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Debunking Anti-Vaccine Memes, Part I

Reading Time: 10 minutes The Delta variant continues to ravage America, with a death toll now equivalent to a 9/11 every day. But while American conservatives have made the annual commemoration of 9/11 a patriotic shibboleth, they’re actively fighting against masks, vaccines, and everything else that can stop the pandemic in its tracks. They’re the best ally the virus […]

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Social Media Vs Mainstream Media: There is No “Vs”, the Lines Are Blurred

Reading Time: 2 minutes The long and the short of it: they are both the same, only separated (in the UK at least) by regulation. “News organisations” is another term for “information source”, which is a far more nebulous and in some sense accurate term. The modern person gets their information (some of which could be arbitrarily labelled “news”) […]

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QAnon Lies, and People Die

Reading Time: 7 minutes Hi and welcome back! News of the COVID-19 surge has been unrelentingly awful. One theme dominates that news, too: almost all of the people dying in this surge are unvaccinated. Sure, some of those unvaccinated folks just never got A Round Tuit. But a lot of others have turned out to be victims of the […]

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Why QAnon is Attacking Evangelical Leaders Lately

Reading Time: 9 minutes Hi and welcome back! In the past, we’ve discussed QAnon — the new moral panic and conspiracy theory that has consumed white evangelicals in America. QAnon claims more white evangelicals than any other religious group. Mostly, these QAnon followers are the rank-and-file of white evangelicalism. Unfortunately, their religious leaders have no idea in the world […]

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The Revolt Against Reality

Reading Time: 5 minutes Just when victory over COVID-19 seemed in sight, the virus is staging a comeback. Vaccination rates in the U.S. have slowed to a trickle, just in time for the more-contagious Delta variant to arrive. Now it’s surging all across the country, in what CDC director Rochelle Walensky called a “pandemic of the unvaccinated”. All fifty […]

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Yahweh as an Anunnaki: The Trouble With Imaginary Beings (LSP #197)

Reading Time: 7 minutes Hi and welcome back! I had a laugh earlier today looking at something online that was written by a very worried-sounding Christian conspiracy theorist: Oh gosh, y’all, what if Yahweh himself is really one of the Anunnaki? See, that’s the biggest problem with believing in a powerful being who doesn’t actually exist. It gets you all […]