Indefinite Dissension: Obama needs to get real on Guantanamo Bay
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Indefinite Dissension: Obama needs to get real on Guantanamo Bay

Prompted by the news of more than 100 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay going on hunger strikes to protest their detentions, President Obama made some remarks this week that had many reminiscing back to the days of Candidate Obama, as he restated in unequivocal terms his desire to close the controversial prison. “I think it is … Continue reading

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

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