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Sep
16
by Mick West at 9:57 AM
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Read the introduction to Escaping the Rabbit Hole on Salon.com

https://www.salon.com/2018/09/16/how-to-pull-a-friend-out-of-the-conspiracy-theory-rabbit-hole/
Sep
13
by Mick West at 3:33 PM
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Cora vs. Florence.

Hurricane Cora was a simulated hurricane used in a readiness exercise earlier this year. Some conspiracists have suggested that it is very similar to Florence, which must mean that "they" knew Florence was coming, presumably by being able to control the weather.

However Cora is nothing like Florence. Cora basically parallels the coast all the way from South Florida to Virginia, moving rapidly from south to North and eventually hitting Washington DC. Florence is at right angles to this, slowing down as it makes landfall, then dissipating inland.

With Cora, the areas of maximum storm surge (see the red line in the diagrams above) are mostly in Florida. With Florence, these are in the Carolinas and Virginia.

Cora was also a (simulated) category 4 all the way from Florida to...
Sep
12
by Mick West at 12:20 PM
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Alan Chin Photo Paper molten metal.

So it looks like AE911Truth has been incorrectly using another photos for many years. I noticed this by accident when looking at a similar photo posted yesterday for the anniversary of 9/11:
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I saw the above (right) 9/11 thumbnail image on the NBC News home page, and it immediately reminded me of this image on an AE911 web page. https://www.ae911truth.org/evidence.../442-witnesses-of-molten-metal-at-ground-zero (http://archive.is/2BsNB)

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Here's the AE911 image:
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Then this coinicidence prompted me to do a Yandex image search^, which...
Sep
04
by Mick West at 2:32 PM
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Debunked Angle Cut Column 2.

This image is famous in 9/11 conspiracy culture:

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The column in the center of the photo (by Sam Hollenshead) has been cut at an angle, presumably during the cleanup process. Yet Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911) still insist it was cut before the building fell, and looks nothing like a normal cut, and hence is evidence of thermite. Here's an AE911 slide they used just a few weeks ago:

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Here's Richard Gage, head of AE911, discussing this:

Source: https://youtu.be/cjzZ7Yot_5s?t=1m11s

However other photos of the scene show the exact same column, so we can figure out where it is,...
Aug
29
by Mick West at 2:29 PM
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Metabunk 2018-08-29 11-46-25.

I've been seeing a lot of these ads recently, probably because I clicked on one of them a few months back. The headlines accompanying the ads have become increasingly incredible. Taking on an $11.2 Trillion market? Quite impressive when the entire US GDP is less than twice that at $18.5 Trillion.

Clicking through takes us to an article at decentric.org, which says:
Aug
27
by Mick West at 11:13 AM
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Metabunk 2018-08-27 10-28-45.

On September 25, 2015 , John Podesta tweeted a series of tweets in support of the Global Goals organization. Global Goals promotes 17 Sustainable Global Goals adopted by the UN, with Sept 25 being the day they were formally adopted.

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In the tweet above, he's promoting #14 Life Below Water - "Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development."

Podesta's email were posted on Wikileaks, and included an exchange with the person who actually posted the tweet, his assistant Milia Fisher. There was a minor exchange about the wording:...
Aug
26
by Mick West at 10:09 AM
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UFO Barn Swallow.

This photo of some dark streaks seeming to emerge from clouds is a popular addition to compilations of UFO "beams in the sky" or "interdimensional visitor". Here's an example usage I just saw on Facebook:
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(The images on the left are light pillars - a real phenomenon caused by light reflecting off ice in the air, and a frame from a hoax video of a "portal".)

But the dark streak UFO is puzzling if you are unfamiliar with how motion blur works.
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It kind of looks like it's emerging from the clouds, as it somewhat lines up with one edge. You might recognize the distinctive shape of the swallow's tail, but then you could be persuaded to discount that because where is the rest of the...
Aug
21
by Mick West at 10:22 AM
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Metabunk 2018-08-21 09-29-46.

The above photo (on the left) is being shared as evidence of "Directed Energy Weapons" starting forest fires. Of course it's just a streak of light caused by the sun (which you can see is just off the top of the image). But it's not really, as some people have said a "lens flare". It's caused by streaks of grease on the lens cover. These form little ridges which refract and reflect the light perpendicular to them and create a streak of light perpendicular to the streaks of grease. I've duplicated it, above on the right. And here's a video explaining how I did that (basically wipe the lens on your iPhone with your finger, especially just after rubbing your nose)

Source: https://youtu.be/it1s7gFRgDE

Here's a close-up of the streaks on the lens cover that made the...
Aug
11
by Mick West at 2:35 PM
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Trump-Tip-Top-QAnon-Metabunk.

In the recent media coverage of the "QAnon" conspiracy theory that followed some Q supporters showing up at a Trump rally, one of the pieces of evidence that the Q supporters gave on camera was the idea that Trump said "tip-top" because a Q made him do it.

This actually seems quite compelling as a sound bite on TV. There's the post on 4Chan with an anonymous user asking Q to work "tip-top" into a Trump speech, this is immediately followed with a clip of Trump saying "tip-top". There's even a bonus white rabbit (a reference to the "rabbit hole" in "red-pill" modern mythology).

But it all falls apart when you look at the actual context. Here's a timeline of Trump saying "Tip Top" (or "Tippy-top") and 4Chan/QAnon talking about it. Note the dates....
Aug
05
by Mick West at 10:49 PM
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Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkH5I0lXiFs

Why do you sometimes see unburnt trees next to a burnt down house?
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Conspiracy theories would say that this is because the houses were actually vapourize with beams of energy from space. But the actual reason, as many people have pointed out, is simply that the wood in the houses is dry, and the wood in the trees is wet.

If you don't use a wood fire in your house this might be a bit hard to understand, so I set out to do an experiment to demonstrate this.

First stop was my attic, which, like most new houses in California has an internal frame of 2 by 4s.
There was a bit of scrap wood left over from construction. The same wood as the frame of my house, so ideal for testing....