Conspiracy theories insult us all - Edmonton Journal Editorial
COMMENT POSTED ON LINE EDMONTON JOURNAL - January 17, 2013
It saddens me but does not surprise me as one long time Edmonton 9/11 truth activist, that a few clown radio personalities who claim to be 9/11 truthers will get their due in the Edmonton Journal ( mostly from the Austin Texas area ). These pundits chronically spread bizarre, outlandish conspiracy theories that's completely unrelated to 9/11, such as chem trails, poison in the tap water, world depopulating flu shots, fema camps and now Newtown school massacre hoaxes. These ad driven, alternative media mouth pieces don't represent the 9/11 truth movement as Kay insists, but only embarrass themselves. Jonathon Kay managing editor of the National Post and author of "Among The Truthers" can't be selling too many of his books either since Kay doesn't attempt to debunk any of the evidence of controlled demolition of the 3 towers including WTC7 .
My Wife ( not a 9/11 truther) and once interviewed by Kay for his incomplete book has a few thoughts of her own this latest story " Swallowing The Camel" featuring a post titled Wednesday weirdness round-up " Off the Hook: Conspiracy theories about the shootings in Connecticut, if they can even be called “theories”, are starting to draw attention from mainstream newspapers, websites... Read More: http://swallowingthecamel.wordpress.com/
As so far as 9/11 goes, the polls of world public opinion clearly indicate that the official 9/11 story is in serious doubt, no help by Kay's corporate media, but by grassroots movements who seek the truth around the world and even here in hometown Edmonton. 900 petitioned signatures were collected in Edmonton in 2011 calling on Canada to investigate 9/11.... go figure!
Conspiracy theories insult us all
Edmonton Journal Editorial January 17, 2013
The horrors of last month’s Newtown school massacre echoed anew Wednesday as Barack Obama presented a package of reforms aimed at curbing gun violence in the U.S. The president has taken on the burden of selling gun control to a nation with the highest rate of firearm ownership of any country in the world. Too many guns, too many looming fiscal crises — what else could dire circumstance possibly lay at his door? How about too many conspiracy theories? The so-called “truther” movement that has attached itself to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting is giving skepticism a bad name. What it says about the general credulity of segments of that well-armed American population is equally bad. In case you missed it, there’s a school of thought out there that contends the shooting, which left 20 children and seven adults dead, was a hoax perpetuated by the Obama administration in order to ratchet up support for tougher gun-control measures. Trained “crisis actors” were recruited as part of this subterfuge. Mossad agents might have also been involved. Many of the people trading in this nonsense appear to have ties to the 9-11 truthers who have long held that the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, were an inside job by the George W. Bush administration. Crazy? A 30-minute YouTube video that details a slew of the conspiracy theories surrounding the Newtown school shooting has gone viral, earning more than 8.8 million views since it was posted on Jan. 7. Families who lost loved ones and residents in the town have been inundated with hateful messages by people who believe they are part of the government and media conspiracy tied to the gun-control agenda. There’s no question that most people are hard-wired to love a conspiracy theory. Every generation has one. The UFO coverup, the multiple shooters of the Kennedy assassination, the staged landing on the moon. A small but fervent group of people still believe there was something suspicious about the death of Princess Diana, and that Elvis Presley is still alive. There are some of us who feel the need to find meaningful patterns in the random scatter; some are bent to believe the world is controlled by an invisible agent. For the most part these folks are harmless oddballs who have always been with us — they’ve been politely listened to and quietly ignored by journalists for centuries — and for the most part they peddle their paranoia among themselves. But as Jonathan Kay points out in his 2011 book Among the Truthers, the Internet has turbocharged the conspiracist movement. A vast conspiracist subculture is taking hold in the U.S. and it’s beginning to influence mainstream politics. You need not be a conspiracy freak, for example, to suspect that the National Rifle Association is behind some of this libertine extremism that’s been occupying the American news agenda of late. Urban myths are one thing, virulent self-delusion is another. The truthers will not set us free. In fact their ludicrous theories shackle us to a frightening reality. There are too many illinformed cranks in this world, and in the United States many of those cranks own guns.