Your Freedom of Speech (On This Site)

By | September 29, 2020

Amid the growing insanity of the world around us, I’ve often felt that our little community here provides a much needed respite from the polarization, social anger, and “cancel culture” that has lately infected all of Western Civilization.

I’m not simply referring to my own articles and content, but to the work of all of the members of this site who contribute on our Forum and in the Comments section here. Anyone who has taken the time to review the combined contributions of the brilliant, engaged, and deeply thoughtful people who have offered thoughts and opinions about a broad range of subjects knows just how amazing those contributions have been. We should all be proud of this.

In theory, I have editorial control over all this content. Now, when it comes to the Forum, the practical work is done by the Moderators, without whom we would not have a functioning forum at all. As most of you probably realize, it’s impossible for me personally to act as a practical day-to-day moderator. There is way too much going on. However, when there are problems that arise, which happens from time to time, I am typically alerted and I step in to try to calm things down when emotions get too high.

It’s different regarding the Comments section on the main site here. Since the beginning of this website in the Spring of 2018, there has been one person who has been responsible for reviewing, approving, and replying to all comments, and that’s me. On a very few occasions, Tracey or Kirsten have helped out, but the three of us agreed that going through all the content of those comments is really my job. Every day, I review an average of 30 to 40 comments. There are times when the best I can do is to skim the content, but usually I read them all the way through and always try to reply when possible, which is pretty often. Of the thousands of comments that now exist on this site, I am the one who has reviewed nearly every one of them. So when a comment of yours is published, you can know that I was the one who personally clicked the “Approve” button and actually read what you had to say.

I haven’t kept track, but I estimate that of all those many comments that now exist under all of the posts of the past two and a half years, I may have withheld or deleted a total of less than ten of them. Whenever I have done so, it has never been because of the actual opinions being offered, but always because I believed the author of the comments had gone too far, whether in the form of personal attack on someone, or in rare cases when they made blanket statements about some group of people they disliked. 

Those instances are so rare that in practice everyone’s comments here and in the Forum get published. Relating to the Comments section, it may sometimes take a day or even two days for me to review and approve a comment, but that’s always a function of my own time management successes and failures. I sometimes read comments in which the author believes that I might want to censor what they are saying, and I would like those people to know this is a non-issue. 

I don’t believe in censoring people’s opinions, and that includes many instances in which I strongly take issue with those opinions. It even includes a few times when the author of a comment expressed rude or even occasionally hostile statements to me personally (although I don’t allow this when it’s directed at anyone else). Generally speaking, I don’t take offense when someone directs anger at me, and if you actually want to offend me, you are going to have to put some genuine effort into the endeavor. 

From time to time, people have asked me to exercise more control over the comments that appear here. I always resist these requests, but I do want those people to know that I am always trying to strike the best balance between having a free flow of ideas and at the same time fostering a welcoming environment for everyone. I do have my lines, and they appear at the point of invective, insults, or personal attack.

I’m writing this not because I think there is a problem with the Forum or Comments section, because basically I don’t. I think the system we have here is working very well.

But I do think it’s helpful for all of us to remember that free speech, surely one of the most prized possessions we have in this world, begins to break down when subjected to a climate of hostility, anger, and invective.

As many others in our world have pointed out, free speech is the ultimate self-correcting mechanism of our world. In any society, it’s inevitable that people are going to disagree about virtually everything that matters, everything of importance. Especially now, when we see the world going through a political, cultural, social, and technological revolution, there are genuine outcomes at stake. 

Yet, how we deal with those disagreements matters. There are three ways we can deal with them. You can ignore, you can discuss, or you can fight. And by fight, I mean fight, not argue. Those are the basic choices.

In my own life, because I have to pick my battles, most of the time when I find myself in disagreement with somebody else, I usually ignore. It’s not always worth it for me to take the time to debate every single person with whom I disagree. There are only so many hours in a day. Thankfully, this was a lesson I learned back in the 1990s, during the UseNet era when I first engaged the Internet as it existed at the time, and saw the waste of time that flame wars inflicted on all those who participated. 

But of course there are times when we feel the need to engage, and when we ought to engage. That is why we have rules of engagement. These are the rules of civil society. Civility exists for a practical reason. It’s so we don’t murder each other.

You don’t have to like the person with whom you are debating, you don’t even have to respect them. Let’s not fool ourselves about the matter of respect, which is always something that must be earned, not given out of hand. It can’t be faked. You don’t need to respect me, and I don’t need to respect you. It’s nice if we do, but it’s not the necessary ingredient. But if we are to engage in free speech with one another, we do need to maintain civility. Civil discourse means following certain rules, rules I think that all of us implicitly know and understand.

The stakes are very high. Because when civility goes away, that’s when we begin to dehumanize our opponent, to smear them, to take them down personally in some way or another. When that happens, we make it more difficult for free speech actually to work the way it needs to. 

The entire point of free speech is so that we can learn from each other. I don’t have all the answers, and neither do you. We all make mistakes, and the beautiful thing about freedom of speech is that it allows us the opportunity to test our ideas against others, and hopefully to learn about our mistakes when we are wrong. But if we are to do that, we need to be able genuinely to listen to the other person. And of course we’re not going to be listening to someone if we have already concluded that they don’t deserve to be heard because of some opinion or feature about them that we have decided negates their value.

That’s when free speech breaks down, as we see over and over again in our world today. When people don’t have the opportunity to talk things out, they fight things out. 

In most of the western world, people have become so used to benefiting from a world of genuine civic order that they have taken peaceful outcomes for granted. Sure, our society has seen protest movements for many years, and they have sometimes been violent. But compare that to the violence that has occurred in many other regions of the world, and it’s clear that the people of the West have been very, very fortunate. That’s all beginning to change now, and we should be very concerned about that.

It’s not that I don’t understand how people can be angry. But the problem that we all face, and I include myself here, is not that the facts or data we bring to an argument are necessarily wrong. They are just usually incomplete. Even when you may actually be right in your argument or opinion about something, it’s probably not by a ratio of 100% against 0%. There is usually a valid point of view that your opponent has which, because we now increasingly live in our own private little bubble universes, we simply fail to see or recognize.

Recognizing opposing points of views is not an easy thing for us to do. Hell, it might not even be natural, because there seems to be a universal psychological aversion for us to want to do that. Once again, this is what makes freedom of speech so important. It forces us, almost against our will, actually to listen to other points of view and to learn from them.

I don’t have much confidence that things will get better in our society anytime soon on this important matter. Historically speaking freedom of speech has hardly ever existed in human society. We have only really formally tried cultivating it since the American Revolution, which enshrined it as a fundamental right of people. Today, is under attack and on the defensive, not only in the western world but everywhere. There are important reasons for this, which I and others have discussed many times in the past. 

While the global retreat continues, there are islands of safety and sanity that continue to exist. I think of this website as one of them. And I just want all of you to know that I am personally grateful to see the quality, diversity, and civility of opinions that are expressed here. 

Most people aren’t happy when they encounter the opinions of people they disagree with or dislike. That’s because we live on Earth, not in Heaven. We are human beings, not angels, and we all have our own intractable set of insecurities, resentments, and panoply of psychological issues, the likes of which we never even suspect, but which nearly always operate in darkness. Eckhart Tolle suggested that more than 90% of our own thoughts are probably harmful to us. As he put it in The Power of Now, “you are not your mind.” When I first encountered this idea, I found it very challenging, but over time I have come to understand it (and would like to come back to this in a separate entry one day). 

For now, however, I believe we are doing a great job here. We live in an upside down world, and I remind myself that change is everything, and nothing is final. Whereas I do believe we are moving toward a completely new stage of human existence, the likes of which fill me with definite angst and trepidation, I do believe there is a future, and that somehow people will find a way to adapt as best they can.

And here, meanwhile, we still maintain our own island of sanity and freedom. Thank God for that.

Richard

 

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42 thoughts on “Your Freedom of Speech (On This Site)

  1. AvatarKirsten RDMHost

    Thank you for this Richard – it is so excellently and concisely put – and such a solid reminder as to why we are all here, on this website together, learning from each other and seeking truth.
    K~

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    1. AvatarRon Holmes UK

      You’re a wonderful Mod Kirsten, and a great person too – thanks for all that you do here, and for all those you help, sometimes without even knowing you’re doing it.

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  2. wildbill65401wildbill65401

    I know that I have seen Richard on various tv shows on the History Channel over the years. One thing that I like to do is research the “experts” that you see presented. You would (or would not!) be surprised to learn how many of these people are not even remotely close to an expert. “Oh look, this person wrote a single book on the Templars but their day job is flipping burgers at McSwill.” Oh, cool. Yup. Expert. 👍

    Somewhere around a year ago, I started researching Richard and discovered his YouTube channel. I wasn’t able to watch everything that came before my acknowledgement of its existence 😎 but I started watching everything that came out after for sure. One problem with YouTube is that the comments can be written by any troll who is there to get their jollies on pushing people’s buttons. I rarely post anything on YouTube because I just don’t feel it is worth it.

    A few months ago I moseyed over to this website to see what it was all about. I kicked the tires on the free content for a while, while reading the comments. On those comments: 🤯 The ability of people to research and find all of that information…I honestly don’t know how you are able to do that. I seem barely capable of searching for Amazon most of the time. 🤣 Naturally I got to where I wanted to see all of the member content so I took the plunge and here we are! 😊

    I know that my comments are not going to be nearly as deep or insightful as the majority of the people who post comments. I want to say to everyone that I greatly enjoy reading the comments almost as much as listening to Richard’s videos and audios. I wish I had enough time to watch every video and read every link that is provided! Talk about goldmines worth of information!

    I will sign off by saying kudos to everyone and I sincerely hope that this website can continue as it has been for many years to come. 😀

    Wild Bill 🤠

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  3. Doctor3jDoctor3j

    Thank God(s) for this site and its amazing freedom and tolerance. There are so many brilliant people contributing that it is indeed humbling. I believe a person should learn as much as possible about everything…… not as a drudgery exercise …… but as an appreciation of the incredible wonder or the universe and its non living and living biologic entities…… from nano to macro.

    My worry is that some members may be intimidated and therefore reluctant to contribute. I increasingly feel this way myself…… and I’m smart. So please don’t be afraid to express yourselves. Speak up. This site may be one of your last chances to contribute to the mother of all endeavors.

    A unique feature is that posts are allowed to link to other sites.

    To infinity and beyond is a good way to express it.

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    1. Richard DolanRichard Dolan Post author

      Hell, this is my site and I can be intimidated! So the thing is, we should just trust the other good people here. The worst that usually can happen is that someone disagrees and corrects us. And if that happens, we are the ones who are better off, since we are that much closer to truth. So, the “worst” is not really worst at all.

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    2. AvatarRon Holmes UK

      I can relate to the feeling of intimidation you mention Doctor3j. I’ve stopped using the Forum here now due to it. It’s never malicious, but there are distinct patterns to peoples behavior there that prove – to my tiny mind at least – that some of the more vocal contributors are more concerned about “winning the discussion” and micro-correcting other peoples facts than they are about listening to the overall opinion being stated and reacting to it. Now, I can be pretty sensitive – probably way too much so – I know this shouldn’t bother me, but it just does. All that’s happened is that I’ve changed the way I interact with people here. I’ve long believed that a person learns far more by listening than speaking anyway, so I’ve reverted to that methodology. My real concern, and reason for commenting, is for those who feel so intimidated that they never comment at all. Just how many wonderful opinions and unique views are we being robbed of just because some “need to win” every posting they see? So, this goes out to my Brothers and Sisters, my silent Kin who decide to absorb and digest rather than attack and defend: there’s nothing wrong with observing from a distance my friends, that is how most of the worlds best scientific breakthroughs come – quietly, with patience and following vast amounts of reflection and contemplation – but never fool yourself into thinking you’re alone in this fight just because the world seems “quiet” to you. We are the majority, the silent army of believers quietly working away at the problem and choosing not waste our precious energy on what we consider boisterous and sometimes rowdy sparring. In truth, we are Legion, and we do make a difference.

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      1. Richard DolanRichard Dolan Post author

        Hi Ron, your reaction to the Forum is not unusual. I’m very grateful for it, but like all forums there can be a tone that can intimidate even people with strong confidence and knowledge. For that reason I consider the Comments section here to be very important.

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        1. Avatartechnomage

          To me, it’s very simple. I’m not interested in debating people, but I am interested in conversing with them. In a debate, no one is really there to learn anything except how to debate better. It’s all about scoring points. In an atmosphere of open discussion, things tend not to get so heated, although some emotion is to be expected, and that’s ok as long as people don’t get personal. Even when it’s emotional, a discussion is an open and honest attempt to communicate different points of view, not an attempt to “destroy” your “opponent”.

      2. AvatarGrannyChanie

        Mr. Holmes, I too feel intimidated and don’t post very often. There are some sites where the people can be rude and demeaning. Thankfully, this certainly isn’t one of them. Richard, Kirsten, Bob, Jay, Sherry, and Mark do a great job of moderating, and people have seemed pretty mellow here, for the most part. We all hold strong views, and I respect that; it sometimes may cause overreaction on a topic, but we’re all human and can get fired up. I am very interested in many topics in this area and read many books and articles, but when it comes time to commenting, I suddenly come down with an insecurity complex! I love this site and feel like I learn so much here. I would like to spend more time on this site and get better acquainted with the other members.

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  4. AvatarSkirk

    That’s an excellent reminder Richard and of course well written, I can’t believe I took the time to read it mid afternoon. But it was long, and I hope the time you spent on it will not impact the possibility of another Intelligent Disclosure for tonight? 😁😁
    Say it is not so.

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    1. Richard DolanRichard Dolan Post author

      Well, for tonight I am sorry to say I won’t be doing one — again. This will NOT be a regular thing. I assure you that in time I will be back to a more standard schedule. But it’s also the case that I have been doing some rethinking about all the video content I’ve been producing publicly. It takes a lot out of me, and I need to develop a better system than what I’ve been doing. Also, and I don’t want to make this into a bigger deal than it is, but I am having some vocal issues. that isn’t the main reason, but it is a minor factor. I am scheduled to interview James Fox very soon and will have that out after we record it.

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      1. Avatartechnomage

        Richard,

        Frankly, you have already produced so much excellent content on the Youtube channel and on this site that one can spend a hell of a time going through it all and one can get a very good education on the UFO phenomenon (and other subjects too).

        I would definitely reduce the amount of video output, if I were you, to help with your vocal chords and to enable you to get back to one of the things you love, which is writing.

        Regards,
        Technomage

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      2. AvatarSkirk

        Fully understand Richard we all want you at your best form. I enjoyed talking with you and Tracey last year at the Toronto Alien Expo. I finished your book UFO’S and the National Security State and will be starting the second one After Disclosure soon. I hope Tracey has got some use out of the charcuterie board it is Olivewood and should last a long time.
        Look forward to listening to you soon.
        Steve

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  5. AvatarJohn Littler

    Just a quick comment to say thank you Richard for your efforts on this site, it is a very rare thing in today’s world to find anywhere not censored, everything you, Tracey and team do is very much appreciated.

    Thank you.

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  6. AvatarAndromeda107

    Very well said Richard,compared to other countries like China,Russia,and some places in the middle east ,we are lucky to have the freedom we do t,to be able speak our minds and have protests is something others will probably never have. Like you said we are very fortunate in this country,but also like you said we don’t know how this our first amendment is going to last,all the more I appreciate our private community here,and I welcome other perspective that doesn’t agree my owns. I might not always like it ,but I am not going to resort to name calling and biting someone’s head off about it.

  7. Robert McGwierRobert McGwier

    Richard thanks for sharing your thoughts and guidance. All mods I’ve spoken with in private tell me they know this is the DOLAN site and membership.

    It is refreshing and contributory to the esprit de crops that you listen to us and tell us where you disagree.

    Cheers!
    Bob

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  8. AvatarDavid Kotchie

    Couldn’t agree more! This site is very well moderated and I appreciate that.

    On the topic of argument – I maintain that if some one actually gets you to change your mind, you should genuinely thank them. They have taught you something!! I attended University as a mature student (late 30’s) and had to bring a degree of humility to the situation, as I saw other mature students holding forth from their ‘life experience’ perspective and noted how unhelpful it was.

    Who was it who said that 3/4 of effective communication is listening?? Sage advice indeed!

    Thanks again Richard.

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  9. Pyroxide_MartiniPyroxide_Martini

    I find modern free speech interesting. I used to waste a lot of time arguing with people about various points that they were either incorrect on or at least misinformed. Sometimes it was simply to try and offer an alternative point of view regardless of my own. It’s tiring and in our click-bait society where attention spans now sit at approximately 20-25 minutes (having halved in the modern digital era), it almost feels like a waste of time.

    I even found myself correcting a Music Star I follow on FB regarding his stance on Trump and taxes because his hastags of “tax cheat” were amazingly naïve. Whilst I don’t have an understanding of American tax law, I have practiced Australian Tax law for over 20 years and whilst I’m not a Trump supporter (I don’t care either way tbh – it’s your country), it annoyed me greatly to see how quickly misinformation spreads with zero awareness of the actual facts (not that I had them but he clearly did not).

    BUT with all of that said, I did the same thing I do 99% of the time these days, I deleted the comment and unfollowed the person. Why? Because I don’t have time for people like this in my life. It does me no service and so I simply just unfollow people and ignore articles etc that “trigger” me. I think more about why they do and move on.

    However, I have recently been wondering if I am doing myself a greater disservice in the long run?

    By allowing ignorant messages (whatever they are) to propagate without correction could eventually lead to a misinformed herd mentality where you yourself are now on the outside and now find the masses encroaching upon your life regardless. Banning this, condemning that, changing this law etc.

    As frustrating as it is, I think ultimately in the digital age, we MUST stand up to incorrect information, hashtag populism and misguided herd mentalities.

    Yes it is time consuming and yes it can be exhausting but a future where the misinformed, swayed by various manipulators are a majority and that pass ridiculous legislation or transition societal norms to less than favorable conditions is even more concerning.

    What seriously distresses me at times is how each new generation emerging into their 20’s are seemingly more ignorant of how they are being manipulated and the majority go along with the flow. It’s getting worse, not better.

    We should be living in an age of knowledge but instead it feels more like an Orwellian Dystopian future is emerging. The age of ignorance is already upon us and 2020 is similar to 1984 in many respects.

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    1. Richard DolanRichard Dolan Post author

      These are excellent points, all of them. It’s not always easy making the decision whether to withdraw or engage in a debate within a public forum. I agree that engaging is good, when it can be done, and when it doesn’t drain your resources, and when it can be done in a way that doesn’t escalate into something uncontrollable. otherwise, it just ends up in endless bickering while no one actually listens to the other, kind of like last night’s US presidential debate!

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  10. AvatarJim

    Found these comments very late but so glad that I did. I try to be one of the silent ones like Ron . I so used to like a good debate but with time I have discovered, thank God that there are so many of you who know so much more than I. There is an art to listening.

    Thank you everyone who shared. You teach me so much. Thank you Richard for posting your thoughts on this subject

    Jim Crowell

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  11. Avatarlike2know

    As a retired speech pathologist, I hope you have scheduled an exam of your vocal cords and/or a visit to a speech path. There are many reasons for a weakened voice, and I hope you are getting it checked out.
    Thank you for your m a n y hours of research and contemplation on each of your topics and interviews. Your sincerity and diligence is obviously easy to see.
    I belong to the Pollyanna group of people interested in the ET subject. Whether THEY are intradimensionals, from the future, or from some galaxy far far away, I hope THEY are here to help keep humankind from extinction through their animal mutilations, baby making abductions, possible future Covid sterilization, our own stupidity, or whatever.
    Thanks. It is time for me to get my teddy bear, suck my thumb and go to bed.

  12. AvatarPressToDigitate

    CENSORSHIP & DISCLOSURE in PERSPECTIVE
    On January 17, 2017, Ten months before the TTSA news conference in October of 2017 when we began seriously putting the pieces together between John Podesta and the Deep State infiltration problem, Soros operative David Brock circulated a strategic plan among ‘Progressive’ donors to hijack online discourse in the United States and impose broad censorship through the Social Media giants (a/k/a ‘the Techlords of the Deep State’). https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3440721-337535680-Full-David-Brock-Confidential-Memo-on.html
    Ten months after the TTSA news conference, in August of 2018, that plan swung into action with the coordinated joint censorship of Infowars (and dozens of other Alternative Media outlets) by the Dominant Social Media platforms, which flipped control of the House of Representatives, and cost the Republicans two additional seats in the U.S. Senate. Brock’s censorship plan was implemented in concert with the strategy developed by John Podesta, Hillary Clinton and John Brennan to wage what we now know to be the first CIA-attempted domestic (and highly illegal) Coup d’Etat, on the pretense of what we now, definitively know to be the ‘Russian Hoax’. So, we find the same John Podesta at the heart of the [Deep State-contrived] new TTSA-fronted [path to] Disclosure Narrative, the attempt by Deep State rogue spooks to depose an elected POTUS, and the most radical curtailment of Free Speech in American history. Just like the handling of the ETUFO problem, in dealing with Crash Debris and reverse engineering it, and the reimagined “Total Information Awareness” next-gen Surveillance effort which spawned Google & Facebook via Palantir, the Deep State simply “farmed out” its Censorship to BigTech, and David Brock was the Point Man chosen to orchestrate it.

    In the present campaign, you can easily see how its successful curtailment of the ‘reach’ of Alternative Media is costing Trump at least 10% in the polls, and will likely cost him re-election. Without the Censorship, the public would be aware that FBI documents now declassified prove the contrived, corrupt political nature of the Mueller ‘Investigation’, and the illegal premise for the Carter Page FISA Warrants, and the Flynn, Stone and Papadopoulos prosecutions. The public would know about the hard evidence for millions in bribes the Biden family extracted from Oligarchs across at least six countries while he was Vice President, and his *dozens* of undeniable dementia lapses – that have all gone unreported in the MSM. But all that is just the current political impact. I’m recounting this to make a larger point with respect to the Censorship and Free Speech. It doesn’t matter who is for/against Trump/Biden; that’s not the point. The point has to do with the same core Deep State cabal manipulating both our elections and the slow-rolling “Controlled Disclosure” that we’ve been watching drip-drip out of the faucet these last four years.

    I said – here, or before I joined the site, in some YouTube Comments to your videos – early on that the Podesta link was significant. The picture began to emerge some time ago that the Deep State was in need of preventing or ending Trump’s Presidency due to some imperative related to ETUFO Disclosure, that it was Time Sensitive, and that whatever the reason was, it was important enough for senior career intelligence professionals to risk pensions and prison over it. I speculated then that some Treaty with ETs, either by Eisenhower in ’55 or Johnson in ’64 was expiring, after 65 years, or 50 years from the Apollo 11 landing, and that the Deep State’s prime concern was “Who would be sitting in the Big Chair when the music stops”; i.e. when the ETUFO presence would become manifest, whether the Majestic mandarins wanted it to, or not. Everything in the last year or so has only confirmed that suspicion, as the Deep State Censorship and illegal domestic CIA “influence ops” continue, while the DOD has been reluctantly compelled to *Confirm that UFOs Exist*.

    Whatever they’re coming out with in April probably wont be the ‘Truth’ we’ve been hoping for, but it will express some level of acknowledgement regarding the ETUFO presence, in a context which they can spin a new, controlled Official Narrative around. The Deep State is desperately trying to have a figurehead stooge – Biden – as POTUS when that happens, to propound that desired Official Narrative. They intend it to happen secure in the belief that they have already eviscerated all Alternative Media that might have the reach to seriously challenge such Narrative, and have firm control of the ability to deplatform any others that may arise. An effort at Truth Exposure far more serious than Ufology has been up until now, must be prepared to commence at that time. Otherwise, we risk more than a Fungal Future of being kept in the dark and fed more bullshit by the authorities. We Risk It All.

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    1. Richard DolanRichard Dolan Post author

      Great comment, and I agree with this fundamental analysis. The real weak link, however, is Podesta himself. For my part, I always had a hard time thinking Podesta was serious during 2016 about promoting any sort of ET UFO disclosure, as Steve Bassett continually argued at that time. I never took the disclosure agenda seriously, and always believed that Podesta, being a very smart political operative, came to realize that the UFO issue was no longer a third rail and could be exploited for votes. Plus, knowing the New York Times would never attack Hillary Clinton over UFOs, he knew it was relatively safe. In his conversations with Tom DeLonge that were revealed by WikiLeaks, similarly I never had the impression that Podesta was taking any of those conversations seriously. The conversations seemed to be pushed by DeLonge and his people, not by podesta who struck me as simply being polite. For that reason I’ve had a hard time directly connecting ttsa to the deep state.

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      1. AvatarPressToDigitate

        Where have we seen any evidence that DeLonge would have gotten in the door with anyone at the Pentagon or in the Intelligence Community if Podesta had not opened that door for him with introductions/instructions to the Generals and bureaucrats that he ultimately met with? Would Gen. Cartland have discussed matters “More Highly Classified than the Hydrogen Bomb” with a washed up ex-Rock Star without the call from a Chief of Staff to two different Presidents? I don’t believe so – and, from his accounts of it, neither does Tom DeLonge. Remember, in what we’re looking at, continued ‘status-quo’ Coverup secrecy is not what the Deep State needed any longer. It needed a “glidepath” through a “Soft Disclosure” where they could manage the narrative in a controlled fashion, in the years/months leading up to what was going to be an inevitable revealing, no matter what they did or didn’t do to prepare for the ‘Event’. Little Marco is no less ‘Establishment’ than Podesta. That ‘Report’ wouldn’t be in his NDAA markup if the Deep State didn’t want it there. Actually, its *those* Reports (remember the Cislunar one) but we’ll see if that second one makes it through to the final bill; I suspect that may have been ad-libbed on the Hill, and quietly disappear before passage.

        Would Deep State Podesta *use* DeLonge & Co. to advance their ends? It didn’t give them *much*, promised them a lot more to put their necks on the line, and then hung them out to dry after it got what it wanted from the 3-video hoopla: ‘Indirect, Tacit Confirmation’, leaving a blank canvas for them to paint their Narrative on – in the UAPTF Report – following Biden’s inauguration. We already know the Deep State is ‘Contractor-happy’ for anything it wants to conceal; here’s more of it: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/09/obamas-deep-state-provided-private-companies-access-us-databases-illegally-surveil-americans-report-released-today-confirms-fbi-wants-keep-going/ When you get to the backgrounds of the principals, the shady Contractors involved here are straight out of the Black Projects arena. They didn’t come after Trump because he was going to cut any national security budgets, nor out of any love for Hillary Clinton. They desperately need a ‘Puppet POTUS’ in place when the ETUFO ‘thing happens’ (whatever that ‘thing’ is); Hillary had been baked in and groomed for it – but a sleepy, dim-witted ‘Biden-on-Drugs’ will do for them, for the initial ‘reveal’. “Nice Old Uncle Joe” – “Decent” – “Soothing” – “A Calming Influence”. and, “Our first ‘Plant-based’ Commander-in-Chief”…

  13. Craig ChampionCraig Champion

    I personally regard this site as a haven of truth-seeking. When interacting with the world at large I’m frequently stunned at the lack of insight as to the reality of what’s occurring around us. This site provides the opportunity to commune with others who want the truth in their lives.

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  14. ChristinaChristina

    Wow!
    I’ve read almost all the comments in this thread, and I can’t really come up with anything that’s not been said already. But you deserve a lot of positive feedback for this one Richard, and so do – as said already – everybody else who’s contributing as well!

    One thing I like particularly from the comments, is how many of us clearly feel we have something special and unique here on this site. It’s definitely a privilege, and I admire everyone who’s helping out to run it this way. And I really hope we can keep having this freedom of speech. It’s definitely not something I take for granted in our world today. It’s precious and worth so much. I’ll also repeat the benefit from having many brilliant people sharing so much knowledge, and many clever thoughts…

    It’s a great perspective when you describe the 3 ways of approaching disagreements! I wish more people out in the world were more aware they actually always have these 3 options… I mean, really, always. We all decide for ourselves. It’s never someone else who decides whether I choose to ignore, discuss or fight. It can only be my responsibility.

    I’ve actually found my way to the forum several times recently. Often I get lost because there’s too much good stuff, so I don’t know where to start. But at the moment I manage to take a look at a couple of things there, and it’s certainly an amazing place. I’m fully aware people have their way of writing and communicating, but I still feel good and safe…

    Thank you again Richard, and everyone else who’s here.

    😊
    Christina

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  15. AvatarGaspar74

    I haven’t been around much as of late due to craziness in the world and some health issues but do try and pop in few times a week and lurk for a while. I’m always impressed with the amount of civility I see in posts and the way that differences of opinion seem to be expressed in respectfully. However from time to time I see a little heat being tossed around. I think especially seeing how close to the election we are and seemingly how polarizing politics has turned into in the country it seems not so surprising that quips get thrown about here and there. I think that Richard as usual so eloquently pointed out and put forth some great guidelines for each of us to follow. Not just here on this site but in everyday life. After all it seems only natural that everyday life events spill out on to here in various forms.
    Thank you Richard for putting things into perspective and reminding us that we’re all in this together and that there is indeed strength in unity!

    Stay strong and keep up the good fight!

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