Saturday, February 8, 2014

Saturday B.S. Roundup ~ January 25, 2014

1. Fake snow

As much of the country has been walloped by winter storms some conspiracy theorists, snowed in and bored, have come up with a doozy. All that snow? Fake. Yep, the government created this fake "snow" out of chemicals or plastic. 

I just saw a post that involved someone holding a lighter to snow and it turns black and doesn't melt. I believe that it must be fake.  

There is is viral video of poisonous black snow when melted by a lighter. Some say this is serious government conspiracy stuff, with chemtrails and geo-engineering the whole bit!
Which would actually be pretty impressive. If it were true. But it's not. Check out the conspiracy theorists videos and then the ones debunking them on Snopes. In short:

To summarize, two things happen: One is that as the snow melts, the remaining snow absorbs the water. That’s why it doesn't appear to drip; the snowball becomes a slushball.  
The black scorch marks are actually from the lighters themselves. Butane is a hydrocarbon, a molecule made up of carbon and hydrogen. When you burn it, the molecule reacts with oxygen in the air, breaking the bonds between atoms, and reforming new molecules. If the burning were perfect, all you’d have left is carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H20).  
But the burning is never completely perfect, and you get other stuff too. One thing that happens is that some of the carbon molecules reform into long chains, creating what we call soot. It’s that stuff that’s collecting on the snowball, not material from the snow itself!


Snopes: Snow Burn

2. Executive Orders

President Obama is a tyrant/dictator and is taking over the government by executive order. Or that is what some would have you believe.

EXECUTIVE ORDERS ISSUED: 
Teddy Roosevelt: 3 Others Prior To FDR: NONE FDR: 11 in 16 years Truman: 5 in 7 years Ike: 2 in 8 years JFK: 4 in 3 years LBJ: 4 in 5 years Nixon: 1 in 6 years Ford: 3 in 2 years Carter: 3 in 4 years Reagan: 5 in 8 years Bush 1: 3 in 4 years Clinton: 15 in 8 years Bush 2: 62 in 8 years Obama: 923 in 3+ years! 

During my lifetime, all Presidents have issued Executive Orders, for reasons that vary, some more than others. 
When a President issued as many as 30 Executive Orders during a term in Office, people thought there was something amiss. 
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT 923 EXECUTIVE ORDERS IN ONE PART OF ONE TERM?????? YES, THERE IS A REASON. 
IT IS THAT THE PRESIDENT IS DETERMINED TO TAKE CONTROL AWAY FROM THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. 
Even some Democrats in the House have turned on him, plus a very small number of Democrat Senators question him. 
HE SHOULD BE QUESTIONED. WHAT IS HE REALLY TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH???? 
DOES THIS SCARE YOU AS MUCH AS IT DOES ME?
There's a lot more and you can read the whole craziness here. Just to address one aspect of it, the numbers of executive orders issued by each president, take a look at this:

NameNumber claimed:Actual number:
Theodore Roosevelt31,081
Franklin Roosevelt113,522
Harry Truman5907
Dwight Eisenhower2484
John Kennedy4214
Lyndon Johnson4325
Richard Nixon1346
Gerald Ford3169
Jimmy Carter3320
Ronald Reagan5381
George H.W. Bush3166
Bill Clinton15364
George W. Bush62291
Barack Obama923168

Hmm...a little different picture, huh? You can read more details on the following sites:

Snopes: Executive Orders
Politifact: Chain email claims Barack Obama... (this one earned a "pants on fire" rating)
FactCheck: Obama's Executive Orders

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