Overnight Jam: Todd Rundgren, “Secret Society” and “Something to Fall Back On”

Everybody’s been a witness sometime
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Two awesome songs by Todd Rundgren, from a 1990 concert in Japan with his great “Nearly Human” band. This is Todd at his best, singing his heart out.

When we were young they would break our hearts
You and I had to go undercover
We knew in time we would be pulled apart
We found a way we could hold on to each other

Gave our souls to another world
Sealed in blood with a sacred vow
Now we’ve forgotten but beneath all this
A part of you and me is still there now, yeah

Go on and sing, go on and dance
It’ll all come back if you just give it a chance

Don’t you remember me?
We were a secret society
Like in your memory
We were the secret society

Refresh your memory
We were the secret society
Until eternity
We are the secret society

I never see you in the waking world
We make an effort to avoid each other
But every night we penetrate the veil
Where everybody acts like sister and brother

You never speak the words in broad daylight
They’re much too delicate and too naive
But everybody’s been a witness sometime
It doesn’t change it if you don’t believe, so


I never see you in the waking world
We make an effort to avoid each other
But every night we penetrate the veil
Where everybody acts like sister and brother

You never speak the words in broad daylight
They’re much too delicate and too naive
But everybody’s been a witness sometime
It doesn’t change it if you don’t believe, so

So, go on and sing, go on and dance
It’ll all come back if you just give it a chance

And you’ll remember me?
We were a secret society
Not just a memory
You’re in the secret society

But you’ve got to go with me
You’re in the secret society
Until eternity
We are the secret society
Ooh, we’re so secret

Family Values, Duggar Style: Jim Bob Duggar Didn’t Report Son Josh’s Alleged Sex Offenses for More Than a Year

The executive director of the Family Research Council’s political wing is a molester
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Entertainment journal In Touch has the latest horrible news about the scandal breaking for the far right ultra-Christian incredibly fertile Duggar family: Bombshell Duggar Police Report: Jim Bob Duggar Didn’t Report Son Josh’s Alleged Sex Offenses for More Than a Year.

Josh DuggarJim Bob Duggar waited more than a year after his son, Josh, confessed to sexually molesting several female minors before contacting police, In Touch Magazine is reporting exclusively, based on information contained in the official police report.

What’s more, Jim Bob informed the elders of his church about Joshua’s actions and they waited three months before contacting authorities. The explosive new information is contained in a Springdale, Ark., police report obtained by In Touch magazine.

The report has been hidden since 2006 and was just obtained by the mag through a Freedom of information Act request. Jim Bob also refused to allow police to interview Josh when they opened a felony investigation in 2006. The Duggars star on TLC’s hit show 19 Kids and Counting.

In Touch magazine first broke the news of the Duggars’ underage sexual molestation scandal in this week’s magazine. (Note: Josh’s name is redacted from the police report but In Touch has confirmed the passages that refer to him.)

Other bombshells in the police report are: Josh Duggar was investigated for multiple sex offenses — including forcible fondling — against five minors. Some of the alleged offenses investigated were felonies. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar were interviewed by the Springdale Police department on Dec. 12, 2006. The report says that James told police he was alerted in March, 2002 by a female minor that Josh — who turned 14-years-old that month — had been touching her breasts and genitals while she slept. This allegedly happened on multiple occasions. In 2006, Jim Bob told police that in July, 2002 Josh admitted to fondling a minor’s breasts while she slept. “James said that they disciplined (redacted, Josh) after this incident.” The family did not alert authorities.

Josh Duggar has now reportedly resigned from the Family Research Council, where he specialized in making statements like this: Flashback: Duggars Call LGBT People a Threat to Child Safety.


Duggar’s group, the Family Research Council, regularly paints the LGBT community as a precarious threat to children, and he and his family have participated in that rhetoric.

Last December, Duggar led a successful campaign to defeat a LGBT nondiscrimination measure in Fayetteville, Arkansas, which he said jeopardized the safety of children during an interview on the FRC radio program “Washington Watch.”

Disgusting people.

All 6 Police Officers Indicted by Grand Jury in Death of Freddie Gray

US News • Views: 4,190

Some big news in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore: all six police officers charged in the case have now been indicted by a grand jury.

This is vindication for State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who came in for some heavy criticism for deciding to charge the officers.

Jeb Bush Has the Gall to Accuse Climate Scientists of “Intellectual Arrogance”

The “soft denialism” of Jeb Bush
Environment • Views: 4,948

Jeb Bush shows the disturbingly awful attitude of the GOP towards the most serious problem the human race has ever faced; in his latest statement on climate change he has the absolute gall to accuse the climate science community of “intellectual arrogance.”

As he has before, Bush acknowledged “the climate is changing” but stressed that it’s unknown why. “I don’t think the science is clear of what percentage is man-made and what percentage is natural. It’s convoluted,” he said at a house party in Bedford, New Hampshire.

“For the people to say the science is decided on this is really arrogant, to be honest with you,” he continued. “It’s this intellectual arrogance that now you can’t have a conversation about it, even. The climate is changing. We need to adapt to that reality.”

The persecution complex is in full view here, because nobody’s stopping Jeb Bush from “having a conversation” about climate change at all. Here he is on CNN, in front of millions of people, complaining he’s not being allowed to speak. Please. His line about “intellectual arrogance” is obviously carefully designed to pander to the anti-science Republican base, who don’t trust science or scientists.

But Bush’s “soft denialism” is even more insidious than outright denialism. He’s trying to sound more reasonable than most of his colleagues, but in fact his idea of policy leads to the same place: doing nothing.

White Nationalist Peter Brimelow: Texas Must Secede to Protect ‘White Rights’

The founder of VDARE speaks at a conference of racists, and sounds a lot like Chuck C. Johnson
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The latest buzzphrase constantly tossed around by white supremacists is “cultural Marxism,” and racist icon Peter Brimelow was tossing it with abandon at the “American Renaissance” conference in Tennessee last month, as he called for Texas to secede from the United States to protect “white rights.” (Via Right Wing Watch.)

Speaking at the white nationalist American Renaissance conference last month in Tennessee, conservative author and onetime CPAC speaker Peter Brimelow argued that instead of promoting unity, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day “has just turned into anti-white indoctrination.” Unless “cultural Marxists” who are behind “political correctness” and “the war on Christmas” are resisted, Brimelow contends, the U.S. will collapse.

“Whites have rights,” demanded Brimelow as he advocated for the secession of Texas from a failing U.S.

Brimelow also complained white nationalists are now victims of persecution by the cultural Marxist “lynch mob,” apparently with no sense of irony whatsoever. According to him, he’s finding it harder and harder to get on radio shows these days (which sane non-racist people consider a good thing).


You might think Brimelow is a fringe figure, and he is in a way, but he’s also highly connected to popular conservative pundits like Michelle Malkin, whose columns are published at the hate site founded by Brimelow, VDARE. Another well-known conservative pundit published at VDARE: Ann Coulter.

And by the way, you know who else frequently tosses around the phrase “cultural Marxism?”

Just one more example of Chuck Johnson using the language of white supremacists.

Is @ChuckCJohnson Planning to Monetize His Obsession With Rape?

A glimpse into the machinations of a sociopath
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Chuck C. Johnson smiling next to Lee Harvey Oswald’s sniper rifle at the JFK Museum in Dallas (Source: Twitter)

Last month, our deranged stalker pal Chuck C. Johnson posted a couple of comments on Twitter that caught a lot of people’s eyes:

LGF contributor goddamnedfrank wrote a post related to this, titled: Is Chuck C. Johnson Collaborating With a Criminal Revenge Porn Extortionist?

For the past few days, Johnson has been tweeting obsessively about Emma Sulkowicz, whose “Carry That Weight” project has brought a lot of attention to the subject of campus rape. And Johnson’s tweets are grotesque, as usual. Here are a few out of the dozens he’s posted, just to give you a sense of how insane he is:

He went on and on in this sociopathic vein, continuing for three days so far.

Chuck also admitted today that he’s been digging for personal information on Sulkowicz, obviously searching for a way to smear her even more:

And now, thanks to an anonymous tipster, I’ve discovered that just a few days after the tweets about extortion posted above, Chuck Johnson registered the domain names and, listing his photographer friend Peter Duke (who took the photographs of Chuck stalking me at my former apartment) as the registrant organization.

From this evidence, it seems that Johnson is apparently planning to monetize his rape obsession, possibly in a way that encourages extortion (judging from his weird questions). Stay tuned for further developments.

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New Images of Ceres Show Mysterious Bright Spots in More Detail

Science • Views: 11,607

Here’s the latest image from NASA’s Dawn Mission, now in orbit around the protoplanet Ceres in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, with a clear shot of those mysterious bright spots first sighted months ago. The composition of the material causing these bright areas is still unknown as of this writing.

Click to enlarge (1920 x 1200 pixels) or right-click to open in a new window

Searching Google Maps for the N-Word Directs You to the White House and the Lincoln Memorial

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The Washington Post has a report on this ugly story: If You Search Google Maps for the N-Word, It Gives You the White House.

Someone on Google Maps just labeled President Obama a very bad word.

A reader points out that if you enter a search for “N***** king” — which contains a particularly offensive racial epithet for African Americans — Google Maps will point you to the White House. We tested the claim on Tuesday night and confirmed that, yes, this is a thing. It even zooms the camera in, automatically. (For sensitivity’s sake, we partially obscured the search term and the autocomplete responses in the GIF below.)

I confirmed that another racist search term reported by users on Twitter also takes you to the White House:

And here’s another lovely search result from Google Maps:

Remember, though; according to conservatives there’s no more racism in the United States.


A history of irrational reactions
Culture • Views: 15,503


I stole this title from a bumper sticker I saw a while back that said something like OMG GOP WTF. ☺

I was looking through an old file recently and came across a pamphlet I saved to show my kids, called Y2K Citizen’s Action Guide. Here it is:


Utne Reader has the table of contents online, but none of the links work:
I found some quotes though:

Those of you over a certain age will remember there was quite a lot of panic in certain quarters over the Y2K bug. I had to talk quite a few people (generally smart, educated people) down from the ledge. People thought it was possible that cars would stop driving, planes would fall out of the air, the entire banking system would crash, etc. My physical therapist asked me, as a person in a technical field, how much she should worry. I said that most chips have no concern for what the date is, and they certainly don’t stop because they see a date they don’t expect. If your car paid the slightest attention to the date (doubtful) the most that would happen is your engine check light would go on because it thought it had been too long since maintenance was performed. Yeah, computer glitches would probably happen, but computer glitches happen all the time and nothing grinds to a halt. People run around and fix it, or come up with a work-around, and everyone carries on.

So I found this pamphlet, and did indeed show it to my kids, and we all had a good laugh. But I am kind of sad about it too. I thought, when I saved it, that after people realized how much they over-reacted they would think more carefully about things next time and listen to people who understand the issues, and just generally show more sense. But that didn’t really happen. At least some of the people who scared my physical therapist now worry about what really happened on 9/11 (literally some of the same people - I know some of them). Even though the latter is a conspiracy theory and the former was just an overreaction to a real problem, the thought processes seem very similar. Something triggers a concern, and then the susceptible person goes out looking for answers. They talk to each other online. They work themselves and each other up. Epistemic closure. Groupthink. Community reinforcement. And then you get Jade Helm craziness.

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And this mechanism isn’t limited to any particular level of intelligence, any part of the political spectrum, or any level of, or type of, education. Engineers are entirely capable of convincing themselves that global warming isn’t happening. Well-educated upper middle class white people are completely convinced that vaccinations are bad for their kids.

So, back to the pamphlet. I read some of it and looked up some of the authors and people quoted to see how they reacted to realizing how over the top they were and what they are up to today. Some of them pretty much vanished from the face of the earth (or from Google anyway). Some of them went on to other related activities. Some of them went on to completely different activities. None of them that I found are talking about the reaction to Y2K and what that means about them or people in general.

In the “vanished” column we have Paloma O. I am not going to write out her last name, because she has plainly put a lot of effort into not being searchable. The only mention of her name I found in the last ten years was a comment on an obituary. She did write a rather eloquent letter after the non-event, here:

She ran a website, helped write the pamphlet, and was extremely active in the “Y2K activist community.” In the pamphlet, she talks about stock piling food and how to barter.

A “similar field” example is Steve Davis, who runs All Hands Consulting Global Emergency Management. I think he might be retired, since nothing has updated for a while, but he seems to have done this for quite a while after Y2K.

Comments at the time include saying that Y2K was the greatest challenge to ever face government in modern times, and that “Without solid processes for a coordinated response … loss of life and widespread suffering are likely to occur.”

An example of someone in a sort-of-related field is Charles Halpern, who has a wikipedia page:

He teaches mindfulness in law at Berkeley and is an author. At the time he talked about offshore rigs not being able to pump oil and credit card systems failing.

And an example of a person who went into something completely different is Gail Coopee, who is now a life coach. At the time she headed up the Snohomish County Public Utility District strategic planning, including Y2K, and is an example of the fact that sometimes the more you learn about an issue the more off the rails you go. Quote at the time:

“I’m seeing the very real possibility of the end of the lifestyle as we know it… our lives — I’ll just go ahead and cry. Our lives, I feel, are never going to be the same.”

How do you not get sucked into this kind of collective delusion? I don’t know. I guess pay attention to people who tell you you’re being irrational. If a worry is looming too large in your life, try to get some perspective. We got through the great depression, world wars, and McCarthyism without the country breaking apart - how likely is it that executive pay or the government storing your email is going to lead to the apocalypse? For me, remembering times I was wrong and reliving the embarrassment helps me be a bit less sure of my conclusions and more open to listening to dissenting views. Remember that extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof, and that things that seems too good, or too bad, to be true probably aren’t true. It is a tough problem.

If only …

I went to an excellent talk by Chip Berlet on conspiracy theories and how to tell whether there is anything to them or not. Because sometimes there is a conspiracy - I think he mentioned the Ku Klux Klan and the Tuskegee syphilis experiment, for example. I haven’t found anything directly on this subject on his website, but this is along the same lines:

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 Frank says:

Always get a second opinion. -- His personal physician did not diagnose prostate cancer before it was too advanced to treat with any success.