Privacy, Surveillance, and Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’

September 20, 2016

Stone's films convey his bluster and moral outrage, but often stop just short of really offering a sincere or nuanced discussion of his controversial topics, and 'Snowden' is like a civics teacher who can't or won't tackle alternate viewpoints or answer questions that might challenge the textbook's conventional wisdom.

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Pastor’s Anthem Enforcement Threat Goes Viral-But Is It Real?

September 15, 2016

An Alabama pastor allegedly told a high school football game crowd that people who don't stand for the national anthem should be killed, according to news reports. But there's more to the story.

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Unco Junto: Offense by Proxy and the Moral Right to Indignation

September 08, 2016

It's one thing to be offended as the target of an objectionable action or insult, but what about being offended on behalf of others?

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Head-Desking HeadOn!

August 31, 2016

A closer look at HeadOn, a waxy homeopathic paste claimed in commercials to relieve headaches.

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“Hillary’s White House Dreams Shattered?”

August 12, 2016

The other day I saw an alarming headline: “Hillary’s White House Dreams Shattered?” Aghast that Clinton’s campaign was in such serious jeopardy, and I began reading the piece, by K. O’Donnell of the Health Sciences Institute. It did strike me as odd that someone from a health sciences institute would be reporting on politics, but nonetheless, the details that O’Donnell offered were alarming. 

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Unco Junto-  Art’s Obligation to Truth: The Case of ‘Wild Thing’

August 08, 2016

A controversial poem about a controversial racial attack in New York City turned out to be wrong. Does art (or poetry specifically) have an obligation to truth? 

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Jason Bourne Is Back

July 29, 2016

Jason Bourne reunites Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass about a decade after their film The Bourne Supremacy. By this time they're both old pros, which is both good and bad: good because the learning curve is behind them and bad because they seem on autopilot for Jason Bourne, and the end result isn't so much bad as it is stale.

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Three Dowsing Questions Answered

July 25, 2016

A brief and skeptical look at dowsing, including why an oil company wasted $7 billion in a fruitless search for oil when a dowser could presumably have located it (or not) for a few thousand dollars. 

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Unco Junto: Should Skeptics Be Paid for TV Work?

July 06, 2016

I've been doing investigations and appearing on TV shows for well over a decade, but an unresolved issue plagues skepticism: Should experts should ask (or demand) to be paid for appearing on TV shows beyond expenses? It's a bit of a tricky issue. I and four contributors discuss the topic.

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Levitation Claims: An Interview with Michael Grosso

June 29, 2016

Can people levitate? Michael Grosso, author of The Man Who Could Fly: St. Joseph of Copertino and the Mystery of Levitation, thinks so. I'm... skeptical. 

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