Posted 1 week ago

Enough with the alarmist bullshit already, yeah? (Or The Great Chemtrail Non-Debate)

I thought I’d take a moment to share a snapshot of my day. A rant prompted by my fourth chemtrail related barney on facebook with the same damn person. I’m reposting the “critique” portion of my rant here, largely so I have access to it somewhere where I post less frequently, but also so that anyone who may happen to give a shit can hopefully draw strength from my venom.

The rant in question was precipitated by someone telling me they found the viewpoint expressed in the following interesting…

CAP’N, THERE BE ALARMIST BULLSHIT HERE!

Now, the instigator of my afternoon breakdown also suggested that I head over “there” to debate the issue. Obviously she hadn’t seen that there was in fact nowhere to debate the issue, as comments were disabled. So, not a good start, but I gave it a read anyway, and my brain proceeded to melt in an oddly, erm, “ragey” fashion. Anyway, ranty ranty ranty…

There is literally no point trying to debate these people, they are wilfully ignorant of the refutations to their poorly constructed arguments. Everything they could have to say on the subject has already been comprehensively debunked and I guarantee their minds are closed to the possibility that they’re just wrong.

It links back to a “spirit science” type site for the original, and again, the mental gymnastics required to accommodate such wishful thinking preclude the possibility of rational debate.

Reading their content-free drivel I’m thoroughly unimpressed, intellectually offended, even. It’s an anti-intellectual screed born out of paranoia. Also, they fail to show any difference between known and observed contrails, and what they claim to be chemtrails (They even show a photo of a sky full of contrails and claim that they are “obviously” chemtrails with absolutely no qualification), which to me proves that they don’t have a fucking clue what they’re prattling on about.

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and a global conspiracy which necessitates the involvement of tens of thousands of individuals to pull-off? Come on, now. In the time in which contrails have been observed (nearly a century, in print), not a shred of evidence has ever been leaked that there is anything nefarious about them beyond the obvious pollutants in jet fuel. I’ve seen images claiming to be evidence, but under closer examination EVERY SINGLE ONE has turned out to be a photograph of something other than what the poster claimed. Usually ballast tanks, or blatant photoshopping. Or a cloud-seeding pod, or some other known spraying craft.

Basically, the “alternative” news media is no more trustworthy than the mainstream media, less-so, in many cases, because there is never any fact-checking, and the people who run these outlets inherently mistrust any large establishment, such as the scientific community, crippling their ability to make rational judgements on scientific issues. You won’t get scientifically accurate news from anti-science misinformation agents like Alex Jones, David Icke or any fucker with a huge list of books for sale down the right hand side of their conspiracy-filled rantings. I get exasperated because you keep listening to complete morons. The scientific establishment works. It’s not perfect, but it’s a self-correcting system of peer-review and falsifiable claims, which is far better than some utter fuckwit pointing at some shit some other fuckwit made up and screaming “OPEN YOUR EYES!”

Take the first paragraph…
"Those who deny the existence of chemtrails are either willfully ignorant or dangerously arrogant, or both; therefore, why bother debating with them? Of course, there are those who run Facebook pages who are paid government agents or corporate shills with a vested interest in the multi-billion dollar global chemtrail program."

They aren’t interested in facts. They’ve already made up their mind and anyone who tells them anything that conflicts with that is either a paid shill or a government agent. It’s bollocks. Absolute bollocks. Multi-billion dollar? Who’s paying? Who benefits? How many people would have to be involved in such a conspiracy? Has any government ever been able to keep something so vast under wraps for any length of time, let alone the 80+ years indicated by looking at photographs of the sky taken in the last two centuries? The answer is no. That alone is grounds enough to dismiss the majority of chemtrail claims wholesale. If anything, by exercising the patience and rigour that I have thus far, I’ve given far too much credence to something utterly risible. Part of why this issue now causes my blood to boil in mere seconds.

The FIRST FIVE paragraphs are NOTHING but ad hominem attacks on the opposition, in an attempt to discredit the viewpoint for reasons completely divorced from logic, or the quality of the arguments. Sickening. Honestly if you actually read that article through to the end and thought that it was reasonable then I’m more than a little disappointed in you. You’ve fallen for every cheap emotive trick under the sun and failed to engage your critical faculties. There is nothing provided by way of evidence, not so much as a superficially compelling argument for their position, the whole piece is nought but an attack on honest thinkers.

Anyone else find this as flabbergasting as I do? The thing that winds me up the most is that thoughtful, intelligent people with a passion for social activism get caught up in this sort of bullshit. I would wager that the continued propagation of unchecked wank like this causes millions of man-hours a year to be wasted on wild goose chases. Hours that would otherwise go towards hopefully battling a real social injustice. You know, something that actually exists.

If you want a quick source for your information that is more scientifically rigorous than this dick-head on Tumblr, I recommend seeing what these guys have to say on the subject, the article nicely condenses everything you need to know about contrails and could help put restless minds at ease.


Posted 3 weeks ago
Posted 3 weeks ago

ironxwilled:

sovietxprincess:

If you’re a guy who likes looking at pictures of naked girls but loses respect for a girl if she posts a naked picture of herself, you can get lost

How many times can I reblog this

(Source: katyandcharlie)

Posted 1 month ago

On faith…

It seems to me that a person only ever attempts to undermine logic and reason as a method for understanding the universe when logic and reason undermine the unsupported assertion which they wish to be true. Bearing this in mind, I find it important to vehemently argue in favour of a rational, evidence based approach, which is exactly what faith isn’t.

Posted 1 month ago
Taibbi’s core hypothesis is that, just like the widening wealth-gap, America has a terrible problem with a widening justice gap. Since the Clinton years, the American state has treated poverty as a crime, turning the receipt of state aid into a basis for the most invasive intrusions into your personal life, for a never-ending round of barked accusations and cruel threats to your freedom, your family, and your future. Meanwhile, Eric Holder’s “Collateral Consequences” doctrine — conceived under Clinton, revised under GWB, and perfected under Obama — tells federal prosecutors to punish big companies carefully, even for the worst crimes imaginable, in order to protect the innocents who work for those companies and rely on them.
 
The net effect is a society where HSBC can be found guilty of laundering billions for brutal Mexican drug-cartels who torture and murder with impunity, pay a fine equal to a few weeks’ profit, and partially defer bonuses for a few of its executives. But on the same day, across America, poor and mostly brown people are locked into inhumane prisons for selling a joint or two of the weed those cartels control.
Posted 1 month ago
As the Stoics rightly teach us it is only a source of misery to put our own feelings of self-worth up to the opinions of others to control. If you are dependent on other people liking you in order to like yourself, you’re making yourself vulnerable to something you cannot control. And no amount of raging and domineering towards the people you feel are withholding their approval from you will solve the problem. You need to focus on what true personal excellences look like and cultivate those. Not because others will like you, but because they’re good in themselves. Because being awesome is awesome in its own right. Awesome people are, as a matter of fact, usually well liked. But you need to like yourself because you’re you and if you don’t stand up for yourself sometimes no one else will. And then you need to make yourself actually awesome because you want that for you, irrespective of any concern for others’ opinions. You must look inward if you want to be a truly excellent person and you must care about excellence for its own sake and take joy in it for its own sake. Only truth matters. Not the fickle and uninformed and shallow opinions of other people.
Posted 1 month ago

nasturbate:

barfingunicorn:

afternoonsnoozebutton:

Football Player Flaunts Sexual Orientation On Live Television (x)

AJ McCarron didn’t seem to care that television cameras were on him when he decided to flaunt his heterosexual relationship with Katherine Webb.

“All of a sudden they were making out,” said ESPN viewer Roger Jellyton. “I couldn’t believe my eyes, and my children were in the room. How was I supposed to explain what they were seeing? What, that it’s OK for two people who love each other to kiss in a moment of joy and celebration? Ugh. What is this nation coming to? Enough is enough.”

So disgusting! This should be illegal!

ok so this might seem a little bit heterophobic, but when will they stop forcing this down our throats?? i know its ok to be straight an everything, but u dont have to flaunt it

Posted 1 month ago

Cyanide & Happiness #2291 - Explosm.net

Posted 2 months ago

http://queermuslimproject.tumblr.com/post/86228175802/just-me-and-allah-photographs-of-queer-muslims

queermuslimproject:

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Just Me and Allah: Photographs of Queer Muslims exhibition and video interviews by photographer Samra Habib to launch during World Pride

TORONTO, ON, MAY 21, 2014-This summer, Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA), Videofag Gallery and Parliament Street Library will hold…

Posted 2 months ago

Just me and Allah: Photographs of Queer Muslims

Muslims and Infidels alike, why not help support your LGBTQ brethren in making mainstream Islam better represent all of humanity. Not just hetero man-folk?