Episode 184 – The One Where Jenn Goes Cult Shopping

In This Week’s Show, episode 184 we stock up on blood-infused homeopathic vodka before we journey straight into the manosphere.

Now, grab a beer and help us test the god hypothesis — because, while Taranis (the Celtic skygod and warlord) hasn’t struck us down yet, we are trying his patience!

Shea’s Life Lesson

This week I learned the difference between a good meal and a good time is where you put the cucumber.

Jenn’s Actual Lesson

Did you know Taranis’ name means ‘Thundered’ and is often compared with Roman Jupiter? He was sometimes appeased by human sacrifices where his victims were placed in giant wickerwork figures and burned alive. So, ya know, Wicker Man.

But before we get to all that, let’s have a beer!

This Week’s Beer

DaNitro Dry Irish Stout | Breckenridge Brewery
From: Mr. Jenn
ABV: 4.8%
Style: Irish Dry Stout
Link: bit.ly/2HvaKkr

  • Aaron – 4
  • Jenn – 4
  • Shea – 4
  • Steve – 4

This Week’s Show

Round Table Discussion

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Thanks again to Tom & Cecil, if you missed it Jim & I were on Cog Dis episode 410 promoting WyoAIDS.org

Hot Shots

You sound like I need a drink.

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A San Diego judge suspended the medical license of psychiatrist Dr. Marco Chavez this week after he admitted that he drank 16 ozs of vodka and cloves – which is absolutely what you drink when you’re subconsciously punishing yourself – before seeing patients he helped with things like depression, alcoholism, and tragic irony. The medical board first became concerned with Chavez in 2017 when he mailed a patient their prescription and an empty bottle of vodka – which one assumes he chivalrously drank lest it interact with her meds. What followed was a series of warning signs… like the results of state audits and his mother telling him vodka and clove is a “home remedy” for alcoholism, in the hopes that it would be fowl enough to curb his drinking.

It was not.

Deadly Homeopathy?

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There’s a trend among some of the world’s stupid people where instead of vaccinating their pets, they are turning to “homeopathic nosodes.” How exactly can homeopathic “medicine” be dangerous when it’s by definition literally just water? Well, A nosode “is a homeopathic remedy prepared from a pathological specimen. The specimen is taken from a diseased animal or person and may consist of saliva, pus, urine, blood, or diseased tissue.” If the product is prepared “properly” to a dilution of at least 30C, then it will contain NO molecules of the original product and will therefore not be dangerous, but if it isn’t and does contain some of the original there’s a real chance of infecting the target animal. Mostly though, this practice just means that fewer animals will be vaccinated and at risk for easily preventable diseases.

Netanyahu Put His Foot In His Mouth…

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And no, I’m not talking about the 50 dead and thousand wounded this weekend. While lacing up a diplomatic mission to Israel, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and his wife beat feet to an honorary dinner in Jerusalem… served in a shoe. Apparently thinking he was cooking for the Top Chef Avant Garde challenge, celebrity Israeli chef Segev Moshe thought “fuck it, I’m gonna make this as insulting as possible” and served dessert in an iron shoe. The move caused a stink among Japanese dignitaries who were more offended than most given Japan’s cultural disdain for footwear being anywhere other than a weird foot-cake porn video. Reports according to me say that after the dinner Padma Lakshmi called to let Segev know that it’s time to pack his knives and go.

Become A Cop And Fuck People For Real?

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It’s completely legal in 32 states for police to consensually fuck those who are in their custody. Sounds like bullshit doesn’t it? Well the good news is that Kansas, ever the stalwart example of good thinking and fine public policy, did the right thing and finally outlawed this practice last week. Kansas Democratic Representative Cindy Holscher introduced the bill after learning of cases where cops got off of a rape charge in New York by claiming the sex was consensual, and another in Kansas where a fucking ass named Roger Golubuski had a long history of coercing sex from women in Kansas City’s black community by threatening arrest. The bill was widely supported by members of both parties. Now if only the other 32 states would follow suit.

Internet Fame Seeking Has Finally Gone Too Fucking Far…

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Instead of doing the honorable thing getting drunk and telling dirty jokes, a Cambodian couple figured the best way to achieve YouTube fame was killing and eating endangered species. Skipping right over many of the internet’s most notable get-rich-quick schemes like prank videos, porn, or Patreon’s lucrative alt-right asshole career path, Ah Lin Tuch went straight for killing, cooking, and eating things like sharks, stingrays, and the endangered Fishing Cat – a wee little leopard looking kitty. In her defense, she said she didn’t even know what the animals were… other than edible anyway. In the wake of her sudden viral stardom, the videos have been taken down and the local environmental agencies are collectively breaking a foot off in her ass … which, interestingly, if she decides to run with, could still be lucrative over at PornHub.

OK Bigots

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A couple of days ago, Oklahoma’s wicked witch of the west governor, Mary Fallin, signed a new law that allows tax-funded, but still religious adoption and foster care agencies to legally discriminate against people. The stupid bitch said, “SB 1140 allows faith-based agencies that contract with Oklahoma to continue to operate in accordance with their beliefs. In a day and time when diversity is becoming a core value to society because it will lead to more options, we should recognize its value for serving Oklahoma also because it leads to more options for loving homes to serve Oklahoma children. Other states that have declined the protection to faith-based agencies have seen these agencies close their doors, leaving less options for successful placement of children who need loving parents.“ Basically, she’s arguing that without this law the bigoted fucks would rather close down than help all people and she’s onboard with that.

This Week’s Stories

Patron Mission to the Manosphere!

There is a bill that just passed in California which would classify selling or advertising gay conversion therapy as fraudulent business practice in the sunshine state. This is good news for most, as many professional medical and mental health organizations, including the American Medical Association, oppose the practice of sexual orientation change therapy because studies have shown it to be ineffective and have shown it can cause psychological harm.

Not so good news for Ex-gay activist, blogger, and perforated asshole Robert Oscar Lopez. At least that’s what he thinks.

Mr. Lopez is a professor (CA State University Northridge) and conservative commentator and when he isn’t spewing shit all over the internet he is a headline speaker at various marriage rallies, testified in favor of various state marriage bans, and filed amicus briefs arguing against marriage equality at the state and federal level. Oh and I forgot to mention he was raised by a lesbian couple but then went on to write a hate-filled paper called “Growing Up With Two Moms: The Untold Children’s View.”

Oscar the gay-grouch is concerned he is about to become a criminal sense “We’re on the verge of making it illegal to be ex-gay for everyone.” While that has nothing to do with the law Lopez has taken it upon himself to push his advice to the ones of readers he might have.

Published on Barb Wire, Lopez took countless hours, I assume, to write a list “Rebuking the Big Lie: Ten Tips for Ex-Gay Happiness.” I had to find a cached version of the story because it seems the website reroutes you.

Now most of these tips are pretty standard; don’t masturbate. Don’t watch porn. Cut yourself off from everyone you know. Embrace Jesus. And if you try real hard to be romantically interested in women, you can eventually brainwash yourself into it… after maybe ten years or so. However, one of the more peculiar things Lopez says will make “ex-gays” happy is… checking out the manosphere…

7. JOIN STRAIGHT MEN’S CONVERSATION

The manosphere may shock you (I mean sites like Roosh’s Return of Kings) with its misogyny and vulgarity. But you need to hear the thoughts of straight guys. It will help you stay humble by reminding you that you are now just one of the guys, struggling like the straight ones to get stronger and find better success with girls. It will also educate you on how straight men deal with setbacks and frustration. You need to increase your masculinity and self-confidence before you start dating girls. In addition to spending your time online in these kinds of environments, you want to do activities that place you in contact with straight men, and do not confide in other guys everything you are dealing with. Part of being a man is not having to talk about everything in your head, and just listening to what other people do. If you want to be in a relationship with a woman, you need to become a man — the kind of person who can be stalwart, unflappable, strong, and reliable, someone with no problems or drama. Being around straight men will gradually help you get there.”

I was unfamiliar with the manosphere, but Patheos explains it well,

“The “manosphere” refers to the parts of the internet heavily frequented by every possible variety of misogynist. You’ve got your standard Men’s Rights Activists, your MGTOWs (“Men Going Their Own Way Except For All They Do Is Talk About How Much They Hate Women”), your Red Pillers (men who believe they’ve discovered the “truth” of the universe, which is that men are actually the ones being oppressed by women), and your incels (involuntarily celibates… those are the ones now going on murder sprees).”

I wanted to check out a site for myself and went to Return of Kings hoping, in some small way, Gandalf or Aragorn would be there. They were not. But misandry and bigotry and racism and just plain ol hate were there. The headline article is “8 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HAVING RELATIONSHIPS WITH CHINESE WOMEN IN CHINA” in all caps mind you. I thoughts and prayerd that it would be a well-written article about the cultural differences and how to understand one another better. Nope, pretty much just a misogynistic garbage heap of anti-feminist view and horrible comparisons of ethnic traits. FUCK THAT SHIT!

There does seem to be a lot of irony in trying to get gay men to go straight by sending them to a site that hates women.

It seems to fit Lopez pretty well though, not just because he’s an ex-gay, but also because he clearly doesn’t care for women.

I’ll leave you with one more thought if you are thinking about becoming a heterosexual man, once again from the horse’s ass, mouth, whatever.

“Once you go straight, you may go years without sex; nobody wants to hear you cry about it. Once you find your woman, you can’t just blow off things she complains about. You have to sit and listen to her whine about stupid stuff for hours without laughing or rolling your eyes or getting snarky.”

Has Robert Oscar Lopez ever interacted with another human being?

Jenn’s Culty Second Half

Blood Over Intent vs. Moon Over My Hammy.

Discuss

In case you didn’t know, between adorable cat videos and bloopers of young men crashing, well everything, there are some really weird things floating around on YouTube. Now, I want to preface this story with; in way does W4W endorse or encourage ANYTHING to do with what I’m about to share. Warning: weird stupid ahead.

Sometime around 2013 a new community came into existence in the land of the YouTubes and has been steadily gaining in popularity especially in the last 2 years. (Coinciding, incidentally, with the election of everyone’s favorite dimwitted titian super-villain.) The community is known as Blood Over Intent and is sort of a loosey-goosey tin-foil hatter stomping the ground. Adherents have described it as a ‘platform-based spiritual community’ and as of today’s recording, there are over 378,000 YouTube search results for Blood Over Intent.

It covers all the main bases of the crazies: everything from apocalyptic prophecy to individual self-improvement in a web of conspiracy theories, new-age beliefs, and occult ideas. To prove your commitment to whatever ‘theory’ you are backing you undergo this particular ritual. A description of this ritual comes from Gizmodo: “Phoebe Rosa Castillo did her first Blood Over Intent ritual in August 2017. Draped in white fabric, the altar in her North Hollywood, Los Angeles apartment featured crystals facing North, a crucible pointing East, a candle to the South, and an arrangement of seashells marking West. Castillo, 27, spent about a month debating whether to go through with it, but she finally set up her camera carefully, and then pricked her finger with a medical lancet until she saw blood bubble up from beneath her skin.

“I intend to usher in heaven on Earth and release everyone from bondage,” she reads from a prepared statement, dripping the blood from her hand onto the words on the paper. The last step was uploading the video to YouTube where it would garner witnesses and sit alongside tens of thousands of Blood Over Intent clips of others performing or discussing the ritual. “I decided to spill a lot of blood the first time, to make sure that it worked,” said Castillo.

Here’s a link to a video by some poor fool who goes by ScubaDracula. Flat Earth (bit.ly/2Kyots5) He’s participating in blood-letting so people can awaken to the truth of a flat Earth.

Per Castillo, the ritual is a sort of initiation for the community’s “blood brothers” and “blood sisters,” who make up a loosely connected tribe that stretches across the weirder depths of YouTube, from Flat Earth to reptilian shapeshifters to any other conspiracy theory you can imagine. For those whose curiosity about conspiracies or the occult brings them far enough to find Blood Over Intent, says Castillo, the ritual is the holy grail, the hidden knowledge, and the community they’ve been looking for. “It’s the end of the rabbit hole.”

(Please see the following picture of pagan rituals done correctly: A Pshavi villager tackles a vessel of holy beer. Drinking and toasting are all part of the ceremony performed in the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia where young men get tanked and ride horses. “It’s technically against the rules to be sober.”)

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Back to weird internet land, many ‘practitioners’ of Blood Over Intent find each other wandering the fringes of the internet. Conspiracy culture offers believers a world of sinister, all-powerful puppet-masters, actively covering up the truth, and Blood Over Intent promises a mystical shortcut to seeing through the lies. Enough of the Blood Over Intent community overlaps with conspiracy circles of all varieties that this nice, simple belief—that you, post-ritual, are a part the few seeing the world for what it really is—seems sadly appropriate.

“When you’re waking up, you feel so lonely,” says Nym, 36 (going by her YouTube handle), who is in the Coast Guard and lives in Virginia Beach with her daughter and husband.“And it’s like, ‘where are the people like me?’” Among her blood brothers and sisters, said Nym, “there’s so much unconditional love… There’s actually genuine respect for each other.”

After performing the ritual there are sometimes even follow-up videos, basically testimonials: After 3 months, says one construction worker, “I can see everything that’s going on, all the symbols.” One U.K. YouTuber, who described herself as a housewife, says “I do feel like I’m a lot more loving. My relationships with those that matter are better” 10 months after performing Blood Over Intent. “It lit my soul on fire,” a young hippie dude in a beanie says, a year into the process. He credits blood magic for helping him overcome his opioid addiction.

Of course, when delving into forces so cosmically powerful it does have its detractors as well: In a clip titled, “BLOOD over INTENT: Don’t Bleed Your Own Blood,” a user with 12,000 followers who identifies himself as a “Christian whistleblower” argues that although Blood Over Intent does employ some “very practical spiritual technologies,” the ritual is “fatally flawed” because it’s rooted in what he calls the “The Roman Pauline Christian blood-mind matrix.”

Quartz Crystal: It’s A Trap – bit.ly/2rQXf83

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As we all know, you can’t have a fount of forbidden knowledge without a figurehead of leadership. For Blood Over Intent, this is Mark Braum, a married plumber in Florida who goes by Quasiluminous and is Satan. He hits the high points of conspiracies, the Earth is flat, and also hollow, and we are living in a hellish simulation, controlled by dark forces, reptilians, and shadowy elites; every shape, symbol, and word is a secret to be unlocked; everything you’re taught in school a lie; reality itself is straight-up bullshit. He’s nearly incomprehensible to the uninitiated, veering into long, self-referential diatribes about angels, black holes, and magic.

Satan bit.ly/2KvpOQo – “Immersion in Blood Over Intent and its underlying mythos, he said, makes you “so far advanced that nobody should be able to comprehend what’s coming out of your mouth.”

What separates Braun from any other edgy conspiracists and prophets of doom out there, is other people also truly believe he’s Satan incarnate. After cutting himself and wiping his blood on a statement of intent some five years ago, hordes of seekers have followed his lead.

“I don’t take money, I don’t take worship, I don’t take advice,” said Braun, who by all accounts doesn’t profit from his following.

“He can’t stop us from worshipping him,” interjected Castillo. Later, she said that the two have never met in person, but they video chat regularly.

“Quasiluminous is Satan, the one true Antichrist in the flesh,” wrote Lauren Pavey, a mother of three from North Carolina and Florida “He is the cornerstone of Blood Over Intent because he alone was given the mythical spear of destiny to bring forth heaven on earth. No one may enter the house of god without him… Heaven chose Satan to lead the way. I could see the symbols in reality all around me much clearer after.”

Braun doesn’t hide his online self from the real world, either. His son, like his wife and his co-workers know him as Satan, too. “They’ve already seen too much. They can see all the blood that goes up there, they know what’s going on.”

At his job, said Braun, “I put my blood over my paycheck, and my boss shows the videos while we’re at work, saying ‘look at what Mark does with his paycheck.’ Everybody knows who I am.”

And now this is a thing you know.

Next Week’s Beer

Contemplation – Brewery Vivant Grand Rapids, MI
Golden Ale brewed with Michigan Honey

From: Steve E
ABV: 7%
BA Score: 3.66/5
Style: Bière de Garde

Faith In Humanity Restored

That’s a wrap… maybe even a Hello Kitty wrap and a cookie!

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James Harrison is 81 years old and definitely has the babies-saved-by-blood-donations record at an estimated 2.4 million!

The 81-year-old’s plasma contains a potent antibody used to create a remarkable treatment known as Anti-D that protects unborn babies from the potentially deadly Rhesus D Haemolytic Disease (HDN).

On Friday, after more than 60 years and 1173 visits, Mr. Harrison made his final donation. “It’s a sad day for me. The end of a long run,” Mr. Harrison said.

So, for everyone who isn’t cursing my pronunciation in their head, what is HDN?

It can occur when a pregnant woman with Rh- blood is carrying a baby with Rh positive. Her body reacts to the baby’s red blood cells as if they were an invading virus or bacteria and produces antibodies to destroy the invader.

The effects can be devastating. The disease causes multiple miscarriages, stillbirths, and brain damage or fatal anemia in newborns. Basically, it’s a shit show you don’t want it.

HDN killed thousands of Australian babies a year until scientists in the 1960’s discovered that injecting the Rh- mother with low levels of donated RhD immunoglobulin. The antibodies mop up any Rh+ blood cells without harming the baby.

Mr. Harrison naturally produces the rare combination of RhD- blood and Rh+ antibodies, making him the ideal donor.

“Every ampule of Anti-D ever made in Australia has James in it, since the very first mother received her dose at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in 1967. It’s an enormous thing … He has saved millions of babies. I cry just thinking about it,” said Robyn Barlow the Rh program coordinator who recruited James, who is also the program’s first donor.

Scientists suspect his unusually high levels of the antibodies in his blood is due to a 13-unit transfer he received at 14. “His body produces a lot of them and when he donates his body produces more,” said Jemma at the Australian Red Cross.

Mr. Harrison said the Anti-D program was his way of giving back, “they asked me to be a guinea pig, and I’ve been donating ever since.”

Roughly 17 percent of pregnant Australia women receive Anti-D, including Mr. Harrison’s own daughter.

Dubbed “the man with the golden arm” he has donated 500-800ml of blood plasma a week for a total of 1162 donations from his right arm… and 10 from his left.

He’s already well beyond the age limit for blood donations, but because Australia’s Anti-D program is wholly dependent on just 160 donors they allowed him to donate as long as he could. His retirement now is to protect his own health. “I’d keep on going if they’d let me,” Mr. Harrison said.

Making synthetics is almost impossible so the Blood Service started a three-year research project to harvest Mr. Harrison’s DNA and create a library of his monoclonals – the cocktail of antibodies and white blood cells that herald a promising new phase in the Anti-D program.

Mr. Harrison was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1999.

Here’s to you, Mr. Harrison!

Bonus Cat Video

The Robots Roaming the High Seas – YouTube

Deadpool Takes Over Stephen’s Monologue – YouTube

How Black Panther’s Visual Effects Were Made | WIRED – YouTube

Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) – Official Trailer – Paramount Pictures – YouTube

The Deadliest Being on Planet Earth – The Bacteriophage – YouTube

SpotMini Autonomous Navigation – YouTube

Marvel’s Luke Cage – Season 2 | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix – YouTube

Homemade Hydraulic Hulkbuster – YouTube

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