Why do people believe the moon landing hoax or other conspiracy theories? – The Washington Post

It’s hard to reason with people who embrace conspiracy theories, but some strategies are more effective than others.

The “moon landing hoax” was among the first conspiracy theories to gain traction with the American public. In the years since, the theories have multiplied like jack rabbits, swarming all corners of the cultural landscape. After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, some fringe activists insisted the U.S. government, rather than al-Qaeda, had planned the attacks. Conspiracies about President Trump’s ties to Russia compete with all the real news on the topic. “Pizzagate” conspiracists claimed Hillary Clinton was operating a pedophile ring in a D.C. pizza parlor, leading one true believer to fire a gun in the restaurant.

It’s tempting to dismiss conspiracy theorists as wearers of tinfoil hats. But the theories should be taken seriously for their effects on political and social discourse — and research suggests that, under the right circumstances, many people are susceptible to their allure.

Source: Why do people believe the moon landing hoax or other conspiracy theories? – The Washington Post

Westmoreland Fair maintains dwindling ties between farmers, public

The county fair is quickly becoming one of the last points of contact that Americans have with farms and farmers, organizers of the Westmoreland Fair said.

“Less than 2 percent of the American population is in farming,” Craig Lash, fair president, said Monday. “We’ve ‘efficiencied’ ourselves out of business.”

Lash, who operates a dairy farm in Sewickley Township, said that fact of life makes county fairs in Westmoreland and elsewhere even more important.

Source: Westmoreland Fair maintains dwindling ties between farmers, public

Purported sons of Charles Manson out of fight for his estate | WPXI

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge dismissed probate petitions by Matthew Lentz, a musician who claims he was fathered by Manson at a 1967 orgy, and Michael Brunner, whose mother was a member of the “Manson family” when he was born.

Because both men were adopted, which severs their legal link to Manson, their claims had been on shaky ground since another court dismissed their bid to claim his corpse after he died in November. Manson, 83, was serving a life sentence for orchestrating the 1969 killings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and eight others.

Source: Purported sons of Charles Manson out of fight for his estate | WPXI

Carbone’s restaurant in Crabtree closing after 80 years | TribLIVE

Carbone’s, one of two landmark restaurants in the tiny village of Crabtree, is closing on July 28 after 80 years in business, the family has announced with a “heavy heart.”

Carbone’s is closing primarily because there is not a younger member of the family interested in continuing operating the restaurant, combined with “health issues,” Natalie Carbone Mangini stated Saturday in a social media posting.

Saying goodbye is always a difficult task. So it is with a heavy heart that we announce the closing of our restaurant on Saturday, July 28, 2018. The main reason for our decision centers on family, of course. Operating a large res

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Source: https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/13845113-74/carbones-restaurant-in-crabtree-closing

God bless you all and thank you for everything.  We couldn’t have done it without you.

With much love and gratitude,

Big Natalie, Little Natalie, Vinny, Melissa and Vanessa

Additional information:

We would love to hear from you if you would be kind enough to remain in contact with us.  Please email us at carbonesrestaurant@gmail.com.   You may also continue to speak with us or leave voice messages at our familiar number of 724-834-3430.  Please visit carbonesrestaurant.com and make a comment on our “Memories” page or visit any of our other social media platforms that can be found on the website.

If you have a Carbone’s gift certificate and are unable to use it before we close, Rizzo’s Malabar Inn of Crabtree will kindly exchange your gift certificate for a Rizzo’s Gift card until November 1, 2018.

 

Steve Ditko Dead: Spider-Man Co-Creator Was 90 | Hollywood Reporter

He also created Doctor Strange with Stan Lee during his years at Marvel.

In 1963, Ditko created the surreal and psychedelic hero, Doctor Strange. The character debuted in Strange Tales No. 110, and Ditko continued on the comic through issue No. 146, cover dated July 1966.

After that, Ditko left Marvel Comics over a fight with Lee, the causes of which have always remained murky.

Source: Steve Ditko Dead: Spider-Man Co-Creator Was 90 | Hollywood Reporter

Black US senators introduce anti-lynching bill – BBC News

The three black United States senators have introduced a bill that would make lynching a federal hate crime.

The bill would allow lynching to be added as a hate crime charge alongside existing crimes such as murder.

More than 200 anti-lynching bills have been introduced to Congress since 1918 only to be voted down, noted the bill’s lead sponsor, Democrat Kamala Harris.

“Lynching is a dark, despicable part of our history, and we must acknowledge that, lest we repeat it,” she said.

If passed, the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act would make lynching punishable by a sentence of up to life in prison.

This image from 1925 shows a lynching in the state of Georgia — GETTY IMAGES

Source: Black US senators introduce anti-lynching bill – BBC News

Letter written by D.B. Cooper may have revealed hijacker’s identity

A team of private investigators who spent years trying to crack the D.B. Cooper case claimed Thursday they decoded a letter from the hijacker revealing his identity.

The team, led by documentary filmmaker Thomas Colbert, claims that a letter sent to “The Portland Oregonian Newspaper” contains a confession from Army veteran Robert Rackstraw.

Colbert told the New York Daily News that he received the letter after suing the FBI for the files. He said he noticed that the letter was written in a similar fashion to a separate letter and he called a code breaker to decipher it.

Colbert said the words “And please tell the lackey cops” meant “I am 1st LT Robert Rackstraw.”

Source: Letter written by D.B. Cooper may have revealed hijacker’s identity

Feds: Decades-old court decree allows family immigration detention – POLITICO

Protesters Sergio Cordova (left) and Michael Benavides use baby clothes to spell out the word “reunite” during a rally against the Trump administration’s immigration policies at Linear Park near the federal courthouse in Brownsville, Texas, on June 28. | Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images

The filing appears to leave open one key question: What becomes of the Flores agreement’s requirement that children be held in state-licensed day care facilities?

Source: Feds: Decades-old court decree allows family immigration detention – POLITICO

Human civilization likely alone / Boing Boing

Photo: ESA/Gaia/DPAC

Human civilization likely alone

As Dr. Sanberg told Universe Today via email:  predicts that humanity is the only advanced one in observable space.

“One can answer [the Fermi Paradox] by saying intelligence is very rare, but then it needs to be tremendously rare. Another possibility is that intelligence doesn’t last very long, but it is enough that one civilization survives for it to become visible. Attempts at explaining it by having all intelligences acting in the same way (staying quiet, avoiding contact with us, transcending) fail since they require every individual belonging to every society in every civilization to behave in the same way, the strongest sociological claim ever. Claiming long-range settlement or communication are impossible requires assuming a surprisingly low technology ceiling. Whatever the answer is, it more or less has to be strange.”

 

Source: Human civilization likely alone / Boing Boing

Lincoln museum artifacts could go to auction due to a historic debt – CBS News

“Somebody’s got some explaining to do,” says one former board member of the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Illinois

At the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln’s legacy is alive. But some of Lincoln’s most prized possessions are in peril – including his hat, gloves, quill pen and a fan that belonged to his wife, Mary. They may go to auction because of a historic debt, reports CBS News correspondent Adriana Diaz.

“What I sometimes say is, he couldn’t catch a break in the 19th century and it seems now he can’t catch a break in the 21st century,” Carla Knorowski said. She runs the museum’s private foundation, which is more than $9 million short on a $23 million loan used to buy Lincoln artifacts from a private collector. The money’s due next year, and one way to get the money fast? Auction off Lincoln’s belongings.

Source: Lincoln museum artifacts could go to auction due to a historic debt – CBS News