Pop culture matters, and education, and history, and… 2

On the way to Dallas for ConDFW, I started reading (listening to, actually) The Shock Doctrine: the Rise of Disaster Capitalism. The book is a great read if you want a reminder of how we actually shouldn’t be in the slightest bit surprised about all the gross shit that went down surrounding our invasion of Iraq (we’ve ...

In which I answer (spam?) e-mail out loud. 1

from: christian bile to: katsuhiro at gmail.com date: Thu, May 8, 2014 at 4:13 AM subject: hey i’d like to know if u r an illuminaati member? Good question! Actually, I’m an Illuminaaati member. They’re easy to get confused, but one is sort of an off-brand Illuminati that’s generally manufactured in sweatshops by children who are ...

Abiotic/Abiogenic Oil 1

You know, the stuff I squeeze out of people who ask me what abiotic oil is on Twitter. Today, shortly after I admitted (gasp) to being a geologist, one of the guys on my judging team asked me about abiotic oil, saying that “there’s been some study in Russia about this.” Which I hadn’t heard ...

Watch a conspiracy theory form

Juggle.com examines how a Wired story started trending on Google as a “brain eating vaccine.” It’s interesting to see just how quickly a story can be misinterpreted and then taken on a left turn to Weirdsville – particularly when the inaccurate version of it supports someone’s rather odd fears. Jonah Lehrer, author of the original ...

Cycling our way to a New World Order 4

This is why I love state/local politics. It’s also why I occasionally feel the need to drink cough syrup until I put myself in an uncaring stupor so that the unceasing bombardment of stupid will just stop for a moment. Maes said in a later interview that he once thought the mayor’s efforts to promote ...

More HAARP conspiracy nuttiness

Chavez says US ‘weapon’ caused Haiti quake Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez Wednesday accused the United States of causing the destruction in Haiti by testing a ‘tectonic weapon’ to induce the catastrophic earthquake that hit the country last week. And: Venezuelan media have reported that the earthquake “may be associated with the project called HAARP, a ...

A handful of links 2

Abortion and breast cancer: The manufacturversy that won’t die – Orac takes a look at this steaming pile of BS. I remember the last time the awful people with the giant mutilated fetus posters were making life miserable on campus, they were pushing this claim. And seemed very puzzled that I was angry they were ...

The "birthers" as classic conspiracy theorists.

I’ve been hearing a lot about the “birthers” lately, and it’s kind of driving me nuts for a variety of reasons. If you’ve been living under a rock (yay, rocks!), “birthers” are people who believe that President Obama is not actually a natural-born citizen of the United States. They think he was born in Kenya, ...