December 1, 2008

Should Europe Tremble In Fear For American Socialism?

Posted in conspiracy theory, Philosophy & Politics, Sociology, World Wide Web tagged , , , , , , at 11:55 pm by Bram Janssen

Suppose you’ve been living under the protective wings of a benevolent superpower for sixty years. And suppose you’ve used that big half century to take off on an endless vacation — spending all your tax money to buy votes for the socialist Ruling Class. It’s been one long, grand, drug-infested, sex-drenched, self-indulgent, tabloid party scene. Any time danger threatens you look to Washington for protection. The rest of the time you noisily abuse those Yankee imperialists, merely to boost your fragile ego.  Corruption has become pervasive. That’s Europe today.

Oh my!

I don’t know if I should even reply to this, or merely put it up here so my readership has something to guffaw at. Anyway, I will try and reply, but I am afraid any answer I can give will pale in the grand cluelessness that is that quote. Actually the entire article by this proclaimer of American supremacy James Lewis is hilarious beyond comprehension.

Protective wings of a benevolent superpower. Just ask peoples all over the world exactly how benevolent those wings are, especially South America and the Middle East. And the only reason Europe hasn’t been exploited by the U.S. like the Second- and Third World has been, is because the U.S. needs Europe. Needs its material resources, its technology and inventions. Not to mention the influence of the European Union on the international monetary playing field. Europeans have no illusions about what American benevolence means, they only need to look at countries like Cuba, Honduras, Panama and Haiti to learn all they need to.

Speaking of benevolence: how benevolent exactly is the U.S. when it comes to the Star Wars defense shield? Or the continuous insults to NATO and the United Nations and dangerous abandonment international treaties? Especially by James Lewis’ hero George Walker Bush. A further example from my home nation: The Bush White House has vowed to invade The Netherlands if and when an American citizen would be imprisoned in the international war tribunal in The Hague. No matter the level of war crimes this U.S. Citizen might have committed. Some benevolence. Some protection.

Spending all your tax money to buy votes for the socialist Ruling Class. I’m not sure what Lewis means by this… Could it be he equates Western European politics to politically corrupt regimes like many ex-Soviet Union states? If so, I do invite him to actually live here for a while. He’ll see some corruption, of course, but certainly no more than in his precious motherland. Less, actually.

Also: Ruling Class? (With capital spelling?) The U.S. actually has more of a “ruling class” than Europe does. In the U.S., one needs to indulge in extensive campaigning in order to get any high-ranking positions in the government. This is extremely costly, thus effectively excluding anyone from getting elected who doesn’t have the liquidity and wealthy connections his or her opponent does. While there is campaigning in Europe, Euro citizens in general look down on overly expensive, shallow elections. As any informed electorate ought to. But naturally, in Lewis’ world, the only people who are eligible to rule are those which money and power. Just let the little people rot.

It’s been one long, grand, drug-infested, sex-drenched, self-indulgent, tabloid party scene. Must I remind Lewis and anyone who follows his sentiments that the U.S. is soft- and hard drugs nation number one? The Netherlands, a country with a reputation for being drugs-friendly, has far less drug addicts per capita than the U.S. does. In fact, the hardest drug Dutch junks use is crack, while the American drug-of-choice is Meth- a far more dangerous substance. The Netherlands is actually a good example of how being soft on drugs helps the war on destructive and addictive substances.

Sex-drenched then? Well, what can I say? I wonder if Lewis knows that the American porn industry is a bigger industry than Hollywood is? Does he also know that beauty pageants are typically American invention? That it is American society which promotes looking your sexiest more than any other nation in the world? What about music acts like Britney Spears and The Chippendales? The U.S. is viewed globally as the most immoral nation in the world. Where does he think this sentiment comes from?

Now seriously, how Lewis fails to notice his own American self-indulgence but instead accuses the E.U. of self-centeredness is a real mystery to  me. I do not think I am exaggerating much when I claim that pretty much any mainstream multimedia product that America exports simply screams Americanism. Hollywood and pop music in particular, of course, but things run deeper than that. Only 20% of Americans have passports. In fact, most Americans couldn’t point out Europe on a map. Americans are literally obsessed with their own history, especially with the founding fathers and past presidents. The American flag is everywhere. The same goes for American car makes. Anything foreign is to most Americans weird and/or dangerous.

Speaking Of danger: any time danger threatens you look to Washington for protection. Well, not that there has been much danger the past sixty years, apart from the Cold War which wouldn’t have existed or would have been far less depressing had the U.S. not been there. Is this a correct moment to point out that America’s War On Terror has increased acts of terror incredibly world-wide? That it is this “war” that is alienating and polarizing Muslims worldwide, including those that live in our very nations? How is this increasing threat of Islamic terror protecting us and did Europe ask for it? In fact, Europe did not ask for it, thank you very much. Virtually the whole world asked the U.S. to use non-aggressive tactics against terror, as a matter of fact. The U.S. responded to her allies with threats and insults. So much for benevolence and protection.

Europe today is, for a fact, intensely disgusted with American imperialism. Fed up with being bullied and patronized. This is why when Obama promised chance, Europe stirred and claimed support for him. Personally, I don’t think Obama will be all that, but even my worst projections will still be miles ahead of the Reaganisms and the Bush Doctrines that have been imposed on the free world for decades now.

The only thing Europe trembles in fear of, with respect to America, is an assassination of Obama by someone who listens too much to fear-mongering bigots like James Lewis and his ilk.


November 28, 2008

How to equate gays with the KKK, Nazi Germany and intolerance in one short sentence

Posted in christianity, conspiracy theory, Personal Ramblings, Philosophy & Politics, Sociology tagged , , , , , at 12:21 pm by Bram Janssen

From Conservapedia‘s news blurb column:

Further evidence that the homosexual agenda threatens a free society is demonstrated by the continued assault by homosexual bigots against many churches, including “Forty to 50 signs supporting Proposition 8 were found arranged in the form of a swastika on the front lawn of a Roman Catholic church.”[21]

1: Homosexual agenda?

I wasn’t aware that homosexuals all over the country gathered in a sinister secret society (or rather like the Ku Klux Klan seeing as how they love the swastika). I thought homosexuals were just human beings with a sexual preference for the same sex- period. Which brings me to the next point, namely

2: Threatens a free society

Oh yes, homosexuals want nothing more than the destruction of free society! A dark dystopia where people don’t have the liberty to love and live with whom they might see fit, where harmless personal values are suppressed by a minority in society based on what religious doctrine decrees.

Which brings me to the next issue, namely

3: The continued assault by homosexual bigots against many churches

Because it’s an outrage to protest against a church that decrees you will burn in hell for all eternity by default – whatever good or evil you might actually do in your lifetime. That your homosexuality is a mental disease. That you are an evil perversion of the human race. If you protest against this pillar of wisdom and justice… sure you’re a filthy, mean, low-brow bigot. And lastly:

4: Forty to 50 signs

What do you mean, forty to fifty? Nobody cared to count them? Maybe there were sixty-nine or 666! Oh my God the evidence is mounting! We are so good at preserving evidence [insert satisfied sigh]

Furthermore, maybe (just maybe) the swastika was meant to signify the church’s nazistic tendecies. Not that I agree with putting swastikas in people’s backyards, but you gotta get creative with reality to make this out to be a nazistic, homosexual plot against the free world. Actually, homosexuals were killed en masse by the Nazis, with full support from the Church, so these guerrilla protesters actually have a valid point of protest there. Oh well…

Ahhh Conservapedia, always good for a hearty laugh. Too bad so many people actually believe that crap.

December 20, 2007

New I.D. film: “Playground For The Expelled” aka “Playground For The Crybabies”

Posted in atheism, conspiracy theory, creationism, darwinism, evolution, intelligent design, Philosophy & Politics, Sociology at 10:44 pm by Bram Janssen

Intelligent Design… [insert huge sigh here]

Now you have got to credit these folks: they never give up. Their fanaticism seems to have no bound!

In theatres 2008: “The Playground For The Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed”

Watch the trailer.

Now I’d like to start off my criticism with this message: all pretense gone! They seem to have come out of the closet when it comes to the role Creationism plays in their ideas. Not that there was any doubt about it since the Dover trial. With a film endorsed by the Intelligent Design movement and with interviews with prominent I.D. front-men, the case seems clear.

With that out of the way… well, honestly, I can feel nothing but contempt for the message and tone of this trailer. It’s all: “boo-hoo-hoo, the Neo-Darwinists are oppressing us for no other reason than us righteously questioning their theory.” This awesome lie is bound to fail of course.expain

First of all, it is common knowledge now that Intelligent Design is a farce. No playing martyr is going to change that. The only thing that could only ever change the pitiful status of Intelligent Design as a scientific theory is evidence. Rock-hard, ice-cold evidence. And don’t think of bringing on the vertebrate eye or the bacterial flagellum once more, like you did in Dover. In fact, don’t bring any examples at all- bring testable, structurally sound theories. And stop this conniving and scheming.

This trailer is a new low in outrageous Creationist propaganda, second only, maybe, to The Way Of The Master. Check that out for some gruesome twists in the fabric of reality.

Arguments Against God

Posted in atheism, christianity, conspiracy theory, creationism, darwinism, evolution, intelligent design, Paleoanthropology, Personal Ramblings, Sociology, Zoology at 10:36 am by Bram Janssen

Of all the foolish things people believe, God is one of the most extraordinary. I think it’s alright to have the personal belief that your life is being guided by a divine being, but it’s not alright to fight about it to the death – or at least utter tediousness – without having sufficient proof for it.

And there is no proof for God, folks, it’s time to face up to that fact. The time when the world was an almost wondrous affair are all but gone, thanks to science. What came in place of God is the beauty of the real world. Isn’t the natural world amazing and breathtaking enough, do you really even need to throw a supernatural being in the mix to be awed by reality? Isn’t life on Earth incredible enough- just look at all the incredible shapes of life! What about quantum mechanics? Astronomy? Psychology? All that science uncovers in these fields inspires in me the same awe that miracles would- all without need of a God. In fact: don’t you agree the “revelation” that all of this came about without a maker is even more inspiring than explaining it away by means of a mysterious Creator?

That said, there are millions of people around the world who claim to have evidence of said Creator. One of the themes of this weblog will be presenting these various forms of evidence and dismantling them. Yes: dismantling. As yet, there is no evidence for the existence of God or even the suggestion of the existence of God, as I will show you. Until I get down to penning about this, I’d like to present one of the strongest arguments against God I’ve heard so far, by the great George Carlin.

December 5, 2007

Chemtrails

Posted in conspiracy theory, Philosophy & Politics, Sociology tagged , , at 2:34 pm by Bram Janssen

Merriam-Webster (Open dictionary section!):

chemtrail (noun) : chemtrail/chem-trail reference to extensive contrail-like atmospheric appearances that happen in unexplainable and numerous patterns that are created in continuous succession in the sky by unmarked aircraft and thought to have a toxic composition.
The “chemtrail” patterns in the sky were more inexplicable then ever. On a clear day the “chemtrails” are sometimes more visible then usual. —WillPWilson, Many years of Worldwide News reports., http://www.bariumblues.com, around the year of 2000 and many other published sources.

The crux of the theory is this: the government, or at least a very powerful political force, is spraying airborne toxins and pathogens over populated areas all over the world, in order the “cull the herd.” That is: solve the overcrowding of the lands by killing as many people as possible.

At first this may sound absurd (it is), but then the subliminal power of this theory kicks in. As you walk outside you do something you probably don’t do very often: you study the sky. And what you see are contrails. And yes they really are contrails, not chemtrails. Normally you’d just look past them and look at the clouds instead, but hey, don’t contrails dissipate after a maximum of twenty minutes? (not necessarily) And what if it’s true?
The video above is one of two major “documentaries” freely available on the Internet. The other one is so long and tedious I can’t be bothered to critique it.

strange contrails OK- now watch the video with my following points of critique in mind.

First off: the documentary starts at 04:35- all what happens before is scary drama, with lots of frightening music, sound effects and unrelated evil things like Adolf Hitler, George W. Bush, Bible burning, atomic bombs exploding and to top it all- a supremely malevolent anti-gravity helicopter. These matters should serve as a filter: general viewers go in, but only paranoid viewers go out. During the rest of the documentary, it’s more scary images as well as a distorted, God-like voice that serves only to irritate and make it hard to understand what’s being said.

The actual content of the video isn’t any better. The time spent on evidence for chemtrails is about two minutes, and extremely circumstantial. All the rest is extrapolation from this weak premise (as well as being presented extremely poorly and tediously.) For the record: in science, circumstantial evidence is wholly secondary to direct evidence from a controlled experiment that can be reproduced by peers.

Now, let me put forward my main question: how on Earth would the American government be able to pull this massive operation off? In all fairness, the U.S. government has an extremely poor reputation when it comes to large-scale military operations. Basically, the last well-executed large campaign was the war against Hitler in Europe and to a lesser extent the war in the Pacific against imperial Japan. After that it was all down-hill, ending with the current occupation of Iraq – which even the staunchest proponents can’t deny is being executed disastrously.

Also, reality check: if this is all secret, how do they plan on keeping it that way? It’s absolutely impossible to keep a gargantuan operation like this secret from anyone not involved. It only takes one single anti-American secret service agent – abroad or at home in the States – to expose the entire cover-up. What will happen next is complete annihilation of anyone involved, as well as all the political parties and corporations that support it. It’s just to risky too even contemplate.

Decimating the civilian population like this would be virtual suicide for your person, your company, your political party if you happen to be a high-ranking political official, since history and common sense insist that this cannot be kept secret, certainly not for twenty-plus years as the video proposes. This is something to be kept in mind for most conspiracies- if they involve huge, secret governmental operations, they are probably bogus and can be safely ignored.

As you see, the theory of chemtrails took less time to dissipate than the average contrail.

December 3, 2007

Intelligent Design, when will you blow over?

Posted in conspiracy theory, creationism, darwinism, evolution, intelligent design, Sociology at 8:56 pm by Bram Janssen

You’d think Intelligent Design would be utterly dead by now, as for years and with increasing accuracy it has been exposed for what it really always was: an unscientific and politically scheming practice. However, there will always be people who’ll stick to a belief no matter what counter-evidence ends up thrown in their faces.

Take this chap, John H. Calvert, who published this excellently deluded article (pdf) on the Intelligent Design Network. It’s effectively a cry for justice in the world of science teaching. That is: allow theories of origins of life other than Darwinism into the science classrooms. And Intelligent Design is the best suited alternative of course.

I am not going to mention that whatever Intelligent Design is, it can not be science, because it advocates explaining every unknown factor away to miracles – hence you will never learn anything new, which happens to be the reason science exists. Just as I am not going to say the Dover Trial revealed without a shadow of doubt that I.D. is deeply rooted in Christian Creationism, which has been tried and banned indefinitely from the classrooms before. I am not going to mention these things because it would take the fun out of debunking this article, which would seriously spoil my evening.

any origins story unavoidably affects religion, ethics, morality and even government. Materialistic theories support religious views such as atheism, humanism, scientism, Buddhism, Taoism, etc

Darwinian Evolution is – according to Mr. Calvert – inherently biased towards the religions of “atheism, humanism and scientism.” It doesn’t matter that none of these are actually religions, I gather. Just as it doesn’t matter that the core epistles I.D.-theory rests on, turned out to be Creationist literature with “God” crossed out and replaced with “Intelligent Designer.”

What’s more: Calvert argues the existence of a Darwinistic, materialistic “dogma” he calls the Rule, which is deliberately limiting the scope of science in order to exclude rival scientific theories. He claims this Rule is permeated through the whole of society.

“Its advocates use rhetoric and deception rather than candid scientific analysis to make their case for an origins story that has an enormous impact on Religion, ethics, morals and government.The key to the deception is the lack of awareness among the public of the use and effect of the Rule. Because of the non-disclosed use of the Rule the public is led to believe that the scientific alternative to evolutionary theory fails because of a lack of evidence, when the failure is actually due to the use of an unsubstantiated Rule. Since “mainstream science” is not regulated by an SEC, a major focus of my work has been to expose the use and effect of the Rule.”

Congratulations, Calvert: you’ve just exposed yourself for what you really are: a conspiracy theorist. Sometimes I hope all conspiracy theorists would gather themselves into one huge meatball  of pseudo-scientific discipline. Then Calvert and other I.D. followers could come along and explain all of them using their Intelligent Design theory! “Of course the Giza pyramids were built by Gods, the sciences haven’t explained how the Egyptians hauled all that limestone on top of each other, so there’s no other option!”

Here’s to all I.D. followers: if you want your theories taught in science class it means you have to present strong evidence for your claims. You have no such theories as yet, they have all been refuted. Furthermore, and this is to Calvert and anyone who might believe him, take a good critical look at yourself and your own movement before you go about accusing others of using deception and political rhetoric to further their goals.

June 24, 2007

Conspiracy theories and what they are to me

Posted in conspiracy theory, Curioso at 5:17 pm by Bram Janssen

Let’s face it: conspiracy theories are incredibly entertaining. They make the appealing promise to completely throw your life upside down. Do you feel unsatisfied with your job, family or society as a whole? Well, then let us blame someone else for it!

To me, that’s what conspiracy theories are: escapism. Escape from common sense, and escape from the responsibility for making your own life work well. I could never take them seriously. Whether we’re talking about UFO’s, government-planned terrorist attacks, or – the latest big thing – chemtrails, the main motive behind their popularity seems to be wishful thinking. Not wishing sectas thrust anal probes into hapless abductees. Not wishing the United States government sent thousands of people into a fiery and violent end. Not wishing for global chemical brainwashing. But wishing that, geez, there’s something more in this life than suburbia, eternal boredom and science.

That said: they entertain me immensely. Sometimes they make me sad (9/11 conspiracies), sometimes they make me shake my head with disbelief (chemtrails) and sometimes they give me belly laughs (people mistaking the moon for a flying craft). And so I keep track of them.

Everyone’s entitled to a couple of guilty pleasures, right?