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Conspiracies: Fact or Fiction?

If enough isolated individuals pursue the same goal, the effect is indistinguishable from a conspiracy.

Many people delight in hearing about conspiracies. My favourite story about conspiracy theories came during a summer break from college..

Working as a waiter, I noticed that one of the other waiters had more customers coming to see him. He was also making more tips than anyone else.

None of his fellow workers knew his secret.  The only thing we all knew was that he was a horse-racing fan; but we didn’t think he had enough to bet heavily on the races.

One day I got up enough courage to ask him what his secret was for getting larger tips, promising that I wouldn’t share the secret with anyone else.

He surprised me by saying that he made predictions for his customers on winners at the race track. When I asked how he predicted the winners, he reluctantly agreed to tell me; but I had to promise not to tell anyone else.

“Eight customers come by looking for tips on the week’s winner,” he said, “and I give each of them a different horse to bet on. Seven will lose and one will have a winner.”

He added, “These guys make big bets, and the one who wins comes back to me with a big tip.”

He had eight people pursuing the same goal to win, betting on one major eight-horse race each week. They didn’t know each other nor were they aware of the waiter’s conspiracy.

Though my waiter friend was a sole conspirator, most conspiracies involve more people. In a way, the bettors were co-conspirators.

A conspiracy is (1) a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful, or (2) The act of plotting.

A conspiracy theory is a belief that some covert but influential organization is responsible for an unexplained event.

As more and more people tap into the wealth of knowledge, bluster, revelations, predictions and guesswork on the internet, the total number of online conspiracy theories increases exponentially.

According to Wikipedia, “The list of conspiracy theories is a collection of the most popular unproven theories.” The key word here is “unproven”.

“These are related but not limited to clandestine government plans, elaborate murder plots, suppression of secret technology and knowledge, and other supposed schemes….”

According to Benjamin Radford, writing for Live Science, “major companies we buy products from everyday have been found guilty of conspiring to fix prices and reduce competition.”

Radford added, “Just about any planned criminal act committed by more than one person could be considered a conspiracy, from simple murder-for-hire to the Watergate break-in.”

Conspiracy theories are just that: theories.  They’re often followed and repeated by many; and they’re as difficult to disprove as they are to prove.

Live Science offers ten leading conspiracy theories, all of which are clearly explained for those who don’t know, on their website.

For those with questions about these conspiracy theories, Live Science provides excellent explanations of each.

  • The 9/11 Conspiracies
  • Princess Diana’s Murder
  • Subliminal Advertising
  • The Moon Landing Hoax
  • Paul McCartney’s Death
  • John F. Kennedy’s Assassination
  • The Roswell Crash Cover-Up
  • Protocols of the Elders of Zion
  • Satanic Cults
  • Big Pharma

The first of these is definitely a conspiracy.  The theory part involves determining whether the conspirators were Osama bin Laden and followers or Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld

The two most abhorrent conspiracies of the last decade were the one that got the USA and the UK into war in Iraq and the current conspiracy to get America into war with Iran.

These are seldom referred to as conspiracies. There’s no doubt that the first, which columnist James Wall referred to as “the 2003 Shock and Awe production”, was advocated and planned by Israel, American Zioncons and Israeli-firsters.  It was fully supported by the American and British media and governments

The hidden rationale for the invasion and occupation of Iraq was the lie that Iraq had the capacity to produce weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). Following the invasion, no one could find any evidence of WMDs.

The real reason for the invasion of Iraq involved the protection of Israel from any future development of WMDs, which Israel and its American supporters insisted upon.

The Israelis have long wanted to get rid of the Palestinians. However, they know that they must first get rid of any major threats from the rest of the Middle East.

Professor Juan Cole wrote that Tony Blair’s communications director  “Alastair Campbell’s serialized memoirs contain a bombshell that is largely being ignored in the Western press, the revelation that in conversations with President George W. Bush in late 2002, then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon threatened to nuke Baghdad if Saddam Hussein hit Israel with rockets again.”

If, as Cole has suggested, Israel has used its nuclear arsenal to threaten others, there’s every reason to believe that Netanyahu is “behind the scenes, once again pushing the US toward an attack on Iran.”

With Congress genuflecting at every wish and demand of Israel’s and their American accomplices, the theory will more than likely become the catastrophic results of a horrendous conspiracy.

The only hope that America (and perhaps the rest of the world) has involves an awakening of the public to the predictably horrific results of yielding to the collaborating demands of Israel and its co-conspirators.

It cannot be too soon for the public to exercise voting pressure on an unscrupulous Congress to place what’s good for America ahead of what’s good for an insidious Israel.

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17 Responses to Conspiracies: Fact or Fiction?

  1. Jay Knott June 24, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    “The theory part involves determining whether the conspirators were Osama bin Laden and followers or Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld… The two most abhorrent conspiracies of the last decade were the one that got the USA and the UK into war in Iraq and the current conspiracy to get America into war with Iran.” These two are Zionist conspiracies.

    The author doesn’t mention the idea, often expressed on this site, that September 11th was also a Zionist conspiracy. I argue that it wasn’t. If it were, they would have linked it to Iraq and/or Iran, making it look like they were involved.

  2. Blake June 24, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    Thanks for the article but the link to Live Science providing explanations to the “conspiracy theories” is not correct

  3. Ariadna Theokopoulos June 24, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    Excellent article. In the sense that it provides lots of grounds for discussion, that is.
    DEFINITION
    — To start with the author gives his view of the difficulty of spotting a conspiracy:
    “If enough isolated individuals pursue the same goal, the effect is indistinguishable from a conspiracy.”
    That gave me quite a turn. That is all of humanity.
    Take the workers at a construction site, for example, what a den of conspirator look alikes! First they engage in the conspiracy of “pursuing the goal” of erecting a building and then–more serious–they whistle and shout indecencies at women who pass by. Indistinguishable from a conspiracy indeed: they even use the same words.
    –Then the author gives us this definition:
    “A conspiracy is (1) a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful, or (2) The act of plotting.”
    which he proceeds to muddle completely by the example of a waiter who gave his customers his ‘predictions’ on horse races. One person, nothing illegal, no plotting involved.
    TYPES OF CONSPIRACIES
    The article should, but does not, make the important distinction between the two major kinds of conspiracies we need to talk about:
    A. a group engaging in an illegal/criminal act;
    B. a group engaging in the cover-up of the illegal/criminal act.
    Sometimes A and B are the same group, but not always. For example:
    –The attack of USS Liberty by Israel was an A conspiracy. Its cover up by LBJ’s administration was a B conspiracy. The groups involved were distinct.
    — Watergate was group A. Its cover-up by Nixon was group B. Not likely that Nixon was involved in A.
    The group A involved in the 9/11 conspiracy (and I am not talking about the boys with boxcutters inspired by the diabetic in the cave) may have had “representatives” in the group B conspirators involved in the cover up but it is almost certain that most of the group B were post-factum group B conspirators (the (9/11 Commission, etc).
    CONSPIRACY CONFUSED WITH OPEN MANIPULATION
    And finally here is a logical argument that contains not one but two fallacies:
    –If, the author says, Juan Cole’s great discovery that Ariel Sharon did indeed threaten to nuke Baghdad is true, then that provides “every reason to believe that Netanyahu is “behind the scenes, once again pushing the US toward an attack on Iran.”
    Why do we need Cole’s “bombshell” about a statement made by Sharon to realize the continuity of Israel’s aggressive conspiracy? Is it not obvious from “facts on the ground”? The fallacy that if Sharon said then Netanyahu must also be saying is useless.
    –What in the world could Netanyahu be saying “behind the scenes” that he has not already shouting to the the adoring US Congress in the limelight, not behind the scenes, or in public statements?
    The author seems to be confusing “conspiracy” with open, blatant, in-your-face manipulation and bullying.

    Finally I assume that “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” stands for the conspiracy for world domination by Jewish Power. I also tend to assume that those who don’t spell it out (the source article in Live Science) and refer to the Protocols instead are banking on the general popular assumption that it is an apocryphal document and thus the whole idea ridiculous before even discussing it.

  4. Ariadna Theokopoulos June 24, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    “Conspiracy theories are just that: theories. They’re often followed and repeated by many; and they’re as difficult to disprove as they are to prove.”

    That is disingenuous to say the least. Most are not “difficult to prove/disprove” at all if the conspirators in power would not block independent investigation.

  5. who_me June 24, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    i had never heard of the paul mccartney conspiracy before.

    • Ariadna Theokopoulos June 24, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

      Prepare to hear of many more similar ones that are tossed around in an effort to make any questioning of the Boxcutters’ Conspiracy Theory as zany as claiming Elvis is Alive, etc

      • who_me June 24, 2012 at 11:57 pm #

        “Prepare to hear of many more similar ones that are tossed around in an effort to make any questioning of the Boxcutters’ Conspiracy Theory as zany as claiming Elvis is Alive, etc”

        they used that trick long before 9/11 to discredit investigation into assassinations of the 1960’s. these are old dogs…

    • fool me once... June 24, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

      who_me
      “The “official” PID story: Paul was killed in a car crash November 9, 1966 and was replaced by look-alike William Campbell. This rumor first began in October 1969, when clues allegedly planted by the Beatles themselves began to be uncovered. In October 1969, a Detroit disc jockey, Russ Gibb, received a call from a listener (“Tom”) insisting McCartney was dead and suggesting he play the Beatles’ song ”Revolution Nine” backwards. Gibb did, and heard “turn me on dead man, turn me on dead man.”

      In an article in the August 2009 Italian issue of WIRED magazine, two forensic scientists conducted a biometrical analysis of Paul pre & post 1966. They actually set out to prove PID was a hoax, but they actually ended up proving Paul was replaced.

      In 2009, two Italians, Francesco Gavazzeni (IT analyst) and Carlesi Gabriella (medico-legal), studied images of Paul McCartney taken before and after the alleged death, and claimed there is high probability that it is not the same person, based on analysis of the shape of the skull and jaw, the curve of the jaw, the ear, palate and teeth.”
      http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showthread.php?t=102300&highlight=Mac+Cartney

      • Ariadna Theokopoulos June 24, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

        I wish I hadn’t read that. It was a blow to me in a very personal way.
        I looked at some photographs of myself of 20 years ago and there is no doubt about it: I was replaced too!
        What confuses me is that if I am the replacement I can’t say “I” was replaced because the other “I” is not me. It is all the more horrible given the fact that the previous “I” looked better…
        Why did they do it? I cannot find a single thing that is better about this “I” than about the younger one. They just wanted to degrade me physically for some perverse reason.
        So, it’s not just Paul McCarthy, they are doing it on a vast scale.

        • fool me once... June 24, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

          “They just wanted to degrade me physically for some perverse reason.”
          Now the questions are “Who are they and why?”
          I think the answers will be unequivocal when Ariel Sharon miraculously resurfaces from the vegetable patch in 2012. Dramatic weight loss, aged and an inability to converse due to “medical reasons”. Then quickly dying off at the appointed hour.
          Yes, he will be,to spell it out… Ariel Sharade!
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwZUPmuwpO4
          Regarding “perverse reason” may I suggest that due to the nature of this israeli messianic conspiracy, that you keep Searching in ear shot for advice in matters related to … the dark forces.

        • who_me June 25, 2012 at 12:00 am #

          Ariadna Theokopoulos

          my god! you too? they did it to me. what i cant figure out is how they did it.

          • Ariadna Theokopoulos June 25, 2012 at 2:45 am #

            Stealthily… by the time you start wondering it is too late

  6. happeh June 24, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

    All you have to do is read long enough to find the untruths buried in all the writing.

    “The real reason for the invasion of Iraq involved the protection of Israel from any future development of WMDs”

    The real reason for the invasion of Iraq was that Israel was losing against the Palestinians.

    Saddam was paying death benefit money to the families of suicide bombers. They were bringing Israel to it’s knees.

    So Israel orders the US and Britain to attack Iraq to stop those payments.

    After Iraq was attacked, Gaza and the West Bank were removed from the Israeli controlled main stream media.

    You ever notice how there has been zero news out of Gaza and the West Bank since about 2008 or so? That is four years ago. The location and people who were talked about daily for the previous 30 years in every major Western newspaper, just suddenly disappeared. Poof!

    But that is not a conspiracy of Western Newspapers to stop talking about Gaza and the West Bank. It is a coincidence.

  7. etominusipi June 25, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    Ariadna noted The article should, but does not, make the important distinction between the two major kinds of conspiracies we need to talk about:

    A. a group engaging in an illegal/criminal act;
    B. a group engaging in the cover-up of the illegal/criminal act.

    and perhaps we might add:

    C. the widespread conspiracy to mis-educate children and hook them into a false and pernicious view of reality.

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