Fond Memories of Hitching

Hitchhiking is something that is simply not done these days, at least where I live, but back in the olden days of the 1970s, I used to hitch rides on a regular basis. Lots of us did, as a matter of fact. And I’m not aware of anyone I knew, or that they knew, hitching a ride to their death… or even to an assault.

Hitchhiking is something that is simply not done these days, at least where I live, but back in the olden days of the 1970s, I used to hitch rides on a regular basis. Lots of us did, as a matter of fact((Though the girls didn’t, and I think they were smart not to. They’d attract far more “No thanks” offers than us boys.)). And I’m not aware of anyone I knew, or that they knew, hitching a ride to their death… or even to an assault.

Hitchhiking was still fairly common in those days. It had begun long before, in the days when few people owned cars. That was a less tormented time of course, before we were trained to see strangers as roving monsters.

To hitch, you’d stand in a safe but visible place at the side of the road, then stick out your thumb and make yourself look harmless. You’d give the person who stopped a good looking over, then get in and go… or occasionally, not.

A typical roadside encounter went like this:

The car stops, and either the driver rolls down the window (not terribly common because a lot of windows had to be manually rolled down) or you open the door.

“Where you going?” asks the driver.

“Peterson and Pulaski,” you might say.

“Hop in” the driver says. “I’m going past there.”

“Thanks!” you say while climbing in.

Rarely did I fail to get ride within 10 minutes on a busy road. You were especially likely to get a quick ride on days when it was cold, snowy, or rainy.

Hippies were always great rides. They were as likely as not to offer you a smoke, but they really didn’t care if you said no. More than that, they were talkative and interesting, and if you were friendly they might go out of their way and take you directly to your destination.

And as I say, I never knew of anyone who had a dangerous ride. I’m sure it must have happened somewhere at some time – among millions of people it could hardly be otherwise – but it was certainly not common. What we learned – and my friends and I definitely compared our experiences – was that most people were fairly cool, if you gave them a chance.

And once we started driving more regularly, we were fairly likely to give people rides as well. We were judicious of course. If there was a large, questionable-looking guy hitching, we’d give him a ride only if there were two or three of us in the car, for example. But we regularly gave rides. In fact, we often slowed down when we saw someone standing in the rain or snow and asked if they needed a ride. And I still do that from time to time, even in the present state of paranoia.

And if you’d like to confront a shocking fact, consider this: Things were a lot more dangerous in my youth than they are today. Take a look:

I haven’t seen a hitchhiker in a long time now, which is kind of sad. People trusting and helping one another is a good thing. The reason hitching dried up, of course, is that people are bombarded by fear 24/7 these days. We weren’t nearly as traumatized “back in the day.”

And given that violent crime was significantly worse in the 1970s, the difference between then and now is pretty clearly attributable to dark propaganda.

More Importantly…

Far more important than crime stats is the fact that we learned at a fairly young age to work without a net.

Hitching required you to choose, to act, to judge quickly, to take responsibility for your own safety, and to hold a pallet of options open in your mind. It was to engage yourself fully with other human beings and even more importantly, with strangers.

And there were hurdles to get over. Not only were our parents unhappy about of us hitching, but cops could arrest you for it too. The legal underpinnings for those arrests were pretty shaky, but cops arrested teenagers whenever they liked back then (in some cases still), fearing nothing and with no consequences that I ever heard about.

And so we had to risk the wrath of our parents and the cops, on top of any other dangers.

Before I close, I want to mention a final benefit we gained from hitching. We learned how to trust and how to be trusted. I think those are very important lessons, and I fear that a lot of people miss them these days, under the reign of permanent fear.


Paul Rosenberg

Back to the Crime Scene


Now that the Great Distraction of 2016/2017 (“The Russians hacked the election!” “Fake news!”) may be winding down, we should return to the things that the news media, politicians, and the entire deep state wanted us to forget. In other words, we need to get back to the crime scene and take a good look at it.

The WikiLeaks emails were our peek behind the curtain to see what’s really going on in the overlord class. They stripped away the fake reality of Big Media, Hollywood, and Washington. These emails let us see what is real, not what elites want us to think is real… which is why they’ve worked so hard to distract us.

So, truth sits openly in front of the public. The question is how many people will pick it up and look at it, and how many will scurry off, not wanting to see.

What We Know

There’s too much to cover in one column – there were tens of thousands of leaked emails, after all – but we’ll take a good stab at it. I’ll describe emails and link to their sources, showing actual text in italics.

These people are knowingly cultivating an unaware and compliant populace:

[W]e’ve all been quite content to demean government, drop civics and in general conspire to produce an unaware and compliant citizenry. (source)

Let no one pretend that things get done the way we were taught in school. That has been established as a delusion. Things are not done via official channels – they are done from behind the scenes. For example:

The chairman of a presidential campaign had dinner with a top official at the Department of Justice… the day after a major congressional hearing. That official got his son a job working for the campaign… and led the effort to nominate an attorney general who was – by any measure – extremely kind to the presidential campaign. (source)

A fact that may shock a lot of people is that Google is doing clandestine work that used to be done through official channels, as seen in this email from a former State Dept. security official:

Google is getting WH [White House] and State Dept. support & air cover. In reality they are doing things the CIA cannot do. (source)

On top of that, the head of the NSA was on a first name basis with the bosses of Google and called one of them “a key member of the Defense Industrial Base.” (source)

We also know that politicians control newspapers and television broadcasters. For instance:

A prominent commentator working for a major news outlet provided debate questions – in advance of that debate – to a presidential contender, making the debate a farce (though it looked ever so dignified to the public). The commentator, shortly thereafter, was made head of the presidential campaign. (source)

Dozens of major media figures met “off the record” with the staff of a presidential campaign to coordinate strategies. There is even a list of their media “surrogates.” (source)

We have has [sic] a very good relationship with Maggie Haberman of Politico over the last year. We have had her tee up stories for us before and have never been disappointed. (source)

A major news outlet’s chief political correspondent sent a new article to the head of a presidential campaign, for approval prior to publishing. “Please don’t share or tell anyone I did this,” he wrote, doubly condemning himself. (source)

Politicians are selling influence profligately:

All of us who are paying attention already knew politicians sold their influence over national policies, but the recent emails show international influence being bought and sold by the highest officials, both current and former. (source) (source) (source)

Major officials are reporting to meddling billionaires. In fact, they checked in with one for consultation:

Ambassador: Secretary Kerry would be interested to hear GS’s [George Soros’s] views on the situation directly, upon return from his trip. (source)

What This Means

It is now certain that the US government is a corrupt front… a type of Potemkin Village. Behind the facades, it sells influence and revels in power, all the while blathering in public about “checks and balances” and a dozen other feel-good slogans we learned in school. These are sucker-bait and mean almost nothing.

All of the emails we’ve seen recently address the Democratic party, but please understand that the Republicans do the same things. Politicians of both parties created the current mess, and they often defend one another. Politicians of both parties sell their votes to donors, take orders from unelected party officials, and spend billions of dollars to instill fear in voters. They operate in almost exactly the same ways, and are members of the same elite class.

The question now, it seems to me, is why any sane person would take this class of people seriously.

To see or not to see, that is the question.

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