TL;DR: No matter how crazy you believe I am, I believe I'm at least 4.7 times crazier than you do. Also, be nice or be ignored.
NOTE: Be Nice Or Be Ignored
My name is Rando Calrissian. It is a reference to Lando Calrissian, not to Ayn Rand and her very hypocritical cronies.
I like to spend a bit of time de-orphaning orphaned pages. I also occasionally add categories to pages, which I'd like to do more often. For these reasons and ohters, I'm considering joining RationalWiki:Wikify project, but I have yet to commit.
I am a part of RationalWiki:Mathematics project, which I am (hopefully part of, rather than solely) reviving. Please feel free to join me! (Note: I am not an expert on math in the slightest. I just really like it.) As of Sept 17, 2014- hey isn't that the third anniversary of something?- I'm actually taking it seriously now. I am also part of RationalWiki:Project Social Justice and RationalWiki:Project Citation Found.
Articles I started
- Alan Dershowitz
- Darrell Huff, as part of RationalWiki:Mathematics project
- Police state
- Anna Rosmus
- Jessica Ahlquist
- Michael Hastings
- Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant
- Free trade
- Samuel P. Huntington
- White guilt
- Trans-Pacific Partnership
- Mass murder
- Rape of Nanjing
- Gary Webb
Articles I am going to create once I feel like it
- Self-hating Jew
- Geoffrey R. Stone
- American Council of Trustees and Alumni
- Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreeement
- The War on Whistleblowers
- Mass death
- Samantha Power
My favorite wikis
- Bulbapedia cuz nostalgia
- the wiki for for the On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences
- Encyclopedia Dramatica is funny sometimes
- WikiWikiWeb for being the pioneer and inventing the technology
- WIKILEAKS counts, right?
- The Archive Team
My thoughts on conservapedia
It's hilarious. I sometimes visit just to laugh at the morons who edit it. I am not at RW to worry about or 'expose' CP. I am here to focus on the mass media and the other liars who are, for one reason or another, accepted by society at-large. Although I guess a fair chunk of my contributions have been about truth-tellers who are hated by one group or a government or society-at-large.
My thoughts on RationalWiki
It needs less cowbell! A lot less! Also, we have an anglophone bias and de facto condition for membership, which is very unfortunate. Otherwise, ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥!
RW editors are so great and do an excellent job keeping RW true to its mission because they understand a) nuance, b) the power of nuance, c) the limits of nuance d) that the world is complex, e) that some stuff just isn't complex, and, most importantly of all, f) that they do not know everything, which is far more than can be said of the CP crowd, I'm sure.
We are a diverse group of people from all walks of life, multiple political perspectives, various 'spiritual' beliefs(within which, I include none at all), all races, ages, classes, genders, sexual orientations, ability statuses, ethnicities, national origins, etc. This makes us baller! We do have that anglophone-centric problem, however.
It was after reading the article on Peter Hitchens, and specifically the thought process of his that includes the belief that women should not have the right to an abortion that I finally understood why being pro-choice is important. (No, I'm not saying that P. Hitchens or those who think like him should have been aborted; I'm saying that opposition to abortion is often part of a broader desire to control womankind).
I tend to disagree with the general tone of RationalWiki on fracking. It seems we generally say that the harms of fracking are a myth or exaggerated or that the jury is still out. I think that fracking really is very threatening; for me the jury is still out on whether it puts people at greater risk of developing cancer and whether is causes earthquakes. I lean towards it doing neither, but whether correlation does or does not causation with the fracking wells in Los Angeles county being right beside the origins of the 2014 earthquakes is neither here nor there- it's probably very bad that there are fracking wells by the fault lines because earthquakes happen anyways, if you catch my drift.
I don't like the article on "creep shaming," largely because anybody can hurl a mean word like "creep" at someone, and someone who has had a mean word hurled at them has the right to complain about it. Also, I feel as though the term "creep" itself is drastically overused because some folks simply use it to describe people that merely don't gel with them or even for people who happen to be passionate about things that the term-users are not themselves also passionate about. That said, I can easily believe the general gist of the article, and that is that sexists use the term "creep-shaming" to defend sexual harassment and that they incorrectly believe that those who oppose sexual harassment are somehow comparable to slut-shamers, though I think that term gets over-applied too (by apologists for porn-culture).
I sometimes feel that our articles can be very biased against conservatives who simply espouse a policy opinion contrary to the preferences of the article's editors. For example, a conservative or libertarian might call for a return to the gold standard (which I happen to disagree with, though I like it as the cornerstone of the long-gone Bretton Woods system, which most libertarians probably oppose), and then they might also support ending the federal reserve (I have my problems with the Federal Reserve, but I also would oppose that policy- for now), and then they might also really like the idea of legalizing gambling (which I mostly oppose too), and then on that basis alone, the article's editors treat this person as a total nutcase. This is ridiculous in my opinion, and it can be used to overshadow good contributions to society that this person made or is making, all because the article's editors have non-mission disagreements with this person (in other words, the articles' subjects don't espouse bullshit or authoritarianism). One of the people who have been treated this way is the anti-war libertarian Adam Kokesh (so he denies climate change and wants to abolish the federal government; ever heard of the inverse stopped clock?). Another, it saddens me to say, is Edward Snowden, to some extent. Glenn Greenwald, who seems to espouse a mixture of libertarianism and progressivism, could stand to receive a fair amount criticism. Maybe Sam Harris and others are correct that Greenwald is something of a cyber-bully (notice the "maybe"). I still think we exaggerate Greenwald's flaws.
The inverse of this, of course, is when we are too nice to people by balancing the good, the bad, and the ugly. One example of this is Henry Kissinger, a war criminal. That he committed horrible atrocities, prolonged the war on Indochina by years, was a driving force in Operation Condor, etc. should be the focus of our article. Thawing tensions with China and promoting the SALT treaties should get barely more than passing mention.
Also, I appreciate User:Thescaryworker intentionally writing articles on mathematical and scientific subjects in such a way as to make the concepts accessible to all. I believe his/her doing so was very much on mission, for if you are a reader of RW, you may wish to understand better the concepts we discuss or the claims made by good scientists and asshole pseudoscientists/liars in general and don't have a science math background. That's why I, for one, expanded the standard deviation article to explain the concept in plainer English and provide the formula in a form more suitable to the layman. Unfortunately, all of the articles Thescaryworker started (except standard deviation and Fun:Calculus) were deleted. We should bring them back, methinks. Here is a list of his/her deleted contribs, and here is a list of his/her non-deleted contribs. C'mon ya'll.
We might have an unintended slightly greater harshness towards Christianity than we do towards other religions, and we might have an unintended slightly greater harshness towards Christianity and Islam than we do towards Judaism, and we might have an unintended slightly greater harshness towards Abrahamic religion than towards non-Abrahamic religion. Let's keep an eye out for this, and if I'm correct, we can mitigate this issue.
My thoughts on Liberapedia
In parts, it reads like Conservapedia, but more editorialized. I should mention that it has a great article on the NSA, and short as it may be, it's still considerably longer than our NSA article; bear this in mind, as it's part of our mission to provide information on authoritarianism.
My thoughts on...
Definitely overlapping magisteria
- Secularism: Great!
- The New Atheism: A bunch of douches (Daniel Dennett OK).
- The term "brights": No. Just no.
- Theism: Not particularly bad so long as we're not talking about literalist theism (and literalism is a new-ish phenomenon).
- Christianity, Judaism, and Islam: All pretty similar, despite what their practicers insist.
- Mormonism: Not the devil folks insist it is; a Christian sect, despite whatever certain other Christians may claim.
- Science: Marvelous, stupendous, rewarding, necessary, wonderful, of the utmost importance.
- Romanticism: We need more of it in some areas. We need less of it in relationships.
- The term "white trash": I would appreciate if you didn't say this around me, pretty please with a cherry on top.
- The term "hood rat": See above.
- Homophobes: Go away!
- The term "Islamophobia": Yeah, it's a silly word, but...
- Anti-Muslim bigots: Read a damn history book!
- Sexism: How the fuck is this shit still around?
- George Bush Jr: War criminal; secretly not an idiot.
- Barack Obama: War criminal; all-around douchey kinda guy.
- Bill Clinton: War criminal; rapist; shithead.
- Hillary Clinton: War criminal; NOT a feminist; Soooooperpredator- no conscience, no empathy.
- Tony Blair: War criminal; not convincing anyone (anymore).
- David Cameron: Margaret Thatcher part 2: Bigger, Badder, More Cuts
- Stephen Harper: Wants to change his title to dictator. Nuff said.
- Vladimir Putin: War criminal; megalomaniac; even better at brainwashing than Ronald Reagan, which says it all.
- Binyamin Netanyahu, a.k.a Prime Minister Iran Holocaust: War criminal; megalomaniac; models himself after Putin.
- Hamas: Cowards; megalomaniacs.
- Sarah Palin: Unintentional comedy.
- Michelle Bachmann: Wasted talent.
- Rush Limbaugh: Booooooooring.
- Glenn Beck: Neo-Neo-Nazi.
- Alex Jones: The butt of the butts of all jokes.
- George Galloway: Was correct about Iraq. So were a lot of people.
- Jerry Falwell: Hitch was right- if he had been given an enema, he could have fit in a match box (hence the phrase "holy shit").
- Osama bin Laden: Smellier than Falwell's innards; complete sexual pervert (in a bad way).
- Fred Phelps: Business man; see entry for Rush Limbaugh.
- Steve Jobs: Bully; never grew up (in a bad way); ARROGANT; undeserving of the awe and prestige (although that could be said for this whole list).
- Donald Trump:
LOL! LOL again! LOL a third time!Okay, WTF happened?
- The Republican party/conservative sphere: No sense of personal responsibility; doesn't take much hunting to find bigotry here.
- The Democratic party/liberal sphere: No sense of moral nor intellectual consistency- it's not even clear what they're about (Bernie Sanders, and maybe Lincoln Chafee, excluded, but they are very recent additions to the party).
- Stalin/Mao/Castro apologists/denialists:
Scary as fuck.Usually complete assholes. Call 'em what they are: tankies.
- The Alt-Right: Scary as fuck, but big enough that we're going to have to fight them.
- RW as a community: On the internet, nobody knows you're a goat. Nobody.
- Free speech: Yes.
- Israel/Palestine: Game for a one-state or two-state or no-state solution in the future, but two-state right now.
- Eurocrisis: Down with Merkel! Down with Draghi! Syriza and Podemos are my homeboys.
- Capitalism: Exploitative; wasteful.
- Socialism: Okay, but do it quietly.
- Feminism: I can't see any argument against it, any whatsoever.
- Queer liberation: This is a no-brainer.
- MRAs: Phenomenally misplaced anger, legitimate as the anger itself may be.
- Drugs: Legalize them.
- Gambling: Legalize but with substantial limits. Tax it, tax it, tax it, and tax it.
- Gun control: Doesn't bother me, but I think it should apply to the military too (as in every military) and be very strictly enforced for "law enforcement."
- Urban police departments: Organized gangs, despite the presence of a few good eggs.
- Suburban police departments: Generally a toned-down version of urban police departments.
- Rural police departments: Often overrun with white supremacists and the like, but also often devoid of white supremacists.
Venues for mischief
- United States: Land of contradictions.
- Earth: Planet of contradictions.
- The Solar System: Apparently no intelligent life.
- Big bang: Meh, I don't reject the theory but I don't 100% accept it (prolly in the 85% range).
- Oxford comma: Heck yeah!
- Interrobang: Part of me feels like it's overkill and we should just be content with a more comic book kinda thing, like "?!?"
My Userboxen ranch
- A great political economic article on academic freedom
- The people who want to fool you know how your brain works. You should too.
- Isaac Asimov gives a nice lesson on scientific reasoning
- Why we all ought to prioritize critical thinking above feeling comfortable.
- Joel KLEIN is a fucking douche and Time magazine is a rag
- Joel STEIN is a fucking douche and Time magazine is a rag
- "Why People Believe Weird Things and 8 Ways to Change Their Minds" (found this through our The Fine Art of Baloney Detection)
- How obsessing over political correctness can rob us of language, and therefore a politics, for dealing with injustice and other serious issues
- How statistics is abused to fool juries (Youtube/NSA warning)
- Omar Holmon performs "I am Nerd" (Youtube/NSA warning)
- Jaron Lanier on Alan Turing's mistreatment, imprisonment, plight, and death (Youtube/NSA warning)
- Am I a bad person?
- for example, there was a particular statement he made about the mainstream media hating on Occupy being owed to the fact that television journalists tend to be upper-class in which he mentioned in passing that he was a progressive
- Wait, I thought the point was to write them in an accessible way. Why did the article still require adding layman's editting?
- I grant, this may be intended as a joke
- I grant, this is definitely intended as Democratic party-loyalism
- If you're a hardline "Israel can do no wrong, ever, and whoever is currenlty PM is God"-style Zionist, I hope this pisses you off. All others, enjoy!
- I'm dreaming? So, sue me.