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.

35 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Thursday January 28 2016; Wingnuts: DEFINED!

  1. A Freemason conspiracy?
    Rrrrriiiiiight…

    He left an o out of his name.
    Should be rapper double o B.o.B.
    We have a neighbor we refer to as double o Bob because of the stupid things he does to save money while wasting it elsewhere.
    Guess who he blames for everything?
    C’mon take a guess.

    • DDT lasted for years as well. Typical of human solutions: fuck things up badly right now, and make sure they stay fucked up for the foreseeable. Because . . . well, you know, we be cool and god said it’s OK!

      • That video made as much sense as a Sarah Palin speech.
        A video of half of a backhoe interspersed with incoherent ranting morons?
        The message is clear, we get it, you’re idiots.

    • Dr. Herstein,

      While I agree with you, you are using really big words that will simply escape the four year old mentality that encompasses the crowd that enjoys fart jokes, Sarah Palin and Donald Trumps speaking style.
      “the capacity for logically cogent inquiry” would in my mind, imply an innate curiosity to arrive at a scientific conclusion regardless of how unpleasant the truth might actually be.
      To quote John Cleese: “I would like 2016 to be the year when people remembered that science is a method of investigation,and NOT a belief system”

    • Well, but I’m not really trying to reach out to the Trumps and Palins of the world. I can’t even listen to 10 seconds of that type of gibberish before I want to stick an ice pick in my ears.

  2. Donald Trump: ‘Communist’ Bernie Sanders Will ‘Destroy The Fabric Of What We Are’

    Since “the fabric of what we are” is a power-hungry, money-grabbing, war-mongering, greed-based and gun-toting collection of white supremacist nutcases, I dearly hope Trump is correct, and that Bernie will whip his ass and then set about to DO allathat which Donald fears — turn us into what we’ve never been, i.e. a fair, balanced, kind, caring, and multi-faceted society, a model for the rest of the world to admire and emulate.

    Boy, am I weird or what!!

  3. Cenk is at his best. NSFW! The real tragedy is that no one in the MSM has the balls and freedom to, appropriately, express the same outrage as Cenk.

  4. When I first read the headline, I thought it said Wingnuts Defiled!
    Very disappointed to just see them defined.

    • It would appear Ms.Winstead does not know her Star Trek humanoid species very well. Cruz is anything but a Vulcan, or a Klingon, for that matter. The two in the picture were quite dangerous, yet childlike.

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