You have to give this antichrist credit – he’s taking the whole wars and rumors of wars thing to entirely new heights. This guy is either the real deal or he’s working hard to make himself look like it. Watching troops load into planes with 12 hours notice to fly to a war that is almost certainly going to happen feels absolutely surreal – then watching the Wall Street analysts gushing over how this is going to make their oil and defense investments pump – hard to jibe with the fact that what we are talking about is assassination and war. Craziness.
Meanwhile, my conservative friend shows me an email from his Iranian bible friend saying how much he loves and appreciates this assassination – and suddenly Iraq is like “We don’t want US troops here anymore.” Sorry Iraq, it’s been nice pretending that you aren’t a military occupied country – but you are – and you can take it from Hawaii – the US never leaves when they have a big enough foothold and if memory serves – the US Embassy in Iraq is the biggest and most expensive in the world. Not going to happen.
My guess is that we are on the verge of Iraq War III and the antichrist candidate is going to make it a permanent occupation on a par with creation of a new US territory. He wants to keep that oil, remember?
Anyway – I don’t know what is going to happen – but chances are it won’t be good for lots of innocent people.
An understanding of what it means to be human provides an understanding of the self first and foremost and at the same time, it also allows one to see the self inside of others. Whether it is from looking at the common origins of our most remote ancestors or looking at the unique cultural practices and contributions of different groups of human beings, anthropology is about understanding human beings. It is about recognizing the unique contributions that each society, individual, or part of an individual makes to the overall composition of the great human story.
When looking at the conflicts in the Middle East, it is far too easy to fall into the ‘us’ and ‘them’ scenario in which one group is good and one is not. In fact, we are all human beings and as much as some people may try to make us think it, we are not all that different from one another. A more challenging approach is to take the anthropological approach that involves asking questions about each group, each person, and each action.
Let’s look at an example with each scenario. Iran.
First, here is the ‘us’ and ‘them’ scenario from the U.S. point of view. We are the defenders of democracy, we are trying to help the Iraqis to create a new democracy in the Middle East so that all the people of the Middle East can have peace. They are a radical Islamic state that is ruled by a madman and they keep sending guns, money, and bombs to the people that are causing problems for us and our friends in Iraq. Pretty simple, and the scary part is how many Americans believe this to be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
Now let’s look at the same situation from an anthropological view. In the interest of brevity, let’s assume we know all about America. What we need to ask about Iran are who, what, where, when, and why. All of these questions are important, but the most important is why. Iran is a country with a rich history, a devout people, and a beautiful land. Iran is located East of Iraq and West of Afghanistan. Iran is ruled by a leader who gained power after a corrupt leader supported by the West was overthrown in the 1970’s. Iran used to be known as Persia and controlled a huge empire. The Iranian people speak Farsi. Iran and Iraq have the majority of the Islamic Shiites in the world. Iraq was ruled by a Sunni dictator who fought wars with Iran while getting money and weapons from the United States.
Without having gone to any depth, it is already clear that by asking questions, suddenly the geopolitical conflicts of the Middle East and Central Asia become much more understandable and clear. When one begins to look at such things as naming conventions, courtship, holidays and celebrations, shopping patterns, or the elaboration upon any specific part of a culture it suddenly becomes a much more human situation.
I think that is the true value of anthropology in informing the world about conflicts, war, peace, and violence. Anthropology is the human science and as such, the job of anthropologists is to make the cultural, sociopolitical, and geopolitical events that take place in our world understandable as human events and thus eliminate the idea of the other. If we can do that then perhaps someday we will be a peaceful species.
Published Nov. 27, 2008
When a society becomes militarized, it begins to see itself as more important than any other society that it exists among. A militarized society first convinces itself that it is more important than other societies and then begins to make decisions based on that self important worldview. Israel is a militarized society that has made itself more important than the people that exist around and within it who are not a part of it. The United States is a militarized society that has made itself more important than the people that are around or in it. In Israel, the Palestinian people have been dehumanized in order to make it more palatable for the Israeli people to treat them with less respect or decency than Israeli citizens. In the United States, immigrant workers whether legal or illegal are treated with less respect and decency than American citizens.
The psychology involved in this is known as the creation of the ‘other’. Militarized societies have shown patterns of dehumanizing those who exist outside or on the fringes of mainstream society. The Nazi’s did it with the Jews. The United States did it with people of color, Native Americans, communists, labor movements, and more. China ostracized intellectuals and artists during the cultural revolution. Israel has created an Arab other that the West is currently in the process of learning. The new other is Arab, Muslim, and Middle Eastern. Western societies have dehumanized those in the Middle East as barbaric, fundamentalist, and extremist and this has made the people in the West simply yawn or change the channel when they hear about torture, murder, and atrocities committed against these human beings.
In addition to this creation of the other, militarized societies are able to utilize fear to reap huge profits with disastrous consequences to the environment. Militarized societies use unsustainable practices in the interest of ‘national defense’ or ‘homeland security’. Defense industries are allowed to pollute above acceptable levels, sensitive environments are destroyed, and all in the name of fear.
The economics and politics of militarized societies become entangled with one another. Since militarized societies spend huge amounts of money on defense and offense, weapons suppliers and manufacturers take on increased importance in the politics of such a nation. The military-industrial complex then begins to fund politicians who are more likely to benefit it, to create situations (i.e. wars) that require it, and manipulate public opinion to favor it.
Manipulation of the public can come in many forms in a militarized society, whether it is through the denial of science (global warming and Bush’s science advisers), polarization of a party line through talking points and giving preference to certain media over others (Bill O’Reilly, Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Clear Channel). When this begins to happen the public becomes misinformed and is more likely to believe the lie of the ‘other’ and allow the militarized society to infringe on the human rights, environment, and freedoms of not just the other, but of the militarized society itself.
Militarized societies lose freedom for the ‘other’ and freedom for themselves.
As human beings we are, by nature, social creatures. We live in groups, work in groups, and most of us spend our free time in group settings as well. If someone chooses to have less interaction with the society of humans in their day to day lives than most of us do, it is very likely that even they will be forced to have a certain amount of interaction with other human beings. The fact that there are more than six billion of us crowding onto this planet makes that a near certainty.
I do not claim that we are superior to animals in the way that we deal with one another. In many ways, I think we are inferior as we have often made things more complex than they need to be. That is the price we pay for being creatures that have an abundance of adaptation aimed towards decision making, time distinction, and self preservation. In point of fact, it is probable that mice aren’t exactly making plans, which may be the reason why mice aren’t generally killing themselves or having wars with one another.
Human beings have the ability to visualize and conceptualize a number of different future possibilities. This is what has made us such a successful (in terms of dominating our environment) species. It is probably also why we are able to justify the violence that we inflict on the natural world and upon one another. We are a self centered species. In fact, some would argue, that we are the only species with a sense of self. It is the unbridled concern with ourselves that have led us to violence, war, terrorism.
It is easy, as a human, to consider one’s own situation to be more important than the situation of a fellow human being (or fellow living thing for that matter). As an example, white farmers along the East Coast of the United States looked at the successful farms of their Cherokee neighbors and felt that it was more important that they (the white farmers) have the successful farms than their neighbors. The result was genocide and the tragic Trail of Tears as the Cherokee were forced from their fertile land to the dust bowl of Oklahoma.
This is a tragic example of what happens when morality, ethics, and human rights are not considered and the ‘self’ is allowed to run rampant over others. Human rights are a reminder that all humans deserve the same respect and consideration that the self does, whether that self is an individual, a community, an ideology, or a nation. Had the white farmers looked on the Cherokee as their equals, deserving of the same human rights, the Trail of Tears would certainly not have happened. Nor would the Israelis be treating the Palestinians like prisoners, nor would the Chinese be treating the Tibetans like lower than humans, nor would the United States be so quick to drop bombs on areas that non-combatants might be injured in.
Morality and ethics are codes that allow us to consider our actions without regard for the prejudice of the self. It is important that we utilize morality, ethics, and human rights any time that we consider the issues of violence, whether they be in regards to understanding or waging war, the causes and effects of terrorism, or the best ways to approach nonviolence and peace.
Consider peace without regard for human rights, this could easily become nothing more than harsh and dictatorial rule, and thus not be peace at all. Or the use of non-violence in situations where one’s morality and ethics might lead one to abandon this principle for some cause that benefits the greater good.
Morality and ethics are not universal, but human rights should be. If, when we study or engage in any phenomenon, we make our decisions with an eye towards promoting the greatest human rights, then, perhaps, we might become more than we have ever been. The social animal might become a better sort of creature, and perhaps we will even begin to make our decisions with an eye towards creature rights.
Gulf War Syndrome is Real.
Wow…what a surprise..I’m convinced that all those injections they gave me in bootcamp back in December of 1990 did some weird shit to me. They wouldn’t even tell us what they were, but there were dozens of them.
One of the best pieces of political commentary I have read in a while. Read this and know that you have a better understanding of the world than if you don’t. ~cd
(admin note: 11/10/08 first two paragraphs updated, see comment below)
November 7 / 9, 2008
The Promised Land?
Obama, Emanuel and Israel
By JOHN V. WHITBECK
In the first major appointment of his administration, President-elect Barack Obama has named as his chief of staff Congressman Rahm Emanuel, an Israeli Army veteran whose father, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, was a member of Menachem Begin’s Irgun forces, famous for the Deir Yassin massacre and the bombing of the King David Hotel, and named his son after “a Lehi combatant who was killed” – i.e., a member of Yitzhak Shamir’s Stern Gang, responsible for, in addition to atrocities against Palestinians, the assassination of the UN peace envoy Count Folke Bernadotte.
In rapid response to this news, the editorial in the next day’s Arab News of Jeddah was entitled “Don’t pin much hope on Obama – Emanuel is his chief of staff and that sends a message.” This editorial referred to the Irgun as a “terror organization” and concluded: “Far from challenging Israel, the new team may turn out to be as pro-Israel as the one it is replacing.”
That was always likely. Obama repeatedly pledged unconditional allegiance to Israel during his campaign, most memorably in an address to the AIPAC national convention which Israeli peace activist Uri Avnery characterized as “a speech that broke all records for obsequiousness and fawning”, and America’s electing a black president has always been more easily imagined than any American president’s declaring his country’s independence from Israeli domination.
Still, one of the greatest advantages for the United States in electing Barack Hussein Obama was the prospect that the world’s billion-plus Muslims, who now view the United States with almost universal loathing and hatred, would be dazzled by the new president’s eloquence, life story, skin color and middle name, would think again with open minds and would give America a chance to redeem itself in their eyes and hearts — not incidentally, drastically shortening the long lines of aspiring jihadis eager to sacrifice their lives while striking a blow against the evil empire.
The profound loathing and hatred of the Muslim world toward the United States, which has always had its roots in America’s unconditional support for the injustices inflicted and still being inflicted on the Palestinians, can fairly be considered the core of the primary foreign policy and “national security” problems confronting the United States in recent years. Why would Obama, a man of unquestioned brilliance, have chosen to send such a contemptuous message to the Muslim world with his first major appointment? Why would he wish to disabuse the Muslim world of its hopes (however modest) and slap it across the face at the earliest opportunity?
A further contemptuous message is widely rumored to be forthcoming — the naming as “Special Envoy for Middle East Peace” of Dennis Ross, the notorious Israel-Firster who, throughout the 12 years of the Bush the First and Clinton administrations, ensured that American policy toward the Palestinians did not deviate one millimeter from Israeli policy and that no progress toward peace could be made and who has since headed the AIPAC spin-off “think tank”, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Neverthess, since it is almost always constructive to seek a silver lining in the darkest clouds, a silver lining can be found and cited. For decades, the Palestinian leadership has been “waiting for Godot” — waiting for the U.S. Government to finally do the right thing (if only in its own obvious self-interest) and to force Israel to comply with international law and UN Resolutions and permit them to have a decent mini-state on a tiny portion of the land that once was theirs.
This was never a realistic hope. It has not happened, and it will never happen. So it may well be salutary not to waste eight more days (let alone eight more years) playing along and playing the fool while more Palestinian lands are confiscated and more Jewish colonies and Jews-only bypass roads are built on them, clinging to the delusion that the charming Mr. Obama, admirable though he may be in so many other respects, will eventually (if only in a second term, when he no longer has to worry about reelection) see the light and do the right thing. It is long overdue for the Palestinians themselves to seize the initiative, to reset the agenda and to declare a new “only game in town”.
Furthermore, in February, Israel will elect a new Knesset. Bibi Netanyahu, who, most polls and coalition-building calculations suggest, is most likely to emerge as the next prime minister, has one (if only one) great virtue. He is absolutely honest in not professing any desire (however insincere) to see the creation of any Palestinian “state” (whether decent or less-than-a-Bantustan in nature) or to engage in any talks (even never-ending and fraudulent ones) ostensibly about that possibility. His return to power would definitively slam the door on the illusion of a “two-state solution” somewhere over an ever-receding horizon.
This would constitute a blessing and a liberation for Palestinian minds and Palestinian aspirations. Their leadership(s) could then return, after a long, costly and painful diversion, to fundamental principles, to pursuing the goal of a democratic, nonracist and nonsectarian state in all of Israel/Palestine with equal rights for all who live there.
This just goal could and should be pursued by strictly nonviolent means. If the goal is to convince a determined and powerful settler-colonial movement which wishes to seize your land, settle it and keep it (eventually cleansing it of you and your fellow natives) that it should cease, desist and leave, nonviolent forms of resistance are suicidal. If, however, the goal were to be to obtain the full rights of citizenship in a democratic, nonracist state (as was the case in the American civil rights movement and the South African anti-apartheid movement), then nonviolence would be the only viable approach. Violence would be totally inappropriate and counterproductive. The morally impeccable approach would also be the tactically effective approach. The high road would be the only road.
No American president — least of all Barack Obama — could easily support racism and apartheid and oppose democracy and equal rights, particularly if democracy and equal rights were being pursued by nonviolent means. No one anywhere could easily do so. The writing would be on the wall, and the clock would be running out on the tired game of using a perpetual “peace process” as an excuse to delay decisions (while building more “facts on the ground”) forever.
Democracy and equal rights would not come quickly or easily. Forty years passed between when, on the night before his assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King cried out that he had been to the mountaintop and had seen the promised land and when Barack Obama was elected as president of the United States. (The Bible suggests a similar waiting period in the wilderness for Moses.) Forty-six years passed between the installation of a formal apartheid regime in South Africa and the election of Nelson Mandela as president of a fully democratic and nonracist “rainbow nation.”
While it may be be hoped that the transformation would be significantly quicker in Israel/Palestine, it is clear that many who already qualify as “senior citizens” will not live to see the promised land. However, if the promised land of a democratic state with equal rights for all is correctly and clearly perceived and persistently and peacefully pursued, there is ample reason for confidence that Israel/Palestine will one day experience the tearful exaltation of a “Mandela Moment” or an “Obama Moment”, restoring hope in the moral potential both of a nation and of mankind, and that the Jews, Muslims and Christians who live there will finally reach their promised land.
Now for our first installment of Ask the Terror Suspect:
Dear Terror Suspect,
What is the appropriate amount to tip for services other than dining? My grandfather always tipped a clean fresh dollar bill. Is that still a good tip?
Tipping has come a long way since the days of your grandfather. While a clean dollar bill will still buy you something (1/5 gallon of gas, a cheap chocolate bar, water) , Mr. Washington is not the power he used to be. To start, lets look at this.
In his book Thanks for the Tip, an anonymous New York waiter says that some female diners ask the waiter how much their date tipped. “They use it as a litmus test,” he writes. “They think that if you’re not generous with the waiter, you won’t be generous with them — whether that generosity is financial or emotional. Besides, bad tippers suck in bed.”
I was recently talking with some fellow guides and waiter friends about tips and among other things, we can’t figure out how someone will get a $5 beer or latte and tip a buck but they will take a 5 hour hike with us that costs $50 per person (with a family of four) or order a $75 bottle of wine and feel that tipping $2 is appropriate. I’ve worked in tipping positions for a long time and back when I was a bartender and waiter we used to say that Canadians and Europeans tipped the worst, mainly because tipping wasn’t such a huge part of the income for the same jobs in those places. Well, let me tell you, that has changed. Americans are now the worst tippers by far. And frankly, there is no excuse besides being cheap. As soon as someone starts to tell me how lucky I am to have my job and rushes to open the sliding van door themselves, I can be sure that no tip is coming. That’s why this story makes me laugh so hard, their poor wives! I wonder if they tipped better before getting married? lol.
Now, as to how much to tip. 10% of the overall price is a minimum unless you have lousy service from a grumpy and unpleasant person, then you are justified to tip nothing at all. In most decent circles, 15% is considered the right amount. If someone goes the extra mile for you, 20% shows your appreciation and will probably make the person tipped remember your name the next time they see you and perhaps provide other extras in the future. Regardless of overall price, if you are spending hours with someone and enjoying the time, $20 is a great way to show that. Jackson is the new Washington. One Andrew Jackson shows that you have style, class, and perhaps that you know what you are doing in the hay as well.
I hope this helps you Mr. President. btw, I’m not sure that you should tip the secret service but it can’t hurt.
On completely unrelated notes, here are two articles from Policy Today that I found interesting and enjoyable…first a letter from the publisher that suggests raising interest rates is a good idea.
And then this:
Having saved the world from itself over 60 years ago and put a man on the Moon 25 years later, Americans are a proud lot. But, time waits on no one. As the country’s vaunted financial infrastructure reports over $400 billion in write-offs and credit dries up, the transportation infrastructure watches its airlines charge for carrying a suitcase while bridges collapse, and its social security infrastructure sinks slowly into the abyss of insolvency, dare we ask, “what’s next?” Try energy. Meeting America’s energy needs and moving toward a low carbon future look increasingly distant. Full story.
I mentioned veteran suicide a few days ago. It’s not just vets and lower ranks. Also flag officers on active duty.
The commander of the 3rd Wing at Elmendorf Air Force Base died of what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound Sunday night, Air Force Col. Richard Walberg said Monday.
Brig. Gen. Thomas L. Tinsley, 45, appears to have shot himself in the chest with a handgun in his base house, Walberg said. It was unclear whether the shot was an accident or a suicide.
I’ve been reading Moby Dick lately. Started it a few days ago and haven’t been able to put it down. If my high school English teacher is reading this, I admit it, I read the cliff notes in 12th grade. On top of that, I’m glad because this book by Herman Melville is worthy of the title classic and I am experiencing it for the first time. I’m laughing to myself about the new search results that will bring people here. Now in addition to cross dressing ( a story about cross dressers in China), buttplug (The Bushplug), and penis (West Africans scared of having their penis stolen by magic), now I can add Dick to the terms that draw people here. Moby Dick is amazing. I’m laughing while I read it as Ishmael and his new head hunter friend cuddle and chat while sharing a bed, learn from each other about friendship, and meet several different types of religious zealots that all view life differently. I’m glad I’m reading it now, it would have been wasted on me in high school and I probably would have never read it again. I’m only about 100 pages in and the story is still just beginning, they’ve only just gotten berths on the ship and it is still in port. More on this later.
In the real world where truth is stranger than fiction (sometimes anyway), a group of Iowa citizens attempted to citizens arrest Karl Rove. That is so fucking cool.
Des Moines police arrested four people who tried to make a citizen’s arrest of Karl Rove on grounds of “treason, sedition and subversive activities leading to the deaths of 300,000 Iraqi civilians and 4,000 U.S. Military personnel,” according to AP.
And finally, I’m hoping that if I mention Obama enough, that he might enter my search engine results but so far he is way dwon below buttplug, sex with dog, penis, cross dresser, and other choice terms. I don’t know the calculus of worm demographics but worms apparently do understand calculus.
Worms calculate how much the strength of different tastes is changing – equivalent to the process of taking a derivative in calculus – to figure out if they are on their way toward food or should change direction and look elsewhere, says University of Oregon biologist Shawn Lockery, who thinks humans and other animals do the same thing.
Who knew that my worm bin was so smart?
Also, I am sad to report that this war on our psyche is indeed having a toll. Many veterans that never take a bullet are still being hit fatally by these wars we wage. Over 22,000 veterans called the suicide hotline set up for vets in the first year it was operating. This is probably about 10% of those who had thoughts of suicide. War has casualties that never get counted. Male veterans are twice as likely to commit suicide than men who are not veterans. The V.A. says that at least 6500 vets commit suicide each year. Add those to the U.S. casualty list and the number of dead goes up significantly.
Compare the issues among candidates here.
I had been considering voting for Obama. It’s created this sort of nauseated feeling in my gut as I’ve watched him swinging to the mainstream (sic. moderate Republican) view of things lately. A few examples are his recent support of a conservative supreme court decision regarding gun ownership, his kowtowing to religious and patriotic nutters, and his statements about how withdrawing troops from Iraq would be left up to field commanders. Not to mention his abandonment of his pledge to use public financing. I’ve never been in love with candidate Obama but I was considering voting for him as the least worst of the candidates available.
Until last night that is. Luckily for my integrity and churning guts, Ralph Nader showed up and spoke at the University of Hawaii last night. I voiced my fears to Nader, told him I had voted for him twice before (once writing him in on the Hawaii ballot in 2004) and that I wanted to vote for him but I was scared by what 8 years of Republican rule have already done to our country and that I felt we might not be able to survive another four years of it.
Nader asked where I was voting this year. I told him Hawaii. Then he laughed.
“You’re actually worried about Obama losing here? As long as we are in the electoral system, your vote only counts in Hawaii.”
I was confused at first but he explained it in further detail and I realized he was right. It is virtually impossible for Obama to lose in Hawaii and besides that, I’m not convinced that Obama is as big a change as he would have us believe anyway.
So I’m voting for Ralph Nader for the third time in three elections. For the record, here is my presidential voting record. In 1992 I voted for Ross Perot, this was my first election. I was voting not so much for Perot as for change and the inclusion of more than Republicans or Democrats in U.S. politics.
In 1996, I voted for Bill Clinton, I was drinking a lot in those days and couldn’t see far enough to find a viable third party candidate. Besides, I had just read Al Gore’s book and thought it was pretty cool that a Vice President could be an environmentalist.
In 2000 I voted for Bush…haha. Just kidding, I voted for Ralph Nader of course. Having just come off the highs of the WTO protests in 1999 and then having gone to the North American Anarchist Convention in L.A. during the Democratic Nominating Convention, I was not going to back the Democrats or Republicans despite the fact that I still had a soft spot for Al Gore. It was at this time that I really fell in love with the radical idealism of Ralph Nader. I saw him speak at several venues and everything he said resonated with me. In 2000, I am proud to say I voted for Ralph Nader. My vote for Nader was for Nader and everything he stands for…I wouldn’t change it.
In 2004, I voted for Nader again even though it virutally negated my vote here in Hawaii. I wrote him on the ballot here in Hawaii where he didn’t appear on the ballot and we don’t have a write in line. It’s my vote and it went to the man who I felt (and feel) is the most likely and able to put the United States back on the track of being a country I can be proud of.
And in 2008, I almost forgot that. A vote for Nader is not a vote for McCain, nor was it ever a vote for Bush. A vote for Nader is a vote for radical change in American politics. A vote for Nader is a vote for a man who has never had a credit card, never been in a McDonalds or Walmart (really!), and a vote for a man who started his life of public service by hitchhiking to Washington D.C. and getting autos made safe because he was tired of seeing his friends die in unsafe automobiles and who has continued to fight for principle, for truth, for liberty, and for justice for all, not just the few.
If Ralph Nader can show that he has 10% support in the country, he will be included in the Google debates with the major party candidates. If you want to see the candidates shaken to their core, pray for this to happen.
The event last night made me sad in a way, sad because I look at this great man and listen to his words and realize that my country could be great again if he were able to take the helm–and I see him being ignored by the mainstream media, being marginalized, and being villainized.
At the same time I feel this stirring of fire in my belly as I recognize that Ralph Nader has not given up, that he has not lost hope, and that he never will. This feeling that I get from this man who doesn’t hide from the nasty truth of our politics and yet who refuses to compromise his own values, politics, or ideals. This feeling is hope being born again, this feeling that is replacing the nausea I’ve been experiencing as Obama becomes like Clinton who is not really all that different from Bush…not really.
I’m going to vote for Nader…again. So should you. Ralph Nader is not a spoiler. In fact, he might be the only candidate that can prevent this entire country from going sour. Find out more and look at his platform at
Nader in Hawaii- Link http://starbulletin.com/2008/07/04/news/story07.html
On a side note, if you haven’t seen Ralph Nader speak, you need to. He is funny, inspiring, and approachable. He knows the issues, he knows the dynamics of foreign politics and policies, and he is the only guy that cares about everyone…not just the members of his party.
Hedy Lamarr was the teenage trophy wife of one of the world’s most notorious arms dealers. She used the information she picked up at his elegant dinner table to later patent a means of encrypting information for her adopted country, the US. A new play uses this technology, “frequency hopping”, as a metaphor for life and relationships.
There unfortunately doesn’t seem to be a transcript of the story, but it is worth a listen.
Screen siren Hedy Lamarr was more than just a pretty face. She also co-invented a secret communication method, based on spread spectrum technology, which is used to guide torpedoes. A new stage play, Frequency Hopping, looks at Lamarr’s unusual life. Playwright and director Elyse Singer talks about her dark comedy based on the collaboration between Hollywood’s glamour girl and “bad boy” composer George Antheil.