The Watering Hole; Thursday January 28 2016; Wingnuts: DEFINED!

The Cosmos is knowable. When childhood curiosity
persists as an adult, it inoculates against others
telling you what to think.
Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) January 25, 2016

Neil deGrasse Tyson summed the ‘dilemma’ of non-thinkers everywhere in his recent response to a fellow who calls himself B.o.B. A flat-earther, also a Rapper, B.o.B.’s flat earth argument is the old and familiar one that’s based upon the notion that the round Earth thesis is a Freemason hoax, now become NASA propaganda. Makes me think that Rapper B.o.B. is either brain dead or a Republican by birth — i.o.w., one whose “childhood curiosity” (assuming that was ever a feature) has been totally and completely co-opted in order to facilitate the option of all those “others” who make their living “telling you what to think.”

Think about that for a second or two, then consider the Malheur Wildlife Refuge mess in Oregon, particularly the notion(s) of the occupying “militia” that the concept of public lands is bogus and ‘unconstitutional’ because, after all, the Bible tells us that God assigned dominion over all the land to mankind, to people — not the gubmint! — for ‘us’ to use as ‘we’ choose. Something like that, undoubtedly made possible by their long-faded “curiosity” and the consequences thereof, whereby all those  “others” are now “telling [them] what to think.”

A detailed explanation of just exactly How Hate and Extremism are Baked Into The ‘Patriot’ Militia Pie notes that it helps to visualize the ‘patriot’ movement as a blender where libertarianism, survivalism, right wing stupidity, and messianic Christian beliefs [are] combined with racial and national prejudices to produce a curious admixture, with the results cooked by militant fervor into an absurd and deranged pie . . . from which emanates the myriad of misguided voices that call for the destruction of constitutional authority in the Constitution’s name.

Excellent summation, I’d say, of the consequences implicit for those who have abandoned “childhood curiosity in exchange for “others . . . telling [them] what to think.” They have, in effect, surrendered their minds, their souls, and their lives to whichever obnoxious agenda gets there first. It can be militant racism, antisemitism, white supremacism, neo-Nazism, radical libertarianism, survivalism, right wing stupidity, messianic Christerism, anti-constitutional Constitutionalism, Conservatism, gun nuttery, Republicanism — all of “those” whose collective agendas have zero logical basis but are widely supported, always, by those whose sole purpose in life is the accumulation of wealth, power, privilege, along with the destruction of all who stand in (or near) their path.

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s description of all who are slaves to the dead mind hits the nail on the head. The Cosmos is knowable, after all, but only to those folks who are not BRAIN DEAD!

OPEN THREAD.