Victoria S. Hardy

Victoria S. Hardy

Thursday, August 04, 2016

The Idiocy of Conspiracy Theorists

The Idiocy of Conspiracy Theorists

Conspiracy theorists are idiots.  They are tin-foil hat wearing crazy folks who don’t reason, are anti-science, and do not accept reputable sources.  They are a threat because … um… what if everyone questioned the news and reports and decisions?  What if everyone spent more than 3 minutes reading an article without declaring themselves an expert, and actually reasoned, studied, questioned, and thought?  Chaos would ensue. 

Conspiracy theorists are so disturbing, as they have been since around November 1963, that you can search the tagline and find millions of articles about how ridiculous, outrageous, scary, and damned near demons of ignorance they are, and far worse than Ebola and the Zika virus.  Conspiracy theorists with their crazy notions may infect you or your loved one, and I’m sure there will be a vaccine for that soon enough.

I, personally, like the words Coincidence Theorists, or even, and grab your boot straps here … Critical Thinkers!  Conspiracy Theorist is a hacked out word like groovy, greaser, and bitchin’ (as in that’s bitchin’ cool, for the younger folk).  It was a word created after a great President made a speech and died weeks later.  Yes, he was assassinated after he told the world of a great conspiracy he had discovered.

Now the word conspiracy is a simple word, it means two or more people working together to carry out an illegal (or immoral) plot.  I write this believing everyone has an ability to use a dictionary to look up the word.  It often has political connotations – because people conspire!  They just do. 

In the ten years I’ve been writing articles, books, and researching full time I am amazed how many conspiracies happen, while most folks look at the shining box, read the popular “reputable” news sites, and have no clue.  And truly, knowing how little I know after the books, articles, research I’ve read, and the things I’ve seen that scare the crap out of me, it’s hard for me to deal with normal folks.  I suppose I’m just not normal anymore. 

I know it’s a used up phrase, but I like thinking outside the box. I love the strange and impossible; and the supernatural makes me laugh, cry, and sigh at the same time.  I love when my thoughts are challenged with a new idea, something I hadn’t considered.  I love when people think on their own, and make connections, gets hints, trust their guts, oh, and did I say think?  I like most anything that isn’t robotically repeating to me the same thing most everyone else is saying, as well as, the media, and the reputable news sites, and the snippets, memes, and sound bites …   It makes me a bit unsettled when I hear soundbites from this newscaster or the other, and then hear the exact same words from people I know. 

Soundbites are literally the reason I gave up cable years ago, when I would flip from news channel to news channel and hear the exact same story, the accepted and approved story, handed to me over and over.  The news channels began as an offering of All The News, All The Time, but they only give a little news, approved news all day, or many days, or how ever long it takes us to get it, and if you don’t get it, and if it doesn’t make sense, and you question their words then you are a conspiracy theorist. 

The truth is propaganda has been legalized in this country.  The news folks are no longer required to tell you the truth.  And it grows especially disturbing when you’ve looked deeper - you know those silly conspiracy folks (almost worse than clowns) looking deeper - and find that most of what we believe is the truth are truly just lies. 

I’ll start with a simple example, we are told that vaccines are completely safe and absolutely harmless, but what most don’t know is that the makers of vaccines are free from being sued if you or someone you love is harmed by the many injections.  Another thing most people don’t know is there is a vaccine injury department within the government, which has paid out billions of dollars to families since 1986 when the pharmaceutical companies were made immune.  The cap is 250,000 dollars that is awarded and that is usually when someone dies.  And only about 1 in 5 families who try to sue are allowed to have their cases heard.  If you do the math that is an incredible amount of vaccine injuries that you, or most folks, have never heard about, and it certainly isn’t being addressed on our 24-hour news channels.

Back in the 1960s there were crazy conspiracy theories about the government running odd tests on the average American without consent, and people laughed and mocked, knowing that the government would never hurt them.  Turns out the theories were true and the program had a name – MK Ultra, the CIA’s mind control program.  When the program was finally revealed, the documents heavily redacted, the truth managed to come out with some video of housewives given LSD, and one case of a government worker unknowingly given the chemical and plunging thirteen stories to his death.  The abuses the government used on innocent and unsuspecting Americans and Canadians included hypnosis, sensory deprivation, isolation, and verbal and sexual abuse all in the name of national security.  In 1973 the program was halted, or as some coincidence theorists believe, was simply renamed and still continues. 

In the late 1940s there were rumors that the government hired those “dirty, evil nazis” to work in America.  Most folks, full of patriotism after the Second World War discounted the idea as pure communistic hatred, even though those saying it had actually participated in the war.  Yes, once again those wacky conspiracy theorists were correct.   The program was called Operation Paperclip where thousands of scientists, engineers, and tech savvy folks were brought to America and became quite successful in rocketry, aeronautics, medicine, electronics, and etc.  These folks also escaped the Nuremberg Trials, which mainly focused on the low men on that totem pole who took the orders, instead of the ones giving them.  And recently a 94-year-old man, a former Nazi prison guard was sentenced to five years in prison.  The low men were tried and convicted, the higher on the pole came over to live the American dream and get top jobs at NASA, Bayer, and BASF, as well as, many other giants in our society. 

Back in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, black folks in the South grew very suspicious of our government.  There were whispers about not trusting the government, even though the government was supplying health care, and I suppose of lot of people laughed and thought it was the weird superstitions that the black folks held.  Turns out those suspicious and untrusting people were right.  The Public Health Service was carrying out studies on men, black men, infected with syphilis – and they didn’t do the proper thing to cure them, but watched, lied, and did horrible experiments on them.  The study, which was only to last for six months or so, went on for forty years while men died and families suffered.  So once again, those whispers, and conspiracy theories proved to be true.  
I literally could go on and on, for pages and pages, of how what once was a crazy, tin-foil, cracked-head conspiracy theory turned out to be true, from Karen Silkwood to Gulf of Tonkin to the assassination of President Kennedy.  I could go on and on, but I will leave it to the reader to do their own research and not simply trust the shining box or the news channels or the “reputable” sources. 

I would suggest if you are going to trust a source that you deem reputable, you should also explore their funding.  The long time Editor-in-Chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Marcia Angell, says you can no longer trust clinical studies, “It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.”

Dr. Marcia Angell was particularly disturbed by doctors giving anti-depressant drugs to children as young as two years old to fight bi-polar disorder (by the way, what 2 year-old isn’t a bit bi-polar, isn’t that why the phrase “terrible twos” exists?), which hadn’t been approved for children so young.  She read the “approved” articles being published in medical journals of how to get pharmaceutical cocktails to barely walking little humans and stated, “No one knows the total amount provided by drug companies to physicians, but I estimate from the annual reports of the top 9 U.S.-based drug companies that it comes to tens of billions of dollars a year in North America alone. By such means, the pharmaceutical industry has gained enormous control over how doctors evaluate and use its own products. Its extensive ties to physicians, particularly senior faculty at prestigious medical schools, affect the results of research, the way medicine is practiced, and even the definition of what constitutes a disease.”

I wonder if most folks would consider the former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine a crazy conspiracy theorist?  Or the other people who have made the same statements against medical journals, the CDC, network news station, and medical schools saying they are owned by the pharmaceutical companies and are no longer to be trusted. 

I could point out how those crazy folks are often right about the facts when the truth is unveiled, as it usually is years and lives later.  I could give links of how the media mocks and laughs and literally tries to create their own conspiracies to make people afraid of thinking. 

And speaking of the media and fear, SARS was doom, Avian Flu was a death sentence, Ebola was gonna kill us like a scene out of a Steven King novel or the history books, and now Zika is gonna disable our babies, and let us not forget the sharks, alligators, and even the weeds in your yard.  The media, which is owned by corporations, needs your fear, and fearful people usually don’t think, and that is their bread and butter. 

As always, keep seeking.

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