Malcolm Gladwell is one of the 21st century’s great writers and storytellers. He takes complicated topics, extensively researches them, then distills the information into easy-to-read, graceful, interesting prose. This is what he has done for us in ‘The Bomber Mafia,’ published in 2021.
‘The Bomber Mafia’ by
Gladwell reminds us that in World War I, 37 million people were wounded or killed. Most of the fighting was done on the ground, in the trenches. ‘There were over a million casualties in the Battle of the Somme, a single battle that had no discernible point or impact on the course of the war,’ he points out.[i]
Harold George and a few other pilots passionate about the airplane, reckoned that ‘better wars’ could be fought, killing less people, if the airplane was deployed more primarily to fight them. George was an instructor at the Air Corps Tactical School, whose leaders ‘were labeled “the Bomber Mafia.” ‘It was not intended as a compliment – these were the days of Al Capone and Lucky Luciano and shoot-outs in the streets. But the Air Corps faculty thought the outcast label quite suited them. And it stuck.’
As ‘one of the spiritual leaders of the Bomber Mafia, [George] put it like this: “We were highly enthusiastic; we were starting on, like, a crusade…knowing that there were a dozen of us and the only opposition we had was ten thousand officers and the rest of the Army, rest of the Navy.”’
Gladwell goes on to describe what Harold George did with his life, rising to the rank of general during World War II, working with Howard Hughes, ending the descriptive paragraph with ‘And this is my favorite part: he was twice elected mayor of Beverly Hills.’[ii] Vintage Gladwell flavoring.
The Bomber Mafia was part of the improvement in the airplane’s fighting capabilities. Noting the flying vehicle that appeared in World War I had two wings, one seat and ‘a machine gun facing forward, synchronized to fire through the propeller’…that could kill a novice pilot flying it; …[Gladwell mentions that] ‘the most famous’ fighter plane of the war was named ‘the Sopwith Camel. (That’s the one that Snoopy flew in the old Peanuts comic strip.),’[iii]
Gladwell goes on to England where the question of precision bombing was given a chance to prove itself. A cumbersome 55-pound device called the Norden bombsight was heralded by the Bomber Mafia to be the answer. It helped you to focus on, and theoretically hit your target from miles high in air. But ‘The English…never got tantalized by the possibility of dropping a bomb into a pickle barrel from thirty thousand feet.’[iv]
Now comes one of the most precious non-violent interesting parts of the book. Winston Churchill’s trusted friend, advisor, and confidante, Frederick ‘Lindemann was a great believer in the idea that the surest way to break the will of the enemy was by bombing its cities indiscriminately. Now, did Lindemann have any evidence to support his idea? No…. Lindemann was eccentric and brilliant. But his greatest claim to fame was that he was Winston Churchill’s best friend.
The two men had met each other in 1921 at a dinner arranged by the Duke and Duchess of Westminster. Churchill was an aristocrat, and Lindemann was really rich. So the two moved in the same circles. They hit it off. As for Churchill, if you read some of the letters he wrote Lindemann, they are almost worshipful.
The psychologist Daniel Wegner has this beautiful concept called transactive memory, which is the observation that we don’t just store information in our minds or in specific places. We also store memories and understanding in the minds of people we love. You don’t need to remember your child’s emotional relationship to her teacher because you know your wife will; you don’t have to remember how to work the remote because you know your daughter will. That’s transactive memory. Little bits of ourselves reside in other people’s minds. Wegner has a heartbreaking riff about what one member of a couple will often say when the other one dies – that some part of him or her died with the partner. That, Wegner says, is literally true. When your partner dies, everything that you have stored in that person’s brain is gone.
Churchill’s personality is important here. He was a man of the big picture. A visionary. He had a deep, intuitive understanding of human psychology and history. But he struggled with depression. He had mood swings. He was impulsive, a gambler. He had no head for figures. Throughout his life he was always losing huge amounts of money on foolish investments. In 1935, Churchill spent the modern equivalent of more than $60,000 on alcohol – in one year. Within a month of becoming prime minister, he was broke.
Here we have a man with very little common sense, no ability to handle numbers, no way to bring order to his life. And so whom does he become fast friends with? Someone disciplined, almost fanatically consistent. Someone who ate the same three things at every meal, every day. Someone so naturally at home in the world of numbers that, as a child, he would read newspapers and recite back reams and reams of statistics from memory.
Churchill stored all the thinking that had to do with the quantitative world inside Lindemann’s brain. And when Churchill became prime minister, in 1940, just after the war broke out, he took Lindemann with him. Lindemann served in Churchill’s cabinet as a kind of gatekeeper to Churchill’s mind. He went with Churchill to conferences. He dined with him. Lindemann never drank unless he was eating with Churchill, who was a big drinker. Then he drank. He went to Churchill’s country house on the weekends. People spotted them at 3:00 a.m., sitting by the fire, reading the newspaper together.’[v]
However, despite Lindemann’s preference for indiscriminate bombing in large volume, the Bomber Mafia convinced England and the allies to try the Norden Bombsight to precision bomb three ball-bearing factories in Germany. No ball-bearings, no working of many machines, including those intended for transportation and war. But, the Norden did not work in the dark of night. A daytime mission was required. Which was arranged.
The way it was to happen was Curtis LeMay, later Air Force Chief of Staff under JFK, would lead a decoy mission of B-17 bomber planes toward Regensburg, where Messerschmitt fighter planes were made. This would attract the German air defenses. Ten minutes after LeMay’s convoy departed, the 150 or so bombers that would head in a more northerly direction toward the Schweinfurt ball-bearing factories, would take off.
Gladwell plucked this unforgettable paragraph from an article written by ‘one of [Curtis] LeMay’s pilots, Beirne Lay, [published] in the Saturday Evening Post a few months later, describing the Regensburg raid. And it’s harrowing.
A shining silver rectangle of metal sailed past over our right wing. I recognized it as a main-exit door. Seconds later, a black lump came hurtling through the formation, barely missing several propellers. It was a man, clasping his knees to his head, revolving like a diver in a triple somersault, shooting by us so close that I saw a piece of paper blow out of his leather jacket…Now that we had been under constant attack for more than an hour, it appeared certain that our group was faced with extinction. The sky was still mottled with rising fighters. Target time was thirty-five minutes away. I doubt if a man in the group visualized the possibility of our getting much farther without 100 percent loss.’[vi]
You’ll have to read the book to find out what happened next. I haven’t read all of Gladwell’s works, but I think this may be his best-written, most-striking book.
Airplanes and Pilots Today
So what are all our military and civilian trained pilots doing today? Unfortunately, many of them are perpetrating two of the worst environmental misbehaviors about and above the planet. First is the flying in the skies of airplanes laden with chemicals, nanoparticles, polymers, defoliants, graphene, aluminum, strontium, barium, and other heavy metals. These are being sprayed without apparent regulation in the name of weather modification. Of course, all these toxins fall back to Earth to pollute, alter and kill lifeforms down here below, in the water, soil, air, and more ethereal atmospheres.
Dr. Rosalind Peterson, founder of the Agriculture Defense Coalition, told the world at a United Nations hearing in 2006 that the ‘contrails’ filled with these toxins can expand to cover an area of 4000 kilometers, and last 20 hours.[vii]
You should know that former president of the USA, Lyndon B. Johnson, prominently said, in his cap and gown, that developing a weather satellite “…will permit man to determine the world cloud layer…and ultimately to control the weather; and he who controls the weather, will control the world.” This statement can be heard in the movie ‘The Dimming,’ which is a good overall presentation of the story of contrails – also called ‘chemtrails.’ It also starts off most weekly climate engineering reports at www.geoengineeringwatch.org, available for free on that website.[viii]
‘The Dimming’ is available currently on youtube, and also on the geoengineeringwatch.org website – which has a vast store of other information, interviews, reports.
If you haven’t been looking, and think our government would never allow anything like this to ever happen, be aware that ‘the U.S. [has] staged more than 200 domestic tests aimed at assessing national vulnerabilities to biological warfare.’[ix]
Airplanes were used in 1950’s to test/deliver microbes/chemicals over USA cities[/caption]
For example, to go along with Dr. Peterson’s above warning:
‘The first Large Area Concept experiment, in 1957, involved dispersing microorganisms over a swath from South Dakota to Minnesota; monitoring revealed that some of the particles eventually traveled some 1200 miles away. Further tests covered areas from Ohio to Texas and Michigan to Kansas. In the Army’s words, these experiments “proved the feasibility of covering large areas of the country with [biological weapons] agents.”’[xi]
Also, associated with governmental/military/profiteering motives, please read this document that the CIA allowed to be released in 2000 quoting Vice-Admiral William F. Raborn: [You can enlarge w fingers if u have a touchscreen]
Weather Warfare’s Next Weapon — Wm A Raborn CIA Released Yr 2000[/caption]
More information will be posted about this, on this website in the upcoming weeks.
Chemtrails, Morning Sky — White streaks are chemtrails that will expand to cover the sky[/caption]
The second very significant misbehavior of Earthly pilots is the widespread spraying of glyphosate all about the planet. Unfortunately, this toxic chemical and its sister formulations, are considered the ‘most widely used [weedkillers] by conventional agriculture around the world,’ according to the Environmental Working Group.[xii]
Stephanie Seneff PhD and Chief Researcher at MIT, states that 150,000 tons, or one pound of glyphosate per American, is sprayed on USA crops every year.[xiii]
If you don’t know glyphosate yet, you probably do know Roundup. That is the herbicide around which most of our GMOs [Genetically Modified Organisms] are engineered to be resistant to. It is supposed to kill weeds, so GMO crops have less competition to impede their thriving in our non-organic fields.
Unfortunately, resistant or not, glyphosate-surviving GMO crops like Roundup Ready corn, soybeans, canola, cottonseed, alfalfa (hay), sugar beets, though they may survive, will be contaminated by glyphosate. As will our water, air and soil, along with all-important lifeforms upon which the human body depends, along with the Earthly network-of-life.
In her book ‘Toxic Legacy,’ which has been compared to Rachel Carson’s ‘Silent Spring’ due to its environmental importance, Dr. Stephanie Seneff informs us that glyphosate and its other formulations can cross the blood-brain barrier once ingested, to wreak havoc and cause death of brain cells.[xiv] This can translate to dementia, autism, brain fog, and cancer via severe DNA damage and disruption of normal brain function.
Breast cancer and non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma also can result from exposure and ingestion of glyphosate.[xv]
If you watch the Jeffrey Smith movies ‘Secret Ingredients’ and ‘Don’t Let The Gene Out Of The Bottle’ you will see, very graphically portrayed, the potent powers of glyphosate. It was originally invented to clean out boilers and pipes. Then, when someone saw how the runoff water laden with glyphosate killed all the grass and flowers where it ran-off onto, Monsanto knew they had a winner. Which eventually was used to kill weeds that could bother the genetically engineered crops they would develop and patent around their new poison chemical, that would be immune to the glyphosate/Roundup…[xvi]
Don’t despair too much. If you watch ‘Secret Ingredients’ you will see a family of five that has a child who becomes autistic. The next two children are born autistic. Then the mother, who has been a triathlete, deteriorates to having difficulty walking, as does her husband to a lesser degree.
Then they all go on a very organic diet, the children come out of their autism, and the parents go back to running and other forms of exercise. A very inspiring movie![xvii] Were the family’s maladies all due to glyphosate? Or partially? Be aware that between 70 and 100 percent of Americans tested for glyphosate (e.g., in the urine) are showing positive presence of it these days.[xviii] And honey tested by the FDA of the USA, and government scientists in Canada, found glyphosate in nearly 100 percent of samples tested.[xix]
A most disturbing phenomenon about spraying crops with Roundup/glyphosate is that many of our crops are undergoing a toxic drenching within a week of harvest and you are not being notified about this. The reason for this toxic drenching is to dry out the crops, make them ripen more uniformly, and eliminate mold.
I don’t have the breakdown of what percent are being sprayed by airplane, and what percent are being sprayed by unfortunate farmworkers in Hazmat suits walking on the ground. However, I do have a list for you of crops that are being sprayed so you can avoid them, protest to your supermarket manager and produce stocker about them, and buy organic versions of these crops. Or grow your own!
Wheat, oats, legumes, garbonzo beans, barley, rye; ‘oily crops like canola, safflower, sunflower, linseed, flax that are used for vegetable oil production;’ sugarcane. I will add to this list as time goes along.
Please let me add that Dr. Seneff states: “the highest levels of glyphosate have consistently been found in non-GMO foods derived from wheat, oats, and legumes.”[xx] Remember, ‘non-GMO’ does NOT mean free of herbicides, pesticides, chemicals, etc. Organic food theoretically excludes these entities, along with GMOs, irradiated products, and sewage-treated crops.
Also be aware that Dr. Seneff tells us that the USA uses “more glyphosate per capita than any other industrialized nation.”[xxi]
As for gathering information on airplane spraying of Roundup/glyphosate, I was informed by a friend out of Australia, that pilots there have been spraying it on crops in western Australia for a decade. Any information of spraying you can share relative to where this practice exists would be gratefully received. Then I can share what you provide along with other reports of use, in future posts or versions of this one.
Glyphosate Logo On Your Organic Oat Milk & Other Organic Foods — People ARE Aware!![/caption]
You see, something like this logo exists! That means that the consciousness about the evils of glyphosate is out there. Now you can help spread the word, and the logo.
© 2024 Conrad Miller MD
[i] ‘The Bomber Mafia’ by Malcolm Gladwell, page 17; Published 2021 Back Bay Books, Little, Brown & Co. NY
[ii] Op. Cit., ‘The Bomber Mafia’ by Malcolm Gladwell, page 34.
[iii] Ibid., Gladwell, page 18.
[iv] ‘The Bomber Mafia’ by Malcolm Gladwell, page 55.
[v] Op. Cit., Gladwell, Pages 67-69.
[vi] Ibid, Gladwell, page 99.
[viii] Suggest https://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/geoengineering-watch-global-alert-news-august-12-2023-418/
weekly report issued a few days after the Maui, Hawaii, weather disaster
[xiii] Stephanie Seneff PhD, ‘Toxic Legacy’ page 10 published by Chelsea Green Publishing, White River, VT, USA
[xiv] Op. Cit., Stephanie Seneff PhD, ‘Toxic Legacy’ pages 14, 134-135
[xv] Ibid., Seneff, pages 14, 21
[xviii] Op. Cit., Seneff, ‘Toxic Legacy’ page 12
[xix] Ibid., Seneff, page 11.
[xxi] Ibid., Seneff, page 22