It’s just a storyline.

This is the sort of plotting that would start a novel. Sidelines and subplots, every character has a role to play even if they seem to be an irrelevant aside for most of the story. It looks disjointed until you start to pull the threads tighter towards the end. Remember, it’s just a story.

So let’s see. Suppose I have a small but wealthy group of people and we want to control absolutely everyone in the world.

It would have to be a long slow process. There might only be, say, fifty of us. Fifty against seven billion is not good odds. We can’t just have a fist-fight, we have to train the drones to do as we say.

There’s really only one effective way to do that. Get them all terrified and promise to save them. Again, just setting off a few explosions, letting a disease run rampant and arranging a few random shootings is no good. That’s on the news every day anyway. It all happens somewhere else. No, for this horror story, it has to be a personal fear instilled in each and every one.

We could do it with ebola. A very scary disease. Keep telling them it could become airborne and let them think that means it will just float around the world until it finds them. Let it loose in the West? Bad idea. Let something like that loose and it might affect us, the conspirators. Once it’s loose it might be hard to control.

Better to just have a couple of easily contained cases and then spread rumours that there are many more. Rumours of cover-ups and of patients disappearing. The drones lap that stuff up.

Not if it comes direct from us though. They don’t trust us. We are ‘Them’, the shadowy ones controlling governments. We have the photos of the politician’s indiscretions, the ones we set them up with before we helped them into power. No, the rumour has to come from someone they think is exposing us.

We aren’t sowing fear and panic. We are accused of trying to prevent fear and panic by the ones sowing fear and panic. Clever, eh?

With maybe five real cases, all easily contained and the disease eradicated from our shores, we can strike terror into the hearts of millions. With nothing more than a rumour. They will clamour to pay for a vaccine that does nothing, to protect against a disease that isn’t there. What’s in the vaccine? Heh heh heh.

Still, seven billion is too many to control. We need to cut their numbers. Tell them the planet is overpopulated. They’ll believe it, especially those who live in cities. Sure, those in the countryside will read those words, look out of their window at the speck of their neighbour’s house in the distance, and maybe wonder. It’s the neighbour who is causing overpopulation. It’s the other guy’s fault. They will believe it because they will all believe that someone else has to die to save the planet. Fate’s finger never points at them.

In fact, who has to die is absolutely never defined. Never, ever, say ‘Sorry mate, it’s you.’ As long as it’s some vague ‘other people’ being eradicated, everyone supports it.

The time will come when the population must be heavily culled. Wars help, especially if we set up some really nasty barbarians and give them lots of money and weapons. They will do a lot of eradicating for us and when the time is right, the world will demand we eradicate the barbarians. Then we can nuke them with full public approval. Even the Greens won’t care if we nuke a desert full of camel-spiders and scorpions.

Some countries allow people to have guns and other weapons. We have to take those weapons away. A few drugged-up kids shooting up schools and attacking policemen will do it as long as the gunman always dies before anyone finds out who drugged him. Knives – easy. People have been cut and stabbed since humans discovered the pointy stick. Airguns and BB guns are guns. ‘Nuff said.

Bows, well, let’s start with the scary crossbow. It’s not like the sport bow. For one thing, it’s much easier for the uintrained to use. It’s a way into banning all forms of bow, and the sport-bow users will, like the vapers, never see it coming. Then we ban dogs. They have an unfortunate habit of defending their owners and that would be highly inconvenient. Gradually, incrementally, we render our targets defenceless and the best part is, they will insist we do it.

Meanwhile we can use bigoted idiots to push their own little controls. We have no intention of keeping the idiots. When the time is right we just throw them to the baying mob. Prohibitionists of all shades will get their day in the smoke-free sunshine but when night falls, it falls on their heads. Like a big starry hammer.

The internet is a major obstacle. We cannot hit all the world at once. Any part we hit first will tell the rest of the world what is happening and then the game is up. The internet has to go.

Regulation? Censorship? It’ll shut down the compliant drones but not the TOR-savvy ones, and those are the ones we most need to silence. How?

Fill the news with talk of asteroids and solar flares. Near misses, time and again. Explain how a big solar flare could wipe out communications and keep drumming that message in.

It all takes time but we have time. We can wait.

Finally we, or rather one of our useful idiots, will tell the news of an impending solar flare that’s going to silence all electronics. Turn off your computer until it’s over. We then shut down the internet and all phones and power and everything else. The last thing they hear is that there are several asteroids heading our way and the experts hope they will miss.

They won’t, because they aren’t real. When the nukes go off in densely populated areas, static-ridden news will claim they were asteroid strikes. What a pity all communications are offline, or someone could try to check.

Finally, we use the powers we have set up to remove ‘potential terrorists’. There is a global emergency due to the ‘solar flare’ and the ‘asteroids’. It needs a co-ordinated global response and we can’t tolerate anyone causing problems. If you want to live, if you want to be saved, do as we say and we’ll save you.

Now we no longer need those useful idiots. The mob can have them – well, the ones who weren’t already deliberately based in densely populated areas. Now we have a few million people worldwide, all of whom are clamouring for salvation and willing to give everything they have in exchange.

We don’t want their money. We have more than they can imagine anyway.

What we want is someone to run the power stations, drive the limo, cook dinner and clean the toilets. Meanwhile we can make use of our vast hunting grounds for sport, take our pick of the serving wenches and relax while the plebs cater to our every whim. Including the darker whims. Then we are kings, each of us lords of vast tracts of the planet with our subordinate drones doing anything we want done.

 

It’s a sketchy outline. An idea. A thought for a story.

Really. It’s just a story.

It has a huge plot hole too. If you reduce the population to five million and they are all compliant drones, who is training doctors? Scientists? Sewage workers?

The elite will all die of chicken pox as soon as they win. ‘Thinking it through’ is not their strong point.

Random thoughts.

No work tomorrow. Tonight should have been Smoky-Drinky but I have eaten something yesterday that’s in a hurry to leave today. It’s safer to stay home with this bottle of Glen Orrin rather than risk finding a toilet occupied. The whisky will flush it out.

I have some films from Poundland’s Halloween selection. ‘The Hollow Man’ has spectacular special effects but the plot has more holes than a doyley. They know he’s dangerous, they know the animals in the previous experiments became dangerous, but nobody ever thinks to… lock his door. And when you punch the madman and he falls down, you do not turn your back and slowly walk away. They do this over and over!

A possibly little-known film, ‘No Tell Motel’, turned out to be a good one. Two major plot points were entirely predictable before they were revealed and it starts with the usual ‘teenage road trip, crash, have to spend the night in the derelict motel’ theme but it did have a lot of nice twists. The ending was totally unexpected and perfect. I can’t really say much more without spoiling it.

The third is ‘Deranged’. I’ll watch that one later.

Scotland now has a law that shops must charge for bags. Irritating, but not very. I have a small rucksack. I just take that with me.

The charge is five pence, the kind of coin few people bother to pick up if they drop it. I know this because I keep finding them. Well, scanning the ground is second nature after two years in that job.

This will totally bugger up Poundland. They are set up to charge one pound for everything. They are not set up to give every customer 95p change when they charge for a bag. I suspect people will soon start picking up their own dropped 5p coins. They are suddenly useful.

Tobacco plants did not do well this year. That cold snap in August pretty much stopped them growing and they aren’t going to have time to flower now. Pity I was on holiday when it happened, I could have moved them into the greenhouse. Well, I’ll try again next year.

I have five years to get them growing wild. The pressure is on!

That’s enough babble. Back later with something more serious.

 

I don’t like mornings.

Last morning shift tomorrow and then it’s a smoky-drinky tomorrow night, then back to decent human hours starting at 6 pm next week. I won’t  have to deal with much of that daylight crap at all.

For tonight then, here is a stand-in rant from a professor of psychology and neuroscience, to counter the rantings of some poncy rich gym owner who thinks science is proven whenever his flabby arse or face (interchangeable) speaks the answer.

One more morning of work and then normality.

Still, I did get to watch a good film tonight. Poundland had this one cheaper than Amazon so I risked it. There were at least two entirely predictable plot points but the ending… I really did not see that coming. Much death and horribleness but a clever story over the top. It was a good one.

Right. Last early night and then the madness can resume.

 

Time to put the kids to bed.

I once worked with a guy who claimed to have a pet chameleon. My first response was ‘How do you know?’ Maybe he was sold an empty box. If he could see the chameleon then it was probably just a gecko.

At least chameleons are real. Well, probably real. I’ve never seen one but then, they could be everywhere. That 85% of second-hand smoke that is odourless and invisible draws a slightly different response to the chameleon story.

‘How did you find it, and why were you even looking for it?’

What makes someone try to measure something that cannot be detected? It’s spookier than ghosthunting. Researchers into ghosts and demons have at least anecdotal evidence to work with, even though science has not yet found (or even looked for) any kind of ghost-detecting machine. EMF meters detect EMF. They have a purpose but it’s not a paranormal purpose. For ghosthunters, they serve only to deplete your wallet. Best not get me started on the lucrative business of selling expensive equipment to people who don’t know what it measures. That gets the red mist going.

The magic spooky-smoke appeared in the Aberdeen Press and Journal today. In the print version, the article was titled ‘Second hand smoke kills children in their sleep’ and when I read that in the staff room, I exclaimed ‘Good. It’s the kindest way of wiping out the little buggers. Far kinder than any of the things I’ve thought of.’

We have a new bread slicer in Local Shop’s bakery. I have toyed with the idea of leaving a trail of sweets to a big bar of chocolate in the blades. They probably won’t let me. Not even for Halloween. I’ll just have to write about it instead.

Today I explained to an idiot why there are no wasps any more. They have flown south for the winter. That’s why nobody takes winter holidays in Spain. We go there in the summer when the wasps are all here.

Tomorrow I think I will extol the virtues of a bottle a day of syrup of figs as a preventive measure against second hand smoke. Flushes it out of the system before it can start a cancer. As long as you keep that system permanently flushing you’ll be fine. Yes, I’m the one who has to clean the toilets in the shop but it will be well worth it.

The study claims that one smoker in a house produces a fug that is three times thicker than a Beijing smog. Blimey. He must have a very big pipe indeed. A mouthpiece on the fireplace at the very least, with all the household’s towels stuffed up the chimney.

It is of course nonsense. It is based on smoke in a sealed chamber with nobody opening any doors or windows. I open doors all the time, it’s how I get in and out of my house. It’s just tradition, I suppose. Windows are usually open too, except for yesterday when the icy blast changing the air in the entire house every three seconds was a bit too much. I could have smoked an entire crop of tobacco yesterday and there wouldn’t have been any smoke in the house. Aberdeen might have had a one-man smog event though.

We are all used to the nonsense spouted by the antismokers now and also by those who try to curry favour with them. Yes, antismoking vapers, I am looking at you. The Quisling approach really didn’t work out for you did it? Well…

cupofcareI know this does not apply to all vapers so I have to distinguish between the two. Henceforth, vapers who are still real people will still be called vapers. Those Quislings who think they will gain the favour of the Righteous by joining in the hate will be referred to as ‘vapists’. I’ll have to suggest the term to the antismokers, that could be fun to watch.

If your children are still awake at this time then it is most definitely Hammertime. Children should be asleep now, dreaming of iPads and Xboxes and other ways to bankrupt their parents and attract the immigrants from Paedoistan. They should not be awake now.

If you smoke, they have no business even being alive.

Funny thing is… my dad smoked. So did at least one, often both, of my friend’s parents.

That was fifty years ago. None of us have yet died. So maybe it doesn’t work.

We’ll have to try something else.

Who is Hal Brandt?

I think I’m getting the hang of Twitter. It’s for those news stories that don’t merit a full blog post, just a quick one-liner. Those where the idiocy speaks for itself.

This post is not about smoking or politics. It’s about the inner workings of a writer’s mind and where ideas come from. It may bore you to tears. You have been warned.

My job at Local Shop requires little thought, most of the time. It has been most helpful in showing me how happy, compliant drones think, which is very useful for ‘Panoptica’.

Stimpy, the new guy, is absolutely perfect. He switches off if the conversation gets away from his narrow comfort zone. Literally. It’s like watching a robot go into power-saving mode. Bring it back into his comfort zone and he’s fully animated again. I’d never have believed it if I hadn’t seen it. You can turn him on and off like a light bulb, with just a few words. Imagine a society full of people conditioned to do that. You don’t have to imagine very hard.

Since the job is on autopilot I can let my mind wander and hope it comes back. Sometimes it comes back with ‘Hey, what about this then?’ It did that today.

One of the other stories in the works is ‘Channelling’, about a TV fake-psychic who finds the ghosts can really talk to him. This is the one I wrote as a short story, but then found I had a ‘Chapter One’. The first part ends with his total mental collapse. The ghosts can talk to him but he cannot control or filter any of it. He is in a permanent shouting crowd.

In the hospital, he is dosed up with drugs that stop ‘the voices’. This stems from a thought I had years ago when hearijng about such drugs foir schizophrenia. The drugs stop the patient hearing the voices – is that because the voices aren’t real and the drug fixes something? What if the voices are real and the drug just blocks the patient’s ability to hear them?

If he takes the drugs he doesn’t hear or see the ghosts. The hospital won’t let him leave with the drugs at the strength they are using. He has to be on a lower dose or no dose to get out. If they lower the dose, he sees and hears the ghosts again. No way out.

This is where two ghosts come in. The psychic manages to reason with the ghosts. They want him to get messages to their families. He can’t do that if he can’t get out of the hospital. They have to leave him alone so he can convince the doctors to let him go.

The ghosts agree. All but two leave him. One of the two is called Hal Brandt.

That name has a history. Years ago, when rummaging through EVPs posted online (recordings of claimed ghost voices) I came across one that had sparked an argument over what it said. To me it sounded like someone saying, very slowly and clearly, ‘My name is Hal Brandt’. So there might actually be a ghost of that name out there.

I had this fictional ghost introduce himself in the same way. He spoke slowly and clearly. I had no idea why, other than that was how I heard it all those years ago.

There comes a point in writing a story where it’s not work any more. You are no longer struggling to work out what happens next or what a character would do. They come alive and the story wrirtes itself. Motivations and histories just appear. All you are doing is documenting it. This does mean that the beginning will often change completely.

That happened with ‘Channelling’ today when the thought came –  ‘Who is Hal Brandt?’

I realised that he has been doing things that mark him as ‘different’. He has a plan. An agenda. He has a very big use for this psychic and he is not yet telling what it is. Even that introduction – the name spoken slowly and clearly in a ‘Remember this’ kind of way. Hal Brandt is up to something.

Who is he? Where did he come from? How did he die? What is he planning? Hal Brandt has a very interesting backstory and it is linked to the story’s bad guy. This is where a lot of new stories come from. Offshoots of existing ones. It’s why the Blackthorns keep showing up, and why so many stories take place in or near Marchway. One day I will see how all the bits join together – if they do – and the result will probably keep a whole team of psychoanalysts occupied for a very long time.

I think I might have my short story for Halloween. The origin of the ghost called Hal Brandt.

Enough talk. I have plenty of finger-fuel but not much time tonight (early start tomorrow). Still, the wind is howling beautifully, the rain sounds like teeth on the windows and I hear the sound of things breaking in the distance. It’s a perfect writing night.

Have to make the best of it. I might even take the little Acer to work tomorrow, for those quiet patches.

ISIS takes on the ice kingdom.

Apparently ISIS have declared war on Russia.

Great move, guys. You already have America bombing you, among others, and soon you’ll have to contend with Russian bombers too. Well, you started it.

The timing of their statement of intent to fly the squiggly flag over the Kremlin is historically perfect too. Just at the onset of winter. Just like Napoleon and Hitler. The difference being that Napoleon and Hitler came from countries where they actually had a little experience of snow and ice. Not from a hot desert. Both Napoleon and Hitler thought ‘Oh, it’s just snow’. No. it’s Russian snow. Colder and deeper and thicker.

The Russians will do what they did last time, and the time before. Let the invaders come and let the winter wipe them out. Then pick off the last few stragglers.

ISIS are convinced they are going to win despite taking a hell of a hammering at Kobane at the moment. They really believe they will defeat Russia. As far as I recall, the only ones to bring down Russia were… the Russians. Then they turned it into a Communist hell-hole for many years but they still lived there because nobody else wants to. Nobody wants to invade Russia. It gets seriously bloody cold there. If you’re going to invade somewhere that cold, try Antarctica but do it quickly before Obama arms the rebel penguins.

The problem ISIS have is the same as all those previous holy-war nutcases. They genuinely believe God is on their side and if the creator of all… um… creation is on your side, you cannot possibly lose.

That belief leads to such supreme overconfidence that they will walk straight at the machine guns of the enemy. They cannot be killed, God is on their side and all those others of God’s creation are all God’s mistakes. Rejects. Miscasts. Bubbles in the moulding. It is the duty of God’s chosen ones to remove these unfit and unworthy creations from the world and God is going to help them every step of the way.

They really believe that. They are not the first, and won’t be the last. The Crusaders believed it too. Not too many of those around these days, are there?

Not many Viking Berserkers or Celts around either. They believed in predestination. If today is your day to die then it doesn’t matter how much armour you strap on, you will die. If today is not your day to die, you can fight naked with a sword and you’ll be fine.The logic is beyond circular. It’s spherical. It is also impossible to argue with.

After the battle: ‘Where’s Sven?’

‘Dead. It must have been his day to die.’

‘Well, he did charge the archers naked…’

‘If it wasn’t his day to die he’d still be here.’

‘But if he had worn armour he might still be here.’

‘Not if it was his day to die.’

It cannot break, no matter what you say. ISIS have this mentality. Same as the Celts and Vikings. Death while fighting for the God(s) sends you to eternity in Heaven/Valhalla/a lap dancing club in Chelsea, depending on your beliefs. God is on your side. You cannot lose and if you die trying you get to spend eternity with 72 internet Warcrafters virgins.

Oh yeah, Allah has a sense of humour.

Losing Kobane should break the mentality for many of them but not all. Many will think that one loss proves God is not looking after them. Some will just say ‘Oh well, it’s God’s will’ and move on to the next town.

A lot of those who stay will have doubts. They will be less keen to run at the guns and less confident of winning. When you set an army up to believe they can never lose, one loss will break them

Kobane could well be that loss.

If it isn’t, Russia will be.

Coincidences.

I’m a bit jet-lagged. This week I will be on morning shifts. Not all bad, the shift finishes at 2:30 pm so I can access all the shops for a change. Aldi sold me a very nice saw rail for a fiver the other day. It’ll be good to not be limited to Tesco or the Co-op for a week.

In theory, the promised pay rise that enticed me back to the job (but didn’t happen) will actually materialise in next month’s pay. If it doesn’t I’ll be working somewhere else for Christmas. Getting a job in this town, especially at this time of year, is not at all difficult as long as you aren’t fussy. In fact, if you are a slow shopper you might get press-ganged and wake up with a uniform on. The only ones not working here are the ones who physically can’t, and the ones who don’t want to. Even being as thick as iced treacle is no barrier here.

Anyway.

There are two UK nuclear power stations closed down because of cracks in the containment thingie. Obviously nobody wants another Chernobyl so it makes sense to shut them and fix them. Today, Didcot power station (fossil fuel, coal I think) caught fire. So that’s going to be on low to zero output for a while. No defined cause has been reported, apparently it’s not arson or terrorism.

But hey, nothing to worry about. We have all those windmills and it’s been windy so that’s all fine and dandy. Except… Hurricane Gonzo (it’s some Spanish name or other even though it isn’t going to hit Spain) will hit the UK tomorrow and require the closing down of all the windmills.

Just as this hurricane arrives we have three power stations out of use. What a coincidence.

Speaking of Spain, Josie Manual Barrackobama of Spain, currently the head honcho for the EU, has humiliated the Cameroid by telling him that the immigration controls he wants to negotiate are not negotiable. The best the Cameroid can do is wave a red cape at those incomers and shout ‘Ole’ as they pass him on the way to the benefits office. He does not need the EU to negotiate on migrants. He just needs to stop paying them to come, so those who want work will come and those who want freebies won’t. Then again, he probably can’t do that either unless he takes us out of the EU, and he won’t ever let that happen. He almost lost Scotland. He won’t risk losing an entire continent.

Coincidentally (oh no it isn’t), the Tory rag, the Daily Mail, has now focused on the desperate state of the NHS in Labour-run Wales and the imminent stomping of Labour by the even-leftier Scottish Nannying Puritans in Scotland. I’m sure this isn’t all just to deflect attention from yet another Cameroid screw-up. Must be just a coincidence.

Incidentally, those Lefties who insist the Mail is a ‘right wing’ paper are missing the point that the Mail hate UKIP as much as they hate Labour. Forget ‘left and right’. That’s all crap anyway. It’s a Tory paper.

The WHO’s Frantic Conspiracy for Total Control meeting has passed, in secret, plans for a global tobacco tax which will have organised crime sending them ‘thank-you’ notes and bunches of flowers with smiling horses’ heads in them. They also (in secret) demand total transparency from everyone else. They must close their meetings with a rendition of Black Sabbath’s ‘Irony man’.

Well you can demand whatever you want in secret. If I don’t know about it I don’t have to conform to it. Not that I would anyway.

Giddy with power and possibly with Russian vodka and a bad case of intelligence deprivation, these spotty goblins plan to extend their silliness to food and drink. They will dictate to governments what these new taxes must be (they will be big) and also what the taxes will be spent on. They will be spent on providing the WHO with free booze, baccy and burgers.

Many are quite justifiably outraged. I think it’s wonderful. It’s the sort of thing that can bring down a government overnight. Forget about that ‘occupy democracy’ shower of shite. Never bother pointing out that if a small group of people ‘occupy democracy’ then it’s not democracy at all any more. Don’t concern yourself with explaining that sitting on some grass and droning some damn hippie dirge to the accompaniment of an out of tune acoustic guitar, fairtrade bongos and a tie-dyed triangle accomplishes no more than flattening the grass. Oh no, none of that will have any effect.

Even Rusty Bland and his one-man directionless revolution won’t do a single thing.

Just wait until his pizza has a 300% tax added to it. Wait until Dwayne and Chantelle find their case of Red Stripe now requires three benefits cheques and a month’s proceeds of their sole-trader shoplifting enterprise rather than just a few quid. Wait until the queue at MacDonald’s find that the 99p burger now has an asterisk that leads to small print that says ‘plus £3 WHO tax with VAT on top’. Wait until cigarette prices jump overnight from ‘just plain silly’ to ‘fucking hell, what?’

Then you’ll see some rage.

Coincidentally, in the UK you can now be jailed for two years for being angry at someone on Twitter. ‘Trolling’ is a term that originated in fishing. You row your boat upwind on a lake, drop your. line in the water and let the wind slowly take you across the lake. Basically, you drop your baited hook and wait to see what bites. To a fly-fisher, that is the epitome of lazy fishing. Almost as lazy as ledgering and almost as boring as sunbathing. But people do all those things.

The internet took that term and used it in much the same way. Trolls would drop in a comment on a forum and then sit back and watch the Offended swarm in a frenzy, like goldfish around a pile of maggots. These trolls made no threats. They just stirred up trouble – but only where there were idiots willing to play.

Now, a troll is someone with the wrong opinion. There are a lot of us now. The drones are already calling for re-education camps because they don’t think for a moment that they could ever end up in one.

Actually I could have ended that last sentence at ‘moment’ and it would have been grammatically and factually accurate.

What a piss-weak species we have become. We crumble at an insult, we retreat into a tearful foetal position at a threat from an idiot on the other side of the planet, one who does not even know where we live or what we look like and who is too far away to do anything about it anyway. We must have laws to track them down and put them in prison, lest they offend some other feeble bastard who needs to concentrate to breathe.

Children keep getting eaten by zoo animals because they have been taught that all animals are cute and friendly and just like the ones in that Eden they are not allowed to believe in because that would offend religions that don’t believe it.

They are allowed to believe in Santa, naturally.

Children are also taught that all adults want to poke things into their bottoms and then kill them in horribly inventive ways. This is not true. Some adults are like this. We call them ‘sick bastards’ and when the courts get hold of them, they tell them that have been very naughty and then send them on their way because they have not threatened anyone on Twitter. You cannot call modern British justice a joke. It’s not even remotely funny.

I can assure all children that I have no wish to poke anything into anywhere as far as they are concerned. Children are disgusting. I prefer you all to be somewhere else, thank you very much.

Stewart Cowan thinks that part of the new control freakery will be a one-world religion. I agree. Religion is a massively effective means of control and includes the delightful side-effect that its adherents can be induced to spontaneously exterminate any free thinkers without Those in Control bothering to do anything

However, Stewart thinks it is Satanism that is the New Religion. That’s because Stewart is a committed Christian and Satanism is the diametric opposite. It won’t work because not all religions have a Satan. There is only one thing that can convert almost all adherents to all religions to one New World Religion and that is proof that transcends belief.

Does the proof have to be real? Of course not. The last few decades have shown that the people will believe any old shit if it has ‘expert’ in front of it.

The new religion will be scientifically proven. No religion can compete with data against belief. No vicar’s description of Heaven will ever match up to a CGI reconstruction. Not with the  drones.

So science has to change to ‘prove’ an afterlife. Well now, science has ‘proved’ third hand smoke and ‘proved’ that red wine both causes and prevents cancer so this will be easy.

Coincidentally

 

It’s a fun game, isn’t it?