We Are Not “On Board”
August 14, 2019 ·


Benjamin Radford delves into the Jeffrey Epstein murder conspiracies, pointing out how people often find it difficult to believe that rich, famous people could die in relatively mundane ways. Also important, Ben notes that if Epstein had been killed in order to silence him, there are plenty of people who would also know plenty about …

Epstein Death Conspiracies: Plausibility and Fuzzy Facts
August 14, 2019 · 1 


This past weekend, financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his New York jail cell while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges. Within minutes of the news breaking, conspiracy theories circulated widely on social media, accusing a laundry list of people as playing some role in his death. One of them, President Trump himself, who has …

Cry Just As Hard As You Need To
August 13, 2019 ·


Prof. Ryan Burge shows how religious groups place the political parties and other figures on an ideological scale. White evangelicals perceive the greatest amount of polarization and place themselves right along with the most conservative wing of the GOP. Atheists were next most likely to perceive massive polarization, and placed themselves as more liberal than …

Disregarded by Sensible People
August 12, 2019 · 1 


Happy Monday. In order to save the Earth, we must all poop less. Don’t look at me! That’s what the President of Freaking Brazil said! From the BBC: Mr. Bolsonaro’s comment came after the journalist quoted reports saying deforestation and agriculture were responsible for a quarter of the planet’s greenhouse effect. “It’s enough to eat …

Flaunt for Flaunt
August 9, 2019 · 1 


Angela Chen at MIT Technology Review says that resistance is not futile when it comes to platforms shutting down hate-sites, even if they just pop up somewhere else: …research suggests that deplatforming does hurt online communities even if they pop back up afterwards, and second because the decision by CloudFlare [which kicked out 8chan], a …

The Marketplace of Realities
August 8, 2019 ·


If elected president, Bernie Sanders will go on Joe Rogan’s show and tell the tRuTh about aliens. Yep: Rogan: If you got into the office and you found out something about aliens, if you found out something about UFOs, would you let us know? Sanders: Well I tell you, my wife would demand I let …

The Same Side of the Mouth
August 7, 2019 ·


Mauritanian blogger Mohamed Ould Mkheitir spent five years in prison on blasphemy charges, and he has now thankfully arrived in Europe (in an unspecified location) safely. He says: So much has changed over the past five years and I am still adjusting to life outside of prison. Now I am free, my hope is to …

Sounds Yucky
August 6, 2019 ·


Unexpectedly, Ross Douthat says Trump is “deeply connected” to the recent shooting massacres, but not in the way one might expect: … Trump participates in the general cultural miasma that generates mass shooters, and having a participant as president makes the problem worse. The president’s bigoted rhetoric is obviously part of this. Marianne Williamson put …

Why Chupacabra Reports Only Go Back to 1995
August 5, 2019 ·


I recently came across a blog by a fellow cryptozoology writer, Nick Redfern, which began with a well-deserved rant about armchair debunkers. The shabby state of research into Fortean topics is widely acknowledged by skeptics—and some “believers” (for lack of a better word). In this particular case it was unnamed “debunkers” that he vented some …

All of Our Music is Tainted
August 5, 2019 ·


I don’t know what to say about the shootings here. Nothing I could put here would be terribly meaningful or useful. Just to keep things in the Heresy wheelhouse, I will note that Cloudflare, a network provider, is giving the forum 8chan the boot, as it has been a home for content such as the El …