Keepgoing has spotlighted some pretty interesting websites over the years. From girls who get their cars stuck to the state of modern drunks, we’re proud to bring you all the best flotsam, jetsam, and precious jewels we find on the internet. One of our editors, a sick, sick pregnant lady who shall remain nameless, proposed we spotlight the site of an artist that specializes in “furry” drawings. For those not familiar with the “furries”, they are a particularly strange group of fetishists that are aroused by wearing animal costumes and fraternizing with others of the same ilk. Frankly, they freak me out, so I said no to this suggestion.
I wanted to spotlight a site that was out of the ordinary, yet rated “G” – well, maybe just not “X.” I decided upon rense.com, a little site I stumbled upon during some intensive chupacabra research. Here I found crankery, conspiracy theories, bizarre speculation, and some very convincing, cogent arguments.
First, a little background for the reader. Jeff Rense is a host of an internet radio show bearing his name. He is an odd character indeed, and he provides a platform for opinions running the gamut from enlightening to offensive. The website deals with a lot of issues, focusing on UFOs, current events, conspiracy theories, and assorted mysteries. I’ve always been fascinated by things that are unexplained, and I try to keep an open mind regarding the possibilities. Thus, when I discovered the site, I spent some time checking out various things that I found amusing: Amelia Earhart theories, crop circles, etc. I also found a lot of current events coverage that diverged from the mainstream, presenting some interesting allegations and often documentation to back them up.
I do not endorse Rense’s views or those of his contributors. However, I do believe that such information can be of immense value to a thinking person, not to mention funny. Rense provides a platform for some people I find to be pretty despicable—holocaust apologists, anti-gay activists, and various others who hold views I find repugnant. There is even a website dedicated to challenging his positions. That said, this is the United States of America, and free speech is free speech. One can learn a lot about an enemy by listening to their propaganda. For example, I find watching the 700 Club to be of great comic and epistemological value. The “news” and opinions crack me up, and it’s interesting seeing on what schlock many deluded morons base their worldviews.
Some of the information presented by Rense seems well-vetted, while other stuff is likely pure crap. The site’s iron-clad disclaimer says it all (I include the entire text because it is both kind of funny and interesting):
Disclaimer—The posting of stories, commentaries, reports, documents and links (embedded or otherwise) on this site does not in any way, shape or form, implied or otherwise, necessarily express or suggest endorsement or support of any of such posted material or parts therein.
The myriad of facts, conjecture, perspectives, viewpoints, opinions, analyses, and information in the articles, stories and commentaries posted on this site range from cutting edge hard news and comment to extreme and unusual perspectives. We choose not to sweep uncomfortable material under the rug—where it can grow and fester. We choose not to censor skewed logic and uncomfortable rhetoric. These things reflect the world as it now is - for better and worse. We present multiple facts, perspectives, viewpoints, opinions, analyses, and information.
Journalism is (or used to be) the profession of gathering and presenting a broad panorama of news about the events of our times and presenting it to readers for their own consideration. We believe in the intelligence, judgment and wisdom of our readers to discern for themselves among the data which appears on this site that which is valid and worthy…or otherwise
That bit sums up my perspective on information quite well. Averaging of news is essential for attempting to understand this immensely complex world we live in today. If something can make you think, despite the fact that it flies in the face of deeply held views, it is worthwhile.
I find that Rense’s eclectic mixture of real journalism, odd theories, and UFO stuff is pretty fascinating. If you’re Jewish, it will likely piss you off. The aforementioned holocaust issues and Rense’s fascination with a global Zionist conspiracy provide some disturbing content indeed. Rense supposedly wears a mullet wig and mustache disguise in his photos, and he comes off as a rather paranoid personality.
The site is odd as hell for sure, but it will give you a valuable perspective on the lunatic fringe. If you’re seeking out the stranger, non-porn-related corners of the internet, you’ve definitely found one in rense.com.
Copyright 2005, Joe Martinez
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