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  • Message 1. 

    Posted by listener (U10967204) on Friday, 3rd September 2010

    Why are they so prevalent these days - is it the spread of the internet?

    e.g.

    > Moon landings were faked
    > Princess Di was killed by MI5 on Duke of Edinburgh's instructions
    > Anthropological Global Warming is a creation by greedy scientists/politicians* seeking to exploit the population (*delete as appropriate)
    > The BBC are suppressing the truth that mainstream science is all a big lie
    > Groups of something called 'gels' from something called 'cakeboard' spend all their waking moments plotting the downfall of MaryMartin/Marchesarosa


    OK - that last one was a little specific but I've heard it bandied about here and there.

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    Posted by Kiteman (U1056601) on Friday, 3rd September 2010

    Easy answers for people who feel the world is ganging up on them?

    My in-laws are sure the Moon landings were hoaxed, but they have a satellite dish, and watch Fox News on purpose.

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    Posted by listener (U10967204) on Friday, 3rd September 2010


    I'm always amazed that folks are willing to believe that the USSR, at the height of the cold war, colluded with the USA to allow them to claim that they'd won the space race and landed on the moon when they hadn't.

    Perhaps they don't realise that the USSR (and Jodrell Bank) were able to independantly monitor the activities of the US space programme?

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    Posted by Kiteman (U1056601) on Friday, 3rd September 2010

    We have all seen how easily people can pretend blindingly-obvious evidence doesn't exist.

    Look at James42, Mary, WebPlodder and the various Usual Suspects from the religion boards ...


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    Posted by listener (U10967204) on Friday, 3rd September 2010

    From the other board that you were visiting "The deniers were winning the argument - hands down - so the board was closed.
    It's all too hilarious.
    You've gotta love the unbiased BBC. "

    from a poster called rsmith77

    Yet another conspiracy theorist

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  • Message 6

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    Posted by Hy Dranger (U14569978) on Friday, 3rd September 2010

    The faked moon landings stuff predates the internet, it's been going on a long time in magazine articles and TV programmes. As for Diana, I think that's more a tabloid press thing, they really love to push that kind of conspiracy stuff. I think a large percentage of the stuff in the tabloid press (and increasingly the media generally) is really a kind of provocative fiction designed to catch people's attention and sell more copies.

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    Posted by Kiteman (U1056601) on Friday, 3rd September 2010

    Yeh, the Diana thing is wholly tabloid-generated.

    What makes it sickening is the fact that, in the weeks and days before the crash, the same tabloids were winding themselves up into an *anti* Diana frenzy over her alleged affair[s].

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  • Message 8

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    Posted by scribblingscribe (U1717063) on Friday, 3rd September 2010

    Listener,

    Conspiracy theorists don’t need the internet. Think of the grassy knoll and the Texas book depository.


    They just need to feel they are important and know something they MUST share with others ... bit like those of us who use the radio 4 message boards I guess.

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    Posted by Mike Waller (U4782937) on Saturday, 4th September 2010

    The reality of existence is well caught in the rather unpleasant phrase "shit happens" i.e. very nasty things can occur as a result of happenstance (e.g. the emergence of the Aids virus) or the whim of otherwise inconsequential actors (e.g. Lee Harvey Oswald). Living in such an arbitrary world is deeply unsettling for many people, and conspiracy theories nicely attach meaning to such arbitrary happenings. With CTs about events such as 9/11, I think that there is often a nationalistic/racist dimension. The reasoning, as I infer it, is that: "As I am a member of the finest race in the best country it is inconceivable that what Kipling called "lesser breeds" could get one over on me. Ergo, it must have been some of our own who did the damage". This kind of thought has a long history. I remember reading an article about Alexander the Great in which the point was made that many of the countries he conquered account for this by claiming that his mother was one of their own!

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    Posted by I designed the future (U10597198) on Saturday, 4th September 2010


    You forgot to mention that according to David Icke, the Queen (and others) are apparently shape shifting lizard satanists from another planet.

    I don't see it myself. I've always liked the Queen, yet thanks to David 'I'm not insane, I'm the only one who really knows' Icke, I now watch the Queen's speech each Christmas too intently focused on the eyes to see if they display any signs of reptilian properties. I shouldn't be doing this. It's weird.

    Speaking of Christmas... Did you know that, according do Dan Brown, Jesus wasn't really...

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    Posted by AZomby (U14244407) on Saturday, 4th September 2010

    > My in-laws are sure the Moon landings were hoaxed <

    Conspiracy theories? Hoaxes? My arm.

    Here are some actual images [TICS] from various landing sites obtained [TICS] by the LORC (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Conjob)

    www.nasa.gov/mission...

    Its quite obvious that these images are un-retouched and have not been photoshopped [2TICS]
    because the shadows of the craters and vehicles are all about the same length indicating that they were all taken with the sun at approximately exactly the same elevation. [TICS^2]

    Mark my words. These images are proof beyond all doubt that blokes have walked upon the moon. So you's conspirators had best stick that in your pipe and smoke it because I know who you are.

    [TICS] Tongue In Cheek Smiley.

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  • Message 12

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    Posted by AZomby (U14244407) on Saturday, 4th September 2010

    Sorry that should be LROC.
    Photos courtesy of Google Moon.

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  • Message 13

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    Posted by Kiteman (U1056601) on Saturday, 4th September 2010

    Conspiracy theorists don’t need the internet. Think of the grassy knoll and the Texas book depository. 
    True.

    However, the internet makes it much easier for these ideas to spread - when a book is printed, reviewers will critique it. If you want it taught in a school, you have to have something to back it up.

    The net, though, is both easily accessible and not peer-reviewed.

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  • Message 14

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    Posted by Pumblechook (U6852342) on Saturday, 4th September 2010

    There are plenty of perpetual motion/free energy claims and equipment and documents have been destroyed by governments and energy companies.

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  • Message 15

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    Posted by Gregory_Beetle (U14287720) on Tuesday, 7th September 2010

    This story goes back to Roman times: somebody invents unbreakable glass, so the emperor has him killed before he ruins the glass industry.

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  • Message 16

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    Posted by Pumblechook (U6852342) on Tuesday, 7th September 2010

    All very Teslarian.

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  • Message 17

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    Posted by Blue_Biro (U4004117) on Tuesday, 7th September 2010

    >> From the other board that you were visiting "The deniers were winning the argument - hands down - so the board was closed.
    It's all too hilarious.
    You've gotta love the unbiased BBC. "

    from a poster called rsmith77

    Yet another conspiracy theorist <<

    This is the poster who declared Nature magazine was on the same level as the Beano.

    Saying things like that doesn't damage the magazine's credibility. On the other hand...

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  • Message 18

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    Posted by yellowcat (U218155) on Tuesday, 7th September 2010

    Tue, 07 Sep 2010 20:46 GMT, in reply to Blue_Biro in message 17

    Yet another conspiracy theorist <<

    This is the poster who declared Nature magazine was on the same level as the Beano. 


    The same poster had many posts removed for being abusive and said that he thought Hitler had some good ideas, though he did not elaborate on which particular ideas he thought were good, though some how I doubt that it included vegetarianism:
    www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mb...

    Posts 172, 173 and 175 are by RSmith

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