Every so often, a few lay people get it in their heads that they can either adequately debate Chomsky or that they’re able to trap him in a “gotcha” moment. Chomsky is a world-renowned linguist, and that there are people out there who think they can trip him up or expect to get a pat answer out of a few leading questions amuses us to no end. Case in point: this recent talk Chomsky gave at the University of Florida where a 9/11 truther asked him a long-winded, leading question about building seven. I guess it’s because they’ve heard two or three things Chomsky has said that dovetail into their conspiracy theories, but they seem to believe that simply because they agree with a few things Chomsky says, Chomsky must agree with everything they say.
The result is utterly devastating in a way that only a Noam Chomsky beatdown can be:
My favorite line?
“There happen to be a lot of people around who spent an hour on the internet and think they know a lot of physics, but it doesn’t work like that”
The truther who asked the question also put it up on his youtube channel, and he’s predictably baffled by Chomsky’s “shocking” response– which, of course, isn’t shocking at all if you’ve bothered to read any of his books.
Julia and David Koch in a Marie Antoinette/Louis XVI moment overlooking a crowd of protesters from a balcony.
The middle east was in chaos this weekend with protests and clashes filling the news with the havoc. But the middle east was not the only site of protest– a smaller and less violent protest in California at what was supposed to be a billionaire caucus drew 1000 angry protesters outside a posh resort in Palm Springs California.
Despite being organized by MoveOn– and thus part of a larger political circus– the protesters were not lacking causes to oppose and rage against. The key figures present at this confluence of corporate corruption were the multi-billion dollar Koch Brothers. Apart from their status as primary funders of the entire teabag movement, the Koch’s other but no less odious claim to fame rests with their father, Fred who– with Robert Welch and Revilo P. Oliver– founded the John Birch Society. Revilo P. Oliver is a notable figure due to his prominence in White Nationalist circles (he also co-founded the neo-nazi National Alliance with William Peirce), and consequently the John Birch Society enjoyed the membership of such prominent neo-nazis as David Lane, Tommy Metzger and William Peirce. Before we digress too much, let’s just finish with how the John Birch Society is best known:
It’s not surprising that the family at the nexus of paranoid conspiracy theories about communists tampering with our precious bodily fluids attracts paranoid conspiracy theorists. Making his second appearance at this event was Glenn Beck, whose shilling for gold scams and bilking the poor out of their money apparently dovetails nicely with the committed anti-communist and pro-business crowd at this event. Thanks to ThinkProgress, we have the program from last year’s event and the invitation to this year’s event. We’re still looking for a copy of this year’s program, but while you’re waiting why don’t you take a look through the eighteen page PDF and see the who’s-who of corporate corruption in America.
Drunken race-baiter Andrew Breitbart also made an appearance outside the conference, choosing to spend his time roller-skating around the crowd and hurling insults. He later produced a video of an alleged eevyle liebrul stating that Clarence Thomas needed to be “strung up,” but considering Breitbart’s propensity for blatantly fabricating videos as “evidence” and how “the left’s treatment of Clarence Thomas” was the reason he became a conservative, this is probably yet another attempt at slander through video editing.
Also present, fresh off their merger with Comcast and subsequent abrupt termination of Keith Olbermann, was MSNBC– but not in any journalistic capacity. Truly, this was a panoply of plutocracts.
A movement that is wholly funded by the private coffers of two multi-billionaire brothers is in no way “grass roots.” The more light is shown on the revolting Kochs, the more they wither and decay.