Tuesday, June 28, 2005

tabloidal

Which of these journalistic claims is more phantasmagoric?

This:
Pittsburgh's Safar Centre for Resuscitation Research has developed a technique in which subject's veins are drained of blood and filled with an ice-cold salt solution.

The animals are considered scientifically dead, as they stop breathing and have no heartbeat or brain activity.

But three hours later, their blood is replaced and the zombie dogs are brought back to life with an electric shock.
Or this:
A relativist America is properly inconceivable. Leave relativism, complexity and realism to other nations. America is the last nation left whose citizens don't laugh out loud when their leader asks God to bless the country and further its mighty work of freedom. It is the last country with a mission, a mandate and a dream, as old as its founders.

All of this may be dangerous, even delusional, but it is also unavoidable. It is impossible to think of America without these properties of self-belief.
M. Ignatieff, NY Times.

5 Comments:

Blogger Jon Husband said...

I suspect that there are few in the USA that would know this, but Ignatieff is a Canadian and there are reasonably serious initiatives underway to see him anointed as the next, or next-to-next, leader of the Liberal Party of Canada (which means there's a reasonable chance he would one day be Prime Minister).

there are differing points of view on the desireability of this result, such as:

this perspective, and

this other perspective

and any number of others returned by Google.

No doubt this article would be referenced in future international relations where he ever to occupy 24 Sussex Drive. He's probably out of the running now.

6/28/2005 1:52 PM  
Blogger Juke said...

Laika.
Angel with tubes driven through your skin.
Your womb closer to the light of the stars than any of our mothers'.
But empty. Serving nothing as you go.
Around and around, and down.
God heard you barking. I know it.
And it is in the nature of God that you are still heard.
And in my nature too - I hear you up there.
Laika above me.
My blood runs cold, then I revive.
Then I am revived.
We are revived.
Again.

6/28/2005 4:54 PM  
Blogger Tom Matrullo said...

It still seems probable to me that Mr. Ignatieff is the only vampire in the room.

6/29/2005 8:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They musta left it up to Shrike
Why Ignatieff don't get the Spike.
Maybe dead dogs deserve a breather
- Dowd ain't no Buffy, neither.

-klaus

6/29/2005 10:35 PM  
Blogger Jon Husband said...

This article points out Ignatieff's vampire costume .. you can almost see the author running around with a stake and a mallet in his hands.

6/30/2005 8:56 AM  

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