Tag Archive for conspiracy

Edgar Mitchell continues to make preposterous claims

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This silliness by Mitchell originated in tabloids like the Mirror and Daily Mail. But even Gizmodo is now publishing it. Why? It’s a baseless, vacuous assertion. It gets web hits. But it’s not news, it’s trivial journalism. Mitchell has been on about aliens for years and some news sources love to print sensationalist drivel. Veteran Astronaut…

Alternative cancer doctor, Nicholas Gonzalez, has died: “Health Nut” fans baseless fears

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A fringe cancer doctor has unexpectedly passed away, fueling even more baseless ideas that some foul play is occurring. Those who buy into alternative meds can be too easily led into false correlation. The same delusion goes with a conspiracy theory that groups coincidences under a common cause, made more prominent by media who wish to push their…

Pluto “Truthers” and Spacefaring Denialists Present Teachable Moment

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NASA conspiracy theories are generally nothing new, especially as we celebrate the anniversary of our first steps on Earth’s moon (20 July 1969). But with NASA’s New Horizons Pluto flyby imagery released last week, some tired Moon Hoax conspiracy myths and misconceptions were recycled in the headlines. Inside the Pluto ‘Truther’ Movement, Which Claims Flyby Was…

Don’t mess with Texas, they are paranoid crackpots

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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…

Deliberately stoking fears of the ultimate evil in Northern Ireland in the 70s

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Sometimes, there really is a government conspiracy. Agents play on the fears and superstitions of the targeted population to gain an advantage. A new study claims that British intelligence officers created a Satanic Panic in Northern Ireland war zones in the 70s. Satanic panic: how British agents stoked supernatural fears in Troubles | UK news…

Alt med practitioner faces 16 months in jail. Yells, “Conspiracy!”

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It’s a funny thing that people who think they have the special cure really have no authorization to treat at all. And, when they get caught skirting the law and making questionable claims, they yell “conspiracy”. Fake doctor receives 20-month sentence. Kathleen Helms was once considered by her patients to be on the forefront of alternative…

Student assignment on Holocaust denial sparks appropriate public outrage

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A GIGANTIC mistake by teachers in a California 8th grade classroom where the students were given an assignment on Holocaust denial. EXCLUSIVE: Rialto Unified defends writing assignment on confirming or denying Holocaust. The Rialto Unified School District is defending an eighth-grade assignment that asks students to debate in writing whether the Holocaust was “merely a…

Missing flight 370 sparks mystery mongering (Several Updates)

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As each hour goes by with no sign of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 strange ideas evolve about what happened to it. Mystery and conspiracy sites are abuzz with imaginative explanations including UFO abduction. It’s been days since the passenger flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing, China, disappeared (8 March 2014) with 227…

Polio workers’ vans hit with roadside bombs in Pakistan

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New setbacks for the beleaguered polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan. Attack targets polio workers in Pakistan, kills 11 – CNN.com. Eleven people were killed Saturday when two vans carrying a polio vaccination team were hit by a roadside bomb in Pakistan’s northern Khyber Agency, authorities said. A militant group, which has connections to the Pakistani…

What to do when the sub spouts crazy conspiracies in class

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I’m thinking there may be rules against recording in class but I would have done the same. These kids seemed pretty sharp to catch this and question. Substitute teacher taped spouting BIZARRE conspiracy theories in high school physics class – Yahoo News. A student at a public, taxpayer-funded high school in Michigan has clandestinely filmed…