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2013-03-14 06:55:26 PM

Voiceofreason01: Wait, why did the author pick on Kansas? Is this one of those "flyover country" things where we pretend that a large portion of the country doesn't count because some people live there that have opinions that we disagree with? How "progressive".

/Mark Morford sounds like a douchbag


Ah there we go again confusing "opinions" with "facts"
 
2013-03-14 07:01:35 PM
Voiceofreason01:
/Mark Morford sounds like a douchbag

Ahem (cough) I agree on that.  But he's generally correct.
And "flyover country" does have a problem confusing reality with reality.
Prove me wrong!  I dares yas
 
2013-03-14 07:51:58 PM
If you enjoyed his basic conclusion that all christian are morons and that everyone would believe exactly the same as him if only they weren't so darn STUPID, you should know that when this classy piece of work is not writing his troll column he's also a yoga instructor.  He has a neat little video on YouTube where gives you a little taste of all the spiritual engergy garbage you'd expect him to be into.  But of course that's not stupid at all, because HE believes it.

http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=zZkKIWIO6NI
 
2013-03-14 10:44:18 PM

xria: If you like those sorts of joke, you should try to see "Brass Eye" if you haven't before (the second episode about drugs is particuarly hilarious).



But the best episode was the paedophilia episode, packed to the gills with media whores trying to attach themselves to a cause. I'm thinking Phil Collins saying he's talking nonsense, Neil Fox's claim that paedophiles are genetically closer to crabs than people ("There's no actual evidence for it, but it is a scientific fact."), and Richard Blackwood's warnings of keyboards that smell of hammers.

It's really unfortunate that so many people failed to see it for the beautiful satire it is. It aired in a time of tabloid panic about paedophilia, when the gutter press was regularly stirring up panic about paedophiles. The now happily defunct News of the World had a paedo name-and-shame thing going on, where, I don't know, they probably published pictures of random people and claimed they were nonces. It aired after a paediatrician's home had been graffitied by the mob claiming her to be a paedophile, FFS.

Chris Morris held his mirror up to the media, and was brutally attacked by the tabloid press, like this:

i.imgur.com

Yes, the Star (it's like the Daily Mail, but less pretentious) actually printed an article criticising the programme opposite an article celebrating a 15 year old's tits.

If you want to see the Daily Mail's opinion on young women's tits, by the way, their code word is "all grown up". Go put it in to the Fail online's search box and... the results will speak for themselves.

/Fark the gutter press.
//Hypocritical twunts.
 
2013-03-14 11:01:08 PM
It is this bizarre, circular, catch-22 kind of question, asked almost exclusively by intellectual liberals because intellectual conservatives don't actually exist, given how higher education leads to more developed critical thinking (you already know the vast majority of university professors and scientists identify as Democrat/progressive, right?) which leads straight to a more nimble, open-minded perspective.

And you write more better concise sentences, apparently.
 
2013-03-14 11:53:48 PM
You better damn well believe in angels.

/ that is all.
 
2013-03-14 11:54:01 PM

Voiceofreason01: Wait, why did the author pick on Kansas?


What's the Matter With Kansas?
 
2013-03-15 12:13:36 AM
Don't know how this was missed...
media.tumblr.com
 
2013-03-15 06:39:45 AM
I believe in Santa Klaus.
 
2013-03-15 07:29:42 AM

fishman1776: They say 3 percent of the people use 5 to 6 percent of their brain
97 percent use 3 percent and the rest goes down the drain
I'll never know which one I am but I'll bet you my last dime
99 percent think we're 3 percent 100 percent of the time

64 percent of all the world's statistics are made up right there on the spot
82.4 percent of people believe 'em whether they're accurate statistics or not
I don't know what you believe but I do know there's no doubt
I need another double shot of something 90 proof
I got too much to think about

Too much to think about
Too much to figure out
Stuck between hope and doubt
It's too much to think about

They say 92 percent of everything you learned in school was just bullshiat you'll never need
84 percent of everything you got you bought to satisfy your greed
Because 90 percent of the world's population links possessions to success
Even though 80 percent of the wealthiest 1 percent of the population
Drinks to an alarming excess
More money, more stress

It's too much to think about
Too much to figure out
Stuck between hope and doubt
It's too much to think about
Pick it now

84 percent of all statisticians truly hate their jobs
They say the average bank robber lives within say about 20 miles of the bank that he robs
There's this little bank not far from here I've been watching now for a while
Lately all I can think about's how bad I wanna go out in style

And it's too much to think about
Too much to figure out
Stuck between hope and doubt
It's too much to think about
That's right
It's too much to think about
Amen
It's too much to think about


I've never seen anyone reference this before!   I love this song, this is awesome!
 
2013-03-15 08:22:48 AM

Dinkledort: The whole article is about how stupid half of the country is and why, oh why can't they all be highly-evolved, open-minded intellectual geniuses like him.


You don't have to be a genius not to believe in angels and fairies. Although I suppose it would help.
 
2013-03-15 11:02:33 AM

Mambo Bananapatch: Dinkledort: The whole article is about how stupid half of the country is and why, oh why can't they all be highly-evolved, open-minded intellectual geniuses like him.

You don't have to be a genius not to believe in angels and fairies. Although I suppose it would help.


Perhaps you didn't read my other post where I supplied a link to this hypocrite going on about spiritual energy cleansing garbage that he teaches in his yoga classes. So I guess the way it works is that you can be a critical thinking intellectual and still believe in that mumbo jumbo, just not Christian mumbo jumbo. Or maybe it's that you can believe whatever mumbo jumbo you want as long as you're liberal. Oh I don't know! So many rules!

Another interesting tidbit is that I got myself a login for that website and added comments calling him out on this stuff, and guess what... that's right, DELETED. No curse words, threats or even inaccuracies in them, just logical arguments pointing out how he might not be quite the open minded intellectual he's ripping half the country for not being. And he was nice enough to prove my point by immediately squelching any reasoned comment contrary to the fiction in his column.

All evidence points to him being exactly the opposite of the open-minded intellectual model he wants everyone to think he is. He might just be the devil. No, wait! I don't believe in that, I'm not stupid! He might just be an energy stifler with a dark aura.
 
2013-03-15 07:32:15 PM
Looks like some Farker landed on Failblog:

i.chzbgr.com
 
2013-03-15 07:46:15 PM
The biggest failure of science is an inability to use the phrase "we dont know".
 
2013-03-15 07:56:39 PM
I know Morford to be the kind of guy who will promise an informant anonymity and then publish one's name and place of business.  He likely teaches yoga to meet weak minded woman.
 
2013-03-15 11:45:58 PM

Frederick: The biggest failure of science is an inability to use the phrase "we dont know".


That is in fact the most frequently-used phrase in science, indeed it's displayed in giant waving banners and broadcast through megaphones from even the most miniscule scientific endeavor, since, of course, it is

the ENTIRE REASON for science.
 
2013-03-15 11:59:29 PM

BuckTurgidson: Frederick: The biggest failure of science is an inability to use the phrase "we dont know".

That is in fact the most frequently-used phrase in science, indeed it's displayed in giant waving banners and broadcast through megaphones from even the most miniscule scientific endeavor, since, of course, it is

the ENTIRE REASON for science.


Citation?  Maybe one scientific paper with the conclusion: "We dont know".

Thank you, Ptolemy for you arrogance.
 
2013-03-16 12:08:12 AM

Frederick: BuckTurgidson: Frederick: The biggest failure of science is an inability to use the phrase "we dont know".

That is in fact the most frequently-used phrase in science, indeed it's displayed in giant waving banners and broadcast through megaphones from even the most miniscule scientific endeavor, since, of course, it is

the ENTIRE REASON for science.

Citation?  Maybe one scientific paper with the conclusion: "We dont know".

Thank you, Ptolemy for you arrogance.


Just how drunk are you, at this moment?
 
2013-03-16 04:06:58 AM

unchellmatt: m00: "...asked almost exclusively by intellectual liberals because intellectual conservatives don't actually exist."

There we go...

Yeah, that turned me off the article entirely. I know quite a number of people who consider themselves "conservative" who:

- Aren't delusional enough to believe the US was founded as a "Christian" nation
- Understand how the universe works
- Don't watch FOX

Now, are they in line with the rank and file, or the current batch of Tea Party coonts in office? No. But they are intelligent, well read, and not against intellectualism.




I think a lot of people failed to notice this was in the humor section.
 
2013-03-16 04:30:31 AM

Frederick: The biggest failure of science is an inability to use the phrase "we dont know".


Replace "science" with "religion" and you are correct. Religions insist on filling on the blanks just for the sake of not saying "I don't know".
 
2013-03-16 12:58:46 PM

Frederick: Citation? Maybe one scientific paper with the conclusion: "We dont know".


You'd probably have to be living in a cave to be unaware of studies and experiments that result in inconclusive findings. Anyway, absolutely anyone, with any interest in science knows there is a ton we don't know, and has heard scientist after scientist say exactly that on a slew of topics. There have been articles about the problems inconclusive science can cause or about people rushing to embrace inconclusive studies. Science magazines have devoted entire issues to what we don't know. Publications from top universities have done the same. Scientists form groups to help make it clear that we don't have all the answers and can't get them right away. And yes, scientific papers routinely indicate that the results are inconclusive. This is common. It is routine. Such inconclusive results often make the news.

In sort, I don't know what you're talking about.
 
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