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10 Credible Conspiracy Theories?
Since Obama's election, the constituent theories within the overarching narrative of the New World Order have increasingly made inroads into the mainstream national discourse. ... Joseph Farah's WorldNetDaily.com, for example, has grown its influence by peddling paranoia about the president's birth certificate and AmeriCorps' "domestic armies." Earlier this year, the John Birch Society, a group with a long history of hatching and promoting wild conspiracy theories (including the idea that President Eisenhower was a communist agent), co-sponsored the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual powwow of leading conservatives and Republican Party figures. Speakers at this year's conference included such mainstream names as Washington Post columnist George Will, former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner. Here is a compilation of 10 of the most popular conspiracy theories currently circulating on the radical right and, increasingly, on points of the political spectrum much too close to the center for comfort." – AlterNet
Dominant Social Theme: The lunatics need to be reined in.
Free-Market Analysis: While popular, left-wing website AlterNet cannot be considered mainstream media per se, this article partakes of the modern Western (mostly US) tradition of debunking suspicions that people may have about their government. It is especially a US dominant social theme – that the "paranoid style" of US politics generates fantastical suspicions about the US fedgov's intentions. Various "right wing" nutcases are flagellated for not taking the US-based corporatocracy and military industrial complex at its word.
Never mind that the US government is a US$3 trillion-plus entity with world-spanning power and that entities so powerful and complex have their own logic and their own over-riding agenda. Never mind that the US has been almost constantly at war (somewhere in some fashion) for the past 100 years or longer. (Never mind, in fact, that the US now employs so many domestic and foreign intel operatives that it cannot keep track of them anymore.) In fact, when one looks into AlterNet at Wikipedia it becomes fairly clear that the money behind the group comes from the predictable power-elite pocketbook, including the Ford Foundation which never saw a socialist cause it couldn't endorse and fund. (Henry Ford has been rolling like a top for decades.) Perhaps AlterNet is a promotion, too?
Anyway, such an article is of obvious interest to the Daily Bell because it counteracts (with the calm voice of reason) suspicions that the powers-that-be are in any sense aimed at US citizens themselves. These sorts of articles are actually quite numerous on the 'Net, but this is a very good example of one. Here are the top ten list of conspiracy theories from AlterNet and our comments beneath.
1. Chemtrails: In the world of Patriot antigovernment paranoia, New World Order forces attempt to manipulate and control the unwitting population from every conceivable source and direction -- from the images on your television screen to the very water that comes out of your kitchen tap. In recent years, the New World Order has been meddling most nefariously from above, high among the clouds.
We're certainly not wedded to the idea that Western governments are deliberately spraying poisons into the air regularly or trying to manipulate the weather with a secret intel-op/ airforce program. On the other hand, we did a little digging and found the following reported by the UK Guardian, a mainstream, left-wing paper in Britain (one from which we occasionally excerpt articles) Here's the report, from an April 2002 article, "Millions were in germ war tests ... Much of Britain was exposed to bacteria sprayed in secret trials."
Here's how the article starts: "The Ministry of Defence turned large parts of the country into a giant laboratory to conduct a series of secret germ warfare tests on the public. A government report just released provides for the first time a comprehensive official history of Britain's biological weapons trials between 1940 and 1979. Many of these tests involved releasing potentially dangerous chemicals and micro-organisms over vast swaths of the population without the public being told."
It continues: "In most cases, the trials did not use biological weapons but alternatives which scientists believed would mimic germ warfare and which the MoD claimed were harmless. But families in certain areas of the country who have children with birth defects are demanding a public inquiry. One chapter of the report, 'The Fluorescent Particle Trials', reveals how between 1955 and 1963 planes flew from north-east England to the tip of Cornwall along the south and west coasts, dropping huge amounts of zinc cadmium sulphide on the population. The chemical drifted miles inland, its fluorescence allowing the spread to be monitored. In another trial using zinc cadmium sulphide, a generator was towed along a road near Frome in Somerset where it spewed the chemical for an hour."
2. Martial Law: If Patriot groups fear anything more than the water vapor in the sky, it is the imminent imposition of martial law. A longstanding and central plank of the Patriot catechism is the belief that one day – very soon! – federal forces, in league with the states, will suspend constitutional government and institute a police state. During the first few years after the 9/11 attacks, this fear was also discussed on the left. But what was a temporary concern there has long been an absolute certainty on the far right. Today, hundreds of Patriot groups around the country are actively preparing for the declaration of martial law, some of them by mapping wilderness areas, learning how to set booby traps, studying and practicing guerrilla warfare tactics, and setting up short-wave radio communications systems. The question is not if, but when, the New World Order will come crashing down.
Don't US presidents keep signing executive orders setting forth various states of emergencies and providing the fedgov with ever larger "emergency powers" as a result? Didn't George Bush manage to do away with habeas corpus? Generally there is plenty of reason to believe that the Federal government has at this point convinced itself that it could declare martial law in case of "emergency" of some sort, and attempt to make that declaration stick across the whole of the US.
Here's an excerpt from an October 2008 Infowars article on the subject: "Democratic Congressman: Representatives Were Threatened With Martial Law In America Over Bailout Bill ... Warns that a panic atmosphere is intentionally being nurtured to get bill passed ... A Democratic Congressman has warned that a panic atmosphere is being intentionally created in order to get the financial bailout billed passed, further stating that several members of Congress were told before Monday's vote that martial law will be instigated in America if the legislation fails. ... Congressman Brad Sherman of California's 27th congressional district told the House in a speech yesterday evening that he personally knew of several Congressional representatives who have said they were threatened with the prospect of all out martial law should they vote in opposition to the $700 billion bailout."
Sherman continued, "Many of us were told in private conversations that if we voted against this bill on Monday that the sky would fall, the market would drop two or three thousand points the first day, another couple of thousand the second day, and a few members were even told that there would be martial law in America if we voted no."
3. FEMA Concentration Camps: Following the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Domestic Terrorism held hearings on the Patriot/militia subculture that bred and nurtured the bombers. Throughout the hearings, a running theme expressed by Patriots was a fear that "urban gangs," directed by Washington and possibly acting in concert with U.N. and foreign troops, would sweep in from the coasts, confiscate their guns, and round them up. This home- invasion force would hold down the streets during the imposition of martial law, then send the members of Patriot militias to internment camps run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which most Patriot groups consider to be "the executive arm of the coming police state."
We're not sure about FEMA camps, but the US government HAS been building various "camps." We went looking on the 'Net for information about such camps and found it at World Net Daily among other Internet sites. Now the AlterNet article cites World Net Daily as one of the conspiratorial websites that is responsible for spreading conspiratorial disinformation. But just calling a report conspiratorial doesn't make it so. The information itself must also be suspect, and in this case the reporting seems fairly solid.
Here's an excerpt from the beginning of the May 2007 article: "This way to the camps! ... Directive from Bush allows president extraordinary powers in national crisis ... Halliburton's former engineering and construction subsidiary has a contingency contract with the Department of Homeland Security to construct detention facilities in the event of a national emergency, according to WND columnist Jerome Corsi. As Corsi reported last week, President Bush recently signed a little-reported National Security and Homeland Security Directive granting extraordinary powers to the president in the event of a declared national emergency, apparently without congressional approval or oversight."
The article continues, "Houston-based KBR was awarded an initial $385 million contract in January 2006 for one year, with four one-year options extended into 2007. KBR held a previous emergency detention contract with ICE from 2000 to 2005. ICE spokeswoman Jamie Zuieback told Corsi the primary intent of the contract was to build temporary detention facilities that could be used in the event of a mass migration crisis, but she confirmed the facilities could be employed in national emergencies, including natural disasters."
4. Foreign Troops on U.S. Soil ... While "urban gangs" are considered a leading candidate to enforce a New World Order (NWO) lockdown, they are not the only threatening force clouding the Patriot mind. There is also a belief on the radical right that treasonous government officials are colluding with other governments to suppress Americans with the use of foreign troops. Patriots believe this foreign assistance will be necessary due to the patriotism of America's own troops. As explained on the Patriot website libertyforlife.com, many U.S. active military personnel and veterans would likely refuse orders to suppress the rights of their fellow citizens, and so "the US/NWO/UN government is importing foreign troops into the USA to do what US soldiers did to Iraq." Among the many Patriot groups dedicated to resisting this is the Oath Keepers, made up of veteran and active-duty U.S. military personnel.
What's interesting about this conspiracy theory is that the article itself provides its own debunking (counter argument) in the very next paragraph, as follows: "Whose troops, exactly, would be deployed here? Those of whichever allies the U.S. is partnering with at any given moment. For example, Patriot sites were atwitter with news that, in July 2009, FEMA organized a terrorist-response exercise in conjunction with troops from 14 allied countries, including Australia, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom. After the 2009 exercise, the Web burst with YouTube clips attempting to alert people to the sinister presence of foreign troops."
5. 'Door-to-Door' Gun Confiscations: One of the defining features of Patriot/militia subculture is an obsession with firearms. Patriot groups stockpile them, train using them, and, perhaps most of all, worry about losing them. Any attempt to restrain their gun rights is viewed as the thin-edge-wedge of a New World Order crackdown. Patriots believe it inevitable that NWO forces in black masks and jackboots -- and possibly UN blue helmets -- will one day be sent door to door to take away their weapons by force. This fear is also stoked by mainstream figures within the conservative movement.
There was documented gun confiscation in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, so it seems to us that fears of gun confiscation are at least reasonable. But again we'll let the article itself debunk the particular theory; the article notes in the very next paragraph: "Wayne LaPierre, the president of the National Rifle Association, a major player in the Republican Party coalition, is the author of a book entitled, The Global War on Your Guns: Inside the UN Plan To Destroy the Bill of Rights. In 2006, Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter attached an amendment to a domestic-security spending bill that prohibited the confiscation of legally owned guns during an emergency. The measure passed by a vote of 84-16."
6. 9/11 as Government Plot ... The Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., were seen by both the far left and far right as fitting the bill for an intentional "crisis trigger." In the weeks and months after the attacks, a subculture of "9/11 Truthism" emerged in which the attacks were seen as anything but a simple case of well-trained Al Qaeda operatives flying planes into landmark buildings. Instead, "truthers" argued that the World Trade Center buildings were destroyed by controlled demolitions, that a missile brought down United Airlines 93, and that a missile -- and not an airliner at all -- struck the Pentagon. Who was responsible? The U.S. government, of course. On the far left, the reason seen for attacking the American people was to justify a perpetual state of war; on the far right, it provided an excuse for the government to, at long last, institute a police state.
We've written a good bit about 9/11 here at the Daily Bell. It is in our view the biggest conspiracy theory of them all. One of our analyses focused on a Washington Times story reporting on open questions about 9/11. Here's how the Times article started: "A lingering technical question about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks still haunts some, and it has political implications: How did 200,000 tons of steel disintegrate and drop in 11 seconds? A thousand architects and engineers want to know, and are calling on Congress to order a new investigation into the destruction of the Twin Towers and Building 7 at the World Trade Center.
And the Times article continued: "'In order to bring down this kind of mass in such a short period of time, the material must have been artificially, exploded outwards,' says Richard Gage, a San Francisco architect and founder of the nonprofit Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth. Mr. Gage, who is a member of the American Institute of Architects, managed to persuade more than 1,000 of his peers to sign a new petition requesting a formal inquiry. 'The official Federal Emergency Management [Agency] and National Institute of Standards and Technology reports provide insufficient, contradictory and fraudulent accounts of the circumstances of the towers' destruction. We are therefore calling for a grand jury investigation of NIST officials,' Mr. Gage adds." You can see our story here: Washington Times Covers 911 Controversy.
7. Population Control ... For the conspiracy-minded, there is no such thing as an accidental tragedy or historical caprice. Each epidemic, mass industrial poisoning and medical advance (vaccinations, in particular) is just another highly suspicious example of the latest technologies being employed to further the agenda of hidden New World Order forces.
In fact, there are plenty of reasons to believe that the power elite would like to see the population lowered. The United Nations and other global groups have made it a goal, in fact, and the Chinese have gone much farther, making it illegal to have more than one child except in special circumstances. Then there are the engravings on the famous and mysterious Georgia Guidestones calling for a reduction of the world's population to 500 million. And there is the famous quote by Queen Elizabeth's husband Prince Philip (as related by the UK Guardian): "On death: In the event that I am reincarnated, I would like to return as a deadly virus, to contribute something to solving overpopulation." (1988)
The elite Club of Rome is well known for its aggressiveness as regards population control. Here's an anecdote as related by the ModernHistoryProject.com; "In 1976, [the COR] published RIO: Reshaping the International Order which called for a new international order, including an economic redistribution of wealth ... During the Carter Administration, a task force was appointed to expand upon this report, and on July 24, 1980, a two-volume document called Global 2000 Report, which had been written by former Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance, was presented to President Carter, and then Secretary of State Edward S. Muskie. It attempted to project global economic trends for the next twenty years, and indicated that the resources of the planet were not sufficient enough to support the expect dramatic increase in the world population. The report called for the population of the U.S. to be reduced by 100 million people by the year 2050."
8. HAARP: This is the "Death Star" of the Patriot conspiracy galaxy, around which so many other conspiracies orbit and often intersect. According to the U.S. government, the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program is a joint scientific research project of the Air Force and Navy, based in Gakona, Ala., whose stated purpose is "studying the properties and behavior of the ionosphere, with particular emphasis on being able to understand and use it to enhance communications and surveillance systems for both civilian and defense purposes."
Once again, the article offers a rebuttal to its debunking in the very next paragraph, but interestingly does not finish what it begins. The article states: "Few true-blue Patriots believe that – and they aren't alone in their skepticism. Earlier this year, former Minnesota governor and tele-conspiracist Jesse Ventura visited the HAARP site for his TV show in an attempt to probe the official claims and find out 'what's really going on.' For those enthralled to a Patriot view of the world, the government's description of HAARP only scratches the surface."
We were intrigued because the article tells us that Ventura went to "the HAARP site" but then doesn't tell us what happened next. We went looking for the answer and found a summary of the Ventura program on "PureEnergyNet," as follows: "In his Conspiracy Theory series, movie star, professional wrestler, former Navy SEAL and former Minnesota governor, Jesse Ventura and his team take on HAARP, the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program. The official story of what the giga-watt broadcasting antennae array outside Gakona, Alaska is that it is for scientific research, primarily for communication studies: a premier facility for the study of ionospheric physics and radio science,' according to their official website. 'Why all the secrecy, then?' asks Ventura. And 'Why is the Army running the place?' The facility barred him from having access, even though he is a former governor and Navy SEAL."
The article continues: "The evidence that Ventura and his team uncover points to the facility actually being a weapon, with the ability to take down aircraft, manipulate weather (which is supposed to be illegal) and control your mind. The segment illustrated both the weather control and the mind control capabilities using much lower-power variations. Matt Imber asks and interesting question. 'Where are they getting all the energy to run that place?' Noting that there are no apparent over-land transmission lines, he wonders if maybe they don't have some kind of zero point energy or other exotic sequestered technology providing power."
9. The Federal Reserve Conspiracy: It wasn't long after its creation under Woodrow Wilson that the Federal Reserve System became a central fixture in the world of right-wing conspiracy. It was seen, rightly, as introducing European-style central banking into the United States.
We've written so much about the Federal Reserve that we'll rebut this one ourselves. Central banking generally is an open-conspiracy, which is how the power-elite likes to operate. Too much secrecy makes people suspicious, which is why the elite is always establishing think tanks and study groups that it can then use to put various schemes into action.
The logic behind labeling central banking an open conspiracy is simple. No one group of individuals can ever effectively control money, nor should a tiny handful of (mostly) men be allowed to print money at will – which is what central banking is all about. Because these men are deciding on how much money to print, they are essentially fixing the price of the money supply. Price-fixing doesn't work, as everyone knows, and thus after a while the stresses and strains of money supply distortion cause terrible booms and busts. These are all facts. Central banking is both an open conspiracy and a failed institution. That it continues, worldwide with all its ruin, only adds fuel to the arguments of those who see it as a conspiracy.
10. The North American Union: Since the passage of NAFTA in 1993, fears of economic dislocation and loss of sovereignty have animated both sides of the political spectrum. On the left, these fears are centered on the growth of transnational corporate power at the expense of U.S. labor and national policy. In some circles on the right, the trade bill is seen as the beginning of the so-called "North American Union" (NAU), the goal of a secret plan to merge the United States with Mexico and Canada and, in the process, eliminate sovereign government for each country. It is also a dominant conspiracy theory animating the hard-line anti-immigration movement, which overlaps heavily with Patriot territory.
How is the NAU a conspiracy theory? This is hard to fathom. As has been admitted many times by now, the European Union was sold endlessly as a trade agreement when the socialists behind it had in mind a full-fledged national government. Why isn't it possible that there are similar plans to combine Mexico, Canada and the United States (to begin with). There is already a South American trade union – Mercosur. It does not seem to be out of the realm of possibility that the powers-that-be would like to create an NAU as well. As we have already pointed out in a previous article, these unions are quite popular for some reason. There is even a common currency being planned for Africa!
Wikipedia tells us this about Mercosur: "The development of Mercosur was arguably weakened by the collapse of the Argentine economy in 2001 and it has still seen internal conflicts over trade policy, between Brazil and Argentina, Argentina and Uruguay, Paraguay and Brazil, etc. In addition, many obstacles are to be addressed before the development of a common currency in Mercosur."
As regards the NAU, Wikipedia reminds us of the following from Mexico's former president Vicente Fox: "In 2001, President of Mexico Vicente Fox said in an interview for Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy that in the long term he sought with the United States a 'convergence of our two economies, convergence on the basic and fundamental variables of the economy, convergence on rates of interest, convergence on income of people, convergence on salaries.' ... After leaving office, he continued to support the concept, while expressing his disappointment with the changed American political situation which made it seem more difficult to come to fruition. In an online discussion of his book Revolution of Hope: The Life, Faith, and Dreams of A Mexican President Fox cited the process of European integration and asked a questioner, 'Why can't we be not only partners in the long term, but a North American Union?'"
Conclusion: There is ample evidence in our view (on the Internet) that the powers-that-be seek continued global convergence and control. Most conspiracy theories in fact deal with ways that the elite plans to create and increase this control. The Daily Bell itself is an outgrowth of this phenomenon, pointing out on a regular basis how elite fear-based promotions are initiated and configured to permeate Western culture. Each of these promotions has its goal, in our opinion, (cumulatively, anyway) the formation and expansion of world government. The pattern is not hard to detect, we believe. One does not have to be "paranoid" to do so.
Posted by Harley Hooch on 10/05/10 11:09 PM
JESUS SAID--Unless I return when I do no flesh will be left alive. the mass killing will start and very soon. satan and his cronies want to kill everyone. satan hates us. this is all in the bible and if you do not beleive the bible that is ok with me. you will beleive it and very soon.
The ufo's are flown by fallen angels or demons.
We will have hyper inflation in the us very soon.
A catastrophic food shortage scheme will start soon.
Millions will starve to death.
FOREIGN ARMIES WILL INVADE THE US THRU THE GULF STATES WHERE PEOPLE ARE SO SICK FROM THE COREX 9500 THEY CAN NOT FIGHT BACK.
Hundreds of millions of babies have been slaughtered in the us calling it population control. MURDER IS MURDER. THE HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA IS EXPLODING IN THE US. PORNO IS EVERYWHERE AND PEOPLE ARE TELLING GOD THAT THEY DO NOT WANT OR NEED HIM.
BEING THE GOD THAT HE IS HE GAVE YOU WHAT YOU ASKED FOR.Get ready for your awnsered prayer. GOD HELP US ALL.
Posted by Damian on 09/21/10 03:56 AM
Once again you put events in a context which makes more sense than anyone else. Interesting take on Click to view link. They state what the elite are doing & everyone thinks that they are whacko so the elite has a feedback mechanism which informs them of how much the people are paying attention.
Ayn Rand called this a red herring. If there was little to no response they now knew they could get away with it. As for the powering of HARRP I read some where that Bush had OK'd the exploration & development of a huge gas field just north of where HARRP is & that is their source of power. Supposedly it is all underground just as most of HAARP is.
It is possible that they have energy generated by HARRP itself since it is based on Nicola Tesla's patent on free energy which was his dream. As far as depopulation goes Monsanto's GMO when fed to rats, they became sterile after two generations. I believe that study was done in one of the Scandanavian countries.
You know Monsato the company that created mustard gas, agent orange for Vietnam, and Roundup for the all American Gardener. Since Obama quietly signed by executive order Codex Alimetarius into Law, - not in the Constitution, so it is illegal-the use of supplements herbs and anything alternative is now under the FDA. Big Pharma rules.
I do agree with your general thesis that the elite have tipped their hand to soon which is galvanizing the citizenry into thoughtful action. Once again thank you for your analysis.
Posted by Supersquash on 08/24/10 06:54 PM
2 words- "Global Warming"
Posted by Supersquash on 08/24/10 06:39 PM
Vive de revolution ...
Posted by Lila Rajiva on 08/22/10 05:35 PM
Exactly right. It's an encouraging sign.
Posted by John Edwards on 08/22/10 11:52 AM
I must confess to being ever so slightly encouraged by the advent of the hung parliament in Australia.
Both major Parties are in a sort of shock. Secrets, or rather relationships that raise eyebrows, are already starting to slip out. On The Insiders, a show on the ABC on Australian politics that runs on a Sunday morning, an interview was being conducted with Bill Shorten, an Federal Labor MP. It was revealed that his mother-in-law was no other person that the Governor-General of Australia.
It was Sir John Kerr, the Governor-General of Australia, who sacked the Whitlam Labor government in 1975! Talk about politics being a game for the ruling class.
So this is good. The major Parties are being show up for what they are; an exclusive club for the acolytes of the ruling class of Australia/Mother England. These people from both major Parties are in truth joined as one behind the scenes. So hanging the parliament, (so to speak) will force them to show their true allegiances when they try to neutralise the 'Independents', over time, rather than deal honestly with them now.
Now that the major political Parties will HAVE to deal with the Independents on a day to day basis to ensure passage of legislation, it will weigh heavily on the capacity of the parliamentary Party wings to maintaining the two Party (which is really one ruling class, selected, not elected) system.
I can see any number of problematic developments for the apologists/protagonists for/of the Two Party System as they try to deal/subvert these new parliamentary arrangements.
Which as far as I'm concerned, is a long overdue development in Australian politics.
All credit to the Internet for waking up the masses.
Reply from The Daily Bell
Thanks for the informative updates. Labour is trying to make a government, we have read. Britain is "hung" as well. America soon may be. This seems to be the next step in the process. A paralysis of disgust so to speak.
Posted by Fielder George Dowding on 08/22/10 05:14 AM
LOL!!! AlterNet does not know in which state Gakona is located. Item 8, HAARP, uses the (ancient) three letter abbreviation for Alabama (Ala). Gakona is really located in Alaska (AK = USPS official two letter abbreviation).
Posted by Nicole on 08/22/10 03:00 AM
Re: Anglo-American meddling in China
Someone once told me how it was the US use of Tibetan airspace in its operations in aid of Chiang Kai-Shek that was the real dominant factor in Mao's interest in invading and annexing Tibet, with all the ensuing horrors. So far I've never found any other references to this. Is anyone here familiar with this story and possible documentation?
Reply from The Daily Bell
The history surrounding Mao's rise to power - and Anglo-American any complicity - seems most murky. Some information, no doubt, has disappeared down the "memory hole."
Posted by Rady on 08/21/10 07:44 PM
btw, I had trouble believing anything about chemtrails until I finally did my own research. I learned that environmental modification is real, and that its "hostile" use was banned by UN Convention in 1978. This is a rather lengthy piece of research, but a sound introduction to EnMod:
Reply from The Daily Bell
Thanks for the link. Does the UN ban practices that don't exist?
Posted by Ben on 08/21/10 07:29 PM
The Church conspiracy to put the grab on kids and then shuffle the perverted priests off to distant parishes in the dead of night... that conspiracy lasted 1,500 years. 1,500 years in which anyone stepping up to proclaim the obvious was labeled a kook. The power elite of the church dealt with its critics as if they were conspiracy theorists to be shunned and hated.
If a truth becomes unspeakable and someone dares speak it anyway then to label that person crazy becomes a solution, a path of least resistance, a way out for people too afraid to act against forces they perceive to be too powerful to confront no matter how pathetically obvious their misdeeds or transparent their lies.
Posted by Bubbaolatry on 08/21/10 07:17 PM
"The Bell does intend to be a going business. We just haven't gotten there yet."
Aaa-hh! For God's sake, please don't fill your pages with blinking, flashing, Flashing, popping, moving advertiscrapolatry. It's currently a joy to stop by every day and would be a shame to see it all ruined. I'd rather pay you, or stop by and volunteer to clean toilets for a couple hours a week. Maybe even submit a memolotry article or two.
Reply from The Daily Bell
Memolotry ... Funny!
Posted by GeoBear on 08/21/10 07:16 PM
Alternet is a gatekeeper site, limiting certain information while promoting other types of info. The author of the article " Southern Poverty Law Center " deserves much closer scrutiny.
The SPLC article exemplifies Gandhian wisdom " "First they laugh at you..."
That it was posted on Alternet says to me that elites are recognizing how many on the Left are leaving their leaders behind and forming alliances with the Right.
Reply from The Daily Bell
Good point. Perhaps we should have made more of the connection.
Posted by Weeble on 08/21/10 02:23 PM
Minority governments are my favourite, as they achieve little or nothing, and expose themselves as slimy when they capitulate to each other. Canada is experiencing it right now.
Posted by Victor Barney on 08/21/10 12:29 PM
"10 Credible Conspiracy Theories?" Great article at a great time. I have to agree with your conclusion that the "goal, in our opinion,(cumulatively, anyway) the formation and expansion of world government. The pattern is not hard to detect,we believe".
Only problem, as I also learned from you people, the Pashuns(sp)in Afghanistan will never,never, ever, allow a western style government as part of their "new world order!"
However, doesn't mean that our government believes it?
Reply from The Daily Bell
What do the Pashtuns have to do with "conspiracy theories?"
Posted by John Edwards on 08/21/10 11:31 AM
Ta very much Luis, Weeble, and TDB, for your kind words.
Today was voting day in Australia, and even though I was depressed by the thought of being forced to legitimise another bunch of self-serving time wasters to another 3 years of power, relative luxury and wealth (Relative to most everybody else, and because of the compulsory voting system), it actually turned out OK in the end because it looks like we are going to have a hung parliament for maybe the first time ever.
This means that the majors are going to have to jockey with each other and negotiate with the independents so as to determine who will form Australia's next minority government.
A very fluid situation, indeed. One thing IS for certain though, it's not going to be business as usual for our political leaders.
This just may be encouraging. We'll have to wait and see....
Posted by George on 08/21/10 11:26 AM
Where there's smoke fire will follow ...
Posted by AmanfromMars on 08/21/10 11:22 AM
"A Plan? You mean like a blueprint for control, to either outright manipulate or coerce people? Doomed to fail." ..... Posted by Bill Ross on 8/21/2010 6:52:33 AM
I disagree that it is doomed to fail, Bill, and especially so whenever the Virtual Master Plan is Real SMART, and the outright manipulation and/or coercion is mutually beneficial, and stealthy too helps enormously, for one wouldn't be wanting every Tom, Dick and Harry putting in their ignorant two cents worth.
In fact, one wouldn't be wanting any ignorant and arrogant input, so it is always best to just deliver what is needed and pretend that it is some sort of magic should anyone ask about what is going on. :-)
The Present tells us that the world is full of idiotic fools who believe practically everything they are told or would see on TV and in Media shows which are called news and current affairs.
But I do realise that very few indeed are Able and/or Enabled to Provide such a SMART InterNetworking Service ...... and that makes them Extremely Valuable and Priceless at whatever they would cost/ask/demand. After all, where else would they put or spend their new stash, other than back into the System for safe keeping for it to do its magic with IT ...... which is Win Win if you Dare, and know what you are doing, or know someone who knows what they are doing.
Posted by IndianaJohn on 08/21/10 11:13 AM
The endless chatter and banter above has taken me to distraction and skipping. How 'bout a small task? Name two (2) events in the political history of man that were not conspiracies. OK then, name one (1).
Posted by Weeble on 08/21/10 10:23 AM
I hope the messages to you are not taken lightly before you erase them. I am trying to help, believe it or not.
Posted by Weeble on 08/21/10 10:17 AM
Sorry for the spelloid: This HAS turned into quite.....
I have spent quite a bit of time on ZeroHedge and (many other sites). I will offer s scan of this "Conspiracy Theory" thread; I will call it a CT scan. A few slices should suffice.
Bloggers spend most of their time and energy focusing around the cancer, rather than directly on it. This site is unique; an experiment in finding cancers before they become malignant. I am finding that a small calibration is necessary in the machine, so as to re-focus the beam.
ZeroHedge, for example "anything goes" in feedbacking. This site encourages the same (without sexual and derisive commenting), but has recently allowed some metastasized travelers to wander in and set-up shop.
Since a normal cell does not understand that its function is predetermined, it is happy when a cell joins them in harmony, as well as joins them in disharmony (oh, you are a liver cell, OK). A cancer cell has a different goal. It can be whatever it wants to be. It feeds on oxygen, and then eventually feeds on the adjacent normal cell, propagating itself at a rapid pace. It has no programmed cell death, so it would last for generations, if the host lasted that long.
It is easy, once you have the knack, to eradicate a cancer. Remove the oxygen is one way. Positive thinking to alert the other cells to the intruder is another. Make yourself bigger than the cancer is the goal.
That is my cancerous Conspiracy Theory.