Posts Tagged ‘conspiracy theories’

How Masks Got Political

August 27, 2020

Health authorities agree: Wearing a mask can help stop the spread of the coronavirus. But even after thousands have died, many people still don’t believe it.

A Vox video by By Madeline Marshall.

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Doc Retweeted By Trump Says Government is Run by Reptilians

August 3, 2020
Doc Retweeted By Trump Says Government is Run by Reptilians

Government Lizard People: seeing is believing.

President Donald Trump retweeted Houston physician Stella Immanuel last week, a fellow fancier of debunked “miracle coronavirus cure” hydroxychloroquine. The good doctor also believes there are Lizard People among us:

“In a 2015 video, Immanuel, who leads a religious group called Fire Power Ministries, said: ‘There are people ruling this nation that are not even human,’ describing them as ‘reptilian spirits’ who are ‘half human, half ET.'”

— “Aliens and ‘reptilians’: US viral video doctor’s odd beliefs,” France 24

That explains why Trump spokes-creatures like Stephen Miller focus our fears on ethnic minorities to distract us from their own space alien invasion.

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Ginni Thomas, Spy Hunter!

February 26, 2020

Ginni Thomas, Spy Hunter!

Rightwing lobbyist, Supreme spouse, and Tea Party cultist Ginni Thomas is making a list, checking it twice, and ridding the Trump White House of spies, snakes and traitors, those professional civil servants more devoted to the Constitution than personal loyalty to Donald Trump. That sounds better to conspiracy nuts when they call the Civil Service the “Deep State.”

Since 2013 Ginni Thomas has been part of the ad hoc Groundswell group, a rightwing cabal opposed to GOP centrists as much as liberal Democrats. In January she and other Tea Party survivors met with President Trump in the White House with a belated Christmas gift, their Naughty/Nice List. The Goundswell goons called for the firing of qualified federal government professionals and the hiring of Trump toadies, hard right wingnuts, Fox News talking heads, and other incompetents in their stead.

After getting her fringe-group friends into high White House places, Ms. Thomas plans to defend the Trump-archy in the 2020 election through her own MAGA-supporting PAC.

More:

“Trump’s ‘Deep State’ hit list,” Jonathan Swan, Axios

“Among Those Pressing Trump to Weed Out Disloyalty: Clarence Thomas’s Wife,” Maggie Haberman, New York Times

“Clarence Thomas’ Wife Is Helping Trump Purge ‘Snakes’ From the White House — and Replace Them With Fox News Regulars,” Travis Gettys, The New Civil Rights Movement

“Ginni Thomas’ White House Meeting Was Just Another Grift,” Mark Joseph Stern, Salon

Updates:

“Trump acknowledges lists of disloyal government officials to oust,” Jacob Knutson, Axios

“Trump Claims Purging Officials Who Are ‘Disloyal’ To Him Is Good For America,” Cristina Cabrera, TalkingPointsMemo

“Baby-faced assassin: the 29-year old at the heart of Trump’s ‘deep state’ purge,” Tom McCarthy, The Guardian (also “A new senior leader at the White House personnel office: A college senior,” Daniel Lippman and Meridith McGraw, Politico).

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Trump: Over 15,000 Lies in 3 Years

December 17, 2019

Trump: Over 15,000 Lies in 3 Years

“As of Dec. 10, his 1,055th day in office, Trump had made 15,413 false or misleading claims, according to the Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement he has uttered. “

More:

“President Trump has made 15,413 false or misleading claims over 1,055 days,” Glenn Kessler, Salvador Rizzo and Meg Kelly, Washington Post

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Deep State Damage: Maria Butina Brings Down Overstock CEO

August 23, 2019

Deep State Damage: Maria Butina Brings Down Overstock CEO

After babbling about the “Deep State” and “Men In Black” last week, Overstock. com CEO Patrick Byrne admitted to a 3-year affair with jailed Russian agent Maria Butina and resigned. The company’s depressed stock price rose 15 percent in response.

More:

“Patrick Byrne’s Overstock Exit Came After Admission He Romanced Russian,” Jeran Wittenstein, Bloomberg

“Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne resigns after saying he aided in ‘deep state’ Russia investigation,” Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post

“Overstock investors cheer after ‘too controversial’ CEO Patrick Byrne resigns,” Tomi Kilgore, MarketWatch

“Overstock CEO Resigns to Focus on Career as Deep State Intelligence Asset, One Assumes,”
Bryan Menegus, Gizmodo

“Overstock Ex-CEO’s Bonkers Rant to Fox Business: I’m Part of ‘Deep State,’” Justin Baragona, Daily Beast

Update:

“Former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne Claims Maria Butina Offered to Arrange One-on-One for Him With Putin,” Audrey McNamara, Daily Beast

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Storming Area 51

July 25, 2019

Storming Area 51

“More than 250,000 people have signed up to attend a Facebook event planning a raid on Area 51 in southern Nevada to ‘see them aliens.’

According to the event, titled, “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us,” a group of alien hunters will meet at 3 a.m. on Sept. 20 near the top-secret U.SFrom there, the group will ‘Naruto run’ with their arms stretched behind them like Naruto Uzumaki in the Japanese anime series ‘Naruto,’ and therefore ‘move faster than their bullets.'”

— “‘They can’t stop all of us’: More than 250K pledge to storm Area 51 to uncover alien secrets,” Kelly Taylor Hayes, Fox10 Phoenix

Updates:

“More than 500,000 people have RSVP’d to ‘storm Area 51,’ in the name of memes,” Allegra Frank, Vox

“More Than 1 Million People Agree To ‘Storm Area 51,’ But The Air Force Says Stay Home,” Bobby Allyn, NPR News

“‘Let’s see them aliens’: 1.3 mn people vow to storm classified US base,” AFP via Yahoo News

“How to Infiltrate Area 51 Like a Pro,” Tom McKay, Gizmodo

“Arby’s Feeding Area 51 Raiders Top-Secret Menu,” QSR

“Rural Nevada community not equipped for UFO enthusiasts to ‘Storm Area 51,’” Kelcie Grega, Las Vegas Sun

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Conspiracy Theories: A Secret Plot?

June 22, 2018

More:

“Conspiracy Theories: Why More Educated People Don’t Believe Them,” Teodora Zareva, Big Think

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My Microwave Oven Is Spying On Me

March 15, 2017

My Microwave Oven Is Spying On Me

My microwave oven is spying on me! Kellyanne Conway told me so:

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Stupid Watergate

March 8, 2017

John Oliver describes the Trump “Tapp” conspiracy theory.

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Trump on Science

September 13, 2016

Trump on Science
Anti-vaxxer and GOP presidential candidate Donald J. Trump believes climate change is a Chinese hoax meant to make American industry less competitive and reduce the effectiveness of his own hairspray. Mr. Trump’s campaign is so anti-science that Scientific American magazine (founded 1845)  published a column noting that, in politics, “facts have become an undervalued commodity”:

“When the major Republican candidate for president has tweeted that global warming is a Chinese plot, threatens to dismantle a climate agreement 20 years in the making and to eliminate an agency that enforces clean air and water regulations, and speaks passionately about a link between vaccines and autism that was utterly discredited years ago, we can only hope that there is nowhere to go but up.”

— “Donald Trump’s Lack of Respect for Science Is Alarming,” Scientific American

Mr. Trumps’ words may deride global warming, but his actions tell another story. He wants permission to build sea walls to protect his coastal golf course in Ireland from sea level rise caused by climate change.

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