I was dumping these links all in strange remains because I simply have nothing of value to say about them but they subliminally cried for me to put them together in their own post. Apologies to Jeb who begged me not to cover the ultra-dumb Tom DeLonge story but… can’t help it.
Also, it’s good to remind readers every now and again that we are NOT journalists and this is not officially a news site. We just aggregate weird things you probably should be skeptical about or be aware the public takes seriously. I know, it’s depressing.
We define a conspiracy theory as an explanation that makes reference to hidden, malevolent forces seeking to advance some nefarious aim. Not all conspiracy theories are untrue but they all contradict a commonly accepted explanation for the same phenomenon.
Once a conspiracy theory becomes the commonly accept explanation, it ceases to be a conspiracy theory and becomes history or simply fact.
Strange, this post said this journal article is new, it’s from March 2014 online and Oct 2014 in print. It is available to read in its entirety. Looks good but I have no comments since I haven’t read it yet.
Wait. People actually believe in this stuff?
How many Americans believe in lizard people?
Back in April of 2013, Public Policy Polling conducted a poll about conspiracy theories like aliens, an impostor Paul McCartney, and, of course, lizard people. And the polling organization found that 4 percent of Americans believe in lizard people, while another 7 percent were unsure. Taken to its absurd extreme, that would imply around 12 million Americans, Philip Bump, a lizard person scholar and writer at the Washington Post, found.
You have to understand, I’ve been involved in this for a long time. I have sources from the government. I’ve had my phone tapped. I’ve done a lot of weird stuff in this industry — people wouldn’t believe me if I told them. But this is what happens when you start getting on an email chains with hundreds of scientists from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and different universities around the country, and you start outing seniors scientists from Lockheed Martin talking about the reality of this stuff, guys that hold 30 patents, guys that work underground out in the Nevada test sites in Area 51. It goes far beyond just saying, “Hey, that little light in the sky, that’s a little green man.” That doesn’t lend the right gravity to the topic.
OK. Whatever… DeLonge seems completely gullible or overly denialist. He can’t seem to critically think himself out of a paper bag. He used to run the website Strange Times. It’s gone now. You know, the government shut it down. I mean, I’d like to think that’s because there is only so much room for such insanity. But that’s just me being optimistic. Obviously, that’s not true.