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Indefinite Dissension: Obama needs to get real on Guantanamo Bay
Foreign Policy / News / Politics

Indefinite Dissension: Obama needs to get real on Guantanamo Bay

Prompted by the news of more than 100 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay going on hunger strikes to protest their detentions, President Obama made some remarks this week that had many reminiscing back to the days of Candidate Obama, as he restated in unequivocal terms his desire to close the controversial prison. “I think it is … Continue reading

No, Alex Jones, the NY Times did NOT say the FBI creates false flags: more sloppy research and confirmation bias from the conspiracy crowd
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No, Alex Jones, the NY Times did NOT say the FBI creates false flags: more sloppy research and confirmation bias from the conspiracy crowd

Here’s a perfect example of the twisted logic and confirmation biases of some conspiracy theorists. Alex Jones and Infowars has recently been trotting out a New York Times opinion piece from last year by David K. Shipler titled, “Terrorist Plots, Hatched by the F.B.I.,” as evidence that “EVEN THE NEW YORK TIMES” has admitted that … Continue reading

Debunking the Pointless: Further adventures in the nonsense of false-flaginess
Misc. / News / Politics

Debunking the Pointless: Further adventures in the nonsense of false-flaginess

I would like to respond to a couple of criticisms I received about my piece on “false flag” conspiracies in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. Most of the response was positive, but a few conspiracy folks pointed out that I employed ad hominem rhetoric in my criticisms of conspiracy theorists and didn’t offer … Continue reading

Why getting a new ‘Star Wars’ every year can be a good thing
Culture / Movie News / Movies

Why getting a new ‘Star Wars’ every year can be a good thing

Yesterday it was announced by Disney and Lucasfilm that a new “Star Wars” film would be released once a year, beginning with 2015’s “Episode VII.” The announcement, which was given at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, stated that future films would alternate between installments in the main, Roman numeral-based series, and standalone films. The overall number … Continue reading

Podcast: Reviewing “Game of Thrones” and “Room 237″
Culture / Movie Reviews / Podcasts / TV Reviews

Podcast: Reviewing “Game of Thrones” and “Room 237″

We finally return with a new podcast just in time for the return of everyone’s favorite blood-soaked-Machiavellian fantasy series Game of Thrones. We offer our review and analysis of the premiere episode. Also, we discuss and review the critically-accliamed Room 237, a bizarre new documentary by Rodney Ascher that examines the bat-shit crazy theories of … Continue reading