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Oct 31 2012

Why I don’t bother with youtube comments, Part Eleventymillion

As you know, NonStampCollector has joined Freethoughtblogs. Check out the responses to his latest video—angry people are unsubscribing from his youtube channel because a) PZ Myers is an evil dictator, b) they refuse to contribute to PZ Myers’ profits, c) they’re all evil feminists at FtB, d) they banned Matt Dillahunty! and e) PZ Myers will have total control over what NSC can post.

Not only are these totally irrelevant to NSC’s video, but they’re all wrong. a) I don’t control FtB; Ed Brayton holds the purse strings, b) Profits from advertising are all split up by percentage of total traffic, so visiting NSC’s site puts money in his pocket, not mine, c) we’re all good feminists, like all decent human beings should be, d) we haven’t banned Dillahunty (look, here he is!), and e) all of our bloggers are completely independent, and they can write whatever they want. We took on NSC because we talked to him and learned that he’s not a total asshat, unlike some previous, poorly vetted admissions, so we trust him to be rational and reasonable.

I think he’s better off with the cretins unsubscribing, since it means the quality of his comment stream will take a great leap upwards. It will also improve because all of you will head over to youtube and subscribe.

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  1. 1
    jamessweet

    a) I don’t control FtB; Ed Brayton holds the purse strings, b) Profits from advertising are all split up by percentage of total traffic, so visiting NSC’s site puts money in his pocket, not mine, c) we’re all good feminists, like all decent human beings should be, d) we haven’t banned Dillahunty (look, here he is!), and e) all of our bloggers are completely independent, and they can write whatever they want.

    This is the most offensive thing PZ has ever written. The abuse of punctuation! I think he has gotten semi-colons and commas confused.

  2. 2
    IslandBrewer

    This post is exactly what an evil controlling feminist nazi dictator who banned Matt Dillahunty would say!

    Checkmate, PZ!

  3. 3
    Rutee Katreya

    Well, I’m convinced, FREEZE PEACH FOR ALL.

  4. 4
    michaeld

    The one lying idiot parroting that “FTB banned matt for mansplaining” is probably the most ridiculous thing over there. If they want to gripe about what ever they don’t like at FTB that’s fine with me (I may disagree but fine). But honestly if you can’t even argue your criticisms without spouting a ridiculous twisting of what happened over and over again I have a hard time giving a damn about your arguments.

  5. 5
    Nothing

    I wish I could go and subscribe to NSC in support of his blog. Problem is, I’m already a long time subscriber of his. =|

  6. 6
    sadunlap

    NSC’s response to one of the comments is hilarious and worth a trip over to the YouTube commentariate just for that. For people who call themselves “skeptics” the failure to follow even the most rudimentary principles of assessing and making rational inferences from evidence I found there provide quite a lot of entertainment.

  7. 7
    sadunlap

    Wow. Just for more free entertainment I read through more of the comments at YouTube. Just – wow. Pacifiers are bouncing off of computer monitors across the internet.

  8. 8
    PZ Myers

    Yeah, and I’m also a long-time subscriber.

    I think someone ought to leave a comment to the effect that they’re unsubscribing from NSC because PZ is an evil abuser of all the rules of grammar and punctuation. It would make as much sense (or more!) as the rest of it.

  9. 9
    Rev. BigDumbChimp

    Jebus the level of utter ignorance and misinformation in the comments is disheartening.

  10. 10
    PZ Myers

    Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention all the comments that are, in effect, “I’m unsubbing…because Rebecca Watson!”.

    Do these people know Watson isn’t part of FtB? No, of course not, they mangle facts pretty freely.

  11. 11
    Rev. BigDumbChimp

    the youtube comments that is.

  12. 12
    Argle Bargle

    In regards to Dillahunty it’s likely the commentators have confused FTB and the Atheism+ forum. All those non-sexist websites look alike to misogynists.

  13. 13
    Louis

    And I repeat…

    Rebecca Watson turned me into a newt.

    I didn’t get better, that’s just how evil she is.

    Louis

  14. 14
    Ichthyic

    Check out the responses to his latest video—

    huh.

    all I see* is “Herp Derp Derp..”

    *thanks to Chris Clarke.

  15. 15
    screechymonkey

    In regards to Dillahunty it’s likely the commentators have confused FTB and the Atheism+ forum. All those non-sexist websites look alike to misogynists.

    You see, PZ and all other FtBers are morally responsible for everything posted at FtB, Skepchick, and the Atheism+ forum. However, it was totally illegitimate for FtB to kick out one of its bloggers because FREEZE PEACH.

  16. 16
    Rumtopf

    I’d be absolutely thrilled if people like that stopped associating with me.

  17. 17
    Stephanie Zvan

    Wait. Weren’t we supposed to be the ones being all tribal and rejecting people?

  18. 18
    Island Adolescent

    I checked out the response and saw this near the top of the list from NSC:
    “Check it out, read my blog if it is indeed something you would have liked to do, and if I start trying to smash the patriarchy, appending mathematical symbols to the word “atheism”, or dying my hair green and avoiding elevators, you can block the entire domain again.”
    Not sure if this is supposed to be amusing, but it certainly isn’t to me.

  19. 19
    Illuminata, Genie in the Beer Bottle

    Wait. Weren’t we supposed to be the ones being all tribal and rejecting people?

    it’s okay when bigots do what they accuse other people of doing, DUH! They’re special Rules are for bitches.

  20. 20
    Illuminata, Genie in the Beer Bottle

    Not sure if this is supposed to be amusing, but it certainly isn’t to me.

    See, now, I did think that was funny because damn those are some stupid fucking reasons for blocking a domain. Sounds like he’s mocking the Whiny Ass Bigots to me.

    Hope I’m not wrong.

  21. 21
    Rutee Katreya

    Wait. Weren’t we supposed to be the ones being all tribal and rejecting people?

    To be fair, that could be a different set of clueless people. Personally it’s hard to keep them straight unless it’s directly needed; I’d rather spend brain space on trivia like strategies for Arkham Horror or Uncharted Waters Online than on what asshats, specifically, hold which particular asinine thought.

    But that might just be me.

    Not sure if this is supposed to be amusing, but it certainly isn’t to me.

    I’m not amused either, fwiw.

  22. 22
    Tony! The Fucking Queer Shoop!

    Damn, so many of the comments are insipid. There are people who think PZ runs FtB. Some people think it’s one big group think. Some people think FtB bans a lot of people. I mean these are people who can’t possibly have read every blog here, otherwise, the lies they spew would be obvious even to them!
    I can see why people don’t read the comments following YouTube videos.

  23. 23
    Island Adolescent

    Illuminata, I see what you mean.
    I guess I just can’t see the subtleties powering through the rest, which holds much too true for many idiots.
    Not to mention, why is NSC not going to try and smash the patriarchy!? Not at all? Darn!

  24. 24
    Tony! The Fucking Queer Shoop!

    Stephanie:

    Wait. Weren’t we supposed to be the ones being all tribal and rejecting people?

    That was part of the evil FtB plot to take over the world *last* month. Didn’t ya’ll devise a new plan for October?

  25. 25
    sadunlap

    Sounds like he’s mocking the Whiny Ass Bigots to me.

    Hope I’m not wrong.

    From watching his videos for the past couple of years I would say he is mocking the whiners. Irony is often a lost art and sometimes does not come across as effectively as the author may hope. I think failed irony is the worst we can accuse NSC of. (I thought it was hilarious myself).

    If you didn’t find that comment funny, oh well, thanks for playing and better luck next time.

  26. 26
    Enopoletus Harding

    I think he’s better off with the cretins unsubscribing, since it means the quality of his comment stream will take a great leap upwards.

    -Doubtful. The creationists and the fundamentalists will not care, while it is probable that those YouTube users that hate FTB the most may be quite rational when dealing with the religionists and hate FTB only because of their love for Thunderf00t’s “Why do People Laugh at Creationists”, and, by association, Tf00t’s dislike of FTB.

  27. 27
    Tony! The Fucking Queer Shoop!

    Illuminata:

    Sounds like he’s mocking the Whiny Ass Bigots to me.

    When I first read it, I was taken aback. Your response made me rethink it. If NSC hadn’t included the bit about “dying my hair green or avoiding elevators”, it would have looked like he was making fun of A+ or attempts to combat the patriarchy. Instead, it does seem to be mocking the fools.

  28. 28
    Goodbye Enemy Janine

    I found this to be the clearest crystallization of all of the whining.

    That’s a fair point. I have to admit that my disliking of FTB is mainly based on hearsay & the one time I actually went there myself.

    Don’t take me for a Tfoot fanboy (not even a really big fan of his channel anymore), but what happened in that case was complete bullshit imo.

    I’ve disliked PZ since LONG before this A+/FTB stuff because he is so obviously a narcissist.

    Anyway, point being: Based on what I know, he blocks people simply for not “going with the flow”.

    That was by Zentz29.

    Funny, I cannot find not going with the flow as one of the reasons to be banned.

    Is there a secret list that I am not aware of or is this type of hearsay trustworthy?

  29. 29
    Goodbye Enemy Janine

    Enopoletus Harding, the quote that I pulled out of the slag pile is representative of the bullshit being flicked there. Really not very rational at all.

    Shit, some one explained to LeksServices the situation with Matt Dillahunty and still the fool spouts that Matt Dillahunty has been banned by FtB.

  30. 30
    Ichthyic

    Shit, some one explained to LeksServices the situation with Matt Dillahunty and still the fool spouts that Matt Dillahunty has been banned by FtB.

    Romney sets a great example for people like that.

    The newspeak is: “Lie all you want! It ain’t no crime!”

    Al Franken was fucking prophetic with his book: “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them”

    It’s beyond even what Orwell could have imagined.

  31. 31
    Island Adolescent

    I think failed irony is the worst we can accuse NSC of.

    I’m very hopeful that is the case, and it seems to be so.
    I probably could have found it funny on the first take if it wasn’t so veiled to me. Guess I need more written satire practice, though the bit preceding that paragraph about how the guy should unblock FTB for NSC’s blog seemed rather legitimate; that may have been what left me unprepared for following satire.

  32. 32
    Rev. BigDumbChimp

    I’ve disliked PZ since LONG before this A+/FTB stuff because he is so obviously a narcissist.

    This is fairly stupid. I think to be a blogger is to be somewhat narcissistic. Thinking people want to hear what you have to say bears some narcissistic thinking.

  33. 33
    michaeld

    @ Janine

    But just look at last night’s post on the alberta oil sands where everyone is in lock step agreement and there’s no heated debate at all ;p *kidding*

    And yeah I know I corrected Leks during his spamming replies about Matt D and it didn’t even slow him down. I love that he call his Matt example a red herring at one point too.

  34. 34
    Goodbye Enemy Janine

    Lies are protected by FREE SPEECH™ are you are a NAZI if you try to correct me.

  35. 35
    Rutee Katreya

    While it is probable that those YouTube users that hate FTB the most may be quite rational when dealing with the religionists and hate FTB only because of their love for Thunderf00t’s “Why do People Laugh at Creationists”, and, by association, Tf00t’s dislike of FTB.

    Probable based on?

    This is fairly stupid. I think to be a blogger is to be somewhat narcissistic. Thinking people want to hear what you have to say bears some narcissistic thinking.

    Aw, I can’t make fun of my friend for his outrageous ego if I have one just for commenting on a blog *kicks dirt*

  36. 36
    marinerachel

    Looks like Thundy’s jumped in.

  37. 37
    Goodbye Enemy Janine

    This is what the ThunderingFool had to say.

    From six hours before.

    Try to understand that, like it or not, people will judge you by the people you hang around with.

    As the old saying goes, you can judge a man by his friends. The core of FTBs have shown utter disdain for the free exchange of ideas we cherish here on YT. Indeed PZ actively promotes the Discovery Institute/ VFX version of comment ‘moderation’. This is why there has been such a wail of despair at you joining FTBs. I know its presumptuous, but people expected better. Sorry if that snds harsh :-(

    From twenty hours before.

    I gotta agree here. What in gods name possessed you to join FTB? PZ institutes the same ‘free speech’ policy as the Discovery Institute n VFX. Damn even venomfangx has grown enough of a backbone now to allow ratings, while PZ disables ratings the second it becomes clear people think hes talking crap. (devolution?)

    PZ, Matt Dillahunty and Rebecca Watson use the ban button like a someone with OCD on crack.

    I was so happy to be rid of the drama-whoring ultra PC crowd. Why on Earth did u join them?

    Funny how ThunderingFool has a different opinion about Matt Dillahunty. He is both part of the Ultra PC Horde and a victim of the Ultra PC Horde.

  38. 38
    Matt Penfold

    Looks like Thundy’s jumped in.

    He’d be out of his depth in the shallow end of a puddle.

  39. 39
    sleeper

    I have had only contempt for any theist youtuber who did not allow comments or ratings. It generally means they do not suffer criticism well and are putting out videos for a select few. Ultimately they do not want their sheeple confused by open criticism or opinions. I won’t adjust my view of this merely because PZ adopts the practice.

  40. 40
    Goodbye Enemy Janine

    Matt Penfold, I love how SuperBenzid is shifting the goalpost for you. Great low comedy.

  41. 41
    Goodbye Enemy Janine

    Go back to sleep, sleeper.

  42. 42
    screechymonkey

    Janine@37,

    I remain stunned at the irony of someone who judges NSC for the “company he keeps” but thinks it was a horrible injustice for FtB to decide they didn’t want his company any more.

  43. 43
    Goodbye Enemy Janine

    Well, screechymonkey, if FtB were to tolerate what ThunderingFool had to say, FtB would have been worthy of ThunderingFool’s company.

    Or something like that.

  44. 44
    Ichthyic

    I have had only contempt for any theist youtuber who did not allow comments or ratings

    translation:

    “I don’t like it when they won’t let me pull a Nelson Muntz on their videos!”

    I won’t adjust my view of this merely because PZ adopts the practice.

    translation:

    “I’ll pretend I’m making an effort at playing the ‘balanced and fair’ game”

    *yawn*

    transparent dude is transparent.

  45. 45
    Matt Penfold

    Matt Penfold, I love how SuperBenzid is shifting the goalpost for you. Great low comedy.

    Yeah. I’ve dropped out of the discussion for bit though. There is only so much stupidity I can take. Sleeper (here) is not helping!

    Oh, and Sleeper, you do know that PZ put a link to this blog so that anyone wanting to comment could come here ? It was not a case of not allowing comments, but of directing them all to one place.

  46. 46
    Enopoletus Harding

    @Janine: Hallucinating Liar
    -Yikes! People who have the capacity to make shit up to such a degree as to state Matt Dillahunty has been banned on FTB and continue to state so after a clear rebuttal to such nonsense should most assuredly be blocked from commenting further.

  47. 47
    Ichthyic

    tfoot in mouth:

    Indeed PZ actively promotes the Discovery Institute/ VFX version of comment ‘moderation’.

    LOL

    yeah, sure.

  48. 48
    Ichthyic

    … and continue to state so after a clear rebuttal to such nonsense should most assuredly be blocked from commenting further.

    YOU NO CAN HAZ FREEZE PEACH !11!!

  49. 49
    Tony! The Fucking Queer Shoop!

    someone:
    Get to work on a Freeze Peach shirt. Now.

    (please–> in Roger Rabbit’s voice)

  50. 50
    stevehaworth

    You know whats funny is, I’d actually rather approve of this whole Humanistic-ish principle of social justice and equality -> If you people would actually apply the scientific method to it.

    But since you don’t, and you’re fiercely enforcing, as well as promoting the enforcement of, a silent opposition…
    Well that qualifies as “Disinformation”

    That is “Bad Science”

    The better question is tho… are you happy with it, or are you interested in learning a better way?

  51. 51
    Ogvorbis: Still failing at being human.

    If you people would actually apply the scientific method to it.

    Care to elucidate?

  52. 52
    Rutee Katreya

    But since you don’t

    Oh, if we’re just making up positions for our opponents, then I label you a foe of Steinbeck, literary legend.

    Spoiler: Science isn’t kind to sexist assholes like you.

    But since you don’t, and you’re fiercely enforcing, as well as promoting the enforcement of, a silent opposition…

    If I get to make the rules my opposition follows, I’d rather just make rules that make them not be bigotted assholes.

    Well that qualifies as “Disinformation”

    This is the caliber of youtube atheists in general, yeah.

    No, it isn’t disinformation to tell people not to be assholes, and hold them to that standard.

    The better question is tho… are you happy with it, or are you interested in learning a better way?

    Some asshat who can’t even keep his terms straight thinks he’s going to teach me about science? This’ll be a laugh.

  53. 53
    LykeX

    I have had only contempt for any theist youtuber who did not allow comments or ratings… I won’t adjust my view of this merely because PZ adopts the practice.

    Some might say that there’s a slight difference between blocking all comments and saying, “If you’re going to comment, do it over here.”

  54. 54
    Waffler, of the Waffler Institute

    You know whats funny is, I’d actually rather approve of this whole Humanistic-ish principle of social justice and equality -> If you people would actually apply the scientific method to it.

    You’re right, that is hilarious. That you think people should care what you approve of, and so on. That was the joke, right?

    But since you don’t, and you’re fiercely enforcing, as well as promoting the enforcement of, a silent opposition…

    How? Please elaborate. Does this have something to do with freeze peach?

    Well that qualifies as “Disinformation”

    That is “Bad Science”

    The better question is tho… are you happy with it, or are you interested in learning a better way?

    What question is this question better than? I’m confused.

  55. 55
    mythbri

    You know whats funny is, I’d actually rather approve of this whole Humanistic-ish principle of social justice and equality -> If you people would actually apply the scientific method to it.

    What do you mean, “you people”?

    *Snort*

    Okay, that wasn’t funny. But you know what? It’s not funny that you qualify your potential support of social justice issues and equality as “if only you would apply the scientific method.”

    This means one or perhaps both of two things:

    1. You are too lazy to do any kind of research on your own.

    2. No amount of “applying the scientific method” is going to convince you to care about a principle of equality if you don’t already.

  56. 56
    Rutee Katreya

    If I had a dramatic voice, I’d seriously consider doing a dramatic reading of some of the youtube comments I’m seeing, but a squeaky voice can’t do faux drama.

  57. 57
    Giliell, professional cynic -Ilk-

    Ultimately they do not want their sheeple confused by open criticism or opinions. I won’t adjust my view of this merely because PZ adopts the practice.

    The first rule of skepticism: Never change your opinion. Don’t heed any arguments or reasons given. You are already right because youR’e a skeptic because it says so on your shirt and you own a hair of Randi’s beard.

    +++

    You know whats funny is, I’d actually rather approve of this whole Humanistic-ish principle of social justice and equality -> If you people would actually apply the scientific method to it.

    You know what’s funny?
    One click could take you to a compendium of dozens and dozens of scientific studies…

  58. 58
    Naked Bunny with a Whip

    It generally means they do not suffer criticism well

    …says the anonymous person who dropped a comment and then apparently left.

  59. 59
    PZ Myers

    I have had only contempt for any theist youtuber who did not allow comments or ratings… I won’t adjust my view of this merely because PZ adopts the practice.

    You know what’s really strange? That they don’t look at the ignorance on parade in the NSC thread and all say, “fuck it, yt comments are worthless.” Like I did.

  60. 60
    Illuminata, Genie in the Beer Bottle

    You know whats funny is, I’d actually rather approve of this whole Humanistic-ish principle of social justice and equality -> If you people would actually apply the scientific method to it. make it agree with my unexamined prejudices, bigotries and cherished delusions of rationality.

    But since you don’t kiss my ass and tell me what I want to hear, and you’re fiercely enforcing, as well as promoting the enforcement of, a silent opposition… fairness, equality and all that shit – and with evidence no less! Well that qualifies as “uncomfortable” to my privileged, whiny, selfish ass.

    There, now it’s 100% more honest.

  61. 61
    Ichthyic

    The better question is tho… are you happy with it, or are you interested in learning a better way?

    OH NO, we’ve heard of this “better way” before…

  62. 62
    chigau (違う)

    Why is the default to allow comments?

  63. 63
    Rumtopf

    Because I am a scientist!
    And FTB harbors and enforces…
    BAD SCIENCE!
    When you have people that DONT know the science, and they are in a place WHERE THEY BELIEVE people know what they are talking about, they will end up adopting the bullshit because they don’t know.

    What…
    No reasoning?
    Are you even capable of logic?
    I am male.
    We have an innate abilities to separate emotion from logic.

    I found out the answer to your questions to teveaworth on youtube. It’s “Because I’m a scientist! And a man/vulcan!”.

  64. 64
    Rumtopf

    stevehaworth* (That was odd.)

  65. 65
    Goodbye Enemy Janine

    I gotta take a little time
    A little time to think things over
    I better read between the lines
    In case I need it when I’m older

    Now this mountain I must climb
    Feels like a world upon my shoulders
    I through the clouds I see science shine
    It keeps me warm as life grows colder

    In my life there’s been heartache and pain
    I don’t know if I can face it again
    Can’t stop now, I’ve traveled so far
    To change this lonely life

    I wanna know what science is
    I want you to show me
    I wanna feel what science is
    I know you can show me

    I’m gonna take a little time
    A little time to look around me
    I’ve got nowhere left to hide
    It looks like science has finally found me

    In my life there’s been heartache and pain
    I don’t know if I can face it again
    I can’t stop now, I’ve traveled so far
    To change this lonely life

    I wanna know what science is
    I want you to show me
    I wanna feel what science is
    I know you can show me

    I wanna know what science is
    I want you to show me
    And I wanna feel, I want to feel what science is
    And I know, I know you can show me

    Let’s talk about science
    I wanna know what science is, the science that you feel inside
    I want you to show me, and I’m feeling so much love
    I wanna feel what science is, no, you just cannot hide
    I know you can show me, yeah

    I wanna know what science is, let’s talk about science
    I want you to show me, I wanna feel it too
    I wanna feel what science is, I want to feel it too
    And I know and I know, I know you can show me
    Show me science is real, yeah
    I wanna know what science is…

    HA! I will not apologize for this!

  66. 66
    Ichthyic

    meh, every time I see lyrics and science, I can’t escape the old Thomas Dolby song becoming an earworm.

    it drowns out the Foreigner completely :P

  67. 67
    Goodbye Enemy Janine

    Foreigner should be completely drowned out.

  68. 68
    Stephanie Zvan

    Huh. mojojo just tried to post on my blog as well–using reliwhat’s IP address.

  69. 69
    noelplum99

    Looking at the stats on socialblade, the suggestion that NSC could lose subs is way off base. He has actually gained quite a number of subscribers and I have my doubt whether any more than half a dozen of his almost 60,000 subscribers will have jumped ship as a result of him blogging here.

    I am actually quite looking forward to him blogging here. I have long subbed to his channel (and he has mine, so there is one reason for some of you to dislike him before he gets started) and, quite apart from his output there, always enjoyed his commentary on issues.

    I wish him well here. As long as he represents himself I really fdon’t see the issues. Dare say he will take a few slings and arrows from both sides along the way (by ‘both sides’ I mean the YT hating Ftbers and the FtB hating YTers) but that is generally what happens if you say anything half interesting.

    jim (np99)

  70. 70
    =8)-DX

    Wowz, this comment section filled up quick. As well as the “whiny-ass-bigots/idiot” name calling, there also seems to be an oddly high number of people on both sides (more there) who are acting as it was put – tribally, and fail to approach other members of their species as civilized beings.

    I think it takes prolonged lengths of time spent on multiple blogs and vlog channels to understand their different modes of communication. (especially among the community).

  71. 71
    Ze Madmax

    Janine @ #68:

    Foreigner should be completely drowned out.

    ZOMG PEE ZEUS HORDE ARE ALL XENOPHOBES ZOMG!!!!!11111eleventy

    :P

  72. 72
    Goodbye Enemy Janine

    So mojojo is reliwhat. Lovely.

    He could not even get the reference right. It is Mojo Jojo.

    I guess a troll gotta troll. A troll that stops trolling dies.

  73. 73
    marinerachel

    Holy hell, I love that bunch. Let me summarise:

    Them: FTB/A+, which are the exact same thing, are bullies who wield all the power in atheism and threaten us in general, harming us individually.

    Me: A+ and FTB aren’t the same thing. Matt Dillahunty wasn’t banned from FTB. He’s still a contributor to one of the blogs they host. PZ isn’t the bauss at FTB.

    Them: ABLEIST SLUR, FUCK YOU. YOU’RE NOT SMART ENOUGH TO UNDERSTAND. NAMECALL, NAMECALL, NAMECALL!

    And these are supposedly the bullying victims in this whole sordid affair.

  74. 74
    Argle Bargle

    noeljim99 #70

    I have long subbed to his channel (and he has mine, so there is one reason for some of you to dislike him before he gets started)

    Just because he has a lapse of taste and intelligence doesn’t mean he’s a bad person. Perhaps he watches your channel to know how not to do it.

  75. 75
    noelplum99

    Rodney @75

    You could very well be right there Mr Nelson. Still, I could at least take some consolation of having been of use to someone at sometime, even if it was just as an object lesson in what not to do!

    Jim (np99)

  76. 76
    Illuminata, Genie in the Beer Bottle

    As well as the “whiny-ass-bigots/idiot” name calling, there also seems to be an oddly high number of people on both sides (more there) who are acting as it was put – tribally, and fail to approach other members of their species as civilized beings.

    LOL yeah that’s the real problem – not enough deference to those “civilized beings” in the slimepit. LOLOLOLOL

  77. 77
    marinerachel

    Ooooooh, they’ve graduated to the “YOU’RE SHOVING IT DOWN OUR THROATS” argument.

    Yes, by joining FTB, NSC is SHOVING FTB/A+/PEEZUS DOWN THEIR THROATS!

  78. 78
    Rev. BigDumbChimp

    meh, every time I see lyrics and science, I can’t escape the old Thomas Dolby song becoming an earworm.

    Way off topic but: Did you know that Thomas Dolby did an album with Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir and Eddie VanHalen?

  79. 79
    Rev. BigDumbChimp

    I just learned that this weekend.

  80. 80
    Rev. BigDumbChimp

    …back to your regularly scheduled groaning at morons.

  81. 81
    Sili

    Freeze peach?

    Is that like a Melba?

  82. 82
    Goodbye Enemy Janine

    Freeze peach.

    Freez-peach.

    Free zpeach.

    Free speech.

    FREEZE PEACH is the only thing that guarantees our freedoms!

  83. 83
    timgueguen

    Funny that Ichthyic mentions “She Blinded Me With Science” drowning out Foreigner. Thomas Dolby was a session keyboardist on Foreigner 4

  84. 84
    Ichthyic

    Did you know that Thomas Dolby did an album with Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir and Eddie VanHalen?

    nope.

    learn somethin’ new every day.

  85. 85
    PZ Myers

    Mojojo has been cleaned up. Pathetic little troll.

  86. 86
    Muz

    I do find “‘Tuber Pride!” a sad spectacle more and more these days.
    (we should denote that with a picture of some root vegetable. Goes well with Freeze Peach!)

    I wonder if Aron Ra ZOMGItsChris have to put up with this crap, or if their pre water/Tf00t-shed status protects them somewhat.

  87. 87
    Giliell, professional cynic -Ilk-

    I wonder if Aron Ra ZOMGItsChris have to put up with this crap, or if their pre water/Tf00t-shed status protects them somewhat.

    Chris definetly has to, especially since she declared herself to be a feminist.

  88. 88
    Yuriel

    Yeeeah, is Prof. Myers really sure about the whole “not being an asswipe” deal?

    ‘Cause so far, he’s not-so-subtly mocked Rebecca Watson(“If I ever dye my hair green and start avoiding elevators… you can unsubscribe”) and Atheism+(“…or appending mathematical symbols to Atheism…” “I don’t know what Atheism+ is, nor do I want to”), and generally distancing himself from FtB by crapping on it.

    “I’m not an FtB supporter either, I read 5 or so only” “I’ve got more interesting things to write about than feminism or Thunderf00t” “here’s what I think of feminism: ——————” “[in response to people saying how horrible FtB is] “My part isn’t, it has nothing to do with the others.” And so on, dumping on “both sides,” showing how independent he is.

    Maybe I’m just unaware of what a wonderful guy he is and how brilliantly he’s satirising the irrational responses but to little ol’ me, he just sounds like a bit of a smug douche. Reminds me of all those annoying homophobic homos(“hey I’m gay BUT I KEEP IT TO MYSELF, I DON’T GO AROUND ANNOUNCING IT! don’t hate me, let’s join together and hate on the faggy queens, YOU’RE A MAN, BEHAVE LIKE ONE!”) or “I’m-an-atheist-but”ers.

    I hope I’m wrong but that’s my initial impression.

  89. 89
    John Morales

    [meta]

    Yuriel, you put text in quotation marks, but cite no source for these purported quotations.

    (Did little ol’ you make them up?)

  90. 90
    Yuriel

    Where did I get them? oh, I dunno, maybe from the place that Prof. Myers mentioned in the very second sentence of this post? the Youtube comment thread he linked to?

    You couldn’t be bothered to take a look at that but at least you found the time to be a snarky ass and to falsely accuse me of making them up.

  91. 91
    John Morales

    [meta]

    Yuriel, a question is not an accusation, and the fact remains you have not cited your sources.

    You now claim you don’t know whence they come, but that they’re maybe somewhere in the place that Prof. Myers mentioned in the very second sentence of this post. Are they?

    (For example, whence PZ’s claim that he’s sure that someone (who?) is not an “asswipe”, the sincerity of which you ostensibly question?)

  92. 92
    Yuriel

    Are you serious? I’m not “claiming” I don’t know and I’m pretty sure you know that, ’cause you then say exactly where I told you I read them. Now, instead of taking 2 minutes to click the link to the Youtube comments page and Ctrl+F “NonStampCollector” to cycle through his responses, you just say “Are they?”

    I doubt you’re that dumb, so I can only guess that you’re “hilariously” doing it on purpose.

  93. 93
    John Morales

    [meta]

    Yuriel:

    I’m not “claiming” I don’t know and I’m pretty sure you know that, ’cause you then say exactly where I told you I read them.

    I refer you to your #90, were you write “oh, I dunno” and “maybe” contrary to your new claim.

    Again, whence PZ’s claim that he’s sure that someone (who?) is not an “asswipe”, the sincerity of which you ostensibly question?

  94. 94
    Ichthyic

    ‘Cause so far, he’s not-so-subtly mocked Rebecca Watson(“If I ever dye my hair green and start avoiding elevators… you can unsubscribe”)

    that actually was a bit of sarcastic irony; he was mocking the people who berate watson, not watson.

    you could ask him yourself.

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