’til July. Sadly, Hans the Not-so-Flying Pig is stuck at home. He’s still in quarantine.
Again, my apologies for the extremely sporadic posting. Family-related commitments and general drama have kept me away too long, but we’re back on track. Without further ado…
for the unannounced hiatus. Truther drama, spring weather, and a kick-ass new Brompton bike have been devouring my time. I should be able to fold the bike as efficiently as this guy does, but that’s just not happening yet…I look more like Lucille Ball trying to be an aerospace engineer. It’s sad.
Anyway, we’ll be back on track after this weekend.
The Wall Street Journal weighs in on the morons who believe traffic cameras are an unlawful invasion of privacy (as they drive drunk down our publicly funded roads, endangering the public, making more work for our publicly funded law enforcement). Sadly, the article is actually quite sympathetic to their gripes.
If you don’t want a ticket, and you can’t get a payday loan to buy overpriced reflective spray from the a**holes at sprayyourplate.com, how about obeying the &%@# traffic laws for once in your life?
My only criticism of traffic cameras is that, like surveillance cams, they really aren’t effective as deterrents. Morons remain morons, whether there’s a camera on them or not.
The Truther/bitch known here as TrutherBitch is, as you’ve probably guessed from previous posts about her (here and here), a spam queen. Roughly every third email the Significant Other receives is from her, and 98% of them are written (I use the word loosely) in ALL CAPS, bold, and in 48. (ironic that when the Business in Motion nonsense was going on, she actually sent tips on “email etiquette” to the Signif Other)
Here are just a few of her most recent offerings:
- “Did you know that ‘they’ just decided to change the name of the tower that is going to replace the Twin Towers from the Freedom Tower to One World Trade Tower!!!!!!!! Hello- is that putting it in our face or what??”
- “New Documentary on the FAKE Anthrax attack after 9/11 on CBC this Sunday”. I don’t know if she thinks the anthrax itself was fake, or the attacks were fake, or the attacks were false-flag operations. But who really cares?
- “First Canada’s Health Care system is getting a Fascist makeover and now this!……Bill 19 – the taking away of ones property – is PURE COMMUNISM. I do not use the word Communism lightly here. One of the basic tenants of the Communist Manifesto IS NO PROPERTY RIGHTS- in fact NO private property for citizens.
we are on our way there with this bill! Some highlights from the bill:
– the Gov’t becomes the ‘thought police’ – No Kidding
-taking away of property for ANY reason whatsoever
-no more rights- only privileges! Rights are God given- Privileges come from Gov’t and can be taken away!!!!!
-Ministers get to decide what a ‘public project’ is- maybe his pet project??
– No existing environmental laws will apply”
While Bill 19 would invest cabinet ministers with too much power (IMO), it does not in any way involve “thought crime”. Read it for yourself.
I’ve saved the best/worst for last: Though I’ve lost the video link, I can tell you it was an excerpt from a sermon delivered around the time of the Selma march. An anti-Commie preacher was speaking out against ecumenism and liberalism in the churches, saying towards the end, “Some Christians are even marching alongside these Negroes!”
Now you might be thinking that TrutherBitch sent this out to show us just how racist and narrow-minded the U.S. Christian establishment can be, right? Or to demonstrate how far we’ve come in just a few decades, from this self-righteous a**hole to a black president?
Not quite. She wanted to share the video because, at the very end, the preacher singled out her church of choice as one that had not bowed to the creeping evils of liberalism.
Seriously. She sent out a right-wing, blatantly racist rant because she was proud of the fact that this retarded sh**nugget of a “minister” singled out her church for praise.
That is insane! It made me so mad I wanted to WRITE IN ALL CAPS and BOLD every other WORD and end EVERY SENTENCE with at least FIVE EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!!!!!
But I won’t. Because I am not crazy. Yet.
I should note that in the time it took me to write this post (roughly 10 minutes), TrutherBitch sent five more emails.
Today is Z Day, the day on which Zeitgeist fans all over the world congregate to be paranoid, self-righteous, and misinformed together. I was going to do a slew of posts on how derivative, simplistic, naive, and fact-free(not to mention boring) Zeitgeist is, but I really don’t feel like it at the moment. Let’s face it, the folks who really, really dig Zeitgeist are pretty much beyond hope, anyway. So I’ll just summarize my thoughts on the *film*:
Part I: In which Peter Joseph alienates the majority of his viewers by trying to convince them that Judaism and Christianity are just a retooling of ancient solar cults. Basically Brian Flemming’s documentary The God Who Wasn’t There blended with the “research” of Jordan Maxwell, the guy who says, “‘Christ’ means ‘oil’. That’s why we have Crisco”, “98% of Judaism is worship of the planet Saturn”, and “Zionism is a Teutonic/Germanic death cult.”
Part II: This part promises to explore myth as sacred narrative. Maybe things are looking up for this film! But no. It’s all about 9/11. Loose Change, only looser. Includes audio by Ted Gunderson, fer crying out loud. The guy who told Geraldo that 50,000 Americans are sacrificed by Satanists every year. The guy who says Osama bin Laden is really “Tim Osman”. The guy who subscribes to the Sonny Bono assassination-by-tree theory. Jesus Christ. Oops, I mean Sun of God. Whatever.
Part III: Mangled information about central banking and the Federal Reserve, which Joseph expands on in Zeitgeist: Addendum. Nothing you can’t get from Birchers or Ron Paul. If the Fed deliberately implodes the economy for shits and giggles, would someone please explain to me why Bernanke was sweating bullets on 60 Minutes tonight?
The banking stuff is capped off with some Aaron Russo footage about the illegality of income tax. I assume it’s merely coincidence that the people who say income tax is unconstitutional are the same people who just happen to owe millions in back taxes…
Next up is a relatively sensible overview of false flag operations, war profiteering, divide and conquer strategies, etc. I’m not saying this part makes sense; I’m just saying it makes more sense than Ted Gunderson and Jordan Maxwell.
Zeitgeist: Addendum features the total B.S. of John Perkins, conman/author of Confessions of an A**hole Who Makes Stuff Up Economic Hit Man, as well as lots more ill-informed bitching about fractional reserve banking. But Addendum also features the point of Zeitgeist, the whole reason Joseph created this hot mess in the first place…
What does the Venus Project want us to do, exactly?
It was dreamed into existence in the mid ’70s by a resident of Venus, Florida, inventor and futurist Jacque Fresco. He envisioned an end to poverty via the development of technology that will make more resources available to more people, as well as the replacement of our money-based economy with a resource-based economy.
It’s quite similar to Buckminster Fuller’s “ephemeralization“, which won’t work either.
Both Venus and ephemeralization seem to be based on the Smurf model of society. Baker Smurf will bake because he likes to bake, and will share his muffins with everyone freely. Papa Smurf will dispense wisdom because he’s older and smarter than the other Smurfs. And Vanity Smurf will do everybody’s hair because he’s… well, I’ll leave that one up to you to decide.
This will not work. Few farmers are going to produce free food for thousands of people out of the goodness of their hearts. In the Bible, farming was the very first curse that God placed upon man as punishment for his disobedience. I’m not saying this literally happened, but it does seem to embody an ancient and essential truth: Farming is really frickin’ hard.
What we would end up with under Venus would be an agrarian society in which everyone would have to do their own subsistence farming, build their own homes, and barter frantically for all other essentials. Hardly “freedom from economic slavery”.
Also, you can eliminate money, but you can never eliminate greed. The unscrupulous among us will find ways to exploit any non-monetary system we create.
The Bottom Line
Zeitgeist concludes with the words, “A choice right now between love and fear.”
Hmm. What does that leave out?
Oh, right. As Donnie Darko would say, “THE ENTIRE SPECTRUM OF HUMAN EMOTION!!”
Happy Z Day, everybody.
As some of you know, my significant other is a Truther, so I’m not really into poking fun at the movement in a sarcastic way (at least not very often). But I do like the general idea behind Screw Loose Change because, let’s face it, that *movie* is a hot mess, and a massive percentage of the *information* disseminated by most Truthers is gobbledygook (at best).
- From 1957, one of the stupidest contactee scams ever. The next time somebody asks you to invest in a product they learned to produce on Venus, justdon’t.
- If you drink heavily, then squint for half an hour, you too can see cool man-made structures on the moon!
- Someone has used a “Penetrating Photographic Process” to *zoom in* on photographic details that weren’t actually, you know, in the photographs in the first place. You get to see aliens piloting a UFO during a lightning storm and a hijacker in the cockpit of Flight 175 on 9/11. Bigfoot and Lord Lucan are in there somewhere, too, so you might want to drink heavily and squint for half an hour.
- Killer tomatoes redux: We all *know* that GM food is the Devil’s harvest, but did you know it may even cause imaginary diseases?
- Screw real kids, why not adopt some ghosts? It’s not weird or anything. I’m sure the neighbors won’t be so creeped out that they move to another zip code in the middle of the night, leaving behind their cat and most of their possessions.
- The Canadian Action Party isn’t exactly known for its rigorous intellectualism and rationality (founder Paul Hellyer is a UFO fanatic, and former leader Connie Fogal is a 9/11 Truther who believes the Illuminati may soon be faking a UFO invasion), but current leader Andrew J. Moulden takes the damn cake. He not only knows the cause and cure for autism (which he generously posted on an Oprah forum thread about Jenny McCarthy), he informs us that “ALL vaccinations cause immediate and delayed, acute and chronic, permanent and transient, disease and disorders that cut across all organ systems.” Oh, and he might be a military imposter.
If you can find a copy, I also recommend Randy Olson’s comic documentary Flock of Dodos, which I think is a good answer to Expelled (even though it came out before Expelled). The Discovery Institute was so irked by the film, they still have a website “debunking” it.