July 30, 2010
Personally, I think calling the Loose Change and 9/11 lunatics “conspiracy theorists” is an insult to conspiracy theorists.
A JFK conspiracy theorist has a theory based on logic and reason, and uses details and evidence to try and make it seem possible/plausible.
For example: the mob killed JFK. Because JFK was targeting the mob, there wasn’t another politician like JFK (except maybe RFK) so taking out JFK would be a radical change in policy the mob would like. The mob is capable of hiring shady people who’d kill. There were four guys on the train tracks behind the grassy knoll questioned (even photographed), but never ID’d because notes from the questioning were destroyed. They could have been mob hit men who shot JFK from the picket fence.
THAT is a conspiracy theory. There may not be conclusive evidence, but there is circumstantial evidence, logic and reason, plausible explanations.
The September 11th “conspiracy theorists” don’t have that. They simply say “we’re being lied to by the government, there’s no concrete evidence that the events happened as the government says they did.”
Which would be like saying “How do we know JFK was killed (or not?!) in Dealy Plaza? The headshot on the Zapruder film looks like a controlled demolition to me.”
July 19, 2010
The Death Pool is updated, now that Big Stein’s done floppin and twitchin’
I had a 3:43 conversation with someone in which it took way too long to realize we were in the same building, no more than 50 feet from each other. We then continued talking, even though we were less than 20 feet from one another. I bet if you told Alexander Graham Bell that one day, two family members 20 feet apart would be on the phone with each other in Texas with the call routed through Louisiana, he’d had smashed his new invention with a hammer.
Watching all seven seasons of West Wing (in about 15 days), really actually made me miss work. I mean, these guys are working 18-20 hours a day, chugging coffee, wearing suits and ties, just grinding it out. It reminded me of working the NCAA Tournament. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I want that lifestyle for eight consecutive years, but I have that warrior mentality that gets you through working those long hours. On an unrelated note, I’m writing this at 3:23 pm while taking the last sip of my morning coffee in my pajamas.
I gave serious consideration to using my free time to learning Spanish. Then I realized that I also said the exact same thing about learning to play the guitar. So I symbolically went to my garage and placed the concept next to my seldom-used guitar.
When did CNN.com become such a abysmal news source? User-generated content as a major news gathering outlet? Egads. Can I get a refund on my journalism degree?
July 17, 2010
I’ve never been too interested in politics because it seems like a bunch of stupid people making stupid decisions completely devoid of common sense… and that’s when they’re not just trying to get re-elected.
Then I watched The West Wing. Yeah, show aired from 1998-2006, but I just watched it over the last two weeks. And I must say… I never realized what a sport politics was. It’s a lot like the conference realignment talks, or the late night wars, which fascinate me. Too bad the good stuff are things that goes on behind closed doors that I’ll never hear about, otherwise I might care about politics. Or at least know the names of more real life politicians than West Wing fictional politicians. Which is tragically true.
Before West Wing, I watched season one of Fringe (again). It’s a great show, but one thing really ticked me off. Peter just knew something even though Walter didn’t tell him. And Walter tells him to be more open minded about how ideas can be exchanged… “ideas can be exchanged by osmosis” Walter says.
There’s NO freaking way Walter makes that mistake. Everyone who’s stupid uses “Osmosis” as a metaphor for things besides water being transferred. But scientists like Walter (and Peter for that matter) HAVE a word for thate: it’s called Diffusion. Osmosis is just the Diffusion of water.
Normal people use Osmosis for all substances because… well for the same reason Twitter is popular. Osmosis is a fun word and diffusion is not. If Twitter had a non-fun name like, oh, say LinkedIn, it wouldn’t be anywhere near as popular.
Next up on the docket of shows for me to blow through: Dexter, The Wire, 30 Rock, Burn Notice, Psyche, and Breaking Bad. Any other suggestions?