History ConspiracyTheories / OToZ

5th May '16 6:57:27 AM DesertDragon
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* The chemtrail theory claims that chemicals are being deliberately sprayed by planes into the atmosphere, either to manipulate the weather or to poison/drug the populace. The name comes from the supposed trails of chemicals left behind by the planes, which resemble the contrails left by jet aircraft (causing many skeptics to question whether the "chemtrails" aren't just ordinary contrails). Note that this is not related to cloud seeding (releasing particles into the upper atmosphere to facilitate condensation and create clouds), although some claim that the two are connected.

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* The chemtrail theory claims that chemicals are being deliberately sprayed by planes into the atmosphere, either to manipulate the weather or to poison/drug the populace. The name comes from the supposed trails of chemicals left behind by the planes, which resemble the normal contrails left by jet aircraft (causing many skeptics to question whether the "chemtrails" aren't just ordinary contrails). Note that this is not related to cloud seeding (releasing particles into the upper atmosphere to facilitate condensation and create clouds), although some claim that the two are connected.



*** Well, normal aircraft contrails ''have'' been proven to contribute to Global Dimming...

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*** Well, normal aircraft contrails ''have'' been proven ** Many theorists cite photos of airplane interiors filled with liquid tanks as "proof" of the plane being used to contribute release chemicals. In ''reality'', the liquid is water and it doesn't leave the plane. A common practice for testing new airliners is to Global Dimming...have tubes of water coursing through the plane to simulate passengers and flight crew walking around and shifting the weight.
4th May '16 1:51:15 AM LondonKdS
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* The UK has its own equivalent of the "the government let Pearl Harbour happen" myth, in the shape of a legend that UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill was warned about the imminent [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coventry_Blitz Coventry Blitz]] (one of the worst air raids on the UK during the entire war) and personally ordered no special defensive measures to be taken to avoid the possibility of the Germans realising that the Allies had broken their "Enigma" ciphering system. This is now viewed by most historians as false, but has been quoted as fact in several well-known fictional works as an example of DirtyBusiness.
3rd May '16 4:12:48 AM MacronNotes
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* A large number of creationists maintain that there is a conspiracy to suppress any scientific evidence that calls evolution into question. Some claim that this conspiracy is led by secularists and atheists who want to discredit the existence of {{God}} and push liberal social values onto society. Others claim that it's a matter of pride, with evolutionary biologists not wanting to risk their careers by seeing their life's work getting discredited. The "{{documentary|OfLies}}" ''[[Film/{{Expelled}} Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed]]'' was about this alleged conspiracy.

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* A large number of creationists maintain that there is a conspiracy to suppress any scientific evidence that calls evolution into question. Some claim that this conspiracy is led by secularists and atheists who want to discredit the existence of {{God}} and push liberal social values onto society. Others claim that it's a matter of pride, with evolutionary biologists not wanting to risk their careers by seeing their life's work getting discredited. The "{{documentary|OfLies}}" film, ''[[Film/{{Expelled}} Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed]]'' was about this alleged conspiracy.
2nd May '16 2:32:35 PM LondonKdS
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** One interpretation is that this is an example of the government's attempts to prettify war biting them in the ass, with "MIA" being used as a euphemism to avoid publicly admitting that in modern warfare there is '''often''' NotEnoughToBury.
1st May '16 8:04:31 PM karstovich2
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** For one from after the war, there's the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_War_POW/MIA_issue POW/MIA issue]]. It has long been alleged that the government of Vietnam is still holding American prisoners of war, and that the US is covering this up, either to save face or to improve relations with Vietnam. This theory was most popular in TheEighties, when it was popularized by such films as ''Film/RamboFirstBloodPartII'', the ''Film/MissingInAction'' films, ''Film/UncommonValor'', and others. A number of people and groups funded expeditions into Southeast Asia in order to recover the alleged prisoners, all without success. The Senate [[http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/1993_rpt/pow-exec.html investigated]] the issue in 1993, and concluded that Vietnam had complied with orders to return [=POWs=] as best as they could. However, the issue remains contentious to this day, with allegations that the report was a cover-up, and it was brought up as recently as the 2004 and 2008 US Presidential elections (which had Vietnam veterans running).

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** For one from after the war, there's the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_War_POW/MIA_issue POW/MIA issue]]. It has long been alleged that the government of Vietnam is still holding American prisoners of war, and that the US is covering this up, either to save face or to improve relations with Vietnam. This theory was most popular in TheEighties, when it was popularized by such films as ''Film/RamboFirstBloodPartII'', the ''Film/MissingInAction'' films, ''Film/UncommonValor'', and others. A number of people and groups funded expeditions into Southeast Asia in order to recover the alleged prisoners, all without success. The Senate [[http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/1993_rpt/pow-exec.html investigated]] the issue in 1993, 1993 (through a committee headed by three Vietnam vets, including both John Kerry--who had made his name as a veteran who wanted to end the war--and John [=McCain=]--who had famously ''been'' a POW in North Vietnam's worst prison), and concluded that Vietnam had complied with orders to return [=POWs=] as best as they could. However, the issue remains contentious to this day, with allegations that the report was a cover-up, and it was brought up as recently as the 2004 and 2008 US Presidential elections (which had Vietnam veterans running).running--specifically, the aforementioned Kerry in '04 and the aforementioned [=McCain=] in '08).
1st May '16 7:56:31 PM karstovich2
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* Did you hear? You don't have to pay your income tax! While these are certainly words that most Americans would love to hear come April 15, they are seriously believed by a subset of the American population, generally referred to as "tax protesters." A huge list of various arguments put forth by Tax Protestors, many of which have actually been used in Federal courts, is [[http://evans-legal.com/dan/tpfaq.html here]]. The legal/constitutional/logical gymnastics of each Tax Protestor can be incredibly creative, complex, and convoluted, but they all miraculously lead to the conclusion that they don't have to pay the income tax[[note]]The use of these arguments make the user [[http://www.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals/The-Truth-About-Frivolous-Tax-Arguments-Introductionliable to a $5,000 fine]] ''minima'' for contempt of court[[/note]].

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* Did you hear? You don't have to pay your income tax! While these are certainly words that most Americans would love to hear come April 15, they are seriously believed by a subset of the American population, generally referred to as "tax protesters." A huge list of various arguments put forth by Tax Protestors, many of which have actually been used in Federal courts, is [[http://evans-legal.com/dan/tpfaq.html here]]. The legal/constitutional/logical gymnastics of each Tax Protestor can be incredibly creative, complex, and convoluted, but they all miraculously lead to the conclusion that they don't have to pay the income tax[[note]]The use of these arguments make the user [[http://www.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals/The-Truth-About-Frivolous-Tax-Arguments-Introductionliable to gov/Tax-Professionals/The-Truth-About-Frivolous-Tax-Arguments-Introduction liable for a $5,000 fine]] ''minima'' for contempt of court[[/note]].
30th Apr '16 11:51:48 PM kazokuhouou
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* If an unpopular country is selected to host a prestigious sporting event (such as the World Cup or the Olympics), there is usually an accompanying conspiracy theory that the country bribed their way to hosting. Sometimes that's even proven to be true (see: Salt Lake's Olympics).

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* If an unpopular or unlikely country is selected to host a prestigious sporting event (such as the World Cup or the Olympics), there is usually an accompanying conspiracy theory that the country bribed their way to hosting. Sometimes that's even proven to be true (see: Salt Lake's Olympics).
30th Apr '16 2:43:45 PM kazokuhouou
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* If an unpopular country is selected to host a prestigious sporting event (such as the World Cup or the Olympics), there is usually an accompanying conspiracy theory that the country bribed their way to hosting. Sometimes that's even proven to be true (see: Salt Lake's Olympics).
26th Apr '16 1:35:29 AM LondonKdS
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** This is a simplification of the original "Eurabia" theory, in which the European Union were collaborating with international Islam because, basically, they were all fanatical anti-Semites who wanted to destroy Israel and restart the Holocaust. Much theorising centred around an obscure EU group called the European Co-ordinating Committee for Friendly Relations With the Arab World, which existed briefly in response to the 1973 oil crisis and was blown up by the "Eurabia" theorists into a full-blown NebulousEvilOrganisation.

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** This is a simplification of the original "Eurabia" theory, in which the European Union were collaborating with international Islam because, basically, they were all fanatical anti-Semites who wanted to destroy Israel and restart the Holocaust. Much theorising centred around an obscure EU group called the European Co-ordinating Committee for Friendly Relations With the Arab World, which existed briefly in response to the 1973 oil crisis and was blown up by the "Eurabia" theorists into a full-blown NebulousEvilOrganisation. (Yes, this is a rare example of a conspiracy theory largely created and believed by Jewish people, in contrast to the many in which Jewish people are smeared.)
20th Apr '16 8:20:39 AM LondonKdS
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** This is a simplification of the original "Eurabia" theory, in which the European Union were collaborating with international Islam because, basically, they were all fanatical anti-Semites who wanted to destroy Israel and restart the Holocaust. Much theorising centred around an obscure EU group called the European Co-ordinating Committee for Friendly Relations With the Arab World, which existed briefly in response to the 1973 oil crisis and was blown up by the "Eurabia" theorists into a full-blown NebulousEvilOrganisation.
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