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Conspiracy theories in the digital age

Posted on Wednesday, 26 November, 2008 | Comment icon 7 comments

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"Jim Marrs: Was 9/11 an inside job? Did a giant UFO fly over Stephenville, Texas, in early 2008? Are high-flying planes dumping chemicals on us? Did a high-level conspiracy kill JFK? Did a flying saucer crash near Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947? Will the year 2012 spell doom for us all? “I don’t believe that!” seems to be the most common response to some of these questions – among the most mysterious and controversial issues of our day."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by PhoenixBird88 on 26 November, 2008, 19:12
Another author with nothing to say but whats already been said....
Comment icon #2 Posted by Oen Anderson on 27 November, 2008, 6:28
I listened to Jim Marrs on the Coast-to-Coast radio show when he talked about this new book of his. He said he was asked by the team at to writh this book. Unlike his other books he needed to show no proof, only provide thought provoking insights. Yes, this reminds me of Russ Kick gleening info from other peoples work to compile into one not to well written book. Sad.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Scáthach on 9 December, 2008, 20:26
Yes, this reminds me of Russ Kick gleening info from other peoples work to compile into one not to well written book. Sad. I know of someone else who does this sort of thing in a different genre. It's as though they expect us to believe they're saying something new...
Comment icon #4 Posted by Dogran on 13 December, 2008, 12:47
The big problem with the 9/11 conspiracy theories is that, while the basic premise isn't implausible (the government planned the whole thing to provide justification for draconian 'anti-terrorist' measures), the 'evidence' on which the conspiracy theorists invariably base their claims is. Moreover, it's also entirely redundant. The issue is this: the 'anomalies' noted by the conspiracy theorists are presumed to be the result of events or processes necessary for the government to execute their plan. To take a few popular examples: It's said that the Twin Towers wouldn't have collapsed from airc... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by turbonium on 20 December, 2008, 9:26
Just to address the last post briefly.. The debris is ejected with great force from the towers, so if it's ejected downward, it will obviously travel faster than free-fall speed (of the building collapse). And there are puffs of smoke coming out of WTC 7 before it begins to collapse. And the towers should not collapse straight down, because that is the path of greatest resistance - straight down, through 70+ floors of a structurally sound building, with 47 massive steel core columns. But that's an issue for the conspiracy threads, not here. The point of the article is to show how the mainstrea... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by Dogran on 23 December, 2008, 17:30
Just to address the last post briefly.. The debris is ejected with great force from the towers, so if it's ejected downward, it will obviously travel faster than free-fall speed (of the building collapse). Which illustrates precisely the sort of ad hoc reasoning employed by conspiracy theorists in order to support their favoured explanation in light of evidence that would otherwise falsify it. This is exactly the kind of thing I mean. The "Government Did It" conspiracy for 9/11 simply does not require any of the elaborate nonsense the conspiracy enthusiasts have invented for it. All it would r... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by turbonium on 27 December, 2008, 16:37
You need to study some physics. Even basic, high-school level should do for this question. The force vector necessary to make the buildings topple over - bearing in mind their earthquake-resistant construction - would be a large force applied high, horizontal, and, depending on the force involved, fairly persistent. The upper section of the South Tower tipped 20+ degrees from the vertical. Conservation of Angular Momentum ring any bells? But not on 9/11. Instead, the lower section gave way, floor by floor, even though the upper section wasn't directly above the lower section anymore!! It was b... [More]

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