History ConspiracyTheories / OToZ

5th Sep '16 7:52:08 PM jormis29
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vela_Incident The Vela Incident]]. In 1979 a satellite detected a double-flash of light which some speculated was an unauthorised nuclear test near Bouvet Island, inspiring a couple of novels, and perhaps the choice of location for ''Franchise/AlienVsPredator''.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vela_Incident The Vela Incident]]. In 1979 a satellite detected a double-flash of light which some speculated was an unauthorised nuclear test near Bouvet Island, inspiring a couple of novels, and perhaps the choice of location for ''Franchise/AlienVsPredator''.''Film/AVPAlienVsPredator''.
5th Sep '16 9:27:14 AM nombretomado
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vela_Incident The Vela Incident]]. In 1979 a satellite detected a double-flash of light which some speculated was an unauthorised nuclear test near Bouvet Island, inspiring a couple of novels, and perhaps the choice of location for ''AlienVsPredator''.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vela_Incident The Vela Incident]]. In 1979 a satellite detected a double-flash of light which some speculated was an unauthorised nuclear test near Bouvet Island, inspiring a couple of novels, and perhaps the choice of location for ''AlienVsPredator''.''Franchise/AlienVsPredator''.
1st Aug '16 3:51:54 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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** ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebb'' look had a rather similar ending in a sketch wherein three people plotted to fake the moon landing. They concluded that, since it would actually be cheaper to send people to the moon (given that they'd need to build the largest cost, the massive rocket, anyway to make it look authentic and catering for three astronauts would be less expensive than catering for a film crew), they should fake the moon landing footage on the moon.

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** ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebb'' look ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' had a rather similar ending in a sketch wherein three people plotted to fake the moon landing. They concluded that, since it would actually be cheaper to send people to the moon (given that they'd need to build the largest cost, the massive rocket, anyway to make it look authentic and catering for three astronauts would be less expensive than catering for a film crew), they should fake the moon landing footage on the moon.
1st Aug '16 3:51:28 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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** ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebb'' look had a rather similar ending in a sketch wherein three people plotted to fake the moon landing. They concluded that, since it would actually be cheaper to send people to the moon (given that they'd need to build the largest cost, the massive rocket, anyway to make it look authentic and catering for three astronauts would be less expensive than catering for a film crew), they should fake the moon landing footage on the moon.
30th Jul '16 8:37:16 PM HamburgerTime
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** Some peg former President UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush as the true mastermind of the war, [[TheManBehindTheMan manipulating his son]] into settling his old debt with Saddam Hussein for him.
22nd Jul '16 2:45:53 PM HamburgerTime
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* Back in the 1920's, Margaret Murray claimed that there was an "Old Religion" in Europe predating Christianity (all the way back to the stone age!) that had secretly survived under the Church's nose for centuries. Witch hunts were an attempt at wiping these people out once and for all. Oh, and Joan of Arc was a voluntary human sacrifice for this pagan cult. Despite the fact that she has been completely discredited (her claims have pretty much no basis in fact, and some of her "facts" were completely twisted), many new agers and pagans continue to believe the myth she's propagated.

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* Back in the 1920's, Margaret Murray claimed that there was an "Old Religion" in Europe predating Christianity (all the way back to the stone age!) that had secretly survived under the Church's nose for centuries. Witch hunts were an attempt at wiping these people out once and for all.all, and the popular depiction of {{Satan}} as having horns and goatlike characteristics came about as an attempt to discredit this religion's chief god, who possessed these traits. Oh, and Joan of Arc was a voluntary human sacrifice for this pagan cult. Despite the fact that she has been completely discredited (her claims have pretty much no basis in fact, and some of her "facts" were completely twisted), many new agers and pagans continue to believe the myth she's propagated.
3rd Jul '16 9:14:49 PM HamburgerTime
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** There was actually an extended journalistic investigation into this by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Webb#Dark_Alliance_series Gary Webb]] for the Mercury News, which was a major influence over the conspiracy theory; there's more substantive evidence for it that most of the theories on this page, though it may have gone overboard, particularly as it was retold over the decades.

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** There was actually an extended journalistic investigation into this by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Webb#Dark_Alliance_series Gary Webb]] for the Mercury News, which was a major influence over the conspiracy theory; there's more substantive evidence for it that most of the theories on this page, though it may have gone overboard, particularly as it was retold over the decades. Webb would commit suicide in 2004, perhaps inevitably becoming the subject of a conspiracy theory himself (see 'Famous People').



* "*insert distrusted group here* is trying to sabotage our country from the inside!" is a favorite [[YouCanPanicNow scare tactic]] of nationalist groups and authoritarian governments, and one that can very easily lead to tragic consequences. The most famous is the "stab-in-the back" myth, a rumor spread by the Nazis that the Jews deliberately spoiled the Central Powers' war effort in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, which is covered in more detail in the "Jews/Israel" section, and it was commonly claimed by racists during the 1950s and 1960s in the United States that activists such as Martin Luther King were in bed with the Communist countries. The above-mentioned Eurabia and Reconquista theories can be considered modern-day variations. The "other" in this case isn't always an ethnic group, either; many Communist regimes staged mass executions of the rich for similar reasons.

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* "*insert distrusted group here* is trying to sabotage our country from the inside!" is a favorite [[YouCanPanicNow scare tactic]] of nationalist groups and authoritarian governments, and one that can very easily lead to tragic consequences. The most famous is the "stab-in-the back" myth, a rumor spread by the Nazis that the Jews deliberately spoiled the Central Powers' war effort in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, which is covered in more detail in the "Jews/Israel" section, and it was commonly claimed by racists during the 1950s and 1960s in the United States that activists such as Martin Luther King were in bed with the Communist countries. The above-mentioned Eurabia and Reconquista theories can be considered modern-day variations. The "other" in this case isn't always an ethnic group, either; many Communist regimes staged [[EatTheRich mass executions of the rich rich]] for similar reasons.
1st Jul '16 11:50:11 AM dspitzle
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** There was actually an extended journalistic investigation into this by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Webb#Dark_Alliance_series Gary Webb]] for the Mercury News, which was a major influence over the conspiracy theory; there's more substantive evidence for it that most of the theories on this page, though it may have gone overboard, particularly as it was retold over the decades.
28th Jun '16 9:22:17 PM AllenbysEyes88
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* Many theories about the terrorist attack on the US Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi, Libya in September 2012 lean towards conspiracy theory. Reasonable critics suggest that President Barack Obama (and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton) failed to provide sufficient protection against attack, whether through simple oversight failure or underestimating the danger posed by Libyan extremists. Not satisfied with this mundane explanation, many conservatives imply (in fact, some outright state) that Clinton and Obama ordered a deliberate stand down of Mission security, then refused to authorize a rescue as the attack took place. Why Obama and Clinton would invite such an attack or allow terrorists to murder their Ambassador and his staff goes unsaid.

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* Many theories about the terrorist attack on the US Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi, Libya in September 2012 lean towards conspiracy theory. Reasonable critics suggest that President Barack Obama (and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton) failed to provide sufficient protection against attack, whether through simple oversight failure or underestimating the danger posed by Libyan extremists. Not satisfied with this mundane explanation, many conservatives imply (in fact, some outright state) that Clinton and Obama ordered a deliberate stand down of Mission security, then refused to authorize a rescue as the attack took place. Why Obama and Clinton would invite such an attack or allow terrorists to murder their Ambassador and his staff goes unsaid.unsaid, except by the most fringe theorists who postulate they did it ForTheEvulz.
28th Jun '16 9:21:08 PM AllenbysEyes88
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* Many theories about the terrorist attack on the US Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi, Libya in September 2012 lean towards conspiracy theory. Reasonable critics suggest that President Barack Obama (and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton) failed to provide sufficient protection against attack, whether through simple oversight or underestimating the danger posed by Libyan extremists. Not satisfied with this mundane explanation, many conservatives imply (in fact, some outright state) that Clinton and Obama ordered a deliberate stand down of Mission security, then refused to authorize rescue missions as the attack took place. Left unsaid is why Obama and Clinton would invite such an attack or allow terrorists to murder their Ambassador and his staff.

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* Many theories about the terrorist attack on the US Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi, Libya in September 2012 lean towards conspiracy theory. Reasonable critics suggest that President Barack Obama (and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton) failed to provide sufficient protection against attack, whether through simple oversight failure or underestimating the danger posed by Libyan extremists. Not satisfied with this mundane explanation, many conservatives imply (in fact, some outright state) that Clinton and Obama ordered a deliberate stand down of Mission security, then refused to authorize a rescue missions as the attack took place. Left unsaid is why Why Obama and Clinton would invite such an attack or allow terrorists to murder their Ambassador and his staff.staff goes unsaid.
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