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Atheist Churches: Interesting Concept[edit]

It would be tricky to gain recognition though. I do like the "Sunday Assembly" organization which gives a church-like environment without God. --Rationalzombie94 (talk) 21:02, 27 March 2020 (UTC)

Is it necessary? Do people really need to go to a weekly public speaking event that much? I recommend doing other social events instead. My go-to is D&D. MirrorIrorriM (talk) 21:08, 27 March 2020 (UTC)
heres the problem for atheists who have come to that position after years with a community where much is centred around the church. unless you've been slowly disengaging over a long period, or were never engaged with it in the first place, then you likely a have something of a vacuum after suddenly cut off from the that community, maybe friends and family, no longer strengthening bonds via shared activity in your church. you don't needed to b4 ostracised from all that to feel its loss and miss what comforts it might have provided.
If there is some kind of humanist organisation in your locale? or the sunday service thing if that appeals. whatever works for you. that's the benefit of atheism. there is no one thing you must be doing. volunteering or charity work of some kind if that's the kind of validation you require. or go where your own passions take you.
personally, I tend to avoid anything that reproduces the trappings of the religion repackaged, and I try to avoid any kind of dogmatism. but that's me - I haven't been to church since I was four.
but as I said - whatever works for you. I have faith you wont replace religion with some kind of atheist death cult or secular Nazis. i'll tut disapprovingly if you do. AMassiveGay (talk) 21:43, 27 March 2020 (UTC)
No intention of joining some evil atheist nazi communist liberal death cult. XD. I kinda like the idea of starting a secular humanist group in my area which has a tiny population. That is what the internet is for, start a virtual group that is a evil death cult bent on world domination --Rationalzombie94 (talk) 00:46, 28 March 2020 (UTC)
It's a brilliant idea. Have an 8:00 AM gathering to play miniature golf, than go out to brunch at a coffee shop. nobsFree Roger Stone! 04:24, 28 March 2020 (UTC)
if you like mini golf and coffee, fill your boots. beats the shit out of sunday school. AMassiveGay (talk) 12:02, 28 March 2020 (UTC)

RZ94's joke Evil Atheist Death Cult[edit]

Goals:

  • Make people drink the Kool-Aide
  • Turn kids gay or trans
  • Hot Gay Sex
  • Golf on Sunday's
  • Free ice cream for all
  • Burn Bibles and other sacred religious texts
  • Beating up ministers
  • Promote Evolutionism
  • Create Communists
  • Turn people into Atheists through extreme propaganda and "reeducation"

Perfect for a death cult! --Rationalzombie94 (talk) 15:52, 28 March 2020 (UTC)

Found some tracts[edit]

Chick Tract Stash.jpg

I was going through some boxes in the basement and came across a stash of Chick tracts untouched for 25 years or so. I've been collecting these nasty little fundamentalist comics for years, and am perversely thrilled when I find them in the wild. I think I have my whole collection in one place now. My favorite in this bunch is "Bewitched?" where the girl takes LSD, has a flashback and sees her face melting off, keels over, and is taken away in an ambulance to her doom. These things are great entertainment and good insight into the extremist mindset. Cosmikdebris (talk) 03:23, 28 March 2020 (UTC)

ive only ever seen one in the wild and it was disappointingly mundane. AMassiveGay (talk) 12:03, 28 March 2020 (UTC)
Hey, you got the one with Harold P. Penisman. 2A02:1812:2C66:D000:E91A:43:3D6A:5CE (talk) 13:53, 28 March 2020 (UTC)
I wonder what they'd bring on the Antique Roadshow. nobsFree Roger Stone! 16:00, 28 March 2020 (UTC)
Probably very little for most. They're still in print AFAIK. Smerdis of Tlön, wekʷōm teḱsos. 20:15, 28 March 2020 (UTC)
They're still worth what you paid for them… 0. They're printed by the gorillions gazillions and still available for order by the bucket box. There was only one(?) title that was removed from printing — that one could be worth something if you could find the right mark buyer. They're all online though, including that one, so why bother? Saw one in a laundromat once… it was fuckin' offensive. Glad I could wash myself clean afterwards. Bongolian (talk) 04:00, 29 March 2020 (UTC)
"The Last Generation," featuring the aforementioned Harold P. Penisman, is over-the-top crazy. A former coworker who was involved with a local megachurch was spreading that crap around the neighborhood. I don't think they ever actually read the damn things. Cosmikdebris (talk) 04:43, 29 March 2020 (UTC)
Yeah, that's right. "The Last Generation" is reproduced online here:[1] Boolean Union has a bunch of alien autopsy 'dissected' Chick tracts here:[2] Bongolian (talk) 07:25, 29 March 2020 (UTC)
Actually, The Last Generation was reworked/reworded when the original became (too) dated, but that just resulted in an even more incoherent clusterfuck of nonsensical, dystopian conspiracy and fear mongering. The original was vintage Chick, fear mongering about the horrors of New Age stuff, whereas the rewritten version descended into weird non sequiturs, 1990s conspiracy theories and outright word salad. ScepticWombat (talk) 23:34, 29 March 2020 (UTC)

Today is my 26th birthday![edit]

Got a free birthday pizza from a pizza place in town! Ham and pepperoni. Yum. --Rationalzombie94 (talk) 15:54, 28 March 2020 (UTC)

Happy birthday! Hope you have a good one. MirrorIrorriM (talk) 16:17, 28 March 2020 (UTC)
Happy Birthday. I really hope you are able to enjoy it in the middle of the lockdown.Bob"Life is short and (insert adjective)" 17:24, 28 March 2020 (UTC)
See my suggestion above for a different birthday. Anna Livia (talk) 17:36, 28 March 2020 (UTC)
I never had birthday parties to be honest. Combination of little money and social anxiety from Autism. My entire life. Just me and my family. Having a good time. --Rationalzombie94 (talk) 19:10, 28 March 2020 (UTC)

An excuse for doing/acquiring something you really want/enjoy (but within your budget, sufficiently safe and legal). Anna Livia (talk) 18:04, 29 March 2020 (UTC)

I hope your bday was great. Happy Birthday! St.~Emi (talk) 22:12, 30 March 2020 (UTC)St.~Emi
Had a good birthday. Had my free pizza, played cards with my family and played hours of video games i.e Minecraft. --Rationalzombie94 (talk) 01:04, 31 March 2020 (UTC)
Happy birthday, my guy. But criminey, put a vegetable on that pizza next time! Gol Sarnitt (talk) 01:21, 31 March 2020 (UTC)

Are dinosaurs reptiles?[edit]

If they are, does that mean birds are reptiles too?—Alola, my name is Delibirda! (talk) 07:05, 29 March 2020 (UTC)

Depends on whether you define "reptiles" as a clade (a group containing an ancestor and all of its descendants). The "traditional" definition is paraphyletic because it excludes birds. That's because those traditional definitions predate evolutionary theory, let alone modern genetics; early taxonomists defined "reptiles" as basically "scaly animals". Modern taxonomists generally finesse the issue by just using Sauropsida when they want to talk about clades. That's also why birds "are now dinosaurs". If "dinosaur" is a clade, it includes all birds, since they're descended from the same common ancestor. (Cool fact: the closest living relatives of birds are crocodilians.) This wasn't firmly established until a few decades ago. But of course "dinosaur" originally meant "these funky ancient animals that are all dead now", and that's what it still means in the common imagination, often including things like pterosaurs that aren't considered dinosaurs anymore. --47.146.63.87 (talk) 07:23, 29 March 2020 (UTC)
We've known birds were sauropsids for a while now, it used to be thought that birds actually descended from crurotarsans, ie the crocodile lineage. Oxyaena Harass 09:03, 29 March 2020 (UTC)
Dinosaurs were not reptiles. They were dinosaurs. They were descended from reptiles - but if you go back far enough so were mammals. But that does not meen that mammals are reptiles.Bob"Life is short and (insert adjective)" 10:49, 29 March 2020 (UTC)
@Bob M Linnean taxonomy is outdated, in the cladistic sense birds are reptiles, and mammals never descended from reptiles, synapsids are not reptiles. Oxyaena Harass 13:51, 29 March 2020 (UTC)
What were the dinosaurs' equivalent of 'reptilians'? Anna Livia (talk) 18:04, 29 March 2020 (UTC)
What do you mean?--Alola, my name is Delibirda! (talk) 16:57, 30 March 2020 (UTC)

New editor (but experienced Wikipedian) here to build up a new Draft:Indian right-wing glossary[edit]

Hello all, glad to join you here. Some folks on Reddit have been trying to draw attention to the growing issue of Indian right-wing extremists acting like jerks in corners of the platform, and we noted that it's kinda hard to get Big Reddit to take those subreddits' Terms of Service violations seriously (calls for violence, demonizing minorities, etc), because a lot of it is couched in slang/jargon of the Indian Right that's obvious to folks that know it but opaque to foreign outsiders.

Like if a sub has a bunch of "1488" and "Oy vey it's anuddah Shoah!" jokes, Reddit Admins recognize that as /pol/ nasty little Nazi stuff and can ban subs that get out of line, but not so much with its Indian equivalent. So some of us decided to make a glossary here on RW to compile this stuff, maybe get some tech bloggers interested in the issue, and at least serve as a resource for awareness of extremism.

Just my little intro, looking forward to being a useful contributor here! TapTheForwardAssist (talk) 08:20, 29 March 2020 (UTC)

Hi and welcome. You might want to have a read of this before you do too much work so that you know you are going in the right direction.Bob"Life is short and (insert adjective)" 10:57, 29 March 2020 (UTC)

Wikipedia is the entry-point of choice for most parts of the wiki-verse - one just has to learn local conventions and 'technicalities of choice.' Anna Livia (talk) 15:54, 29 March 2020 (UTC)

Welcome @TapTheForwardAssist, hope you have a good time editing here. (Fun note: You can use files uploaded on the Wikimedia Commons on our project without extra uploading and work.)-NavigatorBR (Talk) - 20:12, 29 March 2020 (UTC)

The Anglo Saxon mission and COVID-19[edit]

Okay so a friend of mine passed me this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uB_LSoC5akQ

It´s Spanish sub, but this is a British guy called Bill Ryan.

Basically this guy talks about a developed, flu-like virus that they were going to deploy in China and shit, but this was in 2010 so now apparently everyone are like: "Uuuuh, damn this guy predicted the Coronavirus like he´s the fucking Simpsons, uuuh!"

I was suspicious so I tried to search for him in this site but there´s nothing. Who the fuck is this guy?

Here´s a summary if you don´t wanna watch a 50 minute tirade (Spanish sub again): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdkXHcOuiqU

Blaze_Zero85.58.203.69 (talk) 15:23, 29 March 2020 (UTC)

a flu like virus coming out of china isn't really a prediction its whats people have been saying for ages and even then what people have been saying is no more a prediction saying 'we will have some weather one day' - yes we will, we already know. china is apparently particularly susceptible to this stuff - people living in close proximity to animals on a farms and the like, coupled with massive population china makes it just more likely zoonotic disease to spread to humans. and live animal markets are a big deal in china, I read.
and if by developed they mean created in a lab, then they didn't predict shit.
disclaimr: in light of the racist tendency to lay blame for diseases at the foot of peoples and/or specific countries, this corona thing being no exception, ive the seen the above claimed, ie china being of particular risk, so often now that I am assuming its non controversial, but I dunno how much truth is actually in these claims AMassiveGay (talk) 13:20, 30 March 2020 (UTC)
I don't trust the Chinese government. I am not blaming civilians or Chinese-Americans. I honestly would not put it past the Chinese government to release a virus intentionally. --Rationalzombie94 (talk) 13:39, 30 March 2020 (UTC)
to what end was releasing a virus in one their own cities? why were they then so slow taking appropriate action if it were they who released it? the economic fall out is going to hit china as much as the rest of the world, if is meant to harm the us in some way, the us had plenty of warning, had plenty of time to prepare, and the experiences of other countries successfully containing the virus as model for a plan of action. it would require predicting trump to have fucked up the handling of this to the level that he has, that I don't think it was even possible to have predicted he has reacted they way he has - its incomprehensible to me the level of incompetence hes shown and continues to show, and he was bad enough before. on top that there is just nothing to even suggest this is all a nefarious plot from china, and people have been warning for years of something like this happening, and will likely happen again. the people pushing this idea all seem to be of the same camp who think 'no worse than the flu', that we should all go and spit in each others mouths, and if people die they die and grandpa is volunteering for death because blessed be the shareholders. it shifting the blame for their own inaction and callousness and selfish ignorance of not comprehending the scale of this because they themselves are not ill or in particular risk.
there was/is a dearth of solid information initially and there is still much we do not yet know about this thing, that misinformation is rife, in America its even spread by your own government. the Chinese government are arseholes. this is known, but the things that make them arseholes concern human rights and efforts to increase its power and influence globally. its not because they are bond villains.
disease has been fact of life for as long as there has been life, it always will be. and despite our best efforts and whatever steps we take to minimise the spread and harm that they can do its almost random why one person come down with a disease and another doesn't, why one person lives and another dies. it can be terrifying to dwell on the unfeeling randomness of it all, that an evil government releasing a man made virus might seem comforting, its not random but a deliberate act, and at least someone is in control. but it just muddies the waters, its more uncertainty.
coldly looking at what we do know, or least a good idea of, will tell you that the death rates, even at the higher end, make death still a rarity for most people. we have got a handle on how to stop or at the very least, reduce the chances of own infection - wash your hands, social distance - things you are likely already doing. focus on what you can do and not on whats out your hands. if you are largely healthy now, then your demise is not imminent. and if you come down with something, the chances are good it wont to bad. theres just a good a chance you've already had it. you cross the road veryday without getting hit by a bus. once in while someone does get hit. sucks to be them. be even worse if its you. but you take precautions and live your life, not worry about getting rundown by a truck. it hasn't happened yet, and if it does, by then its out of your control. AMassiveGay (talk) 15:03, 30 March 2020 (UTC)
I did not say it was definite, I just said I would not put it past them. It is the same government that happily runs over their own citizens with tanks and ethnically cleanse their own people. --Rationalzombie94 (talk) 17:02, 30 March 2020 (UTC)
But the question still stands. "To what end?" Hanlon's Razor The problem is mismanagement in government, the only silver lining is governments and citizens are learning that sanitization is a huge public work, humanity has had to rework it several times because viruses and bacteria travel with us. The stories about communities panic buying toilet paper and flushing butt-wipe alternatives are a really good example of a misunderstanding of public sanitation. Nobody is flushing strips of old tee shirts because they "understand" what is going on. Nobody bought a shelf of toilet paper because they "understood" what is happening. I'm just saying, we have a chance to get a hold on a virulent strain and look at it from a 2020 perspective. We also have systems in place to keep people alive like never before. Keep calm and carry on, we have nothing to fear but fear itself, those weren't phrases that meant "just go out and party." They were carefully stated after clear information was given on how to move forward in a time of war, which was somehow more familiar and acceptable than what we've got now with pandemic. Gol Sarnitt (talk) 03:11, 31 March 2020 (UTC)
To what end indeed. The progression of the virus has been unpredictable and dependent on a vast number of chance factors and decisions. The Chinese response itself initially had all the hallmarks of confusion, denial and incompetence. Very similar to what happened in the rest of the world.
There will probably be a significant recession at the end of this which means that all China's trading partners will be buying less stuff from it. This vast drop in trade will certainly not be offset by the sale of additional medical ventilators and face-masks.
So, apart from the fact that there is no shred of evidence they actually were responsible for the deliberate creation of the virus, why would they do it?Bob"Life is short and (insert adjective)" 10:03, 31 March 2020 (UTC)
I did not actually say they did, I just said I would not put it past them. As for a motive I do not know but I read an article (from an actual news source) about biosecurity mismanagement on China's end. http://news.yahoo.com/suspected-sars-virus-and-flu-found-in-luggage-fbi-report-describes-chinas-biosecurity-risk-144526820.html --Rationalzombie94 (talk) 17:49, 31 March 2020 (UTC)

Ok, I feel like this is getting a bit out of hand. Both RationalZombie and Massive are right: it´s obviously not a lab-made biological weapon or anything like that. There are more mundane reasons for it, which I believe these are; the biosecurity mismanagement and/or neglect, cuts in social welfare and public health, the fact that this isn´t the first time something like this happens in a Chinese market (the SARS virus of 2003 came from bats too), lobbying the Chinese government to keep the trade of several species such bats as food for market gain, unregulated health standards for the livestock... Apparently they pack the animals all together in the same cages, for fuck´s sake!

But that´s the problem with, who ever the hell this guy is: you guys are probably used to it by now (or maybe not, idk which is worse), but the comment section was filled with beauties like "9/11 was inside job these people (reptilians I guess) have no limits!", "If Youtube bans this video, it´s because it´s true, the `truth` hurts, right?" and also my fav: "And to think Hitler was fighting against this Elite..." @Rationalzombie94, of course the Chinese government doesn´t give a shit; did they they gave a single one when the first cases came out? NO, they wanted everything "to go back normal". Maybe it´s a bit off topic but the way I see it at least, they barely seem to give a single one in Europe and in South America things have gone tits up, not to mention millions of U.S people with President Trump. They´ll continue to make cuts in public health and welfare even after this to pump more GDP and private wealth, I´m sure. Then again, Trump and Europe aren´t exactly keep a score on you, unlike China.

TL;DR? Those who thought this is was exaggerated (like I did!) are now paying for it and this idiot of 2010 is making hundreds of viewers swallow a bunch of bullshit and it´s not good part 28242365. Blaze_Zero85.58.203.69 (talk) 22:39, 31 March 2020 (UTC)

Anarchism sandbox[edit]

I've finished my draft for the changes in the anarchism article. I took the criticism and added more information, If no one opposes I will be transfering the changes from the sandbox to the article.

BTW, can I add a image? I read the help images page and aparently I just need to add the source. The image is public domain.Tuxer (talk) 17:02, 29 March 2020 (UTC)

A "Charity" that smuggles Bibles into places where it is illegal to own one[edit]

http://secure.opendoorsusa.org/secure/i-want-provide-bibles-strengthen-persecuted-christians-their-faith?initcid=1907SMPF&initpkg=1907SMPF-FB2&cid=7010b000001kZRoAAM&pkg=a150b0000045C2YAAU&utm_campaign=mw_795_31677_071_july-digital_20190717__1907smpf&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=ad&mwm_id=6149584658071&fbclid=IwAR0BUSSJOnBW2vMbA2cGNqga8wUUtY4IkurRwP9EruXXiI9wxUx1fivBAm4

Open Doors is the name and it is perfect for a new article. --Rationalzombie94 (talk) 00:39, 30 March 2020 (UTC)

The remnants of my soul that are still liberal say "Maybe don't ban books?" ikanreed 🐐Bleat at me 12:59, 30 March 2020 (UTC)
Goodpost.gif Bongolian (talk) 18:30, 30 March 2020 (UTC)

I've got you[edit]

deep in the heart of me.... Oxyaena Harass 07:39, 30 March 2020 (UTC)
if you had a tattoo of the lyrics, you could say "I've got I've Got You Under My Skin under my skin."

DDOS attack[edit]

A distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack is when too many people (usually bots) are going to one website, resulting in it not being available. And now, literally every website I go to is blocked. It's just paranoia being paranoia.Jeh2ow Damn son! 12:53, 30 March 2020 (UTC)

Yes that's paranoia. There aren't enough computers on the internet to DDOS every server. More likely your ISP is failing you. Some failing gateway or slow DNS, probably. ikanreed 🐐Bleat at me 13:01, 30 March 2020 (UTC)
Probably the tens of millions of users sitting in front of their computers watching Netflix and cat videos are filling up the tubes.Bob"Life is short and (insert adjective)" 14:09, 30 March 2020 (UTC)

Fox News & M4A[edit]

I just watched this on youtube. What is it with Fox and their hatred towards a better healthcare system?

On a sidenote, is Fox always bitching about "evil socialism"? Most of those news bars during those clips... 2A02:1812:2C66:D000:9D92:477B:2C9:F198 (talk) 13:01, 30 March 2020 (UTC)

That's not a sidenote, that's an explanation: "better healthcare system" = "evil socialism" in Foxworld. Bongolian (talk) 18:32, 30 March 2020 (UTC)
Next up: free school lunches and paid sick leave is gonna be "evil socialism" in the world of Murdoch.Jeh2ow Damn son! 23:19, 30 March 2020 (UTC)

It almost seems like Fox wants an oppressive hierarchical system where the poor and middle class get treated like shit with poor privatized health care that favors the wealthy(I'm being sarcastic they definitely want that) St.~Emi (talk) 21:21, 30 March 2020 (UTC)St.~Emi

A new controller[edit]

Would anyone have a recommendation for a universal video game controller that works with both the Nintendo switch and the PS4 because my right joy con broke(still works) and my PS4 controller still works but its a little messed up and I've been considering getting a new controller for a while but I'm not sure what to get. Preferably one that's not that big and with the joy sticks right next to each other because my hands are not that big(I just have a bad experience with Xbox style controllers)~Please, and thank you! St.~Emi (talk) 22:18, 30 March 2020 (UTC)St.~Emi

What connection with RW? Perhaps you should ask [3]. Anna Livia (talk) 23:01, 30 March 2020 (UTC)
I thought this was a place for general chatter and please I also don't enjoy being joked with St.~Emi (talk) 23:05, 30 March 2020 (UTC)St.~Emi
they are all broadly similar, im sure there some designed for smaller hands. as long as they are robust enough to not fall apart in your hands. amazon is the probably as good as bet any for range and ease of browsing andcomparison from one to other. consult reviews for specific brand/information.
also my xbox controller is not compatible with my switch, so theres that. AMassiveGay (talk) 23:20, 30 March 2020 (UTC)
I got a knockoff SNES style 8BitDo to play fighting games on my PC after I had a good PlayStation style controller d-pad collapse under the weight of BlazBlu, and for some reason my knockoff is not compatible, even directly connected, with a huge number of games. It hasn't got any autos or extra buttons, maybe controllers need a green light chip to work with big games. Printer Ink cartridge refills needed special chips until recently. I kinda just gave up Rocket League over it. I find it remarkable that I had really bad drift in my Nintendo Joy-Cons after too much SFII, then I got one software update and it was more or less fixed. Still need new Joy-Cons, but I'd say look for trusty ones, a controller is not hard to build anymore and the knockoffs are trouble. Gol Sarnitt (talk) 01:38, 31 March 2020 (UTC)
So now I'm thinking of getting an adapter for my switch and a GameCube style or Wii classic controller because I had both of those for my Wii when I was a kid and loved them. Maybe even one of those wireless GC style controllers so I don't have to have an adapter. St.~Emi (talk) 02:09, 31 March 2020 (UTC)St.~Emi
The wired GC style I played with was top notch. I went looking around town with a friend for original GC controllers, nobody had them, they are a hot commodity. Switches are going for an extra 100 or so on Amazon, so you're lucky to already have one. So, we bought Switch-adapted wired GC controllers with a Mario and Peach theme, Link and Luigi were sold out. They are legit. But we bought them to specifically to play Smash and, boo social distancing, I left mine at his apartment. I don't dock anyway, no big deal. Gol Sarnitt (talk) 03:45, 31 March 2020 (UTC)
I'm really leaning towards a wireless GameCube controller for my switch but I still really want to play with the Wii classic controller I wish they'd make a newer version of that and maybe port some of the GameCube/Wii games to the switch that'll bring back memories of gaming from my childhood because I've been dying to play old Wii games St.~Emi (talk) 04:26, 31 March 2020 (UTC)St.~Emi
I'm not really sure how a wii classic controller would work without some kinda infrared thing. Unless you're talking about some other version of Wii controller besides the controller and nun-chuck attachment. My parents got a Wii for Super Mario Galaxy and Tiger Woods Golf, and some Disney game that my mom just called "Mickey," it was not Kingdom Hearts, but I really didn't play any Wii games besides on occasion Brawl at some peoples' places, which was always on original GC controllers. Gol Sarnitt (talk) 04:59, 1 April 2020 (UTC)

Fuck Todd Starnes and these hospital conspiracy people[edit]

I'm so happy that these fucking grifter scum like Todd Starnes are trying to get fucking idiots to go harass hospitals about why the fucking parking lots are empty. Gee, maybe when you order literally every person you possibly can to stay away, there's a surprising lack of people and cars, and people who get admitted with COVID-19 aren't driving themselves to the hospital. Jesus fuck. This asshole makes more money than me. This fucking prick who's endangering people, by encouraging people to either disregard this as an emergency and a threat to their safety and our collective safety, along with encouraging dumbfucks to go out and film fucking hospitals. Honest to god, it's impressive people manage such bright optimism at all. Hell, I don't know how I maintain the amount of optimism I do have...--NavigatorBR (Talk) - 00:10, 31 March 2020 (UTC)

Given the current circumstances, and the diminishing likelihood this will get better anytime soon, what I can't understand is why you are optimistic at all. This is the USA- why is "dumb conspiracy theorist puts lives in danger, makes more money than honest worker doing so" even a surprise?-Flandres (talk) 00:41, 31 March 2020 (UTC)
(Reply to Flandres) Well, I was referring to general optimism, not optimism about this specific situation. This situation is going to be brutal. Anyone who has optimism about this situation defies logic in my view. I've honestly had to consistently resist just making my WIGO in COVID-19 posts being completely bleak. Also can't say I'm surprised, but- You know what. No, this conspiracy theory is a new level of fucking stupid. This one somehow is a new fucking low.--NavigatorBR (Talk) - 01:04, 31 March 2020 (UTC)
Actually, I WAS referring to general optimism-in fact, given that Israeli scientists might have a chance of getting a vaccine out in the next couple months and if Biden wins at least his coronavirus polices are better than those of Trump, this is one of the few things that could get better. The general vibe that we are living in the last days of Rome will not. Also is this theory really dumber than a gunman invading a pizzeria to show that Hillary Clinton is a satanic pedophile?-Flandres (talk) 01:33, 31 March 2020 (UTC)
I'm angry too. I'm not raking in cash from snake oil media either, and I agree, these fucking grifters are using the mainstream media's faults as cover for their pseudojournalistic endeavors, and it's working on people. I'm angry too, and the fucking conspiracy theorists have always been frustrating, because they don't ask real questions, they lead for answers they already want to have. And that's a fucking frustrating thing with people. Here's my impression "If the Twin Towers fell straight down at freefall speeds, either the earth is flat or 9-11 never happened. Or, obviously both." You can't reason with these people because they really, really don't want to reason. You can absolutely sell them a bunch of bullshit, though. And I mean sell in the most literal terms. I had hope that Gen-X would end marketing, but the beast rears its head again with millennials, branding, and we legitimized something so fucking devastating, self-branding, that now we can't even see branding because it's our made up friends who speak for us via social media, it's only being called out when it bleeds back in to liminal advertising. Drink a Pepsi and hug a cop or whatever, because Pepsi is mad too but only because nobody is agreeing that we all love Pepsi.
This charlatanism only works because people are primed and eager for it. They already don't want to believe in the severity of the situation but are still stressed about it, they already think the media they don't like are liars bu5 listen to the media to find lies and reinforce that view, they already think fatalistically but also dismiss the idea that people will not die from a direct impact of this. They think this is phony, inevitable, and what they are doing versus what they are saying is unjustifiable garbage. So let's ask ourselves, if we don't believe it and we're not afraid of catching it, but we look around and EVERYBODY is stressed about it, then how do we act? It's not about a fear of catching the virus for almost anybody. It's a duty to not spread the virus, and we are doing duty to each other. Nobody isn't stressed out. Some people still have to go out and do their jobs.
uuuugh, just to clarify, while proofreading I read this rhetoric the same as "look out for the gays and HIV, abstinence is the cure" so just to head that off, it is an exact argument against supporting bad faith information. This doesn't spread most effectively via sex, so that's not a limit that really gives governance a chance to brush off the severity of the issue with useless information. Gol Sarnitt (talk) 02:37, 31 March 2020 (UTC)
(Reply to Flandres) I think I have to have some form of optimism for the future, because if I don't then that will cause some serious issues for my emotional well-being/maintaining basic functionality in society. Also, as to the 'Is it dumber than PizzaGate', imagine when we get some fucking gunman invading a hospital trying to understand why the visitor's parking lot is completely empty, after weeks of hospitals screaming at everyone to stay the fuck away unless you're dying. It feels slightly dumber than PizzaGate. Slightly.--NavigatorBR (Talk) - 15:46, 31 March 2020 (UTC)
I would actually be curious how much Z-grade grifters like Todd Starnes really make. Since Todd has a bit of a national audience, it's probably "not nothing", but it seems like the conspiracy bozo doo-dah landscape is pretty crowded these days. It takes no talent to dress up in a suit and babble about Real American Christian values and babble through the Conspiracy of Everything (though it takes a special sort of brain space to be too extreme for Fox News and get fired from that cushy gig, as Todd has). The dark, depressing "consolation prize" of this game is that a large bundle of the conspiracy crowd is precisely in the demographic category most at risk for actually dying from COVID-19, and, well, Darwinism will be Darwinism. So, in conclusion, be sure to "socially distance" yourself from any visible MAGA-tard (or even worse, the Q folk) I guess. Frankly I'm way more concerned about national leaders that act like idiots during this crisis (Trump, of course, but even Donald Trump is looking like a high IQ genius compared to Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro.) 72.184.174.199 (talk) 14:05, 31 March 2020 (UTC)
Asked about shutting off borders with Bolsanaro's Brazil, Trump said maybe, got in an argument, somebody said "I know you don't like the question, but" and Trump claimed the questions were fair and for the first time ever wow, good, but the people asking them weren't good, they are still bad, argued that the question was good and the person asking it should shut up, said "yes" and went on a rant about how good the questions actually were, attacked the press for sitting distantly, hinted that they shouldn't do press meetings at all if they were so worried about the virus, and then compared Brazil to Iran, which Iran apparently had a default travel ban and now it's double? I can't even listen to live shit without saying "you know what, it's not about that, it's about being a fucking American, and this President ain't it." The people who say Trump is being taken out of context and justified in his constant/casual attacks on journalists are dipshits. Gol Sarnitt (talk) 02:56, 1 April 2020 (UTC)

Have an idea: Disabled Lives Matter[edit]

Not intended to diminish the issue of race and police brutality at all. Physically and mentally handicapped people are targeted by the police besides African-Americans.

Just seems like that the disabled who are targeted by police get largely ignored by media thus get less public attention. I could be wrong on the media exposure part (correct me if I am wrong). The main point is the broad amount of groups targeted by police.

As for seemingly less attention, many people with disabilities are still discriminated by society despite civil rights protections. --Rationalzombie94 (talk) 01:13, 31 March 2020 (UTC)

There is a history of police violence to the Mentally ill or a perceived mental illness and often using it as an excuse to send people to mental hospitals where they will be treated inhumanely when they may not even have a mental illness. This does tie into the political abuse of psychiatry as historically there is political abuse of psychiatry in the US that involves police violence not so much today(explicitly anyways) but the prison population the US is disproportionately mentally ill so I think that says a lot. I should also say that an extremely common diagnosis is schizophrenia and related disorders as police violence victims. And also a diagnosis that is used around the world as political abuse and it is incredibly stigmatizing to those who actually have it considering it is a debilitating and highly misunderstood disorder and a lot of the crimes that are related to it are drug related. That also says a lot. St.~Emi (talk) 02:02, 31 March 2020 (UTC)St.~Emi

Conspiracy critique[edit]

Can someone please help me critique this site it has obscure ideas as well as a strange political compass that seems to be socially conservative and pushes racial IQ bullshit but is economically leftist. It pushes a "Liberal CIA" conspiracy meaning that the liberal party aka the Democrats control the American media and numerous other things it also has an opposing "conservative CIA" conspiracy theory. I can't critique anything beyond it making loose connections between things and the fact that it fails to look at the whole picture. I should also mention that it has numerous conspiracies about child abuse cases by elites that I cannot validify because I know nothing about it. http://isgp-studies.com/index St.~Emi (talk) 12:24, 31 March 2020 (UTC)St.~Emi

If it looks like a shitty website, it is a shitty website. Also, they think that leftism supports eugenics and has a whole page dedicated to talking about random think tanks so they can blame everything on the Rothschild family. It's just Infowars, only it fails to look in any way compelling.Jeh2ow Damn son! 21:52, 31 March 2020 (UTC)
'Too many conspiracies listed' (what is the relevant version of point 1 on Tips for evil cult members at [4]? Points 9 and 10 of the Tips for the Trusted Lieutenant also apply). Anna Livia (talk) 10:05, 1 April 2020 (UTC)
@Jeh2ow Which site are ya talking ‘bout?—Alola, my name is Delibirda! (talk) 11:01, 1 April 2020 (UTC)
the one in opening post.
it seems to largely focus on one world government/illuminati, with a lot of racist/anti immigrant stuff. nothing really out of the ordinary for that kind thing. nothing that hasn't been said before in one form or another. the liberal cia vs conservative cia thing is likely the conservative stuff is based on conspiracies going back to the 50s when the cia was in the business of toppling leftist regimes. the liberal cia thing is something akin to deep state, and now instead of toppling Marxists, it's stirring up minority groups ie. non white/immigrants, lgbt, 'extreme' feminist, because this splits the white vote and black people vote for who they are told. its all connected, because elites, and they had a hand in literally everything.
its apparently the work of one guy, who I cant tell where they are from or based, if that would be have enlightening. not keen on alex jones though. so theres that. this thread is likely the most attention they have ever had, so a deeper look is probably not required AMassiveGay (talk) 11:21, 1 April 2020 (UTC)

Fucking magnets, how do they really work?[edit]

Ultracrepidarianism in action: "Astrophysicist gets magnets stuck up nose while inventing coronavirus device"[5] The hospital should have played Insane Clown Posse for him while he waited in his hospital room, but from the photo, it looks like he didn't have much of a sense of humor. Bongolian (talk) 19:28, 31 March 2020 (UTC)

Juggalo family, Juggalos don't die. Getting a magnet stuck up your nose trying to save humanity is so Juggalo, I don't think you even know. Gol Sarnitt (talk) 03:36, 1 April 2020 (UTC)

Returning to YouTube[edit]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmgvwZtDZ0A&lc=z23jin4i2mi2utvf2acdp43asqletdxclu55xdryeolw03c010c

Not my best work ever as there are tech issues I need to resolve. Making videos was something that I enjoy so I am returning although I am not getting mixed into any communities. Already got screwed once. --Rationalzombie94 (talk) 22:57, 31 March 2020 (UTC)

@Rationalzombie94 I am a novice creator. Any tips.—Alola, my name is Delibirda! (talk) 10:59, 1 April 2020 (UTC)
Try to share any videos where possible, use as many tags to make your video more visible and interact with commentators as much as possible. --Rationalzombie94 (talk) 12:20, 1 April 2020 (UTC)