This week on Middle Theory, we examine the news surrounding the arrival of Hurricane Irma, an unprecedented tropical storm expected to strike the U.S. mainland this September.
Strange things are happening in the media… but first, is there a secret base on the moon? Probably not, which is why we look at the strange story of how Snopes is getting negative press after a Daily Mail piece which revealed the lawsuit the site is presently embroiled in. What does this have to do with the broader issue of “Fake News”, and the various sites that have become deputized as “Wardens of Truth” on the Internet?
Then we look at the unprecedented arrival of Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean, and what this has to do with the debate over climate science, meteorology, and “Science Generalism” in general… we say this, of course, at risk of redundancy ourselves. All of this, and more, on this week’s edition of Middle Theory.
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Finally, here are links to stories and other media featured on this week’s program:
- Snopes accused of defrauding website to pay for prostitutes – and its staff includes an escort-porn star and ‘Vice Vixen domme’
- The Daily Mail Snopes Story And Fact Checking The Fact Checkers
- Irma will be ‘devastating’ for US: emergency chief
- Miami Beach Mayor Says Residents Must Leave: ‘This Is A Nuclear Hurricane’
- Two South Florida nuclear power plants lie in Irma’s path. Are they ready?
- Irma is not a ‘Category 6’ hurricane: A running list of viral hoaxes about the storm
- The Flight that outran Hurricane Irma
- Unconcerned About Trump’s Militarization of Police? This Database Shows What Your Local Cops Have
- ‘This is crazy,’ sobs hospital nurse as cop arrests her for doing her job
- Officer at DUI stop tells nervous driver ‘we only kill black people’