Saturday, August 29, 2009

Grab Bag

Deep thoughts, by Jack Handy:

God, I love it when college kids get all philosophical.

Troofers appropriate a Stop the War symbol.

The Stop the War Coalition (StWC) has for the first time spoken out against British conspiracy groups illegally using its name and logo. Two conspiracy groups have been carrying StWC logos on their promotional material and claims the coalition is involved with co-organising conspiracy events.

These British conspiracy groups, ‘We Are Change’ and ‘Truth Action’, are the latest incarnation of the now defunct ’911 Truth Campaign’, that while active, organised events that promoted Holocaust denial, antisemitism and other right wing conspiracies. The campaign also allowed the harassment of journalists including George Monbiot, Nick Cohen, Robert Fisk and Jon Ronson, and encouraged the intimidation of terrorist attack survivors such as Rachel North and her family.

Meanwhile, another British Troofer is facing extradition to the United States over computer hacking. His mother claims his Trutherism led to the crime:

Standing outside the U.S. embassy in central London, Janis Sharp, McKinnon's mother, said in an interview that the hacking was "the most incredibly stupid thing for him to do," and explained he was partly motivated by conspiracy theories and was trying to unearth new evidence around the Sept. 11 attacks, and partly by his "childhood obsession" of finding proof that UFOs exist. "Please, Obama, he'd never hurt anyone. Don't let the first person you extradite be a good, gentle man with Asperger's," she pleaded.

Asperger's syndrome is a mild form of autism. However, I don't see that it excuses him for committing a crime. As you can see from the article, most of the whoop-de-doo about the case is based on how unfair Britain's extradition treaty is with the US.

Hat Tips to ak, me and Consdemo for pointing these out in the comments.

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