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What's Your Favorite Crazy Conspiracy Theory?
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As part of the document-dump from Bin Laden's compound, we find that he may have been a fan of certain conspiracy theories, including those involving 911, as his library included these raddled tomes :
- Bloodlines of the Illuminati by Fritz Springmeier (including why JFK was killed)
- The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly Hall (a guide to mysticism)
- The Taking of America 1-2-3 by Richard Sprague (assassins and brainwashing did the trick)
- Secrets of the Federal Reserve by Eustace Mullins (from 1952!)
- America's "War on Terrorism" by Michel Chossudovsky (911 was an inside job)
- Conspirators’ Hierarchy: The Committee of 300 by John Coleman (one world government)
- Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil by Michael Ruppert (Cheney did it)
- New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11 by David Ray Griffin (Bush let 911 happen)
What's even more entertaining is how 9-11 truthers themselves are now wary of bin Laden's conspiracy theories, especially when he wasn't reading one of their books. But the best conspiracies of all have an all-inclusive, overlapping sort of genius.
When in doubt, blame Obama....
I had a long-term friend who was a big subscriber to conspiracy theories. In the days before we joined this current reality-based community but when the onset of high speed internet meant you could look up and share all kinds of crazy information, we indulged his insistence that we watch videos about how the Bilderbergs were actually running everything, and how 9/11 was an inside job.
Because of Bob I sort of understood the defense mechanism behind the adherence to a conspiratorial world view. No one was going to sneak up on him. He was a survivalist with a gun under his pillow (until he woke up smelling gunpowder only to realize he'd accidentally shot himself in his sleep) and gold buried in his back yard. Conspiracy theories reassured him that his fears had an external basis and that he alone of all his friends would survive the coming apocalypse, no matter the cause.
Bob was reflexively suspicious of any orthodoxy and conventional wisdom, which was all very entertaining until paradise50 was diagnosed with cancer. I abruptly stopped having the time or the patience to listen to his cancer theories, especially when he reported being "very disappointed" in us as health care professionals since we didn't realize that iodine deficiency was the underlying cause of all cancers. All pNut had to do was paint an iodine solution on his arm every day, and.... well. As Paul Simon said, "I don't find this stuff amusin' any more."
Of course we see all kinds of CT here on Daily Kos, none of which is allowed to be seriously promoted because of the obvious disruption it causes. So by all means, do not take any of this seriously.
What's conspiracy theory makes you laugh, or shake your head in dismal dismay? Did you know that if you're in a room with 25 people, at least one of them believes the world is run by lizard people? Or that there was no moon landing because the moon itself actually doesn't exist? Or that Andy Kaufman faked his own death? Or that you shouldn't vaccinate your dog because Jenny McCarthy says it causes pawtism? (h/t Amy Schumer)
If you're low on material, check out Worst 100 Nutty Conspiracy Theories of All Time.
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