Speaking of Chapter 11, this part of the book alleges that NASA may want to prepare for bankruptcy if it cares to save America. Illustration below is from Italian edition. -HP
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE APOLLO PROJECT HOAX
"Gadgets, entertainment, sex and even some harmless dissent and radical culture are all
means the State can employ to keep a real rebellion from ever getting started."
-- Charles Reich, "The Greening of America"
APOLLO AS A 20TH CENTURY PYRAMID
Was the Apollo project, real or otherwise, simply a gadget? Was it really one of the means that the controllers use to retain their control? I think the answer to that is yes. However, it was more than just a 30 billion dollar astrophysical toy; it was a replacement for a shooting war.
As Shakespeare so wisely said, "Sweet are the uses of adversity." Although the Apollo project was adverse in the sense that it did little more than give employment to many people and advance certain sectors of science, it did allow the present warfare state to maintain the economy without killing a lot of people. In that respect, the Apollo was a "good" project. But viewed from the present day of $1 per loaf of bread and 50 cents a pound of sugar [Try four times that amount and climbing yearly! And that's if you're alright with consuming genetically-modified, pesticide-ridden, sugar-fluffed, over-processed, air-puffed Monsanto yeast paste called "bread". War-based economy indeed. -HP], it was really only a stopgap measure; one designed to maintain control for a few more years while the controllers worked on more lasting schemes.
Apollo was a part of the economic disease that now threatens to create monetary havoc not only in the U.S. but worldwide. In that sense, it was genuinely adverse, but only for a limited time.
It has been obvious to many that the American standard of living could not continue forever in the midst of abysmal poverty in many other parts of the world. Even though we have been able to live affluently [Well, some of us, anyway. -HP] in a wartime [or] quasi-wartime economy since about 1939, it was inevitable that one day we would no longer be able to borrow to support an unreal and profligate way of life.
Ultimately, the pyramid-building phase (throwing money into unproductive projects) had to come to an end. Our present inflation is probably only a sample of horrendous inflation to come.
APOLLO AS A DISASTER FOR THE CORPORATE STATE
All that is happening, as this book is written, was predicted in a remarkable volume by Charles Reich, we find the following perceptive prediction. (This was written prior to 1970, which makes it even more prescient.)
"The state itself is now bringing about its own destruction. The machine itself has begun to do the work of revolution. The State is now generating forces that will accomplish what no revolutionaries could accomplish by themselves. And there is nothing the State can do by repression or power to prevent these forces from bringing it down."
In light of recent events, political, economic and social, it seems that these words are terribly prophetic. It is a fact that Apollo, a 30 billion dollar boondoggle whether it was successful or not, contributed to the downfall. Had this money been spent elsewhere, the decline and fall of the U.S. would have taken somewhat longer. But the forces of which Reich speaks, transcends a mere moon trip. As he points out...
"The heart of the State's power lies in its ability to maintain the people in a condition of false consciousness. It could indulge in any irrationality (Apollo, for example?) so long as that false consciousness was preserved. What has now happened is that the State has finally begun to do things which pierce the illusions and myths of the majority of people."
For example, Reich goes on to point out that . . .
". . . to have consumers for its constantly increasing flow of products, the Corporate State must have individuals who live for hedonistic pleasures, constant change and expanding freedom. To have workers for its system of production, the State must have individual who are ever more self-denying, self-disciplined and narrowly confined.
Once a man has been sold on skiing, boating, foreign travel and gourmet cooking, he can no longer believe in his work. There is a great subversive force loose in America, manufactured with all the famous efficiency of the Corporate State."
Although different in nature to the dichotomy between work and pleasure, the Apollo project, real or not, contributed to the dissolution of the myth for the following reasons:
1. It "blew" money in large quantities for a space spectacular.
2. It thus had to be sold by large doses of publicity and public relations.
3. While people needed fresh air, pure water, safer cars and more rewarding jobs, a trio of men supposedly made the quarter million mile journey between earth and its satellite. Now whether this journey was made or not, a great many people witness the failure of the leaders to provide for the basic needs of the people.
Just as in the days preceding the fall of Rome, the government believed that "bread and circuses" would keep the people pacified. Long before the last Apollo "trip" most of us were totally bored by the almost identical repetition. It was analogous to watching the father of a poor family take trips in this mortgaged Rolls Royce while the children go barefoot and hungry.
Thus, the Apollo was actually a disaster that hastened the present conditions, again, whether the trip was actually made or not. It must be evidence by now that the impact of a pseudo event is just as real as the impact of a real event. Therefore, whether our contention is right or wrong, the Apollo project was a hoax on not only the American people, but ultimately on the people who conceived of it and carried it out!
APOLLO SIMULATION AS A PRESTIGE PRESERVER (ASTROPOLITICS)
Since the end of WWII, when the U.S. was dominant in the world power race, it has sought to maintain that position. To be truly first, one must be first in everything: standard of living, health, number of cars, and TV sets, science and technology, packages of Trix consumed per day by hapless 9-year-olds . . .
Thus, when Kennedy made this fateful commitment for the U.S., i.e., we'll place a man on the moon before the decade is out -- he unwittingly troweled down a foundation of sand for NASA and its greedy proselytes.
An analogy is appropriate: a small boy struts about the neighborhood and proclaims that his father can lick anyone on the block. Unfortunately, he does not bother to tell the father, have him train or check out the opposition. When showdown day arrives, the father has some choices:
1. He can be whipped in front of his boy and the neighborhood residents.
2. He can move away.
3. He can somehow divert attention from the unwise commitment.
Relating this to the predicament of U.S. after 1961, we find that:
1. Obviously no one in government wanted to be whipped even though there was no indication at any time that there was a real "race to the moon."
2. There was no place for the U.S. to go.
3. By doing what was possible and faking the rest, the U.S. could save face.
And this, of course, is our condition. Even though the budget for Apollo was high and probably even higher than anyone admits, it was a cheap hype to further befuddle the world's masses as to the alleged eminence of the U.S. in all fields.
APOLLO SIMULATION TO JUSTIFY GREAT EXPENSE
When people make a junket to Las Vegas and spend (or lose) a lot of money, they don't really mind it if they enjoy themselves and really believe that it was worth it.
But if they feel cheated, they are obviously going to consider another trip very carefully, The success of Las Vegas as an entertainment center for the world is based on giving the customer something for his money: the thrill of gambling, even winning for a short time; seeing world-famous performers in person (something to tell the folks back home); eating excellent food at prices often below cost and generally experiencing aspects of life that are definitely not found in Grand Rapids or Downey.
When the commitment was made to go to the moon, the public was reasonably convinced that the venture was scientifically and monetarily worthwhile. In other words, if men landed on the moon, the public would consider the money well spent.
However, if there were any more cremations on the ground, more engines that didn't start when they should, more near drownings (a la Grissom), there would be hell to pay. This hell would not include NASA, but all the politicians who perform handmaiden tasks for NASA and related agencies. Thus, there was no chance for error . . . the mission was far too risky to undertake in reality . . . it simply had to be simulated to justify the enormous costs involved.
Furthermore, the simulation, while much less chancy, had to be perfect. But as we've seen, this presented far fewer problems since lots of money buys lots of silence. On the other hand, ten billion dollars wouldn't buy the opening or closing of a single critical control valve if the LEM actually did descend to the moon's surface.
So, in summary, the simulation had to be successful, but this was ensured by an unlimited budget. Exactly what this amount was in addition to the parallel effort on the Apollo itself will probably never be known. It will go unmarked as are all clandestine projects of our secret government.
THE APOLLO PROJECT AS A MILITARY PROJECT
"The statement must be made unequivocally that it has been the Department of Defense, not NASA
that has called the shots in America's space program. This is true despite the fact that NASA's
astronauts have dominated the public's image of space projects. Not only is NASA's "open"
program defense oriented, but there has always been, concealed from public view, a vigorous
Defense Department space program."
This starting statement by the authors of "Mission To The Moon" precedes a long and detailed description of how DOD has hoaxed the public into thinking that space projects were peace projects. A pair of examples will illustrate, but for more information we recommend the book itself.
In 1965, the Air Force decided to use a modified Gemini spacecraft as the space shuttle to its permanent manned orbiting laboratory. The crew of the latter would use a host of sensors to catalog targets on the earth below. Thus, not only was a "peaceful" space project perverted to military use, the MOL itself was usurped for aggressive purposes. Had this been done without the lies, it would have been accepted as merely another bellicose posture by the military. But to disguise it as a NASA activity is simply another example of the perpetual swindle by military leaders.
On May 17, 1968, there was an attempted launching of a NASA weather satellite from Nadenburg AFB [Air Force Base] in California by an Agena rocket. Someone accidentally installed the yaw rater gyro 90 degrees out of position and the launchers had to blow up the rocket 45 miles from the pad. As the debris rained down on California, NASA was distributing a news release explaining the launch was for the purpose of acquiring [meteorological] data.
However, they also mentioned that the Agena carried a DOD payload, a U.S. Army SECOR satellite used for obtaining ballistic missile range data. Again, what the military does is what the military does, but why pretend that NASA is all peace and no war when that is obviously not true?
But beyond these consideration[s] is the fact that the military was heavily involved in Apollo -- so much so that the simulation was necessary to maintain its macho image worldwide. As described in a previous chapter, the military provided much of the "muscle" to ensure the security of the complex hoax.