Infinite Thread XXII

New thread within the new 12 months! Due to Lynna for all of the laborious work!

Just a few associated podcast episodes:

Decoding the Gurus – “Robert Malone & Peter McCullough: A litany of untruths”:

Matt and Chris return to the Joe Rogan-verse a lot faster than they’d have preferred to take a vital eye to 2 current episodes (6 extra hours!!!) providing controversial takes on Covid 19 and the risks of vaccines. Sure, that’s proper extra worry mongering, extra international conspiracies, and extra unrecognised heroes of science that Joe wants to advertise to his giant viewers.On this case, we’ve got Dr. Robert Malone, the *self-proclaimed* inventor of mRNA vaccines, and Dr. Peter McCullough, a heart specialist who was not too long ago sued by his outdated hospital for utilizing its identify when selling his covid theories. Each figures are properly documented promoters of covid misinformation, together with in varied appearances on excessive proper wing conspiracy websites like Alex Jones’ InfoWars. Matt and Chris aren’t any medical specialists nor do they play them on podcasts (in case you are searching for some extent by level technical/medical debunking, we’d suggest following the hyperlinks on the backside of those present notes). However what they’re very accustomed to are fashionable gurus and conspiracy theorists. So on this episode, after twenty plus episodes of calibrating the Gurometer(TM) with recognized gurus, they take it for a brand new take a look at with these two maverick docs. Making use of the well-developed science of Gurometry(TM) to a novel dataset. How do they fare? Guess…Actually, that is in all probability the darkest and most miserable episode we’ve performed. It was not enjoyable and we’d actually favor to be speaking about one thing else however right here we’re. Hopefully we is not going to be again quickly…

(It’s so, so dangerous that tens of millions of persons are listening to this.)

Straight White American Jesus – “Weekly Spherical Up: J6 Previous, Current, Future”:

Brad and Dan start this J6 anniversary episode by zooming in on sure spiritual parts manifest on the Riot. Dan decodes the varied Braveheart references and indicators on show, connecting them to a type of Christian nationalist masculinity by way of work by Kristin Kobes du Mez. Brad talks about how and why the rioters prayed as they crossed each boundary and threshold of the Capitol. It was a approach of reworking the area into theirs and remodeling them from criminals to God’s warriors. They then talk about what has occurred within the 12 months since–pointing to statistical data of what number of Republicans and Evangelicals imagine the 2020 election was stolen. This give’s Dan an opportunity to clarify what persons are actually saying after they repeat the mantra, “Don’t make it political.” The final phase is on what occurred on the one-year anniversary of the Riot. Brad and Dan analyze reactions from political leaders, spiritual leaders, and Trump admin figures, displaying how the parable of the Massive Lie took root and blinded People en masse.

Conspirituality – “86: Charles Eisenstein, New Age Q”:

Up up to now, we’ve understood Charles Eisenstein because the poet-philosopher of conspirituality, lending his Burning Man ritual workshop chops to the antivax faux-freedom motion. Out of deference to his obvious sensitivity and respectable writing expertise, we’ve given him the good thing about the doubt—we even invited him on this present for 2 episodes to see whether or not we might discover widespread floor. We didn’t. In our final Bonus episode, Julian tracked how Eisenstein has accelerated and intensified his rhetoric. At present, we’ll see how he’s fortifying his cash networks, and beginning to say the quiet components out loud. He’s not “simply” dog-whistling violence and QAnon. We’re reviewing a current video he’s co-produced with Onnit multimillionaire and Austin bro-poet Aubrey Marcus. It’s an anime rendition of the ending of his 2013 bestseller, The Extra Lovely World Our Hearts Know is Attainable. Within the guide, Eisenstein presents “The Gathering of the Tribe” as a sort of private mythology. As he ranges as much as the large leagues, this story about belonging to a bunch of blessed alien shamans despatched to get up humanity carries clear real-world literalness—and a culty vibe. If the high-end video doesn’t persuade you, a tape from a hipster New Yr’s Eve get together in Ithaca NY would possibly do the trick. As he holds guru-court for All of the Massive Questions, Eisenstein tells an Iraq vet that he has particular items to deploy towards the (fictional) constructing of COVID focus camps in Rhode Island. Then he says he hopes the “pedophile elite” will simply cease. Sound acquainted? Eisenstein’s content material is poetic and imprecise. Its implications are plausibly deniable. It pours out by means of an infinite stream of radiant and inscrutable essay drops. He has mastered the cryptic immediate that both speaks to your soul, to your urge for food for disrupting public well being, or to your current tactical coaching routine. Who can actually inform? His talent is to face beside and above all of it. He can keep away from being pinned down. It’s nearly as if he’s probably not there, however solely reflecting the zeitgeist of our damaged second. It’s time to only identify him for what he’s: New Age Q.

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