The History of Salem’s Tunnels

Check out this documentary about the history Salem’s tunnels and learn the truth about them! Firstly learn who built them and why? Secondly, we will teach you where else they were built by their architect. Moreover, you will learn how they created the rise of the 1% by circumventing duties and manipulated our nation to do so.

Learn How People from Salem were Behind the First Secession Plot

Secretary of State for George Washington and John Adams was more than the drafter of the Alien & Sedition Acts,  he was also the founder of the Essex Junto. The Essex Junto manipulated New England to stay out of the War of 1812 and aid the enemy during war. Find out wy the Hartford Convention failed and how it brought ruin to the Essex Junto and the Federalist Party.

History of Salem’s Tunnels and the Underground Railroad

People created the tunnels for smuggling goods. Nevertheless, we did move many to freedom through them. The economy to build the scale of tunnels under Salem came from the smuggling of spices and opium. Nevertheless, we did have some great heroes like Frederick Douglass and Charles Lennox Remond help runaway slaves find freedom through our tunnels. Watch the documentary to find out about the opium dealer who detoured the runaways into his sweatshops in Lowell MA and how he shaped the creation of our national banks.

Banking in Salem Matters

Find out about the man who killed the ship captain who brought the Stoned Elephant to America in hopes of creating the Federal Reserve in the nineteenth century. Likewise, he also killed his uncle. It was all to get Revenge on the victim’s business partners. See how this inspired the game Clue. Above all, he had William Harrison elected. Then he murdered him with the help of Henry Clay and Daniel Webster for his refusal of making a new national bank. Furthermore, this will lead to the murder of two more presidents by typhoid poisoning. Unfortunately, they were not able to make the Federal Reserve then, but that was left to another Salem local named George Peabody (who founded JP Morgan Bank) along with Lionel Rothschild.

Plus we will show you the houses that were built by the Baring Brothers bank.  Through the influence of an opium dealer, the bank bribed many who would control the Second National Bank and gave 70% of the sale of the Congress’ loans to England. Subsequently, it was a marriage of one of the opium dealer’s kin to the House of Morgan that linked the Bank of England and the Federal Reserve into the same private company.

The Many Inventions of Salem MA

Learn about the first house lit by electricity, the finding of the lightbulb in Salem, Victorian electric cars being built in town, the man who created a magnet that could lift a thousand pounds, Tesla’s visits, and the man who created the #2 pencil.

Watch the documentary by Chris Dowgin to find out more!

Afterward, read the books Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City and Sub Rosa to find out more!

A Little Light Flute with Chris Dowgin

Listen to Chris Dowgin play on a variety of flutes from around the world. Chris mixes Zen Japanese flute with Native American stylings to bring you into a mindful meditative state. Just his attempt at doing his share to help you find your bliss. So sit back enjoy some flute with Chris Dowgin.

Introducing Ali Barker and the Bug Squad!

You may never slap a mosquito the same way again, thanks to Ali Barker.

At least that’s what occurred to me when I entered the playful and creative world of Ali Barker’s Bug Squad, a cartoon of humanized, and frankly adorable, insects.

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The Creatures of Star Wars

Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying. Last night, I was watching Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace and got to thinking about the whole wide world of Star Wars (or should I say, the whole galaxy).

I couldn’t stop thinking about all the different types of creatures throughout the Star Wars galaxy and wondering who exactly created them. Well, I did a little research and found the amazing Terryl Whitlatch. Terryl Whitlatch was the principal creature designer for The Phantom Menace, in charge of creating almost all of the creatures and alien characters — she even designed Jar Jar Binks!

Whitlatch also designed Sebulba, the pod racers, and the creatures of Naboo. Working alongside Star Wars creator George Lucas, Terryl Whitlatch also helped redesign beloved and imfameous characters and creatures including Jabba the Hutt and the dewbacks.

She has written some amazing books about her creature design (my favorites are The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field GuidePrinciples of Creature Design: Creating Imaginary Animals, and Science of Creature Design: Understanding Animal Anatomy). In all of her books, the illustrations are unbelievably beautiful and just crazy cool! It is also pretty amazing to read about how Whitlatch gets inspired and how she does all the research to make her creatures seem so real!

I can’t wait to try and design some of my own creatures tonight! I’ll see you next time…in a galaxy far far away!

~ Max

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Transcendent Music, Trains, and Ships

Listen to this transcendent music piece. Old tall ships rock on the ocean. Steam trains speed by through picturesque landscapes. Throughout Chris Dowgin plays some Japanese Zen flute mixed with Native American styling. Guaranteed to bring you into a mindful meditative state.

The Plague

There is something to be said about horror movies. No matter how terrible the times or how horrendous reality seems to be at the moment, slasher flicks always seem to draw a crowd. In fact, many of my friends lean into a Netflix binge of Criminal Minds or Hannibal during a hard break up or difficult time in their life. These days, a horror film reads pretty close to reality — if not a bit peachier.

Following that train of thought, why not then, in the midst of a global pandemic, read about a plague? Cue to Albert Camus’ The Plague.

The Plague

The Plague by Albert Camus takes place in the French colonized town of Oran, Algeria. Racial, social, and medical injustices abound in the 308-page book which uses a devastating pandemic to delve into even deeper issues: capitalism and corruption, gross injustices, and a false sense of superiority. Split into five sections, the novel details the insidious spread of plague (in a town that steadfastly ignores its progression) and the subsequent disintegration of a sane society. Sounds eerily familiar, does it not? Well, at least COVID-19 isn’t harbored in the bodies of, and I kid you not, blood-spewing rats…at least not yet. Though…there was that one squirrel in Colorado with the Bubonic Plague (he really couldn’t read the room).

‘If things go on as they are going,’ Rieux remarked, ‘the whole town will be a madhouse.’Albert Camus, The Plague

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Flute Club- USS Constellation Baltimore

This week Flute Club travels to the Inner Harbor of Baltimore to the USS Constellation. Chris Dowgin plays for the passersby and the dancing security guards of the camera. Where will find Flute Club next around the country? Have a lookout for him and say hi. Maybe you can be in one of his videos?