Thinking Weird Thoughts

Politics being what it is these days, I’m not at all surprised to see wingnuts from both sides trading bizarro accusations including the one that DCist blogged this morning: that the protestors last weekend were exposed, on purpose, to Tularemia bacteria and that it was done either as an experiment in crowd control, or to specifically harm protestors.

What does surprise me is that DCist, a site that I enjoy, is giving these barking moonbats some level of credibility by writing about them at all. Maybe I’m just missing the sarcasm tag, maybe I’m just not seeing this as the joke it’s meant to be? While I do dislike the actual hassle that protesting creates, and while I may encourage the restraining of the protestor-who-broke-into-citibank, I don’t think this is a reasoned response from government, or any response at all. To claim, without even remote evidence, that the government is behind this is irresponsible, but isn’t giving voice to the ravings of lunatics also irresponsible?

Update: Martin from DCist weighs in below the cut in the comments section. I guess he was joking after all, phew!

4 Comments so far

  1. WFY (unregistered) on October 7th, 2005 @ 12:07 pm

    “maybe I’m just not seeing this as the joke it’s meant to be?”

    Nope, the guy who posted it is serious. He went to the same university as me and was always in the paper as a columnist or policitian talking about some injustice or another. He is also the same guy who said he was shocked by the ballpark politics last week and is the resident D.C. vs. suburbs (especially Virginia) elitist. In other words, pay him no mind…

  2. Rick (unregistered) on October 7th, 2005 @ 1:39 pm

    I don’t mean to sound crazy and feed into any conspiracies, but I went down to the protest to snap some photos and just check out the general debacle that was going on. Within the week, I had an amazingly painful sore throat (it was hard to eat) and was having some breathing issues.

    So I went to my doctor (I’ve never used my health care in the 2yrs I’ve been here) and got checked out. The doctor looked at my throat and said, oh, its very red and looks like a bacterial infection. He said he was pretty sure it was strep but didn’t do the test and prescribed antibiotics.

    Normally a case of strep is cleared up easily by penicillin, but I had a very hard time getting rid of this; even now some pain lingers in my throat after I finished my prescription of antibiotics.

    I’m guessing its a weird coincedence, but now that I’ve read the DCist article and looked up more on Tularemia, I am actually second guessing a little.

  3. Martin (unregistered) on October 7th, 2005 @ 4:03 pm


    That post having been mine, I feel I should probably step up to defend myself.

    Please read the post. Read it carefully. Read it slowly. Just read it. I report on what I had read this morning. After quoting from someone who claims to have gotten sick from the bacteria in question, I note that this could be a mere coincidence or it could be true. But before mentioning that it could be true, I add that it’s “hardly as exciting” as the conspiracy theory. I feel that makes it obvious enough that I feel that the claims that someone put the bacteria in the air are a little, well, far-fetched. Most commenters seemed to understand this.

    I am not giving this theory any credibility. If anything, I am exposing it to public critique. Sometimes the dumbest things are best exposed as such by making them as public as possible. That’s it.

    Too many people read too much into this. One commenter here, who attended the same university as I did (alongside 40,000 other people), seems to speak authority when he claims to know that I am “serious.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

    Tom, I like your site just as much as you claim you likes ours. That being said, I wish you could have read this post for the joke that it is.



  4. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on October 7th, 2005 @ 4:16 pm

    Martin, I’m glad to hear it’s just a joke post, and I’ll be glad to update the main entry with this. Too much, these days, is proving to be so far from the believable truth that even treating it with kid gloves, or just giving them an outlet, that when I see things like this, it’s hard to tell if people are kidding or not.

    Apologies if you were offended.

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