Fusion Paranoia: Of Norman Olson, Wilhelm Reich, Robert Fletcher, Steamshovel and the New York Press

Steamshovel Press editor Kenn Thomas was visiting Washington, DC on June 15 when militia members gave statements to a Senate hearing concerning the militia movement. Norman Olson, whose re-presentation of Debra Van Trapp's take on the OKC bombing got him kicked out of the Michigan militia, provided the most direct verbal attack on government corruption. Olson angered chairman Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) into demanding proof for the accusations. Olson missed the opportunity to grab much bigger headlines by uttering three simple words: Magic Bullet Theory. The Magic Bullet Theory provides a convoluted, implausible scenario supporting the lone nut view of the JFK assassination. Critics widely regard it as an assault on physics and common sense, a piece of lawyer work intended only to obsfucate real understanding of JFK's murder and support the mistaken conclusions of the Warren Report. Arlen Specter authored the theory, and shortly thereafter his political fortunes brightened and he became a district attorney for Philadelphia. Specter is now running for president as a pro-choice Republican. * * * Perhaps Norman Olson did not know the connection, underscoring the importance of a Steamshovel subscription. Steamshovel also could have provided historical background to Olson's claim of government abuse of weather modification technology, a claim roundly ridiculed by the mainstream press. Government interest in weather control is, in fact, well documented and played a prominent role in the persecution and imprisonment of Wilhelm Reich, regularly the subject of Steamshovelarticles. Interested readers should also seek out the latest issue of Flatland, which contains fascinating interviews with Reich's daughter Eva; the man who occupied a cell next to Reich the day Reich died; and Orson Bean, the TV personality who underwent Reichian therapy and applied Reich's ideas on childhood education in a school environment. It also includes Flatland editor Jim Martin's new research on Reich's weather control "cloudbusting" work. Flatland's homepage can be contacted via a link on the list below. * * * Another person testifying at the Senate hearing, Robert Fletcher, was the subject of an article by Michael Kelly in the June 19 edition of New Yorker that also mentioned Steamshovel. Jonathan Vankin's deconstruction of Kelly's idea of "fusion paranoia", the coming together of leftist and rightist conspiracism, appears on the 50 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time homepage, also linkable from below. Steamshovel would appreciate response from readers, to Kelly's article, Vankin's rejoinder and another brief article on the topic appearing in the June 4 edition of the New York Times Magazine ("Not All The Same Nuts", p. 19) for a possible forum on the topic in the next issue. Return To Steamshovel Home Page * * *