WHEN THE MESS MET THE PRESS
(Try watching till the air horn “stable political genius” ending)
Trump’s “drug infested nightmare” press conference comment sounds
like the “rusted out factories” Mad Max vision of America from his
2017 Inaugural speech better known as American Carnage. There’s nothing
like assuming office eight years into an economic rebound. The slowest
economic resurgence in modern times is, as my sister recently remind me,
testimony to the seriousness of the 07 Great Recession. In his Inaugural
and press conference description of his country it’s as if Trump were playing
to a Russian RT, Sputnik News or endtimes evangelical audience. Which he
might well have been. “That’s some weird shit”, was the Bush 43 description
of 45’s Inaugural speech.
LET US NOW RESORT TO *DEEP (STATE/ THROAT) THOUGHTS*
and serious/ humorous comparisons between the movie Fantastic Beasts
and our equally fantastic reality. Starting with 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.” currently playing at
Lincoln Center. And yes, there is more than one and the relevance to
Trump will eventuate.
Wikipedia entry on David Chalmers' thought experiments in tracking
down what he called the “hard problem” of consciousness by drawing
comparisons with hypothetical entities without consciousness:
* philosophical zombie. (or 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 much in common beyond release dates.
“Fantastic Beasts” movie summery:
My grandfather frequently spoke about his 1888 Brooklyn tough
neighborhood trick question, “wattaya want, pie or cake?” This is
the NYC 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
his look. His equally understated counterpart Newt Scamander is played by
Eddie Redmayne. His name in the movie is pronounced as one word,
Mister’scamander suggesting more than one personality. Possibly a brother.
Newt comes with paranormal powers, out of focus eyes, itchy face, duck-toed
walk with no apparent need for eating, sleeping, women or getting along with
Scamander is also keeper of the “Fantastic Beasts” loosed upon 1920’s NYC
from his 5th dimensional James Bond-like device-loaded suitcase. The beasts
contained are then falsely blamed by the MACUSA magical ruling class 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 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
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"
about Hollywood writers of the 40’s and 50’s and other recent 1950’s blacklist movies.
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 FB video clips below:
when the movie takes place. His political mentor was the famed 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.
Here complete with Chinese subtopitles are scenes showing Credence, U.S.
Senator Henry Shaw (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 only had 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 in by buying and refitting old mansions and castles.
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 would run unopposed columns
by Germany's Hitler and Göring.
John Voight’s fictional 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, NYS Governor Cuomo, Senator
Schumer, ex-NYC Mayor Giuliani and Maria Bartiromo’s weirdly out of
As with the 2016 real life election, the 1920’s movie fund raiser doesn't turn out so well.
The Senator, Henry Shaw Jr., is violently assassinated in front of his father by Credence
in Obscurial form in ways that would be impossible to describe in his fathers fictional
or real Hearst newspapers of that time or any time.
In stranger than fiction reality, the real life John Voight gave the introductory
speech prior to the 2017 Washington DC inauguration of the 45th President
of the United States, Donald J. Trump. Forgive the MAGA intro pic since
the original video of Voight was taken down.
Should anything like Credence exist today in the persons of former Trump official
Steve Bannon and White House aid, Stephen Miller (no relation but in the obscurant
looks department much *Better Than Ezra* Miller. Let’s hope more restraint is
demonstrated should they ever turn on their “Wizard Blizzard of Lies Master,
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” has had results similar to those in the movie wherein Wizard Graves
was unmasked for what he was.
Except everyone, his administration, his voters already knew who and what Trump
was so the surprise was muted.
It’s possible Stephen Miller is the anonymous NYT “Deep (State) Throat”
NYT Op-Ed author claiming to uphold true American conservative ideals
vs autocrat President Trump. Or the author could be the little General,
Beauregard Sessions, the recent object of Trump’s public criticism. I doubt both.
UPDATE 9/19/20: My Guess: this is a Murder On The Oriental Express group
effort: The Trump administration again had months to prepare for the
approaching Bob Woodward book, “Fear, Trump in The White House.” The
subsequent NYT anonymous oped is probably an attempt at Saturday Night Live
humor via Fox “News” Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs attempting to “own the libs”
and troll the non-Fox News media. A very loose version of a Thomas Friedman
NYT oped on the subject.
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 it Miller Time
or amplified “roidrage stamina?”