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KILO TWO BRAVO – The Teaser Post

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“]

Friend of ZP, Kanani Fong sent me early access to watch and review Kilo Two Bravo, due to be released November 13th. It is the true story of a platoon of British paratroopers who are caught in a minefield by the Kajaki Dam in Afghanistan’s deadly Helmand Valley. As I have just finished a monumental, six month long, project from Hell, this weekend seems to be a timely moment to settle down and watch. Looks intense. Review pending.


Sunday surprise: sinkholes

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

[ by Charles Cameron — and including a 1936 German illustration of the hollow earth ]

Bryan Alexander on his Infocult blog notes a fascinating symmetry as More sinkholes open up under countries on opposite ends of the Earth — one in England and the other in Australia. The implication that our devouring planet may at last be preparing a Journey to the Centre of the Earth he leaves to his reader’s imagination..

SPEC DQ sinkhole

BTW, “opposite ends of the Earth” is a delightful phrase, reminiscent of John Donne‘s “the round earth’s imagin’d corners” — kudos, Bryan!


And while we’re on the topic of the centre or center of the earth, one of my favorite “finds” as a book-crawler was this gem from Frankfurt, 1936:

Johannes Lang Die Hohlwelttheorie

Highly compatible with Nazi occultism, nicht wahr?

And this more recent piece, showing the location of the hidden Buddhist city of “Shambala”, completes the picture:


Maybe our Journey to the Center of the Earth will provide us with some occult Infocult material, eh, Bryan?

Two from the Guardian

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

[ by Charles Cameron — on life at the Mad Hatter’s place these days ]

A DoubleQuote:

Student accused

Sylvanian banned

There’s plenty more irony where those two came from..



  • Guardian, Student accused of being a terrorist for reading book on terrorism
  • Guardian, Artwork showing Sylvanian Families terrorised by Isis banned
  • And with a special tip of the hat to John Horgan, whose book Terrorism Studies: A Reader Mohammed Umar Farooq was reading.

    Of royalty and wildlife

    Thursday, August 6th, 2015

    [ by Charles Cameron — observing with interest the slow turning of the tides ]

    That was then:

    This is now:


    To be honest, the best graphic match would have been one between Anup Kaphle‘s imag of George V‘s kill in Nepal:

    Nepal George V hunt

    and Declan Walsh‘s picture of a Pakistani hunting party’s trove of houbara bustards —

    Pakistani Bustard hunt

    I just couldn’t resist the BBC’s amazing picture of the bustard in their tweet, though — hence my choice in the DoubleTweet above.


    Truoble in paradise for a Saudi prince:

    Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, the governor of Tabuk province — along with his entourage had killed 2,100 houbara over 21 days during last year’s hunt, according to an official report leaked to the Pakistani news media, or about 20 times more than his allocated quota.

    That’s from Walsh’s piece. Also:

    Cargo planes fly tents and luxury jeeps into custom-built desert airstrips, followed by private jets carrying the kings and princes of Persian Gulf countries along with their precious charges: expensive hunting falcons that are used to kill the white-plumed houbara.

    And in case a tie-in with counterterrorism might be appropriate, given my usual interests, there’s this —

    In recent times the hunts have also played a role, albeit unwitting, in the United States’s war against Al Qaeda.

    Osama bin Laden took refuge at a houbara hunting camp in western Afghanistan in the late 1990s, by several accounts, at a time when the C.I.A. was plotting to assassinate him with a missile strike.

    DoubleQuoting violence, the choice today

    Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

    [ by Charles Cameron — humanity I love, but humans when humanity goes out the window — more difficult ]

    The question, the choice facing me, is this: should I DoubleTweet today’s Times tweet —

    with another of today’s tweets, this one from the Evening Standard:

    — or with this one — or similar — from the Daily Mirror a couple of years ago?


    There’s a simultaneity to the first option, and a sort of tit-for-tat causality to the second: which is to say there are both synchronic and diachronic linkages on offer.

    So it is with the world’s events, there are synchronicities and diachronicities.


    Hat-tip to Bryan Alexander of Infocult: Uncanny Informatics. A very bright man, a very Russian beard, a very good friend.

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