When we left off yesterday, we were on page 12 of Paul Rusling's eponymous 'bible' with its "poke in the eyes" of Christian theologians.
His 'bible' brings to mind this verse of Matthew 18:6. It is taken from the book that Rusling's endorser refers to as the 'Holy Bible' and a mere companion work to Rusling's own work:
"If anyone causes one of these little ones--those who believe in me--to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea."
While I am not directly nor indirectly advocating or implying any authoritarian belief or interpretative meaning as a result of reproducing those words; taken at their face value as just words on a page quoted from the New International Version of Hans Knot's 'Holy Bible', they do offer some form of light-hearted mirth for readers of Rusling 'bible'.
One can picture a vision of Paul Rusling sinking beneath his own waves of text upon which floats his eponymous radio ship. Rusling is drowning in penance to the deceived "little ones" who have come to him to learn about Radio Caroline (1964-1967, RIP), but who Rusling has caused to "stumble" in their understanding of the history of Radio Caroline.
Now, if you are getting rather 'ticked-off' by reading my citations of several biblical verses as part of this Review: blame Rusling for calling his work a 'bible', and blame his own promoter Hans Knot for comparing Rusling's work to the 'Holy Bible'. But is is the very nature of the self-serving and hypocritically sanctimonious Paul Rusling that "takes the cake" for having the gall; the effrontery, to claim that his work of plagiarism mixed with his own contrived rubbish, is in some ways an account of the true history of 'Radio Caroline', because it is not.
Beginning with the next page of his 'bible', Rusling begins to break into a gallop as he recites his version of how commercial radio broadcasts directed at the British Isles in the English language began on the continent of Europe before WWII. However, since Rusling has now adopted the outline of a Steve Martin joke whereby a question is raised, but instead of providing the answer, Rusling uses the Steve Martin 'trick' of glossing over the answer which is 'Point Number One', and instead, he rushes ahead with 'Point Number Two' that explains the application of 'Point Number One' that he never explained.
It is best that you listen to this Steve Martin skit yourself, if you have never heard it before, so that you understand the confidence trick that Paul Rusling is trying to pull off in his 'bible'. Steve Martin makes the claim that "You can be a millionaire and never pay taxes." The idea is that you hear that you can be a millionaire, and as far as the paying taxes are concerned, well you reason that you may, or may not pay taxes, but you want to know how you can become a millionaire. With baited breath you await Steve Martin's explanation:
Of course this is a comedy routine, but Paul Rusling is using that same manipulative, but abbreviated form of verbiage to spin his own fanciful tale to paid-up gullible readers. Therefore, I think that this is the point in the Review where I should now insert another reference to a previously published academic work by Gilder and Hagger.
I do so because you might be tempted to simply gloss over it.
Yet this article, which is part of a series of previously published and related monographs, does explain in detail the foundation of both how and why the General Post Office came by its powers of censorship. Without its creation there would never have been a need for extraneous commercial broadcasting services directed towards listeners inside the British Isles.
This article was published in the University of Bucharest Review Vol. XII, no. 2, in 2010 - nine years before Rusling's 'bible', and it is an article that Rusling was well aware of before he rushed ahead to create his plagiarized work. Being an academic and not a commercial work, it of course has a somewhat convoluted title based upon the guidelines set by the editors of the journal: "I Started a Joke. Text, Cotext, Context: The rouge rendering of 'Piracy' as a vexed legal construct over time and place."
Now you know why you never read this academic article before!
But beginning on page 45 of the Journal in which the article appears, the text gets into the original applications of both piracy and copyrights. Then it delves into the story of "book burning" as referenced in Hans Knot's 'Holy Bible'. It appears within its sub-book of 'Acts'; chapter 19, and verse 19. On page 47 in the footnotes section of the journal in which the article appears, there are details of how Benito Mussolini created the Vatican State.
On page 49 and with detailed references in accompanying footnotes, you can read the following paragraph:
"Even though the Holy See was ultimately the motivation for the creation of major universities (see footnote 52) which produced political leadership, the Holy See had documents that it wanted to conceal from scrutiny. But for those who have taken the time to look, they find that the Holy See no longer hides the origins of its bogus temporal authority (see footnote 53). Its political charade began with fraudulent claims derived from the bogus 'Donation of Constantine' when Emperor Constantine was alleged to have given the western half of the Roman Empire to Pope Sylvester I. This mythology lasted for centuries (see footnot 54), and even after its exposure, it was still being claimed by some, which led John Calvin to debunk it again in his 'Institutes' (see footnote 55)."
If you are prepared to read the entire text of that published 2010 article, you will also find companion articles that address related matter in a thoroughly documented manner. But if you are like Paul Rusling, you will yawn and claim that you have no time for research nor for the reading of history books!
So although I have not progressed today beyond page 12 of Rusling's work of theft, confusion and abuse of his commercial readership, I have provided you with the information that you need in order to verify that what you are being told by way of my Review, is the truth as previously documented and verified by means of peer review in academic journals, and then reported on these pages by me.
Please note: Because the worldwide pandemic has begun to encroach on my own normal movements, it may impinge upon my own need to access reference materials from the shelves of our own library. Because of a silly comment already received, I need to clarify that it is not my ability to access library materials that may become a problem, it is because what I consider to be absurd measures that France is now taking, and if they are applied to my location, it is possible that I would not be physically permitted to retrieve books and papers that I may need. At the present time that is still not a problem. However, in future days I may, or may not be able to continue with this Review on a daily basis. As things stand, and as of this writing and this publication today, that is not a problem. Therefore my next blog should appear sometime tomorrow as planned.
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