xkcd: ‘inside job’ was an inside job

 

Me too!

Conspiracy ‘theorists’ can be extremely entertaining.  I like to play with them.

P.S.  The word ‘theory’ in ‘conspiracy theory’ should always be in quotation marks:  let’s face it, a bunch of rantings do not a theory make!

2 Responses to “xkcd: ‘inside job’ was an inside job”

  1. CodeSlinger Says:

    Xanthippa:

    I would be a happy man if the ridicule were always as justified as you imply.

    But here is a list of 33 Conspiracy Theories That Turned Out To Be True.

    To add a current item to the list that should have every sound-minded Canadian storming the parliament buildings (with scythes and pitch forks, since they took our guns away) let me remind you of my comment on this very blog back in May, showing that the North American Union is currently being quietly implemented by the governments of Canada and the USA, deliberately keeping the people of Canada in the dark because they know that 95% of us don’t want it.

    Of course, there are also the carnival touts like David Icke, whose job it is to take a wealth of true information about the antics of the global theosophical totalitarian plutocracy (the so-called New World Order) and mash it up with a steaming pile of utter drivel about vampirical shape-shifting reptilian aliens, in order to invite the rational observer to discount the former along with the latter. This is the most effective way of spreading disinformation, because it allows the truth to be hidden in plain sight.

    The task is made that much easier by the fact that a good conspiracy theorist has to be more than a little on the paranoid side. Who else would even think to wonder if
    our cars“> and our phones are spying on us for the benefit of the unnatural union of big business and big government? (And yes, those are links back to some of your own recent posts on this blog.)

    My point is that we need to give the conspiracy theorists lots of leeway to be wrong. Because, when they are right, they give us early warning of crimes being committed against us by our own government.

    Remember: even if you’re paranoid, that doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you!

    anthippa says:
    It is precisely because of the reality of ever-increasing surveilance and ever-decreasing civil liberties that I think that silly conspiracy theories must be challenged – vociferously and vigorously.

  2. CodeSlinger Says:

    Xanthippa:

    Yes, by refuting the ridiculous, the clouds of disinformation are dispersed and the truth of the matter is brought into clear view. This is rather well illustrated by the two conspiracies featured in the cartoon you posted.

    When people jump from the word chemtrail directly to mind control agents and depopulation toxins, the level-headed observer is invited to conclude “how ridiculous” and pay no further attention. But let me point you to United States Patent 3,899,144 – Powder Contrail Generation, issued to Werle et al. on August 12, 1975 and assigned to the United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy. I recall reading about it many years ago in Popular Science or some such magazine, and the purpose given at the time was… climate control. The high altitude white haze reflects part of the sunlight back into space. Geoengineering is only now beginning to enter the public awareness, but it has been on the agenda for over 30 years.

    And, of course, garish stories about images of airliners projected holographically into the sky and controlled demolition using miniaturized nuclear devices simply serve to distract attention from the simple fact that the official story of 9/11 is full of holes. It is an outright fabrication.

    In their book, “Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission”, the commission’s Chairman Thomas Kean and its Vice Chairman Lee Hamilton wrote that they were “set-up to fail”, and that the commission considered launching investigations of the Pentagon and the Federal Aviation Administration for obstruction of justice. Senator Max Cleland resigned from the 9/11 Commission saying, “the White House has played cover-up”. He was replaced by Bob Kerry, who described it as “a 30-year-old conspiracy”. And in his book, “The Ground Truth: The Untold Story of America Under Attack on 9/11”, John J. Farmer, the Commission’s Senior Counsel, wrote with typical lawyerly understatement that “at some level of the government, at some point in time … there was a decision not to tell the truth about what happened.” All this can all be found without digging any deeper than the Wikipedia article on the 9/11 Commission.

    At the very minimum, the US government knew the attack was coming and used it as the “new Pearl Harbor” called for by the Project for a New American Century. The Americans were warned about the impending attack by at least six foreign intelligence agencies (Italian, Jordanian, Egyptian, British, French, and Israeli). The claim that Mossad, at least, knew exactly what was going to happen, and when, is strongly supported by the infamous dancing Israelis. But this very reasonable conclusion is completely drowned out by lurid claims that those Mossad agents were actually flying the airliners by remote control from inside their moving van.

    So, as you say, if you take the trouble to separate the wheat from the chaff, you can find out a lot of interesting things which the global governance snakes would prefer you to remain ignorant of.

    A good practice to follow is to avoid jumping to all the conclusions the conspiracy theorist invites you to jump to, and calmly ask yourself, how solid is the evidence, and what can I actually conclude from it, if it’s true?

    In this way, you can benefit from the out-of-the-box thinking of some of these brilliant paranoids, without being sucked in by their out-of-the-mind ravings.

    Xanthippa says:

    Indeed.

    Most ‘great’ ‘conspiracy theories’ have a kernel of truth in the middle – it’s the icky outer coating that seems to be made of strong hallucinogenic drugs that one must not succumb to.


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