Here is the Introduction, as it appears unabridged in our new release book VACCINE SCIENCE REVISITED: Are Childhood Immunizations As Safe As Claimed?

 

Introduction

Remember those infamous pox parties where parents deliberately exposed children to diseases such as the flu virus, measles and chickenpox? They were especially popular in the United States and in Britain at one stage – the idea being that children build immunity after being exposed to an infectious disease like chickenpox, which is more dangerous to adults than children. That was back in the day, before vaccinations were available, although it seems such activities persist to the present day in some quarters if mainstream media reports are accurate.

We certainly aren’t advocating parents arrange pox parties to immunize their children. However, we mention those parties as they represent a schism that still exists to a degree in regards to approaches to guard against the wrath of infectious diseases.

Paradoxical as it may sound, it has traditionally been considered a good thing when a child gets sick with certain infectious diseases like chicken pox early in life. The idea being that children develop a long-term immunity from exposure to such diseases.

Of course, isolated experiences of children growing up to become healthy adults after early exposure like this does not take away the very real threats diseases pose to children, especially those in poverty-stricken areas of our fragile planet. There’s a multitude of frightening accounts of deformities, suffering and death resulting from some of these diseases. It is therefore highly commendable that scientists and others strive to develop ways to prevent children from succumbing to disease and falling ill.

Vaccine Science Revisited, or at least the research process that led to its creation, has been about half a century in the making. As the following shows, our investigation into vaccines, child vaccines in particular, began by mere happenstance.

The older one of us (Lance) started actively researching child vaccines as a young newspaper and broadcasting journalist in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This entailed visiting hospitals and medical clinics in New Zealand and Australia, and interviewing doctors and nurses as well as parents.

Scientific research into vaccines was fairly new back then and much has changed since those early times. What’s interesting is the immunization schedule of recommended vaccines was considerably less then than the amount of vaccines that are recommended, or in some cases are mandatory, today.

Over the decades, we have monitored from afar the sciences that relate to vaccines. A sometimes overwhelming task that included reading various books by scientists, following news stories written by other investigative journalists on vaccines, and talking to laboratory technicians, doctors and nurses about the immunization process.

In more recent years we made several attempts to begin writing this book. However, we always found the research required was simply too exhaustive and kept putting it aside to work on other (less intellectually demanding) book and film projects.

In 2015, we published a book called Medical Industrial Complex, which aimed to expose the financial corruption and conflicts of interest that exist in modern medicine. Doing research for that particular book saw us not only interviewing doctors, nurses and other medical professionals once more, but also collaborating with a veteran pharmacist. It opened our eyes to some alarming practices within modern medicine that we hadn’t previously considered. Cozy relationships between supposedly independent and unbiased divisions of the healthcare sector being one of those, and the shutting down of potentially worthy medical debates because of financial interests, academic rigidity or even political correctness being another.

Although we briefly touched on vaccines in that book, it was admittedly more of a cursory overview. We still did not feel sufficiently knowledgeable or well-researched to accurately assess the science behind the modern immunization process. Nor had we, at that stage, a clear picture of the dramatic and often torturous early history of vaccinations. A history which makes for compelling reading and which we address in the first few chapters of this book.

Around the same time we started a global discussion group called Underground Knowledge on Goodreads – the popular, Amazon-owned, social media site for book readers. It soon became (and continues to be) an excellent forum for public debate on vaccinations and medicine in general, attracting concerned parents and social activists as well as doctors, scientists and other medical professionals with firsthand experience in either administering vaccines or working with them in laboratories.

We ran a group poll asking members, Do you believe child immunizations/vaccines are for the most part extremely safe as per official statements from mainstream medicine and Big Pharma? The poll received 501 total votes of which 281 (56.1%) voted Yes. However, 220 voted either No or Unsure. The numbers of poll respondents in doubt, combined with certain comments made by medical practitioners, finally inspired us enough to attempt to drill down to deeper levels of medical research papers, do the hard yards and write the book you are reading now.

At first, we felt more like fence-sitters as we were simply observing all sides and listening to the various arguments. We also knew we wouldn’t be able to make up our own minds simply by reading other people’s statements. We had to attain a stronger comprehension of the medical sciences at hand to gain an educated and informed understanding of vaccines.

A lifetime’s interest in health combined with our previous investigations into the medical sector, or sectors, had taught us that nature often finds ways to take care of itself, the human body included. We realized early on in our research there was a real concern about introducing the body to toxins it has never had to deal with before. Toxins that enter the body unnaturally and bypass our natural defense system.

It became apparent to us the body reacts differently to these toxins depending on the route of entry. This adds a further complexity to the whole vaccination issue. A complexity that would present challenges for us when sifting through study designs while gathering appropriate information on vaccine ingredients.

Since these vaccines are approved and deemed safe, we had to consider that perhaps the amount of toxins (in vaccines) are small enough that our body can accommodate and process them without a problem. After all, it is a part of our body armor’s design to filter out and eliminate toxins. This works well for healthy individuals, but we soon realized that, unfortunately, in today’s society there are countless children with weakened immune systems whose protective armor is not as strong.

Although these children are in minority, we feel strongly they should not be tossed to the wayside and ignored.

If vaccines really are unsafe for children with permanently weakened immune systems, they could also be unsafe or risky for the majority of children whenever their usually healthy immune systems are temporarily in a weakened condition for whatever reason.

On that note, after we started reading the package inserts for each vaccine, we realized that all the inserts come with warnings on who should not be given vaccines. Check these package inserts out. They make for very interesting reading.

After talking to many parents who have taken their children in for immunizations, it appears the information given to them about the shots is limited to which diseases the shots are for. Other than that, the parents are essentially left in the dark.

When we approached doctors and nurses about this issue, many said they don’t have time to read all the package inserts, relying instead on what they are being told by “the experts” supplying the product. This motivated us to include them (medical professionals) in our long list of people this book is written for as we realized they often have little background knowledge on vaccine science. Which meant we had to make it sciencey enough to be taken seriously by them.

We were under no illusions doctors, nurses, surgeons and other medical professionals would require much convincing because many we approached indicated they, and they alone, had science on their side. We reached this inescapable conclusion because they told us to “believe in the science” or “just read the medical journals.” In fact, we lost count how many of these professionals recited those phrases, oftentimes verbatim!

Unfortunately, such comments usually came without any further explanation. It was as if these medical professionals thought those comments spoke for themselves as proof that vaccines are always completely safe and beneficial – and should never be questioned, apparently.

It’s an unfortunate truth that modern science, like mainstream medicine, has been shown to be corrupt at times, or unconsciously biased at other times, and is often fallible. Make no mistake, we greatly respect scientific and mainstream medical journals as evidenced by the fact that about 90% of this book is simply references to, or reports and reviews of, official medical papers prepared by scientists. However, our caveat is that the facts and observations presented in such documents must be unbiased and untainted by academic dogma, pursuit of fame and profit, or any of the other failings that jeopardize medical research.

We are aware some of our findings will upset those who are for vaccines, and some definitely won’t be popular with those against them. It wasn’t our goal to prove either side right or wrong, but to clarify where their arguments originate from and to revisit those origins, leaving the science to do the talking. We honestly had no idea where our research and reviews of medical papers would take us, and we were ready to accept the facts as long as they were appropriately presented.

Little did we know how difficult it would be to source scientific and medical research that could be trusted as containing untainted or unbiased data. We soon found ourselves buried in research and began questioning our ability to tackle this monster of a subject. Conservatively, we would have read or at least skimmed more than a thousand research documents and papers. It was so overwhelming we were forced to rethink our strategy.

We realized we needed to be pickier about the papers we chose to investigate, and so we did exactly that. We also brought together a team of medical advisors, including a doctor, lab scientists and other healthcare practitioners, who, between them, helped us develop the right approach to researching this complex field.

This turned out to the best decision we made with this book. Our search through the research paper pile no longer seemed impossible as we finally had clear guidelines to work to. And so we started focusing on such things as who the authors of the studies were, where the studies were performed, how large the population sample was, who was included in the study, and the design of each study. It took us a while, but we were able to discard most studies after developing a list of qualifying criteria studies needed to pass if they were to be considered.

Being able to work with a team of people who know how to read research papers, and bounce questions off them, was like a breath of fresh air.

One good piece of advice we received from our medical advisory team was that after we found any research papers that met the qualifying criteria, we couldn’t just read the abstract or the conclusion. This, our experts informed us, was the problem for many health professionals. They simply don’t have the time to read the research, so they make do with the abstract or sometimes just the study’s conclusion. This forced us to read through entire research papers.

Throughout our epic dive into the world of research papers, we realized that when it came to researching vaccines and their ingredients, many of them do not have adequate research data available. In order to find out the impact these ingredients or contaminants have, we found ourselves frequently forced to lean on research unrelated to vaccines or lean on research with a bias to fit either the hypothesis or the funding entity’s interest.

It was at times very difficult, sometimes even impossible, to find articles by independent researchers accepted by the mainstream scientific community. Our feelings were supported by others in the scientific field as well.

An article from granbydrummer.com states:

“One reason this topic is so controversial is because long-term studies by independent organizations have not been allowed in the United States. Only limited independent information is available to the public and politicians. This contradicts scientific research methods in the U.S.A.”1

Another important point regarding research papers is the fact that it is very difficult for people in general, but especially those outside the scientific community, to know which sets of data are reliable.

In an article by Richard Horton (FMedSci), Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet, he states:

“The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness. As one participant put it, ‘poor methods get results’.”2

It is very concerning for us to read such an article in a prestigious, peer-reviewed, medical journal like The Lancet. Horton’s concern doesn’t stop there.

Regarding researchers he says that in their:

“…quest for telling a compelling story, scientists too often sculpt data to fit their preferred theory of the world. Or they retrofit hypotheses to fit their data.”3

His concern isn’t just aimed at the researchers, either. He feels journal editors can be just as shady in their actions, and there is an “unhealthy competition” taking place in trying to get papers published in the more prominent journals.

Horton says that their:

“…love of ‘significance’ pollutes the literature with many a statistical fairy-tale. We reject important confirmations.”4

It seems it isn’t just the researchers and journal editors who are desperate for favorable research. Universities are also seeking “money and talent”.

Sadly, and somewhat surprisingly, in his conclusion of the aforementioned article where Horton summarizes his attendance at a symposium on the reproducibility and reliability of biomedical research, he says they could not think of a solution to this problem:

“The bad news is that nobody is ready to take the first step to clean up the system.”5

In writing this book, we tried to be as diverse in our research as possible so as not to bias the reader. That said, we do of course have our own thoughts on vaccines, which are occasionally reflected in (fairly brief) commentaries scattered throughout the book. These are not meant to bias the facts presented, merely to share with you our thoughts.

Please note the word Revisited in this book’s main title Vaccine Science Revisited. It refers to a new inspection of what the science actually says about vaccines and vaccinations.

We are aware many members of the general public and, especially, the scientific community believe any debate over vaccine effectiveness, or how safe vaccines are, should have ended long ago, and that “science has already conclusively spoken.” We beg to differ, and we believe you will, too, once you read this book and consider the almost infinite number of murky, gray areas exposed by the vast amount of research out there. Too much has been assumed and misunderstood – on all sides.

It’s definitely time for society to revisit the subject of vaccines and vaccine safety, especially where our children are concerned, and open up the scientific debate once more.

Keep in mind, however, the debate we are primarily focused on is not whether or not we should vaccinate/immunize our children. Rather, as this book’s subtitle suggests, we are focused on whether childhood vaccines are as safe as claimed. For it is, after all, possible to be extremely pro-vaccines yet still wonder if they can and should be made safer. Likewise, it is also possible to be very pro science and anti-pseudoscience yet still question vaccine safety claims or else demand more effective safety protocols.

So, the aforementioned doctors and other medical professionals who dismissively replied to all our questions with “Believe in the science” or “Just read the medical journals” will be pleased to know we have done exactly that – and only that. We trust you’ll appreciate how this book avoids all rumor, conjecture, conspiracy theories and anecdotal evidence, and steadfastly focuses on what the latest medical and scientific research actually says about vaccines.

Even if you are anti-vaccines, or else highly-skeptical of their safety, remember that if any of the most controversial theories are true then it must be possible for science to prove it.

Eventually, any harmful vaccine ingredients will be proven to be just that. That’s why we have excluded all theories and focused on facts contained in the best research data available.

Beyond all the controversy, naivety, paranoia, academic rigidity and Pollyanna’ish trust in governments and multinational pharmaceutical corporations, what does the most reliable and unbiased science actually reveal about vaccines?

Read on to find out. And no matter your level of education or experience – whether you are a doctor, layman, scientist, nurse, med student or new parent – be prepared to be surprised by much of the medical research findings.

James & Lance Morcan

 

VACCINE SCIENCE REVISITED: Are Childhood Immunizations As Safe As Claimed? (The Underground Knowledge Series Book 8) by [Morcan, Lance, Morcan, James]

 

VACCINE SCIENCE REVISITED: Are Childhood Immunizations As Safe As Claimed?   is available via Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MQTN3CG/

 

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“Vaccine Science Revisited is highly recommended – especially for physicians and other medical personnel,” according to Amazon Hall of Fame Top 100 reviewer Grady Harp.

In his review of this new release book, Harp says the authors once again take on controversial subject matter and offer bold questions about the universal use (or misuse) of immunizations through vaccinations…(and) their roles become those of investigative journalists.

Further excerpts from his review follow:

After a solid and affirming Foreword introduction by Medical Laboratory Scientist Elísabet Norris the authors open their investigation with a warmly familiar reminiscence: ‘ Remember those infamous pox parties where parents deliberately exposed children to diseases such as the flu virus, measles and chickenpox? They were especially popular in the United States and in Britain at one stage – the idea being that children build immunity after being exposed to an infectious disease like chickenpox, which is more dangerous to adults than children. That was back in the day, before vaccinations were available, although it seems such activities persist to the present day in some quarters if mainstream media reports are accurate.’

The vaccines that are studied and discussed are DPT, Polio, Hepatitis A and B, H. influenza, Meningococcal and Pneumococcal, MMR, Varicella, Rotavirus, and the roles of DNA, genetics, epigenetics, and a fine explanation of our immune systems.

Under the banner of ‘It’s definitely time for society to revisit the subject of vaccines and vaccine safety, especially where our children are concerned, and open up the scientific debate once more’ – Lance and James Morcan present one of the most sensitively and honestly researched platforms for the discussion regarding the validity or misuse of the vaccination concept and practice. Yes, there will be many who disagree with their premise initially, but read carefully and follow the logic and find a different way of viewing the entire concept if immunology.

Highly Recommended – especially for physicians and other medical personnel. -Grady Harp

 

VACCINE SCIENCE REVISITED: Are Childhood Immunizations As Safe As Claimed? (The Underground Knowledge Series Book 8) by [Morcan, Lance, Morcan, James]

 

VACCINE SCIENCE REVISITED: Are Childhood Immunizations As Safe As Claimed?   is available via Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MQTN3CG/

 

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Our new book was published today.  Written in close consultation with a professional medical advisory team, and with a foreword by a medical laboratory scientist, VACCINE SCIENCE REVISITED is an unbiased, neutral, fact-based investigation that simply allows the science to do the talking on childhood vaccinations.

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This exhaustively-researched book avoids all rumor, conjecture and anecdotal evidence, and steadfastly focuses on what the latest medical studies actually reveal about vaccines listed on the immunization schedule. One by one the ingredients of the vaccines being manufactured today are put under the microscope by comparing peer-reviewed, published studies.

No matter your level of education or experience – whether you are a doctor, layman, scientist, nurse, med student or new parent – be prepared to be surprised by many of the medical research findings in VACCINE SCIENCE REVISITED: Are Childhood Immunizations As Safe As Claimed?

 

Excerpts from the Foreword:

Vaccine Science Revisited opens your eyes to so much more than just vaccines. It makes the reader realize how affected we are by our environment in general. And all of a sudden, all the various disorders humankind puts up with start making more sense. We are shown how multitudes of factors play their part and how these make it so difficult for medical professionals to determine a specific cause for an illness. Because most likely, there isn’t a specific cause, but an accumulation of multiple causes.

James and Lance have done an extraordinary job digging through paper after paper in order to find the most authentic and reliable studies to include in this book. It’s extremely rare to find a book that covers vaccines in such a scientifically pure manner. In other words, the data is presented in its raw state so nothing should cloud the reader’s judgement or taint the research.

Again though, it’s also nearly impossible to distinguish between fake data and true data. So in the end, it’s difficult to know which scientific authors or papers to trust when researching immunization studies. To combat this, James and Lance have searched for consistency using papers from multiple authors in order to uncover true or accurate data.

Although this book is essentially about vaccine ingredients and their effects, what’s great is all the information shared also provides an insight into how our environment in general can alter us. It’s skilfully constructed to cater equally for those who are strong believers in mainstream science and those who are focused more on rogue scientists. Since the facts are presented in their purest form, people of all beliefs can use the material in this book to further their understanding of this contentious medical subject.

In my opinion, James and Lance Morcan have pulled off an almost impossible task. To wrangle with the vast amounts of medical data and not only make sense of it, but satisfactorily explain it all to the layman while providing sufficient sources and references to satisfy readers with medical degrees, is a major intellectual achievement.

I strongly urge anybody, regardless of academic standing or lack thereof, to read this book and familiarize themselves with the concepts presented in it. Vaccine Science Revisited: Are Childhood Immunizations As Safe As Claimed? will be with me as a constant reference guide and a reminder that I, too, have control over what happens to my cells.

Elísabet Norris (Medical Laboratory Scientist, B.S.)

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MQTN3CG

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43289034-vaccine-science-revisited

 

The CIA recruits a team of foreign mercenaries. They are considered ‘deniable assets’ and go by the unlikely but somewhat prophetic name the Deniables. Their first mission is to repatriate one Moussa Diarra, an African exile, from New York back to his Dogon homeland in Mali, West Africa. Unfortunately, there are militant ethnic factions in Mali intent on preventing Moussa’s return and exterminating his people. His fate is in the hands of the Deniables.

That’s the premise of our upcoming action-thriller The Dogon Initiative (The Deniables, #1).

 

The Dogon Initiative (The Deniables, #1)
New action thriller coming soon!

 

For fans of the action-thriller genre, here’s two early chapters from this novel. In them, a newly formed team of young CIA hotshots plan a new initiative only a very select few at the agency even know about.

CHAPTER 3

Next morning, eight thousand miles away at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, USA, a small, select, think tank group of agency personnel brainstormed a new venture.

The four women and three men present were of various ethnicities and came from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Ranging in age from twenty-one to thirty-seven, they were surprisingly young considering the responsibilities and magnitude of the task entrusted to them. All seven dressed casually, looking more like university students than intelligence agents in their dress jeans and casual shirts or T-shirts (and their baseball caps in the case of the two youngest men) and they reclined on beanbags rather than conventional office chairs.

Four of them drank Fair Trade-certified coffee from recycled, environmentally-friendly, reusable, takeaway cups while one of the baseball caps absentmindedly demonstrated his expertise with a yo-yo and the youngest female chewed gum as they bounced ideas off each other.

The vigorous discussion was punctuated with banter, and interjections were frequent. Participants casually referred to the project they were brainstorming as the Dogon Initiative, or, sometimes more colloquially as the Dogon Job; the gum-chewer simply referred to it as the Dog Job, and that vulgarism was starting to catch on amongst her colleagues. Their use of everyday slang and obvious preference for casual dress seemed apt given there was nothing remotely formal or regular about this group of agents.

An outsider looking in might consider they were ad agency workers or software nerds perhaps, but first impressions can be deceiving. They were the CIA’s hotshots, recognized by management as seven of the agency’s most intelligent and unique thinkers. And despite appearances and despite their relative youthfulness, all but the three youngest had operational experience in the field.

Collectively, they made up the total staff of the grandiose-sounding but suitably vague The New Paradigms Team, which officially came under the umbrella of the agency’s Directorate of Science and Technology, but in reality was its own directorate.

It was no coincidence their roomy, well appointed, basement office was off limits to all but a few senior officials whose number included the agency’s director and deputy director. The hotshots were at the cutting edge of something only a handful of others at Langley even knew about it. Something that represented a daring departure from tradition.

The beanbags the think tank members occupied were roughly aligned in a circle on the plush, carpeted floor. In the middle of the circle was a three-foot tall replica of Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza, and it was that which currently commanded the attention of all.

On loan from one of the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC, the realistic, scale model was a spectacular reminder of how magnificent the original pyramid must have looked many thousands of years earlier. Sunlight streaming through ground floor-level windows strategically located just below ceiling level along the full length of one wall reflected off the replica’s gleaming, limestone-colored exterior and off the golden capstone at its very top, making it sparkle. The dazzling effect was such the replica might have been constructed of gold, silver, diamonds and other precious stones.

The model pyramid had special significance for the seven agents seated around it. They’d been tasked with masterminding a bold, new, long-term program within the agency. A program that the Dogon Initiative would be but one part of – albeit an important part.

The so-called Dog Job would herald the commencement of the new approach by American intelligence that the agency’s Cape Town asset, Lotte, had alluded to when pitching to Dean Hawkins in Nigeria the previous day. A more ethical approach that wouldn’t result in the usual blowback the CIA infamously attracted from its enemies around the world and from media watchdogs at home and abroad.

The office door opened and in walked Senior Agent Fred Daley. The suave, fifty-five-year-old closed both eyes as he was momentarily blinded by the brilliant sunlight reflecting off the replica pyramid’s golden capstone.

“For Christ’s sake, kids!” he grumbled, squinting at the assembled through one half-open eye.

One or two of Daley’s junior colleagues had trouble suppressing a smile as the twenty-seven-year agency veteran bypassed the last remaining vacant beanbag to plonk his tall, lanky frame down on the room’s only conventional office chair. It was an innocent action that somehow symbolized the differences between him and them.

Age and seating preferences weren’t the only differences. Daley’s tailored gray suit, starched white shirt, pale blue tie and expensive Italian shoes contrasted noticeably with the casual clothing and footwear favored by his subordinates.

The differences didn’t bother the others, and if they irked him he never let on.

Eying the young hotshots, Daley said, “Okay, I’ve heard back from the Budget Office’s Deputy Director. She insists she needs more details, hard details, if she’s to consider the twenty-five percent budget increase you want for this Mali mission.”

The hotshots collectively groaned.

“Goddamn it,” one of the baseball caps muttered.

“C’mon now,” Daley said as he looked around at the disappointed faces. “You gotta admit this is a speculative project you’ve chosen for a first-up assignment. There’s major risks involved using assets. Especially foreign assets –”

“Deniable assets,” one of the female agents reminded him.

The senior agent waved a dismissive hand. “Whatever… A speculative project using deniable assets who’ve never been contracted by the agency before… And on top of that, there’s a risk the ancient technology or whatever it is you’re hoping the Dogon have retained from the Earth’s ancient past may be nothing but Alex Jones-style conspiracy nonsense.”

Daley paused as if to invite objections. When there were none, he pulled out his smartphone, switched on its Video Recording mode and checked the screen to ensure all seven hotshots were in the camera’s frame.

“So sell it to me one more time,” he said as he began filming. “Convince me how the Dogon and their ancient history or technology can help America and I’ll try to get you the extra twenty-five percent.”

CHAPTER 4

Twenty-three year old Asian-American Tom Cheung, one of the baseball caps, and, at five foot four, the shortest by a country mile of all the assembled, leaned forward on his beanbag and stared directly at Daley over the top of the replica pyramid.

“Classified files both within the agency and other US and foreign intel agencies reveal a great deal of evidence,” Cheung said. “Not proof admittedly, but strong evidence that the Dogon’s advanced astronomical knowledge is very ancient and so predates the French astronomers who first visited them in Mali in 1893.” Cheung paused as he noisily adjusted his position on the beanbag.  “This essentially debunks the popular myth that the Dogon people had no astronomical knowledge to speak of before then… before 1893… and were simply regurgitating the French –”

“Well let’s focus on the lack of proof then,” Daley interrupted. “Why hold faith in Dogon science if we don’t have absolute proof?”

“Because their culture is worth saving regardless!” twenty-eight-year-old Kathy Einhorn, a Jewish woman, said passionately. The six-foot tall Yale graduate added, “Remember, the Dogon are facing the likelihood of cultural extinction in the near future.” She retrieved her smartphone from the pocket of the denim jacket she wore and accessed a specific app.

A large, colourful hologram suddenly appeared, like magic, in the air just above the pyramid.

No-one was surprised. American intelligence had been using holographic technology for decades now – almost as long as the US Military had.

Einhorn’s hologram depicted a map of Mali. She pressed digital icons on her phone’s screen to zoom in so that the holographic map focused on Mali’s central plateau region where the Dogon reside. The map seemed to shimmer in the sunlight.

Cheung closed the blinds and the hologram was immediately enhanced.

 “As we speak, the Dogon are being attacked by militant Muslims and other religious groups… right… there,” Einhorn said as red holographic arrows appeared above half a dozen villages highlighted on the map. “Our sources confirm some factions within the current Mali Government want the Dogon eradicated, too. These poor people are getting slammed from all sides for the very reasons we want to protect them… They hold ancient knowledge.” She looked directly at Daley. “Paradoxically, just as that knowledge is a threat to organized religions and established beliefs, it also could also be crucial to America’s future… and the world’s future, too.”

Still not convinced, Daley remained expressionless as he continued to video proceedings.

“You expect me to believe that any knowledge or wisdom to be found inside the heads of African desert nomads could somehow be crucial to our future?” he asked.

“Hell, yeah!” thirty-year-old transgendered (female to male) think tank member Bryce McNickle said, incensed. Pushing himself to his feet, he said, “We’re talkin’ free energy methodologies, interstellar engineering designs… Possibly even recovered ancient alien technologies” – the handsome transgender gestured to the replica pyramid before them – “not to mention how the pyramids were constructed… And our best scientists working on classified research projects claim all of those theories are quite possible. Thus the secrets the Dogon hold may help us in innumerable ways.”

“Well,” Daley responded, “what evidence do we have that they were aware of the Sirius thing before the French astronomers visited them?” He referred to a mystery that had long puzzled modern-day astronomers.

“A lot, actually,” Cheung said, reinserting himself into the discussion. “For example, many researchers believe the Dogon have work tools and implements whose shape is identical to Canis Major, or the Sirius Constellation. That includes Sirius B, the white dwarf star invisible to the naked eye.”

As Cheung spoke, Einhorn played with her smartphone. Above the replica pyramid in their midst, a new holographic image of a ceremonial Dogon hunting tool appeared with a map of the heavens superimposed behind it. Various points on the hunting tool aligned perfectly with the Sirius Constellation and even appeared to align with the white dwarf star Sirius B her colleague referred to.

 Cheung continued, “Sirius B wasn’t discovered by our civilization’s astronomers until 1862, yet this ceremonial Dogon tool depicting that very dwarf star and its orbit around Sirius A is estimated to have been crafted many hundreds of years before the Nineteenth Century. Furthermore, the Dogon have an ancient ceremony called Sigui that directly mirrors the orbit of Sirius B around Sirius A… and, get this, there are four hundred-year-old Dogon masks still being used in Sigui ceremonial rites. This means the Dogon were at least centuries ahead of Nineteenth Century astronomers.”

“Well, have we or any of our associates reached out to the Dogon themselves to get their opinions on all these mysteries?” Daley asked.

“Yep,” Cheung said. “The Dogon say their astronomical knowledge was passed down in oral tradition and goes back thousands of years.” Before his boss could interject, the young agent quickly added, “I know that doesn’t equate to proof the Dogon knew about a star that’s invisible to the naked eye, but their response to criticisms from academia complicates things as 1893 isn’t that long ago. For example…” He nodded to Einhorn who promptly tapped the screen of her smart phone.

A holographic video of an eldery Dogon man appeared above the pyramid.

Cheung continued, “Here’s a video of a Dogon elder over a hundred years old. One hundred and sixteen I believe he was when this video was filmed last year. Still alive last we heard, which makes him one of the oldest in Africa.” He glanced at his companions and several nodded, confirming the elder was still alive. “And so if you do the math, this man’s parents were born long before 1893. Yet he swears both his parents learnt the stories of Sirius B from their parents… Another piece of crucial evidence that predates the French astronomers’ arrival in Mali by many decades at least.”

“How would you explain that?” Daley asked, adopting a skeptical tone that didn’t necessarily reflect his personal feelings.

Cheung waited for one of his colleagues to answer. When none did, he said, “Well, as Bryce alluded” – he nodded to McNickle – “some would have it the Dogon received knowledge from visitors… Extraterrestrial visitors.”

Daley continued to play Devil’s Advocate.

“So you’re asking me to tell my superiors that ETs came from some distant galaxy, and the only people they decided to visit were a bunch of cliff-dwelling Africans in the middle of nowhere?”

“The Dogon are some of the oldest people around,” Latin American Ricky Santos said, entering the discussion. The thirty-three-year-old Stanford University law graduate continued, “So if the Ancient Aliens Theory is legit… and by the way I’m not necessarily saying any of us believe that ET hypothesis… Then potentially the Dogon might be one of the few peoples left on Earth who can remember the visitations… and recite it via their extensive oral tradition. But others around the planet allude to something very similar.” Santos looked at Daley who was still filming. “Shall I go on?”

The senior agent nodded.

Santos continued, “A good example of what I’m talking about is the Nazca Lines in Peru… They seem to be an attempt to communicate with sky gods. Likewise, Australia’s Aborigines have various sky beings in their oral traditions… So I think asking ‘Why only these people and nobody else?’ isn’t really relevant, especially concerning very ancient peoples like the Dogon. That’s just a hackneyed line mainstreamers use to try to debunk the possibility of such visitations.”

Daley was about to reply, when the youngest of the hotshots, twenty-one-year-old redhead Rachel Nider, the gum-chewer, and, as it happened, the owner of the highest IQ in the building, spoke up. “Many researchers also assume that detailed astronomical knowledge of distant stars invisible to the naked eye would necessitate ETs coming to our planet… Which is kinda a modern perspective and perhaps a by-product of a Hollywood-influenced culture… Like, who’s to say those who built the pyramids and performed other incredible feats of engineering weren’t capable of traveling to Sirius with advanced ancient physical technology created by humans on Earth? Or else something more obscure like exploring the universe using mental techniques… like remote viewing?”

Daley shook his head in frustration. “Can somebody just summarize this for me in a nutshell… and in English, please?”

All eyes turn to anthropologist Mary Catrell, who, at thirty-seven, was the oldest of the think tank members. Headhunted by the CIA only a year earlier, she’d already successfully completed two overseas field assignments, having been fast-tracked into active service by case managers who had quickly identified her unique abilities.

“There are undeniable connections between scientific and cosmological knowledge encoded in the myths of many cultures,” Catrell said. “These cosmo myths spread from Gobekli Tepe to pre-dynastic Egypt and the Shakti cult of India, and then from India into Egypt again in dynastic times and eventually around the world. The Dogon are preserving a lot of myths from Egypt as well as from other sources such as early Buddhism.”

Einhorn interjected, saying, “A good example being the Maori of New Zealand who have the same myths and use much of the same terminology.”

“Exactly,” Catrell agreed. “The Dogon myths and traditions have some authenticity because of parallels in Egypt that involve the same words for the same concepts. We can see this for ourselves in the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics painted on the walls of caves in the Dogon’s homeland. As for their ancient knowledge of Sirius B, I agree with Rachel and don’t necessarily think beings came to Earth from there… or from any other planet. After all, the Dogon’s astronomical knowledge is part of a treasure trove of scientific knowledge encoded in myths.”

“A treasure trove of scientific knowledge encoded in myths?” Daley responded, and not without a trace of sarcasm.

Several think tank members shared knowing looks. Their superior liked to pretend he was a hard-ass, but they knew he was a bit of a softy beneath his gruff exterior. Except when he needed to be a hard-ass.

Undeterred, Catrell continued, “The more I look into it, the more convinced I am there was a human civilization that was advanced in engineering and science, but was largely wiped out by the onset of the near-glacial period we call the Younger Dryas, and nearly finished off by the end of that post-Ice Age period about eleven thousand five hundred years ago. Scientists believe a large solar outburst was responsible for the end of the Younger Dryas, remember. Such an event would devastate any advanced technological civilization, be it ancient or modern.”

“Mary’s right,” the other baseball cap said. Twenty-seven-year-old African-American Milton Rucker, who, to the amusement of the others wore his cap back to front, added, “After all, even a smaller climatic event on that scale would probably wipe out our civilization.”

The diminutive Cheung, who sat next to the six foot six inch tall Rucker, leaned over to his taller, older colleague and murmured, “We were wondering when you were gonna wake up.”

Rucker grinned and whispered a rude response only Cheung could hear.

Senior Agent Daley meanwhile continued filming as his young, high-flying, high-IQ colleagues kept bombarding him with information.

 

You have been reading an excerpt from The Dogon Initiative. For more about this new action-thriller visit Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42094424-the-dogon-initiative

 

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Fast-paced, totally fresh and original, filled with deep and complex characters, The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy, #1)  is a controversial, high-octane thriller with an edge.

 

The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy Book 1) by [Morcan, James, Lance Morcan]

 

In book one in The Orphan Trilogy, an orphan grows up to become an assassin for a highly secretive organization. When he tries to break free and live a normal life, he is hunted by his mentor and father figure, and by a female orphan he spent his childhood with. On the run, the mysterious man’s life becomes entwined with his beautiful French-African hostage and a shocking past riddled with the darkest of conspiracies is revealed.

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★★★★★ “The authors manage to weave political intrigue, espionage and eugenics into an exciting fabric of mystery and entertainment. The reader can’t but believe that the novel may not be only a work of fiction.” -I.A. Wilhite, Ph.D.

★★★★★ “What makes The Ninth Orphan stand out from other thrillers is its intelligent handling of its themes. Like Kazuo Ishiguro’s haunting novel, Never Let Me Go, The Ninth Orphan taps into our fascination with the possibilities of genetic selection, and the consequences it may bring. Throw in a pinch of romance and the suggestion of political shadow organizations that may or may not operate in the real world, and you have an exhilarating read that will keep the little grey cells ticking over long after you’ve reached the final page.” -The Flaneur Book Reviews UK

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Quote from the novel White Spirit: “To understand the Dreamtime, you must understand that we do not own the land. The land is our mother and she owns and nurtures us.” -Old Aboriginal saying.

 

White Spirit (A novel based on a true story) by [Morcan,James, Morcan, Lance]

In the historical adventure White Spirit (A novel based on a true story)  Irish convict John Graham escapes confinement only to be captured by fierce Aboriginal tribesmen. He is sustained by the love of two women – one black, one white.

★★★★★ “Disturbing, brutal, honest, and unputdownable.” –Great Historicals TOP 50 REVIEWER

Authors’ note: Though White Spirit is first and foremost a novel and therefore a work of fiction, many of the adventures described herein happened – exactly as related in some cases, and with some embellishments for drama’s sake in others. In reality, John Graham’s story was so unbelievably remarkable it needn’t have been dramatized. However, as novelists, we couldn’t resist expanding upon and adding characters to certain true-life events.

White Spirit  is available as a paperback and Kindle ebook via Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/White-Spirit-novel-based-story-ebook/dp/B01LWIRH9J/

 

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