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 →

The Power of Belief: A History of Spiritualism (Part I)

  How Two Young Girls Started a New Religion Without Even Trying Spiritualism was an accident, and it was an accident of humble and disturbing origin. It began in a rented two-story cottage in rural Hydesville, New York, in the spring of 1848. The Fox family had just moved to the area in December of... Continue Reading →

The U.S. Religious Leaders Who Are Curing COVID-19

I've already written about Jim Bakker's attempt to pass off an ordinary colloidal silver solution as a cure for COVID-19. Alex Jones made similar claims for a silver toothpaste. Those claims are absurd. Colloidal silver has been around forever, and it hasn't been shown to cure much of anything. These guys are stooping to old-timey... Continue Reading →

Jim Bakker’s Endtimes Buckets o’ Stuff and Coronavirus Cure

Hoarding food and supplies for the apocalypse could be a psychological artifact of the Cold War, consumerism gone haywire or some form of collective insanity. But whatever the root cause of this squirrel-like behaviour, there's no denying it has become a great American pasttime. For thousands of Americans, there is nothing quite so satisfying as... Continue Reading →

Satanic Panic and Recovered Memory in the News

What do "Satanic Mormon" child abuse rings and a glam cult leader have in common? This therapist: On Wednesday (October 3, 2018), six people filed a lawsuit in federal court against a John and Jane Doe who have been identified as Robert and Brenda Miles. The six adult plaintiffs allege that the couple sexually abused... Continue Reading →

What You Need to Know About the Arrest and Conviction of “Tommy Robinson”

This post will be part of a series, Pedo Panic in the UK, to be appearing here shortly. That series will dissect the "grooming gang" hysteria that has gripped parts of England for over a decade, the numerous historical child abuse inquiries that have been launched to uncover possible abuses committed years ago (some of... Continue Reading →

The War on Christmas is Real

The Espresso Shot Heard Round the World On November 5, Arizona vlogger and possible psychopath Joshua Feuerstein posted a Facebook video calling for a worldwide movement to force Starbucks to acknowledge Christmas.  His rant went viral, topping 12 million views in just three days. Feuerstein was incensed that the world's largest coffee chain had removed... 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 →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup: Bring Out Your Dead

A parade of sad, silly people who thought they could resurrect the dead (and/or themselves) Returning from the dead is a big thing right now. ABC is airing Resurrection, a series about Missourians spontaneously coming back to life (total ripoff of similar to the excellent French miniseries  Les Revenants). A film adaptation of the bestselling... Continue Reading →

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