It is said that if we do not learn from history “we are doomed to repeat it.” What exactly does this mean? It means we need to reach a consensus of well informed individuals who have the will to learn from history and ensure that we do not make the same mistakes. It does happen … Read More
It is said that if we do not learn from history “we are doomed to repeat it.” What exactly does this mean? It means we need to reach a consensus of well informed individuals who have the will to learn from history and ensure that we do not make the same mistakes. It does happen a lot, however, that we live unaware of the hurdles of the past and therefore we will end up paying a high price for allowing these mistakes from happening again. To exemplify this, I have collected a list of seven events in history which will make you realize something about our inability to respond to unfair and illogical actions:
7. The threat of the safer cigarette: Cigarettes have earned the reputation of causing very deadly forms of physical illness. For this reason, the idea of creating a safer form of enjoying this very addictive habit would be a blessing? Or at least no so for the Phillip Morris company. In the 1960s, the Liggett & Myers created a product called XA, a cigarette for which most carcinogens have been removed. The giant cigarette company, Phillip Morris filed a lawsuit to force companies to never reveal information about the negative effects of smoking. When the Ligget & Myers company advertised a “safer” alternative, they were admitting to the dangers of tobacco use. As a result the XA cigarette never saw the light of day. 6. Street cars GM did not desire: In 1921, suburbs in North America were needing to address the demand of commuters as cities grew and urbanization was in full swing. The answer was addressed by buying and deploying electric-powered streetcars which caused General Motors with a $65 million strain in face of the move. In response to this, GM retaliated by buying out and then closing down hundreds of independent railway companies, thus boosting the market for gas-guzzling GM buses and cars.
5. The life-energy accumulator: Wilhelm Reich was an Associate Professor of Medical Psychology who followed up on the bio-energy basis research of Sigmund Freud’s theories of neurosis in humans. Reich believed that traumatic experiences blocked the natural flow of life energy, or “chi” energy (he termed it “Orgone Energy”) leading to physical and mental illness. In order to alleviate this issue, Reich constructed the Orgone Accumulator in 1941, a box constructed of materials such as metals that would help patients absorb energy through their skin and lungs. The device had proven positive effects on health, specifically on blood and body tissue, as it improved the flow of life-energy and by releasing energy-blocks. Unfortunately for Reich, 1941 was tumultuous time as he was labelled a Communist by the FBI and was accused of being engaged in subversive activities. 4. Water powered car: Although it may sound far fetched, the water-fueled car once did exist. It is the American inventor Stan Meyer who achieved in the 80s water fueling through a buggy which consumed 100 miles of per galon. His prototype would have perhaps forever changed the car industry has he not mysteriously succumbed to a brain aneurysm which left him dead at 57 years old. There were indications that Meyer had been poisoned following his inability to sell his patents and research. Becoming afraid of any consequence, his partners have all gone underground, taking his famous water buggy with them. Another case of GM conspiring to suppressed better alternatives to the combustion engine was in the late 90s when EV1, the world’s first commercial electric car was bought out and removed from the market by GM.
3. Pain relieve without drugs: In 1974, Jonson & Johnson bought out the company StimTech. StimTech was the company responsible for the Transcutaneous Electronic Nerve Stimulation (TENS) devices created to alleviate pain impulses from the body without the use of drugs. Having purchase the patent and technology, Johnson & Johnson proceeded to forever remove the product from the market claiming that the device never performed as well as it claimed. StimTech filled a law suit accusing Johnson & Johnson of stifling the technology in order to protect their pain relieve drugs, most specifically Tylenol.
2. Promising cancer cures: In 1934, the American inventor Royal Rife created what became known as the Rife Device, with it he cured 14 cases of terminal cancer patients and hundreds of animal cancers by way of aiming a “beam ray” at what he called the “cancer virus.” Rife’s invention became discredited by Morriss Fishbein, the then director of the American Medical Association (AMA), after his offers to buy the technology were declined. In 1953, a U.S. Senate investigation concluded that Fishbein and the AMA did conspire to suppress Rife’s invention. A similar case happened in 2001 when Rick Simpson from Nova Scotia, Canada had tested the use of hemp oil applied on his cancerous skin had healed him. Following his surprise, his hemp oil treatment was tested on hundreds of cancer suffers with great success. Researchers in Spain did confirm in studies that hemp oil does show to have an effect in the killing of cancer cells. Because the Food and Drugs Administration (F.D.A) places marijuana as a Schedule I drug, it is therefore not accepted as a medical use. Much pressure is changing this idea, however as hemp is becoming legal in a few U.S. states. Rich Simpson moved to Amsterdan to continue his treatment as hemp is legal there. More details of his journey are told in the documentary Run for the Cure, which can be watch freely online.
1. Free wireless electricity: Out of all the six other historical events of suppression. I left this as the first one, simply because I belief it is most outrageous event of them all. Nikola Tesla, a genius of the the 20th century figured out a way to bypass fossil-fuel burning by way producing “free energy,” which he discovered could be harnessed by ionization in the upper atmosphere to produce electrical vibrations. In essence, what Tesla was about to discover was free wireless electricity for all. J.P. Morgan who was funding a lot of Tesla’s research realized that free energy was not profitable and worked hard to not only stop funding Tesla’s research, but also making sure other investors would not by running them off. Tesla finished much of his latter days in deep poverty and we continue to struggle and suffer (whether it is by way of our wallets) by the expense of the shortage of energy resources.