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Climate Change Denial

Posted in Opinion, Politics & Religion, Republicans & Democrats with tags , , on December 13, 2009 by jackpot12

Paula Kirby

Paula Kirby sums up the mind-set of Christians on global warming the way only an ex-Christian can understand.

After years of observing the “climate change debate” on message boards and with some people I’ve called “friends” (Though I can barely stand the presence of them), it has occurred to me that the lay public who get fired up against the idea of anthropogenic global warming and listen to talk radio every day really have no grasp of what they are talking about and have no desire to obtain one. But they stand undaunted. There is something about the concept of “faith” (belief in things unseen) which makes Christians more easily able to deny facts that sit right in front of their face en masse. They have become good at maintaining certain beliefs, not just in the absence of evidence, but in the presence of an enormous amount of evidence to the contrary. They take pride in this skill.

On these message boards the AGW deniers outweigh the rest in a way that is strangely disproportionate to the weight of the scientific arguments. I wouldn’t believe it if I didn’t know so many of these people myself. They throw out all sorts of crap about volcanoes and natural cycles as if somehow nobody has looked at these things or thought about these things before. One of our old blog readers once went on and on about sun spots and solar irradiance based on some guest who appeared on the Art Bell show years ago. Never mind that we are in a trough in the solar cycle with fewer sunspots than usual and the last decade was the warmest on record. They get worked up over the fact that 1998 was the warmest year on record and we haven’t surpassed that since. This happened twice before over the last 20 years where a temperature spike was followed by a decrease and skeptics said GW was over both times only to have the old records smashed in the future. There’s no reason to think that it won’t happen again. In fact the year of 1998 is just a cherry picked starting point. 2005 was almost identically warm globally as 1998. These idiots are fond of talking about how the earth is in a cooling trend because 1998 hasn’t been surpassed. But we can cherry pick that 2007 was the warmest winter globally in recorded history, and the warmest 6 month period in history has happened just recently, not to mention record thawing of the polar ice-caps faster than expected, warming in ocean readings and thawing glaciers world-wide. But these people know this. They just know that playing dumb for their audience of knuckle dragging fools works. It works. And it will help destroy consensus for any policy or action which might constrain business practices. That’s all they know. That’s all that matters to them. The science and all the numbers and data are nothing but incidental superfluous pieces of irrelevant information that can be distorted and twisted and muffled and spewed out to the howling masses of cult following twits by the think tanks (reincarnations of the tobacco industry denialists) that churn these fake talking points out just as fast as a stenographer can dictate them and email them to Rush.

The lay talk radio listener gets all keen every winter and determines that since he’s still as cold as always scraping ice off the windows that this is absolute proof positive that global warming is a scam. Once again, you wouldn’t believe such profound stupidity could be possible if you didn’t witness it yourself. I did last winter by checking out the Glen Beck radio show on my way to work occasionally and almost every time I listened someone was using their own local weather as an absolute verified proof positive point of certainty that global warming was entirely made up. I listened just wondering if any of these buffoons had the slightest idea how incredibly stupid they sound as they belched out their confused conflations of local weather with global climate. Turns out the listeners don’t, but the hosts do. They’re acting. Beck, Limbaugh, Gretchen Carlson, all very bright and talented douche-bag thespians who are literally pretending to be stupid on purpose and scattering known nonsense to a listening audience who takes scientific illiteracy as a badge of honor and emblem of the monocular “real American”. Stewart delivered a gem recently to illustrate how these lying buffoons of unreason and groomed facades of shallow rehearsed salesmanship make an appearance on set as cartoonish distortions of their actual knowledge base.

The truth will win in the end, but will it be too late? How many Stanford honors grads who probably came close to acing their SAT can proudly say they need to look up Czar in the dictionary and come to the conclusion that they are like kings and somehow this whole position and rank was just magically invented when Obama became president?

Democrats and liberals are not perfect or guiltless of their distortions. The difference is that the conservatives and republicans make lunacy the mainstream heart of their movement. Who is the intellectual voice in a movement where intellectuals are naturally outcasted? The whole of movement conservatism is propped up like a wounded soldier on the hearty shoulder of rapture millennialists who will eventually come to realize that Jesus is not coming back, and fall under the weight of the hollow sham they’ve held us all hostage with.

Total Wipeout

Posted in Politics & Religion with tags , , on November 9, 2009 by jackpot12

Is it not like shooting fish in a barrel with a Sherman Tank? I supply part two out of 5 here because of the glorious rampage of Hitchens at the 3 minute mark. “You’re a child made in the image of god, oh no you’re not you’re a faggit!”

The final result of the debate tallied by the audience was as devastating as one could conceive possible.

Catholics supported slavery, condemned Galileo, denied the natural history of the earth with vehemence, deny condoms in Africa at the expense of thousands, and turned a blind eye to Hitler’s final solution, only to stand on high in modern times and try to claim some moral highground, dismissing the errors of the past as trifling aberrations. Fry points it out saying that the Catholic church was for slavery before they were against it, then they made the excuse “well we couldn’t know better because nobody else did.”,

“Then what are you for!!!?” Shouts Fry.

The answer is “nothing”. Religion, primarily the Western ones, have been a chronicle of mankind’s marriage of emotion and mystery with ignorance and superstition.  It has been superseded in every imaginable way on every front there is -psychology, sociology, natural history, medicine, anthropology, and even meditation and spiritual inquiry itself. But since being trumped and swallowed whole by modernity under the very roots of the hallowed ground it plants itself on, these monoliths of stubborn unenlightenment still use the terms “God” and “Religion” as if somehow these words still speak for an institution with credibility.

Ahh……The Irony of it All

Posted in Opinion, Politics & Religion, Religion with tags , , , on May 2, 2009 by jackpot12

who-would-jesus-torture_spWASHINGTON (CNN) —” The more often Americans go to church, the more likely they are to support the torture of suspected terrorists, according to a new analysis.

More than half of people who attend services at least once a week — 54 percent — said the use of torture against suspected terrorists is “often” or “sometimes” justified. Only 42 percent of people who “seldom or never” go to services agreed, according the analysis released Wednesday by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.”

If rallying behind Sarah Palin proves that a large percentage of conservatives are more interested in the preservation of their end-times anarchical cult than they are the country itself, then the increased support of torture among Church goers proves that the very same people are more interested in the preservation of their cultish nationalistic traditionalism than the actual spirit of the religion they profess to adhere to itself.

Everywhere a religion goes it gets altered by culture. China developed Zen from Buddhism, and that turned into a more militant Zen when it went to Japan. When Buddhism came to America it became just another ala carte new age grab-bag discipline, sort of exemplified by an attitude of “I’ll adhere to the strict guidelines when I feel like it, then complain about my karma and past lives when I don’t, please pass the chips”.

When Christianity came to a hyper-capitalistic society with a vast military industrial complex larger than the entire economies of other nations, guess what happened to Christianity? Any adolescent future historian would be able to cover the answer with his hand and guess correctly without looking. It managed to morph into the exact opposite of the figurehead’s clear and plain words. The prosperity gospel. Overt nationalism. Blind defense of questionable military strategies, an increased acceptance of torture above and beyond the rest of the population. like clock work.

“Amerika” (wave flag here)  is the new Christianity. To these pseudo-conservatives, “Amerika” defined by their warped fantastic reconstructions of history,  their copious and convenient memory lapses, obfuscations, selective dissection of facts, along with their hallucinatory pastel images of the perfect 50’s and the beautiful land of god-fearing neighborhoods, has become more important than Christianity itself. Christianity is nothing but a plastic decal which represents something far more important underneath- the religion of Amerika. Where the good guys are pure good and the bad guys are pure evil. Where it’s good to strive for slovenliness, to be proud of gluttonous excess, and to attend church regularly. Where it’s good to feel like you’re really cool and rebellious by saying the ice is increasing in the North Pole even when you know it isn’t. To say evolution is a conspiracy when you know it isn’t. To say that despite knowing what we know now Iraq was still a good idea when you know it wasn’t. And to be able to read and defend the sermon on the mount with a straight face yet pretend that the use of torture is okay and compatible with Christianity… despite knowing since the days you slobbered on wooden alphabet blocks in the most cursory of Sunday school classes …  that it absolutely isn’t.

But Christianity is not the important part of the conservative religion. Amerika is the religion. Christianity is an artifactual tag-along relic. And this is why this article should frighten people. When the nationalism and religionism of a people skittering on the brink of economic meltdown is no longer remotely associated with any real moral high ground, any form of evil in the name of good is possible. The same people with the creativity vast enough to persuade themselves that evolution is not true and that ice at the North Pole is on the increase, are capable of believing other more atrocious things with atrocious consequences. It has happened before by the same people we are now, and it can be triggered again.