I don’t know if you have read any of Joseph Farrell’s books. They cover a wide range of topics but mainly center on the lingering after-effects of World War II.

Specifically, there is a never-totally-disproven notion that World War II didn’t really end as history books proclaim. This goes well beyond the reports that the body found in the Berlin bunker, first identified as Adolph Hitler, was really (per DNA says a an unconfirmed report) the body of a young woman.

And it goes beyond the notion that Japan never really wholly surrendered. The work of Douglass Dietrich goes off into more detail.

Central to both researchers is the topic of UFOs. In the case of Farrell, it was the Brotherhood of the Bell. This asserted that somewhere in the woods of Poland, the Nazis built a test bed for an ultrahigh speed rotating mass engine. The idea behind it was that if you could “spin up” enough mass (over 250,000 RPM if I recall), it would effectively confuse local space-time and the device and surrounding space would “jump” in unexpected ways.

The UFO angle in Dietrich’s work was less far-fetched: He simply postulated based on good evidence he’d accumulated working iun document disposal for DoD in San Francisco, that the Japanese may have had a massive balloon program, perhaps evolved in Mainland China, part of which was occupied by the Japanese during World War II.

In his version of events, it was not a peace treaty that was signed, only Articles of Surrender, but that may not have equaled surrender.

All makes for interesting reading on a raidy day, or when you’re under the weather.

But what if there really was (or IS) something to this “breakaway civilization” concept?

Sure, we have a lot of X-Files-like data, such as the Phoenix Lights and so on. But what else?

Lots of people using night vision goggles have reported seeing oddities in order, above and beyond the International Space Station. Triangular shaped craft, and so forth are mentioned when you begin to dig in.

And even beyond there, there are reports of hackers getting in a super-secret US Navy computer system and finding what could be evidence of a “space fleet.”

Where does all this lead?

Well, actually nowhere…at least not yet.

One of the ebook I’ve just finished listening to is the piece on Propaganda by Joseph Goebbels. Say what you will about the Nazis, they did evolve a very finely honed sense of how to manipulate the public.

So let’s put on our thinking caps for a minute.

Suppose you invented a number of ways to get into space that did not involve the clumsy repulsion rockets based on the simple physics of F=ma, which is to say that for every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction.

What IF there was another way?

We can jot down a list easily enough: Did the Nazis conquer gravity with Die Glocke (“the Bell”) project? Or, as an outgrowth of the Japanese balloon heavy-lift project (apparently designed to bring bombers and such across the Pacific without having to worry about surface ships for supply) could a high-altitude launch program have been secretly developed? Or, even more tantalizing, has the US government already built a “Space Elevator” program?

This last one has quite a notation in Wikipedia…

“A space elevator is a proposed type of space transportation system.[1] The main component would be a cable (also called a tether) anchored to the surface and extending into space. The design would permit vehicles to travel along the cable from a planetary surface, such as the Earth’s, directly into space or orbit, without the use of large rockets. An Earth-based space elevator would consist of a cable with one end attached to the surface near the equator and the other end in space beyond geostationary orbit (35,800 km altitude). The competing forces of gravity, which is stronger at the lower end, and the outward/upward centrifugal force, which is stronger at the upper end, would result in the cable being held up, under tension, and stationary over a single position on Earth. With the tether deployed, climbers could repeatedly climb the tether to space by mechanical means, releasing their cargo to orbit. Climbers could also descend the tether to return cargo to the surface from orbit…”

Additional details on the Wikipedia site here.

Why mention all this?

Well, IF there is a breakaway civilization (*or breakaway technology group) it would be a serious management problem to keep things rolling smoothly.

At first, during the early evolution, passing off UFO reports are nutjobs would work. But later on, as commercial possibilities were coming onto the horizon, it would make sense to go many steps further. So, for example, you might start to see alien-neutral television programs to get people used to the idea of something “other.”

I think the X-Files, and other shows might fill the bill on this score.

And as the integration of the breakaway into the terrestrial business culture was managed, the propaganda would begin to lessen the distance between GroundPop and SpacePop.

So you might seed – with the help of some of the ultra-rich who would already have a financial interest in participating – the public mind with things like Private Space Travel. Which, oh by the way, is in full swing.

And then you’d need to begin to seed the idea that there are commercial benefits.

And so we come to this point of this morning’s discussion, which is to focus on a truly interesting article with includes a discussion of space-based manufacturing:

Factories in space: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos unveils vision for the future.”

It is here that I have to put on my management consultant hat: “What would be the cost-of-production advantage of making goods in space?”

Simply put, using reaction-rocket technology, which is incredibly expensive, there is precisely NO ADVANTAGE.

Unless two other conditions are true, the global warming impact alone would scuttle such nonsense. Space launching takes tons of resource and it’s a one-time use.

The only two conditions that would reults in Space Manufacturing making sense would be both a tax angle (is space tax-free?) and the operation cost would have to be lower than here on the surface.

While the latter implies that there is a cheaper way to get upstairs than reaction rockets, we haven’t been told about that part —

While the latter implies that there is a cheaper way to get upstairs than reaction rockets, we haven’t been told about that part — yet.

But just looking at the data (and ugly realities like cost of lift per kilo into space) we can only assume that in the spirit of Farrell (and Dietrich) there is quite possibly something else going on…something we the people who have written the check for, haven’t been told about yet.

So secret space lift program, cheap source of launch, or slowly rolling out the joint venture agreement with aliens…

Business is about making money. Aliens wouldn’t need our money, any more than the King of England needed wampum back in the day.

We aren’t sure where this all leads, but a haunting Twilight Zone episode here keeps coming to mind.

If there is a third party (alien) deal,can we who were not party to it, be held to indentures? Or was that what the movie Independence Day was hinting at?

Eye Surgery #4

The left eye is effective 20-400 this morning following yet another surprise eye surgery on Wednesday afternoon.

If you’re playing the home version, the timeline goes like this:

April 28 attempted repositioning of old implant fails. Old implant removed.

May 26, new implant installed.

May 31, outer stitches reinforced due to leakage.

June 1 (yesterday) outer stiches didn’t end leak, reopened eye and re-sewed inner stitches and new outers, closed.

Needless to say, we would argue about surgery number three as it was in-office, not under a knock-out. But whenever you get anesthetic in the eyeball (two shots, please) and someone is sewing on your eye under a magnifying glass, I count it as surgery.

As soon as the Challenger Jobs report comes out – which should give us a sense of the employment report tomorrow – Elaine and I will beat it back up the well-worn path to Tyler.

I believe humans are never tested beyond their ability to cope..but this is not exactly fun…and while the right eye is 20-30 minus with a new hard contact, getting used to that has been less than enjoyable as well.

BroInLaw Panama offered to begin searching for a parrot for me, but for now, we’ll just scream Arrrgghhh! And press on regardless.

But don’t ask if I’m having fun yet. You’ll get a seriously adult earful.

Write when you get rich,