WHEN THE MESS MET THE PRESS
(Try watching till the “stable political genius” ending)
(the relevance to DJT will eventuate)
David Chalmers, The Character of Consciousness, 2010 Oxford Books:
"Where physics is concerned with the microscopic processes that
underlie macroscopic reality, metaphysics is concerned with the
fundamental nature of reality. A metaphysical hypothesis might make
a claim about the reality that underlies physics itself. Alternatively, it
might say something about the nature of our minds, or the creation of
our world"...David Chalmers, PhD, Rhodes Scholar, philosopher
and cognitive scientist currently at NYU specializing in the
areas of philosophy of mind and philosophy of language.
SERIOUS/ HUMOROUS COMPARISONS (and point of this post)
using David Chalmers' hypothetical thought experiments per
* philosophical zombie. or pZombie (**particle, political)
“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 things in common beyond release dates.
Fantastic Beasts Summary: (Spoiler alert)
The main characters: Credence Barebone, he of a suppressed destructive
monstrous id is played by Ezra Miller (no relation to Stephen) serving as
counterpart to Newt Scamander played by Eddie Redmayne. Along with
supernatural powers, out of focus schizy eyes, itchy face, duck-toed walk,
Scamander has no need for eating, sleeping or getting along with ordinary people.
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 needs be stopped 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.
The Credence Barebone character is a foster child with nasty abilities
completely opposite his look. (Bigger the front, bigger the back.)
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 forebear across fictional barriers of Emmanuel
Goldstein the alleged underground resistance leader of Orwell’s 1984.
Tina's sister, Queenie Goldstein, supposedly violates all rules of magic by being
attracted to nomag baker-to-be, Jacob “Muggles" Kowalski. She knows the
quickest way to Jake's heart is through her own 1920's version of magical fast
food strudel, double-plus ungood fast talk and telepathic powers. Her inability
to read Scamander’s mind is due to his British accented telepathic encryption.
(Suggesting atypical reasons for being around foreigners)
This is the fantastical Harry Potter universe of meta-physicians existing in
and out of a space-time dimension that intrudes on "our" everyday existence
everyday in every way. (The reality based movie “Personal Shopper" with
Kristen Stewart understates the intrusion) The MACUSA or Magical
Congress USA makes 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" 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 JK 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 NYC Mayor Jimmy Walker.
The Roaring Twenties of the movie was typified by NY State Senator and
NY City Mayor, Jimmy Walker the real-life subject of the 1956 Bob Hope
comedy, “Beau James." He is depicted in Fantastic Beasts as US Senator
Henry Shaw played by Josh Cowdary undoubtedly chosen because of his
resemblance to the real life NY State Senator and Mayor as shown in old
footage below followed by another segment of the movie in question.
Jimmy Walker was a New York State Senator until 1926 which is exactly
when the movie takes place. His political mentor was the famed Al Smith.
Walker was the fancy dressing corrupt populist thrown out of office as NYC
Mayor in 1929 by then New York State Governor and future President,
Franklin D. Roosevelt. Just in time for Republican President Herbert
Hoover’s 1929 Great Depression.
Here are some scenes showing Credence, U.S. Senator Henry Shaw
(Walker) and 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."
The belief in witches and demons in the NYC of that time was likely
very common. The Harry Potter term "Muggles" or "Nomag" refers
to ordinary humans (paroles or proletariat) who can be bumped,
taunted, mugged, stepped on, made to trip over suitcases, be
manipulated, chased, humiliated, but never killed. Senator Shaw
is the unhappy exception.
As shown above Sen. 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 Obsecurus) unleashed on an unsuspecting Senator Shaw, Wizard
Graves 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 real estate 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.
Voight's newspaper tycoon character gives a fund raiser for his son
the Senator resembling the famous Al Smith dinners given in NYC
that in 2016 hosted Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and
Donald Trump. The movie fund raiser version doesn't turn out so well.
The Senator, Shaw Jr., is violently killed in front of his father by
Credence in Obscurial form.
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.
Should anything like Credence exist today, possibly in the forms of present
and former Trump officials Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller (no relation
but in the obscurant looks department he’s much better than Ezra). Let’s
hope they show some restraint should they ever turn on their “Wizard Master, 45.”
**Update to this posting originally made shortly after Voight introduced
Trump’s January 2017 inaugural celebration and revised after Bannon
left the Trump administration. As predicted, 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 Fantastic Beasts movie. Wizard Graves
changed identities and was unmasked for who and what he was. As was
blizzard Wizard of lies, 45.
Except everyone, his administration, his voters already had a good idea of
who and what Trump was so the surprise was muted. Supposedly, the
Trump administration expected a positive Bannon appraisal of his
administration’s first year. I find that difficult to believe. Nonetheless...
Get a load of the cut and buff otherworldly Stephen Miller who,
as novelist William Gibson noted on Twitter, apparently doesn’t
have much of a blink reflex. Maybe he borrowed some “STAMINA.”:)