Truthiness personified

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Whenever I hear the term “snake oil” now I get images of The Naked Emperor in my mind. The ease and glibness with which he spins falsehoods and modifies reality on the fly to suit his purposes is staggering. I just present these two screencaps and am otherwise speechless –

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"We are at war with Eurasia"

"We are NOT at war with Eurasia. We have NEVER been at war with Eurasia"

Now if there actually were all these mysterious Australian women terrified that I’d kick them in the cunt, it would have been brought up by now and repeated ad nauseam. But it hasn’t. It only gets raised now because we are at a convenient part of the plot line and it can add colour to the story. Hearsay and chinese whispers. This is how BigLies get constructed. Just keep chipping away and demonising, repeat over and over and over, and it will stick. Substance not necessary. And it helps if your audience are baboons.

Edit 12th Nov. – Myers statement that everyone’s “fallen all over themselves” is patently false, as can be read here in previous entries. People were just scratching their heads wondering if Myers actually was that stupid, and sat and waited for more information – Myers’ track record of living up to his own boasting is pretty dismal, and sure enough, in this case it appears he didn’t have backbone to follow-up on his threats. The ambiguity of Myers language, as pointed out by some, was also noted – that’s why there was no spontaneous cry of “bullshit!” What is noted by the above is that this is all very typical Myers style deception and stupid game playing that just supports all previous observations about him.

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At least for your spiritual forebears.

It is the 73rd anniversary of Kristallnacht. They can sure teach you a thing or two about dealing with people who refuse to submit to truth.

It is also the anniversary of the failed Beer Hall Putsch, which just says that if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Your Will will Triumph in the end.

And as for other people that refuse to give up when they are reaching for the stars, it is also the anniversary of October Revolution and Joseph Stalin first entering the provisional government of Bolshevik Russia. Just look how far he got.

It’s a happy day all round. You might want to celebrate by denouncing some more random people that disagree with you to whatever authorities you think care.

Ophelia Benson goes bicycle riding in Amsterdam

Let’s learn a new word today. This is for the benefit of the baboons. The rest of you folks probably know this word already, and did so from junior high school because you paid attention to words for their actual meaning, and not for their emotional trigger value –

em·pir·i·cal

adjective

1. derived from or guided by experience or experiment.
2. depending upon experience or observation alone, without using scientific method or theory, especially as in medicine.
3. provable or verifiable by experience or experiment.

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i.e. basing stuff on observable reality free of any cognitive biases. So let’s take THAT comment that has terrorised Ophelia to the point I am amazed she hasn’t sent me a laundry bill, and demystify it. Here it is in its raw form, and traced directly back to its source (the details that none of the baboons are interested in), comment #3396 at the slimepit (as the baboon’s like to call it) – (more…)

Ophelia Benson as Hercule Poirot.

My the baboons have been busy.

My indifference is profound.

Hot on the heels of the latest batch of threats, there is a new insane debate here which I can only stomach a snippet at a time, and certainly refuse to read all of –

Fat, ugly, desperate or a bitch who deserves to be slapped, hit or gang-raped

Which, of course, instantly has to implicate me. Again, it’s overloaded with the usual accusations of rape, assault, abuse and the whole shebang of the usual substance-free tar-n-feathering the baboon board now seems to specialise in to the exclusion of all other activities. It’s the new town square I’m being pilloried in. They also babble much about having some pile of “sooper secret information” that the Talking Prune has apparently found and are continuing some ludicrous “ethical” debate1 about “outing” and “reporting”. It’s all in there apparently, for those that can stomach it.

So lets imagine they proceed on the assumption I am not Franc and that this cloak-and-dagger is pants shittingly terrifying – (more…)

Audi0 – Butthole Surfers, from Locust Abortion Technician

Which one’s MacKinnon?

Oh how cute – one of the “I really really hate Rebecca Watson” crowd has made a fake Twitter account in order to do a lot of stupid self-implicating tweets as if by Rebecca. Oh haha that’s so funny – what’s next, emptying a pail of garbage in her bed? Locking a skunk in her bathroom? Putting a bomb under her car?

— Our Ophelia, Brevity is the soul of wit

You have to love it. “Freethought”blogs in action. Continuing a proud tradition of cherry-picking and confirmation bias as evidence for truth, Ophelia has blundered onto another nugget of nothing and seizes on it, without any hesitation or any inclination to research it, and immediately exploits it to full strategic advantage. And excess, by conflating criticism of poor innocent Becky Watson with car bombing while she’s at it. No slander is too vile.

Quite unlike those horrid assholes at ERV that she despises with her whole vagina – who similarly saw this item and dismissed it as juvenile, copycat 4channery – Ophelia immediately grasps it uncritically with both fists and declares it evidence because it tells her what she wants to hear – that her suspicions are valid and her assumptions, as always, are right. (more…)

The Watsonista spiritual mentor

I wrote this in an earlier post, but did not expand –

It reminds me of an observation made by Peter Sloterdijk in his Critique of Cynical Reason

“The violent, antirationalistic impulse in Western countries is reacting to an intellectual state of affairs in which all thinking has become strategy

This is what we are seeing here – all language and communication reduced to strategy. This is the precursor to all communication is propaganda, or more simply, when communication itself, a two way transfer of unfiltered information1, ceases.

This nonsense dissection of language has nothing to do with discourse or exchange of ideas, and everything to do with finding strategic advantage.

What you say is not relevant. How what you say can be reframed for advantage is.

Communication is reduced to propaganda. It ceases to be communication with any value. (more…)

Ophelia Benson: "Everything is YOUR FAULT! You have a PENIS."

Would that this had the honesty of deliberate satire –

Butterflies and Wheels was established in 2002 and has (not surprisingly) evolved since then. At the beginning it focused mainly on various kinds of pseudoscience and epistemic relativism, aka postmodernism. The latter prompted an increasing focus on moral or cultural relativism and a defense of universalism and human rights. This in turn led to concern with the chief opponent of universalism and human rights, which is religion. This then led to interest in the backlash against overt atheism.

Unfortunately, it’s not. It’s a Münchhausean self-appraisal from an intellect that’s a cold carcass on a slab having overdosed on way too much mind-killing belief. (more…)

Ophelia Benson: "THIS is all YOUR fault, you MISOGYNIST!"

What misogyny needs is an equivalent term to erectile dysfunction. Y’know, when demands are made of you to perform, but no matter what you do, you just can’t live up to expectation. There is no desire, no motivation, no interest and your misogyny just droops like overcooked bok choy. No amount of coaxing or lecturing or scolding, no amount of screaming about how monstrous you are, nothing works.

Truth be told, I do feel like a failure at this game. I am certainly no Skeptifem when it comes to raw hatred. I can’t even catch up with Ophelia1, who gave us a lesson in a now heavily redacted and watered down earlier spray at collaborators she feels betray her and the rest of the “real” feminists. (more…)

Roseanne Barr gets swept away by Wagner

OK, let’s talk about hatred shall we?

The Watsonistas certainly do. Relentlessly. In fact, if you take their word for it, outside of Saudi Arabia, the greatest concentration of misogynists and rape apologists on Earth can be found within the atheist and skeptic communities and a woman that attends any of their events and escapes without being sexually assaulted is in a rare minority (and probably a traitor and collaborator).

Perhaps the Watsonista that most openly, honestly and unambiguously expresses the true sentiments of all involved is Skeptifem. While others go to great lengths to disguise their hatreds as concerns, she has no such inhibitions and just lets her venom drip. A great display can be seen in an extended rant against male-friendly women, appropriately titled inside the mind of a gender traitor. It is worth reading this extract with care as there is an unusual observation to be made – (more…)