No, Alex Jones, the NY Times did NOT say the FBI creates false flags: more sloppy research and confirmation bias from the conspiracy crowd
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No, Alex Jones, the NY Times did NOT say the FBI creates false flags: more sloppy research and confirmation bias from the conspiracy crowd

Here’s a perfect example of the twisted logic and confirmation biases of some conspiracy theorists. Alex Jones and Infowars has recently been trotting out a New York Times opinion piece from last year by David K. Shipler titled, “Terrorist Plots, Hatched by the F.B.I.,” as evidence that “EVEN THE NEW YORK TIMES” has admitted that … Continue reading

Debunking the Pointless: Further adventures in the nonsense of false-flaginess
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Debunking the Pointless: Further adventures in the nonsense of false-flaginess

I would like to respond to a couple of criticisms I received about my piece on “false flag” conspiracies in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. Most of the response was positive, but a few conspiracy folks pointed out that I employed ad hominem rhetoric in my criticisms of conspiracy theorists and didn’t offer … Continue reading

Why getting a new ‘Star Wars’ every year can be a good thing
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Why getting a new ‘Star Wars’ every year can be a good thing

Yesterday it was announced by Disney and Lucasfilm that a new “Star Wars” film would be released once a year, beginning with 2015’s “Episode VII.” The announcement, which was given at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, stated that future films would alternate between installments in the main, Roman numeral-based series, and standalone films. The overall number … Continue reading

Conspiracy Weary: The Boston tragedy and the fallacy of ‘false flags’
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Conspiracy Weary: The Boston tragedy and the fallacy of ‘false flags’

A jarring and nauseating twinge bubbled through my brain when I read the first inevitable torrent of tweets and Facebook posts declaring the Boston Marathon bombings a “false flag” operation perpetrated by the Shadow Government. In truth, it was a kind of cognitive dissonance, because while I wanted to feel angry at those peddling this … Continue reading

Podcast: Reviewing “Game of Thrones” and “Room 237”
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Podcast: Reviewing “Game of Thrones” and “Room 237”

We finally return with a new podcast just in time for the return of everyone’s favorite blood-soaked-Machiavellian fantasy series Game of Thrones. We offer our review and analysis of the premiere episode. Also, we discuss and review the critically-accliamed Room 237, a bizarre new documentary by Rodney Ascher that examines the bat-shit crazy theories of … Continue reading