4 Sep – Three Words, PZ, Three Words!

PZ Myers’s conceit knows no bounds.

He castigated Donald Trump today for not being able to admit he was wrong.

Did you get that? PZ Myers got irritated with someone else for not being able to admit they were wrong.

PZ tells an average of 1 lie a day. He’s racked up 110 lies since the 30th of May this year, and in that time he’s never, ever, written the words “I was mistaken.”

You can’t make this stuff up.

We have extremely poor taste in hobbies – we know this – but our little experiment has been more fascinating than we could have ever imagined a few months ago.

So we’ve got that going for us. Which is nice.

PZ Myers Lie [in bold]:

We’re pinning all hopes on the next election, held in gerrymandered districts with active voter suppression and an electoral college that makes most of us irrelevant. There are a heck of a lot of structural problems in American democracy that make an appeal to “democracy” just as forlorn as expecting Republicans to have a conscience.
It looks to me like we’re going to have to rely instead on an old American tradition: Revolution. But that’s a real throw of the dice.

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/09/04/tell-us-uk-how-did-you-do-it/

Facts:

PZ begins this blog post with a review of the political situation in the UK. Only days after lying about Boris Johnson having suspended democracy in that country, PZ can’t bring himself to say those three words (“I was mistaken”) before taking a victory lap and crowing about the recent turn of events.

There are two lies in this snippet. We won’t say much about the first. “Active voter suppression” is illegal and has been for decades in the United States, but like so many other highly politicized issues, progressives like PZ use the term to mean any law they don’t like, like simply asking for ID before a person votes. The second lie, however, is much more black and white.

The electoral college does not make “most of us irrelevant,” and it certainly doesn’t make PZ Myers’s vote in Minnesota irrelevant.

Quite the opposite. It makes his vote more important.

The electoral college favors smaller and more sparsely populated states like Minnesota. The millions of people – above and beyond the number necessary to win – who voted for Hillary Clinton in California or New York could make an argument that their votes were irrelevant, as could voters in Texas who went for Trump. But, that wouldn’t constitute a majority of Americans and certainly no one in Minnesota, making this another PZ Myers lie.

Analysis:

We thought PZ’s last sentence was as interesting as his lie. He’s pulling, once again, for a revolution. What sort of system should emerge from this revolution is left unsaid (we think it’s probably socialism, or something like it). All of which makes us wonder why PZ wants Trump to resign or be impeached or why he wants the Democrats to take over. Any of those events would still be perpetuating the system we have now. If the point is revolution, then wouldn’t Trump have been the best thing ever for your cause? If you want to destroy the old order, the more chaos and confusion the better. PZ should love Trump for the effect he has, if not for the man himself.

PZ Myers Lie #2 [in bold]:

It’s got Kevin Sorbo in it — there’s a man whose career has taken a swan dive into the black pit of stupid suckiness. It’s about a world in which gun rights are limited…which means everyone is blasting away with guns and everything is blowing up. Antifa are the armed and dangerous bad guys. Behold, The Reliant.

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/09/04/last-minute-rush-to-win-the-worst-movie-of-2014/

Facts:

We won’t take issue with PZ’s intuition that The Reliant will be a bad movie. We’ll probably take a pass if it ever comes up on one of our streaming services. But, we were interested in the claim that “antifa are the armed and dangerous bad guys.”

There appears to be no truth to that claim. The movie’s IMDB page makes no mention of the group. The book upon which the movie was based doesn’t appear to mention antifa at all, which would make sense since the book was released in April of 2017, just two months after they gained mainstream notoriety.

PZ bases his claim that antifa are the bad guys on a single tweet by someone who hasn’t seen the movie, and the sole link he includes with his post admits that no one really knows what the movie will be about.

In other words, PZ lied.

Analysis:

The Reliant apparently will have overtly Christian and pro-2nd amendment themes, which makes it a priori unacceptable to PZ. We’ve never really understood why people feel the need to point and laugh at things like this. He could have just as easily ignored it. It’s just a movie. It can’t hurt anyone, right?

But, we can be sure he will ignore one thing. Assuming the movie is released and antifa is nowhere to be found as the “bad guy”, PZ Myers will completely ignore this and never once utter those three words he criticizes the President today for not using:

I was mistaken.

Final Tally:

Today: 2 science-related posts, 5 post on other stuff

Since 30 May 19: 98 science-related posts, 314 non-science posts.

24% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science. 

Today: 2 PZ Myers Lies

Since 30 May 19: 110 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

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