Membership of our new discussion group Silent World on Goodreads.com is growing rapidly. Established as a place to discuss all the unique aspects of Deaf culture as highlighted in our new release thriller Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes), it’s also a meeting place of sorts where Deaf and hearing people can engage and learn from each other.
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In researching Silent Fear over many years, we discovered the Deaf community really is a unique and diverse global community. We trust the book, and the group it has inspired, will encourage members to share other books (and films) by or about the Deaf, and even inspire other storytellers to include Deaf characters in their works. (It has been our observation there is a dearth of Deaf characters in literature, cinema and television).

We also hope the Silent World group will eventually become an interactive discussion platform for the Deaf community, and encourage deeper engagement between Deaf (and hard of hearing) and hearing people.

Check it out! More members are welcome…

You can visit the group at: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/237556-silent-world-a-discussion-group

And while you’re at it, check out the groups discussion threads.

Here’s some random examples of those discussions:

Essay on Silent Fear by Deaf filmmaker Brent Macpherson

How long does it take to learn sign language? 

Codas (Children of Deaf adults)

Lip Reading Challenge  

Life and deaf documentary

Silent Fear teaser trailer  

Film adaptation development announcement

How can the communication lines be improved between Deaf and hearing people?   

Introducing…Detective Valerie Crowther (Coda)

Deaf authors / Books on the Deaf

 

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As everyone knows, most conspiracy theories are BS.

However, what about the lesser known and under-reported “conspiracy FACTS”?

The latest episode of the ongoing podcast series UNDERGROUND KNOWLEDGE is all about revealing such conspiracy facts…In this episode I outline 17 mind-blowing facts…Which prove that the conspiracy field is more nuanced than commonly acknowledged…

 

Number 1: Operation Paperclip

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Paperclip

CIA records: https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/csi-publications/csi-studies/studies/vol-58-no-3/operation-paperclip-the-secret-intelligence-program-to-bring-nazi-scientists-to-america.html

The New York Times: Nazis Were Given ‘Safe Haven’ http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/14/us/14nazis.html

The Guardian: UK arranged transfer of Nazi scientists to Australia (Operation Matchbox) https://www.theguardian.com/uk/1999/aug/17/iantraynor

 

Number 2: Operation Northwoods

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Northwoods

ABC News: U.S. Military Wanted to Provoke War With Cuba http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=92662

 

Number 3: Operation Mockingbird

The Nation: https://www.thenation.com/article/why-are-the-media-taking-the-cias-hacking-claims-at-face-value/

“In 1977, Carl Bernstein published an exposé of a CIA program known as Operation Mockingbird, a covert program involving, according to Bernstein, “more than 400 American journalists who in the past 25 years have secretly carried out assignments for the Central Intelligence Agency.” Bernstein found that in “many instances” CIA documents revealed that “journalists were engaged to perform tasks for the CIA with the consent of the managements of America’s leading news organizations.”

Operation Mockingbird – The Black Vault http://www.theblackvault.com/documentarchive/operation-mockingbird/

Operation Mockingbird was a secret campaign by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to influence media. Begun in the 1950s, it was initially organized by Cord Meyer and Allen W. Dulles, it was later led by Frank Wisner after Dulles became the head of the CIA.

The organization recruited leading American journalists into a network to help present the CIA’s views, and funded some student and cultural organizations, and magazines as fronts. As it developed, it also worked to influence foreign media and political campaigns, in addition to activities by other operating units of the CIA.

Declassified Documents http://www.theblackvault.com/documentarchive/operation-mockingbird/

The New York Times: Project Mockingbird – Spying on Reporters https://washington.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/06/26/project-mockingbird/

THE CIA AND THE MEDIA – Carl Bernstein http://www.carlbernstein.com/magazine_cia_and_media.php

 

Number 4: Project MK-Ultra

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_MKUltra

The Washington Post: The Victims of MKULTRA https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1985/04/18/the-victims-of-mkultra/016c7686-1277-4ac6-aee6-8f1a69c86110/

 

Number 5: Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

TIME: How the Public Learned About the Infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study http://time.com/4867267/tuskegee-syphilis-study/

Tuskegee syphilis experiment – Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuskegee_syphilis_experiment

 

Number 6: The U.S. Military Is Creating Insect Drones

CNN: Military drones that mimic hawks and insects http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/14/tech/mci-drone-robohawk-robofly/index.html

DAILY MAIL: Military unveils insect-sized spy drone with dragonfly-like wings http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3734945/Now-bugged-Military-unveils-insect-sized-spy-drone-dragonfly-like-wings.html

Is That a Bug or a Robotic Spy? https://www.roboticstomorrow.com/article/2017/12/is-that-a-bug-or-a-robotic-spy/11089

“A team of researchers in conjunction with the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research is developing what they are calling a micro aerial vehicle (MAV) that will undertake various espionage tasks. The robotic insect can effortlessly infiltrate urban areas, while being controlled from a long distance; and it is equipped with a camera and a built-in microphone.”

 

Number 7: Operation Midnight Climax

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Midnight_Climax

SF Chronicle: When the CIA ran a LSD sex-house in San Francisco http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/When-the-CIA-ran-a-LSD-sex-house-in-San-Francisco-7223346.php

 

Number 8: The Gulf of Tonkin Incident

NSA.gov (declassified reports) https://www.nsa.gov/news-features/declassified-documents/gulf-of-tonkin/

New York Times: Vietnam War Intelligence ‘Deliberately Skewed,’ Secret Study Says http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/02/politics/vietnam-war-intelligence-deliberately-skewed-secret-study-says.html

The Truth About Tonkin | U.S. Naval Institute https://www.usni.org/magazines/navalhistory/2008-02/truth-about-tonkin

“Questions about the Gulf of Tonkin incidents have persisted for more than 40 years. But once-classified documents and tapes released in the past several years, combined with previously uncovered facts, make clear that high government officials distorted facts and deceived the American public about events that led to full U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.” -U.S. Naval Institute

 

Number 9: Project Sunshine

Project Sunshine: A Tale of Body-Snatching | Mysterious Universe http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2017/06/project-sunshine-a-tale-of-body-snatching/

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_SUNSHINE

 

Number 10: The U.S. cover-up of the perpetrators of Unit 731 – the ‘Asian Auschwitz’ 

American cover-up of Japanese war crimes – Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_cover-up_of_Japanese_war_crimes

The New York Times: A New Look at Japan’s Wartime Atrocities and a U.S. Cover-Up https://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/10/21/china-unit-731-japan-war-crimes-biological/

 

Number 11: The Willowbrook State School Hepatitis Experiments

Victims of sinister medical procedures included residents of Staten Island’s infamous Willowbrook State School http://www.silive.com/northshore/index.ssf/2011/03/victims_of_sinister_medical_pr.html

Medical Ethics Text: http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/SocialSciences/ppecorino/MEDICAL_ETHICS_TEXT/Chapter_7_Human_Experimentation/Case_Study_Willowbrook_Experiments.htm

“Mentally retarded children housed at the Willowbrook State School in Staten Island, New York, were intentionally given hepatitis in an attempt to track the development of the viral infection. The study began in 1956 and lasted for 14 years.

The researcher also wanted to determine the effectiveness of gamma globulin injections as protection against hepatitis.  They justified their deliberate infections and exposures by claiming that given that there was a high rate of infection in the institution it was practically inevitable that the children would become infected.”

 

Number 12: The 1933 Reichstag terror attack…A Nazi false flag attack

“There is enough evidence to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that it was the Nazis who planned the arson and carried it out for their own political ends.” -Shirer, William (2011). The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. Simon and Schuster. p. 192.

Sunday Telegraph:  Historians find ‘proof’ that Nazis burnt Reichstag http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/1310995/Historians-find-proof-that-Nazis-burnt-Reichstag.html

 

Number 13: The Monster Study

Monster Study – Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monster_Study

The New York Times: The Stuttering Doctor’s ‘Monster Study’

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/16/magazine/the-stuttering-doctor-s-monster-study.html

 

Number 14: Animal Spies

Smithsonian: The CIA’s Most Highly-Trained Spies Weren’t Even Human As a former trainer reveals, the U.S. government deployed nonhuman operatives—ravens, pigeons, even cats—to spy on cold war adversaries https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-cias-most-highly-trained-spies-werent-even-human-20149/

The CIA’s bizarre attempts to use animals as spies during the Cold War era http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2439884/CIAs-bizarre-attempts-use-animals-spies-Cold-War-era.html#ixzz5366UmQYg

 

Number 15: The Duplessis Orphans 

Duplessis Orphans – Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duplessis_Orphans

The Duplessis Orphans – CBC Archives – CBC.ca http://www.cbc.ca/archives/topic/the-duplessis-orphans

 

Number 16: Operation Gladio

Operation Gladio – Wikispooks https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Operation_Gladio

The Black Vault – Operation Gladio (Declassified documents) http://www.theblackvault.com/documentarchive/operation-gladio/

NATO’s Secret Armies. Operation GLADIO and the Strategy of Tension https://www.globalresearch.ca/natos-secret-armies-operation-gladio-and-the-strategy-of-tension/5500132

 

Number 17: The Guatemalan syphilis experiment

Wikipedia: Guatemala syphilis experiment https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guatemala_syphilis_experiment

The Guatemala syphilis experiment and medical ethics in science-based medicine https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/the-guatemalan-syphilis-experiment-and-medical-ethics/

 

Thanks for listening/reading/watching!

James Morcan

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Our latest historical adventure White Spirit (A novel based on a true story)  has been selected by Amazon for its 12 Days of Kindle holiday sale – underway now!

 

White Spirit (A novel based on a true story)

Based on the remarkable true story of Irish convict John Graham, White Spirit  is an epic historical adventure set in 19th Century Australia. After escaping from the notorious Moreton Bay Penal Settlement, Graham finds refuge with the Kabi, a tribe of Aborigines who eventually accept him as one of their own. He is sustained by the love of two women – one black, one white.

 

The novel’s Kindle price has been discounted to US$1.15 on Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/White-Spirit-novel-based-story-ebook/dp/B01LWIRH9J/

Australian customers can buy White Spirit  at the discounted price of AU$1.49 at    https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01LWIRH9J/

To view all the titles in Amazon’s 12 Days of Kindle holiday sale go to: https://www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html/ref=pe_3554110_266172020_pe_ecg/?node=11544834011

 

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The pre-Christmas giveaway of our new release thriller paperback Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes)  ends December 23 PST. It’s open to members of Goodreads.com – wherever in the world you are!

 

Be in to win paperback… Entries close soon.

 

Scotland Yard detective Valerie Crowther is assigned to investigate the murder of a student at a university for the Deaf in London, England. The murder investigation coincides with a deadly flu virus outbreak, resulting in the university being quarantined from the outside world. When more Deaf students are murdered, it becomes clear there is a serial killer operating within the sealed-off university. A chilling cat-and-mouse game evolves as the unknown killer targets Valerie and the virus claims more lives.

 

To enter the Silent Fear  paperback giveaway go to: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/enter_choose_address/265150-silent-fear

Meanwhile the Kindle edition of Silent Fear  is available via Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075HRYTVC/

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Undergrounders, or members, in our Underground Knowledge global discussion group on Goodreads, are speculating whether the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) is another invention of the West.

 

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ISIS terrorists…Their reason for being now questioned.

 

Unsurprisingly, this discussion thread is one of the most active in the group.

Here’s what some of our members are saying:

I’m from the Middle East. Many people in that region believe in the conspiracy theories which holds the west the responsibility for ISIS’s rise. Unfortunately half the conspiracy theories could be true. I have no doubt that the main bulk of ISIS comes from a minority of religious extremes who believe in the idea of martyrdom and apocalypse. Most of those religious fanatics are not local to Iraq and Syria but came from other countries around the world to fight there. Having said that, I believe that some western powers contributed passively and actively in the process of ISIS making… If you track who would benefit from instigating wars in 3rd world countries I’m sure you can trace it back to large oil and weapon companies. Through these wars they maintain their business.

and I would add to the list mining companies, Big Pharma companies and those corporations like Halliburton who do the rebuilding contracts after our (Western) nations blow these countries up! The whole charade of “fighting for peace” would be hilarious if it wasn’t for the fact that innocent people are dying.

Money, Blood and God: Who Funds Terrorism? https://www.goodreads.com/videos/9797… Tagline for the above video: It’s no secret that religious extremists in the Middle East use kidnapping and robbery to generate income — but they have investors as well. And, though you might not hear it in the news, many of these investors are US allies.

BREAKING: Putin Reveals ISIS Funded by 40 Countries, Including G20 Members — http://themindunleashed.org/2015/11/b

What with this, plus Russia’s supposed coming out with 9/11 inside job details, and the fact Russia have just been bombing the shit out of hospitals in Syria and ‘the west’ retaliating in response, and not to mention that the Russian P.M said this week we were heading for a new cold war… I have a bad feeling the shit’s really gonna hit the fan this year between Russia and ‘the west’…

I tend to agree with the “false flag” interpretation. I have heard another news clip (yet to be verified as true) that Trump has ordered further bombing of the Syrian army who were heading towards eastern Syria, where ISIS is. If true, this is more than deplorable.

Suggest you guys read up on the White Widow, married to the 7/7 bus bomber who was killed. Although there was a warrant out for her, the UK Home Office issued her a new UK passport a month after the bombing, she flew to JHB… Then she pops up training ISIS female fighters, then Ukraine. Who was she working for????

Some very interesting articles in this link, just arrived in my inbox! http://globalresearch.us11.list-manag

‘CIA and Mossad created ISIS’, says Julian Assange as Wikileaks releases 500k US cables http://www.awdnews.com/index/cia-moss

America Created Al-Qaeda and the ISIS Terror Group – Global Research https://www.globalresearch.ca/america

 

To view all the comments, or better still to have YOUR say, go to: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/2094848-is-the-islamic-state-is-isis-another-invention-of-the-west?page=1

 

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Do you believe society would be better off if recreational drugs were decriminalized? We’ve put this question in our latest poll to Undergrounders (members) of our Underground Knowledge discussion group on Goodreads – and interim results show two thirds of participants believe that would be the case.

 

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Poll results to date show that 65% of participants believe society would be better off if recreational drugs were decriminalized, 20% are unsure and 15% believe society would be worse off.

Participants’ comments make interesting reading. Here’s a few examples:

It depends a great deal on the drug. It would be better off to legalize a drug like marijuana. It would not be a great idea to legalize Meth, or heroin.

I see the War on Drugs tied in with the Prison Industrial Complex…And the drug and prison industries are two of the most profitable on Earth…And that’s a real concern to me, especially when you consider most people are in jail due to committing “victimless crimes” (i.e. they never hurt anyone, but themselves).

I can’t see any benefit in legalising meth, or heroin, or a number of other horrors.

The War on Drugs is a travesty in my view as it not only hasn’t worked, but I think it was designed to never work…In that, by making drugs highly illegal, it drives the price up 10 or 100 fold what they would otherwise be. And that profit incentive increases not decreases their distribution in society…

When I lived in Amsterdam the main crime was bicycle theft, the streets where safe and there were less addicts because it was legal it lost its appeal…It’s all politics, it got nothing to do with drugs!!!

If all and sundry have access to meth, recall an awful lot of violent crime is meth related, so that would grow. If you have ever seen a true heroin addict after a good period of addiction, you would not see any benefit there.

Portugal had a huge problem with drug users, especially heroin, and they have now legalised drugs. It is far from resolved, a mess building for decades won’t be cleaned in months, but they are making good progress.

I see at least 2 dilemmas facing legalizing recreational drugs: They will be taxed to the max, making ’em prohibitively expensive and the 2nd being the cartels looking to make up for the loss.

History tells us, definitively, that it’s better to legalize vices than make them illegal–which does not stop them and just adds a lot more crime, increases the number of victims and casualties, and enriches criminals. During prohibition, crime involving alcohol was rampant, gangsters got VERY rich and everyone (rich and poor alike) continued to drink.

Right now there is a recognised problem with overuse of opioids, that is technically legally obtained drugs. Why would opening up the supply and letting everyone have a go make that problem less?

There’s a massive financial incentive to make entire communities/nations addicted…the illegality is what drives not only drug syndicates and big cartels, but also more organized criminal elements within the CIA (the biggest profiteer from the War on Drugs it seems).

HELL NO! I’m almost 37. I can proudly say I’m both alcohol and drug free. I’ve never tried weed, nor will I ever…Smoking weed would not make me a better or cooler person.

What we need to do is obliterate the Drug Barons, smugglers, and unsafe drug cutters. We also need to be wise about which drugs we legalise. Akin to Prostitution, certain drugs need to be legalised, available from approved chemists; that the drugs are the genuine article is given. Add in tax and VAT [sales tax], and rip the heart out of this illegal industry. A fair price for a genuine product.

To view all comments, or better still to have YOUR say, go to: https://www.goodreads.com/poll/list/142309-underground-knowledge-a-discussion-group?type=group

Poll ends December 24.

This poll was inspired by a few discussion threads in the Underground Knowledge group, especially in the “Drug Wars” and “Prison Industrial Complex” sections, as follows:

Drug wars https://www.goodreads.com/topic/group

The Prison Industrial Complex https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/

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We invite YOU to join our fast growing Underground Knowledge group! This global discussion group has been designed to encourage debates about important and underreported issues of our era. All you need is an enquiring mind and a desire to gain or share ‘underground knowledge’.

 

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