The Skeptical Cinephile: Waco and the Memory Hole

The Paramount Network series Waco (currently on Netflix) boasts solid acting and makes you feel like you're actually inside the Branch Davidian compound during the infamous 1993 FBI standoff, bombarded with bright lights and dying-animal noises every night while your food supply dwindles and mysteriously hostile federal agents destroy your property just for funsies. The... Continue Reading →

2014: The Year in Psychic Fail

It's that time of year again: Time to review some of the psychic predictions made for last year. Sylvia Browne is out of the picture now, but as Illuminutti has pointed out, she made one last set of predictions that turned out to be very wrong. How did the upstart psychics fare? Nikki, "Psychic to... Continue Reading →

2012 Prediction Fail

The Winner The biggest fail is the late Terence McKenna's Timewave Zero prediction. First published in 1975, it was predicated on McKenna's complex novelty theory about the cyclical nature of time, and guesstimated that some kind of awesome singularity would occur in December 2012 (the date was based partly on his own calculations and partly... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup

I'm sure you've heard all the Arizona shooting theories by now, but here they are anyway: Jared Loughner was a Manchurian Candidate, he's a white supremacist, he's a right-wing nut, he's a left-wing nut, and he sacrifices oranges to Satan. What's weirder than Ken Kesey insisting most of his neighbors were aliens? Damned if I... Continue Reading →

2009 Predictions: Pass or Fail?

Here are a few of the most interesting predictions for '09, from some of the most trusted sources in the field of professional prognostication. How well did they do? The aliens will introduce themselves on television. FAIL. On the July 10, 2009 broadcast of Coast to Coast AM, psychic David Wilcock announced that his inside... Continue Reading →

Updates

David Wilcock, the possible reincarnation of Edgar Cayce who almost predicted a nuclear strike on the U.S. back in the '90s, told the world that at least one member of a race of benevolent, humanoid aliens would be revealed by Obama himself on national television this year. So go ahead and fire up the TiVo,... Continue Reading →

Psychic Detectives Part IV: Other “Notables”

Part I: Intro Part II: Dorothy Allison and Noreen Renier Part III: Sylvia Browne, Psychic Clown Arthur Price Roberts Roberts was one of America's first psychic detectives. Little is known about him, the main source of information being Frank Edwards' book Strange People (Lyle Stuart, 1986). Edwards reports that Roberts remained illiterate throughout his life... Continue Reading →

Sylvia Browne, Psychic Clown

Psychic Detectives Part III: Sylvia BrowneI'm willing to give Noreen Renier the benefit of the doubt when it comes to honesty. Maybe she simply isn't as gifted as she thinks she is, and is sloppy when it comes to doing follow-ups.But Sylvia Browne won't be getting any such slack. She is a bald-faced liar and... Continue Reading →

Y2K + 9

A Fun New Year's Quiz! Below are some gloom-&-doom predictions from some of my (least) favourite conspiranoids. You tell me if they're referring to the aftermath of Y2k, or to what they think will happen in '09. Answers are at the bottom. Bonus points for guessing the conspiranoid! Well, OK, no bonus points, but it's... Continue Reading →

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