September 19th, 2006

indy press reviews ... Nero fiddled while the Reichstag burned

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[These reviews were reprinted with permission from Citizine. ~Ed.]

Nero Fiddled While Rome Burned #5 & #6
Fall 2003 / Spring 2004
Editor: Jacob David
PO Box 3050, Eureka, CA 95502

"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." -- Eric Blair

Why would I bury the story of the century in the back of the magazine as a mere zine review? Well, this one is a doozy. This zine goes "all-out" in exposing the Bush Administration, and there's no room in here for cheesy interviews with bands you've never heard of, or uninspiring microscopic record reviews. This is all about facts and evidence from the Sept. 11, 2001, crimes, that have been swept under the mass media rug.

September 11, 2001, was a historic day, and as such, has been compared to other famous days. In late 2001, many pro-war cheerleaders compared the events of 9/11, to Pearl Harbor, the "surprise" attack by the Japanese on U.S. warships stationed in Hawai'i in December 1941, an episode which ushered in war between America and the Axis.

Nero Fiddled While Rome Burned offers a wholly different perspective. Editor Jacob David contends that on closer examination of the consequences of both events, observers will find a closer parallel between the "9/11 attacks" that struck New York and the Pentagon some months after George W. Bush became President, and the "Reichstag Fire" that burned down the German parliament in 1933, a month after Hitler had assumed elected office.

Dr. Jerry Russell summed up the events of the "Reichstag Fire," a huge national crisis in Germany that newly-installed Chancellor Adolf Hitler used to full effect to enhance his own power: "The German Parliament (Reichstag) burns down. A dazed Dutch Communist named Marinus van der Lubbe is [accused]. Apparently, by and large, the German public believed Hitler was telling the truth: the Enabling Act was passed giving Hitler a dictator's powers -- and in the general election a few days later, the National Socialists cemented their hold over the German government. Communist leaders stood trial, accused of participating in a vast conspiracy to destroy the Reichstag -- and by extension, the German people themselves."

Nero Fiddled contends that the Bush Administration's response to 9/11 bears strong resemblance to Hitler's response to the Fire. While Hitler sought out Communist terrorists to gain total control over the reins of power, George Bush has expanded government control and spying powers by fighting "Islamic terrorists." A month after the Fire, the Nazis pushed through the "Law for Terminating the Suffering of People and Nation" (known to historians as "The Enabling Act") to give the Führer his due powers to protect the people and suspend liberties, while President Bush's Republicans twisted arms to pass the USA PATRIOT Act within weeks of 9/11, giving his men "new tools" to fight dissent and terrorism.

Though it is widely believed nowadays, it has never been proven certainly that the Nazis actually set the Reichstag Fire that unleashed the political crisis allowing Hitler to concentrate power. And although Rupert Murdoch's New York Post (normally a Republican ally) had the audacity to print "BUSH KNEW" as a cover story in May 2002, this certainly has not been proven either, four years after the events. It has been shown, however, that the official story of the "9/11 Attacks," as put forth by the U.S. government's 9/11 Commission, is highly questionable.

Write to Jacob David today, and he'll send you his review of the must-see documentary 911 - In Plane Site. The film, produced by Dave Von Kleist and William Lewis, uses photos, interviews, and live television footage (shown only once, and then never again, on T.V. news stations CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and CBS) to examine the events of the day in a new light. The most convincing case in the movie is probably Von Kleist's probe into whether a huge 757 filled with jet fuel could have made the damage found at the Pentagon.

Video footage and photographs taken immediately after the Pentagon was struck at about 9:40 a.m., show no sizable plane wreckage to be seen (luggage, people, engines, wings, a tail fin) and make it hard to believe that a 757 could have caused the damage, unless the plane and all the passengers somehow "disintegrated" within the Pentagon structure. Additionally, photos with the first firemen on the scene show that the roof of the Pentagon did not collapse for another twenty minutes, and that the damage done to the Pentagon appears to be a circular hole too small for a 757 jetliner to fit through.

Nero publisher Jacob David also reprints correspondence from concerned readers from around the world, and provides addresses and contact info which could be helpful for other zinemasters trying to get the word out. Send Jacob three stamps and you'll get a cool zine of your very own. Spread the word.

Warning #1 & #2
Spring 2005
Editor: Frank
PO Box 40113, Portand, OR 97240-0113

To see the world in black and white, you must read Warning fanzine. Warning zine is composed of recycled paper doused in soy or vegetable-based ink. Since everything is either pure black or no ink at all, at first glance the text and photos appear to suffer the effects of previous generations of xeroxed ancestors, prophets' words handed down through the ages till no gray remained. But look closer and you will see this full contrast is intentional, as is the thick, quality paper and professional stapled bindery.

In the music department, this zine focuses on the crustiest edges of the worldwide punk rock scene, looking back at the origins of the scene, along with interviews with newer bands. There is Contatto from Italy 2005, and Wretched from Italy 1985. There is Hellshock who just put out the great Warlord EP, and then an interesting look at Discharge's controversial 1987 U.S. tour, where they shocked audiences with their new metal sound and refused to play any early classics.

Warning zine also gets into its own radical truthtelling about "America's Reichstag Fire," drawing parallels between the planings of 2001, and the fire of 1933. Each event served the government in power as "an opportunity to introduce their agenda of constant centralisation of power through the technique of problem-reaction-solution." The editor also makes a list of some of the internationalist groups that have supported and guided the Bush Administration's war policies since 9/11, groups like the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bilderberg Group, and the Club of Rome, among others.

After the September 11 attacks, to show people that this war was going to last a long time, President Bush compared his newly christened "War on Terror" to World War II,which last four years once the U.S.A. officially got involved. Four years later, the President is now comparing the War on Terror to the "Cold War" which lasted more than forty years.

On New Year's Day 2045, with the War on Terror now lasting even longer than the Cold War, will President-elect George P. Bush assure a war-weary, peace-loving America that the neverending, liberty-devouring, total control, photo-enforced War on Terror is actually most like the Hundred Years War? Would this buy the politicians a little more time?


Basic facts of the Reichstag Fire, 1933

By Orville R. Weyrich, Jr.

January 30, 1933
Weimar Republic President Paul von Hindenburg appoints Adolf Hitler to be Chancellor.

February 27, 1933
The German Parliament (Reichstag) burns down. A dazed Dutch Communist named Marinus van der Lubbe is found at the scene and charged with arson. [He is later found guilty and executed].

February 28, 1933
President Hindenburg and Chancellor Hitler invoke Article 48 of the Weimar Constitution, which permits the suspension of civil liberties in time of national emergency. This Decree of the Reich President for the Protection of the People and State abrogates the following constitutional protections:

• Free expression of opinion
• Freedom of the press
• Right of assembly and association
• Right to privacy of postal and electronic communications
• Protection against unlawful searches and seizures
• Individual property rights
• States' right of self-government

A supplemental decree creates the SA (Storm Troops) and SS (Special Security) Federal police agencies.

Who Did It?
Historians do not agree on who is actually responsible for the Reichstag Fire: van der Lubbe acting alone -- a Communist plot -- or the Nazis themselves in order to create an incident.

But regardless of who actually planned and executed the fire, it is clear that the Nazis immediately took advantage of the situation in order to advance their cause at the expense of civil rights. The Decree enabled the Nazis to ruthlessly suppress opposition in the upcoming election.

March 5, 1933
National elections give Nazis 44% plurality in the Reichstag. Herman Göring [who later played a central role in the Nazi government and war effort] declares that there is no further need for State governments.

Over the next few weeks, each of the lawful Weimar State governments falls to the same ruse: local Nazi organizations instigate disorder, and the disorder is quelled by replacing the elected state government by appointed Nazi Reich Commissioners.

March 24, 1933
The Reichstag passes the Law for Terminating the Suffering of People and Nation, also known as the Enabling Law, essentially granting Adolf Hitler dictatorial power.

The events in 1933 can be summarized as follows:
While it is not clear whether the Nazis intentionally set the Reichstag fire in order to create a national crisis, or whether the Nazis simply were opportunistic, the event was used as justification for a sharp curtailment in constitutionally guaranteed civil liberties.

It is clear that in other situations, the Nazis did use the tactic of creating a "law and order" crisis so that they could provide a solution which further eroded civil liberties and entrenched their power.

The Nazis also took advantage of the additional Federal police powers to suppress opponents.

The point is that a democracy can be destroyed by creating a law-and-order crisis and offering as a 'solution' the abdication of civil liberties and state's rights to a powerful but unaccountable central authority.

Orville Weyrich is a candidate to represent
Arizona Congressional District 5 in the
US House of Representatives.
Contact him at

music reviews... secret apollo

Music reviews

by Kent Manthie

Secret Apollo: HOMEMADE TIME MACHINE (tall people records)
Secret Apollo have twiddled and fiddled with the knobs in the studio for a bit and wound up with this ultra-cool, way hip CD, which is not too long, either, only about 40 minutes altogether. There are just so many superlatives I could go on with here, but, so I don’t sound like a fawning, pawing sycophant I’ll just leave it at that. Suffice to say that I will keep HOMEMADE TIME MACHINE close by so I can listen to it often in the months to come. Secret Apollo have a mix of the aforementioned cleverness, especially in the lyrics, along with some good musicianship, wicked axe-wielding and such, it rocks, it swoons, it croons. S.A. remind me of the Heavy Vegetable/Thingy/Pinback axis and have that self-aware hipsterism of Weezer eleven or twelve years ago. “Planet Ape” and “The Museum of Making Music” are two of the songs that stood out; I mean the CD is an album you have to listen to all the way through, like NEW YORK or DIAMOND DOGS, but if you only have a few minutes to sample it, check those out. ( –KM.

Divasonic: BIRTH (Divasonic Music)
A fresh breath of ether; a swooning, heavenly trip through innerspace; a soundtrack to an intrauterine life, suspended in a swirling wave of psychedelic dance pop, that is Divasonic in a nutshell, from which an LSD-laced nut was eaten. BIRTH is a mellow, dreamy work of cool and detached nuances. Lynda Arnold and Safar Bake are the two principals in Divasonic; they have produced this lovely work, with Miss Lynda and her beautiful voice that is lighter than air and hovers about, lingering far after the music has died away. Both Lynda and Safar play most of the instruments and do all the programming so the computer can play the rest; there are a couple of friends that show up here and there, but basically it’s their record. Mixed in with the cold, icy electronica are different types of flutes, guitar and piano. It is a well-crafted hybridization of oh-so-lush soundscapes. Check out their website, – KM.

Ours to Destroy (s/t) (self-released)
What a good time to be alive, especially if you love music. Thank gawd for independent, underground labels and for the new technologies that make it possible for bands and artists to produce and distribute their own stuff, via media like the internet, self-promotion, mail and indie record stores that help sell the stuff on the street. Ours to Destroy, a two-man band from Calgary Canada, is just such an underground duo that has much merit and has just put out this self-titled debut CD full of great stuff. OTD is a kind of neo-psychedelic rock band, with a certain quirkiness that recalls Guided by Voices, but they have gone their own way and followed their own muse and that is usually what brings out the best in people, this being no exception. A couple examples of bliss from this CD are: “Happy Now”, the opening track, “Checkmate” and one I really enjoyed a lot: “Exorcising Demons”. I hope they keep on enjoying what they’re doing and continue to make good records. Please do check out their website, you can go straight there: – KM.

The Like Young: LAST SECRETS (Polyvinyl Record Co.)
For one thing, I’m in love with Polyvinyl, the Chicago-based indie label that turns out some of the coolest sounds I’ve heard in a long time on any record label, indie or evil (corporate). Every disc that I’ve received from PRC has been an original and unique group that is not the next so & so or this or that, but rather hip, cool tunes from the kind of people who look within for influence and inspiration, not try to copy what everyone else is playing and what all the kids are buying. In that same vein, The Like Young, two siblings, Jon & Amanda Zaremba, have suddenly appeared out of nowhere with “Last Secrets” and there is already one song from this musical treat that sticks in my head without any prompting even, “Dead Eyes”. That’s a good sign they’re doing something right because instead of just forgetting what I’ve heard after listening to LAST SECRETS, the hooks, the beat the riffs, the music, it stays with me; ergo, subconsciously, I keep on wishing to re-hear it and so I’ll find myself listening to it more and more often. To find out more about The Like Young, go to their website, right now, if you want, at and check out the wonderful world of Polyvinyl Records at: – KM.

French Kicks: TWO THOUSAND (Vagrant Records)
These dudes rock; French Kicks have a totally LA sensibility about them, a nonchalant façade that masks a deeper set of emotional tones. Featuring two brothers and two other guys, French Kicks have this cool rock ethos, a stylish rock pathos, bathos, smashos. If you like The Strokes or Lou Reed at his best you’re sure to dig these guys. I recommend for starters you check out “Basement: DC” or “Cloche”. It makes a good dance record, good for parties, driving around or sitting around, doing nothing at all. ( for more information on the band and merchandising too and all the rest you can expect of a band’s website – KM.

Morello: TWELVE WAYS TO BREATHE (I Scream Records)
Another rocker from those pranksters over at I Scream Records, TWELVE WAYS TO BREATHE, is the latest from Morello, a band that sort of reminded me of Dokken at first listen, remember Dokken? But there are a couple of smallish nuances that bring it into our current century. I couldn’t help but kind of sway back and forth, tap my feet and mindlessly shake my head as I listened to this, however, which shows me that I do dig this record in some regressive sort of way, I’m not going to deny what my subconscious tells me. There are some slick guitar chompin’ and a lot of chug-a, chug-a riffs and swirling guitar solos throughout. So, you’ll have to judge for yourself: retrograde unhip cult or sly and clever trendsetters? ( –KM.

The May Fire: RIGHT AND WRONG (self-released)
Yet another reason why this is the greatest era for music, especially indie and DIY underground music: The May Fire and their new CD, RIGHT AND WRONG. This is a fabulous album. I can’t believe there isn’t any label support behind it. The May Fire is a duo, Catty Tasso and a guy who calls himself El Pipe. Ms Tasso has a pretty voice and they’re both talented musical stylists. Recorded between L.A. & Berkeley, RIGHT AND WRONG has a distinctly California feel to it; an olio of influences can be heard here, both musical and otherwise: the sun going down behind the ocean horizon, lonely desert roads, driving up the coast, plus dirty streets and depraved alleys in downtown L.A. or Hollywood, the flash of Sunset Strip and beyond; or in San Francisco, empty, dark foggy streets at 4am or a chilly waterfront by the bay, et cetera, ad infinitum. The music is kind of low-fi, DIY, but it is nonetheless beautiful. To find out how to get this gem or to learn more about The May Fire, click on this website: –you’ll be glad you did. -KM.