Here’s a lecture I received from Rob Kailey:
Mark, when you have predetermined *loudly* what evidence is permissible and what is not, then you have simply made “debate” impossible. You’ve also laid the foundation, yet again, for your continuing Ad Hominem [sic] smears about everyone else’s mental state and acuity. All that is left possible at that point is adoration of your authority, or a dispute about it which you dismiss with practiced ease. After all, it’s all about you.
It really is your bad, and few believe for even a second that you feel one iota of embarrassment about it.
Rob does not read much, if at all, nor does he process information well. But that is the way it is in blogville. You are constantly hounded by those who know nothing and hide behind a Google search.
Here’s the key to being a “conspiracy theorist:” One, we read. Lots. We process large quantities of information. We think about that information, try to piece it together, as there are also professional people who dispense ‘mis’ and disinformation too. Conspiracy theorists are easily the most skeptical and alert people I know.
When my older brother was fighting cancer, he had surgery to see if they could excise it without undue harm. When they opened him up, there was so much of it that all they could do was stitch him up and tell him to start making final plans.
A conspiracy theorist, aka intelligent skeptic, has done something similar. We have looked inside the body of this country. There was a tumor. Then we found another. And another. Finally in 2015, we realize that the body politic is metastasized beyond hope. Every aspect of our country is corrupt now. Nothing has been spared. Here is Paul Craig Roberts:
“The United States has collapsed economically, socially, politically, legally, constitutionally, and environmentally. The country that exists today is not even a shell of the country into which I was born.”
I would add intellectually to that as well.
Is that a conspiracy? No – it is a natural progression into pathocracy. It has taken most of the postwar era for psychopaths to take control of every aspect of our lives, from politics to news and entertainment to schooling and voting. But they have succeeded.
Don’t forget to vote, by the way.
As I put up a post the other day, I noticed that I was nearing number 3,000. This one is 2,999. Monday will see my last post on this blog. I’ve been at it since 2006, I have learned scads, and will continue to do so. But it is time to move on. I am dealing with a narrow group of people, only maybe half a dozen of whom seem able to move forward in their thinking. The rest are in arrested development.