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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Martial Arts Retardedness

You must watch this video. It's from 2006, something called the "Pathgate Summer Retreat". We'll talk after.

Ok? Now, firstly, did you get through the whole thing? I know, it's hard because it's so goddamn stupid, but it shows a really nice parallel between martial arts believers and faith healer believers. When you get people who believe in you, they'll do whatever it takes to keep the myth alive. "Oh, you're a lama? Cool. You can throw people around and make them bounce like monkeys with your special lama energy? Cool. Oh, like those people...I see. Well, sure, I guess I'll try...I mean, there's been so many bouncing around already, it can't hurt." And off you go. Stupid belief, a couple true believers, mutual reinforcement, closed off from mainstream society. That's a recipe for...wait for it....

Benny Hinn! Aren't the similarities interesting? I know, this one was harder to get through, even with the annoying, chanty, brain-washing "hallelujah" muted. There are a couple of things to notice about Hinn, however, as he's working with a very large audience and has to find the believers that will most persuasively make his case for everyone else. He's a professional, after all.

Check out how he finds a live one at about the one minute mark and gets his ushers to grab him so Benny can fuck with him in front of the crowd. That gets everyone else primed to know what to do when Hinn waves his arms in front of them. Then he takes the three true believers up on stage so everyone can see. It's nice that he's got his ushers trained to fall and convulse when his arm waves happen to pass by them. It's sweet, really. By the 3:45 mark, he's not even putting effort into it anymore; the overweight couple just get nonchalantly dropped twice.

Ok, skip ahead (if you didn't watch it all yet) to about 5:45 and watch him drop what looks like the choir. Well, all except for the one guy in front row who, apparently, wasn't on script. He won't be back next show (although I'm assuming that because there was a translator telling them what to do - i.e. hold hands - he's probably a local there for his wife or something). Near the end of the clip (around 9:18 or so), he tries to drop a group on stage and a man and a woman don't fall. Hinn does his usual grab-the-motherfucker-by-the-face routine he pulls out when folks don't fall, but he's a believer so he falls easily. The woman next to him just sort of sways backwards and doesn't go all the way down. I guess the "FIRE" didn't fully flow over her....

These two embarrassing videos are a testament to the gullibility of our species and our desire to believe what feels good, to our eventual detriment. Benny Hinn steals money from these people for what amounts to a couple hours of "entertainment". The crappy part is that the people in these clips lose so much more than their money - they lose what is overlooked when the shruggies1 say, "What's the harm?". They lose their ability to detect baloney, and that can cause untold amounts of harm, like to that woman who went the "lama" for her back pain and was up "throwing" students around afterwards. I'd be interested in seeing her the next week....

1. Shruggie (noun): a person who doesn’t care about the science versus pseudoscience debate. When presented with descriptions of exaggerated or fraudulent health claims or practices, their response is to shrug. Shruggies are fairly inert, they will not argue the merits (or lack thereof) of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) or pseudoscience in general. They simply aren’t all that interested in the discussion, and are somewhat puzzled by those who are. From Science-Based Medicine

2 Barbaric Yawps:

At 28/6/09 5:33 am, Blogger Sean the Blogonaut F.C.D. said...

Fuck that was hard to watch, all I saw was a mix of aikido, wingchun, compliant demonstrators, and a bunch of idiots involved in badly performed interpretive dance. Master Dongdong could kick the shit out of a bag full of shit

At 28/6/09 12:01 pm, Blogger Heathen Mike said...

And I'm sure he's done so in the past, ending up with only a bad case of shit-foot.

...haha..."Master Dongdong"...haha, classic.


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