Posts summarizing debates about “hot topics” (or strongly held opinions) will use this rating progression to assign my assessment of the likely validity of claims made by the major factions.
Commentators are requested to offer arguments or evidence to challenge my rating.
|TRUE||Validated by consensus of the best available authoritative sources.|
|Mostly true||Validated by most of the best available authoritative sources.|
|Half-truth||Validated in part by many of best available authoritative sources. May be open to debate, but truth advocates of the claim often cherry-pick facts to support their point of view while ignoring contradictory facts.|
|Mostly False||Invalidated by most of the best available authoritative sources. Proponents are usually ignorant of the facts or hold narrow vested interest in the truth claim.|
|FALSE||Invalidated by consensus of the best available authoritative sources.|
|Lunatic Fringe||Opinion held by a few interested groups, usually with narrow vested interests or closed social groups.|
|Totally Insane||Opinion held by very few people whose claims are readily invalidated by known facts and common sense.|