How to build a hype:
1. Read a Bureau of Justice Statistics Report, which finds that:
6.7% of U.S. adults were on the receiving end of “identity theft” last year, but this definition includes “attempted misuse” that was unsuccessful, and the most common way adults found out about such activity was to be contacted by [...]
Two and a half months ago, Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida used outrage at the unfolding NSA surveillance scandal to declare his intention to offer an amendment to an otherwise unrelated piece of legislation. That amendment would have ended the NSA’s massive collection of personally identifiable information without a direct connection to terrorism. The idea [...]
If you’ve watched more than an hour of television since 1980, you’ll have encountered at least one politician, business leader, sports coach or motivational speaker declaring that the secret of success is to “give 110%” — 10% more than it’s possible to give. It used to be that the idea of humans achieving more than [...]
Those pretty, teeny, tiny, swirly packets of commercial detergent on the shelves in America’s grocery stores are the hottest new consumer product — and a source of peril for America’s vulnerable children.
Nearly 10 people across the country have called the hotline of the National Fashion Association after small children placed the packets on [...]
“City Bans Christmas,” an e-mail blast by the American Family Association informs me. “The War on Christmas has already begun.”
No celebrations of Christmas allowed within the borders of a city here in Americaa? Unthinkable! Indefensible! Why…
…wait a minute. My suspicions regarding this claim were raised when I learned that the city in question [...]
I remember as a child in the early 1980s watching the PBS science program Nova as a scientist (looking the part with his glasses and wild hair) explained that according to the strict laws of probability, there was a 90% chance of a nuclear weapons accident by 1990. By the year 2000, he explained we [...]
On February 2, 2010, leaders of the civilian and military intelligence agencies of the U.S. Government went before the Senate Intelligence Committee to proclaim with unanimity that an attempted terrorist attack on the “U.S. Homeland” within six months was “certain.”
There are 116 days left before August 2, the end of this period. Has there [...]
It is your patriotic duty to stampede in a panicked herd, just like you did with the Iraq War and the Patriot Act. Don’t stop to think! Give Wall Street all your money right now or you are doomed! [...]
“The Bible Is Under Assault!” screams an unsolicited e-mail sent to us by the conservative publication Human Events.
“The Bible Is Under Assault!”? What does that mean?
According to Human Events, “The Bible is Under Assault!” because “mockers and skeptics” “ridicule” the Bible. Yep, that’s what they mean when they say that “The Bible is [...]