Monday, December 01, 2008

History's Greatest Conspiracy Theories

These are from the Telegraph. And you can see by the numbers in front that they listed at least 30 of them!

30. Chemtrails - Chemtrail conspiracy theorists believe that some contrails, which consist of ice crystals or water vapor condensed behind aircraft, actually result from chemicals or biological agents being deliberately sprayed at high altitude for some undisclosed purpose. The staple of right-wing radio shows in the US, there is fevered speculation that the chemicals being sprayed are part of a wider plot that involves the so-called New World Order and is being directed by shadowy forces within the government. The existence of chemtrails has been repeatedly denied by federal agencies and scientists.

29. Global warming is a hoax - Some climate change doubters believe that man-made global warming is a conspiracy designed to soften up the world's population to higher taxation, controls on lifestyle and more authoritarian government. These sceptics cite a fall in global temperatures since last year and a levelling off in the rise in temperature since 1998 as evidence.

28. The Aids virus was created in a laboratory - Based on the theories of Dr William Campbell Douglass, many believe that that HIV was genetically engineered in 1974 by the World Health Organisation. Dr Douglass believed that it was a cold-blooded attempt to create a killer virus which was then used in a successful experiment in Africa. Others have claimed that it was created by the CIA or the KGB as a means to reduce world population.

27. HAARP - More than 200 miles east of Anchorage, Alaska, is the Pentagon's High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program, officially an enormous experiment to heat the ionosphere with radio waves. But conspiracy theorists believe the project is a weapon to bring down aircraft and missiles by lifting sections of the atmosphere, cause earthquakes or even a huge weather modification machine.

26. Plastic coffins and concentration camps - Just outside Atlanta, Georgia, beside a major road are approximately 500,000 plastic coffins. Stacked neatly and in full view, the coffins are allegedly owned by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema). Conspiracy theorists believe that Fema has also set up several concentration camps in the US in preparation for the imposition of a state of martial law and the killing of millions of Americans. They suggest that the financial crisis will be used to justify the imposition of a police state.

25. The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami - A popular theory in the Muslim world is that the tsunami could have been caused by an Indian nuclear experiment in which Israeli and American nuclear experts participated. Several newspapers in Egypt and the Middle East alleged that India, in its heated nuclear race with Pakistan, has acquired sophisticated nuclear technology from the US and Israel, both of which "showed readiness to co-operate with India in experiments to exterminate humankind," beginning with the heavily populated Muslim regions of southeast Asia, where the bulk of casualties took place.

24. Fluoridation - Fluoride is commonly added to drinking water as a way to reduce tooth decay. However, there has been some evidence that there could be some harmful side effects from fluoride and conspiracy theorists believe that this information is known and recognised by those responsible for adding the fluoride, but that they continue the practice regardless. Drug companies have been targeted as possible beneficiaries, as they will profit from a population with ill-health. Another motive is that fluoride lowers mental abilities thereby "dumbing down" the entire population.

I remember the Fluoride debate from my childhood. Since we lived in the country, we didn't have fluoridated water. Instead we had lots of lots of cavities and dental work! Which is your favorite C.Theory?

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Blogger Walker said...

Its all speculation and conjecture.
Hold on let me ask Elvis and Jimmy.

What do you guys think about all this conspiracy theory stuff?

No Jimmy I don't know where your meds are.
Maybe he did, I don't know.
He always looks stoned.
I know he thanked you but he said "Thank you very much all the time"
Did he say it was for taking your meds?
No you can't hit him with the bat....

2:00 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

My mother was a big believer in the fluoride thing. We had well water on our farm and she would never so much as brush her teeth whenever we visited the city, for fear of accidentally swallowing it.

9:22 PM  
Blogger Lorna said...

The AIDS one is just too sad. My favourite conspiracy theory is so shocking that if I told you, you'd have to enter a witness protection program---except I think the Witness Protection Program is somehow connected to those plastic coffins...

9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't remember which one I was going to pick because I was too distracted by Walker's comment and laughing so much I forgot what I was going to say.

12:16 PM  
Blogger dan said...

Quite worryingly, I find some of these ideas believable.

12:53 PM  

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