Metabunk

Feb
12
by Mick West at 9:20 PM
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The final nail in the coffin of the already widely debunked theory that the government (specifically the Department of Homeland Security) is stockpiling unusually large amounts of ammo (presumably to prepare for some great civil unrest) comes in the form of a GAO report requested by Senator Tom Coburn and others, released today

The bottom line:
  • The DHS makes ammunition purchases aimed at minimizing cost
  • The ammo is used almost entirely in training, at an average rate of 110 Million rounds a year
  • The large figures quoted are the upper limits for open ended multi-year contracts
  • Actual purchases of physical ammo have declined, not increased
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http://www.coburn.senate.gov/public...-dhs-ammunition-purchases-declined-since-2009 (http://archive.is/fktwx)
Feb
09
by Robert Tankersley at 3:30 PM
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[Admin Update] Solved! It's a short segment of contrail from flight UA 4597, Illuminated head-on by the setting sun, casting a shadow behind, and drifting and spreading in the wind. Full explanation in the thread below.



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Feb
04
by Emeline at 2:25 PM
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[Admin: Debunk in post #2, scroll down]

This story seems to have gone viral at the moment. The first place I saw it was Rense.com.

GLP have a current thread running on it where you can see the photo.

Any thoughts from anyone?

I don't believe it's a demon but I messed around with it for a bit on my photo editing software and couldn't really get it much clearer.

http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message2476004/pg1

http://beforeitsnews.com/paranormal/2014/02/demon-caught-on-cam-in-hospital-2463776.html

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Feb
02
https://www.metabunk.org/sk/Watch_Justin_Bieber_s_Eye_s_shapeshift_in_Miami_courtroom.mp4_20140202_221910.jpg
by Mick West at 10:38 PM
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This video has something strange going on with Justin Bieber's eyes:
[Youtube video removed, I've replaced it with this short focused clip]
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When the on-screen clock reads 13:07:45, his eyes take on a strange half-lidded appearance, as if they are both open and closed.
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And actually they kind of are, but only in the video. It's a very common video compression artifact. The video software tries to save bandwidth by not updating areas that don't seem to have changed. This video is rather heavily compressed, so you see things like the judge's glasses being messed up, his ear falling off, and an odd square line on his forehead. But nobody is looking at the judge.

This compression happens upon specific boundaries in the image, here it looks like the top half of his eyes are from a frame where they are open, but...
Feb
02
by Mick West at 11:04 AM
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After the breaking story of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death today by the Wall Street Journal on Twitter, many people linked to what looked like a story that suggested he was the victim of an internet death hoax earlier this week:

http://en.mediamass.net/people/philip-seymour-hoffman/deathhoax.html (http://archive.is/tpbNI)
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This gave lots of people the false hope that the WSJ story was itself a hoax, that the WSJ had somehow been fooled by someone just propagating this old hoax story.

However, the MediaMass site is simple an automated generator of these stories. You can adjust the URL to get an internet death hoax story about any famous person. In this case, it was the hoax itself that was the hoax.

MediaMass have been doing this since 2012, and even explain how it works...
Jan
30
https://www.metabunk.org/sk/IS_THIS_SNOW_.mp4_20140130_091617.jpg
by Mick West at 9:39 AM
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330 Comments
There are some videos going around that claim to show that recent snowfalls are somehow "fake", because when people try to melt the snow with a lighter or blowtorch, they are surprised by the results.

Typical story with links to several videos:
http://www.adguk-blog.com/2014/01/fake-snow-reported-in-multiple-states.html?m=1
What's happening here is:

A) The snow is melting, but the very loose fluffy structure of the snow wicks away the water, turning dry snow into wet snow, and eventually turning the snow into slush.

B) The snow is blackened when a lighter is held underneath it because of the soot from the lighter (the products of incomplete combustion). It's not burning....
Jan
28
by Mick West at 4:51 PM
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5 Comments
This rather poor quality photo seems to show a ghostly figure in a window (part of a much larger story of demonic possession)

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Obviously it could just be faked, and indeed there's an Android app for that. Ghost Camera,
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(Photo by Larry DP on Facebook, via Doubtful News)

I'm not sure if it's using this app though, as the image in Larry's photo is actually different. And if you compare the suspect image (in the middle, below) to the fake images, you'll notice it looks a lot less human than at first...
Jan
25
https://www.metabunk.org/data/MetaMirrorCache/351dd69bb69b5185af9f811932a4c29d.jpg
by Balance at 5:27 AM
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Debunked: This story is indirectly based on a 2006 paper by the Surveillance Studies Network, prepared for the UK Government's Information Commissioner, that theorized that by 2016 school children might be given a plastic ID card with RFID built in. They did NOT suggest compulsory implanting of anyone. It contains a number of science-fiction-like dystopian scenarios, and is more of a set of pessimistic speculations. The most dire prediction it has for children is about using an RFID card at school:
Jan
19
by ki_cz at 8:07 AM
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Usually, these UFO videos that I stumble across are pretty easy to debunk, in terms of telling what the object is. This one is more difficult. The credibility of the videographer is (in my mind) questionable, but I was still hoping that somebody could provide some insight as to what this is, or perhaps determine that it is something added in post. Thank you:



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Jan
12
https://www.metabunk.org/sk/IMG_6683a_A380.jpg
by Mick West at 1:56 PM
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5 Comments
This video by Patrick Roddie has the description: "Close up of unmarked chemtrail sprayer over San Francisco, 12-30-13 "


At 1:00 into the video, there's a fairly clear shot

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Contrast enhanced, there's a clear marking on the wing to the pilot's left (right on the photo).
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Compare to a similar photos of a (marked) A380:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/66303308@N00/8070591423
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Or this one (different plane)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/66303308@N00/8625687270...