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Oppose drug legalization or the puppy gets it!

Tonight’s video is “Marijuana Legalization Will Kill Puppies!” from the Young Turks.

Michele Leonhart, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, has a message for those considering legalizing marijuana: Please, think of Fido.

The forces of stupidity do not rest. A misleading new documentary The Principle makes the case for geocentrism — the unscientific doctrine that the Sun revolves around the Earth — at least from the perspective of infamous anti-Semitic pundit Robert Sungenis. The film caused a stir online because it features narration from Kate Mulgrew, best known as Captain Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager. Rawstory reports:

A new documentary film, narrated by a former Star Trek actress, promotes the long-ago disproven idea that the sun revolves around the Earth.

‘Everything we think we know about our universe is wrong,’ says actress Kate Mulgrew as she narrates the trailer for The Principle.

The film, which is set to be released sometime this spring, was bankrolled in part by the ultra-conservative and anti-Semitic Robert Sungenis, who maintains the blog Galileo Was Wrong.

In addition to Mulgrew … the film features several scientists, including Michio Kaku, Lawrence Krauss, and Max Tegmart.

[…]In the trailer, the scientists discuss how the Earth’s unique characteristics make it well-suited for life, in comparison to other planets.

But Sungenis himself offers the only real bombshell in the two-minute, 20-second trailer. ‘You can go on some websites of NASA to see that they’ve started to take down stuff that might hint to a geocentric universe,’ Sungenis says.

But as so often happens with these pseudo-science documentaries, the scientists depicted are claiming they had nothing to do with the project — it’s typical conservative misdirection.

But surprisingly (and comfortingly for Trek fans), even Mulgrew appears to have been conned into the project, saying on Facebook today:

Let me assure everyone that I completely agree with the eminent physicist Lawrence Krauss, who was himself misrepresented in the film, and who has written a succinct rebuttal in SLATE. I am not a geocentrist, nor am I in any way a proponent of geocentrism. More importantly, I do not subscribe to anything Robert Sungenis has written regarding science and history and, had I known of his involvement, would most certainly have avoided this documentary. I was a voice for hire, and a misinformed one, at that. I apologize for any confusion that my voice on this trailer may have caused.

I’m already dreading the day that I’m hanging out at some festival or Burning Man event and some credulous modern hippie tries to tell me how “geocentrism is real, man.”

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Kit OConnell

Kit OConnell

Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and