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The Mind of A Truther. S Blog - Conspiracy Theorists: Crazy and They Don't Know Why. People often ask why I am so hard on conspiracy theorists.

s Blog - Conspiracy Theorists: Crazy and They Don't Know Why

Many of the posts I make on Facebook take shots at conspiracy theories, from chemtrails to anti-vaccination, and I am often quite aggressive in my handling of them. Earlier this evening, one of my friends made a post about survivors of the Aurora, CO shooting being harassed by conspiracy theorists who claim the shooting never happened. I could say that I am hard on conspiracy theorists because of their unscrupulous breach of taste, but that actually isn't very fair. If the theorists just happen to be right, then it is not entirely unreasonable to behave as they do, with some exceptions. I believe conspiracy theorists are either dangerous deceivers or have a mental screw loose, but it has nothing to do with the fact that they are conspiracy theorists, despite what many of them like to claim.

They Fell For My Hoax 9/11 Video. Why Charlie Veitch Changed his Mind on 911 - 1/3. Why Do People Believe in Conspiracy Theories? Steve and Stuffy Investigate 9/11. Conspiracy theories conspiracy. Penn &Teller Debunk the Second Gunman Theory. Vincent Bugliosi: No Evidence for JFK / Oswald Conspiracies. It’s Been 50 Years, Time to Drop The Conspiracy Theories – denialism blog. Today, newspapers including the NYT and WaPo are commemorating the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s death both on their front pages and opinion pages I was thinking if it’s finally time to confront one of the most persistent, and widespread conspiracy theories out there – that of a larger conspiracy behind the Kennedy assassination.

It’s Been 50 Years, Time to Drop The Conspiracy Theories – denialism blog

However, I’m not interested in addressing specific allegations of the conspiracy theorists, as Fred Kaplan does or Vincent Bugliosi in his thorough debunking of JFK conspiracies and Oliver Stone’s absurd JFK. (If you can find it it’s great: Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy ) While Bugliosi’s book is excellent, I can save your 50 bucks and hours of reading by summing up the central point – Conspiracy theorists have consistently fabricated, misrepresented, or misunderstood the relevant evidence to serve their interests, time and time again. And why should we be surprised? What else is there? The Fifth Shot ("Back and to the Left"): Oliver Stone's JFK: The JFK 100: JFK assassination investigation: Jim Garrison New Orleans investigation of the John F. Kennedy assassination.

NOTE: The following article contains graphic images of John F.

The Fifth Shot ("Back and to the Left"): Oliver Stone's JFK: The JFK 100: JFK assassination investigation: Jim Garrison New Orleans investigation of the John F. Kennedy assassination

Kennedy's murder. These images are presented for educational purposes only. JFK Asassination Magic Bullet Test (Part 1) JFK Assassination Magic Bullet Test (Part 2) JFK, Lee Harvey - and 50 years of conspiracy nonsense ... Water Fluoridation. All About Fluoridation. A few fringe activists claim that fluoridation of water carries more danger than benefit.

All About Fluoridation

By Brian Dunning, Skeptoid Podcast Episode 58, July 30, 2007 Today we're going to wrap our big juicy lips around the kitchen faucet, turn on the valve, and fill our bodies with a poisonous chemical placed in our water by the government: fluoride. Most people understand that fluoridation of water means that fluoride is added by the local municipal water supplier, and that's generally correct. What most people don't know is that in some cases, fluoridation means removing excess fluoride that occurs naturally in the water supply.

Fluoride is a natural component of groundwater, and it occurs naturally everywhere in the world, in varying amounts. So how did fluoridation become a normal part of municipal water supply? Finally, in 1931, it was determined that naturally occurring fluoride in the local drinking water was responsible for both the discoloration and the lack of decay. Why do they do it? WHO. Why Fluoridation Is Important. Bob Sprague Mary Bernhardt Stephen Barrett, M.D.

Why Fluoridation Is Important

Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in most water supplies. Fluoridation is the adjustment of the natural fluoride concentration to about one part of fluoride to one million parts of water. Although fluoridation is safe and effective in preventing tooth decay, the scare tactics of misguided poisonmongers have deprived many communities of its benefits. Water fluoridation-the 47 millionth blog post on the issue. Update of 29 March 2013 article.

Water fluoridation-the 47 millionth blog post on the issue

When I was a kid (probably 6 or 7), there was a big controversy in our community whether the water would be fluoridated or not. Now, I was just becoming fascinated by science, medicine, health, and sports at that time, so I tried to figure out what was happening. To my ears and adolescent brain, the argument boiled down to no fluoridation (which meant cavities and visits to the dentist) vs. fluoridation (which was a communist conspiracy). Scary choices. Fluoride & Cancer Quackery « Skeptical Vegan. One of the many arguments offered in the never-ending manufactroversy surrounding water fluoridation is that it causes cancer.

Fluoride & Cancer Quackery « Skeptical Vegan

This unsupported claim is nothing new and while it has been addressed many times it continues to periodically pop up and make the rounds again and again. In the age of the internet misinformation spreads quickly and myths die hard. The “natural health” blogosphere often capitalizes on this cycle of misinformation, dredging up outdated scare stories and spinning them as accepted fact. One such article from Natural Society reads, In 1977, it was shown that fluoridation caused about 10,000 cancer deaths in epidemiological studies by Dr. This extraordinary claim originated with a paper on the subject of fluoride and cancer, titled “Fluoridation and cancer, age-dependence of cancer mortality related to artificial fluoridation”, which was originally put forward in 1975 and then again in 1977 by Dr.

Anti-fluoridation activists love to cite Dr. Penn and Teller - Vaccinations (Full Episode) Holly Riley - Cure For Autism Caused By Vaccinations. Heidi Stevenson - Fake Measles Epidemic and Censorship. Vaccination deniers - KILL CHILDREN - Bill Gates. Five Stupid Things About the Anti-Vax Movement. Autism & Vaccines: How Bad Science Confuses the Press & Harms the Public (Full Video) Pseudoscience and vaccine denialism (updated) We frequently use the term “pseudoscience” to describe the ideology of certain groups: antivaccinationists, evolution deniers (creationists), global warming deniers, HIV/AIDS denialism, and almost anything in the areas of parapsychology, alternative medicine, and sasquatch.

Pseudoscience and vaccine denialism (updated)

The science denialists (broadly defined as any group who rejects the scientific consensus on any subject without valid scientific support) always seem to be insulted by the word “pseudoscience”, even though the name is given to them both as a pejorative, but also because its based on their non-scientific, but scientific-sounding method of providing information. In fact, there are several hallmarks that indicate to most educated individuals as to what is or is not pseudoscience. Real science is a systematic and rational method to organize and analyze “knowledge” into testable explanations and predictions.

Surprise, surprise! Andrew Wakefield was paid by lawyers to undermine the MMR vaccine. This should come as no surprise.

Surprise, surprise! Andrew Wakefield was paid by lawyers to undermine the MMR vaccine

Thanks to Brian Deer, the journalist who uncovered so much of Dr. Andew Wakefield’s shady research and dealings, we now know that Wakefield was paid by lawyers before his infamous MMR study and that he failed to disclose this clear conflict of interest: ANDREW WAKEFIELD, the former surgeon whose campaign linking the MMR vaccine with autism caused a collapse in immunisation rates, was paid more than £400,000 by lawyers trying to prove that the vaccine was unsafe.The payments, unearthed by The Sunday Times, were part of £3.4m distributed from the legal aid fund to doctors and scientists who had been recruited to support a now failed lawsuit against vaccine manufacturers.Critics this weekend voiced amazement at the sums, which they said created a clear conflict of interest and were the “financial engine” behind a worldwide alarm over the triple measles, mumps and rubella shot.

Why Big Pharma Conspiracy Theories Fail. “Whenever I see the U.S. government, its subordinate governments, the UN, the drug industry, the CDC, the AMA, the American hospital association–all these vast powers within the medical and scientific world–united in pushing one extremely expensive thing and crushing any dissent, I think its time to have another look.”– Lew Rockwell Despite their many contradictory claims, one constant about conspiracy theories regarding Big Pharma–or, as author Tom Woods calls it, “the pharmaceutical-industrial complex”–is that they all ignore the role of individuals and the complex relationships between them.

Why Big Pharma Conspiracy Theories Fail

They treat all the diverse public and private actors as one monolithic entity, with identical interests and the same nefarious goal: crushing you, the consumer! Fortunately, the real world is not like Lew Rockwell’s paranoid dystopia. 1) The FDA and business have different interests. “Better safe than sorry”? SANDY HOOK TROOF?! On Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theorists. Dylan Avery and the death of the 911 Truth Movement. Conspiracy Theorists are the Enemies of the Resistance. Terence McKenna on Who's In Control. Peter Joseph on the New World Order.

"Waking People Up" Challenging the politics of paranoia. These are just a few of the many, very vocal conspiracy theories peppered across the internet.1 I am not going to attempt to ‘debunk’ the more superficially credible of them – that’s a lengthy, point-by-point process, and there’s already a wealth of websites robustly dismantling each claim. Nor am I claiming that no conspiracies exist. A conspiracy theory suggesting Abu Ghraib was the site of systematic prisoner abuse by the US military would have been completely true. The only distinguishing factor between a real and false claim is the quality of the evidence. Conspiracy theories are usually hallmarked by their reliance on ambiguous, hotly disputed ‘facts’, their use of vague and blurry ‘anomalies’ that allegedly reveal the shocking truth, and, usually, the lack of a coherent, logical, internal narrative. They focus exclusively on those facts that appear to support the claim, and studiously ignore large quantities of well-substantiated and expert contrary evidence. 3 Professor who?

Beyond Conspiracy Theory: Is Activism Becoming Sectarian? Against conspiracy theories: Why our activism must be based in reality. The text of a talk given at Occupy Wellington, New Zealand, on October 27 2011. The talk was organised to try to counter the prevalence of conspiracy theories amongst the local wing of the Occupy movement. Kia ora kotou, thanks everyone for coming. Firstly, a brief run-down of how this workshop will work: first, I'm going to give a brief talk, followed by an open discussion which anyone can contribute to. I also want to make it clear that I'm not here today to debunk or debate any specific conspiracy theory. I've got no interest in doing that, I don't think its particularly productive. First up, who am I? Conspiracy Theories Kill Politics. Conspiracy Theories Kill Politics Part 2.

Confessions of an Ex-Conspiracy Theorist. Conspiracy Theories = Fail. Chomsky on 911 Truth and JFK Cults. Noam Chomsky discusses 9/11 Conspiracy Theorists. Chomsky dispels 9/11 conspiracies with sheer logic. Noam Chomsky Has No Opinion on Building 7. Noam Chomsky on 9/11 Conspiracy Theories (CONSPIRITOLOGY SERIES/ 9/11) Right-Wing Populism. I Was A Deluded 9/11 Truther. 9/11 Debunked: Pentagon Flight 77 Photo Evidence.

9/11 Pentagon Witness. 9/11 Pentagon Witness. 9/11 Debunked: NORAD "Stand Down" Disproven. 9/11 Debunked: Norman Mineta - No Stand Down Order. Debunking the 9/11 Myths: Special Report - The Planes. Plain View: Passenger windows on a piece of Flight 175's fuselage. (Photograph by William F. 9/11 Conspiracy Theories - Debunking the Myths - Pentagon. At 9:37 am on 9/11, 51 minutes after the first plane hit the World Trade Center, the Pentagon was similarly attacked. Though dozens of witnesses saw a Boeing 757 hit the building, conspiracy advocates insist there is evidence that a missile or a different type of plane smashed into the Pentagon.

Big Plane, Small Holes Claim: Two holes were visible in the Pentagon immediately after the attack: a 75-ft. -wide entry hole in the building's exterior wall, and a 16-ft. -wide hole in Ring C, the Pentagon's middle ring. The truth is of even less importance to French author Thierry Meyssan, whose baseless assertions are fodder for even mainstream European and Middle Eastern media. Hole Truth: Flight 77's landing gear punched a 12-ft. hole into the Pentagon's Ring C.

2.3 Trillion Missing From Pentagon Announced by Donald Rumsfeld DEBUNKED. 9/11 Debunked: World Trade Center's Collapse Explained. 9/11 Debunked: WTC - No Pools of Molten Steel. Thermite (Mirrored) Debunking 911 Conspiracy Theories and Controlled Demolition Homepage. 9/11 Debunked: 95% of United 93 found. Important Message from 9/11 Truth! I Cant Accept That The Government Is Capable? Straw Manning the "Official" 9-11 Story.

See Your "9/11 Expert" in Action. THIS is your "9/11 Truth"? Five Stupid Things About the 9/11 Truth Movement. 9/11 Conspiracy Theories - Debunking the Myths - Flight 93. Flight 93 Cockpit recordings indicate the passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 teamed up to attack their hijackers, forcing down the plane near Shanksville, in southwestern Pennsylvania. But conspiracy theorists assert Flight 93 was destroyed by a heat-seeking missile from an F-16 or a mysterious white plane. Some theorists add far-fetched elaborations: No terrorists were aboard, or the passengers were drugged. The wildest is the "bumble planes" theory, which holds that passengers from Flights 11, 175 and 77 were loaded onto Flight 93 so the U.S. government could kill them.

The White Jet Claim: At least six eyewitnesses say they saw a small white jet flying low over the crash area almost immediately after Flight 93 went down. FACT: There was such a jet in the vicinity—a Dassault Falcon 20 business jet owned by the VF Corp. of Greensboro, N.C., an apparel company that markets Wrangler jeans and other brands. Roving Engine Indian Lake F-16 Pilot Claim: In February 2004, retired Army Col. Debunking 9/11 Conspiracy Theories and Controlled Demolition Myths - Massive Conspiracy. The God Conspiracy. The God Conspiracy - Part 2. The WTC7 Conspiracy. Building 7 Explained. 9/11 Debunked: Why 9/11 Commission Didn't Investigate WTC7. FAQs - NIST WTC 7 Investigation.

1. S Blog - 9/11 and Building 7: Fire or Demolition. I don't claim to know what happened that day, but I am reasonably convinced WTC7 was a collapse due to fire. 9/11 Debunked: WTC 7's Collapse Explained. WTC 7 Collapse Explanation. 9/11 Debunked: Larry Silverstein's "Pull It" Explained. 9/11 Debunked: BBC Early Report on WTC 7 Collapse Explained. "9/11 was an insect job!" Atheists vs. 9/11 Truther! Debunking 9/11 conspiracy theorists part 4 -How did WTC7 collapsed. Debunking 9/11 conspiracy theorists at ground zero on 11/09/2012 - Part 3. Debunking 9/11 conspiracy theorists at ground zero on 11/09/2012 - Part 1. Debunking 9/11 conspiracy theorists at ground zero on 11/09/2012 - Part 2. 9/11 Conspiracy Theories - Debunking the Myths - World Trade Center.

Violent Collapse: Pancaking floors—not controlled demolition—expel debris and smoke out South Tower windows. (Photograph by AP/Wide World Photos) The collapse of both World Trade Center towers—and the smaller WTC 7 a few hours later—initially surprised even some experts. But subsequent studies have shown that the WTC's structural integrity was destroyed by intense fire as well as the severe damage inflicted by the planes. That explanation hasn't swayed conspiracy theorists, who contend that all three buildings were wired with explosives in advance and razed in a series of controlled demolitions.