What is a conspiracy theory?
The internet is best thought of as a medium where information (and dis-information) circulates freely. One needs to exercise caution and apply a lot of critical thinking to sift through the information we get from the internet. With this, one of the things I love to read is conspiracy theories – boy who doesn’t like mind blowing stuff – stories right out of an award winning Hollywood script writer’s pen.
Conspiracy theory definition
The term “conspiracy theory” refers to “a theory that explains an event or situation as the result of a secret plan by usually powerful people or groups”. In other words, it infers that there are secret groups (secret societies) that operate in secrecy that influence or create events to advance their own agendas.
What is a “conspiracy”?
Definition of “conspiracy” refers to the activity of secretly planning with other people to do something bad or illegal.
There are tons of conspiracy theories websites on the internet and as fans of conspiracy theories, we share with you what are the most interesting conspiracy theories we found. Check out the below on what we believe is the most comprehensive list of conspiracy theories we can find on the internet.
Why do people believe in conspiracy theories?
According to The Guardian, “In a Public Policy Polling survey, around 12 million people in the US believe that interstellar lizards in people suits rule our country. We imported that particular belief from across the pond, where professional conspiracy theorist David Icke has long maintained that the Queen of England is a blood-drinking, shape-shifting alien.
Conspiracy theories in general are not necessary bad, according to psychologists who study them. “If we were all completely trusting, it would not be good for survival,” explains Rob Brotherton, an academic psychologist and author of Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories. “Sometimes people really don’t have our best interests in mind.”
But when people leap from thinking their boss is trying to undermine them to believing their boss might be a secret lizard person, they probably cross from what psychologists refer to as “prudent paranoia” into illogical territory.
And there are a lot of illogical ideas to pick from. Around 66 million Americans believe that aliens landed at Roswell, New Mexico; around 22 million people believe that the government faked the moon landing; and around 160 million believe that there is a conspiracy surrounding the assassination of former US president John F Kennedy.”
It is likely that due to the universal tendency in human beings to be suspicious of groups that are powerful and potentially evil, people do sometimes connect the dots (events that happened) and start to conjure stories based on what happened and while some conspiracy theories do sound logical, conspiracy theories remain conspiracy theories.
Conspiracy Theory Movies
Without a doubt, conspiracy theories (true or not) blows our minds and there are movies dedicated to this topic. Check out a list of movies on conspracies below:
Conspiracy Theory Movies
1. ‘CAPRICORN ONE’(1978)
Inspired by conspiracy theorists that the United State’s Moon Landing is fake, Charles Brubaker is the astronaut leading NASA’s first manned mission to Mars (not the Moon). Right before the launch of the mission, the entire team is pulled from the capsule and the rocket sets for Mars unmanned much to Brubaker’s anger. The reason given for this was that the life support system was faulty and NASA couldn’t afford the publicity of a blotched mission – thus faking the Mars landing. Investigative journalist Robert Caulfield starts to suspect something.
Probably the mother of all conspiracy movies, this is a masterpiece by Oliver Stone about the murder of President John F. Kennedy – lasting for 3 hours, it’s a intriguing movies which persuades one to never accept the “official narrative” about anything.
3. ‘CONSPIRACY THEORY’(1997)
A man obsessed by conspiracy theories (cab driver played by Mel Gibson) becomes a target after one of his theories turn out to be true and gets drawn into a real government plot. In order to save himself, he has to figure out which theory it is.
4. ‘WAG THE DOG’ (1997)
This movie was opened just before the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal broe, Robert De Niro hires a movie producer (Dustin Hoffman) to create a war with Albania in order to distract the public from a sex scandal ahead of a presidential election. Trailer for Barry Levinson’s film starring Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Anne Heche, Denis Leary, Willie Nelson, Andrea Martin, Kirsten Dunst, William H. Macy, John Michael Higgins, Suzie Plakson, Woody Harrelson, Michael Belson, Suzanne Cryer, Jason Cottle, David Koechner,Roebuck ‘Pops’ Staples,Drena De Niro
5. ‘THE X-FILES’ (1998)
The iconic TV series gets the deluxe film treatment here, with FBI afents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gilliam Anderson) discovering the full scope of a plot hatched by invading aliens and a secret branch of the U.S. government. Fun for fans and enjoyable on its own terms. Mulder and Scully must fight the government in a conspiracy and find the truth about an alien colonization of Earth.
6. ‘ENEMY OF THE STATE’ (1998)
Will Smith stars as an attorney whose life is systematically destroyed after he stumbles upon evidence that NSA agents killed a congressman blocking surveillance legislation. Gene Hackman costars in a role that could be seen as a continuation of his character from the paranoid thrilled ‘The Conversation’. A lawyer becomes a target by a corrupt politician and his NSA goons when he accidentally receives key evidence to a serious politically motivated crime.
7. ‘CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER’ (2014)
This Marvel superhero adventure was directly influenced by ‘70s thrillers like ‘Three Days of the Condor’ – and even recruited Robert Redford for a major role – as Cap (Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) discover that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been infiltrated by the deadly HYDRA organization. As Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world, he teams up with a fellow Avenger and S.H.I.E.L.D agent, Black Widow, to battle a new threat from history: an assassin known as the Winter Soldier.
8. ‘ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN’ (1976)
This may be the most frightening conspiracy movie of them all – because it really happened. Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman play the ‘Washington Post’ reporters who uncovered the Nixon Administration’s plot to subvert the 1972 presidential election – a revelation that drove Nixon out of the White House. “The Washington Post” reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon’s resignation.
9. ‘THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR’ (1975)
A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust. Robert Redford is outstanding as a CIA agent who goes out for lunch one day – and comes back to find his colleagues murdered. Realising he’s the next target, he goes into hiding and discovers a nefarious plot that reaches deep into the Agency.
Top conspiracy theories – A list of the most popular conspiracy theories on the internet. Popular / Famous Conspiracy Theories
As fans of conspiracy theories, we source the internet and present you our favorite conspiracy theories categorized for you. While some conspiracy theories overlap a few categories, we do our best to classify them for you below.
List of Government Conspiracy Theories
9/11 Conspiracy Theory
There is a wide range of theory on 9/11. They range from US government turning a blind eyes to warnings prior to 9/11 to conspiracy theories that claim the US government was the one behind 9/11. A lot of these theories revolve around the idea that there is no way the buildings can collapse totally due to the planes crashing into them.
The Moon Landing Hoax – One of the greatest conspiracy theory of all time?
This is probably the most popular conspiracy theories of all time where many dispute the fact of moon landing and that all the pictures and videos were actually taken on Earth – No Moon Landing at all. Many argue that it is impossible for Man to return to Earth from the Moon.
New World Order -Government Conspiracy Theory To Unite (Conquer) The World World
The idea revolves around a secret group of people (some argue this is a group of several groups such as the Zionist, Shadow governments, Freemasons, Illuminati and secret banking cabals) that are trying to implement a One World Government to finally unite the world in Human History.
Phantom Time Hypothesis Conspiracy Theory
Dr. Hans-Ulrich Niemitz introduced the idea (or conspiracy theory) of “phantom time hypothesis,”, requesting his readers to be open to radically new ideas because his claims are extremely unconventional. He proposes that hundreds of years ago our calendar (or history) was polluted with 297 years which never occurred and as such, 297 years should be deducted from the year we think we are in. For e.g. we are in the year 2016 (at the point of writing) when really it’s (2016 – 297 = 1719) 1719 AD! The Phantom Time Hypothesis suggests that the earlier portion of the Middle Ages (614 – 911 AD) never happened! (Yes we know this is mind blowing) but were added to our history either by accident or misinterpretation of documents – or outright falsification by consirprators!
Subliminal Advertising Conspiracy Theory
Subliminals are information percevied by the brain subconsciously but goes unnoticed by the conscious mind. We all all exposed to subliminals messages everytime we use the TV, radio, magazine, movies and go online. Why do advertisers use subliminal messages? The idea is that our conscious mind can only process about 5-9 pieces of information concurrently but our subconscious mind can simultaneously process 20,000 pieces of information. Our subconcious mind processes all the subliminal messages even if our conscious mind doesn’t. As such, “seeds of ideas” can be secretly planted in all our subconscious minds! As such, this conspiracy theory claims that governments and companies are perceptually trying to advance their agendas through subliminal advertising that influences our decisions and desires.
Peak Oil / Fossil Fuel Conspiracy Theory
There are conspiracy theories going around claiming that peak oil is put forth by the big oil companies as a way to keep oil prices high. The idea is that companies are keeping massive oil reserves held in secret to keep the illusion that oil is scarce (and thus the high oil price). Peak oil, an event based on M. King Hubbert’s theory is the concept of the point in time when the maximum rate of extraction of petroleum is reached after which oil extracted is expected to enter terminal decline. Often confused with oil depletion, peak oil is the point of maximum oil production.
War For Oil Conspiracy (Iraq and Middle East Wars)
Petrol Dollars Conspiracy Theory Explained
Most conspiracy theories believe that great efforts have been made to keep Middle East in chaos for the purpose of oil. Oil is the blood that runs in the global economy and whoever controls oil – controls global economy. It is worth noting that the petro-dollar (where petroleum is priced in US dollars) is one of the key pillar support the US dollar as a global reserve currency that allows US to print unlimited amount of US dollars to fund it’s wars overseas.
Chemtrails Conspiracy Theory
The term “chemtrail” means “chemical trail” which is when the exhaust of a plane’s engine mixes with the cold air and begins to condense and leaves a trail of vapour along it’s flight path. Some people (apparently paranoid) believe that the government is spraying chemical agents for sinister purposes. Due to the popularity of this conspiracy theory, many official agencies have received inquiries from the public demanding an explanation. Scientists and government officials around the world have repeatedly confirmed that supposed the so called “chemtrails” are in fact normal contrails of planes.
Pan Am Flight 103 Conspiracy Theory
A regularly scheduled transatlantic flight from Frankfurt to Detroit via London and New York was destroyed by a terrorist bomb on 21st December 1988 killing everyone on board and 11 residents of the town where it crashed.
Although Libya has recently claimed responsibility for the attack, of all the items on this list flight 103 has probably been responsible for spawning the greatest number of conspiracy theories.
Pearl Harbor Conspiracy Theory
Did Roosevelt Let Pearl Harbor Happen?
Conspiracy Theories ; The Pearl Harbor Advance Knowledge
The Pearl Harbor Conspiracy Theory claims that advance knowledge of impending Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was known to high level government officials in the US. The question that arose was how could the United States be caught off guard in such an attack? They also posed question such as why the 3 Pacific air craft carriers then were at port? Several writers like journalist Robert Stinnett, retired US Navy Rear Admiral Robert A Theobald and Harry Elmer Barnes argued that high level officials in the US and British governments knew of the attack in advance and allowed it to happen to swing public opinion in America towards supporting World War II.
Princess Diana Conspiracy Theory
The Huge Secret That Princess Diana Knew
The Conspiracy of Princess Diana’s Death
There are several accounts to Princess Diana’s death from the conspiracy theorists and many argue that her death was setup by the British Intelligence which was orchestrated by the Royal family.
The JFK Assassination (John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy Conspiracy Theory)
Top 10 Reasons To Believe There Was A Conspiracy To Assassinate JFK
JFK Assassination Conspiracy Fully Explained
On November 22, 1963 President John F. Kennedy was shot twice while riding through downtown Dallas in his presidential convoy. While Lee Harvey Oswald was accused of killing him and an official investigation declared him to be the lone assassin, it seems that a majority of people even today (70% in fact) are not buying it. John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963.
Is this the speech that got JFK assassinated?
Transcript of JFK’s speech in the video as below:
“The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. And no official of my Administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know.
For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence–on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.
Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed.
No President should fear public scrutiny of his program. For from that scrutiny comes understanding; and from that understanding comes support or opposition. And both are necessary. I am not asking your newspapers to support the Administration, but I am asking your help in the tremendous task of informing and alerting the American people. For I have complete confidence in the response and dedication of our citizens whenever they are fully informed.
I not only could not stifle controversy among your readers– I welcome it. This Administration intends to be candid about its errors; for as a wise man once said: “An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.” We intend to accept full responsibility for our errors; and we expect you to point them out when we miss them.
Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed– and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First (emphasized) Amendment– the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution– not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and sentimental, not to simply “give the public what it wants”–but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.
This means greater coverage and analysis of international news– for it is no longer far away and foreign but close at hand and local. It means greater attention to improved understanding of the news as well as improved transmission. And it means, finally, that government at all levels, must meet its obligation to provide you with the fullest possible information outside the narrowest limits of national security…
And so it is to the printing press–to the recorder of mans deeds, the keeper of his conscience, the courier of his news– that we look for strength and assistance, confident that with your help man will be what he was born to be: free and independent.“
Perhaps it was a secret society who killed JFK?
Global Warming – Is Global Warming A Conspiracy Theory?
While it is undeniable that the average temperature has increased in recent years, is there a conspiracy behind the so called global warming which will threaten Mankind’s survival?
From this Forbes article:
“In Watermelons, The Green Movement’s True Colors, British journalist/blogger James Delingpole promises to show that the man-made global warming is a fraud, one that has already cost billions of dollars and is a clear and present danger to our liberty and democratic traditions — and, ironically, to the environment itself.
He largely accomplishes this task and, for the most part, does so without sounding hysterical or radical. This alone would recommend this book to all who care about the environment, the human condition and the foundations of our way of life.”
He largely accomplishes this task and, for the most part, does so without sounding hysterical or radical. This alone would recommend this book to all who care about the environment, the human condition and the foundations of our way of life.
Delingpole was among the leading journalists who reported the Climategate scandal, in which he analyzed e-mails among leading climate scientists that had been hacked and posted on the web. What he discovered was a pattern of purposeful and coordinated efforts to:
- Manipulate the data supporting the claims of a sudden and dangerous increase in the earth’s temperature;
- Not disclose private doubts about whether the world was actually heating up;
- Suppress evidence that contradicted the hypothesis of anthropogenic global warming (AGW);
- Disguise the facts around the Medieval Warm Period, when the earth was warmer that it is today;
- Suppress opposition by squeezing dissenting scientists out of the peer review process.
Normally, disclosure of fraudulent behavior on this scale would throw the proponents of any position into disrepute and spell the end of their political power. Not so with the advocates of global warming.
The reason: Global warming is not about science, but about politics — that is, about expanding the power of elites using the coercive instruments of government to control the lives of people everywhere. Just as the governing class embraces ineffective Keynesian stimulus spending to justify expansion of government, they now extol AGW as the basis for increasing their power to rule over the rest of us.
Crazy Conspiracy Theories
The Holocaust Conspiracy Theory
As crazy as this may seem, there are actually people today who believe the Holocaust never happened or the number of people died during the Holocaust was exaggerated.
Why Do People Still Deny The Holocaust?
Fluoride Conspiracy Theory
Fluoride Conspiracy Theory Debate
Communities across the US add fluoride to the water supply. Mainstream experts believe it prevents tooth decay, but conspiracy theorists think there’s something sinister afoot. There are claims that fluoride is a mind-control drug and government puts them into our water supplies in their attempt to control the mind of the generation population. Their justification for doing so? Fluoride is good for our teeth.
Big Pharma Conspiracy Theory
Anthony Gucciardi interviews Dr. Group about some shocking statistics following antidepressant prescriptions.
Big Pharma Big Money : Documentary on the Money and Corruption of Big Pharmaceutical Companies
“Big Pharma” is the nickname given to the world’s vast and influential pharmaceutical industry and its trade and lobbying group, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America or PhRMA. These powerful companies make billions of dollars a year by selling drugs and medical devices.
The Big Pharma narrative goes something like this, they withhold information (and cures) to the general public and sell patented drugs to patients for exorbitant profits. As such, they are purely profit driven and in no way aligned to the patients’ needs to find cure.
The Reptilian Elite (The reptilian conspiracy theory explained)
Conspiracy theorist David Icke takes us to a local satanic execution site and discusses the plot of the secret lizard illuminati. David Icke: Conspiracy of the Lizard Illuminati
Conspiracy theorist David Icke takes us to a local satanic execution site and discusses the plot of the secret lizard illuminati.
This is a theory by former BBC sports writer David Icke who proposes that anything in a position of high power or influence is actually a shape-shifting, extra-terrestrial and blood thirsty reptile. He has written several books on this topic.
HIV / AIDS is a man-made disease. The HIV / Aids Conspiracy Theory
Did the CIA Create AIDS?
Those in the scientific community generally believe HIV originated from a strain of Simian Immunodeficiency Virus found in western African monkeys. But when a group of 500 African Americans were surveyed in a 2005 study published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, over half of them said that AIDS was created by the government. Conspiracy theories about why the government might have created the virus ranged from population control to the weakening of racial minority groups and gay people. Some also say that there’s a cure for AIDS being back held by the government for similar reasons.
Alien Conspiracy Theories
Area 51/Roswell Conspiracy Theory
What Is Area 51 Hiding?
Is NASA Hiding Alien Life?
A mysterious object crash landed outside the town of Roswell, New Mexico in July 1947. Was this part of a government cover up or could it have actually been a genuine UFO sighting?
Ever since an unknown object crashed near Roswell, New Mexico in 1947 there have been hundreds of conspiracy theories put forth concerning its true nature. Along with Area 51, which the US government didn’t even acknowledge existed until 2003, these theories have formed the backbone of our culture’s obsession with aliens and UFO’s.
A UFO crashed in Roswell, New Mexico
When ranch manager Mac Brazel came across crash debris near his property in 1947, he didn’t know what to make of it and alerted local authorities. That same day, the Roswell Army Air Field sent out a press release that stated a “flying disc” was found; later, this was retracted and the U.S. military told the public it was a fallen weather balloon. This slip sparked a huge conspiracy theory about the government attempting to cover up evidence of UFOs and alien existence; some even say there were alien bodies found in the crash. Now the story is that the balloon was part of Project Mogul, the government’s attempt to pick up on Soviet Union nuclear tests. As a result, Roswell has become a big tourist spot for extraterrestrial enthusiasts.
Funny Conspiracy Theories
Jesus and Mary
As the basis for the plot of the Da Vinci code, the idea that Jesus wed Mary and now has a physical bloodline made for a good performance at the box office. The theory itself, however, is loosely based on excerpts taken from the Gnostic Gospels whose authenticity is still being disputed.
Similar to the idea of Big Pharma keeping its disease curing drugs to itself, some people have theorized that the lightbulb industry is keeping the eternal glow of their everlasting lightbulbs from the masses simply to increase their profit margins.
For years people have suggested the true identity of the world’s greatest author wasn’t really Shakespeare of Stratford. Why? Well ,there isn’t a whole lot of biographical information concerning his life which is what led some conspiracy theorists to believe the works were actually written by William Stanley or Francis Bacon.
Elvis and Tupac
Although not directly related, the concept is similar. Elvis died in 1977 and Tupac in 1996, which not surprisingly doesn’t keep some people from passionately believing they are still with us.
To conspiracy-inclined beatle fans, Paul is not only dead, he has been dead, since 1966, meaning he never had any of those kids, never got in a fight with Yoko Ono, never went vegetarian, and when he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1997, well, that was a stand in. So how could anyone believe that someone who is still very much alive is actually dead? Maybe its not too far from believing that someone who is actually dead is still alive
Conspiracy Theories that are proven true
Research and come up with a list of conspiracy theory (number them) that are proven true and paste them here.
Top conspiracy theories – A list of the most popular conspiracy theories on the internet
List of Government Conspiracy Theories
1. The Government Has Been Allowing Alien Abductions For Decades
While most people might casually argue over whether aliens even exist, some people take it to another level. For the enthusiasts who believe in regular alien abductions, it’s not a question of whether anyone is being abducted, but by whom and for what agenda. One theorist who believes in and investigates alien abductions has noted that many recent abductees claim that the government has a contract with the aliens and is secretly working with them. This contract allows the aliens to abduct people for their research in exchange for technological secrets. If abductions are real, it’s reasonable to assume that the governments would know something about it. There are thousands of satellites orbiting the Earth now, and aliens would have a pretty hard time sneaking past all of them.
However, this theorist is not convinced that the government is even involved. After investigating the cases, he believes that people being abducted later by the “government” are just being abducted by aliens a second time. These aliens are alien/human hybrids who sometimes try to dress up and act like military types in order to confuse people, but they aren’t actually affiliated with the government.
2. Donald Trump Is A Plant
Donald Trump, also known as “The Donald,” has recently been making more waves than usual due to his run for the presidency of the United States. This isn’t his first foray into the political sphere—he showed up last election riding a wave of support for the idea that President Obama should show his birth certificate and that he may or may not be a secret Muslim. However, Trump’s support quickly died away, and he left the race before it started to get serious. This time, Trump not only has some serious support, but a lot of it has been sticking around, and he has made his way into the presidential debates. Some people still don’t believe he is entirely serious. They see it either as a way for him to promote his various interests or purely as an ego trip.
Regardless of his real reasons for entering or staying in the race, sources like the Washington Post have already published stories espousing the theory that Trump—whether by his own recognizance or under the guidance of someone else—has been claiming the Republican mantle in order to look bad and destroy the party from within. Trump has been destroying the Hispanic opinion of the Republican party, which just so happens to be one of the demographics they will need most in order to win the next election. In the past, Trump’s political donations have been solidly Democratic, and he even invited Hillary Clinton to his wedding. Of course, the most likely reason for all this is simply that Trump is egotistical and doesn’t particularly understand politics or the political parties very well.
3. The Chelyabinsk Meteor Was A Secret Weapons Test
In 2013, the Internet went crazy when an enormous meteor exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk. The explosion happened close enough to the city itself that many windows immediately exploded, leaving everyone in a state of shock and disbelief. Once the dust settled, however, their shock turned to suspicion.
Russians are a superstitious people to begin with, and history has taught them not to entirely trust anything that comes from their government. They also have a healthy measure of distrust for the United States. So it’s no surprise that many Russians in the region quickly abandoned the official story that the spectacle had simply been a meteor and decided that something far stranger must have happened.
Some of them likened it to 1908’s mysterious Tunguska event, and many of the theories included a UFO or extraterrestrials in some way. However, while many believed that there was a conspiracy, some of them felt that it likely had nothing to do with outside visitors from another planet. Instead, they pointed their fingers at the United States government, suggesting that it had been part of a secret weapons test. They justified the region chosen for the attack due to the large amount of military industrial work that is done around Chelyabinsk. Of course, most Russians don’t trust their own government very much either, so some citizens from the area believe that it could have just as easily been a Russian weapons test gone awry, and that a meteor was chosen as a nice “official” story to cover things up.
4. The Raid On Osama bin Laden Was Staged
In 2011, the world uttered a collective cheer at the news that Osama bin Laden had finally been tracked down and defeated. At last, the terrorist leader that had orchestrated the 9/11 attacks had been brought to justice. The stories say that after a lot of careful CIA spy work, the United States government tracked him to his compound in Pakistan. They went on a daring raid across Pakistani borders, and a SEAL team managed to finally take out the terrorist leader. Despite encroaching on sovereign foreign soil, there was no major diplomatic issue over the situation, and everyone moved on happily.
However, a journalist named Seymour Hersh, who has a good reputation for breaking stories but is often criticized heavily for leaning on anonymous sources, has a different take on the situation. According to his sources, the United States government didn’t actually find bin Laden at all—the Pakistani government had known for years that bin Laden was there. They just hadn’t been doing anything about it. A member of the Pakistani government eventually went to US officials to let them know where bin Laden was, and they cooperated with the government of Pakistan to stage a “raid” on the compound. Supposedly, this allowed everyone to get what they wanted without making Pakistan look like they were working against Al-Qaeda. The United States government has, of course, unequivocally rejected Hersh’s version of events.
5. The California Drought Is A Government Conspiracy
You’ve probably heard about chemtrails, the conspiracy theory that the US government is secretly spraying chemicals all over the upper atmosphere. There are varying theories on why the government is doing this. For some it’s a means of population control, but for one conspiracy theorist from California, it’s another reason entirely. The ringleader behind this new theory, Dane Wigington, believes that the government is directly responsible for the ongoing droughts in California. His background is in solar power, and he believes that, somehow, solar rays were being blocked from his power unit. After doing some investigating on his own, he is convinced that the United States government is seeding the upper atmosphere with heavy metals like barium and aluminum.
Allegedly, these toxic heavy metals are a last-ditch attempt to slow down climate change by reflecting the Sun’s rays back into outer space. According to Wigington, this massive climate engineering has had the effect of causing California’s rain to go elsewhere. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to have an explanation as to why bits of aluminum and barium would prevent it from raining. His key piece of “evidence” is that he has talked to government officials—who wish to remain anonymous—who confirm that the government is seeding the atmosphere in an attempt to push back the effects of climate change.
Of course, anyone who understands the mechanisms of climate change knows that this doesn’t make sense, but it hasn’t stopped a growing number of Californians from believing his crazy theory.
6. A Secret Alien Moon Base
The Moon landing has long been shrouded in controversy. But while the prevailing conspiracy theory is that we never went to the Moon at all, some people believe that the Moon landing was real, but the footage was mostly faked in order to hide what the astronauts really saw. UFO conspiracy theorists claim that unconfirmed sources within the US military said that NASA discovered an entire base on the far side of the Moon. To make matters even more eerie, the claims also say that the astronauts saw several spaceships lined up on the horizon when they landed, something which totally blew them away.
Conspiracy theorists claim Neil Armstrong once opened up about there being no question that there was a base there, or that there were UFOs visible there when they landed. Of course, he was also careful not to give too much information, because he really wasn’t supposed to be talking about it at all.
A former Chief of Communications at NASA also allegedly claimed that UFOs followed all flights to the Moon. When the astronauts reported what was happening, they were told to just keep flying and not to do anything that might provoke the strange beings who were stalking them in the background. As for the proof, theorists say that the fact that there isn’t any simply proves that the CIA destroyed the evidence.
7. The Columbia Was Destroyed By Aliens
The Columbia disaster was a horrifying tragedy, and the world lost several highly skilled astronauts that day. After a 16-day mission, the Columbia was reentering the Earth’s atmosphere when everything went wrong. The official report stated that, during takeoff, a rogue piece of insulating foam had put a hole in the ship’s wing. Upon reentering the atmosphere, this hole allowed the heat to spread to the rest of the shuttle, which basically tore it to pieces in the upper atmosphere. It was a major setback for NASA, and it served as a lesson that even the smallest mistake can lead to catastrophe.
However, conspiracy theorists had an entirely different idea on what had actually happened. They pointed out that strange lights were seen near the Columbia before it exploded. These theorists also helpfully clarified that the craft was too high up in the atmosphere to be shot down from the Earth, which they said leads to only one conclusion: Aliens blew it up. They believe that either the aliens came up to the craft with peaceful intentions and the electromagnetic field of their ship accidentally ruined the Colombia or—more likely, in their eyes—the aliens simply shot it out of the sky. As to why the aliens would do this, the theorists posit that perhaps they were trying to teach us to stop using oil in our engines.
8. Bob Lazar And Area 51
If you haven’t heard of Bob Lazar, he’s basically the man who made Area 51 famous. In television interviews back in the 1980s, he came out talking about the famous secret base in the American desert far from prying eyes, a base that the government was denying even existed at the time. He claimed to have worked in a special section called S4, and that he was hired for this job after his work at the Los Alamos research facility.
He also claimed to be a graduate of Caltech and MIT and gave a fantastic story in which he explained the inner workings of an alien spacecraft he had allegedly seen. The craft supposedly ran on something called element 115, which we have only recently been able to synthesize with a very strong particle accelerator in Europe. Element 115 has an incredibly short half-life as well.
He claimed that with this element, the aliens were able to efficiently and quickly power their spacecraft across huge distances. He also claimed to have seen aliens that had presumably come from a craft that crashed in Roswell, and he was partly concerned about the way we were treating them. He also felt that the secrets of space propulsion needed to be shown to the world, so he risked his career to bring this information to the public. However, the strangest part is that since then, no one has been able to prove that the man went to most of the schools he claimed or that he even worked at Los Alamos, much less Area 51.
There is some evidence that he did study physics at Pierce Junior College, but there is little else that can be proven about his credentials. Conspiracy theorists claim that the government messed with his credentials in order to discredit him, while others say Lazar was clearly a serial liar who couldn’t even be honest about his education.
9. Men In Black
When most people think of the men in black, or MIB, they think of a wisecracking Will Smith giving attitude to everyone around him just before he flashes them with a red light. However, this phenomenon began long before the film and has much creepier and more mysterious origins. It’s hard to say when the first sightings of these gentlemen occurred, but when the United States was starting to really get into the space craze, reports of these visitors started to become more common. The stories are fairly fantastic, and most of them share a few key details. These men usually wear dark suits, glasses, gloves, and hats—even in the middle of the summer. They say they are government agents (but usually have no specific agency to point to), and they tend to have odd mannerisms.
This has led people to speculate that perhaps the MIB aren’t actually humans and aren’t working for the government at all. The stories of these beings run the gamut of the bizarre. Some accounts describe beings who are able to make a coin disappear without a trace. Others say the men have almost no hair or give off the uncanny valley vibe—almost human, but not quite. Some theorists claim that during the height of the MIB sightings, even the higher-ups in the military issued reports stating that they didn’t know who these people were.
Of course, if these men in black were real, it could just be that they were a very secretive part of the government that not all of the top brass knew about or they could have been civilians playing their own little game—it doesn’t necessarily follow that they were visitors from another planet. There is also the possibility that many of the MIB stories are simply made up by people who want attention.
10. Tunnels Under Abandoned Walmarts
Not long ago, quite a few Walmarts were shut down after it was discovered that all the stores had major plumbing issues. The managers of the stores were reportedly blindsided and had no knowledge of those plumbing issues. Due to the unusual circumstances, conspiracy theories quickly ran rampant. The most popular ones simply suggested that Walmart was trying to pull some subtle union-busting tricks, or perhaps was trying to find a better way to deal with underperforming stores.
However, some people saw the government’s hand moving behind the scenes. The folks at InfoWars theorized that the government may actually be using the abandoned facilities to house immigrants. But the darker evil was the underground network of tunnels beneath the stores. In the event of martial law, they say, the tunnels could also be used as detention centers for American citizens. Some of them believe that many of these tunnels have already existed for years and are only being expanded now. There’s also some speculation that other large buildings, like sports stadiums, may be part of a secret network of government tunnels.
Popular / Famous Conspiracy Theories
Crazy Conspiracy Theories
1. Hitler is Alive and was Involved with 9/11
There are a number of people who believe that Hitler is still alive (which would make himself the oldest living human on the planet, though that doesn’t detract from these conspiracy theorists’ beliefs) and also that he was somehow involved in the 9/11 attacks against the US.
While this theory obviously doesn’t have much credibility, the most prevailing belief among theorists is that Hitler actually didn’t commit suicide in that fateful bunker, but rather he escaped to Argentina where he lived a secluded, peaceful life for the rest of his days with Eva Braun.
2. Dungeons & Dragons is a Cult
Before politicians made video games their scapegoat, the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons was put under scrutiny for its alleged affiliation with the occult.
Anti-occult campaigner Patricia Pulling founded Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons (BADD) in 1982, in an effort to wipe 20-sided dice from the planet. She did so after her son, Irving, committed suicide, which she believed was as a result of him playing D&D. Specifically, she believed that a curse had been put upon him after playing the game.
Astonishingly, Pulling upheld this belief and continued campaigning right up until her death in 1997.
3. Paul McCartney Died and was Replaced by an Impersonator
This conspiracy theory has been circulating since 1969, since rumours began to spread that the REAL Paul McCartney died in a car crash in 1966, and was replaced by an impersonator before the recording of The Beatles’ magnum opus, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The supposed evidence behind this theory consists solely of “clues” left in certain Beatles songs, along with alleged symbolism on the bands’ album covers. Somehow, people still believe this.
4. Our World Leaders are Lizard People
This is probably the most notorious of the ridiculous conspiracy theories, and somehow it also the most widely believed.
Many conspiracy theorists have taken the stance that our world’s leaders, and many other famous and powerful faces, are actually lizards, or ‘reptilians’ to use their proper name.
This idea was popularized by lunatic David Icke, who openly believes our world is run by shape-shifting reptilian people. These reptilians are fighting against humanity by secretly controlling us, with the Queen, George Bush and Lady Gaga being among these reptilian troops.
5. The CIA created AIDs
The conspiracy that the CIA created AIDs in order to wipe out homosexuals and African Americans suggests that vaccines administered by the US government actually contained the disease.
However, the conspiracy theorists are divided in concluding when the CIA actually administered the disease in said vaccines, with one theory being that it was created in military labs before being deliberately injected into gay men during the 1978 hepatitis-B experiments in parts of America. Most scientists, however, believe that it was passed between monkeys during the 1930s
6. The 27 Club
The 27 Club is the rather dubious name given to a selection of musicians who all died at the age of 27. These musicians include Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison. .
While there is obviously no connection to these deaths and the number 27, the coincidence has led many to hypothesize that the age of 27 holds some significant, almost otherworldly power over the music industry, somehow inviting its biggest stars to die at that particular age.
This is obviously not true, and it remains sheer coincidence that the selection of musicians inducted into the “club” have each tragically passed away at such a young age, with a study published in the British Medical Journal concluding that there was no increased risk of death for musicians aged 27.
7. The Middle Ages Didn’t Exist
According to some conspiracy theorists the early Middle Ages never happened, and the year 2014 is actually the year 1717.
This theory, branded the phantom time hypothesis, suggests that any and all artifacts recovered from 614-911 AD, actually belong to other time periods.
The theory, first concocted by Heribert Illig in 1991, is based upon the reasoning that there are is only a small amount of archaelogical evidence to suggest the Middle Ages as we know them now ever actually happened. The majority of historians believe this theory to be completely incorrect.
8. The Jews Created the Holocaust
In terms of dumb conspiracy theories, this one is arguably the dumbest.
Some racists conspiracy theorists believe that Hitler was actually planted in Germany by evil and powerful Jews, and his acts during the Second World War were actually him following orders from them. There’s no sense to be pulled out of this conspiracy theory, other than some people are anti-Semitic and want to believe that the Jews kickstarted the worst historical events in their peoples history
9. Obama Can Control the Weather
Not only can the US President Barack Obama apparently control the weather using a secret weather-control device, but he also used it to create Hurricane Sandy in order to secure his re-election. He also used it to mess up a Republican convention, with even presidential candidate Rush Limbaugh branding it a “Liberal conspiracy”.
Alien Conspiracy Theories
So let’s start with arguably the grand-daddy of UFO conspiracy events: the supposed Roswell UFO incident. In 1947, the Roswell Air Force Base issued a press release saying that they’d found a mysterious metallic disc on a nearby ranch. The press was, of course, intrigued, but the base quickly changed their wording slightly: they’d found what appeared to be the remnants of a weather balloon.The change was not quick enough, of course: the local papers ran giant headlines saying that the air force had recovered a crashed alien spaceship. And in the years since, that story has stuck, as accounts surfaced from employees at the base that include multiple crash sites, massive cover-ups, and even a reported alien autopsy (a film released in 1995 purported to depict the actual autopsy, but it its creator admitted that “most” of the footage was fake, thereby sort of discrediting all of the footage).
Die-hards still stand by these scant accounts of fishy dealings at Roswell. The supposed cover-up has permeated public perception of the base, leading to a Star Trek plot, a Futurama episode, and even an entire TV series, among many others. It also launched a veritable squadron of alien conspiracies. Some still believe that the spaceship remnants and alien bodies have been squirreled away in some sort of secret military enclave.
2. Area 51
And Area 51 might just be that military enclave. The actual base has long been a very closely-guarded secret, including wide “trespassers will be shot” stretches around the base itself and a large no-fly zone surrounding it.
According to conspiracy theorists, what we can see of Area 51 is just the tip of the paranoid iceberg. The base allegedly features elaborate underground labs, hidden tunnels, a dedicated extra-terrestrial runway that can disappear and reappear, and research programs dedicated to reverse-engineering alien technology.
In one particularly colorful and alluring detail, two different alleged former Area 51 employees reported working side-by-side with an alien being named “J-Rod” on cloning alien viruses and on a telepathic translator device (it’s funnier if you imagine J-Rod as Jar-Jar; I’d watch that movie).
And the mystery of Area 51 is still only one example of the vast network of supposed government cover-up of alien contact.
3. Project Blue Book and the Majestic 12
The government has been relatively transparent with Project Blue Book. It was an endeavor for the US government to catalog and examine every instance of supposed alien contact, visitation, and spacecraft reported to them. The project spanned years (and many incarnations), and its official result was that there existed no substantial evidence that these incidents were the result of alien visitation.
But that didn’t stop conspiracy theorists. In addition to challenging the rigor of the study, some “experts” on the subject stand by the claim that Blue Book became a distraction and cover-up from the reality of alien visitation, which included a top secret international squad called Majestic 12 to perpetrate the elaborate smoke-screen. Amongst the alleged weaponry of this massive cover-up are disinformation campaigns, character assassination, and elaborate webs of government lies.
Another weapon in the cover-up arsenal is the network of supposed Men in Black responsible for doing the actual dirty work. You’ve seen them in Will Smith movies and on the X-Files, but die-hard alien conspiracy theorists claim they’re everywhere, as CIA agents, or as shape-shifting aliens, or even inter-dimensional beings. Some even report encounters with these men in black (like the account in the video above), and some say they have the smashed cameras and bruises to prove it.
But WHY would the government try to cover up alien invasions? Just what are they hiding?
4. The Reptilians
The cover-up might just be so that world leaders can hide their true reptilian nature. Conspiracy theorist (and very creative thinker) David Icke is the man primarily responsible for the paranoia about secret shape-shifting reptile-like aliens invading Slitheen-style and replacing high-ranking political leaders. There are countless videos and images all over the internet purporting to depict these reptilians slipping and revealing their true selves.
One of my favorite details about Icke’s worldview is that of the Red Dresses. These are personality-less software constructs of the reptilian invaders installed at high rank to facilitate the aliens’ plans. This particular theory is what leads to stunning images like the one above, which reveals a few of the “red dresses” in their true form.
Another proponent of this reptilian-invasion worldview recently gained a bit of notoriety when discussing her own version of the conspiracy. Her name is Colleen Thomas, and she wants to warn us all of the impending shadow-government dirty bombing and a Draconian-Reptilian invasion. These reptilian usurpers and shape-shifters are supposed to have been around for millennia, manipulating all of human history for their own gain. But Icke and his reptilian cronies aren’t the first to propose alien invasions in ancient history.
5. Ancient Astronauts
As long as we’re talking about extraterrestrials secretly influencing human history, we have to talk about the “ancient astronauts.” Erich von Däniken, in his landmark (in certain circles) book, Chariots of the Gods?, posits that Earth has been the frequent recipient of alien visitors. These visitors have brought with them advanced technologies, some of which helped build the pyramids, the Moai statues on Easter Island, Stonehenge, and more.
Many religions have developed as a response to this particular conspiracy, and we’ve covered some of the most absurd ones before. Hidden histories like this tend to have religious implications. But, as the next item demonstrates, they sometimes have unexpected political implications.
6. Esoteric Hitlerism
As with any internet discussion, it all eventually turns to a discussion of Nazism. And alien conspiracy theories are no exception, with my favorite of the weird extraterrestrial conspiracies, Esoteric Hitlerism.
Spearheaded by Miguel Serrano, Esoteric Hitlerists believe that the Aryan race is descended from an alien species of the highest order. Finding evidence in the story of the Nephilim in the bible, Serrano believes that an ancient alien civilization came to Earth to enlighten man. They bred with ancient earthlings, and the Aryan race are the only race alive that maintains any of the purity in their blood of these lofty ancestors. Serrano taught that the alien gods were hiding, with Adolf Hitler, in an icy underground fortress, from which they will one day emerge with fleets of spacecraft to usher in the Fourth Reich.
So if you are disappointed by a fictional portrayal of the secret alien interactions with humanity, you can always fall back on the real things that people believe. Sometimes, especially in the case of Esoteric Hitlerism, not only is the truth stranger than fiction – some people’s version of the truth is just too strange for fiction.
Funny Conspiracy Theories
1. Sometimes boring, only slightly crazy conspiracy theories just aren’t enough for certain people. Going above and beyond the usual ‘fake Moon landings’ proposition, there is a small group of people that’s totally convinced the entire Moon is a fabrication.
The general theory appears to be that there is something behind the ‘Moon’, but what we see is actually just a giant hologram. The proposed reasoning behind this giant Truman Show-esque illusion doesn’t seem to have been formulated yet, but apparently it’s powered by a massive electrical system. This theory doesn’t even make much of an attempt to explain when this hologram came about, or if there ever was a real moon. The terrible video below purports to demonstrate an error in Moon hologram’s imaging, so judge the likelihood of this conspiracy for yourself.
2. Dinosaurs Helped Build The Pyramids
The pyramids have long been the subject of a wild variety of conspiracy theories, but this one really takes the biscuit. A school in Malta, named the Accelerated Christian Academy, has a director that believes the dinosaurs were not only alive at the same time as humans, but also gave the Egyptians a hand (or claw) in building the pyramids.
Speaking of the theory, director of the institution Vince Fenech states quite clearly, “Of course the dinosaurs existed. It is mentioned in the Book of Job. They were used to help build the pyramids”. Fortunately, Fenech claims that this particular theory isn’t taught at his school, and it’s only a “personal belief” of his. He does, however, teach that the universe is only 6,000 years old, so it’s probably best not to send your child over to the institution just yet.
3. The US Government Dumped Fake Snow On Georgia
There can be many reasons behind some of the more insane conspiracy theories, from paranoia to possible mental illness. Occasionally though, it just boils down to a total lack of understanding basic science.
Late last year, a rare occurrence happened in and around Atlanta, Georgia. It snowed. Of course, this isn’t conspiracy theory material in itself. At some point, one Georgian genius decided to try and melt a fistful of snow with a butane lighter and found that, rather than turning into a puddle of water, it blackened and filled their nostrils with a plastic smell. This triggered a mass of videos posted online of people doing the same thing, provoking people to conclude that the snow was fake and possibly poisonous.
As more astute readers will have already figured out, the snow was melting, but only appears not to because a direct flame turns it into slush. The blackening is just soot, and the plastic smell? The fumes from the lighter. Brilliant.
4. Yoga Is A Form Of Satanic Worship
If there were a list of controversial topics for discussion, you might not expect yoga to be one of them. Regardless, there are a number of people that believe yoga is actually an evil practice designed to trick people into worshipping Satan.
Rather than being simply a good way to relax and exercise, these people interpret the practice as being a way of opening people up to Satanic possession. Sure, yoga and its practitioners can be a bit odd sometimes, but to say that they’re all devil worshippers seems a bit harsh. Still, the internet is filled with ‘horror stories’ of people claiming they narrowly escaped the evil clutches of a yoga class, and how they found redemption only after denouncing yoga and embracing Jesus. Sounds perfectly rational.
5. Obama Can Control The Weather
When Obama was under pressure over the IRS scandal and Benghazi, his administration had a clever trick up its sleeve. To alleviate the heat, they used their top secret weather machine to create a tornado that devastated Oklahoma and destroyed the town of Moore. Or, at least, that’s what a certain group of conspiracy theorists want you to believe.
The idea is that the Obama administration uses their weather machine to distract from certain political scandals and other happenings that they aren’t happen with. The same conspiracy tends to crop up every time there’s a natural disaster. Hurricane Isaac? Obama messing about with the Republicans using his weather machine. Hurricane Sandy? Obama making himself look a hero using his weather machine. It all makes perfect sense.
6. Scientists Don’t Want You To Know Our Earth Is Hollow
A few centuries ago, it’s understandable that a lot of people had some strange (see: Wrong) ideas about our very own planet. These days though, we’ve just about nailed down the idea that it probably isn’t flat.
Some conspiracy theorists believe that the Earth is actually hollow, able to be accessed using an entrance at the South Pole. Why anyone would even get this idea in the first place is a mystery in itself, but apparently it’s a secret that NASA and multiple governments have been trying to keep from us for centuries. Of course, if it were hollow, then everything we know about gravity and physics is wrong. Also, you’d think someone might have noticed a dirty great hole on the bottom of the world by now.
7. The US Government Created HIV
As one of the biggest killers in the world, HIV is a notoriously destructive disease. No cure has yet been found, fuelling a global conspiracy theory that the CIA actually invented the disease in order to kill off homosexuals and black people.
The HIV conspiracy theory is a worryingly widespread rumour, and it’s a belief shared by Thabo Mbeki, the former South African president, along with a number of other public figures. Wangari Maathai, the first female Nobel Peace Prize winner, even used her acceptance speech to talk about how HIV and AIDS were created by Western scientists. Like only the best conspiracy theories, the theory began with a nefarious agenda though. A Snopes study found that the source of the rumours originated from an old propaganda campaign, published by the Soviet Literary Gazette magazine.
8. Denver Airport Is The Most Evil Place On Earth
Denver Airport is not just the largest airport in the United States, and winner of Business Traveler Magazine’s ‘America’s Best Run Airport’ award for six years running. No. It’s actually the headquarters of the Neo-Nazis, New World Order, Illuminati and Satan himself, depending on who you’re talking to.
It’s true, Denver Airport is a bit of a weird place. It’s filled with bizarre artwork, and visitors are greeted by a pretty intimidating statue of a giant horse with red eyes. This, along with some people claiming that an aerial view of the airport makes it looks a bit like a Nazi swastika, is apparently reason enough to believe that it plays host to the most evil organisations from history and legend.
9. Saddam Hussein’s Alien Stargate Was The Real Reason For Iraq Invasion
“Imagine this scenario. The U.S. government obtains intelligence that hidden somewhere in central Iraq is an actual Stargate, placed there by the Anunnaki ‘gods’ of ancient Sumeria.” That’s an actual quote from one of several sites that insist the Iraq War was actually started because the United States wanted access to Saddam Hussein’s secret Stargate device.
Apparently, the Stargate was hidden away in a secret base near Al-Ouja, which he obtained after contacting an ancient alien race. Saddam was intending to use the Stargate to allow the race to invade Earth, but fortunately the New World Order decided to step in and prevent it. That’s some next level conspiracies within conspiracies. Seriously, take a look at this site, which casually discusses how U.S. soldiers were equipped with X-ray goggles, and Saddam was breeding giant mutant scorpions. Seriously.
10. Most Of Our World Leaders Are Space Lizards
Popularised by notorious conspiracy theorist David Icke, the ‘Reptilians’ cover up story is the quintessential nut job theory. The idea is that the world is secretly being run by shape-shifting reptilian aliens, who are manipulating just about everything from behind the scenes.
Key reptilians include Queen Elizabeth II and Barack Obama, who are both allegedly blood-drinking humanoids from the Alpha Dragonis system. Many sceptics have argued that the theory is pretty much stolen from the original V television series, in which aliens arrive on earth and also pretend to be human.
The craziest thing about this theory is just how popular it is though. David Icke has supporters of his theory in almost 50 different countries, and his lectures often draw large crowds. Worst of all, a Public Policy Polling survey found that 4% of registered voters in the United States believed in David Icke’s theory. Good to see such sensible people in charge of who becomes the most powerful person (or lizard?) in the world.
Conspiracy Theories that are proven true
1. NSA Surveillance
Though trading a pinch of liberty for an ounce of security has never panned out for anyone but government, people continue to allow the fuzzy blanket feel of increased ‘protection’ from terrorism to cloud their perception of possible future outcomes. Such has been the case with the insidious PATRIOT Act, whose repercussions from blanket, indiscriminate surveillance culminated this year in a gloriously horrible way.
In March, it was revealed that domestic law enforcement will now have access to information swept up by the National Security Agency’s broad net of data collection performed on all Americans. Shocking though that may be, global tumult in recent years — which naturally has begun to sweep the U.S. — evidences a paranoid and increasingly fascistic government in decline. Self-preservation is the government’s main concern at the moment.
What better way to effect and maintain control than to have its every enforcement arm keen to those who might organize sufficiently to oust said government from its pedestal of power. Of course, when Edward Snowden first revealed the NSA’s dubiously extensive program, privacy rights advocates and ‘conspiracy theorists’ suspected there would be more to follow — and they were right.
“What does this rule change mean for you?” queried the ACLU. “In short, domestic law enforcement officials now have access to huge troves of American communications, obtained without warrants, that they can use to put people in cages.”
2. The Marriage of Banking and Government
While it’s entirely likely eyes will roll at first mention of the name Rothschild, 2016 saw substantiation of theories the notorious banking family claims nearly direct ties with the government — in particular, Hillary Clinton.
Ongoing, sporadic disclosures of Clinton’s personal email account have been indexed and made searchable by Wikileaks — and thankfully so, considering the files comprise thousands of documents. An arbitrary search performed by The Free Thought Project for some conspiracy theorists’ ‘favorite’ family names revealed a doting relationship between Clinton and Lynn Forester de Rothschild.
“I remain your loyal adoring pal,” Rothschild penned in one email. Another graciously thanks Clinton for “personally reaching out to us,” and adds, “You are the best, and we remain your biggest fans.” Clinton signs one response to Rothschild, “Much love, H.”
Though, as reported, nothing overtly nefarious jumps out from this search, it’s worth recalling this gushing friendliness was found in mostly non-redacted and unclassified emails — it’s a matter of conjecture what may have been secreted by the government.
3. Mainstream Media: the Propaganda Arm of the State
Mainstream media inarguably functions as the de facto propaganda arm of the State, but recent revelations show that the Associated Press actually capitulated to Hitler’s Nazi Party in the 1930s in order to maintain its ability to report from Germany.
According to findings by a German historian, the New York-based AP had agreed to report news from a pro-Nazi slant in return for permission to remain in the country while other outlets had been forced to vacate German operations. This comfortable arrangement, The Free Thought Project reported, “created a paradigm in which the AP became virtually the sole hub of information about Nazi Germany being disseminated to the rest of the world.”
Once those other news organizations fled, the AP’s exclusive lock on information held little value other than serving as Hitler’s mouthpiece. As the Guardian noted, the AP was required “to hire reporters who also worked for the Nazi Party’s propaganda division. One of the four photographers employed by the Associated Press in the 1930s, Franz Roth, was a member of the SS paramilitary unit’s propaganda division, whose photographs were personally chosen by Hitler.”
If they served as Hitler’s mouthpiece when it suited them, should we be surprised they are working hand in hand with the establishment politicians in the US today?
4. Cannabis as Medicine
Building on anecdotal reports of cannabis’ success in treating epilepsy in children, three official studies in the last five months have declared cannabidiol oil (CBD) enormously beneficial for curtailing — and in some cases halting — seizures in affected youth.
Of the countless victims of the State’s insidious and utterly failed war on drugs, perhaps the most inexcusable victims are children living in cannabis prohibition states who suffer dozens, if not hundreds, of seizures daily. CBD, the three studies (of many) found, often halt symptoms in their tracks — and can allow children to live comparatively healthy, typical lives similar to their peers.
Many parents have turned to CBD after myriad pharmaceuticals proved useless to treat their children’s epileptic seizures and — according to just one of these three studies — fully 45 percent experienced “a significant reduction” in frequency.
5. Rigging Commodities Markets
In another huge conspiracy theory now validated, Deutsche Bank settled a lawsuit for its part in rigging the gold and silver markets — and agreed to turn on co-conspirators as part of the settlement.
Since 2007, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Société Générale, and Bank of Nova Scotia allegedly harbored no compunctions in taking opportunistic advantage of their position in the daily silver price fix, and, as Bloomberg described, reaped “illegitimate profit from trading, hurting other investors in the silver market who use the benchmark in billions of dollars of transactions.”UBS later found itself added to the list of culpable financial institutions for its role in the silver fix.
As The Free Thought Project pointed out, the “Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the government agency that is supposed to regulate these banks, initiated its own investigation in 2008 and found no wrongdoing.”
6. NATO, Libya and the Petrodollar
January saw the revelation, previously touted only in fringe conspiracy circles, that Western nations had wielded NATO as a tool to oust Libya’s Muammar al-Gaddafi — because he sought to abandon the petrodollar in favor of the gold-based Libyan dinar.
While likely a stunning disclosure to mainstream society, conspiracy theorists everywhere sighed a collective ‘I told you so,’ when Hillary Clinton’s notorious emails provided the information equivalent to a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow — bad pun intended. Falsely premised as a humanitarian mission, the Western nations-backed Libyan intervention, it turns out, had been fueled by French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s insecurity over losing influence in what some consider Francophone Africa.
As the West pulled the collective wool of saving lives over the woefully gullible eyes of the American public, a NATO-led military operation quashed Gaddafi’s attempt to bring monetary independence to African nations via his pan-African currency.
Perhaps no other subject in recent years has been as widely dubbed a ‘conspiracy theory’ as the massive effort to reveal the truth behind the attacks of September 11, 2001. Now, vindication for those deemed tinfoil-hat wearing nutjobs has partly culminated in national media attention to Saudi Arabia’s virtually indisputable complicity in the attacks — albeit to an extent or capacity as yet unknown.
In the course of just two weeks, The New York Times revealed Saudi Arabia threatened to pull its nearly $775 billion in U.S. investments should President Obama decide to allow passage of a bill designed to aid 9/11 victims’ families in seeking justice. Obama then appeared to side with the Saudis in announcing his plan to veto the bill under the guise of protecting Americans abroad — though, in actuality, it appears his motives lie elsewhere.
Should Obama remove the Saudis’ immunity from prosecution for potential complicity that day, the move would also give breadth to those seeking justice for any U.S. role in both 9/11 as well as any involvement in any terrorist acts worldwide. Appearing to succumb to the pressure of economic and political blackmail, Obama’s veto promise might more accurately amount to a ‘cover your ass’ maneuver. Obama then found himself royally snubbed by the kingdom over the controversy, when King Salman refused to greet his plane upon arrival in Riyadh for an international summit. This story, of course, is still unfolding.
8. The State Always Wins
Perhaps the only positive outcome of the 2016 electoral chaos has been the sweeping realization the system is, in fact, rigged to install only establishment candidates.
Tumultuous most aptly, if mildly, describes the ongoing primary season, which so far has found the New York City Board of Elections the subject of an audit.
In fact, in state after state, eligible voters encountered organised chaos and incompetence at polling sites, if not outright removal from voter rolls. Finally, the American public familiarized itself with the function of superdelegates, contested conventions, winner-take-all states, and closed primaries.
Relative absurdities have been exposed in platitudes such as ‘your vote counts,’ as well as in the futility of supporting an anti-establishment candidate. America, it optimistically appears, may finally have a collective epiphany over elections — it matters not one iota for whom you cast your vote. The establishment always wins.