Charlie Sheen is a Loony Toon

In an effort to further fuel the fires of Charlie Sheen’s astonishing media blitz, I feel like it’s my personal moral obligation to add my tiny contribution to the blogosphere on this very important pop culture phenomenon. My very good friend, Q, has sent yet another message from the future detailing the demise of Charlie Sheen. However, I am more interested in just what, exactly, it is that he is doing right now.

Charlie is saying things that are insane. Some of his more lucid moments are from the Piers Morgan show (who the fuck is Piers Morgan, by the way? And just where did he come from?).

Another place to get really good quotes is the Sheen Wars Mashup.

Of course, my personal favorite is the Good Morning America interview.

The thing is, none of this is being taken out of context. All an interviewer has to do is ask him a question and he hands them pure gold! There is a strange sort of bizarre honesty in this kind of insanity. Sheen reveals something to us, the public, that perhaps even he is not aware of.

“I have a ten thousand year old brain and the boogers of a seven year old.”

There’s a peculiar arrogance, conceit, pretension to it all that is almost…what…endearing, maybe? I can’t hate him for being batshit crazy. This kind of megalomania is clearly the product of a diseased mind. I think it comes down to what the media is doing with him, which is exactly what feeds this sort of manic episode: they are feeding him. They are indulging him. And they are doing it, I might add at the public’s demand. The American populace loves the image of a trainwreck. We are rubbernecks by nature. Humans, maybe, are this way. It’s sort of like watching men hack each other to bits in the Roman Coliseum. It’s that kind of thing. We can’t get enough of this kind of pathos.

“I’m bi-winning. I win here and I win there. Now what?”

He is not, by his own diagnosis, bi-polar. Here’s the deal if you had a friend or an acquaintance, or if there was some random dude at the bar who was saying the sorts of things that Charlie Sheen is saying, what would you think? What would your assessment of that person be? Would he be the sort of person that you would want to make sure got an interview on Good Morning Bloody America? Of course not! Those people are crazy. But Charlie Sheen was in Platoon! That’s the crucial difference.

It doesn’t matter what Sheen says. He is crazy and maybe it makes us feel a little better about ourselves to know it. Just like when celebrities get sick. Maybe Sheen is sick, but nobody is doing anything to give him a legitimate diagnosis, we are just letting him run his mouth and drink his…tiger’s blood…and say these crazy things in these interviews because we are entertained by it! This guy needs help and what do we do? We laugh and make Star Wars mashups.

I’m not even going to make the argument that this is a bad thing. I mean, the things that he says are too priceless not to get on tape. As long as he doesn’t start actually hacking people up with that machete, I say let him go bonkers. Enjoy it while it lasts, because he’s going to crash sooner or later, and once that happens, it’s just going to be sad and someone is going to have to go and pick up the pieces.

Snitches Get Stitches

Snitches get stitches. A playground taunt used by nefarious youngsters who do bad things and don’t want to get in trouble for it.

Wikileaks, a fascinating organization dedicated to transparency in government–since governments can’t be trusted to be transparent–has released over a quarter million cables from US embassies around the world. These documents show beyond a doubt that the United States government has been spying on our own allies.

Here’s my problem with this whole thing. There’s been this insane backlash on the part of the media and government against Wikileaks. This is sick and delusional behavior on the part of the people who are supposed to represent and inform us.

A list of thoughts on this issue, since I’m literally too angry to put this into paragraph form:

  • It is NOT Wikileak’s responsibility to keep state secrets. That’s the state’s responsibility. I mean, what would expect them to do? Not release these documents?
  • The media is completely complicit in helping to misdirect the people’s attention on the cables themselves to the government’s attack on Assange.
  • The fact of the matter is, the government fucked up and what are they doing? Nothing so sane as apologizing and coming clean. They are attacking the very person who tattled on them. A supposedly transparent government it is not, when they are attempting to make an example of a man merely doing his civic duty.
  • The sick thing is, it’s all working. The people’s attention is not on the cables. They are not getting angry at a dishonest government trying to protect its secrets. They aren’t necessarily angry at Assange either. But the mass television media (print and web media are somewhat more reasonable) is largely ignoring the real issue which is that the US government has been very, very naughty. If not criminal.
  • Hillary Clinton is doing the exact opposite thing that she should be doing. By taking down SIPRNet, she is creating a government that is not even transparent to itself. A recipe for disaster and totalitarianism. (Ever read 1984? Don’t think the Ministry of Truth is possible?) Information will not flow as easily between departments and intelligence organizations and thus, will be even less transparent.

Let’s hope that Wikileaks can keep up the good work.  And let’s hope that our government does the right thing and apologize for once.

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Scientia Pro Publica #8

Scientia Pro Publica has a new edition out. One of my articles was accepted, which is totally cool.

This week’s edition was published by John over at A DC Birding Blog. There’s a very good lineup of articles in this edition and I hope that everyone can click on over and check it out.

The next edition is in two weeks, over at Pro-Science. Look for it there, or, if you like, you can submit an article by clicking right here.

Ciao Bella.

Scientia Pro Publica: Blog Carnival #4

I’d just like to point any readers to Eric Johnson’s Primate Diaries for the latest in what’s shaping up to be a pretty fantastic blog carnival: Scientia Pro Publica, of which this week’s edition is in memory of the venerated Stephen Jay Gould, who, in my freshman year of college, I was far too immature to appreciate. There’s a lot of really great stuff in this issue and you will really be missing something crucial if you don’t check out this issue’s offerings. One of my articles was featured and I’m a little humbled by it, honestly. So thanks, Eric, who not only shares my name, but a passion for science, and also Grrlscientist for kicking off what looks like it’s going to be a quality publication for some time to come.