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November 25, 2008

The 30 greatest conspiracy theories

Here ya go, Mojo! The 30 greatest conspiracy theories part 1 - Telegraph
From the assassination of John F Kennedy to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. From Roswell, New Mexico, to Nasa's moon landings. From the bloodline of Christ to the death of Elvis Presley. Every major event of the last 2,000 years has prompted a conspiracy theory and here we examine those with the biggest followings and the most longevity. 1. September 11, 2001 Thanks to the power of the web and live broadcasts on television, the conspiracy theories surrounding the events of 9/11 - when terrorists attacked the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington - have surpassed those of Roswell and JFK in traction. Despite repeated claims by al-Qaeda that it planned, organised and orchestrated the attacks, several official and unofficial investigations into the collapse of the Twin Towers which concluded that structural failure was responsible and footage of the events themselves, the conspiracy theories continue to grow in strength. At the milder end of the spectrum are the theorists who believe that the US government had prior warning of the attacks but did not do enough to stop them. Others believe that the Bush administration deliberately turned a blind eye to those warnings because it wanted a pretext to launch wars in the Middle East to usher in another century of American hegemony. A large group of people - collectively called the 9/11 Truth Movement - cite evidence that an airliner did not hit the Pentagon and that the World Trade Centre could not have been brought down by airliner impacts and burning aviation fuel alone.
This final group points to video evidence which they claim shows puffs of smoke - so-called demoliton squibs - emerging from the Twin Towers at levels far below the aircraft impact zones and prior to the collapses. They also believe that, on the day itself, the US air force was deliberately stood down or sent on exercises to prevent intervention that could have saved the lives of nearly 3,000 people. Many witnesses - including firemen, policemen and people who were inside the towers at the time - claim to have heard explosions below the aircraft impacts (including in basement levels) and before both the collapses and the attacks themselves. As with the assassination of JFK, the official inquiry into the events - the 9/11 Commission Report - is widely derided by the conspiracy community and held up as further evidence that 9/11 was an "inside job". Scientific journals have consistently rejected these hypotheses.

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The hidden GI Joe/September 11 connection

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See also the 30 greatest (unproven) conspiracies ever

It always bugs me when the phrase "conspiracy theory" is used to mean something automatically isn't true. As in, "That's just a conspiracy theory." Human history--especially political history--is a long line of conspiracies stretching back as far as we can recall. Conspiracies happen every fucking day. Words mean things people. Try harder.

Minn.: Franken camp finds 6,400 uncounted absentee ballots

How about that. The Raw Story | Franken camp finds 6,400 uncounted absentee ballots
With the recount in the razor-thin Minnesota U.S. Senate race continuing into its second week, Democratic candidate Al Franken's campaign says it has uncovered 6,400 rejected absentee ballots and will ask a state board to count at least some of those votes. Campaign attorney Marc Elias said Tuesday that the campaign received the rejected ballots from 66 of the state's 87 counties, according to the Associated Press. In some instances, clerical errors or oversight caused the ballot to be improperly rejected. Franken is running to unseat incumbent Republican Sen. Norm Coleman. Elections officials have recounted nearly 80 percent of the more than 2 million ballots cast in the Senate race. Coleman's lead has shrunk since election day but still stands at 211 votes, according to figures compiled by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Franken's campaign, meanwhile, estimates the lead is less than half that and says their candidate is just 84 votes behind.

November 24, 2008

$70/hr for UAW? Lies.

No punches pulled in the total destruction of organized labor. Media Matters - Media figures falsely assert or suggest autoworkers make $70/hour without noting figure includes benefits paid to current retirees
Summary: Several media outlets have used data that combines the average cost of current wages and benefits and future benefits to falsely assert or suggest that autoworkers make $70 or more per hour. But, as analysts and some media outlets have noted, the figure includes not only future retirement benefits for current workers, but also benefits paid to current retirees.

Scientology guard kills sword-wielding intruders

BBC | Man killed by Scientology guard
A security guard has shot and killed a man on the grounds of a Hollywood building owned by the Scientology church, Los Angeles police say. Reports say the unidentified man arrived at the Scientology Celebrity Centre wielding swords. Police are questioning the security guard to determine whether the shooting was justified. The building, in the style of a French castle, serves as a meeting place for artists and performers.