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PTL returns

February 14, 2008

In my world — currently Acting Department Chair — PTL stands for “part-time lecturer,” not “praise the lord.”

I’m looking forward to May 22, when the ultimate part-time lecturer returns — to the big screen: “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”

Apparently, the plot concerns…

According to MTV’s Shawn Adler:

1:26: The biggest spoiler of the trailer: a shot of a box with the words “Roswell, New Mexico 1947” etched on the side in white paint. Assuming that Lucas has decided to follow the tradition, here, finally, is indisputable evidence as to what the powers of the crystal skulls are. Again deferring to the expert, Dr. Zender posited that one theory on the origin of the crystal skulls was that they were ancient alien “supercomputers,” akin to modern-day silicon chips. After “protecting the power of the divine,” Indy is now after an even greater weapon — ultimate knowledge.

Gee, what happened in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947?

Perhaps this will job your memory of history:

I know this isn’t a typical topic for IR blogging, but I received an email link to this related piece on “exopolitics” in the buildup to the Iraq war.

I’m a proponent of transparency in politics — but the Disclosure Project takes that idea and runs with it.

The author was at AU, though I don’t know if he’s known to PTJ or Peter.

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Rodger A. Payne is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Louisville. He serves on the University’s Sustainability Council and was a co-founder of the Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice program. He is the author of dozens of journal articles and book chapters and coauthor, with Nayef Samhat, of Democratizing Global Politics: Discourse Norms, International Regimes, and Political Community (SUNY, 2004). He is currently working on two major projects, one exploring the role of narratives in international politics and the other examining the implications of America First foreign policy.