Posts Tagged ‘conspiracy’

Creationist Dirty Tricks: Censorship on YouTube

20 June 2009

For the past year or so, various YouTube channels have been the target of a campaign of censorship by Creationists. THis campaign has consisted of the following:

  • filing false DMCA claims. Filing a false DMCA -wherein an person oo organization claims ownership of a video that they do not really own – is considered perjury and is illegal and the filer can face civil and criminal charges in a court of law;
  • False flagging. YouTube has a flagging feature which allows users to mark a video as potentially unsuitable for minors to watch or could be a violation of YouTube’s Terms of Service. In theory, a YT moderator is supposed to actually look at the video to confirm this, but due to the large number of videos on the site, it appears that YT simply takes the flaggers’ word for it and marks the video without confirming its content. This has become common knowledge and is an often-used tactic;
  • Down-rating comments. ThHis involves marking a videos comments with a “thumbs-down”. This used to involve marking only the comments that supported the video, but it is far easier to simply mark them all, so the person doing this doesn’t have to read the hundreds or thousands of comments that are posted;
  • Marking comments as Spam. If comment rating is disabled, in order to protect them from the previous tactic, then a user can mark a comment as Spam. With enough marks, the comment is hidden from view, unless some one clicks on Reply. Due to the amount of time it takes to do this, many people might not take that step;
  • Votebotting. This involves using a computer program to rate a video with One Star ratings, in order to prevent the video from appearing in search engines on YouTube. You simply run the program and it goes to each video several times, each time giving it a One Star rating. Supposedly, only registered users can rate a video, but there seems to be a glitch in YT’s system that does allow such programs to function without hinderance. As a result, even though a video may have only a few hundred views, it could still have thousands of One Star ratings. This has become the favored tactic of creationists in their fight against the pro-science (i.e. the side that explains the Theory of Evolution and debunks creationists’ claims) due to the total lack of legal consequences and YouTube’s lack of self-policing, as well as YouTube’s apparent lack of concern that this is even happening.

When YT users, such as Thunderf00t, posted videos calling for viewers to directyl contact YT to complain about the above tactics being used against their channels, YouTube would either ignore the complaints or would retaliate against the channel by suspending them or even closing their account permanently.

As such, the pro-science and atheist channels on YouTube have been censored and harassed with little or nothing they could do in response.

Few Christians have publicly condemned the above tactics being used, as it seeems to make their propagandizing on YT easier by eliminating the opposing side.

As pointed-out by YouTube user cdk007, this camapign of censorship only proves that creationists have no argument against evolution that can stand-up to scientific scrutiny and they must resort to dirty tricks in order to try to win the argument.

However, instead of “winning”, the usage of the above tactics and the failure of the general Christian community on YouTube to condemn them only shows that they have lost the debate and have nothing to bring to the table.

Here is a list of some of the hardest-hit channels on YouTube. feel free to watch their videos and subscribe, if you like:

Thunderf00t
AronRa
Potholer54

DonExodus2
ExtantDodo
AndromedasWake

dprjones
FFreeThinker
djarm67
ThetaOmega
JaguarJ0nes
ZOMGitsCriss
C0ct0pusPrime

These are just a few of the many channels hit by the censorship campaign. You will find links to other channels through them. You can also find a more complete list at the League of Reason webforum.

It seems that creationists have realized that they have no argument against science. So, they have decided to try to silence the opposing side through a cowardly censorship campaign.

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“9/11 Truth” Conspiracies Debunked, Part Four

12 June 2009

I received several replies to previous entries from “Terry Conspiracy” -who I suspect of being Alex Jones or some one who knows him, since he keeps trying to plug Jones’ website in his replies, even though I delete that part – and his replies consist of a mixture of personal insults directed at me, as well as repeats of previous 9/11 Truther misinformation.

Rather than allow him to dominate the reply section of my blog, much the same way as Colloidal Silver proponents tried to do when I wrote about that, I’m going to reply to some of his points here.

It is obvious to me that Terry has never taken the time to watch any of the videos I have linked to in previous entries. It is apparent that he is fully convinced of a conspiracy and will not entertain even the possibility that he is wrong.

 

    Thermite and Thermate 

 

Nano Thermite: the “scientific paper” which is mentioned by 9/11 conspiracists is actually a Open Access website, which bills itself as a scientific journal. The very fact that this “scientific paper” has not been quoted in any other science journal doesn’t bode well for its accuracy. The OA journal, mentioned in a previous blog, is never quoted by other science journals. In the scientific community, if your paper doesn’t get read, it has no value. If it doesn’t get quoted by other researchers, it is pointless to publish there in the first place. The big hue and cry over this paper is that it tells conspiracists what they want to hear. Never mind all the scientists and engineers who present findings to the contrary, this one paper is all they want to hear about. Thermite was used by the cleanup crews to remove the large metal pieces of the structures that could not be removed as a whole pice. The claim that thermite brought the towers down is not backed-up by survivors, who would have seen thermite burning, as well as the large amount of smoke.

Thermate residue: okay, thermite-theorists say that residue from thermite was found on-site, ergo thermite was used. It goes like this: if A, B, C, and D are all components of X, then X was definitely present. This may be true only if A,B,C and D could come from no other source. Let’s go through what the components of thermite would be and see if there could have been other sources from the WTC site.

Thermate ingrediants and their likely sources from WTC:

  1. iron: found in paint and electronic devices;
  2. sulphur: the third most common construction material in the WTC was gypsum-based drywall, which is 18.62% sulphur.
  3. aluminum: WTC facade, the 767s and vehicles;
  4. potassium: used in concrete;
  5. manganese: used in structural steel, paint, batteries and ceramics;
  6. flourine: used in Freon and 200,000 lbs of Freon cooled the WTC complex, which was the largest air-conditioning system in the USA;
  7. titanium: used in paper and paint, which were very common at the WTC. Both 767s used in the attacks were 2% titanium and WTC7 was clad in polished steel and titanium;

So, all seven items from this list were already common at the WTC site prior to the attacks.

About 2 billion pounds of dust covered Lower Manhatten after 9/11. Steven Jones, one of the authors of the “study” estimated that it would have taken 1000 pounds of thermate to bring down each tower, for a total of 3000 pounds of thermate. Since thermate is 2% sulphur. that means 60 pounds of sulphur would be used. Based on Jones’ estimates, the WTC dust would have consisted of 0.000003% sulphur. But, USGC tests showed that the dust consisted of 5.4% sulphur. Where did all that extra sulphur come from?

Okay, if you assume that thermate was used to bring down the towers, then a good way to make that conclusion would be to find the residue of thermate in the WTC dust. This residue is only caused by the use of thermate and there would be no other way to explain its presence. The two main byproducts of thermate use are:

  1. aluminum oxide (41%)
  2. barium nitrate (29%)

What shootsdown the idea that thermate was used to bring down the towers is that neither of these elements was found either by the USGS or by Steven Jones himself. Finding aluminum is not the same as finding aluminum oxide, which has three oxygen atoms.

So, while we can find all seven component elements of thermate at the WTC site, we can easily explain their presence. However, 9/11 Truthers cannot explain the absence of the residue of thermate use at the site. If they could not find aluminum oxide and barium nitrate at the WTC site, then no thermate use occurred. It would be impossible to use thermate to bringdown the WTC towers without leaving traces of these two elements.

Lack of aluminum oxide + lack of barium nitrate = no thermate used at WTC.

Attack on the Pentagon on 9/11

I know I’m wasting my time expecting Terry to watch a video, since he obviously never has. But, you can see the actual damage caused by the 757 as it made its way to the Pentagon, which included:

  1. knocking down a lamp post, which damaged a taxi cab;
  2. knocked down another lamp pole, which fell near some trees;
  3. a third lamp pole being struck caused the light fixture to enter starboard engine intake;
  4. a fourth lightpole was struck, which caused the engine to billow smoke;
  5. a fifth lampost was struck and knocked-down; and
  6. a generator and ground structure were struck and damaged right before the plane hit the building.

All of these are outlined, along with photographs in the following video

If the Pentagon were hit by a missle, as conspiracists like to claim, then how did a missle knockdown all those lamposts, the generator and the ground structure? A missle would have bypassed all of these and simply hit the building.

Despite what 9/11 Truthers claim, there was a lot of  wreckage found at the site of the attack, including airplane debris and personal items of the passengers. Pieces of the 75 fouund after the attack included portions of the fuselage, landing gear, doors, engine parts, and the cockpit.

As far as the damage to the building, as compared to the actual size of the jet, the body of a 757 measures 12 feet, four inches wide. Measurements of the hole indicate that it is about 18 feet wide. Considering how the plane entered the building at an angle, the proportions match-up pretty well. Damage from the wings impacting the Pentagon can be seen in the video linked above.

Despite claims that the building wall is 9 feet of reinforced concrete, the exterior wall is actually only 18 inches thick at the impact site.

Conclusion

You know, I could go on all day with this. But, I don’t have the inclination or time.

Conspiracy theorists believe what they want anmd will not accept any evidence to the contrary. I would like to respond to this statement from Terry Conspiracy

spyderblog, you should retract & apologize or lose all credibility in my eyes.

Terry, in my eyes, you don’t have any credibility of any kind. You refused to watch any of the videos whose links I have provided and I think you were simply looking for a new convert to your cause. You people cherry-pick isolated items and tout them as evidence, when they really aren’t evidence.

I will not retract and I have nothing to apologize for, to you or anyone else.

Believe what you want, but I think the 9/11 “Truth” movement is losing steam and will hopefully soon be relegated along with the conspiracy theories of reptile men and fake moon landings.

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Right-Wing Violence In the News

11 June 2009

A few days ago, Dr George Tiller was killed. Just yesterday, a white supremicist went on a shooting rampage at the Holocaust Museum and killed one of the guards. According to a recent report from the Department of Homeland Security, they saw three kinds of right-wing violence likey to occur in the near future, all of which have come to pass:

  1. Anti-abortion (killing doctors who perform abortions and destroying clinics);
  2. Anti-Semitic (targeting of Jews both as individuals and their establishments, as well as anything connected to the Jewish people); and
  3. Anti-government (including the murder of police officers).

All three have occured in the past weeks and months. I also want to mention the recent murders of police officers, including one incident caused by some nutcase who was afraid that the government was going to take his guns away and he ended-up killing some cops after they tried to arrest him.

After the election of Barack Obama, reports surfaced that white supremicist and white nationalist groups increased both in numbers and enrollments. Even during the election, it was reported that Obama had been the target of more death threats than any other Presidential candidate in recent history.

What makes this so much more unbelievable is that, years ago, the right-wing was usually defined as the “more patriotic” part of the polictical spectrum, with the left-wing perceived as anti-government. However, most left-wing violence abated in the 1970s, with the exception of parts of the environmental movement, such as the ELF and ALF.

Doctors who perform abortions have to wear bulletproof vests and be escorted by armed guards, while the leaders of the anti-abortion movement walk-around freely. For the most part, Christian churches seldom have to worry about being targeted by shootings or bombings, while synagogues and some mosques have to keep their minds on  being safe from such things.

Right wing ideologues can speak-out in favor of killing doctors and bombing clinics, fully protected by the First Amendment, as long as they exercise care in not specifically saying that a certain person or place should be targeted, but fully embracing the idea that such attacks are justifiable.

Not that the left-wing is much better, at times. While most environmentalists are nonviolent, I have seen and heard many fully supporting the actions of Sea Shepherd, the ELF and ALF. The major difference is that environmentalist violence hasn’t resulted in the death of a single person. Left-wing radicals aren’t known to stockpile guns and bombs, while right-wing radicals are known for this.

I have placed myself on certain peoples’ enemies list by condemning both sides when they use violence.

It isn’t only wrong when “the other side” uses violence. In a civilized society, violence has no place in deciding which side is right and should prevail.

This isn’t like 100 years ago, when radicals with plans of violence had to meet in basements and back rooms. Now, they can network over the Internet in relative safety. Most of them are aware of being monitored by the Federal and State authorities, so they are far more careful than their predeccesors were in earlier times.

The 9/11 conspiracies serve a role in all this too. They can be used by both sides to “prove” that the government is evil and that secret cabals are in control of the world. Strange how you hear both sides using this issue to support their respective causes. After my previous blogs on the 9/11 issue, when I posted links to videos, people who believe in these conspiracies sent links to movies for me to watch. While I watched their films, they chose not to watch mine. As a result, I got the distinct impression that some of them are so into their beliefs that they will not even begin to entertain the notion that they might be wrong. For my part, I’ve watch a lot of movies put-out by conspiracists, including Loose Change and Zeitgeist. I’m not afraid to watch a movie, but I think the 9/11 Truthers are afraid to do the same. The same goes for animal rights supporters who refuse to see the real value of animal research. I compare them all to Flat Earthers who refuse to even consider that the Earth might be round, despite all the evidence to that effect.

Some people just don’t want to be convinced and prefer to believe what they want.

I got a bit of amusement when I heard the heated exchange between Alex Jones of infowars, screaming at Mike Delaney from prothink. Delaney wants to blame the Jews for everything, while Jones wants to blame the Arabs. As a result, Delaney thinks Jones is a Jew or, at least, a Zionist. Personally, I think both sides of that argument need some serious psychological help. I even watched the movie Missing Links that Delaney put-out. Good production of the film, though the audio sucked. Well, at least they can make movies that don’t look like they were done on the family camcorder.

All these conspiracy movies I’ve watched and yet, I still haven’t seen the new Star Trek or Terminator Salvation. How pathetic is that?

While healthy discussion is always good for a democracy. It doesn’t bode well when either side begins to either use violence or excuse its use.

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“9/11 Truth” Conspiracies Debunked, Part Three

8 June 2009

One claim to supposedly prove the views of 9/11 Truthers is that remains of nanothermite were found in the soil around Ground Zero. They support this claim by stating that a scientific paper on the subject, “Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe”, was published in the Open Chemical Physics Journal, which is an Open Access online journal published by Bentham Science Publishers. It claims to be a “peer-reviewed journal” whose aim is to “provide the most complete and reliable source of information on current developments in chemical physics”.

It is interesting to note that the chief editor of this publication, Professor Marie-Paule Pileni,  resigned following the publication of the article by Danish chemist Niels Harrit.

Among her reasons was that the paper was published without notifying her and that it deals on a topic unrelated to chemical physics or physical chemistry. Stating,

“I was in fact in doubt about them before, because I had on several occasions asked about information about the journal without having heard from them. It does not appear on the list of international journals, and that is a bad sign. Now I can see that it is because it is a bad journal”, says Marie-Paule Pileni and continues:

“There are no references to the Open Chemical Physics Journal in other articles. I have two colleagues who contributed to publishing an article which was not cited anyplace either. If no one reads it, it is a bad journal, and there is not use for it”, is the harsh verdict.

One thing that lends credibility to any scientific paper is when either it or the journal in which it appears is cited in other scientific journals and Open Chemical Physics Journal is never cited in other scientific journals. A journal’s reputation partly hinges on how often it is cited in other journals of the same venue.

Even on their webpage, listing their Endorsements, only one of the quotes provided even mentions Bentham by name. The rest only give their individual endorsements to Open Access Journals.

Now, what people seem to be misunderstanding about scientific journals is that they appear to believe that is something appears in a scientific journal, then it is an official endorsement by the scientific community that the conclusions of the published article. Actually, it is not.

What an article actually does is it puts the conclusions of the researcher out there for other members of the scientific community to read and attempt to either verify or disprove the conclusions presented in the article. If other researchers can replicate the experiments and come to the same conclusions, then the viewpoint of the original author can be considered accepted by the scientific community. If other researcher cannot replicate the results, then the paper and its conclusions are marginalized and eventually ignored.

That’s it. Just because something appears in a scientific journal does not mean that it it accepted as completely factual by scientists. It simply means that the article got through that particular journals peer-review panel. The fact that Open Chemical Physics Journal is never cited by other publications in the same field, does not appear on any list of scientific journals for chemistry and its own editor resigned after the article was published does not bode well for this journal.

If you want a better explanation of the Scientific Method and the role of peer review journals, watch this video by potholer54.

Okay, a few questions I have about the article, a complete copy of which I cannot find beyond the synopsis and I quote from it, specifically the portion detailing how the tested samples were collected

One sample was collected by a Manhattan resident about ten minutes after the collapse of the second WTC Tower, two the next day, and a fourth about a week later.

I’m no scientist, but this paper was published eight years after the 9/11 Attacks and its sample were collected over a period of a week by three different people. The samples were not collected by the authors of the paper, so there is not accountability for how the samples were collected and how they were stored between the time they were collected and when they were tested, which are topics that would come up in peer review.

There is no archive from the website itself for me to study and I’m not a chemist.

But, I think all the hoopla over this paper in the 9/11 Truth movement shows one reason why some real scientific journals oppose Open Source. People also oppose Wikipedia because it is Open Source where anyone can access it, so they doubt Wikipedia’s credibility.

So, let another group of chemists collect samples and test them. This is the replication phase of peer review. If another group of researchers can collect samples and achieve the same results, then we could have something to talk about.

This is one problem I have with the 9/11 Truth movement: it doesn’t matter if a real scientific journal details how the towers fell, showing documentation as how their conclusions were reached and it doesn’t matter if

    thousands

of engineers disagree with what the 9/11 Truth movement thinks. If just one group, consisting on a total of nine people tells them what they want to hear and those nine people write an article that appears in a self-proclaimed “scientific journal”, then they will go with the minority and discount what thousands of other experts say on the subject.

This shows the basic dishonesty of the 9/11 Truth movement. They only believe what they want to believe and will discount any opposing viewpoints. You could show them all the proof there is and they still won’t be convinced. You could build a time machine and take them back to the event itself and it wouldn’t change their minds.

I understand that there will always be people out there who won’t trust official explanations and sometimes that a healthy thing for a democracy. But, in the case of the 9/11 Truthers, it’s just sad and pathetic.

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“9/11 Truth” Conspiracies Debunked, Part Two

6 June 2009

In the comments section for the first entry on this topic, someid4 wrote this:

All I can say is, you obviously have not done your homework!

Please tell me, If 9/11 was pulled off by guys in caves, like the government wants us to believe….. then which one of the guys in the cave got NORAD to “stand down”?

What about the thermite?

I feel so bad for the people who fall for this “false-flag” government deception….9/11 happened to bring about the “patriot act”….”homeland security”….PERIOD.

I must say you “de-bunked” 9/11 about as good as Glen Beck “de-bunked” FEMA camps……oh thats right, he DIDNT!

Well, if you had taken the time to watch RKOwen4’s videos, you would have seen his evidence debunking these pet theories of the “9/11 Truthers”.

Realizing that not everyone has the time or inclination to look for a debunking of their favorite theory, I have decided to do the work for you.

“NORAD Stand Down Order” Debunked

Dick Cheney Never In Charge of NORAD

Norman Mineta – No Stand Down Order

NORAD “Stand Down” Disproven

Claims About Thermite Debunked

Thermate Chemical Signatures Disproven

Columns Cut not by Thermite

“Molten Metal” Explained

No Pools of Molten Steel

So, it looks like one of us hasn’t done his “homework”, but that person isn’t me.

It was you.

I understand that there are some people out there making their money by selling books, DVDs, tapes, CDs, magazines, etc expounding the 9/11 Truth movement’s diatribe.

If more people realizing that the 9/11 Truth movement is full of crap takes money out of their pockets, then that’s just too bad.

Class dismissed.

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“9/11 Truth” Conspiracies Debunked

6 June 2009

I’ll always be amazed at how some people can take an event, seen by hundreds, even thousands, and tell us that what we saw wasn’t what really happened. There’s always some “hidden truth” behind it that only a select few know about.

The 9/11 Truth Movement is one of these. People are out there, speaking in front of audiences, writing books, appearing on braodcast media, etc. and expounding their conspiracy theories about the “truth” behind the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Even worse, these people are making money for themselves and furthering dark agendas of their own, using the 9/11 Truth Movement as a money-making venture in order to finance other projects or simply to make themselves wealthy.

There are always other people out there who do their best to debunk these conspiracy theories, but they don’t get nearly the same sized audience and the 9/11 Truthers.

If you are tired of hearing the shrill whines of the 9/11 Truthers and would like to hear the other side of the issue, I suggest that you pay a visit to the YouTube channel of  RKOwens4 and have a look at his debunking of individual conspiracy theories put out there by the 9/11 Truth Movement.

So far, he has only 1,807 subscribers, but he has fifty-six videos for you to watch, weigh the evidence and make your own conclusions.

Of all the parts of the 9/11 Conspiracies, the events surrounding the attack on the Pentago often come up, especially the theory that it was a missle, and not a commercial jet liner, that struck the Pentagon that day. Numerous videos on the channel debunk these claims, citing evidence that is readily availble to anyone who wishes to see it.

One claim that is debunked in a very powerful video is the one where it is said by 9/11 truthers that the WTC Towers both collapsed at free-fall speeds. In other words, they supposedly fell at the exact same speed as an obejct would have fallen after having been dropped from the top of the towers. The speed at which the towers were to have fallen has been claimed to be nine seconds. SO, if an obeject fell from the same height as either tower, it would have taken nine seconds to reach the ground. This is claimed to be the same speed that both towers collapsed. However, as the video clearly shows, using film footage of the collapses, the North Tower took 22.02 seconds and the South Tower 15.28 seconds. You can see the video below. I must warn you that it is a very difficult video to watch, especially the scene showing firefighters in the lobby of the South Tower.

Many of us feel traumatized by the 9/11 Attacks, which were the worst terrorist attacks to ever occur on US soil. That fact makes it so much more deplorable that people would use such a horrific day to line their own pockets or futher some sort of agenda.

On RKOwens4‘s channel, you will see individual 9/11 conspiracies challenged and exposed one at a time, citing evidence that is readily available to anyone, so you can look at the evidence for yourself, if you care to do so.

Only by exposing the lies of the 9/11 Truth Movement can we take away any kind of credibility that too many people have given them.

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The Church of Scientology vs Books

4 January 2009

“Well, in all my years I ain’t never heard, seen nor smelled an issue that was so dangerous it couldn’t be talked about. Hell yeah! I’m for debating anything. Rhode Island says yea!”

Stephen Hopkins, as portrayed by Roy Poole, in the motion picture 1776

In my whole life, I’ve never read or even heard about a book so that was so dangerous that it shouldn’t be read, not only read by myself, but read by anyone.

Throughout history, there have been books published that the powers in-force at that time deemed that the book in-question should not be read by anyone, ever, and that all copies of the book should be destroyed. Occasionally, the authors themselves were often imprisoned or even put to death.

One of the most famous incidents of book banning was The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie. His book was condemned by the Ayatollah Khomeinei of Iran and Rushdie himself was sentenced to death. The banning and death sentence did little harm to Rushdie’s career, as his book became a best seller in the West and Rushdie himself experienced a vitalized career in the Western nations and he became a cause celebre for years after the event. To this day, whenever he publishes a book or appears at an event, it makes the news.

When the book was banned, I actually went out, bought a copy,  took it home and read it. To be completely honest, I hated the book. I found its plot disjointed and the use of profanity and insults aimed at the main character to be so over the top, that I gave the book away to the first person I could find that wanted it. Hunter S. Thompson wouldn’t have written a book like that and he had little in the way of inhibitions about writing anything.

So, the banning of the book had the exact opposite effect that the Ayatollah had wanted. Instead of destroying his career and silencing him forever, one way or another, it turned Rushdie into a celebrity in the West.

Before we Westerners get too comfortable viewing ourselves as advocates for Freedom of the Press and Freedom of Speech, let’s remember that we have something of a history of banning books here too. The American Library Association maintains a list of books that have been frequently challenged and subjected to banning by local and state governments. Among the top challenged books, you’ll find the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling; I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou; and Mark Twain’s Advetures of Huckleberry Finn. There are other books on the list, written by authors I do not recognize. But, they are on the list because they have been so frequently challenged as to make such occurances noticable at the national level. One book for which being challenged is not a surprise is Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman, as it is seen as advocating that homosexual couples can raise children just as well as heterosexuals and it has frequently been singled-out for condemnation by the Religious Right.

Some books are just plain awful, while others are written simply by authors who don’t know how to write without interjecting a lot of sex or profanity. But, whatever the nature of the book, banning it simply draws more attention to it and makes people want it more, regardless of whether the book is good or bad.

But, it is not only governments that can try to ban books. Churches and corporations can try the same thing, usually by filing lawsuits against the author, publisher or retailers who offer the book for sale. One example of this is the Church of Scientology.

The Scandal of Scientology by Paulette Cooper
was one of their most famous attempts to silence a book critical of their organization. The book earned Ms Cooper the attention and wrath of members of the church. The book earned Cooper negative attention from members of the Church, and she was subsequently the target not only of litigation but a harassment campaign known as Operation Freakout, the goal of which was to deter Cooper from criticism of Scientology by having her incarcerated in a mental institution, imprisoned or silence her completely. Members of the church sent itself forged bomb threats, purportedly from Cooper, using her typewriter and paper with her fingerprints on it; further plans included bomb threats to be sent to Henry Kissinger. The Church’s campaign was discovered when the FBI raided Scientology offices in 1977, as part of the investigation into the Church’s attempts to illegally infiltrate the United States government in what was called “Operation Snow White“, and recovered documents relating to the operation. Libraries in Canada were even sued for stocking the book on the shelves.

Ms Cooper wrote about her experiences with the Church of Scientology’s attacks on her and you can read her account online. Even though the book itself is no longer being sold online, you can sometimes find a copy of it on eBay or you can read the book online at Operation Clambake.

Due to the ultimate failure of silencing Cooper, you might think that Scientologists wouldn’t repeat their mistake. After all, they made Cooper’s life a living hell, bu the book is still around and – with the on-going Project Chanology campaign launched by the group known only as “Anonymous” – it is being read now more than ever.

However, being bitten by the same dog twice doesn’t seem to phase them. A recently-released book “The Complex: An Insider Exposes the Covert World of the Church of Scientology” by John Duignan, with Nicola Tallant. Prior to the book’s publication Scientology spokesman Gerard Ryan told the newspaper Irish Mail on Sunday that the Church wouldn’t take any legal action against the book. However, claiming that the book libels a Scientology member, the Church sent a legal letter to Amazon’s offices in the United Kingdom, customers who had pre-ordered the book were informed that the book was unavailable “for legal reasons” and the book’s listing was removed from their website. Book retailers Waterstone’s and W H Smith were also sent the legal letters.

However, here in the USA, the only apparent delay in Amazon selling the book was simply waiting for the book shipment to arrive and it is currently available for sale.

The Church of Scientology has lots of money and they have used some of it to attempt to silence critics. Lawsuits, even when they have no legal merit, are a good way to shut some one up when you have more disposable income than they do. However, such acts do nothing to enhance the public image of any organization, the Church’s image gets hurt every time they do this and it gives fresh motivations to their critics to continue their campaigns.

The harder the Church of Scientology tries to suppress this book or any work critical of them, the harder their opponents will work to bring such materials into the public eye.

Remember during the Reformation, when the Catholic Church decided to attempt to silence Martin Luther, rather than to address the issues he had brought up in his 99 Theses, the harder Luther worked to expose the Catholic Church and Luther found willing allies to work to break the power of the Roman Church. Even longer before that, the Roman Empire put thousands of Christians to death, yet Christianity flourished and, eventually, took over the Empire.

Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.

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Mark Dice is A Total Jerk

30 December 2008
Founder of The Resistance

Founder of The Resistance

This is Mark Dice. He believes that 9-11 was an inside job – meaning that the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on 11 September 2001 were orchestrated by the Bush Administration – and he founded an organization, called “The Resistance“, to spread the word about the New World Order.

By itself, I have no problem with that. You can believe anything you want. If you want to believe that the Loch Ness Monster or Bigfoot exist or if you think your neighbor’s dog is a space alien, etc, I really don’t care, as long as you’re not hurting or bothering anyone with it. It’s a free country, so you can believe anything you want.

Mark Dice is a bit different from previous New World Order conspiracists. For one thing, he’s young, physically-fit, speaks well and is a good-looking guy. Let’s face it, the vast majority of the NWO crowd are a bunch of fat, balding old farts who look like they were born sometime around the First World War or sooner. But, Mark actually has the look that would appeal to the media.

But, that’s not my problem with him. My problem is that he is such an irritating turd about this New World Order crap and I personally think that he isn’t doing it to “spread the word”, but instead to cash-in on the lucrative industry where low-IQ morons will shell-out money for books on the subject. Here are a few examples:

As you will see on his YouTube channel, Mark likes to use his bullhorn to spread the word, which isn’t a bad thing by itself. But, he has used his bullhorn inside places like a university classrom, a Wal-Mart and a Barnes & Noble bookstore. He drove past a campground at night, bullhorning the campers. Mark thinks it’s funny when he does that. I wonder if he’d think it were funny if someone bullhorned the church he goes to when people are trying to pray. I’m not even sure he goes to church, in fact, that’s just a guess on my part. But, honestly, I don’t think he would find it as funny if he got bullhorned at a time when he might be hoping for a moment of quiet introspection. I wonder how he might like it if he got bullhorned when he was out with his friends or family or having a quiet dinner with his girl. He likes to irritate people at a time of his own choosing, but I doubt if he would find it so funny if the same thing happened to him at a time of some one else’s choosing.

I am not saying that anyone should do this. I’m just giving a “what if this happened to him” example. So, don’t get your panties in a twist over it.

While Mark Dice has condemned Scientology as a cult, he’s never bullhorned one of their offices. While Anonymous pickets Scientology centers every month, with occasional flash raids, Mark hasn’t done anything close to that. In case you’re wondering why not, here’s what I think is the answer: Mark Dice is a big coward. He knows that if he bullhorns the Church of Scientology, he will get himself arrested, fair gamed and sued. Scientology has huge money for lawyers and private investigators and they can have people picketing his home every day. They’ve done it to others and they would do it to him. Rather than take on a group that will actually fight back and pwn him like a narc at a biker rally, he settles for simply making statements to the press. Yeah, you’re a big tough guy, Mark Dice.

Mark is also a frakking hypocrite. He condemned Jessica Simpson for her sexy – and outrageously stupid – video “These Boots Are Made For Walking” because it’s too sexy and he demanded that she apologize to the Christian community, since she is the daughter of a minister. But, Mark will put up a video on his YouTube channel featuring girls in bikinis at the beach. I can figure that he knew that young boys will watch the video to see girls in bikinis, but I don’t think he realised that you can simply Mute the video and watch the girls without having to listen to them, which is what most men would do anyway. But, since there are so many bikini videos on YouTube, why go through all the hassle? I’d rather watch girls in bikinis playing volleyball or mudwrestling, but that’s just me. So, sexy videos are only a good thing if you’re spreading the word about the New World Order, right Mark?

Oh, and let’s mention that, besides the “Resistance Manifesto”, Mark Dice also wrote a book about how to meet women. He wrote the book from a secular perspective, not as a book for Christian men on how to meet Christian women. While he encourages religious compatibility, he didn’t write it as a guideline for Christians. But, there are already books like that out there somewhere. It seems that Mark is a late-comer to the idea of writing books for an exclusively Christian audience.

Mark’s also big on self-agrandizement. He posted a video on his YouTube channel that shows him working-out. I’m wondering if Jesus would have posted a video of him lifting weights, or whatever they did to excercise in first century Palestine.

He also doesn’t seem to object to vandalism. Dice objects to the Georgia Guidestones being on public property. Actually, there is some debate as to whether the monument is on public or private land. On 14 December 2008, news reports circulated that the Guidestones had been vandalized with some one spraypainting such “Rockefeller Sucs”, “Obama iz a Muzlim”, “Counsel on Foreign Relations is ran by thedevil”, etc. I tries to reproduce the spelling as it appears, but I’m no good at misspelling words on purpose. Accidentally, yes. On purpose, no. Mark described the vandalism as “a makeover”, while not condemning the illegal action in any way.

Conspiracists have applauded the vandalism as a blow against the New World Order.  Yeah, spraypainting a stone monument will really make the bankers think twice. Yeah, sure. Frakking idiots.

Dice also has taken-up assorted causes with no discernible value to them:

Condemning the new Starbucks logo as being too explicit. Apparently cartoon boobies are too much for impressionable young minds or anyone’s mind, for that matter. Why do I have this picture of Mark Dice breaking-out into a cold sweat as he lustfully gazes at the cartoon mermaid? Poor guy probably doesn’t get enough at home and he doesn’t want to be reminded of it when he gets a cup of coffee.

He’s demanding rapper 50 Cent stop wearing crosses because Dice doesn’t think 50 Cent is a Christian. I’d like to see Mark go up to 50 Cent and tell him, to his face, that he is a devil worshipper and that he should take off his cross. Press releases are for wimps, Mark. Go to his house and take your bullhorn with you. Do it or be a wimp forever!

He also demanded that Duke University change the name of their sports team, the “Blue Devils” because the name somehow glorifies the devil. Which would only be true if they had a winning season. You’d think there would be teams named after Jesus if they thought it might help their chances. But, I guess naming your team after Satan is the way to go. Even Liberty University names their team the Flames, which would remind you of hellfire, without thinking too hard.

Mark Dice can certainly keep his name in the news. He’s been on TV for interviews and he’s been a frequent caller to the Alan Colmes and Michael Reagan radio shows. He always wants to talk about the Bohemian Grove and the simulated human sacrifice that supposedly takes place there. The key word is “simulated”, as in not really happening. But, Dice thinks it’s a big deal.

Mark seems to feel that he is the spokesman for the entire Christian community in America. But, I think it’s actually much more basic than that. I think Mark is in it for the money and the fame.

Take everything I’ve said so far and consider this: Mark Dice has a much more appealing look than all the other Prophets of Doom out there. He’s better-looking and speaks well, he avoids directly confronting people who could actually hurt him physically (50 Cent) or financially (Scientology) and he’s managed to get enough exposure on national TV, newspapers and radio, which certainly isn’t bad for book sales. And the booksales are what I think it’s all about.

There are loads of New World Order books and websites out there, so putting out another book would only involved reading everyone else’s book, taking some stuff to put into your own, publishing it and getting the word out that it’s there. What better way to get book sale up than to constantly keep yourself in the news, one way or another? Certainly, the New World Order-types will buy it and so will others, if only out of curiosity. The books are available on his website, as well as from Amazon, for about $20.

If he manages to get himself seen as some sort of national spokeman for the anti-NWO movement, it will be his Resistance Manifesto that get the most sales and his book about how to pickup girls will get some added exposure, especially for those guys who live alone, wearing tinfoil hats and can’t figure-out why women avoid them like the Plague.

Mark is just the latest in a long line of people who tried to set themselves up as some sort of spokesman for the anti-NWO movement. One of the best known was James “Bo” Gritz, a former US Army Special Forces (NWO-types love war heroes, which Gritz was, but not as much as he claimed) officer who tied himself a bit too closely to the Nazis, Ku Klux Klan and other whackos, only to end-up trying to commit suicide after his then-wife, Claudia, finally decided that she’d had enough of that crap and divorced him. After all that training in how to kill other people, Gritz failed to even kill himself. I think Gritz is still out there somewhere, with his new wife, and still working in the movement. But, people who’ve tried to off themselves don’t make good spokesmen.

So, now we have Mark Dice. In my opinion, Mark will milk this cow for all it’s worth and, if the money stops being good, he’ll move on to something more lucrative. He got off to a slow start, by using the pseudonym “John Conner”, after the fictional “John Connor”, the leader of the human resistance to Skynet in the Terminator movies and TV series. Way to be original, Mark. If you want to lead a movement like this, there are two ways to go:

  1. use a false name and keep it up. Keep your personal life obscure and try to hide your real appearance as much as possible. Keep your real location vague and never let anyone know where you’re really from or what you are doing. Have other people claim to be you doing things like the bullhorning and other stuff. This creates the air of mystery and rumors of your doings will circulate around the press and the Internet, so you’ll become something of a mystery man folk hero. This is a good way to go, unless you’re looking to make a lot of money doing this, in which case it will totally suck being you. This tactic has worked for Anonymous with great success, since they aren’t doing Project Chanology for the money. But, since I think Mark Dice is in it for the money, that leaves..
  2. use your real name from the beginning. All the other would-be leaders of the movement have done this.

As we live in uncertain times, there will be people looking for some Secret Society on which to blame all their problems. There have been people like that for centuries. One of the most successful – for a few years, anyway – groups to do that were the Nazis, who blamed everything on the Jews and we see how that turned-out. They started a war they couldn’t finish and ended-up getting gang-pwned by the rest of the frakking world.

As long as people are out looking for conspiracies in every dark corner, there will be people like Mark Dice. He’s not the most original of the would-be leaders of the movement, but he is the smartest one I’ve seen in a long time.

So, he’ll be out there picking fights with people who won’t hit him back, staying away from people who will really hurt him and making money off the gullible fools who will follow him and buy his books.

Best of luck to you, Mark Dice, you big phony.

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The New World Order is Taking Over!

28 December 2008

No, not taking over the world, you idiot. It’s taking over the Internet.

I’m frakking serious, too!

Going on to YouTube, you’ll find all kinds of retarded crap telling you about some secret conspiracy that’s going to enslave us all and we’ll be forced to breed with aliens, have their babies and become Wiccans or some other dumb thing.

Now, the New World Order is supposed to be a secret conspiracy, right?

Okay, if it’s such a secret, how come so many people are talking about it, hmm? If it’s a secret, well, they’re not doing such a great job at keeping their little secret, are they? If they can’t keep it a secret and so many people know about it, it isn’t much of a conspiracy, is it?

Now, there are, what appears to be, dozens of people posting videos talking about the New World Order. I’ve watched “Zeitgeist” and numerous videos posted by 9/11 Truthers and I am still not convinced of their positions. This is on top of all the other video tapes, books, recorded lectures on tape/CD/DV/whatever and probably hundred of websites that “expose” the New World Order!

For something to be a conspiracy, it would be better if very few people knew about it. But, the New World Order seems to have more videos posted about it than any other topic on YouTube and you can’t be on the Internet for more than a couple of days without running into a New World Order website.

Now, that’s one hell of a conspiracy, with everyone knowing about the frakking thing! It’s probably the worst kept “secret” in the history of the human frakking race!

Let me be brutally honest here: the New World Order is big business. By that, I’m not talking about the Bildebergers, Rothchilds, etc.

I’m talking about all those people who make and sell the books, videos, tapes, CDs, etc. I’m talking about all those people who travel around the country getting paid big money to lecture audiences.

The basic reality is that there are some people who would rather believe that there is some conspiracy out there that is responsible for all the evil in the world rather than accepting that the world is run by humans and that human are more interested in getting what they want for themselves, rather than considering what other people want and how other people feel.

Take for example the laws we have in the USA to protect the environment. The oil, coal and timber corporations fought those laws tooth and nail. Not because the laws were wrong, but because adhering to those laws would cut into their profit margins. Never mind what the scientific studies said about how those industries were impacting the environment, they would lose money and that’s all they cared about.

When the Surgeon General report came out about the dangers of smoking, the tobacco industry launched their own campaign to discredit it. It didn’t matter to them that people were getting cancer and other respiratory diseases from smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco. Fewer people smoking or chewing tobacco means less money for the tobacco companies and tht’s all they cared about.

In the world we live in, there are multi-billion dollar corporations, all trying to make the most amount of money for the least amout of effort and expense. Governments, large and small, pursue their own agendas, often at the expense of their people and the people of other countries. The British Empire and the British East India Company exploited the hell out of India and China, which resulted in civil unrest and grinding poverty in those countries which continues to this day. Do you think that they stopped to worry about how their policies and activities would shape the course of the world’s future? of course not! They were worried about the Here & Now and the future be damned.

The New World Order-types want us all to believe that everything in the world is controlled by a small group of individuals and corporations, when, in fact, we are awash in dozens, perhaps hundreds, of competing groups all vying to political and economic dominance.

Like fish in the ocean, there are millions of fish swimming around, but you also have big sharks out there too. A shark may come after you, but that shark also has to worry about another shark or group of sharks getting him. You also have the smaller, but still deadly predators, like baracuddas which are competing against each other while trying to avoid being eaten by the larger fish.

That’s really how the world works.

But the New World Order’s True Believers want us to all believe in this single entity that is out to dominate the world and all the people. It’s responsible for all the wars and economic problems. Almost godlike in its power, you’re left to wonder how it could possibly be stopped.

And there is the root of the problem here: you can tell evryone you know about the New World Order. You can get a few of them to believe that what you are seeing is true. But, then you may run into a question you could have a hard time answering: how can the New World Order be stopped?

There it is, the magic question. I feel that this is a question that could never be answered in any way that is meaningful.

To hear the True Believers tell it, the New World Order has been around for centuries. The Knights Templar, the Illuminati, the Rothchilds, Bildebergers, etc. They’ve started wars, made nations rise and fall, caused the Great Depression, assasinated Presidents and all kinds of evil things, right?

These people have trillions of dollars and armies at their disposal. They can cause the economic collapse of the United States, if they want.

So, what is John Q. Citizen going to do about it?

It doesn’t seem like there would be a lot that you could do, really. Yeah, you can tell everyone you know, shout it from the rooftops, wear tinfoil hats and stock your log cabin with guns. But, that really wouldn’t do much to stop the Rothchilds from taking over, would it?

Supposedly, they have all the money they need to control the United States government and buy-off every elected official. So, they could get whatever they want in that direction. They control the United Nations – which they are also blamed for originating, in the first place – so that’s out.

They control the food supply and the energy industry and they control the money supply.

So, what’s left? We all go out and live in the wilderness, hunt and fish and live like the Native Americans?

Seriously, what are we supposed to do to stop the New World Order?

Judging by all the power the True Believers claim the New World Order has, it would seem impossible and they don’t seem to be too worried about all those people going out and warning everybody about their diabolical plots.

So, either the New World Order is so powerful that they cannot be stopped and they know they can’t be stopped, so they don’t try to stp anyone from going out and warning everyone about them since they cannot be stopped; or there is no secret, unified World Conspiracy to worry about and the world simply runs as I said before: a large ocean with fish of various sizes, all compteting with each other and occasionally devouring each other and they all fight to survive and dominate.

I’m not saying that the True Believers should stop talking. Afer all, they have the Freedom of Speech and the Freedom of the Press (you’d think the New World Order would have done something about that by now, being in the World Domination business for millenia and everything) and sometimes it can be very entertaining. Heck, I actually liked watching Zeitgeist and I may watch it again, just for entertainment purposes.

Still, all this talk of a World Conspiracy is pretty lame, especially if any of your audience is astute enough to ask how it/they could be stopped.

But, as I said, keep going guys and gals. After all, somebody’s livelihood is depending on selling all those books, tapes, CDs, DVDs and going out on the paid lecture circuit.

Otherwise, they might have to go out there and get a real job.

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