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Friday, June 9, 2017

FANTASTIC POLITICAL BEASTS THEN AND NOW



WHEN THE MESS MET THE PRESS




"DEEP THOUGHTS": (the revelance will eventuate)
"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. 

SERIOUS/ HUMORIOUS COMPARISONS: 
Per Wiki, David Chalmers "hypothetical philosophical thought experiments": 
philosophical zombies.[12] (p-Zombie) "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 sentienc
  • 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 em all together and whatta ya get?  
The Nov. 2016 movie release of Harry Potter prequel, "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them" coincided with different sort of Beast, the Nov 2016 US Presidential election of Donald J. Trump.  Despite one being fictional both have curious political similarities.

Movie summary:
Fantastic Beasts character Credence Barebone, he of the suppressed destructive monstrous id,
served as counterpart to Newt Scamander played by Eddie Redmayne.  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 4th dimensional James Bond-like device-loaded magical suitcase.
The beasts contained are falsely blamed by the MACUSA magical ruling aristocracy for
unexplained 1920's NYC mayhem needing to be stopped before attracting the attention
of ordinary humans thus betraying the existence of supernatural beings who intrude upon
and, in fact, are the true movers of this world.

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 played by Katherine Waterston might possibly be a forebear across fictional barriers to
Emmanuel Goldstein whether or not the latter actually existed as underground leader of Orwell's "1984."  Another character, Tina's sister, Queenie Goldstein, violates all rules of magic by
being 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 - besides
being an acronym it's a play on 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 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 by
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 never 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
Trump than Credence did in turning on wizard Graves and Sen. Shaw.

                                 


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