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A View From the Deck: Can you Hear the Rotor Slap?

In this installment of 'A View From the Deck', local author J. Wiley Dumas takes a look at some of the conspiracy theories prevalant in our culture.

Note to the reader: This article is OPINION. As such, it is a Point of View, that being the author's and his alone.

Webster’s Dictionary defines Conspiracy Theory as: “a theory that explains an event or set of circumstances as the result of a secret plot usually by powerful conspirators.”

My definition is ‘Rotor Slap.’

Anyone who has served in the military, or is familiar with helicopters, knows what rotor slap is. The Bell UH-1 ‘Huey’ helicopter had the most distinctive rotor slap ever, being heard from miles away and drowning out one’s voice as it got closer. Conspiracy Theorists often check the skies for the ‘Black Helicopters’ hovering over them, and the rotor slap from those drowns out all rational thought.

And that’s what conspiracy theories do. They get louder and louder and eventually they become all that is being heard, despite facts to the contrary.

For my age group, the list of conspiracy theories would include, but not be limited to, the following:

UFO Wreckage and alien bodies at Area 51

President Kennedy’s Assassination

Robert Kennedy’s Assassination

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Assassination

The Apollo 11 moon landing

Paul McCartney of the Beatles was killed and replaced by a double

Elvis is alive

Technology exists to have a gasoline engine that gets super high mileage but the oil companies have hidden the technology

The September 11th, 2001 Attack (‘Truthers’)

The legitimacy of President Obama’s Birth Certificate (‘Birthers’)

And perhaps the most heinous of all Conspiracy Theories to come about in recent weeks:

The Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting (Yes, there are those that believe it was a hoax)

As I mentioned, this list is not ‘all-inclusive’, rather, it is some of those that are the most talked about in our culture. I’m certain that each reader has their own that could be added to this list.

Conspiracy theories all have certain things in common. One is that they are carried out by ‘Them’ to fulfill ‘Their’ agenda. ‘They’ are shadowy groups of people in positions of power and influence who dictate our daily lives by manipulating events. Another is that all conspiracy theories contain just enough FACT to convince the average person that they are ‘Truth.’

Let’s take a couple of examples from the list above.

SOMETHING crashed in the desert outside of Roswell, New Mexico back in 1947. Exactly what it was, the public may never know. I don’t really think it was an alien spacecraft or a weather balloon. More likely, it was captured German technology being tested at what is now White Sands, and was ‘hushed-up’ to avoid a public panic over the level of advancement Germany had made in rocketry, aviation, and nuclear technology during World War 2.

And yes, ‘Area-51’ exists, but it is one of the most secure R&D facilities in the world. It’s called Groom Lake.

President John F. Kennedy’s assassination shocked this country. I was a small child at the time, but I can remember the horror my parents and others felt. Unwilling to believe that a single person, a ‘lone nut’ could carry out such a heinous, horrifying act on the leader of our great nation, people began to look for a ‘second gunman,’ usually on the infamous ‘Grassy knoll.’ Now I can’t speak about other issues of this event, and if this was a conspiracy or not, but if there had been a second shooter on that knoll, and had taken that shot, looking at the trajectory, it becomes clear that the bullet would have passed through and also killed Jackie.

Internal-combustion gasoline engines have been created that deliver as much as 60 mpg. The problem is that the fuel is high-octane, contains lead, and has no other additives such as ethanol. Also, EPA regulations concerning emissions cut back on the ability of the engine to perform to its maximum capability.

I’m a born skeptic. I take very little that I see, read, or hear as ‘fact,’ until I research it. And while there certainly exists plenty of unanswered questions in many of the above examples, there are also plenty of substantiated facts as to rule many of them as nothing more than ‘Rotor Slap.’

The ‘Truthers’ see a giant military-industrial complex-created conspiracy in the September 11th attacks. The ‘Birthers’ see our president as foreign-born, ineligible to hold the Office of President of the United States. The ‘Sandy Hook Hoax’ crowd sees this horrid event as a carefully-orchestrated action to attack the 2nd Amendment. There has even been some ‘Rotor Slap’ over the past few days regarding the recent release of thousands of illegal immigrant detainees. The Conspiracy Theorists say that this has been done to have these people commit ‘gun crimes,’ and strengthen the attack on the 2nd Amendment.

Rotor Slap? You decide.

In all of these, there are just enough facts to get one to listen and consider the possibility that there just might be some ‘truth’ behind this. Remember, not all conspiracy theories are theories (Rendition comes to mind).

Whether you believe in them or not, the fact is that conspiracy theories are part of our culture. And, in a way, that’s a good thing. It shows that we do question, that we don’t take anything as ‘truth,’ until we have looked into the issue, and then made an informed opinion on the matter.

There’s little doubt that things go on that are kept from the general public. In some cases, these things concern National Security, and should never see the light of day. Other things are so old that the people truly deserve the facts.

But for myself, I have to go and find out the ‘truth’ behind ‘Pop Rocks.’

I hear Elvis and the Men in Black arriving in the black helicopter now.

Sic vis Pacem, Parabellum,

J. Wiley Dumas

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John Yannacci, Sr. March 09, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Liberals! Only they can take a comment made by one of their own and use it to smear Republicans. The Democratic party is organized hypocricy.
John Yannacci, Sr. March 09, 2013 at 10:33 PM
MysticWharf, Liberal Newsweek Magazine hailed Obama as Messianic and the second coming. Liberal actor Jamie Foxx said he was the Mesiah. I believe that the term, "infantile piffle" refers to liberals.
James Bond March 09, 2013 at 11:40 PM
Ed, The 'Mother' ship waits for no one hurry!!
Paul March 10, 2013 at 12:34 AM
@ yanacci...Please shut your mouth. Yo make conservative look like morons
Jim March 10, 2013 at 12:37 AM
I agree
Daniella Ruiz March 10, 2013 at 12:41 AM
noah>> the term 'sheeple' may be an easier means of describing a grouping of people that simply are following the largest consensus of ideas, remaining as a solidified block of voters, staying together, to ensure their ideals and representatives are to remain in office. not that they are actually being led themselves as a flock, but rather leading the election of specific people to (ahem) lead/represent them. on the other hand, political campaigns can tailor the image of a candidate to mirror what a certain block of voters feels would best represent their needs, and this is done by 'data mining' through social web sites (think Facebook?) to ferret out what seems to be central to the sheeple's concerns. Obama did it, Romney did it, others are being approached by major social/human factors survey sites with 'social metric's data' for sale. we are in a new era, where democracy may be simply ' for sale' to the highest bidder who can purchase this broad data.
Carol D. Fox March 10, 2013 at 03:03 AM
John is entitled to his opinion just like the rest of you. John I do agree with you about a conspiracy surrounding Kennedy's assassination. And to the person who didn't capitalize America or American, I hope it was just poor editing on your part.
Jim G. March 10, 2013 at 03:04 AM
"If you believe Oswald acted alone using a cheap Italian bold action rifle to pop off all those shots and get the perfect shot you are pretty naive." Uh-huh. So how did a Marine marksman with training equivalent to Oswald's not only duplicate the feat, using the same rifle, but get off four shots in one pass? Or did any of your TFH books even mention that such an experiment was made in early 1964, duplicating the incident in every detail? You have NO idea what you're talking about, Kap, just like the many who have read one CT book after another without ever looking at the original material.
Kaptainsteve March 10, 2013 at 11:45 AM
Jim G. I've noticed how you never answer questions posed to you. I asked you if you ever read Mafia Kingfish, Crossfire, Mob Lawyer or Legacy of Secrecy? If not, why do you dismiss what they say? Those books are well documented, researched and all agree about the who's and why of the assassination, yet because you didn't read them they should be dismissed. Jim, isn't it funny how liberals seem to always accuse others non-liberals of being tin foil hat wearing intolerant cavemen? And, labeling them "conspiracy books" does not make it necessarily so. Maybe you should consider that the warren commission is the cover-up/conspiracy? These books outline just that. You cite the 1967 CBS recreation with marksmen, trolleys and perches. Do you really believe that because that one staged event under perfect conditions, no pressure, and tons of practicing, that everything else is automatically discounted? Do you realize that any frontal shots (or more than 3 bullets, one on the bridge) eliminate Oswald as the only shooter. Finally, do you know that more evidence has been uncovered since 1967? Jim, ever hear of the Milteer tapes? FBI Agent Don Adams said Oswald didn't do it, the shot was impossible with that bolt action rifle and the audio tape of hit being discussed with Milteer and informant WEEKS before it happened is right HERE to listen to to boot! http://youtu.be/4Wktzy-8BV8 and the details agree with the Legacy book above. OPEN YOUR MIND JIM!
John Yannacci, Sr. March 10, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Paul, since you haven't the courage to use your full name feel free to insult me. Hiding behind a computer and maintaining anonymity is the refuge of cowards. Or, you can identify yourself and bring it on.
John Yannacci, Sr. March 10, 2013 at 04:24 PM
And Jim Hanna, what do you agree with? What did I say on this comment section that was so offensive?
Paul March 11, 2013 at 12:25 AM
@kaptainsteve, since you haven't the courage to use your full name feel free to insult me. Hiding behind a computer and maintaining anonymity is the refuge of cowards. Or, you can identify yourself and bring it on. . .
Ed Froem March 11, 2013 at 03:03 PM
"BAAAAAAHHHH!!!!!" The closest thing to an intelligent comment we can expect from James Bond
Bruce R. Goulding March 11, 2013 at 03:09 PM
"Rotor slap"? A certain aerospace firm in Bloomfield approached the Army in the early 1960s and offered to build main rotor blades that would do away with much of the "whop, whop, whop" sound that is associated with the Huey. The Army responded that they didn't think that the enemy that they were facing in the little bush war they were fighting was "...sophisticated enough to associate" the noise with the approach of the Huey helicopter. Check out the composite main rotor blade tips on the AH-1 (44 ft. diameter J and S models) that this same firm made. The AH-1 certainly didn't make as much noise as the Huey.
Ed Froem March 11, 2013 at 03:16 PM
"TOM 8:25 pm on Sunday, March 10, 2013 @kaptainsteve, since you haven't the courage to use your full name feel free to insult me. Hiding behind a computer and maintaining anonymity is the refuge of cowards. Or, you can identify yourself and bring it on. " Irony here TOM, is TOM your full name? You realize that on this blog you can post under any name you choose, real or not. We have no more proof that TOM is your "full name" than we do that James Bond is his/her real name. Btw, thinly veiled threats "identify yourself and bring it on" I believe violate the terms of use.
Kaptainsteve March 11, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Remember, no plane ever hit building #7.
Kaptainsteve March 11, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Also, there is credible FBI testimony of informants saying that Marcello confessed to the assassination. One was an informant placed in Marcello's cell while he was locked up for the Brilab case and another heard him say it while he was staking out Marcello at a restaurant. Also, Here is Jesse Ventura who was a marksman in the Seals attempted to re-create the shots with the same rifle Oswald used and couldn't: http://youtu.be/qSWSgcuYqDo
Bob Fawkes March 11, 2013 at 03:47 PM
There's a video clip out on youtube where Silverstein, discussing building 7, tell's the interviewer (from PBS?), "We decided to 'pull' it". Meaning, to tear down building 7 via controlled demo.
Hunter March 11, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Bruce, during WW2, the German Luftwaffe installed sirens on their Stuka dive bombers to instill terror into the people. I just wonder if that same thought process was the REAL reason that the Huey had that WHUP WHUP WHUP, in order to cause panic among the VC? Just a thought.
Kaptainsteve March 11, 2013 at 05:10 PM
I've wondered what the meaning of "pull" meant in such a situation? Could it have meant to pull the emergency personnel out from the building?
Bob Fawkes March 11, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Steve, If you can find the pbsd Silverstein video, take a look at the entire interview. It's pretty clear that Silverstein means 'to bring down the building'. There's also that notorious 'Live' news segment of the BBC reporter prematurely announcing Building 7 has collapsed. http://www.wtc7.net/bbc.html
Jim G. March 11, 2013 at 07:06 PM
...and that answers any further questions about why there's a tinfoil shortage in CT.
George Lazare March 11, 2013 at 11:54 PM
@The irony here is Ed. There are no "ED FROEMS"'s in ct, is Ed froem your full name? You realize that on this blog you can post under any name you choose, real or not. We have no more proof that Ed Froem is your "full name" than we do that James Bond is his/her real name.... Interesting... there are no "ED FROEM"'s in ct Try again
Ed Froem March 12, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Unless the name is unlisted or suppressed, try again. In fact, many folks can have their motor vehicle registrations suppressed for legal reasons so that when an officer runs the plate it comes up as suppressed. Try again Mr. Jameson.
Ed Froem March 12, 2013 at 12:28 AM
These include police officers, prosecutors and many emergency personnel and some town officials.
George Lazare March 12, 2013 at 12:35 AM
@froem Nice try...keep slithering through the obstacles as best you can... YOU DONT EXIST
Ed Froem March 12, 2013 at 02:03 AM
Tom, the point I was trying to make which you missed, was that its kind of silly to complain that "since you haven't the courage to use your full name feel free to insult me" and then throw out some childish challenge and threat, is kind of silly on a forum where anyone can sign up under any name and no one checks to see if that's their real name. I'm sorry I had to make more than one attempt to get that point across to you, I'm sure it has more to do with my writing skills than it does with your reading comprehension.
US Navy All The Way March 20, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Dick Morris Beware of The Black Helicopters!
US Navy All The Way March 20, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Not a chance Hunter. We didn't want the VC to know we were coming. We'd fly in low and fast, stay in valleys and PRAY for clear LZ's. The whup whup whup we all knew meant evac and also meant danger.
US Navy All The Way March 20, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Jesse Ventura never saw combat. I have 100 friends who could try & recreate the shot. It means nothing unless you can ABSOLUTELY create the same shooting environment. Wind speed, apeture, etc etc etc to a TEE, which is impossible to do.

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