Friday, July 17, 2009

History Repeats

H.G. Wells created a novel titled War of the Worlds in 1898. In 1938 Orson Welles (Citizen Kane, 1941) directed and narrated a radio broadcast version of War of the Worlds. It was done on a program that ran 60 minutes, without commercial break, and featured a series of simulated news bulletins about a Martian invasion. The program, to some, seem so realistic that they actually came to believe that it was happening. There were even claims to people witnesses flashes of light or smell poison gas. It probably didn't help that this was during the time of WWII, before Pearl Harbor was attacked and no one believed that was happening. After Pearl Harbor was decimated, America dropped two nuclear weapons on Japan, killing hundreds of thousands of individuals. Then they fought in Europe and helped defeat the Germans. Now, today, they are the world superpower.

A few days ago I was listening to the radio, and I'm not quite sure where exactly, but it was reported that an elementary school (I believe in the U.S.) had decided to make an attempt at helping their students gain imagination for a writing project. They set up a scenario in which their teacher was abducted by aliens and taken away in a space ship. They had the help of local police and firefighters who helped liven the event up with flashing lights and what not. After the "drama" took place, most of the young students reacted negatively. Some even cried when they got home, expressing fear towards their teachers fate. Seems like it sort of backfired.

Funny how one Martian visit on the radio causes people over 70 years ago to panic and a School reenacting a Martian visit in person causes children to cry. Either way, both didn't seem to work quite well. Maybe its an alien thing?

Another comparison:

In 1950, Jewish-German-American banker James Warburg, financial adviser to president Franklin D. Roosevelt, said to the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations that, "We shall have World Government, whether or not you like it. The only question is whether World Government will be achieved by conquest or consent."

A few years ago, Alan Greenspan, 13th Chairman of the Federal Reserve, said that "...uh, There is no other agency of Government (including the Presidential Administration) which can overrule actions that we (Federal Reserve) take. So long as that is in place, and there is no evidence that the, uh, administration or the congress, or anybody else, is, uh, requesting that we do things other than what we think is the appropriate thing, then, what the relationships are, ugh, don't frankly matter and, uh, I've had very good relationships with the presidents."

Quite frankly, I find it rather interesting that these "Men with Money" continue to have these predominately supreme stances on their positioning. Currently several nations are being occupied, mainly in the middle east, and there are people and companies making millions, even billions of dollars of profit from the wars at hand, while the majority of the world suffers from a recession. Oh yeah, another history repeat is in the 1930s before World War II, there was what we now call "The Great Depression", considerably comparable in economic respects with today.

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