Thursday, January 24, 2013

Truthers, Birthers and 'Hookers'...?

The following email arrived unbidden in my inbox this morning. It is a conspiracy theorist's lens on Sandy Hook and the ensuing debate over gun violence, taking what might be dubbed the Capricorn One (which supposedly is being remade) view of events. I present it unedited except for the one internal link I added, for clarity:

Excerpt from Muad'Dib's* January 7th, 2013 Critical Mass Radio interview:
...They used a poster child for this to get everybody's sympathy and to get everybody's emotions up so that they could hopefully bring in a gun ban. They used a little poster child, a little blonde-haired blue-eyed six year old girl. She was the face, the poster child. She was supposedly killed along with the other 19 six year olds and seven year olds at Sandy Hook. Three days later Obama was there doing a photo op and she's sitting on his knee. She's supposed to be dead, used as a poster child, this little girl died - she's sitting on Obama's knee three days later. The same little girl.

And then they have her parents interviewed. It shows that they're all actors. It never really happened, because the guy that was supposedly her dad, is shown in the video where he's to the side and he's laughing and joking with other people and then he's called up in front of the camera. He's off to the left. Then he's called to the center, to the focus of the camera to be interviewed and to give his speech about Sandy Hook and about his daughter. And he goes from on the side from laughing and joking with everybody, he comes up to the center and ... he takes the joking, smiling face off and you can see him physically trying to force his face to look sad and then he starts talking about how his daughter's been killed. They're actors. There were no bodies.

It was a made for TV drama to try to ram through the gun control laws, because they want to kill the American people and they can't kill armed people. That's why Hitler disarmed the Germans, it's why Stalin disarmed the Russians, it's why chairman Mao disarmed the Chinese and they killed between them something like 120 million of their own people. And that's what they want to do in America and they can't do it because the people have the Second Amendment and they have guns. So they have to do all of this, and they'll keep doing it. There will be more incidents like this, which are made for television, until they manage to persuade the American people to give up their guns. And then they'll start killing the Americans. Because the Americans are the only people stopping them from doing what they want to do already. They know they can't put their next phase, which is reducing the world's population, they can't put that phase into operation whilst the Americans have got millions of guns.
One thing I must concede: Robbie Parker's ostensible behavior in the seconds leading up to his press statement is, to be sure, odd; I ran the vid back several times to make sure I was seeing what I thought I saw. But as I've argued myself on this blog several times, there is no authorized demeanor in the wake of a personal tragedy like this, which is why I detest courtroom (so-called) evidence rooted in the way people behaved after a crime.

Anyway, one must ask: What makes conspiracy theorists ignore reams of genuine evidence and go to such lengths to believe things for which so little factual evidence exists? Why the suspicion and paranoia? Or is all of this stuff done cynically by people with an agenda, who know they're "way out there" but are trying to gin up sentiment, among the gullible, for a cause?

* I don't know for a fact that this is indeed the same Muad'Dib, or if Muad'Dib is in fact any actual individual, living person. Didn't have time to research it fully. 


Anonymous said...

I had a look into this Maud'dib character, he has form for trying to set up little internet cults around crazy conspiracies--in order to milk other crazies for money.
If you post this you may well get inundated with his crazy True Believer followers defending him. These guys have truly lost the plot.
He's an Irishman originally, I am sad to report, who has never seen a conspiracy theory that he did not like or see as a potential money maker.

a/good/lysstener said...

This is both sad and infuriating.

RevRon's Rants said...

I think that the reactions from both sides are manifestations of our increasing cultural imperative to see those who are different as part of some collective malevolent "other." By demonizing that "other," casting accusations of some evil intent, we reinforce our own sense of rightness. Unfortunately, such sociological security blankets subject us to greater danger than do the issues to which we're responding.

Steve Salerno said...

Ron, I understand venom and the "otherization" of American life. But did we lose the reverence for evidence-based argument along the way somewhere?

RevRon's Rants said...

Evidence-based argument doesn't get the salivary glands pumping the way good old-fashioned vitriol does, Steve. We want blood, not answers, and we seem to be getting our wish.

Anonymous said...

You could look on this Maud'dib as a small time entrepreneur who is aping his political masters by exploiting the uncertainties and confusion that have been deliberately fostered and encouraged to keep the western bubble economies afloat.

Both he and the political movers and shakers know that the bubble will eventually burst--since it is built out of nothing but hot air--but it brings in the dosh for the moment, someone will come up with the next crappy bubble soon and the crazed addicts of vitriol are temporarily distracted from the reality of the dire crisis situation that the western world is facing.

When you are in a hole it is wise to stop digging. This scenario with Maud'dib and his ilk is designed to prevent the masses from seeing the hole that we are all in, and that none of the leaders either care about or can envisage a way out.
So we should expect a lot more of the same.

Traditionally, the way out of such an impasse has been to engage in a very costly and major war--now that we have declared an unending global war on anyone who might disagree with the notions of capitalism or western 'civilisation', we no longer even have that as a solution or 'quick' cathartic fix to distract the masses.

Dinosaur thinking, and we know how mother nature eventually deals with that.

Anonymous said...

This is good, from deviant art; with a quote from the late great Frank Zappa to boot.