Monthly Archives: July 2008

Why I’m better than you

I have now reached 800 blog posts in less than two and a half years.  In the same time period I’ve uploaded about 650 videos to YouTube.  There’s quite a bit of crossover between the two, i.e. some videos have used blog posts as scripts and some blog posts have been little more than the posting of videos.  But all in all, it’s an accomplishment that I would have doubted I would reach before I started.

I have often used these types of milestones to reflect on what I’ve learned so far.  Today I’ve been considering all the people I’ve pissed off by daring to have an opinion.  And you know what?  I’m better than them.  By and large, I’m better than every person who’s ever been wound up by something I posted online.  I say that with no irony whatsoever.  They suck and I rule.  They are full of fail and I am full of win.

How do I justify this conclusion?  I could easily rest solely on the abundant evidence of my supreme awesomeness.  Anyone who would even consider gainsaying the overwhelming rightness of my anger is clearly a loser by definition.  But why stop there?  Instead, I shall bury the doubters, haters and trolls with my infallible logic.  The following list shows the common denominators shared by every single person I have managed to piss off online:

1. They do nothing  None of my haters have contributed anything of value online.  They don’t maintain their own blogs.  The don’t create videos.  All they do is occasionally vomit out drive-by abuse.  And they think that puts them on an equal footing.  This is because they are stupid.

2. They are insecure  One of my favourite things has been to deliberately provoke insecure people.  I pissed off people on the left and people on the right, atheists and religionists, young and old, people from all walks of life.  I’ve also gained fans from all these groups.  What the difference between the fans and the haters?  The haters are so fucking insecure they can’t see the slightest challenge to their desperately clung to world-view without collapsing into a gibbering heap of reactionary stupidity.

3. They are frightening intolerant  These people can’t even conceive of co-existing with someone who doesn’t conform to their rigidly constrained views.  The violence of their response to differences (of opinion, lifestyle, etc.) can be truly breathtaking.  On occasions when I’ve seemed like that it doesn’t count because I’m actually right.

4. They have tiny little penises  Including the women.

5. They don’t get irony

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The prosecution of George W Bush for murder

Every now and then I see someone else in action and I go “Now THAT is how you do anger!”  Today’s example of well-justified anger at its finest is former Los Angeles County prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi.  This guy prosecuted Charles Manson.  He was so pissed off when OJ Simpson got away with murder he wrote a book called Outrage.  And now he is speaking out in the strongest terms against George W Bush saying Bush should be prosecuted for first degree murder.

He isn’t coming at this from a moral point of view, he’s saying according to criminal statutes Bush is guilty of first degree murder.  Okay, I’m pretty sure he’s coming at it from a moral point as well.  But he’s framing it in legal terms.  And then he’s using some very colourful language presenting his case.

For those of you who are not cursed with a short attention span, following this link will take you to a partial transcript of a 2 hour speech he gave along with a lot of video footage from that speech.  Even if you think you have a short attention span, I urge you to check it out.  When you make your career presenting in high level courts you end up with (or maybe start out with) quite a gift for oratory.  And it is awesome to see an intelligent, eloquent, experienced, impassioned speaker get really fucking angry.

OK, I know some people will still use the short attention span cop-out so I’ll provide you with some highlights:

On why Bush should be prosecuted for murder:

“In my book… I present evidence that proves beyond all reasonable doubt that George Bush took this nation to war on a lie, under false pretenses, and therefore under the law is guilty of murder for the deaths of over 4,000 young American soldiers who died so far in this war.”

“If a conspirator, or anyone for that matter, deliberately sets in motion a chain of events which he knows will cause – that’s the key word – cause a third party innocent agent to commit an act, the defendant is criminally responsible for that act.”

“Bush can only wash his hands of culpability if he did not take this nation to war under false pretenses. If he did, which the evidence overwhelmingly shows, he is criminally responsible for the deaths of all those American soldiers who have died fighting his war in Iraq.”

On the American right wing:

“There are no more repugnant, hypocritical and un-American – and that’s the word I want to emphasize – un-American people in our society today than the right wing.”

On possible mitigating circumstances for Bush and Co:

“And there is one thing that I should probably say in partial defense of these people that goes in mitigation, arguably reduces their moral culpability. And what I’m talking about is that many of these people are incredibly stupid. And they make up for their stupidity by being extremely ignorant. And when you combine stupidity with ignorance that’s a toxic combination.”  

Some general fun quotes:

“And the question I have of you, is how evil, how perverse, how sick, how criminal can George Bush and his people be?”

“What type of a human monster is George Bush?”

“If I ever killed one person in my life, even accidentally – a car accident – I’d never have another perfect day as long as I lived. George Bush is responsible for the horrible deaths of thousands of human beings and he is talking about having a perfect day. Bush’s plans to have a perfect day right in the middle of all the death and horror in Iraq goes so far beyond acceptable human conduct that no moral telescope can discern its shape, form and nature.”

And I’ll close with Bugliosi basically summing up my life philosophy.  He’s raging against Clinton prosecutor Ken Starr (who he calls “one of the most reprehensible figures in American history”) and he says:

“I seem to be getting more angry and acerbic and caustic and that’s because I am always in a state of rage, how can I help but be?”

I enjoy my own outburst of creative anger but occasionally, I just like to sit back and watch a master.

Wax on, wax off.

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Mr Angry on the radio

Just making a quick catch up video for those who might be interested in some things that happened to me recently.  The first couple of things are just some garden variety morons I’ve been dealing with.  Everday occurrences for me.  But I was kind of excited to be interviewed for a radio program.  There’s a national network in Australia aimed at the youth market called TripleJ.

As I rarely act my age, this is the station I listen to.  And when I heard they were doing a story on anger management I had to call up.  Anger gets a bad rap – someone has to stand up for it.  If you want to listen to the interview, follow this link.  My bit starts at about the 8 minute mark and goes on for around 3 minutes.

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The value of internet trolls

One of the more interesting aspects of spending time contributing to online forums (including this blog and YouTube) is getting a front row seat into what is essentially the biggest anthropological experiment in the history of humanity.  In fact, it’s a widely held misconception that the internet has its roots in a military project. 

 

What actually happened was a bunch of very smart people sat around and came up with the idea of creating a worldwide computer network that would provide a method of interaction that appealed primarily to people with poor social skills.  An integral part of the plan was to remove the primary constraint that makes most people behave reasonably (namely, the fear of being smacked in the mouth).

 

The central hypothesis of the experiment was that a significant proportion of the human race will behave like total jerks if you give them the chance.  Well done those boffins.

 

All sarcasm aside, I really do see some value in bearing witness to what seems to be the proliferation of anti-social personality disorder that one sees online.  (N.B. sarcasm will not actually be set aside in the writing of this post, that’s just a figure of speech)  It certainly helps that I’ve chosen an angry persona for my online activities – at the very least, the morons I have to deal with on a daily basis provide plenty of fuel for angry rants.

 

But it also goes well beyond that.  I have come to realise that the insane behaviour of trolls/haters/ whatever you want to call them is a useful reality check.  Not in the way they usually mean.  Here’s a tip: anyone who claims the reason they are behaving like an obnoxious piece of shit and harassing people online because they’re “keeping it real”, “speaking the truth to the posers” or anything similar is an A-grade fuckwit.  If you’re such a fucking genius, create something of your own rather than spending all your time trying to drag down people who are actually doing something.

 

Where I find this behaviour to be a useful dose of reality is that it keeps me from forgetting one important fact: There are some really fucking stupid people out there.  And I’m not talking solely about uneducated people (many people without a significant formal education are wonderful, insightful, thoughtful people.)  I’m talking about people who will believe any shit that’s fed to them, particularly if it plays into their prejudices.  I’m talking about people who go beyond ignorance to the point where they aggressively assert their ignorance and loudly celebrate it as a virtue.  You know, as opposed to taking some crazy approach like giving thoughtful, reasoned consideration to topics.

 

You’re not exactly separating yourself from the herd by saying you don’t believe the media.  Many people say this reflexively.  Ironically, they’re usually the ones who will automatically believe outrageous lies (like Barack Obama is a Muslim) so long as it fits into their set-in-concrete bigoted mindset.  But when you put yourself out there, even in a very small way like I have, you see something very interesting first hand.  People will deliberately make up lies about you.

 

I’m not talking about people who say I’m not funny as opposed to bowing down and worshipping me as the god-like being I am, so far beyond their comprehension that they could never hope to understand how much better than them I truly am.  No, I’m talking about people who fabricate lies out of whole cloth.  Not people who draw incorrect conclusions about me.  I’m talking about people who spread stories that they know for a fact are untrue.  They assert that easily demonstrable lies are the truth.  I’m talking, in short, about people who are deeply, deeply fucked. 

 

It’s easy to translate that into the obvious media liars – the tabloids, gossip mongers and entertainment “reporters”.  When you pay attention to them for a while, it becomes clear that gossip magazines don’t just exaggerate, their favourite trick is to start with a photo and then completely fabricate a story to go with that photo.  “Ooo, look at the bags under her eyes… let’s say she’s on drugs.”  “Hey, there’s a shadow on his cheek… let’s say it’s a black eye from a night of drunken brawling.”  “Check out her having the audacity to tell the paparazzi to fuck off… let’s say she’s violent and out of control.”

 

Like I said, it’s one thing to know in the abstract that the media are probably lying.  It’s quite another thing to get first hand experience of some people’s compulsion to lie.  I mean, I’m nobody and yet people feel compelled to make up stupid bullshit about me.  So why should I be surprised that when something that actually matters is on the line (like, say, a US Presidential election) that self interested thugs spread the most vile shit imaginable? 

 

And nothing is so extreme that you won’t find some freak willing to believe it.  Even I don’t believe that George Bush is a pedophile rapist.  But apparently there are those who do.

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