In a recent article in The Guardian, actor John Cusack refers to himself as “an apocalyptic shit-disturber.” And a vindicated Cassandra — as I interpeted it. I don’t know where he got that first phrase, but I like it. For one thing, there is a lot of shit to be disturbed; two, if you are going to do that, might as well do it “apocalyptically.” Meaning, if that is how people perceive you anyway, let them! Cold Cassandras and other weirdos? well ok, that’s just a phrase for destiny…
So Cassandras like Cusack make apocalyptic warnings that go unheard. That’s their tragedy. And, it’s a rainbow of disappointments without a pot of gold because when the predictions do come true, no one is grateful. By the time the crisis arrives, everyone is too busy dealing with it to remember — or care — who tried to warn them…
But Cusack — based on the article I read — is not bitter. He’s more concerned with let’s call it personal box office, or lack thereof. He surmises the shortage of intriguing projects is either because he is “older” or gone “cold.” — Meaning, he is not generating media attention of the right sort.
Going all Blank
We mentioned Cusack in an earlier article for a couple of reasons. One, his 1990s film Grosse Pointe Blank struck a chord with movie audiences and with yours truly. By coincidence I lived in one of the five Grosse Points (west of Detroit) for a time and became somewhat aware of the social issues the film raises — or comes, delicately, close to raising. Or implies, as it avoids raising them…
Reason two for our previous reference to the film: Martin Blank, the name of Cusack’s assassin character, is the name of a real-life Cassandra.
Or was. This real life Martin Blank — that’s Dr. Martin Blank to you and me — who passed away in June 2018, taught at Columbia University. Professor Blank specialized in bioelectrochemistry — which meant warning a large audience about the dangers of ELF / RF radiation’s effects, even at low frequencies, especially 0n our DNA. Low, non-ionizing frequencies.
Toward the end of his life Dr. Martin Blank wrote Overpowered: The Dangers of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMF) and What You Can Do about It
You remember the film Grosse Pointe Blank. Silly, entertaining and comic. A government-connected hitman returns his home town for some business, and to attend his 10-yr high school reunion. Black comedy, absurdity to rival French 18th C. plays. The expert who is not believed. John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Alan Arkin, Dan Aykroyd.
Cold Cassandras, ELF, DNA…
Among the extensive body of research and writing Dr. Blank produced, was a now well-known theory — evidence — that DNA can act as a fractal antenna. Meaning it can receive and communicate to builder-proteins, effects of extremely low frequency radiation, such as that emitted by various radio devices such as mobile phones. This is a bit complex and totally fascinating, but this short article is not the place to plunge into it right now. We do intend to talk about it more, later.
But here are links to the text of a New York Times obituary of Dr. Blank, and a longer article / obituary from the Electromagnetic Safety Alliance.
Obituary: Leading EMF expert Dr. Martin Blank, Ph.D (from Electromagnetic Safety Alliance)
Copy in legacy.com of the Dr. Blank obituary in The New York Times.