Conspiracy

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CO2 Coalition’s newest member Tony Heller just got kicked off Twitter for covid conspiracies

This is always embarrassing, but we need to correct something in yesterday’s roundup: we described Tony Heller as a “climate conspiracist in denial about being a debunked conspiracy theorist,” who is not formally affiliated with a professional climate denial organization. This was true when we were drafting it on the 8th, but later that day, Heller posted on this blog that he’s now a member of the CO2 Coalition, the […]

December 10th

Now with magic crystals! Unwise use of ‘Wise Use’: Meet the new climate denial, same as the old

“It’s not okay anymore to be an outright climate denialist. No one’s going to listen to you.” That’s what Rutgers University professor of media studies Melissa Aronczyk recently told the Washington Post’s Maxine Joselow, for a story about a new study on public relations companies and their work for the energy and environmental industries. By Climate Denier Roundup […]

December 8th

True cause of climate change revealed! “A ‘Severe Wobble’ of Earth Will Soon Reveal Hidden Planet Nibiru”

Last month, conservative propaganda shop PragerU published a video featuring Steve Koonin, and just like basically everything else he’s ever said about climate, it was swiftly fact-checked and one of his key claims about Greeland’s ice melt was found “mostly false” by Politifact. But of course Facebook’s Instagram didn’t actually do anything but put a tiny note […]

December 2nd

A plague of fake news and disinformation: A history of libel, conspiracy and hope at Passover

Tonigh, Jewish families and their friends will be celebrating the first night of the week of Passover, with the most convivial gathering of the year: the Seder meal. The Seder celebrates the memory of Exodus, when a people bound to labour in Egypt for centuries gained its freedom. So profound was this experience that survivors and […]

March 26th

Climate deniers keep blaming the wrong corps for warming (Contrails? Really?)

Yesterday, we came across a post on “Health Impact News,” a website with COVID conspiracies in its “Top stories this week” column, with a double-coloned-headline that refused to be ignored: URGENT: New documentary proves climate engineering by controlling the weather (NOT ‘global warming’) is destroying life and the planet: immediate danger FAR greater than COVID-19. By […]

Is Q-Congresswoman’s Jewish Space Laser the New GOP normal? (Yes)

Newly elected Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s sparkling reputation as Congress’s newest Q-Anoner had a string of embarrassments last week that have only strengthened calls for her ouster. One was her school shooting denial, and harassment of Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg. Another was her “support for executing” Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. And then finally there’s […]

February 2nd

Climate deniers are embracing QAnon – “It’s the scariest thing I’ve ever encountered.”

Naomi Seibt was supposed to be the right’s answer to Greta Thunberg — a charismatic, blonde, German teen who would challenge climate science, like a comic book nemesis who is endowed with the same powers and abilities as her foe. Her conservative backers at the Heartland Institute billed her as a much needed voice of […]

September 29th

QAnon conspiracies starting to overlap with climate denial networks

Hey champ, got a minute? Grab a seat, buddy, it’s time we have… The Talk. You may have noticed some changes recently in your body politic, like hair-brained conspiracy theories growing in new places, or new feelings about your fellow Americans – specifically their seemingly ever-more-tenuous grasp on reality. Don’t worry, you’re right to be concerned, […]

September 1st

Renewable Roundup: Understanding Q-Anon and false beliefs

The True Believer, by Eric Hoffer, began asking certain questions in 1951, when the science delving into Hitler was in its infancy. It is an article of faith on the Right that the only way to oppose tyrants and fanatics, whether Nazis, Communists, or ISIS, is with tyranny and fanaticism. McCarthy, Birchers, Tea Parties, militias, […]

August 17th

Disinformation campaigns are murky blends of truth, lies and sincere beliefs – lessons from the coronavirus pandemi

The COVID-19 pandemic has spawned an infodemic, a vast and complicated mix of information, misinformation and disinformation. In this environment, false narratives – the virus was “planned,” that it originated as a bioweapon, that COVID-19 symptoms are caused by 5G wireless communications technology – have spread like wildfire across social media and other communication platforms. […]

July 28th

Election 2020: How fake accounts constantly manipulate what you see on social media – and what you can do about it

Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram started out as a way to connect with friends, family and people of interest. But anyone on social media these days knows it’s increasingly a divisive landscape. Undoubtedly you’ve heard reports that hackers and even foreign governments are using social media to manipulate and attack you. You may […]

Coronavirus, ‘Plandemic’ and the seven traits of conspiratorial thinking

The conspiracy theory video “Plandemic” recently went viral. Despite being taken down by YouTube and Facebook, it continues to get uploaded and viewed millions of times. The video is an interview with conspiracy theorist Judy Mikovits, a disgraced former virology researcher who believes the COVID-19 pandemic is based on vast deception, with the purpose of […]

War on Science: Every unhappy conspiracy theorist is unhappy in their own way

The latest issue of the Atlantic magazine, Shadowland, focuses on a topic near and dear to us: conspiracy theories. Though not specific to climate, the parallels are clear and the fact that deniers are basically just motivated conspiracy theorists is, well, undeniable. By Climate Denier Roundup Jeffrey Goldberg’s essay looks at the difference between famous kooks like […]

Ralph Nader: Wrong on Al Gore, now wrong on Tesla (with data!)

You may remember Ralph Nader as the guy who was always running for president against both Democrats and Republicans. I remember seeing him on the ballot when I first started voting almost 20 years ago. I remember thinking that he is always running and never wins, but still, he’s always running. I liked that about […]

January 24th

How do short sellers manipulate Tesla stock? Jim Cramer explains how it’s done.

It can be super frustrating to see the Tesla story warped, facts omitted, and incessant and obvious smear campaigns against Tesla. It’s especially frustrating since those are so effective. Having a sociology background, I have to say that the whole Tesla short seller drama is fascinating. In the year 2019, that includes flamewars on social media, paid […]

March 7th