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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 [...]

No, Actually, Most Terrorists Threatening the USA AREN'T Muslims

“Most terrorists are Muslim,” say the ultraconservative supporters of religious-based profiling and surveillance in America. The claim is resurfacing in the last week:

Christopher Cook, April 19 2013:

Whatever the specifics, the general fact is always the same: Not all Muslims are terrorists, but nearly all terrorists are Muslims…. Islamist terrorism is now a fact [...]

Social Media Infographic Hype Doesn't Help

This morning, a contact of mine recommended an infographic to me.

Go ahead and click on the infographic (uploaded April 2012) if you’d like to read it in detail on its original website, whitefireseo.com; I can’t find the space to post the graphic at its full size and write about it at the same time. [...]

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 [...]

Fact Check: is Lewiston, Maine riddled with Crime since Somali Immigrants Came to Town?

When I listen to people talk about the most “dangerous” places to live in Maine, the city of Lewiston constantly comes up. You wouldn’t want to live in Lewiston, people tell me. All the Somalis have made Lewiston a dangerous place to live, they say. You can see these kind of remarks online, too:

Madeleine, [...]

Armed Guards in School? Fact Check: Kids are Safer in School than out of School

In the Bangor Daily News of December 20 2012, Daniel Patterson of Presque Isle Maine writes that armed guards should be posted in all public schools:

“We need armed guards where masses of people, especially children, gather because crazed gunmen target masses of people. I know we might not like the image of soldiers at [...]

Despite Mega Media Connections, The Can Kicks Back “Viral” Video Can’t Actually Go Viral

The Can Kicks Back is an paper-front organization that describes itself to the public as a “grassroots” campaign of “Millenials” but was actually started by a core group of rich old white men. It acts as if it is independent but actually occupies the office space held by “The Campaign To Fix The Debt” and [...]

Obama’s Ring. Is THIS Arabic Script? Is THIS the proof that Barack Obama is Muslim?

World Net Daily is doubling down on the Obama-has-a-Muslim-ring claim. On WND the “investigator” Jerome Corsi declared two days ago that “according to Arabic-language and Islamic experts, the ring Obama has been wearing for more than 30 years is adorned with the first part of the Islamic declaration of faith, the Shahada: “There is no [...]