Thursday, October 31, 2013


"When President Carter unexpectedly tried to talk about the assassination on national television, he was instantly cut off. There was no sound for nearly half an hour, but viewers all over America could see Carter sitting there like a fool.  In fact, each president upon entering office  was destabilized by this Secret Team, shots taken at them, and things done to them.  Presidents were mistranslated, intimidated, controlled, and actually terrorized in some cases, so they got the message that the power lay outside of the White House gates."

--"High Treason" by Robert J. Groden and Harrison Edward Livingstone, p. 416, 417

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


"You must wonder when it is all going to end.
And when we can come back home.
We have to stay with it.
We must not be fatigued".

--John F. Kennedy, November, 1963

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


"I've worked with the CIA for twenty years.  Would they lie to me?"
--G. Robert Blakey
Chief Counsel/Staff Director, U.S. House Select Committee On Assassinations, 1977 - 1979

Monday, October 28, 2013


“The general thrust of the Kennedy military policy was to assert a political domination of the military leadership, which is hostile to the traditions and practices of American government..." "John F. Kennedy was telling the Joint Chiefs that they must accept his judgment of military matters."... The Presidential dictum was of course contrary to law and should have been disregarded by the Joint Chiefs of Staff...If the military leader is then willing to submit the professional integrity, morale, and effectiveness of his service or services to the adverse judgments of inexperienced politicians, he is not fit to hold office."

--Major General Thomas Lane; "The Leadership of President Kennedy"

Quoted in --"High Treason" by Robert J. Groden and Harrison Edward Livingstone, p. 271

Sunday, October 27, 2013


"The frontier is wherever a man faces a fact"
--Adlai Stevenson

Saturday, October 26, 2013


"We have sacrificed reality to words and delivered up our people to the ravenous appetites of the strong.  Liberal, democratic ideology, far from expressing our concrete historical situation, disguised it, and the political lie established itself Constitutionally.  The moral damage it has caused is incalculable: It has affected profound areas of our existence.  We move about in this lie with complete naturalness."
--Octavio Paz

Thursday, October 24, 2013


[W]hen those rifles crackled over Dealey Plaza, in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963 and John F. Kennedy's brain was splattered across the road, they had made their move into the big time. They took over control of the President and of the Presidency. The man they had killed was no longer a problem and they had made certain that his successor, Lyndon Johnson, heard and remembered the sound of those guns. It is the sound of those guns in Dallas, and their ever-present threat, which is the real mechanism of control over the American government.
--L. Fletcher Prouty, 1975, author of "The Secret Team"


It is just a "coincidence," Sheriff Jim Bowles of Dallas told co-author Livingstone, that seconds after the last shot was fired, the Morse code signal "V" for "victory" happened to be heard over the Dallas police radio.

"It's just a heterodyning", Bowles said.  "Just a coincidence".

--"High Treason" by Robert J. Groden and Harrison Edward Livingstone, p. 126

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


"If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable - what then?"
--George Orwell

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Uniforms II

The autopsists were threatened with courts-martial as follows: "You are reminded that you are under verbal orders of the Surgeon General, U.S. Navy, to discuss with no one events connected with official duties on the evening of 22 November - 23 November, 1963.

"This letter constitutes official notification and reiteration of these verbal orders. You are warned an infraction of these orders makes you liable to Court Martial proceedings under appropriate article of the Uniform Code of Military Justice."  This order applied to all officer and enlisted men concerned.  Apparently it still binds them after retirement.

--"High Treason" by Robert J. Groden and Harrison Edward Livingstone, p. 87, 88 (footnote omitted)

Monday, October 21, 2013


"In the eyes of posterity it will inevitably seem that, in safeguarding our freedom, we destroyed it; that the vast clandestine apparatus we built up to probe our enemies' resources and intentions only served in the end to confuse our own purposes; that the practice of deceiving others for the good of the state led infallibly to our deceiving ourselves; and that the vast army of intelligence personnel built up to execute these purposes were soon caught up in the web of their own sick fantasies, with disastrous consequences to them and us."
--Malcolm Muggeridge, Journalist/Author, May 1966

Sunday, October 20, 2013


For many years a variety of outside influences - television, computers and government schooling chief among them - have conspired to wean children away from their urgent need to be out and about. The end result has been a nation of angry, frightened, uncompassionate and incomplete boys and girls in place of men and women. People sentenced to be incomplete, incompetent, and fearful will find ways to take vengeance on their neighbors while they continue to die by inches in front of an electronic screen. Restore what has been stolen and the problems of child-development warned about by experts will recede, as childhood itself vanishes into the sick Teutonic minds which spawned it.

--John Taylor Gatto, "Weapons Of Mass Instruction", p. 96 - 97

Saturday, October 19, 2013


Let me confess from the start I'm on the board of advisors of an organization called TV-Free America. As a schoolteacher I found that the kids who drove me crazy were always big TV watchers. Their behavioral profile wasn't pretty. TV addicted kids were irresponsible, childish, dishonest, malicious to one another; above all else they seemed to lack any sustaining purpose of their own, as if by consuming too many made-up stories, modeling themselves after too many men and women who were pretending to be somebody else, listening to too many talking hamburgers and too many explanations of the way things are (sponsored by oil companies and dairy councils) they had lost the power to behave with integrity - to grow up. It was almost as if by stealing time children needed

--John Taylor Gatto, "Weapons Of Mass Instruction", p. 91

Friday, October 18, 2013


David learns to read at age four; Rachel, at age nine: In normal development, when both are thirteen, you can't tell which one learned first - the five-year spread means nothing at all. But in school, I label Rachel "learning disabled" and slow David down a bit, too. For a paycheck, I teach David to depend on me to tell him when to go and stop. He won't outgrow that dependency. I identify Rachel as discount merchandise, "special education" fodder. She'll be locked in her place forever.

--John Taylor Gatto, "Weapons Of Mass Instruction", p. 84 - 85

Thursday, October 17, 2013


Once a principal in the richest secondary school in District Three...asked me privately if I could help him set up a program to teach critical thinking. Of course, I replied, but if we do it right your school will become unmanageable. Why would kids taught to think critically and express themselves effectively put up with the nonsense you force down their throats? That was the end of our interview and his critical thinking project.

--John Taylor Gatto, "Weapons Of Mass Instruction", p. 76

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


As I wrote those words in February of 2008, I had just finished listening to a commercial for high-style telephones on TV. It made fun of the unfortunate fools whose telephone styling was "soooo yesterday;' as a pretty girl put it in the advertisement. It had never before occurred to me that among various inescapable worries like cancer, homelessness, unemployment, blindness, aging, poverty, crippling accidents and the like, there might actually be people so shallow the look of their telephone was an item of concern. Try to picture the "A"' student who came up with that idea, and pray for his contemptible soul.

--John Taylor Gatto, "Weapons Of Mass Instruction", p. 64

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Think of school as a conditioning laboratory, drilling naturally unique, one-of-a-kind individuals to respond as a mass, to accept continual ennui, envy and limited competence as only natural parts of the human condition. The official economy we have constructed demands constantly renewed supplies of leveled, spiritless, passive, anxious, friendless, family-less people who can be scrapped and replaced endlessly, and who will perform at maximum efficiency until their own time comes to be scrap; people who think the difference between Coke and Pepsi, or round hamburgers versus square ones, are subjects worthy of argument.

--John Taylor Gatto, "Weapons Of Mass Instruction", p. 64

Monday, October 14, 2013


Although some 6,244 state-sanctioned operations were logged from 1907 to July of 1925, three-fourths of these were in just one state: California. California, which boasted the country's most activist eugenic organizations and theorists, proudly performed 4,636 sterilizations and castrations in less than two decades. Under California's sweeping eugenics law, all feebleminded or other mental patients were sterilized before discharge, and any criminal found guilty of any crime three times could be asexualized upon the discretion of a consulting physician. But even California's record was considered by leading eugenicists to be "very limited when compared to the extent of the problem."

--Edwin Black, "War Against The Weak: Eugenics And America's Campaign To Create A Master Race", p. 122

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Begin II


The millions of Mrs. Harriman, relict of the great railroad "promoter," assisted by other millions of Rockefeller and Carnegie, are to be devoted to sterilization of several hundred thousands of American "defectives" annually, as a matter of eugenics.

It is true that we don't yet know all that the millions of our plutocracy can do to the common folks. We see that our moneyed plutocrats can own the governments of whole states, override constitutions, maintain private armies to shoot down men, women and children, and railroad innocent men to life imprisonment for murder, or lesser crimes. And IF WE SUBMIT TO SUCH THINGS, we ought not to be surprised if they undertake to sterilize all those who are obnoxious to them.

Of course, the proposition depends much on who are to be declared "defective."

The old Spartans, with war always in view, used to destroy, at birth, boys born with decided physical weakness. Some of our present-day eugenists go farther and damn children before their birth because of parents criminally inclined. Then we have eugenic "defectives" in the insane and the incurably diseased. The proposition is not wholly without justification. But isn't there another sort of "defective," who is quite as dangerous as any but whom discussion generally overlooks, especially discussion by the senile long-haired pathologists, and long-eared college professors involved in the Harriman-Rockefeller scheme to sterilize?

A boy is born to millions. He either doesn't work, isn't useful, doesn't contribute to human happiness, is altogether a parasite, or else he works to add to his millions, with the brutal, insane greed for more and more that caused the accumulation of the inherited millions. Why isn't such THE MOST DANGEROUS "DEFECTIVE" OF ALL? Why isn't the prevention of more such progeny THE FIRST DUTY OF EUGENICS? Such "defectives" directly attack the rights, liberties, happiness, and lives of millions.

Talk about inheriting criminal tendencies. Is there a ranker case of such than the inheritance of Standard Oil criminality as evidenced in the slaughter of mothers and their babes at Ludlow?

Sterilization of hundreds of thousands of the masses, by the Harrimans and Rockefellers? LET'S FIRST TRY OUT THE "DEFECTIVENESS" OF THE SONS OF BILLIONAIRES!

Let's first sterilize where sterilization will mean something immediate, far-reaching and thorough in the way of genuine eugenics!

--Editorial, San Francisco Daily News (a William Randolph Hearst newspaper), October 14, 1915

Quoted in Edwin Black, "War Against The Weak: Eugenics And America's Campaign To Create A Master Race", p. 101-102

Saturday, October 12, 2013


"I agree with you...that society has no business to permit degenerates to reproduce their kind....Some day, we will realize that the prime duty, the inescapable duty, of the good citizen of the right type, is to leave his or her blood behind him in the world; and that we have no business to permit the perpetuation of citizens of the wrong type."

--January 3, 1913, letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Charles Davenport (Founder of the Eugenics Records Office, and author of the 1911 college textbook, "Heredity In Relation To Eugenics")

Quoted in Edwin Black, "War Against The Weak: Eugenics And America's Campaign To Create A Master Race", p. 99

Friday, October 11, 2013


"The danger of the intelligence tests is that in a wholesale system of education, the less sophisticated or the more prejudiced will stop when they have classified and forget that their duty is to educate. They will grade the retarded child instead of fighting the causes of his backwardness. For the whole drift of the propaganda based on intelligence testing is to treat people with low intelligence quotients as congenitally and hopelessly inferior."
--Walter Lippmann
Quoted in Edwin Black, "War Against The Weak: Eugenics And America's Campaign To Create A Master Race", p. 84


New Jersey's legislation was passed in 1911. Chapter 190 of its statutory code created a special three-man "Board of Examiners of Feebleminded, Epileptics and Other Defectives." The board would systematically identify when "procreation is inadvisable" for prisoners and children residing in poor houses and other charitable institutions. The law included not only the "feebleminded, epileptic [and] certain criminals" but also a class ambiguously referred to as "other defectives." New Jersey's measure added a veneer of due process by requiring a hearing where evidence could be taken, and a formal notice served upon a so-called "patient attorney." No provision permitted a family-hired or personally selected attorney, but only one appointed by the court. The administrative hearing was held within the institution itself, not in a courtroom under a judge's gavel. Moreover, the court-designated counsel for the patient was given only five days before the sterilization decision was sealed. Thus the process would be swift, and certainly beyond the grasp of the confused children dwelling within state shelters. New Jersey's governor, Woodrow Wilson, signed the bill into law on April 21, 1911. The next year, he was elected president of the United States for his personal rights campaign known as the "New Freedoms." Stressing individual freedoms, Wilson helped create the League of Nations. President Wilson crusaded for human rights for all, including the defenseless, proclaiming to the world the immortal words: "What we seek is the reign of law, based upon the consent of the governed, and sustained by the organized opinion of mankind."

--Edwin Black, "War Against The Weak: Eugenics And America's Campaign To Create A Master Race", p. 68-69

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Effective II

In 1905, both houses of Pennsylvania's legislature finally passed an "Act for the Prevention of Idiocy." The bill mandated that if the trustees and surgeons of the state's several institutions caring for feebleminded children determined "procreation is inadvisable," then the surgeon could "perform such operation for the prevention of procreation as shall be decided safest and most effective."

Pennsylvania Governor Samuel Pennypacker's veto message denounced the very idea: "It is plain that the safest and most effective method of preventing procreation would be to cut the heads off the inmates," wrote Pennypacker, adding, "and such authority is given by the bill to this staff of scientific experts…. Scientists, like all other men whose experiences have been limited to one pursuit… sometimes need to be restrained. Men of high scientific attainments are prone… to lose sight of broad principles outside their domain…. To permit such an operation would be to inflict cruelty upon a helpless class… which the state has undertaken to protect." Governor Pennypacker ended his incisive veto with five words: "The bill is not approved." No effort was made to override.

--Edwin Black, "War Against The Weak: Eugenics And America's Campaign To Create A Master Race", p. 66

Tuesday, October 08, 2013


When Galton's eugenic principles migrated across the ocean to America, Kansas physician F. Hoyt Pilcher became the first in modern times to castrate to prevent procreation. In the mid-1890s, Dr. Pilcher, superintendent of the Kansas Home for the Feebleminded, surgically asexualized fifty-eight children. Pilcher's procedure was undertaken without legal sanction. Once discovered, Kansas citizens broadly condemned his actions, demanding he stop. The Kansas Home's embattled board of trustees suspended Pilcher's operations, but staunchly defended his work. The board defiantly proclaimed, "Those who are now criticizing Dr. Pilcher will, in a few years, be talking of erecting a monument to his memory." Later, Pilcher's national association of institution directors praised him as "courageous" and as a "pioneer, strong [enough] to face ignorance and prejudice."

--Edwin Black, "War Against The Weak: Eugenics And America's Campaign To Create A Master Race", p. 63

Monday, October 07, 2013


"All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills."
--U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 7, Clause 1

Note that the Constitution does not establish the President as the originator of spending bills.  More importantly, and you probably wouldn't catch this from reading/watching the corporate media, the Constitution does NOT provide that once a program is enacted into law, it must be funded in perpetuity.

No, the Constitution provides that Congress can stop funding any program on the books at any time.  Congress can, as it also has done on many occasions, reduce funding for particular programs, sometimes called "starve the beast".
Put another way, if the House and the Senate can't agree on whether a program gets funded, IT DOESN'T GET FUNDED!  Period!  Read the Constitution, even though the powers-that-be want it to become, in the words of George W. Bush, "Just A Goddamn Piece Of Paper". 

So notwithstanding the shills, the House Of Representatives (note that it is NOT Constitutionally the “House Of Puppets Under Presidential Thumb”) is perfectly within its rights. 

It is worth remembering that Obamacare passed in 2010.  That November, the DemocRATS *lost* 63 seats, and Nancy Pelosi became *former* Speaker.  Who can forget (well, lots of people it seems) Pelosi's infamous, "we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it" statement? 
We found out.  And alot of people are not pleased.  The House Of Representatives is doing its job.  Sometimes a Constitutional Republic is messy.  It seems the corporate media and other shills would prefer an autocracy, which we are close to having as it is.

And it's really not about "care".  If Obummer were concerned about healthCARE, his regime and CONgress would have passed "Medicare For All".  What we have is "Medicaid For All". All you have to do is look at California's Medi-Cal program, talk with people who struggle with getting any semblance of "care" under it, doctors and hospitals who get paid a pittance under it, members who fight to get meaningful labwork and diagnostic testing covered but face hardcore toxic drug pushing instead, and you'll see Obamacare is about control, about enriching insurance companies and the pharmaceutical drug cartel, and part of the depopulation agenda.

Sunday, October 06, 2013


"Mankind’s quest for perfection has always turned dark. Man has always existed in perpetual chaos. Continuously catapulted from misery to exhilaration and back, humanity has repeatedly struggled to overcome vulnerability and improve upon its sense of strength. The instinct is to ‘play God’ or at least mediate His providence. Too often, this impulse is not to just to improve but to repress, and even destroy those deemed inferior."
--Edwin Black, "War Against The Weak: Eugenics And America's Campaign To Create A Master Race", p. 9


Mary Shelley wrote the story of Frankenstein at the age of 18, nearly 200 years ago. Today, it's studied in college courses as a profound work of literature. That famous Stratford nobody, William Shakespeare, had little seat time in a classroom, and owned no books, apparently, yet four centuries after his death he remains an icon of global civilization. The list is a long one. Large accomplishments; little schooling. It's quite rare for an inventive person in any field to trace success to school training. Education must be largely self-initiated, a tapestry woven out of broad experience, constant introspection, ability to concentrate on one's purpose in spite of distractions, a combination of curiosity, patience, and intense watchfulness, and it requires substantial trial and error risk-taking, along with a considerable ability to take feedback from the environment - to learn from mistakes. I once heard someone in my own family, who I once loved very much, say,"I don't take criticism well;' as if it were a boast, and I knew at that instant there was no way at all for her to grow in mind or character with that self-destructive attitude.

--John Taylor Gatto, "Weapons Of Mass Instruction", p. 61, 62

Saturday, October 05, 2013


As I wrote this originally, I was listening to National Public Radio interviewing a senior from Virginia Tech, the scene of the worst massacre so far in American school history. Asked what made her happy about returning to class, without hesitation she announced that it was being able, finally, to take her year-end exams. The interviewer was puzzled, and asked"why that?" She needed no time to reply. "Why, to see if I learned anything, of course:' Here was the perfect product of the school factory - a young woman who would never be a problem for any important special interest. Or of any use to the rest of us when trouble comes

--John Taylor Gatto, "Weapons Of Mass Instruction", p. 58

Friday, October 04, 2013


It is six times more likely you will end up in jail in the United States than it is in Communist China (which now possesses the ability to ruin America economically by cashing in its loan to us). Six times more likely to rot in jail here than in China. All by itself that fact should cause you to re-evaluate the road that leadership - of all our political parties and corporations - has committed us to walking. It is the schools which keep us on that road.

--John Taylor Gatto, "Weapons Of Mass Instruction", p. 55, 56

Thursday, October 03, 2013


US global computer dominance came from men without college degrees: Bill Gates and Paul Allen of Microsoft - no college degrees. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak of Apple - no college degrees. (After Wozniak was already a mega-billionaire, he took a degree to give himself eligibility to teach elementary school in California, I've been told. But that college made Wozniak is clearly untrue.) Michael Dell is another un-degreed immortal of the computer game; as is Larry Ellison of Oracle.

Ted Turner, founder of CNN, dropped out of college in his freshman year; William Faulker's high school grades were too horrible to get him into the University of Mississippi, but after service as an officer in WWI, he was given a waiver and enrolled. In Faulkner's first (and last) term, he received a"D" in English and dropped out in disgust, never to return. Warren Avis, the man who pioneered auto rentals at airports, decided college was a waste of time and never even applied. Edward Hamilton, the nation's largest independent mailorder book dealer, wrote me that the advantage he had over his competition at the beginning was that he hadn't wasted his capital or time on college. Paul Orfalea, the highly intelligent, soft-spoken founder of Kinko's, was not regarded as very bright by his high school, as he tells in his memoir Copy This. Shawn Fanning, whose invention of Napster at age 18 almost ruined the commercial music industry, was hired by that industry in 2007 for millions of dollars, to design a plan to save it. Shawn had no college degree, and currently has no plans to get one.

--John Taylor Gatto, "Weapons Of Mass Instruction", p. 47, 48

Wednesday, October 02, 2013


Shortly after adolescence was professionalized, a decline in the numbers of patent applications by Americans occurred. After WWII, when institutionalized schooling including college and kindergarten grew by leaps and bounds, that decline accelerated. Universal schooling had weakened the imagination, just as Spinoza predicted it would in 1690, and Fichte predicted in the second decade of the 19th century. Of course, both those men were heartily in favor of that weakening; their school schemes were for the benefit of the "best" people. But if those relative ancients could work out the school mechanism and its negative effects long before it existed, surely you can, too.

Why would anybody want to do this? That's easy: imaginative individuals are notoriously unmanageable and unpredictable, because they are irrepressibly inventive.

--John Taylor Gatto, "Weapons Of Mass Instruction", p. 46, 47

Tuesday, October 01, 2013


Far from production as an ideal, it was consumption that had to be encouraged. School had to train in consumption habits: listening to others, moving on a bell or horn signal without questioning, becoming impressionable - more accurately, gullible - in order to do well on tests. Kids who insisted on producing their own lives had to be humiliated publicly as a warning to others.

--John Taylor Gatto, "Weapons Of Mass Instruction", p. 44