It scares me that people are this gullible

Imagine thinking that fake snow is a more rational explanation than global warming:

This week’s wild weather across the south of the U.S. has raised a controversial question online: was it just a light snow, or a nefarious government conspiracy?

It was definitely just snow. But the last few days have seen scores of videos like this from skeptics who claim the snowflakes aren’t the real deal.

“I have a sample of ‘snow’ … leaving the snow unmelted.” (Via YouTube / sugar magnolia)

The conspiracy reasoning goes like this: the snow is unusual in Georgia and other southeast areas and doesn’t melt when burned. Therefore, it must be fake snow, distributed by the government, as a diversion from big government tyranny: (Via YouTube / Div9neImages)

“You’re being distracted from all fronts, you’re preoccupied. They’re up here signing bills, the government, to pretty much take away more of your rights and freedoms.”  (Via YouTube / Occult Sin)

Many of these videos have racked up thousands of views online — though, presumably, not everyone who watches this believes the whole fake weather thing.

Some skeptics tie the fake snow to a wider, and older, conspiracy regarding “geo-engineering” and the fear that the government is manipulating weather to use as a weapon. (Via The Resistance Journals)

Anyway, as you might expect, the fake government snow craze is pure paranoia.

Science-savvy reporters and experts have been quick to point out that snow doesn’t melt when exposed to open flame like this.

“When you heat something like this, it goes from a solid to a gas. It’s called sublimation. It doesn’t go from a solid to a liquid, i.e. melting.” (Via WTVR)

Thanks to David Benowitz.

3 thoughts on “It scares me that people are this gullible

  1. People who believe in magical beings like visitors from space and angels from God will believe in anything. Which, unfortunately, is a mighty big group.

  2. Those people are not that gullible. This is simply a tribal member identification issue. In this case, as James Kunstler would say, they are making clear to each other that they are all members in good standing of the CornPone Nazi Tribe.

  3. My first thought: Chrrriiist. Now I’ve heard everything.

    My second thought, on reading russ’s comment: Hadn’t considered that. Maybe there’s hope?

    My third thought: Maybe not. Maybe they do believe it. \o_O/

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