Christine Maggiore (1957-2008): A Sad and Inevitable End

I have just learned that Christiane Maggiore died on December 27, at the age of 52. My condolences and sympathy go out to her only living child. She did not have to die so soon. Maggiore's friends and supporters say her six-month bout of fatal pneumonia was in no way related to her HIV/AIDS. They... Continue Reading →

The World’s Weirdest/Stupidest Conspiracy Theories

(in no particular order, with each theory's author or main proponent in parentheses, if known) The driver shot JFK. (the late William Cooper) The Beatles were designed and sent to the U.S. by the British Psychological Warfare Division, to undermine the morals of American teenagers. (Lyndon LaRouche) Christ's Crucifixion was staged. (Hugh Schonfield) Christ eloped... Continue Reading →

Faux Bro: The Not-So-True Story of J.T. LeRoy

A few years ago everyone was saying "You gotta read Sarah." This was a 2000 novel by one J.T. LeRoy. I looked into it. J.T. LeRoy was a formerly homeless, waifish cross-dresser who hauled around a fax machine and exuded the introverted weirdness/hipness of Warhol. Sarah was about his own experiences as the son of... Continue Reading →

AIDS Conspiracy Theories (ACTS)

Celia Farber's article "Out of Control", published in this month's Harper's (see my article on that here) has spurred me to post some more of the outrageous ACTS that have been gaining momentum since the '80s and '90s. Biologist Jakob Segal of Berlin's Humboldt University was the first person to declare publicly the ACT that... Continue Reading →

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