally at odds with his public one, and it came to further dominate his life as the ’40s progressed. Jack Parsons and his wife Helen had come into contact with the Agape lodge of the O.T.O. (Ordo Templi Orientis)international magical fraternity in Los Angeles in 1939, and had joined it in 1941. It was under the leadership of Wilfred Talbot Smith, a Britisher who had founded this particular lodge about a decade earlier, circa 1930.

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September 11, 2001

The September 11 attacks (also referred to as 9/11) were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The attacks resulted in 2,977 fatalities, over 25,000 injuries, and substantial long-term health consequences, in addition to at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage.

 

An Open-Source Plan for Combating Fake News on the Internet: Joining together the Left and the Right

“The effort to differentiate between legitimate and fake content is completely out of the picture.” -@b0rkj0rk

The Problem We Are Going To Address

I think we all can agree the internet isn’t what it used to be. Things have changed. The majority of the eyes on the internet are going to a couple main companies but not much outside of that. All of our news feeds are manipulated to give us information that the algorithm thinks that we want. This has turned out not to be a good thing. We are living in a time of “communication breakdown”. The tech giants use OUR data against us gauging the sentiment of the masses. We have all the technology in the world to talk to each other, but how many people listen? Not as many as you might think. The internet has allowed people to become ideologues in mass numbers. They coalesce together in a tribal manner that sometimes isn’t productive and other times it is. But when most people use the internet, they don’t know what information is true. Fake news, real news, fake facts, real facts, what is the difference at this point? Many people just squawk back and forth at each other and don’t really listen to each other’s ideas because they live in an echo chamber that reinforces their world views. Communication Breakdown.

Often times we find stuff that we want to share with others on the internet. So we share it to facebook. We think that we have discovered something profound. Something that the people from our local tribe might not have ever heard of. But it gets no likes. No comments. No one said anything. Your little information nugget of gold is forgotten, drifting further and further down the news feed until no ones sees it anymore.

What a shame.

But what do we expect? We are competing with some of the most entertaining videos and posts in the world when we get on the internet. Why would we expect someone else to look at the stuff that we share just because we think it is important. They have their own stuff that they are interested in. It’s not that they don’t care, it’s just that their time is occupied with different things. They might not be able to see why what you shared is important. Or they just might not care. Maybe they are left and you are right. Could be many different things.

This is the problem.

During the election of 2012, I made a Facebook page that shared political information and invited everyone in my high school and vocational school to join. Myself, along with several other people submitted content to this page throughout the entire election cycle. Over time,  many of the contributors started going away because many of the posts weren’t getting the attention the authors thought they should. After the election was over, we deemed the mission of the Facebook page a failure. Low engagement – people didn’t care.

Fast forward to 2017 and we are just now ending an election cycle and its one of the craziest times in history. I have several people on my facebook now that think communism would be a good idea for world government. The people are divided more than ever before.

All that being said what is king on the internet? If you listen to some woo woo lifestyle entrepreneur they will tell you content is king on the internet. I can assure you this is a lie. What is king on the Internet is not content, but actually – controversy.

Despite what you might think of him, Milo Yiannopoulos has used controversy to propel himself into the national spotlight. So it is true.

I realized the weight of this truth in this last election when I would troll my commie friends on facebook. The trolling sessions would get very heated, but I would wake up in the morning after reading all the comments and likes, realizing that the controversy that I started trolling my commie friends got people to actually read about important issues. More people than I ever reached sharing links to interesting topics that I found. It was the controversy that got people in the door, and once they read about what we would argue over – then they would think.

This went on for some time until I was known to be an anti-commie stalker to some of the people my friends had on their facebook. I sent the commie a message one night telling him why I was constantly trolling him and that it was nothing personal, that I just wanted to throw some shit around to attract some attention to the ideas they were talking about. He was completely cool with it and I ended up having a better relationship with the people that I trolled after they understood what I was doing. They were just as happy to have more people reading their posts. We both walked away feeling right and we both give a side for people to read and get context for certain complex topics. Sometimes memes just can’t give equal representation to an argument, and that is my mine gripe with Facebook.

What can you do? & How can you take action? 

After this, I thought about contacting my friend and asking him to stage arguments on social media to give context to larger topics that are hard to explain. This was the original plan behind the tweet that I sent out today. You can do this on your own trolling individuals, or do it as a group trolling entire communities. We are trolling for the positive here people. Pepe isn’t bad!!

Why Both Sides Are Important

People on the left and people on the right are both angry. I’m going to borrow this metaphor from @social77media on twitter. Imagen people on the right pulling a chain headed by Alex Jones and Trump and people on the left pulling a chain headed by Hillary Clinton and David Brock. In the middle is “The System”. People are pulling at the system from all angles. They are going to pull the system apart. We are in the middle of it. This soft corporate slavery that we have will not continue on into the future. People are making that decision right now all over the world. So pick a side. Argue. Give context for the opposing argument. The worst thing you can do right now is staying silent.

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Modern Magicians

I wield fire at the flick of a finger, send thoughts across the world instantly, and command robotic swarms with the wave of a hand. I have light at the click of a button and power at the flick of a switch. I have libraries inside of my pocket, and a device that pulls in time so that I can see it again. This is the world that I live in. A world of sorcerers and black magic. We practice manipulation to further this process along as we have redefined the horizon of possibility.

Top 10 Movies & Shows for Entrepreneurs

Part of starting your own business be it online or your own brick-and-mortar business requires you having the right mindset. I have put together a top ten list of the best movies and shows that can give you an idea of how to go about thinking about business.  Be sure to check out the other Top 10 lists for UM’s pick of the best business podcasts and YouTube channels.

10. Breaking Bad

You might be thinking what does Breaking Bad have to do with business? Breaking Bad is known for how great the story was not really anything about business. But selling meth, no matter how entertaining they may or may not make it look, is a business. What you can learn from Breaking Bad is how that process will change a person. Going from a consumer mindset to a creator/seller mindset is a change that anyone starting a business will have to take on. In the end hopefully you won’t end up like Walt.

9. Scarface

Again Scarface, like Breaking Bad, might not seem business related at first, but there is something to learn from any market. Black market or free market it’s still a market. The same tricks are used on all scales. The difference being that if you are playing that black market game chances are you won’t even know what you are doing while you are doing it. That’s why the protagonists of Scarface and Breaking Bad both didn’t end their lives how they wanted. Easy money goes away just as fast as it comes.

8. 21

It’s amazing to me how many people are able to transfer the skills they have learned while gambling and apply them to the world of business. This movie is loosely based on a true story. Whether it’s counting cards in blackjack, or betting on a hand of texas hold em’ the skills are certainly useful in many different areas. The MIT team was said to have used Edward O. Thorp’s book Beat the Dealer as they’re guiding literature. Game theory, probability theory, and statistics all come to be very useful whether you are gambling or trading in the stock market. It’s only a zero sum game until you get the extra 1 percent.

7. Citizen Kane

The iconic classic Citizen Kane. A story that everyone should experience regardless if they are into business or not. Based on the life of media mogul William Randolph Hearst. This movie certainly paints an interesting picture into the world of media and the power that people can have with virtually unlimited wealth.

6. Limitless

Limitless is awesome. I remember watching Limitless in the theaters when it came out a few years ago and it has been one of my favorite movies ever since. This movie gives you a glimpse into the world of the wealthy while giving you a taste of the mysterious world of designer drugs. Millions are made and lost every year devolving new kinds of medicine. Limitless tells an interesting story of a man that is caught up in it all.

5. Wall Street

Greed is good. This iconic film takes a look at Wall Street and the effect that it has on the American people, and what insider trading can do to the people that work on Wall Street. The stock market is the world’s grandest game. Oliver Stone certainly did a good job with this one.

4. The Wolf of Wall Street

Another film that is based on a true story is the Wolf of Wall Street. This movie takes in interesting look into the life of Jordan Belfort who served 22 months in jail for laundering money. There is a story that is told online that I’m not sure  is completely true that Tommy Chong was once cell mates with Belfort and inspired him to write the book to which the movie was based. If you haven’t watched Wolf of Wallstreet you need to put it on your watchlist. Can you sell me a pen?

3. Madmen

Madmen is one of the best shows that has been on T.V in a really long time. In my opinion, I can only really think of a couple other shows that even compare with Madmen. The writing is superb in almost every way. The filming and set design are top notch. And I don’t know if I have been impressed with a characters ability to sell like Don Draper. The carousel scene is one that always comes to my mind. Madmen won’t just be a business lesson, it’s also a life lesson.

2. The Big Short

The Big Short gives you a look into what caused the 2008 financial crisis. It shows how certain people act and think and how those people can do things that can affect millions of people with one decision. Why is it that a handful of people can make a decision that will ultimately affect the lives of millions of people? This is exactly the question that The Big Short delves into.

1. Billions

Billions might be the best show on T.V right now. It takes a look into the world of hedge funds and the 3-dimensional chess game that modern kings of the world play. I won’t spoil anything, but if you aren’t watching Billions right now you should be.

Watching everything on this list certainly won’t get you your six sigma black belt. But if you do watch them all it will at least give you an idea of how the wealthiest people might think about things a little differently.