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Bullspotting and Birtherism

Sam, Mike and Becky look at the responses to our official candidate questionnaire, and then talk to author Loren Collins about his new book, Bullspotting: Finding Facts in the Age of Misinformation ask him why “Birther” conspiracy theories just won’t go away.

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For your perusal, the results of the candidate questionnaire.

Rocky Anderson is a former two term mayor from Salt Lake City, Utah. He’s currently the Justice Party’s nominee for President, running on the Left end of the political spectrum.

John R. Adams is a former school board member from the Lake Washington school district, and an insurance broker. He’s the Republican nominee for the state insurance commissioner in Washington state.

1. The planet Earth is closer to 4.7 billion years than it is to 6,000 years old.

  • Rocky Anderson said: 5 – Strongly Agree
  • John R. Adams said: 5 – Strongly Agree

2. The diversity of life on Earth is best explained through biological evolution by natural selection.

  • Rocky Anderson said: 5 – Strongly Agree
  • John R. Adams said: 3 – Undecided

3. The United States government did not orchestrate the attacks of September 11th, 2001.

  • Rocky Anderson said: 4 – Agree
  • John R. Adams said: 5 – Strongly Agree

4. Vaccinations are not responsible for childhood autism.

  • Rocky Anderson said: 5 – Strongly Agree
  • John R. Adams said: 3 – Undecided

5. Deckard was a Replicant.

  • Rocky Anderson said: 3 – Undecided
  • John R. Adams said: 1 – Strongly Disagree

6. It is very unlikely that the United States government is hiding flying saucers or alien bodies at Area 51.

  • Rocky Anderson said: 4 – Agree
  • John R. Adams said: 3 – Undecided

7. Atheists and agnostics are just as capable of living happy, rewarding, and moral lives as religious believers.

  • Rocky Anderson said: 5 – Strongly Agree
  • John R. Adams said: 4 – Agree

8. A well-qualified candidate’s atheism would not prevent me from voting for or endorsing their candidacy.

  • Rocky Anderson said: 5 – Strongly Agree
  • John R. Adams said: 4 – Agree

9. I believe that a strong separation between church and the state is the best way to preserve religious liberty.

  • Rocky Anderson said: 5 – Strongly Agree
  • John R. Adams said: 4 – Agree

10. I believe that the United States of America is not officially a Christian nation.

  • Rocky Anderson said: 5 – Strongly Agree
  • John R. Adams said: 4 – Agree

11. I would support legislation that would remove “Under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance and restore it to its pre-1954 version.

  • Rocky Anderson said: 5 – Strongly Agree
  • John R. Adams said: 2- Disagree

12. George Lucas was mistaken to make prequels to his “Star Wars” trilogy

  • Rocky Anderson said: 1 – Strongly Disagree
  • John R. Adams said: 3 – Undecided

13. President Barack Obama has provided enough evidence to prove that he is a natural born U.S. Citizen.

  • Rocky Anderson said: 5- Strongly Agree
  • John R. Adams said: 1 – Strongly Disagree

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Robert J. Grieve
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I’ve been listening to your show for about a year and just wanted to say that this was a particularly good episode. Good sound quality, smooth transitions, interesting topics, excellent interview, and an above average overall performance (note: your production values are generally high so this is saying something). Kudos and give your staff a round of applause. Thank you.

Kofi of Seattle
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This show has validated my efforts to get Rocky Anderson on the ballot in Washington State! I can’t wait to get home and mail my ballot supporting him and I encourage everyone else to do the same. Vote for someone who not only cares enough to respond, but agrees with us (except perhaps for Sci Fi topics). Please vote based on your views, issues, and values, and not based on fear.

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