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…

Observe Alex Jones weaseling out of a legal jam

Back in November, we didn’t specifically cover the Pizzagate news because it was reported extensively by the major media. I had nothing left to add and just shook my head as another conspiracy clown show (aren’t they all) went mainstream. But we did note that Fake News has a real effect on innocent people, as…

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…

Anomaly hunters drool over mysterious ‘sphere’ spotted in NASA images

Doubtful News welcomes Scott Brando @ufoofinterest as a contributor. Here we go again… NASA publishes through its official channels an apparently unusual image, and some people jump to the conclusion that it’s a UFO or mysterious. Then the agency is accused of covering up the truth. The latest is from NASA’s SECCHI spacecraft (Sun Earth…

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…

Spiers’ outlandish conspiratorial claims gain new life months after his sudden death

Today, the story of the death of British UFO investigator, conspiracy theorist and supernaturalist, Max Spiers, is splashed all over tabloids and mystery mongering sites. Headlines scream that Spiers was close to exposing secrets and may have been murdered instead of dying of natural causes as the death certificate says. He may have even warned his…

Jellyfish “sprite” sparks paranoia from “earth changes” websites (UPDATE: More sprites, from Hurricane Matthew)

UPDATE (2-Oct02016): Frankie Lucena has captured more incredible sprites, this time as a result of Hurricane Matthew. Check it out from the Weather Channel. A sprite (lightning) captured on camera from the Caribbean on September 18, 2016 has triggered posts on mystery-mongering fringe “news” sites that cater to end-of-the-world paranoia. Sprites are large-scale electrical discharges that…

The X Files strange loop

The X Files returns to TV tonight for a six-episode run. As Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever writes, the world is no longer a Mulder and Scully place; conspiratorial thinking is mainstream. I suspect that the X Files did what reality-type paranormal shows certainly did – latched on to a latent interest by the…

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…

Change starts with Sheriff Hanlin

The shooting at Umpqua Community College was Oregon’s deadliest shooting in history. Nine people were killed. Many more injured. The gunman’s death was declared a suicide. As with every mass shooting in the U.S., which come at an astonishingly alarming rate (Shooting in Oregon: So far in 2015, we’ve had 274 days and 294 mass…

Jade Helm happened and we still have guns

An update to the takeover of Texas that happened under the guise of Operation Jade Helm 15. Oh, wait… Jade Helm has ended without the widespread implementation of martial law or FEMA camp round-ups. Source: Jade Helm Concludes : snopes.com Yep, we still got guns and people getting killed by them every day. Good for you,…

Unwarranted conspiracy continues over Cobain

News morsel: Let it go people. It’s no mystery what happened here. Kurt Cobain’s death was officially ruled a suicide over twenty years ago, but hey, crazy conspiracy theorists will be crazy conspiracy theorists. Last year, Seattle police reviewed the case and examined four previously undeveloped rolls of 35mm film of the crime scene and…

Professor makes “bonkers” claim that climate scientists killed by death squad

See UPDATE below. Cambridge Professor Peter Wadhams suspects the deaths of the three scientists were more than just an ‘extraordinary’ coincidence. Source: Three scientists investigating melting Arctic ice may have been assassinated, professor claims. A Cambridge Professor has made the astonishing claim that three scientists investigating the melting of Arctic ice may have been assassinated…

Don’t mess with Texas, they are paranoid crackpots

Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the Texas State Guard to monitor U.S. military training exercises scheduled for his state. Some had feared the government was preparing to impose martial law in Texas. Texas Governor Backtracks After Pentagon Denies Takeover Plot : NPR Abbott somehow got the idea that the Special Forces exercise (code named Operation Jade…

Icke sued, settles libel action against popular book

Some interesting news regarding conspiracy promoter and the prince of looney ideas, David Icke. A lawyer, dogging him for years, has received a settlement claiming Icke’s book Children of the Matrix was defamatory to Jewish people. David Icke settles libel action via the website of Richard Warman, Canadian human rights attorney. British conspiracy writer David…

Talking telepathy in Turkey

It’s probably time to worry if your nation’s leaders talk of delusional nonsense as real, especially in the political arena. Militant Islamist, Salih Izzet Erdis, who had been jailed for leading a terrorist organization and trying to overthrow the government is now proclaiming that someone on the outside is attempting mind control over him. Mind…