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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Why not just kill the son-of-a-bitch!

Allan's Perspective


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(Speaker Boehner and President Obama in happier times: Talking about golf. – Joshua Roberts/Reuters)


Well folks, it’s getting REALLY strange down there in the good ol’ U. S. of A.
To no one’s surprise, the House of Representatives has voted to approve a resolution (H. Res 676) authorizing Speaker John Boehner to sue the president on its behalf.
Following a party-line vote in the House Rules Committee on July 24, and a party-lineup of expert testimony at a long hearing on July 16, the floor vote made it a matched set: 225 Republicans voted “yes”, along with zero Democrats.
The rhetoric from the House centered on “treason,” “monarchy,”(?) “tyranny,” “usurpation!”
Rep. Tom Rice declared that “Our freedom is in peril. We cannot stand by and watch the president shred our Constitution.”
In Boehner’s USA Today piece he says “I believe the president’s actions in a number of areas — including job-destroying energy regulations, releasing the ‘Taliban 5 from Guantanamo without notice and waiving the work requirements in welfare — exceed his constitutional authority.”
Now common folks, you and I both know it’s about Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act, where he was born, and Benghazi!
Oh ya, and because he’s BLACK!
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Don’t want to alarm anyone folks, but if this Ebola thing gets out of hand, it could wipe out a good percentage of the human race!
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Reuters/Reuters – Medical staff working with Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) prepare to bring food to patients kept in an isolation area at the MSF Ebola treatment centre in Kailahun July 20, 2014
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Bacon Nation: Toronto restaurant caters to bacon-loving foodies!
In an era when processed and fatty meats are vilified by health experts, and vegetarianism has gone mainstream, somehow, bacon is back — in dishes bolder and badder than ever before. It can be found sprinkled on donuts, baked in butter tarts, and slathered with Nutella and cream cheese in a sandwich.
That last dish — the Nutella Bacon Relapse — is another menu item at Bacon Nation, where every dish includes bacon — from tacos to cheesecake.
Motta and his brother and business partner Dan started their bacon creations two years ago at Toronto’s Canadian National Exhibition. They either repulsed or delighted crowds with crazy concoctions such as the bacon-wrapped deep-fried Mars bar and a Nutella BBBLT.
Sensing a bevy of bacon lovers, the brothers decided to quit their jobs and serve it full-time.
“We’re here because of the demand. We’re here because people actually asked for and wanted it,” said Motta. According to the market research company NPD Group, over the past five years, Canadians have been increasing their bacon orders at restaurants.
According to NPD, orders rose six per cent last year alone. The research led the group to conclude: “When bacon is included in the meal, Canadians have a higher level of satisfaction and feel more valued.”
Motta said bacon has always had a cult-like following, describing it as “the meat candy of the meat world.” But he said it’s sizzling now thanks to food connoisseurs who discovered that it can enhance just about any dish.
“The foodies got a hold of it and started throwing it on everything,” Motta said. “It just took off. I don’t know if it’s the saltiness, the savouriness of it, but it makes everything taste that much better.”
“It’s such a weird combination but it works so well,” said customer Keenan Horne after digesting his Nutella Bacon Relapse. “It’s almost like breakfast and dessert at the same time.”
Bacon Nation is just the latest bacon-themed restaurant. It comes on the heels of Canadian Bacon Eatery which opened in Oakville, Ont., earlier this year. In 2013, Canadian Bacon Cookhouse set up shop on Halifax’s waterfront.
Offerings include bacon lollipops — skewered bacon strips coated in chocolate.Bacon has such a hold on our hearts, it’s even celebrated at festivals across North America. The Leslieville Farmers’ Market will host Baconfest III in Toronto on Aug. 17. It’s the busiest day for the market, attracting 2,500 people last year.
Registered dietitian Casey Berglund noticed bacon was wrapped around many foods at this year’s Calgary Stampede.
“It does seem to be true that bacon is coming back in many different forms,” she said. But she also noted that we’re not supposed to be eating it. Not only is it high in salt and fat, but “there have been some studies to suggest a link between processed meat and increased risk for certain types of cancer.”
Andrew Motta said the peameal bacon is cut from a leaner part of the pig and, since it’s ground up in the patties, they’re leaner than a traditional beef burger. And the Bacon Nation brothers openly acknowledge they’re not serving dietitian meals.
Instead, the restaurant is there for people who need to cheat on their everyday diets once in a while, said Dan Motta. “Bacon’s a great vehicle for that.”
Berglund even admitted she has bacon on occasion, and knowing some cannot resist, she advises bacon lovers to eat it sparingly and savour every bite: “If you have to have it, share it with friends and really enjoy it.”
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http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/bacon-nation-toronto-restaurant-caters-to-bacon-loving-foodies-1.2721703?cmp=rss
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AND FINALLY: Don’t ever get stopped for impaired driving in Alberta, bunky!

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

The Hitchhiker!

                                   

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Kyle Sauvé, left, Keith Campbell and Jean-Pierre Brien pick up hitchBOT from the couple that travelled with the hitchhiking robot from Halifax to New Brunswick. The robot’s creators hope it can bum rides all the way to Victoria.


A ROBOT IS HITCHHIKING ACROSS CANADA, KIDS!


Bumming rides from a trio of road tripping dudes and a couple on a camping getaway, hitchBOT the talking robot is covering ground in its quest to hitchhike unaccompanied across Canada.
With a beer bucket for a body and gumboots on its feet, the child-sized robot has travelled at least as far as the New Brunswick-Quebec border since Sunday morning, when it was left on the side of the road near the Halifax airport.
“I couldn’t be more pleased. It’s really fantastic,” said David Smith, a McMaster University researcher and co-creator of the hitchBOT project.
Smith and a team of students and professors from McMaster, Ryerson and the University of Toronto — hitchBOT’s “family” — built the robot and programmed it to converse with drivers that pick it up. The goal is to see if a specially designed talking robot can successfully thumb its way across the continent to an art gallery in Victoria.
hitchBOT can tweet and post photos to Instagram, track its position with GPS and share knowledge of its whereabouts. It has foam tubes for limbs, yellow gloves and boots, and an extendable rod to lean back when it’s on the side of the road with its thumb out. It also features an LED panel for a “face,” which can show text and faces to express emotions.

Last week, Smith and his daughter drove hitchBOT to Halifax for the start of its journey.
BtoYHOEIgAEx-cL“It was literally less than two minutes from the time we set the ’bot on the road and the first vehicle pulled over,” said Smith. The first people to give a ride to the robot were a couple on their way to camp in New Brunswick, he said.
Jean-Pierre Brien and his friends Kyle Sauvé and Keith Campbell were travelling to a wedding in Saguenay, Que., when they realized hitchBOT was also on the road. Following the robot’s progress on its website, the friends from Halifax saw that the couple who first picked up the robot had left it at a campground in New Brunswick’s Kouchibouguac National Park.
They drove the robot through New Brunswick, tweeting photos of the experience and introducing hitchBOT to people at rest stops. “It was really great that we were able to bring him out and introduce him to people and have a few laughs along the way,” said Brien, 27.
“We got a lot of funny looks,” added Sauvé.
Instead of taking it all the way to Saguenay, they left the robot at an information centre in Campbellton, N.B., a small town right across the Quebec border. They wanted to give someone else a chance with hitchBOT.
“We could’ve taken him further but I kind of like the idea of taking him part of the way and then passing the torch,” said Campbell.
That’s exactly what Smith and his team hoped for when they conceived the idea for hitchBOT.
“That’s the great part,” said Smith. “People can kind of collectively tell a story.”
Aside from regional knowledge and information about its quest to the west, hitchBOT can also spurt out random comments. Unprompted, the robot started telling Brien and his friends that it wanted a pet dog, so they stopped and bought it a plush toy dog, which they left with it in Campbellton.
Since then, according to the robot’s website, hitchBOT hasn’t moved much, having been taken east through northeastern New Brunswick before returning to the Campbellton area.
Regardless, Brien and his friends have faith that other summertime road trippers will follow their lead and make sure the robot makes it to B.C. in one piece.
“It was pretty easy to get it this far,” said Brien. “I’m sure it’ll keep right on trucking.”
http://metronews.ca/news/canada/1112523/hitchhiking-robot-humming-along-on-cross-canada-adventure/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+canada-news+%28Canada+news+from+metronews.ca%29
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You may not even be thinking about back-to-school shopping yet, but some retailers are getting a jump on that other important consumer holiday: Christmas.
(At least according to the Naked News Department!)
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Many customers were caught off guard, while some were happy to be reminded of their favourite holiday.
“Absolutely it’s crazy,” one Ottawa Costco customer told CTV News. “By the time Christmas comes around you don’t even want to take out your own decorations you’re so sick of them.”
“I was shocked,” said another customer. “It’s too early, but still it’s nice to see it.”
Another customer said she is already counting down the days to Christmas.

“I was actually really happy about it because I’m a Christmas fanatic,” she said, while eating an ice cream cone in the summer heat.
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“There’s quite an influx of Christmas in July parties that we’ve noticed,” Czigler told CTV. In fact, business is so good that the store is expanding.
With a report from CTV Ottawa’s Eric Longley
Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/christmas-in-july-retailers-readying-for-the-holidays-1.1938419#ixzz38xFayQeY
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So, you thought cows were just stupid and docile eh?
A farmhand from the Northwest Territories has died in a strange accident on a ranch in B.C.’s north Okanagan.
untitledThe BC Coroners Service says 49-year-old Allen Powder died July 1 as he was transferring cattle from one corral to another at a ranch near Cherryville, north of Kelowna.

The Yellowknife resident was working with another man as they moved the animals.
One of the cows became agitated and aggressive, and Coroner Larry Marzinzik says it attacked the victim!
(Another victim of “Mad Cow Disease!”)
Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/aggressive-cow-blamed-for-farmhand-s-death-in-b-c-1.1937342#ixzz38xGhLo00
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police13The police officer charged in last summer’s shooting death of Sammy Yatim while the Toronto teenager was aboard an empty streetcar will face a new charge of attempted murder, according to a report. (Const. James Forcillo is already charged with second-degree murder!)
You might remember that Yatim, 18, was shot dead on July 27, 2013, as he stood aboard an empty streetcar while surrounded by police.
Now, here’s the rub, bunky!
Why is this cop not only out on bail, but still on active duty at the Toronto Police Services?
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Here’s another ne of those articles ya don’t see every day, folks!
Some 5,000 giant anteaters are thought to exist in the wild, and encounters with humans are rare and largely harmless. The hairy animals with long noses and an appetite for insects do sport “pocketknives” for front claws, AFP reports, which they typically put to use digging into anthills. In two separate incidents in Brazil, however, the 4- to 7-foot-long animals have dug into people instead, and the hunters who encountered them bled to death “These injuries are very serious and we have no way of knowing whether it is a defense behavior acquired by the animals,” one researcher says, adding that it’s important to give the anteaters space.
Adding to the trouble: Anteaters have poor vision and are known for being easily startled.
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And another one:
46-year-old Salvador Martinez told police he killed, skinned, and refrigerated Onyx, the Chihuahua-dachshund mix because he was worried there wasn’t enough food for everyone living at his house. (His girlfriend told cops in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that wasn’t true!)
BUT THEN……., what did they mean with this next line?
Martinez was committed. He went so far as to use the Internet to find ways to cook the family pet.
Did they mean he was committed to cooking the animal, or was he committed for WANTING to cook the animal?
“It is extremely disturbing to know that someone would be that brutal with a family animal,” Torrance County Sheriff Heath White told KRQE.
White added there were several children home at the time and they “had full knowledge of what was taking place with their family pet.” (However, a woman identifying herself as the ex-girlfriend of Martinez posted in the comments section of the KRQE story that her grandchildren were not present at the time of the grisly discovery.)
untitledWhite confirmed “the carcass was still inside the refrigerator being prepped for dinner,” when Martinez was taken into custody. (Eating a dog is legal in New Mexico, but he will be charged with extreme animal cruelty and child abuse.)
However, Martinez will probably land in the slammer for another reason.
In 2003, he was convicted for transporting cocaine into the US from Mexico.
His current arrest landed him in federal custody for probation violation.
http://www.wftv.com/news/news/weird-news/father-kills-skins-family-dog-dinner/ngqWc/
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Winter cold kills more than twice as many North Americans as does summer heat, according to a report released today by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
(DUH!)
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AND FINALLY: Our apologies to Indian wrestler Rajeev Tomar who lost the men’s 125kg freestyle final match to Canada’s Korey Jarvis and settled for the silver medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) here Tuesday.
We thought it was the “Indian Wrestling” we did when I was a kid, but apparently this was normal wrestling and the guy was from India!!!!
(An understandable mistake! -Ed.)
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Indian wrestling is a tradition passed down as a fun and competitive sport for everyone. Whether it is in college dorm rooms or on a family camping trip, you can find and participate in Indian Wrestling everywhere you go. Why not try an Indian Wrestling competition for your next family get together or college bonding experience?
 

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Now that’s progress!

                                   
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Want to see how much progress we made in a century?
This is a 1910 Ford automobile!
(That’s only 104 years ago folks!)
Show this to your friends, children and/or grandchildren!
What a difference a century makes!
Here are some statistics for the Year 1910:
(applies to the USA)
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The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only.
Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower !
The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.
The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,
A dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year,
And a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME.
Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools,
Many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as ‘substandard.’
Sugar cost four cents a pound.
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
There was no such thing as under arm deodorant or tooth paste.
Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.
The five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2, Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke
The American flag had 45 stars.
The population of Las Vegas Nevada was only 30!
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, antibiotics and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet
There was no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write and only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.
There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !

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Monday, 28 July 2014

Nice, but not for you!


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Yes kids, we are all going to hell in a hand-basket?
Why a hand-basket, you ask?
I have no idea, that’s just what everybody says!
As you probably know by now, Comic-con was held this past weekend in San Diego, and this group of girls/women (?) showed up dressed like this!
Aside from complaining that people (men) were leering at them, they also bitched (what an appropriate word) about some unnamed “men” [sic] were taking pictures of them without their permission!
Yup, that’s sexual harassment, all right!
(Maybe next time they should just stay home, have a pajama party, and tell each other what “beasts” men are!)
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MILLVILLE, N.B. – A fire has destroyed the fire hall and the town council of a small community in northwestern New Brunswick.
Volunteer firefighters from several nearby departments responded to the blaze at the Millville hall at about 3:30 a.m.
The village is located about 60 kilometers northwest of Fredericton, near the Crabbe Mountain ski area.
(We don’t make this shit up folks!)
Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/blaze-destroys-fire-station-in-new-brunswick-town-1.1935035#ixzz38mOzmBMq
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The British communications regulator Ofcom has ruled that a pre-scripted bit on the popular BBC TV show Top Gear was racist.
Top Gear, one of the most popular television shows in the world, showcases a variety of motor vehicles, and pretty much anything else that goes fast. The sometimes controversial show is presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.
During a special episode, which was filmed in Burma and aired in March, the show’s hosts were standing on the River Kwai when…well…see for yourself:

Well ………, the word “slope” is sometimes used in Britain as a slang for “Oriental” but let’s facce it folks, it is funny, and witty enough, that I believe we can excuse any lapse in judgement or taste on this occasion!
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HERE IT IS FOLKS, THE HEIGHT OF HUBRIS!
On Sunday, Sarah Palin announced on YouTube that she is starting a new venture for those who can’t get enough right-wing misinformation packaged in a chirpy Midwestern accent. (See also: Glenn Beck’s The Blaze.) For a mere $10 a month, subscribers to the Sarah Palin Channel can gorge on the typical conservative news reports and anti-Obama hysteria offered by her competitors, with a twist: She’ll also serve up plenty of videos of the Palin family doing stuff around the house and probably shooting at things. “Believe me, it is fun,” Palin says in the introductory video. “Because it’s real life.”
NOTE: Your normally steadfast and strong reporter almost threw up watching this!

Like Beck and Rush Limbaugh (who also offers a members-only website, for a fee), Palin has built a personal brand around right-wing grievance: The Man is oppressing Real America, and Palin alone is brave enough to tell is like it is. “Are you tired of the media filters? Well, I am. I always have been,” explains Palin, a known victim of not being asked to be on TV as much as she’d like. “Together, we’ll go beyond the sound bites and cut through the media’s politically correct filter, and things like Washington, D.C.’s crony capitalism,” she continues. “We’ll talk about the issues that the mainstream media won’t talk about. And we’ll look at the ideas that, mmmm, I think Washington doesn’t want you to hear.” She’s kicking off that promise with a video demanding the impeachment of Obama. (“Enough is enough from the years of abuse from this president,” Palin says in the video. “His unsecured border crisis, for me, is the last straw. It makes the battered wife say, ‘No mas. That’s enough.’”)
So while the $10-a-month paywall may seem like a bad idea in a world where video advertising has proved a more reliable way to make money while getting views, the subscription model may actually work in Palin’s case. Palin’s audience is composed of people who are steeped in the paranoid belief that everyone else is out to get them, a paranoia she’s happy to stoke at every turn. The paywall offers a sort of protection, then: A safe space to communicate without the fear that outsiders are listening in, and a rare enclave where a life that looks like “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” still persists.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/07/28/sarah-palin-unveils-the-10-a-month-sarah-palin-channel-saving-america-from-a-sarah-palin-less-existence/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NP_Top_Stories+%28National+Post+-+Top+Stories%29

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Sunday, 27 July 2014

YA CAN’T WIN FOR LOSING!

Allan's Perspective

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Folks, I sometimes think I'm losing my mind!
Just to show you how one sided all this politically correct bullshit is ……., they held a big (free) bar-b-que for about 15,000 Rob Ford supporters on the weekend and a bunch of malcontents and agitators from the LGBT community showed up to protest Rob Ford’s alleged dislike, or at least indifference, to the gay manifesto!
Nobody thought twice about them disrupting an otherwise nice get-together by Ford supporters, but when someone started giving THEM a hard time for even being there, they went running to the media (The Star and the CBC) and claimed discrimination and hate speech, etc. etc.
Naturally all the Liberal Left Wing media jumped right on it!
The end result was that both Doug and Rob Ford had to issue an apology …………………………………….., AND WE HAVE NO IDEA WHY!
THE GAYS CAUSED THE PROBLEMS AND THE FORDS HAD TO APOLOGIZE…………. doesn’t seem right somehow!))
Ford fans got into verbal confrontations with protesters at the annual festival at a park in the city’s east end. At one point, a few Ford fans grabbed the protesters’ signs, tore them up, threw them on the ground and stamped on them. An LGBT rights supporter also claimed to have been assaulted.
Ford said he didn’t personally see the commotion because he was in a tent meeting with his supporters, but he still apologized for what happened.
“It’s terrible things like that happen,” he said in an interview on Saturday with CP24 while attending the Taste of Toronto food festival. “I apologize and we have to move on.”
He also thanked Ford Fest supporters, saying the event drew more than 1,500 people.
His brother and city Councillor Doug Ford also apologized for the clash, calling it “unfortunate.”
On Friday, about six demonstrators protesting what they called Ford’s homophobia turned up at Thomson Memorial Park in Scarborough, holding signs that called for the mayor’s departure from office.
“He needs to be held accountable,” said Poe Liberado, who faced loud jeers from Ford fans.
(Ford drew heat from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community recently after he remained seated while city council gave a standing ovation to organizers.)
He didn’t answer questions from reporters about why he didn’t stand up, but said he’s not homophobic.
“He’s a disgrace,” said protester Kevin Speight. “He’s embarrassing our city.”
The mayor’s supporters, however, weren’t pleased with the anti-Ford sentiment, and number of individuals got into verbal confrontations with the protesters.
“Go home,” they yelled. “This is Ford Nation!”
Horse incident
The man who claimed he was assaulted declined to press charges, according to Toronto police.
The man was escorted away from the park to prevent further issues and he left willingly, said Staff Sgt. Tony Forchione.
About 15 to 20 police officers, including five paid duty officers, were at the event, he said.
City officials approved a permit for the party despite concerns from Ford opponents that it is a campaign event that violates municipal rules banning campaigning in public parks.
City spokesperson Jackie DeSouza told CBC News after Ford Fest that there were no violations of the conditions of the park permit, such as putting up election signs or distributing campaign materials.
Meanwhile, Mayoral candidate Sarah Thompson arrived at Ford Fest on a horse. She had arrived at city hall by horse and carriage in March when filling out nomination papers.
Thompson was asked to remove the horse from the park because it was in violation of city bylaws, DeSouza said.
“She complied as soon as she was warned,” DeSouza told CBC News.
Bylaw staff will discuss the horse incident with senior staff to determine if Thomson will be fined, DeSouza said.

An LGBT rights supporter says he was assaulted at Ford Fest after some in the crowd began jeering at the activists. Rob Ford has apologized for the confrontations a day after his annual festival. (Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press
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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/rob-ford-apologizes-for-ford-fest-clash-between-fans-lgbt-activists-1.2719468
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Shay!

                    

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What would you do?….you make the choice. Don’t look for a punch line, there isn’t one. Read it anyway. My question is: Would you have made the same choice?
At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its
Dedicated staff, he offered a question:
‘When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does, is done with perfection.
Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do.
Where is the natural order of things in my son?’
The audience was stilled by the query.
The father continued. ‘I believe that when a child like Shay, who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.’
Then he told the following story:
Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, ‘Do you think they’ll let me play?’ I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a fatherIalso understood that if my son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.
I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, ‘We’re losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we’ll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning..’
Shay struggled over to the team’s bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt.. I watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at my son being accepted.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay’s team scored a few runs but was still behind by three.
In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the stands.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay’s team scored again.
Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.
At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?
Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn’t even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.
However, as Shay stepped up to the
Plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay’s life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact.
The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed.
The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay.
As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.
The game would now be over.
The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman.
Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.
Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman’s head, out of reach of all team mates.
Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, ‘Shay, run to first!
Run to first!’
Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base.
He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.
Everyone yelled, ‘Run to second, run to second!’
Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base.
By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball . The smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team.
He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher’s intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman’s head.
Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home.
All were screaming, ‘Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay’
Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, ‘Run to third!
Shay, run to third!’
As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, ‘Shay, run home! Run home!’
Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team
‘That day’, said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, ‘the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world’.
Shay didn’t make it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making me so happy, and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!
AND NOW A LITTLE FOOT NOTE TO THIS STORY:
We all send thousands of jokes through the e-mail without a second thought, but when it comes to sending messages about life choices, people hesitate.
The crude, vulgar, and often obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion about decency is too often suppressed in our schools and workplaces.
If you’re thinking about forwarding this message, chances are that you’re probably sorting out the people in your address book who aren’t the ‘appropriate’ ones to receive this type of message Well, the person who sent you this believes that we all can make a difference.
We all have thousands of opportunities every single day to help realize the ‘natural order of things.’
So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people present us with a choice:
Do we pass along a little spark of love and humanity or do we pass up those opportunities and leave the world a little bit colder in the process?
A wise man once said every society is judged by how it treats it’s least fortunate amongst them.
You now have two choices:
1. Delete
2. Forward
May your day, be a Shay Day.
MAY GOD BLESS EVERYONE WHO
DECIDES TO PASS THIS ON

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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Saturday Morning Confusion about CONSPIRACIES!

                                  

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Folks, a friend of mine sent this video to get my opinion and comments, and I have to admit that I was very hesitant to show it on these pages!
Why?
Because ………., in spite of the fact that it’s all bullshit, it was done very professionally, slick and convincingly!
So convincing that a good percentage of the people who watch this video are going to think it’s absolutely TRUE!
Watch it first, and then we will talk about it!

Those damned Jews, right?
BULLSHIT!
This is about as true as the story of how the Jews were responsible for 9/11 ………………., or there is a world wide Jewish conspiracy to take over!

I said on many occasions here on this site that I can’t figure out why the Jews got such a bad rap throughout history since they, and the Chinese, are two of the cultures that consistently do well in spite of the discrimination and hardships they face!
But, whatever the reason, be it White Supremacists, Nazis, Arabs ……………, or just a bunch of jealous assholes, the Jews always seem to rise to the top! (Maybe that’s why!!!)
This video, like all good conspiracy theories, has just enough truth in it to make it sound plausible! (Just enough, but not too much!)
FOR EXAMPLE: Do Jews have a lot of influence in Hollywood and the entertainment industry!
YES!
Does that mean they control it?
OF COURSE NOT!
Do they have a lot of interest and influence on Wall Street?
YES!
Does that mean they control it?
OF COURSE NOT!
Do they have influence in the Government through lobbyists and officials, both in the legislative and judicial branches?
YES!
Does that mean they run the government?
OF COURSE NOT!
Remember folks, any good lie has to have just enough truth in it to make it seem possible, or even plausible!
The rest is up to us!
(Let’s put it this way kids, if I had to be plunked down ANYWHERE in the Middle-East, the only group I would feel safe with is the Jews. And they have the only Democracy!)
SOUTHFIELD, MI—It is an hour past sunset on a brisk Thursday night, and, like their brethren around the globe, the Jews of this affluent Detroit suburb are gathered in synagogues, busily hatching plots for world domination through financial chicanery and media influence. But for Seth Nussbaum, it will be just another lonely evening.

onion_news2084_jpg_600x1000_q85“For some reason, they’ve decided to leave me out of the worldwide Jewish conspiracy,” said Nussbaum, a 34-year-old computer programmer. “And I can’t say it doesn’t hurt.”
While his fellow Jews are controlling the flow of billions of dollars of international currency and brokering multi million-dollar entertainment deals, on this quiet night Nussbaum is making himself a frozen pizza and watching ER, far removed from any money beyond the $28,000 annual salary he receives from his job at Cyntech Industries.
“Who’s to say I wouldn’t enjoy hoarding a little gold every now and then?” he said, his voice tinged with bitterness. “Believe me, I’d love to be able to sneak around behind the scenes like the Elders of Zion, pulling the strings and holding the real power in society. But I guess when it comes to working the Jerusalem-New York-L.A. triangle, I just wasn’t one of the chosen people.”
Unlike millions of other Jews around the world, Nussbaum holds no sway over the media, has no powerful friends within the Wall Street banking community or the Trilateral Commission, and has never run a major Hollywood studio.
Though its influence stretches to all corners of the globe, the worldwide Jewish conspiracy has, for mysterious reasons, neglected to include Southfield, MI, computer programmer Seth Nussbaum.
In fact, Nussbaum doesn’t even own so much as his own production company. “Spielberg, Geffen, Ovitz, Eisner, Katzenberg—those are the Jews who control Hollywood,” Nussbaum said. “And there’s countless other Jews calling the shots at every level of the entertainment industry, from agents to producers to directors. But me? I probably couldn’t even get the studio backing for a $15 to $20 million romantic comedy with a mid-level star like Matthew Broderick.”
And despite being a regular subscriber to The New York Times for seven years, Nussbaum has no powerful connections among the Jews who own that and every other newspaper in the United States.
“As a left-leaning Jew, I should enjoy vast influence over the press. I should be able use the papers and television stations I own to forward my biased, liberal Jewish agenda and get Israel-supporting Democratic candidates elected to Congress,” said Nussbaum, sitting on the old futon he uses as a couch. “But somehow, that’s just not the case.”
Spurned by his own kind, Nussbaum has not even been able to gain admittance into a secondary world-domination conspiracy like the Masons. “They turned down my application,” he said, sighing deeply, “when they found out I was Jewish. I guess for now I’ll just have to resign myself to being Seth Nussbaum, computer programmer and powerless Jew.”
http://www.theonion.com/articles/local-jew-feels-left-out-of-worldwide-jewish-consp,809/

NOW, JUST TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA HOW MANY BULLSHIT CONSPIRACIES THERE ARE FLOATING AROUND: TAKE A LOOK AT THIS PAGE FROM WIKIPEDIA!

Ethnicity, race and religion
Antisemitic conspiracy theories
Antisemitism has, from the Middle Ages, frequently taken on characteristics of conspiracy theory. Antisemitic canards continue to circulate. In medieval Europe it was widely believed that Jews poisoned wells, had killed Jesus, and consumed the blood of Christians in their rituals (despite the fact that human and animal blood are not kosher).
In the second half of the 19th century conspiracists claimed that Jews and/or Freemasons were plotting to establish control over the world. The best-known text alleging the existence of this Judeo-Masonic conspiracy theory is The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. A more modern manifestation of such ideas is the theory of a Zionist Occupation Government.
Various conspiracy theories have been advanced regarding Jews and banking,[1] including the theory that world banking is dominated by the Rothschild family,[2] that Jews control Wall Street,[2] and that Jews control the U.S. Federal Reserve System.[3] A related theory is that Jews control Hollywood or the news media.[4][5]
Most Holocaust denial claims imply, or openly state, that the Holocaust is a hoax arising out of a deliberate Jewish conspiracy to advance the interest of Jews at the expense of other peoples,[6] and to justify the creation of the State of Israel. For this reason, Holocaust denial is generally considered to be an antisemitic[7] conspiracy theory.[8]
Armenian conspiracy[edit]
See also: Anti-Armenianism and Denial of the Armenian Genocide
Samuel A. Weems (1936–2003), an American writer and a disbarred lawyer from Arkansas, was allegedly paid by the Turkish lobby in the United States, which is in turn sponsored by the Turkish government.[9] In his book, Armenia: The Secrets of a Christian Terrorist State (2002), he argued in favor of the idea that the Armenian Genocide was a gigantic fraud designed to fleece Christian nations out of billions of dollars. He also claimed that the Armenian Church was a state-owned entity that organizes and funds terrorist (including ASALA) attacks and that Armenians had infiltrated the United States.[10] That book states that Armenian Diaspora communities in the United States and throughout the world are actually colonies/political bases intended to gain money and support for Armenian Republic. The book also states that Armenia is founded on land stolen from Muslims and that Armenians have perpetrated enormous massacres against Turks and Azeris, both recently (in the Nagorno-Karabakh war) and in the past. He has been quoted as saying “The religion of the Armenians is fake” and that his research shows “that there is clearly an Armenian Master Plan that generates Armenian hate around the world.”[11] Prior to his death in 2003, he was preparing to write a second book claiming the international Armenian community collaborated with and supported Nazi Germany.
Davud Imanov, an Azerbaijani filmmaker, expanded on this theory in a series of films called the Echo of Sumgait where he accused Armenians, Russians and Americans of conspiring together against Azerbaijan and claiming that Karabakh movement was a plot organized by the CIA to destroy the Soviet Union.[12]
According to The Irish Times, “everywhere from taxi cabs to cabinet offices, conspiracy theories thrive in Azerbaijan [and] most involve Armenia.”[13] On February 28, 2012 during his speech at a conference on socioeconomic development program, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev stated “our main enemies are Armenians of the world and the hypocritical and corrupt politicians under their control. The politicians who don’t wish to see the truth and are engaged in denigrating Azerbaijan in different parts of the world. Members of some parliaments, certain political figures, etc. who live on the money of the Armenian lobby”.[14]
“Babylon” and racist oppression[edit]
Some Rastafarians maintain that a white racist patriarchy (“Babylon”) controls the world in order to oppress the African race.[15] They believe that Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia did not die when it was reported in 1975, and that the racist, white media (“Babylon”) propagated that rumour in order to squash the Rastafari Movement and its message of overthrowing Babylon.[16] Other Rastafarians, however, believe in peace and unity, and interpret Babylon as a metaphor for the established “system” that oppresses (or “downpresses”, in Rasta terminology) groups such as Africans and the world’s poor.
Eurabia[edit]
Main article: Eurabia
British writer Bat Ye’or, author of Eurabia: The Euro–Arab Axis, later followed by Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci, proposed a conspiracy they said was hatched between a cadre of French elites within the European Economic Community and the Arab League in the mid-1970s to form a strategic alliance against the United States and Israel, and to turn Europe into an appendage of the Islamic world.[17]
“The Underground Reich”[edit]
Radio talk show host David Emory claims that Nazi leader Martin Bormann never died and has built a global empire involving, among many others, the Bush family, Hassan al Banna, Grover Norquist, Shay Horse, Meyer Lansky, and Michael Chertoff.[citation needed]
Baha’i[edit]
Main article: Political accusations against the Baha’i Faith
Iran’s Baha’i minority has been the target of persecution since its inception and has been the subject of various conspiracy theories entailing involvement with foreign or hostile powers. Iranian government officials and others have claimed that Bahá’ís have had ties to foreign powers, and were agents of Russian imperialism, British colonialism, American expansionism, Zionism, as well as being responsible for the policies of the previous Shah of Iran.[18] In Iran, a short book entitled Khatirat-e Kenyaz-e Dolgoruki (The Memoirs of Count Dolgoruki)details a popular conspiracy theory that the Baha’i goal is to destroy Islam. Attributed to the mid-19th century, it was, in fact, written in the 1930s or 1940s and is filled with historical errors, notably mistakes about the real Count Dolgorukov, a Russian diplomat. ‘These accusations against the Bahá’í have been disputed, and described as misconceptions,[19] with no basis in historical fact.[20][21]
Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI[edit]
On 12 February 2013, Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation in a speech in Latin before the cardinals, citing a “lack of strength of mind and body” due to his advanced age.[22] His resignation became effective on 28 February 2013. Two Italian publications, the major Italian newspaper La Repubblica and Panorama, an Italian magazine weekly, have proposed the conspiracy theory that Pope Benedict XVI resigned because he himself was part of the Roman Catholic sex abuse scandals, that he was being blackmailed by those with proof of his complicity, and that he resigned to avoid a scandal.[23][24] He is the first pope to resign since Pope Gregory XII in 1415, and the first to do so on his own initiative since Pope Celestine V in 1294.[25]
New World Order[edit]
Main article: New World Order (conspiracy)

This conspiracy theory states that a group of international elites controls and manipulates governments, industry, and media organizations worldwide. The primary tool they use to dominate nations is the system of central banking. They are said to have funded and in some cases caused most of the major wars of the last 200 years, carry out false flag attacks to manipulate populations into supporting them, and to have a grip on the world economy, deliberately causing inflation and depressions at will. Operatives working for the New World Order are said to be placed in high positions in government and industry. The people behind the New World Order are thought to be international bankers, in particular the owners of the private banks in the Federal Reserve System and other central banks, and members of the Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission and Bilderberg Group.[26] The New World Order is also said to control supranational and global organizations such as the European Union, United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund and the proposed North American Union. The term gained popularity following its use in the early 1990s by President George H. W. Bush when he referred to his “dream of a New World Order” in his speech to the United States Congress on September 11, 1990. Claimed motivations behind the New World Order conspiracy vary but a commonly suggested end goal for the conspiracy is the creation of a one-world government through which the conspirators would exert absolute dominance over the Earth and eliminate all sources of dissent.
The concept of this shadow government predates 1990; it is accused of being the same group of people who, among other things, created the Federal Reserve Act (1913), supported the Bolshevik Revolution (1917), and supported the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany, all for their own agenda.[27] The World Bank and national central banks are said to be the tools of the New World Order; war generates massive profits for central banks because government spending (hence borrowing at interest from the central banks) increases dramatically in times of war and distress.[28] Many conspiracy theorists believe that Denver International Airport is the western U.S. headquarters of the New World Order, and a massive underground base and city is believed to exist underneath the airport. Reasons for this include the airport’s unusually large size (larger than some major cities), distance from the Denver, Colorado city center, the set of environmentally themed murals by artist Leo Tanguma depicting burning cities, gas-mask wearing soldiers and girls in coffins, and the capstone of the Great Hall which includes Masonic symbols and strange writing.[29] It is claimed that secret fleets of black helicopters are ready to take control when the New World Order is set up.
Federal Reserve System[edit]
The New World Order is said to control the wealth of nations through central banks, via the issuance of currency. The Federal Reserve System is the central bank of the United States, though not a part of the government (with a significant share of private control and interests[30]), created in 1913. There is a theory that the Federal Reserve System is designed to transfer wealth from the poor and middle classes of the United States to the international bankers of the New World Order.[31]
False flag operations[edit]
False flag operations are covert operations conducted by governments, corporations, or other organizations, which are designed to appear as if they are being carried out by other entities. Some allegations of false flag operations are verified or at least credible and some are still subjects of historical dispute. The 1933, arson attack of the German parliament building is such an example where in 2001 four German historians argued that the fire had been a Nazi false-flag operation blamed on a communist. Other leading academics disagree and Der Spiegel published a 10-page rebuttal of the four historians’ conclusions.[32] “Along with Communist propagandists, serious scholars have been ranged on the side of the proponents of the Nazi conspiracy theory”.[33] More controversially, former GRU officer Aleksey Galkin,[34] former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko[35] and other defectors from the Russian government and security services have asserted that the 1999 Russian apartment bombings, which precipitated the Second Chechen War, were false flag operations perpetrated by the FSB, the successor organization to the KGB.
Other accusations of false flag operations conspiracy theories include:
Pearl Harbor advance-knowledge conspiracy theory
Pan Am Flight 103 conspiracy theories.
Oklahoma City bombing conspiracy theories
Many 9/11 conspiracy theories, which allege that the United States government conducted the 9/11 attacks or knew beforehand the attacks would happen but deliberately did nothing to prevent them in order to drastically alarm and sway public opinion to favor war. 9/11 conspiracy theories also suggest other conspirators were involved.
2004 Madrid train bombings.[36]
Boston Marathon Bombing conspiracy theories[37][38]
Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting conspiracy theories
Wars[edit]
The motivations for nations starting, entering, or ending wars are often brought into question by conspiracy theorists. Munitions suppliers are often blamed[39] for devising, coordinating and precipitating the events that lead nations into war, either in part or in toto. According to this view, there is always a party within a nation that benefits from war, on whatever pretext: the suppliers of weapons and other military material. President Dwight Eisenhower referred to this source of potential conflict of interest as the military-industrial complex. President Abraham Lincoln is known to have made a similar observation near the close of the American Civil War. In 1865, I. Windslow Ayer alludes to the 1864 ‘Camp Douglas Conspiracy’ to break out prisoners, describing it as a conspiracy of Copperheads and of the Sons of Liberty in his historical work, The Great North-Western Conspiracy in All Its Startling Details.[40] Ayer alleges that, at an August meeting of the Sons of Liberty, Judge Morris said: “Thousands of our best men were prisoners in Camp Douglas, and if once at liberty would ‘send abolitionists to hell in a hand basket.’”[41] This is the oldest recorded use of the phrase according to the Oxford English Dictionary.
Related is the allegation that certain wars which are claimed by politicians to be in the national interest, or for humanitarian purposes, are in fact motivated by the conquest and control of natural resources for commercial interest. In the Spanish-American War, the explosion of the USS Maine prompted the United States annexation of Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and Guam. Opponents of the war, such as Mark Twain and Andrew Carnegie, claimed that it was being fought for imperialist motives.
A war planned for economic gain can be seen as a conspiracy in the conventional sense of a secret plot—particularly when the public is presented with false pretexts for war. It has also been suggested that war is a perfect way of distracting citizens, as an electoral tactic, from difficulties facing the current government. This premise is the basis of the films Wag the Dog, Canadian Bacon, and the George Orwell novel 1984.
Some have claimed[who?] that this was the motivation behind the Falklands War. At that time the National Reorganization Process, the right-wing dictatorship that ruled Argentina between 1976 and 1983, was facing increasing discontent among the population over its Dirty War and this may have contributed to the decision to invade the Falkland Islands.
In many cases, critics have accused the U.S. of engaging in realpolitik in the cynical sense of political action without regard for principle or morals. In recent times, wars in the Middle East such as the Gulf War and the invasion of Iraq have been described as wars for oil, as well as power, money and land.
Assassinations and other deaths[edit]
See also: List of assassinated people
Conspiracy theories sometimes emerge following assassinations of prominent people. The best known of these is the assassination of John F. Kennedy (1963), which has caused a number of conspiracy theories to develop. Central to this theory is the claim that the injuries received by Kennedy and Governor John Connally could not have been caused by a lone gunman behind the motorcade and to the right. This theory was popularized by the Oliver Stone movie, JFK, which centered on Jim Garrison’s conduct of the only criminal prosecution (ultimately an unsuccessful one) related directly to Kennedy’s assassination. Three polls conducted in 2003 suggest that there is widespread disbelief (between 68% and 83% of respondents) among the U.S. public about the original 1964 Warren Commission story of a lone gunman. An ABC News random telephone poll found that just 32% (plus or minus 3%) of Americans believe that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, while 68% do not believe Oswald acted alone.[42] The “Discovery Channel” poll (sampling method not given) reveals that only 21% believe Oswald acted alone, while 79% do not believe Oswald acted alone,[43] (self-selected responses) details that only 17% of respondents believe that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, while 83% do not believe Oswald acted alone.[44] Since the Warren Commission report, the official U.S. governmental narrative from the 1976-78 House Select Commission on Assassinations is that JFK was murdered by multiple gunmen in a conspiracy. The United States House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) was established in 1976 to investigate the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. The Committee investigated until 1978 and issued its final report, and concluded that Kennedy was very likely assassinated as a result of a conspiracy.
The assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X are also the subject of conspiracy theories. In many cases, it is asserted that a “Manchurian candidate” may have been used. The question of “Who benefits?” (“Cui bono?”) is also often asked, with conspiracy theorists asserting that insiders often have far more powerful motives than those to whom the assassination is attributed by mainstream society. The assassinations of historical figures, such as Eric V of Denmark and Tsarevich Dmitry Ivanovich of Russia remain subject to conspiracy theories. More recent examples include those of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Carrero Blanco, Benigno Aquino, Jr., Olof Palme[45] and Yitzhak Rabin.[46]
Some deaths that are officially recorded as having resulted from accidents, suicides, or natural causes are also the subject of some conspiracy theories. Examples include Patton in 1945,[47] the car crash that killed Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed in 1997,[48] the death of John F. Kennedy Jr. in a plane crash in 1999,[49] and the death of Senator Paul Wellstone in a plane crash in 2002. Often, unusual circumstances in a suicide or accident are cited as evidence of a conspiracy such as the case of Gary Webb who suffered 2 gunshots to the head. Sometimes, deaths initially considered to be accidents gain such strong conspiracy theories due to new evidence that murder investigations are opened and arrests made, as in the case of journalist Cats Falck.
Other examples of deaths that are not considered to be murders that later receive conspiracy theories include: the suicide of Deputy White House Counsel Vincent Foster; the plane crash that killed United States Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown;[50] the death of Dag Hammarskjöld;[51] the Mayerling Incident; and the deaths of U.S. Presidents Zachary Taylor and Lyndon B. Johnson, Władysław Sikorski, James Forrestal, British political leader Hugh Gaitskell,[52] Australian prime minister Harold Holt, James P. Brady, New Zealand prime minister Norman Kirk, Jimmy Hoffa and British weapons expert David Kelly.[53] In the case of Salvador Allende, the former President of Chile, conspiracy theories regarding his suicide were so prominent in the public arena official investigations were opened into the matter. There are also theories about untimely deaths of celebrities, the number one example arguably being the death of Marilyn Monroe, but also those of Sam Cooke, Salvador Sanchez, Brian Jones, Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Jimi Hendrix,[54] Kurt Cobain, Jeff Buckley, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley, Bob Marley, John Lennon,[55] Alexis Arguello, Whitney Houston, and Michael Jackson.
There are also theories that some assassination attempts have been carried out by secret conspiracies, in some cases failures but in other cases entirely staged events. The motive for staging an unsuccessful assassination attempt can be to augment the popularity of the person involved; public opinion polls tend to be boosted by unsuccessful attempts on the life of a prominent politician. There have been numerous unsuccessful attempts to assassinate U.S. Presidents. Some of them, such as the attempted assassinations of Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush have aroused suspicion from conspiracy theorists that the events might have been staged. Former Presidents of Taiwan and Ukraine are cited in similar conspiracy theories as well.
In other cases the perpetrators of murders and assassinations are not found and conspiracy theories even become part of official police investigations, as in the case of the Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme. In cases like this, further public conspiracy theories can exist about why the cases are not closed. In the case of another prominent Swede, Bernt Carlsson, who died in the Lockerbie bombing, theories exist that contend that the larger crime was committed to hide a more targeted assassination, which therefore has also not been solved. In the case of Aldo Moro, an assassinated Italian Prime Minister, a conspiracy to encourage his kidnappers to kill him has been admitted to and is largely accepted as fact, yet theories exist as to the nature of the secrets he was killed to protect. In more extreme cases it has been alleged that some people have been assassinated without acknowledgement of their deaths, assuming that they were replaced by a double or alternatively that their deaths never occurred when it has been claimed that they did.
In India there are several conspiracy theories circulating about the 1945 death of pro-Axis Indian nationalist leader Subhas Chandra Bose. These allege one of two possibilities: either he did not die in an accident, as officially claimed, but was assassinated; or he did not die at that time, but was still alive and hidden somewhere.
US Presidency[edit]
Some conspiracy theories have been directed at American Presidents.
Clinton Body Count[edit]
The Clinton Body Count, as it is popularly known, is a conspiracy theory that Bill Clinton, while he was president and before, was quietly assassinating his associates (often anyone who got in the way of his career, such as Vince Foster). It was started as a retaliation to the Bush Body Count (which ostensibly had various members of the Bush family responsible for events like JFK assassination and the October surprise killing lesser co-conspirators on their way).[56] The Clinton Body Count is a list of about 50–60 associates of Clinton who have died “under mysterious circumstance”.[57] The individuals named originated from a list of 34 suicides, accidental deaths, and unsolved murders[58] prepared in 1993 by the pro-gun lobby group American Justice Federation[59] which was led by Linda Thompson. The list was posted to the group’s Bulletin board system.[57] Snopes.com has debunked this list, noting 1) many of those claimed to be assassinated actually died from very well documented accidents that leave no possibility of assassination 2) a political figure who becomes President of the United States will have a loosely defined circle of “associates”, and many of these associates are in dangerous positions (police officers, pilots, soldiers) or older men in high stress jobs (therefore at greater risk of dying of stress related disease or suicide).[60]
Barack Obama conspiracy theories[edit]
Main articles: Barack Obama citizenship conspiracy theories and Barack Obama religion conspiracy theories
A closely related cluster of conspiracy theories are associated with Barack Obama. The essence of all such theories is an allegation that his claim to the Presidency is illegitimate due to the circumstances of his birth. It is alleged that either his birth certificate was faked or that he holds dual citizenship and this disqualifies him as President. The conspiracy theories have been tenacious despite the early release of Obama’s Hawaiian birth certificate by his election campaign and the April 2011 release of a certified copy of Obama’s original Certificate of Live Birth (so-called “long form birth certificate”). Related rumors involve questioning the President’s Social Security Number, the President’s religion, and suggesting that he is or was at one time a Muslim.
A false rumor started circulating on the Internet around the time of the 2008 presidential election that Barack and Michelle Obama had inactivated their law licenses to avoid ethics charges, but no such charges were ever made; apparently, it is typical to do so when not intending to practice law because active status requires continuing education and payment of fees.[61][62]
Apocalyptic prophecies[edit]
Apocalyptic prophecies, particularly Christian apocalyptic and eschatalogical claims about the end times, the Last Judgment, and the end of the world have inspired a range of conspiracy theories. Many of these deal with the Antichrist (Arabic: المسيح الدجّال/ Masih ad-Dajjal). The Antichrist, also known as The Beast 666, is supposed to be a leader who will create a world empire and oppress Christians (and in some conspiracies, Jews as well). Countless historical figures have been called “Antichrist” in their times, from the Roman emperor Nero to Adolf Hitler to Ronald Reagan to Javier Solana to Barack Obama to Prince William. At times, apocalyptic speculation has mixed with anti-Catholicism, believing that the reigning Pope is the Antichrist or the False Prophet. Another interpretation sees the Antichrist as a world leader involved with the United Nations, who will create a one world government (New World Order) and establish a single monetary system. The latter is identified with the Mark of the Beast, which the Bible states that people in the end times will need in order to conduct trade.[63] Some Christian groups have claimed UPC bar codes include the number 666.[64]
Two nations often involved in apocalyptic conspiracy theories are Israel and Iraq. The former is the location of both the Temple Mount and Armageddon (Megiddo), places seen as important in prophecy. The latter is the ancient location of Babylon, which also figures in the Book of Revelation. During the Gulf War, some suggested that Saddam Hussein had ordered the excavation and re-population of the city of Babylon, thus casting Saddam as an Antichrist figure. Other interpretations have held that “Babylon” in the Book of Revelation refers to another mighty nation, such as the Roman Empire, the Vatican (Rome) and the Catholic Church, or more recently the Soviet Union or the United States of America.[63]
Bible conspiracy theory[edit]
Bible conspiracy theories posit that much of what is known about the Bible, in particular the New Testament, is a deception. These theories variously claim that Jesus really had a wife, Mary Magdalene, and children, that a group such as the Priory of Sion has secret information about the bloodline of Jesus, that Jesus did not die on the cross and that the carbon dating of the Shroud of Turin was part of a conspiracy by the Vatican to suppress this knowledge, that there was a secret movement to censor books that belonged in the Bible, or the Christ myth theory, proposed for example in Zeitgeist, the Movie as a means of social control by the Roman Empire. A fictionalized contrivance of this is portrayed in the novel The Da Vinci Code.
Contrary to this theory, is the belief that those who put forth such information against the Bible, are of themselves part of a grand conspiracy to suppress Biblical prophetic knowledge, to, in effect, keep people completely ignorant about the truth of Christ’s imminent return to earth. Associated with this belief, is the conspiracy of the Antichrist, who is to lead the New World Order against Christ. This same theory also proposes that current events such as global earth changes resulting from global warming, are in fact fulfillments of Bible prophecies coming to pass, being signs of the impending Tribulation and the end of days.
Catholicism as a veiled continuation of Babylonian paganism[edit]
The Two Babylons was an anti-Catholic religious pamphlet produced initially by the Scottish theologian and Presbyterian Alexander Hislop in 1853. It was later published as a book in 1919. Its central theme is the allegation that the Catholic Church is a veiled continuation of the ancient pagan religion of Babylon, the veiled paganism being the product of a millennia old conspiracy.[65][66] It has been recognized by scholars as discredited and has been called a “tribute to historical inaccuracy and know-nothing religious bigotry” with “shoddy scholarship, blatant dishonesty” and a “nonsensical thesis”.[67][68]
Although scholarship has shown the picture presented by Hislop to be absurd and based on an exceedingly poor understanding of historical Babylon and its religion, his book remains popular among some fundamentalist Christians.[65] The book’s thesis has also featured prominently in the conspiracy theories of groups such as The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord[69] and other conspiracy theorists.[70]
Although extensively footnoted, giving the impression of reliability, commentators (in particular Ralph Woodrow) have stated that there are numerous misconceptions, fabrications and grave factual errors in the document, and that this book follows the line of thought of works like: Martin Luther – On the Babylonian Captivity of the Church (1520), Titus Oates – An Exact Discovery of the Mystery of Iniquity as it is now in Practice amongst the Jesuits (1679), Conyers Middleton – Letter from Rome (1729).[71]
Technology and weapons[edit]
See also: List of topics characterized as pseudoscience
Suppression of technologies[edit]
Vril Society Conspiracy which suggests that a secret form of energy, called “Vril”, is used and controlled by a secret subterranean society of matriarchal socialist utopian superior beings.
A typical suppressed invention story is that of the incredibly efficient automobile carburetor, whose inventor was supposedly killed or hounded into obscurity by petroleum companies desirous to protect their business from an engine that would make their product obsolete.
The documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? alleged that electric car technology has been largely suppressed by big oil and gas firms.
Inventor Nikola Tesla has been the object of several conspiracy theories, with claims relating to revolutionary energy generation and distribution technologies, with some variants of the theory alleging a connection to “HAARP”, an American military-funded research program.
The Phoebus cartel set up in 1924 has been accused of preventing technological advances that would have produced longer-lasting light bulbs.[72] The document Light Bulb Conspiracy[73] claimed that the Phoebus cartel deliberately limited the expected lifetime of a light bulb to 1000 hours. However, 1000 hours was a reasonable optimum life expectancy for most bulbs.[74] A longer lifetime can be obtained only at the expense of efficiency: more electricity is wasted as heat and less light is obtained.[74]
There have been numerous free energy technology claims over the years.[citation needed] In alternating current power, the voltage and current can be manipulated to be ‘wattless’ (recording no consumption). While early utility supply meters may have been fooled by phase-changing devices, this ruse was discovered and remedied in the mid-20th century. The devices still appear from time to time, but suppliers or users may risk prosecution by regulation agencies.[75] Merely seeking to use of any tariff evasion mechanism, even if technically ineffectual, is known as a crime of ‘attempted theft’ in most jurisdictions.
Some free energy devices imply it is possible to harness perpetual motion which conflicts with the universally accepted physical laws of conservation of energy which allow energy to change form, but not to be either created or destroyed. Others claim to access novel or occulted power sources such as the actual source hypothesis by Nikola Tesla based on naturally occurring potential differences caused by photon interaction with Earth’s atmosphere at different altitudes. His Wardenclyffe Tower demonstrated that a structure of sufficient dimensions, or alternatively a machine to electrically vibrate the Earth enough to harness useful power would be extraordinarily uneconomic. Photons are however a genuine power source and are exploited by photovoltaics.Similarly, cold fusion while not fundamentally proven impossible, is not accepted as established or even regarded as potentially viable by the scientific community at large.[citation needed] Skeptics usually regard all claims of and research into free energy technology as pseudo-scientific.[76]The alleged suppression (or weakening) is claimed to be going on for a long time[77] and perpetrated by government agencies, special interest groups, fraudulent inventors and/or a non-demanding public.[78][unreliable source?] The special interest groups are usually claimed to be associated with the fossil fuel or nuclear industry,[79][80] whose industry would be threatened.[81][82]The suppression claims are: The scientific community has controlled and suppressed research into alternative avenues of energy generation via the institutions of peer review[83] and academic pressure.[84]
Devices exist which are capable of extracting significant and usable power from preexisting unconventional energy reservoirs, such as the quantum vacuum zero point energy, for little or no cost, but are being suppressed.[85][86][87][88]
More efficient versions of renewable energy technologies (such as solar cells[89] and biofuels) and energy-consuming technologies (such as electric vehicles[90]) are being suppressed.
Some examples of individuals that allegedly fell victim to suppression, harassment or death, are: Thomas Henry Moray,[91][unreliable source?][92] Stanley Meyer’s water fuel cell[93][94][95][96] and Eugene Mallove.[97][unreliable source?][98]
Development of weapons technology[edit]
Philadelphia Experiment, a supposed attempt to turn a U.S. Navy warship invisible, which allegedly caused severe harm to on-board crew members. According to Jacques F. Vallée, the experiment was based on the effort to make the USS Eldridge invisible to torpedoes, through degaussing technology and other methods.[99]
Montauk Project, a continuation of the Philadelphia Experiment, to put government-trained psychics (Duncan Cameron) into a program with the intent of mind control, time travel, and even mental manifestation.
High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program theory claims that HAARP could be used as directed-energy weapon, weather control, earthquake induction device and/or for mind control.[100]
Tsunami bomb. It has been alleged that the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami was intentionally caused by a nuclear weapon detonated in a strategic position under the ocean;[101] research into such technology was conducted by the military as far back as World War II.[102] Likewise, similar studies were conducted in the early 1970s.[103] The U.S. Defense Department had even expressed concern about earthquake-inducing technology in warfare well before the 2004 disaster. In 1997 Defense Secretary William S. Cohen stated: “Others are engaging even in an eco-type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves.” However, this was in the context of discussing concerns raised by a futurist writer, and providing examples of false threats that might distract the intelligence community; Cohen also indicated other countries might just claim such capabilities as a “false scare of a threat.” [104]
Chemtrail theory. Cloud-like trails behind aircraft, having the general appearance of contrails, but alleged to be chemical spraying.
Weapons testing[edit]
Peter Vogel’s book The Last Wave from Port Chicago argues that the Port Chicago disaster was an accidental detonation or intentional test of a nuclear weapon on ships manned by (mostly African American) U.S. sailors.[105]
According to some theories the crashes of Arrow 1285[106] and TWA800[107] were caused by a secret electromagnetic directed-energy weapon.
It has been reported that some in the Muslim world believe that the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami was caused by an Indian nuclear test that Israeli and American experts participated in.[108]
The Venezuelan state-run TV station ViVe has claimed that the 2010 Haiti earthquake was caused by US government testing an “earthquake weapon”, and a government cover-up took place.[109]
Surveillance, espionage and intelligence agencies[edit]
Throughout history, governments have used intelligence agencies to promote national policies in secretive ways. Consequently, conspiracy theories related to intelligence agencies abound, including theories on incidents of sabotage, propaganda, and assassination.
The 2013 global surveillance disclosures, particularly by Edward Snowden, revealed the extent of government surveillance projects that until then had been viewed by mainstream media as merely conspiracy theories. Today it is known that clandestine mass surveillance/computer surveillance systems track a significant percent of the world’s telephony and internet traffic. Moreover, participation in the clandestine activity is enormous. For example, according to The Guardian report on the Snowden leaks, 850,000 people have access to the Internet communications tracked by the Tempora system operated by the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).[110] Prism and XKeyscore are related systems that are operated by the United States National Security Agency (NSA) to track enormous volumes of communications.
Media[edit]
DTV transition[edit]
Some theorists claim that forced transition to digital television broadcasting is a practical realization of the “Big Brother” concept. They claim that miniature cameras and microphones are built into set-top boxes and newer TV sets to spy on people. Another claim describes the use of mind control technology that would be hidden in the digital signal and used to subvert the mind and feelings of the people and for subliminal advertising.[111]
Predictive programming[edit]
Main article: Predictive programming
This theory posits that media outlets produce media (generally fictional media such as popular films, television shows, novels, etc.) that include images of events such as terrorist attacks, epidemics, or other natural or man-made disasters with the intent of programming the general population to accept such events as plausible, so that when the government undertakes such operations in the future, the public will be predisposed to believe the operations are actually terrorist actions and not government actions. (See False flag operations above.)
HAARP[edit]
Main article: High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program § Conspiracy theories
HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) is an ionospheric research program funded by the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the University of Alaska, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Many conspiracy theories surround HAARP. Some theorists believe that it is being used as a weather-controlling device that can trigger catastrophic events, such as floods, hurricanes, etc. Others believe that the government uses HAARP to send mind-controlling radio waves to humans.
Medicine[edit]
The subject of suppressed-invention conspiracy also touches on the medical realm: proponents of more unlikely forms of alternative medicine are known to allege conspiracy by mainstream doctors to suppress their cures. Such conspiracies are often said to include government regulators, to the extent that a legal decision may be relevant. Some medical conspiracy theorists argue that the medical community could actually cure supposedly “incurable” diseases such as cancer (like the noted Luigi di Bella’s medicines) and AIDS if it really wanted to, but instead prefers to suppress the cures as a way of maintaining the multi-trillion dollar “cancer industry”. The costs for long-term treatment are generally higher than for a one-time cure. Other medical conspiracies charge that pharmaceutical companies are in league with some medical practitioners to “invent” new diseases, such as ADD, ADHD, HSV, HPV and even HIV.
Drug legalization[edit]
Some activists and spokespersons for legalization of drugs (especially marijuana) have long espoused a theory that government and private industry conspired during the first half of the 20th century to outlaw hemp, allegedly so that it would no longer provide inexpensive competition to pulp paper and synthetic materials.[112] William Randolph Hearst is often pointed to as one of the businessmen responsible due to his involvement in the printing industry and his eminence in the public eye.[112] An extensive study on the subject has been done by Jack Herer in his book The Emperor Wears No Clothes.
In his 1996 journalistic series and 1998 book, both titled Dark Alliance, Gary Webb asserted that the CIA had allowed Nicaraguan drug traffickers to smuggle cocaine into the USA and had allowed the subsequent crack epidemic in Los Angeles to help garner funds for the Contras efforts.[113]
Creation of diseases[edit]
There are claims that AIDS is a human-made disease (i.e., created by scientists in a laboratory). Some of these theories allege that HIV was created by a conspiratorial group or by a secretive agency such as the CIA. It is thought to have been created as a tool of genocide and/or population control. Other theories suggest that the virus was created as an experiment in biological and/or psychological warfare, and then escaped into the population at large by accident. Some who believe that HIV was a government creation see a precedent for it in the Tuskegee syphilis study, in which government-funded researchers deceptively denied treatment to black patients infected with a sexually transmitted disease.
It has been claimed that the CIA deliberately administered HIV to African Americans and homosexuals in the 1970s, via tainted hepatitis vaccinations.[114] Groups such as the New Black Panther Party and Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam assert that this was part of a plan to destroy the black race. Others claim that it was administered in Africa as a way of crippling the development of the continent.
There have been suggestions that either HIV or a sterilizing agent has been added to polio vaccines being distributed by the World Health Organization in Nigeria. Since these claims have been in existence, there has been a marked increase in the number of polio cases in the country, because Muslim clerics have urged parents not to have their children vaccinated.[115]
Water fluoridation[edit]
Water fluoridation is the controlled addition of fluoride to a public water supply to reduce tooth decay.[116] Although almost all major health and dental organizations support water fluoridation, or have found no association with adverse effects, efforts to introduce water fluoridation meet considerable opposition whenever it is proposed.[117] Since fluoridation’s inception in the 1950s, opponents have drawn on distrust of paid-for experts and unease about double-blind study findings.[118] Conspiracy theories involving fluoridation are common, and include the following claims that:[117]
Fluoridation is part of a Communitarian, Fascist or New World Order or Bank for International Settlements plot to pacify people so that they more easily trust authority and central banker pervasive propaganda. This notion is mentioned in Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove.[117]
Fluoridation was designed by the military–industrial complex to protect the U.S. atomic weapons program from litigation.[119][120]
Fluoridation was pioneered by a German chemical company to make people submissive to those in power.[120]
Fluoridation was used in Russian prison camps and produces schizophrenia.[117]
Fluoridation is backed by the aluminium or phosphate industries as a means of disposing of some of their industrial waste.[120][121]
Fluoridation is a smokescreen to cover failure to provide dental care to the poor.[117]
Fluoridation researchers are accused to be in the pay of corporate or political interests as part of the plot.[117] Specific anti-fluoridation arguments change to match the spirit of the time.[122]
RFID chips[edit]
Privacy concerns have surfaced regarding the use of RFID chips, which many states require to be implanted into pets as a means of tracking, will ultimately be used to track, spy on, or otherwise harass ordinary citizens; these devices’ small size enable them to be discreetly installed into a variety of items someone may carry on their person.[123]
Traditional, natural and alternative medicines[edit]
Many proponents of traditional, natural and alternative medicines claim that pharmaceutical companies and various governments and government agencies conspire to maintain profits by ensuring that the general public uses only modern medicines. For example, many countries have laws that prevent unproven medicinal claims from being printed on packaging, advertisements, etc., for medicines. Any substance for which medicinal claims are made are deemed “drugs”. (See Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.) Proponents of traditional, natural and alternative medicines often claim that since herbs, etc., are of natural origin, they are not drugs and that such laws fallaciously define them as drugs in order to control and ultimately limit or prevent their distribution thus ensuring profits for the pharmaceutical industry.
A variation on this conspiracy is claimed by Kevin Trudeau, author of Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want You to Know About. He claims that in the USA, “they” (pharmaceutical companies, the FDA and FTC) conspire to withhold natural cures because “they” can make more profit selling long-term treatments, that do not cure, in perpetuity.
Real groups said to be involved in conspiracies[edit]
The past or present existence of these groups is not disputed, and a variety of theories regarding hidden plots and/or agendas actively guarded from the general public have been proposed. There is dispute as to whether any of these theories are true.
Bilderberg Group[124]
Black Dragon Society
Bohemian Grove[125]
Freemasonry (see Masonic conspiracy theories)[126]
The Illuminati—Thought of as a secret group attempting to control the world.[127]
World Bankers
Zionists
Le Cercle[128]
Opus Dei – See Controversies about Opus Dei and Opus Dei and politics
Tavistock Institute On Human Relations
Skull and Bones—This Yale University fraternity is often thought of as being a secret society producing many financial and political leaders who have control or seek to gain control.[129]
Trilateral Commission[130]
BP particularly regarding the Gulf of Mexico oil spill[131][132]
SUPO
The Mafia
Alleged groups associated with conspiracy theories[edit]
This group is often discussed in conspiracy theories; however, its existence is disputed:
The Illuminati
The Plan[edit]
The Plan (Washington, D.C.): In U.S. cities that are controlled by African-American majorities, a persistent conspiracy theory holds that Caucasians are plotting to regain control and take over those cities.
Paranormal activity[edit]
Extraterrestrials[edit]
Main article: UFO conspiracy theory
A sector of conspiracy theory with a particularly detailed mythology is the extraterrestrial phenomenon, which has become the basis for numerous pieces of popular entertainment, the Area 51/Grey Aliens conspiracy, and allegations surrounding the Dulce Base. It is alleged that the United States government conspires with extraterrestrials involved in the abduction and manipulation of citizens. A variant tells that particular technologies, notably the transistor—were given to American industry in exchange for alien dominance. The enforcers of the clandestine association of human leaders and aliens are the Men in Black, who silence those who speak out on UFO sightings. This conspiracy theory has been the basis of numerous books, as well as the popular television show The X-Files and the Men in Black film series. The X-Files based the plots of many of its episodes around urban legends and conspiracy theories, and had a framing plot which postulated a set of interlocking conspiracies controlling all recent human history.
There are claims about secret experiments known as the Montauk Project conducted at Camp Hero, Montauk, New York. Allegedly, the project was developing a powerful psychological war weapon. The project is often connected to other alleged government projects such as the Philadelphia Experiment and Project Rainbow, both of which involved the use of unified field theory to cloak vessels. Experiments involving teleportation, time travel, contact with extraterrestrials, and mind control are frequently alleged to have been conducted in the camp. Preston B. Nichols has written five books on the subject, including Montauk Project: Experiments in time.
Evil aliens[edit]
See also: Alien invasion
A somewhat different version of this theory maintains that humanity is actually under the control of shape-shifting alien reptiles, who require periodic ingestion of human blood to maintain their human appearance. David Icke has been a devoted proponent of this theory.[133] According to Icke, the Bush family and the British Royal Family are actually such creatures, and Diana, Princess of Wales was aware of this, presumably relating to her death. Margaret Thatcher is also believed to have been an important figure in the reptilian secret army.[133] David Icke’s theory, which encompasses many other conspiracy theories, is that humanity is actually under the reptilians; with evidence ranging from Sumerian tablets describing the “Anunnaki” (which he translates as “those who from heaven to earth came”), to the serpent in the Biblical Garden of Eden, to child abuse and water fluoridation. Another well-known alien conspiracy is known as Project Blue beam, supposedly a NASA and government psychological operation involving a fake alien invasion, along with light and laser shows in the sky, and false reports of UFO landings, to fake the second coming of Christ, as depicted in the Bible’s Rapture, in order to bring about a global New Age religion with the Antichrist as head.
Miscellaneous[edit]

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Nature[edit]
Rumours persist that the 1952 Lynmouth Flood in Devon, England was caused by British government scientists and the British military experimenting with artificial rainmaking or cloud seeding as part of research programme known as Project Cumulus. The floods caused the deaths of 35 people and extensive damage to buildings and the natural landscape. Declassified official documents uncovered by the BBC appeared to lend some credence to the theory and the incident was the subject of a BBC documentary.[134]
Several theories are advanced regarding the cause and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.[135]
Conspiracy theories related to the causes of the devastating 2010 Pakistan floods abound, with even mainstream newspapers repeating allegations that India and/or the U.S. are responsible.[136][137]
Advertising[edit]
There is a theory that the “computer vs. human” chess game between Russian grandmaster Garry Kasparov and IBM’s Deep Blue computer had involved cheating by IBM, to ensure they would achieve a victory that would be widely publicized. This theory is argued by the documentary Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine.
A theory claims that The Coca-Cola Company intentionally changed to an inferior formula with New Coke with the intent of driving up demand for their classic product, later reintroducing it for their financial gain. Alternatively, people believe the switch was made to allow Coca-Cola to reintroduce “classic” Coke with a new formulation using less expensive corn syrup.[138] Donald Keough, president of Coca-Cola, replied to this charge: “The truth is, we’re not that dumb, and we’re not that smart.”[139]
Space[edit]
Main article: Moon landing conspiracy theories
Conspiracy theorists claim that the Apollo moon landings were “staged” in a Hollywood movie or other studio either because they never happened or to conceal some aspect of the truth of the circumstances of the actual landing. (This led to the falsified Martian landing plot of Peter Hyams’s film Capricorn One and is also part of the plot of the 2011 film Transformers: Dark of the Moon.)
Another theory claims that the Apollo astronauts found a human skeleton and footprints on the moon. (This was circulated despite the fact that there is no way for anything to decompose on the moon, because its lack of atmosphere would prevent this.) The theory received more widespread attention when the satirical Weekly World News twice published stories about a human skeleton on the moon, first on Nov 28, 1989,[140] and then again on Jul 15, 1997.[141] This same story had been told before in a 1977 novel, Inherit the Stars, by James P. Hogan.
Soviet space program conspiracy accusations suppose that some failed human spaceflights in the USSR occurred but were concealed by the government.
Project Solar Warden is an alleged DoD (Dept. of Defense) program of manned space fleets operating outside the boundaries of Earth orbit, supposedly under UN authority.[142] At least one organization, FreeGary.org, has been lobbying for the release from prison of the individual who “uncovered” the clandestine project, Gary McKinnon.[143]
Global warming[edit]
Global warming conspiracy theorists typically allege that, through worldwide acts of professional and criminal misconduct, the science behind global warming has been invented or distorted for ideological and/or financial reasons.
Genetically modified crops[edit]
The genetically modified crop conspiracy theory asserts that the global community of agricultural and biological scientists has conspired to fabricate the overwhelming amount of scientific evidence supporting the safety and benefit of genetically modified food crops, while also suppressing evidence suggesting the dangers of these crops. Supporters of this conspiracy theory typically argue for organic superiority and against the use of genetically modified food crop. Supporters of this conspiracy theory often associate the private company Monsanto with this conspiracy theory.[144][145]
History[edit]
Some New Chronology theories, such as the Phantom time hypothesis of Heribert Illig and the Fomenko-Nosovsky chronology, claim that the conventional dating of historical events is incorrect, and that the historical timeline has been purposely distorted by powerful interests.
Sports[edit]
The “Frozen Envelope Theory” suggests that the NBA rigged its 1985 Draft Lottery so Georgetown University standout Patrick Ewing would land with the New York Knicks, who had the first pick in that year’s draft. Conspiracy theorists argue that the Knicks’ envelope was placed in the freezer so that when NBA commissioner David Stern reached into a bowl containing the envelopes of all the teams participating in the draft lottery, he would be able to identify that particular envelope by its being colder than the others.[146]
Similar to the “Frozen Envelope Theory” is the football “Hot Balls Theory” which suggests that certain balls used in draws for FIFA competitions have been raised in temperature in order to achieve a certain specific outcome for the draw (e.g. to draw rivals together in order to generate more interest and revenue, or to give a certain team an “easier” draw).[147]
Electronic banking conspiracy[edit]
The Theory of Electronic Conspiracy is said to be a variant of modern New World Order conspiracy theories. The theory consists of the belief that a secret group has attempted for centuries to reach world domination, even if the result by design would be world destruction. According to this theory, the worldwide dominion has been planned from antiquity and follows the following phases:[148]
1.The substitution of precious metal-based coin currency by paper currency. This process began in the Renaissance, with the beginning of the use of tickets which allowed for people to have a tangible good (such as silver or gold pieces) by paper—a more virtual, but comfortable, medium which the state was committed to provide the equivalent amount of precious metal if such was required.
2.The appearance of virtual money, with credit cards: money approaches wholly virtual status. Money is no longer a tangible paper- or metal-based object but rather a series of numbers recorded in magnetic stripes.
3.The proliferation of Internet and Electronic commerce: credit cards are no longer required in order to purchase or sell goods and services from an Internet-connected computer.
4.The concentration of the worldwide bank into few hands, by means of continuous international banking fusions.
5.The worldwide implementation of an electronic identity card.
6.The great worldwide blackout: A tremendous disaster will take place when, after a great electrical blackout on a planetary scale, the data of all electronic accounts erase simultaneously. After this event, chaos and poverty will immediately ensue throughout the planet; and civilization will revert to its primitive forms of slavery to survive. This is the last aim of the “secret organization” which has spent centuries guiding this process. The worldwide blackout will be preceded by partial blackouts that would only be tests and “signals” to communicate that different phases of the process are being fulfilled. An example of these partial blackouts would be those that have been produced almost simultaneously in different parts around the world; and, at the beginning of the 21st century, shortly after the September 11, 2001, attacks: the blackouts in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. This theory is used as the central plot of the 2013 TV series Revolution.

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