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Unspecified Title (Article) - 7/6/2009 1:45:24 PM

 I can't imagine what caused the chin damage, but I do think Mr H would make a very good Hollywood villain a la Steven Berkoff: he's mysterious, he's British, he smokes (ach!) and he's so fiendishly clever at parrying the brilliantly incisive questions of the director, eg: 

Q: Would the body of evidence held by Zion (definitely pronounced with a "z") be incontrovertible?

A: Yes.  Incontrovertible.

A true master swordsman at work.  One wonders what occurred during the numerous cuts in the interview.  I always imagined that there were fits of giggles which might have spoilt the sombre tone...



Unspecified Title (Article) - 7/5/2009 7:40:17 AM

 ... there are many sites describing the various "project" experiments on furry animals.  Could the Ancient and Grand Order be a self-help group for survivors?  There are also stories that lab technicians no longer use rats and mice for their experiments.  Instead they use lawyers and investment bankers because the technicians become less attached to them.

BTW I like artichokes, especially the ones imported from Manchuria.


Unspecified Title (Article) - 7/5/2009 3:15:18 AM

 Mort, It's hard cheese about the badges.  I assume you're currently playing "Ben" to your murid friends as a tribute to the latest, tragic Monarchic victim of Project MKUltra?

Unspecified Title (Article) - 6/27/2009 12:15:54 AM

 In this week, when another alien has returned to the mother-ship, let's all wish Lloyd success in his quest.

Unspecified Title (Article) - 6/6/2009 10:37:04 PM

 ... or perchance Roeg-ish dwarfs desperately looking for other people's step-ladders to climb?

Rock On, Joanie! (Article) - 5/30/2009 2:00:13 AM

Stephen Prothero in his recent book on religious illiteracy in the US refers to a survey in which one in ten of those adults questioned said that they believed that Joan of Arc was the wife of Noah.  (Seventy-five per cent of American adults questioned believed that the aphorism, God helps those who help themselves, is from the Bible.)  Is there any evidence either way for this?  It might explain the carbon-dating result.

Unspecified Title (Article) - 5/27/2009 9:33:43 AM

Isn't it ironic that all our discussions end up citing alcohol references? And this time it wasn't even ME!

Could it be, as Jacques de Molay might have said, bier is art?


Unspecified Title (Article) - 5/23/2009 12:09:30 AM

 I think that taking the Italian camerlengo from the book and making him Irish in the film (although played by a Scots actor) was less than inspired.  Is there currently a pandemic of people pretending to be Irish?

Unspecified Title (Article) - 5/11/2009 3:32:40 PM

 Little Nell, No trace of a fit of pique.  Of course, I knew about the Giancana connection, but it's been interesting to read better informed opinions than mine.

One rather nasty reviewer on Amazon UK today described Aaronovitch's book as a "fascisctic, zionist plot".  This is all to complex for me!


Unspecified Title (Article) - 5/10/2009 8:26:39 AM

 You may well be right.  What I believe is more interesting, however, is the basic psychological need that people have to believe in conspiracy - when a perfectly rational explanation would in the vast majority of cases explain away the conspiracy (Ockham).  Of the twelve examples of conspiracies cited by Aaronovitch, arguably the most trivial IMHO is the HBHG legend - and I say that, having been a BLL devotee for forty years.  As in the human inability to explain the tragedy of JFK's killing or MM's suicide (the peroxide blonde, not the rouquine/divine feminine), the psychological need to subscribe to a conspiracy in order to come to terms with the sheer randomness of these events is what is interesting.  That rogues/pranksters should want to propagate conspiracies is easily understandable: the pranksters are having fun, the rogues are trying to make money or gain power.   There is a fundamental sadness that sad/lonely people would want to believe in a "truth" which is not available to others masks a deeper craving.  I can respect a craving for a female spiritual role model, but it is tragic to think where that is currently based for what I suspect is no more than a few hundred (mostly) women.

This case belies Aaronovitch's conclusion that most conspiracists are men...


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