From the ‘I just LOVE conspiracies’ file: Polybius, MK Ultra, and the CIA’s Brainwashing Arcade Game

If you find conspiracy theories as much fun as I do, and if you enjoy video games, you’ll love this one!

H/T:  PlasmaLink

xkcd: Moon Landing

Apocalypse has been cancelled

I am, of course, speaking of the dreaded 21st of December, 2012, when the world is going to end because the wise old Mayans chose to end their calendar on that day.

This is a sad day for all us fans of conspiracy theories….

Another, even older ancient Mayan calendar has been found.  And, this one continues way past 21.12.2012:

 

‘The Maya recorded time in a series of cycles, including 400-year chunks called baktuns. It’s these baktuns that have led to rumors of an end-of-the-world catastrophe on Dec. 21, 2012 — on that date, a cycle of 13 baktuns will be complete. But the idea that this means the end of the world is a misconception, Stuart said. In fact, Maya experts have known for a long time that the calendar doesn’t end after the 13th baktun. It simply begins a new cycle. And the calendar encompasses much larger units than the baktun.’

‘In one column, the ancient scribe even worked out a cycle of time recording 17 baktuns, the researchers found. In another spot, someone etched a “ring number” into the wall. These notations were used to record time in a previous cycle, thousands of years into the past. The calendar also appears to note the cycles of Mars and Venus, the researchers said. Symbols of gods head the top of each lunar cycle, suggesting that each cycle had its own patron deity.’

I am not certain from reading the article that my understanding of the length of the newly found calendar is correct, but it seems to imply that it goes on for at least 1,600 more years than the ‘apocalypse in 2012′ one.

The article itself states that

“The Mayan calendar is going to keep going for billions, trillions, octillions of years into the future,” said archaeologist David Stuart of the University of Texas, who worked to decipher the glyphs. “Numbers we can’t even wrap our heads around.”

But, I think they are discussing the system itself, not the particular notation they found, which, I think, they say encompasses 17 cycles of 400 years, continuing well past 2012.

Here is a link to neat photos of the discovery.

 

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!

Fake ‘dead Osama’ photo

Well, well, well…

It looks like the widely circulated ‘photo’ of the ‘dead Osama bin Laden’ is a fake.

Let the conspiracy theories begin!

(Wait – too late for that.)

Update:  not really an update of the story – just came across an interesting link I thought I’d throw in.  I just love conspiracy theories!

Secret societies – conspiracy theories

I just love conspiracy theories – especially if they have secret societies and mysterious influential people….and if there is a hint of the supernatural, even better!

Yesterday, in Ottawa, during a ‘routine traffic stop’, cops found 2 pipe bombs in the trunk of a car.

Now, I have not been stopped in many ‘routine traffice stops’, but the times I was, nobody ever searched the trunk of my car!

I smell ‘a conspiracy’ here!!!

So, where did they find this bomb?

In ”The Glebe’.

Which is a part of town riddled with trendy cafes, overpriced boutiques, little art galleries and other ‘hot spots’ which appeal to the aging yuppies and retiring civil servant boomers who have taken this honest, working class neighbourhood and turned it into pretentious snobville.

It is also the part of town where a bank was firebombed last year.

By an aging yuppie boomer, a retired civil servant.

Probably too young to have taken part in the ‘wild 60’s protests’, but young enough to idolize them….and too stoked up to know better.

I can’t wait to hear what the story with this newest arrest is going to be!

‘Medieval Warm Period': why do warm-mongers ‘have to get rid of it’?

While reading through the ClimateGate documents, I noticed that the ‘scientists’ paid some serious attention to the ‘Medieval Warm Period’(MWP).

Specifically, it worried them – we’ve known that since 2006, when one of them openly stated “We have to get rid of the Medieval Warm Period”.

They did not like it.

They wanted to get rid of it.

And rid of it they got!

The second IPCC report (1995/6) showed that the Middle Ages were several degrees (about 3) warmer than the global temperatures are today.

The third IPCC report (2001) DID NOT!!!  It replaced the graph with the now infamously debunked ‘hockey stick graph’… and claimed the 1990’s were by far the warmest period ever.

WHY?

At first, I thought that the reason was the obvious thing:  if things were that warm during 800 – 1 000 years ago, then it would be hard to panic people into giving them tons of research money now.

Then, I thought back to Al Gore’s instructive little movie…  What was the most iconographic image in it?

Al Gore’s big shiny graph which showed how temperature and carbon dioxide are linked!  Here was the proof that more CO2 means higher temperatures!!!

And, our CO2 IS going up.  Measurably.

Except that the temperature goes up first, then, about 800 or so years later (this period varies by a few centuries either way, but, roughly, it has about an 800 year lag) the carbon dioxide goes up!

It is hard to see this lag on Mr. Gore’s graph, because the two curves are separated out.  But, if one superimposes them on the same time-line, it is clear to see that the temperature goes up first and the CO2 goes up (about 800 years or so) later…

Not only does the CO2 go up, the graph shows that it can spike up very quickly!  The pattern shows a slow decline, followed by a sharp, ‘sudden’ rise.

WHEN was that Medieal Warm Period?  The one during which the temperatures shot up?

800-1300 C.E.?

Hey, that is somewhere between 700 and 1 200 years ago.

How long is the lag again?

800 years, plus or minus a couple centuries either way…

Doesn’t that mean that – just about NOW – we should be expecting the CO2 levels to spike up?

Way up?

How come we never hear about that?

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