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September 22, 2010

Moon-o-theism, Part VII: Moonbattery

Something to consider he next time Margaret Atwood spouts off about anything whatsoever. SFFAudio hosts a Spartan Youth Radio interview in which Canada's annointed cultural gatekeeper claims humans did not land on the Moon. She thinks it was staged, a hoax.

In her defense, Atwood was being interviewed in Sudbury, often mistaken for the Moon.

Madeline Lemire: I was told recently that you were one of the believers who is of the opinion that the Moon landing was actually filmed ... could possibly have been filmed here.

Atwood: The question about the Moon landing is "why haven't we been back?" and it was done in an age when computers were as big as a couple of rooms. If you even look at the Space Odyssey, 2001, HAL the computer - and I think that movie came out in the late '60s - HAL the computer is huge. So we didn't yet have microchips so I just wonder how did they do that? Why haven't they done it again if it was so easy?

Lemire: What do you think of the argument to that question, usually most often I hear they say we haven't had a need to return.

Atwood: Well, you think about it. President Bush said we're going back or words to that effect and then people calculated how long it would take and how much money it would cost to actually do that. It was a long time and a lot of money. Just wondering, wondering about the belt of deadly radiation that people have to go through to get to the Moon and those strange shadows and why the flag rippled and a few things like that.

Lemire: What would have pushed them to pull off an entire hoax like that?

Atwood: Well, if it was and the jury is open and we'll never know. But it was the space race with Russia... space and arms race that was going on at the time.

The woman is a moron. And I mean that in a she's retarded way.

The 33.5mb mp3 file is here.

Update: Thanks to Spartan Youth Radio for crediting Madeline Lemire, the student journalist who conducted the interview. Lemire asked a question of obvious interest not only to the reading public but to Canadians wondering how to assess a novelist's views on the worlds outside her novels. It is the sort of inherently interesting question Atwood would never be posed by the CBC. I have updated my transcription to credit Lemire.

But wait, there's less: Hey National Post, you're welcome. Matt Gurney and Joe O’Connor: you are on my List.

As to Atwood, she now claims the Sudbury thing is a "running joke" though she is slippery enough to avoid saying this means she was joking. Perhaps she knows keeping the faith will be to her credit after the revolution comes. Atwood is apparently unaware of Sudbury's actual connection to the Moon missions. But then that would involve fact, a category to which Canada's best known novelist/public intellectual/censor is unresponsive.

Another thing: The difference between the National Post and Margaret Atwood? Atwood has the courtesy to link my work. And that's after I called her a moron. Which she is. But with class.

You may now return to your scheduled just asking questions.

Your scheduled just asking questions: Rob Breakenridge.

For the record, I found it most unfortunate that Ms. Atwood would have signed the controversial "Stop Fox News North" petition, but I really had little to say in the ensuing controversy. I didn't bring up the moon landing controversy as a way of "further discrediting" her, although to be honest, I'm not sure why the interview has surfaced now.

A) Because Spartan Youth Radio are students who did not realize they had a scoop last year.

B) By drawing atention to the Atwood interview now, I am trying to discredit her. Because her opinions should be discredited. That clear enough for everyone? Thanks.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 22, 2010 08:22 AM


The Handmaid's Tale was terrible, but the sort of hamfisted clunker (like Clifford Odets or Tony Kushner's stuff) that the effete literati gushed over because it pandered to their moral preening. As prophecy it was bunk: the only religion that treats women the way the novel portrays is the one religion Atwood wouldn't dare criticize

Posted by: jdpercifield [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 22, 2010 11:14 PM

While taking care to leave the lion's share of her disdain for Puritanism and colonial America, Atwood does criticize the "Iranian monotheocracy" in her "A Note to the Reader" for the book.


But then the Left used to think it was fashionable to stand with Salman Rushdie and against the crazies. Even since the crazies have brought war to the United States and the West, the Left has decided to ally with them and keep their necks intact.

Atwood is a coward chanting insults at the only men in the world who would protect her (not least from herself).

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 22, 2010 11:28 PM

I'm the producer of the interview you're writing about and am wondering if you could include a link to Spartan Youth Radio com and a credit to the student journalist, Madeline Lemire, in your blog post? Thanks.

Posted by: Spartan Youth Radio [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 23, 2010 06:58 PM

I am delighted to credit Lemire and have now done so. If you wish to for me to link your student radio station you might have the courtesy to link this post; without it you would not have had those calls from the National Post to add to your resumes.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 24, 2010 08:16 AM