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    I find it laughable that there could be any vast global conspiracy of any reality without somebody somewhere spilling the beans and blabbing about the whole thing.
    When said bean-spiller could be dismissed as a "conspiracy theorist"?  No, "conspiracy theorists" are simply people who have refused to believe in the accepted narratives for certain events, and who have (in the light of the failure of said accepted narratives to be credible) created hypotheses of their own.

    Now, maybe these hypotheses are crazy.  This doesn't eliminate the possibility of a less crazy hypothesis that, moreover, differs from the accepted narrative in important respects.

    I say that because all the REAL conspiracies we know about-----Iran/Contra, Watergate, corporate price-fixing, etc--we know about because somebody spilled the beans and blabbed about the whole thing. As a result, we know virtually every detail of who met where with whom and discussed what with them.
    Here there is still some room to discuss what counts as a "REAL" conspiracy and a conspiracy about which there is still some debate about what is and isn't "REAL."  The accepted narrative about the assassination of JFK (Oswald did it all by himself) is ridiculous.  Thus the alternative explanations all involve conspiracies.  Are we to dismiss all of them out of hand?
    That is why I am inherently skeptical about all the conspiracy kookers. None of them has any real way of actually knowing anything they claim to know--and nobody who DOES have a way of actually knowing has ever spilled the beans and blabbed. A pretty good indication to me that there's nothing really there.
    Once again, absence of evidence does not constitute evidence of absence.

    "It takes great courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it." Oscar Wilde

    by Cassiodorus on Wed May 22, 2013 at 02:43:08 PM PDT

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