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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Based in part on theory and conjecture

40 years ago tomorrow night, man first walked on the moon...or did he? No, no he totally did! But our show at Public Assembly tomorrow night will still be a celebration of the crackpot moon landing hoax conspiracies that have sprung up over the last four decades since! This is the vibe I'll be going for as co-host:

You know if I owned a turtleneck I'd be rockin' that look.

Here's the thing, though; I love a good conspiracy theory and we're going to have a lot of fun with it, but I've been immersing myself in all the wack-job websites and youtube clips by all of the hoax theorists. Every single one of their doubts about the veracity of the moon landings is built on a shaky list of photographic and video "evidence" and personal accounts, and it's all incredibly easily refuted by the simplest explanations of reality! People have hung their whole lives on something so ridiculous and simply discountable, to what end, to feel important or that they're in on something. But I've also been immersing myself in this superb website, wechoosethemoon.org, which is a real time recreation of the Apollo 11 mission, complete with realtime streaming of the original NASA audio, video, etc. It's simply beautiful and enthralling, get on it right now, they land tomorrow!

The sad thing is that all the tinfoil hat guys are a part of this massive achievement of humanity along with the rest of us! The reason they can't accept that we could have possibly actually gone to the moon is that they can't comprehend of the combination of human hubris, genius and bravery that sent three men in a tin box shooting through space, landing them on the moon and bringing them back safely. It was simply insane, the risk! The chances of it working, how slim were they, really? But we just did it! It was the sixties, and the Cold War, and the astronauts were combat pilots. They just did it! Would never be possible in our contemporary risk-adverse world.

Anyway, the show tomorrow night is going to be fabulous. What better way to celebrate shared human achievement than with genius strippers and a bluesy chanteuse?



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