Monday, August 18, 2008

Conspiracy Monday

Ever wonder? Ever wonder what goes on in the head of someone who lives in a conspiracy filled world?
Me too. Personally I think it's probably a bit creepy in there. Like a cobweb filled library with the shelved knocked over. Like being trapped in Rush Limbaugh's psyche.
First up, the top 10 conspiracy theories in the UK.
UK news in brief | UK news | The Guardian
· 1 Area 51 exists to investigate aliens (48%)

· 2 9/11 was orchestrated by the US government (38%)

· 3 Apollo landing was a hoax (35%)

· 4 Diana and Dodi were murdered (32%)

· 5 The Illuminati secret society and masons are trying to take over the world (25%)

· 6 Scientologists rule Hollywood (17% )

· 7 Barcodes are really intended to control people (7%)

· 8 Microsoft sends messages via Wingdings (6%)

· 9 US let Pearl Harbour happen (5%)

· 10 The world is run by dinosaur-like reptiles (3%)

As far as each of them go -- uh, sure. Reptiles. Like that could happen in Canada. Nine months of the year our leaders would be running up the hydro bill on heat lamps.
9/11? Gotta say that for all of the debunkings I've heard I'd never seen the bureaucracy arguement before.
Charlie Brooker on 9/11 and conspiracy theorists | Comment is free | The Guardian
The glaring problem - and it's glaring in 6,000 watt neon, so vivid and intense you can see it from space with your eyes glued shut - is that with any 9/11 conspiracy theory you care to babble can be summed up in one word: paperwork.

Imagine the paperwork. Imagine the level of planning, recruitment, coordination, control, and unbelievable nerve required to pull off a conspiracy of that magnitude. Really picture it in detail. At the very least you're talking about hiring hundreds of civil servants cold-hearted enough to turn a blind eye to the murder of thousands of their fellow countrymen. If you were dealing with faultless, emotionless robots - maybe. But this almighty conspiracy was presumably hatched and executed by fallible humans. And if there's one thing we know about humans, it's that our inherent unreliability will always derail the simplest of schemes.

It's hard enough to successfully operate a video shop with a staff of three, for Christ's sake, let alone slaughter thousands and convince the world someone else was to blame.
Hear, hear.

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