Gideon Welles was the U.S. Secretary of the Navy from 1861 to 1869. During this time, Welles made entries into a private diary. “Well what’s the point of that?” some might ask. “How many ‘clicks’ ‘views’ and ‘likes’ could he get with a private diary?” No one was reading his private diary entries yet Welles kept making them.
Wikipedia says that “Welles’ three-volume diary, documenting his Cabinet service from 1861–1869, is an invaluable archive for Civil War scholars and students of Lincoln alike, allowing readers rare insight into the complex struggles, machinations, and inter-relational strife within the President’s War Cabinet.”  How nice. Except still the “clicks” “views” and “likes” on the Welles diary are not much and the advertising revenue is accordingly pitiful. It was even hard to find a copy of Volumes 1 & 2 until an e-book version became available. (Volume 3 had been obtained by me via Forgotten Books, but it covered 1867 through 1869 – of interest but not dealing with the Civil War years.)
From the September 30, 1862 entry, the following paragraph seemed to leap out at me from the page:
The President [Lincoln] informed us of his interview with [Major John] Key, one of [General Henry] Halleck’s staff, who said it was not the game of the army to capture the Rebels at Antietam, for that would give the North advantage and end slavery, it was the policy of the army officers to exhaust both sides and then enforce a compromise which would save slavery.”
Major John Key, it turns out, was dismissed by President Lincoln from military service for having made such a statement. Lincoln wanted to make an example of Key, for he “feared it was staff talk.”  In other words, Old Abe feared that yes, it indeed was the policy of the army officers to exhaust both sides and then enforce a compromise which would preserve slavery.
Late in 1862, Lincoln wrote to Key, “I had been brought to fear that there was a class of officers in the army, not very inconsiderable in numbers, who were playing a game to not beat the enemy when they could, on some peculiar notion as to the proper way of saving the Union;”. 
It may have been author Otto Eisenschiml who, in one of his books, detected something peculiar about how the American Civil War had dragged on for as long as it did. The Battle of Antietam had been fought on September 17, 1862. It is the bloodiest single-day battle in American history.  The question is, why did Union General George B. McClellan fail to pursue the retreating Rebel army? “Well, McClellan was too cautious,” say some. Yet on September 30th Gideon Welles wrote in his diary about it not being the “game” of the army to capture the Rebels at Antietam in order to eventually exhaust both sides and save slavery.
It seems to me there is some sort of conspiracy going on with the above, yet that would make me a “conspiracy theorist.” Then the employers would put my name in their database along with, “DO NOT HIRE.”
Well I am old and don’t care any more. The next step for me is drooling oatmeal in some nursing home. So let the “conspiracy theories” be told!
Lee D. Shepherd apparently does not care about the “DO NOT HIRE” threat either. He has authored an upcoming book, JFK: The Wave Rolls Back, which reportedly details a conspiracy behind the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. A “cultural clash and the blowback consequences of many fragmented rogue clandestine operations” eventuated in what conspirators considered to be “justifiable homicide.” 
And what about the Wall Street electronic “glitch” of July 8, 2015? The New York Stock Exchange halted trading for nearly four hours. United Airlines experienced a “network connectivity issue”. The Wall Street Journal‘s web site went down at about the same time the NYSE halted its operations. This was all just a coincidence, we are told. However one intel analyst confided to World Net Daily, “The odds of failure of three systems like this, simultaneously, are in the trillions to one.” Jeffrey C. Borneman, chief investment officer of Rampart Portfolio Partners LLC in Stamford, Connecticut, tells WND: “It was a very coordinated attack.” 
In yesterday’s blog entry, Amazing Randi, CERN, and the Cube, I promised further evaluation of a “Professor Doom 1” (pseudonym) video which dealt with the cube stone of the Ab-Ra and an alleged black cube UFO seen in Texas. I rolled up my shirt sleeves, prepared for a rigorous impartial investigation. Subsequently, an easy answer arrived and I could roll back down my shirt sleeves. In the 1998 movie, Pi, directed by Darren Aronofsky, protagonist Max Cohen searches for a pattern in the stock market. Sol Robeson, his old mathematics mentor, who had given up seeking a pattern in the number π (pi), mentions to Max a 216 digit number found by him in his “old pi days.” This astonishes Max, for he also has been encountering a 216 digit number in his quest for a pattern in the stock market. But Sol warns Max about becoming obsessed with the 216 digit number:
Hold on. You have to slow down. You’re losing it. You have to take a breath. Listen to yourself. You’re connecting a computer bug I had with a computer bug you might have had and some religious hogwash. You want to find the number 216 in the world, you will be able to find it everywhere. 216 steps from a mere street corner to your front door. 216 seconds you spend riding on the elevator. When your mind becomes obsessed with anything, you will filter everything else out and find that thing everywhere.
“When your mind becomes obsessed with anything, you will filter everything else out and find that thing everywhere.” That is my evaluation of the Professor Doom 1 video, “Metatron’s Cube the Truth as you have never seen part 1.”
On the other hand, I ought to add that in the movie Pi, Max Cohen does finally find a pattern in the stock market, courtesy of the 216 digit number.
——- Sources ——-
 “Gideon Welles”, Wikipedia, July 11, 2015.
 “Mr. Lincoln’s Office: The Case of Major John Key”, http://www.mrlincolnswhitehouse.org/inside.asp?ID=228&subjectID=3
 “Battle of Antietam”, Wikipedia, July 11, 2015.
 “JFK Conspiracy Theorist To Speak At Library Tuesday”, Lexington News-Gazette. No date given. http://tinyurl.com/oel6rcp
 “Cyber experts: China attacked U.S. stocks, companies”, World Net Daily, July 9, 2015. http://www.wnd.com/2015/07/cyber-experts-china-attacked-u-s-stocks-companies/