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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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Boston Bomber Tsarnaev’s Conspiracy Theory Subscriptions

Issue 4 AFP 2011 Main BodyThe Wall Street Journal‘s Alan Cullison managed to obtain access to Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s former apartment where he discovered an array of so-called conspiracy theory publications:

…The papers included The First Freedom, an Alabama-based newspaper that espouses “equal rights for whites” and whose websites features a Confederate flag. Another was The Sovereign, a New York-based publication that alleges the U.S. is under the sway of Israeli lobbyists, and that Israel and the Department of Homeland Security were “deeply involved” in the Boston bombings. Neither paper returned requests for comment.

Mr. Tsarnaev got his own subscription to American Free Press, a paper that the Southern Law Poverty Center said promotes anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. A spokeswoman for the paper denied it had such an agenda, saying the paper publishes “news that the established media won’t.” She confirmed that someone bought Mr. Tsarnaev a “get acquainted” 16-week subscription in December. It expired in April, at about the time of the Boston Marathon attack.

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U.S. Government’s HAARP Program Shuts Down

haarp Did HAARP secretly manipulate the weather? Or beam mind-control radio waves out to the unsuspecting population? If so that’s no longer a priority. The National Association for Amateur Radio reports:

The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) — a subject of fascination for many hams and the target of conspiracy theorists and anti-government activists — has closed down. HAARP’s program manager, Dr. James Keeney, said that the sprawling 35-acre ionospheric research facility in remote Gakona, Alaska, has been shuttered since early May.

“Currently the site is abandoned,” he said. “It comes down to money. We don’t have any.” Keeney said no one is on site, access roads are blocked, buildings are chained and the power turned off. “Everything is in secure mode,” he said, adding that it will stay that way at least for another 4 to 6 weeks. In the meantime a new prime contractor will be coming on board to run the government owned-contractor operated (GOCO) facility.

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The “New” TWA Flight 800 Conspiracy Theories

TWA800reconstructionA new documentary made for (unlikely choice) EPIX Network, has inspired calls for a reopening of the investigation of TWA Flight 800. This report from Salon:

Long before there were Ed Snowden Truthers, there were TWA Flight 800 theorists, way back in 1996. Now the group is having another moment in the sun thanks to breathless media coverage of a new documentary that posits that a missile strike – and not the fuel tank explosion that investigators claim — brought down the plane 17 years ago off Long Island in the deadliest airline crash before 9/11. But in treating the assertions as new evidence, the media coverage is overlooking the fact that these claims are at least 15 years old.

For instance, a particularly effusive “Good Morning America” report termed the news “stunning,” labeling the six former investigators featured in the documentary “whistle-blowers” and saying they are “breaking their silence” for the first time on the crash.

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Alex Jones Creates A Stir On The BBC

The walking, talking antithesis of mainstream news programming, or the perfect addition to it? Following a dramatic appearance on CNN earlier this year, this past weekend Alex Jones was featured on the BBC One's Sunday Politics show for the ostensible purpose of discussing the Bilderberg Conference. Perhaps not completely surprisingly, things took a turn towards the chaotic, with the show fading out with Jones shouting at viewers to "wake up" as host Andrew Neil makes "looney tunes" gestures at the camera:
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Why Rational People Buy Into Conspiracy Theories

ManWearingTinFoilHatMaggie Koerth-Baker, science editor at BoingBoing, ponders why so many “normal” people believe in what she deems “crazy” conspiracy theories, for the New York Times:

In the days following the bombings at the Boston Marathon, speculation online regarding the identity and motive of the unknown perpetrator or perpetrators was rampant. And once the Tsarnaev brothers were identified and the manhunt came to a close, the speculation didn’t cease. It took a new form. A sampling: Maybe the brothers Tsarnaev were just patsies, fall guys set up to take the heat for a mysterious Saudi with high-level connections; or maybe they were innocent, but instead of the Saudis, the actual bomber had acted on behalf of a rogue branch of our own government; or what if the Tsarnaevs were behind the attacks, but were secretly working for a larger organization?

Crazy as these theories are, those propagating them are not — they’re quite normal, in fact.

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The Term Conspiracy Theory is Officially Dead Language, Let’s Move On to Mind Control Facts

IMG_20130503_222028Let’s face it. Magick does in fact have a lot to do with the manipulation of linguistics and how those manipulations transform internal states of consciousness, at least how I practice it (friend me on Facebook for updates). It is funny though because in this day and age I sometimes feel almost dated as a writer, and admittedly that’s why I also create in a lot of other mediums. With the increasing intricacy of video game enchantments, mobile synthetic telepathy, and easily accessible drugs, sitting down and reading a book can seem sort of old school truthfully. Then I remember how nearly all of my thoughts are derivatively running through the operating system of the English language and the importance feels more profound than ever. When you get down to it a lot of meditational practices, like say transcendental meditation (which I still do near daily) involve little more than intentionally forcing your mind to redirect its traditional infrastructure or moreover, not thinking in words.… Read the rest

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Matt Drudge, Alex Jones & Barack Obama Entangled In The Great Ammo Conspiracy

Bullets 270 SierraGrace Wyler dissects the conspiracy theory about federal ammunition hoarding for VICE:

Last month, conservative blogger Matt Drudge tweeted that he predicts 2013 will be the “year of Alex Jones,” the conspiracy theorist extraordinaire who most recently made headlines by suggesting that the Boston Marathon bombings were a “false flag” attack perpetrated by the FBI.

Drudge has a point. As the leading purveyor of New World Order conspiracies, Jones has a growing Internet following of casual fearmongers who see nefarious government intrigue in the most mundane bureaucratic chores (e.g. water fluoridation), and believe it’s only a matter of time before we are all living in FEMA concentration camps.

To the average person, this looks like lunacy. But is it all just conspiratorial blather? Or is there any truth to what Alex Jones and his fanboys are selling?

Mostly, the ideas are just nuts. But the most recent conspiracy theory du jour—that the government is stockpiling ammunition for an eventual showdown with the American people—has been surprisingly resilient.

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Gunplay Reflects on “The Original Bilderberg Group”

Gunplay-mugshot.jpgHip Hop artist Gunplay, a/k/a Don Logan, has penned a short essay about the Bilderberg Group for Pigeons & Planes:

As I am intrigued by the well-established Bilderberg Group, allow me to expand briefly. The profound group originated at Hotel de Bilderberg in Oosterbeek, Netherlands from May 29th-31st in 1954 where they “debated the future of the world.” Its organizational structure consists of the world’s richest, most powerful leaders, including multi-functional corporations such as directors of large businesses, bankers and top politicians. Daniel Estulin described the group in his Internet article as such: “who’s who of world power elites.” No individual can buy their way into the powerful group, but is invited by the Bilderberg Committee and must be adherents to the One World Order governance run by the world’s top elites.

The Bilderberg group meets yearly in various locations of the world where the participants discuss the world’s future.

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