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Woman Dies During Cryotherapy Treatment

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A Henderson, NV woman is dead tonight after apparently using a cryotherapy chamber at her place of employment, Rejuvenice. Since Chelsea Ake-Salvacion, dead at 24, was operating the machine on her own personal recognizance and was not using the cryotherapy device for work purposes, OSHA will not conduct an investigation. Cryotherapy is not FDA regulated. No clinical study has studied risks or benefits to cryotherapy, in which liquid nitrogen around -200 degrees Farenheit envelops the body or face of the customer and is purported to have positive health and beauty outcomes. Chelsea Ake-Salvacion is the first known death related to cryotherapy treatment.

Autopsy and toxicology reports are expected to provide the precise cause of death within six to eight weeks.


Bernie Sanders fans rig online debate polls, then complain when no one takes it seriously

File Under: Conspiracists likely to engage in conspiracy, projection, and media interface.

Pre-Errata: This article attempts to say that Bernie Sanders supporters are the same people as 2008-2012 Ron Paul supporters, this is not likely to be the case in a significant number, but rather shows that conspiracist ideation is more common (especially with a polarized political climate) than previously understood.

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The first democratic party debate went well for both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, but by any objective measure she was more ready for prime time. Most political pundits of all stripes concluded [that] Hillary won. And accordingly the overnight professionally-conducted poll from Gravis showed that about two-thirds of democratic voters also believed Hillary won. Yet the online self-service polls on the websites various news outlets showed that Bernie won the debate by absurd scores like 82-13. And when that happens, everyone knows why.

If you peeked into online groups of Bernie Sanders supporters on Facebook the night of the debate, you’d have seen the members coordinating their efforts to repeat-vote in these online polls from news outlets like CNN. Their goal: keep voting all night until Bernie was winning them all. It wouldn’t be the first time an overzealous group of supporters got too invested in an online poll. The news outlets saw the silly results, knew what happened, and decided not to bother reporting the severely manipulated polls as if they were legitimate. The result: Bernie’s supporters are now claiming it’s a conspiracy against him.

It appears to have taken the Bernie mob all of twelve hours to forget that they themselves manipulated the online polls to comic effect, and now they’re claiming that the refusal of the networks to “report” that Bernie “won” these polls is evidence that every news outlet is part of some secret conspiracy to prop up Hillary or suppress Bernie. And this isn’t mere outlier behavior. So many of Bernie’s supporters have gone down this bizarre conspiracy road that they’ve launched a petition with tens of thousands of signatures on it, insisting that CNN “admit” that Bernie “won” the online poll. Here’s the weird part: none of this crazy paranoid behavior is in any way compatible with what Bernie Sanders stands for or is trying to accomplish.

Screen-capped evidence of the organized mass-voting:

During the course of the two hours in which Bernie Sanders was on stage during the debate, and in fact during the six months he’s been in the race, we’ve never once heard him suggest that the party or the media is somehow in a conspiracy against him. In fact he consistently swats away anything that he feels is a distraction from the real political issues of the campaign. We all heard him ranting about how he’s sick of the “damn emails” because he’s only interested in real issues. Yet so many of his followers appear to be lost in a such a haze of paranoid fantasy that they not only rigged the online polls to try to make it look like he won, they then claimed it was a conspiracy against them when no one took their rigged polls seriously.

You never hear Bernie talking like this, or even hinting it. No matter what you think of his politics, you have to feel bad for him that this time around, he got stuck with the paranoid conspiracy theory whackos who always latch onto one candidate each election cycle. To give you an idea of how little these loons care about what Bernie stands for, last time they latched onto Ron Paul, whose views on the issues completely the opposite of Bernie’s. They’re not responding to his ideas, they’re just responding to his indignance. So it’s not surprising that some of these crazies are insisting that Bernie wasn’t defending Hillary on email, but rather he was somehow attacking her. They just can’t accept the idea that Bernie doesn’t think Hillary is some kind of corrupt cartoon character conspiring against him.

Perhaps simply because he speaks of a metaphorical political revolution, in their minds Bernie Sanders is somehow the one who can expose the conspiracy theories that they think are plotted against them. And as soon as it sinks in for them that he’s not crazy like they are, that he’s just a politician with some different ideas, they’ll bail on him in favor supporting someone who is crazy. In the mean time, to paraphrase the good Senator himself, the American people are sick and tired of your damn conspiracy theories.

Why Do Most American Conservatives Still Refuse To Believe In Climate Change?



It is no secret that belief in climate change in America is strongly divided along party lines, a fact we were reminded of in last week’s Republican leadership debates. The relationship was assessed in an experiment by Dan Kahan published in Advances in Political Psychology earlier this year, which demonstrated that there exists an extremely bizarre paradox that is as mind bending as it is troubling. Believe it or not, the more Republicans know about science, the less likely they are to believe in climate change.

The Ordinary Science Intelligence measure which runs across the bottom of the graphs above measures how likely someone is to answer tests of scientific knowledge and reasoning correctly. For example, someone with an average Ordinary Science Intelligence score has a 70% chance of giving the correct answer to the simple scientific question “electrons are smaller than atoms – true or false”. Someone would have to be a full standard deviation below average (i.e. in the 16th percentile) to be more likely than not to get this question wrong.

When we test the whole population on their scientific understanding before asking them if they believe in climate change, we see precisely the trend that we’d expect. The more people know about science, the more likely they are to agree that humans are causing climate change. But when the sample is split based on political affiliation, a very different picture emerges. Among conservatives, paradoxically, scientific understanding is inversely correlated with belief in climate change; those conservatives in the top few percentiles of scientific understanding are the least likely to believe in climate change. This is despite the fact that in reality, the debate among scientists is effectively already over – 97% of climate scientists agree that humans are causing global warming.

As the graph above shows, a Democrat with an average level of scientific understanding has an 80% chance of believing in global warming, while the equivalent Republican has only a 20% chance. Astonishingly, this number falls even further as Republicans’ scientific literacy increases.

These findings support a 2008 report by the PEW Research Centre which found that only 19% of university educated Republicans believed in human caused global warming compared to 31% of Republicans who didn’t attend university. Among Democrats, again, the opposite trend was true, 75% of university educated Democrats believed in global warming compared to only 52% of democrats who didn’t go to university.

Interestingly, we see the same shocking pattern among religious people who are asked if they believe in evolution – as their knowledge of science increases, their likelihood of believing in evolution actually falls:

The similarity in the trends of the graphs above suggests refusal to believe in climate change is practically religious in nature. Both disbelief in climate change and disbelief in evolution don’t just stand fast in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence, they grow stronger.

Why is this case? At its core, it seems the answer comes down to identity, confirmation bias and motivated reasoning. Humans are tribal. Asking whether you are left wing or right wing is like asking what football team you support. People tend to think of themselves as supporters of one team or another and rarely switch sides. We surround ourselves with people who share our views, we watch news and seek out evidence that fits our side’s agenda; and science notwithstanding, we conveniently ignore anything that doesn’t support our team and our way of life.

One explanation for why climate change has become such a partisan issue is that it is not the idea of climate change per se, that conflicts with conservative ideology, rather it is the most commonly proposed solutions to climate change: pollution taxes, emissions restrictions, and government intervention. A fascinating recent study examined what happens when solutions to climate change are framed in a way that doesn’t conflict with conservative ideology. When the researchers mentioned “how the United States could help stop climate change and profit from leading the world in green technology”, the likelihood that Republicans reported that they believed in climate change rocketed from 22% to 55%:

This data may explain the behavior of the candidates in the recent Republican leadership debates who shied away from discussing climate science, instead preferring to attack solutions to climate change with such words of wisdom as “America is not a planet” from Marco Rubio. No, America is not a planet and yes, of course we will have to unite around the world to fight climate change.

In last week’s debate, three Republican candidates:  Rubio, Christie and Walker, at least accepted that climate change is real, which suggests the party may be in the midst of taking an important step forward, even though all the candidates stubbornly refused to agree on any action to prevent climate change.  It may be a case of one step forward and two steps back.

For whatever reason, climate change has become a fiercely partisan issue in the United States. If we are ever to have a hope of minimizing its catastrophic consequences, we must first understand this, and second, find ways to move past this.

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APOCALYPSE NOW: End of the WORLD on the way warns man who predicted stock market crash

Archive: Constant Apocalypse.

A CHRISTIAN evangelist who predicted the downfall of the stock markets this summer has revealed the world is ending.

By Tom Parfitt (

Jim Bakker said the apocalypse is coming because God told him to wear black underwear.

Speaking on his TV show, he said: “The last time God told me to wear a colour was red, and what happened that day [August 21]? The stock market crashed.

“Today, God said, ‘I want you to wear all black.’ Even my shoes are black. My underwear is black. My socks are black.”

His red outfit in August coincided with the Dow Jones plummeting a staggering 531 points – concluding its worst week in four years.

Lori, his wife and co-host, told him the detail about his underwear was “too much information”.

But Bakker disagreed, warning: “No, it is not too much information because when God says, ‘Get the sin out’, He meant, ‘Get the sin out.’

“When you take over your enemy, you are to destroy every part of the enemy. I am in mourning because people aren’t ready.”

Bakker resigned as a minister from the Assemblies of God – a church based in Springfield, Missouri – in 1987 after being accused of rape.

He was convicted of fraud a year later but became a TV star after being released in the mid-1990s.

A Christian sect incorrectly predicted the the Earth would be “annihilated” with fire yesterday.

US religious group eBible Fellowship previously claimed the world would end on 21 May 2011 – but insisted the new date was correct.

Jim and Lori BakerGETTY

He co-hosts the show with his second wife Lori

Chris McCann, leader of the sect, said: “According to what the Bible is presenting it does appear that 7 October will be the day that God has spoken of…

“The world will pass away… It’ll be gone forever. Annihilated.”

End of the world? What Blood Moon prophets NOW say will happen after ‘apocalyptic’ eclipse

Archive: Apocalypse Everyday

FOR years self-styled prophets have predicted the Blood Moon lunar eclipse in the early hours of Monday will signal an earthquake or devastating apocalypse before the second coming of Christ.

By Jon Austin (

But as yesterday ended without such catastrophe, do they still believe the end is upon us?

Pastor Mark Biltz, of Elshaddai Ministries, in Tacoma, Washington, was the first to hit upon the prediction that the last of four Blood Moon eclipses – which happened on Monday morning – was a sign from God the end was upon us after researching it from 2007.

He published the book ‘Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs’ in March 2014 and speculated mankind was “at the door” before Rapture.

It explained how a ‘tetrad’ of blood moons, which began on April 15 last year, followed by another red-coloured lunar eclipse on October 8 last year, and a third on April 4 this year, would end on September 28 this year.

The incredible allignments, which have six full moons in between, has only happened a handful of times in the last 2,000 years, with pastor Biltz claiming they all historically coincided with a globally significant event for Israel.

These include the formation of the Jewish state in 1948, the Six-Day War for Jerusalem and even the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492.

His book also said the current tetrad of blood moons about to end conincided with Biblical feasts, with Passover beginning on April 3 – a day before the last blood moon – and September 28 this year marking the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles.

He said at the time of the book’s release: “When I noticed the years these phenomena occurred, my mind began reeling.

“The last two times there were four blood moons in a row, they happened, first, right after Israel became a nation in 1948, and then again when Israel retook Jerusalem in 1967.”

He claimed to be monitoring the frequency of earthquakes, adding: “The number has more than doubled over the last 10 years.

“It was prophesied that there would be earthquakes at increased levels before the return of the Messiah and they were to be likened to birth pangs.

“With the increase in activity and the increase in magnitude I definitely see it as being but another sign along with the signs in the heavens (the last Blood Moon) that we are at the door.

John Hagee tells of his Blood Moon prophecy in October 2012John Hagee tells of his Blood Moon prophecy in October 2012

“These series of eclipses are truly astronmical, when it comes to sending messages.

“We know when they fall on the feast days God is trying to tell us something.”

Fast forward to 2015 and pastor Biltz still maintains it will be earthquakes that summon the Rapture, but the connection between the imminent Blood Moon event and the timing of “the big one” that kicks it all off, appears to have become a bit looser as the date nears.

According to his recent comments we may not yet even be able to see the door, let alone see it open.

In an article for last month, he said: “A lot of folks will read articles by writers who misquote me or assume I am saying things I am not.

“You’re saying that a biblically significant event will happen on the very day the eclipses occur,” other folks complain.

“No, I am not.”

He said the Blood Moon eclipses are “signs in themselves, as they occur on the feast days,” adding if “nothing noteworthy happens”, it “just means these are signs of things to come.”

Despite writing his book, which took several years on intense research, Pastor Biltz said: “Too many Christians waste so much time trying to determine when the rapture is going to take place that they get absolutely nothing done for the kingdom.

“There are no extra points for being right. And if you are wrong, it doesn’t mean you won’t be raised from the dead.

“I would rather be wrong and ready than right and unprepared.”

Pastor John Hagee, who heads the Cornerstone “superchurch” in San Antonio, Texas, was next to join the Blood Moon bandwagon, but he managed to publish his book Four Blood Moons first, before Pastor Biltz, in October 2013.

It went on to become a bestseller with a documentary-style film to follow it up.

In a sermon to hundreds in his Church on October 28 2012, he used powerful language about what the Blood Moon meant.

He said: “is a big sign this is a massive demonstration from the heavens

“It can happen in an instant.”

He assured those who were ready to meet God it would really be a time for rejoice.

He added: “When you see it don’t go out and take a bottle of Tylenol (painkillers).

I Blew My Top

When the Jade Helm 15 Facebook pages started popping up, I started feeling my blood boil. Texans, people who believe in the military, and all those most (self-proclaimed) patriots were suggesting that an all scale takeover (or at least a ‘false flag’) would be conducted by joint forces of the U.S. Military, I couldn’t help but want to yell “Bullshit” at the top of my lungs. To think that these people who continually shouted blind obeisance be the law of the land from September 11, 2001 until the day Barack Obama took office were now accusing every active duty military man and woman of murder, conspiracy and/or plotting a crime against humanity was a shock. No less, the shock that they did so with no hint of acknowledging the irony.

Funny, many a 9/11-Truther was just that out of fear of government, but many were simply left-leaning liberals and anti-war types who found the Bush Administration all too prepared to go to war with Iraq and somehow use 9/11 as a reason. As 2008 drew to a close, I have to believe that the anti-government folks remained anti-government but more left-leaning 9/11-truthers had to chose between “Hope” (Obama’s slogan) and the fatalism that tandem wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had on the American culture at large. I chose ‘Hope’ in a very tenuous way, convinced that Obama was the closest thing to hope America could get. But even then, the wars didn’t end quick enough for me; and I am guessing that they didn’t end quickly enough for the rest of the 9/11-Truth Movement. Regardless of how an individual made it into becoming a ‘Truther’ there is little denying that they were likely to end up as a Tea Partier, or perhaps a radical left member of the Occupy Movement, or perhaps a psuedo-survivalist Prepper (engaged in preparation for various hypothetical Armageddons). With many within these camps, the ‘Left’ and the ‘Right’ were really one unified group known as the ‘Powers that Be’ (PTB) and most of the wrangling is all a show for the plebeian masses.

I opted out of said movements, none of which I was ever really an active participant in, though I kept the faith (and it was a type of faith) that 9/11 was an inside job (or something to that effect, depending on how comfortable I was with whom I was conversing at the time). I sought a degree in the Social Sciences and became fascinated with Social Psychology, groupthink, the concept of Confirmation Bias and Contagion Theory as it pertains to social networks. It was well over a year into my graduate degree before I applied a bit of Social Psychological analysis on myself. I was a poor, lower middle class kid in a Rust Belt state whose father was drafted during the Vietnam War and who was always told to avoid the military (by my dad, mind you). I was raised by a staunch Democrat and actually heard her, my Grandmother, insisting that the first Iraq War was more a political boondoggle than a legitimate and necessary political conflict. I grew up in America in an era of increasingly inflammatory political rhetoric and passed the time with my father watching Alien abduction dramas and reading about JFK assassination conspiracy theories. Essentially, I was primed to believe that 9/11 was an inside job since at least as far back as Operation Desert Storm.

Oh, the realization that a deeply held, and cherished, worldview was only a matter of social location and conditioning is hard in any case. In my case, I fought it. I did not want to accept that actual terrorists took down the Twin Towers. George W. Bush had nothing to do with it! Not even Cheney? What about Building 7? Even the structural insecurity of the towers and the discrepancy between the melting point of steel and the burning temperature of jet fuel, which seemed so thoroughly evident to the case for ‘Truth’ proved to be irrelevant. The Global Conspiracy that simply had to consist of the President, his cabinet, the Saudi King, Norad, several hundred military personnel, staff writers at New York Times, Associated Press, Scientific American, and all other major news agencies as well as every physicist and engineer in the world finally, effectively, ceased to exist for me.

Belief lost is mourned, no matter how counterproductive or damaging the belief may be.

Like a phoenix, however, the thirst for greater truth as to why conspiracy theories are so prevalent grew within me out of the ashes of my faith in the 9/11 ‘false flag’ and has led me to study the various causes (and effects) of conspiracist ideation (a fancy way of saying how people come to dogmatically believe in conspiracies).

It was with this background that I came across a post in a Jade Helm 15 related Facebook group that infuriated me. It was not related to Jade Helm 15 but, rather, to the Lafayette Louisiana movie theater shooting that occurred on July, 23rd and claimed that it was a false flag operation. As proof, the individual posted a link from the website Beforeitsnews that claimed that ‘crisis actors’ played eye-witnesses and concerned citizens. I won’t post the comments, or the Beforeitsnews article, but I will post my infuriated response below. After reading the article and seeing the ‘evidence’ it included (which consisted of looking up the Linkedin profiles of the eye-witnesses and quoting some considerably inflated sounding resume content to show that all of them were actors, media experts, major players in the oil industry, etc.) I felt compelled to vent.

After I deleted about 100% of what I first wrote (which isn’t fit to post here), I rewrote my response from the heart, and with significantly less profanity.

I wish I could pretend that this was all just harmless conjecture, but I know it is not. I was once like you, certain that the PTB were so vile that they were capable of anything. You think you are ‘awake’ but you are really just sheep wearing a different coat. I know, of course, because I was certain that I was ‘awake’ until I look back to find that all my worst suspicions either never happened or were the result of gross incompetence (the real ‘hidden hand’ is stupidity, it turns out). You may want to believe that every shooting is a false flag and every victim a crisis actor. Just because you don’t want to believe that people shoot up theaters (churches, schools, workplaces, or their own homes) does not mean that it had to be a false flag. Sorry. Call me a sheeple, call me an idiot, but I refuse to pretend that you aren’t dangerous misled people. I say this, so that when Jade Helm 15 ends and none of your fears come to fruition, I hope that some of you (even just a few) reevaluate why you were so convinced that the Illuminati (which apparently consists of every who is active duty military) is out to get you. Ask yourself why you thought those little stickers on your mailbox was code for FEMA camp pick-ups and detainment or death. Ask yourself why you believe what you do, and ask yourself if it does you any good, or if you are simply in a constant state of fear due to the constant change of culture and society. False flags have happened, sure. Governments, consisting of well meaning people or total self-serving idiots, will always screw over someone even as they may help others (but that is not guaranteed). Next time (and yes this type of freak-out will happen again), after JH 15 ends up being nothing more than a military exercise, ask yourself you are really ‘awake’ or just responding to the fear, the feeling of hopelessness due to the changing political climate, or just the need to make sense of a world that seems to make no sense. I know what your immediate response will be, what I hope is that you will consider this an invitation to rethink, pray, or meditate on this issue and why calling victims and witnesses to crimes ‘crisis actors’ may be the worst thing anyone can do in a tragedy. If you believe in justice, go straight to the people on the ground, wherever the crisis is happening and help them (maybe those ‘crisis actors’ are really just people, in a crisis). If you can’t be bothered to help another human being then your non-action is worse than any actions from the powers that be and you are complicit, whether you are prepping for some scary Illuminati FEMA bogeyman to come take your guns or just hate the President. Practice kindness, charity and compassion to all you meet, or admit that you are part of the problem.

I clicked send, knowing that if it were me reading my own post only a few years ago, I would have disagreed completely. Since then, my worldview has changed and it continues to change as the world does as Heraclitus warned that it would. I can’t really be mad at conspiracists, it wouldn’t be right. I can hope that they take my words, and try to consider them. Seek compassion rather than an ever-increasingly labyrinthine blame-game. Regardless of what anyone else chooses, I have made my choice.

Jade Helm 15 Is Here!

Note: To my conservative friends and readers, don’t think that the source is singling you out. When there is a left-wing conspiracy panic (as their was post-9/11 and in the run-up to the Iraq War) it will be covered!

Jade Helm 15 Is Here! The GOP Politicians Who Encouraged Panic Over President Obama’s ‘Texas Takeover’

BY Miranda Blue on Wednesday, 7/15/2015 11:30 am

This spring, when far-right conspiracy theory websites started buzzing about Jade Helm 15, a planned military exercise in western states that they said was a cover for President Obama’s plans to impose martial law on Republicans states, we expected apoplectic reactions from the fringiest of right-wing circles. But who else was going to take it seriously?

Plenty of people, it turns out, including Republican politicians seeking to capitalize on anti-Obama fears in order to lift their profile in the increasingly far-right party — a poll in May found that a full one-third of Republicans believed that the government was “trying to take over Texas.”

Today, as the military exercise begins, we look back at five Republican politicians who, whether credulously or cynically, fed the Jade Helm 15 frenzy.

1. Greg Abbott

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was the first GOP politician this fringe conspiracy theory into the Republican mainstream, assuring concerned citizens that he had ordered the Texas Guard to monitor the potential takeover effort.

After he became the object of national criticism and ridicule, Abbott said that the actually thought the military exercise would “work out just fine” and blamed President Obama for stirring up suspicion:

“Frankly, I gotta tell you, I think the cause of the underlying concerns is that we see instances, like a shooting in Fort Hood by a terrorist, that the president labels workplace violence. We see the president come to the border in Texas and say it’s safer than it’s ever been,” said Abbott. “And so I think it was a misplaced perception by people in Texas who have problems with the Obama administration and connected that trust with the Obama administration to the military.”

2. Rick Perry

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry initially criticized Abbott’s fanning of the Jade Helm 15 flames, saying that while “you can always question” civilian leadership, “I think our military is quite trustworthy.”

But the presidential candidate quickly got the messaging memo, telling Glenn Beck that while President Obama invites unhinged conspiracy theories, when he’s president, everyone will trust the government:

3. Ted Cruz

Not to be outdone by his presidential rival Perry, Sen. Ted Cruz assured his flock that he had “ reached out to the Pentagon to inquire about this exercise ,” and although he had “no reason to doubt” the official line about the training exercise, “I understand the reason for concern and uncertainty, “because when the federal government has not demonstrated itself to be trustworthy in this administration, the natural consequence is that many citizens don’t trust what it is saying.”

4. Louie Gohmert

After Abbott ordered the Texas Guard to monitor Jade Helm 15, Rep. Louie Gohmert threw himself into promoting the conspiracy theory, releasing a statement saying that the conspiracy theorists were “legitimately suspicious” because “true patriots” and Christians were being persecuted in America.

Gohmert continued with some theories of his own:

Once I observed the map depicting ‘hostile,’ ‘permissive,’ and ‘uncertain’ states and locations, I was rather appalled that the hostile areas amazingly have a Republican majority, ‘cling to their guns and religion,’ and believe in the sanctity of the United States Constitution. When the federal government begins, even in practice, games or exercises, to consider any U.S. city or state in ‘hostile’ control and trying to retake it, the message becomes extremely calloused and suspicious.

Such labeling tends to make people who have grown leery of federal government overreach become suspicious of whether their big brother government anticipates certain states may start another civil war or be overtaken by foreign radical Islamist elements which have been reported to be just across our border. Such labeling by a government that is normally not allowed to use military force against its own citizens is an affront to the residents of that particular state considered as ‘hostile,’ as if the government is trying to provoke a fight with them. The map of the exercise needs to change, the names on the map need to change, and the tone of the exercise needs to be completely revamped so the federal government is not intentionally practicing war against its own states.

Like Abbott and Perry, Gohmert was insistent that the whole conspiracy theory was President Obama’s fault:

5. Rand Paul

We’ll give Rand Paul credit for seeming a little surprised when a popular Iowa talk radio host asked him about Jade Helm 15, although he said he’d been hearing about it from constituents and would “look into” it. If Paul ever did look into it and find that the conspiracy theory was completely bogus, however, he never bothered to say so.