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The Witches’ Ointment

Disinformation - 53 min 17 sec ago
A woman, alone at night, pulls an ointment jar from a chest hidden beneath her bed. Opening the container, she scoops a handful of the foul-smelling goop—the witches’ ointment, lamiarum unguenta—into her palm. She turns to an ordinary broom in the shadows of the corner, the kind that her neighbors foolishly believe has no other use than that of sweeping—maybe killing a mouse or two. At present,...

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Finale Prep: Your ‘Mr. Robot’ Conspiracy Theory Field Guide

Disinformation - 1 hour 53 min ago
Are any of you into the TV series Mr. Robot? It’s developed something of a cult following, not least for its conspiracy and hacker culture dog whistles. The show’s finale was delayed from last week due to the live broadcast shootings in Virginia, but if you’re planning on catching the show tonight, Grantland has a convenient “conspiracy theory field guide” to use on...

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The FBI was Afraid that Ray Bradbury was Spreading Communism Through Science Fiction

Disinformation - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 17:30
According to documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, the FBI was worried that Ray Bradbury was spreading communist ideals through his writings. They were particularly concerned about The Martian Chronicles because of the “repeated theme that earthmen are despoilers and not developers.” Even more ludicrous, FBI informant Martin Berkeley called science fiction a “lucrative...

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‘Refugees Welcome': As EU Slams Door on War Survivors, People Show Another Way

Disinformation - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 16:30
This post originally appeared on Common Dreams. See more of Sarah Lazare’s articles here. In response to the worst refugee crisis since World War II, European governments are tightening their borders and preparing to escalate military targeting of so-called human smugglers. But many people within the European Union are modeling a different approach by holding rallies and opening their...

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The Visit: An Alien Encounter

Disinformation - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 15:30
The Visit, a mockumentary, documents various government agencies as they try to deal with Earth’s first alien encounter. The film originally premiered at Sundance 2015 and is officially releasing on Vimeo today. “This film documents an event that has never taken place – man’s first encounter with intelligent life from space.” The film explores a first contact scenario, beginning with the...

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Male insect roars like a lion while walking on leaf

Disinformation - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 14:30
“Two types of mirid bug engage in roaring duels, possibly to establish dominance or attract females, but how they make the noise is unknown.” via New Scientist: They are rather diminutive to be kings of the jungle, but two species of mirid bug make sounds similar to the roars of big cats. These calls have never before been heard in insects, and we’re not sure why, or how, the...

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Why High-Profile Murders Are Ripe for Conspiracy Theories

Disinformation - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 13:30
A history professor examines an American phenomenon for The Marshall Project: The recent on-air shooting of a Virginia television reporter and her cameraman by a deeply troubled former co-worker prompted the familiar outcry for stricter gun control laws and mental health screening. But a radically different reaction, circulating in various corners of the Internet, suggested that the shootings...

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We found only one-third of published psychology research is reliable – now what?

Disinformation - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 12:30
Elizabeth Gilbert, University of Virginia and Nina Strohminger, Yale University The ability to repeat a study and find the same results twice is a prerequisite for building scientific knowledge. Replication allows us to ensure empirical findings are reliable and refines our understanding of when a finding occurs. It may surprise you to learn, then, that scientists do not often conduct – much...

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Christian Ministers Predict End of the World – This Month!

Disinformation - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 11:30
Haven’t Apocalypse doomsayers learned that attaching a specific date to the end of the world is a bad idea by now? Apparently not and the current target date is September 27th, per CNN: There will be blood in September — literally, according to the Internet postings of end-times believers. Rabbi Warns Blood Moons Indicate the Soon Return of the Messiah! http://t.co/L0ZX3Sn7Tr — End...

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The Endless Synchronicity

Disinformation - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 10:30
Greetings disinfonauts! As a first time contributor, I would like to introduce myself by sharing some of my thoughts and perspectives on the beloved and cherished mystical experiences many of us have come to know by that oh-so-Jungian term, “synchronicity.” As has been the case for eternity, no matter how profound and mind-boggling that experience might have been for you...

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Rithika Merchant: At The Dusk of Identity by Decadence Darling

Disinformation - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 09:30
The Moon Devours Her Children, 2015 | 20 x 27.5 in | Gouache and Ink on Paper Rithika Merchant: At The Dusk of Identity by Decadence Darling Division requires a line whereby our minds process an object or concept not based on its entirety but upon independent qualities separated from the wholeness. Spirituality in its varied traditions throughout time is essentially to realize how you...

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Reengineering the Sacred: Five Ways to Hack God

Disinformation - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 08:30
Gary Z. McGee via Fractal Enlightenment: “Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.” ~ George Orwell The above quote is powerful because if you are not the one who is tearing your own mind to pieces and putting it back together again in the shape of your own choosing, then someone else probably is. It’s fine if you’re okay with...

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Why the World Does Not Exist

Disinformation - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 07:30
Kazimir Malevich, Black Square [1915] Does the world itself exist? Do unicorns exist? German philosopher Markus Gabriel talks to four by three about his latest book Why the World Does Not Exist, tackling the big questions of ontology, why we should abandon metaphysics and why his theory of fields of sense can help us overcome the failures of post-modernism. Even though you have argued that...

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Being Weird Makes You More Likely To Find Love

Disinformation - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 06:30
Let’s face it disinfonauts, collectively we’re a weird bunch. But that’s not a bad thing – a new study reported by Metro says we’re more likely to find love: Your mum was right. The best thing is to be yourself, in all your weird, unconventional glory. Being weird – or ‘noncomformist’, in fancier terms – makes you more attractive to the opposite sex, a study in the...

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Amnia

Disinformation - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 05:30
A stop-motion animated dream allegory. This was submitted to us by a reader. It’s an interesting short, if albeit a little clunky. Some of the stop-motion isn’t as clean as it could be, but it’s interesting nonetheless. I caught what I suspect are references to Un Chien Andalou, Lynch’s Rabbits, and possibly The Metamorphosis.… Read the rest The post Amnia appeared...

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What Paul Newman did for Tomato Sauce, what Francis Coppola did for Cabernet, Willie Nelson is hoping to do for Weed

Disinformation - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 19:30
As marijuana becomes increasingly mainstream, it would be unAmerican not to have a pop culture icon become its commercial face. GQ looks into Willie Nelson’s bid to make “Willie’s Reserve” the biggest brand in legal weed: “I’ve bought a lot of pot in my life,” Willie Nelson tells me, “and now I’m selling it back.” Willie Nelson performing at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair,...

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The disturbing consequences of seeing your doppelganger

Disinformation - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 17:30
What happens when you meet your doppelganger face-to-face? For one young man, it meant jumping out of a four story window to reconcile his place in reality. It happened when he stopped taking his anticonvulsant medication and got out of bed one morning only to see himself still lying there. Anil Ananthaswamy via BBC: The incident seemed to have been started when the young man had stopped taking...

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Militarism Run Amok: How Russians and Americans are Preparing Their Children for War

Disinformation - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 16:30
Lawrence Wittner writes at CounterPunch: In 1915, a mother’s protest against funneling children into war became the theme of a new American song, “I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier.” Although the ballad attained great popularity, not everyone liked it. Theodore Roosevelt, a leading militarist of the era, retorted that the proper place for women who criticized war was “in a harem―and not in...

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When CO2 Saved Life on Earth

Disinformation - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 15:30
Peter Sinclair writes at Climate Denial Crock of the Week:   The story of “snowball earth” has been distorted and used as confusion fodder by climate denial luminaries like His Celestial Magnanimity, the looney “Lord” Monckton, – see above.(starts about 1:50) In contrast to today, when warming from our industrial injection of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere threatens life on...

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Sexbots, Immortality, and Robot Polar Bears with Patrick Quinlan

Disinformation - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 14:30
I rapped with Patrick Quinlan, author of Sexbot, about Sex Robots, immortality and robot polar bears. Patrick, thanks for talking to me.  It’s really my pleasure. Your book is wild. Do you think there ever might come a time when Sexbots are totally normal? That you go over to your buddy’s house to watch the game and have a beer and just see a Sex Robot sitting in the corner? How far away is...

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