Matt Damon’s AeroBed


Who could resist someone who would tell this story?

‘There was this article and it was about Matt Damon, and he was saying that he works so much that he doesn’t feel like he has a bed of his own anywhere. And it really struck me as this sort of sad thing. I was like, “He’s famous and he’s so cute and he’s Matt Damon and he should feel like he has a bed.” It just made me sad. So I sent him a bed. I sent him an AeroBed and a comforter and sheets. I wrote in there that I was a huge fan and that I wanted him to travel with it and feel like he had a bed wherever he went. I never heard back from him. I have (seen him since) and he’s kind of looked at me a little weird.’

Jennifer Love Hewitt, 2005.


Coffin Text 1130

Coffin Carter


Proceed in peace, that I may repeat to you the good deeds that my heart

has done in the midst of the coiled one in order to silence evil.

I have done four good deeds in the midst of the portal of the horizon.

I made the four winds, that every man might breathe in his time.

This is a deed thereof.

I made the great flood, that the poor man might have power like the great.

This is a deed thereof.

I made every man like his fellow.

I did not command that they do evil.

It is their hearts that disobey what I have said.

This is a deed thereof.

I made their hearts to cease forgetting the West, in order to make divine offerings to the gods of the nomes.

This is a deed thereof.

It is with my sweat that I created the gods,

While humankind is from the weeping of my eye…

It is for the One-who-is-weary of-heart (Osiris) that I made night….

Coffin Text 1130. The Coffin Texts funerary spells of the First Intermediate Period (2181-2055 BC) were initially written for the followers of Osiris in ancient Egypt. Coffin Text 1130 was a proselytizing tract for the Re religion.

Metaseries: ‘Out on a Limb’ at the Dawn of the New Age


Shirley MacLaine outlined her New Age beliefs in 1983’s best-selling Out on a Limb. The actress, singer, dancer, and political activist explained how she had come to embrace concepts like reincarnation, trance channelling, and human contact with extraterrestrials from the Pleiades. In 1987, MacLaine starred as herself in a five-hour ABC miniseries based on her book, which she co-produced and adapted for television with Colin Higgins.* A medium advised MacLaine that the deceased filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock had served as Out on a Limb’s paranormal script doctor. MacLaine shared this detail in 1987’s It’s All in the Playing, the book she wrote about the experience of writing, casting, and playing herself in the miniseries based on her autobiography. The self-reflexive genius of the projects is unmatched. Watching the film and then reading the book is like standing in between two mirrors, each one reflecting endlessly back onto the other.

Out ona LImb 2The American miniseries reached peak production in the 1980s, even as the arrival of cable shrank the audiences for NBC, ABC, and CBS. The number of viewers would still be unimaginable today: 43 million households watched The Thorn Birds in March of 1983. Thorn Birds producer Stan Margulies also co-produced Out on a Limb and Roots, which remains the third most-watched American television broadcast of all time.

Ghosts and extraterrestrials had taken up residence in the popular imagination. E.T. and Poltergeist followed Star Wars, The Exorcist, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. “There is no Dana,” said Sigourney Weaver in Ghostbusters, “Only Zuul.” Increasingly, North Americans stopped praying to a scorekeeping, punishing, monotheistic God in favour of asking “The Universe”–a benevolent interstellar game show host who would happily grant everyone their deepest desires, if they’d only get out of their own way to allow it. Shirley MacLaine

MacLaine’s spiritual journey was prompted by an affair with a married politician and a sense of disquietude. She investigated reincarnation, visited trance channellers, and underwent an out-of-body experience while bathing in a spring in the Andes mountains. Out on the Limb was a relatively straightforward film: MacLaine falls in love, converses with friends and spiritual teachers, and travels to Peru to look for UFOS. “There’s not one car chase in the whole thing, no one gets killed,” Margulies told People magazine, “It deals with subjects that never get discussed.” To imagine any other actress of MacLaine’s stature standing on the beach with their arms extended screaming, “I am God!” is to realize the exceptional nature of Out on a Limb.

The trance channellers Kevin Ryerson and Sture Johansson also appeared as themselves in the miniseries. MacLaine, her mediums, and their entities all recreated the encounters she had described in the book. The Swiss medium Sture Johansson channelled an ancient spiritual master named Ambres. “Sture said that Ambres knew his lines and the subjects he should address himself to,” MacLaine wrote in It’s All in the Playing. Los Angeles-based Kevin Ryerson channelled an Irish pickpocket named Tom McPherson and John of Zebedee (the author of the Book of Revelation, who speaks in an Old English accent). Ryerson said he’d studied the script while the entities scanned his subconscious so they could study their lines.

Out on a Limb 7MacLaine’s good friend Bella Abzug auditioned to play herself, a part which ultimately went to Anne Jackson. The women’s expository dialectics gave the screenplay its structure. Abzug’s bid for mayor of New York featured in Out on a Limb, when a Peruvian psychic warned MacLaine that her friend would lose to dark-horse candidate Ed Koch (“the bald man with long fingers”). Bella remained a sceptic in the books and the miniseries, a surrogate for doubtful readers and viewers (even if she always wanted to know whether the entities predicted a win).

Abzug read for role opposite MacLaine, in the apartment where they’d had their original conversation. “I have never had an experience that so thoroughly brought home to me the truth that we each act our lives,” MacLain wrote. “We each project the image that we really wish to convey–the appearance of spontaneity notwithstanding…  I was aware of how I had said these very same lines years ago. So was Bella. And both of us were also aware that we had been acting them then.”

Out on a Limb 9The identities of Out on a Limb‘s remaining characters were hidden. “David Manning” (John Heard) was a composite of MacLaine’s various spiritual teachers and guides. The pseudonymous politician “Gerry Stamford” (Charles Dance) was described as a British Labour MP. In the ensuing decades, MacLaine wrote about her affairs with three politicians: Prime Ministers Pierre Trudeau (Canada), Olof Palme (Sweden), and Andrew Peacock, the Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Gerry Stamford was likely a composite character representing Peacock (who vacationed with MacLaine in exotic locations) and Palme (a committed democratic socialist). Admitting adultery with one married politician was a considerable risk of the audience’s goodwill in 1983. Gary Hart dropped out of 1984’s presidential race when his extramarital relationship was exposed, while Bill Clinton was elected after similar revelations eight years later. By 2011’s I’m Over All That: And Other Confessions, MacLaine admitted that she would sometimes leave Palme to rendezvous with Peacock.

“The role he played in my book, and now on film, was a testament to the timelessness of our relationship,” MacLaine wrote of Gerry Stamford in It’s All in the Playing. A videotaped copy of Out on a Limb has been uploaded to YouTube, where MacLaine and Charles Dance re-create the affair ad infinitum; picnicking in the countryside, bodysurfing in Oahu, and arguing over the paranormal.

“At the end of the day he was married yet carried on with Shirley,” Becca Price commented under one of the clips. “He could of left his wife but chose to stay with her, seems he forgets that bit when having a moan at her.”

“It wasn’t that simple,” Martin L 19 replied to Becca one month later. “It was the 70s. He had already been the Prime Minster of Sweden and he was about to win his second term. Had he chosen to leave his wife and go after MacLaine, his political career, most likely, would have been over.”

“In many ways Shirley MacLaine and Gerry Stamford are mirror images of each other,” Grainnie3 observed.

MacLaine insists throughout It’s All in the Playing that actual lives are just as self-reflexive as books and films. “We’ve both chosen a great part to play this time around, don’t you think?” she asked Abzug. She wrote about her last meeting with Gerry Stamford, who was, incredibly, unbothered by the existence of the book or the miniseries (then in production):

“Double vision prevailed for me as I observed him. I had adjusted to believing that Charles Dance was Gerry for weeks now. I had made that quantum leap in my imagination, putting the real Gerry somewhere out to pasture. Now as I stood before him I began to wonder who I was! Or put more precisely, what reality was. I was living an experience that proved I could make reality anything I wanted it to be.”

At one point, MacLaine reminisces about Peter Sellers in a voice-over, while onscreen she re-enacts shooting Being There with a Sellers look-alike. She was constantly writing and scribbling notes in the miniseries, which she narrated with passages from Out on a Limb. In the glow of the sunset on Malibu beach, she broke the fourth wall in the introduction, wearing the white hoodie she wore on the cover of her book. “I’m going to tell you a story that changed my life…”

Out on a Limb In Part II, MacLaine travelled to the Peruvian Andes with David Manning, where he gradually informed her she had been selected by extraterrestrials to share their wisdom with the world (by writing the book that became the miniseries Out on a Limb, in which she acted out her initial resistance to the idea that she had been chosen by extraterrestrials to write the book that begat the miniseries, and so forth). MacLaine and Manning rode in a driverless car controlled by an alien named Mayan, and MacLaine underwent an out-of-body experience with the aid of John Dykstra, who oversaw the special effects for Star Wars and 2001: A Space Odyssey (see link below).

Out ona Limb 3“Do you know something,” MacLaine told Manning after she returned to her body. “If this is dying, then I don’t know what there is in life to be afraid of.”

Overcoming the fear of death is a constant motif. “With reincarnation, there was no need to fear death,” MacLaine said in Part I. “It made me think differently about the world, and what was going on in it.” In Peru, she was shocked by Manning’s dispassionate reaction at the sight of an overturned school bus, but through her spiritual studies gained an appreciation of the eternal nature of the soul. MacLaine eventually reached a state of such equilibrium that decades later, she would in turn shock reporters by remarking that she could at last walk past her recently deceased neighbour’s house without his dogs attacking hers– “So that’s one good thing.”

Out on a Limb was shot on location in America, England, Sweden, and Peru. “I heard the word karma everywhere as relationships were buffeted about in storms of emotional conflict,” MacLaine wrote, “‘What goes around comes around’ was on everyone’s lips. A kind of clear karmic harmony began to become evident. If someone was cruel and short-tempered at ten in the morning, it took no longer than till eleven o’clock for that person to experience the same treatment from another.”

MacLaine was on location in Peru when Olof Palme was assassinated in Stockholm on February 28, 1986. In It’s All in the Playing, Bella Abzug phoned to tell her that Gerry Stamford had been killed in a car accident. It had happened, MacLaine wrote, at the hour when a star fell from the fingers of a broujo who was conducting a ritual in her trailer.

“My most profound understanding was that we are not just physical beings who happen to have souls,” MacLaine has written on her website, “We are first and foremost, fundamentally souls connected to the Universe who happen to be physical by our own choice on Earth at this time.” Swedish Channeler

MacLaine introduced these ideas to millions of people. Out on a Limb and its follow-up Dancing in the Light sold 5.2 million copies.  The summer after the miniseries aired, she lead a nationwide series of two-day seminars called “Connecting with the Higher Self.” The earnestness of the miniseries predates a time when even the commercials for a boy band’s perfume are ironic. Reincarnate on YouTube, Out on a Limb gains new fans every day.

“Thank you for posting this movie. I saw Shirley MacLaine on Oprah yesterday and she was speaking about the new age philosophy that I have been reading on for the past two years. I totally believe that I am God. Great story thank you for sharing. I may just go get the book.”


Shirley MacLaine Out on a LimbNotes

The Out of Body Experience:

*MacLaine was not the only star to play herself in a miniseries. Sophia Loren played herself and her mother Romilda in Sophia Loren: Her Own Story (1980). Joan and Melissa Rivers joined the party with their grim 1994 offering Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers Story, and Deidre Hall starred in 1995’s Never Say Never: The Deidre Hall Story.

Colin Higgins (1941-1988) wrote and directed some of the best films of the 1970s and 1980s, including Harold and Maude, Foul Play, and 9 to 5.

The entire miniseries was generously uploaded to YouTube in twenty-four posts by “misterkrusty” in 2010: “I did record Out On A Limb from the original broadcast, part VHS, part Betamax. Be sure and watch the ABC Monday Night Movie promo for the series finale here too. I transferred all the parts to my hard drive and converted them for use on YouTube. I was amazed that all of the parts survived separately and came together so seamlessly after so many years. Guess it was meant to be. I was impacted by the Seth material in the 1980s and also by Lazaris. It is timeless information.”

Countess Tolstoy’s ‘Whose Fault’

Leo Tolstoy’s 1889 novella The Kreutzer Sonata was banned by the Russian censors. The story of a man who murders his adulterous wife, it lead the U.S. Attorney General Theodore Roosevelt to label the author a “sexual moral pervert.” The U.S. Post Office Department banned the mailing of newspapers containing serialized excerpts from the novella. The Count’s wife Sonya was also displeased.

Image‘Tolstoy had included incidents and details from their family life in The Kreutzer Sonata, and this had offended Sonya almost more than the moral he had drawn. She was certain that the world now thought of her as the ‘lustful, evil’ wife in the novel. As spring approached, she sat down to write a story in her defense, which would negate Tolstoy’s conclusions by telling the story from the woman’s point of view. She showed the finished story to Anna Dostoyevsky, Seryozha and Lyuova, and read it aloud when her friends gathered in the salon for tea and Tolstoy was safely in his study. Although ‘Whose Fault’ met with positive reactions, Sonya finally and reluctantly decided not to publish it. Once again her respect for her husband’s genius and her desire to publish all his work had won out. And it would have been impossible to include The Kreutzer Sonata in the new edition after the publication of ‘Whose Fault'”

Sonya, the Life of Countess Tolstoy, Anne Edwards, Simon and Schuster, 1981.

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She makes the right decisions about her man, about her looks, about her clothes.

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Election Night in Hyannis Port, 1960

Election night‘Finally the Senator stood up, took one last look at the television and said, “This will probably not be decided until morning. I think I will go over to the house and get some sleep.” Turning to Bob he said, “Let me know if you hear anything.” In is usual manner he turned and calmly went out the door.

Complete results from California, Michigan, and Illinois were still not in and no one knew how long it was going to take. The equipment was idle and people stood around, too tired to do much else. Finally, near four o’clock, a few began drifting out. Soon more left. I couldn’t see what good I was doing there, either, so I started to gather up all of my notes, pads, and pencils and put them into my briefcase, and said goodnight to those too tired or too discouraged to leave.

As I neared the outside door, Ted Sorensen, who was also about to leave, said, “Do you have a ride down to the Yatchtsman? If you’ll wait while I go upstairs to get one of my briefcases, you can ride down with me. My car is parked on the other side of the Senator’s house.”

A few minutes later we were walking across the back yard of Bob’s house. We had to watch our step because the place was booby-trapped with Kennedy bicycles, wagons, and other little folks’ equipment. There was a break in the hedge at the rear of the back yard, and from there we walked across the Senator’s lawn. Ted said: “I think the Senator was was to go to bed; it will be hours before we know the outcome.”

I was just agreeing with Ted when I looked over towards the Senator’s house and saw through that window a sight I will never forget. There in his big easy chair, light streaming over his shoulder, the Senator sat reading a book. Suddenly I was certain he was going to be our next President. I felt that he knew he was going to win. He was already getting ready for the next phase of his life.’

My Twelve Years with John F. Kennedy by Evelyn Lincoln, Personal Secretary to the President, David McKay Company, Inc. 1965.

Public Policy Polling: Conspiracy Poll Results


51% of voters say a larger conspiracy was at work in the JFK assassination, just 25% say Oswald acted alone

37% of voters believe global warming is a hoax, 5% do not.

29% of voters believe aliens exist

28% of voters believe secretive power elite with a globalist agenda is conspiring to eventually rule the world through an authoritarian world government, or New World Order

28% of voters believe Saddam Hussein was involved in the 9/11 attacks.

21% of voters say a UFO crashed in Roswell, NM in 1947 and the US government covered it up.

15% of voters say the government or the media adds mind-controlling technology to TV broadcast signals

14% of voters believe in Bigfoot

14% of voters say the CIA was instrumental in creating the crack cocaine epidemic in America’s inner cities in the 1980’s

9% of voters think the government adds fluoride to our water supply for sinister reasons

7% of voters think the moon landing was faked

6% of voters believe Osama bin Laden is still alive

5% believe exhaust seen in the sky behind airplanes is actually chemicals sprayed by the government for sinister reasons

4% of voters say they believe ‘lizard people’ control our societies by gaining political power

April 2, 2013, Public Policy Polling