The Choice of Today’s Yutes and Assorted Miscellany

Morpheus: “This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.”

Any questions?

And by the by, in an area that’s completely irrelevant, this is an email that I receive (I swear) thrice a month from a lone, crazed follower manqué.

I know you are just entertainment and not a real truth warrior. So why do you insist that you absolutely hate double standards and hypocrisy and at the same time have no problem with infant male genital mutilation and are completely against infant female genital mutilation? Stop pretending to be an idiot.

Monumental, Schizoid and Seismic Meltdown Over the Omnibus Bill

“I sometimes approach myself asymmetrically as one would a stranger: with respect, on the off chance that I may be a decent person, but with circumspection, in that I’m more likely a reprobate. But mostly I ignore myself in the hope that I might go away.”

The question is not whether the technicarchs will create independent artificial intelligence. That foundation has already been laid. The question is whether they can create independent artificial desire. Or will they simply surreptitiously connect the AI back to their own desires and delusions. My guess is that their hubris will lead them to attempt the former. Even though they are aware that it is genocidal, their lust for a cybernetic Ragnarök cannot be satiated. Even if it destroys them as well. Such is the human propensity for worship even in the most materialistic – like the man who was eaten by the grizzly bears he venerated.

The Omnibus Bill Is Not a Budget — POTUS Wins Again

Johnny the ‘Stache: Neoconning the MAGA Message

Trump’s cabinet is filling with more and more neoconservative war hawks for what appears to be a reason, a troubling one at that. John Bolton is known for a lot of things and war is numero uno. He is the keystone in a blood-soaked archway. Let this forever dispel the notion that the Conspiratorium is the haven of the unquestioning Trump acolyte. 

We are not pleased. We who love freedom from tyrannical warmongers.

The Immutability of Cosmic Sentience: Hermeneutics of the Groove

“For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can’t readily accept the God formula, the big answers don’t remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.” ― Charles Bukowski

Facebook Is a Government Surveillance Tool: Lionel Buries Hillary Apologist in this Epic Takedown


Oh, the humanity! — Herb Morrison, WLS Radio broadcast, Hindenburg Disaster (6 May 1937 Lakehurst, NJ)


PARENTAL ADVISORY. Rounds 1 and 2 of the beat down. People with pacemakers should consult their physicians before viewing. This gets rough, kids. Just the way I like it. Lionel dismembers yet another HRC proxy and shill and lets him have it with facts, unimpeachable logic and a splash of panache. Ain’t the truth great. Richard Goodstein gets owned by Lionel who’s having none of his HRC/Russian collusion gobbledygook. Get a grief counselor! YOU LOST!

[RT] London-based political strategy firm Cambridge Analytica has suspended CEO Alexander Nix who had boasted of global backroom influence. RT has hosted a debate on what the fallout of the unfolding Facebook data scandal could be.

Richard Goodstein, a former advisor to both Bill and Hillary Clinton’s presidential election campaigns, went head-to-head with legal & media analyst and TV personality Lionel.

“It looks like it’s undisputed that they did things that … were clearly against the law,” Goldstein said. “They either clearly went over the line or they went right up to it.”

The Democrat advisor insinuated that the Department of Justice would not act against CA as “Donald Trump was the beneficiary. I wouldn’t hold my breath on that happening.”

“The entire point is being missed here” Lionel shot back. “It’s not Cambridge Analytica, it’s that Facebook is a tool, a proxy, if you will, of the government! It’s a surveillance unit!”

“Facebook, Apple, everything that we do is sucking up every bit of information that we have,” Lionel warned. “Where has the world been? You’re living in a panopticon!” The previous few days had seen an online trend urging users to #DeleteFacebook.

Goldstein repeated claims that the “US intelligence community unanimously agreed that the Russians did meddle” and worked with WikiLeaks to leak emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta, claims that have never been proven.

Lionel dismissed the whole Russian meddling narrative “This yarn was devised by the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton to explain how she lost a rigged election,” he said. “Whom can we get to explain this? Ah! The Russians!”

“I can’t believe this gentleman is repeating the same fantasy that Hillary Clinton is still doing,” he said. “Are you ever going to move on from that? Are you ever going to realise you lost?”

Special Counsel Robert Mueller “will present a case in black and white about what the Russians did and didn’t do,”Goldstein insisted. “And people who are clear-thinking will believe it, and people who have a bias going in will dismiss it.”

“Hillary Clinton is never going to be president. Get over it. Go and see a grief counselor,” Lionel hit back.

Imagine a Presidency Void Ab Initio

#QAnon Rekindles Questions and Controversy As to #Obama’s Article II Eligibility and Provenance [VIDEO] #IBOR #InternetBillOfRights #Qanon8chan #GreatAwakening #Snowden @JulianAssange #Kenya @UKenyatta #MAGA @POTUS #StormIsHere #HillaryForPrison

We the Sheeple

We just nod and walk in unison, lockstep. Confederation and contrived accord. Nothing to see here. Just keep moving along. Make no waves. Just accept. Nothing to see here.

Just Another Thought.

Coincidence, of course, proves nothing. But it’s interesting none the less. If the Democrats had been confident about their “memo” would they not have released it later when the media weren’t preoccupied with Broward County and not on a Saturday? But since they did, it is understandable that one wonders about chickens and eggs. Sun Tzu does commend the art of distraction.

And one more thing. In our era, all points of view have equal validity, right? But how then do we resolve disputes about what is permitted and what prohibited? Easy. As always there is a hierarchy of authority. Parents used to be higher on this list than drag queens. Now they may not even appear. So when the school authorities are asked to defend their offensive decisions, “Shut up,” they explain.


The Conspirateers’ Creed, Pledge and Gravamen

Not to go full Godwin on you, but this comes to mind.

“The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.” ― Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

And this. Are you seeing a pattern?

“When the human race learns to read the language of symbolism, a great veil will fall from the eyes of men. They shall then know truth and, more than that, they shall realize that from the beginning truth has been in the world unrecognized, save by a small but gradually increasing number appointed by the Lords of the Dawn as ministers to the needs of human creatures struggling to regain their consciousness of divinity.” ― Manly P. Hall, Melchizedek and the Mystery of Fire

Stop blaming the NRA for failed gun control efforts. 

This is a splendid piece from Jake Novak from of all places CNBC. It speaks to the insane patellar reflex that always decries and blames the NRA for everything when in fact, that’s anything but the case.

It usually only takes seconds after a mass shooting for a chorus of people to begin blaming the National Rifle Association for allowing these atrocities to happen.

You know how the argument goes. The “conventional wisdom” is the NRA’s heavy spending stops hundreds of politicians from enacting the “common sense” gun control laws they and everyone else would otherwise support.

There’s only one problem with that theory. It’s all wrong.

Of course, the NRA does spend money and it does have a sophisticated and persistent messaging operation. But so do dozens of other organizations and causes. So, how does the NRA stack up against them?

Not too well. The NRA, gun makers, and gun rights issues do not even show up on the OpenSecrets website lists for top lobbying firms, top lobbying sectors, top lobbying issues, or top lobbying industries for the years 1998-2017.

The figures for Florida Senator Marco Rubio are particularly educational, since he has been a target of a lot of anti-NRA screeds since the shooting in his home state. A look at the top 20 donors to Rubio directly and his PAC since 2009 does not include the NRA. Over his career since 2009, Rubio has raised a total of more than $91 million in donations. The NRA is responsible for just over $3 million of that, or 3.3 percent. Big whoop, as they say. Yes, $3 million is a lot of money and more than most of us could ever donate to anything. But context is everything, and the even a so-called “poster boy” for NRA donations would only be 3.3 percent lighter in campaign cash without them.

Again, that certainly doesn’t mean the NRA isn’t spending a lot of money. But the Poltifact fact-checking website puts the total amount of NRA spending since 1998 at $203 million. That figure is even smaller than it looks when you consider 30 percent of Americans, or about 100 million people, own a gun. By contrast, Wall Street and the broader financial industrial shelled out more than $1.1 billion in the 2016 election cycle alone. The financial industry employs only about six million people in total.

The bulk of that $203 million doesn’t actually go to candidates as the hysterical tweets and finger pointers seem to believe. It’s spent on those “issue ads” that you see mostly on cable news channels during election years. But even if those ads are extremely influential, they are a much different animal than direct campaign donations to individual congressional and presidential candidates.

There’s even a question of whether the NRA is very persuasive among actual gun owners. Fewer than 20 percent of American gun owners are even NRA members. That should tell us something about the “chicken or the egg” argument about the gun lobby. The NRA is much more likely piggybacking off the beliefs of gun owners as opposed to framing them in the first place. The real power is with those voting gun owners, not the lobby group that purports to represent them.

Some gun control advocates are wise to this fact. New America senior fellow Lee Drutman has been working to debunk the myth of the all-powerful NRA’s money for several years. Beginning in 2012, he noted the NRA hadn’t even made donations to a majority of members of Congress. He also made the correct designation between allegiance and influence. That is, the NRA supports candidates that already align with its philosophy as opposed to paying them to toe the line.

Former New York City mayor and media billionaire Mike Bloomberg has thus made a futile point over the years to combat the NRA’s money machine. Bloomberg founded “Everytown for Gun Safety” in 2014based on matching the NRA’s financial clout. It hasn’t been a total political failure. But in the wake of so many mass shootings since 2014, it’s also fair to say Everytown hasn’t been able to shepherd any new significant national gun laws to passage either.

A much better strategy is to talk less about the NRA and focus more on resurrecting the anti-gun violence measures Americans have supported in the past. That includes beefed up policing and improved background check systems.

A misbegotten path is introducing new rules and misrepresenting them to the public. That’s what happened last year when Democrats tried a proposed rule that they and most of the news media portrayed as a way to keep guns from the “mentally ill.” But it really sought to put people into the federal government gun background database if they received disability payments from Social Security and received assistance to manage their benefits due to mental impairments. That’s a far cry from “mentally ill.” Even the ACLU and mental health advocates lined up against that idea, not just the NRA.

A similar mistake is being made with trying to put everyone on the TSA’s “no fly” list into the gun background check database. Again, the ACLU swooped in to join the NRA in opposing that idea since that list is notoriously error-prone and using it would also deprive people of due process.

In each case, the NRA’s power was overstated in getting those proposed laws defeated. That’s because in each case, the NRA had a lot of help.

The problem with that tweet isn’t the sentiment, but the use of the loaded “common sense” term. Everyone is for common sense, but not everyone defines it the same way or even seeks to define it at all. Mr. Obama should know by now that legislative efforts need to be a lot more specific than that to succeed. Highly defined new rules stand the best chance of succeeding because they have in the past.

For example, we already have a national ban on gun dealers selling handguns to anyone under 21 years old. In light of the spike in school shootings carried out by current and recent students, gun control groups might want to start by pushing for extending that under-21 ban to all firearms.

That’s just one idea, but the bottom line is going to nasty war with the NRA isn’t a productive path for anyone. People in favor of reducing gun violence and mass shootings need to focus on specific choices and set out to convince the public to back them with their votes. Then the politicians will be forced to follow.

“Dump the NRA!” is a bumper sticker, not a policy. America needs a new policy.

This Should Explain Everything: A Conspiratorium Clerisy Cartography

This is an excellent starting point. Think of it as conspiracy cartography for members of the Conspiratorium Clerisy. Negotiate within and expect your mind to surge with waves and paroxysms, cavalcades of utter and delicious confusion. And earned awe.