Some Thoughts on Conspiracy Theories.

I started writing some quick thoughts about the bigger conspiracy theories in response to Cynical Dog’s blog. It started to get interesting, so I thought I’d repost it here with a few additions.

Pearl Harbor: The attack was a surprise, but something should have been expected. We were claiming we were isolationists, but all the while we were manufacturing ships and weapons for our european allies. It was only a matter of time until one of the Axis countries called our bluff.

Roswell: The government is obviously hiding something. That said, there’s no reason to assume the something is an alien spaceship. More likely it was something of ours that is classified and/or directly in violation of international treaties or something of the Soviets that could be diplomatically uncomfortable.

JFK: A lot of people probably wanted him dead. That’s the downside to being President. Lee Harvey Oswald was a former Marine and trained to handle a bolt action rifle. He was perfectly able to do all the necessary shooting on his own. Was someone directing his actions? Probably not. With all the scrutiny (official and private) given to the assassination over the last 40-some years, no credible evidence has turned up. None.

The Moon Landings were hoaxes: Examine these two pictures

The first is from 2001 A Space Odyssey filmed in 1968. The second is from the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. Note the lack of stars in the Apollo 11 picture. Conspiracy theorists claim this proves the photo is a fake. Actually, they don’t appear because the moon’s surface is so bright. The stars are so faint in comparison the film can’t pick them up. This photograpic effect actually lends credibility to the NASA photo. If the photo had been faked, why wouldn’t it look like the 2001 photo? Without an authentic picture to compare it to, who would have expected the stars to be invisible?

Princess Di(e): Participating in a high speed car chase is a good way to get yourself killed, even if the driver is sober. If you had a few martinis before getting behind the wheel…

George W. Bush stole the 2000 Presidential Election: Umm… Al Gore did win the popular vote. But in order to win the presidential election you have to get more electoral votes under the current laws. Even after all the recounts, including the selective and creative ones, Gore never did carry Florida. Gore refused to accept the results. Finally the liberal leaning US Supreme Court stepped in and called the election for Bush. The Supreme Court really had no other option. Should we get rid of the Electoral College? Probably. It made sense in 1800 because there were no TV’s, radios, internet, or airplanes. Now that the candidates are in our living rooms every night and can fly all around the country in a matter of hours, a popular vote makes more sense. But the law still has to be changed before the election.

9/11: Some pissed off Muslims highjacked some planes and smashed them into buildings. The buildings collapsed. Most of us watched it happen live on TV. End of story. The prep work required for a controlled implosion of the twin towers would have taken days or weeks. All the drilling and wiring necessary would have been obvious to anyone working in the building. The only way it could have been accomplished secretly overnight on 9/10 involves several hundred molemen burrowing in through the basement and working non-stop. And we all know that the Moleman Demolishers Union would never allow all those workers to go without their 15 minute breaks.



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9 responses to “Some Thoughts on Conspiracy Theories.

  1. Three

    I love when I can write a rant and get people to blog. But here’s some additions:

    1) Pearl Harbor. In war games, the US Pacific fleet always pretended that their enemy was the Japanese. It was basically the two big boys on the block were competing for resources and influence. Eventually, they were going to duke it out. That’s what countries did pre-WMDs.

    2) Roswell: Remember this conversation–“Just cause it’s an unidentified flying object doesn’t mean it’s aliens … it just means whatever it is, it’s an unidentified flying object.”

    3) Moon landings: Cool. Never realized that.

    4) 9/11: And let’s face it, there are only a few companies in the world that can do an implosion on a building the size of the WTC. And you’re absolutely right, people would have noticed workers drilling holes throughout the building. If people have been paying attention, they realize that the military outsources…a lot. Think Blackwatch and other assorted companies that have their own private armies. That scares me more than any terrorist.

  2. Blabs of Steele

    I’m not really all that worried about Blackwater. I just think it’s unwise for the US government to hire mercs. Maybe if Clinton hadn’t foolishly stripped down our military to such dangerously low levels it wouldn’t have been necessary.

  3. Reverend Khopzilla

    I have what I describe as “a healthy distrust” of the government and big business, and am always ready to believe that there is more to news stories that we are being told. Most of what we arent told is probably in the realm of “why things are done”. An example would be, if you break up with your girlfriend because you arent in love with her, well that’s understandable, but if you break up with her because you want to fuck someone else guilt-free, then you’re an evil douchebag.
    When I was a teenager, we would have the same sort of stories that are flying around the internet, only difference is that we kinda understood that these conspiracy theoties were made up, and we were extremely stoned when we’d talk about them.
    I think most of these theories are around because the real world is a scary place. We need to believe that there are bigger things at work behind the scenes, because the fact that someone dislikes your heritage so intensely that they are willing to train for years and kill themselves to show the world their hatred is a Psychotic thought. We try to protect ourselves from the truth by saying that we dont know the whole story.
    I find it thoroughly interesting that what I always viewed as “stoner talk” is now believed to be the truth by many scared people. Just more proof that as a species we’re doomed to make the same mistakes over and over again.

  4. War Dog 6

    I was trying to make the implosion point to someone the other day but it went right over his head (or through the empty space between his ears;-) I don’t think the technology even exists that would enable that scenario to be pulled off undetected.

    Good points all. Doesn’t take a brainiac to figure it out.

    Semper Fi,

  5. Charlie

    the final frontier
    that is ….
    The SPACE
    between humand ears…..

    With that said ….
    WHY is it that the worlds greatest military power FAILED to defend even its own HQ?

  6. Charlie

    On the subject of the JFK assassination ….

    B. Scientific acoustical evidence establishes a high probability that two gunmen fired at President John F. Kennedy. Other scientific evidence does not preclude the possibility of two gunmen firing at the President. Scientific evidence negates some specific conspiracy allegations.
    C. The committee believes, on the basis of the evidence available to it, that President John F. Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy. The committee is unable to identify the other gunman or the extent of the conspiracy.

    This from a Committee paid for by AMERICAN taxpayers to attempt to find the TRUTH of this matter. Select Committee 1978 … Look it up.

  7. Blabs of Steele

    As you requested, I looked it up.

    The Dictabelt audio evidence has been thoroughly disproved after the original HSCA report. The Dictabelt recording did not capture gunshot sounds that were audible to the human ear. The acoustics firm that analyzed it compared oscillographs of the recording against test gunshots they recorded. The possible matching waveforms they found were actually recorded a minute after the assassination occurred. The analysts started with an incorrect timeline and found the pattern they were looking for where they thought it would be. The sounds were expected to be so quiet that they would blend in with the background noise, so they were just looking for any pattern that spiked slightly above the baseline. Scientists are not above wishful thinking, especially when they are as emotionally invested in getting results as these guys were bound to be.

  8. Charlie

    So you buy the “magic bullit” theory?

    and as we all know
    9/11 = Reichstag fire!

  9. Blabs of Steele

    Not necessarily. I’m just asserting that Oswald was the only shooter required to assassinate JFK. Without credible evidence of a second shooter, there’s no reason to believe in one. Bullet trajectories after impacting a soft target are essentially random. Any guess as to how the two bullets traveled after hitting JFK’s neck and skull is pure speculation. The fragments found at the scene were pieces of the two bullets fired from Oswald’s rifle. There is no physical evidence of another shooter. No bullet fragments. No bullet holes. Nothing.

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