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    congratulations are in order, sort of..., 2010-03-10 12:49:32 | Main | we need a new script, the one we've been repeating over and over and over and over again for the past 90 years is getting moldy..., 2010-03-16 16:29:48

    and this time they have engineers!:

    I don't remember who made me read this thing that's been sitting in an unread tab for three hours, but by the second paragraph I'm annoyed:

    "Partisan rhetoric has turned increasingly alarmist. President Obama has difficulty getting even watered-down legislation passed, yet he is supposedly establishing a socialist state. The Tea Party is viewed as a terrifying new phenomenon, rather than the latest embodiment of a recurring paranoid streak in American politics"

    What? The Tea Party is crazy, and so are you! Ok, let me think. Dave Neiwert? If somebody thought the tea baggers were anything less than old fashioned hilarity distilled into an extra-incomprehensible mash - with some foundation capital from Koch Industries so they could afford some buses this time around - it would have been Neiwert. Well, it's all there, "like the 1990s on steroids ... [which] produced a notable spate of domestic terrorism. ... one can only imagine the violence that awaits us all." I guess he's a little terrified of the recurring paranoid streak in American politics, what with the actual terrorist attacks and all that.

    But ok, it's not even "recurring", it would have to disappear at some point for that to happen, and it's always there, morphing from one thing into the next, over-lapping, cross-pollinating between every precious flowering nutjob, sucking in gullible chumps from the vast arrays of the disaffected.

    And for all that, the responsible national center works exactly the same fucking way. For decades Israel's nuclear weapons stockpile only existed in the fevered imaginations of paranoid anti-semites, while the most absurd, spurious fairytales about Iraqi doomsday machines dominated the headlines. Thomas Friedman is just the Jim Marrs of the elite consensus, such as it is.

    Maybe that's who this article was talking about in the first place, now that I think about it. I've apparently just gone paranoid from being constantly surrounded by nutjobs, and now think every insult about anything is directed at dirty fuckin hippies and their fellow travelers. I guess that's the article's point.

:: posted by buermann @ 2010-03-12 15:58:08 CST | link


      I have an increasingly hard time wading through the seas of batshit and counter-batshit. To make matters worse, every single last aptitude test I've taken has recommended a career in engineering. Should I give in? I like people, when it comes down to it. I don't want to hurt them. And yet... engineering calls to me, though I know it to be a craft of pure evil.

    posted by al_schumann @ 2010-03-19 16:40:58 | link

      As an engineer I can reliably testify to the enormous peer pressure to commit insane acts of completely ineffective violence. You wouldn't want anyone to get hurt, but you would still like to commit pure evil.

    posted by buermann @ 2010-03-19 22:15:41 | link

    go ahead, express that vague notion

    your turing test:

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