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To be a NeverTrumper this week, you have to hold two ideas in your head simultaneously. 1. Donald Trump colluded with Russia so he could become president and serve as Vladimir Putin’s puppet and in return Putin would let him build a skyscraper in Moscow. 2. Trump colluded with the anti-Russian president of the anti-Russian […]

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Remembering the Fluoridated Water Wars

 
Flyer used by opponents to water fluoridation in Seattle 1952

If you’re of a certain age, you probably remember the fluoridated water controversy of the 1950s and early 1960s. I’m old enough to remember it and the other day I came across a brief discussion of the controversy in the book I was reading which whetted my appetite to see how accurate my memory of the issue was. What I found, I think, is that my memory of the controversy was only partially correct and incomplete. I thought I’d write about here at Ricochet because the actual story is 1) more interesting than the cartoon version I remembered, 2) I believe the story has been somewhat mythologized and distorted, and 3) the fluoridated water wars continued long after the early 1960’s and to a certain extent still exists.

Before I start, let me provide links to wikipedia articles for water fluoridation and for the fluoridated water controversy for your reference.

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The American Zeal for Punching Up

 

Red-blooded, real Americans are sick of America’s elites punching down on them. Authentic American politics, like authentic American comedy, roots for the underdog and punches up, not down. The problem with today’s elites is their down is up and their up is down: Our elites believe they’re signaling their superior virtue by “punching up” when they ridicule heartland America, but of course what they’re really doing is using their privileged social status to punch down on heartland America instead. Or that’s how it seems to many of us. For those unfamiliar with this punchy lingo, comedian Ben Schwartz explains,

“Punching up” and “punching down” are relatively new pop-political terms, often found not far from words like “mansplaining,” “problematic,” and “trolling.”

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Throwing a Wrench in Conspiracy Theories

 

This should not be needed. My retrospective on persistent conspiracy theories a couple weeks ago narrowly focused on the 1990s instance of “black helicopters.” Then, the terrorist attack on 9/11/2001 spawned all manner of conspiracy theories, long before the rubble was cleared.

Thankfully, Popular Mechanics methodically debunked the technical 9/11 conspiracy theories. This grew into a book. They repost a portion of their report every year for 9/11, dealing with the twin towers, the Pentagon, and the aircraft. Because truth needs to be repeated from time to time.

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Grant for the moment that there is a global conspiracy. Grant for the moment that there are black helicopters flying around the United States. Why on earth would a global conspiracy pick black? Wouldn’t it be much more sensible to use standard military color schemes and markings? After all, the conspirators must have the ability […]

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June 2020: Peppers, the End of a Communist Conspiracy

 

DATELINE: June 27, 2020

I was hiking in a remote wilderness area a couple years ago when I thought I saw some smoke. I was puzzled because there had been a lot of rain and the fire danger should have been really low. When I looked through my binoculars I saw what looked like the remains of a large house that had been destroyed with a bomb and fire, or something like that. But it didn’t make sense. I pulled out my maps and double-checked. It was well inside the wilderness, and there were no roads or even marked paths leading to it; how on earth did it get there? I had hiked the same trail just a few years before and I hadn’t noticed a house there then. And it shouldn’t be there anyway – this was supposed to be wilderness. And what happened to it?

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At the start of this past week, a Democrat City Councilman in the capital city of our country speculated that a Jewish conspiracy was manipulating the Earth’s weather in order to control urban areas. I am not making this up. D.C. keep talking about, ‘We a resilient city.’ And that’s a model based off the […]

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An Open Letter from Ex Tex-Mex, Vigilant Consumer

 

Dear Belluminati,

You might be masquerading as a hilariously gimmicky marketing campaign for cheap fake Mexican food, but I’m onto you. Taco Bell might like us to believe that the Belluminati are the world’s least secret “secret society”, one that anyone with a buck and a hankering for el-cheapo meato frito can join. But I know what you’re really about. You’re the same old Illuminati, mocking us by “hiding in plain sight”!!!

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In November 1963 Paul Gregory’s family resided in Fort Worth, Texas. As members of the city’s Russian immigrant community, they befriended Lee and Marina Oswald. Gregory recounts his time in the company of JFK’s assassin, possible motivations for Oswald’s committing the crime, and why he doesn’t buy into the many conspiracy theories surrounding the events […]

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As they celebrate seven years of the Three Martini Lunch, Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America also applaud Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley for requesting testimony from the FBI informant behind the explosive reports of Russians engaging in bribes, kickbacks, and Clinton Foundation donations in order to get Hillary Clinton’s […]

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On Wednesday, February 15, Hollywood superproducer-slash-director-slash-writer-slash-host of superexclusive fundraisers for Our Former Glorious Sun King Barry I Ryan Murphy announced that the theme of the next season of his popular anthology series American Horror Story would be… the last presidential election. So the show that has seen people terrorized by ghosts, demons, ex-Nazi doctors, aliens, witches, voodoo […]

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Earth: Enjoy It While You Still Can

 

I wrote this at 12:01 am on Feb. 16, 2017 — the end is near. I’m impelled to post this now, because I don’t know how much longer I have. Disaster is approaching (fast). Don’t make too many long-range plans. And, for Pete’s sake, don’t buy any green bananas.

What on Earth am I talking about? The start of the “Nibiru Cataclysm,” of course.

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Juan Cole — a left-wing professor and pundit known for his vituperative opposition to George W. Bush —– is rather skeptical about the Russian Hacker Conspiracy Theory the Democrats and their media allies are pushing as part of a strategy to delegitimize Donald Trump’s presidency. He sees in this strategy echoes of past propaganda efforts. […]

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Half my Facebook friends are high-end libs, the other half mainly conservative midwesterners. I see a lot of interesting stuff. This graphic is now making the rounds, posted to my feed by an Ivy League professor. More

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In case you missed it, it is now the official position of the Democrat Party that the FBI and the Russian Government conspired to throw the 2016 election to Donald Trump. As for evidence in support of this proposition, it amounts to “Hillary was supposed to win, but she didn’t.” First, what would Russia have […]

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Daniel Carr is a mechanical engineer and artist living in Colorado. He was always fascinated by coins and the minting process. He has submitted two winning designs to the US Mint for their State Quarters series (New York and Rhode Island.) Inspired by the introduction of the Euro, Carr created a limited edition parody coin […]

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Bonfire of the Inanities

 

Trump buttonI’ll be the first to admit there are many things to loathe about 2016; actually I was probably the first to proclaim it at 12:00:01 AM in my timezone. I think my exact words were something to the order of “this year is overrated.” And it certainly seemed to be shaping up into one long, terrible year: I confidently predicted that the GOP would nominate Bush/Kasich in 2016 and lose terribly to Hillary because GOP voters embrace shallow thinking above all things: immigration is a minor concern, vanity candidates have no chance of winning, the voters pick the next guy in line, character counts.

But there has been one shining star in the dark fundament of bland: Donald Trump. If there’s one thing to love about the man it’s that he is, or plays on TV, the loudmouth New Yorker who takes nothing off nobody.

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Secret alliances and backroom dealings are some of the favorite pieces of speculation in political commentary. Most of such speculation remains just that, as politicians rarely admit to making quid pro quo arrangements with campaign rivals. However, one needn’t be a conspiracy theorist to connect the dots framing a Chris Christie – Donald Trump partnership. Christie […]

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Occam’s Razor and Scalia Conspiracy Theories

 

hand-of-conspiracy2Justice Scalia’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday, but the man was hardly declared dead before conspiracy theories started circulating to the effect that he was assassinated. There’s no point in addressing specific claims because we’re still in the innuendo stage. But more importantly, any hint of a conspiracy collapses with the slightest application of skepticism.

In order for any assassination conspiracy to work, the first question is “Cui bono? Who benefits? Who would go to the trouble of murdering a Supreme Court justice? When you’re playing the election-year conspiracy innuendo game, there’s only two choices: red team or blue.

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