Who profits from war? The truth behind The Jerusalem Puzzle – Updated

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Research, The Jerusalem Puzzle

“WAR is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.” Smedley Butler, the most decorated US Marine at the time of his death, wrote that in an essay entitled, “War is a Racket,” back in 1935. Smedley served all his life in the military, won two medals of honor during combat and saw first hand the horrors of war. Currently, there are a lot of people profiting from war. Three of the largest arms manufacturers in the world are: No 3. Boeing – 49% of their 2013 sales worldwide of $64.3 billion were arms related. They have about 160,000 employees and their main military products include the F-15 fighter jet. No 2. BAE – achieved €32.9 billion of arms sales in 2013. They employ about 98,000 and their products include the Bradley fighting vehicle and the F-35 fighter jet. No 1. Lockheed Martin – achieved $45 billion of arms sales in 2013. They employ 132,000 and their products include the F-16 and Trident nuclear missiles. But maybe all this war machinery is a necessary evil. But why did US arms sales total $66.3 billion in 2013, more than three-quarters of global arms sales? Russia was a distant second, with $4.8 billion in deals.  We don’t need this level of arms sales. Do we? To illustrate the growth and market for arms sales consider this, US arms sales to Saudi Arabia totaled $33.4 billion in 2013. That amount surpassed the entire total of US arms sales to all countries in the world in 2012, $31 billion. Keep this in mind when you contemplate our future. The number one killer in history is governments. In the 21st century they killed 292 million people. Could we be selling arms to fascists? Smedley had this to say about how profitable war is, “In the World War [I] a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict.  . . . new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the war.” The trillion dollars a year that emerges from the US Defense Department doesn’t all end up in the pay of ordinary soldiers. Here’s who Smedley thought paid for all this. “The general public shoulders the bill. And what is this bill? This bill renders a horrible accounting. Newly placed gravestones. Mangled bodies. Shattered minds. Broken hearts and homes. Economic instability. Depression and all its attendant miseries. Back-breaking taxation for generations and generations.” Have things changed since then? Yes they have. These days our great arms companies sell their wares to debt ridden African countries, fearful Sheikhs and brow beaten allies to ensure their trough is filled higher and higher each year. I don’t expect any of this to change soon, but I...

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In Ireland at The Mountain of the Witch

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Historical Puzzles, Research

  Cairn T, at Loughcrew in Ireland, the site of the Prophet Jeremiah’s tomb. The site is known locally as the Mountain of the Witch. If you think I’m making this up, click here. The location sits near the Road of the Chariots (not on Google Maps yet) in County Meath, in the Boyne Valley, further inland than Tara, the later seat of the High Kings of Ireland. The cairn passage tomb is a little known archaeological site in Ireland, about 1 hr from where I live. The first picture above, from our trip Summer, 2014 to the site, shows the approach to Cairn T. Jeremiah was the prophet who escaped the ruins of Jerusalem with the Ark of the Covenant in 587BC. He had warned the Jewish state about the destruction that was to come and was imprisoned. He was released when the Babylonians took the city and destroyed the First Temple. He traveled to Ireland by boat after stopping in Egypt. Raiders of the Lost Ark claimed he went south to Tanis after landing in Egypt. That story is a red herring. Jeremiah’s landing in Ireland is recorded. The House of Windsor officially draws its royal bloodline from his journey. Jeremiah brought two daughters of the Jewish king with him. They married into a line of Irish High Kings, who later married into the line of Scottish kings. The House of Windsor is partly descended from this line. For how the site became the Mountain of the Witch, read on. For those who think I am joking about Jeremiah, take a look at this site: http://jahtruth.net/jere.htm The second picture, above, shows the cairn, or mound of stones. The third shows the entrance to the cairn. The fourth shows the view towards Tara on the horizon. The area became known as the Mountain of the Witch because, for a period, Ireland was ruled as a matriarchy, that is the women were in charge. The site was where the female rulers gave out justice and imposed penalties. These women were the female descendants of the King of Israel, princesses first, then rulers after they married into the line of Irish High Kings. It is written in the Annals of Ireland that women judges, later called witches, could take your life if your crimes were sufficient. That ultimate penalty would be imposed at the time of year we call Halloween. If you wanted a wish granted you could walk around the cairn three times and then submit a request to the witches. I met a real witch when I was there. She was dressed all in black and was barefoot walking down with a companion when we arrived. I experienced a powerful feeling of peace and inner contentment when I visited. I will be going again at Halloween, as the sun sets on the day the season and the year changes. On another...

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Research in Ireland on Jeremiah’s Tomb #2

Posted by on Aug 10, 2014 in Historical Puzzles, Research

> As promised, here is the inside of Loughcrew Cairn T, in Ireland. Click on the picture for a larger view. . Many believe this is the site of the Prophet Jeremiah’s tomb. I had circled the cairn three times, as the witch I met told me to do, for good luck. . Then I entered the tomb. I tried to take a panorama picture, but for some reason the panorama app, despite working outside, wouldn’t work inside the tomb. . The image of the rock interpretation (that’s below) is from  http://jahtruth.net/jere.htm  The rock, the second on the left inside the tomb, is below the diagram, You can also see it in the image above on the left. . > (source http://jahtruth.net/jere.htm) > > . If I put this in a story you’d say it was too unlikely, but the fact that Jeremiah came to Ireland after the fall of Jerusalem in 586BC is how the current Queen Elizabeth II traces her royal ancestry to the house of David. See this for her line: http://buff.ly/1sqqkmX Above is the view up to where the capstone would have been at the top of the cairn. What do you think? ., More details on the Mountain of the Witch after our visit at Halloween. If I make it back!...

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The History of BXH. The Bank in The Manhattan Puzzle.

Posted by on Jul 27, 2014 in Research, The Manhattan Puzzle

BXH is one of the least well known international banks in the world. Its name is rarely mentioned in the media for one very important reason. It is discreet. It doesn’t announce its results in a flurry of conference calls and media interviews because it is the last of the great banks to remain in private hands. And it plans to remain that way. The Eternal Circle – The Symbol of BXH Because of this you will not have heard much about BXH and rather less about its history. The following information has been sourced almost exclusively from CC Birch’s “History of BXH” (1998, PT Publishing), the definitive account of the history of one of the world’s greatest (fictional) banks, written by the leading financial historian of the last one hundred years. BXH was supposedly founded in 1666 when the power to issue money was transferred to private hands in England. This allowed the English monarch to borrow gold and finance the rebuilding of London after the great fire. BXH was established as a small venture at that time with the power to issue loans in England. Subsequently William of Orange borrowed £1.2 million to finance a war against France and BXH became the main lender in the syndicate of London based bank’s that covered the loan. BXH went on to lend money to the French revolution and to Napoleon to finance his early campaigns, although it was clever enough to ensure it was paid in full just before the battle of Waterloo. However it’s bread and butter business at that time was the financing of slavers plying the triangular trade taking slaves to the Carribean, sugar to England and early industrial exports to Africa. Some have called BXH the bankers for the British Empire. However in 1845 BXH moved its headquarters to Lexington Avenue in New York City, where it still has its Americas head office. Profits from the opium trade to China were declining at that time and the latest financial instruments were being devised in New York. One instrument in particular, mass insurance policies for slaves, proved to be its greatest money spinner. By charging slave plantation owners a small annual fee for each slave they could fund payments for all slaves who absconded as well as all slaves who died through over work. It was a system that allowed the slave owner to push their slaves as hard as possible without fear of financial loss. During the Civil War BXH subsidiaries allegedly provided loans not only for the Union side, but also for the Confederate side. Many of these loans were guaranteed by plantation owners in the Southern states. In the 20th century BXH provided funding to the IG Farben corporation (the fourth largest company in the world at one time) and the Nazi party during Hitler’s time in power and later to a number...

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Catholic Genocide? – Guilt uncovered & a big question

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Historical Puzzles, Research, The Nuremberg Puzzle

If any one wonders why I tilt at the Catholic Church, this post may help to explain. As far as I can see there are three essential characteristic to the Catholic Church: 1. Its ability to seduce people. To do this it gets us when we are young. It likes to indoctrinate impressionable young minds into believing that it provides a route to God. This is likely to be the main reason it has survived 2,000 years. 2. Its criminality. If you challenge my assertion that criminals infest the church take a look at the disgusting details here. The Catholic church itself recently accepted the criminality of 3,000 priests dating back over 50 years. Remember these are acts you or I would have gone to prison for if we had done them. These are the acknowledged criminal acts. I won’t even press the point that the acts admitted to are likely to be the tip of the iceberg. 3. Its love of wealth and power. Even to this day the church lavishes money on itself. Read here about the refurbishments going on right now to a 350sqm penthouse apartment for a leading bishop in Rome. This is not an isolated incident. This German bishop’s lavish recent spending only attracted the attention of theVatican after it featured in local German media. Then there’s the issue of genocide. Specifically, the innocent groups of people the church had a hand in killing. The Irish Mail on Sunday recently reported a mass grave beside a former home for unmarried mothers and babies in County Galway, Ireland. The grave is believed to contain the bodies of up to eight hundred babies, who died between 1925 and 1961 This home was run by the Bon Secours nuns. It housed thousands of unmarried mothers and their “illegitimate” children. The causes of death listed for “as many as 796 children” were “malnutrition, measles, convulsions, tuberculosis, gastroenteritis and pneumonia.” This murderous mortality rate was repeated elsewhere in Ireland. In one home, featured in the movie Philomena, in its first year of operation 60 babies died out of a total of 120, a fifty percent infant mortality rate. This rate is more than four times higher than in the general population at the time. It is likely that these babies suffered from deliberate neglect, on a par to the concentration camps used by the British army during the Boer War, which sparked public revulsion in Britain. The aim was to break the Boer resistance. The likely aim of the neglect of these babies was the enforcement of a strict Catholic moral code. Beliefs came before humanity. It is estimated that 50,000 babies were born in such homes throughout Ireland. The scale of death for the sake of a belief illustrates clearly the distance this so-called church has travelled from the message of its founder. It also illustrates the numbers of dead babies...

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The Nuremberg Puzzle & other news

Posted by on Mar 16, 2014 in Research, Uncategorized

I was in Los Angeles in February to meet two producers about their plans for the Puzzle series. The hope is that they can raise funds this year to start a TV series based on the Puzzle novels. It’s still only a hope, I have to say, but if I stopped believing in hope I’d be lost! Above is a picture of the restaurant where we met in Beverly Hills. We ate Mexican food and I enjoyed every second. They gave me some books to take home with me, which I found very interesting. I should know what is happening by Christmas. The following day I was the after dinner speaker at the Southern California Writers’ Conference in San Diego. I initially thought this would be a ten minute gig, so when I saw the 45 minute slot in the timetable I rushed to my room to prepare some slides! I didn’t have much of an appetite that day! Ten minutes I can do on my feet to 250, but anything longer and I need some reminders and something to distract the audience. Thankfully it went well and I ended up enjoying it more than I’d imagined. There’s nothing quite like having a captive audience! I ended up covering my life story and a little from the workshop I had given earlier that day on Theme, what writing’s all about, in my opinion. Which brings me to The Nuremberg Puzzle. Harper Collins are waiting for me to come back to them with the final draft of this one. So we now have no publication date, due to me changing the theme of the novel half way through. I am now quite angry at what my researches into the Nuremberg trials have uncovered, particularly some recently only translated German accounts of the war and the years that led up to it. Just as many art works are still being found that date to the Nazi looting squads, there are still other secrets hidden away, which have yet to be revealed. I hope you will stick with me in the longer wait for this next novel in the series. I will also be posting occasionally on my new Goodreads group, if you want to stay in touch there....

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