Have you hugged a pirate today?
Perhaps some of you have read The Rock Creek Free Press, an alternative monthly newspaper published in Maryland. I don’t know how, but a stack of them ended up in the possession of the Significant Other via one of his Truther associates, and I had the *privilege* of reading the May edition this evening.
While certainly not as cranky as Nexus magazine or as paranoid as Paranoia, I couldn’t find a single page of this paper that didn’t contain multiple column inches of concentrated hooey:
page 1: “Scientists Find Explosives in World Trade Center Dust” discusses the findings of Niels Harrit and Jeffrey Farrer. A more accurate headline might read “Scientists Find Non-Explosive Material in Dust Sent to Steven E. Jones by a Complete Stranger Who Claims It Came From Her Manhattan Apartment Near the World Trade Center”, but I realize that’s not very pithy.
page 2: Mostly hemp. Hemp is OK, but I don’t know if it really “Could Be the Key to Zero-Carbon Houses”. In fact, I don’t think there could ever be such an animal.
page 3: By a weird coincidence, William F. Pepper is the author of one of the editorials on this page, and I’m currently reading his book An Act of State. In it, Pepper argues that the CIA and/or FBI and/or Mafia and/or Memphis police killed Dr. Martin Luther King and that a black man may have been the real shooter.
Pepper represented the King family in a lawsuit against Loyd Jowers, the proprieter of Jim’s Grill (the restaurant below the flophouse from which James Ray insists he didn’t shoot Dr. King). Jowers stepped forward in the early ’90s to reveal that he was privy to a police-FBI assassination plot, but Pepper and the Kings are convinced Jowers was actually a key player and that Ray was framed. Even though no one has ever found any trace of the mysterious “Raul” or “Raoul” who lured Ray into the plot, and there are major discrepancies between the accounts in Pepper’s book and the account in Ray’s book Who Killed Martin Luther Kng, Jr.?.
In his editorial, Pepper throws support behind the 9/11 Truth Movement and urges readers to support the NYC CAN petition. I don’t have any problem with this. If New Yorkers want a fresh investigation, they should get one. But I wonder, why is it that belief in one conspiracy seems to drag people into a neverending vortex of conspiracy theories? And can you ever reach dry land once you’ve been in it?
Also on page 3, there’s a short article asking the question, “Is it just coincidental that so many of the School of the Americas’ star pupils graduate to become mass murderers?”
I think the problem runs a little deeper than that. A better question might be “How does one school manage to attract or recruit so many sociopaths?”.
page 4: A continuation of the global currency article on page 1.
page 5: Almost entirely devoted to that non-explosive dust.
page 6: Johann Hari tries to convince us that pirates are, and always have been, generous and gentle humanitarians concerned with social equality. A prime example of the reactionary mindset that says, “If the mainstream media doesn’t like it, then it must be good”. What next, Mr. Hari? Carjackers are valiant environmentalists striving to decrease our dependence on oil?
page 7: Continuations of articles on banksters and those lovable pirates.
page 8: More on the global currency and the School of the Americas, followed by a slew of ads for Truther merchandise.
Sorry, but I’ll stick with the Washington Post, or as Wayne Madsen calls it, “the stenography pool for the Pentagon”.