Columbine II: (Booster) shots fired

Sol Pais, our latest nightmare

Fake events like the Columbine massacre of April 20, 1999, are part of TBMC, or trauma-based mind control. The object is kids, teaching them to be frightened when they are young so that they grow up to be frightened, easily herded adults.

Denver is a spook nest if one ever existed, with Buckley Air Force Base, Air Force Academy, Cheyenne Mountain to the south and another military base in the city of Cheyenne to the north. Lockheed is a big presence here. So it makes sense that they would run a major fake event like Columbine here. Everything they need is at hand.

Our spooks are running a psyop this week meant to reinforce the Columbine lesson. Yesterday schools were in “lockdown” with armed cops at every entrance, and today they are closed. The reason is a Florida woman who flew here, purchased a shotgun, and is now in hiding, waiting to strike. She is said to be “obsessed” with the Columbine event.

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Guest post: Carthago Delenda … Ain’t?!?

By Bob Zhermuther-Zpruther
(second cousin of Robert Zherunkel)

Jews don’t recognize Jesus as the Messiah;
Protestants don’t recognize the Pope;
And Baptists don’t recognize each other at the liquor store.
—dumb old joke that makes me chuckle every time.

The less that is known about something, the more there can be to say about it. It is for this reason that religious conflicts can be so intense: there are often no actual facts of the matter to consider. There are only untestable hypotheses, baseless presuppositions, unverifiable stories, conjectures, fantasies, and speculations.

Human beings are uncomfortable with the uncertainty of not knowing; they would prefer anything to fill in the gaps of their knowledge, rather than allowing the blanks to stay blank. (With the previous sentence, I just explained the appeal of 90% of the conspiracy literature on the Internet.)

Certain ideas gain traction just because there is so little data in play. Which means supporting evidence for your hypothesis is slim. But also means that the ammunition for a clear rebuttal is absent as well. For such ideas, amazing intellectual houses of cards can be built, piling one unsupported conjecture on top of another to form a (seemingly) erudite megatheory.

Frequently the cornerstones for house-of-cards megatheories are parallelomania and hyperdiffusionism: these are, respectively, the insistence that vaguely similar things are in fact one and the same thing, and the insistence that vaguely similar things come necessarily from a single common source and do not arise independently. Parallelomania and hyperdiffusionism are, for example, the stock-in-trade of the New Chronology schtick, along with cherry-picked data.  Such theories have any plausibility among the average reader only because he doesn’t know all there is that he doesn’t know, and so has no inkling of the profusion of counter-evidence that is being swept under the rug.  Nor is he aware that mere conjectures are being touted as certainties.

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Big Wilderness in the NYT

This op ed is something I’ve been working on with Mike and Carole for several months. Say what you will about the New York Times, but the editors have been more than up to the task, and the map/graphics people are top drawer. Enjoy this rare chance to read about “fly-over” country in the Big Apple’s pride and joy.

The Innocence Project

Police and prosecutors will tell us that every man in prison claims to be innocent. Such protestations carry little weight in the smug world of our justice system. But in fact there are men in jail who are innocent, and a few have been set free.

Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck founded the Innocence Project in 1992. That was in the early days of DNA evidence. Having had personal experience with Peter, and in my own life seeing an innocent man incarcerated for fifteen years and then exonerated, I tip my cap. To date they have won freedom for (if I read it correctly) 361 people.

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A message from the gatekeeper

This greeted me this morning, from “Trigger Man”:

Mark, you said there are “THREE” types of people who visit your blog, and I know where I fit in here,and so do you…I just chime in from time to time, and call it the way I see it… I know my comments here, are not appreciated, But..What you have here is more than just an attack on “B.M”…There is more than just a “Gatekeeper”.. There are keepers,and then there are “KEEPERS”, And with that being said…I think it’s time the TRIGGER MAN says, “Fare-Thee-Well”

Yeah, fare thee well.

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Pseudoscience and conspiracy theories

I was just reading an introduction to a book this morning, The Pseudoscience Wars, by Michael D. Gordin. He is discussing the use of the word “pseudoscience.” I had never thought much about it, but his explanation rang true. It does not exist, he said.

There is good science, mediocre science (most) and bad science. Nothing else. The word “pseudoscience” is an epithet. It has no other purpose that to be an attack vehicle.

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