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Friday, June 9, 2017

FANTASTIC BEASTS THEN AND NOW

WHEN THE MESS MET THE PRESS





"Deep thoughts" to contemplate:
"Where physics is concerned with the microscopic processes that underlie macroscopic reality, metaphysics is concerned with the fundamental nature of reality.  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
Australian philosopher and cognitive scientist specializing in the areas of philosophy 
of mind and philosophy of language. Professor of Philosophy and Director of the 
Centre for Consciousness at the Australian National University. Fellow of the 
American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Rhodes Scholar, Oxford. 

Per Wiki: Chalmers does consciousness related "hypothetical thought experiments": 
philosophical zombies.[12] (p-Zombie) "unlike the zombie of popular fiction, are 
complete physical duplicates of human beings, lacking only qualitative experience." 

  • behavioral zombie (bZombie) that is behaviorally indistinguishable from a human.
  • neurological zombie (nZombie) that has a human brain and is generally physiologically indistinguishable from a human.[5]
  • Put them all together and what do ya get?

SERIOUS/ HUMORIOUS SPECULATION Re: Fantastic Beasts and 2017 Trump Politics:
I'm not a movie fanatic but I do use them as my primary escape valve.  Escape from what?
I never watched Star Trek TV and did not fall for the latest Disney hyped Star Wars
franchises vehicles.  Star Trek movies are a different story as was the Nov 2016 Harry
Potter prequel, "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them" depicting 1926 New York City.
Beasts of movie fiction weren't the only thing released on the world in Nov 2016.

FB summary:
Fantastic Beasts character Credence Barebone, he of the suppressed destructive monstrous id,
serves as counterpart to Newt Scamander the Eddie Redmayne main protagonist.  Along with supernatural powers, out of focus eyes, duck-toed walk, Scamander has no need for eating,
sleeping or getting along with ordinary people.  He is also keeper of the metaphysical Fantastic Beasts loosed upon NYC from an HP 4th dimensional James Bond device-loaded magical suitcase.  The beasts contained are falsely blamed by the MACUSA magical ruling aristocracy for
unexplained 1920's NYC mayhem.

The Credence Barebone character played by Ezra Miller is a foster child with
nasty abilities completely opposite his look.  (Bigger the front, bigger the back?)
Porpentina "Tina" Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) might possibly be related to
Emmanuel Goldstein across fictional barriers whether or not the latter actually existed
as leader of Orwell's 1984 underground.  Another character, Tina's sister, Queenie, violates
all the rules of magic by socializing with and being overtly attracted to baker-to-be, "Muggles"
Jacob Kowalski.  She knows the quickest way to Jakes heart is through her own 1920's
version of fast food strudel.




This is the fantastical Harry Potter universe of metaphysical's existing in and out of a space-
time dimension that intrudes on "our" everyday existence in every way.  (The recent "Personal
Shopper" typically understates the intrusion)  The metaphysical upper class ruling MACUSA
must make sure that their kind are never known by ordinary humans.  (MACUSA - probably
related to the very real Professor Herbert Macuse of the "Hail Cesar" "future")

Here is a video of silent era star, Buster Keaton.  Ezra Miller's resemblance to Keaton was
deliberate and acknowledged by everyone connected with the film as well as the author and
screenwriter, AJ Rowling.  His was not the only deliberate historical resemblance.

 

Perceval Graves, in black and white wizardly uniform played by Colin Farrell has a weird
manipulative "deathly hollows" scene with Ezra Miller's Credence Barebone.



The political Roaring Twenties icon, NYS Senator, NYC Mayor, "Beau James",
Jimmy Walker was the real-life subject of the 1956 Bob Hope movie comedy b
that name.  Unacknowledged by anyone is the unmistakable resemblance between
Fantastic Beasts character Senator Henry Shaw played by Josh Cowdary and the real
life Mayor Jimmy Walker who is shown below in old footage:


Jimmy Walker was a New York State Senator until 1926 which is exactly when
the movie takes place.  Walker embodied the roaring twenties.  His political mentor
was the famous 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 the Republican Hoover Great Depression of 1929.

John Voight plays Henry Shaw senior, father of Senator Henry Shaw Jr.  Voight is a
stand-in for newspaper tycoon, William Randolph Hearst, America's first media star
who overextended himself in real estate by buying and refitting old HP mansions and castles.
His newspapers of the pre-WWII 1930's ran unopposed columns by Germany's Hitler and Göring.

Here are some scenes depicting the movie character of Senator Henry Shaw (Walker)
and his powerful newspaper tycoon father (Hearst).  AJ 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 idea of witchcraft and demons in the NYC of that time was likely not an uncommon one.
The term Muggles or "nomag" refers to ordinary humans (paroles) who can can be bumped,
taunted, (mugged), made to trip over suitcases, be manipulated, humiliated but not killed.
Senator Shaw is the exception.  He had the misfortune of calling Credence a freak in front
of his adopted family.  This results in an uncontrolled rage that manifests as a free floating
monster of the id called an Obsecuret (or Obsecur-us) unleashed on an unsuspecting Senator
and New York City.

It's undoubtedly a coincidence that Voight's character in the movie gives a fund raiser
for his son the Senator.  The fund raiser doesn't turn out so well for the Senator who is
violently killed in front of his father by Credence in Obscuret form.

In stranger than fiction reality John Voight gave the intro speech prior to the Washington
DC inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump.

Should anything like Credence exist today (possibly in the form of Trump officials Steve Bannon
and Steve Miller) lets hope it shows more restraint in the act of turning on its wizard master
than Credence did in turning on the wizard Graves and Sen. Shaw.

                                 


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