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Hard News: The next four years

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  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to WH,

    More questions than answers

    Damn!

    A perfectly good theory with no situation to validate...
    ...casual causality going begging.

    This sounds like a job for ResoNancy Drew!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7480 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    Well, I hope Nancy finds those responsible and brings them to justice.

    While the use of a sonic weapon can't be ruled out, this would be an unusual way to test or deploy one.

    Since Nov 2006 • 712 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to WH,

    Stanislaw Lem has a great book 'The Chain of Chance'

    Written in the style of a detective novel, The Chain of Chance is classic Lem: a combination of action, hard science, and philosophical investigation.
    An ex-astronaut is hired to look into the death of several wealthy businessmen. The authorities suspect a pattern, but neither the police nor a supercomputer enlisted for the investigation can crack the case.

    ---and from Good Reads

    An aging American astronaut is investigating a cluster of unexplained deaths (usually suicides that follow periods of depression and severe hallucinations) of late-middle-age men in and around Naples, Italy. The novel might be called a scientific and philosophical mystery as it deals with detailed analysis of various factors, which are common for all unexplained cases, with statistics and probability theory.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7480 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    Are you saying that the incidents that gave rise to the decision to withdraw US personnel are unconnected, or are you saying that there's probably a rational explanation for the pattern?

    Since Nov 2006 • 712 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    ...or even an irrational explanation - sometimes weird stuff happens...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7480 posts Report Reply

  • Caleb D'Anvers,

    We're well into this territory by now:

    London SE16 • Since Mar 2008 • 482 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    I like the turntable device on the clip.

    I used to live in SE16 - near Bermondsey station, on the river, not far from the Tesco. The place had some great views of the city. I moved to a place in Angel after that, and eventually got a great apartment in SE1.

    Since Nov 2006 • 712 posts Report Reply

  • Caleb D'Anvers, in reply to WH,

    Cool! Yes, I really like SE16. The always changing moods and colours of the river; the views across to Wapping and Canary Wharf; the repurposed warehouses; the foreshore and the churches and the brickwork everywhere. I lived in East Greenwich for a while when I first moved to London, but much prefer the Peninsula.

    London SE16 • Since Mar 2008 • 482 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/oct/04/the-cough-the-p45-the-falling-f-theresa-mays-speech-calamity

    Give me an F! Give us an E!

    https://twitter.com/BBCPhilipSim/status/915545479236251648

    Since Nov 2006 • 712 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to WH,

    May and the writing on the wall...
    ...she was literally told to 'eff' off!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7480 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    This is an account of David Booth’s premonition of the crash of American Airlines Flight 191. 273 people were killed when a fully loaded DC-10 crashed into the outskirts of Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on 25 May 1979.

    The case is well-known because Mr Booth contacted the FAA before the accident to provide a detailed description of a series of vivid dreams that warned of imminent disaster. The clip contains short interviews with David Booth and Jack Barker, the FAA Public Affairs Director who spoke with Booth three days before the accident. This clip contains an interview with Paul Williams, the FAA employee who spoke with Booth the day before the crash.

    In short, Booth appears to have foreseen the airline involved in the crash, the livery and engine configuration of the plane, the general nature of the underlying fault, the pilots’ attempt to gain altitude and the sharp banking turn just before impact, the layout of the crash site and the approximate date of the accident.

    Booth subsequently wrote an entirely discredited book (even that might be an understatement) in which he claimed that the United States might be completely destroyed in 2004. As someone once said, it never pays to make predictions.

    Suffice to say, people are right to cut ties with ceremonial magic.

    Since Nov 2006 • 712 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2118 posts Report Reply

  • WH, in reply to mark taslov,

    I don't know whether this is magic or mentalism but it's interesting all the same. Colin Cloud calls himself a 'forensic mind reader'.

    Since Nov 2006 • 712 posts Report Reply

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