Reclaiming Skepticism


Skeptics are those who advocate taking a provisional approach to all claims and carefully evaluating all the evidence before coming to a conclusion. In other words, the very process that The Corbett Report is engaged in every week, right? Well, not according to the self-professed “skeptics,” many of whom are content to skewer others for their logical fallacies yet frequently deploy logical fallacies of their own when “debunking” the “conspiracy theorists” that seem to be popping up everywhere. Join us on this episode of The Corbett Report as we note the hypocrisies of the supposed “skeptics” and embrace the term as our own. 

So many shills and cultural marxists on this site shilling everything, you guys make the People’s temple of Jonestown Massacre look like a day care center.

Seriously, since truth, logic and common sense are the new hate speech according to feminists and SJWs, is why people don’t try to take you seriously. You’re all happy circle jerking in your safe space echo chambers. Dumbing myself down to get you to only then take a break from your fanfiction fantasies and display your collectivist cult hive mind beliefs in your responses is very sad how you all sound like you are parroting each other. Thank you for proving your indoctrination.

I can’t believe in now 2016 that people allow themselves to be dictated and manipulated by government funded shills that infiltrate colleges and universities and brainwash rich kids who are from minorities but are privileged more than others (who can’t afford to get a higher education) and they waste it by letting those professors put sexist, racist, marxists, bigotry, classist, discriminatory, cultist, extremist, radical ideologies in their minds. You allow yourselves to be mind fucked by political puppets that has only one goal; to divide and conquer.

I’ve spoken to African Americans who are face palming from second hand embarrassment of the BlackLivesMatter movement that chooses to spit on the vision that Martin Luther King Jr had for his people, and the original Black Panthers had fought for their people - and what do BLM do with their lives today? to the priviliges, rights and freedoms that those who came before them had to fight for so that the BLM have a platform to stand and speak on today? they use it to complain and promote hate. Congrats on becoming the equivalent to the KKK.

I’ve spoken to some people of the LGBTQ, and former and ex members of the LGBTQ, and they tell me that they get called “bigots” if they don’t conform to the same mind set as everyone of the movement and yes that even includes the members that are allies but don’t identify as LGBTQ. Wow, so much for being tolerant? I mean that is rather fucking shitty to shun your own people because they dare to have their own individual opinions and think for themselves and not follow the “group think”.

I’ve given up trying to talk to feminists, it is easier to just mock them and highlight their double standards and scheming. They’re hypocrites, liars, backwards, manipulative, intrusive, abuse the “woman’s card”, ignore or twist facts to suit their narrative, will use pseudoscience to support their bullshit and refuse to accountability when called out on their confirmation biased. And their changing the definitions of words to cater to them is given women a bad name. FYI I am a woman. They are regressing the work that men and women achieved togeter to win rights for women in previous decades. Oppressed by the patriarchy? Bitches please - who was it that had to vote to allow you to have rights in the first place? oh yeah thats right men did. The only good thing modern feminists have done is make it easier for people to tell apart who are women that embody common sense and are not cunning self entitled cunts; the non-feminists women. The feminists shame women who enjoy being mothers and who enjoy standing by their husbands and raising their family. Since the fuck when was it appointed that feminists are to dictate what other women should do to be considered a “strong woman”? And people are still waiting for feminsts to name 1 right men have in that women dont have in the western world? Also there is no wage gap, men just have more dangerous work placce jobs and work more hours than you. But by all means dismiss or alter statistics if they don’t work in your favor; that is what you’re good at. It is also very sickening that feminists would rather defend a culture that mutilates children’s genitals because it is part of their tradition, or will defend rapists of a minority because they rather not be called racists….how backwards, feminism is for women? for everybody? WHAT A CROCK OF PIG SHIT.

Soical Just-Us Wankers, some advice; research cults and cult leaders, radical extremist groups, like religions and then take a very good long hard look at yourselves. You are a cult and are now advocating to ban free speech, which by the way in case you were clueless, the protests that you are well known for doing - fall under free speech, you fucktards.

Your feelings are not a priority, grow the fuck up. Eat some concrete and harden up, you are over sensitive crybullies and your victim cards are expired. You have it fucking good where you are and protesting to restrict rights is leading to everyone - including you - to being oppressed. You are not chaging things for the better, you want change? start with your ideology of this “ME ME ME” self entitlement. Go to some countries where they have no education, they have no access to the internet or to iphones or clean water or Starbucks. You are only reviving a racist, sexist, divided society. The very fact you need safe spaces and segregation is regressive and destructive to society. You can’t have it both ways. And more importantly; you can’t have it your way. You say you’re for equality? what a bad joke, you wouldn’t know equality if the definition was tatooed on the inside of your eyelids.

You groups are the ones who oppress yourselves in your victim mentalites.

In other countries who do live under real dictatorship, tyranny and oppression would not have the right to protest, and have access to many other things. Like you first world coddled privileged temper tantrum toddlers do.

Snap out of your indoctrination, get an education. Snap out of your indoctrination, get an education. Snap out of your indoctrination, get an education. Snap out of your indoctrination, get an education.

So there’s some REALLY bad shoehorning in an article that just came out with B and Hiddles, but evidence suggests the interview was done at least a month ago (August-ish), and after groaning in frustration for a solid minute, I decided to remember that Ben was his lovely self at Sherlocked just a few days ago with no shilling, so I’m going to let it slide. He seems to be a bit better as of late. I’ll warn you if you’re going to read the article, though: the shoehorn is quite a load of shit. (Although you could argue he could use that to his advantage to create sympathy for the “not his” out, which would work, but I don’t think he was thinking that far ahead.)


A tribute to Mr Waverly in Season 1 of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.  The only thing that fazes him at all is being separated from his beloved pipe.

(Top to bottom, left to right - The Strigas Affair, The Four Steps Affair, The Yellow Scarf Affair, The Gazebo in the Maze Affair, The Brain Killer Affair, The Hong Kong Shilling Affair, The Love Affair, The Odd Man Affair, The Shark Affair and The Mad, Mad Tea Party Affair.)

Katara: It’s not magic. It’s waterbending, and it’s-
Sokka: Yeah, yeah, an ancient art unique to our culture, blah blah blah. Look, I’m just saying that if I had weird powers, I’d keep my weirdness to myself. 

So I wanted to talk a little about Katara, because I think we often focus on her grief for her mother, and forget her relationship to her culture, and her experience of the Southern Water Tribe genocide (unlike the Air Nomads genocide, which was for the greater part over after four big terrifyingly effective simultaneous strikes, this one took place over a long length of time - more than 40 years? 50? - and it wasn’t total, but it definitely was one. genocide = the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group, fwiw)

(Kanna’s village - before and after)

All of the Southern water benders were exterminated or taken away to rot in prison (where they all died eventually except for Hama). Katara was born the only bender left in the whole South Pole. Then when she was eight years old, she survived a raid that was meant to kill her, but took her mother instead (she probably was too young to realize that, to her it must have been a question mark up until she met Yon Rha - gratuitous cruelty? Why her mother in particular? They took nothing else!).

So Katara from a young age had a double burden to bear: that of her mother, and the legacy of her bending (and she was shown as painfully aware of her situation and what it meant on both front). But here’s the thing: Katara could be a mother, she was naturally good at it, and her grandmother could teach her what she didn’t already knew. Her family and tribe demanded that of her, they needed her to be that for them (especially after her father and the rest of the men basically abandoned them). However, there was no one left to teach her how to waterbend - she had almost no hope of ever becoming a master without formal training, her brother thought it was silly and weird and let her know, her grandmother thought it was a waste of time. But she kept practicing, because she knew how important it was, to her and to her tribe, that she kept trying (as the only one left who could).

(…an ancient art unique to our culture, blah blah blah…)

(Of course she would obsess over that waterbending scroll)

When she gets to the North Pole, she meets Pakku, and with him the opportunity of finally becoming a true master. But because she is a girl, he judges her unworthy. He judges her, the only remaining southern waterbender, unworthy of carrying on their culture. The Fire Nation didn’t care about the gender of their prisoners, men and women - they all fought side by side for their freedom in the South, and they were all taken away to the last one, and killed to the last one. In the South, the women had the choice to learn how to fight, or be defenseless. And privileged master Pakku couldn’t possible realize the extend of what he was denying her in that moment.

Katara had to prove herself, she had to earn her right to these teachings. And if she had been less good or less stubborn or not Kanna’s granddaughter - well the North would have refused their sister-tribe the power to use their common cultural heritage to fight back against the nation that destroyed them.

(It’s sexist and terrible.)

Meh, thankfully, she was that good, stubborn, and Kanna’s granddaughter, and she did get to become a master.


But, of course, her story doesn’t end here, and wrt her culture, the next chapter is a much more traumatizing experience. In the Fire Nation, she meets another master. This time it’s an old woman from the South like her (“You’re a waterbender! I’ve never met another waterbender from our tribe!”), and she is, ah, more than willing to help her.

Look how happy Katara looks at the idea to learn from her in particular:

Katara: I can’t tell you what it means to meet you. It’s an honor! You’re a hero.
Hama: I never thought I’d meet another southern waterbender. I‘d like to teach you what I know so that you can carry on the southern tradition when I’m gone.
Katara: Yes! Yes, of course! To learn about my heritage… it would mean everything to me.

But when Hama starts her lesson, the techniques she teaches have been obviously developed with one goal in mind: survival in enemy territory. They can’t possibly have been invented in the South Pole, where water is abundant everywhere. They are deadly and cruel, and the damage they do to the environment leaves Katara sad and uncomfortable, but Hama waves that off as unimportant. It doesn’t matter, she doesn’t have the time to worry about flowers or beauty or nature. To her that peace and beauty is probably just an illusion anyway, a lie: years after her escape she is still living the war, and war is ugly and rotten and messy (her world is ugly and rotten and messy - this is her comfort zone).

The last technique she teaches Katara is bloodbending. She forces Katara to learn something she finds disgusting, repulsive (just like Hama was forced to learn?) by torturing her (Hama was tortured), by overpowering her, invading her, making her lose control over her own body, bending her blood (Hama herself is clinging to the last remain of control she managed to get back after rotting in prison for years), and finally by threatening to have the two people she cares most about in the world kill each other right under her eyes (Hama lost everyone too, she had to say goodbye).

(Katara: But, to reach inside someone and control them? I don’t know if I want that kind of power.
Hama: The choice is not yours. The power exists…and it’s your duty to use the gifts you’ve been given to win this war. Katara, they tried to wipe us out, our entire culture… your mother!
Katara: I know.
Hama: Then you should understand what I’m talking about. We’re the last Waterbenders of the Southern Tribe. We have to fight these people whenever we can. Wherever they are, with any means necessary!
Katara: It’s you. You’re the one who’s making people disappear during the full moons.
Hama: They threw me in prison to rot, along with my brothers and sisters. They deserve the same. You must carry on my work.)

And this, this, is the only truly southern waterbending Katara is ever going to learn. This is her tribe’s bending heritage, what’s left of it: blood, grief, suffering, hatred, loss of control over both your body and mind (because it’s terrible, but I think that’s what’s implied by the show: bloodbending makes you lose your mind. Hama’s only mean of regaining physical freedom ended up trapping her in another nightmare). Hama gifts her with a power she despises (but will use anyway in her darkest hour when she loses control) and a philosophy of violence and revenge.

Katara chose peace and forgiveness. As an adult, she will have bloodbending outlawed, she will become the greatest healer in the world, and she’ll teach her daughter, the next avatar, probably many others. These choices matter, and we should talk about them with that background in mind. Katara redefined her heritage - or rather she created a new one for herself: she refused the condition that was forced upon her (bloodbender) and ensured nobody could legally do to someone else what Hama did to her (and it’s implied this law is valid anywhere in the world). She transmitted Pakku’s warrior teachings, the ones she fought for, to the next generations (and did a great job of it!), but she also taught them how to heal, refusing to separate the arts as in Northern Water Tribe tradition - and healing was something she discovered by herself, that she felt was always a part of her. At that, she became the universally acknowledged best. Her legacy, despite everything that happened to her, will never be one of violence.

tl;dr: Katara is one of the strongest fictional characters ever created bye