posted on Jul, 24 2004 @ 09:29 PM
I've seen complaints about people not introducing themselves to this esteemed community, and rather than risk being thought of as a garden-variety
hit-and-run troll, figured I should finally introduce myself. Although I am generally loathe to volunteer personal information over the Internet
except at the most prudent necessity, I suppose I can be bothered to offer some generalities.
I am an American, and proud to be an American. That does not mean that I am proud of everything America or Americans do, nor that I think America is
the source of all that is good in the world. My travels abroad have taught me many things, but nation-worship is not among them. I try to be fair,
respectful and reasonable in my dealings with non-Americans, and where I fail in that, the failure is mine.
I have been computing in one form or another for a very long time, dating back to card readers and magtape. I love computers and computing, and have
spent a great deal of my life involved with them in one way or another. I have been well-compensated for my work with computers, which seems like a
crime to me, because I would have done it all for free if they but kept me fed, clothed and housed (suckers!).
Aside from computing, much have I seen and much have I done. Many lands have been my home, and in many more have I wandered. I have worked for many
different employers in many different places, and learned much from each. I value professionalism and hard work.
I have served in the armed forces of the United States in several capacities, and have supported my government in other ways out of uniform. I have
sworn an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States, have never renounced it, and intend to hold true to that oath until released
from it by death.
I will never knowingly or willingly say, do or imply anything that may be injurious or prejudicial to the security, safety or well-being of the United
States of America. I will also not idly suffer such things to occur, either. I recommend that correspondents bear these things in mind when
interacting with me.
I do not currently work for any government organization and have no plans to do so. I do not have access to any kind of classified or sensitive
information, and have no plans to change that. I have gone to great lengths to be sure that I don't discuss topics involving anything classified or
sensitive that I may have had privileged access to, so that I might speculate freely. I do not have, use or maintain contacts with people who have
access to classified information, and if I did, I would make damn sure not to attempt to discuss classified topics with them.
I do not and will not comment publicly on any classified program or activity I have been involved with. If I comment on a topic, it is because I
specifically do NOT have an official connection to that topic in any way, shape or form. I do correspond with individuals who may be privy to
non-public information on various topics, but none of whom have current access to classified information and none of whom would ever be stupid enough
to tell me something that was classified.
I respect and encourage the diligent and proper attribution of all sources of information to the higest degree practicable. However, I am not always
at liberty to cite all my sources. This is not because they are classified, but rather because such information may come from non-Internet sources or
private sources that I cannot disclose. Or maybe because I simply made something up. You decide.
Agreement with me or belief in my claims is not a term of service for ATS.
I am a veteran of alt.flame (back when it sucked much better than it does today) and bear the scars of many years of flame combat in that newsgroup
and countless other fora before and since. I spanked, and was spanked by, some of the biggest names in the Hall of Flame. I was a flamelord even
before my advent to alt.flame, wielding sarcasm, wit, vitriol and guile with abandon and glory on countless BBS's at 300 baud (low-baudrate flames
were the canvas of the masters).
I was awarded a Doctorate of Flameology in 1993, am a Keeper of the Secret Flame, and a Grand Master of the Art of Flame. I have seen every form of
intellectual combustion known to man, beast or machine. I know flame. But like so many before and since, who have plumbed the depths of sinful joy
that can be found in flaming for flame's sake, I finally flamed out.
I come to ATS not to flame, but to observe, learn and perhaps educate now and then. Thus my colleagues on these fine forums may find me more
intolerant than most when it comes to flamage. Why? Because when I see flames, I see myself back in 'Nam, baby. It's hard to hold back when that
happens, but I am usually successful in stepping aside before the cascades begin.
So if you are a flamer and see this, know that you may indeed run up to me, kick me in the virtual shin, cry "spank!" and run off. Or perhaps seek
to challenge me through subtle deception and lure me into igneous combat that way. Just be advised that it is only by the grace of my reformation into
a firefighter that I don't roast you like the pathetic little insect you are. But I digress.
As for my handle, it is styled after a program keyword from a defunct U.S. counterintelligence operation. I have already commented at length on this
brilliant program, so I won't duplicate that here. This happens to be a case where I will not reveal my sources or why I am so confident the whole
"MAJESTYTWELVE" program (it actually went by many names, I happen to like that one for various reasons) and its spinoffs were not a genuine alien
conspiracy or plot to take over the world, but, as usual, I can assert that I had no direct involvement in that program, had no access to any
classified materials associated with it and that none of my sources are classified.
So feel free to believe all of that MJ-12 business is real. Heck, a lot of it was, and most people in the program believed it was the real deal.
Besides, not everyone can handle the truth and changing that is usually way beyond my abilities. I offer no proof of my claims, so they should be
treated with great skepticism. All fine with me, I assure you, and I would not want it any other way.
As an important distinction, my claims about the whole MAJIC business do not and are not intended to dispute the existence of extraterrestrials or
U.S. government contact with extraterrestrials. About that, I truly do not know.
If you are both intrepid and unfortunate enough to have made it this far through this questionable magnum opus of vague self-description and possible
self-deception, I'll close with these thoughts:
- A government that is trusted cannot be trusted.
- Deception is as old as warfare.
- Imitation is the sincerest form of mastery.
- In information warfare, words are bullets and ideas are bombs.
- The purpose of education is not to inspire creativity, but to produce orthodoxy.
- If you are in a position to do more harm than good, do nothing.
- The only rights you have are the rights you can defend.
- When observation opposes theory, it's time to revisit theory.
- Prophecy and politics don't mix well.
- Anyone who seeks to take power away from you is not doing so for your own good.
- Knowledge is power. Ignorance is surrender.
It is my wish that I have given you some insights by way of my not-so-brief introduction, and hopefully some perspective regarding where I am coming
from when I post in the forums. Remember that I come here first and foremost to learn, and hope never to fail in my quest to discover wondrous knew
things with an open mind.
Finally, I pray that all my colleagues here will remember that whatever our differences on various topics or philosophies may be, I do respect your
opinions and your right to them, even if they are laughably, patently and glaringly wrong.
Your pal, a simple observer and no one of consequence,
Majic, Fl.D., K.S.F.
"Brevity is the soul of wit." -- Polonius, Hamlet