Tag Archive for politics

Episode 1: The Phantom Clown Menace

OH! Have you got a podcast?!?! Yes. We’ve jumped into the fray, starting out with an episode that features discussion about stories you’ll have read here and a chat with a longtime friend, colleague, and occasional contributor to DN, Ben Radford. The podcast is embedded at the very bottom of this post but you can…

News Briefs: This week’s Clown Show

My stars, it was a busy news week! We can’t cover all the doubtful news rolling out every day. Here are a few extra links from the Doubtful News Twitter and Facebook feeds related to themes and past stories we’ve featured. Feel free to throw in additional information in the comments. Send suggested stories to…

Are people really this dumb to be scared of solar panels? (Update)

So, the top story shared on my social media today is a point-and-LOL chortle-fest at a North Carolina town who has rejected a solar panel farm project. There are DOZENS of stories that make fun of the people who provided public comment against the rezoning decision in Woodland, NC because of their apparent ignorance of…

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…

Were the Egyptian mummies just scarecrows? Carson’s absurd claims about the pyramids.

So, Republican candidate for President Ben Carson has a very unusual idea about the Egyptian pyramids. What should Americans think about that? It’s not debatable that the pyramids were built as tombs for the pharaohs. It’s not even a mystery of how they were built. Hint: NOT aliens, but good old manpower, lots of it. The…

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…

Vaccine sabotage suspected in childrens’ deaths in Syria (UPDATE: Not Sabotage)

A devastating setback to the fight against the measles epidemic in Syria. At least 34 Syrian children die from contaminated measles vaccine |  The Guardian. At least 34 children have died in rebel-held Syria after being injected with contaminated measles vaccines, the rebel government said on Tuesday, warning that the deaths might be caused by…

Conspiracy theorist appointed as economic aide in Turkey

This is probably not such a smart move… Turkish President Erdogan Appoints Aide who Believes in ‘Murder Attempts by Telekinesis’ as Economic Adviser Yiğit Bulut, close aide of the Turkish president was given a top cabinet job, despite his unorthodox beliefs. Bulut was an important figure in Erdogan’s regime when the latter was prime minister.…

Is it ‘occultists’ or plain old political infighting that is making a mess of Wells?

Uh oh, when your town goes woo-ey, the politicians give up and run away. UKIP candidate for Wells Jake Baynes resigns: claims Glastonbury occult infiltrated party | Western Daily Press. One of the highest-profile Ukip candidates at the next General Election sensationally resigned tonight – along with his local party chairman – amid bizarre claims…

Foreskins used for witchcraft in Zimbabwe?

This is the weirdest excuse for banning circumcision I’ve ever heard. The foreskins can be used in witchcraft to make charms. A senator in Zimbabwe wants the government to outlaw the circumcision of children until the age of 18 so that they could make their own decisions concerning the procedure. She is using a unique…

Latest global warming poll results toe the political line. Again.

Another poll on global warming/climate change. I’m not too surprised by the results. Americans Most Likely to Say Global Warming Is Exaggerated Even as most Americans report experiencing abnormal weather conditions lately, more than four in 10 say the seriousness of global warming is generally exaggerated in the news. These sentiments are lower than the…

Zimbabwe official accused of witchcraft in political ploy

Political rivals are still accused of witchcraft in order to make them look disreputable. PSYCHOMOTOR MINISTER FUMES OVER WITCHCRAFT ALLEGATIONS NewsdzeZimbabwe Former Masvingo Governor and now Minister of State for Liaising on Psychomotor Activities in Education, Josiah Hungwe, is threatening to quit the Emmerson Mnangagwa faction after he was accused of practising witchcraft. Hungwe, who…

God of the evolutionary gap in science understanding

While the overall percentage belief in evolution has stayed nearly the same since 2009, more people who characterize themselves as Republican reject evolution. Public’s Views on Human Evolution | Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project. According to a new Pew Research Center analysis, six-in-ten Americans (60%) say that “humans and other living things…

Texas politics still mired in teaching of Creationism

This, folks, is an utter disgrace. Dear Texas, I feel for you. You are heading ever downwards. [Warning, commentary and name calling ahead. Is a weekend, indulge me.] GOP lieutenant governor hopefuls back creationism | Dallas Morning News. All four Republican lieutenant governor hopefuls have embraced the teaching of creationism in public schools. Lt. Gov.…