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.
Illustrating Democracy's Oppression
There are two schools that operate 1,000 miles away from each other. One is on the east, the other on the west. Both of these schools do well for their respective areas. The various success rates — grades, graduations, sports, and more — are all quite high. The parents sending their kids to each of these schools are pleased, and, for the most part, the students — as much as students can be — are generally happy with the institutions in which they learn.
Porn Vaults, Hush Money, & Donald Trump: How Vocal Media Almost Became the National Enquirer
We never ride far, packed five in a car Save money for the drinks I'm about to buy the bar —Puff Daddy f/Mase, “Been Around The World”
From Maryland With No Love
NOTE: The assertions in this article have not been conclusively accepted as proven. They should, however, be thoroughly investigated.
The Last Faberge's: Midnight In Moscow
The turbulence during the first World War coinciding with the rise of the Bolsheviks led to the intrigue surrounding the Last Tsar of Russia. The last Tsar who had amassed a treasure beyond imagination was still waiting to be found. A treasure that vanished just as the storming Bolsheviks seized power and brought down the House of Romanoff. It was 1917 a period of discontent in Moscow. The cries of the populace spurring open revolt in violent overthrow of the ruling class. It was during this time that Nicholas hid his vast fortune hoping to retrieve it and restore his rightful place as ruler of all of Russia. A treasure so vast was lost to history.
Why We Need To Kill Cats.
I love cats, and I’m assuming most of you do too. They’re playful, mysterious, overwhelmingly cute and even sometimes cuddly. Compared to a dog they’re the ideal pet; they walk themselves, remind us when its feeding time and don’t strain us like our other furry friends. In most senses of the word, cats are perfect. They even domesticated themselves. They saw humans as a resource for rounding up food, and we saw them as both a new companion and a possible pest control.
The Social Inequalities of Pandemic Rules
I realize that every country has different rules and regulations concerning the way they deal with the pandemic. We can't base one countries methods based on another. This story popped into my head when I noticed an innocent new rule taken place in my hometown.
Are Mandatory Vaccinations Unconstitutional?
Pew Research Center just released an alarming statistic: “About four-in-ten (39%) say they definitely or probably would not get a coronavirus vaccine.” Participants in this study said their refusal was based on mistrust of science, mistrust of government, and the belief that they are an exception, due to their personal health and hygiene practices.
The last thing on his mind was voting. There was a pandemic on and rioting in the streets, he had no desire to risk his life for something that he clearly had no control over, let alone any impact on. November 3rd got closer and closer and he just walled himself off from the political process. He was invisible as far as the politicians were concerned.
I was visiting a good friend today. A person who in another age was called a ‘shut in’. She has dark hair, belying her age, this despite an absence of dye. The usual calm, warm shape to her face was distended: “Its on every channel!”
Isaac Asimov Was Dead Right About Our Cult of Ignorance
Asimov said this in his rarely published 1980 Newsweek piece “The Cult of Ignorance.” Although it was a relatively short essay, it was meant as a warning against the dangers of a growing anti-intellectualism tide in the US, and in the post-Trump era, his words are more poignant today than when he wrote them.
It’s Time to Tune Out
Just shy of twenty-five years ago, The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror VI aired. The Halloween special featured several short horror parodies, including one called “Attack of the 50-Foot Eyesores”. In this segment, a freak lightning storm causes giant advertising mascots to come to life.
The Ballad of Cyrus Bridges
Cyrus awoke to a sharp banging sound that he immediately assumed was the neighbor's dog. "That's it, I'm shootin' that sumbitch..." he grumbled to himself, rising from the mattress on the floor that served as his bed. He reached under a nearby pile of soiled clothes and felt around till his hand closed around the grip of a .22 caliber pistol. Checking to make sure it was loaded, he unclicked the safety and rose to his feet. Last night's drunken reverie still swam in his head as he steadied himself. Narrowing his eyes, he stalked over to the window, pulling aside the dirty old towel that covered it. There was the old lab his neighbor called Poncho, chained to the front porch steps of the trailer next to his, just as always, but the dog didn't appear to be awake. Frowning, Cyrus wondered momentarily if this was some kind of trick (that dog was very tricky, as he'd told the police and the manager of the trailer park more than once), but was interrupted by the same persistent banging sound as before. The dog jerked awake, raising it's head up just as Cyrus turned away from the window.