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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Feels like kicking the corpse, but...

I have a pretty serious interest in space. I also have a pretty serious interest in Conservapedia and, every now and then, these interests combine to produce something that is, if not magical, at least limply entertaining. Sort of like this blog, now that I think about it.

In any case, recently Conservapedia posted what was no doubt meant to be a shocking headline:

Or, to quote directly:

Will space aliens be subject to a "visitor's tax" in this recent addition to liberal stupidity? We don't know, but there's a United Nations "envoy" in place from the "Office for Outer Space Affairs" should the Romulans, the Klingons, or ET pay us a visit! [emphasis, and link, original]

And that at least caught my attention- not so much for the ambassador part, since it seems not unreasonable that we at least have a contingency plan, but for the bit on taxing. I mean, seriously? Is someone contemplating an "extraterrestrial visitor" tax? I know the Catholic Church wants to evangelize them, but still! Yet, knowing Conservapedia, I decided to follow up on the original story. And, as you might expect, the truth is somewhat different:

Or, to quote:

Is the United Nations set to appoint an obscure Malaysian astrophysicist to act as Earth's first contact for any aliens that may come visiting? Nonsense, said the U.N.

Mazlan Othman, the head of the U.N.'s little-known Office for Outer Space Affairs (Unoosa), is set to describe her potential new role as chief alien ambassador next week at a scientific conference at the Royal Society's Kavli conference center in Buckinghamshire, England, reported London's Sunday Times.

"Nonsense," responded the U.N.

Bonus points to the author, and the editors, for getting the word "nonsense" into the article so many times in the first three paragraphs. I'll let you read the rest of the article yourself if you want, but you can rest assured that no mention of taxation of extraterrestrials appears anywhere therein. So, in effect, we have Fox News reporting on the non-story that another newspaper misunderstood a U.N. official as suggesting that there was an appointed ambassador to space. Must have been a slow news day. Then, we had Conservapedia reporting on Fox news reporting on another newspaper reporting on a non-story, and along the way Conservapedia decided to insert some random bullshit about taxation and liberals being stupid. Remember folks: the trustworthy encyclopedia. And then, as long as we're on the subject, I decided to report on Conservapedia reporting on Fox news reporting on another newspaper reporting on a non-story. But, then again, I have a previously established predilection for jumping through my own ass backwards, so none of us should be surprised. It was a temptation I could not resist- sort of like an Escher painting named "the infinite idiot".

Anyway, it should come as no surprise to anyone that Conservapedia is biased and being stupid. As always. So why did I bother to point out such a tawdry and uninteresting story?

Well, for two simple reasons: (1) the above mentioned humor value and, (2) because there's just no other decent reason to mention them. The funny has ended, the presence of editors other than Schlafly's little band of merry morons has effectively ended, and there's basically nothing interesting there at all lately. Well, with the possible exception of the Biblical Scientific Foreknowledge page, which now includes such surreal additions as the claim that Jesus walking on water is an example of wave-particle duality. Yeah, I don't know what to say to that either. Yet, aside from that page, the whole "making up a story about taxing aliens so I can call liberals stupid" thing is about the most noteworthy accomplishment of Conservapedia for months.* And so, I really have to admit, I think the cheerful days when we would look forward to craziness from Schlafly's gang may be at an end.

I'll leave y'all to mourn in your own way.

* Although they did manage to get a mention in Human Events without being called stupid. That said, they weren't praised either.

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Blogger scripto said...

That social conservative schtick is so 90's. I haven't seen that buck toothed moron on the tube in quite a while. He needs to reload and go Tea Party. No one is paying attention. except us, which kind of proves my point.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 4:23:00 PM  

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