THE HIDDEN HISTORY CENTER Now Established

John Judge, who recently passed away, was a log-time activist and co-founder of the Coalition on Political Assassinations (COPA). “At the time of his death, John was working on creation of a Hidden History Museum and Research Center in Washington, DC, to educate a new generation about covert operations, and to support the work of investigative journalists and researchers looking into the National Security State and the rise of secrecy, government plans for extra-Constitutional jurisdiction during emergencies, and threats to civil liberties and international relations. Some of his writings can be found at judgeforyourself.org.””

A recent message from Marilyn Tenenoff reports that the Hidden history Center has now been established. Here is Marilyn’s message:

THE HIDDEN HISTORY CENTER IS BORN!

I’m excited to announce that this weekend we will begin moving the John Judge Collection to the new Hidden History Center on the upper level of 105 Rowell Court in Falls Church, VA.  It is a wonderful brightly-lit space (over 1,000 square feet) in an attractive professional center called Old Brickhouse Square, located right on Route 7.

The i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed, and the lease will be officially signed on Friday.

If you can lift boxes, we could use your help at John’s house on Saturday, October 11, between 11 AM and 3 PM.  We need to move about 100 boxes down one level, and to make a pathway in the basement, so egress will be easier for the movers.

There are still more boxes to pack, so we’d be glad to have your help, even if you can’t lift.

On Sunday, we have a team of movers coming to transport the first 450 boxes to our new location.  I believe that represents about 2/3 of John’s collection.  We probably still have another 100-150 boxes to pack.

After the collection is packed and moved, we will begin working on John’s personal belongings.  Please let me know if there is anything that belonged to him that you would like to have as a memento of your friendship with him.

If you are looking for end-of-the-year tax deductions, we can still use contributions to this project.  Make checks payable to Museum of Hidden History, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.  Send them to P.O. Box 772, Washington, DC, 20044.  Or donate through PayPal on our website, http://museumofhiddenhistory.org/.

Thanks so much to all of you for helping to make John’s dream come true!  The work is just beginning!

Love ~ Marilyn

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F-16 Fighter jets being resurrected from Tucson “bone yard.”

F-16 Fighter jets are being resurrected for pilotless flight from the aircraft “bone yard” at Tucson’s Davis Monthan Air Force base. Watch this Boeing video.

Lessons from History

It is said that those who fail to learn from history are destined to repeat it.

I recently came across this Quora post that answers the question, “Who was the most successful military leader in history? I found it to be immensely interesting and persuasive. Read it here.

Scottish independence–Aye or Nay? John Oliver sums it all up.

What are the pros? What are the cons? This may not persuade you, but it should amuse.

Protect your privacy online

The August 24 edition of 60 Minutes alerted me to the problem of data mining and the unintended consequences of my activity o the web. I strongly recommend that you watch this segment and take action to protect your privacy.

Some of the tools that are mentioned are:

The search engine, DuckDuckGo

Disconnect privacy products, and,

MaskMe, which allows you to create disposable email addresses, phone numbers, and credit cards. Here’s a review that appears in PC Magazine, By Neil J. Rubenking

Hardly a day goes by without news of another organization suffering a data breach involving thousands or even millions of stolen user data records. If your email information appears in the mix, your antispam utility will probably see a spike in pointless mail. Abine’s free MaskMe service lets you communicate with retailers, discussion groups, and other websites without ever giving them your actual email address, so they can’t lose it in a data breach (or sell it to spammers). As a bonus, it also serves as a simple password manager. More…

Hopefully, we can prevent the internet from becoming a worse wasteland than broadcast TV. –t.h.g.

American City Planners Take Note

This item from Quora Digest really hit home with me.

What are the differences between the American and German ways of living, but in the town planning context?

By Judith Meyer, Well-traveled native German

German city planning is based on the idea that everything you need for your daily life (groceries, kindergarten, primary school, church) should be reachable on foot and that everything else should be reachable by public transport. The city administrations draw up maps of the cities like this and determine what kind of buildings they want to see in a certain area. Read More»

Affordable Housing: Here’s a great article to help you find it.

An article in Shareable, describes, 11 Affordable Housing Alternatives for City Dwellers.

“After World War II, white, middle-class Americans flocked to the suburbs from the city. Today, that trend is reversing. As post-suburbanites move back into cities, escalating housing costs are forcing low and middle income folks and people of color out to the suburbs. This shift was described by Alan Ehrenhalt in his 2013 book, The Great Inversion. The result is that the diverse communities that make cities resilient creative centers are being displaced or forced to find new, affordable housing options.

“In June, Shareable partnered with the San Francisco Public Press to explore the housing crisis. Through a series of articles and an event dubbed Hack the Housing Crisis we looked at causes of and solutions to the housing crisis. While the event was focused on San Francisco – the most expensive housing market in the United States – cities around the world are facing similar problems or soon will be.

“Through the month of June, we published articles about public housing done right,  new rules for in-law suites in San Francisco, biourbanism, housing auctions in Detroit, a follow-up to Hack the Housing Crisis, and more. Our partners at San Francisco Public Press also ran a number of housing stories online and are issuing a special housing-themed print edition of their paper this month.

“Here, we’ve rounded up 11 affordable housing alternatives for city dwellers because if we want cities to thrive, we need to rethink how we house everybody, not just the rich.”

Read the rest of the story.