WHEN THE MESS MET THE PRESS
(*Original Super Delux video was taken down)
Trump’s “drug infested nightmare” press conference comments at 5:30
sounded very much like the “rusted out factories” Mad Max vision of
America from his 2017 Inaugural speech labeled American Carnage
as if addressing and reassuring a foreign Russian audience that their
economy, the size of New York State, isn’t nearly as bad as the one he inherited.
He assumed office eight years into an economic rebound. The slowest
recession recovery in modern times was, as my sister recently reminded me,
testimony to the depth of the disaster that was the Great Recession of 2007.
That recession along with two foreign occupations caused Dick Cheney to
predict that President Obama would only serve one term in office. Implying
that anyone assuming power after eight years of Cheney Bush Republican
induced hegemonic chaos would by necessity exhaust all political capital
in the act of recovering from the mess both foreign and domestic. Austerity
would restrict any Democratic President from functioning as a Democrat.
The shear impossibility of overcoming such immense obstacles along with
Republican Congressional opposition would force Obama from office after
four years. Obama was elected twice. Cheney was not quite dead wrong.
He’s still alive.
LET US NOW RESORT TO DEEP (state/ throat) THOUGHTS:
And serious/ humorous comparisons between a movie, “Fantastic Beasts
And Where To Find Them” and equally fantastic political reality.
Starting of all places, with the Wikipedia entry for David Chalmers PhD,
Rhodes Scholar, philosopher and cognitive scientist currently at NYU
specializing in the areas of philosophy and language. Chalmers inspired
the recent Tom Stoppard play, “The Hard Problem” (of Consciousness) that
played in Europe and was seen by me in late 2018 at Lincoln Center NYC.
And the relevance to Trump will eventuate.
David Chalmers thought experiments in tracking down what is called
the “hard problem of consciousness” draws comparisons with
hypothetical entities that are by necessity without consciousness:
* philosophical zombie. (pZombie), “unlike the zombie of popular
fiction, in philosophy of mind and perception is a hypothetical being
that from the outside is indistinguishable from a normal human being
but lacks conscious experience, qualia, or sentience.”
*behavioral zombie (bZombie), behaviorally indistinguishable from a human.
*neurological zombie (nZombie) has a human brain and physiologically
indistinguishable from a human.
*Put em all together and whattayaget?
The Nov. 2016 U.S. and New York City premier of “Fantastic Beasts and
Where To Find Them" coincided with the release of a different sort of
Beast, the Nov 2016 Presidential election of Donald J. Trump. Despite
one being fictional they have a few things in common beyond release dates.
“Fantastic Beasts” movie summery:
My grandfather used to speak about his “Blizzard of 1888” Brooklyn tough
neighborhood trick question, “wattaya want, pie or cake?” The following
is the NYC Roaring 1920’s pie or strudel version...
Fantastic Beasts main characters:
Credence Barebone, he of the suppressed destructive monstrous id played by
Ezra Miller is an orphan with understated nasty abilities completely opposite
Newt Scamander is played by Eddie Redmayne. His name in the movie
is pronounced as one word, Misterscamander suggesting more than one
personality. He has a “brother.”
Newt comes with paranormal powers, out of focus eyes, itchy face, duck-toed
walk with no apparent need for eating, sleeping or getting along with
ordinary humans called muggles.
Scamander is also keeper of the “Fantastic Beasts” loosed upon 1920’s NYC
from his 5th dimensional James Bond-like suitcase. The beasts contained
are then falsely blamed by a hierarchy of wizards for unexplained 1920's
NYC mayhem which they deem needs stopping before attracting attention
and thus betraying the existence of supernatural beings with the look of
ordinary humans who intrude upon this world and have the added advantage
of hiding and existing behind a wall of disbelief.
Porpentina “Tina" Goldstein played by Katherine Waterston is the rare
1920's "career girl" who is tall, wears asexual double-breasted men's
suit jackets and is a possible forebear across fictional barriers of Emmanuel
Goldstein the alleged underground resistance leader of George Orwell’s 1984.
Tina's sister, Queenie Goldstein, is a different sort of “witch.” A “legilimancer”
telepath who violates all rules of 1920’s propriety, dress and magic by making
eyes at “nomag” baker-to-be, Jacob “Muggles" Kowalski. She knows the
quickest way to Jacob’s heart is through her own 1920's version of fast food
strudel, “double-plus ungood” fast talk and telepathic powers. Her difficulty
in reading Scamander’s mind is due to his British accented not quite encrypted
thoughts. Suggesting atypical reasons for being around foreigners.
existing in and out of a space-time continuum that intrudes on "our" everyday
existence everyday in every way. (The reality based “Personal Shopper" with
Kristen Stewart understates the intrusion and ends typically by attributing
everything to madness or hallucination) The MACUSA, Magical Congress
USA is assigned the task of making sure their kind remain on the borders of
superstition held by ordinary humans.
MACUSA, is also a play on the very real Professor Herbert Marcuse of 1940's -
50's America that Senator Joseph McCarthy and his witch hunting HUAC made
into a Communist bogeyman incarnate surpassing even that of Saul Alinsky
stupidly billed by today’s Republicans as Hillary Clinton’s evil “wizard”
subversive mentor. Prof. Macuse is depicted in two recent movies "Hail Cesar"
and “Trumbo” about Hollywood writers of the 40’s and 50’s.
Here is an excellent video of silent era star Buster Keaton. Ezra Miller's
resemblance to Keaton was acknowledged by screenwriter J.K. Rowling.
Other characters of the movie have deliberate but unacknowledged physical
resemblances to actual well known historical personalities of Prohibition
Roaring 20’s New York City. Like newspaper tycoon and media star
William Randolph Hearst and NY State Senator and NYC Mayor Jimmy Walker.
subject of the 1956 Bob Hope comedy, “Beau James." Walker is depicted in
Fantastic Beasts as US Senator Henry Shaw played by Josh Cowdary chosen
because of his resemblance to Walker as shown in old YT footage and in
further Fantastic Beasts video clips below:
when the movie takes place. His political mentor was the famed NY
Governor and 1928 Presidential candidate, Al Smith. Walker was the fancy
dressing corrupt populist thrown out of office in his second term as NYC
Mayor in 1929 by then New York State Governor and future President,
Franklin D. Roosevelt. Just in time for the 1929 Great Depression made
worse by Republican policies of then President Herbert Hoover. Even
before assuming office in 1933 President elect Roosevelt survived an
attempted assassination in Florida. He then took on the thankless task
of digging out of the worst economic disaster in American history.
Below, complete with Chinese subtitles are scenes showing Credence,
U.S. Senator Henry Shaw (James Walker), his powerful newspaper tycoon
father, Shaw Sr. (Hearst) and JK Rowling dialogue from #2 son, Langdon Shaw,
“the people behind this aren't like you or me, this is witchcraft don't you see."
(Orwell’s proles or proletariat) who can be bumped, taunted, mugged,
stepped on, made to trip over suitcases, be manipulated, chased, humiliated,
but never killed. As seen above and below, Senator Henry Shaw Jr is the
It’s also no coincidence that the name Shaw also happens to sound
like polite slang of the times for something else. When cursing among
polite company in my grandfathers and fathers time or in science fiction
novels of the 1950’s you had only to put a silent p in front of shaw for pshaw.
As shown above, Senator Shaw has the misfortune of calling Credence a
freak in front of his adopted family. The resulting uncontrolled rage
manifests as a free floating monster of the id called an Obsecuret
or Obscurial unleashed on an unsuspecting Senator Shaw, Wizard Graves,
played by Colin Farrell, and New York City.
In the movie, John Voight plays Henry Shaw Sr. father of the US Senator.
Voight is a stand-in for newspaper tycoon, William Randolph Hearst,
America's first media star. Hearst overextended himself and lost much
of his newspaper fortune by buying and refitting old mansions including
Hearst Castle at San Simeon. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hearst_Castle
Pictures of Hearst are usually shown with darkened dyed hair. Aside from
that there's a loose resemblance between him and the grey haired Voight.
Hearst newspapers of the pre-WWII 1930's ran unopposed columns by
Germany's Hitler and Göring.
John Voight’s newspaper tycoon character gives a fund raiser for his son
the Senator and possible future President that resembles the famous
annual Al Smith dinners given in New York City that in 2016 hosted
Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as seen in the
video below co-staring Cardinal Dolan, Al Smith IV, Governor Cuomo,
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, ex-NYC Mayor Giuliani, ex-NYC Mayor
Bloomberg, ex-NYC police Commissioner Kelly and Maria Bartiromo’s
weirdly cleaving fantastic breasts.
Judging by the laughs and the digs at Hillary and the boos Trump received,
no one should ever underestimate our mafioso-in-chief and especially the
political Party that, in my opinion, arranged his Russian, Chinese and North
Korean friendly foreign policy before Ed Snowden gave away the NSA store
to Russia in 2013. Before unelected Republican proxies Ron Paul, Pat Buchanan
and Franklin Graham praised Putin’s moral leadership in 2014. Before Rudy
Giuliani endorsed Putin’s Ukraine leadership on Fox News also in 2014 which
preceded candidate Trump’s initial Praise of Putin in 2015. Unrelated events?
The above referenced arrangement can only be inferred. So far.
Back to the movies. As with the Nov, 2016 election reality, the fictional 1920’s
movie fund raiser doesn't turn out so well. The U.S. Senator, Henry Shaw Jr.,
is assassinated in front of his father and brother and rich fund raisers by
Credence Barebone in nasty Obscurial form in ways that would be impossible
to describe in real life Hearst newspapers of that time or any time. Everyone
would have to conclude that some drug was put in the punch resulting in mass
hysteria and unfortunate fatal injury to a U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate.
In stranger than fiction reality, the real John Voight gave the introductory
speech prior to the 2017 Washington DC inauguration of the 45th President
of the United States, Donald J. Trump. This MAGA intro pic replaced the
original video of Voight’s speech which introduced the worst most obscure
musical talent to ever precede a Presidential Inauguration.
As Mark Twain probably didn’t say history doesn’t repeat but it always rhymes.
Should anything like Credence exist today say in the persons of Evangelical
pastors or referends, former Trump official Steve Bannon or White House aid,
Stephen Miller who is no relation but in the obscurant looks department much
“Better Than Ezra”, Miller that is. Let’s hope they show more restraint should
they ever turn on their “Wizard Blizzard of Lies, Autocrat45.”
Update January 2018:
Originally this posting was made shortly after actor John Voight introduced
Trump’s January 2017 inaugural celebration. As predicted above, Steve
Bannon’s January 2018 exposé via Michael Wolf, “Fire and Fury, Inside
The Trump White House” had results similar to those in the movie wherein
Wizard Graves was unmasked for what he was, the nasty Grindelwald.
Except everyone, his administration, his voters already knew who and
what serpent Trump which means the book’s exposé was muted and
further discredited by obvious erroneous assertions that the President
made passes at specifically named females in and out of the White House.
It’s possible VP Mike Pence was the anonymous NYT “Deep (State) Throat”
NYT Op-Ed author claiming to uphold true American conservative ideals
vs the nefarious President Trump. But I doubt it.
My Guess: this was a “Murder On The Oriental Express” Fox “News”
group effort. The Trump administration again had months to prepare
for the publishing of the Bob Woodward book, “Fear, Trump In The
White House.” The subsequent NYT anonymous OpEd was probably
an attempt at Saturday Night Live humor via Fox “News” hosts Sean
Hannity and Lou Dobbs trolling the non-Fox News MSM. A very loose
version of a Thomas Friedman NYT oped on the anonymous OpEd.
as SF novelist William Gibson noted on Twitter, doesn’t exhibit much of a
blink reflex when going at it with CNN’s Jake Tapper. Is he amplified for
war while on high dose roidrage “stamina” or is it Miller Time showing
off for his boss watching in DC?