All being well, the next podcast should be published tomorrow, Saturday 20th February 2021.
Thanks again for your patience!
Unfortunately, TMR is having to take another break for a few weeks. Although we haven't been hit as hard as we were back in 2015 (when we were flooded on Boxing Day!), "Storm Christoph" has affected us slightly. The chimney has started leaking water into next door again, so I'm getting it removed. (It's no longer used and it causes trouble no matter how many times I get the flashing corrected). And the wooden floor in the lounge (which was replaced in 2016!) has been swelling up, so it needs dehumdifying and some correctional work. The day before yesterday, I was out digging gulleys at the side of the road to divert the water away from the house. It looks like it worked, because we avoided a full flood this time. All this—on top of replacing doors, getting a gas tank repositioned (and several carpets changed, due to a nightmare tenant who's thankfully moved out now)—means that I just don't have time at the moment to attend to TMR.
Anyway, at present my plan is to come back in February, most probably with another of the Movie Roundtable sessions, and then venture into organising more interviews. So, the next Movie Roundtable (which is scheduled for February) will be on the 1978 film "The Shout" starring Alan Bates, Susannah York and John Hurt. It's an odd film. It's classified as "horror", but I'm not sure that's too helpful. "Supernatural drama"? Maybe closer. Whatever, it's very atmospheric and throws up some questions about belief (in particular, willingness to believe) and its connection to real or imagined supernatural events.
Thanks for your patience.
Featured: Recent Programme
We are joined by Professor Paul Marik, M.D., Endowed Professor of Medicine and Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in the Eastern Virginia Medical School, for an interview on the work of his alliance—Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC)—and its ground-breaking treatment protocols for COVID-19.
Best known for its "MATH+" protocol which included an option to use the well-known drug ivermectin, the Alliance has now developed a new protocol, "I-MASK+", that places ivermectin centre stage—a cheap, ubiquitous and well-tolerated drug which, in combination with other treatments and properly administered by medical doctors, has the potential to save countless thousands of lives.
Dr. Marik also shares with us about some of the struggles he and his colleagues have experienced in trying to alert the world to these developments, and laments the ongoing "crimes against humanity" as life-saving treatments are widely ignored due to financial and politicial pressures.
We hope to be joined by Dr. Eric Harrison MD, Collaborative Professor of Medicine at the Morsani School of Medicine, University of South Florida, USA.
Dr. Harrison, who heads up the "Harrison COVID-19 Research Group" (http://www.harrisoncovid19researchgroup.com/), will speak with us about his group's Interim Therapy for CoViD-19—a fascinating multiple protease inhibitor combination therapy using cheap and widely-available over-the-counter substances, inspired by the strategic thinking of Sun Tzu.
"Dr. Harrison received his medical degree from the University of Kentucky. He is a founding physician of the University of South Florida Medical School, and served as co-director of the Cardiology Center at Tampa General Hospital for thirteen years. He is currently Medical Director of the Outpatient Cardiovascular Health Center in Tampa at Memorial Hospital, and the National Director of Advanced Cardiac Imaging of Iasi Healthcare Inc . which owns and operates 15 acute care hospitals in Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Utah, Arizona, and Nevada. He is a preceptor for the University of South Florida Medical School, Saba University Medical School of the Netherland Antilles, CSU College of Pharmacy in Chicago, and Midwestern University College of Pharmacy."
In-between interviews, we shall continue the TMR Movie Roundtable with a growing list of titles that connect with themes covered on the podcast over the last several years.
On the list at the moment—and in no definite order—are: THX 1138, George Lucas's first feature film from 1971, starring Donald Pleasance and Robert Duvall; Minority Report, the conceptual-science-fiction action film from 2002, starring Tom Cruise; Close Encounters of the Third Kind (which needs no introduction); and Hearts and Minds, the famous documentary film about the Vietnam War from 1974, directed by Peter Davis. Also 1984, starring John Hurt, and Fahrenheit 451.
(Other films are also being considered. If you have any suggestions, do let me know.)
Our roundatble guests will be drawn from the usual talented crew—Frank Johnson, Mark Campbell, GK, Johnny Iron and Anthony Rotunno—but you never know, the guest list keeps growing, so there's no telling what will happen.
We shall welcome once again the one and only Alan "Howling Laud" Hope, leader of the UK's Official Monster Raving Loony Party, for an interview on his new book "The Great White Hope : The Life and Times of Alan ‘Howling Laud’ Hope".
"Alan ‘Howling Laud’ Hope – Hampshire lad, father, grandfather, Rock and Roll star, hotelier, publican, Mayor of Ashburton, and Leader of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party. The longest serving Party Leader in Great Britain in over 150 years. A man who has rubbed shoulders with Prime Ministers and Rock Stars, and everyone in between. A man who enjoys life. A life of many highs, and some lows. If you have an interest in politics, are excited by Rock and Roll, or both, you should read this book and trace Alan’s life from the birth of Rock and Roll to today’s political confusions. And for the very first time, you can read the full story of when Alan sent The Beatles packing with their tails between their legs in December 1961. Alan has lived his life to the full. Or better, has lived all his lives to the full. Some might say that Alan takes the ‘P’ out of ‘Politics’. But Alan would just say: “It’s all been ‘Sutch’ good fun!” "—Publicity
We shall welcome once again the theologian and lecturer Dr. Martin Erdmann, Director of the Verax Institute, for a follow-up interview on the subject of Civil Religion.
"American Civil Religion is the most effective rival religion to true Christianity in the US"—Martin Erdmann
As a fish is unaware of the water in which it swims, so the majority of Americans do not perceive that there exists in the US today a state religion, incompatible with true Christianity, yet not openly opposed to it. Feeding on the many symbols, events, ideals and heroes of America's history and public life, and borrowing from the language and metaphors of Christianity, this state religion vies for the allegiance of every citizen. Arguing that every state cultivates its own particular brand of civil religion, Dr. Erdmann encourages us to stand firm when our allegiance to Christ is challenged by the state, and advises us to remain vigilant as we approach the days of a global civil religion.
We shall be joined by Dr. Matthew R. X. Dentith, editor of the new academic book Taking Conspiracy Theories Seriously, published by Rowman & Littlefield (November 2018).
The interview will explore Dr. Dentith's own research, as a PhD philosopher, on Conspiracy Theory Theory, and include discussion of various views as expressed in the edited collection.
Matthew Dentith, PhD (Auckland), is the author of The Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories (Palgrave, 2014), the first single-author book-length treatment of the philosophical issues surrounding conspiracy theory, and editor of Taking Conspiracy Theories Seriously (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018), an edited collection of the most recent work on conspiracy theory theory. He has been a Fellow in the Institute for Research in the Humanities (ICUB) at the University of Bucharest, and the New Europe College in Bucharest. His current research project focuses on conspiracy theory, conspiracy theory theory, and secrecy.