Hard News by Russell Brown

Read Post

Hard News: The next four years

372 Responses

First ←Older Page 1 11 12 13 14 15 Newer→ Last

  • 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 • 717 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 • 717 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 • 717 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 • 717 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 • 717 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2122 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 • 717 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    The NYT’s Michelle Goldberg has an op-ed in which she notes that involvement in the occult as Nietzschean power grab is back on trend:

    On a Wednesday evening last week, I sat in on a class called “Witchcraft 101: Curses, Hexes and Jinxes,” at Catland, a fashionable occult boutique in Bushwick, Brooklyn. […]

    “If you’re not ready to admit that the universe is chaos, I’m not sure how far you’re going to go,” Bracciale said to the class, describing witchcraft as a way to exercise power in a world without transcendent moral rules, a supernatural technology for taking care of yourself when no one else will. Witchcraft, Bracciale said, lets you be the “arbiter of your own justice.”

    I suspect that this assumption of chaos — the sense that institutions have failed and no one is in charge — helps explain the well-documented resurgence of occultism among millennials. Attempts at spell-casting are obviously not unique to today’s young people; the Washington writer and hostess Sally Quinn just published a book in which she boasts about hexing the renowned magazine editor Clay Felker, my former journalism professor, before his death from cancer. Still, magic and witchcraft have a renewed cachet, one that seems related to our current climate of political and cultural breakdown.

    There’s a profile of the aforementioned Sally Quinn – widow of WaPo executive editor Ben Bradlee – at The Washingtonian:

    Ouija boards, astrological charts, palm reading, talismans—Quinn embraces it all. And yes, she has been in contact with her husband since his passing. Through a medium. Repeatedly.

    Some friends have voiced reservations that Quinn is now showing all her cards, so to speak. “Don’t play up the voodoo too much,” one implored. But Sally does nothing by halves. She reveals that, in her less mellow days, she put hexes on three people who promptly wound up having their lives ruined, or ended.

    The first, cast in 1969, was spurred by old-fashioned jealousy. Some exotic beauty at a Halloween party inspired lust in Quinn’s beau at the time—and then killed herself just days after Sally cast her spell.

    Her second victim was Clay Felker, the longtime editor of New York magazine who oversaw a brutal profile of Quinn in 1973, just before her catastrophic debut on the CBS Morning News. Quinn hexed Felker not long after flaming out at CBS and returning to Washington. “Some time afterward [WH: in 1976], Rupert Murdoch bought New York magazine in a hostile takeover, and Felker was out,” she writes. “Clay never recovered professionally. Worse, he got cancer, which ultimately caused his death [in 2008].”

    Target number three: a shady psychic who, the autumn after Quinn Bradlee was born, ran afoul of Sally’s maternal instincts. The woman dropped dead before year’s end.

    Quinn has a new book out: Finding Magic. There’s a short interview with her about the hexes at USA Today.

    Lastly, the NYT has a Halloween collection of varsity ghost stories submitted by readers.

    Since Nov 2006 • 717 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to WH,

    involvement in the occult as Nietzschean power grab is back on trend

    Gives a whole new take to the 'working' class...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7480 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1658 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Just watching the opening of Parliament - had to laugh watching Maggie Barry stick her chewing under her new opposition bench...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7480 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Good old National
    - I note Alistair Scott in his swearing in, disrespectfully said he would ‘bear true allegiance to her majesty Queen Elizabeth the second, her airs and graces – he did then correct himself and say ’successors’
    – but was it a cheap shot or a telling Freudian slip?

    and if it is alphabetical I seem to have missed David Parker ?
    i went back and watched and it went through O and P without him being called
    is that what Brownlee was intimating?
    (edit) I now know he is out of the country.

    and why do they only ask some of them that they declare the oath to be binding on them?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7480 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Hah!
    I completely failed to notice that Winston wasn't among the 'Ps' either...
    <doh!>

    I still think Scott's dig at the queen should be held to account - or is this just the start of National's messing with the process - silly bluster followed by filibuster.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7480 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    Attachment

    I’m sorry I didn’t reply sooner Ian. It’s not an easy subject to discuss.

    This is a photo of Miron-Aku, a Finnish witch or shaman. The photo depicts a re-enactment of a ceremony to transmit the witch’s powers to an apprentice.

    Himmler’s Ahnenerbe embarked on an expedition to Finland in 1936 to investigate Aryan sorcery and paganism. Its efforts form part of the historical basis of the Indiana Jones films.

    Don’t get involved in the occult.

    Since Nov 2006 • 717 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    Sri Lankan cricket captain Dinesh Chandimal has been in the news for attributing his side’s upset win over Pakistan to a blessing he obtained from a meyni, or sorcerer.

    Australian MP Bob Katter has attracted international attention for this reaction to the result of the same-sex marriage referendum. As people have noted on Twitter, it’s like watching someone with multiple personality disorder transition between competing personas.

    Since Nov 2006 • 717 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle.

    Since Nov 2006 • 717 posts Report Reply

First ←Older Page 1 11 12 13 14 15 Newer→ Last

Post your response…

Please sign in using your Public Address credentials…

Login

You may also create an account or retrieve your password.