The Joy of Massage, by George H. W. Bush

Image resultGeorge H. W. Bush has many nicknames: Poppy, Forty-one, and–most recently–David-Cop-a-feel. The forty-first American president has never shied away from a good massage, as he recalled in in a diary he kept when he was serving as the U.S. Envoy to China, Sadly, he has yet to make good on his vow to write a book about the topic.

“Spent the last two days out of that Sheraton Waikiki madhouse and in the 4999 Kahala apartment– just lovely… Checked out the bathhouse again at the Okura. Totally relaxing. Someday I will write a book on massage I have had ranging all the way from Bobby Moore and Harry Carmen at the UN to the steam baths of Egypt and Tokyo. I must confess the Tokyo treatment is the best. Walking on the back, total use of the knees, combination of knees and oil, the back becoming a giant slope does wonders for the sacroiliac, and a little something for the morale too. Massage parlors in the U.S. have ruined the image of real massage. It is a crying shame.” (December 4, 1974).

The China Diary of George H. W. Bush: The Making of a Global President, edited by Jeffrey A. Engel, Princeton University Press, 2008.

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Marilyn Monroe’s Affair with RFK Revealed

Fred Lawrence Guile published his biography of Marilyn Monroe in 1969, one year after Robert Kennedy had been assassinated during his presidential run. Norma Jean: The Story of Marilyn Monroe revealed the film star’s affair with the politician, but not his identity.

“Marilyn did not remain completely in seclusion as she had during her similar break with Hollywood and the studio in 1955. Then she had not only withdrawn form the public eye, but socially as well. She had chosen to be alone to reassess her life and to recover her strength. This time she preferred privacy because she was involved with a married man. He was no in the industry; he was an Easterner with few ties on the coast. He had come West mainly to work out the details of a film production of a literary property in which he had had a hand and to escape the pressures of his work as a lawyer and public servant.

It anyone was to blame for the relationship that developed during his California stay, it was his host* who was connected with films and knew Marilyn enough to realize how vulnerable and exposed she was that summer… For the attorney, his holiday on the West Coast was a lark, a vacation from his wife and children. He and Marilyn were discreet, almost never venturing beyond the stuccoed wall surrounding the friend’s beachhouse…

…Their relationship had nowhere to go. Publicity about the affair might destroy all his chances for an important political career. How sensitive he was to Marilyn’s precarious emotional state is difficult ot assess. Within days of their meeting he and Marilyn became nearly constant companions, a relationship interrupted only by his flights to New York or Washington when called on some business that could not be resolved over the telephone.

*Likely Peter Lawford, a friend of Marilyn’s and the husband of RFK’s sister Pat.

Norma Jean: The Story of Marilyn Monroe, Fred Lawrence Guiles, 1969, W. H. Allen & Co. Ltd.

Taylor Swift & Zeena LaVey: A Fresh Theory

Readers seeking to understand how the world really works would do well to consult the website Vigilant Citizen. Recent posts include How “Spectre” is Really About James Bond Being a Tool of the Occult Elite and The Occult Symbolism of the Los Angeles Central Library. Vigilant Citizen has recently deconstructed the Taylor Swift video Look What You Made Me Do (“a blatantly obvious Monarch [mind programming] manifesto”) .

“The symbolism of the video,” the website explains, “Directly refers to the sinister side of the entertainment industry and its obsession with mind control…  Newsflash: The entertainment industry is full of Beta Kittens (brainwashed sex slaves trafficked in the elite underworld). Newsflash: The elite brags about this in mass media using the likes of Taylor Swift.”

Millions of pages of Hypertext Markup Language have been created to explore the theory that Taylor Swift is a clone of Zeena Lavey, the daughter of Anton Lavey, founder of the Church of Satan. Not many children of the 1980s managed to evade the trauma of seeing Anton’s face glowering up at them from the cover of The Satanic Bible on the New Age rack in W. H. Smith. Throughout this Satanism-obsessed decadeZeena appeared as her father’s proxy on The Phil Donahue Show, Nightline, Entertainment Tonight, and Sally Jesse Raphael. This string of television appearances culminated with her participation in a one-off Geraldo Rivera special, Devil Worship: Exposing Satan’s Underground. I miss the eighties. 

A comment made by a reader named ‘Hopeclouds” beneath the Vigilant Citizen Post outlining “The Sinister Meaning of Taylor Swift’s Look What You Made Me Do” goes one better.

“Here’s an even better TS theory, ya ready? She isn’t a clone of Zeena Lavey, but her daughter. Zeena broke away from the church of Satan for a period in late 1989 (when TS would have been born and sold into slavery to idiot handlers who would make sure to profit off their kid). That’s why they lookalike. Want one even deeper? Ever wonder about the connection of Mariska Hargitay and TS, and why her cat is named Olivia Benson and Mariska was in Bad Blood? Mariska and Zeena are the same age and Mariska’s mom was Jayne Mansfield, rumored to have a relationship with Anton Lavey. Mariska’s real father is Anton. Zeena and Mariska are sisters!!! Since it would ruin TS career to be connected to a Satanist, she reaches out to Mariska, her aunt. Bizarre, but makes sense!!!”

Totally.

Mikhail Gorbachev’s Birthday Greeting to Margaret Thatcher

In 2014 a fresh batch of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s papers were declassified at the National Archives. Leave it to the Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev to mention “correct political tone” in his birthday greetings. And poor old Denis Thatcher. He must have spent his entire life saying “It’s just the one ‘n’ in Denis.”

“Esteemed Madame Thatcher,

On the occasion of the remarkable date in Your life please accept my congratulations. Raisa Maximova joins me in our wishes to You of good health and well-being.

I recall our conversation at Chequers and in Moscow. Then, it seems, we took a correct political tone and gave our dialogue such an orientation that meets the demands of the present situation in the world. I would wish to believe that the understanding on the problems of priority that we reached then will remainin force. But for this to be so, apparently, much effort, political wisdom and goodwill will be needed.

Please convey our best wishes to Your husband, Mr. Dennis Thatcher.

Yours respectfully,

M. Gorbachyov

Moscow, 12 October, 1985”

The National Archives,  PREM 19 1647

anya.chapman’s Instagram Account

When the Russian intelligence agent Anya Chapman was arrested for spying, her single phone call was used to contact the British publicity agent Max Clifford, who arranged the sale of her story to the Daily Telegraph. Deported back to Russia in a prisoner swap, Chapman has worked as a television host, a catwalk model, and the head of a youth council for the government. Her Instagram account is a combination of propaganda and glamour shots. She has posed in log cabins and on military gunboats; cradling cheetahs and jack-o’-lanterns.

“Remember the year 2008?” she asked, posing in a field of sunflowers with an enormous rabbit in her arms. “When the war of Georgia with South Ossetia began only in order to raise the ratings of Russophobe McCain, who lost the presidential race to Barack Obama?”

The post below is a good example of the special charm of Anya Chapman’s Instagram feed. It’s like peeking inside Vladimir Putin’s Id.

“It has become known that the US Army has radically modernized its sea-based Trident II nuclear missiles. According to a number of American experts, this has dramatically increased the US ability to launch a preemptive nuclear strike against Russia.

This modernization of ballistic missiles began in 2009, at exactly the same time as Obama offered Russia the infamous, ‘Reset.’

Of course the missile defense system in Europe and Asia is in no way directed at our country. Everyone in America only wishes us well.”

Gianni De Michelis’ ‘Dove andiamo a ballare questa sera?’

Giovanni (Gianni) De Michelis served as Italy’s Deputy Prime and Minister of Foreign Affairs. Accused of corruption and sentenced to a year and a half for bribery and six months for illegal financing, De Michelis went on to be elected a Member of the European Parliament for Southern Italy in 2004. While serving as Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister, in 1988 De Michelis found time to author a guide to his country’s discothèques, Dove Andiamo a Ballare Questa Sera? (Where to Go Dancing this Evening?), a book he promoted with spins on the dance floors of Italy’s nightclubs. 

Newscaster: “The Deputy Prime Minister of the government Gianni De Michelis has written the first annotated guide to Italian discothèques for the habitues of the dance floor, complete with starred ratings in the Michelin guide style.”

“Dancing, dancing, the book is celebrated in the nocturnal capitals of Europe, and, obviously, Italy.”

Interviewer: “The right honourable Gianni Demichelis, this book is a bit like an invitation to other politicians and colleagues to descend onto the dance floor and to be a little less moralistic.Was that your intention?”

De Michelis: “No, all said, I didn’t want to write a book for politicians, and I don’t think they’re moralistic. Should it happen that intellectuals, industrialists, and other middle aged people might have a little bit of fear and be a bit timid with respect to discotheques, which in reality are very young. You throw yourself on the dance floor and dance, it’s very easy.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vScq0ekypo

Nancy, Patti, and Ron Jr. Reagan Appear in a Crest Commercial

 

Proctor & Gamble had a long and fruitful relationship with the Reagan family. In the 1980s, P & G  contributed $150,000 to the First Lady’s “Just Say No” foundation, and claimed an exclusive right to send ads and coupons for its children’s products alongside the anti-drug pledge cards bearing Mrs. Reagan’s name. In the early 1960s, Mrs. Nancy Reagan appeared in commercials for P & G’s Crest, including a poolside ad featuring her children, Patti and Ron Jr. One can only imagine the bickering and threats needed to wrangle Patti out to shoot a commercial by the pool in her swimsuit. 

Announcer: And now, from Hollywood past, to Hollywood present. A visit to the home of one of Hollywood’s best-known families. Your hostess: Nancy Davis, in private life, Mrs. Ronald Reagan.

Nancy Reagan: Hello. Come and meet the younger members of the Reagan clan.

Patti: I’m Patti.

Ron Jr.: I’m Ronnie Reagan.

Nancy: We’re here as a family to talk to your family about the importance of taking care of your teeth. Like you, I want to do everything possible to protect these youngsters of mine from tooth decay.

Patti: I’ve never had a single cavity.

Nancy: And don’t think I’m not proud of that! And I aim to keep it that way. That’s why I try to find out everything I can about this problem of cavities, and why we’re so interested in talking to the people you’ll meet later. People who’ve actually helped prove that one toothpaste can reduce cavities.

Patti: The one we use, Crest.

    

Nancy: Of course it’s Crest. It’s the toothpaste proved effective against cavities in nine years of tests in homes like yours and mine. In a little while, I’ll show you why I’m convinced that Crest can make a real contribution to your dental program, just as it has to ours. Crest. It’s the toothpaste for families who want fewer cavities.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqh8uRe_mzI