About mentioning those dirty secrets, those elephants in the room!

Weavers

HALL OF SHAME

The Magic Weavers Award is for those people who will have to shoulder some of the blame if the human race again descends into a Dark Age.

These folk are the very vocal and outspoken proponents of the dubious yet publicly accepted views that this website is devoted to questioning.  Because the squeaky wheel gets the grease, they receive a lot of attention and even admiration.

Well, it is both admirable and essential, this open expression of ideas and opinions.  What is not admirable is that many of these folk want to suppress any contrary opinion, to demonize anyone disputing their claims, and to impose their values on everyone.  I felt these people should be ‘honoured’ with a special award, which I have decided to call “The Magic Weavers Award” after the con artists in the Hans Christian Anderson story, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”.

This allusion may in some cases be unfair, for it is intellectually presumptuous and usually impossible to ascertain others’ motives for promoting—or even working to forcibly impose—their ideas on everyone.  Sometimes their motives may not be self-serving, may merely be deluded.  I’m sure that even at least some members of the Ku Klux Klan or the Nazi Party were just ignorant naïfs paving the road to hell with their good intentions.  Thus some of those I’ve chosen for this award may not be the con artists that those ‘weavers’ in the Anderson folk tale were; some of them may even be entirely sincere.  So I apologize for tarring all with the same brush, but they all qualify for special mention because of their incredibly stupid ideas and only too often relentless efforts to impose their own dubious values on others.

D.  D’Sinope

Laureates

Kevin Rudd
Identification: Prime Minister of Australia as of December 3, 2007 and self-appointed art critic whose views may have something to do with his professed religiosity.
Accomplishment:
Attempted and encouraged censorship of art because innocent pictures of little kids without their clothes he found “revolting”—for reasons that should be left to his therapist to determine.

M.O. Thirunarayanan
Identification: Educationist and author of Thoughteracy for All in which he argues that reading is becoming obsolete and illiteracy will not really be a problem because of the new technology.
Accomplishment:
Added yet another new word to educationist jargon and supplied still more rationalizations for the anti-intellectualism that is at the heart of the current formal educational bureaucracy.  Sample quotation from Thoughteracy for All: “It is no longer necessary to speculate if reading and writing will become obsolete skills. The question that remains to be answered is when will reading and writing become obsolete skills?”

Marion Gordon “Pat” Robertson
Identification: Popular American televangelist, 1988 Republican Party nominee for president, political advisor to the Bush White House, proponent of the idea that Christian dogma should be given domination over of all the world’s governments, and advocate of the assassination of opponents to United States policies (e.g., Chavez in Venezeula).
Accomplishment: Served as a frightening role model for evangelical Christians who “have taken Jesus into their hearts”, and an example of the danger of religion and its demagogues.  Mr. Robertson’s example should remove any remaining doubts that religious belief, even those allegedly based on ‘Christian’ values, is a very nasty guide to ethical and humane behaviour.

Los Angeles City Council
Identification: Politicians and members of the new Health Division of the Vice Squad (in ever vigilant California) trying to legislate their constituents back to health—whether they like it or not.
Accomplishment: Making things just a bit more difficult for the poor, because, in their infinite wisdom, they know what is best for the ‘less fortunate’.

David Icke
Identification: Author of The David Icke Guide to the Global Conspiracy and The Biggest Secret in which he claims the world is run by a secret society of reptilian humanoids he calls the Illuminati or The Babylonian Brotherhood and which includes as prominent members most presidents of the United States, the Queen of England, and—get this—Kris Kristofferson!?  (His own existence might be the most convincing evidence around that there are aliens among us.)
Accomplishment: Apparently (based on attendance at his lectures, on his book sales, and on the popularity of his self-promotional website), he has converted huge numbers of people to one of the most comprehensive and truly insane conspiracy theories to have surfaced in recent years.  His ideas are so comically absurd that were they presented as a parody of conspiracy theories, he would deserve a Whistle Blower Award instead.  As P.T. Barnum observed—“There is a sucker born every minute!”  Mr. Icke knows, as did Mr. Barnum, how to capitalize on this unfortunate fact.

Queen’s University
Identification: The folks at one of Canada’s most prestigious universities who have decided to emulate the most effective of the totalitarian regimes in their control of freedom of expression. It is relatively easy to gag the public media. It takes finesse and paid informers to silence private expression. Queen’s, perhaps lacking the funding to install bugs everywhere on campus, have chosen instead to send paid eavesdroppers out into their hallowed halls to listen for ‘inappropriate remarks’ and confront the offenders.
Accomplishment: Hiring language police to eavesdrop on private student conversations to catch any politically incorrect remarks and then “facilitate” a re-education into self-censorship of one’s speech so as not offend anyone else who also might be eavesdropping in the hope of being offended and become a ‘victim’ of another’s ‘insensitivity’.

T. N. Robinson, APA, AMA, et al.
Identification: Thomas N. Robinson, assistant professor of medicine at Stanford and the study’s lead author, his colleagues, and the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry..
Accomplishment: Responsibility for telling the mostly scientifically illiterate US Congress (in a joint statement from the AMA and the APA) that media violence causes violence in children, thus promoting further legislative meddling with fundamental human rights and giving yet more credibility to psychologists assuming the role of the Daddy (or Big Brother) who knows what’s best for the rest of us.