Enemy of the State (1998): Pre-9/11 Reference

While watching the 1998 film, “Enemy of the State,” I noticed a curious reference to 9/11. A few others online have noticed this as well. As we showed recently, pre-9/11 film references are common, and show more than mere coincidence, especially in the cases of the references in the Simpsons, The Lone Gunmen and the Iron Man cartoon.  This one is peculiar, in that it picks out John Voight’s character, “Reynolds” in the film, who is the head of the NSA and is involved in numerous illegal activities such as wiretapping, spying and tracking.  The film has Will Smith and Gene Hackman on the run from big brother, and is replete with references to the control grid, 1984 and Brave New World. It also thows in a little hint at 9/11 for good measure.

Voight's character, "Reynolds," a top government official, orgainzes covert operations. Note the 9/11 reference.

Exclusive: 1994 Iron Man Cartoon Shows 9/11 – Towers & Pentagon Hit

Sometime contributor, Ross H., has made a stunning discovery – the 1994 Iron Man cartoon episode “The Grim Reaper Wears a Teflon Coat” shows the two towers being taken down by a rogue plane, as well as the Pentagon:

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Hijacked Plane Takes Down the Towers

 

Part 2 of the same episode shows the Pentagon being hit by a plane, as well.

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Plane Hits Pentagon

Rush Limbaugh Interviews Lando Calrissian

Rush Limbaugh interviews Lando Calrissian on the machinations of the Bespin Democratic Party. Lando catches up with Rush, telling us what he’s been up to since space in the early 1980s.

[Note: most Youtube Star Wars spoofs are a dime a dozen and are lame, so the challenge was to come up with a decent one totally improv, no edits. -Jay]

Transcendental Worldview/System Analysis: A Materialist Test Case

Presuppositional Pillars

An Example from Linguistics

By: Jay

Several recent discussions I’ve had demonstrate the importance of thinking in terms of a worldview, which amounts to ultimately adopting transcendental argumentation. This is relevant, not only for apologetics and arguing for God’s existence, but for analysis in general, especially as it applies to analyzing systems of thought, be it some given community’s modus operandi or a religious system, etc. This is precisely the revolution transcendental argumentation brought, but which has largely gone unnoticed. There are many reasons for this. In the numerous debates I’ve had with thinkers, one can often detect this process, even when the opponent cannot. Once one is aware of worldview thinking and transcendental argumentation, it is truly a paradigm shift in the approach to rational discourse, be it some issue of metaphysics or morals.

What we can trace out from this is that persons operate on the basis of their presuppositions. More often than not, individuals are inconsistent with their operating principles, and hold to conflicting positions. When dealing with more intelligent individuals, this tendency is certainly decreased, yet more often than not it is still a prevalent tendency.  For example, we may look at a person who claims to be a hardcore, reductionist materialist. Irrespective of the goal of argumentation involved in engaging or analyzing this person, one can trace out the kind of conclusions they ought to come to, given their pre-commitments. Thus, for an illustrative example, a reductionist materialist will often make the universal claim that “all that exists is matter.”  This is problematic on numerous levels, not merely that it attempts to show what it cannot do in its own system. But thinking of this view as a totality system is what is key.  In other words, we trace out all the multitude implications of what would follow from adopting the foundational precondition that this person believes to be “rational.”

First of all, we consider the claim itself – that all that exists is purely material. On the first level of analysis, we can consider whether this question is possible to demonstrate, since generally those who advocate such a notion will also claim they adhere to the “scientific method.”  The scientific method, however, gives no possibility of ever demonstrating such a universal claim. One would have to demonstrate perceptual knowledge of every possible location in the universe, and further show that each locale is purely material. This is of course, impossible, but even if it were, it would not follow from some mind doing this that some locale not presently under examination does not contain something immaterial. It is impossible to demonstrate a universal negative. But rarely would any materialist go to such extremes, though I have seen some otherwise highly intelligent people jump to absurd and irrational conclusions in such worldview analyses. What usually occurs at this point is that the person concedes that his view is a hypothesis, and it is the most rational. It becomes an agnostic view.  A view, however, which admits that it’s most foundational premise is itself doubtful begins to give rise to bigger and bigger problems. Continue reading

Symbolic and Platonic Usage of the Mirror in Ben Johnson and George Herbert

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the mostest Platonist of them all?

 By: Jay (c) copyright, all rights reserved.

     The significance of the mirror as an actual object and its usage a symbolic metaphor in literature is found in several English Renaissance era poems. The view of the mirror following upon the Renaissance and its philosophical progenitors, however, continued to have its somewhat mystical connotations in writers.  Viewed in the ancient world as a kind of quasi-magical object, a portal to another world, and a kind of picture the mind itself, in the Renaissance it retained this association through its conceptual usage in the Platonic tradition. This paper will focus on analyzing the different usages of the mirror in poems by Ben Johnson and George Herbert.

     Poet and playwright Ben Johnson (1572-1637) utilizes a fascinating portrayal of the mirror in his poem “XIII Epistle to Lady Katherine Aubigny” from the collection The Forest, published around 1616. Johnson lived in the house of Lady Aubigny, her husband Lord Aubigny being a patron of Johnson’s. In the “XIII Epistle,” Johnson turns the mirror into an image of the poem itself. The poem is lengthy, so the following will be the relevant sections. He writes in praise of Lady Katherine:

Yourself but told unto yourself, and see
In my character what your features be,
You will not from the paper slightly pass:
No lady, but at some time loves her glass.
And this shall be no false one, but as much
Remov’d, as you from need to have it such.
Look then, and see your self — I will not say
 
Your beauty, for you see that every day;
And so do many more:  all which can call
It perfect, proper, pure, and natural,
Not taken up o’ the doctors, but as well
As I, can say and see it doth excel;
That asks but to be censured by the eyes:
And in those outward forms, all fools are wise.[1]
 

 

     Johnson describes the “self” as the subject of the poem, and that just as a mirror presents the self to a person, so his poem itself will become a mirror. However, for Johnson, as a mirror is useful for presenting the outward form of the body, his poem will be a mirror for the real form of Lady Katherine, which is her virtue. Already we have somewhat Platonic notions, which will become clearer as we move on, and which were in vogue in the Renaissance writers’ rediscovery of the classical Greek tradition, especially the Platonic and Neo-platonic corpus.[2] Continue reading

TV’s “Jericho”: Is a Nuke the 9/12 Incident?

Prior to 9/11, many films and shows and other pop culture items featured references to “9 11.” Another favored meme of predictive programming is that of the nuclear apocalypse or bio-release. The CBS show “Jericho” detailed the story of a town following a nuke war. I noticed this interesting frozen clock shot which appears insignificantly. Could a nuke or bio release be the new 9/11 – but this time a 9/12? This is the opening of Season 1, Episode 6.

Innocuous shot, or deeper reference?