Tesla

After Nikola Tesla was found dead in January 1943 in his hotel room in New York City, representatives of the U.S. government’s Office of Alien Property seized many documents relating to the brilliant and prolific 86-year-old inventor’s work.

It was the height of World War II, and Tesla had claimed to have invented a powerful particle-beam weapon, known as the “Death Ray,” that could have proved invaluable in the ongoing conflict. So rather than risk Tesla’s technology falling into the hands of America’s enemies, the government swooped in and took possession of all the property and documents from his room at the New Yorker Hotel.

What happened to Tesla’s files from there, as well as what exactly was in those files, remains shrouded in mystery—and ripe for conspiracy theories. After years of fielding questions about possible cover-ups, the FBI finally declassified some 250 pages of Tesla-related documents under the Freedom of Information Act in 2016. The bureau followed up with two additional releases, the latest in March 2018. But even with the publication of these documents, many questions still remain unanswered—and some of Tesla’s files are still missing.

Three weeks after the Serbian-American inventor’s death, an electrical engineer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was tasked with evaluating his papers to determine whether they contained “any ideas of significant value.” According to the declassified files, Dr. John G. Trump reported that his analysis showed Tesla’s efforts to be “primarily of a speculative, philosophical and promotional character” and said the papers did “not include new sound, workable principles or methods for realizing such results.”

John Trump, head of research at MIT, in high voltage research lab of MIT, 1949. (Credit: Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

John Trump, head of research at MIT, in high voltage research lab of MIT, 1949. (Credit: Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

The scientist’s name undoubtedly rings a bell, as John G. Trump was the uncle of the 45th U.S. president, Donald J. Trump. The younger brother of Trump’s father, Fred, he helped design X-ray machines that greatly helped cancer patients and worked on radar research for the Allies during World War II. Donald Trump himself cited his uncle’s credentials often during his presidential campaign. “My uncle used to tell me about nuclear before nuclear was nuclear,” he once told an interviewer.

At the time, the FBI pointed to Dr. Trump’s report as evidence that Tesla’s vaunted “Death Ray” particle beam weapon didn’t exist, outside of rumors and speculation. But in fact, the U.S. government itself was split in its response to Tesla’s technology. Marc Seifer, author of the biography Wizard: The Life & Times of Nikola Tesla, says a group of military personnel at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, including Brigadier General L.C. Craigee, had a very different opinion of Tesla’s ideas.

“Craigee was the first person to ever fly a jet plane for the military, so he was like the John Glenn of the day,” Seifer says. “He said, ‘there’s something to this—the particle beam weapon is real.’ So you have two different groups, one group dismissing Tesla’s invention, and another group saying there’s really something to it.”

Then there’s the nagging question of the missing files. When Tesla died, his estate was to go to his nephew, Sava Kosanovic, who at the time was the Yugoslav ambassador to the U.S. (thanks to his familial connection with Serbia’s most celebrated inventor). According to the recently declassified documents, some in the FBI feared Kosanovic was trying to wrest control of Tesla’s technology in order to “make such information available to the enemy,” and even considered arresting him to prevent this.

Yugoslavan Ambassador Sava N. Kosanovic in his study. (Credit: George Skadding/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Yugoslavan Ambassador Sava N. Kosanovic in his study. (Credit: George Skadding/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

In 1952, after a U.S. court declared Kosanovic the rightful heir to his uncle’s estate, Tesla’s files and other materials were sent to Belgrade, Serbia, where they now reside in the Nikola Tesla Museum there. But while the FBI originally recorded some 80 trunks among Tesla’s effects, only 60 arrived in Belgrade, Seifer says. “Maybe they packed the 80 into 60, but there is the possibility that…the government did keep the missing trunks.”

For the five-part HISTORY series The Tesla Files, Seifer joined forces with Dr. Travis Taylor, an astrophysicist, and Jason Stapleton, an investigative reporter, to search for these missing files and seek out the truth of the government’s views on the “Death Ray” particle-beam weapon and Tesla’s other ideas.

Despite John G. Trump’s dismissive assessment of Tesla’s ideas immediately after his death, the military did try and incorporate particle-beam weaponry in the decades following World War II, Seifer says. Notably, the inspiration of the “Death Ray” fueled Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative, or “Star Wars” program, in the 1980s. If the government is still using Tesla’s ideas to power its technology, Seifer explains, that could explain why some files related to the inventor still remain classified.

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Nilkola Tesla sitting in his Colorado Spring laboratory. (Credit: Stefano Bianchetti/Corbis via Getty Images)

There is evidence that Franklin D. Roosevelt’s vice president, Henry Wallace, discussed “the effects of TESLA, particularly those dealing with the wireless transmission of electrical energy and the ‘death ray’” with his advisors, according to FBI documents released in 2016. Along the same lines, Seifer and his colleagues in The Tesla Files uncovered the role played by Vannevar Bush, whom FDR appointed as head of the Manhattan Project, in the evaluation of Tesla’s papers. They also looked at the possibility that FDR himself may have sought a meeting with the inventor just before he died.

By visiting some of the key places in Tesla’s life—from his laboratory in Colorado Springs to his last living quarters at the Hotel New Yorker to the mysterious wireless tower he built at Wardenclyffe, Long Island—Seifer, Taylor and Stapleton sought to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding the celebrated, enigmatic inventor. They also traveled to California, where some of Tesla’s other groundbreaking ideas —many of which were seen as unrealistic or even crackpot during his own lifetime—now fuel some of the most dominant industries in Silicon Valley.

Although some of his more sensitive innovations may still be hidden, Tesla’s legacy is alive and well, both in the devices we use every day, and the technologies that will undoubtedly play a role in our future. “Tesla is the inventor of wireless technology. He’s the inventor of the ability to create an unlimited number of wireless channels,” Seifer says of the inventor’s lasting impact. “So radio guidance systems, encryption, remote control robots—it’s all based on Tesla’s technology.”

 

https://www.history.com/news/nikola-tesla-files-declassified-fbi

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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