Land of the Free-to-Be-an-Ignoramus Dept.

In so many ways it’s an evil thing that a huge percentage of the American public does not believe we ever went to the Moon. It was all faked, shot by NASA in a secret studio in the Mojave Desert or something. This delusional belief has become so popular and powerful that it now–like Wal-Mart and McDonald’s–threatens to undermine human intelligence across the globe, as testified to by a recent satire in The Onion that was picked up by Bangladeshi newspapers as factual news. Moreover, a recent poll done by Gallup has only 39% of Americans believing in evolution. Conspiracy theories of all sorts, from 9/11 “inside job” theories to Holocaust denial nonsense to wingnut birther accusations, are regularly given undue credit by Big Money corporate media and individual nutjob amateurs on the internet alike.

Moreover, I think this kind of foolishness is why the U.S.A. is still killing people in utterly pointless and illogical military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and elsewhere–a large number of citizens of the good ol’ U.S.A. have become almost intractably stupid, ignorant and unimaginative. Almost.


Named after the fictional moonbase in Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, Moon Base Clavius, a nifty, very neatly-designed little website devoted to debunking the delusion of faked Moon landings, offers a glimmer of real hope (and not Obama hopium) that some part of this sad situation can change.


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