August 12, 2011
That, my friends, is something that I recorded with my new guitar. Now that I have reached guitar gear Nirvana/Valhalla/Candyland/Playboy Mansion, what with my Gibson, Rickenbacker, Vox AC30, Keeley Modded Tube Screamer 9, and Korg A3 signal processor, and with a little help from GarageBand on my new Mac, I can record things that only I would ever want to hear.
The backing, non-guitar track was downloaded –oh, years ago–from the web. There are live soundboard bootlegs that take out the original guitar, but, you know, I had this.
This’ll only be up for a little bit. I just wanted to hear what my new Rickenbacker sounded like. Also, I needed to de-stressificate tonight and this seemed healthier than most other options. About 30 seconds in, you can hear me stop to do some adjusting. It didn’t work. Meh.
August 12, 2011
…the Blessed Professor Acker, who is currently in England. Hopefully he’s looting something nice for us. Oh, also that he remembers to steal an adapter since the plugs are different over there. He apparently picked up an Annunciation for himself:
August 10, 2011
I came across the David Mitchell Soapbox series while working my way through the complete QI catalog. David Mitchell is funny and quick on QI, which smacks of intelligence. Couple that with indignation, and you have a great little web series:
August 10, 2011
Another week, another shipment of conspiracy theory arrives. This week, conspiracy land was all abuzz over a few stories.
The biggest story in the wackosphere was by far the crash of the American helicopter with members of SEAL Team 6 aboard. Some conspiracy theorists said that they thought the military was covering its tracks regarding what they believe is a false bin Laden assassination story. Turns out, not that it will make any difference to the hardcore delusional, none of those killed seem to have been on the raid. I look forward to the apologies and corrections–ha! However, I think that a new chapter in the strange alternative history of 9/11 that the paranoid are writing has been outlined with this one. I tried to look up how big a unit SEAL Team 6 is to see what the odds would be that the same team would have perished, but that’s classified–you don’t tell the Samurai how many ninjas you have, I guess. My favorite take was from late 19th-century pugilist Finian Cunningham, pictured below:
"'Tis a cover-up, you rapscallion! Now come here so I may box you soundly about the ears!"
- If you don’t see how badly mangled and contradictory the presuppositions underlying this series of questions, you have what it takes to be a Truther–very little indeed.
- Washington, D.C. is apparently a hotspot for negative aliens like the Grays. We need to attract a more positive intersteller clientele.
- Were two astronomers assassinated to keep the lid on an upcoming global killer? It makes you wonder what the point of that would be.
- What could Zen Gardner possibly have against Vatican assassins? And Jews? And the Illuminati? The Illuminati love us!
- Speaking of the Illuminati, who also run the Navy SEALs, check out this video of a military exercised that scared the crap out of people in Boston. Conspiracy theorists are saying that there was “holographic technology” deployed. Eek! And in the first vid, check out the comment at 1:49 or so. Pretty funny.
- Dude gets astronomy software, thinks he’s Carl Sagan.
- The NAFTA/Muslim Brotherhood connection exposed.
- “Why do people believe in conspiracy theories?” asks Annie Jacobson. Because people like you produce sentences like with a straight face: “Then, of course, there was Roswell – believed by some to be where the government has long sequestered evidence of alien life. In researching my book about Area 51, I spoke to a credible source who told me that, in 1951, he worked on a program to reverse-engineer an odd shaped aircraft that had crashed in New Mexico in 1947, and that it was a Soviet propaganda hoax.”
- Does anyone ever die accidentally in the conspiracist world? No. Georgie Patton whacked. This one is in my area of expertise. 🙂
- Is Rosanne the new Victoria Jackson? Sing the national anthem, Rosanne! Show us your patriotism! Heehee.
- Rick Perry’s nightmarish prayer rally gave the microphone to people who think the Statue of Liberty is a pagan Freemason demonic idol. Oh, as they say, dear.
- We’ve often maintained this in Atlanta, but nobody ever listens. Denver sucks.
- Wisconsin: new home of the brownshirts.
- The architectural conspiracies surrounding the Denver Airport are a hoot.
- Yeah, I have to mention the wide coverage of new Jackie O. tapes. I don’t know why people think she would have any special insight into the assassination. It’s like taking Latoya’s word for it.
- Pakistan (Motto: “Land of WHAAAA?!?!“)
- The automobile death of Albert Camus–caused by Soviets! From the unimpeachable source, “some guy.”
- The chav riots of 2011 are now the subject of conspiratorial observation.
- US to become victim of crappy TV movie plot! 4 realz!
- When I read the headline, “Monsanto Plans To Sell Sweet Corn In Your Local Supermarket,” my first thought was, “Aaand…?”
- Yes, yesterdays’ stock market crash was clearly George Soros’ fault. And the proceeds are going to go into traditional liberal causes, like aborting nuns or something.
- John Wallace starts his article called: “THE TEA PARTY MESSAGE TO THE DEMOCRAT-SOCALISTS: WE ARE COMING FOR YOU!” with the sentence: “The Democrat-Socialists in Washington have been stepping over each other trying to get in front of the TV cameras to call Tea Party members terrorists and mean-spirited, right-wing extremists.” Irony meter blown.
- Zionists. Norway. You get the idea.
- From Eve: “It was a dark and stormy Illuminati.” At the randi forums.
- You can’t throw a rock in America without hitting a concentration camp!
- You know, Alex, some people who are alone at home at night with a computer watch porn. Try that. Although, let’s face it, you do whack to misery. “Bankers Have Abolished Congress.”
- Ha! Peter LaBarbera, who I mentioned last week, lost his group’s tax-exempt status. Stupid gay tax agenda.
- Oh! Nazi conspiracies! The Nazis mapped the hollow Earth! (Although, then again, I believe that one of their early rocket engineers thought that we lived on the inside of the earth. Could someone find that reference for me?)
That’s it. I’m done for now. Stay tuned, I’m sure for the “double dip recession conspiracy theories” next week, I’m sure. The next few weeks are going to be bonkers for me. Classes starting up. I have 2 Dragon*Con panels to organize (conspiracy theories and skepticism and the humanities) and a good deal of IIG-Atlanta work to prepare before the Con. Yikes! Oh, and a book chapter to finish tomorrow. Don’t take any wooden nickels.
August 6, 2011
I was flipping through a website, “Happy Place,” that collects photos of amusing signs/graffiti, etc., and I came across a photo I took! It’s the Walk This Way/Talk This Way sign that was on Georgia Tech’s campus about 2 months ago! Haha!
I’m so proud of me. That site, by the way, will suck away all of your time and life and before you know it you will be dead, so be careful. Heheh.
August 6, 2011
Last night, a person at FederalJack.com who goes by the name Popeye “called me out” to debate him on his radio(? internet?) show over my most recent “This Week in Conspiracy.”
See? My reply follows. Enjoy.
I’ll post my sources in the morning in an update. Bob is tired because he was hanging out with interesting, clever people tonight.
Update–sources and more:
Indictment against Susan Lindauer.
Steven Jones on his retirement: “The university’s been great. I feel like they’ve been fair with me in this settlement we’ve reached in this retirement. I feel pretty chipper.”
Richard Gage’s audience surveys, which demonstrates that his audience is overwhelmingly already on his side.
August 2, 2011
Yep. You heard right. There are even more conspiracies this week. I thought that we were full up, that every permutation of wacky had been tried. Apparently, however, there is no fixed quota of b.s. that conspiracists are trying to fill. So we dive back in.
- It’s Genetic Farmageddon! When an article starts, “An arrogant scientific elite has divorced themselves from common sense, morality, and the rest of the human species in their quest for full spectrum scientific domination,” you know you have objective reporting. You left out them twisting their evil mustachios, Daniel. Somehow, he ends up at “super-intelligent A.I. may lead to a devastating world war that could kill billions of people.”
- I’m sorry, I meant, “Electronic Armageddon!“
- Susan Lindauer says that there are videotapes missing from the World Trade Center. As a bit of background, she was arrested for spying for the Iraqis and found mentally incompetent to contribute to her own defense. Also, if you read this, she offers no source or evidence, just a story, and then she thinks that there is something suspicious about there being no video of this. Funk dat. Oh wait, she says she has a “high level State Department source with a top security clearance.” Well, that settles it. She was also found to have classic delusions of grandeur, I believe, by her defense team.
- A little 9/11 analysis. “11 Reasons Why The 9/11 Fable is So Popular.” On their list: 1) “The bigness of the lie” followed by immediate self-Godwining, 2) “Mythical archetype of Osama Bin Laden and Islamic terrorists,” 3) “Most people are children who are easily controlled by fear,” 4) “Peer pressure, and the fear of mockery and ridicule” (it’s true, if you don’t want to be mocked, don’t become a Truther), 5) makes no sense, 6) the “financial- terrorism- media- military- industrial- Zionist- congressional complex” (their term, not mine), 7) “Mass social, cultural, and political brainwashing,” 8) “A lack of knowledge of history,” 9) “A lack of skepticism, curiosity and a sense of wonder,” 10) “A lack of humility to admit ignorance” (AHAHHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA! ahem. AAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!), 11) “The 9/11 lie is sacred.” There you have it. The worst analysis of anything ever. Notice, “we might, just possibly, be wrong” doesn’t occur to them. Also, I’m rather annoyed that their title does not use the word fable correctly, but that’s the English major in me, played in my fable by a knowledgeable, avuncular owl.
- Is the above “financial- terrorism- media- military- industrial- Zionist- congressional complex” related to Mike Adams’ “Chemical- agra- medical- pharma industrial complex business“?
- An interesting pairing provided by FederalJack, who I endorse for the entertainment value. First, “It’s Official, We Live in a Police State.” Less than an hour later: “Federal officials are circulating to all 18,000 U.S. law enforcement agencies a… civil rights video??!!” Nice f’ing police state. Here’s officer Lyons, the face of totalitarianism:
- Sam Blumenfield examines “ The Hegelian Statist Virus in the Republican Party”.
- Fag judges may be fag-enabling fags. From the ever-delightful couple Charlie “Butts” and “Peter” LaBarbera.
- Let’s give Vigilant Citizen a shout out, eh wot? Be careful, fellas. That first model is actually a man.
- Moon base or volcano? You decide. Your answer will depend on whether or not you are already on the moon, however.
- Is Jewish Ex-Congressman Weiner’s Devout Muslim Wife, Working For Hillary Clinton, A Spy? This author is a horrid person. This is evidencelessness embodied. Just guilt by racist association, a new type of logical fallacy.
- Is someone at Above Top Secret actually thinking about inner-Earth-dwelling UFOs? Be still, my beating heart.
- I’ll let you decipher this: “Hoagland weaves together an intense eye-opener which connects Comet Elenin with September 11, the original masonic message, the bombing in Norway and the secret space program.”
- Here’s a bit of uncritical thinking: “Only a domestic terror attack can rescue Brand Obama.” How about growing a ball? That might help.
- Here’s one that was popular in the deliberately-misrepresent-o-sphere this week. My Pet Goat aficionado George W. Bush basically admitted that he was deliberately slow to move on 9/11, basically allowing it to happen on purpose, in order to not freak out a bunch of kids. I hate conspiracy theorists who make me defend Bush. Lots.
- New World Order’s favorite band? Megadeath.
- NaturalNews is positively soiling itself over what I will dub murder-weeds.
- Here’s a new one. They are no longer conspiracy theorists. They are “disinformation specialists.” Boy, do they ever not have irony.
- A UFO at the bottom of the Baltic Sea?
- The ADL on Sovereign Citizens, who actually scare me.
- This is interesting. The title is “Tea Party Pawns of the Illuminati,” but only a minority of people who read Before It’s News and vote on the veracity of the story think that’s a fact. I’m not going to say it’s because they are reasonable, but because a lot of them probably like the Tea Party. The funny thing about this is that Dick Armey, former House leader, if I remember correctly, helped fund the Tea Party through FreedomWorks. If you think that the Republicans are in the thrall of the Illuminati, why would you assume that the Tea Party wasn’t? I merely ask.
- Are UFOs controlling our ICBMs? Robert Hastings thinks so. Hear him not laughed out of a conversation:
- KXAS, a television station in Texas, captures a bug on camera, calls in UFO investigatiors. Why do they not call IIG? We look at this sort of thing all of the time! Decide for yourself:
I figure a Michael Barkun reference is a good note to end on. It’s back into the trenches. Toodle-pip!