Tag Archives | Conspiracy Theories

DisinfoTV: The Montauk Project

In a sleepy fishing town called Montauk Point, a device called the Montauk Chair was used to focus the energies of a sexually aroused psychic who could create an interdimensional vortex. The goal was to send military operatives back in time to alter key events. This was one of the segments we made for the pilot episode of the disinformation TV series. Although the no-budget production values are evident, the amazing complexity involved in the granddaddy of all conspiracy theories, the Montauk Project, is on full display. It involves mind control, time travel and Nazi gold—and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Taken from DisinfoTV on DVD, available now at: http://bit.ly/V01W7T Subscribe to Disinformation's YouTube channel: http://goo.gl/aHTcz
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‘Zero Hour’ Features Meryl Streep’s Daughter Talking About Disinfo.com

We haven’t been watching the new ABC Television series featuring Anthony Edwards, Zero Hour (it hasn’t been a roaring success thus far), but we might now. As Rob Bricken reports at i09.com, in the current episode “Arron has a discussion with Meryl Streep’s Daughter about the website Disinfo.com and pornography, which, in a feat of acting worthy of her mother, appears to charm Meryl Streep’s Daughter.” He first makes clear that:

Before I begin the recap, I want to make one thing clear: I love Zero Hour. I find it massively entertaining. Oh, it has flaws, and the characters are insane, and nothing makes any sense — but Zero Hour is doing exactly what it sets out to do, and making sense isn’t one of those things. I may mock the show, but I can promise you I look forward to Zero Hour’s madness every single week. And while Zero Hour may have let off the gas a little in this episode, it’s still pushing the crazy pedal to the metal…

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What happens when you study conspiracy theories? The conspiracy theorists make up conspiracy theories about you!

Mark Hoofnagle takes up the plight of beleagured conspiracy theory researchers at Science Blogs:

I’ve known about this effect for a while as I’ve been variously accused of being in the pocket of big pharma, big ag, big science, democrats and republicans etc. Now Stephan Lewandowsky, in follow up to his “NASA Faked the Moon Landings – Therefore (Climate) Science is a Hoax.” paper, has used these conspiratorial responses to study how conspiracy theorists respond to being studied! It’s called “Recursive fury: Conspiracist ideation in the blogosphere in response to research on conspiracist ideation.”

Here’s the abstract:

Conspiracist ideation has been repeatedly implicated in the rejection of scientific propositions, although empirical evidence to date has been sparse. A recent study involving visitors to climate blogs found that conspiracist ideation was associated with the rejection of climate science and the rejection of other scientific propositions such as the link between lung cancer and smoking, and between HIV and AIDS (Lewandowsky, Oberauer, & Gignac, in press; LOG12 from here on).

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Unlocking the Conspiracy Mind-Set

Stephan Lewandowsky

Justin Gillis tries to unscramble the conspiracy culture surrounding climate change for the New York Times:

When I first met the NASA climate researcher Gavin Schmidt a few years ago, we discussed the proliferation of material on the Internet attacking mainstream climate science. I asked him whether he thought climate contrarians were flirting with conspiracy theory in their views.

“Flirting?” he said. “No. They’ve already had conspiracy theory out on a hot date, and now it’s the morning after and they’re sitting up in bed, having coffee.”

I happened to recall that conversation the other day as I read the latest chapter of a remarkable back-and-forth between mainstream researchers and climate contrarians.

It all started last year, when a social scientist named Stephan Lewandowsky, of the University of Western Australia, and two colleagues published a rather provocative paper. It was based on an anonymous Internet survey of the readers of climate blogs.

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‘Our Occulted History: Do the Global Elite Conceal Ancient Aliens?’

We are not alone. And we never have been . . .

For years we’ve been taught that human progress has been a long, slow climb from the primordial ooze to hunter-gatherers to empires. But what if that’s only part of the story?

Bestselling author and legendary conspiracy researcher Jim Marrs, who has investigated the recent financial crisis, the JFK assassination, and the national socialist takeover of America, now takes on his biggest subject: the history of mankind. Offering mind-blowing information that will radically alter the way we think about the world and our place in it, Marrs goes beyond the revelations of his classic Alien Agenda, interweaving science and authentic archaeological finds with provocative speculation to show how human civilization may have originated with nonhumans who visited earth eons ago . . . and may still be here today.

Our Occulted History overturns conventional knowledge and beliefs, presenting compelling evidence that the earth once hosted prehistoric civilizations using technologies that very well may have surpassed our own.… Read the rest

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Russell Simmons: The Illuminati Doesn’t Exist (I’m Rich, I Would Know)

Following up on the scandalous Illuminati hand symbol by Beyonce during her Superbowl show, TMZ catches up with entertainment and fashion mogul Russell Simmons in what looks like an underground parking lot:
Mega-rich, ultra-successful record producer Russell Simmons says there's ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY no such thing as the Illuminati ... which is EXACTLY what someone in the Illuminati would say!!!!
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Beyonce And The Illuminati Superbowl Conspiracy

Continuing in the tradition of pop culture luminaries being accused of membership in the Illuminati, the usual suspects on the internet are having a field day with the supposed Illuminati hand signal made by Beyonce during her Superbowl halftime show. Digital Journal does a good job rounding up the fun:

Did Beyonce flash the Illuminati sign during the halftime show at Super Bowl? New World Order conspiracy theorists say she did and that she may have declared to the world that she and her husband are members of the super-secret cult.

Beyonce was captured flashing the Illuminati sign during her super-sexy Pepsi Halftime Show at Super Bowl XLVII at the Superdome in New Orleans just before the lights went out…

During her performance, Beyonce made the triangle sign that those who are into arcane symbols say is the Illuminati symbol. The Examiner writes: “For the record, the Illuminati sign has deep history in the world.

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Where The Intellect Leads The Heart Can Suffer

Fear of the unknown can be as common as knowing that the sun will set and rise once again. Chaos can be an ally, but can also bite the rear if given too much credence. Sometimes a person may feel the need to know, or the need to have some illusion of control over something they cannot possible know or control. This can have the potential of not only hurting the person also others, indirectly or directly. To Illuminate this, I share a story about a man who helped six children, and how the those needy for control have harmed themselves and others.

Via SALON:

“I don’t know what to do,” sighed Gene Rosen. “I’m getting hang-up calls, I’m getting some calls, I’m getting emails with, not direct threats, but accusations that I’m lying, that I’m a crisis actor, ‘how much am I being paid?’”

Someone posted a photo of his house online.

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False Past And The Phantom Time Hypothesis

Wikipedia lays out the phantom time hypothesis, the odd belief that certain eras of history did not occur:

The Phantom Time Hypothesis is a conspiracy theory developed by Heribert Illig in 1991. It proposes that periods of history, specifically that of Europe during the Early Middle Ages (AD 614–911), did not exist, and that there has been a systematic effort to cover up that fact. Illig believed that this was achieved through the alteration, misrepresentation and forgery of documentary and physical evidence.

The bases of Illig’s hypothesis include:

The scarcity of archaeological evidence that can be reliably dated to the period AD 614–911, on perceived inadequacies of radiometric and dendrochronological methods of dating this period.

The presence of Romanesque architecture in tenth-century Western Europe. This is taken as evidence that less than half a millennium could have passed since the fall of the Roman Empire, and concludes that the entire Carolingian period, including the person of Charlemagne, is a forgery by medieval chroniclers, more precisely a conspiracy instigated by Otto III and Gerbert d’Aurillac.

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A Look At Oath Keepers Preparing For Revolution

A fair look at those who believe that societal collapse may be immanent? This VICE piece features perspective on conspiracy theorism and the breakdown of the American Dream from several angles, including Alex Jones and Chris Hedges:
Traveling from Texas to Massachusetts, VICE investigates whether the country is actually on the verge of the 2nd Revolutionary War. The Department of Homeland Security classifies them as potential "domestic terrorists"; they prefer to be called patriots. As the economic crisis deepens, a growing movement of Americans is rejecting the two-party system and the mainstream media. They believe a violent revolution is imminent, and they're getting ready for it now. We meet Sgt. Charles Dyer, a U.S. Marine who has taken an oath to disobey unconstitutional orders and take up arms against the government if it becomes tyrannical — and is training a citizen militia to do the same.
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