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How does the Prahlad Jani Breatharian Story Persist without Evidence?

The answer is repetition, and that says something about reliance on what we all “know” to be true.

More than three years ago, a man named Prahlad Jani who claimed to have lived for 70 years without food or water became the center of a media spectacle when Dr. Sudhir Shah called a press conference [...]

“Liberal” Blogs Hushing Up on the Patriot Act (When they Should Be Loudest)

True as of right now:

# of mentions of the Patriot Act on the front page of Daily Kos: Zero # of mentions of the Patriot Act on the front page of the Huffington Post: Zero # of mentions of the Patriot Act on the front page of Eschaton: Zero # of mentions of the [...]

Amid Pats on the Back Over Civility, Old Media Misses NSA Cybersecurity Story

Look deep into this picture and glaze your eyes to find out how many “traditional media” newspapers have, in between pats on the back over their refusal to utter words like “poo,” bothered to provide any coverage of the agenda revealed in Senate hearings today to put the National Security Agency in charge of cybersecurity.

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The Opiates Of the Blogosphere

Instead of talking about the real life government spy program that targets American citizens and is being extended by Democrats in the Senate Judiciary Committee, bloggers are writing about how JJ Abrams will have a fictional TV show about government spies on NBC. [...]

Congressional Republicans Want to Make All Bloggers Keep User Information for the Government

Whatever else you might say about conservative Republicans in the United States Congress, they certainly have a knack for naming bills. Nobody wanted to vote against “The USA Patriot Act” or “The Protect America Act,” even though they subverted patriotism and failed to protect Americans from threatening spies. Following in this line of ironically named [...]