Sep 172014
 

We know that Anita Sarkeesian is definitely lying about at least some aspects of the death threats she allegedly received (if not the whole thing).  This got me thinking about how other public figures and semi-public figures handle actual death threats and wondering how it compares to what Anita Sarkeesian and her supporters have said and done in response to her alleged death threats.

Penn JillettePenn Jillette, one of the two members of the magician duo, Penn & Teller, is an example of a public figure who has recieved death threats.  He has received many death threats from Christians and others due to his outspoken atheism.  Jillette has actually had to contact the police over some of the threats he has recieved, and there is no question that he has actually had to contact the police unlike with Sarkeesian.  Another importance difference between Sarkeesian and Jillette is how Jillette has recieved his death threats.  Unlike Sarkeesian who gets her alleged death threats via Twitter and the rest of the internet, Jillette has received death threats by postal mail.  Based on that alone, Jillette has much more reason to worry about bodily harm than Sarkessian ever would.  It takes much more effort to write and mail a letter than type up a tweet so Jillette has much more to worry about than Sarkeesian ever would.  (This also shows that women don’t have it worse when it comes to death threats online or off line.)

Jillette’s response to the death threats he has received is very different than Sarkeesian’s behavior after she allegedly received her death threats.  First, Jillette doesn’t tweet his (general) whereabouts on Twitter after receiving a death threat like Sarkeesian did.  Jillette also did not use the death threats against him to attack Christians like how Sarkessian and her supporters use her alleged death threats to paint gaming as a hotbed of misogyny.  Jillette has even said that such a response is intellectually, emotionally, and philosophically dishonest.  Neither Jillette nor his supporters have make false accusations about Christians to cover up bad behavior on his part, like how Sarkeesian and her allies have used false accusations of misogyny to cover up corruption in video game journalism.  Jillette also has not used the death threats he has received as an opportunity to line his pockets.

None of this can be used to determine whether Sarkeesian actually received any death threats.  However, looking at how a public figure like Penn Jillette handles death threats shows that a public or semi-public figure typically handles death threats in a manner contrary to how Sarkeesian handled her alleged death threats.  As a result there is a high likelihood that Sarkeesian’s alleged death threats are fake.  It also reveals a lot about the character of Sarkessian and her supporters.

Dec 212011
 

Today is December 21st 2011.  One year from today is when lots of people are saying the world will end or mostly end because of some nonsense about the Mayan calendar.  It’s all nonsense.  One year from today, nothing will happen except maybe some morons going nuts.

The “Mayan calendar” only ends on 12/21/12 in the same way a 2011 calendar ends on 12/31/11.   The world isn’t going to end on 12/31/11, and it’s not going to end on 12/21/12 either.  The “Mayan calendar” that ends in 2012 is known as the long count calendar.  The Mayans actually had several long count calendars, some of which have already “ended”.  If you think Mayan calendars mean anything when it comes to the end of the world, then since some of the long count calendars have ended already means the world has already ended several times over.  Everything is a figment of your imagination.

Penn & Teller when they had their Bullshit! show did an episode on 2012.  They talk to various scientists plus experts in Mayan culture and history including an actual Mayan princess.  All of them say that the world isn’t going to end on 2012, especially the Mayan princess.  (The video of that episode is below, but parts of it are NSFW):

Neil deGrasse Tyson, author and director of the Hayden Planetarium, has also been active explaining 2012:

NASA put out this video explaining some of the facts about 2012:

A year from today I am going to write another post title, “We’re Still Here” because we will all be still here.  End of story.

Nov 062010
 

Recently, one of the top searches for finding this blog according to my wordpress is “Reptilian Aliens Rape Women” (along with “depopulation conspiracy”).  I checked and I’m number four on the google search for that phrase.  This post may put me at number one.

I started looking at some of the other links that came up on the “Reptilian Aliens Rape Women” search, and I’m forced to conclude that the reptile alien conspiracy idea is a platform for misandry.  Here’s what I found.  I found this story by a woman claiming to be raped by reptile aliens.  MALE reptile aliens of course.  It made me wonder how long it will be before the false rape industry expands to women claiming that they were raped by shapeshifting reptile aliens as an excuse for the lack of DNA evidence.  Imagine what would have happened if Crystal Gail Magnum started claiming the Duke Lacrosse players were shapeshifting reptile aliens, and with manginas taking it seriously.  (With all the problems Crystal Gail Magnum causes for herself, you know she will try it in the future.)  I also found the part about how the woman in the story had hypnotic regression done.  To learn what really happens in hypnotic regression therapy watch this video from the Penn & Teller Bullshit! show:

Hypnotic regression therapy does not recover lost memories.  It implants false memories.  From the story the hypnotist thought that the woman had been raped by a man but for some reason what placing a reptile alien in place of the man.  Even putting aside the reptile alien aspect, men may have to worry about hypnotists implanting false memories into women that they were raped with the memory loss explaining any lack of evidence.  Even if the reptile alien part doesn’t happen this will.

That story isn’t unique either.  There are other stories of women claiming to be raped by MALE reptile aliens.  Do a search on “reptilian aliens rape women”, and you will find plenty.

There are stories about reptile alien females too.  Of course, they don’t involve rape.  This story involves a reptile alien female who thinks she’s a “princess” and pretty, and wants to show some guy how pretty she is. This sounds like human female attention whoring.  I would expect reptile aliens to act at least a little bit ALIEN.  Maybe women are the same everywhere in the universe regardless of species?

What I really loved comes from this link:

We humans reside in what is essentially a reptilian sphere of influence. The symbology of the reptilian overlordship is all around us. Phallic worship and the marginalization of the feminine principle have reduced the human race to what it is today, a thundering herd of bewildered sheep.

Phallic worship and marginalization of the “feminine principle”?  It sounds like this person is saying we need an “anti-reptile alien feminism”.  So what is this except a new way to attack men?  Disagree with a woman or stand up for your rights as a man?  You support reptilian overlordship.  Doesn’t this sound like Thomas George’s screed on how mens rights is a part of the Illuminati conspiracy (and his accusations that I’m a sexual deviant and that I sexually degrade women)?

Even David Icke, the king of the reptile alien conspiracy believers, has the same problem.  He was a member of the Green Party and is clearly a leftist and thus a feminist.  Icke tries to claim that family court corruption is the result of Satanists and pedophiles and not feminism.  We all know that when children get stolen by family courts its for the mother.  Children get stolen from men not both parents but Icke refuses to acknowledge this fact or anything about how feminism is the cause of family court corruption instead blaming it on non-existent boogeymen.

Just like how the depopulation agenda conspiracy theory is misandarist, so is the reptile alien conspiracy theory.

Jul 112010
 

I am still blocking Susan Walsh from commenting here.  However, she still acts like she can write comments normally despite her comments ending up right in my moderation queue.  Here is what she wrote in response to my last post:

Two clarifications:
1. When I read comments at the Spearhead I often feel uncomfortable, even violated. This is why the mugging analogy works. There is a sense that many men there actively wish women harm. I am not the first to make this observation, nor am I the only woman. Several male commenters on my own blog have complained about the general tenor of conversation there. From what I have read, it sounds like Welmer himself has concerns around this issue.

FWIW, I agreed with the comment Tweell made – Obsidian’s post was really about peacocking, which is a key feature of MM.

2. I laughingly agreed (on my own blog) that white folks are pretty neurotic, though I did not single out men. I was actually speaking for myself – as you undoubtedly saw just above that comment, I described myself as a mildly neurotic white woman and took offense at a remark by Obsidian. Therapy is totally SWPL, and I recommend it highly, having gone for a while myself a few years back.

We all know Susan Walsh in neurotic.  There is no need to tell us that but that’s beside the point.  Let’s ask a simple question.  If The Spearhead really is filled with men who want to do women harm then why is it anyone who speaks out on the issue either has no credibility on the subject or destroys their credibility in the process like Obsidian did? Telling us that multiple women feel this way is meaningless since we have seen this exact method used over and over again to shut men up.  Saying that there are men who agree is meaningless since there are plenty of white knights and manginas out there.

Take note of what Susan Walsh said, “I often feel uncomfortable, even violated.  This is why the mugging analogy works.  There is a sense that many men there actively wish women harm.”  Notice the words, “feel”, and “there is a sense”.  This is the hallmark of code orange shaming language, that the target is accused of being a menace in some undefined manner.  Where is the hard evidence?  Instead the men of The Spearhead are some sort of threat based on women’s “feelings”.  In fact the idea that the men of The Spearhead are some sort of dangerous menace is a steaming pile of turds and there are three reasons why:

  1. Has anyone seen any man from The Spearhead actually acted on these supposed “wishes for women to be harmed”?  Obviously not.  There is not a single example.  Speaking more in general you would have to go back 21 years ago to find an actual act of violence that was even had a motivation that was slightly relevant to the views of the men of The Spearhead, Marc Lepine.  Marc Lepine has no real similarity to the men of The Spearhead or MRAs in general.  His real name was Gamil Gharbi and his actions were based on views derived from his Arab-Muslim background.  If you take a look at them they have no real relation to anything any MRA has ever said.  Even if you disagree the fact that you have to go back 21 years for an example is pretty telling.
  2. There is no real MRM.  If more men were acting in a violent and harm inducing manner towards women we would see more action from men about men’s issues in general beyond that.  Men aren’t doing anything about men’s issues so far but they are supposed to be an unspecified dangerous threat.  There is a lack of action of all kinds.
  3. Anyone who claims that the men of The Spearhead or MRAs in general are some sort of threat wishing to do women harm does not really believe this because they don’t act like these men are a threat. Take the case of criticism of Islam.  Many people are afraid to criticize Islam because of threats of violence.  Scott Adams, the author of Dilbert, refuses to mock Islam because he fears for his life. Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller refuses to do an episode of their Bullshit! show on Islam because “they have families”. These are the actions that people take when there is an actual threat.  Too many people are willing to claim that the men of The Spearhead or MRAs in general are violent threats to women for it to be true because if it was true, most of them would be too scared to speak about it.

Anyone who claims that the men of The Spearhead or MRAs in general is a threat to women has no credibility.  In addition strawmen get created that destroy credibility.  During this we saw Obsidian create strawmen like claiming that all these men had an “irrational hatred” of Michelle Obama and needed therapy.  The only person who was talking about Michelle Obama in all this was Obsidian, and calls for therapy are code white shaming language.  He has also created strawmen about how the men of The Spearhead “can’t get laid”, with some vague connection to being virgins with the HBDers being “evidence” despite the fact that the overlap between MRAs/The Spearhead and HBD is minimal to nonexistent.  (Since Susan Walsh’s comment is what inspired this post, it’s also worth pointing out that she fed this strawman by seeming to claim that the HBD virgins were typical male virgins.)  This is code tan shaming language.  As we know MRAs come from all different places.  Some are celibate.  Some are married.  Some are PUAs.  Some of us have girlfriends.  This means that many of those criticizing Obsidian are married, have girlfriends, or are otherwise getting laid.

The strawman that I’m really surprised that gets repeated over and over again is that the men of The Spearhead were against basic hygiene.  Obsidian claims that we refuse to “wash our asses and wear some halfway presentable clothes”. This is really gone beyond a strawman to outright fabrication.  No one has claimed men should not take showers or wear crappy clothes.  I can’t even see how Obsidian or anyone else making that claim really believes this.  The mancession isn’t total yet.  Most of us still have jobs and those jobs have a de-facto requirement of daily “washing of our asses”.  I’m sure Obsidian would respond with his tired refrain of how we’re all “whitebreads who got the world handed to them on a platter”.

In addition to the strawmen, another part of the credibility problem is the holes this argument has.  On The Spearhead someone asked, “What about Roosh?” since he has the attitude that Obsidian claims the men of The Spearhead have yet is obviously not a MRA virgin bitter about not getting laid. Someone else asked, “What about Globalman?” since he may be one of the few cases where Obsidian is correct yet he is ignored and “What about Hestia?” since if The Spearhead was filled with angry MRAs bitter about not getting laid then we should have lynched her already.

The last claim we have here is that Welmer has some concerns about this.  The problem is that Welmer has not spoken directly about this issue so we really don’t know what he thinks.  I did find this which might be close:

One of the things about comments is that a lot of them are as much about blowing off steam as anything else. These are frustrating times, so I’m pretty liberal about letting people do that (I also find policing people distasteful), even though I tend to get a lot of grief for it. Seems to me that Vitamin is blowing off a bit of steam as well, so I’m not going to hold that against him. Also, until I see proof otherwise, I’m going to assume Vitamin is a man.

Whatever the case, I suppose I should just say cool it here. Vitamin, if you think most guys here are out to ravish women without taking responsibility for it, you’ve got an inaccurate view of the readership — in fact, many of us are more upset over losing our children or the prospect for a normal life than we are over whether or not we’re getting laid. Does that sound like a bunch of “skanks” who simply want to screw around without any repercussions?

As for guys who are slamming Vitamin, take a moment to think about the fact that there are a lot of men out there who are close to the women in their lives, and they will not react well to blanket statements about women, because they will imagine their daughters, wives or whoever. For them, it’s quite personal.

This is a lot different than “the readership of The Spearhead is all angry and bitter (and can’t get laid)”.  Welmer is free to clarify this if he so chooses but I question just how much that will happen with people claiming the same thing about Welmer like this guy who says that Welmer has “anger issues” over his divorce/custody of his children/child support as if you are not supposed to be angry at an injustice because a woman was responsible for it.

If The Spearhead is filled with angry and bitter men why is it so hard to find someone with credibility on the subject to speak about it and not destroy their credibility in the process?  Where is the sound and reasonable argument for that point of view?  Why can’t an argument be made that doesn’t involve shaming language, strawmen about Michelle Obama, strawmen about virgins and/or “not getting laid”, strawmen about hygiene, racially based attacks claiming that we’re all “whitebreads who have the world handed to them on a platter”, and claims that because a woman “feels” afraid it must be true?  This should not be difficult yet it is.

Feb 072010
 

My latest post for The Spearhead is up.  As with all Spearhead posts comments are disabled so comment on the post at The Spearhead.

(This post is the result of this post on my blog about hypnosis and a follow up post on the same subject.)

I find debating feminists to be a waste of time usually.  It’s like fighting the Iran-Iraq War from the perspective of Iran or Iraq.  A lot of time and energy gets wasted with no real results at the end.  Feminists aren’t going to listen to our logic and reason, and we are not going to obey feminist insanity.  Denise Romano is a primary example of this.  It’s a waste of time to debate a known spammer and someone who says outright lies such as, “MRA blogs that enthusiastically incite rape and celebrate rape as a mens’ right”.

Another problem with debating feminists is accidentally conceding points because you’re busy making an argument about something else.  Most of debate with Denise Romano is about whether moral or ethical issues of game.  No one was asking the question of is everything that Denise Romano claiming even possible.  This is important because Denise Romano is claiming that there are PUAs using hypnosis to get women to have sex with them.  Hypnosis can’t be used to get someone to have sex with you (unless they already want to have sex with you in which case it’s redundant).  It simply will not work.

Hypnosis requires three things to happen:

  1. The subject must WANT to be hypnotized.
  2. The subject must BELIEVE he or she can be hypnotized.
  3. The subject must eventually feel comfortable and relaxed.

If you don’t want to be hypnotized, you can’t be hypnotized.  This means that hypnosis can not be used as a seduction technique ever.  The only case where it would work is when a person has already been seduced in which case there is no point in using hypnosis because it would be redundant and a waste of time.  Denise Romano is claiming that there are men out there that can forcibly hypnotize women against their will despite the fact that this is impossible.

Clearly, forced hypnosis is impossible.  If it was possible, a few guys trying to get laid would be the least of anyone’s problems.  We would see murderers who would instead hypnotize their victims into killing themselves, criminals who would rob people and banks by forced hypnosis to make people want to hand over their money, governments using forced hypnosis to gather intelligence, etc.  None of this is happening, and this is what the world would look like if Denise Romano was actually correct.

Since I banned her from my blog for being a spammer, Denise Romano responded to my first post on her blog.  Most of her response had nothing to do with anything I said, but Denise Romano claimed that “hypnosis professionals” agreed with her, and this was documented on Lady Raine’s blog.  If this was really the case, why is it only on LR’s blog and why was there no link to these “hypnosis professionals”?  We can figure out the answer to that, but I did a google search for the word hypnosis on LR’s blog.  I found no links to “hypnosis professionals”.  In fact, I only found three minimally relevant links.  The first was to some nut job who makes the same claim as Denise Romano but without any actual evidence.  That link also contains nonsense statements like, “but actually 7080% of us are receptive to some hypnotic suggestions”.  The second was a link to an anti-scientology website which had to do with people who voluntarily underwent hypnosis.  The third was a link to someone trying to sell a system using hypnosis so you can get laid.  Again, there is no proof that it works.  There are plenty of websites out there that claim to have products that will enlarge your penis, and they don’t work either so vigorous claims don’t mean anything.

Even “hypnosis professionals” can be very questionable.  A few years ago, Penn & Teller on their Bullshit! show on the Showtime channel did an episode on hypnosis (which you can watch here).  They showed how hypnosis is very problematic in terms of how well it works even when its voluntary.  Even when people want to be hypnotized to stop smoking or lose weight, it only works when that person was highly motivated beforehand.  Penn & Teller also talked to a “hypnosis professional” who claimed among other things that hypnosis could make your penis bigger, and she had a hypnosis tape to do that.  Knowing that even talking to “hypnosis professionals” may not tell you the truth about hypnosis.

The fact is that it’s impossible to force a hypnotic state on anyone.  You can’t hypnotize anyone against their will.  Denise Romano when she claims otherwise against the body of scientific evidence about hypnosis is claiming men have found a way to perform the impossible.  In essence, she is trying to start a moral panic which tells you everything you need to know about her.

Feb 042010
 

Let’s review the three things hypnosis requires:

  1. The subject must WANT to be hypnotized.
  2. The subject must BELIEVE he or she can be hypnotized.
  3. The subject must eventually feel comfortable and relaxed.

Denise Romano actually responded the my last post, if you can call it a response.  Only the first paragraph has anything to do with what I actually said which is par for the course with Denise Romano.  Here is that paragraph:

You’re mistaken. Many NLP and hypnosis professionals have already weighed in on this. Their responses are on Lady Raine’s blog.

Where is the link to these “hypnosis professionals”?  Why do I have to search LR’s blog to find them?  I did a search for the word hypnosis on LR’s blog (you can do the same search at this link) to find these “hypnosis professionals”.  After doing a find on the word, hypnosis, on the pages for posts that came up, I found nothing from any type of “hypnosis professional”.  Here are the only actual links I found.  First, was this link which doesn’t prove that a hypnotic state can be forced on anyone.  Vigorous assertions aren’t evidence.  The link also contains nonsense like, “7080% of us are receptive to some hypnotic suggestions”.  Second was an anti-scientology website, and that only had to do with people being voluntarily hypnotized since these were scientologists agreeing to an “auditing” procedure.  Sure the “audit” like the rest of scientology is crap, but no one is having an audit forced on them against their will (thus again proving hypnosis can only be voluntary).  The third is this link which claims that you can seduce women with hypnosis, but there is still no proof coming from this individual.  If we believe random claims on the internet then all that penis enlargement spam we all get would be true.

It’s time to bring in Penn & Teller.  Penn & Teller have a show on Showtime (in the US, other channels elsewhere) called Bullshit! where they expose various forms of bullshit.  They did an episode on hypnosis which you can watch here.  It’s about half an hour and filled with very good information on hypnosis.  They talked to an actual hypnotist who explained how hypnosis is an agreement between the hypnotist and the person being hypnotized.  That’s the only way it can work.  A person must want to be hypnotized to be able to be hypnotized.  Penn & Teller also talked to hypnotists who using hypnosis to try and get people to stop smoking and lose weight.  It turns out such hypnosis can only work when the person already is highly motivated to stop smoking or lose weight.  In other words hypnosis has limits even on people who want to be hypnotized.  If it can’t work in these cases how can hypnosis work to seduce a woman who doesn’t want to be seduced?  It can’t.

Penn & Teller also pointed out how the US government tried to use hypnosis to have people assassinate Fidel Castro.  Obviously, that was a complete failure.  They also talked to a few “hypnosis professionals” who made silly claims like hypnosis can enlarge your penis.  (I’m not kidding.  Watch the episode.)  If these are the “hypnosis professionals” Denise Romano is claiming are backing her up, then you have more proof positive that Denise Romano is full of crap.

Like I said before it is impossible to force a hypnotic state on someone.  Thus, hypnosis can’t be used to seduce someone who doesn’t want to be seduced by the person attempting to seduce them.  If they want to be seduced by that person then hypnosis is pointless and redundant.  Denise Romano is claiming a few bozos trying to get laid have successfully found a way to force hypnosis on someone where all actual research into the subject could not find a way.  Effectively, she is claiming that a single guy knowing game could cause more destruction than any national government that has nuclear weapons because these guys succeeded where major governments all failed.  This is how absurd Denise Romano is being.

Nov 042009
 

The group of people who hate me is ever growing.  If you want my head then you need to get to the back of the line which is somewhere beyond Brent Spiner and John Scalzi.  One thing all of my haters have in common is a lack of originality.  It’s always the same.  They say that I have a small penis, that I’m morbidly obese, that I’m a loser virgin, that my dad beat my mom (don’t ask me to explain this one because I can’t figure it out), that I’m gay, etc.  My science fiction article at the Spearhead is still getting the occasional comment such as this one by “jody”.  It’s basically a long winded way of saying I’m a loser because I’m a virgin.  (Since there’s a strong possibility I might lose my virginity in the next few weeks, I bet her head will explode when that happens.)  So far the most original insult I have received was from Brent Spiner who called me an asshat….At least until today.

Surprisingly, I don’t receive that much hate e-mail.  My e-mail address is easy enough to find.  I give you directions to find it.  Plus, you can send me e-mail through the Spearhead website.  I guess only a few special people care enough to do that.

Today, I just received this piece of hate e-mail from “Alex”:

Look motherfucker.  I aint standing for it.  We aint falling for your little trick to get us killed at our own fuckin waco.  I’m on to you and your little psy ops operation to get rid of us who know the truth about you.  Yes I’m on to you charter member of the Illuminati aka mr. reptile alien.  I said it reptile alien.  You are a fuckin reptile alien.  I am on to you lizard and I aint standing for it.  I know the spearhead is one of your psy ops operations to piss us little humans off.  I aint standing for it.  Humans treat our ladies with respect.

I am a proud reptilian resistor.  I aint standing for it.  You Bush Cheney Obama Clinton and the rest of you reptile aliens GET THE FUCK OFF MY PLANET.  I know you are gong to disappear me soon or poison my medication or eat me.  Fuck it.  I aint standing for it anymore even if you fuckin snuff me out.

I aint standing for it.  Come and get me you fuckin reptile.

I did not edit anything except paragraph formatting.  I guess he “ain’t standing for it” whatever “it” is.  I shouldn’t be surprised by this with the V remake starting yesterday.  (For those of you who don’t know it involves reptile aliens posing as humans.)  As nuts as this is, its refreshing for its originality.  Here is my response to “Alex”:

First, if you keep your mom off the streets, I will stop fucking her.  Second, why is it you conspiracy theorists and related nuts are always on medication?  Take a look at Part 2 from the Penn & Teller Bullshit! episode about alien abductions.  (I recommend watching the whole thing.)  Go to 8:36 on the video below where Penn & Teller are talking to an alien abduction support group who all admit to taking medication.  (Yes, I know they are “conspiracy theorists” but its close enough and I’m sure they believe in some aliens are working with the government conspiracies.)

All right, I’ll come clean since “Alex” figured me out.  I’m a reptilian alien and a “charter” member of the Illuminati.  That’s right.  I’m one of the guys who runs everything on your planet.  I hang with other reptile aliens like GWB and the rest of the Bushes, Dick Cheney, the Clintons, and President Obama.  This blog and the Spearhead are massive “psy ops operations” that I created.  (They’re not just “psy ops”/”psychological operations”.  They’re “psychological operations operations”.  That’s how big they are.)  The founder of the Spearhead, Welmer, is a front human that I completely control.  The other authors are just people who I have “convinced” to write about game and men’s rights.  The “psy ops operation” is an experiment to see what happens when you widely disseminate game and men’s rights ideas into the human population.  Because I’m a reptilian alien, the experiment I talk about on this blog is not about finding out if I can pick up women.  It’s about finding candidates for hybrid experiments involving direct impregnation from myself.  (My fellow reptilians will abduct the babies soon after they’re born so I won’t have to worry about child support.)  If you wonder why I refer to my genitalia as my “zucchini” a lot its because with green scales, it does look a lot like a zucchini.  And despite what you have heard we do not eat humans.  You guys taste horrible.  Now, if you will excuse me, I have to recharge my multi-orifice probes.  I’m going to be abducting a human tonight.

For those of you too dense to figure it out and lacking a sense of humor, the above paragraph IS A JOKE. Even after stating that directly, I’m sure I’m now the one and only subject of Alex Jones’s next DVD.

Seriously, I found this piece of hate e-mail very amusing.  I really did appreciate its originality.  It was a refreshing change being told I have a small dick and morbidly obese and gay and a virgin loser.

Nov 012009
 

(I know all of you out there are waiting for how things went last night with my experiment.  I will get to that in my next post when I get enough time.  I want to get this post out while its still relevant.)

There has been a lot of talk about conspiracy theories as of late of the Illuminati/NWO kind and related conspiracy theories such as alternate theories about what happened on 9/11.  This video from The Onion has a debate between a 9/11 conspiracy theorist and a representative from Al Queda:

I also recommend the Penn & Teller Bullshit! episode where Penn & Teller take on 9/11, JFK conspiracy, and moon landing conspiracy theories.  They also talk to a professor of political science on why people believe conspiracy theories.  Unfortunately, the whole episode isn’t online, but you can watch the first part which deals with 9/11 conspiracy theories and the part where Penn & Teller debunk some of the myths of the JFK assassination.  If you can catch the whole episode on Showtime, I strongly recommend watching it.

The real reason I wrote this post was to talk about Illuminati/NWO conspiracy theories.  There are many variants, but they all go something like this.  There is a multi-generational conspiracy to depopulate and enslave the world consisting of various corporate and government elites.  This usually involves groups such as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderberg Group, Skull and Bones, etc. Somehow they can run a conspiracy over generations (in some versions centuries or even thousands of years) without failure, but still accidentally leave clues for conspiracy theorists to pick up on.  This has quite a few problems:

  1. Why would the Illuminati/NWO leave clues when they didn’t have to?  There are claims that the pyramid on the US one dollar bill is a Illuminati/NWO symbol with the words in Latin, “Novus Ordo Seclorum” means, “new world older”.  If you’re running a secret society, this violates rule 1 of running a secret society, don’t tell everyone about it.  Why put that on money?  Nothing is gained by doing such a thing.  (As an aside the the correct translation from Latin for Novus Ordo Seclorum is, “new order of the ages” as in the beginning of the new American age.)
  2. How can the Illuminati/NWO maintain a multi-generational conspiracy particularly one running for hundreds or thousands of years?  If everyone involved is so power hungry they should be constantly stabbing each other in the back.  There should be factions fighting it out with each other.  Why?  Because it’s basic human nature.  Everyone involved is going to want to get a leg up and this means that  the multi-generational plan will fall apart.
  3. Conspiracy theories of the Illuminati/NWO kind violate Occam’s Razor.  Usually, conspiracy theories are not the simplest explanation for anything especially considering human nature.  What’s more likely 9/11 was a planned conspiracy or a lot of people got caught with their pants down and proceeded to cover their asses?
  4. How do you conspiracy theorists know that the conspiracy theories you believe in are the correct ones?  How do you know it isn’t disinformation?  For example, a lot of conspiracy theorists get their info from Alex Jones.  How do they know that Alex Jones isn’t feeding them disinformation either as a patsy or because he’s part of the conspiracy?  It stands to reason that if Alex Jones (or anyone else) was close to finding anything he would not be murdered but discredited by being caught in a fake child porn or pedophilia sting.
  5. If the Illuminati/NWO exists then why hasn’t anyone done anything about it other than write web pages and sell DVDs?  For example, Alex Jones knows where these guys meet.  Why hasn’t him or anyone else taken some RADICAL DIRECT ACTION against them?  If they’re meeting in a hotel, then bomb the hotel.  A single truck bomb will do it.  Why doesn’t at least one conspiracy theorist do something that would actually damage the Illuminati/NWO potentially knocking them out permanently?
  6. Similarly, why hasn’t any conspiracy theorist tried to infiltrate the Illuminati/NWO?  Before someone whines about how difficult this would be, you can start with getting into the CFR.  Here is the CFR’s webpage about how to become a member.  Becoming a member of the CFR is not that hard.  I know there will be some whining about how the membership process requires recommendations.  Then DO SOME WORK, and meet members of the CFR.  CFR membership is not a secret.  This is very doable so why isn’t anyone performing this strategy?  (If I ever have the time I should see how fast I could join the CFR.)

I know a bunch of responses to this post will involve quotes from the Matrix about how I have to take the red pill, that I need to “open my mind”, that it’s “obvious” and other nonsense.  If the existence of the Illuminati/NWO is really “obvious” then you will have no trouble providing ACTUAL EVIDENCE of it.  (I’m not going to hold my breath waiting.)

Something that is really problematic about Illuminati/NWO conspiracy theories with respect to feminism is that it completely lets women off the hook for what they have done.  If the Illuminati/NWO really exist and really wanted feminism, they could never have done it without women being WILLING participants.  Conspiracy theories don’t explain anything.  They just provide cover for women to avoid taking responsibility for their behavior.

I’m sure this post will cause a few conspiracy theorists to write about how I’m really a part of the Illuminati/NWO (especially given what I do for a living).  I look forward to reading some incredibly imaginative writing and laughing at it.

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