S01E158: We’ll See
JSON and the Argonauts
The Value of Labor!
Jeff Bezos’ Grandpa Helps Found DARPA ⛧ Old Texas Money – Cattle, Oil, Nuclear, and Tech ⛧ Military’s Dominance of Academia ⛧ The King and Gise Families ⛧ Boostable Intermission ⛧ Music Festivals By The Lake ⛧ Agathokakological Definition – Light and Shade ⛧ Birdo the Egg-Spitting Trans Icon ⛧
All Rails Lead To Rome
Freaks of Hazard:
First and foremost be sure to give a resounding happy birthday to the machine of a man (complete with his own bust in the green room!) SirVo! Thank you for not only your courage, but every step you’ve taken over the years to support the public YOU wanna hear!
We had a whole slew of monthly donations land this week as well! Sir CrossStitch for $5.33, Spaz for $10, and Tjunta for $3.33! Thank you all for the continued support!
NetNed, who we were all touching in Uranus, also got a $10 donation sent in via the paypals. Thank you Sir!
Kitty Tarleton snuck in with a donation during the prestream $6.66!
dag and SirSpencer coming in clutch with a …*checks notes*… whole metric fuck ton of isos!
Last, but certainly not lease let’s give a hearty congrats to Dame BOOSTYsteed for organizing a successful MoeAgendaSch3m3 meet up with all sorts of gorgeous people! NGL…SirBemrose is kind of a hunk. Check out a pic from the meet up down below!!!
THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING
Short List of DARPA Projects
ARRIVE (Example of such a project)
The Economist has called DARPA the agency “that shaped the modern world,” and pointed out that “Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine sits alongside weather satellites, GPS, drones, stealth technology, voice interfaces, the personal computer and the internet on the list of innovations for which DARPA can claim at least partial credit.”
DARPA has a noted policy of planned obsolescence, where they develop cutting-edge technologies in secret, yet design them to be short-lived and easy to improve upon for future generations. By the time they declassify projects to the public, those technologies have been around so long they are no longer a match for whatever DARPA and the Pentagon currently possess.
Grandfather of Jeff Bezos
Father of Jackie Bezos
Relative (?) of War Hero Major William Edward Gise
It is well known that Jeff Bezos’ Grandfather LPG was a founding executive of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
LPG was born in Laredo, Texas in 1915. Laredo is one of the oldest crossing points along the Mexico–United States border, and the nation’s largest inland port of entry. In 2005, Laredo celebrated the 250th anniversary of its founding.
LPG owned a sizeable ranch near there, where during the summer he hosted his grandson Jeff Bezos in idyllic rural peace.
“One of the things that’s so interesting about that lifestyle and about my grandfather is he did everything himself. You know, he didn’t call a vet if one of the animals was sick; he figured out what to do himself.” – Bezos on LPG
When LPG was a younger man, the uranium district of south Texas was discovered by accident in 1954 by an airborne gamma radiation survey looking for petroleum deposits. The coastal plain had previously been regarded as highly unfavorable for uranium deposits. The uranium occurs in roll-front type deposits in sandstones of Eocene, Oligocene and Miocene age. The deposits are distributed along about 200 miles (320 km) of coastal plain, from Panna Maria in the north, south into Mexico. Uranium production began in 1958, from open-pit and in situ leach mines. (Wiki)
Fortuitous for the Gise Family. The year was 1954, everything will be run on clean nuclear power in only a few years and those oil leases signed in the 1930’s are going to be worthless. Suddenly, Uranium is discovered in the backyard of L.P. Gise himself, who had worked for the brand new Atomic Energy Commission since 1949.
An aside – Around that time, at the Welhausen School in Cotulla, TX, spitting distance from the Gise Family Ranch, a young schoolteacher named Lyndon B. Johnson taught primary school.
Most of the other ranchers and land owners probably did not comprehend the fortune they were sitting on, but Lawrence Preston Gise likely did.
The Gise family befriended and intermarried with the King Family, owners of the largest ranch in the US (larger than Rhode Island), who made a fortune first in cattle ranching, then Oil. The family esd founded by Rich King around the time of the Civil War. In the 1930s, a few years after Oil was found in Texas, the Kings made their second fortune. (The cows they owned, standing around on all of those Texas pastures, had oil under their hooves.) Around 1933, the largest Oil Rights contract at the time was signed by Humble Oil (since absorbed into Exxon) and the Kings.
These events helped to inspire the movie Giant which would be James Dean’s 3rd and final film.
In summary, Jeff Bezos’ grandfather, Lawrence Preston Gise, a paternal figure in his childhood, was a spook from DC with familial ties to the wealthiest oilmen of the time. He had connections to the Rockefellers and the Kings through their Humble Oil dealings and are integral in the establishment of Exxon Mobile. He was a WWII vet. Lawrence Preston Gise headed several prestigious government agencies, including the Atomic Energy Commission and DARPA. As head of the AEC, Gise was in charge of 26,000 employees in the nuclear field in seven states, and oversaw several sites such as Los Alamos (where the atomic bombs were tested).
SPIT THE EGG OUT
In honor of a convo going down in the green room earlier today!
JAMS OF THE LAKE
Yeah Yeah – Sam Means 04:12
Creepfunk – Jim Reaper 06:10
Ageless – Hurling Pixels 10:39