Conspiracy Theories Abound

January 26, 2009 at 10:13 pm (Bad Science, Conspiracy) (, , , , , , )

Hudson Bay, 9/11, the New World Order, anything on the Whale.to website… conspiracy theories are all around us. Lay Science has recently looked at the Hudson Bay and (slightly less recently) 9/11 conspiracy theories and Charlie Brooker, in Saturday’s Guardian, introduced me to “a platform for alternative and suppressed viewpoints” called Edge Media TV. Brooker makes the point that “if “the system” was even 1% as efficient and sinister as they believe, their station wouldn’t exist”, which is a bit awkward because “conspiracy theorists need to believe their viewpoints are being suppressed, rather than, say, assessed and dismissed as ropey and ludicrous.”

Digression 1: To be honest, I can’t read about conspiracy theorists having their views suppressed without thinking of Monty Python (“help, help! I’m being repressed” – Dennis on Youtube). When looking for a link to the Monty Python piece, I came across a post that had the Youtube link in the comments. The post is here: balloon-juice.com; and it features a brilliant comment from someone complaining that Obama plans to create an African county within the US: “I think the presence of these flags should be viewed with alarm. And I don’t want to hear any looney left comments that they are only decoration. They ARE a modification of the American Flag.” Turns out it was actually the state flag of Ohio. Even looking for a Monty Python quote brings up daft conspiracy theories now.

Digression 2: Brooker discusses the tendency of conspiracy theorists to “dismiss the general public as idiotic, docile sheep”, which made me wonder if there was a link here to the Royal Family and woo – perhaps one reason they are so keen on AltMed is because they believe that the riff-raff use the NHS, while the privileged royals are able to call on the best homeopaths and herbalists that money can buy?

Back to the point(s) of this post: Edge Media TV looks like a comedy goldmine. I don’t have Sky, but if you do you may want to check it out (channel 200, I believe). Also, Charlie Brooker is an absolute legend and it’s always worth publicising his writing. Just brilliant. In fact, he’s on TV now as I write this. Damn, I’d forgotten about Screenwipe. Quick – he’s talking about Bonekickers. Go!

Links

Brooker; Lay Science on the Hudson Bay conspiracy theories (includes some fun predictions); 9/11 on Lay Science; some 9/11 truther questions (ah, a top 40 – makes me nostalgic for Top Of The Pops); Counterknowledge, meanwhile, has a list of 15 questions for truthers to answer – here. Whale.to.

Edited to add more conspiracy fun: vaccines are supposed to reduce the population, not protect us from disease – “modern vaccines achieve exactly that women aborting, because ot the mercury preservative in those vaccines” – and ARVs are not intended to help those with Aids, but to allow genocide… “ARV’s are simply killer drugs with no success at all, except a possible planned genocide.” All in the one post on the Hpathy forum from somebody defending Jeremy Sherr. Here’s the link: Conspirathon! Heh. And finally (for now at least), Edge Media TV has a forum: ahahahahaha. Ha.

sheep

A member of the public, yesterday.

7 Comments

  1. Warhelment said,

    Did you see the Screenwipe review of the year? If not, it should still be on iPlayer. The clip of Noel Edmonds was quite astounding.

    Isn’t Matthias Rath a conspiracy theorist, seeing Big Pharma as being run by Nazi doctors? I may be wrong.

  2. jdc325 said,

    Heh – the Edmonds clip was bonkers. I quite liked the description of Piers Moron as a champion bullshitter too. But not as much as I liked the “snail-faced human smug swamp” tag.

    Brooker on iPlayer. Thanks for suggesting iPlayer, Warhelmet – it was well worth watching again.

  3. jdc325 said,

    Rath comedy available here: http://www.dr-rath-foundation.org.za/
    (Toxic Aids drugs and Pharmaceutical Colonialism – ugh).

  4. Warhelmet said,

    Ugh, indeed. Ah, I’d seen his spouting in various places (some Irish woo quoted him at great length, I think) but worse in the flesh.

  5. Nash said,

    re Screenwipe. I thought the one about ‘Mission type” progs was good. When he got Konnie Huq as his presenter, I fell off my chair laughing.

  6. jdc325 said,

    Nash: Was that the “shy bladder” one? That was brilliant. Brooker is clearly a genius.

  7. jdc325 said,

    Heh – found a link to the iPlayer for that episode via this forum: RDF.

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