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Monday, August 14, 2006

A fortuitous loss

From the Washington Times:

The original film footage of astronaut Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon, one of the most important artifacts of the 20th century, has been lost. The television broadcast seen by about 600 million people in July 1969 is preserved for posterity, but the original tapes from which the footage was taken have been mislaid, most likely in NASA's vast archives at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.

The footage could transform our view of the moon landings, offering images far sharper than the blurred, grainy video shown around the world. It also could lay to rest the conspiracy theory that the landings were faked on a Hollywood soundstage.

I tend to support the faked Moon landing theory myself, not because of any particular detail, but simply based on the theory that if the Official Story is that we landed there, then we probably didn't. This mysterious disappearance tends to support that... it's intriguing to see how tapes, videos and recordings never seem to survive whenever an Official Story is questioned by the public.

I finished reading the second volume of Churchill's biography yesterday and rather enjoyed seeing conclusive proof of how readily British government leaders would lie to the British people. Baldwin blatantly lied to Parliament about German military developments for years every time he was asked about them, while Churchill himself often lied about British shipping losses when he was at the Admiralty in 1939. (In fairness, they were at war by then and national morale was a real issue. Plus, it really pissed Hitler off.)

The more history one reads, the more one realizes that one cannot trust even the most basic statements of fact from politicians and bureaucrats.

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