Alex Jones lost his defamation case and owes the families of Sandy Hook victims $45 million for saying they’re faking. There were a bunch of shenanigans during the trial. People who breathe the same air as you and me watch him and take him seriously, making him rich enough to probably use appeals and bankruptcy court to continue entertaining them for years to come.
It’s college move-in week here in Boston, and variants from across the nation are coming to mingle among every Solo cup in the state. Several friends have recently gotten breakthrough cases (nothing severe, thanks to vaccines), so conditions are probably ripe for another fall surge.
Enjoy summer’s final, rattling breaths!
Facebook’s oversight board made some news this week for issuing a toothless decree about kicking a certain ex-president off their platform. A shame actual regulations don’t apply to them and they get to make up their own on the fly.
(panel 1 – Title above a floating orb with Mark Zuckerberg’s face.)
Facebook’s Oversight Orb
(panel 2 – The Zuckerberg Orb hovering over someone typing at a computer.)
typing inset, “The Democrats are harvesting baby blood to commit SUPER VOTER FRAUD!”
Zuckerberg, “Not true, but the algorithm’s gonna spew this into everyone’s feed!”
(panel 3 – The Zuckerberg Orb hovering over a board meeting at Facebook headquarters.)
executive, “Should advertisers be running these invasive, creepy ads?”
Zuckerberg, “You say ‘creepy;’ I say ‘HIGHLY TARGETED.'”
(panel 4 – The Zuckerberg Orb hovering over someone texting.)
texting inset, “Bill Gates put tracking microchips in the vaccines!”
(panel 5 – The Zuckerberg Orb hovering over someone texting.)
Zuckerberg, “Keep posting that while you continue to let me track everything you do!”
Conspiracy theories were less destructive before Weekly World News left checkout shelves. I loved reading that thing as a kid and I knew it was fake.
They recently came back thanks to crowdfunding, and I hope they succeed and eventually have me in their pages. It would be my greatest career achievement.
Shaquille O’Neal recently “joked” about Flat Earth Theory, which for some reason is having a renaissance among current and former NBA players. I will mock any dummy who mentions that or chemtrails, but who am I to judge? I believe the Pee Tape is real and influencing every decision Trump makes.
Read the comic at The Nib.
The Jade Helm 15 conspiracy theory is a doozy. If you’ve managed to escape the insanity, Jen Sorensen has a great overview.
I’m fascinated with conspiracy theories the same way I’m interested in cryptids. I know they’re garbage, but it’s still fun to see the mental gymnastics the true-believers do to bend the facts to their will. Or maybe they’re all true and my dismissiveness is just proof that I’ve been brainwashed by the lizard people.
Read the comic at the New York Times.