Are some celebrity mediums fooling their audience members by reading social media pages in advance? A group of online vigilantes is out to prove it. By Jack Hitt. It all started with maintaining their Facebook sock puppets — those fake online profiles. Gerbic lives in Salinas, Calif. She spends most of her days wrangling her far-flung group of Guerrilla Skeptics into common cause, defending empirical truth online. Collectively, the group, which has swelled to members, has researched, written or revised almost Wikipedia pages. These are good, extremely profitable days for the ectoplasm-related industry. Lately, technology has changed the business of talking to the dead and created new kinds of openings for psychics to lure customers but also new ways for skeptics to flip that technology right back at them. One new source of psychic intel is Facebook, which has become a clearinghouse for the kind of insider, personal detail that psychics used to have to really sweat for.
Audio: Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone. In January, after a long day at his London office, Christopher Steele, the former spy turned private investigator, was stepping off a commuter train in Farnham, where he lives, when one of his two phones rang. It had been their dream to live in Farnham, a town in Surrey with a beautiful Georgian high street, where they could afford a house big enough to accommodate their four children, on nearly an acre of land. Steele, who is fifty-three, looked much like the other businessmen heading home, except for the fact that he kept his phones in a Faraday bag—a pouch, of military-tested double-grade fabric, designed to block signal detection. A friend in Washington, D. But lying to an F. In the spring of , Orbis Business Intelligence—a small investigative-research firm that Steele and a partner had founded, in , after leaving M.
Alchemy is the debut album from year old singer-songwriter Tara Nome Doyle , following the singles "Heathens", "Neon Woods", and "Mercury". Doyle's EP Dandelion , featuring her breakthrough-hit "Down with You", has so far amassed nearly two million streams. Recently, two of her songs featured in Sophie Kluge 's feature film Golden Twenties