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Toronto Media, false balance, and the lack of evidence for claims about MIA vet John Hartley Robertson

Toronto Media, false balance, and the lack of evidence for claims about MIA vet John Hartley Robertson

16 May 2013 by Karl Mamer

Is there any evidence for the claim? The short story: very little. Many skeptical of the claim have a very hard time believing a person can forget to speak English. Oddly this is the most believable and easy to verify of all the claims made by the movie. First language attrition is a┬áreal phenomenon. Anecdotally, […]

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How Western journalists in Vietnam and POW NGOs were not fooled by tales of MIA Vet back from the dead

How Western journalists in Vietnam and POW NGOs were not fooled by tales of MIA Vet back from the dead

15 May 2013 by Karl Mamer

The known facts: John Hartley Robertson went down in a chopper crash in Laos. Over flight suggested no one could survive the crash and burn. Over flight by other Green Berets saw no survivors and the crash did not look survivable. JHR was declared MIA, presumed KIA. His name is on the memorial wall as […]

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Did a Canadian filmmaker find a left behind Vietnam vet or did credulous Toronto media give new life to an old scam?

Did a Canadian filmmaker find a left behind Vietnam vet or did credulous Toronto media give new life to an old scam?

14 May 2013 by Karl Mamer

A man approaches you and claims he has a box with a dragon in it. He offers to sell you the box with the dragon. There is one caveat. You cannot open the box to see if there’s an actual dragon in it. You can hold the box. Shake the box. Smell the box. Weigh […]

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Toronto Aetherius Society: His Master’s Voice, stuff that goes boom, and a lack of proof (Part 2)

Toronto Aetherius Society: His Master’s Voice, stuff that goes boom, and a lack of proof (Part 2)

31 January 2012 by Karl Mamer

  After about an hour of bringing us up to speed on who King was and the beliefs of the Aetherius Society, Jaggard got into the “irrefutable evidence”. Alas, it was nothing like an alien body or parts of a saucer. Jaggard admits he believes the existence of alien-piloted UFOs is a given. Me, I’m […]

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Toronto Aetherius Society: Jesus, Venusians, and some bad astronomy (Part 1)

Toronto Aetherius Society: Jesus, Venusians, and some bad astronomy (Part 1)

30 January 2012 by Karl Mamer

My best friend Terry has, for the want of something to occupy his time, decided to become the leading expert on the Betty and Barney Hill UFO abduction case. I keep promising the listeners of my Conspiracy Skeptic podcast that I’m going to have him on as a guest and blow the lid off the […]

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  • Karl Mamer

    Karl Mamer is the host of the Conspiracy Skeptic podcast. He works as a technical writer for a Toronto-area software company. He lives in North York and pretty much enjoys coffee. You can check out his podcast at http://www.yrad.com/cs