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The Truth is Out There… Maybe

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Amongst the hypnotized masses that mindlessly—yet often joyously—drift through life, you will come across those far outnumbered truth seekers. Which, if you are reading this, you most likely fall into that category: enlightened beings on a never-ending quest for the truth about life and the mysteries of the universe. The deep thinkers and philosophers of our times, many of whom might feel that they think too much for their own good. At least that’s how I feel when I spend countless hours contemplating if anything I do in my lifetime will actually matter. I inevitably arrive to the conclusion that on a cosmic scale, it just doesn’t… or wait, does it? I will say, it certainly takes some convincing myself with internal debates to write this, to work diligently on my creative projects, or to jump through the hoops of life when one thinks too much for their own good.

Between the ages of 20 to my current age of 27, I have sought ferociously after “the truth,” and proudly called myself a truth seeker, diligently studying the mysteries of the universe.… Read the rest

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After the End of Truth

A generation raised on Foucault and Derrida has learned to distrust claims to objective truth. Yet the mantra that 'there is no truth' is a paradox. Do we need a new conception of fantasy and reality to free us from the tyranny of truthmakers and the paradoxes of postmodernists alike?

The Panel: American philosopher John Searle, post-postmodernist Hilary Lawson and Historian of Ideas at NCH Hannah Dawson untangle the truth.
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Seymour Hersh, Bin Laden, and Conspiracy Theories

As anyone who watched any kind of news outlet last week already knows, the big story was Seymour Hersh’s article alleging that the Obama administration’s story of the killing of Osama Bin Laden was a calculated lie. The theory has its critics and defenders in the mainstream media – okay, mostly critics.

But to me, the most interesting revelation raised by Hersh’s reporting, which his vociferous critics have written off as a crazy “conspiracy theory,” was not the surface level issues it raised about Middle East policy and torture. It was that the report revealed a fundamental truth about why we as humans, living under the rule of massive and impersonal governmental structures, are so fervently interested in conspiracy theories.

First of all, a bit of a breakdown of Hersh’s report is necessary.… Read the rest

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Saudi king gives prize to Islamic scholar who says 9/11 was an ‘inside job’

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Dr Zakir Naik” by maapuSource Link. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Ishaan Tharoor Via Washington Post:

Over the weekend, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman awarded a prestigious prize to Zakir Naik, a televangelist and religious scholar from India, heralding him as “one of the most renowned non-Arabic-speaking promulgators of Islam.” Naik, a trained doctor, founded the Peace TV channel, which supposedly reaches an audience of 100 million English-speaking Muslims. His popular YouTube stream includes videos titled “Who is deceived by the Satan, Christians or Muslims?” and “Does eating non-vegetarian food have any effect on the mind?”

Naik’s creed is an expansive one. “Islam is the only religion that can bring peace to the whole of humanity,” he said in a video biography aired at the ceremony.

The preacher is not short of controversy. His orthodox, Wahhabist views — affiliated closely with the Saudi state — are polarizing in India, which is home to a diverse set of Muslim traditions and sects.

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9/11: 100s of Warnings Ignored, US Ally Funding, Bush Admin Lies & Redacted Truths

Published on Sep 11, 2014

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EPISODE BREAKDOWN: On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin goes over all the warnings that were missed by the government in the run-up to 9/11. Abby then speaks with Brian McGlinchey, spokesperson for 28pages.org, an organization attempting to get Congress to declassify 28 redacted pages concerning foreign funding of the 9/11 attacks within a government report known as The Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After The Terrorist Attacks of 9/11. Abby then interviews former FBI agent and whistleblower, Coleen Rowley about why FBI agents were prevented from investigating evidence related to “20th hijacker”, Zacharias Moussaoui. RT correspondent, Alexey Yaroshevsky then features a report from ground zero discussing the exploitive nature of the new 9/11 gift shop. BTS wraps up the show by going over the unlearned lessons from the fateful day.

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‘Truther’: Fighting Words Or Compliment?

9/11 Truth Graffiti In ConneticutIs the label “truther” an insult? Is it a synonymous for “conspiracy theorist”? Where did it come from?

The word seems to have gained prominence only after the September 11th attacks. Before that, you were a conspiracist or conspiracy theorist, just paranoid or part of the lunatic fringe, a crackpot or one of the lone gunmen. But in the years after the Twin Towers fell, those words have been replaced by a single noun.

In the New York Times Magazine, Leslie Savan wrote about the evolution of the term (“From Simple Noun to Handy Partisan Put-Down”), only as she observes “truther” was “self-chosen.” For years, it circulated on blogs and message boards. According to Savan, it was first used in 2004 by a 9/11 Truth activist who supported another activist who was being mocked by writing on his blog: “You’re a 9/11 Truther, don’t let them get to you.”

via The Truth About Truthers – Pacific Standard: The Science of Society.… Read the rest

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Science Fails Validity Checks

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Picture: Wikimedia Commons (CC)

Science works by building on the work of the past. What happens when you check to make sure that work can be trusted?

via The LA Times:

In today’s world, brimful as it is with opinion and falsehoods masquerading as facts, you’d think the one place you can depend on for verifiable facts is science.

You’d be wrong. Many billions of dollars’ worth of wrong.

A few years ago, scientists at the Thousand Oaks biotech firm Amgen set out to double-check the results of 53 landmark papers in their fields of cancer research and blood biology.

The idea was to make sure that research on which Amgen was spending millions of development dollars still held up. They figured that a few of the studies would fail the test — that the original results couldn’t be reproduced because the findings were especially novel or described fresh therapeutic approaches.

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Sandy Hook truther steals memorial sign and tells mother her the child she lost never existed




I’m not sure by what degree of torturous reasoning one comes to the conclusion that the shooting at Sandy Hook wasn’t a factual event and that there were no deaths, but I imagine someone will be along shortly to inform me.

A vinyl peace sign installed at a playground in Mystic, Connecticut, dedicated to a victim of the Sandy Hook shooting was stolen last week by a man claiming that the Newtown massacre never happened.

After stealing the 50-pound sign from the Grace McDonnell playground, the man called McDonnell’s mother saying he did it because he believes the shooting at the school was a hoax, according to CBS2.

According to the mother, Lynn McDonnell, the man told her that her daughter “never existed.”

Grace McDonnell was one of twenty children killed by 20-year-old Adam Lanza when he went on a shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14, 2012.

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British Judge Orders Mormon Leader to Prove Faith


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This is probably nothing more than a stunt, but at least it’s an amusing one…

Via Raw Story:

A disgruntled former Mormon has convinced an English court to file two summonses to appear against Thomas S. Monson, the current president of the Mormon Church.

Tom Phillips based his complaint on the Fraud Act of 2006, a British law that outlaws making a profit off of false representations. According to Phillips, this is precisely what the Mormon Church does — it uses statements it knows to be factually untrue in order to secure tithes from members of the Church.

The facts in question, court records show, are tenets of the Mormon faith, including that Joseph Smith translated The Book of Mormon from ancient gold plates, that Native Americans are descendants of a family of Israelites, and that death didn’t exist on this planet until 6,000 years ago.

“These are not statements of mere ‘beliefs’ or opinions or theories,” Phillips wrote.

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