“The next worst thing to a battle lost is a battle won,” Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington (1769-1852)
Team America–Fuck YEAH!” Joe Cowboy, upon ‘foiling’ a terrorist plot to destroy Paris
“The more things change, the more they stay the same,” French proverb
“Heads you win, tails I lose,” Barack Obama to Rance Priebus, November 2012
“100 years of dogs on commemorative plates,” Dr. Lionel Tobin, British Association for the Paranormal (“B.A.P.”)
Obviously you have heard the news by now: On 1st May 2011, a team of U.S. Navy S.E.A.L. operatives, working from intelligence obtained by the CIA confronted and killed Osama Bin Laden outside his safehouse located in Abottabad, Pakistan. In accordance with Islamic requirements regarding the prompt interment of corpses, his body had been buried at sea within 24 hours of his death.
I found out about this gradually from about 20 after 9pm, Central Time when someone posted a Huffington Post item about Obama giving an urgent, impromptu speech about a grave national security matter. Additional dribs and drabs came in through the twitter feed of a CNN reporter, Steve Brusk until Obama’s actual television appearance.
Whatever your reaction to the news, whether or not you believe it or, as certain readers of Disinformation seem likely, don’t even believe that Osama Bin Laden ever existed it has to be admitted that it the announcement itself is of huge practical importance: Obama’s public commitment to the statement raises an enormous question mark over the official rationale for continued military operations in Afghanistan.
Also, what precisely are “paranormal sciences”? Isn’t that a bit of an oxymoron? How could “supernatural forces” be measured and quantified for empirical study?
Continued at Dystopia Diaries