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hutch0
Date: 2008-02-06 23:06
Subject: goats, those natural divers...
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From the BBC, I hear news that the Royal Navy is to end deep-diving experiments where they induce `the bends' in goats.
Apart from being a rather bizarre choice of experimental animal (but the Navy has some fine, ancient, and rather odd traditions) I would have to query the need to do it more than four hundred times. Surely one goat with the bends is the same as the next goat with the bends?
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RealThog: sunset
User: realthog
Date: 2008-02-06 23:15 (UTC)
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Y'know, I feel a whole ton of Welsh jokes descending on me . . .
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-02-06 23:19 (UTC)
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As they do.
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RealThog: Jim's bear pic
User: realthog
Date: 2008-02-07 02:04 (UTC)
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That was the US military, not the (UK) Royal Navy.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-02-07 04:23 (UTC)
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Have you read the book The Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson?
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-02-07 04:56 (UTC)
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It's a great-fun read -- better on that score than it is as an information source, in fact, because it's all kind of journalistic and Immediate an' Right In There an' stuff. I read it a year or two back for my Corrupted Science research.

Why would it have given you the heeby-jeebies?
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RealThog: 'Ronica
User: realthog
Date: 2008-02-07 15:39 (UTC)
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"Fierce Food"

Oo, that looks fun. It might have to be bought . . .
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-02-07 20:22 (UTC)
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I love Ronson's stuff. Them is even better than The Men Who Stare At Goats.
Incidentally, a few years ago I interviewed someone who claimed to have been one of the Fort Meade remote viewers.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-02-07 21:33 (UTC)
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I have Them somewhere, but have yet to get round to reading it.

My enthusiasm for The Men Who Stare at Goats is, as I say, modified by the fact that it's not good as an information source: it desperately needed him to forget the writerly pyrotechnics every now and then and just summarize what he's actually talking about. I still don't know what some of the loonies he discusses thought their experiments might achieve.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-02-08 00:04 (UTC)
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I don't mind that so much; I like the way he writes. He has a similar approach on paper to the approach Louis Theroux takes on film, and I enjoy reading that.
Them includes a marvellous portrait of Omar Bakri, the `Tottenham Taliban,' who briefly became Public Enemy Number One over here, which really underscores the sheer mundanity of life for these `enemies of the state.' I think it's good writing.

And I think, in his defence, that some of the loonies didn't know what their experiments were meant to achieve, either.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-02-08 00:05 (UTC)
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And, in passing, wouldn't The Men Who Stare At Goats be a wonderful name for a band?
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