Category Archives: Conspiracies

The Art and Irony of Overreach

(Update: According to several sources it looks as if Walker may be compromising with Democrats on the collective bargaining rights. Presumably the pressure from the threat of recalls is making some Republican Senators reconsider their positions) Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker … Continue reading

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In the Wakefield

Last week brought news (but, it should be noted, not “new” news) that the British Medical Journal is about to publish an article by journalist Brian Deer implicating defrocked British physician Andrew Wakefield in outright fraud related to his allegations of … Continue reading

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No Surprise

This is another article in the series on conspiracy theories. We all know the bare bones of the Iranian Hostage story. Fifty-two American citizens were seized in November of 1979 when a group of militants and heavily armed students took over the … Continue reading

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U.N. Takeover Plot Thickens

This is another article in the series on conspiracy theories. Colorado’s recent gubernatorial race was entertaining on many levels, but a particularly hilarious component was the Great United Nations Takeover Bike Plot. This dire conspiracy theory was first outlined to … Continue reading

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Are We Alone?

One of the most enduring political conspiracy theories is the belief that an alien spacecraft crashed at Roswell, NM in 1947, and the episode was kept secret by the US government which has used technology from the wreckage of the … Continue reading

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Tinfoil Hat Tuesday

Our regular readers have probably noticed by now that we’ve initiated a series of regular features. Some of these will persist, while some will not. It’s survival of the fittest. The latest mutation is today’s feature: Tinfoil Hat Tuesday. That’s … Continue reading

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Conspiracy Theory Detector

Michael Shermer over at Scientific American Blogs has just posted an entry called “The Conspiracy Theory Detector” where he offers a heuristic for testing a conspiracy theory: bullshit or not? We here at 538 Refugees are fascinated by conspiracy theories, … Continue reading

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