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Dr. Gregg Wager

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    I am a composer, author, and critic. For the last decade I have written program notes for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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  1. Haslam sometimes draws some far-fetched conclusions based on the investigating he does, which is often cursory, but he doesn't pretend to be more thorough than he is. The mystery of this violent death of Dr. Mary Sherman and the staged fire as inept cover-up makes for a compelling topic. Haslam writes an intro for Judyth Vary Baker's book, which is an entirely different style of storytelling. I'm not going to ignore this, unless someone else has a better explanation.
  2. How horrible to think comedians are now supposed to be the source of reliable information and analysis about current events and history. Jon Stewart and Steve Colbert also had an artful way of getting us to laugh at something ridiculous while moments later rolling their eyes at something they want us to dismiss as mere "conspiracy theory." Even stranger when comedians get angry and start emotionally wagging their fingers at people and ranting. What a betrayal to see John Oliver carrying on this tradition of reining in the masses. I take the Covid crisis seriously, because even if I'm wr
  3. One thing that I learned my first year in law school that appears to confuse a lot of people about Jim Garrison's case against Clay Shaw: there are different types of criminal conspiracies, and in a "chain" conspiracy, one group of people might not know exactly what another group of people are planning or doing. All Jim Garrison had to do was prove that Shaw, Oswald and others had entered into an agreement to commit a crime, and Shaw would be liable for all crimes committed by Oswald and the other conspirators that were "reasonably related" to that agreed-upon crime. That's why "conspiracy" is
  4. It's hard to deny Kesey's accomplishment as a novelist. That bus trip he took also influenced rock music from the Beatles to the Partridge Family. As for Kesey's contribution to whatever underground hippie culture of the day you want to recognize, that's something else (including the unedited film he made while traveling on the bus). Allen Ginsberg hated Timothy Leary and his ilk, but there are plenty of literary critics who don't care for beat poets like Ginsberg. Still, how does it all tie in to Oswald? I'm also curious about any new ties between Sergio Arcacha Smith and Dav
  5. When a student at USC during the 1970s, I learned quickly how hippies were duped into Libertarianism by the promise to legalize marijuana. They didn't realize that those at the top of the Libertarian pecking order were anti-FDR conservatives. John Hospers was a philosophy professor at USC and the first to run for President as a Libertarian in 1972. His lengthy book should be used as a source more often. At least one of California's initiatives in the 1970s to legalize marijuana was organized by the Libertarians. Mixing Ayn Rand and Libertarianism almost went without saying back in the 1970s, l
  6. Is anyone else trying to figure out "Boogaloo," "Big Igloo Bois," et al.? https://www.bellingcat.com/news/2020/05/27/the-boogaloo-movement-is-not-what-you-think/
  7. Paul, Have fun with Esa-Pekka! I have been writing program notes for LA Phil for the past decade, but the fellow I have been reporting to has been "furloughed" due to COVID.
  8. I watched in anticipation for the assassination of Allard Lowenstein in March 1980 which I wrote about in the new Deep Truth Journal: https://afpstore.americanfreepress.net/product/deep-truth-journal-2/ Making it a documentary on homicidal gun and/or sexual violence during 1960-80 puts that era's important political murders in the same category as crimes of passion. Would have liked to see the shooting of Andy Warhol in there, along with the shots at President Ford.
  9. There is indeed a crucial point to make here with the Vickie Adams / Sandra Sykes time interval on the staircase. They not only did not see Oswald running down the stairs but didn't see anyone running down. That would mean that if a shot or two were taken from the sixth floor sniper's nest (perhaps from the Mauser), whoever was shooting had found some place other than the sixth floor to hide or blend in as employees, above the fourth floor where Adams / Sykes entered the staircase. David Reitzes's website attacks a depiction in Oliver Stone's film of "unknown workmen" refurbishing fl
  10. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1017987 I have published this book on Smashwords. These are notes from my years as an adjunct professor in composition at SUNY Purchase, and from an article I wrote for the New York Times, "Going the Way of the Victrola."
  11. https://afpstore.americanfreepress.net/product/deep-truth-journal-2-jfk -charlie the-connection/ I have written an article that brings up an old controversy, but perhaps with some new momentum. I sure would like to hear some opinions about the Lowenstein assassination as something other than the work of a lone crazed individual. This would include the string of possible mind-control assassins starting as early as Jack Ruby in 1963, and as late as John Hinkley in 1981, who all use handguns at close range, survive, and claim that they acted alone.
  12. Skeptical Democrat One of the reasons I joined the Education Forum was its excellent researchers of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. No other event in the 20th-century symbolizes the demise of American democracy than this murder. Even more than about unethical military or intelligence operations, this event also teaches us how modern media perpetuates a lie, despite compelling evidence, and controls its consumers by entertaining them, selling them products, and masterfully suggesting to them what should be their political ideology at the beginning of the 21st-century. Those of us with
  13. My name is Gregg Wager and I am currently an adjunct professor at the State University of New York at Purchase. I teach music composition, but am also an author and critic. My monographs include Symbolism as a Compositional Method in the Works of Karlheinz Stockhausen and I have written articles for several newspapers including the New York Times, the New York Observer and Newsday, including "Going the Way of the Victrola" and reviews of musicians as diverse as Fatboy Slim to various classical musicians from Itzhak Perlman to Steve Reich. I also have written for Relix Magazine and the Doors Co
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