In the chapter entitled “Fibs” in his “Insights and Reflections” (pp.327-330), Phillip Adams reminds us about ” the old joke that asks ‘How can you tell when a politician’s lying ?’, (which) is answered by ‘When his lips move’ “. The author goes on to expose “the bare-faced fraudulence of the whole preamble to the war in Iraq”. Some blind people still praise George W. Bush and Co. for invading Iraq, in spite of the proven non-existence of WMDs : “We took out Saddam Hussein, didn’t we ?”
Stalin and Hitler got away with lies that cost millions of lives. We all know that it could happen again. Politicians are still moving their lips.
Beyond politics, there are three belief-systems where credulity is exploited to the hilt : $cientology, Homeopathy and Religion. If you or any of your family and friends would like to discover the lies on which these insane beliefs are built, I am happy to refer you to the following sources :
- $cientology : Check out Tony Ortega’s blog “The Underground Bunker”. It contains ex-$cientologists’ constantly updated testimonies on the blatant nonsense behind this tax-exempt business, which calls itself a “Church” (!), and which continues to con suckers into paying exorbitant fees for phony “therapy” to rid them of their hang-ups. Travolta and Cruise are hardly sufficient reasons for allowing oneself to be swindled, if not financially ruined, by this pernicious fraud.
- Homeopathy : All you need to know about this pseudo-pharmaceutical racket can be found in a hard-hitting, 13-minute, 2005 video by none other than Richard Dawkins. A large percentage of my French readers will scream bloody murder when they read this. The British government spends millions of pounds subsidizing this pathetic exploitation of the “Placebo Effect”. 500 million people worldwide pay good money to drink homeopathic “medicine” which is (at least) 99.9999% water.
- Religion : It will be no surprise to habitual readers of this Blog to learn that I believe its 750 plus posts provide ample material to reinforce the doubts of Believers on the Brink about the ridiculous claims of the world’s religions. It is easy, often entertaining, and always informative reading, which reveals just how ridiculous religious beliefs, rules and ritual really are. Even if I say so myself . . . RIDENDA RELIGIO