Category: Conspiracies

15 Credibility Street #18: Crystal clear consideration of claims

News items: Crystal healing at Edith Cowan Uni in Australia. Kudos to the Australian Skeptics to making their views crystal clear on these bogus claims about healing properties of rocks. Electrosensitivity UK makes doubtful claims. Electrosensitivity UK is a nonprofit organization that placed advertisements in public places around London claiming “More and more research is starting…

15 Credibility Street #5: UFOs over Turkey and I ain’t too surprised

We’re back with another news chat episode. The news is weird, as usual. Strange days indeed… Mothman reappears close to the 50th anniversary. Howard suspects pecuniary interests might be involved in the promotion of these local legends. The same can be suggested for the many YouTubers and websites that promote “weird news” like anomalies, natural…

UFO hoaxer fuels worry about an attack on Turkey

A fear about an invasion by UFOs sparked a small panic on social media on Sunday, November 27. The story played out AS IF many people were seeing and reporting the same cluster of lights in the sky across the country and even later in other places. But that wasn’t what was happening. Our UFO…

Episode 2: Rather Rigged

Stopping by at 15 Credibility Street this week are our pals Bob Blaskiewicz and Karl Mamer. Because, they rock. But first, since this is Halloween, I mention ghosts. The hot news this week was not that ghosts are any more plausible or better documented than in the last 300 years but that the guy who makes…

False flag rhetoric vomited across the ‘net by the usual buffoons

The public response to the shooting in San Bernardino, California yesterday immediately included the ridiculous, baseless and perfidious comments by clowns like Alex Jones of InfoWars.com and the bottom-of-the-barrel sludgy-bits websites NaturalNews.com and Beforeitsnews.com. As with every real life mass shooting, crushing cognitive bias requires the labeling of these events “false flags” in order to demonize the government instead of…

China’s floating city is a likely CGI hoax (UPDATE)

On October 13, I posted a link (in Chinese) to our Facebook page (which you might ‘like’) regarding a questionable image of a city in the clouds in Foshan, China. Even though this “mirage” was shown on Chinese television, it’s certainly not impossible that they are giving bad information to the public. Is this an optical illusion, or…

It’s dead, not alien – that’s all you can say for sure

The absurd and silly UFO mystery site, UFO Sightings Daily, has managed to push this piece of ridiculousness into the media. When the best news source I can find for it is “Yahoo News”, it’s really crap. Conspiracy theorists are in a bit of a flutter after the discovery of what the believe is an…

Paranoia will destroy ya… A Disney tracking chip?

I thought only aliens and the government wanted to chip people. Boy was I wrong. Too bad there isn’t more detail on this story. Woman says Disney implanted her with a chip | West Virginia Record. Julie Lynne Hooker claims a chop made of rubber material has been implanted inside of her without her knowledge or…

UFO speakers tout new evidence and birth of a “science”

Same old stuff. We are being promised new photos of aliens (from Roswell) and told that scientists should be more involved in this new field. I wonder if they have ever researched the history of UFOlogy. It went no where back in the 50s through 70s. What’s changed now? UFO experts say ‘we are not…

Chemtrail propaganda distributed at meeting of meteorologists

A conspiracy-based group spread propaganda during a meeting of meteorologists. To foment dissent? To get publicity? Chem-Trail Folks Crash AMS Conference on Broadcast Meteorology – Dan’s Wild Wild Science Journal – AGU Blogosphere. We came back from lunch for our final session to find that every seat in the room had a DVD, and the…

Dyatlov Pass and Mass Murdering Yeti? A DN Exclusive

Doubtful News is pleased to present this EXCLUSIVE piece by author and researcher, Benjamin Radford, on the Discovery Channel’s presentation airing TONIGHT! [Warning: Spoilers] Dyatlov Pass and Mass Murdering Yeti? A Closer Look at Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives A new two-hour Discovery Channel “documentary,” Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives, revisits the curious case of…

HAARP terminated

Conspiracy theorists’ favorite excuse is gone down the toilet. In an update to this story from last year about HAARP being closed, it’s not reopening. Air Force prepares to dismantle HAARP ahead of summer shutdown | State News | ADN.com. The U.S. Air Force gave official notice to Congress Wednesday that it intends to dismantle…

Chemtrail scare! It’s that damn dihydrogen monoxide!

It took me all of ONE MINUTE to find out this piece was entirely BULLSHIT. BUSTED! Pilot Forgets To Turn Off CHEMTRAILS Before Landing. A pilot of a commercial airliner made a mistake that irrefutably PROVES the existence of “CHEMTRAILS” — by forgetting to turn them off before he landed! We have video of the…

Morgellons – it’s complicated

Will Storr has a long-read piece out on Morgellons disease featuring insight into those with the condition (that officially doesn’t exist), with doctors, and with skeptics. While I don’t agree with his characterization of skeptics in most cases, there is much of interest to be found in this story. The itch nobody can scratch —…

Foerster, Pye and Ketchum collaborate: Paracas elongated skull exposed! (UPDATE)

NEW (09-Feb-2014): Brien Foerster has contacted me saying that Melba Ketchum is not the geneticist behind the released results. See more details in the update below. On the south coast of Peru in 1928, Peruvian archaeologist, Julio Tello, discovered a collection of remains of individuals with unusually elongated skulls. Cranial deformation is a widely known practice…

Starchild skull proponent Lloyd Pye has died

Lloyd Anthony Pye, an American author and paranormal researcher, has died after a bout with lymphoma cancer. He was best known for his promotion of the Starchild skull, a deformed specimen, which he claims is remains of an alien-human hybrid. DNA tests have shown it is human (and both parents were human) suffering probably from…

Recent results convinced researchers that Arafat was poisoned

More on the suspicious death on former Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat. Scientists on this project are saying they are fairly confident that Arafat was the victim of polonium poisoning Exclusive: Swiss study says Polonium found in Arafat’s bones | Al Jazeera America. Swiss scientists who conducted tests on samples taken from Yasser Arafat’s body have…

I hearby declare Alex Jones “beyond doubtful”

I’m all for questioning and skepticism but A.J. is a wackaloon (and I don’t use that term often so when I do, YOU KNOW you should seriously consider that he is a sick bastard). I think the Sandy Hook thing took me over the edge with Jones. I hate to give him attention, but you…

Well, can’t use HAARP as the ultimate excuse anymore. It’s closed.

The project to study the ionosphere was a favorite scapegoat for all things weird that occurred on earth. They will have to find a new bugaboo now. Lack of money has shuttered HAARP. Crazy weather? You can’t blame HAARP anymore | Earth | EarthSky. Conspiracy theorists concerned with intentional weather modification will have to find…