|I Rule You. You Rule Me. Someone Rules Us Secretly. It's A Vast Conspiracy!
||[Oct. 4th, 2013|03:47 pm]
4 October 2013|
Last week we had a bit of a high school reunion, as Nathan came back east for his mother's memorial service and a number of us got together for dinner and talk at the Bertucci's at Alewife Station. Mrs. Professor had a late meeting, and so passed. One fiancé attended. One non-school FOAF came as well.
The meeting went well. We figured out that we were all there (a private high school in New Hampshire that was also a treatment center; the literature spoke of high intelligence and emotional disturbance) only in 1971; comings and goings thinned the group forward and back. I have a photo of most of us hanging out between classes in the winter of '71-'72; dressed less presentably (I was wearing an olive GI greatcoat and a jeep cap), still possessing hair, and with a great deal less pain.
I was sitting near one end with the FOAF, with whom I somehow fell into a deeply surreal conversation. I kept arguing – or offering the reality I recognize – so I probably didn't get a complete or organized presentation. Whenever I did, by the way, he would say with great assurance "Just remember that we had this conversation – when it's too late."
So, I learned some things I had not known before.* For instance –
"The very first thing Obama did was to repair the bridges! (But, I murmured, they were all falling down – they're older than we are). You know who else repaired bridges? Hitler! (Godwin's Law, I interjected – you just forfeited the argument. He didn't care.) Obama wanted to repair the bridges first, to give employment to all of the Muslim engineers that are working on them, and, second, to make it easy for the Russians to invade and occupy us. (Wait, I said – Muslim engineers? And why would the Russians invade us? And how would the Russians invade us? They don't have that sort of transport anymore!) Just remember that we had this conversation – when it's too late."
Someone had left a pamphlet on our front door a while back advertising a medium and healing center, which can also sell you ancient Egyptian amulets blessed by the Archangel Gabriel himself. (I was impressed!) One of the articles on the tri-fold sheet was a warning that the government was trying to withdraw all of the dollar bills and the Susan B. Anthony dollar coins. ("???", I said to the wife.) The FOAF explained – I wonder if this might not be the same conspiracy rumor, which is why I bring it up – that the government was going to suppress all dollar bills. (Sure, I said, in favor of dollar coins, which don't wear out in a year or two. Didn't do me any good.) This was because the International Monetary Fund was going to eliminate both dollars and Euros (I did understand that Euros had failed, didn't I?) and put us on, I think, One World Government Money. I was unable to elicit a reason for this. Perhaps it's so that the Socialist Muslim Russian invaders already have spending money?
So, to sum up. Obama cynically repaired the crumbling infrastructure – just like Hitler – to help out the Muslims and the Russians who are going to stampede our women and rape our sheep. The IMF is going to take away dollars and make us spend world money. I'll remember these conversations, later, when it's too late.
Part of what bewilders me in this is that the FOAF is a Conservative Jew – he won't even ride in a car on Sabbath. Nearly every conspiracy about a vast shadowy banking power trying to take over the world and rule us all through economic suasion names the Jews as the evil empire – if I'd had more time and quiet I might have tried to point that out. Wouldn't have helped.
Of course, arguing with someone who has a vast conspiracy all laid out in his head never does a damn bit of good. No matter what evidence you cite – no matter how much contravening data you produce – it all goes to show him just how deep the conspiracy goes.
(Lagniappe – I have an example of the last. When the beleaguered and astonishingly patient President Obama produced and published his long-form birth certificate, the Birthers all nodded knowingly. Of course he has a complete, legitimate birth certificate – he has the CIA and the NSA to fake things for him now. Just lets you know just how deep the conspiracy goes.
* Sarcasm alert, duh.
I may have to start intoning, "Just remember that we had this conversation – when it's too late." At random intervals. Or when I'm bored in meetings. Yeah.
It would be a good way to end every meeting!
That guy sounds like the dictionary definition of cognitive dissonance.
I think the actual DM-III term is "whackadoodle"...
Sounds like my father in law to a degree. Did you know Obamacare is the sole reason for the government shutdown? Oh and when FIL found out we were going to Ohio for a road trip, he yelled that we were going to a blue state and the democrats ruined the state and that's the reason there is so much crime....he also threw in a few N-bombs and The Husband and I wonder where the hell he came from...
2013-10-05 04:16 am (UTC)
Those Paranoic Crazies
He's a real piece of work all right .
Oddly , he's also a nice guy when he's not on a conspiracy rant and appears to actually _care_ about people , he's just warped in how he sees the world we all live in .
The dinner was nice , Bertucci's is O.K. but the pizza was lame .
I was in Boston from late Friday through Tuesday afternoon and the weather cooperated for once .
He was perfectly pleasant and calm about it all, and didn't foam at the mouth at all. He was just talking about a completely different universe from the one I live in.
I would say relax, that Obama is NOT Hitler but he's going to give himself a heart attack coming up with nonsensical conspiracy theories and when he's lying on the operating table he'll remember this conversation when it's too late.
Or when the One Socialist World Secret Obama Police catch up with him...
2013-10-07 12:05 pm (UTC)
@ Miss Prissy
I see you've never met one of these folks in person .
There's no way he'll _ever_ realize nor admit he's wrong because after all , the conspiracy is forced upon him and besides , it's all the fault of " that uppity nigger in thew whitehouse ' ~
When The professor says this man (and his ilk) live in a different universe , he's not kidding nor exaggerating .
Truly scary because they're also the nutballs who think carrying a gun every where and using it at any " provocation " (like looking at them) is just and correct .
Worse yet , they breed .
I...actually feel kind of sorry for people like that, who are clearly afraid of something completely fictional.