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Bamboozling Tsunami

July 28, 2020

Today! Leighann Lord is the guest on the very first CFI Insider webinar-Zoom-streaming-online talk thing! TODAY. 7pm ET. Register now and be there.

Sinclair Broadcasting has decided to nix the Judy Mikovitz/Plandemic interview it was going to air on a bazillion local TV affiliates. The Oregonian mentions the fact after initially being willing to answer questions from CFI, Plandemic’s director Mikki Willis suddenly clammed up.

Speaking of clams, today I learned that Scientologists believe humans’ jaws were developed from clams in caves or something, and today I also learned that Will and Jada Pinkett Smith had a private school that closed in 2013 that was “essentially a Scientology school.”

Black Nonbelievers has launched a billboard campaign saying, “Free yourself from religion and find true liberation.”

Amina Mubarak has moved from I demand the release of my husband, Nigerian humanist leader Mubarak Bala, to “I just want his proof of life.”

PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones: “White Christians are consistently more likely than whites who are religiously unaffiliated to deny the existence of structural racism.

The Guardian reports on the “tsunami of online disinformation designed to bamboozle and deceive” in Latin American countries.

Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church is openly defying California’s restrictions on indoor gatherings, complete with maskless singing.

Meanwhile, more than 40 congregants of the Warrior Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Alabama have gotten COVID-19 after a multi-day “revival.”

Oh, and Trump’s National Security Adviser also got it. And Sen. Jason Rapert, who called the virus a hoax, got it.

Derek Thompson at The Atlantic introduces a new concept to me in the pandemic era: “hygiene theatre.”

Facebook has booted out an anti-mask group for spreading misinformation about masks “obstructing oxygen flow and having a negative psychological impact.”

The anti-maskers of San Clemente really show their smarts in this very funny-but-depressing video.

A study spanning 20 years shows that vaccines are safer than “almost any other modern medical intervention.” I’m sure that will settle it.

Here’s one bit of nonsense I hadn’t heard yet: “The Covid-19 vaccines are designed to make us into genetically modified organisms.” I wish!

Stuff like this bolsters the case of this STAT piece (which includes former GOP Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist!) that scientists need to start making people feel more confident about vaccines NOW, well before a COVID-19 vaccine is available.

YouTuber Johnny Harris tries to understand why Flat-Earthers believe what they do, and in so doing, gains some insights as to how this belief is “a proxy for a much larger paradigm that mistrusts anything that you can’t touch and feel.”

The reporters behind the New York Times‘s recent UFO stories have a weirdly defensive piece establishing that, um, excuse me, no, it’s not like we “believe” in UFOs. Yeah, okay, that’s fine.

Apparently this Bigfoot costume with sticky-uppy toes was enough to convince folks in England that they were being ‘squatched.

We’re keeping track of COVID-19 pseudoscience, snake oil, fake cures, and more at CFI’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Separate fact from fiction and inoculate yourself from misinformation at centerforinquiry.org/coronavirus.

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