This Week in Conspiracy (28 January 2012)

Amazingly, there were no new conspiracy theories this week. Everyone just kind of got it together and things ended up being pretty groovy. OH WHO AM I KIDDING?! I’VE BEEN SENTENCED TO LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE!!!

At any rate, I picked up Conspiracy Rising by Martha F. Lee. I’ll likely review it here in a few days. It’s one of my first few ebooks. I may review the ebook experience while I’m at it, since I have been a holdout for a long time.

  • Nanoparticles? At Fukushima? Oh no! Not NANO! Nano’s the conspiracy theorist’s flubber! Sure, there haven’t been any deaths from the meltdown at Fukushima, that doesn’t mean you can’t scare your readers. Unethical, InfoHub. Would you at least apologize when you are wrong? Reputable news outlets do that when they screw up so epically.
  • A new study finds that some conspiracy theorists are capable of believing two incompatible conspiracy theories at once. We are going to have to revise the definition of “genius,” clearly.
  • Well, a graduate student at Yale is having a bit of a protracted freakout. She was relieved of her teaching duties when she unrolled a mother of a conspiracy theory on her students. It’s out there.
  • Now, I’m not calling Above Top Secret reputable, mind you, but a mod did go out of his/her way to correct misinformation a contributor released. The tweet I received read:

Judge Has Ruled, Secretary Of State Agrees, Obama Off Of Ballot In Georgia!!!!!! (69 flags) dlvr.it/17Ttp

A moment’s consideration reveals that since this is not front page news all over the country it is unlikely to be true. The mod links to the AJC, which is darned respectable. Here’s their take.

The photos and an interview with an eyewitness who described the facility and its inward facing barbed wire fence and one-way turnstiles add more compelling evidence to the indisputable fact that FEMA operates as a modern version of the Gestapo.

Conspiracy Theory of the Week:

I easily could have picked “Extraterrestrial War of the 1930’s reveals Jewish holocaust true masterminds,” but I didn’t. I picked the conspiracy theory I’m calling: “You got the right one–babies!” Mike Adams over at Natural News accuses Pepsi of using aborted fetuses in taste tests. The story does not originate with Adams, who I can’t remember ever being right about anything, but it prompted an Oklahoma state senator to introduce anti-Soylent Green legislation. This guy also happens to be a birther. My favorite headline: “Fun-Hating Legislator Proposes Ban on Eating Aborted Human Fetuses.” Forbes discusses the fake controversy.

Exopolitics let me down this week, I have to day. Oh, well. I’m sure there will be more to it.

10 Responses to This Week in Conspiracy (28 January 2012)

  1. William Ray says:

    You disgusting cynical clown. Is there any particular reason cesium has shown up in milk in California and thyroid problems are likely to develop therefrom? Not by your ‘research’. Whatever harm over decades befalls the poor people within that prefecture in Japan, rest assured it will be minimized and you will be then feel content.

    Any time people meet to break the law or do harm, it is a conspiracy. Usually it follows from powerful corporations and incumbent governments seeking further advantage to remain in power. But to you, Kennedy died by a single hand, Allende, Nkruma, Dag Hammerskjold, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Paul Wellstone, the reporters who told on George W. Bush as a cocaine addict and on the CIA for importing it to the ghettoes. All ‘accidental’ or ‘suicide’.

    No conspiracy in your world, the sterile land which denies acquisitive and ambitious reality and all its consequences upon hapless humanity. Your weakened soul tolerates no more. Sneer and deny until the time comes to stand up like in any kind of honor. Then you will know the worth of your ‘philosophy': brittle cowardice.

  2. Bob says:

    Hey, Bill. Glad you like the site!

    Is there any particular reason why you think any cesium found in California is from Fukushima? How do you tell the difference between non-Fukushima cesium and Fukushima cesium? We haven’t seen cancer rates increase, unless I missed something. Show me that, please.

    Also, I don’t think the words you are using mean what you think they mean.

    RJB

  3. Ed says:

    Hey man, that study didn’t find out “they are capable of believing contradictory things at once.”

    here’s the quote —

    > “They’re explained by the overarching theory that there is some kind of cover-up, that authorities are withholding information from us,” said Karen Douglas, a study researcher and reader in the school of psychology sciences at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. “It’s not that people are gullible or silly by having those beliefs. … It all fits into the same picture.”

    They’re saying that this is perfectly rational, and it is.

    Example: I say “I’ve got $1.00 in my pocket.”

    You are asked to rate the likelihood of each of these possibilities:

    (a) I have more than $1.00 in my pocket

    (b) I have less than $1.00 in my pocket

    (c) I have exactly $1.00 in my pocket, just like I said.

    (a) and (b) are of course mutually contradictory, but you may find both of them more credible than (c) if you know I’m a habitual liar. That’s totally rational.

    So if your main belief is “THEY would never tell us the truth about Osama Bin Laden,” then any state of affairs which has THEM telling lies has more prima facie credibility than the state of affairs in which THEY are telling the truth. That is totally rational, given your premise.

    The question is, is the premise “THEY would never tell us the truth” credible.

  4. Bob says:

    From the abstract:

    The present research shows that even mutually incompatible conspiracy theories are positively correlated in endorsement. In Study 1 (n = 137), the more participants believed that Princess Diana faked her own death, the more they believed that she was murdered. In Study 2 (n = 102), the more participants believed that Osama Bin Laden was already dead when U.S. special forces raided his compound in Pakistan, the more they believed he is still alive. Hierarchical regression models showed that mutually incompatible conspiracy theories are positively associated because both are associated with the view that the authorities are engaged in a cover-up (Study 2).

    So, yes, this is about the overarching premise, but I would quibble, I think, with a description that called something built on an irrational assumption “rational.”

    Also, the comparison seems to me to be invalid, since you have no way to validate how much is in the pocket, whereas conspiracy theorists deny titanic pony loads of directly relevant, independent evidence. Now, if the habitual liar takes the money out and shows you that’s all he has, the other two options become totally useless. But they’re saying that he has both more and less when he has shown you the money, as it were.

    RJB

  5. Ken says:

    “used for America’s future Sino-Soviet-Muslim-Mexican invasion.”

    Bob, I have a personal policy of not clicking-through the links in your conspiracy roundups because my brain feels dirty afterward. So could you clarify one thing – is the idea that we’re simultaneously invading, um, about fifty countries, or are they all invading us (WOLVERINES!)?

    It only occurred to me as I was typing that – “Soviet”? Who still uses that? I could swear even the nuttiest of right wingnuts knows the Soviets fell, after all, Ronald Reagan tore down the Berlin Wall with his own two hands.

    • pacal says:

      “….after all, Ronald Reagan tore down the Berlin Wall with his own two hands.”

      Yeah thats been a right-wing meme for over 20 years now. The idea is that St. Ronny of Reagan, after walking on water and turning water into wine magically caused the Soviet6s to give up with his awesome rightousness. The fact that the economic contradictions of the various Communist systems by, at the latest 1980 had given victory to the westare ignored. Of course Reagan’s role, compared say to Gorbachev’s in ending the Cols War was peripheral. Of course they ignore that along with Reagan’s obvious dementia while President.

  6. Bob says:

    Can’t say I blame you. It’s not clear. But it’s bad. And it’s caused by the Jesuits.

    RJB

  7. Axiom says:

    Where is the mainstream media on numerous significant un/under-reported stories , like :
    operation northwoods
    gen wesley clark’s videod talk revealing the military plans for the mid east in 2007
    the NDAA
    the death of dr david kelly
    operation gladio
    agenda 21
    codex ailimentarius
    club of rome
    bohemian grove
    bilderberg group ??

    All facts , all un/under-reported stories by MSM .

    Luckily i am far better informed by so called “kooky conspiracy theorist” web sites !

    Now go get informed and stop bleating like an ignorant uninformed sheep !

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