Originally posted on 9/16/2011
James Corbett's humorous take on 9/11 has gone completely viral, amassing 500,000 views in just 5 days on youtube. This 5-minute satire of the 'Official Conspiracy Theory' uses factoids and hilarious graphics to drive home its points in what can only be called a masterpiece of reductio ad absurdum.
Whatever it is, it's working. A half-million views in 5 days speaks for itself.
Transcript and sources: http://www.corbettreport.com/?p=2594
So Rand Paul shunned "Meet the Press" for a Kremlin-backed, 9-11 conspiracy news org?
June 01, 2010 2:09 pm ET by Will Bunch
Jian Ghomeshi, a normally respected and objective interviewer dropped all objectivity when he interviewed Alex Jones, then author David Aaronovich (promoting his latest book about conspiracy theories. Here is the link to his show called simply "Q."
Jian's tone toward Jones was mocking, yet respectful toward the author who was promoting his book.
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Prof. Kevin Howley Notes "Changing Journalistic Attitudes" Toward 9/11 Questions
Original article here: //www.depauw.edu/news/?id=24962
March 8, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — "If the Tea Party movement is the spoiled stepchild of the American news media, then the 9/11 Truth movement is the mad woman in the attic of U.S. journalistic culture," according to Kevin Howley, associate professor of communication at DePauw University. His Bloomington Alternative column examines a new study out of Canada which suggests that "news reports that bring up troubling questions about the official story surrounding the events of Sept. 11, 2001, are gaining traction in the international press."
The professor notes, "Significantly, these news narratives no longer frame the 9/11 Truth movement as so much conspiracy theory. Rather, independent, commercial and public service news organizations the world over are giving serious consideration to allegations that challenge the veracity of the official story that emerged in the days and weeks following the 9/11 attacks."
Good article here, quite germane to the work that we are trying to accomplish.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Towards a Theory of Conspiracy Theories
Cass Sunstein, confidante of Obama, Harvard Law professor, current head of the federal Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, potential Supreme Court nominee - and the latest crusader against those dastardly conspiracy theories
Recently, there was quite a hullabaloo in the blogosphere over a reprehensible academic paper Sunstein co-wrote in 2008 (available for download here), which argued for a Cointellpro-type program of government infiltration of conspiracy theorists, online and in person. Given the incredible scope and flexibility of the powers of his office, as enunciated in this September 30, 1993 executive order signed by Clinton, his proposal should certainly give us pause.
An Honest Skeptic’s View of the Great American Conspiracies: Lincoln to 9/11 – Interview with Dr Stephen Juan
Link to article and Download- http://visibility911.com/blog/?p=1661
A Visibility 9-11 Podcast
Interview by John Bursill
Dr Stephen Juan
It is a great pleasure to welcome bestselling author, media personality and lecturer Dr Stephen Juan to Visibility 9-11 to talk about “honest” skepticism of the great American conspiracies. This is a very interesting interview as we touch on many common themes in historical events setting the climate for the 9/11 Attacks. We explore the Lincoln assassination, the sinking of the Maine and Lusitania, Pearl Harbor and the JFK assassination. It is also a little special in my view as this skepticism is being presented in a balanced and conservative way by an intellectual who is not connected to the 9/11 Truth Movement, but rather to the mainstream.
Newsweek has published a list of what it believes are conspiracy theories. Among them, naturally, is the belief that "9/11 was an inside job":
12. 9/11 was an inside job.
The truthers, holdovers from the Bush days, just won't go away. They argue that the physics of the World Trade Center collapse doesn't add up, and that the attacks were an excuse for the U.S. to launch wars abroad and enrich defense contractors. Either the government planned and executed them or it knew they were coming and turned a blind eye.
Proponents:Alex Jones, retired religion professor David Ray Griffin, Reagan administration policy analyst Barbara Honegger, British journalist Robert Fisk.
Kernel of Truth? Not even the staunchest mainstream George W. Bush bashers believe this one. Enough said.
David Aaronovitch tells Salon.com "9/11 conspiracy theory" is "the most baroque," slams David Ray Griffin
David Aaronovitch, British author of Voodoo Histories, responds to a recent Salon.com+interview question about which widely accepted conspiracy theory he finds the "most implausible" with the following:
"I think 9/11 is the most baroque. I can’t tell you what it feels like to see videos on YouTube of David Ray Griffin addressing people about it — one of America’s leading theologians expressing with absolute certainty the existence of a conspiracy so ludicrous it takes your breath away."
To offer one example of Aaronovitch's explanation of 9/11 in his book, consider this passage from page 257:
"On a more general level, the picture painted by the commission of inquiry into 9/11 was one of an Establishment taken utterly by surprise by the events of 11 September.... In the form it took, the attack was neither expected nor predicted; once it was under way it took some time to realise what was going on, and no one knew what might happen next."
Debunking Conspiracy Theories In 'Voodoo Histories'
When a co-worker told him that he believed Neil Armstrong's 1969 moon walk actually took place on a Hollywood soundstage, journalist David Aaronovitch was appalled. Aaronovitch had seen the moon landing on TV when he was a kid, and he couldn't believe anyone would think it was a hoax.
"He told me about the photographs that don't make sense, and the stars that aren't there, and the flag flapping in the nonexistent breeze, and so on," Aaronovitch tells Guy Raz.
At the time, Aaronovitch wasn't prepared with evidence to counter his co-worker's claim, but today he is. Aaronovitch spent six years looking into the details behind top conspiracy theories such as the faked Apollo moon landing and has come out with a new book to forensically debunk each of them.
Nice meta-summary of "conspiranoia" as a means of social control, and implications for 911 street activists
This essay doesn't support the author's conclusions with examples, or develop arguments all that much, beyond what we can glean from reading online summary articles regarding 911/left gatekeepers. However, it's worth a read, as it takes an analytical viewpoint that, it seems to me, can challenge the more intelligent reader who is, nevertheless, constrained in his/her thinking by ambient frames imposed by the societal structure which (coincidence or not?) protects the ruling class so well. Especially, I suppose, it precludes reaction against 911 as a government-assisted conspiracy, as there is no mention of 911, or any other specific conspiracy.
9/11 Truth Movement: Why America Turns to Conspiracy Theories
Jan 21, 2010 Marilyn Michaud
Conspiracy theories have a long history in American culture.This article provides a brief historical overview and an explanation for why they are rational and necessary.
The tendency to view events through the lens of deception and conspiracy has been part of American culture since the founding. Suspicion was particularly acute in the writing of the American revolutionaries; whether loyalist sympathizers, suspicious Whigs or radical democrats, Americans often adopted conspiratorial and duplicitous modes of interpretation to explain the threat to republican liberty.
Original Content at http://www.opednews.com/articles/YOUR-GOVERNMENT-APPOINTEES-by-Marc-Estr...
January 10, 2010
Your Government Appointees at Work
By Marc Estrin
Cass Sunstein is President Obama's Harvard Law School friend, and recently appointed Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.
In a recent scholarly article, he and coauthor Adrian Vermeule take up the question of "Conspiracy Theories: Causes and Cures". (J. Political Philosophy, 7 (2009), 202-227). This is a man with the president's ear. This is a man who would process information and regulate things. What does he here propose?
This episode of Jesse Ventura definitely does deserve to be posted and discussed here, as domestic spying is obviously directly related to 9/11 and its aftermath. Watch and discuss!
The second episode of Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura tallied 1.586 million viewers, effectively even with the premiere’s 1.635 million.
Here are all the episodes for the week:
Date Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
12/9/09 CONSPIRACY THEORY TRU Wed 10:00P-11:00P 1,586
12/12/09 CONSPIRACY THEORY TRU Sat 05:00P-06:00P 860
12/8/09 CONSPIRACY THEORY TRU Tue 11:00P-12:00A 774
12/9/09 CONSPIRACY THEORY TRU Wed 02:00A-03:00A 638
12/12/09 CONSPIRACY THEORY TRU Sat 04:00P-05:00P 588
12/8/09 CONSPIRACY THEORY TRU Tue 03:00A-04:00A 369
What has been reported to be one of the most fair and balanced television presentations on 9/11 is set to air tomorrow night on TruTV. The show, Conspiracy Theory, hosted by former Governor Jesse Ventura, has already been determined to be the most popular show ever on TruTV since the first episode aired last week. The first episode was on HAARP, the 9/11 episode will air tomorrow.
New Show Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura
Conspiracy Theory - 9/11 episode
Premiere On: Wed, December 9 at 10P eastern / 9pm Central
Jesse Ventura steps into America's most controversial conspiracy by challenging the 9/11 Commission Report and searching for evidence that the September 11th attacks may have been an inside job. At the urging of victims' families, he finds witnesses who claim the towers were brought down by explosives, the missing black box flight recorders were actually recovered and ground control knew the hijackers were in the cockpits before the jets took off. TV-PG-V
This episode has nothing to do with 9/11, but one of the future ones does. If you didn't catch it on TruTV, here is what you can expect from the series in terms of format and style:
Conspiracy, Inc.: Wild Tales From the Reactionary Right
You can't even provide a reasonable definition of "conspiracy" in your mindless call to ignorance. I also strongly detest your guilt by association approach, as if we are all alike, all incredible, all in the same category because you say so. The smear that people who call out government complicity and cover-up must be from the "reactionary right" is worthy of the drooling neanderthals you hoped to lampoon.
If you had a dictionary handy, you might have learned that conspiracy is any crime involving multiple parties. It's one of the most prosecuted charges in the US by the justice department (sic).
We are to take it -- from you -- a priori that the government never commits crimes. People in the white house, for example, never agree to break the law.
Large mountains of empirical evidence dispute this "theory" you posit. Your position is laughable on its face, of course, and your rant is gibberish.
From the diet soap website:
"On the Diet Soap podcast this week is an interview with Len Bracken-a writer of fiction and nonfiction, the author of one of the first widely distributed books published in the United States suggesting that the 9/11 attacks were an inside job--Shadow Government: 9-11 and State Terror. He is also the author of the first biography on Guy Debord in any language entitled Guy Debord Revolutionary. This week Len discusses the financial crisis, the 911 conspiracy, and the possibility (or lack thereof) for revolutionary change in the US. Also featured this week is a montage of podcasts and youtube videos from the last week along with a Titanic factoid."
No theories necessary
By David Cogswell
Online Journal Contributing Writer
Sep 22, 2009, 00:25
“Why Propaganda Trumps Truth” by Paul Craig Roberts is one of the more fascinating things I have read lately.
The Rovian Republicans are always quick to smear anything that questions or opposes them in any way, but Roberts is not so easy to tar. He was assistant secretary of the treasury under Reagan. And those who write off conservatives as loony might consider his academic record. His alma maters include the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Virginia, the University of California, Berkeley, and Oxford University. He was a senior research fellow at Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University. He served on the congressional staff in the House and Senate before he was appointed by Reagan.
By Tim Hjersted
September 5, 2009
Shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, President Bush asked the American public to “never entertain outrageous conspiracy theories.” The irony of his statement is easily lost. Most people consider themselves reasonable, thoughtful individuals that don’t believe in crazy conspiracy theories, but the Official story of 9/11 – that 19 radical terrorists conspired for several years to hijack airplanes and fly them into buildings – is, in fact, a conspiracy theory. It just happens that this theory has the official endorsement of the U.S. government. So, believe our conspiracy theory, not theirs, Mr. Bush asks us. Don’t look at the facts. Don’t investigate for yourself. Just believe what you’re told.
This is, in effect, what the government and the mainstream media is asking us when it labels any idea a “conspiracy theory,” and we can see how incredibly effective this tool has been in stunting rational debate.
Sunday, April 05, 2009
We've got a new website, over at Manchester Brewing! As usually happens, I forgot to post for a few months. The Studly Monk is aging well. I'm planning a new edition soon, which will have a higher ABV and more orange.
The John Thomas Red and Conspiracy Theory Oatmeal Stout are in the tank. We have a bottling machine on the way, so hopefully sometime this week these two will get into bottles, then become available the following week. The Alt Cntrl Delete is due after that.
Notes on the names:
The John Thomas Red is a very Monty Python kind of name. See if you can guess whose photo that is on the label! We're kind of fond of bad jokes around here, doncha know.
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Excerpt From Newly Released Interview With Oathkeepers Founding Father Sheriff Mack
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I saw the bit on MSNBC with your guest Brzezinski:
Hypocrite Brzezinski Slams "Conspiratorial View" Of History While Highlighting 50's Iran Overthrow
Perhaps you haven't examined the official myth about 9/11, i.e. that it was accomplished solely by Al Qaeda and Bin Laden. Given that Obama made a claim and didn't back it up with any facts- while admitting that elements in the US and Britain conspired to overthrow Mossadegh a half century ago- it's kind of a misnomer to say he "debunked" "9/11 conspiracists". And given the many lies told by Bush Administration principals about 9/11, and given the 9/11 Commission's failure to conduct a full and honest investigation- who's to say what really happened on 9/11?
The 9/11 Commission ignored 70% of the 9/11 families' questions
And your employer, MSNBC, published a report that says 25% of the 9/11 Commission Report, including the sections most relevant to linking 9/11 to al Qaeda and Bin Laden, was based on testimony obtained by torture:
From Dr. Steven Jonas, writing on Buzzflash http://blog.buzzflash.com/jonas/159 , a piece favorably disposed to 9/11 Truth :
"Finally, there is the possibly grandest of them all, the posited 9-11 conspiracy. We may never get to the bottom of this one, but the work of my colleague Allen Rolland, who has the credibility to publish on Salon, is a good place to start.
Welcome to the U.S. foreign policy conspiracy archive, folks. It is very well-stocked."
Mr Swami has very kindly sent me the proofs for the article. Since it remains unpublished I will not upload the article and provide a link. What I have done here is an edited list of the 17 statements and the mean rating (in brackets) presented to participants entitled "9/11 Conspiracists Beliefs" scale
(The collapse of WTC7 was not included in the scale):
1 = Totally False
9 = Totally True
The World Trade Centre was destroyed by explosives (2.81)
The World Trade Centre were brought down by controlled demolition (2.90)
Aircraft were controlled by the US military (2.93)
Mobile phone calls were fabricated or not made at all (3.27)
Exercises were intentionally held on 9/11 to deliberately confuse military personnel (3.29)
The US military were ordered to stand down (3.44)
The Pentagon was possibly hit by a missile (3.50)
Intact windows and lack of debris prove the Pentagon was not hit by a plane (3.51)
Reports of hijacker still alive prove that others were responsible (3.51)
The US Govt allowed the attack to happen so it would have an excuse to achieve foreign and domestic goals (3.71)
United Flight 93 was shot down (3.76)
Credit goes to simuvac for finding this.
> EXCLUSIVE: Debunking Myths on Conspiracy Theories [Infowarrior Resource Part 1]
"The purpose of this article is to redress a number of general myths concerning so-called 'conspiracy theories', repeated by media organisations and other self-proclaimed guardians of the orthodoxy, as well as people who have been erroneously convinced that conspiracy theories are intellectual aberrations rather the acknowledgment of a common historical and social phenomenon."
Debunking Myths on Conspiracy Theories
Article written by Gatecreepers.
The purpose of this article is to redress a number of general myths concerning so-called 'conspiracy theories', repeated by media organisations and other self-proclaimed guardians of the orthodoxy, as well as people who have been erroneously convinced that conspiracy theories are intellectual aberrations rather than the acknowledgment of a common historical and social phenomenon.