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Why Are Medical Conspiracy Theories So Popular?

With the latest measles outbreak in New York City, more attention is being paid, finally, to the problem of anti-vaccination conspiracy theorists, who often have a prominent platform to spread their paranoid nonsense. But anti-vaccination paranoia is not the only medical conspiracy theory out there that might lead to people…

Joe Rogan: Stop worrying about ‘chemtrails’ while sewage is being dumped in the ocean

Standup comedian and television host Joe Rogan warned Monday that conspiracy theories like “chemtrails” could distract people from verifiable damage that was being done to the planet. “What we worry about is weird,” he said on his podcast. “If the government was really spraying something, that is something we should…

‘Room 237′ examines conspiracy theories and possible hidden meanings in Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’

Have you ever watched a movie and thought the filmmaker was sending you surreptitious signals? More to the point, do you think Stanley Kubrick’s deeply creepy 1980 classic “The Shining…  …

Fox starts in immediately with the conspiracy theories

Looks like Fox News has really benefited from the small amount of time between Obama releasing his birth certificate and the death of Osama Bin Laden.  That's because they lost one conspiracy only to gain another: the inevitable claims that the Obama administration faked Osama Bin Laden's death.  Digby posted…

Noble warriors vs. imaginary demons

Looks like the wingnuts have taken hold of New Mexico. Here’s the new head of the state’s Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department on Alex Jones’ show, ranting about how environmentalists are just undercover communists conspiring to create false alarm over the environment. New Mexico is one of the most…

Surprising!

I’m sort of burned out tonight, but here’s a link that I think is incredibly important to read, especially as the wingnutteria is trying to claim Loughner’s obsessions were “leftist”. Not really. Not even slightly—just because some fringe right stuff starts to bleed over into fringe leftist stuff doesn’t mean…

Right wing propaganda machine adopts anti-vaccination stance

Reality has a well-known liberal bias, of course, but few people talk about the corollary of that law: malarkey has a strong right wing bias. Which isn’t to say that liberals aren’t capable of believing all sorts of malarkey. Sadly, I have an email inbox that is visited regularly enough…

Texas: Tea Party gubernatorial candidate has “not taken a position” on 9/11 conspiracy theories

Even nutbag Glenn Beck was having difficulty getting a sane answer out of Republican gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina, whose candidacy is catching on with the know-nothing on the far-right. The blowhard radio host received a lot of emails asking for Medina to be a guest, and so on she came,…

Bill Ayers is the new Vince Foster

And by that, I mean that the repetition of the name will get to the point where it’s drained of all meaning, but is just a bell whistle to extract a Pavlovian hate response towards Obama from right wingers. That sort of toxic wingnuttery is exactly the sort of thing…

I’m just going to say this

9/11 Truthers, with all their nonsense and conspiracy theories, have made it nearly impossible to write about the real evidence that there might have been another, more likely conspiracy of some sort without feeling like you’re going to get lumped with the Truthers. This makes me angry. That is all.…

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