Letter from Rob Simpson

Posted February 10, 2017 at 5:30 am by

In the SJ Update Mail­bag today we have this let­ter from Rob Simpson…

A few days after our first screen­ing of a new and chal­leng­ing doc­u­men­tary series called DEEP SPACE, I was informed that “pub­lic reac­tion” was so neg­a­tive that the for­mer­ly enthu­si­as­tic plan to screen the entire series over the com­ing months is imme­di­ate­ly cancelled.

Evi­dent­ly, for some vocal mem­bers in our com­mu­ni­ty, look­ing into DEEP SPACE was just too much to consider.

Way too much.

I fore­warned every­one who was think­ing of attend­ing that the DEEP SPACE series pulls togeth­er only the scat­tered bits of evi­dence we pos­sess, in order to help us ask bet­ter ques­tions in future.

Bet­ter ques­tions get us bet­ter answers.

Evi­dent­ly, DEEP SPACE offers too much to think about in these con­tentious times.
And so, they have pres­sured the library to not offer THIS kind of pro­gram for thought­ful analysis.

I know we have a lot on our plates to process these days.
​I am cer­tain­ly feel­ing it.

But, has it ​now ​become fash­ion­able to block what ​infor­ma­tion ​people​ ​​are exposed to?

Adopt­ing an “I don’t want to hear about it” atti­tude should be a per­son­al deci­sion. Must we attempt to con­trol and restrict oth­ers thoughts, as well?

Thought­ful and brave analy­sis is in short sup­ply these days.

Is this a des­per­ate attempt to be com­fort­able in our old age?

Have we real­ly grown too rigid or fright­ened to see the changes ​fly­ing at us from all directions?

Most mil­len­ni­al kids sure see what is in the wind. ​I know mine do.

Rather than just not attend the screen­ings, some in our com­mu­ni­ty advo­cate “Killing the mes­sen­ger” when they don’t like what they are hearing.

His­tor­i­cal­ly, has killing the mes­sen­ger ever been a good idea?

There will be no stop­ping ​what many are call­ing “dis­clo­sure”.
Decades of repressed infor­ma­tion is now explod­ing into our consciousness.

Deny­ing new infor­ma­tion is futile.
It is cling­ing to ​the past… ​an imag­i­nary past.
It may be tem­porar­i­ly com­fort­ing, but is it useful?

Well, yes… for those who wish to main­tain a sta­tus quo.

And espe­cial­ly use­ful to those who wish to stay in power.

SO… can we han­dle the truth?
Can we ana­lyze new infor­ma­tion with­out freak­ing out?

Nobody likes to hear of things like OPERATION PAPERCLIP (just one of the ear­ly points made in DEEP SPACE.)

​What was that?

After WWII, OPERATION PAPERCLIP (and oth­er activ­i­ties we don’t talk about) was a clas­si­fied US policy.

We cov­et­ed the tech­ni­cal advance­ments of Germany.
They were work­ing on things we had­n’t even dreamed of.
​​And we​ sure​ did­n’t want the “Ruskies” to ​acquire it.

​And so we gave no-ques­tions-asked asy­lum to the best researchers the Nazi regime had to offer.

Are we to pre­tend that thou­sands of hard-line Nazi sci­en­tists were not giv­en asy­lum in top lev­els of our mil­i­tary research facil­i­ties and mil­i­tary industries?

All for a good cause, right?

But, are we to pre­tend they have not exert­ed a philo­soph­i­cal influ­ence over our post WWII mil­i­tary and gov­ern­ment? …even when the evi­dence is in our faces?

Are we to pre­tend we did­n’t hear Pres­i­dents Eisen­how­er and Kennedy issue pub­lic warn­ings in the 1960’s about the secret influ­ences being exert­ed at all lev­els of government?

Heck, decades ear­li­er even Pres­i­dent Wil­son gave us a sim­i­lar warning.

And ear­li­er still, so did Pres­i­dent Lincoln.
(Ever won­der why the warn­ings always involve the world banks?)

Secret​ soci­ety influ­ences are noth­ing new to our democracy.

Do we owe it to our­selves to become aware of it?

Or should we just let them go about their business?


This new​ ​​library pol­i­cy is not so much about our library, as it is a shift in our cul­ture. The library is just a reflection.

To be fair, I have been encour­aged by the library to “go pri­vate” with the DEEP SPACE series. That way, our library won’t be impli­cat­ed with “endors­ing” game-chang­ing information.

But, I am at a loss. I have always thought that dif­fi­cult rev­e­la­tions are best han­dled ​in com­mu­ni­ty…​ with friends and neigh­bors to help us process and​ ​​fur­ther research things.

The library seemed like a good place for that​ to happen.
And for 6‑years of Con­sci­en­tious Pro­jec­tor screen­ings, it was.

But, 6 years ago, we col­lec­tive­ly weren’t quite so seething with rage, fear, and anger. ​(The tools of soci­etal control.)

Times have changed.

Appar­ent­ly at this crit­i­cal junc­ture, we now must be iso­lat­ed in our pur­suit of ​non-main­stream ideas.

​Of course, ana­lyt­i­cal think­ing is not for everyone.
And it is one’s priv­i­lege to engage in it.

Does it all just come down to the icon­ic Jack Nichol­son line from a movie:

“You want the truth​?​ You can’t han­dle the truth!”

I hate to think that THAT is the truth.

It’s up to you now​ as an individual.
Car­ry on.
Stay cen­tered in love.
(what­ev­er that means to you).
That is where hope lives.
It is also where solu­tions await us.
And stay awake.
The offi­cial nar­ra­tive is falling apart.

To quote mid-20th cen­tu­ry jour­nal­ist Edward R. Mur­row as he con­clud­ed each broadcast.…

“Good night, and good luck.”


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  1. Thank you for an excel­lent expli­ca­tion of a trou­bling turn. Cen­sor­ship is a dis­tress­ing and dis­turb­ing direc­tion for our library to take, for the library board to take in a time when libraries nation­wide are reaf­firm­ing their respon­si­bil­i­ty to be our first line of defense in keep­ing the flow of infor­ma­tion to their com­mu­ni­ties strong and uncensored.
    My expe­ri­ences work­ing in a uni­ver­si­ty library from 1966 to 1980 gave me an inti­mate under­stand­ing of the pow­er and need for open exchange dur­ing the Viet­nam War years. I did not walk-off when urged to do so in sol­i­dar­i­ty with stu­dent demon­stra­tors, my peers and com­rades. I said to them then that if the library staff were to strike, it would effec­tive­ly result in cen­sor­ship because the full resources of the library would not be avail­able to the uni­ver­si­ty com­mu­ni­ty. I hope anoth­er venue can be found and I will cer­tain­ly use social media to get this mes­sage out.

    Comment by Denise Acsay on February 10, 2017 at 7:01 am

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