When I was a child, in order to read, I first learned my “abc’s”: 26 peculiar symbols that, in combination, could spell out words like “dog” or “cat”.
Then, as if 26 letters were not enough, I had to learn that each of the first “small” letters I used also had a corresponding “large” letter–its “capital” or “upper-case” form. Now I had a total of 52 different symbols to learn to recognize, sound out, and write.
If there were no difference between word written with lower-case letters (a, b, c) and words written with both lower-case and upper-case (A, B, C) letters, why bother having upper-case letters? Why have both “a” and “A,” “b” and “B,” and “c” and “C,” if the each the two letters in each pair didn’t mean something significantly different?
In the case of mixed upper- and lower-case letters–like “Cat”–we learned that when the first letter of a word was capitalized (upper case) as with capital “C,” the word was a proper noun/ proper name. In this example, “Cat” might be the nickname for a woman named “Catherine” or it might be the name of a town (“Cat, Idaho”). The capitalized word was a “proper noun” that signified a particular man, woman or place.
The word “cat,” on the other hand, was a common noun used to signify a class of entities such as felines.
Clearly, capital letters are important in communication. They help to eliminate ambiguity. Without capital letters, when I write “fluffy” am I using the word as an adjective to describe the quality of an animals fur? Or am I using the word “fluffy” to signify a particular cat? The mix of lower- and upper-case letters expands and clarifies our language, making it more versatile and efficient for communicating a broad spectrum of knowledge and information.
However, if I write the word “fluffy” in an all-upper-case format (“FLUFFY”) the meaning becomes confused, ambiguous. Am I using “FLUFFY” as an adjective to signify that the fur is “fluffy”? Or am I using “FLUFFY” to signify the proper name (“Fluffy”) of a particular cat?
Here are two sentences to illustrate the enormous value of capitalization: 1) “The cat I saw was fluffy.” 2) “The cat I saw was Fluffy.” In the first sentence, the speaker saw one of a multitude of cats whose fur appeared to be “fluffy”. In the second sentence, the speaker saw a particular cat whose name was “Fluffy”. The two sentences are virtually identical except for the presence of a single, capital letter. That single capital letter completely changes the meaning of the sentence.
Without the use of both upper-case and lower-case letters, the written language becomes much less easily understood and error-prone. Given that a mix of upper- and lower-case letters enhances communication, why would any intelligent person choose to write in all lower- or all upper-case letters?
All the way back in first and second grade, I was taught that most words were written with lower-case letters, but some special words (proper nouns) were “capitalized” (written to include one upper-case letter). But no one taught me about words written in all-upper-case letters. In fact, after completing high school and some college, no one ever taught me what significance, if any, was attached to words written in all-upper-case letters.
For most of my life, I understood that proper nouns (or proper names) like “Alfred Adask” signified a particular man. I assumed that words written in all-upper-case letters (like “ALFRED ADASK”) signified the same particular man as “Alfred Adask”.
I made that assumption because: 1) no one ever taught me anything to the contrary; and 2) I trusted my government, my schools, and my fellow man. Surely, if there were some significant difference between “Alfred” and “ALFRED,” someone would’ve told me–right? My teachers, my parents, my government–somebody would’ve told me what “ALFRED” meant, if it didn’t mean “Alfred”–right?
But no one ever told me . . . no one ever taught me . . . a thing about all-upper-case names. In retrospect, some one should’ve at least taught me that I would one day encounter all-upper-case names that did not conform to conventional rules of grammar–but that those all-upper-case names were merely a format that government had chosen to use, but nevertheless meant the same thing as a capitalize, proper name.
But no one ever taught me that the all-upper-case name meant something different from the capitalized name, nor did they teach me that that the all-upper-case name meant the same as the capitalized name.
After 14 years of formal education and another 52 years of reading and writing, I have yet to discover any official source or authority that explains that “ALFRED ADASK” and “Alfred Adask” either signify the same man, or signify two different entities.
In retrospect, it seems just as odd that no one ever formally told me that “ADASK” means the same thing as “Adask” as it is that no one ever told that the true significance of an all-upper-case name like “ADASK”. The official silence concerning the all-upper-case name seems universal and therefore extremely suspicious.
But about 18 years ago, I began to suspect that if the word “cat” meant something different from the word “Cat” then, contrary to my presumptions, perhaps the word “CAT” also meant something different from the first two forms. The only places where I could see words and names were all-upper-case were on gravestones and in government documents like drivers licenses, credit cards, bank accounts and the names of corporations. I began to suspect that “ALFRED N ADASK” was something other than “Alfred Adask”. I first published those suspicions in my magazine (the AntiShyster). I’m still exploring that hypothesis and publishing my current suspicions here.
Whatever the all-upper-case name signifies remains uncertain–at least to me. I think part of the reason for that uncertainty may be that the all-upper-case name can signify a dead person (as in a cemetery), a legal fiction (like a corporation), an estate or an account. So long as we were looking for a single meaning to attach to the all-upper-case name, our search was confused by finding several meanings. While the all-upper-case name format may signify a number of different kinds of entities, the one common denominator for that name format is this: Whatever “ALFRED N ADASK” signifies, it does not signify me–a man made in God’s image and given dominion over the animals (as per Genesis 1:26-28), who is endowed by his Creator with certain unalienable Rights (as per the Declaration of Independence), who is one of the People of The State of Texas (as per The Constitution of The State of Texas) and whose proper name is “Alfred Adask”.
Until recently, I presumed that “ALFRED N ADASK” signified a “thing” that is other than me. However, after I saw an FBI report on Dennis Craig that identified ‘DENNIS CRAIG BYNUM” as a “SUBJECT” (see, “Does the All-Upper-Case Name Signify a SUBJECT“), I’ve begun to consider the possibility that that all-upper-case name may not signify an entity or thing other than me, but may instead signify me (a flesh and blood man) in the degraded capacity of a “SUBJECT” rather than a “man made in God’s image and endowed by his Creator with certain unalienable Rights”–who is therefore a sovereign.
I still don’t know if “ADASK” signifies an entity other than me, or if “ADASK” signifies me in the capacity of a subject rather than sovereign. If I’m called on to identify myself, I intend to refute both possibilities and assert that I am a man made in God’s image and endowed by my Creator with certain, God-given, unalienable Rights, one of the People of The State of Texas and whose proper name is “Alfred Adask”.
Having said all of that, here’s a video from a lady in Canada giving her take on the all-upper-case name. I don’t agree with all of her conclusions, but she might be right and my disagreements might be wrong. However, she and I absolutely agree that the all-upper-case name is a disability that is imposed upon us by our governments for the sake of exploiting us.
The idea that the all-upper-case name signifies something other than “Alfred Adask” is not absurd. We were taught the difference between “cat” and “Cat” when we were kids. It’s not unreasonable to suppose that “CAT” has another, completely different meaning.
Insofar as virtually all government-issued IDs, licenses, bank accounts, and court cases are denominated in terms of all-upper-case names, at the local, state and federal levels–it seems clear that the all-upper-case name is not an aberration. It can’t be an accident, because virtually all governmental entities within the US appear to rely on the all-upper-case name. If there was no significance to that format, some states or agencies would use the format of capitalized, proper nouns to signify a particular man. But, so far as I know, none do. Insofar as the all-upper-case name format seems to be “universal” (at least in the US), someone high up in national government must be enforcing that format for a reason that we do not yet definitely understand.
If the omnipresence of the all-upper-case name in the US is suspicious, the fact that the same format is also used in Canada only heightens that suspicion. Are we to believe that the Canadian government also “accidentally” and “innocently” use the all-upper-case format? I’m willing to bet that the laws of England, Australia and most other countries that communicate with our alphabet will also find all of their government-issued documents issued to names written in the all–upper-case format. If my bet is correct, it implies that the all-upper-case name may have a global significance as one of the hallmarks of the New World Order.
Insofar as we see videos like the one above, it becomes clear that awareness of the significance of the all-upper-case name is not only catching on in the USA, it’s also gaining traction in Canada–and probably other countries as well.
After 18 years of pushing this idea, it’s finally catching on. Those 18 years are an illustration of how long it takes for an idea to begin to penetrate into a society. And it’s also an illustration of the importance of persistence.
In those 18 years, I have never seen a single denial from an official or authority that the all-upper-case name means anything other than the capitalized, proper name of a man. The government’s silence on this issue is profound.
IF the all-upper-case name is merely a conventional government format that signifies nothing beyond the proper name, you’d think that we “patriots” have by now become such a prolific pain in the ass regarding this issue that someone of authority in government should say, “Look, you freakin’ idiots–the all-upper-case name and the capitalized, proper name mean exactly the same thing!” The all-upper-case name issue is not only gaining traction in this country, it’s going international. If it’s a mistake, why doesn’t some authority say so?
On the other hand, IF an all-upper-case name like “ALFRED N ADASK” does signify something dramatically, and even dangerously different from the capitalized name “Alfred Adask,” the government can’t dare admit it. This would explain their silence.
But what’s that old maxim about the relationship of silence to fraud?
Didn’t the Supreme Court say something like, “silence equates with fraud when there is a moral or legal duty to speak”? If we ask questions of the government and the government refuses to answer, can that refusal be equated to fraud? Can the government’s current silence on the all upper-case name be charged as evidence of government’s determination to defraud the People?
We shall see.
We’re gonna get answers. Even if those answers consist only of silence, we’re gonna get answers.