Acupuncture is a popular alternative medicine treatment, often used for very subjective symptoms - pain and general malaise. The only way of measuring if a treatment works is "patient reported outcomes" - i.e. what the patient feels about changes in their symptoms, so it's very susceptible to the placebo effect - where the patient thinks they feel better just because they have received a treatment that they think works.
With drugs it's fairly easy easy to test for the placebo effect by giving one group of patients in a study a harmless pill. If there's no way the patient can tell if they got the drug or the placebo, then any difference between the placebo group and the drug group will be due to the effects of the drug.
With acupuncture though, this is more difficult. It's quite hard to devise a fake needle. It's difficult to convince a patient that they have had a needle stuck in them when...
Rather an obscure one, but just came up on twitter, so adding the debunk for future reference:
The claim is that the choice of words to read for the kids in the class with GWB were the rather portentous "Kite hit steel plane must":
Really they said "Kite, Kit, Steal, Playing, Must". Just a random collection of words.
It works because of the subtitles in the video. Even though it's quite plain the children are saying "kit" and not "hit", your brain gets tricked due to the observer expectancy effect, where subtitles force your brain to hear things a certain way. Here's a great example
Now this is obviously a rather esoteric claim, and would only be made by people who are very deep down the rabbit hole, but it illustrates just how persistent bunk is, and how resistant it is to correction in some quarters. In one version of the video, the words are fairly clear, and yet the subtitles say something...
A small portion of an interview I gave a year ago showed up on the documentary film "Look Up", by George Barnes of Skyder Alert.
The film suggests that geoengineering is currently taking place via "chemtrails" and that "normal" contrails do not persist. I totally disagree with this.
And in fact, what I say in the film disagrees with this, as I describe how contrails can spread out to form a layer of cirrus cloud, and I describe the conditions required for this to happen. The problem is that my explanations are slightly technical, and if you don't follow it then you might think I was actually endorsing the "chemtrail" theory, which I am not.
Unfortunately my section is bookended by commentary that suggests that spreading contrails are deliberate geoengineering, and that normal contrails should not persist.
Here's what I say in the film (about 15 minutes in)
Saw this fresh article just now. The photos might be older, but couldn't find original sources through Google.
Only thing I could find out was that the pump engine is a Gorman-Rupp system http://www.grpumps.com/home
So what is actually going on in this series of images?
In the "Look Up" chemtrails propaganda movie, William Thomas makes a claim that during the winter of 1999-2000, 8,000 people in Birmingham, England died from chemtrails, and that refrigerated trucks had to be used as temporary mortuaries. I looked into that claim again, as I did back when he actually made it..
Analyzing the claim:
1999 was a bad year for flu and pneumonia in the UK, and 8000 deaths is a regrettably large number, but I could find no references to any such number as Thomas is claiming, and was not able to do so when he made it. It sounds rather an outlandish thing to claim, Birmingham, England had a...
The following story from Infowars claims that Obama is basically a puppet president trained by Harry Lennix, who was recruited by shadowy figures to make Obama seem more presidential. However it seems to be entirely baseless, as Lennix flatly denies he said anything like that, and old video of Obama shows that he spoke the same, and had the same mannerisms as now, way back before he met Lennix.