Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Psychic Friends Network

If you’ve never heard of The Men Who Stare at Goats, consider putting it on your reading list. Actually, I haven’t read it either, but I heard Jon Ronson on Bob Edwards’ XM show and found the subject to be fascinating. Evidently, the Pentagon has put some effort into harnessing the powers of the Jedi, including feats of superhuman strength, walking through walls, out-of-body espionage, turning invisible and staring people to death. Sounds like Festivus gone horribly, horribly wrong.

The not-so-light side of all this is the innovation of things such as musical torture (for example, playing the theme to Barney the Dinosaur over and over until the subject cracks). All those tax dollars aren’t wasted as we employee these tactics from Guantanamo to Abu Gharib.

1 comment:

The Whited Sepulchre said...

I know this is an ancient post, but "The Men Who Stare At Goats" is one of my all time favorite weird non-fiction books.
The opening scene, where the general is trying to destabilize his molecular enough to allow him to walk through a wall: priceless.
The one goat that actually gets injured: priceless.

Wonderful, wonderful book.

Then check out "Them", Ronson's book on conspiracy theorists.

Allen in Fort Worth