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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

The Men Who Stare At Goats

I reviewed this book a few days ago. Arts & Letters Daily points to a more substantive review:

One of Ronson's sources, none other than Geller (of bent-spoon fame), led him to Maj. Gen. Albert Stubblebine III, who directed the psychic spy network from his office in Arlington, Virginia. Stubblebine thought that with enough practice he could learn to walk through walls, a belief encouraged by Lt. Col. Jim Channon, a Vietnam vet whose post-war experiences at such new age meccas as the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, led him to found the "first earth battalion" of "warrior monks" and "Jedi knights." These warriors, according to Channon, would transform the nature of war by entering hostile lands with "sparkly eyes," marching to the mantra of "Om," and presenting the enemy with "automatic hugs." Disillusioned by the ugly carnage of modern war, Channon envisioned a battalion armory of machines that would produce "discordant sounds" (Nancy and Barney?) and "psycho-electric" guns that would shoot "positive energy" at enemy soldiers.

Read the whole thing. It was an interesting book.


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