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  • I'm not saying that the battle is won
    But on Saturday night all those kids in the sun
    Wrested technology's sword from the hand of the war lords
    Oh, oh, oh, the tide is turning
    Oh, oh, oh, the tide is turning

    Roger Waters, “The Tide is Turning”

    I always shop at the same market because it is the best place in town for the healthiest and most sustainable food. Because of this, I know most of the checkout clerks by name, and we always find something to visit about.

    I like to know what is important to them, what they are thinking about, how things are going.

    i learn a lot.

    Yesterday, Dan, who had been away for awhile, was back. I said how happy I was to see him, and asked what he had been up to. He said that he had another job, but was terminated, and so was now working night shifts here, and occasional day shifts.

    He added: “Night shifts are when the quirky people show up.”

    He had my immediate, full attention! “Quirky? Quirky people?”

    “What do you mean by quirky?” I asked, eager for some details. “Please give me an example!”

    “Well, “ Dan said, as he bagged my spinach, Kombucha, and manna bread, “There is this one lady that comes in late, and she always has stories to tell about things like how the FBI poisons her water, how she sees unmanned drones over the parking lot where she sleeps in her car, how she knows who really killed Kennedy, how she knows her cell phone is tapped, how there is a secret Illuminati cabal planning to exterminate 500 million people.”

    “Wow!” I commented, feigning astonishment and incredulous innocence.

    “Let me ask you something,” I said. “Does she talk about how the World Trade Towers demolition on 9/11 and the ‘attack’ on the Pentagon were carefully staged false flag events? Does she talk about the 600 FEMA internment camps around the country? Does she talk about the ‘Sound of Silence” EMF brainwave modification program? Does she go on about chem trails, and the strange murals in the Denver Airport ?

    “Oh yeah, yeah!” Dan replied. “She is totally into conspiracies. She says she was an MK Ultra sex slave, but escaped.”

    As I listened to him, I remembered the Mel Gibson film, CONSPIRACY THEORY. And I remembered that old tradecraft directive that if you want to hide something, put it out in the open.

    Dan was now bagging my tomatoes, onions, zucchinis, and basil.

    “It is clear that she is a bit mentally off,” he mused, “But the thing is, she says a lot of things that make an odd kind of sense, you know?”

    “Well, I said,” keeping my own opinions about all this to myself, “It is kind of you to listen to her, She probably doesn’t have many friends, and coming here is a social event for her. Sometimes it helps to talk.”

    “Yeah,” Dan said, “I’m starting to do my own research. There is a lot of material out there which seems to back up what she is saying. I want to get to the bottom of things, you know? I want to know what is really going on.”

    “Good man!” I said. “Go for it. Let me know what you find out. There is a lot of highly persuasive evidence out there, and we need to find the truth. Good luck!”

    “Good to see you,” Dan smiled.

    “Good to see you, too! Be well! Happy research!”

    As I drove home, I heard in my head the Roger Waters song, “The Tide Is Turning.” And smiled.

    ("Heirloom Tomatoes" Photograph by Alex, 8/10/12)
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