Such Good X-ian Folk

Read this for a stomach turning, I think I need some pepto moment.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/16/thirteen-siblings-found-chained-starving-california-home-say/

I had heard of the incident and suspected they might be good damn x-ians. But did not know for sure till now. I wish I could say I am surprised, but I’m not. You see good x-ians can justify ANYTHING as long as they can twist it into acting on gods account. Just as they can easily justify horrific acts in their bible. You see it’s all ok, because…some fucking insane reason that makes no sense at all.

Pentecostals for clarification. Chaining some of those kids to their beds. Living in squalor. Forcing the children to memorize bible passages. Malnourished. Holding them captive. And the mother is perplexed as to police involvement? What planet are they living on?

My hat’s off to the 17 year old who had the courage to escape and alert the authorities. The only thing that concerns me is the general tendency for the court system to let people like this off with light sentences.

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Oh, This Is Good

Every once in a while I’ll see a recommended post in my reader that is pretty awesome. I found one this morning.

I know I have harped on tRump quite a bit lately, it is difficult to not use the blog as a place to vent. It just happens. Every day there is more and more ridiculous nonsense from our tiny handed president. It is I think making me a grumpy (er) old man. Anyway, anyone interested in a great look at the blatant racism of our orange-ish leader click here:

https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/55588023/posts/20445

Have You Seen This?

After some recent discussion about the effectiveness of Faux News turning otherwise normal people into stumbling zombies unable to think their way out of a paper bag, it got me to wondering. So I just did a search on ” has anyone investigated Fox News for using mind control techniques?” I found this, which I thought very interesting. It is from back in 2016, but still quite revelant.

https://www.autostraddle.com/this-is-how-fox-news-brainwashes-its-viewers-our-in-depth-investigation-of-the-propaganda-cycle-297107/

My question now is, “why is this allowed to continue?” Just because they do weather and sports, does not mean they are doing news. They have been the hand of the far right propaganda campaign for years now, most of us know that. There needs to be established some sort of baseline of fact that is an acceptable format for reporting the news. Those unable to meet the standard get denied their opportunity to do news. What they are doing isn’t just wrong, IMO it is criminal.

Free speech is one thing, using speech in the deviously deceptive, and extraordinarily effective manner the Fox News propaganda machine does it, again, IMO is criminal.

…and I don’t mind taking the heat for the free speech thing. At some point free speech crosses a line. Fox News crossed the damn line.

 

EDIT: Oh! Here is another one, quite similar:

https://www.alternet.org/story/151497/14_propaganda_techniques_fox_%27news%27_uses_to_brainwash_americans

 

What Have We Done To Deserve This?

Just step down already. Somebody impeach the bastard. Anything is better than this. We the people of this country ARE responsible for this atrocious president. I mean he got the vote. BUT, and this is a big but (no big butt jokes!) this slimy, devious, lying, narcissistic, petty little dictator wannabe, does NOT speak or act for all of us.

I apologize for the current state of my shithole country. There are good people here. This man, this administration, this Senate, this House, does not speak for or represent a great many of us. How we got here, and how can we fix this, I don’t really know. I just woke up one day and regretfully we had the Great Orange One as a president.

Just know that we all can’t be judged by Donald fucking Trump. No more than we can be judged for the color of our skin. No more than we can be judged for our our place of work, or the where we live. I promise you there are good people here. And it will take good people to fix the shithole we are in.

I just hope the good people will rise to the occaision.

 

Here Is A Live One

https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/107677700/posts/1011

I posted a comment but unlikely it will see the light of day.

His/her argument seems to be that they believe atheism is a religion, and how could we possibly have evidence to support our lack of gods? Oh, and an elephant can do a self portrait, which means us nasty atheists are rong somehow?

It is almost amusing to observe the flailing around in the dark with little understanding of the strawman they are attacking.

Cranks, Kooks, and Crazies

The internet is a wonderful thing. Much of the worlds knowledge at our fingertips. Blogs and online hangouts a plenty. It is wide open spaces for anyone with a desire to learn or explore. The information age is great.

The misinformation age though not so much.

I just recently encounted an avid flat earther who is also very religious, probably a YEC. And very much a crank. What is a crank? My definition would be someone who holds very firm opposing belief in areas where the evidence/understanding of the topic at hand is pretty much settled. They hang on to these beliefs despite the tons of evidence that shows they are mistaken. Often they will become highly agitated, aggressive, and relentless in their attacks on anyone holding a more rational view. And they will never ever admit any possibility they could be in error. They cling to these erroneous beliefs like a dog with a ham bone and will snap at anyone that gets close. There are lots of topics available for your friendly neighborhood crank to take up, but I will focus on the flat earth today.

The flat earth claim is a non starter for most of us. We already have a good understanding of the spherical shape of our planet based on many areas of study and evidence galore supporting the fact our earth is a sphere. Now the crank will handily dismiss this evidence. They will proclaim we have bought into the BIG LIE, we have been duped, deceived, NASA is in on the coverup! Only they (the crank) know the truth!

Now I encounterd my crank on Nans blog, (hi Nan!) and I made no attempt to hide the fact I was incredulous to their claims. They latched onto me like a dog with a ham bone and have been leaving me some interesting posts (if you are into the pathology of a crank) on my blog. I put them in the trash where they belong, but will reproduce them here as an example of crankism. Here we go:

“Evidence based shell? What do you know about EVIDENCE?

Perhaps you have SEEN evidence that the earth walked a quarter mile to pick up a can of tuna………oh wait, you HEARD……………by others who ASSUMED………….who heard by others who SUPPOSED………..who agreed with others who ‘did the math……………….’ who pretended to ASSERT………that your so-called ball spins @ 1,040 mph, orbiting at an alleged 67,000 mph…………

………while not person has ONE drop of EVIDENCE…….but a thousand THEORIES……………that the earth is guilty of the highest crime.

You crack me up. Evidence. A man who disavows the Creator, pretending to speak of Design…………

Your so called evidence is about as useless as a dictionary without words.

Gotta love the immoveable foundations of the earth, founded upon the floods………….as sure as true science testifies, and as sure as the good book so eloquently says.” (end of comment)

First note the overuse of the caps and the extended ellipses. Now let’s look at the assertions. First an insult to get started, since my blog is titled Evidence Based Reality, what would I know of evidence? Then this: “Perhaps you have SEEN evidence that the earth walked a quarter mile to pick up a can of tuna” I have to admit I don’t even know where this nonsensical claim came from, I probably don’t want to know. When it comes to the mind of a crank you probably do not want to delve deeper by asking questions 🙂

Next we get to the heart of the matter, that the rotation of the earth on its axis at 1040 mph, and its trajectory around the sun, which is roughly moving on that trajectory at 67,000 mph, is all the BIG LIE!

Then let’s with a sweep of the hand, dismiss all of the good scientific evidence we have for a spherical earth with this: “while not person has ONE drop of EVIDENCE…….but a thousand THEORIES……………that the earth is guilty of the highest crime.”  Evidence is meaningless to a crank that has all of the answers don’t ya know?

Now this: “You crack me up. Evidence. A man who disavows the Creator, pretending to speak of Design” Again this one seems to be out in left field, as I do not speak of design, though I am an atheist. So we can give them a half right here.

Again a quick dismissal of the evidence with the hand wave: “Your so called evidence is about as useless as a dictionary without words.”

Finally a biblical reference with this: “Gotta love the immoveable foundations of the earth, founded upon the floods” I think when you start with the premise that your magic book is the end all be all source of facts, you have a flawed premise. One that requires the bending of reality to fit your preconceptions. I would posit that this behavior might be a key point, at the very core, of the emergence of a crank.

Now this: “as sure as true science testifies” Please note the assertion of the true science, but none forthcoming. Cranks have all of the true science, they just never have any to show you.

Now here is the other post retrieved from the trash, for your perusal:

Congrats digs. You have entered the realms of the hypocritical. You post about an alleged ‘globe,’ (global warming haha) then accuse someone of ‘derailing’ your post because you cannot with a straight face answer the criminal charges made by yourself.

Congrats. All atheists everywhere should be proud. Next stop: more shallow name calling, baseless nitwit comments, and a complete ignoring of what lies stare you in the face. Way to go, but its ok, I have ten thousand atheist clocks /i have cleaned in my basement, don’t need another rusty and broken one of yours. lol (end comment)

More of the same really. Insults, projection, the Big Lie, nonsensical claims of criminal charges, and finally a gross overestimation of their prowess. The hallmark of the crank. Note I did not name my crank. Most of you know who it is, I personally refuse to allow them any notoriety here. Although I don’t mind if it comes up in the comments.

Welcome To The Orwellian Nightmare

I guess Mike Pence, our lying YEC vice president, has been busy. I can’t imagine where else this list of banned words for the CDC came from.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/cdc-gets-list-of-forbidden-words-fetus-transgender-diversity/2017/12/15/f503837a-e1cf-11e7-89e8-edec16379010_story.html?utm_term=.48962062294d

What is it that the Republicans and the ultra conservatives that drive them, could be afraid of with things like “evidence based” and “science based?” I’ll tell you what. Them persnickety facts have always been a thorn in the side of conservatives because they show religion to be the fraud that it is. Simple as that. They cannot stand the fact that the facts are contrary to the claims in their magic books.

You can run and hide from words I suppose. But the facts will always be the facts. Hiding from them shows what cowards they really are.

Wasn’t too long ago they banned “global warming” because it was too scary or something. Heads in the sand are very small minded people.

Other words on the ban list are fetus, transgender, diversity, entitlement and vulnerable. Pathetic sons of bitches.