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The Mystery of the Constant Flow of JFK Disinformation

For more than half a century, the combined American thought establishment (media, publishing, film, academia, and the like) have been cranking out a steady stream of books, articles, films, plays and more that present a completely false picture of what the assassination of John F. Kennedy was about — including who was behind it, and why.

 

No mention of the tremendous animus massed against John and Robert Kennedy from every quarter, including but hardly limited to Wall Street, the oil industry, the steel industry, the armaments industry, big publishers, the Pentagon, the CIA, the Mob, the John Birchers. They all View article …

James M. Williams, Gathering

Celebrating Creativity: Mysteries in Charcoal by James Williams

This is the first of what I hope will become a series of stories on people who feel compelled to create, not for money, not for glory, but because they are driven by inspiration, regardless of pandemics, fires, floods, recessions, depressions, personal loss. 

 

Some create pictures, like James Williams. We present a small sample of his works below. He is, among other things, a fine artist, graphic designer, photographer, raiser of llamas and other creatures, and a storm chaser. 

 

To accompany some of his pictures, Williams writes what he calls “nursery rhymes” — only they View article …

British Parliament

Tragically Funny Quotes on Democracy

When the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle defined democracy, he wrote that, in such a system, “The poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.”

 

Now, some 2,400 years later, he would surely be dismayed by the state of democracy. Globally, it is in retreat; in the US, it is under attack; and the rich have found a way to consolidate power while leaving the poor behind.

 

Democracy’s demise — and what can be done about it — has been the subject View article …

Sirhan Sirhan, mugshots

Sirhan May Go Free — But Truth on the Kennedy Assassinations Remains Locked Up

The possible parole of Sirhan Sirhan — convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy and imprisoned for more than half a century —  reminds us that disturbing questions still remain about what really happened in the pantry of Los Angeles’s Ambassador Hotel shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968.

The official story states that Sirhan was a militant Palestinian Christian, driven to murder the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee over his support of Israel. According to this view, anything suspicious about Sirhan’s identification as RFK’s sole killer can be explained away as inconsequential details; probing deeper into the View article …

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JFK Assassination Film: Proof of Tampering?

Milicent Cranor, a WhoWhatWhy senior editor with a background in forensic medical publishing, has studied the JFK assassination on and off for more than two decades. In this essay, Cranor asks readers to consider whether there is a significant discrepancy between the Nix and Zapruder films of the assassination, and if this indicates tampering. She also focuses on the Warren Commission testimony of Clint Hill, the Secret Service agent who jumped onto the back of the President’s limousine. What he said seems to suggest he saw Kennedy being shot in the head View article …

Michael Cohen

Oh What a Tangled Web… Timely Quotes on Lying

The core issue around which Michael Cohen’s explosive claims revolve is lying. Cohen admits that he lied in the past, but says that he did so at the direction of Donald Trump. In this week’s congressional hearings, the Republican committee members focused on lying, said that Cohen cannot be trusted now because he had lied before, and implied that they themselves would never lie.

We thought it might be interesting to step back and ponder how we, historically, have viewed lying and liars. The following quotes may prove enlightening, amusing or thought-provoking. Whatever they are, we hope they foster additional discussion, View article …

Justice for Michael Brown

Inside the Ferguson Protests

Five years ago, on August 9, 2014, a policeman shot an unarmed black man in Ferguson, MO, under circumstances that are still not clear. A grand jury concluded the shooting was justified. This led to more than a week of protests and rioting, with a heavy-handed, militarized response from the police, even when protests were peaceful.

Below are three videos that provide close-up views of what it was like to be in the midst of these confrontations.

Further below is a detailed description of what happened that day, followed by excerpts from a book put out by the Civil Rights Division View article …

Lies, Liars, and Lying

This election season is over, the smoke has cleared… but the air remains polluted by all the lies told by the politicians, their PR people, the media… and the lying continues….

 

But everyone lies. Every minute of every day, someone is lying.

 

Even animals lie: scientists tell us that chimps who were taught sign language shamelessly tell whoppers: Who broke the vase? Chimp signs: the cat did it. Who swiped the pizza? Chimp signs: the dog did it. Who cleaned up in here? Chimp signs: I did it. That chimp should run for office.

 

And even plants lie. The Venus FlyTrap, for View article …

The Emperor's New Clothes, monument, Odense, Denmark.

Drunk With Power — Quotations and Context for the Trump Era

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The people who work for President Donald Trump have a tricky job to do: They must, in effect, act as dry cleaners for the emperor’s new clothes.

 

But how long the illusion will last in view of recent events Bob Woodward’s new book, Fear: Trump in the White House, the unflattering op-ed on Trump in the New York Times, and the Washington Post’s announcement that, in 601 days since Trump assumed View article …

Tragically Funny Quotes on Democracy

President Franklin D. Roosevelt said something in 1938 that — in 2019 — may no longer be  true, or so it seems on bad days:

Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a president and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.

No “alien power over us”? Because Russia has influenced US elections, some Americans feel that indeed an alien power is over them. Others consider the US president himself to be an alien. A more realistic View article …

British Parliament

Tragically Funny Quotes on Democracy

President Franklin D. Roosevelt said something in 1938 that in 2018 may no longer be  true, or so it seems on bad days:   

Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a president and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.

No “alien power over us?” Because Russia has influenced US elections, some View article …

Still Unfolding: Astounding Stories from 2013

1231By nature, I am a cheerful pessimist.  As one of the editors bringing WhoWhatWhy to you week after week, I recently found myself looking back at some of the stories from 2013, and found plenty of reason to remain a pessimist. And yet, within this harvest of horrors, I also found reason for hope.

At first, I was overwhelmed by a sense of gloom and doom: what fools, charlatans and dupes we humans be!  But then I recalled that knowledge, no matter how disturbing, can lead to understanding and even, occasionally, View article …