This Week in Stupidity

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Liam Neeson seeks out a paper boy to kill after learning his neighbor didn’t receive the Sunday Times

It never ceases to amaze how stupid people can be – especially the elite people who have agents, publicists, lawyers and attendants at their side like guardian angels ready to protect them from ill-considered actions.

Still, stupidity abounds and it’s worth noting on occasion the most egregious examples of it.

Liam Neeson admits wanting to murder a black man – during an on-the-record interview

It’s difficult to pinpoint precisely when Liam Neeson transitioned from a serious screen actor into a cartoon action figure, but it was certainly after Shindler’s List(1993), and more likely between Kinsey(2004) and the awful Taken(2008). Now when casting agents think of Neeson, their image of him is that of a brain-pummeling vigilante instead of the tall, debonair intellectual characters he once played.

In fact, Neeson’s latest contribution to film is his portrayal of a simple snowplow driver named Nels Coxman whose son dies a mysterious death. Here’s the brief synopsis of the new movie Cold Pursuit: “His search for the truth soon becomes a quest for revenge against a psychotic drug lord named Viking and his sleazy henchmen. Transformed from upstanding citizen to coldblooded vigilante, Coxman unwittingly sets off a chain of events that includes a kidnapping, a series of deadly misunderstandings and a turf war between Viking and a rival boss.”

Sound familiar?

Nothing could have burnished 66-year old Neeson’s sorry image more than his recent ill-advised interview with the Independent. Pimping Cold Pursuit in an interview, Neeson recalled an incident years ago in which a close friend had been raped by a black man.

Distraught at learning about his friend’s horrifying experience, Neeson dialed into his own horrid persona and deliberated on what he must do to avenge the assault. Unable to identify the actual perpetrator, Liam decided it best to find a proxy for his evil intentions.

“I went up and down areas with a cosh, hoping I’d be approached by somebody – I’m ashamed to say that – and I did it for maybe a week, hoping some ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him.”

Maybe Liam’s read too many bad scripts, but if he really trolled the streets intent on killing an innocent person, he should be consigned to an institution akin to a roach motel where checkout is not an option.

But in addition to being a morbidly bad person, Liam is stupid as well for revealing such mind-rot to a reporter on the record.

Damage done, Neeson went on Good Morning America to explain that his revenge fantasy happened decades ago and to aver, “I am not a racist” – while the red-carpet premiere for Cold Pursuit was being cancelled.

Liam tried to justify his past actions, but in the end, even he knows he’s stupid. Recalling his interview, Neeson noted, “and I’m saying it to a journalist. God forbid.”

Cindy McCain identifies non-existent child trafficking – then lies about it

Cindy McCain, American patriot and widow of John McCain made a tremendous contribution to the safety and security of the nation when she used her super powers to identify a woman trafficking a child in the Phoenix airport. With her uncanny ability to peer into the brain of passersby along with her ability to tell dark skin from light skin, Super Cindy can detect would-be traffickers whom she quickly turns over to the authorities.

In the most recent episode, Super Cindy recalled her exploits in an interview on KTAR radio: “I came in from a trip I’d been on and I spotted — it looked odd — it was a woman of a different ethnicity than the child, this little toddler she had, and something didn’t click with me. … I went over to the police and told them what I saw and they went over and questioned her and, by God, she was trafficking that kid.”

Yes, by God! Until, no. Cops concluded the alleged trafficker was at the airport to legitimately pick up a child (of a different ethnicity, of course, which set off alarm bells in Super Cindy’s empty head.)

The illustrious Ms. McCain took to Twitter as is often the case in these situations to issue the standard “If you were offended” apology.

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Note that the “by God, she was trafficking that kid” part of the sordid affair is left unaddressed – simply redoubling the stupidity with arrogance.

AMI extorts a celebrity – who happens to be the richest man in the world

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Soon after gossip site Gawker outed billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel for being gay, the wrath of god befell the cheeky “news” outlet. Not appreciative of having his privacy invaded, Thiel became the money source behind a lawsuit filed against Gawker by wrestling clown Hulk Hogan. Hogan prevailed and Gawker folded up.

Now an even bigger whale has been poked. This time it’s Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos who is the aggrieved party in a increasingly nasty fight with American Media Inc., publisher of grocery store favorite The National Enquirer.

The Enquirer did a lengthy hit job on Bezos, using stolen text messages and photos to fill out the lurid piece. Bezos had left his wife and began canoodling with the host of a Fox TV series which is the kind of fodder the thigh-rubbers at AMI salivate over.

But the story didn’t end with the publication of the article. Apparently AMI went after Bezos with a threat to release even more dirt unless Bezos agreed to acknowledge the piece was not payback for how his Washington Post newspaper had been covering Trump and Saudi Arabia – two of AMI President David Pecker’s best buds.

Learning nothing from the Gawker affair, AMI suddenly – and unexpectedly – got a load of pushback from Bezos. Bezos cried extortion. Given that AMI is already under a court order not to break any laws for three years following their illegal campaign contributions to Trump, an investigation that ends with proof of extortion could be the end of the AMI empire.

Bezos seems to be on a mission to drive AMI into the ground, and he has ample resources to do it.

Which makes AMI even more stupid that its detractors had taken them for.

Gerald Cotten dies – and takes critical passwords with him to the grave

By now, even taxi drivers and grocery store clerks know about Bitcoin and similar cryptocurrencies. Billions of dollars worth of cryptocurrencies are held by individuals and organizations in digital accounts, all of which are protected from theft and corruption by passwords. Losing the password is equivalent to tossing rare diamond necklaces into the middle of the Atlantic Ocean – as demonstrated by the little, white-haired old lady in Titanic. The asset is gone forever. Everybody knows that.

Clients of cryptocurrency exchange Quadriga CX discovered to their horror last week that they could not access their accounts because the sole person with knowledge of the security keys and passwords died while on a trip to India. CEO Gerald Cotten apparently did not share the critical information with anyone else in the company, nor did he document them in a place where others could access them should something prevent him from executing his duties. Apparently, a mere $250 million is lost forever.

Fucking stupid!

Why a company would entrust anyone to be a single-point-of-failure in a system charged with holding such a fantastic sum has flummoxed experts. In fact, no sooner had Quadriga floated the “dog ate my homework” explanation for the monetary loss that aggrieved clients then began to suspect foul play.

Cotten supposedly died of Crohn’s Disease – a crappy affliction, but one not usually known to be fatal, especially for someone as young as Cotten who was only 30. He also died in a far off land; might he have absconded with the anonymous and fungible resources?

In fact, might Cotten be featured in a future blog here titled “This Week in Evil Genius”?

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