Dave McGowan, citizen investigator and world hero
Part One: Rabbit Holes & Activism: The origin of my early awareness of things not quite adding up
IN the 1970s, as a child entering that decade, I gobbled up the idea of an idyllic alternative to suburbia and the seemingly endless wars in southeast Asia. I longed for an idyllic California-like place ; living among poets, painters, wilderness and organic farms. My older brother and his friends went to Woodstock dancing to ‘paid pipers’ ‘counterculture’ designed to (among other things) dismantle the anti-war movement, create chaos and general cultural upheavel. 
I was too young to filter out what was real from the propaganda. I could see parents confused and unsure of their role – warning us, as best they knew how from the ‘do with thou wilt’ Crowlean philosophy of the invading propaganda.  It was a cleverly contrived effort to keep the young diverted from a real egalitarian world, where instead we saw debasement – where distractions and engineered role models were laid out like so many lines of bad coke…
While many post-war parents were making up for lost time, having spent so many years inside the beast of WWII – they wanted to have fun – drinking and going to parties and so, the kids did the same. My mother recalled her criteria for making friends was to ensure they were ‘party people.”She told me this on her 91st birthday! Many parents I knew were either hyper-vigilant or heavy drinkers. The WWII generation seemed unprepared to handle the infiltration of mass culture into previously private areas of life — and in such a radical challenge to generations of familial and societal customs.
The ‘hippies ’ ‘punk rock’ and ‘feminism’ caught parents off-guard in the 70s. Along with a well-meaning attempt to protect us from the weaponized feminist movement of ‘free love’ and general degradation, growing up in the 1970s meant grew up confused. On the one hand, a constant barrage of war images over the TV proposed it was a ‘necessary evil to annihilate an even greater evil (communism) – The seemingly endless war in SE Asia made clear that only the poor people’s children fought and died – hardly anyone in my white suburban neighborhood went to Vietnam. If you were in college, you were exempt.
That hasn’t changed as most of today’s SOLDiers join the military in order to have a job. But by the start of the 1980s there was no denying U.S. complicity in global malfeasance: Chile, El Salvador and so on — it became clear that we were living in a highly organized military industrial complex whose profits being made were made through weapons and drugs. Just the same as today… 
Questions that come up based on this short essay….
- What kind of support would have assisted me as a young person to understand and cope with so many contradictory events and the reporting of those events?
- What does if mean to a young person’s sense of self to be labeled a ‘rebel’ or someone who did not accept the ‘official story.”
- How do we cope with the energetic reactions to discovering the real nature of the motivations behind most wars and conflicts? How is it related to our internal psychological state and our internal conflicts?
- How does the individual cope with feelings and reactions of isolation and alienation within uncovering complicated and potentially disturbing/upsetting information?
- How do we protect ourselves from being too gullible? What tools are available for cross-referencing information?
- Who can we look to as examples and role models – ordinary people who took it upon themselves to take responsibility, not only for their own reactions, but for the reality of the world we live in.
(to be continued. thanks for reading.)
 “Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon” by the recently departed investigator, Dave McGowan — how the anti-war movement was ‘railroaded’ http://centerforaninformedamerica.com/
 There is lots of info out there about the influence and who subsidized the ‘work’ of occultist, Aleister Crowley. This video is a one example of his far-reaching influence within the American establishment https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Xy_j0eTMn8
 9/19/16: Brian Gerrish and his UK Column – “terrifying conclusion” US is likely defending IS