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Out of Mind? Out of Sight!

Out of Mind? Out of Sight!

by Robert Blaskiewicz
The Conspiracy Guy
May 17, 2012

The source of the dread, foreboding, or control that conspiracy theorists sense is often outside the range of the normal experience of everyday life, which in no way diminishes the sense of a real threat. Therefore, they locate the locus of power just beyond the normal citizen's perceptual range. . . .

Mythbusting Makeup: Skepticism and Cosmetic Claims

Mythbusting Makeup: Skepticism and Cosmetic Claims

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
May 9, 2012

There’s two things the general public are guaranteed to be concerned about: their health and the contents of their wallets. Yet somehow we are drawn to claims that you can make your thighs thin via a tube of goop and eagerly purchase promises of perfect complexions through using gunk best slapped on with a spatula.

SkeptiCal 2012

SkeptiCal 2012

by LaRae Meadows
May 4, 2012

SkeptiCal, a one day conference billed as Northern California's science and skepticism conference, was host to more than 260 skeptics at the DoubleTree Hotel in Berkeley, California on April 21, 2012.

“You are Not Entitled to Your Own Bigfoot Facts”

“You are Not Entitled to Your Own Bigfoot Facts”

by Sharon Hill
Sounds Sciencey
April 25, 2012

Once upon a time, not so long ago, I came across a website that provided “Bigfoot Facts” for kids. The site didn't say from where these facts were derived but they were commonly circulated in various books and all over the web.

The Denver International Airport Conspiracy

The Denver International Airport Conspiracy

by Robert Blaskiewicz
The Conspiracy Guy
April 11, 2012

Somehow, the conspiratorial world has convinced itself that, to use Richard Dreyfus’s phrase as he sculpts his mashed potatoes into a replica of the Devil’s Tower, the Denver International Airport “means something.” What exactly it means is unclear, but conspiracy theorists know its meaning is sinister.

Black(water) Market: Digging Up the Dirt about Slick Designer Beverages

Black(water) Market: Digging Up the Dirt about Slick Designer Beverages

by Sharon Hill
Sounds Sciencey
April 2, 2012

On my regular stop to see the newest beverages one day, I noticed a slick, thin black bottle. The label read “Spring water enriched with Fulvic Acid.” Intrigued, I bought the 16.9 ounce bottle for $1.89.

James Randi: An Honest Liar

James Randi: An Honest Liar

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
March 21, 2012

Interview with Documentary Filmmakers Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom

A Deviant Plot: Resisting Gay Rights at the UN, Islamic States Mangle Psychiatric Consensus, English

A Deviant Plot: Resisting Gay Rights at the UN, Islamic States Mangle Psychiatric Consensus, English

by Austin Dacey
Circumnavigations
March 16, 2012

Does the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders propose that there are twenty-two forms of “sexual orientation”? The Islamic Republic of Pakistan (and Focus on the Family) want you to think so.

Apocalyptic January and the Portents of Doom

Apocalyptic January and the Portents of Doom

by Sharon Hill
Sounds Sciencey
March 7, 2012

They were science-based Doomsday agents, effective in scaring the bejeezus out of generally rational people. And the arrival of 2012—heavily weighted with (very commercially exploited) “End of the World” overtones—serves to popularize these stories even more.

Maria Monk’s Awful Disclosures: A Classic American Conspiracy Theory

Maria Monk’s Awful Disclosures: A Classic American Conspiracy Theory

by Robert Blaskiewicz
The Conspiracy Guy
February 27, 2012

We have a long history of being afraid of the wrong people: the Masons, the Illuminati, the Commies, those cunning homosexuals—all of these groups at some point or another have been identified as the enemy, the embodiment of evil that would tear the heart out of America and deliver it to perdition.

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