Book Review: Propaganda And Mass Persuasion – A Historical Encyclopedia, 1500 To The Present

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BreakawayConsciousness
Zy Marquiez
December 13, 2016

Propaganda And Mass Persuasion – A Historical Encyclopedia, 1500 To The Present by Nicholas J. Cull, David Culbert & David Welch is broad surveying of a large portion of the propaganda that has historically taken place the last five centuries or so.

For the record, the book has many other contributors than the ones listed above.  The ones listed are only three of the entire group.

In any case, the book is divided alphabetically, which certainly helps, and is footnoted to the hilt, which is greatly appreciated.

Showcased within the book are the smorgasbord of ways propaganda can be used.  Common methods such as television, radio, and media are delved into, while also cursory glances are given to posters, leaflets and other tools used historically.

A wide sprinkling of Individuals, methods, movements, ideologies, movies, countries and more are each given a decent gander within the confines of this piece.

Propaganda And Mass Persuasion exegetes the precise historical periods of some of the largest propaganda campaigns that have taken place.  From World War 1, to World War 2, Vietnam War, and even many other wars, the book delves into how propaganda played a role in assisting and/or countering an opposing side.  Along with this, the book even shows how mass persuasion has been viewed by the establishment, and how it has served a major purpose in pushing particular agendas.

Ultimately, steering vox populi is the main focus of any propagandist, and this book shows why.

In its totality, Propaganda And Mass Persuassion is quite didactic for a neophyte, given its expansive historical range.  That said, given the size of the book, it can only really home-in on certain historical applications with great precision.  Because of that ome areas were somewhat lacking however.

The data set addressed was rather scholarly, although admittedly from an establishment point of view.  Much deeper layers of this topic are only given mere glances, or simply glossed over in their entirety. Simply stated, the book is congealed – or so it feels – to cement official narratives.  Giving you enough scholarly data for it to be legitimate, but not following additional published documents/data sets that that would confect a much larger and complete picture.

It is up to the reader to take cognizance in the lacking breadth and scope of the book.

As a starting point, it’s certainly quite superficially comprehensive, and it certainly belongs in a researcher’s library.  However, the glaring omission of social engineering – which is propaganda’s ultimate goal – are to be looked at quite askance.   That subject alone could be written about at length, and isn’t even given a glance.

If you are a student of propaganda, mind control, social engineering and the like, and happen to get this book, just realize this isn’t the end-all-be-all of sourced material.  There are many books by many great people on Amazon, and countless documents published which go into farther depth than this book has.  Make sure to spend time and search for those in order widen your repertoire and be more able to keenly ascertain when such tools are being used against you, and your kith and kin.

Book Review: Esoteric Hollywood – Sex, Cults & Symbols In Film by Jay Dyer

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BreakawayConsciousness
Zy Marquiez
November 23, 2016

Let me preface this with a cautious preamble:  This is NOT a Hollywood Scandal book.

Esoteric Hollywood – Sex Cults & Symbols In Film by Jay Dyer scholarly analysis that delves into the inner workings of the abstruse aspects that pervade many movies within the film industry, and even some literature, past and present.

While other professional movie reviewers will review movies based on more mainstream criteria, Dyer goes beyond that into the subtle nuances that pervade many of the biggest blockbusters that contain hidden messages that are “intended to be understood, but not immediately apparent”[1] as the author himself states.

That reason, as well as many others are why Dyer does what he does – to show the reader / viewer that there is more than just a man behind the curtain.  In fact, some might argue that there is an entire culture pulling some strings, and they wouldn’t be too far from the truth.

Getting back on track, in its nascent stage the book opens up with a short glossary, which will be extremely helpful for people that might not be familiar with the terms, or perhaps were and just forgot what they meant.

After a solid introduction where the author lays the groundwork for the rest of the book, the book is split up into four parts:

Part One: Hollywood Babylon And Kubrick
Part Two: Spielberg’s Android Space Brothers
Part Three: 70s-80s Fantasy Dystopia
Part Four: 007 And Hitchcock

In each of the above parts Dyer goes on to harpoon not only on some of the more popular movies within each of those categories, but ones seeping with overwhelming meaning, and even hidden/darker agendas.  Some of the topics within these are philosophy, theology, geopolitics, espionage, literary theory,  transhumanism, and much more.

Esoteric Hollywood is similar to the authors blog, but Dyer kicks it up a notch academically, and that’s one of the many appealing aspects of this particular book.

While all of the movie analyses were interesting for me in one way or another, the ones which fascinated me the most were H.G. Wells, Science Fiction Propaganda & Spielberg Mythos, Eyes Wide Shut, ET, Moonraker, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Minority Report, Labyrinth, The Never Ending Story and Blade Runner, AI, as well as the James Bond reboots.

Another salient component of the book are the dozens of small description boxes within various parts of the book.  These either give a small synopsis of important individuals or showcase instead vital data that reader will need to comprehend the analysis.

Concurrent with the above are the hundreds of footnotes throughout the book.  For those that love delving into the finer strands within research, footnotes are invaluable.  The fact that Dyer put so much hard work into that is also greatly appreciated as it’s an aspect within research books that gets easily glossed over.

In its entirety, the book displays very high standards.  That’s something quite noteworthy given how many of the subjects tackled within this book dovetail with many other conspiracy subjects.  If individuals aren’t careful, it’s easy to get bogged down by many rabbit trails which at times either have a questionable basis or no basis in fact, or are lacking in quality sources even though they usually sound interesting.  Because of this having some solid ground to venture from is priceless.

Regardless, this book is a veritable treasure trove of information, some of which might be admittedly quite disturbing if people aren’t familiar with the subjects or agendas involved.  Either way, each of the subjects discussed in the book are subjects which the mainstream media rarely ever covers, and which also gets glossed over by most of the alternative media as well unfortunately.   Those factors as well as others make this particular book quite unique.

As a caveat, am not personally in agreement with everything the author said in the book.  That said, he does source his material, and makes for an intriguing read and as an open-minded skeptic, his work deserves a fair gander if we as a society, but more important, as individuals, are to home-in on the truth.  Especially on such abstruse subjects as these.

Hopefully the author considers doing a similar follow up piece, or perhaps something along the same lines.  For it being Dyer’s first book, this book as an initial salvo is as compelling as it is rigorous.

Plain and simple, this book is a must read because it will show you some of the hidden agendas that are going on within film right under society’s nose.  And if we do not become cognizant of these issues they will continue to undoubtedly affect us in nefarious ways.

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[1] Jay Dyer, Esoteric Hollywood, pg. 4.

Book Review: Rotten To The [Common] Core by Dr. Joseph P. Farrell & Gary Lawrence

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BreakawayConsciousness
Zy Marquiez
August 3, 2016

Rotten to the (Common) Core by Dr. Joseph P. Farrell and Gary Lawrence is a sobering, honest, unique and yet much needed foray into the topic of Common Core.

The main strength of this book is that it doesn’t fall for – as the authors note – the ever-present red herring regarding this topic, which is that of focusing on the Common Core curriculum standards, but instead goes beyond that and delves deeper into the inner workings and the “follow-up assessment (testing) process)”.

This is quite notable, because unless the populace realizes what are the true issues at hand, the problems we face concerning this growing dilemma cannot be solved to their fullest extent.

In a sense, this book is about the multi-tiered approach by the Edu-garchy [the authors words] which encompass a “complex interlocking network of foundations, professional groups, government agencies, testing services and corporations” that stand to benefit greatly in many ways from the implementation of Common Core in all its unholy glory.

Noted cogently by the authors, they remark that most of the greatest minds of all time [Plato, Tesla, Da Vinci, Dostoyevsky, Mozart, etc.] not only weren’t privy to our modern education system, but they thrived without it.  However, instead of society proceeding with the classical education model that helped the aforementioned great minds excel, for various reasons we’re fast approaching a time of hyper-homogenization of society while also dumbing down society at an immense scale.

The  authors incisively note the implications:

“The historical record indicates that, if anything, the implicit collectivist impulse in standardized testing stands in stark contrast to the basic values of individual genius and responsibility that formed the central core of the founding of the republic itself.”[1]

Farrell and Lawrence promptly proceed through the bowels of Common Core by beginning with an examination of whistleblower testimony from within the belly of the beast.

From there, various examples of standardized testing are gone through with a fine-toothed comb outlining their inherent [intentional?] flaws of such tests, while also delving into some more disturbing fluid elements that will no doubt leave the reader aghast that such “test questions” are even allowed to see the light of day.  In fact, the authors troublingly note that in some cases the there are vacillating metrics taking place on standardized testing.   No, this is not said in jest!

Regarding the standardized testing, the authors home in keenly:

“…such tests in the end punish, rather than reward, real ability, with the end result that such tests really measure the ability of an individual to conform to the outlook and interests of the elites composing such tests…”[2]

Thankfully, the authors also touch upon the troubling issue regarding the veritable attack on individuals, their creative potential, and how the system is being set up to establish conformity from every angle imaginable.

Later on, the authors sink their teeth into various components that encompass the edu-garchy in manifesting this top-down educational control/conformity system:  the foundations, the agenda pushers and dogma.

The authors even touch upon the fact that at certain points in history the powers that will cease to be even bought into their own propaganda, which might be hard to fathom to some, but goes to show the irony of the matter.

Also, the enormous powers foundations [Rockefeller Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates, etc.] wield in the social engineering of individuals cannot be overstated.  These institutions as they currently operate are a true antithesis to freedom, individuality and progress.  Folks need to be weary of such foundations as they wield power far beyond their manipulative wholesome appearance.

Other disturbing aspects the authors shed light on regarding Common Core not only include the revolving door between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Educational Establishment, but also the connection of to the CIA, mind control and MK Ultra.

While Farrell’s other books will undoubtedly get more attention, this is arguably the most important book he’s penned – with co-author Laurence of course – given that it centers upon the top-down educational control grid that will be foisted upon the populace if we don’t take action.  Topics like the Nazis, Breakaway Civilizations, Ancient Antiquity, Alternative History, et al won’t matter if people are too dumb down to be able to understand them, their context, and deeper implications.  This is why it’s imperative for individuals not only to refuse in every way shape and form this incoming wave of conforming change, but to also strive to further their education away from the current one-size-fits-all system that seeks to dumb people down.

Regarding our plight, the authors note that Common Core is:

“A deliberate plan against liberty and intellectual and pedagogical freedom.  In short, the Common Core assessment process and its implicit philosophy and cosmology are nothing but a conspiracy against the individual, and his or her own humanity, genius, and aspirations.”[3]

Common Core is one component of the Full Spectrum Dominance humanity is facing.  Full Spectrum Dominance is only going to be solved with a Full Spectrum Response.   And the only way that takes place is by making sure our education, that of our kith and kin does not get hijacked permanently.  This book goes a long way in showing the reader how that will take place if we remain stagnant.  That alone is worth the price of the book.

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P.S. Rotten To The (Common) Core touches upon social engineering quite often. Given that, a book that might be of interest for many of you is Daniel Estulin’s Tavistock Institute: Social Engineering the Masses. Its a fascinating foray into many facets of social engineering that are currently taking place as well as many of the elements that were/are used to manifest it

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Source:

[1] Dr. Joseph P. Farrell and Gary Lawrence, Rotten to the (Common) Core, pg. 5.
[2] Ibid., Pg. 57.
[3] Ibid., Pg. xviii

Book Review: Unmasking The Social Engineer – The Human Element Of Security by Christopher Hadnagy

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BreakwayConsciousness
Zy Marquiez
July 11, 2016

“You see, but you do not observe.  The distinction is clear”
– Sherlock Holmes

The Social Engineering topic is a subject that’s as fascinating as its concerning.

Social Engineering is a tool that is used to influence individuals/people to take specific actions.  These actions could be positive or negative depending on the intent of the social engineer.

This topic came of extreme interest to me after reading the book  Tavistock Institute – Social Engineering The Masses by Daniel Estulin.  In that particular book, the author deals with Social Engineering, but at a large scale where it is the goals of institutions to influence cultures/nation states et al, and not in a positive way one might add.

Unmasking The Social Engineer – The Human Element Of Security by Christopher Hadnagy deals with Social Engineering at an individual level, which is greatly appreciated since nigh nobody touches this topic, but its adverse effects are innumerable.

In this particular book the author does an exemplary job of outlining many of the instances and subtle, or no so subtle idiosyncracies that will end up influencing how people feel, one way or another.  If a particular individual is savvy enough, these behaviours will help that individual become a better communicator, and possibly a better person.

On the flip side of that, this particular skillset can also be used for detrimental purposes.  This is why the author notes that its vital for people not only to know how emotions couple with social engineering techniques, but how one can use them for positive and defensive circumstances.

Many people feel a bit recent about there being a book such as this on how to influence people, and rightly so.  The author tackles that concern rather trenchantly:

“We can’t defend properly without knowing how to attack.  If the first time you get punched is your first real fight, it will most likely end badly for you.  That is why people take lessons in how to fight and defend themselves.”[1]

Hadnagy makes it a point of making sure the reader understands that the techniques employed in the book are vital to becoming a better communicator, but more importantly, a better listener, which will inherently increase the quality of life.

Unmasking The Social Engineer is a veritable crashcourse into a kaleidoscope of abilities that are the disposal of people if they realize the effects that can be expected from individuals.  Many of these effects take place through what’s known as amygdala hijacking.

In respect to that, as the author concerningly notes:

“When the emotional processor [the amygdala] kicks into high gear, the logic center processors [neocortex] get almost turned off and blocked.  Adrenaline, hormone levels, and blood pressure rise, and our memories become less efficient.  We begin to lose our ability to communicate effectively, and we turn to a form of autopilot to make decisions.”[2][Bold Emphasis Added]

To add additional grist for the mill, Hadnagy further notes:

“Our brains are hardwired to mirror the emotional content we see from those around us, so it is logical to say that if the social engineer can show mild sadness signs, those signs will trigger empathy in the person they are dealing with.  Once empathy is triggered, and if those social engineer’s words and story create an emotional bond with those words, then the rational and logic centers in the brain shut down momentarilyThis leaves the full processing power of our brain focused on the emotional center, so as a decision is being made based on the request, what is reasonable goes out the window.”[3] [Bold Emphasis Added]

Those facts, along with other salient points, are a large reason of why individuals need to be cognizant when their emotions might be subject to be played like a fiddle.

Another great aspect of this book is that Hadnagy references the work of Dr. Paul Eckman, who has been at the tip of the spear in the area of emotional behaviour and individual idiosyncracies.  Two books that couple well to this book are, Emotions Revealed, and Unmasking The Face.  While these books obviously do not need to be read in order to understand Unmasking The Social Engineer, but they offer extreme depth in this abstruse subject for those interested in delving deeper into this intriguing pool of psychological/physiological data.

The book showcases various components of an individual’s behavior repertoire, and synthesizes it all in an easy to understand matter that’s very pragmatic.

Taking into account the totality and depth of this book, this should not only be compulsory reading for those interested in the intricacies of social engineering, but should be something that everyone should make a point to learn given the vital aspects it plays within safety and communications.

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Sources:

[1] by Christopher Hadnagy, Unmasking The Social Engineer – The Human Element Of Security by Christopher Hadnagy, pg. 204.
[2] Ibid., pg. 166.
[3] Ibid., pg. 173.

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Other Suggested Reading:

Thinking, Fast & Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Mass Control – Engineering Human Consciousness by Jim Keith
Emotions Revealed by Dr. Paul Ekman
Unmasking The Face by Dr. Paul Ekman and Friesen
Snap – Making The Most Of First Impressions, Body Language & Charisma by Patti Wood

Book Review: Phantom Self by David Icke

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BreakawayConsciouness
Zy Marquiez
July 10, 2016

“When you’re the only sane person, you look like the only insane person.”
– Criss Jami

“Nothing is easier than self-deceit.  For what each man wishes, he also believes to be true.”
– Demosthenes

David Icke is surely a controversial speaker.

Icke’s work has come to be known as fascinating as it is wide-ranging, and for good reason.   The man will leave no stone unturned.  He’s not afraid of heading into places other people can’t even fathom, and many have come to appreciate this.

In Phantom Self, David Icke does a resounding job of not only showing various methods the system employs to carve out the consciousness from individuals, but he also shows the numerous facets the system has that play a role in making this process possible.

Throughout the book, Icke makes it a point from differentiating that we have two selves, the more superficial version of us that goes through life unaware of the deeper structure of life and reality, and the deeper level of conscious awareness that holds our unending potential, which is rarely tapped by individual.

Phantom Self showcases some of the previous information that Icke has shown, with good reason.  Much of this information is just as vital now, if not more so, as it was in the past.  And things have only gotten worse globally.

Readers of his previous work will be familiar with some of it.  Still, the information that Icke provides and how he distills it is vital to understanding how individuals and society will shed its shackles from the control grid as long as they take the appropriate action.

Issues such as education, media manipulation, propaganda, technology, genetically modified foods, bloodlines, depopulation/eugenics, Agenda 21/Agenda 2030, weather modification, et al are addressed quite extensively throughout.  The push for a transhumanistic future is also saliently detailed by the author.

As an avid researcher, my one qualm with the book is that Icke doesn’t source all of his statements.  He does provide quite a few sources, but a lot of the information that he writes as ‘matter of fact’ would be much stronger if he at least buttressed those statements with how he came to those conclusions.  There’s nothing wrong with giving your opinions about a matter, and they surely might be facts mind you, however, in order for some people to visualize the extent of control and corruption they will need to see a roadmap.  A roadmap is made up of those signposts, and those signposts in research are sources.

Be that as it may, that last fact doesn’t detract from the book.  Phanton Self provides more than ample information for it to be worth one’s money.

How icke chose to conclude the book resonates quite well, and certainly makes a lot of sense.

Its through individual self awareness and realization of our deeper conscious state that we as individuals will be able to see that we are the solution to the system.

Aggression will not be the solution to overturning the system.  In fact, the opposite is the case.  The system is ready for aggression in more ways than most realize.  Once we realize the depth of the power of our true selves – the power of the love for another – we will be able to detach ourselves from the meaningless and head on a new path.

The system will be changed only by people removing their support from it in every way shape or form.  Then, and only then will we be able to birth a new process and reign in the beginnings on the morrow.

As Ghandi once said:

“You assist an evil system most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees.  An evil system never deserves such allegiance.  Allegiance to it means partaking of this evil.  A good person will resist an evil system with his or her own soul.”

Book Review: The Art Of Overcoming The New World Order by Dr. Bernie Suarez

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BreakawayConsciousness
Zy Marquiez
June 28, 2016

There are countless inquiring individuals in the alternative research community that put out good work.  Then there are those who put out great work.  Dr. Suarez is the latter.

What sets former Marine Suarez apart from the rest?  The fact that he not only gives accurate, thought-provoking information that all individuals should know, but that he does so in a clear, concise, and no-BS manner.

Because of that, after ordering this book, a solid piece of work was expected from Dr. Suarez, and he certainly did not disappoint.

The Art Of Overcoming The New World Order is a comprehensive look into the many ways individuals can harpoon those that wish to control the populace at every turn.

The collection of essays within this particular book have much information one can glean from them.  Not only does the author offer a few options for individuals to shed their mental chains from the control matrix, but offer also within the pages are many of the ways that the matrix extends its tentacles, as well as how to counteract those very instances.

From touching upon the propaganda and mind control mainstream media offers, to speaking at length about the false flags we face as a society, Dr. Suarez does an incisive job at detailing salient aspects of those issues, as well as touching upon quite a few others.

The one caveat for me was that there could have been sources for many of the statements he was making.  Being a seasoned researcher, it is far easier for me than for the average individual to find the information provided.  Since building credibility is important in media, that part was a bit lacking.  Of course, for me, knowing the quality of work that Dr. Suarez puts out, the information is top notch.  But not everyone is going to know the type of researcher and writer he is, which is why the previous statement was made.

Still, the book offers more than plenty of information for open-minded individuals to learn from, especially given how  a great portion of the book is dedicated to unplugging from the matrix and what individuals can do to be proactive.

Another great notable point was that the author does not come from a fear-based point of view.  In fact, the opposite can be said.  He reasons that “the awakening process can be seen as a mathematical equation that predicts that in due time things will change as a function of mass awareness.”[1]

The other sage point that was appreciated which the author focused on, was that he brought issues down to the individual level.  The book is full with a can-do approach that’s very nuts-and-bolts and reasonable.  But in the end, it’s up to the individual to take action.

In fact, this book is just about that – action.  About people that have learned what threats they face [or are learning] and about the power of individual consciousness and all its creative potential to tackle any obstacle it faces.

As Dr. Suarez stated, those in control attempting to further push tyranny have become predictable, and have lost their creativity.

But the individual still holds their creative potential, and that’s what’s going to make all the difference in the world.

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Source:

[1] Dr. Bernie Suarez, The Art Of Overcoming The New World Order,  pg. 211

Book Review: Drilling Through The Core – Why Common Core Is Bad For American Education By Sandra Stotsky & Contributors

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BreakawayConsciousness
Zy Marquiez
June 15, 2016

There are countless books out there on Common Core.  Many of them are rather well done.

However, out of all the books available, this one resonated with me rather well.

Drilling Through The Core, does an exceptional job of detailing both sides of the Common Core issue.

The book’s impartial approach to bring objective analysis to Common Core is something to be highly regarded due to the impeccable way in which the authors/contributors went about in highlighting the disaster that Common Core is becoming.

Carrying out a true nuts and bolt approach, the authors/contributors detail varying components which showcase that Common Core is picking up where the national disaster of No Child Left Behind [NCLB] left of.  And that’s not an understatement either.

There is a reason NCLB has gotten a bad reputation, and its because it doesn’t work.  Countless people/data have shown this to be the case, which ironically is the very reason many are arguing for Common Core.

Along with that troublesome point, the data mining of our children for corporations is also a noteworthy issue to consider.  After all, one thing is information being used for our children’s benefits.  Something else entirely is the information gathered being used for corporate benefits, which of course is what corporations such as the Gates Foundation aim to accomplish.  In the age of mass surveillance/spying and data mining, it’s not surprising that such is the case.

Another nefarious component that’s addressed in the book is the connection Bill Gates and his foundation have.  The unprecedented power that The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has had in helping manipulate what takes place with Common Core is downright disturbing.

If that were not enough, the way in which teaching of history is going to take place totally eviscerates the whole point of teaching it in the first place.  And that’s quite noteworthy, because without a solid foundation in history, an individual will not know the context of what is currently taking place, which is priceless.

Delving into what the comptrollers wish to accomplish in math, the executive director of Eagle Form, Glyn Write, notes:

“The math standard focuses on investigative math, which has been shown to be a disaster…With the new math standard in the Common Core, there are no longer absolute truths. So 3 times 4 can equal 11 so long as a student can effectively explain how they reached that answer.”  [P1]

If that doesn’t leave one’s mind spinning, nothing will.

Furthermore, as a contributor notes:

The Common Core emphasizes teaching students to think of what they learn as “evidence” that can be put to use in making “arguments” as opposed to “facts” that help the student discern how things are.  For the most part, the Common Core steers away from giving students a concrete picture of the world.” [2]

To think, the above are just snippets of the countless issues future generations will face.

If we don’t protect the right for individuals to have a robust and well-rounded education, who will?

We already have some examples of what works, as the book elucidates.  Why not use them?

The future will ultimately rest on how our nation is educated.  It will be up to individuals taking control of their own education, or letting others with nefarious interests do it for profit and control.

Time, and the individual, will tell.

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Sources & References:

[1] Sandra Stotsky, Drilling Through The Core, pg. 48
[2] Ibid., pg. 35