At times incredible, at times worrying, at times hilarious, always gripping, Jon Ronson investigates American military paranoia. And if you think ...Show synopsisAt times incredible, at times worrying, at times hilarious, always gripping, Jon Ronson investigates American military paranoia. And if you think this outlandish, wait until you learn about some of the things the Bush family believe in.Hide synopsis
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Imagine a colonel in the United States Army, spends his days sitting in his office trying to convince himself he can walk through walls. Three or four or ten times a day, he gets up from his chair and actually tries to do it. Bumps his nose every time. Sometimes he hurts himself.
You'd think they'd lock him up, right? Confine him to an institution before he sustains a serious injury. But no! The Army wants him to spend his days trying to walk through walls. They're hoping he'll succeed.
Outside the colonel's office, the men of his command spend their days in barrack rooms staring at goats. In each case, soldiers are to concentrate on killing the goat by stopping its heart with their mental powers! If looks could kill. . . .
The project hasn't had much success, even though they've spent millions on goat food and other necessities. The whole bunch of them were momentarily encouraged one day when a goat actually died while they were staring at it, but an autopsy showed it died from something other than lethal psychic power exerted by the G.I.s. Regardless, the project continues apace.
The whole idea is to develop a team of psychic warriors who can sneak into secret Russian facilities and steal Russian secrets without actually having to enter the building. One supposes that if the G.I.s could develop such powers they'd use them against the Chinese, too. Their success could inspire a holenuther business model for Chinese takeout joints.
Anyway, you see your tax dollars at work there. American G.I.s channeling Uri Geller. That kind of stuff. Jon Ronson has the story. It's in this little book: 'The Men Who Stare at Goats.' Read it and weep -- or laugh if you please.
The author takes an incredulous look at the strange world of U.S. Military paranormal research and activity and researches the origins of modern Army philosophies. The book is often entertaining, always informative, and a blast to read.
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