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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…

The Fascism of Obama-Voting Autotune Critics

I find myself utterly fascinated by the way many conservative writers and politicians love to hint at what is clearly a widespread conspiracy theory holding that Obama is a fascist who is planning on rounding up either all the white people or perhaps just all the conservative white people in…

Robertson pushes false theory that AIDS came from monkey-based Polio vaccine

TV preacher Pat Robertson on Thursday advanced a discredited conspiracy theory that AIDS had originated with polio vaccines being tested on monkeys. “There’s a disease called AIDS… Where did it come from?” he asked. “From what I can gather, it came from Africa. I think the World Health Organization was…

Professor James Tracy says he’s facing university probe over Newtown conspiracy

A tenured professor who controversially claimed the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut never happened is worried that he may now lose his job. Florida Atlantic University professor James Tracy told the university’s student newspaper that the university plans to have a meeting with him later this week regarding his conspiracy…

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