The Conscientious Projector

Posted April 18, 2016 at 5:43 am by


Rob Simp­son shares these thoughts as the Con­sci­en­tious Pro­jec­tor Film Series comes to a close…

Hel­lo Dis­cern­ing Islanders,

Today (Mon­day April 18) brings to a close Con­sci­en­tious Pro­jec­tor ​as a month­ly series.

Over the last five years we’ve seen so many pieces of the puz­zle, that it is a real chal­lenge to put the pieces togeth­er. And even if we did, we’d only have a small part of the big picture.

So, what have we learned?

The world is rapid­ly head­ing for (what one might call) a day of expand­ed discernment.

Things we have learned from the Edward Snow­den doc­u­ments are just the begin­ning. Remem­ber way back… 4‑years ago when the notion of the NSA record­ing our EVERY com­mu­ni­ca­tion was “a loony, con­spir­a­cy theory”?

How quaint­ly naive we were.

And now that the “Snow­den hard dri­ves” have had their encryp­tions bro­ken, there is more to come. And those hard dri­ves are just one source of impor­tant infor­ma­tion that will reveal how our world has been operating.

So, again the ques­tion… what have we learned?

Per­haps, it is that it is time to pre­pare to inves­ti­gate the investigations.

The his­to­ry of the last 100 years is filled with “offi­cial sto­ries” that don’t hold up even if giv­en the most super­fi­cial scruti­ny. I won’t men­tion any. I’ll bet you can name a few.

So tonight… as a farewell, and as an exam­ple… we are pre­sent­ing A NOBLE LIE. This is an inves­ti­ga­tion into the offi­cial sto­ry of the Okla­homa City Bombing.

In 1999, I nev­er doubt­ed the offi­cial sto­ries I was told to believe. How quaint­ly naive I was.

A NOBLE LIE is an inde­pen­dent, foren­sic-like inves­ti­ga­tion-into-the-inves­ti­ga­tion. It is quite thor­ough, and presents more infor­ma­tion than I would have expect­ed from a doc­u­men­tary that was pro­duced with no real finan­cial support.

Hope to see you tonight.


P.S. Con­sci­en­tious Pro­jec­tor will con­tin­ue as an occa­sion­al, spe­cial event at the library. Our FRIENDS AT THE LIBRARY have helped make the last five years hap­pen. I have out­lined a plan for the rest of the year at the library. But, it is doubt­ful if it can be ful­ly real­ized. Some films require a screen­ing license for pub­lic per­for­mance. If any­one out there is so inspired, a dona­tion to the Library… ear-mark­ing its use for Con­sci­en­tious Pro­jec­tor screen­ings and/or oth­er adult pro­grams could help a lot.

» Edit — Rob adds this foot­note:  Friends of the Library is doing very well in fund­ing their impor­tant activ­i­ties.  It is the library  that is feel­ing the con­straints of a tight bud­get for new acquisitions.

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