Sunday, March 27, 2022

Lessons I Learned From Hurricanes and Tornados

Lessons I Learned From Hurricanes/Tornados

Written by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown March 27, 2022

The Weather Folks do not name Tornados like they do Hurricanes, they simply refer to them as “a tornado” and then maybe classify it by its speed.  Several tornados touched down in the New Orleans Louisiana area, an area where you do not normally see them.  In fact, the last one that touched down within the city was over 5 years ago.  We have, however, had numerous hurricanes, a couple of which required, or it was suggested, that we vacate our homes and the area. On several occasions, we did that – we left! 

The lessons I learned during both types of events are identical.  The only difference is that with hurricanes you have a pretty good idea that it is approaching whereas with tornados you have an idea you may get severe storms but rarely does that translate into a pending tornado.  This past tornado we had less than an hour’s notice that one was on the ground and if it stayed on the ground and kept its projected course, would have made a bee-line (whatever that is) to our home.  Not much time to consider evacuation but definitely enough time to take precautions, limited as they may be.

It gives one a sense of helplessness when you see that a tornado is bearing down on you and your home and it is only minutes away.  Few older homes are built with “safe rooms” and I doubt people building new homes even consider building a “safe room” within their home.  Homeowners are therefore left with what the Weather People say, go immediately to a safe space in your home, preferably on the lower level or basement if you have one where you are surrounded by walls with no windows and no exterior doors.  That is what we did.  But looking back and considering what I typically do when I KNOW a hurricane is approaching, I am ashamed to admit that I was not prepared for what could have happened but thankfully did not. 

With all that said, here are my tips and how they apply to both tornados and hurricane pre-preparations. 

GO-BAG.  Purchase a “go-bag”, one that can be easily grabbed in an emergency whether that be a tornado, hurricane, house fire or even a chemical or gas leak in the area that requires people to vacate their homes or take cover.  The bag should be large enough to include the following: 

Car keys.  Survivors of the recent tornado took shelter but did not think about taking their car keys with them, why would they?  They were not leaving.  But after the storm had passed and their homes were destroyed, they could not drive their car without their keys.  If you are evacuating your home, this of course, would not be an issue. 

Wallets/Purses.  Same applies to these items as the car keys.  If your home is destroyed and you survive you will need what is included in your wallets and purses. 

Cash.  In the era of credit and debit cards, people don’t typically have cash-on-hand nor do they keep cash in their homes.  That is a huge mistake for many reasons.  Immediately following any storm, there is a probability that the power will be out.  It took over 4 weeks to have the power restored after Hurricane Katrina.  There have since been periods of 2 and 3 days where we were without power.  God help us if the power grid is ever attacked by our enemies.  Without power, you will be unable to get money from an ATM machine if none of the banks in the area have emergency power.  You will also be unable to purchase gasoline as the gas pumps all run on electricity.  DO NOT get cash in large denominations.  I would suggest nothing larger than $20.00 bills.  You want the stores that will be open to be able to make change and you never want to be in a position of needing something so badly that you give the store owner a $100 bill and tell them to keep the change because they can’t make change for you.  

Gas.  It is not a good idea to store large quantities of gasoline in and around your home.  It is however a very prudent decision to gas up your vehicles when you KNOW there is a possibility of severe storms in your area or an approaching hurricane.  Don’t wait until the last minute, gas up as soon as you get the word that a storm is approaching.  In fact, it is a good idea to never let any of your vehicles ever get below a half full tank as you never know when the power will to out and how long it will be out.  Again, no power means no gas! 

Credit Cards.  I don’t carry a lot of credit cards with me even though I have several.  Such a practice reduces the liability if your cards are lost or stolen.  With that said, when you go to your safe space or evacuate, you want to take all of your credit and debit cards with you.  You may not be able to later find them dispersed throughout the rubble of what is left of your home.  Credit and debit cards may be your only means of survival for long periods of time following devastating storms or fires like the ones we have recently seen in California. 

Check Book.  To some, check books may be a thing of the past but I’ll bet even these people still have them.  When you have no money and the power is out, a check book could be your best life-line following a devastating storm in your area.  

Emergency Lighting/Power.  FLASHLIGHTS!  Several of them along with batteries to power them.  If you don’t already have a device to charge your smart phones, I would recommend purchasing one and keeping it charged so that whenever you require the services of such a device, you have it.  They now make solar charging devices, I would get one or two of them.  They are inexpensive and small.  The secret is to keep them charged when times are good so that you have them when you need them.  I can assure you that following a major storm, you never have enough flashlights and batteries to keep them powered.  Buy your batteries in bulk and always make sure you have enough on hand. 

Emergency SOLAR Weather Radio:  You can purchase them and you can oftentimes find them free of charge.  These could be essential to keeping up with information of all types when the power goes out.  Having a solar generated source of power is essential because batteries last only so long.  

Important Papers.  I can’t define what would be considered as important papers to everyone who reads this Nugget.  That is up to each individual to determine.  To me, even though I have copied all of the most important papers onto my desktop computer, oftentimes, ORIGINAL documents are far more important than printed copies.  Birth Certificates come to mind.  I recently renewed my drivers license and they would only consider ORIGINAL Birth Certificates when applying for the special government ID type driver’s licenses.  Passports also come to mind.  It is time consuming to obtain a passport and to avoid the hassle of doing so, keep your passports readily available so you can grab-and-go on a moment’s notice.  Computers should be backed up and preferably with a backup provider that is not within your home.  I use Carbonite that automatically backs up my primary computer OFF LINE.  That way if my computer crashes or if my home is destroyed, I can always access all of my files by restoring a new computer based upon what was on my existing computer.  Yes it costs money, but I can assure you, that it is priceless when you have to use it as I have 3 times. 

Medications.  No one is going to keep their medications in a grab bag but they usually keep them all in one or two locations (like a refrigerator and a medicine cabinet).  The people’s whose homes destroyed by the tornado, now have no medicines to rely on unless of course they can find them in the rubble of their homes.  My advice would be to have a small bag available and strategically located near where you keep your medications and that will accommodate all of them.  When you receive word that you are in danger, it would or should take only a few minutes to collect them all up and place them into your medicine “go-bag” and then place the medicine bag into your primary “go-bag.”  I cannot even begin to describe the difficulties of obtaining mediations on-the-spot when you have none to take.  I’ve been there, done that, and it is NOT fun!  This is especially true if you are on life-saving medications for heart, cancer, diabetes or similar medical issues where medications definitely make a difference and could prove fatal if you don’t have them.  If any of your medications are “controlled substance” type medications, it is even more difficult to replace them on the fly.  And this includes any medications you may have for your pets as well.  

Pets.  Speaking of pets.  I have a small dog that is best described as a runner.  If she gets loose, we may never see her again.  Pets do not like storms.  If your house and/or the fence around your house is damaged, you will want to make certain that you have your pets controlling devices whether that is a leash and collar or a carry type carton/cage.  I cannot over emphasize the important of having your pet’s name, your phone number and any other important information on a collar for your pet AND that your pet is wearing it.  Pets typically do better than people during a storm.  Many simply run off and then eventually return to where their known home has been but you don’t want to rely on that happening.  Treat your pets as you would your children and protect them as much as you can. 

First Aid Kit:  If you are protecting yourself from a severe storm/tornado that damages your home, you may need to treat yourself before anyone could possibly find you.  Having a first aid kit that you typically do NOT use for everyday cuts and bruises readily available is always a good thing.  But it IS important that it NOT be used everyday as you will want to know that the items that are supposed to be in the kit are actually in the kit when needed. 

Extra Clothing.  While this is not a necessity, how many times have you heard people after a storm or fire say they got out with only the clothes on their backs?  More often than not.  Having extra clothing immediately available is a good thing to consider but definitely not an absolute necessity. 

In a perfect world, all of these items could be stored in a “safe-room.”  If so, you would not have to worry about packing them all up from different parts of your home to take in a moment’s notice to your safe room.  If you are evacuating from a hurricane, you should have ample time to gather these things.  But doesn’t it make more sense to centralize where you keep all these items in one or no more than two locations so they can be easily collected and moved to a safe area?  I think so.  What do you think? 



Sunday, March 20, 2022

What Happened to the Women's Movements?


What Happened to the Women’s Movements?

Written by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown March 20, 2022


It all begins and ends with a person’s or an organization’s principles.  They either have them or they don’t.  They have either placed a dollar figure on their principles that unless that figure is reached, they will stand by their principles, otherwise, they will take the money and run like Hell.  That is what we have been watching in America and I assume around the world for the past 2 or 3 decades, maybe longer.

Look at the National Football League (NFL) and in particular its Commissioner Roger Goodell.  Shortly after the vicious attack that killed 5 police officers in Dallas, the Dallas Cowboys wanted to place a decal on their helmets to support the fallen officers.  Roger Goodell denied their request.  Standing on principles previously set by the NFL.  Then you fast forward to Colin Kaepernick taking a knee and suddenly a display for a social issue was not only permissible, it appeared to be encouraged as evidenced by placing the name of a convict felon that was killed by a police officer, on the helmets of players on all NFL teams.  At the time I was a New Orleans Saints fan and to see the name George Floyd on Drew Brees’ helmet turned my stomach.  Even before that, as a retired military member, I took offense to what Kaepernick and Goodell did when they and the entire NFL collectively began to “take a knee” during the National Anthem.  If I have to explain my outrage, I would suggest you quit reading this Nugget but you obviously fail to understand a great deal of what has been happening and you probably have willfully or unwilfully been a part of it.  You have placed a desire to watch a football game over your own personal principles.  By so doing, you have supported taking a knee is professional sports.  SO MUCH FOR PRINCIPLES!

Enter Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans, another NFL story.  There is no question that he is a very talented Quarterback, both in college and in his several years in the NFL.  He had a disagreement with the “front office” of the Texans and decided to sit out the last year of his no trade contract.  Then in 2022, there were at least 4 teams that showed an interest in signing him to their team.  So far so good, Watson appeared to have stood up for “his principles” by sitting out a year in opposition to his front office.  But then the story began to develop that Watson had engaged in sexual misconduct with a woman and then another woman and then another and another.  By the time the negotiations with the Cleveland Browns had been completed with Watson to sign with the Browns, there were 22 Civil Legal Actions pending against Watson filed by women who he had allegedly abused in one way or another.  In Watson’s defense, he was acquitted by a Grand Jury for criminal actions but that does not remove the actions from being resolved in a civil court of law.  Still, the Browns basically thumbed their noses to the abused women and all of the women fans that may follow football and women in general by negotiating and signing a suspected sexual abuser to the biggest contract ever singed by an NFL player.  Plus, there were at least 3 other teams that were willing to “overlook” his behavior and sign him to a lucrative contract as well.  Where were the Women’s Groups?  Nowhere to be found.  SO MUCH FOR PRINCIPLES!

President Joe Biden selected and had approved Admiral Rachel L. Levine, MD as the new Health and Human Services Secretary in his administration.  Admiral Levine was known during her time in the U. S. Navy as Mr. Levine, a man.  He is now referred to as Madam Secretary Levine, a transgender woman.  Mr. Levine became Ms. Levine.  There is nothing wrong with a person deciding that he be preferred to be recognized as a woman or a woman being recognized as a man.  What makes this assignment so disgusting to me is that Admiral Levine was recently selected as The Woman of the Year by USA Today.  What is wrong with that?  USA Today can select anyone they wish to be Woman of the Year, right?  Absolutely they can.  Do I have to like it?  Absolutely NOT!  Do I like it?  Absolutely NOT!  Why not?  It is NOT because she is a transgender who was selected as HHS Secretary, it is because she is NOT a woman and when an organization like USA Today selects a MAN who declared to be a WOMAN as Woman of the Year, that honor will then NOT go to a Woman who it truly belongs to.  This is not that big of a deal in the business world but what about the world of sports.  SO MUCH FOR PRINCIPLES!

Lia Thomas, once competed as a man in swimming in non-professional events (this is important for a later comment) and recently won an NCAA Championship in the 200 Freestyle as a woman.  Lia Thomas has been destroying women’s swimming records whenever she competes.  I don’t know of anyone that thinks that a man competing in a woman’s sport is fair.  Yet the NCAA apparently has no issues with it thumbing its nose to decades of women who strived to make women sports the special events they are today.  Several State Governors have been working on legislation that prohibits men from competing in women sports and the NCAA that governs collegiate sports has fought the Governors telling them that they will not conduct competitions within their state if the bills are passed.  SO MUCH FOR PRINCIPLES!

The same has been true for MEN completing as WOMEN in weight lifting competition where women’s records have been smashed.  Who can’t understand the difference here?  Again, SO MUCH FOR PRINCIPLES!

Where will this all go?  When universities and coaches realize that men can swim faster than women, they will sign more men onto the women’s swim teams after all, they will have a better chance of winning.  Apparently winning is far more important than actual women’s rights.  Same would apply to track and field such as weight lifting, sprinting, shot putting, pole vaulting, etc.  When a man signing on as a woman to a college team, the man may in fact be doing so with a scholarship that otherwise would have been assigned to a woman.  Not only a woman, but a woman who from a very young age practicee and competed with other woman to eventually be considered for a college scholarship only to be beaten out by a man declaring to be a woman.  Is that fair?  Where are the women’s groups?  SO MUCH FOR PRINCIPLES

Here is a thought to ponder.  If you are a golfer, you know that there are tees for men, tees for women and tees and tees for seniors.  The men’s and women’s tee’s typically have several tees to either shorten the hole or lengthen the hole.  The Professional Golf Association (PGA) Men’s tournaments are typically played from the tees at the farthest distance to the hole making playing the hole that more difficult.  There is little doubt that a man can hit a golf ball much farther than a woman, even the best woman golfers.  With that said, what is going to happen when a man with better than average golf skills but who is unable to successfully compete on the level required to compete on a PGA sanctioned event, then decides to declare himself to be a woman and then play as a professional on the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour?  Now we are talking about earning money that otherwise would be earned by a woman professional golfer.  Who considers that to be fair?  I predict that this day will come, sooner rather than later.  Remember, you heard it here first!  SO MUCH FOR PRINCIPLES!

I hate to think that the many woman’s organizations are political but I think we all know better.  We saw many organized protests throughout the four years of the Trump Administration and none during the first year of the Biden Administration.  Nor did we see them during 8 years of the Obama Administration.  Where are the women’s groups now?  Why am I, a man, writing about how silent women’s organizations have been regarding securing the integrity of women’s sports?  Do you think that this will only apply to sports?  Think again.  Corporations have for years recognized that their Boards of Directors have to be more “inclusive”, meaning that they should consist of more women and minorities in spite of who may be best qualified.  Look at Joe Biden’s cabinet.  He now claims that he has one more woman on his cabinet. Is that true or does he have a man taking the place of where a woman may have actually been selected.  And to make matters worse, USA Today then declared that woman who is a man to be The Woman of the Year!  People, you can’t make this crap up!  SO MUCH FOR PRINCIPLES!

I am not against anyone declaring that they are suddenly a different gender, that is their choice.  But don’t pretend just making the declaration evens the playing field in business and in sports.  It doesn’t! Men will be physically structured as men and women physically structured as women and their physical bodies are not the same nor do they perform the same in sports!  You don’t have to be a doctor of medicine to understand this.  In business the differences are not so profound but they still exist. Then to select one as Woman of the Year is just over the top for me.  You?  I still have principles, do you?

Thursday, March 17, 2022




Written by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, March 17, 2022

There are two story lines taking place in the following quote. The first is that the quote appeared on a Twitter post.  The post calls for the “slaughter” of Russian children and destruction of Russian people.  The Twitter feed was NOT pulled,  nor was the person who posted it BANNED from Twitter.  Yet our President of the United States WAS banned and he did not call for anything of the sorts.  This is just more poof that Twitter, along with other Social Media platforms like Facebook are totally biased and allow freedom of speech as long as it is compatible with their far-left views.  There is only one word that describes this post – DISGUSTING!  Read it for yourself:

For the "pacifists" of Russia, who do not notice fascism in Ukraine, Fakhrudin Sharafmal is a host on Ukrainian TV. Directly on the air, he called for the slaughter of Russian children, and the destruction of the Russian people, while quoting the Nazi SS Obersturmbannf├╝hrer Eichmann

The second and even more disturbing story line is that THERE ARE NAZI ORGANIZATIONS in Ukraine despite the Main Stream Media’s denial of such organizations.  Does that make President Putin’s claims accurate? I say that it does.  Does it justify Putin’s attacks on the people of Ukraine?  Before you answer that you also have to address the existence of Bio Labs throughout Ukraine because that was the second part of the equation that Putin used to attack Ukraine.  The existence of Bio Labs was first denied by both our government AND the Main Stream Media speaking with one voice; is that a coincidence?  It was NOT just the “main stream media” in general, it was ALL of the main stream media.  The government then began changing its statements, followed by the main stream media, and now there is no question that the Bio Labs DO exist, not only in Ukraine but throughout the world.  China has made the accusation that there are over 336 such labs around the world and that the U. S. has been funding them in total or in part.

Decades ago, it became very apparent to me that our media was getting its talking points from the same very small group of people who controlled it.  Why do I say this?  If you watch and more importantly actually listen to the words and the phrases the talking heads say on all of the various media channels, you hear the EXACT same words and phrases to explain what had happened regardless of which channel you watch.  How is that even possible unless they are all getting their talking points from the same small group of people directing the shows.

Decades ago, the U. S. Government realized the extremely valuable tool that television had become in America and how by simply inserting news stories that furthered the government’s agenda, Americans could actually be directed towards a certain way of thinking.  It became a receipt for success.  The Vietnam War was not going well and because of the anti-war protests throughout America, it became evident that Americans no longer thought the war was in the best interests of America and Americans.  The government created Operation Mockingbird (look it up) where they actually had news broadcasters and network executives on the government payroll.  The government would then PROVIDE the news stories to be broadcast that put a favorable spin on the progress of the War in hopes of changing attitudes throughout America.  Joseph Goebbels of WWII Germany said that if you tell a story often enough and loud enough, people will eventually believe the story.  That is not a direct quote but it represents what he said.  He was right then, and he is right now.

Lara Logan, independent journalist, said that whenever she sees and hears the exact same story being broadcast on all the major news outlets, red flags go up for her.  To her it indicated that the talking heads were in fact getting their story lines from the same source because there were no reports that deviated from the stories either on air or in the print media.  To Logan, that meant that we were being fed narratives, right or wrong, and that they were all the exactly the same.  That should send up red flags for you and me was well but it won’t if you are not paying attention. Therein lies an even bigger problem.  People simply do not pay attention.

Fakhrudin Sharafmal, from the above quote, specifically identified the Russian CHILDREN as targets for his agenda.  This too came from WWII Germany AND from none other than Vladimir Lenin when he said, Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.  Hitler considered that essential but he did not want the child, he wanted to kill the Jewish children first and then their parents and other undesirable people who did not meet his standards.  Controlling and/or eliminating the children seems to be a constant in all Communist/Socialist countries and it is becoming a similar theme in America.

The Communist Party USA in the late 1950s identified 45 specific goals that if achieved would result in a take over of America without a single shot being fired.  You can see all 45 goals, which by the way, have all been achieved in my opinion, by going to this link:

I know that most people will not click on the link to see them so I am posting them below.  I have highlighted the objectives that directly relate to educating/controlling our children.  You tell me, do you recall seeing these exact objectives currently being played out throughout our society?  I certainly have.

1.      U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.

4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.

5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.

6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.

7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.

8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev's promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.

9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.

10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.

11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)

12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.

13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.  (Like our Pledge of Allegiance)

14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms."

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. "Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art."

24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them "censorship" and a violation of free speech and free press.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy."

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a "religious crutch."

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man."

31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the "big picture." Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture--education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.

34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions. 
(Can you say Teachers’ Unions?)

37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].

39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use ["]united force["] to solve economic, political or social problems.

43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.

44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.

45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.

They, the enemy of America, have told us exactly what they were going to do, then set about doing it and they focused on “the children!”  Sadly, a great many Americans have become the “useful idiots” defined by Vladimir Lenin.  Useful idiots simply fall in line and do the bidding of those in charge without even knowing what they are doing or already have done.  As an example, I doubt that a lot of the local news presenters have any clue that what they are reporting has all been manipulated for the listeners so they all come to the same conclusions that those in power want them to reach.  But even these reporters must be blind to what has been occurring in every news outlet in all 50 states.  It is impossible NOT to see or hear of the criticism if they just pay attention.

America has been under assault ever since the end of WWII and we actually have become the “useful idiots” making the fall of America even possible as unthinkable that has been most of my life until recently.

My hope for America?



Tuesday, March 8, 2022




By Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, March 

Since I am asking the question, one might think it is a “trick question”, right?  Did you answer FOUR?  If you did, you would be only half right.  The correct answer is actually EIGHT!  For most of my life I would have bet good money on the answer being four as maybe you would have as well and we both would have been wrong.

It was discovered quite by accident in 1940, when a British Air Force pilot, P. Groves, was flying over the pyramid.  He happened to notice the concavity and captured it in the now famous photograph.

Just like the famous Pyramid of Giza, almost every story has more than just “one side!”  Most stories have at least two sides and some even more.  Why is this important to understand?  Oh, I am SOOOOOO glad you asked, I was afraid you wouldn’t.

How many sides do the following stories have or how many sides have YOU heard or read?

  • COVID vaccines are safe and have no ill effects
  • Boosters are safe and have no ill effects
  • No one has died from taking the COVID vaccines
  • Face masks are effective and work
  • Children should be vaccinated for COVID
  • Trump will start WWIII if elected President
  • Trump will crash the stock market if elected President
  • Trump is a racist
  • People who support Trump are racists
  • Schools do not teach critical race theory
  • Parents have no business in what their children are being taught
  • The 2016 national election was fair and transparent
  • The 2020 national election was fair and transparent
  • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was unprovoked
  • Joe Biden is competent and trustworthy
  • Kamala Harris is competent and trustworthy
  • The Russian dozier was true and Trump colluded with Russia to win the election

Let’s go back further in time.

  • Slavery is right, just and legal
  • Pearl Harbor was an unprovoked sneak attack and we were totally unaware that it was about to happen
  • The Germans we brought to the United States and elsewhere under Operation Paperclip were all basically honest and trustworthy and had no Nazi ties or hangovers
  • School children taking cover under their desks would protect them from nuclear attacks
  • All of the Polio Vaccines were safe and effective for everyone to take
  • A Black quarterback could never play in the National Football League
  • Blacks could not play professional sports
  • We are the only life form in the entire universe (on its face, how could anyone make such a statement not knowing what is out in the “entire universe?”)
  • Thalidomide is safe and effective for expecting mothers

It should be obvious that there is more than one side to each of these stories.  You also realize that what might have been “accepted” during one era is no longer accepted or even legal in a later era.  More importantly, there is more than one side to the COVID vaccine story but we only hear one side of the story.  Except for independent journalists, of which there are many, the news media and government have effectively shut down any discussion that is not in line with their side of the story.  Therefore, we get only one side of the COVID story, right or wrong, just one side!  Just like for thousands of years, people thought there were only four sides to the Giza Pyramid.  If that is all you are ever told, that is all you will ever believe. 

Let’s examine what I was taught in my formal school years between 1950 and 1965, that the attack on Pearl Harbor was a “dirty sneak attack by Japan and that it was unprovoked.”  Many of you may still believe that; not me.  But if you read and research the subject you will come to a totally different opinion of what may have really happened on December 7, 1941 and more importantly why it happened.  This is the story we are taught from the history books, the same story we have been told through documentaries and movies and the same story our parents probably told to us.  Would our parents intentionally lie to us?  Of course not, they merely repeated what they were told and taught.  President Roosevelt wanted the United States to help its ally Great Britain fight the Germans, Italians and Japanese but the American people wanted no part of WWII, that fact is not even open for debate. 

Here is a twist, “another side”, to the WWII story and how America became involved.  It involves a U. S. Navy Lieutenant Commander by the name of McCollom.  He wrote a memo that outlined the steps that would be necessary to get Japan to attack America and if that were to happen it would thrust America into WWII and achieve FDR’s objective.  I don’t think anyone thought that the attack would involve Pearl Harbor but it would encourage an attack somewhere.  I have also read that there were two American warships that were intentionally put in harm’s way thinking that Japan may in fact attack them. If that is true, they were being setup as targets by our  own government.  It really doesn’t matter; the point is that FDR engaged in foreign policies that actually encouraged Japan to attack America and then the rest is history that we know to be true.  Here is just one of the many links you can follow regarding LCDR MCCOLLOM and his Memo. 

And not to belabor the point, the first shot was NOT fired by Japan after all.  The first shot was fired by the USS WARD on what turned out to be a two-man Japanese Mini-Sub, check your history: 

The point is that there are almost always more than just one side to every story.  If our news media only prints/broadcasts just one side of a story, the first question should be - why?  Why aren’t both sides of a story promoted so the reader and/or listener can make up their own mind as to what to believe.  It is intentional that only one side of every story is promoted by the media.  Frankly, I believe that it is. If you make a point of paying attention to the advertisers on most if not all national news media broadcasts, you will see that one of the sponsors is Pfizer, a major vaccine manufacturer.  Is that just a coincidence?  Maybe so, maybe not!  You decide! 

We just went through a Pandemic where only one side was permitted to tell its story in the news and on social media.  All other voices were very effectively blocked/censored.  As time moves on, the claims of conspiracy theories have been proven to be false and the stories that had been blocked have turned out to be true. 

Let’s turn to Ukraine.  What story have you repeatedly heard or been told about the “Russian invasion of Ukraine?”  I know what I have heard and there appeared to be a lot of holes that went unanswered.  For example, are you aware that Ukraine never applied to have its borders recognized and as a result of this oversight, Russia is involved in more of a police action within its own boundaries than it is involved an invasion force on a foreign country?  Did you know that the statements that Biolabs existed in Ukraine and that they were funded in part by the United States, are actually true?  Here is another interesting question.  We have been told that the Russians have a 40-mile-long caravan of vehicles and troops waiting to further their attack.  If that is true, it would seem to me that it would be sitting ducks for attacks on a stationary 40-mile-long caravan of vehicles and troops.  No such attack has occurred to my knowledge.  And where is the Russian Air Force?  Nowhere to be found. 

Don’t misunderstand what I am staying.  Yhere are many sides to the Russian/Ukraine story that the news media is NOT covering or saying.  We hear only what the media wants us to hear and many of us, certainly not you, take what they hear as being gospel.  The media would never lie to us, right?  Oh wait, that is all we heard from the media for over 3 years, Russia, Russia, Russia and how Trump colluded with Russia to win the election – WRONG!  The media constantly lies to us and there is not much we can do other than turn the media off and many of us have done exactly that – TURNED THEM OFF.  I personally did so long ago and I put my trust in the independent journalists who seem to have maintained their journalistic integrity and desire for the truth.  Whereas the talking heads in the main stream media all spew the exact same story line using the exact same words and phrases no matter what channel you may be tuned to.  This cannot be an accident.  They all are getting their talking points from somewhere, but where? 

I challenge everyone to research the term “Operation Mockingbird.”  Don’t take my word for it when I tell you that it involves OUR government feeding and paying the media people to say what the government wanted “we the people” to know and think about things such as Vietnam.  The lies that swirled around Vietnam are plentiful and deceitful.  Our government wanted to put a favorable image out to the populace to quell the war protestors and form a more positive narrative about the war.  News media talking heads were on the government payroll or at least their news organizations were and then the talking heads repeated what their corporate heads told them to say.  Did Operation Mockingbird die along with the Vietnam War?  I seriously doubt it.  It worked, why stop it? 

No one is more aware than I am of the ridicule that you get exposed to when you tell a different story than the one you hear or read about on the main stream media.  You are mocked, you are ridiculed, you are shammed for thinking the way you do.  How many people have been publicly shammed for NOT wearing a mask?  It takes courage to do your own research and then make up your own mind as to what is true and what is fake.  

My advice to everyone is to: 

  • Turn off the news and do your own research on current events
  • Have your elected politicians on speed dial
  • Voice your opinions repeatedly and often
  • Get involved in local elections, it matters who sits on our School Boards and beyond
  • Demand voter ID
  • Demand that ONLY citizens can vote
  • Demand ONLY paper ballots – no more electronic voting machines
  • Always be skeptical when you hear the exact same story appearing on different media outlets
  • Never vote just the “party line” for candidates, do your research, learn what the candidates actually stand for?
  • And here is a very novel principle to adhere to, ALWAYS DO THE RIGHT THING, ESPECIALLY WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING – SET THE EXAMPLE!

I am NOT asking you to take a side on any of the issues discussed in this Nugget.  I AM asking that you NOT blindly follow the story lines you see in the national news media and social medias and expect them to be 100% truthful.  There is no question that thousands if not millions of people have had their voices blocked and you must learn to ask why.  Why are only one side of so many stories ever heard and why are so many opposition sides of those same stories being blocked?  Why are so many in power afraid that you might learn the truth instead of learning what “they” want you to hear?  Simply put, that is a form of brainwashing!  Back to the original example.  You can go through life thinking the Giza Pyramid has four sides or you can now tell everyone that you know that it has eight sides and know it with certainty.  There are always more sides to every story than you are probably aware of and that can and is a dangerous state of mind for everyone.