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Your Fictional “New World Order”

595px-Dollarnote_siegel_hqMike S writes at the Peaceful Self:

There seems to be a lot of talk these days about some elite conspiracy to create a “New World Order”Yet, the history of egocentric mammalia has been nothing less than a collective endeavor of extracting itself from the natural order, as ordained by universal causality, by neurotically inventing fictional world orders for which to dissociate itself from a causal determined universe that denies free-will. Hence, in order to maintain and reinforce a free-willed illusion of control, egocentricity becomes more deeply transfixed in its fictional realities and this provides an illusion of being removed from the causal order of the universe.
Through the psycho-symbolism of superimposing abstract concepts upon a material world, egocentricity seeks to dissociate itself from the natural world order. Obviously, dissociation from the determined causality of your existence is utterly impossible, since the universe allows you to exist and death tends to have a way of proving this rather consistently and without question.
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BBC Asks If Conspiracy Theories Are Destroying Democracy

Secret-message-on-1-bill-conspiracy-theories-7780540-286-320Conspiracy theories destroying democracy? Yeah, well that’s what they’d want you to think.

Via BBC:

The more information we have about what governments and corporations are up to the less we seem to trust them. Will conspiracy theories eventually destroy democracy?

What if I told you I had conclusive proof that the moon landings were faked, but I had been told to keep it under wraps by my BBC bosses acting under orders from the CIA, NSA and MI6. Most of you would think I had finally lost my mind.

But, for some, that scenario – a journalist working for a mainstream media organisation being manipulated by shadowy forces to keep vital information from the public – would seem entirely plausible, or even likely.

We live in a golden age for conspiracy theories. There is a growing assumption that everything we are told by the authorities is wrong, or not quite as it seems.

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Secret Agenda in Syria?

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Is there a secret agenda afoot in America’s rush to war in Syria?
In an August 2013 article titled “ Larry Summers and the Secret ‘End-game’ Memo,” Greg Palast posted evidence of a secret late-1990s plan devised by Wall Street and U.S. Treasury officials to open banking to the lucrative derivatives business. To pull this off required the relaxation of banking regulations not just in the US but globally. The vehicle to be used was the Financial Services Agreement of the World Trade Organization.
The “end-game” would require not just coercing support among WTO members but taking down those countries refusing to join. Some key countries remained holdouts from the WTO, including Iraq, Libya, Iran and Syria. In these Islamic countries, banks are largely state-owned; and “usury” – charging rent for the “use” of money – is viewed as a sin, if not a crime. That puts them at odds with the Western model of rent extraction by private middlemen.
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The Culture of Conspiracy: Are You Being Lied To, After All?

mkultra-7The Gralien Report’s Micah Hanks has written a post about how real conspiracies like MK-ULTRA has changed the media environment and, in turn, transformed the way that we think about our world.

Via Mysterious Universe:

Again, what such famous instances as MK-ULTRA and the JFK assassination point to, at the crux of the matter, is that because of the actual presence of conspiracies in our culture, conspiracy theories seem to have become exponentially more widespread. This phenomenon is further exacerbated by the media’s treatment of controversial news stories, the likes of the Boston Marathon bombing and the Newtown Connecticut school shooting, in which rampant speculation proliferates in the absence of fully disclosed facts pertaining to such cases in the hours and days following such tragedies. What the mind is lacking, it substitutes with speculation, and in doing so, the act of gap-filling often leads to the birth of conspiracies.

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A Coincidence Theorist’s Guide to Political Assassinations

The assassination of William McKinley

Via orwellwasright:

If there’s one thing Americans seem to enjoy, it’s killing their politicians: since 1825, at least 30 have been assassinated. Four of these were Presidents. But does this peculiar trait come from a cultural proclivity for psychopaths or a disgruntled, violently predisposed electorate, or is there an overarching conspiracy in place, something which ties these political assassinations to something more tangible than the “lone gunmen” explanations offered by “Official History”?

Here are some interesting correlations to be found when analyzing the economic policies and observations of some of these assassinated politicians – since correlation does not imply causation, consider this a “coincidence theorist’s” guide…

Andrew Jackson

President Jackson is widely remembered (by those who remember him) as a strong opponent of the National Bank. This was an early attempt to bring the US under the wings of the central banks which dominated European finance.… Read the rest

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Andy Kaufman Has a New Album Out. Maybe. Probably Not.

0Andy Kaufman’s provocative comedy career continues beyond the grave?

Could Andy Kaufman be pulling off the biggest prank of his exceptionally strange life in comedy, almost 30 years after his death? Vernon Chatman isn’t at liberty to say.

Chatman, a fellow comedian perhaps best known for co-creating the cult sketch show Wonder Showzen and as the voice of Towelie on South Park, compiled the brand-new comedy album Andy and His Grandmother. Full of eccentric real-life moments, with the late comedian toying with the minds of his girlfriends, talking to cops and hookers in assumed voices and, yes, chatting with his grandmother, the album was culled from 82 hours of tapes Kaufman recorded for his planned debut album, which never came to pass after his death, reportedly of lung cancer, at age 35.

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DisinfoCast: 64: Nick Redfern’s Monster Files

Picture: Nick Redfern (C)

Picture: Nick Redfern (C)

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Nick Redfern is here to talk about government secrets that they don’t want you to know: Does the NSA have a “Bigfoot” file? Why was the CIA so interested in Yeti hunter Tom Slick? Are there really werewolves roaming the mountains of Afghanistan? We discuss this and more on this episode of the DisinfoCast.

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Playing for Keeps: AI Enters the World of Online Poker

poker-botsA poker bot able surpass human competitors still has other bots to contend with. Is online gambling poised to become cyperpunk? From Gabriel Dance at The New York Times:

Bryan Taylor, 36, could not shake the feeling that something funny was going on. Three of his most frequent opponents on an online poker site were acting oddly, playing in ways that were so similar it was suspicious.

Mr. Taylor, who started playing poker professionally in 2008, suspected that he was competing against computers — specifically bots, short for robots — that had been programmed to play poker and beat the odds.

And he was right. After an investigation, the site Mr. Taylor frequented, PokerStars, determined that his opponents had been computers masquerading as people and shut them down.

Poker bots are not new, but until recently they were not very good. Humans were better at the nuances of the game — at bluffing, for instance — and could routinely beat the machines.… Read the rest

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FBI Unravels KKK-Linked Plot To Create Deadly Radiation Beam Weapon

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The most insane non-starter terrorist death ray plot in a while, reported by upstate New York’s Times Union:

A plot to design a radiation weapon was unraveled by an FBI task force that charged two men with conspiring to sell the weapon to Jewish groups or a southern branch of the Ku Klux Klan. The vehicle-mounted radiation gear was intended to be remotely controlled and capable of aiming a high-energy lethal beam of radioactivity to silently kill human targets.

Glendon Scott Crawford, who was suspended from his job as an engineer at General Electric this week, had devised a plan to build and sell the weapon to a terrorist organization. An FBI affidavit indicates that as many as eight unidentified people may have been assisting Crawford, including a fellow GE employee described as “Person C.”

The FBI’s investigation began in April 2012 when Crawford went to a synagogue and “asked to speak with a person who might be willing to help him with a type of technology that could be used by Israel to defeat its enemies, specifically, by killing Israel’s enemies while they slept.”

The unidentified synagogue contacted police, who relayed the information to the FBI.

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The NSA PRISM Leak of Snowden and The Pentagon Papers of Ellsberg

The more things change, the more they stay the same, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have any(Steven Ellsberg of the Pentagon Papers leak, left; Edward Snowden of the NSA PRISM leak, right)

Of course, you won’t find too much support for that “traitor” and “defector” on the mainstream news networks (even Andrew Napolitano seems to be the lone voice lionizing Snowden as an “American hero” on the Fox News Network).

Dana Stuster writes at Foreign Policy.

“…[T]he reaction to Snowden’s leaks is in many ways different than the response Ellsberg received when the Pentagon Papers were published four decades ago. Then, politicians went out of their way to be associated with Ellsberg’s disclosures. Sen. George McGovern, who was running for president at the time, told the New York Times that he suggested Ellsberg make the Pentagon Papers available to “a respectable newspaper” and that he did not release the Pentagon Papers himself because it would have seemed too political, according to an Aug.

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