fact or fiction

Is it a fact or is it merely fiction? Exploring and debunking conspiracies and the lesser known truths in the world of politics.

  • Rachael A.
    Published 18 days ago
    Viral Outrage and Holiday Hoaxes

    Viral Outrage and Holiday Hoaxes

    In the lead up to Remembrance Day, Canadians got to enjoy a fresh wave of outrage over rainbow poppies. This was, of course, a hoax – no official organizations or groups were distributing rainbow poppies or had approved of the design, and the offending item was instead being produced and sold by a single person on eBay – but the damage was done. The hoax was spread across social media and people flew into outrage, accusing the MOGAI community of overstepping and, in some cases, spewing outright homophobic rhetoric. (Cooke 2019; Currie, Neufeld, MacMahon 2019)
  • Conner Alder
    Published 2 months ago
    Live Free

    Live Free

    If tens of thousands of people were willing to march into vast spaces, cheering with signs in hand, to watch the Washington Redskins throw a ball around, George wondered how many people would show up for something that mattered. For the past seven months, George had been organizing what he planned on being the largest scale march on the White House in history. He had moved to Washington DC with a purpose. For too long now, George had noticed the injustices brought upon people by the National government. He had seen people’s freedoms taken away, their basic human rights denied, and simple truths hidden from them. George’s purpose was to put an end to this.
  • SKYLERIZED
    Published 2 months ago
    Talking Brook: 'Yaron Brook Show: Andrew Klavan on Ayn Rand'

    Talking Brook: 'Yaron Brook Show: Andrew Klavan on Ayn Rand'

    Dr. Brook breezes by the impeachment mess like an eagle passing through the sky. He discusses the responses that he received after broadcasting a show that mainly concerned opera. He’s glad that people enjoyed the show but is a bit dismayed. He says that listeners and viewers took a less than bright view of women over the years and how capitalism has, more than anything else, helped to liberate them. He then springs forward into the show with the topic of the day: Andrew Klavan.
  • Aidan O'Kane
    Published 6 months ago
    Peace

    Peace

    It was a chilly day in Washington DC, mid-February if I can recall. The Capital City, once a place where anyone could come and live prosperously has now become a secure stronghold where the President, Oscar Booth, governs his nation from the White House. The city looks straight out of 1984. Security cameras and propaganda everywhere on the streets, increasing in quantity as you move closer to the border wall.
  • Peter Rose
    Published 9 months ago
    Has Science Lost Its Way?

    Has Science Lost Its Way?

    Has science lost its way?
  • Kacie Turton
    Published 12 months ago
    What's Real Anymore?

    What's Real Anymore?

    Dear Vocal Readers,
  • Haybitch Abersnatchy
    Published 12 months ago
    He Says She Says

    He Says She Says

    The human mind developed in a smaller, concrete world, where the 300 members of a tribe were the only people worth taking note of. Our mind evolved to keep track of complex relationships and emotions with all 300 of our friends. Yet, when confronted with a larger group, that evolution breaks down, and the mind is left to rely on pattern matching and us-vs.-them mindsets to navigate situations.
  • Marlene Affeld
    Published about a year ago
    Pirates of the Pacific

    Pirates of the Pacific

    On December 1, 1884, the peaceful tropical paradise of the Hawaiian Islands became the scene of one of the world’s most audacious and daring buccaneering raids. The brazen assault was possibly the biggest heist in the illustrious history of piracy, leaving King Kalakaua, the public treasury, and local merchants robbed of their wealth with no attempt at resistance. Numerous newspaper and government reports tell the embarrassing story, now relegated to a minor footnote in contemporary history books.
  • SKYLERIZED
    Published about a year ago
    The Dead, Alleged, Ex-Cracked Leader of the Semi-Free World

    The Dead, Alleged, Ex-Cracked Leader of the Semi-Free World

    The late President George Herbert Walker Bush has received adoration and adulation upon the event of his demise. But the man stood for pragmatism, a dogged and nasty racist streak, and an ugly view of mankind. For all the bombast that bloviating, talking heads have spewed over the last few days, little is critical or, especially, objective. It’s as if a time capsule full of all of Bush Sr.’s misdeeds had been sealed up and cast out into the Earth’s exosphere. But what must be remembered remains the inconsistencies and outright lies concerning Bush Sr.’s Presidency.
  • Blake O'Connor
    Published about a year ago
    Signs You Are Living in a Oligarchy

    Signs You Are Living in a Oligarchy

    "At the parliament of animals, the rabbits demanded equal rights, and the lions replied, ‘But where are your claws?’”
  • Jack Cockayne
    Published about a year ago
    Queen Elizabeth Was a Man?

    Queen Elizabeth Was a Man?

    However, some believe this was the result of a young boy being forced into the role of a powerful woman. Not because of the belief that women are weak but, because of the interesting theory brought to attention by an acclaimed and famous author, Bram Stoker (Author of the novel Dracula). He thought this because women in Queen Elizabeth’s time could be killed for such a rebellion against British norms, values and traditions but a man would not.
  • SKYLERIZED
    Published about a year ago
    Why Are You Ranking: The Best Ways to Tell that America Is Still the Greatest and Most Moral Country in Human History, Listed from Most Perfect to Perfect

    Why Are You Ranking: The Best Ways to Tell that America Is Still the Greatest and Most Moral Country in Human History, Listed from Most Perfect to Perfect

    What makes New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's statement that “America was never that great” false is not because he said it. As an emotionalist, he fails to realize the beauty and promise and perfection that is America. For him to say that America was never that great is to say that any of his so-called accomplishments must not have been so great, either. It’s because deep down in his corroded soul, he truly believes it. He has no sense of historical figures or the founding documents that, in fact, make this country so great. Furthermore, the notion shouldn’t be that America is great. It should be stated that it was the first and only moral nation based on its founding principles of life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness. This is an original and earth-shattering pronouncement. No other country before the United States of America had ever declared that there are inalienable rights that each individual is recognized, acknowledged, and protected at birth or through citizenship. Though there may have been contradictions and other missteps within the writing of the documents, the idea is that America is a “perfect union” and that it can only get more perfect. But because the fact that the United States was and is currently a mixed economy, it is difficult to ascertain fully the nature of the government of America. What Governor Cuomo occupies is a gun. And that gun of government should be in place to protect citizens from outside barbarians, crooks at home, and to resolve conflicts amongst parties in a rational manner. While the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the architects of the United States Constitution would never witness the abundance of minds committed to technology, law, finance, and industry spring up all over this land, they knew selfishly that they would be creating a better world for themselves and their families. This extends to the present day. With rampant regulations, coercion and controls that hamper businesses and the lives of individual Americans, it is a wonder that any enterprises still see founding, an industry of books, film, music, and television is thriving and places like Silicon Valley burn with an intensity of creativity. So, start making those MAMA hats (Make America Moral Again) and get ready for Why Are You Ranking: the Best Ways to Tell that America is Still the Greatest and Most Moral Country In Human History.