History ConspiracyTheories / OToZ

5th Feb '16 10:10:20 PM nombretomado
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* AustralianRulesFootball: The AFL was formed by the expansion of the Victorian Football League, and has ten teams based in Victoria and eight in other states. Some believe that the AFL is deliberately trying to bankrupt some of the Victorian clubs in order to force them to relocate, merge or fold - this is especially popular among fans of the smaller, poorer clubs such as Footscray/Western Bulldogs and North Melbourne (South Melbourne were relocated to Sydney in 1982 as the first step of the league's expansion, and Fitzroy merged with and relocated to Brisbane in 1996)
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* AustralianRulesFootball: UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball: The AFL was formed by the expansion of the Victorian Football League, and has ten teams based in Victoria and eight in other states. Some believe that the AFL is deliberately trying to bankrupt some of the Victorian clubs in order to force them to relocate, merge or fold - this is especially popular among fans of the smaller, poorer clubs such as Footscray/Western Bulldogs and North Melbourne (South Melbourne were relocated to Sydney in 1982 as the first step of the league's expansion, and Fitzroy merged with and relocated to Brisbane in 1996)
5th Feb '16 4:44:16 AM BrokenEye
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*** [[InsaneTrollLogic Obviously that means the United States of America is in on it too]].
26th Dec '15 5:23:35 PM nombretomado
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* The "Reconquista" theory, popular among radical anti-immigration activists in UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates, claims that Hispanic/Latino immigration to the US is being motivated not solely by economic factors and the AmericanDream, but is being backed by the UsefulNotes/{{Mexic|o}}an government and by radical Latino groups in order to create a fifth column for the secession of the Southwestern United States, followed by [[MexicoCalledTheyWantTexasBack a Mexican reconquest of the region]]. While there was a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plan_Espiritual_de_Aztl%C3%A1n "Plan Espiritual de Aztlán"]] among Chicano activists in TheSeventies that was analogous to contemporary Black Power movements, and the UsefulNotes/MexicanAmericanWar is still a BerserkButton for many patriotic Mexicans, support for returning the "Lost Territories" to Mexico is a fringe movement among Hispanic/Latino Americans, not unlike the neo-Confederates to the east.
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* The "Reconquista" theory, popular among radical anti-immigration activists in UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates, claims that Hispanic/Latino immigration to the US is being motivated not solely by economic factors and the AmericanDream, UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream, but is being backed by the UsefulNotes/{{Mexic|o}}an government and by radical Latino groups in order to create a fifth column for the secession of the Southwestern United States, followed by [[MexicoCalledTheyWantTexasBack a Mexican reconquest of the region]]. While there was a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plan_Espiritual_de_Aztl%C3%A1n "Plan Espiritual de Aztlán"]] among Chicano activists in TheSeventies that was analogous to contemporary Black Power movements, and the UsefulNotes/MexicanAmericanWar is still a BerserkButton for many patriotic Mexicans, support for returning the "Lost Territories" to Mexico is a fringe movement among Hispanic/Latino Americans, not unlike the neo-Confederates to the east.
21st Dec '15 10:08:19 PM AirofMystery
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** During the conflict in Iraq, a rumor began to spread in the city of Basra that the British forces occupying the city had released a genetically modified hell-beast to kill cattle, maim children and generally cause panic and terror. The hell-beasts in question turned out to be honey badgers. They used to live in an area that was once swampland, dammed up by Saddam in an effort to evict the Marsh Arabs, a local minority. When the marsh was re-flooded, the badgers left and started moving into the city. Major Mike Shearer shot the claims down, saying "We can categorically state that we have not released man-eating badgers into the area".
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** During the conflict in Iraq, a rumor began to spread in the city of Basra that the British forces occupying the city had released a genetically modified hell-beast to kill cattle, maim children and generally cause panic and terror. The hell-beasts in question turned out to be [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey_badger honey badgers.badgers]], which are tough and entirely biologically natural mustelids best known for [[MemeticMutation not giving a shit]]. They used to live in an area that was once swampland, dammed up by Saddam in an effort to evict the Marsh Arabs, a local minority. When the marsh was re-flooded, the badgers left and started moving into the city. Major Mike Shearer shot the claims down, saying "We can categorically state that we have not released man-eating badgers into the area".
12th Dec '15 1:52:37 PM hydrix
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* ''Armand Pien'' used to be the weather man in former Belgium from 1953-1990. Some were however dissatisfied with his weather predictions and said that he was bribed by coastal hotels and bars to predict good weather on saturdays and sundays to attract people to the coasts. This did however not affect his fame at all.
4th Dec '15 8:46:59 PM FF32
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** Due to a reference to [[OffWithHisHead mass beheadings]] in Revelation (Rev 20:4) those of the Creator/JackChick and ''Left Behind'' persuasion believe that the government (sometimes FEMA) are stockpiling ''guillotines'' of all things for the evil end of world government.
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** Due to a reference to [[OffWithHisHead mass beheadings]] in Revelation (Rev 20:4) those of the Creator/JackChick [[ComicBook/ChickTracts Jack Chick]] and ''Left Behind'' ''Literature/LeftBehind'' persuasion believe that the government (sometimes FEMA) are stockpiling ''guillotines'' of all things for the evil end of world government.

* Conspiracy theories about the Catholic Church have been around since the Protestant Reformation. In 19th and early 20th century America, they often tapped into nativist, anti-immigrant fears, as described above under "Race and Immigration". Today's anti-Catholic conspiracy theories (as presented by such people as Creator/JackChick) tend to be less political and more religious in nature, claiming that the Catholic Church is a {{satan}}ic ReligionOfEvil whose traditions violate supposedly fundamental Christian doctrine, and which is trying to stamp out "true" Christianity and TakeOverTheWorld (that, or they're secretly running/run by/in league with TheMafia). [[CriticalResearchFailure Of course, this is ignoring the fact]] that Roman Catholicism was the earliest form of Christianity's influence in the West.
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* Conspiracy theories about the Catholic Church have been around since the Protestant Reformation. In 19th and early 20th century America, they often tapped into nativist, anti-immigrant fears, as described above under "Race and Immigration". Today's anti-Catholic conspiracy theories (as presented by such people as Creator/JackChick) [[ComicBook/ChickTracts Jack Chick]]) tend to be less political and more religious in nature, claiming that the Catholic Church is a {{satan}}ic ReligionOfEvil whose traditions violate supposedly fundamental Christian doctrine, and which is trying to stamp out "true" Christianity and TakeOverTheWorld (that, or they're secretly running/run by/in league with TheMafia). [[CriticalResearchFailure Of course, this is ignoring the fact]] that Roman Catholicism was the earliest form of Christianity's influence in the West.

** Some people (such as, again, Creator/JackChick) believe that when a Catholic is Confirmed into the Church, they effectively become citizens of the Vatican, with the Pope serving as their head of government. Where this turns from misinterpretation of Catholic ritual into conspiracy theory is the belief that this so-called "citizenship" in the Catholic Church supersedes each Catholic's other citizenship, and that the Pope can direct Catholics to break or ignore the laws of their country, or even overthrow their local government if ordered to do so.
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** Some people (such as, again, Creator/JackChick) [[ComicBook/ChickTracts Jack Chick]]) believe that when a Catholic is Confirmed into the Church, they effectively become citizens of the Vatican, with the Pope serving as their head of government. Where this turns from misinterpretation of Catholic ritual into conspiracy theory is the belief that this so-called "citizenship" in the Catholic Church supersedes each Catholic's other citizenship, and that the Pope can direct Catholics to break or ignore the laws of their country, or even overthrow their local government if ordered to do so.

* Cited almost as often as Rivera by Creator/JackChick is [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/John_Todd John Todd]], whose claims are equally bombastic. Todd spun a valiant backstory for himself, involving being a member of TheIlluminati, here a Satanist cult, who learned precisely how powerful and evil they were upon reaching a high enough rank, promptly [[DefectorFromDecadence defected from decadence]], and blew the whole thing wide open to the Christian community (a story nearly identical to Rivera's, incidentally; just replace the Illuminati with the Jesuits), stopping along the way to [[SaveThePrincess rescue his sister]] [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness from being executed as a loose end by the cult]]. Chief among Todd's claims is that Rock 'n' Roll music is manufactured by the cult as a rebranding of old Druidic music, and was created with the express intent of being a springboard into witchcraft for young people. However, a quick backround check revealed that Todd (or his sister, incidentally) had never actually been where he said he'd been when he said he'd been, and the final nail in the coffin came when he went down for rape in 1987, ultimately dying in an insane asylum. Naturally, Chick still believes every word he said.
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* Cited almost as often as Rivera by Creator/JackChick [[ComicBook/ChickTracts Jack Chick]] is [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/John_Todd John Todd]], whose claims are equally bombastic. Todd spun a valiant backstory for himself, involving being a member of TheIlluminati, here a Satanist cult, who learned precisely how powerful and evil they were upon reaching a high enough rank, promptly [[DefectorFromDecadence defected from decadence]], and blew the whole thing wide open to the Christian community (a story nearly identical to Rivera's, incidentally; just replace the Illuminati with the Jesuits), stopping along the way to [[SaveThePrincess rescue his sister]] [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness from being executed as a loose end by the cult]]. Chief among Todd's claims is that Rock 'n' Roll music is manufactured by the cult as a rebranding of old Druidic music, and was created with the express intent of being a springboard into witchcraft for young people. However, a quick backround check revealed that Todd (or his sister, incidentally) had never actually been where he said he'd been when he said he'd been, and the final nail in the coffin came when he went down for rape in 1987, ultimately dying in an insane asylum. Naturally, Chick still believes every word he said.
30th Nov '15 12:01:12 PM DDRMASTERM
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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.[[http://www.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals/The-Truth-About-Frivolous-Tax-Arguments-Introductionliable to a $5,000 fine]] ''minima'' for contempt of court[[/note]].
30th Nov '15 12:00:35 PM DDRMASTERM
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Woodpecker Russian Woodpecker signal]] was a [[SovietSuperscience Soviet]] MindControlConspiracy or WeatherControlMachine. The Duga-3 facilities also known as the "[[ReportingNames Steel Yard]]" which transmited the signal in turn are [[{{VideoGame/STALKER}} depicted as]] [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps something sinister]] especially the one based in Zone of Alienation at Chernobyl.
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Woodpecker Russian Woodpecker signal]] was a [[SovietSuperscience Soviet]] MindControlConspiracy or WeatherControlMachine. The Duga-3 facilities also known as the "[[ReportingNames Steel Yard]]" which transmited the signal in turn are [[{{VideoGame/STALKER}} depicted as]] [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps something sinister]] especially the one based in Zone of Alienation at Chernobyl.{{UsefulNotes/Chernobyl}}.
27th Nov '15 5:08:36 PM nombretomado
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** Some people joked that the 2012 doomsday would be because whoever won the election would be such a horrible president that the world will end.[[note]]Of course, the winner of the 2012 election wouldn't be taking office until January 20, 2013, a month after the supposed apocalypse.[[/note]] ''SaturdayNightLive'' did a RealTrailerFakeMovie parody with this premise, portraying a 2012 in which UsefulNotes/SarahPalin is elected president with Radio/GlennBeck as her vice-president.
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** Some people joked that the 2012 doomsday would be because whoever won the election would be such a horrible president that the world will end.[[note]]Of course, the winner of the 2012 election wouldn't be taking office until January 20, 2013, a month after the supposed apocalypse.[[/note]] ''SaturdayNightLive'' ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' did a RealTrailerFakeMovie parody with this premise, portraying a 2012 in which UsefulNotes/SarahPalin is elected president with Radio/GlennBeck as her vice-president.
19th Oct '15 6:01:56 PM HamburgerTime
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** Former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai expressed a belief that UsefulNotes/Pakistan was RunningBothSides of the conflict in his country.
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** Former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai expressed a belief that UsefulNotes/Pakistan UsefulNotes/{{Pakistan}} was RunningBothSides of the conflict in his country.
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