Whirled Musings

Across the Universe with Cosmic Connie, aka Connie L. Schmidt...or maybe just through the dung-filled streets and murky swamps of pop culture -- more specifically, the New-Age/New-Wage crowd, pop spirituality & religion, pop psychology, self(ish)-help, business babble, media silliness, & related (or occasionally unrelated) matters of consequence. Hope you're wearing boots. (By the way, the "Cosmic" bit in my moniker is IRONIC.)

Thursday, January 01, 2009

A Barry Happy New Year!

Well, Dear Ones, it's been two weeks since I blogged, and now I find myself in a brand new year, at least if you're going by the Gregorian calendar.

I was seriously considering doing one of those painfully clever Year In Review posts outlining the best and worst of 2008 from my Whirled view. After all, 2008 was an eventful year in the New-Wage/selfish-help arena; we had everything from a benevolent, bearded New-Wage guru who turned out to be a genocidal war criminal, to the usual shenanigans of your garden-variety hustledorks and amateur quantum physicists. Scientist Bob Proctor disavowed one of his major fame tickets, The Secret, while pushing the latest in a series of his own
marginally legal highly questionable money-making schemes. Joe "Mr. Fire" Vitale bought more expensive cars and blogged and Tweeted about them endlessly, although his world nearly shattered when he failed to attract a flying car he'd had his eye on (if you follow the link, scroll down to the second item). David Schirmer, lone Aussie star of The Secret, lost more court cases (to paraphrase "Mr. Fire," way too many links to list here. Just Google.). And so forth.

Indeed, the ocean of 2008 runneth over with snark chum.

Alas, I quickly realized that I am far too lazy to do a Whirled Year In Review. I'm even too lazy to do a personal Year In Review, even though it was a significant year for me, in that I became a country girl and finally learned how to use Twitter.

So I'm going to take the easy way out and hand you over to Dave Barry, who, of course, concerns himself with a much broader range of topics than I do. Just in case you haven't seen it yet, here is Dave's review of the year that was. And remember, he's not making it up. At least, not all of it.

PS ~ Don't worry. I'll get back to snarking...well...probably tomorrow!
PPS added January 3 ~ That "tomorrow" I mentioned above is now yesterday, and threatening to turn into the day before yesterday. But don't worry, I am preparing to snark...



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Connie, happy, healthy -- and snarky, why not:) -- 2009 to you and Ron.

Friday, January 02, 2009 1:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

P.S. To help the snark along a bit, see this:

Hypnotherapist, 75, jailed for sex attacks

By Matthew Cooper
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
The Independent

A 75-year-old hypnotherapist was jailed for eight-and-a-half years today for committing a string of sex attacks on young girls during massage sessions.

Peter Knight was told by a judge that the offences were a breach of trust aggravated by the fact that his victims were targeted because their mothers were "vulnerable and credulous".

Knight, who claimed to be healing his victims, was convicted of 16 counts of indecent assault and three other sex offences last month following a two-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

The court heard the pensioner, of Selsey Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, committed the offences against young women and girls over a 10-year period from the late 1980s to the late 1990s after billing himself as a spiritual healer who specialised in positive thinking.
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Full text:

WV: wirlins :)

Friday, January 02, 2009 1:54:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Thank you for the good wishes, Eliz, and thank you for being Whirled Musings' first commenter of 2009! Your verification word for your second comment was...well, what can I say that we haven't already concluded in our conversations on SHAMblog? The Blogger 'bots are smarter than we have been led to believe. :-)

The story of the 75-year-old "healer" who turned out to be a sexual predator is, alas, all too common, and not just in the UK, of course. But this one was, I admit, an extreme example, given the fact that many if not most of the victims were children. Who knows how many other "hypnotherapists" and other "therapists" are out there being "the-rapists?" It's kinda scary...

Saturday, January 03, 2009 8:08:00 AM  
Anonymous mojo said...

Serendipity/Syncronicity at its finest:

The "failblog" people (who are also the lolcats/loldogs people) just put a "commercial fail" on its site--a television ad for the "Wunder Boner".

I kid you not. If this doesn't bode well for the new year, we skeptics are too far gone to EVER get self-helped....


(It's worth a click just for the boingity-boing-boing music in the background!)

Saturday, January 03, 2009 10:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My pleasure, Connie.

As to the untold number of therapists who are the-rapists, I can say with unfortunate certainty that it is always larger than we think. But this guy must have been really special, because the mothers of the abused kids stood by him to the end, defending his "methods"... Some really positive thinker, he.

Saturday, January 03, 2009 10:40:00 AM  
Blogger Volly said...

Another Dave Barry classic. My favorite:

Barack Obama, having secured North and South America, flies to Germany without using an airplane and gives a major speech -- speaking English and German simultaneously -- to 200,000 mesmerized Germans, who immediately elect him chancellor, prompting France to surrender.

...and the ingenious (and quite plausible) explanation for how Sarah Palin got into the race.

Cheers, happy 2009!

Sunday, January 04, 2009 8:21:00 AM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Great link, Mojo. I'm going to order a Wunder Boner for every fisherman on my gift list!

Sunday, January 04, 2009 10:07:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Elizabeth, it's beyond sad that mothers of abused kids would defend the abuser. It just goes to show how much damage a master manipulator can do.

Sunday, January 04, 2009 10:12:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Hi, Volly! Yeah, that is a Barry classic. You can see why I have supported a Barry presidency for every election since he first began running. Not to take anything away from Barack Obama, but maybe Dave will finally have his chance in 2012. Of course even if elected he won't get to serve, because the world will end on December 21 of that year, but at least he'll have the satisfaction of finally getting elected.

Sunday, January 04, 2009 10:15:00 PM  

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