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  1. Doug Little says

    So when that doesn’t happen will he then shut the fuck up… Oh and he needs to take prediction 101, his prediction is way to specific and way too soon.

  2. Synfandel says

    Does the Affordable Care Act subsidize psychiatric treatment? Mr. Beck needs to register now!

  3. says

    10% global tax might be worth it to be rid of Beck.

    I suspect that if it ever comes to fruition, this will be exactly how they sell it.

  4. kesara says

    Soo… Google glasses make you smarter by “uploading information”, but they will be too expensive for Glenn Beck to buy because the glasses will cause the singularity thus causing a 10% global tax and driving him out of business, and THAT`S NOT SCIENCE FICTION, IT´S SCIENCE FACT!!11!
    I feel kind of sorry for Glenn, should he ever have a stroke and start babbling incoherently, nobody would notice the difference.

  5. raven says

    Where do the UFO aliens, UN agenda 21, and the Illuminati fit in here?

    Beck has been saying this sort of thing for years, starting with Fox News. Nothing he has said has ever happened.

    In 2010 he was going blind within a year. It’s 2013 and it hasn’t happened yet.

    It isn’t a problem with his clueless followers though. He has made ca. $100 million in a few years.

  6. Jeremy Shaffer says

    And [Beck] does this all while screaming for no apparent reason.

    No reason? That’s how we know it’s really real.

  7. dingojack says

    “… Common Core and Ray Kurzweil’s “singularity” and Google glasses…”

    Anyone care to explain this to me. In simple terms?
    Thanks,
    Dingo

  8. bargearse says

    Looks like Glenn is going after Alex Jones’s audience. It was only a matter of time I suppose.

  9. jnorris says

    Dingojack and others: Glenn Beck makes sense in that he is milking the Never-Ending Cash Cow of Lunacy. As long as it keeps giving dollars he keeps squeezing it. When one theme (teat) plays out, Mr Beck just moves to the next one.

  10. caseloweraz says

    A ten percent global tax by 2015? Do Russia, China, and the Burmese junta know about this?

  11. raven says

    “… Common Core and Ray Kurzweil’s “singularity” and Google glasses…”

    Anyone care to explain this to me. In simple terms?
    Thanks,
    Dingo

    It doesn’t make much sense.

    Beck is just listing common fundie delusions without bothering to link them together. Because they have nothing to do with each other and they are delusions any way.

    1. The 10% global tax is a new wingnut fantasy. IIRC, the IMF or some organization said the European budget or banks or something needed 10% more money. This quickly came to mean that the banks will seize 10% of all bank deposits in Europe. Which actually happened in Cyprus, where they seized more than 10% of deposits to bail out their banks.

    2. Common Core is a set of US school standards. It was developed outside the federal government by the school systems and is pretty standard stuff. Fundies hate it because it lists what you need to be minimally educated; reading, writing, science, humanities.

    3. The Kurzweilian singularity is the idea that someday we will get so smart and technologically advanced that we move to a new mode or plane of existence. It might happen but it won’t be for centuries or millennia, if ever.

    4. Google classes are wearable, internet connection devices, now in beta testing.

    None of these are related to each other. Two of them are fantasies.

    A wild guess is that Beck is afraid that one day his followers will become intelligent, wake up, and realize he is a scamming idiot. I don’t think he has much to worry about here. It’s the PT Barnum effect.

  12. dingojack says

    Raven – cheers for that.
    ‘Kurtzwellian Singularity’ sounds like a good name for a band. Unless it goes into the Congo, goes native, and sets up four ministries in towers (over a pig farm) or stummit.
    Dingo

  13. dogmeat says

    2. Common Core is a set of US school standards. It was developed outside the federal government by the school systems and is pretty standard stuff. Fundies hate it because it lists what you need to be minimally educated; reading, writing, science, humanities.

    The wingnuts are so bad on this one that Arizona has, by executive order, changed the name “common core” to “Arizona’s College and Career Readiness Standards.” Seriously, no joke.

  14. raven says

    European Banking Crisis – Seizing 10% of Everyone’s Accounts …
    armstrongeconomics. com/…/10/…/european-banking-crisis-seizing-10-of…‎

    4 days ago – The European Banking Crisis is getting much worse and the whole structure is crumbling to dust. … The banks will need more and more financial support until the reserve … a general bailout by seizing 10% of all deposits in Eurozone banks. … IMF head Christine Lagarde has been suggesting a wholesale …

    Activist Post: IMF Proposal to Tax Bank Deposits
    http://www.activistpost. com/2013/10/imf-proposal-to-tax-bank-deposits.html‎

    2 days ago – Not just in Europe either, US government debt will need to be dealt with too.” … The next step will be to seize bank accounts like they did in Cyprus, and then step up the MERS mortgage fraud …. October 16, 2013 at 10:37 PM.

    IMF proposes a 10% tax on all bank deposits to pay for sovereign …
    www. secretsofthefed. com › News › Banking Cartel‎

    3 days ago – … OF SPEECH, GOVERNMENT SPYING, ILLEGAL SEARCH/SEIZURE, FASCISM … First there was Cyprus, where upwards of 60% of all bank deposits were … “The IMF proposing to” tax crisis “, 10% of private savings in Europe”, … and depositors are the cash cows through which these agencies will take …

    Here is more info on the 10% global tax wingnut fantasy.

    I haven’t gone to any of the above websites. And have no intention of doing so.

    After days of reading Tea Party wingnut gibberish, my brain needs to rest and recover. Someone else can try to translate it from Gibberish to English.

  15. Nick Gotts says

    Common Core and Ray Kurzweil’s “singularity” and Google glasses…”
    Anyone care to explain this to me. In simple terms? – dingojack@10

    I can’t elucidate the Common Core connection, but in The Singularity is Near (2005 – note the date – p.105), Kurzweil says:

    By the end of this decade, computers will disappear as distinct physical objects, with displays built in our eyeglasses, and electronics woven in our clothing, providing full immersive virtual reality. Thus “going to a web-site” will mean entering a virtual-reality environment – at least for the visual and auditory senses – where we can directly interact with products and people, both real and simulated. [boldface added]

    So as you can see, Kurzweil rivals the great Beck himself in his prophetic accuracy.

  16. zero6ix says

    Once, just once, I would like to hear Beck say the following: “Why aren’t you people listening to me?! I mean, you have all the information I do! What, am I crazy here?”

    Then followed by a moment of self-realization.

  17. dingojack says

    Ah good ol’ Kurzwell*. He saw this documentary once, oh and read a book too…
    @@
    Dingo
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    * Yes I spelt it correctly this time (yes, I am an idiot, thanks for asking!)

  18. lofgren says

    The Kurzweilian singularity is the idea that someday we will get so smart and technologically advanced that we move to a new mode or plane of existence. It might happen but it won’t be for centuries or millennia, if ever.

    That’s not quite right, although it’s understandable that you would have that impression since a lot of people who cite Kurzweil believe something like that, and Kurzweil cultivates an air of mysticism. The singularity is a point in history when technology begins progressing so fast that it is impossible for humans to comprehend it. This will happen when computers are able to design and build other computers. It’s called the singularity because, much as the rules of physics do not apply before the big bang, the forces that have acted upon human history no longer apply after the technological singularity.

    I’m more forgiving of Kurzweil’s predictions than a lot of folks in the skeptical community. His predictions are sensationally ambitious and often have no precedent in history (which is sort of the whole point of the singularity), but they are usually not impossible or even unlikely on a long enough timeline. Even so, hearing the line “This is not science fiction folks! It’s science fact!” in reference to Kurzweil made me laugh out loud.

  19. raven says

    I don’t dismiss Kurzweil’s ideas completely. But his timelines are way off.

    And right now it is science fiction. But it is great science fiction.

    Charles Stross and Vernor Vinge have written fantastic novels using the Singularity. I remember reading Vinge’s Marooned in Real Time and going “WOW”.

    And as to why Beck and his followers are afraid of humans becoming too smart, rich, and powerful, well who knows? It’s Glenn Beck and he doesn’t know either.

  20. lofgren says

    In some cases his timelines are off, but I think that is something we should be forgiving of when talking about the work of futurists. I’m willing to call anything within ten years before or after a major hit. He’s predicted the singularity to occur in the first half of the 21st century. If it happens by 2060, I’ll consider him right. (It probably won’t happen by 2060.)

  21. bushrat says

    Beck is in a tizzy about The Singularity because he knows that if or when it occurs, the jig is up for shysters like him.

  22. blf says

    …the banks will seize 10% of all bank deposits in Europe. Which actually happened in Cyprus, where they seized more than 10% of deposits to bail out their banks.

    Misleading. No insured deposits of less that 100,000€ were touched, nor is there a general levy on deposits. (There was, at first, a plan to do a general levy of somewhat less than 10% but that was quickly dropped after just about everyone and their dogs pointed out how stupid and short-sighted it was.)

    However, there is in-place a plan to levy up to 40% on larger uninsured deposits in The Bank of Cyprus (BoC). As I far as I can now recall, that levy has not (yet) been imposed. Instead, those deposits (almost all of which are held by wealthy foreigners (mostly Russians)) have been frozen to give the BoC time to sort out its mess by other means.

  23. felidae says

    I think Glenn is well past his “sell by” date, evidenced by these rantings caused by intercrainal rot

  24. exdrone says

    Beck is worried that, when we reach The Singularity and all of our consciousnesses merge into the virtual reality of the global knowledge network, his kind will finally be neutralized by anti-virus software.

  25. says

    The wingnuts are so bad on this one that Arizona has, by executive order, changed the name “common core” to “Arizona’s College and Career Readiness Standards.” Seriously, no joke.

    We weren’t as creative in Pennsylvania. They just renamed it the Pennsylvania Core Standards. I don’t think it fooled the winguts, though.

  26. dingojack says

    As I sit here it the middle of the warmest, driest spring for decades, surrounded by unprecedented wildfires that spread a plume of eucalypt smoke from over 300Km inland across the city and out to sea, I can’t help rolling my eyes at Kurzwell’s teenaged excitement at his re-cycling of well-worn sci fi ideas.
    By 2060* we won’t be able live (let alone farm) a majority of the Earth’s surface because of the extreme heat. Most coastal cities (where of 80% or more of the population live) will be underwater. Storms and extreme weather events will be destroying homes and businesses way inland. Water (and food) shortages will be acute, but gosh, we’ll have smart underwear so won’t that be cool.!!
    If those undies were that smart they’d be building a spaceship and getting off this rock before humanity really wrecks the joint.
    @@
    Dingo
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    *Assuming ‘business as usual’ (or what I like to call the Abbot model).

    BTW Mr Kurwell – it’s happened before, it’s happening now, it’ll happen in the future.
    I doubt many people can describe how an internal combustion engine works (never mind fix one). At certain point in their evolution, all technology crosses the line to become ‘magic’.

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