The new Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, will introduce the greater world to Bane, a villain apparently physically and mentally equal to the task of attempting to destroy the dark winged avenger. This will be occurring as we hear more and more about Mitt Romney's former company and President Obama's "villain," Bain Capital.
The former governor of Massachusetts wishes to be the first Mormon President, replacing the first AfricanAmerican President, but will Bain spoil Romney's wishes?
Will Bane in The Dark Knight Rises subconsciously drive the Bain notion home?
Bane is a fictional character who first appeared in comic books published by DC Comics. The character's origin was first in Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1 (January 1993), and was created by Chuck Dixon, Doug Moench, and Graham Nolan. Bane has been one of Batman's more physically and intellectually powerful foes. A virtually unstoppable juggernaut, he is best known for breaking Batman's back in the "Knightfall" story arc. IGN's list of the Top 100 Comic Book Villains of All Time ranked Bane as #34.
Bane was portrayed by Robert Swenson in the movie Batman & Robin (1997), directed by Joel Schumacher. That movie is so overwhelmed with George Clooney's Batman, Arnold Schwarzenegger's Mr. Freeze, Chris O'Donnell's Robin, Uma Thurman's Poison Ivy, and Alicia Silverstone's Batgirl, plus others, that Swenson's Bane is often forgotten. In Batman & Robin, Bane is Poison Ivy's bodyguard and muscle, who was originally a diminutive criminal named Antonio Diego (portrayed by Michael Reid MacKay). But then he is transformed into a large powerful Super-soldier by the steroid venom.
1. The Palace of the Parliament of Romania in Bucharest, is a multi-purpose building containing both chambers of the Romanian Parliament. According to the World Records Academy, the Palace is the world's largest civilian building, most expensive administrative building, and heaviest building. Built on the site of a hill variously known as Spirii Hill, Uranus Hill, or Arsenal Hill, construction began in 1983; the Freemason cornerstone was laid on 25 June 1984. On 30-31 May 2003, the site became the world's largest Masonic Temple with the gathering of over 2000 Scottish Rite Masons and their guests, on the 10th anniversary of the Scottish Rite being established in Romania.
The Star of Romania, that country's highest award, consists of a medal and ribbon (top) and a badge (bottom). On May 30, 2003, this great honor was conferred on Grand Commander Kleinknecht by the Hon. Ion Iliescu, President of Romania, during Masonic ceremonies held at the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest. Photos: Bain Pugh and Associates.2. Salina Turda is a salt mine in Turda, Transylvania, Romania. Salt was first extracted here during antiquity and the mine continuously produced table salt from the Middle Ages (the mine being first mentioned in 1075) to the early 20th century (1932). Since 1992, Salina Turda has been a halotherapy center and a popular tourist attraction.
3. The Wabash Tunnel is a former (1944 – 2004) railway tunnel through Mt. Washington in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. French traders named the Wabash river after the Miami Indian word for the river, waapaahšiiki, meaning "it shines white," "pure white," or "water over white stones." The Miami name reflected the clarity of the river in Huntington County, Indiana where the river bottom is limestone. Several important battles have occurred here, including the Battle of Tippecanoe (1811), and the Siege of Fort Harrison (1812). (The Tippecanoe Curse is discussed here.)
Bane and Bain are tied closely. Presidential candidate Romney's connection with Bain Capital, a "consulting, takeover, outsourcing" firm allegedly started by Bill Bain, ironically appears to be a "poison pill" for Romney, with Ron Paul being one of the first critics.
But there are other meanings. It is said to be from Middle English bain, bayne, bayn, beyn (“direct, prompt”), from Old Norse beinn (“straight, right, favorable, advantageous, convenient, friendly, fair, keen”), from Proto-Germanic bainaz (“straight”), from Proto-Indo-European bhei- (“to hit, beat”). Cognate with Scots bein, bien (“in good condition, pleasant, well-to-do, cozy, well-stocked, pleasant, keen”), Icelandic beinn (“straight, direct, hospitable”), Norwegian bein (“straight, direct, easy to deal with”).
James Shelby Downard's research in King Kill 33 notes that Bain relates to Bane ("fatal cause of mischief"), and in Scottish legend, the Bain Fairy is a death fairy who is the keeper of the Bain Bridge. King Kill 33 noted the American battleship Bainbridge, which was dedicated by Lyndon Baines Johnson, is a harbinger of death, according to Downard.
Question is, did James Shelby Downard anticipate the whole thing? In my “Sirius Rising,” right up-front is Downard's enthusiastic digression on the Baines / MacBeth angle behind the JFK hit. Now, checking back, I see that he may have picked up on this from the then-obscure satirical play MacBird, dating from 1967, which reportedly plays around with the onomatology.
Shelby seems to have had prescient dark suspicions about Lyndon Baines Johnson himself, whose curiously nicknamed wife (née Claudia Taylor) started the whole bizarre Bird business. Recently, new testimony against LBJ has emerged, from Jackie Kennedy and E. Howard Hunt.
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