Conspiracy Round-up 19-10-14

It seems like I haven’t written one of these posts for a while, and seeming is reality, since I haven’t. I guess I’ve been too busy being on placement in a primary school and driving friends and family away with my constant call for pledges on my crowdfunding campaign.

Do you use lightbulbs? Do you find it annoying that they just don’t seem to last? Well, even if you don’t, you might find this article on a conspiracy to ensure lightbulbs give out earlier than they need to quite interesting.

The death of Michael Hasting’s continues to resonate throughout a certain part of the conspiracy theory sub-culture. Here someone links Hastings to investigations into ISIL/ISIS and Swiss Bank Accounts.

As someone who advocates the teaching of critical thinking skills, the following report on vaccine denialism is depressing: sometimes using evidence-based arguments to persuade people works against you.

People are always slightly surprised when I say that Naomi Wolf’s latter work is conspiratorial in a way that doesn’t seem very evidence-based. This piece from Vox goes into some detail of Wolf’s “I’m just stating my opinions!” way of trying to get away with the kind of murmuring we rightly chide Alex Jones and Glenn Beck for engaging in.

Is Stevie Wonder blind? It’s very suspicious… (apparently).

Finally…

Episode 22 – Highlander 4: The Waffling

There can be only one! One Highlander film! One! Yes, in this episode of “The Podcaster’s Guide to the Conspiracy” Josh and Matthew mostly talk about the film to which there is no sequel. Along the way they also discuss a few cases where politicians have tried to distract the public from learning about conspiratorial machinations by dishonestly saying “That’s just a conspiracy theory!”

If you listen to the very end Matthew does a really quite terrible impression of Winston Churchill.

A quick update on my fundraising

So, maybe you’re wondering “Is Matthew going to Miami next year?” and the answer is a hesitant “Yes…” in that I’ve secured 56% of my necessary funding with just over three weeks to go.

Well, “secured” is not the best term, in that the PledgeMe campaign is an all-or-nothing kind of deal: if I don’t get over NZ$2500, then I get nothing at all. So, whilst I only need to get the remaining 44%, if I fail to get that, then Miami will have to do without me.

Which is, I will freely admit, an attempt (albeit a clumsy one) to encourage you to donate to my campaign. To that end I’ve secured1 more copies of “The Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories”, which you can snag if you pledge above a certain level.

And if books aren’t your thing, there’s a boardgame (seriously, it’s called “Conspiracy Bingo!”), posters and a whole raft of other exciting prizes for the pledger who wants to give a little.

So, how about it?

Notes

  1. “Secured”, once again, is no the best term: I’ve managed to source some copies at cost, which I’m allowed to offer as rewards. Academic books aren’t cheap, unfortunately.