Conspiracy

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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 […]

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

Climate Change conspiracy site Infowars wants the FBI to check out John Kerry’s hurricane-busting Antarctic energy beam

Media Matters posted a clip from Infowars on Friday that is truly something special. The video’s host is Owen Shroyer, a climate change denier who was named in the defamation suit for his participation in Alex Jones’s Sandy Hook conspiracy theories – and starred in a viral video where a hero of a kid calls him “a fucking idiot” and flips him the bird. On Thursday’s show, […]

Solar Wakeup: Top 5 Anti-Solar Policy Tricks

Yann Brandt, solar entrepreneur and proprietor of SolarWakeup.com (if you’re not receiving his daily wrap-up of news from around the solar industry in your inbox, shame on you), wrote this original piece for his website. When I saw it, I immediately demanded he let me post it here. Thankfully, he acceded to my request: By Yann Brandt, Managing […]

April 18th

David Brin: We’d better get used to watching the watchmen

By David Brin Total Information Awareness?   NSA (the National Security Agency) is building a mammoth electronic spy center in Utah. The $2 billion Utah Data Center, to be completed by Sept. 2013, will be five times the size of the US Capitol. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher and analyze torrents of information flowing through the […]

March 21st

Cops in at least 5 cities threaten crackdown on Occupy Wall Street; Boston camp #2 broken up

Police forces in five major cities all just happened to decide to make a major alpha-male display on the same night? And all backed down, except for Boston – where the cops took out the smaller, overflow camp (with the justification that the occupiers were “endangering the plantings in the park!).
This is weird. And creepy. And stinks of some kind of national coordination.Up next: Seattle police have issued a similar warning to Occupy Seattle, and are threatening mass arrests if they don’t leave Westlake Plaza.

October 10th

Is Fracking Causing Blackbird Deaths and Earthquakes?

Alfred Hitchcock must be smiling. Officials are still telling people the recent fish and bird deaths in Arkansas and Louisiana that some have dubbed “aflockalypse” are perfectly normal – while also admitting they have no idea what really caused the die-offs. Stepping into that information vacuum, bloggers are asking if there’s a link between the deaths […]

January 6th