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Fukushima Radiation Scare Stories Are Going Viral On the Internet. Are They Real Or Fake?

Fukushima I nuclear accidents diagramIf you were to visit the websites of the likes of Alex Jones or Mike Adams you’d be scared shitless that California is being irradiated by Fukushima nuclear fallout. PolicyMic tries to squash the concerns of millions of Americans. We’re linking to (but not necessarily endorsing) their take on the issue here, but we welcome and expect contrary views in the comments:

The news: A few suspect news stories have been making the rounds on the internet in recent days, suggesting that radiation from the Fukushima power plant disaster has hit the West Coast of the United States and is causing major harm to the Pacific Ocean off California. Most pernicious is the report from NaturalNews.com that a scientific study found a significant drop off in sea life in the Pacific Ocean near the U.S. coast.

So should you trust these scare stories? Absolutely not. 

The fine folks at Deep Sea News — which features writers with academic degrees, actual professional credentials, and expert knowledge — are doing their best to debunk the rumors spreading about Fukushima radiation and its impact on the U.S.

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Ten Things You Might Not Know About Conspiracy Theories

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Mark Jacob and Stephan Benzkofer offer a roundup of “facts” about “conspiracy theories.” One or two are actually not in most top 10 lists (but do you care about whether or not Marisa Tomei’s Oscar was really intended for Vanessa Redgrave?). From the Chicago Tribune:

We’re approaching the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, an event that wrenched this nation and spawned countless conspiracy theories. Was Kennedy killed by the Cubans? The CIA? The Mafia? The military-industrial complex? Time to spread your blanket on a grassy knoll and examine these 10 conspiracy theories:

  1. Some Pakistanis doubt the story of Malala Yousafzai, the teenager who received worldwide support after she was shot and wounded by the Taliban for promoting the education of girls. Suspicion that she is a CIA plant or a greedy hoaxer is so common in Pakistan that a journalist there ridiculed doubters with a satirical piece revealing that Malala’s “real name was Jane” and that the DNA in her earwax showed that she was “probably from Poland.” But other media outlets missed the joke, citing the report as yet more evidence of the Malala plot.
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Conspiracy Theories Consume and Doom The Republican Party

Alex Jones NYArthur Goldwag tells us that the conservative mindset is in decline while stories of cabals and secret plots provide comfort as its power wanes, at Salon:

What just happened in Washington?

Ask a true conservative believer, and they’ll tell you that it was the birth of a terrible beauty. They’ll say the GOP’s true leaders, our nation’s future leadership, revealed itself in all its splendid, futile glory—only to be stabbed in the back by a “thundering herd of chicken-hearted Republicans in Name Only (RINOs)  galloping to the Left.”

If you asked me, I would say that we witnessed a recrudescence of a nihilistic tendency that has never been far from the surface in American politics—a conservatism that is as far from the dictionary definition of conservatism as Obama is from being a socialist. Last fall, on the eve of the election, I wrote in Salon that “America is becoming more multicultural, more gay-friendly and more feminist every day.

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The Exorcism of Alex Jones

alexjonesDoes Alex Jones need an exorcism?

Last night I spilled half a bowl of SpaghettiOs on my favorite pair of Batman pajamas while reading a Reddit post about the infamous radio personality Alex Jones, host of his own syndicated news/talk show dedicated to conspiracy theories.

A real wowzer showed up on Jones’ Infowars website last week, claiming that not only is he the famous comedian and pop icon, Bill Hicks (who faked his death and reconstructed his face), but is also possessed by the 29th demon of the Goetia, Astaroth. The article was quickly removed, but a generous contributor on Reddit reprinted it.

If you are unfamiliar with the Goetia (the Lesser Key of Solomon), it is a medieval magical grimoire and who’s who of the most infernal demons of hell, complete with instructions on how to evoke and bend them to your will.

Here’s the entry describing our good buddy:

“Astaroth, a great and powerful duke, appears like a foul angel riding on an infernal dragon and carrying a viper in his right hand.

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Inside the Skull and Bones Secret Island

DIGITAL CAMERAOne of the American Thousand Islands, located on the St. Lawrence River, Deer Island is owned by the secretive Skull and Bones Society, who have gathered there for untold decades. Widely rumored to operate as a secret cabal, linked variously to the CIA and the Illuminati, the Society’s membership reads like a roster of American power elites: former presidents, CEOs, public intellectuals, a supreme court justice, and other high-level government officials. In his autobiography, bonesman George W. Bush described it as “a secret society; so secret, I can’t say anything more.” It is no wonder, therefore, that the Society maintains a private island to hide its proceedings from the public.

Clues to the Society’s real activities on Deer Island are slowly emerging, however. In 2009, Hunter Walker of Gawker obtained series of leaked photos showing an actual gathering of bonesmen (and boneswomen) on their Deer Island compound. The truth will shock you.… Read the rest

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JoyCamp: Am I Free to Go?

If you’ve ever been stopped at a DUI checkpoint and harassed by cops, then you’ll want to tune into this installment from your friends at JoyCamp. In this episode a couple of dangerously good looking “officers of the law” get owned by a guy at a DUI checkpoint in Los Angeles. What these cops don’t know is that this guy is aware of his rights, and isn’t giving in no matter how they try to convince him. See kids, knowing your rights IS cool!

Scene is taken from “Operation Paul Revere video contest.” Watch the full JoyCamp episode here.

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Alex Jones Creates A Stir On The BBC

The walking, talking antithesis of mainstream news programming, or the perfect addition to it? Following a dramatic appearance on CNN earlier this year, this past weekend Alex Jones was featured on the BBC One's Sunday Politics show for the ostensible purpose of discussing the Bilderberg Conference. Perhaps not completely surprisingly, things took a turn towards the chaotic, with the show fading out with Jones shouting at viewers to "wake up" as host Andrew Neil makes "looney tunes" gestures at the camera:
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Info-Spats: Even Conspiracy Theorists Are Sick of Alex Jones

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Alex Jones in Waking Life

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Hath Frankenstein’s monster begun killing its creator?

Alex Jones, the boisterous voice of a cult of conspiracy that questions, quite literally, everything from the legitimacy of terrorist attacks to the use of artificial sweeteners like aspartame, might have started getting just a tad too paranoid for the community that he’s had such a huge part in building.

Whether he’s ranting incoherently about gun control on Piers Morgan or arguing that the bombing at the Boston Marathon was a government orchestrated “false flag” attack complete with actors, more and more conspiracy theorists are doing their best to distance themselves from Jones.

The latest, and one of the most public, efforts to push back against Jones’ particular brand of government distrust comes from Films for Action, a popular hub for the promotion of alternative, independent films and media.

After being questioned numerous times at their failure to include any Infowars or Prison Planet documentaries, Films for Action took the opportunity to release a statement about why their decision to steer away from Alex Jones was a conscious decision from the get-go.

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Matt Drudge, Alex Jones & Barack Obama Entangled In The Great Ammo Conspiracy

Bullets 270 SierraGrace Wyler dissects the conspiracy theory about federal ammunition hoarding for VICE:

Last month, conservative blogger Matt Drudge tweeted that he predicts 2013 will be the “year of Alex Jones,” the conspiracy theorist extraordinaire who most recently made headlines by suggesting that the Boston Marathon bombings were a “false flag” attack perpetrated by the FBI.

Drudge has a point. As the leading purveyor of New World Order conspiracies, Jones has a growing Internet following of casual fearmongers who see nefarious government intrigue in the most mundane bureaucratic chores (e.g. water fluoridation), and believe it’s only a matter of time before we are all living in FEMA concentration camps.

To the average person, this looks like lunacy. But is it all just conspiratorial blather? Or is there any truth to what Alex Jones and his fanboys are selling?

Mostly, the ideas are just nuts. But the most recent conspiracy theory du jour—that the government is stockpiling ammunition for an eventual showdown with the American people—has been surprisingly resilient.

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Document Dump on Chemtrail Whistleblower and Alex Jones guest, FBI Agent Ted Gunderson

The Southern Poverty Law Center described ex FBI agent Ted Gunderson as having never “heard a conspiracy theory he didn’t believe.” Alex Jones loved the (now deceased) former head of the FBI’s Dallas office, having him as a guest on his show and using Gunderson as a source for many of his website’s articles and conspiracy claims.

Yesterday, the website Parapolitical posted 2,500 pages of federal government files on Gunderson it obtained, most created after the ex-Fed ended his 30 year career with the FBI. They reveal a variety of criminal investigations – ranging from suspected theft to witness tampering – in which Gunderson was a suspect in the early 1980s, while leading his own private detective agency. It was after these various run-ins with the law that Gunderson began making claims of a government conspiracy involving false flag terrorism, chemtrails and even withholding the cure to Down’s Syndrome (obtained from space aliens).… Read the rest

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