Hannibal Lecter at Fort Leavenworth?

[A break from a busy week of posts, the busiest ever in fact, 19 posts in six days, including this one, and the highest daily traffic ever received on this blog (800+ visitors per day for most of the week).]

This blog receives visits from people using some very interesting search terms and phrases, and I tend not to reveal these in part because it would make for very boring posts, and in part because sometimes they give hints about the identities of those doing the searches. If anyone is curious, the search terms that have consistently appeared week after week are “Idi Amin” and “Yanomami controversy.” This one, however, was too funny, a very suggestive phrase, one that actually combines elements of disparate essays on this blog, and it was used to search this blog more than once today:

ft leavenworth hannibal lector

Fort Leavenworth houses the headquarters of the Human Terrain System, featured in now countless posts on this blog. Hannibal Lecter (misspelled Lector above) is, as most know, the lead character of Silence of the Lambs, but he also appeared in a recent essay here, on the horror of the local.

Apologies to the visitors looking for a combination…you have very interesting ideas about corresponding themes. That Ft. Leavenworth would harbour a criminal serial killer who eats his victims? Very interesting, and let’s hope you are not on the right track, but thanks for the “clues” anyway. I do not blame you for looking though, some of the people working at Ft. Leavenworth, I suspect, could have all the bloodlust, and possibly little of the charm or erudition of a Lecter.

The truth of the matter is that the fictional Lecter would never be caught dead in a place like Kansas. (I have never been to Kansas myself, but I picture it as being a place that has roads, towns, and electricity — far too developed for my tastes.)

Here are the week’s posts if you missed them…and remember, the key word here on this blog, and in the streets of Greece is “rage”:

  1. David Price: The Leaky Ship of the Human Terrain System
  2. More on the Greek Uprising
  3. Stay in touch with the Greek riots and international solidarity actions
  4. John Stanton: Fraud, Abuse, Waste in the Human Terrain System
  5. Human Terrain Handbook: Online Here
  6. “Citizen journalism”: A Malaysian interviews protesters in Athens
  7. Solidarity with Fire: The Insurrection to Come
  8. Blackbird: Battles over a browser
  9. Any sign of political climax in Greece?
  10. “Anthropologize” This!
  11. This is war also: U.S. bombing civilians in Iraq
  12. “This is war”: More news on the Greek uprising
  13. Blackbird: Browser for Black People
  14. RAGE
  15. Colonialism in the News: Roundup No. 2
  16. Watching Oppression Burn: Across Greece, Across Europe