History ConspiracyTheories / Other

7th Oct '17 12:24:30 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* The most infamous and horrific example would likely be UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust, the massive genocide committed by UsefulNotes/NaziGermany against six million Jews and at least five million other people considered "undesirable" ({{Romani}}, sexual minorities, political prisoners, people with various disabilities, et cetera). Furthermore, it was committed in secret -- until the death camps were finally liberated and the Nazis' classified files discovered, nobody knew what was going on, with the Nazis' official line being that the victims were merely being [[ReleasedToElsewhere "relocated"]] and [[EmpireWithADarkSecret many Germans none the wiser]] (though some suspected it even then, preferring to turn a blind eye to the ElephantInTheLivingRoom). Unlike other conspiracy theories, whose ''believers'' are considered crazy, people who ''deny'' the Holocaust are almost universally agreed to be on the crazy side of this issue, and with good reason. The evidence that it happened is absolutely overwhelming, the evidence that it ''didn't'' happen is bogus, virtually all historians and other sane people acknowledge that it happened, and the people who don't are usually anti-Semites. This gives the deniers the odd combination of saying "It didn't happen, but wouldn't it be great if it did?"

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* The most infamous and horrific example would likely be UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust, the massive genocide committed by UsefulNotes/NaziGermany against six million Jews and at least five million other people considered "undesirable" ({{Romani}}, sexual minorities, political prisoners, people with various disabilities, et cetera). Furthermore, it was committed in secret -- until the death camps were finally liberated and the Nazis' classified files discovered, nobody knew what was going on, with the Nazis' official line being that the victims were merely being [[ReleasedToElsewhere "relocated"]] and [[EmpireWithADarkSecret many Germans none the wiser]] (though some many others suspected it even then, preferring then but preferred to turn a blind eye to the ElephantInTheLivingRoom). Unlike other conspiracy theories, whose ''believers'' are considered crazy, people who ''deny'' the Holocaust are almost universally agreed to be on the crazy side of this issue, and with good reason. The evidence that it happened is absolutely overwhelming, the evidence that it ''didn't'' happen is bogus, virtually all historians and other sane people acknowledge that it happened, and the people who don't are usually anti-Semites. This gives the deniers the odd combination of saying "It didn't happen, but wouldn't it be great if it did?"
7th Oct '17 12:12:26 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* The most infamous and horrific example would likely be UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust, the massive genocide committed by UsefulNotes/NaziGermany against six million Jews and at least five million other people considered "undesirable" ({{Romani}}, sexual minorities, political prisoners, people with various disabilities, et cetera). Furthermore, it was committed in secret -- until the death camps were finally liberated and the Nazis' classified files discovered, nobody knew what was going on, with the Nazis' official line being that the victims were merely being [[ReleasedToElsewhere "relocated"]] and [[EmpireWithADarkSecret many Germans none the wiser]] (though some suspected it even then). Unlike other conspiracy theories, whose ''believers'' are considered crazy, people who ''deny'' the Holocaust are almost universally agreed to be on the crazy side of this issue, and with good reason. The evidence that it happened is absolutely overwhelming, the evidence that it ''didn't'' happen is bogus, virtually all historians and other sane people acknowledge that it happened, and the people who don't are usually anti-Semites. This gives the deniers the odd combination of saying "It didn't happen, but wouldn't it be great if it did?"

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* The most infamous and horrific example would likely be UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust, the massive genocide committed by UsefulNotes/NaziGermany against six million Jews and at least five million other people considered "undesirable" ({{Romani}}, sexual minorities, political prisoners, people with various disabilities, et cetera). Furthermore, it was committed in secret -- until the death camps were finally liberated and the Nazis' classified files discovered, nobody knew what was going on, with the Nazis' official line being that the victims were merely being [[ReleasedToElsewhere "relocated"]] and [[EmpireWithADarkSecret many Germans none the wiser]] (though some suspected it even then).then, preferring to turn a blind eye to the ElephantInTheLivingRoom). Unlike other conspiracy theories, whose ''believers'' are considered crazy, people who ''deny'' the Holocaust are almost universally agreed to be on the crazy side of this issue, and with good reason. The evidence that it happened is absolutely overwhelming, the evidence that it ''didn't'' happen is bogus, virtually all historians and other sane people acknowledge that it happened, and the people who don't are usually anti-Semites. This gives the deniers the odd combination of saying "It didn't happen, but wouldn't it be great if it did?"
24th Sep '17 3:21:25 PM Wooboo
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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_electricity_crisis California Electricity Crisis]] was the result of poorly-planned and regulated partial deregulation of the California energy market in the late 90's and became a full-blown crisis when various shady business practices from local energy companies resulted in multiple huge blackouts for the entire state. However, the line was crossed from greed-induced incompetence to outright criminal conspiracy thanks to the actions of infamous Texas-based energy corporation [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enron Enron]]. Enron traders encouraged energy suppliers to shut down their plants for entirely unnecessary maintenance periods, which cause rolling blackouts when electricity demands couldn't be met. Enron traders then used the increased demand for power to sell electricity at hugely inflated prices, as much as twenty times its normal peak value in some cases. The trader's calls were recorded, and later released to both authorities and the public at large.

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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_electricity_crisis California Electricity Crisis]] was the result of poorly-planned and regulated partial deregulation of the California energy market in the late 90's and became a full-blown crisis when various shady business practices from local energy companies resulted in multiple huge blackouts for the entire state. However, the line was crossed from greed-induced incompetence to outright criminal conspiracy thanks to the actions of infamous Texas-based energy corporation [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enron Enron]]. Enron traders encouraged energy suppliers to shut down their plants for entirely unnecessary maintenance periods, which cause caused rolling blackouts when electricity demands couldn't be met. Enron traders then used the increased demand for power to sell electricity at hugely inflated prices, as much as twenty times its normal peak value in some cases. The trader's calls calls, complete with [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer honest-to-God]] EvilGloating, were recorded, and later released to both authorities and the public at large.major news outlets.
20th Sep '17 9:55:10 AM Romagnadvoratrelundar
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* Existing in the gray area between Real Conspiracies and the more batty ones, is the idea that the Egyptian revolution was only allowed to succeed by the military so that all of the dissidents would come out publicly, making it that much easier for the military to take and hold power shortly down the line. All with the benefit of removing Mubarack from power and eliminating any danger of his idiot son succeeding him.

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* Existing in the gray area between Real Conspiracies and the more batty ones, is the idea that the Egyptian revolution was only allowed to succeed by the military so that all of the dissidents would come out publicly, making it that much easier for the military to take and hold power shortly down the line. All with the benefit of removing Mubarack Mubarak from power and eliminating any danger of his idiot son succeeding him.
19th Sep '17 10:42:21 AM Wooboo
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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_electricity_crisis California Electricity Crisis]] were the result of poorly-planned and regulated partial deregulation of the California energy market in the late 90's and became a full-blown crisis when various shady business practices from local energy companies resulted in multiple huge blackouts for the entire state. However, the line was crossed from greed-induced incompetence to outright criminal conspiracy thanks to the actions of infamous Texas-based energy corporation [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enron Enron]]. Enron traders encouraged energy suppliers to shut down their plants for entirely unnecessary maintenance periods, which cause rolling blackouts when electricity demands couldn't be met. Enron traders then used the increased demand for power to sell electricity at hugely inflated prices, as much as twenty times its normal peak value in some cases. The trader's calls were recorded, and later released to both authorities and the public at large.

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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_electricity_crisis California Electricity Crisis]] were was the result of poorly-planned and regulated partial deregulation of the California energy market in the late 90's and became a full-blown crisis when various shady business practices from local energy companies resulted in multiple huge blackouts for the entire state. However, the line was crossed from greed-induced incompetence to outright criminal conspiracy thanks to the actions of infamous Texas-based energy corporation [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enron Enron]]. Enron traders encouraged energy suppliers to shut down their plants for entirely unnecessary maintenance periods, which cause rolling blackouts when electricity demands couldn't be met. Enron traders then used the increased demand for power to sell electricity at hugely inflated prices, as much as twenty times its normal peak value in some cases. The trader's calls were recorded, and later released to both authorities and the public at large.
19th Sep '17 10:41:11 AM Wooboo
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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_electricity_crisis California Electricity Crisis]] were the result of poorly-planned and regulated partial deregulation of the California energy market in the late 90's and became a full-blown crisis when various shady business practices from local energy companies resulted in multiple huge blackouts for the entire state. However, the line was crossed from greed-induced incompetence to outright criminal conspiracy thanks to the actions of infamous Texas-based energy corporation [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enron Enron]]. Enron traders encouraged energy suppliers to shut down their plants for entirely unnecessary maintenance periods, which cause rolling blackouts when electricity demands couldn't be met. Enron traders then used the increased demand for power to sell electricity at hugely inflated prices, as much as twenty times its normal peak value in some cases. The trader's calls were recorded, and later released to both authorities and the public at large.
18th Sep '17 8:51:23 PM DesertDragon
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* The "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smiley_face_murder_theory Smiley Face Murders]]." Two police officers in New York City tracked the deaths of 45 college-age men in the Midwestern United States from the late 90's to the late 2000's; all were found in bodies of water after leaving a party or bar, and there was smiley face graffiti nearby as well. The officers suggested that a killer or a network of killers is targeting young men and dumping their bodies in the closest river. If your first thought was "Maybe they just fell into the water and drowned because they were drunk?", that's exactly what the local police, FBI, and even the deceased's families have said. As for the smiley faces nearby, it's a generic symbol and "nearby" was applied ''very'' [[ContrivedCoincidence broadly]]. Not to mention, the Midwestern US is a large area containing over 60 million people; 45 drowning deaths in ten years, while tragic for those involved, does not indicate a trend.

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* The "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smiley_face_murder_theory Smiley Face Murders]]." Two police officers in New York City tracked the deaths of 45 college-age men in the Midwestern United States from the late 90's to the late 2000's; all were found in bodies of water after leaving a party or bar, and there was smiley face graffiti nearby as well. was found nearby. The officers suggested that a killer or a network of killers is targeting young men and dumping their bodies in the closest river. river, then tagging a smiley face on a building near the crime scene. If your first thought was "Maybe they just initial reaction upon reading this is to point out that men tend to drink in public more than women and those poor fellows most likely fell into the water and drowned because they were drunk?", drunk, that's exactly what the local police, FBI, and even the deceased's families have said. As for the smiley faces nearby, it's a generic symbol and "nearby" was applied ''very'' [[ContrivedCoincidence broadly]]. Not to mention, the Midwestern US Midwest is a large area containing over 60 million people; people. 45 drowning deaths in ten years, while tragic for those involved, does individually tragic, is not indicate a trend.noteworthy in the broader sense.
4th Sep '17 10:25:43 AM TheDeadSkin
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** Another thing not widely understood about Watergate was just what it was all about. Most people seem to remember that operatives of the Committee To Re-Elect the President broke into a Democratic Party office to spy on the enemy. True enough, but this was merely the tail end of a CREEP conspiracy that started not long after Nixon took office, the goal of which was to undermine the nomination campaign of every Democratic presidential contender but George [=McGovern=], who was judged the easiest to beat in 1972. They even had a backup plan, in case [=McGovern=] did too well: they'd managed to find and hide the psychiatric treatment records of [=McGovern=]'s VP nominee Thomas Eagleton, which they then leaked in order to damage the [=McGovern=] campaign. The damage was enough to just about sink it. The story is told in depth in ''Nixonland,'' by Mark Perlstein.

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** Another thing not widely understood about Watergate was just what it was all about. Most people seem to remember of the public recalls that operatives of the Committee To to Re-Elect the President broke into a Democratic Party office to spy on the enemy. True enough, but this their enemies, and that's it. This was merely the tail end of a CREEP conspiracy that started not long after Nixon took office, with the goal of which was to undermine the nomination campaign of every Democratic presidential contender but George [=McGovern=], who was judged the easiest to beat in 1972. They even had a backup plan, And in case [=McGovern=] did too well: well, they'd managed to find and hide the psychiatric treatment records of [=McGovern=]'s VP nominee Thomas Eagleton, which they then leaked in order to irreversibly damage the [=McGovern=] campaign. The damage was enough to just about sink it.[=McGovern=]'s campaign. The story is told in depth in ''Nixonland,'' by Mark Perlstein.
2nd Sep '17 11:58:58 AM nombretomado
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* '''[[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/glenn-beck-rape-murder-hoax#.TiTAEeBE-Yk "Did Glenn Beck rape and murder a young girl in 1990?"]]'''[[note]]Now, we're not saying it's true that '''GlennBeck raped and murdered a young girl in 1990''', we're just asking questions. There is no evidence to prove it. But why havenít we had an official response to the widespread rumor that '''Glenn Beck raped and murdered a young girl in 1990?''' Does he have something to hide?[[/note]] Similarly to the Bielefeld conspiracy above, this is a parody of conspiracy theories, specifically spoofing the style of talk {{radio}} host (and former Creator/{{Fox News|Channel}} pundit) GlennBeck, who is known for making outrageous, highly speculative allegations and asking his guests to disprove them.

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* '''[[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/glenn-beck-rape-murder-hoax#.TiTAEeBE-Yk "Did Glenn Beck rape and murder a young girl in 1990?"]]'''[[note]]Now, we're not saying it's true that '''GlennBeck '''Radio/GlennBeck raped and murdered a young girl in 1990''', we're just asking questions. There is no evidence to prove it. But why havenít we had an official response to the widespread rumor that '''Glenn Beck raped and murdered a young girl in 1990?''' Does he have something to hide?[[/note]] Similarly to the Bielefeld conspiracy above, this is a parody of conspiracy theories, specifically spoofing the style of talk {{radio}} host (and former Creator/{{Fox News|Channel}} pundit) GlennBeck, Glenn Beck, who is known for making outrageous, highly speculative allegations and asking his guests to disprove them.
23rd Aug '17 8:41:11 AM GrammarNavi
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* At the start of [[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfTheColdWar The Cold War]], the US intelligence bureaus ran "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_paperclip Operation Paperclip]]", where [[HerrDoktor former Nazi scientists]] were recruited by the US to keep their knowledge from falling into the hands of the SovietUnion. At the same time, the other side was running Operation Osoaviakhim, the Soviet version of Operation Paperclip.

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* At the start of [[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfTheColdWar The Cold War]], the US intelligence bureaus ran "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_paperclip Operation Paperclip]]", where [[HerrDoktor former Nazi scientists]] were recruited by the US to keep their knowledge from falling into the hands of the SovietUnion.[[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]]. At the same time, the other side was running Operation Osoaviakhim, the Soviet version of Operation Paperclip.
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