Some folks know me as the Rick Donaldson from the Anomalies Network, back in the days when we had forums there. I was the forum administrator and my friend, Olav Phillips was the site owner, archivist and all-around good guy who owned the equipment.
In late 1999 myself and some other members of the Anomalies Network frequented the Art Bell Post-to-Post forums and encountered an enigma called John Titor. Several of us became interested in his story. He sent information Art Bell and several of us interacted with the guy in those days, including Darby, myself, Phil F., and Pamela Moore. With the exception of myself and Olav, I believe most folks were using aliases of some sort or another, though I have spoken to Phil, Pam and I believe Darby on the telephone myself. We all exist.
John Titor, however, I’m not so sure about.
Eventually in late 2000 I think it was he “left”, not only taking with him his “pickup truck” and time machine, but leaving us questioning ourselves, science and whether or not he was real.
I’ve personally always been of the opinion he was a hoaxer, with some backing to set up the story. I have questioned some of his science, and in fact, personally ripped apart a few things that came out much later from the “Titor Foundation” (or whatever they called themselves later) and in light of Darby’s discovery of Larry Haber (a Florida Lawyer who may have perpetrated or been a party to this hoax) I had written off Titor as not factual. Some of the data I obtained later about the “Time Machine” included a lot of data about the amount of power it used, etc.
As a trained communications guy I noted some of the measurements of power use on the “manual” provided to us was somewhat sketchy. Many of the units were “Coulombs” which is what caught my eye. We measure power in Watts and electrical current in Amperes, and the “pressure” in Voltage. A coulomb is a unit of measurement that takes into account a number of electrons in a storage unit such as a capacitor, and from that is derived amperes.
For instance, 1 C = 6.25 X 10^18 power electrons. 1C = 1A * 1S, or 6.25 X 10^18 power electrons moving one Amp of current in One Second.
It is never used to explain how much power is used, because mathematically it’s not directly related to an amount of current, because you need “time”, you need “voltages”, you need current flow, a completed circuit with a load (resistance) and so forth. So, the short answer was the manual was a hoax.
Now, as to why I am writing this article today.
John Titor stated in a conversation on the Internet 15 (now plus) years ago and basically stated today (according to some interpretations of course) that today, 12 March 2015 nukes would begin falling on the USA.
Here is the exact communication, blue is the question, the bold below is his response:
You have said you will not participate in helping anyone avoid ‘death by probability’. Yet many things you have said could have caused an individual to do or not do something that will now result dying, or escaping death.
It would help if you could give an example. If you are referring to the conflict and war in your future, I’m not sure I’m specific enough to help any individuals avoid anything. Suggesting there is a war coming is a bit different than saying avoid Washington DC at 3:45 AM on March 12, 2015.
Now, if I recall (and I’m not sure I do precisely now) that was a question posed by Pamela Moore, one of our investigators at Anomalies Network, to John. His response was somewhat cryptic and hence the reason for me stating “interpretation” above. He did not specifically state that we would be nuked today, just mentioned that date and his way of saying this was “to avoid DC” would be different that saying a “war was coming”. Subtle but strange.
Over the many ensuing years I’ve seen people call folks like me “Basement Dwelling Titortards” (among other things, which I laugh at) for those things aren’t true. But what I find funniest of all is that people without an open mind, or perhaps it is imagination must deride those who investigate such things with an open mind.
Is Titor a true being? Yes, SOMEONE posed as him. Is his name really “John Titor”, no most likely not. Was he a Time Traveler, almost without a doubt, he was not a time traveler. Did I ever personally “believe in him”? No, though I did question some of my beliefs at some point because… honestly, what is NOT possible? In my mind, nothing.
America is going through tough times. Our best and brightest are long retired, and those coming behind our generation are brain washed, indoctrinated people who some how believe that “Socialism” is the way to go, that “big Business” is evil, that the Russians are our friends. Are these opinions? No, they are facts. The Russians aren’t out friends, never have been, Big Business isn’t evil for all the gyrations people go through to blame them for everything, and Socialism is the driving force trying to call out Capitalism in the first place.
America has not changed so much since I was a child that imagination is a bad thing to have, and our old Cold War Bogey Men never truly went away or went “straight”. But it has changed significantly over the past 60 years…
Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted. –Vladimir Lenin
You tell me, honestly, be intellectually honest with yourselves now, how long has the Left/Socialists/Progressives “owned” our children and now our grandchildren. The “seed” has been planted and is growing. Robert Heinlein is turning over in his grave, as are the ghosts of Rod Serling, Huxley, and Bradbury, all of whom tried desperately to warn us all through Science Fiction.
Now, in your current state of intellectual honesty – what do you do about it? Do you believe in “Titor” or our own American structure as it SHOULD have been, not has been fundamentally restructured to be today?
John Titor was a hoax, a well-built, well-considered hoax who has a lack of scientific background (which he used to advantage to disarm “disbelievers”) but he was a hoax none-the-less. Lenin was no hoax, nor was Communism, the Soviet Union or the rise in greatness of the United States since it’s inception to the 1970s. Since the 1970s our “Greatness” has been denigrated both from within and without, even until today with our own President himself stating “America isn’t Great” and we’re not “exceptional”.
America IS a great nation. We’re not the Roman Empire (or the later, Holy Roman Empire). We’re America, formed by a dispossessed people, men and women forced to live here in some cases (Blacks, Irish, Scots, Chinese, all slaves or indentured servants) and yet we strived for Freedom from an oppressive government, a Monarchy and won the day in the end.
Today, there are those who point not to the good of America, but to the bad (such as slavery) and call it “evil” (and evil it was, but it wasn’t the main cause taken up by most Americans).
Today, on the Internet hoaxes, conspiracy theories and hatred abound. Various religions are hated more than others. Christianity, something upon which America was founded, is treated as evil, while Islam, considered by many to be the most dangerous “War Plan” ever in existence is brought up as the “Religion of Peace”. Lest anyone think this is a religious tirade against Islam, consider the source of the stories of Islam and the seven Crusades. No, the Christians didn’t start those wars. They finished them. Yes, they went after Islam to force it back to whence it came, back to the oppressive Middle East.
Back to John Titor once more. He was a “sign of hope” in 1999. People wanted to believe in something imaginative, something “to be”, predicable, and for some perhaps even something to which to look forward. But Titor was not all he promised, he wasn’t even a Time Traveler, just one more hoaxer coming through the pipes on his way to wherever waste moves when it’s done being used and becomes waste. Titor will go down in history as a hoax. Mark my words on that. But there was one plus coming from his story, however “made up” it was.
He wasn’t a star in which to believe. He did, however, do one thing for many with starved imaginations. He awakened that imagination in many and perhaps gave folks hope that somehow there was hope for a failing world.
Unfortunately, today, the world is still failing – and much, much worse, we’re failing our children with our over use of technology, cell phones, tablets, computers, taking away their imaginations, and letting them “Google” everything and BELIEVE in what they find. We leave them in Public Schools to be further indoctrinated with “Common Core” educations where they “learn a test” rather than learn to think. We stifle them by prosecuting them for pointing a finger and saying “BANG!” instead of knowing they will undoubtedly grow up like so many of us who looked up to the military and to our Great Country.
With that I leave you with this thought. Do you want the government to control every aspect of your lives, to give you what they think you need, to offer you more while giving less and taking more from you? Or do you want your children to IMAGINE, to LIVE through their imaginations?
If the your answer is the latter, then America is doomed.
If your answer is of the former, then introduce your children to READING. History, Science Fiction, FICTION… anything except “Googling”.
For the Sake of the Children….