Friday, October 26, 2007

The Pyramids of Egypt and the Wildfires of California

Some have attributed the recent fires in Southern California to terrorism, but I've kinda waited for firm evidence to be forthcoming before drawing any conclusions. Here's Randi Rhodes putting a few things together about the causes of the fires through some kind of mental operation, but I'm not sure it's addition. She suspects it is terrorism, but you'll never guess who the terrorists might be.

Rhodes said (audio at source):

I started just doing Google searches to try and figure out. You know, arson, arson, it was like crazy trying to figure out why is that being downplayed? Why is that, you know, just a small part of the story? And you know, every time I look for it what comes up, believe it or not, is that Blackwater wants to move to San Diego and build this giant complex in San Diego right where most of the evacuations are taking place and you know. You just know wherever there is fire, this administration will be out there doing what it does best and that is fanning the flames, you know. It just spooks me, I can’t explain to you how creepy this whole thing is that you know, you’ve got these fires. Some of them are thought to be the work of arsonists and in the same breath you’ve got a community that’s on fire that just recently protested Blackwater West. Just recently said no to Blackwater and apparently you don’t do that. I mean, I don’t even know what to think. You know, nobody is saying Blackwater set the fires, that is nobody that doesn’t want their house burned down. Nobody is saying that, but it is all so bizarre that this is America and you have to sort of sit there and wonder … arson, same place Blackwater West wants to be, people protesting. And then you find out that some of the guys that used to work for Blackwater are now in Schwarzenegger’s administration. It’s all so creepy.

It's only fair to point out that Randi Rhodes isn't the only one who thinks like this. Pyramidologists, for example, have long known that if you take the square root of the height of the Great Pyramid and raise it a certain power, it will be exactly the distance between two important stars in a certain Constellation 4,000 years ago. Or some such. Such startling coincidences can only be explained by concluding that the Pyramids were built by aliens from another Galaxy. By putting data through a particular function rule and discovering the result to be close other information put through a another function rule, we can discover all kinds of strange connections in the universe.

The Truth is Out There.


Blogger David L. said...

If one listens to the audio at the link, Rhodes sounds even more disorganized and deranged than the transcript of her words would indicate. I'd like to say it's the painkillers given for her recent mugging by a New York sidewalk, but I think it would be more honest to say that Ms. Rhodes is a barking moonbat, speaking to an audience that waits on her every word, because they're as crazy as she is.

10/26/2007 07:02:00 PM  
Blogger wretchardthecat said...

I think it represents a certain mode of thinking, which is not confined to the left. The idea that everything is a conspiracy, that somebody is behind that garbage can you just heard fall over; the same one who left that glass coaster on the table that you can't remember putting there, the one who made that call you picked up with nobody at the other end.

The conspiracy idea is not only more colorful, but it puts us in the center of a great drama. It removes much of the real complexity from the world and therein lies its great attraction.

10/26/2007 07:21:00 PM  
Blogger jj mollo said...

Coincidences are very important in the human psyche. We are designed to notice them. But most people give them too much statistical weight because they never stop to consider how many coincidences have failed to occur. This failure explains all the conspiracy theories out there. And when a real coincidence occurs, such as the "single bullet theory", people are unable to balance it against other unlikely events. The only way to innoculate yourself from the kind of fearful thinking exemplified by Ms. Rhodes is training in logic, science and statistical inference. People of the Left have often neglected these aspects of their education in favor of the Liberal Arts and the lesser arts (ufology, parapsychology, therapeutic touch, astrology, pyramidology, etc.).

10/26/2007 07:37:00 PM  
Blogger jj mollo said...

Which is not to say that it couldn't have been arson or multiple arsons. Past history tells us that it's more likely to be a mistake like a cigarette or a badly managed campfire or even a flare from an air training exercise, which is what started a fire in New Jersey.

10/26/2007 07:42:00 PM  
Blogger Doc Mike said...

I have heard a computer science describe the tendency towards pattern-finding as “pareodotalism.” This is apparently a hot topic in the AI field, as they think it is key to understanding how human intelligence works.
Conspiracy theorists would seem to be suffering from “hyper-pareadotalism” – seeing patterns where none exist. In ancient times, such people would have served their communities as shaman and witch-doctors. Today, they are often described as paranoid schizophrenics, liberal talk show jocks and “truthers”. At the other end of the scale, the “hypo-pareodotal”, would be those people who are cripplingly literal minded, like autistics.

10/26/2007 08:25:00 PM  
Blogger Valentine Smith said...

Randi Rhoades is a falling down drunk. She took a header last week in New York City. The Netroots claimed she was attacked by a right winger, but it turned out she had just left a NY saloon. It's possible to attribute her delusions to a head injury or the DTs but I'm certain that her madness predates both medical conditions. Alas, the obvious severity of her delusions also preclude sobriety having any real beneficial effect. In fact, there is a distinct possibility that anything short of thorazine may exacerbate her mental stae.

10/26/2007 08:36:00 PM  
Blogger Ivan Douglas said...

Yes, yes.Randi is paranoid. Yes?
First picture we could see, gave to us satellite GOES 11.All fires in nice row.

10/26/2007 10:11:00 PM  
Blogger jafco said...

Well. Randi's research explains the curious absence of most members of the Bush Administration from Washington the last few days:
"...this administration will be out there doing what it does best and that is fanning the flames, you know...."

Heh. In a just world she'd be off the air and under treatment now. Instead we'll be treated to some variant of this the next cocktail party we attend that has moonbats in attendance. How many "you knows" is one allotted in this life?


10/26/2007 10:49:00 PM  
Blogger Pascal said...

You know that "Duckspeak" wasn't all that well defined in 1984.

The deference given her would be the Left's way of exploiting her madness to help innoculate them and their policies -- especially environmental policies deserving review and deletion -- from coming into focus.
Misdirection and false charges keeps the Right too busy from attacking the Left where they have it coming. And there is a whole host of the Right who simply want to leave her alone and get upset over anyone attacking such an apparently sad soul.

And it requires no conspiracy; only the recognition of good tactics by they who traffic in soft politics (soft towards their fellows and pet protected groups only). I think we are witnessing the equivalent of Duckspeak.

10/27/2007 04:25:00 AM  
Blogger Marcus Aurelius said...


When in the UAE one of my local BBS (bulletin board system) buddies pointed out to me an article she read how the Holy Qur'ran predicts the speed of light. I read the article and it was so much pinch of powered bat wings, a smidgen of holly berry harvested from a graveyard under a full moon. The units did not work out at all too boot (that is the end units did not come to unit appropriate for speed).

An hour or so ago Art Bell's guest was talking about arson and how in a month or two a virus is going to start spreading - yes a virus with flu like symptoms! NO .... DUH! Of course, he made it sound like it was more than just THE flu, it is an experiment out of control.

There is talk of arson, but it sounds like dipsticks who where burning rubbish and the like. JJ Mollo gets it right.

One last note. It seemed to me in my thermodynamics class if you just took enough partial derivatives sooner or later you could connect any two phenomena.

10/27/2007 04:27:00 AM  
Blogger PeterBoston said...

Randi Rhodes is considered one of the top talk show hosts for Airhead America, and a self evident reason why nobody listens to commie radio.

The irony of being forced to listen to her under a made-up legal principle called the Fairness Doctrine is beyond comprehension.

10/27/2007 05:20:00 AM  
Blogger mouse said...

The thought process seems clear to me: Fires don't just happen, so you know it's arson. Nobody in the press is talking about arson so you know they're afraid. There's only one reason in the whole world to be afraid and that's George Bush. You do just a little Google and you have proof: The area that's being destroyed is an area Blackwater wants for a base, and just awhile back the people of that area protested Blackwater. Blackwater gets what it wants and strikes against those who have the courage to protest. Therefore Bush/Blackwater started the fires. Seems clear to me. It all holds together and there's satisfaction in understanding.

I personally don't see this process of reasoning to be any different from that used by any other man: you start from a presumption, and you try to support it. The basic difference is that in a better developed intellect you start from a larger, more cautious, presumption, and you have some recognition that the initial presumption may be modified by facts; but really, the basic difference between a man who argues well and one who doesn't is the presumption he starts with. If the presumption is true (the good fortune of knowledge) his argument will develop force; if the presumption is false, it will merely "hold together".

10/27/2007 06:48:00 AM  
Blogger Marcus Aurelius said...


If the fairness doctrine is reintroduced then I do not believe the result would be the addition of Err America personalities to the talk radio waves, it would be the removal of conservative talk radio. It would be Sally Jesse Rapheal all day long.

10/27/2007 06:49:00 AM  
Blogger John J. Coupal said...


In all fairness, it's not only people of the Left who have a patent on inserting "you know" into their rants. But, it is better than an "uuunhhn" to continue the rant.

10/27/2007 07:28:00 AM  
Blogger Marzouq the Redneck Muslim said...

In our wonderful capitalist society idiots like the air America crew are making a nice living. What injustice.

PeterBoston, dang. The Fairness Doctrine sounds so Orwellian, doesn't it?

Salaam eleikum Yall!

10/27/2007 07:28:00 AM  
Blogger 3Case said...

"...idiots like the air America crew are making a nice living..." griftin' cash from the piggybanks of Boys & Girls Clubs.

Randi Rhodes is an abusive, drunken boor, who is a full-fledged member of the imipending kommisariat.

10/27/2007 08:17:00 AM  
Blogger Starling said...

Marzouq said "In our wonderful capitalist society idiots like the air America crew are making a nice living. What injustice."

They aren't doing so well, actually. Air America has been bleeding red ink, declared bankruptcy last fall, and has just barely been able to survive.
(Google the terms "air america" and "bankrupt" for an idea of just how bad it is for them.)

Their business model and strategy are abysmal. That they have survived this long is thanks in large part to the support (read: donations) from wealthy patrons (read: Soros).

In a wonderful capitalistic society such as ours the Air Americans can offer their brand of "news" and "commentary" in the marketplace. And that is where they are being soundly rejected by everyone but the far left fringe.

My guess is that they hope and pray to raise the hackles of the FCC or other regulatory agencies, that they hope for anything that would gain them notoreity and help them claim with a straight-face that they are too progressive for the mainstream rather than simply out of their minds.

10/27/2007 08:32:00 AM  
Blogger Marzouq the Redneck Muslim said...


Point taken. Very good. Let's hope the Fairness Doctrine will fail to materialize. Let's hope sanity prevails.


10/27/2007 09:45:00 AM  
Blogger NahnCee said...

Ms. Rhodes is a lovely example of a left-leaning education meeting up with Bush Derangement Syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder forcing a connection between unrelated occurances, and a pickled brain as a result of over-indulgence in malt liquors.

May she meet her prescribed end very quickly and not harm too many innocents around her on the way down.

10/27/2007 10:24:00 AM  
Blogger RememberSekhmet said...

One of the things that bothers me about Leftists and many other people is the tendency to over-complicate a thing, ignoring Occam's Razor.

Why did someone start wildfires, if that is indeed what happened? Oh, how about some local nutcase trying to get his name in the papers? Isn't that what it usually turns out to be?

As for pyramids and their precise engineering, their correlation with the stars, etc.----Occam's Razor says those little brown guys in white linen kilts were decent engineers, mathematicians, and astrologers (astrology being the primitive beginnings of astronomy, plus showing a motive for coordinating with the stars' positions)-----and what do you know, as more architectural sites are dug in Egypt of buildings that were made of the less durable mud brick, evidence of their skill is present!

Naaah, *must* be aliens!

10/27/2007 11:38:00 AM  
Blogger jj mollo said...

Here is a good article on the Left's propensity for conspiracy theories by Alexander Cockburn, of all people.

10/27/2007 12:44:00 PM  
Blogger PeterBoston said...

Occam's Razor says those little brown guys in white linen kilts were decent engineers

You hit it on the head. There is a tendency to dismiss the ancients as not just less knowledgeable but less intelligent as well. I think some if not most of that comes from the fact that religion was an integral part of every ancient culture. The chattering class cannot accept that smart people can read the Bible and a cosmology book with equal ease.

The jury is still out but it's shaping up that the Boomers and their immediate progeny could be the stupidest Americans ever while being the most formally 'edumacated'. I would bet that 50% of college seniors could not comprehend the meaning of a Civil War private's letters.

10/27/2007 02:13:00 PM  
Blogger NahnCee said...

Occam's Razor says those little brown guys in white linen kilts were decent engineers

You hit it on the head. There is a tendency to dismiss the ancients as not just less knowledgeable but less intelligent as well.

We see what their descendents in modern Egypt have morph'd into and it's impossible ot believe that the g-g-g-g-g grandfather of Mubarek could have even used fire and a circular wheel, let alone build a monstrous great Pyramid.

If g-g-g-g-g-g-grandfather Mubarek was involved in any Pyramid-building, it must have been from the Martian side of the family.

10/27/2007 03:55:00 PM  
Blogger Peter Grynch said...

Speaking of coincidences, President Lincoln was assassinated at the Ford theater and President Ford once went to the theater in a Lincoln!

Coincidence, or the Skull & Bones Society in action? You decide.

I heard a news "analyst" this morning say the fires in California were caused by global warming, because it caused less rainfall which led to the fires. It occurred to me that if California had instead been afflicted with severe flooding this Fall, that selfsame analyst would be blaming THAT on global warming.

Start with a foregone conclusion (Blackwater is evil, global warming is real, Republicans hate kids) and everything you perceive can be used to justify your conclusion.

10/27/2007 04:12:00 PM  
Blogger PeterBoston said...

The ancient Egyptians were not Islamizized. When learning is limited to 7th Century desert knowledge, as it is in too many places, there are no leaps of progress.

10/27/2007 04:22:00 PM  
Blogger Mike H. said...

I don't care for Rhodes but she is a comedienne and the line about fanning the flames was funny. Stupid but funny. I imagine that it got a laugh from her listeners. The rest of her tirade probably got a laugh also but it wasn't funny. BTW I can't hear the sound track so I read the transcript.

10/27/2007 04:54:00 PM  
Blogger watimebeing said...

What conspiracy clowns refer to as evidence...,

Just because it didn't appear to happen that way doesn't mean someone didn't want it to happen that way and therefore we ought to check it out with more rigor than it deserves because I have a feeling that it just might be right.

Or, Just because I do not know what to think does not mean you should not pay attention to what I have to say..., because, this is Amerika and I have the right to say it.

God bless them all. But I don't know as they deserve as much of a second chance as even Mr. Beauchamps is getting. At least he seems to be making the best of his.

As for Randi Rhodes, I think she might change her definition of "creepy" if she knew that some folks like me enjoy listening to her voice. I am enthralled, yet I don't have a clue what she is trying to say. But reading the transcripts, she admits to the same dilemma, "I don't kinow what I'm thinking here."

Now that IS Creepy!

10/27/2007 04:59:00 PM  
Blogger pst314 said...

"Air America has been bleeding red ink"

Did they ever return that money they stole from a New York charity?

10/27/2007 05:34:00 PM  
Blogger NahnCee said...

If your stupidity has been pointed out publicly on previous occasions, it behooves you to start being suspicious of everything. Then you won't ever be caught out again by mere facts and history that you may not know, and you always always have the out of saying there are hidden unknown forces at work which would account for your seeming uninformed naivety.

Paranoia for the Stupid -- a gift that keeps on giving!

10/27/2007 06:34:00 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

The Burckle impact crater in the Indian Ocean created gigantic tsunami waves, that pushed megatons of seafloor up onto Madagascar. Evidence of the comet strike can be seen in the remains of massive tsunamis called chevron dunes all around the indian ocean. The vaporized ocean probably made it rain for weeks far away from the crater. Anyone close to the Indian Ocean would have been killed, and many people would have perished in the weather that followed the impact.

Burckle crater impact event is in the right location to be the source of devastating rains, tsunamis, winds, and associated social upheaval around 2807 B.C.

This year the science journals are running evidence of another giant comet strike about 12900 years ago. This next link concerns new data that explains the demise of megafauna at the end of the last ice age.Cosmic blast may have killed off megafauna

10/28/2007 07:41:00 AM  
Blogger ledger said...

For a little humor, let’s look at some of Liberal Larry’s timeless wisdom on this subject:

...It's not easy being enlightened, and there's a heavy cross to bear for perfection. Progressives live in constant fear of being targeted for attacks by neanderthal Conservatives who resent us for our intellectual superiority. You never know when some raving Reich-winger, fresh out of Church, is going to pull up in his gas-guzzling SUV and bash your teeth in with the butt of an AK-47 purchased through the Gun Show Loophole. When Talk Radio diva and guitar legend Randi Rhodes was hospitalized last Sunday, there was no question she had fallen victim to just such an assault. As she lay in her death bed, the world united in shock and anger for what was unmistakably a blatant attempt by Bush to silence a beloved liberal icon. There's obviously something the Right-Wing Hate Machine doesn't want Air America's remaining three listeners to hear.

But now Randi's lawyer, Robert Gaulin, is suddenly claiming that she was not attacked by jackbooted Conservative thugs, but merely stumbled and kissed the concrete while walking her dog. Hardly. A look at the voter rolls reveals that Randi's dog is a registered Democrat in the state of New York and even campaigned for Hillary in 2006, so Gaulin's story doesn't hold water

See: Liberal Larry’s report on Randi Rhodes

When Larry is using his “glaucoma medication” (a.k.a. pot) he is a little loose with the facts.
Guitar player Randy Rhoads of the Ozzy Osbourne band died in an aircraft crash in 1982.

But, who needs facts. It’s Feelings that count…

10/28/2007 03:00:00 PM  

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