If you know me, you know what i think of Alex Jones. He’s such an a-hole he can actually be very funny. If you know anybody who prays at the altar of Alex Jones, simply show them this video and ask them to explain their allegiance to this nitwit.
But there is a downside to this video – It’s 5 hours long (Yes! 5 hours!)!!!! Naturally i don’t expect anybody to watch the entire video, but i’ll post it here anyway for laughs or if you just need a sanity check by watching a true paranoid clown.
People actually pay good money to watch, listen and believe what this guy says. Now THAT’S entertainment!
5 Hour Paranoid Paranoia Fest-All You Need To Know About Alex Jones – YouTube.
The Skeptic’s Dictionary definition of the day …
Astral projection is a type of out-of-body experience (OBE) in which the astral body leaves its other six bodies and journeys far and wide to anywhere in the universe.
There is scant evidence to support the claim that anyone can project their mind, soul, psyche, spirit, astral body, etheric body, or any other entity to somewhere else on this or any other planet. The main evidence is in the form of testimonials.
via astral projection – The Skeptic’s Dictionary – Skepdic.com.
This may seem like something out of a science fiction movie: researchers have designed microparticles that can be injected directly into the bloodstream to quickly oxygenate your body, even if you can’t breathe anymore. It’s one of the best medical breakthroughs in recent years, and one that could save millions of lives every year.
via Scientists Invent Particles That Will Let You Live Without Breathing.
Reiki (sometimes mispronounced as /rejˌiki/, it is properly pronounced /reːki/) is a pseudoscientific therapy based on the following beliefs:
- there is a universal and inexhaustible spiritual “energy” which can be used for healing purposes
- through an attunement process carried out by a Reiki Master, any person can gain access to this “energy”
- this “energy” will flow through the Reiki Master’s hands when he/she places his/her hands near the patient
- this “energy” has human-like intelligence
- as this “energy” is intelligent, there is no need for diagnosis. This “energy” will automatically judge the disease and will heal the patient.
It can be dangerous, or even life-threatening, if someone avoids evidence-based medicine and relies upon Reiki for treatment.
Keep Reading: Reiki – RationalWiki.
Theresa Caputo is the winner of the 2012 Pigasus Award for Performance. But she is better known as the Long Island Medium, which is also the title of her reality TV show aired on the ‘Learning’ Channel (TLC). Like Sylvia Browne, John Edward, James van Praagh and many others before her, Caputo is yet another psychic medium who claims to be able to talk to the dead, and while she has artificial talons like Sylvia Browne, her blond helmet hair, jewelry and tan are all fake too. When it’s eventually axed, there will probably be room for the cast on Jersey Shore.
Caputo can’t grab a morning coffee or shop for groceries without providing spontaneous readings to strangers along the way.
Of course, these are just cold readings of stereotypical subjects; usually older ladies who are asked, “Did your mother/father pass?” Obviously, she/he had, so Caputo proceeds to share a stock message, such as she “loves you”, he has “found peace” or he is telling you it’s time to “move on”. Alternatively, Caputo performs the same tricks for groups, like a kind of psychic Tupperware party. As believers, these people are pushovers, and with a larger pool of subjects she never fails to strike with questions like, “Did someone here lose a brother?” Making her task even easier still, she never guesses the name or the initials of the deceased. To “validate” contact, Caputo makes vague references that have the appearance of being specific; special songs, handwritten letters, and items of clothing and jewelry. Those read are interviewed afterwards, gushing that they are indebted to Caputo for helping them come to terms with the death of their loves ones.
Continue Reading: Long Island Medium: A Tall Story.
Homeopathy is a type of alternative medicine based on two ideas: that “like cures like” (similia similibus curentur), meaning that a substance that causes disease symptoms can also cure those same symptoms; and that dilution increases potency. Both ideas are not only the opposite of what medicine usually observes, but the opposite of common sense, too.
Continue Reading: Homeopathy – RationalWiki.
The Skeptic’s Dictionary definition of the day …
Self-deception is the process or fact of misleading ourselves to accept claims about ourselves as true or valid when they are false or invalid. Self-deception, in short, is a way we justify false beliefs about ourselves to ourselves.
Read more: self-deception – The Skeptic’s Dictionary – Skepdic.com.
Watch this EXCELLENT video – Michael Shermer: The pattern behind self-deception (19 minutes):
Evolution has tailored the human eye for detecting red, green, blue and yellow in a person’s skin, which reveals areas where that person’s blood is oxygenated, deoxygenated, pooled below the surface or drained. We subconsciously read these skin color cues to perceive each other’s emotions and states of health. Rosy cheeks can suggest good health, for example, while a yellowish hue hints at fear.
Now, researchers have created new glasses, called O2Amps, which they say amplify the wearer’s perception of blood physiology, augmenting millions of years of eye evolution.
Read more: How New ‘Mood Ring’ Glasses Let You See Emotions | LifesLittleMysteries.com.
Perhaps one of the longest and most enduring conspiracy theories in this country is the belief that the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941 was known before hand, and was allowed to happen because Franklin Roosevelt wanted to go to war with Germany and Japan.
Keep Reading: The Soap Box: Embarrassing Conspiracy Theories: Pearl Harbor.
A man named Eddie Current created a hoax 9/11 video of World Trade Center 7 being taken down by explosives. It was all done using special effects. Truthers fell for it. Eddie explains the whole thing here:
They Fell For My Hoax Video – YouTube.
This leaked photo shows a cruise missile, painted like an American Airlines passenger jet, being ferried about a military base. Is this the smoking gun truthers have been looking for? Is this proof the Pentagon was struck by a missile on September 11, 2001?
For the answer, put on your critical thinking caps and click here to find the truth.
Jane Furlong is a murder victim …
Claims about the Jane Furlong case made by psychics on the television show Sensing Murder have been called into question by the New Zealand Skeptics.
The two psychics featured on the 2007 broadcast – Deb Webber and Kelvin Cruickshank – had already made differing claims about Ms Furlong’s alleged killer.
Mr Cruickshank described a balding man with tattoos, motorbikes and a pay-back motive, however Ms Webber believed the killer was a BMW-driving, 50-year old finance company associate.
Mr Cruickshank also stated that Ms Furlong’s body would likely be found under concrete at a demolition site inside Auckland, and both psychics indicated that this was likely to be in the Auckland Doman. However police this month confirmed that Ms Furlong’s remains had been found 86km away at Port Waikato’s Sunset Beach.
NZ Skeptics spokeswoman Vicki Hide says there was no resemblance between the information provided by the psychics and the discoveries later made by police.
Read More: TV psychics ‘exploited’ Furlong – NZ Skeptics – Story – NZ News – 3 News.
The Center for Inquiry-New York City and NYC Skeptics hosted noted skeptic and bestselling author Michael Shermer for a talk about his new book, The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies – How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths.
Read more: Michael Shermer: The Believing Brain (Lecture) | Watch Free Documentary Online.
This video is 80 minutes long but, for me, i enjoyed it. Grab a snack and watch it here:
Tractor beams — which allow spaceships to pick up and shift objects without physically touching them — have long been a staple of science fiction.
Previous attempts to build them have relied on inducing electric or magnetic charges, using heat to create air pressure differences, and even attempting to manipulate gravity. However, a physicist has proposed and intriguing new possibility — one that uses nothing but light.
Keep Reading: Could Tractor Beams Be Made From Light? | Wired Science | Wired.com.
Did a UFO really crash near Roswell, N.M., in 1947? What was that mysterious triangle of lights that hundreds of people spotted over Phoenix, Ariz., last fall? Are alleged alien abductees telling the truth? For a new series on the National Geographic Channel called “Chasing UFOs,” a team of investigators visited UFO hotspots around the world and interviewed witnesses in an attempt to address some of history’s most famous purported evidence that aliens have visited Earth.
via Roswell, Other Famous UFO Claims Get a Fresh Look | LifesLittleMysteries.com.
Conspiracy theorists often perform certain actions, or certain “tools” of their trade to help promote the conspiracy theories they believe in. These “tools” tend to be mostly annoying, usually unethical, and in some cases, even illegal.
This is a list of the five “tools” conspiracy theorists tend to use: 5 Tools of the Conspiracy Theorist Trade.
SWEDEN – An international team of oceanic experts have found an alien ship from Planet Gootan on the bottom of the Baltic Sea.
The ship was abandoned, but experts from the U.N. Panel of Extraterrestrials told WWN that the Gootans were using the Baltic Sea as a base to spy on humans.
The U.N. dispatched a team of experts in Unidentified Submarine Objects (USOs) to the Baltic Sea accompanied by an elite Navy SEAL team. The U.S. military has been conducting a vast underwater reconnaissance of Gootan activities, ever since the Gootans landed three large ships on Earth in November, 2011.
Read more about the ALIEN SPACESHIP FOUND IN THE BALTIC SEA
See Also: Is the Baltic Sea ‘Sunken UFO’ an Elaborate Scam? | UFO News | LifesLittleMysteries.com
The Random Deepak Chopra Quote Generator generates a randomly-selected collection of words that eerily mimic the syntactically-sound, but often content-free, thoughts of new-age author Deepak Chopra.
Here are a few examples of random, computer generated gems:
“The world opens karmic chaos”
“Infinity inspires subtle timelessness”
“Evolution differentiates into positive opportunities”
“Freedom experiences a symphony of creativity”
Check it out here: Random Deepak Chopra Quote Generator – Wisdom of Chopra.
This is very funny stuff.
Have you every marveled at the “woo-words” (definition HERE) and pseudoscientific language used by new age thinkers and practitioners of alternative therapies?
For example, here is the definiton of “Power-Potential Vibration Levels“:
Power-Potential Vibration Levels (PPV) believes that our general health is fundamentally linked to the state of the brain and the hands. It believes that if something is wrong with the brain, there is a problem with the nervous system. The PPV practitioner views the brain as the backbone of human health: misalignments of the hands causes pressure on the spinal nerve roots, leading to diminished function and illness. Through manipulation or adjustment of the brain, treatment seeks to analyze and correct these misalignments. The therapy can take the energy that is in the brow, metabolize it, and return it to you in a more usable form. On average PPV-therapy can take anywhere from a couple of months to a couple of years. Sessions typically take 10 minutes and take place every one to two weeks PPV can be very helpful for skin itching, nerve damage, emphysema and toxicity.
Sounds very fancy shmancy, new agey, crystal-energy-chakra-like. Doesn’t it?
Problem is, this is randomly generated new age gobble-dee-gook courtesy of a site called “the official inspiration generator for alternative medicine.”
As the creator of the site explains:
This experiment was started from the observation that alternative therapies are typically using vague, almost absurd description. You will find that an alternative therapy often
- refers to the age of the therapy (older = better)
- refers to far away/mysterious countries (oriental is preferred)
- has a very broad reach (it is useful for everything)
- has a vague number of sessions and session duration
- links itself to a recognized science
- refers to authorative figures (“Dr.” and “MD”)
I have put all of these observations in the ‘generator’.
Take a walk on over to the official inspiration generator for alternative medicine, click the button and have a laugh reading the latest new age sounding horse poop.
Very funny stuff.
“Communion” at 25: Whitley Strieber’s Alien Claims Re-examined
The following three part series is courtesy of Muertos, owner and operator of Thrive Debunked – a blog dedicated to fact checking errors and false statements contained in the conspiracy theory documentary “Thrive“.
||Today, the concept of “alien abduction” is now a cultural meme. Virtually everyone in the Western world, and probably a good chunk of the non-Western world, is familiar with the paradigm: the belief that extraterrestrials visit the Earth, occasionally kidnap unsuspecting persons, subject them to weird experiments (usually involving an anal probe or some other humiliating procedure) and set them loose again. Alien abduction is now mainstream enough to be mentioned on comedy shows like South Park and Mad TV and gag lines in blockbuster movies like Independence Day. It’s one of those fringe topics that arouses intense, but usually temporary, curiosity.
||Continue Reading Part 1
||In part 1 (above), I wrote about the book Communion by Whitley Strieber, which so far as I know remains to date the best-selling book ever written on UFOs or related subjects. Strieber’s central claim was that he was abducted and sexually assaulted by nonhuman beings, which he calls “visitors,” on December 26, 1985 (a quarter century ago this week) and that after this experience he realized he’d been interacting with the “visitors” for most of his life. In this blog I continue the discussion of Strieber and his claims, focusing on his sequels, Transformation (1988) and Breakthrough (1995), as well as the film of Communion made in 1989.
||Continue Reading Part 2
||In the two previous blogs in this series (Part I (above), Part II (above)) I examined Communion and Transformation, the books written by horror author Whitley Strieber in which he claimed that he has been abducted by aliens repeatedly for most of his life. Communion came out in 1987 and began with the claim that Strieber was abducted from his New York cabin on December 26, 1985, which was 25 years ago this week. From there his claims evolved to include the following: (i) the beings that abducted him, which he initially declined to state were objectively real, actually are physical reality; (ii) that these “visitors” are conducting a large-scale program of “contact” with the human race; (iii) that the point of this “contact” is to transform human consciousness and get us to pay attention to spiritual matters; and (iv) that there are a number of weird side effects of “contact,” such as the ability to have out of body experiences (OBEs).
||Continue Reading Part 3
I’m writing this follow up to my previous post about chemtrails because I feel that this information needs to be known about a certain myth about this myth, and that is that vinegar can remove chemtrail chemicals.
One of the claims is that if you spray a mixture of water and vinegar on concrete or asphalt, it will neutralize and clean off any chemtrail residue.
Let me give all of you a little bit of knowledge first.
Keep reading at The Soap Box.
Vinegar believers (videos): http://tinyurl.com/cg6rsgv
My own parody video:
This is a fresh new image of a possible Bigfoot and a fairly good one in my opinion.
According to Tim Ervick of Ontario Wildlife Field Research-Ontario Bigfoot, a gentleman sent in a video to them depicting an alleged Bigfoot caught on video via a GoPro camera attached to the bumper of his truck.
According to the timestamp, this incident occurred on October 14, 2010.
See The Video: New Footage: Bigfoot Seen In Algonquin Park? | Ghost Theory.
Selection bias partly explains why there are reports of many satisfied customers who go to psychics, tarot card readers, palm readers, faith healers, acupuncturists, homeopaths, and others who provide bogus treatments such as mistletoe for cancer. The unsatisfied customers are either not asked for their opinion, they’re too embarrassed to give it, or they’re dead.
via Unnatural Acts that can improve your thinking: selection bias.
Few topics in science excite the popular imagination more than antimatter, perhaps because the idea sounds like science fiction that you can really believe in. For the same reason, it should not be surprising that when a story about antimatter surfaces in the news cycle—as regularly happens—the real science sometimes gets parked on the shelf and media-promoted pseudoscience takes over.
via CSI | Antimatter Pseudoscience.
A typical Hollywood alien is “soft, squishy and big on mucus,” in the words of Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif. These sci-fi lumps of goo are inclined to abduct us, probe us, hover above us and even walk among us (in disguise, of course). But far beyond Hollywood’s limited scope, aliens might really exist. What are they like, and how would they actually handle a human encounter? Astrobiologists have deduced a few answers by combining their knowledge of life on Earth with their understanding of the cosmos as a whole. Their profile of ET might not be what you expected.
via 7 Huge Misconceptions about Aliens | Extra-terrestrial Life | LifesLittleMysteries.com.
In the US, the most extreme fear over Bilderberg is of a hidden cabal run by the European Union and threatening American freedoms. In Europe, the view is often of a free market elite trying to push through a right-wing agenda.
More: BBC News – Bilderberg mystery: Why do people believe in cabals?.
I’ll be adding this site to my links section. What a treasure trove of information at this website!! This will help arm your debunking skills:
JFK, Oliver Stone’s controversial movie on the murder of President John F. Kennedy, championed the assassination probe of New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, and accused elements of the federal government of conspiracy in JFK’s death.
But whether one believes that a conspiracy took the President’s life or not, how trustworthy and accurate is the information presented in Stone’s film?
The JFK 100 details one hundred of the most egregious errors in Stone’s film, presented roughly in order of appearance: 100 Errors of Fact and Judgment in Oliver Stone’s JFK.
From the same website: JFK Assassination Resources Online
The Personal Vacuum Assisted Climber (PVAC) is a wall climbing tool which relies on a portable vacuum pack and large suction cups.
A second video from a different angle.
More Info: Scale Vertical Walls With Personal Vacuum Assisted Climber | LifesLittleMysteries.com.
The human brain is a weird old thing. When confronted with a new, uncertain situation, it virtually always abandons careful analysis, and instead resorts to a host of mental shortcuts—that almost always lead to the wrong answer. Turns out, the smarter you are, the more likely you are to make such mistakes.
via Why Smart People Are Actually Dumb.
It doesn’t take much to convince people that they’ve seen an experimental missile or a UFO. A funny-looking cloud or an exceptionally bright planet will usually do the trick.
Take a look at 7 Things Most Often Mistaken for UFOs | LifesLittleMysteries.com.
Do you ever think you understand something, but then when someone asks you “why?” you realize you can’t explain it? Do you launch nervously into a explanation, feeling as if you’re flying by the seat of your pants, only to have an internal “eureka!” moment that crystallizes the answer in your mind?
If so, you’re like most people. Verbally explaining a concept really does help you to better grasp it …
… continue: Why Explaining to Others Helps Us Understand | Teaching | LifesLittleMysteries.com.
There are a lot of different types of medical quackery out there, and while some might be harmless, many tend to do more harm than good.
Here is a list of what is, in my opinion, the The Five most Dangerous types of Medical Quackery.
A growing body of psychology research shows that incompetence deprives people of the ability to recognize their own incompetence. To put it bluntly, dumb people are too dumb to know it. Similarly, unfunny people don’t have a good enough sense of humor to tell.
This disconnect may be responsible for many of society’s problems.
More: Incompetent People Too Ignorant to Know It | LifesLittleMysteries.com.
The image on the left was just captured by NASA’s Messenger spacecraft, now orbiting Mercury. The image on the right is a famous rodent. I wonder when Disney’s lawyers would sue the solar system for intellectual property theft.
via Mickey Mouse Spotted On Mercury!.
Ancient Aliens Debunked – Part 8 – Now Posted
This 4,500 year old painting was found in an Egyptian tomb. Is this a painting of an alien grey? Does this prove the building and placement of the Pyramids were aided by alien intelligence? Does this explain how the Egyptians were able to build the Pyramids with such precision?
Click Here and learn the truth!
In June 2011, a woman who claimed to get her information from angels, called in a tip to the Liberty County Texas sheriff’s office that sent the FBI and officials looked for buried bodies at a home in Hardin. The media heavily covered the story showing the house as the search was underway. The tipster knew details about the house but there were no bodies. She was never charged because the police concluded she did not have criminal or malicious intent. But the home owners will have their say, they have sued the woman for defamation.
via Homeowners accused of crime file defamation suit against psychic tipster | Doubtful Newsblog.
Original Source Story
Having your neck ‘clicked’ to relieve pain may do more harm than good – and could even cause a stroke, scientists have warned.
via Why having your neck clicked could do more harm than good – Telegraph.
via The Soap Box
There is a big time conspiracy theory about something called “chemtrails”. This conspiracy theory is based on the belief that contrails coming out of a jet’s exhaust are laced with chemicals that’s propose is for population control.
There are several problems with this theory. First, there is no proof what so ever that what a person sees coming out of a jet exhaust is nothing more then a contrail, rather then the “chemtrail” that so many conspiracy theorist insists that they are. In fact, not one pilot, or any other person who would be involved in this alleged conspiracy, has ever even come forward and said that the government was spraying chemicals on the population.
Besides the fact there is no proof, spraying chemicals from two to three miles above the ground isn’t a very effective way to disperse chemical or biological agents. The wind from that high up would disperse the chemicals and biological agents throughout the upper atmosphere, and it would become so disperse that when or if it ever did come down, there wouldn’t be enough of the stuff to be effective. Take a look at crop dusting for instance. Crop dusting planes have to be very low to the ground to spray fertilizers and pesticides in order for them to get on the crops. It can’t be done from thousands of feet in air, because the wind would just blow it away.
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A spiraling ball of light spotted in the night sky above the Middle East Thursday evening was probably a ballistic missile being tested by the Russian military, rather than a visitor from outer space.
The glowing light’s smoky, swirling descent was witnessed by people in Israel, Lebanon, Armenia, Turkey, Cyprus, Jordan and other Middle Eastern countries, and footage of the event quickly appeared on YouTube.
via Spiral ‘UFO’ Was Probably a Russian Missile | UFO Sightings | LifesLittleMysteries.com.
On the 30th anniversary of ET, Stylist looks for answers to the question – is there anybody out there? From alien abductions to lights in the sky and mysterious flying objects, here are 20 of the world’s most talked-about UFO sightings…
via 20 famous UFO & alien sightings – from Roswell to Rendlesham Forest – Life – Stylist Magazine.
Skeptic’s definition of the day …
Confirmation bias refers to a type of selective thinking whereby one tends to notice and to look for what confirms one’s beliefs, and to ignore, not look for, or undervalue the relevance of what contradicts one’s beliefs.
Read all about it: confirmation bias – The Skeptic’s Dictionary – Skepdic.com.
See also: Confirmation Bias
I love this stuff! Love it!
Nick Pope, who has more than two decades under his belt at the Ministry of Defence, said mass summer events – like the Olympic Games in London – would be a prime time for crafts from otherworlds to present themselves to mankind.
He warned: ‘With the summer of mass events we are all on high alert for terrorism. But we must also cast our eyes further afield and be prepared for even the most seemingly unfathomable.”
via Keep an eye on the skies for saucers during the Olympics Games, warns former MoD UFO expert | Mail Online.
A 36-year-old psychic who claimed to be ridding an Irvine woman of a curse inherited while in her mother’s womb pleaded guilty last week to stealing about $200,000 from the mark.
Lisa Debbie Adams of Los Angeles cut a plea deal Thursday that had her copping to grand theft with a sentencing enhancement for white collar crime exceeding $100,000. In exchange, she’ll avoid jail as long as she repays all the money she stole.
Adams was passing out fliers offering her psychic services in West Hollywood in June 2008 when she spotted the Irvine woman holding a different psychic’s advertisement. After Adams identified herself as a psychic, she warned the woman of a “darkness” around her and advised her to make an appointment for a “cleansing.”
via Lisa Debbie Adams, West Hollywood Psychic, Cops to Stealing $200k from “Cursed” Client – Orange County News – Navel Gazing.