In 2010, as the presidential administration of Barack Obama began laying the groundwork for a repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the prohibition on gay men and lesbians in the U.S. military, American conservatives predicted dire consequences. The conservative periodical Human Events issued a typical
In 2015, Rick Santorum is running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. In 2006, Rick Santorum took to the floor of the Senate to argue for S.J. Res. 1, a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would expressly outlaw any
In order to whip up enthusiasm about their work, and to gain attention for themselves as individuals, NASA scientists were willing to make definite predictions about future scientific studies, claiming to know what will happen before it happens. When scientists engage in this kind of exaggerated claim to knowledge, they cast doubt on their credibility as individuals and as a collective work.
Someone who names himself the “Manhattan Medium” clearly wants to go somewhere. Thomas John seems to believe that the fake psychic business is his ride to Richville, and with a $1,000 fee to answer just two questions about dead relatives in a month, the potential for
Someone out there is paying Vicki Monroe $250 an hour to issue psychic predictions from the spirit world. The problem is, it turns out “the spirits” really don’t know what they’re talking about. As I documented yesterday, Vicki Monroe used her professional psychic powers to
In December of 2012, the Lewiston Sun Journal featured “psychic” Vicki Monroe and her predictions for 2013. This is the same Vicki Monroe who tells the world “the spirits” tell her the future. Vicki Monroe’s website (search “Maine psychic Vicki Monroe” if you really must
For half a decade now, the self-proclaimed prophet Linda Newkirk has been sending us her lamentations and predictions for the future. In 2009, Newkirk declared that the Messiah had been in training to set goat-people free for 42 months and would soon be revealed. In
What these optimistic forecasts about mobile-based commerce actually show is that mobile devices are mostly useful to marketers as a technology for gathering information about shoppers, rather than as means for shopping in themselves.
Like the Rev. Irwin Baxter, Pastor John Hagee just can’t stay away from the Christian End Times. In 1999, Hagee was quoted in the Washington Times (“End-times believers hedge apocalypse bets; Dramatic forecasts now hard to find,” Larry Witham, 12/9/99) as saying that “we are
Back in 1991, Rev. Irvin Baxter started publishing EndTime magazine. That was 23 years ago. In 1997, Rev. Irvin Baxter started publishing his EndTime Magazine online at endtime.com, spreading the news of “his soon return.” That was 17 years ago, when he wrote: Every 2,000
This morning, over at the right wing conspiratorial web site, Before It’s News, they’re predicting that the Yellowstone National Park could soon see massive earthquakes, and perhaps even an eruption of the Yellowstone volcano. Such an eruption would be a very serious event, killing 90