When I was growing up in the 1960s, the word "autism," thank God, was still unfamiliar to most people. I recently found out that I’m severely autistic, but drawing attention to and labeling my condition would have mortified me as a child. Though I’m fine and often even excel in formally structured contexts, I find unstructured socializing with human beings very frustrating and stressful and prefer the company of animals; of which I have a rescue dog and 3 rescue cats.
At one time, I was a high school dropout working as a plain clothes security guard in an urban department store. Years later, I somehow wound up with a PhD in philosophy from Princeton and spent 8 incredibly painful years on UCLA’s philosophy faculty being abused and harassed by my senior colleagues for my working class background and conservative political views. With a few important exceptions, the UCLA philosophy senior faculty were some of the most cowardly and despicable people I’ve ever met. (See here and here for some of the story.)
I then, believe it or not, wound up inventing my own system of yoga, called Thau Yoga. Developing and practicing my yogic system completely transformed me both physically and mentally. I taught Thau Yoga privately to rich Philadelphians after leaving academia, and it was fine for a while. I didn’t see a great difference between Obama and McCain or Romney, so it wasn’t hard to fake a spiritually-based political neutrality.
But, when Trump entered the fray, things changed. Neutrality was no longer good enough for my wealthy liberal clients -- anything short of abject hatred made me pro-Trump as far as they were concerned. Moreover, the situation was completely untenable since I had, in fact, become pro-Trump early on. Indeed, his candidacy had revived my natural enthusiasm for politics, which McCain, Romney, and the rest of the GOP establishment had killed. So, by the beginning of 2016, faking neutrality was no longer an option. I also realized that, to make Thau Yoga really work as a business, I’d have to devote my life to selling it.
Having zero aptitude or taste for sales and finding myself no longer able to hide my political inclinations, in the summer of 2017, I started writing to see if I could make a career of it. You can find all my work at my website, Aclearerpicture.net. I’m now working full-time on a multi-part series for American Greatness presenting the enormous volume of evidence that the alleged Russian hack of the DNC’s servers is a scam perpetrated by their tech firm CrowdStrike to tarnish Julian Assange’s reputation. The series so far consists of a 3-part exposé on the lies at the heart of Robert Mueller’s July 13 indictment and a prequel of sorts published just hours before the indictment was released. You can find them all here, but Part 2 of the exposé on Mueller’s indictment, which WikiLeaks themselves tweeted about and praised, is self-contained and a good place to start. I’ve also become a regular guest on talk radio as a result of my work exposing the fake Russian DNC hack.
I don’t yet get paid for my articles and am running a funding campaign to finance my work on the alleged Russian DNC hack until I have enough material to get a book contract. I firmly believe that God put me here to tell this story. But I have reached the point where I can't go on financially. I receive no payment for the articles I write, nor have I used them to promote any business ventures. My only goal has been to get the truth out and, if I had the bare minimum I needed to survive, I would be working on getting it out rather than wasting time talking about money.
But I don't have the bare minimum. I am 4 months behind on my rent. My landlord is a Trump supporter, but his sympathy for the project ran out 30 days ago. I only have enough left on my credit cards to pay for food and essential for a few weeks. My hope was to get a book contract before things got this bad, but book contracts are very difficult. Good publishers won't even look at anything unless you have an agent and getting an agent takes time.
Part of my autism symptoms involve an inability to focus on more than one thing at a time. I’m pretty much working on one single thing 24/7 for months and sometimes years at a time. This has been a blessing in terms of being able to present the complex material relating to the fake Russian DNC hack to the public. But it also means it’s hard for me to write and also concentrate on making money.
You can donate directly to me via Paypal using my email address, Thauwordsmith(at)gmail.com (which means all funds go to me) or through this site. I add all donations made directly to me to the total here.
I only write things which need to be said but other mainstream writers haven't recognized or are too afraid to touch. Nothing else really motivates me. If you believe this project is important or have found any of my other work vital or illuminating, please give generously so I can continue covering the critical stories no one else will and taking care of my dog and cats.
Thanks for your time, Mike