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Have Crime Rates in Androscoggin County been “Doubling or Higher” Since Somali Immigrants Arrived?

For a few years now, I’ve been looking into the persistent notion some people have that Somali immigrants have somehow plunged the city of Lewiston, Maine into an unprecedented crime wave. If you look into actual crime statistics, you’ll find out pretty quickly that this anti-immigrant perception is simply not based in systematically observed fact. […]

Has Crime in Towns around Lewiston, ME been “Doubling or Higher” Since Somali Immigrants Arrived?

Read the comments to this 2013 Irregular Times article if you’d like to see some cognitive dissonance at work. A lot of people “know” (by which I mean think) that Lewiston, Maine has become a much more crime-ridden place since Somali immigrants arrived there. The trouble is, this is demonstrably untrue. As a matter of […]

House Democrats Fail To Block Amendment Banning License Plate Surveillance Cameras By Department of Transportation

Why are so many congressional Democrats consistently opposed to legislation that would protect Americans from unconstitutional search and seizure by automatic license plate readers, and why do most congressional Republicans support the legislation, when they have demonstrated such strong contempt for constitutional rights in other occasions? […]

5 Years After Promising to Release Data on Breatharian Prahlad Jani, Dr. Sudhir Shah Offers … Nothing

Five years ago this month, American newspapers and television stations reported the amazing story of Prahlad Jani, a mystic from the Indian subcontinent who claimed to have lived seven decades without eating or drinking, subsisting as a “breatharian.” Even more amazing, said the news reports, was the research of Dr. Sudhir Shah, who declared at […]

NASA Scientists Claim To Know The Future

In order to whip up enthusiasm about their work, and to gain attention for themselves as individuals, NASA scientists were willing to make definite predictions about future scientific studies, claiming to know what will happen before it happens. When scientists engage in this kind of exaggerated claim to knowledge, they cast doubt on their credibility as individuals and as a collective work. […]

What Human Activity Does This Aerial Desert Photograph Show?

What are these mysterious roads in the desert for? […]

Whatever Happened To Robocall King Dinesh Ravishanker?

Of all the unconventional presidential candidacies in the 2016 season, I have yet to find any more enigmatic than that of Dinesh Ravishanker.

Just a little over one year ago, Ravishanker was the CEO of Callfire, a company that provides commercial and political customers with robocall services – automatic telephone calls that use pre-recorded messages […]

Are the Real Cures being Hidden because there’s No Money in Alternative Medicine? (Fact Check)

If you spend enough time in alternative medicine forums, you’ll hear a claim like the one William made here today:

“There are cures for Cancer out there but big PHARMA is spending billions to prove that there isnt….because the cures there is no big bucks in natural cures. It all comes down to MONEY…MONEY….MONEY.”

Is […]

Amid the obvious, Fake Psychic Thomas John Strikes Out on 3 more Predictions for 2014

Someone who names himself the “Manhattan Medium” clearly wants to go somewhere. Thomas John seems to believe that the fake psychic business is his ride to Richville, and with a $1,000 fee to answer just two questions about dead relatives in a month, the potential for profit is significant. To convince enough desperately grieving people […]

Baloney Prediction #2 from the So-Called Psychic Thomas John: 2014 Terrorist Bomb in Germany

He calls himself the “Manhattan Medium,” a psychic of such great talent that he charges a $1,000 fee to answer two of your questions a month. Presumably somebody believes in him enough to pay that price.

Are the psychic predictions of Thomas John really worth a thousand dollars?

To answer that question, let’s take a […]

Baloney Prediction #1 from $3,000 an hour Psychic Medium Thomas John

“Manhattan Medium” Thomas John charges $3,000 per hour to give his so-called psychic predictions to a group of 10 people.

You’d think that someone who charges $3,000 per hour would be good at what they do.

On December 28, 2013, so-called psychic Thomas John declared that in 2014, Prince William would be crowned King of […]