Thursday, September 29, 2022

Cave of the Winds and some Bonafide BBQ

Hey pals!  Thought I’d post some Colorado lifestyle blog and keep it on a little lighter note today.  So let’s get right to it!

 Cave of the Winds is a tourist attraction in Colorado Springs, Colorado that had been patiently sitting in my bucket list for some time.  However, when I finally had the opportunity to go, it was pouring rain…ALL DAY (kinda an anomaly in the desert)!  But really, what better activity to engage in on a soggy day than cave exploration and…some really tasty BBQ!

First, almost everything in Colorado now requires call ahead reservations, and therefore, yes, I recommend you call ahead for reservations.   Although we’ve had several businesses leave due to stringent, almost mafioso treatment from our environmental folk, we continue to have an influx of people moving here, as evidenced by the auto traffic and exorbitant real estate and rental prices.  Recently, I wanted to do a tour of the Coors Brewery in Golden.  And, not too long ago you could just walk right in and get a full tour and tasting.  Now you have to book a tour at least a month out!  

So, with that said, when we arrived, there was no immediate tour available of Cave of the Winds.  Which was fine because we were all hungry and COTW has no concessions…until you complete the tour and then walk out to the gift shops and food vendors.  They don’t want people bringing food and drinks into the fragile ecosystem of the cave.  So, I happened to know that we were in close proximity to a very famous Texas BBQ joint called Rudy’s.  It kinda looks like a gas station (and it is) from the road, but I’m telling you it’s legit GREAT BBQ - and having lived in Memphis, I consider myself an expert.  So I’ll start with a few tantalizing pictures of Rudy’s food.  They’re known for their brisket but their pork tenderloin is divine.  And they have killer sausage links!  Really, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.  Except for the green chili bisque.  To me, the flavors were too hot for me to enjoy and my nose was like a faucet.  But you may like that experience, especially if you have Covid.  Go ahead and run that shit out.  It’s better than anything Johnson & Johnson makes.  

Rudy’s is an extremely laid back atmosphere with football on the televisions and checkered table cloths on picnic tables and big galvanized tubs of iced down beer.   They designed the restaurants with garage door walls which can open when it’s really nice outside.  You walk in and stand in a line to place your order and it’s weighed out and put into a crate on top of paper for you to carry to a table.  No plates - real simple business model.  Quick Trivia - why is it they give you white bread at BBQ joints?  Answer: it absorbs the acid of the BBQ and aids in indigestion.

And now to the main feature of this post - Cave of the Winds…

The cave is located in William’s Canyon in Colorado Springs, and was discovered in 1881 as one of the highest caves in North America!  The name, Cave of the Winds, is from the Ute and Apache tribe who believed the cave was home to a Great Spitit of the Wind.  Local Colorado Springs brothers John and George Picket discovered the cave while hiking through the canyon and within a year it become a very popular tourist attraction.  The cave now boasts as the oldest natural attraction in the state of Colorado.  

Why you should go?  Because caves are fascinating!  You’ll see an impressive variety of stalactites, stalagmites, speleothems, flowstones, draperies, and helictites, if you’re into that sort of thing.  

Additionally you should know that it’s officially the season for their “Lantern Tours!”  Be sure to book ahead for these as they were completely sold out the Saturday we went.   The Lantern Tour includes a pitch black cave tour with lanterns while the tour guide tells some pretty creepy stories!  So fun!!!

Here are some snaps of the visit…

This was my first time using my emergency road side kit - my paper blanket kept Izzy warm while we waited on our tour. 

This sweatshirt was so soft.  I’m have non-buyers remorse.  Also, one of my favorite quotes.  

Massive sinkholes right outside the cave exit.

Random trivia:  The cave is a settling for a 2006 episode of the animated “South Park”:


Friday, September 16, 2022

Mmmmmkay Ultra

 Welcome back!  And apologies it’s taken me so long with my last “stay tuned” blog.  I’ve been hostessing my parents in town who have been visiting their favorite daughter, doing a little site seeing and looking at Colorado real estate - ultimately realizing how laughable it is.  Colorado is gorgeous and the weather is supreme, but just take a look at some of the Zillow listings and you’ll understand what I mean.  Here is a picture of me and my sister, Izzy-balls from their visit:

Izzy is a doll face but she can’t hold her “licker” in this high altitude (like her  sister)

Okay, as promised, I’ll just jump right in to “brainwashing” and demonstrate with clear and compelling evidence that just because the “gobment” didn’t “learn you” this in taxpayer-funded public school, that doesn’t make it a conspiracy theory!

It shocks me constantly how many people have never heard of "MK Ultra."  It doesn't necessarily surprise me that this wasn't taught in public schools.  I'm more or less underwhelmed by the lack of historical knowledge the typical American has.  

But first, theme music:  Okay, this song has nothing to do with MK Ultra, but who doesn't like Emerson, Lake and Palmer?  

Let me start back in not-too-distant-history, June 1964.  The Soviets (Russians) were knee-deep in control of human behavior through their mastery of human experimentation.  This human experimentation and treatment was strictly regulated in the US after WWII and the signing of both the Geneva Convention and Helsinki Accord.  As a side note, The Office for Human Research Protections is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services - they enforce the Common Rule designed to protect people and research funded by Health and Human Services.  

To the Soviets, controlling the development of behavioral patterns in its citizenry was congruent with Communist principles - everyone should be the same, equal and cooperate.  It just so happens that around this time in history, JFK was warning Americans about a system "operating from the shadows" which posed grave danger and presented a need for increased security.  Sounds crazy, right?  I mean what was JFK talking about?  Well, let's look back a little before that.

As far back as the 1930's, the general consensus was to look at the "character" of a doctor and not their actual conduct.  I recently watched this series on Peacock called “Dr. Evil” about this surgeon, Christoper Dunsch, who killed a TON of people (either on purpose or through gross negligence), and this was within the last decade.  So, I would venture to say, that not much has changed.  At the end of the series, it says, “this will happen again.”  He was a psychopath and very good at manipulation and gaining confidence - a “con artist.”  Plus, on paper, he looked really good!

My little brother works in hospitals and I have worked in medical analytics and we are both well versed in quality and safety.  Plus our grandfather died at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, TN as a result of an egregious error.   Every day in the US, you could fill an entire jumbo jet with the amount of patients killed as a result of medical malpractice, error or omission, or just straight negligence.  

Okay, I digress…

MK Ultra was introduced by the CIA on April 13, 1953 by CIA Director Allen Dulles.  He assured the CIA that MK Ultra was necessary to counteract Soviet brainwashing.  He also believed that both public policy and science should be owned by the elites and uber rich.  Sounds so "conspiracy theory" of someone to say that in, oh, 2022, right?  But, Allan Dulles firmly believed this.  He stated before the International Military Tribunal in the first trial in history for crimes against the peace of the world, "the perversion of the minds of selected individuals...deprived of the ability to state their own that they respond docilely to the orders of their masters."  He set out to use MK Ultra as a brain washing experiment - an attempt at indoctrinating millions of people so that they would peacefully comply and not threaten the ruling class.  A lot of people think we are a democracy and we aren’t - we classify very much as a Constitutional Republic in which money creates opportunity.  The United States has very much a ruling class!  Only rich people get the best justice and opportunities and it’s corporate centered.  Whoever has the money, rules!

This is Allen Dulles who was ultimately implicated in the embarrassing failure of Bay of Pigs in Cuba (not MK Ultra) and forced to resigned under JFK. 

After the death of Stalin, Dulles entered into what was known as "brain warfare."  And, Dulles’s experiments are still deemed the "Most Bizarre CIA episodes in US History."  MK Ultra lasted from 1953 until 1964 and included electrical stimulations and brain mapping, mainly focusing on the stream of consciousness.

By the mid 1970's, the public finally learned about the taxpayer-funded mind control without the approval/consent of the many Americans Dulles experimented on (informed consent).  Dulles basically weaponized science and psychology against the citizenry without their knowledge.  There were a total of 140 MK Ultra Projects using LSD, tranquilizers, hypnotics, and other drug interactions.  The LSD was used in small amounts in the water and a total of $375K was funded by the Rockefellers, Fords, and Carnegies.  Again!  To my point, American is run by ultra rich families, organization and corporations - a Plutocracy!  That’s why they fear Donald Trump - because the Waltons don’t like him and he wants to give power to the people.  Whereas the ruling class would prefer to keep an exclusive non- competition “good ol boy’s club.”  Think Yale Yacht Club, Free Masons, Illuminati, and Skull and Bones.

Dulles practiced inducing retrograde amnesia and the erasing of memories.  It was a brutal program with over 10,000 patients that included hospital inpatients, children, military members (armed forces), and prisoners.  Zero consent was given by any of the patients (informed consent).  On the topic of human experimentation, prisoners are easy targets - they can’t say no, easy to monitor on camera, no outside interference (controlled environment), and more vulnerable than homeless people who can run!  Another vulnerable group is patients Alzheimer’s!  You can’t get conformed consent from them - legally anyways.

During the MK Ultra period in America things escalated quickly.  There was a Canadian (born American) who engaged in the removal of a patient's brain during an MK Ultra experiment; this person became despondent and was unable to talk until he died of pneumonia.  Absolutely nothing happened to the crazy Canauk!    

Also, there was an evil scientist named Ewen Cameron who wanted to erase, rewrite, and reprogram minds using Rockefeller money.  His aim was to directly control a subject’s personality.  During his monstrous experimentations on 149 subjects (that we know of), he used aerosols (depleting the ozone - however we consider these conspiracy theory in 2022 with chem trails), rapid hypnosis, radiant energy, and remote polygraphs.  During the investigations into his unethical pseudoscience, Cameron died mysteriously in the Adirondacks in Maine, America’s vacation land.  On a side note, do you know how you’ll be able to recognize people from Maine in Heaven?  They’ll be the ones asking to go back home.  I’m not being endorsed or monetized in any way the state of Maine, but they do make a damn good lobster roll.  

In 1972, almost all of the classified documents were destroyed under “tricky Dick” Nixon.  The intent of this massive document scrub/shred was to avoid embarrassment as to the extent these experiments were allowed to happen before someone said “WTF!!!  What the hell is MK Ultra…is this a beer!?!” What Americans do know is there was sensory deprivation, psychic driving, breaking down an individual under constant interrogation, and other unthinkable torture sessions.  Americans will never know how far it all went.  But, for those who spoke out, the experiments were getting to a point of controlling an individual to the degree he would do the government's bidding against his own will or judgment.  For example and completely as a hypothetical, a male in complete isolation playing video games non-stop being brainwashed into shooting up a school.  In 2022, anyone who even suggests this is deemed a whacko conspiracy theorist, even with clear and convincing evidence of a history of our own CIA (government) performing these brainwashing experiments on people!  

If you’re up for some light reading this weekend:

Have a lovely week!


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