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When Mark of the Beast and End Times Outrank Available Evidence, Conspiracies Follow

Since January 2013, writers at Irregular Times have been pointing out the problems in the conspiracy theory insisting that the “Obamacare” health care law requires all Americans to be forcibly implanted with RFID-trackable microchips starting this year. The biggest problem with this claim is empirical: if you read the text of the law yourself, you’ll [...]

Obamacare Microchip Conspiracy Deepens with New Howard Dean Time-Travel Revelations

Over the past year, right-wing conspiracy theorists have insisted that under provisions of the “Obamacare” law, all Americans would be forcibly injected with trackable RFID microchips by March 23, 2013. The fact that it is now April 6, 2013 and this hasn’t come to pass is a minor speed bump for the conspiracy theorists — [...]

King Henry VIII In San Francisco

This painting of King Henry The Eighth is in the hallway of my hotel in San Francisco. I am fairly confident that this particular monarch never left Europe, much less traveled to the Pacific coast of North America.

Why would a hotel post a painting of a monarch from hundreds of years ago who never [...]

Conspiracy Nuts Go Millerite: Never Mind 3/23/2013. NOW the Obama Microchips Come 12/31/2017!

The conspiracy nuts said President Obama would be implanting special RFID GPS tracking microchips under our skin by March 23, 2013. News with views made a typical prediction:

“The Obama Health Care Bill will require all U.S. citizens and babies to receive a microchip or Medchip by March 23, 2013.”

But, whoops, it’s March 23 [...]

Looking for the Microchip on my Arms March 23 2013… It's There! (Documentary Video)

Right wing and other conspiratorial websites like News With Views and Before It’s News have been sharing bold predictions about Obamacare microchips in their headlines, their Facebook posts and their Tweets over the past year or two:

“Micro Chip Implant Coming March 23, 2013″

“The New Health Care (Obama care) law H.R. 3590 Also HR [...]

The Evolution of a Quote: Misconceived, Misattributed, Misconstrued

Yesterday a professional contact of mine shared the following message on Facebook:

“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an [...]

Americans Elect Paradox: No Turning Back. More to Do. We’re Dissolving and Selling Our Assets.

On page 12 of Americans Elect’s Mission Report, Americans Elect CEO Kahlil Byrd clearly indicates that Americans Elect will be continuing its activities:

“With this first phase, Americans Elect did not get all that we wanted. We have made a good start — thinking through and acting on the activity of bringing the nominating [...]

August 8: Americans Elect Starts Collecting $$ for Angus King. August 20: Americans Elect Says it Supports No Candidate

Take a look at pages 5 and 6 of this excerpt of the Americans Elect Mission Report. As you can see from that excerpt, the report features a letter signed by Peter Ackerman and dated August 20. August 20 is a full 12 days after August 8, the day an FEC report shows Ackerman gave [...]

What Is The Historic Discovery On Mars?

“Earthshaking.”

That’s the word that NPR reporter Joe Palca used yesterday to describe a discovery by the new Mars rover, Curiosity. He quoted a NASA scientist as describing the discovery as “one for the history books”.

The thing is, NASA won’t tell what it’s discovered, yet. They have to double-check the data first.

They [...]

Hilarious: Two “Grassroots” Pete Peterson Groups Fluffing for Each Other in Front of the NYSE

Oh, the follies of billionaires.

Last week, an organization called The Can Kicks Back posted the following to its Facebook page:

The silly geese. How surprised can “The Can Kicks Back” be about the activities of “Fix the Debt” when the two organizations share the very same DC Beltway office suite? You can write [...]

IP, Dangerous Candy, and a 99% Billboard: Looking Back a Year

Sometimes, it’s useful to look backward for a sense of scale and perspective.

A year ago today, I [...]