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Is San Juan’s Mayor Sabotaging Puerto Rican Relief Efforts to Make President Donald Trump Look Bad?

Snopes - October 2, 2017 - 1:33pm
A woman claiming to be a police officer in Puerto Rico suggested that federal relief was not being distributed after Hurricane Maria in order to politically damage Republicans.
Categories: Skepticism

Are the Spires on Disney World’s Cinderella Castle Removable in Case of Hurricane?

Snopes - October 2, 2017 - 12:21pm
An old but still thriving urban legend about Walt Disney World in Florida holds that the theme park's tallest structure, Cinderella Castle, was built such that it can be fully or partially dismantled in the event of a hurricane.
Categories: Skepticism

Did Nike Cut Ties With the Dallas Cowboys Over National Anthem Protests?

Snopes - October 2, 2017 - 11:51am
A "satirical" web site published a fake story about the sportswear company, which has in fact expressed support for players' right to protest.
Categories: Skepticism

At Least 50 Killed as Gunman Opens Fire at Las Vegas Concert

Snopes - October 2, 2017 - 9:14am
A gunman on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas Strip casino fired on a country music festival below, killing at least 50 people and wounding more than 200.
Categories: Skepticism

Rigvir strikes back, or: A conversation with a Rigvir flack

Science-Based Medicine - October 2, 2017 - 3:00am
My skeptical analysis of Rigvir, a "Virotherapy" from Latvia being promoted by alternative medicine clinics as a cancer cure, caught the attention of the International Virotherapy Center (IVC). The result was a long and very telling e-mail exchange between its Assistant of Business Development and myself. I post it because the arguments used in the discussion are very telling about where the IVC is coming from when it comes to science. Hint: It's not a good place.
Categories: Science

Radiolab Presents: More Perfect - American Pendulum I

Radiolab Podcasts - October 2, 2017 - 12:11am

This story comes from the second season of Radiolab's spin-off podcast, More Perfect. To hear more, subscribe here.

What happens when the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, seems to get it wrong? Korematsu v. United States is a case that’s been widely denounced and discredited, but it still remains on the books. This is the case that upheld President Franklin Roosevelt’s internment of American citizens during World War II based solely on their Japanese heritage, for the sake of national security. In this episode, we follow Fred Korematsu’s path to the Supreme Court, and we ask the question: if you can’t get justice in the Supreme Court, can you find it someplace else?

 The key voices:

    Fred Korematsu, plaintiff in Korematsu v. United States who resisted evacuation orders during World War II. Karen Korematsu, Fred’s daughter, Founder & Executive Director of Fred T. Korematsu Institute Ernest Besig, ACLU lawyer who helped Fred Korematsu bring his case Lorraine Bannai, Professor at Seattle University School of Law and friend of Fred's family Richard Posner, recently retired Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit

 The key cases:

 The key links:

Additional music for this episode by The Flamingos, Lulu, Paul Lansky and Austin Vaughn.

 Special thanks to the Densho Archives for use of archival tape of Fred Korematsu and Ernest Besig.

 Leadership support for More Perfect is provided by The Joyce Foundation. Additional funding is provided by The Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation.

Supreme Court archival audio comes from Oyez®, a free law project in collaboration with the Legal Information Institute at Cornell.

Categories: Science

Anthem Has Been a Channel for Protests Since Song’s Origins

Snopes - October 1, 2017 - 1:04pm
The sight of football players kneeling during the national anthem is the continuation of a tradition nearly as old the song itself.
Categories: Skepticism

Did the Hollywood Reporter Criticize Actors Who Opposed Nazi Germany in 1937?

Snopes - October 1, 2017 - 11:49am
The newspaper's managing editor chided stars who he said were courting "unpopularity" by speaking out against Hitler's regime.
Categories: Skepticism

Donald Trump Received an Ellis Island Award in 1986?

Snopes - October 1, 2017 - 11:22am
A photograph shows Donald Trump standing alongside Rosa Parks and Muhammad Ali at an awards ceremony in the 1980s.
Categories: Skepticism

Did the NFL Give Donald Trump a Lifetime Ban After a Disastrous Lawsuit?

Snopes - September 30, 2017 - 12:05pm
A viral meme gets some facts right about an infamous 1980s lawsuit involving Donald Trump's football team but misses the mark with others.
Categories: Skepticism

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price Resigns

Snopes - September 29, 2017 - 5:53pm
Price had come under criticism after his use of charter flights at public expense.
Categories: Skepticism