Fooling Myth-Informed People
- Fooling Myth-Informed People
On this date (May 1) in 1933, the first sighting of the
Loch Ness Monster was recorded, according to the history.com
Today, most people believe that something pre-historic in
size and terror swims in the murky depths of the Loch Ness,
and there is a pretty convincing Internet photograph of a
Yeti flying an unidentified saucer-like object just a few
feet above what seems to be a sun-bathing plesiosaur in
Scotland's great Loch Ness.
In America's schools, one boy's myth is another man's
education. The lies taught to young children are firmly
imprinted onto their cerebral hard drives, and once
learned, are rarely erased.
In celebrating the greatest slavemaster of the past five
hundred years, school children are taught that Columbus
was thrown into chains for having proven to mankind that
the world was not flat, thereby dispelling the greatest
scientific and cultural myth of the second millennium.
Here are a few of the truths that are rarely taught.
In between his third and fourth voyages to the New World,
Columbus brought back a number of gifts to the Old World.
Christopher Columbus had become a slave trader, but his
best known gift to Europe may very well have been a
disease called morbus gallicus, which infected millions.
After much of Europe was overwhelmed, the affliction was
renamed after a shepherd from Greek mythology who angered
Apollo by not worshiping the gods. Apollo infected the
air with noxious vapors and the shepherd broke out in
ulcerous eruptions all over his body. That shepherd's
name was Syphilis.
Many of Columbus's doubters went to their deathbeds
still believing that the world was flat. To this day,
there continue to be people who believe that same myth:
Cow's milk is nature's perfect food for humans.
Seems rather silly, doesn't it? How seriously would
you take a manufacturer's claim that chimpanzee's milk
was the perfect drink for human boys and girls? Got
dog's milk? After all, the dog is a man's best friend.
That farmer in the dell must have been hi-ho on his
olde derry-o when he first cornered a cow in the dark
recesses of a barn and attached his mouth to her udder
and sucked until he could suck no more.
Historically, the greatest myths are the most difficult
to dislodge from the collective psyche. Those who dispel
myths are first labeled as fanatics. Throughout history,
custom has rejected truth and punished visionaries.
"All truth goes through three stages. First it is
ridiculed. Then it is violently opposed. Finally
it is accepted as self evident."
Long ago, Galileo turned his attention to a new frontier,
and in doing so, angered religious leaders. By placing
lenses inside of a long tube, Galileo's primitive
telescope allowed him to discover four moons revolving
around the planet Jupiter. His invention was destroyed
and Galileo imprisoned. Man's laws gave this fanatic and
visionary two choices: remain in prison or recant his
discovery and previous testimony. Galileo had no choice
but to exist in a world in which his truth became a threat
to the men of his time. Dispelling myths has always been
dangerous to one's health. Those who lead are often
compared to Cervante's Don Quixote, who tilted at
The http://www.notmilk.com website is a dispeller of
America's greatest myth. Those who ignorantly endorse the
consumption of body fluids from diseased animals do so
and represent generations of brainwashing. Mothers,
grandmothers, school teachers, and media, all carefully
orchestrated to play the same discordant symphony
composed by an unknown farmer in the dell.
All truth must suffer the same indignity by skeptics who
resist change, seeking to ridicule the messenger during
their learning process.
It is often repeated that out of the mouths of babes come
pearls of wisdom. What is certain is that out of the
mouths of those who we often respect come the vilest of
lies and the most myopic conjectures leading children far
from the truth.
Here is a list of my favorite myth-understandings, as
told by people society once believed and trusted. The
number one myth and betrayal is reserved for last.
1) "The seat of the soul and the control of voluntary
movement-in fact, of nervous functions in general, are
to be sought in the heart. The brain is an organ of
Aristotle, 400 B.C.
2) "Approximately 80% of our air pollution stems from
hydrocarbons released by vegetation. So let's not go
overboard in setting and enforcing tough emissions
standards for man-made sources."
Ronald Reagan, campaigning for the presidency, 1980
3) "I don't go so far as to think that the only good
Indians are the dead Indians, but I believe nine out
of ten are, and I shouldn't inquire too closely into
the case of the tenth."
Theodore Roosevelt, "The Winning of the West," 1896
4) "Everything that can be invented has been invented."
Charles Duell, Commissioner of the U.S. Patent Office,
who advised President McKinley to close that office in
5) "That's an amazing invention, but who would ever want
to use one of them?"
President Rutherford B. Hayes after trying the first
telephone in a hook-up between Washington and
6) "Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with
18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in
the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and perhaps
weigh only 1 1/2 tons."
Popular Mechanics magazine, March, 1949
7) "I do not consider Hitler to be as bad as he is depicted.
He is showing an ability that is amazing and he seems to be
gaining his victories without much bloodshed."
8) "Milk from cows given supplemental bovine somatotropin is
the same as any other milk. So, there should be no doubt in
the minds of consumers that the milk they drink is just as
safe, nutritious and wholesome as it has always been.
Every issue and every question about BST has been thoroughly
and carefully studied by the federal government and several
independent scientific institutions. Consumers can continue
to enjoy milk and dairy foods with complete confidence.
Unfortunately, a few fringe groups are using misleading
statements and blatant falsehoods as part of a long-running
campaign to scare consumers about a perfectly safe food.
Their long-range goal is to prevent the benefits of
biotechnology from reaching the public. Because dairy foods
are an important, widely consumed source of nutrition, it
is necessary to condemn these attacks on the safety of milk
for what they are: baseless, manipulative and completely
Even worse are attempts by some persons to use school
children as pawns in their opposition to BST. Any
suggestion that milk from BST-supplemented cows is unsafe
for children to consume at school, or at home, is a
potential threat to their health and well being. We
should be reinforcing the message that all dairy foods,
when consumed as part of a varied and balanced diet,
are healthful - and not burden our children with
unwarranted fears about food safety."
Statement of C. Everett Koop, M.D.,
former Surgeon General of the United States, February 6, 1994
(To put things into a historical/hysterical perspective,
FDA approved Monsanto's genetically engineered milk hormone
on Friday, Februarty 4th, 1994. Koop's press release was
issued two days later on Sunday. The next day, Monsanto
scientist Bernard Violand submitted a publication to the
Journal of Protein Science (published in July of 1994)
admitting that serious gene transcription errors were
made, resulting in the creation of America's first
For more on Koop's Krazy Krap:
As for great myths, there are many conspiracy fans who believe
that multinational corporations have been working with our
government and the Central Intelligence Agency to create a
New World Order. They cite as evidence the secret Latin code
on the back of an American one dollar bill, just underneath
the pyramid with the all-seeing eye, which warns of a:
"Novus Ordo Seclorum," which translates as "New World Order."
Just in case you just reached into your wallet to look at
the back of a dollar bill and have goten a case of goose bumps,
let me remind you of our current President's famous words of
September 17, 2002 and August 5, 2004:
"There's an old saying in Tennessee - I know it's in Texas,
probably in Tennessee - that says, fool me once, shame on -
shame on you. Fool me - you can't get fooled again."
George Bush â" Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful' and so are we.
They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country
and our people and neither do we."
George Bush - Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004
Happy Loch Ness Monster Day to all. I hope that last month's
historic rains have appropriately brought enormous blooms
to your gardens.