You wouldn’t expect bigots and fascists to be above misinformation campaigns, would you?
Fortunately, Twitter and Facebook have spotted these campaigns. Give them some credit.
Twitter has phony “antifa” accounts urging protesters to fulfill white supremacists’ fantasies of violence.
On Facebook, these dirtbags are playing Palpatine and trying to stir things up from both sides, posing as “antifa” on one hand and asking counter-protesters to show up with guns.
If only we didn’t have so many suckers who believe this crap.
This Lifehacker story on Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Summit is a brilliant read on alternative-medicine b.s. that brings to mind a classic Saturday Night Live sketch: Theodoric of York, Medieval Barber.
Theodoric of York: Hello, Joan, Wife of Simkin the Miller. Well, how’s my little patient doing?
Joan: Not so well, I fear. We followed all your instructions – I mixed powder of staghorn, gum of arabic with sheep’s urine, and applied it in a poultice to her face.
Theodoric of York: And did you bury her up to her neck in the marsh and leave her overnight?
Joan: Oh, yes. But she still feels as listless as ever, if not more.
Theodoric of York: Well, let’s give her another bloodletting. Broom Gilda.
(Yes, the headline here is a shoutout to The Simpsons and the Be Sharps.)