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What is the Matthew 4 Protocol, and Can it Cure Cancer? (Fact Check)

Editor’s Note: for an update on these cancer claims, see the March 9 2014 article, “What Connects the Matthew 4 Protocol to Dr. Mark Stengler?”

What is the Matthew 4 Cancer Protocol — and can it really cure cancer?

If you’ve found this web page, it’s likely because someone has sent you a link [...]

George Washington Was Wrong (Religiosity, Felicity and Prosperity)

The following declaration issues forth from the Baptist church in South Somerville, Maine:

George Washington never actually said these exact words in 1789 or at any other time. What Washington actually said, in his 1789 Inaugural Address, was this:

“I dwell on this prospect with every satisfaction which an ardent love for my Country [...]

Business Does It Better? Top 3 Private For-Profit Universities have Staggering Loan Default Rate

A week ago, I wrote to share the news that a quarter of students departing the private for-profit Kaplan University are so desperate that they default on their student loans. Defaulting on student loans is a big deal: it absolutely wrecks a person’s credit rating, it leads to harassment by collecting agencies, and is almost [...]

NRA claim about Crime and Right-to-Carry States: Is it True? (Fact Check)

Yesterday, I noticed the recent Twitter posting of a disgraced former GOP chair:

“In right-to-carry states the violent crime rate is 24% lower than the rest of the US and the murder rate is 28% lower.”

A quick look at the latest available Uniform Crime Reports shows that this claim is not true. But I [...]

Fact Check: Is the Murder Rate Really 28% Lower in Right-to-Carry States?

Former San Bernadino County Republican Chair Bill Postmus has come out with a new claim on Twitter, that “In right-to-carry states the violent crime rate is 24% lower than the rest of the US and the murder rate is 28% lower”:

Is this true? Finding out is a simple matter. First, consult the National [...]

Fact Check: Does an Increase in Gun Ownership Lead to a Decrease in Crime?

Charles Manning writes yesterday:

Overall violent crime is down in the U.S., notwithstanding the steady procession of mass shootings. 2nd Amendment fanatics believe being armed accounts for a major part, if not all, of the decline. They think would-be criminals are scared of being shot by armed “law-abiding citizens.” Citizens, that is, who believe the [...]

Fact Check: Are the “Extremes from Each Party” Really in Control of Congress?

As part of its push to change politics to prevent “unseemly populism,” cut Social Security and Medicare, deunionize teachers and restore “respect for wealth creation,” the “Common Sense Coalition” identifies this platform as part of the “common sense” “center,” deviations from which are “extreme.” In a May 1 guest post at The Common Sense Coalition, [...]

Fact Check: Are you 3 times more likely to get a virus from a church website than from a pornography website?

A graphic from the Did You Know? Blog is making its way around atheist and secular pages on Facebook. It claims that “You are 3 times more likely to get a virus from a church website than you are from a pornography website”:

Unfortunately, the Did You Know Blog doesn’t link to any source [...]

What Einstein Didn’t Say About Social Media Users Being Idiots, Announced Over Social Media

The following images are propagating quickly this week through the social media websites Facebook and Pinterest, attributing a quote about technology, social interaction and idiocy to Albert Einstein:

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Naveena Shine attracts attention with "Proof" of Breatharian claim. Does the "Proof" exist?

Woman hasn’t eaten since May 3, plans to go on

So reads the breathless headline of a United Press International story published on June 10, 2013. Is it true?

Naveena Shine of Seattle declares in a press release and a website that:

On May 3rd 2013, the Spiritually based endeavor, “Living On Light” began an [...]

The Incidence of Trent Franks Thinking is Very Low

It is possible, even from the great distance of Maine, to hear the DC press corps exhale with a collective “OMiGod” at the remarkably ignorant declaration of Republican Congressman Trent Franks, who [...]