I think on some level, Alex Jones is sincere
I think he started off inspired by the existence of what he perceived as injustice, and he wanted to smite it from existence. He was a "true believer", and he thought the United States constitution meant something.
And while he is a sexist, and somewhat bigoted, who am I to judge?
We all have our faults, and we should all just be ourselves (with the ability to fight back)
I am jealous of him though, because I used to have a college radio show around the time he was really starting to become popular nationwide. I had a stupid leftist show, and I did everything myself: booked guests, conducted interviews, got up at four in the morning to print reams of articles from the school library's computers. I was going for a "spontaneous" experience ( i allowed people to call in and I didn't screen calls; I really couldn't, being the only one working the show, and I got called stupid a lot) and I didn't want to get bogged down in what I called "demonstration politics" and just regurgitating the popular leftist rhetoric of the time, but that's exactly what I ended up doing
It really sucks. I missed the era of Youtube by twenty years. I was twenty years TOO EARLY
But Alex persevered. He was considered "libertarian", a word with very little meaning to me, and he even made a guest appearance on the show of some local libertarians who used to monitor and persecute the other radio shows at my station with a perseverance usually present in only the most rabid of PC liberals; I believe the two of them were drunk when they had him on their show
if I had only persevered I could have been as big as Alex Jones today
fluoride *really is* bad for you and other people think so too
Anyway, you don't have to like Alex Jones, you don't have to like ANYTHING you don't want to, but it's another thing to just dismiss something because someone you don't like says it
And I guess that's why really paranoid ( or very "woke", depending on how you view things) people complain that he might be a "gatekeeper"; someone who seems like he questions the status quo, but is really there to control the narrative for people who question. He's loud and he's right wing, so when he says stuff like "fluoride is bad for you" or "fluoride is mind control", many people dismiss it out of hand ( especially those really smart scientific liberals; usually guys), and the subterfuge is maintained
Sorry folks. From people like Kaj Roholm, a Danish fluoride scientist from the 1930's who studied the effects of fluoride on human bodies and pretty much concluded that it was useless, to Hardy Limeback, a former head of dentistry at the University of Toronto who used to be one of the biggest promoters of fluoride in water, to all those European nations who don't bother to put it in their water because they see no benefit, this is not really a conspiracy theory. There are legitimate criticisms of fluoride's usefulness and hell, you can use fluoride all you want if you so choose, but why do people who don't want it have to drink it? And it is actually present in a lot of psychiatric medications, especially in ones where people's inhibitions become impaired ( you know, like prozac?)
So even if you don't agree that fluoride is problematic, it really isn't just an "Alex Jones thing"
atrazine really *does* feminize frogs
This is the biggest joke I see bandied about the Internets when ridiculing Alex Jones and "his theories"
Oh, Alex and his "gay frogs"
Too bad it's actually true
Tyrone Hayes ( a black scientist by the way, liberals should love that ) has done studies on atrazine, a pesticide widely used in the US ( but banned in Europe) showing that it is an endocrine disruptor and that is adversely affects amphibian populations
Syngenta, the Swiss chemical manufacturer that makes the garbage has conducted a smear campaign against him and other scientists who dare to question the safety of this chemical compound
I first heard about him in a documentary called "Last Call at the Oasis", which also featured Erin Brockovich, a woman I greatly admire for her work on hexavalent chromium in drinking water in California (although the movie was great, it was full of a lot of untruths)
Atrazine is pretty prevalent in our environment, and in agricultural use, so it would make perfect sense to muddy the waters a bit further when trying to discredit any of its critics
waco *was* really fucked up and there are actually leftists who think/thought so
This one I include here because it's not something he harps on about much recently, but it was one of his major topics starting out. He even helped construct a new church on the site of the old compound that was razed to the ground by the ATF
Close to eighty people died because of the ATF's assault on the compound, including several small children
A lot of people criticized and continue to criticize the role of the government and the ATF in this fiasco, that they tortured that inmates of the compound with loud music, late nights, and that they fired the first shots and caused the fire, but it did seem to be relegated to merely right wing critics of Bill Clinton
And it's indicative how the "Alex Jones effect" ( as I also like to call this phenomenon) doesn't just apply to him: it applies to anything that seems to emanate from the right side of the political spectrum.
Criticism of the Clintons ( or anyone in the Democratic party for that matter) also falls under this. For uncritical thinkers, if the wrong person is saying it, then it must be untrue. It's like if Rush Limbaugh said the sky is blue; well, that can't be true, because that evil f-- (not very body positive there) f--- said it
It's fricking hilarious!
i mean, JUST this week! Kanye West has been tweeting that he liked Candace Owens' (conservative black woman who became popular after just a few Youtube videos capitalizing on being a conservative Black woman ) ideas and that he kind of agrees with Trump, and shitty liberals literally shat their pants
And you know what, that's fine. That's your opinion. But my opinion is that you're being stupid
I don't like Candace Owens; I think she's awful. But some things I agree with her.
I just don't appreciate or understand the dismissive attitude of people. I follow people on Twitter who immediately "blocked" him ( as if he would follow them in the first place and you don't have to pay attention to his tweets if you don't look for them but whatever ) because they were so offended by what he said
Shania Twain was forced to apologize for saying she would have voted for Donald Trump if she had had the opportunity, and she felt compelled to give an apology that ran for four long tweets...
But I digress
Because the point of all this is that if people stopped being outraged when their "enemy side" does something and took a step back and saw that they really have no principles and also that we are all getting played, maybe something "good" (Whatever that means) could finally happen
Coriandra de Bambaway is getting a first class seat on the first flight to Mars. On Virgin Airways. I don't know how she did it