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Finale Prep: Your ‘Mr. Robot’ Conspiracy Theory Field Guide

Are any of you into the TV series Mr. Robot? It’s developed something of a cult following, not least for its conspiracy and hacker culture dog whistles. The show’s finale was delayed from last week due to the live broadcast shootings in Virginia, but if you’re planning on catching the show tonight, Grantland has a convenient “conspiracy theory field guide” to use on your second screen:

Two weeks ago, I hadn’t really paused to think about how idiotic all my passwords are. If you asked me about honeypots or raspberry pi(e)s I’d assume you were talking Winnie the Pooh or sickly-sweet deserts. The closest I’d come to experiencing true paranoia about consumerism and brands was the hell of submitting to a baby shower registry. (Seriously, though: Big Baby is no joke.) And then I started binge-watching Mr. Robot.

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If you’re reading this, I don’t have to explain to you what Mr.

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Why High-Profile Murders Are Ripe for Conspiracy Theories

A history professor examines an American phenomenon for The Marshall Project:

The recent on-air shooting of a Virginia television reporter and her cameraman by a deeply troubled former co-worker prompted the familiar outcry for stricter gun control laws and mental health screening. But a radically different reaction, circulating in various corners of the Internet, suggested that the shootings never happened.

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WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward, from WDBJ7’s Twitter account.

 

Instead, these online theorists assert, the Aug. 26 attack near Roanoke was part of a vast government conspiracy to restrict their Second Amendment right to bear arms. Similar theories were put forth after the shooting deaths of 12 people in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, as well as the killing of 26 children and staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Instead of actual gunfire and death, the theories go, the victims and their families are actually “crisis actors,” paid to portray scenes of artificial mayhem in order to gain political capital toward restricting access to guns.

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Christian Ministers Predict End of the World – This Month!

Haven’t Apocalypse doomsayers learned that attaching a specific date to the end of the world is a bad idea by now? Apparently not and the current target date is September 27th, per CNN:

There will be blood in September — literally, according to the Internet postings of end-times believers.

The night of September 27-28 will bring a “blood moon.” To skywatchers, it simply refers to the copper color the moon takes on during an eclipse, but to some Christian ministers, the fourth and final eclipse in a tetrad — four consecutive total lunar eclipses, each separated by six lunar months — fulfills biblical prophecy of the apocalypse. (The first three in the series took place April 15, 2014; October 8, 2014; and April 4, 2015.)

In promotion for his 2013 book “Four Blood Moons,” Christian minister John Hagee claimed that the tetrad was a sign of the end.

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Being Weird Makes You More Likely To Find Love

Let’s face it disinfonauts, collectively we’re a weird bunch. But that’s not a bad thing – a new study reported by Metro says we’re more likely to find love:

Your mum was right. The best thing is to be yourself, in all your weird, unconventional glory.

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Being weird – or ‘noncomformist’, in fancier terms – makes you more attractive to the opposite sex, a study in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin reports.

Researchers studied people who identified as heterosexual or bisexual, asking them to select people from online dating websites, describe their ideal partners and picture dates with people they had just met.

They found that both men and women showed a preference for partners who didn’t conform, through clothing, life decisions or opinions.

Essentially, this shows that being a rule-breaker or a bit weird can seriously work in your advantage, dating-wise.

The researchers say this goes to show that the old stereotype of what men like – the submissive, girl-next-door type – just isn’t true…

[continues at Metro]

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What Paul Newman did for Tomato Sauce, what Francis Coppola did for Cabernet, Willie Nelson is hoping to do for Weed

As marijuana becomes increasingly mainstream, it would be unAmerican not to have a pop culture icon become its commercial face. GQ looks into Willie Nelson’s bid to make “Willie’s Reserve” the biggest brand in legal weed:

“I’ve bought a lot of pot in my life,” Willie Nelson tells me, “and now I’m selling it back.”

Willie Nelson performing at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. Photo: joshbg2k (CC)

Willie Nelson performing at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. Photo: joshbg2k (CC)

 

Willie Nelson has this kind of answer—stock, pithy—for all kinds of questions, and he’s been using them for decades. Bring up his brief abortive stint at college studying business administration? Invariably he’ll soon say, “I majored in dominoes.” Mention the massive sum he owed the IRS in the early ’90s—somewhere between $17 million and $32 million—and you’ll get the one about how it isn’t so much “if you say it real fast.”

As time passes, the world offers up new questions, and so sometimes new answers are required.

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Britain’s Atlantis

There are some treasures of prehistoric Britain buried under the North Sea and archaeologists are planning to uncover what’s being dubbed “Britain’s Atlantis,” per the Independent:

Archaeologists are searching for the lost tribes of prehistoric Britain – at the bottom of the North Sea.

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In a unique and ground-breaking operation, scientists plan to search for evidence of Stone Age human activity on Britain’s very own ‘Atlantis’ – a vast prehistoric land, once located between England and southern Scandinavia, which was engulfed by rising sea levels some 7500 years ago.

The archaeologists hope to find evidence of flint tool manufacture, plant pollen and the DNA of plant and animal species used by the long-lost land’s ancient inhabitants. Due to be launched later this month, the multi-million pound project is the largest of its kind ever attempted anywhere in the world and will lead to the development by British scientists of an entire range of new scientific techniques and capabilities.

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Outrage after Auschwitz Installs Mist Showers to ‘Cool Down’ Visitors

OK, so if you were visiting Auschwitz, the notorious Nazi concentration camp, would you want to step into a mist shower? Apparently the management thinks you would, to “cool down,” per the Washington Beacon:

The proprietors of the Auschwitz concentration camp have found themselves in hot water after installing showers in the former Nazi extermination camp in a bid to “cool down” visitors to the onetime slaughterhouse, which is now a museum commemorating the Holocaust.

The infamous entrance gate at Auschwitz. Photo: Muu-karhu (CC)

The infamous entrance gate at Auschwitz. Photo: Muu-karhu (CC)

 

Mist showers have reportedly been installed at the death camp’s entrance to help tourists battle the high summer temperatures in Poland, where Auschwitz is located.

However, for some Jewish visitors to the museum, the showers have evoked harsh memories of the execution of more than 1.1 million at the death camp, many of whom were murdered by being marched into showers filled with poison gas…

[continues at the Washington Beacon]

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13,000 Year Old ‘Black Knight’ UFO Video Reignites One Of The Original Conspiracy Theories

Have you heard about the legendary “Black Knight” UFO? Huffington Post reports on its reemergence:

Conspiracy theories are a natural by-product of space exploration, surfacing to provide an answer when neither our eyes or governments are able to provide one.

Photo of the alleged Black Knight satellite during mission STS-88. (NASA)

Photo of the alleged Black Knight satellite during mission STS-88. (NASA)

 

One of the oldest theories around has to be the ‘Black Knight’ satellite, a mysterious black object which has been repeatedly referred to in reference to sightings all over the world and indeed even outside of this world.

After a period of absence from the limelight it appears as though the ‘Black Knight’ is back again, appearing in the sky above Jacksonville, Florida.

Believed to be a ‘13,000 year-old alien satellite’ (no, really), the ‘Black Knight’ story originates as far back as 1954, however theorists use a series of images taken in 1998 by the Space Shuttle Endeavour which showed a mysterious black object apparently in orbit around the Earth.

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Vice News Crew Facing Terrorism Charges in Turkey

While the terrorism charges against two Vice News journalists may sound trumped up and Vice Media is pooh-poohing them, consider that Egypt has just sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists to three years in (a not very nice) prison. The Wrap reports on the situation in Turkey:

Two Vice News reporters and their two colleagues will appear in court on Monday in Turkey to face terrorism charges after being detained on Thursday.

credit: Darwinek (CC)

credit: Darwinek (CC)

 

Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury, two British journalists for Vice, were taken into custody with their driver and fixer in the city of Diyarbakir in southeastern Turkey, initially detained for filming without accreditation; the charges have now evolved to supporting ISIS.

Authorities seized their cameras and raided their hotel rooms. The journalists “face unsubstantiated charges of terrorism” in court, a VICE News spokesperson said. “VICE News continues to work vigorously with all relevant authorities to secure the safe release of our four colleagues,” the spokesperson said.

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