Sibrelenfreude

Sibrelenfreude

Sibrelenfreude

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Aug. 2 2009 7:33 AM

Sibrelenfreude

I wasn't going to write about this, since it's really just schadenfreude, but so many people have sent it to me via email I figure it's touching on some level of skeptical consciousness.

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Bart Sibrel arrested
Moon hoax conspiracy promulgator, astronaut stalker, and Buzz Aldrin punching bag Bart Sibrel was recently arrested for vandalism. Apparently, someone took too long to get out of a parking space he wanted. He parked nearby, got out of his car, and then repeatedly jumped up and down on the offending car, doing over $1400 worth of damage.

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Now, there is certainly a vast array of snark just quivering to be let loose here. Sibrel is largely responsible for the dumbosity of the Moon hoax still being around, and has used arguably slimy tactics to keep it so. He has lied about me, and still says things that are provably wrong even when I have told him to his face (well, over the radio) that they are factually wrong. Yet he keeps on saying them.

And, of course, there is the potentially huge ad hominem about a conspiracy theorist who goes ballistic over such a minor issue as a parking space. It's certainly easy to assume he's a nutsoid goofball who's just a NASA photo away from losing it completely. But that should be avoided: I know I myself have daydreamed of what I would do to people who take too long to pull out of a parking space -- generally at some point large electric shocks applied to delicate body parts are involved.

But the difference, of course, is in idly fantasizing about something versus actually doing it. The real irony here is that Sibrel's Apollo claims are fantasy, and aimed against people who actually did do something.

So I won't go out of my way to engage in beating this particular zombie horse. Instead I'll let you idly daydream about it. Try not to write anything slanderous in the comments, but the best "parking space travel" joke will get the kudos of the BA community.