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Date: 08/07/13 03:29 PM

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    Bakcagain21 Male 18-29
    560 posts
    August 7, 2013 at 3:44 pm
    Link: Why Rational People Buy Into Conspiracies - Obviously the government made this to cover their arse`s over the moon landing and 9/11...
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    Andrew155 Male 18-29
    2579 posts
    August 7, 2013 at 4:02 pm
    You know, some conspiracies actually turn out to be correct. I know, it`s crazy.


    MK-Ultra
    Gulf of Tonkin
    Watergate
    Tuskegee
    Guatemala Syphillis
    Operation Northwoods
    Babies taken out of incubators lie, 1990
    Iran Contra
    Too Fast Too Furious
    1919 World Series
    Manhattan Project
    Asbestos
    Heart attack gun
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    emmettyville Female 40-49
    4348 posts
    August 7, 2013 at 4:22 pm
    not even going to look at this, and reply with this
    the bits where the police break down your door and taze you for being `possibly politically disadent` are my favourite. Unfortunately, being ignorant of what is going on, is not going to save you from whats going on...
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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
    10731 posts
    August 7, 2013 at 4:36 pm
    @Andrew155

    Don`t forget about Nixon sabotaging the peace accords which led to the deaths of 60k+ Americans.

    There`s also evidence John Wilkes Boothe wasn`t really killed that night.
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    djwajda Male 40-49
    885 posts
    August 7, 2013 at 4:44 pm
    I think cracked.com summed it up best...

    "Conspiracy theorists display incredible attention to detail, an even more incredible ability to ignore details they don`t like, obsessive focus and a complete absence of social skills. Every time a new crazy decides that Bush brought down World Trade Center, anime loses a powerful Pokemaster"

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    5Cats Male 50-59
    32744 posts
    August 7, 2013 at 5:02 pm
    Conspiracies have ALWAYS been a part of human life.

    Thus being good at "solving conspiracy theories" would be an important human survival trait...

    Nice list @Andrew155!
    I`ll add one of my personal favorites:

    "Vast right wing conspiracy"
    (Hilary Clinton accused fellow Democrats of lying about Bill having a mistress. Turns out Jennifer Flowers WAS his mistress for a decade!)

    "I did not have sex with that woman... Miss Lewinsky"
    Don`t shake your finger at ME Bill! I know where it`s been!
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    Roland Male 30-39
    298 posts
    August 7, 2013 at 5:51 pm
    IAB Forums have taught me more about "confirmation bias" than anything ever will. You see the same people digging their heels in over the same topics, and there is no way any quantity or quality of evidence the would ever make them reconsider their position. That is a massive weakness, not a strength.
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    Agent00Smith Male 18-29
    2581 posts
    August 7, 2013 at 6:14 pm
    The truth is stranger than fiction.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15841 posts
    August 7, 2013 at 10:49 pm
    Why Rational People Buy Into Conspiracies
    Uh, because they aren`t actually rational?
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15841 posts
    August 7, 2013 at 10:50 pm
    The truth is stranger than fiction.
    Fiction has to make sense.
    - Mark Twain
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    Tiredofnicks Male 30-39
    5097 posts
    August 8, 2013 at 2:28 am
    Roland: I do think I rather like you.
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    Nickel2 Male 50-59
    5879 posts
    August 8, 2013 at 3:21 am
    conspiratards?
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14268 posts
    August 8, 2013 at 7:49 am
    Here come the reptoids.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14268 posts
    August 8, 2013 at 7:50 am
    The problem with most of these theory people spew is that they think large groups of peopl can keep their friggen mouths shut keeping thing a secret....they can`t.
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    Quackor Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2013 at 2:59 pm
    because they are ducking stupid? maybe?
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    Andrew155 Male 18-29
    2579 posts
    August 8, 2013 at 4:32 pm
    Everyone here is putting all conspiracies on equal footing. That`s a giant mistake. I listed below a bunch of conspiracies that would have been crazy at the time, but they are now confirmably true.

    And people can be involved and even speak out about some conspiracies and it not gain traction. I would consider the IRS scandal a conspiracy and you still have millions of people denying it`s a conspiracy despite the fact that they apologized.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    32744 posts
    August 8, 2013 at 5:50 pm
    @MacGovern: You`re wrong about that:
    Consider the Lusitiania: For DECADES the Official Story by both the USA and Britain was:

    Civilian ship sunk illegally in international waters.

    Hundreds of people spoke out against these lies. They were ignored, silenced or punished.

    The truth:
    -Lusitania was registered as an "armed merchant" and was a valid war-time target.
    -It was sunk inside Britain`s territory, NOT international waters.
    -It was carrying illegal arms shipments, making it a valid war-time target.
    -The civilians on board were never told by the USA or Britain about the illegal cargo.
    -The German Consulate took out ads warning people for days in advance. The Germans knew it was a warship!

    All of the above, and lots more! were denied for all those years. But now the USA admits they`re iron-clad facts.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    32744 posts
    August 8, 2013 at 5:54 pm
    @Andrew155: You`re correct!

    Some conspiracies are based on truth: something happened and we (the general public) got lied to by THEM (the powers that be, usually a government).

    Some are based on "wishful thinking" and have little or no "truth" behind them. But we wish they were true!

    Some are DELIBERATE misinformation pumped out by who-knows-who for propaganda (or money making) purposes. Deliberate falsehoods.

    All conspiracies are NOT "created equal". We as individuals have to be FREE to decide which is which. That means being allowed to ask questions, view evidence and back-check the "official story"...
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    carmium Female 50-59
    6381 posts
    August 8, 2013 at 10:59 pm
    Isn`t this the very same mechanism responsible for religion? Say a flood came, back in the waybacks, and swept my sheep away while I stood watching on a hill. It`s a disaster! Why?! Let me think... Maybe a god was angry because we didn`t thank him last year`s great harvest...? Yeah, that makes sense; why else would great weather turn into a huge storm?
    Just as firmly based as the average conspiracy theory.
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    Musuko42 Male 18-29
    2850 posts
    August 9, 2013 at 8:27 am
    @carmium

    That`s my view.

    You would then think, "maybe I could please this god by worshipping/sacrifice, and thus avoid getting hit by disaster in the future", giving yourself a feeling of security and control over your world, delusional though it may be.

    Random tragedy then stops being random, and starts being something you can control. At least, you think it is anyway.

    That`s the motivation, in my view.
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    Misfit-Mutt Female 18-29
    349 posts
    August 9, 2013 at 9:31 pm
    The government is blasting ultra waves into the air; using alien technologies; to make people violent, so that there are always blood sacrifices to the Gods.

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